ORTH, Fred J, was born In Harrisburg, January 6, 1854; son of Leonard and Barbara (Schlayer) Orth. Both parents are natives of Germany and came in their cilildhood to Harrisburg. The father was a carpenter, and worked at his trade until his death in 1879. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and an active worker in all branches of religious and benevolent enterprises. The mother is still living and in good health, at the age of seventy-seven years, residing in the farmhouse in which she lived for forty-five years. They had eleven children. Those living are: Henry, wife of Christian Morganthaler, of Harrisburg; Charles; Margaret; J. Fred, and Henry, twins, the latter secretary to the superintendent of the Danville Insane Asylum; George L.; Rebecca, a teacher in the Harrisburg public schools; and J. Andrew, postal clerk on the Pennsylvania railroad. J. Fred was reared and educated in his native city, where he spent his life. When thirteen years of age he began business as a clerk in a general store, and after four years of this service became an apprentice in the trade of printer in the State printing office, where he worked for eleven years. In 1884 he embarked in the grocery business, which he has conducted for eleven years with gratifying success, securing a large and profitable trade. Mr. Orth was married, in Harrisburg, March 23, 1881, to Miss Nellie Spicer, daughter of Charles A. and Nancy Spicer, to whom has been born one son, Charles L. Mr. Orth is a member of the Heptasophs, and in his political views is a Prohibitionist. He is a member of the Salem Reformed church, in which he is an elder and the superintendent of the Sunday school.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 May 2001
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