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schodl, in what is now East Hopewell township.
On Nov. 16, 1841, Mr. Smith married Sarah
Ross Manifold, an aunt of Sheriff Samuel M.
Manifold, and she was born in Hopewell (now
East Hopewell) township July i, 1821. Aiter
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Smith located on the
homestead now occupied by Samuel H. Smith,
and there he continued farming operations until
his death. He and his wife were members of



the Chanceford Presbyterian Church from an
early date, Mrs. Smith's father being an elder
many years in the Round Hill Presbyterian
Church in Hopewell township. In politics
Robert Smith "was a Whig, and later a Repub-
lican, and he was a public-spirited and useful
citizen. Benevolent to a great extent, he gave
largely to the church, while the amount of his
private charities will never be known. His
home life was ideal, and much of his time was
spent with his children or in reading. In his
death Chanceford township lost a good man,
and one whose place it will be hard to fill. His
death occurred at his home, on Nov. 8, *i888,
while his worthy wife passed away Feb. 14,
1882, and they were both interred in the
Chanceford Church cemetery.

To Robert and Sarali R. Smith the follow-
ing children were .born: (i) Robert Henry,
born Dec. i, 1845, attended the public schools,
graduated at Lafayette College with the class
of 1867, read law in Baltimore under Sebastian
Brown, was admitted to the Bar, and practiced
in Baltimore. He married Helen Alfred. (2)
James Hume, born April 3, 1S47, received a
public-school education, graduated from Lafay-
ette College with the class of 1869, and taught
school a few years. He was then the manager
of a branch house in Chicago for Ziegler & Mc-
Curdy (Philadelphia publishers), and was thus
engaged during the great Chicago fire. While
in Spring-field, 111., he married Miss Annie
Milligan, of Philadelphia. He engaged in the
grain business in Baltimore, Md., and for three
years was president of the Baltimore Chamber
of Commerce. He died Sept. 5, 1904. (3)
Lizzie T., born Jan. 27, 1850, resides with
Samuel H. (4) Samuel H. is mentioned be-
low. (5) J- Charles, born Feb. 23, i860, was
educated in the public schools and the York
Collegiate Institute, was a graduate in
pharmacy, and was in the drug business for
many years in Baltimore, Md., where he died
Feb. 9, 1895.

Samuel H. Smith was born on the home-
stead Feb. 25, 1857, attended the public schools
of Lower Chanceford township until sixteen
years of age and then spent two years at the
York Collegiate Institute. At this time he took
charge of t"he family homestead, which he in-
herited from his father and which he has since
operated successfully in conjunction with other
agricultural property which he owns, one other
farm in particular consisting of 118 acres.

^h. Smith's Imsiness interests are many



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and large, he l)eing the owner of much bank
stock and a director in the First National Bank
of Stewartstown. He is also a stockholder in
a lumber company, has large holdings in a
furniture company, holds securities in a water
company and owns stock in the Stewartstown
railroad. In his political views Mr. Smith is
a stanch Republican, and his first Presidential
vote was cast for Garfield. In his religious
views Air. Smith is a Presbyterian, having
united with the Chanceford Presbyterian
Church in 1873, and since that year has been
actively and continuously engaged in religious
work, especially of the Sabbath-school and the
Christian Endeavor Society.

M'r. Smith's marriage, which occurred Dec.
16, 1 89 1, was to Miss Rachel Jordon, of
Trump, Baltimore Co., Md. Mrs. Smith's
father, Benjamin F. Jordon, was a farmer of
that county, where he died in 1903 at the ad-
vanced age of eighty-three years. I\Irs. Smith's
mother, whose maiden name was Julia Ander-
son, is also deceased, having passed awa}^ on
Feb. 16, 1886, at the age of fifty-nine years.
The following children have been born to Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel H. Smith : Juliet Elizabeth,
born Oct. 24, 1892; Sarah Ross, born Jan. 25,
1896; Robert, born Aug. 13, 1901, and Mar-
garet J., born April 5, 1905. Mr. Smith may
be justly regarded as an important citizen of
his section of the county, being honorable
and trustworthy, intelligent and public-spirited.

