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ganization until his death, and was also a direc-
tor of the Stroudsburg National Bank until his
demise. For many years he was the president of
the Delaware and Portland Bridge Company, and
remained one of its heavy stockholders until his
life's labors were ended. He was also a director
of the Monroe county Agricultural Association,
and his business interests, though extensive, were
never so onerous but what he could find time to
faithfully perform his duties of citizenship and

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co-operate in many measures for the general wel-
fare and the permanent benefit of the community
in which he made his home. Of the Masonic
fraternity he was an exemplary representative,
and at all times commanded the respect of his
brethren of the fraternity and of all with whom
he come in contact in any of life's relations. He
was three times married, his first union being
with Catherine Rundero, while for his second
wife he chose Catherine Richard, by whom he
had one son, Joseph R., born November 5, 1852.
He next wedded Mary, the daughter of Derrick
and Sarah (Ribble) Aten, and they also becanie
the parents of a son, Herbert M. The father
passed away March 2, 1896.

In the common schools Herbert i\I. Hager-
man began his education, which was continued
in the State Norman School in IMillersville, Penn-
sylvania. He next attended Stern's Classical and
Mathematical School of Easton, and subsequently
matriculated in Lafayette College, in which he
was graduated in the class of 1880. His choice
of a life work fell upon the legal profession, and
he began his preparation for the bar as a stu-
dent in the office of R. E. James, of Easton,
who directed his reading for two years. Oc-
tober 22, 1882, he was admitted to the North-
ampton county bar, and, locating in Easton, there
engaged in practice for ten years. In 1892 he
went to Tacoma, Washington, where he engaged
in practice for four years, and then returned to
his native county. In 1898 he located in Bangor,
where he has gained a large clientele, connecting
him with important legal interests.

^Ir. Hagerman has been honored with the
following offices which he has filled with credit
and distinction ; Solicitor of the borough of Ban-
gor since 1899, and also of the borough of East
Bangor since that date ; solicitor for Portland
since 1898 ; and was solicitor of Windgap for two
years. He is general solicitor for the Bangor &
East Bangor Street Railway Company, and fills
the same office with the East Bangor. Portland &
Delaware River Railway Company. For two
years he was solicitor for the Lehigh & New
England Railroad Company.

April 5, 1889, Mr. Hagerman was united in
marriage to JMiss Kate Durling, the accomplished
daughter of the Hon. Andrew J. Durling, of Le-
hightown, Carbon county, Pennsylvania. So-
cially he is connected with Portland Lodge, No.
311, F. and A. M. ; Bangor Chapter, No. 274, R.
A. M. ; and Caldwell Consistory of Bloomsburg,
being a thirty-second degree Mason. He is
recognized as one of the leading members of the
bar in the northern part of his native county, and
the character of his business is a criterion of
the high opinion which the people entertain con-
cerning his legal ability.

in \\'arehouse Point, Connecticut, the eldest son
of William H. and Lamira Barnes Roehner.
iM-om his boyhood he showed unusual talent for
music and it became his profession.

His father was of German and French
blood, having been born in Berlin, Germany, the
son of a German father and a French mother,
the latter being a descendant of the French
Huguenots. Under the laws of Germany he
was compelled to learn a trade and took up that
of dyeing silk, but after completing his appren-
ticeship he devoted his entire time to art, becom-
ing quite a successful artist, especially as a por-
trait painter. He died in 1875. On the maternal
side Mr. Roehner comes from good old New
England stock. His great-grandfather, Benja-
min Barnes, was a soldier in the War of the
Revolution, having served in the second regiment,
Connecticut Line, in 1780, and in 1781 in General
Waterbury's Connecticut brigade, which joined
Washington while he was encamped at Phillips-
burg. He is a descendant in the sixth genera-
tion from Thomas Goodsell, who came from
England to Branford, Connecticut, in 1678,
having graduated from Trinity College, Oxford,
in 1675. His grandson and Mr. Roehner's great-
great-grandfather, Daniel Goodsell, fought in
the war of the Revolution. The old Goodsell
homestead in East Haven, built some two hun-
dred years ago, is still standing, but has lately
been remodelled.



