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lumber business until 1855, at the end of which
time he purchased a large farm in Lower
Chanceford township. He died in 1882, aged
eighty-two years. His wife was Anna Cath-
erine Shrader, who was born in Germany,
daughter of Michael Shrader, who came to
America and became a farmer in Pine Swamp,
whence he removed to Ohio, where he met his
death in a railroad accident. These children
were born to the parents of Robert Boyd : John
Calvin, who died in 1870, in his twenty-first
year, meeting a tragic death by the caving in
of a bank; Martin Luther, who died in 1881,
in his twenty-eighth year; Dr. I. M., a practic-
ing physician of York; James M., who is in
the patent medicine business in York; and

Robert Boyd received his education in the
public schools of Lower Chanceford town-
ship, and at Airville, under Prof. James Mur-



ph)'. He first occupied himself at farming,
then learned milling, and next conducted a pas-
senger stage and mail route from New Hol-
land to York, remaining at the latter for three
years, at the end of which time, he was appoint-
ed steward of the York County Almshouse,
filling that position with great credit to himself
for three years and three months, and was then
elected alderman of the Twelfth ward of York
for a period of five years, this election having
taken place in 1903.

Alderman Boyd was married Sept. 28,
1865, to Martha Jane Robinson, daughter of
Daniel Robinson, a farmer who formerly lived
in Lancaster county. Twelve children were
born to this union, one of whom died in in-
fancy, and another, Nora May, died June 5,
1892, aged five years. The survivors are : James
F., a wealthy merchant of Maryland ; Isaac N.,
a storekeeper of York; John C, train inspector
of the Northern Central Railroad, of York;
Robert D., a baker of York; Jesse W., a sten-
ographer at the Pennsylvania Railroad of-
fice, in York; Annie C, wife of Dr. John B.
Kain, of York; Maggie Jane, who married
Israel Able, of the Merchants' Oil Company,
of York; Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Koh-
ler, in the Northern Central Railroad service.
New York; and Bertha B. and Ida May, at

Alderman Boyd belongs to the Odd Fel-
lows; Good Will Fire Company, No. 5; the
Firemen's Relief Association; and Camp , No.
439, P. O. S. of A. He is an active member
of the Duke Street Church, where he has been
steward and trustee at various times. He is
very prominent and influential in the Demo-
cratic politics of the city and county of York,
but is popular with the men of both parties.

urer of the York Manufacturing Company, is
a son of Mr. P. H. Glatfelter (mentioned else-
where), president of the concern, and was
born in Spring Grove, York county, April 27,

William L. Glatfelter received his educa-
tion in York County Academy, Pennsylvania
College at Gettysburg and Eastman's Business
College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. After leav-
ing the latter institution Mr. Glatfelter entered
the office of the Spring Grove Paper Mills, of
which his father was the founder, and in which

the son, soon after leaving school, became a
partner. The York Manufacturing Company,
of which Mr. Glatfelter is treasurer, was or-
ganized as it at present exists, Maixh 5, 1875.
in 1887 Mr. Glatfelter became associated with
this concern, his father having" become inter-
ested in the business at the same time, the lat-
ter having been the assignee of the old con-
cern, which he purchased. After this pur-
chase the business was conducted under the
firm title of P. H. Glatfelter & Co., the son,
our subject, being a partner, and the next move
was to organize the York Manufacturing
Company, Limited, and later incorporated
with a capital of $400,000, which was after-
ward increased to $1,500,000. The company
employs one thousand skilled workmen, and
they have the largest clerical force of any in-
dustrial concern in York. Their products, of
which ice and refrigerating plants are the lead-
ing features, are shipped all over the world,
and such is the demand for them that the
works, although covering acres of ground and
, equipped with the latest machinery of the cen-
tury, are constantly taxed to their utmost

William L. Glatfelter is secretary and
treasurer of the P. H. Glatfelter Company of
Spring Grove, Pa., manufacturers of book and
lithograph papers. Mr. Glatfelter is also
treasurer of the Carroll Manufacturing Com-
pany of Baltimore, manufacturers of artificial
ice; president of the Hanover Wire Cloth
Company; president of the First National
Bank of Spring Grove ; president of the board
of school trustees of Spring Grove, to which
office he was first elected in 1895, and was
chief burgess of Spring Grove for a period of
three years. In his religious views Mr. Glat-
felter belongs to St. Paul's Lutheran Church
of Spring Grove, in which he was a deacon for
several years. Politically he is a stanch Re-

William L. Glatfelter was married Sept.
15, 1887, to Kathryn Rebecca Hollinger,
daughter of George Hollinger, a prominent
farmer living near Abbottstown. One son has
been born to this union, Philip Hollinger.
Mr. Glatfelter, although unostentatious in
manner, has accomplished much for a man of
his years, and has evidently inherited from
his father that force of character which has
made the latter one of the prominent men of
the State.



