Preston W. Ware (1866 – )

“Preston W. Ware, son of Welmon W. Ware and his second wife, Lydia C. (Schellinger) Ware, was born in Cape May, New Jersey, June 1, 1866.  He was educated in the public schools of Cape May, which was his home in youth, save for the few years spent in Washington D.C., while his father was proprietor of the Willard Hotel, the family making their home there during that period.

After leaving school he became a plumber’s apprentice and became a thorough master of all branches of that business.  He followed his trade as a journeyman in Cape May and other New Jersey and Pennsylvania towns until his marriage in 1889, when he located in Media.  He there established in business for himself in plumbing and steam heating in all its branches.  He has gained an enviable reputation as an expert workman and a reliable contractor.  His business covers the territory surrounding Media and for a time included the contracting of buildings as well as their fitting out with plumbing and steam fittings.

He is a member of the Order of Artisans, and he and his wife and family are active members of the Presbyterian church; workers in both church and Sunday school. In politics he is a Republican, but although interested in all that pertains to the public good has never sought or accepted public office.

Mr. Ware married, October 11, 1889, Matilda J., daughter of John and Catherine Schowerer, of Media.  Children:  Elise, married Freeman B. Chesley, of Marlton, West Virginia; Louise, now attending West Chester Normal School; Walter, now a student in Media.  The family is at No 4. West State street, Media.”

Source:  A History of Delaware Co. Pennsylvania, Vol 3, by John Woolf Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., N.Y., 1914, page 877

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