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County Trust Company, the American Casualty Company,
the Reading Wood Pulley Company, and the Readin,g
Saddle and ;\Tanufacturing Company.

I\fr. Rick, both as lawyer and as public officer, has al-
ways been animated by a keen desire to do his full duty
to his clients and to his constituents, and nothing is too
laborious or unpleasant for him to undertake in attaining
this end. His courtesy and patience are inexhaustible,
and if his resentment is ever aroused, it means that he
hab endured until endurance is no longer right, and th;it



the offender has been guilty of some utterly indefensible
action.

In 1899 Mr. Rick was married to Carrie B. Lawshe,
daughter of Abner Lawshe, merchant at Reading, and they
have one daughter, Margaret.

Mr. Rick's father was Garrick Mallery Fisher Rick.
He was born June 15, 1831, in Penn township, at Centre-
ville, now Garfield. He attended the local schools during
his boyhood, and also a school in Chester county. Upon
his return home he was employed on a farm for a number
of years, and then entered a general store at-Rehrersburg
for the purpose of learning the mercantile business, and
in 1855 he embarked in business for himself. He continued
at Rehrersburg until 1860, and then moved to Millers-
burg, where he carried on a large general store with
increasing success until 1884, when he retired, and lived
in retirement until his decease Oct. 10, 1908. For forty
years he was prominently identified with the business,
financial and political aflfairs of his section of the county,
and exerted much influence in the community. Upon his
retirement from business, he was succeeded in his busi-
ness by his son John George Rick. He was an active
member of the Lutheran Church for many years, and in
politics was a stanch Republican. He officiated as post-
master of Millersburg for twenty-five years. He married
Sarah Ann Beyerle, daughter of Dr. George Beyerle, of
Bernville. They had three children : John George ( m. to
Clara Kline) : Mary (m. to Harry A. Reinoehl, a lumber
merchant at Lebanon, Pa.) ; and William, the subject of
this sketch.

Mr. Rick's grandfather was John Rick, who carried
on a store and tannery at Centrevilie for many years.
He died in 1839, aged thirty-nine years. He married Eliza-
beth Fisher, by whom he had eight children : Louisa (m.
to William Schaffner) ; Fayetta (m. to John Heighold) ;
Garrick M. F. (m. to Sarah Beyerle) : Emma M. (m.
to Cornelius Stamm) ; Lydia (m. to Amos Huyett) : John;
Sidney, and George (m. to Mary Ann Deppen).

DIETRICH. The Dietrich family is one of the most
numerous and prominent in Berks county. It has
been distinguished for the loyal and intelligent citizen-
ship, and for the honorable and upright lives, of those
bearing the name. The ancestry was of royal blood
in the German empire, and acts of valor and deeds
of philanthropy of the Dietrichs have illumined the
pages of German history for more than one thousand
years. Five distinct houses of Dietrich or Dieterich
have been elevated to the same armorial bearings as
have been worn by the kings and emperors them-
selves. In the New World they have participated in
all the wars of this country, and in times of peace
have been among the industrious and useful mem-
bers of society.

The Dietrich Family .Association was founded along
original lines in the year 1903 by William J. Dietrich.
of Reading. Meetings were held in 1903, at Lenharts-
ville, and in 1904 and 1906 at Kutztown. At the last
meeting were representatives from seventeen States,
and also from Canada and Mexico, and upward of
three thousand persons were present. Up to the pres-
ent time this is the largest family gathering ever held
in Pennsylvania.

In the following record of the family, the Roman
numerals indicate the number of the generation, begin-
ning with the first American ancestor.

(I) Adam Dietrich, born in the German Palatinate,
in the Rhine Valley, Oct. 28, 1740, was reared to agri-
cultural pursuits in his native country, where he also
learned the trade of weaver. In 1751 his elder brother,
Johannes Dietrich, emigrated to America, and settled
m Greenwich township, Berks County. Pa, He was
followed to this country by Adam and another brother,
Casper, m 1767. The two brothers crossed the At-
lantic in the .good ship "Britannia." which qualified at
Philadelphia Oct. 26. 1767. Casper located in North-
ampton county, Pa., where he lived until about 1790.
when he settled m Virginia, from which State his




AA/1LL.IAM RICK

MAYOR OF REATDING 1908-1911



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son, Casper, Jr., served as a soldier in the war of
1812. Casper Dietrich had a large family.

