John Achenbach, a resident of Reading for the past forty years, was born in Oberdorf, Hessen, Germany, Nov. 12, 1850, son of Jacob and Margaret Achenbach, well-to-do people, the former an official and highly educated man. John Achenbach passed his boyhood in his native land, and was early in life made accustomed to farm work, but after coming to America he abandoned agricultural pursuits entirely and spent his time employed solely at molding. He landed in New York City in 1866, but came direct to Reading and made that his permanent home. Mr. Achenbach's first work was at molding at Seventh and Chestnut Streets, and he worked there for a long time. In June, 1875, he revisited Germany, returning in October of that same year, and instead of resuming his former position he took a place at the Scott Works. There he remained till February, 1905, when he retired from active work. On July 21, 1891, Mr. Achenbach was married to Emma Elizabeth, daughter of John S. Zimmerman, and his wife, Margaret Reeser, (who both belonged to some of the old established families of Berks County) and granddaughter of Christopher Zimmerman. Three children were born to this union, but only one survives, a daughter named Martha Esther, at the present time a student in the school at Fourth and Elm Streets. The family reside at No. 235 North Sixth Street, and are members of the German Lutheran Church.