RUTHERFORD, S. A., was born in Dauphin county. Pa., October 6, 1866; son of the late William S. and J. Eliza Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford belongs to the sixth generation of the American branch and is descended from the well-known family of that name who emigrated from Scotland and settled in the north of Ireland upon the accession of William of Orange, in 1688, and from thence came to America in 1728. His parents are both natives of Dauphin county. Mr. William S. Rutherford was raised a farmer, and after reaching manhood was for ten years engaged in agriculture, at the same time carrying on a lumber business in Harrisburg. He was honored by election to various township offices; was for some years director of the poor: for ten years he was steward of the Pennsylvania State Hospital for the Insane. His last business enterprise was the ice business at Harrisburg. At the time of his death he was living retired from active work. His wife was the daughter of S. S. and Mary A. Rutherford, of Paxtang. Their family consisted of ten children. of whom six survive: Mary B., S. A., Eliza E., William S., E. F., and Margaretta S. The deceased children are: Jessie, died July 24, 1864, aged six months and three days; Gertrude. died August 7, 1879, aged seven months and nineteen days; James, died July 28, 1873, aged twenty-eight days, and Martha, died March 31, 1875, aged three months and twenty-two days. William S. Rutherford died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years, and his wife May 20, 1891, aged fifty years. Mr. Rutherford was an active Republican. He was a member of the Pine Street Presbyterian church, of Harrisburg.
S. A. Rutherford received his education in the public schools of Harrisburg, Pa., from which he graduated in 1885, and in the Pennsylvania State College, where he took a course in agriculture in 1896. He served as clerk with his father in the ice business for about six months. In the spring of 1886 he came to the old Rutherford homestead, which has been in possession of the family for one hundred and forty-two years, and where he is living a retired life. He has a large interest in the Rutherford Ice Company, of Harrisburg, Pa. For the past three months Mr. Rutherford has been traveling in the South for the purpose of securing a suitable location for engaging in farming. He is a staunch Republican in politics.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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