This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week.
This column's focus is on SPANGLER. 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).
Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with this family. They are: Edward Webster Spangler's The Annals of the Families of Caspar, Henry, Baltzer and George Spengler, Who Settled in York County, Respectively, in 1729, 1732, 1732, and 1751 (York, Pa.: York Daily Pub. Co., 1896), and Roots and Shoots of Descendants & Antecedants: George Spangler & Dora Heigle (19--).
There are 32 different first-name entries for Spangler in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the Spangler name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' SPANGLER neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:
Jackson L., 40, attorney--118 N. Allegheny Lyde Newton, 26, law student--105 S. Allegheny
In CENTRE HALL BOROUGH:Amanda John, 62, retired Annie Reuben B., 30, butcher Mollie G.
In HOWARD BOROUGH:Mary L. George W. 3 mos.
In LIBERTY TOWNSHIP:Irvin, 26--Blanchard Mary E. Estella B. Lucinda--Blanchard Henry M. 11 Minnie--Blanchard Nathan, 32, laborer--Blanchard Mary E. Harris E. 2 Samuel K., 53, laborer--Blanchard Margaret J. Sadie E. William W., 55, farmer--Blanchard Henry W., 19 Millie
In MILES TOWNSHIP:Jonathan, 48, retired--Webersburg Sarah A. Kate I. Annie Agnes L. Joseph, 24, farmer--Rebersburg Annie Carl R. 8 mos.
In POTTER TOWNSHIP:George W., 52, farmer--Tusseyville Sarah J. Maggie J. James B., 43, driver--Potters Mills Effie A. John J. 9 Rebecca M. Lydia A.--Potters Mills William W., 51, farmer--Potters Mills Adella S. Gertrude M. William E. 16 Harry B. 11
In SPRING TOWNSHIP:Sarah--Bellefonte William H. 24