Klinger ~ Kinter Families
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Our mother was Dorothy Irene Klinger. She married our father, Robert Harvey Graham. Dottie's father was Ed Klinger, and his parents were Charles and Emma.

On January 5th our Great Grandfather Charles Klinger Jr. of Harrisburg Dauphin County Pennsylvania married Emma Long Kinter of Dillsburg York County Pennyslvania.  Charles, and his father and brothers, were buying, selling, and marketing produce in the city of Harrisburg.  This business brought them in contact with local farmers from the Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, Perry, and York County areas of Transylvania.

Charles and Emma Klinger’s son, Edwin Charles Klinger was our grandfather.  He also worked with his father and uncles in the produce business, which is how he met and married our grandmother Irene Mary Wrightstone.

Both of these families came to Philadelphia Pennsylvania during the early and mid 18th century.  The Klinger Families went toward Berks County and the Reading area, eventually settling into the northern region of Dauphin County Pennsylvania.  The Wrightstone Families lived in the surrounding counties of Philadelphia before they went west through Lancaster County, and into York County Pennsylvania.

By 1880 both these families began living, working, and traveling more frequently across the Susquehanna River, between the borders of Dauphin, Cumberland, and Northern York Counties, in and around the areas of Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  By the time our Klinger and Wrightstone families met in the early 1920s, they were already connected through the agricultural economy; growing and selling produce in the market places of the Harrisburg area.

Today these families are spread all over the central Pennsylvania region and their surrounding counties, and further beyond the state and US borders.