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board of governors and assistant secretary of
the York Oratorio Society, one of the best
musical organizations of its kind in the coun-
try. He is very active in the work as are the
rest of the officers of the society.

business man of York who is well known as
the cost clerk of the York Manufacturings
Company, was born Dec. 17, 1881, in Spring-
etsbury township, York county, son of Horace
D. and Ellen (Cunningham) Myers.

Mr. Myers belongs to very old American
families on both sides, his paternal ancestors
coming from Germany and the maternal an-
cestors from England. His great-great-grand-
father Cunningham was a contractor on the
railroad that ran from Columbia to Frederick.



His paternal grandfather, Samuel Myers, was
a farmer, who located on the old homestead
two miles north of York, where his widow,
who was the daughter of Daniel Louck, of
Freystown (now East York), is still living.

Horace D. Myers, the father of Wilber H.,
died in 1884, aged thirty-one years. He mar-
ried Ellen Cunningham, who died in 1892, and
who was a daughter of William Cunningham,
ex-county commissioner of York county; Mrs.
William Cimningham, who died aged sixty-
eight, was the daughter of Mr. Beaverson, of
Spring Garden township, York Co., Pa. Five
children were born to the parents of Wilber
H. Myers : Charles, who lives in Pleasure-
ville, York county; Stewart E., who is con-
nected with the A. B. Farquhar Works at
York ; Zachariah, a chainmaker of York ; Anna
Minerva, who resides with her adopted par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kunkle; and Wil-
ber H.

After receiving his education in the public
schools and at Patrick's Business College, of
York, Mr. Myers became a clerk for the
Adams Express Company, at Hellam, York
■county, under his uncle, George E. Loucks,
with whom he lived for twenty years, having
been ^ member of his uncle's family since he
was four years old. On Jan. 19, 1903, Mr.
Myers became connected with the York Man-
ufacturing Company, and since that time has
served in the capacity of cost clerk. He is an
active member of the Royal Fire Company, of
York. In politics he is a stanch Republican,
and has been very prominent in campaign
work, especially in the Presidential campaign
of 1904, as a member of the West End Re-
publican Club of York. Mr. Myers attends
St. James Lutheran Church, of Hellam, and
is violinist in the choir. He has many warm
friends who enjoy his business success and his
social and political prominence.

HARRY L. STROBECK, a successful
young cigar manufacturer of Red Lion, Wind-
sor township, was born March 13, 1880, on the
home farm in Springfield township, York
county, son of John and Catherine (Ferree)

John Strobeck was born in Stuttgart, Ger-
many, and came to the United States with his
parents when he was but seven years old. He
was reared in York county, where he received
a common school education, and learned the
trade of wheelwright. This he followed until

1900, when he retired from active life, and
he now lives in Red Lion. He married Miss
Catherine Ferree, born in York county, daugh-
ter of John and Elizabeth (Syler) Ferree, and
these children have been born to this union :
Ellen ; Annie, who married J. W. Smith, of
Red Lion; Harry L. ; Minnie; John; Andrew,
who married Almeda Shue, and resides in
Red Lion ; Robert and Mary. John Strobeck
was a Democrat in political belief.

Harry L. Strobeck was brought to Red
Lion at the age of twelve years. He obtained
his education in the schools of Springfield
township, and the borough of Red Lion, and
spent one term at Strayer's Business College
in Baltimore, completing his education at the
age of seventeen. When eighteen years old he
started cigar making with Millard Smith,
which he followed until twenty years of age.
In 1902 he embarked in the cigar making busi-
ness at Emigsville, but at the end of one and
one-half years removed his business to Red
Lion, where he purchased the factory of David
Flinchbaugh, and here he has since remained.
Mr. Strobeck employs from twelve to twenty
hands, and his goods are in demand all over
the country, his principal trade coming, how-
ever, from the State of Illinois.

Mr. Strobeck, like his father, is a stanch
Democrat, and has served as election inspec-
tor. Fraternally he is connected with the O.
U. A. M., in which organization he is a most
popular member, and he also belongs to Peosta
Tribe, I. O. R. M. Mr. Strobeck is also con-
nected with the Red Lion Cornet Band, a pop-
ular musical company, playing the bassoon.
Altogether he is a ^^oung man of remarkably
high standing in his locality.

OSCAR H. SHEPPA, who was formerly
in York, employed by the Northern Central
Railroad Company in their freight depart-
ment, is a son of E. E. Sheppa, of York.

