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of age. In 1886 he married Lydia A. Smith,
daughter of John and Sallie (Fake) Smith.
After their marriage they located at Round
Town for a time, and then spent four years
farming in Conewago and Manchester town-
ships. In 1899 he bought the old James Ens-
minger farm of sixty-three and one-half acres,
the ground from which Quickel's Church prop-
erty was taken. Mr. Lehr owns a fine farm,
with good substantial buildings, and engages
quite successfully in general farming.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lehr
were as follows: Harry W., Bertha M., Lydia
Cora, all at home ; and two, who died in in-
fancy. The family are members of the Lu-
theran Church. Mr. Lehr is a stanch Repub-
lican, and has been township auditor and in-
spector. His main interests have been centered
in farming, and he has developed his estate into
one of the valuable properties of the township.
He is a man of enterprise and public-spirit,
and has many warm friends.

ROBERT L. NESBIT. The Nesbit fam-
ily are descended from Scotch-Irish ancestry,
but for three generations at least have been na-
tives of York county. John Creighton Nesbit,



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the grandfather of Robert L., was one of seven
children, all deceased, namely : James, who died
in early life ; John C. ; Hannah, wife of George
Lecrone, deceased, and mother of George, a
resident of Dover ; Eliza, wife of William Ful-
ton, and mother of Alice and William, both
deceased ; Mary, deceased, wife of the late
John Weimer, and mother of John, Lewis,
Andrew, Henry (deceased), and Alice (Mrs.
George Butcher) ; Letitia, who married the late
Joshua Taylor, and had three children, John
(deceased). Ehza Jane (of Rochester, Pa.)
and Thomas (deceased) ; and Jane, who mar-
ried the late James Compert, and had one
daughter, Mary, deceased wife of Harrison
Spangler.

John Creighton Nesbit was born in York
county in 1809. A potter by trade, he was
also a teacher, a noted mathematician, and fol-
lowed both callings during his life time. He
died in 1884, two years after his wife, who
was Miss Julia Klinedinst, daughter of John
Klinedinst, of York county, and was born
in 1810. Their family consisted of ten chil-
dren. ( I ) Elizabeth married Isaiah Walker,
and lives near Rossville. (2) George and (3)
Mary, both died in infancy. (4) John C., by
profession a teacher, lives in Upper Allen town-
ship, and holds the ofifice of justice of the
peace. He married Sallie, daughter of John
Sprenkle, and has two sons : Arthur, in the
drug business at Philadelphia; and Russell, a
telegraph operator. (5) Harrison, now de-
ceased, married Miss Mary Sutton. His
widow lives on the old homestead in War-
rington township, and is the mother of Flor-
ence; Adeline, Mrs. Samuel Deardorff, of
York county; and John Rankin, who married
Miss Dollie Bushey, and lives near Mt. Airy.
He has one son, Charles, married to Miss Kate
Walker. (6) Joseph was married three times,
first to a Miss Nester, second to a Miss Hart-
man, and third to Miss Mary Brinton. By his
first wife he had children : Elmer, who married
Miss Clara Ferrence; Ann, Mrs. Wesley Bier-
bower; and Sallie, Mrs. Frank Jennings. To
the third union was born a son, Lester Creigh-
ton. (7) William married first Mrs. Mc-
Clellan, and second Miss Matilda Wallet, of
Perry county. He is the father of Ward,
Pearl, Stiles, Grant, Nettie, Frank and Rush.
(8) Maria died at the age of seventeen. (9)
James married Miss Bessie Shaw, of New
York. He is principal of the schools in Dur-



and, Wis. (10) Louis N. was the father of
Robert L.

