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in the locality of his birthplace, where he had
ordinary school advantages. He was eight
years old when his parents removed to New
Alexandria, Westmoreland Co., Pa., and at
the age of twelve he went to work near Greens-
burg, in that county, remaining with the same
employer until he was seventeen. He then
had his first experience as a salesman, for
Samuel Hoch, for whom he sold sewing ma-
chines. He continued at that for half a year,
with encouraging success, but he was anxious
to start business on his own account, and he
went to Johnstown, Pa., where he was soon es-
tablished as a nurseryman. After a period of
nine years, during which he met with great suc-
cess, he entered an allied line of business bv
associating himself with the North Western
Fertilizing Company, of Chicago, with which
he was connected for sixteen years. He com-
manded a salary of three thousand dollars a
}-ear, and was a valued employee of that com-
pany. Meantime, in the year 1889, before
severing this relation, he and G. W. Mapldo-
ram (general superintendent nf the Camliria
Wire Works) embarked in the hardware busi-
ness in Johnstown. Pa., a venture which re-
sidted very profitably. In 1891 I\Ir. Dodson

disposed of his interest in the concern to his
partner, the same year removing to York.
Here he continued to work in the interest of
the North Western Fertilizing Company until .
1897, when he started in the same line of busi-
ness for himself. Though alone in the enter-
p: ise he did business under the name of the
Southern Fertilizing Company, making his
headcjuarters at York, where he had his resi-
dence, having purchased a fine brick dwelling
on West Market street upon his removal to
the city.

LTp-to-date agriculture has naturally come-
in for a good share of attention from Mr. Dod-
son, and in 1894 he purchased a tract of land
comprising- 140 acres in Lower Chanceford
township. It is one of the most fertile places
in York county, and certainly one of the most
highly improved, Mr. Dodson having brought
it to its present condition by a generous but
judicious expenditure of his means, governed
by characteristic discrimination and skill. The
out buildings are models of tasteful architec-
ture, and the creamery located upon the prop-
erty is perfect in its appointments. In 1899
Mr. Dodson bought another farm, of 177
acres, upon whiclr he immediately erected a
barn 90x40 feet in dimensions, provided with
every known convenience, said to be the finest
equipped barn in southern Pennsylvania. The
residence "one mile from this place, now the
home of the Dodson family, was purchased of
John H. Small, and is a beautiful villa designed
for comfort as well as appearance, being heat-
ed by steam and lighted by gas manufactured
on the grounds. The site is a charming one,
and the surroundings indicative of the taste
and individuality of a man who knows how to
emplov his leisure as well as his business hours.
A ten-pin alley and tennis courts for the en-
jovment of the family and the numerous guests
thev entertain are features of the grounds,
which are skillfullv laid out and embellished in
a stvle above criticism.

In 1905 Mr. Dodson purchased the fixtures
and stock of the "Hotel National", installing
therein his son-in-law, A. F. Rowe, as man-
ag'er and proprietor, and under his manage-
ment the hostelry has taken first rank among
the oopular hotels of southern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dodson has risen in the world by
sheer pluck. He is one of those men who seem
born to prosper, for though he has had his full



billed \\ith good executive ability. ^ Mr. Bort-
ner is an upright luan, wbose integrity is be-
yond question, and he has not oidy gained, but
he holds, the respect and o^:. . r; <>f his clients,
business associates ai n 1

ful home in Chan'-'
"Breeze Hill," i-
vicinity, has ]"■
residence in Y'
luisiness. He
of fine fatiir
with . prori'
since 1 8y \ .

Mr. i)
Indiana i-i
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had !.
witli (■ -

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went to J
tahli.shed a> ■ •
nine years. duT;
cess, he enterc'
associating hini
Fertilizing Coni).i.i.
Vie was connected t*.
manderl a sala:ry of
year, and was a vain
l)any. Meantime, ir
severing this relation, he
ram Cgeneral superintend
Wire Works) embarked i-
ness in Johnstown, Pa ,
\ profitably

. vvhose beauti-

-liip, known as

\- places of that

iwn during his

a versatile man of

.liree hundred acres

.li he has cultivated

.f business in York

ni April i8, 1853, '"-

•n tlie historic old place

ivalston farm," one mile

' I e was the eldest of the

John and Margaret

■0 others being Emma,

and, and John M-. a hotel

Mrs. ]3odson"s father,

native of Germany, and

• erman Lutheran minister.

