Editors note: we recently received a
package containing the daily journal of Luther Kugler -
we wish we could tell you who this man was, but we can't
- all we have is his notes ... notes which provide an
interesting glimpse of what life was like in pre-WWI
Martin Luther Kugler was a plumber who
lived in Emmitsburg from before 1900 until after 1930.
He was born in Maryland on Aug 12,1891 to George Albert
and Cornelia Catheina (Conner) Kugler.
In 1921 Martin Luther Kugler married Goldie M. Haugh.
They had at least 2 children, Kenneth G. Kugler (born
1922) and Anna G. Kugler (born 1926). Martin Luther
Kugler died May 7,1957 in Martinsburg, WV. He is buried
in the cemetery in Emmitsburg, MD
Read Entries for
Martin Luther Kuglers WWI Service Record
Jan 1 Mr. Kruse Byers baby died. Wednesday Jan 3 Fri.
rain and wind.
Jan 3 Fri Rob Burdner Roy Wagaman Web (sic) Felix,
John Myers & L. Kugler installed a steam boiler down at
the Catholic school house.
Jan 4 Sat Mr. Breichner had a shooting match. Jan 6
Jan 5 Sun Mr. Howard Beard was taken to the Frederick
City hospital by Dr, B.J. Jamison
Jan 7 Tue rain.
Jan 8 Wed Mr. James McBride died near M.S.M. College
Jan 9 Thu Mr. Geo Frailey came home from the hospital
Jan 10 Fri Lummie was taken sick with the scarlet fever
Jan 11 Scarlet fever was in the town of Emmitsburg
during the month of December 1912 & the month of January
the families that had it are first Mr. Tom Lansinger, 2.
Dorey Bollinger 3. Fred Brown 4 John Little 5. Warren
Jan 10 Fri Mrs. James Plank died in York Pa very
Jan 11 Sat Mr. Harry Weant, Roy Wagaman, John McGraw
& L. Kugler started to put the siding on the gas house
at M.S.M. College.
Jan 11 Sat the Beatty house was sold to John Matthews
Jan 12 Early Sunday morning Mr. Black store at Rocky
Ridge burned down and so excited was Mr. Black that he
dropped over dead he was an old soldier of the Civil
Jan 13 Monday Lumma baby Mary Elizabeth was taken
sick with scarlet fever. Mr. Harry Hardman was taken
Jan 15 Mamma went out to Warrens to nurse Lumma and
the baby Wed
Jan 16 rain. Thu. Lutheran Church had services
for to holy communion on Sunday (sic)
Jan 17 Fri Mr. Machel Robinson died up at the
Emmit house will be buried in the Mountain View
Jan 19 Sun Mr. Chas Zeck died Sunday night will be
buried in Lutheran Cemetery.
Mr. Lewis Higbee was elected pastor of the
Reform Church of Emmitsburg Md
Jan 21. Tue some man from Hagerstown put up a big
cross up on the hill for Mr. Kershner.
Jan 22 Wed L.K. delivered a cook stove down to Mr.
John Brown and brought two old stoves back
Jan 25 Sat Mrs. Stern up at the second toll gate was
Jan 29 Wed snow.
Mr. Sheeley near Four Points died of cancer
will be buried in Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Martin near
Jan 30 Mr. John Welty died on Thu will be buried out
at M.S.M. College. Olie Moser & Web (sic) Felix started to
pipe a house for gas for Mr. Wm Devilbiss near
Feb 2 Sat Bought watch from T.T. Ester $6.00 Feb 17
Mon Old Lady Morrison is very sick.
Feb 4 Tue Mamma came home from Lumeys
Feb 5 Wed Mr. Joe Fream (?) died.
Feb 7 Fri Bob Burdner & L. Kugler started to punch
iron for big gas machine for M.S.M.C.
Feb 8 ice cutting. Sat
Feb 10 Mon Annans started to cut ice.
Feb 14 Fri Mrs. James Currey was taken to the
Frederick City Hospital.
Feb 17 Mon Bryan Byers is very sick. snow. Mrs. Doll Harner is very sick. Olie
Moser fixed up a gasoline engine for John McGraw.
Feb 18 Mrs. Morrison died aged 95 yrs Tue.
Olie Moser & Bob Burdner put two copper
tanks in down at Mr. Donald Forbs Motters Station.
Feb 20 Thu L.K. was at a social meeting down at Miss
Grace Rows. (sic)
Feb 21 Fri L.K. was at a birthday social held at Mr.
Oscar Fraileys for the benefit of the Methodist Church.
Mr. Harry Wagaman moved his black smith
shop to town down on Frederick St.
