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Mr. Obert is of German descent, and the youngest son of Mathias and Catherine Obert.He was born in Baden, Germany, in 1821, where he remained until twenty years of age.After limited advantages of education, he was at the age of fifteen apprenticed to a cabinet-maker, and after a service of two years worked until twenty years of age as a journeyman.He was then drafted for military duty, but in consequence of an accident during his early youth was exempted from service, and in 1841 sailed for the United States, his first engagement as a cabinet-maker having been at Bath, Northampton Co., and his second at Mauch Chunk.He then removed to Lehighton, and followed his trade for a period of twenty-five years, having in 1842 started a business of his own, and soon after embarked in the lumber business.About the year 1850 he also became interested in farming, and conducted it successfully with various other interests.In 1867 he opened a store for the sale of dry goods and groceries.He had previously engaged in the slaughtering of hogs, which enterprise so increased in proportions that he found the erections of spacious buildings a necessity.In 1876 the establishment was entirely destroyed by fire, but with Mr. Obertís characteristic enterprise was at once rebuilt.The business now ranks as the leading industry of Lehighton, though a more detailed description, found elsewhere in this volume, renders repetition here unnecessary.Mr. Obert was, on the 26th of December, 1849, married to Miss Catherine, daughter of John Heberling, of Kreidersville, Pa., whose children are John, Charles, William, Frank and Emma.He has been identified with the Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk as director, and as a Democrat was, in 1857, appointed postmaster of Lehighton, and elected member of the Town Council when it was created a borough.In religion, Mr. Obert is a member of the Reformed Church, and now holds the office of elder, and also that of treasurer of the church of that denomination at Lehighton.In all measures pertaining to the moral and material growth of the borough he fills a conspicuous pace.













The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in November 2003


Jack Sterling



Web page by

Jack Sterling

November 2003