' assed his early childhood

!)irthplace, where he had

■iitages. He was eight

iirents removed to New

'■land Co., Pa., and at

\-;U to work near Greens-

■^aining with the same

eventeen. He then

.' as a salesman, for

1 he sold sewing ina-

that for half a year,

but he was anxious

iwn account, and he

■ iiere he was soon es-

After a period of

met with great 'suc-

'"ie of business by

North Western

.C;o. with which

ears. He com-

'■and dollars a

- of that com-

• i^So, before




' re-

disposed of his interest in the concern to his
partner, the same year removing to York.
Here he continued to work in the interest of
the North Western Fertilizing Company until
1897, when he started in the same line of bu i
ness for hiniJelf. Though alone in the enii.
p:ise he did business under the name of ' .
Southern Fertilizing Company, making '
headquarters at York, where he had his i\-
dence, having purchased a fine brick dwells.
on West Market street upon his removal
the city.

Up-to-date agriculture has naturally c( 1
in for a good share of attention from Mr. IJ
son. and in 1894 he purchased a tract of 1. ,
comprising- 140 acres in Lower Chancef.
township. It is one of the most fertile phi'
in York ounty, and certainly one of the n
highly improved, Mr. Dodson having broiu:
it to its present condition by a generous 1
judicious expenditure of his means, govern !■
l)y characteristic discrimination and skill. '■
out buildings are models of tasteful archi:
ture, and the creamery located upon the pi
evty is perfect in its appointments. In 1 •
Mr. Dodson bought another farm, of
?cres,- upon whicli he immediately erectt-
barn 90x40 feet in dimensions, provided ^
every known convenience, said to be the it-
equipped barn in southern Pennsylvania,
residence one mile from this place, now
home of the Dodson family, was. purchase
John H. Small, and is a beautiful villa desii
for comfort as well as appearance, being 1
ed by steam and lighted by gas manufaci
on the grounds. The site is a charming
and the surroundings indicative of the :
and irdividuality of a man who knows ]v-
employ his leisure as well as his business h
A ten-pin alley and tennis courts for r!.;
joyment of the family and the numero^:
thev entertain are featui'es of the
which are skillfully laid out and enihr'
a stvle a1x)ve criticism.

In 1905 Mr. Dodson purchased ll;
and stock of the "Hotel National",
therein his son-in-1a>^', A. F. Rowe
ager and proprietor, and under hi<
ment the*'hoste1rv lias taken first rni
the nopular holel- of southern Penn

Mr. Dodson has risen in th?
sheer pluck. He is one of those me'i

1 to prosper, for though he 'n ;





share of reverses he has the facuhy of "keep-
ing at it" which leads to success. He has
gone into many a \'entin'e with nothing more
suljstantial in the way of capital than his cred-
it, which valuable asset, however, he has been
careful never to impair by unfair or injudi-
cious transactions. As this fact is as much for
the benefit of his business associates as for him-
self it betokens the highest order of integrity,
and Mr. Dodson has never failed to justify
the confidence reposed in him. He \yas a res-
ident of Johnstown at the time of the great
flood and suffered serious financial loss.

Socially he holds membership in the order
of Elks, I. O. O. F. and Royal Arcanum. He
is a Republican, and so popular in his party
that he was nominated in the convention of
1894 for county treasurer ; at the election which
followed he polled the largest vote ever given
a Republican candidate for that office.

Mr. Dodson married Miss Sarah C. Gore,
daughter of Henry and Nancy (Pedan) Gore.
the former an old and substantial citizen of
Johnstown, Pa. Nine" children were born to
this union, all of whom survive but John
Henry, who died in early childhood. Louis M.
married ^Martha Kiner. ]\Iary Edith is the
wife of Joseph H. Wallazz. a graduate of
Girard College, now a resident of York, where
he is the efficient representative of R. G. Dun
& Co. [Margaret is the wife of A. F. Rowe,
previously mentioned as the proprietor of the
"National Hotel." of York. Sarah Jane, as-
sistant to her father, is the wife of Carl Witt-
mer, receiving and paying teller for the York
Trust Company. William 'SI.. Jr., married
Florence Stair. Henry Ralston, Georg'e Willis
and Emma Isabel are at home.

JOHN F. CHRONISTER has been a resi-
dent of the city of York, Pa., since March,
1898, He was born in Adams county, Pa.,
Feb. 7, 1866, son of Singleton C. and Rebecca
(Cashman) Chronister.

(I) Jesse Chronister was a successful farm-
er of Adams county. Pa., where the family
has been known for many years, and where
there are prominent representatives of it at
the present time.

