FORTNEY, SYLVESTER T., was born in Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa., June 23, 1858. He is a son of the late Theodore Sylvester and Margaret P. (Walborn) Fortney. His parents were honored residents of Middletown until 1866. They then removed to Harrisburg, where the father died in 1875. Since 1893 the mother has resided in Youngstown, Ohio. Their children are: Rufus C., residing in Youngstown; Sylvester T., John W., and Ether E., residing in Youngstown.
Sylvester T. Fortney was eight years old when his parents came to Harrisburg, and this city has ever since been his residence. He was educated in the city schools and afterwards became a clerk in the grocery business. Subsequently he was in a gentleman's furnishing store, and later still returned to the grocery business. In 1883 he embarked in that business in connection with William A. Morehead, under the firm name of Fortney & Morehead. This partnership was dissolved August 11,1887, since which time Mr. Fortney has conducted the business entirely to his own interest.
He was married, in Harrisburg, September 14, 1893, to Lizzie I., daughter of Frank and Lavinia Putt, of Harrisburg. They have no children. He is an active member of Hope Fire Company, No. 2, and also of the Firemen's Beneficial Association. His political views are decidedly Democratic. He and his wife attend the Pine Street Presbyterian church. Mr. Fortney is a man of integrity and high moral character, as is evidenced by his high standing in business and social circles.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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