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JACOB S. BURKHOLDER, proprietor of the Burkholder undertaking establishment, was born at Mount Pleasant, Cumberland County, Pa., the son of William S. and Annie (Snell) Burkholder. As a young man he learned the machinist's trade at Harrisburg, and was after three years placed in charge of the first interlocking machine by the Union Switch and Signal Company, at Harrisburg. The machine was on exhibition at the centennial in 1876 at Philadelphia. Mr. Burkholder had charge of the erection and exhibition of this machine. Later Mr. Burkholder was made superintendent of all outside construction work connected with the interlocking system, by the Westinghouse Company. He erected the machine in more than twenty states for different railroads. After fourteen years of service in this capacity he resigned and came to Allentown to become connected with the Allentown Rolling and Construction Company. He remained in the employ of this company until 1896, when he engaged in the undertaking and embalming business. Two years later he was graduated from the Dodge School of Embalming, in Boston, Mass. He has built up a large business, being one of Allentown's leading undertakers. In 1916 Mr. Burkholder erected one of the most modern and up-to-date undertaking establishments in eastern Pennsylvania, on the site of 814-16-18 Linden Street. Socially he is a member of the following organizations Barger Lodge, No. 333, F. and A. M.; Foresters of America ; Sons of Veterans, and the American Mechanics. In 1895 he married Lizzie C. Bernhard, daughter of Peter and Sarah (Reichard) Bernhard.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.