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Full text of "Historical and biographical annals of Columbia and Montour counties, Pennsylvania, containing a concise history of the two counties and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families .."

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Historical and Biographical Annals 

OF 

Columbia and Montour 

Counties 

PENNSYLVANIA 



Containing 

A Concise History of the Two Counties and a 

Genealogical and Biographical Record 

of Representative Families 



IN TWO VOLUMES 

ILLUSTRATED 



VOLUME 11 



CHICAGO 

J. H. BEERS & CO. 

1915 



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THE I^ - 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 

783450 

AS""OR, LENOX AND 
TILDiN FOUNDATIONS 

R 1917 L 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



Abiams, Abnun 1000 

Abrams, Isaac B 1000 

Achy, Epliraim 1202 

Acliy, Mabery 1202 

Acor Family 897 

Acor, Joseph S 897 

Adams, Charles 647 

Adams, Charles E 633 

Adams, Emerson A 851 

Adams Families 

633, 646, 851, 890, 921, 963, 1192 

Adams, Miss Frances M 922 

Adams, Jacob W 1192 

Adams, John K 647 

Adams, Peter J 921 

Adams, Samuel W 963 

Adams, Ulysses R 890 

Aiders, William 987 

Aikman Family 628 

Aikman, James E 629 

Aikman, John H 628 

Albeck Family 935 

Albertson, Bartley 1234 

Albertson, Edward 1234 

Alexander, Miss Harriet J... 582 

Alexander, Samuel D 582 

Alleger Family 1088 

Altmiller, Charles F., M. D. . . 612 

Altmiller Family 612 

Amerman, Dr. Alonzo 322 

Amerman, Charles V 320 

Amesbury, Arthur C 904 

Amesbury Family 904 

Ammerman, Bernard 919 

Ammerman, John B 792 

Ammerman, R. Scott 319, 688 

Andy, John 776 

Andy, William H 776 

Angell Family 1212 

Angell, Richard B 1212 

Angle Family 608 

Angle, Frank C 319, 608 

Angle, Theodore R 609 

Anthony, Judge Joseph B..66, 312 

Appleman, Eli 879 

Appleman Family 879 

Armes, John 871 

Armes, William J 871 

Armstronn:, Alfred H 1130 

Arnhold Family 1063 

Artlev Family 1227 

Artley, William H 1227 

Artman, Clark D 1238 

Artman Family 1238' 

Ash Family 745 

Ash, Stewart A 745 

Aten Family 690 



Auten Family 899 

Auten, Robert C 899 

Averill, Archer 805 

Averill, Mrs. Margaret 805 

Baker, Charles W 1228 

Baker Families. 943, 950, 983, 1228 

Baker, Dr. Frank 983 

Baker, Ceorge G 950 

Baker, Sanuiel W 943 

Baldy, Edward H 317, 576 

Baldy Family 576 

Baldy, Peter, Sr 287, 576 

Baldy, William J 318, 576 

Bare, Harry C 320 

Barger, Charles C 504 

Barger Family 504 

Barkley Family 523 

Barnard Family 1059 

Barnard, Orrin H 1059 

Barton Families . . . 568, 762, 1069 

Barton, Harry S 762 

Barton, Henry C 1069 

Bates Family 1190 

Bates, Richard 1190 

Bauchcr Family 816 

Bauman, Elias F 1065 

Bauman Family 1065 

Beach Family 1218 

Beaver Family 406 

Beaver, Henry P 758 

Beaver. Thomas 364, 384, 406 

Beck, Daniel B 660 

Beck Family 660 

Belles Fam'ilies 830,999 

Belles, Henderson F 829 

Belles, Jonathan M 999 

Berninger, Aaron 818 

Berninger, Arias J 818 

Berninger Family 706 

Berninger, Jonas 662 

Beyer Family 726 

Beyer, Levi 'V 726 

Bibby, Mrs. Julia W 1077 

Bibby, Matthew A 1076 

Biddle Families 291, 644 

Biddlo, Dr. John W 644 

Biddle, William 291 

Billig, Cliarles 1160 

Billig. Martin L 1160 

Billmeyer, Alexander 482 

Billmeyer Families 394, 482 

Billmever. Harrv 483 

Bird Faniilv . . '. 635 

Bitler. Benjamin E., M. D.323. 679 

Bitler Families 679, 907 

Bitler, Dr. Sherman E 908 

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Bittner, Archible G 523 

Bittner Family 523 

Black, Alfred B 478 

Black Family 479 

Blank Family 946 

Blee Families 587, 727 

Blee, Frank G 587 

Blee, Robert E 727 

Bloss Family 96G 

Bloss, Frank E 731 

Bloss, John N 731 

Bloss, Nelson W 966 

Blue Family 715 

Blue, Horace C 715 

Bogart, Aaron 1124 

Bomboy Families 770, 890 

Bomboy, Frank 770 

Bomboy, Leonard R 770 

Boody Family 572 

Boody, Lincoln H 572 

Boone Family 1113 

Boudman Family 825 

Boudman, J. Roland 825 

Bower, Bruce H 732 

Bower, Clemuel R 1033 

Bower, Edward F 1250 

Bower Families ....598, 613. 
732, 796, 827, 838, 1129, 1250 

Bower, George M 598 

Bower, Hiram R 613 

Bower, Hiram W 828 

Bower, Oscar M 838 

Bower, R. Orval 796 

Bower, Solomon 1033 

Boyd, Daniel M 422 

Boyd Family 422 

Boyd, Jolin *C 286, 423 

Boyer Families 681, 689 

Boyer, Jacob 895 

Boyer, Jacob H 689 

Boyer, Reuben 894 

Boyer, William E 681 

Boyles Family 843 

Boylea, Jo.shu"a 185, 842 

Branrien Family 430 

Brannen, James L 430 

Bredbenner Family 831 

Bredbenner, Mrs. Lydia A . . . 805 

Bredbenner, Miles S 832 

Bredbenner, Wm. M 831 

Breisch, Ernest E 1177 

Breisch Families ..588, 1110, 1177 

Breisch. George 1177 

Breisch, Hannon M 588 

Breisch, John E 1110 

Brewington, Percy 621 

Bright, Hon. Dennis 456 



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15ri^'ht i'luuilics 288, 45G 

Blight, -Mrs. Lucy M -iaS 

ini-rlit. IVtor 288, 457 

J?riiik 1-iimilv 975 

Brink, liany S 975 

Biitt Family 1023 

Biittaiu lauiily 951 

Brittaiu, W illiiiiu C 951 

Biobst Families 1017, 1060 

Biobst, Tliomas B 1066 

Bii>ok\vav Fainilv 1088 

Brta-kway, Kolaiul O 1088 

Bruwor Family 476 

Browcr, William H 476 

Brown, Benton B 561 

Brown, Edward J 1102 

Brown Families 

472, 474, 561, 1102, 1164 

Brown, (ieorge B...290, 384, 562 

Brown, James C 472 

Brown, John J., M. D 474 

Brown, W. Earle 1164 

Brown, William G 563 

Bruder, Miss Gussie A 1059 

Bnuler. John A 1059 

Brujxlor Family 894 

Bruner Family 508 

Bniner, John W., M. D 508 

IWunner Family 825 

Brunstetter, George 1243 

Brvan Family 693 

Bryan. .JoIu/G 693 

Bucci Family 778 

Bucci, Giovanni (John Bush) 778 

Bucher. Charles E 1112 

Bui'her Family 1112 

Buck Family' 798 

Buck. Thomas R 798 

Buckalew, Hon. Charles R 403 

Buckalew Families 403, 630 

Buckalew. Capt. John M 406 

Buckalew. Louis W 502 

Buckingham Family 743 

Buckingham, George A 743 

Burhard. Rev. Edward A 824 

Burket Family 786 

Bush Family 981 

Bush. Frederick W 981 

Bush. John (Giovanni Bucci) 778 

Butler, George D 317 

Butler. Kent A 1047 

Butler. Thomas 1047 

Butt Family 517 

Butt, William A 517 

Cadman, Enoch 1247 

Cadman. John 1246 

Campbell. Charles H 1142 

Campbell Families. 665, 1137, 1142 

Canouse, David M 1130 

Canouse Family 1130 

Canouse. ^Irs. Sarah C 1129 

Carrathers Family 802 

Carrathers. John' A 802 

Carse Family 666 

Carse, Robert A 666 

Catterall Families 808, 945 

Catterall, George H 945 

Catterall. .Joseph H 808 

Clialfant. Cliarles 320 

Chalfant. Thomas 291 

Chamberlain Family 735 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 

chamberlain, Isadore F 735 

Chapman, Judge Seth 65, 311 

Chiids Family 915 

Childs, William F. P 915 

Clirisnum Family 712 

Chrisman, lion. William 712 

C lapp, ll'.'iuy C 1253 

Clapp, Mrs. Mary E 1252 

Clark, David 451 

Clark Families 769, 1077 

Clark, Frank R., M. D 769 

Clay, Arthur S 581 

Clay Family 581 

Clewell Families 767,1019 

Clewcll, Laurence 1 767 

Cloud, Charles G 865 

Cloud, William J 865 

Cohen, Joseph, M. D 802 

Cohen, Lewis 802 

Coira Family 1052 

Coira, Henry L 1052 

Cole, Jacob H 928 

Cole, Thomas 928 

Coliey Family 730 

Colley, Richard F 730 

Comly Family 315 

Comly, Joshua W 315 

Conner, John 974 

Conner, Samuel J 974 

Conner, Theodore F 737 

Conyngliam,, Judge John N . . 

66, 312 

Cook, Charles W 1119 

Cook Family 1119 

Cooper, John 314 

Cornelison Families. 480, 991, 1231 

Cornelison, James 1252 

Cornelison, Joseph 292, 480 

Cornelison, Robert 1231 

Cotner Family 697 

Cotner, George P 697 

Cotner, Hiram E 697 

Crawford, Clinton 1091 

Crawford Family 1091 

Creasy Families 

. . .614, 620, 652, 676, 982, 1004 

Creasy, Francis P 614 

Creasy, Dr. George E 620 

Ci-easy, Harvey Lewis 982 

Creasy, Joseph A 652 

Creasy, William E 1004 

Creasy, Hon. William T 676 

Creveling, Daniel H 773 

Creveling Families 774, 984 

Creveling,' Herman G 1210 

Crispell, Chester F 978 

Crispell Family 978 

Crispin, Hon. ]3enjamin 532 

Crispin, Benjamin F., Jr 534 

Crispin, Clarence G 536 

Crispin Family 528 

Crispin. M. Jackson 535 

Croop, Allen B 1064 

Croop Family 1176 

Croop, George 1063 

Croop. Milton H 1176 

Ci-ossley, Daniel F 708 

Crossley Families. .708, 1069, 1232 

Crossley, Robert 1069 

Culp, Cliarles 819 

Gulp, Reuben 819 

Cummings Family 713 



Cummings, John W 713 

Currin Family 767 

Ciirrin, Percival C 767 

C\irry, Daniel M 453 

Curry, Edwin A., M. D. . .323, 452 
Curry Families. .394, 400, 452, 792 
Curry, John R. M 792 

Daniel, L. H 1080 

Daniel, L. L 1080 

Davenport Family 734 

Davenport, Ray H 734 

Davis Families.... 582, 1054, 1175 

Davis, John J 1054 

Davis, W^illiam T 1175 

Davis, William W 712 

Dean Families 701, 991 

Dean, Joseph 991 

Dean, Mrs. Margaret B 991 

Deen Family 557 

Deen, John, Sr 284, 557 

Deily Family 1219 

Deily, John' J319 

Deitrick, Elmer F 815 

Deitrick, W'illiam 815 

Delanty Family 853 

Delay, Emmanuel 1115 

Delay Family 1115 

Delay, Mrs. Mary • 1115 

DeLong Families. . .592, 668, 1233 

DeLong, Frank E 592 

DeLong, Jerome B 668 

DeLong, Perry 668 

De Mott, Cyrus 740 

De Mott Family 740 

Dengler Family 848 

Dentler Family 955 

Dentler, Frank D 955 

Depew, Jonathan 1244 

Derr, Charles F 1098 

Derr Families. .554, 753, 863, 1098 

Derr, F. C 554 

Derr, J. Miles 753 

Derr, ]Mont 863 

Deutsch Family 920 

Deutscli, William L 919 

Dewald, John B 787 

DeWitt Families 641, 1003 

DeWitt, William 641 

Dice Family 1144 

Dice, Joseph C 1144 

Dickson, Clark L 845 

Dickson, Conway W^ 579 

Dickson, David C 580 

Dickson Families 580, 845 

Dickson, Sterling W 579 

Dieffenbach Family 833 

Dieffenbach. Hervey E 833 

Dieffenbacher, Benjamin S...1116 

Dieffenbacher, Daniel N 545 

Dieffenbacher Families. .545, 1116 

Diehl, Charles H 1058 

Diehl Family 1058 ■ 

Dietrich Families 866, 1185 

Dietrich, Karl L 1185 

Dietrich. Peter M 866 

Dietterick, Bruce C 1074 

Dietterick Family 1074 

Dietz Family 702 

Dietz, JohnH 722 

Dildine, Charles H 1053 

Dildine Families 1005, 1053 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



Dildine, Jolin A 1005 

Dillon, John L 728 

Dirk, Miss Clara Belle 10G5 

Dirk, William J 1064 

Divel Family 548 

Divel, Judge Henry 548 

Dixon Family 748 

Doan Family 626 

Dodson, Boyd H 463 

Dodson Family 462 

Dodson, John 1134 

Donnel, Judge Charles G. . .66, 312 

Doster, Jacob 1185 

Doster, John 1184 

Doster, John, Jr 1184 

Doster, Theodore 1185 

Dreibelbis, Amos W 818 

Dreibelbis Families ......818, 1239 

Dreisbach, Benjamin F 1060 

Dreisbach Families 749, 1060 

Drinker, Edward R 596 

Drinker Family 596 

Drinker, Miss Lydia W 597 

Duggan, John J 1218 

Duggan, Patrick L 1218 

Dutt Family 1058 

Dutt, Nelson S 1058 

Duy, Albert W 760 

Duy Family 760 

East Family 1198 

East, Harry R 1198 

Eaton, Clark D 680 

Eaton Family 512 

Eaton. Frederick H 162, 512 

Eck, Miss Anna E 812 

Eck Family 811 

Eck, Reese M 812 

Eckman, Col. Charles W. .298, 454 

Eckman, Mrs. Sophia G 455 

Eckroth Family 1021 

Edgar Family 1085 

Edgar, Thomas 1085 

Edmondson Family 490 

Edmondson, George D 490 

Edwards Families ........ 

654, 821, 1182, 1187 

Edwards, Henry J 821 

Edwards, James S 654 

Edwards, Jesse 1187 

Edwards, Thomas E 1182 

Eisenhauer Family 797 

Eisenhauer, John H 797 

Elliott, John F 1106 

Elliott, Samuel 1106 

Ellis, Mrs. Annie E 886 

Ellis Families 565, 591, 886 

Ellis, James F 591 

Ellis, James J 885 

Ellis, John D 565 

Elmes Family 816 

Elmes, William E 816 

Elwell Family 673 

Elwell, George Edward 675 

Elwell, George Edward, Jr. . . 676 
Elw^ell, Judge William 

66, 312, 673 

Emmet, John 284 

Emmett, Andrew J 1095 

Emmett Family 1095 

Ent, Charles B 536 

Ent, Edwin H 1073 



Ent Families 536, 1073, 1254 

Ent, Gen. Wellington H 426 

Enterline Family 898 

Enterline, W. G 898 

Ervin, Barton E 1090 

Ervin, Stephen 1090 

Eshleman, Benjamin L 948 

Eshleman Families 948, 1096 

Eshleman, Harold 949 

Evans, Andrew J 742 

Evans, Judge Charles C 

70, 314, 432 

Evans, David 875 

Evans Families 432, 

5T4, 578, 742, 983, 1151, 1155^ 

Evans, James L 574 

Evans, John D 875 

Evans, John W 1151 

Evans, Oliver E 983 

Evans, Mrs. Sarah E 743 

Evans, William W 135, 577 

Everett, Edward, M. D 587 

Everett Family 587 

Evert Family 1099 

Evert, George H 1099 

Eves, C. Scott 553 

Eves, E. Ti-uman 758 

Eves Families. .553, 733, 759, 1047 

Eves, Joseph C 733 

Eves, John Emery 1047 

Eyer, Luther 594 

Eyer, Rev. William J 594, 619 

Fahringer Family 1189 

Fahringer, HaiTy 1189 

Fairchild Family 847 

Fairchild, Wesley B 847 

Fallon, Ed. F 688 

Fallon Family 687 

Fallon, William 688 

Farley Family 906 

Farley, Robert M 906 

Farver Family 1077 

Farver, George 1077 

Fans Family 849 

Faus, Frank 849 

Faust Families 937, 1087 

Fedorco Family J 256 

Fedorco, .John 1256 

Fegley, Daniel E 1213 

Fegley Family 1213 

Fenstemaker Family 1158 

Fenstemaker, George C 1158 

Fenstermacher Family 993 

Fenstermacher, Grant 1234 

Fenstermacher, Michael W. . . 993 

Fenstermacher, Scott E 992 

Fergerson Family 1115 

Ferris, Courtney E 1034 

Ferris Families. . .736, 1034, 1241 

Ferris, Olaf F 736 

Fetterman, David F 1043 

Fettennan Family 1043 

Field Family 579 

Field, Henry P 579 

Field. Mrs. Katharine J 579 

Fielding Family 1108 

Fielding. Wilfred G 1108 

Fiester Family 1114 

Fiester, Henry A 1114 

Fifield, Benjamin P 1112 

Fifield Family 1112 



Fiiuiigan, James C 877 

Finnigan, William 877 

Fisher, Charles J 495 

Fisher Families 

464, 495, 756, 1083 

Fisher, George A 465 

Fisher, Horace M 465 

Fisher, John L 466 

Fisher, William C 406 

Fisher, William H 756 

Fisher, William S 464 

Fister Family 1125 

Fister, Ranslo 1125 

Fleckenstine Family 616 

Flick Families 709, 727, 931 

Forney Family 907 

J'ornwald, Charles S 964 

Fornwald Family 964 

Foniwald, George A 965 

Fortner Family 1251 

Foster Family 095 

Foster, .John G 695 

Foulk, Benjamin F 889 

Foulk, Charles L 868 

Foulk Family 889 

Foust Family 915 

Foust, Philip H 915 

Fowler Families 

569, 1104, 1159, 1208 

Fowler, Jeremiah R 569 

Fowler, Lillian D 569 

Fowler, Theodore B 1104 

Fowler, Willard G 1208 

Fox, Charles S. W 499 

Fox Families 428, 499 

Fox, Di-. James T 428 

Fox, Dr. .John C 429 

Frank, John 1047 

Frazer, Daniel 282 

Frazier, Daniel H 718 

Frazier 1^'amily 718 

Freas, Barton D 503 

Freas Families 503, 1074 

Freas, Rush T 1074 

Freeze, Col. John G 424 

Freeze Family 425 

Frey Families 788, 1196, 1212 

Frev, Freeman W 788 

Frev. Henry C 1196 

Frick, A. J 317 

Frick, Arthur W 317 

Frick, Dr. Clarence H 321 

Frick, George A 314 

Fritz, Hon. Andrew L 513 

Fritz Families 513, 822 

Fritz, Rush M 823 

Fritz. Verner E 822 

Fry Family 1200 

Fry. George A 1200 

Funk. Rev. Henry 466 

Funk. Nevin U 467 

Fvu-man. Chester S 521 

Furman Family 521 

Furman, Miss Julia H 522 

Gaertner. Emil 942 

Galbraith. Thomas J 318 

Gallagher, ]Michael 1128 

Gallagher. Miss Rose A 1128 

Garrett. William H S51 

GaiTison. Aaron 810 

Garrison, Calvin D 959 



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BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



Garrison Families 

539, 752, 810, 1087, 1251 

Garrison, Mrs. Ljdia S 959 

Garrison, William C 752 

Gaskins, Thomas 2S4 

Gearhart, Bonliam R., Jr.... 519 

Gearhart, Charles P 320 

Gearhart, Mrs. Cordelia E 451 

Gearhart, Edward S 319 

Gearhart Families 

449, 455, 517, 638 

Gearhart, George M 449 

Gearhart, M. Grier 638 

Gearhart, Robert Y 517 

Geisinger, Mis. Abigail A... 480 
Geisinger, Mrs. Abigail A., 

Birthplace and Home 

(Views) 480 

Geisinger, David 1211 

Geisinger, George F 481 

Geisinger, Mrs. Margaret R..1210 

George Family 1029 

George. Williain J 1029 

Gernert. John H 925 

Gibson Families ...396, 544, 901 

Giger Family 775 

Gigcr. Josiah H 775 

Gilbert Family 468 

Gilbert. Rev. Richard H 583 

Gilds. Charles J 747 

Gilmore Family 989 

Gilmore. William H 989 

Girton Families 599, 667 

Girton, Prof. Maurice J 667 

Girvan Family 1022 

Girvan, John A 1022 

Glenn. Edwin A., M. D 1072 

Glenn Family 1072 

Gordner, Jonathan R 1217 

Gotshall Family 1101 

Gotsliall. Henry 1101 

Gotwalds. Francis M 692 

Graham Families 611, 1229 

Graham. Marks 611 

Gresh Family 1236 

Gresh, Joseph D 1236 

Grier Family 412 

Grier. Rev. Isaac .. .283, 338, 412 

Grier, Isaac X 317, 412 . 

Grier, Rev. John B 413 

Grier, Hon. Robert C 314 

Grotz Family 664 

Grotz, John K 664 

Grove Family 540 

Grove, Herbert S 540 

Grozier Family 764 

Grozier, Prof . Harry . . . .184, 764 

Gniber, David L 1081 

Griiber Family 1081 

Guest, David L....: 918 

Guest Family 919 

Guie, Edwin B 1097 

Guie, James 1097 

Gulics. John C • 282 

Gulliver Family 994 

Gulliver, James H 994 

Hagenbuch, Charles W 1188 

Hagenbuch. Emory D 1190 

Hagenbuch Families 

749. 1026, 1150, 1188, 1190 

Hagenbuch, Frank W 1087 



Hagenbuch, Franklin W 1150 

Hagenbuch, Frederick 749 

Hagenbucli, Mrs. Sarah K...1189 
Hagenbuch, Miss Sarah M... 752 

Hagenbuch, William A 1026 

Hager Family 656 

Hager, William M 656 

Hagerman Family 935 

Hagerman, Josliua 935 

Hall, Horace A 575 

Hancock, Charles P 410 

Hancock Family 410 

Harder, Charles M 765 

Harder, Clark F 581 

Harder Families 

581, 589, 765, 1220 

Harder, Mrs. Sarah B 582 

Harder, Thomas E 589 

Harder, Thomas R 1220 

Harding Family 737 

Haring, David 'E 564 

Haring Family 564 

Harman Families 435, 514 

Harman, James Lee 435 

Harman, Samuel H 514 

Harmon Family 794 

Harpel, Francis E., M. D.322, 549 

Harris Families 961, 1209 

Harris, Levi 888 

Harris, William J 888 

Harter Family 976 

Harter, Theodore C, M. D. . . 976 

Hartline, Prof. Daniel S 872 

Hartline Family 872 

Hartman, Charles L 772 

Hartman Families 

771, 995, 1020, 1035, 1072, 1123 

Hartman, Frank S 1123. 

Hartman, Frederick B 772 

Hartman, George A 1020 

Hartman, John F 1035 

Hartman, Nelson C 995 

Hartman, William 282 

Hartman, William E 1020 

Hartzell. John B , . 852 

Hassert Family 471 

Hassert. George E 471 

Hauck, Charles E 461 

Hauck Families 461, 1259 

Hauck, William H 1259 

Haupt, Clarence E 516 

Hauser, Dr. Raymond J.. 324, 938 

Hayden Family 916 

Hayden, James 918 

Hayden, Nicholas 916 

Hayman Families 1038, 1094 

Hayman, James P 1038 

Hayman, W'illiam H 1094 

Heacock Family 1243 

Heacock. Jeremiah R 1243 

Heim, Joseph 719 

Heim. Julius 719 

Heller Family 1174 

Heller, Samuel K 1174 

Helwig Family 781 

Helwig. Noah 781 

ITendershott. IMrs. Mary M. . . 664 

Hendershott, Norman J 663 

Hendricks Family I2li 

Hendricks, George M 1211 

Hendrickson Family 881 

Hendrickson, John F 881 



Henkel, Rev. David M 

Henkel Family 

Henkel, Mrs. Susan E 

Henkelman Family 

Henkelman, George 

Henrie Family 

Henrie, William H 

Henry Family 

Herr Family 

Herr, John N 

Herring, Alexander B 

Herring Families 506, 

Herring, George A 

Herring, Judge Grant 70, 

Herrington Family 

Herrington, Frank M 

Hertz Family 

Hertz, William J 

Hess, Bi-uce A 

Hess, Charles M 

Hess Families. . .437, 600, 803, 

957, 971, 975, 1173, 1193, 

Hess, Harry F 

Hess, Harvey W 

Hess, Isaiah J 

Hess, John I 

Hess, Leslie E 

Hess, Dr. Milton J 

Hess, Orion M 

Hess, Reuben H 

Hess, William H 

Hetler Family 

Hetler, Mahlon C 

Hicks Families 

636, 648, 812,. 

Hicks. Joseph S 

Hicks, Millard W 

Hidlay Families 751, 

Hidlay, W^liam J 

Hildebrand, Camden W 

Hildebrand Family 

Hile Family '. . . 

Hile, William H 

Hill Family 

Hinckley, Judge Henry M.. . 

68, 313, 318 

Hine, Daniel E 

Hine Family 

Hixson, John F 

Hock Family 

Hock, Michael B 

Hockman Family 

Hoffa Family 

Hoffman Family 

Hoffman, Lewis 

Hoffman. Simon K 

Holdren Family 

Holdren, Phineas 

Hollingshead, William 

Holly. Daniel W 

Holly Family 

Hoppes, Clarence J 

Hoppes, Elias 

Hoppes Families 1157, 

Hoppes, George T 

Hortman Family 

Hosier Family 

Hosier, George B. W 

Houek Family 

Housenick Family 

Houtz Family . . '. 

Houtz, 0. V". 



618 
618 
619 
1005 
1005 
635 
635 
986 
543 
543 
584 
584 
506 
313 
690 
691 
836 
836 
1174 
1243 

1243 

971 

438 

1173 

920 

920 

436 

1193 

1244 

600 

1024 

1024 

1257 

636 
1257 
1153 
1153 
1049 
1049 
1136 
1136 

750 

. 448 

1123 

1123 

870 

1204 

1204 

1172 

892 

747 

700 

747 

876 

876 

546 

822 

822 

1216 

967 

1217 

1157 

1199 

1138 

1139 

1142 

953 

839 

839 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



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Howe Family 

Howe, Fred W 

Hower, Charles E 

Hower Families. . .524, 1045, 
Hower, Hiester V., M. D. . . . 

Hower, Dr. Hiram C 

Hughes, Chester K 

Hughes, Ellis 



Hughes Families 

768, 910, 1169, 

Hughes, George M 

Hughes, Mrs. Harriet 

Hughes, Walter A 

Hull, Charles E 

Hull Family 

Hunsinger Family 

Hunsinger, Josiah F 

Hunt, George W 

Hunt, John H 

Hyde Family 

Hyde, Thomas E 

Hyssong, Austin L 

Hyssong, Elisha B 



923 

923 

524 

1106 

1106 

1090 

630 

282 

1176 

768 

630 

1169 

823 

823 

1037 

1037 

873 

873 

896 

896 

973 

973 



Ikeler, Judge Elijah R.69, 313, 420 

Ikeler Families 421, 958, 990 

Ikeler, Frank A 422 

Ik-ler, Fred T 419 

Ikeler, Mrs. Helena 422 

Ikeler, Roland R 958 

Ikeler, Samuel W 990 

lies Family 852 

lies, William 852 

Irland, James M 459 

Ivey, Edward W 590 

Ivey Families 590, 1185 

Ivey, George A 1185 

Ivey, Richard 590 

Jackson, Col. Clarence G 

161, 184, 464 

Jackson Families 416, 1168 

Jackson, Frank R 456 

Jackson, Mordecai W....161, 416 

Jackson, Morrison E 624 

Jacobs Families 541, 1152 

Jacobs, George B 1152 

Jacobs, John R 1153 

Jacobs, William F 541 

Jacoby Family 643 

Jacoby, Guy 643 

Jacoby, John G 819 

Jacoby, Legrand S 819 

James, B. J 916 

James Family 916 

Jarrard, Cleniuel L 1021 

Jarrard Families 1021, 1147 

Jarrard, Mcrton L 824 

Jarrard, William E 1147 

Jayne, Samuel C 696 

John Families 

246, 632, 833, 1040, 1254 

John, J. Stacey, M. D 1040 

John, Ralph R 632 

Johnson, Bartlett H 527 

Johnson Families 

527, 744, 807, 936 

Johnson, George W 807 

Johnson, James 1123 

Johnson, Joseph R 744 

Johnson, Dr. Ralph E 324 

Johnson, Reagan B 999 



Johnson, Samuel B 

Johnson, Stephen C 

Johnson, William S 

Johnston, Charles M 

Johnston Family 

Jolmston, William C 

Jones, Mrs. Catlierine (Maus) 

Jones, Evan 

Jones, Horatio C 

Jones, John L 

Jordan, Judge Alexander.... 

Jordan, Francis 

Jordan, Mrs. Jennie B 



998 
998 
936 
860 
860 
317 
447 
939 
448 
939 
312 
902 
902 



Karchner, Charles Franklin. .1016 
Karchner Families ....1016, 1018 

Karchner, George E 1018 

Kase, Simon P 289 

Kaufman, Mrs. Anna M 905 

Kaufman, Oliver 1 905 

Keck Families 1027, 1213 

Keck, Henry S 1213 

Keifeii Family 1118 

Keifer, Henry H 1118 

Keiner, John F 997 

Keiner, William 997 

Kelchner Family 1113 

Kelchner, John 1113 

Keller Family 1126 

Keller, William 1126 

Kelley, Bruce C 559 

Kelley Families 559, 1062 

Kelley, James 1062 

Kellogg Family 1034 

Kepner, Bruce A 974 

Kepner Families 

974, 997, 1202, 1255 

Kepner, John A 1255 

Kepner, Samuel F 1202 

Kerswell Family 722 

Korswell, Thomas F 721 

Kester, Benjamin F 663 

Kester, E. Ross 1112 

Kester Families 663, 1112 

Kile Family 1223 

Kile, George B 1223 

Kimble Family 1124 

Kimble, Frank 1124 

Kindig Family 1181 

Kindig, Michael E 1181 

Kingsbury, Adelbert R 996 

Kingsbury Family 996 

Kirk Family 550 

Kirk, Rev. James W 341, 550 

Kirkendall Family 1026 

Kirkham, Samuel 282, 306 

Kisner Families. . .880, 1199, 1203 

Kisner, Ralph 320, 880 

Kisner, Samuel 703 

Kistler, Benjamin 1080 

Kitchen Family 775 

Kitchen. Frank R 775 

Klase Family 699 

Klase, Jesse 699 

Kline. Abraham 813 

Kline, Charles B 1225 

Kline, Charles S 467 

Kline. Edgar E 1107 

Kline Families. .415, 438, 467, 

621, 705, 813, 962, 1107, 1225 

Kline, Harry H 962 

Kline, Isaac 813 



Kline, Jacob L 705 

Kline, John J 1064 

Kline, John L. C 622 

Kline, Luther B., M. D 415 

Kline, Kiky L 438 

Klinetob, Dr. Dalbys B 652 

Klinetob, David G 1186 

Klinetob Families 651, 118G 

Klinetob, Harvey L 651 

Kling Family 1080 

Klinger, Elmer 1209 

Klinger, Gideon 1209 

Knapp, Christian F 741 

Knecht, Jacob 817 

Knecht, Mrs. Martha E 817 

Knepper Family 1147 

Knittlc, Daniel F 665 

Knittle, Miss Ella 645 

Knittle Families 645, 665 

Knittle, Joseph B 645 

Knorr Families 786, 793, 985 

Knorr, Harvey E 785 

Knorr, Henry T 793 

Knorr, Samuel M 985 

Knouse, Elwood 1107 

Knouse Family 1107 

Kocher, Edwin M 1001 

Koclier Families 

867, 1001, 1038, 1057 

Kocher, Thomas C 1038 

Koons Family 779 

Koons, Julius C 779 

Kostenbauder Families 

1011, 1100 

Kostenbauder, Jesse J 1011 

Kostenbauder, Oscar P 1100 

Kramm Family 905 

Krebs Family 412 

Kreischer Family 1204 

Kreischcr, William H 1204 

Kreisher, Clarence E 660 

Kreisher Family 660 

Kressler Family 1014 

Kressler, Samuel P 1014 

Kruram Family 1206 

Kuhn, Isaac S 848 

Kuhn, Mrs. Susan 848 

Kunkel, Charles 1162 

Kunkel Family 1163 

Kurtz Family 720 

Kurtz, Hon. Jennings U..121, 720 

Landis, David E 571 

Landis, John B 571 

Laub Families 757, 1117 

Laub, George A 757 

Laub, Jacob A 1117 

Laubach Fam.ilies 552, 1031 

Lazarus, Cliarles E 940 

Lazarus Families 940, 958 

Lazarus. Henry 959 

Learn, Alexander J 844 

Learn Family 844 

Lechleitner Family 804 

Lechner, Joseph F 868 

Le Due, Emile J 870 

Le Due Family 870 

Lee Families 911, 1101, 1177 

Lee, George S 1101 

Lee, Isaac C 911 

Lee, James 1177 

Lee, Thomas M 1224 



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LelUcr, Mrs. Carrie (Russell) . 1259 

Legion Family 1214 

Legien, Herman Ix 1214 

Lehman Family 943 

Lehman, Frank 942 

Leiby Family 1114 

Leiby, Simon 1114 

Leidy Family 933 

Leidy, John H 933 

Leidy, Paul 317 

Lemon, Miehael 842 

Lemon, AVilliam M 842 

Lenhart, C. Fred 526 

Lenhart Family 526 

Lenhart, George W 988 

Letteer Family 1255 

Lctteer, Oscar E 1255 

Levan, CD 878 

Levan (Le Van) Families. 501, 878 

Levan, Joseph 1078 

Levan, Wilson 1078 

Lewis, Judge Ellis 66, 311 

Litchard Family 655 

Litchard, James H 655 

Little. Mi-s. Deborah T 419 

Little Family 418 

Little, Judge Robert R 

69, 313, 418 

Livziey, Harvey C 930 

Livziey, William 930 

Loekard Family 1030 

Lockard, James S 1030 

Lockhart, Charles C 1143 

Lockhart Family 1143 

Long, Charles C 846 

Long Families 707, 952 

Long, John F 952 

Longenbcrger Family 1260 

Loreman Family 962 

Loreman, Jonathan 962 

Lormer Family 1128 

Lormer, Seth C 1128 

Lovett, William 997 

Lovett. William T 997 

Lowry, William F 162, 744 

Lundy, John 286 

Lundy, Rev. John P 286 

Lutz, Charles B 754 

Lutz Family 754 

Lyman Family 486 

McAnall, Charles K 1031 

McAnall, John 1030 

McAnall, John R 1030 

McBride, Charles G 1080 

McBride Family 1089 

McBride, HughD 1080 

McBride, James D 717 

McBride, Miss L. Rachel 1090 

McBride, Oscar E 1089 

McCollum, Alfred F 1096 

McConnell Family 593 

McConnell, George 593 

McCormick, James 292 

McHenry, Abram L 1148 

McHenry, B. Frances 320 

McHenry Families 

657, 814, 1148, 1160, 1194, 1235 

McHenry, Ira R 1160 

McHenry, James B 1235 

McHenry, John G 212, 657 



jNlcHenry, Dr. Montraville .... 

322, 1161 

McHenry, Oliver S 814 

McKillip, Harvey A 573 

McMalian Family 1225 

McMahan, Capt. James 1161 

McMichael, James 1149 

McMichael, William F 1149 

McNeal, Ann 583 

^lc\'icker Family 655 

McWilliams Families ...583, 864 
MacCrea, Alexander B., M. D. 516 

MacCrea Family 516 

Macdonald Families. 609, 668, 1156 
Macdonald, John T., M. D. ..1156 

Macdonald, John L 609 

Maclntyre Family 668 

Madden Family 693 

Madden, William T 692 

Magill, Dr. William H 

287, 321, 372 

;Magreevy Family 1241 

Mallery, Garrick 162, 461 

Maloney Family 1241 

^Manning Family 1039 

Manning, William H 1039 

Mansfield Family 1131 

Mansfield, William J 1131 

ISLirkle, Daniel R 1169 

Markle Families. 1043, 1140, 1170 

Marks Family 634 

Marks, Robert L 634 

Marr, Alem 314, 325 

jNIartin Family 583 

Martin, James 941 

Martin, Patrick 941 

Martz, Ambrose 925 

Martz, Charles N 1062 

Martz, David B. F 1042 

Martz, Edward S 1154 

Martz Families 810, 

908, 924, 1042, 1050, 1062, 1154 

ilartz, Henry 924 

Martz, Jacob 908 

Martz, Jacob W 929 

Martz. John 924 

Masteller Families 478, 1097 

Masteller, William 1097 

Masters Family 619 

Masters, Francis P 619 

Masters, Mrs. Orpha L 620 

Maus Families 

17, 274, 282, 400, 407, 445 

Maus, Philip E 407 

Mauser, Alonzo A 1191 

Mauser, David 1205 

Mauser Families. .928, 1191, 1205 

Mauser, Mrs. Sarah J 1206 

Melick, Henry W 1082 

Melick Families 1055, 1082 

Mensch Families 

586, 630, 781, 1224 

Mensch, Frank 1224 

Mensch. John S 586 

Mensch, Lewis C 630 

Mensch, William 781 

Meredith Family 544 

Meredith, Hugh"B., M. D 

322, 362, 544 

I\rericle. Theodore 815 

Merkel Family 1071 

Merkel, William A 1071 



Messersmith Family 787 

Messersmith, Jesse B 787 

Michael Families. .511, 1139, 1215 

Michael, Obediah 1140 

Milheim Family 1179 

Millard Family 521 

Millard, William H 520 

Miller, Daniel H 801 

Miller, David M 1125 

Miller Families 

801, 1084, 1125, 1162 

Miller, George W 1084 

Miller, Harry D 801 

Miller, James N 776 

Miller, Reuben J 1162 

Mills Family 684 

Mills, Samuel A 684 

Milnes Family 1010 

Molyneaux Family 1195 

Molyneaux, Walter R 1195 

Monroe, William R 491 

Montgomery, Daniel 280 

Montgomery, Gen. Daniel. . . . 

274, 280, 327, 360 

Montgomery Families 17, 278 

Montgomery, John C 318 

Montgomery, John G 316 

Montgomery, Gen. William.. 

278, 327 

]\Iontgomery, Judge William. 281 
Montgomery, Rev. William B. 284 

Moomey Family 849 

Moomey, George S 849 

Moore, Evan B 1141 

Moore Families 

525, 631, 1141, 1194 

Moore, John E 631 

Moore, William H 1194 

IMordan Family 1166 

Mordan, Harman L 1166 

Morgan Family 989 

Morgan, John L 989 

Moser Family 682 

Mourer, L. K 321 

Mowery Family 1105 

Mowery, George 1105 

Mowrer, Mrs. Annie S 867 

MoAvrer, John 867 

Mowrer, William K 867 

JMowrey, Mrs. Eleanora 1216 

Mowrey Family 1216 

Mowrey, George Y 1216 

Mowrey, Isaac 1216 

Munson, David 1122 

Munson Family 1122 

]Munson, Mrs. Louisa 1122 

]\Iurray, David E 658 

]\Iurry Family 1207 

^i^urry. Miles 1207 

Musselman, Beverly W., Sr. . 855 
JMusselnian. Beverly W.. Jr.. 719 
]\russelman. Miss Elizabeth L. S56 
^Musselman. !\Iiss Sarah C... 856 

Myerley, George W 850 

IMyerley, Mrs. Harriet S.... 851 
Myers Families 976, 1025 

Newbaker Family 640 

Xewbaker. Dr. Philip C..322, 640 

Newman Family 777 

Newman. .John H 777 

Neyhard Family 840 



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Neyluu-d, .Siimuel 110, 81U 

Noss Family 1*'37 

Nuss Family 103;3| 

Nuss, Jeremiah B W,i2 

Oglesby Family 498 

Oglesby, George 498 

Uglesby, Ur. James 322, 498 

Oglesby, William V 320, 499 

Ohl, Boyd T 1007 

Ohl Families 1007, 1111 

Ohl, Michael T IIU 

Oliver Family 1160 

Oliver, William 1166 

Oman Family 1110 

Oman, Thomas C 1110 

Orth, William H 869 

Oswald, Mrs. Anne G 624 

Oswald Family 626 

Owen, Hudson 955 

Oxley Family 1222 

Oxley, Lewis 1222 

Oyster Family 887 

Oyster, George N 887 

Paden, Claud C 994 

Paden, David F 995 

Parker Family 1244 

Parker, Theodore 1244 

Patrick Family 1247 

Patrick, Gus 1247 

Patten. Robert S., M. D..325, 855 

Paules Family 1008 

Paules, William R., M. D... 

324, 1008 

Peckham, Aaron K 60 

Pentz, E. D 1259 

Peters, Edward W 542 

Petrovits Family 602 

Petrovits, Rev. Joseph J. C. 602 

Petty Family 945 

Pfahlcr Family 600 

Pf abler, James F 599 

Piahlor, Jolm E 1059 

Pliillips Families 788, 1251! 

Phillips, Lewis S 788 

Phillips, Ralph G 1253 

Ploch. Frederick 821 

Poe Family 615 

Pohe Family 1120 

Pohe, Stephen C 1120 

Polk Family 414 

Polk, Rufus K 414 

Pollock Family 700 

Pollock, Judge James 66, 312 

I'ollock. James B 700 

Price Families 496, 947 

Price, Thomas J 496 

Price, William R 947 

Purpur, Edward 459 

Purpur Family 459 

Pursel Families 432, 

505, 555, 560, 820, 1079, 1109 

Pursel, Frank P 432 

Pursel, Henry J 1079 

Pursel, Jasper N 555 

Pursel, Jonathan 1109 

Pursel. Norman S 505 

Pursel, William G 560 

Pursell Family 738 

Quick Family 783 

Quick, John G 783 



(^)UK-k, William G 783 

it'Liigg, Thomas 678 

(^uigg, William 078 

Randall, Charles E 585 

Randall Family 585 

Rank, IJaniel W 318, 854 

Rank Family 854 

Rank, Isaac 288 

Raseley, Charles A 573 

Raseley Family 573 

Raup, Abraham L 1001 

Raup Family 1001 

Reagan, (Jeoige L., M. D 597 

Reagan, Mrs. Tillie E 598 

Rebnian, .Samuel C 871 

Reed Families 691, 1083 

Reed, Guy A 1083 

Reed, J. Urville 941 

Reedy, Daniel 791 

Reedy Family 791 

Reese, Ciiailes R 809 

Reese Family 809 

Reifsnydcr Family 789 

Reifsnyd.'r, Karl P 789 

Reiler, Augustus 1183 

Reiter Family 1183 

Reniley, David 1036 

Reniley Family 1180 

Reynolds Family 927 

Reynolds, Theodore 926 

Rhawn Isimilv 481 

Riiawn, William H 481 

Rhinard Family 1226 

Rhoads Family 834 

Rhodes, B. K 317 

Rliodes, .lojin 292 

Riciiard. Frederick J 493 

Richard, Jacob F 494 

Richardson Family 483 

Richardson. John L 483 

Richie. C. W 1127 

Ricketts, Edward 930 

Ricketts, George E 930 

Rider, Lloyd T 527 

Riiiaid, Abraham L 608 

Rinard Family 607 

Rinard, Joseph H 607 

Ringrose, Aaron 971 

Ringrose, William R 971 

Rishel, Dorance R 434 

Rishel Family 434 

Rishel, James P 802 

Rishel, John R 862 

Ritteiihouse Family 1171 

Rittenhouse, Mark E 1171 

Ritter Family 1227 

Ritter, Forrest N 1227 

Robbins Familv 547 

Robbins, James E.. M. D. .324. 547 

Robinson, Edwin H 1132 

Robinson Family 1132 

Robinson, John 'M 1133 

Robinson, Joseph J 1134 

Robinson, Thomas C 902 

Robinson, William M 1132 

Robinson. William R 902 

Robison Family 566 

Robison, James B 566 

Robison. Miss Martha E 568 

Rockefeller, Judge William M. 312 
RodenhofTer Family 9-13 



RodenhoHer, George 943 

Roderick, David M 883 

Roderick Family 883 

Rogers, David J 1230 

Rogers, Thomas J 094 

Rogers, W illiam J 094 

Rolubach Family 1215 

Rohrbach, Lorenzo D 1215 

Rook Family 1028 

Rote Family 551 

Rote, George L 551 

Roup Family 1144 

Roup, W illiam 1144 

Rowe Family 869 

Rowe, (ieorgc L 869 

Rowe, John 790 

Rowe, Richard W 790 

Rowe, Mrs. Sarah 790 

Ruch Families 843, 1090 

Rucli, Jlenry 574 

Ruch, William F 574 

Ruhl, Robert J 602 

Runyan, Mrs. Ann JIaria. . . .1189 

Runyan, Elmer W 1189 

Rupert Family 506 

Russell Family 1258 

Russell, William M. C 1258 

Rutter Family 441 

Rutter, John C, Jr 441 

Ryan Family 871 

Ryan, James 871 

Sandel, John H., M. D...323, 694 

Sands P'amily 1122 

Sands, William E 1121 

Savage Family 1045 

Savage, George N 1045 

Savidge Familv 1221 

Savidge, Ralph A 1221 

Scarlet Family 440 

Scarlet, James 318, 440 

Schlee, Frederick 1063 

Schlee, Peter 1063 

Schott Fanflly 1237 

Schott, Thomas A 1236 

Scliram Family 784 

Sehram, Martin H 784 

Schultz Familv 429 

Schultz, Dr. Solomon S. . .322, 429 
Schweppenheiser, Abram.806, 817 
Schweppenheiser Families . . . 

805, 817, 1237 

Schweppenheiser, William C. .1237 

Sochler Families 717, 867, 870 

Sechler, IL B. D 288 

Sechler, Jacob 285 

Sechler, ISIrs. Marv C 582 

Sechler, M. De Lafayette 717 

Sechler, ]\Irp. Rosanna 716 

Sechler, Samuel 582 

Sechler. William A 718 

Seelv. Col. Andrew D 856 

Seel'v Families 739, 856 

Seelv. S. Britt 739 

Seidel, Alfred F 858 

Seidel, Arren E 393, 859 

Seidel. Clarence W 859 

Seidel Families 714, 858 

Seidel. .Toseph B 714 

Seidel, ^Nfrs. Lucy C 859 

Seiple Familv .' 1085 

Sei])le, Stephen C 1085 



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BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



Seybert Family 1189 

Shaffer, Alfred C 1186 

Shaffer, Hon. Charles A 704 

Shaffer, Edward • 1210 

Shaffer Families 

704, 1186, 1210, 1246 

Shaffer, Rev. Theodore B 1246 

Shalter, Edmond H 892 

Shalter Family 891 

Shalter, John 891 

Shambach, Jesse Y 643 

Shannon, Clark W 1093 

Shannon Families 760, 1093 

Shannon, Hon. William W. . . 760 

Sharpless, Arthur W 835 

Sharpless, Benjamin F 970 

Sharpless Families 835, 969 

Sharpless, George H 970 

Shelhart, Jacob 289 

Sheriff, John W 858 

Sheriff, Mrs, Matilda A 858 

Sherman, Nathan 1167 

Shew Family 791 

Shew, John W. E 791 

Shires, Charles E 874 

Shires Family 874 

Shive Family 842 

Shoemaker, David C 1100 

Shoemaker Families 

824, 888, 1075, 1100 

Shoemaker, William 1258 

Shoop, Gideon M 289 

Shugars Family 1135 

Shugars, John H 1135 

Shultz, B. F., M. D 290, 323 

Shultz, Charles W 724 

Shultz Families 662, 

724, 830, 903, 926, 1065, 1092 

Shultz, Glen L 1065 

Shultz, Philip G G62 

Shultz, R. M 1092 

Shuman, Ambrose, M. D 512 

Shuman, Mrs. Angeline 511 

Shuman, Cliarles S. . * 541 

Shuman Families 

509, 541, 1077, 1245 

Shuman, Franklin L 510 

Shuman, John T 512 

Shuman, John W 1245 

Shuman, Paris H 511 

Sidler, Emanuel 548 

Sidler Families 548, 686, 875 

Sidler, William L 686 

Sidler, William S 875 

Simington, Dr. R. S 322 

Sitler, Qiarles E 1016 

Sitler Families 648, 796, 

972, 1016, 1022, 1161, 1175, 1182 

Sitler, James W 1161 

Sitler. Reuben H 796 

Smethers, Miss Amy B 957 

Smothers, Edward H 985 

Smethers Families 

957, 961, 985, 1242 

Smethers, Hurley K 1242 

Smethers, Jacob' C 957 

Smethers, John A 1242 

Smethers. John H 1201 

Smethers, Miss Katherine. . .1242 
Smethers. Philip McClellan.. 961 

Smith, Adam 1103 

Smith, Allen E 1104 



Smith, Charles H 790 

Smith, David 932 

Smith Families 

5^0, 804, 932, 934, 

944, 1081, 1103, 1118, 1165, 1249 

Smith, Fred K 1248 

Smith, Frederick B 192, 595 

Smith, George W 790 

Smith, H. Montgomery 520 

Smith, James E 944 

Smith, John B 926 

Smith, Joseph 925 

Smith, Lloyd E 1081 

Smith, Miles W 934 

Smith, Robert M 1165 

Smith, Stephen 926 

Smith, Theodore L 804 

Smithers, Benjamin F 922 

Smithers Family 922 

Snyder, Allen L 1052 

Snyder, Charles W 1096 

Snyder Families 614, 687, 

761, 885, 909, 1052, 1096, 1222 

Snyder, H. Alfred 885 

Snyder, Prof. Harlan R 761 

Snyder, John 755 

Snyder, Joseph H 909 

Snyder, Mrs. Sarah M 615 

Snyder, Stephen E 687 

Snyder, William H 614 

Snyder. W. L 755 

Sober Family 711 

Sober, Dr. Harry M 711 

Sones Family 1146 

Sponenberg, Edward J 807 

Sponenberg Families. 646, 807, 987 

Sponenberg, James E 987 

Sponenberg, Philip 646 

Stackhouse Family 637 

Stackhouse, Milton E 637 

Startzel Family 560 

Startzel, William B 559 

Stees, Hany R 748 

Steinman, Andrew J 681 

Stcinman Family 682 

Sterner Families 463, 832 

Sterner, Harrv 463 

Sterner, Prof!^ Lloyd P 832 

Stifnagle, Philip 784 

Stifnagle, William 784 

Stiles, John J 1188 

Still. Adoniram J 556 

Still Family 556 

Stine Family 1111 

Stine, Michael E 1111 

Stock, George A., M. D 684 

Stone Family 610 

Stout, :\rrs. Elleretta 1086 

Stout Families 761, 1025 

Stout, Sheridan W 1087 

Stout. William T 1025 

Strawbridge. Dr. James D... 321 

Stuart Family 1205 

Stycr, Cyrus ' F 892 

Styer Family 892 

Suit, Alonzo J 1010 

Suit Families 1010, 1094. 1197 

Suit, Headley 1094 

Suit, Jacob N 1197 

Suplee (Supplee) Families... 

740, 1033 

Sutliff Family 850 



Swank Families , 

504, 685, 853, 1208 

Swank, Joseph G 504 

Swank, Thomas J 853 

Swentek, Mrs. Amelia 939 

Swentek, Paul P 940 

Sweppenheiser, Dr. Claude E. 949 
Swej^penheiser Family 949 

Taylor Families . . . .864, 927, 950 

Taylor, Frank M 950 

Taylor, John H 166, 168, 864 

Tajior, William H 927 

Teple Family 477 

Teple, James E 477 

Tewksbury, Eugene D 622 

Tewksbury Family 622 

Thomas Families. 1040, 1164, 1250 

Thomas, Martin L 1164 

Thomas, Miss Mary M 1152 

Thomas, Samuel R 1151 

Thompson Family 960 

Thompson, Hugh 960 

Thornton Family 913 

Tilley, Rodman "E 1061 

Tilley, William 1061 

Tooey, James 933 

Tooey, John 933 

Tooley, John 683 

Tooley, John F 683 

Townsend, Mrs. Elizabeth. .. 1057 
Townsend Families. . . .1056, 1102 

Townsend, John R 468 

Townsend. Jonah H 1102 

Townsend, Louis J 1056 

Traugh Family 773 

Traugh, Henry F 773 

Trego Family 829 

Trego. William H 829 

Trescott, Boyd 508 

Trcscott Family 508 

Trowbridge, Harry M 1046 

Trumbower, Mrs. Mary S. . . . 870 

Trumbower. Samuel M 870 

Tubbs Family 1027 

Tubbs, William E 1027 

Turner, William 938 

Turner, William G 938 

Umstead, David M 1133 

Umstead Family 790 

Umstead, Mrs. Harriet E. . . .1133 

Unangst Family 826 

Unangst. George B 826 

Updegraff Family 1149 

Utt Family 1093 

Utt, William S 1092 

Van Alen. T. 290 

Vanderslice, Charles T 497 

Vanderslice Family 498 

van Fossen, George W 321 

Van Horn Families 780. 1082 

Van Horn. Robert W 1082 

Vannan Family 453 

Vannan, Forbes H 453 

Vannan. Irvin, Sr 1248 

Van Natta Family 741 

Van Xatta. Sade' 741 

Vastine Families 442, 603 

Vastine. George H.. :M. D 444 

Vastine, Dr. Jacob H 322. 444 



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Vastine, Jacob M., M. D 445 

Vastine, William 606 

Vastine, William M 445 

Vincent Families: 659, 968 

Vincent, Henry 318 

Vincent, Thomas G 968 

Vincent, Walter J 659 

Voris, Charles E 725 

Voris Family 725 

Voris, James 287, 725 

Vought Families 594, 1029 

Vought, Peter H 594 

Vought, William C 1029 

Wagenseller Family 1067 

Wagenseller, George 1067 

Wagner Family 938 

Wagner, Harvey G 938 

Walker, Silas N 731 

Waller, Kev. David J., Jr. . . . 

127, 143, 566 

Walp, aiarles 1^ 826 

Walp Family 826 

Walter Family 895 

Walter, Mary Emma 196, 648 

Walton Families 539, 837 

Walton, Harry E 837 

Walton, Rev. Morris 539 

Waters, Dennis 858 

Waters Family 1206 

Waters, George W 1206 

Watson Family 879 

Watson, John F 949 

Watters Family 984 

Watters, William A 984 

Watts Family 698 

Watts, James S 698 

Weikert Family 902 

Weller, John 910 

Welliver, Charles E 538 

Welliver Families 

539, 1001, 1015, 1057, 1078 

Welliver, George W 1001 

Welliver, John E 1078 

Welliver, Samuel J 458 

Welliver, Warren W 459 



Welliver, Wilbur C 1057 

Wells, Mrs. Lemuel E 407 

^\'elsh, Abner 954 

\\ elsli, Isaac 954 

Welsh, James 682 

Welsh, Jayne G 955 

Welsh, Kobert G 1041 

\\elsh, Thomas C 320, 682 

Wenner Family 1002 

Weuner, Frank E 1002 

Wertman Family 923 

\Vertman, Felix P 923 

Wertman, Henry D 929 

West Family 492 

West, Isaac D 493 

West, William Kase 319, 492 

Whalen, Daniel J 1240 

\\halen Family 1240 

Wheeler, Edward 1041 

Wheeler, H. C 1041 

White, Alem B 967 

White, Bruce M 795 

White, Mrs. Esther E 967 

White Families 469, 

795, 967, 1009, 1068, 1192, 1229 

White. Frank B 1229 

White, Harry E 1009 

White, Hiester V 469 

White, John P 1068 

White, Leslie H 1192 

Whitmire Families 1162, 1179 

Whitmire, Morris J 1179 

Wigfall Family 423 

WHgfall, Samuel 423 

Williams, David C 545 

Williams Families 

666, 912, 982, 988, 995 

Williams, George C 546 

Williams, Guy 988 

Williams, J. J 1128 

Williams, William E 912 

Willits Family 623 

Willits, Isaiah W., M. D 623 

Wilson Family 1108 

Wilson, Nathaniel 282 

Wilson, W. P 1108 



Wintersteen, Andrew J 900 

Wintersteen Families 

702, 882, 900 

Wintersteen, Henry 702 

Wintersteen, Joseph H 1232 

Witnian, Rev. Edwin H 460 

Witman, Franklin A 768 

W^olf Families 617, 1127 

Woodin, Clemuel R 162, 489 

Woodin Family 488 

Woodin, William H. (de- 
ceased) 161, 488 

Woodin, William H 489 

Woodward, W'arren J 66 

Wyatt Family 913 

Yagel, Charles J 1053 

Yagel Family 1053 

Yenick, John 863 

Yen ick, Rush 863 

Yetter, Clyde C 753 

Yocum Family 623, 1137 

Yorks Family 292, 683 

Yorks, Miss M. Ida 684 

Yorks, William 683 

Yost Family 1201 

Yost, Isaac E 1201 

Y'oung, A. Philip 570 

Young, Dr. Benjamin F 282 

Young Families 

570, 935, 1051, 1168 

Young, Herman T 1051 

Young, Jeremiah W 1168 

Y''oung, Dr. Jesse B 417 

Young, Mrs. Mary B 1168 

Young, Omer F 935 

Youngman, Maj. John C. . . . 449 
Y'oungman, M, Grier 448 

Zarr Family 956 

Zarr, Frank P 956 

Zarr, Robert R 956 

Zehnder, Charles H 162, 460 

Zehner Family 800 

Zehner. William P 800 

Zerbe Family 799 



BIOGRAPHICAL 



HON. WILLIAM ELWELL. The an- one, resulted from being thrown from a horse 
nals of the bench and bar of Pennsylvania re- while going to church. Dr. Amos Prentice 



cord no worthier, nobler life than that of the 
Hon. William Elwell. For twenty-six years 
he was president judge of the Twenty-sixth 
Judicial district of the State, being the repre- 
sentative of no political party, but of the peo- 



served as a surgeon in the Revolution and 
when New London, Conn., was destroyed by 
the British under Benedict Arnold he was 
forced to Hee for his life, and removed with 
his family to IMilltown, Pa., near Athens, rc- 



ple, and during that time he meted out justice siding there until his death. 



with impartial hand. Few could cope with 
him in legal learning, and his record as a judge 
shows that in nearly every case in which his 
decision was appealed to a higher court the 
Supreme judges sustained his rulings. 
Judge Elwell was a son of Dan and Nancy 



Dan Elwell and his wife were the parents 
of si.x children. 

William Elwell spent his early life in Mill- 
town, receiving a good education at the Athens 
Academy, which he attended until nineteen 
years old, surveying being one of his studies. 



(Prentice) Elwell, and was born at Milltown, Soon after he was assistant to Chief Engineer 



near Athens, Bradford Co., Pa., Oct. 9, 1808. 
He was a descendant of a prominent old fam- 
ily of Staffordshire, England. The first of 
the name to come to x'\merica was Robert El- 
well, who, it is thought, came over in the ship 
"Griffin" with Governor Haynes and Rev. 
Thomas Hooker. Robert Elwell located at 
Salem, Mass., prior to 1635, but later settled 
at Eastern Point, Mass., where he died in 
1683. 

Jabez Elwell, great-grandfather of William 
Elwell, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, 



Randall in running lines along the Susque- 
hanna to locate a canal from the New York 
State line, which afterwards became the Xorth 
Branch canal. Following this he taught school 
for three years and then began the study of 
law in the office of Horace Williston. His 
decision to become a lawyer was the outcome 
of his perusal of law books which belonged 
to an uncle of that profession, William Pren- 
tice, whose library came into the possession of 
his father. He made rapid advancement and 
was admitted to the bar in February, 1833, 



serving in the Dutchess county (N. Y.) militia locating at Towanda and practicing success 

under Colonel Ludenton. His son, John El- fully in partnership with his preceptor for six- 

w^ell. was also an active participant in that teen years, when Mr. Williston was appointed 

great struggle, being among the men who, in judge of the Thirteenth Judicial district. In 

answer to the "Lexington alarm." marched 1842 and 1843 Mr. Elwell was elected by the 

from Connecticut towns to the relief of Bos- Democrats as a member of the Legislature, 

ton in April, 1775. During his first term he was chairman of the 

Dan Elwell, father of Judge Elwell, married Judiciary committee, which included in its 

Nancy Prentice, a daughter of Dr. Amos membership Judges Gamble, Sharswood, Bar 



Prentice, who traced her lineage back through 
seven generations to Capt. Thomas Prentice, 
about 1620, who lived at Newton Center, 
Mass., and was formerly a soldier in the army 
of Cromwell. His death, at the age of ninety- 
43 673 



rett, Hendrick B. Wright and Thaddeus Stev- 
ens. One of the monuments to his memory is 
the law abolishing imprisonment for debt, 
which was prepared by him, and to-day re- 
in his second term he was 



mains unchanged 



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chairman of the committee on Ways and 
Means. In 1844 he declined a nomination for 
Congress, preferring his profession to politics. 
In 1866, after he became a judge, he yielded 
to the demands of his party with great reluc- 
tance, and accepted a nomination to Congress 
in the Twelfth district, then composed of 
Bradford, Columbia, Montour, Wyoming and 
Sullivan counties. Though defeated he polled 
a vote far in excess of his party ticket. He 
made no canvass for votes, and made but 
three speeches during the campaign, all of 
them outside of his judicial district. 

