BECK, DAVID M., proprietor of flour and feed warehouse and elevator, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Progress, Dauphin county, October 26, 1860. He is a son of David and Susan (Whitmoyer) Beck, both natives of Dauphin county. His father was born in Lower Paxton township, January 28, 1828, and is a son of John Beck; he was reared a farmer boy, with only the limited advantages of education offered by the country school. A large portion of his life has been spent in agricultural pursuits. During the past fifteen years he has not been in active business. He was married, in Lower Paxton township, to Susan Whitmoyer, a daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Laniken) Whitmoyer, also native of Dauphin county. To them were born four children, two of whom died in infancy. The living children are: Samuel E., residing in Reading, Pa., and David M.Mrs. Beck died May 6, 1882. Both parents of the elder David Beck were of German ancestry and farmers. They came to Dauphin county at a very early date and spent the remainder of their lives here.
David M. Beck spent his boyhood in Progress, and his education was received principally in the public schools of this village. He had the advantage of one term in the State Normal School at Millersville, Pa., and in Berrysburg Seminary. He taught school for six years, during which time he taught one term in Halifax township, one in Wayne township, and four terms in Susquehanna township. He taught three terms in the graded schools of Progress. He engaged with the firm of Forney Bros. & Co., which he represented as traveling salesman for nine years. For the last four years of this period he was interested also in the flour and feed business. In June, 1895, he built the large and commodious premises he now occupies. He now gives his entire time and attention to the flour and feed business.
David M. Beck was married, at Penbrook, November 15, 1884. to Sarah B., daughter of Henry J. and Lydia (Walmer) Forney. Four children have been born to them one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: Lydia A., Harry F., and Charles E. Mr. Beck is a member of Dauphin Lodge, No. 250, K. of G. E. In political views he is a Republican. He attends the Church of God. Mr. Beck is well launched upon the tide of business and it flows rapidly toward success. The breath of popular favor is also in his sails.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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