Member Biography

Miles Raymond Derk 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1955-1956       24 Democrat
1957-1958       24 Democrat


12/18/1890 - 07/02/1970

Doctor Miles Raymond Derk (D24) Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties 1955-1958

Early Life:

Doctor Miles Raymond Derk, born December 18, 1890, Kratzerville, Snyder County, Pennsylvania; son of Henry M. and Elizabeth Beaver Derk; public school education; pre-med, Susquehanna University, Selingsgrove, Pennsylvania; University of Pennsylvania, V.M.D. (Veterinary Medicine degree) 1913; veterinary practice, Jersey Shore, 1914; Burgess of Jersey Shore, 1946-1954; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1955-1958; health officer, Jersey Shore Board of Health, fifteen years; owner, automobile dealership, Derk Tractor and Equipment Company; married, Laura Nerhood, daughter, Dorothy R.; died, July 2, 1970; interment, Jersey Shore Cemetery, Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Director, West Branch Manufacturer’s Association; president, Northern Tier Veterinary Medical Association; director, Lycoming Fair Association; Board of Directors, Jersey Shore State Bank; instrumental in merging the Community Hospital with the Sanford Private Sanatorium, forming the Jersey Shore Hospital in 1936, for which he served as president director for many years.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Burgess of Jersey Shore, 1946-1954. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Columbia, 24th district, Lycoming, Montour and Sullivan Counties, 1955-1958. 

Health officer, Jersey Shore Board of Health, fifteen years.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members D"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania), Thursday, July 09, 1970, page 2. 

Dr Miles Raymond Derk (1890-1970) - Find a Grave Memorial