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were members of the old Mennonite faith. He
married Lydia ^\'itmer, and they had one son.
George W., father of George E.


(IV) George W. Sprenkle, son of David,
was born in West Manchester, York county,
March lo, 1829, and became one of the pros-
perous farmers of his locahty.' His wife was
born in West Manchester, Feb. 26, 1831, a
daughter of Valentine and Rebecca (Loucks)
Emig. Mrs. Sprenkle is still living. Valen-
tine Emig was a son of John, and the family
were among the first settlers of York county>
the village of Emigsville being named in fnen-
honor. The family was founded in America
by the great-great-grandfather, Valentine
Emig, who emigrated irom Germany about
1730. Five children were born to George W.
Sprenkle and wife : Amanda E., wife of Wil-
liam H. Yost, of North York; Franklin E., of
Nashville, Pa. ; William, also of Nashville ; Isa-
bel, widow of Albert C. Lightner; and
George E.

(V) George E. Sprenkle was ec^icated in
the district school, the Keystone State Normal
school, at Kutztown, and the Prickett Col-
lege of Commerce, corner of Broad and
Chestnut streets, Philadelphia. Graduating
from the last named, Dec. 15, 1891, he
entered the employ of Thomas C. Else
& Co., of Philadelphia, with whom he
remained three years. In 1893, Mr.
Sprenkle located at Nashville, Pa., where he
opened a store and mill and became station
agent of the Western Maryland Railway Com-
pany. He was also appointed postmaster, and
is a director in the York County National
Bank. He deals largely in grain, shipping prin-
cipally to Baltimore; and in all of his various
enterprises, Mr. Sprenkle has been remarkably
successful, and this fact may be traced to his
thoroughness, thrift and excellent management.

On Oct. 12, 1898, Mr. Sprenkle married
]\Iaggie Swartz, of Nashville, daughter of
Jesse and Catherine (Hershey) Swartz. They
have had no children. He and Mrs. Sprenkle
are prominent members of the Reformed
Church, St. Paul's, known as Wolf's church,
and Mr. Sprenkle takes an especially active
part in the Sabbath school, being one of
its teachers. In 1902, he was instrumental in
organizing the Sabbath school at Nashville and
became superintendent. He also interested
himself in raising funds to build the church at
that point, and is ever busy in religious work.
An extensive reader, well versed on general
topics, and especially in Biblical subjects, Mr.
Sprenkle is a pleasant conversationalist, and

is a great favorite as a teacher in the Sunday-

ELI E. SNYDER, a well known box man-
ufacturer, who has found in his own energy
and business acumen a sure foundation for sub-
stantial success, comes of a representative fam-
ily of York county.

Jacob Snyder, his grandfather, was born
Oct. 30, 1794, in the State of Pennsylvania.
After his marriage he settled on the old Sny-
der homestead, and engaged in farming pur-
suits in York township. Some twelve years later
he became an earnest convert to the tenets
of the United Brethren Church, and for about
five years was a preacher in that sect. As the
church was still in its youth, and practically
without means, it could not afford to pay him
for his services, and he was obliged to return
to farming. About 1830 he was elected justice
of the peace by the Democrats, and held that
office until his death in December, 1867. For
twenty-five years he taught school during the
winter months. In 181 3 he married Elizabeth
Spatz, who was born Oct. 2^, 1794. Their
children were: Polly, who married (first)
John Krone, who died in Gallion, Ohio, her
second husband being John Dice, and her de-
mise occurred in Gallion, Ohio ; Elizabeth, wife
of Daniel Smith; Simon (deceased), who mar-
ried Rebecca Hartman, of York township ;
Sally, who became the wife of Michael Frey,
and died in Iowa ; Leah, who married Levi
Hartman, and died in York township in 1880;
Lydia, wife of Jonathan Keller, of York ; John
A., father of Eli E. ; Juliana, wife of John Fail,
of Gallion, Ohio; Rebecca, wife of Charles
Reinhart, also of that place; and Susan, who
married Aaron Snyder, and died in Yoe.

