Free Genealogy Biography of George Minnich,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War
George Minnich attended the public school of his native place for a year, and subsequently went to the public schools of Chambersburg.
However; when he was only seventeen, his school days were brought to an end by his enlistment in Company D, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, 182nd Regiment, in July, 1863, while the battle of Gettysburg was being fought. He remained in the service until the end of the war, was present at the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox, and was the last man on picket on the Lynchburg road when the flag of truce came in from Lee's advance cavalry. After a faithful service he was honorably discharged, in July, 1865.
Just prior to his enlistment he had started for Harrisburg with the purpose of enlisting, but was taken a prisoner by Jenkins Cavalry, and was sent to a farm house with orders to endeavor to get some horses. While there he managed to effect his escape.
At the close of the war he returned to Chambersburg, and learned the trade of a carpenter with Samuel Seibert, working at same for five years with Mr. Seibert, when he embarked in business for himself as a contractor and builder.
In 1899 he purchased the old brewery on West King street, and turned it into a planing mill, which he still operates. Among other important contracts he has carried to a successful completion may be appropriately mentioned the remodeling of the "Montgomery Hotel" and the building of its new addition; the extensive Taylor shops on Second street the Coyl and Diehl elevator ; the Steager block on East Market street ; and others too numerous to mention in the brief confines of this article.
In 1868 Mr. Minnich married Miss Annie McIntire, daughter of George W. McIntire, of Chambersburg. The following children were born of this marriage
I. JOSEPH, who married Ida Atwell, is a carpenter and resides at Chambersburg.
3. CHARLES, who married Cora McClure, is a carpenter of Chambersburg.
4. Lucy is deceased.
5. GEORGE is deceased.
6. EDITH is deceased.
Mr. Minnich is a member and past commander of Housum Post, No. 309, G. A. R.; he is a member of and has passed all the chairs in the I. O. O. F., Columbus Lodge, No. 75, Chambersburg, being a past grand ; is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, No. 335; is grand sachem of the junior Order of United American Mechanics, No. 877; is past councilor of the Knights of Malta, No. 147; and past commander of the Knights of the Golden Eagle.
In politics he is a Republican, and he has served very acceptably as a member of the town council, always taking an active part in local affairs, and being recognized as a leader of his party.
Mr. Minnich is an industrious, hardworking man, one who thoroughly understands every detail of his business, and superintends all the work himself, so that any contract undertaken by hint is certain of being executed in the best possible manner. His methods are Honorable, and once he gains a customer he retains him. Being a publicspirited man, he is always in favor of all measures looking toward the betterment of the community in general, and while in the city council he was instrumental in securing the passage of a number of excellent measures. His financial standing is high, while personally lie is highly esteemed and has many warm friends throughout the county.
Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.
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