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MELICK, John P., prothonotary, was born in Petersburg, Huntington county, August 18, 1858. He is a son of Rev. J. A. and Emeline (Patchin) Melick, the former born in Light Street, Columbia county, Pa., the latter in New York State. Rev. Malick had three children by his first wife: Mary M., wife of G. Benson Dunmire, of Philadelphia; John B., and Miss Emma, residing in Harrisburg. He married, secondly, Miss Emily Dunmire, who survives, and resides in harrisburg. Rev. Malick, who was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, died March 22, 1886. A sketch of him appears elsewhere in this volume.

John P. received his primary education in public and private schools, and from 1871 to 1874 attended Dickinson Seminary, of Williamsport, Pa. and during 1875 and part of 1876 he was a student at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. In 1881 he entered the office of the prothonotary at Harrisburg, under Ehrman B. Mitchell, and remained in the office also during the term of office of William H. Ulrich, who succeeded Mr. Mitchell. In November, 1891, he was nominated and elected prothonotary on the Republican ticket by a majority of 4, 483, and in 1893 was re-elected by a majority of 6,067.

He was married in Harrisburg, October 20, 1887, to Miss Elizabeth K. Black, daughter of Joseph M. and Charlotte Black, of Harrisburg, and to their union has been born one child, Joseph B., who was born December 15, 1888. Mr. Melick is a director of the Harrisburg Preserving Company, and he and Mrs. Malick are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000

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