Solomon Heinly Gaumer as born on April 4, 1809 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the son of Johann Dietrich "Dieter" and Anna Elizabeth (Heinly) Gaumer.
In about 1828, in Lehigh County, the 19-year-old Solomon was united in matrimony with 26-year-old Hester Maria ("Esther" or "Hettie") Rumbel Klotz (1802-1883) of Lowhill Township, Lehigh County. Her maiden name also has been spelled "Rumple."
Their family of eight known children were Moses Solomon Gaumer, Jonathan Gaumer, Ann "Caroline" Ihrie, Samuel Gaumer, Sarah Ann Wiltrout, Amanda Koch, Solomon Gaumer and Benjamin Lewis Gaumer.
When the federal census enumerations were made in 1850 and 1860, the family dwelled in Upper Macungie Township. The 1850 census record shows Solomon earning a living as a farmer, with five children in the household as wll as 63-year-old Barbara Klotz.
In the 1860 census record, the 51-year-old Solomon labored as a farmer, assisted in the work by his sons Solomon (age 18) and Benjamin (16). Also residing in the household was 22-year-old servant Catharine Heilman. In 1860, they made their home in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County.
At the age of 51, Solomon died in Weisenberg on July 12, 1860. The cause of his passing is not yet known. [Find-a-Grave]
Esther lived for another 23 years. She died in Upper Macungie Township on Oct. 7, 1883.
The couple was remembered and named publicly many years later, in 1917, in the respective Allentown newspaper obituaries of their daughter Sarah Wiltrout and son Benjamin Lewis Gaumer.
~ Son Moses Solomon Gaumer ~
Son Moses Solomon Gaumer (1829-1898) was born on March 27, 1829 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
He grew up on the family farm. When reaching the age of maturity, he was confirmed into membership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Shingle officiating.
At the age of 21, on Christmas Day 1850, he was united in marriage with a cousin, 21-year-old Mary Anna Knedler (April 5, 1829-1878), daughter of Andreas and Salome Däsch (Gaumer) Knoedler and granddaughter of Johann Dietrich and Rebecca Margaretha (Strunck) Gaumer Jr.
Their family of five children were Eliza Jane Paslay, Charles Edward Gaumer, Elmanda Rebecca "Ella" Thorp, Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer and Milton Herman Gaumer.
The United States Census enumeration of 1860 shows the Gaumer family in Lower Macungie Township, with Moses working as a master carpenter. Sometime soon after the end of the Civil War, in 1865, the couple made the momentous decision to migrate to Indiana and settle in Onward, Tipton Township, Cass County. There, their youngest child Milton was born in 1867.
Federal census records for 1870 show the family in Tipton Township, with Moses now earning a living as a farmer.
Sadly, Mary Ann died in Onward at the age of 49 on April 28, 1878. The cause of her passing may be lost to the ages.
Moses lived for another two decades. In 1880, when again listed in the U.S. Census, Moses remained in Tipton Township and headed a household including his daughter Almanda, sons Jeremiah and Milton, and grandson Franklin Thorp (age 5) and Oliver J. Shafer (2 months). In July 1881, he purchased a "truction engine" which, said the Evening News, was "run along the streets to-day, pulling a separator."
After a dozen years as a widower, he married for a second time to Hannah Deford ( ? - ? ) on May 11, 1890, at the age of 61.
He succumbed in Onward at the age of 68 years, nine months and 27 days on Jan. 23, 1898. Funeral services were held in the Walton Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. J.A. Burket preaching the funeral sermon, followed by burial in the Zhomar Cemetery. In an obituary, the Daily Pharos called him "a pioneer resident of Walton" and published this poem of sadness:
Son Charles Edward Gaumer (1848-1934) was born in about 1848 or on Nov. 29, 1853 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. As a teenager, in 1865, he migrated to Indiana with his parents and siblings. He was only to return to his old Lehigh County home area twice in his life. The first was in 1873, after he had been away for eight years. Then in 1876, Charles married Jessie Freemont Hankins (1859-1932), an Illinois native whose parents were from New Jersey. The couple produced seven children, all daughters but one -- Cora Kilgore, Olive Salisbury, Winifred Gaumer, Jessie Burnett, Ina Moore and Iva L. Gaumer and an unnamed son who died in infancy in 1890. Their home for decades, during the 1880-1920 timeframe, was on a farm in LaPrairie Township, Marshall County, IL. Charles and his siblings are believed to have shared ownership of a tract of land in the Walton community near Logansport, Cass County, IN. Circa 1895, he and others filed a legal claim against their brother in law Robert G. Paslay "to redeem certain land in Tipton township," said the Logansport Reporter. Circa 1900, boarder Samuel Kilgore lived in their home and also worked as a farmer. Charles also earned a living through his skill as a carpenter, and he is shown in this occupation in the United States Census of 1910. Charles returned to Lehigh County again in August 1909, and a reception was held at Dorney Park on Aug. 29, honoring both him and his aged aunt Mary Ann (Hersh) Gaumer of Cementon, PA. A story in the Allentown Morning Call said that "In 1865 Mr. Gaumer left these parts and located in Indiana. In 1873 he returned to Lehigh County to visit all relatives and now he is on the same errand." The Morning Call also reported the names of all who attended the reception:
William Gaumer, Mrs. William Gaumer, Elwood Gaumer, Winslow Gaumer, Mrs. Winslow Gaumer, Florence Gaumer, Ida Meitzler, Effie Walters, Mabel Meitzler, Pauline Meitzler, all of Cementon; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Parker, Lizzie, Clara, Harry, Ira, Herbert, George, and Roland Parker, Mrs. Jane Laudenslager, all of Emaus; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ward, of New York; Mr. and Mrs. henry Hersh and grandson, of Allentown, Mrs. Frank Kuhns, Mabel Kuhns, Mr. and Mrs. William Kuhns, Harold and Herman Kuhns, George Huber, Mrs. George Huber, Isabel Kester, Mrs. Benjamin Gaumer, Kate Wertman, Edna Wertman, Roland Wertman, Ada Kuder and Mrs. Caroline Erie, of Allentown; Mrs. Sallie Wiltrout, Edgar Landis, Mrs. Lillie Landis, Raymond and Paul Landis, of Guthsville; Jacob Landis and Mrs. Mabel Landis, of Allentown.
By 1920, the couple had moved into the household of their married daughter and son in law, Ina and Tony Moore, in Elmwood, Peoria County, IL. Toward the end of his life, he dwelled in Speer, IL. Charles died in Speer at the age of 86 on Nov. 11, 1934. An obituary appeared in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1851-1913) was born on Nov. 23, 1851 in or around Lower Macungie Township. On Jan. 25, 1852, when she was two months old, she received the sacrament of baptism in Solomon's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Macungie. The pastor performing the ceremony is unknown. A record of the event was printed in the 1941 booklet, entitled Centennial Celebration Solomon’s Church (Evangelical and Reformed) of Macungie, Pennsylvania, with an original preserved in the Minerd.com Archives. She married Robert G. Paslay (March 18, 1849-1912) of Cass County. They bore seven offspring -- infant twins who died as babies, Rosetta M. Cannady, Nora Ellen Paslay, Eveline Jane "Eva" Vernon, Eveline Paslay, Harry B. Paslay, Estella V. Paslay and Andrew Pasley. Federal census records for 1880 show the couple living on a farm in Jefferson, Cass County, IN. Sadly, the babies died in 1881, son Harry in 1880 at age one and daughter Estella in 1889 at age five. By 1900, the had relocated to Tipton, Cass County. Others living in their household in 1900 were niece Dessie Anderson (age 9) and servant Floyd Wilson (age 13). The couple owned or controlled land in Tipton Township but were sued by Eliza Jane's brother Charles and others in some sort of legal maneuver or dispute. Robert died at the age of 62 or 63 on Sept. 28, 1912. Interment was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward, Cass County. Suffering from organic heart trouble, Eliza joined him in death a year later on April 24, 1913.
Great-granddaughter Marie Vernon married (?) DeWitt and lived in Burnettsville, IN in 1959.
Great-granddaughter Angeline Vernon wedded (?) Working. Her home in 1959 was in Fort Wayne and in 1977 in Valparaiso, IN.
Great-granddaughter Margaret Vernon was joined in wedlock with (?) Tomlinson. She dwelled in Rochester, IN.
Great-grandson Harry G. Vernon (1901-1977) was born on May 4, 1901 in Cass County. On Dec. 5, 1923, in nuptials held in Logansport, Cass County, he married Idella Elizabeth Mohler (June 21, 1907-2004). The Vernons made a home in Idaville, IN and were the parents of Robert Lee Vernon, Paul Edward Vernon, Marjorie Ann Vernon. He died in Logansport, IN on Aug. 18, 1977. Idella outlived her spouse by nearly three decades. She joined him in death on Sept. 13, 2004 in Tucson, AZ.
Great-grandson Emerson Vernon resided in Lake Cicott, IN and in 1977 in Logansport..
Great-grandson Roy Vernon established a residence in Valparaiso, IN and in 1977 in Michigan City, IN..
Great-grandson Dale Pasley (1910-1964) was born on Oct. 7, 1910. He married Mary Lee Ledbetter (1920- ? ). A daughter was born to the couple, Alice Mae Pasley. They lived in Hennepin, MN. Dale died there on Sept. 26, 1964.
Great-granddaughter Mary Pasley (1920-1979) was born on Aug. 13, 1920 in Logansport. Born after her parents separated, she was taken in by foster parents, Benjamin and Mary Erb. She was the mother of Helen May Russow and Russell Walters. On Nov. 18, 1944, she wedded David C. Stout ( ? - ? ). The Stouts made a home at 820 South Webster Street in Logansport. For two decades, Mary was employed by Moore's Drug Store in Kokomo. She also belonged to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and was active with its Rosary Altar Society. She died on June 25, 1979. Following a funeral mass in the family church, led by Rev. Leroy Kinnaman, her remains were interred in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Kokomo Tribune.
Daughter Elmanda Rebecca "Ella" Gaumer (1856-1881) was born on Christmas Day 1856 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. At about the age of 10, she accompanied her family on a migration west into Indiana, settling in Cass County. There, in nuptials held on Feb. 8, 1875, she married Leroy Thorp (1851- ? ), a native of New York State. Two sons were born to the union -- Franklin E. "Frank" Thorpe and Henry W. Thorp. They made a home in Tipton Township, Cass County. Sadness blanketed the family when infant son Henry died at the age of three-and-a-half months on Feb. 12, 1877. The marriage ended within a year or two, and Elmanda and her young son moved back into her father's home in Tipton, Cass County. During that time, she bore a son, Oliver Gaumer Shafer, in April 1880. Elmanda is shown in the father's household in the 1880 federal census, marked as "divorced" and bearing the name "Gaumer." Research by others has identified the father of the second son as James A. Shafer ( ? - ? ).
Great-grandson Oliver T. Thorpe was united in marriage with Mahinda Thorpe. Their four children were Joan thorpe, James Thorpe, Carol M. Thorpe and Richard Thorpe. Oliver earned a living in 1950 with the Frey Funeral Home in Sandusky.
Great-grandson John Leroy Thorpe was joined in holy wedlock with Ruth Estell Hargis (1902- ? ) of Marion, TN. They bore on son, Thomas Franklin Thorpe. John's second wife was Luila Thorpe (1910- ? ) of Ohio. Circa 1950, John lived in Venice, where he managed the Meadow Lane Dairy and was an inspector with the Union Chain and Manufacturing Company.
Great-grandson Russell Minnick Shafer (1912-1995) was born on April 6, 1912 in Richmond Wayne County, IN. He received a bachelor's degree in 1933 in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Russell wedded Betty M. Myerly ( ? - ? ). Their only son was Willliam "Bill" Shafer. In 1934, during the heart of the iron grip of the Great Depression, he joined Delco-Remy, a manufacturer of motor vehicle starter systems, as a night-shift inspector. He spent the next 38 years with the company, with the family making its home in Anderson, IN. He was promoted to assistant foreman and trouble checker and then over time to inspection foreman, assistant supervisor of inspection in Plant 2 and then supervisor during the World War II years. He was tapped to become manager of product reliability in 1967. Russell retired on the last day of 1973. He was featured and pictured in a related story in the Anderson Daily Bulletin, which said that "for nearly four decades [he] has contributed to the quality standards of General Motors and the automotive industry." Russell was a life member of the Mount Moriah lodge of the Masons, Anderson Noon Kiwanis Club and Anderson Chamber of Commerce and served as a board director of the Anderson Country Club. Russell died on Feb. 4, 1995. His obituary was published by the Indianapolis News, and burial was in Elwood City Cemetery.