As a lawyer Judge Elwell had few equals. 
His services were sought not only in Brad- 
ford, but in all the adjoining counties. In 
1862 his reputation was such that when a 
vacancy on the bench of the Twenty-sixth dis- 
trict occurred, by the resignation of Judge 
Warren J. Woodward, a committee of the bar 
waited upon him and invited him to accept 
the nomination. He was elected, and so per- 
formed his duties that in 1872 he was re- 
elected, the other political party refusing to 
place a candidate in the field. In May, 1874, 
Wyoming and Sullivan counties were made 
the Forty-fourth district, and Columbia and 
Montour the Twenty-sixth, and he selected 
the latter as his jurisdiction. Upon his first 
election he moved to Bloomsburg. In April, 
1871, he was chosen umpire to settle the dis- 
putes between miners and operators of the 
anthracite region. His decision was accepted 
by both sides and stood for many years as the 
wage scale. He was several times urged to 
allow the use of his name as a candidate for 
Supreme judge, and at other times for gov- 
ernor, but he declined. His second term 
nearly ended, the bar of the district unani- 
mously signed a paper requesting him to ac- 
cept the nomination for a third term, to which 
he consented, and he w^as, elected without op- 
position, thus demonstrating how much better 
it is to select a judge from outside the district 
than to have the ofiice made the object of a 
political scramble. 

Many important cases were transferred 
from other counties to Columbia for trial be- 
fore him. and it is estimated that he was 
called to other counties to hold special courts 
oftener than any other judge in the State. 
Ejectment cases involving title to coal lands 
worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the 
Cameron will case from l^nion county, involv- 
ing two million dollars, and the "Mollie Ma- 
guire" case, were among the celebrated trials 
before him. During his entire service but 
eight or nine cases he decided in the Common 



Pleas were reversed, and in most of these the 
Supreme court reversed itself in reversing 
him. But one equity case was reversed, and 
none in the Oyer and Terminer, Quarter Ses- 
sions and Orphans" courts. 

After twenty-six years on the bench Judge 
Elwell's health began to decline, and in 1888 
he spent the winter in Florida by his physi- 
cian's advice, but without relief. In July, 
1889, six months after his illness began, he 
resigned the office. His extreme conscien- 
tiousness would not permit him to continue to 
draw a salary which he did not earn. There 
have been but few such instances in the State. 
He lived in retirement in Bloomsburg until 
Oct. 15, 1895, when he passed away after only 
two days' confinement to his bed. leaving to 
his family the legacy of a noble life well spent. 
Few men ever possessed the confidence and 
esteem of the public to a higher degree. On 
the day of his funeral places of business were 
closed as a token of respect. The services at 
St. Paul's Church were attended by a gather- 
ing that filled the church to the doors. The 
trustees of the Normal School, the town coun- 
cil, and the vestry of the church all passed 
memorial resolutions. His remains were 
taken to Towanda and interred in the family 
lot. 

Though more than a quarter century has 
passed since he occupied the bench, it is still 
not an infrequent occurrence to hear him 
spoken of with admiration, and to hear the 
older residents say: "We ne'er shall look 
upon his like again." Upon his retirement a 
banquet was tendered him by the bar ot the 
district which was attended by a large number 
of distinguished judges and lawyers. The 
attendance and the speeches made were such 
an honor as has seldom if ever been shown a 
judge in this State. 

The Judge was one of the foremost citizens 
of the county in other matters than the courts, 
always active in all matters that pertained to 
the welfare of the community. In 1868 he 
was elected a trustee of the Normal School, 
and was president of that body from 1873 to 
1891. He was a devoted member of the Epis- 
copal Church. In 188 1 he was appointed by 
Governor Hoyt a member of the Bi-centennial 
committee. 

Judge Elwell was twice married, his first 
wife being Clemana Shaw, of Towanda. by 
whom he had three children: William, de- 
ceased; Clemana, who married P. H. Smith, 
of Plymouth. Wis., both deceased ; and 
Horace, who died in infancy. This wife died, 
and in September, 1844, he married Mary 



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675 



Louise Thayer, of Watkins, N. Y., by whom 
he had the following children : Ephraim W., 
deceased ; George E. ; Mary Louise, deceased, 
who married N. U. Funk, of Bloomsburg; 
Martha T. and Robert, who died in childhood ; 
and Charles P., of Bloomsburg. 

GEORGE EDWARD ELWELL, second 
son of Hon. William and Mary Louise 
(Thayer) Elwell, was born in Towanda, Pa., 
Oct. 1 6, 1848. His ancestry on the paternal 
side is given in the biography of his father. 
On the maternal side his great-grandfathers, 
Baruch Thayer and John Ager, were both sol- 
diers in the American army in the Revolution, 
so that four great-grandfathers and one great- 
great-grandfather were in the Patriot army 
(luring that war. His maternal grandfather. 
Col. E. Thayer, was a soldier in the War of 
1812, and later a colonel of New York State 
militia. 

Mr. Elwell was educated at the Susque- 
hanna Collegiate Institute, at Towanda ; Prof. 
G. R. Barker's school at Germantown, Phila- 
delphia; the Bloomsburg Literary Institute; 
and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., in the 
class of 1870, later receiving the degree of 
Master of Arts from that institution. Upon 
completing his college course he was elected 
assistant principal of the Fifth street school 
in Bloomsburg, then just opened. In January, 
1872, he was made a member of the Normal 
school faculty, to teach English literature, 
German and French, remaining there until 
July, 1873, when he resigned to pursue 
his legal studies, which he had previously 
begun under his father's tuition. He was 
admitted to the bar of Columbia county 
Sept. 4, 1874, and at once formed a law 
partnership with Capt. C. B. Brockway, a 
prominent lawyer with an established practice. 
This continued for five years. They were 
counsel for several corporations, including the 
Lackawanna Railroad Company, Mr. Elwell 
continuing in that capacity until 1893. I" ^^77 
they were among the seven counsel for the 
defense of Hester, Tully and McHugh, the 
Molly Maguires charged with the murder of 
Alexander Rea. After the conviction of these 
men, and when appeals to the Supreme court 
and the board of pardons had failed, Tully 
voluntarily made a written confession to Mr. 
Elwell, to be published at his request after the 
execution. It settled beyond question any 
doubt as to the guilt of these men. 

On Oct. I, 1875, Brockway and Elwell 
bought the Columbian printing office of H. L. 
Dieffenbach, and conducted it for four years 



while stdl engaging in active law practice, 
Frank Cooley being the editor. The history 
of The Columbian appears in the article on 
newspapers. Mr. Elwell discontinued active 
law practice in 1893. He tried many import- 
ant cases, among them being Cadow vs. the 
D. L. & W. R. R. Co.; the removal of the 
Bloomsburg School Board; and Mercur vs. 
Patrick et al., in Sullivan county, involving 
title to valuable coal lands. All of these were 
carried to the Supreme court, and won for his 
clients. 

In his boyhood Mr. Elwell began piano les- 
sons, at the age of eleven, and continued them 
for about six years, including instruction on 
the pipe organ for two years. At various times 
he played the organ in a chapel at iMount Airy, 
was organist of Trinity College and the Church 
of the Incarnation, Hartford, Conn. ; organist 
of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg, 
for twenty years, and choirmaster for fifteen 
years longer. He has been president of sev- 
eral musical organizations, notably the Blooms- 
burg Choral Society, which gave some public 
entertainments of a high character. He also 
conducted and took part in a number of con- 
certs for charitable purposes, but never for 
pay. 

He was one of the organizers of the Philo- 
logian Literary Society at the Normal school. 
While in college he was president of the Par- 
thenon Literary Society, and of the athletic 
association, and member of the ball nine ; col- 
lege marshal ; chairman of the Junior prom- 
enade committee; class historian; an editor of 
the college paper; member of a German and 
a theatrical club, and member of the Delta 
Psi fraternity. While a publisher he was a 
member of the State editorial association, and 
a delegate from that body to the national con- 
vention at Boston in 1890. He was a member 
of the executive committee of the State Demo- 
cratic Editorial Association as long as that 
body existed. 

In town matters Mr. Elwell showed his in- 
terest by membership in the town council in 
1876-7-8. Fie was president of the Winona 
Fire Company in 1882; fire chief of the 
Bloomsburg fire department in 1883; member 
of the joint committee of the several fire com- 
panies that prepared the rules of the Blooms- 
burg fire department. In educational matters 
he was a trustee of the Normal school for fif- 
teen years, has been a director of Bloom school 
district since 1909, and has been president of 
the alumni association of the Normal school 
since 1907. In church matters he was a vestry- 
man of the Episcopal Church from 1878 to 



676 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

191 1, and frequently a delegate to the dio- a reelection. He is active in Masonry, hav- 

cesan convention. ing taken all the Scottish Rite degrees in 

In business matters he was one of the orig- Caldwell Consistory, has been president of the 

inal directors of the Bloomsburg Water Com- Craftsman Club, Eminent Commander of 

pany ; a director of the Gas Company, and of Crusade Commandery, Knights Templar, and 

Oak Grove Association, and is now a director Master of Washington Lodge. Since 191 2 

of the Industrial Building and Loan Asso- he has taught two classes a day in French 

ciation ; a member of the corporation of the at the Normal school. He is recognized as one 

Hospital; a trustee of the Public Library; a o'f Bloomsburg's most estimable young men. 

member of the executive committee of the On his mother's side he is a great-grandson of 

Civic League, and a member of the Historical William McKelvy and Caleb Barton, and 

Society. He was secretary of the Bar Asso- grandson of I. W. McKelvy, all of whom were 

ciation for thirty years, librarian of the Law in their day among the most progressive and 

Library for ten years, and secretary of the respected citizens of Columbia county. On 

Bloomsburg Centennial committee in 1902. Dec. 12, 191 1, he was married to Miss Sara B. 

In January, 1915, he was elected president of Milleisen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Mil- 

the Bloomsburg Business Men's Association, leisen, of Bloomsburg. 
to serve for one year. 

As a toastmaster his services have been fre- HON. WILLIAM TRENTON CREASY, 
quently sought after, notably at the banquets Q^g of [^e best known citizens of Columbia 
of the Normal alumni association ; at the ban- county, is entitled to a place among the most 
quet given by the bar to Colonel f^reeze m progressive men of the State of Pennsylvania. 
1905, and at those of The Wheelmen club held j^ his capacity of legislator he demonstrated 
annually for several years ; and has been fre- ^^^^ ^igh ideals regarding his relations to his 
quently called upon for after-dinner speeches constituents which show his fitness for leader- 
on other occasions. In politics he was secre- ^^ip. and his sense of responsibilitv as a pub- 
tary of the Democratic county committee ; jj^, servant makes him worthy of the many 
delegate to county and State conventions; for honors which have come to him. His work in 
three years a member of the State committee, ^^^ Grange has made him very prominent 
and m several Presidential campaigns made ^^^^^^ agriculturists, and the degree of con- 
speeches through the county fidence he has gained wherever known is suf- 

In 191 1 he was appointed by Judge Evans ^:^^■^^^ evidence that he has lived up to the 

a member of a commission to investigate expectations of those who have intrusted im- 

charges of unlawful practices m the procure- ^^^^^^ interests to him. 

ment of liquor licenses in the county The ^j^ ^ ^^^ ^^^^ P^^ ^g ^ .^ ^^^^_ 

report of this commission after investigation ^^,.^^^ township. Columbia county: where he 

was such that it will for a time at least pre- ^^jjj ^^^^^^ his home, son of Nathan Creasy 

vent the recurrence of some practices that pre- j j r wr-u- n lu c ^. 

1 rt f ^ grandson of William Creasy. His first 

vailed tor years. • 1 . ai a at ancestors in America settled in New Jersey, 

Mr. Elwell was married to Mary A. Mc- . . ., *. n ^ \^- 4. o 

Kelvy, daughter of Isaiah W. and Elmira ^7"^"^? ^^^"^ t^ere to Columbia county, Pa., 

(Barton) McKelvy. Oct. 26, 1876. They have '^l^^"^ ^'\ ^^""^1^^^ and twenty-five years ago. 

one son G. Edward Elwell, ]v., who is in They took an important part in the American 

" . ' Xu 1-- r ^u ' -' ' Revolution. Some of the family settled about 

business with his lather. i^r-ca- ^ u- a j • r • 

% -c -n „r,,, T„ ^ r.(r^r.Trr^ Mifflin towHship aud eugagcd lu farmiiig. 

George Edward Elwell, Jr.. son of George ^ 5 J^ c wru- -r 

E. and Mary A. (McKelvy) Elwell, was born ^ ^^ '"'a^" Creasy, grandfather of W ilham T. 
in Bloomsburg, Pa.. April 19. 1886. He grad- f ^^asy, was born in the southern part of Co- 
uated at the Bloomsburg Normal School in lumbia county and was engaged in farming 
190S. and at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., there during his earlier years. He was one 
in 1909, receiving the degree of Bachelor of of the earlier settlers in the Catawissa valley. 
Arts. He was prominent in many of the col- m Schuylkill county. Pa. He continued f arm- 
lege activities, and a member of the Delta Psi '"g throughout his active hfe. in his later 
fraternity. On graduation he entered busi- years living retired, in Catawissa. where he 
ness with his father in the Columbian Printing ^led in January. 1886. at the age of seventy- 
House and so continues. When the Blooms- mne, and is buried. He owned a tract of land 
burg Ikisiness Men's Association was organ- m that township. He and his wife. Mary 
ized he was one of its most active members, (Gearhart). had one son, Nathan, 
and was its secretary for three years, declining Nathan Creasy, son of William, was born 



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677 



in the Catawissa valley, in Schuylkill county, 
and came with his parents to Main township, 
Columbia county, when a child. He followed 
farming, after his marriage buying the tract 
on the hill in Catawissa township, across the 
Susquehanna from Bloomsburg, and there he 
continued to live until his death, which oc- 
curred in August, 1 88 1. He was a member of 
the Lutheran Church, and was one of the well 
known and highly respected residents of his 
district. His wife, Susanna (Krickbaum), 
survived him, dying in 1883, and they are 
buried at Catawissa. Mrs. Creasy was born 
in 1830 in Catawissa township, on the farm 
now owned by her son, Henry, and was a 
daughter of Henry Krickbaum, who was of 
German extraction. To Mr. and Mrs. Nathan 
Creasy were born eight children, namely: 
Alice, who is deceased ; William T. ; Francis 
Pierce, mentioned at length elsewhere in this 
work; Ellen E., wife of W. H. Hess, of Al- 
media, this county ; Henry Lloyd, of Cata- 
wissa township ; Nathan C., a merchant of 
Catawissa; Dora S., wife of Noah Helwig, a 
prominent farmer of Catawissa township ; 
and a daughter that died in infancy. 

William T. Creasy was reared on a farm, 
remaining with his grandparents until twenty 
years of age. He had the advantages of the 
common schools and Catawissa Academy, also 
attending the State Normal School at Blooms- 
burg, from which institution he was graduated 
in 1875. Before that he had begun teaching, 
when sixteen years of age, and he followed 
the profession for eleven terms. All his life 
he has been engaged in farming and fruit 
growing as well as stock raising. In 1876 he 
settled upon the farm where he has since had 
his home, and which he bought that year, a 
tract of 215 acres on the summit of the range 
of hills across from Bloomsburg, in Catawissa 
township. There are thirty-five acres in fruit 
and he is constantly adding to his orchard. 
He has many experimental methods of horti- 
culture in operation, and has some of the 
finest cherries and apricots in the county. He 
has a herd of Holstein cows, and raises Berk- 
shire, Poland-China and Chester White swine. 
The farm is equipped with all modern machin- 
ery, and Mr. Creasy is installing a small ma- 
chine shop, with power. 

Few farmers have become as well known 
as practical advocates of the best systems in 
vogue among advanced agriculturists at the 
present day. Mr. Creasy was one of the origi- 
nators of the White Plymouth chicken. His 
interest in the promotion of all things which 
had for their object the betterment of farm 



conditions, whether they raised the standards 
of work or of home life, led him to take an 
active part in the Grange movement, and he 
has been a member of the Pennsylvania State 
Grange more than thirty-four years and one 
of its foremost workers, serving on important 
committees. For many years he served on the 
legislative committee of the State Grange, and 
as such took an influential part in framing 
Grange legislation. As an authority on State 
and local taxation whose knowledge is fecog- 
nized throughout the country he presented the 
Grangers' ideas on taxation at the Xalional 
Conference on Taxation held at Buffalo, at the 
Pan-American Exposition in 1901, and de- 
livered an address on taxation which was 
widely quoted all over the United States and 
Canada. In 1908 he was elected master of 
the State Grange, and served until his recent 
resignation, in December, 1914. Fie is editor- 
in-chief of the Pennsylvania Grange Neivs, the 
organ of the State Grange. He is also a promi- 
nent figure in the National Grange, belongs to 
a number of agricultural organizations, has 
been president of the State Horticultural Asso- 
ciation, and is favorably known by representa- 
tive men, particularly along agricultural lines, 
throughout the United States. 

As an ardent and effective champion of 
every cause afifecting the welfare of the farm- 
ing population he won the sobriquet of 
"Farmer" Creasy in the State Legislature, of 
which he was a leading member for many 
years. Mr. Creasy's first term in the Pennsyl- 
vania Legislature began in 1894, and he was a 
member of that body continuously until 1910. 
He was always one of its energetic workers. 
For years he was the acknowledged Democratic 
leader in the House, and several times was the 
Democratic nominee for speaker. His popu- 
larity in the party is of long standing. In 1899 
he was the nominee for the State treasurer ; 
in 1901 and 1902 was State chairman ; and in 
1906 the nominee for auditor general. In the 
last year named he could have had the guber- 
natorial nomination had he so desired, for his 
name was prominently mentioned in that con- 
nection and he had the backing of the labor 
organizations. In 19 10 he was defeated for 
State senator. He was a candidate for lieu- 
tenant governor at the recent election. 

There are few men in public life who have 
as creditable a record as Mr. Creasy. The 
statement was recently made that in all the 
years he was at Harrisburg the finger of sus- 
picion was never pointed in his direction. His 
motives were never questioned, and the class 
of legislation with which he has been associated 



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is enough to stamp him as a progressive of the 
most liberal type, one who has labored unself- 
ishly for the general good and whose far- 
sightedness has come to be proverbial. As has 
been said of him: "Even in the days when 
reform and reformers were not popular it was 
Mr. Creasy who, often alone, was on the job 
and championed night and day reform move- 
ments, many of which have since been enacted 
into laws. One who knows has said that more 
reform measures were placed on the statute 
books through his efforts than those of any 
other member who has been in the House in 
years. Always on the firing line, his voice and 
his influence have at all times been exerted in 
the furtherance of that which had to do with 
the moral and civic upbuilding of the State. 
To speak of the beneficent laws he has cham- 
pioned would be to refer to practically every 
good law Pennsylvania has seen placed upon 
her statute books in recent years. A few of 
the many for which he has valiantly fought in 
the years he has been in the House are the 
Trolley Freight bill, Two Cent Fare bill, as 
well as a number of laws to enforce the consti- 
tution in regard to railroads and increases of 
appropriations to township high schools.'' He 
was a director of the Postal Express League 
which put through the present parcel post law, 
and he has spent a great deal of his time in 
the law making bodies at Washington as well 
as at Harrisburg, looking especially after agri- 
cultural legislation ; has served as bank director 
and life insurance director; vice president of 
the Farmers' Life Insurance Company of 
Syracuse, N. Y. ; and has taken part in many 
other important financial matters. He is a 
director of the Pennsylvania Peace Society, 
and was one of the speakers at the Cost of 
Living Conference under the auspices of the 
American Academy of Political and Social 
Science. His address on "The High Cost of 
Living from the Farmer's Standpoint" has 
attracted popular interest. While a Democrat, 
Mr. Creasy "has the friendship of men in all 
parties in his State. His desk in the House 
was a sort of storm center and place of friendly 
interest as well." 

Mr. Creasy's estate in Catawissa township 
is considered a model farm, and after visiting 
it, in 1902, William Jennings Bryan announced 
that he would give his celebrated Nebraska 
farm the same name in its honor, "Fairview." 
Mr. Creasy has served his home township in 
the offices of school director and supervisor, 
and he has also held the position of mercantile 
appraiser. 

On March 2^, 1876, Mr. Creasy was mar- 



ried to Sarah Jane Weaver, daughter of Elias 
and Sarah (Yetter) Weaver, of Columbia 
county, and to them have been born six chil- 
dren : Charles W., who married Laura Hower 
and has three children ; Catherine, now the 
wife of Frank Bundy and mother of three 
children ; Sadie, wife of Roy Bitler and mother 
of two children ; William K., who is married 
to Ruth Long and has one child ; Luther P. 
and Susan D., both living at home. In religious 
connection Mr. and ^Irs. Creasy are members 
of the Lutheran Church, of which he is a 
trustee. 

WILLIAM QUIGG. whose fine farm of 
308 acres is situated in Mahoning township, 
one and a half miles from Danville, is a well 
known citizen of Montour county, and in igii. 
on the Republican ticket, was elected a mem- 
ber of the board of county commissioners. He 
was born in Montgomery county, Pa., Feb. 
18, 1856, a son of Thomas and Rebecca (Robi- 
son) Quigg, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. 

Thomas Quigg was born in County Antrim, 
Ireland, and from there came to the United 
States in 1847, landing at Philadelphia, and 
settling in Montgomery county. Pa. He was 
an iron worker, and in June. 1863. came to 
Danville. The following year he enlisted for 
service in the Civil war, and served one year 
as a private in Company D. 58th Pa. \'ol. 
Inf. He died at Danville, when aged sixty- 
seven years, and he and his wife, Rebecca 
(Rol:)ison) Quigg. are buried in the Episcopal 
cemetery there. She was born in County Der- 
ry. Ireland. They were good, kind-hearted, 
industrious people. They had two children. 
William and John, the latter a resident of 
Danville; he married Alice Diehl, and they 
live in the old Quigg homestead. 

William Quigg has taken care of himself 
practically from early boyhood, when he went 
to work on Peter Bright's farm. Later he 
found employment as water boy in the neigh- 
boring lime (|uarry and kilns, and then went to 
work in the ore mines. Thus he had but little 
time to go to school, but took advantage of 
every opportunity and is a well informed man. 
and he has always been able to influence others 
through his good judgment and practical com- 
mon sense. From the ore mines Mr. Quigg 
went into the big iron works of Waterman & 
Beaver, now the Reading Iron Company, Dan- 
ville, Pa., and worked his way up until he be- 
came a heater, in the Reading Iron Company's 
mill. He joined the Danville fire company in 
1877. and proved himself so brave and re- 
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was made assistant engineer of "Good Will" Hitler, was born near I'.randonvillc, in Sehuyl- 
Hose Company No. 4, and in 1880 was elected kill county, Pa., and his wile Mathilda 
chief of the department, serving as such lor (Focht) was also from that county. He came 
one year. Since March 14, i8cS9, he has re- to Montour county and bought the farm on 
sided on his farm, where he has prospered, which he settled, following agricultural pur- 
devoting his land to a general line of agri- suits and also milling, having erected a water 
culture. mill on his property. He was instantly killed 

Mr. Quigg was married Jan. 24, 1882, to in i8()4, when seventy-two years old, while 
Anna McNerney, of rhiladelphia. Pa., who helping to raise some heavy timber. His wife 
was born Oct. 31, 1859, in Ireland, and was died in 1883, aged seventy-nine years, 
two years old when brought to this country. Joel Bitler, son of James, was born in 
They have had nine children, of whom we Schuylkill county and raised there, being 
have the following record : Thomas, born twenty-three years old when he came to Mon- 
Nov. I, 1882, at Danville, Montour Co., Pa., tour county with his parents, lie had re- 
is engaged as a molder there with the Dan- ceived excellent advantages for the time, and 
ville Stove Company; Annie, born April 14, being of a studious turn im])roved them, and 
1885, at Danville, is the wife of Ralph Cope, during his early manhood he engaged in teach- 
of Mausdale, Pa., now employed by the Read- ing. lie also followed sawmilling and farm- 
ing Iron Company; Rebecca, born Feb. 15, ing, and he continued to reside on the liitler 
1887, at Danville, a nurse in the Danville hos- homestead settled by his father until his death 
pital, is the wife of Blaine B. Morrison, also there, in 1890, when he was lifty-six years 
a nurse; Dennis, born July 28, 1889, in Ala- old. He married Eliza DiefTenbacher, daugh- 
honing township, Montour Co., Pa., resides ter of Benjamin and Sophia (Proxell) Dief- 
at home and assists his father ; Elizabeth, born fcnbachcr. Her great-grandfather, Philip 
March 19, 1891, in Mahoning township, is a DieiTcnlxicher, was the first of the name to lo- 
teacher in that township; Stewart, born April cate in the region of Strawberry Ridge, which 
12, 1893, in Alahoning township, died July 28, he named. He moved hither with a prairie 
1901, aged eight years, three months, sixteen schooner and a team of oxen. He took up a 
days; Mary Jane, born May 13, 1896, in Ma- 600-acre tract from the government, and be- 
honing township, is a graduate of the Dan- came one of the prominent residents of that 
ville high school, class of 1914; John Robin- section. He helped to build the first church 
son, born Nov. 6, 1898, in Mahoning township, there. His wife was Emma }klauser. 
is attending school at Danville ; ]\Iargaret Mrs. Bitler died in 1902, at the age of sixty- 
Edith, born July 6, 1901, in Mahoning town- one years. She and her husband had a family 
ship, died July 7, 1902, aged one year, one of seven children, of whom Benjamin K. is 
day. the eldest ; Norman S. lives at Strawberry 

Mr. Quigg was reared in the Episcopal Ridge; William L. is on the old homestead; 

Church. In politics he is a Republican, and as Ursula is the wife of A. J. Levan, of Schuyler, 

an interested agriculturist he has associated Pa. ; Hulda, widow of George Merrell, lives 

himself with X'alley Grange, No. 1184. at Buffalo, N. V.; Laura is the wife of Wil- 
liam Lose, of Montgomery, Pa. ; Maud is the 

BENJAMIN E. BITLER, M. D., is at wife of Claude Ileffenlinger, of Montgomery, 
present located at Pottsgrove, Northumbcr- I'.enjamin E. Bitler was born Oct. 21, 1862, 
land county, not far from the jMontour in Derry township, Alontour county, and ob- 
county line, and he was formerly in practice tained his early education in the public schools, 
at Washingtonville, Montour county, for After leaving school he did farm work, and 
eleven years. He has been a member of the later taught school during the winter seasons 
Montour County Medical Society for twenty- for three^years. He then entered a drug store 
two years, and is well and favorably known, in Kansas City, where he was employed as 
both professionally and personally, all over clerk for a year and a half, following which 
this section. Outside of his profession, he has he had some experience on the range in Kan- 
been especially active in promoting educational sas. being a cowboy for eighteen months. Sub- 
interests, for which he has done good work. sequently he took up a quarter section of 

Tohn Bitler. Dr. Bitler's great-grandfather, land in Comanche county, Kans. In 1883 he 

familiarly known as "Long lohn,"' was a sur- opened a drug store at Protection. Kans., in 

veyor by calling. With his brother James and partnership with Dr. Milton H. Winn, and 

another brotheV he came from England and while conducting same pursued the study of 

settled in Chester county. Pa. His son, James medicine for two years. He then married and 



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located at Louisville, Ky., where in 1887 he CLARK DICKERMAN EATON, a promi- 
entered the University of Louisville, complet- nent official of the American Car and Foundry 
ing his course and graduating in 1889. The Company, has been established in the general 
year following he practiced at Corydon, Ind., offices of the company at New York City since 
thence returning to Montour county. Pa., and the year 1907, in the capacity of sales man- 
establishing himself at Washington ville, where ager. Thoroughly modern in his attitude on 
he remained for a period of eleven years. In business questions, the natural gifts which 
1901 he moved thence to Pottsgrove, where made his selection for the position so logical 
he has been practicing for the last thirteen have undergone favorable development in his 
years. Dr. Bitler is a member of the State present environment, and he has broadened 
Medical Society, and of the American along with the recjuirements of his work. More 
National Medical Association. His high than that, his ideas and their evolution have 
standing in medical circles and among his effected a marked improvement in the seUing 
numerous patrons has been gained by con- department, making it worthy of its relation 
scientious attention to all who have come to the great concern whose products are mar- 
under his care, and he is highly esteemed for keted through this agency, 
his strong character and the public spirit which Mr. Eaton was born near Bethlehem, Pa., 
has guided him in all his dealings with the Aug. 12, 1871. Coming to Berwick with his 
community. For the last eight years he has parents when a child, he was a resident of that 
been a member of the Pottsgrove school board, borough until his removal to New York City 
to which he was reelected in the fall of 1913 in 1907. His early education, obtained at the 
for a term of six years, and his efficient serv- public schools of Berwick, was supplemented 
ices have won the approval and hearty co- by three years' attendance at the University 
operation of the most progressive element in of Pennsylvania. Returning to Berwick he 
the town. Politically he is a Democrat. So- entered the employ of the Jackson & W'oodin 
cially he holds membership in the I. O. O. F., Manufacturing Company, in the rolling mills, 
to which he has belonged for twenty-six years, then went to the wheel department, and in 1899 
being at present connected with Pottsgrove became employed in the general office of the 
Lodge, No. 623, and he also belongs to the Berwick district as clerk. He was soon made 
Artisans Order of Mutual Protection at that assistant to the manager. Mr. Lowry. In 1907 
place; he is a member of Milton Lodge, No. he was transferred t.6 the general offices at 
913, B. P. O. Elks, of IMilton, Pa., and of the New York, becoming sales manager, which 
Pottsgrove Lutheran Church. position he has since filled. As may be judged 

Dr. Bitler married July 7, 1886, Eva I. by this brief record of his services, he has 
Winn, who was born April 14. t866, at Cory- gained his familiar knowledge of the business 
don, Ind., daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth and works in actual exparience, begun at the 
(Bines) Winn, the latter now deceased; she bottom, and continued as promotion gave op- 
was from Pennsylvania. Mr. Winn, who sur- portunity. His special fitness for the depart- 
vives, learned the trade of blacksmith, and fol- ment he now handles has been proved in many 
lowed it during his active years. In his earlier a severe test, and he is fortunate in combining 
life he was also a preacher in the M. E. with trustworthy business ability a genial 
Church. During the Civil war he served as disposition and a remarkable faculty for mak- 
an officer, and he was wounded. ing friends. 

Six children have l)cen born to Dr. and Mr. Eaton is now a director of the American 

Mrs. Bitler: Ursula E., born Sept. 30, 1887, Car and Foundry Export Company, to which 

in Louisville, Ky.. lives at home; Anna W., latter office he was elected in 1913. His busi- 

born April 15. 1889. widow of Warren Win- ncss activities have extended as opportunity 

ter, has one child. Eva; Laura E., born Aug. permitted, and he is now vice president of 

22, 1891, in Washingtonville, is the wife of both the Sligo & Eastern Railroad Company 

C. Franklin Koch, of Pottsgrove, and has one and the Oldfields Lumber Company. His 

child, Mary Helen ; Mary E., born Jan. 3, brother, Frederick Eaton, is president of the 

1894, is engaged at the Trenton (N. J.) State American Car and Foundry Company. 

Hospital, and like her three sisters is a grad- As a clubman Air. Eaton holds membership 

uate of the Pottsgrove high school and a in the Railroad Club of New York. Union 

trained nurse; Elmer Dewey, born Feb. ti, League of New York. New York Athletic 

1898, is a student at the Pottsgrove high Club, South Orange Field Club and the Canoe 

school; David Joel, born Aug. 6, 1900, is in Brook Country Club. His fraternal conncc- 

grammar school. lions arc with the Benevolent Protective Order 




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of Elksj.F. & A. M., Berwick, Pa.; Caldwell 
Consistory, IMoomsburg, Pa. ; and Irem 
rcmi)lc, VVilkcs-Barre, Pa. He also belongs to 
the American Iron and Steel Institute, Amer- 
ican Electric Railway Association and the 
I'ennsylvania Society. He has united with 
the Presbyterian Church at East Orange, and 
contributes liberally to its support. Politically 
he is a Republican. 

On June 30, iHc/j, Mr. Eaton married Alice 
Leona McAnall, daughter of John R. McAnall, 
superintendent of the hospital department of 
the American Car and Foundry Company, 
mentioned elsewhere in this work. They have 
two children, Frederick lleber (2d) and John 
McAnall. 

WILLIAM EDWIN BOYER, ex-county 
commissioner of Montour county, now en- 
gaged in farming and stock raising in Liberty 
township, was born in that township March 
28, i860, son of Henry John and Mary (Rob- 
bins) Boyer. 

The genealogy of the Boyer (formerly 
spelled Bayer) family dates back in America 
to the year 1732, when one Christopher Bayer 
emigrated from the Fatherland to this coun- 
try. His son, Henricus Bayer, and his wife 
Angelina became the parents of several chil- 
dren, among them Catherine, who was born 
in 1773, and died Sept. 18, 1841. Catherine 
IJoyer married her second cousin, Henry 
Boyer, who was born at Reading, Pa., and 
died Aug. 8, 1838, aged sixty-four years, three 
months. He was one of the first settlers -of 
Liberty township, at that time covered with 
dense timber, and his life was passed in farm- 
ing and lumbering. He cleared the present 
farm of his grandson, and himself hauled his 
I)roduce and supplies to and from the Reading 
markets. 

Henry J. Boyer, son of Henry Boyer, and 
father of William Edwin Boyer, was born in 
Northampton county, Pa., and died July 11, 
1893, aged eighty-five years, six months, three 
days. He was six years old when he accom- 
panied his parents to Liberty township, where 
his life was spent in agricultural operations. 
He married Mary Robbins, who was born 
April 20, 1 84 1, in Liberty township, Montour 
Co., Pa., and died April 14, 1912. She was a 
daughter of Martin and Anna (Crites) Rob- 
bins, who came to Northumberland county 
from New Jersey and subsequently made their 
home in Montour county. Two children were 
born to Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, namely : William 
Edwin and Elizabeth Catherine, the last 
named deceased; she was the wife of Ben- 
jamin C. Lindner. 



After securing his education in the pubUc 
schools William lulwin Boyer farmed for his 
father until reaching the age of nineteen years. 
W hen he was twenty-two years of age he mar- 
ried and came to his present home, where he 
has since followed agricultural pursuits with 
success. He has a well developed property 
which rewards him with abundant returns 
for the labor he expends upon it, while his 
success as a stock raiser has made him known 
as an excellent judge of cattle. The buildings 
are new and substantial, and here is also lo- 
cated one of the landmarks of the vicinity, 
the oldest stone house standing in Montour 
county, which was built by great-grandfather 
Robbins some time during the seventeen hun- 
dreds. 

In 1 881 Mr. Boyer was married to Ida May 
Bowman, who was born Nov. 29, 1859, in 
Mahoning township, Montour Co., Pa., daugh- 
ter of John and Amelia Catherine (llidely) 
Bowman, both now deceased, who came from 
near Mifllinville, Colum])ia Co., Pa. Mr. 
Bowman was born Aug. 5, 1836, and dl^d Jan. 
15, 1914. Four children were born to Mr. 
and ]\Irs. Bowman : Ida May, Mrs. Boyer ; 
Norman, living at Milton, Pa.; Hurley, whose 
home is in Arizona ; and Fanny, who is de- 
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Boyer have had the 
following children : Fanny B., born Dec. 
10, 1881, is the wife of James B. Kaiser, of 
Milton, Pa., and has two children, Hilda and 
Gladys; Minnie S., born May 10, 1883, mar- 
ried Ed Ilause, of Danville, and has three 
children, Bruce, Tdorence and Goldie ; Jennie 
L., born Feb. i, 1886, married Frank Becker, 
of New Columbia, Pa., and has t\\^ children, 
Robert and William; Nettie, born Feb. 5, 1S90, 
married Percy Hartman ; Mary Catherine, 
born Dec. 30, 1894, a graduate of the Potts- 
grove high school, is at home. 

Mr. and Airs. Boyer were reared in the 
faith of the Presbyterian Church, and are 
members of the Pottsgrove Church, of which 
he is a trustee. He is a valued member of the 
Pottsgrove lodge of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows. In politics a stanch Demo- 
crat, he has long served as tax collector, hav- 
ing just entered upon his fourth term in that 
responsible position. In 1893 he became the 
candidate of his party for the office of county 
commissioner, and was subsequently elected 
and served one term in that office. 

ANDREW J. STEINMAN, a retired 
farmer of Valley township, and ex-county 
treasurer of Montour county, was born in 
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son of Andrew Jackson Steinman and grand- 
son of John Steinman. John Steinman was 
one of the early settlers of Derry township, in 
what is now Montour county, and built here 
the first sawmill in the district, erecting it in 
1812. So far as known he came to this region 
from Berks county, Pennsylvania. 

Andrew Jackson Steinman, of Montour 
Ridge, Liberty township, died in 1851, aged 
twenty-eight years. A cooper by trade, he fol- 
lowed that calling at his home after moving 
to Derry township, thus continuing until his 
death. His property was near what is now 
Washingtonville. He married Mary Jones, 
who was born in Derry township, and died in 
1871. She was a daughter of Peter Jones, a 
farmer of Derry township, who did his farm 
work with a yoke of oxen ; he built the present 
Buck Seidel home. Mr. and ]\Irs. Andrew 
Jackson Steinman had four children, two of 
whom are living: Andrew J. and Mary, the 
latter the wife of Joseph Hauck. 

Andrew J. Steinman passed through the 
ordinary experiences of any farmer's son, and 
when he grew old enough commenced farm- 
ing for himself, thus continuing until 1872, 
on Sept. 20th of which year he met with an 
accident which resulted in the loss of his arm. 
In spite of this he worked for others on farms 
in Derry, Liberty and Anthony townshi])s 
until 1876, when he was elected supervisor of 
Liberty township, and held that office for six- 
teen years. Moving to \'alley township, he 
was elected county treasurer of Montour 
county, and at the close of his first term was 
re-elected, his second term expiring in 19 12. 
Before his service as county treasurer, he was 
jury commissioner three years ; he served one 
year as su])ervisor, and was elected school 
director in the fall of 1913, to serve six years, 
in Valley township. All of these offices have 
been bestowed upon him as candidate on the 
Democratic ticket, as he is a faithful worker 
of that party. He owns 147 acres of land, 
forty in \'alley township, and 107 in Derry 
townshiji, the latter formerly owned by Mrs. 
Steinman's grandfather, Samuel Moser. 

Mr. Steinman was married to Martha A. 
Moser, who was born in \'alley township 
March 14. 1859, a daughter of Simon and 
Hester (^IcCracken) Moser, both coming of 
pioneer families of Montour county. ]\Ir. and 
Mrs. Steinman have had the following chil- 
dren: Mary Hestei:, who is the wife of IT. \'. 
Vognetz, of the State of New York, and has 
three children, Martha Irene, Edna Pearl and 
Charles Andrew; Rosa May, now of Mc- 
Ewensville, Pennsylvania; Pearl X'iola, who 



lives at home ; Ruth Ann, who is at home, 
as are Alexander B., Ethel E., Percy A. and 
Carrie S. Mr. Steinman belongs to the Lu- 
theran Church. For some years he has been 
a member of X'alley Grange, No. 1184, of 
Montour county. 

The i\Ioser family, Mrs. Steinman's people, 
came to this section from Berks county, where 
Simon Moser, her father, was born. The great- 
grandparents were Peter and Anna Barbara 
(Steinrock) ]\Ioser. Their son, Samuel ]Moser, 
grandfather of 'Sirs. Steinman. died in 1869, 
when sixty years old. He located in \'alley 
township, in what is now Montour county, at 
what in the early days was called Campbell- 
town Hill, and farmed there until his death. 
He married Esther Boyer. who died when 
seventy years old. Her people were always 
farmers, and on coming to this locality lived 
first in \'alley township, later settling in Derry 
township. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Moser 
consisted of seven children, of whom three 
survive: Levi, a farmer of Derry township. 
Montour county; Catherine, wife of David 
Wintersteen, of \'alley township ; and Daniel, 
who is in the West. 

Simon Moser, Mrs. Steinman's father, died 
in 191 2, at the age of seventy-two years. He 
married Hester McCracken, whose parents, 
Hugh and Bessie McCracken, settled in Lib- 
erty township, and the following children were 
born to this marriage: John, now of Danville, 
Pa.; David, of Cooper township; Elizabeth, 
wife of Samuel G. Fauscy, of Mausdale; Ber- 
tha, married to William Fenstermacher, of 
Luzerne county; Cora, wife of Arthur Fry; 
and Martha A., Mrs. Steinman. 

THOMAS C. WELSH, attorney at law, of 
Danville, Montour Co., Pa.. . was born in 
that city, at the old homestead, where he now 
makes his home. Dec. 17. 1867, son of Tames 
and I^iose (Clifford) Welsh. 

James Welsh was born in Ireland, as was 
his wife, and he came to the United States in 
1 85 1, previous to which time he had worked 
in England's mines from the age of thirteen 
years. Coming to Danville, he became a heater 
at the Reading Iron Works, and died at the 
age of seventy-eight years, April n. 1908. He 
is buried in St. Joseph's cemetery, and was a 
member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Polit- 
ically he was a Democrat and active in the 
party, serving three terms as councilman. His 
widow, who still survives, residing now at 
Danville, was an orphan when she came to 
the Ignited States with her sister and brotlicr, 
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James Welsh had the following children : Pat- 
rick G., who is a resident of Youngstown, 
Ohio; Peter, of Youngstown, Ohio; Thomas 
C., of Danville; James, a Roman Catholic 
missionary priest and member of the Passion- 
ist Order, now at Uoston, Mass. (he is known 
as Rev. Hilary Welsh) ; John W., a contractor 
and builder, of Philadelphia, Pa. ; Edward, 
who died in youth ; and Mary C, who has 
been a school teacher in the borough of Dan- 
ville since 1898, now teaching fifth and sixth 
grades in the Second ward school. Of this 
family, James graduated from the Danville 
high school in 1888, began his studies for the 
priesthood at Dunkirk, N. Y., and finished his 
preparation at Baltimore, Md. He was first 
stationed at St. Michael's monastery, Hobo- 
ken, N. J., doing work in New York City, and 
from there went to Louisville, Ky., in the 
mission service. 

Thomas C. Welsh was graduated from the 
Danville public schools in 1885. and from 
Bryant & Stratton's business college at Phil- 
adelphia in 1887. Following this he spent the 
year 1887-8 at LaSalle College, in Philadel- 
phia. Until 1891 Mr. Welsh was in the em- 
ploy of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad 
Company as clerk in the division engineer's 
office at Philadelphia, when he went with the 
Empire Granite Company, of Barre, Vt., and 
Harrisburg. Pa., continuing with that concern 
until 1894. Mr. Welsh then began the study 
of law at Danville, with R. S. Ammerman, and 
was admitted to the bar in 1897. In 1899 his 
abilities received signal recognition by his 
election to the office of district attorney, and 
he was reelected to that office in 191 1. In 
addition to carrying on general practice Mr. 
Welsh has been a justice of the peace, which 
office he resigned to accept that of district 
attorney in 1900. 

Mr. 'Welsh is a member of St. Joseph's 
Catholic Church. Fraternally he belongs to 
the Elks. Lodge No. 436, of Danville, the 
Hibernians, Lodge No. i, of Montour county, 
and did belong to the old William Penn Club, 
the Bicvcle Club and the Danville Whist Club, 
but his' increasing legal duties necessitated his 
resignation. 

JOHN FELCH TOOLEY, one of the lead- 
ing retail grocers at Danville, Montour Co.. 
Pa., was born in that city in November. 1866. 
son of Tohn and Ann (Hanlin) Tooley. 

Tohn'Tooley was born in Ireland, came to 
the United States in May. 1853. and settling 
at Danville became engineer at a blast fur- 
nace. All his mature life was spent in work 



of this nature, and he died April 6, 1900. 
His wife passed away May 28, 191 1, in Dan- 
ville, Pennsylvania. 

John Felch Tooley attended the public 
schools of Danville until he was thirteen years 
of age, when he left to become a heater at 
furnace No. 20. Later he became clerk in a 
general store, but after four years left Dan- 
ville, and was manager of a general store at 
Hughesville for six months. Returning to 
Danville he embarked in a grocery business 
with a Mr. Harris, under the firm style of 
Harris dt Tooley. Three years later he opened 
up a grocery store at Nos. 316 and 318 Mill 
street, and later added dry goods to his stock. 
In addition he and his brother. Lawrence 
Tooley, conduct a grocery store at Blooms- 
burg, Pa., under the name of J. V. Tooley & 
Co. Mr. Tooley is a director of the First 
National Bank of Danville, and a man of 
substance in his community. 

Mr. Tooley was married to Alice McCame, 
of Danville, a daughter of Peter and Eliz- 
abeth McCame. the former a hotel man. I-'ive 
children have jjeen born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Tooley : Dorothy. Alice. Leo. James and 
Mary. The family belong to St. Joseph's 
Catholic Church. Fraternally Mr. Tooley is 
a member of the Elks and the Knights of 
Columbus. 

WILLIAM YORKS, deceased, for many 
years a farmer in Cooper township. Montour 
county, was born in that vicinity April 4. 181 5, 
son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Fox) Yorks. 

Samuel Yorks came to this section from 
New Jersey, settling in what is now Mon- 
tour county about 1780. Here he owned and 
lived on a large tract of land which he bought 
very cheaply, and he also owned another large 
tract, in what is now Columbia county. He 
was a soldier of the war of 181 2. 

William Yorks was reared to farming, 
which he followed practically all his life, 
though in connection he had extensive lumber 
and sawmill interests. He was engaged as a 
lumber dealer, and teamed to Danville, where 
he also carried on the insurance business in 
his later years. He bought the farm in Cooper 
township which he occupied with his family 
until his death, and was enteri)rising and pros- 
perous in business and also actively interested 
in public aft'airs. serving one term as county 
commissioner, and for about thirty years as 
justice of the peace of Cooper township. He 
was a member of the Grove Presbyterian 
Church. Mr. Yorks married Martha Hull, 



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who was born Dec. 19, 1824, in Catawissa, 
Columbia Co., Pa., daughter of Isaac and 
Catherine (Ritter) Hull. They were of 
Scotch and German descent, respectively. Mr. 
Yorks died Aug. 21, 1877, his wife surviving 
until July 16, 1909, almost reaching the age 
of eighty-five years. Her daughter. Miss M. 
Ida Yorks, lived with her mother until the 
latter's death, and is now operating the home- 
stead farm, which she inherited. Six chil- 
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Yorks, three 
surviving, namely : Charles Edwin, born Aug. 
3, 1853, on the home farm, formerly culti- 
vated that place, but is now in the employ of 
the Benton Telephone Company, engaged in 
construction work; Dr. John R. is a resident 
of Philadelphia ; M. Ida lives on the old home- 
stead in Cooper township, not far from Dan- 
ville. The parents are buried in the Odd Fel- 
lows cemetery, Danville. 

Miss M. Ida Yorks was born on the old 
home place of her parents in Cooper town- 
ship, and obtained her education in the pub- 
lic schools of the vicinity. After her father's 
death she continued to care for her mother, 
who survived him over thirty years, reaching 
a very advanced age. Miss Yorks is one 
of the most highly esteemed residents of her 
locality. Her father was one of its leading 
citizens in his day, and the name commands 
respect wherever known. 

GEORGE ANDREW STOCK, M. D., a 
physician and surgeon of Danville, was born 
at Gettysburg, Pa., Nov. 17, 1876, son of 
George E. and Sarah (Noel) Stock. The 
father is a manufacturer of cigars. 

Dr. Stock attended Xavier Institute, at 
Gettysburg, Pa., from which he was grad- 
uated in 1892, following which he entered St. 
Mary's College, and in 1894 began the study 
of medicine in the medical department of the 
University of Pennsylvania. After spending 
three years there he completed his studies 
at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, 
from which he was graduated in 1898. For 
the following year he was at St. Joseph's 
hospital, at P>artimore, Md., and a portion of 
that time had charge of the diseases of the 
chest at the University of Maryland, at Bal- 
timore. Dr. Stock then spent eight months 
at Philadelphia, and in 1900 came to Danville. 
Pa., where he established himself in general 
practice. He belongs to the county. State and 
national medical associations, being a director 
of the first named, was vice president, and is 
now serving his third term as its president. 
He also belongs to the International Tuber- 



culosis Congress and the National Tubercu- 
losis Association. His other connections are 
important, as he is a member of the Pennsyl- 
vania State Board of Health, medical in- 
spector of the schools of Montour county, and 
assistant physician and surgeon for the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad Company. 

On June 6, 1900, Dr. Stock was married 
at Danville to Elizabeth V. ]\IcCann, of that 
borough, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth 
(Daugherty) McCann. Mr. McCann is a 
hotel man. Dr. and Mrs. Stock have had 
three children, Ruth, Mark and George. The 
Doctor is a member of St. Hubert's Catholic 
Church. Fraternally he belongs to the Elks, 
Heptasophs, Knights of St. George, and Pro- 
tected Home Circle. Dr. Stock is a great 
lover of music and has composed several 
pieces, vocal and instrumental, and he is the 
conductor of the Orpheus Glee Club of Dan- 
ville. When occasion demands he conducts 
grand choruses, for charitable purposes. As 
a man and physician Dr. Stock has an envi- 
able reputation and Danville has no better 
citizen in every respect than he. 

SAMUEL A. MILLS, late of Danville, 
was one of the public-spirited citizens of the 
borough, and at the time of his death was 
serving as one of the overseers of the Dan- 
ville and Mahoning poor district. He had 
been living retired from 1910, previous to 
which for several years he was in business 
as a coal dealer, but during the greater part 
of his active life he was employed in the man- 
ufacture of iron and steel as boss rail roller. 
Mr. Mills was a native of England, born at 
Tipton, Staffordshire, Oct. 6, 1837, son of 
Jacob Mills. His grandfather, Jacob Mills, 
died in England in September, 1844, at the 
age of seventy-eight years; the grandmother 
died there in 1837. 

Jacob Mills, the father, was born in 1803 
in England, and in 1845 came to America with 
his family, which then consisted of four chil- 
dren. He was a shoemaker and followed that 
trade, but when the Montour Steel Works 
were opened at Danville, Montour Co., Pa., 
he came to this place, and lost every dollar 
he had in the panic. Mr. ^lills passed the 
remainder of his life in Danville, dyins: here 
in 1868. He married Mary Law, daughter of 
Jacob Dudley Law, and three of their chil- 
dren survive : Samuel A., Jacob and Betsy, 
the two last named living at Danville : they 
occupy the old homestead there. 

After his school days were over Samuel A. 
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COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 685 

rolling mills. He was only eleven years old William McClure, Frank Schock, Samuel ]\Ic- 

at the time. Later he was employed by the Coy, Jacob C. Miller, Dr. P. C. Newbaker, 

National Iron Company, being a roller in their George W. Roat and James Foster, 

plant until 1874. Then for several years he Air. Mills married Amanda Jane Crossley, 

was connected with the Cooperative Steel who was born in Valley township in 1845, 

Works, in which he was a stockholder, and daughter of John and Margaret (Stettler) 

he served as director of that concern. In Crossley, the former a native of Montour 

1884 he became associated with the Grove county. Six children were born to this union, 

and Grier iron mills at Danville, as boss roller, only two of whom survive : George Edward, 

and subsequently was engaged as roller at an attorney, who is in California; and Mary 

the plant of the North Branch Steel Com- Margaret, a nurse, of New York City. The 

pany until 1903. He then went into the coal deceased were: Eugene, Emily, Denison and 

business, in which he continued until he re- Samuel A. The last named married Nellie 

tired in 1910. He was in poor health for a Meyers, and they had three children, Samuel 

number of years before his death, which A., John R. and Ella. Mrs. Amanda J. Mills 

occurred Feb. 27, 1914. died Oct. 20, 1884, and was buried in the 

Mr. Mills did not seek public honors or Episcopal cemetery at Danville, 

office, but he was called upon to serve his On JMarch 16, 1887, Mr. Mills married 

fellow citizens in various responsible capaci- (second) Mary V. Swank, who was born Feb. 

ties. For seven years he was a member of 12, 1846, in Rush township, Northumberland 

the school board, for three years a member of Co., Pa., daughter of Samuel Swank and 

the borough council, and in 1910 he was granddaughter of John Swank, who came 

elected to the office of overseer of the poor, from Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Co., Pa., and 

His services in every position were highly was a farmer by occupation. He died in 

satisfactory to all concerned. He was a Re- November, 1857, long surviving his first wife, 

publican on political issues. Fraternally he Mary (Preune), who had passed away in 

was a Mason, belonging to Danville Lodge, 1823. She was the mother of four children: 

No. 224, F. & A. M., Danville. His religious' Sarah, Mrs. George King; William; Benja- 

training was received in the Methodist Church, min, who married Mary Dicus, and Samuel, 

and he was a member of St. Paul's Methodist By his second marriage John Swank had the 

Church at Danville. following children : David ; John ; Juliana ; 

Mr. Alills was prominent in local G. A. R. Mary Ann, Mrs. David Burger, and Hannah, 

circles, having been a leading member of Mrs. Gulp, John Swank and his first wife 

Goodrich Post, No. 22, of Danville, which are buried in the Lutheran cemetery at Reed 

he served as commander. He served in the station, Northumberland county ; his second 

Civil war under three enlistments, first on wife is buried at the Klines Grove Methodist 

July 6, 1861, as a musician in the regimental Church, in that county. 

band of the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves, for Samuel Swank, father of Mrs. Mills, was 
three years or during the war. The bands born March 2, 1819, and died June 19, 1893, 
having been eliminated from the service by at the age of seventy-four years. He was a 
reason of General Order No. 151, Mr. Mills farmer by occupation. His wife, Hannah 
with his organization (then at Harrison Land- (Colket), was born Dec. 2, 1819, at Snyder- 
ing) was discharged Aug. 11, 1862. On Oct. town, Northumberland county, daughter of 
21, 1862, he joined Company F, 178th Penn- John and Elizabeth (Vastine) Colket and 
sylvania Regiment, for nine months' service, granddaughter of Edward and Margaret Col- 
and acted as second lieutenant of that com- ket, who left Philadelphia in the early days 
pany under Capt. John A. Winner and First of the cholera plague to escape the disease, 
Lieut. Abner Brown. He was discharged at settling at Snydertown, Northumberland 
Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, July 27, 1863. ^^ county. Mrs. Swank died Jan. 23, 1900. 
Camden, N. J., in September, 1864, he entered Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
the United States navy and was assigned to Samuel Swank, namely: Elizabeth, born July 
the ship "Crusader." On June 7, 1865, the 17, 1843, married Melancthon Unger, of 
war having closed, he was discharged from Union Corner. Northumberland county ; Mary 
the service with the grade of master at arms. V. is the wadow of Samuel A. Mills ; Mar- 
Mr. Mills served as a member of the com- tha, born Sept. 22, 1848, died in 1877, and 
mittee which had charge of the erection of her twin sister, Sarah, died in 1884; 
the soldiers' monument in Memorial Park, Thomas J., born Aug. 2, 1850, is supervisor 
Danville, his associates on that body being at the Danville State Hospital for the In- 



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sane; John, born Nov. 17, 1857, died in 1864; 
Ira Foster, born Oct. 2, 1854, died in 1885. 

Through her grandmother, Elizabeth (Vas- 
tine), Mrs. Mills is related to the Vastine 
family, mentioned at length elsewhere in this 
work, Elizabeth being a daughter of Peter 
Vastine, granddaughter of Benjamin Vastine, 
great-granddaughter of Benjamin \'astine and 
great-great-granddaughter of John \'astine, 
son of the pioneer of the family in this coun- 
try, Abraham Van de Woestyne. Mrs. Mills 
was reared in the faith of the Baptist Church. 

WILLIAM L. SIDLER has been register 
of wills and recorder of deeds of Montour 
county for over twenty years, since 1892. He 
is a native of Danville, and several genera- 
tions of his family have lived in the county. 

Jacob, the great-grandfather of William L. 
Sidler, spelled the name Sittler; he was a 
native of Germany, and on coming to this 
country first settled in New Jersey. He and 
his son Jacob moved to Montour county, Pa., 
then a part of Columbia county, and pur- 
chased a tract of land in \'alley township 
which became the property of Emanuel Sid- 
ler. and there the father carried on general 
farming the remainder of his active days. He 
passed from this life at an advanced age and 
was buried in the old log church grounds in 
Mahoning township. He had four children, 
as follows : Philip, David, Martha and Jacob. 

Jacob Sidler, the grandfather of William L. 
Sidler, was born in 1798 in Lehigh county, 
Pa., supposedly at Allentown, and came to 
Montour county with his wife and father. 
He learned the trade of carpenter, which he 
followed for some time, and then engaged in 
farming on the old homestead, which consisted 
of 140 acres of highly cultivated land. By the 
time of his death, which occurred when he 
was sixty-two years old, he had also acquired 
another farm, of 210 acres. His wife, who 
was Elizabeth Benfield, also a native of Penn- 
sylvania, daughter of John Benfield, died aged 
fifty-two, and they are buried in the Straub 
burial ground in \'alley township. They were 
the parents of the following children : John, 
Mary, Jacob, Emanuel, Sarah, Lavina, Frank- 
lin and Elizabeth, Emanuel being the only 
survivor. Mr. Sidler was a strong Democrat, 
and served as supervisor and school director 
many years : in religious views he was a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran Church, belonging to the 
old Log Church in Mahoning township. Of 
his children Emanuel, born Alarch 26, 1829, 
served a term as county treasurer and also 
held minor offices. 



Franklin Sidler, son of Jacob, above, was 
born on the old homestead, where he spent 
his boyhood days. In 1864 he enlisted in the 
3d Regiment, Pa. Vol. Artillery, and served 
to the close of the war. Returning to Dan- 
ville, he was employed in the rolling mills 
until 1872, when he purchased a farm in 
\'alley township, ]\Iontour county, and fol- 
lowed agricultural pursuits the rest of his 
active days, with the exception of a period in' 
1874 and 1875, when he was a stockholder and 
contractor in the Cooperative Iron Works at 
Danville, later owned by the North Branch 
Iron & Steel Company. He was united in 
marriage to Amanda J. Gulick, a daughter of 
Samuel and Susannah Gulick, of Montour 
county, and to this union four children were 
born, namely : William L. ; Samuel G., who 
died in infancy ; Charles A., an attorney, re- 
siding at Sunbury, Pa. ; and Horace A., who 
is engaged in farming on the old homestead. 
The father died Dec. 14, 1891, aged fifty-six 
years, ten months, one day, and the mother 
still resides on the homestead with her son 
Horace A. Mr. Sidler was an unwavering 
Democrat. He served as supervisor and tax 
collector, and was a man greatly respected for 
his many fine qualities, being recognized as one 
of the active and progressive men of his com- 
munity. His religious connection was with 
the Lutheran Church. 

William L. Sidler taught in the country 
schools near his home for three years, taught 
school at Riverside one year, and then at Dan- 
ville for three years. After teaching for sev- 
eral years in the primary and grammar schools 
of Danville he supplemented his early educa- 
tion by a course in Princeton College, from 
which institution he was graduated in 1888. 
He then began the study of law under the 
direction of Edward S. Gearhart, was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1890 and in 1891 began 
practicing his chosen profession. In iS*)i he 
w^s elected register of wills and recorder of 
deeds of Montour county, which ofiice he still 
holds, and he has made a record for efficient 
service in that capacity. Mr. Sidler has been 
a member of the Danville school board for 
the last four years. He is a director of the 
Amajac Mines Company, of Mexico. 

Mr. Sidler married Mary E. Divel, a 
daughter of Hon. Henry Divel, a prominent 
citizen of Danville, and four children have 
been born to them, viz.: Margaret R., Frank- 
lin \\'illiam. Mildred and Henry D. 

Mr. Sidler is a prominent member of 
Mahoning Lodge. No. 516. F. & A. M.. which 
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Chapter, No. 239, R. A. M. (past high priest) ; as member of the township school board. 
Calvary Commandery, No y], K. T. (past With his wife he attended St. James' Episco- 
comnianderj ; and was district deputy grand pal Church at Exchange, of which the Ellises 
master of the Thirty-tifth district, E. & A. M., have always been strong supporters, and he 
of I'ennsylvania for five years. He also be- was a Democrat on political questions, 
longs to Montour Lodge, No. 109, 1. O. O. F., On Nov. 28, 1871, Mr. Snyder married 
and Beaver Lodge, No. 132, K. of 1'. He is Elizabeth Eleanor Ellis, who was born Sept. 
an earnest member of Trinity Lutheran 2"], 1848, daughter of Stephen and Sarah 
Ciiurch. (Bull) l^^llis, and she survives him, living on 

the Snyder homestead. She is a grand- 
STEPHEN ELLIS SNYDER, general daughter of Stephen Ellis, Sr., and an account 
merchant at Comly, Montour county, is one of the family will be found elsewhere in this 
of the best known business men of this sec- work. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
tion. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Snyder, all of whom are living, namely : Sarah 
Eleanor (Ellis) Snyder, and in both paternal Isabella, who is with her mother; Anna Clara, 
and maternal lines belongs to old Pennsylvania Mrs. l£d. Wright; Eleanor, Airs. Eenton Com- 
stock, the Ellises being particularly well known fer ; Stephen Ellis ; and James Jefferson and 
in this part of Montour county. William Daniel, at home. 

Mr. Snyder's great-grandfather, Andrew Stephen Ellis Snyder was born Jan. 20, 
Snyder, came to Berks county. Pa., when nine- 1876, on his parents' homestead in Anthony 
teen years old. He served as a soldier in the township, and he received his education in 
Revolutionary war. His son Andrew, grand- the public schools. Subsequently he worked 
father of Stephen Ellis Snyder, was born in at home, assisting with the farm labors until 
1805 in Lycoming county, Pa., and in the he bought his ])resent business at Comly, in 
forties moved to Limestone township, in what August, 1907. It is a historic old place, well 
is now Montour county, where he passed the known from old times. Mr. Snyder does a 
remainder of his life, dying June 30, 1886. general mercantile business, and by his honor- 
He farmed, and was also a mechanic. His able methods and sincere efforts to please his 
wife, Elizabeth (Dewalt), daughter of Jacob patrons is holding a good trade. He was 
and Magdalena (Linn) Dewalt, of Berks appointed postmaster at Comly in 1908, when 
county, continued to live on the old homestead he opened his store, and filled that i)osition 
a short time, and then moved to Strausstown for nine months, until the change to present 
and later to near Exchange, where she died, arrangements, this region now being on the 
She survived him many years, passing away rural route from Turbotville. Mr. Snyder is 
in 1900, at the age of eighty-eight. a Democrat in politics, and he was reared in 

Jacob Snyder, father of Stephen Ellis Sny- the faith of the Episcopal Church, belonging 
der, was born Nov. 12, 1842, and was three to St. James' Church, of Exchange, of which 
years old when his parents settled on the old he is a vestryman. 

