David Albert Bryner

David A. Bryner – Obituary from a Clarion, PA newspaper, he was the owner of Bryner Lumber Company

The funeral services of David A. Bryner, which were held from his home, Shippenville, Pa. on Sunday afternoon, February 1st, 1925, were most impressive.

The large Bryner home was filled to overflowing it being estimated that over 250 people were in the home alone, and heard the services, which were conducted by the Rev. L. H. Rehmeyer, Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church Manchester Maryland, the former pastor of the deceased, assisted by Rev. Charles L. Ritter, Pastor of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Shippenville, of which church the deceased had been a member for several years.

The floral offerings filled the entire side of one large room and were very beautiful, expressing the honor and respect in which Mr. Bryner was held by his friends and the various organizations to which he belonged, as well as expressing sympathy and comfort toward the bereaved family.

Rev. Rehmeyer selected his text from Luke, 8th Chapter and the 50 to 52nd verses, and gave a very able discourse thereon, full of wisdom, Christianity and comfort for the bereaved family, closing with this obituary.

David Albert Bryner was born in Paint Township, Clarion County, Pa. On July 9, 1858, and passed away to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, January 29th, 1925, at six o’clock A.M. aged 71 years, 6 months and 20 days.  He was the son of I. C. and Catherine Cook Bryner, and was one of a family of ten children, seven brothers, Joseph C., S. S., Israel C., Cornelius B., Geo. I. M., Bart W., Ezra W. and two sisters Barbara E. and Lillian C.  In his early life he entered the lumber business, which he followed all his life being known throughout the whole community as an authority in matters pertaining to his chosen business.

On October 9th, 1879, he was married to Margaret E. Nelson and of this union four children were born.

He was a man of sterling integrity, and while of a naturally retiring disposition was of most likable character, a natural born business executive with wonderful initiative and will to go ahead.

He was the largest employer of labor in this section for many years and many a man today received his first wages and business training under his supervision, all of these me are his sincere and earnest friends.  He will be mourned and greatly missed by the entire community.

He was devoted to his family and to his home life while giving his business careful attention, in every detail, every moment of his spare time was spent with his family and in planning to make his and their home more cheerful and comfortable and complete.

Under the pastorate of the Rev. L H. Rehmeyer, he united with Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, of this place and was an earnest conscientious member, attending church services and the Men’s Bible Class in the Sunday School with the greatest of regularity until recently, his health not permitting his regular attendance.

Mr. Bryner is survived by his devoted wife, Margaret E. Bryner, and four daughters, Kathryn D, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. S. E. McElhattan, of Shippenville and Misses Zoe and Jessie T. Bryner, at home; also by three grandchildren Pauline, Albert and Nelson McElhattan.  He is also survived by the following brothers:  I. C. Bryner, Southgate, Cal.;  C. B. Bryner, Rawles Springs, Miss.; Bart W. Bryner, Punxsutawney; and E. W. Bryner of Shippenville, and by one sister Lillian C. Bryner of Erie.

All their family and friends grieve and sympathize with the family in their loss of husband, father and brother.


Father*                     Israel C. Bryner (b. 10 May 1824, d. 20 Dec 1914)

Mother*                    Catherine Cook (b. 14 Dec 1827, d. 14 Oct 1904)


Birth*                    09 Jul 1853            Clarion County, PA.

Marriage*           09 Oct 1879            Margaret E. Nelson (b. 1853, d. 1933)

Daughter:           __ ___ 1880            Kathryn D. Bryner (b. 1880, d. 1957)

Daughter:                                             Belle Bryner - married S. E. McElhattan

Daughter:           10 Dec 1887            Zoe Bryner (b. 10 Dec 1887, d. 1981); Shippenville, Clarion County, PA. , was bookkeeper for Bryner Lumber Company, Shippenville

Daughter:           __ ___ 1891            Jessie T. Bryner (b. 1891, d. 1968)

Death*                 29 Jan 1925 

David A Bryner

Photo of D. A. Bryner's tombstone

  Chest that belonged to David A. Bryner


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