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Kessler, Reuben, manufacturer and farmer, was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., June 18, 1846. Abraham Kessler, his father, was a native of the same county, and a farmer. In 1859 he bought a farm of forty-one acres, of Daniel Riegle, in Lykens township, Dauphin county, built a saw mill and manufactured lumber on this place from 1868 to 1881; he was very enterprising. He was married, in Schuylkill county to Catherine Riegle, born in Lykens township; Reuben was their only child. Mr. Kessler died June 12, 1881. He was a Democrat. His wife died at the home of her son November 15, 1892. They were members of the Reformed church.

Reuben Kessler was well educated in the schools of Lykens township. He worked on the farm and in the saw mill for his father. After his father's death he took charge of the estate, tilled the farm and employed several men in the mill. In 1894 he built a distillery and engaged with success in the manufacture of whiskey. The business of the saw mill was equally satisfactory, and the farm of one hundred and twenty-three acres contributed its share to the prosperity of the estate. Mr. Kessler has his hands full of business, but with his able oversight and systematic management, nothing is neglected and ample returns are derived from all branches of his enterprise.

Reuben Kessler was married, in Jacksonville, Jackson township, to Elizabeth Sweigart, of Powell's Valley, on February 26, 1871. Their children are: George W.; James A., and Lousonna Catharine, on the farm; Abraham P., died in 1895. Mr Kessler is not a politician. In church matters he is zealous and active, and is a member of the Reformed church. He belongs to the Patriotic Order Sons of America, and formerly belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is much interested in the Grange and in all agricultural matters, but takes most pride in his fine blooded stock.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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

Date of Transcription: February 13, 2001

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