Biography of John T. Cyphers
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JOHN TOMER CYPHERS, who was the well known and faithful employe of the Pittsburgh [sic] Stock Yards for more than a third of a century, was born in Plumb township, Allegheny. county, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1851, son of John and Emily (Tomer) Cypers. The father was born February 9, 1821, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and for thirty three years was the superintendent of the horse barns at the Pittsburgh Stock Yards. He died in February, 1898. He married, first, Miss Emily Tomer, by whom: were born: John T., subject; Sarah, deceased; Nancy, who tharried a Mr. Denholm; Adam H.; Philip E.; Maggie. The mother of these children died in 1867 and later he married Lizzie Borland, by whom he had the following children: George W. D., William B., Annie, deèeased, and Charles. Lizzie (Borland) Cvphers died in 1888.

John T. Cyphers, son of John and Emily (Tomer) Cyphers, received a common school education, after which be went into the Pittsburgh Stock Yards as an employe under his father, who was there for so long a time. But the subject proved a valuable man for the place and remained a year longer than his father bad served. After leaving the stock yards Mr. Cyphers was collector for E. F. Rusch and came to East Liberty to reside in 1862. He removed to Homewood November 1, 1902, and engaged in the hotel business.

He is a member of the Pittsburg Brotherhood of Elks, Lodge No. 11; J. B. Nicholson Lodge, No. 585, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and the Royal Arcanum Lodge, No. 276; also Pittsburg Encampment No. 2. Politically Mr. Cyphers is a Republican.

September 10, 1872, he was married to Emma N., daughter of William Woolslair and wife, of Pittsburg. Their children are: Cora May, born July 19, 1874; Mildred, born October 11, 1875; William J., born February 16, 1878; Laura, born October 3, 1879, and died in 1880; Harry S., born December 20, 1882; and Dorothy L., born. February 9 1898.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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