Biography of L. E. Barnhart
Cambria County, PA Biographies





L E. Barnhart is a representative young business man of Nanty Glo and a veteran of the World War. He was born in Ogle Township, Somerset County, Pa., Aug. 26, 1895, and is the son of H. W. and Sue (Seese) Bamnbart.

H W. Bamnhart, a highly esteemed citizen of Windber, is a native of Somerset County. He was born in Shade Township, in May, 1871, and his wife is a native of Cambria County, born in March, 1871. Mr. Barnhart learned the carpenter trade when a young man and has always engaged in the general contracting business. He is a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Churck Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart have eight children, as follows: Walter and Grace, both deceased; I. E., the subject of this sketch; Roy, lives at Nanty Glo; Sadie, at home; Fannie, married. R. M. Berkey, lives at Windber; Richard and Kathlee, both at home.

I. E. Barnhart attended the public schools of Windber and at an early age learned the carpenter trade. He also studied mechanical drawing and for several years was identified with the Windber Lumber Company. In 1916 he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and on April 4, 1918, volunteered for service in the World War. He was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, as a member of Headquarters Company, 320th Infantry, 80th Division. He served overseas and participated in a number of important engagements. He was discharged as a corporal June 9, 1919. Mr. Barnhart returned to the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad and in October, 1919, came to Nanty Glo as foreman for the Nanty Glo Lumber & Construction Company. In 1920 he became a member of the firm of Dilling & Barnhart, in partnership with C. R. and John H. Dilling, which continued until December, 1923. Since that date John H. Dilling and Mr. Barnhart have conducted the business.

On Oct. 25, 1922, Mr. Barnhart was married to Miss E. Nellie Strunk, a daughter of Harry and Alma (Erhard) Strunk, natives of Clearfield County, Pa. Mr. Strunk is well known at Windber, Pa., where he is engaged in the grocery business. There are seven children in the Strunk family: Mervill, deceased; Nellie Barnhart, Valilia, Edna, Zelma, Florence and Glenn, all at home.

Politically Mr. Barnhart is a Republican. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, Ebensburg, American Legion, Johnstown, and Nanty Glo Business Men's Association.


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

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