HUNTER, Forrest
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HUNTER, Forrest, proprietor of the Lochiel Hotel, Harrisburg, was born at Harrisburg, May 28, 1869. His grandfather Hunter was a civil engineer in the British army. He came to Canada in 1829, and spent the remainder of his life at Lakefield, in the province of Ontario, Canada. George William Hunter, his son and the father of Forrest Hunter, was born at Ballyglass, county of Mayo, Ireland, March 29, 1828. His parents were English. He came to Canada with them when he was one year old. They located at Lakefield, province of Ontario, Canada, and here he resided until he was seventeen years of age, when he removed to the Unites States, locating in different parts of the country until 1861, when he came to Harrisburg. This same year he became a clerk in the Bolton House. Subsequently he became manager of the Lochiel hotel, and in 1868 assumed the proprietorship of this popular house which was conducted under his able management until the time of his death. He died March 3, 1891. He will long be remembered for his successful business management and his courtesy and kindness. His wife was Mary Bowman. She was a native of Lebanon, Pa. She is still living and resides in Harrisburg. They had two children, Forrest and Mary, wife of W. K. Meyers, a leading attorney-at-law, of Harrisburg.

Forrest Hunter was educated in private schools at Seilorís Academy of Harrisburg. Since the completion of his education, he has been continuously engaged in the hotel business. Previous to his fatherís death he was clerk and assistant manager. After the death of his father, in March, 1891, he assumed entire control of the business.

In the successful management of a popular hotel, the very highest business qualification are demanded. At the same time the best personal and social qualities are brought into play. Of all these characteristics of the successful and popular landlord, Mr. Hunter is abundantly possessed. By inheritance, by training and by natural taste he is richly endowed for his enterprise. The result is that the Lochiel House has a wide and favorable reputation for enjoyable entertainment.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 July 2001

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