WILLIAM J. SMITH, a contracting
plasterer by trade, was born in York, Pa.. ]\Iay
20, 1849, son of Joseph Smith, a native of Ger-
many.

Joseph Smith was a silk weaver by trade,
a craft which he learned in Germany. He
came to America while still a young man, first
locating at Baltimore, but shortly afterward
removing to Spring Garden township in York
county, and securing employment on the old
Baumgardner farm, owned by D. K. Stauffer
of the city of York. He married Annie Herb,
who died at York. aged forty years, and his own
death occurred at Hancock, N. Y. (where he
is buried), at the age of fifty-six years. The
children born to this couple were : Mary, Mrs.
Reppinger, of Hancock. N. Y. : William J. ;
Amanda, wife of Irvin Hugo, who lived at
Decatur, 111., and later in Denver, Colo.; and
Annie, who is the wife of Frederick First of
York.



William J. Smith received his schooling at
the German Catholic parish school in York,
after which he was bound to a farmer in Spring
Garden township for about a year, afterward
spending some six months with his sister at
Hancock, N. Y. After his return to York
county he was employed by J. & D. Rawhauser
for one season on a Susquehanna river boat.
In 1867 he began to learn the plasterer's trade
with Jacob Shrader, of York, with whom he re-
mained for four years, but in 1871 he started
into business for himself. Being a careful,
skilled workman, ]Mr. Smith has always found
plenty of work, and his services have been
in demand for much of the important construc-
tion work done in the past twenty-five years
in York and vicinity, .\mong the important
buildings on which he has worked may be men-
tioned :• the new High school, a small college
on Duke street, the German Catholic church,
the Rupp building, the new Elk and the Keesy
buildings, and many more too numerous to
mention. He has also been employed on some
of the finest residences in the city.

In 1868 Mr. Smith was married (first)
to Alary Jane Schroder, who died in 1886 and
was interred at Prospect Hill. Their children
were : Millie, wife of Clayton Hess ; Luther
A., who married Mary Kraft; Mary, wife of
Harry Ruby; Charles E., who married Alary
Foose ; and Samuel E., husband of Alma Kline-
dinst. In the spring of 1889 Air. Smith was
married (second) to Airs. Louise (Spahn)
Roder, who died Jan. 8, 1899, and is buried in
the Catholic cemetery at York. Two sons were
born to this union, Alfred and Harry, the latter
being deceased. The third marriage of Air.
Smith was to Catherine J. Aloran, daughter
of William and Alary (Aloore) Albran, the lat-
ter of whom is a trained nurse at Girard Col-
lege, Philadelphia. Air. and Airs. Smith have
no children.

Air. Smith owns a handsome residence at
No. 146 Freys avenue, which he erected in
1874, and, in addition has other valuable cit}'
property. His time is entirely taken up Avith
his contract work, and he gi\-es employment
to from ten to forty skilled hands -according
to the season. Air. Smith is a Republican, but
he has never consented to accept public office.
For the past twelve years he has been an elder
in Christ Lutheran Church. Few men are held
in higher esteem in either private or business
life.



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HISTORY OF YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



WILSON ZENAS MACOMBER was
born in the village of Coulson, York county,
Sept. 2-, 1848, son of Jonathan and Rachel
(Drake) Macomber, the latter of whom was a
lineal descendant of Sir Francis Drake, the
famous English navigator and sea fighter. The
first of the Drake family to come to the United
States settled in New Jersey. Some of them
moved to Bucks county, Pa., where they
played an important part in the early history
of that section. Many of the family are in-
terred in one of Bucks county's oldest ceme-
teries, that at Spring City. The Macomber
family have made their impress upon the his-
tory of county and State.

