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1842, and died Dec. 7, 1892. John Eckert,
the father, was a veteran of the Civil war.. He
enlisted with Company E, 8th Ills. Cav.* re-
maining in the service nine months, wdien he
was honorably discharged.

C. J. Eckert was the only child of his par-
ents. He attended the public schools of Cum-
berland county until eleven years of age, when
his parents removed to York county. He there
attended Benedick's school in Warrington
township until seventeen years of age, latei" at-
tending two terms of summer school at Ross-
ville. When only eighteen years of age, he
taught school in Dover township, ' during the
winter of 1891-92. One year was then ^spent
near Chicago, 111., where he followed carpenter-
ing. Returning home in the fall of 1893, he
again engaged in teaching in Warrington and
Newberry townships, where he gained a repu-
tation as a successful teacher.

On Dec. 31, 1895,, Mi"- Eckert married
Lucy A. Heiges, daughter of Solomon and
Salome (Seifert) Heiges, of near Wellsville.
Mrs. Eckert's parents still reside in \\'arring-
ton township.

In July, 1896, Mr. Eckert embarked in the
mercantile business on a small scale at his
present location. He now has one of the finest
stores in the section, handling all lines of gen-
eral merchandise, usually d'emanded by the
trade, with the exception of groceries. It is
interesting to note how this business has grown
since being founded. Mr. Eckert deserves con-
siderable credit for the success he has achieved,
having fought his way up with little assistance,
and he may be considered a self-made man.
Two children ha^•e been born to ^Ir. and



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Mrs. Eckert : E. Miller, born Sept. 2^, \?,C)6;
and Wilma Blanche, born Aug. 18, 1902, both
of whom are at home. Mr. Eckert is a Repub-
lican, but has never taken a very active part
in politics.

ARTHUR G. ZIEGLER, principal of the
Central school of York, is descended from Ger-
man ancestors, who were among the early set-
tlers of this country. Mr. Ziegler's grand-
father, Samuel, lived in York at the time of the
Rebel invasion, and was employed by the Con-
federates, being paid for his work in Confed-
erate money, and Mr. Ziegler is in possession of
a Confederate dollar passed down in this way.
Mr. Ziegler's mother was Catharine Getz, a
daughter of George Getz, and she was the
mother of three children, Herbert S., a printer
of York; George P., a florist; and Arthur G.

Arthur Getz Ziegler was born in York,
Sept? II, 1865, and was educated in the public
schools, and in the York County Normal
school. He began teaching in 1882. One of
his earliest experiences in York county was
having charge of the Springetsbury Manor
school, which is under the patronage of the
Grubbs and Colemans. He taught there one
year, and another year at Pine Swamp, in 1884
beccHiiing a teacher in the Central school. For
four years Mr. Ziegler taught in the Cherry
street school building.

Mr. Ziegler belongs to the Brotherhood of
America, and to Trinity Reformed Church,
in which he was deacon for ten years and as-
sistant superintendent of the primary depart-
ment of the Sunday-school. He is one of the
foremost educators in York, and has taken an
active interest in the York County Teachers'
Institute.

JAMES EDWARD NICKEL, M. D., a
successful young physician and surgeon of
York county residing at Wrightsville, was born
near York Springs, Adams county, Nov. 7,
1878, son of James and Barbara (Gardner)
Nickel. But little of his life was passed in his
native locality, as he was but two and a half
years of age when his parents removed to York
City, where his father is now a prosperous
merchant. In the schools of that place he re-
ceived his preliminary education, graduating
in 1897, ■^vith second honors. He then, in the
fall of 1899, entered Jefferson Medical College,
graduating from that famous institution in



