Once Upon a Town 32: William Harry 'Hal' ZARFOS & Charlotte 'Lotte' JACOBS

Continuing with the family...


William Henry ‘Hal’ ZARFOS

Birth: 19 Dec 1862

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA

Father: Benjamin ZARFOS (1823-1898)

Mother: Ann "Annie" HOWARD (1827-1905)


Married: Charlotte E “Lotte” JACOBS

Birth: 1870

Residence: 1888 Red Lion, York Co., PA

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, York, PA

Father: George W JACOBS

Mrs Lottie May ZARFOSS

Funeral services for Mrs Lottie May Zarfoss, who died early Saturday morning, were held at 1 am today from the Edward W Baumeister Colonial Mortuary, South Queen St, at Jackson.  The Rev Dr J B Baker, pastor of St Matthew’s Lutheran church officiated.  The following grandsons of the deceased served as pallbearers:  Clair H Zarfoss, Ray Zarfoss, James Zarfoss, Robert Black, and Gordon Quickel.  Interment was in Greenmount cemetery.


Marriage: 23 Dec 1888 16 N. Duke St, York, PA


Notes from York County Archives

"No.2352.   [Wm H ZARFOSS] and [Charlotte E JACOB] Consent of Parent or Guardian with Acknowledgement  [Filed Dec 21. 1888]


[George W JACOBS] residing at [Red Lion York Co. Penna] do hereby certify that I am the [Father] of [Charlotte E JACOBS] residing at [RedLion Penna] who is now [Eighteen] years of age, that I have veen informed of the intended marriage of my said [Daughter] to William H ZARFOSS] and hereby consent to said marriage.

Signed in the Presence of [Adam E Kohr] Residing at [Red Lion Pa][Jenie Herman] Residing at [Red Lion] [signed George W JACOBS]

On the [twentieth] day of [December] AD 188[8] personally appeared before [me a Justice of the Peace] the above named [George W JACOBS] and acknowledged the foregoing Certificate to be his act and deed.  [J B Herman J.P.]   


MARRIAGE LICENSE.  No.2352 State of Pennsylvania, County of York.

To any Minister of the Gospel, Justice of the Peace or other officers or persons authorised by law to solemnize marriages...You are herby authorized to join together in the holy state of Matrimony, according to the rites and ceremonies of your church, society or religious denomination and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, [William H ZARFOSS] and [Charlotte E JACOB] 

Given under my Hand and Seal of the Orphans' Court of said County of York, this [21] day of [December] AD 188[8].  [Lewis D Sell], Clerk.


I, [a Minister of the Gospel], hereby certify, that on the [23] day of [December] one thousand eight hundred and eighty-[eight] at [No 16 N Duke at York City Pa] [William H ZARFOSS] and [Charlotte E JACOBS] were by me united in marriage, in accordance with license issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court of York County, Pennsylvania, numbered [2352]  When returned [Dec. 26th] 188[8]  [signed A Wanner]"



Harry L (~1890-)

Rosie (1891-1923)


Here's a photo of Lottie with Lizzie (RUPP) & Stal STONEY:



Birth: abt 1900

Father: William Henry ‘Hal’ ZARFOS (1862-)

Mother: Charlotte E “Lotte” JACOBS (1870-)


Married: Anna LAHR

Birth: abt 1900

Residence: 545 Colonial Ave., York, PA




Morgan L (1914-2010)

Rosie (~1924-)

infant (-1920)



Birth: 1891

Death: 1923

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA

Father: William Henry ‘Hal’ ZARFOS (1862-)

Mother: Charlotte E “Lotte” JACOBS (1870-)


Married: Clayton Herbert HOKE

Birth: 14 Dec 1890

Death: 17 Dec 1919

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA



Harry H. (1911-1991)

Janet [see photo below]



Swallows Several Ounces Of Creolin And Dies In York Hospital


  Several ounces of creolin, a poisonous disinfectant, which she swallowed with suicidal intent late Saturday afternoon, proved fatal to Mrs Rosie May Hoke, widow of Clayton Hoke, at the York hospital yesterday morning.  Just what led her to take her life is not known.  She was 33 years old.

Mrs Hoke was found unconscious about 5:40 o’clock Saturday evening in her bedroom at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs W H Zarfoss, 718 Manor street, with whom she lived with her three children.  She had been away in the afternoon and, returning shortly after 5 o’clock, went directly to her room.  When she did not answer the call to supper her parents went to her room and found her lying on the bed with the bottle of poison in her hand.

Mr Zarfoss hurriedly called in his neighbor, Ernest Heim, for assistance.  A call was sent for the city ambulance and Mrs Hoke was rushed to the hospital.  Mrs Hoke was given antidotes and a quantity of the poison was removed by the use of a stomach pump.  It is thought that the woman swallowed...

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