Dr. Zenas Macomber, the grandfather of
^V. Z. Macomber, ser^•ed seven years in the
Colonial army during the war of the Revolu-
tion, first as adjutant of Colonel Carter's com-
mand, from May, 1775, to January, 1776; then
he joined a regiment of the Massachusetts line,
■with which he served two months. He was
then transferred to Washington's foot guards,
with whom he served until January, 1777,
when he became one of the bodyguard of Gen.
George Washington. He was a valiant soldier
and participated in many of the memorable
struggles of the Revolution. At the massacre
of Paoli he was in the thick of the battle and
received seventeen bayonet wounds. Dr. Zenas
Macomber married a Miss Huff.

Wilson Zenas Macomber received his edu-
cation in the public schools and at a normal
school located in West Bangor. After leaving
school he worked on a farm until November,
1864, when he enlisted in the ist Potomac
Home Brigade, afterward the 13th Maryland,
and was honorably discharged from Company
C. of that regiment, June 27, 1865. During
his enlistment he participated in a number of
encounters with the famous Gen. John S.
IVIosby in the valley of Virginia, and was in
the final engagement at Appomattox, when Lee
surrendered. After leaving the army he
worked on a farm in Lancaster county until
March, 1866, when he shipped as a landsman
on board the ship "Constellation," U. S. N.
He was transferred to the frigate "Susque-
hanna," and served in the South Atlantic squad-
ron under Lieut.-Commander R. L. Law. He
was transferred from the "Susquehanna" to
the "New Hampshire," and was promoted to
be quartermaster in the naval service, serving
in that capacity on the "Nev/ Hampshire" un-



til his discharge in September, 1868. He then
settled in York county, and in 1869 engaged in
contracting and building, a business he followed
with success for se\-eral years. At the same
time he interested himself in other business
matters. In 1881 he engaged in the canning
industry, which he continued until 1884, when
he took up contracting and building. He then
formed a co-partnership with J. Howard .
Stubbs, and for several years conducted a lum-
ber and coal business under the firm name of
Stubbs & Macomber. In 1897, with others,
he conceived the idea of establishing an elec-
tric power plant in Delta, and assisted in the
organization of the Delta Electric Power Com-
pany, being a member of its first board of
directors and its first treasurer, the latter office
still being held by him, as well as that of secre-
tary and manager. For the past four years
he has been president of the Delta Board of
Trade and was one of the organizers of that
body. That solid financial institution known
as the People's National Bank of Delta was
organized in 1892. Wilson Z. Macomber was
one of its founders and a member of its first
board of directors, serving as teller of the in-
stitution for two years. He is manager of the
Bel Air Flour Mills, conducted under the firm
name of W. Z. Macomber & Co.

While industrial and commercial affairs
ha^•e taken much of his time Mr. Macomber
has not been unmindful of his duties as a citi-
zen, has held numerous township offices, and
has served as delegate to State and county con-
ventions of his party. In 1898 he was elected
a member of the Pennsylvania House of Repre-
sentatives, and served on several important
committees during the sessions of 1899 ^"^
1900, among them being those of Military,
Railroads and Banks. He is a past officer of
the G. A. R., F. & A. M. and the I. O. O. F.

On May 22, 1869, Wilson Z. Macomber
and Harriet Messersmith, daughter of Michael
and Eliza (Hartman) Messersmith, were
united in marriage. The following children
have been born to their union : George, who
married Mattie York of Indiana, graduated
from Shippensburg College and now holds the
important position of superintendent of the
Missouri Training school at Boonville, in that
State ; Frank, who graduated from the Western
Maryland College, married Denney Cole, of
Delaware, and now holds an important ix)si-
tion at the School for the Feeble Minded, at



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Viiieland, N. J. ; Howard died at the age of
twenty years; Clarence, a graduate of an in-
stitution of learning at Valparaiso, Ind., mar-
ried Mable Roscoe, and now follows contract-
ing and building in Seattle, Wash. ; Marion S.,
a graduate of the Delta high school, is now his
father's assistant at Bel Air, Md. ; Emma is
the wife of William B. Williams, an employee
of the Pennsylvania Railway Company at
Broad Street station, Philadelphia; Bertha is
the wife of Prof. Justin Nelson, of New York.

