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and Julia (Backer) Eller (deceased). Mr. Jacob Eller
came to America from Germany in 1852, and settled
in Venango township, Erie county, in what is known



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as the Smith neighborhood, and Hved there ten years,
where he died in June, 1885, at the age ot 78 years.
He was married to Julia, daughter of Nicholas Backer,
of Germany, who was a prominent farmer in his native
country. They were the parents of six children:
Philip, livmg in Erie; Michael, Margaret, wife of
George 1 ndwirk (dfceased), now living in Minnesota;
Catherinr, lii!i:i, «il,- of Philip Backer (deceased),
and NkIimI.is. Ihimu in Erie. Mr. Michael C. Eller
emigr.iud tn AuHina in 1850, and located in Venango
tuwnsh]|i, living in that township seven years. He
then moved to Harbor Creek township, and from there
to .Summit township, where his son now resides on a
farm of IGO acres of land in a good state of cultivation,
with g,.n,l l,iiiiaiiit;s, loratc.l si-vcii mik^sf^.m Erie,
on the (.1.1 |ilaiik r.Ki.l. li. Is'Jl hr iiin\,..l I.. Krie and
is livin,;;' a icliir.l life. M |-. I'.llcr mailr hl^ own way
in the wmld, an.il is m.w the cwn. r i.f th.- al)..\e farm,
and also three houses and lots at Twenty-eighth and
Myrtle streets, Erie, Pa. Mr. Eller was united in
marriage to Caroline, daughter of John Neubauer,
Februarv '29, IX.'Sr,. The issue of this marriage was
v\vyvn rl>,ldn-n: IMiiliii l.lr,ras..l 1, I-li/abrtli (,le-



p;(;,..,rg,..,,|-Knr;Mar.,n,liMnmn M,-„,,,lns,
Porter, nl ,S,„nn„t lounship; ChriM.an, ,,|- Kn.-,



townshi

Tenn.;

and Catherinr uL^ascil 1. M r. ' M 1. had Idl.T and

family are menilicrs of the Liitlic ran Cliiirch of Vaw.

He served as school director for three yi-ars, and road

commissioner three years.

William Henderson, farmer, post-office Godard,
was born in Cleveland, O., October 26, 1828, is a son
of Joseph and Jane ( Sweney ) Henderson, the former
a native of Allegheny county, and the latter of Erie
county, Pennsylvania. Joseph Henderson was born
June 6, 1798, in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and
came to Erie county in 1810 and located in Erie, Pa.
He was a carpenter by occupation. He was em-
ployed on most of the original buildings of promi-
nence in Erie City. He had the contract for the car-
penter work of the old court house, and was the super-
intendent. He was at one time engaged on the pub-
lic works of Cleveland, O. He was also engaged in
farming in Mill Creek township, where he was living
at the time of his death. He was married March 29,
1821, to Jane Sweney. To this union were born ten
children, viz.: Nancy, wife of E. Goodrich, of Erie,
Pa.; Trowers (deceased); Ann, wife of Henry Dunn,
of Erie; Joseph, of Erie; Jane (deceased); and James.
Joseph Henderson was elected county commissioner
in 1840 and served three years, and was re-elected in
1839 and served until 1862. He died March 28, 1883,
at the advanced age of 83. William Henderson first
started in life in Erie, at the carpenter business until
the age of 26, when he went to Dellia, la., on the
McCoda river, where he had charge of a large saw
mill for Judge Benson, for three years. He was also
engaged in the milling business in Nebraska for
about one year. He then went in the employ of the
United States government surveyors and was en-
gaged in surveying; western land two years. He was
also prospecting for gold in Colorado for about one
year. He then came to Armsttong county, Pennsyl-
vania. He was married August 20, 1860, to Martha,
daughter of Joseph Lowry, of Armstrong county,
Pennsylvania, who for thirty years was justice of the



peace. William Henderson moved to the place
where he now resides about seven years ago. Mr.
and Mrs. Henderson were the parents of three chil-
dren, viz.: Elmer, living in Warren, Pa.; Alfred, of
Erie; and Thomas, of Erie. Mr. Henderson and wife
are members of the U. P. Church. Politically he is a
Republican.

