MG 107 - Muench Collection

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Scope and Content

A scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Harrisburg Telegraph written and compiled by Charles F. Muench in 1877-79 entitled "Personal Reminiscences of Harrisburg Sixty-Five Years Ago." The book was presented to his daughter Sarah Frances Muench Snyder in April, 1879. The "Reminiscences" are in a series of thirteen articles and include information about the people, the businesses, and other events in Harrisburg in the early 1800's. Other articles include "Family Reminiscences," "Reminiscences of the Upper End of Dauphin County," and "A Cyclopedia of Biography of the Business Men of Harrisburg of the Past -- The Occupations and their Descendants."


Charles F. Muench, b. 1802, d. 1883, came to Harrisburg as a boy of ten years and was apprenticed to Christian Gleim to learn the printing trade. It was in this way that he came to work for Simon Cameron and attributes his success in business to him. He was active in public life, held the office of United States marshal, became a partner in a business to manufacture thrashing machines, and then entered the business of brickmaking. He was identified with the growth of the city from the days when it was a borough and was regarded as one of the most highly esteemed citizens of the town.

Date(s): 1877-1883

Extent: 1 folder, 1 item