Snyder homestead in Limestone township. On Aug. 6, 1908, Mr. Snyder married Mary 
where he was reared. He lived w^th his Emma Marr, who was born Nov. 11, 1887, in 
parents until his marriage, and one year later Anthony township, Montour county, daughter 
removed to another farm in Limestone town- of Lloyd and Angeline (Orner) Marr, farm- 
ship. After they had lived there a year Mrs. ing people of Anthony township, where Mrs. 
Snyder's father bought the farm of 157 acres Snyder's ancestors have long been settled. Mr. 
in Anthony township where they made their and Mrs. Snyder have had a daughter, Elva 
permanent home. In the early eighties, how- Alverna, born Oct. 20, 1909, who died Jan. 
ever, they moved back to Limestone township 25, 1910. 
for two years, returning to the Anthony town- 
ship farm in the spring of 1884. When ]\Ir. FALLON. The Fallon family is one well 
and Mrs. Snyder took possession of this place known in Montour county, and especially at 
it was all covered with timber and brush, the Danville, where several of its representatives 
timber, which w'as valuable, including rock have been associated with commercial life for 
oak, pine, chestnut, etc. By steady applica- many years. 

tion and well directed labor Mr. Snyder sue- Michael Fallon, the founder of the family 
ceeded in improving this property wonderfully, in this country, was a native of Ireland, born 
converting it into a modern farm, which lie in 1820. Early in life he was a sailor, and in 
continued to operate until his death, Dec. 2"], the course of his journeyings came to the 
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ville, Pa., where he became a bricklayer, and 
continued to be so employed the remainder 
of his days. He married Catherine Jane 
Leary, who was also a native of Ireland, and 
they became the parents of seven children, 
six of whom survive : John, who is living 
retired in Berwick, Pa. ; Francis, a farmer, of 
Danville ; William ; George, who is also living 
at Danville ; Edward, a resident of Danville ; 
Mary, who is the wife of J. Shank, of Shamo- 
kin, Pa.; and Michael, deceased. 

William Fallon, son of Michael Fallon, 
was born at Danville, Montour Co., Pa., Feb. 
27, 1850, and still makes his home in the 
borough, now living retired. After finishing 
his course in the Danville schools IVIr. Fallon 
entered the rolling mills at Danville and 
worked in them for half a century. In 1869 
William Fallon was married to Mary Bresloii, 
who was born at Safe Harbor, Pa., a daughter 
of Charles and Mary (Breslon) Breslon, botii 
natives of Ireland. He and his wife had the 
following children : Michael, who is a mer- 
chant of Danville ; William, a clerk, of Dan- 
ville ; Jennie, who is the wife of Robert 
Murray, a merchant of Danville ; Ed. F. ; and 
two who are deceased. Mrs. Fallon died in 
1904. 

William Fallon was reared in the faith of 
the Catholic Church. A strong Democrat, he 
has always given his party earnest and hearty 
support, but has not sought or desired office, 
having felt that his efforts should be directed 
toward the futherance of his private interests. 

Ed. F. Fallon, jobber and wholesaler of 
confectionery and cigars, owning the largest 
establishment of its kind in northern Penn- 
sylvania, is one of the most energetic business 
men of Danville. He was born in that 
borough March 20, 1880. After finishing his 
educational training in the Danville schools 
Mr. Fallon spent two years as a clerk, and 
then embarked in the retail confectionery busi- 
ness, continuing it for five years, when he 
branched out, becoming a heavy jobber and 
wholesale dealer in confectionery and cigars. 
The largest jobber north of Harrisburg. he 
ships to a territory covering an area of forty 
miles. Employment is given to eight people. 
In connection with his jobbing house Mr. Fal- 
lon conducts a retail ice cream, fruit, confec- 
tionery and cigar store, which is the largest 
and best patronized in Danville. Having been 
so engrossed in his business, he has had no 
time or inclination to go into politics, but is 
interested in securing good government and a 
betterment of existing conditions. He is a 
consistent member of St. Joseph's Catholic 



Church. Fraternallv he belongs to Lodge No. 
754, B. P. O. Elks, and to the A. O. H. I odge, 
No. I, both of Danville. 

On July 22, 1913, Mr. Fallon was married 
to Catherine V. Rogers, daughter of the late 
Charles and Rose (Gillen) Rogers. 

R. SCOTT AAIMERMAN, of Danville, is 
one of the most popular attorneys in Alontour 
county, and few of its citizens have been so 
active in publicly advocating the betterment 
of its government and institutions. His work 
in behalf of the State Asylum for the In- 
sane, located at Danville, is especially not- 
able. Mr. Ammerman was born at Danville 
Aug. 5, 1869, son of W. H. Ammerman and 
grandson of Robert Scott and Margaret (John- 
son) Ammerman. The grandparents were na- 
tives of Pennsylvania of Scotch descent. They 
were farming people. 

Mr. Ammerman received his literary edu- 
cation in the public schools of Danville, gradu- 
ating from high school in 1886. Then he read 
law with James Scarlet and subsequently took 
a course at the law school of the University 
of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1891. He had 
been admitted to the bar of IMontour county 
in 1890, and to practice in the Supreme court 
of Pennsylvania in April, 1893. He has been 
in active practice ever since his admission to 
the bar, and has had various public positions 
of trust, principally in connection with his 
profession. In 1891 he became solicitor of 
Danville, serving until 1895. and later again 
held the position from 1898 to 1900, inclusive. 
Twice he has been elected district attorney 
of Montour county, serving from 1894 to 
1900. In 1902 he was first elected to repre- 
sent his district in the State Legislature, and 
he was honored with reelection in 1904, 1906 
and 1908, the last time as the nominee of the 
Republican. Democratic and Prohibition par- 
ties. Mr. Ammerman took an active part 
in all the work of that body during his con- 
nection with it, and his influence and ability 
were so generally recognized that he was the 
Democratic caucus nominee for speaker in 
1905. He had the distinction of being the 
minority member — the only Democrat — on the 
State Capitol Investigation committee appoint- 
ed by the House of Representatives, and had 
the support of the speaker and of Governor 
Stewart when chosen to this body. Mr. Am- 
merman's interest in the hospital for the in- 
sane, at Danville, has brought him into con- 
siderable prominence, and he has proved to 
be such an able advocate that he was chosen 
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the betterment of this institution in the House 
of Representatives. His work beginning in 
1903 has resulted in the appropriation of over 
one million dollars for the institution at Dan- 
ville. He labored zealously to secure the ad- 
ditional amounts necessary and was success- 
ful, and his efforts from time to time to secure 
special improvements for this hospital outside 
of those possible from the general fund 
brought appropriations as follows: 1903, 
$121,300; 1905, $264,200; 1907, $429,300; 
1909, a special appropriation of $10,285.61 and 
another of $158,783. His fellow citizens of 
Danville are thoroughly appreciative of the 
strenuous and consistent work he has done 
towards maintaining the hospital in the best 
possible condition, and the public spirit and 
philanthropic tendencies he has displayed in 
the cause have won him the respect and friend- 
ship of all in the community. 

Mr. Ammerman has always been a leading 
member of the Democratic party in Montour 
county, has been delegate to State conven- 
tions several times, and in 1900 was nominated 
a presidential elector at the Harrisburg con- 
vention ; he was a delegate to the Democratic 
National convention at St. Louis in 1904. 
In May, 1884, Mr. Ammerman enlisted in 
Company F, 12th Regiment, 3d Brigade, N. 
G. P., and served until honorably discharged 
in June, 1891, with the rank of sergeant. He 
is a director of the Farmers' National Bank 
of Exchange, Montour county. Socially he 
belongs to the B. P. O. Elks and Knights of 
Pythias, and his religious connection is with 
the Alahoning Presbyterian Church at Dan- 
ville. 

In 1891 Mr. Ammerman married Bessie B. 
Gearhart, of Danville, and they have had four 
children : Robert Boyd, William, Elizabeth 
Christine and Dorothy Atta. 

JACOB H. BOYER, a member of the firm 
of Boyer Brothers, coal dealers and con- 
tractors, of Danville, Pa., was born there April 
10, 1863, son of Franklin Boyer, grandson of 
Jacob Boyer and great-grandson of George 
Boyer, a farmer of Penn township, Snyder 
Co., Pennsylvania. 

Jacob Boyer, son of George, was born in 
Penn township in November, 1803, and at- 
tended the country schools. In youth he 
worked with his father on the farm, and after 
attaining manhood bought a farm of sixty 
acres, which he cultivated until the age of 
sixty-eight, then retiring to a small village near 
Salem, in Penn township. When his wife died 
he moved to Salem and spent his last days 
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with his daughter Catherine, dying in Febru- 
ary, 1890, in his eighty-seventh year. He mar- 
ried Mary Aurand, who was born March 9, 
1809, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Aurand, 
and their children were : Reuben, who married 
Serena Walter; Samuel, who married Ann 
Gemberling, and resides at Selinsgrove, Sny- 
der county ; Franklin, mentioned below ; 
Henry, who married Mary Luck ; Catherine, 
wife of Jonathan W. Rowe; Caroline, wife of 
Adam Fisher; Hannah, wife of George Rowe; 
and Sophie, wife of Daniel Boyer. Reuben 
and Samuel are the only members of the above 
family now living. Mr. Boyer was an active 
member of the German Lutheran Church, of 
which he was a deacon. His wife died at the 
age of fifty-nine, and both are buried in Salem 
Lutheran churchyard, in Snyder county. 

Franklin Boyer was born in Penn township, 
Snyder county, and died at Danville in No- 
vember, 1906, at the age of seventy-seven. He 
assisted his father on the farm, and when a 
young man came to Danville to learn the plas- 
tering trade. He followed plastering and con- 
tracting for thirty years and then went into 
the coal business, in which he was engaged at 
the time of his death. When he first began 
to take contracts he formed an association with 
Franklin Kessler, with whom he did business 
for seven years. This partnership was then 
dissolved and he took in O. B. Sweitzer as a 
partner, continuing the connection for ten 

years. 

When his sons were grown, three of them 
having learned plastering under their father, 
Franklin Boyer turned the business over to 
them and devoted his time to the coal trade, 
in which he had his son William as assistant. 
The greater part of their plastering work was 
done in Danville. Mr. Boyer was a Repub- 
lican, and served as councilman from the Sec- 
ond ward. He was a member of Trinity 
. Lutheran Church, and served in several of the 
ofifices. also acting as superintendent of the 
Sunday school. He had been a charter mem- 
ber of Washington Fire Company, No. 2, of 

Danville. 

Mr. Boyer married Catherine Boyer. and 
they had children as follows : Alice, wife of 
Jacob Boyer, of Harrisburg, Pa.; Elizabeth, 
wife of Sylvester Markle. residing in Kansas; 
Rosie, Mary and Edward, who died in youth ; 
Jacob' H., mentioned below; FrankUn J., who 
married Emma Smith; George H., who mar- 
ried Mary R. Rowe, of Danville ; and William 
R., who married Lillian Burk. Mr. Boyer 
was actively engaged in business until three 
months before his death, which was caused by 



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dropsy. His wife died at the age of sixty- 
nine, and they are buried in the Lutheran 
cemetery at Danville. 

Jacob H. Boyer attended the Second ward 
school in Danville and the high school for 
four years. He worked four years in the 
coal yard of his father and then learned the 
plasterer's trade, which he has followed ever 
since. He is now a member of the firm of 
Boyer Brothers, who succeeded their father 
in this work. On April 14, 1887, he married 
Annie M. Aten, daughter of Jacob S. and 
Hannah S. (Diehl) Aten. They have had no 
children. Mr. Boyer was formerly a Re- 
publican, and is now a Progressive. He 
served the Second ward as councilman for 
one term. He is a member of Danville Lodge, 
No. 224, F. & A. M. Formerly he was a 
councilman of Trinity Lutheran Church, but 
is not now affiliated with any denomination. 

Annie Mary Aten, wife of Jacob H. Boyer, 
was born in Danville, Pa., June 7, 1864, in the 
house in which she now resides. She is a 
great-granddaughter of William Aten, who 
came from New Jersey to Lewis township. 
Northumberland county, where he farmed all 
the rest of his life. He was a Democrat, and 
a member of the Presbyterian Church. He 
and his wife are buried at Limestone Lftk, 
Northumberland county. He married a Miss 
Hendershott, and their children were : Henry 
F. ; Garrett, who married Elizabeth Hender- 
shott ; Peter, who married Mary Hendershott ; 
Matthias, who married Mary Dietz ; Elizabeth, 
Mrs. Thomas. 

Henry Funston Aten was born in New Jer- 
sey June 15, 1801, and came to Strawberry 
Ridge, Derry township, Montour county, 
where he worked on a farm and learned the 
trade of blacksmith. After his marriage in 
1833 he went to Groveland, Livingston Co., 
N. Y., later moving to Little York, in the same 
county, working at his trade in the latter place 
in the shop of John Miller. Returning to 
Strawberry Ridge he opened a shop of his 
own, which he ran until 1843. He then 
worked at Paradise and Danville until blind- 
ness caused him to give up his work. 

Mr. Aten married Elizabeth Springer, 
daughter of John and Nancy (Herr) Springer, 
and their children were: John, who married 
Eliza Marr; Mary, wife of John Grim (both 
deceased) ; William, who married Rebecca 
Freeze (both deceased) ; Henry, who married 
Christina Ephlin (both deceased) ; Jacob S., 
mentioned below ; Conrad, who married Agnes 
McAllister (both deceased) ; David, who mar- 
ried Catherine Francis, his widow residing 



in Baltimore, Md. ; Nancy, who died at Straw- 
berry Ridge; and Charles, who died in Little 
York. Mr. Aten was a Democrat and a mem- 
ber of the Baptist Church at Danville. His 
wife, born Oct. 6, 1806, died April 21, 1891 ; 
she was baptized into the Baptist Church by 
Rev. William Arthur, father of Chester A. 
Arthur, president of the United States. Mr. 
and Mrs. Aten are buried in the Lutheran 
cemetery at Danville. 

Jacob Springer Aten was born Jan. 31, 1834, 
in Groveland, Livingston Co., N. Y., and at- 
tended the schools of Strawberry Ridge and 
Danville, Pa. He started to learn the trade of 
tailor with John Feister, but never finished it. 
Instead he entered the Montour Iron Works 
and followed the occupation of rail finisher 
for sixteen years. This mill passed into the 
hands of Grove Brothers, and later was op- 
erated by Waterman & Beaver. Mr. Aten 
then conducted a store, but the panic of 187.-^ 
caused him to close it. He next went to Glen 
City, Columbia county, and was superintend- 
ent of the store of the J. A. Losee Company 
for eight years, after which he returned to 
Danville and clerked for a number of years. 
He retired in 191 1. 

Mr. Aten married Hannah Sechler Diehl, 
born Dec. 30, 1836. daughter of Joseph and 
Sophia (Sechler) Diehl, and they had six 
children: Joseph Henry, born April 16, 1861, 
died in childhood; Annie Mary is Mrs. Boyer; 
^Margaret Josephine, born .Aug. 18, 1866. died 
in infancy; Laura Rote, born Jan. 25, 1869, 
also died in infancy; Emma Diehl. born Jan. 
II. 1871. is proprietor of the E. D. .\ten ^^- Co. 
dry goods store at Danville; Ella Alice, born 
Dec. 2T^, 1874. is the wife of E. W. Peters. 
The mother of this family is buried in the Odd 
Fellows cemetery. 

Mr. .Aten was a Republican, and served as 
councilman from the Second ward for two 
terms. He was a charter member and secre- 
tary for one year of the Washington Fire 
Company. No. 2. of Danville; is a past noble 
grand of Montour Lodge, No. 109. I. O. O. 
F.. and a member of the Improved Order of 
Red Men at Danville. He served as secretary 
of the church council of Trinity Lutheran 
Church, as superintendent of the Sunday 
school, and for a number of years was a mem- 
ber of the choir. He has taught the Bible en- 
tirelv through twice in the last twenty-seven 
years. 

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Pa. and associated with it by inter-marriage and Mrs. Herrington have had two children: 
is the equally important one of Reed. Charles Raymond, a dental surgeon, who mar- 
Aaron Herrington, the great-grandfather of ried Margaret Kiebler ; and Miss Ethel, who 
Frank M. Herrington, of Danville, was born is at home. 

Feb. 26, 1776, and lived to the age of seventy- For over thirty years Captain Herrington 
nine years. His wife, Jane Adlan, of Dutch has given his country military service, havmg 
stock from New York State, was born Dec. enlisted in Company F, 12th Infantry, on 
26, 1781, and died aged eighty-one years. Sept. 13, 1881. He entered as a private, but 
Aaron Herrington, son of Aaron and jane rose to be corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, 
Herrington, was born Jan. 25, 1809, in Tioga and on July 15, 1891, was made second lieu- 
county, Pa., and died when fifty-two years tenant, and re-elected July 16, 1896. He 
old. He was a nurse in the Pennsylvania resigned Aug. 10, 1899, and was made first 
volunteer service in the Civil war. He mar- lieutenant Nov. 4, 1899. On Nov. 4, 1903, 
ried Catherine Deener. he resigned, but returned to the company Feb. 
Dr. Curtis P. Herrington, son of Aaron and 16, 1904, and was elected captain Dec. 12, 
Catherine Herrington, was born Nov. 23, 1836. 1907. During the Spanish-American war he 
After graduating with the highest honors from was second lieutenant of Company F, 12th 
Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, he Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, having en- 
entered into general practice at Ashland, Pa., listed for service in that struggle on April 27, 
continuing thus until his enlistment in the 1898, and was mustered in on May 12th of the 
138th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, of same year. He was mustered out with his 
which he was made surgeon major. Dr. Her- company on Oct. 9th. During his period of 
rington had the misfortune to fall from his service his regiment was stationed in V'irginia. 
horse, and was injured so badly that he had The First Baptist Church of Danville holds 
to resign from the service, returning to Ash- his membership, and he has been musical 
land, Pa. He died from the effects of his director of the choir for many years. Fra- 
injury May 21, 1868, at Danville, while on a ternally he belongs to the Knights of the 
visit to his father-in-law, Jacob Reed. An Golden Eagle, Castle No. 186; to Camp No. 
able man, and skilled physician and surgeon, 2,2^, Sons of Veterans; Conclave No. 127, 
the medical fraternity lost an efficient, con- Heptasophs ; Mahoning Lodge, No. 516, F. & 
scientious and promising member in his death. A. M. ; Danville Chapter, No. 239, R. A. M. ; 
He was a member of Ashland Lodge, No. 294, and he is also a member of the Friendship Fire 
F. & A. M., and of Griscom Chapter, No. Company. He has never entered politics. A 
219, R. A. M., of Ashland. In 1859 Dr. Her- man of spirit, devoted to his country, the 
rington married Hannah J. Reed, and to this Captain has given ample proof of his patriot- 
marriage was born one son, Frank Melville. ism. He is a fine example of the national 
Frank Melville Herrington^ a sales- guardsman, and his long and gallant service 
man, and captain of Company F, 12th In- entitles him to consideration from the com- 
fantry, Pennsylvania National Guard, was munity he has been engaged in protecting, 
born at Ashland, Pa., Aug. 19, i860. After While he has given time and attention to his 
completing the courses at the local schools, military duties, he has not neglected his busi- 
Captain Herrington began to support himself ness affairs, and is ranked among the success- 
by clerking in the grocery store of his grand- ful men of Montour county, 
father, Jacob Reed, at Danville, Pa. Within Reed. The Reed family traces back to 
three years he bought the business, which he Jacob Reed, a native of England, born in the 
continued for fifteen years. At that time he year 1700. He married a Miss Wolford, of 
sold his property and went upon the road as a Switzerland. 

commercial traveler for a hosiery concern, Casper Reed, son of Jacob Reed, was born 

representing the Danville Knitting Works, but in Lebanon, Pa., and he married Mary E. 

in 1901 embarked in the fruit and produce Bauslock, of Maryland. 

business, which he still carries on. Jacob Reed, son of Casper, was born in 

On Sept. 14, 1882, Captain Herrington was 1782, and was a farmer in Northumberland 

united in marriage with Flora May McLain, county, Pa. His wife was Hannah Wren, 

who was born at Danville, Pa., a daughter of One of their sons served as a soldier in the 

William and Samantha (Vastine) McLain, Mexican war. 

the former now deceased ; he was a carpenter Jacob Reed, Jr., son of Jacob and Hannah 
and contractor, and held a contract for the Reed, was born May 22, 1806, in Rush town- 
construction of the State Hospital. Captain ship, Northumberland county, and in 1857 



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came to Danville, Pa., where he carried on 
a general store. He continued his farming 
operations also, in Rush township, until about 
three years before his death, when he opened 
another store in Danville, running that until 
he died. On Jan. 26, 1828, he married Maria 
Jones, who was born Aug. 4, 1808, in Rush 
township, Northumberland Co., Pa., daughter 
of John and Margaret (Rockefeller) Jones, 
the former born March 20, 1770, the latter 
June 13, 1777; she was raised in Huntingdon 
county. Pa., near Flemington. John Jones was 
a major in the war of 1812. 

Jacob Reed and his wife had ten children, 
six of whom survive: William J., who, with 
his brother, built the Danville opera house, 
now residing at Scranton, Pa. ; Josiah, who 
lives in Texas ; Jacob, who lives at the old 
home; Harriet, who is the widow of Mr. 
Dye and resides at Des Moines, Iowa ; Milli- 
cent, who married E. Sober, residing in 
Louisiana; and Emma A., who married Dr. 
Pawley, of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Mrs. Hannah J. Herrington, daughter of 
Jacob Reed, and widow of Dr. Curtis P. Her- 
rington, lived at Danville, Pa., until her death, 
Dec. 12, 1913. She was born March 13, 1838, 
in Rush township, Northumberland Co., Pa., 
and was educated in her native place, coming 
to Danville with her parents in 1857, where 
she resided until her marriage in 1859. Mrs. 
Herrington was a member of the First Baptist 
Church, as was her husband. 

FRANCIS MARION GOTWALDS was 
born in Lower Providence township, Mont- 
gomery Co., Pa., three miles from historic 
Valley Forge, Sept. 27, 1853. He is a son of 
Martin and Mary (De Haven) Gotwalds. 

On the paternal side he is the great-great- 
grandson of Christian Funk, a bishop of the 
Mennonite sect and an able man, of much in- 
fluence, who has become a historical character. 
During the Revolutionary war the Mennonites 
were noncombatants, their unwillingness to 
bear arms proceeding from motives of con- 
science. Christian Funk was a lover of liberty, 
and permitting his patriotism to overcome his 
scruples published a pamphlet urging his 
brethren to espouse actively the cause of inde- 
pendence and to take up arms against Eng- 
■ land. The Menonnite Church as a body great- 
ly deprecated the stand taken by Bishop Funk, 
and a great meeting was held by the sect at 
Schwenkville, at which he was formally ex- 
communicated. Ever afterward he was known 
among his Tory neighbors as "Rebel Funk." 
On the banks of the Skippack creek near Col- 



legeville he established an independent church, 
and continued to preach the gospel until his 
death. He had a large following. The church 
has long since disappeared, but in a private 
cemetery near the site the bones of the "Rebel 
Bishop" repose. 

The subject of this sketch attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native township, later enter- 
ing the Phoenix Normal Institute at Phoenix- 
ville. Pa. In 1874 he became a student at 
Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., but 
did not complete the course. 

Following his natural bent Mr. Gotwalds 
before attaining his majority became a news- 
paper writer. As a writer of fiction he met 
with much encouragement early in life. One 
of his stories, which became well known, was 
purchased by S. S. McClure, the magazine 
publisher, who at that time supplied fiction to 
a newspaper syndicate. The title of the story 
was "Blackwood," and the scene was laid near 
Hazleton. Other stories written by Mr. Got- 
walds, which appeared in leading publications, 
were "With a Silver Bullet," "The Mule 
Laughed" and "Inalone." 

When nineteen years old Mr. Gotwalds be- 
came teacher of the public school at Nurem- 
burg, Luzerne Co., Pa. Not only was it his 
first experience as a teacher, but it was the 
first time a school had ever been maintained at 
that place. It is also worthy of note that none 
of the pupils that presented themselves for 
enrollment had ever gone to school before. He 
tauglit school in the coal region for several 
years. 

In 1883 Mr. Gotwalds was elected principal 
of the grammar school of the Second ward of 
the borough of Danville, Pa. In 1884 he be- 
came principal of the grammar school of the 
Fourth ward of that borough, a position which 
he held until 1891. 

In 1897 he became city editor of the Morn- 
ing A^ezi's of Danville, a position which with 
the exception of a couple of l)rief intervals 
he has held until the present time. 

In 1880 Mr. Gotwalds was married to Sara 
Katherine Hendrickson, of Pottsgrove. Pa. 
The union was blessed with one son. Claude, 
who died on March 12, 1889, aged five years. 

The subject of this sketch is a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, being a past master of 
Danville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M. 

WILLIAM THOMAS MADDEN, i^resent 
auditor of Montour county, and an employee 
in the State Hospital at Danville, was born 
March 16, 1859, in Liberty township, Montour 
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COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 693 

Madden. James Madden, his paternal grand- farming. His wife, Catherine (Stone), was a 

father, was born in Chester county, Pa., and native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

was there married to Rachel Everett. John Bryan, son of Charles, was born July 

William Madden, son of James Madden and 26, 1792, in Blackhole Valley, Lycoming Co., 

father of William Thomas Madden, was born Pa., and died in June, 1833. During his ma- 

Feb. 3, 1S19, in Montour county, and all his ture years he was engaged as a carpenter. He 

life was a farmer and butcher, also dealing commanded a company of volunteers from 

in cattle. He was well known in his com- Montourville, Lycoming county, in the war of 

munity, and when he passed away, in 1890, 1812. He married Jane Smith Williams, who 

Liberty township lost one of its good and was born at Carlisle, Pa., April 19, 1798, and 

public-spirited citizens. He and his wife were died in February, 1852, and of the six children 

the parents of five children, of whom four are born to them John Gibson is now the only sur- 

living, namely: Flora, who married William vivor. We have the following record of this 

W. Herr, of Abilene, Kans. ; Margaret, who is family: Eliza married John Gray; Mary Ann 

the wife of W. J. Leidy, of Liberty township ; married Henry Phillips, a native of Danville ; 

Elizabeth Jane, who married John Robbin, and John Gibson is mentioned below; Catherine 

also lives in Liberty township ; and William married A. B. Still ; George lived in Kansas ; 

Thomas. Charles was a cook at the soldiers' home at 

William Thomas Madden received his edu- Hampton Roads, Virginia. Jane Smith, the 

cation in the public schools, and afterward mother of Mrs. Jane Smith (Williams) Bryan, 

worked on the home farm with his father, came from Ireland with her parents and a 

with whom he learned the trade of butcher, number of other relatives in 1793. Yellow 

When twenty-three years of age he left the fever broke out, and they were held in quaran- 

parental roof, and for six years followed his tine for six weeks, during which time her 

vocation of butcher, but in 1888 became con- father died of the fever. She and the rest of 

nected with the State Hospital, where he is her folks were held six weeks longer, and then 

now one of the oldest employees. proceeded to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 

In October, 1892, Mr. Madden was married John Gibson Bryan received but limited edu- 

to Ella Bogart, who was born in Liberty cational advantages, as he began working at 

township, Montour Co., Pa., daughter of the age of ten years, on a farm located in 

Aaron and Anna (Coursen) Bogart, farming Lycoming (now Anthony) township, Lycom- 

people of Liberty township, and granddaughter ing county, along the West Branch canal, 

of John Bogart. Mrs. Madden is one of a When his father died the responsibility of 

family of ten children, all of whom survive, caring for the family fell upon his shoulders 

Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. and he continued to farm for years. In 1847 

Madden, namely: Olive, now aged nineteen he came to Danville and for a quarter of a 

years; Marvin B. and Olin, sixteen and eight century was employed by the Montour Iron 

years old, respectively, who are attending Company and later the Rough and Ready Mill, 

school ; and Letitia A. and William Ferris, which became the Danville Structural Tubing 

both deceased. Works. He then clerked in the store of John 

Mr. Madden attends the Presbyterian C. Rhoades for thirteen years, at the end of 

Church, while his wife is connected with the that period returning to the Danville Struc- 

Methodist denomination and belongs to the tural Tubing Works, where he was employed 

Ladies' Aid Society. He has taken a great deal until a few years ago. Since then he has 

of interest in politics as a member of the been living retired. 

Democratic party, and served as tax collector, On Dec. 22, 1859, Mr. Bryan married Sarah 

mercantile appraiser and member of the school Lewis, who was born in Wales March 15, 

board before his election in 191 1 as county 1838, daughter of Thomas Lewis, who came 

auditor. This position he has continued to fill to Danville in 1850. He and his wife Mary 

to the present time, to the entire satisfaction (Kinn), who died when Mrs. Bryan was only 

of all concerned. two years old, had the following family: 

Eliza, Mrs. John Goldman ; Annie, Mrs. Jo- 

JOHN GIBSON BRYAN, a retired mill seph Jones; Sarah, Mrs. Bryan; Catherine, 

man of Danville, was born at Linden, Pa., who died unmarried; Thomas, and David. 

•Nov. 17, 1826, son of John Bryan. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan have had a family of 

Charles Bryan, his grandfather, was a Revo- five children : John G., born Dec. 7, 1864, mar- 

lutionary soldier. He was born in Maryland, ried Mrs. Mary (Kinn) Warren, widow of 

and came to Pennsylvania, where he followed Augustus Warren, of York, Pa., and daughter 



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of William and Jane (Esau) Kinn; she is of 
Welsh descent. Mary Eliza, born May 31, 
1867, followed dressmaking until her death, 
Oct. 5, 1909; she was a member of the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution. Charles D., 
born July 25, 1870, is mentioned below. 
Catherine died when four years old. George 
died in infancy. The sons John G. and Charles 
D. Bryan are in the general plumbing business 
at Danville under the firm name of C. & J. 
Bryan ; they also handle all kinds of plumbers' 
supplies. Both the brothers are members of 
Beaver Lodge, No. 132, Knights of Pythias, 
at Danville, and John G. Bryan is also a mem- 
ber of Danville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M.; 
he belongs to Christ Memorial Episcopal 
Church. 

Mr. Bryan's political affiliations are with the 
Democratic party ; he has never aspired to pub- 
lic office. He holds no membership in a re- 
ligious organization, but Mrs. Bryan is a mem- 
ber of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church at 
Danville. One of the oldest residents of Dan- 
ville, Mr. Bryan is widely and favorably 
known, and is held in high regard as one of 
the county's most estimable men. 

WILLIAM JOHN ROGERS, a boot and 
shoe merchant of Danville, Montour Co., Pa., 
was born in that borough Jan. zj, 1869. a son 
of Thomas J. Rogers. 

Thomas J. Rogers was born in South Wales 
Nov. 9, 1841, and came to the United States 
at the age of twenty-two years, in 1863. He 
was a stonecutter, and worked at his trade 
at Wellsboro, Pa., for a short time. During 
1863 he enlisted in the Union army for service 
during the Civil war, in Company G, 45th 
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was 
appointed corporal, serving as such until the 
close of the war. In 1867 he came to Dan- 
ville, and continued working at his trade until 
1876, when through an accident he lost his 
leg, and being therefore incai)acitated for 
heavy labor he embarked in a general mercan- 
tile business at Danville, conducting same un- 
til 1901, when he retired. He died April 19, 
1912, and is buried in the Odd Fellows' Ceme- 
tery. Mr. Rogers served as a school director, 
as trustee of the Thomas Beaver Library, and 
one term as water commissioner, as well as 
president of the board of trustees of the Grove 
Presbyterian Church. He was an Odd Fel- 
low, and belonged to the Cemetery Associa- 
tion. 

In iHfvS Thomas J. Rogers married Mary 
Evans, of Danville, a daughter of P>enjamin 
D. and Mary (Williams) Evans, the former a 



stonemason and contractor. Mr. and ]\Irs. 
Rogers became the parents of three children: 
William John; Maie Rachel, who married 
Samuel Vaux Border, of Clearfield, Pa., editor 
and proprietor of the Clearfield Herald; and 
Benjamin Edward, of Danville, who is' con- 
nected with the Bell Telephone Company, is 
an Odd Fellow and belongs to the Grove Pres- 
byterian Church (he married Florence Cou- 
sart). 

William John Rogers, son of Thomas J. 
Rogers, attended public school at Danville, and 
Bucknell University at Lewisburg, Pa., and 
then went into his father's store at Danville. 
In 1898 he embarked in a general shoe busi- 
ness and has continued in this line ever since. 
Mr. Rogers has been called upon to discharge 
the duties of many public offices. For years 
he was a capable school director; for three 
years he was chief burgess of Danville; in 
March, 191 1, he was appointed by Governor 
Tener associate judge of Montour county; 
he is a trustee of the Thomas Beaver Library ; 
a trustee of the Y. M. C. A. ; is a trustee of 
St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church and is 
serving as secretary of the board ; is secretary 
of the Masonic Hall .Association ; and is very 
active as a Republican. He has many social 
and fraternal associations, being a member 
of Beaver Lodge, No. 132, Knights of Pythias, 
of Danville; Lotus Conclave, Improved Order 
of Heptasophs, of Danville ; Danville Lodge. 
No. 754. B. P. O. Elks, of which he is treas- 
urer ; Charles W. Eckman Camp, Sons of 
X'eterans ; and is a thirty-second-degree Ma- 
son, in the latter connection belonging to Ma- 
honing Lodge, No. 516; F. & A. M., of which 
he is a past master ; Danville Chapter. No. 239. 
R. A. M., of which he is a past high priest 
and now treasurer ; Calvary Commandery, No. 
T,j, K. T.. of which he is a past commander; 
Caldwell Consistory, of Bloomsburg, thirty- 
second degree; and Irem Temple, A. A. O. N. 
M. S., of Wilkes-Barre. 

On Feb. 28. 1894. Mr. Rogers was married 
to Leonora Hullihen, of Danville, Pa., a 
daughter of Wilford and Martha Hullihen. 
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have had two children : 
Mary Martha and Thomas Evans, the latter 
dying in infancy. 

JOHN HENRY SANDEL, M. D.. a physi- 
cian and surgeon of Danville, Montour Co.. 
Pa., was born in that county, in Frosty Valley. 
West Hemlock township, .\pril 11. 1854. son 
of Jacob and Catherine ( Snyder) Sandel. 

Jacob Sandel, born Dec. 20. 1823, was a 
farmer. He was verv much devoted to the 



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Lutheran Church, as well as interested in edu- the most respected men of the day in his sec- 
cational matters ; held nearly all of the town- tioii. He was a native of the xXorth of Ire- 
ship offices, and was a man of prominence in land, born March i8, 1842, son of Thompson 
his day. He died at the age of seventy-nine and Elizabeth (Irwin) Foster. 
years, Dec. 22^, 1902. His widow survived Thompson Foster was of Scotch-Irish ex- 
uiitil she was eighty-three years old, dying traction, and was born in the North of Ireland. 
Feb. 14, 1912. _ His trade was that of blacksmith and me- 
Dr. Sandel was educated in the public chanic, which he had learned during his young- 
schools of his native place and at the ijlooms- er days. Leaving his native country he came 
burg State normal, and took up special studies to the United States, locating in Norristown, 
under Prof. James M. Kelso, of Danville. Pa., where he followed his trade a short time' 
After leaving school he farmed for a period, and then moved to Danville, Montour county, 
and then began the study of medicine in where he resided about thirty years. He be- 
Hahnemann College, Philadelphia, Pa., from came connected with the mammoth blacksmith 
which institution he was graduated in March, shops of the iron works at Danville, where he 
1882. Following this he embarked in general remained many years, until he retired from the 
practice at Girardville, Pa., and live years active duties of life and moved to Philadel- 
thereafter went to Plymouth, Pa., where he phia. There he died at the age of seventy- 
was located for four years. In 191 1 he came nine years. He was married to Elizabeth Ir- 
to Danville, Pa. In 1912 he took special win, also a native of the North of Ireland, and 
courses at the Philadelphia Polyclinic College they were the parents of the following chil- 
and Hospital in eye, ear, nose and throat dis- dren: Alexander, Elizabeth, James, Jennie, 
eases, and now specializes along these lines. Thompson, Thomas and Frances. Mr. Fos- 
He is a member of the American Institute of ter served as councilman of Danville and as 
Homeopathy, the Montour County Medical a director of the public schools. 
Society, the State Medical Society and the James Foster received his elementary edu- 
Inter-State Medical Society (taking in south- cation in the public schools of Danville and 
ern New York and northeastern Pennsyl- then worked with his father, learning the trade 
vania). In religious matters he is a Presby- of a blacksmith. In 1862 he enlisted in Com- 
terian, and he is an elder of the Grove Church pany A, I32d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volun- 
as well as a member of the session. In fra- teer Infantry, for a term of nine months, and 
ternal connections he is associated with Dan- at the expiration of that time he reenlisted, 
ville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M., of which he serving throughout the rest of the war. The 
is a past master; with Danville Chapter, No. most noted battles in which he participated 
239, R. A. M., of which he is a past high were Antietam (his first battle, in which he 
priest; with Camp No. 137, Patriotic Order was wounded), Chancellorsville and Fred- 
Sons of America, of Plymouth, Pa. ; and is ericksburg. At the close of the war he was a 
active in these organizations, although he is member of the 194th Regiment, of which he 
more enthusiastic about church work. His was first lieutenant. He was honorably dis- 
services to the Grove Presbyterian Church charged in 1865, but again reenlisted, this time 
cannot be lightly estimated, and he has always in the 214th Regiment, which was discharged 
exerted a powerful influence for good among in March, 1866, the last regiment from Penn- 
his associates. sylvania to be discharged. Returning to Dan- 
In June, 1883, Dr. Sandel was married to ville, he took up his former trade, which he 
E. Margaret Vickery, of Danville, Pa., born followed until 1882, working in the rolling 
April 23, 1858, a daughter of William K. and mills. On Aug. 7th of that year the Dan- 
Emma (Tomlinson) Vickery, of Philadelphia, ville Stove Manufacturing Company was or- 
w^here Mr. Vickery is a plumber. Dr. ganized, with the following officers: Henry 
and Mrs. Sandel have one son, John Murdock, Vincent, president ; James Foster, superintend- 
who was born May 12, 1891, now a student at ent; and W. J. Baldy, treasurer. Later Mr. 
State College, class of 1914, taking the in- Foster was secretary and treasurer for years, 
dustrial engineering course. They purchased the DeLong foundry, which 

they operated at first on a small scale, but the 

JOHN GULICK FOSTER, of Danville, business increased so rapidly that they were 

member of the firm of Foster Brothers, deal- obliged to enlarge their plant ; accordingly, 

ers in stoves and general hardware, is the eld- they erected a large five-story structure 238 

est son of the late James Foster, who as a feet long, and added to their force of men. 

business man and borough official was one of The officers later were : W. B. Chamberlain, 



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president; James Foster, general manager; J, Brothers. The business has prospered greatly, 

A. Yorks, treasurer; and J. C. Lynn, secre- and the Fosters maintain the high standards 

tary. After acting as treasurer and secretary for which their father was noted and which 

for many years Mr. Foster took up the sales are associated with the name in Danville, 

end of the business, on the road, and estab- In 1890 John G. Foster married Elizabeth 

lished agents in all the principal cities east of Thomas, of Danville, and they have had four 

the Mississippi river. He was wuth the com- children: Lillian, now Mrs. Charles D. Em- 

pany until his death. The company manufac- hardt, of Pottsville; James, who is with the 

tures the well-known Beaver Steel Plate Fur- Danville Stove Company; Paul, and Miriam, 

nace, in which either bituminous coal or an- at home, 
thracite may be used; also parlor heaters and 

cooking ranges. It is the largest stove com- SAMUEL C. JAYNE, cashier of the First 

pany in the eastern part of the State. National Bank of Berwick, Pa., has been a 

In 1864 James Foster was united in mar- resident of the borough since shortly after the 
riage to Mary Gulick, a native of Danville, Civil war and associated with the First Na- 
and a daughter of Isaac Gulick, who comes tional Bank since 1868, in his present capacity 
from the oldest families of Montour county, since early in 1869. The development of his 
of German origin. The following children business ability has kept steady pace with its 
were born to them : John G., Elizabeth, increasing responsibilities. 
Phoebe (deceased), Jennie, Alexander, and Mr. Jayne was born in Wyoming county, 
James (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Foster were Pa., Dec. 20, 1838. His father was Rev. John 
members of St. Paul's Methodist Church, of Jayne, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal 
which he w'as steward and trustee, holding the Church, who married Eunice, daughter of 
latter office many years. He also served as Rev. Jabez Carver, a minister of the M. E. 
superintendent of the Sunday school. The Church. Their children were: Samuel C, 
family occupied a fine residence on Walnut Rufus W. and Charles B. 
street, which Mr. Foster owned, and he also Samuel C. Jayne was educated at the corn- 
had other property interests in Danville. He mon schools of \\'yoming county, in Wyoming 
was a member of the I. O. O. F., belonging Seminary, at Kingston, Pa., and at the Uni- 
to Lodge No. 279, and of the G. A. R., Good- versity of Michigan, in the class of 1866. Go- 
rich Post, No. 22, of Danville, and held office ing to Janesville, Wis., he enlisted there in the 
in both organizations, serving four years as 40th Wisconsin \'olunteers. After a short 
district deputy for the Odd Fellows, and one service he was discharged on account of sick- 
term as commander of the G. A. R. post. ness, and returned home, remaining until he 

Though a busy man with his private affairs had recovered his health. For a short time 

Mr. Foster served his fellow citizens very following Mr. Jayne engaged in teaching 

effectively in several capacities, holding the school in Wyoming county and in 1867 came 

office of chief burgess for two terms, and be- to Berwick, where he was engaged as principal 

ing one of the committee which organized the of public schools. On Nov. 30, 1868, he ac- 

waterworks, of which he was superintendent cepted a position with the First National Bank 

for many years, also acting as secretary. He of Berwick and on Jan. 12, 1869, was made 

was elected to the State Legislature, serving cashier, a position which he has held contin- 

two terms. Politically he was a Republican uously since. 

for many years, but favored the Greenback In 1869 Mr. Jayne was married to Harriet, 

party, and he founded the newspaper known daughter of Rev. John A. Gere, a minister and 

as the Greenback Record. For years he was presiding elder of the Methodist Church, con- 

a trustee of the Danville State Hospital for nectcd with the Baltimore Conference and 

the Insane. later with the Central Pennsylvania Confer- 

John Gulick Foster was born in Danville ence. Two children were bom to Mr and 

Nov. 21, "1865, and was educated there in the Mrs. Jayne, Samuel C, Jr, who died at the 

public schools. When a young man he clerked age of two and a half years, and J. Gere, bom 

in a shoe store for some years, later engaging May 12, 1874. 

in the business for himself, also dealing in Mr. S. C. Jayne has served as school di- 

stoves, and eventually giving up the former rector for several terms and also as member of 

line. In 1895 he and his brother Alexander the town council. He is prominent in all 

joined interests, establishing the stove and town affairs and is a member of the M. E. 

house furnishing business which they have Church of Berwick, which he served as treas- 

since conducted under the name of Foster urer for fifteen years. One of the oldest resi- 



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dents of the borough and one of the most 
prominent in financial affairs, he is well 
known. 

COTNER. The Cotner family is one held 
in high esteem in Montour county, and its 
history is interesting and well worthy of pres- 
ervation in a work of this nature. 

George Cotner founded the family in Derry 
township, coming here at a very early date and 
locating at Strawberry Ridge. 

Conrad Cotner, son of George Cotner, was 
born in Lycoming county, Pa., and died in 
Limestone township, Montour Co., Pa., Feb. 
22, 1892, aged eighty-two years. In the spring 
of 1850 he left the farm he had been culti- 
vating in Lycoming county, and came to Mon- 
tour county. He married Mary Ann Dye, 
who died at the age of seventy-six years, on 
the evening of the day her husband passed 
away, and they were laid to rest in the same 
grave. She was a daughter of \"incent Dye, 
who was a native of New Jersey. Mr. and 
Mrs. Cotner had ten children, of whom four 
survive : Frank, who is a resident of Lime- 
stone township ; Dallas James, of Liberty 
township ; George P. ; and Hiram P., of Wash- 
ingtonville. 

George P. Cotner, a farmer and stockman 
of Derry township, Montour Co., Pa., was 
born in Lycoming county Aug. 18, 1847. 
After attending the schools of his neighbor- 
hood Air. Cotner worked on his father's farm 
until 1 87 1, when he began farming for him- 
self in Limestone township, continuing thus 
for a period of thirty-one years. At the ex- 
piration of that time he came to his present 
home in Derry township, where he is contin- 
uing his agricultural operations, making a 
specialty of raising hogs, particularly Berk- 
shires. He also raises White Leghorn poul- 
try, which he ships to the nearby markets. His 
operations have met with gratifying success, 
fairly and honorably earned, the natural out- 
come of his industrious efiforts. 

George P. Cotner married Amanda Cotner, 
born in Lycoming county, Pa., in 1845, ^ 
daughter of Philip and Rachel (Dye) Cotner. 
The Cotner and Dye families are thus con- 
nected by marriage in several generations, on 
both sides of the house. The following chil- 
dren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. George 
P. Cotner: Hiram Elmer is mentioned at 
length below ; Delroy died aged twenty-two 
years; John F., a farmer of Derry township, 
married Virgie Cooper, and they have six 
children, Chester, Mary, Martha, Basil, Ruth 
and George; Blanche married Charles Hoff- 



man of Limestone township, and has four 
children, Owen, Mildred, Paul and Ida; Ida 
IS the wife of Harvey Diehl, of Greenwood 
township, Columbia county. 

The Lutheran Church holds the member- 
ship of Mr. Cotner and benefits by his gen- 
erosity. An enthusiastic Democrat, he has 
always worked hard to support the principles 
of his party, and has been honored with of- 
fices, having served two terms as county treas- 
urer and as school director many years. 

Hiram Elmer Cotner, son of George P. 
Cotner, principal of the schools of Washing- 
tonville, Derry township, Montour Co., Pa., 
was born May 30, 1871, in Limestone town- 
ship, same county. After completing the 
courses at the public schools of the township, 
and later taking a special course in Lock 
Haven normal school, in 1903-04, Mr. Cotner 
began what was to be really his life work, al- 
though he has also made a good record for 
himself in the business world. From the time 
he was eighteen until he was twenty-eight 
years old he devoted all of his abilities to 
teaching school. Then, desiring a change, he 
entered into a general merchandise business 
in partnership with M. C. Diehl, but five years 
later sold and resumed his scholastic work. 
Until 191 3 he continued teaching in Derry 
township, and in that year his talents were 
given appropriate recognition by his appoint- 
ment to the principalship he now is holding 
with such dignified capability. 

On March 27, 1908, Professor Cotner was 
married to Izora C. Heddens, born May 11, 
1886, in Washingtonville. Pa., a daughter of 
Amandus Levers Heddens, proprietor of 
"Heddens Hotel," at Washingtonville. Mr. 
Heddens married Alice Barbara Mowrer, of 
Snyder county. Pa., and they have had three 
children: Clyde, born Aug. 12, 1880, who is 
at home; Lawrence, born May 2, 1896, a stu- 
dent of the Bloomsburg normal school; and 
Airs. Cotner. Professor and Mrs. Cotner 
have had three children : Alda Marie, born 
Aug. 18, 1909; James Heddens, born Nov. 
16, 1910; Frank Woodrow, born Aug. 
22, 1913. 

Both Professor and Airs. Cotner were 
reared in the Lutheran faith and are active in 
religious work. Mr. Cotner at present acting 
as secretary of the church council. For many 
years he served as superintendent of the Sun- 
day school, and was a powerful factor in its 
upbuilding. Airs. Cotner was organist of the 
Sunday school from the time she was twelve 
years old until her marriage. Air. Cotner is 
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upon several occasions. Since 191 1 he has 
been a justice of the peace, now serving his 
second term. His judgments are sound and 
practical and are usually sustained by the 
higher courts. For one term he served as 
assessor of the borough of Washingtonville, 
held the same office for Derry township, and 
is now clerk of the school board of Washing- 
tonville borough. He has rendered valuable 
service as delegate at various conventions of 
his party. He is not only a member of and 
enthusiastic worker in the Modern Woodmen 
of America at Washingtonville, but is serving 
that order as secretary. He is also inter- 
state agent for the Hartford Fire Insurance 
Company, and writes some important business 
for this reliable concern. 

Professor Cotner is a man of high prin- 
ciples and keen sense of honor, and he has 
exerted a beneficent influence over his pupils. 
In the wider field which has recently opened 
up to him, he will have opportunity further 
to extend his usefulness both as an instructor 
and as a citizen. 

JAMES S. WATTS came to his present 
homestead in Limestone township, Montour 
county, over fifty-one years ago, and after a 
busy life as a farmer and carpenter is now 
living in comfortable retirement. Mr. Watts 
was born April 8, 1834, in Lewis township, 
Northumberland Co., Pa., son of Thomas M. 
Watts, and the family has long been settled 
in that county, where it was established by 
James Watts, great-grandfather of James S. 
Watts. He was scalped Iw the Indians while 
on his farm in Northumberland county and 
buried in the woods on his property, but his 
grave has never been located. His son James 
was the grandfather of James S. Watts. The 
family came into this region from the State 
of New Jersey. 

Thomas M. Watts, father of James S. 
Watts, was born in 1800 in Northumberland 
county, followed farming all his life, and died 
in 1877. He married Mary Lily, of the same 
county, born in 1802. daughter of George 
Lily, and she died at the age of eighty-one 
years. Mr. and Mrs. Watts had nine chil- 
dren, of whom the following survive: Eliza- 
beth, in Indiana, widow of John HefFner; 
Ellen, widow of Levi Fulmer, of McEwens- 
ville; Sarah, wife of William Stahl, of Allen- 
wood, Pa. ; and James S. 

James S. Watts attended school near home 
during his early boyhood, but when only 
twelve years old began to work regularly at 
farming, and was so occupied until he reached 



the age of nineteen. He then served a year 
as apprentice to the carpenter's trade, at which 
he afterward worked throughout his active 
days, following it for forty-four years in all. 
During that time he put up many barns in 
this vicinity, and their substantial construc- 
tion is as much evidence of his high sense of 
honor in all transactions as it is of his first- 
class workmanship. Meantime he also car- 
ried on farming, having bought the fine prop- 
erty in Limestone township which he occu- 
pied after his marriage. Besides laboring 
industriously to look after his own interests 
he has taken some part in township affairs, 
having served one year as tax receiver and 
for many terms as member of the school 
board, and his work was highly acceptable 
to his fellow citizens. He has been a Demo- 
crat in political connection. 

On Dec. 9, 1858, Mr. Watts married Nancy 
A. Savage, who was born Aug. 21, 1836, in 
Limestone township, daughter of Benjamin 
Savage and granddaughter of John Savage, 
who followed his son Benjamin to what is 
now Montour county; his wife was Hannah 
DeWitt. The family is one of old standing in 
the county. Benjamin Savage, father of Mrs. 
Watts, was born in New Jersey, and came 
to what is now Montour county when twenty- 
one years old, settling on a farm. He was 
a shoemaker, and followed his trade as well 
as farming. He died in 1870 at the age of 
seventy-eight years. He married Esther Hun- 
ter, daughter of Robert and Jane (Wallace) 
Hunter, and she died in 1871, at the age of 
seventy-four. They were the parents of fif- 
teen children, of whom Mrs. Watts is the 
only survivor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Watts have had three chil- 
dren, two of whom survive : William, now a 
farmer in Limestone township, and also a 
carpenter, married Emma .\lbeck, and they 
have three children. Hunter. Lawrence and 
James ; Thomas, also a carpenter, married 
Emma Schook. of Limestone township, and 
has two children, Jeiniie (graduate of a 
business college at Norristown, Pa., now a 
bookkeeper and living in Norristown) and 
Frank W. 

In 1908 Mr. and Mrs. Watts celebrated the 
golden anniversary of their wedding, and rela- 
tions and friends to the number of 115 at- 
tended and helped to make the occasion joy- 
ous and truly memorable. All but two of the 
family who had been present at their wedding 
were there at the golden wedding, as well as 
their descendants. They received many valu- 
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in the faith of the Baptist Church and is a educated in the subscription schools in German 

member at Turbotville; Mr. Watts was and EngHsh, and went to Snydertown in 1817, 

reared in the Presbyterian Church, and is conductnig a general store and gristmill tliere' 

a member at Warrior Run, Northumberland he hauled his goods from i'hiladclphia by 

county — the oldest Presbyterian Church in team. After his marriage he sold his store 

this section, and moved to Danville, where he ran a barge 

on the Pennsylvania canal for a number of 

JESSE KLASE, a retired contractor of years in the coal trade. He then retired. He 

Danville, was born in that town June 13, 1845, married Sarah, daughter of John Smith, of 

and is a son of Henry Klase, a native of Snydertown, and they had these children : 

Snydertown, Northumberland Co., Pennsyl- David and Daniel, who were killed in the 

vania. Civil war; Lydia, wife of Harrison Lavenburg 

The annals of the Klase family have been — both deceased ; Mary Jane, widow of i'Vank 

gathered by John Hower Klase, of Snyder- Kessler, of Utica, N. Y.; John Wellington, 

town, from whom are obtained the following who married Emma Gouger; Henry, who 

facts. The name is of German origin and married Clara Hoffman, of Danville; Jesse, 

is variously spelled Kloss, Klesz, Kloesz, mentioned below ; and Jacob. Of these sons, 

Kloess, Clase, Glase, Glos, Glosz and Kleiss. five served in the Civil war, two of them 

All of these are modifications of the same being killed. Mr. Klase was a member of the 

name, and their bearers are probably de- Lutheran Church at Snydertown, and when 

scended from the same common ancestor, he died, in 1853, was buried in the cemetery 

From the "Archives of P'ennsylvania" it is adjoining the church. After his death his 

found that Johanas Kloss (in the tax records widow lived with her daughter, Mrs. Frank 

of Bethlehem township Johannes Kloess) Kessler. She died at the age of sixty-eight, 

landed in Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 1752, from and is buried in the Lutheran cemetery at 

the ship "Phoenix," Reuben Houer, captain, Danville. 

from Rotterdam and Cowes. The emigration Jesse Klase was taken to Irish Valley, 
records of Philadelphia show the names of Northumberland county, after his father's 
Klosses as early as 1732, evidently from the death, to live with a Mr. Lerch, a friend of 
same family, but this Johanas Kloss is the the family. There he remained and attended 
ancestor from whom the family in this coun- school until his eighteenth year, when he 
ty can be traced. From the records in Eas- returned to Danville and started to learn the 
ton, Pa., it is learned that he lived and died trade of tanner. He found that it would be 
in the neighborhood of Bethlehem, his will, of little value to learn this trade, which was 
on record there, making grants of money and fast being driven out of use by modern ma- 
lands to his children, who were as follows : chinery and methods, so after a term of six 
\'alentine, Philip, John, Jacob, Catherine, months he went to work with his brother-in- 
Michael, Elizabeth (wife of Michael Young), law, Frank Kessler, to learn the trade of 
Annie Marie and Christina. plasterer. He remained at this trade for three 

\'alentine Klase. the eldest son of Johanas, years and then enlisted in the 104th Pa. \^ol. 

was a resident of Bethlehem township, North- Inf., the regiment being recruited at Lebanon, 

ampton county, where he owned a farm of Pa. He served but three months, and was 

200 acres in the section known as "Dry Land." then mustered out at Philadelphia. There he 

This farm appeared on the tax list of 1788, reenlisted, in the 94th Pennsylvania, and was 

tlie Klase burying ground being located on mustered in at Bermuda Hundred, Va., was 

it. \'alentine was a member of the 4th Com- sent to the front, and reached his regiment 

pany of Militia of the Continental army and just after the battle of Petersburg. He did 

served through the campaign of 1778, for guard duty until after the assassination of 

which he was granted a tract of land, but Lincoln and then was mustered out and re- 

never took it up. He was a farmer until his turned to Danville. 

death in April, 181 2. He married Eva Smit- After the Civil war Mr. Klase followed his 

ten, born Oct. i, 1776, who died Aug. 2, 1838, trade continuously until within three years 

and was buried in St. John's Lutheran ceme- before this writing (1914), when he retired, 

tery at Snydertown. Their children were : He worked for a time in New York City with 

Jacob, Abraham, Michael, Valentine, Jr.. John J. Tucker, builder and contractor, ami 

Henry, Mary, Eva and Catherine. James Thompson, a contractor from Canada. 

Henry Klase, son of Valentine, Sr., was With the exception of the time spent in New 

born near Bethlehem, Northampton county, York, he has confined his contracts to the 



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town of Danville. He was married Dec. 25, 
1867, to Helen Marion, daughter of Lewis and 
Charlotte B. (Lunger) Hoffman, the cere- 
mony being performed by Rev. \V. H. Corn- 
man. Their children were: (i) Lillian May, 
born Sept. 9, 1868, is unmarried; (2 J Frank- 
lin Lewis, born Jan. 14, 1870, married Grace 
McHenry, of Benton, Columbia county; (3) 
Carrie, born Aug. 30, 1871, married John F. 
Watson, of Bloomsburg; (4) Joseph Walton, 
born Nov. 17, 1873, died Jan. 13, 1874; (5) 
Edward Ellis, bom June 11, 1875, is unmar- 
ried; (6) Harry Earp, born Sept. 17, 1877, 
married Genevieve Niel, resides in Harris- 
burg, and has four children, Sarah Elizabeth 
(born March 15, 1907), Helen Marion (born 
Nov. 25, 1908J, Bernard ]\IcMackin (born 
Feb. 21, 191OJ and John Watson (born May 
18, 191 1 ) ; (7) Bessie Marion, born Oct. 26, 
1880, is a nurse in California; (8) George 
West, bom June 17, 1882, married Mary 
Moyer, and lives in Tamaqua (they have had 
two children, Jean and Robert Victor, the 
former deceased) ; (9) Heber, born April 2.^, 
1888, died Oct. 14, 1888. 

Mr. Klase is a Republican in politics, but 
has never been active in the party. He is a 
member of Trinity Lutheran Church, of Dan- 
ville, of which he has been deacon for many 
years. He is a member of Goodrich Post, 
No. 22, G. A. R., and Danville Lodge, No. 
224, F. & A. M., of which latter he is a past 
master. His wife, Helen Marian Hoffman, 
was born Sept. 27, 1847, in Danville, attended 
the public schools, and resided at home until 
her marriage. She is an active member of 
Trinity Lutheran Church and teacher of a 
class in the Sunday school. 

Lewis Hoffman, father of Mrs. Klase, was 
born in Danville and was the son of a saddler 
of that town, which trade he learned from 
his father and followed for many years, hav- 
ing a shop on the east end of his lot in that 
town. He was appointed sexton of the 
Mahoning Presbyterian Church, which posi- 
tion he held until his death, Dec. 8, 1894, at 
the age of seventy-six. He was appointed 
general grave digger of the town to succeed 
his father-in-law, John Lunger, and worked 
in the Presbyterian, Lutheran and Episcopal 
cemeteries. During the last years of his life 
he gave up his occupation of grave digger, 
but continued as sexton of the Mahoning 
Church until his death, his wife and daughter 
assisting him with the work. 

Mr. Hoffman married Charlotte B., 
daughter of John and Mary (Young) Lunger, 
and they had children: Clara J., wife of 



Henry Klase, of Danville; and Helen Marian, 
wife of Jesse Klase. Mrs. Charlotte B. Hoff- 
man died March i, 1853, at the age of thirty- 
four years, six months, twenty-four days, 
and is buried in the old C^rove cemetery, now 
the Memorial Park, Danville. Mr. Hoffman 
married (second) Margaret Pensinger, and 
they had one child, Dr. Joseph Ellis Hoff- 
man. The second wife is buried in Grove 
cemetery. Mr. Hoffman's third wife was ]\Iar- 
garet Alleger, and they had one child, Minnie, 
who is living in Danville. He and his third 
wife are laid to rest in Fairview cemetery, 
Danville. Mr. Hoffman was a Democrat, and 
a strong adherent of the General Council 
branch of the Lutheran Church. 

John Lunger, mentioned above, was sexton 
and general grave digger for many years in 
the town of Danville. He married Mary 
Young, and they had seven children : Jacob, 
who died in New York State; John; Hannah, 
married to Mr. Roan and (second) to Mr. 
Dixon; Mary, married to Thomas Ellis and 
(second) to Heckman Freame; Sarah, wife 
of Samuel Garrett ; Charlotte B., wife of 
Lewis Hoffman ; and Margaret, who married 
Mr. Haas and (second) Daniel Everett. Mrs. 
Lunger lived to be over ninety years old. She 
and her husband are buried in Grove ceme- 
tery. He was a Democrat, and a member of 
the Mahoning Presbyterian Church. 

JAMES BUCHANAN POLLOCK has a 
fine farm of 124 acres half a mile from Wash- 
ingtonville, in Derry township, Montour 
county, in which locality the Pollocks have 
been settled for a century or more. The 
family is of Scotch-Irish origin, and his great- 
grandfather, its first representative in what 
is now Montour county, came to this country 
from the North of Ireland and thereafter 
lived in Pennsylvania. He located first in one 
of the lower counties, then moving to what 
was then Northumberland (now Montour) 
county and settling near Exchange. His tract 
of 200 acres was afterward owned by Patrick 
Dennin and William Pollock. Here he lived 
until his death. He and his wife are buried 
at Derry Presbyterian Church. 

