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Carlisle; Leslie J. and Franklin O.

Franklin O. Metz was educated at Cham-
bersburg, where he was graduated at the high
school in 1888, and he also attended the North-
ern Ilhnois College at Fulton, 111., where he
was graduated in 1892. Prior to entering col-
lege he had taught school for one year, and he
continued to teach for two years after com-
pleting his collegiate course. He then ac-
cepted the position of assistant time keeper
for the great Frick Manufacturing Company,
at Waynesboro, Pa., and remained in that po-

sition from 1892 to 1897. In the latter year
he removed to York and soon became the head
of the time department for the York Manu-
facturing Company. This position is one of
responsibility, and Mr. Metz employs twenty-
one assistants.

Mr. Metz was married, Aug. 14, 1901, to
Annie M. Buck, a native of England, and
they have two interesting children : Elsie May,
born Aug. 20, 1902; and Frank Leslie, born
Oct. 15, 1903. Mr. Metz is prominent and
popular in various circles in York. He is a
member of the Heidelberg Reformed Church.
In politics he is a Democrat. Socially he is
a member of the pleasant organization known
as the Merry Band Camping Club.

identified with the local office service of the
freight department of the Pennsylvania Rail-
road and Northern Central Railway Com-
panies, in York, Pa., as cashier, is also secre-
tary of the Keystone Building & Loan Associa-
tion, of York, as well as treasurer of the Pro-
gressive Building & Loan Association, of the
same city, and is one of the rising, popular,
successful and highly esteemed young business
men of York county.

In the agnatic line, Mr. Frank comes of
sturdy German ancestry, his grandfather,
Nicholas Frank, coming from a wealthy and
influential family in Bavaria, Germany, owning
lands on the Rhine. He served for fifteen
years in the Prussian cavalry with great honor
and distinction, and thereafter came to Amer-
ica, where he passed the remainder of his life,
being seventy-six years of age at the time of
his death, in 1872.

Mr. Frank's maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Elizabeth Danner, was likewise born in Ger-
many, and came with her family to America,
landing in Baltimore, Md. After living there
a few years, she moved to York, Pa., of which
place she was a resident for over a half
centui"y, a most devout old Christian lady. She
died there in July, 1904, at the extremely ven-
erable age of ninety-six years, and retained her
mental faculties unimpaired until the time of
her demise.

John Joseph Frank, father of Harry E.,
born in York, Pa., July 4, 1840, was a scale-
maker by trade, and for many years was en-
gaged in the manufacture of scales in York,
having succeeded to the business of Root &.
Case, commonly called the York Scale Works,



which was estabhshed in 1838. In 1882 he
assumed full proprietorship of the York Scale
Works and operated it most successfully until
1892, when he sold his patterns and good-will
to the Fairbanks Scale Company, and the
plant itself to the York Carriage Company,
having been located on North street, near the
corner of West North street and North George
street. Immediately upon the York Scale
Works ceasing operations he was appointed
general agent for the celebrated Fairbanks
Scales, and is still representing The Fairbanks
Scale Company direct, taking care of the in-
terests in central Pennsylvania.

John J. Frank is a self-made man, having
amassed a fortune through his honesty, thrift
and industry, from comparatively nothing at
the beginning of life. He is one of the larg-
est property holders in the city of York and has
heavy investments in some of the leading banks
■ and other large corporations in the city.

Mr. Frank married, in i860. Miss Eliza-
beth Banner (born in GeiTnany in 1839),
■daughter of Adam Banner, of York, Pa., a
most estimable Christian lady, who passed into
light Jan. 22, 1902, through a stroke of
apoplexy, when aged sixty-three years. She
was actively interested in church work, being
a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church,
and was prominent in the Ladies' Aid and Mis-
sionary Societies. In October, 1904, Mr.
Frank married his first wife's sister, Miss Mary
A. Banner, who is keeping up the Christian
work in which her lamented sister took such
a delight. Of the two children of the first
union, Harry Emerson is the elder, and his
■sister, Mazie Adaline (born in York, Pa., Jan.
25, 1868), a graduate of the York high school
-and of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of
Baltimore, Md., is now the wife of Rev. Charles
M. Barnitz, a descendant of one of the oldest
and best known families of York and a tal-
ented and a rising- young minister of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. He has held pastorates
at Audenried, Pa., Riverside or South Ban-
ville, Pa., Waverly, Pa., Curtin Heights, Har-
risburg. Pa., and Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania.

