Thursday, March 28, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Charles Mutschler of Dushore, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album that belonged to Charles Mutschler; most of the autographs appear to have been collected while Charles' family was living at Dushore, Pennsylvania where his father was a minister.

The album is approximately 4-1/2" x 3" and includes the sentiments of 42 of Charles' relatives, friends and schoolmates.  One of the signers was Charles' sister, Emma Mutschler, who penned her page in 1885.  

Since it appears that several of the first pages are missing, including an ownership page with Charles name on it and a title page and more perhaps, it was Emma's page that helped me identify Charles. 

Another signer gave Charles' name as C. Mutchler, in error.  There was a Pennsylvania family with the name Mutchler with a Charles and an Emma, so thankfully Emma thought to include her name with its correct spelling, to keep me on the right track.


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

According to information on the interesting and full life of Charles' father, Civil War veteran Rev. Christian Henry Mutschler found here in "Northumberland County Biographies" [search the page for Mutschler], Charles Henry Mutschler was born 1 June 1871.  His mother was Rev. Mutschler's first wife, Lovenah Sarah (Bender) Mutschler.

About 1893 Charles married Bertha M., whose maiden name and place of birth I haven't yet found.  Hopefully a reader with knowledge of the family will happen by and leave a comment.

They lived at Sunbury, Pennsylvania and had at least one child, a daughter Ruth born about 1895.  

If you have corrections and/or additional information on the Mutschler family, or information on any of the signers listed below, 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.]


  • Flora R., signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 31 December 1884
  • M. M. S., signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 5 January 1885
  • Bertha ?, signed on 24 June 1888; first letter might be W or N or H or ?; last three letters appear to be "olf" or "alf"
  • M. A. R., signed on 31 December 1888.  The initials might be of a place rather than a name.  If a name, it might be that of the person who signed the facing page in the same red ink at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 1 January 1885: Michael Richley
  • Cecilia C. Ambs, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 4 January 1885
  • L. C. Ambs, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 2 January 1885
  • Charles D. Babcock, signed on 16 March 1888
  • T. L. Ball, charged on 5 January 1885
  • Edwin S. Baumgartner, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 26 January 1887
  • L. D. Baumgartner, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 24 January 1887
  • C. J. Bowles, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 25 January 1887
  • Mary Bowles, signed on 25 January 1887
  • M. J. Cahill, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 25 January 1887
  • Mary A. Cahill, signed on 26 January 1885; Charles' schoolmate
  • Kate Cahill, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 25 January 1887
  • Eva Cox, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 25 January 1887
  • Fannie E. Dagon of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, signed on 13 March 1888
  • Mary Freundel, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 20 January 1885
  • H. A. Fulmer
  • Stella Hallock or Stella Hollock
  • R. W. Huffmaster, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 26 January 1887
  • Mathias Litzelman, signed on 27 January 1887
  • Lorena Litzelman, signed in January 1885
  • A. C. Litzelman, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 20 December 1885
  • A. J. Long, signed on 20 December 1884
  • Frank Lusch, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, in 1887
  • Helen Lusch, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 14 August 1888
  • Maggie B. Mayer, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 25 January 1887
  • Stella Mertz, signed at Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on 24 June 1888; not positive of name
  • Charles Mutschler, album owner, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, possibly the Cherry Mills neighborhood
  • Emma Mutschler, signed in 1888; Charles' sister
  • H. E. Rabuck, signed on 14 March 1888
  • Maggie Rabuck of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on 14 March 1888
  • Michael Richley, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, in January 1885
  • T. Richley, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 3 December 1884
  • Mary E. Shafer, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 4 January 1885
  • Julia Shafer, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 4 January 1885
  • Mr. Leo Sick, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania on 25 January 1885.  "Mr." might be the initial "M."; first name might be Lee; not positive of surname, though a later page signed by Libbie Sick points to a possible Leo & Elizabeth Sick.
  • Libbie V. Sick, signed on 5 January 1884
  • Eva M. Stahl; Charles' schoolmate
  • Anna M. Sweeney, signed at Cherry Mills, Pennsylvania, on 31 December 1884
  • Bertha Wolf, signed on 24 June 1888; not sure surname is Wolf, but last three letters appear to be "olf" or "alf"
  • Ira B. Yonkin, signed at Dushore, Pennsylvania, on 26 January 1887





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