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stead of his grandfather, Casper Hess. Mr. Lotz built
his residence on the southeast corner of Fifth and
Windsor, and there he also had his shop and slaughter
houses, which were very complete. Mr. Lotz retired
from business in ]904, and the family now reside at
No, 715 North Fourth street. Reading. In politics, Mr.



Lotz is a Republican, and in 1864 cast his first vote
for Abraham Lincoln. He served in the common coun-
cil from 1880 to 1884 from the Seventh ward. He and
his family are members of the Reformed church.

In ISoO Mr. Lotz married Rebecca Nagle, daughter
of Henry and Mary (Homan) Nagle, and they had a
family as follows: Alice m. Ellsworth Leinbach, of
Reading; Harry W. is engaged in a laundry business
at Reading; Sue is at home; William was accidentally
killed on the Reading railroad at Blandon, Pa., on
June 5, 1904. leaving a daughter Edna. Mys. Casper H.
Lotz died suddenly Feb. 25, 1909.

GEORGE A. LEINBACH, late of Reading, who was
well known in business circles as the junior member of
the firm of Leinbach & Bros., died at his residence. No.
611 Walnut street, Reading, at four o'clock, Thursday
afternoon, Sept. 21, 1905. He was born in Bern township
Sept. 29, 1843, son of Christian and Susan (Althouse)
Leinbach.

The Leinbach family is an old one in Berks county.
Mr. George A. Leinbach's line of descent from the earliest
known American ancestor, Johannes Leinbach, Sr., was
through Johannes, Jr. (and his wife Catharine Riehm),
John Daniel (member of the State Assembly from Berks
county in 1790), and Christian (and his wife Susan Alt-
house).

At the age of eighteen years George A. Leinbach en-
listed in Company H, 104th P. V. I., being mustered in
Sept. 5, 1863. On Oct. 21, 1864, he was promoted to ser-
geant-major of the regiment, and he served until the
close of the war, receiving his honorable discharge June
16, 1865. In the fall of the same 3'ear Mr, Leinbach
and his brother, Joseph A., formed a partnership and
engaged in the clothing business, continuing thus until the
death of George A. In business circles Mr. Leinbach
was known as an active and progressive man, always able
to see an opportunity and grasp it. His business principles
were hard steady work, fair, square dealing, courteous
and gentle manners. The business which he and his broth-
er started gradually enlarged until their establishment be-
came the leading and best known clothing house in the
city of Reading.

Mr. Leinbach never took an active part in politics, but
in religious work was very active, being very charitable,
and distributing much in that way. He was a member of
St. Paul's Reformed Church, and was a member of the
Consistory. At the last session of the General Synod of
the Reformed Church before his death Mr. Leinbach was
elected a member of the Board of Ministerial Relief.

]\Ir. Leinbach married ^Miss Emma C. Shartle, daughter
of Benneville and Mary (Shenk) Shartle. She survives
her husband and makes her home in Reading. The only
child born to Mr. and Mrs. Leinbach still surviving is
Katharine L., wife of C. Clarence Long, of Reading, and
mother of a son, George Leinbach Long.

George Leinbach Long, grandson of George A. Leinbach,
possesses a beautiful claw foot Chippendale chair, which
was used by John Daniel Leinljach in the Colonial As-
sembly which met at Philadelphia in 17:;."). The chair
was the property of Pennsylvania, but when Mr. Leinbach's
term of office expired he bought it and brought it home,
and it has since descended to the nearest and eldest male
Leinbach. Its history as printed on the back of the
chair is as follows: "Daniel Leinbach, of Gilbertsyille,
Montgomery Co., was a member of the Colonial Assembly
held in the State House of Philadelphia, 1735, and when
his term had expired he bought the chair he had used
in the Assembly from the State as a memento, paving
$5.00 for the unique piece of furniture."

D. WEBSTER BLAND KUPP, M. D.. a popular
physician, residing at Gibraltar, Berks Co., Pa., has met
with success in his chosen calling. He was born at
Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill county, July 4. 1857.

