Biographies from Historical and Biographical Annals by Morton Montgomery


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Dr. Charles Meck Seltzer, physician at Philadelphia for thirty years, was born at Philadelphia March 1857. He received his preliminary education in private schools and in the Eastburn Academy, which he attended until 1875, when he took up the study of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania, graduating and receiving his diploma in 1878. He traveled abroad for a year, attending the hospitals in England, France, Italy and Germany, and upon his return was appointed resident physician of the Episcopal Hospital, which position he filled successfully for two years; afterward he attended the hospital as visiting surgeon from 1881 to 1887. In his private practice he was associated with Dr. Horace Y. Evans from 1883 to 1885, but since 1885 has been actively engaged in practice by himself. For fifteen years he lectured on Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene in the Eastburn Academy and during the year 1894 he filled the position of professor of Hygiene in the Medico-Chirurgical College. During his first ten years of private practice he was visiting physician and surgeon to numerous institutions, including the Charity Hospital, Northern Home, Odd Fellows Home, Angora Home, and several others. Since 1895 he has been acting as the supervising medical examiner of the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, at Philadelphia, with many physicians under him. Of late years Dr. Seltzer has gradually been withdrawing from active practice of medicine and devoting his time and energies to matters of hygiene--especially to the production of pure milk and scientific agriculture, also to the disposal of the waste of large cities, particularly garbage and its reduction, to sanitary by-products.

In 1885 he was married to Emily Stulb, daughter of Joseph Stulb, of Philadelphia, and they have a daughter, Mary Louise. His father was Franklin Peter Seltzer (cousin of Jonathan F. Seltzer, whose sketch appears in this publication), born at Womelsdorf in 1823. When he was a boy six years old his parents removed West, driving all the way and settling at Crestline, in Ohio, where they were among the first settlers. He was educated there and remained in that vicinity at farming until 1845, when he went to Philadelphia and entered a wholesale grocery store as a clerk, where he continued until 1847. He then formed a partnership with his cousin, Jacob Sheetz, for conducting a wholesale grocery and liquor business, and they were partners for fifteen years. Their store was at Third and Callowhill streets. In 1862 he became the sole owner and he continued at the same stand with increasing success until 1873, when he removed to a larger and more central property, No. 1017 Market street, which he had purchased. At this stand he became still more successful, with his trading relations extending throughout Pennsylvania and into the adjoining States; and he continued actively engaged until his decease in 1886, having been identified with the mercantile life of Philadelphia for forty years. He was largely interested for twenty years, in the "Continental Hotel," then the leading hotel of Philadelphia, and at his decease he was succeeded by his son Charles, who became president of the board of managers and officiated until 1903. He was married to Louisa Meck, a daughter of Isaac Meck, of Liverpool, in Perry county, Pa., and they had eleven children: Charles M.; Anna Maria, married to Dr. Henry A. Smith; Alice Louise; Susan May, married to John H. Zebley; Henry Fister, married to Margaret Moore; Ralph Edgar, married to Helen Thomas; Elizabeth Maud; Walter Harold, who died in 1905, aged twenty-six years; and three who died in infancy.

Dr. Seltzer's grandfather was David Seltzer, born in Heidelberg township, Berks county, at Womelsdorf, and he assisted his father at farming until 1829, when he moved with his family to Ohio. He was married to Elizabeth Sheetz, while at home, and they had five children, including a son Franklin Peter. Upon his first wife's death he married Margaret Kuntz, by whom he had two children, and after her decease he married a third wife, whose name was Kuhn. [For antecedents see sketch of J. R. Seltzer, in this publication.]


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Jonathan R. Seltzer, a prosperous hardware merchant at Philadelphia for fifty years, was born in Picture of Jonathan R. SeltzerLower Heidelberg township, near Sinking Spring, in Berks county, on May 12, 1834. He was educated in the township schools and reared on a farm until he was fourteen years if age, when he went to Philadelphia and entered the hardware store of Conrad & Roberts, at No. 123 North Third street, as a clerk, and he continued with them for nine years. Having in this time become thoroughly acquainted with the business, he then (1857) formed a partnership with Jacob K. Smith, and under the name of Smith, Seltzer & Co., at No. 409 North Third street, traded successfully until 1879, when they remover their store to the northeast corner of Sixth and Market streets, where they continued until 1880. The partnership was then dissolved by the retirement of Mr. Smith and his son and the substitution of Lewis V. Klahr (Mr. Seltzer's nephew, also from Berks county), and under the name of the Seltzer-Klahr Company they have conducted a very successful business until the present time, at the same location, and their trade has been developed to extend throughout Pennsylvania and adjoining States.

In 1858, Mr. Seltzer was married to Eveline R. Hines, daughter of Albert Hines, of Philadelphia, and by her he had three children: Albert died single ; William Irwin married Ann Foresman, of Williamsport; and Evelyn married Edward B. Wolford, manufacturer at Philadelphia. His wife dying in 1879, he in 1890 married Mrs. Julia C. Wilford, daughter of Dr. Martin Killian (who emigrated from Germany in 1845 and settled at Hamburg, Berks county, where he practised his profession for several years).

