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sied for him. His rise was both steady and rapid,
and as early as 1891 he reached the position of
despatcher. In 1900 he became assistant superintend-
ent, and four years later^ was promoted to his present
office of superintendent, 'and he has about three hun-
dred men under his personal control. His rise has
been due to merit alone, for he possesses the qualities
specially requisite for success in a traction business.-

Mr. Dunlap has been twice married. His first wife,
who died about seventeen years ago, was Miss Mar-
garet Snell, daughter of 'a veteran of the Civil war,
who died from a wound received during that struggle.
There were three children by this union: Thomas
Alvin, a railway conductor; Anna Margaret, m. to
Harry F. Hertzog, a conductor; and Ellen, at home.
The present Mrs. Dunjap was Miss Sallie Endy,
daughter of Jediah Endy, of Reading. Mr. Dunlap
is a member of St. James Lutheran Church. In poli-
tics he is a good Republican, but has too little time
to spare from his duties as superintendent to be active
in politics. Fraternally he belongs to Vigilance Lodge,
No. 194, I. O. O. F.; Castle No. 63, Knights of the
Golden Eagle; and Juniata Tribe, No. 74, I. O. R. M.
He has long been connected with the United Traction
Company's Employees Benefit Association, in which
at present he holds the office of treasurer.

HARVEY A. SPANNUTH, proprietor of the Kemp-
ton Creamery, was born at Crosskill Mills, Bethel
township, Berks Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1877, son of Eman-
uel and Lydia (Trautman) Spannuth.

On the memorable Christmas night of 1776, when
General Washington crossed the Delaware and sur-
prised and captured the German contingent of the
British army, one Henry Spannuth was made a pris-
oner. He was a native of Brussels and had been hired
as a British soldier, but after he had met his Ameri-
can captors and was released by them, like many
others he not only refused to take up arms against
them, but on the other hand cast his lot in with the
struggling patriots and assisted them in their battle
for justice. After the close of the Revolution, he set-
tled in Lebanon county. Pa., on land now owned by
Jonathan Yeiser. Here he reared his family, and died.
His children were: Jacob and George (twins). Mol-
lie, Elizabeth, Catherine, Christian, Eva and Sarah^
long since deceased.

George Spannuth was born Nov. 17, 1800, in Jack-
son township, Lebanon county. In. 1823 he married
Mary Weber, of Bethel township, and of their seven
children six grew to maturity: ' Andrew. J. Henry,
Emanuel, Mary, George and John, of whom the last
survivor was J. Henry, who died Feb. 8, 1908.

Emanuel Spannuth, son of Georee, was born in
Jackson township, Lebanon county, Feb. 2, 1828, and
died Feb. 13, 1896. In his young manhood he came
to Berks county, and he purchased the Newcomet
Mill m Bethel township, Berks county, and for thirty-
five years conducted it with great success. This he



596 HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

remodeled at great expense and made it thoroughly county, Pa., Mr. Kreider being descended from the

up-to-date, being one of the first roller mills between latter.

Hamburg and Lebanon. It had a capacity of sev- William Kreider, grandfather of the Alderman, lived
enty-five barrels per day (twenty-four hours). It is in Lititz, Lancaster county. He went to Florida and
said that altogethef the mill cost him $50,000, took part in the Seminole Indian war and was never
but he had a large local trade and regardless of the heard from afterward. Edwin W. Kreider, the Alder-
amount expended on his mill, he made a good per cent man's father, was then but four years old. He be-
on his investment. This mill and the one hundred came a carriage builder and died in Reading May 17,
acres of land belonging to the mill property had been 1904, aged seventy-four years. He^ married Ange-
in the Newcomet name for a century. Mr. Spannuth lina Missemer, daughter of Samuel Missemer, who was
employed six or seven men all the time, and he was in the cigar business at Catasauqua, and they were
succeeded in this mill by his son Acquillas, who now the parents of ten children, four of whom are deceased:
operates it and owns the property. It was burned E. W., who died in 1876, aged fourteen years; George
Oct. 1, 1891. causing a loss of $12,000. Mr. Spannuth B., who died in 1866, aged two years; Mary Ida, who
was a Republican and for many years was com- died in infancy in 1860; and Clarence, a book-
mitteeman of his party, and he was delegate to various deeper who died in 1903. The surviving children
county conventions. He and his family were members ^"^e Milton C; Frankhn _S.. a constable of the Fourth
of the Lutheran congregation of Klopp's Union ^"d, Reading; Annie, wife of Benjamin Schoenberger,

