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subject, was born May 6, 1813, in Dauphin
county. For a number of years he foUowed
farming, first in Dauphin county, then for nine
years on the island in the Susquehanna river.
He afterward went to Marsh Run in Fairview
township, York county, and was employed
with the Northern Central Railroad, under his
son, Zacharias, for about five years, and then
retired for the remainder of his life, his death
taking place in New Cumberland, Cumberland
county, Feb. 26, 1901. He married Sarah
Parthemore, born Nov. 27, 181 6, at Middle-
town, Pa., who died Oct. 6, 1873, at her home
in Fairview township. She was buried in the
Highspire Church cemetery, in Dauphin coun-
ty. She was a consistent member of the
Church of God.

Zacharias Bamberger, father of our sub-
ject, was the eldest child, the rest of the fam-
ily being: Mary Sophia, born March 5. 1839,
died June 8, 1849, ^"d was buried at Highspire
Church; Archibald W., born Aug. 14, 1841,
died Feb. 21, 1862, and was buried at High-
spire: Wilham H. H., born Dec. 25. 1842,
died Feb. 3, 1846, and was buried at the High-
spire Church: Mary Elmira, born Jan. 12,
1848, died March 6, 1851, in York county;
Alfred P., born Nov. 13, 1848, served as a
private in the Civil war as a member of Com-
pany C, iT2th P. V. I., later bring employed
for years on the Northern Central Railroad,
and now living at New Cumberland (he mar-
ried Mary C. Diffenderfer, daughter of Wil-
liam and Anna Diffenderfer) ; Mary E., born
Aug. 16, 1 85 1, on the island in the Susque-
hanna, married William Henry Mover, born
July I, 1848, son of Samuel and Catherine
(Look) Mover, and now ^lives in Fairview
township; John C, born Feb. 20, i8';4, married
Susan Green, daughter of John Green, who
died in York county; Emma C, born Feb. 6,
1857, f^'ed voune; and William Franklin, born
Dec. 20, 1859. lives in Fairview township.

Zacharias Bamberger, father of our sub-

ject, was born May 27, 1838, in Dauphin coun-
ty, near Middletown. After completing a dis-
trict school education, the best afforded by the
place and time, he went into railroad work, en-
tering the employ of the Northern Central
Railroad, May i, 1857, on the Baltimore
Division, and he continued until Dec. 28, 1863.
From Aug. 27, 1864, until June 21, 1865, he
served in the Civil war in Company F, 201st
P. V. I. After his return from the army he
re-entered the employ of the railroad company
Sept. I, 1865, and he remained continuously
in that service until April i, 1870, when he
was appointed by H. E. Parmore, as foreman
on sub-division 16, Section No. 2, Baltimore
Division. In the fall of 1900 his health failed,
and about April i, 1901, he was placed on the
Pennsylvania Railroad Voluntary Relief De-
partment under medical treatment. This con-
tinued until Dec. i, 1903, when he was retired
and placed on the pension rolls. He now re-
sides in Goldsboro, Etters P. O., on the banks
of the Susquehanna river. In the great ice
gorge and flood, March 8, 1904, all his build-
ings, except the house, were broken to pieces,
and the family were driven out by the ice and

On Dec. 30, 1856, Zacharias Bamberger
was married (first) to Barbara Eva Wolf, who
was born June 20, 1837, and who died July 19,
1895, in York county, aged fifty-eight years
and twenty-nine days. The children born of
this union were: Sarah Ann, born Aug. 19,
1857, married Oct. 21, 1875, Daniel Miller,
and lives in Goldsboro, York county; Elmira
Jane, born Oct. 15, 1859, was married June
15, 1880, to Richard F. Kelley, and lives in
Fairview township; George W., born Oct. 2J,
i860, died Dec. 15, i860; William Frank-
lin, born Oct. 27, 1861, married Susan Willis,
living in Goldsboro; G. W., born Sept. 17,
1863; Daniel Warren, born Jan. 12, 1866,
married Amanda Beshore, and resides in New-
berry township, having his father's old position
as foreman with the Northern Central Rail-
road; Emma Louisa, born March 26, 1868,
married June 8, 1884, Theodore Idle, and lives
in York; Harry Alfred, born March 11, 1870,
married Emma Brenneman, and lives in
Goldsboro, foreman under his brother;
Joseph Z., born July 2, 1872, died in 1889;
Herman Elwood, born April 21, 1874, married
Laura Clemens, and is a carpenter living at