Louis N. Nesbit was born near Round Top
in 1836. He was a carpenter by trade, but
spent much the greater part of his life teach-
ing. For thirty-seven consecutive terms he
taught in Warrington and Fairview town-
ships, but finally retired from the profession
in 1892, and turned his attention to farming.
He is at present living in retirement in Dills-
burg. A Republican in politics, he has been
active in local affairs and has held various
offices, as township clerk, assessor, etc. In re-
ligion he is a Presbyterian. His wife, to whom
he was united in 185 1. was Miss Catherine
Bushey, daughter of John Bushey, of Y
county, and Mr. Nesbit met with a great be-
reavement in her death, Feb. 7, 1903, at the
age of sixty-six. The children born to them
were as follows: Robert L. ; Annie, who mar
ried Elwood Myers, a farmer of Warrington
township, and has three children, Carrie. El-
mer and Aaron ; Mary, who married John R.
Laird, a farmer in Fairview township, and
has an only daughter, Blanch ; Susan, who
married H. M. Straley, a farmer and teacher
in Warrington township, and has one son,
Ralph.

Robert L. Nesbit was born at Fortney.
Mt. Airy, Oct. 29, 1864. He attended school
in Fortney, and after completing his educa-
tion, clerked for a number of years in a dry
goods and grocery concern, and having thus
gotten a good start, he beg^n in business for
himself, March 23, 1887. He bought out the
hardware business of John A. Arnold, and
from the first did a flourishing business. By
1 89 1, his patronage had so increased that he
was obliged to enlarge his main building, but
this relief was only temporary, and in 1896
he put up an addition, 123 feet long and three
stories in height. Again his business outgrew
its quarters, and in 1901. a second three story
addition was built, 50x30 feet. His estab-
lishment now covers 25,000 square feet of
store room, and easily outstrips any other in
the valley in size and in the amount of stock
covered. The main lines are hardware, house
furnishings and stoves, but there are a number
of smaller lines carried also.

Mr. Nesbit was married Oct. 25, 1884, to
Cora L., daughter of Ouincy Swartz, of
Adams county. Two children have been bom
to them. Quay S. and Dewey H. In his politi-



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cal principles Mr. Nesbit is a Republican. He
is a public spirited citizen, who does his part
in municipal life, at present holding the office
of councilman for the borough of Dillsburg.
He has been remarkabl}' successful in a busi-
ness way and stands high in the esteem of the
community, where he is a man of both prom-
inence and influence.

ALBERT OLPHIN, of Chanceford town-
ship, York county, was born March 9, 1857,
son of Peter and Henrietta (Greder) Olphin.

Peter Olphin was born in Germany, and
came to the United States in boyhood. For
eleven years he followed the sea, sailing out of
Baltimore, Md. Later he located at Marietta,
and his after life was more or less success-
ful, and he was alternately a boatman, a farmer
and a contractor. After the death of his
wife, mother of our subject, he left the farm
and settled permanently at Marietta, marrying
a Mrs. Shone, and dying there aged seventy-
seven years. His children were : Albert ;
Barry, of Kansas ; Anna, Mrs. William
Keifer, deceased; Henry; Lizzie, Mrs. Reuben
Howsickle; Sena, Mrs. Henry Runkle;
Bertha, Mrs. George Graham, of Longlevel ;
and Bert, a fanner and cigarmaker of this
township.

When Albert Olphin was a babe of three
months, his 'father moved to Yorkana, and
there the family lived nine years, then moving
to the farm now owned by our subject. Here
the father engaged in contracting, near Stone
Station, for four years but later returned to
the farm. When Albert was sixteen years of
age he boated for his father on the canal, and
succeeded so well that his father put him in
full charge, and during two seasons he was
captain of the boat. When this boat was sold,
Albert became bowman for Reuben Howsickle,
and later for Mr. Crownshield, of Columbia,
and worked thus until he was twenty-one years
old. Although he had commenced his busi-
ness life with absolutely no capital, he had
saved his money, and now bought a pair of
boats and boated for himself for three years,
during this time, on different occasions, own-
ing two sets of boats.

