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BOMGARDNER, Jacob M., of the firm of Bomgardner & Son, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., September 14, 1847, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Miller) Bomgardner, natives of that county. The father was a shoemaker by trade. In religious views he was in harmony with the United Brethrens, and was an active member of that denomination. Jacob M. received his education in the township schools and learned the shoemaker’s trade, and subsequently taught school for five years in Lebanon county. In 1870 he engaged in mercantile business in East Hanover township, where he remained two years, removing then to Mt. Nebo. After three years in the store in this place, his failing health compelled him to sell out and engage in a more active occupation. He acted as an agent for sewing machines on the road until 1879, when he went to Middletown and became clerk for B. S. Peters & Son. During the next ten years he was in the hardware business at Lebanon, Pa., in connection with which he also established an ice business. In 1889 he came to Harrisburg, where he engaged in the grocery business on Walnut street, and in 1895, entered upon his present business on North Fourth street, erecting his present store. He was formerly a stock holder in the Trust Company. His only fraternity connection is with the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In politics he is a republican. Mr. Bomgardner was married, in 1970, to Miss Amanda Roop, daughter of Gideon Roop, of Lebanon county. They have two children: Irwin R., born in 1872, received his education in the public schools and graduated from the high school, and in 1893, became a member of the firm of Bomgardner & Son; and Florence E. Mr. Bomgardner is a member of the Boas street United Brethren church, in which organization he is a trustee, and takes and active interest in all branches of church work.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 20 March 2001

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