STRICKLER, ADAM, farmer, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 26, 1832. He is a son of Ulrich and Molly (Hamaker) Strickler. Ulrich Strickler was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, in 1807, and was a son of Ulrich Strickler, who married Miss Funk; the former of Dauphin county and of German descent. The younger Ulrich Strickler, father of Adam, attended the subscription schools of the township and was a farmer and stockraiser. His wife, Molly Hamaker, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, in 1808. Their children are: Jacob, deceased; Adam; Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Felix Landis; Ulrich, deceased; David, farmer, of Steelton; Mary, wife of John B. Hoverter, of Harrisburg; and Martin, deceased. Mr. Strickler retired from active business, and resided in Hummelstown, where he died in 1881. His wife died in 1875. He was a Republican, and a member of the United Zionís Children church. He had a wide acquaintance, and was highly respected.
Adam Strickler attended the common schools and the subscription schools of Derry township. He worked on the farm in the summer, and attended school in the winter months. After leaving school, he continued to work on the homestead farm, and for two winters taught school. When he was twenty-one he went to Londonderry township, Lebanon county, and became a partner with his brother-in-law, Felix Landis, in the business of distilling; in this he continued two years with fair success. He next engaged in the flour and grain business. The company then built and equipped a mill at the cost of $20,000. He had operated the mill for eleven months when it was destroyed by fire. The property was only partially insured. Their loss on mill, machinery and stock was about $20,000. He then removed to West Hanover township, Dauphin county, bought a farm of two hundred and fourteen acres and cultivated it for two years. He then sold this farm, and returned to Londonderry township, Lebanon county; there he cultivated a farm of one hundred and forty acres, owned by his father-in-law, M.A. Brightbill, for one year, after which he removed to South Annville township, and bought one hundred and twenty acres of land which he cultivated for three years. After this he came to Dauphin county, locating at Swatara Station, and entered into partnership with his brother-in-law, John Balsbaugh, a sketch of whom appears in another place in this volume. They dealt for three years in grain, coal and stock,during which time Mr. Strickler went to Ohio in the interest of the firm, buying live stock and shipping to eastern markets. The business proved very profitable. He sold his interest in the business and bought ninety acres of land nearby, which he improved and made his home there for fourteen years. In 1883 he bought his present farm of one hundred and fifty acres, on which he has expended $2,000 in improvements, and which is now his residence.
He was married, September 3, 1857, in Harrisburg, to Sarah Brightbill, who was born in Lebanon county, December 24, 1836. She was one of fifteen children of Abraham and Mary (Landis) Brightbill; her father was a prominent farmer of Lebanon county. Mr. and Mrs. Strickler have eight children: Emma R., wife of James G. Fox, son of Dr. Thomas G. Fox, of Hummelstown, and has eight children: George, Robert, Walter, Charles, Edward, Webster, Virginia, and Elizabeth, deceased; Agnes B., born March 5, 1864, wife of A.G. Longenecker, farmer, of Conewago township, Dauphin county, has one child, Benjamin Warren; Harry B., born April 18, 1866, mechanic, married Regina Heinley, has one child, Morris; Sadie B., born January 30, 1871, wife of E.B. Mumma, farmer, three childtren: Milton Ray, and two that died young; Bertha B., born April 7, 1875, unmarried and residing at home; Annie M., born April 12, 1860, died May 10, 1860; Franklin, born January 30, 1863, died February 13, 1863; Morris, born February 17, 1868, died April 3, 1872. Mr. Strickler is a Republican. He filled the office of school director for eighteen years. He was mercantile appraiser for one year. He has for six years filled the office of auditor, which he still holds. He and his family are members of the United Brethren church. Having been industrious, frugal and successful throughout life he and his worthy wife may now retire from active participation in the labors of life, and comfortably enjoy the fruits of their work. They have the respect and esteem and the good wishes of all their neighbors.
Transcribed by Dorothy Bumbaugh for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project.