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BRIGHTBILL, HENDERSON P., junior partner of the firm of Moyer & Brightbill, millers and grain, feed, seeds, coal and salt dealers, Derry Church, Pa., was born near Campbellstown, Lebanon county, Pa., November 16, 1855. His father, Henry Brightbill, was born in Lebanon county in 1823, and was the son of Abraham Brightbill, farmer of that county. He was reared on the farm, became a farmer, and was thus engaged for some years. He removed to Swatara, Derry township, where he went into the grain business and carried it on successfully for ten years. He married Annie Hoffer, born in Lebanon county. They had four children: Henderson P., Lizzie, wife of John H. Moyer; and two children who died in infancy. His politics were Republican. He was a member of the United Brethren church, and died July 10, 1890; his wife is still living.

Henderson P. Brightbill received a liberal education; he attended the district schools of his native township, and then took a course in the Commercial College, at Pittsburgh, Pa.; he also took a college course at Oberlin, Ohio. Leaving college, he went to Charleston, Ill., and found employment as clerk in a wholesale grocery house, in which he continued six years. His correct habits, his fidelity and attention to business won for him the confidence and esteem of his employers. He next crossed the continent and at San Pedro, near Los Angeles, Cal., was for five years bookkeeper for a wholesale lumber firm. At the expiration of that time he received an urgent request from his father to come East and share his rapidly growing and profitable business. He acceded to this request and entered into partnership with Mr. Moyer in the milling and merchantile business, under the firm name of Moyer & Brightbill. An account of this enterprising and successful firm is found in the biographical sketch of Mr. J.H. Moyer in another place in this volume. It needs only be added here that Mr. Brightbill has proven a valuable accession to the business and has contributed his share to the phenomenal success of the firm. Mr. Brightbill was married, in 1886, to Miss Grace, daughter of Dr. A.K. Spears, a prominent physican of Charleston, Ill. They have two children, Ruth and Madge, both attending school. Mr. Brightbill is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian church of Derry Church, Pa. Beginning life without help from others, Mr. Brightbill has secured a liberal education and has advanced himself in a successful business career. He is a good example of what a young man with good talents, correct habits, worthy aspirations and fidelity to duty can accomplish.


Transcribed by Dorothy Bumbaugh for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project--