ELMER R. SPRINGER, a member of the firm of Goodman & Springer. Photographers, successors to A. M. Stauffer, whose place of business is located at No. 603 Main street, Mount Pleasant, is a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, born September 14, 1876, son of Joseph F. and Hannah J. (Davidson) Springer, who were the parents of thirteen children, nine of whom are living at the present time (1905) as follows: Thomas Newton, James Chalfont, Harry Johnston, Lewis Walter, Charles Alden, Howard, Elmer Rutan, Emma Mary, and Hallie May. The mother of these children, who was a daughter of the late Rev James Davidson, of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, died August 14, 1898. She is survived by her husband, who is a resident of Circleville, Westmoreland county, where he is leading a retired life. He was a farmer by occupation, was a Republican and later a Prohibitionist in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
The boyhood of Elmer R. Springer was spent on his father's farm, and he devoted his time alternately in assisting with the work thereon and in attendance at the public schools, as is the custom of boys reared, in the country. Upon attaining his majority he went to Scottdale and there learned the trade of photography, and in 1899 entered into partnership with Robert Goodman at the place mentioned above. This is the oldest established photograph gallery in the town of Mount Pleasant, and their work, both indoor and out, being of a high order of workmanship and finish, they receive a large share of the patronage of the residents of the town and also from adjoining towns, and the have the prospect of a long and remunerative business career before them. Mr. Springer is a member of Lodge No. 868, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Royal Arcanum, Pennsylvania Photographers Association, and the volunteer fire department of Mount Pleasant. Mr. Springer was married February 21, 1900 to Bertha Laura Lee, daughter of Robert T. and Eleanor Lee of Circleville, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of one child, Laura Eleanor, born June 7, 1903. Mr. and Mrs. Springer are active and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source: Page(s) 151, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed March 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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