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ter in life he moved to York, was appointed tip-
staff by Judge Bay Stewart, and was so en-
gaged for the rest of his days. His death oc-
curred at the age of sixty-nine, while his wife
died when only forty-two years old. Both are
buried in Green Mount cemetery, York. The
following children were born to Henry and
Louise (Fobs) Rockey: William, a molder for
the York Manufacturing Company; Francis
M., foreman in the molding department of that
same company, in which he is also a stock-
holder; Samuel F. ; John; Louis; and Elmer,

Samuel F. Rockey was sent to school in
York until he was seventeen, and after that was
engaged in a variety of occupations. For four-
teen years he was in the transfer business with
John Gross, and then went to John F. Thomas
& Sons, by whom he was employed eight years.
In 1900 he was appointed to be the janitor of
the Burrowes school building on \\'est King
street, and has ever since been in that position,
the duties of which Mr. Rockey performs most
faithfully and satisfactorily. He is a member
of the Jr. O. U. A. M., Codorus Council, No.
115. and is a member of the Reformed Church.
In political sentiment he is a Democrat.

On May 14, 1883, ]\Ir. Rockey married
Miss Sarah Alice Huss, daughter of fohn Huss,
and children as follows have been -born to their
union: Francis W., a molder for the York



^Manufacturing- Company; Harry, who died
June 7, 1904, aged nineteen, and is buried in
Green Blount cemetery ; and Edna Maria, who
is attending school. The family home is at
No. 561 \\'est Prince street, where Mr. Rockey
bought the property in 1890.

ELIAS GLATFELTER, one of the highly
esteemed residents of Conewago township,
York Co., Pa., was born Aug. 30, 1842, in
that part of the county known as the Fishing
Creek Valley, son of Elijah and a grandson
of Daniel Glatfelter.

Daniel Glatfelter was born in York county,
this family being an old established one here,
and he owned property which was improved
with good buildings, in Conewago township,
where he was actively engaged in farming un-
til w-ithin a few years of his death. His wife
was a Miss Currens, also of York county, and
both lie buried at Roless Church in Conewago
township. Their children were : Elizabeth,
the wife of John Leach, died in the West where
they had located ; Jacob died unmarried ; Sam-
uel married Rebecca Crissenger and died in
Huntingdon county. Pa. ; Daniel married Leah
Byers, and died in Conewago township; Elijah;
and Susanna married Samuel Sipe, and died
in Fairview township.

Elijah Glatfelter was born in 1817, in Con-
ewago township, and obtained the best educa-
tional advantages afforded by th'e country
schools at that time, these being, as we know,
very meager when contrasted with those of the
present day. He grew into strong young man-
hood and carried on farming many years af-
ter his marriage on the home place,, and then
located in Dover township, where he bought
a small farm and operated for a few years.
Subsequently he bought a comfortable home in
Dover borough, where he lived in compara-
tive retirement. He died June 10, 1891. He
married Mary Lefever, who died Nov. 14,
1894, and both are buried at Strayer's Church
in Dover township. The children of Elijah Glat-
felter and wife were : Matilda, a resident of
Dover; Elias, of this sketch; John; Daniel, of
York, who married Annie Pfoltzgraff ; Eva
Ann, wife of Levi Snellljecker, of Dover: Pe-
ter, of DoA'er, who married Sarah Berkheimer ;
George, who died young; Samuel L., who mar-
ried Caroline Gross, and is a farmer in Con-
ewago township; Mary Ann, wife of Edward

Crane, of York; Leah, residing with her sis-
ter Matilda; and Sarah Jane, widow of the late
Jacob C. Boring.

Elias Glatfelter attended school in Conewa-
go township until he was seventeen years of
age and then learned the milling business with
John Sprenkle, who owned a mill along the
Yellow creek in Cumberland county. Pa. This
business Mr. Glatfelter followed for eight years,
and then engaged in farming in Conewago and
Dover townships, owning a very good farm in
the former township, consisting of fifty-five
acres, near Zion View. After acciuiring that
property he made numerous improvements,
built an addition to the house and followed
farming there until 1900. Since then he has
enjoyed the ease of retired life, and since his
sister, Mrs. Boring, has become a widow, he
resides with her.

In 1865 Mr. Glatfelter was married to Sar-
ah Jane Stoninger, a daughter of Henry and
Margaret (Stetler) Stoninger. Mrs. Glatfelter
died Feb. 10,, 1900, and is survived by no chil-
dren. She was laid to rest in the Strayer
churchyard in Dover township. Mr. Glatfelt-
er has always been identified with the Republi-
can party, and for years was very active in
politics. He was a man in whom his fellow
citizens could always place reliance and on dif-
ferent occasions was elected to the oflices of
township auditor and supervisor, and in 1906
was elected road supervisor for three years.

