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doing all kinds of work for builders, and supplied
with a thirty -five horse-power engine. Mr. Spangler ,
owns at present forty houses and thirty-five building
lots. He is a self-made man, having begun life
without a dollar. No man has done more toward t
improving his native town than our subject, and he
is a descendant of one of the oldest families of York,
about two miles from which borough his grandfather
was born. His mother still lives at the advanced
age of eighty-seven, and enjoys remarkably good '
health. His grandfather, Frank, was a soldier in
the war of 1813. January 26, 1859, Mr. Spangler
married Jane Gipe, daughter of Philip and Catherine
Gipe, of York, Penn. ; there have been born to them
seven children: Susan, Elizabeth, Adam. Mary (de-
ceased), Mary Ann, Robert and David. Mr. Spang-
ler is a member of Keystone Conclave, No. 13,
I. 0. H., of York.

J. W. SPANGLER, inventor and manufacturer. :
was born in Jackson Township, Y'ork County, in '
1842. For nearly thirty years he was employed
upon his father's farm, subsequently engaging in
business, as a partner, with the firm of Crider &
Bro. in the publishing business. After one year's
association with this firm he embarked in connec-
tion with Samuel Fry in the manufacture of cotton
comforters and quilts, which partnership lasted one



year. He then formed the company of J. AN .
Spangler & Bro., J. C. Spangler being the partner.
This firm continued until 1882, notwithstanding be-
ing burned out in 1876. They next began the
manufacture of agricultural implements, and have
so continued. Our subject is a natural mechanic,
and notwithstanding the fact of never serving an
apprenticeship, has taken out thirteen patents, each
of them being valuable. Their principal work now
is in the manufacture of Spangler's Fertilizer Feed,
Improved Corn Planter, Lime Spreader, and the
building of feed cutters. Mr. Spangler's many-
other inventions include a washing machine, and
last, but important, is his "lightning hitch," a
paragon of simplicity in hitching or unhitching a
horse. Mr. Spangler is yet young in years, and will
doubtless add more improvements to the benefit of
mankind He is an excellent business man, and a
moral citizen. Mr. Spangler was married, in 1882,
to Laura S. McKinley, of York. They have one
child, Julia Estelle, and are members of the Re-
formed Church.

B. F. SPANGLER, M. D., was born in Jackson
Township. York County, February 31, 1844, to Ru-
dolph and Sarah (Harbaugh) Spangler, and is of
German descent. His father was born in 1800, and
his mother in 1807. His father died in 1851. The
boyhood of Dr. Spangler was spent on the farm.
His literarv education was ac(iuired at the common
schools and the York County Academy. In 1865
he began the study of medicine, and the following
year entered .Jefferson Medical College at Phila-
delphia, graduating in 1868, and the same year be
gan the practice of his profession in York, which he
has since continued. The marriage of Dr. Spangler
was solemnizedin 1868, to Miss Ada E. Nes, daughter
of the late Hon. Henry Nes. They have two children:
Theresa J. and Chauncy K. Dr. Spangler is a Re-
publican, and one of the directors of the Drovers' and
Mechanics' National Bank, and assisted in its or-
ganization. August 7, 1863, Dr. Spangler, at the
age of eighteen years, enlisted as a private in Com-
pany K, One Hundred and Thirtieth Pennsylvania
Volunteers, and was mustered out as fourth sergeant
at the expiration of term of service in May, 1863.
He participated in the battles of Antietam, Fred-
ericksburg and Chancellorsville. Dr. and Mrs.
Spangler are members of the Presbyterian Church.

EDWARD WEBSTER SPANGLER was born
in Paradise Township, York County, February 23,
1846. As a country boy he performed boy's work
"on his widowed mother's farm, and during four
months in winter attended free school. Never relisli-
ing agricultural labors he abandoned them
at the first opportunity and at the age
of thirteen became a student at the York County
Academy. After a year's study he entered as a
clerk in one of the leading dry goods houses in
York. In August. 1863, at the age of sixteen years,
he responded to the call of President Lincoln for
nine months' volunteers, and enlisted as a private
in Company K, One Hundred and Thirtieth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Volunteers. After a two
months' service, in the Army of thePotomac, he re-
ceived his first baptism of fire at the battle of Antie-
tam, in which his company lost in killed and
wounded one-third of its number engaged. Mr.
Spangler fired the eighty rounds with which he was
equipped, and finding use for more took ten rounds
from the cartridge box of a dead comrade, eight of
which he discharged before his regiment was re-
lieved. During the engagement the stock of his
rifle was shattered by a Confederate bullet. At the
battle of Fredericksburg, his division— the third of
the second corps— made the initial and sanguinary
charge on Mary's Heights. His colonel was killed
at the first fire. At Chancellorsville his division
was thrown into the breach to arrest the victorious