The early life of Professor Roehner was
spent in his native place, where he attended the
common and high schools, and his musical edu-
cation was acquired at Hartford, Connecticut,
and New York City. He is master of his chosen
profession, and is accredited to be one of the
most successful instructors in instrumental and
vocal music in Easton. He removed to this
place in 1874 to preside at the organ of Christ
Lutheran church, which position he held for
thirteen years. He also played the organ in the
First Presbyterian church for five years, and
in St. John's Lutheran church for the same
length of time. For a short time he was organ-
ist in St. Paul's church, and held a similar posi-
tion at Doylestown, Pennsylvania, for two years.
In the meantime, he had also engaged in teaching
both instrumental and vocal music with such
good success that his pupils had become so
numerous as to necessitate his giving up his
position as organist, and for the past two years
he has given exclusive attention to his increasing
classes on the piano and voice culture. He
possesses remarkable talent in these lines, and is
especially fitted by education and natural ability
for the profession which he has chosen as a life

Mr. Roehner was married in March, 1879,
to Miss Jennie Fulmer, a daughter of Henry
Fulmer, and during their long residence in
Easton they have made many friejids here.

J. B. OVERHOLT, a member of the firm
which operates the Bushkill Mills, on Bushkill
creek, in Forks township, Northampton county,
Pennsylvania, is a native of Bucks county this

He was born in the year 1867, and was there
reared and educated, fitting himself for a
life of future usefulness by his mastery of the
branches of learning taught in the public schools.
After putting aside his text books he learned the
miller's trade, beginning in this line in 1884.
After the completion of his apprenticeship in
1891, he removed to Northampton county, where
for five years he was engaged in the operation of
the Ncwlins ?\Iill. In 1896 he joined his present

partner in the purchase of the Bushkill j\Iill,
where they have since carried on a profitable
business. This mill is one of the old landmarks
on the Bushkill, and has been in constant use
as a grist and flour mill for over eighty-five
years. It was first owned by John Omdt and
Jacob Seip, who were its proprietors in 1823.
In the same year, however, it was deeded to
Jacob Miller, and Thomas Seip owned it in 1835.
Later it passed into the hands of Samuel Hiler
and his wife, who sold it to Samuel Yohey in
1839. It was later owned by Jacob Reader, and
in 1868 it was purchased by Jacob Walter, ia
which year fire largely destroyed the plant, but
it was soon rebuilt and operations were resumed^
In i8g6 this mill became the property of Milton
Florey, B. F. Miller and J. B. Overholt, who
operated it continuously until 1900, in which
year Mr. Miller bought out Mr. Florey's interest,,
and it is now owned and controlled by Mr. Miller
and J. B. Overholt. Mr. Overholt is a practical
miller, and is in full control of the mill, which
has a capacity of seventy-five barrels of flour
per day, and also of eight tons of feed per day.
It is supplied with a fifty horse power engine,,
and in the conduct of the enterprise Mr. Over-
holt and his partner are meeting with good suc-
cess, for the quality of flour made is of a very
high grade, and in consequence finds a ready sale
on the market. Mr. Overholt is a progressive
man with a large capacity for business which he
uses to good advantage. Already he has attained
an enviable position in industrial circles in North-
ampton county and his labors have been so
directed as to win him desirable success that
enables him to enjoy the comforts of life and to
supply his family with many of the things which
go to make life worth the living. Socially he is
connected with St. Peter's Commandery, No. 80,.
Knights of Malta, of Tatamy, Pennsylvania.

