George N. Lenker, farmer, Washington Township, was born in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 25 February 1842, son of Ludwig Lenker and Amelia Maria [Dietrich]Lenker.
The father, Ludwig Lenker, was born on the farm now owned by his son George N. Lenker, where he grew to manhood and spent his life, with the exception of two years, during which he lived on one of his farms in Upper Paxton Township. He retired to Elizabethville one year prior to his death, in 1871, at the age of seventy-three years. His wife survived him eleven years, and their children were:
Joseph Lenker; and
George N. Lenker.
George N. Lenker was about two years old when his parents located in Washington Township, where he was brought up on the farm and attended public schools. He remained at home until his marriage, after which he located on a part of the old homestead, which he bought, consisting of one hundred and thirty-three acres, of which he subsequently sold sixty acres. In 1890 he built his present house and built a fish pond, which he stocked with carp, catfish and trout. Five years later he built a windmill for grinding chicken feed, and planted three thousand two hundred fruit trees of the varieties of apple, pear, peach, etc. He was married, in Washington Township, in September, 1863, to Amanda Emerich, a native of that township. Their children are:
Elmer Lenker, went to Texas, and from there in 1885 went to Arkansas, where he now resides and is in the lumber business;
Mary Lenker, married Aaron Novinger, resides in Arkansas;
Alice Lenker, married Daniel Riegle, resides in Washington;
Annie Lenker, married Oliver Jury and lives at home;
George Lenker, also at home.
Mr. George N. Lenker in his political views is Democrat, with leaning toward the Prohibition party. He is a member and also a trustee of the Evangelical church.
The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.