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BIOGRAPHICAL



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and Henry Wise, the farm having been in 'the
Wise family lor many generations. Mr. Ken-
edy carries un general farmnig and does a great
deal of stock raising, and has been very snc-
cessful.

Mr. Kenedy was married Dec. 23, 18S6, to
Miss Bertha C. Walker, who was born on the
Walker homestead Feb. 14, 1S71, daughter of
John and Sarah A. (Wise) Walker. These
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ken-
edy: Samuel R., now aged sixteen years, who
is now at school; Sarah A., aged six years;
and John Dale, aged four 3'ears.

Mr. Kenedy, or "Jack," as he is familiarly
called, is a Democrat in poHtics, and served his
township faithfully during 1899, 1900 and
1 90 1 as assessor.

JESSE SHEWELL, one of the well-
known, substantial and esteemed citizens of
Glen Rock, York county, a survivor of the
great Civil war and for the past forty years
one of the county's noted musicians, was born
May 6, 1846, in Shrewsbury township, a son
of Samuel and Mary (Sechrist) Shewell.

Jesse Shewell, his paternal grandfather,
located at Shrewsbury, Pa., many years ago,
and followed the trade of harnessmaking. His
three children were: Zacharias; Mary, wife of
John Erman; and Samuel. The grandfather
on the maternal side, Jacob Sechrist, was a
farmer of York county. His children by his
first marriage were : Israel, William C, Mary,
Catherine, Rebecca and Leah. By his second
union he had three children : Daniel, Mary
(wife of Benjamin Sides), and Salome.

Samuel Shewell, father of Jesse, was a
cabinetmaker by trade. He held a number of
township offices, and was a highly respected
citizen. He married Mary Sechrist, and they
had these children: Samuel; Jesse; William;
George; Maria, wife of Isaac Prosser; Annie,
wife of William Donley; and two children
who died in infancy.

Jesse Shewell was educated in the common
schools of Shrewsbury and worked on his
fathers farm until twenty-one years of age.
He then rented land which he worked for about
"ten years. Mr. Shewell also worked in a brick-
yard and at other employments for a few years,
and then learned the carpenter trade. This
knowledge made him acceptable as an em-
ployee of a large industrial company, the Glen
Manufacturing Company, and he worked as a



carpenter for twenty-one successi\-e }'ears.
1 hat he possessed the best kind of conrmon
sense and good judgment is very evident.
During these years of work at his trade he
providently saved his money and, as able, pur-
chased lot after lot of land, one at a time, and
each year built a comfortable house on these
lots. He now owns twenty-one such houses
and lots, which represent his savings and show
a degree of thrift which is in every way com-
mendable. These pleasant homes bring him
in an excellent return.

In 1864 Mr. Shewell enlisted for serxice
in the Civil war, entering Company A. 50th
P. V. I., and served until the close of the war,
participating in the battles of Fort Steadman
and Fort McGillery and taking part in the
capture of Petersburg, Va. His record is that
ot a faithful, loyal soldier.

Perhaps, however, Mr. Shewell is better
knoM'n to York county as a musician than in
any other light, however honorable. There
are few musical organizations in this section,
especially of a band character, in which he has
not in some way been interested or with
which he has not been connected. Al-
most all boys of the age of ten years are at-
tracted by band music and many try to imitate
the harmonious sounds of the different instru-
ments, but there are few lads of that age who
have sufficient natural ability and technical
knowledge to be accepted as members of such
an organization. Mr. Shewell was no older
when he was made a member of a band and
has been more or less connected with the work
ever since. For forty years he has been a band
leader and as such, ancl as a thorough musician,
has a reputation second to none in the State.
An organization which he formed some years
since, composed entirely of boys of tender
years, is easily recalled. So thoroughly did
he drill them in the use of their various instru-
ments that the boy band gained a wide repu-
tation and was in great demand as a drawing
card at entertainments of various kinds all over
the State. With his boy band he frecjuently
appeared at picnics and similar entertainments.

Mr. Shewell was married in 1877 to Eliza-
beth Snyder, and they had six children : How-
ard, Edward, Clarence, Alice. Stella, and one
child that died in infancy. The mother died,
and in 1894 Mr. Shewell was married (sec-
ond) to Ag-nes Stanford. They had two chil-
dren, viz. : Mabel, and one that died in in-



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fancy. In 1901 Mr. Shewell was married
(third) to Mary Brooks, a most estimable
lady, Avho still survives.

