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the York Dental Supplies Manufacturing Com-
pany ; Edith married George C. Potts, a promi-
nent druggist of Harrisburg; Grace makes
her home with her sister Mrs. Potts; and Wal- '
ter Franklin is mentioned below.

Walter Franklin Owen was born at No.
42 East College avenue, York, May 20, 1876,
and was educated in the York public schools.
At an early age he became an apprentice at
printing in the York Dispatch office where he
remained four years, and at this time he be-
came president of the Penn Park Athletic As-
sociation, holding that office for two years.
He was then appointed deputy sheriff under
Sheriff Peeling, tilling the position so efficiently
for three years that, when Sheriff Manifold
went into office in January, 1905, Mr. Owen
was retained for three more years. Consider-
ing that Mr. Owen is a Democrat, while
Sheriff Manifold is a Republican, this ap-
pointment is surely a tribute to his efficiency
and integrity.

Mr. Owen is a member of the Rescue Fire
Company, and the foreman of the company,
to which he has belone'ed ten years. He is
also assistant chief of the York Fire Depart-
ment. Next to his record as a fireman Mr.
Owen is best known, perhaps, for his zealous
interest in athletic sports. In his religious
connection he is a member of Trinity Re-
formed Church.

REV. GEORGE P. SEUBERT, formerly
the honored pastor of St. Mary's Roman
Catholic Church, in the city of York, did much
to vitalize and forward the interests of his
parish, while his generous and genial nature
and his high scholarship gained for him the
unequivocal confidence and regard of his
people.

Father Seubert comes of stanch German
ancestry, and is a native son of the old Key-



stone State, having been born in Lebanon, Pa.
He was eventually to be called upon to "min-
ister in holy places." He obtained his early
educational training in the parochial schools of
his native town, and then became a student of
Mount Union College, in Westmoreland
county, where he was graduated as a member
of the class of 1896. In the meantime he had
determined to prepare himself for the priest-
hood, and thus to consecrate his life to the
service of the Divine Master. With this noble
object in view Father Seubert went to Austria
and entered the famous old University of
Innesbruck, in Tyrol, this great Catholic insti-
tution dating its foundation back to 1672. In
this university Father Seubert completed his
"theological course. He was appointed rector
of St. Lawrence Church, in Harrisburg, Pa.,
later was assigned to the parish at Elizabeth-
town, Lancaster county, and thereafter was in
charge of St. Anthony's Parish in Lancaster
until November, 1900, when he was appointed
priest in charge of St. Patrick's Church at
Trevorton, Northumberland county, retaining
this incumbency until June 13, 1902, when he
received his appointment as rector of St.
Mary's Church, in York city, where he con-
tinued until his removal to California.

GEORGE W. HARLACHER— direct line
of ancestry. (I) Peter Harlacher, born April
18, 1775, married Mary Renzel, born July 15,
1774, who died April 30, 1856. Their chil-
dren were: Christina, born February 22, 1801 ;
John, Aug. 31, 1802; Sarah, March 12, 1804
(married an Orndorff) ; Samuel, Jan. i, 1806;
Peter, June 10, 1807 (married Elizabeth Law,
born Dec. i, 1819, died Feb. 28, 1902) ; Polly,
Dec. II, 1808; Elizabeth, July 13, 1810;
William, July i, 1812 (married Eve Beck) ;
Catharine, Aug. 4, 1814 (married a Hollin-
ger) ; and Jacob, Nov. 26, 1817. Of this fam-
ily Jacob and Catharine are still (1906)
living.