Feb 21 Fri Carrie was sick with an absess (sic).
Feb 22 Sat thunderstorm, President Madero of Mexico & Vice
President were shot and killed while being taken from
the National Palace to the penitentary (sic)
Feb 23 Sun 12 n. Dr James Eichelberger died at the
Frederick City Hospital.
Rev E. L. Higbee was ordained on Sunday
minister of the Reformed Church of Emmitsburg Md.
Feb 24 Mitchells got a new piano from Birley
Feb 26 Wed Mr. Thomas Hays was in Baltimore.
Mr. Buckingham traded stoves with Tom Hays
Feb 27 Wed eve the white car or the tuberculosis car
came to Emmitsburg to spend 3 days.
Feb 28 Fri George Wantz was taken sick
Mar 4 Tue President Wilson was inaugurated in
Washington. Dr. Brawner was taken to the
hospital. Mr. Harry Hopp was taken to the hospital
Some person or more disfigured 9 monuments over at
Gettysburg on the Battlefield, at night
Mar 5 Wed Mr. Thomas Hays bought an iron money safe
from Jacob Winegardner.
Roy Wagaman moved up to Zora.
Mr. Harry Wagaman moved into town
Mar 7 Fri Big dynamite explosion down at Sparrows
Point 40 killed and many injured 340 tons. L.K. took a range down to Pious (sic)
Shorbs and a coal stove to Warthens.
Mar 8 Sat Mr. Peter Bollinger had sale.
Mar 10 Mon Frank Weant & L. Kugler put a little piece
of roof on Bern Weltys shop. Mr. John Wetsel died.
Aunt Martha Cox and Willie Cox was (sic) here for
Mar 11 Tue Mr. Olie Moser started out for the agency
of the Hays acetylene generator. Earl Eyler moved from Shrivers farm up to
Rev Murreys house.
Mar 16. Sun night Passion week services started in
the Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Isaac Annan died Monday.
L. Kugler went out to Mr. Dorey Bollingers
to fix up his stoves.
Mr. Chas Kugler & Mr. John Mentzer are
installing a (sic) acetelyne (sic) light plant down at
Mr. Chas Landers.
Mar 18 Tue Mr. Dorey Bollinger moved out to his farm
bought from Mr. Ross Baker.
Mr. Wagaman & Zimmerman received a carload of auto cars
make of them "Fords"
Mar 19 Wed Mr. Harry Weant & L. Kugler went down to
Middleberg for 3 days work. Mr. Roy Claybaugh near Brucevill (sic) was
killed by a straw knife while cutting straw on the
stack. Old Mr. Hayes died. two weeks later his wife
Bern Peters & Robert Burdner & Olie Moser
are repairing Mr. Thomas Hays old barn that stands in
Mar 20 Thu Mr. Allen Rider and another man left for
Mar 22 Sat Mr. Thomas Hays was in Baltimore. Mar 22
Sat two wrecks on the W.M.R.R.
Mar 24 Mon Mr. John Wantz & Mr. Joe Welty built an
out kitchen here Kuglers. Mr. Harry Harbaugh died near Bruceville.
Firemen were called out to
Mr. John Harners house at night.
Big cyclone out west killed thousands of people and many
thousands homeless. Aunt Martha Cox bought a range from
T. C. Hays.
Mar 25 Tue L. Kugler putting spout on Hays
old barn. Thunder showers.
Mr. Jacob Hoke moved into his house side
Mar 26 Wed Mrs. Wingeard died at Miss Louis Matters.
rain. Mr. Hirt moved from I. J. Gelwicks house
into Mr. Jacob Hokes house.
Mar 27 Thu Mr. John Hoke drowned in Toms Creek got in
up at Hartmans bridge and was found a little below the
Sisters dam. he was drunk. High waters.
Mr. Thomas Hays bought a motorcycle Mar 27 Thu
Mr. Bennet Tysons sister died
Mar 28 Fri Mr. Jacob Hoke bought a ranke (sic) of
Thomas Hays L Kugler installed it.
Mar 29 Sat Mrs. Coil had sale
Mare 31 Mon L.K. was out at M.S.M.C. April 1 Tue Mr.
Anthony Wivel moved down to Mr. John Gelwicks house on
Gettg (sic) St.
April 1 Tue Mr. Thomas Lansinger moved up to Mr.
Springers house Mane (sic) St. Mr. Tom Adelsberger moved down to Mr. Gelwicks house east end. John Mentzer moved up to Mr. Gelwicks house
beside of C. G. Shoemaker. Mr. Tom Adelsberger moved his livery down
to Spanglers stable. Ellen Beatty moved
around in the alley where John Ellis lived.
