STINE, Peter, E. Son-in-law of Mr. Bonawitz, was born in Washington township, Dauphin county, Pa., September 23, 1861. His father was Peter L. Stine, and his grandfather Peter John Stine, a farmer of Lykens township. Peter L. Stine was born in that township in 1827. He was a farmer, and had a grist mill in Washington township for seventeen years. In 1885 he engaged in mercantile business in Elizabethville, Pa., meeting with success. He was married, in Lykens township, to Elizabeth Buffington, born in Lykens Valley; she died in 1892. Their children were: Ellen, wife of C. A. Deibler, farmer of Mifflin township; Sarah, wife of Daniel J. Deibler, Mifflin township; Isaac T., farmer and miller, Lykens township; Catherine, wife of Edward Martin, Kansas; Peter E.; David C., at home; John J., died aged four years; Harry W., with his father; Carrie, wife of Charles Cooper, farmer, Washington township; Samuel T., with his father. Peter L. Stine is now in the drug business in Elizabethville. He is a Democrat, and has held various township offices, including that of school director. He is a member of the Reformed church.
Peter E. Stine received a fair education in the schools of Washington township and at Berrysburg Seminary, which he attended for one term. He worked on the farm for his father until he was twenty years of age, after which he was clerk for Frederick Weaver in Elizabethville for four years. For seven years afterwards he managed business for his father. On March 25, 1892, he removed to Mifflin township and embarked in the creamery business, establishing a plant which cost $4,000, including a cider press and chop mill. He pays the farmers in the region over $1,000 per month for milk. He has also a branch creamery in Northumberland county, which cost over $1,000. In this business he is meeting with success. Peter E. Stine was married, in Mifflin township, in 1885, to Mary F., daughter of Jonathan Bonawitz, born in May, 1862. Their children are: Amy J., Earl A., Clayton E., and Hubert N. Mr. Stine is a Democrat; he was for three years auditor. He is a member of the Reformed church, and a deacon. He has been for twenty years a Sunday-school teacher, and for four years a superintendent of the school. The career of Mr. Stine is notable and especially interesting to young men and boys who have to make their own way in the world. He began with only ten cents for capital. By puch, pluck and enterprise, coupled with industry and integrity, he has made his way into a comfortable business and an assured competence.
Historical Review of Dauphin County