FRITCHEY, JOHN A., M.D., was born in Harrisburg, Pa., September 28, 1857. He is a son of John F. Fritchey, a native of Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pa., who came to Dauphin county when a young man. He married Miss Annie M. Hoon, of Coxestown, Dauphin county, Pa. He engaged in contracting, and afterwards was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He was the engineer of the first locomotive on the Northern Central railroad, and was then transferred to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, when he was employed for some years. He is now retired from business, and resides in Harrisburg.
John A. Fritchey is the eldest of six children. He was educated in the Harrisburg high school and Harrisburg Academy. He read medicine under Dr. C. B. Fager, graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1879, and had since practiced in Harrisburg. He is a member of the Dauphin County Medical Society, and has served as president of the same. He is also a member of the State Medical Society and of the National Medical Association.
Dr. Fritchey belongs to the Senior and Junior Orders of the American Mechanics, K. of G. E. the Royal Arcanum, B. P. O. E., Etc. Politically he is a Democrat, and one of the active leaders in the party. He has represented the Second ward of Harrisburg in the common council for one term, and for two terms in the select council. In 1887 he was elected to the office of mayor, and re-elected in 1890. During his term of office as mayor, Dr. Fritchey established the police patrol system and the ambulance service, which had been attempted by his predecessor. He also kept alive the "Mayor’s quick charity fund," which was established by Mayor Wilson. He is assistant surgeon of the Governor’s Troop, and was formerly assistant surgeon of the Pennsylvania and Northern Central Railroad companies, before his election to the office of mayor. He has real estate interests in Harrisburg.
Dr. Fritchey is a stockholder in the Harrisburg Electric Light Company, the Harrisburg Casket Works, and the Monaghan & Bay Shoe Factory, a stockholder and director in the Harrisburg Implement Company, and a stockholder in the Walnut Street Bridge Company. He is a member of the Lutheran church, and is unmarried.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000
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