John Ellis moved up in the mountain on Muths place. Mrs. Coil moved to Gettysburg.
Mr. Fred Brown moved to Hagerstown.
Mr. Joe Orndorff moved into the house where Fred Brown
lived. Mr. Buckingham moved down where
Mr. Finefrock lived.
Mr. John Wagaman started to build a garage up town.
April 2 Wed rain
April 3 Thu a team belonging to C.E. McCarren drove by
Geo Wagaman had Chas Longs mother inlaw (sic) in and his
wife and two children ran off but no one was hurt.
Mr. Joe Topper was married to Miss Osullivan (sic) of
April 6 Sun snow storm
April 7 Mon moved range out into the out
kitchen at Kuglers.
April 9 Wed Mr. Romanus Florence married Miss Adams
April 10 Thu Mr. Olie Moser & Chas Hoke went over to
Mr. Warrenfelts to pipe the house for gas.
Mr. Thad Maxel, Richard Zacharias, Rob Gillelan, Francis
Matthews, Roy Wagaman, L. Kugler went down to Thurmont
to the I.O.O.F. meeting in an automobile and walked
back. Miss Adelsberger was buried in Catholic
April 11 Fri Mr. Bern Peters & L. Kugler installed a
range boiler down at
Annan Horner's house.
April 13 rain Sun. Rev Fox of the Methodist
preached his first sermon here.
April 14 Mon repaired gas machine
for Mr. Whiting.
Sarted to pipe the range boiler here Kuglers. Mr. Geo Mentzer married a girl in
April 15 Tue Mr. Chas Hoke & L. Kugler put up a sink
for A. Horner. L. Kugler. Mr. Harry Wagaman bought a range from Mr. T.
C Hays. Mr. Daniel Sweeney died. Mr. Roy Smith buried
his little baby. Tue rain.
April 16 Wed Frank Weant & L. Kugler put a sink in
down at Mr. Hensleys. Mr. Ed Rowe & Mr. Breichner were taken
to Frederick Jail.
April 18 Fri Mrs. Doll Harner died.
April 19 Sat put spout on Hays old barn on the north
side L. Kugler
April 21 Mon Olie Moser & L.Kugler put spout on Mrs.
John Hakes house.
April 22 Rob Rider, Web (sic) Felix, & L. Kugler put
a piece of roof on Dr B. J. Jamisons house. Olie Moser started to put in Dr B. J.
Jamisons bath room. Mr. J. W. Breichner moved from the
Emmits (sic) house into the opera house.
April 24 Thu Mrs. Slagle moved into the Emmit house.
April 25 Fri Mr. Bern Peters and L. Kugler put a little
piece of roof on for Professor Hahn.
April 26 Sat trial in Frederick.
April 27 Sun two young students from the seminary
preached in the Lutheran church. rain
April 29 Tue Mr. Chas Hoke & L. Kugler put some pipe
in down at the Pane (sic) farm on Paynes hill.
April 28 Mon Mamma tore the oil cloth off of the
April 29 Tue Prof Jourdan died.
May 6 Tue Olie Moser left Hays.
May 10 Sat papered our kitchen Murrey Hardman & Geo Wagaman
May 17 Sat Ruth Shuff was taken to the Frederick City
hospital for appendicitis.
May 20 Tue L.K. took a stove down to Mr. Roy Dern at
Key Mar. cook stove. Mr. Hays men started to put the
plumbing in Hotel Slagle.
May 24 Sat Pop painted the bath room at home.
May 25 Sun Rev Fox preached to the G.A.R. men in the
Methodist church. Rev Reinewald preached to the graduates of
the High School.
Mon Mrs. John Rosensteel died.
June 1 Mrs. Frank Caldwell died Sun
June 1 Sun Mon John Wagaman, Bert Bowling, Olin
Moser, Chas Kugler, Frank Shuff, Louis Annan, Frank
Weant, L. Kugler took a trip to Washington
June 4 Wed Mr. Meade Fuss was seriously injured in a
runaway of a four horse team.
June 5 Thu
Mr. Oscar Frailey layed (sic) pipe in front
of his house in the side drain
June 6 Fri Preparatory services in the L. Church for
June 7 Sat morn 3 am Mr. Meade Fuss died from his
injury. Ben Brown was injured a (sic) Rocky Ridge jumped
off of moving train
June 8 Sun Communion in the L. church. Childrens day services in L. Church.
June 9 Mon night frost along creek
June 10 Tue Mr. Basil Gillson and Weamer Hays were
married by Mr. Fox. Mrs. Fred Hardman died.