The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Macomber
are as follows: Emanuel A., superintendent of
a division of the Philadelphia Traction Com-
pany; Lewis, a wholesale merchant of Phila-
delphia : Reuben, a prominent agriculturist of
Indiana ; James, with the Pennsylvania Steel
Company, of Steelton ; and Leah, the wife of
William Gemmill, also of Steelton, Pennsyl-
vania.

Seven children were born to Mr. Ma-
comber's parents: W. Zenas, the eldest; Laura
A., who married William Slawter, lives at
West Chester, Pa. ; Efifie N., married to Har-
vey Montgomery, resides on the old Macomber
homestead in Peach Bottom township ; Mary
M., married to John Herman, lives in Delta;
and three deceased — John A., who lived to be
twenty-one vears of age ; A. Clifton, who died
when twenty-three years old ; and one who
died in infancy.

JACOB A. M'AUL was born in 1864, in
Dover township, near Big- Mount, son of Peter
and Sarah ( Altland) Maul. Jacob Maul, his
grandfather, settled in York county and fol-
lowed farming in Paradise township (formerly
a part of Jackson), where he died at the ag'e
of sixty-five years. He was buried at Holtz-
schwamm church. Jacob Maul married Susan
Martin, who died Nov. 17, 1854, and is buried
beside her husband. The children born to
them were : Leah, who married Daniel Grove,
and resides in Hanover; Peter, the father of
Jacob A.; Jacob (deceased), who married
Eliza Stover and lived in Paradise township,
where he followed farming-; Nathaniel (de-
ceased ) , who lived in tlie West, where he mar-
ried ; John, who married Catherine Flinch-
baugh, and died in York, his widow still re-
siding on King street, in that city ; Sarah, wife
of John March (both are deceased) : Moses,
who married Fianna Gross, and resides at
York ; Chestina, married to ^l. Lewis and liv-



ing on Market f.treet, York; and Daniel, who
was killed in the Civil war.

Peter Maul, the father of Jacob A., was
born in 1825, in Paradise township, and at-
tended the pay scl.'ools of his native place. He
learned the carpenter's trade when young, and
engaged in that calling for ele\'en years, at the
end of which period he removed to Dover town-
ship, where he purcht;sed a farm of fifty-eight
acres of fine land, situated in the southwestern
part of the township. There he followed farm-
ing up to the time of his death, which occurred
Jan. 29, 1 89 1. He was buried in Paradise
township. Mr. Maul married Miss Sarah Alt-
land, daughter of Samuel and Susan (Jacobs)
Altland, of Paradise township, and her death
occurred in 1903, when she was buried beside
her husband in the township named. The chil-
dren born to this worth}' couple were as fol-
lows : Susanna married D. W. Gochnour, and
lives in Paradise township, where he follows
farming and trucking; Elmira married S. B.
Mummert, and lives on the old homestead in
Dover township ; Flora B. married J. A. Hykes,
and lives in Adams county, where he is a
farmer; Jacob A. is the subject of this sketch;
Joanna married E. M. Berry, and is living at
York Springs, Adams county ; Nancy married
Howard King and died at Big Mount, being-
buried at East Berlin, Adams county; Peter
died at the age of ten months, and is interred
in Paradise township.

