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Co., as agents for the Delaware Rolling Mills
Company, and fcr the manufacture of iron. He
died March 7, 1874.

Mr. Eyerman married, at Allentown, Febru-
ary ID, 1865. Aliss Alice Sabila Heller, born Oc-
tober 2, 1846, daughter of *(note below) Chris-
tian J). Heller, a descendant of Hans Peter
Unsted who settled in Philadelphia in 1685, and
of Judge David Wagener, 1736-1796, and Hen-
rietta Detwiller, a descendant of Colonel John
Philip Bahl.

John Eyerman, only child of Edward H. and
Alice Eyerman, born at Easton, January 15,
1867, baptized July 11, same year. He was mar-
ried, April 21, 1888. by the Rev. G. M. S. Blau-
velt, to Lucy Evelyn Maxwell, a great grand-
niece of General William jMaxwell, and a
descendant of !Maccus of Aulap, King of



* Christopher Heller, with his son Johann
Simon, embarked at Rotterdam in the "Winter
Galley," and arrived at Philadelphia on Septem-
ber 5, 1738. He received a land patent in Lower
Saucon township, September 8, 1742, and settled
at what came to be known as Hellertown. His
son Simon was a prominent man, and was fre-
quently appointed to view and lay out roads in
Salisbury and elsewhere. Jacob, son of Simon
(Johan Simon Heller) was in 1777 commissioned
lieutenant of the seventh company, fifth battalion,
Northampton county militia.

Henrietta Detwiller was descended from Dr.
Henry Detwiller, a native of Switzerland, and a
descendant of Georg Datwyler, 1580. who came
to America in the ship "John of Baltimore," and
arrived at Philadelphia in July, 1817. He was
the piiineeer of the Halmemann school of medi-
cine in the Lnited States.



Northumbria, A. D. 949, born in Easton,
August 28, 1864. Their children are Alarguerite,
born at Oakhurst. Easton, March 28, 1895, and
John, born April 5, 1899.

Through his distinguished ancestry, three of
whom served in the Colonial and seven in the
Revolutionary wars, Mr. Eyerman is a member of
the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of New
Jersey, of which he is secretary. Of the Colonial
Society of Pennsylvania, of the Sons of the
Revolution, and of the Pennsylvania German
Society. He is deeply interested in scientific, his-
torical and genealogical lines, and is a member of
the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a fellow
of the Zoological Society of London, a fellow of
the Geological Society of America, of the Amer-
ican Geographical Society, of the London Geol-
ogists' Association, the American Chemical So-
ciety, a member of the Academy of Natural
Sciences of Philadelphia, Fellow of the New
York Academy of Science, a life mem-
ber of the British Association, Fellow of the
American Association, member of the National
Geographical Society, member of the Auto-
mobile Club of America, Society of \'erte-
brate F'alaeontologists, senior warden and
treasurer of Trinity parish, and one of the
managers of the Easton Delaware Bridge Com-
pany. He possesses excellent literary tastes and
talents, and is a pleasing writer on topics which
have engrossed his attention. He was some time
lecturer on Determinative Mineralogy in Lafay-
ette College, and is associate editor of the Amer-
ican Geologist. He has written numerous mem-
oirs and papers on Geology, Palaeontology and
Mineralogy, published in The American Scien-
tific journals, notably the Genus Tciniwcyoii, Tlic
Mineralogy of Pennsylvania, Contributions to
Mineralogy, The Mineralogy and Vertebrate Pal-
aeontology, at the Columbian Exposition, The
Mineralogy of the French Creek Mines. A cata-
logue of the Palaconfological Publications of Jo-
scpd Leidy, M. D., LL. D. Bibliografyhy of N.
.1. J'ertebrate Palaeontology. On a Collection of
Tortiory Maninnils from .Soiitlicru France and
Italy. Contribution to the Mineralogy of Pcnn-



