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Titus S. Welsh's school days were spent



in North Codorus township. At the age of
sevnteen years he began to learn the carpen-
ter's trade, serving an apprenticeship of five
years. He then served the township as con-
stable for seven years, and also as assessor and
township auditor. Mr. Welsh has followed
the blacksmith's trade for sixteen years, and
has a repair shop in connection, carrying on a
very successful business. He also sells oils,
cigars and tobacco. His place of business was
at one time the location of a distillery, and is
a very old and historic spot. He owns a farm
of fifty-four acres, upon which he has made
many improvements, making it one of the
fine ones of the township. In June, 1905, he
erected a fine new barn.

Mr. Welsh was married to Maggie Stam-
baugh, daughter of Ephraim and Catherine
(Kessler) Stambaugh, of Spring Grove, and
to this union one child has been born: Robert
Emig P., who is attending school. Mr. Welsh
is a stanch Republican. He is a member of
the Lutheran Church, in which he has served
four years on the council. Fraternally he is a
member of Mt. Olivet Lodge, No. 997, I. O.
O. F., of Spring Grove, in which he has passed
all of the chairs and is a trustee, and of the
Grange, No. 810, of Hanover, and he has been
a delegate to different conventions.

CONRAD BRODBECK, engaged in
farming and milling in North Codorus town-
ship, was born in that township, in November,
1859, son of Daniel Brodbeck and grandson
of George Brodbeck, the family being among
the earliest of the townshij}.

George Brodbeck was born in North Co-
dorus township and there engaged in fanning
until his death. He had these children : George,
Jacob, Andrew, Jesse, Elizabeth, Mary and
Daniel.

Daniel Brodbeck was born in North Co-
dorus township, where he received a common-
school education. He owned two farms in
the township, one of 175 acres, and one of sixty
acres. His death occurred at Jefferson bor-
ough, when he Avas aged forty-eight years. He
married Malinda Myers, who still survives,
living in Hanover, and they had these children :
Ellen, the widow of John Baker ; Conrad ; and
Maggie, the widow of George W. Miller, of
Abbottstown, Adams Co., Pennsylvania.

Conrad Brodbeck attended the schools of
Jefferson borough. He married Jane Strick-



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houser, who was the daughter of Henry Strick-
houser, of North Codorus township, and after
marriage located at Jefferson borough for one
year. In 1883 Mr. Brodbeck purchased his
father-in-law's farm of 100 acres, upon which
he erected new buildings and made many im-
provements. In 1897, Mr. Brodbeck erected
a modern mill, and since that time has been en-
gaged in the milling business, owning a fine
gasoline engine, which he uses when the water
is low. He also engages in threshing.

Mr. and Mrs. Brodbeck have two children :
Paul, who married Miss Werner, and farms
in North Codorus township; and Williard, who
resides at home. In politics Mr. Brodbeck is
a Democrat. He is a member of the Lutheran
Church, in which he has been deacon and elder.

CHARLES H. DIETZ belongs to one of
the old and honored families of York county,
where his grandfather, Peter Dietz, lived and
died.

Charles H. Dietz was the son of Jacob, and
was born on his father's farm in Hellam town-
ship, April 24, 1874. He was educated in the
public schools and reared to farm life, but when
he was fifteen he left home and began clerking
in Crumling's store in Hellam, where he work-
ed about two years. He then spent two years
in business for himself at cigar making, in
Delroy, York county, next spent a year raising-
tobacco and after that returned to cigar mak-
ing, this time in Windsor township. From
there he removed to York, and soon after, in
1898. came to Pleasantville, where he has since
remained. While continuing the manufacture
of cigars, he is mainly interested in his barber
shop, which he opened on his arrival in Pleas-
antville. He is a competent workman, owns
a good property and is succeeding well. In his
political views Mr. Dietz is a strong Democrat,
and always has been active in politics, serving
often as a member of the county committee.
In the fall of 1903 he was elected justice of
the peace for five years, and he is discharging
the duties of that ofifice with great efficiency.

On May 9, 1895, Mr. Dietz was married to
Miss .\nnie Paules. daughter of Reuben
Paules. and four children have been born to
them, one of whom, Evelyn, is deceased. The
others are: Penrose C, Myrtle M. and Viola.
Mr. and Mrs. Dietz are members of the Re-
formed Church, and the former belongs to
the Pleasantville Relief Association.