(II) Singleton C. Chronister died when
his son J. F. was only eighteen vears of age.
He and his wife had sixchildren. three of whom
are now deceased : John Wilbur, Jane, and

one that died in infancy. Those who survi\'ed
are: Calvin, a York county farmer; Alartha,
wife of Frank Sachilla, of New Oxford, and
John F. The mother of this family was the
daughter of a prosperous farmer of Adams

(Ill) John F. Chronister was given the
educational advantages of the public schools,
and after finishing his course he worked
upon the farm until twenty-two years of age.
At that time he turned his attention towards
carriage building, and learned the trade in
East Berlin. Finishing his time there, he
went upon the road for three years as a trav-
eling salesman for a large vehicle house. He
next turned his energies toward farming, pur-
chasing a good property at East Berlin, and
until March, 1898, he conducted it successfully,
but upon that date, he removed to York, to as-
sume management of the Martin Carriage Re-
pository. In January, 1906, he became floor
walker and manager of the clerks in the well
known K. W. K. store at No. 35 West Alarket
street, York.

On Dec. 30, 1889, Mr. Chronister married
Annie E. Nicke}', daughter of Jacob Nickey. a
substantial farmer of East Berlin. One child
has been born to them. Melvin J., a bright
young fellow, now attending school. Mr.
Chronister belongs to the Foresters of Amer-
ica, the Knights of the Golden Eagle, as well as
other fraternal associations, and is deser\-edly
popular in all of them. His religious affiliations
are with the Bethany Reformed Church, to-
ward whose support he contributes very liber-
ally. Mr. Chronister has always been a stanch
Republican, but aside from casting his vote for
the candidates of his partv. has not as yet taken
an active part in public afifairs. He is a reliable,
steadv. industrious man, who makes friends
easily, and he stands high in the esteem of his
acquaintances and business associates.

a farmer and tobacco raiser, located in North
Hopewell township, was born on his father's
farm, Sept. 17, 1851.

Conrad Neuhaus, grandfather of Freder-
ick W., w-as born and reared in ^^'etzlaau. Neu-
breisen, in the Rhine country, Germany,
where he followed tailoring. He Ijroueht
his family to the L'nited States^ in 181 7.
sailing from Bremen on a sailing vessel



to Baltimore. ]Md., where tliey landed
after a stormy voyage of nine months,
during which time the wife and one son died,
both being buried at sea. Conrad Neuhaus was
a man in comfortable circumstances, but the
trip nearly exhausted his funds, and he made
his way to Stewartstown, where he engaged in
tailoring for a number of years. At the time
of his arrival in this locality there were but
two houses, those of Mr. Stewart and a Mr.
]\Ieads. After a time Mr. Neuhaus purchased
300 acres of land in and about what is now
Winterstown, and there he followed tailoring
in connection with his agricultural pursuits.
He traded this tract of land for the one now
owned by our subject, it at first being over
300 acres in area, but since has been divided up
into a number of farms. Mr. Neuhaus oper-
ated a still on this place for a number of years,
and also brewed beer, which he sold in Bal-
timore. He was married twice, his second
wife being a Shrewsbury lady, and he lived in
the latter place retired some years prior to his
death, which occurred in his fifty-sixth year.
He was a member of the Reformed Church.
He was a believer in the policy of protection.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Neuhaus
were as follows : Jacob is mentioned below.
John, who died in Indianapolis, Ind., was a
distiller and followed that occupation in many
parts of the West, and his son George became
private secretary to a general in the Civil war.
Elizabeth, who married Maurice Berhahn, who
was shot in the face in the Mexican War, died
in the State of Indiana, near Fort Wayne. Hen-
rietta, Mrs. Michael Ziegler, died in North
Hopewell township. Conrad became a rancher
in Texas, and afterward laid out the town of
Belknap, Texas, with his brothers, William and
Charles; they often took large droves of cattle
to St. Louis, Mo., being assisted by Mexican
cowboys, and on one trip to St. Louis they
put up at an isolated inn, where they were at-
tacked by Indians, Conrad being killed and
scalped, while William escaped, Charles having
remained at home. When the Civil war broke
out William enlisted in a Confederate Regi-
ment, and died in the ser\nce. When grand-
father Neuhaus died, Jacob Neuhaus, the fath-
er of our subject, settled up the estate, each
child receiving $600 or $700. Charles wrote
to Jacob to send him $500 and to keep the bal-
ance until he came home. The money was sent,
but a little later a demand came from Charles

to send the entire amount saying he had not
received any money. Luckily, Mr. Neuhaus
had kept the receipt, and in the proceedings
that followed, showed that he had sent the
money. The last heard of Charles, he was in
Parker Co., Texas. He had married three

