2—I am still employed by Wanner Schaeffer. Today a
photo was taken of the plant and will be sent to Mr. Wanner in
3—In Sunday School in A.M. New officers were elected:
Supt. P. H. Gehris; Asst. R. G. Welder; Librarian, Geo. Knoll; Secy.
C. F. Knoll; Treas. C. F. Reifsnyder.
13—Intense cold. Report is 5 degrees below zero. We
have 11 inches of snow, Kentucky has 27 in. Good Sleighing.
14—Sun. Rev. H. J. Glick preached his farewell sermon
in Evangelical Church.
16—Borough election day. Partial results: Burgess - J.
R. Koch; Council - Joel Hoch, J. M. Schaeffer;
High Constable - Jacob Keim; Judge of Election - C. F. Knoll; School
Director - Win. S. Merkel, A. W. Haag; Tax Collector - Jacob Becker.
16—The owners of this grain and coal plant have decided
to add a flour mill.
27—Was at Lena Koller’s fried oyster party last
night. Had fun. Win. Bernhart died.
5—The firm of Wanner Schaeffer dissolved today. Stock
account total $6400. Name of new firm -Schaeffer Wanner & Co.
29—Had nice parade. Ringing Rocks Band, then soldiers,
speakers, followed by Camp 103 in a body. Wreaths put on graves as
7—At Capt. Jack’s Medicine Show in evening. He does
tricks and peddles tea and Indian oil.
19—Sat. Today I and Dan and Ben Brown were laid off
until the flour mill is functioning.
26—This evening Annie Merkel, daughter of Win. Merkel
was married to Eli M. Rapp of Lyons. Wedding was a grand affaIr.
12—With an extra $50 borrowed from brother
James, I started for the West and picked up my cousin Millie Miller
in Womelsdorf. We traveled together to Perry, Iowa, her home where
we arrived July 15.
19—Still at Sam Miller’s
place. The people of Perry are very sociable. They raise a lot of
corn to feed the hogs.
21—Left Perry for Topeka,
Kansas, which I reached July 22. Had supper at Joshua Schlegel’s
and slept at Garden House.
22—Left Topeka for Denver,
where I changed trains and went to Graymont, Colorado. With a Col.
Sellers and wife and guide and 4 horses climbed to top of Gray’s
Peak, 14,380 ft. high. Wonderful scenery from top.
Springs. Visited Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Canyon, and Seven
Falls and saw Pike’s Peak. Then on to Salt Lake City, where I
arrived July 27.
28—Slept at Palace Hotel.
Took train to Salt Lake and bathed in the water, which is 61/2 times
saltier than the ocean. Later visited the Tabernacle and saw Mormon
Temple, Brigham Young’s House and the Museum, where I sat in
Joseph Smith’s chair.
29—Started for San
Francisco by way of Ogden with 12 cars full of passengers and two
engines. Saw Chinese working along the road bed. Countryside quite
barren. Reached Frisco, July 31, where I stopped at the Chicago
Hotel on Pacific St. Spent whole day in Golden Gate Park, where I
heard a fine band concert.
3—Big day in Frisco because
of parade of G.A.R. men-9000 men and many bands. Visited the Mint
and saw bars of gold worth $12000. Also saw the fine homes of the
5—Left Frisco by steamer
and went down west coast to Huenema. This is a grain shipping
center. Saw 8 and 10 horse teams pulling 3 wagons hooked together.
Grain is in bags and is shipped like that. I found a team going to
Springville and soon arrived at my Uncle Frank Christman’s farm.
They were overjoyed to see me and I stayed a long time. Here in S.
Calif. the weather is warm and sunny day after day. Farmers often
leave 5 to 6 thousand bags of wheat lie in the fields.
28—Started home today. Went
by horse stage to Santa Barbara; then by steamer to Frisco.
1—Left Frisco on way
9—Arrived in Fleetwood 7:46
P.M. Everybody glad to see me back.
10—Sun. In Kramlich’s
church in A.M. He had communion. 151 partook of the bread and wine.
In Sunday School in P.M. and Singing School in evening.
