Involved Those Who Lived or Worked
at the LEHIGH COUNTY ALMSHOUSE
|Transcribed and Submitted by Sue Jones
|from microfilm of "The
Morning Call" which is located in Allentown, Pa. (Lehigh County)
Thursday, January 31, 1895
William Berndt, died Tuesday at the almshouse, aged 70 years.
Deceased was at one time well-to-do
and was a popular landlord. He was once the proprietor of the Lehigh Mountain Hotel
and built the Idlewild. He
suffered from paralysis and for a year past, he could neither see nor
hear and was unconscious the greater part of the time.
Deceased was a member of Green leaf Lodge, Knights of Pythias,
who supported him. A
brother of the deceased is a member of the Connecticut Legislature. Funeral tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the residence of his
brother-in-law, William Osman, No 337 Turner Street.
Notice January 31,
Berndt, died January 29, 1895.
William Berndt, aged 59 years, 1 month and 16 days.Funeral
services at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. William Osman, No
337 Turner Steet in this city, on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock to
which the friends and relatives and Greenleaf Lodge. No. 237, K of
Pathias are respectfully invited without further
notice. Interment in
Monday, June 17, 1895
Solomon Andrews of Laurys’, who
was removed to the Lehigh
County Almshouse last week, died at that Institution yesterday morning.
About five months ago, he was stricken with a paralytic
which rendered him helpless and the family being in destitute
circumstances, he was taken to the place for treatment.
A wife and several children survive.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday forenoon at Miller’s
Church, Laury’s at 9:30 o’clock.
Rev. J. D. Schindel will officiate.
Thursday, July 18, 1895
Fahringer, who was a steward at the Lehigh County Almshouse for some
time, and who at one time was a candidate for County Treasurer,
Mulberry, Indiana on Tuesday.
The body will be brought on for burial to this city.
Funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon.
Deceased was an uncle of Herbert Muse, the night clerk of the
Fahringer, At Mulberry, Indiana, July 17, 1895, John Fahringer in
his 87th year. Funeral
Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of Mr. Charles A.
Keck, Cetronia to which relatives and friends are respectfully invited
without further notice. Burial
and services at Cedarville Church.
Wednesday, July 17, 1895
Harkin, wife of Dennis Harkin who resides on Tilghman
Street in the Sixth Ward died on Monday at the almshouse, aged 76 years.
The body was brought home yesterday and will be buried this
morning with services in the church of the Immaculate Conception at 9
o’clock. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjoining the
Monday, April 15, 1895
Coroner Yost was summoned to the poor house on Saturday to hold
an inquest on the body of John Matthias, a German, who was killed by
falling down the stairs of the Cornwall Hotel, Emaus, while in a drunken
stupor. He was about
50 years old. Matthias,
worked in the ore mines and at various times, acted as hostler with
headquarters at Macungie. He
was in this country 35 years.
His only relative in America was a nephew in New York.
Coroner Yost impaneled the following jury, S. A. Kern, Moses
Kern, Alfred Weaver, Samuel Weidner, Jonas Held and George Neuweiler as
a jury. They found a verdict that John Matthias came to his
death accidentally from a fall down stairs at the public house of A. W.
Hendricks at Emaus, and we exonerate A. W. Hendricks from all
September 28, 1895
Vaux, of Catasauqua, died at noon yesterday at the poor
house, of which he had been an inmate the past eleven or twelve
He was 85 years of age and death resulted from diphtheria. He left a wife and five children in Catasauqua.
Monday, October 5, 1896
Fegley, the peanut vendor, who was one of the well-known
characters about town, died at the poor house of hasty, consumption
yesterday. He was
taken there on Saturday. During
his illness he spent little time in bed, but it could easily be seen
that he was failing fast. He
always got the contract to scrape the streets.
The business men always showed preference to his petition.
He invariably made it a practice to pay his men at the end of
every day’s work. One
brother, Peter C. Fegley, of No 527 North Seventh Street, survives.
Today the remains will be brought to his home of his brother and
the funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon.
Fegley, In South Whitehall, October 4, James Fegley, aged 48 (or
18 ) years.
Funeral services at the residence of his brother, Peter C. Fegley,
No 527 North Seventh Street on Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock to which
the relatives and friends are respectfully invited without further
notice. Interment in
Saturday, August 22, 1896
Mrs. Ellen Heckman,
sister of Steward S. A. J. Kern, died at the
poor house, Thursday afternoon at 5:30 after a lingering illness. The
cause of death was cancer. She
was afflicted for a long time and was bedfast for five weeks. Previous to her illness, she had charge of the cooking
department at the poor house.
