DETTER, David, F., principal of Berrysburg Seminary, was born in York county, Pa., August 6, 1865: The great-grandfather came from Germany in his youth, settled in York county, engaged in farming and died in that county. John Detter, the grandfather, was also a farmer in York county. He married Sarah Jacobs, and they had six children. He was a Democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church. James Detter, the father, was born in 1836 and brought up in York county. He attended subscription schools, and also the Oxford College in Adams county, where he received his higher education. He became a professional teacher, and was engaged in the work for seventeen years, teaching in both subscription and in public schools. While teaching he conducted a business of contracting and building. Subsequently he took up farming on the homestead, and became an extensive farmer and stockman, retiring from the business in 1882. He rented his farm and took up his residence at Bermudian, in Adams county.
He was married, in York county, to Catherine Roth, born in Jackson township, York county, in 1830; daughter of John Roth, farmer. Their children are: Franklin, Walter, David F., Howard, Mary J., Latimer, Reuben, and John, who died in infancy. The father was originally a Democrat, and changed his views and became a Republican in 1861. He was much interested and very active in all church matters in his younger days. He is a member of the Evangelical church.
David F. attended the public schools in Washington township, York county, and was reared on the farm. At eighteen years of age he entered East Berlin Academy, in Adams county, and after two years study was graduated in 1882. He taught school in Washington township, York county, one term, was sent to the principal of the Franklintown school one year, and then taught in Lancaster county until 1887, when he took an elementary course and was graduated from the Millersville State Normal School in 1889. He then became principal of the New Holland public school, in which position he remained until 1892, when he was elected principal of the Berrysburg high school, and has filled the place for four years with great acceptance. Mr. Detter is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a teacher in the Sunday-school. In political views he is a Republican, and is a member of Washington Cap, P. O. S. of A.
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