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Kaster, Philip

Kaster, Philip, Rimersburg p.o., and his family, came from Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton county, in the year 1818, and settled in Red Bank, Clarion county, now the town of New Bethlehem. It was then a wilderness with the exception of a small field cleared where the cemetery is now located. The only buildings were a log cabin and a stable owned by the Widow Himes. The nearest trading post was Kittanning, Armstrong county. The same year he purchased the farm and mill site in Monroe township, and erected the first grist-mill in this part of the county, and which was known as Kaster's Mill, on Licking's Creek. Philip was a soldier in the War of 1812, and his father, Philip, sr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and participated in the battles of Bunker Hill and Brandywine. Philip's family consisted of six sons and six daughters -- John E., Jacob B., Samuel H., Philip, Joseph, Adam T., Susannah Benn, Polly Mohney, Christina Mohney, Eliza Hartzell, Catharine Kessner, and Sally. Jacob died at New Bethlehem about the year 1880. Philip, Joseph, Sally, and Susannah are now deceased. Philip died in September, 1865, in his eighty-ninth year. He was both miller and shoemaker by trade. John E. Kaster was married to Susannah Lobough, a daughter of John Lobough, of Monroe township, and now resides on the old homestead, near Curllsville. J.E. was born in Northampton county in 1813. They had a family of eleven children -- James M., S. Harkey, John, Philip M., Amos M. Daughtes, Jane E. Blair, Mary C. Corbett, Nancy C. Kerr, Hannah M. Lawson, Ellen D. Steltzer, and Agatha Newell. Agatha, John, and James M. are deceased. James M. died in the late rebellion. He enlisted in 1862 in Company H., One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania Regiment, and contracted his disease at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., and died on January 14, 1863. Susannah died on September 9, 1857. J.E. was married the second time to Eliza (Benn) Huey, a daughter of Henry Benn, of Curllsville, Pa. They had a family of four daughters -- Tenny C. Laughlin, Sally B. Lobough, Susie R., and Lide O. John E. has been a prominent business man of his district, and was justice of the peace for a number of years. He became engaged in the foundry business at Keystone Foundry, know as the firm of Kaster & Lee. He also carried on an extensive farming business. Owing to a dispute in the firm of Kaster & Lee, Mr. Kaster purchased the Rimersburg foundry property from James Feely in 1864, and made his son, S. Harkey, superintendent of the business. They formed the firm of J.E. Kaster & Son, and in 1881 the firm of S.H. Kaster & Brother became their successors. They have, in connection with their foundry business, a full line of shelf hardware and agricultural implements. S.H. Kaster was married on November 2, 1869, to Mary A. Feely, a daughter of James and Angeline Feely. They have had five children --- Bella A., Nora A., Zilla A., Edwin M.C., and Samuel M. The first son, Edwin M.C., was born on July 4, 1876, the day and year of our one hundredth anniversary. Philip M. was married to Mattie O. Berlin. They have had one daughter -- Estella C. Amos M. married Emily Rigis. They have one daughter-- Effie M. The three sons, S.H., Philip M., and Amos M., are moulders by profession. Adam T. has been of a roving disposition. He went to Pittsburgh when quite young, and from there to California the time of the first gold excitement. He came back to Pittsburgh and married a Miss Beeler and returned again to California. They had one son and one daughter --- Andrew and Mary. His wife died, and he returned to Pittsburgh with the children. Mary died. Andrew is now a broker on Fourth avenue. Adam is now living in West Virginia, where he has stencil and seal works. He is remarried to Miss Mamie Brady, of Lancaster, Pa.

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