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Ridge, Codorus township, York Co., Pa., was
born in that township Sept. 22, 1852, son of
Charles G. Bortner. The family, one of the
oldest of the county, is a large and respected
one. It was founded in this country by Balt-
zer Bortner, who was born in Germany in
1695 or 1697.

Michael Bortner, son of George and Ap-
polona, was the grandfather of Mrs. Edmund
D. Bortner, and is mentioned later.

Three of the sons of George and Appolona
Bortner married sisters of the name of Gantz.
Three Bortner brothers married three Ernsts,
two of them sisters. The number of Catha-
rines the Bortners married is noteworthy.

Charles G. Bortner, father of Dr. Edmund
D. Bortner, was a son of Jacob, grandson of
Ludwig, and great-grandson of George and

Appolona Bortner. He received a common-
school education, and then learned the tanning
trade, which he followed until 1893, since
which time he has resided at Seven V'alley.
He married Lydia Lau, daughter of Daniel
and Barbara Miller, and she died May 14,
1892, aged sixty-four years, six months, five
days ; she is buried at the Stone Church in
Codorus township. Her mother died at the
advanced age of 103 years, and is buried at
Wolf's Church, in Manchester township. Chil-
dren as follows were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Charles G. Bortner : Esrom, who married
Sarah Bankert; Edmund D. ; A. Milton, who
married Sarah Bahn; Emma J., the widow of
Daniel Werner, who died in 1892; Frank, who
married Amelia Milner, and resides in Balti-
more, Md. ; Ozias, who married Cora Slyder,
and died Sept. 2, 1893; Rolandes, who died
Jan. 18, 1898, and was buried at Stone Church
(he left a widow, Maggie Bortner) ; Eckert,
who married Mrs. Clara Gladfelter, and lives
at Glen Rock, Pa. ; and Jonathan, living with
his brother Eckert.

Edmund D. Bortner attended the town-
ship schools and went to Ohio to learn dentis-
try. After completing his education, in 1875,
he returned to his native township, where he
engaged in the practice of his profession until
1890, in which year he located at his present
place. He has the confidence of the commun-
ity, and has built up a fine practice.

Dr. Bortner married Catharine Bortner.
daughter of Jared and Magdalena (Cramer)
Bortner, and a descendant also of Baltzer Bort-
ner. To this union were born children as fol-
lows : Miles, a graduate of the Goldy Col-
lege, of Wilmington, Del., is now' employed in
that city with the Pennsylvania Railroad com-
pany, as stenographer, and was engaged in
teaching school two terms ; Verne died when
five years, six months old, and is buried at the
Stone Church; Homer attends the Glenville
Academy; Arta is attending school. Mr. and
Mrs. Bortner also reared Cletus O. S. Bortner,
a son of Ozias Bortner, taking him after the
death of his father, wdien he was six weeks old.
He is now twelve years of age, and is attend-
ing school.

Dr. Bortner is a Democrat in politics, and
in 1888 served as school director. He is at
present serving his township as treasurer of
the board. In religion a Lutheran, he has held
office in the church, and is known as a true



Cliristian gentleman. Fraternally he is con-
nected with the A. & I. O. Knights of Malta,
at York, Lodge No. 152.

Michael Bortner, grandfather of Mrs. Bort-
ner, our subject's wife, was born Nov. 20,
1780, son of Geoi-ge, and died Oct. 21, 1S70,
aged eighty-nine years, eleven months, one
day. He was thirteen years and fifteen days
on his sickbed. He was twice married, his
first wife being Margaret Markel, by whom he
had four children: John, born Feb. 16, 1808
(married Catharine Kerchener) ; Michael,
Nov. 2T,. 1809 (married Catharine Sweitzer) ;
Elizabeth, Feb. 18, 181 1; and Jacob, Jan. 13,
1814 (married Catharine Walker). His second
wife, Catherine Markel, bore him these children :
Sarah, born June 15, 1818; Jared, Oct. 18,
1819; Henry M., Jan. 3, 1821 ; Jonas, Dec. 7,
1823 (married Catharine Bortner) ; Lydia,
Nov. 24, 1825; Cassian, Aug. 30. 1828; Cath-
erine, July 12, 1831 ; and Noah, Jan. 22, 1835.

