MG 207 - Gorgas Family Papers

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of William R. Gorgas and his sons, William L. and George A. The papers of William R. consist of a bond issued by the Harrisburg Fertilizer Company to him for $500 in February, 1880. The papers of William L. Gorgas include a manuscript on his reminiscences of the raid on Harrisburg by a body of Confederate soldiers under the command of Ewell in 1863; legal agreements concerning the Harrisburg Trust Company and the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg Electric Railway Company, 1894-1904; certificates of Patents granted to the Cumberland Valley Electric Railway company, 1893, the Cumberland Valley Traction Company,1893, and the Susquehanna and Western Railroad company, 1897; and a booklet, "The Chronology of Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790."

The papers of George A. Gorgas contain a programme for the annual soiree of the Cumberland Valley Institute in 1876 with photos; formal invitations to dinners; a guide map to the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893; pamphlets describing drugstores with a priced catalogue; program and itinerary of a tour of Marshal Foch in the United States as guest of the American Legion in 1921; newsletters and program for the 65th anniversary celebration of the Explorers' Club at Pine Grove Furnace with newspaper clipping and photo, 1936; an account book, 1795-1797; and the Daily Chronicle and Convention Journal of the proceedings to alter and amend the constitution of the state of Pennsylvania, 1837, and a framed letter from A. Boyd Hamilton with the pen used to certify the ratification of the repeal of the 18th amendment by the Pennsylvania Convention, 1933.

Background

William R. Gorgas was born 1806 in Cumberland County and succeeded his father in the management of the family farm. In 1836 he was elected to a seat in the house of the state legislature and in 1841 he was elected state senator. After the expiration of his term, he devoted himself to his many business matters. He was a director of the Harrisburg National Bank, Harrisburg Bridge Company, the Harrisburg Market Company, the Harrisburg City Passenger Railroad Company and the Harrisburg Burial Case Company. He died in December, 1892.

William L. Gorgas was born in 1848, son of Hon. William R. Gorgas and Elizabeth (Hummel) Gorgas. He was educated in the common schools and the Cumberland Valley Institute at Mechanicsburg. He became a teacher and later was apprentice to the machinist's trade, but then turned his attention to the banking business and aided in the organization of the Harrisburg Trust Company in 1893. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity.

George A. Gorgas was born 1858, son of William and Elizabeth (Hummel) Gorgas and began his education in the common schools and advanced studies in the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. He studied at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1881. In 1883 he purchased the drug store of I. D. Lutz at 6 South Market Square, Harrisburg and in 1894 moved the business to 16 North Third Street. He was a director of the Harrisburg City Passenger Railway Company and president of the Security Trust Company. He was, also, an active member of the Masonic fraternity.

Date(s): 1795-1937

Extent: 1 box, 5 folders, 32 enclosures