Subsequently Mr. Olphin engaged in the
tobacco farming industry for a Mr. Murphy,
following the same in Chanceford township
for one year, and then bought the home farm
from his father. After operating it a couple
of years, he rented it out, bought a pair of



canal boats and boated through several sea-
sons, finding the business very lucrative. He
then rented them, and has farmed ever since.
Mr. Olphin was united in marriage with
Emma E. Runkle, born in 1863, daughter of
Jesse Runkle. a farmer of Chanceford town-
ship. They have reared a large and interesting
family, viz.: Lillie, Mrs. David Olewiler;
Lottie, Mrs. Charles Frey, of Hellam; Yetta,
Mrs. Charles Leiphart; Bessie; Nelson;
Frank ; Edna ; Charles ; Raymond ; Ralph ; and

. In his political principles Mr. Olphin is

a Democrat. He is a member of the Evangeli-
cal Church, and one of the township's most re-
spected men.

WILLIAM S. HENRY, the well-known
ice cream manufacturer of Hanover Junction,
North Codorus township, York county, was
born in that township Dec. 31, 1864, son of
Jonathan Henry.

Daniel Henry, has grandfather, was a
farmer of York county. He was the father of
the following children: Jacob, Samuel, Re-
becca M.. Mfiller, Elizabeth, Katie, Dorothy
and Jonathan.

Jonathan Hemy was a resident of North
Codorus township, and followed day laboring.
He married Sarah Stover, daughter of Michael
Stover. Both died in North Codorus town-
ship, and were buried at Sheafifer's Church.
They had these children : LuCy, the wife of D.
S. Cupper, of York ; Mantilla, the widow of
Josiah Sheaffer; Frank, who married Lydia
Messersmith, and is farming in Springfield
township; .Aggie, the widow of R. C. Mc-
Clellan; and William S.

William S. Henry attended the schools of
his township until seventeen years of age, and
at the age of eighteen found employment on
the Northern Central railroad, with the repair
gang, remaining seven years. He then went
to York for a short time, but soon returned
to Hanover Junction, where he worked on the
coal chutes for about eight years. In 1897
he began the manufacture of ice cream, and in
190 1 he engaged in the mercantile business.
He sells his ice cream, wholesale and retail,
throughout the surrounding country, and ships
to Hanover, Baltimore, York and Woodbine,
his product being in great demand. Besides
these business interests he is agent for the
Adams Express Company, and is also assistant
postmaster.

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daughter of John Freeman, of Martinslmrg",
who was killed on a railroad in Virg-inia. Mrs.
Freeman married for her second husband John
H. Huett. Mrs. Henry died in February, 1901,
and is buried at Martinsburg, Va. To Mr.
and Mrs. Henry came two children, Edward
C. and Leonard F., both bright lads attend-
ing school. Mr. Henry is a Democrat in poli-
tics, and a Lutheran in religious faith. He
is very popular in Hanover Junction, and is a
good business man and public spirited citizen.

A. B. KRAFT, concrete contractor, is lo-
cated at No. 221 South: Beaver street, York,
Pennsylvania. He makes a specialty of founda-
tions for buildings and heavy machinery,
bridges, culverts, etc. ; granolithic and marbo-
litTiic pavements and floors for houses, mills,
factories, stables and warehouses.

JOHN BRILLHART, who is now en-
gaged in the tinning business at Jefferson
borough, is one of the highly esteemed citi-
zens and business men of Codorus township.
He was born in North Codorus township, June
17, 1840, son of Samuel Brillhart.

Christian Brillhart, the grandfather of
John, was a farmer of North Codorus town-
ship, where he died, leaving children as fol-
lows : Peter, Christian, John and Samuel. Of
these, Samviel learned the blacksmith's trade
in young manhood, but never followed that
occupation. He engaged in farming in North
Codorus township, where he owned a tract of
208 acres of land, continuing to cultivate this
until 1863, when he located in Jefferson
borough. There he led a retired life until
his death, April 27, 1876, at the age of seventy-
three years, five months and six days. He is
buried there in the old cemetery. His wife,
Elizabeth Behler, died May 22, 1872, aged
eighty years. They had children as follows :
Isaac, a farmer, who died in Illinois ; Samuel,
a retired farmer of the same State ; Annie, who
never married ; Julian, the wife of Isaac Stam-
baugh, living in North Codornr township;
Lucinda, deceased wife of Amos Rebert ; Eliza-
beth, deceased, who was the wife of Jacob
Kessler; Mary, deceased, who was the wife of
Henry Kessler, and John, our subject.

