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HITE, Jerome, Steeleton, Pa., was born in Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 31, 1836. His grandfather, Jacob Hite, was born near the Round Top, Dauphin county. He was married and reared five children. He died at the age of sixty-three years, and his wife at the age of sixty-eight. Their children are: Jacob, Henry, John, and Barbara, all deceased, and Catherine, wife of Mr. Bricker, of Londonderry township. Jacob Hite, father of Jerome, was born in Dauphin county in 1811. He was a farmer and gardener. His wife was Miss Sarah Foreman, daughter of John Foreman, who lived to the age of ninety-four years, and Sally Foreman, who lived to be ninety-seven years old. They had five children : Jerome; Mary; Susan, died at the age of sixteen years; Sarah, deceased, and Jacob F. Mary is the widow of A. Hoopes, who was killed on the railroad at Phoenixville, leaving three children : Sarah, deceased, was the wife of Maxwell Stanton. Jacob Hite, the father, died in 1874, at the age of sixty-three. His wife Sarah is still living at Washington, Iowa, with her son Jacob F., who married Kittie Harper, of Dauphin county.

Jerome acquired his education in the common school of Coxestown. In early years he was engaged in farming and gardening : he was well known in the Harrisburg markets. In 1862 he went as a volunteer with H. W. Hoffman to the battle of Antietam. In 1870 he changed his occupation and began hotel keeping. His first venture was the Holsbach Hotel, in which he remained three years. At the end of this time he rented the hotel near the Bolton House, in Harrisburg, then carried Mechanicís Hall, where he remained eight years. In 1881 he went to Steelton, where he has ever since conducted the Steelton Hotel. He was instrumental in the organization of the Steelton Light, Heat and Power Company, of which he has served as director since its organization. He was an organizer of the Paxtang Hook and Ladder Company in 1888. He is a Republican in politics and has always taken an active part in the measures of his party. He has held the office of mercantile appraiser for one year, and has been assessor of the Fourth ward since 1885.

He is a member of the Paxtang Tribe, No. 243, I. O. R. M.; Paxtang Council, No. 2, degree of Pocahontas ; Steelton Lodge, No. 411, K. of P.; Baldwin Commandery, No. 108, A. & I. O. K. of M., Steelton; Moro Castle, No. 163, K. G. E.; Crusade Castle, No. 73, A. O. K. of M. C., Steelton. He is past chancellor commander of No. 411, K. of P.; past sachem of the Independent Order of Red Men ; representative of the Great Council of Pennsylvania for six terms, and in appreciation of his valuable services received the appointment of Great Guard of Wigwam. In his active and varied career Mr. Hite has used his abilities for the upbuilding of many fraternities, but his greater interests have always been enlisted in behalf of Redmanship and its principles. He was adopted into Octorara Tribe, No. 91, at Harrisburg, in 1867. After serving his tribe and the order for a number of years, he moved to Steelton, withdrawing from No. 91. He deposited his card in Paxtang Tribe, No. 243, and became as active there as he had been in No. 91.

After being admitted into the Great Council his effective work in advancing the interests of the brotherhood gained for him a wide and deserving reputation. He was appointed for three great suns Deputy Great Sachem. While in the latter position he was instrumental in organizing Susquehanna Tribe, No. 298, at Steelton ; Poketo Tribe, No. 315, at Middletown ; Canonicus Tribe, No. 94, at Mechanicsburg ; Te-ton Tribe, No. 311, at Harrisburg ; Arrapahoe Tribe, No. 68, at Huntingdon ; also Paxtang Council, No. 2, D. of P., at Steelton. He was elected Great Junior Sagamore by the largest vote ever polled for this office, and raised at Great Sun Council at Columbia, May 23, 1896.

In 1857 he married Miss Sarah J. Lynn, daughter of Michael Lynn, a native of Ireland. They have four children : Jacob L., married, and living at Syracuse, N.Y.; Sadie V., wife of M. Cronan, of Steelton ; Clara L., wife of J. C. Whitmoyer, of Steelton ; and Bertie L., wife of John Sutton, of Altoona, Pa.

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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Date of Transcription: 11 August 2001

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