McGlaughlin Family Papers, 1880 – 1938

Object ID:  HC-2

2 boxes     20 folders, 71 items, 411 pages to scan     1 cubic feet

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Shelving Location:  Archives North, Side 27

Scope and Content Note:  This collection contains postcards and letters sent between members of the McGlaughlin family, scrapbooks owned by A. Laura McGlaughlin and Lettie McGlaughlin, a death account book owned by Joseph H. McGlaughlin, a funeral card for Samuel McGlaughlin, visiting cards belonging to members of the McGlaughlin family, photographs of Joseph McGlaughlin, and genealogy records documenting the marriages of Robert A. Erb and M. Letitia McGlaughlin and Clayton B. Hill and Effie N. McGlaughlin. An article referencing Frank P. McGlaughlin’s career with the Gillett Products of Standard Brands Ltd., as well as advertising cards for cosmetic products sold in Brown’s Drug Store, Heitshu’s Drug Store, and P. M. Burner, Dry Goods, Groceries, Glass, Queensware & Co., are included in the collection.

Creator: Falk, Norman Falk, (1930-2019). Kerckhoff, Effie Falk, (1908-2001).

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Biographical and Historical Note: Joseph H. McGlaughlin worked as a school teacher, calligrapher, and postal clerk in Lancaster County. His calligraphy is showcased throughout this collection in his Death Account Book of Friends and Acquaintances, genealogy records, and scrapbook dedications. Joseph was born in Providence Twp. to Samuel and Elizabeth McGlaughlin on 11 June 1867. He was the oldest of seven children. His brother John Miles McGlaughlin died during infancy in 1876 at six months old. Material relating to his siblings A. Laura McGlaughlin Falk (also known as Annie L.), M. Letitia McGlaughlin Erb, Effie N. McGlaughlin, Harvey M. McGlaughlin, and Frank P. McGlaughlin are found in this collection.

A. Laura McGlaughlin, born 13 January 1870, married machinist Tilden Falk in 1901. Census records indicate that the couple lived in New York, New York for some time before returning to Lancaster around 1920. Together Tilden and A. Laura had one daughter, Effie L. Falk, who was born 25 January 1908. A. Laura passed away on 21 June 1953 and is buried in Rivercorner Cemetery. Effie died 11 December 2001.

Harvey M. McGlaughlin, whose name appears on visiting cards in this collection, was born 13 December 1871. He worked for the firm of Deihm & McGlaughlin, coachmakers at Honey Brook, PA, and married Helen Wesley of Little Britain Township.

M. Letitia McGlaughlin was born in 1873. She married Robert A. Erb on 26 January 1902. Genealogy records in the collection record the birth of their daughter E. Elizabeth Erb. The family resided in Mount Nebo, PA, where Letitia worked as a seamstress and school teacher.

Effie N. McGlaughlin was born on 23 January 1878. She married Clayton B. Hill on 27 January 1904. The couple divorced and Effie remarried Christian T. Zercher in January 1924. She passed away on 26 November 1924.

Frank P. McGlaughlin was born on 10 November 1881. He worked as a bookkeeper and stenographer for Follmer, Clogg & Co., umbrella makers in Lancaster. By the 1930s, Frank had relocated to Ontario, Canada and worked for Gillett Products of Standard Brands Ltd.

Joseph McGlaughlin was born on 11 June 1867. He married Clara Weinhold, daughter of Peter G. and Eliza Weinhold, on 16 February 1893. Together the couple had two daughters, Elsie Mabel McGlaughlin and Grace Leona McGlaughlin. Elsie lived only three years, her lifetime dates from 1894-1897. According to United States census records, the family lived in Conestoga Center on a farm. Though records show the family operated a farm for some time, Joseph McGlaughlin worked as public school teacher for 26 years after earning his teaching degree from Millersville State Normal School. By 1920, he was working at a post office as a clerk and continued in this profession until the 1940s. Throughout his professional career, Joseph also developed his calligraphy practice, and his daughter, Grace, followed in his footsteps by developing her own penmanship talents. She studied at the Zenarian School in Ohio and obtained her teaching credentials from Millersville University in 1914. Like her father, she worked as a teacher in Lancaster, and as a substitute teacher at McCaskey, Hempfield, and Manheim high schools. Grace also attended commercial classes at Temple University and taught book keeping practices to Lancaster County residents during night classes. She married Jacob Shaub and adopted one daughter, Shirley Shaub, who was born in 1925.

