WILSON ARBOGAST, president of the Arbogast &
Bastian packing house, of Allentown; president of the Board of Education
and president of the Board of Trustees of the Good Shepherd Home, was born
in 1851, at Freeburg, Snyder County, Pa., the son of Jonathan and
Catharine (Bugler) Arbogast. He was educated in the schools of his native
township, a preparatory academy, and the Keystone State Normal School, at
Kutztown, Pa., where he was graduated in 1875. During this period of his
career he taught four terms of school in Mahanoy Township, Northumberland
County. In 1876 he removed to Martins Creek, Northampton County, where he
continued the profession of teaching and also conducted a general store.
Selling out, in 1882, he engaged in the provision business at
Phillipsburg, N. J. In 1887 he formed an association with Morris C.
Bastian, under the firm name of Arbogast & Bastian, which organization was
the foundation of the present house of the Arbogast & Bastian Co. The
aggressive and farsighted men who compose this firm have not only erected
a model packing house of great size, but have developed an enormous and
profitable trade which extends throughout all the eastern states. Mr.
Arbogast served three terms as a school director and one term as a
councilman, and in 1911 was elected a school controller of the city. He
takes an active Interest in charity enterprises in the community. He is a
member of the Lutheran Church and of Barger Lodge, F. and A. M. In 1870 he
married Emily, daughter of Charles and Mary Haas.
Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917,
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