Schwenk

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Obituary:
   Charles F. Schwenk, Sr., 69 years old, Market street, near Sixth, this place (Perkasie,) died in Grand View Hospital on Thursday evening (4 Jun 1931,) where he had been a patient for several weeks.  Mr. Schwenk had been an active businessman in Perkasie.  He had been connected with the Standard Hay Baling Company, was the founder of two other Perkasie business projects, the Horn stone quarry and the dairy business now known as the Amos Bryan Dairy farm. Recently he was employed in the Lutz Clothing Factory.  He is survived by his widow, two sons Leon M. Schwenk and Charles, Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Yeakel, all of Perkasie.  Rev. Howard Obold conducted funeral services from his late residence on Sunday afternoon. Interment was made in St. Stephen's cemetery.
    At the time of his death he had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 (Bucks Co, PA, File # 33891  dtd 1931  Will Bk 55 Page 395 and Adm Bk 48 page 15.)
 

 
From "Book of Biographies of Leading Citizens of Bucks County, Pennsylvania", 1899:
   Charles F. Schwenk, one of the leading and enterprising citizens and business men who have contributed largely toward making Perkasie what it is today, is the secretary and manager of the Standard Hay Baling Company, which has been in operation there since 1889.  He was born in Franconia township, Montgomery County January 30, 1862, and is a son of Charles A. and Diana (Fossbenner) Schwenk.
   His grandfather was George Schwenk of Franconia township, Montgomery County, who was one of a family of five children, namely:  Abraham, a carpenter by vocation; Maria; Mary; Elizabeth; and George.  The latter was born in Berks County, but after attaining manhood located upon a farm in Franconia township, where he operated a saw mill and plied his trade, that of a blacksmith.  He was united in hymeneal bonds with Margaret Althouse, and they became the happy parents of three children, one son and two daughters:  Charles A., the father of our subject; Catherine, who married Dr. George Fry, and had two sons and two daughters; and Sophia, whose union with Peter Hoffman resulted in the birth of one son and two daughters.  Mr. Schwenk, whose birth occurred on the first day of April 1780, was called to his final rest, May 25, 1856, at the age of seventy-six years, one month, and twenty-four days; and his worthy wife, who was born on the twenty-eight day of November, 1773, was called Home, May 24, 1854, at the age of eighty years, five months and twenty-six days.
    Charles A. Schwenk was born in Franconia township, Montgomery County, July 21, 1813, and was reared upon his father's farm.  He chose the life of a farmer and became one of the leading agriculturists of that section, owning a very large farm.  His first matrimonial alliance was with Catherine Hartzell, by whom he had one daughter, Lucy.  After Catherine's demise, he was joined in marriage with Maria Wampole.  He was married a third time to Diana Fossbenner, and the following offspring blessed their union:  George F., a leading citizen of Lansdale, Pa.; Amanda (Nice) of Hatfield; Harry F.; and Charles F., the subject of this biographical record.  Mr. Schwenk closed his eyes in final sleep, January 6, 1874, aged sixty years, five months and sixteen days; and his wife, Diana, who was born March 29, 1830 and was a daughter of Samuel Fossbenner, of East Rockhill township, Bucks County, died April 8, 1891, aged sixty-one years and nine days.
    Charles F. Schwenk obtained his intellectual training in the common schools of his native town until he was fifteen years of age, when he accepted a clerical position and continued in that capacity for a period of ten years.  He then in the village of Hatfield embarked on his own account in the mercantile business, which he carried on for one year, when he disposed of it and moved to Perkasie, becoming secretary and manager of the Standard Hay Baling Company, which was organized in that year.  It has been under his efficient management that the concern has been most successful, and it was found necessary to build their present and commodious establishment.  Our subject is a man of excellent business ability, honest, and trustworthy, and stands high in the esteem of his fellow citizens and acquaintances throughout his section of the county. He has built a fine new residence in recent years and also owns a tenement.
    In 1884, he was joined in wedlock with Annie L. Moyer, a daughter of J. H. Moyer, of Souderton, Pa., and to them were born the following children:  Leonidas; Catherine; and Esther (their fourth child, Charles F., was born after this article was written.)  Politically, Mr. Schwenk is an unswerving supporter of the Republican Party.
 
