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Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
by John William Barr
STRIMPLER, JOHN, was at one time in the store and coal business. He clerked for Wheeler, Miller & Co., owned the prop- erty where John Sutton's drug store now stands; at one time owned a good deal of property in Pine Grove. He had three daughters, Emma married to Samuel Hippie; Anna was married to William Hetherington; Christina died young. He had a brother Christian, who used to boat.
STEES, JOHN, was a bachelor; he was in the coal business at Lorberry, the firm was Stees & Shirk. His sister was married to a Mr. Stackpole, while he was hauling coal from the Lorberry mines he got under the cars and was killed at Hall's crossing or what is now North Pine Grove Station. StackPole left a widow and three daughters. Mr. Stees provided for the family, they lived where Michael Rank now lives. Margaret was married to Levi Huber; Dorcas was married to L. Greenawalt and lived in Dauphin. Amelia was married to J. Hanniggan.
STEES, REUBEN, was a nephew of John Stees; he was married to Elmira Eckert and lived at one time where Edward Kantner's store now stands. He worked on the Landing shipping coal for his uncle, afterwards moved in the brick house next to the Lutheran church and went into the store business with Dr. Kitzmiller, then in the coal business at Lorberry at the colliery that Stees & Sherk had. The firm became Kitzmiller, Stees & Co., and later at Rausch Creek under the firm of Kitzmiller, and Graft. He had three sons and four daughters, Fred, George, William, Mary, Annie, Laura and Elmira. William died young. Frederick was born in 1841. He was in the mercantile business with William Forrer, then with his brother, George. Frederick was married to Rebecca Hammer. He was very prominent. He was elected to Legislature two terms; was a member of the P. 0. S. of A., the I.O.O.F. and G. A. R., and the Masons. He served in the Civil War. He had two sons: Charles and Lewis. Both lived in Philadelphia; Mrs. Fred Stees lives in N. J. George, a brother of Fred and son of Reuben, lives in Conshohocken. Mary, daughter of Reuben, is married to Joseph Kendall, and lives in Kansas City, Missouri; Annie was married to Theodore Batdorf, and lived in Pottsville. Laura is married to S. M. Helms. Elmira is married to Mr. Gottschall; they are both in the Masonic Home at Blizabethtown, Lancaster county. Mrs. Gottschall is blind and feeble.
STEES, JOSIAH, a brother of Reuben, was at one time employed by Kitzmiller & Stees at the landing shipping coal, and afterwards went in the lime burning business below the old church. in 1862, when the flood destroyed the canal, he moved to Jonestown, Lebanon county, afterwards moved to Dauphin; he was married to Catharine Barr, they had 21 children; 10 died in infancy; 11 grew to manhood and womanhood.
SHARTEL, GEORGE, was a tailor; carried on the business for some years, then kept a cake and candy shop; it was a great place for young men to gather as at that time there was no place for amusement as now. His house stood on the south side of the house where Daniel Gensemer lives. John Hock bought the house and tore it down to make the yard. He was warden of the Almshouse for some years, then moved to Pottsville. He had three sons and five daughters, George was a wheelwright by trade; he was clerk in the Register and Recorder's office, under Lewis Reesor, afterwards was freight conductor on the P. & R. R. R., was killed by the train at Pottsville. Edward was clerk in the weigh office at Pine Grove, under John Cowden; then moved to Pottsville; was clerk for the commissioners for some years. Louis lived in Pottsville; was at one time in the freight office for the P. & R. The three sons served in the Civil War. Rebecca was married to Lewis Reesor; Esther was married to Michael Mease; Sarah was married to Jacob Helwig Mary to William Long, and Emma to Ezra J. Haak.
SHARTEL, JACOB, a carpenter; was married to Fanny Christ; had two sons and one daughter. William lived on a small farm in Hanover; Jacob was a wheelwright, the daughter was married to Mr. Ruth, who was Supt. of Stanhope at one time. When the big dam broke, his house was destroyed. When the flood came they got out of the house. He got out safely, but she got caught in the rush of water, but was caught in a peach tree. He came to his brother-in-law and said that Fanny was drowned. So a party went down and looked around and soon saw her in the tree. Capt. Barr went in and brought her out.
SHARTEL, JOHN, a brother of George and Jacob, lived in the log house that stood on tho hill where William Fox now lives.
SNYDER, FREDERICK, Sr., lived in the log house that Lewis Ney tore down. It stood back near the hill. He was a chairmaker by trade; was Constable for 30 years; had five sons and three daughters, Jacob, Frederick, David, Simon, William. Mary was married to Samuel Fry; Rebecca and Polly were single. Jacob boated for some time, then was freight agent for P. & R. at Pine Grove; he was married to Barbara Bonawitz; he had three sons and one daughter. Augustus was a machinist; he served in the Civil War; Andrew is a railroader and lives in Philadelphia; he also served in the Civil War. Theodore is also a railroader and lives in Philadelphia. Frederick, Jr., was a tailor, carried on the business for some years, then worked in the mines; was killed at Rausch Creek colliery. He had one son and one daughter. The son served in the Civil War. He lived in Tremont and while out on the mountain he fell in an air hole and was killed. David Snyder was a carpenter and lived in Reading. He was single. William was a carpenter. Simon was a carpenter, he worked some years at the trade then worked on the repairs. He was section boss for the P. & R. He was married, had two sons and one daughter, who is married to Harry -Broadecker and lives in Lancaster. Zacharias is married to Sally Barr and lives in Schuylkill Haven. Simon served in the Civil War.
SPANCAKE, ADAM, lived in Mifflin St., in the lower house of the Brethren near the bridge. He was the first sexton. at the Lutheran Cemetery. He had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Henry, a son was a tailor; was married to Mary Huher; lived and carried on the business where Harry Carl lives; the house has been torn down. He had three sons; Israel was married to Sarah Keefer and moved to South Bend, Indiana; he served in the Civil War. Levi and George were single and lived in Tremont. John was a shoemaker, was married to Hannah Ekier; moved to Donaldson; 1 daughter, was married to Jacob Lehman; 1 to James Haggerty. <
b>SCHROPE, HENRY, was a hatter by trade, followed the business for a few years, then became a minister of the U. B. Church. He had 2 sons and 2 daughters. He was Presiding Elder at one time. One of the daughters was married to Edward Sarge; he taught Grammar School at Pine Grove at one time; was insurance agent for several companies. Sarge had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Gertrude is married to Horace Evans and lives in Lebanon; Edith lives in Lebanon; Elmer E., lives in Shickshiney; Harry D., at Lebanon.
SPORMAN, FREDERICK, came from Germany, he lived where John Hoff lived, he boated at one time; then kept a small store near where Achenbach's smithshop is. Patronized mostly by boat men, it was called No. II.
SHUGAR, GEORGE, lived in the house where Edward Hummel lived. He was in the boating business till the canal was destroyed; then worked at Rausch Creek. He died on the engine while coming from Rausch Creek to Pine Grove. He had 3 sons, 3 daughters. George went west, William was railroading; was married to one of Johnathan Christ's daughters; Cyrus served in the Civil War; Eliza was married to John Werntz and moved to Indiana; Rebecca was married to John Nye; Mary was single.
SEIDEL, PETER, came from Hamburg; he was a carpenter by trade; he bought out Ferd Wheeler's Furniture and Undertaker business and conducted it till his death. He bought the U. B. Church and remodeled it for a furniture store. Phaon Sheidy bought out the store after Seidel's death. He had one son and two daughters. Edith is married to Harry Martin; Catherine is single; Harvey is married to Jennie Theil, they moved to Allentown.
SNYDER, JOHN, was born in Wayne Township, was a farmer, came to Pine Grove in 1843, bought the brick house In the annex where Yoder's live, lived in it about one year, then sold it to -John F. Derby and bought the house where lrvin Leffler lives. He was at one time in the store with Henry Hiel in the building that was the Pennsylvania Inn. Sold out his share to Henry Heil, formed partnership with Snyder Barr and Wile in the store and coal business; kept store in the house where lrvin Leffle now lives; operated a colliery between Tremont and,Donaldson; had the first coal breaker this end of the county. Snyder had no children. He was married to Polly Barr, a daughter of John Barr, Sr. They adopted William B. Snyder. John Snyder owned the brick house where John Donmoyer has the hotel. William. B. Snyder had seven sons and three daughters: John, Hiram, Harry, George, Edward; one daughter is married and live in Norristown. W. B. Snyder lives in Philadelphia. Three of the children died young. He served in the Civil War.
SHERMAN, L. G., came from Franklin County; he was married to Caroline Behm in 1871; was in partnership in the store business with Mrs. Molly a few years; afterwards formed a partnership with D. and J. Gensemer, the firm being Gensemer and Sherman; went into the building where George Dubbs is now in 1887. He sold his interest to 'Henry Gensemer; moved to Lancaster City; went into the Leaf Tobacco business. He became quite wealthy. He has a fine resiference on West End Avenue and Chestnut Street, Lancaster. He has three sons and one daughter: Charles, Ray. William is a doctor, lives in Pittsburg; Charles also lives in Pittsburg; Ray was in the butchering business in Mexico till it got to be unsafe; sold out to General Villa. Came back to Lancaster. G. L. Sherman served in the Civil War. He was very kind hearted. He would do a favor if it was in his power. The daughter Leonore has taught school, traveled through Europe. He had a brother Charles, who was clerking at ono time for his brother, then went in the store business in Tower City. He was a member of the Legislature. He was married to a Miss Lehman from Tremont; after his death she went to California.
SPANGLER, WILLIAM, came from Reading; he was a. shoemaker. He built a house on Mifflin Street, sold it to John Ney, bought the house where Albert Spangler now lives. He had six sons and four daughters: David, William, James, Albert, Edward, Charles. David was a machinist. He served In the Civil War. William was crossing watchman for P. & R. for 40 years. Albert was in the store with DeTurk for 2 years, then went to work for the P. & R. He is baggagemaster on the Lykens train. James lived in Reading, he served in the Civil War, he died. Edward was married to Blenore Channell and lives in Philadelphia. He is a passenger train conductor on the main line of the P. & R. Charles is married to Mame Smith and lives in Pine Grove. One daughter was married to Mr. Anderson, one to Edward Heckman, one to Mr. Smaltz and lives in Philadelphia, one was single. The daughters all died except Mrs. Smaltz.
SHEIDY, DANIEL, was horn in 1834, came from Hamburg, Berks Co.; to Schuylkill County in about 1870; moved to a farm now owned by William Stout, then bought the farm now owned by M. H. Boyer, built the brick house on the farm, carried on farming and butchering for some time, then bought the Pennsylvania Inn, kept the hotel for some years, built the present brick house and called it Pennsylvania Hotel. He built the house where his family now lives and the store and. hall. He had one son and five daughters. Phaon is in the shoe manufacturing business; is the present post master, Mary Sheidy is single. She has the store and is doing a good business. She is also interested in the shoe factory. Mr.~. Merkle lives in Lebanon, has one daughter, Mrs. Sarge has two sons. Carrie is married to George Boyer, has one son. Phaon served in the Spanish American War, was in Porto Rico. He was Capt. of Co. G, 4th Regt. National Guard, Pa.; he is at present Major of 4th Regt., serving on the border. Daniel Sheidy died in July, 1916.
SHOLLENBERGER, PETER, came from Berks Co., was a carpenter, was the principle contractor and builder at one time. He built numerous churches and houses. He built the house where Dr. Hess lives. He lived in it till he sold It and moved to Lancaster. He is married to Kate Leonard. They have no children. He is well to do.
STINE, AMOS, was born on a farm % mile southeast of town. He was married to a Miss Yoder. He took to railroading, was baggagemaster on the Lebanon and Tremont train, then was conductor on the miners' train. He had four Sons, one daughter. Webster was killed on the railroad. Sherman Is carrying on the butchering business. Frank is in the clothing business with his brother-in-law. George is employed at the tannery. Rose is married to Harry Christ. Mr. Stine has accumulated quite some property. He is a retired gentleman. He served in the Civil War.
SMELTZER, LEVI, a carpenter by trade was at one time boating, then worked in the mines. In 1868 he went to work for the P. & R. Co. at Rausch Gap, then when the shops were moved to Pine Grove in 1872 came to Pine Grove and worked for the P. & R. till 1903 when the shops were abandoned. He was married to Maria Heiser. They bad five sons and five daughters. George is a machinist by trade. Ho worked for the P. & R. for 28 years; had charge of the Reading car shops. A year ago he went in the employ of the Remington Arms Co. at Eddystone as foreman. Samuel was also a machinist, worked for the coal and iron company at Pottsville, was killed by an explosion. Charles was also a machinist, died at the age of 21. James also learned the machinist trade, Is working at air brake for P. & R. at Philadelphia. Clara is married to George Goebell. Lilia is married to a Mr. Nickley and lives in Philadelphia. Laura was married to a Mr. Heiser. Hattie is married. Kate died about two years ago. She was single. Reuben died young.
SMELTZER, GEORGE, was born at Suedberg, was a carpenter by trade. He was employed by the P. & R. Co. for about 15 years. He was hurt and was not able to work thereafter. He was married to a Miss Heiser. He has one son and one daughter. The son is married to Beth lrwin. The daughter is single. He was Postmaster for 12 years. Ho served in the Civil War.
SMELTZER, HARRY, was a blacksmith by trade, boated for 30 years, was stationary engineer at Pine Grove shops of P. & R. He has two sons and three daughters, Levi and George; one of the daughters was married to John Adams; one to William Shatter, and one to Edward Christ.