JACOB C. BORING, whose tragic death
grieved and shocked the whole community on
March 15, 1904, was one of the most highly re-
spected citizens and farmers of Conewago town-
ship. He was educated in the Ball Hills school
in Newberry township, and after his marriage,
resided for thirteen years on the old Boring
farm there. In 190 1 he came to Conewago
township where he had a fine farm of fifty-five
acres known as the old Hake Hotel place. He
was a man who was popular with every one,
making his death a calamity of more than usual
seriousness. On Dec. 25, 1887, he married
Sarah Jane Glatfelter, the ceremony being per-
formed at Rossville, by Rev. Dick. They had
these children : Laura, Jane, Lillie May and
Walter Harrison, all going to school.

The accident which caused the death of Mr.
Boring and his neighbor and companion, Sam-
uel Lehr, was one of those unfortunate calam-


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ities for which no one seemed to blame. The
two neighbors had started to attend a country
sale together and after driving to Mt. Wolf,
concluded to walk the i^est of the way on the
railroad track. They were walking on one
track and when a freight train came in sight,
changed to the other track. I'he noise of the
freight prevented them hearing the rapid ap-
proach of a passenger train in their rear and a
curve in the road made it impossible for the
engineer to lessen speed before it was too late.
Neither one of the victims were mutilated but
died instantly. To c[uote from a local paper :
"On the previous Sunday they went to church
together, sat together, and returned home to-
gether. They lived as neighbors should, lovely
and pleasant in their lives, and in death they
were not divided. Brother Bormg was a great
friend of the prayer meeting and Sunday-
school at Quickel's, where he will be much
missed. He leaves a disconsolate widow and
three children as well as an aging mother.
This afflicted family has the sympathy of the
whole community." As above noted, Mr.
Boring was a worthy member of the U. B.
Church, and he was buried in the Strayer

well-known citizens of Dover, York county, a
survivor of the Civil war, was born in Con-
ewago township, York Co., Pa., a son of Levi

The paternal grandfather, who was the first
of the family to settle in York county, had two
sons. David and Levi. The latter was born in
York county and follow'ed farming and milling
there all his life. A few- years prior to his
death he went to live with his brother, David
Raffensberger, where he died aged fifty years,
and he was buried at Rothtown Straight Hill
Church. He married Sarah Feiser, daughter
of George Feiser. She died at York, aged
eighty years, and was buried at Strayers
Church, Dover township. They had children
as follows: Alfred, w^ho married (first) Car-
oline Maul and (second) Caroline Grissinger,
the latter still surviving him and living in Phil-
adelphia ; Reuben, who died young ; Lewis, sub-
ject of this sketch ; Lucinda, who married
(first) Henry Garber and (second) Charles
Rupp, died in York, and is buried at Prospect
Hill cemeter\' ; and Delia, who married Ben-
jamin Elliston, a baker in York .

Lewis Raffensberger obtained his education
in the schools of Dover township, attending un-
til sixteen years of age. Then he hired out to
neighboring farmers tor two years, after which
he went to learn the trade of blacksmith with
John Myers, at Weigelstown, in Dover town-
ship, remaining with him one year and nine
months. He then went to Washington, D. C,
later coming back to Dover township, but re-
turning to Washington and entering the pio-
neer corps W'hich worked for four months
through Georgia and Alabama. Then he came
back home and w^orked in a machine shop at
Dover. On enlisting for service in the Civil
war Mr. Raffensberger entered Company F,
28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, and during
his term of service participated in many min-
or engagements and in the battle of Mobile,
where the fighting continued for eleven days.
Mr. Raffensberger relates one especially thrill-
ing adventure. W" hile his command was on the
transport in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the ter-
rible equatorial storms came up, and it was of
such intensity that in order to save themselves
the soldiers had to throw 480 horses overboard.
It was a very exciting time, as the vessel was
some one hundred miles from shore. Of all
dangerous situations in which he was placed
our subject thinks he was the nearest to death
at that time. The exposure and hardship
brought on typhoid fever, from which he suf-
fered for seven days on the road, too ill to be
moved to Mobile. He was later taken to the
hospital there, where he spent six weeks, and
was finally mustered out at Clarksville. Texas,
receiving his discharge at New Orleans.