Church, in which he had held membership for forty '^J^^A°'^^'''Sj''^''''''l>l^^^^

, J 11 J i_ *„ T lOQo u „ K-Olana ana Henry, carriage painters oi Reading.

years, and was deacon, elder and trustee. In 1882 when A/r;r(.„„ r tt^^-.aL, „„„ i ,„ n/r„,„u oo 10c.. j

IT, ■ X 1 1 ■ L -1^ 1 1. • r iT_ Milton L.. Kreider was born March 23, 1854. and

the present church was built he was chairman of the , „ „„ ,. . , . ,, ui- 1,1 t ^""•»^> t"-^

, -ij. .., TT u ■ J ■ ^u * he was educated in the public schools. Leaving home

building committee. He was buried in the cemetery „. ,.„ „„ f ^ ^ t- c ^ ^■

J- ■ ■ -r- , c it. ■ J T 1- T i at the age of seventeen years his first occupation was

adjoining. Emanuel Spannuth married Lydia Traut- ,,. i,.„j;„„ „^?, ^u i • -lj "^v^">'.'»'- ""

11.. TT iUTi ju -J at herding cattle on the plains. He spent eigrht years

man, daughter of Jonathan Trautman, and she survived „„ .1 „ r= .. _ , ^, ^ . . . ^ -r, j? j'taia

u^^ u„^u„,,A K„(. =i„„<,„ tu^ ■T'U^,, u„A 4.i,;,t=„„ °^ the frontier, and then returning to Reading, went

tier nusbana but eleven months. Ihey had thirteen ■„,. .i,„ ■ u ■ vi i.- r ii, u ■

children: Henry, a wholesale milk and ice cream '"'° ''^%'?,';,^Tn^ ?'. Ti*^' w. ^^*^m' ^^=°'?'"§

dealer at Pottsville; Elizabeth, who died young; Mad- ?f""t nnc^f nn r i«Br u l^' ^\ remained

eline, who died young; Emma, m. to Isaac Sensing; 'J^n*^'' P°''*'°^ ""*'' ^f^ ^'''•'' ^'^'^n"' ^° ^=5"y'"i

Amelia, unmarried; Lydia, deceased, m. to Benjamtn hLin^ ^' if ^"^''^^'^ '" '^""^^^ building and hotel

Strause and had two daughters; Morris, a miller at ll^,^'"^ ^°l±t own account, remaming there six

Fredericksburg, Pa.; Andrew, a miller and farmer at ?'l?:^,^', "™'"^ 'i° ^^^^/"g he entered his fathers

Enders, Dauphin county; Acquillas, successor to his ""'^f^ li'oi'V/T ■' *''" Pos tion of superintend-

father knd owner of the home.teprl- Alire m to T..,-,. «?':. ^5. ^^?? ^i' .Mulder was elected superintendent

lected
lected




Crosskill Milk- and Hnrvpv A '^° ^"cceed himself in that office. In 1902, although

L-rosskUl Mills and Harvey A. , , ,■ ■ running on the Democratic ticket in a Repubhcan ward

Harvey A. Spannuth received a good education m ^^ ^^° ^^^^^^^ alderman of the Fourth ward which

the public schools which he supplemented. by a course 0^,^ ^e is still filling.

in the Commercial Department of the Lebanon Busi- ^ Kreidpr wn=! m-ii-nVrl Anril ci iqri f„ v.,i»

ness college, from which he graduated in 1899. At rZr R. .Ll hf= ZVf^h. . I I 1 ! ' °, Tf """

the age of sixteen he ilearned milling under his TrT.v Rpdrn^ .n^ llrn Hn, r f '^ J'T? children:

father, and this he followed for five years. In 1900 ^T/t ^chnnl """l.^^Z^^ m? "' ^^^■?^ '^•''°"'

he began in the creamery business at Crosskill Mills, "e^hl/';'}°°,L p^f^AW fl\ T^l' ^'^'n', " ^

and at the same time took a course in the Dairy De^ ??,^X, .I1 "Thf ror^J;.ill= " ^7*""^? .O^^er of

