Conrad Bucher
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Franklin N. Bucher


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Franklin N. Bucher 2 3 4

  • Born: 21 Nov 1829, Douglass Twp., Montgomery, PA 1 2 4
  • Marriage (1): Mary Ann Gresh on 7 Aug 1852 in Skippack Twp., Montgomery, PA 1
  • Died: 14 Mar 1891, Boyertown, Berks, PA at age 61 1 4
  • Buried: Boyertown: Fairview Cemetery, Berks, PA 4

   Other names for Franklin were Frank N. Bucher 1 and Franklin Buchert.5

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Boyertown, Berks, PA. 6 The 1880 Census shows F. N. Bucher, age 50, saloon keeper, living with wife Mary A., age 52; Thomas, 19, laborer; Ida A., 14; and Fred, 11, laborer. All Buchers were born in Pennsylvania. Also living with them are Philip Kohler, 24, born in Bavaria, works in cigar factory; and Emil Caluse, 31, born in Baden, Germany, works in cigar factory.

2. Obituary: Berks Demokrat newspaper on 14 Mar 1891 in Boyertown, Berks, PA. 1 March 14, 1891
Another of Boyertown's estimable citizens has been called from the shores of time. Mr. Frank N. Bucher peacefully passed away in his home on Reading Avenue, just Saturday morning, after a prolonged illness of dropsy, aged 61 years, 3 months, and 23 days. He had been confined to the house for several months, but was bedfast only a few weeks.
Deceased was born on a farm in Douglass Township, Montgomery County, in 1829, and resided there until the year 1867, when he purchased the American House in Boyertown, of Adam Seiden, which he successfully conducted until 1878, when he went to Bechtelsville and took charge of the Union House there. He remained there only two years and then moved to Gilbertsville, where he kept the Gilbertsville hotel two years.
From there he returned to Boyertown and resumed the proprietorship of the American House. Soon after his return to Boyertown, in 1880, he established a livery stable in connection with his popular hostelry. Two years ago he retired from the hotel business transferring it to his eldest son, Thomas, who very successfully conducted it since then. He continued the livery business until the time of his death.
Mr. Bucher was married August 7, 1852, to Mary Ann Gresh, and six children were the fruits of this union, four of whom are still living. The surviving children are: Thomas R. Bucher; Mrs. Minerva Gilbert, of Allentown; Miss Ida Bucher, and Frederick Bucher. His wife also survives him.
Deceased was always an active citizen and life-long Democrat. He was one of the first members of the Keystone Fire Company, having joined the company in 1873, and was the treasurer of the company for many years. The engine house will be draped in mourning for thirty days out of respect to the deceased. He was also treasurer of the Gilbertsville Live Stock Insurance Company. Deceased was a much honored member of the Masonic Fraternity, having achieved the degree of Knight Templar, being a member of Commandery No. 42, of Reading.
The [funeral took place] on Thursday, and was one of the largest ever held here, as the deceased enjoyed a very large acquaintanceship. Reading Knight's Templar Commandery No. 42 accompanied by the Germania Band, Stichter Lodge No. 254 F. and A. M. of Pottstown and the members of the fraternity of Boyertown accompanied the remains to their final resting place.
They were interred with the beautiful Knight Templar rites. Rev. Freeman officiated and took his text from 2 Cor. 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven". He projected a very impressive sermon. The pall-bearers were R. Richards, Jacob Wallach, John Shaeffer, O. Grimley, A. S. Leidy, E.F. Jones and Clayton Lefever, all of Boyertown and members of Stichter Lodge, Pottstown. The floral tributes were profuse. Thus endeth the earthly career of an active and prosperous citizen. May he rest in peace.

3. Census in 1850 in Douglass Twp., Montgomery, PA. 2 Dieter Bucher, farmer, 49, was with Rachel, 48; Franklin, farmer, 20; Elizabeth, 17; and Henrietta,15. Also in the home: Frederick Boyer, 11. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. His real estate was valued at $5,000.

Franklin married Mary Ann Gresh on 7 Aug 1852 in Skippack Twp., Montgomery, PA.1 (Mary Ann Gresh was born in 1827 in , , PA,6 7 died in 1916 7 and was buried in Boyertown: Fairview Cemetery, Berks, PA 7.)


1 Berks Demokrat, 14 Mar 1891 Obituary of Frank N. Bucher.

2 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Douglass Township, Series: M432 Roll: 799 Page: 198.

3, Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, Franklin Bucher in entry for Elmina Gilbert, 12 Aug 1939.

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5 Kline, John Jacob, A history of the Lutheran Church in New Hanover, Montgomery County, Penna. (New Hanover, Pa.: The Congregation, 1910, 727 pgs.), Page 303.

6 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Boyertown, Series: T9 Roll: 1099 Page: 160.

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