John Brillhart attended the schools of
North Codorus township until he was eighteen
years of age, and then learned the tinning trade
in York with Daniel Heckert, with whom he



served five years. He then went West, and
during the Civil war was employed at his
trade by the government for one year. In
1865 he returned to Jefferson borough, engag-
ing in business, and building a fine home, and
there he still resides. Mr. Brillhart for thirty
years engaged in dealing in stoves, but now
gives all his time and attention to the tinning
business, having a large and profitable trade
in the surrounding country.

Mr. Brillhart was married to Miss Mary
Jane Shreiner, of York, and to this union were
born : Lucy, Mrs. Hoff , who resides in North
Codorus township; and Bertha, the wife of
Lewis Krebs, -of Hanover. Mr. Brillhart's
first wife died, and he married (second) Eliza-
beth Smith, of Manheim township, by whom
he has had children as follows: Charles E.
(a teacher of music). Mollie, Harry, Gertrude
and John.

Mi". Bi-illhart is a Republicar^, and/ has
held the offices of chief burgess of Jefferson
borough, school director and councilman. He
is a member of the Lutheran Church, in the
work of which he takes an active part. He is
very well known and highly respected
throughout Codorus township.

EDWARD MAHR was born Jan. 24,
1867, at New Holland, York county, a son
of William Mahr and a grandson of Christian
Mahr, and belongs to one of the fine old Ger-
man families of this section of Pennsylvania.

Christian Mahr was probably born in Ger-
many and settled very many years ago in East
Manchester township, York Co., Pa., where
he followed boating on the canal along the
Susquehanna river. He died at the age of
eighty-four years. He married Mary Cole-
man, who was born in York county, and died
at New Holland, where both are buried. They
had children as follows: William, born Feb.
5, 1845 ; Flora, born Oct. 4. 1849, who mar-
ried Emanuel Baer and resides at Mt. Wolf,
in East Manchester township: Sarah, born
May 5, 1852, who married Henry Strayer
and liVes at New Holland; Charles, bom
March 15, 1855, who married Ella Peters and
lives at New Holland; Emma, born July 2,
1858, who died in 1885, and is buried at New
Holland: John, born July 28, 1861, married
to Sarah Bruah.

William Mahr, father of Edward Mahr,
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After obtaining his education, in the local
schools, he followed railroad work for a few
years, and then became interested in tobacco
farming, an industry which he followed almost
all his life. At the opening of the Civil war
he was only a lad of sixteen years, but this
did not prevent his offering his services to his
country, and he enlisted Sept. 4, 1861, in Com-
pany C, 195th P. V. I., and served until June
21. 1865, being mustered out and discharged
at Harrisburg. William Mahr was a very suc-
cessful business man, and his operations in
tobacco brought him large returns. His death
took place Jan. 9, 1894, and he was interred
at New Holland. Mr. Mahr married Melissa
Blaney, daughter of Thomas and Frances
(Keener) Blaney. She still survives, resid-
ing at Harrisburg.

Edward Mahr was the only child born to
William and Melissa Mahr. His education
was acquired in the schools at New Holland,
which he attended until he was nineteen years
old, when he started to learn the trade of cigar-
making. After working at this business for
about eighteen months, and learning all its
details, he went to farming tobacco on John
H. Wagner's farm, near New Holland. For
a short time he was employed on the railroad,
but he has given his main attention to the rais-
ing of tobacco, at which he has been exceed-
ingly successful. Since 1902 he has not been
employed at any special work, having invested
his money satisfactorily. However, he is not
inactive, serving East Manchestdr township
as tax collector, inspector and school director.

