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and by her second husband she has a son hving,
Guy McHose. Ehza (7th) is the wife of Will-
iam Snyder, and her children are William, Mrs.
Annie Clark, and Elizabeth, the wife of James
Davies. Hilary (8th) became the wife of Edwin
]\IcHose, and at her death left six children — Rev.
Edwin McHose, a professor in Reading, Penn-
sylvania : Charles, Lottie. Thomas, and Homer.
Jacob (9th) married a ]\Iiss Weaver, and had
two children. Peter (loth) was the youngest of
the family. ]\largaret (nth) died in infancy.

Dr. Daniel Yoder pursued his education in
Northampton, and afterward continued his stud-
ies at Bethlehem and in \"andeveer's Academy in
Easton, then one of the leading educational insti-
tutions of this part of the state. After complet-
ing his own literary education, he engaged in
teaching school for a time, having charge of the
Levan school. In 1855 he took up the study of
medicine under Dr. \\'alter F. Martin, of Weav-
ersville, Pennsylvania, and the following year
was enrolled as a student in the medical depart-
ment of the L'niversity of Pennsylvania. Later
he continued his studies in the Pennsylvania
Medical College at Philadelphia, where he won
the Doctor of Aledicine degree upon his gradua-
tion with the class of 1855. Not long afterward.
Dr. Yoder opened an office in Catasauqua, where
he has since been located in the practice of his
profession, a liberal patronage being accorded
him. He belongs to the American Institute of
Homoeopathy, the Homoeopathic Medical So-
ciety of Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh \'alley
Homoeopathy ]\Iedical Society, and was presi-
dent of the last named organization for three

While the duties of his chosen calling have
made heavy demands upon his time and energies,
he has yet found opportunity to ccoperate in
movements for the welfare and progress of the
borough, and has been active in its material up-
building, having laid out several acres in town
lots, upon which substantial homes have been
erected. In 1873 he built his own comfortable
residence at the corner of Third and Bridge

streets. He holds membership relations with
fraternal and professional organizations. He is a
Mason, has attained the Knight Templar degree
of the York rite, and has been treasurer of the
local lodge for many years. He is also con-
nected with the Independent Order of Odd

On the 19th of [March, 1861, Dr. Yoder was
married to Amanda E. Glace, a daughter of Sam-
uel and Isabella (Swartz) Glace. Her mother
was born October 17, 1814. Samuel' Glace, bom
October 12, 1805, was a son of Peter and Eliza-
beth ( Keiser) Glace. The former, a son of
Leonard Glace, was born August 14, 1774, and
his wife February 10, 1775. Their children were
Isaac, Henry, Peter, George, Frederick, Samuel,
Levi, Jacob. John, William, Adam and Elizabeth.
The children of Samuel Glace were William H.,
and Amanda, who became Mrs. Yoder. Dr. and
;\Irs. Yoder had no children of their own, but
they adopted several nieces and one nephew,
namely : IMinnie, Jennie, Annie, Isabel, and
Thomas McHose. Of these, Annie married
a Mr. Ziegenfus ; Jennie, became the wife of
E. E. Heimbach ; and Isabel married George

ELAIER WARNER, proprietor of a large
department store at Weatherly, to whose enter-
prise and business qualifications the borough
owes much, was born in Tannersville, Monroe
county, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1861. The his-
tory of his family is given in connection with the
sketch of Edwin F. Warner, on another page of
this work.

Elmer Warner was reared in the place of his
nativity, pursuing his studies in the public
schools, and afterward entering into business re-
lations with his father, who was one of the pro-
gressive citizens of that place. Later he began
business on his own account as a merchant, and
thus continued for five years. Owing to the
training which he had received under his father's
direction, and his own practical and extended
experience, lie was well qualified to establish and
develop in \\'eatherly the business which he is
now conducting, and which has become one of



the important mercantile enterprises of the bor-
ough. He opened his store in October, 1903, and
carries a large and well selected line of goods. He
has spared no pains to make it a most modern
commercial enterprise, and it equals if not sur-
passes manv of the department stores in cities of
fifty or seventy-five thousand population. He
carries both domestic and foreign goods, and, in
fact, his line embraces all kinds of fancy and
staple articles, so that he is ready to meet prac-
tically all demands of the public. His earnest
desire to please and his reliable business methods
have been strong elements in his success, and
have brought to him a constantly growing patron-
age. He came to Wcathcrly in 1891, at which
time he purchased in bankruptcy the business of
David Kintz. He subsequently purchased the
property on which the store was located, and in
1903 built an addition thirty-eight by sixty feel,
so that he now has a business block sixty by
sixty feet and three stories in height. He em-
ploys ten salesmen, and demands of them cour-
teous and obliging service to the patrons of the

