ORTH, Henry C.
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ORTH, Henry C., music dealer and insurance agent, was born in Harrisburg, April 8, 1843.

On the right bank of the river Danube, about fifteen miles east of Vienna, is the village of Orth. In the year 1170, Hartneid Von Orth purchased the village and estate surrounding it, founded a church and erected a castle. The estate remained in the family until the close of the seventeenth century, when the proprietor sold the estate and moved to Moravia, one of the northern provinces of Austria. A portion of the Orth family removed to the Palatinate, along the river Rhine. In 1709 Karl Orth was born in the town of Ramholtz, in the Palatinate, died in 1789, was married, and had issue. Karl Orth, 2d, was born in 1770, in Ramholtz, married in 1795, to Margaret Roth, and died in Ramholtz in 1854. He held the position of superintendent of forestry. George Orth, second son of Karl Orth and Margaret (Roth) Orth, was born Decemember 5, 1808, in Ramholtz, Germany. He was a shoemaker by trade, and a musician of no mean ability. He is living a retired life in Harrisburg, where he settled on coming to America in 1842. His wife, Elizabeth M. (Rufer) Orth, was born near Frankfort, Germany, and is still living, at the age of seventy-five years. They have had three children, of whom Henry C. and Louisa, wife of Charles A. Aughinbaugh, still survive. Henry C. has spent his life in Harrisburg. He passed through the public schools, and subsequently obtained a thorough musical education and became a teacher of the pianoforte. He embarked in his present business in 1865, and has conducted it with great success. He was married at Grantville, Dauphin county, in April, 1875, to Miss Katherine G. Sherk, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Sherk, who were among the early settlers of Lebanon county. One child was born to them, namely, Florence. Mr. Orth is a school director, and chairman of the board of teachers. He is an active member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., and has been treasurer of the lodge for the past fourteen years. In his political affiliation he is a staunch Republican. He attends the Market Square Presbyterian church.

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Date of Transcription: 26 Jan 2001

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