In 1890 was celebrated the marriage of Mr.
Overholt and Miss Mary E. Harr, a daughter
of Daniel and Ann Harr. Their union has been
blessed with six children, four of whom are yet
living, namely : Daniel G., Warren H., Howard
M. and Ella. Mrs. Overholt was bom in Bucks.
count\', Pcnnsvlvania, in \8C)f\ and has been a



faithful helpmate to her husband since they
started out on life's journey together thirteen
years ago.

ABRAHAM S. KNECHT, an old and hon-
ored citizen of Easton, Pennsylvania, whose
career as an educator, lawyer, man of affairs and
public official has extended over a period of more
than half a century, derives his lineage from a
family of the famed German Palatinate, whose
people were lovers of liberty and jealous of their
personal and political rights from as remote a
time as the eleventh century.

The ancestor of the Knecht family in America
was John George Knecht (i), paternal grandfa-
ther of Abraham S. Knecht. He was born in
der Pfalsz am Rhine, Germany, on the banks of
the river of that name, May 5, 1740. In his
young manhood he came to Bethlehem, Pennsyl-
vania, whence he removed a distance of four miles
to Lower Saucon township, on the road leading
from Shimersville to Easton. Several years
thereafter he moved to \Mlliams township, where
he purchased a tract of land of nearly two hun-
dred acres and a grist mill known for more than
a century as Knecht's i\Iill. He was respected
in his neighborhood as a man of industry and
integrity. He married. Febraury i, 1775, in
Williams township, Anna [Maria ]\Ioritz, who was
born September 29, 1752, at Fraunfels, near
Welzler, Germany. The maiden name of her
mother was Pfeffer, and her grandfather Pfeffer
was the original owner of the Knecht Mill. The
wife of John G. Knecht died on his farm about a
half-mile below Knecht's ^lill. February 19, 1813,
aged sixty years, four months and twenty days,
her husband surviving her until February 21,
18,23, when he died, aged eighty-two years, nine
months and sixteen days, and his remains were
laid by her side in the Raubsville cemetery, on a
commanding situation overlooking the Delaware
river. They were the parents of three sons,
George, John, and Jacob.

George Knecht, eldest son of John G. anrl

Anna (jMoritz) Knecht. was born in 1777, in

Williams township, where he died February i,

1862, aged eighty-four years. He married Cath-


arine Best, and to them was born one child. Su-
sannah, born February 8, 1809, who became the
wife of David Bachman, of Durham, Bucks
county, Pennsylvania, to whom she bore three
sons and two daughters: i. Dianna, now the
widow of Dr. Peter F. Arndt, who died at Easton,
Pennsylvania, leaving one son. Dr. Oliver Arndt,
residing on South Third street in that city. 2.
Levina, now the widow of Peter Lerch, who died
in Williams township, without issue. 3. Reuben
Knecht Bachman, born in Williams township,
now a resident of Durham, Bucks county, Penn-
sylvania. He is a merchant and manufacturer
by occupation, and represented his district in
congress for one term. He was twice married ;
his first wife was a daughter of Aaron Bachman,
late of Freeman sburg, Pennsylvania ; to them
were born four children, two living ; she died July
5, 1883 ; his present wife was also a daughter
of Aaron Bachman. 4. Hiram K. Bachman,
born in Williams township, who owns and resides
upon the farm which belonged to his great-grand-
father, and then to his grandfather, George
Knecht. He married Emma P. Shimer, a daugh-
ter of Charles Shimer, and to them were born
two daughters and one son. 5. George \\'ash-
ington Bachman. He was twice married : his
first wife was a daughter of William Strader,
late of Washington, Warren county. New Jersey,
and his second wife was Fanny Jannev Sini]ison.
of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is in business
with his brother, Reuben K. Bachman. David
Bachman died at the Knecht homestead. August
9, 1879, outliving his wife, who died ]\Iarch 22,

