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ings, located in York Township. Mr. Workinger
has always taken an active interest in all the
interests of the county, and has been honored with
positions of public trust. He was elected a com-
missioner of the county in 1856, and served three
years. He was elected to the sheriffality in 1883,
and is now serving a three years' term. Mr. Work-
inger was married, November 22, 1842, to Miss
Mary E. Warner, a daughter of Samuel and Catha-
rine Warner, of Chanceford Township. They are
parents of four children; Samuel, Jacob G., Sarah
C. Trout and Barbara A. Hovis. Mr. Workinger
was united to his present wife March 9, 1872. Her
maiden name was Miss Magdaline Glatfelter,
daughter of Casper and Elizabeth Glatfelter, of
Hellam Township. The family are members of
the Lutheran Church.



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PHILIP ALTLAND was born in Dover Town-
ship, York County, Penn., May 22, 1807, and is a
son of Jacob and Catherine (Trimmer) Altland,
natives of York County. The Altlands are of Ger-
man extraction, the great-grandfather of subject
having emigrated from Germany and settled in Par-
adise Township, this county. The father of our
subject was born May 3, 1785, and died in Dover
Township February 15, 1830. When Philip was
nineteen years of age, he commenced learning the
miller's trade. His life as a farmer dates from 1832
until 1878, when he retired from active life. As a
tiller of the soil he has been one of the most suc-
cessful in the township. He was married, in 1830,
to Miss Catherine Grove, daughter of Daniel Grove.
They have been blessed with thirteen children.
For thirty years Mr. Altland was justice of the
peace. Mr. and Mrs. Altland are members of the
United Brethren Church, and are among the pio-
neers ot York County.

CALVIN C. ANTHONY, a native of Franklin
Township, York Co., Penn., was born March 35,
1849, and is a son of Michael and Rebecca (Smith)
Anthony. The father was born in York County,
and the mother in Adams County, Penn. Subject's
grandfather Anthony, was a farmer, and a member
of the German Reformed Church, and died in 1870.
The father of subject was a farmer and merchant
and for a time postmaster at Mount Top, Penn.
Calvin C. spent his early life on the farm, and at
sixteen years of age began clerking in his father's
store. In 1870 he bought his father's stock and be-
gan business for himself, which he still continues.
In 1875 he was commissioned postmaster at Mount
Top, Penn. He was married in 1873 to Miss Jennie
Wickey, daughter of Rev. Lewis Wickey. They
have six children. Mr. Anthony Is a Democrat.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony are members of the United
Brethren Church.



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WILLIAM BEITZEL was born in Dover Town-
ship, York Co., Peun., November 11, 1833, and is a
son of Daniel and Magdalena (Prantz) Beitzel, the
latter a native of Manchester Township. His
grandfather, William Beitzel, was a shoe-maker in
Germany, and died in his native country. The
father of subject was born in Prussia in 1793, came
to America in 1817, settled in Dover Township, and
there resided until 1842, when he removed to War-
rington Township. He had five children ; William,
Elizabeth, Susanna, Daniel and Leah. He died in
1867. At eighteen years of age, our subject com-
menced learning the carpenter's trade, which he
followed for ten years. He then began farming,
and now owns nearly 500 acres. He was married in
1845 to Miss Leah Bentz, daughter of Jacob Bentz.
They have had the following children: Leah, Dan-
iel, Elizabeth, William B., Tillie, Rose, Nanny,
Ellen, George W. and Cliarles. Mr. and Mrs. Beit-
zel are members of the United Brethren Church.

