MYER LOWENTRITT, oil broker, came to Oil City in 1864 from
Cleveland, Ohio, where he was born September 26, 1843. His father, Aaron
Lowentritt, a native of Bavaria, was some years a merchant in Cleveland.
He afterward moved to Milwaukee and engaged in the grain business and
there spent the rest of his life. He died in 1867 at the age of fifty
years. Myer, the eldest of his two sons, was educated in Cleveland and
studied both law and medicine, adopting neither, however, as a profession.
His first business venture was as a hide and fur dealer in La Crosse,
Wisconsin, and he followed it two years. At McGregor, Iowa, and Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, he bought and shipped grain for about four years, and from the
latter place, via Cleveland, came to the oil region. Here, being without
money—his employers having failed in his debt—he embarked in the oil
business as superintendent of wells for the Cherry Valley Oil Company. At
the end of about one year he became a producer—an enterprise that from
1871 to 1878 yielded him large returns. Since the year last mentioned his
principal business has been that of oil broker. What of this world’s goods
Mr. Lowentritt has is the result of his individual efforts and industry.
In leaving Cleveland he borrowed ten dollars with which to pay his way,
and upon arriving here the sum of his fortune was four dollars. The ethics
obtaining in biography of living men forbid conclusions on the part of the
writer, and a brief outline of facts only can be given. Mr. Lowentritt is
president of the Enterprise Milling Company and of the Home Building and
Loan Association, and is one of the directors of the Oil City Trust
Company Bank and of the Oil City Tube Works. He is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and of the I. O. B. B., a beneficiary society peculiar to
members of the Israelitish church. He was married January 23, 1878, at
Titusville, to Miss Rachel Frey, a native of Ohio, and has three children:
Arthur; Helen, and Florence.
History of Venango County, Pennsylvania
: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and
British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent
growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich
oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs,
townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and
biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.,
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, pages 903-904
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