Death Notices, Obituaries, Funerary Cards
Anders, Catherine Kriebel, Minerva Schultz, Amos H
Anson, Wilson K
Bean, Pvt Andrew D
Bean, John H, Sr
Bean, Sylvester L
Bean, Theodore B
Beyer, Alvin S
Benner, Milton B
Blattner, Margaret C
Brunner, Arthur C
Cassel, Daniel W
Cassel, Joseph H
Cassel, Lydia K
Cooker, Elias, Sr
Custer, Samuel C
Dresher, Abraham K
Fischer, Arthur Hugo
Frick, Kate L
Fry, Floyd G
Geyer, Staff Sgt Albert K
Geyer, Horace M
Hallman, Jacob M
Harley, Isaac J
Harley, Joseph D
Hauck, William C
Heebner, Emanuel A
Heist, Rev Mahlon V
Hendricks, Samuel W
Henning, Margaret Heebner
Jacobs, Horace K
Kelley [WHS corrected to Keely], Elmer
Keyser, David B
Keyser, John Robert
Kriebel, Jessie S
Kriebel, Mary Schultz
Kriebel, William G
Meschter, Rev George K
Metz, Abram M
Nyce, Harvey Linwood
Nyce, William H
Pauling, Mrs Henry
Raudenbusch, Norvin W
Reiff, Susan L
Rittenhouse, John M
Rothenberger, James K
Rothenberger, Lawrence K
Royer, Jesse, Sr
Royer, Jesse D
Schultz, Anthony B
Schultz, E Mae
Schultz, Hannah Place
Schweiker, Lt Malcolm Jr
Slough, Deborah R
Smith, Charles Z
Stong, John F
Styer, Cpl George F
Trucksess, Andrew J
Weber, George B
Weber, George M
Weber, Ida M
Weber, John D
Wile, Jonas, Sr
Schultz, Amos H
Since much of the following has been copied from the notebook of Lester Landes that was copied from the Transcript, it is suggested that the original newspaper be viewed if there are concerns about the quality of the extraction.
19 Apr 1901 – Mrs Catherine Anders, widow of the late Jeremiah Anders, died of pneumonia Thursday morning at the home of her only son, Jeremiah K Anders, age 87 years, 10 months and 7 days. Her husband died about 10 years ago. She is survived by her son, and one daughter, Mrs Lydia Keller, of Souderton. Six children preceded her in death. She leaves 25 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Deceased’s maiden name was Kriebel and she was born on the Kriebel mill property. She was the last of a family of seven children. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment at the Towamensing Schwenkfelder church. Revs Wm S Anders, George K Meschter and Edwin S Anders will conduct the services. Undertaker C M Pool will have charge.
Owning to the funeral of the late Catherine Anders no services will be held in the Worcester Schwenkfelder church next Sunday morning as announced. The catechetical class will meet Sunday afternoon in the Towamensing instead of Worcester. Members please note this announcement.
Anson, Wilson K
12 Jan 1939 – Wilson K Anson one of the best known lifelong residents of Worcester Township died of a heart attack at his home at Belfry on Tuesday afternoon aged 72 years, 3 months and 19 days. He was in his usual state of health until Sunday when he became bedfast.
He was a son of the late Samuel and Sarah Kriebel Anson, and was born on the Anson homestead, a short distance south of Center Point.
He received his early education in the schools of Worcester Township, after he attempted the West Chester State Normal School, (now State Teacher College). He was a life-long Republican, and took a deep interest in the political and civic affairs of his township. He was elected Republican Committee man of Worcester township in February 1890 and served in that capacity until his death, a period of 48 years and 11 months, and cherished the distinction of being the oldest committeeman from the point of continuous service, in Montgomery county. He served as Assessor of Worcester township for forty years, and was employed at the Court House in Norristown for about 35 years for 14 years as mortgage collector, and later a member of St John’s Lutheran church Center Square, and was a member of the Center Point Cornet Band forty years ago, when that organization was one of the popular band of our county.
He is survived by his wife, Ella G Landes Anson, and three children, Kathryn, wife of Clarence V Steffen, of Penn Square; Ruth A wife of Lewis T Troster, of Belfry, and a son Abram, residing at home.
He is also survived by three brothers and a sister. A L Anson and Horace K Anson, of Worcester; Samuel K Anson, of Phoenixville; and Mrs Alice Boorse, of Bustleton. Three grandchildren also survive.
His funeral will take place at his late residence of Saturday at 2 pm. Interment will be made at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Center Square.
Friends may call at his late residence of Friday evening from 7 to 9.
19 Jun 1930 – Albert B Bean, 32 of Center Point, was fatally injured on Sunday just before midnight, when the automobile he was driving along Black Rock road struck a culvert and turned upside down, pinning him beneath the wreckage. He was extricated by passing motorist and taken to the Homeopathic Hospital, Pottstown. The machine was towed to a Spring City garage. At the hospital it was found Mr Bean was severely injured and his death followed on Wednesday morning from internal hemorrhages.
When but three days old Albert Baltz Bean was adopted by the late Sylvester L and Elizabeth Bean. He is survived by three brothers, John and Peter Baltz, both of Philadelphia and William Baltz, of New York. The funeral will be held on Saturday with all services in the Worcester Schwenkfelder church at 2 o’clock DST.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice. The body may be viewed at his late residence at Center Point, on Friday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.
Bean, Pvt Andrew D
14 Sep 1944 – Mr and Mrs Moses K Bean, Worcester, who were notified by the War Department some time ago that their son Pvt Andrew D Bean, was missing in action since D-Day June 6, 1944, have been officially notified that their son was “killed in action, and that a letter giving the detail will follow.
Pvt. Bean entered the service Jun 9, 1942, and trained at Ft Belvoir, VA, Fort Hamilton, NY and Fort Slocum, NY before being shipped to England, December 28, 1942. He was with the initial unit sent to storm the coast of Normandy on Jun 6, 1944.
He attended Worcester High School, and was employed at the Franklin Tile plant, Lansdale, before he entered the Army.
In a letter written June 2, to his fiancé, Ruth Cameron, of Eagleville, he said he was well and advised her not to worry. In another letter to his mother he said that he was sending home various articles he would not need any longer.
Pvt Bean is survived by his parent, Mose K and Eva (Denner) Bean, also by the following sisters and brother: Sara, wife of Earl Price, of Hatfield; Ruth, wife of Robert Wenhold, of Rahns: John D Bean, of near Creamery and Paul D Bean, serving in the Navy somewhere in England.
29 Apr 1892 – The next to the youngest child a daughter of Frank G Bean, of near Fairview Village, was burned to death Monday. Mr Bean had been burning brush and rubbish and the fire was nearly out when he went home. It appears the child began playing with the fire. When her clothes caught fire and she was terribly burned, dying soon afterwards. Her age was three years. The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Interment at the Skippack Dunkard meetinghouse.
19 Jul 1928 – June 14, letters of administration were granted to the estate of Elizabeth A Bean, late of Worcester to Ella Bean. Since then Mrs Bean’s will was found and the letter of administration revoked and letters testamentary on the will granted to her foster son, Albert B Bean. In disposing of her estate she bequeaths the hotel property to her son and directs that $200 be paid to the Worcester Schwenkfelder church for the maintenance of the burial lot in the church cemetery. The residuary estate is to be divided in accordance with the interstate laws of the state. The will was executed.
Bean, Sylvester L
22 May 1913 – Sylvester L Bean, the well-known proprietor of the Center Point Hotel in Worcester Township, died at about five o’clock on Tuesday evening, following an attack of lock jaw. Aged 60 years, 4 month and 19 days.
He was taken ill last Thursday morning and was in untold agony until relieved by death.
May 9th Mr Bean tread on a nail, causing a wound in the foot, to which home remedies were applied. Last Thursday morning pronounced symptoms of tetanus were manifest and that evening the attending physician, Dr E G Kriebel, called Dr Leon Brinkman, of Philadelphia, and Dr J Newton Hunsberger, of Norristown, in consultation. Everything possible was done for the man and a heroic fight was made to save his life, but all in vain, and five days later death came.
Mr Bean was a son of the late John J and Mary Bean, of Worcester Township. Practically all his life was spent in Worcester.
He leaves his widow and adopted son, Albert. Two brothers and two sisters also remain; Oliver K Bean, of the Hotel Montgomery, Norristown; Elwood K Bean, the well-known Lansdale jeweler, wife of Edwin Z Kriebel, of Cedars, and Isabel, wife of William Krause, of Worcester.
The funeral will be held on Sunday at 1 o’clock, pm, at Worcester Schwenkfelder church, where interment will be made. Undertaker C M Pool.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend without further notice.
Bean, Theodore B
16 Jun 1899 – The community was shocked Wednesday afternoon by the news of the terrible suicide of Theodore B Bean, of near Kriebel’s mill, in Worcester Township.
Sometime during the afternoon of Wednesday Mr Bean came home from a call on his brother Thomas. He went upstairs and in a little while was followed by his wife. He told her he wanted to get some money as he was going to the store. Mrs Bean asked him to buy a certain thing at the store and he would, then she went down stairs.
Not more than ten minutes elapsed before Mrs Bean heard a report of a gun upstairs, followed by a noise as of someone falling. She ran up to the room where she had been but a few minutes before left her husband and the sight that met her gaze was simply awful. There in a corner of the room lay the body of her husband, and top head and one eye completely blown away, and the door and wall and windows bespattered with the unfortunate man’s brains, blood and fragments of the skull. There wasn’t much to be done – her husband was dead – she summoned help, the corner was notified the undertaker sent for.
An examination of the body showed that the suicide must have placed the muzzle of his 12 gauge double barrel breech shot gun to the left side of this face and just aside of his nose, and then with his right hand pulled the trigger. The load tore open his nose below the left eye entirely away and the whole top of his skull, from the eyes and ears up and back almost to the neck, was completely blown away.
The cause of the suicide was melancholia. For six years or more Mr Bean was at times inclined to be melancholy and lately he appeared to be growing worse. He worried a great deal about trifles, lately he had been complaining that he would not be able to harvest enough hay for his stock, the hay crop being so short. Tuesday he went to see his brother, Thomas and told him he believed he would shoot himself. From there he went to his father’s place, and there complained about the poor crop prospects. His father offered some assistance and the son seemed to be more cheerful. Later he told his brother that now he was fixed up. His family has no thought that he would commit suicide.
Deceased was the son of Mr and Mrs Jacob J Bean, Worcester, both of whom survive one brother and two sisters also survive – Thomas B Bean, and Mrs Wm R Beyer, Worcester, and Mrs Wilson K Hedrick, Skippack.
His age was 36 years 11 month and 14 days stated, he leaves a widow, but no children.
Yesterday (Thursday) Coroner McGlathery held an inquest and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts. They jury consisted of William Kriebel, William A Schultz, Abram K Metz, Irwin K Bitting and C M Pool.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 9.30 o’clock AM, at the house.
Interment at the Lower Providence Presbyterian church, of which congregation deceased was a member. Undertaker C M Pool, Skippack will have charge.
Benner, Milton B
22 Jul 1937 – Milton B Benner, for many years one of the most extensive and most widely known dealer in livestock and poultry in Eastern Pennsylvania, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Homer K Heebner, 617 York Avenue, Lansdale, this (Thursday) morning of a complication of disease from which he had been a sufferer since March 1st. His age was 75 years, 4 months and 2 days.
Mr Benner spent many years of his life in Worcester Township, where he conducted a large farm and began his career as dealer in livestock and poultry. He later moved to Kulpsville, continuing his activities in the livestock and poultry business, developing the poultry business at Hatfield to such proportions that he was known throughout Pennsylvania as “Benner, the Turkey king.”
His wife preceded him in death 16 years ago. He is survived by these children: Carrie, wife of Homer K Heebner, and Elsie, wife of John K Anders, both of Lansdale, Mayme, wife of Amos K Rothenberger, and Henry C, of Worcester and Minnie wife of E H Rosenberger, of Kulpsville. He is also survived by the following sisters: Mrs Abram Slemmer, of Lederach; Mrs Katie Peterman of Limerick; Mrs George Styer of Royersford
His funeral will take place at the Towamencin Schwenkfelder Church on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Friends may call at his late residence, 717 York Avenue, Lansdale, on Sunday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock.
Beyer, Alvin [Allen] S
3 Oct 1890 – Last Sunday a week ago Alvin S Beyer was struck in the face by Abraham R Kriebel. While returning from Sunday School, causing a bad cut near the left eye. Beyer is confined to bed on account of the injuries, which unexpectedly grew worse after it was dressed.
10 Oct 1890 – Alvin S Beyer, only son of Lewis Beyer, died Saturday of Scarlet Fever, age 15 years. The funeral was held Thursday. Interment in the Schwenkfelder burial ground in the same township. This lad is who September 21, was struck in a quarrel and considerably injured by Abram R Kriebel, while returning from Sunday School. The deceased carried a discolored eye with him to his grave. The Worcester Alumni Association and Cassel’s school attended the funeral in a body.
The Alumni Association met Monday evening and adopted resolution of respect on the death of Alvin Beyer, Abraham Kriebel, who struck the deceased and dropped from the roll of membership.
10 Mar 1893 – While the funeral cortege of Benjamin Beyer, of Worcester, was on its way to the burying ground last Thursday afternoon, some little excitement was created by a horse dropping dead.
21 Jun 1912 – Calvin Bloom, aged about 48 years, was struck by the trolley car leaving Skippack at 9 o’clock Saturday night, at Cedars, and instantly killed.
The unfortunate man was lying along the tracks in front of the late Daniel Cassel property, at Cedars, and because of a slight curve near this point, which threw the rays of the strong headlight from the track, the motorman was unable to see him until within two rails and too late to prevent striking him. The man laid on the back with his legs across the rail. The car ran over his legs and he was rolled a considerable distance, his lower limbs being horribly mangled, his skull was fractured and there were other injuries. He was almost killed instantly.
The car, which was in charge of motorman Bock and conductor Gansert, was stopped and the crew went to the man’s assistance but their aid was unnecessary. Word was sent to undertaker Pool who removed the remains to his establishment. On Sunday the body was taken to Norristown/
Calvin Bloom was a form hand, for three years was employed on the farm of Elias Cassel, in Worcester Township. He was a good workman, but his weakness for strong drink caused to leave his place of employment for days, sometimes for a week at a time. It was doubtless during one of his periodical debauches that he met he death.
Mr Bloom came from Buck county. A sister, Miss Ida Bloom, is housekeeper at the Mowday home, in Norristown. He was unmarried.
Corner Neville made an investigation on Monday and issued a certificate to the effect that Bloom’s death was accidental.
Brunner, Arthur C
29 Jun 1939 – Arthur C Brunner, a highly esteemed lifelong resident of Worcester township, died in Riverview Hospital, Saturday from injuries sustained in a fall from a hay wagon while unloading hay on Thursday afternoon, aged 74 years and 8 months. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
Mr Brunner was a son of the late John and Elizabeth Brunner, and was born on the farm on which he had the accident where he spent his entire life. In addition to conducting his farm, he conducted a market route in Norristown for 35 years.
