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Goodman.

Albert G. Borkert attended the schools of the Third
ward until fourteen years of age, when he learned the
brick laying trade with his father, with whom he was
employed until the senior Borkert retired from busi-
ness. The six sons then engaged in the contracting
business under the name of W. G. Borkert & Bros.,
and continued under that name until , the death of
Daniel and William. Our subject then took his son
into partnership with him, and the firm has been since
known as Albert G. Borkert & Son, they having a
fine office at No. 936 Penn street, and residing_ in the
rear. They also carry a fine line of tobacco in con-
nection with the contracting business. The firm built
the old Boys' high school, the Girls' high school, the
Sixth Church, the first stove foundry on North Third
street, and others.

Mr. Borkert married Melinda Wentzel, daughter of
Jesse Wentzel, and the following children were born
to this union: Thomas, with his father; Harry, a
partner of his father; Sarah; Annie; Bessie; Maggie;
Katie; and Lillie. Mr. Borkert is a member of the
Lutheran Church.

KOMP. Three brothers by the name of Komp
(also spelled Kemp) emigrated to America from Ger-
many, about the middle of the eighteenth century. One
settled about Philadelphia. Deobald, who spelled his
name Kemp, located in Maxatawny, east of Kutztown,
where he reared a large family, some of his descendants
still living in the same locality to this day. The third
brother, Martin by name, settled along the Blue moun-
tains in Albany, where he owned much land. In 1774
his name on the tax list appeared as Martin "Kamff,"
and he was assessed eight pounds tax. He was a
pioneer settler and operated a distillery, burning much
apple-jack. The Indians for some years were friendly
with him and made frequent visits to the distillery
which stood where Charles W. Dietrich now lives.
Komp gave them apple-jack which they liked, and they
would then go to the top of the hill on the south side
of the road from the present buildings, and find great
pleasure in rolling down hill. Later during the French
and Indian War (1756) they made frequent onslaughts
upon the settlers. They were nevertheless fearful about
a man named Knepper, who it was said bore a charmed
life, and frequently fought them. The Christian name
of Martin Komp's (Kemp's) wife was Catharine.

DAVID KOMP (son of Martin and Catharine) lived
at Charles W. Dietrich's present home. He owned
Vpwards of 400 acres of land, and was a farmer and
distiller. His wife was Maria Petri (1775-1855). They
had children: (1) Reuben, born Nov. 23. 1807, died
March 3, 1890; married Regina Schwenk ' (1817-1893).
They were farming people in Albany, and lived wherS
their son Daniel now lives. They had children — Daniel
William, Henry, Mary, Amanda, Lazarus and Lydia!



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Both are now deceased. (2) Martin lived in Albany,
and had children — Elizabeth, 1815-1822; and Jesia, 1819-
1823. (3) Samuel, a farmer at Eckville, in Albany,
married Hettie Ernst, and they had Jesse, Manasses,
Caroline. Elizabeth, Sarah and Hettie. (4) Jacob lived
in Schuylkill county, Pa. (5) David, born Dec. 1, 1804,
died Sept. 2, 1887, a farmer in Albany, married Catha-
rine Schwenk, of the same township, and had — Daniel
and Jacob (both died young), Martin, David S., and
John B.

DR. MILTON D. LICHTENWALNER, a resident
physician of Reading, Pa., was born in Lehigh county,
in 1846, son of Elias and Fenna (Click) Lichtenwalner
the former a prominent farmer of Lehigh county who
owned a farm of 160 acres near Fogelsville. He died
when seventy-nine years of age, and his wife in her
eighty-first year, both in the faith of the Lutheran
Church. Their only child was Milton D.