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Confederates in their pursuit of tlie routed Eleventli
Corps. During the terrible Saturday night, May 2,
1863. Mr. Spangler's company was fighting nearly
all night on the planli road at the fool of the knoll
on which our artillery ivas massed, and in front of
which Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded.
The next morning, Sunday, his division was com-
pelled to give way, and his general of brigade. Hays,
was taken prisoner. Although in the fore-front of
every battle, Mr. Spangler was unharmed in each.
The term of enlistment having expired, the regi-
ment returned home and was disbanded. After his
return he was appointed deputy United States mar-
shall of York County. He was in service but a few
weeks when his leg was broken by the kick of an
abandoned Confederate horse and, being incapac-
itated for active duty, resigued. Upon his convales-
cence he resumed his studies at the York County
Academy, during which he also registered as a
student at law. After attending a course of lec-
tures in the law department of the University of
Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, v; he was admitted to
the York bar, March 4, 1867. He soon acquired a
very lucrative practice which he has ever since
retained. He has been admitted to practice in the
neighboring county courts and in the United States
district court, and is an active practitioner in the
supreme court during the week appointed for the
argument of York County cases. He has studiously
eschewed politics, save his filling the office of presi-
dent of the York Republican Club, in 1881, which
position he subsequently resigned, having joined
the independent wing of his party. In 1881 he was
one of the principal promoters in the building of
York's beautiful opera house, and superintended its
first year's management. He has also taken an active
interest in .suburban development, and laid out his
real estate, extending from George Street to Cottage
Hill, into building lots, which are propiaquitous to
nearly all of York's manufactories, and are made
accessible by the construction of the new and hand-
some Beach Street iron bridge, in the procuration
of which he was mainly instrumental. In January
1882, Mr. Spangler purchased the York Daily and
Weekly Printing House, with daily and weekly
editions, and extensive job department." With the
valuable assistance of his two able publishing part-
ners he at once introduced into these issues new
life, features and methods, resulting in the large
increase in their circulations and carrying them to
the fore-front of successful inland journals. Mr.
Spangler possesses great energy and executive
ability, is a sound and able advocate, and a pun-
gent and forcible writer.

' JACOB R. SPANGLER, M. D., is a son of
Rudolph and Sarah (Harbaugh) Spangler, was born
in Jackson Township, November 23, 1850, and is of
German origin. The father of Mr. Spangler was a
native of the same county, born in 1800, and died in
1851. Our subject worked on the farm during the
summer and attended the public schools during the
winter. In 1867 he entered the Millersville Normal
School, and subsequently the York County Acad-
emy. In the fall of 1871, Mr. Spangler began Jhe
study of medicine in the office of Dr. B. F. Spangler,
in York, and afterward entered Jefferson Medical
College at Philadelphia, from which he graduated
March 11, 1874, and immediately began the regular
practice of his profession in York, where he has
since continued. He is a thorough Republican and
manifests much interest in politics. During the
year 1880 he was the health officer of York. He is a
man of much public spirit and a most successful
physician.

CHARLES FREDRICK SPANGLER, M. D.,
was born in York, York County, December 31, 1859,
to Harrison and Mary Spangler, and is of German
descent. Dr. Spangler derived his earlier education



from the public schools of the borough. In July,
1876, he began the study of medicine under the pre-
ceptorship of Dr. C. M. Nes. In 1879 he entered
the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia,
graduating with honors in 1881. Being an ardent
lover of the profession, blessed with a retentive
memory, studious, a hard worker, his association
with that institution was attended by marked dis-
tinction. His social qualities inviting the confi-
dence of the faculty, responsible duties were as-
signed to him, affording exceptional opportunities
for acquiring practical knowledge. His acknowl-
edged thorough mastery of the various branches,
with a comprehensive manner of imparting infor-
mation to his associates, gave him a foremost posi-
tion 'n a class of 600. He began the practice of his
profession at Spring Grove, York Co., Penn., sub-
sequently locating permanently in York, August,
1881, whei'e he has the pleasure of attending to a
large and lucrative practice. In 1880 he was mar-
ried to Miss Frances H. Wilson, of Franklin County,
Penn. One child has been born to this union,
Joseph. Politically the Doctor is of Democratic
propensities. At the general election in 1884, he
was elected coroner of York County by a handsome
majority, receiving the largest vote on the ticket
and carrying the Second Ward, whjch is largely Re-
publican. He is a member of the Lutheran Church
and a contributor to various city medical journals.