ANDREW BENTZ was born October 38, 1836,
in Warrington Township, York Co., Penn., son of
Jacob and Mary (Bushy) Bentz, natives of York
County, Penn. His great-grandfather was a native
of Germany. Subject's grandfather lived in Codo-
rus Township, York Co., Penn., but about 1790 re-
moved to Warrington Township. The father of
subject was born in 1781. He was a farmer and
died in 1833. He had thirteen children. Our sub-
ject remained on the farm until seventeen years of
age, when he began serving an apprenticeship at
carpentering, and worked at that trade for a num-
ber of years. He then began farming, which he
has since followed successfully. He was married, in
1853, to Miss Lydia Bushy, a native of York Coun-
ty, and daughter of George Bushy. Mr. Bentz is a
Democrat, and has held various political ofiices. In
1883 he was elected director of the poor of York
County. He is a director of the Dillsburg Na-
tional Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Bentz are members of
the church, and are among the first citizens of War-
rington Township.

SOLOMON BENTZ is a native of Warrington
Township, York Co., Penn., and was born October
38, 1841. He is a son of George and Nancy (Grove)
Bentz, natives of York County, Penn. His grand-
father, Jacob Bentz, was born in 1781 and died in

1833. The father of subject was born in 1807, was
a farmer, and is still living. He has had ten chil-
dren: Elizabeth, Susanna, Daniel. George, Solo-
mon, Mary, Andrew, Catherine, Moses S. and Mary
A. Our subject was educated at the public schools,
and during the winters of 1861, 1863 and 1863 taught
school. He is a farmer, and in 1868 settled where
be now lives. He also owns the Bentz homestead.
He was married in 1867 to Miss Henrietta Hershey,
a native of Washington Township. Six children
have blessed this union: William, John, Monroe,
Elizabeth, Mary and Nancy J. Mr. Bentz is a
member of the Lutheran and his wife of the Re-
formed Church.

HON. MILLARD J. BLACKFORD is a native
of Carroll Township, York Co., Penn., and was
born May 5, 1833. He is a son of A.aron and
Christiana (Miller) Blackford. His father was also
born in York County, and his mother in Perry
County, Penn. Subject's great-great-grandfather
was a native of Scotland, and came to America
about 1600, and settled in New Jersey. The grand-
father of subject was Joseph Blackford ; he was born
in Warrington Township, this county, and died in

1834. The father of subject was born October 30,
1794. He followed the cooper's trade in the early
years of his life, and afterward was a farmer. He
was a soldier in the war of 1812, and took part in the
battle of North Point, near Baltimore. In 1854 he
was elected commissioner of York County, and held
the otHce three years. He died in 1884. They had



the following named children: Harriet, Catherine
J., Millard J., Lewis, John and Alfred. Our subject
was a school teacherin his earlieryears. He learned
the brick-maker's trade, and worked at that during
the summer. In 1856 he began farming, and con-
tinued until 1876. In March, 1878, he was elected
teller of the Dillsburg National Bank, and is at
present a director of said bank. In 1880 he was
elected to represent York County in the State legis-
lature, and re-elected in 1882. He was married, in
18.55, to Miss Louisa, daughter of Andrew Shearer,
of Washington Township. They have had six chil-
dren: Aaron, Lewis, Beckie, Ida, John and James.
Mrs. Blackford died March 34, 1880, and the follow-
ing year Mr. Blackford married Miss Sallie Altland,
daughter of Philip Altland, Esq., and to them have
been born one daughter — Viola. Mr. and Mrs.
Blackford are members of the United Brethren
Church.

JACOB BRENNEMAN was born in Washing-
ton Township, York Co., Penn., June 13, 1833, and
is a son of Martin and Elizabeth (Asper) Brenne-
man, natives of York County, Penn. His grand-
father, Joseph Brenneman, a native of Lancaster
County. Penn., came to York County in 1806, and
died in 1846. The father of subject was born in
1803, and is a weaver by trade. He had eight chil-
dren: John A., Jessie P., Joseph, Jacob, Adam,
Susan, Lewis and Mary A. Our subject learned the
weaver's trade with his father. When twenty-three
years old, he began the manufacture of woolen
goods, and continued that occupation for seventeen
years. In 1873 he moved to Warrington Township,
and since that time he has been a farmer. Mr.
Brenneman was married, in 1856, to Miss Elizabeth
Berkheimer, a daughter of Henry Berkheimer, of
Washington Township. They have three children:
Henry C, Martin L. and Andrew J. Mr. and Mrs,
Brenneman are members of the Lutheran Church.
Mr. Brenneman is a Democrat.