1903. His first location for general practice
was at Wrightsville, York county. The young
physician has won many friends in the quiet,
careful attention he gives to his work, and his
skill and efficiency are evidenced by the re-
markable success that has attended his efforts
in difficult cases. Among the older profes-
sional men he has many friends, who recog-
nize in him one of the coming physicians, who
will shed lustre on their honored and beloved
profession. Before entering college he passed
a year under the guidance of Dr. D. Benjamin,
of Camden, N. J., and by his devotion to the
calling he had determined upon, gained the
lasting friendship of the able practitioner. Dr.
Nickel has the courage of his convictions, and
already his success presages a brilliant future.
[Since the above was written Dr. Nickel
has gone to the pretty village of Glen Moore,
in Chester county, thirty-five miles from Phila-
delphia, where he has taken up the extensive
practice of Dr. A. F. Wagner, who was
obliged to go to California for his health.]

CALVIN S. NEWMAN. In the olden
days when travel was mainly by stage, the re-
lation between good horses and good hostel-
ries was close. The transition from an interest
in the one to an interest in the other was easy,
and to this day lingers the same association.
Calvin S. Newman, concerning Avhom this brief
sketch appears, was for years a successful
dealer in horses. He is now the owner and
proprietor of the "Mansion House'' of Han-
over, a well known hotel of that city. And in
this latter business, which time-honored cus-
tom has associated with the former, he has
been ecjually happy in financial results. Mr.
Newman represents one of the old families of
York county. He was born in the borough of
Hanover on Christmas Day, 1863, son of Jesse
D. and Charlotte (Stair) Newman. His grand-
father, David Newman, was one of the early
settlers of Flanover and married a Miss For-
ney. Jesse D. Newman, the father of Calvin
S., was born in the year 1800 in Hanover and
was a farmer for many years. He purchased the
well known Barnetz estate. He was a man of
unusual force of character, and died in 1880.
His wife, who was born in 1825, the daughter
of Daniel and Ann (Felty) Stair, survived
him until 1894. Two children were born to
them, Calvin S., and Charlotte E., the wife
of Clyde Payne, of San Francisco, California.



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Calvin S. Newman was educated in the
public schools of Hanover. In the early years
that succeeded his school days he was variously
employed, but determining to engage in busi-
ness for himself and possessing an excellent
judgment in respect to horses and mules, he
began to trade in them, buying the stock in
Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia, and
selling to the farmers and York and Adams
counties and in Maryland. This trading he
continued actively until 1900, since when he
has been the owner of the "Mansion House," a
valuable property which is located on the Pub-
lic Square at Hanover, and is conducted on the
European plan, a high-class restaurant being
connected with the hotel.

Mr. Newman is a member of Patmos
Lodge, No. 348, F. & A. M., and of the
Knights of the Mystic Chain. In 1900 he mar-
ried Myrtle Crouse, of Littlestov\m, Adams
county, daughter of the late W. F. Crouse,
who was a highly respected citizen of that city.

JOHN A. BAHN, merchant, undertaker
and cabinetmaker, a 'substantial man of Zions
View, Conewago township, was born in Hel-
1am township, Jan. 12, 1849, son of Samuel
L. and Susan (Tyson) Bahn.

John Bahn, the great-grandfather of our
subject, was a distiller of York county, and
his son Adam, the grandfather of John A.,
was born in Hellam township, where he fol-
lowed farming. He married Catherine Lepart,
and they both died in Hellam township, where
they were buried. They were the parents of :
Samuel L., the father of our subject ; Jacob,
who died in Hellam township ; Adam, who died
in the West ; Henry, who died in Hellam town-
ship ; Joseph, living in Dallastown, York town-
ship ; Cassie, who married Henry Strickler ;
Polly, who married John Glissinger; and
Rachel, who died unmarried.

