HENRY LEWIS SCHILPP, well known in business circles of Pittsburg [sic], was born October 25, 1873, in Allegheny
City, Pennsylvania, a son of John and Amelia (Bear) Schilpp. He was educated at the common schools of his native
county and at the age of twenty one years was appointed tax collector in the City Hall, Allegheny City. He showed
great adaptability for this positidn and was retained there twelve years, after which time he removed to the borough
Of Sheridan, where he was engaged in the real estate business, representing the Pittsburg [sic] Realty Company,
known as the Keystone Plan. Mr. Schilpp was united in marriage in 1895 to Lydia Blair, of Allegheny City, the daughter
of John K. Blair and wife; her father was one of the founders of the well known department store company of Boggs,
Buhi & Blair, Allegheny City. Mr. and Mrs. Schilpp are the parents of four children: Henry Lewis, Jr., born
June 23, 1897, attending school in Sheridan. 2. Eliza, born 1899, died 1902. 3. Elizabeth Blair, born December,
1902. 4. John, born July 31, 1904, died in infancy.
John Schilpp, father of Henry L. Schilpp, was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1853. He was by trade a
tanner, which business he followed for several years. Subsequently he engaged in the brewing business and is now
the secretary and manager of the. Old Economy Brewing Company, of Allegheny. He married, in 1872, Amelia Bear,
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in and came to Allegheny when young Mr and Mrs Schilpp are the parents of the
following children: 1. Henry Lewis, above mentioned. 2. Charles W., born 1875, married Laura Johanson, in 1904;
he is now engaged in the ice cream business in Allegheny. 3. Walter E., born 1876; he is now in the Diamond Bank
building of Pittsburg [sic], representing Charles Donley Coke Company. 4. John, Jr., born 1883, now a clerk in
the James Brown Controller Company, in Allegheny. 5. Norman E., born 1885, now attending school in Allegheny.
Anton Schilpp, grandfather of Henry L. Schilpp, born in Germany in 1806, came to America in 1846. He was a tanner
and followed it in Allegheny City. He had thoroughly mastered his trade in the Fatherland and founded the business
here, which his son took up later. He married Caroline Kopf, who also came from Germany. Their children are: 1.
John, above mentioned. 2. Louisa. married (first) George Herwich, and after his death she married Thomas Johnson.
By her first marriage she was the mother of one child, George, Jr., who was born in 1882. There was no issue by
the last marriage. 3. Anna, married James A. Hammond, of Greenville, Pennsylvania, and he died in 1904. He was
an architect and took an active part in politics, though never sought public office.
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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