MEALS, Theo. S.
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MEALS, THEODORE S., was born in Adams county, Pa., January 1, 1859. He is a son of the late Michael and Catherine (Shorb) Meals. His great-grandfather, Gabriel Meals, was a native of Adams county, and among its earliest inhabitants. He was a stone cutter. Gabriel Meals, grandfather of Theodore S. Meals, was also born in Adams county, was a stone cutter, and had a large marble yard. He had a family of twelve children, four of whom are living. Michael Meals, father of Theodore S., was born in Adams county, and was a carriage maker. He was married to miss Catherine Shorb, a native of Adams county. They had six children, four of whom are living: Wesley, William, Gabriel and Theodore S. Their deceased children are Susan and Elizabeth. The father was a member of several societies, and in politics was a Republican. He belonged to the Lutheran church. He died in September, 1859, aged thirty-six years; his wife died December 23, 1872.

Theodore S. Meals was about nine months old when his father died. His mother removed from Adams county to Harrisburg, placing him in the Orphans' School at Middletown, Dauphin county, where he remained three years and received a part of his education. He then returned to Harrisburg. In 1869 he entered the DeWitt school, on Walnut street, where he remained three years. In 1873-74 he was in Professor Gause's school. In 1875 he found employment with Mr. D. H. Heisey, with whom he learned the ice-cream business and by whom he was employed for thirteen years. At the end of this time he was admitted to partnership with Mr. Heisey; this partnership lasted two years. In 1888 he was employed as rodman in an engineer corps, and served one year in that capacity. In 1889-90 he was inspector of street paving. In 1891 he engaged in the ice-cream business for himself, at No. 1315 North Third street. A year later he removed to 909 North Third street, where he has been since located, and where he has one of the finest ice-cream stands in the city. He was married, October 16, 1890, to Miss Rosanna, daughter of John and Sophia (Orsinger) Wild, by whom he has had three children: Casper D., Ezra S., and Theodore S., J r. Mr. Meals is a Democrat, and a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal church, State street, while Mrs. Meals belongs to the Lutheran church. He is practically a self-made man and has the esteem of the community.

John Wild, father of Mrs. Meals, was a native of Germany, and was a baker. He married Miss Orsinger, a native of Dauphin county. They had six children, of whom four are living: Annie, wife of E. B. Wiiliams; Rosanna, wife of T. S. Meals; William and Minnie. John and Amelia died in infancy. The father died in June, 1877, aged thirty-six; the mother still lives and is now the wife of John Willoughby. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Meals were both natives of Germany. Her grandfather was a stone mason. The grandmother still survives. The grandparents of Mrs. Meals, on her mother's side, were also natives of Germany. Mr. Orsinger, her grandfather, was a baker, but later was engaged in hotel-keeping, in Harrisburg, where he died, May 5, 1892. Mrs. Meals' great-grandmother, also a native of Germany, lived to the age of ninety-eight years.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001

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