REAM, Abram, miller, Fort Hunter, Pa., was born near Schaefferstown, Lebanon county, Pa., November 25, 1833. He is a son of John and Sarah Ream. The father was born September 1, 1808, and died April 27, 1880, while the mother was born in 1806 and died March 10, 1878. They had a family of eight children : Annie, wife of Henry Hemperly ; Abram ; Levina, wife of John Tittle ; John ; Sarah, widow of William Gross ; Malinda, wife of William Rhoads ; and two who died in infancy. Mrs. Reamís father died December 30, 1894, aged eighty-three years, and her mother died April 27, 1874, aged sixty-eight years. They had these children : Abraham G., Elizabeth, Henry and John, both deceased, and one who died in infancy.
Abram received his education in the public schools of East Hanover township, Lebanon county. He then assisted his father on the farm until 1852, when he began to learn the milling trade. He rented a mill and began business for himself in 1856. In 1863 he moved to Manada Furnace and rented the mill owned by his father-in-law. In 1868 he bought the old McAllister mill at Fort Hunter. The original structure was built in 1735, and the present building was erected in 1881. In 1886 the roller system was introduced into the mill. He was married, June 5, 1856, to Elizabeth Rider, daughter of Adam and Barbara (Gish) Rider. Their children are : Ida C., born June19, 1871, and died August 13, 1887 ; Emma L., born May 22, 1857 ; Ellen, born January 31, 1860, wife of Dr. Heckert, of West Fairview, Cumberland county ; Elmer E., born August 21, 1862 ; Abraham Lincoln, born August 28, 1864 ; Harry R., born December 7, 1880. In politics Mr. Ream is a Republican. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
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Date of Transcription: 11 August 2001
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