OVES, HENRY F., wholesale and retail coal dealer, was born in Snyder county, Pa., November 22, 1858. His parents were among the early settlers of Dauphin county, coming here near the beginning of the century. His father was Abraham Oves, his mother Sarah (Fortney) Oves. His father died September 26, 1889; his mother August 26, 1890. They were the most worthy people. Their family consisted of four children, three of whom are still living: Henry F., Mary, wife of John Jacob Franck, residing in Harrisburg, and George W., residing at McKeesport, Pa.
Henry F. cam in infancy to Harrisburg, where he was reared, receiving instruction in the public schools. He first entered the office of H. B. Mitchell as clerk, and subsequently engaged with Hamilton Bailey in the same capacity. He spent eighteen years in the employ of Charles L. Bailey & Co., proprietors of the Central Iron Works, as clerk and foreman. He embarked for himself in the coal business in 1894.
He was married at Harrisburg, January 30, 1881, to Miss Minnie F. Reisinger, daughter of George and Margaret (Ward) Reisinger of Harrisburg. Of five children born to them, four are living: Gilbert McCauley, Horace George, John Ward and Darrah Costley. Mr. Oves filled the office of tax collector for two years, and ward assessor for five years. He is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M., Capital City Castle, K. of G. E. He is a member of the Board of Trade and of the German American Society. In political views he is a staunch Republican. The family attend of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Oves is a man of large views and of laudable public spirit. He is possessed of unusual business ability. and his character is stainless.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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