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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LOUIS PICHEL, merchant, Tarentum, son of Isaac and Nanna (Goodman) Pichel, was born in Pittsburgh, in 1855. His parents were of European birth, and located in Pittsburgh, where his father became a wholesale tobacconist and resided until his decease, in August, 1868. The widow survived until 1881, when she also died. Their children were Louis; Charlotte, now wife of B. N. Jacobs, of Pittsburgh (confidential secretary for the late Mr. Gusky for some years before his death and at present financier of his estate), and Julius, who has been identified with the Commercial Gazette, as foreman, since 1877. Louis Pichel, the subject of this sketch, received his education in the public schools, and began his business career as an employe of S. Cohen & Co., and afterward was with J. M. Gusky, with whom he remained until 1886, when he removed to Tarentum, his present place of business, where he established himself as a dealer in ready-made clothing, gents’ furnishing goods, and everything found in a first class clothing store. To him belongs the credit of being the first to introduce in Tarentum the one-price system, to which he has strictly adhered, and which has resulted in success. He has the finest storeroom in the borough. In 1885 he married Carrie, daughter of William Oppenheimer, of Pittsburgh, and they have two children, Nanna and Edith. Mr. Pichel is a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 45, of Pittsburgh; also Zerubabel Chapter, 162, R. A. M.; Mount Moriah Council, No. 2, of Pittsburgh; also No. 289, 1. O. O. F.; Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, Free Sons of Israel. He and Mrs. Pichel are members of the Jewish faith; he is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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