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ber and coal business in Hanover, and in this has
since continued. In 1880 he was elected president
of the First National Bank of Hanover. He was
married in 1851 to Miss Amanda Reid, of Cincin-
nati, Ohio, and a native of Emmittsburg, Md., and
daughter of Patrick Reid. Eight children have
been born to this union, viz.: Joseph H., Blanch A.,
William A., Eugene R., Helen V., Emma E., Min-
Jiie C. and Percival. Mr. S. is a member of the
lEmanuel Reformed Church.

JACOB H. SCHRIVER is a native of what is
now Penn Township, York County, was born No-
vember 14, 1843, is a son of Henry C. and Maria
M. (Pelty) Schriver, and is of German descent. His
father was born in Adams County, Penn., and his
mother is a native of York County. Mr. Schriver
was educated at the public schools of Hanover.
At twenty-tive years of age he began life for him-
self, and for a time clerked in a store, and later en-
gaged in mercantile business. In 1874 he began
his present occupation as liveryman, in which he
has been successful. He has the most extensive
livery in Hanover, and in connection carries on an
exchange and sale stable. In 1866 he married Miss
Ella C. Gitt, a native of Hanover. Two children
have been born to this union, viz. : Harry G. and
M. Grace. Mr. Schriver is a Republican, and a
member of the Reformed Church, of which his wife
is also a member.

HENRY SCHWALM, proprietor of the Mansion
House, Hanover, Penn., was born September 34,
1843, in Kurhessen, Germany, and is the elder of
two children born to Henry and Anna M. (Nau)
Schwalm, also natives of Germany. Henry re-
■ceived a good German education. He immigrated
to America, landing at Baltimore, May 35, 1868,
and two days after came to Hanover, where he has
«ince resided. He is a tanner by trade, and worked
for one man fourteen years, and quit the trade and
embarked in the hotel business. He had owned
and managed a restaurant for seventeen months,
after which he sold out and purchased the goodwill
and fixtures of the "Mansion House," his present
stand, where he is now doing a flourishing business.
He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth
Stutz in 1867. Five children have blessed this hap-
py union: John H., Harry (deceased), George E.
(deceased), Mary E. and Alice G. He and his wife
are both members of the Reformed Church. He is
a member of the Friendly Circle No. 19, B. U. (H.
P.) of Hanover LodgeNo. 318. K. of P., andof Min-
newaukuru Tribe No. 350, I. O. of R. M, He was
-constable of Hanover from 1876 to 1880, the last
year police of the borough. In politics he is a Re-
publican, takes great interest in educational matters,
and is a liberal, public-spirited citizen.

LEWIS D. SELL, justice of the peace of
Penn Township, York County, was born in Adams
County, Penn., March 30. 185-8. His parents, Henry
and Lucinda (Heagy) Sell, were natives of Adams
County, of German descent and reared a family of
six children — five sons and one daughter — the latter
now deceased. When Lewis D. was but two and a
half years of age, his parents removed to York
County and settled near Hanover, where they en-
gaged in farming, which they followed until 1877.
Lewis D. was brought up on the farm, and assisted



his father until sixteen years of age. His educa-
tion he received at the common schools, and at the
normal schools of York County. After leaving
his father's farm, he began teaching school in
Manheim Township, and taught about eleven years
in York County, spending his vacations at farming.
He was married at Littlestown, Penn., May 34,
1874, to Henrietta A. Aulabaugh, of York County;
they have four children: Emma Lucinda, Harry
Samuel J. Tilden. Lewis Absalom, and Tempeth
A. Jackson Snively. The family are members of
the Trinity Reformed Church of Hanover. Mr.
Sell is a member of the K. of P., and has been
1 chancellor and commander. In 1880 he was ap-
! pointed justice of the peace by the governor of
Pennsylvania, and in the following year, he was
elected to that office, and is the present incumbent.
In 1884 he was a candidate for clerk of the court.
In 1883 he was a delegate to the State convention.
He is an active Democrat and has often represented
his township in the county conventions. He is also
I a stockholder in the Hanover Agricultural Society.
I EDGAR SLAGLE, retired merchant, was born
at Willow Grove Farm,Adams County.Penn., April
6, 1824, is a son of Michael and Eliza (Weaver)
Slagle, and is of German descent. His father, a
farmer, was also born in what is now Adams
County, and his mother in Lancaster County,
Penn. Mr. Slagle received a common school edu-
cation and was reared on the farm. In 1848 he
was appointed to a clerkship at the Duncannon
Iron Works in Perry County, Penn. There he re-
mained until 1850. In 1852 he began the hardware
business in Hanover in partnership with Samuel
Shirk. In 1879. Mr. Slagle retired from business,
after many years of success. He was married in
1856 to Miss Anna E., daughter of Henry and
Lydia Schriver, and a native of Adams County.
They have had four children, viz.: Calvin S., Ida
E., Mary L. and Edgar (deceased). He is a Repub-
lican and manifests great interest in political
affairs. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. Mr.
and Mrs. Slagle are members of the Reformed
I Church. His son, Calvin, now a minister in the
I Reformed Church, is located at Cessna, Bedford
! County, Penn. He graduated from Franklin and
\ Marshall College, Lancaster, in 1879, and from tlie
I theological seminary at Lancaster in 1882. His
I marriage was solemnized in 1883 to Miss Kate,
' daughter of Rev. Dr. Thomas Apple, president of
; Franklin and Marshall College.

