Riegle, Harrison, farmer and stockman, was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 15, 1840. Daniel Riegle (1), his grandfather, was a native of Berks county, of German descent, and a farmer. He and his wife died in Lykens township. Both were members of the Reformed church. He was an old line Whig. His son, Daniel Riegle (2), father of Harrison, owned and cultivated a farm of fifty acres in Lykens township, which he greatly improved, and occupied it until 1850. He then sold this farm, and purchased the mill property belonging to the Hoover estate, now the property of Daniel Buffington, on which he resided until 1855. He then removed to Gratz, where he died in June of the same year. He served one term as county commissioner of Dauphin county, also one term as director of the poor of the same county. He was once a candidate for the office of sheriff, but was defeated. He was married, in Lykens township, to Catherine Hoffman, a native of that township, who died there in 1864. Their children were: Eliza, deceased, wife of Elias Etzwiler, Jackson township; Josiah R. and Jonas P., both deceased; and Harrison.
Harrison Riegle attended the public school for only a few terms, during winter months. He began early to help his father in farm work, and remained with him until in his sixteenth year. At the age of seventeen he began working as a laborer in the mines; at the end of a year he became a miner, and was so employed until 1865. He enlisted at Harrisburg, March 10, 1865, in company G, One Hundred and Third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, for one year. He was sent by the way of Baltimore to Fortress Monroe, thence to Norfolk and Roanoke Island, and was on guard duty for four months. He was mustered out of service July 14, 1865, at Palmer, N.C., and returned to Harrisburg, where he received his discharge. After this he continued in the employment of the Lykens Valley Coal Company, as a miner until 1886, when he relinquished mining and bought a farm in Lykens township, containing forty acres cleared land and thirty-seven acres woodland, which he has since been engaged in improving and tilling.
Harrison Riegle was married, in Lykens township, in 1867, to Hannah L. Rickert, born in that township in May 1849; daughter of Martin Rickert, farmer. Their children were: Chauncey A., miner; Lizzie C.; Edward A., school teacher; Charles G., miner; Bertha, Mabel, Norman, and seven who died in infancy. Mr. Riegle is a Republican; has been for three years school director, and takes an active part in township affairs. At twenty-one years of age he joined the Gratz Lodge, I.O.O.F., and still holds his membership in that fraternity. He is also connected with the Knights of Pythias, with the Lykens Lodge of S.P.K., and with Kissinger Post, No. 376, G.A.R. Mr. Riegle is a member of the Reformed church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: February 12, 2001
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