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Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
by John William Barr
CONRAD, HENRY W., was born in Montgomery Co., came to Pine Grove about 1819, and built what is now the Mansion House and kept hotel till 1840. He was Prothonotary of Schuylkill kill Co., and served two terms in the Legislature; he was promi- nent and owned quite some property at one time. He had two sons and six daughters; the sons were both ministers of the Luth- eran Church. Sarah wag married to Rev. E. Henry, who preach- ed some 45 years in Pine Grove; Francis Valeria was married to Rev. R. P. Thomas, lived in Ohio then moved to Colorado; Char- lotte was married to William Forrer; Esther was single, and was a great church and Sunday school worker. She was superintend- ent of the Lutheran infant Sunday school for 40 years. She built the house where Robert Irwin now lives. Mary and Catherine were single and died young.
CHRIST, JOHN H., was a farmer at one time, worked in the mines, was conductor on the miners' train for the P. & R. Co.; was a traveling salesman for flour and feed. He had owned quite some property. He had one daughter who is married to Dr. John Sutton.
CHRIST, DR. JACOB, was a prominent physician and sur- geon. He had a large practice and was often called 15 miles to attend the sick. He built the house where his grandson, Harry, now lives. He had six sons and two daughters; Isaac, John, Lewis, Jacob, David, Levi. He was in the war at Baltimore in 1814; David and Levi were in the Civil War; Levi was a doctor and took up his father's practice in 1885. Both died in 1876.
CHRIST, CHARLES, a son of David, was a painter by trade; was clerking for A. T. Felty for some years and is now in the grocery business at the corner of Tulpehocken and Canal streets. He owns quite some property and is married to a Miss Felty.
CHRIST, JOHN M a son of Dr. Jacob Christ, was a wheel- wright by trade, and was at one time in the mercantile business in Tremont; moved back to Pine Grove and bought the property that his son now owns. He had one son and two daughters. One was married to A. K. Francis; Wellington was married to a Miss Morrett; he was a telegraph operator and was train dispatcher for the P. & R. Company at Pine Grove, was also station agent. He is at present in the mercantile business, the firm being Christ & Rehrer in the building where Miller, Filbert & Co. used to have store.
CHRIST, EDWARD, a son of Solomon, was married to Sallie Smeltzer. He was clerk at one time in Miller, Graeff & Co.'s office and in the railroad offices for the P. R. R., afterward engaged in the sale of coal and ice and in the manufacture of fences, farming and raising chickens. He had seven sons and two daugh- ters. Fred is a jeweler and lives in Blackfoot, Idaho; Reiff is a telegraph operator and also lives in Idaho; Guy, Caleb, Stanley and Frank run the business; Harry was a machinist, he died about two years ago; Emily is married and lives in Philadelphia; Claire is at home. Mr. Christ died about a year ago. Fred was in the Spanish American War.
CHRIST, HARRY, a son of Dr. Levi Christ, was born in Pine Grove, was married to Rose Stine, a daughter of Amos Stine. He was at one time in Paxson's store, then in Miller, Filbert & Co.'s store. He is at present in the clothing business, has been for about 23 years, the firm is Christ & Stine. He has been in the school board for some 15 years, has a large circle of friends. He has one son and one daughter, the son is a student at Gettysburg col- lege, the daughter is married.
CHRIST, DAVID, a son of Dr. Jacob Christ, was born in Lebanon Co. Dec. 25, 1827, was a painter by trade, removed with his parents to Pine Grove in infancy, was married to Eliza Saus- ser, had three sons and two daughters; Charles is in the grocery business; Edward is a painter and contractor; Levi died some years ago; Kate is married to John Groh; Amanda died. He was in the Civil War.
CHRISTESON, CAPTAIN H. C. was born March 25, 1825, along the banks of the present Kiel Canal, then under the king- dom of Denmark. He was a sailor for 21 years, attaining to Captain, circumnavigating the globe three successive times; was a spectator at the removal of the remains of Napoleon to Paris, was in California in the gold excitement 1849 and 1857, had a most eventful experience, such as befalls but few mortals. in a great storm in the China Sea he fell from the mast of his ship and shattered the bone in his left leg. Through this he settled in Pine Grove in 1859 and in company with the late Chas. Molly was engaged in the mercantile business in the building now occupied by Joseph Schwalm. Later in 1879 he removed to Suedberg where he built the present store and hotel. He is buried on the Lutheran Cemetery at Pine Grove. He had two sons and three daughters: Charles connected with a firm of Philadelphia; George, an official in the employ of the Missouri Pacific Railroad; Miss Louisa who resides on the old homestead at Suedberg. Charles is the father of Charles M. Christeson, a resident of Pine Grove, who is married to Miss Olive, oldest daughter of John Sutton, the druggist, and is connected with his father in the wholesale business in Phila- delphia.
CHANNELL, PROF. G., was born in Chester Co. He had learned the trade of plastering, then took up the profession of teaching, bad taught school in Bernville, Berks Co., taught in Llewellyn and Minersville, came to Pine Grove in 1871, taught the Pine Grove High school for some 30 odd years, taught the Pt. Carbon High school for 14 years. He was considered one of the best disciplinarians in the county. He has two sons and three daughters: G. Wayne is a Methodist preacher and lives in Ger- mantown, Philadelphia; James, a lawyer, and lives in Pottsville; Jennie lives in Tennessee; Eleanor is married to Edward Spang- ler; Maud was married to Geo. Erb and lives in Philadelphia. Mr. Channell served in the Civil War.
COWDEN, JOHN H., came to Pine Grove in 1852, was agent for the Union Canal Co., had charge of the weigh scales. He was a widower and had one son and one daughter who married Major David Taggart, who was paymaster in the U. S. army. Cowden owned the farm that John Beuchler now has; he went from here to Harrisburg where he died.
CARL, HARRY, was a machinist, came to Pine Grove about 1875, worked for the P. & R. Co. till the shops were closed in 1903, then went to Palo Alto and has been working for the P. & R. He had three sons and three daughters: Harry married to Miss Moy- er, is a barber; John is a machinist and lives in Pottsville; Wil- liam and the three daughters live at home.
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