(II) Samuel Harlacher, born Jan. i,
1806, son of Peter and Mary, married Nov. 12,
1835, Eva Wolf, born April 24, 1814. She
died in April, 1861. Samuel Harlacher's chil-
dren were: Mary Ann, born Aug. 4, 1836,
married Jacob Etter, and died Dec. 31, 1886.
Elizabeth, born March 2, 1838, married George
Loudenslager. Jacob, born ]March 3, 1841,
married Catharine Barnhart. Sarah A., born
A);ril 8. 1844, married John Cassel. Levi and
\\'illiam, twins, were born Oct. 31, 1S47; Levi



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died Nov. 20, 1847, and William married Vir-
ginia Caroline Stalcup. Samuel W., born Feb.
5, 1856, married Anna M. Kershner. Amanda,
born Feb. 24, 1864, married Levi L. Moist,
and died Aug. 16, 1892. Mina, born Sept.
14, 1869, married William H. Alspaugh.
David, born April i, 1872, died July 29, 1875.
(II) Peter Harlacher, born June 10, 1807,
son of Peter and Mary, married Elizabeth
Law, born Dec. i, 1819. She died Feb. 28,
1902. Their children were: Charles E., born
in 1846, married Emma Giltner; Emma, born
in 1848, married Daniel Bender, deceased;
Amon, born in 1850, married Nannie Mc-
Henry ; Miles, born in 1852, died in 1861 ; and
Miami, born Feb. i, 1854, married Louis R.
Grove (born Jan. 22, 1849, died May i, 1889).

(II) WilHam Harlacher, born July i,
1812, son of Peter and Mary, married Eve
Beck, born July i, 1820, and their ten chil-
dren were: Wilson B., born Feb. 2, 1841, mar-
ried Rebecca Walter; Franklin B., born May
18, 1843, died June 4, 1865; Charles B., born
Aug. 13, 1845, married Maggie Dixson, and
died May i, 1884; Joseph B., born Sept. 14,
1847, married Kate Westfall; Wihiam M.,
born Jan. 10, 1850, married Susan Carson;
John A., born Feb. 5, 1852, married Delilah
Baugher; George P., born July 31, 1854, died
June 30, 1898; Mary E., born March 7, 1857,
married Samuel Strasbaugh; Sarah A. was
born July i, 1859; Samuel J., born May 3,
1862, died Aug. 4, 1863.

(III) William Harlacher, born Oct. 31,
1847, son of Samuel and Eva, married Virginia
Caroline Stalcup. Thirteen children were born
to them as follows : Charley A., born April 8,
1872, married in California Georgia Davis;
Minnie C, born Nov. 17, 1873, married Alex.
G. Shivers (born July 4, 1854), and died Nov.

3, 1900; William, Jr., born Dec. 26, 1875, died
Sept. 22, 1877; Herbert H., born May 6, 1878,
died March 18, 1889; Emma V., born March

4, 1880, married Joel B. Carter; Viola M., was
born March 8, 1882; Delia A., July 22, 1884;
J. Lewy, Jan. 15, 1887; Alex S., Nov. 17,
1889 (died Aug. 10, 1891) ; Lulu E., Nov. 11,
1892; Myrtle C, Dec. 3, 1894 (died March
30, 1896) ; Mary Eva, Nov. 16, 1896; and
Virgil Enloe, Nov. 27, 1898.

(Ill) Samuel W. Harlacher, born Feb.

5, 1856, son of Samuel and Eva, married Anna
M. Kershner, born June 3, i860. They have
three children : Bessie May, born Oct. 12, 1881 ;



Mary E., born Feb. 12, 1885; and George
Franklin, born March 7, 1887.

(Ill) Charles E. Harlacher, born March
10, 1846, son of Peter and Elizabeth, married
Emma Giltner, born March 29, 1850, and be-
came the father of four children : Annie G.,
born Nov. 27, 1869; Frank G., born June 4,
1875; Mary, born June 27, 1878 (married
Charles A. Tevis) ; and Elizabeth, born July
27, 1881.

(Ill) Joseph B. Harlacher, born Sept. 14,
1847, son of William and Eve, married
Lucretia C. (or Kate) Westfall, born Jan. 25,
1854, and they have three children: John W.,
born March 16, 1878; Carrie E., born April
21, 1880 (married Clayton E. Sultzbaugh) ;
and Harry E., born April 28, 1882.

(Ill) William M. Harlacher, born Jan.
10, 1850, son of Wihiam and Eve, was mar-
ried Nov. II, 1875, to Susan Carson, born
Nov. II, 1856. To this union came six chil-
dren : Gertie, born June 28, 1877, died Aug.