June 11 Wed Web (sic) Felix and L. Kugler took a
stove up to Mr. Crooks at the Summit
June 13 Fri Joe Orndorff & L. Kugler put tin roof on
out at Mr. Foxes.
June 14 Sat Ben Brown died at the Hagerstown
June 15 Sun Pop & Mam (sic) were out to Uncle Sams.
June 16 Mon Mrs. Hahn died
June 18 Wed Commencement at
St Josephs Academy
June 21 Sat big rain.
June 29 a Seminarian preached in the L. Church
June 30 Mon oiled the streets of Emmitsburg.
July 1 Tue big 50 anniversary (sic) at Gettysburg
July 4 Fri Firemens picnic was held in Emmitsburg.
Old church on the college hill was burned down.
July 5 Sat big rain.
July 21 Mon started to put tin roof on old chapel at
July 24 Thu Lutheran reunion at Pen Mar.
July 30 Wed Mr. Cerel (sic) Rotering died. Big storm
in Washington city.
July 31 Thu Presbyterians reunion at Pen Mar
Aug 2 Sat Will Agnew baby died.
Aug 4 Mon Mr. John Rosensteel had a concrete pavement
laid in front of his house
Aug 5 Tue morning the Blue Mountain house burned
Aug 7 Thu L.K. was up at Pen Mar.
Aug 8 Fri Mr. Olin Moser moved to Baltimore
Aug 9 Sat Mr. Pontious, Web (sic) Felix, John McGraw.
Fred Wivel tore out the twin boilers under the Gumnasium
(sic) at M.S.M. College. Shower of rain.
Aug 10 Sun Mamma & Aunt Sarah, Aunt Mary, went up to
Aunt Mandahs (sic). Mr. Harry Hardman had a light
stroke. Mr. Rotering is very sick. Mrs. Gladhills baby died.
Aug 12 a good shower Sun.
The Taneytown Grangers Fair started and lasted 4 days.
Aug 13 Wed Papa, Mamma, Uncle Sam, Aunt Sallie,
Gertrude, Warren, Lumma and Elizabeth took a trip to
Hanover to see Uncle John Myers & Aunt Martha.
Aug 16 Sat Bob Rider, Jim Hays & L. Kugler started to
put a tin roof on the Hotel Slagle laundry.
Aug 18 Mon Mr. Henry Hardman died. The thunder storm
blew over the chimney on Hays shop and smashed the roof
in. Big thunderstorm 4 fires that night. Storm blew Mr. Andrew Annans tree
Baby born to Mrs. Sprenkle.
Aug 19 Tue Bob Rider, Jim Hays, L. Kugler, Joe
Orndorff repaired the roof on Hays shop. Mr. Chas Rider laid the cement crossing
between Fraileys shop and Mr. Annan Homers house
Aug 20 Wed L. Kugler & Jim Hays put up a smoke stack
for Mr. Dan Rody (sic)
Aug 20 Wed Mamma went to Abbotstown. Bob Riders
sister was married to a man in Philadelphia. Catholic
Aug 21 Thu Bob Rider, Mr. Basil Gillson, L. Kugler
started to put tin roof on Hotel Slagle garage. Mr. Basil Gillson started to work for Tom
Hays. Mr. Thomas Hays went up above Greencastle and
returned on Fri afternoon.
Aug 22 Fri good rain Aug 22 Fri Mr. M. F. Rowe
repaired a pair of shoes for L. Kugler.
Aug 25 Mon Cousin Mary & George came up from
Aug 25 Thu T. C. Hays
installed a big range at the new Slagle Hotel.
Aug 27 Wed Mamma came home from Uncle John Hoffmans.
Bob Rider was down to Owens Mills to install a gas
machine Aug 27 Wed Mr. Chas Rider started to lay
crossing in front of home
Aug 29 Fri Bob Rider went down to Gaithersburg to put
in a gas machine. Gus J. Florence died aged 21 yrs.
Aug 30 Sat Mr. Joe Orndorff & L. Kugler put in to
(sic) big range boiler at Slagle Hotel
Sept 1 Mon a baby was born to Mrs. Laurence Mondorff.
Sept 3 Wed Mamma, Lumey & Elizabeth were out to Aunt
Sept 6 Sat Mr. Torn Hays was in Gaithersburg.
Sept 8 Mon Mr. Tom Hays fell off his motorcycle and
was injured pretty badly. Bob Rider, John McGraw, Webb Felix started
to heat Annan Horners House. The public school & the
Catholic school reopened.
Sept 9 Tue Mrs. John Bell died.
Sept 10 Wed Mr. Warren Gelwicks & Miss Ethel Welty
were married. Wed Joe Orndorff, Webb Felix & L. Kugler
hauled the boiler up to Annan Horners house.
