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children have been born to this union : Helen
Adele and Richard Wilson. The Doctor is
a member of the Elks and is past regent of the
Royal Arcanum. He is a member of the Bap-
tist Church, while Mrs. Bolton is a Moravian.

JACOB E. WEAVER. The law is an ex-
acting' employer, and yet a sure and liberal pay-
master. Served faithfully, the profession
yields its devotees good financial returns and
what is immeasurably better a mental quicken-
ing which makes it increasingly more profitable
in both lines. The gentleman whose honored
name heads this review is one of the youngest
attorneys, in point of service, of the York
County Bar, though he is by no means a
stranger in legal circles, having been for some
ten 3^ears prior to his admission in January,
1904, a stenographer to Joseph R. Straw-
bridge, one of the leading attorneys of York

A native of the county, Mr. Weaver comes
of one of its oldest families, his grandfather,
Daniel Weaver, liaving emigrated from Ger-
many and settled in this section in an early
day. A farmer, by nature, he became possessed
of considerable land, of the cultivation and care
of which no one has a better knowledge than
the German. Samuel Weaver, the father of
our subject, was a merchant of York. He was



born in 1820, and died July 17, 1883, at the
age of sixty-three. The mother, whose maiden
name was Anna Mary Zeigler, was a daughter
of Rev. Jacob Zeigler, a minister of the Re-
formed Church, and a sister of ex-Congress-
man Zeigler, a prominent member of the York
County Bar. To the marriage of Samuel and
Anna Mary (Zeigler) Weaver were born four
children : Jacob E. ; Samuel G., in the service
of the Pullman Car Company; Daniel A.,
United States Mail carrier; and William H.,
employed by the York Manufacturing Com-

Jacob E. Weaver was born in York, Sept.
24, 1868. His earlier education was received
in the public schools of his native place, but
later he attended the Walworth Stenographic
Institute, in New York, where he graduated.
For some time after graduation he worked in
New York City, afterward returning to York,
where he became stenographer in the law office
of Gise, Ziegler & Strawbridge. For ten years
he gave his best efforts to this work, and in
return received the experience and knowledge
of law and business generally, acquired only
in the office of such men as Mr. Gise, Mr.
Ziegler and Mr. Strawbridge. His evenings
were spent in reading law, and after passing
a most creditable examination he was on Jan.
18, 1904, admitted to the practice of law in his
home county. He is at present notary public
for the York County National Bank, and to the
J. H. Baer & Sons Bank, and the Western
National Bank.

On Jan. 30, 1893, Mr. Weaver was united
in marriage to Miss Catherine I. Lauer, daugh-
ter of Edmund E. Lauer, a former resident of
York, now deceased. Four children were born
to this union : Charles E. ; Katherine M. ; Jacob
L. ; and George, deceased.

As intimated in the opening paragraph of
this review, Mr. \\^eaver found in his new field
of endeavor many friends. In addition to hav-
ing been associated with one of the leading at-
torneys he had served as court detective dur-
ing Mr. Strawbridge's incumbency in the office
of district attorney, an experience which gave
him a fine insight into the workings of the
courts. Success seems assured for one so well
equipped for the practice of the law. Along
social lines Mr. Weaver is prominent in Odd
Fellowship, having in 1904 been district deputy
grand master of the Subordinate Lodge of

York county, and is at present a Representative
to the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Pennsyl-
vania. He is also a worthy member of the
IMasonic Order and a member of the Vigilant
Steam & Chemical Fire Engine Company No.
I of York, Pa. In political action he favors the
Democratic party, and in religious faith is a
consistent member of the Reformed Church.

SWORDS are the well-known Swords Broth-
ers, prominent photographers of York. The
present firm, established in 1889, is a recog-
nized factor in the business life of the town,
the brothers doing an excellent business in all
the standard lines of their work, to which they
have recently added a line which makes even
greater demands on the artistic capabilities —
oil portraiture. Their success in this departure
is the best evidence of their ability.

William Swords, grandfather of the broth-
ers, lived and died in Lancaster county. Pa.
His son, David Swords, came to York county
some thirty years ago from Alaytown, Lancas-
ter count}'. He married Adaline Drebenstadt,
also of Lancaster count}*, and they had six chil-
dren, of whom three are living. Of the others,
Cassandra died in early childhood ; Anna, who
married Benjamin Leber, died in 1885 ; and
Flora, who married William Rudy, died in
1888. The survivors are: Frances, wife of
Fred Recker, formerly of York and now of
Philadelphia; and William H. and George A.,
the photographers.

