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conversationalist and is as popular socially as
he is professionally.

of North Hopewell township, a descendant of
Casper Glatfelter, of Glattfelden, Canton
Zurich, Switzerland, who came to this country
in 174;^, was born in Winterstown, Pa., in 1872,
son of Samuel and Susan (Grim) Glatfelter.

When his son Tiburtes M. Avas about one
year old, Samuel Glatfelter moved to Hartley,
in North Hopewell township, where he resides
at the present time. Lie and his wife are mem-
bers of the United Evangelical Church at
Winterstown. In political faith he has always
been a Republican. Besides our subject, Sam-
uel Glatfelter and wife were the parents of
Mrs. Jennie AI. Diehl, Mrs. Minnie Sechrist,
Mrs. Hattie Flinchbaugh, and a son that died
in infanc}'.

Tiburtes ]M. Glatfelter attended the
Strayer school in North Hopewell township
under the following teachers : Prof. W. D.
Keeny, now of Manheim, Pa. ; Miss Dolly Mc-
Fatridge ; Elmer Evans ; Eli B. Keller, now of
the First National Bank, of Glen Rock ; H. E.
Nicholas, deputy register of \\-ills of York
county: Dr. R. A. Hildebrand ; and Miss Mag-
gie A. AVhitcraft. Besides the public schools
he attended a select school at Dallastown,
taught by Prof. C. W. Stine, now county super-
intendent of schools; and also the Millersville
State Normal School. After leaving school he
engaged in teaching for thirteen terms — ten in
North Hopewell township, two in Winters-
town and one in Inilton. At the present time he
is employed by the Yoe Printing Company of
Yoe, Pennsvh'ania.

Mr. Glatfelter has an intense lu\-e for books
and for nature. He is a meml)er of the United
Evangelical Church.

FRANKLIN HOVIS, of Pleasureville.
York county, where he conducts an extensive
butchering business, was born Jan. 29. 1863.
in York township, son of Jesse and Matilda
( Sprenkle) Hovis.

The great-grandfather of Franklin Llovis
came from Germany, and the grandfather,
Jacob Hovis, son of the emigrant, \\-as a basket
maker and farmer of Springfield township,
\\-here he died in his forties, in the faith ,oi the
Lutheran Church. His wife, Barbara Glatfelter.
like her husband a native of York county, w-as
Vi-ell-ad\'anced in years at the time of her death,
and she was also a member of the Lutheran
Church. They had a family of nine children :
Daniel, Isaac, Jacob, Jesse, Adam, Frank,
Katie, Rachel and Elizabeth, all of whom are

Jesse Hovis, son of Jacob and Barbara,,
was born July 16, 1823, and was reared upon
a farm, upon which he remained until he was
seventeen years old. He then learned the
cooper's trade, at which he worked until he
bought a farm of sixty acres in York
township, where he followed farming for
twenty-five years, at the end of which time
he virtualh' retired from active life, and in i8go
remo\-ed to Spry, wdiere he passed the rest of
his life. He consistently voted the Democratic
ticket, and was always active in politics. He
efficientlv filled the positions of judge of elec-
tion, tax collector and assessor, and was one
of the good, upright men of the locality, tak-
ing a great interest in township affairs and be-
ing a stanch supporter of anvthing that vras oJ
benefit to the community. Lie and his family
belonged to the United Brethren Cluuxh, and
he was one of the official board.

