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a mercantile store at Bonair and has held that
position, for which he is well cjualified, ever

Mr. Bubb married Levina Stef^ey, daughter
of George and Lucy Ann Stefifey, and their
children are : Missouri, wife of Howard
Sheaffer ; George E., who assists his father in
his various businesses; and Noble M., wife of
Charles King, living in Shrewsbury township.
Mr. Bubb also reared a nephew, Charles Stine,
who came to him at the age of four years, and
is now a bright young man of nineteen years.
Mr. Bubb is a Republican in politics, and a
Lutheran in religion. He has for twenty
years played the cornet in the choir. He has



been the leader of the Bonair band for a num-
ber of years. Music is one of his greatest
pleasures, the entire family being musical. So-
cially he is a member of the P. O. S. of A., of
Bonair, and assisted in its organization, it be-
ing greatly through his efforts that the property
for the new hall, now in the course of erec-
tion, was secured. He has filled a number of
positions of trust in this order. Mr. Bubb is
a good citizen, an energetic business man, and
a true Christian g'entleman.

F. W. PORTER, one of the most efficient
teachers in the York high school, was born in
York March 20, 1866, son of John H. and
Amelia (Neater) Porter. He is of Scotch-
Irish ancestry, his forefathers having come
from the North of Ireland in about 1830, and
settled in the Juniata Valley, where his grand-
father, George H. Porter, was a contractor.

John H. Porter, the father of F. W., died
in York in 1884, aged fifty-one years, his death
resulting from disabilities contracted in the
war of the Rebellion, in which he participated
as a member of the 82d Regiment, Illinois Vol-
unteer Infantry, serving gallantly during the
entire war. He was wounded in one of the
battles of western Tennessee, and after taking
part in the battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg,
Antietam, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain,
Pittsburg Landing, and in Sherman's march to
the sea, was discharged with the rank of first
lieutenant. Lieut. Porter married Amelia
Neater, whose ancestors came from Germany,
and they became the parents of the following
children: George H., who is deceased; Charles
M., deceased; J. S., deceased; one who died in
early infancy; John D., superintendent of the
machine department of the Agricultural \\'orks
of York; and F. W.

F. W. Porter received his education in the
public schools of York, and graduated from the
State Normal School at Millersville with the
class of 1885. Since that date he has been
teaching in York, and in the fall of 1893 he
became a teacher in the York high school.
Prof. Porter's specialties are American his-
tory, government and mathematics, in all of
which he is justly considered very proficient.

Mr. Porter was married March 21, 1887, to
Rosa M. Meredith, daughter of Rev. J. R.
Meredith, of the United Brethren Church,
Reading, and three children have been born to
this union: Marv A., who is a student at the

high school, in the class of 1908; and Margaret
and Fred M., also at school. Mr. Porter be-
longs to the Knights of Pythias and Knights
of the Mystic Chain. He is connected with the
First United Brethren Church of York, and has
been a member of its official board for ten years,
and has been further honored with election for
three successive terms, of one year each, to the
oPiice of treasurer of the Pennsylvania confer-
ence branch of the Y. P. C. U.

■ EDWARD A. TOMES, the well-known
and valued superintendent of the American
Caramel Company, of York, is a representa-
tive of one of the pioneer families of the
county, being a grandson of Peter Tomes;
whose death occurred here many years ago.

William A. Tomes, father of our subject,
died in the city of York, in 1898, at the age
of sixty-eight years. He married Miss Mary
Ann Cook, whose father, Frederick Cook, was
for many years a leading jeweler of York.
She was summoned into eternal rest irt 1896.
William A. and Mary A. (Cook) Tomes had
children : Harry, who died at the age of fort)'-
two years; Clara, who became the wife of
John L. Welsh, and died in 1899, at the age
of twenty-five years ; two that died in infancy ;
Albert, who died at the age of thirty-two
years; Frederick P., a member of the United
States army, and stationed in the Philippine
Islands at the timel of this writing; Mary
Emma, wife of J. Harry Halt, a prosperous
jeweler of Mt. Flolly, N. J. ; and Edward A.

