Biographies from Historical and Biographical Annals by Morton Montgomery


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Samuel H. Sailer, late a highly respected retired resident of Reading, was born in Alsace, now Muhlenberg township, Berks county, Nov. 25, 1832, son of Henry and Sarah (Hahn) Sailer.

The Sailer family is of French Huguenot stock, and Philip Sailer, great-grandfather of Samuel H. was born in Alsace, France, whence, early in the eighteenth century, accompanied by his two brothers, he fled to America on account of religious persecution. On coming to Reading, he located at Sixth and Franklin streets, where he conducted a meat market. His two brothers went west of the Susquehanna river, and nothing further is known of them or of their descendants. Philip Sailer married a native of Alsace, France, and of their three sons, Philip lost his life in the war of the Revolution; Frederick was a farmer in what if now Muhlenberg township; and Henry became the grandfather of Samuel H.

Henry Sailer was born in Reading Feb. 29, 1764, and passed his life as a farmer on land owned by Governor Hiester. He married Anna Maria Magdalena Rothenberger, who was born Dec. 12, 1770, and they had two sons: Henry and John.

Henry Sailer, son of Henry and father of Samuel H., was born in what is now Muhlenberg township, Dec. 16, 1796, and worked on the farm with his father until the latter's death in middle life. The young man being entirely without means hesitated to accept Gov. Hiester's offer to continue on the farm, but the latter insisted upon a loan, and in a comparatively short time the money advanced so kindly by the Governor had been repaid, and Mr. Sailer well advanced on the road to prosperity. A few years later when a valuable farm was offered at sheriff's sale the Governor again insisted on a loan that Mr. Sailer might receive the benefit of the low price asked for the land. Again he justified his benefactor's confidence, and in time became one of the representative farmers of the county. Selling his farm then to Charles Evans he moved to Reading, and passed his last days in retirement. He died March 20, 1880. He had accumulated eight farms, and at his death gave one to each of his children. In his religious connection he was a member of the Reformed Church. He married Sarah Hahn, daughter of Adam Hahn, a neighboring farmer, and eight children were born to them: Sarah, deceased wife of the late John H. Mertz, a farmer of Richmond township; Adam H., a farmer in Exeter township; Henry, a retired farmer in Muhlenberg township; Samuel H.; William, a farmer of Oley township; Franklin, a farmer of Amity township; Solomon, deceased, a farmer of Muhlenberg township; and Catherine, who married (first) the late William Lauer, and (second) Jeremiah Guldin, a retired farmer of Muhlenberg township.

Samuel H. Sailer attended the public schools of Berks county and Reading, and also a graded school at Unionville, Chester county. Following the close of his school days he came to Reading, and learned the butchering business with William Lutz, following that business for three years. He then returned to the old homestead farm for six months after which he resumed work at his trade in Reading. After his marriage in 1857, Mr. Sailer worked on his father-in-law's farm in Exeter township for two years, and then moved to his father's Spring township farm, which he operated for thirty-three years. In 1890 he came to Reading, and located at No. 44 North Tenth street, where, having put aside the cares of business, he resided until his death Sept. 21, 1908. he owned a farm of 156 acres in Spring township, and another of ninety acres in Lower Heidelberg township.

In 1857 Mr. Sailer married Catherine L. Schaeffer, daughter of Capt. Henry and Annie (Levan) Schaeffer, the former of whom was a large farmer and stock dealer in Exeter township. The children of Capt. Schaeffer were: Mrs. Mary Hartman; Catherine L., wife of Mr. Sailer, died in 1891; Rebecca is deceased; Jacob; Elizabeth; and Henry. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Sailer were: Mary Ella, wife of John A. Ruth, with the Hollenbach & Dietrich liquor store (they have one son, Arthur A., who is with the Heroy Tea and Coffee Store of Reading, and who married Catherine Lawen, and has one child, Ruth); Samuel S., a butcher by trade, employed by his brother Henry A., and who married Deborah Gass, and has a daughter, Catherine; and Henry A., who is engaged in the butchering business at No. 401 South Fourteenth street, and who married Helen Gass, and has three living children, Car, Brook and Annie.

Mr. Sailer was a member of the church in Alsace township, and is buried there.


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Solomon H. Sailer, one of the most prosperous farmers of Berks county, where he was actively engaged in farming during the whole period of his life, was a son of Henry and Sarah (Hahn) Sailer, and was born in Alsace (now Muhlenberg) township Feb. 8, 1845. He died Feb. 2, 1891, on his farm in Muhlenberg township. He had intended to retire in the spring of 1891 and move in a new house which he had built on his farm, and there his widow lives at the present time.