SOLOMON BUSHEY, a native of Warrington
Township, was born September 30, 1837, and is a
son of George and Elizabeth (Bender) Bushey, na-
tives of Adams County, Penn. His grandfather,
Jacob Bushey, was also a native of Adams County.
George Bushey, subject's father, was born in 1800.
He had a family of si.x children: Catherine, Lewis,
Elizabeth, Lydia, Mary and Solomon. The latter
remained on the farm until nineteen years of age,
when his father died; he then began brick-making,
which he continued for three years, and then went
to Canada, remaining there one year. In 1861 he
began farming in Warrington Township, which he
followed for ten years. In 1872 he engaged in the
mercantile business in Wellsville, where he now re-
sides. He continued merchandising for three years,
and is now engaged in farming. He was married,
in 1860, to Miss Rebecca Morthland, daughter of
Hugh Morthland, of AVarrington Township. Six
children have blessed this union: Margaret A.,
George B. and Hugh M. (twins), SjTfan G., Mary
L and Harry F. Bushey. Mr. and Mrs. Bushey
are members of the Methodist Church, and old set-
tlers of York County.

RICHARD F. ELCOCK was born in Warring-
ton Township, March 1, 1832, and is a son of David
and Rebecca (Frazer) Elcock, natives of York
County, Penn. The Elcock family is of Irish
origin, the grandfather of our subject having emi-
grated at an early day from the "Emerald Isle,"
and made a settlement in ~AVarrington Township,
York County. The father of subject was born June
9, 1807. He was a school teacher and farmer.
Richard F. was reared oh the farm, and had the ad-
vantages of early schools. In 18.50 he went to Iowa,
and engaged in farming, but after remaining two
years returned to his native county. He served his
country in the late war, being a lieutenant in Com-



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pany G, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Pennsyl-
vania; he also served 100 days in an inde-
pendent company, furnishing his own horse. He
was married, in 1866, to Miss Adeline Jones, of
Warrington Township. Mr. Elcock is one of the
leading farmers of his township, and now owns
nearly 300 acres of well-improved laud.

DR. JOEL R. GARRETSON was born in
Adams County, Penn., February 8, 1828, and is a
son of Joel and Elizabeth (Everett) Garretson, na-
tives of Adams County, Penn. His great-grand-
father Garretson, was a native of New Castle,
Del., and came to York County, Penn., and settled
in Newberry Township. Subject's grandfather,
John Garretson, was born in that township, Feb-
ruary 23. 1741. The Garretsons were among the
first settlers of Newberry Township. The father
of Dr. Garretson was born October 8, 1782. In
1847-48 our subject attended the academy at Ken-
nett Square, Penn, From 1849 to 1852 he was en-
gaged in school teaching, and during these years
he read medicine. In 1852 he attended lectures at
Cincinnati, Ohio, and the following year began the
regular practice of his profession at Rossville, Penn. ,
and remained until 1858, when he removed to
Salem. Iowa, and continued the practice. In Janu-
ary. 1862, he enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Cavalry.
In 1863 he was captured and for some time was a
prisoner of war, but was paroled in the autumn of
1863, when he went to St. Louis, and continued in
the general hospital until January, 1865. In 1867
he returned from the West to York County, Penn.,
and, in 1881, '"graduated from the Eclectic Medical
Institute at Cincinnati. He then located at Wells-
ville, Penn., where he has since resided. After his
divorce, in 1867, he married Mrs. Sarah Hopson,
daughter of William and Julia McMullin. Their
children living are; Elizabeth, Clara, William and
John.

