SPAHR, JOHN H., senior member of the firm J. H. Spahr & Bro., Harrisburg, Pa., was born in the southern part of York county, Pa., January 25, 1852. He is a son of John and Mary (Hoff) Spahr, both natives of York county, the former still surviving and residing at Mount Wolf, York county; the latter died at Mount Wolf. the father has spent his whole life in his native county, engaged all the time in agricultural pursuits. He served his country nobly during the late Rebellion, being for nine months a private in company A, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Pennsylvania volunteers He was three times married. To the first marriage twelve children were born, of whom nine are living, namely" Henry, Lucy, wife of Peter Stair, Reuben, John H., Samuel, Mary, wife of John Herman, William A., a partner in the firm of J. H. Spahr & Bro., Louis H. Alice , wife of Charles Simons. To the second marriage there born two children, George and Charles, both living, Of the third marriage there was no issue.
John H. Spahr, when but six months old, was taken by his parents to Manchester township, York county; when he was about eleven years old they again removed to West Manchester township. Two years later he returned by himself to Manchester township and resided there for about six years. His primary education was received in the above named townships. During the last six years of his residence in Manchester township he completed his education in the Millersville Normal School. After leaving this school he spent a short time in Dauphin county near Harrisburg, after which he went to Milton, Northumberland county, and resided there two years. At the expiration of this time he returned to the home of his parents at Mount Wolf, York county, and attended the business college of Prof. Leeds for six months. In 1877 he removed to Harrisburg, and since that date has been a continuous resident of this city. During eight years of this time he has been engaged in his present business.
John H. Spar was married at York, in December, 1878, to Emma J. Gross, daughter of Samuel and Susan (Wolfe) Gross. To them have been born five children, one of whom died in infancy; their living children are Walter S., Harry M., Susie, and Grace.
He is a member of Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, I. O. O. F; Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, K. of P; also of Goldsmith's Division, Uniformed Rank, K. of P. In political views Mr. Spahr is Democratic. He is a consistent member of the Fifth Street Methodist Episcopal church Mrs. Spahr belongs to the Lutheran church, but with her family attends the adopted church of her husband.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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