Biography of Herman Apel
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Herman Apel ranks high among the successful business men and substantial citizens of Ebensburg. He was born in Carroll Township, Cambria. County, June 29, 1864, and is the son of Justus and Catherine (Raemer) Apel.

Justus Apel was born in Hesse Cartassel, Germany, Jan. 7, 1832, and died Sept. 21, 1917. When a mere boy he learned the tanning trade and his reputation for making leather of a superior quality found for him a ready market for all the product he could produce. He emigrated to this country in 1854 and settled in Ebensburg; After two years he purchased what was known as the Half Way House between Ebensburg and Carrolltown, where he operated a tannery. In 1882 he bought what is now known as the Miller farm, situated near the site of the old tannery. He was equally successful in this undertaking and when he left the farm on account of the death of his wife, he had one of the best equipped farms in this community, having erected splendid and commodious buildings thereon. His wife died in July, 1892, and with her husband is buried in Lloyd's Cemetery, Ehensburg. To Mr. and Mrs. Justus Apel the following children were born: Ernest, deceased; Albert, lives at Ebensburg; John, a retired merchant, lives at Murraysville, Pa.; Sophia, deceased; and Herman, the subject of this sketch.

Herman Apel spent his boyhood in Carroll Township and attended the district schools of Carroll and Cambria townships. After completing a course at Ebensburg Normal School he engaged in teaching in the district schools of Cambria County. He later farmed and in 1891 became interested in the coal and drayage business at Ebensburg. Mr. Apel is widely known as a wholesale and retail dealer in bituminous coal, sand, lime and brick.

In 1887 Mr. Apel was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Chute, of Ebensburg,: Pa., the daughter of D. M. and Mary Elizabeth (Atkins) Chute. Mr. Chute is deceased and his widow resides with the Apel family in Ebensburg. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Apel, as follows: Florence Harriet, born Nov. 28, 1888; Merrill Raemer, born Aug. 29, 1890; Ernest Chute, born Jan. 1, 1893; Mary Lillian, born July 28, 1895; Herman Justus, born Oct. 14, 1899; and Edward Eugene, born Nov. 25, 1907.

In politics Mr. Apel is identified with the Republican party. He has served as a member of the City Council for 28 years and as president for eight years. He holds membership in the Congregational Church and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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