Son Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer (1860-1892) was born on March 27 or 29, 1860 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. He lived at home and labored as a farmer in 1880. As a young man, Jeremiah migrated to Indiana and put down roots in or near Walton, Cass County. When he was about age 21, on Oct. 20, 1881, he was joined in holy matrimony with 21-year-old Sarah A. Snell (Jan. 2, 1860-1931), daughter of Henry Runyan and Phoebe Ann (Blinn) Snell of Onward Township, Tipton County, IN. News of their marriage license was printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. They became the parents of seven children, born between the years 1882 and 1891 -- Charles Edward Gaumer, Clara Jane Johns, Henry Moses Gaumer, Mary A. Gause Hyson, Melissa Gaumer, an infant son, Melissa Gaumer and Jacob R. Gaumer. The baby son died in Cass County on Nov. 27, 1888, baby Melissa in 1890 and baby Jacob sometime during the 1890s. In 1889, living in the town of Dow (later renamed Onward), IN, Jeremiah was issued a U.S. Patent for his invention, a straw stacker, as reported by the Hamilton County Ledger. The stacker was assigned patent #409,398.
Sadly, at the age of 31, Jeremiah died on Jan. 28 or 29, 1892. The cause of his untimely demise is not yet known. Burial was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward. A year after his death, a court ruled that his estate was insolvent, as reported in the Pharos-Tribune. Sarah outlived her first husband by almost four decades. She wedded again to Francis M. Zimmerman ( ? - ? ) in the 1890s. They divorced on Sept. 30, 1897. On Feb. 3, 1898, she was united in wedlock with her third spouse, William Bechdol (Dec. 15, 1865-1935) with the wedding taking place in Cass County. The couple made a home in Tipton Township, Cass County, where William worked as an "engineer" in a saw mill. Circa 1910, Sarah was separated but using the married name "Bechdol." That year, she was in Gas City, Grant County, IN, with her divorced daughter Mary A. Gause and five-year-old grandson Edward Gause i nthe household. Sarah passed away in the home of her married daughter Clara, in Walton, Cass County, on May 20, 1931. Willliam Bechdol lived for another four years and succumbed at the age of 69 in Walton, Cass County on June 30, 1935.
Great-granddaughter Ethel Lucille Gaumer (1907-1988) was born on June 17, 1907 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. She wedded Herman Kasper Witzig (1904-1968). He died in 1968. Ethel outlived him by two decades. She died in Peoria, Peoria County, IL at the age of 80 on May 9, 1988. She rests for all time in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Geat-grandson Charles Leroy "Lee" Gaumer (1910-1986) was born in about 1910, probably in Hallock Township, Peoria County, IL. On Aug. 4, 1934, when he was age 24, he was united in matrimony with Mae Harriett Goodwin (Oct. 26, 1914-1993), the daughter of Hiram and Mary (Thomas) Goodwin and a native of Pekin, Tazewell County, IL. The ceremony was held in Peoria Heights, IL. Lee was carried away by the Angel of Death in 1986. Interment was in the American Mausoleum in Peoria. Mae outlived him by seven years. She joined him in death in Peoria on May 7, 1993, at age 78.
Great-grandson Ralph Edward Gaumer (1917-2012) was born on Oct. 12, 1917 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. While in early adulthood, Ralph earned income setting pins in a bowling allen, caddying at a golf course and cutting grass. It's said that when the Western Open golf tournament was held at the Peoria County Country Club in 1934, during the grip of the Great Depression, Ralph and a friend set up a soda pop stand on the 13th tee and earned enough funds to travel to the Chicago World's Fair that year. He also worked for Pabst Brewery and Champio Furnace Pipe Company. During World War II, as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he was stationed in Australia and New Guinea and was affiliated with fighter airplanes. On March 2, 1946, in nuptials held in Peoria, Peoria County, IL, he was married to Wilma Jean Grimes (Sept. 12, 1923-2013), daughter of Ervin Andrew and Lora Belle (King) Grimes of Oakville, IA. Prior to marriage, Wilma had been employed in Peoria, IL by General Telephone Company. The couple went on to produce a family of four sons -- Daniel L. Gaumer, Richard Gaumer, Gary W. Gaumer and Randy Lou Gaumer. Sadly, their youngest son Randy died in infancy. The couple dwelled for many years in Washington, Tazewell County, IL. Ralph made a living in sales for a Philco distributor and later as a sales manager with an Admiral distributor. They were members of the First United Methodist Church. Said the Winchester (MA) Star, "An avid reader her whole life, she and Ralph volunteered to help with hundreds of receptions at the church, where she was also involved with many other social and fundraising activities. Wilma also volunteered at the Washington Public Schools and was den mother in the Cub Scout program." Later in life, they were in Massachusetts, where their son Gary was living in the town of Winchester. Ralph died there on May 29, 2012. Wilma only lived for another 13 months. She succumbed to death at age 89, in the Winchester Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on June 23, 2013. An obituary was printed in the Star, noting that her survivors included nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her remains were transported back to Illinois to rest in Glendale Cemetery in Washington.
Great-granddaughter Freda Eileen Johns ( ? -2005) was born on Oct. 5, 1917 in Elkhart, IN. She was adopted by Clara Jane and Harry Johns. On Jan. 7, 1939, she wedded Maurice Raikes (July 2, 1913-2005), son of George W. and Nora (Bowlan) Raikes. Their wedding was held in Walton, Cass County. Two daughters were born to this marriage -- Verna Ritz and Bonnie Nida. Maurice's long career included 25 years with RBM Electronics in Logansport and Lancaster OH, from 1939 to 1964 and then 19 years with Mallory Controls, also known as Mallory Timers, from 1964 to 1983. They lived in Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH for five years before returning to Indiana. He is said to have invented a device for squeezing toothpaste tubes. For 75 years, he sang with various church choirs, including at their family church, St. Matthew United Methodist. Socially, Maurice was a member of the Masons, Lions Club and Order of Eastern Star, while Freda belonged to the Ruth Circle of her church, Ladies Home Economics Club and Eastern Star. The couple made a home in the 1980s at 2452 Wilshire Drive in Frankfort, with both working full or part time for Mallory. When they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1989, at their church in Frankfort, they were pictured and featured in a story in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. The couple died less than eight months apart. She passed on Jan. 7, 2005, sy shr 87, and he on Aug. 26, 2005, at age 92. They rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Walton, IN.
Great-grandson Paul Levon Gaumer (1917-1992) was born on Oct. 31, 1917 in Logansport, Cass County. He appears to have spent most of his entire life in the Logansport community. On Feb. 24, 1946, he was united in holy marital union with Leah Jane Winegardner (Oct. 20, 1919-1995). Their wedding was held at the Ninth Street Christian Church, with Rev. Hosier officiating. Two children were born to the couple -- Lee Allen Gaumer and Paula Sue Tooke. His primary employment over the years was as a yard conductor with Conrail. He also joined the Indiana National Guard in the post-World War II era and was promoted to staff sergeant in April 1948. Then in October 1949, he was commissioned as a seecond lieutenant as a motor officer with the Headquarters Company, First Battalion. Continuing his career with the Guard, in late 1952 he was appointed commander of the Tank Company and promoted to captain. The related news and his photograph were printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Often over the years, he was named in the Pharos-Tribune in connection with his Guard roles. The family were members of the Ninth Street Christian Church, the Orient Lodge of the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 40 et Eight Voiture and the United Transportation Union. Their address in the early 1990s was 800 19th Street. Sadly, Paul died in Logansport's Memorial Hospital on Feb. 18, 1992. An obituary in the Pharos-Tribune noted that burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, led by Father Timothy Kroeger and with full military honors. Leah Jane lived as a widow for another three years. She succumbed to death, of congestive heart failure, on Oct. 20, 1995. Their daughter Paula, a dedicated Gaumer genealogist, graciously has shared her research findings for this Minerd.com biography.
Great-granddaughter Ruth Eileen Gaumer (1920-2011) was born in on June 8, 1920 in Logansport, Cass County. At the age of 26, on May 1, 1947, she married Norman Lee Wolford (May 20, 1914-2002). Their nuptials were held at the Ninth Street Christian Church. Two daughter born to this marriage were Marilyn Kay Muniz and Debra Louise Weaver. Their home in 1953 was in Gary, IN. The Wolford were members of the Deep River Church of Christ. The Munster (IN) Times once said of her that she "was very honest, kind and was a very good friend... Her family loved her wonderful pies and chocolate chip cookies." Norman passed into eternity on Nov. 5, 2002 in Hobart, Lake County, IN. Ruth endured for another nine years. She was carried away by the Angel of Death, of congestive heart failure, on Sept. 7, 2011, while a patient at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point, Lake County, IN. Ron Buche led the funeral service with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Helen Louise Gaumer (1921-2008) was born on July 18, 1921 in Logansport, Cass County. She does not seem to have married but rather lived with her parents for many years in Logansport. She earned a living over the years with General Tire Company as a quality control inspector. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary i Logansport and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Auxiliary. As her health failed in older years, she was admitted to Memorial Hospital in the city. She passed away there on May 17, 2008. Father Tim Kroeger led the funeral service.
Great-grandson Edward C. Gause (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905 in Indiana. He was very young when his parents divorced, and he initially went to live with his mother and grandmother in Gas City, Grant County, IN circa 1910. Then after his mother remarried to Walter B. Hyson, they relocated to New Jersey, where he grew up in Millville, Cumberland County.
Great-granddaughter Margaret A. Hyson (1911-1995) was born on Sept. 4, 1911 in New Jersey. She married (?) Bosley ( ? - ? ). She migrated to Buffalo, NY, where she was living in 1938. Then in 1987, her home was in Orchard Park, Erie County, NY. She passed away on March 4, 1995.
Great-grandson Walter B. Hyson Jr. (1919-1987) was born in about 1919 in New Jersey. Circa 1938, at the death of his father, he was in Millville, and spent 40 years in the community. He was joined in wedlock with Lillian ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. Walter lived for a time in the early 1940s n Lackawanna, NY but later returned to Millville. He was employed at Jersey Package Company and served in World War II, with deployment in Europe. After the war, he joined the Bush-Kerrick Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Millville. Walter died at the age of 68, in Kemore Mercy Hospital in Tonawanda, on Feb. 15, 1987. Burial was in the Elm Lawn Cemetery locally. An obituary was published in the Millville (NJ) Daily.
Son Milton Herman Gaumer (1866-1942) was born on Nov. 27, 1866 in or around Tipton Township, Cass County, IN. He grew to manhood on the family farm and learned the trade of carpentry. In November 1889, when he was 23 years of age, Milton married 20-year-old Mary Elizabeth Coil (July 5, 1869-1926), daughter of Jesse and Caroline A. (Helm) Coil. They made a home in Lawn Ridge, IL and produced eight children -- Mahlon Conover Gaumer, Jesse Milton Gaumer, Homer Joeslyn Gaumer, William "Asher" Gaumer, Harry James Gaumer, Walter Coil Gaumer, Mary Cleo Middleton and Amelia Carol Cheatham. The family grieved at the death of son Jesse at 38 days of age on Sept. 18, 1892 -- son Harry at age two in 1901 -- and at the grisly death of son Asher at age 17 in 1913. He is known to have been sued by Sarah A. Zimmerman in 1896 over a payment dispute involving the sale of land. The case was appealed all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court, was ruled upon in July 1899 and noted in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. The family relocated to LaPrairie Township, Marshall County, IL and were there in 1900, with Milton continuing his work earning a living as a carpenter. They moved again during the decade of the 1910s to the village of Speer in Valley Township, Stark County, IL, as shown on the federal census enumeration of 1920. While in Speer, he operated a carpentry shop on McKinley Avenue, assisted by his eldest son Mahlon. Sadly, Mary Elizabeth succumbed at the age of 68, in Peoria, Peoria County, IL, on Dec. 17, 1926. Milton spent his final years in Peoria County and died in Lawn Ridge on Jan. 31, 1942 at the age of 75. Interment was beside his wife in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Marshall County, IL. [Find-a-Grave]
Great-grandson Mahlon C. "Mel" Gaumer (1918-2003) was born on Jan. 11, 1918 in Peoria, Peoria County. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Mahlon appears to have been married twice. With his first bride, they produced a family of children. Later, he was united in matrimony in 1974 with his second wife, Joan ( ? - ? ). Their combined family of children included Mahlon C. Gaumer III, Gregory Gaumer, Mark Blaisdell, Claire Clark, Lynn Coffman, Kathy Conner and Beth Mills. Mahlon was employed for many years in city government and became a popular radio and television personality. He retired in 1988. In about 1991, they relocated to the Escondido suburb of San Diego. He was stricken by heart failure and died at the age of 85 on June 24, 2003. The North County Times of Oceanside, CA published an obituary which said that he had "lived in Escondido for 12 years."
Great-granddaughter Mary Frances "M.F." Gaumer married Tance Fogel. Circa 1995, they were in Coarsegold, CA and 2003 in Walnut Creek, CA.
Great-grandson David R. Gaumer wedded Betty and lived in 1995-2003 in Decatur, IL.
Great-grandson Richard Gaumer (1929-1982) was born in 1929 in Illinois. He died in Fort Lauderdale on March 24, 1982.
