RAKER, Dr. William, Uniontown, Pillow P.O., was born in Northumberland county, Pa., in February, 1836. John, the father, was born in the same county and was a physician. He died in his native county in 1874. His wife, Elizabeth Barthomalue, was a native of the same county. Their children are: William; Katie, wife of J. Remger, coal dealer, in Northumberland county; Elizabeth, unmarried; and Henry M., physician. The father was a Democrat of the old school, and in religious views was an old school Lutheran.
William received his primary education in Augustaville and attended the high school at Selingsgrove and the college at Gettysburg. He read medicine under his father and under Dr. Smith for two years, and was graduated from the medical college at Philadelphia in 1854. He shared his fathers practice at home for six months and then settled at Uniontown, where he has been in practice for over forty years and has met with large success in his professional work. He was married In Northumberland county, in 1857, to Catherine Weaver, who was born at Berrysburg, Pa, and they have four children: Alice G., wife of J. S. Overholzer; Ella J., wife of Prof. J. A. Eisenhaur; Clarence B., student of pharmacy; Clara, wife of J. J. Hoffman, merchant, Uniontown, Pa. His wife died November 2,1871. He married, secondly, Emma Heller, of Easton, and they have four children: John W., Edward H., Maud, and Alvin J., all at school. Dr. Raker is a Democrat and served in the office of burgess for a number of years and also as secretary of the council. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.
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