MARTIN LEWIS BARCHFELD, of Pittsburg [sic], is a representative of one of the well known families of the South
Side, being a son of Henry and Mary (Newhagen) Barchfeld, and an elder brother of Congressman Barthfeld, of this
Martin Lewis Barchfeld was born June 29, 1850, in Kensington, on the Allegheny river, one hundred miles above Pittsburg,
and was an infant in arms when his father removed to that city and took up his abode on the South Side where, in
1857, he was the proprietor of a grocery store on Penn avenue, near “Little Market.” The education of Martin Lewis
Berchfeld began in a school conducted in Freeman’s Hall, near what is now Union Station, whet e he studied German
and English under Professor Rummel. About 1860 his father returned to South Side, and Martin Lewis continued his
studies in the St. Clair township school under Mr. Cunningham. His father was then a coal miner, and every day,
before school, Martin Lewis would go to the mines and render what help he could. At the age of twelve, he left
school and entered the glass works, where he was employed for several years. He next became a heater at Soho, where
the Pennsylvania Tube Works are now situated This was in 1864, and a firm was building two gunboats, the “Moriela”
and the “Sandusky” Mr. Barchfeld helped to finish them, and then assisted in the construction of the gunboat “Monyunk"
After spending some time in the bolt works of Lewis, Oliver & Phillips (now the Oliver Steel Company), he was
employed in the nut-works of the, Woods, Company, and then learned mouldmg at the Monongahela foundry This trade
he followed for a number of years, after which he went té work in the Jones-Laughlin mills, and for a short
time in the glass works. For the last, eighteen years he has been employed in the machine shop of the Jones Laughlin
Company Politically he is a Republican. He and his wife attend the, German Evangelical church.
Mr. Barchfeld married, May 5, 1880, Carrie, daughter of Charles and Catharine (Annon) Schwarzach, the former deceased
and the latter living at the age of seventy six. Mr. and Mrs. Barchfeld became the parents of four sons, all of
whom died young.
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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