BUSER, H. Wells, ex-sheriff, was born in Hummelstown, November 12, 1853. He is a son of Jacob and Eliza (Gish) Buser. The father was a native of Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., the mother of Hummelstown. The father was a butcher, and carried on his business at Hummelstown for forty-five years. He was a prominent man, an active politician in the Democratic party, a member of the Odd Fellows, and belonged to the Reformed church. He died in September, 1891. His wife survives him. They had twelve children: George, of Harrisburg, butcher; Annie, wife of Harry Crist, of Steelton; Ellen, wife of David Yetter, of Steelton; Martha, wife of Joseph Fletcher, of Steelton; John, of Steelton;, Adeline, wife of James Geiger, of Harrisburg; H. Wells; Ida, wife of H. W. Solomon, of Harrisburg; Jennie, wife of Jacob Hummel; Alice, wife of Chris. Coalmer, of Philadelphia; Curtiss, of Hummelstown, and Margaret.
H. Wells Buser received his education in his native town. He learned the moulder's trade, but did not follow this occupation. He was elected to the office of constable for a term of six years. He served as postmaster for four years and two months during Cleveland's administration. He was clerk of the Democratic State Committee in the Pattison campaign. He was clerk in the adjutant general's office, and served until September 1, 1892. He was appointed by the governor to fill the office of sheriff, made vacant by the death of Sheriff Keller. He was one of the organizers, and is a stockholder of the Water Company of Hummelstown; one of the organizers and a stockholder of the American Publishing Association, of Pittsburgh. Mr. Buser is a member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F.; past national representative in Junior Order American Mechanics five years, and past State officer for three years. In politics he is a Democrat, and was secretary of the county committee for thirteen years.
H. Wells Buser was married, in 1876, to Miss Sarah E. Hummel, of Hummelstown. They have six children: Frank D., Harry W., Edith, Lulu, Grover C. and William McC. He is a member of the Reformed church of Hummelstown.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000
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