Seifert family school books and ledgers
Held at: Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.) [Contact Us]2165 Route 212, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, 18036
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.). Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Seven generations of the Seifert family owned and operated a farm in Springtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania for over 200 years. At times the farm raised cows, horses, pigs, and chickens; grew corn, oats, wheat, and hay; and grew apples, strawberries, and vegetables. By 1962, it specialized in dairy, specifically Guernsey cow milk.
The Seifert family farm was divided in two in the 1850s. The half that passed to Joseph Warner Seifert, Sr. (1830-1922; son of George and Sarah Werner Seifert) became known as "The Old Homestead." He passed the farm to his son, Joseph E. Seifert, Jr. (1861-1931). The younger Joseph married Emma J. Seifert (1863-1931), with whom he had two children who lived to adulthood: Harry Luther Seifert (1892-1965) and Anna "Ruth" Seifert (born 1894). Harry L. Seifert, Sr. married Ethel M. Ruth (born 1902) around 1926. They had three children: Harry Luther Seifert, Jr., Paul Joseph Seifert, and Sylvia Seifert. Harry L. Seifert, Jr. and Paul Seifert inherited Old Homestead Dairy from their father. The brothers were awarded a sign in 1989 from the Bucks County Cooperative Extension for keeping the farm in the family for over 200 years.
Joyce Godfrey, Jay Willis, David Seifert, et al. Seifert family. "Descendants of Johannes Seifert." Updated February 18, 2011. Accessed July 16, 2013. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~seifert/pafg15.htm#11824.
This collection consists of school books and ledgers from the Seifert family (also spelled Seifert, Cyphert, and Syphert). Joseph Seifert, Sr. and Harry L. Seifert, Sr. created most of the volumes. There are school books with arithmetic, music, and handwriting exercises; and trial balance, daybooks, and other ledgers.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Springfield Township Historical Society [Bucks] directly for more information.
- Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.)
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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