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Elizabeth Pfeiffer

Erie German Settlers & Facts

By on July 12, 2016

From early records, we have determined that the 1st German settlers in Erie County in all probability came from the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany and had been settled in America for almost a century before coming northwest.  It was their letters to the families in the fatherland that brought even more settlers. Not all the […]

St. Marys School

Early Erie German Churches and Schools

By on June 2, 2016

St. Mary’s R.C. Church When the new Church was built, the graveyard had to be relocated. The remains of those early pioneers where placed in a mass grave at Trinity Cemetery marked by this monument. St. Mary’s School (1897) St. Mary’s School was originally a school for boys only! St. Mary’s Home St. John’s Lutheran […]

Kraus’s Original Store

Early Erie German Businesses

By on May 31, 2016

Valentine Heidt, Undertaker A. Schultz Company Edward Gredler in his Butcher Shop Karsh’s Grocery Photo taken in 1905 – Store was opened in April 1898  five years after their arrival in Erie and remained in the family until 1985. Peter Wehan’s Grocery Store Schloss Meat Market Schuldebuckel Hill & Ohmer’s Hardware Store Kraus’s Original Store […]


Erie’s German Mayors

By on May 31, 2016

Mayor Phillip Becker 1883-1884 Provided electric street lights for the city and built a new City Hall. 1907-1911 Michael Liebel, Jr. was perhaps one of Erie’s most popular mayors. He owned and operated the Liebel Hotel.   Originally the West End Brewery, he formed the Cascade Brewery in 1889 and sold it in 1906 to Fred […]


German Heritage Festival

By on May 23, 2016

WILLKOMMEN to the 20th Annual Erie German Heritage Festival – A Family Friendly Event September 3rd & 4th (Labor Day Weekend) Rain or Shine! All activities under tents! Handicapped facilities / Parking with displayed ID Pets are not permitted in the park. Properly identified Service Dogs are permitted. No outside food or alcoholic beverages are […]

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