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STROCK, John H., instructor and principal of the Linglestown select school, was born in West Hanover March 21, 1846, and is a son of Jacob and Catharine (Hurtz) Strock. The grandfather, Jacob Strock, Sr., was born December 15, 1785, in West Hanover, was a farmer by occupation and died February 28, 1834. The father, Jacob Jr., was born November 9, 1814, and died June 11, 1879. He learned the trade of shoemaking with John Shakespeare, near Hornerstown, South Hanover township, and followed it his entire life. He was a consistent Christian and his wife survives hem. They had a family of three children: Angelina, wife of Jacob Karnerer; John H., and Catharine, wife of Edward Hetrick. The parents of Mrs. Strock are both deceased, the father having died in October, 1891, and the mother on February 10, 1887. They had these children: Catherine; Mary, wife of John H. Naecker; Sarah E.; Annie, wife of Dr. T.P. Bardorpf; Ira W., living at Oberlin; Ella, wife of Edward Lingle; Susanna, Wife of Joseph A. Stober; Emma, wife of Morris Tobias; Lillie, wife of John Tanner; Maggie, wife of Jacob Burkheimer; Minnie, wife of William Look; and two children who died in infancy.

John H. received his primary education in the public schools of West Hanover township. At the age of sixteen he attended a select school taught by David Shope and then went for one term to the St. Thomas Institute at Linglestown. He next attended the Millersville State Normal School in Lancaster county. After teaching school at various places for about ten years he engaged in the retail boot and shoe business, at Linglestown, with Michael Forney, of the well known firm of Forney Brothers, shoe manufacturers, Harrisburg. He soon purchased the entire business and continued until 1884, when he began teaching again. In 1887 he established a select and normal school. He also assisted in the incorporation of the Dauphin County Fire Insurance Company and served as its secretary for five years.

In 1874 he was elected justice of the peace for five years and was twice re-elected. In 1887 he was appointed postmaster of Linglestown, and at the expiration of his service in that capacity was again elected justice of the peace. He was married, on October 4, 1870, to Sarah E. Yeager, daughter of William and Catharine (Focht) Yeager. They have a family of six children: Luther Wesley, born September 6, 1874, and died June 4, 1878; Sarah Elmira, born November 6, 1877, and died May 20, 1881; Katie Savilla, born October 3, 1871, an accomplished musician; Lydia Anna, born December 23, 1872; Maggie Viola, born March 5, 1879, and Harry Blaine, born January 24, 1887. Mr. Strock is a member Lodge No. 629, I. O. O. F. and of the Jr. O. U. A. M., No. 680, Linglestown. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Evangelical church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 8 March 2001

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