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GASTROCK, William M., was born in Harrisburg, Pa., March 16, 1848; son of Barthol and Rosanna (Koenig) Gastrock. The father was a native of Prussia, the mother of Wurtemberg, Germany. They were married in Harrisburg, the father having come to this country and settled in this city in 1845 or 1846. He was a stone mason and formed a partnership in this business with Roger Sheehey. He was an Independent Democrat in politics and was identified with the Odd Fellows and the German orders. His death occurred March 17, 1891, his wife still surviving and residing at Harrisburg. Their children are: William M. Lewis, retired; Emma, Mrs. Edward Springer, Harrisburg; John, purchasing agent, Foundry and Machine Works; Frederick, machinist, Middletown, Pa., and Henry, musician, at home. William M. received his education in the public schools which he attended until he was fourteen years of age, and in the Harrisburg high school, and later took a course in Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College. He entered the dispatcher’s office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he remained from 1866 to 1878, after which he became the company’s agent for the Westmoreland Coal Company, serving six years, and then for the Mashosmon Coal Company until 1895. Having been in the employment of the company for thirty years, he retired and opened his present business at No. 404 State Street. During the war he served as messenger in the quartermaster’s department. In his political views Mr. Gastrock is a Democrat with independent proclivities, and has never served in any public office. He is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, F. & A. M. Mr Gastrock was married, in 1872, to Ida Irene, daughter of Gen. Joseph F. Knipe, of Harrisburg. They have nine children" Rosa E., Elizabeth A., Joseph F., Benjamin B. Martin W., Frank A., Albert E., Ida I., and Bertha Viola. Mr. Gastrock was reared in the Lutheran church; Mrs. Gastrock is a member of the Presbyterian church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 20 March 2001

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