ERB, WILL C., general merchant, hotel proprietor and postmaster, Hockersville, Pa., was born in Bainbridge, Lancaster county, Pa., January 11, 1847. He is a son of Samuel and Eliza (Bowman) Erb. Samuel Erb was a son of Isaac Erb, a prominent farmer, and was born in Lancaster county. He was a merchant and lumber dealer. His wife, Eliza Bowman, was a native of Cornwall, Lebanon county. They had these children: Edwin B., deceased; Will C., Clara E., unmarried; George A., deceased, Sybilla A., wife of A. S. Craumer, merchant of Lebanon; Ammon H. and M. Jennie, deceased, Samuel, merchant in Lebanon, Pa. Samuel Erb, Sr., was a Republican and a member of the Reformed church. He died in Lebanon in 1895, and was one who acted upon principle, and had the reputation of being an honest man. His wife is still living in Lebanon, having attained a ripe old age
Will C. Erb enjoyed the best educational advantages. He attended the schools of Cornwall, Meyerstown, Lebanon, Palmyra and Millersville. He taught school in Cornwall township, Lebanon county, Pa., for eight years, and was a successful and popular teacher. In 1873 he removed to Dauphin county, and located at Hockersville, where he went into the mercantile business and speedily built up a large trade, which extended throughout the township. He opened the Hockersville House, and became a successful and popular proprietor. The wants of his guest were promptly and liberally met. He was courteous and hospitable, and his house became well known and deservedly popular.
In 1873 he was married, at Hockersville, to Lavina L. Hocker, born in Hockersville, the daughter of Jacob Hocker, the oldest resident of the village. They have had five children: Edna C., school teacher; A Jennie, at home; I Clarence, clerk in his father’s store; Elmer E., at school; Ammon R., died young. Mrs. Erb died in 1882, after a protracted illness. In 1885 Mr. Erb was married again, to Laura E. Saylor, born in Annville, Pa., daughter of John L. and Ellen (Freylinghausen) Saylor, both natives of Lancaster county. Mr. Saylor is a prominent manufacturer of carriages, etc., of Annville, Pa., and a highly respected resident of that place. Two children were born of this marriage, Clyde S. and Pearl M., both attending school. Mr. Erb is a Republican, and is holding the office of postmaster, being appointed under the Cleveland administration. He is also county auditor, and was also tax collector and town clerk for about eighteen years. He is a member of the Reformed church, which the family attend at Hummelstown. He has spent the past twenty-three years at Hockersville, and is well and widely known and highly respected by all.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 Feb 2001
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