Biography of Carl W. Littler
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

CARL WILHELM LITTLER, one of the machinists and inventors connected with the Edgar Thomson Works of the Carnegie Steel Corporation, is a native of Switzerland, born December 11, 1879, at Zurich. His parents were natives of Switzerland. The father was John Littler, born in 1858, and is a shoe manufacturer in Zurich. He married Amelia, daughter of George and Katherine Kamerer, of Switzerland, and they are the parents of three children: 1. Carl Wilhelm, born December 11, 1879. 2. Heldwig, born April 16, 1884. 3. Lillie, born January 29, 1902.

Carl Wilhelm Littler, the subject, attended the public school and the University of Zurich, Switzerland, graduating from that most excellent institution as a mechanical engineer. He then came to America in 1892, and spent a short time with an uncle residing at Morgantown, West Virginia, before coming to Pittsburg. He is the inventor of a useful caliper employed by machinists in measuring their work; it is a combination tool and of great utility. At first he was employed by Brown, Bowerie & Company, of Baden, Switzerland, and then for the Oerlikon Machine Company of the same city. He was next engaged by the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company, the National Tube Company, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and is now with the Edgar Thomson Company. He is the owner of several valuable properties in Pittsburg and Swissvale. He is a member of the Technical Society of Switzerland, and the German Benevolent Union, of Swissvale. In his political belief he is a firm supporter of the Republican party. Both he and his wife are members of the Reformed church at Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

Concerning his domestic relations it may be stated that Mr. Littler on October 18, 1904, married Margie Blossom, daughter of William J. and Nellie (Show) Britner, of Swissvale, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Littler's father is a prominent contractor and builder. To Mr. and Mrs. Littler were born the following children: i. Thelma Von, born August 7, 1905. 2. Charlotte Gertrude, born April 11, 1907.

Mrs. Littler's father, William J. Britner, is a member of the Reformed church at Wilkinsburg, and politically is a Democrat. The children born to William J. and Nellie (Show) Britner are: 1. Margie, born July 26, 1886, wife of the subject. 2. Hortense, born October 13, 1893. 3. Jack, born October 1, 1896.

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