KARMANY,WILLIAM, furniture manufacturer, general house finisher and undertaker, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Palmyra, Lebanon county, Pa., May 26, 1853; son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Strock) Karmany. Jacob Karmany was born in Lancaster county and was of German descent. He was a carpenter and joiner and followed this trade all his life; he was a Republican; he and his family attended the Lutheran church; he died in Palmyra in 1891. His wife, Elizabeth Strock, was born in Belle Grove, Lebanon county, Pa.; she survives him and resides in Palmyra. They had five children, of whom three Daniel, Edwin, and Alfred, died young; the two living are: Jacob, general merchant in Lancaster county, Pa., and William.
William Karmany was educated in the public schools of his native place. He served a three years’ apprenticeship at cabinet making and worked at that trade as journeyman for ten years more. After this he removed to Hummelstown and began the manufacture of furniture on his own account. In 1882, finding his trade increasing, he built a factory and warehouse, and manufactured furniture on a large scale, giving employment to a number of men. In his large showroom he displays for sale a large stock of all kinds of furniture, carpets and house furnishing goods. He not only draws trade from the surrounding territory, but also ships furniture to Harrisburg, Middletown and other points. As another branch of his business, he is well equipped as an undertaker, and receives his full share of patronage in this department. The establishment of Mr. Karmany is one of the solid concerns of the town and is of large advantage to the place. In the employment of labor and the outlay for materials, as well as in the trade brought to the town, the business is no small contribution to the activity and prosperity of the place. Mr. Karmany votes with the Republican party. He was elected to the council of Hummelstown on the ticket of his party. He was married, in Lebanon county, in 1872, to Sarah Reed, born in Annville, Pa., in 1857. They have two children: Clarence and George W., both attending school. Mr. Karmany belongs to the sons of America and to the Junior Order United American Mechanics. He is an honorable businessman and a genial gentleman. He attends the Lutheran church.