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W. O. Wendel died 1965 Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Lois Wendel (ID *****3740) Date: August 01, 2004 at 20:10:57
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Hello. I just joined and I am trying to find more information on my grandfather's family. His name was Winter (sometimes spelled Winters) Owen Wendel. People called him W.O. He married Rachel DeArmey and they had eight children. I am Tod's daughter. I can trace the DeArmey family back a little, but I cannot even find W.O.'s father's name.

He lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and had a tire shop on Vine Street, then made awnings for a KoolVent plant. He designed a new "waterfall" model and when KoolVent didn't want to implement it he founded the Wendel Manufacturing Company. Later he had factories in Columbus, Ohio and somewhere in New York, possibly Hyde Park. His sons and two of his daughters were partners in the business. The business deteriorated after his death in 1964.

I'd appreciate any information you can supply. Thank you.


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