Aside from his mercantile business, i\ir. War-
ner is interested in various profitable enterprises
which contribute to the general progress and
prosperity along business lines, as well as to his
individual success. He is the general manager
and treasurer of the Weatherly P'oundry and i\ la-
chine Company, and is the president of the hirst
National Bank of Weatherl}-. Coninuuiit\' m-
terests which give no remuneration, but which
demand good citizenship, also receive his en-
dorsement and co-operation, and at this writing
(in 1904) he is acting as the president of the
school board of Weatherl)-. \VhiIc residing in
Tannersville he served as postmaster from 1885
until 18S9 under a Democratic administration.
His political allegiance has ahva\s been given to
the Democracy, and fraternally he is affiliated
with the Knights of Malta and the Improve 1
( Jrder of Red Men. His religious faith is indi-
cated by his membership in the Reformed church.

Mr. Warner was united in marriage Septem-
ber 22. 1887, to Miss Hattie Learn, a daughter of
David Learn, and to this marriage were born two

children, Floyd T. and Hattie L. The wife and
mother died April 12, 1890, and May 2, 1892,
Mr. Warner married Miss Martha A. Kresge.
Their children are Stanley W., Naomi R., Grace
B. and Jennie E.

NATHANIEL ZOLL, of Weatherly, repre-
sented one of the old German^ families of Penn-
sylvania. His paternal grandfather, Joseph ZoU,
was born in Germany, but became a lo\al citizen
of America. He established his liome in this
country in colonial days, and served under Gen-
eral Washington as a quartermaster in the strug-
gle for independence. He was a wealthy man
when he left the fatherland, and in Pennsylvania
he invested his mone_\', becoming the owner of
about three thousand and five hundred acres of
land in the vicinity of Pottsville, including the
site on which the town has been built. In com-
munity affairs he was prominent and influential,
and was widely known and highly respected for
his sterling worth. He married Miss IMarkle,
and unto them were born three sons and seven
daughters who became good and loyal citizens of
the commonwealth. Of this number Joseph
Zoll was the father of Nathaniel Zoll. He was
born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, learned
the tanner's trade in his youth., and for a number
of }ears was the oldest man in that business in
his county. He prospered in his undertakings,
and his business enterprise grew to extensive
proportions. His attention was largely given to
its development, but he found some time to serve
his fellow townsmen in minor offices in his town-
ship. He married IMiss Susanna Hoy, also a na-
tive of Schuylkill county, and they became the
parents of six children, but Nathaniel is the only
one now living. The father lived to be more than
ninety years cf age, while his wife was eighty-
four years of age at the time of her death.

Nathaniel Zoll was born at the old family
home in Schuylkill county, July 18, 1825, and
died May 6, 1904, at Weatherly. Pennsylvania.
He w'as reared and educated in his native town.
He learned the trade of chaid making at Schuyl-
kill Haven, and afterward mastered the business
of cabinet making, and in b(Tth branches of ac-



tivity met with success. In 1S47 li<? removed to
]\Iauch Chunk, and was there hving at the time
the great conflagration swept over the town. Sub-
sequently he estabHshed his home at Hudsondale,
where he engaged in business as a furniture man-
ufacturer and dealer, as well as undertaker, and
also acted as toll keeper in connection with per-
forming his business duties. His furniture fac-
tory was operated by water power, and the work
w-as always well done, Mr. Zoll being an excellent
mechanic. In 1856 he came to Weatherlv, where
he established himself in the same line of busi-
ness, and here he won a gratifying patronage in
the early days. There was no undertaking estab-
lishment in the town, and he used his mechanical
skill in making coffins for the early settlers. As
the years passed on, however, and machine made
furniture supplanted the hand-made he closed his
shop, and in 1858 became an employe of the
Beaver Meadow Company, with which he re-
mained until after the outbreak of the Civil war.