25—Big forest fires in the
Blue Mts. County commissioners have 100 men fighting fires. Five
thousand acres of woodland destroyed.
29—Worked for Schaeffer
Wanner & Co. George B. Schaeffer is in Philadelphia. At 1:18
o’clock Walter Schaeffer lit the fire in the boiler to start off
the roller mill.
4—Republican James Beaver
elected Governor. Geo. B. Schaeffer elected sheriff of Berks Co.
8—Very cold. Water pipes
frozen in some homes. No regular work yet. I sometimes wish I had
stayed in California.
30—We killed one of our
hogs and made sausage.
Entertainment was a big success. Chapel crowded.
2—In Sunday School in A.M.
Was reelected secy. I work for Schaeffer Wanner and Co. at $27 per
25—In Camp in evening.
Later the members went to Lewis Schaffer’s home and serenaded
Frank Kutz, who had just married Alice Schaeffer.
15—Boro election day.
Partial results: Justice of Peace - James Dumn, A. N. Fretz; Burgess
- Isaac Merkel; Council - J. A. Koch, James Hill; School Directors -
L. R. Lentz, C. F. Reifsnyder.
18—In Camp in evening.
Hereafter Lodge will meet in hall above Melot’s store (This store
was at Main & Richmond). Same is true of K. of P. and Mechanics.
1—In Sunday School in A.M.
In church in evening. Prof. Boyer of K.S.N.S. preached.
30—Mill ran till 5 P.M. At
5:30 P.M. parade began at Sons’ Hall; proceeded to Chapel where 38
ladies representing the 38 states fell in line. All marched to St.
Paul’s Cemetery where speeches were made and graves decorated.
Then moved to Fleetwood Cemetery for similar ceremonies. Our Camp
had 40 in line. K. of P. and Mechanics 75. Also G.A.R. men.
1—Lewis Wanner died last
year of consumption Aug. 9, when I was out West. Today they set up
a $500 monument. His body was exhumed and grave moved to the left. I
saw the remains, and they were quite well preserved.
3—Special excursion to
Gettysburg for the reunion of the Blue and the Gray.
13—This P.M. Frank Templin
and Moses Rothermel fought a prearranged battle, which went 14
minutes before Squire Dumn stopped it. Both men well battered.
19—In Camp in evening.
Later went to Snyder’s Orchard, where Dr. Taggart held a medicine
celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Constitution. Today the Industrial
and Civic parade was held - 20,000 in line. Clara Kline was down.
17—Made arrangements with
Amanda Noll to get married in two weeks.
29—At usual work at mill. In evening A. Noll and I were married at Rev. Herman’s residence
in Kutztown. Henry Boyer was best man and Ada Bernhart, best lady.
11—At usual work. Today 4
anarchists were hanged in Chicago. Two were given life sentences and
one committed suicide with dynamite, which he held in his mouth and
lit the fuse.
8—Tonight a dozen Camp
members went to Virginville to start a new camp there. Mayor Kinney
of Reading was present.
18—Heavy snowfall yesterday
and today. Snow is 20 in. deep.
24—Bought a rocker for
Amanda, suspenders for dad, hose for stepmother and a silk kerchief
for Clara. Rec’d gifts too.
3—The ice men are
harvesting ice 7 in. thick. At usual work.
16—Because of miner’s
strike, coal has advanced in price; pea from $3.00 to $3.40;
chestnut and stove $5.00 to $5.20.
21—Boro election. Partial
results: Burgess - I. R. Merkel; Council - J. B. Bertolet, D. F.
Kelchner; School Directors - Dan Brown, Henry Schlegel.
4—This morning a little boy
came to our house. Mother and baby well during the day. At home at
Jacob Noll’s place.
7—Baby had a hard night. He
ate little and got weaker and weaker; died at 11:40 P.M. What gloom
in the house!
14—The blizzard we had on
the 12th has blocked the roads and railroads. No trains through here
in 3 days. Cuts clogged and 4 and 5 ft. drifts in the highways.
21—Bought a stove from Levi
Madeira for $20. Our nurse Emma Paff went home to Blandon.
