ULRICH, WILLIAM H., cashier of the Farmers' Bank, Hummelstown,
Pa., was born in Lower Swatara township, Dauphin county, June 7, 1844; son of
Adam and Mary Ulrich. He was educated in the public schools of the township and
of Middletown. He prepared himself for teaching and for several years taught
school in Lancaster county and afterwards in his native township. For two years
he was assistant in the Middletown Academy. He then exchanged the school room
for the farm, working for five years at the homestead. While teaching and
farming he had been studying civil engineering under Prof. Ross, and having
fitted himself for that profession he left the farm and devoted himself to its
labors. He was employed at different times as civil engineer by the Pennsylvania
Railroad Company, the National Pipe Line Company, and Miller, Gragg & Co.,
coal operators. He was forced to suspend his work for the last-named company on
account of the disturbances caused by the "Molly McGuires."
In 1855 he became one of the organizers of the Farmer's Bank and in 1892 was elected its cashier, which position he has ever since held. He is a director and the secretary of the Cameron Furnace Company, of Middletown; he has been for many years a director in the Annville Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and was one of the organizers and is a director of the Hummelstown Electric Light Company. Mr. Ulrich is also largely interested in agriculture. He is the owner of six farms, lying in Lebanon, Dauphin and Franklin counties. He is a Republican in opinions and actions. In 1874 he was elected county surveyor and served in that office two terms. In 1886 he was elected prothonotary and clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Dauphin county and was re-elected in 1889, serving six years. At the end of his term of office he took a trip through Florida for his health. Mr. Ulrich is a member of the Perseverance Lodge, F. & A.M., of Harrisburg; of the Patriotic Order Sons of America, and Junior Order United American Mechanics. He was married, in 1869, to Miss Kate E. Bowman, of Lebanon county. They have no children. They are members of the United Brethren church. Mr. Ulrich has been for many years superintendent of the Sunday-school. He takes an active interest both in the local church and in general denomination work. He has for many years been a trustee of the Lebanon Valley College. He is a director of the Mt. Gretna Campmeeting Association and of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua.