|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1888|
DuBois Express, Friday July 13, 1888
Frederick Zeigler died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Aurand, in Brady township, on Saturday, July 7th, 1888, at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 11 days.
Frederick Zeigler was one of the oldest and most esteemed of all Brady township's people. He was born in York county, Pennsylvania, in 1799. Thence he removed to Centre county, and about 1824 he came to Brady township and settled on what was later known as the "Thompson" place.
Soon after his arrival in the county, Mr. Zeigler built and operated a saw mill on the present site of the Jesse Lines mill. This is believed to have been the first saw mill in the township.
For a time he was connected with the hotel at Troutville which he sold to George Knarr, the present owner, who subsequently transformed it into a dwelling.
Up to about 1851 the German Reformed and the Lutheran churches held services together in Brady township, but about that year the Lutherans erected a church for themselves and the other sect formed a society exclusively of their own faith. The church built by the Reformed congregation was dedicated in 1854. Among the members of the society at its organization was Frederick Zeigler. He was a devout attendant of this church for many a year.
In his older days he read much of Swedenborg's doctrine which made a profound and favorable impression on his mind.
Mr. Zeigler was married October 30th, 1821, to Catherine Shuckers who still survives him at the advanced age of 87 years. The fruits of this union were seven daughters and three sons, of whom one son and four daughters are still living. The old couple had fifty-eight grandchildren and upwards of forty great-grandchildren. The surviving son is Lewis Zeigler, of DuBois.
The cause of Mr. Zeigler's death was largely old age, for while Time had dealt gently with the old man he had passed the allotted three score and ten by almost twenty years. For seven years he had been an invalid, and dyspepsia had troubled him from boyhood. This was complicated with a kidney trouble, and as age crept upon him he fell farther and farther from ruggedness of manhood which was his pride when he first set foot, a pioneer, upon the hills of Brady township.
Mr. Zeigler, in his early day, was a noted hunter, and with the Long's his name is famous among the present generation in rural Brady. In a conversation with Mr. P. S. Weber, of DuBois, Mr. Zeigler gave it as his recollection that he had killed probably five hundred deer, shot and captured eighty-two bears, one panther, seven wolves, raccoons and foxes by the hundred, and one man in a wolf trap, which man was Fred Zeigler himself, who had forgotten the location of the trap.
Mr. Zeigler was the first collector in Brady township and as money was scarce in that good old day we may imagine that he received his share of profanity, and objection, just as his successors do in this present age.
As a man and a citizen the deceased was regarded highly. He was a leading and representative member of his set6tlement from its earliest day and his character has impressed itself upon his neighborhood. He is one of the last of the sturdy handful of men who laid the foundations of Brady township, and how well it was done is attested by the prosperous, law-abiding, contented and happy community that has grown from the humble beginning.
The last rites were paid the old friend and neighbor by the people who had grown about him at the Reformed church near Luthersburgh on Sunday and the body was laid to rest in the Union cemetery near Troutville.
"Peace to his soul; ‘twill God's good pleasure be."
Troutville Union Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 02, 2010
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