John Nicholas Rebolt

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JOHN NICHOLAS REBOLT, proprietor of the "Thompson Hotel" at Templeton, Armstrong county, has not been at that location long, but he has been a lifelong resident of the county and has been a respected member of the various communities in which he has lived. He was born in this county in September, 1865, son of George S. Rebolt.

George S. Rebolt was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, where he married Christina Lucks, who like himself was born and reared there. He farmed at his native place until 1856, when he came to America, settling at Brady�s Bend, in Armstrong County, Pa. He dug coal and also followed farming, and in 1869 obtained a farm in Madison township, where he engaged in stockraising as well as agricultural pursuits. He died Nov. 5, 1870, when only thirty-nine years old, his wife, who survived him almost forty years, dying in 1909, at the age of seventy-five. They were members of the German Reformed Church. Mr. and Mrs. Rebolt received their education entirely in Germany, learning English after they settled here, in their intercourse with English-speaking people. They had a family of eight children, namely: Eliza, who is the wife of David Mowrie, of Parker, Pa.; Katie, deceased; Annie, deceased; Mary; George, a farmer on the old home place; John Nicholas; Martha, deceased, and Henry deceased.

John Nicholas Rebolt received the little schooling he was allowed in the common schools of the home neighborhood. He lived with his mother until he reached the age of twenty-four years. When a boy of eleven he commenced to work at the coal mines, and was thus engaged for twenty-three years. From 1904 until 1910 he conducted the "Rebolt Hotel" at Rimerton, Armstrong county, after that experience farming for a short time before he settled at Templeton, where he bought the "Thompson Hotel." He is doing an excellent business, which bids fair to increase under his management. He has many friends in this section, and his sociable disposition and adaptability have proved valuable factors in the line in which he is now engaged. He has given all his time to his own affairs, never aspiring to public honors or position.

On April 11, 1889, Mr. Rebolt married Lulu Bowser, of Washington township, daughter of Mathias Bowser, and they have had six children: Charles A. was educated in Madison township and Kittanning, attending the academy at that borough, and died aged twenty years, four months, thirty days; Minnie E. died when seven months, ten days old; Frank M. is at home; John died when thirteen months old; George died when sixteen months old; Genevieve is at home. Mrs. Rebolt is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Rebolt is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, and in politics is a Republican.

Source: Pages 765-766 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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