HEIST, Thomas H., proprietor of the Bolton House, was born in Milford, Bucks county, Pa., April 16, 1840; son of Daniel S. and Mary (Himmelswright) Heist. The Heist family were German and the great-grandfatherís people settled in Montgomery county at an early date. The grandfather Heist was born in Pennsylvania and the father was born in Bucks county. The maternal great-grandfatherís people were English and came to America early, settling in Germantown, Pa., where they resided during the war of 1812. The parents of the mother removed to Bucks county, where she was born, The father in early life had a grist and saw mill, but later engaged in the hotel business. The parents had four children, three of whom are living: Sarah, wife of David Huber, Evansburg: Allen H., residing in Doyelstown, hotel keeper and distiller: and Thomas H. The father died in 1864 and the mother died in 1886.
Thomas H. received his primary education in the public schools at Milford Square, and subsequently attended the Millersville Academy, of Lancaster county, and Oneida Institute at Cazenovia, N. Y. He then spent one year in Nevada looking after the interests of Quinterd Silver Mining Company, which was composed of capitalists of Bucks and Montgomery counties, after which he was engaged at South Fork Pa., in coal and general merchandising business. In 1876 he went to Johnstown, where he conducted the Merchantís Hotel for one year. In the spring of 1877 he rented the Mountain House at Ebensburg, Pa., which he conducted for six years, and in 1882 built a hotel at Ebensburg, which he managed in connection with the Summer Hotel, and the next year opened the Maple Park Springs Hotel at the same place, conducting the three houses at the same time. During the summer of 1875 he also had charge of the White House at Atlantic City. In the fall of 1883 Mr. Heist came to Harrisburg, since which time he has conducted the Bolton House, with the exception of two years. He was married at South Bethlehem, Pa., by Rev. N. C. Snyder, December, 1872, to Miss Sallie D. Harrar, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Harrar, of Montgomery county. Their children are: Elizabeth H., a most accomplished and amiable young lady, who died February 12, 1894, while attending the Bradford Academy; Stuart H., Mary H., Ophelia H., Lee H., Lola H., and Norma H. Mr. Heist is a member of Lodge No. 45, F. & A. M., and Chapter No. 270, R. A. M., at Doyelstown, Pa. Mr. Heist is a director of the Harrisburg Steam Heat and Power Company; of the Roaring Spring Mining Company, of Missouri; of the South Fork Coal and Iron Company, and of the Blaisdele Paper and Pencil Company, of Philadelphia. He is also a charter member and director of the Harrisburg Electric Company, and was a charter member and director of the Peopleís Bridge Company. In his political views Mr. Heist is a Democrat. He and his family attend the Zion Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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