He was a member of Wentz’s Reformed Church and had served on the consistory for 40 years. He was also a member of Center Point Circle Brotherhood of America
His wife preceded him in death eight years ago. He is survived by a son, Marvin B , and by a daughter, Miss Irene B both residing at home. He is also survived by a step-sister, Mrs Ellen Farrington, of Chester, two grandchildren and on great grandchild.
His funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at Wentz’s Reformed Church
Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
4 May 1900 – J P Bustard, had the remains of three of his children removed from the Towamencing Mennonite burying grounds to Wentz’s Reformed cemetery.
Bustard, Joseph P
15 Aug 1935 – Joseph P Bustard, one of the best known residence of Worcester township died last Thursday at his home near Cedars after a long illness aged 79 years. He had been seriously ill for the past week.
He was born in Lower Salford Township, where he received his early education in the public schools, after which he prepared for teaching at Washington Hall, Trappe. After teaching school in Lower Salford, Hatfield and Towamencin townships he devoted his time to farming and about 45 years ago established J B Bustard creamery on part of his large farm and conducted the same for many years.
Deceased was one of the organizers and a Charter member of the Farmers’ Union at Center Point, one of the first agricultural societies in this section of the state. He also sold silos and banks for the E F Schlichter Company, Norristown, throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and later represented the Reading Bone Fertilizer Company, Reading, throughout the various counties in Pennsylvania.
Mr Bustard was a member of Shiloh Lodge, No 558, Free and Accepted Masons, of Lansdale.
He is survived by his wife Sarah and five sons, and daughters: Arthur, Wellington, and Harrison Bustard, all of Cedars; Elizabeth, wife of C Z Bean of Center Square, and Mabel wife of Alfred Baird, of Audubon. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from his late residence. Services were held at 2 o’clock at Wentz’s Reformed Church. Interment was made at the adjoining cemetery.
Cassell [Cassel], Daniel
30 Sep 1892 – This community was shocked Sunday to hear of the rather sudden death from apoplexy of one of its best known and most esteemed citizens. Daniel Cassell, of Cedars, which took place Sunday forenoon to eleven Saturday Mr Cassell was in charge of the store at Cedars, A S Geller, the proprietor being away. Mr Cassell was in his usual good health. Towards evening he drove to Skippack to bring home his wife was spending the day visiting, about 8 o’clock he retired. At eleven o’clock attempted to get out of bed and his wife spoke to him. He mumbled something in reply and his wife at once knew that something was wrong. She helped him back to bed and sent for the physician Dr G K Meschter, who pronounced it a very serious case of apoplexy. Mr Cassel was unable to speak from the time of the attack until his death, although he was conscious part of the time. During Sunday forenoon he fell asleep and stopped breathing shortly before eleven o’clock. His age was 76 years. Mr Cassel followed store keeping for forty three years, ten of which he was in business at Creamery, Skippack township, and the rest of the time at Cedars. He went out of business in the spring of 1888, leasing his store to A S Geller. For a number of years Mr Cassell was a school director in Worcester township and up to a year ago director of the First National Bank of Lansdale, which he resigned. Deceased leaves a widow, with whom he lived happily for 48 years. Four children survive: Isaac R, North Wales; John R, Philadelphia; Emanuel R, Pottstown and Annie R, residing at home. Two children Sylvanus and Lizzie, died years ago. Deceased leaves a brother and sister; John Cassell, Worcester and Elizabeth Dotter, Telford. The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday) and was very largely attended. Interment at the Upper Mennonite Meetinghouse Cemetery.
Cassel, Daniel W
4 Jun 1914 – Daniel W Cassel, of Cedars, on Wednesday evening, in charge of the auto truck of Bustard Brothers, in route to Norristown with Kulpsville people, while stopping along the roadside to light the auto’s lamps, was struck by a south bound Pottstown trolley car and sustained concussion of the brain. He was taken to Charity Hospital, Norristown and died during the night without regaining consciousness.
Mr Cassel was conveying members of the Kulpsville Women’s’ lodge to the County seat in the auto truck. Near Jeffersonville he stopped along the road side to light his lamps, as it was about eight o’clock. While in the act, and standing too close to the trolley track, the car came along and struck Mr Cassel, as above stated.
Deceased was about 35 years old and unmarried. He was the son of Isaac R Cassel, formerly of Cedars. His mother, living in Philadelphia, and one brother Cresson, survive; also an aunt and two uncles – Mrs Annie R Cassel, of Cedars; John R Cassel, of Philadelphia, and E R Cassel, of Pottstown.
For six years Mr Cassel served in the US Navy, during which period he spent upwards of three years in the Philippine Islands, and at the end of his service was honorably discharged.
Deceased was secretary of Bustard Brother Company, of Cedars, and operated the concerns auto truck. He was considered competent and careful. His sudden taking off has cast gloom among his large circle of friends, and acquaintances.
20 Apr 1900 – Albion Custer, a well-known farmer of Worcester Township, and Superintendent of the Center Point creamery, died Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the effect of a dose of what was supposed to be powdered sulphur, but which contained some poisonous matter.
Mr Custer had been ailing with grip for about a week. His physician prescribed a dose of powdered sulphur. Not having any about the house a package of the drug was procured at the barn, where it had been kept for use as a veterinary medicene. About 9 o’clock Friday evening Mrs Custer gave her husband a dose of it and he retired, about an hour and a half afterwards he became ill with violent cramps and retching. The physician Dr. E G Kriebel of Center Point was hastily summoned. He labored with the patient during the night, but to no avail death relieving Mr Custer from his terrible suffering about 10 o’clock Saturday morning.
It is not yet known what the ingredients were that caused death but there must have been something besides powdered sulphur. A chemical analysis of the drug is to be made to establish the cause.
Mr Custer resided on and conducted the old Custer farm, near Water street schoolhouse, Worcester Township. He was widely known as a most successful creamery man, having for 20 years been connected with the Center Point creamery, and the greater part of those years was its Superintendent.
He was a member of the consistory of Wentz’s Reformed church and secretary of the body. For 5 years he was president of the Wentz’s Sunday School Association and was a teacher in the Sunday School.
He was esteemed as a man of high moral character upright in all his dealing and conscientious in the performance of his duties.
Deceased was 45 years of age. He leaves a widow and three sons. Melvin D and Russel and an infant son.
His mother also survives him and these brothers and sisters – Webster Custer, of Worcester; Matthias Custer, of Fairview Village; Rev Marvin Custer, of Ashley, PA ; Harry Custer, of Royersford; Mrs Theodore Detwiler, of Providence Square, and Mrs Gouldey, of Skippack township.
The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday). Interment at Wentz’s Reformed church. The Deacons of the congregation acted as pall bearers. The consistory of the church and the board of manager of the Center Point creamery attended the funeral in a body.
Rev S M K Huber conducted the service and Undertaker C M Pool had charge of the remains.
4 May 1900 – Arsenic killed Albion Custer, of Worcester. This is proven beyond a doubt by a chemical analysis of the sulphur. Dr E G Kriebel of Worcester, the family physician of the Custer family, soon after Mr Custer death sent a portion of the sulphur to Dr Joseph P Bolton, 1102 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, and ordered an analysis made.
Dr Bolton says the sulphur contained arsenic, as shown by three reliable tests.
So that the cause of the lamentable death of Albion Custer is as certain. The facts in the case were taken: Albion Custer had been ill. His family physician prescribed a tea spoonful of powdered sulphur. Mrs Custer said there was no sulphur about the place, but her husband said he had some at the barn and it was brought in.
The dose was given Mr Custer and it resulted fatality. Mr Custer before he died, said he did not know what, if anything, was in the sulphur. It had been kept in the barn, and was used for external application to cattle or horses. The chemical analysis shows that it contained arsenic and it is believed the preparation had been used for pol-evil or some other disease. This had been entirely forgotten by Mr Custer and accounts for the drug having been used.
Dr Kriebel says he was all along quite sure that the dose of sulphur could not have caused death and that it contained some poisonous ingredient. He says Mr Custer himself suggested that it might have contained burnt alum, but the burnt alum would not have caused death, that powder alum would have caused almost immediate vomiting, and that the patient retained the dose about one and one half house before vomited.
There is some satisfaction in knowing what caused the man’s death of so good and useful a citizen was Albion Custer.
Custer, Samuel C
9 Feb 1939 – Samuel C Custer, a lifelong, well known resident of the Central part of Montgomery County, died at Elm Terrace Hospital, Lansdale, this (Thursday) morning, of a complication of diseases, aged 91, 9 months and 22 days.
Mr. Custer had been critically ill for the past several weeks at the home of his niece, Mrs W S Weingartner, North Wales, and was removed to the hospital on Monday.
He was a son of John H and Sara Custer, deceased, and was born in Worcester Township. When in his teens he learned the blacksmith trade and followed that occupation for a number of years at Cedars. Some years later he purchased the hotel at Springhouse and conducted that business for many years, after which he located in Norristown where he conducted the well-known Ward restaurant for some time.
He was the oldest member of the Wentz’s Reformed church, and is the last of his immediate family his wife having proceded him in death many years ago. He is survived by a son, Winfield Custer, of Norristown.
His funeral will take place at Wentz’s at Wentz’s Reformed church on at 2 o’clock pm. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home of L H Dotts, Skippack, on Sunday evening.
16 Oct 1891 –Death of a Shoemaker – Charles Davis who was reported being confined to bed with chronic inflammation of the bowels, died rather unexpectedly Tuesday morning at 7:30. The funeral will be held next Monday at 10 am. Interment at the Methacton Meetinghouse. A widow (his second wife) and two children survive him. Harry Davis and Miss Annie Davis.
30 Oct 1891 – Charles K Davis funeral Monday was largely attended. He had reached the age of 60 years, 11 month, and 20 days. Five ministers participated in the funeral services. Rev H H Johnson, assisted by Rev George K Meschter, officiated at the house and Rev Jacob Hunsberger, Rev Henry K Wismer and Rev Wm S Anders at the meeting house. The children of the deceased are Harry Davis and Miss Annie residing at home.
Dresher, Abraham K
1 Oct 1942 – Abraham K Dresher, a lifelong, highly esteemed resident of Worcester township died on Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs Norman Anders, near Kulpsville, where he had been ill about two weeks.
He was a son of Abraham and Sarah Dresher, and he was born on his father’s farm near Center point, February 16, 1859.
He worked on the farm and in his early teens was mechanically inclined. He apprenticed at the West Point machine and Engine Company spending all his leisure time in a little shop on the home farm where he, as he frequently said, “kept busy making and repairing things.”
He was active in the Worcester Farmers’ Union, and was one of the founders of the Farmers Telephone Company, he and his son, the late Raymond S Dresher, being actively engaged in the construction and maintenance of the lines.
He operated the telephone exchange at Center Point for many years.
His most recent mechanical achievement was several electric clock, one of which not only indicated the time of day but also the date, month and phases of the moon.
He was an influential spirit in the affairs of the Towamencin Schwenkfelder church serving as reassure of the Mission Board for many years, and was superintendent of the Towamencin Sunday School for nearly fifty years. He was one of the founders of the Aid Society connected with the church, was the first organist of the Sunday School and also directed the Sunday School orchestra, and taught a Ladies’ Bible class.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs Anders, wife of Norman Anders, and by eight grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
His funeral services took place at the Dotts Funeral Home Skippack, on Thursday. His interment took place in the Towamencin Schwenkfelder cemetery.
The service was conducted by Rev L S Hoffman, who was assisted by Rev Lester K Kriebel, Harvey K Heebner, and Maurice J Hohlfield.
The Pallbearers were the following grandsons of deceased, Russell, Wilmer, Leroy and Ellis Anders, and Leon and Royal Dresher.
Fischer, Arthur Hugo
16 Jul 1931- Arthur Hugo Fischer, aged 48 years, the well and favorably known proprietor of Fischer’s swimming pool and park, along the Towamencin creek, a mile and half north of Cedars, was carried downstream and drowned while attempting to save some of his property. His body was found early the next morning about a mile below his park by Irvin Kulp.
Mr. Fischer, who was an excellent swimmer, went into a deep water to save a number of tables and chairs and it is believed that he became exhausted due to the heavy boots he wore and was carried away. Mr. Fischer, a native of Germany, and a fine mechanic, purchased the property about 8 years ago and developed an inviting and successful summer resort. He is survived by his wife.
Mr. Fischer’s funeral will be held from his late residence on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment at the Towamencin Mennonite cemetery.
His body may be viewed at this late residence on Friday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock.
See Kibblehouse, Ralph
Fry, Floyd G
4 Dec 1947 – Floyd G Fry, of Worcester was instantly killed at 10 o’clock Friday night November 28, on Limekiln Pike near Chalfont, when his automobile got out of control and turned over a number of times.
He was accompanied by George D Snyder, of Richlandtown, who sustained a fractured skull; Floyd B Moyer of Line Lexington, who fractured his pelvis and his left leg, and Elwood Biggs, of near Line Lexington, who escaped with minor injuries.
Fry, who was a native of Worcester, graduated from Norristown High School in June 1944 and had enlisted in the Army of February 3, 1944, in Philadelphia. He trained in Fort Knox, Kentucky, with Co B 26th Tank Bn. 16th Armored Division, and served overseas with Gen Patton’s army. He was mustered out of service on May 1, 1946.
He had been attending Lansdale Business College, and was a part time employ at the Hatfield Fair Grounds Bazaar. He was a member of the Lansdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Akins, his step father Paul D Akins, and these sisters and brothers: Betty, Pauline, Paul, Jr and Donald.
He was a member of Wentz’s Reformed Church.
His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon from L H Dotts funeral home, Skippack. Interment in Wentz’s Reformed cemetery. Rev Geo E Hartman conducted the services.
20 Sep 1892 – Wm Fry, a well-known resident of Skippack Township, near Cedars, died Sunday after a week illness. Aged 66 years. Deceased was ruptured about a week before his death, and although his condition was serious he was not confined to bed and even did all his seeding last week. He grew worse toward the end of the week and died Sunday at 11 o’clock. He was a mason by trade. A widow but no children survive. The funeral was held Wednesday. Interment at the Towamensing. Deceased was a brother of George Fry, Lansdale. It is somewhat remarkable that Mr Fry’s and Daniel Cassell’s death occurred within about fifteen minutes apart. They were neighbors and lifelong friends. It is stated that some time before Mr Fry’s death a cuckoo flew through the window, breaking the glass, and alighted on his bed.
Geyer, Staff Sgt Albert K
27 Mar 1947 – Staff Sgt. Albert K Geyer of Worcester, son of the late Horace M and Lizzie (nee Kline) Geyer of West Point, died on Wednesday morning in the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, of injuries sustained in an airplane crash at Fort Summer, NM in December 1942, while serving in the US Army Air Corps. His injuries consisted of a fractured leg and arm, a fractured jaw and severe head injuries. He was treated at Fort Summer Hospital, New Mexico, where the crash occurred, and was later admitted to Walter Reed Hospital, and the Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville.
After spending a year at his home he was admitted to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital where he died.
He enlisted in the Air Force at Miami, Florida, in June 1942. His age was 31 years.
Besides his mother he is survived by the following brothers and sisters:
Clarence K, of Strassbury, Virginia, ; Russel K, of Renick, West Virginia; Robert K, Stanley K and Frank F, of Worcester; Lester K of North Wales; John K, Lansdale R D; Mrs Paul Akins, Cedars; and Miss Mary A, of West Point.
His funeral will be held on Sunday at Wentz’s Reformed church at 2 o’clock with full Military honors. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Viewing will take place on Saturday evening at the home of his brother Stanley K Geyer, Worcester, from 7 to 9 o’clock.
Geyer, Horace M
13 Mar 1924 – Horace M Geyer, of Cedars, died on Tuesday of heart trouble, after a brief illness, aged 56 years, 19 month and 26 days. He is survived by his widow, nine sons, Clarence of Grand Island, NE; Russell of Renick, WV; Robert, of Wood River, NE; Stanley of Breezewood, PA; Lester, Horace, Frank, John and Albert, at home; two daughters, Bessie and Mary, also at home; two brothers, Elwood N Geyer, of Fairview Village, and Alvanus Geyer, of Norristown, and one sister, Mrs David B Henning, of Cedars.
He was a son of the late Charles and Angelina Geyer, was born at the old Geyer homestead now the farm of Mose Bean. The ground owned by the Catholic governing body of property of Philadelphia. The ground is in the upper end of Center Point. Mr Geyer spent most of his entire life in Worcester Township. He was one of the best known dealers in livestock in the county time ago. He was not only well known throughout eastern Pennsylvania, but a wide acquaintance throughout the middle west and West Virginia.
He served a two year term as supervisor of Worcester Township about eleven years ago. He was a director of the North Wales National Bank for the past ten years. He also conducted Bustard creamery for a period of about four years, and for the past several years was vice-president of the North Penn Packing Company.
The funeral will be held on Sunday with all services at Wentz’s Reformed church at 2 o’clock. Interment is adjoining cemetery. Undertaker C M Pool.
20 Mar 1924 – The funeral of Horace M Geyer held on Sunday at Wentz’s Reformed church was largely attended. The number present was more than filled the church auditorium and was considered as one of the largest funerals held at this edifice for some time. There were numerous floral tributes. Rev D D Brendle preached the principal sermon and he was assisted by Rev Isaac Kulp of Towamencin.
Hallman, Jacob M and Witman, Jonas
5 Jun 1896 – A terrible fatality in Worcester Township Tuesday forenoon, in which one man was crushed into a lifeless mass and another sustained injuries from which he died four and a half hours later. The dead are Jacob M Hallman, a day laborer, age 53 years, residing at Center Point. Jonas S Witman, age 59 years of Towamensing, until recently of Franconia Square. The accident occurred a short distance below Center Point, where the blackened and weakened walls of his barn which was destroyed by fire May 13 were being torn down by a party of some twenty men, neighbors of Mr Stong, who had assembled to give him a day’s work gratis.
At about eleven o’clock Tuesday six of the men – Joseph K Schultz, August Bitting, Jonas S Witman, Lewis Freeman, Ephraim Delp (Elroy) and Jacob M Hallman were undermining the west gable end wall thirty feet high and forty feet wide. A few minutes after eleven, without any warning, the wall toppled over in an outward direction. One of the men noticed it started to sway and called to his fellow workman, and the all started to run. In an instant the entire gable wall came down with a crash and a cloud of dust arose.
In a moment it was found that Hallman was missing that he was caught by the wall. Quick as a flash the men who escaped and others were nearby began to search for the missing man. They were perplexed to know exactly where to dig down, not knowing how far out he got when the wall came thumbing down. But the men judged well, for in about five minutes his body was found and in another minute or two his body, almost in pieces, was lifted from where it lay and placed on the sod nearby.
While running to escape Witman fell on his face and the descending stone caught his leg and pinned him down. He was quickly released and one of the nearby physicians sent Witman who suffered intensely and bleeding from the right leg. It was evident that he was dangerously injured.
Hallman only got about fifteen feet from where he was working. Witman and the others ran in different and safer direction and all escape but Witman, who, had he not stumbled and fallen would doubtless have also escaped. Freeman was very slightly injured. Bitting, Schultz and Delp escaped injury by running out along the base of the wall. All had hairbreadth escapes, however, from a terrible death.
When found Hallman was simply crushed flat. The post spade he worked with still in his hand. His head and face had no assemblance to the original. Pieces of his skull were lying around and the brain were scattered over the stone that killed the poor man. His body was bursted open at three or four places and the lungs and other organs protruded. In short, every bone in his body was broken
The body was placed on a door and conveyed to the residence of his brother in law, Samuel E Brecht, at Center Point, where the unfortunate man resided. Undertaker C M Pool Skippack, was a once summoned to care for the remains and prepare him for early burial.
Mr Witman, lying on the sofa, was placed in a covered wagon and taken by Jacob F Fisher to the home of his son-in-law, John N Clemens in Towamensing, about three miles away. Drs Care and Kriebel, Center Point were in attendance, but the injured man slowly grew weaker, lapsed into unconsciousness, and died at half past three in the afternoon four and a half hours after the accident.
Mr Witman’s injuries were more serious than at first supposed. Both legs were broken one at five and the other at three places, the right leg had a large open would fully six inches deep. Undertaker Pool was also summoned to care for Mr Witman’s body.
He was in his 60th year, was a stone mason by trade and leaves five children, two sons and three daughters – Henry, Maggie, wife of Frank Koons, and John, all of Franconia; Ida, wife of John N Clemens Towamensing, and Letitia, wife of Josiah Sterner, Sellersville. Seven brothers and sisters survive. Jesse, Schwenksville; Samuel, Worcester; Abraham, Lansdale; Catherine [wife] of James T Hallman; [Esther,] wife of Augustus Stillwagon, Towamensing; Lizzie, wife of Philip Stillwagon, Norristown.
The funeral will take place next Sunday at 9:20 o’clock AM from the residence of Mr Clemens, Towamensing. Interment at Wentz’s church, Worcester, of which deceased was a member, and where his wife was buried about two years ago. Service at the church 10:30 o’clock sharp.
Jacob M Hallman, was in his 54th year. He was single man and resided with his brother in law, Mr Brecht. He leaves two brothers and two sisters Michael M Hallman, Sellersville, James M Hallman, Fostoria, Ohio; Annie wife of Samuel E Brecht, Center Point, and Mary, wife of Isaiah H Detwiler, Ironbridge.
Interment took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o’clock at Lower Skippack Mennonite Meetinghouse. Services were held at the residence of Mr Brecht only, and the remains were not exposed to view. Revs S M K Huber and H H Johnson conducted the religious service.
Harley, Isaac J
4 May 1906 – A mysterious fire on Thursday night about 12 o’clock destroyed the barn of Isaac J Harley, of near Fairview Village, together with all the contents and farming implements. All the cattle were saved but one horse.
Oscar Loos, who lives in part of the Harley house, was aroused from sleep by this wife who discovered the barn to be on fire. Mr Loos hastened to the barn and saved all the cattle but one horse. Ongoing to the house to arouse Mr Harley the dwelling was found to be on fire. With buckets of water the flames were quickly extinguished and all efforts to find Mr Harley were fruitless. He was not been in bed, and the Loos family knew nothing of his whereabouts.
Next morning the charred remains of what is supposed to have been Mr Harley’s body were found in the ruins.
An examination of the dwelling disclosed that coal oil had been poured on the stairway and about the first floor and then set on fire.
Mr Harley was in his 56th year and was unmarried.
He is survived by one brother – Millard Harley, of Devon and one sister Louise, wife of Dr H A Arnold, of Ardmore.
Deceased was the son of the late Henry Harley and was born on the late present Joseph H Hunsberger farm in Worcester. He was quite a man, owned some property, was a good citizen, and had the respect of the community.
He was in ill health, which no doubt preyed heavily upon his mind.
Wm J Reese, of Norristown, had oversight over his property. By reason of a serious defect in his speech Mr Harley was barely able to talk and was therefore not competent to do business.
It is generally believed (although there are persons who discredit it) that Mr Harley set fire to the building and then took his own life in a manner unknown. Most of the circumstances point to this although, it must be admitted, the motive for so doing is lacking.
This murder theory and robbery has also been advanced. Mr Harley had some money in silver coins and a gold watch. These are missing.
The barn is insured in the Union Mutual Company for $800. Mr Loos’ loss is about $200, on which there is no insurance. Although this is unfortunate, Mr Loos and family consisting of wife and two small children can feel grateful for their escape from death by fire.
The horse that burned to death in the fire belonged to Elmer Kremer, a neighbor. It had been used the day before by Mr Loos in plowing. Insured in the Perkiomenville Valley Company.
Burial services were held at Lower Providence Baptist cemetery at four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev S O Perry.
Undertaker J L Bechtel had charge.
8 Jun 1906 – At the time of the death of Isaac J Harley of near Fairview Village, one of the mysteries was the fact that none of his money could be found. It was known that he had a sum of money but no one knew what had become of it.
At the public sale last week among the things sold was his desk, which was purchased by E Vernon Beyer, of Worcester Township. The desk was removed, and while cleaning it out a secret drawer was found containing about 75 dollars in cash, as the money was promptly returned to Mr Harley’s Administrator. This clears up the mystery of the missing money, and incidentally, strengthens the already well-grounded reputation for honesty of Mr and Mrs Beyer.
Hauck, William C
10 Nov 1899 – A young man recently married, cut his throat with a razor. About six o’clock Thursday morning Wm C Hauck, a son of Mrs Susan Houck, Worcester Township, south of Center Point, cut his throat with a razor in the feed entry in the barn and died at 2.20 PM the same day.
He arose as usual in the morning with the rest of the family went to the barn to do the work. While the female members of the family were in the cow stable milking the young man committed the deed. He was found soon after bleeding terribly.
John Heist, the nearest neighbor, was summoned and Dr Elmer Kriebel was hastily sent for. When he arrived the Doctor and Mr Heist carried the young man into the house in a blanket and laid him on a settee. The Doctor soon found that he could do nothing for the suicide and he lingered until 2.20. During the forenoon he said he did not want to recover. He said very little beside this.
The young man’s age was about 22 years. He leaves a young wife, having been married October 18, to Miss Lydia B Cassel, daughter of Joseph B Cassel, Skippack Township. His mother and two sisters and one brother survive. All reside at home on the lot. The brother’s name is John Houck and sisters are Susan and Mattie Houck.
The young man was subject to spells of melancholia. Not long ago he was kicked by a horse and had not been himself ever since. His father cut his throat some years ago, so that the suicide tendency was inherited.
Undertaker C M Pool, Skippack, was summoned. At the time of going to press no arrangements for the funeral had been made.
17 Nov 1899 – The funeral of Wm C Houck, Monday was largely attended. Rev Eli Hwesey, Lancaster, conducted the services. Interment of the Reformed Mennonite cemetery near the Houck home. The young man’s age was 22 years, 2 months and 16 days. An inquest of the body was held by Coroner McGlathery, last Friday. The jurymen were M F Mack, C M Pool, D B Keyser, John Heist, Simon Frick and Norman Frick.
Their verdict was in accordance with the facts brought out by the testimony by Dr E G Kriebel and others.
Heebner, Emanuel A
15 Jan 1931 – Emanuel A Heebner, a prominent lifelong resident of Worcester Township, died suddenly on Thursday, January 8, of heart failure, aged 69 years. He was a son of Anthony K Heebner deceased, and was born on the Heebner homestead, now the John H Fox farm, near Center Point, where he resided until about six years ago when he retired from farming. He took an active interest in the affairs of his township and was a member of the Worcester Township school board, filling the office of Treasurer for many years. He was active in the management of the Center Point creamery, in its day one of the foremost institutions of its kind in Montgomery county.
He was also a director of the Reading Bone Fertilizer Company. He is survived by his wife, Sarah J Heebner and a son Charles K Heebner, of Germantown. He is also survived by a brother, Jacob A Heebner, of Philadelphia. His funeral took place on Monday. Services and interment took place at the Worcester Schwenkfelder church.
Heist, Rev Mahlon V
4 Jul 1890 – Rev Mahlon Heist, a well know Harolite preacher, residing in the southern part of the township was found dead in bed Tuesday morning. He retired the evening before in his usual health. In the morning his wife, failing to get an answer when she called to awaken him, found that he was dead. Dr G K Meschter was summoned and stated his death was caused by paralysis of the heart. Deceased was born in his 73rd year. He leaves a widow and three children. They are John, with whom his father resided, Mrs. James Renner, and Mrs Charles T Lownes, of Philadelphia. The congregation of which the deceased was pastor recently built a new church near his residence, and the first service was held late Sunday, he conducting the service, which were his last. The funeral will be held Sunday. Service at 10 o’clock, Interment with the new church of which he was pastor.
Hendricks, Samuel W
19 Jun 1891 – It is with much regret that we note the death of our highly esteemed friend and neighbor, Samuel W Hendricks, which occurred last Thursday evening between 7 and 8 o’clock. He had left the house feeling well shortly after 7 and was on his way to look after some chickens on the farm below his residence. After being absent longer than usual his wife, who kept constant watch over him, went to see why he remained away so long, when she found him in a grass field about expiring. He had reached half way home. Dr George K Meschter was summoned, but was too late. The cause of his death was heart trouble. The funeral was held Tuesday and a very large attendance. Rev W S Anders, Rev George K Meschter and Rev S K M Huber conducted the services. Mr. Hendricks was twice married. The children of his first wife all preceded their father death, but his second wife three children survive. They are Rev Irvin Hendricks of Lewisburg, PA, Lizzie wife of Wm H Nyce, of Center Point and Minerva living at home. In the death of Mr Hendricks the community loses a useful citizen, and the Church and Sunday School a consistent and active member and the family a loving husband and a kind father.
“Call not back our dear departed
Anchored safe where the storms are over;
On the border land we left him
Soon to meet and part no more.
Far beyond this world of change,
Far beyond this world of care;
We shall find our missing loved ones.
In our Father’s mansion fair.”
26 Jun 1891 – The will of Samuel W Hendricks has been admitted to probate. It is in his own handwriting and dated February 16th 1891. It contains but nine lines on ordinary letter paper, and leaves all his property to his widow, Mrs Hendricks has taken out letter of administration with the will annexed.
Henning, Margaret Heebner
1 Apr 1915 – Margaret, wife of Henry Henning, whose home is near Wentz’s Reformed church, in Worcester Township, died at 7.30 o’clock Friday evening the results of being horribly burned at 2 o’clock that afternoon while boiling soap.
The aged woman engaged in boiling soap in an out building and her husband was with her. About two o’clock she and her husband removed the kettle from the fire when her dress caught fire. Her aged husband, who is crippled with rheumatism and walks with the aid of two canes, made his way to his wife’s side and fought the flames as best he could and had almost succeeded in subduing them, when the wife, becoming excited, ran to the door. The high wind instantly fanned the dying flames and her clothing became a mass of fire.
Frederick Henning, who lives across the way, heard her screams and ran to her assistance, throwing his overcoat about her and put out the fire, but his assistance came after practically all of the woman’s clothing has been burned from her person and her body rendered a mass of burned flesh.
The suffering woman was able to walk to the house and ascend to her bedroom and got a sheet to wrap around herself. A physician was hurriedly called but his services were unavailing. She became unconscious and lingered until 7.30 when death relieved her of her suffering.
In his efforts to aid his wife Mr Henning’s hands were badly burned and both of them were a mass of blisters, causing him to be an intense sufferer.
Mrs. Henning’s age was 68 years, 8 months and 8 days. Beside her aged husband she leaves one son and one daughter: Elwood at home, and Hannah, wife of Alvin Fry, of Towamensing. One brother also remains, Henry Heebner, of Green Lane.
The funeral was held on Tuesday and interment was made at Wentz’s Reformed church. Rev Christian Allebach conducted services in the home and Rev D D Brendle in the church. Undertaker, C M Pool.
8 Nov 1917 – Walter, the 13 year old son of Mr and Mrs. Harry Henning of Worcester Township, died Monday night, the result of a gunshot wound inflicted early Monday evening. The lad, in trying to drive a horse into the stable, seized his gun by the barrel and attempted to strike the animal, when the gun was discharged and the contents of the load entered his left leg above the knee, inflicting a horrible wound and causing a great loss of blood. Physicians were immediately summoned and done all in their power to relieve the unfortunate lad, but the shock and great loss of blood were too much and death ensued several hours after the accident.
He is survived by three sisters: Bertha, Mirian and Ethel.
The funeral will be held Saturday at Wentz’s Reformed church, at 2.30 o’clock pm.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend the funeral without further notice. Undertaker, C M Pool.
Jacobs, Horace K
5 Nov 1914 – Horace K Jacobs a highly esteemed resident of Worcester, died Wednesday afternoon, about 3.20 o’clock, while working in the cornfield on the farm of Frank M Landes. Death was due to an attack of apoplexy and came swiftly and without previous warning.
Mr Jacobs occupied the dwelling on what is known as the Cooker farm, now owned by Mr Landes. He was apparently in his usual state on Wednesday and ate a hearty dinner. Mr Jacobs and a number of men were at work in the cornfield. Suddenly about 3.30 pm he fell to the ground and became unconscious. Mr Landes hurried to the home for a carriage in which removed the sick man with a conveyance faint heart beat noticed but in a few minutes, and before medical aid reached him, it was seen that he ceased breathing. His age was 57 years, 6 months, and 17 days.
The body was removed of deceased, late home by Mr Landes.
Mr Jacobs was a highly esteemed farm hand and well-known in Worcester Township for his ability and trustworthiness. He had been in the employ of Mr Landes during the past fifteen years and also was employed by his father.
Deceased leaves two children, Mae, wife of Daniel K Schultz, of Worcester Township. Minerva, who kept house for his [her] father, his wife died about seven years ago.
Deceased leaves three brothers – Joseph, Allentown, Alvin, of Reading, and William, of Boyertown.
The funeral will be held on Monday. All services at Wentz’s Reformed church at 2.30 o’clock pm Undertaker, C M Pool.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
10 Sep 1897 – William Johnson, the oldest male resident of Skippack Township, died here last Saturday afternoon, September 4, at 1 o’clock, in his eighty-eighth year. The cause of death was a week’s illness of dysentery. His exact age was 87 years, 1 month and 17 days.
Deceased resided all his life in the community over 70 years in Skippack Township, where he was born July 10, 1810 on the Johnson homestead along the Skippack creek below here later the Fryer farm. Now owned here A H Seipt. Mr Johnson was the second of the family of nine children, to whom robust health and long life were a heritage. His mother died in her 87th year and his grandmother lived to be 90. Four years ago Jacob the oldest of nine, died at 84, and five surviving sisters and brothers are aged from 70 to 82 years.
For a number of years the deceased and his brother Jacob conducted the store at Cedars, erecting most of the buildings on the property. The late Daniel Cassel succeeded the Johnson in business there.
In 1832 he married Miss Mary Hallman. She died in 1864, leaving six children in 1872 he married Catherine Kinsey, who survived him. After quitting the store business he moved on a farm in Skippack Township near Cedars and engaged in the wood business, hewing hundreds of acres of timber in his time. Nine years ago he removed to this place.
During his residence at Cedars he was a member of the School board of Worcester and becoming a resident of Skippack he was made a member other School Board there and served for 18 years. He was also a Judge of Elections here for a long period. During the time of large Democratic majorities in Montgomery County he was nominated by the Republicans for Commissioners and came within 37 votes of being elected. He refused to electioneer or he would have been easily elected by a good majority.
He was an ardent Whig and later an equally strong Republican. He voted for 18 presidents, beginning with Jackson’s election in 1832. In the sixty-six years since he became of age he missed but a single election. He regarded voting as an important duty and cast his ballot with unfailing regularity, voting for McKinley with great pleasure last Fall.
Since 1867 he was an Elder and a strong and useful member of Trinity church at Skippack.
At his death he was practically blind, suffering with cataract of both eyes. Which had its beginning about 12 years ago. During the past three years his mind had been weakening and toward the end he had lost control of it.
He had a most remarkably memory and a vigorous mind, stored with historical facts; with the impression long and close observation of the times he lived through, and an experience both interesting and profitable to listen to. Had he received a good education instead of attending school but few day in Winter (over 70 years ago at Metz’s school, Worcester) he undoubtedly not been a man of unusual ability and intellectual power ad would have attained real and merit or political life which ever he chose.
Four of his six children survive: They are Elizabeth, wife of Jesse S Cassel, Bridgeport; Miss Harriet, of Skippack; Charles, Bridgeport; Joseph, Royersford. His five surviving brothers and sisters are Ganah, aged 82; widow of George Snyder, Kulpsville; Elizabeth, aged 77, widow of Abram Hallman, Lansdale; Catherine, aged 75 widow of James Smith, and Susanna aged 73, widow of John Ashenfelter of Upper Providence; and Henry aged 70 of Ohio.
The funeral was held Wednesday, September 8. The attendance was large, many people coming from a distance. Brief service were held at the house. At Trinity Reformed church the place of interment, Rev S M K Huber read several well-chosen portions of scripture and offered prayer and Rev J H Hendrick DD preached the sermon, taking as his text Hebrews 11:5 “by faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before – his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
The Pall-bearers were S G Fenstermacher, S H Orr, A W Rosenberger, I H Johnson, Esq, James D Kerr, and F D Hildenbrand. Undertaker, C M Pool, had charge.
Kelley [WHS corrected to Keely], Elmer
10 Jan 1929 – Elmer S Keely, a well-known and highly esteemed resident of Worcester Township, who conducted the farm owned by Russel H Johnson, Jr located a short distance south of Homsher’s Hill, met with a terrible accident on Wednesday afternoon which resulted in his death in Montgomery Hospital at noon to-day (Thursday).
Mr Keely assisted by John Brown, of Skippack Township, and another helper was husking corn in the barn with a machine driven by a gasoline engine. While feeding the machine his left hand was caught and his arm was pulled into the machine. There was no clutch on the machine and before the belt could be thrown off more than half of his arm was mashed. Mr Johnson wife of the owner of the farm, was present when the terrible accident occurred and she quickly took Mr Keely to Montgomery Hospital, Norristown where the flow of blood was stopped and he received the best medical attention, including the services of a prominent Philadelphia surgeon.
It was evident that Mr Keely had lost a great amount of blood and that transfusion was necessary. His brother Harvey of North Wales, volunteered and two transfusions were made and there were hopes of his recovery until (Thursday) when death was due to secondary shock.
Mr Keely was a native of Worcester Township, and was a son of the late Henry S Keely. He was 47 years of age and survived by two brothers and three sisters, as follows: Harry of Philadelphia; Harvey, of North Wales; Mrs Mary Walters, of 726 Chain street, Norristown; Miss Emma, of Belfry; and Clara, of Philadelphia.
His funeral will be held Monday. All services and interment at the Towamencin Schwenkfelder church at 2 o’clock.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
Keyser, David B
7 Oct 1926 – David B Keyser a retired wheelwright and Carriage maker at Center Point, died Sunday at his late residence from carcinoma (form of cancer), aged 78 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
Mr Keyser was born near Center Point, Worcester Township on the farm now occupied by Addison K Bookheimer. The corner of Steelman and Valley Forge Roads. He followed the wheelwright trade for 55 years, starting at Cedars where he worked for ten years. He then purchased the Valley House Hotel at Skippack, which he conducted for two years. Leaving Skippack he opened a wheelwright carriage and paint shop and followed his trade for forty five years when he retired.
He is survived by his widow and two children, D Winfield Keyser of Graterford, and Stella, wife of A Hatfield, of Philadelphia, and one sister Miss Susan Keyser of Center Point. The funeral was held this Thursday afternoon at Wentz’s Reformed church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Undertaker C M Pool.
Keyser, John Robert
8 Feb 1901 – John Robert Keyser, of Ironbridge, died Friday evening at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs David B Keyser, Center Point, aged 26 years. 8 months and 23 days.
Mr Keyser had been ill since June 22, 1900, on that day he underwent an operation at the hands of Dr J R Care, of Norristown, at his home at Ironbridge, for the removal of a fibroid tumor under his arm. Prior to that day he was in apparently good health and daily rode his bicycle from his home to Center Point, where he was in charge of his father carriage painting business, and home again in the evening. The operation was apparently successful and patient seemed to recover from the effects, through his progress toward health was slow. After a lapse of time what seemed to be muscular rheumatism set in and he was again confined to bed. He however partly recovered from it during last August was able to drive out on fine days.
On September 10th he was taken to the home of his father at Center Point and it was hoped the change would be beneficial, not long after he was compelled to take his bed and was almost constantly bedfast until his death last Friday. Up to Thursday of last week hopes for his recovery were entertained and it was only that night or Friday morning when a change for the worse took place and he grew rapidly worse until death ensued.
Mr Keyser was well known and highly esteemed in his community and his death is mourned by a large circle of friends.
He is survived by his widow, who is a daughter of Mr and Mrs. D M Hunsicker, of Ironbridge and by one brother, D Winfield Keyser and his sister Miss Stella Keyser, of Center Point.
He was a member of Trinity Reformed church Collegeville, and of Washington Camp No 261 POSofA of Ironbridge.
The funeral was held on Wednesday from the residence of his parents at Center Point. Interment at Collegeville. Rev S M K Huber, assisted by Rev W S Anders and Rev George K Meschter, conducted the services at the house and Rev J H Hendricks, DD at the church.
Undertaker C M Pool had charge.
Kibblehouse, Ralph; Mantelly, Joseph; Wisler, William; Friedback, Albert
13 Sep 1912 – Last Thursday afternoon this community was horrified by the report of a terrible explosion at Frick’s quarry, in Worcester Township in which three persons were instantly killed. The forth dying Saturday, and a number injured.
This well-known quarry is located on the Henry Frick farm and has been operated for some time by J R Kibblehouse of Springhouse, for the Supervisors of Worcester Township, an experienced quarry man. Mr Kibblehouse and his 14 year old son, Ralph were at the quarry on Thursday, where about a dozen men and a number of teams were employed.
It was customary to drill several holes, about sixteen feet deep, and have the blasts set off about the same time the men quit work for the day. Joseph Mantally, and Italian, was in charge of the blasting, and had placed some forty odd sticks of dynamite in one hole, which young Kibblehouse was in charge of and who stood close by, handed to him. All of a sudden there was a terrific explosion by a downpour of rock and earth. All was confusion. Three persons were killed. A number were injured and called for help. Every man near the quarry was thrown from his feet by the terrible shock.
Horses were cut and bruised, one had three ribs broken.
Those instantly killed were:
Ralph Kibblehouse, 14 year old, son of J R Kibblehouse, had front of his head split.
William Wisler, 35 years old, engineer, struck on side of head by a large stone.
Joseph Mantelly, 33 years old, arm torn off, and body badly bruised.
Kibblehouse and Mantelly were thrown fifty feet from where they were standing.
Wistler, the engineer, was helping to load a cart and fell where he was struck.
Neighbors assembled and did what they could to relieve the injured.
Dr E G Kriebel was called and administered to the suffering, and Charity Hospital ambulance was telephoned for J R Kibblehouse, the operator, was taken to the hospital in Dr Kriebel’s auto. His arm was badly bruised and his head cut.
Others seriously injured were:
Albert Friedback, skull fractured. Died in the hospital, Saturday morning.
George Cook, fracture of the right arm, head cut and bruised. Will likely recover.
Frank McGuire, head, shoulders and legs cut and bruised.
Tony Gambone, arm broken, head and body injured.
There are many theories as to the cause of the explosion. All are speculative as no one knows just how it happened. The most plausible story is that Mantelly, who had some trouble in getting the sticks of dynamite in the hole, and used an iron ramrod and jammed the charge too hard.
William Wisler’s age 35 years, 9 months and 12 days. He was a son-in-law of Chester K Schultz, of Belfry, and leaves a wife and five children, the oldest 13 years and the youngest but seven months of age. They are: Mabel, Russel, Margaret, Adelaide and Alma. He also leaves a sister, Miss Adelaide, residing with the Wisler family. The funeral was held on Monday and was very largely attended. Interment was made at the Reformed Mennonite meetinghouse. The bearers were Charles, Joseph, Aaron and Frank Blattner, Irvin Beyer and Elmer Keely. Undertaker, C M Pool.
The funeral of the boy, Ralph Kibblehouse, was held on Sunday. Interment was made at Boehm’s Reformed cemetery, Blue Bell. His father swathed in bandages, was taken from Charity Hospital to his home on Saturday, and was able to attend the funeral.
Frank Mantello, the third victim of the explosion was held on Saturday.
Frieback, who died in the hospital, was buried by Undertaker Sheaff. He had no relatives in this section. Nothing is known of his history and there is only the remotest clue to the location of relatives or friends.
Only three of the injured quarrymen remain as patients at Charity Hospital. They are George Cook. Frank McGuire and Tony Gambone, all of the trio are reported as being on the road to complete recovery. Cook’s home is at West Point.
Kriebel, Mary Schultz
7 Mar 1902 – A most distressing accident in Worcester township Monday morning which ended fatally, taking a mother out to a home and rendering a husband a widower and six young children motherless.
Mary, wife of Chester Z Kriebel, residing on the old Anthony Schultz farm, west of Center Point, that morning was heating water in the furnace a farmers’ boiler to do the washing. The furnace is in a small building near the dwelling. While standing in front of the boiler Mrs. Kriebel’s clothing caught fire. With her hands she tried to smother the fire. Finding it impossible to do she ran to the barn where her husband was at work, screaming three or four times in pain and excitement. Mr Kriebel immediately responded and instantly took in the situation. The woman ran to the house followed by her husband, who made every effort to extinguish the flames. Finally this was accomplished, but not before Mrs Kriebel’s hand and body were horribly burned and practically all her clothing was burned from her body. She was in terrible agony. Dr E G Kriebel was summoned. He found the woman n great pain. She was on her feet. After doing what he could she laid down and seemed to be resting fairly well. He knew her to be in a serious condition, but did not think at the time that her injuries would prove fatal. At least not so soon.
