Biography of Emanuel S. Shaffer
Clearfield County, PA Biographies

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

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