Re: Nathan & Polly (Krause) Biery of N Whitehall, Lehigh County
While searching for information on a possible ancestor named Philip Biery/Biri in Berks Co., Penn., I came across the following which may be of interest to you.It concerns Uriah Biery, a son of Nathan and Polly Biery, though not one of the children you named.I found it on the Berks GenWeb site, under Obituary Index.I hope it is of some use.
Uriah Biery, the well-known iron ore mine operator, of Mertztown, died on Sunday morning in St. Luke's Hospital, where he had been taken two weeks before for treatment. He had not been well for some time, but about two weeks ago the eating of raspberries brought on severe troubles. He was taken to the hospital with the idea that he was suffering from an obstruction of the bowels. An operation developed an adhesion. Mr. Biery rallied well from two operations and was thought on the road to recovery. Saturday night a heart attack came to which he succumbed shortly after midnight. Deceased was born in Heidelberg township January 24, 1840, and was the son of the late Nathan Biery, whose widow, Mrs. Pollie Biery survives, residing at Guthsville. For many years he was active in the development of iron ore properties and resided at Shamrock, but after a severe fire there removed to Mertztown where he built a handsome residence for his family and built the Hotel Biery. He was also interested there in the grain and lumber business, operating in the firm of H. P. Pilgert & Co. His last important mining operation was in connection with the development of properties about Guth's Station in the Knappenberger & Biery Mining Co. Deceased was a prominent member of the Masonic order and was connected with Lehigh Lodge No. 326, Allen Chapter, Allen Council and Allen Commandery. He was a member of the Longswamp Church. For years he was a director of the Mutual Fire Insurance Co., of Lehigh and Berks county. As a Republican in Politics, but independent to the core, he became known and respected all over Berks county and in 1900 was named the national delegate from Berks to aid in the nomination of McKinley in Philadelphia for the presidency. Deceased was married three times, his third wife Elizabeth (nee Fegley) surviving together with these children: Samuel, of Allentown, and Miss Capitola, of Mertztown (by his first wife), James E., Adele, Mrs. David W. DeLong, of Mertztown, and Mrs. Max S. Erdman, of Allentown. These brothers and sisters also survive: Walter, Mrs. A. S. Rabenold and Mrs. Caspar Schreiner, of Allentown; John, Siegfried; Silas, Emaus; Sylvanus, Orefield; Mrs. Alice Kneppen, Greenville. The funeral will be held on Saturday morning with interment at Longswamp.
[Source: Macungie Progress, Thursday, July 26, 1906, page 1. Submitted by Jerri.]