Great-grandson Charles Franklyn Cheatham (1927-1985) was born on Oct. 6, 1927 in Peoria, Peoria County, IL. In 1950, he wedded Norma Jean Jury (1928-2010), a native of Tiskilwa, Bureau County, IL. Sadly, he passed into eternity at the age of 57 on April 11, 1985 in Peoria. Norma Jean lived on as a widow for another quarter of a century. Death enveloped her in Peoria on Oct. 1, 2010.
~ Son Jonathan Gaumer ~
Son Jonathan Gaumer (1831-1889) was born on Jan. 14, 1831 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
He married Mary Ann Hersh (1831-1915), daughter of Henry and Polly/Carrie (Shide) Hersch and a native of Mulberry or Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.
Their children were Emma Esther Steinberger, Louisa Elisabeth Parker, Ella Mary Kuhns, William H. Gaumer and Ida Rosa Minerva Walters Meitzler.
They resided in the 1850s in Philadelphia, where at least one of their children was born. By 1870, they returned to Upper Macungie. The census-taker recorded that Jonathan had no occupation at that time. Circa 1874 they appear to have lived in Chapmans, Northampton County, PA. Then during the 1880-1889 timeframe, the the Gaumers are known to have been in Fogelsville, Lehigh County, where he generated income as an upholsterer.
He may be the same "Jonathan Gaumer" who in 1884 served as elder, with his brother Solomon a deacon, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township. They are named for this work in the book History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, authored by Alfred Mathews and Austin N. Hungerford (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884).
Jonathan died in Fogelsville on Dec. 27, 1889.
Mary Ann survived her husband and initially resided in Fogelsville. She is known to have spent the 1895-1896 Christmas/New Year's holiday with her married daughter in Cementon, Lehigh County and had her home in Fogelsville painted while she was away. She later moved into the Walters home. Stricken with cancer of her left breast, she was ill for two years and bedfast for the last 22 weeks of her life.
She passed away in Cementon on Sept. 20, 1915. Interment was in St. Joseph's Lutheran Church burying ground in Fogelsville, with son William Gaumer of Cementon the informant for her death certificate. An obituary in the Allentown Leader said that she was survived by 20 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. One of their daughters wedded Warren Park and dwelled in Emmaus.
Daughter Emma Esther Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?) Steinberger ( ? - ? ).
Daughter Louisa Elisabeth Mary Gaumer (1856-1937) was born on July 17, 1856 in Philadelphia. She was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Warren H. Parker (June 20, 1857-1932), son of Amos and Eliza (Hill) Parker of Philadelphia. Circa 1887, the couple made a home in Maple Grove, Berks County. They moved to Emmaus, Lehigh County within a year or two and remained there for the balance of the decades of their lives. They produced a family of children -- Eliza M. "Lizzie" Trout Bunger, Estella Ward, Clara Parker, Herbert Parker, Ira Parker and Harry Parker. They also raised a foster son, Roland Parker. At least one of the children -- William Henry, in 1883 -- is known to have been baptized at Solomon's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Macungie. A record of the baptism is listed in a 1941 booklet, entitled Centennial Celebration Solomon’s Church (Evangelical and Reformed) of Macungie, Pennsylvania, with an original copy preserved in the Minerd.com Archives. The Parkers lived in Emmaus, Lehigh County, at 52 North Third Street, with Warren employed in Allentown as a night watchman at the Allentown-Bethlehem Gas Company for seven years. Later, in the early 1930s, he worked as a watchman at the Emmaus Throwing, a local silk mill. In June 1925, the Parkers are known to have traveled to visit their daughters Estella Ward and Clara Parker in Brooklyn, NY. Warren was stricken with coronary artery disease during the last two years of his life. He succumbed at the age of 75 on Sept. 25, 1932. The widowed Louisa moved into the home of her married daughter Mrs. Harry Trout at 405 Chestnut Street in Emmaus. Suffering from a perforated gall bladder, at the age of 81, she underwent surgery in Allentown Hospital. Sadly, a week later, after contracting pneumonia, she died on Oct. 13, 1937. As with Warren, Louisa's burial was in Northwood Cemetery in Emmaus, with Rev. D.E. Schaeffer preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call misspelled her mother's first name as "Miriam."
Daughter Ella Mary Gaumer (1858-1938) was born on Nov. 2, 1858. She wedded Frank R. Kuhns ( ? - ? ). She lived in Allentown, and in the 1930s was with Mrs. George Hoover at the address of 616 Park Street. She was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage in January 1938 and lingered for a few weeks until death swept her away, at age 79, on Feb. 2, 1938. Interment was in Fogelsville Union Cemetery.
Son William H. Gaumer (1863-1916) was born on June 16, 1863. At the age of 17, in 1880, he lived at home in Fogelsville, Lehigh County and labored as an iron miner. He dwelled in adulthood in Cementon, Lehigh County. At his 43rd birthday, in June 1906, a surprise party was held at his home. Said the Allentown Leader, "An excellent dinner was served. Music was rendered by Robert Wenner." William earned a living over the years as a house painter in the Cementon/Whitehall Township area. Sadly at the age of 51, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. After two years of suffering, he succumbed at the age of 53 on Sept. 25, 1916. Ellen J. Gaumer of Cementon was the informant for his official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment was in the Egypt Church burying grounds.
Daughter Ida Rosa Minerva Gaumer (1874-1955) was born on April 21, 1874 in Chapmans, Northampton County, PA. She grew up in Fogelsville, Lehigh County. Ida was married twice. She first wedded Ellis J. Walters ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of Effie Lindenmuth, Howard O. Walters and Mary Suzanne Walters. Then, on Sept. 24, 1903, she married a second time to L. Herbert Meitzler ( ? - ? ), son of Peter and Catherine Meitzler of Catasauqua. Rev. J.D. Shindle, of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Cementon, officiated. Their home for their entire marriage was 122 Willow Street in Cementon, and they belonged to the St. Paul's congregation. They bore three children -- Maybelle Reid, Pauline Snyder and Harold Meitzler. Herbert earned his living for 35 years with Atlas Cement Company of Northampton. Later, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Company and as a painter and paperhanger. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Sept. 1953 and were pictured in a story in the Allentown Morning Call. Ida was burdened with heart disease and hypertension, added to senility. She passed away on July 24, 1955, at the age of 81. She rests in Arlington Memorial Park in Mickleys, Lehigh County.
~ Daughter Caroline "Carra" (Garmer) Ihrie ~
(Also spelled "Ehrie" and "Erie")
Daughter Caroline "Carra" Garmer (1834-1913) was born in about 1834 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
She married Albert "Augustus" Ihrie (1833-1912), with the family surname alternately spelled "Ehrie" and at times shortened to "Erie."
They produced eight known children, Albert N. Ehrie, John A. Ihrie, Elenora "Ella" Grim Otto, Morris B. Ihrie, William Ihrie, Ida Bachman, Annie Wertman and George W. Erie.
Circa 1860, when the United States Census was made, the family lived in Weisenberg, Lehigh County, with Augustus earning a living as a blacksmith.
Then during the 1860s, he began working in local iron ore mines, as shown in the 1870 federal census enumeration.
Augustus' primary occupation was coach making, and he established a reputation in the Hynemansville region where they lived. Then in about 1887, they moved into the city of Allentown. Said the Allentown Morning Call, "After working a short time here he retired from active pursuits."
Caroline was named in a September 1909 article in the Morning Call after attending a reception for her visiting nephew Charles Edward Gaumer, who had migrated to Indiana in 1865, more than 40 years earlier.
The Ihries celebrated their mutual 80th birthdays in August 1911 with a party at the home of daughter Mrs. David Wertman at 536 North Front Street. A related story in the Morning Call provided the names of all of the guests and said that a "lily cake was presented to the aged couple of 80 lilies, [and] numerous presents were also given and refreshments were served."
Sadly, Albert died in the Allentown home of their son George on April 12, 1912, at the age of 79. The viewing and funeral were conducted in the home of son Morris in Allentown. Said the Morning Call, "Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. A trolley car will meet relatives and friends after the services at Sixth and Walnut streets." He was survived by 33 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The widowed Caroline made her final home at 536 Front Street in Allentown.
Burdened with chronic kidney and heart disease, she died at age 79 on Christmas Day 1913. W.P. Ihrie, of 607 Greenleaf Street, was the informant for the death certificate. Her remains were placed into repose in Greenwood Cemetery.
Son Albert N. Ehrie (1858-1919) was born in Feb. 1858 in Weisenberg, Lehigh County, PA. He married Mary (Keck) Herman ( ? - ? ), whose first husband was Albert Herman. She brought two children to the second union, Alverta Noss and George A. Herman. The couple produced four children of their own -- Charles E. Ehrie, Smatheson Ehrie, Frank Ehrie and Alverta Ehrie. For years, they made a home in Trexlertown, where he earned income as a painter in the employ of Charles Krause of Allentown. The Ehries were members of the Lutheran wing of the Trexlertown Church. Over the decades of his painting work, Albert inhaled significant amounts of fumes laced with lead. He eventually contracted chronic lead poisoning and died at the age of 60 on Jan. 10, 1919. Funeral services were held in the family home and later at their church, with interment in the church cemetery, presided over by Rev. D.C. Kaufman. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
Heavy lifting weakened my kidneys and I had to get up many times at night to pass the secretions. Knifelike pains in the small of my back took away my energy and sometimes I could hardly work. I was tired, too. I purchased Doan's Pills at the American Medicine Co. and after usign them I was permanently benefitted.
Grief struck the family on May 6, 1915 when their infant son Milton died at the age of one month and 26 days. The baby's funeral service was held in the home of his Ehrie grandparents, with interment in Trexlertown Cemetery. The Ehries dwelled in 1919 in Fullerton, PA and in 1938 in Allentown. Smathason is known to have been an officer with the Allen Ruling of the Fraternal Mystic Circle in 1920. Their residence in 1926 was 817 Greenleaf Street. In 1929, after the death of Flossie's father, she received a payment of $250 from her brothers to relinquish her economic rights to the family's eight-acre farm. Smathason spent his free time as church pastor of the Puritan Methodist denomination. He was active in 1936 with the Non-Sectarian Home Mission, hosting prayer meetings in their home. Circa 1939 he led the 12th Street Baptist Church, and in 1944-1945 pastored the Calvary Church congregation at 951 Oak Street. Their residence in the 1950s was 946 Oak Street, and they were members of the 12th Street Baptist Church. In about February 1954, Flossie suffered a stroke and never recovered, remaining bedfast for the 13 remaining months of her life. During that time, Smathason suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital on Dec. 14, 1954, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His remains were interred in St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery in Trexlertown, Lehigh County. Just a little more than three months into her widowhood, Flossie too succumbed to the Grim Reaper of Death on March 24, 1955. Her obituary noted that her survivors included 14 grandchildren.
Great-grandson Paul S. Ehrie (1915?-1986) was born in about 1915 in Allentown. He was joined in holy wedlock with Alfa F. Moser ( ? - ? ). The only son born to this union was Richard Ehrie. They resided at 101 North 7th Street in Allentown. For decades, Paul worked for Kistler's Fire Protectors in Allentown. He retired in 1979. At the age of 72, Paul died at home on April 18, 1986. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call, noting that interment was in Union Cemetery in Lehighton.
Great-grandson Harold Ehrie lived in Allentown in 1955, with a aresidence at 128 South Lumber Street.
Great-grandson Ernest E. Ehrie (1925-2014) was born in about 1925 in Allentown. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army's 66th Heavy Artillery Division. After the war, he settled in Easton and Palmerton, PA. He was married and the father of three daughters. Sadly, at the age of 89, Ernest died on Christmas Eve 2014.
Great-grandson Raymond Ehrie was employed in 1945 at Phoenix Clothes Inc. He married Jeannine Harlan ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles D. Harlan. They dwelled in Allentown in 1955.
Great-grandson Earl Ehrie served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he established a home in Phoenixville, PA and was there in 1955.
Great-granddaughter Esther Ehrie was united in wedlock with Donald Krause. They lived in the mid-1950s in Allentown.
Great-granddaughter Lillian Ehrie ( ? - ? ) married (?) Kincaid.
Great-granddaughter Melba Ehrie ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). As a young woman, she worked at Benesch's in Allentown. She was twice married. her first husband was Paul B. Schuler ( ? - ? ), son of John B. Schuler of Coopersburg. The wedding was held on April 8, 1944, at the Salem Reformed Church, led by Rev. William Kosman. Paul was employed with Bethehem Steel Corporation. A little more than three years later, on Aug. 7, 1948, she married Francis J. Boland ( ? - ? ), son of Andrew Paules of 1026 Linden Street. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Robert D. Brodt at Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church. In reporting on the nuptials, the Allentown Morning Call said that Melba "wore a light blue dotted swiss dress with pink accessories and carried pink roses and gladioli. Lillian Kincaid, her sister, who attended her, wore pale pink nylon and carried yellow roses and gladioli."