SYDNEY H. SOUTER is one of the able
and popular representatives of the younger
generation of leading business men in the city
of Y'ork, where he is concerned in a line of
industry with which the family name has long
been identified, as president and general man-
ager of the Monarch Silk Mill Co., one of the
important industrial enterprises of Y'ork

William Souter, grandfather of Sydney H.,
was born near the Scottish border in England,
where he was reared and educated, and where
he learned the silk manufacturing business.
He came to America about 1865, and settled
in Paterson, N. J., becoming one of the pioneer
silk manufacturers of that State, and at the
time of this writing, in January, 1906, he was
residing in Paterson, well preserved in mind
and body, though he had attained the patriar-
chal age of ninety-two.

William Souter, Jr., father of our subject,
was born and reared in England, and his en-
tire business career was one of prominent
identification with the silk manufacturing in-
dustry. At the time of his death he was vice-
president and manager of an extensive silk
manufacturing concern in Whitehall, N. Y.
He was an authority in his line of business,
having traveled extensively, making a special
study of the methods of silk making in both
China and Japan. He met his death in Oc-
tober, 1900, as the result of an accident, being
killed by a trolley car in Newark, N. J. He
was only fifty-three years of age at the time of
his demise. His widow, whose maiden name
was Martha Anna Chanelley, and who died in
1880, was born and reared in England, a
daughter of Robert Chanelley, who was a
prominent contractor. Of the ten children
of \\'illiam Souter, Jr., and his wife, Annie
died in infancy; Sydney H. is mentioned be-
low; Robert William is superintendent of the
Littlestown silk mill in Littlestown, Pa. ;
Charles Harold is in the railroad service at
Schenectady, N. Y". ; Clyde Douglass is a mem-
ber of the class of 1907, Dartmouth College;
Ada is the wife of Edward Sargent, a con-
tractor of Newark, N. J.; Jessie, Elizabeth
and Margie are all trained nurses, graduates
of the training school of the Newark (N. J.)
General Hospital; and Edna is attending

Sydney H. Souter was born in Presbury,

England, April i, 1869, but his eldest sister
was born in America, the parents having emi-
grated to this country in 1865, and having re-
turned to England two years later, not be-
coming permanent residents of the United
States until 1879. Our subject secured his
early education in the common schools of his
native land, and after the coming of the fam-
ily to America he became a student in Lati-
mer's Business College, in Paterson, N. J.,
and later completed a course in the celebrated
Bryant & Stratton Business College, Buffalo,
N. Y. He began his active business career by
securing a position in a silk mill in Paterson.
N. J., where he was employed in 1881-82, af-
ter which he attended school for one year at
Northampton, Mass. He then secured a posi-
tion in the silk mill in that city, where he re-
mained employed for the ensuing nine years,
at the expiration of which he returned to
Paterson, where he continued to be identified
with the same line of industry for one and one
half years. He next passed a year in a silk
mill at Pompton, N. J., and for the following
three years was employed in the mill of which
his father was manager and vice-president at
Whitehall, N. Y. During the following two
years he was again employed at Paterson, and
he then removed to Catasauqua, Pa., where
he had charge of the establishing, equipping
and placing in operation of a silk mill, ably
completing his work, after which he came to
Y^ork, arriving in this city Sept. 6, 1900. ITere
he became associated with Henrv :\Iusser, r.nt''
recently the president of the '^^lonarch Silk
Co., which they forthwith organized, equip-
ping a modern mill and instituting active oper-
ations on Sept. 1 8th of the same vear, the date
the company received its charter from the
State. Employment is afforded to a corps of
about six hundred persons, and the annual busi-
ness has already reached an aggregate of a mil-
lion and a quarter dollars, while there is a con-
stantly increasing demand for the conipanv's
goods in the markets of New Y'ork City. Phil-
adelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and other
commercial centers. As vice-president and
general manager of the company jNIr. Souter
showed great administrative and executive
ability, while his intimate knowledge of the
details of the business has largelv conserved
the phenomenal but substantial growth of the
enterprise. So well was this appreciated that



on the resignation of President !Musser Mr.
Souter was tiie unanimous choice of the direc-
tors for president, while he will continue to act
as manager.