William H. Swords wa's born in Maytown,
Lancaster county, Jan. 30, 1865, and received
his education in the public schools of his native
place. He learned the art of photography in
Columbia, Lancaster county, and when ready
to go into business settled in York, where he
has lived much of his life. He was for a time
junior partner in the firm of Pentz & Swords,
and in 1889 his brother George A. became his

Mr. Swords married (first) Adalaide Dofif-
ler, who died, leaving him a daughter. Ger-
trude, now Mrs. William JNIiller, of York. The
second wife of Mr. Swords was Jennie Fassett,
daughter of James Fassett, of York. No chil-
dren were born to this union.

George A. Swords was born in Maytown,
Jan. 31, i860, and attended school in that place
and in York. For several vears he was asso-



ciated with a Mr. Jefferies, and then bought out
the interest of Air. Pentz, his brother's partner,
and the firm of Swords Brothers was estab-

Mr. Swords married, in 1885, Jennie
Wampler, daughter of Lewis B. Wampler, de-
ceased, of York. One child has been born of
this marriage, Earl W., a student.

C. F. WIEST, one of York's successful
business men, is a native of that city, where he
has spent his entire hfe. He was born June
21, 1853, son of Michael and Sarah (Berk-
heimer) Weist.

Michael Wiest was born in 1821, at what
is now Nashville, York county, and there he
learned the blacksmith's trade. Coming to
York, he followed his trade until 1855, when
he engaged in the machine business at the rear
of his residence, No. 234 West Market street.
Having made a success of this enterprise, in
1892 he turned the business over to his sons,
Clayton F. and Jacob L. Michael Wiest mar-
ried Sarah Berkheimer. daughter of Henry
Berkheimer, who died in 1900, being buried at
Prospect Hill cemetery. In politics Mr. Wiest
is a Republican. He is a charter member of
the Heidelberg Church, in which he is a deacon,
elder and trustee. The children born to him-
self and wife are as follows : William H., who
resides at No. 232 West Market street, York,
married Miss Mary Fisher, and is clerking at
the Bon Ton store; Clayton F. ; Jacob L., who
married Emma K. Greiman, is in business with
his brother, our subject.

Clayton F. Wiest attended school until fif-
teen years of age, when he learned the machin-
ist's trade with Baugher & Bi'other of York,
with whom he remained until 1875. He was
then employed by A. B. Farquhar until 1878,
and is now engaged in a very successful ma-
chine business. Most of the work is job work,
and the firm has a match-box machine (their
own invention) on the market which is known
all over the United States.

Mr. Wiest was married, in 1875, to Miss
Annie Shetrone, who died in May, 1903, and
is buried at Prospect Hill cemetery. Their
union was blessed with children as follows :
John M., deceased; Sarah M. ; Walter C, de-
ceased; Ethel M., deceased; one that died in
infancy unnamed; and A. Louise, deceased.
Politically Mr. Wiest is a Republican. He

lives at his home No. 465 \\"est King street,

JACOB L. WTEST, who, with his brother
Clayton F. Wiest, is conducting a large and
successful machine business in York, Pa., is
one of the successful business men of that city.
He was born in York, April 16, 1856, son of
Michael and Sarah (Berkheimer) Wiest.

Jacob L. Wiest attended the common
schools of York, and afterward the York Coun-
ty Academy, finishing his education at the age
of sixteen years. His first employment was in
a cigar box factory, but he later learned the
machinist's trade, in which business he has
made a success. In 1892 he and his brother
took control of their father's business, which
the latter had retired from, and have been very
successful, the product of their shop being
known all over the United States.

In 1874 Mr. Wiest was united in marriage
with Miss Emma K. Greiman, and they are
living at No. 422 South George street, York.
They have these children : Edwin Michael, de-
ceased; Fannie E., Maude E. and Jacob Fred-
erick. Politically Mr. Wiest is a Republican.


The lady whose name opens this sketch is one
whose advancement in her profession has given
her a prominent place in the medical fraternity
not only of York, but all over the State of
Pennsylvania. She has a remarkably interest-
ing family history, its records reaching far
back to the early settlers of New England and
the days of the great revolutionary stmggle
which separated the Colonies from the Mother
Country. Histor}' has few more distinguished
names in the records of that day than Elder
Brewster and Jonathan Edwards, the Conants
and De Beirces, Puritan and Hug'uenot com-

Marquis De Beirce, one of these ancestors,
suffered on the guillotine, a victim on the eve
of St. Bartholomew, but his brother escaped and
later reached American shores, laying aside his
title of nobility. Hezekiah Beirce, his descend-
ant, was, with at least a dozen other ancestors,
a member of the Patriot army, and a seasoned
military man, having served also in the French
and Indian war. He had property interests in
four counties.

