TRAVER, DAVID B., M. D., who is the physician longest in active practice in Steelton, was born in York county, Pa., March 14, 1841. His parents, David and Sarah (Bailets) Traver, were also natives of that county, and farmers by occupation. He received his literary education in the public and select schools, afterwards teaching for eight years in York and Cumberland counties, and in the State of Illinois. He studied medicine under the able tuition of Dr. E. H. Coover, then of New Cumberland, now of Harrisburg, and was graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1869. Dr. Traver at once took up the practice of his profession in Steelton, where, by strict attention to business, he has attained success, not only in the art of relieving the suffering, but in a financial way. He was one of the original stockholders of the East Harrisburg Railway Company, now known as the Harrisburg Traction Company. In his political views he is a Republican, but takes no active interest in party matters. He has served with credit as a member of the school board for three years in Swatara township, and for three terms in the borough of Steelton after its incorporation, and has been treasurer of that body, and also served as chairman of the teachers and buildings committees. The Doctor is a member of the Royal Arcanum and the E. A. U., for both of which organizations he is medical examiner. He is a member of the Dauphin county and State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, and has been a delegate to State and National conventions. Dr. Traver was married, in November, 1871, to Miss Sarah E., daughter of Samuel Nisley, of Steelton, and has three children: Samuel N., Mary H., and Alfaretta. He and his family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he is trustee, and takes an active interest in the affairs of that religious organization. He is also a member of the Y. M. C. A.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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