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farmer, and acted as justice of the peace several
times during his life. Isaac Kister was brought up
as a farmer, and remained with his mother until he
was sixteen years of age, when he hired out to
work on a farm, performing any kind of labor until
he was thirty- three years of age, when he purchased
some land, where he finally made his home. He
built large and commodious buildings, adding acre
a,fter acre to his farm, and has now a fine farm of
seventy acres, as the result of his industry. In 1856
he married -Letitia H.Shelley, who died in 1874.
They had nine children, fnur now living: CruU S..
Ulysses G., Annie E. and Harry. Those who died
were Viola, Flora E.. Ida and two infants. In 1876
he married Mrs. Sarah Gross, widow of Daniel
Gross; they have one child: Charley. Mr. Kis-
ter enlisted in February, 1865, in Company K,
One Hundred and Ninety-second Regiment Penn-
:Sylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until the
■close of the war. Althougli in no engagement, he
received a severe injury in the right knee in cross-
ing a fence, the top' rail giving way and throwing
him to the ground. In politics he is very liberal,
always voting for the man rather than the party.

DAVID H. KISTER was born in Newberrytown,
York County, Penn., September 3, 1830, and is a
son of Jacob E. and Catherine (Hart) Kister, of
York County. At the age of ninteen years he be-
gan to learn the cigar-maker's trade, which he has
continued to the present day. He manufactures
from 100,000 to 800,000 cigars per annum. He en-
listed, in Harrisburgh. Penn., February 20, 1865,
in Company K, One Hundred and Ninety-second
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, to
serve for one year, or during the war, and was hon-
orably discharged at the end of his term. On his
return home he purchased several tracts of land,
-which he also cultivates. July 16, 1854, lie was
married to Mary J. Mills, of the same county, and
daughter of James and Elizabeth (Miller) Mills,
who was born July 2, 1835. To this union have
been born eleven children: Elizabeth M., born July
1, 1855; .Jane M., born March 7, 1857; Inza M.,
born March 11, 1859; Ellsworth M., born May 4,
1861; Catherine M., born June 29, 1863; John M.,
born October 6, 1865; Mary M., born March 1, 1868;
Annetta M., born September 8, 1870; Charles M.,
horn January 11, 1873; Gertrude M., born March
20, 1875; Lulu M.. born March 21, 1878— all living.

JOHN KISTER was born in Newberry Town-
ship, York Co., Penn., June 34, 1833, on the place
where now stands a part of Goldsboro. His parents
were Jacob G. and Nancy (Bowen) Kister, natives
of York County, of German descent, who had
eleven children, of whom four sons and three
daughters grew up, and of whom John was the
sixth child. At the age of nineteen years John left
the farm, and followed saw-milling, running a sta-
tionary engine in York County, until he was twen-
ty-six years old, when he engaged in farming, which
lie followed eight years. June 27, 1863, he enlisted
at Harrisburgh, Penn.. in Company B, First Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry — six months'
men — and served until October 3, 1863. August 17,

1864, he re-enlisted at Harrisburgh as second ser-
geant of Company B, Two Hundredth Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until the close
of the war. His regiment was connected with the
First Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Corps, and
fought at Fort Steadman, Petersburg, and until
Lee's surrender. At the close of the war he returned
to Goldsboro In 1867 he quit farming, and again
ran a stationary engine. In 1869 he was appoint-
ed postmaster at Liters, Penn., and has held that
office since. In 1855 he was married, at Shiremans-
town, Penn., to Hannah Willis, who died January
8, 1867, leaving two children: Frazer and Nora.
The son Frazer is engineer for Mr. Isaac Frazer,
occupying his father's old position. The daughter,
Nora, died a short time after her mother. March
10, 1868, Mr. Kister was married, at Goldsborough,
to Mrs. Catherine A. Wise, daughter of G. C.
Wentz, and widow of W. Wise, who was killed in
the late war. They had one child: Robert, who
died in infancy. Mr. Kister belongs to the I. O. O. F.,
and is also a member of the Junior Mechanics; he was
chief burgess four terms, councilman two terms, and
school director two terms. He is a Republican. He
owns a farm, is a stockholder in the Star Building
& Loan Association of York, and keeps a confec-
tionary store in the postoffice building. In 1883 he
organized the Independent Cornet Band, of Golds-
boro, and equipped it with uniforms and instru-
ments at his own expense. He has traveled a ^reat
deal, but lives now within 300 yards of his birth-