John Knecht, second son of John G. and Anna
M. (Moritz) Knecht, was born July i, 1778, on
the Knecht homestead, where he died August 17,
1 8 14, his remains rest in the Raubsville cemetery.
He superintended his father's grist mill, part of
his farm, and was engaged in the manufacturing
of plows. He married Mrs. Sarah Ruth, nee
Stabler, and to them were born two sons, Jacob
and John Knecht. Jacob died when he was about
eighteen years of age. John, late of Shimersville,
Northampton county, married Eliza Riegel, only
daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth fLeidy)



Riegel ; her father resided at Riegelsville, Bucks
countv, Pennsylvania, and her mother was born
in Lower Saucon township. The children born
of tliis marriage are: i. Arabella K., born in
1S47, who became the wife of Dr. John J. Det-
willer, of Easton, Penns_vlvania. 2. Sarah, late
wife of Dr. R. H. Shepard, born in 1849 ; she
is deceased. 3. Emily J., born in 1853, who be-
came the wife of Dr. Edward J. Freeman of
Freemansburg, Pennsylvania. 4. Howard R.
Knecht, born September 4, 1855, who is engaged
extensively in buying grain and manufacturing
Hour and in other business at Shimersville, Penn-
s\'lvania, at his father's homestead ; he married
Laurent, a daughter of Dr. B. C. Walter, of
Farmersville, Pennsylvania, and a sister of Dr.
R. D. Walter, of Easton, Pennsylvania. 5. Anna
?\l., twin sister to Howard. The parents of this
family died respectively, he on February 22, 1891,
she on July 4, 1891. Of their children, Ben-
jamin died in infancy, and John, born in 1844,
died in 1865.

Jacob Knecht, third son of John G. and Anna
(Moritz) Knecht, was born April 8, 1786, on the
family homestead, where he made his home dur-
ing nearly all his life, following the calling of his
ancestors. He married, August 9, 1812, Anna
Maria Shimer, born near Reddington, about five
miles from Easton, May 26, 1787. She was a
daughter of Peter Seip Shimer, and her grand-
mother (Seip) was born at what has been known
for more than a century as Seip's Tavern, near
Easton. Jacob Knecht died June 14, 1861, at
the age of seventy-five years, two months and
fo; rteen days, after an illness with pneumonia
for about a week. Llis remains were interred in
St. John's Lutheran cemetery, about a mile from
the old Knecht homestead. Rev. Mv. Brendle of
I'.clhlehcni, renns\lvania, ]5ronounced the funeral
eulogy, having for his text 2 Timothy, 4 ch. 7
and 8 verses. His widow. Anna Maria Knecht,
died June 2, 1864, after a week's illness with
lumbago, aged seventy-seven years and seven
days, also at the family homestead, and her re-
mains were laid to rest lieside those of her hus-
band. She was a woman of exemplary christian
character. Tiie funeral oration was pronounced

by the Rev. Philip Photteicher, of Easton, Penn-
sylvania. Text 13 ch. Luke, 46 v.

To Jacob and Anna (Shimer) Knecht were
bom, all on the Knecht homestead, eight children,
named as follows :

1. Susanna, who died May 12, 1815, when six-
teen months old.

2. Elizabeth, born April 12, 1815, who died
near Bradnor, Ohio, January 17, 1892, she was
married, on the family homestead, April 8, 1836,
to Isaac Stover, of Flatland, Bucks county, Penn-
sylvania, a cousin of Abraham Stout, M. D., of
ISethlehem, whose father was a brother of Mr.
Stover's mother. He was reared a Mennonite,
but after his marriage united with the Lutheran
church. C)f this marriage were born eight chil-
dren, of whom three died young and were buried
in St. John's church cemetery near the Knecht
homestead. The otners were: i. Anna Alaria,
born April, 1837, died 1889, at Bradner, Ohio.
2. William Henry, physician. Tiffin, Ohio, who
married. 3. Fredericka Amelia, who married
Charles McDaniel, late of Tiffin, Ohio, now of
Los Angeles, California; they are the parents
of one child ; she is now deceased. 4. Catharine,

