HOLSTEIN, HOWARD O.,chief of the fire department, Harrisburg, was born at Hummelstown, Pa., March 22, 1868. He is a son of Harry M. and Jane E. (Saylor) Holstein. His father was born near Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa., August 9, 1846, and has spent his whole life in business. He has been engaged in blacksmithing in Harrisburg for twenty-one years. His mother was born in Perrysville, Pa., November 29, 1838. They have had two boys, Howard O. and William H., born June 20, 1873; died October 28, 1878.
Howard O. Holstein came to Harrisburg with his parents when he was six years of age. He received his education in the public schools of the city. He learned the trade of broom-making, and spent three years at the business. He spent one year in the rolling mill, and then worked nine years at blacksmithing with his father. On November 1, 1893, he was appointed on the police force, serving until January 1, 1895, when he was appointed chief of the fire department, the place he now holds. He has been a member of the fire department eleven years, and president of the Citizen company over three years previous to his appointment as chief. He is a deservedly popular offical.
Mr. Holstein was married at Carlisle Pa., December 4, 1890, to Jennie C. Strominger, of Goldsboro, York county, Pa., daughter of Reuben P. and Elizabeth Strominger. They have two daughters, Frances Viola, born April 17, 1891, and Carrie Esther Ruth, born October 19, 1893.
He is a member of the Senior and the Junior Order of American Mechanics, and is State councillor of the former. He is a member of the Cincinnatus Commandery, No. 96, A.&I. O. K. of M.; Fulton Council, No. 328, Jr. O.U.A.M.; Warrior Eagle Tribe, No. 340, I.O.R.M.; Bayard Lodge, No. 150, K.of P., and Firemanís Beneficial Association. In political views Mr. Holstein is a Democrat. The family attend the Lutheran church.