Samuel L. Bahn, the father of our subject,
was born in Hellam township and followed
auctioneering and farming in York, Windsor
and Manchester townships. Mr. Bahn was
the owner of several fine farms one of which
he purchased from George Bahn, which con-
sisted of ninety acres, and one in Conewago
township, a fine 200-acre tract of land, which
he purchased from a Mr. Rupp. This last
farm he traded for property in York, and
bought a small tract in Manchester township,
where he died at the age of seventv-six years,



six months, twenty days. He was a consistent
member of the Evangelical Church of York,
it being largely due to Mr. Bahn's financial
support that the church was built. In politics
Mr. Bahn was a Republican. He married
Susan Tyson, daughter of Daniel and Susan
(Forry) Tyson, and she is now residing
with our subject. The children born to
Samuel L. and Susan (Tyson) Bahn, were
as follows: Amanda, who died young; Mary,
who married Jacob Snyder, and resides in
York ; Daniel, who married Eliza Fetrow, and
lives at Dallastown; John A.; Samuel; Fred-
rich, deceased ; George, a physician at Spring
Grove, married to Miss Zeigler; William de-
ceased; Elmer, of North York borough, "who
married Miss Lichtenberger.

John A. Bahn attended the public schools
of the township until about the age of fifteen
years, and then learned the cabinet making
trade with Jacob Buser, in Longstown. He
remained there two years, and then went to
Manchester, where he followed carpentering
for about two years. He found employment
with different firms in York county, and spent
a short time in Columbia, Lancaster county,
then returning home and spending one year at
farming. Mr. Bahn married Annie Reeser,
daughter of John Reeser, and located at Zions
View, where he started his business in a wood
shed. After a few years hard work he was able
to build a fine place of business, where he has
since continued. He also built a fine residence.

The children born to Mr. Bahn and his
first wife were: Elmer, who married Emma
Jacobs, and follows farming in Manchester
township ; Alvin, who married Ida Reeser, and
lives at home; and George, who died at the
age of six months. After the death of his first
wife, Mr. Bahn married (second) Elizabeth
Wagner Weaver, by whom he had a daughter.
Cora, who married John Fetro\\-, and lives in
North York borough.

Mr. Bahn is a Republican, but has never
sought office. In the matter of religion he is
connected with the Lutheran Church. He is
very highly respected throughout the com-
munity.

JOSEPH ARNOLD is an active citizen
of Hellam township, where his forefathers also
were prosperous farmers.

Mr. Arnold is of German ancestry, the first
of the familv to come to this countrv being his



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great-grandfather, who settled in Hellam town-
ship, where he spent his hfe as a farmer.
Grandfather Arnold was born and grew up on
the farm in Hellam township, now owned
by D. S. Detwiier, of Wrightsville. His chil-
dren were : George, a farmer, who died in
Youngstown ; John, father of Joseph of this
sketch; Peter, a farmer of Hellam township,
where he died ; Joseph, a farmer, who died in
West Manheim township, York county; and
Susan, who married Henry Lehman, and both
died on the farm now owned by Joseph Ar-
nold.

John Arnold, father of Joseph, was born
and brought up on the home farm in Hellam
township. He attended the subscription school
of the neighborhood, and learned the trade of
fence maker, following that calling and farm-
ing all his life. Soon after his marriage, he
rented a farm in Hellam township, which he
worked for a while, and then bought a farm
of thirty or forty acres in the neighborhood
of Kreutz Creek Church. Later he sold this
farm, and lived for a time in West Manheim
township, and then returned to Hellam town-
ship. His last days were spent in the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Kate Druch, near Mill
Stone Hill, where he died at the age of eighty.
He married Catherine Jacobs, a native of
Lower Windsor township, and they had the
following children : Leah, who married Jacob
Burghart (deceased), of York county; Kate,
who married Benjamin Druch (both de-
ceased) ; Zachariah, who died at the age of
twenty-two ; John, a raftsman, who married
Leah Welty, and who has never been heard
from since he left home thirty-two years ago ;
Susan, who married George Ruby, of Wrights-
ville; Joseph; Ellen, who married Henry
Haas, of Hanover; Henry, who married Mary
Unger, and lives in Illinois ; and two children
who died in infancy. Mr. Arnold was a man
well-known and highly esteemed in his com-
munity. He was a stanch Republican in poli-
tics. He and his wife were members of Kreutz
Creek Church, where for many years he was an
officer. Mrs. Arnold died at tlie home of her
daughter, Mrs. Druch.

