Biography of Louis Mergenthaler
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

LOUIS MERGENTHALER, one of Valley township's substantial citizens and the owner of a remarkably fine agricultural and rich mineral farm, was born in the kingdom ofWurtemberg (now a province of the German empire), Germany, January 22, 1832, and is a son of Gotlieb and Barbara Mergenthaler. Gotlieb Mergenthaler was a native of Wittenberg, where he followed farming. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and died in 1836. His wife, Barbara Mergenthaler, was a native of Wurtemberg, was a devout member of the Lutheran church and died in 1837. They were a pious and honest couple, and reared a respectable family of children.

Louis Mergenthaler was reared in Wurtemberg, where he received his education in excellent private, schools. When he attained his majority he was drafted for military service in the German army, but purchased his time from the government, and at twenty two years of age came to this country. He became a resident of Allegheny, this State, where he was engaged for four years in the butchering business. He then came to Kittanning with his brother, and opened a butcher shop and meat market, which he run successfully for two years, when he removed to his present farm in Valley township. This farm is two and one half miles from Kittanning, and on the Kittanning and Clearfield pike. It contains one hundred and thirty eight acres of good producing land, and is one of the choice mineral farms of the township. It contains three veins of coal a vein of excellent limestone, and a large bed of superior fire clay.

On March 19, 1856, he married Isabella Taylor, daughter of Thomas Taylor, of Valley township. They have one child, a daughter: Essie Taylor. Mrs. Mergenthaler's paternal grandfather, Thomas Taylor, Sr., was a native of Scotland, served in the commencement of the Revolutionary war as a commissary, and died just after the battle of Brandywine. His son, Thomas Taylor (father of Mrs. Mergenthaler), was born west of the Allegheny mountains, served in the war of 1812, married Martha Bell, and owned the farm upon which Mr. and Mrs. Mergenthaler reside. He was a Jacksonian democrat, and died in 1847, at the ripe old age of eighty eight years.

In politics Louis Mergenthaler is a democrat. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and ranks as a man of solid worth, whose life has been given to honest and useful labor, and whose efforts have been rewarded with substantial success.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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