William Seltzer, his father, was born in 1794 at Womelsdorf, and brought up there. When a young man he engaged in farming in Lower Heidelberg township along the Cacoosing creek, near Sinking Spring, and he continued at that calling until his decease in 1872. He was married to Catharine Ruth, daughter of Daniel Ruth and Elizabeth Miller his wife, by whom he had eleven children, those besides Jonathan R. being: Mary Ann married Peter Klahr; Sarah married Jacob B. Krick; Hannah married William Bower; Daniel married Mary Krick; Susan A. married Benjamin Saylor; Elizabeth died single; four others died in their youth.

His grandfather was Jacob Seltzer, born in 1764 at Womelsdorf, where he carried on farming and kept hotel until his decease in 1825. He was married to Catharine Kauffman, daughter of Jacob, of Oley; she was born in 1766 and died in 1842; and by her he had eight children: William, above; John married Mary Van Reed; Daniel married a Weiser; David married Eliza O. Sheetz and moved to Ohio; Jacob married a Hassinger; Michael married Catherine Hain; Anna remained single; and Elizabeth married George See.

His great-grandfather was Jacob Seltzer, who emigrated in 1752 from the Upper Rhein, near Coblentz, in the vicinity of the famous "Seltzer Springs" in Germany, where he was born in 1732. He settled in Heidelberg township (where afterward Womelsdorf was laid out) and became a naturalized citizen in 1765. Several years before (1762) he established a hotel in the village, which has been known until the present time as the "Seltzer House." He died in 1788. He was married to Maria Catharine Hiester, of Bern township; she was born in 1735 and died in 1817. By her he had six children: Jacob above; Michael, who enlisted in the Revolution while still a boy and died of fever shortly before the end of his term of service; Elizabeth, who married Dr. Michael Tryon, a prominent physician of Tulpehocken; Mary, who married Jacob Spang, a prominent iron-master of Oley; Catharine, married to David Dewees; and a daughter who married Christopher Reed.


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C. H. Sembower, president of the well-known firm of Orr & Sembower, boiler manufacturers, at Reading, Pa., is one of the city's prominent men, and is identified with a number of its important enterprises. Mr. Sembower was born at Altoona, Pa., Jan. 18, 1863, son of Rev. A. H. and Helena (Knowlton) Sembower.

The Rev. A. H. Sembower is a minister in the Baptist Church, now retired from active service, and hence the son, C. H., was educated in the schools at the points where the father was in charge. In 1872 the family was located at Reading, and our subject then entered the high school for which he was abundantly prepared, graduating in 1876 at the age of seventeen years. Prior to going out on the road in the interests of a shoe firm, he had served a short apprenticeship with B. W. Griest. In 1884 Mr. Sembower, in association with Harry Orr, started the present boiler manufacturing business, with C. H. Sembower as president, Harry Orr as treasurer, Jesse Orr as secretary and James O'Reilly, Esq., as solicitor.

When the business was started the plant was located at Pine and Mifflin street, where the first boiler was built in 1884. The plant consisted at that time of a building 60 x 80 feet in dimensions, and gave employment to five men. The full capacity of the plant was three engines a week. The company owned no foundry then, purchasing its castings at Myerstown, Lebanon county. No change was made in the location of the plant until 1890, when removal was made to Millmont where four and a half acres of land were secured from the Reading Land & Improvement Company. The company at once set to work breaking ground for its new machine and boiler shops. By 1892 these shops were completed and in 1894 the foundry was completed. At the date of this writing engines are built at this plant in seventy-five different styles and their line includes vertical, horizontal, marine and hoisting, and the boilers are vertical, horizontal and locomotive. The company gives constant employment to 250 skilled workmen and have a corps of seven office people. The pay roll is one of the largest in any of the city's industries of a like nature.

This plant in its equipment is one of the finest and most complete in the United States. It is operated by a battery of 750-horse power boilers. The drawings are kept in a fire-proof vault, and the pattern storage room is equipped with a system of water works, so that, in case of fire, there is not a point in the apartment but that can be reached by a stream of water. The trade territory extends all over the world where the excellence of the goods serve as their own advertisement.

On Jan. 29, 1884, Mr. Sembower was married to E. Lou Orr, daughter of Jesse Orr, and three children have been born to this union, viz.: Cora L., Anna O. and Guy K. The family is prominent in the city's social life. They are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Sembower is prominent in Masonry, being .a member of Chandler Lodge No. 227 F. & A. M.; Reading Chapter; Commandery at Philadelphia; Consistory, 32nd degree and Rajah Temple. He belongs also to the B. P. O. E., of Reading, and to Vigilance Lodge, I. O. O. F. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Reading, and also in the American Casualty Company.


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Daniel Shaaber, a retired foundryman of Reading, Pa., is a native of that city, born at the corner of Ninth and Franklin streets, Dec. 19, 1832, son of John and Mary (Caldwell) Shaaber.

Mr. Shaaber was left an orphan at the age of eleven years, his father having died five years before, and he went to live with Adam Johnston, with whom he remained until twenty-five years old. Mr. Johnston being in the foundry business, young Shaaber soon mastered the details of the business, and when Mr. Johnston met with financial reverses Mr. Shaaber and Mr. Johnson's clerk, a Mr. Jones, took the business, this being in April, 1858. The partnership continued until 1860, when Mr. Jones sold his interests to Mr. Shaaber, and in this our subject continued alone until 1868, when Adam Johnston and his son, Henry, were admitted to the firm, it then being Shaaber & Johnston until 1877. In this year Mr. Shaaber withdrew from the firm and engaged in the cold storage business at Fifth Street and the Lebanon Valley railway until the railroad company erected their bridge at that point, and as the plant was on railroad property it was forced to move. Since this time Mr. Shaaber has lived retired.