Jesse Llovis was twice married. His first
wife was Catherine Vost, who died eighteen
months after marriage, leaving one child,
Amanda, deceased, who married George Line-
baugh. Mr. Hovis married (second) April 27.
1854, Matilda M. Sprenkle, who was bom in
York township, York county, daughter of
Michael and Lydia (Barnhart) Sprenkle. To
Mr. and Mrs. Hovis were born children as fol-
lows : ]\Iillie, deceased ; Annie, deceased, mar-
ried Albert Wineka ; Franklin ; Albert, a cigar-
maker, of Spry: Lydia, wife of John Streavig,



a butcher of Red Lion : and Charles, a cigar
maker, resides at Spr}'. Jesse Hovis.the father,
entered into rest Jan. 18, 1906, at 12 150 a. m.,
aged eighty-two years, six months and two
davs. His funeral services were held in the
Spry U. B. Church on Jan. 21, 1906, the ser-
mon being preached by the Rev. Harry Boyer,
from the text Ps. CXXVII-2 : "It is vain for
3-0U to rise up early, or to sit up late to eat
the bread of sorrow, for so He giveth His be-
loved sleep." The funeral was largely at-
tended, and was a high testimonial of respect
to one of the oldest citizens of York county.

Franklin Hovis was reared in York town-
ship, where he received his education in the
public schools and the old Sprenkle school
house. He remained at home on the farm
until sixteen, and then learned carpentering,
later basket making, then cigar making and
subsequently engaged in trucking. On March
27, 1889, Mr. Hovis removed to Springets-
bury, and since that time has engaged in butch-
ering. He sells his meats through the coun-
trv by wagons, and attends the York city
markets. Since his residence in Springetsbury,
^vhile Mr. Hovis has spent most of his time in
butchering, for a time he was engaged
in the cigar making business. On his arrival
here ISlr. Hovis was without funds, and his suc-
cess is due entirely to his tireless energ)-, and
his ability to see and accept good business op-
l^ortunities. Mr. Hovis is certainly a self-made
man. He now owns three good properties in
the township, and two building lots in York.
His slaughter houses are good substantial
buildings, thoroughly equippecl with all modern
improvements, while his private residence is
the finest in the village of Springet.

On Feb. 24, 1884, Mr. Hovis married Miss
Elizabeth Wineka, born Sept. 13, 1865, in
York township, daughter of Henry and Mag-
dalena (Fielder) Wineka, and to this union
two children have been born: Curvin H., born
June 9, 1886; and Laura B., born Nov. 9,

Mr. Hovis takes an intelligent citizen's in-
terest in politics, casting his vote uniformly
for Democratic candidates, but not seciking
office himself. The family are members of the
United Brethren Church, in which he is one
•of the trustees and treasurer. Mr. Hovis is
one of the first class citizens of Springetsbury
township, honest and upright, and always
ready to do his part in promoting public im-

provements and in advancing the influence of
the school and church. The family is held in
much respect throughout the township.

WILLIAM BESFIORE, who was for a
number of years engaged in the hotel business
in Lewisberry borough, is now engaged in
working his farm of seventy acres in Newberry
township. Mr. Beshore was born Oct. 18,
1849, son of Daniel and Mary (Fink) Beshore,
and a gi-andson of Jacob Beshore.

The great-grandfather of William Beshore
was George Beshore, who came from Germany
and settled in Manchester township, where he
took up a tract of land near ^Manchester bor-
ough. Little is known of George Beshore, ex-
cept that he was a farmer and .spent his entire
life in Manchester township, where his death

Jacob Beshore, the grandfather, was born
on the farm in Manchester township, and
bought the old home, where he followed farm-
ing until his death. He married Lydia Fritz,
and they both rest in the Union cemetery, Man-
chester borough. The children born to this
couple were as follows : Daniel ; Jacob, living
at Manchester borough; John, in Newberry
township; Benjamin, in Newberry township;
Leah, widow John Hoover, and living in iNIan-
chester borough ; and Elizabeth, deceased.

