WALMER, George W., retired carpenter, was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 17, 1826. He is a son of David and Barbara (Gaverich) Walmer. Their six children were : Eve, wife of John Schaffer; George W., Margaret, wife of William Calderdeck; John; Lydia, wife of Henry Forney; and one who died in infancy. David Walmer died in August, 1884, aged about eighty-three; his wife died in September, 1889.
George W. Walmer was educated in the public schools of Lower Paxton township. He attended school in the winter, and assisted his father on the farm, until he was fifteen years of age. He then went to Jonestown, Lebanon county, Pa., and served a two years’ apprenticeship at cigar making; after which he worked at that trade on his own account for about six years. He then removed to Ohio, and was employed in farm work. His first year’s pay was $140; later he received $240 per year. Then he gave up farming, and was employed at divers occupations. He lived for a number of years in Indiana. After an absence of fifteen years he returned to his native township. In 1868 he engaged in carpenter work with his brother John, and was employed at that occupation for about fifteen years. He then took up carpet weaving, and has carried it on until the present time.
Mr. Walmer was married in East Hanover township, October 31, 1871, to Miss Sarah, daughter of Adam and Rebecca (Kittels) Gaverich. They have no children. Mrs. Walmer was born April 2, 1836, and died October 23, 1885. Her parents are both deceased. They had eight children : Elias, David, John, Andrew, Daniel, William, Sarah, who is Mrs. Walmer, and Elizabeth, Mrs.Welpner. Mr. Walmer belongs to Lodge No. 629, I.O.O.F., of Linglestown. He is a member of the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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