Son John A. Ihrie (1859-1937) was born on Oct. 10, 1859 in Weisenberg, Lehigh County, PA. He was wedded to Annie Amanda Wink ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Winters." The couple bore at least three offspring -- Ada Ihrie, Annie E. Zettlemoyer and Charles E. Ehrie. John spent his 55-year working career as a house painter in Klinesville, Berks County. In 1930, he and his daughters attended the April funeral of his sister Ida Bachman and also the October funeral of his brother George in Allentown. When the annual family reunion of Amanda's Wink family was formed, in the late 1920s, John served as registrar for the events. Suffering from congestive heart failure as well as kidney problems, John died at age 77 on April 27, 1937. Interment of the body was in Lenhartsville, Berks County, following funeral services held in the Zettlemoyer residence. Son Charles E. Ehrie signed the death certificate. An obituary was printed in the Reading Times.
Daughter Elenora Ihrie (1864-1936) -- also known as "Eleanor" - "Ellen" - and "Ella" - was born the day after Christmas in 1864 or 1866 in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, PA. As a young woman, she was baptized in the Lutheran church in Weisenberg. She was married twice. Her first spouse was Harrison Grim ( ? - ? ). The couple in 1887 bore a son, Raymond Grim. On Feb. 1, 1890, the 26-year-old Elenora wedded a second time to 24-year-old Benjamin F. Otto (Nov. 1866-1940), son of Samuel and Fianna (Fritz) Otto of Mertztown, Berks County. Rev. O. Leopold officiated, and the news of the wedding was published in the Allentown Democrat. The newlyweds immediately moved into Allentown in 1890 and remained there for good. She transferred her church membership to St. Luke's Lutheran in Allentown. The Ottos were the parents of a son of their own, Charles M. Otto. Said the Allentown Morning Call, she "made a host of friends through her many neighborly and Christian qualities." Benjamin earned a living circa 1900 as a day laborer. Then for 15 years, he was employed by Farr Bros., retiring in 1931. Their home in the mid-1930s was at 519 Chestnut Street. Having borne diabetes and chronic kidney disease, added to a heart attack -- what the Morning Call referred to as "a complication of diseases" -- she died at home at the age of 69 on Aug. 16, 1936. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Highland Cemetery. Benjamin outlived his bride by four years. While at home in mid-March 1940, he suffered a stroke and a week later was taken to the residence of his brother William in Treichlers. He died there at the age of 77 on March 19, 1940. His Morning Call obituary noted that the funeral was preached by Rev. S. Franklin Custard, with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Son Morris B. Ihrie (1867-1937) was born on Feb. 24, 1867 or 1863 in Weisenberg/Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. He earned a living as a young man as a house painter. In 1883, he was joined in holy matrimony with Emma Beck (Sept. 1865-1918), daughter of John and Mary Beck of Breinigsville. They produced a large family of a dozen children -- among the eight known names were John Ihrie, Lizzie Ihrie, Mayne Erie Sr., Morris E. Erie, Arthur Erie, Robert Ihrie, Bessie Erie, Ray Erie and Florence Biever. After about six years of marriage -- at the early stage of what may have been a "seven year itch" -- Morris got into trouble with the law in claims of adultery and false pretenses. The Allentown Chronicle published a story in March 1889 summarizing his story, reprinted in the Lebanon (PA) Daily News:
[He] has made quite a record for himself. Ihrie about six years ago married a young lady from Shamrock, Berks county. He brought his bride to Allentown and the two lived with Ihrie's parents, until a few months ago, when they moved to Lebanon and took up their home with Mrs. Ihrie's folks. The surroundings were not congenial to Ihrie's taste and some time ago he came back to Allentown, leaving his wife and three children at Lebanon. Prior to his departure for Lebanon Ihrie had obtained a lot of goods under false pretences and among those who were his victims are Joseph J. Flickinger, the cigar dealer; Frank Bower, the meat man, and J.S. Goodman, who conducted a jewelry store on Chew street, near Seventh. The amounts are all small. Ihrie also "kept company" with a single girl named Gehringer, living on Union street, at whose boarding place the two officers arrested Ihrie at 11 o'clock on Saturday night. Ihrie insisted that his name was Romit, but finally admitted that these officers had the right man. Three warants for false pretense were served on him and he was taken to jail. The father of the Gehringer girl to-day proferred another charge against Ihrie.
After a hearing led by alderman N.E. Worman, he was held over for trial. Controversy seemed to follow him when, in March 1890, he successfully brought claims against William Bortz for assault and battery. He and Emma reconciled and were together for a grand total of 28 years until cleaved apart by death. They moved into Allentown in 1897 and remained there for good. They were longtime members of Trinity United Evangelical Church. Their address in 1901 was 28 North Sixth Street. Sadness blanketed the family in July 1901 when infant daughter died and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, with Rev. W.F. Heil officiating. Over time, Morris also rebuilt his public reputation and became a well-known house painter and wallpaper-hanger, operating his business from a home office. Among his customers was the Hotel Penn, where in December 1905 he completed an enlargement and interior renovation, including opening a large window facing Seventh Street. He was a member of the Rescue Hook and Ladder Company and helped make rescues during local fires. In August 1907, in a public test and demonstration of raising a ladder in just five seconds, he "climebed the ladder when set perpendicularly and descended upon the other side," reported the Morning Call. "A number of other stunts were done." Morris appears to have been insolvent in June 1908 when the wallpaper contents of his store at 30 South Seventh Street were sold at a sheriff's sale. Circa 1912, their home was at 616 Walnut Street in Allentown. He moved his store in May 1917 from 506 Union Street to 521 Union Street and announced the relocation in the Morning Call. The story reported that:
The store has been replenished with an entire new stock of wall papers and moulding and among them are the most artistic and tasty wall papers to be formed anywhere. He carries the famous Alfred Peats prize wall papers. These papers are well known throughout the entire country and are favorites. Some of the other papers are made in York. He has thirteen men on his painting and papering force and assures good workmanship. Mr. Ihrie has been in this business for the past thirty years and his large patronage is the best assurance of good workmanship. He will furnish estimates for both interior and exterior work promptly.
Over the years, the spelling of Morris' family surname evolved from "Ihrie" to "Ehrie" and finally "Erie." At the Allentown Fair in September 1914, he generated news in the Allentown Democrat as "another of the grand old men who have been conducting eating stands at the Fair ever since the grounds were opened at Seventeenth and Chew Sts. His menu contains everything for the hungry man, such as Pennsylvania German sour kaut with the right smell, chicken, speck, roast beef, etc." In 1916, the Eries sold their 10-room, brick house and lot to the St. Stephen's Magyar Roman Catholic Church to be remodeled for use as a house of worship. Their home in 1918 was at 521 Union Street. Sadness blanketed the family when Emma passed away of pneumonia in Allentown Hospital on Dec. 18, 1918, just a week before Christmas. Funeral services were held in the family home with Rev. J.D. Kistler preaching, and burial in Greenwood Cemetery, with her six sons serving as pallbearers. Her obituary in the Morning Call noted that among her survivors were her mother, sisters Ellen Fegley and Susan Beck and brother William Beck, all of Lebanon, Lebanon County, PA. Morris outlived his wife by 19 years. After a year of grieving, on April 18, 1919, he wedded a second time to Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Harris) Laubach ( ? - ? ), of Penn and Maple Streets in Allentown. She was the daughter of Milton S. and Ella J. (Mest) Harris. Morris suffered from heart problems and died at the age of 74 on April 24, 1937, while a resident of his son Arthur's home at 845 Maple Street. He was survived by 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as noted by the Morning Call obituary.
Son William P. Ihrie (1868-1937) was born on April 18, 1869 in Breiningsville, Lehigh County, PA. He married Annie Parker ( ? - ? ). They were Mennonites and did not have any children. William made a living over the years as a green grocery salesman. His last employer was Troxell and Lentz Company. He retired in 1930 after 14 years of work in the field. Their address in the 1930s was 350 Gordon Street in Allentown. Sadly, William burdened with tuberculosis of the lungs in his late 50s. He struggled with the disease over a decade of time. At the age of 58, William was hospitalized and succumbed to death on Sept. 28, 1937. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call led with the fact that his was the "third brother in the family to be called in death within six months."
Daughter Ida Ihrie ( ? -1930) was born on (?). She was united in holy wedlock with William Bachman ( ? - ? ). The couple's address in 1912 was Allentown and in 1919-1930 in Orange, NJ. Sadly, Ida died in April 1930. Among those attending her funeral were her brother John and his daughters.
Daughter Annie Marie Ihrie/Ehrie (1870-1921) was born on New Year's Day 1870 in Breinigsville, Lehigh County. Her maiden name also has been given as "Stump." She was joined in the state of matrimony with David A. Wertman ( ? -1927), a native of West Penn, PA. The children born to this marriage were Lillian Wertman, Anna Wertman, Mae Wertman, Dorothy Wertman, William Wertman, Robert Wertman, Mayme C. Brown, Catharine Wertman, Florence Brown, Margaret I. Smith and Edna Betz. Circa 1912-1921, they dwelled in Allentown, at the address of 110 Ridge Avenue. The Wertmans were considered "devout" members of the Lutheran Church. Grief swept over the family in 1915 when unmarried daughter Catharine was afflicted with an appendix infection followed by peritonitis and died at the age of 21. Annie became seriously ill in the autumn of 1921 after having developed a goiter and diabetes, which led to a coma. She thus was confined to bed on or about Nov. 14, 1921. After only two bedfast days, she was swept away by the Grim Reaper of Death on Nov. 16, 1921. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that Rev. R.H. Ischinger officiated at the funeral service, held in the Wertman residence, with her remains laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery. Now widowed, David lived for another six years and moved in with his married daughter and son in law, the Richard Betzes, at 1954 Lehigh Street in Wilson Borough. He died there, at the age of 74, on May 8, 1927. Funeral services were led by Rev. F.A. Posselt, held in the Betz residence. His obituary in the Morning Call observed that floral tributes provided for the service included a pillow from the children; a wreath from J.B. Buehler and company; a casket spray from the children; snap dragons from B.T. Otto and Son; and a spray from Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Rockingham.
Son George W. Erie (1877-1930) was born on Aug. 8, 1877. He followed his brothers' vocation as a house painter and interior decorator in Allentown. In fact, at the end of his life, he was said by a local newspaper to be "one of this city's well known painters and interior decorators." George wedded Amanda K. Druckenbrode ( ? -1955), daughter of John and Mary (Oerschprung) Druckenbrode. Born to this union were four offspring -- Irene Erie, Edith Hacker, George Erie and Edward Erie. In 1912, they lived at 412 Washington Street in Allentown and in 1930 at 6121 North Levan Street. Then in 1922, in partnership with his nephew Smathason Erie, they operated the firm of Erie & Erie. One of their contracts was for the Asbury Methodist Church at the corner of Hamilton and Jefferson Streets. Reflecting the Eries' German roots, they publicized their business in the German-language columns of the Allentown Morning Call. Reported one story, in fractured Pennsylvania-German, "Erie & Erie sin tzwa first class painters un decorators. Sie hen der contract kot for die Asbury Methodist Kerch, Hamilton un Jefferson shtrose. Sie missa gud un reliable sei sonsht hetta sie den job net grickt. Die firm is un ga'macht fon George Erie, os shon 28 yohr uf'm handwerk shafft, un sei nephew, S.A. Erie, os 18 yord experience hot." Sadly, at the age of 53, burdened with hardening of the arteries, George died at age 53 on Oct. 6, 1930. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he "was a native of this section and resided here for many years." Funeral services were held in the Erie home, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Amanda outlived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. She belonged to the Dubbs Memorial Evangelical and Reformed Church of Allentown. Late in life, she went to live with her son George at 1333 Linden Street and died in his residence, at age 78, on Dec. 19, 1955. She was survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as three step-siblings.
~ Son Samuel Gaumer ~
Son Samuel Gaumer (1835-1873) was born on May 9, 1835 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA.
On Feb. 27, 1859, when he was 23 years of age, Samuel married 21-year-old Helena Heilman (Feb. 1837-1916), daughter of Tobias and Elizabeth (Fries) Heilman.
They produced these known sons -- Edwin E. Gaumer, Franklin C. "Frank" Gaumer, Amos Gaumer, George Gaumer and Emma Gehringer. Sadly, their son George died at just one week of age, on Oct. 18, 1866. The baby's remains are at rest in Ziegel's Union Church Cemetery in Breinigsville.
The United States Census of 1860 shows the family living in Upper Macungie Township, with Fogelsville as their post office, and with Samuel plying his trade as a carpenter.
Samuel also was a farmer, and this was marked as his occupation in the federal census enumeration of 1870, also of Upper Macungie. That year, the family's post office was in Trexlertown.
Sadly, Samuel passed into eternity on March 16, 1873, at the age of about 38. The cause of his untimely death is not yet known. [Find-a-Grave]
Helena outlived her spouse by 42 years. In 1880, census records show Helena sharing an Upper Macungie household with her bachelor sons Edwin and Franklin, both laborers. After Edwin was married and bore two children, Helena lived under their roof as shown in the 1900 census. She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Ziegel's Church.