JACOB S. KOCH was born March 26, 1823, in
Newberry Township, York Co., Penn., and is the
ninth of the eleven children of Daniel and Mary
(Stair) Koch, natives of York County, Penn., and of
German descent. He remained on the home farm
until he was twenty-six years of age, when he be-
gan for himself, first working on a farm, and then
farming for himself, which occupation he followed
until 1868, when he engaged in milling, and fol-
lowed that for three years. He next engaged as
foreman in the manufacture of cigars, employing
from four to eight hands, and making about 33.5,-
000 cigars annually. In 1849 he married Ann Fry,
a daughter of Conrad and Nancy (Burger) Fry, na-
tives of York County, Penn. They have had elev-
en children : Henry (deceased), Daniel (deceased),
Benjamin. Samuel (deceased), Silas, Rosetta, Paul,
George, Mary, Kate and Reuben. Mrs. Koch is a
member of the Church of God. Mr. Koch is a
strong advocate of temperance, and was a member
of the S. of T. until the order went down.

LUTHER M. LAN DBS was born in Baltimore
County, Md., April 26, 18.56. His parents were
.John and Elizabeth (Fair) Landes, of Pennsylvania
and Maryland, respectivelj', and of English descent.
They had seven children — four sons and three
daughters — of whom Luther is the fifth child and
third son. At the age of fourteen years, he entered
John Bahn's mill in Carroll County, Md., where he
remained two years. He then came to York County,
Penn., where he worked two years in A. Miller's
mill, in Lower Windsor Township. He afterward
worked for P. A. & S. Small five years, at Loucks'
mills; then went to Selin'sGrove.Snyder Co., Penn.i
where he worked in Schoch's mills two years, and
in the spring of 1880, came to Goldsboro, where he
took charge of P. A. & S. Small's mill, and where he
has been since; he is a thorough miller, and gives
entire satisfaction to his employers and patrons.
May 36, 1880, he was married at Selin's Grove, to
Ada Ott, daughter of Daniel Ott, a farmer of Sny-
der County, Penn.: they have one child — George
Erskine. Mrs. Landes belongs to the Lutheran

I. LEO MINGLE, M. D., was born. September
15, 1839, in Berks County, Penn., and is the third of



four sons ia the family of ten children, of Jacob and
Hannah (Leoscher) Mingle (both deceased), of Berks
County, Penn. The father was a mason by trade,
but spent the last thirty-six years of his life in farm-
ing. Our subject was brought up to farming,
attending the public schools until he was eight-
een years of age, and then attended two years at
Freeland Seminary, now Ursinus College, in Mont-
gomery County, Penn. He then taught school in
Berks County for four terms. In the fall of 1861
he began studying medicine under Dr. F. B. Nice,
and in July, 1862, joined the State militia; after
leaving it he resumed the study of medicine with
his former preceptor, and remained with him until
the fall of the same year, when he entered the Jeff-
erson Medical College at Philadelphia, where he
remained until the following spring. March 8, he
entered Long Island College, Brooklyn, N. Y., and
remained until midsummer, when he returned home,
opened an office and practiced one year. In the
fall of 1863. he again went to .Jefferson College, gi'ad-
uated in 1866, and returning home resumed his
practice again. He practiced six years in Lebanon
County, and eight years in Northumberland County,
Penn. In the fall of 1878. he came to Newberry-
town, where he has a lucrative practice. He was
married, August 80, 1864. to Lydia A. (Loose), who
died; leaving one child — Lu Annie L., May 29, 1865.
Dr. Mingle next married, November 5, 1868, Mary
M. Herr: they have had three children: Otis W.
(deceased), Lillia G., and Almeda C. Dr. Mingle
and wife, belong to the German Reformed Church.

