THE GOLDEN ROLL


| July/August 1991



WILMER ESHLEMAN, 77, a genealogist and Lancaster County Pa., historian, died March 19, 1991 at Brethren Village where he had lived since 1984. His wife, the late Caroline Berry Eshleman, died 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 Company 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,' Eshleman said.

He was a member of Lancaster Liederkranz, the Lancaster Historical Society, the Lancaster 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 in Kinzers and a member of Lamberton Lodge 476 of the Free and Accepted Masons.