The original spelling of the name was "Krupp,'' and
the family is distantly related to the noted gun makers




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BIOGRAPHICAL 593

Frederick Kriipp, great-grandfather of Dr. Kupp, emi- sician and loyal friend, belonging to that happy class

grated from. Germany^ and became one of the early set- of useful men, now all too fast disappearing in the rush

tiers lof Union township, Berks county, taking up a large of modern life — the family physicians.
tract of land opposite Douglassville, and there he en- Qn March 15 1882 Dr. Kupp was united in marriage

gaged in farmiiig and blacksmithing. Frederick Krupp ^^^^ Amanda Smith, daughter of Jacob Smith, of

had four sons: William, John, Frederick and Henry. shenkel, Chester Co.', Pa. To this union were born

John Kupp, son of Frederick, was born in Union ^^^ ^^^^. warren Newton, born May 34, 1884, died
township, Berks county, and became his fathers sue- j^ ^ggg ^„^ Webster Bland, born Jan. 13, 1889,
cessor in both farming and blacksmithing. He was a ' jualed from the preparatory department of Dick-
member' of the German Baptist Church of Chester ? ^^„ College in June 1907, and then entered the Med-
county Pa. He had seven children: William, Samuel. ■ ^ Department of the Medico-Chirurgical College,
John, Isaac, Harrison Elizabeth m. Jacob Haws, a Philadelphia, Pa., to take up the profession so ably
carpenter and undertaker of Union township) and Mary followed by his- father. Mrs Kupp died June 6, 1906.
E. (m. Henry W. T.tlow, of Pottstown, Montgomery ^^ ^^^.^ married (second) Anna F. (Warmkessel)
«-o., ra.) ■ ^i. ,j -vr Wolfe, widow of Dr. William S. Wolfe, of Fleetwood,

Isaac Kupp son of John was born in the old Kupp p \^. ^^-^^ j^^^ ^^^^ blessed with one daughter.

Wn;/?h- t.'iW \r^i .Th^'Th .T °°f\,.^^ Miriam Bland, born March 6, 1908. Dr. and M.rs. Kupp

learned the tailors trade, and conducted a clothing ^re members of the Lutheran Church,
store at Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill county. Pa.,, and

later one at Pittston, Pa His health failed, and in 1860 gAMUEL C. MAYER, for over fifty years a prom-
he gave up his mercantile business and returned to the ■ j j^^^ ^f Reading, where he died at an advanced
v,™'A'if''i^ •'■ A ";/> ^ l-rj'^^' .t Py"'" age. was prominent both in the business life and ad-
l^lli t' .^l^u^l "P"^*?"^ \' "-"'-l^'' Alf'V!'^ ministration of public affairs of that city.
3,1893 In 1840 he became a local mimster of the Meth- y^^_ y^ .^^s ^ nati,^,^ of Lancaster. Pa., born
odist Episcopal Church, and was a preacher through all ^ jj ^^ \g^, g^,, j,f George Louis and Esther
the remainder of his life. On Aug. 4 1839 he married ((fiarkson) Mayer. He received his education in his
Margaret L. Bland,. who was born Jan. 19 1819, daughter ^^^jj^^ ^ ^1^^^^ he passed his early boyhood, being
of Edward and Martha Bland. Edward Bland was born ^-^^^^^ ^f ^^en he came to Reading. His
^!^^; ^\ ^^^\.^^^ belonged to the old Bland family g^gt business venture here was in the hardware line,
of Mt. Airy, Union township, Berks county. Pa. He ;„ association with his cousins, John and William
was the father of the following children: Edward born j^eim, and later he entered into partnership with his
Ja». 23 1794; Catherine, Dec. 7, 1798; Mary. July 16, brother-in-law, A. M. Hart, in the dry-goods busi-
1800; Ann, April 13. 1803; William, Sept 13, 1804; ^ggg jjg ^as also interested in the West Reading
Samuel, Niov. 13, 1806; Robert; Jan. 23, 1809; Adam, Roller Mill, which he served as secretary and treas-
May 5, 1811; John, Jan. 6, 1816; and Margaret L., Jan. ^je,., and in all his enterprises he proved his right to
19, 1819. To Isaac and Margaret L. (Bland) Kupp were ^^e high standing he enjoyed among business men
born four children, namely: Elizabeth Anna, born May ^vherever known

