FORNEY, HENRY J., treasurer of the Harrisburg Furnace and Boiler Company, was born in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., August 10, 1833. He is a son of the late Henry and Sarah (Cassel) Forney. Both the Forney and Cassel families were very early settlers of Dauphin county, where they were honored tillers of the soil, spending their whole lives in the county, and all livingto an advanced age. Mr. H. J. Forney’s parents had a family of nine children, four of whom are living: Michael,; residing in Ida county, Iowa; Henry J., Susan, wife of Peter H. Miller, residing in Mifflin county, Pa., where he conducts an extensive farm and nursery; Sarah, wife of Henry Booser, residing in Harrisburg. Henry J. Forney spent his boyhood in study and in work on the farm. His education was received in the common and select schools of Linglestown. This course completed, he learned shoemaking. He subsequently taught school for six terms in Dauphin and Lebanon counties, after which he resumed work at his trade, and also opened a retail ahoe store at Linglestown, Lower Paxton township. In 1861 he removed to Harrisburg, and purchased the business of Daniel Leedy, which he conducted for several years. Afterwards, in connection with his brother, James C., he engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes, and later carried on a general jobbing business in this line. In 1892 Mr. Forney sold his interest in the wholesale jobbing trade to his nephews, C.C. and C. Harvey Forney, who still conduct the business, and who are referred to on another page of this volume. Mr. Forney is also a stockholder in the Harrisburg Boot and Shoe Company; a director, and a treasurer, of the Harrisburg Boiler Company, and an extensive dealer in real estate. He is one of the prominent and progressive business men of the city, and is honored and esteemed in all circles. Mr. Forney is a past officer in Lamberton Lodge, I.O.O.F.; of the Order United American Mechanics, Post No. 35, and of the Mystic Chain of St. John Castle. He is not active in any at present.
He was married, in Harrisburg, June 20, 1861, to Lydia daughter of David and Barbara Walmer, of Linglestown. Their union has been blessed with five children: Charles M., of the firm of Forney & Knouse, a prominent drug firm, referred to in another part of this volume; Margaret C., wife of M.L.Ludwig, residing at Penbrook, Susquehanna township; Sarah E., wife of D.M. Beck, residing in Harrisburg; Rebecca I.; and Henry, the youngest member of the family, who was killed by falling from a tree, at Linglestown. Mr. Forney represented the Ninth ward in the common council for many years. He was also one of the first members of the select council. He is not at present a member of any secret society , although he has held many important offices in several orders. In political views he is a good, conscientious Republican. Himself and family are members of the Church of God. He became connected with the church in Harrisburg in 1861, and served as deacon and elder for many years. In 1877 he moved to Penbrook, and took his certificate of membership from the Fourth Street Church of God, and joined the church progress, where he held the office of elder. He is president of the Dauphin circuit, composed of elders and deacons of four churches, and also president of the Progress church council. For several years he was a delegate from the East Pennsylvania Eldership to the General Eldership of the Church of God.