James Pollock, grandfather of James B. 
Pollock, w^as born June 2},, 1777, in one of the 
lower counties of Pennsylvania, and came to 
this county with his parents. Here he was 
married to Elizabeth Scout, born Oct. 26, 
1782. and they lived at first on part of the 
old homestead later owned by Patrick Dennin. 
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Lycoming Co., Pa., resided there until 1837, 
and then returned to Montour county, to spend 
the rest of his days on the old homestead, 
which he had purchased two years prior to 
his return. He died Dec. 14, 1861, his wife 
having preceded him Oct. 15, 1859, and both 
are interred at the Derry Church. They were 
the parents of a large family: Samuel died 
Dec. 26. 1878, aged seventy-two years, ten 
months, ten days ; Thomas, who lived prin- 
cipally in Anthony township, Montour county, 
and served as sheritt of the county, died in 
Muncy Creek township, Lycoming county; 
William S. is mentionetl below; Euphemia D. 
died in Derry township Aug. 30, 1905, aged 
seventy-six years, three months, seven days ; 
Elizabeth married John Caldwell, of An- 
thony township; ^Margaret J., born May 8, 
1818, died July 20, 1875; Mary married Wil- 
liam Guyer, of Danville, Pa., who died Sept. 
7, 1879. aged sixty-one years, seven months, 
ten days; Charlotte, born Jan. i, 1810, died 
Jan. 2, 1886, unmarried; Anna M. died Jan. 
24. 1877, aged sixty years, nine months, twen- 
ty days, unmarried ; Jane Harriet married 
Henry Biddle. of Whitehall, !\Iontour county ; 
one or two children died in infancy. 

William Scout Pollock was born July 8, 
1822, in w'hat is now Anthony township, Mon- 
tour county, while the family resided on the 
land later owned by Patrick Dennin. The next 
spring the family removed to Muncy Creek, 
Lycoming county, returning after fifteen years 
to Montour county, where, with the exception 
of eighteen months spent in the West, William 
S. lived until a few years before his death, 
which occurred in Washingtonville. Farming 
was always his occupation, he having a farm 
of 100 acres. He w^as married Dec. 25, 1855, 
to Susan Anne Harriet McKee, a native of 
Montour county, born ]\Iarch 24, 1828. daugh- 
ter of James McKee. For eighteen months 
after their marriage they resided in Kankakee 
and Freeport, III, later returning to ]\Iontour 
county and occupying the eastern part of the 
old homestead. Mrs. Pollock died May 14, 
1 86 1, and is buried in the Derry churchyard. 
She was the mother of two children : James 
B., born in Freeport, 111., and Bruce B., born 
in Anthony township, this county, who lived 
on his father's farm until his death, Jan. 29, 
1897. ^J^r. Pollock was married (second) by 
Rev. John Johnson, on March 14, 1873, to 
Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of John F. 
Derr, colonel in the army which went to Black 
Rock in 181 2. Mr. and Mrs. Pollock became 
members of the Presbyterian Church, the for- 
mer joining about 1851, and the latter in 1862, 



and he was for twenty-one years one of the 
elders. In politics he was a Prohibitionist, 
and he held the offices of supervisor, school 
director, assessor and judge. He was a full 
cousin of Governor Pollock. Mr. Pollock 
died March 5, 1913, and is buried at Derry 
Church. His widow is now over eighty years 
of age. 

James Buchanan Pollock was born Dec. 27, 
1857, in Freeport, 111., and was but an infant 
when his parents returned to Pennsylvania. 
He obtained an excellent education in the pub- 
lic schools, and in his young manhood was 
himself a public school teacher for eight years, 
an experience w'hich he has turned to good 
account in his service as school director, which 
office he filled for twelve years. He was reared 
to farming, and since he gave up teaching 
has devoted all of his time to that calling. His 
fine farm in Derry tow^nship bears many evi- 
dences of all-around intelligent care, for he 
favors modern methods and is applying them 
wherever practicable in his own work. He is 
considered one of the most progressive agri- 
culturists in his township. Mr. Pollock has 
been actively associated wMth public affairs in 
his locality, and is well known for the part 
he has taken in political matters, having 
served on the election board, as member of 
the township auditing committee, and has held 
all the township offices, being at this writing 
overseer of the poor. He is associated with 
the Democratic party. He is a leading mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian Church at Washing- 
tonville, and serves as trustee. 

On Oct. 12, 1882, Mr. Pollock married Mar- 
garet Catherine Dean, a native of Montour 
county, born July 23, 1859, daughter of Jos- 
eph and Mary Ann (Geringer) Dean, and 
they have had six children : Warren Dean, 
born Dec. 16, 1885, ^ stenographer irr the 
employ of the New York Central Railway 
Company, now located at Corning, N. Y., mar- 
ried Edith Brion, of Williamsport, Pa. ; Mary 
Ann, born March 18, 1895, Miles, born March 
4, 1899, ^"d Robert Earl, born Sept. 17, 
1903, are at home; Clay ^McKee, born Oct. 
3, 1887, died Sept. 21, 1893; James Stewart, 
born July 23, 1892, died Oct. 6, 1900. 

Joseph Dean, grandfather of Mrs. James B. 
Pollock, first married a Pollock, and by her 
had three children : Margaret, Mrs. McDow- 
ell ; Esther, who died unmarried ; and Joseph, 
who married twice. By his second wife. Ade- 
line (Cole). Joseph (Sr.) had the following 
children : William, whose wife's maiden name 
was Gouger; Oliver H., who married Fannie 
Mason; Arsula, who married Daniel Gouger; 



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Martha, who married Capt. Samuel Bryson; started to till the soil, following farming up 

Mary, Mrs. Clinger; Alice, ^Irs. Foster; to within two years of his death. His brother 

Helen, who died unmarried; and a daughter William, being a cripple, could not do hard 

that died young. manual work, so he studied medicine and be- 

Joseph Dean, father of Mrs. Pollock, born came a doctor, in time settling in the State 
July 6, 1823, died Feb. 6, 1902. He married of Ohio. Henry Wintersteen first married 
Sept. 2y, 1849, Mary Ann Geringer, and they Mary Gingles, of Jerseytown, Columbia coun- 
had three children : Joseph Elwood, born May ty, and they had two children : William, who 
12, 1855, died when eight years old; Margaret married Mary Sidler, and Reuben, who' mar- 
Catherine, born July 2^^, 1859, married James ried Phoebe Wilson. The mother died in 
B. Pollock; John Wallace, born Oct. 8, 1861, \'alley township, and was buried at Jersey- 
married Ella Foust and lives in Limestone town. Mr. Wintersteen's second marriage 
township, Montour county. The mother died was to Lydia Ebner, who was born March 
in January, 1883, in Liberty township, and 15, 1810, in Northampton county. Pa., daugh- 
on Oct. 17, 1886, Mr. Dean married (second) ter of Conrad and Catherine (Wertman) 
Margaret B. Cornelison, who was born Oct. Ebner, the latter from Lehigh county, Pa. 
31, 1849, daughter of William and Jane Ten children were born to this union, namely : 
(Bond) Cornelison. By this union there were Harriet, wife of Alexander Carr; Rachel, 
five children: Calvin H., born Sept. 3, 1887, wife of Nathaniel Bennett; James, who died 
deceased April 2, 1907; Joseph, born Jan. 13, in infancy; John W., who married Catherine 
1889; Frank, born March 9, 1890, deceased Crossley; Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Yeager; 
Nov. 28, 1908; Martha, born June 11, 1891, Henry, mentioned below; David, who mar- 
deceased March 14, 1894; Myrtie B., born ried Catherine Moser; Jacob, who married 
May 6, 1892, deceased May 3, 1910. Martha Blee; Lydia Jane, who married Levi 

Moser ; and Dr. George, who married Hannah 

HENRY WINTERSTEEN belongs to a Roat. Henry Wintersteen, the father, died 
family which has been established in \'alley at the age of sixty-eight years, Dec. 24, 1866, 
township, in what is now ]\Iontour county, and his wife died Aug. 29, 1886. They are 
for about a century, and which has inter- buried in Straub's cemetery in X'alley town- 
married with other old families of this sec- ship, and were members of Straub's Luth- 
tion, the ancestors, like the present-day rep- eran Church, of the General Council, in whose 
resentatives of this stock, being thrifty, sub- work he was very active. He was a lifelong 
stantial and most respected people. Democrat, and held all the township offices, 

William Wintersteen, the grandfather of giving satisfaction in the discharge of every 
Henry Wintersteen, lived and died in the responsibility intrusted to him. He was a 
State of New Jersey, and he and his wife member of the Danville Cavalry Company, 
are buried there. They had children as fol- Mrs. Lydia (Ebner) Wintersteen, mother 
lows: jane married James Hann, of Scott of Henry Wintersteen, was a daughter of Con- 
township, Columbia Co., Pa. ; Hannah mar- rad Ebner, a farmer, who came to Montour 
ried John Blue, of \'alley township; Mary county from Lehigh county. Pa., and settled 
married John Campbell, of Bradford county, in Derry township, where he died. He and 
Pa. ; Elizabeth died unmarried ; Dr. William his wife, whose maiden name was Wertman. 
moved out to Ohio; Henry is mentioned are buried at Strawberry Ridge, Montour 
below. county. On political questions Mr. Ebner 

Henry W^intersteen, son of William, was was a Democrat. His children, besides Mrs. 

born Sept. 10, 1798, in New Jersey, and was Wintersteen, were as follows: John, who 

reared and educated there, though he was married Rebecca Bennett and lived in Lycom- 

still a boy when he came to Valley township, ing county. Pa. ; George, who went to New 

in what is now Montour county. Pa. The York State; Jacob, who married Lydia 

country was then covered with forests, and Cooper ; David, who was twice married ; a 

he assisted in clearing away the timber, built daugiiter who married George Cooper; Mary, 

log houses and barns, and engaged in the other who married William Robbins ; and Daniel, 

occupations typical of the times. In the win- who married Leah Crossley. 

ter time, being earnest in his desire to acquire Henry Wintersteen was born May 2. 1841, 

an education, he walked to Mausdale to in \'alley township, and obtained his educa- 

school, and often saw wolves on his way. tion there in the Hendrickson and Sidler 

As he grew older he bought about six hundred schools. Thereafter he worked on his fath- 

acres of land, and as he cleared it of timber er's farm until his enlistment in the Union 



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army, Oct. 21, 1862, joining at Danville, and 
being mustered in at Harrisburg as a mem- 
ber of Company F, 178th Regiment, Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was as- 
signed to the 4th Brigade, Army of the Po- 
tomac. The regiment was not full, and though 
it saw continuous service was never engaged 
in any of the hotly contested battles, being 
assigned principally to secret, picket and pro- 
vost duty, mostly on the peninsula between 
the York and James rivers. At the time of 
the battle of Gettysburg the regiment was 
twelve miles south of Richmond. \'a. ]\Ir. 
Wintersteen was mustered out at Harrisburg 
the latter part of July, 1863. His officers were 
Capt. John A. Winner and Col. James John- 
son, and they were under the command of 
General Keyes. 

Returning to \'alley township at the close 
of his army service, Mr. Wintersteen contin- 
ued to help his father on the farm until the 
fall of 1863, when he found work in a stone 
quarry where he was employed until spring. 
Then he married and commenced farming on 
his own account in Valley township, after 
his father's death, which occurred in 1866, 
buying sixty-five acres of the homestead place, 
thirty acres of this tract being cleared land. 
For over forty years he continued farming 
there very successfully, in 1908 selling that 
property and moving to the Ephraim Bowers 
farm near ]\Iooresburg, which he rented and 
cultivated for a few years. His health fail- 
ing in 191 3 he gave up active labor, selling 
his farm machinery and stock and retiring to 
enjoy the fruits of his industrious life. There 
are few citizens of \'alley township more gen- 
erally known than Mr. Wintersteen, and none 
is held in higher regard. His long service 
in public office has shown him to be a citizen 
who may be trusted to safeguard the interests 
of his community so far as his influence and 
example are concerned, and he has been re- 
peatedly chosen to positions of trust, having 
served as school director ten years, as over- 
seer of the poor ten years, as tax receiver 
six years and as constable one year. Politic- 
ally he has always been associated with the 
Democratic party. As a member of St. John's 
Reformed Church at ]\Iausdale he has done 
much for the support of religion in his neigh- 
borhood, was formerly deacon of that church 
and is serving at the present time as elder ; 
he is also a teacher in the Sunday school, of 
which he was superintendent one year. As 
a veteran of the Civil war he is a member 
of the Grand Army of the Republic, belong- 
ing to Goodrich Post, Xo. 22, of Danville. 



Mr. Wintersteen married Catherine Kisner, 
who was born May 2}^, 1839, in Madison 
township, Columbia county, daughter of Sam- 
uel Kisner, and died Aug. 6, 1909, the mother 
of the following children: (i) Laura P., born 
Dec. 8, 1864, received her education in Valley 
township, and has always lived there with 
her parents. She is an active worker in the 
Reformed Church at Mausdale. (2) Samuel 
Henry, born April 29, 1868, received his edu- 
cation in Valley township, and when a young 
man spent some time in the West, running 
a sawmill there for two years. For four 
years he was employed as fireman at the State 
hospital at Danville, and is now engaged in 
farming as tenant on the farm of Stewart 
Curry, in Valley township, where he has 
resided for the last eleven years. He married 
Mary Baylor, and they have four children, 
born as follows : Emma Catherine, March 8, 
1904; Henry Edwin, Aug. 13, 1907; Laura 
Edith, July 22, 1909; and Samuel Arthur, 
Feb. 19, 1912. Mr. Wintersteen has been 
auditor of Valley township for three years, 
is a Democrat in politics, and holds member- 
ship in the Reformed Church at Mausdale. 
(3) Robert Victor, born Aug. 20, 1875, re- 
ceived his education in Valley township and 
at the Danville Academy, and has been en- 
gaged in farming ever since he began work. 
He is a member of the Reformed Church 
at Mausdale. 

Samuel Kisner, father of Mrs. Henry Win- 
tersteen, was born April 2, 1803, and came of 
German stock. He was educated in Madison 
township, Columbia county, and learned the 
trade of wheelwright, following it almost 
up to the time of his death, for twenty-five 
years having a shop near Jerseytown, Colum- 
bia county. About 1858 he moved to Mill- 
ville, that county, where he had a shop until 
shortly before his death, which was caused 
by dropsy, when he was sixty-five years old. 
For many years he was one of the most re- 
spected citizens of Madison township, where 
he held the office of justice of the peace for 
fourteen years. He was a Democrat and 
active in politics, and his religious connection 
was with the Dutch Hill Reformed Church. 
His wife, Catherine (Evart), died Aug. 17, 
1858, aged forty-nine years, one month, thir- 
teen days, and they are buried at the Dutch 
Hill Church. Their children were : Joseph 
Patten, who died when four years old; Eus- 
tena, who married Robert Stout; Rebecca, 
who married Wesley DelMott; and Catherine, 
Mrs. Henry Wintersteen. 



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HON. CHARLES A. SHAFFER, member 
of the Pennsylvania State Legislature, resid- 
ing at Berwick, Pa., was born Sept. 24, 1867, 
in Briarcreek township, Columbia county, son 
of David and Caroline (White) Shaffer. 

David Shaffer, the grandfather of Charles 
A. Shaffer, was born in Germany, and as a 
young man came to the United States, settling 
in Briarcreek township, where he became a 
prominent agriculturist and owner of several 
farms. He also took an active part in local 
political affairs, and was widely known in 
Columbia coupty. 

David Shaffer, son of David, and father of 
Charles A. Shaffer, was born in 1833 on his 
father's homestead farm in Briarcreek town- 
ship, Columbia Co., Pa., and was engaged in 
farming on his father's farm, adjoining the 
Knob Schoolhouse, to the time of his death, 
which occurred Oct. 13, 1877. He married 
Caroline White, who was born Jan. 24, 1847, 
daughter of John D. White, an agriculturist 
of Fishingcreek township, and she still sur- 
vives, residing at Berwick. Five children 
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer: Hon. 
Charles A., of Berwick, Pa. ; Rev. Theodore 
B., late pastor of the Christian Church at Ber- 
wick ; Torrence L., of Sayre. Pa., in the em- 
ploy of the Lehigh \^lley Railroad Company ; 
Fannie M., the wife of Ira Bower, of Ber- 
wick; and J. David, who is also in the em- 
ploy of the Lehigh V^alley Railroad Company, 
at Sayre, Pa. After the death of her first 
husband Mrs. Shaffer married Ira Letteer, 
who is also deceased, and they had one daugh- 
ter, Eltha, now the wife of James Armstrong, 
a business man of W'ilkes-Barre, residing at 
Westmoor. 

Charles A. Shaffer, son of David Shaffer, 
received his early education in the country 
schools of Briarcreek and Centre townships, 
and later attended Orangeville Academy, in 
this county, following his graduation from 
which he began teaching school. He remained 
thus engaged only a short period, however, 
then turning his attention to clerking in stores 
in Berwick, Rupert and Catawissa, and in 
1884. at the latter place, he was employed in 
the furniture and undertaking business with 
T. E. Harder; he' also learned the cabinet- 
making trade. This connection continued un- 
til 1887, when Mr. Shaffer resigned his posi- 
tion, and for the three years following was 
on the road as a traveling representative for 
the Powers & W^alker Casket Company, of 
Grand Rapids. Mich. He then changed to 
the Harrisburg Burial Case Company, of Har- 



risburg, Pa., in the employ of which concern 
he remained until becoming a member of the 
firm, and has continued as such to the present 
time, the period of his connection with this 
house covering some twenty-five years. He 
is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Em- 
balming and Sanitation, and of several other 
large schools of embalming and sanitation. 
Mr. Shaffer has also been interested in various 
other enterprises, and is a director in the Ber- 
wick Savings and Trust Company Bank. A 
stalwart Democrat in his political views, he 
has ever taken an active part in promoting his 
party's success, has been a delegate to several 
County and State Democratic conventions, and 
attended three national conventions of his 
party. In November, 1910. he became the 
Democratic candidate for representative of 
his county in the General Assembly of Penn- 
sylvania. In the election which followed he 
carried fifty-four out of the fifty-five districts, 
and in November, 191 2. was reelected. In 

191 3 he was honored with the Democratic 
nomination for speaker of the House. In 

1 9 14 he was again nominated by his party for 
the third time, and was elected by a large ma- 
jority, carrying all but nine of the fifty-five 
districts in the county. 

Mr. Shaffer's career in the Legislature has 
been a remarkable one for a new member. He 
has served on many important committees, 
among others being those on Appropriations, 
Ways and Means. Judiciary Apportionment, 
Law and Order, Pul)lic Health and Sanitation. 
Mr. Shaffer takes a deep interest in the affairs 
of his own county, and has given his best ef- 
forts to his constituents. He has supplied al- 
most every public school in the county with 
a cabinet collection ; was instrumental in giv- 
ing ten free scholarships to the Universities 
and Colleges of the State to worthy boys and 
girls from his county, secured more than twen- 
ty-five positions for his constituents in the 
State employ, and procured increased State 
appropriations for the hospital at Bloomsburg 
and the one at Berwick. Through his ef- 
forts the new Berwick hospital was built, the 
Bloomsburg hospital has also been built dur- 
ing his term of oflice. and many new laws for 
the benefit of his county and State have been 
passed. He caused the organization of the 
board for the Mother's Pension Act in Colum- 
bia County, and secured the necessary action 
bv the countv commissioners. 

Nearly a hundred people have had free 
treatment at the State institutions through Mr. 
Shaffer's efforts. Representative Shaffer was 





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one of the twenty men selected by Governor 
Tener as a commission from the Keystone 
State to the Panama Pacilic Exposition, and 
with the governor and others of the commis- 
sion recently, in 1913, made a trip to Cali- 
fornia in the interests of Pennsylvania. 
Though urged by many of his constituents to 
become a candidate for Congress in 1914 he 
declined then for future consideration. Mr. 
Shaffer has been prominent in fraternal cir- 
cles, being a past master of Perseverance 
Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 21, Harrisburg^ Pa., 
and later becoming a member of Knapp 
Lodge: is also a thirty-second-degree Mason, 
meniber of Caldwell Consistory; is a member 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the 
Patriotic Order Sons of America, and the Ma- 
sonic Club. He belongs to the United Evan- 
gelical Church, has served as one of its trus- 
tees, and is a member of the general board of 
commissioners of the church on church union, 
elected by the General Conference ; a member 
of general board of publication; a trustee of 
Albright College, Myerstown, Pa., of the 
church extension board of his conference, of 
the Bible Conference Society, of the Educa- 
tional Aid Society, of the Old Folks' Home, 
and on other boards. 

On June 30, 1897, Mr. Shaffer was married 
to MaVy A. Lamon, daughter of Joseph and 
Matilda (Fowler) Lamon. early settlers of 
Columbia county. • Mr. Lamon, who was a 
lifelong farmer, died Feb. 28, 1903, while 
the mother still survives and makes her home 
with :\Ir. and Mrs. Shaffer. There were eight 
children in the Lamon family: Boyd, now a 
resident of Independence, Mo.; Hugh, de- 
ceased; William, who lives in Briarcreek 
township; Crawford and Seymour, who are 
both deceased: Mary A., the wife of Mr. 
Shaffer; Seth, a farmer and dairyman of 
Briarcreek township; and Percy, who is de- 
ceased. 

The beautiful family home is situated on 
East Front street, Berwick. Besides this, Mr. 
Shaffer owns other valuable property. A 
self-made man, while succeeding himself he 
has assisted others to prosperity, and at all 
times has manifested a most considerable in- 
terest in the welfare of his community. In 
his high official position he has been able to 
secure many valuable benefits for his people, 
and it is doubtful if there is a representative 
in the State who is more popular with his 

constituents. 
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JACOB LORENZO KLINE, a substantial 
business man of Danville, Pa., dealer in ice 
and also engaged in teaming and general haul- 
ing, was born at Paxinos, Northumberland 
Co., Pa., Aug. 3, 187 1, son of Jacob and Mary 
(Yeager) Kline. 

Jacob Kline, the grandfather of Jacob L. 
Kline, was born in Shamokfn township, North- 
umberland Co., Pa., and was educated in the 
district schools of that township. In early 
life he adopted the vocation of farmer, but 
later turned his attention to boating on the 
Pennsylvania canal and continued to l)e so 
engaged until the time of his death. He 
married Rebecca Moore, and tliey became the 
parents of these children: Anna, wlio married 
Benjamin Bohner ; Isaac DeWitt, who married 
Sarah Chamberlin; Jacob, the father of Jacob 
Lorenzo; and a daughter who married Peter 
Schlegel. The grandparents were both buried 
at Deibler's station, in the Baptist graveyard, 
in Northumberland county. 

Jacob Kline, the father of Jacob Lorenzo 
Kline, was born in Zerbe township, North- 
umberland Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1836, and was 
educated in the schools of Trevorton, fol- 
lowing which he began to work as a farmer. 
Later he was given charge of a station, on 
the line between Sunbury and Shamokin. saw- 
ing rails for the Pennsylvania Railroad Com- 
pany, also loaded cars, and then he was put 
in charge of the water station at Hughes sta- 
tion, which place is now known as Shamrock. 
He was thrifty and industrious, and by good 
management was able to save enough from 
his earnings to purchase a farm of seventy- 
three acres, which he operated until his en- 
listment in the Union army for service during 
the Civil war. He was enrolled March 12, 
1864, as a member of Company B, 184th Regi- 
ment, Pa. Vol. Inf., and was mustered into 
the service May 12, 1864, for three years. 
A member of Col. B. F. Brown's regi- 
ment, he saw much active service, was 
wounded three times, was appointed cor- 
poral Jan. I, 1865, and was mustered out 
of the service at Washington, D. C, July 
14, 1865, with an excellent record as a brave, 
hard-fighting and faithful soldier. On July 
4, 1858, Mr. Kline was married to Mary 
Yeager, who was born April 4, 1841, and 
they became the parents of the following chil- 
dren : Anna Cecilia, born Dec. 11, 1859. died 
Sept. 8, 1867, aged seven years, eight months, 
twenty-seven days; Isaac DeWitt, born Jan. 
16, 1862. died Aug. 30, 1867, aged five years, 
seven months, fourteen days; Benjamin Ells- 
worth, born Nov. i, 1863, died Sept. 4, 1867, 



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aged three years, ten months, three days; 
Sarah EHzabeth, born Aug. lo, 1866, died 
Aug. 2^, 1867, aged one year, thirteen days; 
Charles M., born Aug. 9, 1868, who married 
Laura Mutchler, hves in Coal township, North- 
umberland county, and has two children, Cora 
and Ethel; Jacob Lorenzo is mentioned be- 
low; Absalom S., born Aug. 15, 1872, died 
Oct. 8, 1880, aged eight years, one month, 
twenty-three days; Ida Fidelia, born Aug. i, 
1874, married Montgomery Gearhart, and has 
four children, Jacob, Myrtle, Montgomery 
and Jesse; Reuben R., born Jan. 25, 1877, an 
engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad, resides 
at Harrisburg, Pa., married Sarah Mutchler 
and has two children, Mary Frances and 
Byron. 

When mustered out of the service Jacob 
Kline returned to his farm, which he con- 
tinued to operate up to the time of his death, 
which occurred Sept. 5, 1880, when he was 
aged forty-three years, ten months, twenty- 
seven days. Two years after his death his 
farm was sold. Mr. Kline was a Republican, 
belonged to Elysburg Lodge, F. & A. M., and 
to Elysburg Lodge of Odd Fellows, and was 
a faithful member of the Baptist Church. 
He was buried in the Baptist cemetery at 
Deibler's station, in Shamokin township. 

Mary Yeager, the mother of Jacob Lorenzo 
Kline, was born in the vicinity of Reed sta- 
tion, Northumberland Co., Pa., a daughter of 
Conrad Yeager. The latter was a farmer 
all of his life in his native township of Sham- 
okin, was a Democrat in politics, and a mem- 
ber of the Baptist Church. Mr. Yeager mar- 
ried Elizabeth Reed, daughter of Casper and 
Esther Reed, who died at the age of eighty- 
three years and is buried in the Baptist ceme- 
tery near Stonington. in Shamokin township. 
The children born to Conrad and Elizabeth 
(Reed) Yeager were as follows: John, who 
married Eliza Campbell (both deceased) ; 
Elizabeth, who married Isaac Hill (both de- 
ceased) ; Absalom, who married Keziah Hill 
(both deceased) ; Conrad, who married Mary 
Kennedy (both deceased) ; Deborah, who is 
the widow of Joseph Haus, and lives in P'hila- 
delphia; Solomon, who married Lucy Doston 
(both deceased) ; Sarah, who is the widow of 
Isaac Boyer ; Jacob, of Riverside, Pa., who 
married Sarah Chamberlin ; and Mary, who 
is the widow of Jacob Kline. 

Jacob Lorenzo Kline received his educa- 
tion in the public school at Paxinos, but owing 
to ill health his schooling was limited, and 
when he was eight years of age he left Paxinos 
and started to work on a farm at Elysburg. 



When he was a little older he left Elysburg 
and went to Boyd's station, where for five 
years he worked on a truck farm, and then 
came to Danville and invested his earnings 
m a livery business, which he conducted for 
two years. During the last twelve years he 
has carried on a very successful ice business, 
which he has built up to large proportions 
through industry, good management and en- 
terprise, and in 1913 added teaming and gen- 
eral hauling to his activities, this branch also 
havmg proved very satisfactory in a financial 
way. He is a Republican in his political 
vievys, but has not been active in public afl:'airs, 
having been too busily engaged with his busi- 
ness interests. At all times, however, he has 
expressed a willingness to aid his community 
in any way and has withheld his support from 
no movement which has promised to aid the 
general good. He was reared in the faith of 
the Baptist Church. 

On Dec. 29, 1902, at Danville. Mr. KHne 
was married, by Rev. Nelson Collins Cleaver, 
a Methodist clergyman, to Edna Berninger, 
who was born Nov. 5, 1881, at Reed station, 
Shamokin township, Northumberland Co., 
Pa., daughter of Israel and Barbara Ellen 
(Long) Berninger. Two children have come 
to this union: Harry, born July r, 1906, who 
died May 3, 1908; and Warren, born March 
3. 1908. 

Nicholas Berninger, the great-great-grand- 
father of Mrs. Kline, was born in Saxony, 
Germany, was married in that country, and 
emigrated to the United States, settling in 
Longs wamp township, Berks Co., Pa., where 
he died. 

Philip Berninger, the great-grandfather of 
Mrs. Kline, was born in Berks county. Pa., 
and in 181 2 moved to Roaringcreek \'alley, 
Columbia Co., Pa., where he followed his 
trade of machinist during the remainder of 
his life. He married Salome Yost, and they 
became the parents of the following chil- 
dren: Philip, who married Mary Moore; 
Jacob; Henry, who married Nancy Rohr; 
Jonas, the grandfather of Mrs. Kline; Eliza- 
beth, who married John Wagenhaust; and 
Mary, who married a Missimer. Mr. Bern- 
inger was a member of the German Reformed 
Church. He and his wife were buried at 
Roaringcreek. 

Jonas Berninger, the grandfather of Mrs. 
Kline, was born June i, 1800, in Berks county. 
Pa., and was twelve years old when he accom- 
panied his parents to Roaringcreek valley. 
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was a builder of mills and other structures, ried Ella Gearhart (deceased) and (second) 

and lived at Slabtown during the greater part Elizabeth Walters, of Catavvissa; Jacob Wil- 

of his life. Mr. Berninger was a Democrat vert, who married Ella Shultz, of Danville; 

and was active in township affairs, and was a Solomon Alfred, who married Cora Mutch- 

nieniber of Jacobs Reformed Church at Reed ler, of Sunbury; and Edna. Mrs. Kline was 

station, taking a prominent part in the work, educated in the public schools of Reed sta- 

lle was buried at Reed station, wliile his tion, Northumberland county, and at the time 

wife was laid to rest in the Methodist ceme- of her marriage was residing at the home of 

tery at Slabtown. Mr. Berninger married her parents at llowellsville, Columbia county. 

Ida Dorcas Yost, and they became the par- The Long family, to which Mrs. Barbara 

ents of two children: Angeline, deceased, who Ellen (Long) Berninger belonged, is of Ger- 

married Charles Metz ; and Israel. man descent. There are no complete written 

Israel I'.erninger, the father of Mrs. Kline, records of the early generations, and most of 

was born Dec. i6, 1836, at Slabtown. North- what follows was gathered by a member of 

umberland Co., Pa., was educated in the pub- the family from various sources. While Ger- 

lic schools near that place, and under his many was the freest of all European countries 

father's tuition mastered the trade of mill- in regard to religious toleration, we find Na- 

wright so well that when he was nineteen poleon made considerable trouble, and long 

years of age he began to accept work on his previous to his time, in the year of 1731, the 

own account, having as many as thirty men Protestants were driven from several places 

in his employ. Mr. Berninger is the inventor in Germany. Many of these people left their 

of a wooden turbine wheel for use in water native land and came to America, some set- 

which would corrode an iron wheel, but never tling in Georgia. Among these emigrants 

had the invention patented. A few years came the forebears of the Long family, and 

after his marriage he moved to Reed station, with them came a family by the name of 

Northumberland county, and there for thirty- Zeigler, with whom they made a compact 

six years was proprietor of a millwright shop, before leaving Germany that nothing but 

then moving back to Big Roaringcreek, where death should separate them in the new coun- 

he operated a flour, feed and grist mill for try, that if one prospered so should the other, 

eight years. Following this Mr. Berninger These strangers in a strange land and in an 

moved to Paxinos, where he is still engaged English settlement grew discontented, and 

in business. He is 'an active Democrat, and learning that Pennsylvania offered greater in- 

while living in Mayberry township was aud- dependence to all, and that many Germans 

itor and school director, and in Shamokin were settling in and near Philadelphia, the 

township was overseer of the poor. He was little band made its way north to that Prov- 

formerly a member of Elysburg Lodge. No. ince. Clearing land and making a little set- 

548, and Fort Augusta Encampment, of the tlement known as Long's Swamp, in what 

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of became known as Longs Swamp (now Long- 

Elysburg Lodge, No. 414, F. & A. M. Al- swamp) township, Berks county (at what is 

though not a professed member of any now Kutztown), they farmed and did various 

denomination religiously, he is a frequent at- kinds of weaving. The little settlement grew 

tendant at church, has been quite a Bible and the people prospered. In the year 1765 

student, and is well versed in church matters, there was born to the ancestor of the Long 

Mr. Berninger married Barbara Ellen Long, family and his wife Phoebe (Glassmyer) a 

who was born at New Berlin, Union Co., Pa., son Peter, who in after years married a Miss 

Oct. 10, 1842, a daughter of Samuel and Keefer. To this union were born five sons 

Charlotte (Rarrick) Long, and they became and three daughters: Betzy. ^Vlrs. Beechler; 

the parents of the following children : Char- Polly, Mrs. Genzel ; Kate, Mrs. Wise ; Solo- 

lotte, who is the widow of Andrew Lyons and mon, who married a Miss Hippie ; Benjamin, 

resides at Sunbury, Pa. ; Ida Dorcas, who who married ; George, who died unmarried ; 

married William Lewis, of Philadelphia ; Peter, also unmarried, who died in Phila- 

/\iinie, who married D. C. Gothic, of Tam- delphia, meeting an accidental death ; and 

aqua. Pa. ; Fronie, who married William Jonathan, who jumped on a snake in the 

Thomas, of Shamokin ; Catherine Rosalie, field, and died suddenly, from the shock, 

who married Harry McClow, of Shamokin ; The mother of this family died, and the father 

Frances, who married H. B. Sowers, of Birds- remarried, his second wife being Sarah (Gen- 

boro. Pa.; Gertrude, who married Charles zel). quite well known as a singer in her day 

Kuntz, of Norristown, Pa. ; Jesse, who mar- and leader of the choir in the old Lutheran 



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Church at Reading ; she was a direct descend- 
ant of Adam Genzel, a Revolutionary soldier. 
To this second union were born, in Long- 
swamp, Berks county: Jacob, in 1806; Lydia 
(Mrs. Steinberger), in 1808; Samuel, in 1810; 
and Gideon, in 1812. With his wife and chil- 
dren Peter Long left Berks county in 181 2 
and moved to Union (now Snyder) county. 
Like his father before him he cleared land 
and built a log home. As the place was cov- 
ered with a thick chestnut growth he called 
his new home "Chestnut Ridge," the name 
it bears to this day. Danger from wild beasts 
and Indians surrounded them on all sides. 
It is said they were scarcely settled in their 
new home when they were startled by the 
howl of a hungry wolf. Mrs. Long opened 
the window and shot the animal, and when 
morning came they found three cubs, which 
were captured and killed. In this new home 
were born SalHe, Hettie, Susan and Daniel. 
Peter Long, the father, died in 1852, aged 
seventy-eight years. His wife Sarah, born in 
1782, died in 1866, aged eighty-four years. 

Here Samuel Long, father of Mrs. Bern- 
inger, spent his boyhood days. When old 
enough he went to Selinsgrove to learn his 
trade at Swengle's flour mill, and while there 
witnessed the "shower of stars," Nov. 13, 
1833. Finishing his trade he went to take 
charge of Cleckner's mill at Long's town 
(now New Berlin), and there met Charlotte 
Rarrick, whom he married in 1834 after a 
year's courtship. She was born in 1812 and 
died in 1890, aged seventy-eight years. They 
lived at this mill one year, when he bought 
the mill where they resided until 18O3. Then 
with his family Mr. Long moved to Catawissa. 
Columbia county, where for a number of 
years he operated the William McKelvy flour 
milk retiring some time previous to his death, 
which occurred in 1902, when he was aged 
ninety-two years. He was a Democrat in 
politics, and a member of the German Re- 
formed Church at Catawissa, where he was 
buried. Samuel and Charlotte (Rarrick) 
Long became the parents of the following 
children : Sarah, who is the widow of Clinton 
Ellis and resides at Catawissa ; William, of 
that place, who married i\Iary Doebler ; Char- 
lotte, who married H. T. Eckert, of Sunbury ; 
Samuel, deceased ; P>arbara Ellen and Hannah 
Maria, twins, the former of whom married 
Israel Berninger, and the latter Adam flitch- 
ell, of Milton. Pa.; Mary, deceased, who 
married Isaac Mutchler, of Elysburg ; George, 
who married Emma Mertz. of Northumber- 
land. Pa. ; Charles, deceased, who married a 



Aliss Ammerman; John, who lives in Phila- 
delphia, married to Elizabeth Kreischer, of 
Catawissa; and Jennie, who makes her home 
at Catawissa. 

Mrs. Charlotte (Rarrick) Long was of 
Scotch-Irish descent in one line, her ancestors 
of that nationality, the Gordons, fleeing to 
this country to escape religious persecution 
and settling in \lrginia ; many of their graves 
are near Mount \'ernon. It was told by one 
member of the family that a certain Gordon 
and his beautiful daughter, declining to give 
up their religious belief, were driven from 
place to place and finally captured in a cave 
in which they had taken refuge. They were 
tortured, and the father killed in the pres- 
ence of the daughter, who, however, escaped 
in some way. and was never heard from again. 
This caused the Gordons to leave the old 
country for the land of religious freedom. 
The name of Mrs. Charlotte (Rarrick) Long's 
mother was Straub, and she had several chil- 
dren. Through the marriage of her grand- 
mother she was related to the branch of the 
family in Center county, where different mem- 
bers of the family married, and some re- 
moved to parts unknown. 

DA XI EL F. CROSSLEY, a retired mer- 
chant and justice of the peace, residing in 
West Hemlock township, Montour county, 
was bom May 3, 1884. in that township, a 
son of William T. Crossley. grandson of 
James Crossley. and great-grandson of John 
Crossley. 

John Crossley. the great-grandfather, came 
to what is now Montour county with his 
brother. George Crossley, from Berks county, 
Pa. He settled first in Danville and possibly 
spent his life there. He married and had 
three sons : Joseph, George and James. In 
his later years Joseph was a farmer in Val- 
ley township. 

James Crossley, the grandfather of Daniel 
Flick Crossley, was born in Danville and 
attended school there. For some time he 
lived with his brother Joseph on the latter's 
farm in \'alley township, and fanning was 
his business throughout life. He died in 
1830, about the time the Presbyterian Church 
was built in West Hemlock township, and 
was buried in Columbia cemetery. He mar- 
ried Christianna Sidler, who was born in 
Columbia county, and they had the follow- 
ing children : Josej^h. who moved to Tiflin, 
Ohio; George, born 1804. died 1874, who 
married Leah Welliver; John, who married 
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married Mary Flick; Rachel, wife of George 
Walter; Catherine, who married David Gibson 
and lived at Benton; Jane, who married in 
the West; Hannah, who became Mrs. Smith 
and moved to Iowa ; David, who married 
Rachel Bright; and Charles, who married 
Martha Leidy. 

William T. Crossley, father of Daniel F. 
Crossley, was born in Valley township, Mon- 
tour Co., Pa., Dec. 25, 1816. In his boy- 
hood he attended the Morris school in Valley 
township and during several years worked 
on the farm of a neighbor, John Wilson, a 
well known Quaker. After this he learned 
the mason's trade with Peter Still and David 
Roberts and assisted to build the old gristmill 
on the canal, for I'eter Baldy, working on 
the foundation, which was started below the 
bottom of the canal. After he married he 
moved to West Hemlock township, which, at 
that time, was Madison township, and in- 
cluded in Northumberland county. His 
brother, John Crossley, bought a farm of 
one hundred acres on the road between Dan- 
ville and Jerseytown, the same land being 
now the property of Oliver Reichard. On 
the corner of this farm, William T. Crossley 
had a small lot on which he resided for four 
years, and it was during this period that 
Daniel Flick Crossley was born. From there 
William T. Crossley subsequently moved to 
a farm owned by his father-in-law, Daniel 
Flick, who was a cabinetmaker and under- 
taker. For two years William T. Crossley 
operated the farm and then bought the John 
Girton place of eighty-three acres, and there 
resided until his death, Nov. 9, 1898. In poli- 
tics he was a stanch Democrat, and he served 
in every township office and was quite influ- 
ential in politics in the county. He was a 
member of the Columbia Presbyterian Church, 
holding all the church offices at different times, 
and was the first to organize a Sunday school 
here, of which he was superintendent. 

In 1840 William T. Crossley was united in 
marriage with Mary Flick, Who was born in 
Madison township, Columbia county. Sept. 
19, 1816, daughter of Daniel and Catherine 
(Lily) Flick, and they had ten children: 
Martha, the eldest, born July 2, 1841, died 
at the age of eight years. Mary Alice, born 
Aug. 31, 1842, married J. W. Wilson, of 
Madison township, Columbia county. Daniel 
Flick was the third in order of birth. Cath- 
erine Delilah, born Dec. 17, 1845, died when 
one year old. Arthur W., born Aug. 23, 1847, 
married Mary C Chanlee, of Washington, 
D. C, and died Feb. 22, 1914. Anna Cath- 



erine, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, was 
born Dec. 30, 1848, and is the widow of Wil- 
liam Park Alexander ; she has two daughters, 
Mary Grier, born July 4, 1874, and Martha, 
born in July, 1875, graduates of Del Xorte 
Presbyterian College, in Colorado, and both 
now teachers in Sah Lake City, Utah. Eliza- 
beth, born Dec. 21, 1850, married William 
Boyd Moore, of West Hemlock township, 
and they have one son, William Park, born 
Aug. 24, 1877. Henrietta Jane, born March 
25, 1853. married Lloyd Bomboy, of Cheney, 
Kans. Sarah Savilla, born April 28, 1855, 
married Clark Dildine, and they live at 
Cheney, Kans. ; they have had three children, 
A. Claude (who married Berta Brown), 
Arthur R. (a physician, who married Eva 
Zellers), and Ralph (who is deceased). The 
youngest of the family, Elwood E., born June 
2, 1858, married Hester Maria Pursel, a 
native of Canada, and they live at Cheney, 
Kans. The mother of the above family died 
Jan. 14, 1901, and was buried by the side 
of her husband in the Columbia cemetery. 

Daniel Flick, the maternal grandfather of 
Daniel F. Crossley, was born at Philadelphia, 
Pa., March 25, 1790, a son of John Flick, 
who died in Philadelphia. His widow, who 
probably came from Philadelphia with her 
son Daniel, later married a Hagenbuch, and 
died at the age of ninety-seven years. She 
was buried in Dutch Hill cemetery, in Mad- 
ison township, Columbia county. John Flick 
and his wife had three children : Daniel ; 
John, who lived at Muncy, Lycoming county; 
and Mary, who married a Martz, of Lycom- 
ing county. 

Daniel Flick was a young man when he 
settled in Madison township, Columbia 
county, where he acquired ownership of forty 
acres of land on which he had his cabinet- 
making shop, in which he made coffins ; he 
was also an undertaker. He was one of the 
first settlers on the Philadelphia road to 
Buffalo and near by was a hotel where the 
stages obtained their relays. For about fif- 
teen years he continued on this tract of land 
and then moved to West Hemlock township 
and bought a farm of about one hundred 
acres, situated on the road between Jersey- 
town and Danville. This farm is now owned 
by L. C. Shultz. Mr. Flick cleared a great 
deal of this land and continued to add to his 
holdings until at one time he owned three 
hundred acres, which he gradually sold with 
the exception of forty acres. He engaged 
in farming there and continued to work in 
his shop as long as he remained interested, 



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and then lived in retirement, dying March 
25, 1861. All his life he supported the prin- 
ciples and candidates of the Democratic party. 
He was one of the leading members of the 
Dutch Hill Reformed Church. 

Daniel Flick married Catherine Lily, who 
was born Dec. 12, 1790, and died Jan. 10, 
1877. They rest in the Dutch Hill Reformed 
cemetery. They had the following children : 
Mary, mother of Daniel Flick Crossley ; Cath- 
erine; Hannah, wife of John Wesley Girton, 
of Madison township ; Daniel, who married 
Elizabeth Hill, living at Hughesville ; Savilla, 
who was born just after the family moved 
from Madison to West Hemlock township, 
married to David Nevius, of Danville ; and 
Jacob, born Oct. 28, 1829, who died May 2, 
1910. 

Daniel Flick Crossley attended public 
school in West Hemlock township and spent 
one term in Professor Kelso's private school 
at Danville and two terms in the old Mill- 
ville (Greenwood) Academy. In 1865 he 
learned the carpenter's trade, with Cyrus 
Heller, at Shenandoah, Pa., after which he 
taught school for a number of winters — one 
term at Hickory Hill, Columbia Co., Pa. ; two 
terms at Buckhorn, in Hemlock township ; 
four terms at Reitz's schoolhouse ; two terms 
at Emmett's schoolhouse, in Hemlock town- 
ship ; one term at the Lazarus schoolhouse in 
Dutch \^illey ; two terms at Washingtonville, 
in Derry township ; and two terms at the 
Appleman schoolhouse, in \ alley township. 
During the summer seasons Mr. Crossley us- 
ually worked at his trade. He also was a 
clerk in Egbert Thompson's general store, 
which was on the bank of the old Pennsyl- 
vania canal where it crossed Mill street, on 
the present site of the Danville city hall. 
At that time the third floor of the building 
was used as the opera house. 

In 1875 Mr. Crossley entered into part- 
nership with W. R. Welliver in a general 
store business, and for three years they con- 
ducted the same on Mill street near the pres- 
ent location of the Welliver hardware store. 
On March 11. 1878, he accompanied his 
brother-in-law, William Park Alexander, to 
the West, locating at Pueblo, Colo. Mr. Alex- 
ander was receiver for the sales of govern- 
ment lands, and Mr. Crossley ombarked in 
the hardware business and prospered to such 
an extent that in the fall of the same year 
he was led to open a branch store at Silver 
Cliff. Later he sold his hardware interests 
and went into the undertaking business, and 
still later became nthcrwisc interested, first 



in the green grocery line and subsequently in 
insurance and real estate. 

Mr. Crossley remained at Silver Cliff until 
1888, when he sold out and moved to Cheney, 
Kans., where, in partnership with his brother 
El wood, he bought 420 acres of land, two 
tracts of 160 acres each and one of one hun- 
dred acres. The partners then embarked in 
extensive farming and stock raising activities, 
growing wheat, corn, oats, millet and sorghum 
cane, hogs, cattle, horses and mules. In 1898 
Mr. Crossley was called back home by the 
death of his father and went, but with the 
expectation of returning to Kansas, which, 
however, he never did, subsequently selling 
all his Western interests to his brother, who 
still carries them on. Since then Mr. Cross- 
ley has been practically retired from business, 
but by no means has been inactive. 

Never having married, Mr. Crossley has 
no domestic ties, but his interests are wide 
and varied. Church extension has always 
been an interest close to his heart, and when 
residing in Pueblo he assisted in the organi- 
zation of the Congregational church and Sun- 
day school. On removing to Silver Cliff he 
assisted there in the organization of the Pres- 
byterian Church and Sunday school, and when 
he located in Cheney, Kans., he rejoined the 
Congregational Church. Later, when it was 
disorganized, he became affiliated with the Re- 
formed Church at that place, and since re- 
turning to Montour county has become a 
member of the Columbia Presbyterian Church 
of West Hemlock. He was formerly super- 
intendent of the Sunday school and is now 
teaching the women's Bible class. 

Although a man of peace Mr. Crossley was 
twice sorely tempted during the progress of 
the Civil war to enter the army. Once he 
ran away from home with some companions 
of the neighborhood and arrived at Xorth- 
umberland, but as the train was delayed he 
had time to remember that he had not bidden 
his parents farewell and his natural affec- 
tion led him to return without any of the 
honors of war. On another occasion he had 
a similar ex])erience, but again was delayed, 
and other duties held him from ever entering 
the service. During 1862 and 1863 school 
teachers were exempt from draft into the 
military service of the government. 

Mr. Crossley belongs to a Democratic fam- 
ily, but has never had any undue desire for 
|)olitical office. Some ten years since he was 
elected a justice of the peace and has satis- 
factorily administered the duties of the office 
ever since. 



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HARRY M. SOBER, D. D. S., of Danville, pital, Philadelphia, Sept. 13, 1862, having 

Montour county, was born in that borough contracted fever, and returned home. His 

March 15, 1869, son of Aaron Sober. He command was attached to the Army of the 

belongs to a family which has long been Potomac, and he took part in the siege of 

settled in Pennsylvania, his great-grandfather, Yorktown and in the battles of Williamsburg 

Samuel Sober, having come here from New and Seven Pines, as well as in the operations 

Jersey when a young man. He was born Oct. against Jackson. In February, 1863, he went 

12, 1771, and died March 20, 1833. His wife, to Danville to work in the mills, where he 

Isabelle (Moore), born Oct. 4, 1774, died was employed seven years, first in the Rough 

June 12, 1842. They are buried in Shamokin and Ready mill and later at the Cock Robin 

township, Northumberland county. Mr. mill, after which he was engaged at selling 

Sober was a man of modest tastes and habits, books until 1873. Since that year he has 

taking no part in politics or other public af- been living retired. 

fairs. He was a prosperous farmer, owning ' In 1856 Mr. Sober married Annabell Mur- 

five farms and a gristmill in Shamokin town- ray, who was born Jan. 15, 1834, daughter of 

ship. His children were born as follows: Porter and Margaret (McCoy) Murray, of 

Michael Moore, March 12, 1801 ; Susanna, near Dewart, Northumberland county, the 

Dec. 31, 1805; Alexander, March 30, 1807; former an old boss on the canal. Mrs. Sober 

Hester, June 30, 1810 (died May 23, 1816) ; died Dec. 31, 1906, the mother of seven chil- 

Isaac, Feb. 23, 1814; Aaron, June 6, 1819 dren, of whom Mary E., born Dec. 30, 1856, 

(died June 7, 1883). is the wife of William W. Davis and has had 

Alexander Sober, son of Samuel, was born five children; Judson H., born May 27, 1858, 

March 30, 1807, and died Nov. 14, 1869. lives in Nebraska; Margaret F., born March 

He was a farmer in Northumberland county, 13, 1861, is the widow of J. J. Armstrong, of 

Pa., and his wife Mary (Foy), born Nov. West Pittston, Pa., and has two children; 

17, 1807, died Aug. 12, 1895. They are buried Ehzabeth J. was born Dec. 21, 1863; Louisa 

at the Summit Baptist Church in Shamokin A., born March 21, 1866, is the wife of Dr. 

township. They had the following children : Henry Bierman, of Bloomsburg, and has two 

Samuel, born Feb. 10, 1831 (died May 22, children; Harry M. is mentioned below ; Grace 

1892) ; Beulah, April 2^, 1832 (died March F., born July 21, 1869, died Feb. 19, 1896. 

3, 1904); Uriah, March i, 1834 (died June Altogether there are twenty-one grandchildren 
5, 1911); Morris S., Sept. 3, 1835 (died Jan. and five great-grandchildren. 

7, 191 1 ) ; Aaron, May 15, 1837; Isaac J., Nov. On Sept. 26, 191 1, Mr. Sober married (sec- 

28, 1838; William A., Sept. 3, 1840 (died Jan. ond) Mrs. Margaret (Marr) Hoffman, widow 

4, 1897) ; Salathiel, April 16, 1842 (died at of Oliver Hoffman, and daughter of John and 
Fair Oaks May 31, 1862) ; Alexander J., Sarah (Allison) Marr, of Turbut township, 
Jan. I, 1844 (died Nov. 14, 1876); Mary Northumberland county. Mrs. Sober was 
Ann, Dec. 4, 1845; Susanna, Sept. 5, 1847; born Feb. 22, 1844. She was reared in the 
Joseph A.. Aug. 28, 1853. faith of the Lutheran Church, at Pottsgrove; 

Aaron Sober, son of Alexander, was born Mr. Sober is a member of the First Baptist 

May 15, 1837, in Shamokin township. North- Church at Danville. 

umberland county. His first work was farm- Harry M. Sober received his early educa- 
ing, at which he was engaged until sixteen tion in the Mount Joy Soldiers' Orphans' 
years old, when he went to learn the trade of School, where he lived from the age of eight 
tanner, following same until he enlisted for years until he was sixteen. For the nine years 
service in the Civil war, Oct. 16, 1861, for after he was employed by the Grand Union 
three years. He joined Company D, 52d Penn- Tea Company, and in 1896 he began his course 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was mus- in dentistry at the Pennsylvania Dental Col- 
tered in at Harrisburg. Three of his brothers lege at Philadelphia, where he pursued his 
were in that company also, and another, Mor- studies for three years. After graduating he 
ris, was in the heavy artillery service with the came to Danville, where he has been in con- 
Western army ; the last named had his hear- tinuous practice since, commanding a steadily 
ing impaired by the explosions of guns and increasing patronage. His work is high grade, 
other din incident to war, and his affliction and the large number of patients who depend 
became worse as he grew older. He was upon him is sufficient proof of his popularity, 
killed a few years ago at McLoud, Okla., both personal and professional. Dr. Sober 
while crossing a railroad track. Aaron Sober belongs to Danville Blue Lodge, No. 224, F. 
was discharged from the Germantown hos- & A. M. ; Danville Chapter, No. 239; Calvary 



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Commandery, No. 37, K. T. ; Mount Moriah 
Council, No. 10, R. & S. M., of Bloomsburg; 
Caldwell Consistory, of Bloomsburg; and 
Irem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Wilkes- 
Barre. He is also a member of the B. P. O. 
Elks, having been a charter member of lodge 
No. 754, of Danville. Dr. Sober married 
Emily Stebbins, a native of Watsontown, Pa., 
daughter of Ekelias and Emily (Baker) Steb- 
bins. They have three children: Ruth, born 
Feb. 2:^, 1902; Annabelle, born March 18, 
1905 ; and Clarence, born Aug. 9, 1909. Dr. 
Sober is a member of the First Baptist Church 
of Danville. 

William W. Davis, of Danville, an em- 
ploye of the Danville Structural Tubing Com- 
pany, was born Dec. 13, 1854, in Carmar- 
thenshire, Wales. He is a son of Daniel and 
Jane (Reese) Davis, the former of whom, 
now deceased, was a coal miner by occupa- 
tion. The mother is living, now (1914) near- 
ly eighty-three years old. Her father was 
William Reese. 

When a boy eight years old William W. 
Davis came to America with an uncle to Dan- 
ville and after a time went to Elmira, N. Y. 
He did not see his family again for thirty 
years. After his school days — in Danville, Pa., 
and Elmira, N. Y. — were over he was en- 
gaged in clerking for three years in a general 
mercantile store at Elmira, returning to Dan- 
ville in 1875, since which time he has been 
employed in the mills at this place. Mr. Davis 
is an upright and respected citizen and well 
known in Danville, where he has been a mem- 
ber of the Washington Fire Company since 
1875. He belongs to the First Baptist Church. 

On July 14, 1877. Mr. Davis married Mary 
E. Sober, and they have had a family of five 
children: Harry S., born March 8, 1879. now 
a resident of Wilkes-Barre. Pa., married 
Blanche Feisler, and they have three children. 
Edward Mostyn (born Aug. 31. 1910), Wil- 
liam Aaron (born Nov. 19, 1911) and Clyde 
Murrav (born June 4. 1913) ; lennie Irene, 
born Feb. 7, 1884. died April 3. 1886; Clyde 
Hall was born March 25. 1887; Louisa Bell. 
April I, 1890; John Mostyn, June i. 1895. 

HON. WILLIAM CHRISMAN, a resident 
of Bloomsburg. Columbia county, w^as born 
in Pottsville. Pa.. Oct. 11, 1854. His grand- 
father. John Chrisman, emigrated from Ger- 
many and settled in East Nantmcal township. 
Chester Co., Pa., where he died Jan. 6. 1848. 
He married Mrs. Susan (Burns) Stecn. of 
Irish-Scotch extraction, who was born Sept. 
II, 1794, and died Sept. 17, 1867, and both are 



buried at the Presbyterian church near Pott's 
Furnace, in said township. Their family con- 
sisted of the following children : Lydia A., 
who married John Lewis ; Jacob, who died in 
Pottsville, while holding the office of high con- 
stable ; Samuel, who died near Honeybrook ; 
and Thomas B., the father of the subject of 
this sketch. 

Thomas B. Chrisman was born Oct. 20, 1832, 
and died at Bloomsburg, Nov. 27^, 1906. Dur- 
ing his day he was regarded as a progressive 
agriculturist and horseman. He came to 
Columbia county in 1857, locating upon the 
farm now owned by his son, William. He 
married Elizabeth E. Essick, who died at 
Bloomsburg. Jan. 15, 1878, aged forty-five 
years, and both are buried in Rosemont ceme- 
tery. She was the daughter of Baltzer Essick, 
who removed from Chester county in 1857, 
following his son, Henry Essick, who was a 
Baptist minister and who was filling a charge 
near his home in Madison township. Baltzer 
Essick died at his farm in Madison township, 
April 12, 1870, at the age of eighty years, and 
his w^ife, Rachael (Morgan), died Sept. 17, 
1874. at the same age ; they are buried at White 
Hall. The great-grandfather of William 
Chrisman, John Essick, was a soldier in the 
war of the Revolution and captured a sword 
from a British officer; his grandfather, Baltzer 
Essick, served in the war of 181 2 against the 
British. William Chrisman's brothers are 
Elwood C, Charles B. and Eugene, and his 
sisters are Phoebe E., Belle and Nellie. 

Mr. Chrisman obtained his early education 
in the public schools, first attending at Wash- 
ingtonville, and graduating from the Blooms- 
burg Normal School in 1878. When a youth 
of seventeen years he began teaching a dis- 
trict school in Mahoning township, ^lontour 
county, which he did with success for three 
terms, and attained the position of assistant 
principal of the Bloomsburg high school. 
While teaching he read law with C. W. Miller, 
Esq., and was admitted to the bar of Colum- 
bia county, Feb. 7, 1882, and to the Supreme 
court of Pennsylvania. April 10. 1888, at which 
time he argued the noted damage case of 
Cadow vs. the Delaware, Lackawanna & West- 
ern Railroad Company. One of his famous 
cases was the defense of John Peterman. tried 
in September, 1911, indicted for the murder of 
his brother, his client being cleared after a 
trial which attracted wide notice. In this case 
he was assisted by his son, Neil, who took a 
prominent part, arguing the case to the jury, 
for which he was highly complimented, it be- 
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In 1890 Mr. Chrisman was appointed dis- 
trict attorney by the court of Columbia county 
and the same year was elected pver his oppo- 
nent by a majority of 2,671 votes. While hold- 
ing said office, for three years, he tried some 
important criminal cases. In 1896 he was 
elected to the Legislature by a majority over 
his opponent of 1,100 votes, after a bitter fac- 
tional fight, and reelected in 1898, and while 
a member thereof was placed upon some of 
the most important committees of the House 
and therein helped frame and finally pass some 
of the most important laws of the session. In 
1882 he was elected town treasurer, which 
office he held for three years; and in 1889 was 
elected a member of the Bloomsburg school 
board, and while on said board assisted in 
planning the present high school building and 
in introducing into the schools the first grad- 
uating course therein. In politics he, like his 
ancestors, has always been a Democrat, serv- 
ing his party for five terms as county chair- 
man and speaking in the interest of his party 
from time to time in all the districts of the 
county. In the industrial welfare of his town 
he has always taken an active interest and as- 
sisted in bringing to the town some of its im- 
portant industries, especially the silk mill, hav- 
ing been one of a committee of five to erect the 
same. Having been raised upon a farm, his 
recreation runs in that direction, and he now 
owns and superintends the one his grandfather 
purchased (232 acres in Madison township), 
when he came from Chester county, and upon 
which he lived, when a boy, with his father, 
who farmed the same in 1857. 

On Oct. II, 1879, Mr. Chrisman married 
Martha E. Graul, who is of German descent, 
daughter of Jacob R. and Mary E. Graul, of 
Bloomsburg, Mr. Graul being one of the first 
and foremost contractors and builders of the 
town. Mrs. Chrisman graduated from the 
Bloomsburg Normal School m the class of 
1875 ^nd was principal of one of the grades 
of the schools of her town for several terms 
before her marriage. They have two children : 
Helen, at home ; and Neil, who when eleven 
years of age served as a page in the House of 
Representatives, when his father was a mem- 
ber in 1897. Neil Chrisman has taken up his 
father's profession and graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania Law School, in the 
class of 1909, and was admitted to the bar of 
Columbia county the same year ; he is now lo- 
cated in Wilkes-Barre, where he is in active 
practice. 

Mr. Chrisman is a member of Washington 
Lodge, F. & A. M. ; of Caldwell Consistory ; 



is a past master of Bloomsburg Grange; and 
past president of Washington Camp, P. O. S. 
of A. He and Mrs. Chrisman are members 
of the Lutheran Church. • 

JOHN WILLIAM CUMMINGS, probably 
the most successful grower of peaches in 
Alontour county, was for many years promi- 
nent in the clerical department of the Long 
Island Railroad Company, New York, but he 
now finds pleasure in his later years in follow- 
ing the vocation of his ancestors, who were 
among the first settlers of Northumberland 
county, Pennsylvania. 

John Cummings, the paternal great-grand- 
father of John W., was born in Londonderry, 
Ireland, and was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. 
Together with his fifteen brothers, he came to 
America and settled in Chester county. Pa. 
He served in the Chester county company as 
captain during the Revolutionary war and 
until its close. In 1794 he went to Chillis- 
quaque township, Northumberland county, 
and bought a tract of between three hundred 
and four hundred acres, which had been 
taken up by Peter Boor in 1769. He cleared 
part of the land and farmed it, also building 
a distillery. Here he died at the age of eighty. 
His wife, Elizabeth (Church), lies beside him 
in the little churchyard in Northumberland 
county. Their children were : Ann, born 
April 29, 1782, died Nov. 29, 1821, who mar- 
ried a Mr. Fordsman; Thomas, born July 7, 
1784; James, born Dec. 7, 1786, a farmer of 
Chillisquaque township ; Elizabeth and Polly, 
twins, who died in infancy; William, men- 
tioned below; John, born Oct. 5, 1793; and 
Polly, born Jan. 11, 1799. 

