Liesetha "Lucetta" Gaumer -- also spelled "Lusetta" and "Luzedy" -- was born in about 1814 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the daughter of Johann "Adam" and Christiana (Wesco) Gaumer.
She was wedded to David M. Treichler (1809-1876), also spelled "Dreichler." He labored over the years as a farmer and flour miller.
They bore these known offspring -- Sarah A. Butz, Maria A. "Mary" Treichler, William "James" Treichler, Emeline "Emma" Bittenbender, Lucinda Treichler, David G. Treichler, Caroline Grimley Ellsworth and Samuel G. Treichler. Lucetta also raised a grandson, Irwin E. Hauck.
Circa 1850-1870, when the federal census enumeration was made, the Treichlers lived in Hereford Township, Berks County. Residing in the home in 1850 were 17-year-old hired hand Steven Weitner and 16-year-old Carolina Weitner. In 1860, 54-year-old laborer John Fry and 17-year-old miller apprentice Alvin Gray lived in the household. The family made a home in 1870 for two-year-old grandson Irwin E. Hauck. Their near neighbors in 1880 were the families of George and Hannah Fegley and Edward and Sarah Fegley.
For decades, the family belonged to the New Goshenhoppen Church in East Greenville, Montgomery County, near the county lines of Lehigh and Berks.
Sadly, David died in about 1876. His brother-in-law Joseph Gaumer served as the administrator of the estate.
Lucetta remained his widow for the balance of 21 years of her life. The 1880 U.S. Census shows her in Hereford. At some point, she made a home in Treichlersville, Lehigh County. She passed into eternity at the age of 84 on Dec. 5, 1898. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that burial was in the her church's cemetery, with funeral services officiated by Rev. G.B. Walbert of East Greenville.
~ Daughter Sarah Ann (Treichler) Butz ~
Daughter Sarah Ann Treichler (1843-1898) was born in about 1843 in Hereford Township, Berks County. Unmarried in 1880, at the age of 26, she lived with her parents in Hereford Township.
She wedded farmer C. William Butz (April 9, 1840-1926), son of Franklin and Catharine (Larosh) Butz.
The couple produced an only daughter, Jennie M. Adam.
They made a home in Maxatawny, Berks County. In the spring of 1898, with her health failing, she was unable to attend a Butz family reunion held in the community of Laurys, PA. And as her health continued to decline, the family decided to hold another gathering later in the summer. Reported the Allentown Leader:
To give her the pleasure of such an occasion, the following came to her home: Mr. and Mrs. James Butz, Mickleys; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Butz, Breinigsville; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Butz, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butz, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Butz, Allentown; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Butz, Hellertown; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tice, Miss Sarah Butz, East Texas; Mr. and Mrs. James Treichler, Kutztown; Mr. and Mrs. David Treichler, Hereford; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bordner, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Grimley [sic], Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Keck, Adamstown; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heller, Hellertown; Misses Bertha Butz, Lillie Butz, Lila E.J. Keck, Allentown; Carrie Tice, Ada Tice, Willie Tice, East Texas; Frank Hiller and Margaret Hiller, Hellertown; Jennie Butz and Cesta Tice, Kutztown; Daniel Quillman, Maxatawny.
Sadly, she died later that month, on Aug. 17, 1898. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Kutztown, Berks County. [Find-a-Grave] Adding to the heartache, Sarah's mother died just four months later. William survived his wife by 28 years. In 1900, his married daughter Jennie and family lived in the residence, along with boarders Daniel J.D. Carl and Ralph Sensendiefer and niece Cesta E. Schlenker and her young daughter Sadie. Then in 1910, he had relocated with the Adamses to Lower Macungie, Lehigh County. Burdened with heart valve disease, he succumbed at the age of 86 on Oct. 31, 1926. Son-in-law Slon Adam of Macungie signed the death certificate.