PETER B. SPRENKLE was born in North Co-
dorus Township in 1837, is the son off George and
Elizabeth (Bare) Sprenkle, the fourth of six chil-
dren, and of German descent. Our subject re-
mained at home and worked at milling and attended
school at Cottage Hill; taught under S. B. Hayes
and H. Gritflth. In 1865 be went to Illinois, and re-
maining two years returned to York County and
settled in his native township, where he remained
several years and then came to York, where he has
since remained. On coming to York he engaged in
the grain business, which he continued for some
time. Mr. Sprenkle was married in 1878 to Miss
Rebecca Fishel, born in Springfield Township (but
a resident of York, Penn., at time of marriage), and
daughter of Charles Fishel. Mr. Sprenkle is a Re-
publican and a Mason. Mrs. Sprenkle is a member
of the Moravian Church. At present Mr. Sprenkle
is engaged in North Codorus Townshipmanufactur-
ing ground flint. The firm is composed of D. B.
and P. B. Sprenkle, Enos Frey and George Motter.
The name of the firm is Sprenkle Bros. & Co.
The flrni was organized October, 1884.

R. S. STAHLE, M. D., was born in York in
1858. is a son of Col. J. A. and Mary E. (Spangler)
Stable, and is of German descent. At the age of
sixteen he entered York Collegiate Institute, and
graduated in 1880. He began the study of medicine
in 1879 under Jacob Hay, M. D. In the fall of 1880
he entered tbe University of Maryland and gradu-
ated in 1883. In the spring of 1881 he entered the
Balitmore Infirmary as clinical assistant, and after,
was acting chief of clinic in the surgical department
of the Baltimore Infirmary, and was also engaged
practicing in Baltimore City duringhis services in the
hospital. In 1883 he came to York and is now in
the regular practice. In politics he is a Republican.

W. GUY STAIR, jeweler and dealer in watches,
clocks and spectacles, was born in Hanover. York
Co., Penn., in 1860, and is a son of William and
Maria (Boadenhamer) Stair. Mr. Stair is the old-
est in a family of four children, and is of German
extraction. His father was -born in Hanover, and
his mother in Berlin, Adams Co., Penn. The Stair
family has long been known in the history of York
County. By occupation the father of Mr. Stair is
a painter, and a resident of Hanover. At eleven
years of age our subject began serving an appren-
ticeship at the jeweler's trade, at which'he has since



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continued to work. In 1884 he came to York and
engaged in his present business, which is successful j
beyond his expectations. He makes a specialty of I
the famous Rockford watches. The marriage of
Mr. Stair occurred, in 1883, to Miss Anna M. Miller,
a native of Penn Township, and a daughter of Ja-
cob Miller. They have one child— Willie J. Mr.
and Mrs. Stair are members of the Lutheran Church.

D. F. STAUFFER is one of the leading cracker
bakers of the State. He is a native of York County,
where he was born February 18, 1844. He is a son
of Rev. Frederick and Mary (Forry) Stauffer, who
were also natives of the county, his father being for
more than forty years a minister of the Mennonite
Church, eighteen of which he served his denomina-
tion as bishop. Our subject was reared and received
a common school education in his native county.
In 1867 he engaged In the milling business, which
was conducted by him until 1870, when he embarked
in his present enterprise. Mr. Stauffer has suc-
ceeded in establishing a large trade, which is ex-
tended to adjoining States. His manufactory for
baking cakes and crackers is a model one of its
kind, and is managed and superintended by him in
person. He is a liberal and deserving citizen of the
county. On July 31. 1870, he was married to Miss
Lucinda, daughter of Samuel and Susan Wagner,
who are also natives of York County. They have
been parents of eight children, seven of whom are
now living: Bertie, Callie, Harry, Nettie, Maggie,
Annie, Elsy M. (deceased), and William H.

