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GASTROCK, William, merchant tailor, Harrisburg, was born in the province of Saxony, Prussia, June 16, 1833. He is the only son of William and Dorothy R. Gastrock, both deceased, and both natives of Germany, where they spent their who lives. His boyhood was passed in his native land. He took the regular course of studies in the state schools, completing it at the age of fourteen, (sic) He then entered upon and apprenticeship of three years to learn tailoring. Having served his time he worked as a journeyman until he reached the age of manhood.

In 1854 he left his native country and came to America. He landed at Baltimore and proceeded at once to Harrisburg. For forty-two years he has been a continuous resident of this city and for thirty-three years of this time has been prominently identified with its business interests.

He was married, in Harrisburg, April 22, 1866, to Wilhelmina, daughter of Frank A. and Katherine Elmer, natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. They had three children one of whom died in infancy. Those living are: Louisa M., wife of Charles Warkotsch, residing in Philadelphia, and William A., who is associated with his father in business, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Mr. Gastrock is a Democrat. He and his family attend the German Lutheran church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 3 April 2001

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