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ieIflon5t’ HStDrca UbIIT 
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MAR 1 3 1986 
ZJje ia1ger 3er,tage 
VOLO XV, No 2 
SPRING ISSUE 1986 
THE PIONEERING SPIRIT OF NAFZGERS 
NOFFS I NGER TO BE HELD AT 
Often, we lose sight of the pioneering effort required of our ancestors0 Almost without exception, Nafzger families who left Europe for America were required to go through considerable sacrifice and a great pioneering effort that continued though their lives and into the next generation could pick any of the Nafzger immigrant families and write one story on the pioneering effort required of them once they left Europe and landed in America and that story would be the same for all of the Nafzger families0 We have selected two stories to illustrated the usual pioneering spirit required of them0 One is Christian Nafziger who led an emigration of Aniish Mennonites to Canada in the early 1820’s0 
Dean F. Noffsinger of Green Valley, Arizona writes to invite any Nafzgers,Noffsingers, Nofsingers, Nafzigers, Noftsgers or however you wish to spell it to attend the annual Noffsinger re-union at Osborne, Kansas, which will be held Sunday May 25th0 The gala affair will be held at the city part in Osborne0 En case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Senior Citizen’s Center in Osborne0 
We think it is nice of Dean to extend the invitation to any Nafzger descendant in the United States0 We hope that some of you can enjoy Kansas landscape and the visiting with other Noffsinger relatives0 The Noffsingers holding the reunion at Osborne Kansas are descendants of Rudolph Noffsinger who emigrated to America in l749 
You may want to drop Dean a line to let him know that you plan to attend0 His address is DEAN F0 NOFFSINGER 
300 Via Del Neroe 
Green Valley, AZ 85614 
The other one is an account written by Christian Ropp who was but a boy of fourteen years of age when he emigrated with his AmishMennonite parents from Alsace to Canada in 1826 because Christian Nafziger made his effort in l82O In the account of Christian Ropp, Peter Nafziger (the one we identify as Peter, The Apostle) was with his group that left Canada for Ohio and later to central Illinois0 
If you want to duplicate the feat of Christian Nafziger, try walking from New Orleans to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and then across New York State to Canada. Or in the case of Christian Ropp, Peter Nafziger and his group, try traveling from Canada to Butler County, Ohio and then to Illinois on foot and horeback0 What provisions would you pack for such a journey? How would you fend for yourself along such a trail route? Both accounts of Christian Nafziger and Christian Ropp gives us good insight into reasons and conditions in Europe that contributed to the original decision to come to America0 And in the case of the Christian Ropp account many of the Nafzgers who ended up in central Illinois followed this same migration trail and the story gives us good insights on why they left Canada to go to Illinois0 The stories are found on page three and four of this issue of the News, 
FAMILY REUNION OSBORNE, KANSAS 
THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS We have mentioned several times in past issues of the News our difficulties with some lines in making connect— 120 EDGEWooDDVE ion to our European ancestors. When Rolf Nafziger was GFroN, OHIo44o44 visiting the UOS.AO this past summer, I think he may 
have made an observation which we should keep in mind. EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS That Germans have as much trouble with the spelling of 
our name today as we experience in the U.S. And as far 
CLAIR NAFTZGER as he knows, this djfficulty existed for hundreds of 
KATHLEEN NAFTZGER years. More and more, we are beginning to believe our 
BETTY NAFTZGER difficulty withmaking. certain connections to our European ancestors may be due.to this cause. 
• MABEL K, STRAUSSER OF SHOEMAKERSVILLE PENNSYLVANIA 
Here are some excerpts from a letter sent to us by Mabel K.Strausser of Shoemakersyule, Pennsylvania. 
“My grandmother Carolina Naftzinger Blatt, daughter of John Naftzinger and Maria Werner Naftzinger. John was son of Henry,, I found Marguerta and Phonica as Henry’s wife0 IV am not sure if Henry was the father of John0 I think I found this in the Census0 John Naftzinger was born 7/15/1812, died 7/19/1885. I live about 2 miles from Belleman’s Church and I am a member there. I saw their graves there. Also, there were a number of Naftzingers buried there0 My father’s uncles Rueben and Jonathan went to Ohio on foot, found wives there and lived. V in in Ohio for their lives.” 
First of all, we know that Mabel Strausser will trace to Matthias Nafzger who em— grated to America in 1749. We believe that Mabel may have some very crucial information about the parent os John Naftzinger, born ‘1812. For some reason, our records show that John, born 1812 may have been the son of Matthias, II, son of the immigrant Matthias, This Matthias I did have a son named HehryWho was married twice. Our records show that he was married to a Barbara _____ — and had children, Elizabeth, Adam, and Benjamin. His second marriage was Suzanna Phillips. From this marriage, we show children JOHN AND MARIA0 We could be wrong on the wives of Henry Naftzinger and am interested in having Mabel Strausser look into this point. Not knowing the dates for Phonica, we suspect that she would be the first wife of Matthias Naftzinger 10 We would be interested in the dates of Margareta Naftzinger to see where she fits into the picture, Regarding uncles Rueben and Jonathan, they ended up in ucyrus, Ohio and descendants of the two men are found very much in the Bucyrus area today. Another interesting point is that in Ohio, the two men adopted the NAUFTZINGER spellinq of the name. 
