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Alfred J. Herman ^844

Jacob Tice '.'.".'.■.■.■.■.■. '.1845-46

Michael Hoftman 1845-46 ■ 18.37

Henry G Stetler .'.'.'.'.'.'.'1845-46 ;' 1848

Charles Levan 1846-47

John Long 1847-48

John C. M\ers 1847-49

Jacob Graeff .... 1847

William Shaffner ' . . i849-.")0

Daniel Z^rbey '..'.'.'.'.'.'. '.'l'8'49'-50 ; 1853

Alex S. Feather 1850-51

Jacob Rcifsnvder IS'il-S'""

Isaac Yost ' ','.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 1852-53

George Dengler 1852-53



GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIALS



77



Name Term

Jacob Wicklein 1853-54

John B. Smith 1854

George Shenk 1854-56

Dan'l V. R. Hunter 1854

Jeremiah Mengel 1855

John F. Linderman 1855

Samuel Shearer 1855

Andrew M. Sallade 1855

J. Lawrence Getz* 1856-57

William Heins 1856-57

Benj. Nunnemacher 1856-58

Michael Hoffman 1857

Edmund L. Smith 1858-59

Amos Weiler 1858

Solomon L. Custer 1859-60

Augustus F. Bertolet : . . . 1859

Joshua S. Miller 1860

Elijah Penn Smith 1860-61

Michael P. Beyer 1861

Henry B. Rhoads 1861 ; 1865-67

Charles A. Kline 1862-64

Daniel K. Weidner 1852-63

William N. Potteiger 1863-64

John P. Missimer 1864-66

Frederick Harner 1865-67

Richmond L. Jones 1867-68

Henry S. Hottenstein 1848-69

Henry Brobst 1868-70

Aaron T. C Keffer 1870-72

Hiram H. Schwartz 1870-72

John A. Conrad 1871-73

Benjamin E. Dry 1873-76

Michael McCuUough 1873-74

Aaron Smith 1874-76

Daniel L. Batdorf 1875

Nicholos Andre 1875-78

Joseph B. Conrad • 1876-78

George D. Schaeffer : . . . .1877-80

Stephen J. Smith 1877-80

James Liggett 1879-82

John H. Riegel 1879-82

C. A. Seidel 1881-84

George K. Lorah 1881-84

Isaac Z. Deck .1883-86

James W. Sponagle 1883-86

Benjamin C. Baer 1884-88

L. P. G. Fegley 1884-88

N. S. Kauffman 1887-90

John E. Pautsch 1887-90

Cyrus W. Kutz 1889-92

Samuel B. Keppel 1891-94

F. Leonard Reber 1891-94

Jacob G. Herzog .M893-96

Cyrus J. Rhode ■ 1815-98

Jacob M. Weible 1895-98

Charles B. Spatz 1897-1900

Frank H. Naftzinger ; 1899-1903

Lot W. Reiff 1899-1902

Elmer E. Squibb 1901-04

Francis W. Balthaser 1903-06

Thomas R. Houck 1903-06

Jacob A. Le.<!her ' 1905-06

Howard G. McGowan 1907-08

Irwin M. Sharman 1907-10

David H. G. Kuser 1907-10

Alvin K. Lesher 1909-10

COUNTY OFFICERS

Commissioners. — The board of county commis-
sioners comprises three members. Previous to
1875, one was elected annually for three years. The
Constitution of 1873 provided for the election of

* Speaker of House in 1857,



the three commissioners in 1875 and every third
year thereafter.

The board of county auditors also comprises
three members. Previous to 1809 they were ap-
pointed by the county judges. An Act was passed
March 16, 1809, providing for the annual election
thereafter of three auditors. In 1814, this pro-
vision was modified so that a new auditor was in-
troduced into the board annually thereafter. This
practice prevailed until the Constitution of 1873,
which provided for the election of three auditors
in 1875 and every third year thereafter.

