FOX, WILLIAM R., of the firm of Walmer & Fox, carriage manufacturers, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Derry township, September 3, 1853. He is a son of Richard and Rachel A. (Patton) Fox. Richard Fox was born in Derry township, a son of Thomas Fox, a sketch of whom appears in this volume in connection with that of Dr. Thomas Fox. He had a common school education. He was a farmer, and largely interested in stock raising. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and Republican in politics. He was a director in the Merchants’ Bank, of Harrisburg: was a prominent and successful business man, of worth and popularity. He was first married to Rachel A. Patton, who died at the age of twenty-two. Her children were: William R,; George, time-keeper at the quarry in Hummelstown; Jonas and David, who both died young. Mr. Fox’s second marriage was with Adelaide Heinicke, of Harrisburg, by whom also he had four children: Annie, wife of E. Einstein, merchant, of Harrisburg; Mary, unmarried: Richard W., of Harrisburg; Elizabeth, wife of Willliam Wallin, Philadelphia. Richard Fox died in 1874; his wife survives him, residing in Harrisburg.
William Robinson Fox attended the schools of Hummelstown, and remained upon the homestead farm until he was twenty years of age, when he removed to Hummelstown, and bought the carriage manufactory of William Walmer, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. He conducted the business for one year, then sold a half interest to William Walmer, establishing the firm of Walmer & Fox, under whose management the business has been extended and made very profitable. Mr. Fox was married, in 1875, in Hummelstown, to Mary E., daughter of Samuel Walmer, and sister of his partner, William Walmer. Their children are: Marion V., born in 1876; Anna L., in 1878, and William W., in 1883. Mr. Fox is a Republican. He was a member of the town council for six years, and auditor for three years. He is a man of good business ability, genial and popular, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 11 Feb 2001
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