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Old Timers 1907

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


NICE, WALTER R., deceased, for several years a prominent contractor and builder of Frackville, Pa., and later engaged in the fumiture and undertaking business in that city, was born in Hamburg, Berks county, Pa., July 17, 1841, and was a son of Benjamin and Margaret Nice. He was a pioneer citizen of Frackville, was a cabinet-maker by trade and later a carpenter, and for ten years he was actively engaged as a contractor and builder. In 1876 he established the furniture and undertaking business which he successfully conducted until his death, June 4, 1888, at the age of forty-seven years. He was a man of sterling integrity and worth, always displayed a deep interest in matters pertaining to the public welfare and was honored and esteemed by his fellow townsmen. He was a member of the Lutheran church and fraternally was associated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America. After his demise his widow conducted for a period of nine years the business which he had founded and it was then taken over and has since been most successfully conducted by the estate. June 12, 1862, Mr. Nice married Sarah Adams, a daughter of John and Polly (Becker) Adams, of Berks county, Pa., and they became the parents of seven children, six of whom grew to maturity, as follows: Sarah, who became the wife of Lewis Morgan; Lizzie, wife of Howard Deisher; Curtis, deceased; Marion, wife of Frank Weller; Woodward A., more extended mention of whom follows; and Walter. Woodward A. Nice, undertaker, coal dealer and general contractor of Frackville, Pa., was born in this borough Aug. 15, 1873, and was reared to manhood in the city of his birth, receiving his early education in the public schools. After the death of his father, in 1888, he assisted his mother in conducting the business left by his father until 1897, when he took charge of the undertaking establishment on his own account, in which venture he has been eminently successful, being also a licensed embalmer. In 1905 he entered the general contracting business, and in 1906 became a member of the firm of Grabey & Nice, dealers in coal; all of these ventures are proving successful. In politics he gives allegiance to the Republican party, and he has served one term as a member of the borough council of Frackville. Fraternally. he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the junior Order of United American Mechanics, and the Royal Arcanum. Feb. 27, 1901, he married Sadie Moore, a daughter of Richard and Harriet (Faust) Moore, of Frackville, and they are the parents of a daughter, Wilda.

[This article can be found in "1907 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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