"Samuel Loose was born in Lebanon county, August 1, 1819, and received but meagre education in his youth. The schools of his native county were all German, and when he went to Dauphin county, where the instruction was given in English, he had to begin again in all branches. Among so many boys his help was not needed at the farm, and in April, 1838, he returned to Lebanon county to learn the carpenter's trade with his brother Daniel. In the spring of 1839 the latter moved to Aaronsburg, Centre county, where the young apprentice completed his term. He spent one summer at farm work in Cumberland county, and then came back to Centre county, and followed his trade at Millheim until 1847, when he removed to Morrow county, Ohio. Here he located upon a farm, and in addition to the work of the place carried on his trade successfully. In 1850 he returned to Millheim, and after some years he settled in Brush Valley, where he again engaged in farming in connection with his other business. With advancing years and increasing wealth he decided to make his home in Rebersburg, where he might the better enjoy the fruits of his years of toil. His sterling
qualities of character won the respect of all who met him, and as a citizen he was influential in a quiet way. Although he was not a politician, he was a stanch Democrat. He died in October, 1896.
"On January 2, 1845, Samuel Loose was married, in Millheim, to Miss Elizabeth Brickley, who was born January 18, 1821, in Union county, Penn. Her family is noted for intellectual ability, several of her brothers being Evangelical ministers, and one a physician. Eight children were born of this marriage, their names with dates of birth being as follows: Sarah C., December 11, 1845, married John Ocker, of Miles township; Mary L., July 22, 1848, died March 13, 1849; Annie E., September 28, 185 I. is now Mrs. Thomas Walker, of Miles township; Magdalena, June 13, 1853, died January 14, 1857; Agnes, September 7, 1856, married
Titus Gramley, of Spring Mills; Charles C., April 14,1858, is the next in the order of birth; Alice R. ; August 14, 1859, is the wife of Charles Gramley, of Kane county, Ill.; and Ellen M., September 18, 1861, is now Mrs. Calvin Mallory, of Miles township. The mother of this family, who was a devout Christian, and a member of the Evangelical Church, died February 6, 1889, and her remains now lie buried in Rebersburg cemetery. Samuel Loose for his second wife married Miss Lydia Bierly of Miles township, who is yet living."
(Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, J. H. Beer (1898), pgs. 496-7)
". . . Samuel Loose, a well-known carpenter and builder of Rebersburg, whose skillful work is shown in many important
structures in this section including the German Reformed church at Madisonburg." (Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, J. H. Beer (1898), pg. 496)
IN MEMORY OF
NOV. 8 1896.
AGED 77 y. 3 m 5d
For if we know that if our
earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building
of God, an house not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens.
2nd Cor. 5:1