West Pennsboro Township
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1895|
Death of One of Cumberland County's Most Prominent Citizens.
Henry Bear, a prominent citizen of West Pennsboro township, and Cumberland county (sic), died at his home in Plainfield last evening at 7 o'clock. Mr. Bear was born and spent his entire life in West Pennsboro township. For a number of years he has lived retired. The deceased was a decendent (sic) of Michael Bear, a Mennonite minister, of Switzerland, who in 1690 fled from persecution, and was a son of Michael Bear, who was a United Brethren preacher and who while preaching was stricken with apoplexy.
Henry Bear was a farmer during his early life and lived in West Pennsboro township all his life. He owns a fine farm of eighty acres and a handsome residence of four acres, where he died. He was married May 15, 1856, to Miss Catherine Longnecker and has one daughter, Mary. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Rachel LeFever, of Carlisle. Mr. Bear, of Federalist descent, was formerly a Whig, and afterward a Republican. He took a deep interest in public affairs and in the past has rendered important services as a campaign orator. He was a clear and logical speaker, carrying conviction with his words.
The deceased has been one of the most prominent citizens in Cumberland county (sic), and has enjoyed to the fullest extent the respect, esteem and confidence of the entire community. He was favored with a most gigantic intellect, such as few men possess. For biblical, political or general information he has been the nucleus around which that community gathered for fifty years past. Mr. Bear was a self-educated man, a great reader and had one of the best libraries in that vicinity. He was respected generally, and many will be pained to learn of his death. The funeral will be held at his late resident in Plainfield on Wednesday morning, July 31, at 10 a.m. Interment in the Bethel Cemetery.
Carlisle Evening Herald (Carlisle, PA), Monday, July 29, 1895; pg. 4
Catharine Longnecker Bear (1824 - 1908)
Mary Bear (1857 - 1948)*
Plainfield Church of God Cemetery
Plot: Section B3
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82895512