LIKEN, Thomas, was born in Coleraine, county Derry, Ireland, February 7, 1847. He is a son of the late Thomas and Letitia (Hill) Liken. The elder Thomas Liken was also a native of Coleraine. When a young man, before railroads were constructed, he was engaged in carrying freight to Belfast by dray. He afterwards became a wholesale dealer in provisions, and in his later years had his son Oliver as his partner in the business. His political views were Democratic. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He died at the advanced age of eighty-two years. His wife, Letitia Hill, also a native of Coleraine, died at the age of forty-three. They had nine children, of whom seven are living: William, John, Thomas, Margaret, Matilda, Mary and 0liver.
Thomas Liken, the subject of this sketch, was the youngest of the family. He attended the schools of his native town until he was thirteen years old, and received a very fair education. In 1860 he took a position as assistant clerk in the Coleraine market. After this he was employed by two Scotchmen, George and James Rogerson, in their grocery store. He remained with them one year, and then accepted a place with Mr. Irvin in the business of shipping butter and eggs. He was in this situation for a number of years. His next employlment was with Mr. Huey, shipper of all kinds of grain, with whom he remained for a few years.
In 1867 he came to America to visit his brothers, who were in business as bakers and confectioners. His brother, John H., admitted him to partnership, which lasted several years. Upon its dissolution he went to New YorkCity and established himself in the grocery business, which he carried on for a number of years. At the earnest solicitation of J. A. Slentz, of Harrisburg, dealer in flour and feed, he closed out his business in New York and returned to Harrisburg as bookkeeper and salesman for Mr. Slentz. At the end of six months he bought out the business of Mr. Slentz and removed to his present location, 1322 North Sixth street, where he now deals in groceries, confectionery and flour and feed. He is successful in business, and is highly esteemed by all who know him as a man of worth and enterprise. Mr. Liken is director in various associations in Harrisburg. He is chairman of the building colnmittee of Bloomington, Ill., and is very highly regarded by the committee. In Ireland he was connected with several societies. His political views are Democratic.
Mr. Liken has been twice marriecl. By the first marriage he had two cilildren: Mary, who died at the age of four montils and six days, and William H., who died, aged two months and thirteen days. Mr. Liken's second wife was Miss Eliza, daughter of Casper H. and Mary L. Dustman, of Gettysburg, Pa. He is a consistent member of Pine Street Presbyterian church and belongs to James McCormick's Bible class. In his native country, Mr. Liken taught a large Bible class.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 May 2001
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