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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 C. DRAGER, postmaster at Boiling Springs, Cumberland county, is a native of Churchtown, this county, born in 1864. He is a son of Conrad and Charlotte (Zinn) Drager, the former of whom died in 1891, aged sixty-nine years. The mother is now aged seventy-two years. Conrad Drager was a native of Nienburg, Hanover, Germany, and spent his boyhood in that country, receiving a liberal education. He learned the trade of tailoring, and traveled over the greater portion of Germany, and then, animated by a desire to see the New World of which he had heard so much, he came to America, landing at Baltimore, Md. There he remained for a time, possibly two years, when he removed to Churchtown, Cumberland county, where he met his wife. During the time he was a resident of Churchtown he conducted a tailoring establishment, and in 1873 he came to Boiling Springs, here following the same line of business until about 1888, when he turned the establishment over to his son William. In politics Conrad Drager was a stanch Republican. In religious matters he was a consistent member of the Lutheran Church from the time he was fourteen years of age. Of the children born to himself and wife, two lived to maturity, William C. and Nettie, the latter the wife of John C. Spera, of Decatur, Illinois.

William C. Drager was reared in his native place until the family moved to Boiling Springs, was educated in the public schools, and learned his trade from his father. When the latter failed in health William took charge of the business, as before stated. He carries on a general tailoring establishment, and is one of the most prominent men in his line in the town. In politics he is an ardent Republican, and in 1888 he served as a member of the Republican county central committee, also holding the office on various occasions since, and has been a delegate to town and county conventions several times. In 1898 he was appointed postmaster of Boiling Springs. Fraternally, he is a member of Carlisle Lodge, No. 91, I. O. O. F. In every relation of life Mr. Drager has proved himself an honorable, upright, spirited man, and the people of his community have the most explicit trust and confidence in him and his ability.

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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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