Philip Sailer, great-grandfather of Solomon H., was born in Alsace, France, and came to America in the early part of the eighteenth century on account of the persecution of the Huguenots. He located at Sixth and Franklin streets, Reading, Pa., where he conducted a meat market. He was accompanied to this country by two of his brothers, who located west of the Susquehanna river, and all traces of them and their descendants have been lost. His wife was also a native of Alsace, France, and their union was blessed by the birth of three sons, namely: Phillip, who lost his life in the Revolutionary war; Frederick, who followed farming on a farm in Alsace (now Muhlenberg) township; and Henry, the grandfather of our subject, who followed farming.

Henry Sailer was born in Reading, Feb. 29, 1764, and through all his life was engaged in agricultural pursuits on a farm owned by Governor Hiester. He married Anna Maria Magdalena Rothenberger, who was born Dec. 12, 1770, and reared two sons, Henry, the father of our subject; and John, a farmer of Alsace township.

Henry Sailer, father of Solomon H., was born in Alsace (now Muhlenberg) township, Berks county, Dec. 16, 1796, and he worked on the farm with his father, who died before middle life. Governor Hiester asked him to take charge of the farm made vacant by the death of his father, but he was a young man without means, and so informed the Governor. The latter, in his usual brusque manner, replied that he had money to loan him and for him to go on with the farm. This he did. He was a hard and industrious worker, and proved that the Governor's confidence in him was not misplaced. He returned the money advanced him from time to time, and became a very prosperous man. The Governor was so pleased with his work that a few years later, when the farm on which the Charles Evans cemetery is now located, was offered at sheriff's sale he insisted upon loaning him the money with which to buy the farm. After buying the farm Mr. Sailer still continued to live upon the Governor's place until the latter's death, and cultivated both tracts. He then moved upon his own farm, and became one of the representative farmers of the county. He remained there for a number of years, and after selling the property to Charles Evans, moved to Reading where he lived in retirement. He died March 20, 1880. He was a very wealthy man and at the time of his death owned eight farms, leaving one to each of his eight children. He was a consistent member of the Reformed Church. He married Sarah Hahn, daughter of Adam Hahn, a farmer of what if now Muhlenberg township, and they became the parents of six sons and two daughters, those besides Solomon H., being: Sarah, deceased, m. the late John H. Mertz, a farmer of Richmond township; Adam h., deceased, lived in Exeter township; Henry H. is a retired farmer of Muhlenberg township; Samuel H., deceased, lived at Reading; William H., deceased, was of Oley township; Franklin H. has his home in Amity township; and Catherine H., deceased, m. (first) the late William Lauer, and (second) Jeremiah Guldin, a retired farmer of Muhlenberg township.

Solomon H. Sailer was reared on the farm and obtained his education in the common schools of his native township and Reading. After completing his education he engaged in farm work, which he followed all his life. At the time of his death he owned two farms of 111 acres and 86 acres, respectively. As a man of good judgment and large means he was prominent in all public matters in his township, and was always found casting his influence in the direction of progressive movements, which promised to be of permanent benefit to his locality. His word was as good as a bond and he has been missed alike by family and friends of church and township.

On Jan. 24, 1867, Mr. Sailer married Sallie Ann Rahn, daughter of William and Susan (Merkel) Rahn, of Ontelaunee township, and eight children were born to this union, three of whom died in infancy; Milton R., of Reading, m. Deborah Boyer, and has five sons---Solomon B., William B., Milton B., Luke B, and Elmer Henry B.; Lydema M. m. William B. Rothermel, and has had two children---one who died in infancy, and William S.; Katie A., deceased, m. Adam G. Hahn, and had two children---one who died in infancy, and Adam S.; Estella A., m. Daniel Ebling, and has two children---Clarence D. S. and Estella S. A.; and Flora L., m. Wilson S. Becker. Mr. Sailer was a consistent member of the Reformed church, in which he was a deacon and elder for several terms. In politics he was a Democrat, and held the office of school director for several terms in Lower Heidelberg and Muhlenberg townships. 3-468 Sallade Family


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The Sallade family is of French Huguenot origin. At the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the head of the family fled to Zwei-Br Rheinpfalz, whence five of his sons came to America. These five were: Jacob, who came over in 1749, and located in Tohickon, Bucks Co., Pa.; Peter, who came in 1750; Frederick, in 1751; Nicholas, in 1752 (died in 1770); and Thomas, in 1764. One of the sons went to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.