Oscar H. Sheppa was born in York, May 9,
1883, and he received an excellent education
in the public schools. Soon after leaving
school, Mr. Sheppa entered the employ of the
Northern Central railroad, as chief clerk of the
ticket office at York Haven, Pa. For two
years, Mr. Sheppa held this responsible posi-
tion, proving himself capable and trustworthy,
so that June 15, 1904, he was promoted to the
position of freight clerk at York, with eight
men under him. He proved himself with-
out doubt just the right man in the right place.



and not only were those in authority pleased,
but the patrons of the road as well. On Feb.
15, 1905, he left the employ of the railroad
company, and after t\\-o months spent in travel
in the United States and Canada, he went to
Philadelphia April 28, 1905, accepting a posi-
tion with the World's Restaurant Company,
and on Dec. 21st following was sent to Copen-
hagen, Denmark, to look after the interests of
that compan}- there. On Feb. 9, 1906, he re-
turned to Philadelphia where he holds the po-
sition of assistant manager.

'Mr. Sheppa is very active in various re-
ligious, social and political circles. He is a
member of the Y. M. C. A., and while at York
Haven belonged to the Union Baptist Church,
serving that body as librarian of the Sunday-
school. In York he was a member of the
Nemo Club; the Plumed Knights of York;
the Seventh Ward Republican Club and the
West End Republican Club. Being an en-
thusiastic Republican, Air. Sheppa took a very
active part in the 'Presidential campaign of
1904, and is regarded as one of the enterpris-
ing, far-sighted and rising young men of
York, for whom the future holds many bright

HORACE J. SITLER is a member of one
of the old and honored families of the Key-
stone State, with whose history the name has
been intimately, and in many individvial -cases
most prominently, identified since the pioneer
epoch, when the original progenitors came
hither from Germany. The family has been
established in Y'ork county for several genera-
tions, and its representatives have been hon-
ored in the various walks of life.

W. H. Sitler, father of Horace J., is a
well known and influential member of the
York county Bar, and a valued citizen of York.
where he is actively engaged in the practice of
his profession. He married Miss Cecilia T.
Erney, who was born and reared in this coun-
ty, and to them have been born three chil-
dren : Mabel O., a successful teacher in the
public schools of York; Florence, member of
the class of 1908, in the York high school ;
and Horace J., mentioned below.

Horace J. Sitler was born in the family
homestead in the city of York, Nov. 9, 1883,
and duly availed himself of the advantages of
the excellent public schools, graduating from
high school in the class of 1901, and there-
after having taken a special post-graduate

course. In January, 1902, he entered the serv-
ice of the York County Traction Co., as book-
keeper for its electric light department, and in
June, 1904, he was advanced to his present
responsible position as cashier, an office for
which he is proving himself most admirably
qualified, bringing to bear method and dis-
crimination, as well as reliability, in the dis-
charge of his duties. He is one of the pop-
ular young men of his native city and prom-
inent in its social life. He belongs to the
Royal Fire Company, and is active in its work.
In politics Mr. Sitler is a stanch advocate of
Democratic principles, and fraternally he is
identified with the Royal Arcanum, Hepta-
sophs. Firemen's Relief Association, and is
secretary of the York County Street Railway's
Beneficial Association, while he is a zealous
member of Trinity Reformed Church, in whose
Sunday-school he is secretary.

FRANKLIN H. MILLER, a promising
young merchant of Glenville, comes of one of
the old York county families, but was himself
born in Adams county. Pa., March 21, 1878.

(I) Philip Miller, his great-great-grand-
father, was a resident of Manheim township,
and was engaged in farming, though he also
made shoes and baskets. He lived to be eighty-
eight years old, but his wife, whose maiden
name was Noss, died young, leaving him with
eight children to bring up, namely: George,
Philip, David, John, Stephen, Mary, Cather-
ine and Elizabeth.

(II) John Miller was born on the home
farm and became a prominent man in that re-
gion, owning a place of about 200 acres. He
was drafted for the war of 1812, but paid for
a substitute. He married Elizabeth Bricker,
who reached the age of seventy-six years,
while he lived to be eighty-seven. They are
buried in Manheim township. The issue of
their marriage was as follows : Sarah, Mrs.
Henry Miller; Catherine, Mrs. Adam Rohr-
baugh ; Jacob B. ; John, who married Elizabeth
Baughman; and two who died in early child-