Mrs Kriebel talked about the accident and was perfectly rational all day and up to about 10 o’clock Monday night. Then she gradually became unconscious, the shock making itself felt.
Tuesday morning Mr Kriebel drove to Norristown. When he returned home about twelve o’clock he was shocked to learn that his wife had just passed away. The husband’s feeling can better be imagined than described. She died without regaining consciousness.
About two thirds of the poor woman’s body was charged. From her right hand the flesh fairly hung in shreds and her left hand also was fearfully burned. It is not thought that she inhaled flames, her face having been burned but little.
Mrs Kriebel was 40 years, 5 months, 11 days. She leaves a husband and six children four boys and two girls, the youngest being an infant not quite a year old. Their names are Melvin, Robert, Howard, Monroe, Mabel and Mary, the latter being the youngest.
Deceased also leaves one brother, Anthony B Schultz, of Belfry, and one sister Hannah, wife of Allen S Heist, of Worcester. Deceased was a daughter of the late Anthony Schultz. She was a good mother and an industrious wife, respected by all who knew her.
The husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.
The funeral will be held to-morrow (Saturday) March 8, at 10 am and will be private at the house. Service will be conducted by Revs George K Meschter and H H Johnson. Interment at the Worcester Schwenkfelder church. Undertaker Pool has charge of the arrangement.
Relatives and friends are invited without further notice to attend the funeral at the church at 12 o’clock.
9 Nov 1906 – An accident occurred at Center Point on Wednesday forenoon at about 11.30 o’clock that resulted in the death of Miss Minerva Kriebel and the painful injury of her mother Mrs Hiram H Kriebel, of Locust Corner.
The circumstances were as follows: Mrs Kriebel, accompanied by her two daughters, Minerva and Cora, was approaching Center Point on the Fairview [Valley Forge] Road, just beyond the new bridge over Zacharias creek, before noon on Wednesday, and Wm F Smith of Cedars, was following in his team. His horse for some reason made a plunge, landed on the rear wheel of Mrs Kriebel’s carriage and then slipped between the wheel and body with his front feet over the axel. The frightened horse began pulling and overturning the carriage, hurling the ladies to the ground. The overturning of the carriage frightened Mrs Kriebel’s horse and he ran away, wrecking the vehicle to which he was hitched. Nor did the frightened horse stop running until he reached his stable at Locust Corner.
Meanwhile the three ladies arose and apparently but slightly injured walked to A K Dresher’s home, a short distance from the scene of the accident.
Mrs Kriebel complained of pain in her shoulder, but her daughters appeared to be injured. Dr E G Kreibel was summoned.
In a little while and before the physician arrived Miss Minerva complained of feeling ill and lay upon a couch. She grew rapidly worse and a hurried call was sent for the physician, who responded promptly and gave her his attention, but in spite of everything he could do she passed away about 1 o’clock. Her death was due to hear failure, superinduced by the shock. Her age was 22 years, 6 months and 14 days.
Mrs Kriebel’s injury consists of a fractured collar bone. Miss Cora was uninjured.
Later in the day the ladies were taken to their home at Locust Corner, and the remains of Minerva Kriebel were removed there also. The accident and sad sequel has caused a deep gloom in the community where the Kriebel family are well known and highly esteemed.
Deceased is survived by her parents, Mr and Mrs. Hiram K Kreibel, and two brothers and two sisters, Oswin, Leidy, Cora and Annie.
The funeral will be held on Monday, November 19, at 10 am, at the house. Interment at the Towamensing Schwenkfelder church.
5 Sep 1890 – One hundred and fifty seven carriages were counted at the meeting house at the funeral of Reuben Kriebel, of West Point, Sunday. Revs George K Meschter and Edwin Anders officiated at the house, Rev S Huber at the meeting house. Mr. Kriebel will long be remembered as the compiler of the “Genealogical Record of the Descendants of the Schwenkfelders” published 1879.
Kriebel, William G
20 May 1941 – William G youngest son of William R and Mamie Grater Kriebel, of Worcester, downed while fishing in Zacharias creek a hundred yards from his home shortly after 4.30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon aged 4 year, 4 months and 18 days.
The lad was in company with his 8 year old cousin J Irvin Kriebel, son of Mr and Mrs Reuben L Kriebel who was fishing in the same stream nearby but who could not see little William on account of some bushes which obstructed his view.
It is thought that the little fellow lost his balance and fell into the stream.
The child’s body was discovered by Joseph Law, 14, and quickly taken out of the water. A physician was summoned artificial respiration was administered and the Elm Terrace Hospital Ambulance was summoned but all efforts to save the child’s life failed.
Two sons, Lavern and Kenneth, remain to Mr and Mrs Kriebel.
His funeral will take place from the Funeral Home of L H Dotts, Skippack on Friday May 30, at 2 o’clock. Interment will take place at the Towamencin Schwenkfelder cemetery. Rev L S Hoffman, will officiant.
24 Jul 1930 – The large frame barn on the farm of Fred Kurz, known as “Twin Pines” better known as the former Stong farm, a short distance below Center Point, was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon and in a few minutes the entire structure which was filled with hay and grain, was a roaring furnace and was completely destroyed.
Two horses and one cow consumed by the fire and one horse so badly burned that it was shot. There other horses were saved the other cattle 23 in number, were gotten out safely.
The Skippack and West Point fire companies responded promptly and through their valiant effective efforts nearby buildings company stayed on the scene all night putting out fires which started from flying embers.
When the lightning struck Mr Kurz was not home, but reached there shortly thereafter from his place of employment at Bridgeport.
The barn was a large one of modern type and replaces one burned in 1918, by lightning which had in turn replaced one burned 20 years from fire of undetermined origin. This latest building was valued at $10,000 and crops at $2000. The building was insured but the crops were not.
Excitement and worry of the affair coupled with her giving birth to a son soon after the barn shocked Mrs Kurz’s system so much that she was removed to Montgomery Hospital on Wednesday and died a few hours after admission. Her obituary will be fund elsewhere in this issue.
Cecelia Kurz, wife of Fred Kurz, of Worcester, died on Wednesday in Montgomery Hospital from shock, following a disastrous fire which destroyed the barn on the home property on Tuesday evening, aged 40 years, 8 months and 8 days. She is survived by her husband and three sons and a daughter; Frederick, Charles, and a one day old son and Mary. The funeral will be private from the funeral home of Charles M Pool, Skippack, on Saturday. Interment at Wentz’s cemetery.
Friends may call at Pool’s funeral home on Friday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.
7 May 1925 – Lewis Leisengang died on Saturday in Cedars, from infirmities due to old age, being 86 years, 7 months and 13 days. Mr Leisengang was born in Elze, Providence of Hanover, Germany and served as a blacksmith in the German army. He came to this country in 1860 and after a short stay in Philadelphia entered employ of blacksmith of Samuel C Custer, at Cedars. A few years later he erected a shop nearby followed his trade enjoyed a large patronage and prospered. His nearest surviving relatives are several nephews and nieces who reside in Germany.
His funeral was held on Wednesday with all services at his late home conducted by Rev S C Snyder, of Center Square. Interment in Riverside Mausoleum, Norristown. Undertaker, C M Pool.
See Kibblehouse, Ralph
27 Feb 1941 – Mrs Margaret McCleery, 26 whose father was fatally injured by a hit and run driver last May died at the Montgomery Hospital early Tuesday from first, second and third degree burns received Monday at her Fairview Village home when her clothing were ignited by an electric heater.
Mrs McCleery, wife of Eden F McCleery, passed an electric heater early Monday morning to raise a window shade and her bathrobe brushed against the heater and was ignited. The bathrobe burned quickly but the woman was able to throw it off and stamp out some of the fire. Her under clothing continued to burn and she grabbed a blanket and wrapped it around herself.
Screaming for help she ran to the home of neighbor who summoned Dr E S Meyers, Jeffersonville. Dr Meyers administered first aid and order her removed to the Montgomery Hospital.. He died at 1.18 Tues morning
Her father, Harry Beswick, 66 went for a walk the evening of May 10 last and a short time later his body was found along the Germantown pike, near Fairview Village, Police and Coroner Rushing said Beswick was apparently the victim of a hit and run but the case was not solved.
28 Jun 1928 – Charles Meyers, farmer on the Stump Hall road, in the western part of Worcester Township, was found hanging in his barn by his little daughter, Tuesday afternoon.
He left the house soon after the noon hour. It was thought he had gone to a neighbor’s house. After a while Mrs. Meyers became alarmed at his failure to return and the search began, resulting in the discovery of the body in the barn.
Mr Meyers had been in ill health for some months. Lately he was unable to sleep and lost his appetite and became melancholy. Remarks made by him led to his being watched daily.
Some years ago he conducted a garage in Camden, NJ. From there he moved to Hatfield then to Skippack. From there he moved to Worcester farm about three years ago and conducted a dairy of 17 cows.
Deceased was 44 years old he leaves a wife, Edna, and an only child Carolyn.
Funeral private, Friday, June 29, at 10 am from the funeral parlors of Undertaker C M Pool. Interment at Wentz’s Church Cemetery, Worcester.
Meschter, Rev George K
10 Jun 1910 – Rev George K Meschter, MD one of the most widely as well as one of the most favorably known citizens of Worcester township, died suddenly Saturday morning, at 6.45 o’clock, of apoplexy, at his home at Center Point. He was in the usual state of health that morning, arose early and after spending sometime in the yard, returned to his library. He complained of feeling unwell, laid upon his couch, and there breathed his last a half hour later, surrounded by all the members of his family except one, Professor Charles K Meschter, of Bethlehem.
Deceased was a son of Rev George Meschter of Towamensing Township, and was born May 2, 1840. He received his early education at the Kulpsville academy, and after teaching school for several terms, took a two year course at Tremont Seminary, Norristown. He began to study of medicine in 1864 under Dr Joel H Krause, of Worcester. In 1865 he entered the University of Pennsylvania and graduated there in 1867. After spending a year in Blockley, PA and University Hospital, he began the practice of Medicine, March 1, 1868, at Center Point, where he built a very extensive practice following the medical profession until 1893, when he was succeeded by Dr J R Care, now of Norristown.
Dr Meschter married Mary Ann, daughter of the late Charles Y Kriebel, of Franklin, in 1868. Mrs Meschter preceded her husband in death about six years ago.
He is survived by the children, Prof Charles K Meschter, assistant Professor of English at Leigh University, and also Professor of English at the Morvan College for women, at Bethlehem, having been elected to the latter position a week ago. Cyrus K Meschter, who conducts the home farm and Nora, wife of Dr E G Kriebel, of Worcester.
In the spring of 1883 Dr Meschter was called to the ministry of the Schwenkfelder church, but did not accept the call until fall of that year. He served actively as a minister of that denomination until failing health a few years ago compelled him to relinquish pulpit work.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees and Vice President of Perkiomen Seminary, Pennsburg, PA
As a physician he was eminently successful and highly esteemed. He was held in no less esteem as a preacher. His walk and conversation was always genial manner endeared him to a host of friends and acquaintances.
The funeral was held on Wednesday and interment was made at the Worcester Schwenkfelder church.
Metz, Abram M
8 Nov 1928 – Abram M Metz died at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, on Thursday morning, aged 94 years. Mr Metz had made his home at Fairvilla Convalescent Home, at Belfry, for several years. Mr Metz on Wednesday, October 31st while at the barber shop at Center Point, was overcome and sustained a fractured hip and other injuries. He was taken to Montgomery Hospital on Friday where his condition continued to grow worse until death ensued.
His wife preceded him in death about four years ago when he lived at Center Point. He is survived by a son, Thomas O Metz, of Northfield, NJ and two daughters, Mrs. Amanda V Burket, of Norristown, and Mrs. Richard P Harris of Atlantic City. His funeral was held (Thursday) afternoon from the Mowday parlors, 619 DeKalb Street, Norristown. Interment took place at the Valley Friends cemetery, Chester County.
Mr Metz was born August 18, 1835 in Towamencin Township on the farm now owned by Isaac C Kulp. He was a store hand in the store of David Grogg, at Skippack for three and a half years. Later he followed butchering and for a time contracted for grading, and construction in Maryland and Delaware. He also did similar work in Berks County. Our Civil War he served for six months in Co A, 17th PA, Infantry.
He was a member of the Joseph Hooker Post, GAR of Atlantic City, and was a member of Free and Accepted Masons.
For a number of years he was one of the familiar figures who attended the annual Memorial Day exercise held at Trinity Reformed church, Skippack, and will not only be remembered by the older folks but by many of the little children who each year strew flowers on the graves of soldiers who rest in the cemetery, adjoining the church at Skippack.
14 Mar 1890 – At the sale of personal effects of Hannah Metz, deceased, near Wentz’s church was held on Tuesday. An eight day high case clock brought $35. A case of drawers $6.50.
Nyce, Harvey Linwood
8 Jul 1915 – Harvey Linwood Nyce, better known in his large circle of acquaintances as “Lin” Nyce, died suddenly at his home in Center Point at about 8 o’clock in Center Point on Tuesday morning, at the age of 40 years, 6 months and 23 days.
His end came unexpectedly to his mother, who was with him, and to his brothers, and when it was announced in the community, caused a profound sensation, for it was known that he was dangerously ill, and universal regret was expressed at his passing out.
The cause of death has not been announced as yet. Since the end came, however, it is stated that he had been ailing with bladder trouble for about six years and that three weeks ago he underwent an operation. He seemed to recover from the effects of the operation and able to look after his business until last week when he sent a substitute to serve his customers on the market route in Philadelphia, but he was about his home on Saturday and Sunday. Monday he remained in bed, under the care of his physician, Dr E G Kriebel, who that afternoon called in a specialist. Tuesday morning about seven o’clock he was out of bed but laid down again. Toward 8 o’clock he said to his mother, what had been with him all night, that she should rest a while, and she sat in a char. In a few minutes she heard a peculiar noise and looking toward her son she immediately saw a change had come, that her son was passing away. His end came very gently and quietly.
Deceased was the youngest son of Mary and the late George Nyce and was born December 13, 1874, in Towamensing Township on the farm now occupied by Abraham Alderfer, where the father conducted the blacksmithing business. Seven years later the family moved to Center Point, and ever since Lin Ncye has been a resident of that place.
As a boy and young man he did various kinds of work about the neighborhood, and event entered the employ of the late Samuel E Brecht, who was an extensive and successful market man. Mr Brecht took an interest in the young man, indeed as his mother put it, “Mr Brecht was like a father to Lin”, and when he was no longer able to continue the market business he sold out to Mr Nyce. That was about 18 years ago.
