JOhn Loomer


JOHN LOOMER, a retail grocer of Steubenville, and a highly respected citizen, was born in Clarion county, Penn., October 8, 1850. His parents, Seibold and Mary Loomer, were born, reared and married in Germany and with their three eldest children emigrated to America, in about 1840,a nd shortly afterward located near the village of Freiburg, Clarion county, Penn., where both spent the remainder of their lives. His father was a milwright by trade, but he also gave some attention to farming. He had nine children who reached maturity, eight of whom are still living. John Loomer spent his boyhood at his native place, laboring upon his father's farm. In May, 1864 before his fourteenth birthday he entered the military service as a substitute in Company F, Eighty-ninth Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, but in the following fall he was transferred to COmpany D, One Hundred and Third Pennsylvania, with which he served until the end of the war. He received three wounds at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., but fortunately none of them proved of serious character. He was honorably discharged at Meadville, Penn., May 12, 1865, having been mustered out at Baltimore, Md., a few days previous. Returning home he spent one summer on the farm, and for two years following this he was variously employed at different points in Pennsylvania and in Virginia. Finally, in February, 1867, he came to Jefferson county, and after a year's residence in Brilliant removed to Steubenville, where he has since resided. Here he followed teaming about two years, and then entered the employ of the Jefferson Iron Works, where he remained about seven years. For one year after this he was a member of the police force. In May, 1883 he engaged in the grocery business, to which he has since given his attention with gratifying results. Mr. Loomer was married March 2, 1873 to Melissa, daughter of Samuel and Achsa (Stroud) Spencer, the former a native of Belmont county and the latter of Jefferson county, Ohio, both now deceased. Mrs. Loomer was born at Steubenville. Mr. and Mrs. Loomer have one child, Samuel S., born March 21, 1874. Mr. Loomer is a member of the K. of P. and in politics he is a democrat. In the spring of 1888, he was the candidate of his party for the office of township clerk, and though defeated he succeeded in reducing the opposing majority from over 500 to eighty-two, which is evidence of his popularity and high standing as a citizen. He is a reliable and successful business man, and he and wife are highly respected.

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