For some years after coming to this country Adam
Dietrich apparently lived in Lowhill township, North-
umberland county, where in 1772 he paid a proprie-
tary tax of $37.96. His occupation was that of a farm-
er and innkeeper at Sunbury. In 1785, when a federal
tax was collected in that county, he was no longer
a resident there, but the State records, and the old
tax lists of Berks county, show him a resident in
Greenwich township, Berks county. In 1779 he owned
there 130 acres of land, four horses and three cows.
In 1780-81-82-83 he was assessed with 130 acres, two
horses, two' cattle in Greenwich; and in 1779-80-81-82-
83-84-85 he was assessed also in Maxatawny township
with two horses, two cattle and two sheep. He conduct-
ed an inn a quarter of a mile northeast of Topton for
some years, in addition to farming in Greenwich. A
warrant for eighty acres of land located in Northumber-
land county was deeded to him Feb. 15, 1767, by the
Commonwealth. On Feb. 15, 1787, he obtained an-
other warrant, this one for sixty acres located in
Greenwich township. In 1785 he bought several lots
of ground located on White Oak street, Kutztown,
from George Kutz. In 1789 he bought from Michael
Roth, who lived in Virginia, a tract of land located
in Maxatawny township, Berks county. This deed
states that Adam Dietrich was a yeoman, and a true
and trusty friend of the grantor. In 1793 he purchased
more land,- this being a tract in Kutztown, from Sam-
uel Schoedler. On November 30, 1809, a warrant was
granted Adam Dietrich by the Commonwealth of Penn-
sylvania for a tract of 200 acres located in Greenwich
township, and this he sold, June 3, 1812, to his young-
est son, Johann Christian, for $2,796. Adam Dietrich
was loyal to his adopted land, and the Dietrich Family
Association have certified records that he was a ser-
geant in Capt. Jacob Baldy's company, under Lieut. -
Col. Joseph Hiester, of Berks county, in the Revolu-
tionary war in 1780.

Adam Dietrich was married before his emigration
to America, and two of his children,' Johann Adam
and Johann George, were born in the Fatherland. He
married Maria Barbara Steinbruch, who was born March
13, 1741, daughter of Jacob Steinbruch. She died on the
homestead in Greenwich township, June 6, 1821, aged
eighty years, two months, twenty-four davs. He died
in Greenwich township March 1, 1817, aged seventy-six
years, four months, and three days. Both Adam Diet-
rich and his wife were stanch Lutherans, and were
members of the Moselem Church (which was estab-
lished in 1742), of which he was an official, and they
are both buried in the cemetery adjoining this church.
To this couple were born seven sons and five daugh-
ters, all but one of whom lived to old age. All the
sons were named Johann, but each was known by his
second name with the exception of the sixth son, who
had no second name. These children v/ere: (1) Jo-
hann Adam, born Dec. 11. 1765, died Au^. 19. 1823,
aged fifty-seven years, eight months, eight days.
(2) Johann Georg. born May 7. 1767, died Nov. 4,
1845, aged seventy-eight years, five months, twenty-
seven days. (3) Maria Barbara, born 1769, m. Jo-
hannes Zimmerman, of Albany township, where their
descendants still reside. (4) Maria Catharine, born
1771, m. Rev. Johann Michael Schmidt, mentioned
elsewhere. (5) Johann Jacob, born June 25, 1773, died
Sept. 1, 1857, aged eighty-four years, twoi months, six
days. (6) Johann Michael, born April 6, 1775, died
June 19, 1861. aged eighty-six years, two months, thir-
teen days. (7) Johann Heinrich, born 1777, died 1857.
(8) Johann, born Jan. 7. 1779, died July 28, 1830. aged
fifty-one years, six months, twenty-one days. (9"! Ma-
ria Elizabeth, born 1781. (10) Johann Christian, born
Jan. 13, 1783, died Nov. 21, 1873, aged ninety years,
ten months, eight days. (11) Maria Magdalena, born
1785. was known by the name of Polly. She m. a
Becker. (12) Anna Margaret, born January, 1787,
died July 14, 1838. aged fifty-one years, six months.