MALCOLM O. SMITH, editor and proprietor
I of the Hanover Herald, and a well known local
I historical writer, was born in York in the year 1846,
and is a son of William W. and Charlotte (Stair)
I Smith; he received superior educational advantages,
I attending the York public schools, the York Clas-
I sical and Normal Institute, Eastman's Business
College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and the Pennsyl-
vania College of Gettysburg; also has had a practi-
cal experience of five terms as teacher of select and
public schools. In March, 1865, he enlisted in
Company D, One Hundred and Third Pennsyl-
vania Volunteers, and was in service until August
of the same year. Having previously learned the
trade of a printer, Mr. Smith began his journalistic
career in 1870, establishing the Glen Rock liein,
which he successfully conducted until he sold out
in 1872, and in that year established the Han-
over Herald, of which he is still the editor
and proprietor. Mr. Smith is an able writer
and has made his journal especially attract-
ive by publishing historical matter of interest
concerning the early "Annals of Hanover," and
"Early History of York County," etc., to the care-
ful compilation of which he has devoted much
time and earnest labor. Many incidents, facts and
much valuable historj^ as preserved by him, appear



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in appropriate chapters in this work. The Penn-
sylvania College bestowed on him in 1873, the
honorary degree of A. B. Mr. Smith is a citizen
of progressive ideas, and one of the most successful
newspaper men of York County. He has taken
an earnest interest in the affairs of the Grand
Army of the Republic, and served as Commander
of Maj. Jenkins Post, No. 99, at Hanover, for the
first three years of its existence. He is secretary of
the Hanover Agricultural Society,in the organization
of which society he was especially active. His
marriage with Miss Louisa H. S., daughter of Dr.
F. E. Vandersloot, of Gettysburg, occurred in
1867. Three children, all of whom died in early
childhood, were the fruits of this union.

ALOSYUS SMITH was born in Mount Pleas-
ant Township, Adams County, in 1830, is a son of
Joseph and Mary (Lawrence) Smith, both natives
of Adams County, and is of German descent. His
paternal graiidfather was Charles Smith, a native
of Germany, who came to America and settled in
Adams County, where he died in 1833. Subject's
father was born in 1793, and his mother in 1800; the
former died in 18.57; the latter in 1864. Mr. Smith
was reared on the farm, and in 1849 came to Han-
over and learned the blacksmith trade, -and worked
at it nine years; then began coach-making.which he
followed twelve vears; he then began the lumber '
business in 1873, and then the livery business and [
dealing in horses and mules. He was married, in j
1854, to Miss Agnes Hember, also a native of Adams |
County, and has had born to him thirteen children. ;
He is a Republican and with his wife a member of |
the Catholic Church.

A. J. SNIVELY, M. D., was born in Franklin i
County, Penn., in 1844; is a son of John and Cath-
erine (Keefer) Snively, and is- of Swiss origin; the
father was born near Greencastle, Franklin County,
in 1799; the mother was born in the same county in
1802, and died in 18.54; the father died in 1858. The ,
Snively family emigrated from Switzerland to
America in 1707, and settled in Lancaster County,
in the Province of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snively was
educated in the public schools of Cliambersburg.
In 1859 he entered AVest Branch High School at
Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., Penn., and was there
prepared for the junior class at Princeton College.
In 1863, he enlisted in Company D, Second Penn-
sylvania Infantry, and served one year. In 1864 he
was acting assistant-surgeon at Beverly, N. J. He
graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical Col-
lege, at New York, in 1866; located at Williams- i
burg, Blair County, where he was in practice two
years, and then came to Hanover in 1867, where he
has resided ever since, and has established a large
and successful practice He was married, in 1875, j
to Miss Mazie E. Gitt, daughter of J. W. Gitt. of
Hanover, and is the father of two children; John
U. and Role I. He is a Free Mason, and a Repub-
lican.

