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Sitlinger, Isaac, farmer and stockman, was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., September 15, 1833, George Sitlinger, his father, was born in Germany, and formerly spelled his name Zittlinger. He came to America when a young man and located in Schuylkill county, where he followed the occupation of harness making. He was a well educated man and taught subscription schools in the county, both English and German. He married Sarah Klinger, a native of Schuylkill county, by whom he had only one child, Isaac. He died in Schuylkill county. His politics were Democratic. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He was well known, genial and popular, enjoying the confidence and good will of his neighbors.

Isaac Sitlinger was in his early youth instructed by his father and also attended the subscription schools of the township. When quite young he came to Dauphin county, and found work as a farm hand in Lykens township until he was fifteen. At this age he began work as a coal miner, and was in the employ of the Lykens Coal Company for over forty years. He was a faithful and diligent worker, intent on earning a support for his family and accumulating money for business purposes.

In 1874 Mr. Sitlinger bought a farm of fifty-two acres in Lykens township on which he built a fine barn, costing over $1,000, and which he substantially improved in other ways; since that date he has been engaged in general farming.

Isaac Sitlinger was married, in Lykens township, in 1852, to Maria Shade, born in Schuylkill county, June 23, 1834; daughter of Jacob Shade, a farmer, and Catharine (Klinger) Shade, his wife. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Sitlinger are: Sarah, wife of Benjamin Shadle, Washington township; Jacob, a miner; Clara, wife of Joseph Raspatch, Wiconisco; George, farmer, Lykens township; Alvin, farmer on the homestead; Ida, wife of Uriah Daniels; Samuel, a miner; Elsie, housekeeper at home; Lettie and Maggie died young. Mrs. Sitlinger died October 23, 1889. She was a devout member of the Reformed church, and was zealous and active in all church work.

Mr. Sitlinger is a Republican. He was supervisor of roads for five years, and gave general satisfaction in office. He is one of the local party leaders, and is always active in political movements. He is a member of the Reformed church, and has been an elder for three years. He was formerly connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Sitlinger has an honorable record as a soldier in the late war. He enlisted at Harrisburg, in March, 1865, in company G, One Hundred and Third Pennsylvania volunteers, Capt. C. Harper and Colonel Lehman. He was detailed on guard duty at Fortress Monroe, Norfolk, and Roanoke Island, N.C. His enlistment was for three years, and he was mustered out at Newberne, N.C., at the close of the war. He returned home much broken in health, and was for one year an invalid. The sight of his right eye is seriously impaired from exposure in the service. He is well worthy of a pension but as yet none has been granted to him. He is a substantial and reliable man, well liked by his neighbors.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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

Date of Transcription: February 12, 2001

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