William Cummings, the grandfather, born 
Nov. 19, 1791, obtained what education was 
to be had in the subscription schools of the 
day, and went to farming on a portion of the 
homestead given him by his father. He was 
a successful farmer, a Presbyterian and a 
Democrat. But it was in his children that the 
community was to be benefited most. He mar- 
ried Hannah, daughter of William and Mary 
Irwin. He died in 1865 and his wife in 1883. 
Their children were : ( i ) John Andrew Jack- 
son, who was born without hands, but ob- 
tained an education, became an expert pen- 
man, taught school, and for two terms served 
as register and recorder of Northumberland 
county. He also published maps of ColumlDia, 
Alontour and Northumberland counties. He 
married Helen M. Sisty, and had two chil- 
dren. William and Annie. (2) Robert M. is 
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Thomas T. Baker, a veteran of the Civil war. Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., and of the Royal 
and had live children. (4) Sarah Jane is the Arcanum, Belong Council, No. 725, of Brook- 
widow of David Kingsbury, of Luzerne lyn, N. Y. He takes a keen interest in politics, 
county. (5) Annie C. married Wesley Auten, but has held no offices and is not desirous of 
of Baltimore, Md. (6) Harriet J. married public honors. On Oct. 2, 1904, Mr. Cum- 
J. W. Taylor, and died in Meriden, Kans. (7) mings married Lydia Harper, who was born 
Margaret Agnes married Amandus Frieze. May 14, 1876, in Toronto, Canada, daughter 
(8) Eliza T. died at the age of seventeen. of Joseph Harper, and their children are: 

Robert M. Cummings, father of John Wil- Eleanor Elizabeth, born June 24, 1905, and 
Ham, was born in Chillisquaque township, Agnes Maud, born Dec. 29, 1909. 
Northumberland county, Nov. 21, 1833, at- Joseph Harper, father of Mrs. Cummings, 
tended the public schools, and graduated from is still living at the age of seventy-four, hav- 
Lewisburg Academy. During his early youth ing been born in November, 1839, in London, 
he followed surveying and later in life began England, son of Joseph Harper. He is a 
the orchard with which his son has been so piano tuner by trade. His wife, Eliza 
successful. He studied law with George F. (Dixon), was bom June 16, 1843. 
Miller, of Lewisburg, and in 1859 was ad- 
mitted to the bar of Northumberland county. JOSEPH B. SEIDEL, a retired citizen of 
In 1865 he, with his brother John, laid out the Washingtonville, Montour Co., Pa., was born 
village of Montandon. There he built a brick Dec. 30, 1836, at Seidel's Corner, in Derry 
home for himself and carried on an extensive township, Alontour Co., Pa., son of Jacob and 
law and real estate business. He married Nancy (Springer) Seidel. 
Mary E., daughter of John Albright, of Lime- John Seidel, the paternal grandfather of 
stone township. She was born Feb. 23, 1844, Joseph B. Seidel, was a resident of Lancaster 
and died in 1908. They had children as fol- county, Pa., whence he came to what is now 
lows: Clara Elizabeth, wife of F. B. Irvin, of Montour county in 1804, and here opened 
Brooklyn, N. Y., has five children, Miriam, what was known as "Seidel's Inn," in Derry 
Kathryn E., Beulah E., Miles Cummings and township. This hotel was in the family name 
Edna Reberta ; John W. is mentioned below ; for more than a century, and the neighbor- 
Herbert W., of Sunbury, is judge of North- hood became known as Seidel's Corner. He 
umberland county ; Mary Alma is at home ; married a Miss Breininger. 
Harriet G. is the wife of Edward Wright, of Jacob Seidel, son of John Seidel, spent his 
Montandon. Mr. Cummings is a member of youth and early manhood on the old home- 
the Methodist Church, an Odd Fellow, and a stead at Seidel's Corner, engaged in various 
strong adherent of the Democratic party. He occupations, among other things assisting his 
is still in good health and lives on the old father about the hotel. His father owned 
homestead. considerable property, which the sons divided 

John William Cummings graduated from after his death, John taking the hotel and 
the Lewisburg high school and then taught seventy-four acres of land, and Jacob the 200- 
eleven terms of school in Northumberland acre farm, upon which he moved, remaining 
county. After that he entered the employ of there two years. While engaged in agricul- 
the Long Island Railroad Company as night tural work he was injured, and thereafter did 
clerk at Long Island City, then served as no hard labor. In 1849 he removed to Wash- 
tariff clerk for four years, and later was made ingtonville, where for seven years he con- 
freight agent at Ozone Park, a suburb of ducted the hotel known as "Pennsylvania 
Brooklyn. In 1906 he came to Montour coun- Hall." Selling his interest in same, he en- 
ty, where he has established the largest peach tered into a partnership with Adam Saul in 
orchard within its limits. He has over three the general store ])usiness, which they carried 
thousand five hundred trees and ships the on in the upper part of the building where Mr. 
fruit all over the State. Not only does he Seidel had had his hotel. This association 
take a live interest in his extensive orchard, lasted about five years, when Mr. Seidel 
but he is well versed in the history of this bought out his partner and became sole owner, 
portion of Pennsylvania, and while he was a continuing thus until about two years before 
teacher delivered many lectures on local his- his death, when his son Joseph B. Seidel came 
tory before gratified audiences. His children into possession of the store. Jacob Seidel 
inherit their father's talents and are as en- married Nancy Springer, a daughter of To- 
thusiastic on the subject of history as he is. seph Springer, and they had two sons, Joseph 
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father died in 1882, aged eighty-two years, two children, Edith and Frederick) ; Cora 

ten months. Blanclie is the wife of Bert Ulp, of Sunbury, 

Joseph B. Seidel received his education at Pa. ; Ralph married Susan Pollock, and has 

Strawberry Ridge, in Derry township. He two children, Mary and Louise; Benjamin 

was only a young boy when his father moved Franklin is at home. 

to VVashingtonville and opened "Pennsylvania With his family, Mr. Seidel attends the 
Hall," and a youth when his father formed Washingtonville Lutheran Church. In poli- 
the partnership with Mr. Saul. Then he be- tics he is a Democrat, and for twenty-hve 
came a clerk in their general store, practically years he, has been committeeman of the 
taking his father's place, as the latter was in- borough of Washingtonville. Throughout his 
capable of hard work. After the dissolution life he has held various offices of responsibility 
of the partnership he conducted the business and trust, and in 1908 was elected burgess, 
for his father until about two years before being a charter member of the borough coun- 
the latter's death, when the property was cil ; since that time he has also served one term 
divided, Joseph coming into ownership of the as a member of the school board. During his 
store and half of the farm of 200 acres. His long residence here he has formed a wide 
brother Frank took the other half of the 2CX) acquaintance, and the universal esteem in 
acres, on which all the farm buildings were which he is held gives evidence of how faith- 
situated. After conducting the store for fully he has performed every obligation im- 
twenty-five years Mr. Seidel sold out to Harry posed upon him. 
Hartley, and then cultivated his farm until 

191 1, when he sold it to his son Ralph, He has HORACE C. BLUE, of Danville, a trusted 

since led a retired life, making his home at official and well known citizen of that borough, 

Washingtonville. was born there Oct. 13, 1857, son of Samuel 

On Feb. 2, i860, Mr. Seidel was married to Blue. His family has been settled in this 

Nancy Maria Gouger, who was born Oct. 12, region from the early days, and the "Danville 

1841, in Limestone township, Montour Co., Blues," a company which took part in the war 

Pa., daughter of Daniel and Susan (Bower) of 1812, was organized and commanded by his 

Gouger, who came from Lancaster county to grandfather, Capt. Isaac Blue. The great- 

Montour county. Mr. Gouger died in 1867, grandfather, Michael Blue, was a Revolu- 

at the age of sixty-five years. He was the tionary soldier. 

father of nine children, of whom seven still Michael Blue was born in New Jersey, Nov. 
survive: Rebecca, widow of Joseph Sechler, 7, 1749, and married Phoebe Voris, also of 
of Limestone township ; Jacob Milton ; Cath- New Jersey. Early in life he settled in Valley 
erine, the widow of Matthew Lowery; Nancy township, Montour (then Columbia) Co., Pa., 
Maria, Mrs. Seidel ; Frank, of Richmond, where he died Feb. 14, 1833. He was a 
Va. ; Anna Eliza ; and Mary Alice. Mrs. farmer, and planted the first peach orchard in 
Seidel has attained the age of seventy-three, what is now Montour county. His pension 
She and her husband have had the following certificate, one of the few such documents re- 
children : Icydora, wife of William Runyan, lating to a Revolutionary claim extant, bears 
a farmer, has three children, Guy (who mar- the date March 19, 1833 (he was dead two 
ried a M'iss McGuire and is in Kansas), Fuller months before it reached his family), is signed 
(a farmer, who married Margaret Diehl and by "Lew" Cass, Secretary of War, and sets 

has two children, Gerald D. and ), forth that Michael Blue "was a private in the 

and Paulina Truman (at home) ; Daniel army of the Revolution and is entitled to re- 
Gouger, deceased, left two children, Ada and ceive twenty-six dollars and fifty-seven cents 
Anna ; Emma Louisa married David Schoe- per annum during his natural life, commencing 
maker and (second) Lewis Walton, of Phila- March 4, 1831, and payable semi-annually on 
delphia, and has two children, Donald D. March 4th and September 4th in every year." 
Schoemaker and Mildred Walton ; Mary Re- Among the personal efifects of Michael Blue 
becca married John Seigel, of Philadelphia, that have descended to his great-grandson, 
and has five children, Margaret, Roland, Horace C. Blue, is an ancient and timeworn 
Beatrice, Stella and Lawrence ; Clarence Hart- copy of Whitefield's sermons, which, accord- 
ley resides at home ; Josephine, the wife of ing to a memorandum on the flyleaf in the 
Elmer Freymeyer, proprietor of the "Park owner's handwriting, was purchased Nov. 11, 
Hotel" at Washingtonville. Pa., has two 1803, at the store of William Montgomery, 
children, Harry and Louisa ; Frederick Butler which occupied the present site of the "Mon- 
married the widow of Charles Betts (she had tour House." Michael Blue was buried in the 



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old cemetery on Bloom street, Danville, re- 
cently abandoned, regarding which the Morn- 
ing Neivs of July i8, 1907, said: "The action 
of the court in legally abandoning the old 
cemetery on Bloom street has awakened a 
great deal of inquiry to determine how many 
there may be among the many hundreds that 
are buried there who in their day and genera- 
tion were prominent in the affairs of the 
community and by their labors earned a grave 
that should endure beyond the brief span 
embraced by the years in which they slept in 
the old cemetery. There is scarcely a day but 
the burial plot of some well known family of 
the past comes to light. The latest to claim 
attention is the one opposite Upper Mulberry 
street on which lie buried Michael Blue, a 
Revolutionary soldier, and his son, Captam 
Isaac Blue. . . . Arrangements are being 
made for the removal of both of these graves. 
. . . Michael and Isaac Blue, father and 
son, were worthy compeers of William and 
Daniel Montgomery, Capt. Jacob Gearhart, 
Robert Curry and others who amid the priva- 
tions of pioneers' life laid the foundation of a 
rich and prosperous community and whose 
bodies along with those of the two former 
were laid away in the same spot, God's acre, 
then sacred and well kept, but which with the 
lapse of many years due to changes that come 
with time is no longer revered but has been 
suffered to fall into neglect and decay." 

Capt. Isaac Blue, son of Michael, died Sept. 
24, 1842, in Liberty township, Montour county. 
He lived in Valley township most of his life, 
and followed farming. The Danville Blues, 
of which he was captain, were in active service 
on the frontier in 1812, and were stationed at 
Black Rock, where the company suffered 
severely from malignant fever. In the com- 
pany were Jacob Sechler, Samuel Yorks, John 
McCoy, Edward Morrison and Herbert W. 
Best. Capt. Isaac Blue was married to Char- 
lotte Donaldson. 

Samuel Blue, son of Capt. Isaac Blue, was 
born June 20, 181 5, in Valley township, and 
died at Danville Dec. 2, 1885. By trade he 
was a painter, and he w-as engaged as such 
most of his active life, being also employed 
in public positions for some years. He was 
court crier and tax receiver, and he was the 
local representative on the State board of 
charities. Mr. Blue married Abigail Hulli- 
hen, like himself a native of Pennsylvania, 
and of Scotch and Irish ancestry, and of the 
six children born to them five grew to maturity- 
Mrs. Blue died May 19, 1874. 

Horace C. Blue was the youngest of his 



parents' family. He received his education in 
the public schools of Danville, and was only 
twelve years old when he began clerking in a 
grocery store. He gained confidence and ex- 
perience rapidly, and was only seventeen when 
he embarked in business for himself, selling 
flour and feed. As time passed and his 
patronage increased, he added groceries, 
tobacco and cigars, and he carried on his store 
successfully until 1892. 

Prior to that, for thirteen years, he con- 
ducted an extensive ice business in connection 
with his other business. At that time, 1892, 
he received the appointment of assistant cor- 
poration clerk from Governor Pattison, and 
held that office four years. While serving that 
appointment he retained his residence in Dan- 
ville, but performed his ofiicial duties at the 
State capital. Returning to Danville at the 
end of that period he took the position of 
shipping clerk at the Structural Tubing Com- 
pany, being engaged there until he entered 
upon the duties of his present office, Jan. i, 
1903. He is clerk for the county commis- 
sioners and deputy treasurer, and has been 
retained in the office continuously to the 
present by reelection. This recognition of the 
value of his services has been well deserved, 
for he has endeavored to discharge his respon- 
sibilities with the utmost efficiency. He has 
also been a member of the school board. For 
some time Mr. Blue was editor of the Danville 
Intelligencer, one of the oldtime Democratic 
newspapers of the borough, then owned by 
the late Hon. Rufus K. Polk, being connected 
with the paper in that relation until after Mr. 
Polk's death, which occurred March 5, 1902. 

In politics Mr. Blue has been a Democrat, 
and he has taken an active part in the work- 
ings of the party and was long a prominent 
member of the county committee, of which he 
has been chairman and secretary. Socially he 
holds membership in the Heptasophs and the 
Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

On Dec. 24, 1884. Mr. Blue married Stella 
Scott Beaver, daughter of Thomas W. Beaver, 
and of English extraction. They have had 
three children, Isabel M., Edith B. (now Mrs. 
Horace Hahn, of New Rochelle, N. Y.) and 
Abigail E. The family home at Danville has 
been at No. 8 Mill street for the last thirty 
years. Mrs. Blue is a member of the Presby- 
terian Church. 

ROSANNA (McBRIDE) SECHLER. 
widow of M. De Lafayette Sechler, was born 
in Limestoneville, Limestone township, 
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residing in her home at No. 220 Honeymoon 
street, Danville, Pennsylvania. 

James D. McBride, who has been dead over 
fifty years, was the father of Airs. Sechler. 
He was born in Ireland, and came to America 
with his parents when he was but six weeks 
old. They settled in Washingtonville, in what 
is now Montour county. Pa., where James 
was educated in the country schools and 
learned the trade of bricklayer, which he fol- 
lowed all of his days. He worked ])rincipally 
in Milton, McEwensville and Turbotville. He 
died at the age of sixty-five, and is buried at 
Turbotville. He was a Democrat, and in 
religious belief had a leaning toward the old 
Lutheran Church. He married Mary Betz, 
who was born near Muncy, Lycoming county, 
and died in Danville March 11, 1875, aged 
seventy-five years, four months, nineteen 
days. Their children were : Abner, who mar- 
ried Cynthia Bradley, (second) Mary Hayes, 
(third) Maria Correll and (fourth) Susan 
Correll, the latter living in Wayne county, 
Ohio ; Peter, who married Sarah Lily ; Mary, 
who married Peter Stahl ; Sarah, who married 
Henry Keiser ; Elizabeth, who married xAlbert 
Smith and (second) a Mr. Haws; James, who 
married Rebecca Beck; Rosanna, Mrs. Sech- 
ler ; Alargaret, who married Capt. John A. 
Winner. Of these children Mrs. Sechler is 
the only one now living. After the death of 
her husband, Mrs. McBride moved to the old 
Sechler farm and lived with her daughter 
Rosanna until her death. She was buried in 
the Episcopal cemetery at Danville. 

Rosanna McBride was educated in the 
schools of Limestone township, and after her 
father's death lived with her brother Abner, 
who was then a widower. Her mother and 
the younger brothers and sisters also lived 
with them, and the mother kept house for 
her son. Rosanna was married Feb. i, 1854, 
to Marquis De Lafayette Sechler, son of 
Jacob and Barbara (Rees) Sechler, and they 
had children as follows : Margaret, born Sept. 
10. 1856, married Jeremiah Foust, of Mahon- 
ing township, and has one child, Lafayette 
Sechler; Anna Mary, born Oct. 11, i860, 
married Rev. John H. Mortimer, of Altoona, 
Pa., and has had four children, Rosie, Zella, 
John Floy (dead), Earl Lincoln; W'illiam A., 
deceased, born Aug. 2, 1865, married Mary 
Williams, and left one child, Jay Williams ; 
Ida May, born June 23, 1870, a music teacher, 
is living with her mother. Mrs. Sechler is an 
attendant of the Trinity Lutheran Church, 
under the care of the General Council, being 
a charter member. At the age of fourteen she 



was confirmed by Rev. Mr. Boyer as a member 
of the Lutheran Church at McEwensville. 
M. Di£ Lafayette Sechler was born May 

23. ^^33^ on his father's farm near Danville, 
and spent fifty-two years of his life there. He 
attended the public schools and the academy 
at Danville. Of the eight boys l^orn to his 
father, seven left the old home, but Lafayette 
remained to help him until his death. He then 
moved to the home now occupied by his widow 
and lived there retired. He had meantime 
bought a farm of sixty-six acres near Lewis- 
burg, which his son-in-law, Jeremiah Foust, 
cultivates under lease. Mr. Sechler died Dec. 

24. 1903. at the age of seventy, and is buried 
in the Episcopal cemetery at Danville. He 
was a Democrat and was school director, 
overseer of the poor for twelve years, and 
member of the borough council for six years. 
He was a member of Montour Lodge, No. 
109, 1. O. O. F., Beaver Lodge, No. 132, K. 
of P., and Mahoning Tribe, No. 77, I. O. R. 
M. He was a charter member of Trinity 
Lutheran Church, of Danville, and very active 
in its work, having held all the offices in the 
gift of the congregation. 

John Sechler, grandfather of Lafayette, was 
born in 1739, and was one of the oldest set- 
tlers of Danville. The lands on the southeast 
of the original portion of Danville were owned 
by the Sechler family for many years. That 
part of the town above Church street was 
laid out by John Sechler on his land. John 
Sechler settled in Mahoning township, cleared 
a large tract of land and built a house and 
barn. He was plowing in the field one day 
when the news of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence was brought to him. He left the 
plow at once and went to his house, where he 
said to his wife, "Washington has called for 
men and I must go." He went, and during 
the campaign suffered many hardships. x\fter- 
ward he told his family that at times he would 
awake in camp in the morning and find his 
hair frozen to the ground. He became one 
of the prominent citizens of Danville and con- 
tributed portions of land at different times 
for improvements, sites for schoolhouses, 
churches and cemeteries. He was the most 
important contributor of land for the Grove 
cemetery and church, now the site of Memorial 
Park. In this park he and his wife are buried. 
He died Dec. 24, 183 1, aged ninety-two years, 
nine months, one day, while his wife passed 
away Oct. 5, 1825. 

John Sechler married Christina Goodman, 
who was born Jan. 11, 1750, and their children 
were: John, who died Jan. 11, 1844, at the 



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age of seventy-two ; Jacob, mentioned below ; 
Rudolph, one of the first postmasters and 
justices of the peace of Danville; George; 
Herman, who died Jan. 7, 1829, aged forty- 
three (he married Hannah Vanderbilt) ; So- 
phia, Mrs. Peter Culp, who' survived her hus- 
band and died June 5, 1845, aged seventy-four 
years, eleven months, twenty-two days. After 
a very active life, John retired and lived with 
his son John, in Danville. He was a Demo- 
crat and active in the afifairs of his party. He 
and his wife were members of the Grove 
Presbyterian Church. 

Jacob Sechler, son of John, learned shoe- 
making and labored at that trade until late 
in life. He then bought his father's old 
farm, consisting of lOO acres, and retired 
upon it in 1854, his son Lafayette operating 
it for him. He was married to Barbara 
Reese, and they had these children : Abra- 
ham, who married Levina Parkes and (sec- 
ond) Hannah Wertman; Samuel, who mar- 
ried Maria Morgan ; Jacob, who married 
Susan Harris; Mary, who married Mr. Mil- 
ler and (second) Thomas Coxey; Charles 
M., who married Anna Barr; Allen, who 
married Rachel Snyder and (second) Emily 
Love, of Long Branch, N. J. ; Frank, who 
married Abigail Best ; James, who married 
Mary Farley; and Lafayette, mentioned 
above. Jacob Sechler was a Republican and 
he and his wife attended the Episcopal 
Church. Both are buried in the Episcopal 
cemetery at Danville. 

William A. Sechler, son of Lafayette 
and Rosanna Sechler, was born in Danville 
Aug. 2, 1865, and was educated in the public 
and high schools of that place. He was 
graduated from Dickinson Seminary, Wil- 
liamsport. Pa., taught in the township schools 
for one term, and in the Second ward gram- 
mar school of Danville for two years. He 
next held the position of bookkeeper "for 
Cruikshank & Mayer, of Danville, and then 
entered the Danville Stove Works, where he 
remained for twenty-one years, being the 
manager of the plant for some years before 
his death. Mr. Sechler was a Democrat, and 
served as school director, having been re- 
elected for a term of six years before his 
death, under the new code ; he was holding 
the position of president of the board at the 
time of his death. He was a member of Dan- 
ville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M., of which 
he was a past master, was past high priest of 
Danville Chapter, No. 239, Royal Arch 
Masons, and past eminent commander of Cal- 
vary Commandery, No. 37, Knights Templars. 



He attended St. Paul's Methodist Church, 
being steward and trustee. His death oc- 
curred April 5, 1912, and he is interred in 
the Odd Fellows cemetery at Danville. 

Jay Williams Sechler, son of William A., 
was born in Danville Oct. 26, 1890, educated 
in the public schools of the town, passed 
through the high school, and graduated from 
the collegiate department of the University 
of Pennsylvania in 1912. He is now attend- 
ing the law department of that institution. 

DANIEL HOWARD FRAZIER has been 
in the livery business at Danville for several 
years, and his father, James O. Frazier, was 
engaged in that line here, also conducting a 
hotel business. The Fraziers have been well 
known in Montour county for several years 
and the father and grandfather of Daniel H. 
Frazier both served as sheriff, the latter being 
the first to hold that ofifice in ^Montour county 
after its separation from Columbia county. 

Daniel F. Frazier, grandfather of Daniel 
H. Frazier. was born in Danville in 181 5, of 
Scotch-Irish ancestry. His parents both died 
at Danville, the mother surviving the father 
some thirty-five years. Their children were: 
James, William, Alexander, Thomas, Daniel 
F., Christianna, Agnes, Sarah, and two who 
died in childhood. Of these. Daniel F. Fra- 
zier worked for his father until the latter's 
death, after which he bought the home farm 
from the estate and many years later sold 
it to the Reading Railroad (r"ompany, whose 
depot was located thereon. It also was the 
site of much of the newer part of Danville. 
In 1852 Mr. Frazier bought and moved to 
a farm in Derry township. Montour county, 
where he lived until his death, March 28, 
1879. He always followed farming. He was 
an influential citizen of his day, and as be- 
fore noted was the first sheriff elected in 
Montour county after its separation from 
Columbia county. He was a lifelong mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian Church. (3n Dec. 
27. 1840, Mr. Frazier married Ellen Olwine, 
who was born in 1816 at Reading, Pa., 
daughter of Jacob Olwine, of Schuylkill 
county, and she survived her husband, dying 
in AFarch, 1903. After her husband's death 
she sold part of the Derry township farm 
and removed to the other part. She was of 
German origin. Seven children were born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Frazier, two of whom died 
in infancy, and Alice died when twenty-seven 
years, eight months old. The others were: 
Times O. ; Mary Isabella, wife of James E. 
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who lived with her mother; and Edward D., 
born in Danville Feb. i6, 1852, who married 
Sarah Jane Herr, daughter of Samuel Herr, 
and settled in Valley township. 

James O. Frazier was born at Danville Dec. 
9, 1845, and passed his early life on the farm 
in Derry township, near Washingtonville, 
where his father settled. He received his 
education in the public schools. For some 
years he was engaged in farming, until his 
election to the office of sheriff, in 1885, and 
he had the distinction of being the only Re- 
publican chosen to that office from the time 
the county was organized until 1904. For 
a number of years Mr. Frazier conducted 
a livery business in Danville, and he was also 
engaged in hotelkeeping there, carrying on 
the "White Horse Hotel" and "Frazier's 
Hotel" on Mill street. He died June 15, 
1902, at the age of fifty-six years. In 1875 
Mr. Frazier married Mary Martz, daughter 
of Jacob Martz, and of German descent. She 
died June 8, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Frazier 
were members of the Lutheran Church. 
They had the following children: Alice E., 
Daniel H., Clarence W. and James O. 

Daniel Howard Frazier was born Nov. 8, 
1877, at Washingtonville, removed with his 
parents to Danville thirty-two years ago 
(1914), and received his education here in 
the public schools. Practically all his active 
years he has been engaged as a liveryman 
and hotelkeeper, and conducted the business 
establishment of his father until 1908, when 
he opened a livery and sales stable in Dan- 
ville. He has built up a large trade by ac- 
commodating his patrons, and is regarded as 
one of the substantial men of his line in this 
section of the county. 

In October, 1909, Mr. Frazier married 
Louise Lorah, and they have one child, James 
Olwine. Mr. Frazier is a member of the 
Grove Presbyterian Church, and socially be- 
longs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 

BEVERLY WHITING MUSSELMAN, 
manager of the Globe Warehouse, of Danville, 
Montour county, is prominent in the business 
life of that borough and particularly well 
known all over this part of Pennsylvania in 
his active connection with Sunday school 
and Y. M. C. A. work. Mr. Musselman was 
born in Danville April 29, 1873, son of Beverly 
Whitmg and Anna (Clark) Musselman, both 
now deceased, the former of whom was master 
mechanic of what is now the Reading Iron 
Company, at Danville. 

After receiving an excellent public school 



education, in the primary and high schools of 
Danville, Beverly Whiting Musselman entered 
the dry goods business, with which he has ever 
since been associated. At the age of seven- 
teen he began as clerk in a dry goods store 
known as the Company Store, owned by W. C. 
Frick, and in his long experience has become 
thoroughly familiar with the trade, particu- 
larly the demands of the patronage in and 
around Danville. In 1906 he took his present 
position as manager of the Globe Warehouse, 
which is an important dry goods establishment 
of the borough. 

Mr. Musselman is a leading member of St. 
Paul's M. E. Church of Danville, is serving 
as member of the board of stewards, and 
teaches in the Sunday school. He is now 
president of the Montour County Sunday 
School Association. For fifteen years he has 
been a member of the board of trustees of the 
local Y. M. C. A., and was formerly president 
of that body for five years. He is a well 
known member of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows in Danville, being a past grand 
of the local lodge, Montour, No. 109. In 
political conviction he is a Republican. 

On June 7, 1900, Mr. Musselman married 
Mary Brown, of Danville, daughter of Benton 
B. and Mary Elizabeth (Bassett) Brown. 
They have one child, ElizalDeth Bassett, now 
(1914) nine years old. 

JOSEPH HELM, proprietor of the Luna 
Amusement Palace, at Danville, Pa., and 
formerly a manufacturer at that place, was 
born Sept. 11, 1874, at Scranton, Pa., son of 
Julius and Sarah (Maier) Heim. 

Julius Heim was born in Baden, Germany, 
Dec. 4, 1846, and after the death of his par- 
ents left the Fatherland, at the age of fifteen 
years, emigrating to the United States. On 
reaching New York City he began to learn 
the trade of butcher, an occupation which 
he followed for some years, but subsequently 
went to Scranton, Pa., where for the next 
twelve years he was engaged in clerking in 
a dry goods store. Then he again went to New 
York City, where he spent four years as a 
traveling salesman, at the end of that period 
resuming the dry goods business in Scranton. 
In 1889 Mr. Heim came to Danville. Pa., and 
here, in a modest way, embarked in the 
manufacture of suspenders, under the firm 
style of the Danville Suspender Company. 
Industry, perseverance and modern ideas 
caused this concern to grow rapidly, and at 
the time of Mr. Heim's death, Sept. 27, 
1912, it had assumed large proportions. He 



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was an excellent business man and devoted 
the greater part of his attention to building 
up his venture, but was not indifferent to 
the duties of citizenship, and at the time of 
his death was acting in the capacity of city 
councilman, to which office he had been 
elected on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Heim 
was married to Sarah i\Iaier, daughter of 
Jacob and Helen Maier, natives of Baden, 
Germany, and to this union there were born 
two children, Joseph and Gertrude, the latter 
a musician ; she resides at home. 

Joseph Heim, son of Julius Heim, was 
born Sept. ii, 1874, in Scranton, Pa. 
He received his early education in the 
public schools there, following which he 
attended Wood's business college, and on 
graduating therefrom, at the age of fifteen 
years, was employed by his father. He was 
in partnership with him at Danville for 
seventeen years, but after his father's death 
Mr. Heim disposed of the business. On 
Aug. 17, 1912, he completed arrangements 
for the opening of his moving picture theatre 
and amusement building, which has become 
one of the most popular resorts in Danville. 
The Luna Amusement Palace was erected at 
a cost of $17,000, and outside of Philadelphia 
and Pittsburgh is the only enterprise of its 
size in the northern part of the State, as 
well as the only amusement place in Danville 
that will be operated every day in the year. 
Mr. Heim has endeavored to give the public 
a clean, moral entertainment, and to secure 
the best of attractions for their amusement, 
and his efforts have been rewarded by a lib- 
eral patronage. 

On Dec. 16, 1899. Mr. Heim was married 
to Blanche Gross, of Bloomsburg, Pa., who 
was born in 1872, daughter of Louis and 
Fanny (Bloch) Gross, the former of whom 
is engaged in the clothing business at Blooms- 
burg, and is also a bank director. Two chil- 
dren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Heim : 
Morton I., who was born Oct. i, 1900, and 
died May 7, 1906; and Helen Clare, born 
July 25, 1907. Mr. Heim is independent in 
his political views, believing it the privilege 
of each citizen to cast his ballot for the can- 
didate he deems best fitted for the office, 
irrespective of party lines. He has taken 
some interest in fraternal matters, and at 
the present time is a meml)er of the following 
Danville organizations : Mahoning Lodge, 
No. 516, A. F. & A. M. ; Montour Lodge, No. 
109, I. O. O. F. ; Beaver Lodge. No. 132, 
Knights of Pythias, and the Spanish-Amer- 
ican War Veterans. 



HON. JENNINGS ULLMER KURTZ, 
known throughout Columbia and adjoining 
counties as "Judge Kurtz," was born in Briar- 
creek township, Columbia Co., Pa., within a 
half mile of the Summer Hill Church, on the 
morning of July 3, 1856. His parents were 
Levi and Elizabeth (Schlabach) Kurtz, both 
of whom were of German extraction, and 
born in Northampton county, Pa., the father 
at a point on the Delaware river known as 
"Sandts Eddy," and the mother at the village 
of Nazareth, now noted for its cement in- 
dustry. 

Levi Kurtz's father, Henry, spelled his name 
either Kotz or Kutz, some of the brothers of 
Levi spelling it one way and some the other, 
but he spelled it Kutz until in the seventies, 
when, the pronunciation having for many 
years been Kurtz, the "r" came into the name 
to stay and so remains — a sample of an error 
much in evidence among the Pennsylvania 
Germans. 

Henry Kutz intermarried with Charity Sny- 
der, and to them were born ten children : 
Henry, Jeremiah, Andrew, William, Samuel, 
Levi, Millie (who married Jeremiah Ullmer, 
of New Holland, N. J.), and three children 
who died in infancy. 

Elizabeth (Schlabach) Kurtz was the 
daughter of Daniel and Maria Ann (More) 
Schlabach, to whom, in addition to Mrs. Kurtz, 
there were born the following children : 
Charles, William, Amanda (intermarried with 
Daniel Moomey), Thomas, Sarah Jane (inter- 
married with Reuben Hines, deceased, later 
intermarried with William Carroll), and Lydia 
(intermarried with Ephraim Trowbridge, de- 
ceased, later intermarried wnth a Mr. Grubb). 

Henry Kutz died in 1830. In 1843 ^^is son 
Andrew, who had heard much of the county 
of Columbia as giving promise of greater op- 
portunities for struggling young men, removed 
to what had for years been known as the 
Samuel Fowler farm, near Berwick, from 
which within the last few years many lots have 
been sold, among them those of Frederick H. 
Eaton, George Harter, J. W. Evans and others. 
He was accompanied by his younger brother, 
Levi, the father of Jennings L^. Kurtz, and 
when Andrew removed to Milton Levi fol- 
lowed. But learning the cigar manufacturing 
business, he went to Washingtonville. Mon- 
tour county, and from there returned to 
Columbia county, where he married Elizabeth 
Schlabach. After farming at Summer Hill 
until 1858. he then traded his farm for a store 
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721 



in Columbia county, removing from there to 
Evansville, same county, and later to Berwick, 
Pennsylvania. 

In 1870 Levi Kurtz purchased a small 
marble business from William Ruch, and Jen- 
nings U. Kurtz left school to learn the trade. 
He was then not quite fourteen years of age. 
When sixteen years old he assumed charge 
of the manufacturing end of the business. He 
learned the marble business from the rubbing 
bench to the lettering and carving end of it, 
and this thorough grounding in the details of 
the business has no doubt contributed to his 
later success in making it the largest and most 
important of its kind in this part of the State. 

In March, 1879, Reese Milliard, one of the 
associate judges, having died, Gov. Daniel 
Hastings, at the suggestion of Frederick H. 
Eaton, appointed Mr. Kurtz to fill the vacancy, 
which he held until the fall of that year. Hav- 
ing won the esteem of the people of the county 
by the manner in which he discharged the 
duties of the office, he was elected for the 
succeeding term of five years. The "Judge" 
was elected by a majority of fifty-five votes 
Over his Democratic opponent, but as the 
Democratic sherifif was elected by a majority 
of about two thousand Mr. Kurtz, as the first 
Republican elected to office for a great many 
years, felt very much honored. He has held 
quite a number of offices at the disposal of the 
people, having been school director six years, 
on the town council four years and associate 
judge six years. He was on the board of 
directors of the Berwick Cemetery Association 
for over twenty years, and is a member of the 
board of directors of the Berwick Hospital 
Association now. His public life has been 
constructive. When a member of the school 
board he helped plan the erection of an addi- 
tion to the Market street school building. 
When on the council he devoted much time 
to systemizing the accounts, reports and filing 
system for the same. x\s a director of the 
Cemetery Association he quickly saw the waste 
in allowing a small salary to the superin- 
tendent, thus forcing him to make the balance 
of his living from what he could gather from 
the cemetery patrons, so the salary was fixed 
at a living sum and all income taken over by 
the association. From this point the cemetery 
became self supporting, all plots were cared 
for, the right of personal care of plots revoked 
and all placed in the hands of the association, 
deep paths filled up gradually, and a law^n plan 
eventually adopted; and, as best of all for the 
future, a fund has been established for the care 

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of the cemetery when all the land is exhausted, 
by founding a perpetual care fund, the prin- 
cipal of which can never be diminished, the 
interest of which only may be used in the care 
of the cemetery, thus guaranteeing the main- 
tenance of the ground for cemetery purposes 
for all time. 

Judge Kurtz was called in with some others 
when a critical time had arrived in the life 
of the Hospital Association. With the other 
directors he formulated a project for the con- 
struction of a hospital building, plans were 
prepared, and the present beautiful and con- 
venient building was erected. 

In politics the "Judge" is a stalwart Repub- 
lican and has played a somewhat strenuous 
part in his party. He had charge of the 
application for the appointment of Hon. C. C. 
Evans as presiding judge, and later managed 
his campaign for election, bringing it to a suc- 
cessful end. He was appointed postmaster by 
President Roosevelt just at the close of his 
administration, taking charge of the office 
March 13, 1909, and incidentally again proved 
the unlucky reputation of that number, as by 
reason of the dissensions in the Republican 
party he failed of reappointment at the close 
of President Taft's term, his name being sent 
to the Senate but failing of confirmation. 

The cheery smile of the "J^^^ge" is pro- 
verbial. His interest in Berwick has never 
flagged, no new idea for its betterment being 
considered but he is deeply interested and 
ready to aid, and he contends that he is the 
oldest business man in Berwick at this writing, 
191 5, as he has been continuously engaged in 
business for forty-three years. 

His family consists of his wife, who was 
Fannie May Suit, a daughter of Daniel and 
Anna Maria (Opdyke) Suit, and the follow- 
ing children : Pearl Elizabeth, married to 
Edward A. Van Horn, now superintendent of 
William Penn colliery, at Shenandoah, Pa. ; 
Ruth Suit, married to R. Curtis Welliver, a 
mining engineer with the Delaware & Hudson 
Coal Company, at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. ; Claude 
Morris, with his father in the monument busi- 
ness ; Nellie May, married to A. D. Fetterman, 
who is with the American Car and Foundry 
Company, Berwick, Pa. ; and Katharine, who 
died in 1898. 

THOMAS F. KERSWELL, who is en- 
gaged in farming in Liberty township, Mon- 
tour Co., Pa., where he is also justice of the 
peace, was born in Calcutta, India, May 31, 



722 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

1867, son of William Peak and Mary Eliza- on his present farm in Liberty township. Al- 

beth Gnerson (Titcomb) Kerswell. though somewhat retired from active pursuits 

William Drake Kerswell, the paternal Mr. Kerswell still takes a keen interest in 

grandfather of Thomas F. Kerswell, followed those things which affect his community, and 

the vocation of sailor, and was in the East his influence is continually felt in all niatters 

Indian service throughout his Hfe. pertaining to progress. A stalwart Democrat 

William Peak Kerswell, son of William in politics, while a resident of Washington- 
Drake Kerswell, was born July 16, 1836, in ville, he served two terms as justice of the 
Devonshire, England, was there given a good peace, and Nov. 21, 191 1, was elected justice 
common school education, and at the age of of the peace of Liberty township. He is in- 
eighteen years entered the English marine fluential in his party, is a member of the 
service. His ability and faithful service Democratic county committee, has served as 
brought hmi continual promotion, and he was State delegate, and is a member of the elec- 
eventually given command of a vessel of the tion board. He is a member of Prince Arthur 
Honorable East India Company, an organiza- Lodge. No. 1570, A. F. and A. M., and of 
tion which protected the mercantile traffic of St. George Chapter, No. 872, R. A. M.. both 
Great Britain. He received this responsible of England. He was brought up in the 
trust when but twenty-two years of age and Church of England. 

has continued in the confidence of his supe- Mr. Kerswell married Sarah Maria Bogart, 
nors now having command of the head- ^ho was born Sept. 9, 1863, in Libertv town- 
quarters on the Mutlak river where his de- g^ip, daughter of George and Phoebe (Bo- 
partment inspects and tests all oil shipped to ^^^ Boeart 
India from all the nations. Mr. Kerswell ^ >* & • 
married Mary Elizabeth Grierson Titcomb, 

who was born Sept. i, 1837, and eight chil- JOHN HORACE DIETZ, a progressive 
dren have been born to them, namely: Wil- ^"d energetic business man of Danville, who 
Ham, who is a sea captain and lives in South is a member of the firm of the Danville Mill- 
Africa; Robert, a sea pilot in the British i"g Company, was born Oct. 10, 1871, at 
service; Charles, also a sea captain; Thomas Howard, in Howard township, Center Co., 
F. ; Anna, who resides in England; Mary Pa., son of Henry Cyrus and Prudence J. 
Albina, who is superintendent of Mercy (Brooks) Dietz. 

Home, a charitable institution of North Eng- Jacob Dietz, the grandfather of John Hor- 

land; Sarah Emma, who is the wife of J. P. ace Dietz, was born June 2, 1820, in Cologne, 

White, an English solicitor ; and Florence, Germany, and emigrated to the L^nited States 

who resides in the north of England. in 1838, eventually settling in Howard town- 

The maternal grandparents of Thomas F. ship, Center Co., Pa., where he purchased a 

Kerswell were Sir Thomas G. Grierson Tit- tract of over one hundred acres of land and 

comb and his wife Mary Ann (Snell). of followed farming until the time of his death, 

Rockell, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, Mrs. Kers- passing away Nov. 20, 1891, when more than 

well being their second daughter. Her brother, seventy years old. His wife, Elizabeth 

Dr. Thomas Grierson Titcomb, was Bishop of (Minich), was a few years older at the time of 

Rangoon, India. her demise, Oct. 24, 1905. She was born 

Thomas F. Kerswell, son of William Peak March 29, 1825, in Madisonburg, Brush \'al- 

Kerswell, received his primary education in ley, Centre county. Mr. Dietz was a Democrat 

the public schools. Belonging to a family in politics and he and Mrs. Dietz were mem- 

whose members had always followed the sea, bers of Shiloh German Reformed Church, 

he was then sent to the India marine service, of Howard, Pa. They are buried in the Re- 

where he rapidly rose to the rank of lieuten- formed burial ground at Jacksonville, Center 

ant commander. In 1882 he entered the serv- county. They were the parents of the fol- 

ice of the Red Star Line, a passenger steam- lowing children : Henry Cyrus, the father of 

boat company, with which he served as purser John H. ; Elizabeth, born in 1849, who mar- 

for six years, between Antwerp and New ried William Wells and (second) John 

York. The lure of the States attracted him Packer; Susan, bom in 1852 (her twin sister 

as it has so many of his countrymen, and he died at birth), who married Philip Ertel and 

located in Atlantic City, N. J., where for a lives at Howard. Pa. ; Joanna, born in 1854, 

time he was steward and later clerk of the deceased wife of John Stover; J. Franklin, 

"Dennis Hotel." Three years later he came born in 1855. who married Alice J. Corman ; 

to Washingtonville, Pa., and in 1909 located John and William, twins, born in 1858. the 



COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 723 

former of whom married Susan i'acker (he years came to Danville and secured employ- 
is engaged in business at Jacksonville J, the ment at the Montour Iron Works, there 
latter Sarah Spotts; George, born in i860, spending a like period, following which he 
who married iVnnie Alann and (second) took a position with the North Branch Steel 
Sophia Masden; Emma and David K., twins. Company. After spending one year in gen- 
born in 1862, the former of whom married eral work for that company he began to learn 
Ammon Gramley, the latter Hulda Morgan; the trade of miller, with the Minnetonka Mill- 
and Ephraim C, born in 1866, who married ing Company, a stock concern, and after the 
Edith Hockman. disbanding of this company took a position 

Henry Cyrus Dietz, father of John Horace with H. A. Hargrave as second miller, con- 
Dietz, was born Sept. 10, 1846, in Center tinuing in this capacity three years. In 1898, 
county. Pa., was educated in the public with two partners, G. A. Fry and Charles J. 
schools of Howard, and worked with his Lawrence, Mr. Dietz formed the Danville 
father until his marriage, after which Hie Milling Company and rented the Mausdale 
became a tenant farmer on the Long farm at Mill, at Mausdale, Valley township, owned 
Mount Eagle. After a number of years there by P. E. Maus, son of Philip F. Maus. They 
he went with his sons to White Deer Aloun- operated that mill until Jan. i, 1901, at which 
tain. Union county, and worked in the lumber time they purchased the present mill from 
woods for three years, and upon leaving went the Reading Iron Company, and here they 
to Danville, about the time the new steel have since continued, in the enjoyment of an 
plant started operations.- Securing employ- excellent business. Mr. Dietz is a business 
ment in the Reading Iron Company's rolling man of marked ability, in whom his asso- 
mills, he remained five years, and upon sever- ciates place the utmost confidence. His career 
ing his connection therewith started to work has been one of steadfast endeavor, and has 
for his son, Lewis C. Dietz, the proprietor of been characterized by strict adherence to the 
a meat market. He died while thus engaged, highest business principles. 
Aug. 31," 1913. Mr. Dietz was an adherent On April 14, 1896, Mr. Dietz was married 
of the Democratic party, a member of Shiloh to Emma Eleanor Farley, a daughter of Rob- 
Reformed Church, Danville, and a regular ert M. and Ella Elizabeth (Forney) Farley, 
attendant of Sunday school. Formerly a born Sept. 26, 1873, and to this union there 
member of Calumet Lodge, No. 279, Inde- have come two children: Charles Earl, born 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, he changed Sept. 9, 1900; and Edna Anna, born Feb. 
his membership to :\Iontour Lodge, No. log, 23, 1907. In politics Mr. Dietz is a Demo- 
of that fraternity. Mr. Dietz married Pru- ^rat, but he has been too busily engaged with 
dence J. Brooks, who was born Sept. 27, his milling interests to think of entering the 
1844, daughter of John A. Brooks, and she public arena as a seeker for personal politi- 
died Dec. 23, 1912. Both she and Mr. Dietz ^al favors. -He has at all times shown him- 
are buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery at self a loyal and public-spirited citizen, ready 
Danville. They were the parents of the fol- to bear his full share of the responsibilities 
lowing children : Mary, who died in infancy ; of citizenship and to contribute of his time, 
Ida, who married Robert Reese, of Dan- energy and means in promoting movements 
ville; John Horace; Henry A., who married fQ^ the general welfare. Fie has taken some 
Mary Churm, of Valley township, Montour active part in fraternal affairs, being a valued 
county; Edward M., who married Fanny member of Mahoning Lodge, No. 516, F. & 
Schott, of Danville; Alice E., living at Dan- A. M., of which he is a past master; ^Io"Joi^^r 
ville, the widow of Hiram Bevan ; Lewis C, Lodge, No. 109, Independent Order of Udd 
who married Viola Merrell, of Danville; Fellows, of which he is a past grand -Mon- 
Fannie who married Chauncey Hollister, of tour Castle, No. 186, Knights of the Golden 
Girard, Ohio; Robert P.; and Anna, single. Eagle, of which he is a past chief; and 
living at the old family home on Chambers Mnemoloton Encampment, No. 40, Independ- 
street, Danville. ent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is a 

John Horace Dietz was given an ordinary past chief patriarch. For years he has been 
education in the public schools of Howard, Pa., a member of Shiloh Reformed Church ot 
and until thirteen years of age worked out Danville, and has taken an active and help- 
among the farmers of his township. He then ful part in its work, as has also Mrs. Dietz, 
entered the lumber business with his father, who is a member of the Ladies' Aid Society 
on White Deer Mountain, but after three and of the Missionary Society. Both are 



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widely and favorably known in Danville and dren blessed this union, the eldest and young- 

the vicinity, where they have numerous est dying in infancy. The others were : Anna 

friends. AL, deceased, wife of William R. Robinson, 

. of Washingtonville ; Sarah C, deceased; 

CHARLES W. SHULTZ, farmer, dairy- Charles W., who married Sarah J. Watts; 

man and stock raiser of Limestone township, Clarence J., living at Alooresburg ; and Wil- 

Montour county, and at present serving as Ham Barber, residing on the old homestead in 

supervisor, is a descendant of a much re- Derry township. 

spected family which has been settled in that Mr. Shultz held several township offices, 
section for one hundred and twenty-five years, including that of justice of the peace, and 
He was born Nov. 15, 1858, in West Hem- was a Democrat politically. To farming he 
lock township, Montour county, son of John added the vocations of cattle raising and 
K. Shultz. He is a great-great-grandson of horse dealing. He and his wife were mem- 
Philip Shultz, who came from Germany and bers of the Derry Presbyterian Church, 
settled on a farm in New Jersey, where he After receiving a rather limited schooling 
died. His son, Jacob, was born in New Jer- Charles W. Shultz did farm work, for a 
sey and came to what is now Montour county time being so employed in Lee county. 111. 
in 1790, settling first at Limestoneville. A Returning home he clerked for a time in Sul- 
year later he came to the farm now occupied livan county, and later farmed for a year for 
by his grandson, John K. Shultz, and there his father before his marriage, after which 
resided until his death in 1804, when with he rented a farm in the Frosty valley for two 
other settlers he was carried away by typhoid years. Subsequently he passed a year on a 
fever. He was the father of eight children, farm at Mausdale, and then selling out his 
the last survivor being Elizabeth, wife of interests here took his wife and child out 
Daniel Mostellar, who in 1887 was a resident to Lee county. 111. 'They remained there for 
of West Hemlock township, at the age of about nine years, Mr. Shultz engaging in 
eighty-seven. farming for seven years, at the end of which 

Peter Shultz, son of Jacob, was three years time he sold his farm and went into the mer- 
old when his parents came to Montour county, cantile business at Pawpaw, same county, con- 
He was reared on a farm, and after his mar- tinning same nearly two years. Selling out, 
riage moved to the farm adjoining, where he he came back to Pennsylvania and settled 
resided fifty years, dying July 11, 1862, at the on his present place, 107 acres, in Limestone 
age of seventy-five. He was an elder in the township, Montour county, which he bought 
old Derry Church for many years, and po- in 1895. He is one of the most prosperous 
litically a Democrat. His wife was Sarah farmers of his part of the county, and he has 
Robbins, of Columbia county, and their chil- continued the various branches of agricultural 
dren were: William, a resident of Columbia work very profitably, carrying on stock raising 
county ; Jonathan P., who died in Northumber- and dairying as well as farming, and burning 
land county in 1886; Jacob and \'incent R., considerable lime. Mr. Shultz is progressive 
living in West Hemlock township, Montour in his ideas regarding the welfare of his corn- 
county ; James, of Rush township, Xorthum- munity as well as his own work, and he has 
berland county; Benjamin F., a physician of served several times as member of the school 
Danville; Peter, of Anthony township; Alary board, also holding the position of supervisor 
K., wife of Benjamin Crossley, of Michigan; — at present filling his third term. In polit- 
and John K. Mrs. Shultz died in 1872 at the ical association he is a Democrat. He is a 
age of eighty-one years. prominent member of the Presbyterian 

John K. Shultz was born in the old home Church, of which he has been a trustee for 

on March 5, 1825, and lived with his father the ten years past. His wife was also reared 

until his marriage, when he moved to the ad- in that church. 

joining farm in West Hemlock township. On Oct. 16, 1884, Mr. Shultz married Sarah 

which he owned until his death, Dec. 4, 1893. Jane Watts, who was born Jan. 18. 18O5. in 

There he lived for nineteen years, when, hav- Lycoming county, Pa., and they have had 

ing previously bought the old homestead and two children: May, born March 19, 1887. in 

erected thereon a fine house, he removed to it Frosty X'alley. is the wife of Howard H. 

in October. 1874. He was married Oct. 11, Murray, formerly a carpenter, of Buffalo, 

1855, to Rebecca, daughter of James Mc- N. Y., now farming his father-in-law's farm 

\'icker, of Anthony township. She was born of seventy-five acres in Liberty township, 

in that township June 6, 1826. Seven chil- Montour county; they have two children. 



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Herold and Gladys. Cyrus, born March 19, 
1893, is at home working with his father. 
Mrs. Shultz prepared for the teacher's pro- 
fession in the State normal school at Blooms- 
burg, and taught school at Washingtonville 
live terms before her marriage. 

Thomas Watts, grandfather of Mrs. Shultz, 
came from England, and settled in Lycoming 
county, Pa. His wife's maiden name was 
Litty. Their son, David Watts, father of 
Mrs. Shultz, was born Jan. 14, 1831, and died 
May 26, 191 1. He followed farming in Lycom- 
ing county. His wife, Jane (Watson), born 
Oct. 26, 1838, in Lycoming county, daughter 
of Hugh and Lucy (Seidel) Watson, died 
May 26, 1894. Seven children were born to 
Mr. and Mrs. David Watts, four of whom 
survive: Elmer, of Hillsboro, Oregon; Cyrus, 
of Triumph, III; Mrs. Charles W. Shultz, 
and Mary, married to John Moore, of Wil- 
liamsport, Pennsylvania. 

CHARLES E. VORIS, who is living re- 
tired from business activities, but is still serv- 
ing Danville in the capacity of receiver and 
tax collector, was born at Danville, Pa., Nov. 
19, 1855, son of Elijah C. and Julia D. (Trox- 
ell) Voris. 

The Voris family settled in New Jersey m 
Colonial times, and the original spelhng of 
the name was Voorhees, James (grandfather 
of Charles E.) and his brother John changmg 
it to the present form. The family is of Hol- 
land Dutch descent. Gilbert Voorhees, the 
great-grandfather, was born in New Jersey 
in 1757, and died in 1797 at Danville, Pa. 
His wife, Jane (McClanahan), died at Dan- 
ville in 1816. Their children were: James; 
John, who married Sarah Hendrickson; Nel- 
He, who married Elijah Crawford; and Eliz- 
abeth, wife of Peter Vandling. 

James Voris. the grandfather, was born m 
1787 in Northumberland (now Montour) 
county, Pa. He followed carpenter work and 
contracting in Liberty township until he 
reached the age of fifty years, when he re- 
tired, and his death occurred in 1866. He 
was one of the original organizers of the 
Presbyterian Church in his locality, and a 
man highly esteemed in the community. His 
wife, Anne (Gray), was a native of Ireland, 
born near Dublin, and came to America when 
she was six weeks old. Her parents, Arch- 
ibald and Elizabeth (Mustard) Gray, were 
both born in Ireland, and both died in Ohio. 
They lived to be over ninety years of age. 
A large family was born to James and Anne 
(Gray) Voris, as follows: (i) Gilbert, born 



June 9, 1809, died in 1850. He married 
Katherme Ashenfelder, and they had three 
children: Agnes, Mrs. Frank Miller; James, 
who was killed during the Civil war, at the 
battle of Fredericksburg; and Daniel G., who 
married Jennie Moyer. (2) Elizabeth, born 
Nov. 8, 1810, died Nov. 12, 1880. She mar- 
ried Joseph Diehl, and they had children: 
Anna Margaret, Mrs. Joseph Auten; Alex 
Montgomery, who married Jessie Krote and 
(second) May W. Haust; and Alice, Mrs. 
Arthur W. Beaver. (3) John, born June 3, 

1812, died in 1848. (4) Jane, born Dec. 23, 

1 81 3, died in April, i860. (5) Daniel Gray, 
born March 11, 1816, died Nov. 17, 1880. 
By his first marriage, to Mary Hopewell, he 
had one child, and by his second wife, Char- 
lotte Richie, there were three: Elijah Oakley, 
who married Ada Doeph ; Robert R., who 
married Annie Bernard; and Annie. (6) 
Archibald Gray, born Sept. 14, 1817, died 
April 17, 1894. He married Rebecca Frick, 
and had five children, Elizabeth A., Mary F., 
Clarence G. (married Mary Bruner), Louisa 
and John G. (married Elizabeth Hixson). 
(7) Reuben B., born March 8, 1819, died 
Nov. 18, 1903. To him and his wife Harriet 
(Vance) has been born one child, Alfred L., 
married to Celeste James. (8) Thomas, born 
Oct. 31, 1820, died Aug. 27, 184 1. (9) James, 
born Aug. 24, 1822, died Oct. 17, 1833." (10) 
Eleanor, born Aug. i, 1824. died Feb. 12, 

1893. She married Robert McCoy, and they 
have had five children : Martha, Mrs. A. M. 
Gearhart; Margaret, Mrs. Benjamin Rhum- 
bach ; John B., who married Louisa Lyon ; 
Samuel A., who married Elizabeth Shindle ; 
and Arthur, who married Annie Geiss. (11) 
Elijah C. is mentioned below. (12) Sarah 
Bell, born Aug. 4, 1828. died Sept. 6, 1891. 
She married John Bartholomew, and they had 
two children, Thomas (married Regina 
Grone) and Annie (married C. E. Yorks). 
(13) William P., born April 3, 1830, mar- 
ried Letitia Zuber, and they had three chil- 
dren. John J., Irene (Mrs. William Gray) 
and Nellie (Mrs. James Minor). (14) Chris- 
tina M., born April 3, 1830, died Nov. 21, 

1894. She married David F. Stroh. and they 
had three children, Edwin V., Rebecca (mar- 
ried Alexander* Craig and Seth Lormer) and 
Charles (married Emma Randolph). 

Elijah C. Voris, son of James Voris, and 
father of Charles E. Voris, was born Jan. 4, 
1826, in Liberty township, Montour Co.. Pa., 
and at the age of sixteen years started to learn 
the trade of carpenter with Joseph Diehl. 
During the next thirty-seven years he was 



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engaged in following this vocation, and became 
well known as a contractor. He superin- 
tended the erection of the Danville nail works, 
and was one of the original stockholders in 
the concern. He was also engaged in pat- 
tern-making at the old Haywood-Schneider 
foundry, where he became superintendent, but 
in 1884 retired from active business and lived 
quietly until his death, Nov. 11, 1910, wdien 
he was eighty-four years of age. Of his par- 
ents' fourteen children, he lived the longest, 
and was everywhere respected and esteemed. 
A Democrat in politics, during the early part 
of the Civil war he served as chief burgess 
of Danville, and was also a member of the 
school board and overseer of the poor. Mr. 
Voris married Julia D. Troxell, who was born 
in Pennsylvania, daughter of Benjamin and 
Eliza (Housel) Troxell, an old and honored 
farming couple of the "Keystone State. She 
died in 1909, aged seventy-six years. Five 
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Voris, of 
whom Charles E. is the only survivor. Wil- 
liam Alfred, born June 13, 1859, died March 
20, 1901 ; he married Florence Henrie, and 
they had two children: Benjamin Troxell, 
bom Nov. 26, 1886, a machinist in the employ 
of the Danville Foundry & Machine Company ; 
and Julia Spalding, born July 5, 1888, who is 
in the Arthur Wolley coal office. Frank Law- 
rence, born Oct. 8, 1865, was married June 
23, 1897, to Emilia KrelDS, and died Aug. 2, 
1901. Benjamin Troxell, born Jan. 6, 1872, 
died June 4, 1872. James H., born Sept. 13, 
1873, died April 16, 1904. 

Charles E. Voris received his education in 
the public schools, after leaving which he 
secured employment in the planing mill. Later 
he became a patternmaker at the Reading Iron 
Works, and when thirty years of age went 
to New York City and was employed in a 
men's furnishing goods and neckwear store 
for five years. Returning to Danville at the 
end of this period, he resumed his old trade, 
and in 1894 became superintendent for John 
R. Bennett, a position he continued to hold 
until 1908. In that year he was elected city 
tax receiver on the Democratic ticket, and this 
position he has continued to hold to the pres- 
ent time. In his official capacity he has ren- 
dered his fellow citizens able and conscientious 
service, and he is known as a faithful, effi- 
cient and obliging public servant. Mr. Voris 
is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He 
has not cared for fraternal orders, although 
he is not indififerent to the social amenities 
and has a wide circle of friends. He is un- 
married. 



LEVI V. BEYER, who is engaged in farm- 
ing in Valley township, and also deals in meat, 
was born in Anthony township, Montour Co., 
Pa., June 18, 1847, son of Jacob and Martha 
(Van Horn) Beyer, 

The great-grandfather was Philip Beyer, 
who came from Germany and settled in Berks 
county, Pa. He was a Revolutionary soldier. 

Jacob A. Beyer, grandfather of Levi V. 
Beyer, was born in Berks county, Pa. He 
married a Yerrick, and died in 1838, at the 
age of sixty years. 

Jacob Beyer, son of Jacob A. Beyer, and 
father of Levi V. Beyer, was born April 2, 
1820, in Berks county. Pa., and at the age 
of twenty years removed to Anthony town- 
ship, Montour county, where he followed 
farming until 1859, at which time he located 
in Derry township. There he continued to 
carry on agricultural pursuits until his re- 
tirement, and his death occurred there in 
September, 1887. He married Martha \'an 
Horn, who was born Oct. 17, 1827, in North- 
ampton county, Pa., and died Oct. 4, 1870. 
Her parents, Cornelius and Susan (Major) 
Van Ilorn, were early settlers of Northamp- 
ton county and later became residents of .Mad- 
ison township, Columbia county. Cornelius 
Van Horn fought as a soldier during the war 
of 1812. Eight children were born to Jacob 
and Martha Beyer: Levi V.; Mary, born 
March 14, 1850, who is the wife of Philip 
Everett, of Derry township; Cornelius, born 
Dec. 30, 1851, who died July 11, 1870; Clara 
J., born May 14, 1855, who died Sept. 15, 
1870; Jacob, born March 12, 1859, who is 
living at Mooresburg, Pa. ; Anna, born Sept. 
28, 1862, who died Aug. 26, 1870; Hiram, 
born Oct. 15, 1865, who makes his home in 
Iowa; and Mahlon, born May 30, 1868, who 
died Oct. 29, 1896. 

Levi V. Beyer, son of Jacob Beyer, 
completed his studies in 1859, and at that time 
hired out as a farm hand and was so engaged 
until 1866. In that year he engaged in the 
distilling business, and also operated a saw- 
mill until 1882, when, with seven others, he 
opened the Danville Stove and Manufacturing 
Company, with which he was connected until 
1892. Then he disposed of his interests there- 
in and began butchering and dairying in \\al- 
ley township, where he has continued to the 
present time. He has built up an excellent 
business, and firmly established a place for 
himself among the substantial men of his 
community. 

In 1872 Mr. Beyer was married to Sarah 
Melissa Flick, who was born Aug. i, 1853, 



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in West Hemlock township, Montour Co., Pa., son of the late Frank G. Blee, who died while 

and four children have been born to them: serving his third term as associate judge of 

Malcolm E., born March i8, 1873, married Montour county. 

