NISSLEY, MARTIN F., general merchant, Hummelstown, was born in
Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., September 18, 1837. He is a son of
Christian Nissley, a sketch of whom appears with the sketch of John J. Nissley
in this volume. He took the usual course in the schools of his native township.
His business was that of farming and he remained on the homestead farm until
1863. He then enlisted in company E, Thirty-sixth regiment, Pennsylvania
volunteers, and served three months. When discharged from the army he returned
home and remained for two years upon the farm. In 1865 he removed to Hummelstown
and dealt in live stock for four years. He finally went into the butchering
business which he carried on successfully for ten years. In 1883 he bought the
interest of his brother in a general store and has continued in this business
until the present time. His marked success in establishing and enlarging his
trade demonstrates his ability as a merchant. He is well informed as to the
needs and demands of his patrons, is a skillful buyer, progressive, enterprising
and genial. To name these qualities of the man and the merchant is sufficient to
account for his success.
Mr. Nissley is also public-spirited. Although not an active politican, he is willing, as a good citizen, to render such services as his fellow-citizens may ask of him. His political preferences are with the Republican party. He was a school director for six years and a member of the town council for two terms. He is a member of the United Brethren church. He was married,. in Hummelstown, in 1865, to Maggie Greenawalt, of Hummelstown, a daughter of Samuel Greenawalt, produce dealer of that town. They had three children: Clara, wife of George P. Huffer, implement dealer of Hummelstown; Harry, clerk in his father's store; and one child who died young. His wife died in 1872. He was married again, in Hummelstown, in 1879, to Mary, daughter of William Shatters, blacksmith, of Hummelstown. They have three children: Ross, Grace, and Bernicia, all attending school. Mr. Nissley is a member of State Capitol Lodge, No. 70, I.O.O.F., of Harrisburg.