3, 1845, died Aug. 27, 1880; Edward Newton, born Dec. ^j ^he breaking out of the Civil war Mr. Mayer

10, 1847, read law with John S. Richards, a leading mem- enlisted for service in the Union army, becoming a

ber of the Berks County Bar, and after graduating with member of Company C, 42d Pennsylvania Volun-

first honors at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., Sept. 1, teers, and he was a soldier until the close of the con-

1868, took charge of a classical institute at St. Michaels, fijct ft .^^as after his return from the army that he

Md., and died at that place Dec. 30, 1868; Walter Earl, began to take an active interest in municipal affairs

born Sept. 5, 1853, died Nov. 17, 1855; and D. Webster ;„ Reading. He was a stanch member of the Demo-

• B.. born July 4. 1857. cratic party, and as its candidate, in 1871. was elected

Dr. D. Webster B. Kupp received his early education mayor of the city by a majority of 451 votes, his Re-
in the Hill school at Pottstown, Montgomery county, publican opponent being William Geiger. He served
and he began the study of medicine with Dr. Franklin one term in that responsible incumbency, giving thor-
R. Gerhard, of Douglassville, Berks county. After a ough satisfaction to his constituency and maintaining
three-years course he graduated from the Medical De- the high reputation he had made in business life. In
partment of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadel- 1868-70 Mr. Mayer was a member of the common
phia, Pa., March 15, 1882. On June 1, 1882, he located council, representing the Seventh ward. Mr. Mayer
at Gibraltar, Berks county, for the practice of Mfedicine. was in poor health for a number of years toward the
and there he has continued ever since. He has built close of his life, suffering from a complication of
up a large practice and has won a warm place in the ailments, but his last illness was comparatively brief,
hearts of the people in the village and in the surround- He died at his residence No. 144 North Fifth street,
ing country. on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 25, 1906, aged eighty-

Dr. Kupp is a firm believer in the principles of the two years, five months, eight days. He was a member

Republican party. In 1885 and 1897 he was a delegate of the Episcopal Church.

to the Republican State convention from Berks county, Mr. Maye-r married Miss Mary A. Hunter, whom

and in 1892 was alternate delegate to the National Re- he survived a number of years, the only surviving

publican Convention at Minneapolis, Minn. For many member of his family being Miss Mary H. Mayer,

years has been a member of the county committee, principal of the Girls' high school, Reading.
From 1899 to 1905 he was a member of the school board

in Robeson township, filling at different times the LATSHAW. The first of the name of Latshaw in

offices of president, secretary and treasurer of the America came to Pennsylvania late in the eighteenth

■ board. Since May 1. 1898, he has been a memiber of century, and settled_ either in Chester or Montgomery

the board of Pension Examiriing Surgeons and sec- county, and there his son John was born. John Lat-

retary of the board since 1899. He is an ardent friend shaw, on reaching manhood, settled in the vicinity

and supporter of the Hon. Boies Penrose, senior Senator of Fritztown, Berks county.

of Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1903 Dr. Kupp was John Latshaw (3), son of John and grandfather of
raised a Mason in Union Lodge. No. 479, F. & A. M.; Howard and Adam Latshaw, was born in Spring
He is a charter member and past president of Wash- township about 1804, and died in middle life. He was
ington Camp. No. 593, P. O. S. of A., of Gibraltar. He a tailor by trade, and was also engaged for many
is a member of the Berks County Medical Society, has years in quarrying stone, which he disposed of to con-
been a member of the State Medical Society since June tractors. He married Polly (Mary) Hinnershitz, and
39, 1887. and of the American Medical Association since to them were born the following children: Jacob; John
1896. Dr. Kupp is both the practical, resourceful phy- (3); Abraham; Isaac; Harriet, m. to Solomon Yerger-
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594 HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Mary, m. to Valentine Moyer; Jonas; Catherine, who Myers, of Reading, and now holds membership in

died at the age of ten years; Joseph, a farmer of Bethany Lutheran Church of West Reading.

