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Seth Fruit

SETH FRUIT,  merchant, post-office Clark, was born in May, 1838, in Clarksville.  His father, John Fruit, was a native of Northumberland County, PA.  His grandparents, Richard and Sarah (Wilson) Fruit, came from Northumberland County and located in Jefferson Township.   John was a son of Richard,  and was born in 1805.  He was married in 1829, to Susan, a sister of the venerable William Clark, of Clarksville, and they had three children:  Seth, Frances, wife of Theodore Hofius, and John R.  John engaged in mercantile business in Clarksville, and was the first postmaster of that place, and died in 1835, aged thirty years.  He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Seth obtained his education at the common schools, and spent his younger days at home.  In 1853 he went to California, where he spent four years farming, mining, etc.  He was married March 31, 1857, to Miss Harpolissa, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Egbert) Hazen, of Hickory Township.  They have four children:  Mary, wife of C. Mali, of New Brighton; Fannie, Thomas S., and Eliza, who died in infancy.  They located in Clarksville and engaged in mercantile business.  He was postmaster of Clark from 1874 to 1885.  He filled nearly all the local offices in the borough of Clarksville.  Politically he is a Republican.

History of Mercer County, 1888 page 906-907; Transcribed and Submitted by Janet Stanko

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