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Jonas F Eby

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JONAS F. EBY. Lancaster has its full quota of vigorous, enterprising, thoroughgoing business men. Whose popularity is based both upon their social qualities and on their well known integrity and business activity. None among these is better liked by those who have dealings with them, than the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, and who is carrying on a tine trade as wholesale commission and grain merchant in Lancaster in company with Mr. Eshelman. Our subject was born in Penn Township, this county, May 1, 1858, and is the son of ,lohn N. Eby, also a native of Lancaster County, as was airl his father, who bore the name of Jonas. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation, and also dealt extensively in horses, having many fine animals on his estate. He is still living, although retired from active work, making his home at No. 20 East Walnut Street, this city. He served for many years as Justice of the Peace, and was ever ready to aid in benevolent work. Mrs. Charlotte (Becker) Eby, the mother of our subject, was also born in Penn Township, and reared a family of two children, of whom Jonas F. was the elder. His sister, Charlotte, is now the wife of 1). II. Engle, of Mt. Joy. The original of this sketch enjoyed the privileges of obtaining a good education, and remained at home until two years after attaining his majority. He was then married, and located on the farm where his birth occurred in Penn Township. This he afterward sold, and purchased one hundred and thirty acres in Fulton Township, this county, which he later traded, and located in this city. Two years later Mr. Eby engaged in buying and selling grain, and buying out B. B..11ostter, has ever since continued shipping grain on the Pennsylvania Road. In 1892 he added feed, hay and straw to his grain business, having his establishment located at No. 214 North Queen Street. In October, 1893, he took in as partner a Mr. Eshelman, and the firm is now known as Eby & Eshelman. The marriage of our subject occurred in 1875, at which time Miss Myra L. Weidler became his wife. She was the daughter of George Weidler, and by her union with Mr. Eby has become the mother of two children, B. Frank, who was graduated from the high school in 1892, and now a student at Yale College, and Lillie May. The family occupies a beautiful residence at No. 432 North Lime Street, and move in the best circles of society in the city. Mr. Eby is a strong Republican in politics, and belongs to the Philadelphia Commercial Exchange. He is a man of strong convictions, and as an earnest and public-spirited citizen commands the regard of all his friends and neighbors. Page 395

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