STOEY, JOHN R., dealer in wall paper and window shades, was born in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, Pa., February 18, 1839. He is a son of George W. B. and Rachel (Ritner) Stoey; his mother is a nice of ex-Governor Ritner, and daughter of John D. Ritner. George W. B. Stoey was born in Lebanon, January 3, 1813. He is a son of Henry and _______ Stoey, of Lebanon. He spent the greater part of his life in Cumberland county, but his later years have been passed in Harrisburg. His wife is a native of Cumberland county, and is still living. They were the parents of fifteen children John R. is the eldest survivor of their family, the others being: Catherine, wife of Isaac R. Smith, of Harrisburg; Washington L., grocer, Harrisburg; William Wesley, taxidermist and naturalist, of Harrisburg; Clara E., wife of Finley Rogers, of Mechanicsburg; Oliver P., practicing physician at Roxbury, Franklin county, Pa.; and Elmer E., resident at Williamsport, Pa.
John R. Stoey spent his boyhood in his native county. He received only a limited school education; the greater part of his training and development has been afforded by experience of men and business in the struggles of life. When but ten years of age he started in life for himself, working for his board and clothing only for three years, after which he received three dollars per month. He continued to work at farming until he was seventeen years old, at which time he was earning the munificent pay of seven dollars per month. Tired of this kind of work, he walked to Mechanicsburg and engaged with Simon Arnold as store boy. After remaining for six months with him he concluded it would be better for him to learn a trade He served an apprenticeship at painting and paper hanging, at which he worked as apprentice and journeyman for seven years. In 1874 he engaged in his present business in Harrisburg.
In August, 1862, Mr. Stoey enlisted in company A, One Hundred and Thirtieth Pennsylvania volunteers, and served for four months. He was wounded at the battle of Antietam, but fought through the battle, notwithstanding the injury. On account of disability resulting from his wound he received an honorable discharge at the Cotton Factory Hospital, Harrisbug, on surgeon's certificate of disability. On December 24, 1862, he re-enlisted for one year in the Two Hundred and First Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until June 21, 1865, when he was again mustered out of the service at Harrisburg, having served as first sergeant of his company.
John R. Stoey was married at Carlisle, Pa., December 31, 1863, to Adeline A. Bobb, daughter of George G. and Mary Bobb, of Cumberland county. They have no children of their own, but have adopted a daughter Carrie E.
Mr. Stoey has represented the Fifth ward in common council for three years He is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, Perseverance Chapter, No. 21, Pilgrim Commandery and Harrisburg Consistory, F. & A. M. He is an honorary member of Harrisburg Council, No. 106, O. U. A. M. He is a comrade in Seneca G. Simmons Post, No. 116, G. A. R.
Mr. Stoey is a Republican. He and his wife have been, since 1868, members of Grace Methodist Episcopal church.
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