Suffering from chronic kidney ailments and dropsy (congestive heart failure), Helena went to live with her son Edwin at Newton near Breinigsville. There, she died just a few weeks before her 79th birthday on Jan. 21, 1916, in Upper Macungie. Interment was in the cemetery of her church, with Rev. Frank Keller preaching the funeral service. Edwin Gaumer of Breinigsville signed the death certificate. Obituaries in the Allentown Leader and Allentown Morning Call noted that she was survived by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her twin sister, Mrs. Peter Leiser of Trexlertown.
Son Edwin E. Gaumer (1860-1939) was born on March 19, 1860 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Single at the age of 20 in 1880, he and his brother Franklin and widowed mother resided together in Upper Macungie, with Edwin working as a laborer. He was a lifelong farmer. In 1885, at the age of 25, Edwin wedded Sarah E. Fenstermaker (July 9, 1858-1935), daughter of Thomas and Catharine/ Caroline (Deibert) Fenstermaker.The couple produced two children -- Charles W. Gaumer and Carrie H. Fegley, born eight years apart. They dwelled on a farm in Upper Macungie in 1900, with Edwin's widowed mother, Sarah's widowed father and two servants in the household. Grief enveloped the family when son Charles died of typhoid fever at the age of 17 in February 1903. Then on March 12, 1908, Edwin sold the contents of their farm, in preparation for a move to Newtown, advertising the sale in the Allentown Morning Call. At the time, their home was at the intersection of the road from Allentown to Kutztown and from Ziegler's mines to Ziegel's Church, on the Grim farm. Among the livestock up for bidding were four horses, sorrel horses, bay horses, 15 milch cows, two heifers, a stuck bull, 20 shoats and 50 hens. The tools included a Fleetwood separator with side straw carrier, Tornado feed cutter, fanning mill, one horse power with Universal jack for four to six horses, a 70-foot-long belt, a wood self binder, wood mower, hay rake, hay tedder, two four-horse wagons two sets of hay ladders and bolsters and a grain drill. Other tools included a hayfork with pulley and rope, land roller, two spring harrows, two Oliver steel beam plows, two spike harrows, two one-horse cultivators, two sets of heavy harness, four fly nets, collars, bridles, lines, halters, forks, rakes, shovels, grubbing hoe, log, cow and other chains and six milk cans. At the same time, Edwin engaged carpenters B.F. Becker and Eugene Miller to remodel his buildings in Newtown. The Gaumers dwelled in Newton near Breinigsville, Lehigh County for the rest of their lives. They belonged to the Lutheran congregation of Ziegel's Church, and Edwin was active with the Home Department of the Zion Union Church Sunday School. In about 1929, Sarah is believed to have suffered a stroke but survived. She lingered for six years before the Angel of Death carried her away on Nov. 17, 1935. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Zeigels Church Cemetery, with Rev. Donald Englert and Rev. J.F. Keller co-officiating at the funeral. The Morning Call noted that floral tributes included a casket spray from Edwin, pillow from daughter Carrie and her husband, wreath from the grandchildren, sprays from the Home Department of Maxatawny Zions Church Sunday School and from the Thomas Hesses, Harry Hesses, William Lichtenwalners, Paul Millers and Edwin's niece Mrs. Samuel Gehringer Jr., with the slumber robe provided by the family. Edwin lived for another four years after Sarah's death and lived in the home of his married daughter Carrie in Trexlertown, retiring from farming in 1936. He bore a number of ailments, among them heart decomposition, enlarged prostate, cystitis and bronchitis. He succumbed to death at the age of 78 on Feb. 15, 1939. Daughter Carrie Fegley of Trexlertown provided details for the certificate of death. Burial was in Ziegel's Cemetery, Breinigsville, with his pastors Englert and Keller again co-officiating. In an obituary, the Morning Call said that he "had been ill for two weeks and was bedfast a week." [Find-a-Grave]
Great-granddaughter Lillian Gaumer (1915-2007) was born in about 1915 in Breinigsville. She married Clinton Sechler ( ? -1987). They were the parents of Clinton A.H. Sechler, Donald L. Sechler, Larry D. Sechler and Patricia A. Dini. In 1940, the family lived with Lillian's parents in Trexlertown, with Clinton earning a living as a laborer at Allentown Hospital. Lillian also generated income for almost three decades as an assembler for General Motors at its Allentown manufacturing plant. They were members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Trexlertown. Sadly, Clinton passed away on May 24, 1987. Lillian outlived her spouse by 30 years. She died at the age of 92, in Kutztown Manor in Berks Couinty, on May 10, 2007. Her burial was in the church's cemetery, according to an obituary in the Allentown Morning Call.
Great-grandson Irwin C. Fegley (1916-1981) was born in about 1916. Single at the age of 24 in 1940, he labored for Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown, where many generations of near and far Gaumer cousins rest for all time in the ancient soil. Irwin was joined in marriage with Mary E. Heller ( ? - ? ). The only child born to this union was a son, Dale I. Fegley. Their address in the early 1980s was at 115 Beech Street in Fleetwood, Berks County. For many years, he earned a living working for A.R. Hoffman Inc. in Fleetwood, retiring in 1980. From 1970 to 1974, he made a name in the public eye as a Fleetwood councilman. The family were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Fleetwood. At the age of 65, on April 7, 1981, Irwin became seriously ill at home and was rushed to Reading Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call, which misspelled his mother's miaden name as "Dummer."
Great-grandson Clarence Fegley (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. A bachelor in 1940, at the age of 20, he worked as a laborer for a linoleum contractor in Trexlertown. His fate has not yet been learned.
Son Franklin C. "Frank" Gaumer (1862-1892) was born on April 28, 1862 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. When he was age 19, unmarried in 1880, he earned a living as a laborer and shared a home with his widowed mother and bachelor brother. Frank is believed to have married Kate "Katie" Motz (Nov. 1864- ? ), daughter of Gideon and Viola Motz, also spelled "Moatz." The couple produced one son, William F. Gaumer, who allegedly died in infancy in 1884. They resided with her parents in Breinigsville. In about 1886, at the age of 24, Frank went to work as a miner in a iron ore bed owned by Jesse Laros between Breinigsville and Fogelsville. While at work one day, he fell and sustained a painful bruise on his thigh, an injury which ultimately led to his untimely death several years later. His case was reported on in detail several times on the pages of the Allentown Democrat, pointing out that death would result if he did not undergo an amputation. One article, printed as an obituary on Nov. 23, 1892, summarized the context of the issue and reported that after suffering the initial injury:
He however quickly recovered from the effects, and resuming work the happening was seldom revived in his memory. Later he however quit at Laros' and entered the employ of his brother-in-law, Mr. Philip Motz, as mining boss in an ore bed near Breinigsville, and it was there he commenced occasionally to experience severe pains in the leg injured years before. He however believed them to be of a rheumatic order, not thinking it possible that the bruise of way back could be the producing cause. But yet such really proved to be the case. His pains grew steadily in intensivy, even though he was applying household remedies, and at times was treated by his family physician. He however kept at his post of duty in the mine, even though he was seldom without pain in the limb. His condition and sufferings finally became of such a character that on a Saturday morning some six or eight weeks ago he asked of brother-in-law Motz a leave of absence for the day, as he wished to go to Allentown to see Dr. C.H. Schaeffer, of No. 130 North Seventh street, concerning the ailment he was suffering from. His request was of course granted, and on submitting his case to the Doctor, and a thorough examination of the seat of trouble being made, it was found that a ridge or swelling on the leg near the thigh was nothing other than a saucomous or cancerous tumor, so far advanced that no time could be lost in amputating the limb, owing to danger of the disease rapidly extending to his abdomen. He at once called Dr. Fegely, of the sixth ward, and the latter fully coincided with his views. The patient was then told that taking off the leg was the only hope of saving his life. The sufferer expressing his assent to have the operatin performed and Prof. John Di4ever, of the Med. Dept. of the old University at Philadelphia was at once summoned by telegram to come to Allentown next day for amputating the limb. Reaching here he was taken to Breinigsville by the physicians named, but then it developed that the unfortunate man had while on his way home and during the night in reflecting and contemplating over what had been toldhim come to a determination not to have the operation performed, regardless of results, he asserting that he preferred to go to his death rather than wander about in a helpless manner with one of his legs off at the thigh. So resolutely had he decided upon this that prior to the arrival of the expected surgeons on the day appointed for their coming that he instructed his brother-in-law not to permit them under any consideration to proceed with the surgical operation agreed upon, since he expected that in the preliminary work of determining the real character of his affection he would be placed under the influence of anaesthetics, and that possibly he might not return to consciousness in time to enter a protest. After the arrival of the surgeons Prof. Diever expressed a desire to thoroughly examine the diseased limb, and to do so the patient was etherized, and the tumorous formation slit open from point to point, and the case found to be precisely as diagnosed by the town surgeons. To save the man's life, they then, in accordance with the wish of the patient as expressed by himself, proposed to go ahead with the work of amputation, but Mr. Motz then made known the orders given him in the morning, and though he concurred in the views of the case entertained by the surgeons he to hold faith with the then unconscious brother-in-law, much to his own regret had to refuse his consent to the taking off of the leg, his believe then being that after the man had recovered his consciousness and returned to a realizing sense of his condition would give in to what the needs of the case demanded. The surgeons of course had no objections to interpose, and departed. On the unfortunate man coming to and being told of all that had happened he unexpectedly remained firm in his determination to resist the cutting off of the leg -- death being his expressed preference, and very naturally his case went from bad to worse until finally the great Destroyer came to his relief... Deceased was a good, steady, hard-working man from his early youth up, highly esteemed by all knowing him, and his early death is greatly mourned.
Frank was only 30 years of age at death, which occurred on Nov. 14, 1892. H's funeral was held at Ziegel's Church in Breinigsville, with Rev. O. Leopold preaching the funeral sermon. In the years following, Katie remained in her parents' tenant home on the farm of Jesse Breinig and generated income as a dressmaker. She is shown there in 1900 when the United States Census was taken, and endured her father's death in Nov. 1900. She moved into Allentown by 1901 and made news in the gossip columns of the Allentown Leader when returning to visit her widowed mother, with her family name misspelled "Moatb." Her fate is unknown.
Son Amos Gaumer (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He has not been located on the U.S. Census of 1880, when he otherwise would have been 16 years old, and this may indicate he was already deceased. More research on Amos needs to be completed.
Daughter Emma Gaumer (1864-1935) was born on May 3, 1864 in Upper Macungie Township. In about 1885, when she would have been age 21, Emma married 25-year-old Samuel Franklin Gehringer Jr. (Feb. 3, 1860-1938), son of Samuel and Catharine (Kline) Gehringer Sr. and a native of Berks County. The couple bore four offspring -- Katie Snyder, Samuel Franklin Gehringer III and Emma Gehringer and a son who was deceased by 1900. Samuel earned a living over more than 50 years as a school teacher and a road supervisor. Among the schools where he taught were Miller's (1909, 1914) and Weisenberg (1913). Federal census records for 1900 show the family living in Upper Macungie, with Samuel employed as a teacher. At Christmas in 1915, his grammar school students in Fogelsville presented him with a turkey. Circa 1916-1935, the Gehringers made a home in Haafsville near Breinigsville, Lehigh County. They were longtime members of Ziegel's Church. When Samuel's parents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in October 1907, he and Emma and their children are known to have attended the party. They also went to a 28th birthday party for their niece Carrie (Gaumer) Fegley at Newtown in August 1921. On the afternoon of Oct. 6, 1935, the 71-year-old Emma was critically injured in an automobile accident near Lyon Valley, Lowhill Township. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, "a coal truck forced the car in which she and her husband were riding off the highway.... The car struck a wooden fence and upset. Mrs. Gehringer suffered a fractured hip, lacerations and bruises and was in a serious stage of shock. It was thought she would recover, however until Friday when her condition became worse." She was admitted to Allentown Hospital but could not recover, and died six days later on Oct. 12, 1935. An obituary was printed in the Morning Call. Funeral services were held in the family church with interment following in the adjacent cemetery. Samuel lived for another three years. During that time, he was afflicted with non-malignant tumors on his bladder, extensive internal bleeding and chronic kidney disease as well as hypertension and anemia. He succumbed to the Grim Reaper of Death at the age of 78 on Dec. 4, 1938. His remains also were lowered into rest in Ziegel's Church Cemetery, Breinigsville.
~ Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" (Gaumer) Wiltrout ~
Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" Gaumer (1837-1917) was born on Oct. 27, 1837 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
On March 13, 1859, in Maxatawny, Berks County, she was joined in wedlock with William Wiltrout (1835-1900), a native of Greenwich Township, Berks County who had migrated to Upper Macungie in young manhood.
