Biography of Robert Ostermaier
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ROBERT OSTERMAIER, delinquent tax collector for the city of Pittsburg, was born in Pittsburg, Jan. 2, 1857, and is a son of John and Katherine Ostermaier, both of whom were natives of Germany. Robert Ostermaier attended the public schools when a lad, graduating later from the Iron City commercial college, and at the age of sixteen became a clerk in the Pittsburg postoffice. Here he filled every position except postmaster, and was assistant postmaster during President Cleveland's first term, fulfilling the duties of that responsible post most admirably. Upon retiring from the postoffice, he became clerk in the office of Mayor McCollin, later filling a similar position for three years under Mayor H. I. Gourley. He then became assistant superintendent of highways and sewers, resigned this position three months later, and was elected secretary of the republican city committee, an office which he has held since that time and one which he has filled with conspicuous success. In 1896 he became police magistrate under Mayor H. P. Ford, and held this position from April, 1896, to May 1, 1897. Then, on May 17, 1897, he undertook the duties of collecting the delinquent city taxes. This position he has since held, with the exception of two months, from October to December, 1901, when he was temporarily thrown out of office by the provisions of the Ripper bill. He is a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, the Heptasophs, Royal Arcanum and Knights of the Mystic Chain, and also belongs to the Young Men's tariff club and the John Dalzell republican club of the seventeenth ward, Mr. Ostermaier is a director of the Metropolitan National bank of Pittsburg. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.

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