POFFENBERGER, THOMAS M. L., D. D. S.,was born in Linglestown, Dauphin county, Pa., September 2, 1864, son of William and Henrietta (McConnell) Poffenberger, both deceased. The parents were born in Dauphin county, the father in Middle Paxton and the mother in Halifax township. They spent their entire life in the county, and both died in Middle Paxton township. They had seven children, of whom five are living: Emma, widow of Mr. Sheaffer, who was killed by the falling of the Harrisburg bridge; Ella, widow of the late Joseph Lingle, residing in Linglestown, Pa., Andrew, a prominent farmer in Lancaster county; William, residing in Columbus, Ohio, and Dr. Thomas M. L. Thomas M. L. was reared in his native township and attended the public schools and later was a pupil at the State Normal School at Millersville for two years. He then studied dentistry four years with Dr. Christ, of Hummelstown, Pa. In 1876 he studied one term in the Pennsylvania Dental College, of Philadelphia, after which he returned to Dauphin county, and practiced his profession in Middle Paxton township for eleven years, one year of which he spent in Syracuse attending to the practice of Dr. George Curtiss of that city, who was for the time disabled by ill health. In 1886 he returned his studies in the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, from which he was graduated in the class of 1887, after which he re-opened his office in Dauphin county. He also established a branch office in Steelton, Pa., which he subsequently abandoned and opened a branch office in Harrisburg, to which, for the past four years, he was devoted his whole time and attention. Dr. Poffenberger was married at Dauphin, Dauphin county, to Miss Julia Steese, daughter of Alfred F. and Mary Steese, of Dauphin county. They have one daughter, Mary S., born in 1885. The Doctor has efficiently filled the office of burgess of Dauphin for one year. He is a member of the Star of America Commandery, No. 113, Knights of Malta. In his political views he is a Republican. Mrs. Poffenberger attends the Presbyterian church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Date of Transcription: 2 December 2000
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