FUNK, David Sieber, M.D., was born and reared on his father’s farm in Juniata county, Pa., two miles east of Mexico. He is the second son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sieber Funk, who had three children; the eldest, John Hudson, died of typhoid fever in the autumn of 1872, and the youngest, Mary Emma, is the wife of McCluney Radcliffe, M.D., of Philadelphia.
The Funks were in Lancaster county, Pa., as early as 1718. Michael Funk, the great grandfather of David S. kept a noted hostelry on the old Paxtang road, in East Earl township, and removed to Walker township, Juniata county, Pa., in 1805, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. One of his sons, John Funk, grandfather of Dr. Funk, chose the avocation of his father. He took an active interest in the affairs of his adopted county, and was elected to the Legislature of 1841-42.
David S. was born July 17, 1852, and after attending the common schools was prepared for Princeton College at Airyview Academy, Port Royal, Pa., under the professorship of David Wilson, Ph. D. He was admitted to the sophomore class of Princeton in the autumn of 1874, graduating in June, 1877. He immediately began the study of medicine, and entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in the autumn of 1878, and took the degree of M.D. in the spring of 1881. He located in Harrisburg in June of the same year, where has been engaged in the general practice of his profession ever since.
Dr. Funk has been a member of the Harrisburg staff for twelve years; was a member of the Untied States Board of Pension Examining Surgeons under Harrison’s administration. He is vice-president of the Dauphin County Medical Society, secretary of the Harrisburg Academy of Medicine; is a permanent member of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, and of the American Medical Society; was a member of the Harrisburg Board of Control in 1886-87. He is serving his second term as president of the Harrisburg Y.M.C.A., and is an ex-officio member of the board of directors.
In December, 1881, he married Matilda, youngest daughter of John and Margaret Tyson Motzer, Mr. Motzer at the time being a retired farmer of Juniata county. The Motzers were among the early settlers of Perry county. The father of Mrs. Funk had two brothers; the elder, Martin, was for a number of years associate judge of the courts of Perry county; the younger, Daniel, was a Presbyterian minister in Georgetown, D.C., at the breaking out of the Rebellion. His widow, who was a grand-niece of Gen. George Washington, survives him, and is a resident of Washington, D.C. Dr. and Mrs. Funk have one child, John Clarence, now twelve years of age.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000
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