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Schmenky, John, M.D., was born in Upper Mahanoy township, Northumberland county, January 27, 1832. He is a son of John and Mary (Thower) Schmenky. The grandfather, a native of Germany, located in Lancaster county and engaged in hotel keeping. His wife was Susanna Acre, and they had a large family. The father was born in Hinklestown and was engaged in farming when a boy. He then studied medicine and practiced in Millersburg and various other places. His death occurred in 1855. His wife died subsequently, aged seventy-one years. Their children were: Emma, deceased, John, Henry, Elizabeth, Aaron and Susan. John attended public school at Bloomfield, Perry county, and then Sunbury. In 1850 he began to read medicine with his father, and in 1851 read one year with Dr. Masters, Hinklestown. In 1852 he entered the Pennsylvania Medical College of Philadelphia, from which institution he graduated in 1854. He began the practice of his profession with his father and one year later located at Gratz. In 1871 and 1872 he served in the State Legislature. He was married, December 22, 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Wiest, daughter of Jacob Wiest. Their children are: Gorney M., Allan Beecher, Harry, Newton, John, and Bertha May. In politics he is a Democrat and is now filling the office of burgess. He has served a number of years as school director. His wife is a member of the Evangelical church.




Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 14, 2001

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