For nearly a score of years Mr. Frank has
been an elder in Zion Lutheran Church and has
also been a teacher in the Sunday-school. He
is the treasurer of the pew fund or collections.
Fraternally Mr. Frank has been an Odd Fel-
iow for nearly a half century, being connected
with Mt. Zion Lodge, No. 74, I. O. O. F., and
-Mt. Vernon Encampment. In politics he has

been a Republican all his life, having cast his
first vote for our first martyred President,
Abraham Lincoln.

Harry E. Frank was born in the city of
York, York Co., Pa., on the 6th day (Sunday)
of May, 1866, and here secured his early -edu-
cational discipline in the public schools, grad-
uating from the local high school in May,
1885, as valedictorian of his class. While in
the York high school he was prominently
identified with the Alpha Bebating Society,
being a forceful and eloquent young orator,
having the record of never having lost a de-
bate, while he was recognized as a leading,
faithful and ambitious student. Before the
close of the year, 1885, he was also graduated
at the head of his class in the well known and
historical Eastman National Business College,
on the Hudson, in the city of Poughkeepsie,
N. Y., with an average of 97 per cent., and
his record of being thus twice matriculated
and graduated within one year speaks for it-
self. After his return to York, Mr. Frank se-
cured a position as stenographer and book-
keeper in the office of the firm of Burr & Bodge,
manufacturers of link-belting and machinery,
located at that time on North Fifth street,
Philadelphia, Pa., within a stone's throw of
the grave of the great philosopher and states-
man, Benjamin Franklin. He retained this
position one year, after which he was for about
an equal period private stenographer and type-
writer to the superintendent (Mr. Maximilian
F. Bonzano) of the Philadelphia & Reading
Railroad, corner Ninth and Green streets,
Philadelphia, Pa. He then, on June 6, 1887,
came to York as private secretary and special
clerk in the office of Mr. J. K. Gross, freight
agent in York of the Pennsylvania Railroad
and Northern Central Railway Companies,
working not only in the freight but also in the
passenger branch of the service. This situation
he has since retained, with promotions from
time to time, until now he is the cashier
of the office.

In 1887 Mr. Frank was elected treasurer
of the Progressive Building & Loan Associa-
tion of this city. In 1889 he was also elected
secretary of the Keystone Building & Loan
Association, of York, being one of its incorpo-
rators and charter members, and he has since
remained continuously in tenure of this office
and has done much to further the interests ol
the association in the various departments of
its work. The "Keystone" enjoys the fine dis-



tinction of being the strongest association,
financiall}^ in this section of the country.

In politics our subject gives a stanch ad-
herency to the Repubhcan party, being at one
time his party's unanimous choice as a candi-
date for select council in the Seventh ward,
York. At that time the Seventh ward was
preponderatingly Democratic, and although de-
feated, he ran away ahead of his ticket. He
now li\'es in the Sixth ward, which is largely
Republican, but has refused tenders of office
time and again. He prefers to live as a strictly
private citizen, having- no "political bee" in
his headgear. He is one of the valued and
zealous members of Zion Lutheran Church,
having- joined when quite young, and in which
he has served for a number of years in various
official duties; his wife also holds membership
in the same church and is quite active in re-
ligious affairs.

On Sept. 26, 1899, Mr. Frank was united
in marriage to Miss Sue Hiestand Gable (born
in Hellam, Pa., June 25, 1877), a graduate
of the Young Ladies' Seminary, Lutherville,
Md., and the estimable and accomplished
daughter of Mr. John W. Gable, an honored,
wealthy and influential citizen of Hellam, this
county, where he was a prominent merchant
and cigar manufacturer. Mr. Gable is now
retired from active business, devoting his at-
tention to the supervision of his three fine
farms and other capitalistic interests. He was
for the past quarter of a century postmaster at
Hellam, and still continues in that office. On
one of his farms (which is by far one of the
most desirable in the State of Pennsylvania,
located on the Wrightsville turnpike, about
two miles from York) is a commodious and
well-preserved stone house, generally known
as the "Valley House," in which, tradition
says, Generals Washington and LaFayette at
one time tarried for a while.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank have two sons : John
Gable Frank, born Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day),
1902 ; and Henry Hiestand Frank, born Feb.
24, 1904. Mr. Frank and his family reside in
a spacious and handsome brick house, noted
for its architectural beauty, widi all the modern
conveniences and appointments, situated at No.
400 East Market street, commonly known as
"the Hill," one of the most desirable residential
situations in York, it being on the southeast
corner of East Market street and Columbia
avenue. This house is virtually built upon a
rock, and that rock has been analyzed and

found to be equal to the best Italian white
marble, of a bluish tint.