Jared Bortner, father of Mrs. Bortner, was
■ born Oct. 18, 1819, and married Magdalena
Cramer April 21, 1846. She died March 25,
1905) aged seventy-nine years, nine months,
twenty-two days. They had eleven children:
Reuben, born Feb. 5, 1847; Nathaniel, July 13,
1848; Saranda, Jan. 7, 1850; Martin, Jan. 6,
1853; Edwin. Aug. 22, 1855; Mary, June 18,
1857: Catherine, April 8, 1859; Belinda, Sept.
19, i860; Diana, Aug. 10, 1862; Chester, July
14, 1864, and Louisa. Jared Bortner followed
farming and shoemaking. He was a great
reader and has read his German Bible through
twenty times. He still survives, and although
in his eighty-seventh year is in the best of
health and spirits.

A reunion of the Bortner family was held
Aug. 7, 1897, under the management of a com-
mittee of five: Leander W. Bortner, Dr. E.
D. Bortner, Jacob G. Bortner, Hon. H. M.
Bortner and David Bortner. The following
account appeared in a York paper :


(Over 5,000 of That Family and Their Immediate
Relatives and Friends Participate.)

On Saturday the contemplated re-union of the
Bortner family was held at Brodbeck's Grove,
about a mile from Green Ridge. Very extensive
preparations had been made for this unique occa-
sion, and to say that it was a success would be put-
ting It mildly. The like has never occurred before

m this county, and it is doubtful if any other fam-
ily m the county could gather as many as 5,000
people, the estimated attendance at the re-union,
all of them more or less related by blood and mar-
riage. There was a great handshaking and renewal
of friendships. Three cornet bands, one the famous
Towson band, of Tovvson. Aid., were present and
enlivened the occasion with choice music. Mem-
bers of the family were there from all over Penn-
sylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Indiana.

The feature of the day was the rendition of an
interesting programme in the afternoon, consisting
of excellent instrumental and vocal music and sev-
eral very interesting addresses.

Mr. Henry M. Bortner gave the family history,
and his reminiscences, of many of which he has
personal knowledge, he being nearly eighty years
of age, were of particular interest to the members
of the family. He traced the family from the im-
migration, in about 1700, of Balsar Bortner, who
came from Holland and settled in Bucks county.
Pa., he being the progenitor of George Bortner,
who drifted into York county over a century and a
half ago, and took up land in what is now Codorus
township, he having at that time a very large tract
of land, and died leaving much wealth behind. The
son of George Bortner, Ludwig, then took the
land and selling off tract after tract retained a farm
of nearly two hundred acres, which farm has ever since
been owned by a Bortner. Balsar Bortner was the
great-grandfather of the speaker and his descend-
ants have spread into almost every State and Terri-
tory in the Union.

Prof. Theo. Bortner, of Hanover, Pa., in a very
neat speech, told of his impressions received at the
reunion and hoped for a repetition in future years.

Frank 'M. Bortner. Esq., a rising young lawyer
and junior partner of the law firm of Shambach &
Bortner, of our city, made a very eloquent congrat-
ulatory address. The speech, which was very com-
plimentary to the family, was enthusiastica'lly re-

The hearts of the old people of the family are
not heavy and four or five of them gave vent to
their levity by engaging in a very amusing wheel-
ing match, the prizes being a handsome crab stick
with gold mountings, won by Mr. Harry S Bort-
ner, aged eighty-three years; and a box of fine
cigars won by Mr. Jacob G, Bortner, aged seventy-
eight, of Glen Rock. Pennsylvania.

"^''^ °''^'^®* member of the family present was
Mr. George Bortner, over ninety years old.

Letters of regret were read from Mr. Charles
Bortner, of Albion. Ind., who on the day of the
reunion was just eighty years old, and from Mrs
Christine Wilson, nee Bortner, of Lewistown. Illi-
nois, who is 102 years of lage, and whose direct
lineal descendants number 365.