(III) Jacob B. Miller was born in Manheim
township, Feb. 7, 1827, and was educated in
the schools of that township and Codorus, at-
tending till he was nineteen. LTntil he was
twenty-five he remained at home, working for
his father, and at that time, after his marriage,
he went to farming on his own account, buy-
ing 104 acres in his native township. After



seven years there he bought a mill in Carroll
county, Md., where he followed milling eight
years and then traded the property for a gen-
eral store in North Codorus township, near
Hanover Junction, After remaining there two
years he returned to Manheim township and
resumed farming for the next seventeen years.
He then moved to Glenville, but at the end of
seven years his wife died, aged sixty-three
years, and he has since lived with his son Ed-
ward, in Codorus township. Considering his
age, Mr. Miller is remarkably active, while
his memory is as keen as ever. In 1852 Jacob
B. Miller married Sarah Ann, daughter of
Henry and Christine (Miller) Rohrbaugh, and
they had children as follows : Albert ; Amanda,
Mrs. Albert Trimmer; Sarah A., Mrs. Jonas
Wolfgang; Jacob, who married Elizabeth
Price; John, who married Luvilla Sheafer;
Seamore, of Glenville, who married Ella Mes-
sender; Elizabeth, who died at the age of fif-
teen; and Edward, supervisor of Codorus
township, who married Ella Shearer.

(IV) Albert Miller was born in Manheim
township, received a common-school educa-
tion, and went into the wool business in Adams
county, Pa. He only lived to the age of twen-
ty-three years, and was interred at the "Stone
Church" in Codorus township. He married
Lena Bankert, and left three children : Will-
iam, who lives in Codorus township, married
to Elizabeth Castlow ; Lillie May, who died
when three years old ; and Franklin H. The
mother of these children afterward married
Adam Werner, and resides in Codorus town-

(V) Franklin H. Miller was brought to
Codorus township when only two years old and
grew up there, attending Brodbeck's school
till he was nineteen, after which he went to the
academy at Glenville. After he left school he
went to Lancaster, Pa., and was employed by
the Fulmer-Clogg Company, while by night
he attended Wade's Business College. Later,
for about eight months, he clerked for C. L.
Grabille, and in 1898 took a similar position
at Brodbeck's in the store of Lewis Barbehenn,
with whom he remained seven years, his busi-
ness experience covering a period of about
twelve years. He is now in business for him-
self at Glenville. He began Jan. 12, 1905, in
a fine three-story building, 30 x 80 feet, which
was put up in exact accordance with his own
ideas. He carries an unusually good stock,
including almost everything required in do-

mestic life, such as shoes, hardware, clothing,
dry goods and groceries, and he is rapidly
building up a splendid class of trade.

Mr. Miller was married March 24, 1904,
to Miss Elizabeth Werner, daughter of Henry
and Lydia (Miller) Werner, of Maryland,
and a son, LeRoy Franklin, was born to them
Oct. 13, 1905. Mr. Miller is a member of the
Reformed Church, in which he is a deacon
and Sunday-school teacher. In politics he is
a Republican, and fraternally belongs to Royal
Council, No. 54, Jr. O. U. A. M., of Glen
Rock. He also carries $1,000 life insurance
with the Northwestern Life Insurance Com-

C. ROBERT KOPP, manufacturing
chemist and proprietor of the famous Kopp's
Baby's Friend, Kopp's Cur-a-Cough, Kopp's
Liver Pellets, Kopp's Electric Worm Syrup
and Kopp's Atlas Liniment, medicinal com-
pounds which have become known all over the
world on account of their superior excellence,
is one of the successful business men of York,

Mr. Kopp is descended from Revolution-
ary stock through Yost Harbaugh, a soldier in
the French-Indian war with Braddock, as a
teamster and a colonel in the Revolution.
Grandfather Kopp was a native of ]\Iaryland,
where he lived and died. He married in York
county Miss Mary Minnich.

Simon Kopp, the father of C. Robert, was
born Feb. 11, 1818, at Emmitsburg, Md., where
he grew to manhood. He then removed to York
and learned the hatter's trade with the well
known hatter, Daniel Hartman, but for a
short time previous to this had been engaged
in brickmaking. After learning the hatter's
trade, Mr. Kopp engaged independently in
that business, thus continuing until the out-
break of the Civil war. He carried on lime
burning for many years at a point where Faii'-
mount now stands, and he died Feb. 11, 1872,
thus closing an honest, useful life. Originally
a Whig, he later joined the ranks of the Re-
publican part}^ He married Julia A. Leber,
born Sept. 19, 1820, on East INIarket
street, York, daughter of John Leber. It is
supposed that John Leber was born in Lower
Windsor township, near Canadochley church.
He came to York and engaged in the manufac-
ture of those large wagons then so extensively
used for hauling between Baltimore, Philadel-
phia and Pittsburg. His shop stood on the

