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STRAYER, Horace R., farmer, Middletown P.O., was born in Lower Swatara township, July 20, 1850. He is a son of Abraham and Mary (Rathbon) Strayer, natives of Dauphin county. His father was a son of Michael Strayer, and was born in Swatara township, May 9, 1813. After his marriage he located in Lower Swatara township, where he lived until his death, November 13, 1883. His wife was born in 1815, and died in 1890. They were members of the United Brethren church. They reared two children: Mary, wife of John M. Strickler, of Derry Church, and Horace R.

The latter was educated in the township schools and at Palmyra Academy. After completing his education he took his place in the ranks of school teachers. He was occupied in this vocation for three terms. In 1870 he married Annie, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Berks) Hoffman. He engaged in farming, and found this occupation congenial and promising of good returns for the labor bestowed. In 1883 he purchased the farm he now occupies and cultivates. He is regarded as one of the prominent and solid farmers of the region. In connection with his farm he also conducts a dairy, and has a large list of customers to whom he furnishes a daily supply of milk. His reputation is one of strict integrity. As one of his patrons expressed it, his cows and his cans furnish the same kind of milk. Mr. Strayer has three children: Clarence Hoffman, Horace, and Albert. He is a Republican in politics. He has served as school director and as supervisor of the township. He and his family are members of the United Brethren church.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Phyllis Edwards,, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001

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