Dr. Lichtenwalner attended the common and private
schools of the place of his nativity, and when thirteen
years of age went to Quakertown and entered a school
taught by Professor Home, remaining there four years.
He then spent a short time at a business school at
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and returned home and spent two
years at Philadelphia, 1865-6, at the Homeopathic Med-
ical College. He read medicine two years with Doctors
Slough and Hulfrich, at Fogelsville, Lehigh county. The
Doctor practised in Macungie, Lehigh county, for three
years, and then gave up his profession, and went to
Chicago where he spent five years as a bookkeeper in
the Grain Exchange. He was also engaged in the hat
business at AUentown, and came to Reading in 1883,
becoming bookkeeper for J. B. Scheaffer, a wholesale
hat dealer. He remained there until Mr. Scheaffer
closed out his business in 1903, since which time Dr.
Lichtenwalner has lived a retired life. The Doctor
is the owner of the old homestead farm in Lehigh
county, and also owns another farm of 100 acres in
the same county, but resides in Reading at No. 51
South Eleventh street.

Dr. Lichtenwalner was married, in Reading, to Miss
Alice Hawk, daughter of Charles Hawk, of Reading,
and one son was born to this union, Milton H., who
is attending school. The Doctor is a member of Lehigh
Lodge of Masons, No. 326, of Trexlertown.

BRIGHT or BRECHT. The ancestor of this old and
numerous family of Berks county was Stephen Brecht,
a native of Germany, where he was born Feb. 17, 1692.
He was one of the emigrants from the Palatinate who
landed at New York about 1720. These emigrants
first settled at Schoharie, N. Y., but because of the
unbearable treatment they received at the hands of
Governor Hunter, of the Province of New York,
sought refuge elsewhere. Hearing of the justice ac-
corded the settlers in Penn's Province, by the pro-
prietors, and the fertility of the soil, excellent water
and other advantages, many of them came into this
district. Among them was (I) Stephen Brecht, who
desired a tract of good land for himself and three
sons. His land was granted him by John, Thomas and
Richard Penn, lawful heirs of William Penn, on Nov.
27, 1745 [Recorded in Patent Book A, Vol. 12. page
340]. On this tract he made his home and died Sept.
24, _ 1747. His remains were interred in the North
Heidelberg cemetery among the Moravians. His grave
stone lies flat upon the ground, and is the oldest stone
that can be found there. The inscription is in good
condition. His will was made Jan. 6, 1746, by which
his land was divided among his three sons: David,
Hans Wendel and George Adam. To George Adam
was given the homestead (now owned by Adam Dun-
dore, of Obold), and the division of land between
David and Hans Wendel was made soon after this
date, and is recorded at Reading April 17. 1754, in
Book A. Vol. 1, page 68.

(II) David Brecht, son of Stephen, was born Sept. 8,
1719. He was a resident of Bern (now Penn) town-



ship long before the organization of the county in
1752. He was the owner of valuable land near Bern-
ville and exercised no small influence among the peo-
ple of his neighborhood. In 1771 he was elected county
commissioner, and served as such until 1774. By his
will on file in the Register's office, after providing for
his wife Sarah, and the slave to whom he had given
freedom, he devises to his' only son John his large plan-
tation of 500 acres. He also gives to each of his seven
daughters the sum of 900 pounds, which was almost
a fortune in that early day. This amount was, how-
ever, to be paid by his son John, in part, as well as
a copper kettle to each sister. Sarah, wife of David
Brecht, was born Jan. 8, 1727, and died Jan. 22, 1798.
They were the parents ' of eleven children, three of
whom died in infancy or childhood. The names of
those reaching mature years were: John; Margaret m.
Philip Himmelberger; Elizabeth m. Jacob Strauss;
Catharine m. Philip Adam Riegel; Barbara m. John
Michael Geiss; Susanna m. John Wenrich; Magdalena
and Sarah. David Brecht and wife, as also their son
John and his wife are buried in the private burial
ground on the original Brecht farm, which is now
known as the Amendon Bright farm. The inscriptions
are difficult to read after the action of the elements
upon the sandstones.

Hier Ruhet Der Leib
von
David Brecht
erist geboren D 8 Sep
1719 er zeuchte mit Sei
ner liben ehrfrau Sain
11 Kinder un nach 8 bei
leben 1 Sohn U 7 Tochter
u Starb D 22 Sep 1783
Hier ruhet eine die

Storbne und Schwester
Na Sara Brecht un sie
ist geboh D 8 Jan 1727
sie zeigte mit ihren ehr
man David Brecht 11
Kinder u 8 bei leben ein
Sohn u 7 Dochter u
Starb De 2 Jan. 1796

(III) John Brecht, only son of David that grew to
manhood, passed his entire life in farming on the home-
stead. His resting place was found on the farm.