29—We moved into dad’s
house (now 144 W. Main). Paid $9.60 for household goods at Melot’s
4—Jacob Noll, Amanda’s
dad, moved out of the American house and Hunter Coleman moved in.
Mr. Noll had been there 12 years.
26—I rec’d 2 pigs from
Dan Merkel for $10.00.
15—In Camp in evening. We
are going to start a Camp Drum Corps.
29—At usual work. Martin
Kelchner died and Samuel Noll, Amanda’s brother.
10—Amanda and I and other
relatives spent the day at John Schroeder’s at Five Points.
5—Our pet cat this A.M.
killed and maimed 10 chicks and had to be destroyed. His name was
11—Sunday School made an
excursion to Bowers Park. This time Amanda was along.
26—Big day for local camp
meeting. 100 tents up. About 4000 to 6000 people there.
2—Last night the P.O.S. of
A. Drum Corps was at Pleasantville with the Republican Club. Near
Bernville a traction engine boiler exploded, killing 5 people.
7—Elections returns show
Harrison and Morton victors. Paid $7.00, October rent.
14—Win. Showers was hanged
at Lebanon for the murder of his two grandsons. Geo. B. Schaeffer
and Lewis Schaeffer were at the hanging.
23—We butchered a hog and
made sausage. Nathaniel Keller and Ben Hoch were the butchers.
1—I am still clerk at
Schaeffer Wanner & Co. I live in father’s house on West Main
St. My salary is $30 per month.
4—At usual work. The
employees and their salaries are as follows: Head Miller, Joel
Schaeffer $40; Night Miller, M. Leinbach $35; Engineers, Alvin
Kelchner $30, Ben Brown $27; Stone Miller, A. W. Luckenbill $28;
Yardman, Win. Schaeffer $40; Yard Men, Dan Brown $27, Win. Schlegel
$25; Clerk, C. F. Knoll $30; Salesman, C. Bollinger $45.
5—Sold 2 doz. eggs at 24
cents. We have 50 chickens. Isaac Merkel’s mother died.
6—In Sunday School today. Had election.
P. H. Gehris, Supt; Secy. Herbert Bieber, Treas. Dan Schaeffer,
Organist, Mary Dumn, Librarian, C. A.
7—Rev. J. S. Herman died,
aged 70 yrs. He was the Reformed pastor here for years.
9—A cyclone passed over
Reading and wrecked a silk mill. 21 dead, all young.
27—In Sunday School today.
A constitution was adopted, which I helped to write.
19—Election Day. Partial
results follows: Burgess - Geo. D. Schaeffer; Council - Jacob
Schlegel, Chas. Folk; School Director - E. M. Mill, Lewis Schaeffer.
24—Jacob Kern and I were
elected as music directors under Supt. Gehris.
28—A fat girl baby arrived
at our house with Emma Paff as nurse. Mother and child seem well.
29—Our baby girl became ill
and died at 1:10 P.M. This is the second baby we lost.
13—At usual work. This
evening John Noll arrived with 2 carloads of horses for James and
Adam Schaeffer. This firm bought two for almost $400.
12—In Sunday School in A.M.
Rev. Brensinger, a young preacher, was present and addressed the
school. In the evening he preached and made a good impression.
18—Chas. Messersmith died
today, aged 43 years.
25—Funeral of C.
Messersinith in Chapel. Five lodges represented & 150 men in
line. Town crowded with people.
31—Heavy rain in the state.
A huge dam burst above
Johnstown and destroyed most of the town, killing 2500 people.
27—Graduation at K.S.N.S.
today. Kate Wanner, daughter of Lewis Wanner, deceased, was one of
30—In church today, where
Rev. Brensinger, with only two votes against him, was elected our
17—The Evangelicals are
digging out cellar for their new church on lot bought from father on
7—Union Missionary Society
was formed today with Rev. Brensinger, pres; P. H. Gehris, V. Pres;
C. F. Knoll, Secy; Win. Zechman, Corres. Secy; and Nick WahI, Treas.
17—Went with St. Paul’s
S. School excursion to Lititz. Adult tickets 1.75; half-fare .88.
25—Big day for local Camp
Meeting in woods above Heydts. Three special trains. 107 tents up -
5000 to 6000 people.
