PETERS, Jacob M.
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Peters, Jacob M., M. D., Steelton, Pa., was born at Mountville, Lancaster county, Pa., December 1, 1862. His grandfather, Michael Peters, was one of the pioneers of Lancaster county, and lived to a good old age. Rev. Lewis Peters, father of Jacob M., was born July 12, 1836, and died March 8, 1893. He was a member of the United Brethren Conference of Pennsylvania. He officiated as pastor in the United Brethren church of over forty years. He married Miss Cassadella Rank, of Lancaster county, by whom he had three children, namely : Jacob M.; Augustus, a prominent druggist of Steelton, and Minnie, wife of John P. Knisely, of Steelton.

Jacob M. attended the common schools of Lancaster county until he was about fifteen years old. In 1877 he entered the grammar school of Mrs. Johnson, after which he was promoted to Professor Hoofnagle’s class. In 1879 he entered the freshman class in the classical course at Lebanon Valley College. In 1883 he passed examination before Dr. William L. Atlee, Sr., Dr. J. Carpenter, of Lancaster, and Dr. Ziegler. He then entered the office of Dr. Henry B. Stehman as student of medicine, where he remained for about six months, when Dr. Stehman removed to Chicago, Ill. He then entered the office of Dr. Frank M. Musser, of Lancaster, where he remained until 1885. He was graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in May, 1886. After one month’s vacation, he located in Steelton, and began the practice of his profession. He has met with gratifying success, and enjoys an extensive practice. He has been surgeon for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company since 1889. He was county physician from 1887 to 1891. He has been health officer of Steelton Board of Health since, March, 1895. He has also been secretary of the Board of Health since its organization in 1892. He is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M.: Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, K. T.; Harrisburg Consistory, 32°, and Lulu Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the Dauphin County Medical Society since 1887. He was married, December 15, 1886, to Miss Margaret McCausland Sample, daughter of Dr. Samuel R. Sample, of Lancaster county, Pa.

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Transcribed by Leslie Silvernail ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 11 August 2001

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