ALBERT F. BRILLHART. Among the
important industrial enterprises of York county
is that conducted under the name of the Dallas
Cigar Co., and of the same Mr. Brillhart is an
interested principal. The company operate
two well-equipped cigar factories, one in Dal-
lastown and the other in Windsorville, and the
annual output reaches a large aggregate. The
subject of this review is a progressive and able
business man, and is known and honored as
one of the representative citizens of Dallastown.

Mr. Brillhart is a native son of York coun-
ty, where he has maintained his home from the
time of his .birth, which occurred April 24.
1867, in Loganville. He is a son of Joseph and
Sarah (Rechart) Brillhart, both of whom were
likewise born in this county, being representa-
tives of old and well known families of this
section of the State, and here the father follow-
ed the vocation of mason for many years, hav-
ing l>een held in high esteem by all who knew
him. His death occurred in 1881, and his
widow now maintains her home in Dallastown.
Of their children we record that Albert F., our
subject, was second in the order of birth : Peter
met his death at the age of twelve, as the re-
sult of a hunting accident; Annie died in in-
fancy ; and Lucy is the wife of Henry Spaltz,
of Dallastown. Joseph Brillhart had five
brothers, Daniel, Jacob, John, Michael and
Samuel, all of whom are deceased, and of the
brothers and sisters of Mrs. Sarah (Rechart)
Brillhart we note that Gordon is deceased ;
Lizzie is the wife of John Sellers, of
York City ; Annie is the wife of John Graybill,
of York City; and Miss Rebecca resides in
Hanover, Pa.

Albert F. Brillhart was reared to the life
of the farm, and was afforded the advantages
of the public schools of his native township,
where he continued his studies until he had at-
tained the age of eighteen years. He then
served a two years' apprenticeship at the mil-
ler's trade, in the mill of Jacob Neff, in Relay,
this county. He' abandoned the work of his
trade in 1889, when twenty-two years of age,
and for the ensuing seven years he was engaged
in work at the cigar maker's trade, in the fac-
torv of Adam Rohler, of Dallastown. At the
expiration of this period, in 1896, he entered
the employ of John W. Minnich, who was en-
gaged in the same line of enterprise in Dallas-
town, being made foreman of the factory with-
in a short time and thus continuing until July,



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1900, after which he had charge of the cigar
factory of Charles Solomon, in the city of
York, his employer being a resident of the city
of New York. In December of the same year
he resigned this incumbency, and entered into
a copartnership with Michael Hose, under the
name of the Dallas Cigar Co., and they have
since been most pleasantly and profitably as-
sociated in the manufacturing of high-grade
cigars, having two large and well equipped
factories, as before noted, and manufacturing
about 15,000,000 cigars annually, our subject
having the general supervision of the Dallas-
town plant, in which seventy-five persons are
employed, while in the Windorsville factory
employment is given to a corps of fifty in-
dividuals.

In politics Mr. Brillhart is a stalwart sup-
porter of the principles of the Republican
party, and his religious views are in harmony
with the tenets of the U. B. Church, in which
faith he was reared. In a fraternal way he is
identified with Crystal Lodge, No. 248,
Knights of Pythias, and Jr. O. U. A. M. Lodge
No. 640, in DallastO'wn, being a past officer in
the latter organization. He has marked mus-
ical talent, and is a member of the Dallastown
comet band, in which he plays the trombone.

On Christmas day, 1887, Mr. Brillhart led
to the marriage altar Miss Rebecca Eberlin,
who was born and reared in this county, being
a daughter of Mathias and Regina (Heins-
man) Eberlin, honored residents of Dallas-
town. She has two brothers, Jacob and Henry,
and three sisters, of whom Mary is the wife of
Henry Seachrist ; Sarah is the wife of Benjamin
Wallack; and Margaret is the wife of Cane
Smith.

CHARLES ARTHUR LUTZ. The
thriving city of York, occupying a position of
no mean importance as an industrial and com-
mercial center, is fortunate in the character of
the citizens who make up its quota of business
men, and among the honored and progressive
representatives of this class is Charles Arthur
Lutz, who is the head of The C. Arthur Lutz
Co., Inc.. printers, publishers, engravers and
stationers, which controls a large and important
business.

John Lutz, grandfather of Charles Arthur
Lutz, was a native of Holland, and emigrated
to America in 1803, locating in Maryland,
where he passed the rest of his life. He was a



tailor and farmer by vocation. The lineage
can be traced back to stanch German origin, the
first progenitors of the family in America hav-
ing come hither from the Teutonic Fatherland
in the Colonial era of our history.

