Biography of U. Grant Berkebile
Cambria County, PA Biographies





U. Grant Berkebile is among the successful and representative young business men of Nanty Glo, where he is general manager and treasurer of the Nanty Glo Auto Company. He was born in Shade Township, Somerset County, June 26, 1891, and is a son of Philip and Evelyn (Grimm) Berkebile.

Philip Berkebile, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil war. He was born in Shade Township, Somerset County, Pa., Oct. 21, 1848, the son of Isaac and Harriet (Fidler) Berkebile. He was 16 years of age when he volunteered for service in the Civil war. He enlisted Feb. 27, 1864, as a private in Company M, Twenty-second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the remainder of the war. He participated, in many important engagements, including Leetown, Maryland Heights, Snicker’s Gap, Winchester and Cedar Creek. He was severely injured while in service. Mr. Berkebile engaged in farming during his entire life and was successful. He served as a member of the school board and was a member of the Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. He died May 19, 1924, and is buried at Lambertsville Cemetery, Somerset County. Mr. Berkebile married Miss Evelyn Grimm, the daughter of Capt. Adam Grimm. Two of Mr. Berkebile’s brothers, Daniel and George, were also Civil war veterans, and his grandfather, Daniel Berkebile, fought in the Mexican war. To Philip and Evelyn (Grimm) Berkebile 11 children were born, as follows: Owen E., lives at Buffalo, N. Y.; Cora M., deceased; Adam G., register of wills and clerk of Orphans’ Court, Somerset County; Orange Lester, deceased; Ralph L., lives at St. Petersburg, Fla.; Fannie, married Charles C. Ringler, cashier of the First National Bank, Cairnbrook, Pa.; Della, married M. K. Bowman, lives at Somerset, Pa.; Francis M., manager of the Federal Detective and Commercial Association, Pittsburgh; Lavina, deceased; Jennie Viola, married Ross Will, lives at Berlin, Pa.; and U. Grant, the subject of this. sketch.

U. Grant Berkebile was educated in the schools of Shade Township and for a number of years engaged in general farming with his father. In October, 1916, he became interested in the meat business at Somerset, Pa., in partnership with his brother, Ralph L. Berkebile, the business being known as the Diamond Meat Market. In the fall of 1918 Mr. Berkebile sold his interest to his brother, and due to ill health, removed to Sanford, Fla., where he remained until the spring of 1919. He then went to Jasahill, in Somerset County, where he managed a store for the Knickerbocker Fuel Company. He removed to Nanty Glo in March, 1924, and has since served as general manager and treasurer of the Nanty Glo Auth Company. The officers of the company are: K, G. Potts, president; Clarence Lauer, secretary; and Mr. Berkebile, general manager and treasurer. They are local agents for the Studebaker and Star automobiles. The company carries a complete line of automobile accessories, tires and replacement parts and has a well established business.

In November, 1911, Mr. Berkebile was married to Miss Lucilla J. Lauer, daughter of Peter and Mary H. (Hebe) Lauer. Mr. Lauer was born in Germany June 15, 1858, and died Sept. 29, 1911. His widow resides at Nanty Glo To Mr. and Mrs. Berkebile four children have been born: Lois Irene, born in 1913; Clare Clifton, born in 1915; Dorothy May, born in 1917; and Philip Pershing, born in 1919.

Mr. Berkebile is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge of Johnstown, and Williamsport Consistory, thirty-second degree.


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

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