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Rutherford, John, M., Royalton, Pa. was born in Lancaster county, Pa. November 17, 1857. He is a son of Samuel Rutherford, a native of Dauphin county, and Elizabeth (Minnich) Rutherford, of Lancaster county. The father was a farmer by occupation, and was suffocated in a well in Lancaster county in 1860. These parents had five children : Frank, killed on the Pennsylvania railroad while in the employment of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; Eliza, Samuel, David, and John M. John M. received his education in the schools of Lancaster county. He engaged in farming until 1875, when he became an apprentice to James Rutherford to learn stonemasonry. After serving his apprenticeship he worked at his trade for some years. In 1881 he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and held his position for four years. In 1885 he managed the Farmersí Hotel at Highspire, Pa. After this he was employed by the Pennsylvania Steel Company, at Steelton, for two years, and for the next two years at the rolling mill at Harrisburg. In 1890 he located at Middletown, where he was engaged with the American Tube and Iron Company, and was also contractor for stone work for one year. He was then employed in the store of M.H. Hartman for a year, after which he engaged in the baking business. He then returned to Mr. Hartmanís store, which he afterwards left for the dry goods store of Mrs. Fairman. He then removed to Royalton, where he has since carried on a general mercantile business. He is a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics at Royalton, and of the Senior Order at Middletown. In 1878 he married Miss Lizzie, daughter of John Nunnemacher, of Lancaster county. They have had six children : John, Samuel, deceased, Mary, Frank A., William, and Joseph.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Ronald Singer for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 08 March, 2001

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