RUTHERFORD, JOHN, teacher and farmer, was born November 9, 1840, and is a son of John B. and Keziah Rutherford. The grandfather, Samuel, was a native of Dauphin county and was engaged in farming, which occupation he pursued all his life. He had a family of six children. The parents also were natives of Dauphin county and were engaged in farming.
John was one of a family of eight children and received his education in the public schools of Swatara township until he was sixteen years old, when he attended the academy for a year and a half. In 1864 Mr. Rutherford enlisted in company G, Two Hundred and First regiment, and served for ten months. Since that time his time has been divided between teaching and farming. He was married, December 10, 1868, to Miss Margaret B. Elder, daughter of Joshua and Nancy (Brown) Elder. Their children are: Howard A., Ralph B., Elenora V., Isabella P., John, Margaret B., Matthew R., Ruth, and Vancy B. The latter died in her infancy. Mr. Rutherford is a Republican and served as school director for six years. He is a member of G. A. R. Post No. 58, and is also a member of the Presbyterian church.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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