William R. Lutz, father of Charles Arthur,
was born and reared in Baltimore county, Md.,
in which State he continued to reside until he
had attained the age of thirty-three years, when
he came to York county. Here he has ever
since maintained his home. He was engaged
most of his active career as a laborer, and is now
living retired in the city of York, where he is
held in the highest confidence and esteem. He
is sixty-eight years of age at the time of this
writing. His first wife, Christiana Wilkerson,
was of Scotch-Irish descent, and she was born
and reared in York county, where her death
occurred in April, 1879. I" 1885 Mr. Lutz
married his second wife, whose maiden name
was Rebecca Stouch, and who likewise was
born and reareti in this county. She died
Dec. 31, 1899. Of the children of the first
marriage Ella, Mary A., Agnes L. and Paul
E. remain at the parental home; Alexander T.
is a potter by vocation ; and Charles Arthur is
the subject of this sketch. Concerning the chil-
dren of the second marriage we note that Maria
J. remains with her parents, and William Elmer
and Harry E. are employees of the York Card
& Paper Company.

Charles Arthur Lutz was born in Glen
Rock, this county, Feb. 23, 1870, and his ed-
ucation was acquired in the public schools of
the city of York, to which his father removed
when Charles was about two years old. He
left school at the age of twelve years and
worked in a foundry, and at the age of sixteen
entered upon an apprenticeship at the printer's
trade in the establishment of P. Anstadt &
Sons, of York. He completed his apprentice-
ship in the office of the York Daily, later he
became an employee of the Hubley Printing
Company, of this city, and in 1890 was appoint-
ed mail clerk in the York postoffice, retaining
this position until 1892. He then accepted a
position as traveling salesman for a few
months. Some months later he established in
York a job, book and general commercial
printing plant of his own, on Feb. 23, 1893.
His first place of business was his father's
barn, and to quote his own words, he began
"without a dollar in his pocket, but with an
honest purpose in his heart." His entire equip-



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ment was bought on credit from a friend, H. A.
Free, D. D. S. Mr. Lutz possessed an unusual
amount of the German and Scotch-Irish pKick,
and determined to succeed, and he has built up
a solid and representative business during the
intervening- period of more than a decade, hav-
ing one of the most completely equipped print-
ing plants in this section of the State. He has
facilities for the prompt and proper handling
of all work entrusted to him, while his estab-
lishment has gained the enviable reputation of
turning out only work of the highest excellence.
The business is conducted under the title desig-
nated in the opening paragraph of this work.

Mr. Lutz has published two magazines,
"Self Help," and "Concordia," and still re-
tains the last named, having sold "Self Help"
to Mrs. J. F. Mitzel. On Dec. 13, 1895, ap-
peared the following sketch of Mr. Lutz,
written by the editor of the Duncannon
Record :

"York, a city of oiver twenty thousand in-
habitants, claims one of the youngest editors in
the State, and possibly the United States. We
refer to C. Arthur Lutz, living at 610 Company
street. He was only eighteen years old when
he wrote the first article for publication. At
the age of twenty-five his name first appeared
as editor on his journals, "The Council Work,"
and "The Illustrious Knights of Malta." This
young man had very limited education, the
highest gi"ade of schooling he received was in
the A Primary department, when he was com-
pelled to quit school and go to work, in order
to help his father to keep the family. But
with all this drawback he burnt the midnight
oil and put his spare time into study. He has
been entirely the architect of his own career."
[Note: "The Council Work" is out of print,
and the title, "The Illustrious Knights of Mal-
ta," was changed to "Concordia Magazine."]
At the outbreak of the Spanish-American
war Mr. Lutz signalized his ardent patriotism
by enlisting as a member of Company A, 8th
Pennsylvania Volunteers, and on the 12th of
May, 1898, he was made corporal of his com-
pany. His command was sent to Camp Alger,
Va., and later to Augusta, Ga., and was in
active service until the close of the war, Mr.
Lutz receiving his honorable discharge on
March 7, 1899. His discharge bears the fol-
lowing significant endorsement: "Service, hon-
est and faithful; character, excellent." After
thie completion of his military career Mr. Lutz



wrote and published an attractive Httle brochure
descriptive of the war and of the part taken
therein by his regiment. Many thousands of
these pamphlets have been sold in York county
and other sections of the State. Prior to the
war Mr. Lutz served as corporal of Company
A, 8th Regiment, Pennsylvania National
Guard, while for two and one-half years he
also held the ofiice of assistant steward in the
hospital corps. In a fraternal way he is iden-
tified with the Junior Order of United Amer-
ican Mechanics, Patriotic Order of Sons of
America, Daughters of Liberty, Knights of
Pythias, Knights of Malta, and Spanish
War Veterans' Association. In politics he
is a stalwart Republican, and he is a mem-
ber of the Union Lutheran Church, and an
active worker and member of the Young Men's
Christian Association, to which he has be-
longed ever since he was fourteen years old.
Mr. Lutz has not as yet joined the ranks of the
Benedicts.