In 1861 Mr. Zoll joined the militia service to
repel the invasion of the rebels into his native
state. Later he was honorably discharged, but
again re-enlisted in the militia. The second time
he completed his term and was honorably dis-
charged, and in 1S62 he became a member of the
volunteer army of the L'nited States, joining
Company B of the Tenth Regiment New Jersey
Infantry for three years. He was a brave and
fearless soldier, and took an active part in the
Shenandoah \'alley campaign, and participated
in a number of the most memorable battles of the
w-ar, including the engagements at Charleston,
Bolivar Heights, Petersburg, the Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Winchester, Fisher's
Hill, Harper's Ferry, Cedar Creek and many
others. At Winchester and Fisher's Hill he acted
as sergeant, the other non-commissioned officers
having been killed. At Cold Harbor he was
struck in the breast by a spent ball which struck a
rib and glanced off. In 1865. after three years of
active and valuable service to his country, he was
honorably discharged.

Following the close of the war, ;\Ir. Zoll re-
turned to Weatherly, where he made his per-
manent home, and in 1866 he airain entered the

employ of the Beaver Aleadow Company, accepi-
ing a position as general mechanic, in which ca-
pacity he served with that company for thirty-one
years. No greater proof of his capability and
fidelity could be given than the fact that he was
retained for so long a period in a company's
service. He possessed much natural mechanical
skill, and, utilizing his ability to the best ad-
vantage, he made for himself and liis family a
comfortable living.

On the 2ist of :\Iarch, 1847, J^Ir. Zoll was
joined in wedlock to Miss Susan E. Ferlig, the
wedding ceremony being performed by the Rev.
W. G. Menich, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. ]\Irs.
Zoll was born in Wayne township, Schuvlkill
county, Pennsylvania, September 2, 1825, and
died December 14, 1896. By this marriage were
born seven children : Emily S. ; Alexander L.,
now deceased : Isabella J. ; Joseph A., deceased ;
Mary C, Henrietta C. and Clara S. Mr. Zoll
became the father of seven children, the grand-
father of eleven, and the great-grandfather of
eight. In his political views Mr. Zoll was a
Democrat, always voting for the men and meas-
ures of that party. He belonged to the Holiness
Christian church, of which he was a trustee and
treasurer, and socially he was connected with the
Grand Army post at \\'eatherly. He took a deep
interest in the welfare and progress of the town
in which he resided for almost a half century.

THOMAS F. DUNN, postmaster of Weath-
erly. is a native of Massachusetts, born on the
1 6th of June, 1857. His parents were Thomas
and Mary (Noonan) Dunn. His father, also a
native of Massachusetts, followed farming, and
also engaged in other business pursuits. He re-
moved to Weatherly in 1862, the year of the
memorable flood, and here he not only carried an
agricultural pursuits but also conducted a hotel.
Later in life he entered the employ of the Lehigh
Valley Company, with which he was connected
up to the time of his death in October, 1899. His
children were seven in number, namely : Ellen,
Thomas F., William. Patrick. ]\Iinnie, James and

Thomas F. Dunn was but five years of age



when brought to Weatherly by his parents, and
here he was reared, pursuing his education in the
public schools. After putting aside his text
books he learned the molder's trade, which he
followed for a number of years, and then
abandoned that calling in order to accept
a position on the Lehigh \'alley Railroad
as a brakesman. He acted in that capac-
ity until 1889, in which year he was ap-
pointed postmaster cf Weatherly. He had
been in the employ of the company for nearly
thirty years, and was a most trusted represen-
tative of the road. As postmaster he has been
most faithful in the discharge of his duties.
Weatherly is a third class office which was estab-
lished in 1848, R. D. Styles being first postmaster.
He was succeeded by Charles H. Williams, and
in turn came John Smith, R. Hern, J. Kistler
and S. Harleman. Miss Annie Webster was then
appointed postmistress, and in 1889 she was
succeeded by Air. Dunn, who has since been in
charge of the office.

On the 28th of December, 1890, Mr. Dunn
was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Harle-
man, a daughter of Captain Samuel and Susan
Harleman, and they now have two children,
Thomas M., who is manager for Squibb & Com-
pany, chemical manufacturers of Brooklyn, New
York ; and Charles R., a student. Mr. Dunn is
one of the popular citizens of Weatherly, where
the greater part of his life has been spent. He
seeks no public prominence or political prefer-
ment, desiring rather to enjoy the pleasures of his
own home and fireside.