They produced these known children -- Ellen A. "Ella" Landis, William "Alfred" Wiltrout, Dr. Frank A. Wiltrout and Lilly D.S. Landis.
William, said the Allentown Leader, was "one of the best known housebuilders and contractors in the interior of Lehigh County.... He was an excellent carpenter, having a most thorough knowledge of his trade. For at least 35 years he was a boss carpenter and contractor and he built hundreds of houses and barns in the Whitehalls and Macungies."
In the mid-1890s, the Wiltrouts lived in Litzenberg, Upper Macungie. Then in January 1899, for the sum of $1,000, William bought the farm of Moses Hoffman across the road from the Jordan Lutheran Church near Guthsville in South Whitehall Township. The family moved to a new home at that place in the spring. Their youngest daughter Lilly, an invalid, lived with them.
Suffering from heart problems and congestive heart failure, William died at age 65 in April 1900. The story generated a headline in the Leader. When told the news, said the Leader, daughter Lilly "went into convulsions.... On her account, lest she should be disturbed, the church bell has not been tolled for her father's death, an extraordinary omission from a custom sacred in the country districts." Funeral sevices were held at the Jordan church, with Rev. Semmel preaching the sermon.
Sarah Ann survived for 17 more years. In the immediate months after becoming a widow, she held a public sale of her farm and household goods. Son Alfred is known to have purchased the frame house, three-acre lot and a six-acre tract of woodlands for the price of $1,275. The sum represented a 27.5 percent return on the late father's investment from the year before.
She made a home with her married daughter Ellen Landis in Guthsville in 1905. That autumn, she suffered serious injuries when she fell headlong down a flight of steps and was knocked unconscious. She was treated by Dr. M.J. Kline of Orefield, who told a correspondent for the Allentown Morning Call that she might not recover. But she lived for another dozen years after the incident.
Sarah Ann was named in a September 1909 article in the Morning Call after attending a reception for her visiting nephew Charles Edward Gaumer, who had migrated to Indiana in 1865, more than 40 years earlier.
In 1915, feeling she was not adequately supported by her adult children, she filed a legal claim against them, alleging she was indigent. Circa 1917, she resided with the Landises at 1950 Chew Street in Allentown. On June 25, 1917, she suffered a stroke and died. Burial was in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery. Daughter Ellen signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Leader said that she was the daughter of "the long deceased Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Gaumer." [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Ellen A. "Ella" Wiltrout (1860-1926) was born on Dec. 3, 1859. Single at age 20, in 1880, she earned a living as a milliner maker (women's hats). At the age of about 25, in 1885, she married a cousin, Jacob P. Landis (March 23, 1864-1949), son of Israel and Sarah (Gaumer) Landis of Walberts, PA. One known child was born to the union, Mabel Landis. They dwelled in 1900 on a farm in Wennersville, South Whitehall Township, with Ellen's widowed mother and disabled sister Lilly in the household. Then in 1914, having lived as tenant farmers on property owned by Ed Bortz, in between Wennersville and Walbert's, he announced a public auction to sell his valuable farm stock. The advertisement which ran in the Allentown Morning Call listed the goods up for bid: five good working horses, 75 shoats weighing between 30 and 100 lbs., sows with litters, boars, chickens, two-horse wagon, Turner Favorite Fertilizer, seed drill, Champion binder and grass mower, riding cultivator, two Syracuse Plows, spring harrow, hay fork, corn planter, sheller, wheelbarrows and "good as new" Essex incubator holding 160 eggs and Cyphers incubator holding 240 eggs. He also offered a brooder, Humphrey's green bone grinder, corn grinder, hay ladders, heavy harnesses, collars, fork and "many other articles to numerous to mention." After the sale, the couple moved into the city of Allentown, where in 1917 their address was 1950 Chew Street. The Landises moved again to a home along Spring Creek in Macungie and were there in 1926. They were members of Jordan Lutheran Church. At the age of 66, Ella was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage. She lingered for nine days and died on Oct. 29, 1926. Her remains were placed into rest in Jordan's Lutheran Church Cemetery, with Rev. Ehner Leopold preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary in the Morning Call reported that her funeral was "well attended by relatives and friends." Floral tributes included mixed flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Landis, chrysanthemums from her sister Lilly and the J.H. Smith family, chrysanthemums and flowers from Ulysses Schmoyer and a slumber robe from her husband. Jacob survived as a widower for another 23 years. He relocated into Allentown in 1936 and made a living at Trexler Lumber Company, first in the lumber yard and later as a watchman. His final residence was with his grandson Russel N. Landis at 1423 Liberty Street in Allentown. Having become senile, and burdened with hardening of the arteries, he contracted pneumonia and became bedfast. Three weeks later, he succumbed to death on March 5, 1949, just 18 days shy of his 85th birthday. Burial was at Jordan's Lutheran Church Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Morning Call.
Great-grandson Russel N. Landis (1904-1972) was born in about 1904. He married Elda S. Heilman. Russel was employed as a supervisor with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and was active politically as treasurer of the Mid-County Republican Club. He died on July 3, 1972.
Great-grandson Kenneth H. Deshler lived in Allentown in 1972.
Great-granddaughter Verna I. Deshler wedded (?) Dottery. Her home in 1972 was in Allentown.
Son William "Alfred" Wiltrout (1861-1935) was born in 1861 or 1862. He learned his father's trade of carpentry, and in 1880, at age 19, worked in that occupation over time. Alfred married Judith Dietz (Oct. 28, 1868-1960), a native of Akron, Summit County, OH and the daughter of Ferdinand Dietz. They produced three sons -- Ferdinand W. Wiltrout, Frank Wiltraut and Harold Wiltrout. He relocated to Ohio and was in Akron, Summit County in 1894-1900. After his father's death in 1900, and the subsequent sale of the widowed mother's property, Alfred spent $1,250 to acquire her frame house, three-acre lot and a six-acre tract of woodlands. Difficulty seemed to stalk the Wiltrouts on this property. In April 1901, their pigsty burned to the ground, killing two pigs. Reported the Allentown Leader, "The barn and other outbuildings standing close by were saved by heroic efforts, the strong wind fortunately blowing the angry flames from the barn." The family was the victim of a theft in 1904 when an itinerant clock repairman stopped at the farmhouse and asked the son to summon the mother. As the boy went upstairs, the visitor then stole her purse from the cupboard. The thief was apprehended in Friedensville. Then in August 1908, in a trade with Colonel Trexler, he relinquished the farm and acquired the Hill Side Hotel in Snydersville. Alfred's married sister Lilly Landis and her husband Edgar then acquired the farm from Trexler in exchange for their house and lot in Guthsville. The hotel property included a large icehouse in which could be placed 60 tons of ice. In February 1922, he sold his household and farm goods at the hotel, advertising the auction in the Allentown Morning Call. He offered these items for sale -- five bedroom suits, chairs, rockers, tables, stoves, carpet, rugs, dishes and kitchen utensils. Stated the advertisement, "No meals served. Conditions made known on day of sale. No hucksters." From there the Wiltrouts moved to Fullerton, Lehigh County, where they remained as of 1930. The couple were members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fullerton. He was afflicted with heart and kidney disease and bronchial asthma and, at age 73, died on Jan. 8, 1935. An obituary in the Morning Call noted that funeral services were held in the family home and later at their church, with Rev. Waldemar Buch preaching. Pallbearers included members of the Claussville Castle of the Knights of the Golden Eagle. The widowed Judith resided in Fullerton at 425 Sixth Street in Whitehall Township. She endured the untimely death of her adult grandson Moulton A Wiltraut in September 1960. Burdened with heart disease, she was stricken with heart failure and was gathered in by the Angel of Death just two days before Christmas 1960. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery in Fullerton.
Great-grandson Frank E. Wiltraut Jr. lived in Douglassville, Berks County in 1960.
Great-grandson Moulton A. Wiltraut (1916-1960) was born on Aug. 22, 1916 in Hoffmansville, Lehigh County and named after his maternal grandfather, Moulton J. Kline. He wedded Naomi Kuhns ( ? - ? ). The couple produced four offspring -- Jeffery Wiltraut, Scott Wiltraut, Susan Wiltraut and Karen Wiltraut. The family established a residence in Fullerton at 429 Jefferson Street. For many years, he was employed as superintendent of Ludlow Manufacturing Company's Allentown plant. Then in about 1956 he accepted a position as production scheduler for Bethlehem Steel Corporation at its Machine Shop 6. The Wiltrauts were members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Fullerton, and Moulton was active with several Masons lodges. In early September 1960, Moulton was admitted to Allentown Hospital and passed away there two days later, on Sept. 7, 1960. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Great-granddaughter Erema Wiltraut married John Snyder. In 1960, they dwelled in Allentown.
Son Dr. Frank A. Wiltrout (1863-1930) was born in about 1863 in Upper Macungie. He grew up with a father and older brothers who were carpenters, and he also learned this skill as a young man. But upon attending Keystone Normal School at Kutztown, he decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Frank graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and established a surgeon's practice in Hazleton and later in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. Frank was united in the holy bonds of wedlock with Jennie Green ( ? - ? ). The couple adopted a daughter, Stella Bunk. He remained in his profession in Wilkes-Barre for more than three decades and was active in the Masons lodge and Iron Temple of the Shrine. The family were Lutheran in their faith. In about 1910, he retired and returned to his roots in Breinigsville. At the age of 67, he died in Allentown Hospital on May 17, 1930. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery in West Hazleton, with Rev. Wesley Wenner officiating at the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
Daughter Lilly D.S. Wiltrout (1879-1949) was born in Nov. 1879. She was considered an invalid and lived at home in 1899-1900 across the road from Jordan Lutheran Church. When her father died in April 1900, said the Allentown Leader, she, "went into convulsions" when told the news. "On her account, lest she should be disturbed, the church bell has not been tolled for her father's death, an extraordinary omission from a custom sacred in the country districts." Then when the family farm was sold later in the year, Lilly and her mother moved in with Lilly's married sister Ellen Landis. Lillie eventually married Edgar G. Landis ( ? - ? ) and dwelled on a farm in Guthsville. She bore two known sons, Raymond Frank W. Landis and Paul Alfred V. Landis. In August 1908, after Lilly's brother Alfred sold the family farm to Colonel Trexler, she and Edgar bought the farm property from the colonel in exchange for their house and lot in Guthsville.When mentioned in the 1930 Allentown Morning Call obituary of Lilly's brother Dr. Frank A. Wiltrout, their address was 11141 Green Street in Allentown. Despite her disabilities, Lillie became a licensed practical nurse and was employed in the field for years. They were members of the Jordan church and belonged to its Young People's Society and Sunday School Home Department. Socially, she was a member of the Lincoln Herd of the Ladies Independent Order of Reindeer. In back-to-back losses in 1942-1943, she shouldered the deaths of both of her adult sons. Circa 1949, they were in Orefield. She died just a few weeks shy of her 70th birthday on Nov. 13, 1949. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Allentown, and an obituary was printed in the Morning Call.
~ Daughter Amanda (Gaumer) Koch ~
Daughter Amanda Gaumer (1840-1914) was born on March 26, 1840.
Among her friends in her growing-up years were James Merkel and John R. Koch. She dwelled in Upper Macungie when she became of marriageable age.
On Feb. 13, 1859, when she would have been 18 years of age, Amanda married 23-year-old Charles L. Koch (April 1836-1901), son of Joseph Koch of Fogelsville. The wedding was held at Fogelsville, Lehigh County and presided over by Rev. Benjamin E. Kramlich. The pastor then gave the newlyweds a marriage certificate, likely inscribed in German, and he also made a notation in his personal records.
The couple adopted two daughters, Amanda Koch Dangler and Lizzie B. Koch, born about a dozen years apart.
Charles stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and had a fresh complexion and hazel eyes.
Charles was drafted into the Union Army during the Civil War, on Nov. 8, 1862, and placed into the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, commanded by Capt. David Schaads. Among his fellow soldiers in the same company were his wife's brother Benjamin Lewis Gaumer and cousin by marriage, Tilghman H. Beisel. While deployed in New Berne, NC in January 1863, he contracted rheumatism, hemorrhoids and chronic diarrhea. He did not pursue medical treatment in any hospital. He was discharged in Philadelphia on Aug. 18, 1863.
Charles was a longtime stone mason before and after the war. The family dwelled in 1870 in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, PA, where he plied his trade. By 1880, he had accepted a new job as a laborer at a furnace in Coplay, Lehigh County, where the couple lived in 1880.
The Allentown Morning Call once reported that his built up a business around his skills and that "for some time [he] had a large number of men in his employ."
Charles as he aged suffered from disease of the lungs, rectum and legs, and as time went on he also experienced problems with his heart, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and diarrhea. During the winter of 1889, he developed typhoid pneumonia and spent about three months receiving treatment at the Soldiers Home in Erie, PA. On Aug. 1, 1890, Charles was awarded a military pension as compensation for his service as a soldier. [Invalid App. #886.299 - Cert. 627.787] That same year, he was enumerated on the special census of Civil War veterans and their widows, but did not report having any sort of disability. He was a member of the Yeager Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization.
