Biography of Otto J. Schweinhardt
Erie County, PA Biographies

Otto J. Schweinhardt is an enterprising merchant of Erie, engaged in the hardware business at 1806 Parade Street. He was born in Erie, June 9, 1892, and is a son of John and Dora (Harding) Schweinhardt.

John Schweinhardt, who now lives retired at 2312 Holland Street, was an early settler of Erie, having come here from Germany. He was successfully engaged in the dairy business until the time of his retirement in 1912. His wife died in 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Schweinhardt were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Bertha Gauley, lives in Erie; Clara, the widow of C. J. Kissell, lives with her father; Mrs. Ida Baerle, lives in Erie where her husband is engaged in the real estate business; and Otto J., the subject of this sketch.

Otto J. Schweinhardt attended Garfield School in Erie and Davis Business College. When a young man he was employed by his father in the dairy business and later, became connected with the Wayne Brewing Company. On Dec. 10, 1914, Mr. Schweinhardt entered the employ of the Anchor Line, Pennsylvania Railway Company in Erie as a messenger and later became cashier and accountant. He resigned from that position June 1, 1924 and purchased the hardware business formerly conducted by his brother-in-law, C. J. Kissel, who died April, 1924. He carries a complete line of hardware, builders supplies, and paints, and has a well established business.

On May 6, 1918, Mr. Schweinhardt was united in marriage with Miss Margaret E. Baird, of Renovo, Pa., the daughter of Herbert L. and Margaret Baird, residents of Erie. To Mr. and Mrs. Schweinhardt one daughter has been born, Jean Baird, born Dec. 10, 1920.

Mr. Schweinhardt and his family are members of St. John's Lutheran Church.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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