UMBEGER, Henry L., was born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 16, 1842. He is a son of John and Margaret (Lingle) Umberger, both deceased. His father was a native of Dauphin county ; his mother of Berks. The greater part of their lives was passed in Dauphin county. Of their ten children, six are living : Obadiah, of Lewistown, Mifflin county, Pa.; John, of Hoernerstown, Pa.; Margaret, wife of William S. Hettrick, of Harrisburg; Hannah, wife of Daniel Bennewitz, of East Hanover township Henry L., and Michael, residing near Taylorsville, Ill.
Henry L. Umberger attended tile public schools of his native township, but his school days were cut short by the necessity of an early beginning of efforts to earn a livelihood. He was engaged in various occupations before he reached manhood. He learned the milling business and was occupied in it for eight years; four years of this time he operated his own mill in East Hanover township. About 1877 he removed to Harrisburg, and in 1879 established his present business.
In February, 1862, lie enlisted in company K, Ninety-third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served eighteen months. During this time he, with his regiment, participated in the battles of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House. In the latter engagement he was wounded in the left leg and conveyed to the hospital. At the close of the war he was discharged from the hosipital and returned to East Hanover.
He was married at the Union Water Works, Lebanon county, to Miss Catherine, daughter of Joseph and Polly Sheffey, the former deceased, the latter still living at the advanced age of eighty and residing in Ledanon. Of their three children, one died an infant; the others are: Ellen Katie. In political views Mr. Umberger is a staunch Republican. He and his family attend the Reformed church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Apr. 2001
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