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born March 14, 181 7, in Manchester township,
and remained home until his marriage to Leah
Rhoad, daughter of Abraham Rhoad, and his
wife whose maiden name was Moore. He lo-
cated on the home farm, which he bought at
his father's death, and here he engaged in
raising tobacco, building a large tobacco shed
and making great improvements. Mr. Bear
died Oct. 9, 1880, aged sixty-three years, his
wife surviving until Sept. 28, 1891, and they
were both buried in Aughenbaugh's cemetery
at Manchester. Mr. Bear was a Republican in
politics, but never sought office. In religion
he was a Dunkard. To John and Leah Bear
the following children were bom : William
married Amanda Wilhelm, who died Jan. 2,
1899, and he follows farming in East Man-
chester township ; David R. ; Henry bought his
farm of twenty-two acres of George Kunkel,
upon which he and David now reside ; Fannie
married M. Deitz, and resides in Hellam
township, York county; Jacob R. married Ida
Eisenhower, and owns the old homestead
where he resides ; Elizabeth resides with her



"brother Henry; Sarah A. married Benjamin
Stoner and resides in Hellam township ; Leah
resides with her brother, Henry.

David R. Bear attended the township
schools, residing at home with his father,
whom he assisted until his death. When
Henry bought the Kunkel farm, David re-
moved to that place where he now resides. He
-and his brother have built a beautiful home and
fine barn, and are successfully engaged in agri-
■culture. In every relation of life Mr. Bear is
a most worthy citizen and honest man.

JOHN KOHR. The farming interests of
York county. Pa., are in the hands of intelli-
gent, enterprising and public-spirited men,
among whom may be numbered John Kohr, of
Springetsbury township, who was born in that
township, Feb. 16, 1854, son of Daniel and
Elizabeth (Roth) Kohr, and grandson of
Louis Kohr.

Daniel Kohr was born in Manchester town-
ship, York county, where his life was spent.
When twenty-one years of age, he came to
Springetsbury township, and became the owner
and operator of a fine farm of 200 acres, which
he made his homestead, and he also owned two
additional farms, lying in Manchester town-
ship, the greater portion of which he acquired
through his industry, thrift and good manage-
ment. He was interested in other lines, for
some time being engaged quite extensively in
ore mining, and he was a stockholder in the
Farmers National Bank, of York; and was
one of the original stockholders of the West-
inghouse Electric Lighting Company, of York.
In politics he was a Democrat, and was a very
public-spirited man. His death occurred July
.31, 1902, when he was seventy-four years of
age. His wife passed away in 1881, at the
age of fifty-four years. Both were members
of the Reformed Church. Their children
were: Annie, wife of Franklin Keller, of
York; John; Lewis, a farmer of Springets-
.bury; Ellen, wife of Zacharias Horn, of Yoe;
Emma, wife of Samuel Kauffman, of York;
Franklin, a farmer of Manchester; Sylvester,
■of Manchester; Daniel E., a farmer of Man-
chester; Alice, wife of Elwood Sprenkle, of
Hellam township.

John Kohr was reared on the farm, and
educated in the public schools of his neighbor-
hood, and after he attained to his majority,
he began farming the home farm, where he

continued to reside until 1898, at which time
he removed to his present farm, just east of
York city. This property consists of 100 acres,
well improved, which he devotes to, general
farming and dairying, he having a herd of
twenty cattle. About six acres are devoted to
tobacco, and so well does he manage his crops
that he enjoys an excellent income from his
land. In his political principles Mr. Kohr is
a Democrat, and he has served as a member
of the school board, and he has always taken
an interest in public affairs.

On Nov. 20, 1880, Mr. Kohr was united
in marriage with Miss Sallie Myers, daughter
of Samuel and Anna Mary (Loucks) Myers,
of Springetsbury township. Two children
have been born to them : Irvin H., a farmer of
Stony Brook, who married Mary Heistand;
and Carrie Bell, at home. The family belong
to the Reformed Church, in which they take
an active part.

master of the York County Traction Company,
was born in Codorus township, York county.
May 15, 1843, son of Benjamin and Susan
(Renoll) Klinedinst.

Benjamin Klinedinst was a cooper of Co-
dorus township, and to him and his worthy
wife the following children were born : Emma,
who died in 1886, aged twenty-five years;
Catherine, who married John Bubb, in the
service of the N. C. Railroad Co. ; Isabel.
who married John Stewart, a farmer of Sto-
verstown, York county; Ellen, who married
H. B. Gladfelter; Sarah, who married William
Gladfelter, who is not, however, a blood rela-
tion of H. B. Gladfelter; Lydia, at home; B.
F., an ice cream manufacturer of Seven Val-
ley, York county ; Lewis, a cigar maker of
York; and Alexander.