John Guckes, farmer, postoffice Kearsarge, was
born in Always, Germany, September 26, 1844, and is
a son of Jacob and Marguerite (Bread) Guckes, of
Erie. Jacob Guckes came to America from Germany
in 1851, settled in Greene township, and was engaged
in farming and the sawmill busmess for about a year.
He then moved to the Miner farm, m Summit town-
ship, living there for a short time, then moving to one
of Capt. N. W. Russell's farms, in Mill Creek town-
ship, and living there five years. He then moved to
Five Points, Summit township, and bought a farm of
100 acres. Mr. Guckes was married in October, 1839,
in Germany, to Marguerite Bread. To this union were
born ten children, viz.: Katie, wife of Joseph Herman,
of McKean township; Mary, wife of Frederick Borish-
ard, of Krie; John; Jacob, of Summit township; Mar-
gui-rite (deceased); Christian, of McKean township;
Fheba; William, of Hardin county, Ohio; Peter, of
McKean township; and Barbara (decea.sed). John
Guckes, at the age of 21. started in life as a farmer,
and was engaged in that business imtil 1864, when he
engaged in railroading, and followed that business
for seven years. He then bought a farm of ninety-
seven acres in Summit township, where he now re-
sides. Mr. Guckes was united in marriage March 21,
1871, to Fllizabeth, daughter of N. Petre, of Germany,
who was a farmer by occupation in that country. Mr.
Guckes and wife are members of the Lutheran Church
of Erie. Politically he is a Republican. Andrew
Keller, a son of Michael Keller of Germany, is living
with John Guckes.

E. H. Randall, station agent, Springfield, Erie
county, Pa., was born in 1862 in Ashtabula county,
Ohio. He is a son of Henry Randall, now living in
Austinburg, O. Mr. Randall has held the position of
station agent in Springfield since the opening of the
New York, Chicago and St. Louis R. R. In 1876 he
married Nancy Woodruff, of Eagleville, Austinburg
township, O., and to this union have been born three
children: Earl, Edna and Rada. Mr. Randall is now
burgess of Springfield borough, secretary of school
board, and takes a deep interest in township affairs.

Frank E. Baldwin, farmer, Springfield township,
Erie county. Pa., son of Clark H. Baldwin (deceased),
who was born in Vermont in 1809, and emigrated from
there in 1833 and settled on the farm on which his son
Frank now resides. His mother, whose maiden name
was Belinda Hart, was also born in Vermont in 1813.
They were both of English descent. To this union
were born eight children, five of whom are living.
Frank, the seventh, was born on the farm he now oc-
cupies on the Ridge road. In 1875 he was married to.
Miss Lillian Laughery. To this union have been born
three children: Erma, Ralph E. and Lora L. Mr.
Baldwin is assessor, and a member of the I. O. O. F.
and P. H. C.

J. Newton Miller, farmer. East Springfield, was
born April 19, 1820, on the farm on which he now re-



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sides, which was settled by his parents, Thomas R.
and Margaret Miller, of Franklin county, Pennsyl-
vania, who came to Erie counU in ISO'J, and n-.ired a
family of seven children. I'lMini.is K. Mill, r was a
soldier in the war of 181j!, .uhI .1 liiMuiiHint cui/rn of
the township. He was dinrtur .if the |Hini-, (nunty
commissioner, and served from Kric covmty in the
House of Representatives. His wife departed this
life in 1835. He survived until 1866. J. Newton Mil-
ler married Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Silverthorn,
an early settler of Erie county. Their only child,
Florence D., died in 1872. Mr. Miller was a member
of the State Legislature in 1870, and has been justice
of the peace for twelve years. He has taken great in-
terest in local affairs, among which was the laying out
of the East Springfield cemetery.



C. E. Eldridge, farmer, East
ship, Erie county, Pa., was born i
township, Erie county. Pa. His jia
and Mary (Welch) Eldridge, the
Vermont and the mother a native i M.iVreU, a life-long residentof the locality,
wli.i>. ,111. I St.. IS are identified with many pioneer inci-
dents of .1 c. ntin y and a quarter ago of this locality.
In Decenihcr. iss^il, Marcus was married to Miss Emma
Davison, of Spnn^li. 1.1 township, Erie county. She
was a daui;iiti]- of Kotiert and Caroline (Arbuckle)
Davison. T.i this nnionhave been born three children:
Cora, Carl and Bernice. Mr. Morrell has taken an
active part in local public affairs, having been council-
man, collector and school director; he is a member of
the State Police and Protected Home Circle.

