MG 467 - Mather Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains forty-three daily diaries kept by Edmund Mather from 1870 to 1918 (not all years are represented). He notes the weather each day and the daily activities of the family as well as himself. He mentions very often his daughter, Sarah.


Edmund Mather was born in England in 1827. He studied the manufacture of paper and came to America at the age of 21 years. He was engaged in the paper business in various parts of the country for many years. He served with the 84th Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. He was Water Commissioner in 1888 and was re-elected to that position until 1912 and became know as the Father of the City Water Department. He established a retail house for steam supplies and water appliances located at 204 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, which later was incorporated under the name of E. Mather Company. He died in May, 1918, at the age of 90 years and was survived by his only daughter, Sarah E. Deeter, and five grandchildren.

Date(s): 1870-1883, 1887-1906, 1909-1918

Extent: 2 boxes