W. HERBERT NISWONGER, son of John H. and Rebecca M. (Deusenburv) Niswonger, was born August 13, 1815, near Mendon, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He attended the _public schools and worked on the farm in his native place until he had reached the age of twenty-one years. He then struck out for himself, going to Everson, Fayette county, and took a position in a grocery store, in January, 1897. He followed this business until February, 1904. when he went into partnership with John F. Eicher and opened a shoe store, under the firm name of Niswonger and Eicher, at Scott-dale. They carry the highest grade of goods, making a specialty of the Dunlap and Crawford shoes for men and the Patrician shoe for women. Mr. Niswonger is the business manager of the establishment and is a man well suited to the business, being of an unusually affable and enterprising disposition. In addition to this business he is a stockholder in the Kinney Company. of Scott-dale, the Beltom Coal and Coke Company, of West Virginia, and is also interested in South Sharon Mercer Company, of Pennsylvania. He is active politically, a Republican, and always takes a deep interest in public affairs, and while a resident of Everson he was elected tax collector of Upper Tyron township. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, master at arms, Scottdale Fountain Lodge, No. 443, and of the Independent Order of Puritans, and is a member of the Bankers' Life Insurance Company. Mr. Niswonger married, June 10, 1897, Hattie J. Crise, daughter of William and Kate Crise, a native of South Huntingdon township, Westmoreland county. They have had two sons who died in infancy. They are members of the United Brethren church, Mr. Niswonger being a trustee. He has twice represented his church at the Allegheny conferences, in 1903 at Philipsburg, and again in 1904 at Scottdale. He is also active in Sabbath school work.
Source: Page(s) 199-200, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed August 2008 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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