BODMER, Edward, proprietor of the Bodmer House, Highspire, Pa., was born in Highspire in August, 1859. He is a son of Hilarius and Justina (Keller) Bodmer, both natives of Germany. Hilarius Bodmer was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, January 2, 1820, and is a son of John and Anna (Bachman) Bodmer. His father died in Germany, and he and his mother came to America in 1840. They located in Harrisburg where he worked at the stone mason’s trade for two years. His mother moved to Ohio, and later to Iowa, where she died. Mr. Bodmer located in Highspire in 1844, and has since resided there. For thirty-two years he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and had charge of their masonry work from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. He also kept a hotel at Highspire for many years. He is a member of Harrisburg Lodge, No. 68, I.O.O.F. Politically he is a Democrat. He was married, in Germany, in 1840, to Miss Justina, daughter of Christian Keller. She died in 1883. They had nine children, six of whom are now living: John, a mason, of Steelton; Anna, wife of Edward Orth, of Steelton; William, of Harrisburg; Sarah, wife of Taylor Crownshield, of Harrisburg; Catherine, widow of John Douglass, of Harrisburg, and Edward. Mr. Bodmer is a member of the United Brethren church.
Edward was educated in the public schools of his native place. He learned the trade of stone mason, which he followed for four years. He then learned baking, and established himself in that business in 1876. He was successful in this line of business, and continued in it for seventeen years. In 1891 he purchased the Bodmer House, which he has conducted since that date. He is Democratic in politics, and has served as tax collector of the township. He was married, in 1888, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Sinigar, of Middletown. They have two children, Marion E. and Della May. Mrs. Bodmer is a member of the United Brethren church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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