Nicholas Sallade, who came to Pennsylvania in 1752, located in Dauphin county, where he died in 1770. He had a son John.

John Sallade, son of Nicholas, became a man of prominence in the State, and served as an officer in the Revolution. He married a daughter of George Eberhart, of Berks county. In 1755 when but eight years old she was carried into captivity by the Indians and taken to Miami county, Ohio, but after many years was rescued by the expedition under Col. Henry Banquet. Among the children of John Sallade were two sons: George, mentioned below; and Col. Simon (1785-1854), who served several terms in the State Legislature.

George Sallade, son of John, was born Feb. 4, 1766, and died April 1, 1852. He moved from his native town of Womelsdorf to Royersford, and then to Hereford. From Hereford he went to Alburtis, but after a short stay there returned to Hereford, and that place was his home from that time on. By occupation he was a blacksmith. His remains were interred in the cemetery at Huff's Church. He married Eve Kintner, who died April 22, 1837, aged sixty-six years. She was born in Womelsdorf. Their children were: William, who lived at Millerstown, Lehigh county; Charles, Abraham, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sarah and Anna.

Abraham Sallade, son of George, was born at Royersford, in Montgomery county, Aug. 16, 1809, and was but a boy when he accompanied his parents to Berks county. He followed his trade of shoemaker near Harlem, on the property now owned by Jacob M. Gery, and he did an extensive business for the time, employing one or two apprentices. For two years he was proprietor of the hotel at Huff's Church. He died May 30, 1865, and is buried at Huff's Church, as is also his wife. Five generations of the family sleep here.

Abraham Sallade married Julia Levan, who was born Jan. 13, 1819, and died April 30, 1884, in the sixty-sixth year of her age. They had eight daughters and three sons: William H.; Sarah Ann; Hannah M.; Eliza; Louisa; Dr. James W., of Auburn, Pa.; Lydia Ann; Telera; Abraham G.; Amanda, who married John W. Gilbert; and Ida, wife of John Rush (who now lives at Pottstown), who died six miles below Norfolk, Virginia.

William H. Sallade, son of Abraham and Julia, was born at Alburtis, Lehigh county, March 25, 1839, and was but a year old when his parents located in Hereford township, Berks county. He was educated in the common schools and in Reading Academy under the instruction of William A. Good. In 1848 he was licensed to teach school by the first county superintendent, William A. Good, and taught his first term that fall. He also taught under county superintendents John S. Ermentrout and David B. Brunner. After teaching eleven consecutive terms, he spent one year, from April, 1859, to 1860, clerking, and then re-entered the school room, teaching one term in Hereford, ten in Harlem, and one at Huff's Church. In 1861 he learned the stone-cutting trade during the summer and out of school hours, and has followed it ever since with the exception of five years when in office. He still has a small establishment, and he has made many tombstones in his time. Prior to entering politics, he employed a number of men and carried on the business very extensively. His son, J. Frank, is now in the business having his yard at Pottsville, opposite the Charles Baber cemetery. In politics Mr. Sallade is a Democrat, and from his youth has been keenly interested in his party. At the age of twenty-two he was inspector of elections, and since then he has helped to hold elections over thirty years in all. He has been school director, auditor and delegate to county conventions; was county auditor from 1874 to 1878; clerk of Quarter Sessions Court, 1891-1894; deputy county treasurer 1894-96; justice of the peace 1875-1891, and 1900-1905, and he is one of the best known men in his township. He has a valuable tract of thirteen and one-half acres, and in 1896 built his present home. He and his family are members of Huff's church, belonging to the Lutheran congregation.

On Jan. 16, 1863, Mr. Sallade married Sarah Ann Gery, daughter of Ephraim N. Gery (who is now aged ninety-one years), and they have had five sons and five daughters, namely: James A., J. Frank, Ida L., Mary A., Jerome W., Anna M., J. Henry (killed on the railroad), Sarah J., Ira E., and L. Stella. Fraternally Mr. Sallade belongs to Huguenot Lodge, No. 377, Kutztown; Pennsburg Lodge, I. O. O. F., and also the Encampment; East Greenville Castle, No. 298, K. G. E.; and Washington Camp, No. 40, P. O. S. of A., Siesholtzville, and in 1862 was district president of the southeastern district of Berks county.

Dr. James W. Sallade, veterinarian of Auburn, Pa., was born in Hereford township, Berks county, Aug. 14, 1850, son of Abraham and Julia. He attended the public schools of his native township, and in East Greenville, Montgomery county, and then entered Kallynean Academy at Boyertown, and later the Keystone State Normal School. He taught school six terms in Hereford and Boyertown, and then worked in the iron ore mines and assisted in the building of the Colebrookdale Railroad. During school vacations he also worked in a grist mill and clerked in a country store. He was always ambitious, and whatever his occupation he has always been looking forward to something better and something higher. In 1875 while teaching school he organized the Hereford Debating Club, which became the parent of the Hereford Literary Society, which has had so much to do with the development of literary tastes in that locality. In his young manhood Dr. Sallade became interested in politics, and in 1872 he was appointed clerk and deputy warden of the Berks county jail, after which he was made steward of the Insane Department of the Berks County Poor House, a position he held six years. He then matriculated as a student at the Ontario Veterinary College, from which he graduated as honor man in 1883. He opened an office in Reading and practised there a short time, after which he was in Topton until 1885. He then moved to Pottsville, Schuylkill county, where he established an extensive practice, being the first graduate veterinarian in the county. He employed several assistants, and trained a number of young men for college, fourteen successful practitioners in various parts of the country owing their early training to him. Dr. Sallade graduated in March, 1883, and in August of that year he took an active part in organizing the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Medical Association, of which he was elected the first president, serving as such in all for four years. In 1888 he became a member of the United States Veterinary Medical Association, and in 1894 issued the call and organized the Schuylkill Valley Veterinary Medical Association. In 1895 he was appointed by the Governor of the State as member of the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, a position he still holds. In 1906 he successfully passed the Veterinary Civil Service examination and is now employed by the Federal government in scientific work. For three years of his residence in Schuylkill county he has been in charge of the sheriff's office and the same number of years of the County Almshouse. He is a man of remarkable application, and by his power of systematizing his work, is able to accomplish more than most men. He has a high ideal, and is endeavoring to perform his duty as a man and a citizen, giving of his time and his knowledge to the safe guarding of the public.

In 1872 Dr. Sallade married Mary Ann Covely, daughter of David Covely, and granddaughter of the late Michael Gery, former county commissioner of Berks county. To this union have been born three children: Anna Maria, wife of Dr. F. H. McCarthy, a former student of Dr. Sallade's who succeeded to the latter's practice: Katie May, an accomplished young lady at home; and Ira Jason, who was accidentally killed on the railroad in 1893, at the age of thirteen.

Abraham G. Sallade was born in Hereford township, April 23, 1857, son of Abraham and Julia. He was reared on the farm and obtained his education in the public schools of his native township. He began life for himself by driving ore teams at the Siesholtzville mines, and later was fireman at the same mines, then engineer, and then for a number of years was underground. His next work was as a mine contractor, and then he became superintendent of the Siesholtzville mines, and also superintended numerous other mines in the same locality. In 1892 owing to failing health he quit the mine business, and engaged in the lumber business, a line he followed for fourteen years. In 1906 he went Sought, and located at Birmingham, Ala., where he had charge of a coal mine for the Berks Coal Company, and conducted it successfully until they sold out to another company. When Mr. Sallade returned north he was made foreman for Fehr & O'Rourke, at Reading. In January, 1909, he became deputy county treasurer under Treasurer William M. Croll, and this office he is filling at the present time. In politics he is a Democrat, and has long been active in the party ranks. He is the second of his family to hold the office of deputy county treasurer. All three brothers have held County offices, either elective or appointive.


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JACOB SALLADE, son of Andreas and Eva (Schmidt) Sallade, was born at Womelsdorf (Middletown) July 13, 1789, and there educated. He was employed for a time as clerk in a general store of a brother of Governor Shulze, at that place, and also officiated as justice of the peace. In 1824 he received from Governor Shulze (with whom he was upon intimate terms, they having been brought up together in the same town) the appointment of clerk of the Orphans' Court and clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions, and then he removed to Reading. He held these offices for three years, after which he filled the office of prothonotary for three years, from 1926 to 1829, by appointment also from Governor Shulze. During the next ten years he was engaged in the general merchandise business at Reading, and he also served as a justice of the peace for a time.

In 1839 Gov. Joseph Ritner appointed him surveyor general, and he continued to serve in this position for six years. During that time he resided at Harrisburg, and he died there shortly after his term expired. His remains were brought to Reading and buried in the Charles Evans cemetery. He was a man of fine personal appearance and enjoyed much popularity during his official career.

Mr. Sallade married Susanna Mayer and they had seven children, Maria Catharine, Andrew M. (an attorney at Reading), Charles M., Sarah, Susanna, Rebecca and Jacob M. (an attorney at Reading).


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Oliver H. Sander was born Dec. 2, 1853, in Rockland township, Berks county, a son of William and Sarah (Henry) Sander.

Heinrich Sander, the great-grandfather of Oliver H. Sander, was born in Germany and came to America when a young man, in the latter part of the eighteenth century. He married Elizabeth Kutz, sister of Solomon Kutz, who was a prominent man in his day. They had issue as follows: Charles, Jacob, Samuel, John, William, Isaac, David, Henry and Jonathan.

Jacob Sander, blacksmith and farmer at Kutztown, the paternal grandfather, was born in 1807, and died in the seventieth year of his age. His wife was Lydia Old, daughter of Gabriel Old, and they had issue as follows: Henry, who died unmarried ; Augustus ; William ; Susanna and Sarah, twins ; David ; Daniel, who lived and died at Annapolis, Md., leaving a large family ; Jonathan, of Reading; Isaac ; and George, of Youngstown, Ohio.

William Sander, father of Oliver H., was a blacksmith by trade, learning it in boyhood and following it all his active life. During part of this time he and his son Oliver were partners. He was born Feb. 21, 1833, at Kutztown on the Sander homestead, near the United Evangelical Church, on Main street. He married Sarah Henry, daughter of Jonathan and Susanna (Reichert) Henry, and they had children : Oliver H. ; Lewis D., who died aged four years ; Cyrus W. ; Lillie, who married Rev. William Bieber, of Hellertown, Pa. ; Emma, who married Charles Leiby, of Warwick, N. Y. ; William R., who married Mamie Kline ; Elmer ; Laura and Charles F.

Oliver H. Sander was four years of age when his father settled at Kutztown and this place has been his home ever since. He was educated in the local schools and the Fairview Seminary, which was then under the supervision of Prof. H. R. Nicks. This institution in later years became the Keystone State Normal School.

When Mr. Sander was sixteen years of age he learned the blacksmith trade, which he has successfully followed ever since and he is considered a very expert workman. Politically he is a strong Democrat and wields considerable influence in local and county politics. His first political office was that of deputy burgess of Kutztown, which office he held for three years. His next was that of councilman and the duties were performed with fidelity to the public. On numerous occasions he has been sent as a delegate to state and county conventions. In November, 1902, he was elected a county commissioner and went into office in January, 1903.

On Dec. 6, 1879, he married Catherine Oswald, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Smith) Oswald. The former was a soldier in the Civil war but never returned and his name stands on the records of the Federal Government as "not accounted for." Mr. and Mrs. Sanders have two children, Maggie V. and Linda C. Both these young ladies are successful teachers. The former graduated from the Keystone State Normal School in 1898 and the latter in 1903.


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Charles F. Sanders, engineer to the county commissioners of Reading, is a grandson of Jacob Sanders, who was a resident of Kutztown, where his father had also resided. His son, the father of Charles F., was born and reared in Kutztown, and died at the age of seventy-four years. The mother of Charles F., whose maiden name was Sarah Henry, was a daughter of Jacob Henry, of Rockland township, Berks county.

Charles F. Sanders was born in Kutztown, April 1, 1873, and received his education in the Kutztown Normal school, from which he was graduated in 1889. He entered Lehigh University, and after graduating therefrom, in 1897, engaged in civil engineering for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Pittsburg, and at this he continued for three years. He then came to Reading, where he has since been engaged in civil engineering.

Mr. Sanders was married Jan. 2, 1893, to Catherine Tobias, daughter of the late John Tobias, of Bern township, Berks county. Mr. Sanders is connected with the Masonic fraternity, as a member of Huguenot Lodge No. 377, F. & A. M. ; and is connected with the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is greatly interested in the affairs of the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which he is a member. Politically he is a Democrat. He is a member of the Lutheran Church at Kutztown.


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Eugene I. Sandt, ex-alderman of the Eighth ward, Reading, enjoys the distinction of having been elected to that position on the Republican ticket, in a Democratic ward, by a handsome majority.

Alderman Sandt's grandfather , John Sandt, removed from Northampton county to Berks county in 1844.

William Sandt, father of Eugene I., was a merchant tailor of Reading, but owing to failing health retired from that business to take a position with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, and remained with them six weeks, being instantly killed, June 11, 1855, in a rear-end collision. He died aged thirty-two years. His wife was Sabina Oberly, daughter of David Oberly, a Northampton county farmer, who died suddenly from apoplexy at the age of forty-four years. There were five children born to this union: Irwin, retired ; Wallace, retired ; Alice, widow of George Kline, of Cumru township ; Emma, wife of Thomas Sigman, a clerk in the time-keeper's office of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company ; and Eugene I.

