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namely: Jacob G., who is a graduate of the
York high school and is now employed as a
draughtsman by the York Manufacturing Com-
pany; and William E., who is in school. Mr.
Aldinger is a Democrat in his political beliefs,
and in religious matters holds to the faith of
the German Baptist Church, of which he is a
member and a trustee. He stands high in the
estimation of the community, and is a much re-
spected citizen.

FRANK G. METZGER, secretary of the
York Trust Company, is a member of one of
the old and honored families of this favored
section of the Kevstone state.



His grandfather, Jacob Metzger, was a
leading tarmer of Newberry township, York
county, and his father, Wilham B. Metzger,
was tor many years prominently identified with
mercantile interests in the county, having con-
ducted a general store at Dillsburg. He was an
honored veteran of the Civil war, having served
during the greater portion of the period which
marked the progress of the great conflict, and
having re-enlisted at the expiration of his first
term of enlistment. He died in 1884, at the
age of fifty-six years, while to him was accord-
ed the high regard of all who knew him. In
early manhood William B. Metzger was united
in marriage to Miss Emma Ginder, daughter
of Daniel Ginder, who at one time held the of-
fice of sheriff of York county, and of this
union were born four children, namely : Ja-
cob, superintendent of a meat-packing company
in the city of Walla Walla, Wash. ; Harry,
buyer for the large mercantile establishment of
Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart, in Reading, Pa. ;
Clara, wife of Samuel A. Williams, a cigar
manufacturer of New Cumberland, Pa. ; and
Frank G.

Frank G. Metzger was born in Yocumtown,
York county, Nov. 26, 1852, and there his boy-
hood days were passed. He completed the
course in the public schools, and then entered
the Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie,
N. Y., where he was graduated in the year
1874. After his return home he secured the
l^osition of bookkeeper for the firm of Elcock,
Metzger & Co., dealers in general merchan-
dise, at Dillsburg, this county. He remained
incumbent of this position for five years, at the
expiration of which, in the autumn of 1879, he
became clerk to the county commissioners of
York county, in which capacity he served until
Januar)^ 1882, while he had in that connection
the distinction of being the first Republican
ever elected to that office in the county. For
the ensuing decade Mr. Metzger was general
agent and secretary of the York & Peach-
bottom Railroad Co., and in 1892 he became
bookkeeper for the York Trust Company, of
which he was soon afterward chosen secretary.
His executive talent has been a potent factor
in conserving the interests of the company,
which controls a large and substantial busi-
ness. Both he and his wife are prominent
members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Fra-
ternally he is identified with the Masonic or-

der, the Knights of Malta and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks.

On Dec. 25, 1876, Mr. Metzger was mar-
ried to Miss Margaret Kister, wno was born
and reared in York county, a daughter of
George VV. Kister, a well-known merchant of
Goldsboro. Of the two children of this union,
Emma died at the age of five months; and
Pearl Elizabeth graduated in the York high
school as a member of the class of 1901, and
is one of the popular young ladies of the

AMOS REBERT, a retired agriculturist,
of York county, who is making his residence
in Jefferson borough, Codorus township, was
born in North Codorus township, Feb. 5,
1 84 1, son of Samuel Rebert and grandson of
Jonas Rebert.

Jonas Rebert was a farmer, and also car-
ried on distilling in Codorus township, where
he owned 475 acres of land. He later went to
Adams county, where he died, owning a 175-
acre farm. He is interred at Hanover, in
the old Reformed Church graveyard. He mar-
ried Christene Eyster, who is buried beside her
husband. They had eleven children: John,
who married Christene Leib; Daniel, who
died young; Henry, ,who married Elizabeth
Weist, and died at Jefferson; Samuel; Jacob;
Andrew, who died in Ohio ; Charles, who mar-
ried Eliza Wiest; William, who married Lu-
cinda Shue; Edward, who married Catherine
Hoke; Jonas M., who married Peggy Hoke;
and another daughter, Mrs. Moses Senft.

Samuel Rebert, father of Amos,, was a
farmer in North Codorus township, where he
was born. In 1853 he removed to Adams coun-
ty, where he farmed until his death. He mar-
ried Nancy Rife, and she died at the age of
twenty-six years, being buried at Lischy's
Church, North Codorus township. They had
these children: John, who married Louisa
Geiselman, and is a retired farmer of Adams
county; two that died in infancy: Amos; and
Jonas, a retired farmer of New Oxford, Adams
Co. Samuel Rebert married (second) Lydia
Senft, by whom he had children as follows :
Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Keagey, living at
Littlestown, Adams county : Lucinda, wife of
Rufus Hartman, of Littlestown ; Samuel, a
resident of Littlestown ; two that died in in-
fancv; and Delia, the wife of William Gitt.



