SIPLE, W. H.
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SIPLE, W.H., lumber dealer, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Middletown, Pa., January 1, 1844. He is a son of Henry and Susan (Light) Siple. Henry Siple was born in Middletown in 1803. His father was Christian Siple, one of the early settlers of Dauphin county, a gunsmith; he died in Middletown. Henry Siple conducted a store on a canal boat, the business of which was to furnish goods to merchants along the Union canal. He also boated lumber to Philadelphia. He afterwards became a partner in the firm of Cobaugh & Siple, later Siple & Carmany, dealers in lumber, at Middletown. He was in this business for many years. He was one of the organizers and a director of the Middletown Market Company, and a stockholder in the car works, and in the cemetery association. His politics were Republican. He was an elder in the Church of God, and a member of its building committee. He died in 1879. His wife, Susan Light, survives with four of their children: Henrietta, W.H., Nelson W.T., of Phildalphia, and Henry R., of Chicago, Ill.

W.H. Siple was educated in the public schools of Middletown, where he was reared, and at Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was employed in the lumber business with his father until his father's retirement, and after his death, in 1879, he succeeded to the business, and became a partner in the firm of Etter, Carmany & Siple, which carried on business for nine years. In 1881 he came to Hummelstown and established the business in which he is still engaged, known as the Hummelstown Mills and Lumber Company. He is at poresent the manager and treasurer of this company. He aided in the organization of the Hummelstown Water Company, and is one of its directors and its superintendent. In 1861 he enlisted in company H, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served in the army nine months. He participated in the battles of Chancellorsville and Fredricksburg. Mr. Siple is a Republican. He is president of the borough school board. He has served as president of both the Middletown and Hummelstown councils. He is a member of Henderson Post, No. 443, G.A.R., and was the first commander of the post. He is a member of the Junior Order United Americdan Mechanics. He was married in 1872, to Miss Alice E., daughter of George W. Etter, of Middletown. Their three children are: Bertha B., George E., and Willard. Mr. Siple is a member of the Reformed church of Hummelstown.