ELMER E. ALTHOUSE
Elmer E. ALTHOUSE,
editor and proprietor of the Sellersville Herald, was born in Sellersville,
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1874 and is a son of Milton D. and Elizabeth
(Nace) Althouse. The pioneer ancestor of the
subject of this sketch was Arndt (Andrew) ALTHOUSE, who emigrated from
Germany in the ship Fane arriving in Philadelphia on October 17, 1749. He located on the Tohickon, near Church Hill, in
Haycock township. He and his wife Anna Maria
were members of Tohickon Reformed church at Church Hill, and their son Daniel was baptised
there March 4, 1753.
Daniel ALTHOUSE was a
farmer in Haycock township until 1785, when he located in Bedminster township, where he
died in 1795. He was twice married and left
the following children: Maria, Frederick,
Abraham, Conrad, Michael, Jacob and Rebecca by the first wife, and Isaac, Elizabeth,
Daniel, Martin and George by the second wife.*
Frederick ALTHOUSE, born in Haycock in
1783, on attaining manhood located in Rockhill township, where he purchased of Andrew
Schlichter a farm of eighty-seven acres on the Bethlehem road, near Sellersville, and
lived there the remainder of his life, dying January 26, 1852. He married Susanna SCHLICHTER, of
Rockhill township and had nine cildren who survived him, viz: Thomas, Elias, Daniel, James, Andrew, Elizabeth,
wife of Enos Sellers; Hannah, wife of Isaac BARNDT; May, wife of Noah
WEISEL; and Abigail.
Elias ALTHOUSE, second
son of Frederick and Susanna (Schlichter) ALTHOUSE, was born and reared
in Rockhill township. He was born August 5,
1814 and died in July, 1869. At the death of
his father he accepted a portion of the homestead and it was adjudged to him by the
orphans court, and part of his allotment was a small lot included in the present
limits of Sellersville borough. He was a
tailor by trade, and probably lived on this lot and followed his calling. He moved back to Rockhill in 1856, and lived there
until his death in 1869. He married Maria DIETZ,
daughter of Abraham DIETZ, of Rockhill, and they were the parents of nine
children, viz: Milton D.; Susanna, wife of
Thomas R. LEISTER; Elizabeth, wife of Peter R. ZIEGENFUSS;
Henry; John; Thomas; William: Amos; and Emma, wife of Charles HIMMELWRIGHT.
Milton D.ALTHOUSE was
born in Rockhill township, January 6, 1841 and was reared and educated in Sellersville. He learned the trade of a cigar maker when a boy,
and worked at that trade for twenty-five years. He
at one time owned and conducted a cigar factory in Sellersville. He has always taken on an active interest in the
affairs of the town, and has filled in a number of local offices, serving as school
director and member of borough council for several terms.
In politics he is an ardent Republican, and for many years took an active
part in the councils of the party. He was
elected to the office of recorder of deeds of Bucks county in 1884, and served one term of
three years. He has also filled the position
of transcribing clerk in the recorders office.
In 1889 he was appointed postmaster of Sellersville by President Harrison,
and filled that position for four years. Since
July, 1903, he has had charge of the rural free delivery on the Sellersville mail route. He and his family are members of the Reformed
church at Schlichtersville, of which he has been an elder for twenty-two years, and deacon
for eight years. He also filled the position
of trustee and treasurer of the church. He is
a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle and Patriotic Order Sons of America. He married October 15, 1863, Elizabeth NACE,
and they have been the parents of four children, of whom only Elmer E., the subject of
this sketch, survives.
Elmer E. ALTHOUSE was
born in 1874, and was reared in Sellersville. He
graduated from the Sellersville high school in 1891, and from Pierces Business
College, Philadelphia, in 1892. He entered
the law department of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1896. He, however, had a taste for journalism, having
been correspondent for Philadelphia and Doylestown papers for some years, and in 1897
started the Sellersville Herald in partnership with C. R. Addison. During the first year he purchased his
partners interest and has since conducted the paper alone, which now has the largest
subscription of any weekly paper in upper Bucks. He
is also connected with the Emaus (sic) Herald, published at Emaus, (sic)
Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. The Herald is a popular weekly local paper and exercises a potent influence toward
the improvement and development of the town of Sellersville and vicinity. Mr. Althouse is deeply interested in the affairs
of his native town, and has filled a number of local positions; he is now serving as
He is a member of McCalla Lodge, No. 596,
F. and A. M., and Sellersville Lodge, No. 658, I. O. O. F.
Mr. Althouse married June 30, 1897, Margaret G.LEINBACH,
daughter of Rev. Samuel A. and Margaret (EVERHART) LEINBACH, and they are
the parents of two childrenSamuel L., born October 12, 1899; and Mary Elizabeth,
born March 23, 1905. The family are members
of the St. Pauls Reformed church, Sellersville.
from pages 340-341 of:
William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis
Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
August 2000 by Thera Schwenk-Hammond; firstname.lastname@example.org;
http://wc.rootsweb.com/~schwenk of as part
of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
September 2000 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/
NOTE: Corrections posted by Thera
According to the records of Tohickon
Reformed Church, Daniel Althaus married Anna Maria SCHEIB on 28 Sep 1773.
She died in childbirth in Dec 1782.He married Julianna SCHWENK on 29 Jun
1783; she was born Sep 1762. Mr. DAVIS was inaccurate in his statement
about which children were born to which marriage. Following
are the known dates of birth for some children:
Children of Daniel ALTHAUS and Anna SCHEIB are:
Catherine Elizabeth ALTHAUS, b. 20 Apr 1774.
Daniel ALTHAUS, JR, b. 9 Oct 1775.
John Martin ALTHAUS, b. 14 Jun 1778; m. Catherine ZIEGENFUSS,
Nov 1802, Tohickon Ref. Ch, Bucks Co., PA; b. abt 1782.
ANNA MARIA ALTHAUS, b. 5 Dec 1782.
Children of Daniel ALTHAUS and Julianna SCHWENK are
Frederick ALTHAUS, b. 16 Jun 1784, Haycock Twp, Bucks Co, PA; d. 26 Jan
1852, Rockhill Twp, Bucks Co, PA.
Abraham ALTHAUS, b. 19 Jan 1786, Bucks Co., PA.
Conard ALTHAUS, b. 27 Jun 1788; m. Barbara DELP, 18 Jun
1815, Tohickon Ref. Ch, Bucks Co., PA; b. Bet. 1788 - 1798
Michael ALTHAUS, b. 20 Feb 1791; d. 17 Dec 1873.
Jacob ALTHAUS, b. 1 Aug 1793, Bucks Co., PA
Magdalena ALTHAUS, b. Feb 1796.