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"Jacob Kettering, et al., exerpt from "Biographical Annals of Lebanon County", Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co, 1904



Jacob Kettering, one of the well-known citizens of Palmyra, Lebanon County, Pa., was born in Londonderry Township, July 14, 1837, and reared upon the home farm where he remained, assisting his parents until he was twenty three years of age.  At this time occurred his marriage and he then settled upon the farm of his father-in-law, Michael Kreider, on the hill above what was known as the David Kreider mill, and for ten years conducted that property very successfully.  About 1869 or 1870 he saw an opportunity for him in Palmyra, in the handling of cattle, and he has met with marked success in that business, in which he has now been engaged for forty years.  During that time he has traveled extensively in the West, visiting principally Buffalo, Chicago, and Cincinnati.  In addition to his other interests he owns three farms: The old Michael Killinger farm in South Annville Township, The Michael Killinger farm in North Annville township, and one in Londonderry township; the “American House” hotel property in Palmyra; and other very valuable property in and about Palmyra.  For a number of years Mr. Kettering has been a member of the A. F. & A. M., and takes an active interest in that fraternity. 

Mr. Kettering’s first wife was Lydia Kreider, born July 14, 1840, daughter of Michael Kreider.  She died May 6, 1869, leaving one daughter, Emma K., born September 10, 1864, who married Daniel Light, of Palmyra.  The second wife of Mr. Kettering was Kate Gingrich, born September 3, 1844, daughter of Henry Gingrich, and their children are: Fannie Lizzie, born February 11, 1872, who married S.W. Hildman, of North Annville; and Henry K., born January 8, 1874.  The very flattering position Mr. Kettering now occupies is the result of his own unaided efforts, directed along correct lines, and intelligence and ability, and he now enjoys in the highest degree the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends. 


Owner/SourceDavid Halbstein
Linked toKate L. Gingrich; Emma Kettering; Henry Kettering; Jacob Kettering

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