Many friends all over the county are mourning the passing of one of her oldest residents, Mr George Beamer Kiser of Shippenville. Mr Kiser was born on October 21, 1839, the eighth child of Mr and Mrs John Kiser, who came to this country in 1817; Mr Kiser from Lehigh County, and his bridge nee Barbary Beamer, from Maryland. Other children to this union were Catherine, Margaret, Henry, Eliza, John, Harriett, Amos and Jeremiah all of whom passed on before Mr George Kiser.
Early in life Mr Kiser learned the trade of a cabinet maker, beginning work with Jacob Shull of Shippenville, and finishing his trade at Mercer. He was at Hendersonville when the Civil War broke out, and came home to enlist. He was made a corporal under Capt. V. Phipps. He was struck four times in battle, but only wounded seriously at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va. On February 2, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Jane R Waugh of Cool Spring Township, Mercer County. After the war was over, he and his bride came to Shippenville to reside. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church here in the spring of 1865, having joined first at Mercer in 1859. Mr Kiser’s parents about this time, moved from the original Kiser farm to the Fetzer property on Main Street, Shippenville, which has been the Kiser home ever since. Mr. George Kiser joined his father in business here and they conducted a general store under the name of John Kiser & Son. They used to haul their goods overland from Emlenton. He spent a great many years in the store business, but finally his health would not permit him to stay indoors and he bought a farm on the Fryburg road. He will be remembered by many as a hunter of large game. Deer and foxes and bears used to be heaped in piles in his woodshed every winter. Mrs Kiser says she can remember that for many successive years he caught nine deer and nine foxes. Each of his children have a stool made of deer horns collected by their father.
Those left to mourn his loss are Williard Edwin Kiser of Butler; Charles Waugh Kiser of Evans City; Miss Eva Pearle Kiser of Shippenville; Mrs Zoe May married to O F Anderson of Cleveland, Ohio; and Mrs Della Mary, married to Arthur R Johnston of Shippenville. Besides these are twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.