Daughter Jennie May Butz (1872-1913) was born on the Fourth of July 1872. In about 1899, at the age of abouit 27, she was united in matrimony with Solon Adam (May 1877-1956), son of Michael and Leah (Berk) Adam. They bore these known children -- Leo W.M. "Lee" Adam, Lillie S.N. Long, Willis Butz Adam, Eva V. Seip and Harold Adam. Early in his working career, Solon was a stone mason with the Wenz Company of Allentown. Later, he focused on laboring as a tenant farmer. In 1900, the Adams lived with Jennie's widowed father in Maxatawny, Berks County. During the decade between 1900 and 1910, they moved to a farm in Lower Macungie, Lehigh County. The federal census of 1910 shows Jennie's widowed father in the household along with 18-year-old hired man William Geist. Sadness blanketed the family in Feb. 1904 when one of their children, a three-month-old, contracted whooping cough and died. Burial was in the Moselem Church cemetery. Then in March 1904, they moved from the John Hinterleiter farm to the Bastian farm at Wescosville, Lehigh County. Then in Dec. 1911, they left their tenant house on the George Kutz farm near Kutz's mill and took occupancy of a house on the Manhlon K. Adam farm near Moselem Church. In 1913, their home was in East Texas, Lower Macungie, Lehigh County. The family was cleaved apart when Jennie was stricken with intestinal and liver cancer and suffered for 10 months before death on June 10, 1913. Said the Allentown Morning Call, she "was bedfast for only one day. All that loving hands and medical science could do were done but without avail." Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Kutztown, following funeral services held at St. Paul's Reformed Church of Kutztown. After nearly two years alone, Solon married again to Bertha (Fink) Rech ( ? - ? ) of East Texas, daughter of Daniel and Louisa (Butz) Fink. Rev. George Smith officiated at the nuptials held in Kutztown. Reported the Morning Call, "Last evening a large serenade was given the couple and the entire village and many from the surrounding section gathered at the home and were royally entertained." Solon was a member of the Western Salisbury Evangelical and Reformed Church and attended its Sunday School. He also was a member of the Mystic Star Lodge and the International Order of Odd Fellows (OOF) in Emmaus, the Knights of the Golden Eagle in Kutztown and the Moose lodge in Allentown. The last property on which Solon was a tenant was the Hess-Lehigh Farm. He retired in about 1930. He married a third time to Lula Knappenberger ( ? - ? ). She is believed to have brought three adult daughters to the union, Margaret Kreibel, Mabel Ziegler and Eva Hockman. They moved in about 1954 to Longswamp Township, Berks County. Tragically, while walking to get his mail on Nov. 17, 1955, he was struck by a car and badly injured. "He was hospitalized for three weeks," said the Morning Call. "He became bedfast Feb. 18 ." Sadly, he died at home at the age of 78 on April 1, 1956. An obituary in the Morning Call numbered his offspring as 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
~ Daughter Mary G. Treichler ~
Daughter Mary G. Treichler (1844-1932) was born on Feb. 5, 1844 in Hereford Township, Berks County.
She never married but in about 1868 bore a son, Irwin E. Hauck.
She resided with her widowed mother in 1898. At some point she and her son dwelled in Reading and in Philadelphia.
She was plunged into grief in May 1930 when her 61-year-old son died while listening to a radio broadcast.
Circa 1932, her home was in West Frederick Township, Montgomery County, PA. At the age of 88, on Nov. 24, 1932, she died after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Burial was in the Zionsville Reformed Cemetery, with Theo Leatherman signing the death certificate. In her will, made public on the pages of the Allentown Morning Call in Nov. 1932, said that she had bequeathed her entire estate of $1,000 to her nephew, Harry S. Treichler.
Son Irwin E. Hauck (1868-1930) was born on June 15, 1868 in Hereford Township. He was joined in wedlock with Emma Everett ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- Grimley E. Hauck and Kathryn Hauck. They lived in Allentown for decades and spent 10 years in Bethlehem. "For many years he served as a traveling salesman for a wholesale tobacco firms in this city and Bethlehem and for a number of years served at the cabinet-making trace at which he was also quite proficient," said the Allentown Morning Call. "For the past several years he conducted a real estate business from his residence and prospered in a very fair measure." As a young man, he belonged to the Ivy Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Philadelphia. Their address in 1930 was 124 North Fifth Street in Allentown. On the evening of May 20, 1930, Irwin was at home listening to his favorite radio shows, when he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died. The Morning Call reported in an obituary that he "had been ailing for the past year but had been sufficiently healthy to continue the conduct of a real estate business from his home. He was in his usual health yesterday and last night enjoyed the nightly broadcast of 'Amos and Andy' and as the program closed he suddenly fell sideways from his chair and was dead when members of his family reached his side." Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Son Grimley Hauck signed the Pennsylvania death certificate.
~ Son William "James" Treichler ~
Son William "James" Treichler (1845-1932) -- also known as "James G. Treichler" -- was born on Sept. 7, 1845 in Hereford Township, Berks County. He learned the trade of flour milling from his father.