While not taking a very active part in polit-
ical matters, Mr. Shewell has always been will-
ing to accept the duties of citizenship and has
most acceptably served several sessions in the
Glen Rock council and has been the township
tax collector. He belongs to the Junior Order
of American Mechanics. He is a member of
the Lutheran Church, and a generous suppor-
ter of its Christian work.

AMBROSE B. STRICKLER is manager
of the sales department of the York Manufact-
uring Company, York, and the phenomenal
growth of its business in the last eight years
is largely due to his wise superintendence.

Early in the eighteenth century the Amer-
ican ancestors of the Strickler family came to
this country from Switzerland, where their
Mennonite faith made them obnoxious. Grand-
father Jacob Strickler was a farmer near
Chambersburg, Pa., and his son, Henry B.,
is treasurer of the Frick Manufacturing Com-
pany at Waynesboro, Pa. Henry B. Strickler
married Fianna Hershey, daughter of Christian
Hershey, a farmer of Dauphin county, Pa.
Their three children were : Emerson, chemical
engineer of the General Chemical Company
of New York City ; Fanny, wife of Charles
Quereau, sperintendent of the New York
Central railroad shops at Albany; and Am-
brose B.

Ambrose B. Strickler was born Sept. 29,
1872, and was educated in Lehigh University,
where he spent three and a half years in the
department of mechanical engineering. His
first position was with the Frick Company, at
Waynesboro, where he attended to the erec-
tion of machinery, and was connected with the
sales department. After two years with that
company he came to York, and entered the em-
plov of the York Manufacturing Company.
At the same time (1897) Thomas Shipley, the
present general manager, assumed the business,
and its growth has since been remarkable. Mr.
Strickler has held the position of manager of
the sales department from his first connection
with the concern, and some idea of its responsi-
bility and importance may be gathered from
the knowledge that the products of this great
industry find their way to all countries of the
world.



Mr. Strickler is a Republican in politics.
Socially he belongs to the Country Club and
to the La layette Club, and in these societies,
and wherever he is known, is generally well
liked.

EMANUEL SHEPP, a prominent rail-
road man of York Haven Borough, who has
been identified with the Northern Central rail-
road system for a number of years, beginning
with this company as a day laborer and ad-
vancing himself until he now holds the respon-
sible position of foreman of Division J4/^,
which covers three miles of track, was born in
1863 in East Manchester township, son of Al-
exander and Catherine (Knaub) Shepp.

John Shepp, the grandfather of Emanuel,
was born in East Manchester township, near
Starview, where he followed farming and
conducted a hotel for a number of years, later
removing to Springetsbury township, near
Stony Brook, where he followed farming un-
til his death.

Alexander Shepp was born in 1831, in
East Manchester township, where he received
a common-school education and for a time was
a day laborer. He then went to farming, and
for thirteen years conducted a saw mill, also
engaging in the quarrying of stone. In 1855
he married Catherine Knaub, who was born in
Newberry township, daughter of Daniel
Knaub; she died in 1897. His death oc-
curred in 1902, and both are interred at
Pleasureville, Springetsbury township. Their
children were : George C., living at Balti-
more ; Amanda, who married John Cousler,
and resides in North York borough ; Sarah,
who died Jan. 22, 1891, the wife of John W.
Staley; John E., who died Jan. 20, 1864, aged
six days ; Emanuel ; Catherine, who died March
10, 1880, and is buried at Pleasureville.
Springetsbury township ; Daniel, who lives
at No. 641 Wallace street, York; Albert, liv-
ing on Philadelphia street, York ; Lillie, who
died at the age of six years, March 10, 1880.

Emanuel Shepp attended the public schools
of his native place until about eighteen years
of age, and assisted his father until the age of
twenty-two. On April i, 1885, he engaged
with the N. C. railroad as a day laborer on
sub-division No. 13, and on Feb. i, 1890, was
advanced to assistant foreman, a position he
held until February, 1893, when he was pro-
moted to the position of foreman of Division



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No. I4>^. Mr. Shepp resides at York Haven,
and has about three miles of track to take care
of, which he does very etSciently.

In 1884 Mr. Shepp married Annie E.
Hidlebaugh, daughter of Zacharias and
Louisa (Landis) Hidlebaugh, and the children
born to this union were: Oscar, born May 9,
1885, is freight clerk at York, and a stock-
holder in the York Haven Canning Factory;
George A., born Jan. 14, 1891, a very bright
young man, is attending school.