Mr. Frank has often thought and wondered,
whether he was too fast or too slow in making
changes in his positions, especially in the early
part of his business career. He held his first
position with Burr & Dodge, of Philadelphia.
Mr. James M. Dodge, of that firm, was a son
of the late well-known Mrs. Mary Mapes
Dodge, who edited the "St. Nicholas Maga-
zine," of New York City, and Mr. Frank often
recalls the kindness and courtesies shown to
him by Mr. Dodge, who although an entire
stranger to him, repeatedly entertained him at
his (Dodge's) home, at Logan Square, Phila-
delphia. Upon the first interview with Mr.
Dodge, when Mr. Frank secured a position
with his firm, he invited him to go with him in
his buggy to Cramp's ship yards, to see the
steamer "Cherokee" 'launched. Mr. Dodge
seemed to have carte blanche when they got .
to the shipyards, and without further ceremony
they went aboard the "Cherokee," and were
on board when the vessel, which was destined
afterward to have so momentous a history,
slipped down the ways and took her initial
dip or maiden plunge into the Delaware river
and ploughed through the water, shooting like
an arrow almost to the opposite shore, being
christened at the same time, by a young lady,
"Cherokee." This steamship was used as a
transport for our troops by the United States
Government in the late Spanish-American
war, and is the same vessel that struck the
shoals off Atlantic City, N. J., in January,
1906, in one of the most terrific storms ever
known to seamen, when the waves rolled moun-
tain high and lashed the vessel with the great-
est fury, straining her from stem to stern, and
all on board gave up all chance of ever reach-
ing terra firma again alive. Then it Avas that
the daring captain, Mark Casto, and his gal-
lant crew set out from Atlantic City in the
schooner "Alberta" to save the lives of the
passengers and crew of the "Cher'okee," or lose
their own, in one of the most perilous and
hazardous undertakings ever known in the an-
nals of the sea. The feat was accomplished,
and Capt. Mark Casto placed his name high on
the roll of heroes for all time. He was feted
by the Clover Club of Philadelphia, as well as
by other organized bodies of men, a golden
stream of money flowed into his coffers from
all parts of the country, and the Carnegie Hero
Commission voted him money and medals with-



out ceremony. The "Cherokee," strange to
relate, survived this wild maritime assault and
was eventually saved to its owners, the Clyde

This same Mr. Dodge who treated ]\Ir.
Frank so courteously and generously is now a
multi-millionaire, living- in regal and palatial
style in the "City of Brotherly Love," possess-
ing- and using- for his own benefit and enjoy-
fnent a half dozen of the finest automobiles.
In the interim, since the subject of this sketch
left his employ, he has patented one article
after another, until now he has more patents
in the Patent Office at Washington, D. C., than
any other man in the world. He is the inventor
of the movable stairways so often seen in large
department stores. The question is, was the
subject of our sketch too fast in leaving his
employ ?

To offset this remorse Mr. Frank and his
bride took a generous wedding tour in 1899,
which covered over ten thousand miles of
journeying over land and inland seas. The
itinerary follows : Hellam, Pa., to York, Pa.,
by hack ; York, Pa., via Northern' Central rail-
way, to Elmira, N. Y. ; Elniira, N. Y., via the
Erie railroad, to Buffalo, N. Y. ; Buffalo, N. Y.,
via trolley line to Niagara Falls, N. Y. ( short
sojourn in Canada, including a fine drive), and
return to Buffalo, N. Y., via trolley line ; Buf-
falo, N. Y., via Anchor Line, Steamship
"Japan," over the Great Lakes, Lake Erie,
Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron, Lake Superior,
etc. (consuming a week's time wnth stops at
Erie, Pa., Cleveland, O., Detroit, Mich., Port
Huron, Mich., Mackinac Island, Mich., Sault
Ste. Marie, Mich., Marquette, Mich., Hough-
ton and Hancock, Mich., Portage Lake), to
Duluth, Minn.; Duluth, Minn., via trolley line,
to West Superior, Wis., and return to Duluth,
Minn. ; Duluth, Minn., via Northern Pacific
railroad, to Livingston, Mont. ; Livingston,
Mont., over a branch of the Northern Pacific
railroad, to Cinnabar, Mont., (Northern En-
trance to Yellowstone National Park) ; Cin-
nabar, Mont., by stage into the Yellowstone
National Park (spending three full days and
two nights in the Park; having cartip ecpipage
and utensils and eating provisions packed in
the stage for their use; but fortunately they
were given shelter and a soldier's cot each
night in the Soldiers' Quarters at Fort Norris
and were thus not compelled to use a tent, to
be disturbed by bears and howling coyotes at
most any hour of the night; they saw the

