EMANUEL S. SHAFFER, whose farm of fifty acres lies two and one half miles northwest of Kerrmoor, in Ferguson
township, is one of the leading citizens of this section, in which he has been engaged in general farming for many
years. He was born November 11, 1846, in York county, Pa., and is a son of William and Katherine (Thoman) Shaffer.
William Shaffer was born in 1818, in Maryland, and moved in early manhood to York county, Pa. He was married in
1840 to Katherine Thoman and they had seven children: Cornelius, Edward, Albert, Mary Ellen, Henrietta, Emanuel
S. and an infant daughter that died at birth. The mother of the above family died in December, 1898. In 1852 William
Shaffer moved with his family to Perry county, Pa., and lived there during the remainder of his life, his death
occurring in September, 1897.
Emanuel S. Shaffer obtained his education in the schools of Perry county. He worked as a lumberman there until
1866, when he settled along the Susquehanna river and engaged in business as a pilot and as a contractor. He lived
in Jefferson county for a time and then came to Clearfield county and settled in Ferguson township, this farm then
being known as the Barrett farm. He cleared about twenty acres of his land and has done all the building and made
all the substantial improvements.
On May 5, 1870, Mr. Shaffer was married to Miss Amanda McCracken, who was born in Ferguson township, September
25, 1852, a daughter of William and Mary McCracken. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer and although
some of them have passed away, the family is yet a large and closely united one. Ada, the eldest, married Erfford
C. Holt, and they live in Sweet Valley, Potter county, Pa. They have had seven children: Earl, Louis, Vada, Edith,
Gladys, Leslie, and Ruth. Emma, the second daughter, survived but eighteen months and her burial was in Jefferson
county. Elizabeth is the wife of W. D. Helsel of Irvona, Pa., and they have five children: Lester, Emanuel, Martha,
Josephine and John. Leslie, the eldest son, died at the age of six years and his burial was in the Presbyterian
cemetery at Fruit Hill. Orel M. married Cora Mitchell, a daughter of George and Lydia Mitchell, and they have three
children, Emanuel, Paul and Lena. Norman married Dora Redden, a daughter of James and Emma Redden, and they have
one son, James. Anderson married Vena Wiley, a daughter of Herbert and Katherine Wiley, and they have one son,
Pressly. Bertha resides at home. Sadie died at the age of eighteen years and her burial was in the Fruit Hill cemetery.
George S., the youngest, assists his father on the home farm. Mr. Shaffer and family are members of the Lutheran
church. He belongs to the Grange at Kerrmoor, the Odd Fellows at Ansonville and the Masons at Curwensville. In
politics, like his late father, Mr. Shaffer is a Democrat. He has served as school director but has accepted no
other township office. He is one of the stockholders in the Ferguson-La Jose Telephone Company.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
Names A to L
Names M to Z
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