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sxlz'ania 1905. Shufeldt in his Fossil bones
of birds and mammals from Grotto
Pietro Tamponi and Grive-St. Alban," naming
Puffinus eyermani n. spi. says : "The species is
extinct, and it gives me pleasure to name it in
hoonr of the well-known palaeontologist, John
Eyerman, Esq., of Easton. Pennsylvania, in
whose collection the specimens, at the present
writing, belong." The German botanist Reichen-
bach has named three distinct species of orchids
after ]Mr. Eyerman, Cypripcdiiiiii Eycnuauianuni,
LacUa Eyermami. Calanthc Eyermani; also a
hybrid Borneo pitcher plant Ncpcntlics Eyer-
mani. He has prepared and printed for
family use three sumptuous vokmies, models of
typographical and illustrative art. "The An-
cestors of IMarguerite Eyerman," a beautiful
quarto volume, printed in 1898, the edition lim-
ited to forty-five numbered copies, bearing the
following dedication : "To my dear little daugh-
ter Marguerite Eyerman, this book is inscribed
as her very own, by her father." In 1902, after
the birth of his son, Mr. Eyerman printed a sup-
plementary volume, in a limited edition of fifty-
six numbered copies, dedicated "To my dear chil-
dren, Alarguerite and John Eyerman, and a third
and complete edition in 1903, entitled "Genealogi-
cal Studies." Also "Some Letters and Docu-
ments" and "Tlie Old Grave Yards of North-
ampton.

JOHN \\'ALZ. Among the enterprising and
successful business men of Easton is John ^^'alz,
a contractor and dealer in building and crushed
stone. He stands to-day as one of the successful
residents of the city, and one whose prominent
position in business circles is the result of care-
ful management and consecutive eftort, for he
started out in life empty handed, and has pro-
gressed through determination and energy.

'Mr. Walz is a native of Germany, his birth
having occurred in the fatherland in 1873. His
parents, William and Fredericka Walz, were also
natives of Germany, and emigrated to this coun-
try in 1875, locating in Easton, Pennsylvania,
•where the father acted as foreman for gangs of
laboring men for a number of rears. In fact he



followed this pursuit until he had attained old
age, and now he is living a retired life, enjoying
the fruits of his former toil. He has proved
himself a loyal and faithful citizen of his adopted
country, showing unfaltering allegiance to the
stars and stripes, and taking an active interest in
all that pertains to the growth, welfare and pro-
gress of this land. His wife died in the year
1880. Their family numbered seven children, all
of whom were born in Germany and are now liv-
ing in this country, namely: Fredericka. ^^'illiam,
Hannah, Andrew, Frederick, Margaret and John.

John Walz, whose name introduces this rec-
ord, was a little child of only six years when
brought by his parents to the new world. He
was reared and educated in Plainfield township,
F'ennsylvania, attending school at that place until
he had gained a fair knowledge of the branches of
learning therein taught. In early life he was ap-
prenticed to the machinist's trade, at which he
worked for a few years, but finally abandoned that
pursuit and turned his attention to the work of a
stationarv engineer. In 1896 he became a con-
tractor and dealer in crushed and building stone.
He began the manufacture of crushed stone, es-
tablishing a plant in Bushkill supplied with fif-
teen horse-power and a capacity to crush fifty
tons of stone per day. His business has con-
stantly increased in volume and importance. He
began life at the bottom round of the ladder, and
since that time has been steadily climbing to the
top. He is now fast reaching the upper round,
and he deserves much credit for his continued
progress in business circles.

]\Ir. Walz was united in marriage to ]\Iiss
Kate R. Schickley, a native of Easton, the wed-
ding being celebrated in 1894. Their union has
been blessed with three interesting children :
Charles W., born August 25, 1894: Stewart I.,
who was bom June 19, 1896. and is now de-
ceased ; and Emma I., born January 21, 1901. The
mother of this family was born October 23, 1870,
and is a most estimable lady. The parents are
worthy and acceptable members of the Lutheran
church, and have a large circle of friends in the
citv which has so long been their home. JNIr.
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record. His has been an honorable manhood, and
viewed from any standpoint or measured from
any standard, his Hfe history will bear investiga-
tion and prove true to the measure of an upright
career.

JOHN O. BACHMAN, the warden of the
Northampton county prison, is a direct descen-
dant of one of the oldest families of the Lehigh
valley. The authentic history dates back to June
20, 165 1, when two hundred acres of land along
the Saucon creek was deeded by Christian Beit-
ler to Christian Bachman. The latter was a
miller by trade, and owned the mill property now
operated by the firm of Eberhart & Brother. This
Christian Bachman was the ancestor of the rep-
resentatives of the name now living in and ad-
jacent to the Lehigh valley. He had a family of
ten children, namely : Abraham, John, George,
Henry, Mary, Christian, Jacob, Joseph, Solomon
and David.

