As early as 1744 Christian Lauer operated a dry goods store near present day Womelsdorf. His customers, as shown by his account books, were the earliest settlers of Western Berks. These accounts now form a part of Volume IX of a collection known as Potts papers, now on deposit in the vaults of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Many persons living in Berks County today would find a record of some of the business transactions of their immigrant ancestors. The list is too lengthy to reproduce in the entirety here; therefore we select only the accounts which came to the attention of Conrad Weiser.
George Michael Ritner, an ancestor of a Pennsylvania governor.
Bastian Brosius – first settler of western Schuykill.
Ludwig Born- Later helped to found Graceham, Maryland.
John Brown- Bill Paid to Wiser by Peter Loch in 1745.
Hannah Zeller- of Zeller’s Fort.
John Graft – a bad bill.
Jacob Perfinger- For rum
Wihelm Huber- Never collected
Nicholas Deck- for nails, paid to Conrad Weiser.
John George Bergenstine- For a hat for his wife.
Jacob Adam Sunday