Joseph Arnold was born on his father's
farm in Hellam township Nov. 23, 1846. He
went to school at Kreutz Creek, Pine Swamp,
and in Druch Valley. At the age of seven-
teen he left school, and learned fence making
of his father. He followed that occupation for



a year with his father and his brother-in-law,
Benjamin Druch, and then began on his own
account. For six or seven years he worked
the old Lehman farm, and in 1876 bought the
land which he still owns in Hellam township.
This is in two tracts, one of twenty and one-
half acres, the other of twelve acres. He still
continues the business of farming and fence.
making.

Mr. Arnold married, in 1868, Sarah Myers,
daughter of George and Lydia (Vocht) Myers,
of Hellam township. They have the following
ing children: Frank P., of Hellam township,
who married Sally Fahringer; William, of
Hellam township, who married Lillie Bless-
ing ; Ida, who married Philip Lauer, of Codo-
rus township; Annie, who married John Leh-
man, of Hellam township ; Kerwin, of Hellam
township, who married Maud Tracy; Emma,
unmarried; and Elmer.

Mr. Arnold has always been a Democrat in
politics since casting his first presidential vote
for Grant's opponent. He has served as tax
collector, and is now serving his third year as
school director. He is a member of the High
Mount Evangelical Church.

CHARLES F. BECK, who owns and
operates a good tract of land in Springfield
township, is a native of that township, born
July 2, 1854, son of John F. and Matilda
(Leader) Beck.

Mr. Beck attended the schools of Spring-
field township and the York County Academy.
He taught school for fifteen years, first at
Falkenstine, next in Dover township, for one
term, five terms at Bupp's school in Spring-
field township, and last at Paradise, where he
remained for eight terms. In 1890 he engaged
in farming, purchasing one of his father's
farms in Springfield township, which consists
of 118 acres of finely cultivated land, situated
about the center of the- township, one mile
north of Loganville. The house was built in
1884, and the barn, which is one of the most
modern in the State, in 1903.

In 1883 Mr. Beck was united in marriage
with Olivia C. Howard, daughter of Catherine
and Edward Howard, the latter of whom died
in 1882, and the former in 1892, both being
buried at Loganville. Mr. and Mrs. Beck
have had these children : Dora E., now eight-
een years of age, is teaching her second term
of school; and Edna I., Edgar R., Ralph G„



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845



Naomi E. and Catherine M. are all at home.
When Catherine M. was a little light-haired,
blue-eyed and delicately formed child of one
year and eleven months, she was kidnapped
from Oct. 17 to 19, 1902. No sooner wae the
alarm given than kind and sympathetic hearts,
and busy minds, hands and feet were at work
to find her. Woods, fields and lanes were
combed by hundreds of men, women and chil-
dren ; the city police vainly sought a clue. After
two long nights and nearly two full days she
was found by the Hartman boys in a fence
corner by the woodside, about a mile from
home, in an unconscious condition — a place
that had been searched again and again, mak-
ing her return as mysterious as her disappear-
ance. The kidnapping greatly excited the peo-
ple of Springfield township, and it probably
would have fared badly with the guilty party
or parties, had they been caught.

In politics Mr. Beck is a Republican, being
of the minority party; he has served on the
election board, and on the school toard for two
terms, and lacked but one vote of being re-
elected for a third term. He is a member of
the Lutheran Church of Paradise, in which he
has held at different times the offices of elder
and deacon. He is trustee of the parsonage
fund, and church treasurer of both Lutheran
and Reformed Congregations, and has been for
a number of years president of the Sunday-
school. Mr. Beck keeps well abreast of the
times. He wrote different articles on agricul-
tural topics for Farmers' Institutes. One of
these, entitled "The Dairy Farm," was pub-
lished by the State Department of Agriculture.
He is justly regarded as a very important citi-
zen of his part of the county, being honorable
and trustworthy, intelligent and public-spirited.

