KLEINFELTER, Jos.
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KLEINFELTER, JOSEPH, proprietor of the Keystone Hotel, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Kleinfeltersville, Lebanon county, Pa., October 4, 1854. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Behm) Kleinfelter. John Kleinfelter is well an d widely known in Lebanon and Dauphin counties. He has been a farmer and stock raiser, and has been successful in his business. His present residence is an Annville, Lebanon county, where, retired from business, he and his estimable wife are quietly enjoying the fruits of their labors in other days. He is a Republican. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kleinfelter are members of the Evangelical church. He married Elizabeth Behm, a native of Lebanon county. They had seven children: Sarah, wife of U.S. Carpman, of Lebanon county; Joseph; Katie, wife of Jacob Winters, farmer, of West Hanover; John, farmer, of Berkley, W.Va.; Lizzie, wife of David Shank, farmer, of Annville; Mary, wife of John Walbrun, farmer, of Lebanon county; Rebecca, wife of Samuel Imboden, school teacher, of Annville.

Joseph Kleinfelter attended the schools of his district. His beginning of the work of life on his father's farm in Lebanon county, owned by G.W. Shenk; this farm he cultivated for three years, and then rented and worked another farm in the same county for four years. After this he came to Dauphin county, and rented a farm owned by G.W. Shenk, which he worked for six years. In 1890 he bought the Keystone Hotel, at Hummelstown, of which he is still owner and manager. Mr. Kleinfelter is well adapted to this business. He keeps a first-class hotel; his house is furnished with all modern improvements, such as electric light and steam heat. Here he dispenses entertainment with a bountiful hand and in a cordial manner, which makes his guests feel at home, and in friendly and hospitable hands. His accommodations are unsurpassed by any hostelry in this section of the county, and his hotel is deservedly popular. Mr. Kleinfelter is a great lover of horses, being a good judge of them, and the owner of some that are able to make good speed on both road and track.

Mr. Kleinfelter was married at Union Deposit, Dauphin county, by Rev. Brownmiller, August 16, 1877, to Miss Emma R. Albright, who was born in Lower Paxton township, February 3, 1858, a daughter of Melus and Margaret Albright. The former still survives, and resides near Hummelstown, the latter is deceased. To their union was born seven children: Coria, born July 2, 1878; Emma, born July 16, 1881, and died November 8, 1892; Joseph, born June 11, 1883; Landis, born March 23, 1886; Clayton, born February 7, 1888; Edwin, born May 24, 1889, died June 18, 1896; Anna, born March 24, 1891, died February 19, 1894. Mr. Kleinfelter is a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics. In his political views he is a republican and the family attend the Lutheran church.