HERSHEY, MARTIN L., M.D., Derry Church, Dauphin county, Pa., was born in Derry Church, April 1, 1857. John Hershey, his father, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., in 1799, the son of Henry Hershey, and extensive and prominent farmer of that county. John Hershey was educated in the subscription schools of the township, and was all his life a farmer. He removed to Dauphin county, where he was extensively engaged both in farming and in stock raising. He married Catherine M. Friel, born in Lebanon county, near Campbellstown, the daughter of Patrick Friel, a Lebanon county farmer, of Irish descent. They had seven children: Henry F., and employee of the steel works, Steelton, Pa., a member of the council of Steelton, married Miss Frantz, and has two children, Grace and Justus; Margaret, single, resides at Chicago, Ill.; Isaac F., farmer, of Oberlin, Kas.; and Martin L. The deceased children were: Mary, wife of S.S. Shirk, contractor and builder, left one child; Edgar, timekeeper at the Steelton steel works; Elizabeth and Mandanna died young. Mr. Hershey was a Whig. He was a member of the United Brethren church, and a widely known and highly respected man. He died in 1884, his wife in 1890.
Martin L. Hershey attended the district schools of Derry Church; was graduated at Lebanon Valley College. He taught school at Derry Church, giving universal satisfaction. Having chosen to prepare himself for the medical profession, he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and after two years’ close application to study he was graduated with honors in the class of 1883. He opened an office in his native town, Derry Church, and was well received by his old friends and neighbors. He has succeeded in building up a large practice. He stands in the lead of his profession, second to none in the county.
Dr. Hershey is also prominent in politics as an active Republican. In 1890 he was elected to the State Legislature on the Republican ticket by a large majority; in 1892 he was again elected to the same office, defeating his opponent by three thousand votes. He was chairman of the education committee, and member of the fisheries committee and several other important committees of the House of Representatives. He was an industrious worker and was distinguished for his ability. He was married, in 1885, in Lancaster county, Pa., to Miss Elizabeth F., daughter of Diller and Mary (Groff) Bare, born at Bareville, Lancaster county, February, 1865. They have had four children: Ruth M., born August 2, 1886; John B., born November 6, 1887, died in August, 1888; Catherine E., born April 30, 1889.
Diller Bare, the father of Mrs. Hershey, was the second son of ex-sheriff Adam Bare, who was well known in Lancaster county for superior intelligence and ability. He was married twice; first, to Rachel Diller of whom two children survive: Sarah, wife of Prof. Shimmell, teacher in the Harrisburg schools and editor of the School Gazette; and Annie, wife of Dr. W.C. Baker, of Hummelstown. He was married, secondly, to Miss Mary Groff, by whom there are two children: Elizabeth, wife of Dr. M.L. Hershey, and Harry E., of Philadelphia. Mrs. Bare died in May, 1895, and Mr. Bare resides with his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Hershey.