13, 1877; Pius Edwin, born Dec. 22, 1879,
married Mohie C. Henry, born March 6, 1877;
John Alvin was born Aug. 30, 1883; Birdie
O., born Sept. 4, 1887, died Sept. 28, 1887;
William Franklin Earl was born Jan. 24, 1891 ;
and Sherman A., born April 2, 1893, died June

14, 1893.

(Ill) John A. Harlacher, born in Adams
county, Feb. 5, 1852, a son of William and
Eve, began farming in East Berlin, along the
State road between East Berlin and Dillsburg.
His farm consisted of 133 acres of rich land,
and was known as the Highland Fruit Farm.
He was a German Baptist in religious belief,
and in 1893 was ordained a minister of the
Upper Conewago congregation. He died in
1903, and was laid to rest in the cemetery at
East Berlin. He married Delilah Baugher,
who was born Sept. 3, 1849, daughter of
George and Elizabeth Baugher. She still re-
sides on the old farm in Adams county. Their
children were: Katie E., born March 10, 1874,.
married G. Curtis Spangler, and lives at Eber-
ly's Mills, Cumberland Co., Pa. George Will-
iam was born Oct. 21, 1875. Mamie E., born
Feb. 23, 1878, is at home. D. Beecher, born
March 29, 1880, married Josie Myers, and
lives at the old home in Adams county. S.
Elsie, born July 25, 1882, lives with her sister
Mrs. Spangler. John E., born Aug. 10, 1886,
is attending school at Shippensburg. Joe B.,
born July 17, 1893, is at home.



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(IV) George William Haiiacher, born
Oct. 21, 1875, son of John A. and Delilah, at-
tended the township school in East Berlin, and
completed his education in one term's attend-
ance at the East Berlin Normal School. After
leaving school he remained at home assisting
his father on the farm for some time. He
then purchased the old Gross farm of 109
acres, known as the Shady Nook farm, beauti-
fully located along the Conewago. This has
since been his home, and he has prospered in
all his undertakings. His methods are thor-
oughly up-to-date, and he has all the latest
improved machinery. In politics Mr. Har-
lacher is a Republican, but is not active in
party work. He is a member of the German
Baptist Church, in the Lower Conewago Dis-
trict. In 1895 he married Emma Bosserman,
who was born in Reading township, Adams
county, daughter of Lewis and Emma Bosser-
man.

ROBERT H. C. NEBINGER, one of the
substantial and useful citizens of Newberry
township, now living retired from active work,
was born at Lewisberry May 13, 1840, and is
the only living son of Robert Nebinger.

Mr. Nebinger attended public school at his
native place until he was nineteen years of age,
at which time he began farming in Newberry
township, continuing that occupation for about
eight years. On Aug. 6, 1862, inspired by the
patriotic ardor that filled the country, he en-
listed in the Union army, becoming a member
of Company F, 56th P. V. I., under Captain
Runkel. He was mustered in at Camp Curtin,
Harrisburg, and was mustered out there June
6, 1865, in the meantime seeing much hard
service and participating in many of the hardest
fought battles of the great civil conflict —
South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, the
Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and
Petersburg. At Gettysburg, in which battle
his company was the first to open fire, he was
twice wounded, once in the ear and once in
the foot. Mr. Nebinger has a splendid record.

Returning to Lewisberry, he spent five
years in the mercantile business, and then en-
gaged in farming until his retirement. He
has ever been active in public affairs, and has
held a number of local offices, having been
school director, borough councilman, etc. As
an ardent Republican he has taken a deep in-



terest in the success of that party. In their
religious belief Mr. and Mrs. Nebinger are
Methodists, both being members of the M. E.
Church and taking an active part in the work
of same.

In 1866 Mr. Nebinger married Margaret
Miller, who was born in Newberry township
in 1844, daughter of Henry S. and Mary Ann
(Groom) Miller. The following children have
blessed their union : Laura, wife of Lewis An-
derson, of Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co.,
Pa. ; John B., who married Lizzie Sutton, and
lives in Newberry township; Harry S., a
painter at Lewisberry, who married Annie
Brown (he served one year and nine months
in the Spanish-American war, and was in the
Philippine Islands) ; Reed, who attended the
public schools, Millersville State Normal
School, Wyoming Seminary, and Jefferson
Medical College, Philadelphia, from which he
graduated in 1905; and Evan G., Nellie and
Robert, at home.

