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also worked in his father's store, which he later
purchased. He married Julia Ann Diehl,
daughter of Charles and Catherine (Kohler)
Diehl. Mr. Herbst carried on mercantile pur-
suits for many years, finally farming on the
place now owned by his son, John. There he
died in December. 1900, aged seventy-seven
years, nine months. He was reared in the
Evangelical Church, and remained an adherent
to that faith until a few years before he died
when he joined the Dunkard Church. Mrs.
Herbst survives him, making her home witii
her son, John. Although eighty-four years
old, she is still very active, and walks almost
daily to and from York, a distance of twenty



miles. She is a member of the Dunkard
Church. The children born to Mr. and Mrs.
Herbst were as follows : Charles ; David
Diehl ; Jacob, of North Hopewell township,
who married Miss Straycr; Julia z\nn, de-
ceased; Mary Alice, Mrs. David Brillhart, of
Springfield township ; Luther Lincoln, de-
ceased ; William, living in Oklahoma ; John, on
the home farm, and married to a Miss Stabley ;
Sarah J., Mrs. Harry Diehl, of Loganville ;
and Nathan G., of Windsor township, York

David Diehl Herbst was educated in the
public schools, from which he was graduated
when nineteen years old. He began his busi-
ness career as a clerk in his uncle William's
store at Glen Rock, where he remained but a
short time, however, returning to the home
farm. Mr. Herbst was there married, and in
1877 began keeping store at the corner of
Hopewell, Windsor and York townships, and
continued at that location until 1894. He
then purchased his present place, a tract of 114
acres, upon which he built, in the same year,
■one of the finest residences in the township.
Mr. Herbst also owns a farm of ninety-seven
.acres in the same borough. He was married
in 1877 to Rebecca J. Brenneman, and to this
union have been born the following children :
Rose Ann, who died at the age of six years ;
Luther, at home ; Matilda, who died at the
age of four years ; David, at home ; Ima and
Julia Ann, deceased ; Irene, at home ; Daniel,
deceased; two that died in infancy; and
Helen R. Mr. Herbst is a member of the
Evangelical Church. In his political sympathies
he is a Republican, and earnestly supports the
principles of that party. A good farmer, a sub-
stantial business man, and a Christian gentle-
man, Mr. Herbst is honored and respected by a
large circle of friends and acquaintances.

JACOB H. SECHRIST, one of the promi-
nent and popular citizens of York township,
where he is engaged in general farming and
in the breeding and handling of horses and
mules, is a representative of the third genera-
tion of the Sechrist family in York county.

Henry Sechrist, his paternal grandfather,
was born and bred in Germany, whence he
came to America in young manhood. Soon
after his arrival he located in Chanceford town-
ship, York Co., Pa., where he became a pros-
perous farmer and distiller, and where he

passed the remainder of his life, which reached
the venerable age of eighty-five years. His
mortal remains were interred in the cemetery
in Chanceford township, as were also those of
his two wives. His first wife was a Flinch-
baugh, and after her death he married a Se-
christ, a representative of another branch of
the family. Of the children of the first union,
John died in Chanceford township ; Henry is
mentioned below ; Jonathan, Charles and Eliza-
beth died in Chanceford township; and Mary,
who became the wife of Jacob Kohler, died in
York township. Of the second marriage three
daughters were born, namely: Leah, who is
the wife of Charles Grove, of York county;
Nancy, who became the wife of Emanuel
Grove, and died in Chanceford township; and
Susan, wife of Charles Diehl, also deceased.