In politics Mr. Shepp is a Republican, and
has been called upon by his fellow citizens to
hold many positions of honor and trust, and in
■every case has served with honor to himself
and to the satisfaction of the community of
which he is so useful a citizen. He has held
the offices of councilinan, school director,
borough clerk, chief burgess of York Haven
borough, and lesser incumbencies. He has
•connected himself with the United Brethren
Church, of which is a very valued member.
He has been class leader for four years; Sun-
•day-school superintendent for five years; trus-
tee for ten years, and trustee of the parsonage
•eight years. Mr. Shepp possesses settled con-
victions concerning personal and political in-
tegrity, a manly dignity of character, an hon-
esty of purpose and a feeling of public spirit
which does credit to a representative of one of
York county's old families.

ELIAS GOOD, one of the highly re-
spected, retired farmers of Manchester town-
ship, was born on the old homestead in Man-
■chester township, in 1828, son of Rudolph and
Elizabeth (Engle) Good.

John Good, the great-grandfather of Elias,
was born in Lancaster county, where he fol-
lowed farming. On Aug. 9, 1750, he bought
a large farm of 284 acres in Manchester town-
ship, York county, but did not move from the
place of his nativity. He died in Martic town-
ship. Lancaster county, where he was buried.

Peter Good, grandfather of our subject,
was born in Lancaster county, and also fol-
lowed farming, removing to York county
sometime between 1780 and 1785. Here he
married Susan Stehman, of Lancaster county,
and they had these children : John married a
Miss Keller, and died in this township ; Henry,
married Elizabeth Strickler, and died in Man-
chester township : Peter married a Miss Leib,



and died in Erie county, N. Y. ; Jacob married
Catherine Bear, and died in this township;
Rudolph is mentioned below ; Abraham mar-
ried a Miss Snyder and died in Erie Co., N.
Y. Peter Good took for his second wife Bar-
bara Treigler, and two children were born to
them, both of whom died in infancy. Mr.
Good and his wives were buried in the private
burying ground on the farm.

Rudolph Good was born on the old farm in
r^Ianchester township, and at his father's death
became manager of the home farm, where he
followed farming all of his life, his death oc-
curring in 1869. Mr. Good married Elizaljotl:
Engle, daughter of Jacob Engle, and a mem-
ber of a very large family. She died in this
township on the old farm, and is buried beside
her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Good were Dunk-
ards, he having been connected with the church
since very young manhood. Mr. Good wras
much missed in the community, but the influ-
ence of his good and kindly life remains. The
children born to Mr. Good and his wife were :
Jacob died young; Mattie died single in this
township; Elias; Susan married Elias H'.'ke,
who died in Fairview township, York cov.nty;
and David married Susan Ginter, and is liv-
ing at Manchester borough.

Elias Good attended the township schools
until he was twenty years of age, assisting his
father on the farm. In 1852 he married
Louisa Bear, daughter of George and Sarah
(Smyser) Bear of Spring Garden townsh■1^
and they located at the home farm for four
years. He then bought a part of the old home
farm, consisting of fifty-five acres, and in 1857
built a fine house and good, substantial barn,
and continued to work his farm until 1902,
when he retired from active life. Mrs. Good
died in April, 1865, and is buried at the lionie
graveyard. These children were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Good: Adeline married Albert
Hake, a florist of Manchester borough ; Aman-
da married Andrew Hake, and died in Fair-
view township; and Anna married Augustus
Hake, and resides in York. Mr. Good's sec-
ond marriage was to Susie IMusser, daughter
of Benjamin H. and Elizabeth (Rupley) [NIus-
ser.

Mr. Good is a consistent member of the
Brothers in Christ Church, of which he is an
active worker. Mr. Good's place is one of
the finest appearing farms in the township,



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of which its fortunate owner is credited with
being one of the leading capitaHsts. He is a
rehable man and upright citizen, and is h.eld
in ver}- high esteem.

GEORGE F. TROUT, one of the promi-
nent and leading citizens of Hopewell town-
ship, York county, influential alike in its po-
litical, business and social circles, is at present
engaged in the general merchandise business
at Stewartstown, conducting one of the largest
patronized stores of the vicinity. He was born
in Hopewell township Sept. lo, 1865, son of
Adam H. and Agnes (Anderson) Trout.

Adam Trout, grandfather of George F.,
was a farmer of Hopewell township, and a
member of the United Brethrejn Church. He
had these children : William ; Adam H. ; John ;
Gamill; David; Sarah, who married Jacob
Fisher; Amanda, who married Wallie Mit-
chell; Mary, who married Bud Davis; Betsey
A., who married Jacob Grove; and Emmaline,
who married Emanuel Kooler.