Another ancestor. Dr. Ebenezer Alarvin,

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went to the assistance of Ethan Ahen and
Benedict Arnold at Ticonderoga and served
until after the capture of Gen. Burgoyne. His
skill and courage in caring for the terribly
wounded soldiers was only on an equality with
the fortitude of his wife, who, while preparing
lint in the cellar, gave birth to a son.

Naturally Dr. Crawford values her mem-
bership in the Society of Colonial Dames of
New York, the Beirce. Conant, Marvin and
Townsend families each having given her that
privilege by service to the Crown.

The Townsends descended from Sir Roger
Townsend, of Rainham Hall. Norwich, Eng-
land, the present seat of the Marcpiis of Town-
send. While in England in 1902 Dr. Craw-
ford visited this historic spot, also the British
Museum, and in Westminster Abbey saw the
monument erected by the Viscountess Town-
send to the memory of her son, Lieut. Col.
Roger Townsend, who fell in the battle of
Ticonderoga. The coat of arms of the Town-
sends has three shells on the shield, and the
Latin inscription is Haec gcncri incrcniciita
fides. The great-grandfather Townsend was a
graduate of Princeton and a prominent man in
the State of Vermont, being the first Secretary
of State. He owned several grants of land in

Dr. Crawford was born at Dayton, Ohio,
Dec. 2, i860, daughter of Micajah Townsend
Hill and Flora Eldred (Beirce) Hill, the
former of Highgate, Vt., and the latter a
daughter of Horatio Nelson and Chloe Bridge-
man (Conant) Beirce. The mother of l3r.
Crawford died when she was about twelve
years of age; a brother, Alfred Marvin, died
also at the age of twelve ; » sister, Helen, wife
of Walter Grant Taylor, died Feb. 26, 1896.
The surviving members of the family are :
Mary Beirce, Agnes Gale, and Dr. Crawford,
of York. Both sisters are prominently identi-
fied with the Y. W. C. A. work, Agnes being
the general secretary for India, Ceylon, and
Burmah, and Mary, for Madras. Dr. Craw-
ford has a half-brother, Alfred Reed Hill,
graduated at Yale, in 1902, in the theological
class of Cambridge, in 1905, and ordained
a priest on June ist, of that year, and he is
now curate to Dean Slaterly at the Cathedral,
Faribault, Minnesota.

Dr. Crawford was educated at Oberlin Col-
lege, later entered upon the study of medicine

and was graduated at Hahnemann Aledical
College at Chicago, in 1884, and from the Wo-
man's Medical College at Baltimore, in 1886.
She then took an extended tour through Eu-
rope, visiting the hospitals of London, Edin-
burgh and Paris, bearing letters of introduc-
tion to eminent physicians and surgeons in
those cities. She entered upon the practice of
her profession at Chambersburg, Pa., and asso-
ciated with the late Dr. Katherine Crawford,
built up a lucrative practice, continuing for
seventeen 3'ears.

On April 30, 1892, Dr. Crawford married
Frederick Markley Crawford, who lived until
coming to York on the old Crawford estate
that has been held by the family from the time
of the Penns. The Crawfords were with the
original colony that settled Franklin county,
Mr. Crawford having the original deed convey-
ing Penn's Manor, consisting of 600 acres, to
the Crawfords. In digging up the soil of the
old Manor garden it is not an infrecpient occur-
rence to find a George III. silver piece there.
A number of the Crawfords served with dis-
tinction in the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Crawford belongs to the Daughters of
the Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the May-
flower Society and the New England Society.
In religious observance she is an Episcopalian.
Socially she is a charming, cultured woman,
and professionally she is skilled and successful.

ROBERT E. GEPHART, who held the
responsible position of agent for the Adams
Express Company, handling the large amount
of business here transacted with the company
with marked discrimination and ability, and
enjoying unqualified popularity with the local
public, is a member of a family whose name has
been identified with American annals since the
Colonial era, the early progenitors having lo-
cated in Maryland and West Virginia, whither
they came from Germany.

John Gephart, grandfather of our subject,
was an extensive dealer in cattle and main-
tained his home in Cumberland, JMd., where
his death occurred.

