KEISTER, WILLIAM A., merchant, Steelton, was born in York county, Pa., November 23, 1848; son of Samuel Keister. The father was born in 1809, son of Adam Keister, a native of Germany, and one of the pioneers of York county. He married Margaret Wagner; both lived to old age. The father was a tanner by trade and followed that occupation until 1865, when he went West and engaged in the lumber business. He married Miss Anna Wickersham, born in March, 1810, daughter of John Wickersham, of York county, by whom he had fourteen children, of whom thirteen are living: Matilda, Rebecca, Margaret, Lydia Ann, Louisa, Clinton, Calvin, Mahala and Malinda, twins; William A. and Martha Jane, twins; Maurice and Elcinda, twins, the latter deceased, and Euseubius. The father died in 1882 aged seventy-three years. William A. received his education in the schools of York county, and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed for several years. From 1872 to 1873 he was clerk in the store of Bauchman Sons & Co., and served in the same capacity with II. Gregory until 1877. for the succeeding three years he was traveling salesman for A. R. McCowe & Co. In 1881 he opened business in New Cumberland, under the firm name of Kauffman & Keister and continued there until 1882, when he came to Steelton, where he has since continued to conduct a general mercantile business. Mr. Keister was married, in 1882, to Miss Prowell, daughter of James W. Prowell, of York county, to whom has been born one child: Walter, born in 1883.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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