GRUBER, PETER, JR., justice of the peace, manufacturer and merchant, was born in Conewago township, Dauphin county , Pa., June 21, 1846. The family came originally from Switzerland. John Gruber, grandfather of Peter Gruber, was a native of Lancaster county, and a prominent farmer there. He married Elizabeth Brooks, by whom he had four children: Peter, Sr., Joseph, John, and Fannie, wife of Benjamin Lehman, of Lancaster county. John Gruber was an Old Line Whig. He and his wife were members of the German Reformed church. Both died in Lancaster county.
Peter Gruber, Sr., attended subscription schools in Lancaster county, and afterwards followed the occupation of butcher. He removed, when a young man, to Conewago township, Dauphin county, and became a farmer. He married Barbara Daughterman, born in 1816, by whom he had these children: John, farmer of Lancaster county; Peter; Eliza, wife of John Gipfer, of Conewago township; Jacob, farmer in Illinois; Amos, deceased; Aaron, farmer of Conewago township, and Daniel, deceased. Mr. Gruber was a Republican. He served as supervisor and in other offices. He was a member of the German Baptist (Dunkard) church. He died in Conewago township in 1885. His wife is still living and is cared for by her son Peter.
Peter Gruber, Jr., attended school in Conewago township and worked on his father's farm. He obtained a teacher's certificate and taught school in Conewago and Londonderry townships for seven years. After this he made a venture in the patent right business, but not finding it profitable he abandoned it and returned to Conewago township, where he learned cabinet making and afterwards went into the business for himself. He built a fine factory, employed several men, and supplied the surrounding country with furniture of his manufacturing. He now conducts also an undertaking department, and since 1874 has been the only undertaker in the town of Bachmansville. A few, years ago he opened a store for groceries, etc., and has been successful in this branch of business. Mr. Gruber was married in Conewago township, in 1873, to Mary A., daughter of Samuel and Barbara (Hollinger) Hoffer, born in Conewago township. They have five children: Barbara H., wife of John Blacker, teacher; Clara H., Ellen M., Mary A., and Lena H. Mr. Garber enlisted at Harrisburg, August 23, 1864, in company C, Two Hundredth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, Col. W. H. McCall and Capt. S. 0. Reno, Seventh army corps. He participated in the battles of Fort Steadman, Hatche's Run, Butler's Farm, and Petersburg, and in several small engagements. He was in the hospital at Point of Rocks for eight weeks suffering from exposure, resulting in typhoid fever. He was honorably discharged May 13, 1865.
Mr. Gruber is a Republican. He was first elected justice of the peace in 1887, on the Republican ticket, there being only seven votes cast against him, and was elected for a second term in 1892 by a full vote. He has filled the office with dignity and ability, and has dispensed justice with an even hand. He was inspector of election for seven years; tax collector for county and State for two years; assessor and school director for three years, and has been supervisor. Mr. Gruber takes an active part in all political movements. He is a member of the German Baptist church, was a Sunday-school superintendent four years, and a Sunday-school teacher nearly all his life. Mr. Gruber is a prominent man and is honored by all who know him. He may always be found on the side of all that will benefit society and promote the public welfare.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 3 Mar 2001
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