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After a short walk from the Lehigh Valley Depot, in the suburbs of Lehighton, in a spacious brick residence, near Gnadenhutten Burying-ground, of Revolutionary and Historic fame, lives the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Olewine is a son of Mr. George Olewine, who was born in Lower Towamensing township, Carbon Co., Pa.  He married Miss Susan Erdman, whose family was one of the oldest and most respectable of Bucks County.  His occupation through life was framing.  Their married life proved a most prosperous and happy one, being blessed with eight children equally divided in sex, Mr. Daniel Olewine being the seventh in descent.


He was born at the old homestead in Lower Towamensing township, April 13, 1815.  Enjoyed all the advantages that could be obtained from a country school in that early day, until he reached the age of seventeen, when he was apprenticed for three years to learn tanning and currying, after which he spent ten years at this work as a journeyman.


In 1847 he moved to Mauch Chunk, Pa., where he engaged in tanning and shoe-manufacturing business.  On April 14, 1850, at the age of thirty-five, he married Miss Esther Zoll, of Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Co., Pa.  This estimable lady was born there March 23, 1818.  In 1856, Mr. Olewine and family moved  to Lehighton, still continuing in the tanning business until 1873, when that destructive agent, fire, burned his buildings to the ground; however, he was not at loss for labor, as he had a large and productive farm in charge at the time of the fire.


From 1875 to 1877 he engaged in general foundry business, which, like all his former undertakings, proved successful.  Mr. Olewine was  a director of the Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk, for five years.  In 1875 the First National Bank of Lehighton was organized, and he was honored by being made its president, which position of dignity and trust he filled acceptably for five years, when business becoming so great, he was compelled to resign this position of honor.


Mr. Olewine has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church of thirty years, in which society he has held many positions of confidence.  His family consists of three children.  The eldest, Miss Susan Esther, married Mr. William Koch, of Bingen, Pa., who is now following farming, and resides at the old homestead.  The second, Miss Clara Alta, married Mr. Pierce Lentz, one of Lehighton’s most successful and promising young men.  Mr. Lentz is now occupying a position of confidence with the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, at Packerton, and living in his own home, one of the handsomest in Lehighton.  The third of Mr. Olewine’s children is Daniel Irvine.  He was united in marriage with Miss Edna Conn, of Lycoming County, Pa.  This son is engaged in the mercantile business at Williamsport, Pa., and bids fair to become one of its most successful merchants.


Mr. Olewine is now in his seventieth year, and is still and active, well preserved gentleman.














The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in November 2003


Jack Sterling



Web page by

Jack Sterling

November 2003