Alexander Klinedinst, after being educated
in the public school entered the Pennsylvania
railroad service, and then, entering the con-
struction department of the Western Maryland
Railway, remained fourteen years. After
spending four years in the Internal Revenue
service, Mr. Klinedinst located in York, and
in 1902 was appointed roadmaster of the York
County Traction Company, a position he has
since held.

Mr. Klinedinst served gallantly in the army
during the War of the Rebellion, and was
taken prisoner of war at Weldon Railroad.



He was confined in Andersonville prison for
nine months, during which time he suffered
many hardships. He served three years and
eight months with his regiment, the 87th P.
V. I., and saw a great deal of fighting, taking
part in the battles of Spottsylvania Court
House, of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor
(where he was wounded in the knee) and
Petersburg, besides many minor engagements.

Mr. Klinedinst was married, Nov. 27,
1866, to Miss Mary J. Fissell, daughter of
George Fissell, a retired hotelkeeper of Co-
dorus township, and of the children born to
this union, Rosa died at the age of eighteen
months; Emma died at ten months; Adam
passed away, aged one year and two months;
and Alexander died at the age of six months.

Alexander Klinedinst belongs to the Blue
Lxjdge and Chapter of the Masonic fraternity.
He is a devoted member of the Union Luth-
eran Church. In politics he is a Republican.

TOBIAS RUBY, deceased. Among the
old and honored families of York county is that
of which the subject of this review was a
worthy representative. He was one of the
well known and highly esteemed citizens of
Lower Windsor township, where the major
portion of his life was passed, and within the
pages of this work will be found frequent men-
tion of the Ruby family. For systematic gen-
ealogical data we refer the reader in particu-
lar to the sketch of Barnabas B. Ruby, a cousin
of our subject.

Tobias Ruby was born Dec. 30, 1832, in
Lower Windsor township, the place of his
nativity having been the farm now owned and
occupied by James Able. He duly availed him-
self of the advantages of the common schools
of his native county, and among his instruc-
tors were John and Peter Ruby, well-known
members of the same family line. He se-
cured a good education for the day, continuing
to attend school until he had reached the age
of eighteen years, and having in the meanwhile
learned also the valuable lessons of industry,
through assisting in the farm work and other
labors which incidentally devolved upon him.
After leaving school he began an apprentice-
ship at the carpenter's trade, under the direc-
tion of George Kise, with whom he served
two and one-half years, after which he fol-
lowed his trade as a journeyman, for nine years
in the employ of Peter Keller, of York. He

followed his trade thereafter in Lancaster
county and in the State of Maryland for a
short interval, after which he worked for
Harry Kauffelt for a few years. On severing
this association he engaged iii contracting and
building on his own responsibility, and con-
tinued to follow his trade as a vocation during
his entire active business career. Though he
passed the pslamist's span of threescore years
and ten, he did occasional odd jobs at his trade,
finding satisfaction in such application, up to
the time of his death.

Mr. Ruby was one of the loyal sons of the
old Keystone State who went forth in defense
of the Union when its integrity was menaced
by armed rebellion. In Augvist, 1864, he en-
listed, becoming a private in Company E.
207th P. V. I., with which he served until
practically the close of the war, receiving his
honorable discharge May 30, 1865. With his
command he participated in the siege of Peters-
burg, the engagements at Fort Steadman, and
other minor conflicts, making an excellent rec-
ord as a leal and loyal soldier of the republic,.
In politics Mr. Ruby was a stalwart Repub-
lican, having been identified with that party
from the time of its inception, and having ever
taken a lively and intelligent interest in the
questions and issues of the hour. He was
called upon to serve in various local positions
of public trust and responsibility, having served
one term as township assessor and having
been a member of the school board for three
years. Mr. Ruby signalized his abiding in-
terest in his old comrades in arms by retain-
ing membership in Post No. 118, Grand Army
of the Republic, at Columbia, Lancaster county,
and he was formerly affiliated in an active way
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
His religious views were in harmony with the
tenets of the Lutheran Church, in whose faith
he was reared and of which his widow is a
devoted member. He passed, away Dec. 5,

In Lower Windsor township, in February,
1856, was solemnized the marriage of Mr.
Ruby to Miss Catherine Flory, who was bom
and reared in that township, daughter of Ja-
cob and Catherine (Kline) Flory. Of this
union were born seven children, namely-:
Susan, who is the wife of William Bashore,
of Newberry ; Delia, who is the wife of Adam
Malewiska, of York; Mary Catherine, who
is the wife of Edward Hickey, of Columbia.