The last named was the great-grandfather of
John O. Bachman, and among his children was
Peter Bachman. The grandfather Peter was mar-
ried and became the father of three sons : John
W., Charles and David. Of this number John W.
Bachman became the father of our subject. He
was united in marriage to Miss Lovina Overbeck,
a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania. He was
a farmer of limited means, but was an upright
and honest man. In early life he learned the car-
penter's trade, which he followed for a number of
years, but later abandoned that pursuit and de-
voted his remaining days to agricultural pursuits.
He was a worthy member of the Refomied
church, as was his wife, and both died in that
faith, the father passing away in May, 1892, while
the mother departed this life in the. year 1891.
They were the jjarents of three sons : Peter, de-
ceased, Lilus and John O.

In taking up the personal history of John O.
Bachman we present to our readers the record of
one who is widely and favorably known in Easton.
He was born in Ixjwer Saucon township, Septem-
ber 21, 1854, and s]ient his boyhood days on the
old liomestcad, while in the common schools of
his native townsliip 1k> pursued his education.



Later he followed agricultural pursuits there for a
number of years and became a leading and suc-
cessful agriculturist of the community. In 1878
he chose as a companion and helpmate for life's
journey Miss Mary Ellen King, a daughter of
Henry and Madgalena Young. They have since
traveled life's journey happily together, and they
now have one daughter, Anna B., who was born
in 1880.

In 1896 Mr. Bachman was elected to the posi-
tion of prison warden, entering upon the duties
of the office in January, 1897. He has since
served in this capacity to the entire satisfaction
of the representatives of the county. He gives
close attention to his duties, and in every relation
of life he has also been found true to the trust re-
posed in him. He is certainly the right man in
the right place, strict enough in his discipline to
allow no rebellion or opposition from those under
his care, yet humane in his treatment, so that he
meets the approval of the public and has gained
the respect and good will of the inmates of the
institution over which he has control. He is a
member of Hellertown Lodge, No. 563, F. and
A. M., and, having taken the Royal Arch degrees,
is now identified with Bethlehem Chapter, R. A.
M. Both he and his wife are acceptable mem-
bers of the Reformed church, in which he has
served as a deacon, and his life has at all times
been guided by upright principles. Wherever
known he is held in high regard, and his worth
as a man, citizen and public official are widely
recognized, making him one of the representative
men of his county.

ARTHUR D. REAGAN, M. D. From no
professional man do we expect so many of the
cardinal virtues as from the physician. If the
clergyman is austere we imagine that his mind
is absorbed with the contemplation of things be-
yond our ken ; if our lawyer is brusque and
crabbed, it is the mark of genius : but in the
physician we expect not only a superior men-
tality and comprehensive knowledge, but sym-
pathy as wide as the universe. Dr. Reagan in
large measure meets all of these requirements,
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Certainly if patronage is any criterion of ability,
he ranks high among the leading physicians and
surgeons in Easton, where he is now enjoying a
large and lucrative practice.

Dr. Arthur D. Reagan is now accounted one
of the prominent practitioners of Easton, and is
one of Pennsylvania's native sons, his birth hav-
ing occurred in Kesslersville, in Plainfield town-
ship, Northampton county, in the year i860. He
is a son of ^Michael and ^larietta Reagan. The
father, a native of Ireland, emigrated to this
country in 1847, and the mother was a daughter
of John Stofflet. who was born in F'lainfield town-
ship, Northampton county. By occupation Mich-
ael Reagan was a slater, and did much for the
development of that material in the slate belt. He
possessed marked energy and enterprise, carry-
ing his business interests forward to successful
completion, and he was not only a self-made man,
but also a self-educated one. He became a noted
linguist, speaking fluently the English. Dutch,
Welsh and Irish languages. His family num-
bered seven children, who became well known in
various professional circles and walks of life as
worthy and honorable representatives of the call-
ings with which they are connected. The ma-
ternal grandfather of Dr. Reagan was John
Stofflet, formerly a resident of Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, whence he removed to Plainfield town-
ship, Northampton county. His father bore the
name of Henry Stofflet, and he in turn was a
son of ]\Iichael Stofflet.