HIRAM PAUP was born August 3, 1839, in
Warrington Township, York Co.. Penn., and is the
eldest of the eight children of Valentine and Cath-
arine (Raffensberger) Paup, natives of York County,
Penn., and of English and German descent respect-
ively, both deceased. Valentine Paup, was a weav-
er by trade, but gave it up and went farming, which
he followed until his death. Hiram, at the age of
eighteen years, began learning the trade of black-
smithing, which he has followed, with the exception
of a few years, until the present time. He came to
Newberry Township in 1851, first locating in the
country, and then in 1872, removed to Lewisberry
where he has since carried on business. In Febru-
ary, 1865, he enlisted in Company K, One Hundred
and Ninety-second Regiment Pennsylvania Volun-
teers, and served as blacksmith until August 16,
1865. In 1853, he married Phcebe A. Hoopes. They
have had six children, of whom four are living:
Emma J., Mary E., James M. (deceased), Catharine
(deceased), Amanda A. and Marlette C. Mrs. Paup
is a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Nicholas) Hoopes,
of York County. Mr. and Mrs. Paup are members
of the Evangelical Church. He is a Republican, and
has been elected chief burgess of Lewisberry, and
school director. He is a class leader in the church.

JOHN A. RYNARD M. D., was born in Cum-
berland County, Penn., September 19, 1889, and is
a son of Cyrus A. and Susan (Landis) Rynard,
natives of Cumberland County, Penn., and of
. German descent, who had eight children — six
daughters and two sons— of whom John A., is the
.eldest. The pioneer of the Rynard family was
Christian Reiner, born in Wurtemburg, Germany,
who came to this country about the year 1750, and
settled in Northampton County, Penn., where he
spent the rest of his life. His eldest son, John,
who was born in Northhampton County, Penn. .and
died in Cumberland County.Penn., aged ninety-five
years, was the great-grandfather of John A., and
wrote his name Reinert. His son .John, who spent
his life in Cumberland County. Penn., was the first
to write his name Rynard. The whole family has
been more or less interested in agriculture. Our
subject spept his younger days on his father's farm;
for one year he worked at cabinet-making, but in

18.58 he attended the normal school at Newville.
Penn. The year following he attended a select
school at the same place, and in 1860 he attended
the Big Spring Academy. In the same year he was
licensed to teach in the public schools, and taught
eight years, and at the same time followed survey-
ing. In 1869 he began the study of medicine with
Dr. S. H. Brehm at Newville, Penn., and in the fall

t of 1870 entered Jefferson Medical College in Phila-
delphia, from which he graduated as M. D. in the
class of 1872. He first located at Bloserville. Penn.,
but after a short time removed to Greasonville.
Penn., where he practiced medicine until 1875.

[ when he located at Goldsboro, York County.

i Penn., where he has since practiced medicine and
surgery. In 1880 he was appointed railroad surgeon
at Goldsboro by the Northern Central Railway
Company, which position he still holds. He was
married, in 1863, to Sarah A. Daelhousen, of Cum-
berland County, Penn., daughter of Daniel Dael-
housen. They have four children: Mary E., teach-

; er; Mina B., wife of George W. Wise, of Golds-
boro, Penn.; Charles W. and Norman B. Dr.
Rynard was a member of the I. O. O. P. Encamp-
ment at Newville, while he resided in Cumberland
County. He was at one time justice of the peace,
which oflice he resigned when he began the study
of medicine. He and his wife are Lutherans.

