20th Century History of New Castle and
Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens


[p. 821] is proprietor of the Arlington Hotel at Wampum, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, an establishment which enjoys a prestige throughout this section of the state and receives a liberal patronage from the traveling public. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, December 6, 1853, and is a son of John and Margaretta (Walt) Trunk.

John Trunk, father of Kasper N., was born in Bavaria, Germany, and lived there throughout life. He followed farming and conducted a large vineyard, engaging in the manufacture of wine on a large scale. He was joined in marriage with Margaretta Walt, who also lived all her life in Bavaria. He died in 1870, at the age of fifty-six years, and his wife died in 1874, aged fifty-eight years.

They were parents of the following children: John, Karl, Kasper, Adam, Katherina, Frank and Joseph, the latter of whom spent their lives in Germany. John, Karl and Kasper came to America and Karl lives at Wheeling, West Virginia. Both Adam and Katherina are deceased, the latter of whom was the wife of Andon Kiser.

Kasper N. Trunk was reared on his father's farm and in his boyhood days, in assisting his father, became familiar with the process of making wine. At the age of fifteen years he began learning the trade of a butcher, which he followed for more than thirty-five years. On March 10, 1883, accompanied by his wife, he sailed from Europe on the steamer California, and arrived in New York City, on April 1, 1883. He followed his trade there for five weeks, then moved to Oil City, Pennsylvania, where he obtained employment in a wholesale meat market. He later opened a shop of his own, which he conducted successfully for a period of fifteen years. In May 1902, he removed to Wampum, Pennsylvania, and purchased of James Stewart, the Arlington Hotel, which he has conducted since. He has twenty-five rooms, fitted up in modern style, and the meals furnished the public have been such as to give the house great popularity. Mr. Trunk is a man of standing and recognized business ability, and has many friends throughout the community.

Mr. Trunk was married September 11, 1881, in Germany, to Miss Katrina Kotheimer, a daughter of Frederick and Mary (Rupert) Kotheimer, both deceased. Six children have been born to them, namely: Christina, Amanda, Catherine, Joseph, Karl, and Leona. Fraternally, Mr. Trunk is a member of Lodge No. 344, B. P. O. E., at Oil City; the order of Eagles at New Castle; and Oil City Branch, C. M. B. A. Religiously, he and his family are faithful members of the Catholic Church, while in political affiliation he is a Republican.

20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908

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