D.W. Bish

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D. W. BISH is one of the progressive agriculturists of Red Bank township, where he has an up-to-date farm of 147 acres located a half mile southeast of Oak Ridge.

George Bish, his father, was reared in Madison township, this county, near Kellersburg, at which place he received his education. He married Rachel Howard, who was born in Indiana county, Pa., and they lived in Madison township, Armstrong county, for five years afterwards, thence moving to Porter township, Jefferson county. Mr. Bish was a prominent man of that section, served fifteen years as school director of Porter township, and for fifteen or twenty years as justice of the peace. He was a lifelong Democrat. His death occurred in Jefferson county when he was sixty-six years old, and his wife died at the age of sixty-four years. They were members of the Brethren Church at Oakland, Pa., and they had a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters, of whom three sons and one daughter now survive.

D. W. Bish, son of George, was born Feb. 2, 1869, in Porter township, Armstrong county, where he was reared, attending the Fairview schoolhouse. He became familiar with farming in boyhood, and has always been engaged in that line. For six years he lived near Brinkerton, Clarion Co., Pa., selling his farm there and buying his present farm in Red Bank township, Armstrong county, from John C. Shafer. It was known as the I. Kunselman farm, and at the time was only half improved. About eight acres are still in woodland, but the rest is under excellent cultivation. Mr. Bish has been very successful in his farming and stock raising operations. For the last two years he has been especially interested in Holstein cattle, Belgian horses and Berkshire hogs. He has taken an active part in progressive movements, especially those which promise benefit to the immediate locality. He is a stockholder of the Oak Ridge Independent Telephone Company, of which he is president, and he is also president of the Farmers´┐Ż Co-operative Buying Club, which has seventy-two members in Red Bank township and Clarion county. He has also taken some interest in the administration of public affairs, though no direct part since he settled in Red Bank township, and he was road supervisor and school director while in Clarion county, Politically he is a Republican and his religious connection is with the M. E. Church at Oak Ridge. He holds membership in the K. O. T. M. at New Bethlehem.

Mr. Bish married Effie Lingerfelter, of Sprankle Mills, Jefferson county, daughter of J. U. and Eva (Mauk) Lingerfelter, old settlers of Jefferson county, who came to that section from the East. Mr. and Mrs. Bish have had eight children, namely: Guy, William, John, Dale, Mary and Marie, twins (the former deceased); Frank, and Eugene.

Source: Page 937, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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