The history of the family gi^■en bv Hon.
H. M. Bortner was in' German." The
speech was not fully delivered, on account of
Mr. Bortner's health and a lack of time, but in
the following we give a synopsis of his family
sketch :

Ich bin yets old, un ols noch doe.
Ich wor mohl yung. un now shoon gro:
Ansht wore ols yusht der dawdie gro;
Un now sin shon sei kiiiner so,



Ich ains dafoon, schwoch in de ba;

Un now yets aw bol nimma shta,

Un aw shtife in meina gnee;

U'n wore ich nee net ootra shpree;

Aiy memory is duch ols noch doe,

So goot sie wore for fooftsich yore,

Ich bin aw fro dos sel so is,

Gott gaub niir es, sel bin ich g'wiss,

Es is ein ba-sundra gaub,

Die ich toon meine shepfer hob.

The following are the names of the children
(as near as I can find out) of Baltzer Bortner,
who was born in Germany, about 200 years
ao'o : George, Peter and Rozena. Rozena be-
came the wife of Frederick Frasher. Peter,
who was born about 1734, came from Bucks
county to Dauphin, and had five sons and sev-
eral daughters, one of whom was married to
a Hoofnagle, in Ohio.

The following are names of Peter's sons:
Peter, John, IMichael, Philip and Jacob. Peter
was born in 1782; in 1810 he married Chris-
tiana Losh, with whom he lived seventy-one
years, when she died at the age of over 100
years, in Lewistown, Fulton county, 111. They
had thirteen children, ninety grandchildren,
217 great-grandchildren, and twenty-four
great-great-grandchildren, a total of 353.

Mike was born in Lykensburg. Pa., in
1812, and four years later (1816) his father
died. Mike, at the age of fifteen, moved to
Wood county, Ohio, and from there to Free-
port, Ohio. Mr. Bortner was the father of
nine children. Of John, Philip and Jacob I
know nothing.

George Bortner, married to Appolona
Floucher, was born about 1731. He settled in
Codorus township. In 1754 he was the owner
of the property now owned by Jacob W. Bort-
ner, and on Nov. 2, 1774, he bought fifty acres
of Ludwig Krebs, executor of the estate of
Charles Shafer. deceased. On Oct. 12, 1798,
he sold thirty-five acres to Abraham Flosler.
On Dec. 13, 1799, he sold thirty-one acres to
Abraham Hosier. On Jan. 2, 1801, he sold
the balance to his son Peter. On May 2, 1802,
it was sold to Ludwig Bortner, who owned it
until after his death, when it was sold to John
Ziegler in 181 7.

George Bortner was the father of twelve
children, seven sons and five daughters, name-
ly : George, Ludwig, John, Peter, Philip,
Jacob, Michael, Julia, Christiana, Margaret,
Elizabeth and Catharine, (i) George Bort-
ner, married to [Margaret Gantz, was born Feb.

