PETERS, SIMON C., president of the Capital Shirt Company, Steelton, was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 15, 1846; son of William and Elizabeth (Snyder) Peters. Both parents were born in Dauphin county. The father was a weaver by trade but was for the most part engaged in farming. He died at the age of seventy-one years. The wife survives him at the age of eighty-three years and resides on the old homestead. They had nine children, of whom five are living: Benjamin S., president of the Farmers’ Bank and the leading merchant at Middletown, Pa.; Catherine, wife of Joseph Felser, residing in Londonderry township; Simon C.; Mary, married, Londonderry township; Samuel S., a prominent grocer of Middletown.

Simon C. lived on the farm and attended the public school of his native township until he was twelve years of age when he removed to Middletown and was employed as a salesman in a general store. About twelve years later he and his brother, Benjamin S., of Middletown, purchased this store and conducted it for eighteen years under the firm name of Peters & Bro., after which, on account of failing health, he was obliged to abandon the business and sold his interest to his nephew, Jerome G. Peters. For the next year and a half he was not in any active employment, but in 1886, in connection with I. B. Keller, he engaged in the manufacture of shirts at Lebanon. In 1888 the Capital Shirt Company was formed and incorporated with Mr. Peters as president, Mr. Frank Nissley, secretary, and Mr. Isaac B. Keller, superintendent. Mr. Peters was married, at Middletown, Pa., May 15, 1873, to Miss Rachel S. Nissley, daughter of Jacob L., and Lydia (Croll) Nissley. Their children are: Marion Nissley, Lydia Croll, and Simon C., Jr. Mr. Peters is a director of the Farmers’ Bank at Middletown, and also one of the organizers and treasurer of the Middletown Drainage Company. He is prominently connected with the Masonic fraternity, being a member of the Prince Edwin Lodge, No. 186; Perseverance Chapter, No. 21, and Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, K. T. In his political views Mr. Peters is a Republican. He and his family are members of St. Peter’s church, at Middletown, where they reside.

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Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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