MAY, John K., grocer, was born in York couuty, Pa., December 15, 1837. He is a son of Jacob and Mary Ann (Kirk) May, natives of York county, and farmers. He was reared in York county and educated in the public schools. He learned bricklaying, an and coming to Harrisburg in 1862 worked as a journeyman until 1872. At this date he and Thomas Stephenson entered into partnership as contractors; this partnership continued one year. In 1873 he formed a partnership with George E. Reed, which lasted until Mr. Reed's death, in 1893. They erected many fine public and private buildings in the city. In 1877 they engaged in the grocery business on Market street, near Third. In 1886 they began the manufacture of pressed and hand-made brick, and do an extensive business in that line. In 1878 Mr. May went into the retail coal business, in which he has since continued. He was also, from 1872 to 1890, in the retail cigar and tobacco trade.
He is a stockholder in the Harrisburg Foundry and Machine works, the East Harrisburg Passenger Railway Company, the Harrisburg Trust Company, the Harrisburg Shoe Company, and the Capital City Shoe Company of Harrisburg. He is active in the Republican party. He served six consecutive years on the school board representing the Ninth ward.
He was married in 1865 to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of William Mahon, of Harrisburg. They have five children: Margaret, Mrs. Cornelius Shope, of Harrisburg; Nora, Mrs. Willialn Stroup, of Reading, Pa.; Charles, Theodore, and Queenie. Mlr. May and his family attend the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Apr. 2001
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