Edward A. Tomes was born in the citv of
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 24, 1858, and his educa-
tional training was secured in the public schools
of that city and those of York, to which latter
place his parents returned in 1868, when he
was about ten years of age. After leaving
school Mr. Tomes secured a position in a local
foundry, in which he worked three years, at
the expiration of that time becoming an em-
ploye in the candy-making establishment of
P. C. Wiest, of York. A few years later, when
the firm of P. C. Wiest & Co. was organized,
for the manufacture of confectionery, our sub-
ject was made superintendent of the concern.
This responsible position he continued most
ably and acceptably to fill for the long period
of thirty years, and when Mr. Wiest retired,
selling his interests to the American Caramel
Company, Mr. Tomes, was retained as superin-
tendent of the vast manufactorv bv the new


company. Employment is gi\'en to a corps of
from four to five hundred persons, and the
product of the establishment is shipped into
all parts of the civilized world. Mr. Tomes
discharges witii marked discrimination and
efficiency the manifold and important duties
de\"olving upon him, and is accorded the confi-
dence of the interested principals and the good
will and esteem of the employees who work
under his direction. In politics he is a stanch
Democrat, and his religious faith is that of the
Catholic Church, both he and his wife being
communicants of St. Patrick's Church. In a
fraternal way Mr. Tomes is identified with the
Improved Order of ITeptasophs and the

On Dec. 25, 1885, Mr. Tomes married Miss
Anna Altland, who was born and reared in
York county, being a daughter of Henry and
Sarah (Stover) Altland, the former a car-
penter and builder. Mr. and Mrs. Tomes have
children: Evelyn A., who is a graduate of the
York High School and also of Patrick's Busi-
ness College ; William H., who is employed in
the works of the American Caramel Co. ; Marie
B., a member of the class of 1907, in the York
high school; and Edward A. and Gerald P.,
who are attending the city schools. Mr. and
Mrs. Tomes reside at No. 259 East Phila-
delphia street, York.

JOHN W. STAHLE, who operates a large
draying business in York, was born in that
city, July 10, 1854, son of Col. James A.
Stable, late representative of the Nineteenth
Congressional District in the House of Rep-

John- Stable, his grandfather; served two
terms as register of York county, and was for
many years a justice of the peace. He mar-
ried Sarah Small, daughter of Major Jacob
Small, and they had twelve children : Jacob S.,
a lawyer, deceased; Hon. Edman W., an editor;
Catherine, deceased ; Sarah ; James A. ; Henry
J. ; William, a druggist, deceased ; Isabella, de-
ceased ; Mrs. Ellen Crawford, deceased ; Vir-
ginia, deceased ; Mrs. Franklin T. Weiser, de-
ceased, and Henry J., deceased.

Col. James A. Stable was born in West
Manchester township, Jan. 11, 1830, and he
acquired his education in the common schools,
and at the York County Academy under Rev.
Stephen Boyer, a Presbyterian minister. In
1847 he became a tailor's apprentice, engag-

ing \\-ith Joseph ITursh, in Rupp's building,
with whom he later became a partner. In 1S58
he became the agent of Adams Express Com-
pany, at York, a position he held until the out-
break of th_e war. During the summer of 1861
he joined the 87th P. V. I., under Thomas
A. Scott, and with that body participated in. the
battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold
Harbor, Bermuda Hundred, Weldon Railroad,
and many others. In the meantime he had be-
come major, and then lieutenant colonel. He
was honorably discharged, after an active serv-
ice of three years and three months. Since the
war the Colonel has been actively identified
with the Grand Army of the Republic, and
when the Grand Review took place at Wash-
ington in 1892, he led his post, General John
Sedgwick, No. ■},'], in the parade, as its com-
mander. He is also a prominent member of
the Union Veteran Legion, and was- colonel of
the York Encampment for one year. His in-
tegrity as a man and his business ability were
recognized by the administration of Lincoln,
under whom he became deputy collector for
the Ninth District, an office he held under
Grant, Garfield, Hayes and Arthur. In 1894
he accepted the nomination for Congress on the
Republican ticket, and although the district
had often cast as high as 5,000 Democratic
majority, his popularit)' was so effective as to
turn this into a majority of 2,500 for the Re-
publicans. Col. Stable is and has been for the
past twenty-five years an active member and
earnest worker in the United Brethren Church.
He was one of the originators of the Emig's
Grove Camp Meeting Association, and of its
successor, the Penn Grove Association. He
was for several years a trustee of Lebanon
Valley College at Annville, and is at present a
trustee of the Aged People's Home of the
United Brdthren Church at Mechanicsburg.
He is also president of the Sunday School
Union of the townships of Conewago, Dover,
Manchester, West and East Manchester, and
of Manchester borough. In the past twenty
years he has, in his Sunday-school work, trav-
eled more miles than would be required to
girdle the earth. Colonel Stable has been in-
terested in farming and horticulture, and is at
present a member of the executive board of
the Mount Gretna Agricultural and Mechanical
Association. He is a life member of the York
County Agricultural Society, of which he has
twice been an officer for a term of several



j'ears. He \\as twice honored by Governor
Pattison with appointments as delegate to the
National Farmer's Congress, which met at Sa-
vannah, Ga., and at Parkersburg, W. Va.