Eugene I. Sandt was born April 2, 1848, and was educated in the public schools, which he left at the age of nine years. He secured work in a cotton factory, next at Siegel's hat factory and then learned brush-making. At the age of twelve years he was a messenger boy for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, and for thirty-seven years, four months, continued in the service of that company, having been, during part of the time, superintendent of the shops of the Reading system, and for some time general foreman and master mechanic of the New York division. Mr. Sandt retired from the service, May 31, 1898, on account of failing health, and, after resting for two years, was elected alderman of the Eighth ward, on a Republican ticket, by a majority of 100, being the first Republican ever elected in that ward to the position of alderman. He was re-elected in February, 1905, with an increased majority of 406. Mr. Sandt, however, had carried his party to victory in that ward before, being elected in 1877, registry assessor. In 1888 he was elected to the Reading school board, and served four years, eight months. In November, 1908, he was elected as the Republican county commissioner.

Alderman Sandt has twice been married. His first wife was Annie E. Mellen, daughter of the late Francis and Margaret Mellen, of Reading, the marriage having taken place, Aug. 8, 1870. Mrs. Sandt died July 9, 1893. Five children were born to this union : one child which died in infancy ; Jennie, who died aged twenty-eight years ; William, in the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad ; Eugene H. employed by the same company ; and Carrie, wife of Albert De Hart. Alderman Sandt's second wife was Kate E. Harbester, of Reading, to whom he was married Jan. 1, 1903.

The Alderman served as a private in Co. C, 194th Reg. Penn. Vol. Inf., enlisting at the age of sixteen years, and served gallantly throughout the term of his enlistment. He served as a member of the Junior Steam Fire Engine Co. from Oct. 4, 1866, and is still a member of that organization, having held various positions therein. In religion Alderman Sandt is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He is connected with Chandler Lodge, F. & A. M. ; Camp No. 61, P. O. S. of A. ; Post No. 16, Grand Army of the Republic ; Veteran Firemen's Association ; the North Eastern Republican organization, and the 14th Ward Republican organization.


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Henry L. Sartorius was born in Reading Oct. 13, 1861, son of Jacob and Mary (Lenhart) Sartorius. His father was a German by birth but came to this country as a young man, and establishing himself in Reading, was in the tobacco business there for many years. In 1869 he moved from his former quarters at No. 719 Penn street to No. 600 Bingaman street, and was still in business there when he died in 1872, aged forty-three years. His wife died in July, 1895, at the age of fifty-two years. They had two children, Henry L. and Emma. Jacob Sartorius was a Democrat in his political views, while in religious belief he and his wife were Reformed.

The school days of Henry L. Sartorius were passed in Reading and during this same period he worked more or less around his father's cigar store and became familiar with the business, an experience which was of use to him later. His first regular position was with the Philadelphia & Reading Express Company, while afterward he spent twelve years working for the Adams and the United States Express Companies. In 1897 he went into business for himself, and at his father's old stand on Bingaman street opened a book store, together with a stock of tobacco, cigars, smoker's supplies, etc. He has built up a regular patronage, which is steadily increasing and has done well financially.

In 1904 Henry L. Sartorius married Miss Tillie Davenport, and they have a daughter, Mary L., born in October, 1906. Mrs. Sartorius is a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, while Mr. Sartorius belongs to the First Reformed Church. In his political attitude he is independent favoring which ever party puts forward the best candidate. He is much concerned with lodge work and specially interested in Masonry. He is J. W. of Isaac Hiester Lodge No. 660, F. & A. M. M. ; P.. H. P. of Excelsior Chapter No. 237, R. A. M. ; P. C. of Reading Commandery, No. 42, K. T. ; also a member of Rajah Temple, of A. A. O. N. M. S. ; of Philadelphia Consistory, 32d degree, while he is also a charter member and S. W. of Reading Lodge of Perfection. As a loyal citizen of Reading, his name appears too on the rolls of the Liberty Fire Company. Mr. Sartorius is an able, wide awake and enterprising man, and is very well thought of in the city where his life has thus far been spent.


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George W. Sassaman, serving his second term as councilman of the Seventh ward of Reading, Pa., is a native of that city, and is the son of Isaac Sassaman. Isaac Sassaman was born in Amity township, Berks county, but early in life came to Reading, where for many years he was extensively engaged in the ice business, and where he died in 1884, at the age of fifty-one years. He married Sarah Strunk, and to this union were born : Isaac N., of Fort Washington ; John C., also of that place ; George W. ; and Daniel J., of Reading.