BENJAMIN MYLIN ROOT, general
manager of the firm of B. M. Root Company,
York, Pa., of which he is senior partner, was
born in Lancaster county, July 10, 1840. In
early youth he was associated with his father
in the manufacture of plows at Bird-in-Hand,
Lancaster county. Later he moved to Mt.
Joy, Pa., where he was in charge of the me-
chanical department of the D. Root Son &
Company plant. At this place the Root plow
was made ; this plow has yet an enviable reputa-
tion. In 1886 B. M. Root moved to York,
where he served in various positions in different
manufacturing industries, designing the Root
corn-sheller, which came into general use. In
1892 he became foreman of the woodworking
department of the Hench & Dromgold Com-
pany, which position he held for thirteen years.
During this time he designed a set of machines
to be used in the manufacture of plow handles.
To manufacture and market these machines
the B. M. Root Company was formed in 1900,
by B. M. Root and John F. Rudisill. The
merit of the plow handle machinery was recog-
nized and the business grew, so that in 1905
Mr. Root resigned his position at the Hench
& Dromgold Company to' devote all his time
to the interests of the B. M. Root Company.
New machines were designed and marketed,
agents were located in various cities in the
United States, and the demand for the wood-



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working" machinery made by this company be-
came such that it was necessary to erect a large
factory on Jefferson avenue. Frank T. Root
and Benjamin T. Root, sons of B. M. Root,
also became members of the firm.

Early in the eighteenth century, driven from
Switzerland by reason of the religious perse-
cutions of the Mennonites, Hans Mylin, Mar-
tin Mylin and Martin Mylin, Jr., emigrated
to America, taking up their residence in Lan-
caster county, Pa. The land upon which they
settled is yet the property of their descendants.
Following the Mylins a few years later, another
family, named Root, came also from Switzer-
land, and settled in Lancaster county. A son
of this family was Jacob Root, and in 1794
Daniel Root, son of Jacob, was born. Daniel
Root, the father of Benjamin Mylin Root, sub-
ject of this sketch, was married to Magdalene
Mylin in 1834. From this union, represent-
ing, as it did, these two families so associated
with the early settlement of Lancaster county,
were born Elizabeth Root and Benjamin Mylin
Root. Elizabeth Root was married to Elam
Rudy, and after his death to John Hossler,
now deceased. She has one son living, B. M.
Rudy, of San Francisco. Mrs. Hossler at pres-
ent is living with her brother, B. M. Root.

Benjamin Mylin Root was married in May,
1868, to Martha Elizabeth Trexler, whose
father, Anthony Trexler, came to this country
from Switzerland. The maternal grandfather
of Mrs. Root was John Marshall, a commis-
sioned officer in the Revolution. She was a
graduate of Millersville Normal School, and
was a school teacher at the time of her mar-
riage. To this marriage nine children were
born, as follows: Frank T., who married Lillie
Grove, and has one son, Herbert Dean Root;
Emma T., who married James A. Constantine
and has had two children, Stuart and Eliza-
beth; Elizabeth T., a graduate of Dickinson
College, and married to John F. Rudisill, by
whom she has had two children, John F., Jr.
(deceased) and Harriet Root Rudisill; Minnie,
deceased; Mable, deceased; Winfred T., with
the degree of A. B. from Princeton and Ph. D.
from University of Pennsylvania; Benjamin
T., with the degree of M. E. from Lehigh;
Lena T., and Harriet T.

CHARLES F. ZULLINGER, proprietor
of the "Hotel Penn," at York, and one of the
leading business men of the city, was born



Aug. 10, 1874, in Franklin county. Pa., son
of David and Maria (Farney) Zullinger.