Hier ruhet die gebeine

von
Johannes Brecht
Er wurde geboren den 2
Junius im Yahr 1747
und ist gestorben den 9
Februar in Yahr 1834
brachte sein Alter auf
86 Yahre 8 Monate und 7 Tage

Hier ruhet
Anna Maria Brecht
Ehrgattin fon Joh. Brecht

Sie war geboren
Den 15 ten Januar 1757

und ist gestorben
den 24 sten. Mai 1842
im altern fon 85 Yahren
4 Monate und 9 Tagen

John and Anna Maria Brecht were the parents of
eleven children— seven girls and four boys. The girls
were named after their seven aunts: Susanna m. George
Geiss; Catharme m. Philip Filbert; Barbara m Philip
Filbert; Magdalena m. Conrad Reber; Mary m. Joseph
Althouse; Elizabeth m. Jacob Conrad; Sarah m. Daniel
Bucks. John (m. Hannah Klahr) and David (m. Su-
sanna Reber) settled near Basil. Fairfield Co.. Ohio, and
their children are in possession of the land that' was



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bought about 1800 by the first John Brecht and is con-
sidered among the best in the community. Peter mar-
ried Maria Magdalena Stamm and lived near Bernville
where some of the descendants now live. Jacob is
mentioned below.

(IV) Jacob Brecht, son of John and Anna Maria, was
born March 23, 1791, and died Aug. 36, 1876, at the
age of eighty-five years, five months and three days.
He was married to Anna Maria Moser. By the will of
Tiis father he was to receive the homestead, but was
to give certain amounts to each one &f his sisters,
and the records show that he yras faithful in the dis-
charge of this provision. From this union we find thir-
teen children; eleven grew to maturity while twins died
in infancy. The children were: Anna Maria m. David
Leiss; Henrietta m. Isaac Leiss; Sarah m. (first) John
Kalbach and (second) Daniel Faust; Elizabeth m.
Isaac Kalbach; Catharine m. Elias Staudt; Rachel m.
Adam Dundore; Rebecca m. (first) Jonathan Dundore
and (second) Joseph I. Greth; Isabella m. William
Klopp; John M. m. (first) Lydia Koenig and (second)
Lydia Anna Grime; Aaron M. and Amendon.

(V) Amendon Bright, son of Jacob, was born Jan.
15, 1830. His entire active life was devoted to farming.
He lived upon and owned the old Bright homestead
of 234 acres of the most fertile section of Penn town-
ship, and at death owned several other farms in neigh-
boring townships as well as in Penn. He was very
prominent in public affairs, and took an active interest
in the success of the Democratic party. He was school
director of his township, for many years committee-
man of his district, for three years prison inspector in
Berks county. In 1894 he was elected treasurer of the
county, conducting the business of the oflace most satis-
factorily for three years. He married Clara Hain, born
March 3, 183S, daughter of John D. Hain. Their child-
ren were: Ellen, m. to Jacob M. Bordner, of Bernville.
who is now county commissioner; William, a small
farmer near Bernville, m. to Mary Hine; Sallie, m. to
Frank Schaefier, of Tulpehocken; Harry, a druggist,
who died aged twenty-four years; Annie, m. to Jacob
Gruber, of Obold; Albert H.; Rev. Edwin D., pastor of
the Reformed Church at Derry, Pa., who is also en-
gaged as a genealogist and historian, having in prepara-
tion a complete record of the descendants of Stephen
Brecht; and three who died young. Amendon Bright
passed away May 21, 1897, respected by all who knew
him.