Daniel Beshore, father of William, was
born in 1823, on the old home in Manchester
township, and received a common school edu-
cation. Mr. Beshore followed farming in
Manchester township, later removing to New-
berry township, where he purchased the old
Reeser farm, and worked it for about forty
years. Mr. Beshore retired from active life
about ten years prior to his death, which oc-
curred in 1894, and he is interred at the Pad-
dletown Church, Newberry township. He
married Mary Fink, daughter of William
Fink, of one of York county's old families.
Mrs. Beshore is still living in Newberrytown.
Daniel Beshore held the offices of school direc-
tor and was tax collector for eight years. Fle
was a Dunkard in religious faith, while his
wife was a valued and consistent member of the
Evangelical Church. Mr. Beshore was very
highly respected, and was widely known for
his honesty and industry, and in ever}' phase of
life was a good man and a first-class citizen.
His estimable wife survives him, and is well
known for her kindness of heart and her gener-



ous hospitality. Tlie children born to Daniel
Beshore and wife were as follows : Andrew,
who married (first) Jane Gross, and (second)
Ellen Jennings Bair ; William ; Emma, widow
of William Strine, and living in Newberry-
town ; Ellen, who married Charles E. Bair, a
cigar manufacturer of Goldsboro ; Daniel, Jr.,
who married Ida Yinger, and lives in Newber-
rytown; Lydia, who married (first) Daniel
Spahr, and (second) Andrew Sipe, and lives
at Yocumtown; Mary, who married William
Smith, and resides in Newberry township ;
Leah, wife of John Stettler; Jacob, who mar-
ried Elizabeth Eppley, and they reside on the
old home in Newberry township; and Charles,
who married Bertha Brinton, and resides in

William Beshore attended the township
schools until eighteen years of age, and then
learned the cigar making trade, at which he
worked for six years. At this time he went
into business for himself at Newberrytown,
remaining there about fifteen j'ears. He had
a large business and employed about forty
bands. In 1893 ^''^ went into farming, purchas-
ing a tract of about seventy acres of land,
where he built fine substantial buildings, and
remained here until 1896, when he went to
Lewisberry borough, and engaged in the hotel
business, remaining there four years. He then
sold out and bought the "Prima House," which
he conducted until 1902, when he returned to
Newberrytown and lived retired for one year,
spent a short time with his son in York, and
then, in 1903, returned to the farm, where he
has since remained.

Mr. Beshore married Katie Bair, who died
in 1876, and was bin-ied at Paddletown, New-
berry township. She left one daughter,
Beckie, who married F. Updegraff, and lives
at New Cumberland, Cumberland county. Mr.
Beshore married (second) Susan Ruby, daugh-
ter of Tobias and Catherine Ruby. To this
marriage came one son, William, Jr., born in
1879, ^^"ho received a good education, and for
a year was the proprietor of the well known
"Central Hotel," on Market street, York, but
who is now at Newberrj'town, assisting his
father; in 1902 he married Alary Drawbaugh,
daughter of Edward and Eliza (Mocklin)
Drawbaugh. Both father and son are members
of the Democratic party. They are most
highly resjDCcted and very well known.

GEORGE F. MOTTER, son of Joseph
Mptter and Eve Oberlin, was born Jan. 29,
1859, in the city of York. He has passed prac-
tically his entire life in York county. He was
left double orphaned when a small child, and
he has wrought out his own success through
the application of his energies and abilities
along a definite line of action, so ordering his
course as to retain at all times the confidence
and good-will of his fellowmen. As a worthy
citizen and able and popular executive and
business man, he is well entitled to representa-
tion in this work.

The Motters have been identified with the
history of this locality from the early days of
York and Adams counties. The first of the
name to come to this country were Frederick,
Henry, George and Louis Motter, who emi-
grated from Germany. They settled in Penn-
sylvania near the Maryland line, and their de-
scendants have since maintained high standing
among the substantial residents of that region.
Henry Motter was the grandfather of George
F. Motter, whose name opens this sketch. He
lived in Adams county, and reared a large
family, namely: Samuel, Henry, Joseph, Dan-
iel, Jacob, Jesse, Lewis, Frederick, Catherine,
Martha and Margaret.

