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Deibler, John W., farmer and late proprietor of the Deibler House, Berrysburg, Pa., was born on a farm in Mifflin township, December 25, 1846. His grandfather, John Deibler, was born in Dauphin county, Pa. He was of German descent and was a farmer and stockman. He married Catherine Miller, by whom he had two children: Catherine, wife of Jacob Hartman, farmer, Mifflin township, and George. John Deibler and his wife both died in Mifflin township. They were members of the Reformed church. He was a Democrat of the old school.

George Deibler, father of John W., was born in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, in 1826. He obtained a fair education in the subscription schools of the township, grew up on his father's farm and made farming his occupation. He had a grist and flour mill in Washington township, owned large tracts of cleared and timber land, and dealt extensively in cattle, horses, etc. George Deibler was married, in the township, to Hannah Deibler, born in Lykens Valley. They had six children: John W.; George, farmer, Mifflin township; Daniel J., on the homestead; Emma, deceased, wife of Emanuel Hoy, of Upper Paxton township; William H., farmer, Berrysburg; and Amanda J., wife of J.M. Matters, Upper Paxton township. Mr. and Mrs. George Deibler were members of the United Brethren church. Mr. Deibler was at first a Democrat, but in later life acted with the Republican party.

John W. Deibler received his early education in the district schools of the township, attending a short time each winter, and working during the rest of the year on the farm. He was very fond of reading and educated himself by means of good books and periodicals. He remained on the homestead until he was twenty-two, when he began farming on his own account. He began with a tract of land comprising one hundred and forty-seven acres, which he cleared and modified with substantial improvements. In 1890 he sold his finely improved farm and bought a hotel in Berrysburg, now known as the Deibler House, which he conducted four years and six months with good success, good management making the investment a profitable one. He sold the house to its present proprietor, Mr. Charles Etzweiler, in 1894. He then bought several lots in the village and built also, at a cost of $4,000, one of the finest dwelling houses in Berrysburg, putting in all the modern conveniences.

John W. Deibler was married, in 1868, to Eliza A. Hoy, born in Upper Paxton township. They had no children. Mrs. Deibler died in 1872. Mr. Deibler's second wife, whom he married in 1873, was Miss Katie Wert, bort in Northumberland county, Pa.; daughter of Michael Wert, an extensive mill owner in that county. They have one child, Harry C., born in 1874, and educated in the common schools of Mifflin township and in Berrysburg Academy. He has great natural musical talent, which has been finely cultivated; he is gifted as a writer and composer of music. He is agent for several manufacturing firms in the State. His future appears to be brilliant with promise.

Mr. Deibler is a Republican. He was school director for three years and has held the office of constable and other positions of responsibility in the township. He has much business ability and is respected for his personal worth. He is a member of the Reformed church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 15, 2001

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