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bered among the substantial citizens of Tanners-
ville, where he has served as justice of the peace
for thirty-five years. He and his wife make their
home amid many warm friends .who entertain for
them high regard. In early manhood he was
married to Miss Lovina Sittler, who was born in
Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, in December, 1832.

They had four children : Edwin F., Elmer,
Emma S. and Sarah.

Edwin F. Warner was reared and educated in
his native town, attending the common schools,
and in early life learned the cabinet-maker's trade
and undertaking business from his father, who
followed those pursuits in Tannersville. He re-
mained in that borough until 1881, in which year
he came to Weatherly and established a furniture
and undertaking store which he has since con-
ducted with excellent success, securing a large
and growing patronage by reason of the straight-
forward business methods which he has ever fol-
lowed. He has a well assorted line of modern
furniture and undertaking goods, and his thor-
ough knowledge of the business and his earnest
desire to please his patrons have been strong ele-
ments in his success. He has also been active and
influential in community affairs here, and for ten
consecutive years held the office of councilman,
being several times re-elected to that position. He
was also tax collector for one year, and he is now
chief of the Weatherly fire department, which
numbers eighty members. His political allegiance
is given to the Democracy, and he is identified
with various fraternal organizations, belonging
to Hazelton Lodge, No. 327, F. & A. JM. ; Lilly
Chapter, No. 177, R. A. M., of Mauch Chunk,
Pennsylvania ; and Hazelton Commandery, No.
yTf. K. T., of Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He also
belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, and has membership relations with the
Knights of Pythias, the Knights of the Golden
Eagle, the Improved Order of Red Men, and the
Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, while he
and his wife hold membership in the Reformed

Mr. Warner was married in 1882 to Miss Car-
rie Wass, a daughter of George Wass, of Tan-
nersville, Pennsylvania, and they have become the
parents of six children, namely : H. F., Peter G.
C, Mamie, Carrie, Nettie and George C.

bom in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, January 14,
1834, and (lied in the same city October 16, 1890.
The family is of German lineage, and was estab-

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lished in America by Adam and Eva (Spiess)
Luckenbach, who crossed the Atlantic in 1740.
Their son, John Ludwig Luckenbach, was born
in Germany in 1738, and came to the United
States with his parents. He wedded ^lary Mag-
dalene Hottel, who died in 1795. Their son,
John Adam Luckenbach, was born in 1761,
married ]\Iary Magdalene Becker and died in
1842. His wife was born in 1761, was married
in 1 78 1 and died in 1837.

John David Luckenbach, son of John Adam
and Mary ]\Iag'dalene (Becker) Luckenbach, and
the father of William Luckenbach, was born in
1783, was married in 1804 to Elizabeth Clewell,
and died in 1850. His wife, who was bom in
1783, died in 1867. They had a large family,
namely : Jacob, who married Mary Whitesill ;
George ; William ; Elizabeth, the wife of J. Clin-
ton Weber ; Henrietta, wife of William Rigg :
Anna, wife of Solomon Shaefer ; Matilda, wife of
Charles Jacoby ; Rebecca, wife of Ephraim Keck ;
Thomas David, who married Josephine Whit-
meyer ; and Sarah Ann, wife of Edward Babel.

\\'illiam Luckenbach was married three times.
His first wife was Elizabeth Rice and they be-
came the parents of ten children : i. Josephine, the
eldest, born October 10, 183 1, died November F
1844. 2. Owen A., born January 14, 1834, died
October 16, 1890; he married Jane E. Crocker,
and had five children — Joseph R., Gertrude \\'.,
Conie E., Owen F., and Jennie E. 3. Joseph R.-,
born ]\Iarch 4, 1836, died ]\Iay 26, i860. 4.
William D. was a resident of Easton and lives in
Allentown. 5. Caroline E.. born May 27, 1838.
died June 17, 1862: she was the wife of Bernard
E. Lehman, and had a daughter, Anne W. Leh-
man, who was born June 4, i860, became the wife
of Edward Sewell, and died July 7, 1885, leaving
a daughter. Carrie L. Sewell, born June 12, 1884.
6. Ellen, born September 28, 1842. is the wife
of Rev. Charles Nagel, and has two children :
Anna L., who was born September 19, 1872. and
died October 31, 1902, and Alurray C. born June
16. 1875. 7. Sophia, born April i, 1844. is the
wife of Hugh M. ^laxwell, and has a daughter,
Grace, born July 14, 1876. 8. Amelia, born Au-
gust 10, 1846, died December 22, 1894; she was

the wife of Rev. J. Alexander Rondthaler, and
she had nine children, namely: Ethel, born July
2, 1871, and is the wife of Arthur McCain:
Marion, born in February, 1872, and married a
clergyman: Robert, bcrn in August, 1873: Will-
iam D., in December, 1874, and is married : James,
in March, 1879: Anna, in 1881 ; Alice, in 1882;
Nathan, in 1884; and Arnold, in 1885. 9. Anna,
born July 7. 1848, is an instructress at the Carlisle
Indian Industrial School. 10. Frances, born
February 22, 185 1, is the wife of J. Samuel
Kranse, and has four children : Adeline, who was
born December 20, 1871, is the wife of Frank
Hamman : Margaret, born May 24, 1873, is the
wife of Henrv jMorris ; Matthew, born October
21, 1878, and died December 27, 1878 : and Helen,
who was born January 13, 1878, and is the wife
of Fred McCain.

William Luckenbach, by his second wife,
Sarah Ann Zahm, had one daughter, Elizabeth
R., born June 28, 1856. His third wife. Anna
Maria Kraeder, still survives him. There were
no children by that marriage.

William Luckenbach, the third son of John
David Luckenbach. was reared in Hanover town-
ship, Lehigh county, and on the big ^Moravian
farm on the south side of the Lehigh valley. He
learned the trades of cabinet maker and carpent-
ering under Benjamin Eggert, and afterward
worked as a journeyman in Philadelphia for a
short time, but resumed building operations in
Bethlehem, where he continued until the '50s.
He was then for a number of years a prominent
hardware merchant of Bethlehem, and in 1871
was succeeded by his son, Owen Augustus Luck-
enbach, and his son-in-law, J. Samuel Krause.

Owen Augustus Luckenbach was reared in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and pursued his edu-
cation in the IMoravian school. He entered upon
his business career as a clerk in the employ of
Jacob Rice, who conducted a general mercantile
store, and afterward went to Philadelphia, where
he was connected with the hardware business.
While there, at the time of the Civil war, he en-
listed with the three months' men, and after re-
ceiving his discharge on the expiration of that
period re-enlisted in the regular service, in which



he remained f:r nine months, until he was
wounded at the battle of Cedar Mountain, this
injury causing him to lose one limb. He was
then retired from the army with the rank of
captain. After the war Captain Luckenbach re-
sided in Washington, D. C, occupying a posi-
tion in the ordnance department until 1866, wlien
he removed to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and en-
gaged in the hardware business with his brother-
in-law, J. Samuel Krause. He was actively and
prominently connected with this enterprise, which
proved a very profitable one, up to the time of his
death. He was at one time United States col-
lector of internal revenues. He served as post-
master of Bethlehem from 1881 until 1885, his
commission being the last signed by President
Garfield just before his assassination, and he was
re-appointed by President Harrison to the posi-
tion. Socially he was connected with J. H. Tay-
lor Post, No. 182, G. A. R. He was a man of
great public spirit, and took an active interest in
community affairs.