Always scrupulously careful, prompt and conscientious about his business matters, he secured and held the confidence of business men with whom he came in contact. In his market business he was exacting as to the quality of produce he offered for sale to his customers and as a result his business grew until one of his competitors put it, “he had the best retail market route in Philadelphia.
A few years after purchasing the Brecht Market route Mr Nyce acquired the Brecht home at Center Point, and has made an ideal modern home with all convenience, and the best kept property along the Skippack road. Being unmarried, he was a few years ago installed his mother, Mrs. Mary Frederick, to whom he was always very closely attached, as the mistress of his home.
That deceased was just in his dealing and considerate of his fellow man in borne out by the testimony of those who knew him, but perhaps the best evidence of this is the fact that one of his employs, Jonas Hallman, has been with him for eighteen years, ever since he started in business, and George Bossert has also been with him for a number of years.
Deceased was a member of the Harleysville Beneficial Association, of the Brotherhood of America of Center Point, and Washington Camp, No 33 POSof A of West Point.
His mother and three brothers remain: William H Nyce, and Elmer Nyce of Center Point, and Frank Nyce, a druggist, of Camden, NJ
There funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon. All services at Wentz’s Reformed church at 1 o’clock. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Rev D D Brendle will conduct the services. Undertaker C M Pool.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
15 Jul 1915 – The funeral services of H L Nyce, held last Saturday afternoon was largely attended Rev Brendle said it was the largest funeral at which he had officiated at Wentz’s church. The large auditorium and gallery were filled. The Scripture lesson was taken Luke 14th chapter beginning with the 17th verse, and the text was Luke 14-30. The choir sang several hymns including “Abide with me,” and “One by one.” The pallbearers were George Bossert, Jonas Hallman, Harry Hunsberger, Warren Hendricks, Chester Kriebel, Irvin Souder, D W Keyser and O S Allebach.
Nyce, William H
12 Nov 1931 – William H Nyce, of Center Point, one of the most widely known blacksmiths of Montgomery county, aged 69 years, was found dead in his garage on Sunday evening by Levin Gellar of Lansdale, Coroner George Huff, of Lansdale was immediately notified and after investigating the case issued a certificate of suicide by gas fumes, he have left the engine of his automobile running.
He did not accompany his wife on a visit to Lansdale that afternoon on account of not feeling well but his condition was not alarming.
He was a son of George Nyce, deceased, and was born in Towamencin township. He learned that blacksmith trade when in his teens in his father’s shop, at Center Point and after his death about 40 years took charge of his business, conducting it since then and enjoyed a large patronage.
He is survived by his wife Emma Nyce, and two brothers, Elmer, of Worcester, and Frank of Camden.
His funeral was held to-day (Thursday) services and interment at Wentz’s Reformed church.
16 Sep 1920 – One of the most cold-blooded murders recorded in the criminal annals of this county took place in Worcester Township about a mile and a half on the northwest of Fairview Village. Monday morning when Adam Palkowski within a short distance of his home by Roman Schneider, also a foreigner, of about the same age, six feet in height and powerfully built, who boarded at the Palkowski home. The two men left home about 5.30 that morning bound for work. Schneider was employed at Ivy Rock and the other man was employed in Bridgeport. Their custom was to walk the distance of about one mile and a half from the Palkowski home, north of the Germantown pike, located on the road divided the David Trucksess and Smith Highland peach orchard to the trolley car at Fairview Village.
About a half hour after they had left the house Schneider returned and said to Palkowski’s wife, “I beat up your old man he is lying in a corn field down near Germantown pike.”
Schneider packed his belongings and left. The murdered man’s brother followed Schneider by horseback but lost all trace of him. Then in company with Louis Rash a neighbor the two went to Palkowski’s place of employment and finding no trace of him returned and continued the search and in the middle of the afternoon found part of a bloody shirt, evidence of a terrific struggle. They followed tracks into the cornfield and thirty feet from the road found the dead body carefully covered with weeds.
The fact that the two men appeared to be friendly that morning when they left home deepens the mystery of the terrible crime. It is believed that shortly after leaving home the men got into an argument and began fighting and that after Palkowski was beaten senseless Schneider took an iron fence post which he pulled out of the ground and with it killed his victim. A physician’s examination revealed that Palkowski’s skull was fractured and his face beaten to a pulp.
The murdered man resided in that section the past year and is said to have been a peace loving industrious foreigner. He is survived by his wife, and two children.
Up to this time the murderer has made good his escape, but the State Police hope to capture him and make him answer for his terrible crime.
Corner Neville will hold an inquest in the case at Norristown Courthouse on Tuesday morning.
Pauling, Mrs Henry
14 Feb 1890 – Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather quite a number of friends and relatives attended the funeral services of Mrs Henry Pawling, of Norriton Township Saturday. The interment took place at Wentz’s church. Pastor Huber officiated at both house and church.
While Rev S M K Huber, Skippack, was on his way to attend the funeral service of Mrs Henry Pawling, Saturday, he nearly met with an accident while fording Zacharias creek as it entrance into the Skippack creek which is near what was formerly Bean’s Mill. The stream was very much swollen and perhaps not thinking of the danger, the pastor attempted to cross. The water came into his phaeton to the depth of six inches and the current was strong. Rev Huber, however, reached the other side safely, but with soaked blankets.
Raudenbusch, Norvin W
30 Jan 1941 – Norvin W Raudenbush, son of Mr and Mrs S H Raudenbush, who reside on the former Bishop farm on Valley Forge road, near Fairview Village, committed suicide on Sunday night by hanging himself in a woods but a short distance from his home. His age was 23 years, 11 months and 26 days.
Raudenbush had been out that afternoon with a girl who is employed at the home of Arthur S Anders, only a short distance from the Raudenbush reside. When he called at her home again that evening and she refused his company Raudenbush threatened suicide and left the house. Mr Anders, who heard the quarrel, followed Raudenbush and saw him disappear in a wood nearby, and immediately telephoned State police who arrived on the scene in a short time cut down the body which swing from a limb of a tree beside a stepladder, and Raudenbush was quickly taken to Montgomery Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers and two sisters: Franklin B, 1339 Pines Street, Norristown; and Eunice H, Lois L and Samuel R all at home.
His funeral took place to-day (Thursday) at the Funeral Parlor of L H Dotts of Skippack. Interment was made in Wentz’s Reformed cemetery.
Reiff, Susan L
19 Jun 1941 – Susan L Reiff, widely known as “Aunt Sue”, the oldest resident of Worcester township, died at the home of Harvey S Krause on Township Line Road where she had her home the past six years, Wednesday of Infirmities of old age and complication of disease after an illness of three years. She was born on Washington’s birthday, February 22, 1845, and her age 96 years, 3 months and 26 days.
She was a daughter of Abram S Reiff deceased was born on the old Reiff homestead in Worcester Township, now known as the “Holiday Dairy Farm,” and was the last of a family of nine children – 4 sons and 5 daughters. She is survived by 21 nephews and nieces.
She was a dressmaker by trade which she followed at Harleysville and at Skippack for many years. While at Skippack she became affiliated with Trinity Reformed church and the Ladies Aid society and took a keen interest in the religious as well as the social affairs of her community.
After leaving Skippack she resided at Lansdale, Souderton and Norristown, prior to going to her late residence of the home of Krause’s.
Her funeral will take place at Trinity Reformed Church, Skippack, Sunday, June 22, at 2 o’clock pm. Interment is in the adjoining cemetery.
Friends may call at the Funeral Home of L H Dotts, Skippack, on Saturday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.
Rittenhouse, John M
15 Apr 1910 – John M Rittenhouse, a well-known and highly esteemed farmer, of Worcester Township, near Fairview Village, committed suicide by hanging about noon on Tuesday. The deed was done in the cow stable of the barn.
Mr Rittenhouse had been about his premises as usual. Just before noon the hired man, Walter Grater, inquired for him and was told he had just been seen about the building. He went to the barn and was horrified to find his employer hanging in the cow stable. The body was cut down but his life had fled.
No cause for the rash act is known, other than for some time Mr Rittenhouse has been melancholy.
Deceased is survived by his widow and four daughters, Annie wife of Charles B Godshall, at Center Point; Mary and Deborah, at home, and Margaret wife of Elias G Kriebel, of Lucon. One sister also survives, Deborah, wife of Enoch M Heebner of Upper Gwynedd.
The funeral will be held to-morrow (Saturday). All services at his late residence at 10.30 o’clock am, to which relatives and friends are invited. Interment private at Wentz’s Reformed church.
Revs H H Johnson, Amos K Bean, D K Laudenslager will conduct the service. Undertaker, C M Pool
31 Jul 1903 – The funeral of Abner W Rosenberger last Sunday was one of the largest held at Wentz’s church. There were 237 teams on the ground.
22 Jul 1892 – Susanna Rosenberger, aged 83 years, 10 months and 11 days, residing with her grandson Joseph P Bustard, at J P B Creamery, Saturday either accidently fell or threw herself out of the second story window of Mr Bustard’s residence. She was found lying in the yard by Mrs Bustard, and carried into the house. Dr Meschter was summoned who found her left arm and three ribs broken, and gave her proper attention, about five minutes after the doctor left the woman died, to the surprise of the family and the physician. Deceased was the widow of Benjamin Rosenberger, the mother Benjamin S Rosenberger of West Point. The supposition is that the aged woman threw herself out of the window, as she several times made threat of that character. The funeral was held Wednesday. Interment at the Towamensing Mennonite meetinghouse. C M Pool, of Skippack was the undertaker. Rev’s C B Allebach, Jacob C Stover and Jacob Loux conducted the service.
Rothenberger, James K
3 May 1912 – James K Rothenberger, one of the brightest and most promising young men of Worcester Township, passed away on Wednesday evening and the announcement of his death came as a shock to the members of his family and to his many friends and acquaintances.
Blood poisoning was the cause of his death, and his age was 20 years, 9 month and 10 days.
The beginning of the young man’s trouble was on April 17th, when he fell in a horse’s stall in his father’s stable and was trampled by a horse, sustaining a fracture of both bones of the right leg below the knee.
The case did not progress very favorable, and on Monday night attending physician, Dr E G Kriebel, decided upon an operation. Dr Ruh, of Philadelphia and Dr J Newton Hunsberger, of Norristown, were summoned and the operation was performed on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Rothenberger was then in a serious condition. He grew rapidly worse from blood poisoning, which set in, and died on Wednesday evening.
Deceased leaves his parents, three brothers and one sister; Alvin Rothenberger, of Perkiomen Seminary; Oscar and Lawrence Rothenberger, at home, and Emma, wife of Harry Weigner, of Lansdale.
Mr Rothenberger was regarded as one of the most promising young men of the township. He was a graduate of the Worcester Township schools, two years ago graduated from the Norristown High School, and had spent one term at Cornell University in the study of Agriculture.
The demise of this man, just on the threshold of life prospect and promise, has cast a gloom over the community, and forcibly impresses upon each one the solemn truth the “in the midst of life we are in death.” The funeral will be held on Monday at 12.30 o’clock at the home of the parents. Interment will be made at 2 o’clock at the Towamensing Schwenkfelder church. Undertaker, C M Pool.
Relatives and friends are invited without further notice.
10 May 1912 – The funeral of this estimable young man, whose death was noted last week, was held on Monday, and was largely attended.
Rev Levi S Hoffman, pastor of the Schwenkfelder Church, was in charge of the services, and was assisted by the Rev Edwin S Anders, also of the Schwenkfelder church. Rev D D Brendle, of Wentz’s Reformed Church, had part in the services at the house.
The pall bearers were: Joseph Wiltsee, William S Seipt, William Anders, Amos Heebner, Adam Fisher and Norman Kriebel.
Friends may call at his late residence on Sunday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock, and are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
Rothenberger, Lawrence K
25 May 1933 – Lawrence K Rothenberger, a well-known, highly esteemed lifelong resident of Worcester Township, met a horrible death during Wednesday evening’s electrical storm at the Rothenberger homestead near Cedars.
Shortly after the storm broke a transformer on the electric service line was struck by lightning and a short time afterwards Mr Rothenberger and members of his family smoke issuing from underneath the kitchen floor. After one of the family received a slight shock when they attempted to pull the service switch, which is located in an out kitchen, Mr Rothenberger, with the aid of a baseball bat disengaged the switch, which, under ordinary conditions would have prevented further danger. When the smoke continued to issue from the kitchen floor, Mr Rothenberger went underneath the floor where the electric service line leads to an electric range to investigate and is believed in doing so he came in contact with B X conduct which, evidently was heavy charged, and in a short time was rendered helpless and unconscious. Ralph Weigner, his nephew, who went to his assistance, was rendered unconscious and required medical attention.
Medical aid and employees of the Philadelphia Electric Company were summoned but arrived on the scene too late to save the young man’s life.
Mr Rothenberger was 39 years of age. He is a son of the late Edwin K Rothenberger, and is survived by his wife, Lizzie, and these children: Willis, Stanley and Arlene. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs Amanda Rothenberger; a sister, Emma, wife of Harry Weigner, of West Point; and two brothers: Alvin K and Oscar K of Worcester.
His funeral will be held on Monday, May 29, at 2 o’clock PM Daylight Saving Time, service and interment at the Towamensing Schwenkfelder church.
Friends may call at his late residence on Sunday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock, and are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
Royer, Jesse, Sr
6 Jan 1911 – Jesse Royer, Sr, died very suddenly Wednesday shortly afternoon while seated in a chair in the wheelwright shop of his son, Jesse D Royer, at Center Point. He was in his usual state of health and his passing away came as a shock to his family and the community.
The aged man had accompanied his son to the wheelwright shop, after dinner, had rendered some assistance while the younger man was engaged in sawing lumber with his circular saw, and then seated himself in a chair to observe the progress of the work. Just a brief space of time before death came, less than five minutes, the son happened to look toward his father and noticed nothing unusual. He completed his task and when he again looked up the aged man’s jaw had dropped. The son hastened to his side life had fled. Went out suddenly and without warning. The cause of death was found to have paralysis of the heart. His age 79 years.
Deceased is survived by three sons and two daughters: Jesse D Royer, of Center Point, with whom deceased resided; Amos D Royer, of Richmond, Philadelphia; Benjamin D Royer, of Tylersport; Mary, wife of Abraham H Cassel, of Norriton township, and Sarah, wife of George Keyser, of Woxall. One brother and two sisters also survive; Benjamin Royer, of Green Lane, Mrs. Lydia Nace, of Finland, and Mrs May Kline, of Red Hill. His wife died 27 years ago.
Deceased for many years resided in Worcester Township and operated a stone quarry below Cedars. He sold the property to Joseph B Cassel, and purchased a small house at Cedars, where he made his home until several years ago when he sold the house to David B Henning.
The funeral will be held from the residence of his son at Center Point, of which congregation deceased was a member for many years. Rev D D Brendle will be in charge. Interment in Wentz’s Cemetery. Undertaker, C M Pool.
