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Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania


by John William Barr

"W" Surnames

WORKMAN, CHARLES B., was born at Lincoln. He is a graduate of Kutztown Normal School, worked in the mines some 25 years. Is a member of the Pine Grove School Board. He has one son and one daughter.

WHEELER, CALEB, came from New Jersey in 1835, he kept store in the building where lrvin J. Leffler lives now. At another time where Joseph Schwalm now lives and at one time where Christ and Rehrer have store. He owned the house where Daniel Gensemer lives. He also was in the coal business with James Oliver. Afterwards in the firm of Wheeler Miller & Co. John Hoch came to Mr. Wheeler as a boy and became one of the firm. Mr. Wheeler owned a lot of property around Pine Grove. He retired from business and moved to Reading in 1864.

WHEELER, WILLIAM, a brother of Caleb, came from N. J. about 1843. He farmed and boated. He had three sons and three daughters. The sons were: Guy, William, Caleb Jr., Eliza married William Kendall. She was the mother of Henry Kendall. Nancy married Mr. Wright. She is still living at the age of 83 years. Clara was single. She died some years ago.

WHEELER, GUY, a son of William, came to Pine Grove in 1845. He was a wheelwright by trade, was married to Theresa Blank. He worked at his trade for a few years, then branched out in the manufactory of furniture and undertaking. He built the planing-mill that Charles Werner has now, he also had the lumber yard. He served as school director for upwards of 20 years. He had quite a lot of property. He owned what is called the Wheeler Est. He had four sons, and four daughters: Edward, Ferd, Frank, George. Louisa was married to Edward Tracy. Minnie to Robert Bamford, living in Philadelphia. Gertrude and Carrie were music teachers. Mr. Wheeler died at the age of 69 years; Mrs. Wheeler died at the age of 88 years.

WHEELER, CALEB, Jr., a son of William and a brother of Guy, was a carpenter and contractor. He built a couple hundred cars for J. L. Nutting. He was married to Rebecca Koons; had one son and one daughter. He built the house and lived where Jacob Schucke now lives, he moved to Plymouth and worked in a planing mill, then moved to Philadelphia and worked in Pullman car shop. The son died, Stella is married to S. D. Barr and lives in Harrisburg.

WHEELER, EDWARD, a son of Guy, was born in Pine Grove. He was a carpenter He was married to Miss Zeigler, had one son and one daughter. He and his brother Frank carried on planing mill and lumber yard at one time. Mason is a moulder. The daughter died. Edward died some 16 years. ago.

WHEELER, FERD, another son of Guy, was born in Pine Grove. He was married to Sue Gorgas, he carried on the furniture and undertaking business, sold out to Peter Seidel, moved to Los Angeles, was quite an Inventor. He was connected with the Gas Company in Los Angeles. He died a few years ago. His body was brought to Pine Grove and was buried in the Lutheran cemetery. His widow lives in Los Angeles.

WHEELER, FRANK, a son of Guy, was born in Pine Grove, is a carpenter and contractor, was married to Miss Ida Barr. He carried on the planing mill and lumber yard for 15 years. He built and owned the house where Dr. Albert lives sold out his business in Pine Grove and removed to Tremont. He has lumber yard and hardware and plumbing business. He had two sons. Robert, who assists him in the hardware store. Robert Is married to May Moore. Caleb was a student at the Lehigh University, would have graduated the year he died, was considered one of the brightest scholars in the University.

WHEELER, GEORGE, another son of Guy, was born in Pine Grove. He was a graduate of the Pine Grove High School and of the West Chester Normal and the Pennsylvania University. Was principal of the Pine Grove High School one term, taught a private school at one time in Bucks Co., is an associate supervisor of the Philadelphia Schools. He is married to E. King, from Lancaster. He has four sons: Guy Ralph, Charles and Brant. Had one daughter, she died in infancy. Guy is a teacher In German in the Germantown High School.

WERNTZ, JOHN F., was born in Washington Township, April 26, 1835. He was a blacksmith by trade, took to teachin school, taught in winter time, and worked at his trade in summer time, was also tree agent and lightning rod agent for some years. He then went in the banking business, established the Pine Grove Bank in 1880, accumulated quite some wealth. He died some years ago. The banking business is carried on by John Angst, same as when Werntz was living.

WREN, WM., a nephew of John Wren, came to Pine Grove in 1858, was a moulder by trade. He also worked for J. L. Nutting. He was married to a Miss George. Mr. Wren was Capt. of Co. B, 129th Reg't. P. V. and afterwards Capt. of Co. Y, 7th P. A. C.

WALTERS, DR. F. J. came from Philadelphia about 1904. He is a practicing physician. He was married to Mary Boroughs in 1904. He has one son, has a large practice, has served as school director for several terms. He takes great interest in athletic sports, is very social and has a large circle of friends .

WREN, JOHN Y., came to Pine Grove in 1858. He was Superintendent for J. L. Nutting at the Foundry and lived in the house that stood where Robert Miller now lives. He had two sons and three daughters. The son, Christopher, lives in Plymouth, Pa. Mr. Wren served in the Civil War.

WERNTZ, FREDERICK G., was a blacksmith. He was at one time in partnership with his brother John and at an« other time with Charles Duell, he was also at one time in store and coal business with Shoemaker and Strimpler, he was at one time in the hotel business where Harry Gensemer's house and yard is, he had one son and three daughters. W. S. Werntz was at one time a' railroader. He was married to Mary Brenner. He has three sons. They are in the regular army. One daughter was married to Mr. Turner. One was married w Samuel Barr. One was married to Absalom Gicker.

WERNTZ, PHARAOH, a son of Jacob Werntz, was a school teacher, taught school in Port Carbon, Schuylkill Haven, taught the High School in Pine Grove in 1861 and 62, moved to Pottsville, lived on East Market Street. He had three sons: Charles, Robert and William. Robert is a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annnapolis, is at the present time principal of a preparatory school for the Academy. Mr. Werntz had two brothers, A. Jackson was a school teacher, taught school at Donaldson for some years. Daniel built the house on the right side of the railroad in the Annex now owned by the Gensemers. He went to Mahanoy City.

WADE, JAMES, was born in Clearfield Co., Pa., in 1839, came to Pine Grove in 1862, was a blacksmith. He was married twice. His first wife was Emma Bower; his second wife was a Miss Elliott. He had two sons and one daughter. He was at one time in partnership with Charles Duell in carriage building, he was employed by the P. & R. company for 35 years. His son Daniel has been in the regular army some 23 years. He has been in the Philippine Islands twice, and is serving out his. term in the islands now. Charles is employed at Lincoin colliery for some 20 years.

UMBENHAM, DANIEL, followed boating, he served in the war at Baltimore in 1814, he had three sons and six daughters: Henry, Jonathan, John. Henry was married, had two sons and one daughter; Jonathan was married to Miss Ellenbaum; John was single, he served in the Civil War; one daughter was married to Samuel Aurnan, lives in Pottsville; one to John Zimmerman; one to John Hoff; one to John Weir; one to George•e Lord: one to Mr. Focht.

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