CHARLES H. STARK, a prominent and
enterprising business man of York, is the pro-
prietor of the well-known "Stark Hotel" of
that city. His birth occurred in Manchester
borough, York county, June i, 1856, and he is
a son of John Stark.

John Stark was born in Germany, but came
to America when a young man. The original
way of spelling was Stork, but when he en-
listed in the army an "a" was made in the
name in place of the "o," by the enlistment
officers, and the family have spelled the name
Stark ever since. John Stark enlisted in
Company B, 4th Maryland V. I., and served



over three years, participating in all the im-
portant battles, among which may be
mentioned the engagement at Gettj-s-
burg. Mr. Stark's death, which occurred in
1870, in Baltimore county, Md., was caused
by the falling of an ore bank. He married
Rachel Lefevre, a descendant of a very old and
prominent family, and the daughter of John
Lefe\'re. She died in 1903, the mother of
the following children : John T., who married
Ella Motter, of York ; Barbara Catherine, born
April 15, 1848, who died June 11, 1852; Dan-
iel, born Aug. 18, 1851, who died Aug. 25,
1851 ; Mary Jane, born Aug. 6, 1852: Killian,
born Nov. 22, 1854, who died Aug. 5, 1855;
Charles Henry, born June i, 1856; Florence,
born June 7, 1858; and Emma, born Sept. 27.
i860.

Charles Henry Stark attended the common
schools of York until sixteen years of age.
when he became employed in a sash factory.
Later he was engaged in the wire cloth fac-
tory at York, being a skilled mechanic, and in
1895 embarked in the hotel business in York.
In 1900 he purchased his present place, at Xos.
517-519 South George street, the well-known
"Stark Hotel," which he has successfullv con-
ducted ever since. Mr. Stark is \'ery p'opular
in York.

Mr. Stark married Julia Hirt, who died
aged forty years, leaving children as follows :
Mary, Annie, Walter, Virgie and Catherine.
In 1900 Mr. Stark was united in marriage with
Miss Emma Martin, daughter of Charles Mar-
tin, deceased.

ISAAC R. McCLEARY, who resides on
a well-located tract 6i land in Lower Chance-
ford township, York county, was born on the
old Hugh Ross farm near Chanceford Church.
Aug. 17, 1 85 1, son of Isaac and Susan
(Pitts) McCleary.

Isaac AlcCleary, father of Isaac R., was
born in York county, in 1813, and received a
common school education. He was reared to
the life of an agriculturist, and after marriage
located on the Gregg farm near Bridgeton.
He rented a farm of the Rosses, which he oc-
cupied for several years and then bought 1 1 3
acres in the same locality, upon which he
passed the remainder of his life. Although
a member of no religious denomination, he at-
tended the M. E. Church. Before the war he
was a Democrat, but after that great struggle



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HISTORY OF YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA



became a Republican. He married Susan
Pitts, who died in 1884, the mother of the fol-
lowing" children: (i) William, deceased, was
a soldier of the 87th P. V. I., in which regiment
he enlisted for three years service, his time ex-
piring before his term of service had closed.
He married Elizabeth Crowell. (2) Elizabeth
married Elwood Skelton, of York. (3) Sally
married Henry Snyder, of York. (4) Lydia is
deceased. (5) Wesley is deceased. (6) Jennie,
who married John Sheets, died in Dallastown.
(7) Martha is deceased. (8) Harriet married
Urias Lyman, of Lancaster, Pa. (9) Isaac R.