Spring township; and Susan, m. to John Moyer. Both On Sept. 15 1884 Mr. Latshaw was married to

John (3) and his wife are buried at Hain's Church. Annie Eyrich, born Oct 17, IfS./vho died Dec. 9

John Latshaw (3) was born Nov. 7, 1838, in Spring l^"^.' .'daughter of Franklm and Mary Ann (Adam)

J""".-^'"-= J ' .^ ,-' . rj-^ „, ' ,„ »r,^i Evnch, the former of whom lost his life at the age

township, and died Aug. 29, 1903. He was an engi- ^^ twenty-three years, when with his brother on a

neer and was sixteen years with the G. AA' Alexan- jg^^g^^e trip, he slipped on the deck of a steamer

der Company, of Reading. During the Cml war he ^^^^^j ^^,1 overboard. Mrs. Latshaw had the following

enlisted as a member of Battery F, 1st Pa. Light Ar- half-brothers and sisters: Annie; Richard;" Robert

tillery, being mustered into service Feb. 13, 1864. He Pattison; Mary Ann; Carrie' and Katharine A., all

served in the Second Army Corps, Army of the Po- Qf ^hom are deceased, with the exception of Miss

tomac, and among others participated in the following Katharine A., who with her mother resides at the

engagements: Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Har- home of Mr. Latshaw in West Reading,
bor and siege of Petersburg. He was mustered out

with his regiment June 9. 1865, and was given an GEORGE H. LASH, deceased, who was long a

honorable discharge. Mr. Latshaw married Rebecca citizen of the city of Reading, being employed for a

Reedy, born Dec. 28, 1839, who died Sept. 36, 1903, period of thirty years at the Seyfert McManus Iron

daughter of John Reedy, of Spring township, and chil- Company, was born in Baden, Germany, June 21, 1819.

dren as follows were born to them: Mary E.; J. Mr. Lash was educated in the common schools of

William, who died suddenly in 1907, aeed forty-three his native country, where he was employed until his

years; Thomas; Adam, of Reading, m. to Christina F. twenty-eighth year, at which time, in 1847, he came

Bower; Howard; and Catherine. Mr. and Mrs. Lat- to America. He at once came to Reading, finding

shaw are buried at Sinking Spring burial ground. employment as a laborer, but later entered the employ

Adam Latshaw, son of John (3), was born at Sink- of Seyfert & McManus, in whose iron mill he worked
ing Spring, May 13, 1868. When still quite young as engineer for thirty years. Mr. Lash died Aug. 31,
he learned the hatting trade, and during the summer 1893, aged seventy-three years, two months,
months he worked at the trade at Alexander's Hat Mr. Lash was married to Mary Ann Wonderly,
Factory at West Reading, and during the winters he daughter of Henry and Mary (Whitman) Wonderly,
attended school. For about six years he was em- and to this union there were born twelve children,
ployed by the Alexanders, and later he worked for all of whom are now deceased with the exception of
Kessler's at Reading for about seven years. In 1895 Philip H. and George F. Mr. Lash was a valued mem-
he commenced working at the John Hendel & Son ber of the Lutheran Church, which he attended reg-
Hat Factory in Reading, and continued with them ularly. In his political views he was a Democrat,
as journeyman until 1901, when he was made foreman His widow resides at No. 924 Spruce street, where
of the blocking department. This position he has since the family has lived since 1869.
most capably iilled. and being a good mechanic him-
self, he is able to direct wisely the nine men in his ADAM H. LEADER, one of Reading's successful
charge. Since 189-1 he has resided in his own home business men, has been prominent in public life as
at No. 118 Hamilton street, and in 1905 he built his well, having in 1896 become city comptroller, and later
present handsome residence, a two-story brick, to mayor. He was born March 22, 1867, in Reading,
take the place of the former home at that number, son of Jacob and Sarah (Herb) Leader.
He is the owner of some fine pigeons, all flying Jacob Leader, grandfather of Adam H., was born
homers, and of these he has from one to three hundred in Montgomery county. Pa., whence he removed to
all the time. His best bird won a 500-mile race. He Bern township, Berks county, and later to Reading.^
also keeps fancy chickens, white, brown and buff Leg- where he died,
horns, as well as other fancy breeds. Jacob Leader, son of Jacob, was born in Bern town-

On July 6, 1894, Adam Latshaw was married to ship in 1838, and in 1850 located in Reading, where

Christina (or Christie) F. Bower, daughter of John the rest of his life was spent at the molder's trade,

and Christina Fredericka (Bower) Bower, both na- He was a stanch Republican, but never cared for pub-

tives of Wittenberg. Germany, who emigrated to lie office. His religious belief was that of the Cov-

America, landing at Castle Garden July 4, 1881. Mr. enant Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was

and Mrs. Bower have five children; Maria Catharine, a trustee. Mr. Leader married Sarah Herb, born in

Christina Fredericka. Wilhelm Frederick, Rosanna 1840, and four children were born to this union,

Barbara and Martin Frederick. Mr. and Mrs. Latshaw namely: Adam H.; Sadie M., m. to Irwin B. Homan,

have one daughter, Rosiena Helen, an accomplished of Reading; and J. Elmer and Harry R., machinists of

musician who began playing the piano when only Reading.

seven years of age, and who is now attending the Adam H. Leader received his education in the pub-
public schools. lie and high schools of Reading, graduating in 1884
Howard Latshaw, son of John (3) and brother of from the latter at the age of seventeen years. He
Adam, was born in Spring township Sept. 15, 1870, learned surveying, and was engaged therein for about
and was educated in the township schools. He was seven years, at the end of which time he entered the
but thirteen years of age when he learned the hatting real estate field, in which he has been eminently suc-
trade with G. W. Alexander & Co., with whom he cesstul. In 1889 Mr. Leader formed a partnership
served a full apprenticeship of three and one-half with Mr. H. H. Roland, and continued this business
years. He continued in the employ of this firm until for a period of twelve years.

March 1, 1890, when he engaged in the grocery busi- Mr. Leader's political affiliations are with the Re-

ness at the corner of Chestnut street and_ Second av- publican party, in the ranks of which he has been a

enue, West Reading, where he owns a brick dwelling stanch and steady standard bearer. In 1S93 he was

15x43 feet, with additions. He carries a full line of elected to the office of city assessor for a term of

general merchandise, and he possesses the full confi- three years, and he was subsequently placed in charge

dence of the community in which his business is of the finances of the city, being elected to the posi-

located, his goods being of the best quality and his tion of comptroller, for also one term of three years,

prices moderate. In addition to his home and busi- In 1899 he was elected mayor of the city of Reading",

ness property Mr. Latshaw owns much other valu- and served a full term, until April, 1903, after which

able building property in the borough, and is consid- he_ entered the contracting field, his principal business

ered one of the most substantial business men in being municipal work such as street paving and the

West Reading. In politics he is a Democrat. He construction of sewers and filtration plants, and he is

was baptized and confirmed by the Rev. William H. now building a water filtering plant (known as the



BIOGRAPHICAL



595



Burkhart plant) for the city of Reading. Fraternally
Mr. Leader is connected with Reading Lodge No. 549,
F. & A. M., and Progressive Lodge, L O. O. F.

On June 23, 1898, Mr. Leader married Mary K.
Fisher, daughter of Wellington H. and Caroline Fisher,
of Reading.

JOHN SAUER, who passed many years in Reading
engaged in shoemaking and in the retail shoe business,
died suddenly Feb. 3, 1908. He was a native of Bavaria,
born in 1844, son of John Sauer, Sr., and his wife, Anna
Eva (Georg) Sauer.