principal features in tlie Park and would rec-
ommend all readers to see these greatest natural
wonders of the world in preference to a trip
to Europe) ;" Cinnabar, Mont., back to Liv-
ingston, Mont. ; Livingston, Mont., via North-
ern Pacific railroad, to Seattle, Wash., and
Portland, Oregon ; Portland, via Southern Pa-
cific railroad to Oakland, Cal., and San Fran-
cisco, Cal. (sail on the Pacific ocean at the
Golden Gate, visited Sutro Park and the Pre-
sidio, where thousands of our Spanish-
American soldiers were encamped on the
shore of the Pacific; saw the L'nited
States man-of-war "Oregon" in the har-
bor) ; San Francisco, Cal., via Southern
Pacific railroad, to Los Angeles, Cal. ; Los
Angeles, Cal., via Southern Pacific railroad,
to El Paso, Texas (a peep into Mexico) ; El
Paso, Texas, via Southern Pacific railroad, to
Algiers, La. ; Algiers, La., via ferry boat on
Mississippi river and Gulf of Mexico, to New
Orleans, La. (over 300 cases of yellow fever
in the city and came within an ace of being
quarantined for ten days in that hot, sultry
city, although it was the latter part of Octo-
ber) ; New Orleans, La., via Louisville &
Nashville railroad, to Montgomery, Ala. ;
Montgomery, Ala., via Atlanta & West Point
railroad, to Atlanta, Ga. ; Atlanta, Ga., via
Southern Railway, to Washington, D. C. ;
Washington, D. C., via Baltimore & Potomac
railroad, to Baltimore, Md. ; Baltimore, Md.,
via Northern Central railway, to York, Penn-

At the conclusion of this most memorable
and magnificent trip, which embraced twenty-
five States of our Union, the great inland seas,
and two foreign countries, the bride and bride-
groom were unanimous in agreeing that, after
all, there was "No place like home."

CHARLES REA, M. D. No other pro-
fession presents such grave responsibilities as
those attaching to the followers of materia

Dr. Charles Rea, of York, has been in suc-
cessful practice some eleven years. His pre-
scholastic training was received in the common
schools of Harford county. Md., after which
he passed successive periods at the ^^'est Not-
tingham Academy (graduating in 1889), the
W'est Chester Normal School, and the Lehigh
University. Lender the tutelage of that dis-
tinguished physician. Dr. \\Mlliani H. Pan-
coast, of Philadelphia, he had begun the study


of medicine prior to finishing his literary edu-
cation, and in 1891 he formally matriculated
with the Medico-Chirurgical College of Phila-
delphia. Here he passed the ensuing three
years, and in May of 1894 was presented
his degree. He has since been in active prac-
tice in York, his success being measured only
by his physical ability to attend to the calls
upon his services.

Dr. Rea was born in Little Britain town-
ship, Lancaster county, Pa., July 20, 1872, and
comes from Scotch-Irish parentage, his an-
cestors having been for generations leading
agriculturists in Lancaster and Chester coun-
ties. His grandfather, Samuel L. Rea, lived
in Little Britain township, in Lancaster county,
and there his father, Chandlee H., was also
born and reared. Margaret (Biles) Rea, our
subject's mother, was the daughter of Charles
Biles, a farmer and hydraulic engineer of
Chester county. There were but two children
in the family, Charles; and a son that died in
infancy. The father died at the comparatively
early age of twenty-six years in 1875, while
the mother still survives him, a resident of

In August, 1894, Dr. Rea married Miss
Adaline V. Martin, M. D., daughter of John
W. Martin, a retired merchant of Chester,
Pennsylvania; she died in November, 1899,
leaving a little daughter, Alice Martin, to the
care of her sorrowing husband. Dr. Rea is
one of the most companionable of men, and
keeps in close touch with affairs, professionally
and socially. He is a familiar figure at the
gatherings of the profession at the different
associations, county. State and national, and
has served his county association as its presi-
dent and as delegate to the American Medical
Association. He holds the responsible position
of physician to the Children's Home, one of
the charitable institutions of the city. He finds
social enjoyment in two of the select clubs of
the city, the LaFayette and Country clubs, and
is a prominent worker in the Episcopal church,
taking especial delight as a teacher in the Sun-
day-school. He is not active in politics, but
is earnest in his support of Republican men
and measures.

