Charles J. Shaffer
(1862-1906)
Matilda Polk
(1865-1947)
Florence M. Shaffer
(1891-1975)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Dr. John Clayton Kistler

2. William J. Stem

Florence M. Shaffer 3

  • Born: 22 Jun 1891, Hazleton, Luzerne, PA 2 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Dr. John Clayton Kistler in 1926 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 1
  • Marriage (2): William J. Stem on 11 Jan 1911 in Siegfried, Lehigh, PA, USA 2
  • Died: 28 Jun 1975, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 84 3 5
  • Buried: 1 Jul 1975, Allentown: Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States 3

   Other names for Florence were Florence M. Schaeffer,6 Florence M. Schaffer 2 4 and Flora Shafer.7

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She appeared on the census in 1900 in Hazleton, Luzerne, PA. 8 The 1900 census recorded owning a home at 585 NE Church Street: Charles Shaffer, agent dry goods, 38, born May 1862, living with wife Tilla, 34, Jun 1865; and daughter Florence M., 8, Jun 1881. All were born in Pennsylvania, with the parents of Charles and Tilla born in Germany. Charles and Tilla were married for 10 years and had birthed only 1 child by 1900.
Next door at 587 NE Church Street is Henry Shaffer, agent dry goods, 35, Dec 1864, married for 13 years to wife Ida E., 35, Sep 1864. With them are children: Bessie B., 12, May 1888; and Earl K., 7, Mar 1893. All were born in Pennsylvania and Henry's parents were born in Germany.

2. She appeared on the census in 1910 in Hazleton, Luzerne, PA. 9 The 1910 census recorded at 601 N. Church Street: Mrs. Matilda Shaffer, widowed, 45, living with her daughter, Florence, music teacher, 18. The census states Matilda had birthed only one child by 1910. Matilda was born in Pennsylvania but her parents were born in Germany. Florence and her parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Residence: on 11 Jan 1911 in Hazleton, Luzerne, PA. 2

4. She appeared on the census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 The 1920 census recorded owning a home at 132 17th Street: Matilda Schaffer, widowed, 55, living with son-in-law William J. Stem, inspector steel works, 28, and his wife and Matilda's daughter Florence M. Stem, 28; and their child Betty J. Stem, 5 years 9 months. They and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except Matilda's parents were born in Germany.

5. She appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 The 1930 census recorded renting a home at at 108 North 8th Street: John C. Kistler, physician, 35, living with wife Florence M., 38; stepdaughter Betty J. Stem, 16; and mother-in-law Matilda Shaffer, 64. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except Matilda's parents were born in Germany.

6. She appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 4 The 1940 census recorded owning a $9300 home at 108 North 8th Street: John Kistler, medical doctor private practice, 46, living with wife Florence, 48; and mother-in-law Mateldro Schaffer, 75. They were all born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

7. Obituary: Allentown Morning Call: obituaryof Mrs. Florence M. Kistler on 30 Jun 1975 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3 Mrs. John Kistler, wife of physician

Mrs. Florence M. Kistler, 84, of Lehigh Manor Nursing Home, Allentown, died Saturday in Allentown Hospital. She was the wife of Dr. John C. Kistler, also of the Lehigh Nursing Home, a. former president of the Allentown Hospital Board of Trustees. Born in Hazleton, a daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Polk) Shaffer, Mrs. Kistler was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. She was a former director of the department of fine arts and the home department of the Allentown Woman's Club, a member of the Allentown Garden Club and a life member of the Lehigh Country Club. Surviving with her husband are a daughter, Betty K., wife of Hubert Bury of Allentown, and two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being made by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 1601 Hamilton St., Allentown.


Florence married Dr. John Clayton Kistler in 1926 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.1 (Dr. John Clayton Kistler was born on 18 Apr 1894 in Lansford, Carbon, PA, USA 4 12 and died in Aug 1977 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.)


Florence next married William J. Stem, son of Leo A. Stem and Belinda J. Breinig, on 11 Jan 1911 in Siegfried, Lehigh, PA, USA.2 (William J. Stem was born in May 1892 in Bethlehem, Lehigh, PA 2 13.)


Sources


1 Ancestry.com, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951, Marriage License 532821. Florence M. Stem and John C. Kistler.

2 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF4N-69Y William J. Stem and Florence M. Schaffer, 11 Jan 1911; citing Siegfried, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 2080100.

3 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jun 1975, page 12. Obituary of Mrs. Florence Kistler.

4 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQC9-JP1 ), John Kistler, Ward 4, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-11, sheet 5A, family 116, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3542.

5 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J2Q5-9ZJ Florence Kistler, Jun 1975; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

6 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFW9-1R7 John C. Kistler in entry for Hubert H. Bury and Betty Jane Kistler, 06 Jun 1936; citing Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 2080351.

7 Hubert Bury, Letter from Hubert H. Bury, March 1, 2004.

8 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3QM-45H Charles Shaffer, Hazleton city Ward 9, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 3A, family 47, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241432.

9 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MG4P-M66 , Mrs. Matilda Shaffer, Hazleton Ward 9, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48, sheet 5A, family 103, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375380.

10 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Allentown Ward 13, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1589; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 427.

11 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQN-N29 John C Kistler, Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0008, sheet 2B, family 56, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2062.

12 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFY-JDD John Clayton Kistler, 1942.

13 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M335-ZXP Leo A Stein, West Bethlehem borough Ward 2-3, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 20A, family 463, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241429.



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