Henry Sechrist, father of Jacob H., was
born and reared in Chanceford township,
where he received a common-school education,
and where he became identified with the same
lines of enterprise that his father so success-
fully followed — farming and distilling. Finally
he removed to York township, where he became
the owner of a fine faj-ni, and where he con-
tinued to reside until the close of his life in
1885. He was a man of marked individuality
and sterling character, and was held in high
esteem. He was a Democrat in politics, and
both he and his wife were members of the Re-
formed Church. His wife, Mary, likewise
horn in York county, a member of an old and
honored family, was summoned into eternal
rest in 1870. Of the children of Henry and
Mary Sechrist is the following record : Caro-
line became the wife of Joseph Slenker, and
died in Spring Garden township; Henry. Jr.,
who married Rebecca Slenker, died in this
county; Adam, a prosperous farmer in Wind-
sor township, has been thrice married, his
present wife having been Elizabeth Strickler;
Charles, who married Nancy Seitz, is a resi-
dent of York township; Jacob H. was next in
the order of birth ; John, who married Mary
Strickler, lives in Windsor township ; \\'illiani,
who married Mary Stillinger, resides in Wind-
sor township; Peter, also of that township,
married Mary Snell ; Frank remained unmar-
ried, and died in \\'indsor township at the
age of fifty-three years ; Mary died at the age
of sixteen ; Emanuel, who married Louise
Roser, lives in Windsor township; and Cath-
erine, deceased, was the first wife of ^Nloses



Snyder, of Yoe, a local preacher of the United
Brethren Church.

Jacob H. Sechrist was born on the home-
stead in York township Sept. 15, 1839, and he
early aided in the operation of the home farm.
He ' acquired his education in the district
schools of the township, which he attended
during the winter terms for the greater portion
of the time until he had attained the age of
eighteen years. For twelve years after his
marriage in 1864 he continued to be associated
in the management of the home farm. At the
expiration of the period noted Mr. Sechrist
purchased what was known as the Henry Miller
farm, adjoining the village of Dallastown and
comprising seventy acres of the most fertile
land. On this homestead he has erected excel-
lent buildings and made other improvements
so that the place stands as a model of thrift
and prosperity. He has platted about seven-
teen acres of his land into village lots, placing
them on the market as an addition to Dallas-
town, while the balance of his farm he main-
tains under effective cultivation or devotes to
the raising of horses and mules. He has gained
a wide reputation as a trainer of these animals,
having devoted about thirty-five years to the
business. He has often shown his exceptional
ability in breaking mules and horses in short
order, and his claim to be able to break even a
green mule and make a good leader of him in
twenty-four hours' time has been justified in
innumerable instances. At the York county
fair of 1903 Mr. Sechrist had on exhibition a
six-mule team, the animals then being eighteen
months old and among the finest ever shown
in this section of the State. He finds much
demand for his horses and mules after they
have been broken under his effective direction,
and this branch of his farming enterprise has
been made a very profitaljle one.

Mr. Sechrist is a liberal and public-spirited
citizen, a stanch supporter of the principles of
the Democratic party, frank and straightfor-
ward in all the relations of life, and well de-
serving of the confidence and esteem in which
he is held. Both he and his wife are members
of the Lutheran Church at Dallastown.

Op Aug. 6, 1864, Mr. Sechrist was united
in marriage with Rachel Strickler, who was
born and reared in York township, a daughter
of Harry and Catherine "(Bahn) Strickler, and
a representative of one of the oldest and most
honored families of York countv. Mr. and

Mrs. Sechrist have the following children :
Emma is the wife of Frank Flory, of Dallas-
town ; Emanuel S. married Mary Ellen Shatto,
and lives at Dallastown; Sallie is the wife of
Michael Seidenstricker, of York township ;
Ezra is associated with his father in the man-
agement of the home place; Millie married
Elmer Peters of Dallastown ; Annie is the wife
of George Shenberger, of York township;
Agiies remains at home, as does also Harry,
who married Lydia Druck ; Elmer married Car-
rie Illus, and lives in York City; Cassandra
married Charles Gladfelter; and Norman is at