In respect to both commissioners and auditors,
"each qualified elector shall vote for no more than
two persons, and the three persons having the
highest number of votes shall be elected." This
was a marked departure from the old system, by
which all of one political party were elected. It en-
abled the opposite party to. elect one member.
Since 1875, these officers have been elected — two
by the Democrats and one by the Republicans.

COMMISSIONER.S

Name Term

Evan Price 1752-53

Edward Drury 1752-56

John Godfrey 1752-61

Jacob Lightfoot 1753-56 ; 1759-62

Thomas Rutter 1756-59

William Reeser 1757-60

Samuel High V . . 1760-63 ; 1773-76

Christian Witraan 1761-64

John Hughes 1762-65

Fred'k Weiser 1763-66

Richard Lewis 1764r67

Isaac Levan 1765-68

Nicholas Harmony 1766-69

Christian Merkel 1767-70

Jacob Snyder 1769-71

John Jones 1769-73

Henry Rightmeyer 1770-73

Davis Brecht 1771-74

Abraham Lincoln 1772-78

Michael Brecht 1774-77

Christian Lower .' 1776-79

John Kerlin .' 1777-80

Adam Witman 1778-81 ; 1784-87

Thomas Jones 1779-82 ; 1783-86

Thomas Parry 1780-83

Daniel Messersmith 1781-84

Michael Forry 1782-85

Conrad Eckert 1785-91

Daniel Leinbach 1786-89

John Keim 1787-90

Jacob Boyer 1789-92

Jacob Bower 1790-9$

John Riegel 1791-94

George Lorah 1792-95.

