ROMBERGER, Bengohan. Retired farmer, was born in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 17, 1821. His grandfather Balzer Romberger, was the son of a German settler in Lancaster county, Pa., and was a laborer. He married, in Lebanon county, a Miss Bricker; they had nine children. Mr. Romberger died at the home of his son Baltzer, in Mifflin township, aged eighty-eight; his wife died at the same place in her seventy-eighth year. He was a pioneer, and had a hard fight in life. Three times he was driven from his home by the Indians. He was an old school Democrat and an old school Lutheran. Baltzer Romberger(2), father of Bengohan, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., in 1778. He received a German education in subscription schools, and was a farmer and blacksmith. He began business as a smith, and later in life came to Lykens Valley and bought six hundred acres of land, for a part of which he paid $10 per acre; the land was all in timber. With the assistance of his family, Mr. Romberger cleared this land, and erected upon it the needed buildings, made fences, planted an orchard, etc. He then engaged in stock raising.
Baltzer Romberger, Jr., was married, in Lebanon, Pa., to Elizabeth Seacrer, born in Lebanon, daughter of Conrad Seacrer, a farmer of Lebanon county. They had eleven children: Mary, deceased, wife of Daniel Matter, farmer; Catherine, deceased, wife of Philip Matter; George and Daniel, deceased; Bengohan; Hannah, wife of Jacob woodside, Berrysburg, Pa.; Rebecca, deceased, wife of Jere Horner; David, deceased; Baltizer, farmer; Susan, deceased, wife of John Bordner; and Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Jacob Hoy. Mr. And Mrs. Romberger were prominent and active members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Romberger was deacon and elder. His politics were Democratic. He died in Mifflin township in 1838; his wife died in the same place in 1860, at the home of her son Bengohan, who watched over her in her declining years. She was exemplary in all the relations of life, and especially was she wise and faithful in the training of her family.
Bengohan Romberger attended subscription schools in Mifflin township in the winter and further educated himself by reading and private study. From early boyhood he worked on the farm of his father, helping to clear and cultivate the land. He remained upon the farm until he was seventeen years of age, when his father died. He then spent two years as clerk in a store at Gratz, and after that, until he was twenty-one, he was clerk in the store of this brother-in-law at Curtin, Pa. Mr. Romberger then purchased the homestead of one hundred and seventeen acres, paying $66.66 per acre. Part of the price he paid with money saved from his earnings, and for the resst he went into debt. After cultivating this farm for four years, he sold it for twice as much as he paid for it, and bought another farm of one hundred and ten acres, which he improved, and occupied for ten years, and then sold. He then bought a third farm of one hundred and fifty acres, well improved, which he still operates. He purchased also another farm of ninety acres, which he keeps under cultivation. He is interested in live stock. He is a very industrious man, working early and late, and making every day tell toward provision for the present and future needs of himself and family.
Mr. Romberger was married, in Washington township, in 1842, to Amelia, daughter of Joseph Fisher, farmer, born in Mifflin township in 1822. They had five children: Daniel, deceased; Joseph F., merchant at Berrysburg; Mary M., deceased, wife of Charles Mattis; Nathan, farmer, Lykens township; and one child died in infancy. Mrs. Amelia Romberger died in 1869. She was a hard working worthy woman. On April 2, 1876, Mr. Romberger married his second wife, Hannah Schreffler, born in Northumberland county, January 5, 1837; daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Gutzer) Schreffler, farmers of Berks county, and the parents of fourteen children. Mr. and Mrs. Romberger had no Children. Mrs. Romberger had been previously married to Elias Troutman, by whom she had two children: J. Frankly, residing in Cleveland, Ohio; and Catherine S., who died young.
Mr. Romberger was a school director for two terms and tax collector for seven terms. He has been a merchant for many years, and has been enterprising and successful, displaying business tact and talent. He is a man of dominant public spirit, as much interested in the advancement of the town as in the success of his own business. He has been aptly called the "Father of Berrysburg," which is an expression of the general conviction as to his plans and purposes in the improvement of the community. He has built many well arranged dwellings, among them his own home, which he furnished with all conveniences, at an outlay of $4000. In church affairs he is even more prominent, as an honored member of the Lutheran church, old school, which he has served as trustee, deacon and elder. The brick of which the fine house of worship of that denomination is built was burned on his farm. He collected most of the money to pay for the erection of the edifice, and was himself the largest contributor to the fund. He has spent for the church, first and last, the sum of $8,000. In some respects Berrysburg is a model town, and to the intelligence, enterprise, public spirit and liberality of Mr. Romberger much of its attractiveness is due. The town has always been an object of his care and service, and its citizens in turn love to honor Mr. Romberger as a public benefactor.
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