George W. Sassaman's literary training was obtained in the public schools of Reading, after leaving which he went to learn the trade of box making at the Reading Box Factory. Mr. Sassaman has been with that firm for ten years, and is now holding the position of foreman. He has been prominent in the ranks of the Democratic party in this section, and is serving his second term as Councilman from the Seventy ward of the city, having also held a number of minor offices, and having been a delegate to numerous county conventions. He is prominently connected fraternally, being a member of Juniata Tribe of Red Men, No.74,, and for two years Secretary of State of Appeals of that order ; he is also identified with the I. O. O. F. , No. 169. He has served as president of the Haymaker's Association, is treasurer of the Amphion Musical and Social Club, and a member of the Junior Fire Company of Reading.

Mr. Sassaman was united in marriage with Miss Sara Sassaman, daughter of Jacob Sassaman, and they reside at No. 423 Elm street. Mr. Sassaman is highly esteemed both in public and business life, and he has proven himself a worthy citizen and public-spirited man.


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Horace M. Sassaman, farmer of Colebrookdale township, Berks county, lives in a section where his family has been settled for several generations. He is a son of John S. and Elizabeth (Muthard) Sassaman, and a descendant in the fifth generation of August Sassaman, who founded the family in America.

(I) August Sassaman, of Witgenstein, in Westphalia, Germany, emigrated to America in 1775, and located in Ontelaunee township, Berks Co., Pa., where he took up a large tract of land with a family named Gernand. In 1787 he sold his interests to the Gernands and with his family located at Clayton, in Hereford township. He was a member of the Reformed Church. The family Bible he brought with him from the Fatherland; it was printed in 1770 and is still in excellent condition. It is now is the possession of his great-granddaughter, Mrs. Joel W. D. Whitman, of Reading. August Sassaman's children were as follows: Johan Christian, Daniel, Johannes, Mrs. Elizabeth Guarty and Mrs. Catharine Roth. Both the daughters lived in Bern township.

(II) Johannes Sassaman was born in Germany and was only a child when brought by his father to America. He lived to a good old age, dying in October, 1851, on his farm in District township. He was a blacksmith as well as farmer. For a number of years he lived in Hereford township, along the State road, to Tamaqua, and all but two of his seven children were born in that township. He married Barbara, daughter of Henry Geyer, and she died on a few weeks before her husband, passing away Sept. 12, 1851, at the age of seventy-two years. Their children were born as follows: Barbara, 1806 (died young); John, 1807; Christian, 1809; Abraham, 1811; a son, 1813 (died in infancy); Mary Ann (Polly), 1814 (married Joseph Fritz); Daniel, 1816 (died in 1817).

(III) Christian Sassaman, son of Johannes, was born Dec. 25, 1809, in Hereford township and died on his farm March 17, 1890, at the age of eighty-one years. He passed his active life in farming, retiring some years before his death. He was a progressive man, and took particular interest in the question of public education, serving his township as school director, as well as in other local offices. Religious matters and church work also claimed his attention, and for many years he was a member and official of the Reformed Church at Boyertown. He married a distant relative, Maria Sassaman, who was born Sept. 10, 1813, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Boyer) Sassaman, and granddaughter of Jacob Boyer. Mrs. Maria Sassaman died June 29, 1893, aged nearly eighty years, and was buried July 4, 1893, in the family lot at Boyertown, in Fairview cemetery. She was the mother of six children, as follows: Willoughby, who lives in Montgomery county, Pa.,; Judge Augustus S., now deceased, mentioned elsewhere; Mary, deceased, who married Henry S. Hoffman, of Boyertown, Pa.; Lucy, who is the wife of Joel W. D. Whitman, of No. 322 North Ninth street, Reading; Henry S., a justice of the peace, of Pottstown, Pa.; and John S., deceased, who was the father of Horace H. Sassaman.

(IV) John S. Sassaman, youngest member of Christian Sassaman's family, was born in 1846, and died in 1904, at the age of fifty-eight years. Though he was in poor health for twelve years before his death he was for many years a most active man, and he carried on farming all his life, living in Colebrookdale township for twenty-five years, and in Douglass township for five or six years. He took part in local public affairs, was school director for six years in Colebrookdale township, and also served some years as supervisor. Like his father he was also interested in the religious life of the community, and he was a member and deacon of the Reformed Church of Bechtelsville, where he is buried. In politics he was a Democrat.

