NICHOLAS, JOHN B., druggist, and alderman of the First ward, Harrisburg, was born at Annville, Lebanon county, Pa., December 25, 1849. He is a son of Jacob M. and Harriet (Berry) Nicholas. His parents were very early settlers of Lebanon county, but removed to Harrisburg in 1851, where the father still resides, at the advanced age of seventy-three years. The mother died in 1858. They had a family of four children, of whom John B. and Benjamin are the only surviving members. When two years of age, John B. was brought by his parents to Harrisburg, where he has resided continuously for forty-five years, taking an active part in all measures tending to promote the welfare of the city. He was educated in the public and parochial schools of the city. He learned the drug business and has been engaged in this business during his whole career as a business man; for the past twenty-five years he has done business for himself and now commands a large trade. Mr. Nicholas has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary R. Dennison, daughter of Horatio and Jane C. Dennison, of Harrisburg. To this marriage no children were born. Mrs. Nicholas died in 1884. His present wife was Miss Mary R. Ross, daughter of Adam and Sarah (West) Ross, early settlers of Franklin county, Pa. To them have been born three children: one died in infancy; Ruth died July 16, 1896, and John B., Jr., alone survives. Mr. Nicholas has taken a very active part in political matters. He has represented the First ward as alderman for twenty-two years. He and his family attend the Presbyterian church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 1 Jan 2001
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