Jacob A. Maul received an excellent edu-
cation, attending the common schools of Dover
township, York county, and those of East Ber-
lin, Adams county, and later graded schools
at Dover borough and at Manchester, Md
Mr. Maul taught school in Dover, Paradise
and Washington townships and achieved quite
an enviable reputation as an educator. He then
removed to W^est Manchester township, \\-here
he farmed three years, in 1889 locating in
Dover, where he has a tract of land, compris-
ing- seventeen acres. Mr. ]\Iaul is also the for-
tunate owner of an excellent farm in Dover
township, which he purchased in igoo, consist-
ing- of 100 acres. He devotes his time to agri-
cultural pursuits and has been very successful
in this line, acquiring a handsome conipetency.
He is also engaged in the manufacture of
brooms, during the winter months. Mr. JNIaul
has a good residence, which he built shortly
after locating in Do\er. and his land is well
cultivated and fruitful.



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HISTORY OF YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



In the year 1S85 Jacob A. ]\Iaul married
]\[iss Susan Bentzel, daughter of John J. and
Sarah (Harbold) Bentzel, of Dover township.
Mrs. Maul has a fine home in Dover borough.
To Mr. and Mrs. Maul the following children
have been born : Sarah Ann, who died at the
age of live years; John A., living with his aunt
on the old homestead ; and Robert Jacob, Lucy
Elmira and Daniel Webster, all at home. Mr.
Maul is a Democrat, and has served on the
council and school board of Dover borough,
being held in the highest esteem by all who
have had dealings with him, whether along
business, social or political lines.

FREDERICK W. GROTHE, of Carroll
township, York county, is at the present time
a resident of York. He was born in that city
Jan. 23, 1865, son of Frederick Grothe.

The grandmother of Frederick W. came to
America when eighty years of age, and diedin
York, her husband having passed away in Ger-
many. Their children were : Henry, Charles,
Frederick, Mary and Annie.

Frederick Grothe, father of Frederick W.,
was born near Wurtemberg, and emigrated to
America at the age of fourteen years, engag-
ing in railroad work, around Pittsburg. He
settled in Springetsbury township, at a place
called Possumtown, where he engaged in the
horse business, later locating in York in the
cattle trade. By his business ability and good
management he became very wealthy, the last
ten years of his life being spent in retirement.
He died at the age of seventy-four years. He
owned vast tracts of land in York, and had
several farms in different parts of the county.
In religion he was a Lutheran. He was a di-
rector of the Drovers & Mechanics Bank, be-
ing one of its first directors, assisting to found
the institution, which is now one of the larg-
est banking houses of York. He was three
times married. His first wife was Mary Stall-
man,, and after her death he married the mother
of our subject, Christianna Swartz. They were
the parents of the following children : Eddie,
Charles, Frederick W., Flattie and Daisy. Mr.
Grothe's third wife was Lillie Fisher, who died
in April, 1901.

Frederick \V. Grothe is the only living
child of his parents, and he inherited a portion
of his father's property. ITe attended school
until sixteen years of age, and then assisted
his father in his business operations. On Feb,



2T^, 1882, he married Ida S. Gotwalt, daughter
of Albert and Julia (Horn) Gotwalt. After
marriage Mr. Grothe spent thirteen years on
his beautiful 158-acre farm in Carroll town-
ship, and in 1904 located in York, at No. 146
North George street. Since coming to the city
he has engaged in the horse business, super-
intending his farm in Carroll township. Mr.
Grothe is a very active business man, inheriting
his father's ability in that particular to a
marked degree. In religion he is a Lutheran.
He is a member of the Heptasophs, No. 306;
the Jr. O. U. A. M., No. 324; the Union Fire
Company, of York, and the Relief Association.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Grothe
have been as follows : Frederick C, who mar-
ried Katie Hake, resides in York, and has one
child, Frederick A. ; William A. died at the age
of one year, four months and twenty-four
days ; Goldie M^y is attending the Professor
Prowell Business school of York ; and Roy A.,
Grover F. and Hattie V. are at school. Mr.
Grothe keeps well abreast of the times, and
may be justly regarded as a very important
citizen of York, being- honorable and trust-
worthy, capable and public-spirited.

