Biography of Lewis E. Schaffer
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

LEWIS E. SCHAFFER, a representative citizen of Scottdale, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 11, 1849, the son of Augustus Henry and Elizabeth (Seaman) Schaffer.

Augustus H. Schaffer (father) was a native of Germany, who emigrated from his native land when he was a small boy, with his parents, settling in the state of Maryland. When he was about nineteen years of age he was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company as fireman, and his worthy services soon won for him a promotion to engineer. He became one of the old and very successful engineers on the road, and is now living a retired life in Cumberland, Maryland. He is a member of the Lutheran church. Mr. Schaffer married Elizabeth Seamon, daughter of John Seanion, who came to this country from Germany. Their children were: A child who died in infancy; Lewis E., mentioned hereafter ; John W., a plumber by trade, residing in Cumberland, Maryland; Mary, wife of Robert Kanair; Julia, married Gottop Crouse; Charles, a resident of Maryland; Frank, of California; Augustus, deceased; Levi, a merchant of Scottdale; Alice, wife of Conrad Warner; Fannie, married John Aberly; Nellie; and Elmer, a citizen of Pittsburg.

Lewis E. Schaffer was educated in the common schools of Baltimore, and when about sixteen years of age entered the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company to learn the trade of machinist. He remained there for some years, and became very proficient and skillful in his trade. He afterward went to work for the Bell Foundry Company of Cumberland, Maryland, with whom he was engaged for three years. He then returned to the railroad company, in whose service he continued until 1873. For two years he was employed in a stçam laundry business in Cumberiand, and then removed to Pennsylvania, where for about two years he worked at his trade for W. N. Porter. In 1880 Mr. Schaffer located in Scottdale, entering into the employ of Everson and Company as machinist, with which firm he retained his connection for three years. He was thereafter employed at his trade in and about Scottdale for eighteen or twenty years. Since 1888 he has occupied the position of general master mechanic for the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, before their consolidation, and has performed the responsible duties incident to this position in a creditable and efficient manner. In political relations he is an ardent Republican, and served his township as a member of the council for three years, also the board of health for a number of years, and in February, 1905, was elected a member of the school board to serve for a term of two years. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum, in which he has passed all the chairs, also the Mutual Protection of Artisans of Hollidaysburg. Lewis W. Schaffer married, June 27. 1872, Harriet Eleanor Horn, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Horn, of Maryland. Their children are: WaIter, a machinist: George a stationery engineer of California; Rutherford B Hayes. born March 4, 1876, died April 11, 1891; Mary, wife of William Enos; Laura, Estella, Esther, Hetta, Frank C., Albert E., died September 11, 1888, aged eleven days, and Effie Genia, died in infancy July 22, 1890.


From:
History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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