Mr. Shaaber was married Nov. 24, 1850, to Asenath Johnston, daughter of Adam Johnston. In politics Mr. Shaaber is a Republican, and served in the Second ward as a member of the school board. Mr. Shaaber had the following brothers and sisters: Catherine, m. to Amos Seyfert; Elizabeth., m. to a Mr. Corn; Margaret, m. to Frederick Deaser; Mary, m. to Peter Adams; John; George; Sarah; Peter; Rebecca, m. to Jackson Sherman; Jacob, twin of Daniel; and Henry W., deceased.


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Harry C. Shaaber, manager of the Chantrell Hardware & Tool Co., was born at Reading, July 24, 1870, educated in the local schools and was graduated from the high-school with the class of 1887. Two days after his graduation, he secured employment as a clerk in the hardware establishment of Bright & Lerch, and he continued in their employment until 1896, gradually advancing from clerk to chief bookkeeper and then treasurer, which last responsible position he filled for four years. He then became the chief book-keeper of the Penn Hardware Company, and remained with this company until 1902, when he took charge of the sales department of the Chantrell Hardware & Tool Company. After filling this position for one year, the company appointed him manager of its large and growing establishment, which position he has since filled in a most satisfactory manner.

In 1896, Mr. Shaaber was married to Emma F. Moyer, daughter of Matthias Moyer, a prominent dealer in leather and shoe findings and manufacturer of building brick at Reading for many years; and they have two sons: Matthias and Harry.

Mr. Shaaber's father is Adam Johnson Shaaber, who was born at Reading and learned the trade of blacksmith which he followed for 30 years, having been connected with the Reading Industrial Works from 1872 to 1902. Since 1903, he has had supervision of one of the departments of the Chantrell Hardware & Tool Company. He was married to Sallie E. Maicks, daughter of Christopher and Lavina (Wunder) Maicks of Reading; and they had three children: Harry; May (married to Percy G. Horine, who died in 1906); and Charles (married to Anna Moyer). His wife died in 1896, aged 47 years.

Mr. Shaaber's grandfather was John C. Shaaber, a blacksmith, employed for many years in the foundry of Adam Johnson & Son. He was married to Elizabeth Shissler, who died in 1905, aged 76 years (daughter of Andrew Shissler, of Heidelberg township, in Lehigh county), and they had five children: Mahlon (married to Mary Hooker); Adam; Maria (single); Ellen (married to L. Frank Knerr); John (married to Ida M. Brown). He died in 1891, aged 71 years. He identified himself with the Republican party from its rise in the country and supported it earnestly until his death.

His great-grandfather was John Shaaber, also of Reading, who died in 1839, aged 50 years. He was married to Mary Caldwell, daughter of Newland Caldwell, a prominent family of Lancaster county, by whom he had twelve children. He was a son of Andrew Schaber (who was married to Elizabeth Sauerbier of Reading); and a grandson of Andrew Schaber, who emigrated from Germany in 1754 and settled in Reading shortly afterward, by which it appears that this family has been identified with Reading for 150 years.


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Mahlon Shaaber, of Reading, who has been living retired since 1900, was born in Reading April 12, 1844, son of John C. and Elizabeth (Schisler) Shaaber.

The Shaaber family is of German descent and was founded in America by Andrew, who located in Reading in 1754. His son, Andrew Jr., was born in that place and is shown by the records to have been a taxpayer in 1775. He married Elizabeth Sauerbier, and their son, John, grandfather of Mahlon, was born in Reading March 5, 1790. He was the owner of the old family homestead at Ninth and Franklin streets, and followed the calling of a hatter all his life. On Oct. 11, 1810, he married Miss Mary Caldwell, born in Berks county May 14, 1791. He died Nov. 11, 1839, and his wife March 11, 1844. Their children were: Catherine; Elizabeth; Margaret, Mrs. Frederick Dease; Mary; John C.; George; Sarah; Peter; Rebecca; Daniel and Jacob, twins; and Henry W.

John C. Shaaber, father of Mahlon, was born Oct. 30, 1820. He was a natural mechanic and became a blacksmith by trade. He was quite prominent in local affairs, was originally a Whig, but when the Republican party was formed he joined that. He married Miss Elizabeth Schisler, of Lehigh county, and a family of seven children were born to them, namely: Maria, deceased, a music teacher; Ella, Mrs. Frank Knerr; Susan and Elizabeth, who both died young; Adam J., a veteran of the Civil war; John, a mail carrier in Reading; and Mahlon.

Mahlon Shaaber received little regular education as his health did not permit of steady attendance. He was only 17 when the war broke out, and in October, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 93d Pa. V.I. A severe wound received in the battle of Fair Oaks May 31, 1862, compelled him to leave the service for a time, but he later re- enlisted in the 42d regiment P. V. M., for three months, with the rank of corporal. At the end of that time he again enlisted in the 196th Regt., 5th Union League, becoming first lieutenant, and served three months more. The wound which he had received never healed, and still gives him much trouble, severely handicapping him.