In his political proclivities Mr. Souter is
a consistent and unswerving advocate of the
principles of the Republican party, and his re-
ligious faith is that of the Presbyterian
Church, in which he has been a zealous worker
for many years. Within the time of his resi-
dence in Paterson, N. J., he was secretary of
the board of trustees of the Madison Avenue
Presbyterian Church, and both he and his wife
are- now members of the First Presbyterian
Church of York. Fraternally ]\Ir. Souter has
attained degrees of high distinction in Free-
masonry, in which he has passed the thirty-
second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scot-
tish Rite. His affiliations are as follows :
Zeredatha Lodge, No. 451, F. & A. M. ;
Howell Chapter, No. 199, R. A. M. ; Geth-
semane Commandery, No. 75, Knights Tem-
plar, all of York; while he is identified with
the Consistory of the Scottish Rite and also
the Temple of the Mystic Shrine, in Harris-
burg. He is also identified with the I. O. O.
F., the B. P. O. E. and the Lafayette Club, of
York; and the WoU Club of New York City.

On June 25, 1890, Mr. Souter w-as united
in marriage to Miss Margaret Morton Mc-
Leod, daughter of Alexander McLeod, a rep-
resentative business man of Paterson, N. J.
Of this union have been born two children,
Sydney Herbert, Jr., and Martha Catherine.

But the Monarch Silk Co. is not the only
vast concern in which Mr. Souter is actively
and prominently interested. He and Mr.
Henry Musser successfully organized thfi Lit-
tlestown Silk Co., which was organized at Lit-
tlestown, Adams Co., Pa., on July 2, 1903. It
was capitalized at $50,000, and, like the Mon-
arch, it is running to its full capacity, the de-
mands for its products keeping the mill in op-
eration until midnight. Mr. Souter is vice-
president and general manager of the Littles-
town Company, paying the place a weekly
visit; and, between this mill, the Monarch and
the main office, at No. 27 Spring street, New
York, which Mr. Souter also visits weekly,
there is certainly no busier man in York, and
yet so systematically does he work that he is
ever ready to give courteous attention to those
who call upon him.

JONAS R. TRnniER, vice-president
and secretary of the tirm of John E. Graybill
& Co., of York, was born July 16, 1879, at
Big ]\Iount, son of C. G. Trimmer, at that time
a merchant, now a shirt manufacturer of York.
Jonas Trimmer, the grandfather of Jonas R.,
was a prominent farmer of Big Mount, York

C. G. Trimmer married Emma Elizabeth
Zinn, whose father was also a prominent
farmer of York county, and seven children
were born to this union, namely : Flora died
at the age of twenty-six years; Alice died in
infancy; W. H. is employed with John E.
Graybill & Co. ; Clarence is employed at the
same place; Sallie married George Pfaltz-
grafT, a cigar manufacturer of York; Martha
resides at home; Jonas R. is the subject of this

During the Rebel invasion of York county
Mr. C. G. Trimmer had quite an experience,
as he had left home with his father's horses
for Lancaster county. After getting close to the
Susquehanna river, however, it was reported
that it was impossible to cross, so turning aside
into the mountains they remained there for one
week, and then set out for home. ^Vhc^
they had arrived within five miles from there
Stuart's Confederate Cavalry pounced upon
them and made Mr. Trimmer prisoner, to-
gether with twenty-four others and forty-five
head of horses. After traveling- a distance of
twelve miles they were discharged, but were
compelled to abandon their horses and walk
home, arriving there the following morning,
sadly the worse for the experience and minus
a number of valuable horses.

Jonas R. Trimmer received his education
at the York high school and graduated from
the commercial department in 1896. At that
time he became a clerk in a store, at which
work he continued for a period of one and one-
half years, and then entered the firm of John
E. Graybill & Co., electrical contractors and
supply dealers, which firm was incorporated
as a company in 1900, wath branch stores in
Carlisle and Hanover. The company does an
extensive business, installing electrical work all
over the country, and their exhibit at the York
County Fair of 1904 was the most notable
electrical display ever seen at York. Mr.
Trimmer, besides being vice-president of this
firm, has other interests, being secretarv and


tre-suier of the York Electrical and T^Iachine
Company, of which his partner, Mr. Graybill,
is president.