„_.-i„,„„i t tu TD 1 • Ci i ^ ri T^r Hagles, and 1 lie L-ommercials. In reliffion he i<;

Knn^L^.H 1,^= K nTfl'"'"'Mr ^'''*1 ^^"'#^- ^'- a member of the Methodist Church. ^

apannuth and his brother Acquillas, under the firm name

?^,A-^^- Spannuth & Brother, conducted Crosskill JOHN F. REIFSNYDER, in whose death at Reading

Mills Creamery for one year, when the firm dissolved. Pa.. March 17, 1905, this city lost a citizen who had

Mr. Harvey A. Spannuth went to Fredericksburg, and been identified with the commission business here for

operated the Fredericksburg roller mills for two and many years, was widely known.

one-half years. In the fall of 1904 he came to Read- John F. Reifsnyder was born in Oley township

ing, and for one year was in the employ of the Read- April 22. 1848, a son of Joel and Margaret (Jones)'

ing Radroad Company. In 1905 he moved to Lyon Reifsnyder. His father was a blacksmith and followed

Valley, and there conducted the Lyon Valley Creamery his business at Unionville, where he died at the ao-e

and farm for Smale Brothers, remaining two and of thirty-three years. His widow died in October

one-half years. From there he came to Kempton in 1908, at Baumstown. They had four children Georee"

the spring of 1909, and has since successfully operat- John F., Matilda and Joel, Jr (who died ' Tulv lo'

ed the Kempton Creamery. He receives about 20,000 1909). J :> >

pounds of milk per week. , ^ , . , ,. Mr. Reifsnyder obtained a common school educa-

bocially Mr. bpannuth is a member of Fredericks- tion and when he was sixteen years of age he se-

burg Lodge, No. 353, I. O. O. F.; and Jordan Encamp- cured employment in the shipping department of

ment of this order, at Pleasant Corner, in Lehigh the Brooke Iron Company, of Birdsboro In 1886 he

county. He and his wife belong to the old Lutheran came to Reading and opened a retail commission house

^^^\?^ Rehrersburg. at No. 210 North Ninth street, where he continued for

On May 20, 1902, Mr. Spannuth married Laura H. ten years, when, on account of business exoansion

Snyder, daughter of Davilla and Catharine (Schneider) he bought the two dwellings at the north-east corner

Snyder, the former a horse dealer in Bethel township. 01 Ninth and Elm streets. These he converted into

Two children have been born of this union: Ray S., appropriate buildings for his business and here con-

who died m mfancy; and Donald S. tinned in the commission line, both wholesale and

J i r KREIDER, alderman of the Fourth Reading Railway freight house, at Eighth and But-

ward, Reading, has been prominently connected with tonwood streets, with an office on the Eighth street

the political affairs of that city for a number of years, side, and this he converted into a storage warehouse

He is descended from a family of German origin. Here he carried on his enormous business for four-

the tounders of which in this country were three teen years and during this time handled hundreds of

brothers, who came to America many generations car loads of commodities. As an example of his

ago One of them settled in Lebanon county, one vast trade, in a single year he handled seventv-five

in Huntingdon county and the other in Lancaster cars of bananas and sixty cars of oranges



BIOGRAPHICAL



597



Mr. Reifsnyder was married at Reading, in 1870, to
Annie G. Lincoln, daughter of the late John D. and
Sarah (Gilbert) Lincoln, the former of whom died at
the age of eighty-one years and the latter at the age
of eighty-five years. They had the following child-
ren: Amelia, deceased; Alfred; Harrison, of Reading;
Elizabeth; John, deceased; Richard; Martha; Annie
G.; Sarah; Mary; and Oscar, who died young. Mr.
and Mrs. Reifsnyder had one daughter that died in
infancy. Mr. Reifsnyder invested in Reading property
to some extent and in 1893 erected Reifsnyder Hall,
which is situated on the northeast corner of Ninth
and Elm streets, and which is rented for lodge pur-
poses.

