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A.E. TIMM
A.E. TIMM
A.E. TIMM, merchant, and undertaker and embalmer, St. Mary's, was born in Fox township, Elk Co., Penn., January 10, 1860, and is a son of Adolph and. Catherine (Wachtel) Timm. His father is a native of Meckleuburg-Schwerin, Germany, born September 19, 1821, a son of John and Sophia (Grushow) Timm, and was reared in his native land, where he served an apprenticeship of three years at the wheelwright's trade, and afterward worked as a journeyman for seven years. Coming to America in 1850, he located in Bethlehem, Penn., for one year, and in 1851 he located in Elk county, where he worked at his trade in St. Mary's for three years; then moved to Centreville, and opened a shop on his own account, doing a successful trade up to 1878, when he commenced in the mercantile business at Centreville, which he carried on four years. In 1882 he came to St. Mary's, where he now resides. The subject proper of this sketch was reared in Elk and Clearfield counties, and was educated at the public schools and Clearfield, Academy. In 1876 he came to St. Mary's, where he held the position of book-keeper in the general store of Joseph Wilhelm for eight years, and then embarked in his present business. Mr. Timm married in May, 1880, Catherine, daughter of Joseph and Mary D. (Hitter) Wilhelm, of St. Mary's, and they have two children living: Nellie and Emma. Mr. Timm is a member of the Catholic Church, of St. John's Society, and the I.C.B.U. Politically he is a Democrat, and was elected auditor of Elk county in 1886, for a term of three years.

JOHN E WEIDENBOERNER
JOHN E WEIDENBOERNER
JOHN E. WEIDENBOERNER, insurance and express agent and merchant, St. Mary's, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., May 1, 1835, and is a son of Barnard B. and Mary A. (Fuegle) Weidenboerner, natives of Hessia and Baden, Germany, respectively. Barnard Weidenboerner left home at sixteen years of age, landing in Brazil, South America, where he was pressed into the Brazilian army, in. which he served two years. About 1827 he came to New York, and after traveling about the country for a time, located in Philadelphia, where he followed shoemaking (which he had learned in Brazil), and there married. In 1845 he settled in St. Mary's, Elk Co., Penn., where he followed his trade as well as farming, up to his death, which occurred August 10, 1886. His children were fifteen in number, ten of whom grew to maturity: John E., Mary, George, Philemena, Theresa (Mrs. George Hintenact), Julia (Mrs. John Forster, Amanda (Mrs. Henry Luhr), Mary (Mrs. Ignatius Schaut), Egid and Rosa (Mrs. Nick Mangold). Of these, John E. was reared in St. Mary's, from ten years of age, learning the shoemaker's trade with his father. In 1858 he began civil engineering, which he followed until 1861, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and took part in all the battles from Fortress Monroe to Richmond, Va., and after the retreat of Gen. McClellan, was discharged at Harrison's Landing, Va.; then, after returning home, he resumed civil engineering in the United States and Mexico, following the vocation until 1870. He then embarked in the mercantile business, in which he still continues. Mr. Weidenboerner has been agent for the Adams Express Company for about ten years, and has been in the insurance business since 1878. He married, in 1864, Mary L., daughter of Joseph and Anna (Leisz) Dorner, of St. Mary's, and has two children: Mary L. and Andrew. Mr. Weidenboerner and family are members of the Catholic Church. He is a Democrat, and has held the office of school director several terms.

GEORGE WEIDENBOERNER
GEORGE WEIDENBOERNER
GEORGE WEIDENBOERNER, St. Mary's was born in Philadelphia, Penn., January 28, 1841, and is a son of Barnard B. and Mary A. (Fuegle) Weidenboerner, who settled in St. Mary's, Elk Co., Penn., in 1845. He was reared in St. Mary's from four years of age, and received a common-school education. During the Civil war he was employed sixteen months in the Military Railroad Construction Corps in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. After the war he engaged as a clerk in a store in St. Mary's for a short time, and in 1867 he moved to Warren, Penn., where he served in the same capacity for three years. In 1870 he returned to St. Mary's and commenced in the hardware business, which he successfully conducted up to 1888, in which year he sold out. Mr. Weidenboerner married, May 19, 1877, Mary, daughter of Lawrence J. Wesnetzer, a pioneer of St. Mary's, and by her has six children: Emma, Henry, Joseph, Laura, Charles and Bertha. Mr. Weidenboerner is a member of the Catholic Church, and in politics is a Democrat. He has served one term as treasurer of Elk county and one term as chief burgess of St. Mary's, also as councilman two terms.