James married Anna Eliza Levan (April 17, 1840-1920), daughter of David S. and Lydia (Charet) Levan.
The couple were the parents of Annie Smith and David L. Treichler.
They were flour millers and farmers and resided for decades in Kutztown, Berks County. James also was a salesman for the wholesale firm of Artman and Treichler Company of Philadelphia, traveling throughout the eastern United States. He also was considered a leading member of the St. John's Reformed Church of Kutztown, where he was an elder for many years. James retired in about 1912 and remained in Kutztown.
Sadly, Anna was stricken with cerebral apoplexy at the age of 80 and died just a few days later on Oct. 29, 1920.
James lived for another dozen years. His address in the 1930s was 208 East Main Street. As he aged, James became senile. He suffered heart failure at the age of 87 and succumbed on Dec. 5, 1932. Burial was beside his wife in Hope Cemetery in Kutztown. The Allentown Morning Call printed a death notice, inviting relatives and friends to attend the viewing and funeral. Rev. Charles Freeman of Doylestown officiated at the funeral, held in the Treicher home. James' mother's maiden name, as listed on the death certificate and in the Morning Call, was spelled "Garmer."
Daughter Annie Treichler (1875-1954) was born in on Jan. 6, 1875 in Hereford Township and spent most of her life in Kutztown, Berks County. She lived at home with her widowed father in 1932. In May 1941, when she was age 66, she married Samuel G. Smith ( ? - ? ), with the ceremony taking place in Washington, DC. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, "They plan to motor through the New England states in the near future." She was a member of the Reading chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and attended St. John's Reformed Church in Kutztown. Her address in the early 1950s was 230 West Walnut Street in Kutztown. At the age of 76, on Sept. 16, 1954, she passed away in Allentown Hospital. George Liebensperger of Kutztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Her remains were placed into repose in Fairview Cemetery in Kutztown.
Son David L. Treichler (1880-1951) was born on Feb. 7, 1880. He married Mary J. Gross ( ? -1959). In about 1921, they relocated to Kutztown, Berks County. David was the proprietor of a dry goods store in Kutztown. He resided with his widowed father and sister in 1932. His address in 1951 was 208 East Main Street. He began suffering from hardening of the arteries in about 1941 and endured the problem for a decade. At the age of 71, he was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and passed into eternity two days before Christmas 1951. Interment was in Hope Cemetery in Kutztown. Mary remained in their home for the balance of her years. At the age of 70, on May 16, 1959, she succumbed. A death notice appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
~ Daughter Emeline "Emma" (Treichler) Bittenbender ~
Daughter Emeline G. "Emma" Treichler (1847-1928) was born on Jan. 19, 1847 in Hereford Township, Berks County. At the age of 22, in 1870, the unmarried Emma dwelled with her parents.
She was joined in wedlock with Jacob R. Bittenbender (March 27, 1849-1927), son of Christopher and Abigail (Rush) Bittbender.
The couple were the parents of an only daughter, Jennie A. Bittenbender.
They lived in Seisholtzvile, Berks County until about 1888, when they relocated to Allentown, Lehigh County. They stayed in Allentown for four decades, from about 1888 until their respective deaths. They were members of Salem Reformed Church.
Circa 1927, their address was 735 Liberty Street in Allentown, and unmarried daughter Jennie lived under their roof.
Sadly, suffering from chronic heart disease, the 78-year-old David suffered a stroke and passed away on Aug. 20, 1927. Among those attending the funeral were Emma's brother Samuel, his wife and son.
Emma outlived him only by a year. Her address in 1928 was 735 Liberty Street. For the last two years of her life, Emma endured breast cancer and died of its effects at the age of 81 on Aug. 3, 1928. Her remains were placed into rest in Greenwood Cemetery. The informant for the death certificate was daughter Jennie A. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call referred to her as "an exteemed resident of this city for the past forty years ... [and] was loved and respected by a wide circle of friends."
Daughter Jennie A. Bittenbender (1878-1955) was born on May 20, 1878 in Seisholtzville, Berks County. She never married but devoted her life to teaching and public education. Circa 1928, she lived at home with her mother at 735 Liberty Street. At the age of 77, Jennie passed away in Allentown on Nov. 22, 1955. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown.
~ Daughter Lucinda Treichler ~
Daughter Lucinda Treichler (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850. Nothing more is known.
~ Son David G. Treichler ~
He married Maria (1860- ? ).
They produced two known sons, David Treichler and Clarence Treichler.