Mrs. Reifsnyder belongs to the same Lincoln fam-
ily that gave the people of the United States the
immortal President. Abraham Lincoln. In Exeter
township about a mile below Exeter Station there is
an old stone house in which lived, up to the time of
his death, in 1736, Mordecai Lincoln, who was the
great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. The
Lincoln homestead, which embraces sixty-one acres
is owned by the brother, Richard G. Lincoln, who was
born in Exeter and is the third surviving brother of
Mrs. Reifsnyder. He purchased the property some
ten years since, and in many ways he is a typical
Lincoln, closely resembling the martyred President.
The latter was not born in the old stone house, but it
' is so closely associated with the early days of the
family that its possession is a source of pleasure to
the younger generation.

JOHN H. OBOLD, of John H. Obold & Co., hard-
ware dealers. No. 300 Penn street, Reading, Pa., is
a representative business man of that city, and was
born in Penn township, Berks county, March 8, 1850,
son of Elias and Elizabeth (Filbert) Obold. The name
was originally spelled Abold, and tradition says that
three brothers of the name came to America, one set-
tling in Bern township and one in Heidelberg town-
ship, Berks county, while the third, it is believed,
settled in the southeastern part of the state, although
nothing definite is known of him.

The progenitor of this old and honored family was
Joseph Obold, who settled in Bern township, Berks
county, prior to the erection of the county in 1752,
and in 1759 he paid a federal tax of eight pounds. His
will is on record in Will Book 3, page 80, and was
entered Nov. 30, 1770, from which fact it is deduced
that he probably died early in November, 1770. He
was survived by his wife Maria Elizabeth. From
items in his will it appears that he had children not
yet twenty-one years of age. He mentions his son
Joseph, who obtained the homestead by paying seventy
pounds to the other heirs and twenty pounds annually
to his mother. The will was witnessed by Hieronymus
Hemmig. Mathias Stoudt and Nicholas Holler. This
Joseph Obold is probably the same Joseph who came
to America on the ship "Robert and Alice" which
landed at Philadelphia, Sept. 3, 1739, and on this same
vessel was one Mathew Onbolt, perhaps a brother. In
1759 in Heidelberg township lived Sebastian Obold,
who paid a federal tax of ten pounds. There is, how-
ever, nothing to indicate his relationship to Joseph,
.though it is very likely that they were related, nor is
there record of his children.

Joseph Obold, great-grandfather of John H., died
during the building of the Union canal, where he con-
tracted a fever. He was a farmer by occupation, own-
ing upwards of_ three hundred acres of land in Penn
and North _ Heidelberg townships, this being subse-
quently divided among his children, and he was also
the owner of the "Mt. Pleasant Hotel." Among his
children were: Rebecca, m. to Andreas Greth; Eliza-
beth, m. to Benjamin Haas; Mrs. Umbenhauer; Joseph,
whose only daughter became the wife of James Christ,
of Reading; George; and Philip.



Philip Obold, son of Joseph, was a yeoman of Penn
township. He made his will March 27, 1843, and it ,
was probated June 17, 1843. He married Susanna
Hetrick, and among their children were: Elias, who
was executor of his father's will; and Sophia and
Philip, who were under age at the time of their fath-
er's death, and for whom their uncle, George Obold,
acted as guardian. Philip Obold was a stanch Democrat
in his political belief, but was never an aspirant for
political preferment. He and his wife were members
of the Reformed Church. The early Obolds were
Roman Catholics, and with the Deppens, Kisslings and
others donated the land for the Catholic cemetery.

Elias Obold, son of Philip and Susanna, was reared
to farm pursuits, but on reaching manhood directed
his attention to the mercantile business, carrying on a
successful general store at Mt. Pleasant, although he
still owned and operated a farm. He was honest and
upright, and his word was as good as another's note
with those he met in business. He was a member of
the Reformed Church, and in that faith died in 1888,
at the age of sixty-eight years. He married Elizabeth
Filbert, who died Dec. 26, 1904, aged eighty-one years.
Mr. and Mrs. Obold were the parents of the following
children: P. Reiley F.; Elias; Emma; Mary; Katie;
John H.; Annie, who died aged twelve years; and
several who died in infancy.

