Harry P. Ranck
(Abt 1866-1933)


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1. Sally O. Becher

Harry P. Ranck 2

  • Born: Abt 1866, , Union, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Sally O. Becher on 7 Apr 1889 in , Union, PA 1
  • Died: 1933 about age 67 2

   FamilySearch ID: K4LB-69J.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, 1898. 1
Harry P. Ranck has always had his home at the old farm, where he was born May 19, 1866, and it is now owned by, him in partnership with his sister Florence. The residence is a handsome stone structure of old-fashioned style, and the whole place shows the occupancy of a genial, hospitable family. He has a reputation as a good manager, and as a citizen is prominent in local affairs. In politics he is a Republican, and in February, 1897, was elected supervisor and served one year, and was re-elected, in February, 1898. He is an active member of the Grange of his township.
On April 7, 1889, Mr. Ranck was married to Miss Sallie R. Becker, and their home has been made brighter by three children: Russell R., born March 1, 1892; Violet V., born February 6, 1894; and Charles L., born October 19, 1897.Mrs. Ranck's paternal grandfather, Jacob Becker, a wagon maker by trade, was a native of Berks county, Penn., but settled upon a farm at the present site of New Columbia about 1818, and there he and his wife, Margaret Long, passed their remaining years, the latter dying October 13, 1862, aged sixty-two years and eight months, and the former passing away November 27, of the same year, at the age of sixty-seven.
Of their ten children, Rachel died in infancy; Mary married Fred Ludwig, a farmer in Ohio; Levi, who married Eliza Miller, is a farmer of Montgomery county, Penn.; Charles, a blacksmith by trade, married Miss Elutz; Margaret married Charles Corp, a carpenter at Lewisburg, Penn.; Catherine (deceased) was the wife of James Taylor, a farmer of Minnesota; Jacob left home, and his present location is unknown; William, who died in 1895, was twice married, (first) to Matilda Peters, and, after her death, to Carrie Haynes, also deceased; Sallie married a farmer; and Amos G. (Mrs. Ranck's father), who was born at New Columbia, November 25, 1840, and is still residing in his native township for fifteen years he followed the sawyer's trade but at present is not engaged in any regular business. In 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 202nd P. V. I., under Capt. Jacob Neighbert, and, although he took part in several important engagements, including the second battle of Bull Run, he was not wounded. He belongs to the Grand Army Post at Milton, and, in politics, is a steadfast Republican.
Amos Becker was married to Miss Margaret J. Berkheimer, a native of White Deer township, born December 24, 1842. Her father, Samuel Berkheimer, a farmer by occupation, was born in Chester county, Penn., and died in White Deer township, Penn. He and his wife, Mary Cattler, reared a family of four children: Margaret (Mrs. Becker); Joseph (a farmer near Mazeppa, Penn.); Eliza (who married Levi Keefer, a farmer in White Deer township, Union county); and William (a resident of the same township).Mr. and Mrs. Becher are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and have always been in hearty sympathy with progress in all lines. They have five living children: (1) Elmer, born September 24, 1862, married Miss Maize Keefer, and has had three children--Lula, Lee, and Hazel.(2) Lida, born May 11, 1866, married Samuel Bennage, a carpenter of White Deer township, Penn., and has on son, Albert.(3) Sallie O., born March 8, 1870, is the wife of our subject.(4) Samuel, born February 10, 1868, is a railway employee, and resides at Shamokin, Penn. He married Miss Mary Cornelius, and has on daughter, Sadie. (5) Miss Clara, born May 27, 1878, resides with her parents.

Harry married Sally O. Becher, daughter of Amos G. Becher and Margaret Jane Berkheimer, on 7 Apr 1889 in , Union, PA.1 (Sally O. Becher was born on 8 Mar 1870 in White Deer Twp., Union, PA 3.)


1 Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (Chicago, J. H. Beers & Co., 1898. 1602 pages. Online at https://archive.org/details/commemorativebio04jhbe), Page 851-852, biography of Harry P. Ranck.

2 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Apr 2013), entry for Sally O. Becher, person ID L8BT-J9Y.

3 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255192; National Archives Film T9-1192; Page 501A.

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