HOERNER, ALBERT, proprietor of the Bessemer House, Steelton, was born in South Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 7, 1825; son of John and Magdalena (Ebersole) Hoerner. The parents were both born in South Hanover. The grandfather Hoerner was born in Prussia, April 19, 1743, and in company with four other members of the family came to America about 1780, settling first near Hummelstown, and subsequently removing to South Hanover, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying there October 10, 1821. He married Barbara Klick, who was born October 20, 1751, and died March 18, 1829. They had twelve children. John, the father, was born June 3, 1783. He was engaged in farming. He married Magdalena Ebersole, born October 20, 1788. the father was a major under General Forster in the war of 1812.
Albert was reared on the farm, educated in the public schools and worked with his father until he was twenty-one years of age. He then spent one year at Annville, Lebanon county, learning milling, after which he returned to Dauphin county, and was engaged in this business for four years at Union deposit and for three years at Fidler’s Elbow. From 1852 to 1859 he conducted a hotel at Hummelstown, after which he was for three years engaged in mercantile business at Union deposit. In 1862 he engaged in farming, at which he continued until April 14, 1882, when he opened the Bessemer House at Steelton. In 1863 he enrolled in the Thirty-sixth Pennsylvania militia, and served sixty days. In February, 1865, he enlisted in company I, eighty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until the close of the war. Mr. Hoerner was married, in South Hanover, August 22, 1852, to Susan R. Ramsey, daughter of David and Catherine Ramsey, of South Hanover. They had nine children, of whom five are living: Julia A., Robert K., Edward K., Susan K., and Katie K. In political views Mr. Hoerner is a Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –