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 John L. Saylor

Taken From Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
July 20 1900

While driving in Annville, John L. Saylor was struck by a street car and probably fatally injured.

Henry Sargent

Taken From Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
March 10 1877

Henry Sargent, a well-known citizen of Annville, PA, while supping last night at his residence, suddenly became ill, and died in a few minutes.

George Schartel

Taken From the Gazette Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
January 3, 1938

Liberty - George Schartel, 78, expired at his home here at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, following an illness of only 2 days.  He formerly resided at Annville and Lebanon, but moved here 11 years ago.  He is survived by a brother, William H. of this place. Prayer services will be held from the home of his brother at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with further services  in the Liberty Lutheran Church. The Rev. W. A. Moser will officiate. Interment will be made at Annville, Pa., where his wife, who died a number of years ago, is buried. Friends may call at the home of his brother after 11 o'clock this morning.

Harry Schlappig

Mrs. Harry Schlappig is Buried At Bethel

The funeral of Minnie Schlappig, nee Yeager, widow of Harry J. Schlappig, late of Bethel, was held this afternoon from the Schucker Funeral Home, Rebrersburg, with services in charge of Rev. Dr. W. A. Dries and Rev. C. M. Rissinger. Interment was made on Salem Cemetery, Bethel. [Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, August 22, 1947 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Harry Howard Shaeffer

Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, May 7, 1914

Palmyra Man Dies From Injuries of Year Ago
Palmyra, Pa., May 7. Harry Howard Shaeffer, a veteran of the Spanish-American war, a former member of the State police force and for a number of years engaged with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad company's special detective force with headquarters at Harrisburg, died at his home here, aged 37 years. He died within three days of the first anniversary of his marriage to Miss Fannie Boyle McCaully of Lebanon, who survives him, together with his mother, Mrs. Shaeffer and a brother, Archie Shaeffer, of this place. Shaeffer was employed last year as a lineman with the Edison Electric Illuminating company of Lebanon and while working on the top of a high pole lost his balance and fell to the ground, a distance of forty feet. He never recovered from the effects of his injuries.

Dorothy (Krieder) Shaw

Mrs. William Shaw Dies in Lancaster Hospital

Mrs. Dorothy Kreider Shaw of 443 Walnut Street, Columbia died at 5:45 o'clock on Thursday at the Lancaster General Hospital. Death followed an illness of several years. She was 38 years of age. Mrs. Shaw taught school here for nine years in the Lindley-Marray, Burrowers and West Lebanonon Schools. The deceased was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Church.

She graduated from the Jonestown High School and West Chester State Teacher's College and attended Lebanon Valley College, University of Pennsylvania and New York Universtiy. During her should days at West Chester State Teachers' College, she was a member of the Ayran Society. She also was an active member of the Woman's Club of Columbia, well as the Mountwaybia Club.

The survivors are her husband, William R. Shaw; mother, Mrs. Annie L. Kreider, Lebanon; brothers, Ralph Kreider, Lebanon; Herbert Kreider, Jonestown. Her father was the late Ira Kreider.

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA, Friday Evening, November 20 1942 Page 12 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Velma Lucille Shepler
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA, January 8, 1932
Campbelltown, Jan 7
Velma Lucille, four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shepler died early Wednesday morning at the Shepler residence, on Locust Street of pneumonia.

Kate E. (Stein) Sherk
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA, January 8, 1932
Mrs. Kate E. Sherk , nee Stein, widow of John Sherk, died at her home Thursday in Fredericksburg following an illness covering the past two weeks. A complication of diseases was attributed as the cause of death. The deceased was aged 74 years. She had been the NEWS correspondent in Fredericksburg after her husband relinquished the duties. She was a member of the St. John's church, Fredericksburg, St. John's Guild and Ladies Auxiliary of the Fredericksburg Fire Department. She was born in the Lickdale region and spent the greater part of her life in Fredericksburg. In her earlier days Mrs. Sherk was a milliner and had a large following of friends. Mrs. Sherk was a highly esteemed resident of Bethel township and a very active worker in the religious work of the church. More than 25 years ago, when her husband was postmaster in Fredericksburg, Mrs. Sherk was assistant postmaster. There are several nieces and nephews surviving.

Edwin H. Shroff
Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), November 13, 1931
Funeral Notices
Shroff: In Lebanon, on the 11th inst., Edwin H. Shroff, aged 62 years. Funeral on Saturday afternoon from his residence, 925 Church St. Services at 2:00 o'clock in Salem United Brethren church. Interment at the Ebenezer cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend without further notices.

Jacob Smith

New Oxford Item (New Oxford, Pennsylvania)
February 25, 1898

A child of Jacob Smith, of Myerstown, Pa., fell against a kitchen stove and was probably fatally burned.

Roy I. Smith

Military Burial Rites Conducted for Roy Smith

Military funeral honors were conducted by the Conner-Streicher Post 559 of Anniville, at the Rohland funeral Parlor, Fifth and Cumberland Streets, for World War II veteran, Roy Y. Smith 2190 West Lehman Street at three o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Harold A. Cook, pastor of the Grace Independent Church, West Lebanon officiated. Burial was made in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

Richard Streicher, seargeant at arms was in charge of details. The firing squad consisted of Harry Asper, in charge, Samuel Zearloss, Gordon Gerber, Harold Long, William Keppley, Walter Risser and Wayne Snavely. The color guard included Richard Snyder in charge, Paul Flowers, Clyde Hower, Richard Miler, Donald Thomas and Max Love. The bugler was Victor Carmany. Those serving as bearers were George Lucas, Levi Eckert, Richard Snyder, Howard Bixler, Herbert Brooks and Ray Weber. Herman Helsey, Samuel Zearfoss, Paul Flowers, William Reese, Daniel Fox, Gordon Gerber, Harry Asper and Richard Snyder made up the guard of honor that attended the viewing on Thursday evening. [Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, September 3, 1948 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]

George Snyder

Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
September 5, 1905

Two Fisherman Drown
Lebanon Pa., Sept 5 - William  Yordy, 17 years old, and George Snyder, 21 years old, were drowned in Strack's dam near Myerstown. They were fishing and their boat capsized.

Richard Sobray

The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania)
January 7, 1933

Harrisburg, Jan 7 - Richard Sobray, 19, of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland county, had been freed today by a coroner's jury verdict in connection with the death of Jacob Shope, 78, of West Hanover township. Shope was killed, December 21 on the Jonestown road, near Paxtonia, when his horse and wagon  were struck by an automobile driven by Sobray.

Infant Son of Dennis Sowers

Adams County News (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 13, 1910

Eugene, the infant son of Dennis Sowers and wife, of Cornwall, formerly of this place (Idaville), died and was buried at Cornwall on Saturday morning.

Ida Spitler
Lebanon Daily News, November 27, 1931
Miss Ida Spitler Interred at Mt. Lebanon
The funeral of Miss Ida Gertrude Spitler was held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Rohland Funeral Home, 508 Cumberland street. Rev. A. Charles R. Kelter, pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church, conducted services at the parlors. The obsequies were larely attended and there was a wealth of beautiful floral tributes. Interment took place at the Mt. Lebanon cemetery. Rohland's were in charge of the arrangements. Two nephews and four cousins of the deceased acted as bearers. They were Henry and Earl Heffelfinger, Arthur Loser, Lloyd and Clayton Potteiger and Allen Boeshore.

Pauline M. Stecher

Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Lebanon Co., PA Online version

Donated by Pat Hardenstine

Pauline M. "Polly" Scheer Stecher, 95, of Cornwall, and formerly of Florida, died Tuesday, December 13, 2005, in Cornwall Manor.

She was born April 24, 1910, in Lebanon, a daughter of the late Levi F. and Sarah Anna Beard Spotts. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Florida. "Polly" was an athlete known as "Spottís Racehorse" who ran marathons and won many races. She loved to swim and enjoyed the sunshine and beaches of Florida. She loved bowling and had rolled many "300" games. Surviving are daughters Marilyn J. Gundrum of Lebanon and Jo-Anne Rudy of Myerstown; stepchildren Evelyn Wagner of Myerstown and Myrna Storm of Maryland; sister Jane Kiner of Bellaire Bluffs, Florida; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband John Warren Stecher on March 4, 1994, and a son Robert J. Scheer. Viewing is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2005, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Christmanís Funeral Home Inc., 226 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, followed by services at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to Cornwall Manor, 1 Boyd St., Cornwall, PA 17016

James C. Steckbeck

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Wednesday, August 10, 1966 Page 2 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

James C. Steckbeck Dies At Cedar Haven

James C. Steckbeck, 514 N. Hanover St., died at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday in Cedra Haven. Aged 58, he had been ill for two years.

