HASSLER, Edwin O., dairyman and farmer, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Lower Paxton township, September 4, 1843. He is a son of Samuel and Susan (Mumma) Hassler. The father was born May 1, 1802, and died October 30, 1870 ; and the mother was born January 31, 1808, and died October 12, 1875. They had a family of thirteen children, five of whom have passed away : Emanuel A., born August 28, 1827 ; David, born August 26, 1829, and died August 6, 1830 ; Cornelius born July 1, 1836, and died in 1836 ; Mary, born in 1832, and died February 3, 1833 ; Samuel, born March 18, 1831, and died January 6, 1887. The surviving ones are : Susanna, born January 2, 1834, widow of Abraham Miller ; Wilimina, born June 24, 1837, wife of Isaac Beinhower, of Oberlin ; Elizabeth, born July 5, 1839, wife of John H. Kramer ; Catharine, born July 4, 1841, widow of Joseph Vogel, now wife of John Etter, of Cumberland county ; Edwin O.; Harriet, born December 8, 1846, wife of Jonas Giell ; Elias M., born September 2, 1848, and Emma E., born December 26, 1850. The mother of Mrs. Hassler died November 5, 1875 ; the father remarried and now resides in Missouri. They had a family of twelve children, seven of whom have passed away : Martin Luther, Robert, Morris Monroe, Charlotte, Roswell W., Jessie May, and Rollin Gale. The surviving ones are : Rebecca, Elizabeth, George, Joseph, and Jennie.
Edwin received his education in the public schools of Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships, and then assisted on his fatherís farm until he was twenty years old. In 1863 he began to learn the trade of carpentry with Henry Shoop, at Harrisburg, from whom he received $50 per year for his services. After working at his trade six years he engaged in farming, first in Susquehanna and then in Lower Paxton township. In 1895 he moved to his present home. From January 23, 1865, to July 4 of the same year, he was with company A, First division construction corps, and was located at various times in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Kentucky. He was married, March 5, 1868, to Miss Mary Felty, daughter of John D. and Susan Felty. Their children are : Edwin, deceased ; Samuel F., born September 28, 1868, and J. Elmer, born October 4, 1869. The son Samuel F. is a physician in Harrisburg. He received his primary education in the public schools of Lower Paxton township and then entered Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa. He then taught school five terms, and next attended college at Bloomsburg, Pa. September 23, 1891, he entered Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, from which institution he graduated May 9, 1894. He also took a course at the Maternity Hospital, and attended the City Hospital, of Harrisburg, one year.
Mr. Hasslerís first wife was born September 3, 1845, and died November 26, 1871. He was married, secondly, July 26, 1877, to Miss Rebecca Stover, daughter of Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Smeltzer) Stover. Their children are : Gertrude M., born April 6, 1878 ; Colin E., born April 3, 1879 ; Lottie J., born August 1, 1881 ; Emory O., born October 31, 1882 ; Charles Blaine, born August 23, 1884 ; Hilda E., born January 22, 1886 ; Frank Stanley, born August 2, 1887. Politically he is a Republican, and has served as school director for three years. He is a member of Lamberton Lodge, No. 708, I. O. O. F., Harrisburg ; member of the Patrons of Husbandry, of Pennsylvania ; master of Dauphin County Grange, and a member of the Horticultural Society, of Pennsylvania. The family are members of the United Brethren church.
Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
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Date of Transcription: 11 August 2001
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