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is a Democrat. To him and his wife were born
the following children : Joseph H. ; Mary, who
married Frank Rittes; Edward, living in the
West; Elizabeth, who married John Musser,
and lives in Lancaster; Fred, deceased; Cath-
erine, who married John Crabb; Charles F.,
unmarried and living in York ; and Annie, de-

Joseph H. Myers received his education in
the common schools of York county, and re-
ceived practical training on the home farm,
where he remained until he was seventeen years
of age. He then accepted a positon on the
York & Peach Bottom Railroad, as foreman of
a section, and later for ten years was engaged
in the butchering business. The next seven
years were spent in staging from York to
Windsorville. In none of these callings was
Mr. Myers quite contented, but he found more
congenial work as proprietor of a hotel, first
for seven years as "mine host" of the "Wind-
sor Hotel,' which he afterward sold, and built
his present modern structure of twenty-one
rooms. It is a building 48x58, four stories and
basement, and is thoroughly equipped. The
popularity his hostelry has attained speaks well
for his qualities as genial host, while Mrs.
Myers, presiding over the culinary department,
merits the highest praise. No one ever leaves
the "Hotel Aldine" table feeling he did not get
value received.

In 1878 Mr. Myers was married to Miss
Mary Donavan, daughter of Michael Donavan,
and to this union have been born two sons,
Austin A. and Charles F. Like his father Mr.
Myers is a stanch Democrat, and for ten years
he held the office of constable.

Michael Donavan, father of Mrs. Myers,
was born in Ireland and came to America, set-
tling in Hopewell township, York county, in
1849. There he at once began farming, and

this calling he followed until his death in 1902,
at the age of se\-enty-eight years. Fie married
Bridget Madigan, also a native of Ireland, but
whose coming to America antedated Mr. Dona-
van's. To this marriage were born the follow-
ing children : Margaret, who married Adam
Knoll : David, of Hopewell township ; John, de-
ceased; Mary, Mrs. Myers; Ella, deceased;
Thomas, deceased; Catherine, who married
Scott Douglass ; Daniel, on the home place in
Hopewell township. Mrs. Donavan died in
1904, aged seventy-six. Both she and her hus-
band were members of the Roman Catholic
Church, and active in its support. He was a
Democrat in political matters, and was con-
sidered one of the honorable and substantial
men of Hopewell township.

JOHN C. STOVER, who does business at
Glen Rock as a wheelwright and carriage and
wagonmaker, was born in North Codorus
township, this county, April 6, 1854, and is of
German extraction, the original American rep-
resentatives having here established homes in
the Colonial era.

Zacharias and Lydia (Tschop) Stover, his
parents, were born and reared in York county.
The father was a wheelwright by trade, follow-
ing this line of work during practically his en-
tire business career. He was one of the hon-
ored citizens of North Codorus township, and
died in 1899. His wife passed away about
thirtv years ago. He was a consistent member
of the Lutheran Church, and she of the Re-
formed Church, while their lives exemplified
the faith to which they thus held. The chil-
dren of this worthy couple were five in number,
namely : John C. ; Amanda, wife of Richard
Engove : George ; Jacob ; and Annie, wife of
Gabriel Strausbauch.

The paternal grandfather of John C. Stover
was John Stover, who was born in Lancaster
county, this State, and who was a shoemaker
by trade. He followed that vocation in York
county for many rears, settling early in Codor-
rus township. The maiden name of his wife
was Buckheimer, and they became the parents
of five children, as follows : Lydia, who be-
came the wife of John S. Henrv (both died in
this countv) ; Susan, wife of John Neff: Mi-
chael ; Zacharias ; and Caesar, who died when a
youns' man.

John Tschop. the maternal grandfather of
John C. Stover, was a wheelwright by trade.



and worked as such in York county for man}-
3^ears. His wife's maiden name was Rudisill.
They had eleven chiklren, namely ; Albert,
John, Henry, Adam, Daniel, Susanna (who be-
came the wife of Michael Stover), Catherine
(who became the wife of Martin Senft), Har-
riet (who married George Wolf), Amanda
(who married Jacob Hartman), Mar\r Magda-
lene (who married David Beaver and died sev-
eral years ago), and Lydia (Mrs. Zacharias
Stover) .

