MOYER, JOHN H., senior member of the firm of Moyer & Brightbill, flour, grain and coal merchants, Derry Church, was born in Derry Church, Dauphin county, Pa., November 12, 1857. His father John B. Moyer, was also born at Derry Church, and is a son of John Moyer, who was a prominent farmer and stockman of Lebanon county, Pa., well and favorably known throughout that county. In 1848 John B. Moyer married Catherine Kline, born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa. They had five children: John H.; Lizzie, wife of D.M. Stoudt, farmer, of Derry township; Felix, merchant; Katie, unmarried; Mary A., died young. His politics were Republican. He was a member of the German Baptist church, and a well-known and highly honored citizen. He died in 1881; his wife still lives and has her home in Derry Church.
John H. Moyer was educated in the district schools, and at Millersville and palmyra. For five years after completing his education he taught school, and gave general satisfaction as a teacher. He then embarked in the coal business at Derry Church, which he conducted for five years and made very profitable. For three years of this time he also dealt in grain. His success and the increase of the business demanded the admission of a partner, whom he found in the person of his brother-in-law, Henderson Brightbill, with whom he formed in 1888, the firm of Moyer & Brightbill. These partners were young men full of life and energy, with much business ability and enterprise. They began on a large scale. They erected one of the largest mills in the county and equipped it with machinery which enabled them to manufacture high grade flour in large quantities. They have maintained the grade of their flour, and the firm of Moyer & Brightbill has established a reputation throughout the State for manufacturing the highest grade roller process flour. They have thus built up an extensive and profitably trade. They are also general grain merchants as well as coal and salt dealers. They rank among the most successful business men of the county. Mr. Moyer also cultivates one of the largest farms in the township, on which he raises some of the finest stock which goes to the market from this region. In this department of his business he employs a considerable number of men.
He was married, in 1882, to Miss Lizzie Brightbill, born near Campbellstown, Pa., in 1861. They have four children: Homer, Viola, Bessie, and Roy, all attending school. Mr. Moyer is a Republican. He is characterized by unusual business ability and tact. His judgment is accurate and his general views comprehensive. He is enterprising, genial and popular, and is always a leader in trade.
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