STENCE, BENJAMIN F., was born in Dauphin county, Pa., on what is known as the Motter farm, December 12, 1866. He is a son of the late Samuel and Mary (Hoelstine) Stence. His paternal grandparents were natives of Dauphin county; the grandfather was a cabinet maker. His maternal grandparents were farmers. His father, Samuel Stence, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., October 16, 1836. He learned cabinet making and continued in this business until after his marriage, when he engaged in farming. He was married in 1860 to Miss Mary, daughter of Jacob Hoelstine, born January 7, 1841. Of their five children, four are living; Louis, Benjamin F., Agnes and Lottie. Jacob died January 9, 1893, aged twenty-one. Mr. Samuel Stence was a Republican. He and his wife were members of the Bethel church. Mrs. Stence died in January, 1878, aged thirty-one.
Benjamin F. Stence was reared a farmer boy and was educated in the common schools of Dauphin county. At the age of twelve he began to learn baking, and served an apprenticeship of twenty-one months with Mr. Porter, of Dauphin, Pa. At the end of his apprenticeship he went to Newport, Perry county, Pa., and worked at his trade eighteen mouths for George E. Gas. After this he worked for one year in New York City. He enlisted in the United States army January 18, 1884, and was discharged May 21, 1884, on account of disability. He then worked at baking for three months. In October, 1885, he came to Harrisburg and worked for Mrs. Miller, on Paxton street, until she sold her bakery, when he found employment with Mr. Gebhard for one year. Prior to this he had been engaged for a year and a half in a pretzel bakery in Duucannon, Perry county, Pa. He was also employed by Mr. Gohl on Walnut street, and afterwards for three mouths by Christ Dapp on Third street.
He was married, September 23, 1887, to Miss Ellen M., daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Beaver) Fickes. They had four children, one of whom is living, Clarissa E. Their deceased children are Bessie, died August 10, 1888, aged three mouths and one day; Mary, died October 13, 1890, aged two mouths and five days, and an infant, unnamed. Mr. Stence is a Republican.
Benjamin Fickes, father of Mrs. Stence, was born in Dauphin county. He was a farmer and was married to a native of Dauphin county. They had two daughters, Annie, wife of A. L. Gast, and Ellen M., wife of B. F. Stence. Her parents reside in Perry county and are engaged in farming.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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