KELKER, Luther Reily, second son of Rudolph Frederick Kelker and Mary Anne Reily, his wife, was born February 29, 1848, in Harrisburg, Pa. He was educated in the public schools and at Prof. J. F. Seiler's academy, graduating from the latter institution in 1866. The following year he entered the hardware store of Kelker & Bro., remaining with them until April 1, 1878; one month later, in connection with his brother, William A. Kelker, he opened a hardware store under the firm name of Kelker Bros. In 1883 his brother retired from active business, and Mr. Kelker continued in his own name until March, 1892, when owing to long continued ill-health he was compelled to retire. A year after he engaged in the insurance business, and is now prosecuting the same successfully. He married, October 7, 1874, Miss Agnes Keys Pearsol, second daughter of John H. Pearsol and Cecelia Ober, his wife, of Lancaster, Pa. They have three children: Rudolph Frederick, Jr., John Pearsol and Mary Reily. Mr. Kelker is a member and officer of Market Square Presbyterian church; a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution; in politics a Republican; takes an active interest in the institution of Free Masonry, and is a past officer in all the bodies from the Blue Lodge to the Consistory, inclusive.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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