Carrie Earps, and they have had three chil- John Blee, the grandfather of Robert Ed- 
dren, Olive (wife of Joseph Yocum, of Mil- win Blee, was born in 1783 and came to this 
ton, Pa., and mother of one child, Catherine), country from Ireland in 1795, when but 
Eugene and Kenneth Levi ; Estella, born Jan. twelve years old. At Philadelphia he learned 
19, 1876, is the wife of William F. Adams, of brickmaking, which trade he subsequently fol- 
Berwick, Pa., and has two children, Harry and lowed at Norristown. Having accumulated 
Wellington ; Harvey, born Dec. 12, 1885, now a little money he bought land in Anthony 
an agent at Philadelphia, married Anna Dor- township, Montour county, near the farm of 
sheimer, and they have one child, H. Lloyd; Robert McKee, but he later sold this prop- 
Eva, born July 22, 1887, married Reece Mer- erty and bought another in Derry township, 
rill, of Mercer county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. same county. In time, as he prospered, he 
Beyer also have an adopted daughter, Flor- bought two other farms, and afterward an- 
ence Elizabeth, born Jan. i, 1885. Mr. Beyer other, the one occupied by his son Frank, at 
and his wife are members of St. John's Ger- one time owning four farms. He died in i860, 
man Reformed Church, of Mausdale. In pol- at the age of seventy-seven years. He was 
itics he is a Democrat, and he has been twice twice married,^ his first wife being Sarah 
elected trustee of Valley township, a posi- McCord, who was the mother of ten children : 
tion in which he rendered signal services to Joseph, William, James, Robert, John, Joseph 
his fellow citizens. (2), Sarah, Mary, Margaret and Elizabeth; 
The Flick family was of Holland Dutch ex- the three last named were living in Illinois 
traction. Mrs. Beyer's great-great-great-grand- in 1887, the others at that time all deceased, 
father was an earl, called Von Flick, the By his second marriage, to Hannah Gingles 
"Von" being dropped by his son Peter when (whose mother was one of those who escaped 
he came to this country. He settled in Penn- at the Wyoming massacre), Mr. Blee had five 
sylvania. Daniel and Catherine (Lily) Flick, children: Sarah A., wife of Edward Morris, 
of Columbia county, were Mrs. Beyer's grand- of Washingtonville ; Susan H., wife of John 
parents. Her father, John L. Flick, born Butler, of Danville; Savilla and Maria F., 
Jan. II, 1815, died March 4, 1886; her mother, twins, who died in childhood; and Frank G. 
Elizabeth Shaner, daughter of John and Mary Frank G. Blee was born Aug. 5, 1839, and 
(Miller) Shaner, of Chester county, was born was reared in Pennsylvania. When a youth 
Aug. 17, 1824, and died March 28, 1895. Mr. of seventeen he went out to Illinois, where 
and Mrs. Flick are buried at New Columbia he remained until the spring of i860. In 
Church, in West Hemlock township, Montour 1861 he joined an army wagon train in the 
county. They were married March 4, 1838, quartermaster's department, with which he 
and had children as follows: Erastus V. continued until the fall of 1862. On Aug. 9, 
married Susan Matilda Beyer and (second) 1862, he enHsted, for nine months, in Com- 
Sarah Jane Beyer; Horace Curtis married pany A, I32d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infan- 
Mary Lauber and settled in Oregon ; Angeline try, and saw considerable hard service, taking 
Blanche married Ellis Betts, of Pueblo, Colo. ; part in the important battles of South Moun- 
Robert Bruce of Williamsport, Pa., married tain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancel- 
Sophia Casselberry; William Ellis married lorsville. After he was mustered out at Har- 
Mary A. Bloomer and is a resident of Dan- "^'^"•"^V^^fy ^4, 1863, he returned to the farm 

•iV o u A/r r ^.^;^A T ^.M V "Rpvpr- but he followed lumbermg m North Carohna 

ville; Sarah Mehssa married Levi V- Beyer ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^ 

Mary Catherine died when eight years old, ^^^^.^^ ^^^^^^ j^.^ j^^^ j^ ^g ^^ 

Daniel married Mary Fox; Margaret Jane ^^^^^^^ upon the farm, which is located at 

married William Taylor and after his death Washingtonville, and there made his home the 

Albert Weidman, and lives at Norristown, ^^^^ ^^ j^j^ U^^^ ^^Ij^^ p^j^ jg^ j^jj Hg ^^as 

Pa.; Elizabeth is deceased. one of the influential citizens of the county 

for many years, and the positions of respon- 

ROBERT EDWIN BLEE, proprietor of sibility with which he was honored showed 

the "White Horse Hotel," one of the oldest how popular he was with his fellow atizens. 

hotels in Danville, Montour county, is a native In 1878 he was elected county commissioner, 

of Derrv township, that county, born at Wash- which office he held for three successive terms, 

incTtonville June 25, 1864. He is the eldest being re-elected in 1881 and again in 1884, 



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each time running ahead of his ticket, the 
Democratic. In 1900 he became associate 
judge, in which office he continued thereafter 
until his death, at which time he was serving 
his third term. 

On Sept. 24, 1863, Mr. Blee married Louisa 
A. Butler, daughter of Daniel and Eliza 
(Spencer) Butler, of Derry township, and 
they had a family of six children : Robert E.. 
Winifred (deceased), Frank Gordon (of 
Limestone township, Montour county), Harry 
W. (who died in 1868), Sallie M. (who died 
Dec. 20, 1885) and Lizzie (deceased July 26, 
1877). The mother died Jan. 28, 1878. 

Robert Edwin Blee was reared on his 
father's farm and remained there until twenty- 
six years old. He was associated with his 
father in the lumber business in different 
States, principally \ irginia and Pennsylvania 
(near Pittsburgh), doing contract work, and 
he subsequently was in partnership with F. 
C. Angle in the same line for a period of 
six years. Then he was in the employ of the 
Hanover Brewing Company at Danville for 
eight years, operating a stationary engine, and 
following that up to 19 10 he worked at the ma- 
chinist's trade. In 1910 he became engaged in 
the Reading Mills, where he remained one 
year, until he bought his present business, 
becoming proprietor of the "White Horse 
Hotel." The hotel has prospered under his 
management, and his efforts to please his 
patrons have been well rewarded. 

Mr. Blee married Catherine Songer, a 
native of Clarion county, born June 5. 1871, 
daughter of Abram and Mary (McCloskey) 
Songer, and granddaughter of Joseph Songer, 
who came with his wife from Germany to 
America in 1810. Abram Songer died in 1895. 
at the age of eighty-six years. His wife was 
born in New Jersey, daughter of Barney and 
Catherine McCloskey, both of whom came 
from Ireland in 1840. 

Nine children have been born to I^Ir. and 
Mrs. Blee. namely: Harry, born Feb. 25. 
1893, engaged as a puddler in Danville, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Reeser and has one child. Rob- 
ert E. ; Harold, twin of Harry, is living at 
home; Morris, born Oct. 31, 1895. Mary, born 
April 9. 1897, Florence, born Jan. 20. 1901, 
Walter, born Nov. 9, 1903, and Hazel, born 
June 16. 1907, are all living at home; Eliz- 
abeth, born Sept. 27, 1890. and Charles, born 
Aug. 9, 1899. are deceased. Politically Mr. 
Blee, like his father, is a Democrat. He was 
reared a Catholic, and the family are mem- 
bers of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 



at Danville. Mr. Blee belongs to :\Iontour 
Lodge, No. 1 133, Loyal Order of Moose, of 
Danville. 

JOHN LLOYD DILLON, late of Blooms- 
burg, was for years a leading florist in this 
part of the State, and established the exten- 
sive business now carried on by the J. L. Dil- 
lon Estate, whose mammoth greenhouses 
form one of the largest plants under one 
ownership in this section. Since Mr. Dillon's 
death his widow has had the management of 
the estate. 

Mr. Dillon was a self-made man of the type 
which honors any community. He commenced 
life modestly, and was without ostentation at 
any stage of his career, though he met with a 
degree of success that would have justified 
pride. He was a native of Bloomsburg, born 
July 7, 1 85 1, son of Patrick and Mary (Em- 
merson) Dillon, the father born in Dublin, Ire- 
land, from which country he came to the 
United States when eighteen years old. Later 
he located at Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., Pa. 
In 1850 he married Mary Emmerson, a native 
of England, daughter of John Emmerson, who 
was brought to America by her parents when 
but a year old. She died in 1887. Two chil- 
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dillon, John 
Lloyd and Thomas Emmerson, both now de- 
ceased. The latter was a photographer at 
Scranton, Pa., and died in January, 1913. 

John Lloyd Dillon had average educational 
advantages, attending the schools of Blooms- 
burg and later the Bloomsburg Literary In- 
stitute (now known as the Normal school). 
It was in 1867 that his father bought a farm 
just in the rear of the present greenhouses, 
and besides general farming was extensively 
engaged in market gardening. His son helped 
him, and from the age of sixteen was inter- 
ested in the raising and selling of vegetables, 
for which he had a special liking. At twenty- 
one he became a partner with his father, and 
as their business increased they grew a large 
quantity of lettuce in hotbeds every year. But 
the amount of labor involved in procuring 
proper fertilization and protecting the beds 
from freezing, as well as the impossibility of 
opening and working the beds in severe cold 
weather, made the cost of growing very ex- 
pensive, and when John L. Dillon determined 
to commence business for himself, in the 
spring of 1875. he decided to experiment. 
Renting ground of his father he proceeded 
to build a greenhouse 20 by 60 feet in dimen- 
sions, with the view of having lettuce for sale 
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production than in hotbeds. This was the 
first greenhouse built in Bloomsburg, and in its 
erection Mr. Dillon showed faith in his ideas, 
for he had less than $150 capital, part of 
which he expended for lumber, and during the 
mornings, evenings and odd spells he ripped 
and worked by hand all the sash bars, planed 
and painted all the lumber, and did the greater 
part of the work of building himself. The re- 
sults were highly satisfactory, but the demand 
for lettuce not meeting his expectations Mr. 
Dillon began giving his attention to the raising 
of flowers. After the partnership with his 
father was dissolved, he devoted his entire 
time to the raising of flowers and small fruits. 
About this time the famous "Sharpless straw- 
berry'' became known, and Mr. Dillon raised 
thousands of the plants, taking an active part 
in introducing them throughout this country 
and Canada, sending stock to fill orders as far 
as Victoria, B. C. In 1879 he bought from 
Miss Alice Snyder a tract of nearly ten acres 
on Normal Hill, adjoining the Normal school 
grounds, northeast of the buildings, and re- 
moved the greenhouse to this site, where the 
business was long conducted. The Normal 
Hill Greenhouses came to be the best known 
establishment of the kind in central Pennsyl- 
vania. Before ten years had passed he had six 
greenhouses, 12,000 square feet under glass, 
and there were eventually twelve buildings in 
the group on this original site, with over 
40,000 square feet of glass. Over a quarter of 
a century ago Mr. Dillon introduced steam 
into his buildings, which were the first in the 
country successfully heated that way, provid- 
ing uniform temperature during the coldest 
weather. Mr. Dillon attended a national flor- 
ists' convention and told the members he was 
putting steam heat in his greenhouses, which 
was a fact much commented upon, and con- 
sidered by the majority as a worthless experi- 
ment. Tim^ has proved otherwise. The fur- 
nace and boilers were fitted with an automatic 
attachment that could be set or gauged to fur- 
nish a certain amount of heat, and required 
no further attention for ten or twelve hours 
at a time. The water supply came from an 
artesian well on the premises, sunk to a depth 
of 150 feet through the solid rock. 

Another fact of interest in the record of 
Mr. Dillon's progressive career is that he was 
the first person in this section to use cement 
for building purposes. In 1887 he built a 
barn just above the Normal school, for the 
foundation of which a cement composition 
was used. Many who saw it thought it very 
risky to put in that kind of foundation, but its 



lasting qualities have been proved, as the barn 
has been taken down and the foundation still 
stands. Mr. Dillon was the first florist to em- 
ploy cement in the construction of green- 
houses, which ^le did twenty years ago, when 
he began to build the Fifth street plant. 

Twenty years ago, in 1894, the houses on 
Fifth street were commenced, and this part of 
the plant was also added to from time to time 
until there are now fifteen houses there, with 
almost 100,000 square feet of glass. The two 
branches made one of the largest enterprises 
of the kind under one ownership in central 
Pennsylvania, and the business was so success- 
fully conducted that Mr. Dillon was known to 
his fellow florists all over the country. Some 
time before his death Mr. Dillon gave the 
Normal school an option on the piece of 
ground occupied by the greenhouses, directly 
northeast of the school, and it was accepted in 
1910. In 1912 the greenhouse offices were 
moved to the Fifth street location and every- 
thing placed in readiness to pass the land over 
to the Normal school, which was done in May, 

1913- 

In 1900 Mr. Dillon disseminated a large 
white carnation, which he named in honor of 
Mrs. Dillon, calling it "Queen Louise." This 
carnation had an unprecedented reign, being 
of unusual size, fragrant, and a very free 
bloomer, and is grown successfully to-day in 
some localities. It was a money proposition 
for many years. 

The business as at present conducted is 
largely wholesale, and the product includes cut 
flowers and potted plants of all kinds, the 
flowers being sold in this part of the State and 
in New York City, and the plants being mar- 
keted all over the United States and Canada, 
and even in England. The specialties are 
plants and rooted cuttings of verbenas and 
carnations, plants of roses (grafted and on 
their own roots), for winter flowering, and 
cut blooms of roses and carnations. From 
twenty to twenty-five experienced and skilled 
workmen are given steady employment in the 
various departments, and the houses contain 
all suitable equipment for carrying on the 
work expeditiously. From the modest start 
in 1875 the business has grown to be one of 
the most important industries of the town. 
The Dillon Estate now owns over eighty acres 
of the most valuable farming land in the town 
of Bloomsburg, all its holdings being on Nor- 
mal Hill, overlooking the best developed part 
of the town and the beautiful Susquehanna 
valley. 

A severe hailstorm which visited this re- 



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gion Sept. i8, 1896, did great damage to the 
greenhouses, breaking nearly all the glass; it 
took 1,300 boxes of glass to make repairs, and 
the loss on plants and glass amounted to 
nearly $6,000. 

Mr. Dillon remained at the head of the 
business until his death, which occurred Oct. 
30, 1906. He was a prominent member of the 
American Florists' Society, the American Car- 
nation Society, and the Pennsylvania Horticul- 
tural Society; and had attained the thirty- 
second degree in Masonry. He belonged to 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

Mr. Dillon was married, in May, 1873, to 
Eliza J. Barkle, a native of England, who 
when young came with her father, William 
Barkle, and settled in Bloomsburg. To this 
union three children were born : Alice M. 
married Boyd Wells Furman, and has three 
children, Josephine D., Helen H. and Louise; 
J. Lloyd, born Jan. 31, 1882, died April 8, 
1882; Max Grant is a mining engineer. The 
mother of these died July 30, 1893, and in^ 
1895 Mr. Dillon married (second) Louise' 
Glassell Hutchison, daughter of Charles and 
Agnes (MacCulloch) Hutchison, of Kingston, 
Luzerne Co., Pa., both of whom were natives 
of Scotland. By this marriage there were two 
sons, Charles Hutchison and Harold Phillips. 

Since Mr. Dillon's death his widow and 
heirs have continued the business with the 
same progressive policy which has always 
characterized it, maintaining the high stand- 
ards set by the founder. In October, 191 3, 
Mrs. Dillon bought the interests of Mrs. Boyd 
W. Furman and Max G. Dillon and is now sole 
owner of the greenhouse business, in the con- 
duct of which she has the help of her son 
Charles and nephew Charles M. Hutchison, the 
latter assisting in the management of the 
estate. 

RICHARD FRANKLIN COLLEY, of 
Bloomsburg, Pa., is a native of Columbia 
county and a member of one of its pioneer 
families, being a descendant of Jonathan Col- 
ley, of Chester county. Pa., who settled on 
the east side of Fishing creek, in what is now 
Sugarloaf township, about the year 1790. 

Hon. Alexander Colley, son of Jonathan, 
was born Aug. 17, 1786, and lived to near the 
close of his ninety-fifth year, dying June 6, 
1 88 1. He was an educated man, an early 
school teacher, and one of the foremost men 
of this section in his prime. At the second 
election held in Sugarloaf township, March 
18, 1814, he was one of the candidates for 
judge of that meeting. He was the first rep- 



resentative of Columbia county in the State 
Legislature after it became a separate district 
in 1822, serving the term of 1822-23. As a 
surveyor he was very well known. In his let- 
ter to Col. John G. Freeze, giving an account 
of the early settlers of Fishingcreek (now 
Benton) township, we find his only known 
autobiography: "and in the spring of 1799 I 
came to Fishingcreek township to my father, 
Jonathan Colley, who was settled on the east 
side of Fishing creek, south of Ezekiel Cole." 

In the year 1808 Alexander Colley was mar- 
ried to Mary Eager, of Fishingcreek township, 
who was born Feb. 15, 1786. Their children 
were: Rachel (McHenry), born May 19, 1810; 
Elizabeth (Stucker), born July 13, 181 1 ; Stott 
Eager, born Nov. 6, 1812 ; Alexander James, 
born May 21, 1814; Mary Ann, born Nov. 30, 
1815; Rebecca (Auten), born Oct. 6, 1816; 
x\lice (Hess), born Sept. 17, 1819; John 
Eager, born June 4, 182 1 ; Robert LaFayette, 
born Jan. 8, 1825; and Benjamin Cole, born 
Oct. 22, 1827. Several years after the death 
of his first wife Mr. Colley married Martha 
(McHenry) Stiles, widow of John Stiles, of 
Benton, and by so doing he became his own 
son's father-in-law, since Robert LaFayette 
Colley had previously married her daughter, 
Martha Jane Stiles. Alexander Colley sur- 
vived his wife only a few years, her death 
occurring at the age of ninety. 

Robert LaFayette Colley, son of Alexander, 
was born Jan. 8, 1825, at Benton, Columbia 
county, where he resided for many years. He 
had a farm where the borough of Benton now 
stands, and followed shoemakine: as well as 
agricultural pursuits. In his later life he re- 
moved to Bloomsburg — about 1882 — where he 
died Jan. i, 1888. He is buried at Benton. 
He served as elder of the Christian Church at 
Benton from the time of its organization, about 
1849, ^^"til his removal to Bloomsburg. On 
July 5, 1849. he married Martha Jane Stiles, 
who was born Jan. i, 1829. at Benton, a 
daughter of John and Martha (McIIenry) 
Stiles, and three children were born to this 
union : Horace Greeley, who was born Alay 5, 
1852, is a practicing physician of Wilkes- 
Barre, Pa.; Mary Josephine, born Dec. 31, 
i860, is the wife of W. D. Beckley, of Blooms- 
burg, Pa. ; Richard Franklin is mentioned 
below. 

Richard Franklin Colley was born at Benton. 
Columbia Co., Pa., June 3, 1869, and there 
obtained his early education in the public 
school. Later he attended the public schools 
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He began work as a clerk for I. W. Hartman, 
and later entered the employ of W. H. Moore, 
of Bloomsburg-. After gaining some experi- 
ence he went to Philadelphia, where he re- 
mained four years in the employ of Gimbel 
Brothers. Since returning to Bloomsburg in 
1898 he has been a traveling salesman in 
central and northeastern Pennsylvania. 

On Sept. 6, 1899, Mr. Colley married Ella 
Maude Runyon, who was born May 14, 1869, 
daughter of Layton and Martha (Brugler) 
Runyon, of Bloomsburg. They have three 
children : Martha Runyon, born Oct. 27, 1901 ; 
Mary Josephine, born Oct. 27, 1904; and Elisa- 
beth Stiles, born Feb. 3, 1906. 

Mr. and Mrs. Colley are both musicians and 
keenly interested in local musical affairs, in 
which they have had a prominent part. Mrs. 
Colley was organist at the Presbyterian Church 
for a number of years, and Mr. Colley is still 
a member of the choir of that church, as well 
as of the choir of Caldwell Consistory. He 
is well known in Masonic circles, holding mem- 
bership in Washington Lodge, No. 265, F. & 
A. M. ; Royal Arch Chapter No. 218; Crusade 
Commandery No. 12, K. T., and Caldwell 
Consistory (thirty-second degree), all of 
Bloomsburg ; and is a member of Irem Temple, 
A. A. O. N. M. S., of Wilkes-Barre, Penn- 
sylvania. 

SILAS NEWTON WALKER, of Blooms- 
burg, was born Monday, Jan. 18, 1841, at 
Auburn (now South Worcester), Worcester 
Co., Mass., and is descended from English and 
Scotch ancestors. He was reared as a farmer's 
boy. Entering Vermont University, at Bur- 
lington, Vt., in 1857, he was graduated with 
the degree of bachelor of arts in 1861. Be- 
coming a private in an infantry regiment, he 
served until 1866. In that year he took his 
master's degree. For about thirty years, from 
September, 1875, Mr. Walker served as 
stenographer to the several courts of the 
Twenty-sixth district of Pennsylvania, and 
he is now serving the court of Common Pleas 
of Columbia county in the capacity of com- 
missioner in divorce. For a while he taught 
school. 

On Feb. 15, 1872, Mr. Walker married 
Maud Clayton, who was born May 18, 1829, 
and is of Dutch and English extraction. She 
is still (February, 191 5) in vigorous health. 
For nearly forty years Mrs. Walker has been 
actively engaged in benevolent work for the 
poor of Bloomsburg and vicinity. The main 
events in her life would fill a volume of far 



more than ordinary interest. But she belongs 
to the Society of LViends, and with the modesty 
and reticence of that religious body "declines 
to be interviewed." 

JOHN N. BLOSS is a well known citizen 
of Berwick, Pa., which has been his home for 
thirty-eight years. He was born Feb. 15, 1831, 
in Luzerne county. Pa., son of Conrad and 
Elizabeth (Bittenbender) Bloss. His grand- 
father was born in Germany. 

Conrad Bloss, father of John N. Bloss, was 
born in Berks county, Pa., and moved thence 
to Luzerne county, where he following farm- 
ing until his death, in 1849. He married 
Elizabeth Bittenbender, a daughter of Jacob 
Bittenbender, of Berks county birth and of 
German descent, who later moved to Luzerne 
county. Mrs. Conrad Bloss died at Nesco- 
peck, Luzerne county. 

John N. Bloss was reared a farm boy and 
assisted his father until he was eighteen years 
of age, when he went to Salem, Pa. There 
he learned the carpenter's trade, which he 
has since followed, although now practically 
retired. Thirty-eight years ago he came to 
Berwick, and has occupied the same residence 
ever since. 

On March 6, 1856, Mr. Bloss was married 
to Susan Harmon, who was born March 8, 
1835, in Luzerne county, daughter of John 
A. and Sarah (Varner) Harmon, farming 
people, who spent their lives in Luzerne 
county. Mr. and Mrs. Bloss have had six 
children, two dying in infancy; Alice A., born 
March 16, 1864, is the wife of Bruce Pursel, 
of Berwick, and has four children, Martha, 
Rena, Helen and Mary; Annie J., born April 
I, 1867, is the wife of Prof. E. I. Wolf, a 
member of the faculty of Kingston Seminary, 
Kingston, Pa., and their children are, John 
B., Edward and Eugene F. ; Frank Ellsworth 
is mentioned below ; Idella M.. born March 9, 
1873, is the wife of Ray H. Davenport, and 
has four children, Donald H., John B., Rob- 
ert R. and Helen Jean. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bloss are members of the Ger- 
man Lutheran Church. At one time Mr. Bloss 
served as a member of the council of Berwick. 

Frank Ellsworth Bloss, now engaged 
as assistant secretary of the American Car 
and Foundry Company at New York City, 
was born in Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa., 
May 25, 1870. At an early age he came to 
reside in Berwick, where he was graduated 
from the high school. His school days over, 
he engaged in mercantile pursuits in Berwick 



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and other towns nearby, after a year or so 
entering the employ of R. G. Crispin, who 
conducted a general store in Berwick. He 
remained in his employ for about two years, 
when he accepted a position with the Jackson 
& Woodin Manufacturing Company, in the 
general office of the concern. He was then 
transferred to the office of the rolling mill, 
where he continued for two years, returned to 
the general office, and was there retained until 
the incorporation of the American Car and 
Foundry Company. He was local auditor for 
the company at Berwick for about a year, when 
he was changed to the general office of the 
company at New York, being made one of the 
assistant secretaries of the company. He is 
still acting in that capacity, and is also assist- 
ant secretary of the American Car and Foun- 
dry Export Company. 

Mr. Bloss was married, May 12, 1892, to 
Nettie Croop. She died Aug. 22, 1895, and is 
buried in Berwick cemetery. On Nov. 21, 
1900, Mr. Bloss was married to Edna Alice 
Kunkle, a daughter of Arthur P. Kunkle, of 
Kingston, Pa., and the children of this mar- 
riage are: Burton Kunkle, born Nov. 7, 1901 ; 
John A., born Nov. 9, 1904; and Emily Eliza- 
beth, born Jan. 26, 1914. 

Mr. Bloss is a Republican and has always 
given loyal support to the party. He was a 
member of the Presbyterian Church at Ber- 
wick, and now is a member and officer of the 
Presbyterian Church at Roselle, N. J., where 
he resides. 

BRUCE H. BOWER, one of the leading 
merchants of Berwick, was born Sept. 6, 1870, 
in that place, and has spent his entire time 
there. He received his literary education at 
the public schools, and evincing a talent for 
music entered the New England Conservatory 
of Music, Boston, Mass., from which he was 
graduated in the year 1900. He immediately 
returned to his native city, where he began his 
career as teacher and later became a dealer in 
musical instruments. He now has one of the 
leading stores of the kind in Berwick, Pa., and 
is recognized as one of the foremost expert 
piano tuners in Columbia county. He is well 
and favorably known all over this section. 

Michael Bower, his great-grandfather, was 
born in Germany, and is the first of the family 
of whom there is a permanent record. He was 
a farmer. His father came to this country 
among the earliest settlers, along in the early 
part of the last century. While a young man 
Michael Bower was married to Mary Zehner, 



and they had the following children : Sarah 
married William Whitmire ; Catherine married 
Charles Whitmire ; Isaac married Elizabeth 
Dietrick; Samuel married a Miss Wright; 
Rebecca married a Dietrick ; Daniel is men- 
tioned below ; Hannah married Henry Martz ; 
George N. married Mary N. Girton; Isaiah 
married Hannah Hagenbuch ; Enos died in in- 
fancy. The father was a Lutheran in religious 
belief and a Democrat in politics. 

Daniel Bower, grandfather of Bruce H., 
was born in Briarcreek township and passed 
his entire life in that section, engaged in farm- 
ing. He was married to Julia Remley, who 
bore him the following children : Francis W. ; 
Henry, who married Louise Henry ; Mary, 
who married Isaiah Irvine, a minister of the 
Lutheran Church ; Amanda, who married Dill- 
man Varner; Julia, who married Isaiah Hart- 
man ; and Isaiah, who married Usba Irvine. 
For his second wife Mr. Bower married Mary 
Remley, and they had one child, Ira, who 
married Fannie Shaffer. Mr. Bower w^as a 
Democrat, and a member of the Lutheran 
Church. His first wife is buried in Willow 
Grove cemetery; he and his second wife are 
interred in the Evansville cemetery. 

Francis W. Bower, father of Bruce H., was 
born May 28, 1845, in Centre township, and 
attended the common schools until he was 
about fifteen years of age. He then began his 
self-supporting career, and by hard work and 
economy has amassed a competency. In 1866 
Mr. Bower was married to Ellanah Sitler, who 
was born July 10, 1841, a member of one of 
the oldest families of the county, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Dieterick) Sitler, who 
are buried at the Fowlerville Lutheran Church 
in Centre township. They have had the fol- 
lowing children : Alice died while a child ; 
Clark married Ella Phillips (he is a member 
of the State Highway Department, and socially 
belongs to the I. O. O. F. and P. O. S. of A.) ; 
Bruce H. is mentioned below ; Effie married 
Harvey W. Paden ; Clyde died while young. 

Francis W. Bower served in the Army of the 
Potomac as a member of Company H, 178th 
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. 
Theodore Price, was in the army for nine 
months, and was mustered out at Camp Curtin, 
Harrisburg. 

Mr. Bower has been a resident of Berwick 
for forty-five years and has been greatly in- 
strumental in the development of the town. 
For twenty years he was superintendent of 
Pine Grove cemetery, and his good manage- 
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it attained. He is independent in politics and Millville. The land was secured by deed 
has held various offices in the gift of the dated Nov. 29, 1774, the former owner having 
people, serving as school director for twelve been Reuben Haines, a brewer, of Philadel- 
years, street commissioner and councilman, phia (it was part of Lord Baltimore's grant), 
and overseer of the poor for years, continuing It would appear, however, that Mr. Eves had 
to hold the latter office at present. Mr. Bower concluded the purchase and settled in this sec- 
is a member of the Bower Memorial United tion some years previous to the time this title 
Evangelical Church, has held all the various was acquired, coming into possession of it not 
offices in that organization, and is now presi- later than 1770. His settlement in this sec- 
dent of the official board. Socially he is a tion marks an important period in its history, 
member of Washington Camp No. 105, P. O. But little is known regarding the personal 
S. of A. history of John Eves. He was an Irish 

Bruce H. Bower has ever had the interests Friend, born in 1720, and came to America 

of Berwick in mind and has held the office from Dublin about the year 1738. He was in 

of secretary of the school board for years, good circumstances at Mill Creek Hundred, 

being one of its influential officers. He is and held various offices of responsibility. One 

a member of the Evangelical Church and for of his experiences as constable reveals the 

years was the chorister of that society. In resolute and determined character of the man. 

politics he is independent, and takes an active He was given the warrant for the arrest of a 

interest in the election of competent and miscreant who defied the power of the law, 

worthy officials. and threatened to take the life of the officer 

Mr. Bower was married to Jennie May, as he approached. But the latter walked boldly 

daughter of Albert and Amanda (Yost) Gib- forward and disarmed him without a struggle, 

bons, residents of Columbia county. They The victory was not complete, however, as 

have one child, Fred. Mr. Bower has built the obstinacy of the culprit was equal to his 

up' a large and profitable business by fair deal- cowardice, and he refused to walk, whereupon 

ing and his thorough knowledge. He is a the constable tied his prisoner to the horse, 

member of Berwick Lodge No. 246, I. O. O. and they proceeded without further difficul- 

F. ; Washington Camp No. 105, P. O. S. ties. Another trait of his character is illus- 

of A.; and Berwick Council No. 1761, Royal trated by an occurrence during his residence 

Arcanum. here. While in Philadelphia on one occasion 

he advanced the passage money of Larry Flinn 

Tr^cTTDTu n TT^TT-c c 1 . ^ aud his wife, two destitute Friends who had 

.f-M^f^1 r 1 h ' '? I P^^^T'^"' recently arrived from England. They would 

hnnnr.bYp ' C^^^^^!^. ^^^l"^^;, Has made an ^j^^^ ^J^^ ^^^^^ ^^j- ^^ to remain in his service 

honorable record m h,s private life and pub- ^^^ ^^^^^^, l^^^ ^e received them into 

hi. nJr' "t M^^rf If '^ ' '''''^ his family and they never left it. In 1751 
his name is held. I has been associated with ^^j^^^ ^^^ married Edith Yeatman, an Eng- 
tle development of this region from the time {.^^ j^^ ^^-^ ^^ j^^^^ 33^^ , 3^,, ,fh 
re^e Li vif?/ r settlements, and its rep- ^^ ^^J^^^^^ ^^ ^^H as personal beauty. They 
re^entatives have been notably people of high ^^^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^ seventeen children, four- 
character, probity and reliability. When a ^^^^^ ^^ J^^^^^ ^^^^^^ families-as a rule large 
young man Mr. Eves gave evidence of his ^^^^^-^-^^ Their names with dates of birth are 
w^r .^n?he^L?lT ^^ I serving in the Civil ^^ ^^^^^^^^^. ^.^^^^^ ,^ ^^^ ^ 1 1753 (died 
war and he has always done his share in sup- . ^ Thox..:is, 2d mo., 5th, 1755 ; John, 
porting enterprises which promise to conserve ^^ ^ / , ^^^^^ /^ J 
advance the general welfare. When the g ^j^^^ {^^ ^^^^ ^ /^th, 1760 (died in 
wnf ff Ta?K organization of Millville ,^^, . william, 2d mo., 2d, 1762; Chandlee, 
was effected he became a member of the first ^^^h mo., 14th 1763; Elizabeth, 12th mo., 
city council, and he has been acting as post- JT /! c u .^t . .^u l^f.^. TT^ifV. 
master since 1904. 30th, 1765 ; Sarah, 5th mo 14th 1767 ; Edith, 

John Eves, who established the Eves fam- 5th mo., 14th, 1767 ; Andrew, 6th mo., 4th, 

ily in Columbia county, was one of the pioneer 1769; Mary, nth mo., 24th, 1770; Priscilla, 

settlers in the valley of Fishing creek. He "th mo.. 3d, 1772; Mark. 4th mo., 8th, 1774; 

had come there from Mill Creek Hundred, Ann, 4th mo., 21st, 1775; Samuel, ist mo., 

New Castle Co., Del., and located on a tract 1778; Ezra, 6th mo., 28th, 1782. Of these, 

of 1,200 acres in the townships of Greenwood four families moved to Canada in 1800. John 

and Madison, including the present site of Eves, Sr., died 7th mo., ist, 1802; and Edith 



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(Yeatmaii) Eves, 4th mo., 14th, 1818, aged 
eighty-three years. Many of those who bore 
the name have occupied positions of honor 
and respectability in the various walks of life. 
Numerous descendants of the original stock 
continue to live in this region. 

Joseph Eves, son of John, born lOth mo., 
30th, 1758, married Sarah Parvin, and they 
had children : J. Parvin, Ezra, Milton, Sarah 
(Mrs. Shively), Asenath (Mrs. Ashton), 
Francis, EHzabeth (Mrs. Swisher) and Mary 
(Mrs. Marten). 

J. Parvin Eves was born Dec. 9, 1790, on 
the original plat of ground where his grand- 
father John located. His wife, Anna, died in 
the fall of 1872, when about seventy-five years 
old. The children born to J. Parvin and Anna 
Eves were: Chandlee, Joseph, Francis, 
George, Sarah, Rachel, Shadrach, Elizabeth, 
Parvin, Ezra, Chalkley, Susan and Elijah. All 
lived to be grown up except Elijah. 

Chandlee Eves, son of J. Parvin Eves, was 
a tanner by trade, and for some time was in- 
terested in the tannery at Sereno, Columbia 
county, at which place he died in the spring 
of 1846. His wife, Mary (Reece), daughter 
of John and Catherine Reece, was also a de- 
scendant of one of the pioneer families of the 
county. She survived him many years, dying 
in 1886. They had three children who lived 
to maturity, John P., Anna R. and Joseph C. 
Of these, John served in the Union army as 
a member of Company I, 13th Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Infantry, was severely wounded in 
the arm at the close of the battle of Freder- 
icksburg, by a piece of shell, and died three 
days afterwards; he was but nineteen years 
old. Anna R. married Charles B. Kline and 
died in 1878, of typhoid fever, her husband 
dying about the same time; they left four chil- 
dren. 

Joseph C. Eves was born Jan. 24, 1844, at 
Sereno, Columbia county, second son and third 
child in the family of Chandlee Eves. During 
the Civil war he served in the Union army 
under two enlistments, first enlisting in Com- 
pany H, ist Battalion, Pennsylvania Infantry, 
for one hundred days' service. His second 
term was served with the ist Pennsylvania 
Light Artillery, and he received his final dis- 
charge Nov. 18, 1864. After his return from 
the army he was engaged in driving team for 
one year, and then learned the trade of wheel- 
wright, following that and wagonmaking prin- 
cipally for about twenty-eight years. Set- 
tling at Millville, he has been one of its most 
highly respected citizens, and served twelve 
years and five months as postmaster of that 



place, having received his appointment in 1901. 
He was honored with election to its first city 
council. Mr. Eves adheres to the faith of 
his ancestors, holding membership in the So- 
ciety of Friends. Fraternally he belongs to 
Lodge No. 809, I. O. O. F., and by virtue of 
his services during the Civil war to the G. A. 
R., being a member of the J. P. Eves Post 
Xo. 536, named in memory of his brother. 
He was president of the Columbia County 
[Monument Association. 

On Oct. 28, 1 87 1, Mr. Eves married Char- 
lotte Heacock, one of the seven children of 
Charles S. and Hannah W. (Watson) Hea- 
cock, both of whom were members of families 
settled at Millville. All their family survive 
at this writing. Mr. Heacock was engaged 
in building. A family of five children has 
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Eves, viz. : May 
B., who lives at home, is her father's assistant 
in the post office ; Eunice teaches domestic 
science in the Philadelphia public schools ; 
Curtis C, M. D., a specialist, has been con- 
nected with the George School, a Friends' in- 
stitution near Philadelphia, for eighteen years 
in all, as pupil and instructor ; Charles Scott 
is a druggist at Danville, Montour Co., Pa. ; 
Alberta is the wife of Dr. J. F. Gordner. of 
Montgomery, Pa., and has two children, Lu- 
cile, born in 1902, and Franklin, born in 1906. 

RAY H. DAVENPORT, former superin- 
tendent of the Berwick Store Company, and 
now connected with the executive department 
of the American Car and Foundry Company 
in New York City, was born Feb. 4, 1874, in 
Riceville, Crawford Co., Pa., and is a son of 
Levi D. and Civil (Hills) Davenport. His 
grandfather, Orin Davenport, married a Swan, 
whose parents came to this country direct from 
Holland and settled in Chautauqua county, 
N. Y., where the Davenports and Hills (Mr. 
Davenport's maternal grandparents) both set- 
tled upon their removal from England. Orin 
Davenport filled all the offices in the Methodist 
Episcopal Church except that of pastor. About 
1865 the Davenports moved to Riceville, Craw- 
ford Co., Pa., and Levi D. Davenport was a" 
member of the firm of O. Davenport & Son, 
who conducted a lumber and milling business 
there, residing at that place until his death, in 
1890. He was a member of the Free Masons, 
Odd Fellows and Knights of Honor, and 
passed all the chairs in the two last named. 

In 1891 Ray H. Davenport came to Berwick 
as entry clerk for the Jackson & VVoodin store, 
serving in that capacity for live years. At the 



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end of that period the firm was incorporated to Berwick from New Jersey. By trade he 

as the Berwick Store Company, Limited, and was a blacksmith, and he established one of 

although he had been only a short time with the first shops of the kind in Berwick. His 

the firm in a comparatively subordinate posi- shop, which was located on Front street, was 

tion his abilities were recognized and he was one of the largest at Berwick, he having twen- 

made superintendent of the then greatly en- ty-onc apprentices, 

larged establishment. Isadora F. Chamberlain was born in an old 

At once upon assuming his duties he began log house that stood near the site of his pres- 
the work of developing the country store into ent residence. He was a pupil in one of the 
a modern mercantile establishment, and so well first schools at Berwick, and after leaving 
did he succeed that the systems and methods school learned the butcher's trade, at which 
he introduced, and the additions he made to he was working when the Civil war broke out. 
the store, have remained since to form a living Mr. Chamberlain was one of the earliest vol- 
and enduring monument to his ability and unteers from Berwick, answering the call for 
sagacity. It was with regret to all who had three-months men in 1861, and became a mem- 
come into contact with him in the few years ber of Company C, i6th Pennsylvania Infan- 
of his superintendency that he was bidden try. During that winter he went into the 
farewell upon his resignation in 1903, to accept business of trading mules, and in the follow- 
a position with the United States Lumber & ing spring became a mule driver in the wagon 
Supply Company of Berwick, Pennsylvania. train of General McClellan's command, with 

Mr. Davenport was married in 1895 to Idella which he continued until August, 1862. He 

Bloss, daughter of John Bloss, of Berwick, was then discharged and returned home. On 

and they have had four children : Donald Hills, Aug. 15, 1862, he reenlisted, in Company E, 

John Bloss, Robert Russel and Helen Jean. i6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, of which he was 

Mr. Davenport is a Republican in politics, a made commissary sergeant, later quartermas- 

member of the Presbyterian Church, and of ter sergeant, and still later orderly sergeant, 

the Odd Fellows, Knights of Malta and Royal Following the death of Lieutenant Brown he 

Arcanum. was made second lieutenant of his company, 

and served as such until almost the close of 

ISADORE F. CHAMBERLAIN, who is the war, when he received his discharge near, 

engaged in the grocery business at Berwick, Richmond. After returning once more to his 

Columbia Co., Pa., was born there Dec. is, home he resumed work at his trade for a time, 

1837, son of Joseph and Betsy (Cole) Chani- f"^ ^hen embarked in the grocery business for 

berlain ^ v / himself, continuing same for sixteen years, 

The 'founder of the Chamberlain family in ^^^n he retired from business activities for a 

Columbia county came to Berwick at a very t^"^^. Subsequently he resumed the grocery 

early day. By trade he was a stone cutter. ^rade, which he has continued to carry on at 

Joseph Chamberlain, father of Isadore F. ^'^ present location. 
Chamberlain, was born in the city of Quebec, I" 1866 Mr. Chamberlain was married to 
Canada. Like his father he followed the trade Emma Elvira Smith, who was born in Butler 
of stone cutter after coming to Berwick, where Valley, Pa., daughter of Daniel and Mary Ann 
his death occurred. On Feb. 24, 1829, he mar- (Brewer) Smith. Mrs. Chamberlain s father 
ried Elizabeth Cole, and they had seven chil- was born in Butler Valley, and her mother in 
dren : Sarah, who is deceased ; John, who Catawissa Valley, Pa. In his younger days 
was wounded in battle while serving in the he was a millwright. In 1849 he went to Cali- 
Civil war ; Samuel, who was a member of the ^^^""'^ ^^ ^ prospector and died there. His 
i6th Pa. Vol. Cav. in the Civil war, and was wife died at Hazleton, Pa There were five 
also wounded while in the service ; Isadore F. ; children in the family : Oakley and Alice, 
Charlotte, who is the wife of William Rogers, both of whom are deceased; Mrs Chamber- 
of Sunbury, Pa.; James, a resident of Ber- ^^in; Margaret, wife of Nathan Shaffer, re- 
wick, also served in the Civil war; and Annie, siding at Hazleton ; and Mrs. Mordecai Brobst, 
who is the widow of Lewis Stiles, and a resi- a widow, residing with Mr. and Mrs. Cham- 
dent of Berwick. berlain. 

Thomas Patton Cole, the maternal grand- To Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain have been 

father of Isadore F. Chamberlain, was born in born five sons : Albert, Frank, Clem, Clyde 

New Jersey Aug. 26, 1771. On July 31, 1803, and Charles. Of these three, Albert, Clem 

he was married to Sarah Smith, and they came and Charles, are residents of Berwick. Frank 



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lives at Mattoon, 111., and Clyde is a resident 
of Boston, Massachusetts. 

Mr. Chamberlain was the only Civil war 
volunteer from Berwick who brought back a 
commission, and was one of the charter mem- 
bers in the organization of the Berwick G. A. 
R. post, in which he has always taken a very 
deep interest, and of which he has for a num- 
ber of years been commissary sergeant. At 
one time he was high constable of Berwick, in 
which ofifice he served with efficiency. 

OLAF F. FERRIS, a retired builder, and 
one of the most prosperous farmers of Colum- 
bia county, was born at Mehoopany, Wyoming 
Co., Pa., March 21, 1848. He is the son of 
Simeon, grandson of Simeon, and great-grand- 
son of Ransford Ferris, a native of Connecti- 
cut. 

Ransford Ferris was born near Stamford, 
Conn., was a farmer by occupation, and spent 
his life in that section, dying there in 1821. 
His wife was Lizzie June, and their children 
were : Avery, who married Lydia Lockwood ; 
Elvin ; Joseph, who married Sallie Lockwood ; 
Debbie, who married Jeremiah Knapp ; Betsy, 
who married Michael Boonhauer; Lucretia, 
who married Nathaniel Clausen ; Abigail, who 
married James Clausen; and Simeon, grand- 
father of Olaf F. Ferris. 

Simeon Ferris, the elder of that name, was 
born at Stamford, Conn., and died in Septem- 
ber, 1 88 1, at his home in Sussex county, N. J. 
He was a shoemaker and farmer. His wife, 
Nancy (Simmons), died Jan. iS, 1842. They 
had the following children : Simeon, born Aug. 
12, 1809, was the father of Olaf F. ; Isaac, who 
lived in the West, married Eliza Peck ; Apollis, 
a miller of Boonton, N. J., married .Ann Hicks- 
man ; John Calvin, a farmer of Tunkhamiock, 
Wyoming county, married Polly June ; Abigail 
married Isaac Ward; Polly married Smith 
Lockwood, of Connecticut; Mary Ann mar- 
ried Ruf us Lonsbury, of Connecticut ; Clarinda 
married William Douglas, of Lovelton. Pa. ; 
Martha married William T. Adams, of Lovel- 
ton; Electa married Edwin Lewis, of Merryall, 
Bradford county. These all are deceased. 

Simeon Ferris, father of Olaf F., was born 
in Stamford, Conn., Aug. 12. 1809, and during 
boyhood worked at shoemaking with his fa- 
ther. He accompanied his father to Sussex 
county, N. J., where he carried on the shoe- 
making trade until 1836, when he moved to 
Mehoopany. Pa., purchased a tract of land, 
and followed farming until his death. March 7, 
1875. Mis wife followed him to the grave in 
1885. She was Hila Ann June, and by this 



marriage there were children as follows: 
Apollis, born June 4, 1828, at Wanaque, N. J., 
married Maria Robinson, and resided at Tunk- 
hannock, Pa.; David L., born Feb. 25, 1830, 
at Wanaque. a carpenter and builder at Tunk- 
hannock, married Nancy E. Wintamute; 
Michael, born Nov. 24. 1831, died April 12, 
i860, married Julia A. Woodruff; Harriet, 
born Nov. 23, 1833, died April 25, 1855; Eliza 
Jane, born Nov. 24, 1835, married William 
Labar, now living at Scranton, Pa. ; Henry, 
born April 14, 1838, died at Washington, D. C., 
Dec. 25. 1861, after serving three months in 
Company B, 52d Regiment. Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Infantr}-; Levi L., born Marrh 11, 
1840. was killed May 31, 1862. in the battle 
of Fair Oaks, \'a., by a minie ball, which 
struck him above the right eye ; Mary Emily, 
born June 28, 1842, married John C. Fraley, 
of Mehoopany; Charles, born June 13. 1844. 
enlisted in the same company as his brothers, 
got as far as Alexandria, \'a., became ill and 
died at the camp hospital April 20, 1864; 
Clarissa, born April 20. 1846. is the widow of 
Frank Smith, a lumberman of Port Jervis, 
N. Y. ; Olaf F. completes the family. 

Simeon Ferris, the father, was a Presby- 
terian while in New Jersey, but on removing 
to Pennsylvania, and not finding a Presby- 
terian Church, he affiliated with the Methodist 
Church. He was a very active church worker 
and held all the official positions in that society. 
He was class leader, a prime mover in all re- 
vivals, and was superintendent of the Sunday 
School for more than twenty years. His long 
life of well doing, in both the civil and reli- 
gious welfare of his locality, left an indelible 
impression on the community, and gave to the 
family that great impetus for religious work 
that has ever characterized its members. 

Olaf F. Ferris was reared on his father's 
farm, and attended the local schools and Camp- 
town University, Bradford county, until he 
was twenty-one. He then began his appren- 
ticeship in the builder's trade, which he fol- 
lowed for many years, in Nanticoke, Luzerne 
Co., Pa. He then opened a grocery store at 
Nanticoke, and in 1885 removed to his present 
farm of 300 acres in Briarcreek township, Co- 
lumbia county. In addition to farming he car- 
ried on a dairy business and was also a fancier 
of fine poultry. Since his retirement from 
farming, a considerable part of his farm has 
been cut up into building lots and sold. He 
is a director of the Uerwick National Bank, 
also a director of the Berwick Savings & 
Trust Company, which he has served as vice 
president since its organization. 






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On June 7, 1875, Mr. Ferris was married 
to Martha L., daughter 6i John Fairchild, a 
. farmer of Nanticoke, and they had four chil- 
dren: Ada Amanda, born Sept. 12, 1876, is 
at home; John Horace, born Sept. 3, 1878, a 
farmer, married Bessie Doty and has four chil- 
dren, Martha Elizabeth, John Franklin, Bonita 
Love and Newell Angus; Martha Elizabeth, 
born Sept. 2, 1882, married Dr. H. H. Long, 
a dentist of Berwick, and has two children, 
Franklin Lewis and Homer Ferris ; Olaf Carle- 
ton, born Jan. 18, 1885, a farmer of Wyoming 
county, married Ella Seeley and has five chil- 
dren, Carleton Henry, Olaf Frederick, Mon- 
roe Alfred, Seeley Fairchild and Mary Martha. 

Mr. Ferris is a Republican in politics, and 
while a resident of Nanticoke was a member 
of the town council. He is a member of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Berwick, and is 
one of the ruling elders. He has taken an 
active part in the work of the church and has 
served in all the various offices of the organiza- 
tion. Mr. Ferris when seventeen years of 
age was made the chorister of the Sunday 
school at Laurel Hill, Wyoming county, where 
his uncle, John C. Ferris, was then the superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school. Since coming 
to Columbia county he has served as chorister 
in the First Presbyterian Church. While at 
Nanticoke he was superintendent of the Sun- 
day school, and took an active interest in all 
church afifairs. 

Mr. Ferris has taken an active part in the 
development of the borough of West Berwick 
and has done much for its growth in religious, 
educational and moral fields. His influence in 
the welfare of the locality where he has resided 
has always been for its betterment, and he 
gives cheerfully of his time and means to that 
end. Mr. Ferris has always taken a deep in- 
terest in the educational institutions of his 
locality and served as school director in Briar- 
creek township for a number of years. He 
was one of the incorporators of West Berwick 
and was chosen one of the first members of 
its board of education, serving several terms. 

Mr. Ferris was made a Mason in Wyoming 
Lodge, No. 468, F. & A. M., of Wyoming, Lu- 
zerne Co., Pa., and is a past master of that 
body. After removing to Berwick he affiliated 
with Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M. He 
is also a member of Caldwell Consistory, 
thirty-second degree, A. A. S. R., of Blooms- 
burg, Pa. He was made an Odd Fellow in 
Nanticoke Lodge, and is a past grand of that 
body ; he is now affiliated with Berwick Lodge, 
No. 246, I. O. O. F. 
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THEODORE F. CONNER was born July 
21, 1850, at Briarcreek, Columbia county. He 
attended the Martz school there, three years 
at the Bloomsburg Literary Institute, and then 
two terms at Dickinson Seminary, Williams- 
port, Pa. Returning to Lime Ridge, Columbia 
county, he took up the work of farming on the 
old homestead, teaching school during the 
winter in Espy and Briar Creek. In 1883 he 
left the farm and went to Wilkes-Barre, where 
he entered the grocery business, in which he 
continued for six years. At the end of the 
time he took charge of the books for W^illiam 
Stoddard & Co., wholesale grocers, with 
whom he remained eight years, and then took 
a similar position with Hildrelh & Co., who 
ran a company store at Nanticoke. Returning 
to Bloomsburg in 1893 he kept the books of 
the foundry and planing mill of the Mears 
Manufacturing Company. In 1895 he was 
made manager of the Keystone Foundry & 
Machine Company, remaining with them for 
two years and then leasing the plant. He 
ran the foundry under lease for two years 
and then built a plant of his own, which he 
has conducted ever since, doing a general 
foundry business and specializing in sash 
weights. 

Mr. Conner married Frances Madora, 
daughter of Daniel Seaman and Sarah Eliza- 
beth (Harding) Pursell, and they have had 
six children: Daniel P., who married Mary 
DeB. Hunter and lives in Moores, Delaware 
county ; Anna Hartmann, who died young and 
is buried at Lime Ridge; Luke Arlington, who 
married Anna Clewell and lives in Blooms- 
burg; Peter Harding, who married Anna C. 
Edwards and lives in Scranton ; Samuel Har- 
vey, who married Christina Holmes and lives 
at Folcroft, near Philadelphia; and Helen 
Hanson, wife of Elmer R. Vactor, living in 
Hoboken, N. J. Mr. Conner is a Progressive 
in politics, and attends the Presbyterian 
Church. 

The Harding family, of which Mrs. Con- 
ner's mother was a member, is of old English 
stock. The word Harding is old Saxon, and 
means strong, robust, energetic, brave. It is 
also found in the dialects of northern Europe. 
The German version is Harteng, the Danish, 
Hardenburgh ; the French spelling is Harden- 
rens. There are also several English modifi- 
cations, as Hardenstorne, Harden, Hardnick, 
and others, all having the same source. 

Sarah E. Harding, born in 1825, married in 
1847, and died in 1890, was the daughter of 
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1879, and his wife Elsie Wyman, born in 
1 801 and died in 1882. Their marriage oc- 
curred in 1820. 

Stephen Harding (4) was the son of Israel 
Harding, who was born in 1756, and died in 
1835, and his wife, Lydia Reed, who died in 
1847. Their marriage occurred in 1787. 

Israel Harding was the son of Capt. Stephen 
Harding (3), born in 1723 and died in 1789, 
and his wife Amy Gardner, who died about 
1795. They were married in 1748. 

Capt. Stephen Harding (3), was the son of 
Capt. Stephen Harding (2), born in 1680, and 
his wife Elizabeth Knight, who were married 
in 1712. 

Stephen Harding (2) was the son of 
Stephen Harding, who was born about 1650, 
and who was said to be the brother of Mary 
Harding, who married Sir Robert Georges 
in England and came to Massachusetts in 
1623. Four brothers of Mary came with the 
couple to America, Richard, Joseph, Abraham 
and Stephen, the latter being the ancestor of 
the family in this part of Pennsylvania. 

Palmer Harding, a resident of West Pitts- 
ton, Luzerne Co., Pa., who died in 191 2, a 
descendant of the first Stephen, had a number 
of documents corroborative of the above fam- 
ily pedigree, including the discharge of Israel 
Harding, signed by George Washington. 
Israel Harding enlisted Sept. 17. 1776, in the 
1st Independent Company of Wyoming, Pa., 
in Captain Durkee's regiment. 

Stephen Harding (3) was appointed cap- 
tain of the 7th Exeter company of the 24th 
Regiment, Connecticut Militia, on Oct. 17, 

1775- 

The Pursell family of Pennsylvania and 

New Jersey are descendants of the noble fam- 
ily of Pursells in Ireland, whose founder, Sir 
Hugh Pursell, was a grandson of the Sir 
Hugh Pursell who went to England with Wil- 
liam the Conquerer and could trace his descent 
through many generations from Charlemagne 
the Great. 

Sir Hugh Pursell is said to have been the 
first of the conquering Normans to land on 
British soil at Pevensey Bay, and the first to 
perform a deed of arms by storming the ruins 
of a Roman castle where a party of King 
Harold's soldiers lay entrenched. 

The Irish Purcells were adherents of the 
Plouse of Stuart and were swept away by the 
rebellion of 1641. though several distinct 
branches of them later recovered their lands 
and titles at the time of the Restoration, but 
were aeain broken up on the accession of Wil- 
liam lil. 



John Purslone, Pursley or Pursell, as the 
name is variously spelled, came to America 
from Dublin, Ireland, in the ship "Phoenix," 
arriving in the Delaware in August, 1677. He 
settled in Bucks county. Pa., where he was ap- 
pointed constable for the "further side of 
Neshaminah" on the 7th month and 9th day 
of 1685. On the 8th day of the 7th month 
of 1689 he was appointed constable of the 
"upper parts of the Settlement between Nesh- 
aminah and Poquessing.'' In the same year 
he appears as a witness in the Bucks county 
courts, and on being sworn gave his age as 
about sixty years. He was again appointed 
constable in 1690 for the "upper parts of 
Neshaminah." He married, in 1684, Eliza- 
beth, widow of Thomas Walmsley, who with 
her husband and six children had emigrated 
from Yorkshire in 1682 and settled in By- 
berry, Philadelphia county, bringing a certifi- 
cate from the Settled ^Monthly Meeting of 
Friends in Yorkshire. 

At about the same date of the arrival of 
John Purslone in Bucks county, Thomas Pur- 
cill appears at Flatlands, Long Island. He 
accepted the appointment of appraiser in that 
town in 1679, and was one of the patentees of 
Newton. Long Island, in 1686. He (or a son 
of his of the same name) removed to the Rari- 
tan river, in Somerset county, N. J., prior to 
1703. and had children ba]>tized at the Rari- 
tan Dutch Reformed Church. 

The descendants of Thomas Purcill became 
numerous in Somerset, Middlesex and Essex 
counties, N. J., prior to 1760. In 17 10 he pur- 
chased a large tract of land in Somerset 
county, although then living in Middlesex 
county, and in 1719 conveyed half of it to his 
son Daniel, who in 1728 conveyed a part of it 
to Gysbert Krom, of Amwell township. Hunt- 
erdon county. 

Daniel Pursell settled later in .Mexandria 
township, Hunterdon county, and in 1783 
bought a tract of land in Tinicum. Bucks 
county, where he erected a gristmill which he 
ran for two years. He then returned to King- 
wood. N. J., where he died in 1804. leaving 
these children: Peter, Benjamin, Thomas, 
Ruth ( Middleswartz), Sarah (Tinsman ) and 
Hannah (Jones). 

On Sept. 28. T726. "Dennes Pursell of 
Penna." married Ruth Cooper, daughter of 
Henry and Mary (Buckman) Cooper, of 
Newtown. Bucks county, and settled in Beth- 
lehem township. Hunterdon Co.. X. J. 
Whether he was a son of John and Elizabeth 
(Walmsley) Pursell, of Bucks county, or of 
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739 



cal, but certain it is that Dennes and Ruth 
(Cooper) Purcell were the parents of John 
Purcell of Pennsylvania, who married in 1761 
Ann Coone (or Coomb), of Tinicum town- 
ship, Bucks Co., Pa., and settled in Nocka- 
mixon township, where he purchased land in 

1773- 

Another John Pursell, also of Pennsylvania, 

married, in 1765, Alary Logan, and settled 

in Falls township, Bucks county, where he 

died in 1778. 

Thomas, second son of John and Ann 

(Coomb) Pursell, married Catherine Crause, 

and they were the parents of six sons and one 

daughter. 

Dennis Pursell, first son of Thomas and 
Catherine (Crause) Pursell, married Sarah 
Seaman, and they were the parents of four- 
teen children : Mary, wife of Peter Pursell ; 
Susannah, wife of Sam Holdren ; Thomas, 
who married (first) a Miss Tranger and (sec- 
ond) Annie Holdren; Daniel Seaman, who 
married Sarah E. Harding; Jane, wife of Sin- 
clair Teets ; Lydia, wife of Conrad Haas; 
John ; Isaac, who married Caroline Harford ; 
Dennis, who married Elizabeth Ziegafoos ; 
Ann, wife of Theodore Gould ; Sarah, wife of 
Paul Griffin; Martha, wife of a Mr. Bennett; 
and Ellen and Robert, who died unmarried. 

Daniel Seaman Pursell, second son of Den- 
nis and Sarah (Seaman) Pursell, married 
Sarah Harding in 1847. Their children were: 
Frances M., wife of Theodore F. Conner; 
Martha, unmarried ; Alice, wife of Britt Up- 
dyke ; and Peter, who married Mary Alice 
Kelchner. 

Britt and Alice (Pursell) Updyke had chil- 
dren : Pursell, who married a Miss Lyman, 
and Paul and Howard, who died young. 

Peter and Mary Alice (Kelchner) Pursell 
had children : Lulu, wife of Charles L. Bry- 
den, who has two children, Alice and Robert ; 
Ray, who is married ; Louise, wife of Charles 
Russell Stecker, who has one child, Charles 
Russell, Jr. ; Dorothy, wife of Grover Mutch- 
ler; Maude I., wife of William Everett Bris- 
ben ; and Roger and Lillian, who are un- 
married. 

S. BRITT SEELY, assistant superintend- 
ent of the Berwick Water Company, at Ber- 
wick, Pa., was born in Salem township, Lu- 
zerne Co., Pa., July 15, 1879, son of Mason 
"C. and Amanda (Henry) Seely. 

Andrew Seely, his grandfather, was one of 
the early settlers of Salem township, Luzerne 
county. For a number of years he conducted 
a tannery at Beach Haven, at the same time 



carrying on farming, was a man of character 
and judgment, and was a recognized factor 
in public affairs. His political opinions coin- 
cided with the principles of the Republican 
party, he gave his support to the public schools 
and was a church member. 

Mason C. Seely, son of Andrew, was born 
in Salem township, Luzerne county, and spent 
his life there. Until stricken with blindness 
he engaged in farming. His death occurred 
in February, 1905. He married a widow, Mrs. 
Amanda (Henry) Smith, who died March 22, 
1913. She was born at Briggsville, Pa., a 
daughter of Jacob Henry, and first married 
Abram Smith, to which union two children 
were born : John W. Smith, who is a resident 
of Mifflinville, Pa., and Abram Smith, who 
lives at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. To her marriage 
with Mason C. Seely, nine children were born, 
as follows : Charles, who is a resident of 
Shamokin, Pa. ; Josephine, who is the wife of 
A. W. Hicks, of Berwick; Wallace H., who 
resides at Mifflinville, Columbia county; Jacob 
H., who lives in California ; Mary, who is the 
wife of George Kepner, of Berwick; Cath- 
erine, wife of J. B. Thomas, residing at Hunt- 
ington Mills, Pa. ; Edward, who lives at Beach 
Haven; S. Britt; and William G., who is a 
resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

S. Britt Seely spent his boyhood days in 
Salem township and attended the Walton 
schoolhouse near his father's farm. In 1894 
he came to Berwick, and then became a pupil 
in the public schools. When the Spanish- 
American war broke out he enlisted for serv- 
ice in Company K, nth United States Reg- 
ular Infantry, and during the continuance of 
the war was with his regiment at Atlanta, 
Ga., and at Tampa, Fla.. being mustered out at 
Fort McPherson, Atlanta. After returning 
home he set about completing his interrupted 
education, attending Dickinson College, at 
Carlisle, Pa., and later taking a business 
course in the Wyoming Seminary. After 
graduating from the latter institution, in 1904, 
he once more returned to Berwick, where he 
entered the employ of the Berwick Water 
Company, and since then has served as assist- 
ant superintendent. 

