Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

William Penn Scharf 1849 – 1918


My Scharf Line

William Penn Scharf 
Birth July 20, 1849 in Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania 
Death March 15 1918 in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
married
Lydia Ann Hammer
Birth July 25 1856 in Pennsylvania
Death apr 3 1947

Children:
Ralph Hammer Scharf 1892 –
Elizabeth Kurtz Scharf 1893 – 1960
James Milton Scharf 1896 –

Occupation in 1880 - Lawyer

Lydia (Hammer) Scharf holding son James Scharf
Maria (Scharf) Bentz in front

Ralph Scharf
Elizabeth Scharf, age 2, bottom right
Behind her is Annie (Lumbard) McLain holding son Alfred McLain
The Lumbard 30th Anniversary Photo showing multiple family members is here:




1860
Name: William Scharff
Age in 1860: 10
Birth Year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Selinsgrove
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Scharff 38
Ann Scharff 37
John Scharff 16
Sarah Scharff 14
Maria Scharff 12
William Scharff 10
George Scharff 8
Joseph Scharff 6
Jeremiah Scharff 6/12
Franklin Weirick 29
Jacob Baracks 56
1870
Name: Wm P Scharf
Age in 1870: 20
Birth Year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Selinsgrove
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Ann E Scharf 47
Mariah Scharf 23
Wm P Scharf 20
Geo W Scharf 18
Joseph Scharf 15
Jeremiah Scharf 10
P H Bentz 27
Henry J Bentz 2/12
1880
Name: William P. Scharf
Age: 31
Birth Year: abt 1849
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Selins Grove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Anna E. Scharf
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Lawyer
Household Members:
Name Age
Anna E. Scharf 57
William P. Scharf 31
Jeremiah B. Scharf 20
1900
Name: William P Scharf
Age: 50
Birth Date: Jul 1849
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
[Snyder] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lydia A Scharf
Marriage Year: 1891
Years Married: 9
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William P Scharf 50
Lydia A Scharf 43
Ralph H Scharf 7
Elizabeth K Scharf 6
James A Scharf 4

1910
Name: William P Scharf
Age in 1910: 60
Birth Year: 1850
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)] 
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lidia A Scharf
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William P Scharf 60
Lidia A Scharf 50
Ralph H Scharf 17
Elizabeth K Scharf 16
James M Scharf 14



March 15 1918

W.P. Scharf Died Friday

Friday morning Ex-County Sueprintendent William P. Scharf died at his home in Selinsgrove.  he is teh father of Miss Elizabeth Scharf, teacher of one of the Middleburg schools.

Mrf Scharf was born in Selinsgrove July 1849, was educated in the schools of his rown and Missionary Institute.  In the fall of 1869 he began to teach in Penn township.  He also taught in Selinsgrove and Monroe township, while Prof. William Moyer and Prof. Mr. Noteling were the county Superintendents.  While teaching in Selinsgrove, Prof. Scharf was appointed Supt. in 1877 to fill the unexpired term of Prof. Noetling who resigned to accept a position on the faculty of the Bloomsburg sState Normal school.

In 1878 he was eleveted County Supt. over Marjor Wm. H. Dill. In 1881 Moyer, Fill and Scharf were candidates.  Moyer was elevted and Prof. Scharf returned to teaching in the borough schools.

After leaving the teaching profession, Mr Scharf engaged in the railway serive until his faily health compelled him to quiet.  He was an industrious intelligent gentleman, who will be much missed in teh family and town.  he was in his 69th year.
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William P. Scharf
Succumbed on Friday
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Efficiency Won Him a High
Post in the Railroad Mail Service
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MADE CLERK IN CHARGE
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A Former Superintendent of 
the Public SChools of the
County and Studied Law
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William P. Scharf succombed March 15 to complications of diseased in his home in Selinggtove and was buried from teh late residence on Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. Dr. John B. Focht of Trinity Lutehran Church officiate and interment was made int eh UnUnion cemetery.

Mr. Scharf was a man of marked ability.  he was born July 20 1849 and served for 34 years in teh railroad mail serive, where he won successive promotions until he held for many years the responsible position of clerk in charge, being in command of the run.  Mr Scharf resigned fromthe mail service on June 1 1917 due to ill health.

The deceased man attended the public schools of Selinsgtove and later Susquehanna University, after which he studied law.  he taught school for several years, and was then made superintendent of the public schools of Snyder County.  Upon the expiration of that term he entered the mail service.

Mr Scharf was a devout and steadfast member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.  His sterling worth and kind personality won him the admiring friendship of all who knew him.

Mr Scharf is survived by his widow and three children:
Miss Elizabeth, a teacher at the middleburg public schools;
Lieut. Ralph H with the American Expeditionary Forces
And James M. at Camp Greenleaf, For (? Oylenthorpe?)

Other surviving members of ths family are: 
his sister Mrs Joseph A. Lumbard of Selinsgrove
Brothers George W. of Candor NY
Jerry B. of Cumberland MD and
Joseph of Richmond W. VA
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Mrs Lydia A. Scharf
Dies At Age Of 91

Mrs Lydia Ann Hammer Scharf, 91, widow of William P. Scharf, died at 11pm Thursday at her home, 7 West Pine Street, following a long illness.  Mrs. Scharf suffered a cerebral hermorrhage Thanksgiving Day and had been bedfast since.

Mrs Scharf was born in Wrightsville, July 25 1856 the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth hppenstall Hammer.  She married William P. Schard February 26 1891, and he died March 15 1918.  She is survived by two sons, and one daughter
Ralph Scharf Grand Rapids Mich
Rev. James M. Scharf, Loganton
Elizabeth Scharf, teacher of the fourth grade in the Pine Street School.
Also surviving are three grand children. 
Three sisters and one brother proceeded her in death.

She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Professor Brungarts bible Class

Funeral services will be helf Monday at 10am at the Montgomery Funeral home.  Rev. John Heller, her pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be at Union Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday afternoon and evening until the hour of Service Monday.

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April 3, 1947

Mrs Lydia A. Scharf was Interred Monday

Funeral Services were conducted Monday for Mrs. Lydia Ann Hammer Scharf, 91, widow of William P Scharf, who died late Thursda at her home in West Pine Street.  Obsequies were helf frmo the Montgomery Funeral Home in South Market Street.  The Rev. John Heller, pstor of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiated and internment was in Union Cemetery.

Born in Wrightsville July 25 1856, Mrs Scharf was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Heppenstall Hammer.  She and Mr Scharf were married February 26, 1891.  Mr Scharf preceeded her in death 29 years ago.  She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Brungart bible Class of that church's Sunday School.  Mrs Scharf was one of the towns oldest residents.  She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Thanksgiving day and was restricted to her bed since that time.

She is survive by two sones, Ralph H. Scharf of Grand Rapids Michigan, and the Rev. James M. Scharf of Loganton; and a daughter Miss Elizabeth K. Scharf, and instructor of the fourth grade of Selinsgrove schools.  Three grandchildren also survive.
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The Above record is transcribed here:

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