GEORGE EDWIN WEIS
GEORGE EDWIN WEIS
GEORGE EDWIN WEIS, merchant, St. Mary's, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., June 18, 1833, and is a son of George and Juliana (Weisenberger) Weis, who settled in St. Mary's in September, 1844, and resided there until their death, the father being a merchant by occupation. They reared a family of seven children, as follows: Mary (Mrs. Joseph Windfelder), Charles, George E., Caroline (Mrs. Michael Brunner), William, Albert and Josephine. Of these, George Edwin was reared in St. Mary's from eleven years of age, and from boyhood has been engaged in mercantile pursuits. He married, January 10, 1860, Margaretha, daughter of Ambrose and Mary A. (Schmoker) Forster, of St. Mary's, and they have had ten children: Julia C. (Mrs. John Walker), Theresa, William, Louis, Edward, Carrie, Mary, Otto, Frederick and Bertha. Mr. Weis, in politics, is a Democrat, and has been chief burgess and justice of the peace of St. Mary's; served as prothonotary of Elk county two terms of three years each; county commissioner one term of three years, and is now serving his third term as associate judge. He is a member of the Catholic Church.


ALBERT WEIS
ALBERT WEIS
ALBERT WEIS, sewing-machine agent, harness dealer, horse dealer, etc., St. Mary's, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., October 22, 1841, and is a son of George and Juliana (Weisenberger) Weis, natives of Germany, who settled in St. Mary's in 1844. Albert Weis was reared in. St. Mary's from three years of age, and began life in the mercantile business as a partner of Weis Bros., in which he was engaged from 1866 to 1884. In 1871 he embarked in the livery business, and conducted a stable up to 1883. In 1879 he engaged in the harness business, which he has since successfully conducted, and in 1888 he was appointed agent for the Davis Sewing Machine Company. Mr. Weis was married October 27, 1863, to Mary G., daughter of Michael and Christiana Langenfeldt, of St. Mary's, and by her has nine children living: John J., Annie M., Albert C., Rose, Emma, Ida, Elizabeth, Jennie and Robert J. Mr. Weis in politics is a Democrat, and has been councilman, constable, tax collector and school director of St. Mary's, and was elected sheriff of Elk County in 1883, serving three years. He and his family are members of St. Mary's German Catholic Church.

JOHN J. WEIS
JOHN J. WEIS
JOHN J. WEIS, harness-maker, St. Mary's, was born in St. Mary's, Elk Co., Penn., August 7, 1864, and is a son of Albert and Mary (Langenfeldt) Weis. The subject of our sketch was reared and educated in his native town, and learned the harness-maker's trade, which he has followed as a journeyman workman since 1882. Mr. Weis married, October 23, 1888, Josephine, daughter of John B. and Mary M. (Lion) Heindl, of St. Mary's, and. they' have one, son, Richard Albert. Mr. Weis is a member of the Catholic Church, and in politics is independent.

D.R WILMARTH
D.R WILMARTH
D.R. WILMARTH, of the firm of D.R. Wilmarth & Co., publishers of the Elk County Gazette, St. Mary's, which journal was established in 1868, is a son of Frederick and Frances A. (Rolfe) Wilmarth, mention of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume. D.B. Wilmarth was born in Pittsburgh, February 11, 1866, but was brought to Rolfe, Elk county, when only two years of age. From that point the family moved to St. Mary's, in 1881, and here, in August, 1884, our subject entered the law office of Harry Alvan Hall, under whom he pursued his legal studies until April, 1887, when he and his preceptor bought the Gazette, of which Mr. Hall became the editor and Mr. Wilmarth the business manager and local editor. In January, 1890, Mr. Hall retired from the editorship and ownership of the Gazette, and Mr. Wilmarth became its sole proprietor. The paper, like its owner, is an advocate of the Democratic party, and has met with success in a pecuniary way, as well as popularity with the reading public. Mr. Wilmarth is a member of Washington Camp, No. 378, P.O.S. of A., of Ridgway, Penn.