Royer, Jesse D
5 Feb 1921 – Jesse D Royer, of Doylestown, died at a private hospital at Spring House on January 30, of sarcoma, aged 66 years, 5 months and 2 days. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth; two sisters, Mrs Mary Cassel, of Norristown and Mrs Sarah Keyser, of Telford and a brother, Benjamin of Souderton.
He was a son of the late Jesse Royer and was born on the former Joseph Cassel property at Cedars. Now owned by Mrs Viola Banish. He was a wheelwright by trade, having several apprenticeships with the late well-known wheelwright, D B Keyser. A few years later he launched in this business for himself at Center Point where he continued successful for abut twenty years. He located in Doylestown about five years ago.
His funeral was held on Tuesday, February 3, at Wentz’s church, Worcester. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
6 Dec 1945 – When Private First Class Kenneth Schatchard, thirty one opened the front door of his home on Germantown pike, Sunday, after serving three years in the Army, he expected to receive the warm embrace of his parents.
Instead, he found an empty house and it was not until neighbors saw him that he learned his mother and father were in a critical condition in Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, the victims of illuminating gas poisoning.
Barton H Scatchard, 77 and his wife, Catherine, 72 overcome Saturday night by fumes from a faulty gas heater, according to State Policeman Dennis Hogan.
They were discovered in a coma by George H Werner, a neighbor who had gone to visit them before he retired. Upon entering the kitchen he fund Mrs Scatchard unconscious on a sofa and her husband slumped in a chair with his head on the table.
Private Scatchard, who served with the Army in Europe, received his honorable discharge last week and arrived home on Sunday.
Mr Scatchard, who remains a patient in the hospital is reported to be recovering from the effects of the fumes.
Mrs Scatchard never regained consciousness after being admitted to the hospital. She died Tuesday morning.
Schultz, Amos H
10 Nov 1938 – Amos H Schultz, well-known farmer of Worcester Township, died at his home last Thursday afternoon. He had been bedfast for the past two years. He was 68 years.
Mr Schultz, in addition to operating a farm, had numerous other activities. He was a director of the First National Bank of Lansdale; a school director of Worcester Township for thirty years; a trustee of the Perkiomen School, Pennsburg; one of the Founders of the Farmer’ Hall, at Worcester, and a member of the Worcester Schwenkfelder church.
The deceased was born in Worcester and lived all his life. He was the son of the late William A Schultz.
Surviving are his wife, Lizzie Reiner Schultz, and three children:
Blanche, wife of Malcolm A Schweiker, Worcester; Leroy R Schultz, Worcester; and Miss Evelyn Schultz, at home. Two sisters who survive are: Mrs George Kriebel, Lansdale, Miss Katie Schultz, Worcester.
Rev L S Hoffman officiated at service held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, at L H Dotts Funeral Home, Skippack. Interment was made at Worcester Schwenkfelder Cemetery.
Schultz, Anthony B
21 Dec 1916 – Anthony B Schultz, of Belfry, almost lifelong resident of Worcester Township, and for thirty years a dealer in livestock, ended his life with a single barrel shot gun about ten o’clock Monday forenoon in the bedroom. He placed the muzzle of the gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. Death must have been instantaneous. When found dead by his daughter a few minutes was reclining on the bed, his feet upon the floor. He was dressed in working clothes. Neighbors were notified and word was sent to the Coroner’s office, Norristown.
Mr Schultz and his three daughters (Misses Rebecca, Cora and Ethel) lived together. Cora teaches school at Plymouth Meeting. Of late, and in fact for quite some time, the children say the father had periods of despondency and complained of not being well. Ever since he was the victim of an accident on one of his last trips to Ohio he was not quite the same man. He would go to his room at times and lie down for a half a day, he was not left home alone for any length of time. Nothing very unusual was noticeable in the man’s condition Monday forenoon.
It was while the daughter Rebecca was out in the yard that the father put the weapon to his throat and pulled the trigger. The daughter heard the report and hurried to the house and her father’s room. As she ascended the stairway she smelled powder and a second later was horrified at the sight before her eyes. The weapon was one which Mr Schultz used to shoot rabbits. It was a single barrel breech loader with a short barrel.
Mr Schultz was born in Worcester Township, April 25th, 1852, and was in his 65th year. The old Schultz homestead is now the Smith farm on Hollow road. For thirty years he was a dealer in livestock, had a large acquaintance and was well thought of. He also kept Center Point hotel. Some 10 or 12 years ago he quit the livestock business and went to farming near Belfry. He sold the farm to his son-in-law, and bought a smaller farm, his present residence near Belfry Station.
He had been a widower for about 18 years. He was the father of nine children, seven daughters and two sons; eight survive. Their names are: Miss Mamie, of Maryland; Emma, wife of Joseph C Blattner, of Norristown; Alice, wife of A C Blattner, of Worcester; Rebecca, Cora and Ethel of Belfry; Norman, of California, Stanley, of Skippack.
The funeral will be held this (Thursday) December 21st. Services at his late residence and at the Worcester Schwenkfelder Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Undertaker, C M Pool.
Schultz, Hannah Place
30 Jul 1897 – One of the saddest deaths of this community for a long time is that of Hannah, wife of Anthony B Schultz, proprietor of Center Point Hotel, which occurred at twenty five minutes past three o’clock Tuesday morning. Paralysis was the cause, and she lived just ten hours after the attack in the early evening.
Mrs Schultz worked hard all day Monday and was in her usual good health. In the morning she superintended the washing and assisted in that work. In the afternoon she went to the truck patch where her husband was doing some planting. About 5.30 while seated in the house reading a paper, she suddenly complained of feeling badly and of pains in the head, at the same time remarking that she believed it was a stroke. Members of the family helped her to the lounge and then summoned Dr. E Kriebel. Soon after Dr J R Care was also summoned at about 6.30 the woman, by this time only partly conscious, was carried upstairs and mad comfortable as possible. She soon lapsed into an unconscious state and so remained until the end came at about half past three the next morning. The physicians remained until the last.
Mr Schultz had been at Lansdale since the afternoon. He left home at four o’clock and his wife apparently well, and upon his return at seven he was to find his wife unconscious on her death bed and his children in tears.
The paralysis seemed to have affected her entire left side and her lower limbs and are once her tongue began to become thick. Mrs Schultz seemed to know the nature of the attack. She was somewhat familiar with the symptoms, because a sister (Sarah wife of Jacob G Gotwals of above Lansdale,) died in the cellar of her home in October last of paralysis, and her father and mother were taken away in the same manner.
Mrs Schultz’s age was 42 years, 11 months, 1 day. A grief stricken husband and 8 children survive six daughters and two sons, the youngest Ethel – all at home but one. One daughter, Idella proceeded her mother in death. The fact that Mrs Schultz was within two weeks of becoming a mother for the tenth time lends additional sadness to her sudden death. She leaves two brothers and one sister. Warren Place, of New Ringgold, Schuylkill county; A R Place, and Mary wife of Wilson S Schultz, of Lansdale.
Mrs Schultz maiden name was Place. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Israel Place and was born in Upper Providence. In 1875 she was married to Mr Schultz. During the past four and half years they have kept the hotel at Center Point and she greatly assisted her husband in conducting the place. Mrs Schultz had an extensive acquaintanceship and was known as an excellent, through going woman and possessing unusual business and managing ability. Mr Schultz and his eight motherless children have the hearty sympathy of the entire community in their deep affliction and the gloom that fills their home.
The funeral will be held to-morrow (Saturday) July 31, at 9.30 AM. Revs George K Meschter and Wm S Anders will conduct the service. Interment at the Worcester Schwenkfelder church of which congregation deceased was a member. Undertaker C M Pool, Skippack, will have charge.
Schweiker, Lt Malcolm Jr
3 May 1945 – First Lieutenant, Malcolm A Schweiker, Jr, son of Mr and Mrs Malcolm A Schweiker, of Worcester Township was killed in action on Okinawa Island on April 12. News of this death was received by his parents in a telegram from the War Department on Wednesday.
He was born in Worcester February 22, 1922. After attending the Worcester schools he entered the Norristown High School, graduating as an honor student.
He went to Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, for a year and then matriculated at Rutgers University, at New Brunswick, NJ where he was graduated as a Ceramic engineer.
He entered the Army in March 1943, while at Rutgers, and later went to Officers candidate school at Fort Benning, GA.
After being commissioned he remained as an instructor at Fort Benning for 14 months. Then he was assigned to a West Coast embarkation point, and went overseas, stopping in Hawaii and the Philippines before taking part in the invasion of Okinawa.
At Rutgers, Lt Schweiker was prominent as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Cap and Skull, Student Council Vice President; President of Delta Upsilon Fraternity; Colonel, ROTC Regiment; member of varsity soccer and lacrosse squads, and editor-in-chief of the yearbook.
He had been interested in scouting and had earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Central Schwenkfelder Church.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Richard, who is a radio technician third class with the Navy, training at a Chicago special radio school, and a sister, Sylvia, at home.
The paternal grandparents are Mr and Mrs George W Schweiker, of Penn Square, and the maternal grandparents were the late Mr and Mrs Amos K Schultz, of Worcester.
Lt Schweiker’s father is president of the American-Franklin Olean Tile Company, chairman of the board for the Franklin Tile Company; President of the Shawnee Pottery Company at Zanesville, OH. Treasurer of the Keller Whilldin Pottery Company at North Wales; and Chairman of the Board of Central Schwenkfelder church, and a member of the Board of directors at Perkiomen School.
3 Feb 1949 – Private Funeral Services of First Lt. Malcolm A Schweiker, Jr, son of Malcolm A and Blanche Schweiker, of Worcester, who died in Okinawa, April 12 1945, will be held at the parents in Worcester, Sunday, February 6, 1949. Entombment will be made in Riverside Mausoleum.
Friends are requested please omit flowers.
23 Sep 1892 – Amos Shutt, a well-known citizen died Tuesday evening aged 76 years. Interment Saturday at 10 o’clock at Wentz’s church. Services at the residence of John M Rittenhouse, Fairview Village, where deceased died.
28 Aug 1893 – Sarah Skeen, a widow of Elijah Skeen, died last Thursday afternoon at two o’clock, of dysentery in the 91st year of her age. She was well known having been the landlady at the Center Point hotel for many years.
Smith, Charles Z
22 Aug 1902 – Memorial services for Charles Z Smith will be held at Wentz’s church on Sunday, August 31, at 10 o’clock am, Rev S M K Huber officiating. Mr Smith died at West Point June 18th and interment at Wentz’s church. No funeral services were held at the time owing to the fact that he died of a highly contagious disease. Relative and friends are invited to the above service.
24 Mar 1898 – The infant child of Mr and Mrs Harry Stillwagon, of near Cedars died Friday night, aged about 6 months. Both the mother and little one had been ailing and were under the care of a physician. In some unaccountable way some medicene intended for the mother became mixed with that intended for the baby and that dose proved too strong for the little one and it died from the effects of the medicene. As stated, in spite of the physicians efforts to save it. The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday). Interment at Wentz’s church. Rev S M K Huber conducted the services and undertaker had charge of the remains.
Stong, John F
23 Oct 1896 – John F Stong, for many years and up to the time of his death the blacksmith at Belfry died suddenly Sunday. He had just returned from paying a visit to his brother, George F Stong, and as he walking through his yard, he sank down. He was however able to reach the house, when again sank to the floor and died before medical assistance could be summoned. Death was due to heart failure. Deceased was 50 years old and leaves a widow and one child. His aged mother and one sister, Miss Jane residing at West Point, and one brother, George F Stong, Worcester Township also survive. The funeral was held Thursday at 1 PM. Interment at Wentz’s Cemetery. Rev S M K Huber officiated.
Styer, Cpl George F
Corporal George Freas Styer, son of Mr and Mrs Rudolph K Styer, of Collegeville, died in action in Italy on February 24, according to a telegram received by his parents on Saturday. His age was 23 years.
He is the first member of the armed forces from Collegeville to give his life for his country in World War No 2.
He was serving with the mechanics on an amphibious landing truck. He entered the service in Jun 1942 and was sent overseas on January 16, 1943. He saw action in North Africa and in Sicily before the invasion of Italy.
On February 23, the day on which the War Department said Cpl Styer died, he wrote that he was well and happy and that he was glad to hear that the members of his family at home were all well.
Cpl Styer was graduated from the Worcester Township High School and also attended Norristown and Schwenksville High School.
He was one of six members of the Styer family now serving in the Army forces here and abroad. Two sisters are Army nurses and two brothers and a brother-in-law are with the US Army.
Besides his parents he is survived by three brother and three sisters. They are Lieutenant Harriet Styer, Anc. at Camp Pickett, VA; Lieutenant Margaret Styer, ANC in England; Staff Sergeant Charles Styer, in England; Private Logan Styer, Fort McCleean, AL; Mrs Norman Walsh, at home, and Rudolph Styer, Jr, Lansdale. Sergeant Norman F Walsh, husband of the former Miss Marion Styer, is with the Medical Corps at Camp Lee, VA
Memorial Services were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Wentz’s Reformed church, Worcester, of which he was a member.
The Styer family are well known in central Montgomery County having resided in Worcester township many years prior to locating at Collegeville.
27 Apr 1944 – George F Styer, son of Mr and Mrs Rudolph K Styer, of Ninth Avenue, Collegeville, was awarded the medal of the Order of the Purple Heart, posthumously, this week. The Purple Heart Medal and a Presidential citation were received by Mr and Mrs Styer on Tuesday.
The order of the Purple Heart was established by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
The Presidential citation reads as follows:
“In grateful memory of Technician Fifth grade George F Styer, who died in the service of his country in the North African Area on February 24, 1944.
“He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessings:
“Freedom lives, and through it he lives in a way that humbles the undertaking of most men — Franklin D Roosevelt – President of the United States
5 Aug 1948 – The body of Corporal George F Styer, son of Mr and Mrs Rudolph K Styer, 183 Main Street, Trappe, will be reburied with full military rites on Sunday afternoon. Services at the home of his parents at 2.30 o’clock.
His body was committed to the care of L H Dotts Funeral Home, Skippack. It will lie at the Styer home on Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday with a full military guard.
Interment will take place Sunday afternoon at Wentz’s Reformed cemetery Worcester. Members of the Kline-Styer-McCan Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Bryon S Feagly Post of the American Legion will participate in the military rites.
Corporal Styer entered the service in June 1942 and served through the campaign in North Africa before going to Italy where he paid the supreme sacrifice on February 24, 1944.
He was a graduate of Worcester High School and attended both the Norristown and Collegeville High Schools before entering the Army.
He was one of six members of the Styer family who served with the armed forces during World War 2.
He is survived by his parents and these brothers and sisters; Capt. Harriett, Fort Dix, NJ; Margaret, Trappe, who was with the Nurses Corps; Charles of Trappe, who served in England with the Army; A Logan, of Plymouth, Army Veteran; Marion, wife of Norman Walsh, Schwenksville, and Rudolph K Styer, Jr of Trappe. Friends may call at the home on Saturday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock and at the services at home on Sunday afternoon.