In addition to his calligraphic works, Joseph also contributed to the Lancaster County community through his memberships in organizations like the Improved Order of Red Men, American Relief Association, The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Throughout Joseph’s childhood, his family belonged to The Old Mennonite Church. As an adult, Joseph was a member of Heller’s Salem Reformed Church.

Joseph died on 1 January 1942 after suffering from cardiac failure. He is buried in the Salem Evangelical Reformed Church Cemetery.

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Effie Falk Kerckhoff, 25 March 1997 (Folders 2, 4-12, 14-19, Hill Family Bible (Box 2), and Norman Falk, 20 December 2002 (Folders 1, 20).

Custodial History (Provenance): From the Heritage Center of Lancaster County collection, accession #

Accruals:  No further accruals are expected.

Preferred Citation:  McGlaughlin Family Papers (HC-2), Box #, Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.

Subject Headings:

Falk, Norman Falk, (1930-2019).

Kerckhoff, Effie Falk, (1908-2001).

Improved Order of Red Men (LHo-LOC n 87914328)

Knights of the Golden Eagle (LHo-LOC n 2005172819)

Patriotic Order Sons of America (LHo-LOC n 85337219)

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (LHo-LOC n 85244181)

Hamilton Watch Company (LHo-LOC n 88294483)

Advertising (LHo-LOC sh 85001086)

Bible records (LHo-LOC sh 8800008)

Calligraphy (LHo-LOC sh 85018955)

Decorative arts (LHo-LOC sh 85036316)

Funeral prayer cards (LHo-LOC sh2016001037)

Genealogy (LHo-LOC sh 85053742)

Penmanship (LHo-LOC sh 85099491)

Postcards (LHo-LOC sh 85105462)

School notebooks (LHo-LOC sh 85118370)

Scrapbooks (LHo-LOC n 86710275)

Visiting cards (LHo-LOC sh 85143897)

Lancaster County (Pa.) (LHo-LOC n 79056624)

Conestoga (Pa. : Township) (LHo-LOC n 86038982)

Search Terms:


American Relief Association

Bible records


Calling card

Central Graded School

Conestoga Center, Conestoga Twp.

Conestoga Twp.

Decorative arts

Funeral prayer cards


Hamilton Watch Company


Improved Order of Red Men

Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Knights of the Golden Eagle

Patriotic Order Sons of America



Rawlinsville, Martic Twp.

School notebooks


Visiting cards

Related Materials:

Hill Family Bible (Clayton B. Hill and Effie N. McGlaughlin) in the Bible Collection

Photographs in the Photograph Collection

Box which may have held Joseph McGlaughlin’s calligraphy items is in the Curatorial Collection.

Handmade greeting card attributed to Joseph H. McGlaughlin, P.95.22.2

Penmanship sample with business card, G.96.03.04

Processing History:  Processed and finding aid prepared by AG, Summer 2019. This collection has been documented, preserved and managed according to professional museum and archives standards. The collection was cataloged using DACS conventions.


Folder 1 Genealogy record prepared by Joseph H. McGlaughlin for Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Erb. Marriage certificate of Robert A. Erb and M. Letitia McGlaughlin.  Birth dates of Robert and M. Letitia and their daughter E. Elizabeth. Joseph is the brother of M. Letitia. 26 January 1902.  (1 item, 6 pages)

Folder 2 Death Account of Friends and Acquaintances Since 1887. Presented to Joseph H. McGlaughlin, Leola, Pa, by his brother-in-law, Tilden Falk, New York, NY #457, 9th Ave. Shows name of decedent, place of residence, date of death, and sometimes age. Back of book records organizations joined by Joseph H. McGlaughlin, showing the date he joined, membership, and benefits. Organizations include Improved Order of Red Men (I.O.R.M.), Kishacaquillas Tribe No. 65, Conestoga Centre, Pa, American Relief Association, Knights of the Golden Eagle, West Earl Castle No. 78, Brownstown, Pa, Patriotic Order of Sons of American, Washington Camp No. 557, Lancaster, Pa, Artisans Order of Mutual Protection, Lancaster Assembly, No. 27, Lancaster, Pa, Ancient and Illustrious Order Knights of Malta, Martin Luther Commandery No. 317, transferred to Meridian Sun Commandery No. 99, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Levergood Lodge No. 1094. Back pages also include list of years 1887-1920 and suspected corresponding number of deaths per year. 1887-1920. (1 item, 92 pages)


Folder 3 Funeral card for Samuel McGlaughlin and letter reporting death

Insert 1 Funeral card for Samuel McGlaughlin, deceased 4 April 1909, aged 74 years. Design copyrighted 1904 by H.P. Wendell & Co., Leipsic, O. 1904. (1 item, 1 page)

Insert 2 Letter from Joseph McGlaughlin, Leola, Pa, addressed to his sister A. Laura Falk, 246 W. 18th St., New York, NY, reporting their father’s, Samuel McGlaughlin, death. Written on funeral stationery. 4 April 1909. (1 item, 2 pages)

Funeral stationary envelope addressed to Mrs. A. Laura Falk, 246 W. 18th St, New York, NY. (1 item, 2 pages).


Folder 4 Postcards addressed to Effie Falk

Insert 1 Illustrated “best wishes” postcard addressed to Effie Falk, C.B. Hill, 236 West Orange St, Lancaster, Pa from C. Elizabeth, Rawlinsville Camp. 1908. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 “This Little Pig went to Market” American Post Card “Photogravure” Series 134, Subject 5 addressed to Miss Effie Falk of C.B. Hill, 236 West Orange St, Lancaster, Pa, from her uncle Frank. 15 June 1909. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 5 Postcards from Grace, possibly Grace Shaub.

Insert 1 Postcard, 4207 – New Capitol Building, Harrisburg, Pa from Grace, who reports shaking hands with Governor Pennypacker in Harrisburg. Signed “your loving niece.” No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Postcard of Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. published by The Washington News Co., Washington D.C. addressed to Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Roof, Landisville, Pa, from Gracie. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 3 Christmas greeting card with photograph of house from Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Shaub, N. Franklin St, Lancaster, Pa. Handwritten note on back of card identifies photographed house as property of Grace and Jacob Shaub and tells Joseph’s intent to move to 622 and 624 N. Franklin St., Lancaster, Pa. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 6 Letters addressed to Laura McGlaughlin

Insert 1 Letter addressed to Miss Laura McGlaughlin, East Petersburg, Lancaster, Pa, in care of A.F. Roof from her mother regarding her father’s schedule, if he will visit, and updates on family and friends, including Lettie, Harry Shenk, and the Millers. 6 April 1887. (1 item, 2 pages)

Envelope addressed to Miss Laura McGlaughlin East Petersburg, Lancaster, Pa, in care of A.F. Roof. 7 April 1887. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Invitation to the wedding of Clara Weinhold and Joseph H. McGlaughlin addressed to Miss Laura McGlaughlin, 645 West Chestnut St, Lancaster City, Pa. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Envelope addressed to Miss Laura McGlaughlin, 645 West Chestnut St, Lancaster City, Pa. 16 February 1893. (1 item, 2 pages)

Envelope to encase wedding invitation. No date. (1 item, 1 page)


Folder 7 Letter and postcard addressed to Laura Falk

Insert 1 “Rawlinsville Camp – The Spring That Supplies an Abundance of Pure Water to the Grounds” photographic postcard published by E. H. Stauffer, Willow Street. Addressed to Mrs. Laura Falk, 236 W. Orange St, Lancaster, Pa, from her sister, Lettie. August [19__]. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Letter addressed to Mrs. A. Laura Falk 125 North Mary St, Lancaster, Pa from J.H. Mowery MD, attending physician, certifying the birth of Frank P. McGlaughlin by Elizabeth (Henry) McGlaughlin (mother) and Samuel McGlaughlin (father). 25 September 1928. (1 item, 2 pages)

Envelope addressed to Mrs. A. Laura Falk, 125 North Mary St, Lancaster, Pa, stamped in Toronto, Ontario. 14 November 1928. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 8 Letter addressed to Effie McGlaughlin, East Petersburg, Pa from friend Alice Neff, discussing recent weather, sleigh riding, and school schedules. 18 February 1894.