NATHAN STAMBAUGH. veterinary surgeon,
at Hanover, Penn., was born in Jackson Township,
York County. Penn.. in 1840, and is a son of Henry
and Leah (Myers) Stambaugb. of York County.
Until fourteen or fifteen years of age, he stayed
with his father on the farm, and then learned the
blacksmith's trade at Abbottstown, Penn., and fol-
lowed it for about twelve years. He began the
study of medicine when fourteen years old. In 1872
he came to Hanover, and began cigar-making, which
he followed five years. Since 1879, he has devoted
his whole time to veterinary sur.gery, and has a
large practice in York and Adams Counties. When
twenty years of age he was married at Abbottstown,
to a Miss Livingston, who died in 1869. leaving
three children. In 1871, he married a Miss Leas,
who died in a few months. In 1872 he married at
New Oxford, Penn., Mrs. Catherine Shultz, widow



of Jacob AY. Schultz. Her maiden name was
Lichty. of York County. In 1863 he enlisted in
Company K, One Hundred and Sixty-fifth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Militia, and served nine months.
He next enlisted at Harrisburg iu Company C, Twa
Hundred and Second Pennsylvania Volunteers, in
August, 1864, and served one year as color-sergeant.
He took part in three battles: White Plains, Han-
over) Court House, and Manasses Junction, beside
numerous skirmishes. Dr. Stambaugh and wife are
members of the Reformed Church. He is also
a member of the I 0. O. F., K. of P., and B. H.
G. F., of FPost 99, G. A. R., and is also a stockhold-
er of the Hanover Agricultural Society.

F. G. STARK was born in Prussia in 1835; is a,
son of Frederick L. and Anna E. (Kraemer) Stark,
and the eldest in a family of four children. The:
father of Mr. Stark was born in the town of Berle-
burg, in the district of Westphalia, and his mother
is a native of the same town. Our subject's pater-
nal grandfather was also a native of Germany, but
came to America and here died. The father of Mr.
Stark also came to America, and settled in Hanover,
When our subject was about one year old, he
was brought to America by his mother, who was
accompanied by her brother, Henry Kraemer, her
husband having come some months previous. Mr,
Stark was educated at the public schools of Han-
over. At a very early age he began learning the
jeweler's trade under his father. In 1857 he went
to Littlestown, Adams Co., Penn., and engaged in
the jewelry business, which he continued for some
time, and then came to Hanover, and here con-
tinued the business for a few months, then sold out
and went to Europe in 1859, and for some yeara
worked in many of the principal cities in Germany
and Switzerland. Returning to America in 1862,.
he again began the jewelry business in Hanover.
He makes a specialty of fine watches, clocks, jew-
elry and spectacles, etc. The marriage of Mr.
Stark took place in 1871. to Miss Alice L. Gitt,
daughter of Joseph S. (C. E. ) and Anna Gitt. of New
Oxford, Penn. One child has been born to him —
George W., February 22, 1873. Mr. Stark is a Re-
publican, and one of the leading business men of
Hanover. Mr. Stark is a member of the Reformeti
Church; Mrs. Stark is a member of 'the Methodist
Episcopal Church.

W. C. STICK, an active business man of Han-
over, was born in this county in 18.50. He is the
fifth of a family of seven living children born to
Henry and Mary (T( m.in) Stick, natives of York
County, and of German descent. Our subject passed
his early life in Codorus Township as a farmer and;
teamster. He has been an active business man alj
his life and since 1879 a resident of Hanover, in
which year he engaged in selling agricultural imple-
ments, and in which branch he has been extensive-
ly engaged since. He is also the general agent for
the celebrated D. M. Osborne Mower and Reaper
Company, and as their representative travels exten-
sively. Mr. Stick has done much to promote the
business interest of Hanover.and is a member of the
town council. He is one of the originators of the
Hanover Agricftltural Fair Association,of which he
is now vice-president. His large reaper parade of
1881 was an event of local importance. In 1885 he
originated the idea of an agricultural implement
exhibit, and opened the new fair grounds,on the 3d,
4th and 5th of June, to a large attendance and a suc-
cessful exhibition. Mr. Stick was united in mar-
riage, in ]873,with Lamanda Rohrbaugh, of Carroll
County, Md. They have one child living, John W.
C. and are raising an orphan child — Harry Lee
Shields. Mr. and Mrs. Stick are members of the
Reformed Church. Mr. Stick is a member of the
I. O. R. M.

