Biography of William L. Carstensen
Cambria County, PA Biographies

William L. Carstensen, senior member of the firm of Carstensen & McLain, engineers and contractors, with offices at 301-302 Swank Building, Johnstown, is among the prominent business men of this city. He was born at Port Clinton, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1898, and is the son of Carson and Sophia (Mathision) Carstensen.

Both Carson Carstensen and his wife were natives of Germany who came to the United States when quite young and settled at Port Clinton, where Mr. Carstensen was engaged in the contracting business until his retirement. They were the parents of seven children, as follows: Louis, deceased; Peter, Ferdinand, Emil, William L., Herman and Arnold.

William L. Carstensen received his education in the public schools of Port Clinton, graduating from the high school there in 1916. He received his degree as Bachelor of Science at Dennison College in 1920, and spent the following year as assistant engineer on the Franklin Conemaugh Bridge which was being constructed at Johnstown. In March, 1921, he established his present offices. The following is a partial list of the building this firm has done since its organization: Freeport High School, Derry Township High School, Westmont High School, the Farmers National Bank of Freeport, Citizens Bank at Barnsboro, State Bank at Vintondale, Liberty Baking Company's plant at Morrellville, McCrory's 5 and 10c Store, Johnstown, now being completed, besides many fine residences.

On July 10, 1923, Mr. Carstensen was married to Miss Rose M. O'Donnell, daughter of Daniel and Rose O'Donnell of Johnstown. Mr. O'Donnell is deceased and his wife resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Carstensen have a son, William L., born April 15, 1924.

Mr. Carstensen is a member of Center Star Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 11, Granville, Ohio; the American Legion, Lions Club, Sunnehanna Country Club, and Dennison Engineering Club. He is past secretary of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Club, and in politics is a Republican.

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

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