John Anderson, maternal grandfather of
George F. Trout, was also a fanner of Hope-
well township, and held several township offices.
In religion he was a member of the Metho-
dist Episcopal Church. These children were
born to him: Dock; William; Agnes, Mrs.
Trout; Gussie, who married Jacob Grove;
Elizabeth, who married Dr. Grove; Mar-
garet, who married Charles Seachrist; and
Amanda, who married Adam E. Austin.

Adam H. Trout followed farming all his
life in Hopewell township. To him and his
wife the following children were born: Nel-
son : George F. ; Ellie, who married Robert
Roop, of Baltimore; A. W.; Lehs C; William;
Purd and Charles.

George F. Trout received his education in
the public schools of Hopewell township, and
worked on a farm until twenty-five years of
age, when he established the general mercan-
tile business in which he is now engaged in
Stewartstown. His store is 30x60 feet, three
stories high, and is well stocked with general
merchandise, dry goods, groceries, hardware,
notions, and a general line of all kinds of goods
calculated to supply the trade. In conjunction
with his general inerchandise store, Mr. Trout
owns and operates a bakery and ice cream 'fac-
tory, in which business he deals wholesale as
well as retail. He has been engaged in his



business since 1890, and has been successful
in his etTorts to build up a paying' trade among
the residents of his section.

In 189 1 Mr. Trout married Annie Roop,
daughter of Jacob Roop, of Maryland, and
two children have been born to them, Allen
and Hilda. Fraternally Mr. Trout is affiliated
with the Knights of Pythias ; is a charter mem-
ber of Pen Mar Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Stew-
artstown; Shrewsbury Lodge, No. 423, A. F.
& A. M., and Howell Chapter and Gethsemane
Commandery of York ; and Zembo Temple, A.
A. O. N. M. S., of Harrisburg, Pa. He also
belongs to the I. O. H., and carries insurance
in the Penn Mutual Life of Philadelphia, and
the Northwestern of Milwaukee, Wis. In
religion he is a devout member and liberal sup-
porter of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in
which is a trustee. In politics Mr. Trout
is a stanch Democrat, and has been a delegate
to the Democratic County convention several
times. He has been treasurer of the school
board for a number of years, and is now serv-
ing his ninth year as school director. Mr.
Trout is one of the enterprising citizens of
Stewartstown, and is well known all over the
county for his energy and ability, and he is
justly considered one of the representative
men of this section.

i

HARRY H. HAWKINS, postmaster of,
Spring Forge Postoffice, at Spring Grove,
York county, is one of the representative
men of his town, and a native of Spring Grove,
where he was born June 15, 1870, son of Isaac
J. Hawkins. The latter was born in Spring
Grove, Lancaster county, Dec. 18, 183 1_, son
of John Hawkins, a native of that county, who
for many 3'ears lived at Spring Grove; there
he married Elizabeth Campbell, a most estima-
ble lady.

Isaac J. Hawkins was a papermaker
and after some years' residence at Spring
Grove, Lancaster county, removed to a place
by the same name in York county, w-here he
was employed in the paper mill owned by P.
H. Glatfelter. The mother of our subject, who
is still living, was Lucetta Fultz, daughter of
John and Nancy (Myers) Fultz, and she was
born at Spring Grove, York county. Six
children, all still living, were born to the union
of the parents of our -subject: Ellen, wife of
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the paper mill ; Charles, an electrician ; George
F., also an .electrician; Harry H. ; anil ]Min-
nie K., at home.

Han-y H. Hawkins first attended the pub-
lic schools of Spring Grove, and then entered
York County Academy, at York, where he en-
joyed the pri\'ilege of several terms' tuition.
Leaving school he learned the trade of cigar
making with Sprenkel & Koutz, of Spring
Grove, and remained with this house for a
period of ten years. In January, 1902, he was
honored by appointment to the office of post-
master for a term of four years. Since taking
charge of the office, he has proved himself
worthy of confidence, and is a painstaking, effi-
cient and obliging official. Fraternally he is a
member of the Mystic Chain, and of the Order
of United American Mechanics, as well as of
the Friendship Hose Co., No. i. He is a mem-
ber of St. Paul's Lutheran Church at S]3ring
Grove and an active worker in the Y. M. C. A.,
being on the Physical Committee of that- organ-
ization. Enterprisin, progressive, a good Re-
publican, and honorable citizen, Mr. Hawkins
both as a public official and as a private indi-
vidual, has won and retains the respect and es-
teem of all with whom he is brought into con-
tact.

