DUBENDORF, Samuel, D., blacksmith, was born in Upper Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 31, 1857.
His grandfather, Samuel Dubendorf, was a Pennsylvanian of German extraction and a farmer, owning and cultivating a farm of one hundred acres in Lykens township, Dauphin county, on which he raised fine stock. He was a famous hunter in his day. He married in Lykens township. His children were: David, William, Samuel, Levina, Hattie, Matilda, Susan, and Sarah. He was an old line Whig. Both he and his wife died in Lykens township. They were members of the German Reformed church.
Samuel Dubendorf (2), father of Samuel D., was born at Gratz, Lykens township, in 1828. He was a farmer and blacksmith. He removed to Upper Paxton township, where he built a shop and worked as a smith for over fifty years, at the same time farming twenty-one acres, on which he built a house and barn and made other valuable improvements. He was full of energy and enterprise and his business was proportionately successful. His first wife was a native of Mifflin township, Lydia, daughter of John Radel, farmer. Their children were: John, blacksmith, Elizabethville; Susan, wife of John Seal, Upper Paxton township; Samuel; Daniel, and Charles, both deceased. Mrs. Lydia Dubendorf died in 1862. Mr. dubendorfís second wife was Christiana Markle, of Northumberland county. They had three children: William, carpenter, Millersburg, Pa.; Mary, and Henry G. Who reside at home. Mr. Dubendorf was a Republican. He was a member of the Reformed church. He died in 1893; his wife survives him and resides in Upper Paxton township.
Samuel D. Dubendorf attended school early boyhood in Upper Paxton township, and at the age of fourteen went to work in the blacksmith shop with his father. He continued working with his father until he was twenty, and then worked on year at his trade for Henry Wise, at Gratz. The for one year he was employed to shoe the mining team at Dayton, Pa. At the end of that year he returned to work in his fatherís shop. A year later, in 1881, he bought his fatherís shop and trade and has ever since conducted a general blacksmithing business of his own account. He has prospered and during this time has built a fine dwelling costing $1,000, making all the improvements requisite for a most convenient and comfortable home. Mr. Dubendorf was married, on the homestead, in November, 1881, to Mary J., daughter of John N. Deibler, of Mifflin township, born in Centre county, Pa., in June, 1855. They have three children: John, born November 20, 1882, attending school; Gertrude, born in June 1886, attended Berrysburg Seminary in 1892; and Pearl, born August 29, 1889. Mr. Dubendorf is a Republican and takes an active interest in politics; he has served as inspector of elections. He is deeply interested in all school matters and is in favor of compulsory education. In church interests he is no less active and devoted. He serves the United Brethren Sunday-school as secretary and librarian and has for the last ten years officiated as sexton of the church. Mr. Dubendorf displays tireless industry in all that he undertakes, is progressive and full of enterprise. He is a most useful member of society, and is highly esteemed by all his neighbors.
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