Philip Miller 1793-9S

Peter Kershner 1794-9T

William Witman 1795-9S

Nicholas Dick 1796-99>

Isaac Addams 1797-1800

Jacob Rhoads 1798-1801

Peter Feather 1799-1802

Jacob Epler 1800-03

Casper Merkel 1801-04

Tohn Cunnius 1802-05

Daniel Yoder 1803-06

Adam Ruth 1804-OT



78



HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY. PENNSYLVANIA



Name Term

Henry Hahn 1305-08

Henry Hottenstein 1806-09

Nicholas Leib 1807-10

Jacob Miller 1808-11

Valentine Boyer .' 1809-12

Daniel Ruth 1810-13

George Boyer 1811-14

Jacob Gehr 1813-15

William Addams i 813-16

George Shreffler 1814-17

Daniel Levan 1815-18

William High 1816-19

Peter Stichter 1817-30

George N. Lechner 1818-21

Peter Knabb 1819-23

David Bright 1830-33

George Kemp 1821-24

Fred'k Stamm 1822-35

Henry Reescr 1823-26

John Wanner 1824-27

John Potteiger 1823-28

John Hahn 1826-39

Stanley Kirby 1837-30

George Gernant 1828-31

Anthony Bickel 3829-33

Daniel K. Hottenstein 1830-33

John Filbert 1831-34

Jacob Goodman 1833-35

Daniel Snyder 1833-36

John Deysher 1834-37

John Y. Cunnius 1835-38

John Seibert 1836-39

David Kutz 1837-40

Michael Reifsnyder 1838-41

George Weiler 1839-42

John Long.' 1840-43

William Arnold 1841-44

John Sharraan 1842-45

Adam Leize 1843-46

Fred'k Printz 1844-47

Michael Gery 1845-48

David Yoder 1846-49

Charles Fichthorn 1847-50

Conrad Clonse 1848-51

Thomas Shaner 1849-52

Joseph A. Schneider 1850-53

John McGowan 1851-54

Benjamin Kutz 1852-55

Jacob Young 1853-56

Gabriel Filbert 1854-57

William Knabb 1855-58

Samuel Summons 1856-59

D. L. Wenrich 1857-60 ; 1863-66

William Miller 1858-61

John F. Moers 1859-62

Paul Wenrich, Sr 1860-63

J. Donahower 1861

George K. Lorah 1861-64

H. R. Hawman 1862-65

Adam Stein ; 1864-67

Wm. S. Young 1865-71 ; 1879-81

Jacob Schartel .1866-69

Benjamin Levan .1867-70

John L. Moyer 1869-73

William Rahn 1810-73

Joseph Muthart* 1871-74

David Lord 1872-75

Henry Seidel 1873-74

William Fry 1873-75

William Umbenhauer 1874-75

Henry W. Smith 1876-78

William Davidheiser 1876-78

William G. Moore 1876-78

John Walborn 1879-81

* Muthart died in April, 1873, and Seidel was appointed to fill
-vacancy for unexpired term.



Name Term

Jeremiah R. Guldin 1879-81

Samuel G. Hatfield 1883-84

Peter Spang 1883-84

David C. Keller 1883-84

John L. Wagner 1885-87

Samuel K. Fisher 1885-87

David C. Keller 1885-87

Samuel G. Herbine 1888-90

Cyrus Levan 1888-90

Samuel R. Deppen 1888-90

Cyrus W. Kauffman 1891-93

Jacob H. Reeser 1891-93

Franklin Seidel 1891-93

Jeremiah Hartman 1894-96

Henry Stoyer 1894-96

John Wunch* 1894-96

George K. Linderman 1896-99

Wesley K. Loose 1897-99

Charles E. Stangier 1897-99

Alfred Gunkel 1900-02

Frank H. Moyer 1900-03

John W. Slipp 1900-03

Harry L. Johnson 1903-05

Jacob Miller 1903-05

Oliver H. Sanders 1903-0.5

James M. Yerger 1906-08

James F. Fisher 1906-08

Chester B. Cleaver 1906-08

Jacob M. Bordner 1909-11

Augustus R. Anderson 1909-11

Eugene L Sandt 1909-11



AUDITORS



Name



Thomas Lightfoot 1797-98 ; 1803-05

William Moore 1797-1800 ; 1803-08

John Bishop 1797-98

Paul Groscup ['_[[ iygg-isoo

Ja^ob Bower 1799-1800

Wilham Green 1801-03

William Bell '.'.'. '.'.1801-03'; '1806-08

George De B. Keim 1801-02 ; 1809

James May 1803-05

Johri VVitman 1806-08

Lewis Reeser jggg

Fred'k Frick !lS09

John Bieber . 1810

George Boyer ..............'.'.'. 1810-11

Daniel Yoder ^gj^g

Christopher Shearer . ,isil ; 1817-19

John S. Hiester ' -^^i^

§f°r°^ J;"'"'''' '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.v. . .1812

Philip Moyer jg-[2

John Adam's jg]^2

Henry M Richards .".'.■.'.'.';;".'.'.'.'.'. '. '. '. '. '. '. i8i3-16

William Addams 1813-14

Peter Trexler 135^3

Abraham Mengei '".'.'. '.'.".■.;;;;;;;;;;;;i8i4-i7

Wilhani High i8i5_i8 . 1835.33

l^l"'- H'gh 1817-20

Peter Sheetz ig^g.gi

George Getz 1819-32

Jacob Dick 1820-33

Geo. U. Odenheimer !!!!!! 1821-34

Jacob Schneider j^goo o j

Peter Adams ■'.I'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.V.'. 1823-26

Henry S. Klein -^^04. 07

P-'iJ^h Dechert V^ '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. '.'.'. '.Ash'-28

I otin 6. Pearson 1826-29

John Beitenman '/_ 18''7-30 *

Simon Seyfert .'.'.'.".".'.'.'.'.";."!!!; !lS28-31

J ohn Jackson 1829-32

T ' •^°i"\ ™ ^'^'^ ''»^'"g died, George K. Linderman was appointed
.Tunc 0, ] SflS, to serve unexpired term.



GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIALS



79



Name. Term

John Seltzer 1830-33

John M. Keim. . .' 1831-34

Daniel V. R. Hunter 1832; 1839-43

Thomas Wanner 1833-35

Jacob Klein 1833-36

Jacob Fricker 1834-37

Daniel Young 1836-39

William Wunder 1837-39

John L. Rightmyer 1838-41

H. H. Muhlenberg ■ 1839-40

John F. Moers 1840-43 ; 1852-58

Jacob K. Boyer 1841-44

David Schall 1842-45

John L. Reifsnyder 1843-46

Chas. H. Adams 1844-50

Jacob Dick 1845-48

Michael Kraemer 1846-49 ; 1864-67

Paul Geiger 1848-51

John Y. Cunnius 1849-53

Charles J. Cummens 1850-56

Daniel Laucks 1851-54

Reuben R, Kline 1854-57

Samuel M. Klee 1856-63

Amos K. Strunck 1857-60

Heriry F. Felix 1858-61

William Steffe 1860-63

Joseph S. Hoyer 1861-64

Ezra D. Yorgey 1863-65

Andrew Kurr ; 1863-69

John G. Glase 1865-68

James Bell 1867-70

Peter S. Albright 1868-71

William Y. Shearer 1869-73

Daniel G. Knabb 1870-75

Henry H. Dubson 1871-74

Harrison M: Reber 1873-75 ; 1876-78

Wm. H. Sallade 1875 ; 1876-78

Henry Z. Van Reed 1876-78

Jacob D. Hoffman 1879-81

Charles S. Tobias 1879-81

William H. Clark 1879-81

Isaac S. Bagenstose 1883-84

Jacob S. Yoder 1883-84

James M. High 1882-84

Morris H. Boyer 1885-87

Jared B. Kramer 1885-87 ; 1888-90

Allen B. Aulenbach 1885-87

Franklin G. Krick 1888-93

Reuben Rhoads 1888-90

Howard Spatz 1891-96

George F. Schock 1891-93

Nathan D. Trexler 1894-96

Edwin H. Weller 1894-99

Henry M. DeTurk 1897-1901

Peter Hartman 1897-1901

Charles B. Reis 1900-01

Controllers. — The Act of June 27, 1895, pro-
vided that counties of the State having 150,000
population shall elect a controller to take the place
of county auditors, and it appearing by the United
States census of 1900 that Berks county had a pop-
ulation in excess of 150,000, the Governor, on May
33, 1901, appointed Joseph N. Shomo as controller
to serve until Jan. 6, 1903, when an incumbent duly
elected would be qualified to fill the office.

CONTROLLERS

Name Term

Joseph N. Shomo 1901

John F. Ancona 1902-04

Horace F. Livingood 1905-07

Ambrose L. Rhoads 1908-10



Treasurers. — Previous to 1841 the county treas-
urer was appointed annually by the county com-
missioners. On May 37, 1841, an Act was passed
providing for the election of this officer in October
following and every two years thereafter. The
Constitution of 1873 increased the term to three
years after 1875.

