William Henry Deeter (1858 – )

"William Henry Deeter, president of the Kendall and Deeter 
Lumber Company, Meyersdale, Somerset county Pennsylvania, 
was born in Allegheny township, Somerset county, March 7, 
1858, the son of Unus and Katharine (Boyer) Deeter.
Samuel Deeter, grandfather, was a native of Allegheny township, 
born at what is now known as Deeter's Gap.  He was a farmer
by occupation.  Among his children was a son Unus.
Unus Deeter (father) was also born in Allegheny township.  
He followed the quiet but useful occupation of a farmer.  
He married Miss Katharine, daughter of ______ Boyer, of 
StonyCreek, and they had the following children: Sarah, 
Mary, Jane, Lina, William Henry and Jonathan.
William Henry Deeter attended the public schools of his 
native place until he was fifteen years of age.  He then 
entered into his first regular employment at the occupation 
of a farmer, working out by the month until 1882.  The 
succeeding three years he was engaged in the sawmill business 
in Allegheny township, and in 1885 he embarked in the contracting
business, being in the employ of the W.C. White Lumber Company
of Bedford county.  He remained there until 1889, when he established 
himself with the firm of Bondollar and Son, of Everett, Bedford 
county. He subsequently returned to the employ of the former company 
as superintendent of mills, continuing there in this capacity 
until 1893.  Deciding to engage in business for himself, he opened 
a livery establishment at Rockwood, Somerset county, and was thus 
occupied, being attended with good success until 1897.  He then 
formed a partnership with Mr. S.A. Kendall, and they engaged in 
the lumber business, conducting the establishment under the firm 
name of Kendall and Deeter Lumber Company, with offices at Meyersdale.  
The proprietors of this establishment are both capable, reliable 
business men, and through their straightforward business methods 
and general fair dealing, have brought the business to an eminent 
degree of success.
Mr. Deeter is also interested in various other industrial enterprises, 
among them being numbered the following: The Meyersdale Planing Mill 
Company, of which he is vice-president; the Kendall and Deeter Lumber 
Company, of which he is president; the West Salisbury Feed Company, 
in which he holds the office of vice-president. He is a stockholder 
in the Citizens' National Bank of Meyersdale; the Meyersdale Sheet 
Steel Company, the Livingood Coal and Coke Company of Pittsburg,
and the Economy Telephone Company of Meyersdale.  
In political affiliations Mr. Deeter is a Republican, and is an 
earnest party worker.  He has served his borough as councilman since 
1900.  In religious faith he is a member of the Reformed church.  
Fraternally he holds membership in the F. and A.M., No. 554, 
Meyersdale; B.P.O.E., No. 175, Johnstown; and Royal Arcanum, of
Mr. Deeter married, July 10, 1881, Miss Sadie, daughter of William 
Ware, of Allegheny township, and they have children as follows: 
Effie; Ollie, married, October 21, 1903, Ernest Boyer; Bertha, 
married William Apple [sic], June 1, 1905; Carrie; William Bunn; 
Ida; Ware; and Gladys."

Source:  History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania; 
Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William
H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 
1906, ppg. 520/1 

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