It will be interesting in this connection to
note something concerning the family history of
Mrs. Dunn. The Harlemans are of German line-
age, the ancestors of the family having emigrated
to America at an early period in the development
of the new world. The great-grandfather of
Mrs. Dunn was a native of Chester, Pennsyl-
vania. The grandfather, Isaac Harleman, was
also born in Chester, Pennsylvania, became a
shoemaker by trade, and followed that oc-
cupation for many years. He also held
the office of justice of the peace for several
years, and was strictly fair and impartial in his

rulings. He married Catherine Seigenfuss, and
to them were born seven children. Captain Harle-
man, Mrs. Dunn's father, was born in Carbon
county, Pennsylvania, in 1829. In 1840 he ac-
companied his parents on their removal to Fenn
Haven, where he took charge of the lock of the
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, and in
1846 he came to Weatherly, where he entered
the operative service of the Lehigh Valley Rail-
road Company as brakesman. In 1848 he was
promoted to the position of fireman, and in the
same year was made an engineer. He' was the
first engineer to run an engine (the Delaware No.
4) over the valley track to Easton. In 1864 pro-
motion again came to him, for he was made train-
master at Weatherly, and he acted continuously
in that capacity until he retired fr;m that posi-
tion in 1898 because of advanced age. In that
year he was given a position as caboose inspector
at Lehighton, and thus served until his death,
which occurred March 27, 1901. He married
Miss Susan Setzer, and they became the parents
of five children, four of whom are living: Mrs.
D. A. Melven, George M., Mrs. T. F. Dunn and
Mrs. Lizzie E. Lenhardt.

At the time of the Civil war. Captain Harle-
man organized a company which became a part
cf the Nineteenth Pennsylvania Regiment, and
of which he was made commander. This was in
1863. He served with distinction under General
x^lbright, and at the close of the war was honor-
ably discharged. In public ai^airs in his com-
munitv he was pronnnent and influential. He
served for two terms as county commissioner of
Carbon county, and was a director of the Middle
Coalfield poor district. He was also a member
of the Weatherly town council for three years,
for fifteen years was a school director, and from
1869 until 1885 was postmaster. In financial
circles he was well known as a director of the
Second National Bank of ]\Iauch Cliunk, a direc-
tor of the Weatherly Water Com])any, and a di-
rector and treasurer of the Oak Hall Association.
His religious faith was indicated by his member-
ship in the Presbyterian church, with which he
was long identified, taking an active part in its
work and serving for some time as an elder. So-



cially he was connected with the Knights of
Pythias, and pohtically was a stanch Republi-
can, unfahering in his support of the principles of
the party. He was long accounted one of the
leading and influential residents of Weatherly,
and no history of the borough would be complete
without the record of his life.

JONAS GERBER, the oldest boilermaker in
the employ of the Lehigh Valley Company at
Weatherly, and now filling the position of gang
boss in the shop, was born in West Penn town-
ship, Schuylkill county, on the 2d of June, 1853.
As the name indicates, the famil_v originated in
Germany, and was founded in America by the
great-great-grandfather of Mr. Gcrber, who em-
igrated from the land of the Teutons to the new
world at a very early day in the development of
Pennsylvania, where his descendants have since
been numbered among its loyal and industrious
citizens. Jonas Gerber, the grandfather, was a
well-to-do farmer of considerable local influence.
His children were Daniel, Catherine, Jacob, Paul
and William, all of whom have passed away.

William Gerber was born in the Mahoning
valley, in the year 1829, and followed the occu-
pation of farming as well as mechanical pursuits.
He married Miss Lydia Eber, who was also born
in the Mahoning valley, in the year 1831. His
death occurred in the year 1857, when he was but
twenty-six years of age, and his widow afterward
became the wife of James Hough, of White Bear,
Pennsylvania. By that marriage she had one son,
Edward, and by her first marriage her children
were Samuel and Jonas Gerber.

Jonas Gerber, spending his boyhood days in
the Mahoning valley, acquired his education in
the ccmman schools there, and remained a resi- '
dent of his native locality until 1875. when at the
age of twenty-two years he came to Weatherly.
In 1879 hs entered the shops of the Lehigh \'al-
ley Company to serve an apprenticeship as a
boilermaker, and from that date to the present he
has been a faithful employe of the corporati'n,
with the exception of a short period, less than a
a year, when he was employed by the D. S. &
S. Railroad at Drifton, Pennsylvania, while the

shops were being moved from Weatherly. That
was in 1894. He has now been in the employ of
the company for twenty-five years. When he
formed this industrial connection, the business
was conducted under the name of the Beaver
Meadow Company, and, when the business was
merged into that of the Lehigh Valley Company,
Mr. Gerber continued in the same position, and
has made an excellent record with the company
for reliability as well as excellent workmanship.