TREASURERS
Name Terra

Jonas Seely 1752-68

Christopher Witraan 1768-79

Daniel Levan 1779-89

Daniel Messersmith 1789-1807; 1809-11; 1814-17

John K. Messersmith 1807-09 ; 1811-14 ; 1817-30

Daniel Rhoads 1820-23

David Bright : 1823-35

Peter Nagle 1835-43

Henry Nagle 1843-45

William Arnold 1845-47

Henry Hahs .' 1847-49

Adam Leize 1849-51

William Ermentrout • 1851-53

Charles Van Reed • 1853-55

George Feather '. 1855-59

David Plank 1859-61

William Herbst 1861-63

John Kurtz 1863-65

Isaac R. Fisher 1865-67

Charles 'H. Fritz 1867-69

Samuel Merkel 1869-71

Abraham Y.Yoder 1871-73

Hiester M. Nagle 1873-75

Abraham H. Schaeffer 1876-78

Adam M. Dundore 1879-81

John Kerschner 1883-84

John S. Holtzman 1885-87

David W. Mogel 1888-90

Isaac F. March 1891-93

Amendon Bright 1894-96

Cosmos D. Kutz 1897-99

Alfred K. Rentschler 1900-03

Edwin G. Ruth 1903-05

Henry H. Fry 1905-08

William M. Croll 1909-11

Sheriffs. — The Duke of Yorke's laws (intro-
duced into Pennsylvania Sept. 33, 1676) provided
for the nomination, by the justices of the county, of
three persons within their jurisdiction, out of which
the Governor should make choice of one to be sher-
iff for the year ensuing. By virtue of his office the
sheriff was then a justice of the peace.

In the Frame of Government, prepared by Wil-
Ham Penn for the province in 1683, it was provided
that the freemen of the counties should annually
elect and present to the Governor a double number
of persons to serve for sheriff, justices, and coroner
for the year next ensuing, out of which the Gov-
ernor should nominate and commission the proper
number for each office. After the erection of the
county, the first appointments of sheriff and cor-
oner were made Oct. 4, 1753.

The Constitution of 1790 provided for a similar
election and appointment of sheriff and coroner;
but the term of service was increased to three years,
and no person was to be twice appointed sheriff in
any term of six years. The Constitution of 1838
provided that one person for said offices respective-



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HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



ly should be elected by the people for the term of
three vears. And these oflSces have thence been so
filled. '

SHERIFFS

Xame Term

Benjamin Liglitfoot 1752-54

William Boone 1735-56

Thomas Lincoln 1757-58

Jacob Weaver 1759-60 ; 1763-64

Henry Christ 1761-62

Jasper Scull 1765-67

Jacob Shoemaker 1768-70

George Nagle 1771-73

Henry Vanderslice 1774-76

Daniel Levan 1777-79

Henry Hoffa 1780-81

Philip Kraemer 1782-84 ; 1791-93

Peter Filbert 1785-87

Jacob Bower 1788-90

Peter Frailey 1794-96

John Christ 1797-99

Nicholas Dick 1800-02

John Spycker 1803-05

Conrad Feger 1806-08

George Marx • 1809-11

Daniel Kerper 1812-14 ; 1824-26

Peter Aurand 1815-17

John Miller 1818-20

Henry Eetz 1821-23

John Bickel 1827-29

James Sillyman 1830-32

Henry Bowman 1833-35

George Fox 1836-38

Henry Binkley 1838-41

Daniel Esterley 1841-44

George Gernant 1844-47

John S. Schroeder 1847-50

John Potteiger 18oO-3:-i

John Manderbach 1853-56

Henry H. Manderbach 1856-59

Jeremiah D. Bitting . 1859-62

Abraham R. Koenig 1862-65

Tobias Earto 1865-68

William B. Albright 1868-71

Evan Mishler 1871-74

George R. Yorgey 1873-77

Alfred C. Kemp 1878-80

Levi M. Gerhart 1881-83

George D. Boyer 1884-86

George B. Schaeffer 1887-89

Elias Becker 1890-92

George D. Fahrenbach 1893-95

Frank H. Schmeck 1896-98

Frank Brobst 1899-1901

Albert F. Mogel 1902-04

Jacob H. Sassaman 1905-07

John C. Bradley 1908-10

CORONERS
Name Term

William Boone 1752-54

Benjamin Parvin 1755 —

Tohn Warren 1759

Tacob Kern 1760-61

Adam Witman 1762

Samuel Weiser 1763-65

Christopher Witman 1766

Henry Haller 1767

Jas. Whitehead, Jr 1768-69 ; 1779-80

Samuel Jackson 1770

Isaac Levan, Jr 1771-72

Peter Brecht 1773-75

Philip Kreamer 1776-78



Name Term

Peter Nagle 1781-87

Peter Feather 1788-93

Thomas Wildbahn 1794-99'

Peter Aurand 1800-02

Daniel Kerper 1803-05

Henry Rieser 1806-11

J. Christian 1812-14

Samuel Feather 1815-17; 1831-29

Samuel Ritter 1818-20

Adam Reitmyer 1830-32

John Hahn 1833-34

John Fox 1835-37 ; 1859-64 ; 18 j8-7&

William Stable 1838-49

John H. Seltzer 1850-52

William Keen 1853-5&

Henry Palm 1865-67

Geo. S. Goodhart 1877-79

William H. Kellv ]88%82

Henry D. Schoedler 1883-85.