(VI) Albert H. Bright, son of Amendon Bright, is
a prosperous young plumber and gas fitter at West
Reading. He was born on the old Bright homestead
in Penn township Aug. 25, 1872. He received a good
education in the country school and the Bernville
high school. Until he was twenty-four years of age
he was engaged in work on his father's farm. He
then learned the plumbing trade under the careful
tuition of Benjamin Yeich, of Reading. Having mas-
tered the trade he established himself in business in
1900, at West Reading. He was thus the first quali-
fied plumber in West Reading. He has now built
up a good trade and satisfies his customers. He also
has a Reading license, and does much work in the
city.

In his political principles Mr. Bright is an active
and firm Democrat, and is keenly interested in the
success of his party. His social connections are with
Unamis Tribe of Red Men, No. 330. of Reading; and
the Royal Arcanum. He is a member of the Reformed
Church at Bernville.

Mr. Bright married Cora S. Riegel, daughter of
John Riegel. She was born May 18, 1876, and died
Dec. 29, 1902. Two children were born of this union,
namely: Roy Amendon, born April 18, 1897, and died
Jan. 14, 1902; and Charles Adam, born Aug. 19, 1900.

(V) Aaron M. Bright, son of Jacob and Anna Maria,
was born in Penn township, Berks county, March 21,
1832, and died at Bernville Aug. 29, 1869, and is buried



there. He conducted a general store at Bernville from
the time of his marriage until his death. He was
active in church life and like all his family belonged
to the Reformed denomination. In 1854 he married
Mary Kilmer, daughter of John and Catharine (Leiss)
Kilmer, of Marion township. Five children were
born to this union: Darius K., of Miahanoy City,
Pa., m. to Julia Catharine Moyer; Emma K., deceased
wife of William Yocum. of Reading; Lehman I.; Al-
bert R., of Reading; and Lizzie B., wife of George
M. Zellers, of Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania.

(VI) Lehman I. Bright, treasurer of Yocum Broth-
ers, cigar manufacturers, Reading, is a native of Bern-
ville, where he was born May 6, 1859, son of Aaron
M. and Mary (Kilmer). He was educated in the town-
ship schools, the Bernville high school, and later in
the Keystone State Normal School, at Kutztown,
graduating from the latter institution in 1881. He
taught school when only eighteen years of age in Penn
township, and after his graduation he taught five
terms, two at Myerstown and three in the grammar
school at West Leesport. In 1886 he came to Reading,
and accepted the position of bookkeeper with Yocum
Brothers, cigar manufacturers, which position he faith-
fully filled for seventeen years, when James Yocum
a member of the firm died, and the company was
incorporated under the name of Yocum Brothers.
Mr. Bright became its treasurer, an office he has since
filled. He is a director of the corporation, and was
also for one year its secretary. He has given his work
great attention, and has devoted his energies to mak-
ing the corporation a success. They employ on an
average 400 people, and their product is known
all over the country. Mr. Bright is very prominent
in fraternal organizations. He is a member of Pro-
gressive Lodge, No. 470, I. O. O. P., and was its effi-
cient secretary for fifteen consecutive years, declining
further service on the ground of ill health. He has
been an active member of the lodge and served as
degree master on the staff for many years. He also
belongs to Isaac Hiester Lodge, No. 660. F. & A. M.,
of Reading; Camp No.' 113, P. O. S. of A., of Bern-
villa.; Castle No. 51, K. G. E., of Reading; Mount
Penn Encampment, No. 152, I. O. O. F. ; Canton
Patriarchs Militant No. 2, L O. O. F.

On May 14, 1889, Mr. Bright married Emma Madora
Ketner, daughter of Charles and Susan (Rohrbach)
Ketner, of Leesport, and they have two children:
Harry, born Feb. 5, 1890; and Helen, Sept. 25, 1893.
They reside in their own home, No. 122 South Tenth
street, Reading. Mr. Bright and his family attend
the Reformed Church.

