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BUSER, John K., deceased, was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 9, 1818. His father was a native of Germany and came to America at an early day. He landed at Philadelphia, and afterwards located in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., where he died at forty-five years of age. His children are: Jacob, located in Hummelstown, where he was engaged in butchering and died there; Henry, carpenter by trade and died in Iowa; Levi; John K.; Catherine, Mrs. Henry Poorman, of Middletown, deceased; Mattie, Mrs. Henry Hisey, of Kansas.

John K. received his education in his native township, and learned the milling business. He operated the Middletown mill for eight years, and in 1861 built the grist mill at Highspire and conducted it until his death in 1887. He was a prominent and representative man of the county. He was also engaged in the coal business. In his political views he was a Democrat. He married Miss Harriet Fogle, daughter of Henry Fogle, of Middletown, and granddaughter of Israel V. Fogle, of the Steelton flour mill. He married, in 1852, for his second wife, Miss Elizabeth Stoner, daughter of John Stoner, and she died in 1882. Mr. Buser was a leading member of the Church of God, in which he also held the office of elder for many years. By his second wife he had eight children; Ira and Milton, twins; Otis S.; Oscar, deceased; Emma, unmarried; Laura B., wife of George W. Coover, of Highspire; Clara and Alice, both deceased.

Milton Buser was born in Middletown, Pa., February 22, 1853, and was educated in the public schools of Highspire, where also, he was married in 1861. For twenty years he was in the service of the Pennsylvania Steel Company in different capacities, and in 1892 he engaged with his brother Ira in milling. In politics he was a Democrat and served as assessor of Lower Paxton township. In 1875 he was married to Miss Amanda Attick, daughter of George Attick, of Lower Swatara township, and to them has been born one child, Mary A. His religious fellowship is with the Church of God.

Ira Buser, proprietor of the Highspire mills, was born in Middletown, Pa., February 22, 1853, and attended the public schools. By occupation he was a miller, which business he learned from his father, and has always followed. After the death of his father he and his brother Otis conducted the mill for three years, since which time he has had the entire interest. In 1890 he engaged in the grocery business, in which he has since continued. Formerly Mr. Buser was a Democrat in his political views, but is now an independent voter. He was married, in 1876, to Sarah E., daughter of Jacob Roop, of Highspire, and to this marriage there is no issue. He is a member of the Church of God, in which he holds the offices of elder and treasurer.

Otis S. Buser was born in Middletown, Pa., in 1860. He worked with his father in the mill until his death, when he and his brother Ira purchased the mill and conducted it until 1892, when he retired from the firm, and engaged in gardening. He was also in the flour and feed business at Harrisburg. He married Miss Amy Souders, by whom he has one child, Guy.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Phyllis Edwards, lamizzee@earthlink.net, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project http://maley.net/transcriptions.

Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001

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