JOSEPH K. HART was born in Fairview
Township, October 11, 1824, the third of seven
children born to Isaac and Elizabeth (Moore) Hart,
as follows: Sarah J. Ross (deceased), John M..
Joseph K., Jacob, Andrew, Robert (deceased) and
Elizabeth Strominger. Subject's paternal grand-
father was a native of York County, was a farmer
of German descent, and died in 1848, at the age of
eighty -six; his maternal grandfather, Moore, a na-
tive of Chester County, died in 1851, at the age of
seventy-five years. Isaac Hart, subject's father, was
born in 1788, and died in 1839, aged fifty-one
years. Joseph K. Hart assisted on the home'farm
until 1848, when he started for himself, marrying
the same year. Sarah A., daughter of Michael
Wallet, of Warrington Township, and to this union
have been born four children: Elwyn, Michael E.,
Mary E. (deceased) and Robert. In 1851, Mr. Hart
came to Warrington Township and took possession
of his present farm of 146 acres, all under good
cultivation and well improved.

AUGUSTUS C. HETRICK, M. D., was born
January 11, 1835, in Codorus Township, York Co.,
Penn., and is a son of Christian W. and Henrietta
(Wolfran) Hetrick, natives of York County. His
maternal grandfather was a native of Saxony, and
came to York County, about 1800, was one of the
leading men of his time in York County, apd held
various positions of trust, besides having repre-
sented York County in the legislature about 1820.
His death occurred in 1834. 'The father of subject
was born December 2, 1799, and was a farmer by
occupation. He had ten children: Edmund",
Hezekiah, Augustus, A. J., Chester E., Abraham,
Tilman P., Octavius, Elma and Wilhelmina. He
died in 1878. Our subject grew- to manhood on the
farm. He attended the "public schools and the
York County Academy, and from 1852 to 1856, was
a student at White Hall Academy, in Cumberland



County, Penn. During a term of years, in which
he was engaged in school teaching, he studied medi-
cine with Dr. Mechem, of Pleasantville, Md. In
the fall of 1856, he entered the Ohio College of
Medicine at Cincinnati, and in the spring of 1858,
located in Warrington Township, where he has
since continued the practice of his profession. He
was married, in 1860. to Miss Amanda Hayward,
daughter of Dr. Hayward, of Warrington Town-
ship. They have five children: GerneyH., Russie,
Bruce, Anna and EfBe B.

JOHN IRRGANG was born in Philadelphia,
December 25, 1841, to Benjamin and Julia (Doll)
Irrgang, natives of Germany. Benjamin Irrgang
began learning cabinet-making in Germany, and
finished his trade in France. On coming to Ameri-
ca he landed in Baltimore, whence he walked to
Philadelphia, where, for a number of years, he fol-
lowed his trade, and then opened a fancy goods
store, which he conducted to within ten years of his
death in 1881, at the age of eighty-two. The moth-
er still lives in Philadelphia at the age of eighty.
John Irrgang, our subject, at the age of sixteen,
came to Wellsville, this county, and worked in a
whip factory until the opening of the late war,
when he enlisted in Company H, Seventh Pennsyl-
vania Reserves, under Gen. Meade, and took part
in the engagements at Gainesville, Mechanicsville
and Ganes Hill, in the last of which he was wound-
ed and captured, and imprisoned in Libby prison
and at Belle Island for three months; on his release
he was placed in parole camp at Annapolis, whence
he was taken to Alexandria, Va., where he received
his discharge, December 26, 1862. Returning to
Philadelphia he learned the hatter's trade, which
he followed until the invasion of this State by the
Confederates, when he enlisted in the militia, from
which he was discharged July 13, 1863, when he re-
sumed his trade. In May, 1865, he settled in Wells-
ville, acting as postmaster, and was engaged m
mercantile business four and a half years. In May,
1875, he married Miss Emma, a daughter of Thomas
Medcalf, and a native of Maryland. To this union
have been born four children: William F., Blanche,
Julia and Lewis E.

