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Edwin Kemmerer Eisenhart Sr. (1868 - 1947)

Edwin Kemmerer Eisenhart Sr.
Born in Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Died at age 78 in Northampton, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Edwin Kemmerer Eisenhart Sr. was born in Bingen, PA (south of Bethlehem, near Hellertown, PA) on July 14, 1868. He died on June 29, 1947 while visiting his daughter in Connecticut. He was the son of Moses (1837-1913) and Marietta Kemmerer Eisenhart (1839-Nov. 1868). His mother died when he was 4 months old. He and his 8 year old older sister Alice (1860-1928) went to live with the Kemmerer family in Nazareth, PA. His other sister Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1863-1939) remained with his father. His father Moses remarried and owned and managed the Spring Valley Hotel in Bingen which is the area settled by the Eisenharts. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1887. After working in Philadelphia he went to Bangor, PA in 1890 with a partner George Smith and started Bangor Central Pharmacy on the corner of First and Market under the name of Eisenhart and Smith. Six months later he bought out Smith. This store was known as "the oldest drug store in the Slate Belt".
  • On June 7, 1893 Edwin married Anna Ketterer (January 4, 1872-October 4, 1960) of Philadelphia. She being a city girl was rather shocked by the muddy streets, all the slate waste piles and dark deep holes upon her arrival in Bangor. She stated "It is just as I imagine Hades". They were the parents of:
  • Dorothy Marietta Eisenhart (1894-1975) Mrs. Willaim B.Smith
  • Marion Josephine Eisenhart (1900-1996) Mrs. Edward Tyson
  • Edwin Kemmerer Eisenhart Jr. (1909-2003)
  • The original store was moved in 1899 across the street to a building which he and his wife Anna designed. The architecture is quite different but is a common style found in Philadelphia and in keeping with their German heritage. (The original plans are currently located at the Slate Belt Heritage Center.) Besides drugs and medicines, there was a soda fountain in the early 1900's, a line of paints, glass cutting, truss fitting, garden seeds, gifts, fixing of oil lamps and parts, and more. The soda fountain was closed in 1914 after World War I.
  • The family lived above the store until Sept. 13, 1923 when they purchased a home at 214 Market St. where they lived until 1945 when they returned to live in an apartment above the Market Street drug store.


  1. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 08 October 2021), memorial page for Edwin Kemmerer Eisenhart Sr. (14 Jul 1868–29 Jun 1947), Find a Grave Memorial ID 40354473, citing Saint Johns Cemetery, Bangor, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Dorothy E. Secor (contributor 47163229)

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