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RUTHERFORD, JOHN P., was born in Swatara township. Dauphin county, Pa., July 4, 1864. He is a son of Samuel Silas Brisborn and Mary (Walker) Rutherford. A sketch of his parents appears elsewhere in this volume. He was first a pupil in the common schools of Swatara township and afterwards for five years attended the Harrisburg Academy. After completing his school course he was employed for a year as clerk in the clothing store of Elder & Tash, North Third street, Harrisburg. In the spring of 1882 he entered the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, at their headquarters at Omaha, Neb., as bookkeeper in the bridge department, and served in this capacity for eighteen months. In the latter part of 1884 Mr. Rutherford went to Western Kansas, and was for some time a dealer in cattle. Then for a year and a half he was in charge of the grocery store of his brother, James W. Rutherford, at Argonia, Sumner County, in the southern central part of Kansas. Mr. Rutherford returned from the West in January, 1889, and began housekeeping in Paxtang township, near Harrisburg, his old home, where he has resided since that date. In the latter part of 1889 he took charge of the stone quarry of John A. Rutherford, which he superintended for two years. In 1892 he secured the position of yard foreman of the bridge department of the Pennsylvania Steel Works at Steelton, Pa., and served in this capacity for one year; he was then promoted to be foreman of the works, which place he still holds. Mr. Rutherford was married, December 3, 1888, to Miss Alice E., daughter of Alfred and Martha M. (Henshaw) Hosier, of Argonia, Kansas. They have two children: Silas B., born January 11, 1890, and Robert H., October 6, 1894. Mr. Rutherford is an active member of the Knights of Malta. He is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church.

Mrs. John P. Rutherford was born near Cedar Falls, Iowa, August 26, 1864. Her parents were natives of Indiana. Her father, Alfred Hosier, was a farmer. His widow, Martha (Henshaw) Hosier, removed with her daughter to Argonia, where she was a milliner and dressmaker for sixteen years. In 1890 she came to Dauphin county and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Rutherford, for the rest of her life. Her death occurred in 1892 at the age of forty-nine years. Mrs. Hosier was a devout Christian, born and educated as a Friend; later she united with the Presbyterian church, in which communion she died. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Rutherford was a farmer. Seth Henshaw, maternal grandfather of Mrs. Rutherford, was also a farmer, but has now retired from active business. Two of his children survive: Theresa A., wife of Rufus A. Walton, of Knightstown, Ind., and William H.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001

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