' JACOB F. SCOTT was born October 31, 1848, in
Baltimore County, Md., and is the eldest of seven

' children born to Frederick T. and Elizabeth A.
(Cook) Seott, natives of Maryland, and of Irish and

i German descent, respectively. He remained with
his parents until he was eighteen years of age, when
he began business for himself. He served an ap-

t prenticeship in a machine-shop in Baltimore, and
came to York. Penn., about 1868, and worked at his
trade. He was married, in the fall of 1873, to Ellen
T. Ihnen, daughter of Henry S. and Eliza (Siger-
smith) Ihnen, of German descent. They have had
five children: Frederick I., Jeanetta C., Oscar C,
Emma H. and an infant, deceased. Mr.- and Mrs.
Scott belong to the Episcopal Church. He is a mem-
ber of the Masonic Lodge No. 240. at Whistler,
Ala. ; and of Division 93, Jackson, Tenn.. of the
brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He is an
engineer and has run the engine on the Peach Bot-
tom Railroad for seven years. He is also working
his father's farm and saw-mill.

ABRAHAM SHELLEY was born in Dauphin
County, Penn., Octobers, 1809, and is the seventh

I of eight children of Daniel and Elizabeth (Shu-

j man) Shelley, of Dauphin and York Counties, Penn . ,

j respectively, and of German descent, now deceased.
Abraham Shelley, at eighteen years of age, began
serving an apprenticeship at shoe-making, but fol-
lowed his trade only one year, when he began farm-
ing, and has since followed that occupation. At one
time he operated two saw-mills in connection with the
farm. For more than sixteen years he ran timber on
the river. At one time he was said to be worth $18,-

I 000,but lost mostof itbygivingsecurities. Forabout

: eight seasons he followed shad-fishing. June 14,
1833, he married Henrietta Crull, who died in 1855.
They had twelve children, four living; Bartram,
Henry, Walter and Abraham. Those deceased are:
Martin, Oliver, Daniel, Elizabeth, Catharine, Al-

■ bert, Jane and Mary E. He married Annie M.

I Hess, February 3, 1862. They have had eleven chil-
dren: Edward, Mary, Clymer, Latimer, Lewis, Ida
(deceased), Lydia (deceased), Swiler,Ella, Russell S.

1 (deceased) and Mina. Mr. Shelley is still hale and

' hearty. He and his wife belong to the United
Brethren Church. He cast his first vote for Gen.
Jackson. Although formerly a Whig he has, since
Taylor's time, cast his lot with the Democrats.

HENRY C. SHELLEY was born March 3, 1844,
in York County, Penn., and is the eighth of eleven



children of Abraham and Henrietta (Crull) Shelley,
the former a native of Dauphin County, Penn., and
the latter of York County, and of German descent.
The mother died in 1856." The father is living in
Newbeny and is overseeing his farm. Henry C. re-
mained on the farm until 1864, wheii he enlisted in
Company B, Two Hundreth Regiment Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry, under Col. Divens and Capt.
Hoover. He vfas in two engagements — Fort Stead-
man, March 25, 1865, and at the capture of Peters-
burg. At one time he suffered from a severe attack
of typhoid fever. He was discharged at Washing-
ton, D. C, May 31, 1865. October 11, 1863, he mar-
ried Prudence B. Prowell, by whom he has had
nine children: Ella K. (deceased), John P., Fannie
E., George (deceased), Myrtie, Ettie R., Lloyd (de-
ceased), Harry E. (deceased) and Edith. In poli-
tics he is a Democrat. Mrs. Shelley was born Sep-
tember 30, 1846, daughter of John M. and Barbara
Prowell, of York County. Penn., now of New Cum-
berland, Penn., and of English and Irish descent.
After his return from the army Mr. Shelley engaged
in huckstering for five years. In the winter of 1872
he engaged in his present business — groceries and
confectionery. '
■ LYMAN L. SHETTEL was born in Lewisberry,
Penn., June 7, 1851, and is the youngest of the four
children of John and Caroline (Harman) Shettel,
natives of York County, and of German descent.
Lyman L., at the age of fifteen years, began to man-
ufacture matches, and prospered so well that now
he owns and controls the factory at Lewisberry,
Penn., where he manufactures block or percussion
matches, which have a rapid sale. July 6, 1873, he
was married to Laura A. Stonesifer, daughter of
Henry and Eliza (King) Stonesifer, of Maryland.
They have one child — John H. Mr. Shettel manu-
factures about 1,200 gross of matches in his factory.
JOHN A. SMITH was born in 1857, in Maytown,
York Co., Penn., and is the fourth of eleven chil-
dren of William and Harriet (Jacobs) Smith, na-
tives of York County, Penn., and of English de-
scent. His father is a carpenter by trade, and is a
resident of Lewisberry. John A. was brought up
in a small village, and received a common school
education. In the fall of 1873, he, in company
with his parents, came to Lewisberry, Penn., where
he assisted his father at his trade, until he was sev-
enteen years of age. He then took up the trade of
silversmith, and, though having no instructor, made
such rapid progress, that at present he has a good