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present site of the R. H. Shindle home on
South Queen street, and at one time he was the
owner of much vakiable property on East Mar-
ket street. His wife was a Miss Margaret
Knaub, born in York county in 1799. The
first plot of land that was the beginning of
Prospect Hill cemetery was purchased from
Mr. Leber, and he surveyed and laid it out.
He died about i860, his wife surviving him
luitil 1872. They were the parents of these
children; Julia, the mother of C. Robert;
Henry, Avho married (first) Miss Lightner,
(second) Miss Glatfelter, and (third) Miss
Krebs, and died in Columbia, Pa. ; Mary, Mrs.
Daniel Vogelsang, who lives in fronton, Ohio,
^ged eighty-one years ; John, who died in York
in 1871 ; Sarah, who married Henry Haines
and removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where they
were very prosperous at the time of their
"deaths; Rebecca, Mrs. Jacob A. Erney of
York; James Harbaugh, of Baltimore, who
married a Miss Tillyard ; and W. Frank, a
prosperous merchant of Baltimore, Md., who
married Miss Octavia Fuller. The parents of
our subject had these children; Frances M.,
Avho married George W. Kerr, and settled on
Kaskaskia island, in the Mississippi river, just
south of St. Louis ; James Leber, of York, who
married Winnie Ernst; and C. Robert.

C. Robert Kopp was born on ATarket street,
near Codorus creek, April 23, 1863. He was
^educated in the public schools and entered the
Philadelphia (Pa.) School of Pharmacy in
1882, where he remained but one year, being
compelled to give up his studies on account of
ill health. He returned to York and was later
granted a certificate from the Philadelphia
Pharmaceutical examining board. For six
years he carried on a drug business at the
corner of Market and Penn streets, and during
this time began experimenting in the manu-
facture of medicines, in 1885 selling over his
own counter the first bottle of Baby's Friend.
He disposed of his drug business in 1889, and
located at Asheville, N. C, where for two
years he carried on a retail grocery and con-
fectionery business. He then went to Balti-
more and spent one year in preparing himself
for his present business, after which he re-
turned to York. He there began the manu-
facture of his medicines on a large scale, and
since that time has devoted his entire attentioii
to his constantly increasing industry, erecting
his large three-story Mount Holly brick fac-
tory in 1899. Mr. Kopp is erecting one of the

finest residences in York county, on his estate
in Hellam township.

In 1884 Mr. Kopp was married in Man-
chester borough to Miss Annie Lichtenberger,
daughter of George Lichtenberger. Mrs. Kopp
died in 1891, the mother of one child, Chaides
R. Mr. Kopp was married (second), in 1893,
to Miss Rebecca Erney, of York, daughter of,
Jacob and Rebecca (Leber) Erney, her father,
for many years a prominent merchant of York,
now retired from business. Two children have
been born to this union ; Raymond M. and
Frank G. Mr. Kopp is a stanch Republican.
He and his family are members of the Heidel-
berg German Reformed Church, of which his
father was one of the founders, and in which
he himself is secretary and treasurer of the
board of trustees, and a teacher in the Sun-
day-school. Fraternally, he is associated with
the Royal Arcanum.

popular and accommodating- shipping clerk of
the Northern Central Railroad Company, in
York, has passed his entire life thus and on
the farm in York county and is a worthy
young representative of one of the well-known
and honored families of this region. He is a
son of Joseph G. Strawbridge, a successful
and influential farmer of Fawn township, and
grandson of Thomas Strawbridge, who was
likewise a prominent farmer of that town-
ship, having been the owner of the fine old
homestead place now owned by his son Joseph
G., who was there born and reared. Joseph
G. Strawbridge chose as his companion and
helpmate on the journey of life Miss Hannah
A. Allen, who was likewise born and reared
in Fawn township, where her father, Edmund
K. Allen, was a prosperous farmer. Of the
five children of this union Thomas I., subject
of this sketch, was the first in order of birth;
Amy L. died at the age of eleven years, and
Grace A. at the age of seven years ; J. Harry
and Newton G. are both associated with their
father in the work and management of the
home farm.