Frank H. Denhard 1886-8a

Dr John G. Hoffman 1889-91

Dr. Frank J. Kantner 1892-94

John C. Griesemer 1895-97

Dr. Wilson H. Rothermel 1898-1900

Reuben E. Moyer 1901-03

Dr. Albert N. Seidel 1904-06

Dr. Robert E. Strasser 1907-09'

Prothonotaries, Recorders, Registers, Clerks
OF Orphans' Court, and Clerks of Quarter Ses-
sions. — The offices of prothonotary, recorder, regis-
ter, clerk of Orphans' court, and clerk of Quarter
Sessions were created with the county courts. Imme-
diately after the erectioii of Berks county, they
were established at the county-town, and filled by
appointment of the Governor. The Amended Con-
stitution of 1838 changed the manner of filling the
offices named from appointment by the Governor
to election by the people ; and the Act of July 2,
1839, fixed the term of office at three years. The
first officers were elected in October, 1830. No
change has been made since. From that time, the
terms of the officers began on the 1st day of De-
cember following their election till the adoption of
the New Constitution, when the time was changed
to the first Monday of January following their elec-
tion. This change included also the other county
officers.

PROTHONOTARIES
Name Terii

James Read 1752-75 ; 1777

Thomas Dundas 1776

Jacob Shoemaker 1778

Daniel Levan 1779-89 ; 1791

John Otto 1790

George Eckert 1792-1800

John S. Hiester 1801-08'