PEGGY NOFTSGER GRAY OF LAMONI, IOWA 
V Our thanks•to Peggy Noftsger Gray of Lamoni, Iowa for writing. She is the aunt of Ray Noftsger, a very frequent contributor to the News0 Ray’s father, Oliver is her brother. Peggy’s father, Henry Alfred Noftsger, died August 17, 1985. Henry was born May 28, 1906. We are sorry to learn of his death, Henry’s parent would be Albert and Ida([iendrickson)Noftsger and they resided in Decatur County, Iowa all of their lives. Eventually, the family trace back to Jacob Nafzger who emigrated to America in 1749, 
V GENE NAFZIGER OF MINIER, ILLINOIS 
•We are in receipt of a nice letter from Gene Nafziger of Minier, Illinois. Gene is a descendant of Christian Nafziger of Hopedale, Illinois, Gene indicated in his letter that he was going to begin a search for the parents or European connection of Christian N, of Hopeaäie, it has been a rather difficult problem and we hope Gene is a successful with the solution to the problem. Often, it is good that some one different takes a look at the material. We welcome Gene’s effort to help us find some answers to several perplexing problems about our heritage,. 
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I, Christian Ropp, now an old ma of nearly eighty years, at the request of my children, will attempt to write a brief account of my life. I will begin with my father. He was one of three orphan children. They had inherited a flour mill and a hemp mill, but this they lost before they grew up. Then my dear father was compelled to hire himself to strangers until he waS twenty- eight ycan of age, when he was married to Elizabeth Eiman. His brother did, and his sister married one Zimmerman, whose Christian name I have forgotten. 
My father lived in upper Alsace about six miles from Basel, and two miles froni Altkirch, and five miles from Beilord. And since he had heard many favorable reports of America, he thought it might be better for himself and children to emigrate to America, than to see his sons drafted into the army, for be had at that time six sons. [It is uncertain whether Befford should be Bdfort.] 
He lived at this time upon a small farm in upper Alsace, called “Barthel Hutte,” two miles from Akkirch, two miles from Damerkirch, and five from Befford. ft was in the year 1826, at a time when many people were leaving for America, that my parents decided to go also. In May, 1826, the long voyage to America began. We journeyed from Befford to Paris and Havre, where we had to wait for a number of days. We had our own horse and wagon, but here had to sell the horse. 
We entered the ship, but soon most of us were seasick. My mother was seasick most of the time. We met with some stormy weather. We also caught a large fish with a hook, which pleased me very much. We were on 
ship forty days. - 
jitter we reacnea rail aihf[ithr hired a team to take us to Lancaster County. After we had gone thirty or thirty.five miles, we stopped over with an old Amishman by the name of Zuck [Zook]. Here we remained a number of days to arrange our affairs. Then my father bought a horse, and after setting up the wagon which we had brought with us, we started out again, for my father wighcd to go to Butler County, Ohio. 
When we came within six miles of Lancaster, we met a Mennonite by the name of John Ktenig who was plowing along the roadsIde. When he saw soy father, he knew him by his clothing as well as his beard, for a that time no one except our people wore beards. Mter speaking with him, he invited him to remain over night, but my father hesitated, since there were others also with us who were on their way to Ohio. But finally my father was persuaded to remain all night, and as they were talking together during the evening, Koenig told him of Canada, and that many were now going to that place, and that each family was offered fifty acres free. 
As three families were about to leave for Canada, my father decided to go with them. The names of our fellow travelers were Christian Farni, John Erb, Michael Swartz, and Zehr. After a six weeks’ stay in Pennsylvania, we left with the above-mentioned for Canada. 
My father bought his second horse, but after making about half of the journey, the horse became sick and had to be left behind. Then we had to do some walking. It was a long and tedious journey. The road at that time was bad. We were on the way more than three weeks, but finally in the fall we reached Waterloo Township. 
Vc remained all night in. a little village called Rumbletown, now Berlin [Kitchenerj. Then my father went to Wilmot Township, where the free land was to he had, and selected a lot along the middle street. The conditions were to pay nine dollars for surveying, and to clear two rods along the street; and then the fifty acres were free. There were two hundred acres in a lot; the other hundred and fifty could be bought later for $2.50 per acre. 
Then we built a little log cabin and moved into it the same fall. But now our money was all gone. Ve had to hire out as laborers in order to make a living, Andrew and 1; but wages were very low. I received only $2.50 per month and wore out more boots and clothes than I earned. 
In the spring we cleared some land and planted potatoes and garden vegetables. Then things vent somewhat better, for we were supplied with food. 
And then each year re fared a little better. We finally cleared forty acres. 
But now several of our number decided to move to Ohio, for it was too cold in Canada. These were the following: Joseph Goldschmidt, Peter Danner, Daniel Unzicker, Peter Nafziger, and several others. And since my brother Andrew had cut his foot so that he had been disabled for six months, he decided to accompany this group; so in 1831 he left for Ohio. 
In 1832 we held a sale, and moved to Ohio, but I and my brother Jacob remained to collect our sale money. In 1833 my brother Andrew returned to help collect the money, for in Canada money was very scarce at that time. We- then sold our property and collected about $1100. 
In 1833 we left for Ohio. There were four of us, I and Andrew and Jacob, and Christian Lehman. We had a horse and covered wagon. The journey was tedious. We were on our way seventeen days, aqd at one time came near being robbed, but by the help of Divine Providence we escaped. We finally reached Ohio, where we found all well; and we reiQiced .rcatlv. - 
But since land was high here, and hearing that land was stillcheap in Illinois and that eight families from Germany had already settled there, we decided to move to Illinois. The names of those settlers were Peter Engel, David Schertz, John Schweitzer, Peter Roggy, John Auer, — Gingerich, and Peter Beck. 