Thomas Ira Strawbridge was born on the
old homestead farm, Nov. 8, 1880, and duly
availed himself of the advantages of the pub-
lic schools of the locality. He continued to
assist in the work of the home farm until he
had attained his legal majority, when he came
to the city of York and entered upon the dis-
charge of the duties of the position which he



still occupies, that of shipping clerk for the
Northern Central Railroad Company, of which
he has been the incumbent since 1902. He has
not only made himself most popular with the
public but has gained the high commendation
of the company by whom he is employed. In
a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Knights
of Malta, the Knights of the Maccabees, and
the Pennsylvania Railroad Relief Association,
while he is a zealous member of the First
Methodist Episcopal Church in York. In poli-
tics he is one of the ardent young Republicans
■of his native county, taking a proper interest
in public affairs of a local nature.

York City April 19, 1882, son of Elijah H.
and Mary J. (Simpson) Smith. His grand-
father, Samuel Smith, was born and reared in
York county, and was well known in his day
as proprietor of the "Grape Hotel" for many
years. He was also a contracting carpenter.

Elijah H. Smith was a cigar maufacturer
in York. He married Mary J. Simpson, whose
father, Dr. R. A. Simpson, first practiced his
profession in Perry county and later in York,
becoming well known throughout the State for
his skill and success. In this line Mr. Smith's
earliest ancestor in America was Luke Simp-
son, who emigrated from Ireland with his
twelve sons during the persecutions of 1778.
Four of our subject's ancestors, a father and
three sons, were all killed during the war of
the Revolution, at the battle of Bunker Hill;
his great-grandmother's uncle, Dr. Anderson,
served as a surgeon in the army with Wash-
ington. Four children were born to Elijah H.
and Mary J. (Simpson) Smith, viz. : Alma and
Earle, who died in infancy; Claude L., who is
now engaged as supervisory principal of Plank
Road schools in York City; and Roy Ander-

Roy Anderson Smith received his educa-
tion in the public schools of his native city,
finishing the commercial course at the York
liigh school in 1898. On completing same he
■entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Rail-
road Company at York, as clerk in the local
freight office, continuing in that capacity for
three years. At the end of this time, in
August, 1 90 1, he accepted the position of ship-
ping and pay clerk with the American Caramel
Company which he has since continued to fill.
Fraternally he belongs to Codorus Council,
Royal Arcanum, and Colonial Council, Jr. O.

U. A. M. He is a member of Christ Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church. In political senti-
ment he is a Republican.

JOHN EDWARD HAY, one of the enter-
prising young men of York, was born in York,
Aug. 31, 1881, son of Jacob Hay, who died
Oct. 27, 1903.

Mr. Hay is descended from one of the old-
est and most prominent families of York, his
grandfather, John Hay, and his grandfather's
brother, Jacob Hay, having been among the
most distinguished surgeons of York. The
mother of John Edward Hay was Flora Gehr-
ing, daughter of John Gehring, a well-known
citizen of York. Two children were born to
Jacob and Flora Hay, namely : Elizabeth, who
died at the age of three months ; and John Ed-
ward of this sketch.

John Edward Hay received his education
in the public schools of York and took a course
at Eastman's Business College of Poughkeep-
sie, N. Y., from which he was graduated in
1898. Mr. Hay entered the service of the
York Traction Company in August, 1903, as
assistant railway clerk, remaining until Nov.
27, 1905, and from that time on has connected
himself with the Norway Iron & Steel Com-

Fraternally Mr. Hay is a member of the
Junior O. U. A. M., the B. P. O. E., and the
York Wheeling Club. In religion he affiliates
with St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In politics
Mr. Hay is a stanch Republican. Mr. Hay is
a careful business man and is possessed of tire-
less energy. He has many friends throughout
the community.

29, 1869, in Carroll county. 111., son of Rev.
William John and Catherine (Chitty) Gris-

John Grissinger, his great-great-grand-
father, was born in Germany. His son Adam
was a farmer of Lewisberry, York Co., Pa.
He married Eve Fetrow, and they had children :
Barbara, Catherine, Rebecca, Martha, John F.,
Samuel F., Martin F.. Andrew and Daniel Levi.
Of this family Samuel F. Grissinger, the grand-
father of our subject, was a farmer. He mar-
ried Mary McNeal, and they had the following
children : William John, Martin A., James
Levi, Margaretta Jane, Mary Ellen, Rebecca
E., Julia Belle, Rachel Alice and Frances E.

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Rev. William John Grissinger was a min-
ister of the Church of God, serving in that
capacity for twenty-eight years. On Feb. i,
1905, he engaged in the mercantile business at
York. He married, at Mt. Carroll, 111., in
1865, Catherine Chitty, a daughter of Benja-
min and Eliza (Templeman) Chitty, and they
became the parents of the following named
children : Samuel C, who married Emma
Cannon, of Highspire, Dauphin county; B.

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