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William L. Hires genealogy research on Keyser-Shelmire family


Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401

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"William Leland Hires, 90, of Haverford, died peacefully on February 14th, 2009. Mr. Hires was a graduate of Haverford College. He served with the United States Marines Corp., the United States Army (Lieutenant Colonel) and the United States Army Reserves. A trained Psychologist, he received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. This career took him to positions at the University of Pennsylvania, West Chester College, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, the Upper Darby School District as Director of Pupil Services and as the Academic Dean at the Curtis Institute of Music. During retirement he took great pleasure working as an intermittent National Park Ranger in Philadelphia at Independence Hall and the Edgar Allen Poe House. Over his lifetime Mr. Hires enjoyed spending time with his family including extensive traveling with his wife and daughter. He was an amateur magician who loved performing tricks for family and friends. A long time passion was his dedication to history and genealogy. He traced all lines of his ancestry as well as assisting many others to do so. Mr. Hires was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary, The Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati, The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Franklin Inn Club, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Club, the Aztec Club of 1847, The Rabbit and The Merion Cricket Club."


Chadwick and McKinney Funeral Home. Obituary of William Leland Hires. Accessed March 14, 2012.

This collection consists of genealogical research on members of the Keyser-Shelmire families. Family data sheets, correspondence, research notes, and copies of primary research notes are filed by family member. There is a small amount of original primary source material in the collection, including some letters, 1833-1857; a daguerreotype; photographs, circa 1875-1900; and a clippings scrapbook, 1865-1906.

Gift, 2002 [accession #2002.006].

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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