Biography of Adam Stork
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ADAM STORK, alderman of the seventh ward of Allegheny city, Pa., is a native of Germany, where he was born in the year 1847. His parents, Leonard and Katherine Stork, came to this country about 1852 and settled in Allegheny city, where his mother died in 1868, and his father in 1885. Mr. Stork attended the third ward school, in which he received his education, and from the time of his leaving school until the Civil war, he was employed in the Banner, Hope and Eagle cotton mills. In 1864 he enlisted as a private in Company G, 212th Pennsylvania infantry, and served until June 13, 1865, when he was mustered out in Virginia and returned to Allegheny city. He was then employed as engineer in the works of G. Wettach & Sons and Lappe & Sons until the election of Thomas Megraw as mayor, in 1878, when he went on the police force. Mayor Megraw's successor, Lewis Peterson, Jr., appointed Mr. Stork a lieutenant of police, and, in 1885, he was elected alderman of the seventh ward, with his office at No. 165 Chestnut St. He continued in both positions, alderman and police lieutenant, until Sept. 18, 1886, having charge of police work at night. Mr. Stork during this period frequently acted as mayor in the absence of Mayor Wyman, and discharged the duties with ability and fidelity. Under Mayor R. T. Pearson he served as lieutenant of police and also as alderman of the seventh ward. In 1890 he dropped the police part, and since that time he has continued as alderman only, except for serving as police magistrate under Mayor Wm. M. Kennedy. Mr. Stork has always been a republican in politics, and for fifteen years has represented his ward upon the republican county committee. Although a partisan, he has a large number of personal friends among his political opponents, having won their regard by his straightforward course in the performance of his duties.


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


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