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Obit:
  
Leon M. Schwenk, of Fifth street, Perkasie, died of typhoid fever in the Quakertown Community Hospital today.  He was ill two weeks.
   The deceased, fifty years old, was the son of Charles and Anna Moyer Schwenk, and was born in Perkasie.  He was a member of the St. Stephen's Reformed Church, Perkasie, and the Masonic Lodge, at Sellersville.  For the past ten years he had been employed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and prior to that time conducted a clothing business in Perkasie.
   During his college days, Mr. Schwenk was a well-known football player.  He starred on the varsity teams at Franklin & Marshall and Lafayette Colleges.
   Surviving is his wife, Alice Thompson Schwenk; two chidren, Mrs. Fred Ort, wife of a Quakertown physician, and Mrs. Franklin Klein, Washington, DC; a sister, Mrs. Lloyd Yeakel, Perkasie, and a brother, Charles Schwenk, Shippensburg.  Two grandchildren also survive.
   No funeral arrangements have been made.
 
Obit:
   Services were held today for Mrs. Alice Rae Schwenk, 87, who died Sunday (8 Oct 1972) in the home of her son-in-law Dr. W. Frederick Ort of 1007 W. Broad St., Quakertown, with whom she resided.  She was the widow of Leon Schwenk.
   Born in Lansdale, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Thompson.
   She was a member of St. Stephen's Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ, Perkasie.
   Surviving are a daughter, Doris, wife of Frank Klein of El Paso, TX, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   The Arthur W. Treffinger Funeral Home, Quakertown handle arrangements.
 
Obit:
   Miss Kathryn Schwenk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schwenk, was buried with private services on Monday from her home on Market street. Death overtook her following an illness of seven months, a complication of diseases, which forced her to give up her studies at Hood College for Women at Frederick, Maryland, in the junior year.  Her age was 22 years. Rev. A. G. Peters officiated at the services.  Interment was made in St. Stephen's Reformed cemetery.  She was a member of St. Stephen's Reformed church and in the family circle and among her friends her pleasant disposition won popularity and recognition.  The remains were viewed at the residence by the public from 12 n. to 1:30.  The pall bearers were: J. Nevin Moyer, Harry Moyer, Elmer Godshall, Vernon Myers, Charles Frederick, William Cordero.
 

Obit:
    Charles F. Schwenk, Jr, 86, of 626 Glenn St, died Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 1980, in Swaim Health Center, Newville.
    Born 1 May 1903 in Perkasie, Bucks Co, he was the son of the late Charles F. Sr and Annie Moyer Schwenk.
    He was a graduate of Perkasie High School and Taylor School of Business, Philadelphia.
    In 1937, he moved to Shippensburg to manage the former Pant Pants Co, which later became Marden Clothing Co, retiring in June 1968.  From 1968 to 1984, he was executive director of Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Shippensburg Area Development Corporation.
    Mr. Schwenk was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.  He was past president of the church's consistory and was elder emeritus.
    He also was a member of Cumberland Valley Lodge 315, Free and Accepted Masons; Harrisburg Consistory, AASR; George Washington Royal Arch Chapter 176; Continental Commandery 56; National division of the American Association of Retired Persons and AARP Shippensburg Chapter 2525.
    He was past president of Shippensburg Lions Club; life member of Shippensburg Fish and Game Association; and was a former member of the board of directors of Cumberland County Tourist Council and Cumberland County Industrial Enterprises, both in Carlisle.
    Surviving are his wife, Rose E. Stout Schwenk; two sons, Richard C. of Lansdale and Charles E. of Shippensburg; a daughter, Joanne S. (Mrs. Paul H.) Karper of Shippensburg; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
    He was the last of his family.
    Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Grace United Church of Christ.  The Refs. Ernest N. Rumbaugh Jr. and Albert C. Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.
    Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Inc., 112 W. King St, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 8:30 by Cumberland Valley Lodge 315, F&AM.  Visitation also will be one hour prior to the service in the church.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Grace United Church of Christ, 121 E. Orange St, Shippensburg 17257.

Obit:
    Rose E. Schwenk, 97, of the Shook Home, Chambersburg, formerly of 626 Glenn St., Shippensburg, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 in the home.
    Born Jan. 27, 1903 in Sellersville, Bucks County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph B. Stout and Minnie Swope Stout Miller and the widow of Charles F. Schwenk, who died Jan. 13, 1990.
    A graduate of Perkasie High School, Perkasie, she was previously employed at the former Marden Clothing Co., Shippensburg.
    Mrs. Schwenk was a member of Grace United Church of Christ and its Progressive Sunday school class and Shippensburg Civic Club. She was past president of Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223 Auxiliary.
    Surviving are a son, Richard C. of Lansdale; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles E. Schwenk, and a daughter, Joanne S. Karper.
    Funeral services will be held Thursday at noon in Grace United Church of Christ, 121 E. Orange St., Shippensburg, with the Rev. Ernest N. Rumbaugh Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Greene Township.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the church. Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Shippensburg, is handling arrangements.  Memorial contributions can be made to her church.

 
 

 

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