Samuel B. Behler and Ida Amelia Bittner

Samuel B. Behler and
Ida Amelia Bittner

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Samuel B. Behler, Ida Amelia Bittner, and sons about 1904

Samuel B. and Ida

Ancestry of Samuel B. Behler        Ancestry of Ida Amelia Bittner


      The information that I have about my great grandfather, Samuel B. Behler, comes mostly from a book titled, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The book was published in 1916 in Chicago, Illinois by J. H. Beers & Co. Many times these books are filled with inaccuracies as the biographical sketches given are often times filled with family legends given by individuals in the family who may or may not know the facts. I have a copy of the receipt given to Samuel B. when he preordered this book and I believe it would be fair of me to say that since he preordered this book, he was probably the one who gave the information concerning himself and his family. I therefore think I can treat the biographical information concerning himself as accurate. At least as accurate as one would consider an interview. Below is what the book says about Samuel B. on pages 905 and 906.
    Samuel B. Behler was born Oct 17, 1856 in East Brunswick township where he obtained his education. He worked with his father until twenty-one years old, when he went to learn the carpenter's trade. He also continued to work among farmers for about four years. Then he went into the lumber woods at Slate Run, in Brown township, Lycoming Co., Pa., as a driver and manager, shipped timber, etc. being so engaged for four years. Going to Packer Township, Carbon Co., Pa, he managed the Harry Mellington farm for three years, and then returning to his trade worked for J. C. Hayden & Co at their mines in Mahanoy City, for one year. He married while in that employ. Entering the employ of the Reading Coal & Iron Company as carpenter with the chain gang, building breakers, etc., he remained for eleven years, at the end of which time he went into North Union township, Schuylkill County, and bought a farm of forty-two acres from Wesley Pettit. He cultivated thirty acres of this place on which he lived for eleven years, and on selling it came to East Brunswick township and bought his present place, from Benjamin F. Sassaman. It contains about eighty acres, seventy of which he cultivates, carrying on general farming. He markets to New Philadelphia, St. Clair and Port Carbon, making two trips a week in the summer time, mostly to New Philadelphia. Mr. Behler gives practically all his time to his farm, taking little active part in public affairs, though he does a good citizen's part in furthering movements intended to stimulate improvements in the community. He is a faithful member of the Lutheran congregation of Frieden's Church at New Ringgold, and serving at present as deacon. In politics he is a Republican.
    Mr. Behler is married to Ida Amelia Bittner, who was born July 15, 1870 in Packer township, Carbon Co., Pa, received her education there and lived at home until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Behler have two children: Joseph Walter, born Dec. 10, 1893, who married Mamie Eliz Baer, born Aug 3, 1898; and Samuel Edgar, born Feb 28, 1899. Mrs. Behler is a member of Frieden's Lutheran Church at New Ringgold. Before her marriage she was Sunday school teacher at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, in Packer township, Carbon county.


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