MG 008 - Detweiler Collection

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Scope and Content

Consists of railroad passes, membership cards, identification cards and travel authorization for Mead D. Detweiler, 1893 to 1903; correspondence, invitations, programs, 1897 to 1941; an account book, 1899-1900; scrapbooks of news clippings collected and compiled by Bertha Hoffer Detweiler on many subjects including Pennsylvania Canals, Harrisburg Highways and Bridges, Paxton Creek, Clarks Valley Water System, Backgrounds of Old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Trails, Harrisburg/Carlisle Airports, Trains, Governors of Pennsylvania, and news and activities of the Historical Society of Dauphin County 1929-1955.


Meade D. Detweiler was born in Middletown, Dauphin County in 1863 and moved to Harrisburg with his parents before he was ten years of age. He attended public schools and graduated from Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg in 1884. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1886. He became interested in politics and was elected district attorney in 1892. He became very well known as a prosecutor and was re-elected in 1895. He was involved in many community and social organizations and held the highest office in the Order of the Elks in 1896. He married Bertha Hoffer, daughter of John Hoffer of Harrisburg in 1891. They had three children: Meade D. Jr., J. Hoffer, and a daughter who married Lewis B. Lindenmuth. Meade D. Detweiler died in 1904.

Date(s): 1872-1955

Extent: 2 cartons, 3 boxes, 53 folders, 59 enclosures

Creator: Meade and Bertha Detweiler