HARTMAN HENRY WEIMER, justice of the peace for the Seventh ward of Johnstown, was born July 2, 1856, on his father's farm in Donegal township, son of David Weimer, Jr., and grandson of David Weimer Sr. The latter was born in Germany, and in early manhood emigrated to the United States, settling as a farmer in Ohio. Later he came to Pennsylvania and settled on a farm in the neighborhood of Donegal, becoming the owner of an estate of three hundred acres. He was a skillful agriculturist and brought this farm out of the timber to a high state of cultivation.
David Weimer married a Miss Porch, also a native of Germany, who came to this country in girlhood. They both died in Westmoreland county.
David Wiener, Jr., son of David Weimer, was born on the home farm in Westmoreland county, and received a common school education.
He assisted his father on the farm until his marriage, and after that event settled on land near the old home.
David Weimer married Hannah, daughter of John Barclay, a farmer of Donegal township, and the following children were born to them: John, of Argus, Indiana; Mary, wife of Noah Getmey, of Westmoreland county; Priscilla, died at the age of six years; William, of Preston county, West Virginia, married Elizabeth Miller; Christina, wife of John Ross, of Nebraska; Malinda, wife of Frank Stairs, of Westmoreland county; Hartman Henry, of whom later; Ozich D., of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, married Rebecca Miller. These children were early left orphans, both their parents dying, the same year, the father at thirty and the mother at thirty-two. The youngest of the children was only a year old, and all, with the exception of Hartman Henry, were taken charge of by relatives.
Hartman Henry Weimer, son of David and Hannah (Barclay) Weimer, was three years old at the time of the death of his parents, and after that sad event was received into the household of Jacob L. Hayes, a farmer of Donegal township, with whom he remained until the age of ten years, obtaining, his education in the common schools.
Upon the death of Mr. Hayes, which occurred when the boy was ten years old, the latter was taken charge of by a family named Neidersheiser, of the same township, remaining with them nearly three years, attending school during the winters, and working on the farm in the summers. He next became an inmate of the home of a farmer named Harmon, also of the same township, remaining until his eighteenth year. At that age he began life for himself, working on shares for two years and then purchasing a farm of one hundred acres in Donegal township. After cultivating this farm for three years he sold it and bought one of fifty-seven and a half acres in Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county. This latter farm he cultivated until 1889, when he disposed of it and moved to Johnstown, where for six years he was successfully engaged in the livery business in the Seventh ward. Since that time he has dealt in live stock and horses and has engaged in training. In 1902 he bought a farm of sixty-three acres in Geistown, which he still cultivates, and is also the owner of another of one hundred and thirty-five acres. In 1896 he built his present home on Pine, street. He served two terms as councilman from the Seventh ward, and in February, 1906, was elected justice of the peace for a term of five years. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen, and in national affairs is a stanch Democrat; in local matters, liberal. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran church, in which he serves as elder and trustee.
Mr. Weimer married, in Donegal township, Emma C., daughter of Henry and Catharine C. (Stairs) Keyser, of Westmoreland county, and they have had the following children: Ira, died at the age of eleven years; Catharine, wife of Dr. D. L. Frouke, of Johnstown; May; Earl, student at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, died October 26, 1905; and Roth, attending high school
DAVID PALMER WEIMER, of Johnstown, assistant district attorney of Cambria county, was born May 7, 1873, at Hillsview, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, son of Samuel A. Weimer, and grandson of David S. Weimer, who was descended from German ancestors, and settled in Somerset county, where he passed most of his life as a farmer. Shortly before his death he moved to Westmoreland county.
David S. Weimer, born December 14, 1814, a son of a Somerset county farmer, married Catharine Hartman, and their children were: Susannah, married Frank Walter. Lydia, wife of George W. Beck, soldier in Civil war; children, Warren E., Samuel, Bert and Georgia. Eliza. Levina C., widow of John T. Beam, also Civil war veteran; children, Carson W., Claire and Myrtle. Daniel, deceased. Franklin, married and lives on old David Weimer farm. Samuel A., of whom later. The death of David S. Weimer, the father, occurred January 1, 1875, at the age of sixty years.
Samuel A. Weimer, son of David S. and Catharine (Hartman) Weimer, was born March 14, 1846, in Somerset county, near Rockwood and was sixteen years old when his parents moved to Westmoreland county. He was educated in the common schools, in which he taught from the age of fifteen to that of twenty-five. From that time until he went to Johnstown, in 1880, he worked at the carpenter's trade, also cultivating a small farm which he owned near Hillsview. In Johnstown he was for two or three years employed as a carpenter by J. J. Strayer, after which he engaged in business as a contractor and builder in partnership with William Livingston and Frank Smith. Shortly after he purchased the interests of his partner and continued the business alone until February, 1901, when, tiring of city life, he moved to Millport, Ohio, where he has since resided, giving his attention to farming and stockraising. He was at one time burgess of old Grubbtown borough, before its incorporation with the city of Johnstown, and afterward held the offices of justice of the peace and alderman for the Eighth ward, from 1881 to 1901. He also filled many of the minor offices, among them that of school director. In politics he was an active worker in the interests of the Republican party, of which he was a staunch adherent.
Samuel A. Weimer was twice married, his first wife being Elvira Beck, who bore him the following children: Daniel H., David Palmer, of whom later; and Ora. By his second wife, Elmira Vickroy, he has one son, Samuel.
David Palmer Weimer, son of Samuel A. and Elvira (Beck) Weimer, was seven years old when his parents moved to Johnstown, and acquired his early education in the public schools of that city. In 1895 and 1896 he was at Dickinson College, whence he passed to the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, where he took the law course, graduating in 1900. He was admitted to the bar of Cambria county, July 8, 1901, and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession. In January, 1906, he was appointed assistant district attorney. His political principles are those of a staunch Republican.
Mr. Weimer married Julia, daughter of Edwin A. Vickroy, and they have been the parents of the following children: Elmira, deceased; Julia Margaret, and David Palmer.