- Born: May 1869, Reading, Pennsylvania
- Marriage: Fanny May Hagen on 28 Jul 1893 in Reading, Berks Co., PA. 138
- Died: 24 May 1942, Reading, Berks Co., PA. at age 73
- Buried: 28 May 1942, Aulenbach Cemetery, Reading, Berks Co., PA
Cause of his death was Arteriosclerosis.
The 1870 U.S. Census for Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, Reading P. O., page 805A, dated July 14, 1870 records Will Schaeffer (1 - PA) living with his parents Henry (47 - PA) and Charl (46 - PA) Schaefer and siblings Martha Schaefer (19 - PA), Henry Schaefer (18 - PA), Frankl Schaefer (16 - PA), Geo Schaefer (12 - PA), Charl Schaefer (11 - PA), Thom Schaefer (9 - PA), and Sus Schaefer (4 - PA). Note: Abreviated given names due to fading of the writing.
The 1880 U.S. Census for Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, District 44, page 121A, dated June 5, 1880 records William Schaeffer (11 - PA/PA/PA) living with his parents Henry (52 - PA/PA/PA) and Charlotta (57 - PA/PA/PA) Schaeffer and siblings Franklin Schaeffer (24 - PA), George Schaeffer (22 - PA), Lotta Schaeffer (20 - PA), Thomas E. Schaeffer (18 - PA), and Susan Schaeffer (14 - PA) living at 932 Franklin Street. Also in the household is Henry's step daughter, Martha Coleman (26 - PA/PA/PA). Henry is employed as a Brick Maker while Franklin, George, and Thomas are Hat Finishers. Martha "Works in a Hat Factory".
The 1900 U.S. Census for Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, ED# 52, page 195B records William (May 1869) and Anna (May 1864) [Hagen] Schaeffer with children Annie Mary (Feb 1886), Martin L. (May 1887), Martha (May 1894), William (July 1895), and Sarah June 1897) living at 107 Peach Street. Also in the household are Harry (Oct 1879) and Minnie (Nov 1871) Heagen [Hagen], brother and sister of Annie Schaeffer. [Harry and Minnie's mother has died and their father is living in the Berks Co., Almshouse ... see general notes on their father, Joshua Hagen] William and Anna have been married for 8 years and have had 5 children. William is employed as a "Driver Engine Co."
The 1910 U.S. Census for Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, 3rd Ward, ED# 54 , page 71A records William (38) and Fannie (Hagen) (37) Schaeffer with children Martin (22), Martha (15), William H. (14), and Sarah G. (12) living at 107 Peach Street. William and Fannie have been married 17 years with 5 children all of whom are still living. William works in a Butcher Shop.
The 1920 (ED 61, page 164B) and 1930 (ED 11, page 51B) Federal Census Reading, Pa. records William (50) and Fannie A. Schaeffer (50) living at 121 South 10th Street. William's employment is listed as a Deputy Sheriff and then Private Constable while William's son-in-law, Harry Yocum, is an electrical engineer at the Hosiery Mill. In 1920, also listed in the household is son William H. Schaeffer (23). Also listed is Harry E. Yocum (24) and wife Martha M (25-daughter of William and Fannie). In 1930, Harry and Martha Yocum have children Arlene F. (8) and Harry E. Jr. (6) Yocum. They are listed in the household of William (60) and Fannie (61) Scheaffer (sic).
See general notes on his son-in-law, Harry E. Yocum (husband to his daughter, Martha), for 1930 & 1940 census facts.
See general notes on his wife, Fanny May Hagen, for burial information.
From the Wednesday May 27, 1942 Reading Eagle, page 26:
SCHAEFFER - On the 24th inst., WILLIAM husband of Fannie (nee Hazen (sic)] Schaeffer, aged 72 years.
Services from the Cramp Funeral Home, 839 Washington St. Thursday at 2 p. m. Interment at Aulenbach's Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday evening, 7 to 9 p. m.
From the Monday May 25, 1942 Reading Eagle, page 16:
William Schaeffer, 72, Succumbs at His Home
William Schaeffer, of 121 South Tenth St., for nearly 24 years a Reading constable, died yesterday at his home at the age of 72.
For 17 years he served with alderman Frank J. Printz, of the Third Ward, and filled several terms before that. His last term expired in 1939.
A son of the late Henry and Charlotte Shaeffer, he was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Veteran's Fireman Association, Freindship Fire Company, George Meade Camp, 16, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Friendship Commandery, Knights of Malta.
Surviving besides his widow, Fannie (Hagen) Schaeffer, are two sons, William H. of Shillington, and Martin L. Mohn, of Reading; two daughters, Martha, wife of Harry Yocum, of Reading, and Annie, wife of Ralph Smelser, of Milwaukee, Wis.; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Camp Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. Arthur Naugle officiating. Burial will be at Aulenbach's Cemetery.
Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944
Name: William Schaeffer
Residence: 121 South 10th Street
Occupation: Retired Constable
Birth Date: 27 May 1869
Birth Place: Reading, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 24 May 1942
Death Place: Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania
Burial: Father Name: Henry Schaeffer
Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Charlotte
Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Spouse Name: Fannie Schaeffer
Certificate Number: 44517
Informant: Mrs. Harry Yocum (daughter) of 121 S. 10th Street
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Driver for Engine Co. (1900) / Butcher Shop (1910) / Machinist, locomotive shop (1920) / Private Constable (1930).
William married Fanny May Hagen, daughter of Joshua Hagen and Sarah Ellen Reese, on 28 Jul 1893 in Reading, Berks Co., PA..138 (Fanny May Hagen was born in May 1864 in Reading, Berks Co., PA, died in Feb 1946 in Reading, Berks Co., PA. and was buried on 9 Feb 1946 in Aulenbach Cemetery, Reading, Berks Co., PA.)
The Berks Register of WIlls records the marriage of William Schaeffer and Fannie Hagen on July 28, 1893. He is 24 years of age living at 932 Franklin Street in Reading while Fannie is 28 years of age living at 1045 Muhlenbert Street in Rerading.
William's parents are Henry and Charlotte and Fannie's parents are Joshua and [blank]. William's occupation is brickmason. Vol: 12, Page: 531