DANIEL B. FERTICH

 
Daniel B. Fertich standing with his grandchildren:
Russell James (son of Franklin Peter "Frank" Fertich) and
Mary Alice (daughter of Arthur Albert Fertich)
 
Alice (Hornberger) Fertich
 
Alice
 
Alice at her well
 
Daniel Fertich homestead
535 Catawissa Avenue in Sunbury
 
DANIEL B.
1856 - 1933
ALICE HORNBERGER HIS WIFE
1859 - 1941
FERTICH
 
Daniel B. "Dan" Fertich was born in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on April 3, 1856, the son of Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich and Anna Bolich1,2,3.  Daniel began farming as a young man and relocated with his family to Barry Township, following the early parting of his father, around 18633 Daniel was approximately five feet, eleven inches tall and always spoke with a German accent4.
 
Daniel married Alice "Harriet" Hornberger on August 19, 1882 in Ashland5. Alice was born on January 30, 1859 in Lavelle5,6.  Daniel and Alice were of the Lutheran faith4.  They were blessed with four children together: Arthur Albert, Alma Edith, Franklin Peter and Chester Daniel7,8,9,10.
 
Daniel's family relocated to Sunbury, Northumberland County sometime prior to 18928,9,10,11.  The family began renting a home at 447 Catawissa Avenue and later purchased a two-story house at 535 Catawissa Avenue by 19058,9,12.
 
Daniel was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a railroad car repairman at the Northumberland shops13.  Daniel had a long service for the company and was placed on the roll of honor13.  He was known as one of the best railroad men in the area13.  Daniel had a large circle of friends and was a prominently known city resident13.
 
Daniel was also a consistent member of the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America (P.O.S. of A.), Washington Camp No. 260 in Lavelle14.  His membership was recorded from 1917 to 1926 while his nephew, Charles Henry Fertich, maintained the dues ledger14.
 
In mid December 1933, Daniel fell down the stairs in his house and evidently suffered a heart attack or stoke4.  Two weeks later, at 12:45 a.m. on December 26, 1933, Daniel passed away at home at 77 years of age5,6.  His death made the front page of The Sunbury Daily newspaper13.  Daniel's funeral service began at 2:30 p.m. on December 29th from his home, under the charge of Reverend J. E. Brenneman of the Catawissa Avenue Methodist Church13.  The following text was preached: Isaiah 22:23, "And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.5"
 
Eight years later, Alice died on December 27, 1941 at 10:30 p.m. at the age of 825,6.  The service was conducted by Reverend F. B. Barton with the text: Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.5 Daniel and Alice were both buried at the Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury6.   
 
CHILDREN OF DANIEL B. AND ALICE:
Arthur Albert, born May 14, 1884, married Ruth Lee Vought and died February 1965
Alma Edith, born July 15, 1886 and died December 6, 1968
Franklin Peter "Frank", born July 31, 1888, married Eva Blanche Straub and died October 6, 1975
Chester Daniel, born October 24, 1899, married Florence G. Soles and died January 1968
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1856 Birth and baptismal certificate of Daniel B. Fertich.
This original document has been handed down and preserved through the line of Daniel B. Fertich.
Geburts und Tauf-Schein.
Diesen beiden Ehegatten, als Adam Fertig
und seiner ehelichen Hausfrau Anna
eine geborene ??Bolligen?? ist ein ??Sohn?? zur Welt
geboren, den 3. ??tag?? April im Jahr unseres Herrn,
1856.  Dieses Kind ist geboren in Butler Township
in Schuylkill Caunty, im Staat Pennsylvanien, in
Nord-Amerika, und erhiest durch die heilige Taufe den Namen
Daniel und ist getauft worden den
_______  von dem ??Ehrw.??
Die Tauf-Zeugen waren.
 
English Translation:
Birth and baptismal certificate.
To these two spouses, Adam Fertig
and his wedded housewife Anna
born a Bollig, is born a son into the world,
this 3rd day of April in the Year of our Lord,
1856.  This child is born in Butler Township
in Schuylkill County, in the State of Pennsylvania, in
North America, and by holy baptism is given the name
Daniel and was baptized _______.
The baptism witnesses were:
 
2. 1860 Census of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
3. 1870 Census of Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
4. Correspondence with Mary Alice (Fertich) Benfer, granddaughter of Daniel B. Fertich.
Mary Alice is the daughter of Arthur Albert Fertich.  The following is a summary of a conversation with Mary Alice on August 1, 2003:
 
Daniel and Alice lived in a two-story house at 535 Catawissa Avenue in Sunbury.  At the top of the steps of the second floor, a bathroom was straight ahead and to the side was a long hallway with three bedrooms.  Around the middle of December in 1933, Daniel likely got confused going to the bathroom and he fell down the stairs and evidently had a heart attack or stoke.  He died on December 26, 1933 in his house.
 
