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Isaac Harshberger, whose death occurred at his home, about a mile east of Geistown; at 12:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon, was born in Somerset County November 24, 1811. His parents - Daniel and Elizabeth Harshberger - died when he was only a few years, and he, being the only offspring, was taken by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blough, with whom he remained until he grew to manhood.
About 1835 he was married at Geistown to Rebecca Fye, a sister of David Fye, of Detroit Mich., and of Catherine Fye, who resides in Venango County, this state. His wife is still living at the age of eighty-two years.
Mr. Harshberger was a lifelong Republican and was Justice of the Peace for two terms in Richland Township, where has resided for fifty or sixty years.
Beside his wife, the deceased is survived by two sons - Samuel S., who lives a short distance from the Harshberger homestead, and David W., the well-known agent of the Iron City Brewing Company, who also resides in Richland Township.
Mr. Harshberger's health began to fail four years ago, since which time he had been blind. Within the past few weeks dropsy developed, and that was the cause of his demise.
There are none who ever knew Mr. Harshberger or came in contact with him in any way but will cherish the most pleasant recollections of the kindly old gentleman. As long as it lay within his power to do so, no hand was more ready to respond to the cause of the needy than his, and the public confidence in him as a man of honesty and integrity was complete.
The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock tomorrow from the Weaver Mennonite Church, near Scalp Level. Rev. Feltanberger, of the United Evangelical Church, of which Mr. Harshberger was a member, and Elder Moses B. Miller of the Amish Church, a neighbor of the deceased, will conduct the obsequies.
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