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WALTER, John S., dairyman and farmer was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 23, 1843. He is a son of Henry L. and Elizabeth (Shaeffer) Walter. They had four children : Susan, wife of Henry Angst ; John S.; Joseph ; and Mary, wife of Eli Fackler. Th e mother died September 18, 1878 ; the father in December, 1880, or January 1881.

John S. Walter attended the public schools of South Hanover township, and also the academy at Palmyra, Pa., under Professor Witmer.

He was married, August 16, 1868, to Louisa Ann, daughter of Peter and Susan (Breneman) Hoerner. They have had thirteen children, three of whom have died : Ida, an infant ; Peter, aged six months ; and David, eight days old. The surviving children are: Ellen, born November 5, 1870 ; Elizabeth, July 29, 1871 ; John Henry, January 22, 1873 ; Susanna, May 3, 1876; Agnes, August 17, 1878 ; Ephraim, September 7, 1880 ; Sarah, December 31, 1882 ; Anna May, October 3, 1885 ; Harrison, July 2, 1888 ; Edith Irene, July 29, 1893.

For twenty-four years after his marriage Mr. Walter was engaged in farming and in running a grist and saw mill in Lower Paxton township. In 1894 he removed to his present homestead, and engaged in gardening, in connection with which he conducted a dairy. To these branches of business he is now giving his attention, with gratifying results.

Mr. Walter has served efficiently as tax collector of Lower Paxton township for one term. He also served seven years as school director in the same township. He is a staunch Republican. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church at Penbrook.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoerner, the parents of Mrs. Walter, had seven children, two of whom are deceased, John and Christopher. The remaining children are: Barbara, wife of Frederick Rhoad ; Louisa Ann, Mrs. Walter ; Henry ; William ; and Elizabeth, wife of Levi Hagbaker. Both parents are living.

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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