LENKER, Valentine, harness maker Berrysburg, Pa., was born in Washington township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 12, 1838. Christian Lenker, the father, was born at the same place and was a farmer by occupation. He married Susan Shott, born in Lykens Valley, and they had four children: Daniel S., Valentine, Christian, a physician in Schuylkill county, and Hiram, died young. The father served as county commissioner for one term, and in most of the township offices. He was a Democrat and a member of the German Reformed church. He died on the old homestead, and his wife died in Jackson township in 1877.

Valentine attended school in the township and worked on the homestead, later he served an apprenticeship of four years at the trade of harness making with Josiah Yarger, after which he opened a shop in Wiconisco, which he conducted for several months, and then engaged in the same business near Harrisburg, and remained a short time. He then removed to Fisherville, where the worked at his trade in connection with carriage trimming. September 21, 1861, he enlisted at Halifax in company E, Ninth regiment, Pennsylvania cavalry, Capt. J. E. Dealhuter and Col. Ed. Williams, and served under General Kilipatrick until he was discharged December 24, 1864. After remaining at his home in Fisherville a short time he obtained a position as Government harness maker at Washington, D. C. which he held until the close of the war. He then returned to Berrysburg and resumed work at his trade, and continued until March, 1896, when he sold his business to William Miller. Mr. Lenker was married, at Fisherville, in 1860, to Ellen E. Uhler, born at Harrisburg, and they have six children: Charles C.; Anna L., wife of R. J. Robertson, salesman; Maggie V., wife of R. M. Hoover; Harvey E., Thomas E., and one child who died in infancy; his wife died May 14, 1892. In his political views Mr. Lenker is a Republican. He represented the county in the State legislature on term, and served as burgess of Berrysburg, tax collector and justice of the peace. He is a member of the independent order of Odd Fellows, Patriotic order Sons of America, and Grand Army of the Republic. In religious faith and fellowship his is with the Methodist Episcopal church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County
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