The 1880 federal census shows the Treichlers living with David's widowed mother on the home farm in Hereford Township, near the village of Hereford, also known as Treichlersville, just a few miles from the Lehigh/Berks County line. Disaster visited this family on or about Jan. 31, 1881 when their large barn was destroyed by fire. Reported the Allentown Democrat:
The family retired at 9 o'clock, when everything was in its usual condition. At half past eleven Mrs. Treichler awoke and found the entire yard lighted up, and the barn a sheet of flame. She arounsed the family and rang the large farm bell, summoning the neighbors to the scene of the fire. Mr. Treichler hastened to the barn, and throwing open the horse stable, he loosened the horses, but all were dead. He next rushed to the large cow-stable, where nine cows were found lying in natural positions, but life in each extinct. As Mr. Treichler approached the barn he heard the moans of his dog, which he had let into the stables before retiring, but it was too late to save him. No fire was in the stables when the first door was opened, but it burst down immediately. The entire stock was suffocated by smoke before the fire reached the stables. The fire is supposed to have been of incendiary origin. It must have started inside the barn. A large western wind which was blowing at the time saved the dwelling house, wagon shed and corn crib. The barn was insured for $2,400 in the Goshenhoppen fire insurance company. The damage is estimated at $5000. The following is a list of the contents destroyed: Three horses, 10 milch cows, a farm dog, 1 goat, 75 chickens, 12 tons of hay, 1/2 ton of straw, 6,000 sheaves of wheat, 5,000 sheaves of oats, 30 bushels of wheat, 30 bushels of corn, 1 ton of bran, threshing machine, fodder cutter, winnowing mill, hay hook, rope and pulleys, stack corn fodder, and harness.
Later, David operated a chopping mill. He lived in Hereford circa 1903. At the age of 60, burdened with a stroke of apoplexy and influenza, he passed away on March 30, 1914. Burial was at New Goschenhoppen Church Cemetery. Harry S. Treichler of Hereford signed the death certificate.
Son David Treichler
Son Clarence Treichler
~ Daughter Caroline (Treichler) Grimley Ellsworth ~
Daughter Caroline Treichler (1856-1929) was born on July 20, 1856 in Hereford, Berks County.
Her first husband was Jeremiah M. Grimley (June 14, 1855-1914), son of Jeremiah and Mary (Moyer) Grimley.
They produced an only daughter, Sarah "Sadie" Kuntz.
Jeremiah owned Grimley Furniture Company in Allentown, and they made a home at 441 Linden Street.
Sadly, suffering from kidney disease, he was felled by a stroke and died at the age of 58 on Feb. 17, 1914. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Signing his official Pennsylvania certificate of death was Sadie Grimley Kuntz of 441 Linden Street.
Later, in about 1926, she was joined in matrimony with Alexander B. Ellsworth ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Allentown, with the address of 34 North 16th Street in 1929, and were members of Salem Reformed Church. Caroline was an active volunteer with women's groups, among them the Anne Penn Allen chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, for which she was chaplain and had been a charter member. She also was involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Woman's Club, Charity Club and Huguenot Society.
She was stricken with cancer of the intestines and succumbed in Allentown Hospital at the age of 73 on Oct. 19, 1929. She was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, with son-in-law Rev. Frank S. Kuntz providing details for the death certificate. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call referred to her as "one of Allentown's estimable women ... who was 73 years of age, [and] had been in apparent good health early in the week, and news of her death came as a great shock to her many friends." Among the mourners traveling to attend the funeral were Caroline's sister-in-law, Amelia K. Treichler.
Daughter Sarah "Sadie" Grimley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Rev. Frank S. Kuntz ( ? - ? ). In 1914, they lived in Allentown at 441 Linden Street. Then by 1929, Frank served as pastor of the Apostles Lutheran Church of Philadelphia.
~ Son Samuel G. Treichler ~
Son Samuel G. Treichler (1860-1929) was born on Aug. 14, 1860 in Hereford Township, Berks County.
In about 1880, when he was age 20, he was united in matrimony with Amelia K. Lorentz (Oct. 2, 1861-1938), daughter of William and Lucy Ann (Schaffer) Lorentz. They lived in Upper Milford, Lehigh County before relocating in about 1886 to Emmaus, Lehigh County, where Samuel was employed as a pattern-maker in the foundry of Donaldson Iron Works. He eventually became in charge of pattern storage.
They produced these known children, John L. Treichler, Robert Treichler, Stella Treichler, James C. Treichler and Martin G. Treichler.
