Joseph Buchheit is a general contractor whose work has been a contributing factor to the building enterprise around Youngstown for a number of years. Mr. Buchheit came to Youngstown many years ago as a boy from a foreign land, and has overcome the handicap of lack of knowledge of the American language and has mastered many difficulties in his rise to prosperity.

He was born in one of the Rhine provinces of Germany, March 22, 1876, son of Bernard and Mary (Wagner) Buchheit. His parents spent all their lives in Germany. Joseph Buchheit was reared and educated there, and at the age of seventeen came to Youngstown. For one year he worked on farms, and then learned the brick laying trade. He was a journeyman bricklayer eight years, and then took up mason contracting. Since 1907 his business has been that of a general contractor with offices in the Rayen-Wood Building. He has served as a trustee of the Builders Exchange of Youngstown.

In 1899 Mr. Buchheit married Miss Mary Wilhelm, a native of Youngstown, and daughter of Mathew and Angeline (Veanthier) Wilhelm. Her parents were born in Germany. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Buchheit are: Bernard, who married Florence Joyce, Carl, Angla, Marian, Earl, Alma and Margaret. The son Bernard is now the active business associate of his father. The family are members of St. Joseph's German Catholic Church. Mr. Buchheit is a republican and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV