Zeigler, H. C.

Submitted by mercercounty on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 03:00

H. C. ZEIGLER, oil producer and stock raiser, post-office Sandy Lake, was born November 28, 1847, in Trumbull County, Ohio. His parents, Elias and Elizabeth (Misner) Zeigler, had the following children: Mary M., H. C., J. L. and Emma C. After the death of the father, the mother was married to W. B. Smith, by whom she had six children. The father was a carder and spinner, and at one time was interested in the woolen mills at Sharon.

H. C. Zeigler received his education in the common schools, mostly in Mercer County, whither he moved when a small boy. He was reared principally in West Middlesex, and the first business he did for himself was “the book agency.” In this he was quite successful, and later engaged in a hotel at Foxburg, Clarion County. He also conducted a livery business in connection with his hotel. While thus employed he began to operate in the oil business in Butler County, which he continued for four years. He held prominent positions in the companies connected in the pipe line business. He engaged in the drug business in Sandy Lake, in 1875, with DeFrance, for one year. In 1877 he resumed oil producing, which he has since followed. He is interested in this project in Venango, Butler, McKean and Warren Counties, Penn., and Allegany County, N. Y. He has also an interest in Ohio and Indiana oil fields. He is a member of a stock company at Sandy Lake, engaged in the breeding of fine road and draft horses. He was married to Hattie J. Perrine, daughter of Daniel Perrine. By her he has two sons: Fred D. and Roy A.

He is a member of the K.of H., A.O.U.W., A.P.M., and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is a stanch Republican, and is one of the self-made, representative young businessmen of Mercer County.

History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 1070-1071.

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