Isaac R. McCleary has lived on his present
farm since bo3'hood. He was educated in the
Spunk Hill school, by James Fulton, Robert
Milner and others, and after completing" his
education worked with his father on the home
farm until after marriage. He was married
in Lower Chanceford township, March 25,
1873, to Miss Susan J. Shaub, daughter of
John and Eliza (Bair) Shaub. Mrs. Shaub
was an aunt of the vice-president of the His-
torical Society, Robert Bair. After marriage
Mr. McCleary removed to Airville and worked
for Joseph Pierce for four years, and then
Avent to Centerville, where he farmed tobacco
for William Colvin one year. He then rented
the farm belonging to Samuel Manifold, who
is now sheriff, and there he continued for five
years, at the end of this time purchasing the
home farm, where he has been situated ever
since, from his father. The success which
has attended Mr. McCleary's agricultural oper-
ations has made him an authority in the neigh-
borhood, and the methods he pursues are con-
sidered the very best. He is very enterprising
and progressive, and he wields a wide influence
all through the vicinity.

The children born to Air. and Mrs. Mc-
Cleary have been as follows : John, of Pauls-
boro, N. J., who married Margaret McPher-
son : Oliver, of York, who married Elizabeth
McPherson ; Chester, of York, who married
Miss Carrie Trout; Anne, at home; Robert B.,
of Indiana Harbor, near Chicago, Ills. ; Cora,
Mrs. Howard Stififler, of York; Finn, of
York; Harry, of York, who married Elsie
Haar ; Wallace, at home ; Mary, at home ; Mar-
garet, also at home ; Sarah ; and one child that
died in infancy.

NELSON A. KROUT, a prosperous and
substantial farmer of Springfield township,
Y''ork county, engaged in operating his fine



135-acre farm, was born in that township, Jan.
19, 1853, son of John M. Krout and grand-
son of John Krcut, who was a farmer of
Springfield township, where he married a Mrs.
Goodling. Both died in Springfield township,
and are buried at Shuster's Church. Their
children were : \Villiam ; Ephraim ; Daniel ;
Zacharias : John M. ; Caroline, who married
Samuel Hollinger; and Lydia, who married
William Smeigh.

John M. Krout, father of our subject, was
born in the same township, and assisted his
father until the latter's death, when he took
the homestead. He married (first) Sarah
Fluelbaugh, daughter of Samuel and Lydia
(Sti'ayer) Fluelbaugh, and she died in 1857,
and was buried at Shuster's Church. Mr.
Krout married (second) Lydia Myers, daugh-
ter of John Myers, of Codorus township. Mr.
Krout died at the age of fifty-four years, and
is buried at Shuster's Church. By his first
marriage his children were: Nelson A., our
subject; and Albert, who died aged two years.
To Mr. Krout and his second wife were born :
Julia, a resident of Springfield township ;
Frances, who married J. L. Glatfelter, and is
also living in Springfield township ; Jacob, who
married Minnie Bortner, and lives in Spring-
field township; and Elizabeth, who died aged
twenty j^ears.

Nelson A. Krout attended the Goodling
school until nineteen years old, and remained
at home with his father until marriage. He
married Mary A. Strayer, daughter of Henry
and Louise (Gotwalt) Strayer, of Springfield
township, and after marriage they located on
the homestead until 1890, when Mr. Krout
came to his present farm. This farm, before
Mr. Krout's purchase, belonged to his father-
in-law, and consists of 135 acres of well culti-
vated, fdrtile land, conveniently located and
highly improved with an excellent set of build-
ings. To Mr. and Mrs. Krout the following
children have been born : Gertrude, wife of
George H. Keeney, lives in Springfield town-
ship; Amanda, the wife of Michael Henry,
lives in North Hopewell township ; John is as-
sisting his father on the farm ; Curvin is learn-
ing the carpenter's trade ; Robert Howe ; and
Annie and Edna, are at home.

In politics Mr. Krout is a Democrat, and is



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