Gabriel Hiester, Jr 1809-17

Samuel D. Franks 181S-

John Adams 1819-20; 1824-26; 1830-35

Marks John Biddle 1821-23

Jacob Sallade 1827-29

Alex. H. Witman 1836-3S

Benj. Tyson 1839-42

Daniel Young 1842-45

Peter Strohecker 1845-48

Michael K. Boyer 1848-51

Cbarles H. Hunter 1851-54

Josiah Hearing 1854-57

David Fister ; 1857-60

Adam W. Kauffman 1860-63-

Jonathan L. Reber 1863-6S



GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIALS



81



Name Term

Wellington B. Griesemer 1866-69

George K. Levan 1869-72

Ephraim Armstrong 1872-75

Charles F. RentschJer .' . 1876-78

Amos Weiler " 1879-81

William D. Althouse 1882-84

Levi F. Dietrich 1885-87

Daniel H. Schweyer 1888-90

Joshua R. Burkey , 1891-93 ; 1894

William H. B. Schoenly* ; . 1894

■Oliver J. Wolflf '. 1895-97

Daniel R. Schmeck 1898-1900

John G. Rhoads 1901-03

Edward J. Morris 1904-06

Eldridge Zimmerman 1907-09

RECORDERS
^ Name Term

James Read 1752-76

Henry Christ 1777-89

John Christ 1790-91

Jacob Bower 1792-99

Peter Frailey 1800-08

Jacob Schneider 1809-17

John Adams 1818

Daniel Rhoads 1819-20

John Miller 1831-23; 1830-35

John Fred'k Smith 1824-29

Joseph AUgaier 1836.-38

John Green 1839

William Wunder 1839-42

Henry H. Maurer 1842-45

John W. Tyson 1845-48

Israel R. Laucks 1848-51

John Bush 1851-54

Hiram S. Getz 1854-57

Nicholas Heckman 1857-60

Charles N. Keller 1860-63

Isaac Laucks 1863-66

Henry Reider 1866-69

Daniel Hummel 1869-72

Charles Hill 1872-75

Jefferson M. Keller 1876-78

William Zimmerman 1879-81

Isaac M. Bechtel 1882-84

W. Benton Stolz 1885-87

James F. Dumn 1888-90

Simpson Becker 1891-93

Isaac W. Keimf 1894

Amos F. Dumn 1894

James W. Sponagle 1895-97

Daniel H. Rieser 1898-1900

Frank F. Bressler 1901-03

Henry H. Holzm'an 1904-06

Jeremiah A. Bausher .' 1907-09

REGISTERS
Name Term

James Read 1752-74

Collinson Read 1775-76

Henry Christ 1777-89

John Christ 1790-91

Jacob Bower 1793-99

Peter Frailey 1800-08

Jacob Schneider 1809-17

Daniel Rhoads ». 1818-20 ; 1824-29

Peter Aurand 1821-23

George Smith. . . ? 1830-35

William Zieber 1836-38

Joel Ritter 1839-43

John Green 1842-45

Isaac Ely 1845-48

Joseph Rittej- 1848-51

Jacob Snell 1851-54

Daniel Buskirk 1854-57

* Died on March 11. 1894, and the Deputy Joshua R. Burkey
was appointed to fill office until first Monday of January, 1895.
tDied April 17, 1894.



Name Term

Tobias Barto 1857-60

Benjamin E. Dry 1860-63

Michael S. Thirwechter 1863-66

J. Daniel Wanner 1866-69

Hiram S. Getz 1869-72

Henry C. Croll 1872-75

Peter Y. Edelman 1876-78

Solomon S. Kindt. 1879-81

Jonas M. ShoUenberger 1883-84

Ammon S. Strunk 1885-87

Albert H. Fegely 1888-90

Henry D. Strunk 1891-93

William H. Schaffner 1894-96

George B. Miller 1897-99

Levi S. Mabry 1900-03

William R. Kemmerer 1903-05

Wilson M. Dumn 1906-08

George R. Gregory 1909-11

CLERKS OF orphans' COURT
Name Term

James Read ; 1752-76

Henry Christ 1777-88

James Scull ; . . . 1789-91

Jacob Bower 1793-99

Peter Frailey 1800-09

John M. Hyneman 1810-15

John Adams 1816-17

William Schoener 1818-23

Matthias S. Richards 1833

Jacob Sallade 1824-36 ; 1830-31

Nathaniel P. Hobert 1827-39

Jacob Marshall 1832-35

Henry Rhoads 1836-38

WiUiam H. Miller 1839-41

James Donagan 1843

William Shearer 1843-45

Zacharias H. Maurer 1845-48

William W. Diehl 1848-51

Charles J. Wink 1851-54

Daniel Potteiger 1854-57

Ephraim Fritz 1857-60

Daniel Hahn ' 1860-63

Solomon Close 1863-66

Levi H. Liess : 1866-69

Mahlon F. Wolff 1869-72

Isaac K. Knoll 1872-75

Charles M. Clouse 1876-78

Ephraim Dunkle 1879-81

William H. Gilmer* 1882-83

CLERKS OF QUARTER SESSIONS
T '^ame ■ Term

James Read 1752-76

James Whitehead 1777-78

Henry Christ 1779

Daniel Levan 1780-91

George Eckert 1792-99

John S. Hiester 1800-08

Gabriel HieSter, Jr 1809-12; 1814-17

John M. Hyneman 1813

Samuel D. Franks igig

John Adams 1819-20

Henry M. Richards 1821-22

Jacob Marshall 1823

Jacob Sallade . , ' 1834-36

Nathaniel P. Hobert ■ 1827-29

Philip A. Good 1830-33

William Schoener 1833-35

Charles Troxell , . . 1836-38

William H. Miller ; 1339

Samuel Myers 1839-42

John L. Rightmyer 1843-51

Zacharias H. Maurer 1851-54

Edwin H. Brockway 1854-57

Joseph S. Hoyer .1857-60

* Upon the establishment of a separate Orphans' Court in 1883,
this officer was discontinued, and the Register became the Clerk
as provided by law. '