John H. Hall, farmer. North Springfield, Erie
county. Pa., was born in 1835 in the township where he
has since resided. He is a son of |ohn and Polly
(Kelly) Hall, both natives of Mifflin county, Pennsyl-
vania, and who came to Erie county in 1804. The
former died in 1.S48 and the latter in 1843. John Hall,
sr., was a iiroininent farmer, a soldier in the war of
isii' anil ■.[ niiinber of the Presbyterian Church. John
H. Hall was married in 1860 to Julia, daughter of
Janus Miles, of Girard, Erie county. Pa. This union
has been blessed with two children, James M. and
Eliza B. Hall. Mr. Hall is a progressive and influen-
tial citizen and the owner of one of the finest farms in
Springfield township. During the past few years he
has cleared and put under fine state of cultivation
over 100 acres of land.

Henry Daub, farmer. North Springfield, Erie
county. Pa., is a native of Germany, and was born in
1843. He is a son of George Daub, who died in 1846.
Henry came to America with his mother, two brothers
and a sister in the year 1848. The family came directly
to Erie and took up their residence five miles west of
the city. In 1864 Helen was married to Ellen D.,
daughter of James Randall (deceased), who resided in
Harbor Creek, Erie county. This union has been
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namely: Charles H. and M. Naomi. Mr. Daub came
to Springfield, Erie county, Pa., in 1878, where he has
since resided. He is a man who is identified with the
interests and progress of his township, especially in
school matters, having served two terms as director
and been an im])()rtant factor in the erection of a new
school housi- in liis ilistrict in 1894. The structure
takes thi- iiI.h i .li" ,,n( Imriu'd the same year, and is a
model ill .liM-ii iiii'l r.iiiiplc-teness. Mr. Daub is a
member ul tin I. ( i. i >. 1* . Charles H. Was married in
IS'.i". anil 1 . -hlis near Eagley's Grove. M. Naomi was
111. Mil. '\ .1 li w months later.' She has begun her life
\\..i |,. ,is ,1 ii .11 lii_r and has received her education thus
far in the- cuinnion schools of her townsnip.

Frank L. Sherman, West Springfield, Erie
county. Pa., was born in the township where he now
resides, in the year 1872. He was educated at the
public schools of Springfield, and, September 10, 1894,
associated himself with Mr. Fred Gee in the milling
business, and since that time several large tracts of
timber have been converted into lumber. Mr. Sher-
man is a son of Elihu Sherman, born in 1827, in
Vermont. He came to Girard about 1845, and lived
in what is known as the old Scott tavern, on the Ridge
road. In 1850 he married Miss Lydia Ball, of Girard.
She died in 1862 leaving one child, Dora, wife of Will-
son Ball of Girard. In 1864 he married Elizabeth
Baldwin, of Conneaut, O. She died in 1867. In 1868
he married Mrs. Mary G. Cutler (Baldwin), the
mother of Frank L. Sherman. He moved to Spring-
field in the year of 1869, where he died suddenly from
a stroke of paralysis on December 21, 1894. His
funeral took place on Sunday following, with inter-
ment in East Springfield cemetery. He was born in
the year 1827, in Girard township, where he resided
until 1886, when he came to Springfield. The same
year he was married to Miss Mary Baldwin, daugh-
ter of an early settler of Springfield township. To
this union was born one son, Frank L. Sherman, sub-
ject of sketch.

Charles C. Strong, East Springfield, Erie county,
Pa., of the firm of J. M. Strong & Son, millers and
dealers in lumber, was born in Springfield township,
October 13, 1869. He was educated at Oberlin Col-
lege, and began business with his father in 1891, and
they together have since operated the Springfield
MilLs, wlii.-li wd-r Iniilt in 1842. The mills have
recently !"■ n .im lii.iiiird and all modern improve-
ments added. An extensive business is carried on,
and shipments are made to dilTi-nnt [points both east
and west. A recent acquisiiK.n is the opening of a
feed depot at ForestviUe, \. \ .. .md nne at Erie, Pa.
The Springfield Mills are supermr tn any in the local-
ity, with excellent water power, aided by steam. J. M.
Strong, miller, dealer in lumber, and farmer. East
Springfield, is a native of Southampton, Mass., and
was born April 3, 1834. He is a son of lob I), and
Betsey H. Strong, also natives of M.i^s.n 1mis< its. who
came to this county in 1838, and r^.n^d t\\o ( InirlK n,
J. M. only surviving. Mr. Stronu dn .1 m \>:



Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 178 of 192)