SOURBIER, GEORGE H., senior member of the firm of George H. Sourbier & Son, funeral directors and embalmers, was born in Hunterstown, Adams county, Pa., September 2, 1838. He is a son of Jacob and Mary (Klunk) Sourbier, who were both natives of York county, Pa., and were both of German extraction. They spent the greater portion of their lives in Adams county on their farm. The father died September 1, 1879, and the mother, September 9, 1872. A family of four children survive them: Edward, residing in York, Pa.; John, residing in Hamilton, province of Ontario, Canada; George H., and Mary J., wife of Henry Pifer, residing in York, Pa.
George H. Sourbier was a farmer's boy, and his educational advantages were limited to such as were obtainable in the district schools, when his services could be spared from home duties. When eighteen years old he went to Hanover, York county, and learned house painting. In 1862 he removed to Harrisburg and worked at painting for John Cruikshank for about one year. At the expiration of that time he went to Philadelphia where, on August 24,1863, Mr. Sourbier enlisted in company H, Forty-ninth Pennsylvania volunteers, and nobly served in defense of his country for upwards of two years. He participated in several important engagements, among which was the battle of the Wilderness. On May 11, 1864, he was severely wounded in the left foot while doing skirmish duty. He was conveyed to Satterley Hospital, West Philadelphia, where he remained until after the close of the war. He was discharged with the rank of corporal, at Philadelphia, May 16, 1865. He resumed work at his trade in that city. In 1866 he returned to Harrisburg, where he has continued to reside since that date. From 1867 to 1875 he was engaged in the painting business, and from that date until 1882 was in the wholesale liquor trade. In 1882 he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, but since 1884 has devoted his entire attention to undertaking.
George H. Sourbier was married in Harrisburg, January 9, 1866, to Miss Mary Josephine Faunce, daughter of Jacob and Caroline (Beiser) Faunce. They have had four children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: George H., Jr., a partner in his father's business; William J., residing in Allentown, Pa., where he carries on the undertaking business, the firm name being Burkholder & Sourbier, and Charles J., residing at home. Mr. Sourbier and his son George are both graduates of Clark's School of Embalming, in Philadelphia. He served five years as a private in company D, Eighth regiment, National Guard, of Harrisburg. He represented the Sixth ward in common council for two terms. He belongs to Post No. 116, G. A. R. He is a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Passenger Street Railway Company. In political views he is Democrat. He attends St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral.
Jacob Faunce, deceased, the father of Mrs. Sourbier, was born in Baden, Germany, and emigrated to America, settling in Dauphin county about the year 1833. He became acquainted with his wife on board the vessel that brought them over and shortly after arriving in America they were married. After a short residence on Long Island, N. Y., they removed to this county where Mr. Faunce engaged in the butcher business during the remainder of his life. He died at the age of thirty-four years; his widow survived him until September 19, 1872, when she also was called to try the realities of the unknown. They had five children, three of whom survive: Caroline T., wife of Michael McLean; Joseph J. A., and Mary Josephine, wife of George H. Sourbier, a prominent funeral director of Harrisburg.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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