Jacob Neuhaus, the father of our subject,
was born in Germany, Oct. 23, 181 5, and was
but two years old when brought to America
by his parents. He went to the subscription and
private schools at Stewartstown, and later
taught the pay and public schools of the town-
ship. He was educated in both German and
English. Reared to farming pursuits, he also
learned milling, which he followed for four
years at Stormer's mill. When his father re-
moved to Shrewsbury he sold his farm to Ja-
cob, and here the latter continued for several
years. Fourteen years ago Jacob Neuhaus gave
up active life, and four years later divided up
his property among his children, our subject
taking the home place. i\Ir. Neuhaus is of the
Reformed faith.. In politics he was a \Miig,
and on the organization of the Republican
party became one of its stanch advocates.

Jacob Neuhaus was united in marriage with
Miss Eliza Hildebrand. daughter of Adam and
Elizabeth (Mitzel) Hildebrand, the latter of
whom was a sister of Jacob Mitzel, of York.
To this union were born : Frederick William ;
Henry, of North Hopewell ■township; Charles
\A'., of the same township; and Orvilla, Mrs.
Christian Eitzert. of Shrewsbury'.

Frederick William Neuhaus was born on
his father's farm, and attended the schools of
Shrewsbury township and North Hopewell
township until the age of nineteen years. He
worked on his father's farm, and also learned
the mason's trade. He was employed on the
Lehigh Valley Railroad, on stationary engine
beds, and many points at Luzerne county and
thereabout, for four years, and then engaged
in tobacco farming, renting a farm. In 1895
he took the home farm, which he has profitably
farmed, and he has been particularly successful
in raising tobacco. On March 18, 1878, ^In
Neuhaus was united in marriage with INIiss
Martha Thompson, born in what is now East
Hopewell township, Aug. 30, 1853. Mrs.
Neuhaus was educated in the public schools
and at Stewartstown Academy. She began
teaching at the age of nineteen years, her first
school being Collins school in East Hopewell



township. Here she was superintendent for one
term, and the next three years were spent at the
Hildebrand school in North Hopewell town-
ship. Mrs. Neuhaus' father, William Thomp-
son, was a shoemaker by trade, an occupation
he followed in East Hopewell township. Her
mother was Mary Ann McCleary, a sister of
John McCleary, of North Hopewell township.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Neu-
haus are as follows : Viotti E., who taught
school for six years, is now a bookkeeper in
Glen Rock ; Jacob F., for three years a school
teacher and now a hardware dealer, of Glen
Rock, married Miss Lillian Rehmyer; Melvin
L., is a graduate of Patrick's Business College ;
Harry T., is attending Millersville Normal
school; Gertrude V. E., is attending the same
school; Allan T. and Charles Owen are at
horne. Mr. Neuhaus cast his first vote for
President Grant, and has voted for every Re-
publican candidate since that time. He has
ser\-ed his township as assessor for three years,
and proved a capable, popular official. He takes
a great interest in educational matters. INIr.
Neuhaus and his estimable wife are members
of Sadler's Reformed Church, in which he has
been a deacon for many years, and in the Sun-
day-school of which they have both been

his life in York and is a highly esteemed resi-
dent of that city, of which he is a native, born
on South Queen street Sept. 2t,. 1854, son of
Frederick and Harriet (Hartman) Hibner.

Mr. Hibner's great-grandfather belonged
to a prominent family of France and came to
America with LaFayette as an aide. His son,
Frederick, was born in York and was a lock-
smith by trade. He married a Miss Dunlop,
and to this union were born children as follows :
Daniel, a resident of York, is in his eightieth
year ; Frederick is mentioned below : George
died in York ; Jacob died in York ; Sarah mar-
ried John Borland and died in York.

Frederick Hibner ('2), the father of Will-
iam Henr_v. was born on the old Hibner home-
stead in York, w^here the Helb brewery now
stands, about 1829. He was left an orphan at
the age of ten years, and was reared by a 'Sir.
AAHlson, near York Furnace. He receivetl a
common-school education, and learned the car-
penter's trade with Jacob Ouickel. which he

has followed in connection with stair building
up to the present time. For many years he
was engaged in contracting. In religion Uv.
Hiljner is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a
Republican. He married Miss Harriet Hart-
man, who was born March 13, 1828, in York,
daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Goodling)
Hartman, and to this union have been born:
Frederick, of York; William Henry; and Mill-
ard Fillmore, who died at the age of three