In the fall of 1833 my brother Andrew journeyed to Illinois to see the land. He was well pleased and returned immediately for the rest of us. Since it was late in the year, we decided that the family should remain in Ohio until the following spring, but I and Andrew started early in January, 1834, for Illinois. We went on horseback and were thirteen days on the way, since the roads were very poor. We had to ride around many swamps and were often at a loss to know how to cross streams, for at that time there were few bridges. We arrived in Woodford County at the home of Peter Engel. Here my brother Andrew married Jacobine Wirkler. [Andrew, 1807-90, was ordained later as minister and as bishop.] 
In the spring we moved over to the Mackinaw, and took up a claim, for at that time the land had not yet been put on the market. Vc cleared about sea acres. During this time our dear mother died ha 1834 of consumptien and was buried in Butler Connty Ohio. t:t my father and the rest of the family eame to u.s In Illinois In the spring. Christian Farni from Canada also came to us. Then we lived together until after harvest, when we were all taken sick with the “Schüttel-fieber” [ague]. Then we sold our claim for $200 to Fritz Niergarth and moved back to Metamora, to Peter Engel’s. 
Soon after, my brother moved to Pleasant Grove, but we moved over in the timber between Washington, Illinois, and Peoria. Here my father lived for a number of years on a claim, but it was finally taken from him. But I lived with my brothtr Andrew and built a blacksmith shop and worked at the trade. 
In 1836 1 married Magdalene Schertz and moved to Mackinaw, and hired to Christian Farni for five months for $20 pet month. Then I bought eighty acres of land, and built a log cabin on it. Now I had to see that I made a livelihood, for the times were hard and money scarce. I lived on the Mackinaw for twenty-two years and passed through many experiences. Since April, 1858, we have been living in McLean County, Illinois, some thirty years, and have seen much and passed through trying experiences. 
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CIIRSTIAN NAFZIGER(1 776-1836) led the ethigration of the Amish Mennonites to Canada. What was it like to be an immigrant and pioneer to Canada in 1826? We can get a good idea from Christian Ropp. He was but a boy of fourteen years of age when he emigrated with his Amish Mennonite parents from Alsace to Canada in 1826. 
The following story is Christian Ropp’s own account written in 1892. The account was taken from “Glimpses of Mennonite History and Doctrine” by John Christian Wenger, Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, 1947 who secured the story from I-larry F. Weber, “Centennial History of the Mennonites in Illinois”. Goshen. Tndiana. 1931.: 
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CHRISTIAN NAFZJGER(1776.1836) led the emigration of theAniish Mennonites to Canada. He left his homeland in late 1821 to find a place to settle. In January 1822 he landed in New Orleans and covered the 1,000 miles to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on foot. The lancaster Mennonites pointed him to the settlement oossibilities in Canaila. The following article is a reprint from the Beacon-I Icrald News that set-yes the Nafzigers living in the Ontario area of 
Canada. We are grateful to the author. Stafford Johnston for the article and the Beacon-Herald for granting us permission to reprint the article .Also, we are indehied to Edward Nafziger of Waterloo, Ontario’, Canada for forwarding the article to us. 
Nafziger and Maitland are two plain names in these Queen’s Brush counties that do not at first look, seem to have much link between west of Poole in the south end of Mornington township. It is also the name of 11 families listed in the Milverton telephone directory. Maitland, so far as people in Listowell, Brussels, Wingham and Goderich are concerned, is the name of the river that flows through each of those towns. At Goderich it is also the name of a golf course and a cemetery. 
There was a day, 1 22 years ago, when Nafziger and Maitland talked together, and made a deal which has had its influence on the, history of these counties, through all the years since. At the time Nafziger talked to Maitland, in the year 1822, there was no Maitland River in these parts. The river was there, but it had the pleasant and musicial name of Mensctung, from the Huron Indian language. There was no Nafziger’s Church in Mornington, for the suff icient reason that in the year 1 822 there were no people in Mornington no other townships of Perth and Huron. 
The Nafziger who spoke to Maitland in 1822 was Christian Nafziger, a traveler from the Kingdom of Bavaria who had come to the New World to look for Land to which Mennonite people could migrate from Bavaria. The Maitland was Major-General Peregrine Maitland who was then the governor of the colony of Upper Canada. Their meeting-pice was at the colonial capital, Toronto, then a town of about 4,000 people. 
Christian Nafziger had traveled a long way by a roundabout route, to arrive at the little Upper Canadain town of Tornonto, for his appointment with Governor Maitland. From his home in southern Bacaria, he had made his way down the Rhine to Holland, and taken ship from Amsterdam, for the long sailing voyage to North America. The voyage was longer for him than for most, because the ship on which he got passage was bound for New Orleans. After he landed in Louisiana he made his way overland up the full length of the United States, to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. There he was among friends of this own Mennonite faith and most of them descendants of Mennonites who had fled from the Rhine countries 100 years before, to escape religious persecution. 
Christian Nafziger, arriving in Pennsylvania in 1822, had the same errand as the earlier Mennonite arrivals had had, when they were moving from Europe to William Penn’s colony in the early 1 700s. Christian Nafziger was looking for a place where he, and his Mennonite neighbors in Bavaria, could live in peace. Bavaria had, for most of Christian Nafziger’s lifetime up to 1822, been in a position much like that in which Canada would be in a war between the United States and Russia. 
The Kingdom of Bavaria during all the years of the Napoleon Wars, was a small country, lying between France and Austria. When the French armies invaded Austria, they marched through Bavaria to do it. When the Austrians attacked France, their armies in turn moved through southern Bavaria, marching 10 to 1 5 miles a day, and collectin.j food for the troops, hay and grain for the horses, where ever they happened to be each night. 
Over a period of years, the King of Bavaria tried all the possibilities. He joined the Austrians against the French; he joined the French against the Austrians; he tried spells of being neutral. For the Ordinary farming people of Bavaria, it all added up to much the same thingS their countryside was being used at a battleground. For the Mennonite people, there was an added problem. In their religious belief, they took quite literally the words: “Thou shalt not kill,” and they did not want to be conscripted to anybody’s army, to fight anybody. 
