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HERSHEY, Henry E., proprietor of the Hershey House, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Penn township, Lancaster county, Pa., November 14, 1846. He is a son of Christian and Anna (Eresman) Hershey. Christian Hershey was born at Sporting Hill, Lancaster township, and resided in that county until 1861, when he removed to Dauphin county. Here he spent the remainder of his life, the latter part in West Hanover township, where he died. The mother was also born in Lancaster county, and is still living and in good health at the age of eighty-three; she resides at Sporting Hill. Five of their six children are living: Maria, Melinda, widow of Augustus Alwine, of Kansas City, Mo.; Elizabeth; Frank, of Chicago, Ill.; and Henry E.

Henry E. Hershey spent his early life near Manheim (sic), Lancaster county, where he received his first instruction in the public schools. At fourteen years of age he removed with his parents to Dauphin county, located in Derry township. Six miles from Hummelstown. Here he finished his education, attending school in winter and doing home and farm work in the spring and summer. He was engaged in farming until 1873, when he decided to change his occupation, and began his career as landlord and hotel manager with the Park Hotel, at the fair grounds, which he conducted successfully for two years. He next took charge of the Stockyard Hotel on the bank of the canal above the city limits, and managed it until 1881. His experience with these ventures was sufficient to develop his qualifications for the business, and to decide him to make it his life occupation. In 1881 he took the Hershey House, of which he has been a proprietor and manager since that date. His house is widely and favorably known to the traveling public, and Mr. Hershey, after his career of twenty-three years, stands well in the honorable and popular class of hotel men.

Henry E. Hershey was married, in Derry township to Miss Mary A., daughter of Christian and Anna Wissler, of Lancaster county, both deceased. They have had nine children: Anna, Christian W., Daniel W., Elizabeth, George S., Melinda, Frank, Mabel, who died in infancy, and Helen. Mr. Hershey has served efficiently for two terms in select council, and during his last term was chairman of that body. He is not an active member of any secret organization. In political views he is Democratic. The family attend Zion English Lutheran church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 9 July 2001

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