Colonel Stahle has been married three
times. His first wife was Mary Spangler,
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Spangler,
and by this union he had five children. She
died in July, 1865. His second wife was Cath-
erine Beltz, daughter of Charles Beltz, and
they had three children. Mrs. Stahle died
in June, 1890. In December, 1894, the Colonel
marrieil Anna, daughter of the late Jacob
Gartman, and to this union has been born one
child, Cornelia Anne. Stahle. Colonel Stahle
still resides at his beautiful home in Manches-
ter township.

John W. Stable's school days were spent
in Manchester township, and he was one of the
pupils who attended the York County Col-
legiate Institute when it was first opened. He
remained with his father until twenty-eight
years old, and then located in York, where he
engaged with J. W. Buckingham, in the rag
business, and he continued in that line until
starting in business for himself, five years
later. He continued in business for thirteen
years, and in 1898 engaged in the draying
business, with one wagon and one horse. His
business has so increased that he now has
thirty of the finest draft and dray horses in
York, and twenty-eight modern wagons. He
employs seventeen men, and is kept busy all
of the time. In 1903 he erected one of the
most up-to-date stables in York, a brick build-
ing, 90 X 48, and is at present handling the
large contract of draying for the Smith Con-
stmction Company.

Mr. Stahle was united in marriage with
Annie K. Stough, daughter of William Stough,
and to this union have been born : James, a
motorman ; Katie, wife of James Sheaffer ; Ed-
-\vard and Harry, with their father; and Hat-
tie and Irena, at home. Mr. Stahle is a Re-
publican, but has taken no active part in po-
litical matters. He is a consistent member of
the Heidelberg Reformed Church, of York.
He belongs to the Sons of Veterans, the
Knights of Malta and the Heptasophs.

DAVID HOKE, deceased. For many
years the late David Hoke, was one of the
substantial men, good farmers and much es-
teemed citizens of York county, Pa. He was

born in Jackson township, on the old home
farm of his father, son of George and Cath-
erine (Stambaugh) Hoke.

George Hoke was also born in Jackson
township, and for many years was one of the
leading agriculturists. The family has been
an agricultural one for several generations. He
married Catherine Stambaugh, and they had
these children : Solomon, who was a farmer
in Cumberland county along the Yellow
Breeches Creek, but who later moved to West
Virginia where he died; David; Casper, who
died in Spring Grove; Samuel, who died in
Frederick, Md. ; George, being the third George
who had owned the old home, and who died in
Jackson township; Magdalena, who married
Andrew Hershey, and died at Spring Grove;
Rebecca, who married Jonas Rebbert, and re-
sides at the Penn Grove camp grounds in
Heidelberg township; and Katie, widow of
Edward Rebert, and living in York.

David Hoke was born Dec. 24, 1805, 'i"'^*
grew up a practical farmer, attending the
district schools when opportunity aft'orded. He
was still a young man when he left home and
went to i^dams county, where he invested in
farming lands, and all his active life was passed
there. When ready to retire he returned to
York county and lived at Hanover until his
death, which took place when he was seventy
years of age. He was a man who lived an
exemplary, upright life, and few men reared
a more highly respected family or were held
in higher regard.

On March 17, 1831, David Hoke married
Barbara BSchtel, who was born ^lay 24. 1807,
and who died March 20, 1900, aged ninety-two
years, nine months and twenty-six days. He
died Aug. 17, 1873. The children of David
and Barbara Hoke were: Susan, born Jan. 5,
1832, died aged sixteen years; Rebecca, born
July 16, 1833, resides in a pleasant home on
Abbottstown street, Hanover ; Isaac, born April
26, 1835, died when thirteen years old; David,
Jr., born Nov. 13, 1836, married (first) Louisa
Carl, and (second) Annie Slagel, and is now
living retired at Bunker Hill, Hanover; Sam-
uel B. was born Jan. 28, 1839; George, born
March 12, 1841, died aged seven years; Abra-
ham, born Jan. 31, 1843, married Josephine
King (deceased), and now resides on York
street, Hanover; Barbara, born June 5, 1845,
died when seven years old ; Michael, born FcIj.
II, 1847, '^^^^ aged fi\-e years; Solomon, born



:March 21, 1849, married Amelia King, is in
business at Hanover and has two cliildren :
Emma, AVife of Howard Bair, of Hanover, and
Reuel, who is associated with his father.