Lancaster county; Annie, who is the wife of
Calvin Crumling-, of Yorkana; Barton, who
is a successful farmer of Chanceford township ;
Grant, who is engaged in carpentering in
York; and Harry, a resident of New Cumber-
land, Cumberland county, where he is engaged
in cigar making.

We conclude this sketch with brief mention
of the parents of our subject. His father,
David Ruby, was born in Lower Windsor
township and was there reared on a farm, se-
curing a -common-school education and learn-
ing the blacksmith's trade in his youth. He
was actively engaged in work at his trade dur-
ing the greater portion of his long and useful
life, was a ma'n of probity and other sterling
attributes, and was ever held in high regard
in the community which was his home through-
out life. He died about 1847, and his wife,
whose maiden name was Rebecca Kauffelt,
is also deceased. Both were zealous and consist-
ent members of the Lutheran Church and in
politics Mr. Ruby was a Whig. Da\'id and Re-
becca Ruby became the parents of five chil-
dren, namely : Rebecca, deceased ; David, de-
ceased; Sophia, who became the wife of Jacob
Wagner and who died in this county ; George,
who served three years during the war of the
Rebellion, having been a member of the 55th
P. V. I., and who is now a resident of Wrights-
ville, this county; and Tobias, the immediate
subject of this sketch.

ABRAHAM MYERS, of Jackson town-
ship, belongs to one of York county's old fam-
ilies, and he was born Feb. 8, 1846, son of
George and Elizabeth (Hoke) Myers. He is
of German ancestry, his forefathers coming
from Germany and settling in Pennsylvania
at an early date.

Jacob Myers, the grandfather of Abraham,
was a very prosperous farmer, and owned a
farm near Spring Grove. His wife's maiden
name was Bentz, and these children were born
to themj^ John, George, Abraham, Jacob, Mi-
chael, Catherine (married to John Fultz), and
Mary. These good people were de\'out mem-
bers of the Reformed Church and Mr. !Myers
was a Democrat in his political belief. He died
in 1864, aged about sixty years, and his wife
survived until 1870.

George Myers, the father of Abraham, re-
mained at home until he was twenty-one years
old, and then commenced farming, purchasing

a piece of land in Jackson township, in the
Pigeon Hill section, where he remained all his
life. He was successful in farming, and at the
time of his death had accumulated considerable
property. To himself and wife the following-
children were born : Michael, Jacob, George.
Abraham, John, Eliza, Rebecca, Catherine and
Sarah. The family were members of the Re-
formed Church. George Myers died aged six-
ty-five years, in 1879, while his wife passed
away in 1887, aged seventy-five.

Abraham Myers was educated in the com-
mon schools of Jackson township and remained
on the home farm until he was twenty-one
years old. At this time he removed to Spang-
ler's Valley, near Labott, where for eleven
years he carried on farming on shares, and in
1888 he purchased his present farm, which
consists of 115 acres of finely tilled land. He
carries on general farming very successfully,
and continues to improve a property which is
now quite valuable. His standing in the com-
munity is that of an honest, upright and pub-
lic-spirited citizen, always 'ready to support
good government. In 1872 Mr. Myers mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth Menges, daughter of Sam-
uel Menges, of New Oxford, and to this union
children as follows have been born : Annie,
Harry, Mary, Esther, George, Paul, Bert and
Lydia. Mr. Myers is a Democrat in politics.
He and his wife are members of the Reformed

WILLIAM I. HOFFMAN, farmer and
fruit grower of Monaghan township, York
county, was born in that township March 2.2.
1865, son of Enos and Mary (flyers) HofT-

Enos Hoffman was born in Dover town-
ship, and spent his whole life in farming and
iruit raising. He purchased the farm in Mon-
aghan township on which he made his home
for more than fifty years, dying there. He
and his wife had the following named children :
Alelinda J., who married Simon Shafifer; Ja-
cob, who married Emma Hinkle; Enos. de-
ceased; John, who married Lizzie Laird :
Emma, married to John Sutton : William I. :
Catherine, deceased : Mary, deceased ; and
Lewis A., deceased. The family were mem-
bers of the Lutheran Church, while in politics
]\Ir. Hoffman was a Democrat, althougii he
never took an active part in such matters.