6, 1761, and died April 8, 1843, aged eighty-
two years, two months, two days. They had
seven children, four sons and three daughters:
Henry, John, George, Jacob, Margaret, Chris-
tiana and Elizabeth. Of these, Henry moved
to Ohio; John had five children, two sons and
three daughters, David, Jesse, Julia, Sallie and
Leah; George died at the age of twenty-one;
Jacob when sixteen; Margaret died single at
the age of eighty-three years ; Christiana, mar-
ried to George Amspacher, died at the age
of ninety-three; Elizabeth died in 1853, aged
fifty-six. David Bortner was married to a
Hartman and had sons and daughters. Those
whom I know are Albert, Nathaniel, David
and Jesse. Jesse Bortner was killed on the rail-
road between York and Wrightsville. (2)
Ludwig Bortner, married to Elizabeth Gantz,
was born May 15, 1762, and died Dec. 12,
181 5, aged fifty-three years, six months and
twenty seven days. They had five children,
two sons and three daughters, Jacob, John,
Barbara, Elizabeth and Magdalene. Jacob
was born in 1794, died 1857, aged sixty-three
years. He had thirteen children, eight sons
and five daughters, Lewis, Jesse, Daniel,
Amos, Jacob, Charles, Emanuel, Levi, Eliza-
beth, Lucy Ann, Catharine, Matilda and Julia.
All of the children are still living except Lewis,
Jesse and Lucy Ann. John, born in 1797,
died in 1853, aged fifty-six years. He had six^
children, two sons and four daughters, Johnj
Lewis, Leah, Catharine. Mar}' Ann and Eliza
beth. Barbara was married to John Zeigleii
Elizabeth to Jacob Fishel, Magdalene first t|
a Krebs.' (3) John, married to Julia Gantz,"
was born in 1768, died in 1859, aged ninety-
one years. He had six children as far as I
know, three sons and three daughters, John,
Jacob. Josiah; one of the daughters was mar-
ried to a Fife, one to a H3'son, and the other to
a Yost. (4) Peter, married to Elizabeth
Wayne, was born in 1770, died in 1832, aged
sixty-one years, eight months. They had
eight children, seven sons and one daughter —
Jacob, George, Peter, John, Martin, William,
Henry and Elizabeth. All are dead except
Elizabeth. Peter was born March 4, 1798,
died Sept. 25, 1888, aged ninety years, six
months and twenty-one days. (5) Philip
moved to AVashington county. Am unable to
give anything further of him. (6) Jacob,
married to Catharine Snvder, was born Jan.



14, 1778, died Jan. 25, 1851, aged seventy-
three years, eleven days. They had seven chil-
dren, five sons and two daughters — Jacob,
George, Samuel, Michael, Henry, Elizabeth
and Rebecca. Jacob was born Jan. 26, 1805,
died Feb. 6, 1890, aged eighty-five years, ten
days. George was born March 17, 1807, is
over ninety years of age and was the oldest
Bortner at the reunion. Samuel was born in
1809, died 1874, aged about sixty-six years.
Michael was born in 181 1, died in Ohio in
1843, aged thirty-two years. Henry was born
in 181 6, is still living. Elizabeth was born in
1814, wife of Jacob Strayer, is dead. Rebecca
was born in 1818, wife of Levi Bahn, is still
living. (7) Michael Bortner, married to Mar-
garet Markel, was born Nov. 20, 1780, died
Oct. 21, 1870, aged eighty-nine years, eleven
months and one day. He was thirteen years
and fifteen days on his sickbed. With his first
wife he had four children, John, Mike, Eliza-
beth and Jacob. All are dead except Jacob.
John was born Feb. 16, 1808; Mike, Nov. 23,
1809; Ehzabeth, Feb. 18, 181 1; Jacob, Jan.
13, 1814. His second wife, Catherine Markel,
with whom he had Sarah, born June 15, 1818;
Jared, born Oct. 18, 1819; H. M., born Jan. 3,
1821; Jonas, born Dec. 7, 1823; Lydia, born
Nov. 24, 1825; Cassian, born Aug. 30, 1828;
Catharine, born July 12, 183 1 ;Noah, born Jan.
22, 1835. All are living except Jonas and
Lydia. Jacob Bortner, of George, was married
to Catharine Snyder; Jacob Bortner, of Lud-
wig, was married to Catharine Gerbrick;
Jacob Bortner, of Michael, Avas mai'ried to
Catharine Walker; John Bortner, of Ludwig,
was married to Catharine Strickhouser ; John
Bortner, of Michael, was married to Catharine
Kerchner ; John Bortner, of John, was married
to Catharine Rohrbaugh ; Michael Bortner, of
George, was married to Catharine Markel :
Michael Bortner, of Michael, was married to
Catharine Sweitzer; Jonas Bortner, of ]\Iichael,
was married to Catharine Bortner ; Edmund
Bortner, of Charles, was married to Catharine
Bortner. When the last two, Jonas and Ed-
mund, wished to marry, the Catharines were
all taken up, so that, rather than not get Cath-
arines, they married Catharine Bortners. Here
is a list of a few Levi Bortners : Levi Bort-
ner, Levi B. Bortner, Levi E. Bortner, Levi
G. Bortner, Levi K. Bortner. Levi P. Bortner,
Levi S. Bortner, Levi S. Bortner, Levi W.
Bortner. Three Bortners (brothers) married

tlu'ee Gantzes (sisters). Three Bortners
(brothers) married three Ernsts, two of whom
were sisters.