She was called Beckie, and she m. Jacob Heflfner
(1781-1867), of Virginville, Pennsylvania.

(II) Johann Adam Dietrich, oldest son of Adam
the emigrant, was born Dec. 11, 1765, in Germany, and
when a mere child came with his parents to Pennsyl-
vania. He grew up on the farm, and when twenty-one
years old, in 1788, married Catharine Christ, born 1767,
who died in Greenwich in 1837, aged sixty-nine years.
He- lived in Greenwich township for some years, and
then owned a farm on which he lived in the Stony Run,
in Albany township. Here he died suddenly of apo-
plexy, Aug. 19, 1823, aged fifty-seven years, eight
months, eight days. He and his wife are buried at
Grimville. His three children were: Johannes, born
Feb. 26, 1795, died April 1, 1872; George died in in- •
fancy; Mary (1803-1883) m. Jacob Wessner.

(III) Johannes Dietrich (1795i-1872), son of Johann
Adam, lived in the Stony Run, on the homestead
which latterly was owned by his son John, who was
oyer six feet tall, and very strong. Johannes Diet-
rich kept many bees, and was very successful in rais-
ing them. Visitors to his family were treated to an
abundance of honey, which he had the year around.
His sons and grandsons inherited from him the art
of bee raising.

In 1823 he married Catharine Kunkel, born in Al-
bany June 8, 1800, died Sept. 22, 1880, aged eighty
years, three months, fourteen days. They had the fol-
lowing eight children: Polly m. Daniel Fenster-
macher; Rebecca (1824-1891) m. Johannes Schlenker;
Daniel m. Catharyn Dietrich; Anna m. Samuel Mil-
ler; Maria C. m. William S. Mosser; John H. m. Polly
Leiby (they had no issue); one died young; David
(1840-1852).

(IV) Daniel Dietrich, son of Johannes, was born in
Albany on the homestead in Stony Run, where all
his brothers and sisters were also born. He .died on
his farm at the top of Stony Run hill Oct. 5. 1901,
aged seventy years, seven months, eighteen days. He
was a life-long farmer, and also raised bees. He was
an honest and kind-hearted man, tall, strong and a
little stooped; he wore a heavy beard. He and his
family were Lutherans and are buried at Grimville.
His wife, Catharyn Dietrich, a daughter of Michael
Dietrich, died Oct. 10, 1895, in her sixty-sixth year,
rfhey had these seven children: Levi D. m. Mary
Dietrich; Catharyn m. Augustus Dietrich (they have
Newton E. and Walter L.) ; Daniel m. Emma Rein-
hart; Ellen m. Jacob George; Sarah m. Mr. Baer;
Charles A. m. Louisa Kutz; Mary A. m. Nathan
Zimmerman.



(II) Johann Georg Dietrich, born May 7, 1767,
son of Adam the emigrant, came with his parents
to America when a mere child. He located in Green-
wich township, near Dunkel's Church, of which he was
an official Lutheran member. In 1809 his name appears
as a church official and active member. He died Nov.
4, 1845, aged seventy-eight years, five months, twenty-
seven days. He and his wife, Elizabeth Brunner (1773-
1850). are buried there. Their eight children were: (1)
Johannes (born 1793, died 1872) m. Maria Moyer (1793-
1861), and had children: Polly, Hannah, Jeremiah, Het-
tie and Lucinda. Polly and Hettie still live on the farm,
the former past ninety years old, and the latter nearly
ninety. (2) Katie (1796-1870) married Jacob Stoyer,'
and had eight children. (3) Beckie (1798) married
Benjamin Hummel, of Greenwich, and had three chil-
dren. (4) Maria Magdalena (1801-1880) married
John Komp, and had four children. (5) George
B. (born 1805, died 1878) was of (Greenwich.
He married Polly Riegelman. and had children:
Fennias, Jonas, Katie, Lewis and Helena. (6)
Daniel (born Nov. 12, 1809, died Jan. 18. 1842). (7)
Ann married Benjamin Riegelman, of Greenwich town-
ship, and had two children. (8) Lucinda married Jacob
Lesher, of near Topton, Pa., and had six children.



