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Peter Franklin Spengler (Pappy Spengler) Oct 13, 1856 - July 5, 1928, age 72
Sarah (Sallie) M. Hiester Spengler (Mammy Spengler) Aug 13, 1850 - Sep 22, 1926, age 76
Buried at Zion Blue Mountain, Strausstown

Mammy was the daughter of Joseph and Maria (Miller) Hiester. She was one of at least six sisters, one of whom, Kate, survived her. She was confirmed Lutheran at Zion Blue Mountain on April 3, 1869 by Pr. Aaron Finfrock.

Pappy was the grandson of Peter Reber, a person of some fame in Strausstown, known as “Der Pater,” (godfather) because of the large number of children he and his wife (known as “Goad” or godmother) sponsored. “Der Pater” was a farmer who sold his farm to his son-in-law, Adam Spengler (Pappy’s father). In a newspaper article he mentioned that “the war inflated prices immensely.” Since he was born in 1814 and died in 1901, I presume he meant the civil war.

Pappy was confirmed at Northkill Reformed in Bernville on March 30, 1872 by Pr. Thomas Leinbach. He did odd jobs around Strausstown, and was also a fertilizer salesman. He and Samuel Berger occasionally worked at Sam Spatz’s farm for a dollar a day—they would leave early in the morning and still get to the farm before Sam Spatz was out of bed! He and Mammy Spengler were also baptismal sponsors for many, many children in Strausstown. He was the sexton of the church, and he and Mammy lived in the sexton’s house across the street from the church; it was also a small farm, where he had horses, cows and chickens. Part of his job was to ring the bell at noon to let the farmers know it was time for dinner; a rope came down from the tower and he used to let Aunt Carrie think she was ringing the bell, when she really wasn’t strong enough. Town records show the dinner bell stopped being rung about 1915. Pappy was an officer of the church, a Reformed elder, and a member of Washington Camp No. 664, POS of A.

Pappy’s sister (Grandma Unger’s aunt) was Diana Spengler Reber (Auntie Diana), who lived on Penn Avenue in what Mom and her friend Julia called “The Spanish House,” which was close to where Julia lived. Auntie Diana was housekeeper to a Mr. Faust, a rich man who actually went to Florida every year. She and Grandma Unger weren’t particularly close, but Mom has several souvenirs from Florida (Holland shoes, little cedar chest) which Auntie Diana brought back for her.

Aunt Carrie remembered the two-seater outhouse where she and Mammy would sing duets! Mammy had a beautiful alto voice. There was a big cherry tree by the farm that Helen remembered liking to climb. Later, Pappy and Mammy bought a house in town. Pappy is famous in our family for appreciating my mother’s name: Betty. “Much easier to say than this Katerina (Kathryn).” Aunt Carrie spoke of how much she had loved them, what wonderful people they were. They spent the last few years of their lives living in West Lawn with their only surviving child, Alice. (They had one son who died Oct 6, 1874.) Mammy died first, of cancer; services were held by Rev. H.A. Herman at Grandpa Unger’s house, and then further services were held in Strausstown by Rev. Klick. When Pappy died, services were held at Ungers again by Rev. Weber and then in Strausstown by Rev. Ruth. His obituary lists the tributes, among them are the blanket from the Calvin Ungers and a hand bouquet from Katherine (sic), Russell and Betty;

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