Returning to Illinois for a short time, Mr.
Raffensberger came back to Dover, where he
engaged in blacksmithing, and has always been
considered an expert mechanic. He purchased
his fine home on Main street, built a good barn,
and made many other improvements. He owns
se\-enteen acres of very valuable land., much of
it in building lots, all of it continually gaining
in value.

]\Ir. Raffensberger has been twice married.
His first wife, ]\Ialinda Cling, daughter of
George Cling, of Dover township, died while
but a bride, thirty days after marriage, and was
laid to rest in the cemetery at Strayers Church,
in Do^•er township. Air. Raffensberger's sec-
ond marriage was to Amanda Bambart. daugh-
ter of John Bambart, of Dover township, and
thev have had children as follows : Ida Kate is



the widow of James Bear, who was a tinner by
.frade and died in Codorus township, where Mib.
£ear still lives with her three children, Clay-
ton, Charles and Ella, Margaret having died
young; Clayton, who is employed in the office
of a large iron manufacturing plaijt at Johns-
town.married Emma Bowman ; Ella is the wife
.of Alfred Kaufman, a cigarmaker at York;
Emma died aged three months.

Mr. Raffensberger does not belong to any
religious body, but he is a moral man and con-
tributes liberally to the support of the Lutheran
Church at Dover, of which his estimable wife
is a member. In politics he has always been
identified with the Democratic party, which
has honored him on numerous occasions by
election to office. He has served as a member
of the council for Dover borough and is still
. a member of that body, having two more years
to serve. He has always worked for the best
interests of the community while in office, and
has helped materially in the erection of the
water plant in the borough, l^egun in 1905 and
just completed, 1906. For eight terms he has
served as school director, and has given his
children educational advantages which he never
enjoyed himself. He is an honest, upright
man, one who is thoroughly respected by all
who know him, and in .e\'ei'y way worthily rep-
resents the good citizenship of York county,
and Dover borough. ^

SAMUEL H. KLUGH. The Klugh fam-
ily of York county. Pa., is descended from one
of two brothers who came to the States from
Germany in the latter part of the eighteenth cen-
tury. This ancestor was the father of six chil-
dren : Henry, who settled near Maytown, Lan-
caster county, where many of his descendants
are living today ; George ; Frederick ; Susanna,
who married Peter Arnold, and has descend-
- ants living in Cla.rion and Clearfield counties ;
Catherine ; and Jane. Of Henry, Catherine
and Jane nothing is known.

George Klugh, the second son, and grand-
father of Samuel H., was born Nov. i, 1790,
and died Dec. 20, 1879, aged eighty-nine. In
addition to being a carpenter or builder he was
an old time German cabinet maker. During the
fities and sixties of the nineteenth century build-
ing was only conducted in the summer season,
and during the winter season the time was em-
ployed in making up home-made, or hand-

made furniture, this consisting of all kinds of
household furniture then in use, including the
old time veneer work. Of the six sons of
George Klugh, five followed their father's vo-
cation, that of carpentering and cabinet making.
George Klugh was for many years a member
of the Franklin Lutheran Church (which he
built) and was for a number of years a jus-
tice of the peace in Franklin township. He
married Hannah Arnold, who was born April
5, 1796, and who died Aug. 22, 1873. Nine
children were born to them : ( i ) John, born
May II, 1 8 16, served as captain in the 209th
P. V. I., during the Rebellion, and is today a
prominent citizen of Franklintown. He mar-
ried, in 1848, Henrietta, daughter of Henry
Ritter, of York county, and has five children,
Mary, Alice, Harvey, John and Milton B. (2)
George, deceased, born March 25, 1818, mar-
ried Harriet Frederick, and had a son, Henry,
who married Eliza Kuntz, and had four chil-
dren, John, Georgiana, Mary and Harvey. (3)
Philip, born Oct. 31, 1820, died May 11, 1834.
(4) Frederick, born March 20, 1823, was an
undertaker and cabinet maker, and died in
Dillsburg, Nov. i, 1904. (5) Henry was the
father of Samuel H. (6) Peter, born Dec. 4,
1829, lived in Harrisburg, until his death in
November, 1904. By his wife, who was Miss
Soranda Ritter, he had two children, Charles
and John, the latter deceased. (7) The next
child was a daughter, born May 28, 1833, who
died the same day. (8) Clarissa, born May 23,
1834, married Leonard Heikes, who lives in
Dillsburg. There were born to them : Emma,
Mrs. Thomas Hooper, of AVellsville; Benjamin
F., who married and has two children, and is
principal of the public school at Manheim, Lan-
caster county ; Schuyler, foreman of bak-
ing at the Industrial School at Scotland, Frank-
lin county, who married and has children;
George, a mercantile clerk at Harrisburg; and
Walter C, a teacher in the public schools of
Harrisburg. (9) Joseph R., born July 5, 1836,
married Miss Fannie Breckbill, and their chil-
dren are John, Howard, Catherine and Jennie.
The family lives at Orleans, Nebraska.

