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PROWELL, DR. WILLIAM R., pharmacist, Steelton, was born in Fishing Creek Valley, York county, Pa., March 20, 1854; son of Samuel L. and Sarah (Reeser) Prowell. The father was born in York county, July 25, 1813, and died July 18, 1871. His life was spent in agricultural pursuits, and he took an active interest in all measures calculated to better the condition of his fellow-men and to promote the growth and prosperity of the community. He was much in public life, and filled efficiently several offices of trust. The mother was also a native of York county, and died in 1858, at the age of thirty-eight years. They had twelve children, eight of whom are living: Henry, residing in New York; Silas, living on the homestead; Prof. George R., principal of Hanover high school; Dr. William R.; Eliza, wife of Martin Bare, Hummelstown, Pa.; Jane, wife of Jacob Berger, Goldsboro, York county; Elmira, wife of Samuel G. Detwiler, Steelton; and Susan, wife of Henry Miller, York, Pa. Of their deceased children, two died in infancy; Dr. Andrew R. Died at Manchester, Pa., in 1872, and Franklin R. died at Goldsboro, Pa., in 1886.

William R. was reared on the homestead farm, and received his primary education in the district schools of his native township. In 1869 he entered the State Normal School at Millersville, in which he took a three years’ course, and in 1872 taught in the public schools of York county. During the following year he read medicine with Dr. W. E. Sweiler, of Yocumtown, and in the fall of 1874 entered the Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in March, 1876, and at once began the practice of medicine, at Siddonsburg, York county, in which he continued until July, 1889, when he removed to Steelton, where he has since been a continuous resident, devoting the greater part of his time to his pharmacy. Dr. Prowell is at present filling the office of tax receiver in the internal revenue department, and his term of office continues until 1897. He was married, at Siddonsburg, October 5, 1876, to Miss Jennie E. Elcock, daughter of John and Christy Ann Elcock, to whom have been born four children, of whom the survivors are: Tolbert, Nellie, and Jacob Henry. Viola May died September 13, 1882, at the age of four years; Ella died March 26, 1886, at the age of six months. Dr. Prowell is a member of the Heptasophs, and of the State Pharmaceutical Society. In his political views he is a staunch Republican. He attends the Presbyterian church.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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