County, Penn., in 1856, and is the third of seven
children of David and Louisa (Melsheimer) Spang-
ler, of York County, and of Dutch descent. Until
he was twelve years of age he remained on the
farm, but after that he commenced looking out for
himself. He began the study of veterinary sur-
gery, when he was twenty-one years of age, under
a German graduate — Dr. Joseph Keiser, of York,
and remained under his instruction for four years.
He then went to Urbana, Ohio, where he opened an
oflice, and remained there one year and a half. He
then went to Minnesota, and located in St. Paul,
where he remained for a short time and then came
to Lewisberry, where he has since been doing a
good business, and has been very successful. With
the help of his father he is now very comfortably
situated. In politics he is a Republican.

J. C. STEM, M. D., was born July 26, 185.5, in
Cashtown, Adams Co., Penn., and is the son of
William and Eliza (Watson) Stem, natives of Adams
Countjr, and of German and Irish descent, who bad
two children (twins), J. C. and Annie. The father
is a retired physician in Cashtown, and his father,
Reuben, now ei.^hty years of age, is a retired mer-
chant and resident of Adams County, Penn. Our

subject's grandfather, on the mother's side, James

Watson, died at the advanced age of one hundred

and two years. Dr. J. C. Stem spent his younger

j days in Cashtown, where he attended the public and

select schools, and afterward attended a select

school at Gettysburg for five terms, and taught

school at Buchanan Valley, Adams County, three

! winters. At the age of seventeen years he began

i the study of medicine with his father; then attended

j the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, and

graduated in the class of 1878. He then took a

tour through the West, after which he settled in

Lewisberry, Penn., in the fall of 1878, where he has

I built up a lucrative practice. He was married, in

j 1880, to Mary Paup, daughter of Hiram and Phnebe

I A. (Hoopes) Paup, of York County.

ROBERT N. STONESIFER, justice of the
peace, was born in Carroll County, Md., in March,
I 1852, and is the eldest of a family of eleven boys
and two girls born to Jacob H. and Eliza (King)
Stonesifer, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German
and English descent, respectively. His father is a
resident of Harrisburg and a dealer in produce.
Robert N. at the age of sixteen began learning the
tinner's trade, which be has followed ever since.
He learned his trade at York, Penn. ; went from
there to Mechanicsburgh, and soon after settled in
Lewisberry, where he is at present doing a good
business. June 9, 1878, he married Alice M. Griest,
daughter of Jonathan and Harriet (Prowell) Griest,
of York County, and of English descent. They
have two children: Vernie M. and Anna A. Mrs.
Stonesifer is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. He is a Democrat, and was elected justice
I of the peace in 1883. In 1871 he started business at
Lewisberry, as dealer in stoves and tin-ware, and
established a good business.