OLIVER HAKE, of Fairview township,
is a descendant of the old Hake family of York
county, and was born in Manchester township,
Feb. 25, 1849. Jacob Hake, the grandfather
of Oliver, was a farmer of Manchester town-
ship, where he died. His children were :■
Jacob, John, Henry, Frederick, Daniel. Elias
and Andrew C. Andrew C. Hake was born
in Manchester township, where he received a
common-school education. He engaged in
farming and distilling in his native township,
later moving to Fairview township, where he
followed agricultural pursuits. There he died
aged seventy-six years. He married Rebecca
Isaac, of Bainbridge, and she died at the age of
forty-five, the mother of these children : Oliver,
Henry, ]Milton, Webster, John, Emmeline,
Jane, Leah and Louisa.

Oliver Hake attended the schools of Man-
chester township until seventeen years of age
and remained at home" with his father until
his twenty-ninth year, at which time he was
married to Annie Hart, daughter of Michael
Flart. She died shortly after marriage, at the
age of 'twenty-eight years, leaving one child.
Merle B.. who died aged sixteen. Mr. Hake
married (second) Mrs. Anna Mary Grove, the



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widow of Henry C. Grove, who was drowned
in the dam at Lewisberry, Aug. 5, 1882, at
tlie age of twenty-five years. Mr. and Mrs.
Grove had two children : Wagner H., wdio
graduated at BaUimore, March 12, 1900, is in
Cohimbus, Ohio, where he is assistant secretary
of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and ma*^
ried Alta Ruth Robinson ; Clyde, who married
Jennie Anderson, is farming in Fairview town-
ship. Mr. Hake is the owner of two fine farms
in Fairview township, which compare favor-
ably with any others in the locality. In poli-
tics a Republican, he is influential in township
political afifairs, and may often be found serv-
ing on the election board. In his religious
views he is a Lutheran, of which church he is
at present a trustee.

Before her first marriage Mrs. Hake's name
was Sutton, and her father, Rankin Sutton,
came from an old and respected family of
Fairview township. He was born May 8,
1823, and is still surviving, making his home
on the old Sutton homestead in Fairview town-
ship, called Pinetown. He married Lydia
Kneisley, a daughter of Anthony Kneisley, and
they had these children : Sarah, Matilda, An-
nie M., John R., Elwood, Hannah and Laura.

WILLARD B. JOHNSTON, dealer in
hardware and contractor in excavating, sewer
construction and gas and steamfitting, is not
only one of the leading business men of Spring
Grove, but is also a public-spirited citizen, and
one of the efficient and influential Democrats
of that locality. Mr. Johnston was born in
Jefferson county, W. Va., Aug. 17, 1866, son
of James M. and Catherine (Abel) Johnston.
The accurate knowledge regarding the family
history is somewhat meager, although it is
known that the paternal grandfather was Da-
vid Johnston, who was born in Virginia and
who for a number of years engaged \'ery suc-
cessfully as a manufacturer of woolen goods.
David Johnston was a Democrat in politics,
and a member of the Methodist Church. He
was three times married, and was a man of
much influence in his community. The ma-
ternal grandfather was Henry Abel, who de-
scended from an old and aristocratic Virginia
family.

\\'illard B. Johnston received an excellent
education, first at the district school, and later
at private school. He then learned the trade of
a plumber with Hantz & Kidd, of York, Pa. In



1888, Mr. Johnston located at Spring Grove,
Pa., and embarked in a plumbing business-
carrying a large stock of plumbers' supplies,
tinware, sto\-es and hardware ; he still conducts,
this store, although he has branched out in
other directions. He has become a leader in
the work of excavating for the construction of
sewers, the laying of water mains and other
similar lines. In fact, he holds nearly all the
contracts in Spring Grove and neighboring
towns, and during the season, gives employ-



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