Mr. Gerber has contributed to the develop-
ment and improvement of his borough, and is
interested in all that pertains to its upbuilding
and progress. He has built two fine houses here,
erecting one on Main street in 1882 and a second
on Hudsonville street in 1888. He also owns
four acres of ground surrounding his home on
Hudsonville street, and the beautiful lawn,
adorned by trees and flowers, makes a pleasing
setting for his dwelling. He belongs to the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his
wife are members of the Reformed church.

Mr. Gerber has been twice married. In 1878
he wedded ]\Iiss ]\Iary Try, and tj them were
born five children: John E., born in 1878: ^lott-
lans and W^illiam F., twins, born in 1882 ; Blanche
D., in 1883 : and Ambrose, in 1884. Of these
children Blanche D. is the only one now living.
For his second wife Mr. Gerber chose Miss Kate
Chebs, who was born November 15, 1856. a
daughter of John and Annie Chebs, and en the
loth of May, 1886, gave her hand in marriage
to Mr. Gerber.

A. J. LAUDERBURN, who for thirty years
was a factor in ^^'eatherly's commercial activity
as proprietor of a general mercantile establish-
ment, was born in Youngstown, Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, on the 5th of November,
1823. The establishment of the family in Amer-
ica antedates the Revolutionary war. The grand-
father, Frederick Lauderburn, was a representa-
tive of an old Swiss family, but his parents had
removed to Germany, and from that country
Frederick Lauderburn came to the LTnited States.
This, however, was when the country was still
numbered among the colonial possessions of



Great Britain, and when the colonists attempted
to throw off the yoke of British oppression he
enhsted in the continental army, becoming a mem-
ber of the company commanded by James Brown,
this company forming a part of the regiment in
which Robert Knox was Heutenant-colonel. The
family of Frederick Lauderburn numbered the
following children: Christian, born in 1770;
Frederick, born March 4, 1772; and Margaret,
all natives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of
this number Frederick was a civil engineer, and
was a man of broad learning and influence.

Christian Lauderburn, the father of A. J.
Lauderburn, was born in Philadelphia in 1770,
and became one of the prominent iron-workers of
his day. He owned a large forge roller mill and
foundry, and employed many men in the conduct
of his enterprise. In his family were ten chil-
dren, four of whom are yet living, namely : Fred-
erick, Harriet, Elizabeth and A. J. Lauderburn.

The last named attended the common school
in the place of liis nativity until his twelfth years,
when his parents removed to Orwigsburg,
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where he com-
pleted his education. Lie had sonic military ex-
perience in his early manhood, and in 185 1 was
commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the state
militia and aide-de-camp to William F. Johnston,
governor of Pennsylvania. The same patriotic
loyaltv which ever characterized lii.s ancestry has
been manifest in his own citizenship. AAHien he
had completed his education he entered upon his
business career in connection with railroad serv-
ice, but soon abandoned this for clerical work.
He spent four years at Tuscarora in the employ
of Oliver B. Buckman as a bookkeeper, and in
February, 1862, removed to Beaver Meadows,
where he accepted a similar position in the serv-
ive of S. W. Hudson. Subsequently he became
associated with a Mr. Smith in a mercantile en-
terprise carrying a full line of goods. This part-
nership was continued for several years with suc-
cess. In 1867 Mr. Lauderburn removed to Hud-
sondale, where with two partners under the f:rm
name of Lauderburn, Smith and Hudson, he built
and equipped a flouring mill at a cost of

twenty-two thousand dollars. They at once be-
gan the operation of their plant, but after the ex-
piration cf three years the property was rented
and the enterprise abandoned as an unprofitable
one. The mill is now in possession of the Weath-
erly Water Company. It was in 1871 that j\Ir.
Lauderburn took up his abode in Weatherly,
where he first became connected with an enter-
prise called a co-operative store. He socn aban-
doned this, however, and in 1874 opened a store
on his own account in connection with his son,
A. H. Lauderburn, under the firm style of Lau-
derburn & Son, and this he continued for thirty
years with profit to himself and satisfaction to his
many customers, carrying a large and well se-
lected line of goods, for which he found a ready
sale, owing to his earnest desire to please his
patrons and his honorable business methods. As
his financial resources increased he made judi-

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