The Hoke family is a numerous one and its
members include some of the best and most
substantial people of this" vicinity.

CHARLES L. MORTON, a farmer of
Lower Chanceford township, who is also en-
gaged in the livery business, was born at Wo'od-
bme, Feb. 19, 1857, son of Robert and Caro-
line (Bacon) Morton, and a grandson of
Stephen Morton, the latter of whom died at
Bridgeton at the age of eighty-five years.

Charles L. Morton was but an infant when
his parents located in Bridgeton, and he re-
ceived his education in the Chanceford town-
ship schools, his first teacher being a Miss
Smith. He left the public schools at the age
of fifteen and then spent three terms under
Professor Parker at Pleasant Grove Academy.
He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and
assisted his father on the home farm until his
marriage, twenty years ago, to Miss Cora V.
Wicks, born near Stewartstown, daughter of
Lewis Wicks, a woodworker and blacksmith.
After his marriage Mr. Morton located at
Bridgeton, where for nine years he was en-
gaged in the store business, which he sold, and
then for part of one year he was employed in
Y'ork, returning home to the farm after the
death of his mother. Since that time Mr. Mor-
ton has been engaged on the farm, which he
owns, and has been very successful. He has
also opened a li^'ery, which promise? to be very

In his religious views Mr. Morton is a
Methodist. In politics he is a Republican. In
fraternal circles Mr. Morton is popular as well
as prominent, being a member of the I. O.
O. F., at Stewartstown, and is now organizing
a lodge at Airville. Five children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Morton, as follows;
Carrie Belle, Joseph D., Robert Lewis, Rosella
and Helen G.

JAMES W. MILLARD. The Milliard
family are of old English stock, but at least
the last three generations have been natives of

Jacob Millard, grandfather of James W.,
passed the entire span of his sixty-five years
in York county, -making farming his occupa-

tion. He married Anna Jones, whose family
was well-known in the county. Their children
numbered five, of whom x-Vndrew B. was the
oldest. {2) Elizabeth married I. B. Hillard,
who lives near Goldsboro, and they have the
following children : Rena, Mrs. Jacob Yonger,
who lives near Lewisberry; Irma, wile of Ed-
ward Prowell, of Yocumtown; Garnett, Mrs.
Samuel E. Andrews ; and Dora, wife of Curtis
Parthmore, of Newmarket. (3) Sarah died
unmarried at the age of thirty-six. (4) Web-
ster married Miss Lydia Flecker, of York
county, and became the father of : Sylvan, at
home; Tacie, who married Elmer Sutton, of
Pinetown, and has three children, Frances,
Ruth and Millard; Calvin and Ralph, at home.
(5) Rachel married Harry Dietz, and has only
one surviving child, Glenn, at home, in Myers-
town, Pennsylvania.

Andrew B. Millard was born at the old
Lewisberry homestead, and on reaching man's
estate became a blacksmith and carpenter. He
followed these trades for the greater part of
his life, but during his later years ran an un-
dertaking establishment in Lisburn, Cumber-
land county. He was a man well-known and
highly esteemed in the community, especially
active in church work. He was a member of
the Bethel Church for forty-three years, and
much of that time served as superintendent of
the Sunday-school. He was called to his re-
ward in 1903, at the age of sixty-five. His
wife was Mary, daughter of James and Ellen
Mechling, of York county, the former a noted
local preacher. Mrs. Mechling was, before
her marriage, a Miss Phillips, of Maryland.
Andrew and Mary Millard were the parents of
James W. ; Anna E., wife of C. M. Forney, a
druggist in Harrisburg, who has one child,
Harry A. ; J. Weir, an undertaker of Lisburn,
who married Flora, daughter of John Rankin
Moore, and who has two daughters, Anna
Mary and Lena, all of York county. The
mother of these three children, James W., J.
Wier and Anna E., is at present residing at

James W. Millard was born in York county
in 1862, and was educated in Fairview town-
ship. He began his active career in life in
Steelton, where he was employed for four
years by the Pennsylvania Steel .Company. Re-
turning to Lewisberry, he spent the next five
years on the old Millard farm, where he was
the manager. At the end of that time he left



the farm again, and for three years was in the
mercantile business in Harrisburg. His next
enterprise was in western Missouri, where he
mo\-ed in 1893, ^""^ engaged in farming and
cattle raising. He remained there until 1900,
when he returned to Carroll township, and
settled down again to farming. He bought
from W. B. Spahr, what is known as the old
Pressel farm of 100 acres, which has been
brought to a high state of cultivation under
his direction. Air. Millard is a supporter of
the Republican party, and while not at all a
politician takes an intelligent interest in pub-
lic affairs; he has been school director in his
township for several terms, and for twelve
years or more has taken a prominent part in
church work. His wife, Mrs. Annie E. Mil-
lard, to whom he was married in 1884, was a
daughter of Harry W. Pressel, of York
county. The two children born to this union,
Earl and Mar}', are both deceased.