Samuel Rebert died at the age of sixty-seven
years, and was buried m Littlestown.

Amos Rebert went witli his father to
Adams county when eleven years old, and there
received his education, attending school until
seventeen years of age. He then learned the
tanning trade with an uncle, Henry Rebert,
which he followed for two years at Jefferson
borough. He then turned his attention to
farming, and until 1868 operated a fine farm of
150 acres, hi this year he sold out and came
to his present home in Jefferson borough,
where he owns thirty-two acres, twenty-hve of
which are cleared, and the rest woodland.

Mr. Rebert married (first) Lucinda Brill-
hart, daughter of Samuel Brillhart (a sketch
of whom will be found elsewhere), and she
died Aug. 24, 1897, at Jefferson borough,
where she is buried. In 1898, at Harrisburg.
Mr. Rebert married (second) Mrs. Susan C.
Smith, widow of Oliver B. Smith, and daugh-
ter of John and granddaughter of William
Van Newkirk, who came from Amsterdam,
Holland, and settled in Baltimore, where he
died. John Van Newkirk was born in
Baltimore, Md., and wa^ a cooper by trade,
following that occupation and day laboring un-
til going to Perry county, Pa., where, after lo-
cating in Howe township, he died, aged forty-
two years. He was very w'ell known in that
locality and highly respected. He married
Charlotte Beatty, daughter of John Beatty, of
Carlisle, Pa., of Scotch-Irish descent, and a
member of a family of early settlers of Cumb-
erland county. No children have been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Rebert. By her marriage with
Mr. Smith, Mrs. Rebert had three children,
Ed. B., Frank M., and one that died in in-
fancy . Mr. and Mrs. Rebert are rearing Char-
lotte Smith, a tot of three years, who is a
granddaughter of Mrs. Rebert, and daughter
of her son, Frank M.

Amos Rebert is a Democrat, and served the
jjorough as chief burgess. He is now a coun-
cilman and school director, and is capably
filling the duties of both of these offices. Re-
ligiously he is a consistent member of the
Lutheran Church, in which he and his wife
take a very active part. Mr. Rebert has a
number of business interests, among which may
be mentioned the Codorus Canning factory, in
which he holds stock, as he does also in the
Drovers' and Mechanics' Bank of York, the

People's Bank of Hanover and the Hanover
Market House. He has always been a man of
industrious habits, and the result is shown in
his present sound financial condition. He is
most highly respected in Codorus township.

VALENTINE A. STEIN, one of the
heaviest operators in the merchant tailor line
in York, whose place of business is located at
No. 145 West Market street, has been a resi-
dent of this city since 1880. He is a native
of Lower Windsor township, where he was
born April 7, 1864, son of Valentine and Sarah
(Fauth) Stein, both of whom are now de-

Charles Stein, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was a tailor and musician, who came to
America from Germany and settled in Lower
Windsor township, York Co., Pa., where he
died in 185 1, at the age of sixty-four years.

Valentine Stein, the father of Valentine
A., was born in 1814, in a German Province
along the Rhine, and came with his parents to
this country when eighteen years of age. He
spent his life in Lower Windsor township,
where he was a tailor and farmer. His home
was bought in 1842. He was a member of
the Lutheran Church at Canadochley, in which
he was organist for a number of years. His
death occurred in 1878, while his wife survived
until 1890. Mrs. Stein was born in Germany
and when six years of age was brought to this
country wdth her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Stein
became the parents of ten children, seven of
whom grew to maturity.

Valentine A. Stein, the youngest of the
children born to his parents, was reared on
the old homestead, and he received his educa-
tion in the public schools. At the age of six-
teen years he located in York and learned the
trade of tailor. After three years as a journey-
man, he embarked in business in Lebanon,
where he only remained a short time, however,
before locating in York. This was in Septem-
ber, 1886, and he has since conducted his busi-
ness very successfully, for years being located
at or near his present location, where he has a
fine property, which he greatly improved in

Mr. Stein was married, June 2. 1886, to
Miss Serena A. Shenberger, daughter of
George Shenberger, and two children have
been born to this union: INIiriam O., and

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George V. Mr. and Airs. Stein are consistent
members of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at

JOHN PFISTERER, of Goldsboro, York
county, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in
1843, son of Joseph and Josephine (Hirsh)

The great-grandfather of John Pfisterer
was born in France, but removed to Germany,
wh.ere he followed butchering and farming,
and where he died.

