Biography of Peter C. Hetrick
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

PETER C. HETRICK. The lumber business is an important industry, and among the leading lumber manufacturers in the northern part of the county is Peter C. Hetrick, of Putneyville. He is a son of John and Catbarine (Reedy) Hetrick, and was born in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, Pa,, February 15, 1840. Nicholas Hetrick (grandfather) was a native of Germany, from which he emigrated to Pennsylvania and settled, first at Germantown, but afterwards removed to Bellefonte, He remained there a short time and then came to the site of Dublin in Mahoning township. He made the latter part of the trip in a canoe. At Dublin he and his family cleared a tract of land and met with many adventures with bears and other wild animals. They had for their nearest neighbor Philip Shoemaker, who lived near the site of Oakland. He afterwards removed to the mouth of Red Bank creek, where he died. He had four children by his first wife, and married for his second wife a Miss NoIf, by whom be bad five children, three sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and one of his Sons, John Hetrick (father), was born in 1813 near Caldwell furnace, where he followed farming for many years. He now resides at Oakland. He is a republican in politics, and a member of the German Baptist church. He married Catherine Reedy, a daughter of John Reedy, a farmer of Armstrong county, who lived and died near Goheenville, where he was a member of the Lutheran church, and where he reared a large family. To Mr. and Mrs. Hetrick were born thirteen children, nine of whom are still living, and two of whom, Peter C. and Joseph, served in the late civil war. Joseph enlisted in 1863 in Co. M, 14th Pa. Cavalry, served till the end of the war and participated with his regiment in Sheridan's campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley. After the death of Mrs. Hetrick, Mr. Hetrick married Mrs. Catharine (Rhodes) Anthony, and to this second union have been born four children, all of whom are living.

Peter C, Hetrick received a common school education, and learned the trade of carpenter. For several years he engaged in lumbering, and about the year 1873 he built a saw mill, run by water power, on Price's run. In 1875 be sold this mill and purchased a portable sawmill, which he operated from Red Bank township to Furnace Hollow, near where, in 1877, the mill and lumber yard were burned, thereby causing him a loss of some five thousand dollars. He then moved to Putneyville and purchased another portable saw mill, which he operated until he was again burned out in 1884. By the second fire he lost some eight thousand dollars. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. K, 155th regt., Pa. Vols. (Zouaves), and served till the close of the war, participating in the battles of Antietam, second battle of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Raccoon Fording, and the battles of the Wilderness, in one of which he was captured by the Confederates and sent to Andersonville, where he suffered all the privations of prisonlife until he was exchanged.

On March 19, 1868, be married Maria Shoemaker, daughter of Jessie Shoemaker. They have three children: Carrie, Clodie and Jennie.

Peter C. Hetrick is a reliable citizen and a member of the German Baptist church.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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