Dorothy Burgauer Bucher

Swiss Miss becomes pioneering marvel! Born and raised in the village of Neunkirch, Dorothy Burgauer and her Swiss Mennonite family were under constant persecution and taxation. She married well-educated Jacob Bucher and fought her way to middle-class, only to find the...

David M. Wert & Catherine Shoop

David Monroe Wert was the son of parents who bucked the odds. His father, Jacob Wert, and mother, Sarah Elizabeth Faber, both native Pennsylvanians, were born in 1804 and 1807, respectively, when the average life expectancy was forty-five years. Jacob lived to...

Out of the Scotch Mist

It’s a damp, cold morning in Midlothian as a slight fog rolls in. Soon the haze thickens and mingles with drizzle. The air smells like soil and peat, and a fog descends, enveloping the huts and farms that dot the landscape. This is Scotch mist—both a weather event and...

Samuel Peters & Mary A. Swartz

Samuel was the first born of five children of Leonard Peters and Susan Enders of Dauphin County. Both families are of German ancestry. Samuel was followed by brother John, and a sisters Margaret and Barbara. Samuel’s father, Leonard, was born and lived in Dauphin...

Margaret Bittel Gaugler

Anna Margaret Bittel was a forceful and dynamic pioneer who, against all odds, succeeded in establishing an American family. Teenage Margaret would immigrate with family from Pfungstadt, Hesse, during an oppressive societal and religious time that forced her family to...