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Col. Harry C. Trexler    

COLONEL HARRY C. TREXLER, one of Allentown’s foremost merchants and manufacturers, was born in Easton, Pa., of Pennsylvania-German and Scotch-Irish ancestry. He received his education in the public schools of Lehigh County and early engaged in the retail lumber business, as an associate with his father, the late E. W. Trexler. He is still engaged in this line of business, and is also largely interested in the manufacturing of the lumber business in the South and West. He was one of organizers of the Lehigh Portland Cement Company, and it was largely due to his foresight and energy that this company has reached its high standing in the cement industry of the United States. He was the first president of the company, which position he still holds.

He is also chairman of the boards of directors of the Lehigh Valley Transit Company and the Consolidated Telephone Company.

Colonel Trexler has always taken a keen and loving interest in agriculture in many of its branches, and has found time, notwithstanding his many other business activities, to devote himself to the development of his many farms.

He was appointed by Governor Hastings in 1895 as a member of his staff, and was reappointed by Governors Stone and Pennypacker. Governor Stuart appointed him Deputy Commissary General and he was later promoted to be Quartermaster General by Governor Tener, which office he held until the organization of the Quartermaster Corps of the National Guard of Pennsylvania during 1916, from which time he has been the head of said corps.

Colonel Trexler is president of the Board of Trustees of the Homeopathic State Hospital for the Insane at Rittersville, and trustee of Muhlenberg College, Franklin and Marshall College, St. Luke’s Hospital and chairman of the City Planning Commission, of Allentown. He is also a member of the various Masonic orders; Sons of the Revolution; the Elks; the Odd Fellows; the Livingston Club, of Allentown; the Union League, Art Club and Manufacturers’ Club, of Philadelphia.

Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917, page 12.  More Lehigh County History Books   Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at ancestry.com

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