community, great or small, there are found
men who, by reason of personal attributes, en-
terprising spirit and natural ability, have arisen
above their fellows in business, social or public
life. Spring Grove has several examples o£
this class, and one of these is Philip H. Glat-
felter, proprietor of the great paper manufac-
turing plant of Spring Grove, who was born in
1837, a son of Charles and Louisa (Fishel)

For many generations members of the Glat-
felter family had been engaged in agricultural
pursuits, and during the first twenty years of
his life Philip H. Glatfelter followed the ex-
ample his forebears had set, in the mean time
attending the district school, and eagerly im-
bibing all his various teachers could impart-
However, the ambitious boy, who from child-
hood exhibited a restless desire to get on in the-
world, could not content himself with the hum
drum life upon the farm, and in 1857 he en-
tered the mill of Loucks & Hofifman, on the
Gunpowder river in Maryland, and for six or
seven years he seriously applied himself to-
mastering the business of paper manufacturing
in every detail. At the expiration of that time
an opportunity presented itself for him to em-
bark in the business for himself, which he
eagerly embraced, although advised to the con-
trary by friends and relatives. Thus he be-
came the owner of the paper mills located at
Spring Grove.

Spring Grove first came into notice as an
iron hamlet, Peter Dicks, one of the prosperous
iron men of his day, having erected a bloom-
ery there in 1756, coming from Delaware coun-
ty. Pa., to do so. About 1850 the iron busi-
ness was suspended, and Jacob Hauer, who
had removed from Lebanon to York county ta
engage in that branch of industrial activity, •
finding his occupation gone, embarked in the
manufacture of paper. Three years later he
died, and his heirs, after conducting- the busi-
ness for a time, leased it to a Philadelphia firm.
In 1863 it came upon the market, and Mr.
Glatfelter bought the plant, which at that time
had a capacity of fifteen hundred pounds daily.
Five years later the new proprietor had in-
creased the daily capacity to four thousand



pounds. In 1874 new buildings were erected,
and an entire new plant put in, so that the
■daily output reached ten thousand pounds.
From time to time Mr. Glatfelter has added to
his building's and machinery until he now has
a capacity of ninety thousands pounds daily,
and his plant covers five acres of land, and is
valued at one million dollars. The business was
incorporated in December, 1905, as the P. H.
Glatfelter Co., with a capital of $i,cx30,ooo.
Mr. Glatfelter enjoys the distinction of being
one of the first manufacturers to make paper
from wood and straw pulp, and he is always
eager to embrace new methods which prom-
ise to be of worth, and to take advantage of
improved machinery. The mills are operated
day and night, and constant employment is
given to some 325 men. A private electric
plant generates light for the establishment, and
through the generosity of Mr. Glatfelter the
town has been lighted for a nominal rental,
the borough actvially paying less than the cost
to him.

In addition to his extensive interests in
the paper manufacturing line, Mr. Glatfelter is
president of the York Manufacturing Com-
pany, one of the largest concerns of the city
of York, is possessed of numerous realty hold-
ings, and is a man of wealth and influence.
His son, William L. Glatfelter, has been asso-
ciated with him in the manufactui'e of paper
since 1887, and holds the office of secretary
and treasurer of the Company.