On Sept. 20, 1905, Mr. Seely was married 
to Daisy E. Reed, who was born at Syberts- 
ville, Pa., daughter of William E. and Re- 
becca (Everard) Reed, the former of whom 
died when his daughter was young. He was 
a contractor and was engaged mainly in locat- 
ing mines. The mother of Mrs. Seely died 
May 5, 1914, in Luzerne county, and is buried 
in Xescopeck township. Mr. and Mrs. Seely 



740 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

have had two children : Constance, born Sept. Cyrus De Mott was born Aug. 9, 1832, on 
28, 1906, who died Aug. 20, 1908; and Reed the homestead in Madison township, and was 
L., born Nov. 16, 1909. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Seely reared there. He was educated in' the local 
are members of the Methodist Episcopal schools and early began to serve an appren- 
Church. He retains his membership in his ticeship at the carpenter's trade, which he con- 
Greek letter college faternities, belonging to tinned to follow for fifteen years, in Pennsvl- 
the Sigma Chi and the Kappa Delta Phi. He vania, Iowa and Missouri, being in the latter 
is a member of Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & State in 1861, when the war broke out. Hav- 

A. M., and of Caldwell Consistory, thirty- ing decided to settle down to farmino-, he 
second degree, A. A. S. R., at Bloomsburg ; of bought a place in Madison township which he 
the Berwick Lodge of Elks, No. 1138; and cultivated for six years, after which he rented 
Berwick Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 246. it out for a time. In 1876 he bought the home 

-/ place and carried on its cultivation until his re- 
CYRUS De MOTT, a venerable resident of tirement. It comprises 130 acres, and Mr. 
Millville, Columbia county, now living retired, De Mott still retains ownership of the prop- 
was engaged in farming during his active erty. He is now living at Millville. Mr. De 
years in Madison township, where he still Mott gave his private affairs necessary atten- 
owns a valuable farm. This property has tion, but he also found time for public inter- 
been in the De Mott family for many years, ests, and he has served his fellow citizens well 
The founder of the family in Columbia in various capacities. He has been member of 
county was Richard De Mott, who came from the school board and of the council, and presi- 
New Jersey to Pennsylvania in 1787, and lo- dent of the Millville Mutual Fire Insurance 
Gated on the farm later owned by John and Company. Mr. De Mott has long been a 
David Schultz. He was born in New Jersey member of the Baptist Church, and he served 
in 1755, and died May 26, 1827. His widow as clerk while living in Madison township, 
died Aug. 5, 1849. Their children were: In October, 1862, he enlisted for service in the 
Mary, Rosanna, John, Sarah. Rebecca, Isaac, Civil war, joining Company G, 171st Pennsyl- 
Jacob. Abigail, Richard, David, William and vania \'olunteer Infantry, and received an 
Elizabeth. honorable discharge at Harrisburg after nine 

Jacob De Mott, son of Richard, was born months' service. 
Sept. 9, 1792, in Madison township. Columbia In 1868 Mr. De Mott married Annie L. 
county, and followed farming all his life, after Heller, of Madison township, who died Oct. 
his marriage settling on the farm in Madison 25, 1873. leaving no family. She was one of 
township now owned by his son Cyrus. He the four children of John and Mary Heller, 
was a prosperous man. and prominent in all On April 29. 1880. Mr. De Mott married (see- 
the activities of his locality, serving as justice ond) Antoinette B. Suplee, of Montgomery 
of the peace, county commissioner ( before the county. Pa., who was born Sept. 7, 1853. 
counties were divided) and superv-isor of the daughter of George W. and Sarah H. Suplee. 
poor. For nearly sixty years he was a mem- Mr. Suplee was a wheelwright, farmer and 
ber of the Baptist Church, and held the offices civil engineer. Mr. and Mrs. De Mott have 
of deacon and elder. His wife, Catherine no children of their own, but they reared Dr. 
(Patton), daughter of John, died in 1869. Robert S. Patton, who is now a resident of 
Her family came from New Jersey. He sur- Danville. Pennsylvania. 

vived her many years, passing away Feb. 11, Mrs. De Mott's ancestors came to .-Xmerica 
1886, in his ninety-fourth year. They had a in 1684. settling in Pennsylvania. The family 
large family, viz. : Mary died unmarried when is of French extraction. The great-great- 
twenty-three years old; Margaret never mar- grandfather, Peter Suplee, was a soldier in 
ried ; William R. was a farmer in Madison Washington's army during the Revolution, 
township ; Rosanna died unmarried in Novem- and died at Valley Forge in the winter of 
ber. 1879; Samuel died Feb. 21, 191 1, leaving 1778. 

a wife and four children; Catherine died in Samuel Suplee, Mrs. De Mott's grand- 
childhood ; Harriet, deceased, was the wife of father, was born and reared in Chester county, 
John Cromley, a miller, of Williamsport, Pa. where he married Miss Catherine Rinewalt. 
(she left two children) ; Sarah married John also a native of that county. To them were 

B. Welliver and died leaving seven children, born five children : George W. ; Emeline. 
six of whom still survive ; Cyrus is mentioned widow of Charles H. Soper, of Los Angeles, 
below ; George, the only other survivor of this Cal. ; John R.. who is in Lawrence. Kans. ; 
family, is a retired farmer, of Iowa. Mary, wife of Robert Evans, of Philadelphia; 



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741 



and Sarah, deceased. Samuel Suplee died 
April 23, 1875; his widow survived just ten 
years, dying April 23, 1885. They are buried 
in the Green Tree Church graveyard, in Upper 
Providence township, Montgomery county. 
He had farmed in that township until ten 
years before his death, when he and his wife 
removed to Philadelphia, where he lived 
retired. 

George W. Suplee was born July 29, 1825, 
in Chester county. Pa., and was reared there 
to the age of nine years, when his parents 
moved to Philadelphia, and three years later to 
Montgomery county, where he lived until the 
age of thirty-two years. He then bought a 
farm in Anthony township, Montour county, 
and farmed for eight years. He then sold out 
and bought a farm in Madison township, Co- 
lumbia county, where he resided until April, 
1886, when he bought a residence property in 
Bloomsburg, moving to the city and renting 
his farm. He married in Montgomery county, 
April 4, 1852, Sarah Hamer, a native of Mont- 
gomery county, and daughter of Humphrey 
and Mary Hamer. Mrs. Suplee was a child 
when her mother died ; her father died in 1845. 
Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Suplee : Antoinette, wife of Cyrus De Mott ; 
Gertrude, widow of Albert Girton, of Mad- 
ison township ; Horace G. ; Annie, wife of J. 
B. Nuss ; Emeline ; Mary Catherine : Sallie 
Wells ; and George, who was accidentally 
killed by falling from a window of the normal 
school where he was a student, Jan. 25, 1884. 
Mr. and Mrs. Suplee were members of the 
Baptist Church. While a resident of Montour 
county, he was justice of the peace for one 
term, and held many township offices while a 
resident of Madison township, Columbia 
county. He had a farm in that township of 
135 acres. ^ 

SADE VAN NATTA, of Bloomsburg, Pa., 
insurance agent, was born and educated in 
that town. Completing the public school 
course, she entered the Normal School, and 
graduated from that institution in 1875. For 
three months she taught school in Alontour 
township, Columbia county, and after 1876 
taught fourteen years in Bloomsburg, and 
during the year 1890 in Shickshinny. Miss 
Van Natta then entered the office of C. F. 
Knapp, at Bloomsburg, to learn the insurance 
business. Mr. Knapp was the pioneer insur- 
ance man in Bloomsburg and had a large 
patronage. When he died in 1901 she con- 
tinued to carry on the business in her own 
name, now representing seven fire, one auto- 



mobile, one plate glass and one tornado insur- 
ance companies, and handling from $15,000 
to $20,000 worth of business each year. 

Peter Van Natta, the founder of the fam- 
ily in Columbia county, was born in 1760 and 
came from Easton, Pa., to Bloomsburg, buy- 
ing large tracts of land where the city now 
stands. An old stone barn built by him still 
stands, within the city limits. He married 
Catherine Hoffman, and they had several chil- 
dren, among them being Peter, grandfather of 
Miss Sade Van Natta. 

Peter Van Natta (2) was born in 1798, in 
Bloomsburg, and educated in the common 
schools of the town. He was a farmer, and 
inherited considerable land from his father, 
to which he added as time passed. He died 
Sept. 16, 1853. He married Rosanna Biedel- 
man, who died Feb. 14, 1858, and their chil- 
dren were : Maria, wife of Christian F. 
Knapp, buried in Rosemont cemetery, Blooms- 
burg; Catherine, wife of Frederick Hender- 
shott. buried in Rosemont cemetery ; Margaret, 
also buried in Rosemont; Thomas V., who 
married Margaret I. Penman, buried in Rose- 
mont ; and Benjamin Hutchings, who married 
Elizabeth Williams, and rests with his brothers 
and sisters in beautiful Rosemont. Another 
brother, John Ellis Van Natta, is buried in 
Philadelphia. 

Thomas Vanderslice Van Natta, father of 
Miss Sade Van Natta, was born July 6, 1828, 
in Bloomsburg, and received his education in 
the public schools. He carried on a general 
contracting business, doing excavating for 
public buildings and cellars. He married 
Margaret I. Penman, who was born Feb. 26, 
1828, daughter of John and Mary (Stoddard) 
Penman, and was of Scotch descent. She died 
March 17, 1905, surviving her husband, who 
passed away June 30, 1895. Their children 
Avere: Clara M., wife of John L. Woods, liv- 
ing in Bloomsburg; Sade, mentioned above; 
Lillian A.; Sophie B. ; three who died young, 
Robert F., Peter K. and Harry W., all of 
whom are buried in Rosemont cemetery; 
Rosanna. wife of J. W. Lewis, living in Pitts- 
burg; Benjamin H., who married Jessie C. 
Piper (he is buried near Pittsburg) ; and Wal- 
lace, who married Jessie C, widow of his 
brother. Benjamin H., and lives in Blooms- 
burg. Mr. Van Natta was a Republican, and 
like his father before him was a member of 
the Episcopal Church. 

Christian Frederick Knapp, uncle of 
Sade Van Natta, and from whom she inherited 
the insurance business he conducted in 
Bloomsburg, was born at Besigheim, Wurtem- 



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berg, Germany, Oct. 12, 1822, and died in 
Bloomsburg, Pa., April 11, 1901. He came 
to America and remained for some years at 
Philadelpiiia. He married Maria Van Natta 
and they had no children. Mr. Knapp 
founded the insurance business which he so 
successfully carried on for many years at 
Bloomsburg, in 1884, representing many com- 
panies. 

Mr. Knapp was a Mason in Danville Lodge, 
No. 224, in November, 1851, and became a 
charter member and master of Washington 
Lodge, No. 265, Bloomsburg, in 1852 ; later 
he was secretary of the lodge from 1854 until 
his death. He received the degree of mark 
master Mason in Girard Mark Lodge, No. 214, 
of Philadelphia, May 13, 1854, and was ex- 
alted a Royal Arch Mason in Catawissa 
Chapter, No. 178, Nov. 21, 1855. He passed 
the chairs in the chapter, and subsequently be- 
came a charter member of Bloomsburg 
Chapter, No. 218, of which he was secretary 
from its institution until his death. The 
cryptic degrees were received in Palestine 
Council, No. 8, Phoenixville, Pa., Nov. 21, 
1856. Later he organized Mount Moriah 
Council, No. 10, R. & S. M., at Bloomsburg, 
being master for four years and continuously 
thereafter recorder. The orders of knighthood 
were conferred upon him March 6, 1856, at 
Harrisburg, in Parke Encampment, No. 11 
(now Pilgrim Encampment, No. 11). In the 
same year he became a charter member of 
Crusade Commandery, No. 12, of Bloomsburg, 
and was for three years its commander, and 
thereafter continuously recorder. 

In 1864 Mr. Knapp received the degrees of 
the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free- 
masonry, up to and including the thirty- 
second, at Harrisburg. He was instrumental 
in establishing the Scottish Rite bodies of 
Bloomsburg. He became the master of the 
lodge, council and chapter for a year, and was 
then annually elected secretary. He was com- 
mander-in-chief of Caldwell Consistory from 
May, 1867, to December, 1884, when he de- 
clined to serve longer, and was then elected 
secretary, which office he held the remainder 
of his life. For eight years he was district 
deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of 
Pennsylvania ; grand master of the Grand 
Council, R. & S. M., 1867-75 ; district deputy 
high priest for six years ; grand commander, 
K. T., in i860; grand lecturer in 1862 and 
1863 ; and district deputy grand master from 
1875 till the time of his death. On July 17, 
1870, he was created an inspector general, 
thirty-third degree, of the Supreme Council 



of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the 
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and was 
crowned an active member Sept. 18, 1872. 
He resigned therefrom to honorary member- 
ship in September, 1879. 

Such is the Masonic record of "Brother 
Chris. Knapp," as he was affectionately called 
by his friends. He had been a member of the 
fraternity for nearly half a century and few 
were better known in the craft. To him may 
be ascribed the establishment of the bodies 
of the Rite in Bloomsburg, and he was the 
leading spirit of that organization. 

ANDREW J. EVANS (deceased) was for 
years one of the leading citizens of Blooms- 
burg, prominent in business, and well known 
in connection with other important local in- 
terests. The family to which he belonged has 
been established in Columbia county for al- 
most a century, his grandfather, Mark Evans, 
having come here in the year 1816. 

Mark Evans was a native of Lancaster 
county. Pa. He settled in what is now Green- 
wood township and followed farming and 
lumbering as well as his trade of carpenter, 
becoming one of the well known men of the 
day in his section. He died in that township 
and is buried there. He was a member of the 
Society of Friends. His children were : 
Esther died unmarried ; Anna married Joseph 
Shannon ; Sarah married Thomas McGee ; 
Elsie married Jeremiah Heacock; Josiah was 
a Lutheran minister; Jacob was the father of 
Andrew J. Evans. 

Jacob Evans was born in Greenwood town- 
ship and passed all but the last few years of 
his life there. He was reared on the farm, 
but learning the carpenter's trade was engaged 
principally at such work until he reached mid- 
dle life, when he turned to farming and fol- 
lowed it the rest of his active years. After 
retiring he lived at Bloomsburg, where he died 
about 1876; he is buried in Greenwood town- 
ship. He held a number of local offices, and 
in 1856 was honored with election as associate 
judge, in which position he ser\'ed one term. 
For fifty-five years he was a member of the 
Methodist Church, in which he held official 
position for many years, and ministers of that 
denomination made his home their stopping 
place. He was leader of the first Methodist 
meeting held in Greenwood township, Colum- 
bia county. He married Hannah Morris, and 
they had children as follows: Sarah, who 
married Shivcly Statton ; Issachar M., who 
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743 



a well known physician, who died in Blooms- 
burg. 

Andrew J. Evans was born Oct. 2, 1829, 
and obtained a good education in the public 
schools of the home locality. When a young 
man he embarked in the mercantile business at 
Bloomsburg, and his store became one of the 
most popular in the town. He built what is 
still known as the Evans block, at the corner 
of Main and Iron streets, and later started a 
clothing business and merchant tailoring es- 
tablishment in that block. At the time of his 
death he was senior member of the firm of 
Evans & Eyer, clothing merchants, his partner 
being Frederick C. Eyer. In his death, which 
occurred Feb. 28, 1895, Bloomsburg lost one 
of its highly regarded citizens. Mr. Evans 
was always ready to give his support to any 
good cause. In religious faith he was a 
Methodist like his father. He was a stanch 
friend of local enterprises, and was one of the 
first stockholders in the Bloomsburg State 
Normal School. 

On Feb. 28, 1857, Mr. Evans married Sarah 
Elizabeth Appleman, who was born June 16, 
1837, in Columbia county, daughter of Peter 
and Hannah (Harris) Appleman, and grand- 
daughter of Matthias Appleman, a native of 
near Trenton, N. J., who settled in Millville 
shortly after the Revolution, the Appleman 
family being one of the oldest in Columbia 
county. Mrs. Evans continues to reside at the 
old Evans homestead on Third street, which is 
one of the landmarks of Bloomsburg, being 
among the oldest houses in the town ; it was 
built by the Shives family. 

Children as follows were born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Andrew J. Evans : Dora, widow of A. 
L. Fritz, an attorney at law of Bloomsburg; 
Hannah, at home ; Sadie, who married Alfred 
Koons and (second) Herbert A. Kemp, a well 
known photographer of Bloomsburg; Andrew, 
a merchant tailor of Bloomsburg; Charles, a 
shoe dealer of Bloomsburg, who was married 
Jan. 14, 1899, to Pearl Catherine Harder, and 
had two children, Charles Morris and Thomas 
Jackson ; Margaret, wife of John E. Eves, a 
business man of Millville, Pa. ; and Elizabeth, 
who is married to Arthur Eves and lives in 
Wisconsin. 

Miss Hannah Evans is a member of the D. 
A. R., Ft. McClure Chapter, being entitled 
to membership through her grandmother, 
Hannah (Morris) Evans, whose grandfather, 
Benjamin Corson was a soldier and captain in 
the war of the Revolution. 



GEORGE A. BUCKINGHAM, one of the 
highly respected residents of Berwick, now 
living retired, was born in the city of Phila- 
delphia, Pa., Dec. 18, 1838, son of Isaac and 
Jane (Symington) Buckingham. His great- 
grandfather was born in Delaware, of Quaker 
ancestry, and his grandfather was also a native 
of that State, where he lived and died. 

Isaac Buckingham, father of George A. 
Buckingham, was born in Delaware. He was 
a cloth cutter by trade and conducted a tailor- 
ing establishment in Philadelphia for many 
years, dying in that city ; he was buried, how- 
ever, in Newcastle county, Del. In Philadel- 
phia he was married to Jane Symington, 
daughter of Captain Symington, a native of 
New Jersey, of Welsh ancestry, and a soldier 
of the war of 1812. He was a shoe manu- 
facturer in Philadelphia, but lived retired 
some time before his death, which occurred 
in that city. Mrs. Buckinghom was born in 
New Jersey and died in Philadelphia, at the 
age of eighty-four years. 

George A. Buckingham was educated in his 
native city and after graduating from high 
school became an apprentice to the tin, sheet 
and iron trade, at which he was working when 
the Civil war broke out. In the second year 
of the conflict he enterd the army, enlisting 
on Aug. 14, 1862 in Company F, 68th Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, known as the 
"Scott Legion," from Philadelphia, which was 
attached to the ist Brigade, ist Division, 3d 
Corps, Army of the Potomac. He served 
until the close of the war, when he was 
mustered out and honorably discharged, June 
9, 1865, at Hart's Island, New York Harbor. 
He participated in many of the most decisive 
battles of the long struggle from Fredericks- 
burg to Appomattox, and was wounded at the 
battle of Gettysburg. 

After the war closed Mr. Buckingham re- 
turned to his home in Philadelphia and soon 
resumed work at his trade, remaining there 
until 1868. when he came to Berwick. Here 
he found employment in the iron works until 
ready to embark in the business for himself, 
and continued in the same line for fourteen 
years. In the meanwhile he took an interest in 
local progress and became active in Republican 
politics, being admitted to the inner circle as 
it were, as a member of the State Central com- 
mittee. For one term he served as jur>^ com- 
missioner of Columbia county and in 1872 he 
was elected a justice of the peace, filling this 
office for fifteen consecutive years, with such 
judicial efficiency that not once was a case of 
his reversed by a higher court. After he re- 



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tired from that office he entered the employ 
of the American Car and Foundry Company 
at Berwick. At present he is serving as a 
member of the poHce force of the borough. 

In the city of Philadelphia, prior to coming 
to Berwick, Mr. Buckingham was married to 
Miss Eliza Mandeville, who died in that city, 
the mother of four children, only one of 
whom, Georgiana, survives. Mr. Bucking- 
ham's second marriage, which took place in 
Berwick, was to Mrs. Susanna (Taylor) 
Laubach, of Berwick, who was born May 13, 
1835, daughter of Solomon and Aramanda 
(Dodson) Taylor, and first married J. F. Lau- 
bach. She died Jan. 18, 1909, the mother of 
two children, only one of whom survives : 
Susanna, who is the wife of A. P. Breihof, a 
resident of Berwick; Mr. and Mrs. Breihof 
have had one child, Christine, now deceased. 

Mr. Buckingham has been much interested 
in Grand Army affairs and was the founder 
of W. W. Ricketts Post, of Berwick, which 
was later named C. G. Jackson Post, No. 159 
(its present title). He was its first com- 
mander and was its first representative to the 
G. A. R. encampment, held at Reading, Pa. 
He belongs to Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & 
A. M., of Berwick, and for twenty years was 
tyler in the same ; to Berwick Lodge, No. 
1 138, B. P. O. Elks, of which he is a trustee; 
and to Berwick Aerie, No. 1281, Fraternal 
Order of Eagles, of which he is a past presi- 
dent. In 1872 he erected his atttractive 
residence, which is one of the handsomest in 
the borough. 

WILLIAM FLEMING LOWRY, of Ber- 
wick, was born on a farm in Delaware town- 
ship, Northumberland Co., Pa., and educated 
in the public schools and Dewart Academy in 
his native county, and in the State Normal 
School at Bloomsburg. For five years he was 
Western Union telegraph operator in Blooms- 
burg. At the invitation of Charles H. Zehn- 
der, then secretary of the Jackson & Woodin 
Manufacturing Company, he came to Berwick 
May 2, 1 881, to take charge of the local West- 
ern Union Telegraph office, then located at a 
desk in the offices of the manufacturing com- 
pany. After a year as telegraph operator and 
clerk to Secretary Zehnder, Mr. Lowry be- 
came buyer of lumber, a year or two later 
chief bookkeeper, and in 1889, after a serv- 
ice of eight years, was honored by the stock- 
holders by being elected treasurer of the Jack- 
scui & Woodin Manufacturing Company. 



Three years later the duties of secretan' were 
added to his responsibilities, and for a period 
of four years he held the dual offices of sec- 
retary and treasurer. In 1896- 1899 he was sec- 
retary and purchasing agent. The Jackson 
& \\'oodin Manufacturing Company was 
merged with the American Car and Foundry 
Company, which latter corporation took over 
the business March i, 1899. Thereafter, until 
July, 1901, Mr. Lowry was assistant district 
manager, and then appointed district manager, 
succeeding W. H. Woodin, who went to New 
York as assistant to President Eaton. 

Mr. Lowry is a member of the board of 
directors of the Berwick Savings and Trust 
Company. In 191 1 he was appointed by Gov- 
ernor Tener member of the board of trustees 
of the State Hospital for the Insane at Dan- 
ville, serving until reappointed. He is a 
Presbyterian, and for fifteen years an elder 
in the local church, participating in its activi- 
ties. In politics he supports the Republican 
party. 

In 1883 Mr. Lowry married Bessie Thomp- 
son, of Berwick, and to this marriage have 
come five children, three sons and two daugh- 
ters. 

Mr. Lowry 's parents died when compar- 
atively young. He was but nine years old at 
the time of his mother's death, and only eleven 
when his father passed away. They were the 
parents of five sons, of whom he was the 
second. His patemal grandfather, James Mc- 
Lanahan Lowry. was born in Ireland; his ma- 
ternal grandfather, Fleming Nesbit, was of 
Scotch descent. Both were prosperous farm- 
ers of their day in Northumberland county. 

JOSEPH R. JOHNSON, of Eyers Grove, 
Columbia county, engaged in the flour milling 
business, belongs in both the paternal and ma- 
ternal lines to okl settled families of this sec- 
tion, though he was born at Danville, in Mon- 
tour county. His grandparents on both sides 
were farming people, born and raised in this 
neighborhood. 

Samuel B. Johnson, father of J. R. Johnson, 
was from Jerseytown, in Madison township. 
By trade a tanner, he followed that pursuit 
during his active years. He is now ( i<)i3) 
seventy-three years of age. His first wife was 
a daughter of James Kisner. of Jerseyto\yn, 
and they had one child. Laura, who married 
P. F. Fritz and lived at Jacksonville. Fla., 
where they engaged in missionary work. Mr. 



COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 745 

and Airs. Fritz had one child, Anna, now the county in the early days (when his son 
wife of James Sweet, of Jacksonville, Fla. Charles was seven years old), buying and 
Mrs. Fritz died April 28, 1914, of pneumonia, settling on a small farm later known as the 
aged forty-eight years. Mr. Johnson's second liower place, along Briar creek in Briarcreek 
wife, Amanda (Robbins), a native of Unity- township. After residing there for seven 
ville. Pa., was of Irish extraction; she died years Mr. Ash sold out and bought the place 
July 15. 1908, at the age of sixty-two years, in what is now Fishingcreek township later 
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. John- owned and occupied by his sons William and 
son : Emma married U. Z. Faus, a farmer, Charles, moving there and subsequently build- 
of Lycoming county, and they have five chil- ing the mill which was the forerunner of the 
dren. Joseph R. is next in the family. Ida modern plant now operated by his two great- 
married L. J. Robbins, a farmer of Green- grandsons (sons of George Wesley Ash). He 
wood township, Columbia county, and has a continued to make his home here until his 
family. Lena married C. K. Welliver, of death, which occurred in 1879. ^is wife, 
Buckhorn, Pa., and died leaving two chil- who had died nine years before, was also a 
dren. Herbert is now operating the home native of Northampton county, and her 
farm, one mile east of Jerseytown. Harry maiden name was Mary Osderday. They are 
Carl, born in 1888, lives at home. buried at Zion Church, in Fishingcreek town- 
Joseph R. Johnson was born April 9, 1875, ship. To Mr. and Mrs. Christian Ash were 
and had common school educational advan- born : Mary, who married Russell Crevel- 
tages. For the last twenty-two years he has ing and lived in Wisconsin (she survived her 
been a resident of Eyers Grove, Columbia husband) ; Charles, father of Stewart A. Ash ; 
county, and throughout that period in the William, who lived in the house where his 
milling business, at present as a member of father died, on a part of the home farm; 
the firm of Hileman & Johnson, which was Sarah, who made her home in Iowa; Hiram, 
formed in 1907, their mill, which does a born Nov. 22, 1828, who married Mary Davis 
good business, being one of the thriving and lived in Benton township ; Catherine, a 
industrial concerns of that locality. He is resident of Luzerne county; Delia Ann, of 
one of the established business men of his Briar Creek ; Christian J., of Fishingcreek 
section of the county, and a most respected township; and Elizabeth and Hester, of 
resident of his town. Mr. Johnson was mar- Benton. 

ried Dec. 22, 1896, to Jessie Houck, of Green- Charles Ash was born in Northampton 

wood township, daughter of ^Michael Houck, county. Pa., Oct. 18, 1820, and died in Au- 

a veteran of the Civil war. She was one gust, 1909, at the advanced age of eighty- 

of ten children, two sons and eight daugh- nine years. Making his home with his parents 

ters. Five children have been born to Mr. until his marriage, he then bought part of the 

and Mrs. Johnson: Aladeline, born Jan. 15, old homestead place at Stillwater, in Fishing- 

1899; Zoe, July 24, 1900; Mae, Dec. 21, 1903; creek township, and settled there, his father 

Howard, March 24, 1906; and Malcolm, moving to another part of the property. 

March 28, 1908. Mr. Johnson attends the Charles Ash remained there the rest of his 

Methodist Episcopal Church. He supports days. He engaged in milling in partnership 

the Democratic party on political questions, with his son George W., previous to which 

he and a Mr. Ruckle operated the mill, under 

STEWART A. ASH, late of Briar Creek, the firm name of Ruckle & Ash. The origi- 

Columbia county, had been for a number nal mill was destroyed by fire, and rebuilt in 

of years one of the most active citizens of 1874, by Ruckle & Ash, who owned it until 

that place. He was associated with its busi- 1880, when Charles Ash bought Mr. Ruckle's 

ness interests, and held important public interest. The Briar Creek Excelsior Mills 

positions, and his sudden death, in his prime, (still operated under that name)_ occupy a 

deprived the community of a man whose en- building 40 by 50 feet in dimensions, three 

ergy and enterprise had gained him a place and a half stories high, and are equipped 

among its best known members. The Ash with three runs of burrs. _ Waterpower _ is 

family has long been one of high standing used, a turbine wheel driving the machin- 

in this part of Columbia county, where it was ery, and a dam across Briar creek regulates 

established by Christian Ash, grandfather the supply of water. George W. Ash was the 

of Stewart A., many years ago. managing miller until his father retired and 

Christian Ash was born in Northampton he took sole control of the establishment. 

county. Pa., whence he came to Columbia He and his son had an eight-acre lot in 



746 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

connection with the mill, the latter farming later attended normal school at Dixon, 111. 
this tract. Charles Ash was engaged in huck- Practically throughout his active business life 
stering eleven years, but he gave most of his he conducted the Briar Creek Distillery, with 
time to the cultivation of his farm, which he which he first become connected eleven years 
brought into fine condition, improving the after arriving in Briar Creek, selling out one 
property with a fine brick residence and sub- year before his death. Like so many other 
stantial outbuildings. He was a member of members of his family, he also engaged in 
Columbia Grange, P. O. H., and one of the milling, following that business for eleven 
prominent citizens of his township, having years, and he carried on the general mercan- 
served his fellow citizens as supervisor, school tile business for seven years. With all his 
director, oveseer of the poor and tax collector, private interests, he yet found time for public 
He was long a deacon of the Lutheran Church positions, serving nine years as postmaster, 
in Fishingcreek township. and for seven years he filled the office of 
On Oct. 24, 1848, Mr. Ash married Sarah justice of the peace. The importance of the 
Ruckle, of Briar Creek, and they became the affairs intrusted him by his fellow citizens, 
parents of nine children, of whom seven sur- and the success of his own ventures, show 
vive, namely: (i) George Wesley, born Oct. the admirable business qualities of the man, 
15, 1850, learned the trade of miller and and in all the relations of life he was found to 
worked with his father, becoming his part- be thoroughly capable and reliable. His death, 
ner when the firm of Ruckle & Ash dissolved. Nov. 19, 1906, was caused by a paralytic 
In 1910 he turned the mill over to his sons stroke. Mr. Ash was a member of Blooms- 
Wilbur C. and Amos M., who are now carry- burg Lodge, B. P. O. Elks, and in political 
ing it on, and from 1883, for a number of aflfairs he was associated with the Democratic 
years, he was interested in a distillery. He party. 

married Amelia H. Freas, and they have had Qn July 17, 1886, Mr. Ash married Myrtle 
four children, Wilbur C, Amos M., Ralph j) Freas, of Briar Creek, daughter of Wil- 
and Dewey, who died when two years old. iJa,-,-, l and Fannie (Rittenhouse) Freas. 
(2) William S., a merchant of Briar Creek, farming people of that township, whose fam- 
married Hettie Learn, daughter of George {\y consisted of nine children, four sons and 
Learn, of Briar Creek, and they have two fi'^e daughters: Amelia H. is the wife of 
children. Clarence Reagan and Lenora. (3) George Wesley Ash; Rachel married Alfred 
Miles Wilbert. who is now engaged^ in the Shaefer. a farmer of Centre township, and 
mercantile business in Buffalo, N. Y., mar- |.i-,gy bad six children: Rush T., a farmer of 
ried Clara Smith and has four children, three Bri'arcreek township, married Mrs. Kather- 
sons and one daughter. (4) Harvey Reuben, j^^g w Garrison, of Foundr>'ville. Columbia 
of Benton, engaged in business as proprietor county, and they had four children, three 
of a greenhouse, married :\Iary Hill, and has g^j^g 3,-1^1 o„e daughter, the latter dying when 
four children. Ernest, Oscar, Etta and George. ^[^^ yg^rs old ; Anna, of Berwick, is living 
(5) Pierce Wilson, who is engaged in farm- retired: Seth. a farmer of Columbia county, 
ing on the old homestead, married Susan niarried Elizabeth Fester, of Briar Creek, and 
Werkheiser, and they had eight children, ^j^^^ i^^y^ two children, one son and one 
seven of whom survive, Trellie. Roy, Elsie, daughter: Bovd. a farmer in Briarcrcck. 
Harry, Mylard and Millard (twins) and married Clara ^lartz and has one child. Mar- 
Helen. (6) Stewart Alexander is mentioned ^^^j-et : Martha is an osteopath at Berwick ; 
below. (7) Amy Florentine niarried Frank ^pyrtle D. is the widow of Stewart A. Ash; 
Creveling, who died six months later, and gr'ad. of Briar Creek, connected with the 
she is now a trained nurse, at present head American Car & Foundry Company, married 
nurse at a hospital in Portland, Oregon (she ^^j^ry Pollock, of Salem township, Luzerne 
has no children). (8) Thomas Elliott, a gQ^^,{ty j^^d they have had two children, one 
farmer and dairyman in Stillwater, niarried ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^ daughter (the latter deceased). 
Mary Geisinger. and has a daughter, Bessie, - ^.^ children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
who is engaged as a school teacher. (9) ", ; ^ j , ^^^ jg<^5^ is a 
Alvin Welhtts is deceased. Mrs. Sarah ^^^ ,• f wt. th. A mpr,V-,n C-ir cS: Foundry 
(Ruckle) Ash died Feb. 19. 1886. and is '''^'^''''''' ''f,}^'' ^^J'^^^^^^^^ 
buried in Zion Church graveyard. Company and hves at Briar Creek .Lula M. 
Stewart A. Ash was born Oct. 21. i860, in born Aug. 19. i.^^. 1^ at home; Edna was 
Fi-^hingcreek township, and obtained his early born Oct. 31, 1895; Ada. Nov 10. 189?^: 
education in the local public schools. He Melva \'.. May 20. 1900; Ruth I.. Nov. 29. 



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1905. Some of the family belong to the Briar- 
creek (Brick) Reformed Church; Ada and 
Melva are members of the First Methodist 
Church of Berwick. Mrs. Ash belongs to 
Camp No. 70, P. O. S. of A., of Berwick. 

SIMON KREB HOFFMAN, of Danville, 
present treasurer of Montour county, is a 
well and favorably known official and sub- 
stantial business man of this section. His 
father, Theodore Hoffman, established a meat 
business and he and his sons have been en- 
gaged in that line for over half a century. 
Mr. Hoffman's grandparents were Frank and 
Rosanna (Ederitch) Hoft'man, natives of Ger- 
many, in which country they passed all their 
lives. He was a butcher by trade, as were 
also his ancestors. 

Theodore Hoffman was born Jan. 28, 1834, 
in Rheinpfalz, Bavaria, Germany, where he 
was reared and received an excellent educa- 
tion. In his early life he began work in his 
father's meat shop and he continued to follow 
the butcher business throughout his active 
years. In 1855 he came to America, and for 
a short time worked as a butcher in New 
York, Philadelphia and Lewisburg, Pa., final- 
ly locating in the town of Danville in 1856. 
There he followed his old occupation and on 
April I, 1875, bought out John Rockafellow. 
of the firm of Rockafellow & Divel. the firm 
of Hoffman & Divel becoming the largest 
wholesale and retail dealers in meat in Mon- 
tour county. Both partners being popular and 
highly respected citizens of Danville, by their 
honest methods of dealing they succeeded in 
establishing a large patronage. They killed 
on an average twelve head of cattle per week 
and always kept a fresh supply of meat in 
their shop, at the corner of Mill and Mulberry 
streets. Their slaughterhouse, 50 by 80 feet, 
and stockyard. 80 by 200 feet, were located on 
Montgomery street, and they shipped exten- 
sively to the western part of the State. In 
1900 Mr. Hoffman retired, selling his share 
to Mr. Divel, who still runs the business. 

In 1854 Mr. Hoffman married Elizabeth 
Gouchu, daughter of Frederick Gouchu. 
and she died May 20, 1886, at the age of 
fifty-two years, leaving the following chil- 
dren : Henry, who died when twenty-eight 
years old ; Theodore, a butcher in Danville ; 
Frank, who is prospecting in the Western 
States; George, a butcher, residing in Dan- 
ville; Simon K., of Danville; John, who is 
also prospecting in the West; Louise; Lena; 
Lizzie; Caroline; Mary; and Clara. Mr. 
Hoffman owns a handsome residence at No. 



200 Mulberry street. A self-made man, he 
became one of the substantial citizens of his 
community by his own industry and economy, 
and he has won the highest respect of his 
fellow citizens by his upright life. Though 
not an office seeker he has served one year as 
a policeman, and also as overseer of the poor 
of Montour county for twelve years. 

Simon Kreb Hoffman was born at Danville 
Dec. 16, 1871, and there received his educa- 
tion in the public schools. He learned the 
butcher business with his father, with whom 
he remained until the latter sold out to his 
partner, Henry Divel, since when he has been 
engaged in business with his brother Theo- 
dore. He also handles poultry, etc., on his 
own account. The Hoffmans have always 
maintained high standing among the most 
trustworthy merchants of the borough, and 
the large trade which they command has been 
built up by the most commendable methods. 

Mr. Hoffman has been quite active in poli- 
tics and for four years acted as chairman for 
the Democratic county committee. In 1904 
he was ekcted treasurer of Montour county, 
and was reelected to' that office in 191 1, his 
efficient administration of his business affairs 
having won the confidence and esteem of his 
fellow citizens. He is a prominent member 
of Beaver Lodge, No. 132, Knights of Pythias, 
and of Lodge No. 754, B. P. O. Elks. 

On Feb. 3, 1897, Mr. Hoffman married 
Lillian M. Lyon, of Danville, daughter of 
Elias and Abigail (Crossley) Lyon, and they 
have three children: Katherine, ]vlargaret 
and Edward Simon. Mrs. Hoffman's father 
was always engaged in the meat business in 
Danville. 

CHARLES JERAD GILDS, advertising 
manager and buyer in the cloak and suit de- 
partment of the Berwick Store Company, was 
born Feb. 27, 1867, in Greencastle, Franklin 
Co. Pa., son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Fore- 
man) Gilds. 

Daniel Gilds, the father, was born near 
Baltimore, Md., and settled in Greencastle, 
Pa. He was a butcher by occupation, fol- 
lowing that business throughout his active 
life. He was married to Elizabeth Foreman, 
daughter of Daniel Foreman, and had one 
child. Charles Jerad. He was a Republican 
in politics, and a member of the Methodist 
Church at Greencastle. Mr. Gilds died aged 
fifty-six years, his wife at the age of forty- 
five years. They are buried at Greencastle. 

Charles lerad Gilds was educated in the 
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select school known as Zeiglers. As a young old. When he was twenty-one years old he 
man he entered the employ of G. W. & D. learned puddling, w-ith the Bridgeton Iron 
Zeigler, general merchants at Greencastle, as Works, of New Jersey, and followed his 
package boy, and remained for six years, be- trade in various parts of the country. Com- 
ing advanced from time to time in his posi- ing to Berwick in 1888, he began his long 
tion. He then entered the Updegraff store service with the Jackson-Woodin Manufac- 
at Hagerstown, Md., as window dresser, and turing Company, and is still with its succes- 
remained for two years, after w-hich he en- sor, the American Car and Foundry Com- 
gaged with the P. A. Brugh Department Store pany. - He was married to Louisa Herlinger, 
of the same town as window dresser, remain- born Feb. 20, 1855. daughter of Julius and 
ing for four years. His next three years were ^lary (Wright) Herlinger, and their children 
taken up as traveling salesman for Keifer & are: ^lary Elizabeth, Anna Priestly and 
Row, manufacturers of carpets, of Philadel- Margaret. In politics Mr. Dixon is a Demo- 
phia, and he then went with Stephen Chap- crat. He is a member of Berwick Lodge, No. 
pelle & Co. (department store) in the same 246, I. O. O. F. ; Berwick Council, No. 698, 
capacity, remaining for four years. His next Junior Order United American Mechanics, 
location was at Gloversville, N. Y., where he and the Berwick Beneficial Association. He 
entered the employ of Ury & Mendelsohn is member of the Baptist Church of Berwick. 
Brothers, dealers in ladies' ready-to-wear Mr. Gilds has won the good will of his 
clothing. Here he was in charge of the ad- employers and fellow employees and has 
vertising and window dressing, remaining shown remarkable capacity in his positions 
one year. He then came to Berwick and with the Berwick Store Company, 
engaged with the Berwick Store Companv, 

becoming buyer for the cloak and suit de- HARRY RITTENHOUSE STEES. son 
partment and display manager, and taking of Dr. John I. and Annie (Armstrong) Stees, 
charge of the advertising. was born in Picture Rocks, .Lycoming Co., 
Mr. Gilds was married in Berwick to Pa., ]\Iarch 7, 1877. At the age of nineteen 
Margaret Dixon, daughter of Thomas \'. and he began the study of law under Ikeler & 
Louise (Herlinger) Dixon of Berwick. They Ikeler, in whose office he remained for four 
have one child, Dorothy Elizabeth, born Feb. years. He was admitted to the bar of Colum- 
3, 1907. bia county April 14. 1900, under Judge Rob- 
Politically ]\Ir. Gilds is a Republican and ert R. Little, and was admitted to practice 
fraternally he belongs to Berwick Tent, No. before the Supreme court April 9, 1906. 
282, Knights of the Maccabees. Mr. and Mrs. In 1901 Mr. Stees went to the State of 
Gilds attend Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Sonora, Mexico, as freight receiver in the 
Thomas \\ Dixon was born in Salem railroad department of the Consolidated Cop- 
county, N. J., June 5, 1850, a son of Daniel per Company, at Naco, and later was sta- 
S. and a grandson oi Daniel Dixon, the lat- tioned at Cananea. When the railroad line 
ter a soldier of the Revolutionary war. He was sold to the Southern Pacific Railroad 
was a farmer, and followed that occupation in Company he was made chief clerk to the 
Salem county, N. J. He was a Whig in chief engineer engaged in building a connect- 
politics, and a member of the Baptist Church, ing link between the main line and the branch 
Daniel S. Dixon, grandfather of Mrs. called the Arizona & Colorado Railroad. He 
Gilds, was educated in the home place and remained three years, but becoming ill de- 
was engaged as a teamster during his active cided to return to Bloomsburg, where he 
life. He was married to Mary Orr, who bore opened a law office in September, 1904. and 
him the following children : William, Thomas has since built up an extensive practice. 
\'., Edward (wlio died in infancy), Joseph Mr. Stees was married, Oct. 4, 1902, to 
and Charles (deceased), Helen, George", Han- Anna, daughter of Edward and Annie 
nah, Mary, Albert and Sarah. The father (Yorks) Johnson, of Troy, Pa. They have 
died aged about seventy-two years, the no children. Mr. Stees is an Episcopalian, 
mother living to the age of eighty-five. They and has held the office of vestryman. He is 
were buried at Salem, N. J. Both were mem- a Democrat in politics, has served his party 
bers of the P.aptist Church, and he was a as county chairman, and is now State commit- 
Democrat in politics. teeman. 

Thomas V. Dixon received his education Dr. Thomas Whiteside, paternal great- 

at the common schools of his native place, grandfather of Mr. Stees. was a skilled j^hysi- 

attending till he was about fifteen years cian at Harrisburg, Pa., during the early half 



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of the nineteenth century. Dr. Abraham C. 
Stees married JMargaret Whiteside, and they 
became the parents of Dr. John I. Stees and 
the grandparents of Harry R. Stees. They 
located at Millerstown, Perry Co., Pa., about 
1838. 

Gen. John Heister, Mr. Stees's maternal 
great-great-grandfather, was closely con- 
nected with governmental affairs from 1774 
to 1820. He was an officer under Washing- 
ton during the American Revolution. From 
1802 to 1806 he represented Chester county 
in the State Senate, and from 1807 to 1809 he 
was a member of Congress from Chester 
county. 

The Rittenhouse and Armstrong families, 
of Germantown and the Chester Valley, re- 
spectively figured extensively in Colonial and 
Constitutional affairs in this country, be- 
queathing much to science and literature. 
The world owes much to the astronomical and 
mathematical genius of David Rittenhouse. 
The Articles of Confederation were partly 
framed by Colonel Armstrong, a favorite aide 
of Gen. George Washington. 

FREDERICK HAGENBUCH, deceased, 
was during a long life one of the prominent 
representatives of an old settled family of 
Centre township, Columbia county. He was 
born in that township May 12, 1827, son of 
Daniel Hagenbuch and grandson of John 
Hagenbuch. 

John Hagenbuch, the grandfather, was born 
in Northampton county. Pa., Sept. 24, 1763, 
son of Andrew and Anna Margaret Hagen- 
buch. When he was a young man his parents 
removed to Columbia county, locating in 
Centre township, just east of the Hidlay 
Church, and there they spent the remainder 
of their lives. They were farming people. 
They are buried in the Hidlay cemetery. 

While still a resident of Northampton 
county John Hagenbuch was married there 
to Madeline Dreisbach, and they had eight 
sons, namely : Conrad, who removed to the 
West Branch, where he lived until his death; 
Simon, who lived in Centre township, near 
Summer Hill ; John and Jacob, who occupied 
adjoining farms; Michael; Daniel; Jonas; and 
Charles, a blacksmith. The father of this 
family bought four hundred acres of land 
from a Mr. Smith, and began the work of 
clearing, and as his sons reached maturity 
and began life for themselves he erected 
buildings for them on this tract. Conrad, who 
had but thirty-five acres to start with, learned 
weaving and set up in business for himself. 



Simon had sixty-three acres, and besides 
farming was engaged in freighting to and 
from Philadelphia. John, who was a farmer, 
started with fifty-seven acres, and subse- 
quently bought out his brother Conrad. Jacob, 
who had thirty acres, was a wheelwright anci 
colorer. Michael, who had seventeen acres 
and a timber lot, was a wheelwright by trade. 
Jonas, a weaver, had about twenty acres to 
begin with. Charles, who was a blacksmith, 
started with twenty acres, and sold out to his 
brother Daniel, moving to Northumberland 
county; he died near Sinking Springs. The 
father gave up farming about twenty years 
before his death, and thereafter lived retired, 
his sons Daniel and Jacob cultivating his land. 
The son Daniel built a little house for him 
on one part of the property, near a flowing 
spring, and there the father lived until his 
death, March 20, 1846, each of the sons con- 
tributing a certain amount to his support. 
Although each held his own land the father 
had given it under these conditions. His first 
wife, Madeline, had died a number of years 
previously. 

Madeline (Dreisbach) Hagenbuch, wife of 
John Hagenbuch, born near Kreidersville, 
Northampton county, Sept. 9, 1766, died in 
Columbia county, Jan. 3, 1825. She was the 
daughter of Simon Dreisbach, Jr., and the 
granddaughter of Simon Dreisbach, Sr. 

Simon Dreisbach, Sr., was born at Oberns- 
dorf, Wettgenstein, Germany, Aug. 7, 1698, 
and qualified at Philadelphia Sept. 20, 1743. 
He settled in Lehigh township, Northampton 
Co., Pa., died March 31, 1785, and is buried 
at the Stone Church. 

Simon Dreisbach, Jr., was born at Oberns- 
dorf, Germany, Feb. 18, 1730. He was a 
delegate from Northampton county to the 
Constitutional convention in Philadelphia 
(July 15, 1776) which ratified the Declaration 
of Independence. From 1776 to 1780 he rep- 
resented the county in the State Assembly and 
also several years as commissioner to collect 
blankets and provisions for the Continental 
soldiers, and from May 2, 1777, to Oct. 20, 
1783, was a member of the Council of Cen- 
sors. After the close of the war he again 
represented the county in several sessions 
of the State Assembly. In 1752 he was mar- 
ried to Dorothea (a daughter of Peter) Taes, 
who died in 1773. He was married a second 
time to Anna Maria Kuder, a widow, the 
daughter of Conrad Fox. He died near 
Kreidersville Dec. 17, 1806. 

Daniel Hagenbuch, son of John, was the 
sixth of the eight sons born to his parents. 



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The portion of land given to him was sixty- 
three acres, and he afterwards bought out his 
brothers Simon and Charles. When his 
father retired he remained with him and took 
part of the management of the farm. He con- 
tinued to follow agricultural pursuits until a 
few years before his death, which occurred 
in April, 1878. By his marriage, March 24, 
1825, to EHzabeth Hill, a native of what is 
now Columbia county, he had a family of 
seven children, all now deceased but Frank 
and Hester, viz : Frederick ; Josiah, who mar- 
ried Sarah Everhart, and lived at Light Street 
(he died in April, 1861, at the age of thirty- 
three years) ; Rachel, who married Philip 
Creasy, and resided in Centre township, later 
in West Berwick ; Sarah, who married Eman- 
uel Kelchner, of Bloomsburg; Wilson, who 
married Elmira White and lived at Atalissa, 
Muscatine Co., Iowa ; Hester, the widow of 
Thomas W. Hagenbuch, now residing in West 
Berwick; and Frank H., who married Dora A. 
Fowler and lives in East Berwick, Salem 
township, Luzerne county. The mother 
passed away Oct. 23, 1867, and is buried with 
the father in Hidlay cemetery. 

Capt. Frederick Hill, father of Mrs. Eliza- 
beth (Hill) Hagenbuch, was born March 8, 
1772, and died Aug. 21, 1823. On .Aug. 3, 
1807, as appears by the original commission in 
the possession of Charles F. Hill, Esq.. of 
Hazleton, Pa., he was commissioned captain 
of the 6th Company, 112th Regiment of the 
Militia of Pennsylvania, by Gov. Thomas 
McKean, and he served with that rank in the 
war of 1 81 2. He was proj^rietor of the old 
"Fort Jenkins" inn. He and his wife came 
to Columbia county from Berks county and 
passed their years here. They were buried 
on the old Hill homestead, and later removed 
to the Lime Ridge cemetery. His wife, Cath- 
erine (Conner), was a daughter of Thomas 
and Esther Ann (Fahls) Conner, of Berks 
county. 

Frederick Hill, Sr., the father of Captain 
Hill, lived in Richmond township. Berks Co., 
Pa., and married Marie Le \'an Huttenstein 
(widow), a daughter of Jacob and Marie 
(Rose) Le Van, the latter a daughter of Cap- 
tain Rose. He died Aug. 2. 1794. 

John Jacob Hill, the father of Frederick, 
Sr., was one of the five brothers who came 
to Berks county. Pa., from the river Rhine, 
in Germany, of whom three were generals 
and two captains. On July 3, 1739, he was 
married to Maria A. Merckel. He died 
about Jan. 17, 1776. 

Jacob Le Van, son of Daniel and Marie 



(Beau) Le Van (refugees from Picardy, 
France), came from Amsterdam, Holland, 
to Berks county. Pa., about 171 5, and located 
in the Maxatawny valley. He was one of 
the judges of the County court from 1752 to 
1762. He bore an important part in the de- 
fense of the frontiers during the French and 
Indian war and was commissioned to provi- 
sion Fort Allen in 1756. He died March 12, 
1768, and his widow survived until Tan. 18. 
1785. 

Thomas Conner, father of Catherine (Con- 
ner) Hill, was born in Ireland about 1745. and 
his wife, Esther Ann (Fahls), born in Octo- 
ber, 1750, died in August, 1848. They had 
five children, viz. : ( i ) Catherine, born Aug. 
20, 1777, wife of Frederick Hill (Capt.). died 
July 30, 1841 ; (2) John, born June 29, 1779, 
married Catherine \Vhitman; (3) Esther was 
born May 27, 1781 ; (4) Elizabeth, born June 
10, 1783, became the wife of Jeremiah Culp, 
of Columbia county; (5) Sarah, born June 
6, 1 791, was the wife of John Mellick, of 
Columbia county. Thomas Conner served in 
the war of the Revolution. 

Captain Frederick and Catherine (Conner) 
Hill had nine children, viz.: Polly, wife of 
Joseph Miller, of Michigan; Sarah, wife of 
Frederick Hill, of Berks county; Phoebe, wife 
of Rev. Mr. Kessler; Esther, wife of Sam- 
uel Adams; Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Hagen- 
buch; Catherine, wife of John Lazarus; John, 
who married Massa Hoffman ; Jacob, who 
married Anna Achenbach ; Rachel, wife of 
Aaron Hagenbuch, of Michigan. 

Frederick Hagenbuch lived at home up to 
the age of twenty-seven years, following farm 
work, which was always his occupation. At 
that time he married, and for years there- 
after rented land from his father-in-law. in 
1855 purchasing what became his home farm, 
in partnership with his father, and locating 
there that year. He also bought the place 
which he had first rented. The first grant to 
his home farm was made to Henry Owen, 
who sold it to John Bittenbender, from whom 
it was purchased by Enos Fowler and S. H. 
Fowler, Mr. Hagenbuch and his father buying 
it from them in 1855. Mr. Hagenbuch's 
death occurred March 20, 1904, in Centre 
township. He was a prominent man in 
Centre township, serving his fellow citizens 
faithfully as school director and supervisor, 
and was well known in the Grange, in which 
he held office. Socially he belonged to Wash- 
ington Lodge. No. 265. F. & A. M.. at Blooms- 
burg. and to the I. O. O. F. lodge at Espy. 



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With his family he belonged to the Hidlay 
Union Church. 

On Feb. 22, 1853, Mr. Hagenbuch married 
Margaret Hidlay, a native of Centre town- 
ship, Columbia county. Of the five children 
born to this union : ( i ) George Montgomery 
married Mary Pursel, and they have had 
children: Frederick D. (deceased), Barton, 
Blanche, Edna and Robert (deceased), Boyd, 
Elsie and Franklin (deceased). Of these 
Frederick D. married Harriet Buckalew, 
and they had two children, Carl and Xebin ; 
Barton married Lillian Eck ; Blanche mar- 
ried Edward Eastman. {^2) Oscar Daniel 
married Ella McHenry, and their children 
are: Geraldine; Lorena, the wife of Briggs 
Wesley; and McHenry. (3) Ida Eleanor. 
(4) Clara Elizabeth. (5) Sarah ^Margaret. 

George Hidlay, great-grandfather of Marga- 
ret (Hidlay) Hagenbuch. was a resident of 
Oxford township, Sussex Co., N. J. He was 
a Revolutionary soldier and served as a pri- 
vate in Capt. Francis Rhoad's company of 
Northampton County Militia. In religious 
faith he was a Presbyterian. He died in Octo- 
ber, 1794. He and his wife, Sophia, were 
buried in the old Presbyterian Church ceme- 
tery at Oxford, New Jersey. 

Henry Hidlay, son of George Hidlay, was 
born in New^ Jersey, not far from Easton, 
Pa., March 17, 1765, coming thence to Centre 
township, Columbia county, and settling near 
what became known as Hidlay Church. He 
was a very religious man, and donated the 
land for the Hidlay Presbyterian Church, the 
first Presbyterian Church in the valley. Po- 
litically he was a member of the Whig party. 
His wife was Sarah McMurtrie, daughter of 
Abraham and Amelia (Barton) McMurtrie, 
and granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Barton. 
He died March 4, 1848, and his remains, as 
well as those of many of his descendants, 
lie buried in the Hidlay Church cemetery. 

Rev. Thomas Barton, father of Amelia 
(Barton) McMurtrie, was married in Eng- 
land to Hannah Clark, a daughter of Daniel 
Clark. They emigrated to Virginia, locating 
on the James river, and afterwards moved 
to Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of Philadel- 
phia. He was chaplain in the war during 

1755- 
Henry and Sarah (^McMurtrie) Hidlay had 

seven children, namely : George, born June 

17, 1789, who married Sarah Aikman ; (2) 

Amelia, born Dec. 24, 1791, wife of John 

Freas ; (3) Abraham, born March 19, 1794, 

who married Elizabeth Geisinger; (4) John; 

(5) Henry, Jr., born Sept. 11, 1798, who 



died when young; (6) Sarah, born Jan. 25, 
1801, wife of Mr. Smith, and (7) William 
born June 25, 1803, who married Mary 
White. 

George Hidlay, Jr., son of Henry Hidlay, 
lived and died in Columbia county. By occu- 
pation he was a farmer, owning two good 
farms. He married Sarah Aikman, daughter 
of Levi (Sr.) and Margaret (Hutchinson) 
Aikman, and granddaughter of Alexander 
Aikman, who came from New Jersey, and 
was the earliest ancestor of the Aikman fam- 
ily in this region. He was married in New 
Jersey, Jan. 8, 1764, to Mary Elizabeth 
Lewis. Margaret Hutchinson was a daugh- 
ter of James Hutchinson, of Northampton 
county. Mr. and Mrs. George Hidlay 
were buried in the Hidlay Church cemetery. 
He was a Presbyterian in religious connec- 
tion, and a Republican in politics. Their chil- 
dren, all now deceased, were : Levi, who mar- 
ried Janet Reynolds ; Margaret, Mrs. Fred- 
erick Hagenbuch; Sarah (twin of Margaret), 
who died young; Jane, who married Levi 
Creveling; Abram, who died young; and 
George, who married Sarah Roup. 

Joseph McMurtrie, grandfather of Sarah 
(McMurtrie) Hidlay, was born at Dalmell- 
ington, Ayrshire, Scotland, about 1685, and 
came to America in 1750. He died in Oxford 
township, Sussex (now Warren) Co., N. J., 
in 1761. His children were: Joseph; John; 
Abraham ; Agnes ; Elizabeth. 

Abraham AIc]\Iurtrie, the third son of Jo- 
seph McMurtrie, born in Scotland July 17, 
1741, died in New Jersey Sept. 3, 1819. Ame- 
lia (Barton) McAIurtrie, his wife, was born 
in Virginia Jan. 11, 1746, and died in New 
Jersey Feb. 10, 1831. Abraham and Amelia 
(Barton) McMurtrie had eleven children, 
namely: (i) Sarah, wife of Henry Hidlay, 
born in Oxford, N. J., March i, 1765, died 
April 15, 1849. (2) Elizabeth, born Dec. 2"/, 
1766, was the wife of Abram Stewart, of 
Berwick, Columbia Co., Pa. (3) Hannah was 
born March 11, 1769. (4) Mary was born 
Nov. 25, 1 77 1. (5) James, born March 10, 
1774, died March 10, 1836. (6) x'Xmelia was 
born June 13, 1776. (7) Nancy Ann, born 
Jan. 16, 1779, married William Bryan, of Ber- 
wick, Columbia Co., Pa., and for her second 
husband Rev. William Sloan, of Bloomsburg, 
N. J. (8) John, born Jan. 9, 1782, died March 
8, 1828. (9) Thomas, bom July 19, 1784, 
died April i, 1828. (10) Isabella, born May 
I, 1786, died Jan. 5, 1835. (11) Abram, born 
Aug. 7, 1789, died June 26, 1861. 

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(Hidlay) Hagenbuch are still living. George 
j\Iontgomery resides in Bloomsburg. Oscar 
Daniel lives at Stillwater. Ida Eleanor and 
Clara Elizabeth occupy the old homestead. 
Sarah Margaret, after having received aca- 
demic and professional training, became a 
public school teacher. After a few years of 
successful experience, both in ungraded and 
in graded school work, she was elected to her 
present position, as teacher in the first primary 
grade of the Berwick public schools. Later 
the additional duty of supervisor of the pri- 
mary department was added to her respon- 
sibilities, and she has since served well and 
faithfully in these capacities. Miss Hagen- 
buch is especially fitted for her work, having 
been trained at the Bloomsburg State Normal 
School and having pursued special courses of 
study and the observance of modern and im- 
proved methods of teaching at Martha's Vine- 
yard, the Chautauqua in New York State, and 
the Teachers' College, New York City, sum- 
mer schools. Professionally she is an efficient 
teacher; socially she is a member of Moses 
Van Campen Chapter, D. A. R., of Berwick, 
and a charter member and active worker in 
the Columbia County Historical Society. 

WILLIAM C. GARRISON, president of 
the Berwick Store Company, was born in Bal- 
timore, Md., May 2, 1870. His father, William 
J. Garrison, a native of North Carolina, was 
born near the Company Shops, where his 
father was also born. The Garrison family 
removed to North Carolina from New Jersey 
during the latter part of the seventeenth cen- 
tury and were anti-abolitionists in direct oppo- 
sition to the other branch of the Garrison fam- 
ily, prominently represented in W'illiam Lloyd 
Garrison, whose writings and speeches had so 
great an effect in promoting the abolitionist 
cause in the North. 

William I. Garrison was married while a 
resident of North Carolina to Hannah S. Par- 
tin, a daughter of Peterson Partin, a native 
of Farmville, Va., and of French descent. In 
1868 Mr. Garrison removed to Baltimore, 
where he entered the employ of the Baltimore 
& Ohio Railroad Company, remaining with 
same for twenty years, when he returned to 
Carolina. There he soon afterwards died. The 
children of Mr. and Mrs. Garrison were: 
Charles G., now deceased ; Hannah Mary, and 
William C. Mr. Garrison was a member of 
the Democratic partys like the Southerners of 
his time generally, and belonged to the Bap- 
tist Church. 

William C. Garrison spent his youth in Bal- 



timore, where he carried on his studies in the 
public schools. Ill health prevented his con- 
tinued attendance at school, though, like many 
apparent misfortunes, his persistent illness 
proved a blessing in disguise. He secured copy 
books of the Spencerian system of penman- 
ship, and when unable to study spent his time 
in perfecting his handwriting. When nineteen 
years of age Mr. Garrison, his parents having 
both died, went to Chicago, and secured a 
clerical position because of his ability to write 
well. After about six months he obtained a 
position with the American Wheel Company, 
one of the largest manufacturers of wheels in 
the United States, was made bookkeeper with- 
in a short time, and had charge of the cus- 
tomers' accounts, his accuracy and thorough- 
ness making him very valuable. When the 
firm failed and was placed in receivers' hands 
he was auditor and chief accountant, with en- 
tire charge of the company's books. There 
were thirty-six branches in various parts of 
the United States, each doing a large business, 
and each one reported to the general office. 
When the trustees wished to reorganize, a 
complete statement of each branch was made 
and the whole tabulated by Mr. Garrison. So 
accurate were the reports, made on such short 
notice, that the total estimated value, as after- 
wards ascertained, varied but a few thousand 
dollars from the actual value. The Standard 
Wheel Company became owners of the busi- 
ness, with headquarters at Indianapolis and 
Terre Haute, Ind. Mr. Garrison was made 
auditor and office manager of this company. 
In 1901 he came to Scranton. Pa., where he 
secured a position with a large department 
store as office manager. 

In December, 1902. Mr. Garrison was em- 
ployed by the Berwick Store Company to sys- 
tematize its business, and so successful were 
his efforts in this capacity that in May, 1905. 
he was made manager. In November. 191 1, 
the Berwick Store Company was organized as 
a corporation, and Mr. Garrison was elected 
president, which position he now holds. The 
store has greatly improved during his admin- 
istration, and the remarkable growth and de- 
velopment of the business is largely due to his 
efficiency and system. 

On June 28, 1893, Mr. Garrison was mar- 
ried to Sarah F. McGall, daughter of Henr\' 
and Sarah (Gamble) McGall. residents of 
Baltimore. Mrs. McGall is a member of the 
well known Gamble family, whose leading 
member is one of the firm of the Procter & 
Gamble Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Mr. Cuirrison is an ardent Republican in 



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politics, and a loyal supporter of the policies 
of his party. As a member of the board of 
managers of the Y. M. C. A., and chairman of 
the financial committee, much of the success 
of the association is due to his efforts in col- 
lecting "sinews of war." Mr. Garrison takes 
a deep interest in all matters pertaining to 
Berwick, and is ever ready to use his influence 
for the benefit and advancement of his adopted 
city. 

Mr. Garrison is past tnaster of Ancient 
Landmarks Lodge, No. 319, F. and A. M., of 
Indianapolis, Ind. ; member of Indianapolis 
Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 
and Murate Temple, Shrine of Indianapolis ; 
of Crusade Commandery, Knights Templar, 
Bloomsburg, Pa. ; member of the Masonic 
Club of New York City and the Pennsylvania 
Society of New York City. 

CLYDE CHARLES YETTER, a prom- 
inent attorney of Bloomsburg, has come into 
favorable notice both in his professional ca- 
pacity and as one of the ablest men who have 
had the direction of public afifairs in his 
borough. He was born April 3, 1875, son of 
William Henry and Nora (Brown) Yetter, 
was educated in the public schools and at the 
Bloomsburg State Normal, and then took up 
the legal profession, being admitted to prac- 
tice Jan. 15, 1900. Mr. Yetter was married 
in Philadelphia Aug. 10, 1908, to Mary 
Frances, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. John 
Alexander Adams, of Bloomsburg. 