Joseph Pfisterer, the grandfather, was also
born in Germany, and he, too, followed butcher-
ing and farming. At his death he left these
children: Joseph, the father of John; Mary,
deceased, who married William Bundshu;
Elizabeth, deceased, married to a Mr. Witt-
man ; and Caroline, deceased, married to a 'Sir.

Joseph Pfisterer, the father of John, was
born in 1806, in Wurtemberg, and recei\-ed a
good education. He was a farmer by occupa-
tion and learned butchering with his father. He
married Josephine Hirsh, born in 1806, daugh-
ter of [Michael Llirsh, of W'eiler, Germany, and
they lived and died on the homestead. They
.were consistent members of the Lutheran
Church. The children born to this union were :
Anthony, deceased, married Julia Strine, of
Weiler, and they lived on the old homestead;
Cressentzia, married Karl Earth, and they lived
at Werterberg, Oberbobingen ; Rosanna mar-
ried a 'Sir. Barth, a brother of her sister's hus-
band, and they reside at the same place; Mary
Ann, a widow, lives at Hauchlingen, Germany,
and John.

John Pfisterer attended the schools in Ger-
many until fourteen years of age, and then
learned the blacksmith's trade, which he fol-
lowed for about three years, coming to Amer-
ica at the age of seventeen. He made the trip
on the English steam boat, "Belonia", and lo-
cated at Philadelphia where he remained three
years, following coach making and black-
smithing. He then came to York, and worked
by the day for Cristian Miller and Jacob Freed
of Spring Garden township for five 3'ears, on
June 6, 1868, engaging with the Northern
Central railroad as a laborer on Sub-division
II. south of York. He worked five years as a
laborer and then was made assistant foreman,
continuing as such until 1874, when he took

charge of the floating crew, and so continued
for eleven years. He then came to Goldsboro,
where he was made track foreman on Division
15, and he has since held that position, having
charge of fifteen men.

On Dec. 22, 1867 Mr. Pfisterer married
Eliza Ann Peters,' born Aug. 15, 1850, in
Spring Garden township, daughter of John
and Eliza (Freed) Peters, and the children
born to this union were: Joseph^ who married
Gertrude Frank, is assistant foreman on the
Northern Central railroad, and lives at Golds-
boro; Charles C, who married Annie Cassell,
is also employed by the railroad; John P. re-
sides at home; Sarah married Robert Zigner,
assistant postmaster at Cly; Annie married
George Burger, and lives on Shelley's Island in
the Susquehanna river; Nora married Ross
Bair, a cigar maker at Goldsboro ; and Urban
a cigar maker, resides at home.

In politics Mr. Pfisterer is a Democrat and
at the present time is serving as school director.
In religious connection he is a member of the
Lutheran Church. He is a man who com-
mands the personal respect of his neighbors,
and he has a wide circle of warm personal
friends. In every sense of the word Air. Pfis-
terer is a selfmade man, having fought his way,
almost unaided, from the bottom of the ladder.

John Peters, deceased, Mrs. Pfisterer's
father, was born in Spring Garden township,
where he was a laborer. Mrs. Peters is living
in Hopewell township at the age of seventy
years, while her husband died in Spring Garden
township. The children born to Mr. Peters
and his first wife, Elizabeth Frey, were as
follows: Henry (deceased), Elizabeth, Sus-
anna, Catherine and John. To John and Eliza
(Freed) Peters these children were born:
Caroline; Eliza Ann, the wife of Air. Pfis-
terer; Daniel, who lives in York township;
Jacob; Rachel, deceased; Lucinda, deceased;
Emma, who lives in York township; Joseph,
who is residing at Dallastown, York county;
Peter, living in York ; Lydia, who lives in
Dallastown ; and \\'illiam and Amanda, who
died in infancy. Mr. Peters was a man who
was verv highly respected for his many sterling
traits of character. He and his good wife
reared a family, which not only are a credit
to their parents, but who have become useful
citizens in the several communities in which
they reside.



JOHN HOLDER, a retired business man
of york, was born ni that city, Sept. 8, 1839,
son of George and Mary (Wilt) Holder.