The couple relocated into Allentown in about 1893, with an address of 731 Gordon Street. Census records for 1900 show Charles continuing to earn a living as a stone mason, while 23-year-old daughter Lizzie worked as a stripper in a cigar factory.
Sadly, Charles contracted acute pneumonia ("the grippe") during the first week of the new year in 1901. Despite medical care frm Dr. R.C. Peters, his health plummeted quickly, and he died on Jan. 11, 1901. Funeral services were held in Zion's Evangelical Church, with Rev. J.E. Beam and Rev. Bliem co-officiating. Among those attending was his nephew James J. Houser. His remains were placed into honored repose in Greenwood Cemetery, with a firing squad presented by the Sons of Veterans organization and fellow GAR members serving as pallbearers. His obituary in the Morning Call said that in addition to his wife and daughters, he was survived by five siblings -- John Koch of Allentown, Caroline Warner of Lower Saucon, Matilda Knauss of Harrisburg, Catharine M. Houser of Bucks County and Susan E. Kuntzman of Wasser, Berks County.
Amanda then applied for and was awarded his pension, and received monthly government checks for the rest of her life. [Widow App. #733.444 - Cert. 508-258] To provde she had been lawfully wedded to the soldier, she asked Sophia B. Kramlich, the widow of their marrying pastor, to furnish proof from the pastoral records.
Amanda lived for another 14 years as a widow. She owned no personal property or real estate. Her residence in the 1910s was with daughter Lizzie at 731 Gordon Street in Allentown. The final amount of pension she received at the end of her life was $12 monthly.
Having suffered from chronic kidney disease, she was stricken with paralysis at the age of 75. She lingered for about six months and succumbed to death on July 12, 1915. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, following funeral services held at the Zion Evangelical Church on Liberty Street. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that death was due to "a complication of diseases" and named her daughter and three surviving siblings, Benjamin, Sarah Ann and Solomon. The family learned that they could be reimbursed for some of her burial expenses, as a Civil War widow, and received $50 from the County of Lehigh.
Adopted daughter Amanda Koch (1864-1901) was born in Feb. 1864. She wedded William E. Dengler (Nov. 1, 1857-1926), son of Hannah Dengler of White Haven, PA. The couple lived in Allentown, at 824 Chew Street, and bore two sons -- Charles W. Dengler and Paul E. Dengler. William is known to have earned a living working for Kroll Furniture Company. About the time she gave birth to their second child, Amanda contracted a serious case of tuberculosis ("hasty consumption"). After six weeks of suffering, and just one month after the death of her father, Amanda too succumbed to the Angel of Death on Feb. 11, 1901. She was just eight or nine days shy of her 37th birthday. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Leader and a brief death notice in the Allentown Morning Call. The widowed William was left alone with two young mouths to feed, including the six-week-old infant. He married again to Anna O. Diehl ( ? - ? ), daughter of Alfred and Susan (Kern) Diehl. By 1905, he had secured employment as a collector and solicitor for Alfred Diehl, a lime-burning business located in South Allentown. While in the Diehl quarry one day in May 1905, he was struck in the eye by a stone. The Morning Call reported that he "may lose his sight" and that the injury "may necessitate the removal of the optic." William and Anna resided with her parents in South Allentown in 1910 when the U.S. Census was taken. William made his home in the 1920s at 742 South Eighth Street and made cabinets for the Kurtz Furniture Company. Tragedy visited the family on the fateful day of Sept. 10, 1926, when William went on an errand to buy milk at the grocery store. While crossing the intersection of South Eighth and Pittston Streets, he was struck and killed by a moving automobile, with his ribs crushed and cervical vertebra fractured. Funeral services were held in the home and at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, led by Rev. C.A. Kerschner, with burial following in the church burying ground. Former father-in-law Charles Koch provided a mounted wreath of lilies for the funeral. Anna sued the driver of the vehicle and was awarded a sum of $3,065 in damages in January 1927. Said the Morning Call, "The verdict was the largest ever rendered in Lehigh county in an automobile accident case." The case is believed to have been appealed, and by 1933 an attachment execution was served on the defendant, now in the amount of $4,299. Anna survived her husband by three decades and remained in their home. She was felled by a cardio-vascular accident and, after lingering for two weeks, died at the age of 80 on Feb. 3, 1956. She sleeps for eternity in St. Mark's Cemetery. Son Charles of the home address signed her official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Adopted daughter Elizabeth B. "Lizzie" Koch (1876-1943) was born on Dec. 20, 1876 in Philadelphia. She never married. In 1905, she and (?) Grub bore a son, Charles W. Grub/Koch. At the age of 23, in 1900, she lived at home and earned income as a stripper in an Allentown cigar factory. Then in 1910, still sharing a home with her mother and son, she made a living providing housework for others. When in her 60s, in the 1940s, her address was with her son at 138 North Lumber Street in Allentown. Suffering from an ulcer which perforated her intestines, she was stricken with acute peritonitis and rushed to Allentown Hospital, where she died within three hours, at the age of 66, on Sept. 18, 1943. Her remains were loweered into repose in Greenwood Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
~ Son Solomon Gaumer ~
Son Solomon Gaumer (1842-1920) was born on May 22, 1842 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
When he was age 21, on Dec. 12, 1863, he married 19-year-old Anna "Maria" Caroline Hartman (Aug. 1844-1922), daughter of Jacob and Magdalina (Raub/Rauch) Hartman of Lehigh County. The nuptials were held at Weidasville, with Rev. O. Leopold officiating.
Among their 10 children were Amanda Katherine Eisenhard, William Gaumer, Alice M. Held, Solomon Charles Gaumer, Laura Deily Roth, Anna "Annie" Schaffer, Elda Pole, Catherine Sara Miller, Jennie M. Smith and Horace Franklin Gaumer. All grew into adulthood except for one.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, the Gaumers were listed as living in Upper Macungie Township, likely in Fogelsville.
The 1880 United States Census also shows the family in Fogelsville, with Solomon working as a contractor. Over the years, he also earned a living as a "stationary engineer," an operator of machinery or equipment.
He is thought to be the same "Solomon Gaumer" who in 1884 served as deacon, with his brother Jonathan an elder, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township. They are named for this work in the book History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, authored by Alfred Mathews and Austin N. Hungerford (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884). Then in 1907, Solomon was elected president of the church's Sunday School.
In January or early February 1896, Solomon was badly injured in a freak accident. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, he "had the misfortune of falling backwards from an ice wagon, in consequence of which he has been unable to leave the house since." Just a few weeks later, the family was plunged into mourning when their nine-year-old, youngest son Horace contracted scarlet fever and died.
Maria and her relatives and neighbors enjoyed socializing at what were known as carpet rag parties -- coming together to compare and trade remnants of carpet and rugs for adaptation into new uses, usually with a meal or refreshments involved. In January 1898, she attended one such party at the home of Mrs. Will Reinhard in company with her daughter Jennie and son Will.
Solomon was a 48-year member of the Macungie Lodge and Lehigh Encampment of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Fogelsville, including service as an officer in 1900. He provided janitorial services for the IOOF facility for part of that time.
Solomon and Maria were honored with a surprise party in May 1899 in celebration of his 57th birthday. Said the Morning Call, they "received many valuable presents." Among the attendees were Mr. and Mrs. George Schaffer, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Held, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Deiley, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gaumer, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Gaumer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gaumer, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller, Freddie Schaffer, Frank Schaffer, Fred Held, Raymond Deiley, Willie Gaumer, William Pole, Raymond Gaumer, Ambrose Buck, Elda Gaumer, Jennie Gaumer, Mamie Deiley, Florence Gaumer, Leah Gaumer and Ruth Wilson.
Solomon was employed in 1900 as a laborer at a local clay works, the Keystone Fire Clay Company. He sustained a bad cut of his left arm at work in September 1901 when trying to slice a rope. He went to work in the spring of 1907 for James A. Keifer, who was in the process of installing an ochre mill near Fogelsville. Said the Morning Call, Solomon was hired as an engineer and "has experience in this line of business."
The Gaumers bore the agonizing, March 1902 death of married daughter Annie Schaffer when an oil lamp exploded, covering her with burning oil, leading to death a few hours later. A month later, they moved into a house formerly occupied by Edgar G. Held and family, who had moved to Tatamy.
In January 1903, Maria and her daughters Jennie and Alice attended the funeral of Maria's brother, Joseph Hartman, a popular hotel keeper, photographer and grocer, considered "one of the best known men in Allentown." That August, they attended a family reunion held at the Oliver Deily home at 145 Hamilton Street.
Solomon made news again in February 1911 when he and Seth Wendling received a contract to remove all of the apple trees in an orchard owned by Edward Kramlich, to be sold to a factoring making wooden handles.
When celebrating their golden wedding anniversary a few months in advance in 1913, in August, the family held a party at Dorney Park. An article in the Democrat named each attendee and reported the following:
Surrounded by children, grand-children, great grand children, son-in-law, and friends, the aged couple who are remarkably well preserved, reviewed the smiling faces of their dear ones and received the congratulations of all, who were honored to be present. No formal program was prepared. The family came together to commemorate the 50th wedding anniversary of the venerable couple and left the day open for whatever diversions the park afforded. During the course of the dinner. Mr. Solomon Gaumer was presented with a purse of $60 in gold by his children and friends, also a diamond sun-burst ring, and his wife a golden bracelet. The table was decorated with golden rod, marigold and sunfloers and presented a very pretty sight.... The afternoon was spent in exchanges of greetings among the large family. Supper was served at five o'clock and the party adjourned, extending the father and mother their heartfelt wishes for many years of usefulness.
Once retired, Solomon and Maria left the farm to make extended visits with their adult children living away, including the winters of 1913-1914 -- 1914-1915 -- and 1915-1916 -- in Allentown and Ambler, Montgomery County.
In June 1917, Solomon signed an affidavit in support of his brother Benjamin's efforts to obtain a Civil War pension.
Their married daughter Catherine Sara Miller hosted a 78th birthday dinner for Solomon in May 1920, just a few months prior to his death.
Solomon died two weeks after suffering a stroke in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie on Aug. 8, 1920. Burial was in Fogelsville Cemetery. Said the Morning Call, "He had been in ill health for the past two weeks, but two weeks ago suffered a stroke of apoplexy, since which time he has been bedfast and almost helpless. When a young man he was a stationary engineer, but of late has been doing odd jobs." His survivors included 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Fellow members of the Odd Fellows attended the funeral as a body, with members serving as pallbearers and conducting their own burial ceremony in Fogelsville Cemetery. Rev. Frank Keller officiated.
Among the floral tributes at Solomon's funeral were a sheaf of wheat provided by the children; dahlias and bouquet from neighbors; a slumber robe from friends; roses fro mnear friends; gladiolas from grandson Fred Held; gladiola from son-in-law George Schaffer; dahlias from Hunsicker and family and from granddaughters Margaret and Anna Smith.
Maria only lived for another two years, alternatively living with her daughter Alice Held and also Laura Deily at 1126 Oak in Allentown. Suffering from diabetes, she passed away in the Deily residence on Sept. 16, 1922. Funeral services were held at the Fogelsville home of her daughter Jennie Smith. Rev. Keller again preached the funeral sermon.
Daughter Amanda Katherine Gaumer (1864-1940) was born on April 17, 1864 in Lehigh County. She married Hiram Eisenhard (March 26, 1851-1928), son of Benjamin Eisenhard. They were farmers for years and lived in Ambler, Montgomery County, PA in the 1910s and 1920s. Their eight offspring were William F. Eisenhard, Mrs. Homer Fluck, Harvey Eisenhard, Solomon Eisenhard, Lucy Eisenhard, Milton Eisenhard, Hiram Eisenhard Jr. and Luther Eisenhard. Census records for 1900 show Hiram's occupation as an engineer in a tannery and in 1910-1920 as a watchman in the tannery. Amanda and daughter Lucy and son Milton went to the Gaumer family reunion in August 1903, held at the home of her sister Laura Deily in Allentown. The entire family also attended the 50th wedding anniversary party of Amanda's parents in Allentown in 1913. Hiram was felled by a stroke of apoplexy on or just after Christmas 1926. He lingered for 26 days until the Grim Reaper of Death cut him away, at the age of 74, on Feb. 22, 1926. His remains were interred in Rose Hill Cemetery. The widowed Amanda outlived her spouse by 14 years and remained in Ambler, on Dreshertown Road. She suffered from congestive heart failure and heart disease and passed into eternity on July 10, 1940, at the age of 76. One of the daughters wedded Homer Fluck.