John C. Stover received his early educa-
tional training in the common schools of Codor-
us township and early entered upon a practi-
cal apprenticeship at the wheelwright's trade,
in the shop of his father, who carefully in-
structed him in all details of the work, so that
he had fully mastered the trade by the time he
had attained the age of sixteen. For several
years thereafter he was employed as a journey-
man at his trade, and for about a decade was
engaged in such work in the manufactory of
the firm of Hartman & Hoshour, at Glen Rock.
At the expiration of this period Mr. Stover
engaged in business for himself, opening a shop
at Seven Valley, this county, where he contin-
ued operations about ten years, building up a
flourishing enterprise. He then returned to
Glen Rock, where he again followed his trade
as a journeyman for a few years, until 1895,
Avhen he again started business on his own re-
sponsibility, establishing his present enterprise.
His reputation for superior workmanship and
for reliability has gained him a large and rep-
resentative patronage. He has a well equipped
■factory, manufacturing all kinds of carriages
and buggies, in which line he turns out some
specially fine work, while he also makes a spe-
cialty of manufacturing heavy wagons, trucks
and delivery wagons and of general repair
work, his repair department having the best
of facilities for the prompt execution of all
Avork turned in to the same. Mr. Stover stands
high in the confidence and esteem of the com-
munity and is a loyal and progressive citizen.
In politics he gives his allegiance to the De-
mocracy, and he has been an active worker in
its local ranks, having been several times a del-
egate to the county conventions, and served as
district committeeman. He was for two terms,
of three years each, incumbent of the offlce of
councilman of Glen Rock, in which connection
he steadfastly advocated the carrying forward
of measures for the good of the municipality,

having been one of the most zealous workers
for the establishing of the new waterworks
system and having aided materially in securing
other needed improvements. He was also
elected tax collector of Glen Rock, for a term
of three years, and he served one term as school
director while a resident of Seven Valley. Mr.
Stover is a prominent and valued member of
the United Evangelical Church, which he has
served in different capacities for many years,
being still a member of the official board of his
own church, of which he has also been treas-
urer. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with
Tribe No. 100, Improved Order of Red Men,
in Glen Rock ; the Knights of Pythias at Seven
Valley; with the organizations of the Knights
of Malta and the Chosen Knights in the city
of York; and formerly he was affiliated with
the Grange. He has much musical talent and
is a charter member of the Glen Rock Band,
while he was one of the organizers of the local
literary and musical society. When a youth
Mr. Stover was a member of the Cadets, a
flourishing military organization under the
command of Capt. T. R. Herbert. Mr. Stover
has ever been ready to lend his aid and influence
in support of measures and enterprises pro-
jected for the general good of his home town
and county, and he is essentially progressive
and public-spirited in his attitude, while to him
is accorded uniform confidence and regard in
the community in \\hich he has so long made
his home.

On Dec. 22, 1881, was solemnized the mar-
riage of Mr. Stover to Miss Barbara Elizabeth
Seitz, of Glen Rock. She was born and reared
in York county, a daughter of George F. ana
Louisa Seitz. To Mr. and Mrs. Stover Iiave
been born four children, Harry Walter, Millie
Louisa, Robert S. (who died at the age of
eighteen months), and Lydia Viola.

FRANKLIN P. REEVER, owner of the
well known "Reever House," of York, and
actively engaged in the hide and tallow busi-
ness, was born in Loganville borough, York
county, Dec. 31, 1853, son of George W. and
Nancy (Goodhng) Reever.

George W. Reever was a cooper by trade
and followed that occupation in Loganville,
where he was well and favorably known. He
came to York in 1864 and engaged in the hotel
business at the corner of South George and
King streets, buying the hotel now known as



the "Reever House" from George Fissil. 'Sir.
Reever remained in the .hotel business for eight
years, at the end of which time he engaged in
the hvery business, in which he continued until
his death, which occurred in 1897. He mar-
ried Nancy Goodling. of Loganville, and to this
union the following children were born : Re-
becca, deceased ; Franklin P. ; Maria, the wife
of Henry Owen, of York; and Lucy.

Franklin P. Reever attended the school
of Loganville, and after completing his edu-
cation learned the' machinist's trade with A. B.
Farquhar, by whom he was emploA'Ccl for eight
years. He then engaged in the hotel business,
in which he continued until 1894, first renting
the hotel from his father, and later purchasing
it from him. He made varied and extensive
improvements in the establishment, it being at
the time of its sale one of the finest hotels in
York. Mr. Reever disposed of the hotel busi-
ness to E. C. Peeling to go into the hide and
tallow business, locating in 1900 at No. 312
South Duke street, where he has a prosperous
and ever increasing trade ; he has one of the
most up-to-date places of business in this line
in the State.

