ESHENAUR, H. G., Oberlin, Pa., was born in Lower Swatara township, Dauphin county, Pa., October, 1843. His grandfather, Christian Eshenaur, was a native of Germany, and was one of the pioneer settlers of the county. He was a farmer. He married and reared a family of children, six sons and one daughter: John, Andrew, Jacob, Christian, Leonard, Youckle, and Catherine, all of whom are dead. Frederick Eshenaur, son of Christian, and father of H. G.; was born in 1807. He spent his life on the farm, and died in 1857. He married Miss Mary, daughter of Henry Gayman. Mr. Gayman died in 1885, on his ninety-ninth birthday. To this marriage were born four children: Nancy, wife of Isaac Coble; Christiana, wife of John Zell, of Franklin county; H. G.; and Jacob, deceased, married Anne Booser; two children survive him, Henry and Katie. George Eshenaur was a son of Christian Eshenaur, of Dauphin county.
H. G. Eshenaur was educated in the common schools of Dauphin county. He began early in life as a farmer, and made farming his life occupation. In 1893, at fifty years of age, he removed from the farm to Oberlin, where he has since lived retired from active business. He is a director of the Citizens' Passenger Railway Company and a stockholder in his company. He has been one of the board of directors since the organization of the company. He was instrumental in the laying out of the town of Benton. He is public spirited, taking an interest in all that promotes the growth and prosperity of the community. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Eshenaur, daughter of George Eshenaur, by whom he has seven children: Harvey, married Miss Smelcher, daughter of William Smelcher, of Swatara township, and is engaged in farming on the old homestead in that township; William J., living at Carlisle, Pa., editor of the Carlisle Leader, a weekly paper; Mamie, living at home; Emma, living at home; Ernest Earl, and Vernie Pearl, twins.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 August 2001
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