William E Oller


William E. Oller


REV. WILLIAM E. OLLER, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Butler, was born upon his father's farm in Washington county, Pennsylvania, January 13, 1852. He is the fourth in a family of eight children born to Daniel and Catherine (Myers) Oller, of that county. His father was a native of Kammerer, Washington county, and his mother a daughter of Jacob and Mary Myers, of Somerset township, in the same county. They were married in 1843, and were loving helpmates for nearly half a century, when the link was broken by the death of the husband and father, September 6, 1891. William E. received his primary education in the public schools of his native county, afterwards entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he graduated in 1875; then entered Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny City, and was graduated from that institution in 1878. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Washington, at Burgettstown, in April, 1877. He accepted a call from the Presbyterian church of Tarentum, Allegheny county, and was ordained and installed pastor of that church, September 10, 1878. Mr. Oller remained in charge at Tarentum for nearly four years, and June 19, 1882, accepted the pastorate of the Presbyterian church of Butler, for which he has preached during the past thirteen years. His ministry has been marked by a rigid devotion to his duties, and an unswerving Christian rectitude in the prosecution of his labors. Under his pastorate the church has prospered, and his earnest, untiring efforts have borne good fruit in the steady, substantial growth of the congregation, and the development of a generous Christian sentiment among its members. Mr. Oller was married October 10, 1878, to Miss Ella D. Creigh, a daughter of Dr. Alfred Creigh, of Washington, Pennsylvania. Four children are the fruits of this union, as follows: Nellie C.; Julian S.; Katrina L., and Florence B.

History of Butler County, 1895, page 802


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