Biography of Foster H. Berkebile
Cambria County, PA Biographies





Foster H. Berkebile is widely known in Johnstown, where he is a member of the firm of Berkebile Bros., engineers and contractors. He is a native of Johnstown, born Dec. 31, 1888, and the son of Louis and Matilda (Faust) Berkebile.

After completing his early schooling in the public schools of Johns town, Foster H. Berkebile attended Juanita College and graduated from Pennsylvania State College in 1910. He then was engaged in various engineering and construction projects throughout the United States with his brother, Louis E. Berkebile. They were identified with work on the Mississippi River Commission as engineers, the Tennessee Power Company, the Mississippi River Power Company at Keokuk, Iowa, and the Prewitt irrigation project, Colorado. In January, 1914, Messrs. Berkebile founded their present business in Johnstown and now rank among the leading engineers of the State of Pennsylvania. The following construction jobs were handled by Berkebile Bros.: Johnstown Central High School, which was erected at a cost of $1,250,000; Gately-Fitzgerald Building, Johnstown; Johnstown Public Safety Building, Henderson Brothers Laundry, Cupp Grocery Company warehouses, Penn Traffic Company addition, Gailiker Ice Cream Company, Swank Building, Brown Fayro Company plant, VanDyke Brick Company, Electric Building of the Bethlehem Steel Company, and various other projects of similar nature.

On Nov. 26, 1914, Mr. Berkebile was married to Miss Edna Ferry, the daughter of Dr. F. F. and Ada Ferry, of New Paris, Bedford County, Pa., both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Berkebile four daughters have been born: Ada Louise, born Oct. 8, 1917; Matilda Jane, born Nov. 9, 1921; Nancy Perry, born Sept. 3, 1922; and Edna Corrine, born Aug. 30, 1925.

Mr. Berkebile is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Sunnehanna Country Club. and Sigma Chi fraternity. He is a director of the Cambria County Red Cross, director of the Y. M. C. A., regional vice president of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, and president of the Pennsylvania State College Alumni Association.


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

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