FORTHMAN, WILLIAM H., chief engineer in the employ of the Reisch Brewing Company, of Springfield, was born in Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pa., December 5, 1866, son of John and Amanda (Crouse) Forthman, and grandson of George and Susan (Peters) Forthman. The grandfather was a brewer in early life, and later became a farmer in Indiana, living in Spencer county, that State, at the time of his death. John Forthman and his wife were both born in Franklin County, Pa., and he learned the trade of brewer with his father. At the time of the Civil War, he was running a small brewery in Waynesboro, and after he withdrew from the business his place was taken by a Mr. Little. For the past thirty-eight years, he has been employed in the machine department of the Geiser Manufacturing Company, at Waynesboro, and in that time, has lost but thirty-eight days from his work. He and his wife had children as follows: William H., Frederick, and Lucy, wife of Frank Blessing.
William H. Forthman received his education in the Waynesboro public schools, and after he was thirteen years old, he was employed during vacations for five years in the boiler department of the Frick Company's plant in Waynesboro. Until coming West in 1904, he filled various positions in the boiler department of this same company, as salesman on the road and installing ice and refrigerator machinery, etc. He is a conscientious and faithful worker and has been able to secure a good position by reason of his ability and industry. He owns his pretty home at 212 West Miller Street. He is a member of the Eagles and the J.O.U.A.M., and in politics, is a stanch Democrat. He is social and kindly in disposition, and is popular with his friends. Mr. Forthman was married in Fayetteville, Franklin County, Pa., September 2, 1886, to Miss Daisy Honey, daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Ritten) Honey and they became parents of two children: Earl H. and John V.