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MONROE, C. E., superintendent of the electrical department of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, Steelton, Pa., was born in Lauderbach, Germany, October 15, 1864. He is a son of the late Selmor and Rosa (Cor) Monroe, both natives of Germany. Selmor Monroe was in early life engaged in brewing, but later became a banker, and was in the latter employment at the time of his death. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Selmor Monroe were: Julia, Selmor, Theodore, Edith, C. E., Johanna, Ernestina, and Pollie; also, Barnhard, deceased, and Isidor, who was killed at the battle of sedan, in the Franco-Prussian war. The father died at the age of sixty-five and the mother at the age of forty-eight years.

C. E. Monroe was educated in the German public schools, and graduated from the high school, at Breslau, at the age of eighteen. He then took a four years’ course at the University of Munich. After a service of one year in the German field artillery, he entered an engineering school, from which, after a course of study covering two years he graduated in 1887. He was then employed for three years by the General Electrical Company, of Germany; in 1890 he obtained a position in the electrical department of the patent office, at Berlin. Mr. Monroe came to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and at its close entered the service of the Westinghouse Electric Company, of Newark, N. J., where he remained for two years. In the fall of 1894 he came to Steelton, where he was made superintendent of the electric department of the Pennsylvania Steel Company; he still retains that position.

Mr. Monroe was married, February 23, 1895, to Miss Ella, daughter of Allen and Amanda (Newhard) Brader. They have one child, Selmor. Mr. Monroe is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Dutch Reformed church.

Mrs. Monroe’s grandfather, Charles Brader, was a native of Lehigh county, and was all his life a prominent business man. He had two sons: Allen and Franklin. He died in September, 1892, aged twenty-eight years. Allen Brader, and his wife Amanda, daughter of Reuben Newhard, were the parents of Mrs. Monroe, and were both born in Allentown, Lehigh county, Pa. Mr. Brader was a machinist, but was for a few years engaged in farming, and at a later time in the hat business, which was his occupation until his retirement in 1893. During the war of the Rebellion he was captain of company K, Fifty-first Pennsylvania volunteers, and after serving four years was honorably discharged in March, 1865. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Brader are: Henry, and Ella, Mrs. Monroe. Mrs. Brader died November 19, 1886, aged forty-eight. Her husband survives her, and resides at Cherry Ford, Lehigh county, where he has filled several township offices.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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