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JONES, WILLIAM McHENRY, secretary and treasurer of the Steelton Planning Mill company, Steelton, Pa., was born April 12, 1844, in Northampton county; son of Robert Evan and Caroline (Dietrick) Jones. William was reared in his native county until he was seventeen years of age. His education was received in the public schools and in Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. In 1860 he moved to Union county, and in 1861 enlisted in company E, Forty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, and served three years. After the close of the was he took a commercial course in Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and then clerked for Wallace, Smith & Co., Lewisburg, until 1858. In 1878 he established a dry goods and notion bazaar in Lewisburg, and continued until 1878 when he moved to Steelton, Dauphin county, where he conducted a real estate business for a time. About 1895 he became connected with the Steelton planning mill. He was married, in 1868, to Caroline Criswell, daughter of James Criswell, of Lewisburg. They have three children: Katie, Edith C., and Criswell Jane. Mr. Jones is a stockholder in one of the banks and is connected with Sergt. S. W. Lascomb Post, No. 351, G. A. R.; Royal Arcanum, regent and past regent; State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F., Harrisburg. He is a Republican in politics and has been president of the city council, and also been on the school board. He is president of the board of trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a member. His father was a physician and practiced in Northampton county, where he died. His brother Robert is attorney for the Eastern Transfer Company and has been a United States bank examiner. He is a Democrat and a leader of the party in his district.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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