William I. Hoffman remained with his



parents until twenty-six years of age, when he
purchased his present home, \\-hich \\-as the
old Hoffman homestead and consists of 133
acres of fine land. Mr. Hoffman does general
farming and considerable fruit growing, being
very successful in both lines. The farm has
good buildings and is well cultivated and up-

On Jan. 25, 1891, Mr. Hoffman married
Miss Maggie Wood, daughter of Stephen
Wood, and six children have been born to this
union : Roy, Jerry, Earl, Levi, Vernie and
Alda. Mr. and Mrs. Hoft'man are consistent
and valued members of the Lutheran Church.
Mr. Hoffman, like his father, is a Democrat.

chester township, a representative of an old
family of York county, was born in Man-
chester township in 1855. son of Frederick
and grandson of George Shindle.

Frederick Shindle was born on the old
home, and learned the carpenter's trade, fol-
lowing that occupation in connection with
farming in Manchester, now East Manchester,
township, for about forty years. For about
fourteen years prior to his death, in 1904, he
lived a retired life. Mr. Shindle married
Susan Cochley, who died in 1903, and was
buried in the Union cemetery, where her hus-
band was also buried. In politics he was a
Republican. To this couple the following chil-
dren were born : Amanda married William
S. Gross, and resides in West Manchester
township, near York City; George married
Emma Good, and resides in Manchester town-
ship; Augustus; Sarah -lives in Manchester
borough; J. W., born in i860, in Manchester
township, and residing on the old homestead
where he follows farming, married Malinda
Heckert, daughter of Emanuel and Leah
(Lehr) Heckert, and they have the following
children, Stewart W., Virga May and Edith,
all of whom reside at home (J. W. Shindle is
a Republican and has held the office of asses-
sor, school director and auditor for eight years,
at present being tax-collector) ; Louisa mar-
rierl Jacob Brenneman, and resides in Dover
township ; and Annie married Jerome Schri-
ver, and lives in Manchester borough.

Augustus Shindle attended the township
schools until nineteen years of age. when he
learned the carpenter's trade from his father,
and followed this occupation for ten years.

part of which time was spent in Adams county.
In 1884 he located on his father's farm where
he now resides with his brother, J. W. Shindle.
In politics Mr. Shindle has always been iden-
tified with the Republican party, and in 190-1
was elected constable, which office he has effi-
ciently filled to the present date. He has also
served as township clerk for two terms. In
religion he is connected with the United
Brethren Church of Manchester. Mr. Shindle
is one of the substantial and representative
citizens of East Manchester.

MAJOR JOHN KIRK, who took part in
the great Civil war, was born Nov. 20, 1846,
in Newberry township, York county, son of
James Kirk. He attended the township
school until fifteen years of age, and then en-
tered the service of his country.

Solomon Kirk, the grandfather of John,
came from Lancaster county and settled in
York county, where he died. He had these
children : Solomon, who died in Newberry
township; John, who was killed while serv-
ing in the Western army; James; and Mrs.
John Fisher.

James Kirk received a common school edu-
cation, and learned the carpenter's trade. He
located in Newmarket and was employed with
Musser & James, at New Cumberland, with
whom he remained about thirty years. For
some time prior to his death, he lived a retired
life, his death occurring Dec. 24, 1892, and
he was buried at Mount Olivet cemetery, Fair-
view township. He married Eliza Snell,
daughter of John Snell, and she died in 1892,
being buried beside her husband. They were
the parents of these children : Samuel, living
in Clinton county, is a retired lumberman;
Lucinda, married Benjamin Ripley, deceased,
and she lives at Newmarket; and John.

operating a farm of seventy-five acres in
North Codorus township, was born in that
township, Oct. i, 1853, son of Jacob Stam-

Jacob Stambaugh, grandfather of Israel,
was of German origin, and followed farming
in North Codorus township, where he died,
being buried at Lischy's Church. He had chil-
dren : Daniel, James, Henry, Elizabeth, Ka-
tie and Jacob.

Jacob Stambaugh, the father of our sub-



ject, was born in North Codonis township, and
tliere received a common school education.
He spent his active years as a farmer in his
native jDlace, retiring from activity a few years
prior to his death, which occurred at the age of
seventy-five. He married IsabeHa Sheaffer,
daughter of John Sheaffer ; she died at the age
of sixty-five, and they both were buried at
Lischy's Church in JSiorth Codorus township.
They were faithful members of the Reformed
Church, in the work of which organization
they always took a prominent part. Their
children were as follows : John, who married
Ellen Spangler; Mary, the wife of John Luck-
enbaugh; Caroline, wife of Michael Stam-
baugh; and Israel.

