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Old Timers 1893

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)

BLEILER, CHARLES A., M.D., for twenty-two years a practicing physician of Frackville, was born in Lynn township, Lehigh county, Pa., June 24, 1859. He is of that sturdy Pennsylvania Dutch stock that has done so much to develop the resources of the great Keystone state, his father, David Bleiler, having been a native of Weisenberg township, Lehigh county, where he followed the vocations of farmer and harness-maker all his life. His death occurred in 1882, at the age of fifty-eight years. His father was John Bleiler, also a native of Lehigh county, and a farmer and tanner by trade. David Bleiler married Sarah Seiberling, the youngest of the ten children born to John Seiberling, who was a member of the same family as the well known Seiberlings of Ohio, manufacturers of the Buckeye harvesting machinery. To this marriage were born eight children, seven of whom grew to maturity. Of these John, Elizabeth and Amanda are deceased; next is Thomas F.; Peter O. is a physician at Allentown, Pa.; William is a farmer in Lehigh county, and Charles A. is the subject of this sketch. Dr. Bleiler received his elementary education under the private instruction of Alvin Rupp, now superintendent of the Lehigh county schools, after which he taught in his native township for two years and then two years in Christian county, Ill.

In 1882 he began the study of medicine with his brother, who was then located at Denver, Lancaster county, and graduated at Jefferson medical college of Philadelphia, with the class of April, 1885. Immediately upon receiving his degree he located at Frackville, purchasing the business and good will of Dr. Elijah Reigle. Since that time he has been continuously engaged in the practice of his profession there, and has built up a lucrative business. From 1888 to 1906 he also conducted the principal drug and hardware store of Frackville.

Dr. Bleiler is a Democrat in his political convictions. From 1899 to 1901, inclusive, he held the office of county coroner, and was for two terms the school director of Frackville, the duties of both positions being discharged with conscientious fidelity. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania State medical associations and the Schuylkill county medical society, in all of which he has a high professional standing. In fraternal circles he belongs to District Lodge, No. 821 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Shenandoah Lodge, No. 511, Free and Accepted Masons, and in his religious affiliations is a member of the Reformed church. Dr. Bleiler has been twice married: first to Miss Alice E., daughter of Daniel B. Kistler, of Lehigh county, and to this union were born three children, viz: Blanche L., a graduate of the Keystone normal school, at Kutztown, and now a teacher in the Frackville public schools; Horace D., a student of mining engineering in the technical school at South Bethlehem, Pa.; and Edgar C., at home. Mrs. Bleiler died on June 6, 1885, and in September, 1886, Dr. Bleiler married Carrie E., daughter of Benjamin Adams, of Frackville. In addition to his. professional duties Dr. Bleiler is vice-president of the First National bank of Frackville and a director in the Schuylkill Railway Company.

[This article can be found in "1893 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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