]\Ir. Trimmer is a member of York Lodge,
No. 213, B. P. O. Elks, and an officer of the
Royal Fire Company. In religion he is a Ger-
man Baptist. Mr. Trimmer votes the Republi-
can ticket, but he has never aspired to public
■office. Jonas R. Trimmer is one of the prom-
ising young men of his section, and is quickly
working his way to success. He has many
warm friends in the community, and is justly
regarded as a representative citizen of York.

popular proprietor of the "Hotel Colonial," in
York, is not a colonel "by courtesy." but won
his title and his spurs in fighting Indians on the
Pacific coast.

Col. Campbell's ancestors, as the name
indicates, came from Scotland. His grand-
father, William Campbell, was a druggist, and
his father, George Campbell, was a hotel-
keeper on the Pacific coast. The latter mar-
ried Hannah A. Clendening, a daughter of one
of the famous "forty-niners," her father having
been one of the earliest in the gold fields of
California, where he became a mine owner.

George C. Campbell was born Jan. i, 1857,
at Oshkosh, Wis., and received his education
in the Maine public schools, and the Maine
College. His early manhood was spent in the
far West, where he was frequently located
three hundred miles from any railroad. There
he fought the Coyotes and Shawnee Indians,
and many and varied were his experiences. It
was for gallantry in fighting the Indians that
he was made a colonel. After his services were
no longer needed in the Indian warfare Col.
Campbell kept a hotel for two years on the
Pacific Coast, and returning to the East lo-
cated in Corry, Pa., where he owned and con-
ducted the "Phoenix Hotel" for three years.
He next became proprietor of the "Albemarle
Hotel," at Pittsburg, managing it for two
years, when the establishment was blown up by
natural gas. After settling with the gas com-
pany Col. Campbell left that section and lo-
cated in Parkersburg, ^V. Va., where he drilled
an oil well and became very successful. After
spending seven years in that locality he sold
his interests and removed to Charlotte, N. C,
■Cvhere he kept the "Central Hotel," which was

the leading hostelry of that section. He also
built the "Seashore Hotel," on Frying Pan
Shoals, the railroad company deeding the land
to him for building the hotel. Selling his in-
terests there. Col. Campbell removed to Wash-
ington, D. C, where he still owns considerable
property, and in the fall of 1898 located in
York, becoming the proprietor of the "Colonial
Hotel." Col. Campbell also owned and man-
aged the beautiful "Cadillac Hotel," in New
York City, which he sold in 1903.

The Colonel belongs to the Masonic fra-
ternity, having become a Knight Templar and
Shriner in Charlotte, N. C, and he is also a
prominent and popular member of the B. P. O.

Henry S. and Mary (Geesey) Barshinger, was
born in Dallastown, March 16, 1867. He came
of reputable and sturdy stock of Swiss ances-
try. The first of the family to come to America
was Andreas Bersinger, a native of Switzer-
land, who emigrated some time between 1727
and 1735. Since then the name has under-
gone a modification to its present form. The
Doctor's grandfather, Henry Barshinger, was
born near York, and was a farmer all his life.
He was a Republican in politics and a Lutheran
in religion. The grandmother was Susan

Henry S. Barshinger was born near York,
Oct. 31, 1840, and was educated in the com-
mon schools. He engaged in the general mer-
cantile business at Dallastown and afterward
came to York, and opened a fire insurance and
fertilizer agency. On November 8, 1862, he
enrolled in the i66th P. V. I., and served until
July 28, 1863, retiring with the rank of ser-
geant. He was a Democrat in politics, and of
the Lutheran faith in religion. Through the
insurance business he became secretary of the
Southern Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
He died May 19, 1885, survived by a widow,
his son and a daughter, Sallie A. On the ma-
ternal side the Doctor is descended from an-
other old and prominent York county family.
His grandfather, Jonathan Geesey. was born
near York, son of Jacob Geesey, a Revolution-
ary soldier. He farmed all his active life, in
later years retiring and living in Dallastown.
He was a Democrat in politics, and a member
and elder of the Lutheran Church. He died in


1877, aged sixtj'-six. His wife. Sarah
(Flinchbaugh) Geesey, survived him twenty
years, dying in 1897, at the advanced age of
eighty-seven years, three months and twenty-
fi\-e days.

