SHIRK, Simon, retired farmer, was born in Lower Paxton township, July 20, 1827. he is a son of George and Mary (Lyter) Shirk. George Shirk was born December 24, 1798; his wife Mary Lyter, December 18, 1795. They had six children : Sophia, born March 28, 1822, died in 1858 or 1859; Mary Ann, wife of Frederick Reichert, born February 3, 1829; Sarah, wife of Isaac Hoostick, born October 1, 1825; Henry A. who died aged two years and six months. Their living children are Simon and Elizabeth, wife of Amos Houck. The father died May 3, 1862, and the mother November 3, 1883.
Simon Shirk was educated in the public schools of his native township. At the early age of thirteen he was industriously at work on the farm. He attended school during the winter months up to the age of twenty-one. He then made farming his occupation and for four years was engaged in cultivating his father’s farm. At the age of twenty-five he began farming on his own account and continued in that business until his retirement from active work.
He was married, November 25,1852, to Sarah Zieter, daughter of David and Sarah Stahl. Their children are three in number : Mary Ann, born March 14, 1854, died January 31, 1862; Susan, born November 3, 1856, died September 3,1866; and Sarah Jane, born November 12, 1862, wife of Michael Farling, has had two children, both of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Shirk died February 6, 1895, after a painful and lingering illness. She was a benevolent, hospitable Christian woman, beloved and esteemed by her many friends and neighbors. Her death will be a loss to those who have enjoyed her generous hospitality and her helpful society. She lost her mother when she was seventeen days old. Her father died in 1872.
Mr. Shirk has served three terms as school director and is at present treasurer of the school board. In 1866-67 he served one term as road supervisor. He is a member of the Shoop’s (Lutheran) church. He is now enjoying at leisure the fruits of his early industry and frugality. He has the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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