The history of Spring Grove since Mr.
Glatfelter's location is the history of this be-
nevolent and public-spirited man. Always on
the alert to second any measure tending toward
the advancement and improvement of the place.
Mr. Glatfelter is largely responsible for its
moral and material growth. Among other
gifts he has made to the people is a $20,000
schoolhouse. Recognizing the urgent need of
a first-class hotel to accommodate the many
guests coming to Spring Grove, Mr. Glat-
felter built and furnished the magnificent
"Hotel Aldine," which is conducted on strict
temperance principles, he being a strong ad-
vocate of temperance. Through his efforts
Spring Grove is a temperance town, and its
people are sober, industrious and prosperous.
Not content with forwarding the cause of
higher education in Spring Grove, Mr. Glat-
felter has given generously to numerous edu-
cational institutions, and is always encourag-

ing the young to improve and cultivate their

In 1 86 1 Mr. Glatfelter married Miss
Amanda E. Loucks, of West Manchester town-
ship, daughter of John G. and Susan C.
Loucks, and five children, four daughters and
one son, have been born to them: Iva J. (de-
ceased), Clara E. (wife of C. E. Moul, of Han-
over), William L., Mellie I. and L. Romaine.

The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Glat-
felter is located opposite the mills. It is sur-
rounded by extensive grounds, carefully cul-
tivated, and here the busy man of affairs en-
joys his leisure hours.

Full of charity for others, Mr. Glatfelter
has hosts of friends wherever known, while his
sound judgment, sterling character and excel-
lent business abilities have won him a place in
the front rank of men of prominence and sub-

J. ALLEN BAER, who was formerly en-
gaged in the banking business, is a representa-
tive of an old York county family. His great-
grandfather, David Bear, was born April 11,
1780, and died Oct. 16, 1831, and the latter's
wife, Maria Baer, was born June 20, 1772, and
died Nov. 4, 1868. Their old homestead is
still occupied by some of their descendants.
Daniel Baer, son of David, married Susan
Hershey, and their children were : Daniel and
Jacob H.

Jacob H. Baer, son of Daniel and Susan
H. Baer, was born April 2, 1830, and passed
his first eighteen years upon his father's farm,
assisting in its cultivation and at intervals at-
tending the district schools. He then entered
York County Academy, from which he was
graduated in 1853. Entering the commission
business soon after, he continued in it for
twelve years, then beginning his career as a
banker by organizing a private bank, which he
conducted for two years. This bank was then
merged into the Western National Bank,
which he organized, and of which he was pres-
ident for two years. He then resigned and
embarked again in a private banking business,
building up one of the soundest financial institu-
tions in the county, ably seconded by his sons
Charles F. and J. Allen. In this he continued
until 1890. His death occurred INIay 3. 1896.
He was a man of marked business sagacitv and
possessed the confidence of all. In June, 1858,



he married Mary Winters, daughter of John
and Maria Winters, of York county, and they
had four children: Charles F. married Mary
E. Beeler, and is in the banking business at
York ; J. Allen ; Annie M. married Dr. George
W. Brose, of York; and Howard D. is in the
banking business with his brother Charles F.
Mrs. Baer died June 3, 1875, and her remains,
as well as those of her husband, rest in Pros-
pect Hill cemetery. The family were reared
in the Lutheran faith.

J. Allen Baer was born in York, Pa., July
19, 1863, and received his education in the
public schools of York and in York County
Academy. From the time he left school until
1893 he was engaged in the banking business
with his father, and since then has lived re-

In 1896 Mr. Baer was united in marriage
with Annie J. Runkle, daughter of George W.
Runkle, of York. Two children have blessed
this union, Helen M. and John A., both attend-
ing school. Mr. and Mrs. Baer attend the Lu-
theran Church, and are active in all good work.

of the First National Bank at Wrightsville, is
one of the self-made men of York county, hav-
ing attained high position and honorable repu-
tation through honest effort and intrinsic
worth. He is a son of Henry C. and Anna M.
(Burg) Fon Dersmith.

Henry C. Fon Dersmith was a merchant in
Lancaster for many years and was counted one
of Lancaster county's influential business men.
He afterward settled in Columbia, that county.

The public schools afforded our subject his
only literary advantages. He was but fifteen
when his father died, and he was then obliged
to look after his own livelihood. He entered
the Farmers' National Bank at Lancaster as a
messenger, and by careful attention to his
duties, won recognition from the bank officials,
and was gradually promoted through various
departments. Feeling that he might gain
greater financial returns in other lines, Mr.

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