Captain Luckenbach was married September
14, 1864, to Jane Crocker, of Washington, D. C,
a daughter of Francis and Anna Woodworth
Crocker. The children born of this marriage were :
I. Joseph R., who was born October 28, 1865,
and died April i, 1880 ; 2. Gertrude W., born Jan-
uary 6, 1868, and now the wife of Dr. H. C.
Mashland, of Philadelphia, and they have four
children — Annetta R., Marion W., Harvey C,
and Jean C. 3. Carrie E., born October 3, 1869,
and died June 14, 1871. 4. Owen F., born Oc-
tober 8, 1871, and niarricd Helen Lines, and they
have 'One child, Owen Augustus. 5. Jennie E.,
born May 23, 1874, at home.

Bethlehem, was born near Martin's Creek, in
Lower Mount Bethel township, Northampton
county, October 29, 1839. The ancestral history
of the family is one of long connection with this
portion of the state. His great-grandfather, John
Hartzell, also born ih Lower Nazareth township,
spent his entire life in that locality, following the
occupation of farming, and his death occurred
when he was more than eighty years of age. His'

son, John Hartzell, Jr., born in the same town-
ship, was reared on the old family homestead,
made farming his life work, and also devoted
some time to school teaching, while as a musician
he had more than local note. His death occurred
when he had passed the fiftieth milestone on life's
journe\-. His wife, who bore the maiden name of
Elizabeth Clause, was born in Bethlehem town-
ship, Northampton county, and was a daughter of
F'hilip Clause, who was a pioneer settler there,
and made the locality his place of residence
throughout his remaining days. To John and
Elizabeth (Clause) Hartzell were born seven
children : Sarah, who became the wife of Williain
Heiney, of Newburg, Pennsylvania, and Thomas,
now eighty-one years of age, being the only ones
living at this writing, in 1904. The mother
reached the advanced age of more than ninety

Charles Hartzell, the father of Edwin F.
Hartzell, was born in Lower Nazareth township,
NorthampLon county, pursued his education in
the public schools, and spent the days of his youth
on his father's homestead. He afterward fol-
lowed farming in Newburg, and later in Beth-
lehem township, where he lived until he put aside
business cares. He spent his last years in retire-
ment from labor in the borough of Bethlehem,
where he died July 31, 1884, at the age of sixty-
nine years. In early manhood he married Sabina
Schweitzer, who was born in Forks township, a
daughter of Frederick Schweitzer, who as a
farmer of that township, and afterward removed
to Lower Mount Bethel township, Northampton
county, where he died at the age of sixty-nine
years. His wife bore the maiden name of Cath-
erine Eckcrt, and died at the age of eighty-eight
years. She had three children, all of whom are
now deceased, and the eldest died at the age of
ninetv years. Rudolph Schweitzer was the great-
grandfather of Mr. Hartzell, and the latter has in
his possession a deed or agreement which was
executed l'\'I.)ruary 9, 1776, conveying to Ru-
dolph Schweitzer a tract of land of two hundred
acres, for which he paid four hundred pounds in
English money, equivalent to two thousand dol-
lars in American money. It was his grand-


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daughter, Sabina Schweitzer, who became the
wife of Charles liartzell. She died at the age of
seventy-six years, in the faith of tlie German
Lutheran church, of which she had long been a
member. By her marriage she had six children,
of whom four are living: Edwin F., Anna E.,
wife of William Frankenfield, of Bethlehem ;
Charles P., and Amanda E.

Edwin E. Hartzell spent the days of his youth
upon his father's farm, and early gained practical
knowledge of the work of the fields, assisting his
father in their cultivation until twenty-three years
of age. He then came to Bethlehem, on the nth
of April, 1864 and secured a situation as clerk
in the Sun Hotel, where' he remained for fourteen
years, on the expiration of which period he be-
came connected with the stage business, running
a line of stages to hotels and private residences.
On the 6th of May, 1893 he sold out, after which
he accepted the position of assistant postmaster
under H. A. Groman, and afterward under C. L.
Shimer and L. W. Snyder, acting in that capacity
until May 9, 1900. In the meantime, on the i6th
of February, 1900, he had been elected tax col-
lector of Bethlehem, and he resigned the other
office in order to enter upon the duties of the new
position, in which he will remain as the incum-
bent until 1906.

j\Ir. Hartzell gives his political support to the
Democracy, and on that ticket was chosen to his
present office. He is a member of the Royal Ar-
canum, the Knights of the Golden Eagle, and the
Patriotic Order of Sons of America, and he has
a strong and deep attachment for our American
institutions and the land of his nativity. He be-
longs to the Reformed church, takes an active
part in its work and is now serving as a trustee
and the treasurer of the church.