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HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



(III) Daniel Dietrich, son of Johann Georg, was born
Nov. 13, 1809, and died Jan. IS, 1842, aged thirty-two
years, two months, six days; he was buried at Dunkel's
Church. He was a farmer in Greenwich township. On
Oct. 17, 1830, he married Catharine Lesher (1812-1844),
and they had five sons and one daughter, namely: (l)
Benjamin married and had children: John, Mary, Ella,
Rachel and James D. The last named was the father
of Prof. A. M. Dietrich, of Reading. (2) Samuel lived
at Lewisburg, Union county, where he died. He had
two children, Frank and Laura. (3) Daniel died at Mif-
flinburg. Pa., at the age of fifty-four. He had three
children, Charles, George and Irwin. (4) Joel L. (born
June 6, 1837). (5) Isaac is buried at Hamburg. His
son Irwin lives at Schuylkill Haven, Pa. (6) A daugh-
ter.

(IV) Joel L. Dietrich, son of Daniel, born June
6, 1837, in Greenwich township, was reared to farming.
In his young manhood he went to live with his
uncle, Solomon Lesher, who was a farmer in Upper
Tulpehocken township. There he lived some years, and
was married to Catharine Unger, daughter of David
Unger, of that township. Mr. Dietrich worked at car-
pentering for some years, and then engaged again in
farming. He owned a farm of over one hundred acres
in Jefferson township, near Bernville, and this he cul-
tivated some years. He also owned a smaller tract
adjacent. In 1905 he sold his land and retired, mov-
ing into Strausstown, where he makes his home at the
present time. He is a man very highly respected, and
for many years he was active in church life at the
Zion's Blue Mountain Church. To him and his good
wife were born twelve children, as follows: (1) Frank-
lin P. (born April 2, 1860). (2) George B., of Reading,
m. Valeria Groff, and has one daughter, Miary. (3)
Milton C, of Reading, m. in 1890 Ida Fox, and their
children are: Robert F.. Ida S., John J. and Annie C.

(4) William A. (born Feb. 24, 18G6, died Sept. 9, 1903).

(5) Mary m. in 1888, Charles Christman, and has four
sons and four, daughters. (6) Katie m., in 1892, Wil-
liam Kenney, and has one son and four daughters. (7)
Amelia m., in 1889, Calvin Himmelberger, and has
three sons and one daughter. (8) Lizzie m. in 1893,
Levi Christman, brother of Charles, and has a daughter,
Ella. (9) Fietta m., in 1892, Moses Ebling, and they
have four sons and one daughter. (10) Charles (1863-
1884). (11) Isaac, of Rehrersburg, m. Lizzie Gehart.
(12) John, a music teacher and organist and chorister
of the Rehrersburg Lutheran Church, m. Lillian Bright,
and has a son, Charles.

(V) Franklin P. Dietrich, son of Joel L., born
April 2. 1860, at Schaefferstown. Jefferson township,
this county, is a farmer in Bern township. He obtained
a common school education, and remained at home un-
til he was thirty-two years of age. He then began
farming in Cumru township, near Mt. Penn Furnace,
where he remained three years. In the spring of 1902
he went to his present farm, located near Leinbachs, in
Bern township. This farm, which contains thirty-seven
acres of good land, he purchased from Jacob Balthaser.
In his young inanhood he learned the painter's trade,
and this he followed for nineteen years, of which time
three years were passed in Reading and three years
in business for himself at Strausstown. He is an ener-
getic and progressive citizen. In politics he is a Dem-
ocrat, and in religious connection he and all his family
are members of Eplers Lutheran Church. On June 18,
1893, he married Ellen Schlappig, daughter of William
and Mary (Savage) Schlappig, of Upper Bern. They
have three children, all in school: Lillie, Mary and
Charles W.