Emanuel S. Sechrist, son of Jacob H.,
a prominent cigar manufacturer of Dallastown,
was born in York township Oct. 5, 1868. Until
he was twenty years of age he busied himself
in obtaining an education at the public schools
and in assisting his father in his farming oper-
ations. At that time he married Mary Ellen
Shatto, daughter of Rev. Martin V. Shatto,
of Center county. Pa. After his marriage he
began the manufacture of cigars, and this en-
terprise has proved eminently successful, in-
creasing from a business in which he himself
was engaged to an industry which now employs
thirty skilled workmen within his factory and
seventy hands outside. In the trade his estab-
lishment is known as No. 3608, of the Ninth
District, the present building, which he erected,
being two and a half stories in height, and
50 x 20 feet in dimensions. The high-grade
goods of his factory are sold chiefly in Phila-
delphia, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Sechrist's standing as a promoter of
the best interests of Dallastown is assured. He
is not only prominent industrially, but is an
influential Democrat, being at present a coun-
cilman. He is a member of the Lutheran
Church. His family consists of the wife
already mentioned, and three children, Blanche
Helen, Emery and Clara.

AVIS 'ANN CLINE, a highly respected
resident of Lewisberry, York county, comes
of honorable ancestry, numbering some of the
Ijest families of the country among her rel-

In the maternal line her lineage is traced
to Philip Frankeberger, who was born Feb.
28, 1752, and died Sept. 4, 1821. On May
24, 1774, he married Hannah Paup, who was
born May 31, 1756, and who died Sept. 28,



1829. They became the parents of twelve chil-
dren : Margaret, born Oct. 28, 1775, died un-
married July 18, 1863; Avis, born Dec. 22,
1776, died March 2^, 1867; Sophia, born July
3, 1778, married Michael Krone, and died Sept.
5, 1867; Jacob, born Feb. 14, 1780, married
Elizabeth Todd, and died Feb. 19, 1847; Re-
becca, born Aug. 13, 1781, married Elisha
Hammond, and died Jan. 31, 1863; Hannah,
born April 19, 1783, married William Mor-
rison, and died May 15, 181 1 ; Mary, born July
24, 1784, married Michael Weidner, and died
June 13, 1859; Abigail, born Dec. 25, 1786,
married David Pyke, and died Oct. 9, 1872;
Lydia, born April 22, 1789, married John
Richmond, and died Sept. 28, 1867; William,
born Jan. 7, 1791, married Matilda Todd, and
died July 22, 1870; Thomas Paup, born March
II. 1 794, married Sarah Phillips, and died
Aug. 24, 1837; and John, born Nov. 7, 1796,
died unmarried Oct. 4, 1823.

Avis Frankeberger, daughter of Philip and
Hannah, was born near Winchester, Va., Dec.

22, 1776, and died March 27, 1867. She mar-
ried March 24, 1801, Hugh Foster, who was
bom in County Fermanagh, Ireland, June 20,
1766, and who died Nov. 15, 1827. Nine
children were born of this union : Jane, born
Dec. 20, 1801, married Samuel Kirk, who was
born March 7, 1799, and who died Jan. 9,
1835, ^'^^ she died April 26, 1871 ; Hannah,
born July 24, 1803, died Oct. 28, 1805; Mar-
garet was born Jan. 23, 1806; Robert Burch,
born June 20, 1808, married Lydia Ann Kirk,
who died Feb. 18, 1891, and he died Nov. 7,
1894; John, born Nov. 2, 1809, married Eliza
Spahr, and died July 5, 1869; William, born
April I, 1812, married (first) Ellen Doyle,
(second) Sarah Ann Clark, (third) Wealthy
Ann Powell, and died April 29, 1883; Joseph,
born Dec. 4, 181 3, died unmarried July 21,
1880; Ann, born Nov. i, 181 5, died Oct. i,
1819; and Jacob, born May 20, 181 7, married
(first) Louisa Amanda Folkrod, (second)
Mrs. Priscilla Heppard (Smith) Field, and
died Sept. 24, 1893.

Margaret Foster, daughter of Hugh and
Avis (Frankeberger) Foster, was born Jan.

