Fred Schwitter

 

Fred Schwitter was born on March 3, 1847 in Canton Glarus, Switzerland. He immigrated to the United States in August 1866 and eventually made his way to Allegheny County. He was a silk dyer by trade but found it hard to find employment in his trade. After taking several odd jobs, he had saved up enough money to start a small dairy business in 1871. Schwitter’s “Sweet Home Dairy” was very successful. In 1881, he purchased 100 acres of Thomas Morrow’s homestead, which gave him ample space for his 125 cows to graze. He then built his first mansion on the Perrysville Plank Road, at the current site of West View Elementary. In 1905, he sold it to Fred McManus and it became the Donegal Inn. He then built a large mansion on Perry Highway at the current location of the Bellaire Apartments. In 1909, Schwitter became ill and went back to his homeland to receive treatment. Unfortunately, he would not return to the United States. He died in Switzerland in 1909.

 

After his death, his family sold the mansion to Fred Kuhn, a local meatpacker. In 1942, the mansion was sold to West View Borough and it became the borough municipal building and jail.

the Schwitter farm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fred Schwitter Sweet Home Dairy delivery carriage

ooooooooooooooPortrait of Fred Schwitter