HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY, Volume 3
PETER C. SCHULLER, a well-known business man of Johnston, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, with important interests in the commericial and financial world of that city, and proprietor of the Imperial Ice Cream and Bottling Works, is a representative of an honored family of Germany.
Joseph Schuller, father of Peter C. Schuller, was born in Regensburg, Germany, and there received a good common school education. He learned the trade of shoemaking, which he followed in his native country for some years, and then emigrated to the United States in 1852. He was in the city of New York for a short time and then migrated to LaTrobe, Pennsylvania, where he followed the occupation of shoemaking for some years, after which he located in Conemaugh township, where he cultivated a farm, and finally moved to Johnstown, where he commenced a shoemaking establishment in Railroad street, where he died in 1873. He was a stanch Democrat, and a member of St. Joseph's German Catholic church. He married, in Germany, Mary Brandel, who resides with her son in Johnstown, and they had eight children: 1. Frances, wife of Geroge Haberkorn. 2, Mary, wife of Adam Bold, of Springfield, Ohio. 3. Joseph, killed in Cambria Steel Works. 4. Lena, at home. 5. Annie, wife of L. tedejesky, of Johnstown. 6. Catherine, Sister of Mercy known as Sister Rose. 7. John, resides with Peter C. 8. Peter C., see forward.
Peter C. Schuller, son of Joseph and Mary (Brandel) Schuller, was born on the farm in Conemaugh township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, June 27, 1868.He was but five yeras of age at the time of the death of his father, and he was educated in the parochial schools of the district until he had attained his thrirteenth year, when he commenced to work for his own support.He ontained a position with the Cambria Steel Company, as oiler of engines, etc., and remained in their employ in various capacities for a period of five years.He then obtained a position as clerk in the store of John Widman, on Railroad street, and there his faithful and conscientious performance of the duties assigned to him enabled him to rise from grade to grade, until at the end of eleven years he was admitted to partnership in the firm, the business being conducted under the firm name of Widman & Schuller.This arrangement was continued for nine years, when Mr. Schuller sold out his interest to Mr. Widman and purchased the ice cream factory of Richard Bauers, located on Conemaugh street.This is now part of the present busines.One year later, Mr. Schuller commenced the botting of root and ginger beers, mineral waters, etc., and has continued this up to the present time (1907).Since purchasing the ice cream and bottling business, Mr. Schuller has remodeled and reconstructed both plants, which are combined, and he installed the latest and most improved machinery, having the most completely equipped plant in the county.The ice cream business is purely wholesale, covering Cambria and parts of Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties, while the bottling business is confined to Johnstown.In addition to this Mr. Schuller is treasurer of the Johnstown Baking Company, one of the largest concerns of its kind in the county.He is a man of energetic and progressive methods, and is influential in the business circles of the city.He is noted for his integrity and reliability of his business methods, and has a large circle of friends.He is a stanch supporter of the Democrat party, and a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and of the Knights of St. George.
Mr. Schuller married, June 28, 1892, in Altoona, Pennsylvania Emma Kurtz, daughter of Mrs. Theresa Rigel, and they have children: Victor, Margaret, George and Robert.