JACOB B, KUNKEL, miller, was born March
12, 1862, in York County, Penn.; son of Elijah and
Mary A. (Bennedict) Kunkel, natives of York
County, Penn. His great-grandfather was a native
of Germany, and came to America in its early his-
tory. The father of subject was born in 1838; he
was a miller by occupation, but is now living a
retired life in Warrington Township. Jacob B.,
like his paternal ancestors, follows the milling busi-
ness, having served a re^lar apprenticeship at the
miller's trade. In 1882 he took charge of his
father's mill, and is doing a successful business.
He was married, in 1881, to Miss Mary E. Spangler,
daughter of Jacob Spangler. They have one son —
Marl Elijah. Mr. Kunkel is a Democrat.

JACOB A. MOORE is a native of Fairview
Township, York Co., Penn., was born October 20,
1847, and is a son of John and Mary (Stittle) Moore.
The Moore family have been known in York County
for more than 100 years. John Moore, subject's
father, was born in 1805, and lived and died in this
county. He was one of the leading early men of
his township, and held the offices of commissioner
and associate judge. He was elected to the latter
office in 1867, and held it until his death in 1869.
Our subject spent the first fifteen years of his life
on the farm, and then went to Mechanicsburgh,
Penn., and served a three years' apprenticeship at
carpentering. After working at this trade and
coach-making several years, he, in 188J, came to
Warrington Township and engaged in farming,
which occupation he still continues. He has 180
acres of well-improved land. He was married, ia



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1871, to Miss Maiy Elcock, of Warrington Town-
ship. They have one child — Jennie May.

WILLIAM W. RAMSEY was born in Lewis-
berry^ York Co., Penn., August 9, 1840, and is a son
of William and Mary (Walker) Ramsey, both
natives of York County. His paternal grandfather
was also William Ramsey, and a farmer of Fair-
view Township. His maternal grandfather, John
Walker, was a resident of Warrington and also a
farmer. The father of our subject was born in
1799. He was a farmer, hotel-keeper and merchant,
served as justice of the peace five years, and died in
1884. He had five children: William W., Anna L.,
John K. (deceased), Mary M. and James (deceased).
The mother of these is still living, a member of the
Evangelical Church, as was her husband. The
early life of William W. was spent in attending
school and clerking in his father's store. In 1869
he took charge of the mercantile business, which
had been conducted for years by his father, and has
since carried on general merchandising. In 1870
Mr. Ramsey was appointed postmaster at Alpine,
Penn. He was married, in 1869, to Miss Lydia
Spangler, daughter of John Spangler, a native of
York County, a farmer, and of a very old York
family. They have one child— John W. Mr. Ram-
sey is a Democrat, and is the owner of three tracts
of land, one of which comprises eighty acres in
Warrington Township.

LEVI REIVER was born in Washington Town-
ship in 1824, and is a son of Peter and Susanna
Reiver, natives of Dover Township. Peter Reiver
died in Warrington Township, August 27, 1866, at
the age of seventy years, a member of the Reformed
Church, and the father of three children : Levi,
Samuel (deceased) and Mary A. Lenhart, of Ohio.
Levi Reiver was reared a farmer, but at the age of
twenty learned the cabinet-making trade under
Lewis Shibe, in York, and for twelve years followed
the business in Washington Township, and then
conducted farming in Warrington Township until
1880, when he retired from active business. He is
the owner of a tract of land of 135 acres, and also
a tract of fifteen acres on which he resides. In 1849
he married Sarah, daughter of George Horn. To
this union seven children have been born as follows:
William, Alice Zeigler, Amos, Mary Urich, Oliver,
Amanda Spangler and Arvilla Kapp. Mr. and Mrs.
Reiver are members of the German Reformed
Church, and in politics Mr. R. is a Democrat.

GEORGE W. SMITH was born in Washington
Township, June 10, 1862, and Is the second of the
six children born to Jacob T. and Catherine (Hol-
linger) Smith, as follows: Anna, George W., Katie
C' John C, Jacob H. and Jonas. Subject's grand-
father, John W. Smith, was a native of York
County, was a miller and farmer, and died in 1878
at the age of seventy-six; grandfather George Hol-
linger was ^Sso a native of York County and a
farmer. Jacob T. Smith, subject's father, is a na-
tive of Washington Township, and is the owner of
two farms of 120 acres each. George W. Smith was
reared on the home farm until the age of twenty-
one, when he went West for a while; he then returned
and engaged in mercantile business at Rossville
where he has a prosperous trade, and of which
point he was appointed postmaster in February,
1884. June 5, 1884, he married Amanda J., daugh-
ter of Jacob H. Spangler, of Dover Township.