John A. Snyder was born in August, 1829.
in York township, and there he received the
benefits of a common-school education. He
remained at home assisting in the work of the
home farm until his marriage, when he com-
menced an independent agricultural career in
the same township, but later settled at Yoe,
where he engaged in the coal business. He was
the first to engage in that line there, and by
his work, his enterprise and his public spirit
he did much to make that borough what it i?
today. After a fine business career, which
brought success to himself and to all associated
with him, he died April 8, 1890. His widow,
who was Catherine Eberly, daughter of Ma-



thias, still lives in Yoe. Their children were :
Lavina, who died aged ten months ; Anna
Mary, wife of Elias Snyder, of Yoe ; Simon J.,
a school teacher in Yoi'k and Springfield town-
ships, who went West in 1877, and upon his
return was killed by a train on the Northern
Central railroad in Maryland, his re-
mains being brought back to Dallastown
' for burial ; Catherine, wife of Hillary
Plymire, of Dallastown; Elizabeth, wife
of John J. Ness, of Yoe; Levi, wdio mar-
ried Lydia Lenard, and died in 1902, his widow
now residing in Yoe; Anna Barbara, wife of
A. P. Neff, of Yoe; W. E., a cigar manufact-
urer of that place, who married Malinda Se-
christ, of Yoe; Rebecca, wife of G. A. Kohler,
one of the largest cigar manufacturers in Yoe ;
Eli E. ; Emma, wife of B. F. Mundis, also of
Yoe; Miss Jennie, at home, and Alice, wife of
J. R. Snyder, a mail clerk at York.

Mathias Eberly, father of Mrs. John A.
Snyder, was born in Germany, as was also his
wife, Catherine Haberly, whom he wedded
about 1820. They came to America in 1846,
and located in York township, where Mr. Eb-
erly followed the carpenter's trade for a few
years. He then moved upon a farm, and en-
gaged in its cultivation until his death in 1870.
His widow made her home with her son-in-law,
John A. Sn3'der, until her death, in September,
1892. The children of Mathias and Catherine
Eberly were : Mathias, who married Freder-
icka Weinsman, of Dallastown, and died Nov.
13, 1904; Catherine, wife of John A. Snyder;
Tobias, who married Lydia Spotz, of Arbor;
Christopher, who married Elizabeth Minnich,
of Dallastown ; ' Anna Barbara, who married
Van Buren Daugherty, of Dallastown ; Mary,
wife of Josfth Keener, of that town ; John, who
married Charlotte Keener, also of Dallastown;
Charles, who married Emma Hu'llinger, of
Rye; Henry, who married Louisa Hose, of
Dallastown; one who died aged nine months,
and Jacob, who died at the age of twenty-one

Eli E. Snyder attended the schools of York
township until he was seventeen years of age.
He then learned the millwright's trade and pur-
sued it for two years in Adams county, but
abandoned it to take up the carpenter's trade ;
in 1888 he began contracting and building, in
York county, so continuing for about three
years. From that time until 1899 he was in-
terested in the cigar business in Yoe, and in

October of the latter year began the manufact-
ure of cigar boxes. The firm was originally
known as Snyder & Ness, but in 1904 it be-
came E. E. Snyder & Co. They have a large
plant at Yoe, and the yearly output is about
365,000 boxes, a ready sale for which is found
in and around York county.

In 1890 Mr. Snyder was married to Anna
Meads, a daughter of N. G. and Ellen (Her-
man) Meads, of whom the former is living at
Red Lion, York county, and the latter is now
deceased. To this union have been born the
following children: Erwin C, Nora Ellen,
Cora Ruth, J. Bryan, Paul E., and Herman B.
The second daughter, Cora Ruth, born June 1 7,
1898, died Jan. 19, 1900, and is buried in Yoe.

Mr. Snyder is a Democrat in politics, hav-
ing served as a school director and as council-
man for Yoe borough. He has followed in
the footsteps of his ancestors, and is an earnest
worker in the United Brethren Church, at Yoe.
He has prospered through honorable methods,
and has earned, as he richly deserves, the high
esteem of all.

SAMUEL WOLAVER was born in Bit-
tersville. Lower Windsor township, June 18,
1856, and is a son of Sampson and Dorothy
(Herman) Wolaver.

Sampson Wolaver was born on the farm
now owned by Samuel Wolaver, whose grand-
father became the owner of the property in the
pioneer days, there passing the closing years of
his life. Sampson Wolaver was born on this
ancestral homestead April 19, 1818, and he
lived to attain the venerable age of eighty-three
years, passing- the declining years of his life
in the home of his son Samuel, who accorded
him the utmost filial care and solicitude. This
honored and worthy citizen passed his entire
life in York county, where he was a farmer for
many years, being later identified with the to-
bacco industry there. He was married to Dor-
othy Herman Dec. 29, 1846. She too was born
and reared in York county, the date of her
birth being Dec. 16, 1824, while she died in
1897, at Windsorville. Both Mr. and Mrs-
Wolaver were lifelong and zealous members of
the Evangelical Church. Of their children is
given the following brief record : Sarah, born
Nov. 12, 1847, is the wife of Jacob Smeltzer,
of Craleyville, Lower Windsor township;
Henry, born March 25, 1849, is deceased; Su-
sanna, born Jan. 5, 185 1, is also deceased; -


