GORGAS, GEORGE A., pharmacist, was born in Lower Allen township, Cumberland county, Pa. He is a son of William R. and Elizabeth (Hummel) Gorgas. William R. Gorgas was born in Lower Allen township, May 8, 1806, and was an honored resident of that township for seventy-one years. He held many important public positions. He served in both branches of the Legislature, and was for many years on the school board. He removed to Harrisburg in the fall of 1877, where he lived a retired life until his death, which occurred December 7, 1892. The ancestors were natives of Holland. They settled in Germantown, Pa., prior to 1730. From that place they went to Ephrata, Lancaster county, Pa. About 1800 the grandfather settled in Cumberland county. The mother of George A. Gorgas was a daughter of David Hummel, an early settler in Dauphin county. Eight children were born to them; two died in infancy and David died at the age of sixteen. Dr. S. R., a prominent physician, died June 30, 1893. Their living children are: William L., cashier of the Harrisburg Bank, Catherine F., Mary E., and George A.
George A. Gorgas passed his boyhood on his father’s farm, and received his education in the public schools of his native township. He afterwards attended Cumberland Valley State Normal School at Shippensburg, also Cumberland Valley Institute at Mechanicsburg. After completing his education he became a student of pharmacy with Daniel H. Hamaker, of Harrisburg, for three years. He then attended the College of Pharmacy of Philadelphia for two years, graduating from that institution in 1881. He afterwards resided in Washington for two years. In 1883 he returned to Harrisburg and purchased the drug business of I. D. Lutz . He conducted this business until 1894, at which date he removed to his present commodious premises.
George A. Gorgas was married at Lebanon, Pa., April 23, 1891, to Miss Rachel Grittinger, daughter of Henry C. and Agnes C. Grittinger. Their children are: Elizabeth Hummel, who died in infancy, and Catherine, who still survives. Mr. Gorgas is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464; Perseverance Chapter, No. 21; Harrisburg Council, No. 7, and Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, F. & A. M.; also of Lulu Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Society and of the Dauphin County Pharmaceutical Society. In political views he is Democratic. He attends the German Reformed church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of transcription: 9 Jan 2001
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