LITCH, John B.
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LITCH, JOHN B., treasurer of the Smith Noodle Company, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., August 22, 1842, and is the only child of Jacob and Susanna (Brunner) Litch. Both parents are natives of Lancaster county, the father of German and the mother of English ancestry, though the grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania. They resided in Lancaster county until l861, then removed to Cumberland county, and for the past twenty-eight years have lived in Lebanon city, Pa. John B. was reared in his native county and received his education in the subscription schools of that time. In 1861 he removed with his parents to Cumberland county, and was engaged in farming until 1864, when he enlisted in company G, One Hundred and Fiftieth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, known as "The Bucktails," in which he served until he received a gunshot wound, February 4, l865, and was removed to Jarvis Hill Hospital at Baltimore, where he was confined until the war closed. He was discharged when sufficiently recovered to travel, and returned to Cumberland county, where he subsequently removed to Franklin county and eagaged in merchandising for one year four miles north of Shippensburg. He then sold his business and was for the next year engaged in the same line at Lebanon, Pa., after which, in l870, he removed to Harrisburg, and on June 29, l871, settled at Steelton, since which date he has been a continuous resident of the place, and for sixteen and a half years of this time he has been one of the most prominent and prosperous business men of the place. In September, l895, he engaged in his present business. Mr. Litch has also for twelve years been a partner of Mr.C. G. Smith in the leaf tobacco business. He was married in Mifflin township, Cumberland county, to Miss Elizabeth E. Rynard, daughter of S.A. and Susanna Rynard, of Mifflin township, both deceased. They have nine children, five of whom are living: Mary S., wife of J. H. Bondman; John E., Milton B., Ellen C., and Alwieda. Their deceased children are: George M., died at the age of twenty-six years, Harry F., died at the age of thirteen years, Willes and William C. In his political views Mr. Litch is a Democrat. He held the office of burgess of Steelton for two years, and was also the organizer of the Steelton Fire Company. He attends the Lutheran church.

 

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