SHAFFER, Clinton
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SHAFFER, Clinton E., was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 12, 1841. His father, Elias Shaffer, was born in Susquehanna township but removed to Lower Paxton at an early date in the history of that township. He followed the business of carriage-making in that township for fifty-three years. He is still living at the advanced age of ninety-one, and has been actively engaged in business to within a period of one year. He is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of the township. Elizabeth (Shiffler) Shaffer, his faithful wife, and mother of the subject of this sketch, was also born in Susquehanna township. She died in 1881. They had a family of seven children, of whom five are still living: Rebecca, wife of Samuel Dasher, residing in Harrisburg; Alfred and Levi, residing in Napierville, III.; Eliza, wife of Jacob Bishop, residing in Lower Swatara township, Dauphin county, and Clinton E.

Clinton E. Shaffer spent his boyhood in his native township, where he received a fair education in the public schools. At an early age he became an apprentice to the carriage maker's trade in his father's shop, at which trade he worked in Lower Paxton until 1862. In this year he removed to Harrisburg and engaged in business for himself. He has occupied his present premises for over twenty-three years, where he has built up a large and profitable business. Trained from youth in this business, and devoting his entire business career of thirty-three years to its management, his success is in the natural order of things. He is one of the oldest men in the business in the city, and is universally esteemed as a citizen and a man.

He was married at Harrisburg, October 9, 1862, to Wilhelmina, daughter of George and Mary Hocker, both long residents and highly respected citizens of Susquehanna township. Their children are: Ida J., wife of George Hoak, residing at Painted Post, N. Y., Inez C., Effie J., George A., Eliza J., Edith A., Alfred H., Charles A. and Spencer. Mr. Shaffer is a sound Democrat. He and his family attend the Reformed church.


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

Date of Transcription: 25 Nov. 2000

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