(V) William A. Dietrich, son of Joel L., born
in Upper Tulpehocken township Feb. 24, 1866. died at
Strausstown Sept. 9, 1903, aged thirty-seven years, six
months, fifteen days, and was buried at Blue Mountain
Church. He was a musician of note, was organist of
Blue Mountain Church and Sunday-school for seven
years, a leader of the Strausstown choir, and made



great efforts to improve the younger element in vocal
and instrumental music. He was a man of high ideals,
and was greatly beloved by all who knew him. By
trade he was a stone-cutter, and this he followed in con-
nection with the teaching of music. He moved to
Strausstown in 1895 from Hamburg, having lived in the
latter place three years, there following the profession
of music teacher with great success.

On April 29, 1892, he married Sallie M. Potteiger,
daughter of William Potteiger, a former member of
the State Legislature, and justice of the peace of Berks
county many years. No children were born to them.

(II) Johann Jacob Dietrich, son of Adam the emi-
grant, was born in Berks county, June 25. 1773, and he
died on his farm in Albany township, whither he had
moved in 1817, Jan. 1. 1857. He was an official member
of the Lutheran congregation of the Union Church at
Lenhartsville, and is buried in the cemetery there. He
was an extensive landowner. In about 1817 he settled
at "Spitzenburg," in Albany township, where he suc-
cessfully conducted a tannery and hotel for many years.
On Jan. 30, 1829, he purchased seventeen acres and
three rods from Jacob Trautman, a neighbor in Albany
township. On Dec. 22, 1829, he obtained a grant from
the Commonwealth, through the Secretary of the Land
Office, for sixteen acres, twenty-six perches, for $33.-
78. This tract was lying adjacent to his other land.
He also purchased a tract from John Stoudt, a
neighbor, for £3,100. From the Christian Henry
estate (to whom it had been ceded by the Common-
wealth) he obtained 194 acres, 84 perches, in Albany,
and adjoining his other land. He owned about 500
acres of land in the southern end of Albany township,
around the south and west base of Spitzenburg, part
of this land lying across the Albany line into Green-
wich township, and he was known as "Spitzenburger
Jake Dietrich." This land is now divided into three
large farms: The 148-acre farm owned by Jacob H.
Dietrich (son of Samuel P. and grandson of Johann
Jacob); the Nathan Stump farm (on which Johann Jac-
ob Dietrich built the present barn in 1837); and the
Simon Bautsch farm. The last named tract was the
homestead farm of Mr. Dietrich, and on it is a one and
one-half story stone house, which was erected in about
1760 by the Henry family, the original owners. This
had no cellar, and was used as a church many years
ago, and also as a schoolhouse, one Karl Cook being the
teacher. In a corner in the wall was a hollow or hole,
in which the Holy Bible was kept, Mr, Dietrich kept
a very popular hotel, known as "Dietrich's Hotel,"
in this house for many years, and about 1800 built a
stone addition on the west side. Battalion days were
held annually in an open field at the Spitzenburg, and on
this day the militia met and drilled in all the splendor
they could muster. Each company tried to exhibit the
best discipline, Dietrich's battalion was always largely
attended, and was a very joyful occasion, the ladies in
their bright attire adding to the brilliance of the scene.
The day, however, usually wound up somewhat disas-
trously, as the disputes regarding the relative merits
of those participating in the day's work were frequent-
ly settled by blows. Mr. Dietrich was also a distiller,
and burned considerable apple-jack, the ruins of his old
distillery still being visible in the meadow facing the
house. He sold a "smaller," a drink of apple-jack, for two
cents. I-Ie was a man of no little prominence and
influence in his district, and while of mild disposition,
and kind heart, he was unbending in his convictions,
and was very strict in his discipline of his children.
He was smooth-shaven, had black hair and clear white
teeth, and though small in stature was possessed of
great strength, being able to carry twelve bushels of
wheat at one time, six bushels of which he could
shoulder alone.