York Haven; Minnie Eve, born June 2_, 1S76,
is the wife of Milton Allison, a conductor on
the shifting freights at York; and Mary Eliza-
beth, born Aug. 16, 1877, who died in 1891.
Zacharias Bamberger married (; second)
Leah Shelly Souders, who was born March 15,
1837, daughter of Wentel and Mary (Hoff-
stot) Shelly.

G. W. Bamberger attended the public
schools until he was seventeen years old, and
then went to work for the Northern Central
Railroad under his father, and was employed
there for six years, and then worked one
year at the carpenter's trade. Then he em-
barked in farming in Newberry township,
where he owns two fine farms, one of sixty
and one of forty acres.

On Dec. 16, 1883, Mr. Bamberger married
Annie Detwiler, daughter of Elias and Frances
(Gotwals) Detwiler, and they have had chil-
dren: William, born March 3, 1885; Minnie,
born June 2, 1886; Elias, born Aug. 11, 1887;
Zacharias, born Feb. 8, 1889; Frances, born
April 28, 1890; an infant, born June 9, 1892;
Edna Ruth, born May 28, 1893; Barbara Eve,
born Dec. 18, 1894; Elizabeth D., born Aug.
2, 1898, died Aug. 26, 1900; John D., born
Dec. 18, 1899, died Sept. i, 1900; and Anna
Lulu, born June 14, 1901.. In politics he is a
Republican." Mr. and Mrs. Bamberger are
leading members of the U. B. Church.

Elias Detwiler, father of Mrs. Bamberger,
was born in 181 8, in Montgomery county. Pa.,
and when a young man came to Newberry
township, where he bought a farm of 160
acres. He married Frances Gotwals, daughter
of Joseph Gotwals. His death took place in
1889, and that of his widow in 1900, and both
were interred in the Fetrow graveyard in New-
berry township. Their children were: Mi-ss
Elizabeth, living at York; James G., married
to Mary Gotwals and living in Montgomery
county; Samuel, married to Elmira Powell,
and living at Steelton; Sarah, wife of Joseph
Gotwals, of Norristown ; Susanna, wife of Al-
fred Bamberger, of New Cumberland; Mary,
wife of Henry Alebaugh, of Norristown;
Catherine, wife of Howard Nicholas, a car-
penter in Newberry township; Frances, wife
of Jacob Conley, a farmer of Newberry town-
ship, extended mention of whom will be found
elsewhere; John, married to Alice Hoyer, and
living in Montgomery county ; Elias, who mar-

ried (first) Katie Stauffer, and (second) Mar-
tha Forbes, and "they live in Philadelphia;
Joseph, married Jane Schuller, of Cone w ago
township; and Annie, wife of G. W. Bam-

As will be seen by this long record, the
Bamberger family is not only a numerous one
in this section, but it is one which is held in
high esteem. Years of faithful service reflect
credit upon the father of our subject, and the
recognition of this fidelity by the great corpor-
ation, emphasized the value in which he was
held. The family is one of intelligence as
well as substance.

J. W. SHAFFER, a prominent and lead-
ing citizen of York county, who is serving as
justice of the peace in Monaghan township, fol-
lows contracting and building on an extensive
scale. Mr. Shaffer was born March 16, 1852,
in Monaghan township, son of George and
Margaret (Myers) Shaffer, and grandson of
James and Martha (Eppley) Shaffer.

