Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 1 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
ALBERT FAMILY, Pgs. 444, 445
ADAM ALBERT, traveling from Virginia on horseback, located at Portersville, Pa., where he worked at the blacksmith’s trade, later moving to Franklin Twp., Butler Co., Pa., purchasing and cultivating a farm, following his trade in connection with his farming operations. His home was of log construction and there he passed the remainder of his years. His ancestry was German.
(II) ADAM (2) ALBERT, son of ADAM (1) ALBERT, the pioneer, was one of the organizers in that region of the Lutheran Church at Prospect, Pa., active in all of its interests. He married MARY, reared in Evansburg, Pa., daughter of JOHN DUNN, a native of Ireland. One of the brothers of JOHN DUNN, ANDREW, was a soldier in the American army in the war of the Revolution. Among the children of ADAM (2) and MARY (DUNN) ALBERT was JOHN D., of whom further.
(III) JOHN D. ALBERT, son of ADAM (2) and MARY (DUNN) ALBERT, was born in Butler Co., Pa., and there died. He was educated in the public schools, and in later life became a farmer, also being a mechanic. His political party was the Republican and he was frequently the incumbent of public office, performing his official duties with faithful competence. He married MARTHA, born in Center Twp., Butler Co., Pa., daughter of DANIEL and ELIZABETH (ROSE) HECK, the former named a native of Germany, who immigrated to the U. S. at the age of 15 years, locating in Center Co., Butler Co. He was a son of DANIEL HECK, a soldier in the army of Napoleon. DANIEL (2) HECK was master of the cabinet maker’s trade, later became the proprietor of a saw mill, owned coal property, and engaged in undertaking. He was a man of considerable local influence, and prominent in the district. JOHN D. and MARTHA (HECK) ALBERT were the parents of three sons and five daughters, one of the former being JAMES A., of whom further.
(IV) JAMES A. ALBERT, son of JOHN D. and MARTHA (HECK) ALBERT, was born in Butler Co., Pa., Jan. 23, 1865. In his youth he attended the Hickory Corners School in the vicinity of his home, although after he was 11 years of age his schooling was confined to two of the winter months. He remained on the home farm until he attained his maturity, then entered the railroad service, continuing until 1900, being employed as fireman and engineer by the Pittsburgh & Western Railroad. Becoming identified with the Westinghouse Machine Co., he added to the practical experience he obtained in this employ the benefit derived from an electrical course with the International Correspondence School, of Scranton, afterward accepting a position as chief engineer of the Iroquois Building, of Oakland, and was thus employed for one and one-half years, while that place becoming president of the local union of the International Union of Steam and Gas Engineers. For the four following years he was chief engineer of the municipal lighting plant of Pitcairn, Pa., until Nov. 1, 1907, when he severed his connection with the municipality, and on Jan. 20, 1908, engaged in the hardware business at No. 604 California Ave., Avalon, Pa., continuing this with success to the present time, trading as the Avalon Hardware Company. MR. ALBERT holds membership in the Order of American Mechanics, The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masonic Order, and the Brotherhood of Firemen and Engineers, and with his wife in the Order of the Eastern Star. He married, Sept. 16, 1896, CAROLINE C. ALBERT, of Foxburg, Pa., and has two sons: CARL PRESLEY and JAMES WILBUR.
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