Dr. Reagan of this review spent his boyhood
days in his parents' home, and was educated in
the district schools of his native township until
after he had mastered the rudimentary branches
of learning, when he entered Trach's Academy in
Easton. Therein he pursued a course of study
until he was prepared for graduation in the class
of 1875. I" the same year he went to Michigan,
and entered the State L^niversity which is located
at Ann Arbor, pursuing the prescribed course
there until his graduation in 188 r. Returning t'-
his native county, he entered the drug store of
H. B. Semple as clerk to qualify himself in the
drug business, prior to entering the medical col-
lege. In 188.^, he entered the Philadelphia Col-



lege of Pharmacy, in which he was graduated
with the class of 1885, and then he became con-
nected with the Long Island Hospital of New
York, where he added to his theoretical knowl-
edge as well as practical experience, and this ex'
perience well fitted him for his chosen profes-
sion. He was graduated there in 1890, and then
entered the Brooklyn Hospital, where he re-
mained for two years. In 1892 he removed to
Concord, New Hampshire, to accept a position as
relief physician in the New Hampshire State
Asylum. In 1893, he again returned to his na-
tive county, locating in Easton, where he now
enjoys an extensive and lucrative patronage. He
is a member of the ]\Iedical Association of the
county and of the state, and thus keeps in touch
with the universal progress made by the medical
fraternity.

In the year 1896 was celebrated the marriage
of Dr. Reagan and Miss Elizabeth S. Heil. a
daughter of the Hon. Philip H. and Susan Heil.
To this marriage have been born the following
named children: Philip H., Elizabeth S.. and
Arthur D. ]\Irs. Reagan was born in Palmer
township, Northampton county, upon her fath-
er's extensive and well cultivated farm, and is a
most estimable lady who has gained many friends
during her residence in Easton. Both Dr. Reagan
and his wife are members of the Presbyterian
church of College Hill, and occupy an enviable
position in social circles. Dr. Reagan is popular
as a citizen, as well as in his profession, and his
fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth antl abil-
ity, have elected him to the position of council-
man from the third ward. With a nature that
could never content itself with mediocrity, he has
so qualified that he has steadily advanced to a
prominent position among the most capable mem-
bers of the profession in Easton, and the jniblic
and the medical fraternity acknowledge his worth
and merit.

THEODORE A. FRACE. The progenitor
of the Frace family in America was Frederick
Frace. who sailed for the new world on the ship
"Malbourgh," from Rotterdam, September 23,
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this country is supposed to have settled in Dutch
Village, New Jersey. He had a large family, in-
cluding Michael Frace, who was born April 15,
1744, and who married Gertrude Dereberger,
whose birth occurred November 14, 1750. In
their familv were the following named : Elizabeth,
born March 10, 1770; Maria, born February 16,
1772, married Anthony Lerch : Jacob, born De-
cember 24, 1774: Margaret, born August 2, 1776;
Anna C, born November 21, 1779; Lizzie, born
July 22, 1785: Michael, born February 24, 1787;
and Gertrude, born February 16, 1792.

Michael Frace, the son of Frederick and
Gertrude Frace, was twice married, his first wife
having been Miss Sarah Swartz in her maiden-
hood, while his second wife was Anna M. Lesher.
The children of the first marriage were Gertrude,
born in 1814, and Michael, bom in 1815. Seven
children graced the second union : John, born in
1819; Abraham, in 1821 ; Margaret, in 1823;
Joseph L., in 1826: William, in 1828: Stephen, in
1831 : Sally A., in 1833; Mary J., in 1836; and
David, in 1839.

It was Joseph L. Frace of this family who
was the direct ancestor of our subject. He was
born June 24, 1826, and wedded Sabylla Eellis-
iield, by whom he had ten children, namely :
Lenorah. Theodore A., Simon A. : Anna I\I., died
March. 1904; ^latilda : George W., died in in-
fancy : James, Joseph H., Amanda and William.
The father of this familv was a man of noble
character, upright and honorable in all the walks
of life, and at all times living at peace with his
fellow men. He held membership in the German
Reformed church, and served therein as deacon
and elder, taking an active and helpful part in its
work. Tiy trade he was a shoemaker in early life,
but later he abandoned that pursuit and became a
dealer in milk, carrying on that business for thir-
ty-five years. In his political affiliations he was a
Democrat. His death occurred in the year 1903,
but his widow still survives, and eight of their ten
children are still living.