She was the cook for a number of years.
She was 28 years old.
About three years ago, she was married to Harvey Heckman, of this
city, who is employed at Leh’s Shoe Factory.
They have a son 18 months old.
Mrs. Heckman was a daughter of
the late Moses Kern, who was
steward of the poor house for a long time.
He died only a year ago while he was in office.
Her mother who is matron at the poor
house, survives with three
brothers and sisters. S.
A. J. Kern, steward at the poor house, Uriah Kern, of Salisbury, Owen
Kern, landlord at Cedarville; Mrs. Wilson Woodring of Allentown:
Mrs. Morris Miller of Wescoesville, Mrs. Wilson Walbert of East
Texas and Miss Laura Kern of the poor house.
Mrs. Heckman was a most estimable young woman.
Her death will be greatly regretted.
Coming so closely after the death of her father.
It arouses the deepest sympathy for the surviving members of the
The funeral will take place on Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. from the
house. Rev. D. A.
Medlar will officiate at short services there.
The regular services and interment will take place at the
Salisbury Church. Rev.
M. O. Rath officiating.
Conrad W. Kruege
Thursday, January 23, 1896
Kruege, at Lehigh County Almshouse, January 20, 1896, Conrad W.
Kruege, aged about 65 years.
Funeral services will be held at Wonderly undertaking rooms, No
86 North Seventh Street., Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock to which all
ex soldiers of the late war and the Firing Squad of the sons of Veterans
are respectfully invited without further notice.
in Fairview Cemetery.
Monday, March 30, 1896
Harry Snyder an inmate of the almshouse, died yesterday at that
place of congestion of the brain.
He has been at that place since Feburary 27, 1896.
He was 84 years of age.
Deceased was a resident of Catasauqua and was employed as hostler
for Dr. Daniel Yoder and for a number of years worked in the Wahnetab
Silk Mill. The
man’s relations in Catasauqua were notified.
Wednesday, March 25, 1896
Joseph Strassburger, aged about 70 years, who died at the
poorhouse, was buried in Union cemetery, yesterday afternoon.
He came from what was once a prominent family in this city.
His parents were John and Maria Strassburger.
The mother was a Ganeware.
They at one time, owned the property on which the Fairview House
at Union and Lehigh Streets, now stands.
His brother, Samuel was also an inmate of the poorhouse years
ago. He wandered away and was run over on the railroad.
Joseph who intended for the ministry, but owing to too close
application to study his mind weakened.
Tuesday, September 24, 1895
Moses Kern, the
steward of the Lehigh County Almshouse, died at
1:30 a.m. yesterday from typhoid fever.
He had been sick since the 3d inst.
At time, his condition was favorable, but a change for the worse
set in. Moses
Kern was born in Lower Macungie township and was a son of Essie Kern and
wife, nee Bastian. He
was aged 65 years, 9 months and 21 days.
His father, trained him for farming and sent him to the public
schools. He was an
apt pupil, both in school and on the farm, and laid a solid foundation
of sound common sense, good judgement and excellent managerial capacity,
which have stood him in good stead as the chief executive of the
county’s farm and home for unfortunates.
He tilled a farm, until called, nine years and a half ago, to
succeed Josiah Henninger, resigned as steward of the poorhouse.
His administration of the affairs of the almshouse always gave
satisfaction and brought the institution up to standard not exceeded by
any in the state. His wife gave him valuable assistance
as matron and his son, S. A. Kern, as deputy steward.
In politics he was an ardent Democrat.
Deceased leaves a widow, who is a daughter of John Mohr,
deceased, eight children, S. A. J. Kern, deputy steward;
Uriah, of Salisbury, Owen, landlord of the hotel at Cetronia;
Mrs. Wilson Woodring, of Allentown;
Mrs. Morris Miller of Lower Macungie, who lives on the Kern
Homestead; Mrs. Wilson
Walbert, Mrs. Harvey Heckman and Miss Laura Kern, who lives at home and
these five sisters: Mrs.
Jacob Ott of Lower Macungie;
Mrs. Marvin D. Henninger, of Salisbury;
Mrs. Benjamin Bogert and Mrs. Helena Mohr, of Lower Macungie and
Mrs. Addison Wint of Allentown.
The funeral will be held Thursday forenoon at the Salisbury
Church and Rev. M. O. Rath of Centre Valley will officiate.
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