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LANDIS, Aaron M., alderman, Sixth ward, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Newville, Cumberland county, Pa., July 19, 1848. He is a son of Jacob and Margaret Ann (Houer) Landis, both natives of Cumberland county. These parents had a family of six children: Catherine, wife of Washington Parthemore; Mary Ellen, wife of William Snow; George A., Aaron M., John E., and Maggie E., wife of Samuel Heberlig.

Aaron M. Landis received his education in the public schools of Green Springs, Newton township, Cumberland county. March 4, 1864, he enlisted in company I, One Hundred and Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until August 5, 1865, when he was mustered out at Harrisburg, and returned to his home. He learned carpentry and worked at this business until 1875. In that year he was appointed to a place on the Harrisburg police force, and served twelve years and three months; two years as patrolman, six years as sergeant, six months as lieutenant, and three years and nine months as chief. In 1887 he was appointed as special officer of the Pennsylvania railroad. In May, 1894, he was elected alderman for the Sixth ward.

He was married at Newville, January 6, 1868, to Margaret E. Diehl, daughter of Elias and Eliza (Killian) Diehl, of Cumberland county. Four of their seven children died in infancy; three are living, namely: Charles E., reporter for the Evening Telegraph; Carrie I., and Annie M., residing at home. Mr. Landis is a member of Post No. 116, G. A. R., also of the Knights of Honor. He is a Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 12 Nov. 2000

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