In 1887 Mr. Mahr was united in marriage
with Savilla R. Holler, a daughter of Manassas
and Rebecca Holler, of Lancaster county.
They have a family of four children, Minnie
May, Wilbert, Ruth and Floyd. The beautiful
family home is one of the handsomest resi-
der.ces at New Holland. In politics Mr. Mahr
has always been identified with the Republi-
can party, and he has been active in its work
in this locality. The family is held in the
highest esteem.

Blaney. Josiah Blaney, the paternal
grandfather of Mrs. William Mahr and great-
grandfather of Edward Mahr, was born in Ire-
land, July 22, 1776, and when he emigrated to
America settled in Maryland and took up a
very large tract of land in Harford county. On
April 10, 1801, he married Mary Street, who
was born Aug. 5, 1776, and died May 4, 1844.



Josiah Blaney died Nov. 26, 1823, his death
occurring suddenly while he was on his way
home from Baltimore. The old tombs of both
himself and wife may be found in the ceme-
tery near the old farm in Harford county.
Their children were : Melissa, who was born
Feb. 15, 1802, died May 9, 1868; Thomas,
born March 11, 1804, died Jan. 14, 1881, and
is buried in York; Wihiam, born May 7, 1806,
died Dec. 14, 1806; James Washington, born
Dec. 2. 1807, died Sept. 8, 1887; William Jef-
ferson, born Aug. 28, 1810, died Aug. 5,
1871 ; Sarah Stokes, born Sept. 6, 1813, died
Sept. 5, 1874; and Ann, Mrs. McGuigan, born
Nov. 2, 1816, died July i, 1889.

Thomas Blaney came to York county in
young manhood and settled in Chanceford
township, near York Furnace, where he fol-
lowed the carpenter's trade. He married
Frances Keener, and they had children as fol-
lows : Sarah Ann, who died in York county ;
Mary Elizabeth, who married James Hanley,
who died in Lancaster county, where his widow
stin resides; Melissa, Mrs. William Mahr;
John Thomas, who served in the Civil war,
and now resides at Quincy, 111. ; William Mar-
tin, who served as sergeant for two years dur-
ing the Civil war ; James Rogers, another loyal
soldier, who died in Kansas ; Edward, who en-
listed in the Civil war, answering the first call,
was taken prisoner, and was not returned to
his home until peace was declared (he now
lives at White City, Kansas) ; and George J.,
the youngest of a very patriotic family, who
gave one 3'ear of his life to the service of his
country, now residing at Manhattan, Kansas.

CHARLES A. SCHAEFER, a successful
florist of West Manchcester township, was
born in Hanover, Germany, Jan. 4, 1872, and
remained in that country until he reached man-
hood.

The Schaefers for several generations have
been farmers and shepherds in Germany, and
such was the occupation of Henry Schaefer,
the grandfather of Charles. He died near
Hanover, at the age of seventy-one. He was
the father of the following children : Carl ;
Frederick, a farmer, who with his wife and
family lives in York county; Minnie, who died
in Germany ; Henry, a shoemaker in York ;
and William, a farmer in Germany.

Carl Schaefer, father of Charles, was also
born in the vicinity of Hanover, and for thirty-



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five years followed his father's occupation as a
shepherd, after which he devoted his attention
to farming. He is still living in Germany, and
had children as follows : Leah, Mrs. Augustus
Myers, residing in Germany ; Charles A. ;
Dorothy, who is married and lives in Hanover ;
William, of Berlin, unmarried ; Anna, living
at home ; O , a waiter in Germany ; Fred-
erick, in the German army; Jane and Aldorf,
at home.