It was to find some way of escape from the di!emm of the of the Bavarian Mennonites, that Christian Nafziger made his long and devious journey to the established Mennonite settlements in Pennsylvania. When he got there, the Lancaster County people advised him to go on north to Cnada and see the new settlements which were then being opened on the new wilderness frontier west and north from Brantford. The third and fourth generations were farming the Mennonite lands in Pennsylvania. Land there had become scarce, and many young couples had already gone north to Canada, to pioneer in what are now the townships of Waterloo and Woolrich. 
From the newly cleared Mennonite farms in the Blair-Preston area, Christian Nafziger explored on westward through the unpeopled forests, and had a good look at the area which is now Wi!mot township around New Hamburg. His next journey was to Toronto where he managed to get an interview with Governor Maitland, and an agreement to sell land in Wilmot to Mennonite settlers. 
The deal, in brief, was that Mennonite families Nafziger promised to bring from Bavaria would be alloted 200 acres each, of which they would get 50 acres free, if they bought 1 50. The land was sold at a low price but the new settlers would be required to help open the area, by clearing, first of all, a two-rod strip across the front of each farm. Two rods cleared across the fronts of the lots, facing at 1 6’/2 feet to the rod, the arrangement set a pattern for the 66 foot road a!lowance which have been part of ‘the fixed geography of this Queens Bush area ever since. 
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_Readung Eagle, 
Thursday, January 3, 1985 
- ELMER W. BRIGHT, 79,of 
1131 Gregg Ave., died Wednesday 
morning at 5 in Community General Hospital. where he was a 
patient since Dec. 23. 
He was the husband of Annetta M. (Bauscher) Bright. 
• Born in Reading, he was a son of hs late William and Laura (Klopp) Bright. ... 
- In addition to his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Barbara A., wife of Joseph Spadafora, Palos Verdes, Calif., and a son, Stephen. at home. 
Two stepdaughters: Mary Lou, wife of James Powers. Vero Beach, Fla.. and Fern McCullough, Reading, and nine grandchildren and three great-grand. children. 
Three sisters: Anna, widow of Leroy Kauffman, Shillington, and Ruth. widow of Herbert Hartman, and Elsie, widow of Harold Naftein er, both of Reading. 
iso a brother, I larold of Roxborough. 
F 
PENNY NAFTZINGER 
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Penny Naft.zinger to Brian E. Riehi. Miss Naftzinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Naftzinger Jr., BerisvilleRD2,isa student at Tulpehocken High School and Berks Vo-Tech School West.-She Is employed at Naftzlnger’s Garage and Mini Mart, Strausstown. Her fiance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin E. Riehi, Stranastown, is a graduate of Hamburg High School and Berks Vo-Tech School 
EDWIN C. NArZNGER, 57, 
of 513 Orchard SL., Auburn, . 
Schuylldll County, died Thursday 
morning at S of natural causes in - 
Reading Hospital, where he was a 
patient three weeks. 
He was the husband of Janice 
L. (Keller) Naftzinger. His first Z 
wife, Marian S. (Bretz) Naftzinger, died on Aug. 14, 1981. - 
Born in Bern Township, he was a on of the late William C. and Cidra (DeLong) Naftainger. 
Naftaunger had been the owner for 15 years of the former Eddie’s Restaurant, Auburn, retiring in 
1981. .. . ‘5 
A member of St. John’s United g Church of Christ, Auburn, he was, ec an Army veteran of World War II. 
In addition to his widow, he is a survived by four sons: Nevin A., John E. and Douglas F. Naftainger, all of Auburn, and Mark “V. Naftzinger, New Ringgold RD. 2. 
A stepdaughter,— Linda J. Dunleavy, Palmyra; a stepson, Allen J. Breiner, Auburn; and eight grandchildren. 
Also two brothers: Harry Sr. of Bernville and Walter of Port Clinton, and a sister, Esther Becker, in Pennsylvania. 
Madeline Bomberger 
Madeline L, Bomberger, 70, of 603 E. Cherry St. Palmyro, died Friday evening, Jan. 6, 1984, in Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. after an illness of two months. •Ø• Born in Mt. Hotly Springs, Cumberland County, she was a daughter of the lateMahlonM. and Eva lgf ,gg Metzger. - 
Surviving are her husband, Oar ence H. Bomberger; a daughter Evelyn, wife of StanleyE. Kohl,Har rislasrg, and tw’ grandchildren. 
RAYMOND .1. (HAPPY) ., NAZINGER, 86. formerly 
of Reading, died Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 in the Maos sonic Home, Elizabethiown, 
where he had resided since, 
May20, 1980. 
Born In Daubervllle, he 
a, was a son of the late Joseph 
D. and Katie B. (Snyder) 
- C Naftzinger. a.. 
Naftzinger had been em 
. ployed as a funeral home assistant by the Henninger and 
1. Francis F. Seldel Inc. funer al homes before retiring. .Si He was a 50-year member 
of Vaux Lodge, F&AM, Hamas tel burg. 
a SurvivIng Is a brother, Wit. 
.E 11am G. of Dauberville. 
on. 
a, Also five sisters: Katie J., widow of Frank Graeff, and 
Edna R., widow of Charles ,,,, Mohn, both of Centerport, ‘g, sod Mabel I., wife of Paul 
‘ Sheets. Dernville. 
And Florence M., widow of 
c Edgar Bower, Muhlenberg 
Park, and Helen S. wife of 
c - Marvin Ritter, Hamburg. 
