LESTER LARIMER, who has been the assistant cashier of the American National bank of Ebensburg since the organization of that institution, who is prominent in the real estate transactions of that section of the state, and who is actively identified with every commercial and financial movement of moment in the town in which he resides, traces his ancestry to four nationalites--French, Irish, Scotch and German. His paternal great-grandfather, William Larimer, and his grandfather, Ebenezer Larimer, were highly respected residents of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
William Larimer, son of Ebenezer Larimer, was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1830, on a farm. Here his early years were spent and he was educated in the common schools of the district. The greater part of his life was spent as a farmer in his native county, and in 1862 he removed to Cambria township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where he located on a farm and at the same time purchased a large tract of timber land, which he proceeded to convert into lumber, and continued in this line of business until his death, which occurred June 11, 1875. He enlisted in Company H. One Hundred and Ninety-second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, February 23, 1865, and was mustered out June 9 of the same year. He was first stationed at Camp Chase, Ohio, and then transferred to Harper's Ferry and other points. He was advanced to the rank of corporal and served with bravery. Two years before his death his house was destroyed by fire and for a time he was obliged to reside with his family on an adjoining farm. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and is buried in Bethel cemetery.
He married, March 10, 1853, Mary Jane Sharp, born April 10, 1836, and now (1906) residing in Ebensburg, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Daniel Townsend and Abilene King (Long) Sharp, of Canal Dover, now New Philadelphia, Ohio, and granddaughter of Peter and Judith Sharp, of Cadiz, Ohio. Her maternal grandparents were William and Mary King. The children of William and Mary Jane (Sharp) Larimer were: 1. Eveline Cordelia, born August 5, 1854, married January, 1870, James Skees, now deceased, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 2. Emma Jane, born April 28, 1856, married April 4, 1878, Alexander J. Evans, of Ebensburg. 3. John L., born April 5, 1858, married. December, 1862, Mary Wallace, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and resides in that city. 4. Annie Viola, born February 12, 1860, died September 16, 1865. 5. Ida Mary, born February 5, 1862, died September 16, 1865. 6. Infant daughter, born April 25, 1865, died October 2, 1865. 7. Maggie Bell, born August 10, 1866, married November 24, 1891, Joseph J. Davis, of Ebensburg. 8. Lester, of whom more hereinafter. 9. Clement Sharp, born February 9, 1870, died April 28, 1886. He was on a hunting and fishing expedition with two companions, and as they were walking along in single file, young Larimer in the lead, a gun was accidentally discharged, and he was fatally shot. He was a quiet, manly lad, and his death was deeply regretted. 10. Viola Gertrude, born June 29, 1873, married, January 5, 1897, James Fredericks, of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, and died October 6, 1900.
Lester Larimer, second son and eighth child of William and Mary Jane (Sharp) Larimer, was born September 3, 1868. He was reared on the home farm, and his education was acquired in the public schools of the district, in which he won much credit. At the early age of sixteen years he commenced teaching in the public schools, and followed this vocation for a period of nine years-four terms in the county district, two years in Chest township, two years in Black Lick township, and then four years in the Ebensburg public schools. At the end of this time he established himself in the real estate business, associating himself with T. Stanton Davis, and doing business under the firm name of Larimer & Davis. This was in 1894, and the partnership has continued uninterrupted up to the present time. The American National Bank of Ebensburg was organized in May, 1902, and he was appointed assistant cashier of that institution, a position which he still fills. He has also served as secretary of the Ebensburg Building and Loan Association since May, 1892. He was employed as fireman on the Pennsylvania railroad from August 15, 1887, until October, 1888, between Altoona and Pittsburg. His political affiliations are with the Democratic party, and he served seven years as clerk in the office of the recorder, under Clinton J. Blair, and was in the prothonotary's office under James C. Darby. He takes a lively interest in educational matters, and is at present one of the board of school directors of Ebensburg. He is treasurer of the Heptasophs, serving since August, 1895; is secretary of Highland Lodge, No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a member of Cresson Encampment, No. 240.
He married, January 20, 1892, Izora Davis, of Ebensburg, daughter
of Captain Thomas Davis. (See sketch elsewhere in this work.)
Their children are: Thomas William, born July 8, 1893; Clement
Wendell, May 25, 1895; John Lester, August 18, 1897; Paul Davis,
May 30, 1899; Myron Schuyler, May 22, 1901; Claud, 1903; Gertrude
Thelma, January 3, 1905, and an infant son, August 24, 1906. The
family attend the Congregational church.
Source: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambia County.
William Lester Larimer, county treasurer, is a widely known and highly esteemed citizen of Cambria County, and one of Patton's representative business men, where he is vice president and cashier of The Grange National Bank. He was born in Cambria Township, Cambria County, Sept. 3, 1868, and is the son of William and Mary (Jane) Larimer.
