MAUK, CHARLES H., funeral director and embalmer, was born in Shiremanstown, Cumberland county, Pa., May 8,1863. His father is Thomas Mauk, who was born in Germany and came to America in childhood and settled in Shiremanstown, Cumberland county, Pa. He is one of the leading men in Mechanicsburg. He was engaged in the furniture trade and in undertaking in that town for forty years. He now lives retired. His mother, Catherine E. (Hamburg) Mauk, is also a native of Germany and came to this country when quite young. She died January 1, 1895. To these worthy parents were born ten children, of whom three died in infancy. Their seven living children are: John J., undertaker, residing in Columbus, Ohio; Thomas M., also an undertaker, of Carlisle, Pa.; Charles H.; Catherine E., wife of Dr. G. M. Hoover, of Harrisburg; Mary Ellen, residing at home; Samuel T., an undertaker, in Steelton, Pa., and Lottie, residing at home. The father served in the commissary department at Old Point Comfort under Governor Curtin during the late Rebellion.
The boyhood days of Charles H. were spent in Mechanicsburg. He received his primary education in the public schools. He took a complete course in the Cumberland Valley Institute and graduated with high honors. After this he finished learning the trade of cabinet and casket making with his father. He then went to California, where he spent four years in gold and silver mining, also working at undertaking in San Francisco, after which he returned home. The same year he received an appointment as city embalmer in Boston, Mass., and entered the employment of Lewis L. Jones & Co., undertakers, and remained with them about one and one-half years. He then returned to Mechanicsburg, and in April, 1891, engaged in business for himself in Harrisburg. He is a graduate of Sullivan's Embalming School, of Pittsburgh; Clark's. of Boston, and the United States College, of New York City.
Mr. Mauk is the most prominent and successful undertaker in Harrisburg, and ranks as one of the leading men in his profession in the State. His trade is extensive, and his equipments are many and complete as well as costly. He is the Pennsylvania railroad undertaker, haying been endorsed by nearly one thousand of its employees. He also does a large business in receiving bodies from a long distance. His office and stables are complete with long distance telephone, and his male and female assistants are of the best in all cases. He is not only a square but charitable man in all his dealings and business transactions.
Mr. Mauk was married, at Harrisburg, October 19, 1894, to M. Josephine Todd, daughter of Ira J. and Catherine Todd, of Harrisburg. They had one son, Byron Todd, who died in infancy. He is a prominent member of St. John's Lodge, No. 21, F. A. M., of Carlisle; Carlisle Chapter, No. 21, of Carlisle; Harrisburg Council, No. 328, Jr. O. U. A. M, of Harrisburg; Octorara Tribe, No. 91, I. O. R. M.; Daughters of Pocohontas, No. 50; Lady Harris Council, Daughters of Liberty, No. 100; Fraternal Mystic Circle, No. 440; Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, K. of P., the I. O. O. F. and K. G. E. He is a staunch and active Republican. He and his wife are among the leading members of Fifth Street Methodist Episcopal church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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