This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on Fetzer. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals in part with the Fetzer family. It is: Lois Heller's Samuel Shank 1811-1890, Fetzertown and Yarnell, Annie Fetzer 1819-1893 (Coatesville, Pa., 19--).
There are 8 first-name entries for Fetzer in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there is one reference to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' FETZER neighbors in 1890:
In BOGGS Township:
Adam, 65, farmer--Milesburg Hannah Franklin P. 37 Theodore 34 Harry M. Elmer E. 26 Arvilla Gertrude Andrew, 63, farmer--Milesburg Hannah Oscar 25 Murtie Oris 15 Toner 8 Martin 6 George M., 45, farmer--Milesburg Elizabeth Alice Anna Bass 15 Harry 13 John 10 Lula Austin 8 James 6 Bessie John B., 47, laborer--Milesburg Nancy M. Joseph M., 36, farmer--Milesburg Emma S. Maud B. Charles A. 7 Lula M. Clyde C. 4 Edith H. Mary A.--Milesburg Mary C. Mary E.--Milesburg Nora Harvey 13 Hannah Michael W., 58, laborer--Milesburg Nancy J. Homer 12 William A., 39., laborer--Milesburg Alice Mary J. Samuel M. 7 Lewis 5 Anna Matilda
In UNION Township:Laura J.--Fleming