SHIMER, Samuel Johnston

SHIMER, Samuel Johnston

Male 1837 - 1901  (63 years)

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  • Name SHIMER, Samuel Johnston 
    Born 3 Dec 1837  Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census (desc) 1850  Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: SAMUEL JOHNSTON SHIMER, senior member of the firm of S. J. Shimer & Sons, was born in Bethlehem township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1837, son of Abraham B. and Margaretta (Johnston) Shimer, natives of the same county and of German and Scotch descent, respectively. Mr. Shimer was reared upon the old homestead in Bethlehem township, and during his youth he followed the daily routine of farm life. He attended the public schools of his neighborhood, and finished his education at an academy in the borough of Bethlehem. Throughout his early manhood Mr. Shimer was engaged in farming, but in October, 1871, he came to Milton for the purpose of joining his brother George in the lumber business, whither the latter had preceded him in the spring of 1869 and commenced operations under the firm name of Applegate, Shimer & Company. Their first purchase consisted of a tract of eighteen hundred acres of heavily timbered land in Union county, from which they cut the timber, and, converting it into lumber, hauled it to Milton, their nearest shipping point. Subsequent purchases increased these operations until the product of about three thousand acres of fine timber lands had been cut and marketed.

      During this period, in 1873, an event occurred that has proven an incalculable benefit to the firm - the invention of a matcher-head by George and Samuel J. Shimer, which is recognized as one of the most valuable invenĀ­tions of the century. In 1872 the firm established a saw and planing mill in Milton, with a small machine shop attached, which was operated up to its destruction by the fire of May, 1880. They then rebuilt the plant as a machine shop for the manufacture of cutter heads and other specialties, and from that time forward devoted their whole attention and energies to the prosecution of the new business. In 1884 George Shimer retired from the firm, and our subject became sole proprietor. He afterwards took into partnership his sons Elmer S. and George S., and the firm then became S. J. Shimer & Sons. In the fall of 1888 they assumed control of the Milton Manufacturing Company's plant, which they have since operated successfully. In the spring of 1889, Mr. Shimer invented and patented a valuable machine for cutting washers, to the manufacture of which the latter plant is principally devoted.

      Mr. Shimer was married September 27, 1860 to Catharine A., daughter of Isaac and Catharine (Clemens) Stout, the former a native of Northampton county and the latter of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and both of German origin. Mrs. Shimer was born in Northamton county, and is the mother of three children: Elmer S; Mary C., wife of William A. Heinen, and George S. The whole family are members of the Presbyterian church, and are ardent supporters of the principles and measures of the Republican party. Mr. Shimer is one of the corporators of the Milton Trust and Safe Deposit Company, and a director and vice-president of that institution. He is widely known and recognized as a gentleman of commendable enterprise and public spirit, as well as one of the most successful manufacturers of the West Branch valley.
    Census (desc) 1870  Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a farmer 
    Census (desc) 1880  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    working as a manufacturer of machines 
    Census (desc) 1900  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    living at 228 N Front St. and working as a brass machinist 
    _UID E9B887E9C172BB459EEB19DCAC9A4577C4FA 
    Died 18 Jun 1901  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: of typhoid fever 
    Person ID I1  Milton Families
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2014 

    Father SHIMER, Abraham Beyl,   b. 12 Mar 1809,   d. 1 Jan 1881  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother JOHNSTON, Margaretta,   b. 20 Sep 1818,   d. 16 Aug 1901, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family STOUT, Catherine Amanda,   b. 26 Mar 1837,   d. 14 May 1917, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1860 
    Children 
    +1. SHIMER, Elmer Stout,   b. 19 Sep 1862, Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1955, Allenwood, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +2. SHIMER, Mary Catherine,   b. 9 Dec 1864, Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1936, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +3. SHIMER, George Stout,   b. 26 Mar 1866, Bethlehem Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1964, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Pages 985-986.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 3 N Ward.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 9 Ward 2.