John H. Gephart, father of Robert E., re-
sides in the city of York, and is route agent for
the Adams Express Company, with whose
service he has been identified for a number of
years past. The maiden name of his wife was
Sallie O. W^alters, and she was born in West



Virginia, a daughter of George ^^■alters. Of
this union our subject is the only child.

Robert E. Gephart was born in the city of
Cumberland, Md., on the 7th of Dec, 1872,
and his boyhood days were passed in Lancas-
ter, Pa., where he secured his early education
in the public schools, having attended the high
school and also the Yeates Institute, in that
city, and having been graduated in Weidler's
Business College, at Lancaster, Pa., as a mem-
ber of the class of 1889. His first practical
business experience was in connection with a
clerkship in the wholesale coffee house of Paul
Gerhart, of Lancaster, and in 1889 he came to
York, as assistant in the local office of the
Adams Express Company. He was later pro-
moted to a clerkship in the office of the superin-
tendent, and still later was made depot agent
for the company, while in 1899 he became
clerk in the city office, and on Dec. 9, 1901, he
received gratifying official endorsement in be-
ing promoted to the position of agent of the
company for the city of York, an appointment
which was justly conferred, as the incumbent
has amply proved. Alert, genial, systematic
and reliable, he handled the local service with
marked ability arid is held in high regard by all
who know him in either a business or social
way. In March, 1906, he resigned his office as
agent of Adams Express Company to accept an
unsought position as secretary and treasurer of
the ^Manufacturers" Associations of York, with
offices at No. 15 West Market street. In his
political proclivities Mr. Gephart is a stalwart
Republican, and both he and his wife hold
membership in St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
while he is affiliated with the local council of
the Royal Arcanum, of whach he has been
treasurer from the time of its organization, in

On Nov. 29. 1894, Mr. Gephart led to the
hymeneal altar Miss Georgia Frey, daughter
of the late George S. Frey, a well known and
honored business man of York, where he was
a contracting painter, and of this union has
been born one son, John Richard.

WILLIAM H. BOLL. While it is as the
teller of the City Bank of York that William
H. Boll is best known, he is also one of the
strong financial and real estate men of the

]\Ir. Boll was born in York, Jan. 5, 1875,

son of Heni-y and jMary A. (Kahler) Boll,
and spent his boyhood days in the city schools,
also assisting his father in his shoe business.
After his preliminary education in the public
schools, ]\Ir. Boll took a course at Sadlers,
Bryant & Stratton"s Business College at Balti-
more, and at the age of fifteen years entered the
employ of the City Bank of York, as a messen-
ger, from which position he was promoted to
general ledger bookkeeper, a position attained
when he was sixteen years of age. In 1900
he was promoted to the position of teller, and
he has served in this capacity ever since. For
a young man, Mr. Boll has made rapid strides
in the direction of success, and all indications
point to a bright and prosperous future for him.

In 1900 Mr. Boll erected a handsome resi-
dence at No. 152 Beaver street, where he made
his home until April, 1904, when he erected
a row of three flats, and made his home at No.
307 South Cherry street. These properties
are a credit, not only to the young man him-
self, but to the city of York. In these
transactions Mr. Boll was associated with his
father-in-law. He has given considerable at-
tention to his real estate transactions, when a
boy investing his first money saved, $200, in a
piece of property, and since that time has been
more or less engaged in this line.

Mr. Boll is a member of the B. P. O. Elks,
York Lodge No. 213, a member of the Knights
of Columbus, and a member of the Knights of
St. Paul, of which he has served as secretary.
He and his wife are members of St. ]\Iiary"s
Catholic Church.

On Oct. 25, 1900, i\Ir. Boll married ]\Iiss
Magxialene M. Steckler, daughter of Anthony
Steckler, a retired milk dealer of York.

CHARLES E. SMITH, cashier of the
Farmers and Merchants National Bank of
Red Lion, has won his way through superior
natural cjualifications and high attainments.
Calm, clear judgment, the training of his
mental endowments along congenial lines, and.
withal, correct principles of living, have gained
in a few years what may fail to be won in a
lifetime of less systematic effort.

Thje Smith family came orig-inally from
Scotland. Jacob Smith, the first of whom there
is record in this country, was probably born
in Chester county, whence he removed to York
countv. Farming and hamemaking consumed



his active years. He married Catharine Hos-
tetter, and became the father of four children :
WiHiam, Christopher, Jacob and Mary (who
married George Gable).

