From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901
Isaac S. Shideler, who for the past four years has had charge of the postoffice at Markle, Huntington county, Indiana, and has been one of the most popular and obliging officials ever connected with the office, was born in Wayne county, Indiana, December 13, 1845. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Miller) Shideler, and a grandson of Solomon Shideler, who conducted a distillery in Pennsylvania until 1845, when he moved to Wayne county and lived a retired life, having made enough money to spend the remainder of his days in ease and comfort and indulge in the luxuries of life if he so desired.
Dr. Jacob Shideler was born near Lanark, Pennsylvania, and lived in that state until 1835, when he came west as far as Dayton, Ohio, where he located, and in 1847 moved to Huntington county and settled in Andrews. He was married in Wayne county to Miss Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Aaron and Margaret Miller, of that county. She died in 1854, leaving three children: Aaron, who is engaged in farming at Castle Rock, Minnesota; Isaac S.; and Susanna, who married S. Hinkle, of Markle, Indiana. After the death of his wife, Dr. Shideler was again married, his bride being Nancy Fullhart, of Pennsylvania, who died in 1896. She was the mother of three children by a previous marriage, and of three by her marriage to Dr. Shideler, viz: Ella, who died in 1875; Ira J., who is a farmer of Republic county, Kansas; and John B., who is likewise farming in that county. Jacob Shideler read medicine in the office of Dr. Blount, the eminent physician of Wabash, Indiana, and soon after removed to Mt. Etna, where he pursued the practice of his profession for about ten years, meeting with flattering success until failing eyesight compelled him to abandon the profession. He returned to his farm and remained there until 1881, when he went to Republic, Kansas, and made his home with his sons until 1897, when he passed into the eternal city.
Isaac Shideler attended school during the short winter sessions until he was eighteen, when he enlisted, January 1, 1864, at Huntington, in Company H, One Hundred and Thirtieth Indiana Volunteers, and served during the remainder of the war, receiving his discharge December 4, 1865. He did valiant service for his country and fought in several of the most decisive battles of the war. After the declaration of peace he returned home, remained with his father for two years, and then went to Iroquois county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming near Milford for two years more. Returning once more to his home in Huntington county he secured employment in a sawmill, and two years later located in Warrensburg, Missouri, where he conducted a sawmill for five years. He then went to Silver Lake, Indiana; engaged in the butcher business, continuing it for twelve years, when he decided to return to his native state. It was in the year 1887 that he settled in Markle and took up carpentering and milling, at which he worked until he received the appointment of postmaster of the village of Markle, a position he has held for four years with credit to himself and entire satisfaction to the patrons of the office. His genial and obliging disposition make him peculiarly fitted for this office, requiring as it does unlimited patience and good business qualifications, and he has brought the service to as nearly perfection as is possible.
Mr. Shideler was married in Starke county, Ohio, September 11, 1878, to one of Stark county's fair daughters, Miss Emma J. Replough. Two interesting daughters, Blanche and Roxanna, make up their family. The family are attendants of the Methodist Episcopal church of which they are members. Mr. Shideler is a Republican, and takes considerable interest in local affairs, being one of the school board at the present time and taking an advanced position on all questions pertaining to the welfare of the community.
He is an honored member of A. J. Barton Post, No. 560, Grand Army of the Republic, of Markle, and is well and favorably known in the various camps. His business brings him in contact with a large number of people and he has made many friends who honor him for his integrity and worth. He is one of the most energetic of men; and when he had become established in the postoffice and was thoroughly conversant with the routine work he put in a line of stationery, garden seeds, etc., which employs his leisure moments and at the same time brings him an additional income.