Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 632] the sole proprietor and manager of the English Kitchen Lunch Room of No. 8, South Mercer Street, New Castle, Lawrence County, was born in the above city June 6, 1857. He is descended from a good German family, his father being Charles Hess of Baden, and his mother being Dorothy Apple of Bavaria.

When the father of our subject came to this country, he engaged in the meat business, and has followed it ever since he became a resident of New Castle. There were born to our subject's parents ten children, of whom the following lived to maturity: Emily, who married H. B. Schweitzer of Pittsburg, Pa., and has three children, Lester, Ethel, and Mary E.; Frank G., who married a Miss Summer of Niles, Ohio, and has two children, Ward and Carl; Margaret, who married Fred Rawle of Texas; Matilda, who married Herman Abbott of Allegheny, Pa., and has borne him one child, Mildred; W. Minnie; and Paul. He still survives his wife, who died May 30, 1884, aged forty-nine years.

William C. Hess was educated in the public schools of New Castle, and by diligent efforts secured an excellent basis for a successful business life. When a young man he went into his father's shop and learned the butcher's trade, and followed it steadily for sixteen years, until 1892, when he purchased his present business. He has made of his restaurant one of the most popular resorts in the city to obtain a good meal or a short order lunch; it is run on strictly business principles, is patronized by a very desirable class of customers, and offers many advantages to those in search of good, wholesome food.

In 1883 our subject was joined in marriage with Marian Schafer, daughter of H. H. Schafer of New Castle, and their family now consists of these children: Herman; Wilhelmina D., deceased; Marian; Helen, deceased; and Bertrand, deceased. The family are regular attendants of the Lutheran Church. Socially, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias organization, also of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, and the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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