David Zullinger was well known in busi-
ness circles in Cumberland and Franklin coun-
ties, having been engaged in the mercantile
business in Waynesljoro for fifteen years.
He served his county as commissioner in
1903-04-05, and died shortly after his term
expired. His widow resides at Waynesboro.
Mr. and Mrs. Zullinger had children as fol-
lows : Abbie, the wife of J. Lehman ; Mrs. C.
M. Funk, of Waynesboro; Mrs. Levi Shenk,
of Cumberland county, whose husband is serv-
ing as county commissioner; Mrs. William
Ernst, of Waynesboro, whose husband is
among the borough's leading men, and is en-
gaged in the baking and confectionery busi-
ness ; Mrs. U. G. Bishop, o(f Waynesboro ;
Mrs. W. H. Smith, of Waynesboro; Clara,
deceased ; and Charles F.

Charles F. Zullinger attended the public
schools, and after completing his education
clerked and was timekeeper for the Frick Com-
pany, of Waynesboro, continuing in that posi-
tion for two years. He then entered the ma-
chinery department, learning the trade, which
he followed for ten years, most of which time
he spent as an erecting engineer. In 1903 Mr.
Zullinger came to York, and at once en-
gaged in the hotel business, purchasing the
"City Hotel," one of York's leading hostelries,
located at Nos. 335-337-339 West Market
street. The building was erected by Kendig
Hurs. Mr. Zullinger finally sold the good-will
and fixtures of the "City Hotel" to the owner
of the building and bought the "Hotel Penn,"
the finest two-dollar a day commercial house
in southern Pennsylvania. It contains 132
bedrooms, and has all the conveniences of a
modern hotel. Mr. Zullinger is a genial host,
and employs only skilled help. His rooms are
comfortable, and he is enjoying a large and
profitable patronage.

Mr. Zullinger married Miss O. V. Keller,
daughter of Sosser Keller, and one child has
been born to the union, Charlotte Frederica.
In politics Mr. Zullinger is a Democrat. He
is a stanch member of the York Base Ball
Club, is on the committee, and is a stockholder
and director. He is greatly interested in ath-
letics and shows his interest in the national
game by his holdings in the York Base Ball
Club, this organization being one of the strong-
est and fastest in the State.



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JOHN R. KOCHENOUR, a well known
citizen and successful farmer of Conewago
township, York county, who owns a twenty-
acre farm opposite Ouickel's Church, was born
Aug. 12, 1869, in Conewago township, son of
William and Emma (Reeser) Kochenour.

Henry Kochenour, the grandfather, was
born in York county, and followed milling in
Manchester township, in the mill now owned
by John Meisenhelter. Later he went to farm-
ing in Conewago township, where he bought
a tract of 129 acres, which he farmed until a
few years previous to his death when he re-
tired. He died at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. George Kauffman, and is buried at
Ouickel's Church, Conewago township. Mr.
Kochenour married Catherine Hoffman,, and
she is buried beside her husband. The chil-
dren born to them were : Henry, Andrew, Will-
iam H., Samuel, Daniel, Eliza, Lena, Leah,
Elizabeth and Mary.

William H. Kochenour was born .in 1836
in Manchester township, where he received a
common school education. He followed farm-
ing in Conewago township for twenty-four
years, where he bought a fine farm of 140
acres. Mr. Kochenour married Emma Reeser,
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hakes)
Reeser. Mr. Kochenour was a very success-
ful farmer, and retired about three years prior
to his death, which occurred in September,
1899, being interred at Ouickel's Church. Mrs.
Kochenour died Dec. 19, 1904, and is buried
beside her husband in the new cemetery. The
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kochenour
were: Eli, a miller at Mt. Wolf; William F.,
a merchant and postmaster at Brillhart's Sta-
tion ; and John R.

John R. Kochenour attended the schools
of Conewago and Manchester townships until
twenty years of age. In 1897 he married Mary
Hoffman, daughter of George and Sarah
(Eicholtz) Lloffman, of Manchester borough,
where they still reside. After marriage Mr.
Kochenour located on the farm in Conewago
township for two years, and then located on his
farm of twenty acres, opposite Ouickel's
Church, formerly the George Dick farm, which
his father had purchased. Mr. Kochenour is
now engaged in general farming, and attends
the York markets regularly. In politics he is
a Democrat, but has never aspired to public
office. He is a member of the Lutheran Church,
in which he has been deacon two years.

