Fred Schwitter was born on March 3, 1847 in Canton Glarus, Switzerland. He immigrated to the United States in 1866 and eventually made his way to Allegheny County. He was a silk dyer by trade, but he found it hard to find employment at his trade in the United States. After taking several odd jobs, he started a small dairy business in 1871. His dairy business did well, so well that in 1881, he purchased the old Morrow homestead, which contained 75 acres. He built a large mansion on Perry Highway at the current location of Bellaire Apartments. In addition, he was an early supporter of the railway system and helped get it extended to his home.
the Schwitter farm Fred Schwitter Sweet Home Dairy delivery carriage