Biography of Walter E. Schealm
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

WALTER EDWARD SCHWALM. The grandfather of Walter Edward Schwalm, of New Kensington, was John George Scbwalm, a native of Germany, who in 1852 emigrated to the United States and settled in Parks township, near Leechburg, Armstrong county, where he passed the remainder of his life as a farmer. He married, before leaving his native country, Catharine Koehler, who accompanied him to the United States.

John Schwalm, son of John George and Catharine (Koehler) Schwalm, was born February 27, 1835, in Hesse-Cassel, Prussia, and was seventeen when he came with his parents to the United States. He had been educated at Marburg, Hesse-Cassel, and was intended by his parents for the ministry. He landed in New York August 14, 1832, and after his arrival at Leechburg became a contractor on the Allegheny Valley railroad, subsequently working for a few years on his father's farm. In 1863 he engaged in mercantile basiness, and in 1871 formed a partnership with W. H. Carnahan under the firm name of Schwalm & Carnahan. They purchased what was known as Cochran's mill in Burrell township, and continued the mercantile and milling business until 1876, when Mr. Schwalm moved to Leechburg and purchased from David Leech, the found4r of the town, the homestead and also the Hill mill. He erected a new mill on the old site, where he carried on a successful business until 1881, when it was swept away by ice. In 1887 he erected a large two story mercantile establishment, and later purchased and rebuilt the Ulam Hotel, now known as the Schwalm House. He was part owner of three coal mines in Westmoreland county, near Leechburg, owned three farms in Armstrong county, and was interested in various business enterprises. He belonged to Leechburg Lodge. No. 577, F. and A. M.: Orient Chapter. No. 247, R. A. M.; Leechburg Lodge, No. I. O. O. F., and Burrel Range. He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Leechburg. Mr. Schwalm married in 1854. Sarah Small, of Armstrong county, and their children were Katharine Elizabeth, married Dr. John Carson. and is now deceased, as is her husband; Anna Mary. wife of Millard F. Taylor. of Canton, Ohio: John Matthew, attorney in Ohio: Margaret, married William J, Tilbrook, of Pittsburg; Matilda, wife of George G. Gisal, of Wilkinsburg; Sarah Amanda, wife of H. Lee Goerman. of Ambridge, Pennsylvania; Ida Louisa, married George A. McMiliin, of Parnassus; Charles Bismark, of Greensburg: and Walter Edward, mentioned hereafter. Mr. Schwalm, the father, died March 31, 1891, aged fifty six.

Walter Edward Schwalm, son of John and Sarah (Smail) Schwaim, was born October 30, 1878, in Leechburg, Armstrong county, and received his education in the common schools of that town and of Pittsburg. At the age of nineteen he entered the service of the Kensington Dispatch Company, with which he remained four years, and then engaged in business for himself, starting the Peerless Press job printing office, which he conducted for one year, and in 1903 consolidated his business with the Dispatch Printing Company, and has ever since been general manager. He has been a member of the Citizens Volunteer Fire Department almost from its organization, and belongs to Lodge No. 81, K. P., Lodge No. F. O. E., and Lodge No. 11, T. of B. H., all of New Kensington. Mr. Schwalm married in 1902, Minnie Ellen, daughter of William and Katharine Stuart, of Parnassus, Pennsylvania.


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

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