In 1877 Mr. Reever married Ellen J. Neff,
daughter of Jonathan Neft", of Dallastown, and
to this union have been born children as fol-
lows : Nannie, who died at the age of eigh-
teen years; James A., an electrician of York;
Kirk, a patternmaker of York : and Edna, at

Mr. Reever has been prominent in local af-
fairs, serving on the Democratic ticket as coun-
cilman for four terms from the First ward of
York. Having done his duty to his city in this
way he has constantly refused other offers of
office, giving his time and attention to his

PETER STAMBAUGH, who is engaged
in general farming on his sixty-acre farm in
Warrington township, was born near Hogs-
town, Paradise township, Aug. 22. 1837, son
of Jacob and Mary (Berkheimer) Stambaugh,
and a grandson of Jacob Stambaugh.

Jacob Stambaugh, the grandfather, was
born in York county, and was a farmer all of
his life, owning a fine farm which engaged his
attention all his active years. His death oc-
curred about 1844, he beiag at an advanced
age. His wife survived until 1850, and at the
time of her death was about seventv-three

years old. They were the parents of the follow-
ing children: Jacob, Henry, Michael, George.
Peter, John, Solomon, Lena, Christina, Bet-
sey, Susan and Polly. Mr. and Mrs. Stam-
baugh were members of the German Reformed
Church, while in politics he was a Democrat.

Jacob Stambaugh, our subject's father, was
reared upon the farm, but after reaching his
majority he followed broom making, and a1
his death in 1849 '''' I'^^s forty-fourth year he
was the owner of a comfortable home. I\Ir.
Stambaugh was never able to perform manual
labor, being injured in his youth. He had been
of a powerful build, and in shouldering 300
pounds of wheat, he strained himself, wiiich
caused white swelling, , from which he never
recovered. His wife survived until 1892, when
she died in her eighty-third year. They had
these children : Susan, Mary, Anna M., Leah.
Sally, Samuel, Henry, Frank, Peter, John, Na-
thaniel and two that died in infancy. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh were members of the
Reformed Church. In politics he was a Demo-

Peter Stambaugh received his education in
the township schools of Paradise township, and
worked at farm work by the day until he
reached his majority, when he started farming
for himself and he has followed this occupation
up to the present time. In 1894, Mr. Stam-
baugh purchased his present home of sixty-six
acres of good farm and timber land, and here
he has devoted his time to general farming. On
March 3, 1859, Mr. Stambaugh married Jane
Sower, born in Perry county, daughter of Paul
vSower, and two children have been born to this
union — Sarah E. and Andrew S. Sarah E.
Stambaugh was born Dec. 23, 1859, and mar-
ried Jonathan Cassel, and they have six chil-
dren — Carrie ; Iva, who married John Ziegler
and has one child, Ralph ; and Jennie, Annie,
Gretna and Ruth. Andrew S. Stambaugh,
born Sept. 15, 1861, died Dec. 28, 1863,
Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh are members of the
Reformed Church. In political matters he is
a Democrat, although he has never cared for
public office.

JOHN W. STINE, a cigar manufac-
turer of Windsor township, was born there
on the old Stine homestead, Dec. 3, 1853, son
of John and Lucy Ann (Schmuck) Stine.

The first of the name in York county
was Ludwig Stine, who bought the family es-



tate, now owned by Benjamin F. Stine. He
was the father of seven children, of whom one
son, Henry, became in his turn the owner of
the farm. He married Miss JuHa Ann Slenker,
and had six children, of whom John, father of
John W., was the third.

John Stine was born in 1833, and grew up
on the farm. At first a carpenter, most of his
life was spent in farming, and after his father's
death in 1870, the homestead became his own.
He married Lucy Ann, daughter of Peter and
Magdalina (Smith) Schmuck, and they were
the parents of seven children, viz. : John W. ;
Reuben D., deceased; William Henry, de-
ceased; Benjamin F. ; Moses; Julia Ann and
Mary Jane, deceased in infancy. Mr. Stine
sold the homestead some years ago to his son
Benjamin F., but he and his wife still make
their home there.