Joseph Motter, father of George F., was
born in York county. He earl}' took up his
residence in York, where he died in 1877, while
his wife survived him about three months. He
was a pumpmaker and broommaker by occupa-
tion. Joseph Motter was a valiant soldier in
the Mexican war, in which he was wounded
and left on the field to die, but a companion,
Samuel Simons, carried him on his back a dis-
tance of twenty-two miles to the city of Mexico,
where he received attention and eventually re-
covered. He was also a soldier in the Ci\'il
war, serving two enlistments, and being twice
wounded. He married Miss Eve Oberlin, and
they became the parents of three children, ont
of whom, William, died at the age of two years,
while the two survi\-ors are George F. and
Ellen, the latter the wife of John T. Starke,
a boilermaker and builder of stationary engines
residing in York.

George F. Motter at the age of four years
was placed in the Orphans' Home at York
city, where he remained until he had attained
the age of ten years. He was then bound out
to a farmer of York county, and remained with
him until eighteen vears of aee, in the mean-



\vhile attending the public schools as opportu-
nity afforded, while no slight amount of labor
fell to his portion during this interval. On
Jan. 15, 1877, Mr. blotter initiated his inde-
pendent career by entering upon an apprentice-
ship to the machinist's trade, in the establish-
ment of Frey & Hotter, of York, with whom he
remained three j^ears. He then secured em-
ployment in the foundry and machine shop of
George F. Baugher, in whose employ he re-
mained two years and six months. He next
passed about seventeen months as a journey-
man in the works of the Harrisburg Foundry
& Alachine Company at the State capital, after
which he returned to York and found employ-
ment as a journeyman machinist in the works
of the York Manufacturing Company. Eigh-
teen months later he was made foreman of the
shops, in which capacity he served for the long
period of thirteen 3'ears, at the expiration of
which, in 1897, he was promoted to the re-
sponsible office of superintendent, which he
held until Jan. i, 1905. No better mark of
confidence and commendation can be asked
than that afforded in his long service in the
employ of that important company, and in his
being selected to fill that position. On Oct.
I, 1905, he resigned to become a partner in the
Drury Brick & Construction Company, com-
posed of George W. Drury, president; F. O.
A^etz, secretary and treasurer; and Charles I.
Drury, superintendent of plant. This com-
pany was incorporated under the laws of Penn-
sylvania for the manufacture of shale pressed
brick and iron structural work. His career
affords a noteworthy illustration of what may
be accomplished by the American boy of pluck,
energy, determination and honesty of purpose.
While serving his apprenticeship he devoted his
evenings largely to study and as a result of his
application and of his mastering of the details
of his business he has advanced toward the
goal of success, and attained definite independ-
ence and prosperity, while he has ever held the
esteem and good-will of those with whom he
has been associated, having served under five
different managers in the employ of the York
Alanufacturing Company, and having been
most popular with both employers and em-
ployees, until the day of his resignation to
enter business for himself.

In politics Mr. Motter is stanchly arrayed
as a supporter of the principles and policies of
the Republican party, and for one term he rep-

resented the Ninth ward in the city council,
declining to become a candidate for a second
term. He and his wife are valued members of
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and fraternally
he is identified with York Lodge, No. 266, F.
& A. M. ; Howell Chapter, No. 199, R. A. M. ;
York Commanderv, No. 27, K. T. ; and Rajah
Temple, A. A. O' N. M. S., Reading, Penn-

On Jan. 29, 1890, Mr. Motter wedded Miss
Lillie May Blauser, daughter of Edwin Blau-
ser, a prominent contractor and builder of
York. No children have been born to this

U. G. SEIFERT, a representative farmer
of Warrington township, York county, and a
member of a very old family, was born in that
township Feb. 3, 1866, son of Peter M.'and
Sarah (Swean) Seifert.