Mr. Sassaman married Elizabeth Muthard, daughter of Joel Muthard, and to them were born six children, namely: Horace M., Jeremiah, Mary (deceased), Anna, William and Alice.

(V) Horace M. Sassaman was born Nov. 19, 1867, at the home in Douglass township. He attended common school in Colebrookdale township, attending the Landis school, and was reared to farming which h has followed with success all his life. He worked for his parents until eighteen years old, in 1896 beginning on his own account and on his own place, which contains seventy-six acres. It was formerly the property of his maternal grandfather, Joel Muthard. Here Mr. Sassaman has been located ever since, and he is in comfortable circumstances. He keeps four horses and ten head of cattle.

Mr. Sassaman was married Jun 2, 1894, to Miss Sarah Amanda A. H. Johnson, daughter of Gideon and Hannah (Houck) Johnson. They have no children. Mr. and Mrs. Sassaman are members of the Bechtelsville Reformed Church. He is a Democrat in politics.


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Louis A. Sassaman, of Reading, belongs to a family several of whose members have attained prominence in the law, being a son of the late Judge Augustus S. Sassaman, for many years a lawyer of pre-eminence in Berks county.

Mr. Sassaman comes from German ancestry, whose first representatives came to America many years ago, immediately after the Revolution, and settled in eastern Pennsylvania. They have been in Berks county since the days of his great-grandfather, John Sassaman, a native of Germany, who was a farmer and lived in Douglass township. He was a man of thrift and shrewdness, and left a large estate to his son Christian, who lived and died on one of the best properties in Douglass township.

Augustus S. Sassaman was born on the old homestead in Douglass township, Feb. 7, 1834, and received his early education in the local schools and at a classical seminary at Boyertown. In 1853 he entered the junior class at Dickinson College, Carlisle, where he graduated in 1855, after which he engaged in teaching at New Berlin, Union county, in an institution which in 1856 was merged into Union Seminary. He taught ancient languages three years and natural sciences four years, and also gave instruction in German. Meantime he began the study of the law under the direction of Hons. A. H. Dill and Isaac Slenker and resigning his position in the Union Seminary in 1862 spent a year in the office of Isaac Slenker, Esq., and was admitted to the Bar at Lewisburg, Pa., in December, 1863. At the instance of some of his wife's friends he returned to his native county and soon acquired a large and lucrative practice. He continued in the general duties of his profession until 1875, when he was elected additional law judge of the courts of Berks county and served one full term of ten years, from Jan. 2, 1876 to Jan. 4, 1886. Upon his retirement from the Bench Judge Sassaman returned to the practice of the law, and he died at the age of sixty-one years, Sept. 17, 1895, nine years after his retirement from the Bench. His wife was Louisa DeTurk, a member of a noted old Berks county family of Huguenot origin, she being a daughter of Jacob DeTurk, a farmer.

Louis A. Sassaman was the only child of Augustus S. and Louisa Sassaman. He was born Sept. 15, 1868, in Amity township, Berks county. His early literary training was secured in the common schools and at Carroll Institute, Reading, and he later attended Palatinate College, Myerstown, and Dickinson College, Carlisle, where he graduated in 1891. He at once began reading law with his father. After leaving Dickinson College he served four years as deputy clerk in the Quarter Sessions court, and in 1894 he was admitted to the Bar of Berks county. His admission to the Superior, Supreme and United States District courts was a matter of later date. Me. Sassaman at once began practice, being fortunate in having the advice of his father, who was then living in retirement in Reading. He soon built up a flattering clientele, and has for the most part engaged in private practice, but has served the public in several positions, notably as solicitor of Berks county and as prison inspector, which latter office he has held since 1899.

Mr. Sassaman married Sept. 26, 1895, Mary A. Zimmerman, daughter of William Zimmerman (deceased), of Lebanon county, and to this union was born a daughter, Marie, now in attendance at school.

Mr. Sassaman is a well-known figure in the Democratic politics of the city, county and State. He has always been interested in politics and from the time he attained his majority has been in demand as a campaign speaker. His ready wit and keen, forceful logic carry conviction, and he is thus valued greatly by the party leaders in campaigns. He is an active party worker and is seen at all of the conventions of the party, having been delegate to many county conventions. In the memorable campaign which placed Mr. Pattison in the Governor's chair he was a tireless worker.

Mr. Sassaman is a member of the Woodmen of the World, and has for many years been a member of Friendship Fire Company No. 4, of reading, and Aerie No. 66, Fraternal Order of Eagles. His religious affiliations are with the Reformed Church.

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