WILLIAM EYSTER, of Jackson town-
ship, York county, who owns fifty acres in
what is known as Spangler's Valley, was bom
Feb. II, 1868, son of Peter and Sarah (Spang-
ler) Eyster.

Mr. Eyster received his education in the
schools of Jackson and Paradise townships, and
remained at home until he reached his major-
ity, after which he engaged in farming on
rented land, continuing thus for some years.
He then sold his personal property and re-
moved to Spring Grove, entering the employ
of P. H. Glatfelter, in the paper mill, and re-
maining with him for some years. In 1902
he purchased his present home of fifty acres,
which was formerly owned by his maternal
grandfather, George Spangler, and is located
in what is known as the Spangler Valley. Here
Mr. Eyster has since devoted his time to
agriculture and stock raising.

In 1888 Mr. Eyster married Miss Susan
Roth, daughter of John and Susan (Schwartz)
Roth, and two children have been born to the
union, namely: Lloyd (deceased) and Beulah.
Mr. Eyster is a consistent member of the Lu-
theran Church, while his wife is connected with
the Reformed Church, and interested in its
work. Air. Eyster is Democratic in politics.
The Eysters are representative people of Jack-
son township and Mr. Eyster is held in high
esteem.



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JACOB BENJAMIN BESHORE, super-
intendent of the Manchester Shale Brick Co.,
of East Manchester township, was born in
1868 in that township, son of Jacob F. Be-
shore, and a grandson of Jacob Beshore.

Jacob Beshore, the great-grandfather of
our subject, was probably of German birth.
He settled in Manchester township, where he
established the family, and followed farming
and distilling. He belonged to the family of
the name in Berks county.

Jacob Beshore (2), grandfather of Jacob
B., was born in Manchester township, where
he followed farming on the homestead, which
he had bought at his father's death. He mar-
ried Lydia Fritz, and they both died on the old
farm and are buried in the Manchester ceme-
tery. Their children were : Daniel, who mar-
ried Mary Fink, and died in Newberry town-
ship; Jacob F. and Lydia, twins, of whom
Lydia, who married Jacob Good, lives at
Emigsville; John, who married Anna Fedrow,
and lives in Newberry township; Benjamin,
who married a Low, and lives in Newberry
township; Leah, who married John Hoover,
and lives in Manchester township; Lizzie, who
married Samuel Kauffman, and died in Spring
Garden township.

Jacob F. Beshore, father of Jacob B., was
born April 29, 1830, in Manchester township,
where he followed the business of tilling the
soil until he retired from active liie. He pur-
chased the old homestead and resided there un-
til he retired to Manchester when he sold the
property to the Manchester Shale Brick Co.,
in September, 1902. He married Catherine
Keller, a daughter of Christian ; she was reared
in Manchester township, where she died in
1892, and was laid to rest in the old Manches-
ter cemetery. The children of this union were ;
David, who married Mary Keller, lives in Kan-
sas ; Josiah, who married Susan Whistler, lives
in Newberry township; Augustus, who mar-
ried Ellen Wambaugh, resides in Manchester
township; Elizabeth remains at home taking
care of her father; Catherine, who married
Jacob Musser, lives in Lancaster county; Ja-
cob Benjamin; Sarah, who married Harry
Kauffman, lives in Manchester township; and
Salome married William Sloat.

Jacob Benjamin Beshore obtained his edu-
cation in the township schools, and learned to
be a practical farmer under his father. He
also worked- with his father in the tile business



until his marriage. When about twenty-three
years of age, Mr. Beshore embarked in a tile
and brick business of his own and operated it
for eight years. In 1902 he bought five acres
of the old homestead along the turnpike road
to Manchester, and there built a brick-yard,
and in 1903 the Manchester Shale Brick Co.
was organized, of which he is a stockholder and
the superintendent. This is a well ordered
plant operated with modern machinery, em-
ploys twenty-five hands, and turns out twenty
thousand bricks a day. This great output is
not enough to fill the demands of the trade.
The dry house of the plant is 35 x 90 feet, and
in it they have an 5-horse-power engine and a
150-horse-power boiler. Brick is shipped all
over the State and business is constantly on the
increase. In Mr. Beshore the company has an
intelligent, experienced man and much of its
prosperity is directly due to this fact.