Please omit flowers.
4 Sep 1930 – Miss Helen Thompson, daughter of Mrs. Helen Thompson Williams, of Worcester, sustained injuries in an accident which resulted in her death a few minutes later. She was one of a party of four in a machine which collided with another car at the junction of Valley Forge – Lansdale State highway and the Sumnytown pike, near the former Friehofer Poultry Farm. Miss Thompson was riding in the rumble seat at the time of the crash. The other young lady was severely injured about the face. The young men escaped with minor injuries.
Trucksess, Andrew J
1924 – Andrew J Trucksess, practically a life long, and one of the best known residence of Fairview Village, died on Friday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs Maude Paterson, of Overbrook, with whom he had resided the last two years. About five years age he suffered a sever stroke which wore on him heavily and together with infirmities of age caused his death. He was 82 years of age.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah L, and these children: Maude, with whom he resided; David L, of Fairview; Andrew, Jr, of Pittman Grove, New Jersey; Harry, of Overbrook; Herbert A of Philadelphia, and Mrs Thomas Patterson. His funeral took place at the Lower Providence Presbyterian church on Tuesday with Masonic burial.
Mr Trucksess was a son of the old time well known boot and shoemaker. David Trucksess, and was born at the Trucksess homestead above Fairview Village, known for many years as Trucksess Corner. He received his early education at a private school taught by the late Rev H S Rodenbaugh, and later attended Freeland Seminary where he prepared for teaching and also studied music. By the time he was fitted for teaching he became afflicted with a long siege of rheumatism and abandoned the idea of teaching. He turned his attention to his father’s business and learned the boot and shoemaking trade, devoting all of his spare time to music. He followed shoemaking for thirty years and enjoyed a large patronage. He became popular as a singing school teacher and conducted schools in hald a dozen different localities and there are quite a number of people still living who learned their do, re, mi’s under his direction. He presided as organist at Lower Providence Presbyterian church for 45 years during which time he played at 1100 funerals.
In addition to conducting his farm he also attended Norritown markets for many years.
He was the oldest member of Charity Lodge No 190. Free and accepted Masons, having joined the order sixty years ago, and was a charter member of Economy of Odd Fellows, of Collegeville.
He served as secretary of the Farmer’s Union Horse Company of Fairview Village, for over sixty five years.
Vanfossen, Josiah G
15 Jul 1898 – Sustained a fractured skull and died almost instantly while unloading hay at his barn Tuesday afternoon. Josiah G Vanfossen, Center Point, fell from the hay wagon and sustained injuries that caused almost instant death.
Mr Vanfossen, his son Warren and a hired man were unloading hay in the barn by means of a hay hook. He was on the wagon and the man and boy were in the mow above. As the unfortunate man was pulling the hook back to the wagon the rope broke and he lost his balance, falling against the side of the mow. His head struck a small iron hook, used to retain the hay rope when not in use, and his skull was fractured about three inches above the right eye. His fall must have been violent, for the small hook cut through his head. No one saw him fall, his daughter, Minnie, who was driving the horses and had just turning around after pulling up a hookful of hay, heard him groan. She called for assistance and the injured man was carried to the house. Asked whether a physician should be sent for, the injured man shook his head in the negative, but upon the question being repeated he nodded his head. Before the physician arrived, however, the man was a corpse, death having ensued about five minutes after the accident. The physician’s examination showed that death resulted from blood penetrating to the brain.
Deceased for twenty years followed butchering and attended the Norristown market, he retired from the business four years ago. During the past twelve years he conducted a farm seven years was a cattle dealer, he conducted the Rittenhouse mill at Center Point, four years. He was born and raised and resided on the farm where he died.
Mr Vanfossen’s age was 46 years, 10 month and 25 days. He is survived by a widow and four children, three daughters and one son. They are Mrs James Stroth, West Point; Minnie, Bertha, and Walter, all residing at home. One sister survives, Mrs Barney Beaver, North Wales.
The funeral will be held from his late residence. Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment at 12 o’clock at Worcester Schwenkfelder Church, Revs Wm S Anders, and George K Meschter will conduct the services. C M Pool will have charge.
18 May 1900 – Aged Joseph Vanfossen, the oldest resident of Worcester Township died Friday, May 11, of cancer of the face, aged 89 years, 10 months and 27 days. Deceased was born in 1810 on the farm now conducted by Frank G Bean, this township, near Fairview Village. He was a blacksmith by trade, his apprenticeship with Samuel Shupe at Evansburg. In 1832 he became a permanent resident of Worcester. He followed his trade for 51 years, and did his own blacksmithing until he was 80 years of age.
Deceased is survived by a widow (his second wife) one son, Wm D Vanfossen, residing at home, and a daughter (by his first wife) Mrs. Charles D Loch, Lansdale. He leaves no brothers and no sisters. He had a remarkable memory and was occasionally called upon for information and concerning historic events. His recollections of the Peter Wentz Inn, gleaned from Mr Vanfossen’s recollection by George K Meschter, appeared in the “Transcript” in February this year.
Deceased was a very industrious man. Last summer he was seen mowing grass with a scythe and last Fall he sat on a chair in the field and husked considerable corn.
The funeral was held Tuesday and was largely attended. Interment at Wentz’s Reformed church cemetery, of which congregation he was a member. Rev George K Meschter conducted the services at the house and Rev S M K Huber at the church. Undertaker Pool, of Skippack, had charge.
Weber, George B
26 Feb 1904 – George B Weber, eldest son of John D Weber, of Center Point, was drowned in the Towamensing creek, while attempting to ford that stream early Monday morning.
The young man drove to Ironbridge Sunday evening in his buggy to call on a friend. He left that place sometime about midnight or later and drove toward his home.
Just before reaching the Skippack creek, below the village of Skippack, he met two Worcester young men, Samuel Delp and John Bossert. They hailed Weber and told him he could not cross the Skippack creek because the water was too high. They told him they were going to drive out the Forty foot road and cross the stream farther up. He said all right, he would follow them.
THE LAST HEARD OF WEBER
The young men led off and Weber followed them. They all crossed the bridge near John Moyer’s place in safety and there the young men lost Weber. They heard him follow across the bridge. When they had driven about a half mile further they stopped and called but neither heard or saw anything of the young man.
THE ALARM GIVEN
It was George Weber’s intimate friend D Winfield, Keyser, who first feared that all was not well with his friend. About nine o’clock Monday morning he learned that George had not reached his home from his visit the evening before. He first called up Ironbridge on the telephone and inquired whether the young man had left the answer came back the he had gone home 7 or 8 hours previous.
THE SEARCH FOR THE BODY
The worst fears were confirmed. The dead horse and buggy in the stream told the tale.
Meanwhile the young man’s father, John D Weber, had arrived and he was notified of the find. A number of men had congregated at the Skippack bridge. They divided and began a search on both sides of the stream; going down stream, for at that time it was supposed the young Weber had lost his life in attempting to cross the Skippack bridge.
More men arrived and reinforced the searchers and every foot of ground between Skippack bridge and where the carriage was found was carefully gone over, but no traces of the body were found.
THE BLANKETS FOUND
Baffled some of the searchers, led by D W Keyser, began working up stream above the Skippack bridge. Several hundred yards north of the bridge one of his blankets was found. This showed that he had attempted to ford the stream farther up. The blanket was found about two o’clock. Shortly after another blanket was found not very far from where the first one was found.
The search was continued and men on both side of the stream worked with a will, but evening came and the night settled down and Weber’s body was not found.
WEBER’S BODY FOUND
Early Tuesday morning the search was renewed. During the night the waters had subsided and were somewhere near their normal level.
Men were eagerly examining every place where the body might have been found lodgment.
About nine o’clock H G Croll, who was one of searching party just below the breast of what was Skippack dam, saw an object that looked like part of a coat. He went closer and at once saw that it was Weber’s coat and his body. It was only partly in the water when found.
Willing hands lifted the body out of the water and placed it gently into a waiting vehicle and it was conveyed to the rooms of Undertaker Pool at Skippack.
Two watches were found in his clothing, one had stopped at 4.30 and the other at 4.40 o’clock. Everything about his person were intact his gloves were still on his hands, his overcoat was on him and even his overshoes were on his feet, his hat only was gone.
An examination of the body revealed that he was entirely uninjured. There was not a scratch or scar upon any part of his body, which is remarkable considering the huge quantities of ice in the swollen stream. Undertaker Pool removed the body to the home of his father on Tuesday afternoon.
George B Weber was born July 20, 1884, and his age, was 19 years, 7 months and 1 day. He was a well-known young man, and was a graduate of the public schools of Worcester Township, class of 1899. Since his graduation he had been his father’s very efficient help in conducting the Center Point Store.
The young man had a very many friends, all of whom are greatly shocked at his sudden death and the distressing circumstances surrounding it.
The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their deep affliction.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 10 o’clock am from his late residence at Center Point. Interment at Wentz’s Reformed church, Worcester, where deceased was a member of the catechetical class now under instruction.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
4 Mar 1904 – The funeral of George B Weber on Sunday was the largest held at Wentz’s church for years. Rev D K Laudenslager, assisted by Rev George K Meschter, conducting the services. About 1300 people viewed the remains. It took one hour for the people to pass the casket. There were a number of handsome floral designs. The West Point POSof A Camp, of which deceased was a member turned out about 80 members and rendered their burial services. About 30 members of the Hatfield Camp were also present. The pallbearers were D W Keyser, H L Nyce, Daniel K Schultz, Clarence Lownes, Charles K Heebner, and Raymond Dresher. Upwards of 400 carriages were counted hitched on and near the church property.
The late Georg e B Weber carried a life insurance policy of $1000 on which he paid but one annual premium.
CARD OF THANKS
The undersigned hereby wishes to extend his sincere thanks to all so willingly assisted in the search for the body of his son. Their services are highly appreciated and will be held in grateful remembrance.
J D Weber
Weber, George M
18 Jan 1901 – George M Weber, an aged and highly respected citizen of Worcester Township, died at 2.30 am yesterday (Thursday) January 17, of pneumonia, aged 75 years and 7 month. He was suffering with a heavy cold for a month which developed into pneumonia. He had been bedfast only since Sunday.
Mr Weber was born June 17 1825, in Worcester Township (in the house now the residence of Adonia Schultz,) and spent his whole life in the township. He taught school for 20 years, most of that time at Anders’ school. He learned surveying and conveyancing and followed it successfully for many years. Part of his surveying outfit was a Benjamin Rittenhouse compass, which he owns up to his death. While teaching school he taught his pupils surveying and it is said that some of the older boys were able to go out and correctly survey a tract of land. Mr Weber was also a first class broom maker.
Mr Weber was a Democrat in politics. He served as School Director in this township and in the 1880’s came very close to the nomination for the Assembly in this county.
Deceased, though twice married, died a widower. His first wife was Matilda Davis, who was the mother of all his children. The second wife was Hannah Brunner. The surviving children are: Annie, wife of Theodore Bossert, Frank P Weber and John P Weber, all of Worcester, and Mahlon D Weber of Norristown. Deceased is survived by one brother and one sister Mrs James C Slough, of West Point, and John M Weber, of Norristown.
Mr Weber was a well read and very intelligent man. Though of a retiring disposition he held pronounced views on all subjects and on the floor was able to express himself clearly and forcibly. The “Transcript” had printed communications on agricultural topics from his pen, he being a member of the Worcester Farmer’s Club.
The funeral will be held Sunday January 20. Services at 10 am at the house and 10.45 at Wentz’s Reformed church, where interment will be made. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Undertaker C M Pool has charge of the arrangements.
Services will be held at Wentz’s church Sunday morning at 10.45 o’clock in connection with the funeral of the late George M Weber. No Bible Class services.
Weber, Ida M
26 Feb 1891 – Ida M wife of John D Weber of Center Point, died Saturday night of a lingering illness covered a period of several years. Aged 31 years, 9 months and 8 days. Husband and one son survive. The funeral was held Wednesday and very large attendance. Interment at Wentz’s Church. The pall bearers were John C Slough, Elwood M Geyer, Albious Custer, Warren Hendricks, Jesse D Royer and Oliver K Bean.
Weber, John D
18 Dec 1908 – Merchant John D Weber, whose illness was noted in the column, underwent an operation on Sunday afternoon. The operation was performed by a Philadelphia physician who was assisted by Dr E G Kriebel, Dr Seiple and Dr Hunsberger. Reports from his bedside are to the effect that Mr Weber is as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
1 Jan 1909 – John D Weber, the merchant and post master at Worcester, died Christmas morning 1908, aged 50 years and 13 days. The cause of death was tuberculosis of the bowels.
Mr Weber had been ailing for some time. Several weeks ago he underwent an operation but failed to be relieved.
Deceased was the son of the late George M Weber, Worcester township. He was twice married. His first wife was Ida Beaver, daughter of Mrs Elizabeth Hendricks by whom he had on son, George Weber, who several years ago was drowned while fording the Skippack creek late at night. His second marriage was with Emma, daughter of Sarah and John E Brecht, who survives, together with six children.
His only surviving brothers are Mahlon Weber, Norristown, and Frank P Weber, Worcester, Mrs Theodore Bossert, Worcester, is his only sister.
Mr. Weber succeeded the late S W Hendricks as the merchant at Center Point and built up a successful business. He was also the postmaster at Center Point.
He was a member of Wentz’s Reformed church and Center Point Circle No 88 B of A.
The funeral, which was very largely attended, was held Thursday, Services at his late residence were private. Rev D K Laudenslager, his pastor assisted by Rev George K Meschter, conducted the services at the house and at Wentz’s Reformed church, where the Interment was made. Members of his lodge acted as pallbearers and the Lodge’s burial serviced was read at the grave. Undertaker C M Pool.
1 Jan 1909 – The funeral of John D Weber was attended by 900 people.
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11 Jul 1935 – Louise Young, aged 19 months, the only child of W Newton and Marguerite Young, of Fairview Village, fell into an excavation made for an outside fire place near their residence, which had filled with water during the heavy down pour of rain Tuesday, and drowned. The little girl had been missing but a short time when Mrs Young found the lifeless body of her only child in the rain filled hole.
The apparenly lifeless form of the little one was rushed to Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, where all attempt at resuscitation proved of no avail.
A bruise on the child warrants the theory that she fell into the hole, was stunned and was unable to make the faintest cry for help.
The funeral was interment will take place at the Worcester Methacton Mennonite church on Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Friends may call on Friday evening between 7 and 9 o’clock.
Besides these reported deaths there are many “nearly” fatal reports. Injuries came in many forms. Fires, explosions, gun discharges, lightning, crashes of wagons, cars, wagons and cars – horses and cars did not coexist well – even crashes with the trolley cars. Physical injuries from farm machinery or animal attacks from cows, bulls, pigs or dogs. There were near suffocations from gas, near-drownings, falling through ice and many diseases, including scarlet fever, typhoid and tapeworms!
Charles M Pool, undertaker of Skippack, died in Dec 1930, 67 years, 8 month and 27 days, and is buried in the Riverside Mausoleum, Norristown