William Larimer, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil war. He was born in Allegheny County, Pa., Jan. 1, 1836. During the Civil war he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred Ninetieth Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Feb. 23, 1865, and was mustered out June 9, 1865. He was stationed at Camp Chase, Ohio, and later transferred to Harper's Ferry and other points and was advanced to the rank of corporal. Two years before his death his home at Bethel, Pa., was destroyed by fire. Mr. Larimer was a member of the Baptist Church. He died June 11, 1875, and is buried at Bethel, in Black Lick Township, Cambria County. During his business career he was extensively engaged in farming and lumbering. To Mr. and Mrs. William Larimer the following children were born: Evelyn Cordelia, born Aug. 5, 1854, married in January, 1870, to James Skees, of Pittsburgh, and she resides at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Emma Jane, born April 22, 1856, married April 4, 1878, to Alex J. Evans; John L., born April 5, 1858, married in December, 1882, to Miss Mary Wallace, deceased; Annie Viola, born Feb. 12, 1860, died Sept. 16, 1865; Ida Mary, born Feb. 5, 1862, died Sept. 16, 1865; infant daughter, born April 5, 1865, died Oct. 2, 1865; Margaret Bell, born Aug. 10, 1866, married Nov. 24, 1891, to J. J. Davis; William Lester, the subject of this sketch; Clement Sharp, born Feb. 9, 1870, died April 28, 1886; and Viola Gertrude, born June 29, 1873, married Jan. 5, 1897, to James Fredricks, died Oct. 6, 1900.
William Lester Larimer was reared in Cambria Township and received
his education in the Ebensburg public school and Ebensburg Normal
School. He began life as a teacher, which he followed for nine
terms in Chest and Blacklick townships, and four years in Ebensburg.
Mr. Larimer worked at various occupations, such as fireman on
the Pennsylvania Railroad, real estate dealer, transcriber in
the county recorder's office, and clerk in the prothonotary's
office. He later became assistant cashier of the American national
Bank and secretary of the Ebensburg building and Loan Association.
He was selected by the bondsmen to fix up affairs in the county
treasurer's office and later elected treasurer of Cambria County.
He has also served as chief clerk in the county commissioner's
office. Mr. Larimer is now serving his second term as county treasurer.
On Jan. 20, 1892, Mr. Larimer was united in marriage with Miss Isora Davis, who was born in Jackson township, Cambria County, June 2, 1869, the daughter of Capt. Thomas and Susan Jane (Burkhart) Davis, natives of Jackson township. Mr. Davis died July 6, 1907, and his wife died Jan.18, 1923. Mrs. Larimer has two brothers, Schuyler and Stanton Davis. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Larimer, as follows: (1) Thomas William, born July 8, 1898, lives in Johnstown, where he is cashier and bookkeeper of the Southern Cambria Street Railway Company. He served during the World war as inspector of the Fuel Administration and was discharged March 31, 1919, at Perth Amboy, N. J. He married Aug. 18, 1917, to Miss Lillian Apel. (2) Clement Wendel, born May 25, 1895, lives at Ebensburg, where he is deputy treasurer of Cambria County. He served during the World war with Pittsburgh Hospital Unit L. He enlisted Sept. 23, 1917, and was discharged June 12, 1919. (3) John Lester, born Aug. 18, 1897, lives at Memphis, Tenn., where he is assistant district manager of the National Oil Refining Company. He enlisted during the World war, July 11, 1918, and served with the Fortieth Battery, Fourth Anti-Aircraft Battalion, C. A. C., and was discharged Jan. 21, 1919. (4) Paul Davis, born May 30, 1899, lives at Patton, where he is studying law at Dickinson School of Law. He enlisted in the navy during the World war, June 24, 1918, and was discharged Sept. 30, 1921. (5) Myron Schuyler, born May 22, 1901, lives at Patton, where he is assistant cashier of the Grange National Bank, married Nov. 7, 1925, to Miss Mary Jane Buck. (6) Claude Frederick, born Jan. 3, 1903, a student; (7) Thelma Gertrude, born Jan. 28, 1905, lives at Patton, where she is a stenographer in the county treasurer's office; (8) Homer James, born Aug. 24, 1906, also a clerk in the county treasurer's office; (9) Gretta Izora, born July 25, 1909, married Patrick Callahan, lives at Patton; (10) Kathryn Frances, born Nov. 2, 1910, a student; and (11) Elda Anna, born Dec. 31, 1914, a student.
Mr. Larimer is a Democrat and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is affiliated with the following organizations: Highland Lodge No. 428, I. O. O. F.; Cresson Encampment No. 240, I. O. O. F.; Lady Patton Rebekah Lodge No. 182, I.O.O.F.; Sons of Union Veterans, Johnstown Camp; Mountain Lodge No. 84, K. of P.; Patton Lodge No. 688, F. and A. M.; Williamsport Consistory, S.P.R.S.; Jaffa Temple. A. A.O. N. M. S.; Mountain Forest No. 44, Tall Cedars; Acacia Club, Williamsport; Jaffa Shrine Club, Altoona; National League of Masonic Clubs; Pennsylvania Society, New York; Daughters of Veterans, Naomi Parsons Tent No. 15; Temple Club, Patton; Johnstown Motor Club, A.A.A.; Patton Fire Company; Concord Grange No. 1125; Patton Sportsman's Association; and is president of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Larimer is vice president of the Cambria County Bankers' Association, president of the Patton Wholesale Grain Company, president of the Nanty Glo Water Company, and president of the Cambria County School Directors.
Source: Gable, John E., "History of Cambria County Pennsylvania in Two Volumes Illustrated, Volume Two," Historical Publishing Company, Topeka - Indianapolis, 1926, p. 776.