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Biographical Sketch of Herman Scheiber (b. 1852)

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Biographical Sketch of Herman Scheiber (b. 1852)

Posted: 4 May 2003 3:06PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Scheiber Wiler
Herman Scheiber, one of the business men of the City of Huntington, was born on a farm in Warren Township, this county, March 22, 1852. He was the third son born to John and Rufena (Wiler) Scheiber, the former of whom was born near Strausburg, Germany, and the latter was born in Baden, Germany. His father, John Scheiber, was the son of Jacob and Lena Scheiber, with who he came to America and located in Stark County, Ohio, when he was twelve years of age. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Matthias Wiler, and she came with her parents to America when she was nine years old. They, also, settled in Stark County, where an acquaintance was formed between John Scheiber and Rufena Wiler. This resulted in their marriage in February, 1842. In 1851 they came to this county and located in Warren Township, where they resided when Herman was born. The latter spent his boyhood and youth working upon his father’s farm in this county. After he had attained the age of twenty-one he left home and learned the carpenter’s trade at which he worked two years. On the first day of January, 1874, he entered upon a commercial course in the Lafayette Business College, which he completed in four months, and, be it said to his credit, that was a shorter period of time than any one had ever accomplished the same work in that institution, assurance of which fact was given to him by his preceptor, Prof. Kennedy. After graduating he went to Canton, Ohio, where he accepted a position in a wholesale house. He remained there seven years. In June, 1882, he returned to the City of Huntington, and on the 10th day of August following, he and his brother, Peter Scheiber opened up the China Hall on North Jefferson Street. A few months later his brother’s interest was purchased by Jacob Zahn, who still retains an interest in the Hall. The firm name is H. Scheiber & Co. Their establishment, popularly known as China Hall, is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Indiana, and is one of which the City of Huntington may well feel proud. From front to rear, from floor to ceiling—case upon case of china, glass, and queensware of beautiful designs and in endless variety—altogether present to the eye a most gorgeous sight. A visit to this establishment can not fail to pay any one, even though he leave it empty-handed. Mr. Scheiber is a member of the Catholic Church.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Huntington—City and Township. Pages 531 - 532.

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