The M. Domer Lelben sperge Funeral Home, Can. 
terport, Isinclsarg.ofar a rangements. 
Cora Kohr 
Cora Kohr 82, 242 S. 10th St., 
Z died today in the Lebanon Val Ic General Hospital. She was ‘° the wife of the late Raynsond 
Kohr. 
. BorninGreenPoint,sheWaa the daughter at the late Jacob 
arel Maggie Krjofn’vy She was retiredfrom Ilis Milsan Mills Co., and wana memberof the First Baptist Church. She is survived by the following: diildren, Irene Kohr, Lebanon; Dorwin Kohr, Bethel; Mildred M., wife of George Clark, and Patricia M. Gibson, both of Lebanon; lograndchsldeco, seven great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was thelastofherimmediatefasslity 
and a daughter, Lucille M. Trautman, preceded her in death. 
Tammy Lynn. .Naf.tzinger br..came the bride of David Eugene Kiebach in St. Thomas United Church of Christ, Bernville, during a double-ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. Richard Keller. 
The bride of Bennville R.D. 2 is a daughter of Roger Naftzinger, Bernville RD. 2, and Virginia Naftzinger, Bernville RD. 2. She is a graduate of Tuiephocken High School and in employed by Gloray 
Knitting Mills. • 
The groom of Bernville is a non of Norman H. Kiebadh, 225 E. Fifth St., Bernvilie, and Joan Kiebach, Dernville. He isa graduate of Tulpehocken High School and is employed by Anthonys Feed Mill. Strausstown. 
The bride was given in mar-, 
riage by her uncle, Guy Rittel. 
Bonnie Miller was maid of honor. 
Bridesmaids were Jennifer 
Dietrich, Laura Kline. and Mary 
Kiebadh, Sister of the groom. 
Heatherly Miller was flower girl. 
Mark Kiebach, brother of the groom, was best man. Ushers’ were Richard Dietrich, Barry Bryan, an.Terry Naftzinger. brother of the br)de. David Rittel was ring bearer. 
A reception was held in the social room of the Robesonla Fire Company followed by a wedding trip to North Carolina and Tçxas. The couple will reside along Bernville RD. 1. 
FROM 
• SCHUYLER BROSSMAN 
of Reading Eagle, 
• Rehrersburg, Pa. — 
All Nafzigers listed December 29, 1984 
on this page are de— ELLEN- • LAURA 
- scendants of Mathias RENTSCHLER, 84, of Hamburg 
Nafzger(Naftzjnger) RD. 1, died Thursday night at 
.7:30 in the Laurel Nursing & 
Rehabilitation - Center, Tilden Tothnship, where she was a guest 
Reading Eagle, since August. . 
0 
sunday, February 3. 1985 . ..She was the wife of Michael B. 
.< -Rentschler: ‘“ - -‘ 
Born in Bern • Township, ‘she 
• Fornier mayor .was a daughter of the-late Simon 
•N:and Ellen (afzingg) Rieget. 
:-.In addition to her husband, she 
of Orwigsbur, .survived by two sons: -AlexandarK, of Freehold, NJ,, áñd Rus. 
dies’at age 52 ‘SallE. of Fairfax, Va., and six Elmer (Rocky) C Bair, 52, of ‘grandchildren. 
.‘.‘Also a brother, Robert P. 
- 124 S. Warren St., Orwigsburg, -Riegel, Mohrsville RD. I, and 
who from 1970 10 1980 served -as sister, Pauline, wife of Howard S. 
oi mayor of. drwigsburg, died at 1:30 Emerich, Bernviile RD. 1. 
am. Saturday at Laurel Nursing • - 
- :Home inHsmburg, where he.had Reading Eagle, Sat, 
— been a resident for the past three 
weeks. c1. .- 7..d j98’ September 22. 1984 
He was the husband of Marga- SALLIL . RENTSCIILER. . 
ret (Kriner) Bair. formerly el Mohrsville. died Fri Bnr in, Heels. Schuytkilt 
County, hewas the son of Anna. day night in her residence at 801 N. Fifth St.. Hamburg. 
(Leymeister) Bair and the late She was the widow of Herbert .Elmer Bair. • 
In addition, to hIs wife and W. Rentsdhler. who died in 1969. 
• mother; surviving ale two daugh. Born in Centre Township. she tars, Rochelle S., wife of Richard W5 a daUghter of the late Wil L Truznbo, Lsndingville, Schuyk- lowby W. unid Katie A. i (Jnterkof Ill County, and Robin, wife of Naftziniger. a.. ‘Mark aflpiiggr, .New Ringgold She’lias a member of BelleR.D 2; a son, UrC. Bair, New man’s Lulheran Church. MohrsRinggold R.D.1; six sisters. Clara ville RD. 1. • - - -- Gepart.. Philadelphia: Ruth Survi.’iiig are a daughter, Moore: Ravano. Ohio; Rose. wife Marian A . wife of Paul ft. Phil. of Lewis Moyer. Denver. Cob.; lips. with whom she resided, and Barbara. wife of John Szeferskl, two granddaughters and a great. Deer Lake; Arlene. wife of Percy grandson. 
Wessner; Orwigsburg. and Peg, The lhiirk,.y & Driscoll Funeral wife of William Wehr, Orwigs- Home. Hamburg. is in chsrge of 
burg; one grandchild. arrilflgeflii’ilS. 