Henry Klugh was born April 29, 1826, and
made his first profession that of teaching. For
twelve years he was thus engaged through the
school year, while he employed the summer
months in carpenter work and contracting. He
then abandoned teaching and devoted his at-




tention wholly to contracting for the rest of
his life. He was a man of high standing in
the community and influential in public affairs,
acting as justice of the peace, and inspector of
elections. He was a Republican most of his
life, but later in life joined the ranks of the Pro-
hibition party. A devout Lutheran, he was for
many years an elder in the church and superin-
tendent of the Sunday-school. His marriage
occurred Nov. 11, 1856, to Eliza, daughter oi
Samuel and Katie (Heikes) Knisely, and their
married life continued until May 22, 1895,
when the husband was called from this world.
His wife is now living in Dillsburg. The fol-
lowing children were born of this union : ( i )
Mary Katherine, born July 17, 1857, married
Ephraim Brame, a farmer in Adams county.
(2) Samuel H. (3) George P., principal of
schools at New Cumberland, Cumberland
county, married Miss Julia Spangler, and
has three children, Claude, Beatrice and
Ada. (4) Jerre J., for the past se\'en-
teen years a teacher, is at present in
Dillsburg; he is a Republican in poli-
tics and takes a deep interest in church mat-
ters, being trustee of the church and parson-
age, as well as steward in the U. B. Church, and
teacher and superintendent in the Sunday
school. (5) Hannah J., born July 14, 1871,
died June 21, 1878. (6) William K., born
March 20, 1875, a teacher by profession but
now acting as station agent at Shiremans-
town, Cumberland county, for the Cumberland
Valley Railroad, married Lillie, daughter of
Daniel Leathery of Franklintown.

Samuel H. Klugh was born June 28. 1863,
in Franklintown borough. He was given a
good education, and then taught for five terms
in Franklin and Carroll townships. It was at
this period, during the summers, that he
learned the carpenter's trade under his father.
At the end of that time he engaged with his
uncle Frederick in the furniture and under-
taking business in Dillsburg, and he has now
become the sole proprietor. Like his father he
takes an active part in municipal affairs, is a
strong Republican in his views, and has held
the offices of school director and auditor of the
township, while since 1895 he has served con-
tinuously as justice of the peace.

Mr. Klugh was married, in 1886. to Eliza-
beth J., daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bos-
ser) Sollenberger, and they have become the

parents of five children, Bruce S., H. Scott,
i-ynn b., Ray A. and Maude E. Mr. Klugh is
a prominent and public-spirited citizen, and his
long continuance m office attests the confidence
in liim felt by his fellow townsmen. He is a
member ot the Improved Order of Heptasophs,
and also of the Modern Woodmen of America;
in both fraternities he has held offices both of
local and supreme appointments.

AQUILLA FAUTH has passed his entire
life in York county, and is a representative cit-
izen of Delroy, where he is established in a suc-
cessful general merchandise business. He is a
representative of the third generation of his
family in this county, and the name is one which
has here stood for loyal and progressive citi-
zenship and sterling character, so that a full
measure of popular confidence and esteem has
not been denied its various individuals.

Christopher Fauth, grandfather of our sub-
ject, was born in Gross Glattbach, Oberamt
Maulbronn, Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Ger-
many, May 10, 1810, son of David and Maria
Fauth, who were born Feb. 20, 1784, and Sept.
30, 1790, respectively. He was reared to the
age of sixteen in his native land, in whose ex-
cellent schools he secured a good education, and
came to America with his parents. Depending
upon his own stout heart and willing hands to
work out his fortune and help him to attain to
a position of independence, he located in Low-
er Windsor township, York county, where he
was for a number of years employed at farm
work. Finally he was enabled to purchase a
small farm in that township, the property be-
ing now owned and occupied by Daniel' Del-
linger. He continued to devote his attention to
the cultivation of this farm for a number of
years, and then, disposing of the property, lo-
cated in a residence which he purchased in the
same township, finally disposing of the latter
property and passing the closing years of his
life in the homes of his children. ' He died at
the home of his daughter Mary, wife of Henrv
Abel, April 4. 1900, at the venerable age of
eighty-nine years, ten months, twenty-five "days,
honored by all who knew him. His loved and
devoted wife, whose maiden name was Cath-
erine Miller, died just three hours prior to his
demise, aeed eip-htv-nine vears, three months,
twelve davs, so in death thev were not divided,
the remains of both being laid to rest in one


