Biography of Carl Riddel
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Carl Riddel, a veteran of the World war, is a prominent young man of Johnstown, where he is commander of the local post of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was born in this city, June 8, 1895, and is a son of Conrad and Susan (Wirth) Riddel.

Conrad Riddel, deceased, was born in Germany, Feb. 13, 1860, and died Nov. 2, 1915. He is buried in Grand View Cemetery, Johnstown. Mr. Riddel came to this country in 1871 and spent the remainder of his life in Johnstown, where he was employed by the Cambria Steel Company. He was a Democrat and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. His widow, who was born in Germany, June 24, 1860, resides in Johnstown. To Mr. and Mrs. Riddel ten children were born, as follows: Margaret and Fred, both at home; Emma, married John Barker, lives in Los Angeles, Cal.; Amelia, deceased; one child died in infancy; Louis, at home; Carl, the subject of this sketch; Walter, at home; Elizabeth, married W. H. Benshof, lives in Johnstown; and Lawrence, at home.

Carl Riddel received his education in the public schools of Johnstown, after which he entered the employ of M. Nathan & Brother. In 1916 he was appointed shipping clerk and has since served in that capacity. During the World war Mr. Riddel enlisted July 22, 1917, and went to Camp Lee, Virginia, where he was assigned to the Fifty fourth Company Depot Brigade. He served in France with Company H, Three Hundred Fourteenth Infantry, Seventy ninth Division, and participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive He was discharged at Camp Dix, N. J., May 31, 1919. He is one of the organizers of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Menohen Post No. 155, of which he is commander.

Mr. Riddel is a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church and Patriotic American League.

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

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