Catherine, born Feb. i, 1852, is likewise de-
ceased; John, born June 28, 1854, is a resident
cf Brogaieville, York county ; Samuel is the
next in order of birth ; Lydia, born Dec. 20,
1861, is the wife of WilHam Winters, of
Adams, York county; Daniel, born Oct. ly,
1864, is a resident of Windsorville, the same

Samuel Wolaver was reared to the invigor-
ating labors of the home farm and received his
education in the public schools of the locality,
having attended the Crosby school, at Bitters-
ville, where his first instructor was George
Anstine and his last teacher a man named Gem-
mel. He continued to attend school at intervals
until he had reached the age of eighteen years,
having^ in the meanwhile been his father's con-
stant assistant in the work of the home farm.
At the age noted he removed to Adams county
for the purpose of learning the carpenter's
trade, but, owing to a disagreement with his
employer, remained but a short time, return-
ing home and passing the next year in his native
county, in the employ of his father and others.
He then entered the employ of James Duffy,
a farmer near Marietta, Lancaster county, with
whom he remained two years, after which he
was for one year in the employ of Martin Kri-
der, at Mt. Joy, also in that county. He then
returned home and began working by the day,
later being engaged for six months in repair
work on the Peach Bottom road and for three
months on the Pennsylvania road, at Wrights-
ville and Columbia, acting as assistant foreman
during the major portion of that period. He
then began learning the trade of cig'armaking,
partly under the instruction of George Mc-
Guigan, and a few months later removed to
Freeport, III, where he completed his appren-
ticeship to the carpenter's trade under the direc-
tion of Zachariah Liephart. He remained
there a short time and then ^^•ent to Clear Lake,
Iowa, in search of work at his trade. Bemg
unsuccessful in his quest he returned to Free-
port, where he was employed by Martin Gaudy,
with whom he remained several months. He
then removed to Florence, 111., where he worked
for Henry Gochenauer for a short interval,
after which he Avent to Cedarville, that State,
and thence to Lincoln, Neb. Failing to secure
the desired employment at his trade, he con-
tinued his travels to Creston and Bedford,
Iowa, in which latter place he found work in
the rebuilding of structures which had been de-

stroyed by fire. Three months later he again
made his way to Freeport, 111., in which local-
ity he was engaged in farm work for a short
time, and thence to Florence and to Thomson,
Carroll Co., 111., where he assisted in the erec-
tion of a large grain elevator. His itinerancy
thereafter included Rockford and Cedarville,
111., and a return to his home in York county.
He next turned his attention to cigarmaking,
at Windsorville, where he remained a few
months, after which he had charge of the shop
of Melvin Gohn, near Red Lion, for an inter-
val. Thereafter he was in the employ of vari-
ous individuals, as a cigarmaker, for a time
being- placed in charge of the shop of James
Smith, at Windsorville. He then devoted two
years to the carpenter's trade and at the expira-
tion of that period located in Brogueville,
where he engaged in the manufacture of cigars
on his own' responsibility, becoming the owner
of real estate there. He finally removed his
shop to Wrightsville, where he continued op-
erations about eighteen months. He then ex-
changed his property in Brogueville for his
present fine farm _property, in Lower Windsor
township, giving an extra consideration of
$2,000. The farm at the time comprised 127
acres, but he has since disposed of twelve acres.
In the summer of 1903 Mr. Wolaver began the
erection of his present modern and attractive
residence, together with his cigar factor}', which
is made a portion of the same building, and here
he has one of the fine homes of the township,
while his facilities for the carrying on of his
two lines of manufacture will be unexcelled.
In 1902, in connection with the manufacture
of cigars, Mr. Wolaver began the manufacture
of brooms, in which line he turns out, a product
of superior excellence, raising upon his farm
a considerable proportion of the broomcorn
utilized, as also of his tobacco stock. He was
induced to add the broom industry by the fact
that he had planted broomcorn, expecting to
find a profitable market for the raw material.
When he tried to sell the product of his first
three acres he found that he was mistaken as
to the demand, and he accordingly determined
to manufacture his stock. He soon became
familiar with the trade, personally made his
own machine for manufacturing the brooms,
and has since continued operations most suc-
cessfully. His farm is under effective cultiva-
tion, has good improvements throughout and
is one of the valuable properties of the town-



«hip. Mr. Wolaver is a loyal and broad-
minded citizen, taking a proper interest in all
that concerns the general prosperity of the com-
munity and being a stanch supporter of the
principles of the Republican party, though he
was formerly associated with the Democracy.
He was reared in the faith of the Evangelical
Church, of which his wife is a member.

On July 3, 1884, Mr. Wolaver was united
in marriage to Maria J. Hill, who was born at
Wrightsville, York county, a daughter of
Henry and Emma (McKenzie) Hill. In con-
cluding this sketch the following is presented
concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Wol-
aver : Mabel Brooks was born April 21, 1886:
Lydia Ann, born June 5, 1887, died on the 9th
of the same month, as did also her twin brother,
John Oliver ; Walter Winfield was born July
2^, 1888; Chester Amelious was born Sept. i,
1889, and his twin sistdr, Cora May, died
March 24, 1891 ; Nora Ida was born June 4,
1892; Rarra, born Jan. 4, 1895, died on the
nth of the same month; Elsie Virginia was
born March 24, 1896; Irene and Henry Ralph
(twins) were born April 4, 1897, the latter
dying April 4, 1898; Dora E. was born Nov.
14, 1898.

CHARLES LUDWIG. The agricultural
industry in York county has an able and popu-
lar representative in the person of Charles
Ludwig who has there passed his entire life.
Mr. Ludwig was born in Springfield township,
April 30, 185 1, and bears the full patronymic
of his honored father, Charles Ludwig, Sr.
His grandfather is supposed to have been born
in York county, of sterling German extraction
and he was one of the prosperous farmers of
Springfield township. The maiden name of his
wife was Kohler, and both died in Springfield
township, being interred in the cemetery of
Mount Zion church. Of their children, Isaac
lives in Spring-field township ; Daniel passed the
closing years of his life in the city of Baltimore.
Md. ; Joseph, Joshua, John and William died in
York county ; and Charles is mentioned below.

Charles Ludwig, Sr., was born in Spring-
field township, York county. Pa., June 3, 1814,
and was there reared to manhood, receiving a
common-school education. At the age of eigh-
teen years he entered upon an apprenticeship
at the blacksmith's trade, in which line he lae-
came a skilled artisan, continuing to be actively
identified with the sturdy work of his trade

until his death, at the venerable age of eighty-
seven years. He was a resident of Springfield
township until fifteen years prior to his demise,
when he removed to York township, where he
passed the remainder of his long and signally
honorable and useful life, secure in the esteem
and confidence of all who knew him. The
maiden name of his wife was Susan Lloward,
and she likewise was born in Springfield town-
ship, where she passed her entire life, being
summoned into eternal rest in 1864, at the age
of forty-eight years, her husband surviving her
until 1902. Of their children Amanda and
Henry died before attaining maturity ; Eman-
uel, a railroad man, resides in Stanley, N. Y. ;
Albert, who married Miss Anne Seitz, is a
prosperous farmer of York township ; Peter
married Selinda Martin, and is likewise a suc-
cessful farmer of York township ; Charles was
the next in order of birth; Emeline is the wife
of Frank Strausbaugh, of York ; Mary is the
wife of John Peregoy, of York ; Josiah died at
the age of six years ; Jacob is a railway conduc-
tor and resides in El Paso, Texas.

Charles Ludwig, Jr., received his early ed-
ucational training in the public schools of hi.<;
native township,- where he continued his stud-
ies until he was sixteen years of age, and he
thereafter devoted his attention to agricultural
pursuits in that township until his marriage,
in 1876. Shortly afterward he located at Ore
Valley, York township, where he was engaged
in milling for the ensuing fi\'e years, at the ex-
piration of which period he located on his pres-
ent fine farm, where he has since been actively
and successfully engaged in agricultural pur-
suits. His farm comprises fifty-nine acres, and
is eligibly located in York township. He has
made many improvements on the place and
it is maintained under most eiTective cultiva-
tion, so that it may well be designated as one of
the model farms of the township. In his politi-
cal allegiance Mr. Ludwig is stanchly arrayed
with the Democratic party, and he takes a
proper interest in local affairs of a public na-
ture, having served two terms as a director of
his school district. Both he and his wife are
members of the L^nited Brethren Church.

