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SMITH, Peter A., harness maker, was born in Northampton county, Pa., September 5, 1863. He is a son of James and Malinda (Flick) Smith. His grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania. His grandmother, on his mother's side, is still living, though very aged, and resides in Wisconsin. James Smith, father of Peter A. Smith, was a native of Northampton county. He was a farmer. He married Miss Malinda Flick. They had thirteen children, nine of whom are living: Benjamin, Aliester, Alfred J., Mary,wife of George Custabaughta, William H., Peter A., Ellen C., wife of Charles Strawmeyer, Elmer M., and Harry. Their deceased children are: Emma, wife of Benjamin Hockman, also deceased; Rebecca, wife of William Hockman; George, and one child who died in infancy. The father died in 1878, aged fifty-two years. He was a member of the Reformed church. The mother still survives, aged seventy-eight; she resides in Philadelphia.

Peter A. Smith was brought up on his father's farm. His course in the public school was cut short by the death of his father, which caused the family to remove from the farm. At the age of fifteen he began to learn harness making, serving an apprenticeship of two years with his brother at Mauch Chunk, Pa. During the succeeding twelve years he worked at his trade as journeyman for various employers. In 1885 he came to Harrisburg, and for about four years was in the employ of Samuel Hummel. He was married, September 12, 1889, to Miss Laura, daughter of Jacob and Kate C. Klauser. Of their four children, three are living: Helen, Jacob, and Mary. Herman died September 5, 1891, aged sixteen months. In 1890 Mr. Smith began work for Noah Walmer, harness maker, and was employed by him for two years. He worked for one Year for the Harrisburg Harness and Saddle Company. After this he worked at his trade for two years with Mr. Keller at Mechanicsburg, Pa., beginning in 1893. He then returned to Harrisburg and established a business of his own. He has built up a large trade in the harness business at the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets. Mr. Smith is a Republican. He is a member of the United Brethren church on Boas Street.

Jacob Klaluser, father of Mrs. Smith, was born in Perry county, Pa. He was a blacksmith, but after being for some years in this occupation he became a farmer; the latter is still his calling. He married Miss Kate C. Garland, a native of Perry county, by whom he had ten children: Frances, wife of Levi Swartz; John; Jennie, wife of David Rice, deceased; Laura, wife of Peter A. Smith; Alice, wife of Levi Swartz, Harvey; Daisy, wife of John Mull; Annie, wife of Sim. Smith; Minnie, and one child, who died in infancy.

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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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