ESHLEMAN, John. Highspire, Pa., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., November 26, 1842. He is a son of Abraham and Susan (Ebersole) Eshleman, natives of Lancaster county. His father was a laborer and died in that county. He was a member of the Mennonite church. His family consisted of ten children, reared to maturity, seven of whom are now living: Martha, wife of Uriah Eichelberger, of Du Page county, Ill.; Adeline of Du Page county, Ill.; David, of Nebraska, a saddler; Henry, of Marietta, Lancaster county; Simon of Donegal township, Lancaster county, and John.
John was brought up and educated in Lancaster county. His school days were limited by his earnest desire to enter the ranks of the breadwinners. He went to work as a wage-earner at the age of eleven on the farm of David Ebersole. Until he was twenty-one years old he worked at farming for various people. During this time he was accumulating knowledge and experience and gaining physical strength and muscular vigor, which were to serve him as capital in the business of life. Leaving farm work, he engaged as a laborer with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Here his superiority to the common laborer was soon recognized and appreciated. In a short time he was made foreman of the "floating gang," and helped to build the double track from Middletown to Columbia. In 1868 he moved to Highspire and became section foreman for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company which position he filled until 1883. In this year he engaged in the lumber business, in which he has since continued. He is a stockholder and director in the Harrisburg and Middletown Pike Company and a stockholder in the Harrisburg, Highspire and Steelton Electric Railway Company. He has also large real estate interests. He is Republican in politics. He served as assessor of Lower Swarata township for three years. He is superintendent of the Highspire Cemetery Association. Recently Mr. Eshleman has given further proofs of his enterprise by laying out twenty acres of land at the east end of Highspire into town lots, which is called the Eshleman addition to Highspire. These lots are being rapidly purchased by residents and newcomers, who are erecting handsome and comfortable homes, and in a very short time this will form one of the most picturesque portions of the village. He was married, in 1869, to Miss Ellen, daughter of Henry Wolf, of Lower Swatara township, by whom he has one child, Harry W., born in 1871. Mr. Elshleman is a member of the Church of God.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Date of Transcription: 01 Feb 2001
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