Mr. Hartzell was married, October 13, 1864,
to ]\Iiss Mary E. Hoi?man, who was born Feb-
ruary 12, 1842, in Whitehouse, New Jersey, and
is a daughter of Ralph Hoftman, of Hunterdon.
county, New Jersey, who in i860 removed to
Santee Mills, Pennsylvania, and in 1867 to
Springtown, New Jersey and there died Oc-
tober 26, 1871. In the family were thirteen chil-
dren, eleven of whom reached vears of maturity.

but with the exception of Mrs. Hartzell, since
June 26, 1 89 1, all are deceased.

To Mr. and Mrs. Hartzell have been oorn two
children. Wardale Jay, a machinist, married
Martha ]\litman, and thev have one child, .-\dele
Elizabeth. Robert Stanley married Jeanette Wal-
ter, daughter of Dr. Barnet C. Walter, and they
have four children — Edwin Walter, Howard Bar-
net, Florence Elizabeth, and Rhoda Katharine

JOSIAH RICKERT, a well known contrac-
tor and builder, for the past twenty years a resi-
dent of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a native of
the state, born in Springfield township, Bucks

John Rickert, father of Josiah Rickert, was a
son of Andrew Rickert. John Rickert married
Sarah Eckert, a daughter of George Eckert, who
settled in Bucks county, Springfield township,
during the latter part of the eighteenth century,
probably in 1785. The children of John and
Sarah (Eckert) Rickert were as follows: i.
Catherine, who married Ezra Mitchell; 2. Caro-
line, who married Henry Arnold, and their chil-
dren were John, William, Amanda, Devina ; 3.
Sarah ; 4. Elizabeth, who married Henry INIus-
selman, and whose children are Ouintis, ;\Ianos,
William and Jane; 5. Maria, who married Wash-
ington r\Hller, and whose children are William,
Jacob. John, George, Catherine, Ida, Carrie. 6.
Susanna, who married Silas Cope and whose chil-
dren are IMary, Nettie, Laura, William and Ray-
mond : 6. Josiah Rickert, of whom a more ex-
tended notice appears. George Eckert, father of
Sarah (Eckert) Rickert. had a most interesting
family history. He was the son of a wealthy
merchant in Germany, and was an eminent physi-
cian of Bucks county. Some time before his
death there was published in America an account
of an estate in Germany to which Dr. Eckert had
fallen heir. Through some inadvertence the
papers containing this information were destroyed
bv his wife, leaving no possible clue. This un-
fortunate occurrence has deprived the present
generation of the enjoyment of probably a mil-
lion of dollars. The records have since been re-



covered, but it is supposed that the claim has
been outlawed, since it would hold good for only
thirty years. The children of George Eckert are
I. John ; 2. George ; 3. Henry ; 4. Jacob ; 5. Sarah,
who became the wife of John Rickert, and the
mother of Josiah Rickert.

Josiah Rickert, the sixth and last child and
only son of John and Sarah (Eckert) Rickert,
was born July 24, 1832. He was educated in the
counties of Bucks and Lehigh. After leaving
school, he served an apprenticeship in the car-
penter's trade and became a highly skilled work-
man. He has followed the trade successfully all
his life, building himself a home in Bethlehem.
He married Eliza Bitting, a daughter of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Seabcld) Bitting. Thomas Bit-
ting was born in Lehigh county, carried on a
large tailoring establishment, and is now de-
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rickert have three living
children — Allen O., Araminta A., and Tilghman

J. J. HOFF?\L\N, a prominent business man,
and senior partner in the firm of Hoffman &
Shimer, carriage manufacturers of Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, is a son of John and Maria (Sieg-
fried ) Hoffman of Lehigh county.

