David M. Ziegler, a veteran of the Civil war,
was born in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, of pioneer
ancestry. His father was David Ziegler, a son of Abraham Ziegler, who came
from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and purchased a large tract of land and
engaged in farming and stock raising. The maternal grandfather, Henry
Stauffer, purchased his land when he came to Butler County from Abraham
Ziegler, and they lived as neighbors during their entire lives. There were
six children in the Ziegler family, as follows: (1) Ira S., born July 4,
1866, in Jackson Township, Butler County. At the age of nineteen years he
entered the offices of the P. & W. Railroad at Harmony and learned the
telegraphers trade. In 1888 he was appointed agent for the company at
Bakertown, Pennsylvania. In 1891 he engaged in the wholesale. coal
business. Later served as bookkeeper for Gelbach Brothers, Patterson
Lockwood Oil Company, and the Natural Gas Company. On August 21, 1896, he
purchased the Connoquenessing Valley News from the firm of Young &
Stoughon. In June, 1898, he purchased the Globe, a weekly paper at Evans
City, Pennsylvania, and continued as editor until December 28, 1901, when
he disposed of his newspapers and devoted his time to his oil interests.
In January, 1907, he was elected president of the First National Bank of
Zelienople. In 1890 he married Miss Clara Pennell. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge. He died in 1915. (2) Fred, a train dispatcher on the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, died in 1923; (3) Miles, died in 1908, was a
druggist; (4) Homer, manager of the Pittsburgh Oil Well Supply Company,
resides in Charleston, West Virginia; (5) Sally, married F. E. Longwell,
and she is deceased; and (6) Mrs. Beatty.
History of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Historical Pub. Co., 1927,
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