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of an excellent education in private schools of the city, he entered the employ of his father, accepting a position in the coal mines of the latter at Central City, Kentucky. He remained there for a period of five years, during that time filling various positions of trust and responsibility very capably. He was assistant superintendent in 1896, but desiring a change he resigned and came to Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. Here he accepted a position with the Lorain Steel Company in the track-welding department. After two years of his work he established himself in the ice business, in association with his cousin, W. K. du Pont, but they sold out their interests in 1901, when he was offered a position with the Johnstown Passenger Street Railway Company, in which his executive ability, keen grasp of the situation and progressiveness enabled him to rise until he now occupies the position of superintendent of the company, to the entire satisfaction and advantage of all interested. He was elected councilman for Ferndale, in 1906, in which borough he has a plot of land of twenty-one acres on which he has erected a commodious and elegant home, equipped with all modern improvements.
He married Helen A. Quinn, daughter of James and Rose (Geis) Quinn, both members of old Johnstown families, and they have had children: James Quinn, born November 8, 1902; and Ermann Thomas, born November 28, 1904.
CHARLES BRIXNER, of Johnstown, a prominent character in the business and political history of that city and of Cambria county for more than forty years, dating from the time when he began driving on the old Pennsylvania canal for the Cambria Iron Company, was born in Wittenberg, Germany, September 4, 1851, and was three years old when his father emigrated from that country to American.
Christian Brixner, father of Charles Brixner, was born in Wittenberg, Germany, November 13, 1823, son of David Brixner, of Sensenhoff, Wittenberg, a surveyor by profession, but by principal occupation a wine gardener, proprietor of from two hundred to three hundred acres of land, hence a man of means as well as position. Of his family life little is now known except that he married and had two sons and three daughters; that he was a consistent member of the Lutheran church, and that at the time of his death, soon after 1860, he was sixty years old. The children of David Brixner were: Catherine, who became the wife of a Mr. Kistling; Charlotte, deceased, who was wife of Frederick Schramm, a resident of Philadelphia; Christian, see forward; Christiana, who became the wife of a Mr. Zillhart; David, who left Germany and became a resident of France.
Christian Brixner was brought up to the occupation of his father. He served five years in the German army and was in service during the revolution in 1848. He was a non-commisioned officer, an excellent drillmaster and was given charge of