The first member of the Seifert family of
whom anything authentic is known, was one
Johannes Seifert, who emigrated from Wur-
temberg, Germany, coming to America in
1676, and settling in York county in the vicin-
ity of Dover, where he took up land from the
Government and was one of the largest land
owners in the county in his time. This land
was divided among his children. He had been
married in Germany, and when he came to this
countr}' he was accompanied by his wife and
one child, their passage costing thirty dollars
apiece, in American money. As was the cus-
tom in those days they were bound by contract
to a Colonist, with the understanding that they
should work for him for one year, that their
passage might be paid off. This they did. The
name of Johannes Seifert's wife is not known,
nor his children, but it is recorded that one of
his- sons married, and had a son, Michael, who
was the great-grandfather of U. G. Seifert, the
subject of this sketch.

To Michael Seifert and wife the following
children were born : Michael, Flenry, Andrew,
Samuel, Mrs. Susan Kimmel, Mrs. Lydia
Berkheimer, Mrs. Catherine Strayley, ^Irs.
Garver, Mrs. Lucy Longard and ]\lrs. Sarah
Sidlestricker. Michael Seifert died in 1861,
and was buried in the Dover cemetery. His
wife was Dolly Leinbaught, who died several
years previous to her husband.

Samuel Seifert, the grandfather of U. G.
Seifert, married Elizabeth Menges, in October,
1829. She was a native of York county and



loecame the mother of these children; Benja-
min ; Emanuel ; Samuel ; Andrew ; Peter ; Leah,
who married Frederick Myers ; H^n'ry, Eliza-
beth ; Tempest ; Rebecca, and Michael. In their
religious belief these good people were all Luth-
erans. Mr. Seifert was an old line Whig and
held many township offices, among them being
those of supervisor and school director. He
died in 1891, aged eighty- four years, while his
wife died the same year, aged eigiity-six.

Peter Seifert, son of Samuel, was born in
Warrington township, and after receiving a
good, common school education, learned the
plasterer's trade, which he followed for man)'
years, finally turning his attention to farming,
and following that calling until death. Peter
Seifert married, in 1863, Sarah Swean, daugh-
ter of Conrad Swean, and these children were
born to this couple : Tempest, deceased ; U. G. ;
John A. ; Samuel ; Elizabeth and Bertha, de-
ceased. Mr. Seifert was a devoted member of
the Lutheran Church, in the faith of which he
died in 1894, at the age of fifty-four years. In
his political views he was a supporter of the
principles laid down by the Republican party.

U. G. Seifert was educated in the common
schools of Warrington township, and has spent
his life at agricultural pursuits. He purchased
his present farm of ninety-three acres in 1891,
and has been very successful in his agricultural
operations. In 1890 he married Emma Ort-
myer, a daughter of Henry Ortmyer, and
three childreji have blessed this union : Bessie
E., Charles T. and Sylvan G. In religion
family are consistent members of the L'nited
Evangelical Church. In politics Mr. Seifert
is connected with the Republican party, and
has held the office of school trustee. His suc-
cess shows very plainly what may be accom-
plished b'y energ}^ industry and thrift, and he
is very highlv regarded in A\'arringtnn town-

.MILTON LEHMAN, one of the good,
practical farmers of York county, actively en-
gaged in the operation of his fine farm in
Spring-field township, was born in that town-
ship, Alay 25, 1859, son of Emanuel Lehman.

Henry Lehman, the great-grandfather of
our subject, was a resident of York county,
and his son, Daniel, was an agriculturist of
Springfield township, where he married Cath-
erine Wallace, a daughter of Adam W^allace.
Both were members of the Dunkard Church.

