von Mechow Family of Sellersville, PA:Information about Mary Ann McMaster
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Mary Ann McMaster (b. January 08, 1879, d. November 05, 1941)Mary Ann McMaster (daughter of John McMaster and Catherine Strasbaugh) was born January 08, 1879 in Hanover York Co. PA Baptised St. Josephs Catholic Church, and died November 05, 1941 in Sellersville, Buck Co. PA St. Agnes Catholic Church Cem..She married Charles Adam Hufnagle on January 06, 1903 in Hanover, York Co. PA at St. Joseph Catholic Church, son of Nicholas Hufnagle and Caroline Strack.
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Marriage: January 06, 1903, Hanover, York Co. PA at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
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Reminiscences of Sellersvilleby James J. Hackett
NEWS-HERALDPerkasie PAJan. 27, 1988
"MOMMA AND PAPPA" BEFORE THE 'MOMMAS AND THE POPPAS'
In the 1960s, a light rock group from California, "The Mommas and the Poppas," burst into the national scene.This immediately followed the record hops at Menlo Park Perkasie, where as teenagers the 30 and 40 year olds of today's Sellersville danced with thousands of area youths as Fabian, Chubby Checkers, Frankie Avalon and hundreds of other stars performed,"Mamma Cass" was a big name with the group.
Sellersville had their own "Momma and Poppa" more than thirty years before that California invasions.....Momma Huf and Poppa Huf of North Main Street.They weren't a rock group, But they were rock solid.
This writer met Momma Huf for the first time in the late twenties.Our family had moved from Perkasie to Sellersville for the first time.I was in fifth grade.
She was sitting in her kitchen,She wore a gingham dress, a welcome smile and was preparing a meal.The last time I saw her was after World War II [James Hackett memory must have been during WWII as she died in 1941].She was sitting in her kitchen.She wore a gingham dress, a welcome smile and was preparing a meal.In between those two time I must have viewed that scene a thousand times:always in her kitchen, always preparing a meal or wrapping up the last one, always happy, always a kind greeting or a kind nod.
When one wants to compliment his home town, it is often said 'we never locked our doors.'This is a compliment to the honesty of the whole town.So it was in Sellersville in those days,But there is more.
We never knocked either, when visiting friends,Just walked right in.One could walk in the Stovers and the Harry Shelly's on Hughes Avenue, Hiltebetels and Souders at Walnut and Howard Shelly's on North Main,,Gerharts, Stulls and Alexanders on Washington Avenue.One gets the point.
But Momma Huf's was like Times Square, centrally located and full of foot traffic. Momma Huf had eight children of her own - Catherine, Betty, Gertie, Cecila, Charles Jr., Bill, Joe and Henry.Catherine, the eldest and Joe survive in this celebration year.
With eight children of her own and a passel of town kids walking through her kitchen all hours of the day and night, one would think Mamma Huf had enough to do.Not so.
These were the years of the Great Depression.There were people in dire need.Social agencies were non-existent.Momma Huf was Sellersville's non-profit, all cost help house.Regardless of race, color, sex on creed, she helped shelter and feed anyone in need, for a day, a night, or as long as it took for one to get a life in order.
Momma Huf had a few rules.The few she had were inviolate: love one another; as long as you live in my house, you be in St. Agnes' Church every Sunday and every Holy Day of Obligation; when you are in my house and Poppa Huf is sleeping, you do not make any disturbing noise,Poppa Huf was night foreman in the Philadelphia Reading Terminal baggage department.
It seemed to some of us, that at times there were more people in Momma Huf's house than St. Agnes could hold.The church was tiny then.
During all the time I knew her, I cannot remember Momma Huf going any further than one block from home - to Saint Agnes.
Didn't Momma Huf have a first name, you ask?Of course she did, but I never knew it,Does one ask what Mother Theresa's last name is?
Momma Huf's mission was to love her God, her family and her fellowman in her small spot on earth.She put a lot of life into one block in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.One block from her beloved church.
She set a pattern of love and service for everyone who ever knew her.She helped so many,"Lightning", one of her proteges, became one of the most renowned football water boys in local history.His is a story related to the Sellersville Greenjackets.
Others of her temporary guests have soared to remarkable heights after sustaining stays with Momma Huf.You'll have to take the writer's word for that.Possible sensitivity doesn't allow all tales in a small town.
Momma and Poppa Huff arrived in Sellersville in 1905, coming from Central Pennsylvania, to work in the flourishing cigar making industry.They stayed to provide roots for their family.
Those roots have certainly gone deep.
In this celebration year, son Joe is Mayor of Sellersville, a post he has held for 22 years,He was chief of the celebrating Sellersville Fire Company for 27 years.
Granson Tom, and Joe's son, is current fire chief.Grandson Joe, Jr. is assistant chief.Another grandson John is second assistant chief and a member of the Sellersville Borough Public Works Department.Grandson David is company vice president.
In addition, 3 on Momma Huf's sons spent their lives in Sellersville, all within a block of St. Agnes'Five of her grandsons and a granddaughter live in Sellersville Borough, and four of them within a block of St. Agnes.Other grandchildren are in nearby West Rockhill.
Momma and Poppa Huf have sixteen granddaughters and grandsons living in Sellersville and close environs in this celebration year.
In addition to the four fire officials, they include: Charles Hufnagle, Mrs. Lynne von Mechow, James Hufnagle, Mary Ellen Hufnagle, all of Sellersville, Dr H. Scott Hufnagle, Mrs. Margie Steenhoff, Mrs. Kathy Trumbore, Peter Hufnagle and Ricky Hufnagle,West Rockhill,Mrs. Mary Mroz, Larry Lawrence and Louis Steskal, on Sellersville's perimeter.
Momma and Poppa Huf are symbols of all the mothers and fathers who have contributed to Sellersville's proud past and future.
There is a theory abroad in our county that some of America's problems are created by the rootlessness in the mobility of a residential society.Maybe yes, maybe no.
Most certainly, however, the Sellersivlle families that have imbedded their roots in this community are valid examples of the positive aspects of generation after generation of families staying in their home town.
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FOOTNOTE to the above:
In the 1920'sthe Groves family moved from West Rockhill to Philadelphia.The Groves boys remembered the good times they had at Momma and Pappa Huf's so in the 1930's they would drive up to see them.On a few occasions they brought their Sisters Adelaide and Anne Groves with them.Adelaide Groves remembered Momma Huf chasing one of the boys away from some pies she had cooling on the table.Over time these visits turnedthe sisters into girlfriends of the Hufnagle boys and later Adelaide married Charles Hufnagle and Anne married Bill Hufnagle.Sisters married brothers.
Children of Mary Ann McMaster and Charles Adam Hufnagle are:
- +Charles Hufnagle, b. March 13, 1908, Sellersville, Pa -Baptised Lansdale St.Stans168, d. November 04, 1981, Sellersville, Penna168.
- Joseph Hufnagle, b. 1905, PA, d. May 30, 1905, St Joseph's Cem. Hanover, Pa.
- +Katherine Hufnagle, d. February 04, 1993.
- +Cecelia Hufnagle, d. December 07, 1976.
- +Betty Hufnagle.
- +Gertrude Hufnagle.
- +William Hufnagle, d. December 30, 1984, Philadelphia Pa..
- +Joseph E Hufnagle.
- +Henry Hufnagle, b. August 25, 1921, Sellersville, PA, d. July 21, 1977, Sellersville, PA.