Charles H Huber


CHARLES H .HUBER of Rural Valley has lived in that borough almost all his life and is its oldest inhabitant in point of years of residence . Hewas born Dec 19,1845 in Philadelphia, Pa and is a son of the late Bernard Huber, who settlled at what is now Rural Valley, Armstrong county,in 1850 Bernard Huber was born in Wurtemberg, Germany Nov 6, 1819 and came to America when he became of age. He was a tailor by trade. After his marriage he located at Lancaster, Pa, where he followed tailoring for a time , and thence removed to Philadelphia , were he lived in what is now West Philadelphia, until 1850. Coming to Armstrong county, he bought property and in the fall of that year settled at what now Rural Valley, where he continued to work at his trade.

He had served five years in the German army before coming to

America, and when the civil war broke out he enlisted in the support of the union , becoming a member of Company G, 78th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and being at once made orderly sergeant . He was ever afterward know as Sergeant Huber. He was with the Army of the Cumberland, and served three years . After his return ffrom the Army Mr Huber lived retired until his death , which occurred in July , 1891. He is buried at Rural Valley , Mr Huber was always faithful to his mmilitary training and continued to take a interest in such a matters, was a member og the G.A.R. and took a active part in its work, and was a man highly respected bby all that new him. His wife Anna B. ( Busenger), was born in Germany July 6, 1810 and came to America with her parents when three years old , the family settling in Harrisburgh , Pa . She died at Rural Valley April 23, 1885 age nearly seventy five years. The following children were born Mr and Mrs. Bernard Huber: Elizabeth ,born Aug 14, 1841, died unmarried, Lewis F., born June 13, 1843, served during the civil war in company G, 55 th

Regiment , Pennsylvania Volunteers, Col Harry White's Regiment, and died at Beaufort, S.C. Jan 5, 1863, at the early age of nineteen , while in service; Charles H. is mentioned below; Joseph B; born May 30, 1848 died Rural Valley; Anns M.born Nov 23, 1850 died in chilhood.

Charles H. Huber was but four years old when the family settled at what is now Rural Valley, and as previously stated is now the longest resident of that borough. He obtained his education in the local public schools and academy,and then learned the trade blacksmith, Meantime he began

to study the science of veterinary medicine and surgery, reading by himself , and since 1891 he has been following that profession regularly

being a registered practitioner and one of the most trusted man in his line in this section .He has a large practice, and having the reputation of keeping up to date in everything pertaining to his work stands well among his patrons.

Dr Huber served as treasurer of Cowanshannock township, and he has always been interested in the public affairs of Rural Valley, his activity

at the time the borough was incorporated having been supplemented by many years of service in the council where he did good work. He served as postmaster during President Cleveland's second term. He is independent on political issues, voting for the men and measures he likes regardless of the party advocating them.In fact, he has been a public spirited and and all around useful man in his district, a representative member of a solid old family. The Hubers are Presbyterians in religious connection.

Dr. Huber married Anna J. McFarland daughter of William B. McFarland of Cownshannock township. She died May 28,1907

and is buried in Rural Valley Nine children were born to the union

namely: Lewis F. , a resident of Rural Valley; Clarence R., Bertha, who married John F. Nealand lived in Rural Valley ; Jessie, who married James Ambrose and lives at Rural Valley ;Arthur ,who died in infancy ;

Susan who died in infancy ; Walter, a carriage maker, of Rural Valley

Herbert and Charles both of who are still at home.

Clarence R.Huber, son of Dr. Charles H. Huber, was born Sept 18, 1874 , and has passed all his life at Rural Valley . He learned the carpenter's

trade.He served as assistant to his fatherwhile the latter was serving

as postmaster, and in 1901 was elected justice of the peace, in which capacity he has since served continuously,have been reelected in 1906 and 1911. He is a Democrat in political connection. Nmr Huber was married to Cora Richards, and they have had three children : Annie, who is deceased; John L.; and J. Millard.

Source: Pages 782-783, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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