Biography of Arthur M. Draucker
Clearfield County, PA Biographies





ARTHUR M. DRAUCKER, who owns and conducts a blacksmith shop at Luthersburg, Clearfield County, Pa., and has 140 acres of farm land in Brady Township, farming one tract of 80 acres and devoting the other 60 acres to pasture, and renting the buildings, also has a one half interest in 250 acres of timber land, in partnership with a brother, P. W. Draucker. He has been a lifelong resident of Clearfield County, and is a leading citizen of Brady Township, where he was born on the old home farm, February 5, 1847, a son of Isaac and Mary (Bloom) Draucker.

Isaac Draucker was born in Lancaster County, Pa., and came to Clearfield with his brother, John Draucker. He located in Brady township, two and one half miles east of Luthersburg, on the Erie turnpike road, where he conducted a hotel for many years. The old Draucker House was well known to travelers along the stage coach line. He died there in 1852, at the age of forty five years. His widow continued the business and in turn was succeeded by one of the sons, Perry W., who still lives on the place. Isaac Draucker married Mary Bloom, who was born at Curwensville, Clearfield County. Her father, William Bloom, was a pioneer in this section, which, at that time was almost a wilderness, the nearest milling point being Belifonte. Mrs. Draucker survived until 1888, dying at the age of seventyseven years, nine months and twenty six days. Fifteen children were born to this marriage. The children of this marriage were as follows: Sarah, who is now deceased, was the wife of John Scott, also deceased; Levie, who is deceased; Catherine, who is deceased, was the wife of Christian Smith, also deceased; Leah, who is the wife of Daniel Goodlander; Ellen, who is the widow of Lever Flegal; Joseph and Porter, twins; both of whom are deceased; Adam, who is also deceased; Hannah, who is the widow of Edward Holley; James; Eliza, who is the wife of Daniel Rodgers; and Arthur M., Perry W. and Lucy, the last named being deceased.

Arthur M. Draucker spent his boyhood on the home farm and in the winter time attended one of the old fashioned school houses, where slab benches were provided for seats and all other accommodations were primitive. He remained on the farm until his marriage when he purchased his shop at Luthersburg, paying $200 for the business. He had learned the trade here with its former owner, Joseph Redding. After his mother's death he bought her farm and has since combined farming and blacksmithing. In addition to his interests mentioned, for the past thirty five years he has also been an auctioneer and in this capacity is favorably known all through this section. Mr. Draucker has frequently been elected to important township offices, serving three years as constable, fifteen years as tax collector, six years as assessor and also as a member of the election board.

On May 7, 1868, Mr. Draucker was married to Miss Mary E. Breon, who was born at Luthersburg, a daughter of Michael Breon, who was born in Lycoming County in 1819, and is the oldest resident of Brady Township. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Draucker have been as follows: Lillian, who is the wife of Wm. Gillern; Lucy, who is the wife of Harry C. Shay, Lillian and Lucy being twins; Anna, who is the wife of Harry Carlisle; Effie, who was the wife of Jesse Lines and died May 14, 1911, aged 39 years, one month and 25 days; Hattie, who is the wife of Dr. T. E. Farrell; Madge; Ruth, who is the wife of James B. Kirk, Jr.; Pearl; and Levi, who married Maude Shaffer. Mr. Draucker and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Democrat. He belongs to the K. of P., at New Salem.


Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).

From:
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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