GINGRICH, CYRUS, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 25, 1830. He is a son of John and Annie (Moyer) Gingrich, the former born in Lebanon county, Pa., March 12, 1781, the latter, in Lebanon county, August 2, 1787. Cyrus Gingrich attended the common schools of the township. He lived with his father, and cultivated the homestead farm for him. After his fatherís death, he took entire charge of the farm, which consisted of more than three hundred acres; his management was skillful and profitable. He was one of the largest landowners in the township. He constructed several dwellings and barns, and expended many thousands of dollars in improvements. He paid especial attention to the breeding of fine cattle and horses, and raised some of the finest stock to be found in that region. He also had lime kilns on the farm.

He was married, November 13, 1856, in Derry township, to Melinda, daughter of Christian and Sarah (Cinn) Bechman. She was the sixth of their ten children, and was born in Cornwall township, Lebanon county, Pa., December 14, 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich had these children: Christian B., farmer, born in 1857, married Alice Hocker, and has six children; John M., born 1859, married Clara Horner, resides in Hummelstown; Edwin G., born in 1861, in Derry township; Annie, born in November, 1863, died October, 1878; Fannie B., born July, 1865, died in January, 1877; Cyrus B., born in October, 1867, died in December, 1868; Jeremiah, born in 1872, school teacher, at home; Sarah M., born in 1870, wife of Harvey Bomberger, farmer, Palmyra, Pa.; Ammon B., born in 1874, Farmerís Bank, Hummelstown; a son, not named, born in March, 1876, died in infancy; Elmer B., born in May, 1878, died in February, 1882; May A., born in April, 1883, died in November, 1887. Mr. Gingrich was a Republican, a school director for one term, and a member of the Reformed church. In 1888 he retired from active business, and with his worthy wife enjoyed for a number of years the fruits of their well-ordered, industrious and successful life. He was respected and beloved. He died, February 10, 1895, leaving his widow well provided for as to property, and she is affectionately cared for by her children. His children honor his memory, and cherish the rich heritage of the good name which he bequeathed to them.

Edwin G. Gingrich, his son, like his worthy father, attended the district schools and worked upon the same farm. He remained upon the homestead, and had made it his life to cultivate it. He inherits the characteristics and the business methods of his father, and is meeting with success as a farmer. He was married, in Derry township, to Ellen Risser, who was born in Lebanon county. They have one child, Cyrus. Mr. Gingrich is a Republican, and is popular and highly respected.

 

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