From: History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
L. E. Heisel is a prosperous farmer and stockman of Adams Township, where he is the proprietor of Harvest Home Farm. He was born on this farm, June 12, 1881, and is the son of Jonathan and Margaret (King) Helsel.
Jonathan Helsel was born in Richland Township, Cambria County, and his wife was born at Elton, Pa. He engaged in farming during his entire life and met with success. There were four sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Helsel: S. H., lives in Johnstown; G. W., a farmer, lives near Elton; L. E., the subject of this sketch; and J. W., a retired farmer, lives at Elton.
L. E. Helsel received his education in the schools of Elton and at the age of 21 years purchased the farm where he resides. It contains 81 acres of well improved land and is located on the state highway. Mr. Helsel specializes in the breeding of pure bred Holstein cattle and is one of the largest potato growers in the county.
On March 4, 1900, Mr. Helsel was united in marriage with Miss Lydia Rhodes, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Kring) Rhodes, of Salix, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Helsel have four children: Greer, a farmer, lives in Armstrong County, Pa., married Gladys Saxon, and has three children, Billie, Emily Jane, and Jean; Otis, married Grace Miller, lives on the home place; June and Guy, both at home.