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ZELLERS, ISAAC W., D. V. S., was born in Swatara township, Lebanon county, Pa., August 23, 1839. He is a son of Adam and Hatty (Woods) Zellers, both natives of Lebanon county, and who both died when Isaac was but a youth. His boyhood days were spent in his native township, the advantages of but a limited education being afforded him in the schools of Lebanon and adjoining counties. Whatever of success has attended him through life must be accredited to his personal exertions. When about eighteen years of age he learned the trade of cigar maker. While learning his trade he at the same time read medicine with Dr. Cooper of Jonestown, Swatara township, Lebanon county. In 1860 he abandoned the study of medicine for the human system, and also cigar making, and engaged in the study and practice of veterinary science. Since 1879 he has been exclusively and continuously engaged in the practice of his profession in Harrisburg. By his ability and skill, and his faithful devotion to the duties of his calling, he has placed himself at the head of his profession. During the late Rebellion he served three years as veterinary surgeon in Maryland, but was never enlisted in the United States army.


He was married in Lebanon City, October 9, 1878, to Elizabeth Berkheiser, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Berkheiser, of Lebanon, and widow of the late L. C. Fernsler, of Lebanon. One daughter has been born to them, Susan. By Mrs. Zellers’ first marriage there were born two children: George and Sallie, who still survive. Dr. Zellers is a past noble grand of Peace and Plenty Lodge, No. 69, I. O. O. F. He is past chief patriarch of Harrisburg Encampment, No. 301.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Mary Jo Erdwein (meand3ts@aol.com) for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – Http://maley.net/transcription.

Date of Transcription: 21 November 2000

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