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was furnished by subscriptions collected by Mrs. Siter and Mrs. Butland. Mr. Siter was a life-long Republican. At the time of his death he was not identified with any church.
Mr. Siter married, May 6, 1854, at Phoenixville, Elizabeth Widener, and the following children were born to them: Clara, wife of Thomas Kerlin; Annie, died in girlhood; Sarah J., died young; Elmer Ellsworth; Elizabeth, wife of James P. Thomas, of Johnstown; Jessie Mary; William Berlin; and Frank. The three last-named are deceased. Of these children, Elmer Ellsworth was born during the Civil war, and it was the wish of his mother that he should receive his father's name. Mr. Siter, however, wrote from the front, requesting them to wait until his return, with the result that the infant was named in honor of the young hero who so bravely, if rashly, sacrificed his life in the early days of the conflict.
The death of Mr. Siter occurred June 8, 1890, and was mourned by all who knew him as that of a kind husband and father, a true friend, and a useful and worthy citizen.
Mrs. Siter, who was born in Reading, Berks county, Pennsylvania, is a daughter of Adam and Sarah (Lotz) Widener. The latter was a daughter of John Lotz, who was a hatter by trade, and at the time of the war of 1812 a wealthy man, loaning money to the government. He also served in the army with the rank of colonel. His death occurred in Reading, Pennsylvania.
JAMES PHILIP THOMAS, second child and son of John and Mary Reighart (Griffith) Thomas, general manager for A. J. Haws & Sons, manufacturers of fire brick, and also a member of the business firm of John Thomas & Sons, was born at Johnstown, May 10, 1863.