Zahniser, R. J.

Submitted by mercercounty on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 03:02

R. J. ZAHNISER, of the firm of Donaldson, Zahniser & Co., general merchants, was born April 14, 1854, in Jackson Township, and is a son of John L. Zahniser, whose family sketch appears in connection with the Zahniser family history, as furnished by Jacob Zahniser, of Jackson Township. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Jackson Township and was brought up at farm labor. He attended and was graduated from the Iron City Business College in 1872; from 1872 to 1879 he clerked for Zahniser, Bell & Co., Mercer, Penn., and from 1879 to 1882 was bookkeeper for the Pinkerton Lumber Company in Somerset County, Penn. In 1882 he was elected recorder of Mercer County by the Democrats against a large Republican majority. He engaged in the grocery business in 1886, which he continued until 1887, when he formed a partnership with J. N. Donaldson in the general mercantile business, further mention of which is made in connection with the sketch of Mr. Donaldson.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 703

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