Born: Oc­to­ber 14, 1866, Fair­field, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Ju­ly 30, 1931, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Wild­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.



Vandersloot was the son of phy­si­cian Fred­er­ick Will­iam Van­der­sloot and Eli­za E. Crouse, and hus­band of Co­ra El­wert. His grand­fa­ther was a Ger­man Re­formed Church pas­tor who was al­so a hymn writ­er.

His fa­mi­ly moved to Clin­ton Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia, when he was a child.

In 1889, he be­gan work­ing at a mu­sic pub­lish­er in Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia. With­in a de­cade, he had found­ed the Van­der­sloot Mu­sic Com­pa­ny, which he ran un­til sell­ing the com­pa­ny in 1930.

He led the choir at the Pine Street Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church in Will­iams­port for 28 years (James Black was one of the choir mem­bers).




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Van­der­sloot (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),