ORTH, Charles, merchant, Middletown, Pa., was born in Swatara township, October 3, 1843. He is a son of Henry and Catherine (Eckert) Orth, natives of Germany, who came to America in 1837, and located in Swatara township, where the father died in 1846, and the mother in 1853. They were small farmers. They were members of the Lutheran church. Both are buried in the Oberlin cemetery. They had six children, three of whom are living: Mary, wife of Adam Sheets, of Ida Grove, Iowa; John, of Dauphin county; and Charles.
Charles was reared in Swatara township. He enjoyed only limited advantages in the public schools. He was put out to work on a farm when quite young, and continued to be thus employed until 1861. Although but eighteen years old, and without the knowledge of any business except farming, he had strong arms and a brave and hopeful heart. With earnest purpose and honorable aims he launched his boat upon the stream of life. In 1861 he married Miss Barbara, daughter of John Stoeffer, of Paxton township. He worked by the day for three years. The wages were not large, but with frugality and self-denial were sufficient for a comfortable support. He then took a farm from Rev. Solomon Swartz on shares, and this proved a step in advance. He removed from there to the Dr. Rutherford farm, upon which he lived nine years, and then farmed for Jacob Bomberger and conducted a dairy until 1887. These years upon the farm had been years of success and moderate accumulation. He was now prepared for another advance. He moved into Middletown, and in 1888 enrolled his name among the merchants and purchased his present business, which he has since conducted with gratifying success.
He is an active member of the Republican party. He has served on the school board of the township for six years. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Orth has two children: Edward E., of Steelton, who married Annie, daughter of Hilarius Bodmer, of Highspire, and Annie, wife of Abraham Fetrow, of Steelton, who has one child, Maggie, clerk for Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart, of Harrisburg. He is an active member of the United Brethren church; has been a trustee of that church for twenty years, and for many years a general steward and superintendent of the Sunday-school.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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