Theodore A. Frace was born in Forks town-
ship, Northampton countv, Julv 10, 185 1, and
spent his youth in the vicinitv of Easton, acquir-
ing his education in the district schools of his na-



tive township and in Easton Academy. Having
received liberal mental training, he then took up
the work of teaching school, a profession which
he has followed for thirty-five years with marked
success. He became recognized as one of the
leading educators of this part of the state, for his
explanations were clear and concise, and he had
the ability to impart readily to others the knowl-
edge he had acquired. Moreover he was a good
disciplinarian without being a harsh taskmaster,
and he inspired his pupils with much of his own
zeal and interest in the work. All this gained for
him an excellent reputation, and the favorable
judgment which the public passed upon him at
the outset of his career has been in no degree set
aside or modified ; in fact has been strengthened
as the years pass by. For the past eighteen years
he has been the principal of the Glendon school,
which under his guidance has made substantial
progress and permanent advance. He is con-
tinually endeavoring to improve his school by the
introduction of modern methods which his prac-
tical judgment sanctions, and his worth in the
profession is widely acknowledged.

On the 24th of January, 1874, Air. Frace was
united in marriage to Miss Susan A. Arner, and
to them have been born two children : Edgar S.,
born June 21, 1875, and Elsie M., born January
II, 1877. The former was united in marriage to
Jennie Steible, and they have two children : \''erna
E., born Januuary 19, 1898, now deceased; and
Eugene S., born in August, 1900. The daughter
ter, Elsie M., is now the wife of Charles Bar-
tholomew, and they have a daughter, Gladys S.,
born Februarv 27, 1901.

In his political affiliations Professor Frace is a
Democrat, and on that ticket he has been again
and again elected alderman of the city from the
tenth ward, so that he is now serving for the elev-
enth vear. He has exercised his official peroga-
tives in support of all measures fcr the public
good and permanent improvement of the city,
and his course has ever been prompted by a pa-
triotic devotion to the general welfare. He was
also at one time assessor of Forks township, and
in 1880 served as census enumerator. He served
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one year of that time was its secretary. A mem-
ber of the German Reformed church, he has
served as one of its deacons, and for about eight
years was the superintendent of its Sunday school.
Thus he has been closely connected with the in-
tellectual and moral training and development of
the community and his labors have been of far-
reaching benefit to his fellow men.

JAMES S. FRACE, who for many years has
been successfully engaged in the grocery business
on College Hill, Easton, Pennsylvania, was bom
in that city in October, 1857, and is a worthy
representative of an old and honored family. He
was reared and educated in his native place, and
being well fitted to engage in teaching he suc-
cessfully followed that profession for six years.
Since then this attention has been devoted to the
grocery business, as clerk for eight years, and as
proprietor of a store for eleven years. He carries
a fine line of staple and fancy groceries, and by his
courteous manner and fair dealing has built up
an excellent trade.

On the 23d of December, 1882, ]\Ir, Frace led
to the marriage altar Miss Alary A. Paul, who
was born August 7, 1864, a daughter of Lewis
and Frances Paul. Three children blessed this
anion, namely: Helen V., born March 10, 1884;
Paul L., who was born May 27, 1886, and died
October 10, 1896; and Lester D., born July 22,
1898.

The family hold membership in Grace Re-
formed church, and are active workers in the
same, Mr. Frace having served as deacon of the
church three years and as elder seven years. Be-
ing extremely popular with the children, he has
efficiently served as superintendent of the primary
department of the Sunday school for three years ;
as superintendent of the Junior Christian En-
deavor Society, and as president of the Senior
Christian Endeavor Society. He is a tireless
worker in the interests of the church and of hu-
manity, and his influence is wide-spread and ben-
eficial. Air. Frace is not only popular with chil-
dren, but also occupies a warm place in the hearts
of the grown people. Indeed, his success as a



public man lies in the fact that all like him, from
the least to the great, and from the youngest to
the oldest.

HOWARD D. FOLKENSOX, a leading
contractor and builder of Easton, Pennsylvania,
received as his birthright a more than ordinary
share in those aptitudes that have made his fam-
ily eminent in Northampton county in the line of
business he represents.

John Folkenson, grandfather of Howard D.,
settled in Forks township and in conjunction with
farming carried on a large business in contracting
and building. He was a prominent man in his
time, and served the township as assessor and in
other local offices. His wife's family name was
Fraunfelter, and she bore him nine children, five
of whom are living. The surviving members of
the family are George, James, Lewis, Airs. George
Walters, and Airs. Daniel Alessinger.

Jacob, a deceased son of John Folkenson, was
born in Palmer township in 1836. He lived in
Palmer township up to 1871, when he moved to
Easton, where he remained in business during the
remainder of his life. Like his father he was a
contractor and builder, a competent workman,
and a shrewd man of business. He was killed in
1890 by the falling of a scaffold. Air. Folkenson
and his family were members and constant at-



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