Former ‘broadcaster in Reading dies at ‘56 
5, 
George 14. Naftzer, 56, a for- ‘President f ‘the Dade CouMy ° 
mer Reading radio announcer. of iFla,) American Radio Club. P1 
1260 Southwest 176th St., Miami. Naftzinger was a trustee of 
Fla., died Feb. 5 of natural causes Museum of Science and a board 
in Jackson Memorial Hospital, member of the Human Resour - 
Miami. a a ActionCommittee, both of Miami. “° - He was the husband of Helen I 
(Wheeler) Naftzinger. . Born in West Reading, he He nad been a dine jockey for a son of-Dora (McCauley) NaIls- 
stations WEEU and WHUM from inger. at home, and the late 1947 to 1955. At WEEU, Naftzinger George C. Naftzinger. .- worked under the name George He was a Marine Corps veter ‘i McCall. of the Korean War. . 
He received the’ Sigma Delta Naftzinger was president of Cli Radio Journalism Award George- Singer Audio and Visual while in Dallas. Texas. - - Creative Services, Miami. 
A ham radio operator. he Was In addition to his mother, he is founder of Emergency Net Ser- survived by a son, George H. Jr., vices, a service for ham radio- and a daughter, LaDonna Nails- operators in the Florida and Car- inger, both of Miami. and a grand’’ ibbean areas, child. 
Reading Eagle. Saturday, OCtobeL..i9B4 
Tammy Naftzinger David Kiebach 
CENTRAL ILLINOIS — Material provide by WILMER NAFZIGER. Gridley,IllinoiS. 
Willmo N. Naffziger 
STANFORD — The funeral for 
Wlllmo N. Natfriger, 87, of Stan- 
ford, who died Tuesday (April 9, 
1985), will be at 2:30 p.m. today at 
Stanford Presbyterian Church. the 
Rev. Daniel Duerksen officiating. 
Burial will be in Mount Pleasant 
Cemetery, Stanford. 
Mu. Naffziger was born Nov. 22, 1897. in Sharpesville, IntL. a daughter of Carl and Nellie Holman Rulisub. She married Elmer Naffziger Dec. 23, in Bloomington. He died July 19, 1974, 
Survivors include a brother, Wahoo Rubush of Treasure Island, Flat and a sister. Helen Reining of Stanford. 
His. Naffzlger was a member of Stanford Presbyterian Church and was a former deacon of the clsiich. She was a past worthy matrot of the Minier Order of the Eastern Star, organized the Stanford Sliver Stars 4-H Club, and was a member of the Stanford Senior Cltins Club. 
Wade-Springer 
FISHER — Edward Eugene 
Sprln son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervist 
SprIn of Fisher, irs July will 
take — his bride Wendy Anne 
Wade, ughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Kennab Wade of Perrysburg, N.Y. 
5OtbanniveJsary 
for Wayne Naffzigers 
EMDEN — Mr. and Mrs. Wayne F. Naffziger of rural Emden will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with an open reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Atlanta Memorial Community House. Their daughters will host the event. 
Naliziger and Della Mae Turner were married Sept. 21, 1935, in Peoria. Esther Naffziger Denight and John Turner were their attendants 
They are parents of Patricia Kutilek of Lombard: Shirley Stroud of Sidelt; Sharon McKown and Virki Long, both of Atlanta. There are 12 grandchildren and five great.grandchildren. 
50th anniversary 
for Charles Nofzigers 
DANVERS — Charles W. Woody” and Maxine E. Nafzlger of 34903 SW 188th Way, Homestead, Fin., formerly of Danvers. will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner Saturday at their home. Their cliiidren will be hosts, 
Nafziger and Maxine L. Edwards were married Oct. 6, 1934, at the Presbyterian manse in Danvern. 
They are parents of Linda L. 
Rodgers of Plnellas Park, FIn.; 
Larry D. of Homestead. Fla. and 
Edward I,. of Austin, Texas. There 
are five grandchildren. 
Naftiger was a self-employed carpenter and Mrs. Nafziger operated a restaurant In Danvera for many years before they retired In 1977 and moved to Florida. 
Sept. 6, 1985 
Ansel F. Stubblefield 
McLEAN — The funeral of .Anael F. Stubblefield, 91, KIt. 2. a retired farmer and cattle breeder, who died Wednesday (Sept 4, 1965), wIll be 10’.30 n.m. Saturday at the McLeasi United Methodist Church, The Rev. William S. Easiin will officiate Burial will be In McLean Cemetery, 
He was born Nov. 16,1893, on the family farm west of McLean where he spent the rest of his life. His parents were Joseph W. and Louie M. McCormick Stubblefield. He married Pearl I. Nafziger Nov. 25, 1920, at Sfl7l?vivm. 
Other survivors include a son, MacI J., R.R. 2, McLean three daughters, Josephine Kelly, Normal; Barbara Lou Rodgers, Chula Vista, Calif.; and Rosemary Schertz. Gibson CIty; 11 grandchildren; and 
.1 
An infant son, a brother and two 
sisters preceded him In death. 
45th anniversary 
for Russell Shaddays 
DOWNS — Russell and Marge Shadday of rural Downs will oh. serve their 45th weddIng anniversary Sunday. 
Shadday and Marge Followell were married March 3, 1940, at St. tdiiis, Mo. 
They are parents of Steve. of 
Leyton, Utah; Dick of 1103 S. 
Madison St.. Bloomington; and 
Barb Nafziger of Minier. There are 
IE?6grEB(Sildreii. 
Shadday, a carpenter, retired in 1982. Mrs. Shadday is employed by Mrs. Smith’s Salads. 
Roseberry-’Martin 
HOPEDALE — Lisa Kay Rose. berry and Bradley J. Martin, both of Hopedale. exchanged wedding vows in a 7 p.m. ceremony Dec. 21 at Ilopedsle United Methodist Church. 
Norma and Frank Roseberry of Hopedale and Evelyn and Vernon Martin of rural Hopedale are their parents. 
