The Harrisburg Patriot of July 12, 1901 (front page)
COL. JOHN WALLOWER
The death of Colonel John Wallower, the pioneer of freight transportation for this city, occurred at his home, North Third Street, last evening at 8:30 o'clock.
Colonel Wallower was one fo the most prominent citizens of Harrisburg and spent his whole life in this vicinity. He was well known in business, political and social life and until his retirement in 1877 was active in railroad transportation. For the last seven or eight years Colonel Wallower was confined to his bed by paralysis, but it was only recently that his condition became serious. The heat combined with his age prostrated him and he sank rapidly during the last three days.
Colonel John Wallower was born in Susquehanna township, on the outskirts of this city, on August 7, 1824. Before the construction of the Pennsylvnaia railroad he handled the larger part of the canal packet boat traffic at Middletown. In 1846 he moved to this city, becoming the first local freight agent of the Pennsylvania railroad.
He was founder of the first individual freight line from this city to Philadelphia and New York. The older residents of Harrisburg remember it as the "Old Wallower line." The warehouses were located at the foot of Chestnut street where the sheds of Union station now stand. He afterward establishe a merchants' line of daily freight between this city, Philadelphia and New York..................................(much more about his job, politics, etc).
Surviving him are four children. E.Z. Walower of 410 North Third street; Mrs. C.M. Graybill of 1005 North Third street; Mrs. Edward S. Herman of 801 North Third street; and Mrs. M.A. Shaak of 414 Cumberland street......Interment will be made in the Harrisburg cemetery.