Envelope addressed to Miss Effie McGlaughlin, Conestoga, Lancaster Co., Pa. 23 February [1894]. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 9 Postcards addressed to Lettie Erb

Insert 1 “Florida the Tropical Wonderland” enveloped postcard containing illustrated pictures, informational paragraph, and poem published by the Florida Post Card Co., Jacksonville, Fla., made in C.T. Art-Colortone (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) By Curt Teich & Co., Chicago. Addressed to Mrs. Lettie Erb, 340 S. Prince St, Lancaster, Pa. 1938 (1 item, 3 pages)

Insert 2 Christmas greeting postcard addressed to Mrs. Lettie Erb, R. #1 Shoff., Lancaster Co., Pa from her sister, Laura. 23 December 1908. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 3 Hamilton Watch Factory postcard addressed to Mrs. Robert A. Erb, Shoff., Lancaster Co., Pa from her sister Effie. 22 August 1908. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 4 “The Promenade on Brooklyn Bridge, New York” Illustrated Postcard Co., NY 1060 addressed to Mrs. Robert Erb, R.F.D. #1, Shoff P.O., Lancaster County, Pa. from her brother Frank. 13 November 1906. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 10 Postcards addressed to Elizabeth Erb

Insert 1 Valley Creek postcard, 18905, Valley Forge, Pa addressed to Miss Elizabeth Erb, Shoff., Pa from Grace, who reports arriving in Phoenixville. 22 June 1908. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Niagara Falls Postcard published by The Hugh Leighton Co., Manufacturers, Portland, Me, U.S.A, printed in Frankfort o/Maine, Germany addressed to Elizabeth Erb, Mt. Nebo, Pa. from Uncle Joe. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 3 “You’ve got to be cruel to be Kind” illustrated postcard published by Bamforth & Co. Publishers Holmfirth (England) and New York, Series No. 1158, Printed in England, addressed to Miss E. Elizabeth Erb, A. #1. Shoff., Lancaster Co., Pa. 12 August 1908. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 4 “Grace” illustrated postcard published by Darwin D. Silberer & Bros., P.O. STA. D.N.Y. City Name Ser. N. 27, made in Hungary, addressed to Miss E. Elizabeth Erb, Mt. Nebo, Pa, from Grace. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 5 “A Happy Easter” illustrated postcard, Series 42 E, addressed to Miss Elizabeth Erb, #658 ½ Columbia Ave., Lancaster, Pa from Aunt Laura. 2 April 1915. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 6 “Joyous Easter” illustrated postcard by Jenny Nystr[ő]m, Made in Germany, addressed to Miss Elizabeth Erb, 658 ½ Columbia Ave., Lancaster, Pa, from Grace. 2 April 1915. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 11 Holiday and birthday card

Insert 1 Christmas and New Year’s Card with holding folder. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Embroidered birthday greeting card from Tilden, addressed to his daughter. New York. 25 January 1919. (1 item, 2 pages).

Insert 3 Illustrated Christmas postcard, made in Germany, No. 15348 Chromo. Emb., No. 15756. Gel. Gold, addressed to Clyde M. Swarr. 25 December 1910. (1 item, 2 pages)


Folder 12 Illustrated visiting cards belonging to various members of the McGlaughlin family including Annie L. McGlaughlin, M. Lettie McGlaughlin, Harvey M. McGlaughlin,  Jos. H. McGlaughlin, Martha L. McGlaughlin, A. Laura McGlaughlin, and Effie McGlaughlin. No date. (20 items, 20 pages)

Folder 13 “The Gillett Products of Standard Brands Ltd.: Famous Throughout All Sections of Canada,” article by William F. Ralph published by The Bulletin discussing the Gillett business stock and Magic Baking Powder’s popularity among Canadian consumers. Article features pictures of W.C. Leckie, C.E. Moyle, A.P Craig, George Hepburn, and F.P. McGlaughlin. July 1930. (1 item, 4 pages)

Folder 14 Notebook belonging to Laura McGlaughlin while she attended Central Graded School, Conestoga Twp. Notebook entries contain writing and penmanship exercises, responses to prompts, and poetry. 11 November 1881 – 10 March 1882. (1 item, 39 pages)