DAVID S. TANGER, of the firm of D. S. Tan-,



HANOVER BOKOUGH AND PENN TOWNSHIP.



ger & !Son, hardware dealers, of Hanover, was
born in Lancaster County, May 29, 1831, and is tlie
second of two children of Jacob and Esther (Snavely)
Tanger. His father was of Scotch descent and his
mother of German extraction, both natives of Lan-
caster County. Jacob Tanger, by a previous mar-
riage, had seveii children. In his early life he was
a mason but abandoned this trade and for many
years conducted a distillery, which he also discon-
tinued, and engaged in farming, which occupation
he followed until his death. David S. Tanger, the
subject of this sketch, and now a prosperous and
induential merchant of this town, upon the death 1
of his mother, when he was only one year old, be-
came a member of the , family f his grandfather,
Jacob Snavely, with whom he lived until the age of-
■fourteen years. After returning to his father's
home for one year, he began to learn the trade of
wagon-making, and followed it three years. He then
removed to Petersburg,Adams County, and engaged 1
in the mercantile business as a salesman, remaining
there until 1853, when he located in Hanover. Here
he began the business of carriage-making, which
was an important industry ot Hanover. At the ex
piration of five years he quit the carriage business
and was elected high constable of his adopted town,
serving four 3'ears during the time of the civil war,
and was an ardent advocate of the Union cause. In
1864: he engaged in the hardware trade, which he
has conducted with unabated success since he began,
and is now enioyinga large and prosperous business,
with his son. John, as partner. He was married to
Susanna C. Rupp, February 22, 1855. Their chil-
dren were Fannie E., married to Samuel Hostetler;
John Carroll, his present partner in business, and
Mary R., deceased. His wife died November 9,
1859. November 13, 1863, he was married to Lizzie
Harnish. The children, by this marriage, were
Grant S. (deceased). Frank L., Annie Sue (deceased),
Eva L., David A., Lizzie C. and Viola G. The
family are members of the Reformed Church. Mr.
Tanger has repeatedly been elected chief burgess, a
member of town council, and scho ^1 director of
Hanover. He is a liberal, public-spirited citizen,
and takes an active interest in education. He be-
came a member of the Masonic fraternity in 1861.

EPHRAIM A. TRIMMER.borniuYorkCoimty.
January 10, 1833, is a son of John and Catharine
(Masemore) Trimmer, both natives of York County.
At the age of eighteen he went to Hampton, Adams
County, where he learned the trade of mill-wright,
which he followed until 1867, when he opened a
grocery store in Hanover. Since 1874 he has been
engaged in the fire insurance, agricultural imple-
ment and fertilizer business. He was married
January 25, 1856. to Miss Sarah Ann, daughter of
Jacob K. and Sarah Weiser, and they have had
seven children: Hamilton M.. John W., Jacob C.
(deceased), Ida C, Etta F., Weiser G., and Samuel
P. Mr. and Mrs. Trimmer are both members of the
Lutheran Church.

CHARLES L. TRONE was born in what is now
Penn Township, York County, October 24, 1848; is
a son of Charles and Mary (Reed) Trone, and is of
German-English decent. He is 6ne of six chil-
dren living in a family of fifteen. The father of
Mr. Trone was also born in York County, and his
mother in Baltimore City, Md. His father was a
machinist, and lived and died in York County. Our
subject was brought to Hanover Township by his
parents when one year old, and was here educated
at the public schools. He remained at home until
twenty-one years of age, and then began for him-
self. For a number of years he was in the lumber-
ing business, and then learned the upholsterer's
trade and carried on that business nine 3'ears. In
1863 he was sutler of the Seventy sixth Pennsylva-
nia Volunteers. Coming home he resumed his



former business, and at that continued until 1880,
when he began the grocer}' business, and this he
sill continues. In 1869 lie married Miss Mary
Swartz, a native of York, and daughter of Peter
and Elizabeth Swartz. To this union have been
born four children, three of whom are living: Cur-
tis J., William S. and Lizzie M. Charles S. is
deceased. Mr. Trone is a Democrat, a member of
the school board, a Mason, and with his wife a
member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