James Shaffer was a stone mason by trade
and followed this calling nearly all his life in
York county. He died in 1856, aged about
sixty-seven years, and his wife died in 1867,
aged eighty years. The children born to this
worthy couple were : John, George D., Abra-
ham, James, Joseph, Mary A. and Sophia.

George D. Shaffer was a stone mason by
trade, but from the year 1847 until his death
followed farming. For sixteen years he was
in the lumber and coal business in Bowmans-
dale. He became very prosperous, at one time
owning three farms. He died in January,.
1902, almost eighty years old, his wife, Marga-
ret (Myers), having passed away in 1896, aged
seventy-six years. They were members of the
Church of God. Like his father Mr. Shaffer
was a stanch Democrat, and always upheld the
principles of his part}^, being honored with
several township offices. He and his wife
were the parents of these children : ]\Iartha J.,
deceased; Dare G., Samuel M., James W.,
Elizabeth E., Margaret A., Mary M., Sophia
J., Alice M. (deceased), Ida F. and Drusilla E.

J. W. Shaffer received his preliminary edu-
cation in the public schools of York county, and
then attended the Cumberland Valley Insti-
tute at Mechanicsburg, which institution is now
defunct. He afterward took a special course
at the Chambersburg Academy, and graduated



irom that institution. His first work after
leaving school was at farming. Later he turned
his attention in 1876 to the lumber and coal
business, at which he worked with his father at
Bowmansdale for sixteen years. He was then
employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, for
several years doing construction work between
Harrisburg and Philadelphia. In 1890 Mr.
Shaffer returned to Monaghan township and
purchased his present property, building a fine,
new, modern ten-room house, and good sub-
stantial out-buildings. His farm contains 130
acres of valuable land, and is situated about ten
miles from Harrisburg, and within a mile of
Bowmansdale. His farm is well located, be-
ing near both schools and churches, and the
ground has excellent irrigation facilities. In
1898 ;\Ir. Shaffer first engaged in contracting
and building, and is today considered a very
successful man in that line. He is constantly
kept busy, generally employing six hands, but
sometimes needing eight.

In 1890 ]\Ir. Shaffer married Miss Jessie E.
Reever, daughter of Hanson E. and Martha A.\
Reever, of Bowmansdale, and five children
have been born to this union : Violet, de-
ceased ; George, deceased ; J. Aldons ; Margue-
rite, deceased; and H. Seibert. In religion
the family are members of- the Church of God.
Mr. Shaffer is a Democrat and was one of the
enumerators of the Tenth Census in 1880. He
has been justice of the peace for eleven years.
He was re-elected in 1904, and his commis-
sion will expire in 1909. Mr. Shaffer has
served under these governors : Pattison, for
five 3^ears ; Hastings, for one year ; Stone for
five years ; and Pennypacker, for five years вАФ
a very notable record. He is a local historian
with a vast fund of information, concerning
this part of the country, and he furnished valu-
able data for the Gibson History of York
county (1886). He has traveled extensively
over this country and Canada, visiting the lat-
ter country and New York State in 1875, and
he is familiar with the States of New Jersey,
Maryland, \^irginia. North Carolina, Dela-
ware, which he visited in the winter of 1880,
and also with Florida and the southern

Both as a business man, citizen and public
official. Judge Shaffer is held in high esteem,
and is considered one of the substantial repre-
sentative men of Monaghan township.

THOMAS ENGLE, a contractor for
cement work in York, was born in that city
Oct. 30, 1 86 1, and comes of a family whose
name appears in the records of many of our
national wars. His grandfather, Thomas
Engle, fought in the Revolution, and the lat-
ter's brother Jonathan in the war of 1812;
Thomas, a cousin of our subject, was in the
Mexican war, and his brother Jacob and
cousin Fred were in the Civil war.