]\lr. Hoffman was born in Lehigh township,
March 2, 1827. His early education was obtained
in the public schools of Northampton county. Hir
first essay at earning a livelihood was as an agri-
culturist. He ^yorked on a farm in Northampton
county, where he remained until 1855, when he
determined to make a larger venture in the busi-
ness world. He served an apprenticeship in the
carriage building trade in Catasauqua, Pennsyl-
vania. Believing himself proficient in the busi-
ness, he opened a small shop in Bethlehem, Penn-
sylvania. His confidence was justified by the re-
sult. The business grew from year to year until
it became a large establishment. In time he took
a partner, I. H. Shimer, and the firm known as
Hoffman & Shimer, carriage builders, are now
the largest manufacturers of carriages in that sec-
tion of the country. Mr. Hoffman is a director
in the Lehigh Valley National Bank. He is a
member of Christ Reformed church of Bethle-

hem, and has held all the official stations therein.
Mr. Hoffman married Lavina (Lavinia) Line,
a daughter of Joseph Line, of Salsburg. Three
children were born of this marriage, of whom two
are living: i. Amanda H., who became the wife
of J. H. Shimer, and to whom were born two
children, Alsie and Robert ; 2. Emma, who became
the wife of Walter Crawford, and to whom was
born one child, Julia.

OWEN P. HELLER, of Bethlehem, repre-
sents one of the old families of the Lehigh valley
prominently connected for many years with busi-
ness interests that have been of value to the sub-
stantial upbuilding and development of this sec-
tion of the state.

His ]3aternal grandparents were Alichael and
Magdalena (Buchecker) Heller. The former was
a manufacturer of linseed oil, carrying on business
in Hellertown for many years. There he resided
and reared his family of three children : Tobias,
Paul, and Mary Magdalena, who died unmarried.
He had also three other children, who died in in-
fancy. The eldest son was married to Susanna
Rentzheimer and they had five children : Cath-
erine, who became the wife of Jonathan Rumfield,
and reared a family ; Charles, who married JNIiss
Elizabeth Burt, and had eight children — Van
Cages, Mary, Eva, Napoleon, Charles, George,
Jennie and Lillie, the last named now deceased ;
Priscilla. who became Airs. Wunderley ; Susanna,
the wife cf Jacob Erdman, by whom she has two
sons ; and iVnios, who married Angelina Bicber,
and has three children.

Paul Heller, the second son of Michael Heller,
was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania,
in 1784, and throughout his career followed the
occupation of farming. He married Catherine
Beil, and they had three children : .\braham,
Owen and Mary. The elder son wedded Mary
Egner, and their children were P'armelia, who be-
came Mrs. Neimeyer ; Franklin B., who married
Miss Mary Dillinger, and had two children : Rob-
ert and Mary ; and Sylvesta, who is the wife of
Alfred Sell. The daughter of Paul and Catherine
Beil Heller was married, and became the wife of
Peter Trexler and their children were : Eliza-



beth, who married Daniel Weber ; Sarah, who first
married a J\Ir. Rosenberger, and afterward Mr.
Ehrney; Valeria, wife of John Miller; John, who
married a Miss Benner ; Peter, who married a
Miss Rumfield ; and Ida, the wife of John Cope.