JOHN W. STEWART, proprietor of the York
Book-bindery, was born in Philadelphia. August 18,
1831, is a son of James A. and Mary B. (Bell) Stew-
art, and is of English-Scotch origin. His father was
born in Maryland in 1803. and his mother in Dela-
ware in 1806. Our subject was educated at the pub-
lic schools of Philadelphia. At fifteen years of age
he was bound as an indentured apprentice at book-
binding, which apprenticeship lasted until he had
gained liis majority. In 1855 he began business for
himself in his native city, and continued therein
until about 1861. During the late war he was em-
ployed in the United States Navy Yard at Philadel-
phia; he then resumed his former occupation, and
remained in Philadelphia until 1867; then came to
York, and here has since resided, and successfully
carried on the book-binding business. This bindery
was established in 1860, though for a number of
years very little business was done, and it was not
until Mr. Stewart came to York, that the industry
began to flourish or gave much promise. The es-
tablishment is supplied with all the modern machin-
ery and improvements adapted to all classes of
work. Mr. Stewart was married, in 18.56, to Miss
Caroline Matthews, a native of New York. To this
union have been born nine children, three of whom
are deceased. In politics Mr. Stewart is a Democrat.

WILLIAM R. STOUCH, wholesale dealer in
boots, shoes and notions, is a native of York Town-
ship, York Co., Penn.. and was born March 12,
1816, son of Leonard and Susan (Rinehart) Stouch,
and of German extraction. His paternal grand-
father emigrated from Germany and settled in
Dover, York County. Subject's father was born in
this county in 1780 and died in 1856. At thirteen
years of age William R. Stouch came to York,
Penn., where he remained until 1833, when he went
to Baltimore and there served a four 3'ears' appren-
ticeship at coach-making. He then returned to
York and engaged in the manufacture of coaches,
but on account of ill health was compelled to aban-
don this business. In 1850 he went to Philadel-
phia, and for twenty years was salesman in a dry
goods house, after which he returned to York, in
1869, and established liis present business. He was
married, in 1842, to Margaret, daughter of George
andj Mary.iHolder. '^ Mrs. Stouch was born in York,



in 1819. By this union they have three children:
George L., Emma M. and Rex M. H. Mr. Stouch
is a Democrat and is a member of the I. O. O. F.
Mr. and Mrs. Stouch are members of the St. Paul's
Lutheran Church.

C. A. STRACK, furniture dealer and undertaker,
is a native of York, Penn., born March 4, 1843, son
of Charles A. and Caroline (Funk) Strack. The
father was a native of Saxony, Germany, born in
1810. and the mother was born in 1806. In 1838 the
ancestors of our subject emigrated from Germany
to America and settled in Baltimore, Md.. and in
1839 removed to York, where subject's father died
in 1855. At the age of twelve years our subject
began learning the cabinet-maker's trade under an
elder brother, and in this capacity continued five
years, after which he became general manager of
the furniture and undertaking business. Mr.
Strack's father was one of the early furniture deal-
ers of York. In 1878 subject purchased his mother's
interest in the business, and since that time has
been doing business for himself. He was married,
in 1865, to Mary M. Heckert. a native of York.
Six children were born to this union: Carrie S.,
Emma J.. Charles P., Rebecca B., Samuel H. and
Fannie M. Mr. Strack is a Democrat, and has
been a member of the borough school board and
identified with tlie numerous associations of York.
He and his wife are members of the Trinity German
Reformed Church.

JOSEPH ROSS STRAWBRIDGE, attorney at
law and junior member of the law firm of Geise,
Zeigler & Strawbridge, was born in Fawn Town-
ship, this county, July 25, 1858. son of .lohn and
Grizella (McDonald) Strawbridge, residents of the
"Lower End," and prominent people of York
County. His maternal grandfather, Aquila McDon-
ald, was an ofiicer in the war of 1812. Our subject
was reared on the farm. He attended the Farm
Grove Academy, afterward attended Stewartstown
English and Classical Institute during 1874-75, and
graduated from the York Collegiate Institute in
1880, and from Lafayette College in 1882. During
the years 1877 and 1878 he taught school in Adams
County, 111., and was principal of Fawn Grove
Academy, York County, Penn., in 1882-83. He
was registered as a law student August 25, 1882,
was admitted to the bar August 28, 1884, and De-
cember 9th of the same year became a member of the
firm with which he is still connected. He is a
Democrat.

