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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHESTER CASE BASHORE, Esq. The Bashore family is of Huguenot origin, and the name, according to good philological authority, is a corruption of LeBaiseur. They are widely scattered throughout America, but appear most numerous in southeastern Pennsylvania. Many years ago one David Bashore, from Berks county, Pa., settled in Cumberland. Little is known concerning his previous history, but he probably descended from one George Bashore, who is known to have located in Bethel township, Berks county, prior to 1738, and was a progenitor of the late Prof. L D. Rupp, the historian, and the late Hon. Charles S. Wolf, of Lewisburg. David Bashore for some time lived in North Middleton township, two miles west from Carlisle, but later removed to Monroe, where he remained to the end of his days. He was twice married. His first wife was Sarah Miller, of Adams county, who bore him the following children: John S., David G., Daniel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Isaac and Harry. Sarah (Miller) Bashore died Sept. 19, 1850, at the age of forty-nine years, and was buried in the graveyard of the Letort Spring Evangelical Church, near Carlisle. Mr. Bashore afterward married for his second wife Catharine Krysher, a sister of Rudolph Krysher, who for many years was a prominent justice of the peace and active business man at Churchtown. By his second marriage he had no issue. Catharine (Krysher) Bashore died May 27, 1879, at the age of seventy-three years, and is buried in the Mount Zion cemetery near Churchtown. David Bashore was a farmer and followed that avocation till late in life. During his latter years he lived in Churchtown, retired from the active duties of life, and died in that town on April 10, 1868, aged seventy-three years. His remains are buried by the side of those of his first wife in the graveyard of the Letort Spring Church.

David G. Bashore, son of David and Sarah (Miller) Bashore, was born in Monroe township. He was reared a farmer and agriculture was his principal occupation throughout his lifetime. He married Emeline E. Lutz, a member of another representative Monroe township family whose genealogy is traced to Berks county. She was a daughter of John and Catharine (Miller) Lutz, and John Lutz was a son of George and Catharine (Wolf) Lutz. George Lutz came to Cumberland from Berks county at an early day and settled in North Middleton (now Middlesex) township. He was a wagonmaker and worked steadily at his trade. In 1803 he removed from North Middleton to Allen (now Monroe) township and built a shop where the Forge Road crosses a beautiful stream one mile east from Boiling Springs. Here the Lutzes for three generations engaged at wagon and coach making, and the hamlet that grew up about them came to be known as Lutzestown and the stream by the name of Lutz’s Run. George Lutz died April 8, 1856, in his eighty-eighth year, and his wife, Catharine Wolf, died Aug. 29, 1848, aged seventy-one years. John Lutz, the son, died March 20, 1881, in his seventy-second year, and his wife, Catharine Miller, died Dec. 20, 1880, in her seventieth year, and the remains of all of them are buried in the Mount Zion cemetery near Churchtown.

David G. and Emeline (Lutz) Bashore had issue as follows: John E., Ella, Chester Case and Annetta. David G. Bashore died Feb. 23, 1904, aged about sixty-six years, and his remains are interred in Mount Zion cemetery. At this writing his widow is still living and resides at her home at Lutzestown in Monroe township.

Chester C. Bashore, the second child of David G. and Emeline (Lutz) Bashore, and the subject of this biography, was born Nov. 13, 1867, in Monroe township. He grew np on the farm and the rudiments of his education were received in the public schools of that part of the county. Subsequently his parents removed to the vicinity of New Cumberland and while living there he attended the public schools of New Cumberland and graduated from the high school of that town in 1885. He next took a course in the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, at Shippensburg, and graduated from that institution in 1887. He then taught for several years, after which he returned to the Cumberland Valley State Normal School and in 1891 graduated from it in the scientific course. With this additional preparation he resumed teaching and for two years was superintendent of the public schools of Wiconisco, Dauphin county. He then relinquished teaching and turned his attention to the law, registering as a student-at-law with E. W. Biddle, Esq., of Carlisle. At the same time he entered upon a course in the Dickinson School of Law and graduated from it in the class of 1895. He was admitted to the Cumberland county Bar in that same year and immediately began the practice of his profession in Carlisle, where he has successfully continued its practice ever since. He is a Republican in politics, has always taken an active interest in public affairs, and in 1898 was his party’s nominee for district attorney, but under the unfavorable drift of the political tide of that year he failed to be elected. Fraternally he is a F. & A. M.; an I. O. O. F.; a K. of P.; a Jr. A. M.; also a member of the Royal Arcanum and of the Delta Chi.

On March 15, 1899, Chester C. Bashore married Miss Fleta K. Bosler, youngest daughter of the late J. Herman and Mary (Kirk) Bosler, of Carlisle, and a member of one of Cumberland county’s oldest, most respected and influential families. To their union two children have been born, a daughter named Margaret Bosler Bashore, and a son named Chester Bosler Bashore. Mr. and Mrs. Bashore attend the Second Presbyterian Church, of Carlisle, of which church Mrs. Bashore is a member, as were her family for generations before her.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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