ROOP, John S., merchant, Middletown, was born in Londonderry township, February 25, 1839. He is a son of John and Catherine (Shank) Roop. His father was a native of Cumberland county, who came to Dauphin county as a young man, and purchased a farm in Londonderry township. His mother was a daughter of Michael Shank of that township. In 1841 his father moved to Middletown and engaged in the tinning business, in which he continued for six years. Then he purchased a small place near the town, in Londonderry township, and lived there three years. He then moved to Nissley’s Mills, and lived there retired from business until the death of his wife in 1876. He then moved to Middletown and lived with his daughter until November 8, 1885, when he departed from this life. They were members of the United Brethren church. He was a Republican and was supervisor of the township. Of their four children, one died in infancy; those living are: David, of Danbury, Iowa, journeyman tinner; Annie, wife of John H. Cobaugh, of Middletown, and John S. The latter was reared in Londonderry township. He learned the tinner’s trade with his father and worked at the Middletown Car Shops, at saw milling and other occupations. In 1887 he established his present business, in which he has since continued with success. In 1865 he married Miss Catherine, daughter of Jacob Strauss, of Middletown. They had one child, William J., who was born April 25, 1867; learned the printing trade and is now a partner in his father’s business; he was married, in September, 1894, to Catherine, daughter of George W. and Lydia Shaneor, of Middletown. They have one child, Amy K. Mr. Roop is a Republican. He has been assessor of the Second precinct, Third ward, for the past three years. He and his family attend the Church of God.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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