In 1897 Mr. Beshore married Dillie Gross,
a daughter of John and Annie (Sprenkle)
Gross. They located near the brick plant,
where he built a handsome residence. They
have three bright, interesting children : Kate,
Cecil and Park. Mr. Beshore is identified
with the Republican party.

WILLIAM LATIMER MILLER, a
prominent contractor and builder in Newberry
township, where many evidences of his taste
and skill are to be found, was born Dec. 25,
1869, son of Abraham S. Miller, one of New-
berry's most respected citizens. [For the Miller
family history, see sketch of H. C. Miller, else-
where.]

Abraham S. Miller was born at the old
Miller Mill, and while he did not enjoy very
good school advantages, his own observation
and study have made him a well informed
man. At the age of fourteen he entered the
mill, and learned the trade under his father.
Locating in Newberry township, at Shindel's
]\Iill, he remained eight years, and then bought
the old Fink mill in the same township, now
known as Keister's, and there he erected a fine
sawmill. He was an expert carpenter, and
even yet, when any specially fine work is called
for, he is asked as a favor to take the contract.
The greater part of his time was spent in
farming in Newberry and Fairview townships,
and he bought a small home of ten acres on
which he erected fine buildings, and there he
removed in 1893, ^^^'^' living retired. On June



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30, 1863, he enlisted in Company D, 47th P. V.
I., and was in service doing guard duty until
Aug. 13, 1863. At the age of twenty-two he
married Cordelia Parthemore, daughter of
Frederick and Eliza (Keister) Parthemore,
of Newberry township.

WilHam L. Miller attended the public
schools until he was fifteen years of age, when
he began to learn the carpenter's trade under
his father. He continued working with the
latter until 1896, when he engaged in the con-
tracting and building business on his own ac-
count, proving himself most capable and trust-
worthy. He has erected many of the good
homes in his vicinity, and superintended the
building of the Chase Felt & Paper Company
plant, and also that of the Susquehanna Roof-
ing Manufacturing Company. He has put up
a number of buildings at Cly. Besides his
building operations, he has engaged to some ex-
tent in farming. In politics he is a stanch Re-
publican.

In 1885 Mr. Miller married Lucinda Sipe,
daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Ashen-
felter) Sipe, and their children are : Lillie,
Bruce, James, Catherine and Celia.

SAMUEL W. LEHR, a well-to-do and in-
fluential farmer of Conewago township, York
county, was born Nov. 8, 1863, in Manchester
township, son of George and Elizateth (AHi-
son) Lehr.

David Lehr, the grandfather of Samuel
W., was born in Manchester township and fol-
lowed wagoning to Baltimore and Pittsburg.
He married Elizabeth Myers, and located at
Round Town, Manchester township, where
they both died, being buried at Quickel's
Church. They were the parents of the follow-
ing children : George, the father of our sub-
ject; Samuel, deceased; David, who married
Susan Strickler, and died in Manchester town-
ship ; Henry, who died young ; William, a car-
penter; John, who married Lydia Strickler;
Susannah, who died young; Elizabeth, who
married Adam Bowersox ; Sarah, who mar-
ried Abner Bowersox; Catherine, deceased;
and Mary Ann, who died at the age of twelve
years.

George Lehr, the father of Samuel W., was
born in 1836 in Manchester township, and re-
ceived a fine education, attending the York
County Academy. He taught school for six-
teen years, and Ijecame well-known as an edu-



cator, teaching at Eisenhart's and Hake's
schools. He was a very prominent business
man, engaging in the mercantile business, and
he was secretary of the Mutual Fire Insur-
ance Co., in Dover, Conewago, Manchester,
East Manchester and West Manchester town-
ships. Mr. Lehr was a Republican, and for a
number of years was justice of the peace, also
holding all of the township offices. He was
very active in politics, and a valuable man to
his party. Mr. Lehr married Elizabeth AlH-
son, daughter of Samuel Allison. Mr. Lehr
died at his home in Round Town, Manchester
township, in 1877, being interred at Quickel's
Church. Mrs. Lehr is living in Conewago
township, with her daughter, Mrs. Winter-
myer. Mr. and Mrs. Lehr were the parents
of these children: William H., a butcher
at Round Town, married Emma Wintermyer;
Samuel W. ; Emma Jane married Latimore
Wintermyer, and they live in Conewago town-
ship ; George W. married Martha Crone, and
they live in Dover township; and Eli W. mar-
ried Lillie Quickel, and lives in Conewago
township.

Samuel W. Lehr attended the schools of
Manchester township, until about sixteen years



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