LEVI M. SPANGLER was born in Warrington
Township May 19, 1825, and is one of the ten chil-
dren born to John and Susanna (Maish)Spangler,as
follows: Harriet Shelley (deceased), Mary Gammon,
Levi M., David (deceased), Sarah (deceased) Daniel
(late captain in the army and afterward in the navy,
and now deceased), Lavinia Gochenauer, David,
Susanna and Eliza A. Subject's grandfather, Jo-
seph Spangler, was one of six brothers, who came



from Germany, and from whom the Spanglers of
this country sprang. John Spangler was born Feb-
ruary 2, 1789; was the possessor of 130 acres of land
on the Conewago; sixty acres in Cumberland Coun-
ty, and also twenty acres of additional woodland; he
served in the war of 1812, and died in 1850, a mem-
ber of the Lutheran Church. Our subject was
reared a farmer, was educated at the public schools
and at the York County Academy, and subsequently
taught six terms of school. In 1848^9 he attended
the Dickinson College at Carlisle, and the follow-
ing winter again taught school. He took charge of
the home farm at his father's death; subsequently
he bought the place, and there he still resides. De-
cember 34, 1850, he married Margaret J., daughter
of Samuel Smith, and to this union have been born
four children: Emily J. Miller, Amanda E. (de-
ceased), Emerson and Albert. Mr. and Mrs. Spang-
ler are members of the Lutheran Church, and Mr.
S. also takes an active part in Sunday-school work.
He has served as school director of Warrington
Township eight years, and once had the nomina-
tion by the Republicans for county auditor.

DR.W. H. SPANGLER, a native of Warrington
Townsbip, York Co., Penn., was born August 18,
1882, and is a son of Daniel and Mary C. (Hobaugh)
Spangler, natives of York County, Penn. His
grandfather, Spangler, also a native of York County,
was a farmer, as was also the father of our subject,
who had ten children; David, Samuel, Elijah,
Daniel, William, Jacob, Henry, Mary, I^ydia and
Nathan. Our subject remained at home and
worked on the farm until his twentieth year, when
he attended the York County Academy for one
year, and then for two years clerked in a store. He
subsequently engaged in the mercantile business for
himself, which he continued for seven years, and
then took up the study of dentistry under Dr.
Bricker. In 1867 Dr. Spangler settled where he
now resides, and has since continued the practice of
his profession. He was married, in 1865, to Miss
Gulielma Vale. They have one child — Alberta
May. Dr. Spangler is a member of the Reformed
Church and Mrs. Spangler is a Methodist.



WASHINGTON T0WN8HIP.

J. H. DEARDORFF, second in the family of
eight children of Joseph and Lucy (Hoover) Dear-
dorfif, was born in Adams County, June 20, 1881.
His grandfather, Samuel Deardorff, a farmer, died
in 1844, aged seventy years. His grandfather.
Hoover, was a native of Germany, and an early
settler in York County. Subject's father was born
in 1806; followed farming in Washington Township
until 1849, and then retired to his present residence
in Adams County. Our subject was reared in
Adams County until thirteen, when he removed
with his fattier to Washington Township, this
county, and here he remained on the farm until
twenty-three years of age, when he began for him-
self. He now owns 149 acres, under fine cultiva-
tion, and a grist and saw-mill. In 1854 he married
Barbara A. Pressel, daughter of Joseph Pressel, of
Washington Township. Eleven cliildren have
blessed this union, viz.: Mary A. (deceased), Ed-
ward. Jacob, (deceased), Joseph, William, Henry,
Elmira, Nancy, John, Milton and Rosa. Mr. Dear-



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