Sept 11 Thu Mr. Pete Bollinger & Mrs. John Moser were
Sept 13 Fri Mary Kahl & Maurice Kahl returned to
Baltimore. L. Kugler was in Baltimore.
Sept 13 Sat Mr. Joseph Ohler died. Mr. Chas Rider started to lay the cement
pavement in front of Geo Kuglers. Bob Rider & L. Kugler were piping Annan
Horners house for hot water. Mr. Frank Cline the boss electrician for M.S.M.C was killed down near York by the W.M. train,
which ran into him on a crossing
Sept 15 Mon Mr. Chas Rider finished laying the cement
pavement. Web (sic) Felix and L. Kugler were
cutting pipe for the steam heater at Hotel Slagle.
Sept 14 Sun Harvest Home services in the Lutheran
Church. A baby boy was born to Mr. & Mrs. Will Seltzer.
Sept 17 Wed rain.
Sept 18 Thu The radiators for Mr. Annan Horners were
installed and the radiators and boiler for Hotel Slagle
were hauled up from the railroad. Rain
Sept 22 Mon Bob Rider & L. Kugler put a roof on a
silo down at Eckenrodes.
Sept 23 Tue night Miss Beard was killed at Thurmont
by the W.M. train.
Sept 25 Thu John McGraw and L.K. put a sink in down
at Mrs. Bennets.
Sept 28 Sun Old Mrs. Barry died.
Sept 29 Mon Bob Rider & Web (sic) Felix went down to
Walkersville to install a gas machine. Bob Mitchell
colored, his little girl had her arm shot off by her
little brother, with a shot gun
Sept 30 Tue Mrs. Joe Rose and Annie were here for
dinner and supper. Mr. Michaels dropped over dead.
Oct 1 Wed big rain
Oct 6 Mon Bob Rider & L. Kugler went dow to Mr. Zentz
Thurmont to put a tin roof on the silo. Mr. Reinewald father died. Mon
Oct 8 Wed Mrs. Reinewald sister died. Mrs. Doll.
Oct 12 Sun Prof Wentz preached in the Lutheran Church
Oct 16 Thu Bob Rider & L. Kugler were down at
Thurmont to fix Rouzers furnace
Oct 17 Fri One of Mr. Mark Spaldings boys died from
Oct 18 Sat rain
Nov 12 Dr. Riegle died
Nov 18 Tue Mr. Dan Stouter died. Mr. Robert Kritz took the town clock faces
off to repaint them.
Nov 19 Wed Bob Rider & Web (sic) Felix went down to
Middleburg to put up some spout. H. Weant, J. Orndorff went to Middleburg
to put in a boiler at Engles.
Nov 24 Mon Bob Rider & L. Kugler went out to Isaac
Annans formerly Whites, to put on some spout and put up
a smoke stack on the chimney.
Nov 25 Tue Engine was broken at M.S.M. college.
Nov 26 Wed Bob Rider & L. Kugler went out to the
college barn to put on spout.
L. Kugler bought watch of G.T. Eyster
Nov 27 Thu Thanksgiving services in Lutheran Church
preached by Rev Hensley.
Nov 28 Mr. Bennet Tyron died in Washington very
suddenly aged 81 yrs Friday
Dec 1 Mon Bob Rider & L. K. were making a gas
generator for out at M.S.M. College
Dec 16 Tue Mrs. Little died
Dec 18 Thu Mr. Chas Wagaman had his arm sawed off. Hays men put up a tower for a wind pump
out at Dan Callahans. L.K. took a range down to Geo Wilhides.
Dec 20 Sat H. Weant, W. Felix, B. Rider & L. Kugler
went down to Middleberg to put on spout.
Dec 21 Sun The Presbyterians and the Methodist held
their Christmas services.
Dec 22 Mon L. Kugler & Jim Hays took a stove down to
Stonesifers on the Jim Troxel place. Mr. Basil Gilson & L. Kugler put a roof on
the barn where he lives. The electricity was
turned into the transformers for the first. Aunt
Sarah & Uncle Frank went to Baltimore to spend the
Dec 23 Tue John McGraw & Luther Kugler put in a set
of shaking grates under the little boiler at M.S.M.C. H. Weant & W. Felix went to Middleberg.
Dec 24 Wed started to put in washers at M.S.M.C. wash
house. Dec 25 Thu hard rain. Big panic up at Calumet, Mich in an
Italian hall about 80 persons killed.
Mr. Harry Eyler was married to Miss Koontz
Dec 29 Mon Mrs. Ehrheart died.