An ardent Republican, Mr. Shaaber has served as chief of police of Reading under Mayor Kenney. Socially he belongs to McLean Post, No. 16, G. A. R.; and Encampment No. 43, Union Veteran Legion. His trade was that of machinist, and for much of his life he followed that calling. On Feb. 1, 1898, however, he purchased the Postoffice cigar store and pool room, and while he was conducting it he made it a very popular place. His last position was as superintendent of the car barn for the Reading Street Railway Company, but since 1900 Mr. Shaaber has lived retired, his residence being at No. 1215 Chestnut street.

Mahlon Shaaber married Miss Mary A. Hooker daughter of Amos, a foreman in the railroad shops. To this union children were born as follows: John E. and Arthur Osbeck, both deceased; Minnie, wife of Charles H. Rhein, who is employed as foreman by the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company; Edward Garfield, an engineer and machinist at Exeter Station, who married Miss Mary Lemmer; and Stewart Logan, a stenographer and typewriter in Reading. The youngest son is of unusual height, measuring 6'4" when only 18 years old. His father, also of extraordinary height, during the period of his military service owed to the fact of his stature an incident of unusual interest, an account of which follows, as given by himself:

"While the 93d Regiment was passing through Washington and Georgetown, we passed in review on Pennsylvania avenue, and among the thousands who lined the pavements was a small group, among whom was a very tall gaunt man, with a pale looking countenance, dressed in a black frock coat, clinging somewhat indifferently to him, stooped shoulders, a black silk hat, with a thoughtful and serious cast of face, who called out 'Bub!' 'Bub!' Capt. Arthur heard him, and noticing that he was addressing me, informed me of it and gave me permission to leave the ranks. I no more thought when the tall, gaunt looking gentleman, with pleasing friendliness of manner, grasped my hand and said, 'Excuse my manners, it was jealousy on my part, that made me call you out to size you up.' He said, 'How tall are you, and what is your age?' I told him, 'I am 6 feet 6-1/2 inches, and in my 17th year, and weigh 140 pounds.' He forthwith drew out of his pocket a black covered memorandum book, and with an ordinary stub pencil noted down my answer. Then he introduced himself in this characteristic way: 'I am old Abe!' I was startled, but felt honored; he next introduced me to Vice-President Hamlin as 'My Son,' and I noticed Gen. Cameron and Governor Curtin stood in the group. He noted our combined heights in the memoranda, giving each full name as follows: Mahlon Shaaber, B, 93d P. V. 6 ft. 6-1/2 in. Abraham Lincoln, President 6 ft. 4 in. Hannibal Hamlin, Vice-President 6 ft. 2-1/2 in. General Cameron 6 ft. 1 in. Governor Curtin, Pennsylvania 6 ft. 2 in. -----------Total 31 ft. 4 in.

"He said jokingly this incident, where so many tall men have met, will not occur again. After quite a prolonged conversation he volunteered good advice to me. He indicated what my habits should be, my diet in camp, that I must eat no pastry, pies, etc., and emphasized the precaution against the use of intoxicating drinks. He told me when lying down to sleep I should always rest the head lower than the chest to expand my lungs, and seriously added 'I am afraid that you will not stand the service.' I essayed to leave, but just then thinking of the orders about stragglers, I asked him to give me a pass, as the patrolmen might gather me in to the guard house. He at once reproduced his memorandum book, tore out a blank, and wrote these words, 'Pass the soldier on his way to camp, by request of, Abe Lincoln.' My knapsack was captured in battle and the memento lost. When the grand old man bade me good bye, he embraced me, virtually putting his arm around my neck, and said with kindly emotion, 'Good-bye, my son. God bless you. Come soon and dine with me.'

"At a subsequent time accompanied by Sergeant Fritz, of Company B, I paid a visit to Washington to exchange clothing drawn by me which were too short. On our return to camp we called on the President at the White House. We were ushered into the Blue Room by a colored attendant, where the President arose from a chair where he was engaged in writing, and at once recalled the former meeting and gave us a kindly welcome to the White House. He showed us the spacious building, and presented us to the invited guests of the day. Being invited to dine I lost courage and made up my mind to decline. Mr. Lincoln insisted and said 'I will give you a seat on my right as my particular guest.' I confessed that I was afraid and ashamed to sit with such elegantly dressed company in my shabby clothes, when the President characteristically replied: 'It's not the clothing that makes the man, my son, it's the heart. I think more of a man dressed in blue for love of his country, than of those gay visitors, whose chief business in these trying times is simply to dress for receptions.' I, however, declined, stating that I would enjoy my bean soup and hard tack better than the reception dinner. The President took both hands in his and gave me a parting blessing and dismissed me saying: 'If you lie around Washington in the future call again.' It was always my great regret in after life, that I did not dine with the President. [Signed] Yours truly, Mahlon Shaaber."

At the National Encampment of the G. A. R., held at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the week of Sept. 9, 1907, Mr. Shaaber had the honor to be chosen as one of the grenadier guards, composed of men from every Department of the Order, 45 in all, each over six feet in height. He was the tallest by 3-1/2 inches, being 6 feet, 7-1/2 inches. It was the duty of these guards to bear a huge flag, wide enough to cover the street, in the Grand Parade, and in spite of the down pour of rain that drenched these veterans, they marched proudly on with the same unconcern for the elements that they had learned in bygone years.


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Ignatius Shade, who is now living retired at his beautiful home, No. 1339 Mineral Spring Road, Reading, was for many years engaged in various business enterprises in this city, and is an honored veteran of the great Civil war. Mr. Shade was born in 1840, in Bavaria, Germany, son of Anthony and Anna E. (Fleckenstine) Shade.

Anthony Shade came to America first in 1844, and for three years was engaged in business in Reading, but at the end of that period returned to his native country, where until 1858 he was engaged in the commission business. He then came to America again, this time bringing his family, whom he settled in Reading, he engaging in a saloon business, which he carried on until his death in 1868, in his fifty-eight year. He and his wife were members of the Catholic Church. They had these children: Ignatius, Elizabeth, Michael A., Eva, John and Margaret.

Ignatius Shade's education was obtained in Germany, and on coming to Reading in 1858, he engaged with Frederick Lauer, with whom he remained three years, the next year being spent with the Mellerts. In 1861 Mr. Shade enlisted in Company A, 3d Pa. Reserves, under Captain Lenhardt, serving three years and receiving his honorable discharge. He was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg and taken prisoner in 1862, being paroled in February, 1863, after having been confined in Libby Prison for two and one-half months. Upon his return to Reading, Mr. Shade engaged in work at the William R. Mcllvaine rolling mill, continuing there three years. At this time the Philadelphia & Reading Company removed their plant to Ninth street, and Mr. Shade contracted to unload and cut the iron rails, employing six men, and being there engaged for three years. Mr. Shade's next venture was in the hotel business, and he continued therein for twelve years as proprietor of the "Lafayette," now the "Berkshire." He then engaged in the drug business with his brother, Michael, at Seventh and Penn streets, a partnership which continued for about twelve years, when Ignatius sold his interest to his brother, and spent the next year in retirement, re-engaging in the drug business with Herman Esterly at Fifth and Court streets. He retired in 1902. In his political belief, Mr. Shade is a Democrat. He is connected with the Loyal Veteran Legion of Pennsylvania. His religious belief is that of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Shade married Lavena Rippel, a native of Germany, and to them were born eight children, two of whom survive: Emma m. to Edward Ganter; and Rev. Joseph I., a priest of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Reading, who was ordained at St. John's Church, Rome, Italy.


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John Shadle (deceased). Among the prominent business men of Reading, Pa., was the late John Shadle, an extensive woolen manufacturer, whose death occurred March 19, 1900. Mr. Shadle was born March 9, 1827, near Bellefonte, Center Co., Pennsylvania.

In 1846, after having received his education in the public schools of his native county, Mr. Shadle enlisted for service in the Mexican war, and served throughout that struggle. Upon receiving his discharge he came to Reading and entered the Brumbach woolen mill, where he remained about fifteen years, then removing to White Deer, Union county. He remained there for about seven years and then returned to Berks county, engaging in the woolen business on his own account at Leesport, in company with Adleman & Levan, but later sold out his interest and located in Reading, engaging with William Bradford on South Sixth Street, at the present site of Hendel's hat factory. After continuing there for some years, he spent some time at Morgantown and Cressona, and then returned to Reading and became superintendent and one-fourth owner with J.G. Leinbach in the woolen business. This was the nucleus of the present Leinbach woolen mill. The business was successful from the very start, Mr. Shadle being an expert in the line, knowing every detail of the business from the duties of a loom fixer to those of the finishing department, and not only could he manage the different departments with efficiency, but could weave the finest wool fabric. Mr. Shadle was the first to make a nonfading brown in Reading. The partnership, which was a very congenial one, continued until Mr. Shadle's death, March 19, 1900.

Mr. Shadle was married (first) to Mary Ann Houp, by whom he had four children, as follows: Edwina, who married John T. Drayer; Jennie, who married John Rapp; and Fannie and Irvin L., deceased. Mr. Shadle's second marriage was to Mary (Wahl) Bogle, widow of John Bogle, who met an accidental death in Reading in 1872. Mrs. Shadle had one son by her first marriage: William Bogle, who is married to Marie Eva Koch, daughter of J. Peter Koch and Catharine (Kuhlman).

Mr. Shadle died in the faith of the Lutheran Church, which his widow attends. In political matters he was a stanch Republican.


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Charles W. Shaffer, who was for many years a mail carrier in the city of Reading, and an honored veteran of the great Civil war, was born in 1841, in Reading, son of Henry and Betsy (Leader) Shaffer, and died in 1902.

Henry Shaffer was born near Kutztown, Berks county, in 1800, but early in life removed to near Tuckerton, Muhlenberg township, and in 1838 to Reading. He had learned the carpenter's trade in his youth, and this he followed with Adam Wade until 1850, in which year Mr. Wade's property was destroyed by the great floods. Mr. Shaffer then secured employment at Deisher's box factory and lumber mill, and here he continued to work until his death in 1869. His wife survived until 1891, and was eighty-four years old at the time of her death. They were the parents of nine children, as follows: George, m. Sadie Walters, and had three children--Walter, Alvin and Charles; Mary m. Cyrus Runyon, lives in Altoona, and has fourteen children; Eliza m. John L. Fisher, and had fourteen children; Frank m. Caroline Eyrich, and had three children; John H. m. Rose Ann Egge, and had five children, three of whom are living; Lovina is single; Sophia m. Clinton Morris, and had three children; Charles W.; and Susan died young. In their religious belief Henry Shaffer and wife were Reformed, and they were buried at Alsace Reformed cemetery. Mr. Shaffer was a Democrat in politics, and held the office of constable. He was a member of the Jr. O. U. A. M.

