BACH, Harry A.
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BACH, Harry A., was born in Ephrata, Lancaster county, Pa., April 25, 1853. He is a son of the late Tillman and Sarah (Horting) Bach. His grandfather, George Horting (sic), was a native of Lancaster county. His early business for some years was that of stock dealing. Later he engaged in the hotel business and was for years proprietor of the Franklin House, Lancaster. After many years devoted to this business he retired and spent the rest of his life free from its burdens. He died at the age of seventy-six. He was a Republican and a member of the Reformed church, of Lancaster. His wife, M. Horting Albright, was born in Lancaster county in 1800. She was also a member of the German Reformed church. She died May 7, 1887, aged eighty-seven, and was buried at Ephrata, Lancaster county. His son (sic), Tillman Bach, was born in Lehigh county, Pa. He was a stone-mason and a contractor, which occupation he followed until 1862. In this year he enlisted in company B, First Pennsylvania artillery, and was with the army for six months. He was then honorably discharged on account of disability caused by rupture. This injury, received while he was in the army, finally resulted in his death. After thirty years of weakness and suffering a surgical operation was resorted to in the hope of prolonging his life, but he was unable to sustain the shock and died in March, 1895, at the age of seventy-six. His politics were Republican. He was a member of the Reformed church, in Lancaster. His wife, Sarah, daughter of George and Magdalena Horting, born in Lancaster county, March 27, 1824, still lives in Lancaster, in the enjoyment of comfortable health, at the age of seventy-two years. Four of their fourteen children are living: Caroline, wife of John Wolf; Harry A., Tillman H., and Martha, wife of Adam Wise. The children deceased were Fannie, wife of John Stanter: George W. and John: the rest died in infancy.

Harry A. Bach attended the public schools of Lancaster until he was fifteen years old. He then spent six months in an excellent private school in the same city. When nearly sixteen he entered the employment of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as brakeman on the Philadelphia division. By a faithful and efficient discharge of his duties he won the confidence of his employers and was subsequently made a conductor, and was in their employ for twelve consecutive years. He removed from Lancaster to Philadelphia, from thence to Middletown and from thence to Harrisburg, and in December, 1880, took charge of the hotel on the corner of Broad and Capitol streets, Harrisburg. Since that date he has carried on that business with enviable success and attained a leading place among hotel men. Mr. Bach was married November 22, 1874, to Miss Minnie C. daughter of George and Frederica (Koch) Werner. George Werner was born in Germany, in October, 1826, was educated in the schools of his native land, and there confirmed in the Lutheran church. He was a locksmith and followed this business throughout his life. He came to America after he had reached manhood, but before his marriage, and settled in Baltimore, Md. He died in Lancaster, Pa., December 11, 1887, aged sixty-one. He was an Independent Democrat. He was married in Baltimore to Miss Frederica Koch, born in Germany, August 21, 1833. She came to America when a young woman and settled in Baltimore. She still lives in the city of Lancaster in firm health at the age of sixty-two years. They had seven children, three of whom are living: Minnie C., wife of Harry A. Bach; Clara, wife of Charles Wolf, and Nellie, wife of Charles Cretchman. The children deceased are Annie, wife of Charles Dunker; and Edward, an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Bach have four children: Newton V., Gertrude M., wife of William Holtzman, George W. and Mabel. Mr. Bach is a good solid Republican in his political views.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 21 July 2001

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