SCHLAPPICH, DANIEL, came from Berks Co., was married to a Miss Fegley. He taught school at one time; carried on butchering on Pottsville Street near the race; moved to Reading, worked for the P. & R. Co., at the car shops. He has two sons and two daughters. John is married to Miss Shultz, he is manager and clerk for William Shultz in the timber business at Water Tank. William Is a preacher for the U. Ev. Church. One daughter is married to Mr. Bensinger and lives In Schuylkill Haven.
SEIFERT, DR. J. S., was a prominent physician. He lived In the house where Dr. Walters now lives. He practiced tor some 30 years in Pine Grove. He had three sons and one daughter who is a trained nurse and lives in Philadelphia. Edwin is a Civil and Mechanical Engineer and lives in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Lehigh University. Robert is a dentist and lives in Lebanon. Roy is in a broker's office in Philadelphia. Dr. Seifert died some 14 years ago. Mrs. Seifert lives at the Filbert House.
SUTTON, DR. JOHN, was born in Minersville May 30th, 1859. He attended the public schools of that place, read medicine with Dr. W. L. Beach, came to Pine Grove Aug. 10, 1876, was in the drug store with T. A. Barr for some time; was married July 2nd, 1881, to Lorana Christ only daughter of th< late John H. Christ; engaged in the drug business at Tower City for a few years, then came to Pine Grove and built the houae where he now lives and has had his drug store for the last 32 years. He is an employee of the State Board of Health. He has two daughters. Olive is married to Charles Christeson. Pauline is living at home.
SMITH, HARRY, was born in Pine Grove Township, March 19th, 1865, was married to Clara Felty. Has two sons. Mr. Smith never learned a trade but is a natural genius. There is hardly any machine that is out of order that he cannot repair. He has one of the finest garages in the county. He and his two sons are busy repairing automobiles. He is agent for quite a number of manufacturers. He deals in all kinds of auto supplies, has one of the finest homes in the annex. He owns a good deal of property.
SCHNECK, JOHN, was born in Pine Grove Township. He. was a farmer, has worked in the mines for some years, is married to Carrie Smith. Has two sons and two daughters. He moved to the annex six years ago. Has a grocery and hardware store. He is a member of the Town Council.
SCHUCKER, SIMON, was born in 1820, was a farmer, came to Pine Grove in 1871. He served in the Civil War, died in 1904. He had eight sons and one daughter. John has four sons. A. Jackson has one son, three daughters. He is a contractor. He owns a good deal of property, was a member of the town council. Jacob Schucker taught school for some time. Has been clerk at Lincoln colliery for 26 years. Has been in the school board, a member of the town council, and auditor, was a candidate for the Legislature on the Washington party ticket. Samuel Schucker Is a contractor at Lincoln Colliery, he is a musician of quite some note. He lives in the Annex. He has one son and one daughter; has a fine home. Charles Schucker lives In Schuylkill Haven. William Schucker lives in the Annex, has worked in the mines, is at present in the wholesale liquor business. He has his own home, he lives in the Annex. George Schucker is a contractor and lives in the Annex. James Schucker lives in Schuylkill Haven. Mary is married to John Stump and lives in Pine Grove Township.
SCHAFFNER, JOHN, was born in Berks Co., came to Pine Grove at the age of 15, went to school to G. W. Chanell. He was married to Flora Evans. He was in the flour and feed business for some time. He is a traveling salesman at present. He was town chairman for the Republican party. He is a staunch Republican. He has two sons; Charles is a graduate of Lehigh University, he is a Civil Engineer and is employed In Philadelphia. Clarence is a graduate of Ann Arbor and is a Journalist In Philadelphia.
SCHWALM, JOSEPH, was born In Valley View, Nov. 22nd, 1870, was married to I. B. Saltzer; came to Pin·e Grove 1891; clerked for J. P. Martin for some years. He went in mercantile business in the house formerly owned by Mrs. Molly. He does a good business. He owns a good deal of property. He has five sons and one daughter. Alien Quay and Alvin Clay are twins. Harry W., is Captain of Co. G, 4th Reg't. N. G. P. Guy J., and Stanley S., and Esther E., are at home. Mr. Schwalm taught school at one time In Hegins Township.
SPANCAKE, JOHN, was born in Pine Grove Township, came to Pine Grove in 1872. He is a shoemaker by trade. He worked at blacksmithing for the P. & R. Co. for some 25 years. He is at present working at shoemaking. He has two daughters. Annie is married to Mr. Fry. She is in the millinery business. Sallie is married to Harry Moore. He has his own home.
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