STONER, Milton J., agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, was born at Highspire, PA, August 12, 1846; son of Henry and Mary (Miller) Stoner. John Stoner, the grandfather, was an early settler of the county and a carpenter by trade. The father was born in Lower Swatara township in 1813 and was a schoolteacher at Highspire. He learned the trade of carpentry and followed that occupation for many years. In 1848 he opened a general store in Highspire, which he conducted until his death in 1876. In politics he was a Republican and served as postmaster at Highspire for a number of years. He was a member of the United Brethren church. His wife is a native of Lewisburg, PA, and is now a resident of Steelton. They have three children: Milton J., Ellwyn M., of Steelton, agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; and Ulysses S., died in 1889, aged twenty-one years. Milton J. was reared and educated in Highspire. He learned telegraphy and 1863 entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as operator between Harrisburg and Altoona, and was stationed at the latter place for six years. In 1872 he came to Highspire and opened the office for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, of which he has since had charge, and is also freight and express agent. Mr. Stoner is a member of the Baldwin Commandery, No. 108, K.of M., and is also one of the trustees of the lodge. In politics he is an active Republican. General Grant appointed him postmaster of Highspire, and he served continuously in that office until Cleveland was elected President. He was married, in 1872, to Miss Cora L. Herrick, daughter of John Herrick, of Steelton. They have one child, Otho N., born in 1874, assistant to his father. Mrs. Stoner is a member of the United Brethren church, of Highspire.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 6 February 2001
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