CAPT. E. Z. STRINE, attorney at law, and a
native of Strinestown, Conewago Township, was
born June 11, 1842, to Peter S. and Rebecca (Zeig-
ler) Slrine, and is of German descent. His father
was born in Mount Pleasant, York Co., Penn., July
25, 1815, and his mother in Shrewsbury Township,
1817. His paternal grandfather was John Strine, a
native of York County, and his great grandfather
was born in Germany, came to America, settled in
York County, and was a soldier in the Revolution-
ary war. The father of oor subject died In 1854.
From 1862 to 1871 Capt. Strine was engaged in the
mercantile business in York. In 1871 he began the
study of law under E. D. Zeigler, and in 1873 was
admitted to the York County bar, since which time
he has been in active and successful practice. His
marriage was solemnized in 1865, to Miss Addie E.
Dehoff, a native of York County. They have two
children: Emma A. and Ulysses S. G. For ten
years Capt. Strine has been commander of the York
Grays, Company A, Eighth Infantry, National
Guard of Pennsylvania. Capt. and Mrs. Strine are
members of Trinity Reformed Church.

OLIVER STUCK, Esq., the subject of this
sketch, is practically a self-made man, and who liy
perseverance, thrift andindustr}^ has made his mark
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journalism, while many others, lacking the in-
vincible qualities of pluck and industrious habits,
and not content to live a life of self-denial, have
failed. From a very tender age he has been a hard
worker, and very painstaking with everything he
undertook, and the success with which he has met
in life is all owing to the habits of industry and
frugality he formed in hisyoulh. Oliver Stuck was
born in the borough of York, September 19, 1817.
His father was Capt. Charles Stuck, a carpenter by
occupation. Capt. Stuck was a member of the
famous company of volunteers who marched to the
defense of Baltimore, under Capt. Michael H.
Spangler, on August 39, 1814, and were attached to
the Fifth Maryland Regiment, and participated in
the battle of North Point, September 13, 1814 The
company received the thanks of Gen, Strieker,
commanding, and the officers of the Fifth Regiment,
for their gallantry in action. Capt. Stuck was, after
his return from the war, always very active in the
militia of the State, and commanded a company for
a number of years. Capt. Stuck was a man much
respected and held in high esteem by his fellow-
citizens for his many virtues and kindness of heart.
He died at the age of forty-eight years. Jacob
Stuck, the grandfather of our subject, with his
father, were among the earliest settlers of the thriv-
ing and populous township of North Codorus. The
records of the courts, and deeds held by the land-
owners now living in this township attest the fact
of the Stucks holding large grants of territory in
this section, and which they disposed of by deed to
the progenitors of those now holding the farms in
this section of York County. When the titles to
these lands were vested in the Stucks, the country
was very sparsely settled, and the soil of the small
portion cleared not very productive, consequently
the value was small in comparison to that of these
broad and fertile acres at this writing. Jacob
Stuck came to York to reside at a very early age,
over a century and a half ago, where his descend-
ants have ever since resided. As the name implies,
the Stucks are presumably of German descent,
though the present generation cannot trace their
nationality to any authentic source, other than to
the fact that the township of North Codorus was
settled by Germans, and the Stucks being among
the first settlers, it is but fair to presume they were
of that nationality. The name is distinctively Ger-
man, and properly written to give it the broad Ger-
man pronunciation, it should be witli two dots over
the letter ii, making the name Stiick, though the
ordinary English pronunciation makes it sound like
the word stuck. The mother of Oliver Stuck, our
subject, was Rebecca Snyder Stuck, a most estima-
ble lady, who lived to the advanced age of eighty-
two years, dying in the year 1877. October 15, at
the home of her daughter, in Sunbury, Northum-
berland Co., Penn. Oliver Stuck, at the early
age of scarcely twelve years, was apprenticed to the
printing business with Messrs. King & Barnitz,
then proprietors of the old York Gazette, June 30,
1829, serving an apprenticeship of five years very
faithfully. At the expiration of his term of service
he worked in the same office as a journeyman for a
number of years, after which he went to Harris-
burg, and worked in the State printing office on the
legislative record. There being no railroad in those
days between York and Harrisburg, Mr. Stuck used
to walk the twenty-six miles' distance intervening
between the two points, in his frequent visits home
to his parents, whose principal support he was.
From the early age at which he entered upon his
apprenticeship, it will be ob.served that he did not
possess the advantage of securing an education in
the schools, and really attended school very little,
gleaning all the knowledge he possesses in that
great college, the printing office, and by the reading



of useful books. His ambition was to become the-
editor and proprietor of a newspaper, and witli that:
end in view he applied himself vigorously to work,



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