Harvey Brakeman, a successful architect of Union City, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania. February 27, 1871, and is the son of B. C. and Amanda J. Brakeman. He was educated in his native county, and having a natural taste for architecture, decided later to take a course of study in this branch, and accordingly entered upon a course with the International Correspondence School, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, which well fitted him for the position he now occupies. In 1894 he began the practice of his chosen profession, and has since been successfully engaged in the same, each year adding to his stock of knowledge and experience, and by his close attention to details, and thorough mastery of the subject, has become well known. He has commissions throughout his own state, as well as frequently receiving a call for his skill from nearby states, thus enjoying a constantly enlarging patronage. He spent the first three years in Union City, where he opened his first office, and in 1897 removed to Pittsburg, where he spent nine years. In 1906 he returned to Union City, where he has since occupied an office.
Mr. Brakeman has a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and is a public-spirited and useful citizen. He is a member of the Baptist church, and is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and their Encampment.
He married, July 9, 1885, Bertha A., daughter of John B. and Lola
E. Young, and they have been blessed with two children, namely: Rena
Grace and Helen Baneta.
John Miller, A Twentieth Century History of Erie County, Pennsylvania: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), p. 375; Greenville, Pa. newspaper Record-Argus, 8/15/1939.