Edward Clinton Wisser (12/16/1865-4/26/1951)

Edward Clinton Wisser was the oldest of six sons born to Bonifacius and Genevieve Wisser.  His brothers in order of birth were  William H., Charles A., Joseph,  Leo and Frank.   He worked at a variety of industrial jobs including puddler, wiredrawer, and pointer as a younger man.  Edward married  Theresa Ott of Berks County, daughter of Matthias and  Mary Ann Ott on 02 May 1895 in Reading. Pa.   In 1900 Edward and Theresa moved to 431 Tilghman St. in Allentown and there opened a grocery store which they operated for about a decade.  About 1910 they purchased a farm at Fire Lane and Seidersville Rd. in Bethlehem.  Edward became a huckster for several years, trying his hand at taking their harvest into the city for sale.  Edward and Theresa had five sons; Joseph, Alfred, George, Bernard P. and Sylvester (who died at ten weeks), and two daughters; Mary and Matilda.

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EDWARD WISSER FAMILY           1910 CENSUS

EDWARD WISSER FAMILY
1910 CENSUS

Theresa died on Christmas Eve, 1918, just 13 days past her 49th birthday. There is no mention of Edward and family in the 1920 census that we can find.

The Bethlehem City Directory of 1925 has this listing:

Wisser, Edwd., meats 838 Wyndotte, residence Seidersville. This is interesting. If this is our Edward, the endeavor does not seemed to have lasted long.

There is no mention of Edward and family in the 1920 census that we can find.

In 1930, there is no occupation listed for Edward, though he and three of his children are still living at the farm. Two of them are silk mill workers.

  Edward Wisser Family            1930 Census

Edward Wisser Family
1930 Census

In the 1931 Bethlehem City Directory, Edward is listed as an employee of the Lehigh Valley Silk Company, which was actually a complex in Fountain Hill consisting of two separate firms:  the Lipps & Sutton Silk Mill, constructed between 1886 and 1904, and the Warren Mill constructed in 1895. He was employed at the Dery Silk Mill in Catasauqua as well, from which he retired.

The census of 1940 shows Edward living with his son, George in Salisbury Township.

Edward in the home of George Wisser- 1940

Edward in the home of George Wisser- 1940

Ledger entry of Edward’s baptism at Immaculate Conception church in Allentown.

Ledger entry of Edward’s baptism at Immaculate Conception church in Allentown.

Above: The farm that Edward and Theresa owned as it appeared in 1948, three years before Edward died.

Above: The farm that Edward and Theresa owned as it appeared in 1948, three years before Edward died.

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Above: The Dery Silk Mill in Catasauqua, one of Edward’s employers.

Obituary for Edward found at PA-Roots

Obituary for Edward found at PA-Roots

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Edward and Theresa are buried in Sacred Heart cemetery in Allentown along side Matilda and Sylvester.

 The grave of Edward and Theresa located at Sacred Heart cemetery, Fullerton Ave., Allentown.

The grave of Edward and Theresa located at Sacred Heart cemetery, Fullerton Ave., Allentown.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Edward Clinton Wisser (12/16/1865-4/26/1951)

  1. Hi Eric,
    This site is great! I never expected to find such a detailed account of the Wisser family history. I am part of this (Edward/Theresa) line. I believe it would then go Alfred > Thomas > Philip > me.
    The information about Peter was especially interesting. Prior to looking at your research I only knew names going back to Edward and now I know so much more!
    Thanks,
    Tiffany

    • Hi Tiffany Thomas would be my dads brother Philip my cusin there is some bad fellings in the past 40 years and alot have been taken to the grave hopefuly with some forgiveness it would be nice to hear some of the happier storys from the past I have heard our great uncle POPEYE was quite the character and that he ran a speak easey in fountinhill and would hid the booze at pappy(ALFRED)& Grammys (MARGRET)when the revenuers came around WE used to have some picnics at pappys that were fun I dont remember them to much I was just Little 5/7 years old maybe we can get some of the older Cusins to sign on and share there storys Positive feed back only please we dont need to dig up the trash on anybody!I wont list all of pappys kids my aunts and uncles for fear I might forget someone keep in touch andMay good things come your way Matt

  2. Edward &Theresa would be my great grand parents Alfred& Margret grand parents Paul&Helen parents Anna,Paul JR,William,Peter,Matthew(thats me)I am married to Linda (Reith) Two children Lindsay&Daniel Residing in Lowermilford township PA.

  3. Paul& Helen Family Anna Paul jr William Peter Matthew this is a correction to my last post I forgot Peter Idont know how and Iam sorry

    • Hi George! So you are the same generation as I. I’ve communicated with a couple 2nd cousins here including Janet, Alice, and Matthew. I met Alice and some of her family by chance at a diner! It’s the only time I can remember meeting any cousins. My brother Scott says he remembers meeting two of my grandfather’s brothers I think Alfred might have been one of them! Nice to meet you.

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