HOCKER, Andrew C., Highspire, Pa., was born in Highspire, May 3, 1861. He is a son of Jacob and Jane (Keplinger) Hocker. His father was born in the vicinity of Harrisburg, March 25, 1819, and was a son of Jacob Hocker, who was born April 17, 1775, and died April 8, 1836. Jacob Hocker, Jr., moved with this father, by wagon, to Ohio. After remaining there a short time he returned to Dauphin county and worked as a driver on the Union canal. He invested his earnings in the purchase of a boat, which he conducted for several years. After this he engaged in mercantile business at Union Deposit for a short period; he then came to Highspire and opened a store which he conducted until 1884, with the exception of one year spent in Reading, Pa. He was one of the original stockholders of the Highspire Car and Manufacturing Company. He was a member of the Order of American Mechanics. He united with the Hummelstown Lutheran church in 1835. He was Republican in politics, and filled various township offices. He died March 28, 1892. His wife survives him. They were married in Harrisburg, December 13, 1842. Their family consisted of eight children: Mary, married William K. Wilson, and died in Washington; David K., died in Philadelphia; Amelia J., wife of Shannon Kore, of Highspire; Robert J., died in infancy; Catherine Ann, wife of M.A. Bartlett; Ella, wife of L.W. Kribbs, of Washington; W.C.A.L., who died in Highspire, and Andrew C.
The latter received his education at the public school of Highspire, and entered his father’s store as a clerk. In 1884 he purchased the business and continued it until 1893. Since that time he has devoted his attention to his large real estate interests. He is a member of the Order of American Mechanics. He is a Republican with Prohibition proclivities. He was married, in 1884, to Alice F., daughter of Henry Zimmerman, of Lower Swatara township, by whom he has four children: Mervyn J., Jacob C., Ivan, and Edna Francis. Mr. Hocker and his wife are prominent members of the United Brethren church, of Highspire, in which he holds the office of trustee and is a class leader.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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