MEILY, George W., dealer in boots and shoes, was born in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, Pa., January 16,1846, son of Samuel and Catherine (Boyer) Meily. The father is a native of Lebanon county; the mother is a daughter of General Boyer, near Rockville, Dauphin county. The father was in the grocery business, at Chambersburg and Mechanicsburg, and in 1853 came to Harrisburg, where he was engaged in the same line of trade, from 1854 to 1859, at which date he retired, and died in 1894, at the age of eighty-one years. He was originally a member of the First Lutheran church, but was later prominent and active in the organization of the church on the corner of Capitol and Herr streets. His wife and two children, John H., of Harrisburg, a plumber, and George W., survive him. George W. received his education in the public schools, and early entered upon his career as clerk in the grocery business, in which he was engaged from 1855 to 1861. At this date he united with Jeremiah Horner and formed the firm of Horner and Meily, which conducted the auctioneer business for two years. In 1864 Mr. Meily entered upon the shoe business, at Nos. 214-216 Market street, where he has since enjoyed a successful and constantly enlarging trade. On March 15, of the current year, he occupied the spacious store, No. 312 Market street, where he does an immense wholesale business, the sales extending to all parts of the State. Mr. Meily is a stockholder in the East Harrisburg Railway Company. In political views he is a Republican. He was married, in 1867, to Emma, daughter of Joseph Pinkerton, of Tremont, Schuylkill county, Pa., who died in August, 1889. They had three children: Albert E., Charles Wesley and George Pinkerton. Mr. Meily is a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal church, in which he formerly held a place in the board of stewards, and is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association.
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