23, 1806, and died March 27, 1886. On April
22, 1830, she married Andrew Cline, who was
born Nov. 3, 1805, son of John and Elizabeth
(Ensminger) Cline. To this union came ten
children, as follows : Eliza Jane, born Sept. 2,
1831, married Stephen C. Pipher, and died

Aug. 31, 1897; Henrietta, born Jan. 29, 1833,
died Sept. 25, 1836; Margaret, born Sept. 26,
1834, died April 17, 1835; Lewis, born March
10, 1836, married Elmira Mordorf ; Avis Ann
was born Jan. 3, 1838; William Henry Har-
rison was born Oct. 24, 1839; Clarissa, born
Nov. 18, 1841, married Brice I. Sterrett, and
died Feb. 24, 1901 ; Lucinda, born May 15,
1844, died July 27, 1845; Caroline was born
April 27, 1846; James, born Nov. 26, 1847,
married Sept. 17, 1878, Sallie Heck.

Andrew Cline received a good common
school education for the times, and then learned
the hatter's trade, an occupation he followed
until 1836. During this time he made a trip
on foot to the State of Ohio, spending some
time there. Returning to Lewisberry, he in-
vested his savings in a farm of 120 acres in
Newberry township, and built thereon the
necessary buildings, including a good barn.
This farm remained in his possession until
1856, when he sold it. In 1852 he purchased
the Lewisberry mill from John Kauffman. He
met with considerable success in his milling
operations, in which he continued until his
death, Nov. 18, 1882.

John Cline, father of Andrew, was a farmer
in Newberry township, his farm being located
near Lewisberry borough. At his death his
remains were buried in a private cemetery on
his farm. There, too, rests his wife, Eliza-
beth Ensminger. Their children were : Henry,
a farmer, who died in Ohio ; John, a farmer of
Fairview township, now deceased; George, a
tanner, who died in Dauphin county; Philip;
Frank and Joseph, plasterers, who both passed
away in Lewisberry borough; Andrew, men-
tioned above; Lewis, who died in Illinois;
Mary; and Elizabeth, who married Jacob

J. L. GERBER, secretary of the Home
Furniture Co., of York, Pa., was born May
16, 1872, in Dover township, near Davids-
burg, York county, son of William Gerber.

Christopher Gerber, the grandfather, came
from Switzerland to Pennsylvania and settled
in Dover township, York county. He was a
skilled carpenter, and was the first to introduce
Swiss barns in this part of the country, many
of these being now erected in preference to any
other. His original farm is still in the Gerber
family. He died at Davidsburg, and was buried
in the old Strayer cemetery in Dover town-



ship. He married Elizabeth Speck, and she
was laid to rest in the same old burying ground.
They were honest, virtuous, industrious people.
Their family of fourteen children was evenly
divided, seven sons and seven daughters.

William Gerber, father of our subject, was
born in his father's home in Dover township.
He obtained his education in the district
schools, and grew up an excellent farmer, re-
tiring from active life in 1901. Since that time
he has lived at ease, enjoying the friendship
of many acquaintances and the affectionate
regard of his children. He was married
(first) to a Miss Kochenour, and they had
these children : Catherine, wife of E. P. Zeig-
ler, a son of Adam Zeigler, a carpenter, in
Dover township; Mary A., wife of John Keller,
a son of Christopher Keller, a farmer of Dover
township; and Ellen, who died in infancy.
William Gerber married (second) Barbara
Bubb, daughter of Nicholas Bubb, of York
county, near the Adams county line. During
the Civil .war Mr. and Mrs. Bubb were much
inconvenienced by the frequent calls of the
Confederate troops who demanded food and
attention. The children of this marriage were :
Emma is the wife of Henry C. Zinn, son of
Jonas Zinn, a farmer in Dover township. D.
W., who learned the cabinetmaking trade at
Dover, and who is now treasurer of the Home
Furniture Company, married Lydia Len-
hart. A. J., who is now engaged in farming
in Dover township, was educated in the York
Academy and the Millersville Normal School
and was a teacher for some ten years ; he
married Carrie Laner, a daughter of Henry
Larier. J. L., is mentioned below. William
Henry, the farmer on the old homestead on
which his grandfather settled when he first
came to America, married a Miss Leib. All
this family are respected men and very sub-
stantial citizens.

