Friday, February 22, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Harietta "Hattie" Kindt of Drehersville, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album of Harietta "Hattie" Kindt of Drehersville, Pennsylvania.  

The album's front cover is missing.  The image above is of the page that Hattie's brother Nathan Wesley Kindt signed at West Brunswick, Pennsylvania, on 20 February 1882.

The album is approximately 7" x 4" and may be missing some pages, in addition to the lost front cover.  There are 40 pages signed by Hattie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

There's also a real photo postcard enclosed, with a young man identified as perhaps Uncle Andie.



The postcard was originally intended to be given to Edna Noecker.  Perhaps a reader will be able to identify the young man from the clues or from family albums.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Harietta Kindt was born about 1858, the daughter of Nathan E. and Catharine (Miller) Kindt.  Nathan's obituary in the Kutztown Patriot issue of 22 July 1899 mentioned that he was born at Maidencreek, Pennsylvania.  He later moved to Drehersville, Pennsylvania and went into the "store business".

Nathan's obituary, published in 1899, indicated that Harietta had married George Kramer.  Hopefully the spelling of Harietta in the obituary is correct.  She could have been Harriet or Harrietta.

In addition to Hattie's brother Nathan Wesley Kindt, who signed the page at top, three of her other siblings signed pages.

Harvey Kindt of Drehersville, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 6 March 1882.


Alice S. Kindt signed a page at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 6 March 1882.


Emma Kindt signed a page at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 7 March 1882.


Two of Hattie's cousins signed pages, but did not give their surnames.  Cousin Bella signed a page at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 5 March 1883.


Another cousin signed a page at Maidencreek, Pennsylvania, in March 1882.  Since Hattie's father was born at Maidencreek, perhaps this cousin is from his line. 


Several people with the surname of Miller signed pages.  They could have been relatives of Hattie through her mother's line.  See the list below for their names.

The future wife of Hattie's brother Nathan Wesley Kindt signed a page.  She was Loretta A. Miller, who signed at Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, on 21 March 1884.


If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Alphabetical list of the signers: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • J. A. F. of Reading, Pennsylvania, signed at Reading in 13 Mar 1882
  • "Your Cousin", signed at Maiden Creek, Pennsylvania in March 1882; Hattie's cousin
  • Cousin Bella, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 5 March 1883
  • Friend L. H.  The page is torn but the residence could be Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Ida
  • Agnes D., signed in 1882.  The surname is very hard to read but might start with Hafe*.  The residence was likely written on the part of the page that has been torn off.
  • Torn piece; appears to have been signed by a Harry at Orwigsville, Pennsylvania
  • Emma Brownmiller, signed at Hamburgh, Pennsylvania
  • H. C. Dreher, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania in 1882
  • William A. Dreher, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 7 February 1882
  • C. R. Fegley, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 6 February 1882
  • Virgie Haines, signed at Hamburgh, Pennsylvania, on 15 December 1882
  • F. Hains of Hamburgh, Pennsylvania, signed on 13 December 1882.  First initial could be N or A
  • Ida A. Honsburger, signed in 1882.  Torn page, with only the last syllable of her residence and the year present. "*burg, Pa", was likely Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Heister Hoy, signed at Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, on 29 July 1882
  • F. P. Hoy, signed at Reading, Pennsylvania, on 25 October 1881
  • Homer C. Hunsicker, signed at Reading, Pennsylvania, on 20 October 1881
  • Nora L. Kaufman of Maiden Creek, Pennsylvania, signed in March of 1882
  • Theodore Kershner, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 4 October 1881
  • W. L. Kershner, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 21 March 1884
  • Lenora V. Kimmel, signed at Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, on 18 February 1882.  Not sure of first name or middle initial.
  • Hattie Kindt; album owner
  • N. Wesley Kindt, signed at West Brunswick, Pennsylvania, on 20 February 1882; Hattie's brother
  • Harvey Kindt of Drehersville, Pennsylvania, signed on 6 March 1882; Hattie's brother
  • Alice S. Kindt, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 6 March 1882; Hattie's sister
  • Emma Kindt, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 7 March 1882; Hattie's sister
  • Ella Miller, signed at Drehersville, Pennsylvania, on 3 March 1883
  • Annie A. Miller of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, signed on 1 March 1882
  • Lillie I. Miller, signed at Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, on 21 March 1884
  • Loretta A. Miller, signed at Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, on 18 June 1882
  • G. Moser, signed 10 June 1882; not sure of middle initial
  • E. W. Moyer, signed on 6 March 1882
  • Kate Rapp, signed at Reading, Pennsylvania, on 17  January 1883
  • Hettie Rothermel of Molltown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, signed on 28 March 1882
  • Sallie Rothermel of Molltown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, signed on 22 March 1882
  • Ira P. Rothermel, signed at Molltown, Pennsylvania, on 23 March 1882
  • Agnes Schock of Hamburgh,Pennsylvania
  • Jane Smith
  • V. K. Teter, signed at Port Clinton, on 7 March 1882

Drehersville, Pennsylvania


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