HESS, John, farmer, Pillow P.O., was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 31, 1840; son of Solomon and Eva (Salbyn) Hess, and brother of Solomon Hess. He attended school in the township only in the winter, and only for about one month in each year. He began regular fam work at eight years of age, and was employed on the homestead until he was twenty-three years of age. He then rented a farm in Lykens township containing eighty acres, which he worked for two years, and also ninety acres belonging to his father for two years after. He next went into the hotel business, buying property at Uniontown, for which he paid $7,000, a part of which he had saved from his four years farming. He kept the hotel one year and sold it for $9,000, and in 1869 bought a farm of ninety acres of his father in Lykens township, which he has improved erecting a dwelling for $3,000 and a barn for $2,5000, and otherwise improved the place. He raises stock, and attends the markets at Middletown, and also takes a great interest in county fairs. He was married, in Upper Paxton township, in 1862, to Caroline Moyer, born at Gratz, January 10, 1844; daughter of George Moyer, a native of Germany, and a blacksmith by trade. They have tow children: Mary C., married Nathan Hortman, who died in 1891, and they have one child, Annie; she next married Luther Byerly, farmer on the homestead; Annie M. unmarried. Mr. Hess is a Republican and has served as school director three years, tax collector three terms and as assessor one year. He is a member of the German Reformed church and has been an elder for two tears.
Historical Review of Dauphin County