GEORGE W. HIKES, a farmer in North
Codorus township, and a veteran of the Civil
war, comes from a family early established in
Adams county. Pa., and ever since closely
identified with that part of the state.

The great-grandfather, George Hikes was
a farmer at York Springs, Adams county, and
there died.

Henry Hikes, son of George, had a large
family : Frederick, Henry, Moses, John, How-
ard, Christina, Mar}^, Catherine and Eli.

Howard Hikes, son of Henry, was the
owner of a farm of sixty-five acres in Lati-
more township and spent his life there, dying
when eighty-one years old. He was well
known all through that region, and was highly
respected. His wife, Matilda (Knoll) Hikes,
was born in York county and died in Adams
county. She and her husband are buried side
by side. Their family consisted of George
W. ; Calvin, who married Miss Annie Benner,
and lives in Latimore township ;" Joseph, a
teacher for nineteen years, a farmer and mer-
chant in Latimore township, who married
Annie Myers ; and Catherine, who died young.

George W. Hikes was born on his father's
farm, Aug. 25, 1846, and until he was eighteen
attended the public schools. As soon as he
reached the required age he enlisted in Com-
pany L, 22d Pa. Cav., a part of the Eighth
Corps, Army of West Virginia, and he shared
the fortunes of his regiment, participating in
the engagements at Leesburg, Maryland

Heights, Snicker's Ferry, Shenandoah Valley,
Ivernstown, Winchester, Alartinsburg, Berry-
\ille, Charlestown, Newmarket, Bunker Hill,
iiarper's Ferry, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.
Durmg the winter of 1864-65 the Twenty-sec-
ond was engaged in pursuit of roving bands of
the enemy in the mountains, suffering great
hardships; and in June, 1865, it was consoli-
dated with others, becoming the Third Provi-
sional Cavalry, and finally honorably dis-
charged at Harrisburg Oct. 31, 1865, by reason
of the close of the war.. On returning home
Mr. Hikes learned the carpenter's trade, and
for ten years followed it in the West, working
in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio, as well
as later in the East also. When he returned
to Pennsylvania Mr. Hikes located on the well-
known Reynolds farm in York county for three
years, after which he spent four years in Lati-
more township, Adams county, "on his farm,
and then, in 1883, bought his father-in-law's
farm in North Codorus township, York county,
a place of seventy-six acres. There Mr. Hikes
has ever since remained, has put up new build-
ings throughout, has made many improve-
ments and has erected a comfortable dwelling
for his family.

Mrs. Hikes bore the maiden name of Cath-
erine Snyder. She was a daughter of George
and Margaret (Barnhart) Snyder, belonging
to one of the county's early families. To this
union have come the following children : Til-
lie, Mrs. Bert Harbold, of York ; George, un-
married; Minnie, Mrs. Daniel Bupp, of York;
Joseph and Bessie, at home. Mr. Hikes is a
Republican in his political affiliations, while
in religious opinions he is a Lutheran and a
member of that church.

JOHN B. MALEHORN, the trusted
head of the oil house for the York Haven
Paper Company, was born Jan. 22, 1848, in
Manchester township, York county, son of
Michael and Sarah (Bull) Malehorn.

Michael Malehorn, great-grandfather of
John B., came from Germany and settled in
Manchester township, on the farm now owned
by Henry Hoffman. He was a tailor by trade,
and both he and his wife died in [Manchester
township, and are buried at Quickel's Chufch
in Conewago township.

John Malehoi^n, the grandfather, was born
in JNIanchester township, and followed farming
there and in Dover township. He married
Margaret Neiman, daughter of ^Michael Nei-



■man, and both he and his wife died in Dover
township, and are buried at Strayer's Church.
The children born to John and Margaret IMale-
liorn were: Michael, father of our subject:
Henry, who Vwes in Decatur. Ills. ; Jacob, who
died young; Jacob (2), who died in York
county : Andrew, who resides in North York
borough : William, living in Conewago town-
ship: George, living in H^ellam township:
Elizabeth, who married L. Pickeling, justice
of the peace at Dover borough; Sarah, who
married Adam Kohler, deceased, and lives in
Ohio; Katie, deceased; a twin of George, who

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