JAMES H. SCHALL, treasurer of the
Keystone Farm Machine Company, York, Pa.,
was born in that city, son of the late
Michael Schall, a well known and influ-
ential citizen. After duly availing himself of
the privileges of the York County Academy
our subject continued his studies in the Chel-
tenham Military Academy, at Ogontz, Pa.,
and the Bryant & Stratton Business College,
Philadelphia. After completing his school
work he was for a time employed as book-
keeper in his native city, after which he as-
sumed the position of secretary and treasurer
of the People's Electric Light Company of
York, this being the first company of the sort
organized in the city. After retaining this po-
sition three or more years Mr. Schall became
private secretary to his father, and later he en-
gaged in the manufacturing of confectionery,
to which line of enterprise he gave his atten-
tion for several years. In 1895 he engaged in
the insurance-brokerage business in his home
city, and in that line he continued operations
for the ensuing three years. Being thus oc-
cupied at the time of the outbreak of the Span-



ish-American war, he forthwith manifested his
intrinsic patriotism, being mustered in as a
private in the 8th P. V. L, and proceeded with
his command to the front. He was made a
second lieutenant of Company A, in which
capacity he served eleven months, or until the
close of the war, when he received his honor-
able discharge.

Upon his return home Mr. Schall was ap-
pointed local representative in York for the
Underwriters' Association of the Middle De-
partment of Pennsylvania, embracing Adams
and York counties, for which organization he
has been the official stamp clerk, an office in
which he has well maintained his popularity
among the insurance agents within his juris-
diction, wdiile gaining the unc]ualified com-
mendation of the underwriters. In addition to
performing the responsible duties of this posi-
tion, Mr. Schall is treasurer and was for some
months (after the death of the former man-
ager) acting manager of the Keystone Farm
Machine Company, representing one of the
most important industrial enterprises of York.
He is a wide-awake and progressive young
business man and is held in high regard in
both the business and social circles of his home
city. In politics Mr. Schall gives his allegiance
to the Republican party, and his religious faith
is that of the Protestant Epsicopal Church ; he
is a communicant of St. John's Church, and
he has been a member of its vestry for several
years past.

Mr. Schall belongs to the Masonic frater-
nity, is secretary of the Country and Lafayette
clubs ; and in all his relation.s — church, social,
etc. — is greatly esteemed for his pleasant per-
sonalitv and his integritv in all the aft'airs of
life.

CORNELIUS PRALL, for many years a
prosperous farmer in Hopewell township, and
one of the prominent citizens of that section,
is a native of the region, born on a farm now
owned by his brother David, the date of his
birth being Jan. 24, 1838. He is a son of
Asher G. and Mary ( Trout ) Prall, of. Hope-
well township.

Asher G. Prall died May 30, 1890, aged
eighty-two years, and his wife died in 1889,
aged eighty-nine years. They were faithful
workers of the Zion Methodist U. P. Church-
Their children were : John Wesley, who died
at the age of seven years; one that died in in-



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fanc}' unnamed ; Cornelius, mentioned below ;
David, who married Margaret Enfield, and has
seven children, Mary, Elizabeth E., Carrie,
Weslev, Elmer, Bertha and David; and Mary
Jane, who is her brother Cornelius' house-
keeper, and who is an active member of the
Zion :Methodist U. P. Church, which she has
attended from childhood.

\\'hen Cornelius Prall was eight or ten
years old his father moved from the farm
where the boy was born to the one which is
now the pr.operty of the latter. There he
grew to manhood, attending school until he
was twenty years old. He was noted as one of
the best scholars of that region, being natur-
ally fond of study, and especially bright ni
mathematics, and he was fully qualified to
teach. After leaving school Mr. Prall worked
for his father until 1862, after which he spent
seven vears working for various farmers in
the township. After his brother David mar-
ried, Cornelius Prall returned home and took
charge of the place until his father's death,
working it on shares. When Asher G. Prall
died, he bequeathed the farm to Cornelius, who
has ever since resided there. In 1902, how-
ever, he gave up active participation in the
fann work, and made arangements to have
the place operated for him.

Mr. Prall has never married. In politics
he is a strong Democrat, while his religious
views are those of the Presbyterian faith, in
which he was reared.

HENRY F. KOHLER, manufacturer of
-cigars at Nashville, Pa., is one of the enterpris-
ing business men and public-spirited citizens
of his locality. He was born July 17, 1863, in



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