This photo is submitted by Ernest Heim who lives on Chestnut Ridge, north of the Village of Rough and Ready, and south of the Village of Greenbriar. The information below is also attributed to “Mammy” Rebuck who gave this picture to Mabel E. (Snyder) Rebuck, granddaughter of Samuel Mauser, Christmas of 1980. The time is identified by “Mammy” Rebuck as 1909. Barbara Baumbert also provided information about the photo, as well as Janet Stutz who lives on the Samuel Mauser homestead today. Janet’s farm is named “Hebe Hills” and is located approximately 1 mile west of Hebe.
Center sitting is Samuel Mauser (April 2, 1842-July 11, 1914) and Magdalena (Lesher) Mauser (March 21, 1844-Dec. 3, 1918)
Samuel Mauser’s oldest daughter Mary and her family to the left: Samuel Pierce Heim, son of William and Lucy Ann (Rebak) married Mary (Mauser) Heim. Mary was confirmed in 1885 by Rev. Hottenstein at David’s Reformed Church in Hebe. Samuel P. Heim was born at the farm now the residence of Ernest Heim. An early birth and baptism document records: George Heim and his wife Catharina Ertman have a son born 29 July, 1828, born in Loher Machotunky, Schuylkill County. This son named William baptized 14th September, 1828, by Rev. Nicholaus Hemping. Witness: George Clark and wife Elizabeth. This is the William Heim who later lived on the Ernest and Sandra Heim farm, on Chestnut Ridge.
Gertrude Heim in front of Samuel P. Heim. Gertrude married Edgar Erdman.
William Heim held by Mary Heim. William is recalled for his mechanical abilities and worked as a mechanic in the Village of Erdman for Ray and Leon Leitzel. William married Verde Morgan.
Mabel Heim sitting on the blanket holding a doll. She married Miles Erdman.
John Heim, the oldest son, stands behind his mother. John could communicate with Aunt Polly, who was deaf and dumb, by sign language as Polly often visited with the Samuel P. Heim family.
Harlan Raymond Heim (father of Ernest and Raymond) was born June of 1903. He is standing between Mary and grandfather Samuel. Harlan first married Beula Abby (Maurer) Heim. Beula had 3 children before she married Harlan. They were Lester Maurer, June Maurer and Clarence Maurer. Harlan and Beula had 2 children, Raymond and Ernest.
Standing in the center is the youngest daughter, Sarah ( Mauser) Winkleman, later of Oregon.
Step sister Polly Raudenbush stands next to Sarah Winkleman. Polly is the daughter of Magdalena, (single). Polly was deaf and dumb.
The Lewis Snyder Family is on the right. Lewis married Louisa Mauser who was the middle daughter. Lewis (1887-1957), Louisa (1880-1937). Mabel (Snyder) Rebuck sits on the lap of Lewis. Mabel is 3 years old.
Ferdinand Maaser, the father of Samuel is named as living in the Hebe area. The 1858 maps shows F. Maaser as living where Terry Strohecker now lives in 2013. F. Maaser is also named on this same map as owning the neighboring farm to the east, now the home of Janet Stutz. For many years of recent history, this Stutz farm was occupied by Daniel Strohecker. Daniel was well known as a mechanic and blacksmith. Widow Maaser is shown as living here in 1875. The 1875 map shows J. Maaser as living on the Terry Strohecker farm. Ferdinand (11-22-1807)-(7-31-1867) married Mary Brosius (2-8-1810) – (7-19-1892). Their son Samuel (4-2-1842)-(7-11-1914) married Magdalena Lesher (3-21-1844) – (12-3-1918). Jacob (1-22-1833) – (10-22-1908) married Mary Hepner (3-19-1836) – (1-8-1887). All are buried in David’s Cemetery, Hebe, PA.
Mathias Maser emigrated from the Village of Lossburg, in the Black Forest region of Wurtemberg, Germany. He and his wife Barbara Berger, came to this country in October 20, 1752, on the ship Duke of Wurttemberg. They settled on a farm in Alsace Township in Berks County, south of Spies Church. Mathias’s cottage, presently a restored home, is located at RD 7, 342 Old Friedensburg Road, Reading, PA. Their second son, Johannes moved north to the western end of Schuylkill County. There Johannes and his wife Margaretha Fick settled on a farm in Eldred Township near Howerter’s Church. Johannes lived south of the cemetery, between the cemetery and the Clark Reiner residence. Johannes’s house was removed by Felix Masser. Johannes’s children included Ferdinand, John, Jacob, and Maria Magdalena.
For more detail concerning the German origins of the Maser-Mauser-Maaser-Masser family and the Mathias Maser homestead in Berks County, see the family history book compiled by Steve and Joan Troutman, entitled, “Origin and History of the Jacob Masser Family, Line Mountain, Pennsylvania”, published by the authors and available at Steve and Joan Troutman, 1442 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, PA 17941.