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BALSBAUGH, URIAH, teller, National Bank, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 27, 1856. His father, John Balsbaugh, was born in Derry township, in 1809, and was a son of Abraham Balsbaugh, also a native of the county, of German descent. John Balsbaugh attended the subscription schools of his township. He began his business career by working on the farm for his father, and made farming his life occupation. He became a large landholder. He owned over five hundred acres, on which he built some fine brick dwellings and frame houses, some of the finest in the township. He expended many thousands of dollars in improvements, valuable and substantial, on his farms. These improvements are monuments of his zeal and devotion in making Derry township to lead all other townships in the county. He was also interested in the Union Furnace Works, and was one of the first promoters of that industry. He gave attention to raising fine live stock, and was one of the first farmers to build lime kilns and manufacture lime for use as a fertilizer. He married Catherine Landis, born in 1810, daughter of Christian Landis. They had ten children: Christian, retired farmer, living in Hummelstown; Jeremiah, retired farmer, also of Hummelstown; John, an extensive farmer and stockman of Lebanon county; Carrie, wife of George Green, architect and builder, Harrisburg; Uriah; Abraham, Sarah and Elizabeth, deceased; and two who died in infancy. Mr. Balsbaugh died, in Hummelstown, in 1883. His name still lives, and will long be cherished in the hearts of those who knew him. In all the relations of life he was a true man. He greatly benefitted the community by his useful life and the display of his virtues. His wife died at the home of her son, Uriah Balsbaugh, June 5, 1895.

Uriah Balsbaugh attended the district schools and also graduated from the Hummelstown high school, after which he learned coach making with the firm of Bear & Hoverter, with whom he spent the first ten years of his business life. In 1878 he took a business course in the famous Poughkeepsie Commmercial College, N.Y., and was graduated from that institution in 1879. He then obtained a position as clerk in the Hummelstown National Bank, which he held for three years. In 1883 he was elected teller of the bank, a position of trust and responsibility, the duties of which he has performed with credit to himself and satisfaction to the directors of the bank for the past thirteen years. Mr. Balsbaugh is active in the Republican party. He is at present a school director. He is a teacher in the Sunday-school. He is a member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I.O.O.F., past officer; Robert Burns Lodge, No 464, F.& A.M., past master; and of Jr. O.U.A.M., Council No. 40, Hummelstown. He is unmarried and is a well-known and popular man.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 3 Feb 2001

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