Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 603] proprietor of the Central Hotel of Harlansburg, Scott township, is "mine host" of one of the most popular public houses in the county outside of New Castle. He was born in Shenango township July 5, 1863, and was a son of Christian and Margaret (Hoffman) Winter, who were both born in the Fatherland and descended from lines of pure German ancestry, possessing excellent and remarkable traits of character, which they transmitted to their descendants. Our subject is a man of position and influence in the part of the county where he resides, for he is richly endowed with those characteristics which render our German population of so much value in this land of thrift and progress. Being born and raised in Lawrence County, he is thoroughly imbued with a love for American institutions and has especially a large amount of affection for the county of his birth.

Christian Winter came to the United States to found a home in 1844, and settled in the State of Maryland, where he purchased a farm and identified himself with the agricultural interests of his section for a number of years until he conceived the idea of taking up his abode in the fertile country of Western Pennsylvania. He accordingly disposed of his Maryland farm and removed to Shenango township in 1852, thence to Union township about 1869, and purchased a farm where he resided the remainder of his life, passing to his reward in 1876, aged fifty-seven, years. The farm is still owned by his heirs. He accumulated considerable property, and both as a business man and in society was considered a valuable member of his community. He was a full-blooded Democrat, and earnestly supported his party and its measures on all occasions, but never aspired to hold public office. In 1846, soon after he settled in this country, he married Margaret Hoffman, daughter of George Hoffman, a native of Germany, and to him and his good wife were born seven children, six of whom are living. George F., the eldest son, married Martha Calderwood of Union township, who at her death at an early age left him one daughter, Martha. He then entered into a second union with Minnie O'Shea of Boston, Mass., and there were born to them seven children—Mary E., deceased, Elizabeth T., George F., Mont C., Norman, Harry, and Charlie. John, the next son, married Mary Cameron of Union township, and had seven children—James C., Margaret, Mary E., John and Nancy, twins, Clara and Edward. Elizabeth A. became the wife of James Flinn of Union township, and bore him seven children—Francis, Edward, Charlie, Walter, Mary M., and Edna E. Henry took for his wife Mary Edgerton of Union township, and became the father of four children—Anna B., Charlie H., Sarah, and Marie. Mary A. married John C. Trussell of New Castle, Pa., and bore him one son, John F. The family were faithful comunicants of the Catholic Church.

Our subject, who was the youngest child, was educated in the schools of Union township, and worked on the home farm until he was eighteen years of age, when he began life for himself by accepting a position as driver for the American Express Co. in the city of New Castle, in which connection he was employed for seven years and a half. In 1890 he was appointed policeman in the same city, and was then employed as clerk in the Excelsior Hotel until 1896, when he moved to Harlansburg, Scott township, this county, where he leased the hotel property he now occupies. He is a very successful young business man, and what is commonly considered a "hustler." He has been industrious and economical and has accumulated sufficient means to be considered one of the most substantial men of his village, and is held in high esteem as a man of enterprise and excellent habits. He is a conscientious Democrat, and takes a lively interest in local politics.

In 1888 he was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Rose C. Quigley, daughter of John Quigley of East Palestine, Ohio, and this union has resulted to their joy in the births of three children, named as follows: John L., deceased; Francis W.; and Carl, deceased. In religious belief Mrs. Winter is an Irish Catholic. Mr. Winter belongs to Robert Blum Lodge, No. 466, Knights of Pythias, of New Castle.

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

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