Edward W. Hocker was a librarian at the Germantown Historical Society, a local historian, and a journalist who wrote the popular column "Up and Down Montgomery County." Hocker was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1872. His father, a German immigrant, was granted American citizenship after fighting in the Civil War. Edward became a newspaperman soon after graduating from high school, working for theNorristown Reviewand thePhiladelphia Press. After he married Frances Moser and moved to the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1903, Hocker accepted a post as editor of theIndependent Gazette. He was an active member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and of the Germantown and Montgomery County Historical Societies. He wrote extensively on genealogy, Pennsylvania German history, and the history of Germantown and Montgomery County. His best-known works include the booksGermantown, 1683-1933andHistory of Trinity Lutheran Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, 1836-1936, and theTimes Heraldcolumn "Up and Down Montgomery County" (under the pen name "Norris"). Hocker died in 1962.