COLONEL HARRY C. TREXLER, one of Allentowns
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
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
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. Lukes 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,
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