4—At usual work in A.M. In
P.M. went to Reading with Amanda to see Dr. Bartholomew’s Equine
Paradox, 24 trained horses. There were 2072 persons in the Academy.
10—This was Rev.
Brensinger’s 25th birthday. We surprised him. Gave him a complete
outfit from head to foot. We had collected $70.
Evangelical Church was laid. Evangelicals held their services in
chapel P.M. and evening. Rev. Gross and Rev. Deisher preached.
Collections totaled $630.
23—Willie Fegley, a
carpenter working on a scaffold in the belfry of the new Evang.
church, was hit by a falling object and knocked from scaffold. He
fell 40 feet to the first floor and lived only one hour after the
24—Chapel Board Treasurer.
Dan Melot, presented me with $15 for playing the organ in the
25—Amanda and I ate Xmas
dinner at father’s house. In Chapel in P.M. where children got
gifts. Fine and crowded entertainment in evening.
13—No snow on the ground.
At usual work. This evening R. Peter died of bronchitis. He had been
church organist for years.
1—Sat. Today the first
services were held in the new Evangelical Church.
18—Election Day, Partial
results: Burgess - John Maurer; Council - Amos Rothermel, James
Hill; School Directors - C. F. Hill, Al Maurer; Auditor - C. F.
18—Moses Folk died of
typhoid pneumonia, aged 33 yrs.
22—Local schools closed. In
evening Prof. Hancher lectured on “You and your Grand Father.”
6—Today the Berks County
School Directors elected Win. Zechman, Supt.
9—Today a boy baby arrived
at our house. Emma Paff is the nurse. He was later baptized George
30—At usual work in A.M. In
P.M. paraded with the P.0.5. of A. Drum Corps. The speakers on the
cemeteries were R.G. Welder and E.D. Dengler.
4—Went to Topton with Camp
103 and the Drum Corps. Had a nice parade.
12—Went with A. W. Lucken
bill and M. Leinbach to Harrisburg to see the “Last Days of
23—In missionary society.
Paid 35 cents for my birthday offering. I was 35 yrs. old, July 17.
9—Took family to S. School
picnic in Dumn’s Grove, south of the railroad station.
19—Awful wreck above
Shoemakersville; an express was derailed by a freight, and 22
persons were killed.
25—We ate Xmas dinner at
father’s house. Little George received a high chair.
1—Cold; 6 in. of snow on
the ground. Good sleighing. At usual work. I get $35 a month.
8—Fair and cold. Ice houses
here are nearly all filled. Revival meetings in Evang. church, Rev.
11—Little George is all
spotted with measles.
17—At usual work. Oscar
Koller married Sallie Schaeffer, youngest daughter of Geo. D.
Schaeffer, the deputy sheriff.
10—In Brensinger’s Church
in AM. In evening the old choir visited us. We did a lot of singing.
Paid for ice cream 45 cents.
25—Commencement at K.S.N.S.
There were 75 graduates.
16—Chapel was repainted.
Brother James and I each paid $2.00 toward the expense.
24—Heavy rain during the
night. Our cellar is half full of water.
4—Brother James is on a
5-week trip to the West. Just now he is with his Uncle Frank
Christman at Los Gatos, Calif.
20—In Sunday School in A.M.
In the evening the Missionary Society celebrated their second
anniversary. Rev. Gehr of Phila. and Dr. A. C. Rothermel spoke.
29—Clara Kline, my step
sister, married Nicholas Kutz. Kramlich and Brensinger were the
pastors. We took dinner at their house. There were 80 guests.
8—Cyrus Stoudt died of
apoplexy while attending his uncle’s funeral.
15—Sun. Cyrus Stoudt buried
today. There were 69 Camp members present. Many people could not get
in the church.
29—This morning, a little before 7
o’clock, Dan Brown went down to the engine room to check the belt.
In some way his clothes got caught in the belt, and he was whirled
around the shaft at 143 revolutions per
minute. The engine was shut off, and when they found him he was
terribly mangled, and died at 10:45 A.M.
