Cleon N Berntheizel
Son of Dr. G.W. and Elizabeth (Shirk) Berntheizel of Columbia, Lancaster County; born Oct. 13, 1874, Cleon was educated in Columbia public schools and graduated from Dickinson School of Law, 1898; enlisted (1900) in Co. C, Fourth Regt., Pa. National Guard, promoted from 1st Lt. to Major Advocate, Fourth Brigade; returned to Pennsylvania as Div. Judge Advocate; deployed in 1916 to the Mexican Border War; served with the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I; and promoted to Lt. Col. After his military career, he served as a member and president of Columbia Borough council, was elected District Attorney of Lancaster Co., 1915, and to the state Senate, December 21, 1920, in a special election, filling a vacancy left by the deceased Senator Horace Haldeman. He was re-elected in 1922, serving through 1926. The senator held positions as Columbia School Board Solicitor, Borough Solicitor, member of the board of directors of Columbia Hospital, director of Keeley Stove Co., solicitor for Central National Bank, director of Central Savings and Loan Association, and was a volunteer fireman. Senator Berntheizel organized the first Columbia High School football team, was an accomplished thespian during his days at Dickinson Law School, and was a member of numerous fraternal and civic organizations. He died on June 21, 1936.
Obituary Lanc New Era., June 22, 1936; text, Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal, June 22, 1936