They remained in Emmaus for decades and were members of St. John's Reformed Church of Emmaus. Samuel made news in the Allentown Leader in Sept. 1900 when he purchased a new upright piano from G.C. Aschbach in Allentown. The Leader said the instrument "is as handsome as any in town." At Christmas 1927, they hosted a family dinner at their home at 546 Broad Street. Among the guests, reported the Allentown Morning Call, were Daniel Treichler; Harry S. Treichler; Mr. and Mrs. John Treichler and daughters Rosa and Grace; Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Richards and sons George, Harold and Lawrence; Estella Faust; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Treichler; and Mary Souders.
Samuel died on March 9, 1929 "from complications brought on by his age," said the Morning Call. His remains were lowered into repose in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus, with Rev. D.E. Schaffer officiating.
The widowed Amelia is known to have vacationed with her adult children and families in the Pocono Mountains in September 1933. As Amelia aged, she was burdened with chronic arthritis and heart disease. She died at the age of 76 on the Fourth of July 1938. Funeral services were held in the home of her married daughter Stella Richards, with Rev. Paul F. Spieker and Rev. Frank S. Kuntz officiating. Burial was in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
Son John L. Treichler (1881- ? ) was born in Dec. 1881. He worked in a local silk mill as a weaver in 1900 and as a twister in 1910. He made a home in 1929-1952 in Emmaus.
Son Robert A. Treichler (1885-1952) was born in April 1885 in Emmaus/Vera Cruz. At the age of 15, in 1900, he earned income as a silk weaver. Within a few years, he learned the trade of pattern-making for a local foundry. On June 23, 1906, at the age of 21, he was wedded to 25-year-old Florence Scheetz ( ? - ? ), daughter of Daniel Schulz of Allentown. Rev. J.P. Bachman officiated at the nuptials held in his residence. The Treichlers had one known son, Daniel Scheetz Treichler. They lived in 1929 in Palm, PA and in 1936 in Hereford, Berks County. Robert later wedded a second time to Mamie S. Levy (April 2, 1888-1964), daugher of Emanuel and Mary (Muthart) Levy of Berks County. Robert was a member of the New Goshenhoppen Evangelical and Reformed church in East Greenville and of the Philadelphia lodge of the Moose. In about 1927, when he would have been age 42, he relocated to Florida and established a home in Jacksonville. He died there at the age of 68 on Dec. 19, 1952. His remains were shipped back to Pennsylvania for interment at the family church cemetery. An obituary ran in the Allentown Morning Call. Mamie survived her husband by a dozen years and returned to Palm, Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County. Stricken with breast cancer, she died at the age of 76 on June 7, 1964. Ruth Diehl of Palm signed the death certificate.
Daughter Stella Treichler (1886-1966) was born on Sept. 26. 1886 in Vera Cruz, PA. When she was 13 years of age, she worked as a silk weaver, as did her older brothers. She was joined in wedlock with Charles H. Richards ( ? - ? ). They lived in her parents' former home at 37 North Third Street in Emmaus and bore three sons, George Richards, Harold Richards and Lawrence Richards. At the age of 79, and a patient at Reinmiller Convalescent Home, she succumbed to colon cancer on May 31, 1966. Her son Harold, living in Emmaus, signed the death certificate. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
Son James C. Treichler (1899-1981) was born in Sept. 1899 in Emmaus. At the age of 21, in 1920, he lived at home and worked as an errand-boy for a railroad, and later built a career as an interchange clerk for the East Penn Junction of the Reading and Jersey Central Railroads. On June 24, 1925, he married Elizabeth Brown ( ? - ? ). The couple bore a son, Richard J. Treichler. They lived at 506 North Third Street in Emmaus and belonged to St. John's United Church of Christ in Emmaus. James and Elizabeth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June 1975 with a dinner at the Village Inn. James was admitted to the Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital Center and died at the age of 83 on Dec. 10, 1981. Son Richard lived in Trenton, NJ in 1981.
Son Martin G. Treichler (1910-1964) was born on June 26, 1910 in Emmaus. He married Grace Weaver ( ? - ? ). During World War II, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces and was stationed in December 1942 at Camp Polk, LA. After the war, they lived at 534 Park Street in Allentown. He made a living as a delivery man. Sadly, he contracted a tumor in his inner ear and suffered for two years until death in Sacred Heart Hospital at the age of 54 on Oct. 23, 1964. Interment was in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
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