MG 415 - Ehler Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains primarily the papers of Elmer W. Ehler. Items concerning his wife, Erma L. Wilson Ehler, are included, as well as a proclamation by the Board of Commissioners of Dauphin County in 1985 to Glen Winter as the first Director of Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth.

Contains marriage, birth, confirmation certificates, passports, visas; membership certificates and cards for community organizations to which Elmer W. Ehler belonged; deeds to properties in the Colonial Park area and Shoops' cemetery; the lot record book for Colonial Park; blueprints; legal documents concerning land in Lower Paxton Township; advertisements for the development of Colonial Park; broadsides; newspaper clipping about the 40th class reunion of the class of 1900 from Harrisburg High School; a scrapbook of clippings concerning the Zembo Temple, 1942; papers concerning the death of Elmer W. Ehler in October, 1943; issues of the Dauphin County Historical Review, 1961-63, 1966; DAR application worksheet, yearbooks and correspondence to Erma Ehler concerning membership in the organization; letters concerning the Ehler genealogy, 1987-88; an unidentified and undated photo of school children circa early 1900's; four photos of an unidentified house; and the Proclamation by the Dauphin County Commissioners to Glen Winter, 1985.

BOX 2 and BOX 3 contain 62 surveys and blueprints of land in Colonial Park, Colonial County Club, and other areas of Lower Paxton Township.


Elmer Winfield Ehler, b. 1882, d. 1943, received his education in the public schools of Harrisburg and was graduated from the Dickinson School of Law. He was admitted to the Dauphin County Bar in 1907 and practiced his profession until his death. He devoted much of his time to the purchase and development of real estate in Lower Paxton Township in the section known as Colonial Park. He was active in community organizations and a Mason. He traveled extensively and made a tour around the world with R. Sherman Care. He was struck by an automobile near his home on Elmerton Avenue in October, 1943 and died two days later in the Harrisburg Hospital. He was married in 1926 to Erma LaBerta Wilson.

Date(s): 1909-1988

Extent: 1 carton, 2 boxes