SHAFER, WILLIAM S., dealer in wallpaper, was born in Philadelphia, March 11, 1825, son of George W. and Mary (Stowe) Hoffer, and is one of fourteen children born to his parents. He was reared and educated in his native city and became an apprentice to the paper hanging business before he was thirteen years of age. He followed this occupation in Philadelphia until 1855, when he removed to Harrisburg and established himself in the paper hanging business, in which he has been engaged for the past forty years. Mr. Shaffer was married in Philadelphia, June 18, 1846, to Miss Elizabeth Jane Reeside, daughter of David and Ann (Ehrman) Reeside, of Scotch and German ancestry. She was born in Harford county, Md., October 3, 1824. Her father was a stone mason by trade and a resident of Philadelphia many years. Her uncle was an extensive mail contractor under Jackson's administration. They had two children: William H. and Elizabeth Jane, who died in childhood. Mr. Shaffer came into the Republican party from the old Whig party, having cast his fist vote for Henry Clay, and while not an office seeker has been prominent in politics, having been the first president of the school board,, after the consolidation of the city, and having served as an efficient member of the select council one term. For twenty-five years he has been an active member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M., and for forty years has been a member of the Market Square Presbyterian church, having been a member of the same denomination in Philadelphia. Physical disability prevented his enlistment in the late war, but he served twice as an emergency man, first at Antietam and next at Gettysburg, and was of valuable assistance to the military authorities at Camp Curtin and to the provost marshal. William H. Shaffer, his only surviving child, was born in Philadelphia, November 25, 1847, and came with his parents to Harrisburg in 1855, where he was educated in C. V. May's academy, and at the end of his school days engaged in his father's business, in which he has been active since 1876. He first married at Tamaqua, Schuykill county, in 1869, in 1869, Henrietta Bond, who died in 1878, leaving two children: William S. and Edith B. Her married, secondly, at Chambersburg, in 1880, Emma R. Witherspoon, daughter of David and Nancy Ann Witherspoon, to whom no children have been born. Mr. Shaffer is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M., and of Harrisburg Council, No. 499, Royal Arcanum, of which he has been the collector for the past sixteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer are members of Market Square Presbyterian church. Mr. Shaffer is a member of the Brotherhood of Andrew and Phillip and secretary of the chapter.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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