William Smith, son of Jacob, Avas born in
Chester county in 1812. His early life was
spent in his native county, and after accom-
panying his father to York county he became
engaged in the various occupations of farm-
ing, hame-making and weaving, chiefly in
Windsor township. He married Rebecca
Lebenight, and they had nine children, namely :
Eliza ; Mary A. ; David, father of Charles E. ;
Katherine, unmarried : William, who married
Louise Haines, daughter of Charles Haines;
Zacharias, who married IMary Meckes ; Ma-
linda, the wife of Isaac Slenker, of Windsor-
ville, and who died at the age of thirty years ;
Moses, who married ]\Iary Goodling; and
Amanda, wife of David Jacobs, of Windsor-
ville. William Smith, the father, lived to the
advanced age of eighty-eight years, when he
passed away greatly respected b}' all who knew

David Smith, son of William, was born in
Windsor township, Dec. 1,3, 1842. He re-
ceived the benefit of a common school educa-
tion, and was early trained to farm work, con-
tinuing at that occupation until he was seven-
teen years of age, when he was apprenticed
to learn the shoemaker's trade. After master-
ing that vocation he located on a farm in Wind-
sor township, but now makes his home in Red
Lion, retired from active work. In February,
1867, he was united in marriage with Miss
Rebecca Neff, daughter of Levi and Mary
(Flinchbaugh) Neff, farming people of York
County. This union was blessed with the fol-
lowing children: (i) Mary Jane, born Aug.
18, 1868, married Harvej^ Ziegler, a cigar
manufacturer of Red Lion, and they have had
eigiit children: Efifie (deceased), Arthur, Lily
(deceased), Pauline, Pansy. ^Martha. Reba and
Susan. (2) Benjamin F., born Sept. 12, 1870,
died at the age of twenty-three. (3) Charles
E. is mentioned in full below. (4) Howard N.
was born Oct. 13, 1875. (5) David C, born
April 16, 1881, is living in New Jersey, where
he is employed as a bookkeeper and steno-
grapher. The wife and mother entered into
rest March 30, 1885.

Charles E. Smith was born in AA'indsor
township, York county, Oct. -3. 1873. His

preliminary education was received in the
Freysville public schools, which he attended
until he was seventeen years of age. After
being a student at the York County Academy
for a time he was engaged to teach the Cedar
Hill school in Windsor township. After one
term there he was installed as teacher of the
Fairview school. He met with no little suc-
cess as a teacher, and, being thorough himself
and naturally in love with his work, he be-
came a source of inspiration to those under
him, and he was able to accomplish much of
permanent good. He entered the Millersville
State Normal School, and was graduated
therefrom in the class of 1895. Following his
graduation he became principal of the schools
of Washington borough, Lancaster county,
and then later was a teacher in the York Coun-
ty Academ)-. The last named position he re-
signed to become principal of the Red Lion
schools, where he was retained for a period of
seven years, during which time he had occasion
to refuse the principalship of the Johnstown
schools, which he was' earnestly urged to ac-
cept. Not alone did he win a high reputation
as a successful instructor and disciplinarian,
but he gained the honest respect of all who
came to know him. His profession as teacher
was relinquished only when he was elected
cashier of the Farmers and ^Merchants Na-
tional Bank, at Red Lion — a position he has
filled with signal ability ever since.

On Aug. 16, 1902, Mr. Smith was married
to Miss J. Irene Smith, daughter of R. T. and
Elizabeth (Hermann) Smith, the former a
cigar manufacturer of Red Lion. Mrs. Smith
was born in Windsorville Jan. 27, 1881, and
received a substantial education in the schools
of Windsorville and Red Lion and at Lebanon
Valley College. She is an accomplished mu-
sician, and prior to her marriage was engaged
as a music teacher. Both Mr. Smith and his
wife are active in the work of the United
Brethren Church, of which they are both mem-
bers. In his political belief Mr. Smith is a
Democrat, as was his father before him.

tired business man of York, was born in Dills-
burg, York county, JNIarch 16, 1828, son of
Abraham Dehufl:". The father was born in
York, Nov. 15, 179S. and received his educa-
tion in the common schools of the town. By



occupation he was a maker of watches and
fobs, and continued to work in that specialty
until his death in 1895, at the age of ninety-six.
He married Miss Maria Lynch, who was born
in Botetourt county, Va., and five children were
born of this union : Henry K. was the eldest.
Francis Marion, born March 24, 1830, died in
1887, and is buried in Prospect Hill cemetery.
Sarah Ann became Mrs. Conrad C. Leiben,
and lives in Minneapolis. Annie E., living in

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