One day before his death, Daniel called everyone into his room and he said that he wanted Mary Alice to have the family piano and that he wanted it moved the next day.  Mary Alice thought that he wanted it moved to make room for people to attend his funeral in the house.  Mary said that a lot of the Fertich men that attended the funeral looked very similar to each other.
 
Daniel and Alice were Lutherans. Daniel was probably about five feet, eleven inches tall.  Mary Alice remembers Daniel speaking with a German accent.
 
Mary Alice remembers her aunt Alma talking about the Bolich family a lot and how they owned the area of Lavelle and the mountain in which coal was found on.
 
5. Correspondence with Russell James Fertich, grandson of Daniel B. Fertich.
Russell is the son of Franklin Peter Fertich.  The following handwritten information was obtained from Russell in a letter dated August 23, 1989.  This information was likely written by Franklin Peter Fertich.
 
Daniel B. Fertich born Lavelle Schuylkill Co. Pa Apr. 3. - 1856
Alice Hornberger born Lavelle Schuylkill Co. Jan 30-1859
Daniel B. Fertich of Lavelle Pa. and Miss Alice Hornberger of Lavelle Pa were joined in Holy Wedlock Aug 19. in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Two at Ashland Pa. by Rev. T. Asher Hess.
1. Arthur Albert Fertich born Ashland Pa May 14.-1884
2. Alma Edith Fertich born Ashland Pa. July 15 - 1886
3. Franklin Peter Fertich born Ashland Pa. July 31 - 1888
4. Chester Daniel Fertich born Sunbury Pa. Oct. 24-1899
Daniel B. Fertich died Dec. 26-1933 at 12.45 A.M., Age 77 yrs. 8 mo. 23 days. Rev. J. E. Breimerman Text Isaiah 22-23.
Alice Hornberger Fertich died Dec. 27-1941 at 10.30 P.M., Age 82 yrs. 10 mo. 27 day. Rev. L. B. Barton Text Philippians Chapter 1 Verse 21
 
6. Tombstones of Daniel B. Fertich and Alice (Hornberger) Fertich.
The tombstones are located at the Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Directions: Take US Route 11/15 to Sunbury.  Follow signs to "Sunbury/ Rte. 147" and cross over the Susquehanna River.  Take Route 147 North (North Front Street).  Go 1.3 miles and turn right unto Packer Street.  Go 0.7 miles and turn left into the lower cemetery entrance (Note: As you are on Packer Street there will be a dogleg (quick right then left) in the road after you pass Sixth Street).  From the entrance off of Packer Street, drive about 100 feet and there will be a three way split in the road.  It will split to the left, slightly to the right and sharp to the right.  Take the split that is slightly to the right.  Drive about 200 feet and the road will split again.  Take the left split.  Drive about 150 feet and you will pass a road on the left. Don't turn onto it, just stay straight.  Drive about 200 feet and turn right onto a road just before a large mausoleum with the name "A. Oppenheimer" written on it.  Drive about 300 feet and look on the left for a small mausoleum with the name "Malick" written on it.  In smaller letters it says " Elmer V. Malick and Clara M.".  You can go ahead and park your car right here.  Daniel's family tombstone is on the right side of the street, opposite the "Malick" mausoleum, about 100 feet from the road or about 9 tombstones in.  The tombstones were photographed and transcribed on April 18, 2003.
F., DANIEL B., 1856 - 1933
ALICE HORNBERGER, HIS WIFE, 1859 - 1941
FERTICH
 
A GENEALOGIST'S GUIDE TO BURIALS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, VOLUME I, Compiled by Joseph A. Meiser, Jr., B.S., Ph. D., pages 95 and 170.
Cemetery 4 - Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Catawissa Ave., Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Aug. 5, 1982
Fertich, Daniel B., 4/3/1856-12/26/1933
spouse: Alice Hornberger, 1/30/1859-12/27/1941
 
7. Writings of Esther E. (Fertich) Hummel, daughter of Jermiah T. Fertich.
For more information, see the reference section for Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
 
8. 1900 Census of Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Daniel B. Fertich family.
447 Catawissa Ave; Daniel B Fertich, head, born Apr. 1857, age 43, married 17 years, laborer, rented house; Alice Fertich, wife, born Jan. 1859, age 41, married 17 years; Authur A. Fertich, son, born May 1884, age 15; Alma E. Fertich, daughter, born July 1886, age 13; Franklin P. Fertich, son, born July 1888, age 11; Chester D. Fertich, son, born Oct 1899, age 2/12
 
9. 1910 Census of Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Daniel B. Fertich family.
Daniel Fertich, head, age 54, married 28 years, carpenter on railroad, owned house; Alice Fertich, wife, age 51, married 28 years; Authur Fertich, son, age 25, carpenter at house; Alma E. Fertich, daughter, age 23, silk mill; Franklin P. Fertich, son, age 21, carpenter at house; Chester D. Fertich, son, age 10
 
10. 1930 Census of Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Daniel B. Fertich family.
535 Catawissa Ave; Daniel Fertich, head, house owned, $4000 value, age 74, married, age 30 first married, retired; Alice Fertich, wife-h, age 71, married, age 30 first married; Alma Fertich, daughter, age 43, silk mill; Chester Fertich, son, age 30, garage
 
11. 1892 Property purchase by Julia Ann (Yoder) Fertich.
For more information, see the reference section for Benjamin Franklin Fertich.
 
