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Vogel, John C.

John C. Vogel, proprietor of Vogel's Picture Shop, 105 East Jefferson Street, Butler, Pennsylvania, is a native of New York. He was born in Rochester, New York, June 20, 1877, a son of John W. and Helena (Zimber) Vogel.

John W. Vogel was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and when a young man learned the glass maker's trade. He went to Rochester, New York, where he was employed for a time, and then returned to Pittsburgh, where he was affiliated with a large glass concern. Mr. Vogel was a pioneer in the glass industry. He came to Butler in 1884 and organized the Cooperative Glass Company, of which he was superintendent. His plant was later destroyed by fire, after which Mr. Vogel worked at his trade in various parts of the country. He died August 16, 1912. His wife, a native of Rochester, New York, died in 1922, and they are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Butler. Mr. Vogel was a Democrat and served one term in the city council of Butler. They were members of St. Peter's Catholic Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Vogel nine children were born: Joseph, a real estate dealer, Pittsburgh ; John C., the subject of this sketch ; William, a salesman, McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Raymond, engaged in the coal business at Bradford, Pennsylvania ; and five children, deceased, are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Butler.

John C. Vogel was educated in the public schools of Butler, and Butler Business College. After completing his education he learned the picture framing business from I. J. McBride. In 1903 Mr. Vogel established his own business at 136 North Main Street, Butler, where he carried wall paper, paints, china, pottery, and glassware in connection with the manufacture of picture frames, and from that beginning has developed his present thriving business. He afterward closed out all but the picture framing business and removed to East Jefferson Street, and in 1916 he removed to his present location. Mr. Vogel has one of the largest and best known stores in its line in Butler and his picture frames, all custom made, are shipped to all parts of the world.

Mr. Vogel is a Republican and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. His fraternal affiliations are with the Knights of Columbus, Butler Council No. 866, Fourth Degree. Mr. Vogel was one of the organizers of this council and a charter member, and has served on the board of trustees. He is also a director of the Mt. Jewett Fire Clay Company, of Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania. Mr. Vogel is a representative and dependable citizen of Butler.


 

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