The paternal grandiather was a farmer in
Lancaster county, and there died. His son,
George, was born and reared there, receiving
a pubHc school education, and then removed
to i'ork, just as he was entering manhood. He
was a shoemaker by trade, and followed that
occupation during the winters, but in the sum-
mer time he worked at fencemaking, and be-
came well known in that line all over the
county. He died at the age of sixty-one, while
his wife, who was a Miss Mary Wilt, of York,
daughter of Valentine and Susan Wilt, lived
to the ripe old age of eighty-seven. Both were
buried in the Prospect Hill cemetery. Their
children were as follows ; Henry, a carpenter
by trade, who married a Miss Frost, of Ohio,
and died in 1864, ii^ Memphis, Tenn. ; Mar-
garet, Mi-s. William R. Stouch, residing on
Jackson street, York; Charlotte, deceased wife
of George A. Karg, of York; Mary, who is
housekeeper for her brother John; and John.
The family are all proud of their fathers war
record, he having served in the early days of
the country as a soldier in the war of 1812,
under Capt. Spangler, of York. Mr. Holder
was a member of the Lutheran Church, of
York, and in politics was a Whig.

John Holder was sent to school in York
until he was twelve years old, and then was
put into the office of his brother-in-law, George
A. Karg, to learn the trade of a painter. He
remained with him ten years, and then at the
outbreak of the Civil war, enlisted Aug. 24,
1861, in Company K, 87th P. V. I., in which
he served three years and one month. At the
battle of W^inchester he was taken prisoner
and- was confined in Libby prison, but at the
end of only three weeks he escaped and re-
joined his company, a part of the Army of the
Potomac, at Baltimore. Mustered out Aug.
24, 1864, he returned to York, secured a posi-
tion with the Northern Central railroad, and
remained in that position twenty-two years.
The first part of the time he was head painter
from Dunferry to Baltimore, and afterward
from Marysville to Baltimore.' When he left
the railroad, Mr. Holder went into business as
a contracting painter, in York, and was so oc-
cupied until 1900, when he gave it up, after
fifteen years experience, and retired from all

active work. His present residence is at No.
560 \\'est King street, where he built his home
ni 1 88 1. A confirmed bachelor, his home is
managed by his sister, Mary, who has long'
made her home with him. Mr. Holder' is c[uiet
in his tastes, and is a great reader, always pre-
ferring good literature. He is much respected
by all who know him, and is one of York's
best citizens. In politics he is a Republican.

one of the leading merchants of York county,
engaged in business in Codorus township, was
born Nov. 22, 1857, in Carroll county, Md.,
son of John L. and Nancy (La Mott) Boyer.

Samuel S. Boyer, his grandfather, was a
son of Samuel Boyer, the founder of the fam-
ily, who came from Switzerland. The former
married Sarah Le Fever, who belonged to a
family of French Huguenots. Their children
were : Samuel, Henry, Jacob, George, John
L., ]\Iary and Sarah.

John L. Boyer, son of Samuel S., was born
Nov. 7, 1820, in Lancaster county, where he
attended the public schools as they were con-
ducted in his day, spending his first twenty-
one years on his father's farm, and then ac-
companying his parents to Carroll county, Md.
They resided there twenty years, and then
moved to the city of Frederick, where they
died. In Carroll county, John L. Boyer mar-
ried Nancy La Mott, daughter of Joshua and
Elizabeth (Hershey) La Mott, the former of
whom v^^as a general in the War of 1812, and
was a descendant of Revolutionary stock. In
1870 Mr. Boyer located at New Freedom,
Shrewsbury township, York county, where
both he and his wife died, he aged seventy-two
and she sixty-two. Both were buried in the
New Freedom cemetery. He was a faithful
member of the German Reformed Church, and
she was equally consistent in following the pre-
cepts of the Mennonite faith. They had these
children : Sarah Jane, deceased ; Elizabeth W.,
wife of Ephraim Ernst, of New Freedom;
Joshua Henry La Mott; and Jennie, deceased.

Joshua Henry La Mott Boyer was edu-
cated in the schools of Carroll county. Md.. at
New Freedom and later at the graded school
at Glen Rock, York county, and made such
good use of his opportunities that at the age of
sixteen years he was able to secure a certificate
entitling him to teach, being one of the voung-




est ever so favored. He continued to teach
in Manheim and Springfield townships, later
in Carroll county, Md., and prior to leaving the
'profession in 1888, taught a grammar school
at New Freedom. He then purchased his pres-
ent business location, rebuilding to suit his
purposes. His commodious store room is 60x36
feet in dimensions, two and one-half stories in
height, and his stock includes a well-selected
array of dry goods and groceries well-calcu-
kted to suit his large and constantly increasing-

Mr. Boyer also bought a farm of sixty
acres, but later sold that, and now owns some
twenty-four acres adjoining his store propertv,
all of it being well improved. He also secured
the postofifice called Stiltz, which is located in
his store. He is one of the most enterprising
and progressive men of this section. He was
one of the principal workers to locate the first
telephone lines from Hoffmanville, Md., to
New Freedom, via his store, for the benefit of
the public.

