VAN CAMP, WILLIAM L., grocer, was born in Newport, Perry county, Pa., August 28, 1858; son of the late James and Rebecca (Potter) Van Camp. The parents were both natives of Perry county, the father having been born on the old Van Camp farm, on the banks of the Juniata river; the mother near Montgomery's Ferry. The father was a harness maker and was engaged in that occupation until his death, April 29, 1881. The mother is still living and resides in Harrisburg. Of their three children, William L. is the only one living, two having died in infancy. William L. attended the schools in his native county until he was twelve years old, when he came with his parents to Harrisburg, where he completed his education in the city high school and in the Harrisburg Business College. He worked in the store with his father until he was twenty-one years old. The three following years he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and on March 15, 1883, engaged in the grocery business for himself. He was married in Harrisburg, September 26, 1889, to Miss Sarah Alice, daughter of Jeremiah H. and Elizabeth (Woodcock) Crownshield, born in Harrisburg, October 6, 1865. They have no children. Mr. Van Camp is a member of Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, K. of P.; Egpytian Commandery, No. 114, K. of M., and of Capital City Council, No. 327, Jr. O. U. A. M. In his political views Mr. Van Camp is a Republican. He and his wife attend the Messiah Lutheran church, of which Mrs. Van Camp is a member.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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