Charles W. Shaffer was educated in the schools of Reading, Pa., after leaving which he took up the trade of carpenter, and worked at Deisher's planing mill. While thus employed the Civil war broke out, and, fired with patriotism, young Shaffer enlisted in Capt. Groff's Infantry, in which he served three years and nine months, participating in some of the hardest fought battles of the great war. He was a man of spirit and bravery, and had a record of which any man might well feel proud. After the end of his service to his country, Mr. Shaffer returned to Deisher's factory, where he remained until the administration of James Cannon as mayor, when Mr. Shaffer was appointed lamp repairer at the City Hall lock-up, and later he passed the civil service examination for letter carrier, a position which he held for about eight years. This was practically his last work, as injuries received during the war compelled his retirement in later years. He died in 1902, the city of Reading losing one of its most highly esteemed citizens.

Mr. Shaffer married Elizabeth Rhoads, who was born in Reading, and they became the parents of three children: Charles, Annie and Daniel. Although allied with no religious body, Mr. Shaffer was one of Reading's truly good men. He was a member of Liberty Fire Company. He was always a Republican, casting his first Presidential vote during the Rebellion.


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George W. Shaffner, postmaster at Host, Pa., where he is engaged in a general mercantile business, is a representative citizen of Berks county and belongs to one of the early established families of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shaffner was born at Host, Berks county, Pa., March 5, 1851, son of William and Louisa (Rick) Shaffner, whose other children were: Celesta, Mary, Ellen, Lizzie, Nora and John.

George W. Shaffner secured his education in the public schools of his native township. Prior to 1866, he resided for a time at Rehrersburg, Berks county, but in the above year he became a member of the household of his uncle, the late Jacob Shaffner, at Host. He worked as a clerk in his uncle's general store until 1882, when he formed a copartnership with his uncle, and this association lasted until November, 1907, when he purchased the entire interest. Since then he has conducted the business alone. Mr. Shaffner is unmarried, and for the past forty-one years had made his home with his estimable aunt, Mr. Amelia Shaffner.

In politics Mr. Shaffner is affiliated with the Democratic party, and he has frequently been a delegate to both county and State conventions. Since 1898 he has been postmaster. He is a director the Sinking Spring Mutual Fire Insurance Company.


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M. J. Shalter, one of the substantial men, prominent farmers and large land owners of Berks county, residing on his finely improved farm of 170 acres, at Temple, was born in 1852, in Ontelaunee township, Berks county, son of Jonas and Rebecca (Maurer) Shalter, and grandson of Michael and Susanna (Fisher) Shalter.

The progenitor of the Shalter family, Franz Shalter, came to America at an early day and settled near Shalter Church, which is situated on a portion of the Beidler farm. He married a daughter of Mr. Beidler, and they had a large family of children, among whom are remembered: Michael and Jacob.

Michael Shalter was born and reared in Ontelaunee township, where he carried on farming and general merchandising all of his life, and was a prominent and highly esteemed citizen. He was a pillar of the Lutheran Church of his vicinity, and in politics was a Democrat, being one of the stanchest supporters of that party's principles in his township. He and his wife were the parents of four children: Frank; George; Jonas, the father of M. J.; and Sallie, m. to George Fox.

Jonas Shalter was educated in the common schools of his native township, and on reaching his majority he became the proprietor of the general merchandise business founded by his father. In addition to this he engaged in farming and lime burning, owning several farms and quarries, and became one of the most prominent men of his section of Berks county. He died in 1896, aged eighty years, his wife having passed away when thirty-five years of age. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Shalter, namely: Edwin, deceased, who was an attorney of Reading; James, a retired merchant; Catherine, m. to William Krick; Emira, m. to Richard Swartz; and M. J. Mr. Shalter was a deacon and elder in the Lutheran Church, and took much interest in church and charitable work. In politics he was a Democrat. He was a charter member of the local Masonic body.

M. J. Shalter was educated in the schools of his native place and the Keystone State Normal School, also attending Lafayette College and Ursinus College. After his school days were passed he read law in his brother's office for a short time, but owing to ill health gave this profession up to take charge of his father's farms. He continued for twenty-eight years in this capacity, and then located permanently in Temple, where he has a fine property of 170 acres, which he has platted out in building lots in one of the handsomest sections of Temple.

Mr. Shalter married Emma Saylor, daughter of Henry Saylor, and seven children have been born to this union: Charles S., an attorney of Reading, m. to Lizzie James; Irvin, a professor in Muhlenberg township; Florence; Mabel; Emily; Mary, and one who died in infancy. Mr. Shalter is a Democrat and for fifteen years was a school director of Muhlenberg township, where he was a census enumerator in 1890. In religious belief he is a Lutheran, and he has held all of the offices in that church. Fraternally he is connected with the K. G. E., at Hyde Park.


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On the roster of the representative business men of the city of Reading is to be found the name of Reuben G. Shalter, manager of the Reading Lumber Company. He is a native of Berks county, where the family was established at an early day, and was born in Muhlenberg township, in 1842, son of Jacob and Henrietta (Getz) Shalter, both of whom are deceased.