To Mr. and Mrs. Kochenour have been born



these children : Paul Edwin and twins, Anna
Mabel and John Benjamin Franklin. Mr.
Kochenour is a man of unimpeachable in-
tegrity, and he is highly esteemed by all who
know him.

HARRISON FAUTI-I, at the present time
engaged in the manufacture of cigars in the
village of Delroy, controls a large and profit-
able business in that line, making shipments
of his goods into divers States of the L'nion
and also having a good home trade.

Mr. Fauth was born in Lower Windsor
township, York county, June 3, 1869, being
the second of the three children of Henry and
Sarah (Keller) Fauth, both of whom are now
deceased. Harrison Fauth passed his boy-
hood days on the homestead farm, attending
the public schools of Lower Windsor town-
ship until he had attained the age of fifteen
years. He continued to remain at the parental
home and assist in the work of the farm until
he was eighteen years of age, when he en-
tered upon an apprenticeship at the cigarmak-
er's trade, becoming in due time a skilled
workman. In 1892 he left his native county
as a journeyman, finding employment in
various towns in Ohio, Illinois and Iowa, and
returning home in the spring of 1894. In the
following year he associated himself with Ro-
manus T. Paules in purchasing the cigar man-
ufacturing business of Reuben A. Paules, at
Delroy. There they successfully continued the
enterprise, under the firm name of Paules &
F^'auth, until October, 1900, when Mr. Fauth
purchased his partner's interest and assumed
full control of the business, which he has since
individually conducted, while he has greatly
increased the scope and importance of the en-
terprise. He gives employment to an average
force of twenty skilled workmen, and his fac-
tory has the best of facilities, utilizing select
grades of tobacco and turning- out a product
of superior excellence, so that a custom once
gained is invariably retained. Mr. Fauth is
aggressive and progressive in his methods and
his policy is ever straightforward, so that he
holds the uncjualified confidence of those with
whom he has dealings, while the success which
he has attained is the more gratifying to con-
template because it stands as the result of his
own efforts. In his political allegiance Mr.
Fauth is stanchly arrayed with tiie Republican
party, and, though he takes a lively interest
in public affairs of a local nature, has never ^



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been a seeker of office. He and his wife are
prominent members of the Canadochley Lu-
theran Church, in which lie is a deacon and a
valued teacher in the Sunday-school.

On Dec. 24, 1895, in Lower Windsor town-
ship, was solemnized the marriage of Mr.
Fauth to Minnie Keller, who was born and
reared in that township, daughter of John and
Angeline (Kline) Keller. Her father, who is
deceased, was a successful farmer and influen-
tial citizen of that section of the county and a
representative of a prominent pioneer family.
Mr. and Mrs. Fauth have one daughter, Het-
tie, who was born on the 4th of January, 1897.

FRANKLIN O. METZ, manager of the
time department of the York Manufacturing
Company, and also of the cost and shipping de-
partment, and secretary and treasurer of the
Drury Brick & Construction Co., in which he
is also a large stockholder, was born Oct. 29,
1870, in Franklin county, Pa., son of John F.
and Margaret L. (McCann) Metz.

The Metz family is of German ancestry,
and the family was founded in Lancaster
county. Pa., by John W. Metz, who came to
America from Germany in 1730. His son,
John W. Metz, Jr., was a farmer in Franklin
county and was considered a prosperous man
until, during the Civil war, a raid was made
by the Confederate troops over his farm, and
what they did not destroy they appropriated
to their own uses.

John F. Metz, father of Franklin O., was
a lime burner and lumber dealer. His death
occurred in 1903, at the age of sixty-seven
years. He married Margaret L. McCann,
daughter of Henry McCann, a farmer of
Adams county, and they had these children :
Annie, who died in infancy; Victor, who died
aged four years ; Harry, who died on his fifth
birthday ; Lulu V., wife of William Petre, who
is connected with the Lindner shoe factory,



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