John W. Stine was born while his father
was living on the farm now owned by C. W.
Shenberger, but during- his boyhood the family
- moved to the Stine homestead, and his educa-
tion was secured chiefly in the schools of that
vicinity, which he attended winters until he was
twenty-one. He always v\'orked for his father
until he reached manhood, and continued
to assist him for a year after marrying, and
then began his present business. He built his
house and a small factory, 14 x 26 feet, and be-
gan with a force of only six hands, manufac-
turing both fine and ordinary brands of cigars.
His trade steadily increased, and in 1901 the
present factory was put up, a structure 24 x 40
feet, and Mr. Stine now has twelve and some-
times fifteen employees. He learned the trade
when he w-as twenty-one years old, and was
taught it by his wife.

In 1875, at the age of twenty-two, Mr.
Stine was married to Miss Emma Wallick, who
was born in Windsor township in 185 1, daugh-
ter of Jacob and Mary (Shaffer) Wallick. Both
parents of Mrs. Stine are now deceased. To
this union four children have been born as fol-
lows : one that died in infancy ; Clarence, born
May 7, 1882, and living at home, who attended
the township schools and then studied book-
keeping and stenography at Patrick's Business
College in York; Howard Mason, and one
other, who both died in infancy. In politics
Mr. Stine is a Republican, but not active in
public life. Fie is a member of the P. O. S. of
A., of Windsorville, and he belongs to the
Freysville Lutheran Church. He is a success-

ful business man, a good citizen, and one whom
his neighbors all regard with respect and'

FRANKLIN BOTT, a merchant of Dal-
lastown, was born near Carlisle, Cumberland
Co., Pa., Aug. 10, 1838, son of Joseph G. and
Mary (Manning) Bott.

Joseph G. Bott, familiarly known among
his friends as "Colonel," was one of the most
proficient teachers of the subscription schools,
and was known throughout middle Pennsyl-
vania. He was especially accomplished as a
penman. His death occurred in Long Level,
York county, March 2, 1853. His children
were: Franklin; Benjamin, of Sterling, 111.,
who built a large part of that town ; John, de-
ceased; Barbara, who married Zachariah Fry,
and died in Florida in 1901 ; Mary Ann, widow
of L. Overdorff ; Fannie ; and Caroline.

Franklin Bott was brought up in York
county, and was educated in the public schools
of Lower Windsor township. After he left
school he became a boatman on the Pennsyl-
vania, canal, ajid was thus engaged for sixteen
years, but in 1873 he turned to farming and
only gave up his occupation became of an
accident which made it impossible for him to
continue. He was injured in i8g6 so seriously
that it resulted in the loss of both feet, and so
he then adopted business life. In 1897 he moved
to Dallastown, and entered upon the general
mercantile business which has since occupied
his attention.

In March, 1861, Mr. Bott was married to
Miss Catherine Silver, daughter of George Sil-
ver; to this union the following children were
born: John, of York; George, of Baltimore;
Rebecca, Mrs. Henry S. Stump, of Chicago;
Mary and Joseph, both deceased.

tor of the Crystal Palace cigar store in York,
is a lifelong resident of York county, where
he was born in Springetsbury township, at the
Glades, Jan. 26, 1858, son of John M. and Re-
becca (Spangler) Sheaffer.

John M. Sheaffer was a native of Stras-
burg, Lancaster county, born in May, 1832.
In earlier life he followed the trade of shoe-
maker for some years, but afterward went into
the cattle business in Springetsbury township,
at one time carrying on very extensive opera-
tions in that line. Durins" his later vears he



has turned his attention to a variety of pursuits.
He is still living, having his residence on Pop-
lar street, and while advanced in years is un-
usually active and well preserved. His first
wife was Miss Rebecca Spangler, a native of
York county, daughter of Zachariah Spangler.
She died when her son Zachariah was a small
child. Her other four children, Charlie, Ben-
jamin, Rebecca and Leah, all died, and are
buried with their mother in the cemetery of the
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, in Springetsbury
township. For his second wife Mr. Sheaffer
married Miss Sarah Neff, who is still living.
Five children were born to this marriage also,
namely : Daniel, of York, who is employed in
the Weaver Organ Factory; Henry, em-
ployed by the York Machine Company ; Amos,
of York, in the employ of H. L. Xeuman ;
Mary, who married Mr. Warner, of York ; and
Alice, at home.