Israel Stambaugh attended the township
schools until fifteen years of age, assisting his
father on the farm until his marriage to Lu-
cretia Lutherbaugh, daughter of John and
Katie (Myers) Lutherbaugh.

After his marriage Mr. Stambaugh located
on a farm in North Codorus township, where
he followed day laboring for fifteen years, and
later purchased from his mother the home
where he now resides, a se\'ent3'-five-acre tract.
He erected new buildings and made many im-
provements, having one of the township's de-
sirable properties.

Mr. and Mrs. Stambaugh have children :
George, a cigar maker, is employed at Spring
Grove, and plays the cornet in the Spring
Grove band; Ellen, the wife of M. Miller, lives
in North Codorus township ; Jacob, who is as-
sisting his father in farming, plays the clarinet
in the Spring Grove band; and Alberta is at
home. Mr. Stambaugh is a Democrat, and
served on the school board for three years,
being treasurer of that body. He is connected
with the Reformed Church, in which he has
served as deacon.

JAMES MASON, who conducts a flourish-
ing business at No. 549 East King street, York,
is a self-made man, having worked his way up
from the l:)Otto.m of the ladder. He is a native
of England, born in South Staft'ordshire, July
22. 1840, son of James and Mary (Baum)

James Mason, the father, was a skilled
locksmith of England, where he died in 1853.
His wife died aged eighty-fi^■e years, leaving
these children : Elizabeth, who married Will-
iam Mason, and is the onlv one of the family.

with the exception of our subject, who came t(j
America; Sarah; Ann; Mary Ann; Eliza;
John; James, our subject; and four that died
in infancy.

Our subject received his education in the
schools of England, and at the age of thirteen
years, his father having died, was forced to
make his own way in the world. He went to
work in a rolling mill, where he learned the
puddling business, and first came to America
in December, 1872, landing in New York.
Having a nephew and niece in Buffalo, Mr.
Mason went to that city with the expectation
of finding employment at his trade, but it be-
ing the time of the panic in iron he could find
no work, and was compelled to return to his.
native country. This he did on May 12, 1873,
landing in Liverpool, and going to his old
home, where he was employed at his old work
until June 7, 1879, '^vhen he with his family
again set sail for America, landing this time
at Philadelphia, whence they remoxed to-
Chester. After one year in the latter place they
went to Columbia, remaining one and one-half
years, and then locating in York, where he was
engaged for ten years at his trade of puddling,
with John W. Stacey. Mr. Mason was then
employed at lighter work for one year, and
for two years was inspector of cliains in the
chain shop. In 1892 Mr. Mason engaged in
the grocery business at No. 549 East King
street, where he has since remained, and in
wliich he has been very successful. Mr.
Mason's home was one of the first in its local-
ity to receive the city water. His stock is
complete in all of its details, and by honest
dealing and good value :Mr. Mason has gained
the confidence of the public.

In 1862, Mr. Mason was united in mar-
riage with Miss Sarah Court, born in 1842,
in South Staffordshire, England, daughter of
Edwin Court, a boilermaker of England. Mr.
Alason is a devoted member of the Ridge
Avenue Methodist Church in which he has
been steward for a number of vears. He is
well known in York, where he' is highly es-
teemed as a man of honesty and integrity'

^^TLLIAAI H. TROUT, one of York
county's substantial citizens, is engaged in
blacksmithing and in agricultural operations
in North Codorus township, where he was
born June 16, 1848, son of Emanuel Trout.

George Trout, grandfather of AMlIiam H.,



Avas a schoolmaster at Jefferson borough,
where he died. He had two sons, Ephraim,
who died at Manchester; and Emanuel.

Emanuel Trout was a distiller by trade,
having" learned that business in Maryland.
Owing to the bad condition of his health he
was compelled to give up distilling, and went
to work at day laboring. He located in Man-
chester, where he died aged thirty-nine years,
being buried at Sherman's Reformed Church.
He married Susan Trinkle, who is also de-
ceased, buried at Emmitsburg. They had chil-
dren : George; Lucinda, the wife of Edward
Bloom, of near Gettysburg, Adams county;
William H. ; and Sarah, Amanda and Mary,
all deceased.

"William H. Trout attended the township
schools of Manheim town'fehip until sixteen
years of age, and a year and one-half later

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