Biography of Alexander C. Lohr
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ALEXANDER C. LOHR, a retired contractor and builder and for many years a resident of the borough of Wilkinsburg, was born April 8, 1835, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, a son of Samuel and Hannah (Studebaker) Lohr. His paternal grandfather, Jacob Lohr, was a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and in the latter part of the eighteenth century nioved to Somerset county, where he settled and became a prosperous and wealthy farmer, owning well improved farms in that county. In politics he was a Whig. He married Christena Coker and became the father of the following children: Samuel, Michael, Who married a Miss Wilt; Emanuel, who married a Miss Berkeybile; Valentine, who married a Miss Wolfert; Joseph, George Daniel, who married a Miss Grissy; Jacob, who married a Miss Fry.

Samuel Lohr, eldest son of Jacob Lohr, was born on the old homestead in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, Christmas day, 1803, and was reared on his father's farm, consisting of. one hundred acres, and, which later he inherited. He followed farm life like his forefathers. He, was an enthusiastic Whig in politics. He married Hannah Studebaker, by whom the following children were born: (1) Jacob, who married Rosanna Berkey; (2) Eliza. died young (3) Mary, wife. of Joseph. Plough; (4) Alexander C., of whom later mention will be made; (5) Elizabeth, who married Noah Myers; (6) Lovirtia, wife of Benjamin F. Valentine; (7) Nancy, who married Matthew M. Roberts; (8) Samuel, Jr., who married Elizabeth Drury.

Alexander C. Lohr , was reared on his father's farm in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, acquiring his education at the local schools. Until he reached his majority he assisted his father on the farm In 1858 he Went to Ligonier, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania,. where he learned the carpenter's trade. He remained there four years and. then moved to Allegheny countv, where he worked two years at Braddock as foreman for Jacob H. Jones. On February 14, 1864, he enlisted as a. member of the Seventy seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers and was mustered out of the United States service . at Victoria, Texas, December 6, 1865, being finally and honorably discharged at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1866. He then returned to Wilkinsburg, where he commenced operations as a builder and contractor, with office at No. 119 Collins avenue, East Liberty. He continued in that business up to 1893, when he retired from active work. He was tax collector from 1877 to 1881 and constable for Wilkins township before it was organized into a borough. He is a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and in his earlier years was very active in all party work, He attends the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he has always been a liberal supporter. At one time Mr. Lohr was an extensive contractor and builder, operating in East End,. Wilkinsburg and Pittsburg [sic]. In the last named place he erected many of the fine residences and business houses. He was then one of the leaders in building in the city. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, being a member of McPherson Post No. 117. He is also a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, J. B. Nicholson Lodge No. 585, East End, and has attained the highest degree in that order, that of High Chief Patriot; also a member of the order of Elks, Wilkinsburg Lodge, 577; of the Mystic Chain, East End, and was a member of Knights of Pythias five years and was treasurer of that body.

He was united in marriage February 9; 1871, to Caroline Lacock, daughter of John and Margaret (McClean) Lacock. By this union two children were born Lida and Eva, both of whom died young.

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