Kindly submitted by Thera.
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
(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,
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
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.
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.
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
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,
Charles F. Schwenk, Jr, 86, of 626 Glenn St, died
Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 1980, in Swaim Health Center,
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
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,
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.,
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.