HON. JESSE RICHNER, burgess of Irvona, Pa., is a prominent citizen and representative business man of this flourishing
borougli, and has spent the greater part of his life connected with coal mining and is now superintendent of a
local mine. He was born July 7, 1880, near Philipsburg, Pa., and is a son of Jacob and Sarah (Knough) Richner.
Jacob Richner and wife were born in Germany. and both were brought to the United States when young and grew to
maturity and married in Clearfield county, Pa. Jacob Richner served as a soldier in the Federal army during the
Civil war and was several times wounded. He owned a farm and also was interested in lumbering. His death occurred
when he was about sixty years of age. His widow survives and is now in her seventysixth year. Their children were
as follows: Philip, who resides at Clearfield, is a barber by trade; Mary, who is the wife of Frank Westburn, residing
in Morrisdale; Maggie, who is the wife of Thomas Haynes, of Decatur township; George, who is a clerk in a store
at Osceola; Ida, who is the wife of Fred Baughman, residing on a farm near Turkey Hill; Alice, who is the wife
of John Cornell, of Jeifries; David, who is mine foreman at the Burley Clay Works; Jesse; and Amanda, who is the
wife of Joseph Kline, of Happy Valley.
Jesse Richner attended school more or less regularly until he was seventeen years of age, first at Laurel Run and
later at Irvona. He then engaged in teaming and afterward went into the mines and for fourteen of the seventeen
years of his residence at Irvona, mining has been his main business and no one better understands mining and the
conditions surrounding the lives of miners than does Burgess Richner. He is a very level headed man and when he
was elected burgess of Irvona, on the Republican ticket, in February, 1909, he was acceptable to all his fellow
citizens and his administration has brought about excellent conditions in the borough.
Mr. Richner was married May 15, 1901, to Miss Millie Potts, a daughter of Walter and Mittie Potts, residents of
Irvona. They have two children, Ethel Icie and Flora. He owns his comfortable home at Irvona and has acquired property
through his industry and pmdence. He belongs to the Patriotic Sons of America, at Rosebud, and to the Knights of
the Mystic Chain.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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