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William Earl Alexander

  • Birth 16 Jan 1896 Whitestown, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 20 Mar 1965 Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Garden of Four Gospels, Lot 265D
  • Memorial ID 92773316

"W. E. Alexander, 68, Lancaster banker, civic leader, dead
William E. Alexander, Sr., treasurer of the City of Lancaster and honorary chairman of the board of the Lancaster County Farmers National Bank, died unexpectedly at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Hospital.
The sixty-nine-year old banker and civic leader, lived at 735 N. Reservoir St., was admitted as a medical patiet to the hospital at 3 p. m. Saturday.
City treasurer for the past three years.
Endorsed earlier this month by the local Republican organization to seek nomination in the May primary for a seat on Lancaster City Council.
Came to Lancaster 1923.
Vice president and director of the Fulton National Bank from 1932 to 1942.
President of the Lancaster County National Bank in 1942.
In 1961, was named chairman of the board of the local bank, after it grew out of a merger of the Lancaster County and Farmers National banks.
Familiar figure in a host of community activities.
Born in Whitestown, Butler County, Pa., a son of the late William H. and Edith McGown Alexander. His formal education ended with high school at Slippery Rock, Pa., when sixteen.
Later completed an entire series of courses offered by the American Institute of Banking.
Began his banking career as a teller in 1920 at a bank in Aliquippa, Pa., a year after he ended a World War military tour of duty in Germany and France. For two years he served as a sergeant in the Battery F Field Artillery of the famous First Division.
Past president of the Lancaster County Bankers' Association.
Former director of the Credit Bureau of Lancaster County.
Former chairman of the trustees and president of the Lancaster County Foundation, a group which serves as a medium for distribution of bequests to worthy organizations.
In 1957, he was presented the Junior Chamber of Commerce "Good Government Award" for his work as chairman of City of Lancaster Authority. He became chairman of the authority when it was formed in 1954 and helped guide it through a $7.4-million program of expanding and modernizing the city's water system.
Alexander was mentioned in possible mayorality choice for the city, in 1949.
Among his many civic activities, he was a president of the lancaster Chamber of Commerce (1937), president of the Lancaster Rotary Club (1947), president of the Lancaster YMCA (1948-1950), chairman of the United Fund Campaign (1951), president of the Community Chest board (1953), and financial development leader for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. (1958).
Served in the early 1950s as director of finance for the Lancaster County Civil Defense organization.
Former trustee and vice president of the Lancaster Free Public Library, a trustee of the Ann C. Witmer Homes, a member of the St. Joseph's Hospital Advisory Board, former secretary of the Lancaster County Board of Public Aaistance, former chairman of the City Draft Board, and a director of the Sico Foundation.
He was a director of the Americans for the Competitive Free Enterprise System, former president of the Suburban Water Company and a director and member of the Hamilton Club.
Last year he was chairman of Lancaster's Heart Campaign, directing the activities of some 450 volunteer workers during the annual month-long fund drive.
Member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ where he served as a former deacon, former elder and former congregational chairman, Alexander was also active in numerous other church activities.
Member of the corporation of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, serving in 1960 as chairman of the Pennsylvania United Theologic Seminary Foundation fund appeal.
In 1961, attended the International Chirstian Leadership Conference in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Alexander is survived by his wife, Abbie Posey Alexander, a guest at the Maple Farms Nursing Home; a son, William E. Jr., 3213 Old Harrisburg Pike; a daughter, Grace wife of Robert Drummond, FortWayne, Ind., and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paul's United Church Christ, 45 E. Orange St. The viewing will be held Tuesday night at the Snyder and Iredale Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St."
(the obituary extracted above is available at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, newspaper unknown.)


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Gravesite Details Cemetery staff tells me there is a tomstone for William and Abbie.

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  • Created by: Kay Arnold
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92773316
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Earl Alexander (16 Jan 1896–20 Mar 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92773316, citing Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Kay Arnold (contributor 46800458) .