FOX, William L., farmer, was born in Lower Paxton township, September 16, 1859. He was reared on the old homestead, where he now resides. Winter school and summer work is the short story of his education and preparation for making his way in the world. The only variation in his case from the ordinary course of the farmer boy is that school time was shorter and self-supporting work began earlier than with the majority of boys brought up on the farm. At the age of fourteen he was employed on the farm of Jonas Crum, for whom he worked about five years. He then returned to the home farm, which he worked for his mother about three years. Then, wishing a change of occupation, he went to Steelton, Pa., and found work at the Bessemer Steel Works, where he was employed about thirteen years. One more change he made, which was to return again to the homestead and resume farming, which has ever since been his occupation. He was married, February 3, 1880, to Emma E., daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Fackler) Cassel. They have five children : Miles M., born July 26, 1881 ; Pearl E., June 5, 1883 ; Edith L., June 16, 1886 ; Minnie E., March 28, 1888, and Beatrice O., January 28, 1894.
The father of Mr. Fox died in 1865, but his mother is still living. They had seven children : Louis E., Benjamin, Wesley, William, Annie, wife of Henry Wolf, and Christopher and Peter deceased. Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Cassel, the parents of Mrs. Fox, are living. Of their ten children, two are deceased : Francis R. and Millard F. The surviving children are Emma E., Mrs. Fox ; Alice S., wife of John Seiders, Astoria, Ill.; Minnie L., wife of George E. Shurtzner ; Fanny L., wife of George Aungst; Wilson J., Lillie B., and Stella O. Mr. Fox is a Republican. His family belong to the Lutheran church. Mrs. Fox’s parents are members of the Baptist church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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