John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is Pittsburgh, PA coin dealer O. J. Bierly.
Otho Jacob Bierly (1871-1957), was born on October 15, 1871, at Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, son of Jacob H. Bierly (1847-), a blacksmith and a native of Hagerstown,Washington County, Maryland, and Mary Ellen Leckrone (1851-), also a native of Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.
In the 1896 Baltimore City Directory he is listed as a motorman living at 610 North Monroe Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
In the 1899 Baltimore City Directory he is listed as a manager at 503 West Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
He joined the ANA in November 1900, and became ANA Member No. 210.
In 1901, he is listed in Wallace's American Trotting Register, as the owner of Ella Cain, a thoroughbred Mare, at Funkstown, Maryland. Sometime in 1901, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
O. J. Bierly correspondence with Samuel H. Chapman
In April 1902, he applied for membership in the A.N.A. and in May became ANA Member No. 210. He lived at 122 St. Clair Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1905, his address was 201 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In June 1914, he was a graduate of the Emory Brother hood Bible Class, at Emory Methodist Episcopal Church, Highland Avenue and Rippey Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was one of 46 police officers to take the bible course and graduate.
In the 1915 Pittsburgh City Directory he is listed as a Policeman living at 5917 Rippey Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Otho J. Bierly correspondence with Farran Zerbe postmarked January 4, 1909
In 1936 he moved back to his native Funkstown and lived with his sister Annie (1889-), and brother-in-law John White Johnson (1881-) at their home on Baltimore Street.
In August 1956 he was hospitalized at Washington County Hospital and released.
He died on December 12, 1957 at Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.
To read the complete article, see:
BIERLY, OTHO JACOB
I wonder if Otho Jacob Bierly is related to Bill of the Central States Numismatic Society, who does the In God We Trust research?
I reached out to Bill, who writes:
I was not aware of Otho Jacob Bierly, but now that you raise his name and some information about him, I strongly suspect that I am related to him. The Bierly family came out of Pennsylvania so the Pittsburgh connection makes sense. Also the majority of the family were Methodists in that era. I will try to do some digging and see if I can find the exact connection, but I would bet that we are related.
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