Son William Gaumer (1883-1938) was born in about 1883. He was married and in 1908-1913 dwelled in Bethlehem, Lehigh County. By 1920, he had relocated to Cetronia, PA. He married and was the father of three sons -- Robert Gaumer, John Gaumer and Solomon Gaumer. After the marriage ended, his address in the later 1930s was by himself in the rear of 1126 Oak Street, Allentown. He was a longtime painter, but in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s, was unemployed for several years. During the wee hours of Jan. 9, 1938, after he had decided to end his life, he went into Dorney Park and jumped into the frigid waters of the boating lake, where he quickly froze to death. Eight hours later, the upward-facing body was spotted by local resident Bernard Kline. He "called city police who broke the thin ice which covered the pond and pulled the body to the bank," reported the Allentown Morning Call. "Coroner [Alexander] M. Peters, M.D., viewed the body and issued a certificate of death by suicide."
Daughter Alice M. Gaumer (1866-1939) was born on Feb. 19, 1866 in Upper Macungie, Lehigh County. She wedded Frank J. Held ( ? - ? ). They relocated to Allentown in 1908 and remained for good. The couple were the parents of Fred S. Held. In about 1929, Alice moved into her son's home at 1209 Chew Street and was there for the last decade of her life. She was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Turner and Franklin Streets, and was active in its English Bible class. After an illness of about two months' duraation, she died on May 16, 1939. Funeral services were held in her church, with interment following in Fogelsville Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Son Solomon "Charles" Gaumer (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869 in Lehigh County. He moved into the city of Allentown, the county seat, as a young man. At the age of about 24, two days before Christmas 1893, Solomon was joined in the bonds of marriage with Cora Scheirer ( ? - ? ). Rev. M.J. Kramlich officiated, and the news was announced in the Allentown Leader. Circa 1902, he was employed as a lineman with the Pennsylvania Telephone Company and lived in Allentown. He relocated to Great Plaines (?) and was there as of 1913. His home in 1920 was in Bridgeport, CT.
Daughter Laura Gaumer (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Evidence suggests that she married Oliver Deily ( ? - ? ) with a residence of Allentown. The couple bore two known sons, Raymond Deily and William Deily. By 1938, she had married again to Frank Roth ( ? - ? ).
Daughter Anna Gaumer (1874-1902) was born in about 1874 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She was united in wedlock with George Schaffer ( ? - ? ). The couple established a home in the borough of Alliance, six miles from Allentown along the Lehigh River. They bore two sons, Fred Schaffer and Frank Schaffer. On a tragic day in March 1902, the 29-year-old Anna and her mother-in-law were at home together by themselves. As Anna went to turn down a hanging oil lamp in the dining room, "it exploded and splashed the burning oil all over her," reported the Allentown Democrat. "J.M. Newhard and Preston Deibert, who heard a commotion and rightly judged some one was in distress, ran into the house and smothered the flames.... She was so severely burned that death ensued after the woman had endured some hours of terrible suffering." Her charred remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Fogelsville. George remained close with his in-laws and is known in August 1913 to have attended their 50th wedding anniversary party, held in Dorney Park.
Daughter Elda Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She was joined in holy matrimony with William Pole ( ? - ? ). The couple produced one daughter, Helen Pole. Their address in 1913-1939 was in Ambler, Montgomery County.
Daughter Catherine Sara Gaumer (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She married Howard Miller ( ? - ? ). The children born to this marriage were Sterling Miller and Helen Miller. Their home in 1902 was in Northampton, Northampton County and in 1914 in Siegfrieds, PA. In May 1920, now living at 1519 Washington Avenue in Northampton, they hosted a 78th birthday dinner for Catherine's aged father, just three months before his death.
Daughter Jennie M. Gaumer (1881- ? ) was born in June 1881 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She wedded Oliver Smith ( ? - ? ). Two offspring resulted from this union -- Margaret Smith and Anna Smith. The couple were in Fogelsville circa 1913-1938.
Son Horace Franklin Gaumer (1888-1896) was born in about 1888 in Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Grief swept over his family in the winter of 1896 when the nine-year-old boy contracted a severe cold followed by pneumonia and scarlet fever. He died after a brief struggle on Feb. 11, 1896. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery. A short article printed in the Allentown Democrat said that the "funeral took place on Sunday week, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The remains as they reposed in the coffin were literally covered with floral tokens of love from parents, sisters, brothers and friends. The departed was a member of Miss Sallie Villee's primary school, the second of her little flock to be taken away by death during the present term."
~ Son Benjamin Lewis Gaumer ~
Son Benjamin Lewis Gaumer (1844-1917) -- a.k.a. "Lewis B. Gaumer" -- was born on Nov. 22, 1844 in Upper Macungie Township. He stood 5 feet, 5¾ inches tall, with grey eyes and brown hair.
On Feb. 27, 1864, at the age of 20, he married Mary Ann Layton (1845-1895), a native of Schantz's Mills, PA. The nuptials were performed by Rev. A.J.G. Dubbs of Solomon's Evangelical and Reformed Church of Macungie. A record of the event was printed in the 1941 booklet, entitled Centennial Celebration Solomon’s Church (Evangelical and Reformed) of Macungie, Pennsylvania, with an original copy preserved in the Minerd.com Archives.
Their children were Emma Amanda Esther Gaumer, Clinton L. Gaumer, Eleanore Lovina Schreiner and Annie Jane Victoria Gaumer, the youngest of whom died at the age of three. In the early 1860s, the Gaumers made their home at Fogelsville, Lehigh County.
Benjamin was drafted into the Union Army during the Civil War, joining the army at Allentown on Nov. 7, 1862 and then moving to Philadelphia. Among his fellow soldiers in the same company were his brother-in-law Charles L. Koch and cousin by marriage, Tilghman H. Beisel. Using the first name of "Lewis," he was placed into the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. The Allentown Democrat once reported that he saw service at Fredericksville, Charlottesville and several other battles.
During the months of May and June 1863, he was treated for dysentery. He received his honorable discharge on Aug. 18, 1863.
After the war, he returned home to Upper Macungie Township and began raising a family. The Gaumers lived in Upper Macungie in 1870.
At some point, likely during the 1870s, Benjamin secured employment as a section foreman with the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and the family relocated into the city of Allentown. He worked for the railroad for decades, until retirement in about 1914.
Among his longtime friends was Tilghman H. Beisel of Allentown, husband of Benjamin's cousin Melinda Gaumer. They were members of the Bethany Evangelical Church, and Benjamin belonged to the Washington Chamber of the Order of th Knights of Friendship.
On Aug. 29, 1890, he was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #976.794 0 Cert. #846.177].
Sadly, Mary Ann passed away in Allentown on Oct. 25, 1895.
Benjamin married for a second time, to Elizabeth Shaffer (Aug. 17, 1854-1925), daughter of Lavinous "Eli" and Julia (Barker) Shaffer. The nuptials were celebrated in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA by the hand of Rev. Marion L. Firor of St. John's Reformed Church. Benjamin was age 52 at the time and Elizabeth 42. Elizabeth had been married and divorced from Edward Behringer (or "Baringer"), with the divorce decree made in 1890 in Williamsport.
When Elizabeth's mother died in February 1904, the Gaumers hosted the funeral services in their home. Benjamin is known to have attended the 50th wedding anniversary party for his brother and sister-in-law, Solomon and Anna "Maria" Caroline (Hartman) Gaumer, held at Dorney Park in August 1913.
In the summer of 1912, he grieved at the death of married daughter Emma Wilson, and then again the summer of 1914 endured the untimely death of son Clinton. Over the duration of his last years, Benjamin lived at 206 North Second Street in Allentown. His physician F.B. Schiner treated him for chronic rheumatism, heart disease, nervous prostration, kidney trouble, failing eyesight and congestion of the livery.
Burdened with diabetes and a case of bronchitis, he received additional medical care from W.J. Hertz, M.D. Benjamin died on June 1, 1917. Burial was in West End Cemetery, beside his first wife, as directed in his last will and testament. His brother Solomon attended the funeral and burial. An obituary in the Allentown Democrat noted that he left behind 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He also left funds to the orphans' home in Topton and to the West End Cemetery Association for perpetual care of the family graves.
As a widow, Elizabeth began receiving her husband's monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #1.103.776 - Cert. #846.305]. Her home address circa June 1917 was 206 North Second Street in Allentown. She became senile and died of heart issues at age 74 on Dec. 3, 1925. Her remains were buried in West End Cemetery.
Daughter Emma Amanda Esther Gaumer (1864-1912) was born on Oct. 9, 1864 in Upper Macungie Township. At the age of 15, in 1880, she and her brother both earned income working for a local woolen mill in Allentown. She was joined in marriage on Christmas Day 1883 with John H. Wilson ( ? -1904), a native of Easton, PA and the son of John B. Wilson. Their wedding was held at the home of Emma's parents and officiated by Rev. J.A. Feger, with the news announced in the Allentown Morning Call. The couple produced four children -- Claude B. Wilson, Ruth M. Burns, Edna R. Landmesser and Mary J. Wilson. In 1887, at the birth of daughter Ruth, they dwelled in Washington, NJ, but eventually returned to Allentown. They made a residence at 110 North Third Street in the First Ward circa 1898, and John made a living as a wholesale green grocery salesman for Gomery Bros. He also was a member of the James Allen Council of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, Alexander Council of the D. of A. [Daughters of America?] and Allen Fire Company. Emma was a member of Christ Reformed Church. Heartache blanketed the family when John began to suffer from heart/pulmonary disease in the early 1900s. He bore the problem for several years. Evidence suggests that even though he was ailing, he attended the Firemen's Convention in October 1903, but after that was confined to bed. At the untimely age of 39, he died on Feb. 3, 1904. An obituary in the Allentown Leader said that "A large circle of friends mourn his death" and that among his survivors was a half-sister, Olada Gery. Funeral services were held at the Wilson home and at the Chew Street/Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church, with the remains places into rest at Greenwood Cemetery. Now widowed with four young children, Emma only lived for another eight years. At the age of 47, in 1912, Emma contracted a tuberculosis of her lungs. She lingered for several months, confined to bed for the final weeks at her father's home, at 206 North Second Street. Death swept her away on Aug. 9, 1912. "Impressive" funeral services were held in her father's home in Allentown, co-officiated by Rev. C.F. Althouse, of Christ Reformed Church, and Rev. H.H. Smith, pastor of Bethany United Evangelical Church, "attended by many sorrowing relatives and friends," reported the Morning. Call. "A quartet of members of Christ Reformed choir rendered several selections at the house and at the grave." Floral tributes ranged from a pillow inscribed "Mother" -- from the daughters -- and gladioli and asters from the extended family -- to roses from a friend and slumber robe from son Claude. Pallbearers included Leo Gaumer, nephew Raymond Gaumer, Russell Shriner and Russell Fink, with burial following in Greenwood Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Leader. J.W. Burkholder of Allentown signed the death certificate.
Son Clinton Lewis Gaumer (1866-1914) was born on Sept. 9, 1866 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. As a young teenager, circa 1880, he went to work for a woolen mill in Allentown. He wedded Alice Kincade ( ? - ? ). They lived at 205 Bryan Street in Allentown. The couples' known offspring were Raymond A. Gaumer, Florence Armbruster and Jessie Dooren. Clinton supported the family through his work as a signalman on the Central Railroad. Suffering from heart valve disease, diagnosed in May 1914, he endured for only three months and died on Aug. 6, 1914, at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 27 days. Burial was in East End Cemetery.
Daughter Eleanore Lovina Gaumer (1870 -1955) was born in about 1870. In February 1890, when she would have been about 19 years of age, she married Elmer Schreiner ( ? -1951), son of Casper and Louise (Hoats) Schreiner and stepson of Ellen "Ella" (Biery) Schreiner. The couple bore three known children -- Russell L. Schreiner Sr., Stanley E. Schreiner and Louise M. Donschietz. They also adopted a fatherless grandson, Clinton D. Schreiner, born under the name "Boutiller." Allentown was their longtime home. Elmer was employed with Taylor Engineering Company, and socially he belonged to the Washington Chamber and Grand Lodge of the Knights of Friendship and the Orioles lodge. The Schreiners marked their 35th wedding anniversary in February 1925 with a dinner at their home, with daughter Louise playing piano and sons Stanley and Russell and son-in-law Edward Donschietz singing as a trio. In 1929, the Schreiners grieved when Elmer's father was kiilled in an automobile accident. Evidence hints that the couple separated in the early 1930s. Eleanore supported herself as a maid at Hotel Allen, retiring in 1935 at the age of 65. At that time, she lived with son Russell and pursued court-ordered financial support from her other three children at the sum of a dollar per week. She was a member of Grace Evangelical and Reformed Church and active in its Ladies Aid Society. In July 1940, Elmer was pictured in the Allentown Morning Call -- without Eleanore -- in a four-generation pose with daughter Louise Donschietz, grandson Clinton Schreiner and greatgranddaughter Kay Sandra Schreiner. Elmer died at the age of 83 at Sacret Heart Hospital on Feb. 13, 1951. His obituary did not name his wife. The widowed Eleanore dwelled with her son Russell at 741 South Eighth Street in Allentown. At the age of 85, on Nov. 8, 1955, she died in Allentown. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Morning Call.