John H. Obold received his education in the common
schools and in the Keystone State Normal at Kutz-
town, Palatinate College at Myerstown and Mt. Pleas-
ant Seminary at Boyertown. He taught school for
seven terms, and for some time was engaged in farm
work. In 1871 he came to Reading where he engaged.
as a clerk with the firm of Lerch & Co., hardware mer-
chants, in which capacity he remained until 1881, when
he came to his present stand, then operated by Jones
& Clous, purchasing the stock, and doing business un-
der the firm name of J. H. Obold & Co. The firm,
handles all kinds of shelf hardware, builders' mater-
ials, gjass, paints, oils, etc., and all other lines usually
carried in a first class store, giving particular atten-
tion to shot-guns, rifles, and ammunition. The firm
also carries a full line of horse blankets and lap robes,
and is the Reading agent for the Oliver Chilled Plows
and Blue Rock Targets. Mr. Obold has sustained the
reputation of his ancestors for honest and square deal-
ing, and his house is known all over this section of
Pennsylvania. Sixteen men are employed, including
three traveling salesmen who cover eastern Pennsyl-
vania.

Mr. Obold has been twice married. His first wife,
Elizabeth M. Evans, who died May 3, 1900, was a
daughter of John V. R. Evans. Three sons were born
of this union: Howard, Calvin and Lester Elias, the
latter of whom died Oct. 23, 1905, aged twenty years,
five months and twenty-five days. Of the others, How-
ard, a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and
the Eastern Theological Seminary both of Lancaster,
was ordained a minister of the Reformed Church in
1901, and is now located at Alexandria. Pa. Calvin is
ond) Mrs. Elizabeth (Yalentine) Fidler, of Womelsdorf.
'clerking in his father's store. Mr. Obold married (see-
Fraternally Mr. Obold is a member of Lodge No.
549, F. & A. M.; Excelsior Chapter, No. 257. R. A. M.;
Reading Commandery, K. T.; Rajah Temple, A. A. O.
N. M. S.; Wyomissing Council, R. A. For over thir-
ty years he has been a member and officer in the
Second Reformed Church. In politics he is a Demo-
crat, and for seven and a half years held the office of
Prison Inspector. For more than twenty years he
has been a member of the Reading board of school
controllers, and has been serving as chairman of the
Text Book committee many years. He also is a
member of the Building and Sites committee.

JAMES FICHTHORN, a representative business
man of Reading, Pa., who is engaged in general con-
tracting, is also the owner of a fine 129-acre farm in



598 HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Bern township, Berks county, upjn which he does where he is still engaged in boating. He has been
general farming and stock raising. Mr. Fichthorn was very successful in this line and now owns several canal-
born Nov. 14, 1848, in Reading, son of George and boats, worth $3,000 each, and several spans of good
Hannah (Lutz) Fichthorn mules. Mr. Martin has been twice married. By his

The grandfather of James Fichthorn was a native of fi^t wife, Lucy Ann Miller, he had one son; Esekiah,
Reading, and received his education in the schools of ^ho inamed Florenda Swoyer. Mr. Martin m. (see-
that city. After acquiring his literary training he ond) Catherine Trumbert, who was born in Germany
chose farming as a vocation, and was actively en- and emigrated to America in 1845, when seven years
gaged at that occupation all of his life. He married o'd To this marriage there have been born these
I Miss Rapp, and to them were born: John, Daniel, children: Alice, m. to Joel Heckman of Shoemak-
William, Lewis. Andrew, George, Charles, Catherine "j^^"^! ^'"I'l^ \"^ ?'"^"r'!l' ^1"°. djedin childhood;
(m. Adam Fasig) and Susan (m. William Call). The Adam S.; Albert, who died of typhoid fever when
family were Lutherans, and belonged to old Trinity twelve years old; Ida, who was drowned at Norris-
Lutheran Church. In politics Mr. Fichthorn was a town when twelve years of age; and Lloyd, who died
Democrat. at Roanoke, Va., of congestion of the brain when

