In 1850, a young man by the name of George Amschler arrived in America aboard the President Smidt.
This passenger list describes George as a coppersmith, and after he arrived in Perry County, he not only had that occupation, but was also described as a tinner and a gunsmith.
Ten years earlier, a 6 year old girl by the name of Anna Lang arrived aboard the Clementine. Her parents were Johann and Magdalena (Harz) Lang. They lived near what later became the town of Longtown (which was actually originally named Lang Town).
In 1853, George and Anna were married. The number of children born into this family was in the double digits, and as a result, there became plenty of people with the surname Amschler around Perry County. We have this photo of Anna Amschler taken much later in her life.
Today we will focus on the baby of that family, Adolf Andreas Amschler (who would have the initials A.A.A.)
Adolf was born on December 20, 1875. A few of the records in our German Family Tree indicate that Adolf was born in Longtown. My best guess is that Adolf was baptized at the Friedenberg church. In 1877, we see some of the older Amschler siblings getting confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Adolf was confirmed there in 1889. This photo of Adolf shows him when he was rather young.
Now we finally get to an event that took place on November 10th (also Martin Luther’s birthday). Adolf found a bride in Frohna. Her name was Emma Mueller. In a recent post, the story was told of several Mueller women from Uniontown that moved to Frohna and Wittenberg. Adolf’s story is one where he manages to bring a Frohna Mueller to Uniontown. Emma was the daughter of Joseph and Ernestine (Thomas) Mueller. This photo is supposed to be one of Joseph and Ernestine Mueller. However, Joseph married twice, and both wives were named Ernestine. Emma’s mother died in 1886 at the age of 36. He then married the second Ernestine, but Joseph then died in 1891 at the age of 45.
I will let you decide which Ernestine would be in this photo. I will even let you decide if you think this is actually Joseph and Ernestine. To me, they both look to be older than 45 years of age.
Adolf and Emma were married on November 10, 1898. Here is their marriage license.
The wedding ceremony was conducted by Rev. William Zschoche, the pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Here is their wedding photo.
It’s another black and white wedding dress for her and a one button at the top suitcoat for him.
In the first census in which we find Adolf after he married, he has the occupation of blacksmith in Uniontown. The story is told that Adolf’s older brother, George, who carried his father’s name, owned a hardware store in Uniontown. Here is a photo of George.
The photo below shows this store.
The sign says, “G.E. Amschler – Stoves-Tinware”. The photo also shows the Michael Bock harness shop on the right. Some of the people identified in this photo are as follows: Adolf Amschler (second from left), John Untereiner next to him holding the beer keg, then probably John’s wife holding the beer tray, George Amschler (sixth from left in vest), then Michael Bock and his family.
In Adolf’s obituary which will be shown later, it says that Adolf bought the hardware store in 1906 and owned it until the last few years of his life when he became ill with cancer. On this map of Uniontown from a 1915 atlas, we can see the land which was owned by A.A. Amschler.
The present-day intersection between Highway 61 and Highway A was not there yet. It would later be constructed and that intersection would be about where the boundary is between the R.G. Telle and Amelia Frenzel properties are on this map. The saddlery on the Michael Bock property may have been where the hardware store was located.
The Amschlers had two children….both girls. One of these two died at the age of 16. A photograph was taken later in the lives of Adolf and Emma.
Adolf died in 1939. Here is his death certificate. It says he died of cancer of the face and neck.
Emma would not die until 1962. She also succumbed to cancer. Hers was colon cancer. Here is her death certificate.
We have images of both Adolf and Emma’s obituaries.
Adolf Amschler died in 1939 at just about the same time another Adolf was wreaking havoc in Europe. That Adolf’s actions would lead America into World War II. After Adolf Amschler died in 1939, the first name of Adolf pretty much disappears from use in the United States. But it was not the hardware store owner from Uniontown who was the cause.
I am not an expert on this subject, but since I know that a rather well-known citizen of Perry County, Mary Jane Buchheit, is the granddaughter of George Amschler, I am guessing that there may be a connection between this old, old hardware store in Uniontown with the large Buchheit Stores that we find around here these days. That family seems to be well-supplied with merchants of several varieties.