Thomas Engle was educated in the public
schools and attended until he was twelve years
old, at which time he began assisting his father
in the lime business. At the age of eighteen
he went to his brother Michael to learn the
plasterer's trade, and then in turn took up
the work of a brickmason. For about thirteen
years he worked in Philadelphia, taking <con-
tracts on dwelling houses, while from 1899
to 1 90 1 he did contracting in York. In the
latter year he took up the cement business, and
handles contracts for laying walks, etc., doing
a large business, and giving employment on
an average to ten men. He is a thoroughly
wide-awake, energetic and progressive man,
and is- continually increasing the scope of his
work. He is also active in politics as a good
Republican. Fraternally he is connected with
^ilanatha Tribe, No. 93 I. O. R. M., of York.

In 1884 Mr. Engle was united in matri-
mony to Miss Margery Kate Staub, daughter
of Andrew and Lydia Staub. Mrs. Engle was
born in York, but was reared in the family of
John Cochran, of Lancaster, Pa. Of the eleven
children born to this marriage, several died in
infancy, the others being : Joseph N., Samuel
F., Lydia M., Thomas T. (now deceased),
David E., William T. and George W. The
family attend the Lutheran Church.

chester township, was born Oct. 9, 1842, in
Wurtemberg, Germany, son of Gotleib and
Anna Magdalena (Shwemley) Henneise, na-
tives of Wurtemberg.

Gotlieb Henneise brought his family to
America in 1851, locating at Baltimore, and
after many adventures and inconveniences,
owing probablv to a want of knowledge of the
customs- and language of the country, Mr.
Henneise succeeded in renting a house of Col.
Hay, where the family remained for three
years, the father following his trade and doing



day laboring. Later they removed to West
York where he also followed these occupations,
remaining- there for five years, at the end of
which time he removed to West Manchester
township, and located in Col. Stahle's tenant
house, remaining five years. After this he
went to Conewago township, where he fol-
lowed farming until the spring of 1866, when
he died, aged seventy-nine years. He was
buried at Prospect Hill cemetery. His wife
died in Conewago township, and is buried with
her husband. Four children w^ere born to this
couple: Beata, married John Palmtag, and
resides in York; George S. ; Catherine resides
in New Jersey; and Lena married Albert
Bodey and resides in York.

George S. Henneise was nine years old
whej.1 brought to this country, and was able
to read and write the German language, later
being taught English in the schools of West
Manchester and Conewago townships. Until
the year 1864, Mr. Henneise worked as a day
laborer, in this year enlisting in Company B,
200th P. V. L, being mustered in at Harris-
burg, and serving faithfully until April, 1865.
when he was wounded, and after nine months'
service he was mustered out of service. The
injury received by the bursting of the enemy's
shell still inconveniences Mr. Henneise, and
he will probably wear the scars for the rest of
his life. After being mustered out of ser-
vice Mr. Henneise returned to farming in Con-
ewago township where he worked five years,
then engaging with Peter Boyer on his farm
in Dover township, working seven years, after
which he returned to Conewago township, and
continued there for eleven year's. At this time
he came to Manchester township, and engaged
in farming near Aughenbaugh's school house,
where he remained nine j^ears, at the end of
which time, in 1898, he bought the Widow
Hebner farm in East Manchester township,
which consisted of twenty-one acres of fine
land where he is still engaged in farming and

In 1865 Mr. Henneise married Nancy Mil-
ler, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth ( Hamme)
Miller, and she died in Conewago township,
and was buried at Quickel's Church. To
George and Nancy Henneise were born the
following children : Elizabeth married Adam
Brown, and lives in East Manchester township :
Emma Jane, bom June i, 1867, married Wil-

liam Dittenhafer, and lives in Conewago town-
shiip; William Henry, born Sept. 8, 1868, mar-
ried Amanda Hake, and lives in Alanchester
township; Mary Ellen, born Aug. 23, 1870,
married Robert Shelley, and lives at West
York; Martha married Jesse Schriver, and re-
sides at York Haven ; Frank E., born Nov. 30,
1873, married Clara Strausbaugh, and resides
in Windsor township; and John Albert, born
April 21, 1875, married Amanda Lease, and
lives at Stony Brook.

