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SHAFFNER, Henry C., proprietor of the Windsor House, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 13, 1847. He is the son of the late Gabriel and Margaret (Fetter) Shaffner. His grandparents were both natives of Pennsylvania and by occupation were farmers. They had six children, of whom the only surviving one is Catherine, wife of Jonas White, of Manheim, Pa. Gabriel Shaffner, father of Henry C., was born at Manheim, Lancaster county. He learned cabinet making, and pursued that calling for many years. He was also a school teacher: was justice of the peace for eight years; was appointed postmaster at Manheim, and died aged seventy-four. He was married to Miss Margaret, daughter of Jacob A. and Margaret Fetter. They had four children, three of whom are living: Henry C., John M. and Mary. Annie M. died, aged thirty-nine years.

Henry C. Shaffner attended the public schools of Lancaster county a part of each year until he was eighteen years old, when he went to Mount Joy, Pa., and entered upon a four years’ apprenticeship at cabinet making. After learning his trade he came to Harrisburg, and for twelve years was in the employ of W. O. Hickok, a sketch of whom appears in this volume. Mr. Shaffner and his father formed a partnership, and opened a grocery store at the corner of Herr and Capitol streets. There they continued in the grocery business for two years longer and then dissolved partnership. Mr. H. C. Shaffner then removed to Boas and Cowden streets and conducted business for himself two years; he then sold out and removed to his former place of business, Herr and Capitol streets, where he established a bleachery, which he managed for nine years.

In January, 1896, he removed to No. 418 Market street and opened the Windsor House as a temperance hotel. This house has a wide reputation as a place of comfortable and quiet entertainment. The gentlemanly and hospitable manner of Mr. Shaffner makes him and agreeable host and his excellent house has a large patronage. Mr. Shaffner was married to Miss Sadie J., daughter of Daniel and Lucinda Wenrick. They have two sons, Charles E. and Edward. He has been an active member of Harrisburg Council, No. 106, O. U. A. M., for ten years. He also belongs to Silver Star Council, No. 130. Mr. Shaffner is a Republican. He is a member of the United Brethren church.

Mrs. Shaffner was born January 15, 1854. Her parents were both natives of Dauphin county. Her father was a carpenter. He married Miss Lucinda, daughter of Amos and Lucinda Mader. Of their eleven children, nine are living: Kate, wife of Wesley Eichelberger; Daniel, Lucinda, wife of A. H. Rhoads; Samuel A.; Sadie, Mrs. Shaffner; Susan, wife of T. J. Bell; Joseph, Anne, wife of Reuben Henry; Ida, wife of Henry fisher. Their other children are: Amos, drowned in Maryland during the war; John, shot at the battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Wenrick died April 1, 1876, aged sixty-four; his wife died May 3, 1891, aged seventy-two years. The family were members of the United Brethren church.

The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Shaffner were both natives of Dauphin county. Her grandfather, Joseph Wenrick, was a farmer and had a family of five children, two of whom are living, Joseph and Catherine Sherplin, wife of Eli Sherplin, who died a prisoner of war in Libby prison. Those deceased are: Mary, wife of the late Peter Bickel; Daniel and Eunice. Mrs. Shaffner’s grandfather died in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, aged eighty-four, and her grandmother died at the same place at the age of seventy-three years.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 19 July 2001

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