NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Charles Frederick Sunderhaft, an active and prominent factor in the business circles of Lowville, aiding materially in its development, upbuilding and progress, is a native of that city, born Oct. 8, 1877, son of John Baptist and Eva (Hartman) Sunderhaft, and grandson of Andrus and Barbara Sunderhaft.
(I) John Baptist Sunderhaft was born at Bamburg, kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, March 20, 1821. He received his education at the Bamburg University, from which institution he graduated with honor, and later learned the trade of glazier, and being a natural mechanic, became an expert in the art. In 1654, having decided to test the opportunities for business in the new world, he emigrated thither and located in Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., where he followed his trade, achieving a certain degree of success. He was a thorough gentleman in every sense of the word, courteous and refined, and he won and retained the respect and esteem of the community wherein the greater part of his life was spent.
He was a Democrat in politics. He married, at Croghan, N.Y. July 10, 1854, Eva Hartman, born at Bamberg, kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, May 8, 1831, daughter of Thomas and Ursula Hartman.
1. Mary Margaretta Josephine, born May 22, 1855, at Lowville, N.Y., died Dec. 9, 1864.
2. John Anselm Paul, May 22, 1856; married, Nov. 10, 1880, Jennie Cavanaugh.
3. Sebastian, April 27, 1858; married, 1895, Libbie Roe.
4. Maria Augusta, April 2, 1860, died 1895; married, March 14, 1883, Frank C. Farmington.
5. Lena Ursula, March 22, 1862; died Jan. 21, 1904.
6. Anna, March 4, 1864, died Aug. 19, 1864.
7. Anna Maria Eva Lilly, Aug. 14, 1865; married, Nov. 10, 1886, Carl Arnst Jonas.
8. John Baptist, Oct. 2, 1868; married Oct. 2, 1897, Anna Greer.
9. George L., July 8, 1871; married, May 3, 1892, Mary E. Kent.
10. Frederick Adam, July 29, 1873, died July 13, 1904; married, March 2, 1894, Luella Sturtze.
11. Charles Frederick, see forward.
John Baptist Sunderhaft died August 20, 1904, and his wife passed away Jan. 21, 1903.
(II) Charles Frederick, youngest chld of John Baptist and Eva (Hartman) Sunderhaft, acquired his education in the graded schools of Lowville, and after completing his studies he served an apprenticeship of three years at the trade of cabinetmaker with Haherer Brothers, furniture manufacturers, of Lowville, N.Y., and for seven years thereafter worked as a journeyman at his trade.
In 1902 he engaged in the business of contractor and builder, and in connection therwith deals quite extensively in real estate and lumber. He is a most skillful mechanic and each contract entrusted to him receives his personal attention, thus insuring good workmanship, as he is most painstaking and thorough in every detail. His business has increaded in volume and importance during the passing years, and by honorable dealings he holds the confidence of all those with whom he has business dealings, and the esteem and respect of all with whom he is brought in contact.
Personally Mr. Sunderhaft is a high-minded and well-bred gentleman of marked ability and thorough culture, and as a citizen he is public-spirited and progessive. He is a member of Lowville Methodist church, taking an active interest in all things pertaining to its welfare, a member of Lowville Lodge, Free and Accepted masons, No. 134, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Lowville.
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