MG 002 - Wert Family Collection

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Scope and Content

Collection contains estate papers and other legal documents, including deeds, of the earliest generations of the Wert Family: Jacob and Eve Wert, their children Adam, David and Eve. The remainder of the collection consists primarily of the papers of J. Howard Wert. They include correspondence, writing contracts, commission to be Superintendent of Schools in Adams County, certificates of membership, list of books in his memorial library, scrapbooks from 1858 to 1909, deeds for the farm in Gettysburg and a cemetery lot in Gettysburg. Includes family photos.

Background

The early generations of the Wert family resided in the Gettysburg area, Adams County.

ADAM WERT, son of Jacob and Eve Wert lived in Mt. Joy Township near Gettysburg. He was a prominent abolitionist. He was married to Catherine Houghtelin who was a leader in Pennsylvania Methodism.

J. HOWARD WERT, b. 1841 d. 1920, son of Adam and Catherine Wert was born on a farm in Mt. Joy Township near Gettysburg, Adams County. He attended the country schools and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1861. He began his career as an educator in the Gettysburg schools, teaching from 1861 to 1864, principal from 1866 to 1869 and then superintendent until 1872. In 1874 he moved to Harrisburg and was appointed the first principal of Harrisburg High School, a post he held for many years. He served in the Civil War and became a deeply devoted student of the war. He wrote several books about the war and was the author of a collection of verse, "Poems of Camp and Hearth," published in 1887. He left the education field at the age of 53 and engaged in literary work for the remainder of his career. He married Emma Letitia Aughinbaugh in 1869 who was also a teacher and native of Gettysburg. They were the parents of four sons and a daughter: Howard, who became a postal clerk in Harrisburg; Edward, a capital city attorney; Samuel, superintendent of the Pipe Bending Works; Frank, a newspaperman and public relations manager; and Annie, supervisor of primary schools in Harrisburg. He spent his final years in a house near the intersection of North Second and Forster Streets, where he died March 11, 1920. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg.

Date(s): 1767-1941

Extent: 1 carton, 2 boxes, 85 enclosures

Arrangement: Chronological order whenever possible, beginning with the earliest generation