Biography of Otto Harsch
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

OTTO HARSCH, one of the later German citizens of Pittsburg, and one of the stalwart workmen in the great Westinghouse Electric Manufac­turing Plant at East Pittsburg, was born October 5, 1872, in Wurtemberg, Germany, a son of Anthony and Teresa (Stehle) Harsch. His father was a plasterer in Germany and was the father of ten children, as follows: 1. Bernard. 2. Waldberg. 3. Joseph. 4. Wilhelmena. 5. Agnes. 6. Karl. 7. Max. 8. Otto, of whom later. 9. Caroline. 10. Teresa.

On June 28, 1888, Otto Harsch landed in America, at the age of fifteen years, and located at Pittsburg, where he worked in a barber shop on Grant street for two and a half years, and then joined his brother, Max, who then had a bakery in Sharpsburg. He remained with his brother two years, and was employed then with J. R. McKee, who operated a bakery business at Etna, where he worked one year, and then shifted to the bakery of H. R. Gilfus, of Pittsburg, where he remained three years. His next experience in this line was with. Franklin Wentzel of Braddock, where he remained three years more. He then sought out other employment than baking, and was employed in the foundry of McVey & Walker at Braddock, remaining there one year, when he was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company at East Pittsburg, where he has continued for the past seven years.

Mr. Harsch married, June 20, 1901, Miss Lena Probst, daughter of William and Annie (Langwetz) Probst, of Braddock. Her parents came from Germany in 1837 in a sailing ship and settled in Braddock, where Mr. Probst conducted a merchant tailoring shop. He died March 31, 1893. They were the parents of the following children: 1. Dora. 2. Louisa. 3. Margaret. 4. Charles. 5. Annie. 6. Anna. 7. William. 8. Mamie. The last four named died in infancy.

To Mr. Harsch and his wife has been born one child, Lillian Emma, born March 23, 1902. The parents are members of the First German Protestant Presbyterian church of Braddock. He belongs to the Foresters and the German Benevolent Union, District No. 33, of Braddock.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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