Cyrus Romberger, retired merchant, Washington Township, was born in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 14 July 1843, the son of Daniel Romberger and Hanhah [Bergstresser] Romberger. He attended school in Lykens Township until twelve years of age, when he removed with his parents to Washington Township, where he resumed his schooling, and at the age of seventeen years he entered Berrysburg Academy, which he attended four or five terms, and afterwards took four terms at Millersburg Academy. While attending school he did considerable work on the farm during vacations. At the age of nineteen years he began teachin winter schools and in all taught eleven terms, three of which were in Schuylkill County. Much of his teaching was in the coal regions, where at times he had many unmanageable children.
On account of impaired and failing health we was obliged to abandon teaching, and in 1875 he embarked in mercantile business at Herndon, Northumberland County. He disposed of his store in the spring of 1877, assumed charge of the co-operative store at Elizabethville, of which he was the agent, a stockholder and the manager, the firm being Romberger and Company. After six years the firm was dissolved by mutual consent and the stock disposed of. In one year he sold $27,000 worth of goods, and as he was unwilling to continue on his salary of $500 per year, the company was dissolved. He then bought fifteen acres of land, on which he built a store house, and in company with his brother, John A. Romberger, opened a flour and feed store, and succeeded in building up a large and increasing trade.
In December 1894, he disposed of his interest to his brother, and was employed by R. Budd, in Snyder County, with whom he remained for one year. With the exception of managing his two farms of one hundred and fifty-eight and one hundred and ninety-two acres, he is retired from active business, hiring his farm laborers by the day, and only superintending their work.
Mr. Cyrus Romberger was married, at Herndon, Northumberland County, 25 May 1875, to Miss Louise E. Troutman, born in that county, 30 June 1851, a daughter of Samuel Troutman and Catherine [Hepler] Troutman. They have the following children:
Martha Romberger born 15 July 1876, graduate of Bloomsburg State Normal School, and now teaching school at Elizabethville;
Oscar L. Romberger, born 17 April 1878, at home;
Daniel Homer Romberger, born 5 April 1880;
Stewart S. Romberger, born 14 February 1883;
Agnes E. Romberger, born 19 June 1884;
Verna Irene Romberger, born 14 October 1885;
Hannah E. Romberger, born 1 January 1887; and
Robert Raymond Romberger, born 14 October 1889.
In politics, Mr. Cyrus Romberger is a Republican and was justice of the peace from 1886 to 1891, and in 1896 was elected for another term of five years. He is a member of the Evangelical church, in which he has been a class-leader since 1888, a teacher in the Sunday-school and a member of the Young People’s Society.
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The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.
Findagrave Memorial #28749578. Cyrus Romberger died 14 April 1915 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
For information on his Civil War service, see Cyrus Romberger: Was He Excused From Military For Health Reasons?