The name Shalter is also spelled Schalter. Frantz Shalter (1735-1813), of Maiden-creek township, left a will, which is on record in Book D, page 173. Of this Michael Shalter was the executor, and in it are mentioned his wife Elizabeth; son Michael, who obtained the homestead; son Jacob, who obtained the plantation in Alsace; and sons-in-law, Samuel Bernhard, Abraham Kissinger, Daniel Kershner and Peter Rothenberger. The Federal census of 1790 records that France Shalter, of Maiden-creek, had two sons under sixteen years, and two daughters.

Jacob Shalter, son of Frantz, was born in 1777, and died in 1853, and is buried at Gernand's Church, in Ontelaunee township, as is also his wife Susanna, born in 1784, died 1841.

Jacob Shalter, son of Jacob and Susanna, and father of Reuben G., followed the vocation of farming throughout his entire life and was a resident of Northumberland county, this State, at the time of his demise, which occurred in 1862. His wife, Henrietta Getz, survived him many years, and died in 1888. Both were zealous and consistent members of the Lutheran church. They became the parents of twelve children, namely: Jonathan; Sarah A.; a daughter died in infancy; Sarah C. m. Reuben Hoffa; Amanda m. Jacob Hoffman; Elizabeth died at the age of thirteen years; Emma m. John Sheetz; Otilia m. Franklin Albright; Henrietta died in childhood; Reuben G. is mentioned below; Jacob; and James.

When Reuben G. Shalter was a child his parents removed to Northumberland county, and in the public schools there he received his early educational training, and continued to maintain his home there for twenty years. Since then he has been a resident of Reading. He remained on the home farm until he attained his majority, and for several years was partly engaged at teaching in the country schools, at somewhat irregular intervals. Upon locating in Reading he identified himself with the lumber business, in which he became associated with Reuben Hoffa, his brother-in-law, continuing thus until 1886, when he became one of the organizers of the Reading Lumber Company, and with this he has since been identified owning a one-third interest. The enterprise is one of broad scope, and the thriving business has been built up largely through the effective efforts of Mr. Shalter, who is manager of the concern.

Mr. Shalter is recognized as a liberal and public-spirited citizen and substantial business man. In politics he maintains an independent attitude, giving his support to the men and measures which meet the approval of his judgment. He and his wife are members of Trinity Lutheran Church, and are active in the various departments of church work.

In 1876 he married Miss Amanda R. Zacharias, who was born and reared in Berks county, daughter of the late Daniel Zacharias. To this union children were born as follows: Carrie, m. to John Spayd; Charles G., who died in childhood; James E., in the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading Company; John Z., who holds a clerical position in the postoffice at Chicago, Ill.; Franklin, who is employed by the Reading Lumber Company; Charles (2), deceased; and Florence R., at home.

Dietrich Shalter, a brother of Frantz of Maiden-creek, was a pioneer in Alsace township, where he owned land. The Federal census of 1790 records that "Didrich" Shalter was the head of a family of three sons, one over sixteen years of age, and one daughter.

Dieter Schalter (or Shalter), a son, was a farmer in Alsace, and was married to a Miss Miller. Their children were: Benjamin, Reuben, Magdalena (m. Levi Guldin); and Charles.

Benjamin Shalter, son of Dieter, became a prominent man in Alsace township, where he was born in 1813. He died in August, 1883. He married Louisa Mosser, and their six children were: Amanda m. John Gring, of Temple, Pa.; Jeremius died unmarried; Rebecca m. Albert Knabb, of Reading; Luzetta m. Penrose Wright (deceased), and lived first in Maiden-creek, but later in Red Lodge, Mont.; Kate m. (first) Jacob Schmehl, whose children were, Lovina (m. Wash Guldin), Mary (m. Samuel Delp) and Augustus (of Kutztown), and (second) Charles S. Yocum; and Appolonius is a farmer on the Alsace homestead.

Benjamin Shalter donated a part of his land for Shalter's church in Alsace, and on April 9, 1860, the corner stone of the first church was laid. The building is a two-story stone structure, plastered and painted in imitation of brick. It was thoroughly renovated and newly carpeted in 1907, and, together with a recently purchased addition to the cemetery, rededicated with appropriate ceremonies. The farm surrounding the church yard is now the property of Appolonius Shalter, a son of Benjamin.


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William Kline Shalter, one of the substantial citizens of Cumru township, Berks County, who is the owner of a fine 156-acre property, and the secretary-treasurer and manager of the Mount Penn Ice Company, organized in 1900, was born on the place which he is now operating, Sept. 29, 1856, son of George and Eliza (Kline) Shalter.

George Shalter was born Feb. 29, 1808, in Maiden-creek township, Berks county, and died in Reading in 1890. His home was in Maiden-creek township until he purchased the old Schwartz estate in Cumru township in 1855, and there he was engaged in farming and manufacturing charcoal iron until 1872. Mr. Shalter was a successful business man and highly esteemed citizen, and at the time of his death had accumulated a comfortable competency. On May 29, 1833, Mr. Shalter was married to Eliza Kline, born April 3o, 1815, daughter of Jonathan and Margaret Kline, and to this union there were born children as follows: Isabella m. William M. Kauffman; Richard M.; Sarah S. m. Cyrus J. Hunter; Eliza J., born Oct. 21, 1841, died May 23, 1842; Emma K. m. John G. Kalbach; Elmira, born Sept. 22, 1845, died Aug. 29, 1848; George, born Aug. 3, 1847, died Aug 18, 1848; Mary M. m. C. K. Whitner, the well-known Reading merchant; and William K.

