Is a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and was born June 12, 184a. He was educated at the State Normal School at Millersville, in his native county, and in 1864 graduated at Duff’s Commercial College at Pittsburgh.
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He came to Missouri in 1865 and taught school a few terms, then entered the mercantile business at LaPlata, Macon. county, Missouri, in 1870 changed from dry goods to the stove and tinware trade and settled in Novelty, Knox county, Missouri. In 1872 he moved his business to Jameson,. where he has since carried it on, and where he is also interested in a black-smith and wagon-shop. In 1875 he was appointed postmaster of Jameson,. which position he has filled to the satisfaction of the citizens since.
Mr. Siple was united in marriage, October 26, 1870, to Miss Lettie Park, who was born in DeKalb county, Illinois, November 20, 1848. They have four children; named, respectively, William T., born August 4, 1871; Lizzie A., born March 13, 1874; Irma, born March 22, 1876; and an infant born May 26, 1881.