REUBEN P. STROMINGER, Esq., was born
in Newberry Township, York Co., Penn., October
I 8, 1838, son of Michael and Catharine (Eterman)
I Strominger, of York County, Penn., and of German
descent, who had a family of four sons and four
i daughters, of whom Reuben P. was the youngest
son. April 21, 1861, he left the farm to enlist, at
York, in Company F, Sixteenth Regiment Penn-
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served three
months. August 12, 1863. he re-enlisted as a pri-
vate in Company K, One Hundred and Forty-third
Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served till
; the close of the war, when he was mustered out at
Hart's Island. His regiment was connected with
the Army of the Potomac, and took part in the
battles of Mine Run, Weldon Railroad, Hatcher's
Run and Wilderness, besides numerous skirmishes.
After his return home he worked for about four
years at carpentering and bridge building, and in
1869 removed to Goldsboro, where he has lived
since. He was married at Goldsboro, in 1866, to
Elizabeth Millard. They had two children, one of
I whom died in infancy, the other, Jennie, is married
( to Charles Breckinridge, of Goldsboro. Mr. Strom-
i inger was elected constable in 1870, and has held
I that office six terms. He was again elected in 1878,
and held the office three terms. In 1882 he was ap-
I pointed justice of the peace, to serve the unexpired
, term of F. R. Prowell, and in the ensuing election
' was elected for five years. He engaged in the fire
I insurance business in 1878, and is now the agent of
the Farmers', of Dover; Manheim, of Lancaster;
Valley Mutual, of Lebanon, of which latter he is
' also a director; Farmers', of York; Sun, of England;
Pacific, of New York, and the Pennsylvania Mutual,
of Columbia. He is also a dealer in tobacco.

J. M. SWEIGART was born in Lancaster Coun-

j ty, Penn., in 1829, and is the second son in a family

of four children born to Adam and Ann (Hartlev)

Sweigart, natives of Lancaster County, Penn., and

1 of French and German descent, respectively, both


deceased. The fatlier was a school teacher and
wagon-maker, and died in his eighty-fifth year.
Subject's grandfathers, Sweigart and Hartley, were
in the Revolutionary war, in which the latter re-
ceived a serious wound, from which he never fully
recovered. J. M. Sweigart was brought up a
farmer, and remained with his parents until he was
nineteen years of age, when he began the trade of
milling, which he has followed through life. He
came to York County, Penn., in 1840, with his par-
ents, who resided there until they died. He pur-
chased several old farms, improved them, and sold
them again, and finally, in 1838, purchased what was
known" as Oil-Mill, a dilapidated structm-e, which
he rebuilt, and which is now one of the best flour-
miils in the county. Its capacity is twenty barrels
per day. In 1850 he was married to Jane Stetler.
Having no children they adopted one — Jennie R.

WILLIAM E. SWILER, M. D., was born in
Cumberland County, Penn., October 33, 1833, and
is the second child in a family of three boys and
two girls of John and Isabella (Eckels) Swiler,
natives of Cumberland County, and of Scotch-Irish
and English descent. The father followed farming
and teaching for a livelihood, and died in 1839.
The mother died in 1858. At the age of six years
William E. was taken by his grandfather, who
owned a farm, where he grew up, attending school
until he was sixteen years old, when he went to
Mechanicsburg, Penn., where he engaged in the
mercantile business with his uncle. Here he re-
mained two years, and then attended the academy
at Mechanicsburg for two years. His health be-
coming impaired'he quit the academy and went to
Harrisburg. where he engaged in the mercantile
business. He next came to Yocumtown, where he
engaged in the mercantile business for a year, after
which he went to Shiremanstown and commenced
the study of medicine under Drs. Robert G. Young
and Jacob C. Black. Under their instructions he
remained one year, and then entered Jefferson
Medical College, at Philadelphia, in 1855, and
graduated in 1857. In the following spring he lo-
cated at Yocumtown, Penn., where he still resides,
and has acquired a large and lucrative practice. He
was married, November 26, 1859, to Kate E. Pretz,

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