The new Mrs. Martin is a graduate of Olympia High School and Suzi Davis Travel Career School. Her husband, a graduate of Illinois State University, is engaged in farming. They reside at 211 Jefferson St.. Hopedale. 
j 
Wittrig-McGhee 
HOPEDALE — Joy Kristlne Wit. trig and Steven Michael McGhee, both of Hesston, Ran., exchanged wedding vows in 2 p.m. Sept. 7 ceremony at Hopedale MennonIte Church, liopedale. 
Howard and Elva Wlttrig of rural Ilopedale and William and Loretta McGhee of Hesston, Ran., are their parents. 
The new Mrs MrGhee Is a graduate of Olympia High School and Hesston College. She is employed by Bethel Hospital, Newton, Ran. Her iusband is a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and Iiesston College. He is employed by Homestead Wood Products, Hesslon. 
Folloping a wedding trip to the Arkansas Ozarks. the newlyweds reside at 216 Academy Si. Hesston, Ran. 
Mary B. Nafziger 
DELA VAN — Mary B. Nafziger, 86, of 512 Oak St. died at 105 am. yesterday (Dec. 4, 1985) at Pekin 
She was born July 27. 1899, at 
Delavafl, a daughter of Starr and 
Mary Ella Jennings Beatty. She 
married Lewis It. Brown on June 
21, 1922, at Delavan. He died April 
17, 1964. She later married C. Ralph 
Natciger. lIe died in 1972. 
Survivors include a son. William H. Brown, Delavan. 
Sarah Mae Sutter 
HOPEDALE — Sarah Mae Setter, 
84, of 620 W. Lake Drive, Sarasota, 
Fla.. formerly of Ropedate, died at 
945 n.m. Sunday (Jan. 26, 1986) at 
her home. She had been ill several 
months. 
Mrs. Sutter was born Dec. 13, 
1901. in Hopedale, a daughter of 
Chris and Elizabeth Good Birkey. 
She married Lawrence W. Sutter. a 
Minier native, on Dec. 13, 1920. He 
died Jan. 16. 1984, 
Survivors include three sons. lvis Setter, Middlebury, 1usd.; Mervin Sulter, Sarasota. Fin.; and Eldo Suttar, Sterling; two daughters. Odds Shank. Dixon, and MUds lCurtz. Sarasota. Fla.: 27 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. 
One son preceded her in death. 
John G. Birky 
MOPEDALE — John G. Birky, 83. of 415 N.E. Second St., died at 7il0 a.m. yesterday (Sept. 19. 1985) at 
• Hopedale Medical ComplexJie had been a patient there one month and In falling health several years. lie was born June 17, 1903, at Hopedale, a son of John C. and Elizabeth Greiser Nafzlger Birky. lIe married Gertude Naizlger Nov. 1,1933, at Valparalso, hid. She survives. 
Mao surviving are a son, John E., Grand Blanc, Mich.; two brothers. Mbert Birkey. Sblpshewasua. Ind.. and Simon Birky, Tremont a half brother, William Nafzlger, Morton; and two grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, seven half brothers and four half sisters. 
Chester Guth 
MORTON — Chester E. Guth, 84, of 110 K. Greenwood St., Mortoa, died at fr.30 am. Monday (Sept. 2, 1985) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. 
He was born Jan. 17, 1901, at 
Deer Creek, a son of Peter and 
Bertha ffZier Guth. He married 
Fern Sharp Oct. 15, 1925. In 
ChenOa. She survives. 
Also surviving are a son, Merle, Deer Creek; two daughters, Marilyn Quinn, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Jean Chapman. Mortout a brother, Orville, Rensselaer, tnd. a sister, Florence Stuckey, ‘Deer Creek; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
A daughter and a brother preceded him in death. 
NafzJger-Dolan 
DELAVAN — Sue Ellen Nafzlger of Madison. Wit., daughter of Eugene and Emily Nafzsger of Do. lavan, and Paul Dolan of Boyceville, Win., have chosen June 26 as their wedding date. Me Is a son of James and Janet Dolan of Lone Rock Wit. 
Brian Kent Sheer Jr., born Jan. 19, is the second child of Brian and Rena Siscoe of 194 Southgate Estaim. Bloom. ington. The baby, who weighed 7 pounds, Ii ounces. Is named for his lather. lie Is a brother of Niohele, 16 months. Grandparents are Richard and Frances Raduce 01 Chicago and Welde and Shirley Suseoe or Dancers. 
RUTH M. BURNETT OF LEXINGTON, MISSOURI 
Ruth M, Burnett of Lexington, Missouri writes to tell of her visit to Fincastle Virginia0 As some of our readers may know, Fincastle is an early hometown of descendants of Peter Noffsinger who emigrated to America in l749 For certain, children of Peter moved to Fincastle from York County, Pennsylvania,, It may be that Peter himself also moved there during the last years of his life0 At least one record fou.nd i’n the courthouse at Fincastle would seem to indicate that he indeed was there0 Unfortunately, we have never identified the burial site of Peter Noffsinger which would help us to establish his residence during the latter years of his life0 
Ruth M0 Brunett writes that her cousin told her that David C0 Noffsinger and family did live in Indiana before moving onto Missouri0 She writes that his family bible show: 
Frances Ellen, born 3-11—1840 in Virginia0 
George David, born 8-17-42 in Virginia0 Died 3—4-l863 U0S0 Army Civil War. Burial at Calhoun, Missouri0 
John Samuel, born 9—1—1844 in Viriginia0 Died 8-4—1862 — U0S,. Army, Civil War0 Burial at Sedalia, Missouri0 
Levina Eliza, born 1-25-1847 in Ray County, Missouri0 
The information in interesting and information for several reasons0 One is that a •Noffsinger family turns up in the Indiana Census and prior to Ruth’s letter, we could not determine thethe ancestors of this family line0 Now, it would seem to us that the Noffsinger family in Indiana are descendants of Peter who emigrated in 1749. A second point is the fact that George and John shown above were both in the Civil War,. Not many Nafzgers are found on the Civil War rosters so we find that family contributed to the Civil War effort twnfnld 
JAMES R. MCKITRICK OF EATONTOWN1 NEW JERSEY 
James R0 McKitrick of Eatontown, New Jersey send us his genealogy charts that traces his family back to Mathias Nofsinger who married Nancy Brill0 Mathias N. is a son of Rudolph Noffsinger who emigrated to America in 1749. 
