Biography of P. Gustave Schaper
Erie County, PA Biographies

P. Gustave Schaper, a well known citizen of Erie, who is connected with the Charles H. Fry Construction Company as vice president, is a member of a family that has long been identified with Erie County. He was born in Mill Creek Township, in 1887, and is a son of August Henry and Mary (Schneider) Schaper.

August Henry Schaper, deceased, was a leading building contractor of Erie. He was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 1, 1849. It was during this year that his father, George Schaper, died, and soon after his mother emigrated to America, bringing two sons, August Henry and Ferdinand. In 1871 he engaged at his trade in Erie and soon after formed a partnership with George Buhl in the milling business, and in 1881 erected Schaper Mills. This firm existed until 1892, when Mr. BuhI's interest was purchased by Mr. Schaper, who became an extensive building contractor. He died in December, 1921, and his wife resides on West 25th Street, Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Schaper were the parents of 13 children, nine of whom are now living. Christ, Thomas, and Urban Schaper are also identified with the Fry Construction Company.

P. Gustave Schaper was reared and educated in Erie County and in 1903 removed to the City of Erie with his parents, where he attended high school. In 1905 he became connected with the U. S. Horseshoe plant, and in 1909 went west to North Dakota, where he remained two years. Upon his return to Erie he became associated in the contracting business with his brother, Charles, and in December, 1917, formed a partnership with Mr. Fry. They are extensive contractors, specializing in road building and do a million dollars' worth of business a year. Between 300 and 400 men are employed.

Mr. Schaper was married to Miss Florence Miller, the daughter of Gustave and Luella Miller, residents of Erie. They have two children: Robert, born in 1918; and David, born in 1920.

Mr. and Mrs. Schaper are members of the Lutheran Church and he is a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Elks' Lodge.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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