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Pvt Wilmer Jacob Eshleman
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1913
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1991
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

Wilmer Eshleman, genealogist, 77

Wilmer J. Eshleman, 77, a genealogist and Lancaster County (PA) historian, died Tuesday morning at Brethren Village, where he had lived since 1984.

He formerly resided at 722 E. End Ave. His wife, the late Caroline Berry Eshleman, died in June 1981.

During the nation's bicentennial, Eshleman participated in a countywide effort to research and publish the history of Lancaster County.

He was employed by the former Frick Co. of Waynesboro for 22 years, as a salesman selling sawmill systems and farm equipment. In earlier years, he had been an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

His first work was on a farm at an early age.

"I remember when I was 10 years old my father took me out with two horses and a plow...and he said, 'I'll see you at dinner time,' and I plowed the field," Eshelman said in a previously published interview.

He was a member of Lancaster Liederkranz, the Lancaster Historical Society, and the Mennonite Historical Society, and was a 50-year member of Strasburg Lodge 361 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Eshleman also was an announcer for the Rough and Tumble Engineers Association of Kinzers and a member of Lamberton Lodge 476 of the Free and Accepted Masons.

He was a member of Huff's Lutheran Church in Berks County.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late V. Ray and Christy Weaver Eshleman.

Surviving are a son, J. Lawrence Eshleman of Bally; a stepson, Walter S. Mellinger of Phoenixville; a stepdaughter, Cora Ellett of West Chester; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther, wife of John S. Kilgore of Strasburg.
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Wilmer J Eshleman
Birth Year: 1913
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania
State: Pennsylvania
County or City: Lancaster

Enlistment Date: 13 Jul 1944
Enlistment State: Pennsylvania
Enlistment City: Harrisburg
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 2 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Laboratory Technician, Motion Picture or Shipping Clerk
Marital Status: Married
Height: 60
Weight: 263

Source Information:
National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Information contained in this database usually includes: name of enlistee, army serial number, residence (county and state), place of enlistment, enlistment date, grade, army branch, component, term of enlistment, birthplace, year of birth, race and citizenship, height and weight, education, and marital status.

Entered into rest in Manheim Township, PA, on March 19, 1991, WILMER J. ESHLEMAN, husband of the late Carolyn Berry Eshleman of Brethren Village, formerly of 722 East End Avenue, Lancaster, PA, in his 78th year. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from Ellis R. Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, on Friday at 11 a.m. with Christian M. Eshleman and John S. Kilgore officiating. Interment in Longenecker's Reformed Mennonite Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made in Wilmer's memory to the Brethren Village Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17601.
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  Carolyn Berry Mellinger Eshleman (1909 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Susan Lewis Arday
Record added: Aug 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21216665
Pvt Wilmer Jacob Eshleman
Added by: Carolyn Y Lowe Shifflett
Pvt Wilmer Jacob Eshleman
Added by: Carolyn Y Lowe Shifflett
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