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Old Timers 1893

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)


THE HAUPT FAMILY--The ancestors of the Haupts, of Frackville, are of German stock. The most remote ancestor of which we have any knowledge and the grandfather of the oldest representative of that family now living in Frackville was George Haupt, born in Bucks county, about 1759. He was reared and educated in that county, and was indentured to learn the trade of a tailor. He married Margaret Overbeck, and emigrated to lower Augusta township, Northumberland county. Here he purchased a tract of land, then a wilderness, and proceeded, with characteristic energy, to clear up and found a home, pursuing, at intervals, his trade. On this homestead he reared a large family and died at the ripe old age of ninety-three years.

Samuel Haupt, his son, was born January 11, 1804, in what is now lower Augusta township, Northumberland county, and is the one prominently identified with the history of Schuylkill county and especially of the borough of Frackville. As an example of what energy and perseverance will accomplish, his biography is worthy of careful study by any one who would seek success and fortune.

His boyhood days were spent amid the rural surroundings of his father's pioneer home, with very scant opportunities for schooling, his time taken up in assisting his father in his worthy effort to establish a home. At the age of seventeen years he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a carpenter. He served his full term of four years, and then, well equipped in the possession of a useful trade, he packed his little belongings in a handkerchief and journeyed across the mountains seeking work, his destination being Pottsville. He had but sixty-two and a-half cents in his pocket when he started. This was spent for lodging and supper upon the night of his arrival; so that, in a strange town and without money, he was in a trying situation. He, however, soon secured work in connection with a new colliery being opened up, being engaged in this capacity for four months.

After this he plied his trade in Pottsville, finally took up contracting and building, in which he was successful at every point, and in the course of a few years was enabled, through his savings, to purchase property in that place. Business became very dull in Pottsville about this time, and he returned to his home in Northumberland county, but returned again upon the revival of business prosperity, and resumed his former business, employing quite a force of hands, and building many of the older buildings of Pottsville. He pursued this line of work up to 1854, when he moved to what is now Frackville.

In 1854, he had purchased a tract of land consisting of one hundred and seventy-nine acres, then a dense forest, but now the site of the western half of the borough of Frackville. He gave all his attention to this until 1861, when he laid it out in lots and built upon them. This occupied his energies until his death, April 19, 1882.

In 1830, he wed Ludia, a daughter of Valentine Fasolt, of lower Augusta township, Northumberland county, and had a family of the following children: Louisa, who now resides in Frackville, the widow of John B. Nice; Andrew, a farmer of Northumberland county; David P., a lumber dealer, livery man and real estate dealer of Frackville; Francis S., who, in connection with his brother John, is proprietor of the Mountain City Water Company, and of which he is president and manager; John, secretary and treasurer of the Mountain City Water Company, William, a farmer on the old homestead in Frackville; S.R., a -farmer; Henry, a carpenter, contractor and builder of Frackville.

[This article can be found in "1893 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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