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NISSLEY, Isaac O., editor and proprietor of the Middletown Press, was born on his fatherís farm, one mile south of Hummelstown, February 8, 1854. He is the eldest son of the Rev. Joseph and Anna (Ober) Nissley. His boyhood and youth were spent on the farm, with the usual activities in the way of work and play which fall to the lot of the farmer boy. During the winter months he was a regular attendant at the Stoverdale school, until promoted to the occupation of teaching in some of the public schools in the adjoining townships. He remained upon the farm for the full period of his minority, but when he came of age he resolved to extend the course of his studies. With a stock of good health and a flow of spirits, he entered the State Normal School at Indiana, Pa. Here he found several hundred young people filled with the same desire for improvement and impelled by the same ambition for usefulness as himself. He was graduated from this institution in the class of 1879. While pursuing his course of study he found time, during the year 1878, to teach the classes in vocal music and penmanship. Before and after graduation he taught in the public schools of Swatara, South Hanover and Derry townships, Maytown, East Donegal, Lancaster county, Hummelstown and Annville, nine terms in all.

In March, 1882, he removed to Middletown, having bought the Press of J. R. Hoffer, then also editor of the Mount Joy Herald, now deceased. In the field of journalism and in the management of his paper Mr. Nissley found scope for his talents. In the community the spirit of improvement was prevalent, and growth and enlargement were rapidly attained. Mr. Nissley was abreast of all advancement and a leader in all that tended to make the place larger and more prosperous. The growth of his paper is an indication of his ability in the line of a "boomer." Under his management the Press has increased its circulation more than five fold, or to state the figures, from a circulation of about three hundred and fifty the list has risen to near the two thousand mark.

Mr. Nissley united with St. Peterís Lutheran church in 1887. The next year he was elected to the church council, and has been a member of that body ever since, part of the time as trustee, and part as elder. He has been leader of the choir during almost all the time he has been connected with the church. After the death of George A. Lauman, Mr. Nissley was elected superintendent of the Sabbath-school, and is the third man to fill that office since the school was organized, seventy-five years ago. The school has eight hundred pupils on its roll. Mr. Nissley was married, June 2, 1881, to Miss Emma M. Brunner, daughter of W. E. Brunner, of Campbellstown, Lebanon county, Pa. They began housekeeping at Marietta, but moved to Middletown in 1882, where they have since resided.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 8 March 2001

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