In 1885, Mr. Henneise married Catherine
(Benedick) Jordan, daughter of Samuel and
Sarah (Dellinger) Benedick, of York county,
and to them have been born these children :
Harvey Elson, born April 8, 1887, residing at
home; Cora, born April 28, 1889; and Charles
Edw-ard, born Oct. 6, 1891, at home.

In politics Mr. Henneise is a Democrat,
but although being an active party worker has
never sought office. He is a member of the
Lutheran Church at Quickels, in which he has
been an elder for two years. Throughout his
long and active career his affairs have been
conducted with honesty and fairness, and to-
day he enjoys the confidence and respect of his

JESSE L. KRALL, of Washington town-
ship, York county, was born in this township,,
in 1857, and belongs to one of the old and
honorable families of this portion of Penn-
sylvania. He is a son of John Krall, and the
full family history will be found in another
part of this work.

Jesse L. Krall attended the schools at Krall-
town, a village so named in honor of his own
familv, and went from there to a summer
school at York Springs, and later he enjoyed
the instruction of Prof. D. G. A\'illiams
and Prof. Prowell, at Y'ork. This brought
him to the age of twenty years, and his school-
days closed.

Mr. Krall belongs to an energetic, practical
family, and after leaving school and prior to
taking up farming, he learned the carpenter's
trade and followed it for a number of years,
and even yet can compete in this line with
many younger men in the trade. He later
engaged in farming, spending two summers
at Lancaster, one of these being spent on the
farm of Bishop Jacob N. Brubaker. He then
returned to Washington township, and for the



next- twent}^ years farmed the homestead for
himself and sisters, a tract of 173 acres of
land. In 1903 he bought his present farm of
fifty acres from Daniel Shelley, and continues
to carry on large agricultural operations here.
He has a fine body of fertile, well-located land
which he has^ placed under good cultivation.

Mr. Krall is one of the stanch Republicans
of his township, and he has been school direc-
tor here for a number of years. He is a lead-
ing member of the United Evangelical Church,
is president of the K. L. C. society, is a class
leader and has served as steward and Sunday-
school teacher. He is an honest, upright man
who comamnds the respect of all who know
him, and he ranks with the representative cit-
izens of this locality.

farm of ninety acres in Warrington township,
was born in Franklin township, York county,
Sept. 3, 1846, son of Henry and Polly ( ^^^ire-
man) Ditmer, and grandson of Frederick and
Sarah (Fogelsong) Ditmer.

Frederick Ditmer, the paternal grandfather
of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer by
occupation, spending all of his active period
at that calling. He never owned a farm, but
accumulated his means on rented properties,
and at the time of his death was considered a
well-to-do man. He carried on farming for
twenty-two years on one property, which was
owned by Abraham Williams, and which was
located on the Yellow Breeches Creek in the
northern part of York county. Frederick Dit-
mer died in 1862, aged about eighty-five years,
and had been a consistent member of the Re-
formed Church for many years. He and his
wife became the parents of the following chil-
dren : John, Frederick, Henry, Samuel,
George, David, Elizabeth, Susan and Sarah.

Henry Ditmer, son of Frederick, was
reared in Cumberland county. His education
was obtained in the common schools of his
day, and when a young man he learned the
millers' trade. He did not follow it long, how-
ever, as it did not agree with his health, so
he turned his attention to agricultural pur-
suits, following this line during the summer
months, and teaching school during the winter
seasons, which was the custom in those days.
He had accumulated a small property at the
time of his death, which occurred in 1883, in

his sixty-fourth year, while his wife died aged
seventy-two. He was a devoted member of
the United Brethren Church. In politics he
was a Republican, but was no office seeker.
Before the war Mr. Ditmer was a member of
the State militia.

