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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Samuel Loos Hertzler
(Reprinted from the History of Macon County, 1910)
Mr. Hertzler was born March 30, 1849, at Lebanon County, Pa., and is the son of Levi Hertzler and Lavinia Loos, daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth Loos, of Berks County, Pa. The other grew up in Lebanon County, Pa., and was nine years old when she left Berks County. Her parents read both English and German. Her mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Kalbach. Mr. Hertzler, pere, was in early life a farmer, then a merchant and a trader in cattle. He ws a man of fine education, and could read and translate German and English, besides being of large general information.
The family first moved to Illinois, but in 1865 came to Missouri and settled on section 33, Richland township, where the father of the family died December 24, 1870. The mother is still living. Samuel L. lived in Pennsylvania until he was 15 and then came West. He has a splendid general education, obtained chiefly in the Myerstown Academy. When he arrived at years of discretion, he began farming, and now has 160 acres of land, 120 in cultivation and 40 in timeer, grass and corn.
April 5, 1870, Mr. H. led to the altar Miss Icyphenia, daughter of J. R. and Icyphenia Alderman. The former was once presiding judge of Macon County, but was originally from Ohio. Mrs. Alderman was born in Kentucky, but was reared in Howard County, Mo. The grandfather of Mrs. Hertzler emigrated from Virginia to Kentucky where he married. Mr. and Mrs. H. have four children: James L., aged 12; Samuel A., aged 10; William E., aged eight; and Charles H., a manly little fellow of three. Mr. H. belongs to the German Reformed Church. Mr. Hertzler was the mayor of Elmer in 1910.