3—Today Dan Brown was
buried. The whole mill force was there and a great concourse of
people. Rev. Brensinger and Rev. Snyder preached, and Rev.
Brownmiller offered prayer.
9—Today the 1:00 o’clock
train ran into a two-horse team at Blandon and killed the two horses
and mangled the driver so badly that he died soon afterwards. He was
18—I bought 2 doz.
handkerchiefs for my German Sunday School class.
24—Today Allen Kelchner
married Lillie Spatz. I gave him a lamp as a wedding gift.
25—In church in A.M. Rev.
Brensinger received a gold watch from the Sunday School, Church and
31—Due to the mild weather,
many people have the grippe.
15—At usual work at the
mill. We have 8 in. of snow.
16—Boro election. Some
results: Justice of Peace - James F. Dumn, A. W. Fretz; Burgess
-Isaac Mertz; Council - John Maurer, Adam Haag, Joel Schaeffer;
School Director - Geo. B. Schaeffer, Win. D. Merkel.
27—In chapel in the evening
at Sunday School Fasnacht Festival. Had coffee and fasnachts.
17—Easter Sun. each of
children in Sunday School got 2 eggs, one real and one chocolate.
9—Bought 1 dozen photos of
George and his dog “Sport.”
‘Sport” took sick and died.
20—A boy baby came to our
house (later baptized James Peter).
21—Attended the first high
school commencement ever held in Fleetwood. There were three
graduates - Mamie Kline, Horace Kline and Lizzie Heydt.
18—Strawberry and ice cream
festival in the chapel. Big success. Receipts $53.00.
23—Put up a porch swing for
George and Sallie Rothermel, who is here on a visit from Lebanon.
26—Hottest day. Fleetwood
99 degrees, Reading 100 degrees.
11—Pawnee Bill Wild West
show in Reading. John Noll and Simon Hinkle went down.
6—Eugene Merkel, 6 year old
son of Oscar Merkel, strangled himself by accident at window sash.
Found dead by his father.
27—Contractor J. G. Yarnell
began digging trenches for the Fleetwood Water Co.
25—In church in A.M. In
Sunday School in P.M. My class gave me a nice useful chamber set. I
gave them each a cup and saucer.
missing from 1893 - 1894 - 1895 - 1896.
Charles F. Knoll was born December 31, 1894.
2—I weigh 115 lbs. and am
still holding my own, but I do a lot of coughing and spitting.
17—My 42nd birthday. A coal
car loaded with pea coal broke through the trestle in Wanner &
Schaeffer’s siding and John Noll had to jump for his life. He hurt
his leg badly.
31—Joint excursion of 2
Sunday Schools to Carsonia Park. There were 13 cars.
26—Took whole family to
Reading to see the P.0.S. of A. parade. There were 9500 men in line.
9—Henry Boyer picked 2 more
bushels of our Grouser apples, making 12 bushels in all.
25—We had a nice tree and a
chicken for dinner. Boys rec’d story and picture books from
parents and each got a book from Sunday School. Amanda got a.
beautiful Astrakhan from my father, toward which I paid $5.00.
1—I still work at the mill
but my cough is getting worse. I weigh only 109 lbs.
3—Very hot—100 degrees in
11—Today 2 sheds belonging
to Ben Hubert and Dan Koch burned to the ground.
28—Samuel Hoch died today
30—I weigh only 105 lbs. I
have night sweats and do much coughing and spitting, all symtoms of
the last stages of consumption.
6—The whole family went
with the Sunday School excursion to Laury’s Park above Allentown.
I went along for the children’s sake.
31—Stopped my usual work
tonight and reported sick to the lodges.
13—Hettie Wanner sent me a
meal with all the fixings. I have very many visitors.
24—Brother James came with
a whole lard can full of fruit and toys for the boys. They were well
pleased. They also got gifts from 2 Sunday Schools.
1—There is much snow and
sleighing is good. I suffer from consumption and dropsy.
8—This is Rev.
Brensinger’s quarterly pay day in church. He was here at the house
and prayed with us. I gave $1.00 (This was my dad’s last entry in
his diary. He died 8 days later, January 17).