Elizabeth Wisser Sacks: (6/8/1846-4/20/1874) Including notes on the children of William and Elizabeth

Elizabeth is the third born child to Peter and Maria Margaretha.  She was born in Herdorf after the family returned there from Mexico.

Record of the baptism of Elizabeth at St. Aloysius, Herdorf

Church records from St. Aloysius in Herdorf  show Elizabeth was born on 08 June, 1846, and baptized two days later.  The family had returned to Prussia after leaving Mexico.  But Elizabeth would not be in Prussia for long.   Elizabeth arrived in America along with her family in January, 1848.   She lived with her family in Guth’s Station.   “History Of Lehigh County” states that she married William Sacks of Catasauqua.

 

From: History Of Lehigh County

From: History Of Lehigh County

Part II of selection above

Part II of selection above

The 1870 census shows Elizabeth residing in Catasauqua with her husband, who is listed as a cigar maker, and two children, Ida and William, jr.   It is at least reasonable to speculate that  William entered into a partnership with Elizabeth’s brother-in-law, Abraham Koons , whom the county directory shows was living next door and lists his occupation in the same census as cigar manufacturer.

The 1880 census reveals William still living in Catasauqua with six children and married to a woman named Caroline.  This is William’s second wife.  Sadly our research shows that Elizabeth died shortly before her twenty-eighth birthday, in 1874.    It looks as though Elizabeth gave birth to one or two more children, Minnie (born 1871) and Elizabeth, (born 1874-the same year Elizabeth Wisser Sacks died); unless either is a child that Caroline brought to the marriage.

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William Sacks Household            1880 Census

William Sacks Household
1880 Census

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“The History of Catasauqua”, by James Franklin Lambert and Henry J. Reinhard, published 1914, comtains this entry:

“During the seventies William Sacks established a large cigar and tobacco trade at No. 144 Front Street and continued in prosperity until his death, April 7, 1912.  Alvin Snyder bought the property which had been enlarged and beautified, and rented it to the present incumbent, Clinton Fehr.  Mr. Fehr converted the store and the tobacco rooms into ice cream parlors. His stock consists of confectionery, cigars and tobacco, soft drinks and ice cream.”

Note: The Alvin Snyder mentioned in the entry above was the son-in-law of William Sacks.

The Allentown Leader, Friday, April 11, 1913

SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE AND BONDS. William H. Smith, executor of the estate of the late William Sacks of Catasauqua, will offer the real estate and personal effects of the deceased at public sale tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock on the premise, No. 144 Front Street, Catasauqua, where Mr. Sacks conducted the Immense cigar store for many years. Amongthe real estate to be sold is the brick store building and dwelling at the above address. The structure is two and a half stories high, is in first-class condition and contains all improvements. A two and a half story frame dwelling at 142 Front Street and a vacant Jot of the south side of Mulberry Street, Catasauqua, 30 by 200 feet, will also be disposed of. The property is among the most valuable in the Iron Borough. Among the personal effects to be sold are bonds of the Catasauqua Water Works, par value $500, and a large amount of furniture and other utensils.

 

144 Front St. Catasauqua as it appears today.

144 Front St. Catasauqua as it appears today.

 

Detail of the storefront where William Sacks sold his cigars as it appears today.

Detail of the storefront where William Sacks sold his cigars as it appears today.

It is interesting to note that William and and Elizabeth were next door neighbors of Abraham and Pauline Koons.

 

142 Front St. was also owned by William Sacks and sold at auction after his death.

142 Front St. was also owned by William Sacks and sold at auction after his death.

 

The Allentown Leader, Monday, April 14, 1913

SACKS PROPERTIES GO TO RELATIVES. William H. Smith, executor of the estate of the late William Sacks, on Saturday disposed of the real estate and personal effects of the deceased at public sale on the premises and good prices were realized. The two and a half story brick store building and dwelling at 144 Front Street, where Mr. Sacks was in the tobacco business for many years, was sold to Alvin Snyder of Allentown, a son-in-law, for $2900. Mr. Snyder also purchased the frame dwelling at 142 Front Street, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mengelson, for $1500, The vacant building lot on Mulberry Street, east of Howertown Road, was purchased by Charles Mengelson, a son-in-law, for $350. Two $500 municipal water bonds were sold to George Mengelson for $1025. All the personal effects of the deceased were also sold. The sale was well attended.

Another entry in “The History of Catasauqua”

* The above entry is about William Sacks, Jr., the son of Elizabeth and William.

Grave site of Elizabeth Wisser Sacks, Fairview Cemetery, Catasauqua,PA. As is sometimes the case, birth date differs from other records.

 

Reading Eagle 11 April 1912

Reading Eagle
11 April 1912

Grave site of William Sacks, husband of Elizabeth Wisser Sacks. Fairview Cemetery, Catasauqua, PA

 

Gravesite of Lydia Sacks, mother of William Sacks    Fairview Cemetery

Gravesite of Lydia Sacks, mother of William Sacks
Fairview Cemetery

*NOTES ON THE CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH (WISSER) AND WILLIAM SACKS

Ida (Sacks) Best (born about 1868)
Married Henry F Best. Their children were William, Lillian, Harold, Edgar, and Theodore. Henry was a fireman. Family shown as residing in Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, Pennsylvania in the census of 1900, and again in the census of 1910.

William Sacks, Jr. (born Aug 1869)
Worked with father in the cigar making trade. Assumed the business when William, Sr. retired. Census of 1920 shows William, Jr. still residing in Catasauqua. Census of 1930 and the census of 1940 shows William had fallen upon hard times and resided at the Lehigh County Almshouse.

The Allentown Leader, March 3, 1904

William Sacks, Jr., who formerly conducted a cigar store at Wilkes-Barre, has returned to town and is staying with his father, William Sacks, the tobacconist.

The young Sacks seems to have been a peripatetic tobacconist.

The Allentown Democrat , Friday, September 11, 1908

William Sacks, Jr., who was employed in New York as a cigarmaker for several years, returned to town, and is now employed by his father, Willliam Sacks.


The Allentown Leader, April 15, 1913

TOBACCONIST PURCHASES THE FRANTZ PROPERTY. William Sacks, proprietor of the Immense cigar factory, purchased the Emil Frantz store building and dwelling at 233 Front Street, at private terms. Mr. Sacks will have extensive alterations and improvements made to the property, the contract for which has been awarded to Preston H. Kratzer, who will start work the latter part of the week. Mr. Sacks will move from his present location to the new premises as soon as the improvements are completed, where he will conduct aa up-to-date cigar and tobacco business.

Elizabeth (Sacks) Snyder (born 1874)
Married Alvin J. Snyder.  Their children were Winslow A., Raymond E., Helen E., and  Albert J. Family shown residing in Catasauqua in the 1900 census. Shown residing in Allentown in the census of 1910, the census of 1920, and again in 1930.

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