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HISTORY OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



Name Term

James Bell 1860-63

Francis Roland 1863-66

Levi M. Gerhart 1866-69

Adam H. Sailor : 1869-72

Jacob H. Hain 1872-75

Mahlon A. Sellers 1876-78

Enoch S. Matthias 1879-81

Isaac Eckert 1882-84

Morris H. Shaeffer 1885-87

Henry G. Heinly 1888-90

William H. Sallade 1891-93

Henry H. Hell* 1894-95

Edwin T. Brown 1895

Harry J. Dumn 1896-98

Daniel A. Bausher 1899-1901

Jacob B. Esser 1902-04

Peter S. HoU 1905-07

Samuel T. Bordner 1908-10

District Attorneys. — The office of district at-
torney was created by Act of May 3, 1850, and
made elective, with a term of three years. Prev-
iously, the Attorne3'-General of the State appointed
an attorney in the several counties to represent the
Commonwealth in the prosecution of criminal cases.

The Act of 1850 required a residence of one year
in the county and a practice of two years at the bar.
The latter was reduced to one year by the Act of
1852, hut increased again to two years bv the Act
of April 26, 1883.

DISTEICT ATTORNEYS
Name Term

Jacob Hubley 1789-1817

Frederick Smith 1818-20 ; 1824-27

Charles Richards 1821

Daniel J. Hiester 1822-23

Joseph H. Spayd 1828-29

Joseph D, Biles 1830-31

Alexander L. King 1832-35

George G. Barclay 1836-38

J. Pringle Jones .' 1839-46

Peter Filbert 1847-48

John S. Richards 1849-50

Jeremiah Hageman 1850-56

Jacob K. McKenty 18.i6-59

James B. Bechtel 1859-02

Daniel Ermentroiit 1862-65

Wharton Morris 1865-68

Edward H. Shearer 1868-71

Peter D. Wanner 1871-74

Henrv C. G. Reber 1875-77

William M. Goodman 1878-80

Hiram Y. Kauffman 1881-83

Israel H. Rothermel 1884-86

Jeremiah K. Grant 1887-89

W, Oscar Miller 1890-92

Frank K. Flood 1893-95

Adam B. Rieser 1896-98

Abraham H. Rothermel 1899-1901

George W. Wagner 1902-04

Ira G. Kntz 1905-07

Harry D. Schaeffer 1908-10

Special Detectives. — An Act was passed May
19, 1874, which provided for the appointment of a
special detective officer in the several counties of
the State, by the district attorney, with the approval
of the court of Quarter Sessions. The first appoint-
ment was made in February, 1875. The officers
were :

* Died April 4, 1S95.



Name Term

William L. Graiil 1875-77

John Denhard* 1878-83

Lawrence P. Ressler 1S83

James P. Kershner- 1884-86

George Kramer 1887-89

John Wunch 1890-92

Frank H. Derihard 1893-95

Henrv C. W. Matz** 1895

WilliW Baiiknecht 1896-98

James P. Kershner 1899-1900

Daniel J. McDermott l^^"!

Eugene W. Fegely 1902-04

James J. A/Ierkel 1905-10

Surveyors. — The office of surveyor-general of
the State was created April 9, 1781 ; and this officer
was then empowered to appoint a deputy or depu-
ties in any county of the State. The first appoint-
ment of a deput)'-surveyor for Berks county was
made in 1800. One deputy was appointed from that
time to 1834, when two deputies were appointed.
The appointment of two was continued till the pas-
sage of the Act of April 9, 1850, which provided
for the election of a county surveyor in October
following, for the term of three years, and every



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