John Sauer, Sr., was born in H-ahnbach, Bavaria,
Germany, in 1811. In August, 1854, he came to Amer-
ica with his wife and children, and located in Readihg,
Pa., where he found work as a roof-tile and brick'maker.
In Germany he had married Anna Eva Georg, daughter
of Nicholas Georg, and their children were: Abolonia,
m. to Christoph Sauer, of Germany (he died in Read-
ing); Barbara, m. to Joseph Waltman, a boiler maker,
and living at No. 109 North Ninth street, Reading;
John; and Anna, m. to Adam Leithan, deceased. The
mother died in January following their arrival in Amer-
ica. Mr. Sauer married a second time, and this wife
also preceded him in death. He died in 1894, and is
buried in the Catholic cemetery at Reading. He was
a member of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, and was
always interested in its work.

John Sauer, whose name heads this sketch, was six-
teen years old when he began to learn the shoemaker's
trade, and he 'worked at it until a year before his
death when failing eyesight caused him to give it up.
He still, however, continued his retail shoe business, at
No. 350 North Ninth street, a place he had occupied
for thirty-five years, and which building he owned.
For some years he conducted a cigar shop in connec-
tion with his shoe shop, and he made shoes for Martin
Streng, whose store was at No. 715 Penn street. When
the latter died Mr. Sauer gave up his cigar business,
and opened a shoe store, making and repairing boots
and shoes. He was a fine workman and by steady in-
dustry and good business sagacity he amassed a com-
fortable fortune. Not all of his time was given to the
shoe business, as he became interested in the Hamp-
den Knitting Mills Company, and was one of its direc-
tors at the time of his death. In public affairs he was
more than an interested on-Iooker — he was an active
participant, and as a Democrat represented the Ninth
ward in the common council one term, and in the select
council two terms.

Mr. Sauer was a member of St. Paul's Catholic
Church, and a charter member of the Catholic Literary
Union of the Bonifacius Brotherhood. In the latter
society, organized forty-two years ago, he had been
president twelve successive years, and previous to thav
time had served as vice-pres'ident and in other posi-
tions. He also belonged to the Holy Cross Beneficial
Society of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Sauer married Nov. 26, 1869, Margaret Knapp,
daughter of George Knapp, and she with six children
survives him, the children being: John E.; Catharine,
m. to George Born; George C. ; Francis S.; Rose, m.
to Jacob Ashenbrenner; and Adam.

George Knapp, father of. Mrs. Sauer,' was a native
of Germany, who came to America in his young man-
hood, and settled in Reading. He was a stone cutter
by trade, and helped to build the entrance to the Charles
Evans cemetery, Reading. He married Margaret Moss,
a native of the same German town as he, though
their marriage took place in this country. Their chil-
dren were: Margaret, Catharine, Barbara and Rosa.

ALVIN DUNLAP, superintendent of the United
Traction Company, of Reading, is a self-made man
who by sheer force of ability has risen from the
ranks to his present responsible position.

The Dunlap family have lived in Berks county for
about forty-five years, Mr. Dunlap's father, Thomas,



having come to Reading from Chester county. He was
a grocer by occupation and was so engaged at the
time of his death, May 30, 1900, when aged sixty-two
years. He married Sarah Margaret Smith, who died
about six months before her husband, the mother of
ten children, five of whom she outlived. ' Those who
are still living are: William, a street railway con-
ductor; Sarah Ellen, m. to Lewis Schott, a grocer
in Readitig; Howard F., a farmer in Lancaster county;
and Alvin.

Alvin Dunlap was born Sept. 30, 1863, in Reading.
Until he was thirteen he attended the public schools,
but was then obliged to start working.. He began
in 1875 as a driver of a horse car and has been con-
nected with the street car service ever since. Not
many months after his appearance as a driver, he at-
tracted the attention of some one on the staff of the
Eagle, and in the issue of Jan. 21, 187S, he was given,
a big write-up, and a successful future Was prophe-



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