William Henry Hibner completed his com-
mon-school education at the age of sixteen
years, and after one year spent in the high
school learned the carpenter's trade with his
father, serving a. three years' apprenticeship,
and remaining with him one year after. He
then entered the employ of Jacob Sechrist, with
whom he continued until the latter retired from
business, since which time Air. Hibner has been
employed by Mr. Sechrist's sons, Jacob and
Adam. Mr. Hibner has worked at all branches
of his trade, working inside, outside and in a
planing-mill. He has charge of the work of
his employers and has proved a steady, effi-
cient workman. He has worked on some of
the largest buildings in York, including the
City Market, M. B. Spahr's two fine dwell-i
ings, the York high school, the "Hotel Roval",

Mr. Hibner is a member of Calvary Pres-
^byterian Church, in which he is trustee and
treasurer, also being librarian of the Sunday-
school. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
and has served as registrar and assessor for
one year, being the first Republican to be elect-
ed from his ward. Fraternally he affiliates A\-ith
Humane Lodge, No. 342, I. O. O. ¥.. in which
he is a past grand, and secretary of tlie lodge ;
Mt. Vernon Encampment, No. 14, I. O. O. F. :
Conewago Tribe, No. 37, Improved Order of
Red Men, in which he has been chief of records
for the past twenty-five years, is past sachem,
and has been representative to the Grand Coun-
cil for seven years : Chosen Knights Command-
ery, No. 174, Knights of Malta: and the York
Conclave, No. 124, I. O. H. ]\Ir. Hibner is a
member of the Rescue Fire Company, having
joined that organization in 1882, in which he
was secretary for ten years and trustee for five
years. He is also a member of the York Vol-
unteer Firemen's Relief Association.

William Henry Hibner has been twice mar-



ried. On June 15, 1876, in York, he was
united in marriage by A. H. Rice, a United
Brethren minister, to AHce J. Carson, of York,
daughter of Colon and Mary Carson, and she
died in 1880. In 1889 Mr. Hibner was married
(second) by Rev. Mr. Livingstone, an Evan-
gehcal minister, to Miss Mary A. Lau, of York,
daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Shaffer)
Lau. Mrs. Hibner's parents are still living, and
reside in Codorus township. To Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Hibner have been born the follow-
ing named children : Evelyn ]\Iay, Ida Ardell,
Frederick Heniy and Mary E.

township, comes of an old Pennsylvania fam-
ily, whose ancestors were originall}"- English,
but had emigrated to Holland at a time now

Abraham Shelly came from Holland to
Bucks county in 1734, took up considerable
land and made it a permanent home. His chil-
dren were Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Christian,
John and Michael.

Jacob Shelly was the father of Francis,
Abraham, Jacob, Samuel, Daniel, John, Jo-
seph and David.

Daniel Shelly, the great-grandfather of Hi-
ram Clayton, settled on an island in the Sus-
quehanna river, which was afterward called
Shelly's Island.

Daniel J. Shelly, son of Daniel, married
^Magdalene Bowers, daughter of Benjamin and
Elizabeth Bowers, and granddaughter of Mich-
ael and Maria Bowers. The children born of
this union were five in number : ( i ) Anna
E., born in 1817, died at the age of twenty;
she was the wife of John Gladfelter, who lived
to be eighty years old. Their only child, Jerry,
married Miss Mary Jones, of Lancaster coun-
ty, and lives near Middlesex. (2) Susanna,
born in 1818, married Joseph Stickel, and
moved to the West where both died. They
left one son. (3) Benjamin is mentioned be-
low. (4) Ephraim, born in 1822, married
jMiss Harriet Spangler, of the well-known
York county family. Their only child, John
Wesley, married Miss Frances Rebman, and
had four daughters, Annie, Hattie, Emily and
I\Iary. (5) Daniel, born in 1825, married Miss
Dinah Gratz. Of their children, Mary Mag-
dalene, Elizabeth, Emily, Emma and William,
are all deceased; Benjamin married Miss Cora

Wolf, lives in Philadelphia, and has two sons,
Maynard and Braynard.

Benjamin Shelly was born on Shelly's Is-
land in 1820. As he grew older he learned the
carpenter's trade, from his father-in-law,
George Fauss (also spelled Fahs), and followed
it until he was thirty years old. The rest of
his active life was passed in farming in Adams
county, where he was also prominent in politi-
cal affairs and served as county assessor for
two terms, besides being on the board of school
directors for so many years. Originally a Re-
publican, he joined the ranks of the Prohibi-
tionists six years before his death. A member
of the United Brethren Church, he was also
one of its well-known local preachers. His de-
mise, an event deeply lamented, occurred March
25, 1889, when he was aged sixty-nine. On

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