In 1806 Johann Jacob Dietrich married Christina
Peiffer (1786-1861), and they became the parents of
eleven children, namely: (1) Daniel (born 1808, died



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1872) m. Anna Christman. (2) Samuel (born 1810, died
1898) m. Sarah Heinly. (3) Henry (born 1812) m.
Anna Kline. (4) Jacob P. m. Leah Greenanwald. (5)
Gideon P. (born 1815, died 1898) m. Susan Moser. (6)
Solomon P. (born 1817, died 1901) m. Anna Hein. He
was a well-known citizen of Albany township. (7) Pol-
ly (born 1819, died 1900) m. Charles Greenanwald. (8)
Sally m. Peter Kline. (9) Moses P. (born 1824, died
1906) m. Anna Dreibelbis, owned and conducted a grist
mill on the Ontelaunee, at Lenhartsville, for many
years. (10) Charles P. (born Nov. 11, 1826), formerly a
well known citizen of Albany township, who how lives
at Reading, m. Kate Smith. (11) Caroline (born 1830)
m. Peter Krause, of Klinesville. He died in the nine-
tieth year of his age, in 1909. She died shortly after-
ward.

(III) Daniel Dietrich, eldest child of Johann Jacob,
was born in Albany township, July 27, 1808, and died
of smallpox at Reading, Aug. 30, 1872, aged sixty-four
years, one month, three days. He was first engaged in
farming immediately west of the borough of Kutztown,
from there moving to Oley township, where he was
engaged in farming for many years. On retiring from
agricultural work, he moved to Reading, and there for
ten years conducted a dairy, meeting with great suc-
cess. In 1833 he married Anna Christman, born May
6, 1814, daughter of Peter Christman. She died Oct.
24, 1883. Both Daniel Dietrich and his wife are buried
in the Charles Evans cemetery. They had a family of
thirteen sons, and we have record of the following:
(1) James M. (born Aug. 11. 1834, died in Nebraska,
Feb. 5, 1901) m. Sarah Neiferd, of Iowa, and had seven
children — Franklin, Daniel, John, Charles. Rebecca,
Mary and Amelia — and fourteen grandchildren. (2)
Daniel P. (3) Charles C. (born Oct. 20, 1837) lives at
No. 923 Elm street, Reading. He m. Sophia Gehret,
who has been an invalid since 1898, and they have had
four children: Mary Ann. Cyrus (1862-1891), Alice and
Amanda. (4) Penrose (born 1838) m. Wilhelmina
Mary Buchanan, from the West, and has children: Anna
Mary, William F., Edward C, Franklin A., Carrie M.,
Albert A. and Elmer J. (5) Alfred m. Beckie Fisher,
and lives at No. 110 North Tenth street, Reading. No
issue. (6) Francis F. (born Jan. 6, 1841) m. in 1872,
Amanda Jane Zumbrun, of the West, and they live in
Nebraska. Their children are: Alvin M., Truman O.,
Mary A., Emma M., Fianna S., George F.. Valetta J. and
Lloyd J. (7) Thomas T. (born Feb. 29, 1848) m. and
with his son, Fred W., lives in the West. (8) Alvin, of
Yellow House, Berks county, m. Catharine Miller, and
has children: Oscar M.. Alvin M.. Elmer M., Bertha,
Anna, Katharyn and Mary. He also has four grand-
children. (9) Cyrus died young. (10) Jacob (born
1850, died 1897) was unmarried. His remains rest in
the Charles Evans cemetery at Reading.

(IV) Daniel P. Dietrich, the second oldest son of
Daniel, was born in Albany township, June 12, 1836.
He was educated in the schools of Albany and Green-
wich townships, and when fourteen years of age was
sent to Columbia county by his father to obtain an
English education. While at this place he made his
home with his uncle, Gideon Dietrich, and he attended
school until eighteen years of age. He remained with
his uncle eight years, the last four at work on his
uncle's farm. At the age of twenty-two years he went
to. Montour county, and there in Derry township worked
on a farm. In 1859 and 1860 he operated a farm for
his father-in-law, Leonard Raub, and he later became
foreman for a large lumber company in Cameron coun-
ty. Pa., remaining there four years. He again worked
at farming, following this occupation for ten years,
when he removed to Richardson county. Neb., where he
worked on a farm for three years. He then purchased
a farm which he operated for nine years, and then
bought 440 acres in Buffalo county. Neb., and 360 acres
in Phillips county, Kans. These large farms he oper-
ated successfully for sixteen years, selling them at
a very large profit. He understood the nature of the



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