KLINGER, William. Farmer, was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., March 7, 1840. His grandfather, Peter Klinger, was a farmer of Lykens Valley, and had a grist mill in Lykens township. He was a Democrat. He had ten children. He was a member of the Lutheran church.
John A. Klinger, father of William Klinger, was one of the ten children of Peter Klinger, and was born in Lykens township. He was a farmer, and in 1840 settled on seventy-five acres of land in Mifflin township, built a house of brick manufactured on the farm, the house costing $2,000; also built a barn, set out an orchard and made other improvements. He raised stock for home markets. He married, in Lykens township, in 1835, Lydia Dornheim, born in that township. They had eight children: Lydia, deceased, wife of Gotlieb Quiner; Samuel, farmer, of Powell’s Valley; William; Caroline, wife of Jere Carl, plasterer, Williamstown; Mary A., Mrs. Edward Lenker, Upper Paxton township; John H., farmer, Washington township; Daniel D., died young; Charles, burned to death in infancy. Mr Klinger died in 1885, and Mrs. Klinger in 1894. He was a Democrat in politics.
In the church of which he was a member, the Lutheran, he held all the offices, trustee, deacon, elder, Sunday-school teacher, and superintendent. He was numbered amoung the brave and patient toilers who redeem the country from the wilderness and introduce civilization. Only the most sturdy virtue, manifesting itself in industry, frugality and prudence, can accomplish such valuable results. Such were the characteristics of Mr. John A. Klinger.
William Klinger received four months’ schooling in the winter of each year, and from early boyhood was accustomed to hard work on the farm, helping his father to clear and cultivate the homestead. On that farm he remained all his life, and purchased the farm after his father’s death.
William Klinger was married, in Washington township, in February, 1869, to Hannah Eliza Kemmerer, born in Upper Paxton township, November 1, 1846; daughter of Christian and Catherine (Fisher) Kemmerer, natives of Dauphin county. Mr. Kemmerer was a farmer, and died at Elizabethville in 1882; his wife died in 1880. The children of Mr. And Mrs. Klinger are: Fannie Elta, born February, 1871, attended school in the township; John A., born January 20, 1872, educated in township schools and Berrysburg Seminary; for five terms taught school in Mifflin township.
Mr. Klinger is a Democrat. He takes a deep interest in educational matters. He is a member of the Lutheran church, and was a deacon and a Sunday-school teacher. He is prominent in all good works.
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