William K. Shalter obtained his education in the township schools, the Reading high school and the old Chester N. Farr Business College of Reading, after leaving which he worked for Lerch & Bro., hardware dealers, and the Bard & Reber Hardware Company of Reading for about ten years. In 1883 Mr. Shalter began farming in West Point, Cuming Co., Nebr., but after nearly three years returned to Cumru township and engaged in farming his father's farm. This property he acquired in 1889, and it now consists of 156 acres of some of the most highly cultivated land of Cumru township. Mr. Shalter is also the owner of the old Mount Penn Furnace property, on which was a well-known iron industry during the early part of the nineteenth century and until after the Civil war. He is secretary-treasurer and manager of the Mount Penn Ice Company, organized in 1900, which employs five teams regularly and houses 7,000 tons of ice annually, all of this being sold in Reading. Mr. Shalter is a Republican in national affairs, while in local matters he is independent, and for one term served as auditor of the township. He and his family are Reformed members of Yocum's (Christ) Union Church.

On March 20, 1881, Mr. Shalter was married to Mary Ann Kurtz, born Dec. 9, 1856, daughter of Henry and Amanda (Schwartz) Kurtz, and to them were born six children: Isabella K.; Henry K.; Nora K., born Sept. 7, 1888, died March 21, 1891; William G.; Carrie K. and Mary K.


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William C., Shane, a substantial farmer and sawmill operator in Earl township, was born in Oley township on the farm long the home of Shane family, Nov. 24. 1854.

The Shane family is an old one in Berks county, and had its seat in Colebrookdale township, where two brothers, Thomas and Peter Shane, located prior to 1759. The name of the family is said to have been originally Shen, or Shene. William Shane, a son of one of the two brothers, died in Colebrookdale township, in 1811. His wife Maria bore him nine children, but the will mentions but eight, namely: Catherine, Mary, Sarah (m. John Trout), Henry, Elizabeth, Esther, Susan and Hannah. In 1849 Thomas and Samuel Shane were farmers in Colebrookdale township, and both are supposed to have been descendants of the brother who first settle there.

John Shane (or Schon), great-grandfather of William C., of Earl township, was a resident of Earl township for a number of years, and moved from there to Douglass township, whence after some years engaged in farming he removed to Oley township, and bought the farm now owned by his great-grandson, Irwin Shane. John (Johannes) Schon was born Dec. 16, 1790, and died March 18, 1843. His wife Catharine Moser, born June 15, 1796, died April 27, 1869. Their daughter, Sarah, born 1828, died 1848.

Wellington Shane, son of John, born Dec. 16, 1826, was a farmer and died in Earl township, Aug. 13, 1882. To him and his wife Anna were born: Morris; Amos; Sarah Ellen, m. to Henry Romich; Mrs. Joseph Stauffer. In his will Mr. Shane bequeathed seventy-five dollars to Sallie Ann Sneider, a grandchild.

John Shane, son of John and grandfather of William C., was a farmer in Oley township, and then for several years he lived in Douglass township. He owned considerable property in Earl township, where he suddenly died of heart failure. Both he and his wife, whose maiden name was Catharine Moser, are buried at the Oley Churches. The only village and business center in Oley township is named after John Shane, who owned the land on which Shanesville was built in 1833 by Peter Clauser. John Shane's children were: Harriet m. Abraham Biehl; William M.; Wellington; and Tobias.

William M. Shane, son of John, was born in Douglass township in 1827, and died in November 1896. He was a farmer in Oley township, where he had a fine farm. He also owned a farm in Earl township, now the property of his son William C. In politics he was a Democrat, and he served as supervisor and school director in Oley. He and his family belonged to Oley Churches, and of this church he was deacon and elder, being in each office eight years. The family burial plot is located here. He married Harriet Christman, who died in 1899, aged seventy-three years. Their children were: Sarah died unmarried; William C.; Hannah m. John Haas, of Oley; Mandilla m. Frank Hartman, of Exeter; Irwin m. a Miss Deysher, and lives in Oley; and Mary m. Bower Griesemer, Of Oley.

William C. Shane attended the common schools of Oley township, and also the select school taught by the late Prof. D. B. Brunner, at Reading. He was reared to farming, and this he has followed ever since. At the age of twenty-four he was married and began farming near Shanesville in Earl township, and he has been located at his present place since the spring of 1903. His tract consists of ten acres. He owns three tracts in the township, and is looked upon as one of the prosperous men of the township. In politics he is a Democrat, and he was a delegate to several county conventions, and for eighteen consecutive years was tax collector of Earl township. Since 1905 he has not been in office. He has always been interested in the school question, and served as president of the school board for one term. He and his family are Reformed members of Oley Churches, and he served four years each as deacon and as elder.

In 1878 Mr. Shane married Rebecca Moyer, daughter of Joseph Moyer, of Oley, and they have three children: Calvin m. Mary Minninger; Harriet m. John Prutzman; and Miss Annie.

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