ALEXANDER C. WENTZ, A. M., M. D., now
a practicing physician of Hanover, was born in
Manheim Township on the 14th day of July, 1855.
His father, Edward R. Wentz, is a great-great-grand-
son of Valentine Wentz, who was born In Parten-
heim, Germany, July 10, 1717; was married to
Barbara Jenawein in 1749, soon after immigrated to
America and located in Manheim Township, York
County. He is the ancestor of the Wentz family
of Pennsylvania and Maryland, and died in April,
1788, leaving six sous, five daughters and twenty-
nine grandchildren. The mother of Dr. Wentz,
Margaret Couldren, is a native of Adams County,
and is of Scotch-Irish descent. The Doctor is the
elder of two children now living. His sister is
m.arried to Dr. Wesley C. Stick, of Glenville. He
spent his youth at school and on the farm, and in
1873 entered Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg,
from which institution he graduated in 1879. In
the fall of the same year he entered the medical
department of the University of Pennsylvania, and
from that institution received the degree of Doctor
of Medicine in the spring of 1883. Soon after
graduating he began the practice of his chosen pro-
fession in the borough of Hanover, where he has met
with encouraging success. Dr. Wentz was married,
June 1. INN-', I,, Clara Bertron Ulp, daughter of the
late John .1, I l|i, whol'sale dry goods merchant of
Philadeliihia Ibr mother, Harriet K. (Porter)
Ulp, is a descendant of the Annekajan family,
originally from Holland. Dr. Wentz is a member
ot the Lutheran Church and his wife of the Epis-
copal Church. He is a member of the Phi Kappa-
Psi College fraternity of the State and county medi-
cal societies, and is one of the chiefs of Minnewa-
karu Tribe No. 2.50, I. O. R. M.

DAVID E. WINEBRENNER, packer of her-
metically sealed fruits and vegetables, was born in
Hanover August 25, 1839, is a son of Henry and
Sarah (Forney) Winebrenner, is the second in a
family of six children, and is of German descent. -
His father was born in Hanover also. His mother
was a daughter of Adam and Rachel Forney, first
settlers of York County. In 1857 Mr. Winebrenner
began learning the tanner's trade under his father.
In 1865 he engaged in business in partnership with
his father and brother. P. F. Winebrenner, the
firm being known as H. Winebrenner & Sons, and
this continued until 1867, when P. F. Winebrenner
retired, David E. continuing the business with his
father until 1884. In 1874 he began packing fruit
and vegetables in partnership with his brother,
H. C. Winebrenner, the firm being known as Wine-
brenner Bros.; this continued until September,
1882, since which time he has been alone. For ten
years he carried on tanning in connection with his
other business, and also conducts a canning estab-
lishment at Baltimore. He was married, in 1864, to
Miss Elia B. Shriver, a native of Union Mills. Car-
roll Co., Md., and a daughter of Andrew K. and
Catherine (Wirt) Shriver. He has had born to him
three children, viz.: Helen S., M. Katherine and
David E., Jr. He is politically a Republican, and
with his wife a member of the Emanuel Reformed
Church. Mr. Winebrenner also served a short
time in the late war in Company I, Twenty-sixth
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

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of Hanover, was born in Germany, immigrated to
this country and arrived at Pliiladelphia February
9, 1738. Notliing is definitely known of liim from
the time of his arrival in America until the year
1750, when he purchased the farm now owned by
John Kehr, near Iron Ridge Station, on the Hanover
& York Railroad. He was appointed constable of
Manheim Township, in which his property then
lay, in 1750, and served in that office several years
thereafter. He was naturalized April 10, 1763, and
died the latter part of the year 1764, leaving a
widow, two sons— Jacob and Christian — and several
daugnters. The house built by him is still stand-
ing. Jacob, the eldest son, remained nearly all his
life on the farm, and died unmarried in Hanover at
an advanced age. Christian, the other son, was
born May 12, 1763, and at an early age was appren-
ticed to Henry Felty, of Hanover, to learn the
trade of a saddler, and after serving his apprentice-
ship went to Baltimore, but soon returned to
Hanover, and in 1787 commenced business for him-
self as a saddle and harness maker, which he con-
tinued very successfully until the year 1800. He
then bought the property on the Diamond at
Hanover, long known as Wirt's Corner, from Col.
Richard McAllister, and opened a general store.
This received his close attention, and by good man-
agement he was enabled to retire from business in
1816, with what was then considered quite a large
fortune. He was never engaged in active business
after this, but was always ready to encourage all
public and private enterprises, having the public
good for an end. He was married to Eve Catharine
Gelwix, daughter of Charles Gelwix, and died
March 3, 1843. His sons were Henry, Jacob and
William, and his daughters were Mary, married to
Jacob Eichelberger; Catharine, married to George
Emmert; Lydia, married to Adam Forney, and
Deliah, married to Dr. George W. Hinkle. Henry
Wirt, son of Christian, was born October 9, 1789,
and received what educational training the town
afforded in those days. He and one other pupil
were the only ones in Hanover who studied English
grammar in his school- boy days. He entered his
father's store at a very early age, and gave the bus-
iness his entire attention. For some years during
the sickness of his father, the whole care of the
large business rested entirely upon him. He was



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