Augustus L Wentzel, aprominent and influential citizen of Lower Alsace township, Berks Co. PA.Where he owns and operates one of the best truck farms in the state, was born Sept. 20, 1842 in Alsace (now Lower Alsace township, son of Jesse B. and Sara (Lindenmuth) Wentzel.
John Wentzel, grandfather of Augustus L. was a farmer of Alsace township, and was father of these children: Samuel, a carpenter and builder, married a Miss Keller and they had children, Henry, Augustus, Frank, Wilson, Samuel, Savilla and Ida: John died single: Daniel, a farmer of lower Alsace township, m Mary Flickinger, and had children Daniel Mary Amelia, Maria, Jerre, Augustus and Israel: Jerre a tailor and later a hotel clerk m a Miss Leinbach of Mulenberg township, and they had six children, Thomas, Dallas, Frederick, Jane, Mary and Amelia: Harry a tailor at Reading m. Angeline Heineman, and they had three children Henry, Jane and Clara: Jacob a shoemaker at Philadelphia, m a Miss Seidel and they had one daughter Hettie; Solomon, a tailor at Reading m. Catherine Houder and they had seven children , Frank, Solomon, Emma, Clara, Harry, Howard and Ellen; Heftie m. Abraham Kline a cooper of Reading, and had four children, Henry (a Plumber), Emma (m. William Heckman), Hettie (m. Nathan Rohrbach), and Amanda (m. a Mr Lerch); Jesse B.; Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Ziebner.
Jesse B. Wentzel father of Augustus L was born feb 22, 1813 in Alsace (now Lower Alsace)township, and in early life was a carpenter and builder.In 1849 he engaged in trucking and purchased a farm which he cultivated the remainder of his life.Mr. Wentzel married Sarah Lindenmuth, and to them the following children were born; Jonathan m. 1st. Anna Madeira, deceased and 2nd Mary ----; Malinda m Albert Burket, a brick layer at Reading and has nine children,- Thomas, Harry, Sallie, Kate, Anna Maggie, Nora, Bessie and Lillie; Sara m Charles Nagle, a blacksmith at Reading, where both died, and had four children William, Emma, Ida, and Hettie; Emma m. Harrison Hinnershitz formerly a miller and now a dealer in flour, feed and coal at Mt Penn, PA and has eleven children; Llewellyn, Charles, Edward, Clarence, Sallie, Laura, Emma, Maggie Jennie, Esther and Harry; Augustus L; Henry a cabinet maker,died some years ago leaving one daughter, Lizzie (m. Irvin Eammes); Frank, Deceased m. Ellen Reifsnyder, who survives him and they had thirteen Children Harry, Ida, Zadie, George, Florence, Sallie, Emma, Catherine, Hettie, Elmer, Walter, Samuel and Helen.
Augustus L Wentzel was reared at the home in which he now resides and was educated in the district schools after leaving which he assisted his father in the work upon the farm.In 1871 he succeded his father in business for twenty years, and after the latter's death managed it for the estate for one year. He subsequently purchased the main farm, and several years later, when the mother died he bought that part of the property. Mr Wentzel is still in possession of the old deeds and conveyances from the time his father bought the original tract, which at that time represented nothing more than an almost impenetrable wilderness.Where once was acre after acre of wild, unexplored tiberland are now fertile fields crossed by miles of trolley lines; each farmer's home is equipped with the telephone and other modern conveniences, and the dense wilderness that was has given way before the march of civilization.Mr Wentzel's property, which is one of the finest truck farms in the state is supplies not only with the water found there but also with Mt. Penn borough water.He and his family attend the Reformed Church.In political matters he is a Republican, and for three years was township auditor, although at no time has he ever sought office.
On Dec 23, 1865Mr. Wentzel was married to Hettie G. Price, daughter of Reuben and Angline (Guldin) Price, who were residents of Jacksonwald, Exter township nine children were born to this union; katie born june 18, 1866 died Nov. 10, 1870; Ellen, born Feb 13, 1868, m (first John Meck, had one child, Clinton and second Amos Wilder, and had three children, Viola, Nettie and Minnie; Maggie born June 1, 1869 m Charles Scholl, a dentist of Reading, and has three children: Ester, Dorothy and Carl; Anna born Feb 1, 1871 married John kock, deceased and had children Pearl, Myrtle, Daisy, Clytia, Leah, Charles and Sara; Charles born July 19, 1872, died April 19, 1885; Harry, born Feb. 25,1874, died april 19, 1885; Rosa, born June 28,1875, m (first) Harry Eisenbrown, deceased, had two children,robert and mildred and (second) Samuel Eisenbrown of Eisenbrown Marble Works, a brother of her first husband, and they have two children, Arthur and Marie Christine; Sallie, Born Sept. 23 1878, m Charles Yeager, an engraver of Reading; and Emma, born Feb. 7, 1880 died young.
Mrs. Wentzel died April 19 1889 aged forty-one years, twelve days and for his second wife Mr. Wentzel marrien Sept 20,1890 Miss Amanda Weidner, daughter of William and Emma (Himmelreich) Weidener To this union there were born children as follows; Jessie june 8.1891 Augustus W, Sept 2, 1892 and Amy, Dec. 14,1893
The following is and account taken from a local newspaper, which describes the sad accident that threw a great shadow over Mr. Wentzel's life: On Sunday morning, April 19,1885 a small outbuilding on the property of Augustus L Wentzel was burned. At thetime of the occurrence the two sons of Mr Wentzel, Charles and Harry and two workmen named Hettinger were sleeping there and they perished in the flames.Daniel W. Noll a weak-minded son of a neighbor, was arrested for the deed, but was aquitted on the ground of insanity." whereupon he was taken to an insane asylum in Harrisburg Pa.This awful accident produced a profound sensation and moved the hearts of the entire community.The funeral services, conducted at Zion's Church, were Attended by a multitude of sympathizing people from all parts of the county