From the Â“History of Huntington County Indiana 1914Â”
A native son of the township in which he now resides, Daniel L. Shideler was born here on January 12, 1856, and has passed his entire life within the confines of Huntington county. He is a son of Jonas and Fannie (Berg) Shideler, the father born in Ohio in 1816 and the mother a woman of Pennsylvania birth, of the year 1821. They were married in Wayne county, Indiana, and came to this county in the same year, settling in Lancaster township, and here they passed the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom six survive at this writing. They are as follows: Benjamin Shideler, of Montana; A. B. Shideler, of Lancaster; Mary A., the wife Of J. B. Harris; Catherine, the wife of J. P. Wire; Daniel L. Shideler, of this review, and Simon A., of Lancaster. The parents were lifelong members of the Church of the Brethren, and were among the stable and reliable citizens of their community. They lived worthily and reared their family in accordance with those precepts of life which they in their turn had absorbed, so that they gave to the county and state citizens who are exerting a beneficent influence in the communities wherein they are found.
Daniel L. Shideler was reared in Lancaster village and attended the common schools of that community. He was employed for three years in the local drug store of D. B. Hoover & Company, at Huntington, and then he turned his attention to farm life, in which he has since continued with a generous measure of success and prosperity. He is the, owner of one hundred and eight acres, and two acres in the village of Lancaster. On the farm is a gravel pit that has supplied the gravel roads in this part of the county for years. Mr. Shideler is a stockholder in the Majenica Telephone Company, and is otherwise materially interested in those public enterprises that have added so much to the communal well being of the township.
On January 1, 1882, Mr. Shideler married Emma Heaston, the daughter of John and Angeline (Wire) Heaston, and to them were born three children, two of whom are now living. Grace is the wife of Harry L. Pence; Faith, a graduate of the Lancaster high school, became the wife of John Barton, and is now deceased; and Eber T., a graduate of the local high school, married Lela Hoover.
The family are members of the Wesleyan Methodist church, and Mr. Shideler is a class leader in the church. Politically he is a prohibitionist, and has had a praiseworthy part in the political activities of the township. He and his family possess many of the solid traits that make for admirable citizenship, and they are well established in the town and county that has so long been the center of their activities.