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Tilghman H. Diehl    

Tilghman H. Diehl, late of Allentown, was born in Milford township, Bucks county. May 21, 1847, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Diehl.

The elder Diehl moved from Quakertown to Seidersville in Bucks county and from the latter place to Allentown in 1860 and opened up a general merchandise store in which his son Tilghman clerked for 12 months. When he was fourteen years old he entered the office of Rev. S. K. Brobst, there engaged in printing church publications. In 1872 having proved himself a valuable assistant he was admitted into the business, the firm operating under the name of S. K. Brobst & Co., were located at No. 814 Hamilton street. This connection lasted until 1876, when Mr. Brobst died. Mr. Diehl managed the affairs of the concern with the widow of his former partner for a year, when he found it to his advantage to go into business for himself. He at once purchased the interest of Mrs. Brobst in the establishment, and continued to act alone until Samuel A. Brobst, a son of Mrs. Brobst became a member in 1877. In 1885, Mr. Diehl severed his connection and became engaged in publishing on his own account the "Lutheran Almana," acknowledged as an authority in that church all over the country. It contained the names of all of the Lutheran clergy. He also published the "Jugend Freund" and the "Lutheran Herald and Zeitschrift" and other works.

He was active in Lutheran church work, having been a member of the executive committee of the Lutheran Synod of PA, and was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Theological Seminary at Mt. Airy. For a number of terms, Mr. Diehl was a delegate to the supreme body of the Lutheran Church in America.

After retiring from active business pursuits Mr. Diehl became agent for the American School Furniture company, which position he filled at the time of his death on May 10, 1913, in his 66th year. Mr. Diehl was a good citizen. He was a scholar and stood firmly for advanced thought and the best interests of his community.

He wrote a pamphlet entitled "Life and Reminiscences of Rev. S. K. Brobst." He was a member of the Historical Society of Lehigh county.

He was married in 1873 to Rosina A., daughter of the late John R. Schall, who survives and to them were born three sons and one daughter, all of whom survive as follows: Edward S., John F., Samuel, Miss M. Caroline Diehl. All of the children except Samuel reside at Allentown. There also survive five children and one brother, Oliver Diehl, of Philadelphia, and a sister, Mrs. Henry Hornbeck, of PA. Samuel Diehl, a native of Bucks county, Pa. was a school teacher in early life, and afterward he followed farming in connection with the cobbler trade until 1860, when he removed to Allentown and was engaged in the mercantile business. He resided with his family on Linden street. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, while his wife, Elizabeth, nee Doll, was married November 23, 1845. She was born November 5, 1824, and died on June 7, 1892. Her parents were Christian and Mary (Rosenberger) Doll. They had the following children: Tilghman H., whose record follows; Mahlon, Leanna who married Henry J. Hornbeck, Milton, and Dr. Oliver.

History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and a genealogical and biographical record of its families by Charles Rhoads Roberts,, Allentown, 1914. More Lehigh County History Books  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Try the family history collection for free for 14 days! 


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