Biography of George W. Gammel
Oneida County, NY Biographies





George W. Gammel, proprietor of the Gammel Cafe, in which connection he draws his patronage from among Utica's best citizens, was born in this city on the 22d of February, 1862, his parents being Robert and Emelie Hammel, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they emigrated to the new world in 1853, taking up their abode in Utica. Seven years later, or in 1860, Robert Gammel opened the Gammel Cafe, of which he remained proprietor until 1882, when with a substantial competence, acquired through his well directed business interests, he retired to private life. His remaining days were spent in the enjoyment of the fruits of his previous toil until death called him in 1895.

George W. Gammel was a pupil in the public schools and afterward attended the Utica Business College. In his youthful days he became his father's assistant in business and in 1879 was admitted to a partnership. Success continued to attend the undertaking and about three years later George W. Gammel purchased his father's interest and has since been proprietor of the cafe which is one of the leading establishments of this character in Utica, catering to the leading people here and standing very high in the opinion of the better citizens.

On the 26th of September, 1893, George W. Gammel was united in marriage to Miss Phebe Brown, of Utica. They have a wide acquaintance here, enjoying the friendship of many with whom they have come in contact. Mr. Gammel is a popular member of various fraternities, including Utica Lodge, No. 33, B. P. O. E., of which he is a charter member, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Harugari, D. O. H. He is likewise president of the Utica Turn Verein and a member of the Utica Maeimerchor and is prominent in German-American circles of this city, having great influence among those who are natives of or, like himself, trace their ancestry to the fatherland.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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