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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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WILLIAM BIGLER BEITZEL has become well and favorably known in Carlisle in his capacity of chief clerk at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. He has passed nearly all his life in this section of Pennsylvania, having been born Oct. 14, 1851, near Dillsburg, York county, son of William and Leah ( Bentz) Beitzel.

Mr. Beitzel grew to manhood on a farm, assisting during his youth in the labors of the home place, and he attended the public schools, receiving excellent educational advantages. He taught school in all eight terms, beginning in 1870, but meanwhile took advantage of every opportunity to improve his own store of knowledge, in 1873 attending the State Normal School at Shippensburg, in 1874 taking a business course at the National Normal School, Lebanon, Ohio, and in 1876 a course in telegraphy at Sandusky, Ohio. From January, 1878, to June, 1880, Mr. Beitzel was in charge of the editorial work of the Dillsburg Bulletin, and from June, 1880, until Dec. 31, 1881, he was clerk at the Cumberland Valley railroad station at his native place, Dillsburg. The day afterward he commenced his duties as station agent at that place, continuing there in that incumbency until Sept. 30, 1887. Meantime, from 1881 to 1887, he also acted as notary public. On Oct. 1, 1887, he was transferred to the joint agency of the Cumberland Valley and Gettysburg & Harrisburg railroads, at Gettysburg Junction, Carlisle, Pa., where he was retained until he tendered his resignation, Dec. 15, 1892, to accept his present position. Mr. Beitzel has been chief clerk at the Indian School continuously ever since, discharging the duties of that position with the faithfulness and efficiency which marked his work in all his former positions, and giving satisfaction to all concerned.

On Oct. 23, 1890, Mr. was united in marriage with Miss Margaret C. Williams, of Williams Grove, Pa., who died May 22, 1898. On June 11, 1903, he married for his second wife Miss Elizabeth Ettinger Forster, of Harrisburg, Pa. He is an earnest member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, of which he was elected an elder in 1897.

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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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