(VI) Albert R. Bright, of Reading, was born at Bern-
ville Aug. 24, 1861, son of Aaron M. and Mary (Kilmer).
He was educated in the public schools of his town,
and the Bernville high school, then under the able
supervision of Prof. M. A. Gruber. In the spring of
1882 he entered the State Normal School at Kutztown,
and attended the spring sessions of 1882. He taught
school two terms in Bright's school house in Penn
township, during the terms of 1881 and 1882. He
was very successful as a teacher. He was early trained
to farm work, and at the age of thirteen had gone
to live with his uncle, John M. Bright, in Penn town-
ship. He worked on the farm about ten years. In
April, 1883, he became a clerk in the general store
of A. F. Schock, of Bernville, Pa., and worked there
for a year, when he went back to the farm for three
years. In 1887 he became a clerk in the general store
of J. L. Klopp & Son, at North Heidelberg, remaining
there with his family until the spring of 1890, when
he came to Reading, and since Mav 5, 1890, he has
been in the employ of the Stichter Hardware Com-
pany, Ltd.. Reading. This is the oldest established
hardware business house in Reading. Mr. Bright
holds the responsible position of assistant buver in
the general hardware department, and besides this he
assists in the clerical work of the firm. Until 1874
Mr. Bright lived in Bernville, when he went to live



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with his uncle. Since 1894- he has lived in his own
comfortable residence at No. 534 Douglass street,
Reading. Fraternally Mr. Bright is an active member
of Progressive Lodge, No. 470, I. O. O. R, Reading,
of which he is past grand; Camp No. 113, P O. S. of
A., of Bernville; Reading Castle No. 49. K. G. E., of
Reading. He and his family worship at Calvary Re-
formed Church, Reading.

On May 3-1, 1887, Mr. Bright married Celesa Dan-
iels, daughter of Elias and Sarah (Kantner) Daniels,
originally of Rehrersburg but later of Bernville. Mr.
and Mrs. Bright have two children: Raymond A.
and Harold E.

MILLER. Among the well known members of the
Miller family is Samuel M. Miller of Albany township,
Berks county.

Samuel Miller, grandfather of Samuel M.. was born
May 30, 1798, in Windsor township, Berks county.
He located in Albany township at an early age, and
died there Sept. 3, 1872. He was a farmer and owned
nearly 300 acres of land about Round Top. His farms
are now the property of Alfred K. Dietrich and David
Weisner. He married Maria Fisher (1804-1883), and
their children were: Isaac, who gained wealth in
Oklahoma; Jacob, of Eagle Point, Pa.; Samuel; Ann,
m. (first) to a Leiby, (second) to a Greenawalt; Dan-
iel, an auctioneer of Lynnville, Pa.; William F., of
Reading, Pa.; Mrs. Monroe Buck, of Reading; Moses,
of Lechners, Schuylkill Co., Pa.; and Ephraim, who
' ' was buried at Wessnersville.

Samuel Miller, son of Samuel, was a farmer in Al-
bany, owning two farms of eighty and seventy acres,
respectively. The first is now owned by his son
Samuel M. and the other by his daughter Missouri
Dresh. He operated a sawmill which stood on the
road near the Dresh buildings leading to Samuel M.
Miller's home. He built the house now occupied by
his son who bears his name, in 1872. He was a Dem-
ocrat, and was supervisor of the township where he
was well known. By his wife, Sarah Ann Dietrich,
daughter of John Dietrich, he had children: Cath-
arine m. Daniel Reeser; Jacob died at New Ringgold,
Pa.; Louisa m. William Kerchner; Mary m. Samuel
Stump; Lydia m. Edwin Kerchner; Polly m. Alvin
Evert; Missouri m. Jonas Dresh; Samuel M.; and Sarah
Ann and Charles C. both died young.

Samuel M. Miller, born in Albany township Sept.
21, 1863, is a farmer on the homestead, and is a suc-
cessful grower of potatoes. In the spring of 1887 he
began farming on his present place, which tract be-
came his in 1892. He is a Democrat, and has been
supervisor and constable of the townshin. In 1887 he
married Mary Lizzie Bailey, daughter of Michael
Bailey. She died in 1908, aged forty-two years. Their
daughter, Ida V., m. Frederick D. Feinour.

HENRY H. REINERT. The Reinert family, of
more^ than a century's residence in Berks county,
Pa., is worthily represented in the present day by
Henry H. Reinert, of Boyertown.

