BEST, Austin
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BEST, Austin, physician and pharmacist, was born in Lower Allen township. Cumberland county, Pa., December 6, 1850. He is a son of Martin and Catherine (Eberly) best, natives of Cumberland county. Both parents still survive, and reside in Shiremanstown, Cumberland county. The father has spent his whole life in Cumberland county, and is one of the most prominent agriculturalists of the region, and a promoter of the growth and welfare of the county. He has lived to be seventy-five years of age, and is still actively engaged in the superintendence of his farm. His wife has also been spared to an advanced age. They had twelve children, of whom nine are living; Sarah Jane, wife of William H. Snavely, residing near Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, a farmer; Joseph H., residing at Eberly’s Mills, Cumberland county; Elizabeth C., wife of Joseph Stoner, a prominent farmer of York county; Dr. Austin; Alice, wife of John Bowman, residing near Lisbon, York county, Pa.; Newton, residing at home; Catherine, residing with the parents, and Emma, wife of Maurice Miller, grain merchant, residing at Shiremanstown.


Austin was reared to manhood in his native township. He received his primary education in the public schools. He took a collegiate course at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Lebanon county, Pa. He subsequently taught school for three terms, one term each in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties. At the expiration of this time he began reading medicine with Dr. Eli H. Coover, of Harrisburg. In 1876 he entered Jefferson Medical College, and graduated from that institution March 8, 1878. He began his practice of his profession in New Cumberland, Cumberland county, and was engaged there about one year. He practiced two years in Dover, York county, and one year in Shiremanstown, Cumberland county. In 1883 he engaged in the drug business in Steelton, in connection with an office practice, and continued to be thus employed until 1889. He then removed to Harrisburg, and has since been continuously in business in this city at his present location. During the last five years he has resumed the practice of his profession.


He was married in New Cumberland, December 25, 1880, to Miss Emma Thompson, daughter of James and Malinda Thompson. They have one daughter, Edna May, born August 27, 1887. In political views Dr. Best is a Democrat. He attends the M.E. church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Mary Jo Erdwein ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – Http://

Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000

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