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ROYAL, John Kelker, is a native of Harrisburg, and was born September 6, 1858. He is a son of Josiah S. and Rebecca E. (Morgan) Royal. The former was a native of Lancaster, and was connected with the printing and publishing business for many years, and died September, 1885, after an active and well spent life. The latter is a native of Dauphin County, and is still living in this city. John K. was one of seven children, two of whom besides himself are still living, namely: Morgan J., residing in Harrisburg, and Mary E., also residing here. Mr. Royal has been a resident of Harrisburg all his life, receiving his education in the schools of this city. He learned telegraphy on the Northern Central railroad, and was occupied in this business two years. He was clerk in the Bolton House from 1875 to 1880. He was employed in bookkeeping from 1880 to 1882. In the latter year, in connection with J. Henry Spicer, he organized the Harrisburg Burial Case Company, of which he was elected secretary and treasurer, and has faithfully performed the duties of this office since that date. Mr. Royal is also secretary and treasurer of the Harrisburg Furniture Company and the Harrisburg Preserving Company. He was married in Lebanon, April 2, 1891, to E. Elizabeth Miller, daughter of J. Henry Miller, of Lebanon. Three children have been born to them: J. Douglas M., born June 6, 1892; Elizabeth, born November 25, 1893, and R. Ernestine, born July 4, 1895. He is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., and is a Democrat in politics. He and his wife are members of the Reformed church. Mr. Royal was elected a member of the city council in 1890 in the strongest Republican ward in the city, and re-elected successively in 1892, 1894 and 1896. He has been a member of the finance committee since his first election; has also served on the appropriation, highway and sanitary committees, and was chairman of the building and city property committee.

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Charles E. Fies for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 18 Nov 2000

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