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STITZEL, EPHRAIM H. p. 1569
Surnames: STITZEL, HOCH, LUDWIG, MATHEWS, AHRENS, LAMB, OAKS, BRUNNER, ROLLMAN, SNYDER, BOHN, YOCOM
Ephraim H. Stitzel, who died Sept. 30, 1907, had been from 1879 a valued employe in the machine shops of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company, at Reading. He was born in Moselem, Berks county, March 12, 1851, son of Tysher and Sarah (Hoch) Stitzel, and nephew of the late Judge Stitzel, once one of the most prominent men in the county.
John Stitzel, his great-great-grandfather, came from Wurtemberg, Germany, to Philadelphia, in 1735. In 1753 he married Mary Ludwig.
George Stitzel, son of John, married Elizabeth Hoch, and died in 1844, aged eighty-nine years.
Henry Stitzel, son of George, was born Sept. 12, 1789, and died Oct. 25, 1835. To him and his wife, Elizabeth, were born children as follows: Morgan ; Abaline ; Tysher ; Hannah M. ; Mary Ann (born Aug. 3, 1820, married, Oct. 12, 1843, James M. Mathews), and Hon. George D. Henry Stitzel's second wife's name was Esther, and she bore him a son, John.
Tysher Stitzel, son of Henry, was a farmer all his life in Maiden-creek and Lower Heidelberg townships. He died at the age of sixty-nine years, and his wife at the age of sixty-five. In politics he was a Democrat. They were members of the Reformed Church. Their children were : Henry, deceased ; Ellen, wife of Henry Ahrens, a retired farmer in Lower Heidelberg township ; Mary, deceased, wife of William J. Lamb ; Elmira, wife of Henry Oaks, of Wernersville, Pa. : William, living on the old Judge Stitzel farm ; Ephraim H. ; Annie M., wife of Christian Ludwig, of Brooklyn, N. Y. ; and Emma, of Wernersville, Pennsylvania.
Ephraim H. Stitzel was educated in the public schools of his native township and at D. B. Brunner's Academy. He then taught school in Lower Heidelberg and Spring townships for several terms. After this he learned the banking business with his brother-in-law, Christian Ludwig, of Reading, which he followed two years, and later embarked on his own account on Schuylkill avenue, and Tenth and Elm streets, Reading, and was in business for four years, leaving it in 1879 to accept a position in the shops of the Reading Company, where he remained in the same department until his death. The most cordial relations existed between Mr. Stitzel and his employers, and his services were highly valued.
On Dec. 25, 1874, Mr. Stitzel was married to Sarah Ann Rollman, daughter of Josiah Rollman, of Spring township, Berks county, and they had children as follows : Magie M., who married Irvin K. Snyder, and resides at No. 350 Pear street, Reading ; Laura and Bessie, both deceased ; Emma R., who married Mr. William Bohn, and resides in Philadelphia, Pa. ; and Alice S. A., who married Paul Yocom, a young business man of Reading. The family belong to Zion's Reformed Church. In politics Mr. Stitzel was independent. In fraternal connection he belonged to Camp No. 552, P. O. S. of A. ; P & R. Relief ; Fraternity Castle, No. 302, K. G. E. ; and Bohemond Commandery, No. 327, A. and I. O. K. of M. The family reside at No. 813 Elm street, Reading.