Daniel Lehman died at the age of eighty-three
years, and is buried at the Dunkard Ciiurch.
and his first wife passed away at the age of for-
ty-two, and was interred at the old Feig-
ley burying ground. Their children were :
Emanuel, mentioned before ; Jacob, who mar-
ried Lucy Ness; John, who married (first)
Lucy Allison, and (second) Rebecca Jacobs;
Henry, who married Lydia Ness; Daniel, who
married Mary Wineholt, and lives in Lancaster,
Pa. ; William, who married Prudence Eraser ;
Noah, who married Cassandra Knaub; Leah,
the wife of Henry Falkenstine; Elizabeth, de-
ceased wife of Joseph Ness. After the death
of his first wife Mr. Daniel Lehman married
(second) Katie Sourbier, and had the follow-
ing children : Lydia, the wife of Nathaniel
Paulus; Charles, who married Ida Dietz; and
Mary, the wile of William Hengst.

Emanuel Lehman was born June 13, 1829.
in Springfield township, and attended the pub-
lic schools. At the age of five years he was
put out among strangers, working for his board
and clothes until he was sixteen years old. He
married Eliza Messersmith,born Sept. 20, 1832,
daughter of JMichael and Sarah (Hartman)
Messersmith, and they located in York town-
ship, where he carried on farming- for sixteen
years. He then located in Springfield town-
ship, in 1892, making his home at Loganville,
where he purchased eleven acres of land.
Mr. and Mrs. Lehman had these children :
Leah, born March 9, 1851, is the wife of Ches-
ter Bahn, of Spring-field township; Mary, born
June 3, 1852, is the wife of John Neff. of
York; Sarah, born July 5, 1853, is the wife of
Emanuel Winters, of York? Eliza, born Dec.
15, 1854, was twice married, her second hus-
band being John \\^olz, and they now reside
in Shrewsbury township; Samuel, born Jan. i.
1856, died single: Ellen, born March 15. 1858,
died young; Milton; Katie, born Nov. 25,
i860, married Daniel Keeney. and lives in
Shrewsbury township ; Frederick, born June 4,
1863, married (first) Mary Tyson, and (sec-
ond) Minnie Davis, and is now residing in
York; Annie, born Sept. 2, 1864, died in young-
womanhood; Elizabeth, born April 17. 1867.
resides at home: Lucy, born June 7, 1870. is
the wife of John Grove, and lives in Spring-field
township: Lydia, born Oct. 23, 1873, died
young: Olivia, born Oct. 23, 1873, twin sister
of Lydia, married Edward Eberly. and is living
in York: and Emanuel. Jr., born Oct. 11, 1877,


married Bessie Heathcote, and they are living
with their parents in Loganvihe.

^lilton Lehman attended the township
schools of his native township, and remained
at home, assisting- his father in operating" the
farm until he was twenty-one years of age, at
which time he married Mary Myers, daughter
of Joseph and Catherine (Ness) Myers. After
marriage they located in Springfield town-
ship, where he has since been a resident. He
purchased his present farm of Peter H. Grove,
in 1904, and it consists of 100 acres of land,
situated close to the Dunkard Church. Mr.
Lehman has an exceptionally fine orchard, and
has among others 200 plum trees, 1,800 peach
trees, 200 pear trees, 100 cherry trees and 200
apple trees, and he grows some of the finest
fruit in the State, having" a ready sale for his
crops in the York markets. Mr. Lehman's
buildings are well-located, and his farm one
of the best kept up in the township. Mr. Leh-
man also saws shingles from the fine timber on
his farm. Mr. and Mrs. Lehman have these
children : Katie, Eliza, Emanuel H., Mamie,
Milton Emore and Mary. Mr. Lehman is a
member of the German Baptist Church, of
which he has been a member since his twenty-
fifth year, and of which he has been deacon
since 1897. His wife and two eldest daugh-
ters are also members of this Church.

H. SAMUEL HAYS. On another page
of this publication will be found a memorial
tribute to George A. Barnitz, who was one of
York county's honored and influential business
men and the founder of the extensive coal and
wood business which is still conducted under
his name in the city of York. Of this extensive
business enterprise Mr. Hays is now the man-

]vlr. Hays was born in Newberry township,
this county, Aug. 3, 1868, son of Granville and

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