Owen P. Heller, the younger son of Paul and
Catherine (Beil) Heller, was born in Upper Sau-
con township, Lehigh county, January 10, 1822,
and was there reared, pursuing his education in
the schools of his heme locality. When but a boy
he began working on the farm, and early became
familiar with the labors of field and meadow.
L'pon his father's death he inherited a good tract
of land situated near the Blue Stone church in
the vicinity of Coopersburg. Taking up his abode
upon that property he carried on farming for
many years. In his work he was practical and
methodical, and as the result of his labors he an-
nually harvested good crops which brought to him
a fair financial return. Economy and diligence at
length resulted in bringing to him a very desir-
able competence, and in the evening of life he is
now living retired, enjoying the fruits of his
former toil. In 1866 he put aside the active cares
of the home farm, and removed with his family to
Bethlehem, where he has since resided. He has
now passed the eighty-seccnd milestone on life's

While living in Upper Saucon township, Le-
high county, Mr. Heller was a school director for
several vears. In politics he has always been a
Democrat, giving unfaltering support to the men
and measures of the party. He belongs to the
Emanuel L'nited Evangelical church at Bethle-
hem and today is its oldest member. His has
been an upright and honorable life, and he receives
the veneration and respect which should ever be
accorded to one of advanced years.

Mr. Heller was united in marriage to Miss
Leah Brunner. a daughter of John Wilhelm and
Mary (Sell) Brunner. She was born in Lehigh
county, near Emaus, January 11, 1824, and unto
this marriage was born one son Llewellyn, whose
birth occurred in Upper Saucon township, Le-
high county, February 25, 1856. He married
Anna Giess, a daughter of James and Caroline
(Stuber) Giess. Her paternal grandparents were

Christian and Julia (Veberoth) Giess. Her fa-
ther was born February 26, 1824, in Salisburg,
Pennsylvania, and her mother's birth occurred
January 8, 1826. Christian Giess served his coun-
try in the Civil war, enlisting in the Fifty-fourth
Regiment of Pennsylvania \'olunteers, at the age
of sixty-two years. He was taken prisoner by the
Confederate forces and incarcerated in Anderson-
ville, where he died March 23, 1864. He had a son
Amos, who also served his country as a Union
soldier in the Civil war. Anna Giess, the wife
of ]\Ir. Heller, was born May 22. 1858, in Allen-
town, Pennsylvania. Unto their marriage have
been born two children : Roger Paul, born Octo-
ber 9, 1888 ; and Claire Aline, born September
21, 1893.

JOHN SEIPLE, of Bethlehem, is a represen-
tative of an eld family of German origin that was
established in America in the middle of the eight-
eenth century. Three brothers of the name came
to the new world from the fatherland and settled
in Hilltown township, Bucks county, Pennsyl-
vania. Henry Seiple, a son of one of these broth-
ers, was born in Hilltown township, and was the
direct ancestor of John Seiple.

The next in the line of descent was named
John, who was born in 1779. In his early man-
hood he followed the miller's trade, but afterward
devoted his energies to farming until his death,
which occurred in 1838. Unto him and his wife,
Elizabeth Seiple, were born eleven children : Mary
became the wife of Jacob Cope, and her children
were : Lvdia R., Silas, Enos, Rash and Jacob.
Elizabeth Seiple married Josiah Miller, and her
children were Mrs. Sophia Frankenfield and Mrs.
Elizabeth Curtis. Enos Seiple married a Miss
Crissman. and their children were .\manda : Han-
nah, the wife of Dr. Shive ; Samuel, a practicing
physician and surgeon ; and Monroe. George
Seiple, the fifth member of the family, is further
written of below. Annie became the wife of An-
thony Moyer, and had one son. John. Barbara
became the wife of Jacob Kern, and had a son
John. Catherine married Jacob Koiifel, and had
four children : John : Sarah, the wife of Rev.
Sharf ; Maria, the wife of Rev. Smith ; and Eliza-



beth, the wife of John Schwartz. Lena Seiple
was the eighth member of the family. John B.
married Miss Angeny, and their children were
five in number : Emeline, the wife of F. Fox ;
Elizabeth, the wife of R. Kulp ; John, who mar-
ried a ]\liss Delb ; William, who married a JNIiss
"VVambold ; and Jacob. Jacob Seiple, the tenth
child of John and Elizabeth Seiple, married Nan-

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