Steckbeck was a retired employee of the Lebanon Steel Foundry. He was a member of St. Gertrude's church and its Holy Name Society and of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Surviving are his wife, the former Miriam M. Romig; 11 children, Marie, wife of Paul Prahsi, Lebanon; Edward, Laurel, Md; Charles in the U.S. Army; Helen, Henry, Samuel and Patricia, wife of William Yaatz, all of Lebanon; James Jr., Laurel, MD; Gertrude, Alexandria, VA; Catherine, wife of Joseph Maransky, and Michael, both of Lebanon and 16 grandchildren.

Also surviving are five brothers, John, George, Phillip, Theodore and Joseph, all of Lebanon; three sisters, mrs. Lucy Faust, Lebanon, Sister Joan Gertrude, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia; Mrs. Romaine Gamble, Lebanon and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a son of the late John and Gertrude Aurentz Steckbeck.

General Daniel Stine

The Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 9, 1851

Gen. Daniel Stine, State Senator from the Lancaster and Lebanon district, died at his residence in Myerstown of Friday week, of consumption. He was a man highly esteemed for his sterling virtues, great integrity and purity of character, piety and benevolence.

Tioga Eagle (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania)
June 12, 1851

An extensive circle of friends and acquaintances reaching perhaps every county in the state, will learn with deep regret that General Daniel Stine, late State Senator from Lebanon and Lancaster District, is no more.  He died at his residence in Myerstown, Lebanon county, on Friday last.  During the last session of the legislature his health became so feeble, that he was compelled to leave his seat and return to his home a few days before the close of the session. He was soon confined to his room and bed, aby the insiduous but fatal disease which had taken hold of him - Carlisle Volunteer, June 5th.

Arthur Strohman

Funeral Notices

Strohman - In Lebanon on August 10, 1966, Arthur H., husband of Carrie B. Long Strohmanof 216 Walnut St., aged 70 years. Funeral on Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock from Christman's Funeral Home, 226 Cumberland St. Interment at Ebenezer Cemetery.

Arthur Strohman, Prominent Local Bandsman Dies

Arthur H. Strohman, one of Lebanon's best-known residents, died at 5:30 a.m. today in the Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 70. He resided at 718 Walnut St. His death was attributed to a coronary attack. He was admitted to the hospital Monday morning.

Strohman had been associated with the Keystone Fruit Company for 50 years and , at the time of his death, was secretary-treasurer of the firm.

He was a member of the Perseverance Band and is remembered by many local residents for his many years of service as director of the band. During World War Two, the band, under Strohman's leadership, presented numerous free public concerts in the Lebanon area as a means of boosting morale and patriotism during the war years.

Strohman was a talented cornetist and a member of a very talented musical family. His parents were the late Harry J. and Katie L. Beck Strohman and his father was the well-known director of the former West Lebanon Boys Band.

Strohman held life membership in the American Federation of Musicians and was treasurer of the Lebanonlocal of the federation. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association.

Strohman was a member of Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church.

In addition to his work with the Perseverance Band, he was active in many other local organizations. These included Mt. Lebanon Lodge 226 F and AM and Quittapahilla Forest 25, Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

Surviving are his wife, the former Carrie B. Long, a son, Harold A. Strohman, Severna Park, Md., and two grandsons.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Lillian M. Heller, Mrs. Walter Steckbeck and Mrs. Daniel Kissinger, all of Lebanon; six brothers, Horace D. Strohman and H. Herbert Strohman, both of Lebanon; Forrest V. Strohman, York; Mark S. Strohman, Lebanon, Stephen H. Strohman and Bert G. Strohman, both living in California. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Wednesday, August 10, 1966 Page 1-2 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Paul E. Swanger
Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), November 13, 1931
In Loving Memory of Paul E. Swanger, who passed away five years ago today. November 13, 1926. Sadly Missed by William E. Swanger and Family.


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