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SWARTZ, Robert H., superintendent of the McFarland Printing House, was born March 12, 1865, in Cumberland county, Pa. He is a son of John A. and Alsinda (Haley) Swartz. John A. Swartz was a salesman and also filled various public offices. He was married to Miss Alsinda Haley, daughter of William Haley. They had eight children, seven of whom are living: Robert H., Clara, wife of L. Wise; Minnie C., wife of Andrew Crain, a Methodist minister, residing in Maine; Elizabeth H., teacher in the public schools, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Blanche, Edith, and Nellie. Mr. and Mrs. Swartz are both deceased.

Robert H. Swartz attended the public schools of Mechanicsburg, Pa., until he was nearly fourteen years old, when he was apprenticed for three years to Mr. R. H. Thomas to learn printing. In 1882 he came to Harrisburg and was employed as a printer on the Harrisburg Telegraph for one year; he also served one year in the Patriot office. In 1886 he went to Philadelphia and was employed for a year in the State printing office. In 1888 Mr. Swartz engaged with the McFarland Printing House and was made its superintendent. He is also chairman of the Harrisburg Paper Company, limited, and treasurer of the Mt. Pleasant Building and Loan Association.

Mr. Swartz was married, March 12, 1885, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Annie M. (Freeburg) Bering. They have two children: Jennie M. and Robert H., Jr. Mr Swartz is a Prohibitionist and believes that alcohol should be sold under the same restrictions which guard the sale of poisonous drugs. He and his family are members of Messiah Lutheran church.

Thomas BERING, father of Mrs. Swartz, was born in Philadelphia. He was a wood carver and followed that vocation until he was appointed Superintendent of the Woodworking Department of the Soldiers' Orphans' Industrial School at Scotland, Pa. He was married to Miss Annie M. Freeburg, of Philadelphia. Six of their seven children are living: Ella, wife of D. B. Marks;, Ettie, wife of I. Miller, broker, Third street, Harrisburg; Thomas M.; Elizabeth M., Mrs. Swartz; Henry H., Annie M., and Edward W., deceased. Both parents reside at Scotland, Pa. The family are members of Messiah Lutheran church, Harrisburg.







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