BASKIN, GEORGE B., electrician and chief engineer of the Harrisburg Electrical Company, was born in Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa., April 3, 1864. He is a son of William and Hannah Amelia (Blaze) Baskin. His parents were well-known and honored residents of Halifax township, where the father was engaged in agricultural pursuits. They had a family of eight children, five of whom are living: Margaret, wife of William Rhen, residing at Steelton, Pa.; Mary, wife of Thomas Bates, residing in Onset, Lebanon county, Pa.; Annie, wife of William Workman, residing at Wesquehoning, Carbon county, Pa.; George B. and Laura, wife of Philip Garrahan, residing in Knaqua, Schuylkill county, Pa.
George B. lived in Halifax until he was ten years old. His educational advantages were limited. His success in the business of life is due more to his own exertions than to the training and aid of schools. In 1874 he removed to Lykens and began the study of steam engineering. This business had been his life occupation. Since 1888 he has filled his present position with the Harrisburg Electric Company, and has proved to be the man for the place. He was married in Wormleysburg, Cumberland county, Pa., July 19, 1890, to Miss Lillie May Bodner, of Steelton, Pa. Their union has been blessed with two sons, Harry Edison, who died at the age of four years and six months, and George William. Mr. Baskin is a member of Herculean Lodge, No. 480, K.of G.E.; Warrior Eagle Tribe, No. 34, I.O.R.M., and Native Brotherhood of Electrical Workmen, No.53. In politics he is a Republican. He attends the United Brethren church.