Ralph B Huber


RALPH B. HUBER, who is engaged in the general merchandise business in the borough of Rural Valley, Armstrong county, is a hardworking and enterprising young man whose substantial qualities augur well for his success. He was born at Rural Valley Sept. 15, 1886, son of Joseph B. Huber, and is a grandson of the late Bernard Huber, who settled at what is now Rural Valley 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, where 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 is 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 known as Sergeant Huber. He was with the Army of the Cumberland, and served three years. After his return from 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 military training and continued to take an interest in such matters, was a member of the G. A. R. and took an active part in its work, and was a man highly respected by all who knew 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 Harrisburg, Pa. She died at Rural Valley April 23, 1885, aged nearly seventy-five years. The following children were born to 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, 55th 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 the service; Charles H. lives at Rural Valley; Joseph B. is mentioned below; Anna M., born Nov. 23, 1850, died in childhood.

Joseph B. Huber was born May 30, 1848, in Philadelphia, and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed for a number of years. He was a young child when the family settled in Rural Valley, and he passed the remainder of his life at that place, where he died Feb. 25, 1909. For a number of years he was engaged at the carpenter's trade. He is buried at Rural Valley. Mr. Huber was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married Mrs. Hannah (Ramer) Hoeh, daughter of Robert and Mary (Hertenberger) Ramer, natives of Germany who came to this country and settled in Armstrong county, Pa., and widow of Charles Hoeh. She survived Mr. Huber and continues to make her home at Rural Valley. To Mr. and Mrs. Huber were born three children: Ralph B.; Elsie, who married Oscar C. Turney and has one child, Harold; and Wilburt, who died young. By her first marriage Mrs. Huber had two daughters: Mary, who died when eighteen years old; and Flora, who married John Hankinson and had four children, Lawrence, Elsie, Bernard and Russel.

Ralph B. Huber received his early education at the public schools of Rural Valley and later attended the normal school at Indiana. He then took up the electrical business, which he followed for eighteen months at Yatesboro, this county, and he has since devoted himself to the general store at Rural Valley which he now conducts. He was a wide patronage among the residents of Rural Valley and the neighboring country, and by honorable methods and strict attention to his customers is building up a substantial trade.

Mr. Huber married A. G. Milliron, daughter of Jesse Milliron, of Ringgold, Jefferson county, Pa., and they have one daughter, Evelyn M. Mr. Huber is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He votes independently.

Source: Pages 796-797, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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