On Dec. 17, 1876, Mr. Ludwig was united
in marriage to Sarah Ann Bradley, who was
born in 1853, in Lancaster county, being a
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hugendub-
ler ) Bradley. Her father was born and reared
in Lancaster county. Pa., where he was a



farmer and also worked at the ore banks for a
number of years after initiating his independ-
ent career. In his youth he had learned the car-
penter's trade. Coming to York county he lo-
cated in Hellam township, where he became
superintendent of ore banks, and later was sim-
ilarly employed in Spring Garden and York
townships, holding a responsible position at the
Pigeon Hill ore banks, as hq was specially
skilled in the vocation to which he devoted his
attention for so many years. He is now re-
tired and resides in the home of his only daugh-
ter, Mrs. Charles Ludwig, being seventy-seven
years of age at the time of this writing, in 1905.
His wife died in 1882, and was laid to rest in
the Union Cemetery at Dallastown, York coun-
ty. They had only two children, Mrs. Lud-
wig being the eldest. Her brother, Samuel,
married Miss Isabella Keesey, and when he
died at the age of thirty-four years, was prin-
cipal of the high school at Wrightsville, York
county; he was interred in the beautiful
Prospect Hill cemetery, at York. He was a
young man of fine character and marked ability,
having been graduated from the Dallastown
high school and being a popular and successful
teacher in the public schools of York county
for several years prior to his untimely deatu.
Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig have had eight children :
Samuel Howard is a clerk in the office of the
traction company in the city of York, marry-
ing Elizabeth Ness, who died in 1903, in the
borough of Yoe, York county ; John E., wno
married Miss Lena Kauffman, is a resident of
Windsor township and is a painter and paper-
hanger by vocation ; Caroline E. is unmarried
and remains at the parental home ; Charles P.,
a graduate of the Dallastown high school, is a
popular teacher in York township ; and Mary
Belle, Flora May, Sarah Alice and Daisy Ellen
remain at home.

PIERCE STAMBAUGH, proprietor of
a blacksmith shop near Big Mount, was born
Oct. 4, 1859, on his father's farm in Paradise
township. His grandfather, John Stambaugh,
was a farmer. He died in Dover township,
leaving these children: Polly, Mrs. Benjamin
Altland ; Levi ; Peter, deceased ; Jacob ; and
Michael, of Dover township.

Levi Stambaugh was born in Dover town-
ship, this county, and was there reared on his
father's farm, receiving an ordinary education.
After marriage he located on a place near

Holtz-Schwamm church, and there he con-
tinued to farm for forty years, retiring a few
years previous to his death to a home near the
shop of his son. Pierce Stambaugh ; there he
died in 1901. In religious faith he was a Lu-
theran; in politics he was a Democrat, and he
served as school director. He married Elizabeth
Beck, of Dover township, daughter of Joseph
and Lydia Beck, and they had these children :
Amelia, Mrs. Henry Moul, of York; Ella, the
widow of Emanuel Mummert, of Jackson
township ; Pierce ; Emma, Mrs. Jonas Geese, of
Jackson township; Monroe, of Paradise town-
ship ; Ezra, also of Paradise township ; and
Ada, who married William Murphy, and died
in 1905.

i-'ierce Stambaugh received a good educa-
tion, attending the Holtz-Schwamm school,
which he left at the age of seventeen years.
Until that age he had been a farmer boy, but
he then went to the trade of blacksmith with
Henry Mo.ul, whose shop stood on the present
site of Mr. Stambaugh's shop. He served an
apprenticeship of three years, and then spent
seven years with Mr. Mouh as journeyman,
after which he bought out his employer, who
removed to York: Mr. Stambaugh erected a
new shop one year after purchasing the busi-
ness. He does all of his own work, including
the wood work on wagons and carriages, paint-
ing and general blacksmithing. He is a thor-
ough mechanic, and his work is of the best

About 1887 Mr. Stambaugh married Miss
Lizzie Falkenstein, who, her father having died
when she was three years old, was reared by
her sister at Big Mount. Three children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh : Elma,
Allen and Sherman. Mr. Stambaugh and his
family are devoted members of the Lutheran
Church, to which they contribute liberally. He
is a stanch Democrat in politics, and has served
three terms as school director.

JOSEPH H. MYERS, proprietor of the
"Aldine Hotel" at Windsor, was born in York
township, this county, Aug. 28, 185 1, son of
John C. and Catherine (Seeling) Myers, both
natives of Germany.

John C. Myers and his wife came from Ger-
many to America in 1843, and settled in York
township, York county, Pa., where he pur-
chased a small farm, and bent his energies to
the making of a new home in a strange land.



Later he bought a farm of sixty acres in the
same township, and about 1865 purchased a
tract of eighty acres in Windsor township,
where he still lives. From 1870 to 1873 he
rented his farm, meantime living in Dallastown,
where he kept a hotel for three years. L-pon
the expiration of his lease he returned to the
country, and is now living practically retired,
the actual work of the farm being delegated to
others, although he superintends it. In relig-
ious belief both he and his wife are Roman
Catholics, and in that faith have reared their
children. In political principles Mr. Myers

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