FRANK WILMARTH
FRANK WILMARTH
FRANK WILMARTH, book-keeper for Hall & Kaul, St. Mary's, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1861, a son of Frederick and Frances A. (Rolfe) Wilmarth, the latter a daughter of the late H.M. Rolfe, of Pittsburgh. Lyman Wilmarth, the grandfather of Frank Wilmarth, was an early pioneer of Elk county, Penn. (then part of Jefferson county), having come here in 1832 from the State of New York, and, in conjunction with Arthur Hughes (now living in Cleveland, Ohio, at an advanced age) and George Dickinson (now deceased), built a saw-mill at Ridgway, which in those days was considered a large concern, as it consisted of three sash saws. In order to get the necessary machinery for the mill to its proper location, they had to cut their own roads through the wilderness a greater part of the way, and their first prospecting trip was made partly on horseback and partly in foot. Lyman Wilmarth married Lemira Dickinson, sister of Judge Dickinson, and they had nine children, five of whom were born in Elk county, Penn. Mr. Wilmarth once wrote a very interesting history of Elk county, from the time of its first settlement (about 1811) up to 1886, which history was published in the county paper in the latter year. His death took place at Earley, Elk county, in 1867. Fred Wilmarth was born in Ridgway, Elk county, in 1837, and lived there when the then hamlet was forty miles away from any other settlement. From 1845 until 1864 he was an absentee, and on his return, the then thriving borough was within eleven hours ride of Philadelphia. Frank Wilmarth, whose name heads this sketch, has been with the firm of Hall & Kaul since 1881, and is held in high esteem by the firm and the public generally. He was married in 1888 to Jennie M., daughter of Salyer Jackson, of Elk county.

GEORGE SEYMORE WILMARTH
GEORGE SEYMORE WILMARTH
CHARLES SEYMOUR WILMARTH, bank cashier, St. Mary's, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., November 4, 1862, a son of Frederick and Frances A. (Rolfe) Wilmarth, and has been a resident of Elk county all his life, with the exception of about five years spent with his grandparents in Pittsburgh. In May, 1878, he entered the employ of the Pittsburgh & Castle Shannon Railroad Company, as a telegraph operator, and in the spring of 1880 he entered Duff's Commercial College, Pittsburgh, from which institution he graduated the following summer. In May, 1883, he became cashier of the St. Mary's Bank of Hyde, Hall & Co., and has rendered the utmost satisfaction to his employers ever since. January 4, 1887, Mr. Wilmarth married Miss Annie B. Denny, daughter of W.F. and Elizabeth J. (Wellendorf) Denny, and this union has been blessed by the birth of two children: Anita D. (aged two years) and Frances C. (aged eight months). Mr. Wilmarth has always been a strong Democrat, but, although a very popular young man, has never sought official position, nor has he ever been a candidate for one.

G.G WILSON M.D
G.G WILSON M.D
C.G. WILSON, M.D., St. Mary's, was born in Milton, Northumberland Co., Penh., September 5, 1848, and is a son of William and Sarah (Brown) Wilson. He was reared in his native State and educated at Jersey Shore Academy, Jersey Shore, Penn., and at Princeton College, Princeton, N.J. In 1870 he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. D.H. Hunter, of Watsontown, Penn., attending a course of lectures at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Penn., the same year, and also a course at the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, in 1872. In 1873 he re-entered Jefferson Medical College, and was there graduated in 1874. The same year he began the practice of his profession in Watsontown, Penn., and in July, 1876, located in St. Mary's, where he has since remained and built up an extensive practice. The Doctor married Tillie, daughter of Hon. J.M. and Susan (Hackenberg) Follmer, of Watsontown, Penn., and they have two children: Jay (now aged fourteen years) and Effie May (now aged four years). Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Medical Association, the State Medical Society, the Medical Society Of Elk and Cameron counties, and is surgeon for the P. & E.R.R.; is also a medical examiner for many of the leading life insurance companies, including, the Travelers' of Hartford, Mutual Life of New York, Union Central of Cincinnati, Ohio; Keystone, of Allentown, Penn.; Northwestern, of' Milwaukee, Wis., and others. In politics he is a Democrat.



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