Dr. Barshinger secured his early education
in the public schools and his professional train-
ing at the University of Pennsylvania. In
preparation for his calling he attended Phillips
Exeter Academy at Exeter, N. H., and Penn-
sylvania College at Gettj'sburg. He was one
of the most active students, becoming Presi-
dent of his class, a member of the Phi Kappi
Psi fraternity, a member of the baseball team
and the leading athlete of the college. On
field day he won the first prize, a gold medal,
taking the following events : The hundred-yard
dash, standing broad, running broad, standing
high and running high jumps, the hop, step and
jump, and putting the shot. In 1890 he en-
tered the University of Pennsylvania, where he
made a notable record as one of the oars of the
'Varsity crew of '91. He graduated in 1893,
and the same year began active practice at his
home. The Doctor is a pleasant and agree-
able gentleman to meet, takes more than the
ordinary interest in his profession, and is alive
to the topics and movements of the times.
From 1896 to 1902 he served as physician to
the York county jail and also to the county
almshouse. He was appointed a member of
the York Board of Health for the year 1897,
and was chosen Health Officer of the city for
the 3^ears 1898 and 1899. -^^ ^^ ^ member of
the American Medical Association, American
Electro-Therapeutic Association, Pennsylvania
State and York County Medical Societies.
The Doctor, like his people before him, is a
member of the Lutheran Church and has served
as deacon in Christ's Congregation. He was
married Sept. 11, 1894, to Emmelyn Greacen,
daughter of Stephen Bailey and Hesse (La
Monde) Greacen, of Perth Amboy, N. J. Mr.
Greacen is a naval engineer.

Dr. and Mrs. Barshinger have one child,
Henry Stephen, born April 10, 1897. They
reside at No. 308 East Market street, and one
of the most agreeable family circles in the city
is that which gathers about the Barshinger

WILLIAM F. SMITH has spent his whole
life in York city, where he was born Dec. 29,

1857, son oi Charles H. and Charlotte Smith,
the former of whom was engaged in the lime
business and died in May, 1902.

Mr. Smith received a common school edu-
cation in West ]\Ianchester township, where
he remained until fifteen years of age, when
he entered Professor Clark's school in York,
where he continued for two terms. After
leaving that institution he learned the wood
turner's trade with Nathaniel Weigle, remain-
ing with the latter four years. Mr. Smith then
went to Baltimore, Md., working at his trade
there two years, when he returned to York,
entering the employ of Bilmyer & Small. In
1 88 1 he married Annie M. Rabe, daughter of
Henry and Sophia Rabe, both of whom were
born in Germany. Mrs. Smith's father was
engaged in the lime burning business in York
until his death in 1867, and he was buried in
Prospect Hill cemetery. Mrs. Rabe died in
August, 1905.

Mr. Smith has been a member of the Fire-
men's Relief Association for nine years. From
1884 to 1887 he w-as county assessor in West
Manchester township, and from 1900 to 1904
represented the Thirteenth ward in the select
council of York. He has been a lifelong Dem-
ocrat, and takes a great interest in the success
of his party in this section. In his religious
views he is connected with St. John's Evange-
lical Lutheran Church of York.

To Mr. and Mrs. Smith the following chil-
dren have been born: Charles H., born July
17, 1882; William E., born Dec. 17, 1883;
Edward J., born Nov. 9, 1885, died Feb. 28,
1892, and was buried at Prospect Hill ceme-
tery; Walter T., born Nov. 13, 1S87; Bertha
C, born Nov. 25, 1889; Norah M.. born March
25, 1892; Mabel M., born July 27, 1894; Ar-
thur F., born Nov. 9, 1896; Frank M., born
June II, 1899: Horace J., born June 19, 1901,
and Julia M., born Oct. 20, 1903.

FITZ JAMES EVANS (deceased), for
many years purchasing agent for the A. B.
Farquhar Company, of York, and considered,
in his time, one of the best buyers in York,
died at his home May 27, 1898. ]\Ir. Evans
was torn in York Oct. 31, 1859, son of Fitz
James Evans.

Fitz James Evans, Sr., came from Scot-
land to America w-hen sixteen years of age.
and located in Philadelphia, where he followed


photography for a number of years. Coming
to York, he engaged in business at the Square,
as a member of the firm of Prince & Evans,
and was later employed by *a mining syndicate
in Mexico, where he died, being buried there.
He married Anne Maria Boyer, of Parkers-
burg, Md., and she died at the age of sixty-three
years. Their children were: Fitz James, Jr.,
Claude, Arthur, Eugene (deceased), Jessie
(deceased), and Vian. Fitz James Evans,
Sr., was a vestryman in the Episcopal Church,
taking an active interest in the work of that

Fitz James Evans, Jr., attended the public
schools of York, and then entered the employ
of A. B. Farquhar, as office boy. By his
energy and strict attention he won the approval
of his employers, and he was steadily advanced

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