KATHLEEN NAFTZGER OF GRAFTON OHIO 
My father is an avid genealogist0 He says he began researching our family history to learn more about his ancestors0 I admit that I’ve not gotten too heavily into researching the family lines, but I have discovered that I have one thing in common with some f my ancestors. I love horses0 
The first horseback rides I can recall were taken on the backs of my grandfather’s work horses. He ha.d tractor in the shed but preferred using his horses. Grandpa rarelygoled ojtp but pesky though I might have been, I always felt he appreciatedthe feelings I sha’ed with him for those horses. 
I found horses toi during the early years . By the time I was in senior year of high school, Dad realized this wasn’t a phase I was going to grow out of0 My graduation present was Montoya Command, a Quarter Horse, but best of all, my very own0 Monty went to college with me when I went to Kent State University. I owned Monty until the day he died. He’s been a hard act to follow0 Recently, I purchase a Pinto—Arab mare named Arrielle from near Chicago, Illinois0 I keep telling my father that there must be other Nafzgers out there who also like horses0 Are there? 
By the way, my father’s name is Clair Naftzger. Thanks.Dad0 Signed—-Kathleen 
Editor’s Note: Daughter Kathleen slipped the foregoing letter in my pile of letters 
I had for the next issue of the News,. After a great deal of thought and consideration, 
I decided to include it in this issue0 Horee lovers, contact Kathleen as she would 
to correspond with you. I recall one member of our family who traveled the rodeo 
circuit but I lost contact with him many years ago. 
page seven 
RAY DIEFFENBACH OF ELIZABETH TOWN1 PENNSYLVANIA, 
Our Nafzger cousins who are farmers may find the contents of the letter from Ray Dieffenbach of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania interesting0 Ray copied the public sale notice of Jacob Naftzger that appeared in the 16 Feb 1914 issue of the Lebanon Semi Weekly News (Lebanon, Pa0) Keep in mind that Jacob N0 would have been a great grandson of Jacob Nafziger who emigrated to America in l75O 
‘Personal property will be sold at Public sale on 19 Feb 1914 on the premises: 
9 horses and mules, No01 black horse 5 yrs0 old, No02 black horse 4 yrs.old0No03 bay mare with foal, 7 yrs0old, no0 4 & 5, driving horses not afraid of anything, No0 6 & 7, pr0 black mules, 4 years old, No. 8 & 9, pr dark bay mules, 5 yrs0 old0 with each pair a single line leader0 20 head of cattle, 17 head of cows, 3 stock bulls fit for service, 35 shoats, chester whites and Poland China,:,one boar, Columbian wagons, 4 in0 tires with box good as new0 2 horse Reber wagon, good as new, spring wagon, 2 buggies cushion ned sporting wagon, one pleasure sleigh, home made truck sleigh used a few times, spring wagon, pole, new, 2 sets of hayladders, 2Oft,. long, 2 step ladders, shiftnig ladder, Osborne binder, Champion mOwer, Osborne hay tedder with 8 forks, used 1 season, Deering hay rake, Bullseye double corn planter Kentucky phosphate seed drill, good as new, oat seeder, 4 plows, 2 Wallace Syracuse, 1 Wiard, used 1 season, 3 section land roller, 2 spring harrows, smoothing harrow, Keystone weeder, corn scraper, potato plow, ridingcullivator, walking cultivator, 2 sets manure planks, manure sled, 2 wheel barrows, straw bench(cutter), bag wagon, 4 front gears, 2 hind gears, set double buggy harness, express harness, buggy harness team saddle, riding saddle and bridle, lots of collars, bridles, 4 housings, 2 check lines, lot of other lines, single double and triple trees, 2 grain cradles, lots of forks and shovels, lot of log chains, 7 milk cans, copper kettle, iron kettle, butchering outfit, grass sedd sower and many other articles too numerous to mention0 Remember these implements and harn.ess are almost as good as new0 No dinner will be served, a credit of 8 months will be given0 Sale to commence at l2;30 PM0 Jurtz and Bomberger — auctioneers0 “ 
] am certain that this list is what every good German farmer needed in the late 180015 to be a good farmer0 
MARGARETTA FREY OF NYACKI NEW YORK 
Margaretta rrey or Nyack, New York writes totéll us that she is a descendant of Matthias Nafzger who emigrated to America in 1749 through hisdaughter, Dorothy N0 who married John Kenage0 Their daughter, Barbara Kenage (born 29 Dec0 1768); died 20 Aug 1852), son of Amish Mennonite Bishop Jacob Mast who in 1750 at 12 years of age immigrated, arriving on the ship, Brotherhood with his uncle Johannes0 We cannot help Margaretta because we do not have any information on the descendants of Dorothy who married John Kenage0 The family Bible of Matthias is alleged to have been passed t.member of the John Kenage and Dorothy N0 family line0 Locating this f could vide us with some insights into the origin of the Matth 
THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS 
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