J. L. Gerber attended school at Davids-
burg until he was nineteen years of age, and
then he followed plastering for a year and a
half, after which he entered the employ of the
Weaver Organ & Piano Co., where he learned
the cabinetmaking trade and where he remained
six years. On May 16, 1898, Mr. Gerber or-
ganized the important business enterprise
known as the Home Furniture Co., of York,
Limited. Mr. Gerber was the secretary of this
company, and had entire charge of the ship-
ping department at the factory. On Aug. 14,

1905, Mr. Gerber and D. W. Gerber bought
the entire interest in the Home Furniture Co.,
Ltd., and entered into a co-partnership agree-
ment under the laws of Pennsylvania under the
name of Home Furniture Co., of York, Pa.,
J. L. Gerber being chosen as president and
manager, and D. W'. Gerber continuing as

Mr. Gerber was married Dec. 31, 1904,
to Katherine Stough, daughter of Zacharias
and Sarah (Swartz) Stough, and a member
of an old York family. Mr. and Mrs. Gerber
have a pleasant home at No. 624 East Market
street, York. He is one of the rising young
business men of the city.

dorus township, at the present time engaged
in trucking on his cozy little five-acre farm,
located nine miles southwest of the city of
York, was born Dec. 2, 1854, son of Israel,
grandson of Samuel, and great-grandson of
Samuel Jacobs, Sr.

The great-great-grandfather of our subject
came fi"om Germany to America, and settled in
Adams Co., Pa., near East Berlin, where he
followed farming.

Samuel Jacobs, the grandfather, was born
in Adams county, and later camie to York
county, settling in North Codorus township,
where he purchased a farm of 100 acres, and
carried on agricultural pursuits. He also owned
a farm of 112 acres in Paradise township. He
was a very skillful weaver, and followed that
occupation to a certain extent. He died at the
age of seventy-nine years, and he and his wife,
Mary Jacobs, were both buried at the Altland
cemetery. Three children were born to Sam-
uel and Mary Jacobs, namely : Jeremiah, Susan
and Israel.

Israel Jacobs was born on the old home
farm in North Codorus township. He received
a common-school education, and followed
farming-. He was by trade a cooper, and
worked at this occupation for a number of
years. He spent the last five years retired,
with his son, Emanuel K. He assisted in
building the North Codorus meeting house,
which land was donated by his wife to the
church, which was built in 1897, and Mr. Ja-
cobs died the following year. May i8th. He
is buried at the meeting house, across from his
son's home. Mr. Jacobs married Louisa
Klinedinst, daughter of Daniel and Eliza



(Lau) Klinedinst, and she is making her home
with her son Andrew, near York New Salem.
They had children : Emanuel K. ; Samuel, who
married Annie Bowser, and lives in North Co-
dorus township; Daniel, who married Flora
Snyder, and also resides in North Codorus
township; and Andrew, who married Emma
Miller, also a resident of that township.

Emanuel K. Jacobs attended the township
schools until twenty years of age, and remained
at home, assisting his father until twenty-five
years old, at which time he married Elizabeth
Hoff, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Mil-
ler) Hoff, the former a minister in the German
Baptist Church in Manheim township, where
he died; he is buried at Black Rock meet-
ing house. After his marriage Mr. Jacobs lo-
cated on the old Michael Bentz farm, which he
purchased, and remained on this thirty-eight
acres, engaged in farming, for twenty years. In
1 90 1 he came to his present small home, a tract
of five acres adjoining his large place, having
purchased this place from William Hummer.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs' only child, a daughter,
is now the wife of Jacob Keeny, a son of
George Keeny, of Loganville, and they have
children, Ervin, Carrie, Paul and Mabel. Mr.
and Mrs. Keeny are working the home farm.