Folder 15 Miscellaneous Clippings of All Kinds (&) Desire to Save. Collection of directories, newspaper clippings, stamps, poems, business cards, published short stories, songs, and prayers. Some newspaper articles mention McGlaughlin Family members. 1919 – 1938. (1 item, 78 pages)

Folder 16 Scrapbook of prints and illustrated pictures from L.B. Herr’s Music & Book Store, Lancaster, Pa, presented to Lettie McGlaughlin by Mrs. Emma Huber. Scrapbook contains printed cards, cut outs from illustrated prints, and collection of visiting cards. 1906. (1 item, 32 pages)

Folder 17 The Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, published by Charles Foster, No. 18 South Seventeenth Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 1884. Presented to Miss Lettie McGlaughlin, Conestoga, by her mother. Book includes illustrations, blank genealogy records in the center, and index of contents. Front page is signed by M. Lettie Erb, Mount Nebo, Pa. and dated 16 June 1906. 25 December 1885. (1 item)

Folder 18 Signed print of J.P. McCaskey found in the Hill Family Bible located in the first page of “A Comprehensive and Illustrated History of the Books of the Old and New Testament.” No date. (1 item, 1 page)


Folder 19 Items found in A. Laura’s scrapbook

Insert 1 Advertisement card found in back of scrapbook for Brown’s Drug Store, Duke and Lemon Streets, Lancaster, Pa, with illustration of woman’s portraiture and description of cosmetic products. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Advertisement card for Shaub & Burns, No. 24 North Queen St., Lancaster, Pa with illustrated front and mission statement and product descriptions on the back found in back of scrapbook. No date.(1 item, 2 pages)

Perfume card found in back of scrapbook advertising Hoyt’s German Cologne and Rubifoam for the Teeth, manufactured by E.W. Hoyt & Co., Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., sold in Heitshu’s Drug Store, Opp. Northern Market, Lancaster, Pa. Card’s illustration copyrighted 1888. 1888. (1 item, 2 pages)

Alden Fruit Vinegar, for sale by P.M. Burner, Dry Goods, Groceries, Glass, Queensware & Co., Conestoga Centre, Pa. illustrated advertisement found in back of scrapbook. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 2 Illustrated floral postcard found on page 43 of scrapbook. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Illustrated floral card with imprinted (Merry Christmas) found on page 43 of scrapbook. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

“Welcome/Happy/Morn” illustrated card found on page 23 of scrapbook. No date (1 item, 2 pages)

Insert 3 “Our Little Gardner” illustration published by True & Co., Augusta, Maine, copyright True and Co. 1880 found on page 45 of scrapbook. 1880. (1 item, 2 pages)

“The Blue Jay illustration published by True & Co., Augusta, Maine, copyright True and Co. 1880 found on page 53 of scrapbook. 1880. (1 item 2 pages)

Insert 4 Visiting card imprinted with name Laura McGlaughlin under floral scrap, found in back of scrapbook. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)


Box 2

Scrapbook  Presented to A. Laura McGlaughlin by her brother Joseph McGlaughlin as a birthday present. Album contains calling cards, trade cards, and scraps from prints/illustrations. 13 January 1885. (1 item, 54 pages)


Folder 20 Photocopies of photographs. Original photographs transferred to the Photograph Collection, 3 July 2019.

Two portraiture photographs of a young man printed by B.F. Saylor, 45 West King Street, Lancaster, Pa. 24 July 1884. (1 item, 2 pages)

Enlarged photograph of couple (printed by Kodak). No date. (1 item, 2 pages)

Photograph of Jos. McGlaughlin pasted onto cardstock. No date. (1 item, 2 pages)


Hill Family Bible The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of The Original Tongues and with The Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised; with Complete Concordance, Embracing Every Passage of Scripture in the Largest Editions, Apocrypha and Psalms, published by A. J. Holman & Co., Philadelphia. 1890. “Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton B. Hill by her brother Jos. H. McGlaughlin.” Bible contains genealogy records certifying the marriage of Clayton B. Hill and Effie N. McGlaughlin, both of Conestoga, with a record of their birth dates. Family Temperance Pledge included in genealogy section. Back of bible contains blank family portraiture pages. 27 January 1904. Transferred to Family Bible Collection. (1 item).