Charles A. Schaefer attended the public
schools of Hanover, till he was fourteen, and
then followed in his father's footsteps and be-
came a shepherd. After a year and a half,
however, he g-ave this up, helped his father at
farming until he was eighteen years of age, and
after one year of intervening work for other
farmers, was so engaged again until he was
twenty- two. At that time, in 1894, he sailed
from Germany for Baltimore, on a vessel going
via New York, and then joined his uncle Fred-
erick at the city of York. Two weeks after
his arrival he decided to learn the business of
a florist, and for three years was so employed
under Mr. Smith. In 1897 he went into busi-
ness for himself as a florist in Manchester
township, at the very edge of the city, on the
corner of West and Pennsylvania avenues,
where he bought a tract 160 feet square. Here
Mr. Schaefer has 12,000 feet under glass, and
his greenhouses attract much attention, for
they are the finest in the county, fully equipped
with all the latest modern improvements. He
has displayed a special aptitude for the man-
agement of such an establishment, and has been
very successful, building up a good trade,
mainly in Baltimore, York and Philadelphia.
So well has his business prospered that he is
now building a handsome three-story residence
in York.

In 1898, Mr. Schaefer was married to Miss
Sophia Kiehlkoph, daughter of Jacob Kiehl-
koph, and a native of Germany. The union has
been blessed with tw^o daughters, Minnie S.
and Dorothy May, both very bright little girls.
Mrs. Schaefer's father came from Germany in
1902, to visit her. and returned very much
pleased with the western world and the new
ways of life therein. Mr. Schaefer and his
wife belong to the Christ Lutheran Church of
York. In politics he is a Democrat.



livery stable, and he has ever since been con-
nected with that business.

Jacob Freed, father of Jacob S., was born
in York county, about 1824, and made farm-
ing his life occupation. He married Miss
Sarah Yenser, a native of Lancaster county,
and to their union were born seven children,
viz. : Mary Ann, deceased ; Rebecca ; Sarah ;
Malinda; John Y., deceased; Jacob S. ; and
Ella. Mrs. Freed is still living, but her hus-
band passed away on Christmas Day, 1898.

Jacob S. Freed was born in Hellam town-
ship, Feb. 3, 1861. At the early age of nine
years he was obliged to go to work, and enter-
ing the livery stable of M. H. Wyser, he re-
mained there till he was eighteen. The next
four years were spent with Alexander Fry,
and then when he was twenty-two, Mr. Freed
entered business for himself. From the one
stable which he began, his patronage has in-
creased till he is now operating four, the largest
concern of its kind in the city. His barns,
which adjoin one another, are on Cherry Alley,
in the rear of No. 20 George street, and all his
business life has been passed within one block
of that location. Mr. Freed makes a specialtv
of boarding horses and with those and what he
himself owns, has ninety-two in his stables.
He takes special pride in the fact that he has
more good horses in his charge than any other
man in Pennsylvania. They are kept in the
best condition and a veterinary surgeon is al-
ways at hand, as one has been engaged perma-
nently. Mr. Freed deals quite extensivelv in
horses, and also handles a good number of
saddle horses. The bus line to the "National
Hotel" is run by him, and also a line of hacks.
He is a thoroughly experienced li^вАҐeryman and
has made a reputation for himself that ensures
liim the best trade in the citv.

Mr. Freed has been twice married. His
iirst wife, to whom he was united in 1889.
was Miss Amanda Myers, bv whom he had
three children, Ella, Kathleen and Theodore
F. After her death, he was united to Miss
Mary F. Harmon, the nuptials occurring Dec.
25, 1898. To them one child wa- born. Mabel
Dora, now deceased. The family reside at No.
312 West North street. Mr. F'reed is one of
the broad gauged live business men of the citv
and has earned an assured place for himself.



JACOB S. FREED, proprietor of the JOHN KEASEY was born in what is now

Freed Livery Stables, of York City, was but Springetsbury township. Dec. 18. 1852. and
a boy of nine when he first began working in 1 until he was eighteen he attended the Miller



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school in that district, and one of his teachers
was Squire Edward Dietz. He grew to man-
hood, and until he was married worked for



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