John Reinert was a resident of Amity township,
Berks county. His will, made in 1839 and probated
in 1847. is on record in Volume '9, page 318. His wife
Mary was living at the making of the will, and the
following children are named in that document: Isaac;
John; Elizabeth; and Catherine (m. Elijah Focht).

Peter Reinert, brother of John and great-grandfather
of Henry H., lived in District township, Berks county.
His will, on record in Volume 10, page 600, was proved
Nov. 19, 1859. His wife Maria was well provided
for, and their sons, John and Samuel, were executors.
Their children were: John, Samuel. Peter, Carl and
Elizabeth.

Samuel Reinert, son of Peter and grandfather of
Henry H., was born in 1790, and is buried in the old
graveyard at Boyertown. He was a farmer and had an
eighty-four acre farm in Douglass township, Berks coun-
ty. He built thereon a house and barn to take the place



of those destroyed by fire one Sunday afternoon while
his son was shooting, a spark igniting the straw roof.
In 1811 he married Hannah Romich, born Jan. 15.
1791, died Feb. 13, 1864. Their children were:' Mary
m. Israel Weasner, and had no . children, although
they reared Israel Reinert to whom was given their
property; Johannes (John), born April 23, 1816. died
Feb. 35, 1853, the father of Harry, and Hannah and
Israel (twins who were only two weeks old when
their father died); David; Samuel died at Moreysville,
leaving Jeflferson, Eton, Hannah, Harriet and Frank;
Hannah m. Marks Sassaman, a relative of the late
Judge Augustus Sassarhan of Berks county, and they
had children, Irvin, Eton, Curosy, Clayton, Alice and
Annie (deceased).

David Reinert, son of Samuel and father of Henry
H., was born in Douglass township, and died at En-
glesville, April 6. 1907, aged eighty-three years, and
was buried in Fairview cemetery, Boyertown. By
trade he was a carpenter, and followed it for some
years in Douglass township on theReinert homestead,
which consisted of eighty-four acres of excellent farm-
ing land, now the property of George Miller. David
Reinert married Mary Hatfield, a sister of Samuel G.
Hatfield, formerly county commissioner, and daughter
of George and Mary (Geiger) Hatfield, of Douglass
township. They had eight children as follows: Sam-
uel died unmarried; Sarah died at the age of seven-
teen; Henry H.; Frank died of typhoid fever at the
age of nineteen while teaching school; Mary Hannah
married Solomon Wendling, of Pottstown; John is of
West Reading; David, of Gabelsville, is engaged in
farrning; Amanda m. Frank Sands, of Englesville.
David Reinert spent his last days with Mr. and Mrs.
Sands in their pleasant home at Englesville. He was
a man widely known and much respected, and his
loss was severely felt not only by his family, but
throughout the neighborhood.

Henry H. Reinert, of Boyertown, son of David,
was born in Douglass township, July 17, 1853. When
nineteen he began to learn the carpenter's trade, and
followed it for sixteen years in Boyertown and vicin-
ity. In 1888 he engaged in the produce business,
and now conducts a huckster route, buying butter,
eggs and poultry, and these he takes to Philadelphia
weekly. He has a large retail trade there, and he
has made a big success of his business. His home
is in his own substantial brick house, and he and his
family are in very comfortable circumstances. In
politics Mr. Reinert is a Democrat, and for one year
served as constable. In 1890 he was elected school
director, ana he served in this office for eighteen con-
secutive years, and still holds it. For many years he
acted as treasurer of the board. Since its organiza-
tion he has been one of the directors of the Topton
Orphans Home. He and his family are members
of the Lutheran Church, of which he was deacon and
trustee, and he was president of the church council
for two years.

In 1876 Mr. Reinert married Ellen Hartman, daugh-
ter of Daniel and Phoebe (Hafer) Hartman. of Doug-
lass township, and they have children as follows:
Daniel, a veterinary surgeon at Girard, Erie Co., Pa.;
D. Edward, who works with his father in the produce
business; Annie R., m. to Daniel Leidy, of Boyer-
town; George W., of Boyertown; Ida. a graduate of the
Keystone State Normal School of Kutztown, class of
1906, who taught her first term of school at Gresh-



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