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HOLTZMAN, DAVID K., retired farmer, was born near Berrysburg, Mifflin township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 26, 1836; son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Koppenhaver) Holtzman. His grandfather, George Holtzman, married Elizabeth Lebo. Their children are: Peter, never married, died aged seventy-six years; John, died aged eighty-one, was twice married, and had one child, Sarah, who died aged sixty-one or sixty-two; his second wife was Elizabeth Weaver, and they had seven children; Jonathan; Jacob, died aged twenty-five years; Maria, married Jonathan Novinger, had six children; Sallie, married Philip Lenker, had six sons and six daughters; and Elizabeth, married Daniel Haak, had four sons and one daughter. Mr. George Holtzman died aged about sixty-seven years, and his wife died aged about seventy-eight. Jonathan Holtzman, father of David K., died in 1881. He had a family of five children: Mary, married Isaac App, of Snyder county, Pa.; Jonathan B., died aged twenty-three years; Edward, died aged two years; David K.; and Elizabeth, wife of William Straub. Mr. Holtzman, in his second marriage, was united to Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Schwab) Weaver, of Mifflin township; they had one child, Henry.

David K. Holtzman attended the Mifflin township subscription schools until he was twelve years old, after which, until he was seventeen, he attended the public school. He then studied for two terms in the Seminary at Berrysburg, and by this course qualified himself for teaching. His first work as a teacher was done at Uniontown, in his native township, not far either from Berrysburg or from his home, where he had a school for three terms. During this time occurred the death of Mary, his wife. After this event he studied one term at the Selinsgrove Seminary, and then resumed teaching at the old Fisher’s schoolhouse in Monroe township, Snyder county, Pa.; he was engaged there for five consecutive terms, having by his skillful and successful management of the school established a wide reputation as an able instructor. After this he removed to Anderson’s Creek, Clearfield county, Pa., and entered the employ of Charles Blanchard in the capacity of bookkeeper and lumber scaler. He was called from this position, after nine months’ service, by the illness of his father, with whom he remained and carried on one of his farms for a year. He then bought the old homestead in Washington township, formerly owned by his grandfather, George Holtzman, who was among the first settlers in Lykens Valley. In connection with his farming operations on the homestead Mr. Holtzman also sold agricultural implements in Dauphin and adjacent counties. In 1884 he retired from active farming and removed to Millersburg, where, in the following year, he built the spacious and beautiful dwelling which has since that time been his residence. In the same year, 1885, he engaged in the insurance business, in which he continued until 1893.

From the time that he was about twenty years of age until 1882 Mr. Holtzman gave instructions in vocal music, and became well and widely known as an able and successful teacher of that branch. Mr. Holtzman was married to Mary, daughter of Aaron and Catherine (Schwenk) Mattis. Their children are: Emma L. and Charles Franklin. Mr. Holtzman was married again December 25, 1874, to Maggie, daughter of David and Margaret Neagley. Their children are: Ottilia Corbula, born March 13, 1876; Charles Franklin, married Sarah Koppenhaver, and has two children: May Edna, aged nine, and Grace, aged five years. Mr. Holtzman is a Democrat. He has served as school director of his native township for three consecutive years. The family attend the Lutheran church.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – http://maley.net/transcription
Date of Transcription: 17 July 2001
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