who married Stackhouse, of Bradner,

Ohio. 5. Emma, who married, first, Cyrus
Stover, a son of Stout Stover, who was a brother
of Isaac Stover. Cyrus and Emma Stover were
double cousins, their fathers being brothers,
their mothers sisters. Cyrus and Emma Stover
left one child, Mary Elizabeth, now a young
woman. Emma Stover, married, second, a Mr.
Benton, of Bradner, Ohio, ; one son was
born of this marriage. 6. Harvey, who died in
February, 1904, on his mother's homestead, near
Hradner, C)hio; he left a widow and several chil-

3. Anna Knecht was born .\i)ril 18, 1818,
and died near Freemansliurg, Pennsylvania, Janu-
ary t8, 1868. She was married to Jacob .^taufifer,
who survived her about six years. They left five
sons: I. William Henry, who married Catharine,
a daughter of Sanniel Mcssinger, of Tatamy, near
Easton ; he died in 1897. witliout issue. 2. David,
who was engaged in a bank in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, now deceased ; he left a widow and sev-



eral children. 3. Jacob Knecht, who married
Emma Fehr, she died, leaving one son : he has
again married to Clara Hildebrand. 4. Abraham,
who married a Miss Bruch, and to whom was
born a son. 5. Isaac, who went to the far west ;
he survives his widow and several children.

4. William Shimer Knecht was born September
27, 1820, and died March 9, 1897, from injuries
received by a fall. He was married, January 1 1 ,
1853, to Mary Lawall, born December 15, 1827,
daughter of the late Peter Lawall, of Butztovvn,
Pennsylvania. Airs. Knecht is a sister of the
late William H. Lawall and Cyrus Lawall, late
of Easton, Pennsylvania, both deceased. Two
sons were born to this marriage : both reside at
Parvin, Clinton county, Pennsylvania, eight miles
from Lock Haven: i. Peter, born August 16,
1855, married December 22, 1883, Miss Anna
Stitzer, of Clinton county, and to them were born
five sons. 2. William Thomas, born June 19, 1859,
was married December 22, 1884, to Mary Mar-
garet, daughter of B. F. Schaeffer, and to them
were born three sons. They conduct large roller
grist mills and two farms.

5. Mary Catharine was born April 30, 1823.
She married Stout Stover ; she died from typhoid
fever at Cofifeetown, Williams township, North-
ampton county, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1852,
and her remains were buried in St. John's ceme-
tery ; her husband died December 12, 1898, and
was buried at Allentown. They left three sons :
I. Cyrus, who was a miller at Stockton, New
Jersey, and died about 1888 ; he had married Emma
Stover, and left one child, above named. 2.
Asher T., born December 25, 1850, who lived
in Allentown, Pennsylvania, now deceased ; he

married Snyder, at Tiffin, Ohio, and to

them were born four sons and one daughter ; he
is now deceased. 3. Isaac S., who is a grain
commission merchant in Philadelphia. He mar-
ried Miss Stockton, of Stockton, New Jersey.

6. Fredericka Amelia was born February 7.
1826. She married Darius Dreher, a brother of
the late Judge Samuel Dreher. She died July 5,
1885, her husband died the following year, and
both are buried at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Thev left two children; I. Marv, born Februarv

13, 1859, married a Mr. Snyder, a merchant at
Hawley, Pennsylvania ; they became the parents
of several children. 2. Stewart Dreher, born
August 30, 1861, a printer living at Stroudsburg;
he married a Miss Shafer.