Mr. Jacobs is a member of the German
Baptist Church, having connected himself
with that body when twenty years of age, at
Black Rock, Manheim township. He is very
active in church work, and assisted in erecting
the church which is located just across the
road from his house.

JAMES HEIKES, a leading farmer and
business man of Warrington township, York
county, where he owns and operates a farm,was
born Aug. 12, 185 1, in Franklin township, son
of Jonas and Eliza (Gates) Heikes, and grand-
son of Lawrepce Heikes, whose father was a
native of Germany.

Lawrence Heikes was one of the first set-
tlers of Franklin township, where he took up a
vast tract of land and was one of the well-to-
do farmers of his day. He married Catherine
Myers, by whom he had the following chil-
dren : David, Andrew, Jonas, Noah and Lewis
W. After his first wife's death Mr. Heikes
married Elizabeth Smith, by whom he had
two children : Elizabeth and George. In his
religious belief he was a member of the Re-
formed Church, and he died in its faith in
1866, at the age of seventy-five years.

Jonas Heikes was born in Franklin town-
ship, and grew to manhood on his father's
farm. He lollowed farming all of his life, and
engaged in manufacturing molasses from sugar
cane. He purchased the farm formerly owned
by his brother Andrew, and in 1867 located
in Warrington township, residing upon the
farm now owned by his son James, which con-
sists of 116 acres, all well-watered and in an
excellent state of cultivation. Here he died in
1896, at the age of seventy- four years. His
first wife died in 1858, and by her had the
following children : James ; Lawrence ; Fan-
nie, who married Noah Arnold; Mary, who
married William R. Cooke; and Abigail, who
married Moses Bentz. In 1866 Jonas Heikes
married Fannie Gates, a sister of his first wife.
Mr. Heikes was a member of the United
Brethren Church.

James Heikes received his education in
Franklin township, and has always been en-
gaged in agricultural pursuits. He purchased
his present home about four years previous to
his father's death, and he has been a very suc-
cessful farmer and dairyman.

In 1877 Mr. Heikes married Louisa Coul-
son, daughter of William Coulson, and three
children have been born to this union: Minnie
Smiley, who was married Dec. 5, 1905, to L.
A. Burkholder, and lives in Philadelphia; Ira
Lawrence; and Martha Gertnide. In religion
the family are members of the United Brethren
Church, of which Mr. Heikes is a liberal sup-
porter. In politics he is a Prohibitionist, and
is highly respected by his neighbors for his
good citizenship, and for the efforts he has
put forth in assisting to build up and improve
the community.

HARRY A. MILLER, one of the well-
known residents of North Hopewell township,
York county, who resides on the old family
homestead which he purchased from his
father's estate, was born Oct. 26, 1857, on what
is now the Freaston farm, a property adjoining
his own. His grandfather, Henry Miller,
married a Beck.

Henry B. Miller, the father of Harry A.,
was born in 1826, on the farm on which his
father had settled in North Hopewell town-
ship, and spent his whole life there as a farmer.
There he died aged sixty-five years. He mar-
ried Rickie Summers, daughter of Lewis Sum-
mers, and she was reared in Windsor town-
ship. She died at the age of fifty-one years.



Henry B. Miller and his wife had children as
follows : Caroline, Mrs. J. H. Myers, of York;
Catherine, Mrs. Charles Stark, of York;
Thomas, who died on the homestead, and who
married Margaret Stark; Ellen, Mrs. Hiram
Fultz, who died in Wisconsin ; Harry A. ; Ben-
jamin F., who died young; Lewis, of Lower
Windsor township, married to Nettie Arnold;
McClellend, of Felton, married to Jane Shall ;
Levi, of York, who married Jennie Freaston;
Sarah Ann, Mrs. Frank Winemiller, of Glen
Rock; William and Wesley, twins, the former

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