KITZMILLER, DIXON G., of the division freight agentís office, Philadelphia and Reading railroad, was born at Pine Grove, Schuylkill county, Pa., September 25, 1854. His father, Daniel Kitzmiller, came to Harrisburg in 1871, and was connected with these railroads till within a short time of his death, which occurred in November, 1892. His mother, Sarah A. (Gorgas) Kitzmiller, survives and is living at Harrisburg. They had eight children, three of whom are living: Frank K., Augusta G. and Dixon G.
Mr. Kitzmiller is descended from a historic family, prominent in the early settlement of Lebanon county. His paternal grandmother was the daughter of Christian Ley (Lei), who was the son of the original Michael Ley (Lei) and his wife, Eva M. Ley, the former born in 1739 and died in 1824; the latter born in 1744, died in 1815. They are buried in the graveyard at Meyerstown beneath the shadow of Frieden Lutheran church. Here also lie buried their son Christian and his wife, Anna Catharine (Coppenhoffer) Ley, the former born in 1762, died in 1832; the latter died January 11, 1822.
Inheriting the virtues of this worthy line, Dixon G. sought his education in the public schools of his native town and also at Palatinate College, Meyerstown, Lebanon county. He was for ten years a teacher of music in Harrisburg. In 1880 he entered the service of the Philadelphia and Reading railroad, and continued in it for sixteen years, twelve years of which he has spent in the freight department.
He was married in McAllisterville, Juniata county, April 29, 1878, to Catharine J. Caveny, daughter of William and Sarah J. (Van Ormer) Caveny, of McAllisterville. Of their five sons but one survives, Dixon G., Jr., four having died in childhood. In political views Mr. Kitzmiller is a Republican. He attends the Lutheran church.