George Fichthorn was born in Reading, where he twenty-two years old.
received a good common school education, and when Adam S. Martin attended the schools of Hamburg

a boy learned the blacksmith's trade, following that and Windsor township, and at an early age began

occupation practically all of his life. He was a pow- boating with his father on the Schuylkill Canal, fol-

erful man in body, and was known far and wide for lowing this until the spring of 1882. when he engaged

his great strength. He married Hannah Lutz and ;„ boating for himself until 1886, when the boating

children were born to them, viz.: Mary C. m. William business was practically abandoned in this section of

Call; Catherine E. m. Jacob Miller; Susan m. John Pennsylvania. He then went to New York, engaging

Obold; Ellen m. Aaron Wright; Ann m. Daniel Ruth; jn boating coal from all coal points on the Jersey

Lucy IS deceased; and James. side, and in this he continued until 1895. and, being

James Fichthorn received his education in the com- an expert boatman, was successful. In the spring of
mon schools of Reading, and when yet a boy hired isge Mr. Martin returned to his native township and
out to Wilham Call, a railroad contractor, driving settled on his father-in-law's farm for four years, after
a horse and cart, and continued m this capacity for which he began operations for himself, until the death
six or seven years, when he himself engaged in con- of his father-in-law in July, 1903, when he purchased
tracting. This occupation he has continued to the the interests of the heirs. This property, which con-
present time with great success, and is at present sists of eighty-four acres, twenty-five acres of which
engaged by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Companv, is woodland, is situated north of the borough of Ham-
on work that is known to coal operators as "strip- burg along the Blue Mountains and part of the old
pmg," 1. e. removing the loose soil from the coal fields, house which is still standing on the farm was built
He also constructs breakers and builds railroads, and by Henry Noecker in 1804. Mr. and Mrs. Martin
for a number of years has been employed in the coal erected a new residence in the spring of 1907, and in
districts of Pennsylvania, principally in Carbon county, various ways have improved their property. Mr. Mar-
now working at Summit Hill. Mr. Fichthorn has been tin is engaged in the dairy and poultry business and
very successful in his operations, and is considered is prosperous. He is one of Windsor township's six
one of Reading's representative business men. Republicans, and is often a delegate to county con-

On July 8, 1871, Mr. Fichthorn married Mary A. ventions. He and his family are members of the
Heller, daughter of Frederick Heller of Boyertown, First Reformed Church of Hamburg.
Pa., and these children have been born to this union: In 1886 Mr. Martin was married to Lillie H. Heck-
Ella m. John Roy, and has one child. Alma; Anna man. born Jan. 8, 1866. daughter of Elias N. and Lucy
m. Benjamin Hauser, and has three children, James, Ann (Mengel) Heckman, and granddaughter of Jacob
Ruth and George; and Charles is at home. In polit- and Caroline (Sticker) Heckman. To Mr. and Mrs
ical matters Mr. Fichthorn is a Republican. He is Martin have been born these children: Edna B.. born
religiously connected with St. James Lutheran Church. Dec. 9, 1886; William S.. March 14, 1890; Mamie F

.„.,, „ ^^.„„^-, • , • . -o , J"'y 2°' 1893; and Carrie' M., June 32, 1896 (died aged

ADAM S. MARTIN, an agriculturist of Berks coun- five days),
ty. Pa., who is carrying on operations on his farm of

eighty-four acres in Windsor township, situated north WILLIAM B. ANTHONY, proprietor of the Strauss-

of the borough of Hamburg Pa., along the Blue town Roller Mills, at Strausstown, Berks county has

Mountains, was born in Hamburg, Sept. 15, 1865, in been established there since 1894 He is a native of

Windsor township, son of Samuel and Catherine Northampton countv. Pa., born October C 186'> son

<:'^i;"'"\7') . ^^?'"""- , „. . , , . ... of Jacob Anthony. His grandfather lived and died in

The Martin family of this section had its origin in that county



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