HESS, JOHN, Steelton, was born in Cumberland county, Pa., September 24, 1857, son of George Hess. He acquired his education in the common schools of his native county and when a young man engaged in floating lumber and sand on contract work, which he followed until 1880. From 1873-74 he and his brother were engaged in truck farming, cultivating the Walmer Island, which he now owns. In the spring of 1880 he removed from Cumberland county to Steelton, and purchased the lot of ground at the corner of Front and Conestoga streets, where he has since carried on a coal and sand business, furnishing also all kinds of plaster’s materials and sand taken from the snag river beds. In his political views he is a Republican and takes an active part in movements of his party. In 1887-88 he served as member of the borough council of Steelton. Mr. Hess is a stockholder and director and also one of the three executive committeemen of the Steelton Light, Heat and Power Company, and is also a stockholder in the Harrisburg Trust Company. He is connected with several of the secret organizations and fraternities. In 1880 Mr. Hess was married to Miss Sarah Ames, of Cumberland county, by whom he has five children, three of whom are living: Bertha may, born in 1882; Sylvia Matilda, born in 1885; Linnie, born in 1892. David died at the age of fifteen months, and George died at the same age.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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