Abraham Shimer Knecht was born August
12, 1828. Until he was fourteen years of age he
worked on the homestead farm and in the grist
mill in the summer months, and attended public
school in the winter. He then left home and
worked for over two years in grist mills and
during this time he attended night school. He
was industrious and ambitious. After this he
attended the celebrated academy of Dr. John
\"anderveer, at Easton, Pennsylvania. After
iiaving taken an academical course he studied
law under the late Hon. Judge .McCartney, at
Easton, and was admitted to the bar in January,
1855. For two years he was in the law office of
the late E. J. Fox, Esq., of Easton. He then
opened an office of his own. He has been en-
gaged in his profession for nearly fifty years, de-
voting his efforts almost entirely to civil prac-
tice. The larger portion of his business has been
in orphans' court practice. In these useful lines
his ability brought to him early in his career a
large influential clientage, whose interests he
guarded with fidelity. For many years his office
was at the north-west corner of Centre Square,
whence he removed into his own building. No.
464 Northampton street. Several years ago he
took with himself in practice William Malcolm
McKeen, his stepson. ]Mr. Knecht has never been
ambitious for public distinction nor a seeker after
office, yet he has been called to important po-
sitions, as auditor for the borough of Easton
for two terms, attorney for the county commis-
sioners, and as commissioner for the construction
of borough water-works. During all these years
he has been among those who tried to promote
the material well-being of the city and the county,
giving his influence and support to laudable enter-
prises. Having lived a life of regularity, avoiding
all imprudences, ]\Ir. Knecht is now, in his sev-
enty-sixth year, a well preserved man, and is still
engaged actively in the practice of his profession,
and takes great interest in all public affairs.



Mr. Knecht was married, July 12, 1875, to
Annie Louise (Adierj Mclveen, widow of the
late Wm. M. McKeeu, born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Colonel George
S. Adier and Rebecca A. (Moffett) Adler. Her
father was a native of Philadelphia, where he was
in his younger days engaged extensively in the
manufacture of morrocco leather. Her mother
was born at Gloucester, N. J. Both arc deceased,
and buried at the Laurel Hill cemetery, Phila-
delphia. Mr. Knecht's wife ha-.I four children
with her first husband — Jessie L., now wife of
Jacob W. Peters, of Germantown, Pennsylvania ;
Annie L., now wife of Clarence E. Seitz, of Phil-
adelphia, Pennsylvania ; Wm. M. McKeen, and
Henry B. McKeen. By her marriage Avith Mr.
Knecht she had three children — Ellen Elisa
Knecht, who died in infancy ; Florence Elsie, now'
wife of J. McKeen Young; and Perla M. Knecht.

8. Isaac Stout Knecht was a twin brother of
Abraham S. Knecht. He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Christian Gernet, of near Shimcrs-
ville, Northampton c<iunty, Pennsylvania. He
died in 1903, leaving to survive him his widow
and two children — Jacob Gernet Knecht, and
Annie, wife of Albert Koplin, a son of Isaac

ning of the narrative which follows comes to the
writer as a pleasant task, for he was a comrade-
in-arms with General Frank Reeder in the Civil
war operations on the Mississippi river, and was
intimately acquainted with the history of tine il-
lustrious sire of General Reeder, Governor ,\n-
drew H. Reeder.

The Reeder family was of early appearance
in America, and was planted by John Reeder, who
came from England previous to 1656, and settled
in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1636, and in
Newtown, Long Island, in 1652. Plis son, John,
located in Ewing, New Jersey, and married Han-
nah, daughter of Jeremiah Burroughs. Their son,
Isaac, purchased a farm upon which he lived and
which is yet in the possession of his descendants.
By his second marriage, with Juanna Hunt, Isaac
Rccdcr l;ecame the father of lolin. who married

Hannah Mershon (Alarchand) afterwards cor-
rupted in spelling to its present form. Of the
latter marriage was born Absalom Reeder, who
made his home in Easton, Pennsylvania, where
(October 16, 1/88) he married Christiana Smith,
and they became the parents of Governor Andrew
H. Reeder, who bore so mighty a part in the pres-
ervation of Kansas to freedom.

Andrew Horatio Reeder was born at Easton,

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