GEORGE HAY KAIN was born in York,
Pa., April 13, 1877, and is the only child of
William Henry Kain and his wife, Clara
Maria Hay. He received his preparatory edu-
cation in the public schools, the York County

Academy and the York Collegiate Institute,
from which latter institution he was graduated
in 1893, being the valedictorian of his class.
He then entered Pennsylvania College, at Get-
tysburg, and was graduated therefrom in June,
1897, with the degree of B. S., being a mem-
ber of the Second Honor Group and a Com-
mencement Orator. During his course he re-
ceived honorable mention for the Baum Sopho-
more Mathematical Prize, and in 1900 the
institution conferred upon him the degree of
M. S.

Immediately upon graduation Mr. Kain
was elected Tutor of Mathematics in the Pre-
paratory Department of Pennsylvania College,
which position he held for one year. In Sep-
tember, 1898, he entered the Law School of
Harvard University, and, after being com-
pelled to remain at home for a year, by reason
of illness, was graduated with honor in June,
1902, receiving the degree of LL. B. cum
laude. He also read law for some time in
the office of Cochran and Williams. He was
admitted to the Bar of York county on Dec.
22, 1902, since which time he has been en-
gaged in the practice of law in the city of

He was married Jan. i, 1901, to Cara
Bahn Watt, a daughter of Andrew Watt, a
native of Scotland but for many years a promi-
nent merchant of York, and his wife, Susan
A. Bahn, whose ancestors were among the
earliest settlers in the Kreutz Creek Valley.

While at college Mr. Kain became a mem-
ber of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He is a
Mason, being a member of York Lodge, No.
266, F. & A. M., Howell Royal Arch Chap-
ter, No. 199, and York Commandery, No. 21,
Knights Templar. He is also a member of the
Knights of Pythias. He is a Republican, and
a member of the Lutheran Church.

Mr. Kain's father, immediately upon his
graduation from Pennsylvania College, in

1 87 1, was appointed County Superintendent
of Schools of York county for the unexpired
term of S. G. Boyd. He was elected to the
same position for a term of three years in

1872, and again in 1875. In the latter year
he became a member of the Bar of York coun-
ty, and continued in the active practice of the
law until his death, in 1883. He was married
March 6, 1876, to Clara Maria Hay, who sur-
vived him less than ten months. She was a
daughter of George Hay, who for almost fifty
years was a cabinetmaker and undertaker in



York, and who was a prominent figure in the
mihtary Hfe of the count}^ Upon the organi-
zation of the "York Rifles," in 1835, he became
their captain, holding that office during the en-
tire existence of the compan}', and responding
with them, on April 19, 1861, to President
Lincoln's first call for troops. He served as
Brigade Inspector, Brigadier General and
Major General of the State militia, and, having
been instrumental in its organization, was
commissioned Colonel of the 87th Regiment,
P. V. I., on Sept. 25, 1861. In 1863 he suc-
ceeded Gen. Cluseret in the command of the
1st Brigade, 2d Division, 8th Army Corps,
serving in this capacity for two months, when
he was honorably discharged from the ser\ace
by reason of disability. He was of military
ancestry, being a son of John Hay, who was
a non-commissioned officer in the war of 1812,
and a grandson of Lieut.-Col. John Hay and
of Col. Michael Schmeiser, both of whom were
prominent in the Revolutionary struggle.

WILLIAM H. GABLE. Life insurance
represents one of the valuable and important
lines of enterprise in every community, and
prominently associated with the same is the
subject of this sketch, who is district agent for
the John Hancock Insurance Company, of
Boston, Mass., with headquarters in the city
of York. He has been most successful in ad-
vancing the interests of the company in his
jurisdiction, and is one of the leading insur-
ance men of this section of the state, while
he is held in the highest esteem as a citizen and
business man. In the latter connection the
greater interest attaches to his career from the
fact that he is a native son of York county and
has here set at naught the application of the
Biblical aphorism that "a prophet is not with-
out honor save in his own country."

William H. Gable was born in the city of
York, Pa., Dec. 24, 1838, and is a scion of
one of the old and honored families of this
section of the Keystone State. He is a son of
Conrad and Eliza (Keller) Gable, the former
of whom was long engaged in the milling
business in York, where he died when the
subject of this review Avas about six months
old. His widow . survived many years, being
summoned into eternal rest in 1886, at the
venerable age of seventy-eight years. William
H. Gable secured his early educational dis-
cipline in the common schools of York, and

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