Zachariah S. Sheaffer was educated in the
public schools of the county and when he first
went to work was employed on a farm. At the
age of twenty he began to learn the carpen-
ter's trade with David Lebernecht and for nine
years followed that occupation in various parts
of the county. The succeeding nine j-ears he
spent in the carpenter department of the Penn-
sylvania Railroad Company, after which, dur-
ing Cleveland's second administration, he was
appointed night inspector in the Philadelphia
custom house, remaining there two years. He
then resigned the position, and returning to
York county engaged in the mercantile busi-
ness in Yorkana lor eighteen months, at the
end of which time he sold out, came to York
and, establishing his cigar store, also began
the manufacture of his Crystal Palace cigars.
He employs from six to eight men in his factory
and makes the better grades of cigars, dispos-
ing of them largely in the local market, as
they have proved popular goods in York's cigar
trade. In connection with the Crystal Palace
cigar store, which is located at the southeast
corner of Center Square, Mr. Sheaft'er carries
on a pool and billiard parlor. In politics he
is a Democrat and always an active worker in
the party ranks. He also belongs to Yynona
Lodge, No. 999, I. O. F., which meets on East
Prospect street.

Mr. Sheaffer's marriage was celebrated in
June, 1878, when he was united to Miss Leah
Leiphart, daughter of Jacob Leiphart, of Lower
Windsor township. They are the parents of

four children, as follows : Harry E. ; George
M. ; Flora E. ; and Lillie M., who is deceased.
The family resides at the "Hotel York."

Harry E. Sheaffer, the oldest son of
Zachariah S. Sheaffer, who is in business with
his father, was married March 19, 1898, to
Miss Edna Shearer, daughter of William
Sheai'er, of York, and they have two children,
Ethel May and an infant daughter.

GEORGE M. HUNT is a native son of
York county who has attained prosperity
through his own efforts, and it stands to his
credit that he has pressed forward along legiti-
mate lines of endeavor, and has gained success,
at the same time winning esteem and confidence
of his fellow men. He was born on a farm in
Windsor township, April 14, 1850, son of Jo-
seph and Theresa (Ingrotej Hunt, both of
whom are deceased.

The earlier representatives of the Hunt
family lived and died in Germany. The
maternal grandfather of our subject, Henry
Ingrote, was born and reared in Germany,
where he married and where one or more of
his children were born. He finally emigrated
with his family to America, and came to York
county. Pa., where he turned his attention to
agricultural pursuits, having first located on a
place along the Plank road, in York township,
later removing to Windsor township, where
he passed the remainder of his life. Both he
and his wife were communicants of the Catho-
lic church, and are buried in the Catholic ceme-
tery in York.

Joseph Hunt, father of our subject, was
born in Germany and was twenty-one years old
at the time of his parents' emigration to the
United States. His early education was pro-
cured in the excellent national schools of his
fatherland. On his disembarkation in New
York City, he found employment, remaining
there for a number of years, and having at one
time conducted a modest hotel there, while
later he traveled about for some time, being
variously employed. After his marriage to
Theresa Ingrote, wha was born and reared in
York county, he located in Hellam township,
where he entered the employ of the canal com-
pany, having charge of the packing house and
the boats, and retaining this incumbency about
five years. He thereafter was employed for a
time at various vocations, in \\'indsor town-
ship, where he eventually purchased a farm of



forty-eight acres, to whose ctiltivation he gave
his attention until the time of his death, which
occurred in 1886; his faithful wife was sum-
moned into eternal rest in 1888, both having
been communicants of the Catholic church and
and the remains of both being interred in the
cemetery of St. Mary's church, at York. Of
the children of this worthy couple Henry is a
resident of Steelton, Dauphin county; George
M. is mentioned below; Jacob died in child-
hood; John is a prosperous farmer of Spring
Garden township ; Mary is the wife of William
Stouter, a prosperous greengrocer in Chicago,
111. ; Frederick is a representative farmer of
Hellam township ; Katie is the wife of John
Snellinger, a farmer of York township ; Albert
is a clerk in a mercantile establishment m the
city of York; and Edward is in the confec-
tionery business in Chicago.

George M. Hunt passed his boyhood days
principally in York township, in whose schools
he secured his early educational training, con-
tinuing- to attend school, in a somewhat irregu-
lar way, until he had reached the age of fifteen
years. When but twelve years of age he prac-
tically began the battle of life upon his own re-
sponsibility, since he was then placed among
strangers, and assumed the duty of providing
for his own maintenance by the work which
he could accomplish in an incidental way, his
board and clothing being his sole recompense
for several years. He was first placed in the
home of Isaac Fitz, in York township, and he
was living with this man at the time of the
memorable battle of Gettysburg", which he re-
calls as an event which made a most permanent
and distinctive impress upon his memory, the
scene of the struggle being not many miles dis-
tant and the citizens in general wrought up
to a high pitch of excitement. He remained

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