MARTIN GAISER, a substantial farmer of West Franklin township, and the architect of his own fortune, is a son
of Ludwig and Dorothea (Dieterly) Gaiser, and was born in the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, April 14, 1834. Ludwig
Gaiser (father) was born in the same kingdom, in 1804, and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed until
1846, when he came to Bellefonte, Centre county, Pennsylvania. After remaining there one year he removed to Worthington,
this township, where he followed shoemaking for two years, and then (1848), purchased the farm in West Franklin
township, on which be now resides, Since removing to his farm he has given his entire attention to agricultural
pursuits. He is a member of the Lutheran church and has been a stanch democrat ever since coming to the United
States. He married Dorothea Dieterly, a consistent lutheran, who was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1817, and
passed away in 1878, wben in the seventy second year of her age.
Martin Gaiser received his education in the practical and excellent schools of Germany. He came with his father,
in 1846, to Pennsylvania, and' in 1862 he went to Oil City, where he was engaged in teaming for four years. In
1866 he returned to West Franklin township, where he purchased the farm on which he now resides, This farm contains
one hundred and fifty six acres, and is in good condition and well improved. He also owns a farm of one hundred
and forty acres in South Buffalo township.
In 1855 he married Catherine Zobelein, a daughter of George Zobelein, of Bavaria, Germany, and to their union have
been born eleven children, eight sons and three daughters George, John L., William, Conrad, Dora, Maggie, Bismark,
Jacob, Franklin, Sarah and Elma.
Martin Gaiser is a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran church, a democrat in politics and has twice been elected
as township supervisor. Mr. Gaiser in early life did not, like Micawber, wait for something to turn up, but went
to work with a will, and in a few years, by his own efforts, achieved substantial. success.
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