Frederick Ditmer, after receiving his edu-
cation in the schools of Franklin "township,
turned his attention to farming, and has fal-
lowed this all his life. He farmed on rented
property until 1882, when he purchased his
present farm of ninety acres, which was form-
erly owned by Milton Cookson, and which com-
prises several small tracts, which Mr. Ditmet
has put in a fine state of cultivation.

In 1873 Mr. Ditmer married Susan Willey,
daughter of Christian Willey and three chil-
dren have been born to this union : Henry,
a plumber who was killed at Baileys, Perry
Co., Pa., Jan. 7, 1905, while in the employ
of the Pennsylvania railroad, aged twenty-
seven years, ten months and twenty days ;
Grace and Rebecca. Mrs. Ditmer is a member
of the Lutheran Church, while Mr. Ditmer is
liberal in his religious views. His political
connection is with the Republican party. He
is one of the good citizens of Warrington
township, and is highly respected throughout
the community.

ably no business line has grown more rapidly
in any section of the country than that of
insurance, in the past twenty years. One of
its successful promoters in York is William
yi. Eckenrode, the general agent of The Penn
^lutual Life Insurance Company, of Phila-
delphia, for York and Adams counties. Mr.
Eckenrode" s ancestors came from Germany,
and he is a grandson of John Eckenrode, a
farmer, who resided near New Oxford, Adams
county, Pennsylvania.

Aloysius Eckenrode, father of \\^illiam
]\I. Eckenrode, was also a farmer of Adams
county, who died Dec. 31, 1882, aged seventy-
six years, while his wife, Xancy Myers, a
member of a well known New Oxford, Adams
county, family, died in July of the same year.
They were the parents of ten children, eight
sons and two daughters.

William M. Eckenrode was born near New
Oxford, Adams county, Dec. 6, 1849, and was
educated in the public schools of Adams coun-


ty. He taught school for two consecutive
terms in Mount Pleasant township, Adams
county, alter which he becaiue an apprentice
to and learned the art of printing in the office
of the Gettysburg Compiler, where he remained
three years, and w-as then employed on the
Cojigrcssional Globe, Washington, D. C, two
years. Pie next engaged in the life insurance
business, first representing the Massachusetts
Mutual, of Springfield, Mass. On May lo,
1876, Mr. Eckenrode was appointed agent for
Schuylkill county, Pa., for the Penn Mutual
Life insurance Company, of Philadelphia, with
office at Pottsville, and he has been connected
with that company ever since. In 1882 he was
transferred to the York agency, and later be-
came general agent for York and Adams coun-

Mr. Eckenrode was married June 5, 1882,
to Catherine Elizabeth Klunk, youngest daugh-
ter of ex-sherifY Jacob Klunk, of Adams
county, and six children have been born to
this union : David Martin, a graduate of the
York High school, and now at the University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ; Mary Gene-
vie\'e, wdio graduated at St: Joseph's Academy
at Emmitsburg, Md., in June, 1905 ; Pauline
and Marguerite, now at school in same in-
stitution ; William Hamilton, in the York high
school, class of 1908; and Catherine Esther,
also at school.

in Peach Bottom township, York County,- Pa.,
Jan. 5, 1846, son of John and Catharine A.
(Hess) Barnett, wdio came from Lancaster
county. Pa., in 1838. His mother was a wo-
man of great vigor and business activity, of
German descent, with an admixture of Irish
blood. His paternal grandfather was John K.
Barnett, who lived near Fairfield, Lancasteit
county; his great-grandfather was Mark Bar-
nett, w ho moved from Upper Harford county,
Md.. to Belmont countv, Ohio, about 180c;, and
who is said to 'have lived to the age of no
yeais. The nationality of the Barnett ances-
try is involved in -some obscurity, though the
original members in this country probably emi-
grated at an early period from England or the
north of Ireland. The family name appears to
be derived from the Roman title "baronettus,"

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