BURKHOLDER, William, merchant, was born in Franklin county, Pa., July 13, 1827. He is a son of the late Jacob and Mary (Shoemaker) Burkholder. His maternal grandparents, David and Magdalena Shoemaker, were both natives of Franklin county, Pa. They were farmers. They lived to an advanced age. Their children were three in number: John, Elizabeth, wife of Christian Burkholder, and Mary, wife of Jacob Burkholder. The parents of William Burkholder were both born in Franklin county. His father, Jacob Burkholder, was born July 24, 1788, and died April 14, 1865. He was a farmer. His wife, Mary Shoemaker, was born August 10, 1794, and died October 20, 1871. They had nine children, three of whom are living: David, William and Mary, wife of Jacob Kohr, residing in Franklin county near the old homestead. Their deceased children were Catherine, Adam, Daniel, Jacob, Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Wenger, and John.
William Burkholder received a limited education in the public schools of Franklin county. As is usual with boys on the farm he attended school in the winter and assisted on the farm during the summer. At the age of eighteen he began an apprenticeship of two and a half years at shoemaking. He followed this occupation for about twenty-five years. A few years before the war he removed from Franklin to Cumberland county. October 16, 1862, he enlisted for nine months' service in company A, One Hundred and Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania volunteers. After his discharge from the army he worked two years in mercantile business, after which he removed to Harrisburg and was employed one year in a shoe store on State street. On account of the business panic he lost his place and while waiting for financial prospects to brighten he and his sons worked at shoemaking; but this business he was obliged to abandon on account of failing health. When the panic was over his former employer gave him work for one year, after which he engaged in broommaking on Boyd avenue, Harrisburg. He next moved to Broad street where he and his two sons carried on a factory and store for four years. His next removal was to 1316 Margaret street, where for a short time he had a broom factory. Then, having erected at this place a large and convenient building, he opened a grocery store and for the past ten years has done a large and successful business in this line. He is well-established and generally known, having been a resident of Harrisburg for twenty-five years.
While living in Cumberland county he served one year as supervisor, and also as school director of Silver Springs township.
He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen and Catherine Laush, both of Cumberland county. Mr. Laush was a pumpmaker. Their children were Elizabeth, Andrew and Mary. Mr. Burkholder had but one child by his first wife, Annie E., who died in infancy. Mrs. Burkholder died, aged about tewnty-four years. Mr. Burkholder's second marriage was with Miss Annie, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Snell. Her father was born in York county, Pa. He was for a number of years a weaver and was afterwards engaged in farming. Her mother was born in Lancaster county, Pa. They had eight children; the only one now living is Catherine, wife of Benjamin Hoover. Those deceased are: Lena, married first to Philip Keaner and afterwards to Lawrence Newgard; Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Hurst; George; Mary, wife of Joseph Newcomer; Fannie, second wife of Joseph Newcomer; Annie E., and Christian. Philip Snell died at the age of nearly eighty years. Both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church, in Cumberland county. Mr. Burkholder had three children by his second wife, two of whom are living: Jacob and William H. Joseph N. died March 30, 1889, aged thirty-two years. Mrs. Annie Burkholder died November 29, 1893, aged seventy-one. Mr. Burkholder is Democratic in politics. He belongs to the United Brethren in Christ; both of his wives were members of the same church.
Jacob Burkholder, eldest son of William, was born May 6, 1854, and was educated in the public schools of Cumberland county. He started in business as an attendant in an asylum where he was employed for two years. He afterwards worked one year for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as helper on the gravel train. At the age of twenty-one he was employed by the Jackson Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of interlocking switches, as traveling agent. He then removed to Allentown, Pa., still being in the same business. He was married December 26, 1873, to Miss Rebecca J., daughter of Joseph Feeman. They had one daughter, who died in infancy. His wife died September 29, 1881. Mr. Jacob Burkholder is now an undertaker in Allentown. He is a member of several lodges.
William Burkholder, Jr., youngest son of William, was born September 23, 1857. He also was educated in Cumberland county. At the age of sixteen he learned broom-making and followed this occupation for twenty-three years. He was married, September 28, 1880, to Miss Clara, daughter of Adam and Catherine (Brenner) Stauffer. They had two sons, Charles A. and Arthur J.
Mr. William Burkholder, Jr., is engaged with his father in the grocery business. He is a member of the American Mechanics, No. 106, and of Washington Camp. No. 8, P. O. S. of A. He is a Democrat and a member of the United Brethren church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 27 Mar. 2001
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