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Hummel, Elwood F., postmaster, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Hummelstown, January 15, 1865. The Hummel family is one of the old and prominent families of Eastern Pennsylvania. The great-grandfather of Mr. E. F. Hummel took part in the Revolutionary war in 1775. Each succeeding generation has had representatives ready for the public service in whatever form the demand might come.

Jacob Hummel, Mr. E. F. Hummel’s grandfather, was one of the family which established Hummelstown. He was a farmer, a man of character and substance, and an embodiment of the virtues which made the pioneers so illustrious. His son, John H. Hummel, father of Elwood F., was born in Hummelstown July 14, 1817. He was educated in the subscription schools of Harrisburg and public schools of the town, and in his younger days worked on the farm. He made farming his vocation for life. He married Elizabeth Fox, born in Hummelstown in 1831, daughter of James Fox, an uncle of Dr. Thomas G. Fox, of Hummelstown. They had eight children: Frank P., born in Hummelstown November 12, 1854, train dispatcher on the Union Pacific railroad, Salt Lake City, married and has a family; Kate, died at the age of eighteen; Paul and Elma, died in infancy; Elwood F., Maggie, wife of P. W. Hocuck; Peter, train dispatcher of the Reading railroad, living in Philadelphia; David, druggist. John H. Hummel was a Democrat. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He died in Hummelstown, August 23, 1894. His long, busy and successful life was spent in Hummelstown. For three-quarters of a century he was known in that community as an honest, upright and intelligent man. His reputation is without spot, and his children have received from him the precious heritage of a good name. His widow is still living and resides in Hummelstown.

Elwood F. Hummel took the regular course of instruction in the schools of Hummelstown, including the high school. He spent three years as apprentice and journeyman at the blacksmith’s forge. He then studied for one term at the West Chester Normal School, after which he returned to Hummelstown and worked for nine years as carriage blacksmith in the factory of Walmer & Fox. He left the factory to assume the position of postmaster of Hummelstown, to which he was appointed under the Cleveland administration in February, 1895. He performs the duties of the office with credit to himself and with satisfaction to the public. Mr. Hummel is a Democrat and an active participant in all party movements. He was elected to the borough council for three years, during which time many important improvements were made, among these the introduction of electric lights. He was the youngest man ever elected to fill the officer of councilman. He was recording secretary of the Sunday-school two years, and also financial secretary for two years. He is one of the most popular men in the town, and is universally regarded as an upright, genial gentleman. He is unmarried.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 3 Feb 2001

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