Mr. Boyer married Priscilla E. Stanford,
daughter of John C. Stanford, of Baltimore
county, Md., and they have two children: John
Roy, attending the Glenville Academy ; and
Blanche Marie, a student in the local school.

If Mr. Boyer were known for nothing else
he would be familiar to the good people of
New Freedom on account of his musical gifts.
From the age of sixteen years he has given
vocal lessons, and for fourteen years was the
leader of the New Freedom band. No public
occasion arises which calls for music in this
locality without Mr. Boyer generously respond-
ing, and for a long period he has had charge
of all such work. He is a fine performer on a
number of instruments.

among the lawyers practicing before the Courts
of York county, is Frank M. Bortner, who has
been engaged in the practice of the law since
his admission to the Bar on the 17th of No-
vember, 1 896.

The family of which Mr. Bortner is a mem-
ber is one of the oldest in the county, having
settled here from Chester county some time
prior to the Revolutionary War. The original
emigrant was from Germanv and settled in
Chester county about 1740, where he was en-
gaged in farming, as, indeed, ha\'e been the

succeeding generations down to the father ot
our subject. Jacob Bortner was the first York
county citizen, having settled on a farm in the
vicinity of Glen Rock. Jesse G. Bortner, the
grandfather of our subject, was born there in
1820, and passed his life in that community as
a farmer, ciying in 1895.

A. Bortner, the father of Frank M., resides
in the city of York, and' has been a successful
business man lor many years. He married
Miss Anna M. Glatfelter, daughter of Isaac
K. Glatfelter, a former prominent resident of
Springfield township, now deceased.

Frank M. Bortner was born May 30, 1873,
Fie received his early education in the public
schools, later entering York County Academy.
Finishing, the course at the academy, he at-
tended Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg,
where he graduated in the class of 1893. After
graduation, he entered the schoolroom as a
teacher, where for some time he proved most
successful in the management of school and
school work, generally. His work as a teacher
was only a stepping stone to something more
congenial, and in furtherance of his previously
conceived plans he registered as a law student
in his native county, entering the law offices of
Stewart, Niles & Neff, of which firm Judge
Stewart was then the head. On Nov. 17, 18:6,
he was admitted to practice in the courts of his
home county, and later to the Supreme and
Superior Courts of Pennsylvania and the
United States District courts.

Mr. Bortner was united in marriage with
Miss Bertha V. Crider, daughter of Henry M.
Crider, a former book merchant of York, whose
death occurred in 1903. To this marriage was
born, Robert F., July 2t,, 1903.

In politics Mr. Bortner is a stanch Demo-
crat, always standing for Democratic principles
for the love of them. His services to his party
have always been gratuitously rendered when
requested. He is a member of the Lutheran
Church. He is a Mason and a member of the
higher degrees, and appendant orders thereof.
He is also a member of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks.

Mr. Bortner is the solicitor of a number
of corporations and firms, among them being
the Guardian Trust Company, of which he is
also a director and trust officer. His success
as a business lawyer must l^e regarded as the
just result of clear-headed judgment, com-



Lined with good executive ability. l\Ir. Bort-
ner is an upright man, whose integrity is be-
j-ond question, and he has not only gained, but
he holds, the respect and esteem of his chents,
business associates and personal friends.

WILLIAM M. DODSON, whose beauti-
ful home in Chanceford township, known as
"Breeze Hill," is one of the show places of that
vicinity, has become well known during his
residence in York county as a versatile man of
business. He owns over three hundred acres
of fine farming land, which he has cultivated
with profit, and has done business in York
since 1891.

Mr. Dodson was born .\pril 18, 1853, in
Indiana county, Pa., on the historic old place
known as the "'Sherifif Ralston farm," one mile
from the county seat. He was the eldest of the
three children born to John and IMargaret
(Adams) Dodson, the others being Emma,
widow of James Kirtland, and John M., a hotel
man of Indiana, Pa. Mrs. Dodson's father,
David Adams, was a native of Germany, and
was a physician and German Lutheran minister.
William M. Dodson passed his early childhood

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