coffin in the Canadochley cemetery; both were
faithtul members of the church there. They
had lour sons and hve daughters : nenry was
the father of our subject; David resides in
Lower Wnidsor township ; George is a farmer
of Windsor township; Jacob is deceased; Sar-
ah deceased, was tlie wife of Reuben Abel;
Mary is the wife of Henry Abel; Amanda is
the wife of Jacob Loucks; Anna is the wife of
Nathaniel Keller; and Magdalena is the wife of
Daniel Hilt.

Henry Fauth, father of Aquilla Fauth, was
born in Lower Windsor township, this county,
and there passed his entire life. He had limit-
ed educational advantages, and early became
dependent upon his own resources. He learned
the shoemaker's trade, to which he gave his at-
tention during the greater part of several years,
but he finally engaged in farming in his native
township, and continued to be identified with
this line of industry until his death, which oc-
curred in 1894. He was a man of sterling char-
acter and commanded unciualified esteem in the
county which was his home throughout life.
He Avas a stanch Republican in his political pro-
clivities, and both he and his wife were con-
sistent members of the Lutheran Church of
Canadochley. He married Sarah Keller, who
was born and reared in this county, and whose
death occurred in 1892; she was a sister of
James Keller. Of the children of Henry and
Sarah (Keller) Fauth, Aquilla is the eldest;
Harrison, a resident of Delroy, is mentioned
elsewhere; and Saloma is the wife of Charles
E. Leber, of Delroy.

Aquilla Fauth was born Oct. 9, 1867, on
the farm owned by his grandfather, in Lower
^Yindsor township, this county. He attended
the public schools of his native township until
he had attained the age of sixteen years, m
ing good use of the opportunities thus afforded
him. At the age of sixteen he began serving an
apprenticeship at the trade of cigarmaking, in
the factory of R. A. Panics, of Delroy, becom-
ing a skilled workman, and continuing in the
employ of Mr. Paules about nine years. He
then engaged in the manufacture of cigars upon
his own responsibility, in the village of Delroy,
continuing the enterprise only a short time,
however, and then turning his attention to ag-
ricultural pursuits, becoming the owner of a
well-improved farm in his home township which

he successfully conducted for six years, giving
special attention to dairying. In the spring of
1 90 1 Mr. Fauth located in Delroy and pur-
cnased the general merchandise business of W.
S. Flory, together with the store building and
dwelling, which was erected in 1890, by David
Gilbert. He carries an excellent stock of goods
and controls a large and representative trade,
extending throughout the territory normally
tributary to the village of Delroy, while he is
known as a progressive and reliable business
man and loyal and public-spirited citizen. In
politics Mr. Fauth is a stanch advocate of the
principles of the Republican party, and while
never ambitious for official preferment he
served three years as tax collector of Lower
Windsor township. He and his wife are promi-
nent and valued members of the Lutheran

In the city of York, June 3, 1890, was sol-
emnized the marriage of Mr. Fauth to Miss
Elmira Deitz, who was born and reared in
Hellam township, daughter of Jacob Deitz, a
representative of one of the old and honored
families of York county. Mr. and Mrs. Fauth
have one child, Ora Edith, who was born Nov.
22, 1892.

CHARLES E. BAIR, one of the promi-
nent citizens and universally esteemed men of
Newberry township, York county, was born in
1852, in that township, a son of Benjamin and
Annie (Rudy) Bair.

• Jacob Bair, his paternal grandfather, fol-
lowed the trade of hatter, in Lehigh county,
Pa., where he married, and died at the age of
eighty-two 3'ears. His children besides Ben-
jamin were: Samuel, who died at Mt. Wolf:
George and Melchoer, who died in Lehigh
county ; Ephraim, Avho died at Reading : Man-
assa, who died in Newberry township; Rachel,
Mrs. Koons, who died in Lehigh county, at
the age of ninety- four years : Mrs. Daniel
Hoover, who died near Mt. Wolf; and one
child that died in Cumberland county-
Benjamin Bair, father of Charles E., was
born in 1821, at Millerstown, Lehigh Co., Pa.
His education was acquired in Lehigh county,
and he was eighteen years of age when he came

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