12. 1905 to 1933 Sunbury Directory, Fertich families.
WILLIAMS’ SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1905
Fertich Arthur A., laborer, bds, 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Blanche F., clerk, bds 229 S Third
Fertich Daniel B., laborer, h 535 Catawissa av (Alice)
Fertich Millie, laborer silk mill, bds, 1255 E Market
Fertich Nathan, conductor P R R. h 229 S Third
 
WILLIAMS’ SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1909
Fertich Alma E, weaver, res 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Arthur A, carpenter, res 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Daniel B, laborer, h 535 Catawissa av (Alice)
Fertich Franklin P, carpenter, res 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Millie, employee silk mill, res 1255 Market
 
SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1912
Fertich, Alma E, emp silk mill, res 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Arthur A, carpenter, res 535 Catawissa av
Fertich Daniel B, emp P R R, h 535 Catawissa av (Alice)
Fertich Franklin P, carpenter, h 1038 Masser (Eva B)
 
SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1915
Fertich Alma E, silk wkr, res 535 Catawissa av.
Fertich Arthur A (Ruth), carp, h rr 535 Catawissa av.
Fertich Charles, carp, bds, 121 N 5th.
Fertich Daniel B (Alice), lab, h 535 Catawissa av.
Fertich Frank P (Eva B), carp, h 1038 Masser.
 
SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1927
Fertich Alma E millwkr r535 Catawissa av
Fertich Chester D lab r535 Catawissa av
Fertich Danl B (Alice) reprmn h535 Catawissa av
 
SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1929
Fertich Alma E millwkr r535 Catawissa av
Fertich Chester D lab r535 Catawissa av
Fertich Danl B (Alice) reprmn h535 Catawissa av
 
SUNBURY DIRECTORY 1933
Fertich Alma E silkwkr r535 Catawissa av
Fertich Danl B (Alice) h535 Catawissa av
 
13. 1933 Obituary for Daniel B. Fertich.
The Sunbury Daily, SUNBURY, PA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1933. FRONT PAGE
DANIEL B. FERTICH, CALLED BY DEATH
Retired P.R.R. Car Repairman Passes Away At His Home This Morning.
Daniel B. Fertich, 535 Catawissa Avenue, retired Pennsylvania railroad employee and prominently known city resident, passed away at 12.45 o’clock this morning at his home after a two week’s illness.  Mr. Fertich suffered a fall at his home after which complications developed and he gradually declined until the peaceful end today.  The deceased was born in Butler Township, Schuylkill county, the son of Adam and Anna Fertich and was aged 77 years, 8 months and 23 days.  He had resided in this city for many years and was well known among a large circle of friends.  After long service as a car repairman on the Pennsylvania railroad at the Northumberland shops Mr. Fertich was placed on the roll of honor.  He was one of the best known railroad men in this locality.  Surviving to mourn his loss are his widow, four children, Arthur of Milton, Frank of Allentown, Chester of Hummel’s Wharf and Alma at home; five grandchildren and one brother Jerry Fertich, of Lavelle.  Funeral services over the remains will be held from the late home at 2.30 o’clock Friday afternoon in charge of Rev. J. E. Brenneman of Catawissa Avenue Methodist Church.  Interment will be made in Pomfret Manor cemetery.
 
The Sunbury Daily, SUNBURY, PA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1933.
Funeral services for Daniel B. Fertich, 535 Catawissa Ave., retired Pennsylvania Railroad employee and well known city resident, were held from his late home at 2.30 o’clock this afternoon in charge of Rev. J. E. Brenneman of Catawissa Avenue M.E. Church. Burial will be made in Pomfret Manor cemetery.
 
14. The Patriotic Order of the Sons of America (P.O.S. of A.), Washington Camp No. 260, Lavelle, Dues Ledger.
For more information, see the reference section for Charles Henry Fertich.
 
15. Correspondence with Arlene Blanche (Fertich) Brown, granddaughter of Daniel B. Fertich.
Arlene Blanche is the daughter of Franklin Peter Fertich.  The following is an e-mail from Arlene dated February 14, 2004:
 
Yes, I remember my Grandpa Fertich very much. I remember him taking my hand and walking down town in Sunbury.  When we came home (quite a hill to clime) a storm came up, getting close to the house I got scared and broke away from him and ran screaming to my Mother who was standing on the porch. Over the years I often told that story. I was about 4 or 5 years old. He also taught me how to draw the bucket of water from the well in the back yard, however I was much older before I was allowed to do it by myself. I remember Aunt Alma living in the little house at the end of their yard. I don't know if you are interested in this little story, but your question brought back memories.   Thanks for asking.  Arlene
 
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