L. Glessenkamp, Sons& Co

L. GLESENKAMP, Sons & Co., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Founded 1847.

Louis Glesenkamp, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, head of the carriage manufacturing house of L. Glesenkamp, Sons & Co., died after a week’s illness at his home, 4816 Liberty avenue, Pittsburg, on Saturday, May 21st. He was born in Belm, Hanover, January 7, 1826, and learned the trade of carriage building in his native town. He came to New York in 1848, and made that city his home for some months. He came to Pittsburg, where he has lived ever since. He was there but a short time when he saw an opening for fine carriage work, and offered his services. He soon became recognized as the most advanced and skillful workman in the carriage craft in Western Pennsylvania. It is said of him that in his early carriage building, he executed some jobs the like of which has never since been attempted or accomplished.

In 1853, he opened an establishment of his own, which soon became noted for the excellence GLES8and originality of work turned out. He showed not only workmanlike skill, but remarkable business ability, and soon established a large and prosperous carriage building establishment. He was married in 1852, and is survived by a widow ans six children. Two of his sons now control the business. Mr Glesenkamp, though an old man, was very active and paid strict attention to business, seldom missing a day at his desk. During his career as a carriage builder, he brought to this city much work which had been done abroad. His work was known far and wide for originality of design and excellence of execution in all the finer details of work. He established a standard of excellence, which has remained ever since as a model for others. His life was lived not merely to make money and do work, but to achieve a high ideal in his craft. This he has nobly done, and with a modesty of demeanor that won for him hosts of friends. Thus passes away another of the old time carriage builders, whose memory will remain long. His work is his most fitting gift to his craft.

Louis Glesenkamp, obituary.
Hub July 1898.

Louis Glesenkamp, the oldest carriage manufacturer in Pennsylvania, and the head of one of the old business firms in this city, died on May 21 at his home, 4816 Liberty avenue. Mr. Glesenkamp has been ailing for several years with asthma, but had not at any time been in a serious condition. For the past eight months, however, he had been confined to the house, yet he attended to every detail of his business, and was not taken dangerously ill until last Tuesday. He was compelled to take his bed, and it was then that his family began to fear for his life. He gradually became weaker, and on Thursday it was seen that he could not live much longer. Yesterday he slowly sank until death came at just 7 o’clock.

Louis Glesenkamp was widely known in all parts of the State. He was born in Belm, in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, Jan. 7, 1826. He received his education there, and then learned the trade of carriage building. Mr. Glesenkamp came to America in 1848. He remained in New York for a few months, and then moved to Pittsburg, where he opened a carriage factory and where he resided up to the time of his death.

Hub July 1898.

Pittsburg??The will of Louis Glesenkamp, the well known Pittsburg carriage builder, was filed for probate on May 25. The estate is valued at $100,000. Mary Glesenkamp, wife of the testator, is bequeathed the household goods, and insurance policy for $10,000 and the real estate on Liberty avenue, Twentieth ward, she now has possession of. In addition to this the wife is bequeathed the testator’s interest in the firm of Glesenkamp Sons & Co.. she having the right to continue in the business or dispose of her interest as may suit her. In the event of the wife’s desire to sell her interest it is directed that Joseph Glesenkamp, a son, be given the first chance to purchase. Real estate on Liberty and Penn avenues, Twentieth ward, now occupied as a carriage factory, valued at $75,000, upon which there is a mortgage of $30,000, is bequeathed to his sons Joseph and Louis Glesenkamp. If the sons decline to accept the mortgage, the real estate shall be sold, and the proceeds of the sale shall be counted in as part of the estate for general distribution. To Mary Glesenkamp, a granddaughter, is left $1,000. The residue of the estate is to be divided into six equal parts. One part is to be used in the purchase of a house for Catherine Glesenkamp, a daughter?in?law, and her children. The other parts are to be divided among Mrs. Sarah O’Neil, Mrs. Mary J. Carr, Mrs. Amelia Skelly, daughters, and Joseph an’ Louis Glesenkamp, sons. The latter are appointed executors.

C. H. Vorhes, Designer/Draftsmen.
Carriage Monthly April 1904.

C. H. Vorhes, (born 1852, Detroit, Michigan) superintendent and draftsman with the La Porte DRA16(Indiana) Carriage Co., was born near Detroit, Michigan, in 1852. He became an apprentice December 7, 1871, and remained nine years. Instead of going West, as was then the custom among young men, he went to New York, and was engaged by Brewster & Co., and later on by Charles S. Caffrey Co., Camden, New Jersey.

He also was employed by Holcomb Bros. and Henry Killam & Co., New Haven, Connecticut. From 1883 to 1886 he held the position of draftsman and superintendent in the establishment of L. Glesenkamp, Sons & Co., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He also worked for the Kalamazoo Buggy Co. and for C. R. & J. C. Wilson, Detroit, Michigan. In September, 1896, he was engaged with the La Porte Carriage Co. as superintendent and draftsman, and is still there.

William C. Glesenkamp, obituary.
Hub April 1901.

William C. Glesenkamp, member of the family so well known for his identification with the carriage making business in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and who was one of the firm of West & Co., carriage makers, died February 26, at the home of his father, William Glesenkamp, Sr., 1225 Locust street, Allegheny. He had not been in good health for some time. He was unmarried and is survived by his father, a brother and sister. He was forty-two years old.

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Plate No. 22. Rockaway. Carriage Monthly August 1898.


Plate No. 73. Hearse. Carriage Monthly January 1892 page 304.


Plate No. 81. Adult Funeral Car. Carriage Monthly February 1891 page 348.


Plate No. 673. Funeral Car. Carriage Monthly March 1903.


Plate No. 66. Five-Glass Landau. Carriage Monthly December 1884.


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Elaborate Funeral Car with Brake and Ornamental Boot. Hub June 1908.