BLYER, ROBERT E., a practical electrician and foreman of the Harrisburg Electrical Company, was born in what is now the borough of Steelton, Dauphin county, Pa. He is a son of Robert and Susan (Black) Blyer. His parents removed to Harrisburg about 1866, where they resided until death. Their family consisted of eight children, four of whom are living: Susan, wife of H.B. Weand; Mary, Agnes, and Robert E. The last named received his education in the public schools of his native township. In 1862 he enlisted in company D, Twentieth regiment, Pennsylvania cavalry. He served in this regiment for three years, and during this service he participated in many of the most important engagements of the war. In July, 1865, he was mustered out of service at Philadelphia, and returned to his home in Steelton, where he learned the trade of boilermaker, and followed this occupation for five years. He then studied telegraphy with the Western Union and Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Companies. Since 1886 he has satisfactorily filled the position he now holds.
He is a member of Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, Knights of Pythias; Star of America Commandery, No. 113, Knights of malta; Electrical Workers’ Union, No. 53; Fireman’s Beneficial Association, and Mt. Vernon Hook and Ladder Company.