In every community there are representa- 
tive citizens who are confidently relied upon 
to cast their influence upon the side of good 
government, law and order, and to uphold 
those things which make for progress, peace 
and prosperity. Of this class of citizenship 
in Bloomsburg is Clyde C. Yetter. Besides 
practicing in all the courts of the State, as 
well as the United States District court and 
the United States Court of Appeals, he has 
found time to devote to the interests of his 
fellow citizens. For years he has been in the 
public eye, and has been one of the foremost 
figures in the general advancement of Blooms- 
burg. 

Mr. Yetter has served two terms as mayor 
of Bloomsburg. During his administration a 
large number of improvements were made, 
paving of the city streets was inaugurated, 
without the borrowing of a dollar, tax rates 
were lowered, cost of street lighting cut in 
half, water rates for fire purposes reduced, 
and important streets w^ere opened. He set 

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on foot a campaign for the general improve- 
ment of the sidewalks and crossings. It was 
also during his term of administration that 
the city raised $1,500 for the relief of the 
San Francisco sufferers. 

Mr. Yetter has served as municipal solic- 
itor and is the author of the bill which made 
street paving in Bloomsburg possible. This 
bill the Chamber of Commerce christened the 
"Yetter Paving Bill." Mr. Yetter has been 
president of the Chamber of Commerce eight 
years. His practice now is the trial of causes 
in the civil courts of his home county, in 
many other counties of the State, and in the 
Appellate courts of the State and United 
States. 

In politics Mr. Yetter is a Republican of 
broad type and liberal in his views. He has 
been chairman of the Republican county com- 
mittee, member of the State committee and 
of the State League of Republican Clubs, and 
is always to the fore in matters of local and 
national importance. 

J. MILES DERR, of Limestoneville, is a 
teacher of long experience in Montour county, 
where he is also engaged in farming. He is 
a native of Lycoming county. Pa., born June 
2^, 1868, in Moreland township, son of John 
F. Derr. 

Christopher Derr, grandfather of J. Miles 
Derr, was born in Anthony township, in what 
is now Montour (then Columbia) county, and 
was only a boy when his father died. He 
was married in Lycoming county to Mary 
Opp, also a native of Pennsylvania, and they 
had a family of ten children : Hannah, Philip, 
John F., Jane, Phoebe, George, Thomas M., 
Wilson, Franklin C. and Jacob. The parents 
are buried at Moreland. Their ancestors are 
English and German. 

John F. Derr, father of J. Miles Derr, was 
born also in Moreland township, Lycoming 
Co., Pa., July 16, 1823, and is now Hving re- 
tired at Turbotville. Pa. In 1871 he settled 
in Limestone township, Montour county, and 
followed farming there the rest of his active 
years, retiring in 1895. Then he moved to 
Turbotville. He married Sarah Houseknecht, 
who was born June 29, 1834, daughter of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah (Warn) Houseknecht, of 
Lycoming county, and they have had nine 
children, all living but one, viz. : Fuller S., 
M. D., who is located at Watsontown, Pa. ; 
Phoebe Jane, wife of Albert Muffley, of Wat- 
sontown ; Elmer Benjamin, of Baltimore. Md. ; 
J. Miles; Homer Munro, of South Dakota; 



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Anna F., wife of Dr. \'an Zant, of Turbot- 
ville ; T. Judson ; and Mary Alice, wife of 
John Krumm, of Turbotville. 

J. Miles Derr obtained an excellent educa- 
tion, going from the common schools to high 
school at Watsontown and later spending one 
term at the West Chester (Pa.) normal school. 
He then commenced teaching, which profes- 
sion he has continued to follow to the present 
time, having taught twenty-four terms to date. 
He has been highly successful in his educa- 
tional work, in which he has taken the most 
sincere interest always, a fact which undoubt- 
edly accounts for his popularity and good in- 
fluence as an instructor. Mr. Derr was reared 
to farming, and has always continued to en- 
gage in that calling, before his marriage for 
his parents and afterwards on his own ac- 
count. He is now residing at the old paternal 
homestead in Limestone township, the home 
of the family since 1871. He takes an active 
part in local public affairs, at present serving 
as tax receiver for his township, and on po- 
litical questions is allied with the Republican 
party. 

On Feb. 14, 1893, Mr. Derr was married 
to Cora E. Bannen, daughter of James and 
Elizabeth (Martin) Bannen, the former a re- 
tired farmer now living near Turbotville ; 
Mrs. Bannen died when her daughter Cora 
was a child of eight years. Mrs. Derr died 
May I, 1895, aged twenty years, twelve days. 
She left one child, Helen F.. now nineteen 
years old, who graduated from the Millers- 
ville normal school in 1912 and taught her 
first term in Bucks county, Pa., where she is 
now engaged. Mr. Derr's second marriage 
was to 5linnie M. Leiser, who was bom Jan. 
18, 1870, in Kelly township. Union Co.. Pa., 
daughter of Jacob and Susan (DietTenderfer) 
Leiser. both of whom are deceased. Four 
children have been born to this union : Ada 
F., now (1913) fifteen years old; Thelma. 
deceased ; Leiser, eight years old ; and Martha. 
two years old. Mr. Derr is a member of the 
Baptist Church, his wife of the Lutheran de- 
nomination. 

CHARLES B. LUTZ, of Bloomsburg, Pa., 
is a leading insurance man of that place and 
one of the best informed agents in this sec- 
tion on contracts and values. He was born 
April 22. 1870, in Bloomsburg. son of M. P. 
Lutz. who established the insurance business 
in which he and his son are now engaged. 

Peter Lutz. the first of the family on rec- 
ord, came to Columbia from Berks, county 
in 1 8 10, and located in Benton township, where 



he bought a tract of land on the State road, 
near Cambra. He married in Berks county 
Catherine Belles, and they had several chil- 
dren, their second son being Adam, grand- 
father of Charles B. Lutz. Peter Lutz died 
in 1 83 1 and his widow in 1862, and both were 
buried near Pealertown. 

Adam Lutz attended the countr>' schools 
and worked on his father's farm during his 
youth. He learned the carpenter's trade, 
which he followed almost continuously until 
his death. In January, 1838, he married Sid- 
ney Travis, a native of Luzerne county, and 
after marriage moved to Fairmount town- 
ship, in that county. For four years they 
lived on the farm in Luzerne county, and then 
Mrs. Lutz died and Mr. Lutz sold out and 
returned to Columbia county to work at his 
trade. In January, 185 1, he married Cath- 
erine Knouse. in Jackson township, and they 
moved to the old homestead of his father, 
where they resided for six years. In 1857 he 
bought a farm near Benton and cultivated it 
until 1861. when he removed to Benton and 
built the home in which he resided until his 
death in 1866. 

By his first marriage Adam Lutz had four 
children: X. .-\.. wife of George Hazlett, of 
Bloomingdale. Luzerne county ; M. P.. men- 
tioned below ; F. M.. of Buffalo township; and 
Sidney Mary. P>y his second marriage there 
were also four children: X. A., wife of Reu- 
ben Whitmire, of Wilkes- Barre; Clarissa C, 
wife of Sylvester Sollider, of Bloomsburg; 
S. A., of Centre township; and Phoebe J., 
deceased. Mrs. Adam Lutz later married 
Judge James Lake. 

M. P. Lutz was born in Benton township 
Jan. 13. 1841. and after receiving a common 
school education attended Columbus Academy 
and took an additional course at Kingston 
Academy. In early life he assisted his father 
on the farm. He enlisted in Company A. 52d 
Pennsylvania \'olunteer Infantry, and was in 
the engagements at Gaines' Mill, ^'orktown. 
Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, being disabled 
in the latter battle, sent to the hospital, and 
discharged for disability. In .\ugust. 1864. he 
enlisted in Company .\. 199th P. \ . I., was 
promoted to sergeant, and participated in the 
siege of Richmond and the o])erations around 
Petersburg. After participating in the review 
at Washington he returned home, and engaged 
in the millwright business. In 1866 he took a 
clerkshi]i with Coolbaugh tS: Frantz. of Wilkes- 
Barre. and after two years bought an interest 
in the shoe business of Reed & Kennedy, the 
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bought out the store of A. J. Sloan and es- 
tablished the first exclusive dry goods busi- 
ness in Bloomsburg, being the first merchant 
to dress his windows. In 1885 he embarked 
in the insurance business, which he has con- 
ducted ever since. 

On Jan. 13, 1868, Mr. Lutz married Anna 
A., daughter of Col. B. S. Brockway, a native 
of Berwick, and they have had these children : 
Charles B., mentioned below ; and Frank E., 
of Ramsey, N. J. Mr. Lutz has filled all of 
the offices in the Odd Fellows order, and was 
also formerly a member of the Knights of 
Pythias. 

Charles B. Lutz was educated in the schools 
of Bloomsburg and took a preparatory course 
in the State Normal, afterwards graduating 
from White's business college, at Newark, 
N. J. He soon obtained a position as book- 
keeper with Jonas Long & Sons, of Wilkes- 
Barre, remaining there until 1888, when he 
returned to Bloomsburg and entered into the 
insurance business with his father. During 
1910- 1 2 he was on the road as special agent 
and adjuster for the Humboldt Fire Insurance 
Company, of Pittsburg. He handles all kinds 
of insurance matters and is considered an 
authority on contracts. 

In 1887 Charles B. Lutz was married to 
Edna, daughter of George W. and Francis 
(Millard) Creveling, of Almedia, and they 
have had three children : Francis, born April 
2"], 1900; Clarissa, born Sept. 28, iQOi ; and 
Martin, born Sept. 12, 1910. Mr. Lutz is a 
member of Washington Lodge, No. 276, F. & 
A. M., and has passed all the chairs. He is 
also connected with Bloomsburg Chapter, No. 
218, R. A. M., and Caldwell Consistory. He 
is a member of Theta Castle, No. 272, Knights 
of the Golden Eagle. In politics he is inde- 
pendent. He attends the- Baptist Church. 

W. L. SNYDER, proprietor of the gristmill 
at Newlin, Columbia county, was born in that 
vicinity, in Locust township, Oct. 3, 1858, son 
of John Snyder and grandson of Michael 
Snyder. The latter moved from Berks county, 
Pa., to Schuylkill county in the early days and 
settled on a farm, where he died at the age of 
about fifty years. 

John Snyder, father of W. L. Snyder, was 
born and reared in Schuylkill county and there 
married Lucetta Bitler, a daughter of John 
Bitler, who also removed from Berks to 
Schuylkill county. They had seven children, 
four of whom are now living, W. L., Joel, 
Mary Alice and Jeremiah, all residents of 
Columbia county. Mr. Snyder died at the 



age of fifty-two and a half years, and his 
wife at the age of seventy-three years. He 
was a member of the Reformed Church and 
she of the Lutheran Church, and they are 
buried in the Reformed cemetery at Numidia. 
He was a lumber dealer and miller, and also 
ran a gristmill, and owned 160 acres near 
Roaringcreek post office in Locust township 
as well as a mill. He sawed lumber to build 
the first bridges in the county, and in his 
early years worked in the typical manner of 
the times, splitting shingles by hand and carry- 
ing on his other operations as well as pos- 
sible with the appliances to be had. He built 
an early mill in Schuylkill county. In his 
younger days he was a great hunter and fisher- 
man. He was a Democrat and prominent in 
politics, serving as treasurer of Columbia 
county for one term. 

W. L. Snyder received his schooling in 
Locust township and after he grew older 
worked with farmers and in sawmills, also be- 
ing employed in his brother's gristmill. In 
1880 he bought the gristmill on Stony creek, 
at Kerntown, which was originally built by a 
Mr. Cherrington, a famous builder of the 
time. The machinery was brought by wagon 
from Philadelphia. The name of the man 
to whom Mr. Cherrington sold it is not given, 
but with that exception all the owners are 
known. It was bought from the second owner 
by Benjamin Bahm, who sold it to Elias 
Snyder, from whom it was purchased by W. 
L. Snyder, the present owner. The original 
mill is still standing, and it was enlarged 
seventy years ago. Since his purchase of the 
mill Mr. Snyder has added modern machinery, 
installing a gasoline engine (which operates 
the mill six out of the twelve months) and a 
fine turbine waterwheel, buckwheat shucker, 
etc. During the eight months the water supply 
is available the mill grinds an average of 
sixty-nine bushels in a ten-hour run, and con- 
siderable custom grinding is done, the place 
being an industrial center of importance to 
the township. Mr. Snyder has fifteen acres 
of land adjoining the mill, which he cultivates. 

Mr. Snyder was married in 1880 to Hannah 
Fahringer, a native of Numidia, daughter of 
Harmon and Mary (Keller) Fahringer, and 
they have had fifteen children : John, Clara, 
Grover, Mary L. (deceased), Jerry, Emer- 
son, Martin, Ida, Henry A. (deceased). Alma, 
Emma, Lucy, Florence, Falcon and Archie. 
Mr. Snyder is a Democrat, and he has been 
school director for three years. He is a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran Church. 



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WILLIAM H. FISHER, of Bloomsburg, Daniel Fisher, son of John, was born April 
who has served two terms on the board of 27, 1823, in Catawissa township, then in 
commissioners of Columbia county, has long Northumberland county, and obtained a good 
been a well known resident of this section, common school education. He followed farm- 
where his active career has brought him into ing on the old homestead in Main township 
contact with many of his fellow citizens. Mr. for a number of years, and for five years 
Fisher was born at Ringtown, Schuylkill Co., was located near Milton, in Northumberland 
Pa., Sept. 4, 185 1, son of Daniel Fisher, and county, on a farm now owned by the Fairchild 
is a great-great-grandson of the founder of estate. Then he removed into the borough of 
the family in this country, who came from ^lilton, where he made his home for sixteen 
Germany and settled near Kutztown, Berks years, at the end of that period coming to 
Co., Pa. He secured a large tract of land Limestoneville, Montour Co., Pa., where he 
and became one of the substantial farmers lived from 1888 to 1904. He has since been 
of his neighborhood. a resident of Bloomsburg, making his home 

Henry Fisher, son of the above, was bom with his son William H. 
in Berks county. Pa., and later moved to On Jan. 23, 1844, Daniel Fisher was united 
Columbia county, making the trip with in marriage, by Rev. William J. Eyer, to Mary 
wagons, as was the custom in those days, M. Creasy, daughter of Jacob and Hannah 
there being no railroads in this section. Ar- (Blank) Creasy, both natives of Union town- 
riving in 1821, he settled in what is now Main ship, Schuylkill Co., Pa. Children as follows 
township, buying at a sherifif's sale a tract of were born to this union : Hannah Melinda, 
land comprising 400 acres, where he died. He born Feb. 16, 1845, married Charles T. Sher- 
married Elizabeth Bastress, who was also born man ; Sarah Ann Catherine was born Aug. 
in Berks county, and both are buried in the 11, 1847; William Henry was born Sept. 4, 
Fisher Church cemetery in Main township. 185 1 ; Emma Eudora Alice was born Feb. 9, 
Mr. Fisher gave the land for the church, be- 1857; Luther Daniel was born Sept. 29, i860; 
hind which the cemetery lies, and in compli- Huldah Elizabeth, born Jan. 22, 1863, mar- 
ment to him it was given his name. Henry ried William H. Kramm. Mrs. Fisher died in 
Fisher was among the pioneers of this dis- 1906 and is buried in Hillside cemetery at 
trict and was recognized as one of the lead- Catawissa. Daniel Fisher is the oldest res- 
ing men here. He and his wife had children ident of Bloomsburg, where he is well known 
as follows : Solomon ; Jonathan ; John ; Eliz- and highly honored. Although ninety-one 
abeth, who married Benjamin Kercher; Maria, years of age in 1914, he still continues to read 
who married John Deemer; Catherine, who the daily papers and take a keen interest in 
married Christ Fegley ; Alice, who married a the affairs of the town and the outside world. 
Mr. Fenstermacher; Bebbie, who married He is thoroughly familiar with both English 
Philip Fegley; Nancy, who married Samuel and German and is a mine of information re- 
Kercher ; Susan, who married Conrad Bred- garding matters of the past in Columbia 
benner ; and Mrs. Jacob Hinterliter. county. In politics he is a Democrat and in 

John Fisher, son of Henr}' Fisher, was a religious faith a Lutheran, 

native of Berks county, was brought to Co- William H. Fisher had the advantages of 

lumbia county by his parents, and operated the public schools in his early life and later at- 

the Fisher homestead until his death, which tended the Bloomsburg State Xornial School, 

occurred about 185 1. Coming back from He was reared to farming and began on his 

Mainville with a load of planks, etc., while own account in 1871, upon the old homestead 

attempting to guide his four-horse team, he in Main township, where he remained for over 

was run over by a wheel of the wagon and thirty years, until 1903. That year he came 

killed. He married Juda Kiefer. like himself to live at Bloomsburg. his home being at No. 

born in Berks county, daughter of Daniel 140 West Third street, where he has a fine 

Kiefer, and both are buried in the Fisher residence. He retains the ownership of the 

Church cemetery in Main township. She old Fisher homestead, his son Edward H. now 

died Alarcli 15, 1885. They had the follow- farming that property. Mr. Fisher has al-, 

ing children : Daniel, who became the father ways taken a keen interest in the administra- 

of William H. Fisher; \\'illiam S. ; James; tion of public afifairs. and while living in Main 

Henry ; Catherine, who married Daniel Mil- township served as assessor and school 

ler; Eliza, who married William Mosteller; director. In 1899 he was honored with elec- 

Esther, who married John Shipe ; and Mary, tion as county commissioner, and he was re- 

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sion, until 1905. During his administration 
many bridges were built in Columbia county, 
both State and county structures, some of the 
most important being the Long Hollow bridge ; 
the bridge over Catawissa creek at Shuman- 
town, Beaver township ; the Breisch bridge on 
Catawissa creek, the Nuss bridge in Main 
township; the paper mill bridge south of Cat- 
awissa ; the bridge at the west end of Cata- 
wissa borough ; two spans of the Catawissa 
■ bridge across the Susquehanna, after it had 
been destroyed by flood ; the Mifflinville 
bridge; and the bridge across the Susque- 
hanna between Berwick and Nescopeck. His 
public services were such as to win him the 
good will and respect of his fellow members 
of the board and the citizens of Columbia 
county generally. His political association has 
been with the Democratic party and in re- 
ligion he is a Lutheran. 

On Dec. 29, 1870, Mr. Fisher married Mary 
Catherine Aten, daughter of Samuel and Eliz- 
abeth (Breisch) Aten, and they have had two 
children: Edward H., born Majch 21, 1872, 
and Dannie V., born June 22, 1887, the latter 
dying when eighteen months old (Dec. 23, 
1888). Edward married Lillian Shuman, and 
they have two children, Mary L. and War- 
ren L. Fisher. 

GEORGE A. LAUB has been closely asso- 
ciated with a number of progressive move- 
ments in West Berwick which have proved 
beneficial and won approbation from all in- 
terested in the welfare of that town. His 
work as member of the health and school 
boards has been of particular service to his 
fellow citizens. 

Mr. Laub's ancestors came to this country 
from Holland, and the family was established 
in Lancaster county, Pa., many years ago. 
There Jacob Laub, grandfather of George A. 
Laub, lived for a number of years, marry- 
ing Elizabeth Deitterick, also of Lancaster 
county. By occupation he was a farmer. In 
the year 1845 he and his wife removed with 
their family to Juniata county, Pa., and he 
died during the Civil war. Their children 
were : George entered the Union service dur- 
ing the Civil war, in which he met his death, 
being killed at the battle of Cold Harbor; 
Jacob, who like his brothers was in the North- 
ern army during the Civil war, being drum- 
mer, is now living in California: Henry H. is 
mentioned later; Jane married William 
Roush ; Martha married Theodore Frey. This 
family held to the faith of the German Re- 
formed Church. 



Henry H. Laub was born Jan. 10, 1840, in 
New Holland, Lancaster county, where he 
lived until five years old. Then he accom- 
panied his parents to Juniata county, where 
he obtained a good education, being allowed 
to attend common school until 1859, when he 
entered the academy at McAlisterville con- 
ducted by George F. McFarland. During the 
winter of 1860-61 he was engaged in teaching, 
in West Beaver township, Snyder Co., Pa., 
continued his studies in school the following 
summer, and in the fall and winter of 1862 
again taught, in the same place. On April 2, 
1862, he enlisted for the Union service, enter- 
ing Company H, 49th Pennsylvania Volunteer 
Infantry, for three years, and served his full 
term. He remained with his regiment until 
the surrender at Appomattox Court House, 
and arrived home May 5, 1865. 

Mr. Laub became a skilled carpenter and 
worked at the trade for some time, but event- 
ually gave his attention principally to fruit 
growing, in which line he did well. As one 
of the competent officials of Spring and West 
Beaver townships, he has become one of the 
best known residents in his section of Snyder 
county. In Spring township he serv^ed as as- 
sessor, supervisor, tax collector, auditor, cen- 
sus enumerator (for 1890) and school director 
(three terms), and for the last several years 
he has been auditor of Spring township. For 
twenty-five years continuously he has been 
holding office in the German Reformed 
Church, being now secretary of Christ Church 
at Beaver Springs and treasurer of the joint 
consistory of Beaver Springs charge. As a 
veteran of the Civil war he belongs to the 
Grand Army of the Republic, holding mem- 
bership in Post No. 612, at Beaver Springs, 
in which he has filled all the offices ; he served 
as commander, and has been quartermaster 
ever since 1892. To his marriage with Louisa 
Shout, daughter of Adam Shout (who mar- 
ried a Miss Howell), of West Beaver town- 
ship, Snyder county, have been born six chil- 
dren : Harry, who married Olive Knepp ; 
Sarah, who married Charles Wagner; Jacob 
A., now of Erie, Pa., married to Minnie Belle 
Smith ; George A. ; Elizabeth, and Grace. 

George A. Laub, son of Henry H. and 
Louisa (Shout) Laub, was born March 15, 
1873^ in Beaver Springs, Snyder Co., Pa. 
His education was obtained in the public 
schools there. When he began work, in 1886, 
he entered the employ of the Weiand Com- 
pany, in the vicinity of Beaver Springs, man- 
ufacturing wooden staves. For a time he as- 
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he was employed by Dr. A. M. Smith, in the Henry P. Beaver was given a common 
iron ore mines at Beaver Springs, and when school education. He moved with the family 
work in the mines ceased found employment to Avilla, Xoble Co., Ind., and did farm work 
in the lumber woods in the surrounding ter- there. Returning to Pennsylvania he learned 
ritory. Coming to Berwick in 1898, he found the trade of blacksmith at Middleburg, Sny- 
a place as rougher in the rolling mills of the der county, and followed it for some years. 
Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company, In 1899 he came to Berwick, but moved back 
under J. H. Catterall, remaining there until to Middleburg after a year's stay. In 1905 
the mills closed down, in 1908. Then he em- he again came to Berwick, and entered the 
barked in business in West Berwick, in the re- finishing department of the American Car & 
tail confectionery and cigar trade, and at the Foundry Company under Superintendent 
"same time traveled as wholesale cigar sales- Johnson, where he is still working. Mr. 
man through Sullivan, Montour, Columbia, Beaver is a Republican, an Odd Fellow (of 
Northumberland and part of Luzerne coun- Beaver Springs), and a member of Grace 
ties. In the fall of 1910 he returned to the Lutheran Church. He married Mary Ellen 
employ of the American Car & Foundry Com- Bufiington, who was born Aug. 18, 1857, 
pany, being in the finishing department of the daughter of Edward L. Bufhngton, of Mid- 
passenger coach department, under Superin- dleburg, and they have had three children: 
tendent L. E. Hess. Amelia Ehzabeth, born July 11, 1876, wife of 

Mr. Laub lives at No. 1205 West Front George A. Laub; Anicetus Pearl, born June 

street, and has interested himself in local activ- 3, 1883, wife of R. \'. Mitchell; and Bertha 

ities for several years. He has been a mem- Agnes, bom Feb. 2, 1886, wife of Harry D. 

ber of the board of school directors of West Kepner. 

Berwick for eleven years and was secretary Robert Bufiington, Mrs. Beaver's grand- 
of that body for six years; he is also member father, was born in Lancaster, Lancaster Co., 
and secretary of the West Berwick health Pa., and lived to be eighty-three years old. 
board, and has always used his influence to He was a boatman on the canal between Phila- 
promote the welfare of the town. He is a delphia and Lancaster. His wife, Maria 
prominent Republican, member of the local Aurand, was from Middleburg, Pa., and their 
committee and of the county committee of his children were Edward L. and James, the 
party. In the year 1914 he was nominated, latter marrying Elizabeth Zechman. 
on the Republican ticket, for representative Edward L. Bufiington died Nov. 29. 1892, 
in the State Legislature from Columbia coun- aged fifty-nine years. A native of Aliddle- 
ty. As a member of the Lutheran Church burg, he obtained a common school training 
he has also been a useful worker along re- and learned the trade of carpenter, later be- 
ligious lines, being class leader and chorister coming an undertaker. He served in the Civil 
of the Sunday School and for eight years its war, enlisting from Middleburg. He mar- 
superintendent, ried Amelia Weller, who came from Freeburg 

Mr. Laub married Amelia E. Beaver, daugh- (Washington township), Snyder county, she 

ter of Henry P. and Mary Ellen (Bufiington) being one of a family of eight children, viz.: 

Beaver, of Middleburg, Snyder county. Their William ; Henry ; Jacob, who married Rebecca 

three children are: H. Rupert, born Feb. 18, Saylor; Levi, who married Mary Rathfon; 

1896; George Albert, Feb. 26, 1901 ; Harland Peter, who married Betsy Larish ; Amelia; 

A., Aug. 4, 1902. Betsy, Mrs. Peter Eby; and Susanna. Mrs. 

Henry P. Beaver, father of Mrs. George George Pierce. To Mr. and Mrs. Bufiington 
A. Laub, was born Jan. 20. 1856. at Kratzer- were born seven children : Elizabeth SVm- 
ville, Snyder Co., Pa., son of Nathaniel erva, who married George W. Sholter; \'ic- 
Beaver, also a native of Kratzerville. From toria Idella, wife of Barber Simonton ; Mary 
that place he moved to Avilla, Ind.. where he Ellen, Mrs. Henry P. Beaver; and rfenry Mc- 
owned t8o acres of land and engaged in gen- Clellan, Harvey J.. Laura Alice and Charlotte 
eral farming. He married Elizabeth W'alter. L., all buried at Middleburg. Mr. Bufting- 
who was also from the vicinity of Kratzerville, ton was a Republican on political issues. He 
and they had the following children : Kate, belonged to the United Brethren Church. 
Maria, Simon, David, Elizabeth Jane, Wil- 
son. Nathaniel. Perry, Anicetus. Henry P. E. TRUMAN EVES is living on land in 
and Michael. The father was a Republican Greenwood township which has been continu- 
in politics, in religious connection a mem- ously in the possession of his family since 
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line in Columbia county. He has been a 
highly useful member of his community, in 
business thrifty, and public-spirited in the dis- 
charge of his duties as a citizen. 

The Eves family has been settled in Colum- 
bia county for one hundred and forty years. 
John Eves, its founder here, was one of the 
pioneer settlers in the valley of Fishing creek. 
He had come there from Mill Creek Hundred, 
New Castle Co., Del., and located on a tract 
of 1,200 acres in the townships of Greenwood 
and Madison, including the present site of 
MilK ille. The land was secured by deed dated 
Nov. 29, 1774, the former owner having been 
Reuben Haines, a brewer, of Philadelphia (it 
was part of Lord Baltimore's grant). It would 
appear, however, that Mr. Eves had concluded 
the purchase and settled in this section some 
years previous to the time this title was ac- 
quired, coming into possession of it not later 
than 1770. His settlement in this section marks 
an important period in its history. From Del- 
aware he came to Milton (Northumberland 
county), where there was a fort, in 1770, pro- 
ceeding thence with an Indian guide to Fish- 
ing creek, where he inspected his land in 1781. 
He and his son Thomas built a cabin and 
cleared an acre of ground at Larry Spring (so 
named for Larry Flinn ; see below). The 
family had been living here several years when 
the Wyoming massacre, in 1778, startled the 
inhabitants of the region out of the feeling 
of security they had barely acquired. John 
Eves, warned by a friendly Indian, returned 
East as far as Chester county, Pa., in time to 
avoid any of the evil consequences of that 
affair, and remained there for seven years 
before again venturing into the backwoods. 

But little is known regarding the personal 
history of John Eves. He w^as an Irish Friend, 
born in 1720, and came to America, from 
Dublin, about the year 1738. He was in good 
circumstances in Mill Creek Hundred, and 
held various offices of responsibility. One of 
his experiences as a constable reveals the 
determined character of the man. He was 
given the warrant for the arrest of a mis- 
creant who defied the power of the law, and 
threatened to take the life of the officer as he 
approached. But the latter walked boldly for- 
ward and disarmed him without a struggle. 
The victory was not complete, however, as the 
obstinacy of the culprit was equal to his cow- 
ardice, and he refused to walk, whereupon 
the constable tied his prisoner to the horse, 
and they proceeded without further difficul- 
ties. Another trait of his character is illus- 
trated by an occurrence during his residence 



here. While in Philadelphia on one occasion 
he advanced the passage money of Larry Flinn 
and his wife, two destitute Friends who had 
recently arrived from England. They would 
then have been obliged to remain in his service 
for several years, but he received them into 
his family and they never left it. In 1751 
John Eves married Edith Yeatman, an English 
lady, said to have possessed great strength of 
character as well as personal beauty. They 
were the parents of seventeen children, four- 
teen of whom reared families — as a rule large 
families. Their names with dates of births 
are as follows : Sarah, 4 mo., 24th, 1753 (died 
in 1762); Thomas, 2d mo., 5th, 1755; John, 
2d mo., 22d, 1757; Joseph, 10th mo., 30th, 
1758; Mark, 7th mo., i6th, 1760 (died in 
1762); William, 2d mo., 2d, 1762; Chandlee, 
I2th mo., 14th, 1763; Elizabeth, 12th mo., 
30th, 1765; Sarah, 5th mo., 14th, 1767; Edith, 
5th mo., 14th, 1767; Andrew, 6th mo., 4th, 
1769; Mary, nth mo., 24th, 1770 ; Priscilla, 
nth mo., 3d, 1772; Mark, 4th mo., 8th, 1774; 
Ann, 4th mo., 21st, 1775; Samuel, ist mo., 
1778; Ezra, 6th mo., 28th, 1782. Of these, 
four families moved to Canada in 1800. John 
Eves, Sr., died 7th mo., ist, 1802; and Edith 
(Yeatman) Eves, 4th mo., 14th, 18 18, aged 
eighty-three years. Many of those who bore 
the name have occupied positions of honor and 
respectability in the various walks of life. 
Numerous descendants of the original stock 
continue to live in this region. 

Ezra Eves, son of John and Edith (Yeat- 
man) Eves, born 6th mo. 28, 1782, married 
Susanna Kester, and they were the parents of 
the following children : Francis P., Benjamin 
K., John R., Elizabeth, Lucretia M., and Jo- 
seph E. 

Francis P. Eves, eldest son of Ezra, was 
born Jan. 29, 1820, in Greenwood township, 
was reared to farming, and after his marriage 
located on the homestead, which was part of 
the original tract of John Eves, and which he 
cultivated until 1878. That year he removed 
to Millville, where he lived retired until his 
death, Feb. 24, 1898. About the time he 
reached his twenty-sixth year he married 
Elizabeth Rote, who was born in 1820, in 
Greenwood township, daughter of Francis and 
Mary (Welliver) Rote, and six children were 
born to this marriage : Anna died in infancy ; 
E. Truman lives on the homestead ; Addra 
Anna, now a resident of Bloomsburg, is the 
widow of J. Barton Eves, by whom she had 
five children ; Wilbur Warren, a farmer, of 
Berwick, married Rhoda Crist, and they had 
four children ; Margaret Evelyn is unmarried 



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and living in Philadelphia; Mary Bertha, 
widow of William Eves, has one child, Mer- 
ritt. 

E. Truman Eves, eldest son of Francis P. 
Eves, was born Aug. 24, 1848, on the farm in 
Greenwood township where he still lives. 
Farming has been his life work. Following 
his marriage he lived one year on the place 
later owned by James O. Warner, formerly a 
part of the original Eves holdings, the next 
year returning to his birthplace, where he has 
remained continuously since. Mr. Eves has 
been chosen to fill local public positions of 
responsibility, having served faithfully as 
school director and for twenty-two years in 
the town council, holding the latter position 
since the organization of the borough. One 
of the first councilmen elected when the town 
was incorporated as a borough, he has held 
the office continuously since that time with 
the exception of one year, when he was a 
school director. He was president of the town 
council for several years and holds that office 
at the present time. Mr. Eves adheres to the 
faith of his forefathers, holding membership 
in the Society of Friends. 

On Jan. 11, 1872, Mr. Eves married Alice 
C. Mather, daughter of Jesse and Julia (Mer- 
rill) Mather, the former of whom died on his 
farm in Greenwood township ; he was for- 
merly a resident of Pottsville, Pa. Mrs. Eves's 
death, on March 4, 191 1, was instantaneous, 
caused by a hemorrhage of the brain. Four 
children were born to ]\Ir. and Mrs. Eves, 
Marion E. dying in July, 1876, aged three 
years. J. Stanley, born Se])t. 4, 1875, was 
married June i, 1904, to Edith Haley, daugh- 
ter of James Haley, of Philadelphia; Mrs. 
Eves died July 29, 1906, leaving one child, 
Marion Edith, born July 13, 1905. Mabel A. 
was born April 10, 1878. F. Henry, born 
June 30, 1884, resides at Oneonta, N. Y., and 
was married Xov. 29, 1905, to Annie L. 
Thorpe, daughter of Edward Thorpe ; they 
have two children, Ethel M., born Dec. 17, 
1906, and Edward T., Jr., born Jan. 22, 1909. 

ALBERT WILLIAM DUY, an attorney 
at law of Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., Pa., was 
born at Chicago, 111., June 13, 1868, a son of 
Judge George C. Duy. 

The Duy family was founded in Pennsyl- 
vania when settlement was made at German- 
town. Hon. Samuel B. Gookins, formerly a 
judge of the Supreme court of Indiana, was 
Mr. Duy's maternal grandfather. 

Judge George C. Duy, father of Albert 
William Duy, was a distinguished jurist, 



serving as judge of the district court in Vigo 
county, Ind., where he died in February, 1908. 
His children were : George G., Mary L., Lucy 
C, Albert William and Charles G. 

Albert William Duy supplemented the pri- 
mary instruction he received in the Chicago 
public schools with attendance at the Indian- 
apolis high school and the classical and mili- 
tary academy of that city, from which he was 
graduated in 1885. I" 1889 he came to 
Bloomsburg, Pa., and in 1893, deciding upon 
the legal profession, began studying to pre- 
pare himself for it by entering the law office 
of Ikeler & Ikeler. Having completed the re- 
quired course of study, Mr. Duy passed his 
examinations and was admitted to the bar of 
Columbia county, Feb. 9, 1898, and has de- 
veloped into the leading attorney of this sec- 
tion. He served as referee in bankruptcy from 
1899 to 1903, in the United States District 
court. In 1902 he was elected district attorney 
of the county, and held that office for three 
years, being the first man to be elected to that 
office on the Republican ticket in this county, 
which averages a Democrtic majority of 2,500. 
His conduct of this office was such as to reflect 
credit upon all parties concerned. From 1900 
to 1906 he was chairman of the Republican 
county central committee and is a leader in 
his party. Recognizing the need for the exist- 
ence of such an organization, Mr. Duy was in- 
strumental in promoting and carrying on to a 
successful establishment the Columbia Power, 
Light & Railways Company, of which he is 
still a director, secretary and local attorney. 
He is also a director of the First National 
Bank of Bloomsburg, North Branch Furniture 
Company, North Branch Transit Company 
and the Silk Mill Company of Berwick, I'enn- 
sylvania. 

On June 4, 1891, Mr. Duy was united in 
marriage with Elizabeth Kester, of Blooms- 
burg, and they are the parents of two children : 
Albert W., Jr., and Josephine V. 

HON. WILLIAM W. SHANNON, for- 
merly burgess of West Berwick, and now en- 
gaged as preliminary organizer for Dr. Henry 
W. Stough, whose evangelistic campaigns are 
famous, was born at Berwick, Columbia Co., 
Pa., March 29, 1878. son of Charles W. and 
Margaret A. (Stephens) Shannon, and grand- 
son of Richard Shannon and of William M. 
Stephens. 

Richard Shannon, the grandfather, was an 
early settler in Columbia county, following 
farming in Centre township for a number of 
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for a time was in the employ of the Jackson 
& Woodin Manufacturing Company. He and 
his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Ann 
Courson, died at Berwick in advanced age, 
Mr. Shannon passing away Dec. 2^, 1892, at 
the age of seventy-eight years. They are 
buried in Pine Grove cemetery. 

Charles W. Shannon, son of Richard, was 
born Sept. 12, 1852, at Fowlerville, in Centre 
township, Columbia county, and learned the 
trade of carpenter, which he is still following 
as a contractor. He married Margaret Alice 
Stephens, who was born July 17, 1856, in 
Sugarloaf township, Columbia county, daugh- 
ter of William ]\I. and Mary Ann (Fritz) 
Stephens. Her father, born March 20, 1825, 
in Sullivan county. Pa., died in Berwick 
March 8, 1910. He was an early settler and 
farmer in Sugarloaf township, moving thence 
in 1867 to Berwick, where he farmed the 
next four years, and was subsequently em- 
ployed by the Jackson & Woodin Manufactur- 
ing Company for some time, retiring a num- 
ber of years before his death because of ill 
health. His wife, Mary Ann (Fritz), born 
in Sugarloaf township May 2, 1831, died April 
20, 1904. They were Methodists in religious 
belief. 

\lv. and Mrs. Charles W. Shannon reside 
on East Front street, Berwick. They have 
three sons: William W. ; John E., born'Aug. 
22, 1879, a painter and paperhanger of West 
Berwick, .who married Catherine Daubert, of 
Pine Grove, and has one child, Margaret 
Alice, born Sept. 10, 1904; and Ray H., born 
March 2/, 1886, now parcel post clerk in 
the Berwick post office, who married Cordelia 
Schneider, of Berwick, and has one child, 
Wesley H. 

William W. Shannon obtained his educa- 
tional training in the Berwick public schools, 
after which he learned painting and paper- 
hanging. In 1898 he went to Philadelphia, 
where he was employed for three years with 
the Edison Electric Light Company. After 
returning to Berwick in 1902 he established 
himself in business as a painting contractor, 
giving employment to thirty men, and con- 
tinued this business enterprise until 1907, 
when he disposed of it. Since then he has, 
to a large extent, given his time and atten- 
tion to public matters. After being elected 
a member of the council of West Berwick he 
served acceptably two terms of three years 
each, being president during his first term, 
and during this time was also county auditor. 
In 191 1 he was appointed burgess of West 
Berwick, and served three years in that 



capacity, completing an unexpired term. In 
his political views he is a Progressive Repub- 
lican, was the first county chairman of the 
Washington Progressive party, and is a mem- 
ber of its State committee. He attended the 
National convention at Chicago as a delegate 
at large. 

On May 31, 1898, Mr. Shannon was mar- 
ried to Loretta Al. Stout, who was born at 
Summer Hill, Columbia Co., Pa., daughter of 
John and Jane (Updegrove) Stout, and 
granddaughter of William and Polly Stout. 
They have a daughter, Hazel, born February 
10. 1902. 

William Stout, the grandfather of Mrs. 
Shannon, was one of the very early settlers in 
this part of the State. By trade he was a 
stonemason, and he must have been very com- 
petent, for he built the piers for the first 
bridge across the Susquehanna river at Ber- 
wick and also built some of the best residences 
in that place ; he did the stone work for what 
was known as the "Cross Keys Hotel," which 
occupied the present site of the "Alorton 
House." His widow, Mrs. Polly Stout, re- 
sides at Summer Hill, Columbia county. She 
is a venerable lady, now ninety-five years of 
age. 

John Stout, father of Mrs. Shannon, is a 
resident of Berwick and an employee of the 
American Car and Foundry Company. He 
married Jane L'pdegrove, who died in 1907, 
while the family resided at Nescopeck, Penn- 
sylvania. 

Mrs. Shannon is a member of the Luth- 
eran Church and Mr. Shannon of the 
Evangelical Church. He is a member of the 
Independent Order of Americans, Reserve 
Council, Xo. 253, of Philadelphia; of Berwick 
Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 246, and of the 
Encampment ; and belongs also to the Grind- 
ers, a local organization at West Berwick. 

PROF. HARLAN ROSCOE SNYDER, 
one of the best known educators of Colum- 
bia county, who for the last fourteen years 
has occupied the responsible position of su- 
pervising principal of the schools of West 
Berwick, is a native of Northumberland 
county. He was born at Hickory Corners, a 
son of Henry M. and Esther (Zartman) Sny- 
der, and a grandson of Jonathan Snyder. 

Jonathan Snyder was born in the southeast- 
ern part of Northampton county, Pa., and 
was one of the early settlers of Northumber- 
land county. He settled in Upper Mahanoy 
township, twenty miles from civilization, 
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Snyder family, of Pennsylvania-German de- 
scent, is widely distributed, and has given 
many wise and worthy men to the citizenship 
of the United States. 

Henry M. Snyder, son of Jonathan and 
father of Professor Snyder, was bom in 
Upper Mahanoy township, Northumberland 
Co., Pa., in 185 1. After his school days, 
which were few in number, he learned the 
harnessmaker's trade. For the last twenty 
years he has been postmaster at Hickory 
Corners, Pa., where he is a leading man in 
the community and an authority, being a 
great reader and one of the best informed 
men in his section. He has the finest Hbrary 
in his part of the county. He is a member 
of the Lutheran Church, and in politics a 
Democrat. 

Henry M. Snyder married Esther Zart- 
man, a daughter of Alexander Zartman and 
his wife, who were of German extraction, 
their parents moving from southern counties 
of the State to Rockefeller township, North- 
umberland county. To Henry M. Snyder 
and his wife the following children were 
born: Daniel J., at present head of the man- 
ual training department of the Bradford city 
schools, who was married to Elizabeth By- 
erly and to whom ha\e been born two chil- 
dren, Esther and Clermont; Harlan Roscoe; 
and Palmer, Wilson, Susannah and Esther, 
all deceased. 

Harlan Roscoe Snyder attended the public 
schools near Hickory Corners until gradu- 
ated. Three summer terms were spent in the 
Dalmatia summer school. In IcSqS he gradu- 
ated from the regular teacher's course of the 
Bloomsburg State Normal School, which he 
attended for two years and one term. Since 
then Mr. Snyder has devoted himself exclu- 
sively to educational work. Two terms he 
taught in the public schools of Upper Ma- 
hanoy township and one term in Scott town- 
ship. In 1901 he began his work in West 
Berwick, which was at that time part of 
Briarcreek township, and then had a popula- 
tion of about eight hundred, with 121 pupils. 
In 1902 West Pierwick borough was incor- 
porated and Mr. Snyder became head of the 
schools. Efficient, painstaking, energetic and 
progressive, he has brought the schools to a 
standard that gives them rank among the 
very best high schools of the State. Pos- 
sessing the qualifications in scholarship that 
are a requisite, he has demonstrated execu- 
tive ability in handling school afi^airs that 
has counted much for the progress made. 
Beloved by the pupils, he has won the respect 



and appreciation of the people of the borough 
to an exceptional degree. 

With a population increased from 800 to 
5.500, school attendance has risen from 121 
to 1,161 pupils, and to accommodate this 
large growth became a serious problem to 
all concerned in educational development. 
Air. Snyder has seen with approbation, and 
has himself been greatly influential in the 
construction of three modern brick school 
buildings, at a cost of $90,000, and the estab- 
lishing by the board of education of a regular 
four-year course in the high school, from 
which students enter college. Mr. Snyder at- 
tributes much of his success to having an 
energetic board of education and an inter- 
ested public back of him. 

He has taught four summer terms at Ben- 
ton, Pa., as instructor in history and civics, 
and in the meanwhile has taken several courses 
himself at Pennsylvania State College, the 
University of Michigan and Columbia Uni- 
versity. 

Mr. Snyder is a Lutheran in religion and 
a Democrat in politics. He has held several 
offices in West Berwick, having been ap- 
pointed the first assessor of the borough and 
later elected to that position. Six years he 
served as auditor. He is identified with the 
Masonic fraternity, being a member of 
Washington Lodge. No. 265, F, & A. M. : 
Royal Arch Chapter No. 218: Crusade Com- 
mandery. No. 12. K. T. ; Caldwell Consistor}-, 
thirty-second degree; and Irem Temple. A\ 
A. O'. N. M. S.. of Wilkes-Barre. He is also a 
member of Washington Camp No. 105, P. O. 
S. of A., and Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. 
O. F. 

HARRY SLOAN BARTON, real estate 
and insurance man of Bloomsburg, is a na- 
tive bom citizen of that place and belongs to 
a family of long and honorable standing in 
Columbia county. It was founded here by 
his great-great-grandfather, Elisha Barton, 
whose father. Thomas Barton, was of Eng- 
lish birth and came to the United States with 
two brothers early in the eighteenth century, 
he settling in \irginia, his brothers in Con- 
necticut. In England he married Hannah 
Clark, a native of that countn.'. daughter of 
Daniel Clark, and they were the parents of 
the following children : Daniel. Elisha. The- 
ophilus. Roger. Undrel. Thomas, Clark. 
Amelia, Sarah, and Isabella. Amelia, the 
only daughter who married, became the wife 
of Abraham McMurtrie. lived in New Jer- 
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descendants have made their homes in Co- 
lumbia county. 

Elisha Barton was born in Virginia June 
21, 1742, and was tirst married in 176O, in 
Northampton county, Pa., to Mary Simon- 
ton, who died shortly after they moved to 
Northumberland county, Pa. She left one 
son, Thomas. On July 10, 1771, he married 
(second) Ann McCarty, who was born March 
20, 1754, in New Jersey, of which State her 
mother, ^lary (Paine), was also a native. 
Her father came from Ireland. About 1781 
Mr. Barton brought his family to Columbia 
county, to what is now Hemlock township, 
locating near what is now the town of Blooms- 
burg, close to where McKelvy's mill was 
subsequently erected. Purchasing land on 
Fishing creek, he acquired a large, wide tract, 
extending lengthwise from the creek to the 
vicinity of Buckhorn, a distance of between 
three and four miles. The family lived in 
the wagon until their cabin was erected. Mr. 
Barton built what became known as the Red 
mill, at the foot of a hill and not far from 
Hemlock creek, and he and his wife continued 
to live on this land until the end of their days. 
His mill was one of the first mills erected in 
this region, and stood on the site where his 
great-grandson, Thomas J. Barton, had his 
mill many years later. Mr. Barton put in a 
wheat stone chopper and plaster grinders, and 
did the custom work for the farmers for many 
miles around. He also owned and cleared 
a large tract of land on the opposite side 
of the creek and there carried on farming, 
was active and energetic along various lines, 
and became one of the most prominent men 
of the county in his day. He served for a 
number of years as justice of the peace. Part 
of the large tract he owned was afterward 
found to be valuable ore land, and his son 
Caleb became quite wealthy from the pro- 
ceeds. Mr. Barton's death occurred Nov. 
12. 1816, and his wife died Jan. 11, 1823. 
They are buried in the Episcopal church- 
yard. He donated the lumber used in the 
erection of the first Episcopal church. A 
large family was born to his marriage with 
Ann McCarty, viz. : Mary, born Dec. 16, 
1772, married in November, 1795, John 
Boone, and died Nov. 2, 1796, of hydropho- 
bia; Amelia, born Oct. 2, 1774, died Sept. 15, 
1796: Elisha, bom Sept. 2, 1777, married 
March 22, 1806, Rachel Miller, and died Aug. 
26, 1815; IsaiaH was born June 21, 1780; 
Hannah, born May 25, 1783, married in 
January, 1801, James Boone, and died July 6, 
1859, in Geneseo, 111. ; John, born May 10, 



1785, married Feb. 15, 1816, May C. Kreider, 
and died May 23, 1856; Anna, born Jan. 6, 
1788, married Dec. 13, 1821, Abraham Klotz, 
and died Jan. 30, 1864; Sarah, born May 2, 
1790, died" Sept. 12, 1796; Caleb, born Nov. 
26, 1792, married in 1823 Mary Craig, and 
died Dec. 30, 1863; one died in infancy; 
Cyrus, born Alay 3, 1796, married in Decem- 
ber, 1826, Catherine Brewer, and died March 
8, 1862; Betsey, born Jan. 30, 1799, married 
Dec. 30, 1 81 6, William Robison, and died 
June 9, 1877. 

Isaiah Barton was born June 21, 1780, and 
died April 6, 1842. He followed farming 
until the year of his death, when he purchased 
the mill property, and after tearing down the 
mill erected by his father rebuilt it and also 
built the "White gristmill'' (the latter taking 
water below the tailrace of the old mill), the 
one which was afterwards operated by 
Thomas J. Barton. He did a custom busi- 
ness, and found it very remunerative, the mill 
being well patronized, but he lived only a 
short time after its completion. On March 
I, 1810, he married Mary Thornton, and 
they had a large family. 

Caleb Barton, soa of Isaiah and ]\Iary 
(Thornton) Barton, was born Aug. 30, 181 2, 
and passed his early life on the homestead 
place. He took charge of the farm while his 
father was looking out for the business at 
the mill, until the latter's death, when he be- 
came its owner and operated it successfully 
during his active years. He was also inter- 
ested in agriculture all his life, and in 1855 
built a handsome residence on his farm, one 
mile from Bloomsburg on the main road to 
Catawissa. Though he removed from this 
place in 1875, thereafter living retired at 
Bloomsburg, he continued to own it as well 
as his share in the mill. His death occurred 
Nov. 27, 1895, when he was eighty-four years 
old. He was a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church, and a Whig and Republi- 
can successively in politics. In February, 
1836, Mr. Barton married Sarah Rupert, who 
was born Sept. 16, 1816, daughter of Peter 
and Catherine (Diehl) Rupert, and died 
Sept. 6, 1854, the mother of six children: 
Evelina B., born Feb. 6, 1837, married Dr. 
W. H. McReynolds. and died Aug. 31, 1909; 
Mary is deceased; Thomas J., born Sept. 28, 
1840, married Henrietta Guild; Catherine B., 
born March 10, 1842, married Alfred Ale and 
resides in Warsaw, Ind. ; Emma B., born May 
24, 1844, rnarried John Moore, is now a 
widow, and resides in Bloomsburg; Anna B., 
born Sept. 2^, 1846, married Thomas Webb, 



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of Bloomsburg, and died Aug. 23, 1904. In 
February, 1862, Caleb Barton married Deli- 
lah Creveling. 

Thomas J. Barton was born Sept, 28, 1840, 
at the old Barton homestead on West Main 
street, Bloomsburg, near where the pottery 
now stands, and was reared there. After 
reaching his majority he learned the trade 
of blacksmith, which he followed in Blooms- 
burg for eight years. He then returned to 
the homestead farm, where he carried on 
general farming for twenty years, or until 
1895, when he purchased the old Barton 
mill property below the "Red Mill,"" and com- 
menced to operate it as the Montour mill, 
after making many improvements, fitting it 
up with improved machinery and running it 
in an up-to-date manner until his retirement. 
He was considered one of the most progress- 
ive men in the county. In the fall of 1896 
he built a tine residence at No. 603 West ^lain 
street, where he resided until his death, Nov. 

25, 1913- 

Mr. Barton sened as a musician in the 

6th Pennsylvania Reserves for thirteen 
months, and received his honorable dis- 
charge in 1862. After his return he was 
drafted into Company A, 171st Pennsylvania 
Militia, and served about eleven months, his 
regiment doing scout duty during that time. 

On Oct. 18, 1862, Mr. Barton married Jrlen- 
rietta Guild, a daughter of Aaron Guild, of 
Hemlock township, and six children have 
blessed their union, namely : Edward L. mar- 
ried Annie Fowler, and has two of four chil- 
dren living, Mabel and James ; Catherine died 
in infancy; Isaiah, of Bloomsburg, married 
Mary Oswell, and they have had eleven chil- 
dren : Caleb, formerly a miller, now engaged 
in trucking and the poultry business at To- 
ledo, Ohio, married ^largaret Boughton 
(they have no children) ; Harry Sloan is 
mentioned below ; Maud, a graduate of the 
Bloomsburg high school, is now the wife of 
Oliver H. Watts and living at Millersburg, 
Pa. (they have two children, Oliver H. and 
Leroy B.). 

Mr. Barton is a Republican in politics and 
in religious connection a member of the Epis- 
copal Church. 

Harry Sloan Barton was born Aug. 19, 
1876, and received his education at Blooms- 
burg, attending public school and later the 
State Normal, from which he was graduated 
in 1896. After that he engaged in teaching 
for six years, two years in Hemlock town- 
ship, Columbia county, and for four years as 
principal of the Fifth street school in Blooms- 



burg. His next work was as bookkeeper for 
the American Electrical Light Company, at 
Bloomsburg, with which concern he remained 
for some time, leaving to become auditor for 
the Columbia Power, Light and Railways 
Company. This position he resigned Oct. i, 
1 910, since when he has been engaged in the 
real estate and insurance business at Blooms- 
burg on his own account. He has his office 
in the First National Bank Building. He has 
been very successful in building up his busi- 
ness, and has made a substantial place for 
himself among the prosperous men of the 
town, where he has other important connec- 
tions. He has served as a member of the 
school board, treasurer of the Republican 
county committee, librarian of the Columbia 
County Fair Association, and secretary of the 
Columbia County School Directors' Associa- 
tion. On Aug. 14, 191 1, he was appointed 
notary public. In religious connection he is 
a member of the Methodist Church, and so- 
cially he holds membership in the Knights of 
the Golden Eagle and the Masonic fraternity, 
belonging to Washington Lodge, No. 265, F. 
& A. M., of Bloomsburg (of which he is a past 
master), to Royal Arch Chapter No. 218, 
Crusade Commandery-, No. 12, K. T.. and 
Caldwell Consistory,' S. P. R. S. (thirty- 
second degree). In May, 1912, Mr. Barton 
was elected captain of Company G, 12th Regi- 
ment. Pennsylvania National Guard, and is 
now serving as such with Company L, 13th 
Regiment. 

On June 12, 1901, Mr. Barton was married 
to Mabel Peacock, daughter of John and 
Thirma (Myers) Peacock, and they have 
three children, Dorothy, Robert and John. 

PROF. HARRY GROZIER, of Berwick, 
Pa., a professor of music, was born in the 
city of Marseilles, France. June 18, 1842. son 
of John B. and Loretta (Consi) Grozier. 

John B. GrozTer was born at Marseilles, 
France, possessed musical talent of a high 
order, and for many years was a teacher there 
of the clarinet and violin. He married Lo- 
retta Consi, who was born in the same city, 
and afterwards engaged in the mercantile 
business. He and his wife died in France. 
He was at one time a cavalryman in the 
French army. Of the nine children in their 
family one died in infancy, the others being: 
Charles, who is now deceased; Adolph, also 
deceased; Marius, who became commander 
of a vessel sailing out of the harbor of New 
York ; Harry ; Julius, who is deceased ; Ar- 
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Harry Grozier was only twelve years old 
when he came to America and for many 
years afterwards his life was one of thrilling 
incident and great adventure, although he 
has been a resident of Berwick for forty 
years and is known far and wide through the 
country as a master of the gentle and refining 
art and science of music. He set sail for the 
United States with Captain King, commander 
of a vessel from Elizabeth City, N. C. Cap- 
tain King became so attached to the lad that 
after bringing his vessel safely to port at 
Elizabeth City he took out papers of adop- 
tion and placed the boy in school in that place, 
where he was a student for two years. From 
there he went to Norfolk, Va., where he se- 
cured a berth as cabin boy on the vessel "Hon- 
duras," under command of Captain Turner, 
and sailed from Norfolk to the West Indies. 
He remained on this vessel during three voy- 
ages, in the meanwhile touching at St. 
Thomas, Porto Rico and Boston. He next 
shipped on a fishing vessel on the Gulf of 
St. Lawrence, in which he remained for 
five months, going then to the Newfoundland 
banks for codfish. After one season he 
changed to a whaling vessel and for seven 
months was in North Atlantic waters, then 
returning south as far as Provincetown, 
Mass. At that point Mr. Grozier met Cap- 
tain Cook and accompanied him to Boston, 
and from there went to New York and 
shipped on a vessel bound for Gibraltar, 
carrying a cargo of flour for the British gov- 
ernment. From there he went to the island 
of Sicily and the city of Messina, Italy, and 
as war was then in progress there he was 
forced to remain for several months, when 
released returning to the United States, reach- 
ing Philadelphia in i860. The following year 
he went to London, England, but afterwards 
returned to Philadelphia, where he went to 
work on the ship "Achilles," under command 
of Captain Gallagher shipping to London on 
this vessel for two trips and becoming second 
officer of the ship. Returning to Philadel- 
phia in 1862, he then shipped on the "I. F. 
Chapman," a government transport under 
command of Captain Leavenseller, and went 
to Cat Island, Miss., and from there to the 
mouth of the Mississippi river. All this time 
he was in the service of the United States. 
The ship next went to Pensacola bay and 
cruised there for eight months, returning at 
the end of that period to the Brooklyn navy 
yard, at New York. Mr. Grozier's next berth 
was on the "William Cummings" to Philadel- 
phia, and from there he went to South Amer- 



ica, spending some time at different ports and 
making short voyages to the West Indies. He 
was not yet tired of the sea, notwithstanding 
the many hardships of a sailor's life, and after 
returning to Philadelphia went on a merchant 
ship to St. Mary's river, in Florida. In a 
storm this ship went to pieces twelve miles 
oft' the coast of Georgia, and Mr. Grozier 
and his comrades lay for twelve days on the 
inhospitable island of Yackler, but finally, in 
two boats, all managed to reach Brunswick, 
Ga., going from there to Savannah and thence 
to New York. 

After this almost fatal adventure Mr. Gro- 
zier gave up the sea and established his home 
in Harrisburg, Pa., where he placed himself 
under first-class musical instructors and thus 
cultivated his natural talents. Music has 
largely filled his life ever since, and he has 
won a reputation which extends over the en- 
tire State. Forty years ago he came to Ber- 
wick, the following year erecting the resi- 
dence he has occupied ever since. He has 
taught pupils the mysteries of practically 
every known instrument, but probably takes 
more pleasure in arranging band and oratorio 
and orchestral music. He was the organizer 
and instructor of the well known Grozier 
Military Band of Berwick, which has taken 
many prizes for proficiency through this part 
of Pennsylvania, their performances reflect- 
ing great credit on their leader. 

In 1861, at Harrisburg, Pa., Professor 
Grozier was married (first) to Susan W. 
Morton, who was born at Harrisburg, and 
died at Berwick in 1895. He was married 
(second) in 1901 to Susanna S. Dodson, of 
Hemlock Creek, Pa., who died in March, 19 13. 
To the first marriage seventeen children were 
born, eight of whom survive : Etta, who is a 
resident of Berwick; Jennie, who is the wife 
of Oscar Huntsinger, living in Berwick ; 
George, a business man of Wilkes-Barre, 
Pa. ; Dora, who is the wife of Thomas Wil- 
liams, of Philadelphia, Pa. ; Lillian, married 
and living in California; Joshua, who lives at 
home ; Charles, whose home is at Wilkes- 
Barre ; and Edna, who resides in Philadel- 
phia. No children were born to the second 
union. 

CHARLES M. HARDER, postmaster at 
Catawissa, has had his official ability tested 
in various capacities in the borough, where 
he has a fine record of public service extend- 
ing over a period of many years. The fam- 
ily has been settled at Catawissa since 1800, 
when Peter Harder, the first of this line in 



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America, settled here and opened a wheel- 
wright and blacksmith shop. He died at Cata- 
wissa, but the date of his death is not known. 
He was a native of Holland, and it is sup- 
posed he first settled on the Hudson, above 
New York City, after his emigration to 
America. 

Err Harder, son of Peter, was also a 
blacksmith, and ran his father's shop after 
the latter's death. He married Sarah Dun- 
lap, a member of the Church of England, and 
he too became an Episcopalian. He died in 
Catawissa, and his wife dying soon after- 
wards, their son Washington, then but a 
youth, was left to follow the trade of his 
ancestors at the old stand. 

Washington Harder was born at Cata- 
wissa, where he died in 1861. Learning the 
trade of wheelwright, he was engaged at that 
calling most of his life. His wife, Mary 
Myers (McAllister), of Catawissa, was like 
himself a native of Pennsylvania. She was 
of German extraction. One of their sons was 
Thomas Err. 

Thomas Err Harder, son of Washington, 
was born December, 1843, in Catawissa 
township, Columbia county, and was brought 
up in the town, where he received his educa- 
tion. Having learned the trade of cabinet- 
maker, he followed it until ready to go into 
business on his own account. Starting mod- 
erately, he established his affairs on a sub- 
stantial basis, and by 1883 his trade had in- 
creased to such an extent that in order to 
accommodate the steady growth he put up 
the four-story stone building ( with basement 
and attic) at Catawissa in which he is still 
located, and which to this day is the largest 
and most substantial stone business block in 
Columbia county. It cost about fifteen thou- 
sand dollars. Mr. Harder's success is the 
result of thrifty management and unceasing 
attention to the wants of his patrons, and for 
over thirty years he has done a comprehen- 
sive business in various lines, dealing in fur- 
niture, and having a wide custom as an under- 
taker and embalmer. Some of the special 
furniture he sells is made on the premises, 
the manufacturing being carried on in the 
basement of the building, the rest being well 
stocked with homestead goods ; his furniture 
stock is one of the largest in the State. Mr. 
Harder also does all kinds of painting. He 
has been one of the most successful mer- 
chants in the county, and though he has never 
taken any active part in public affairs has 
been considered one of its leading citizens. 



one who has been an important factor in the 
local prosperity. Politically he has been a 
Republican. He belongs to the Reformed 
Church. Fraternally he is a member of the 
Masons, M. S. of A., and G. A. R. Post Xo. 
170, being entitled to membership in the lat- 
ter because of his services in the Civil war. 
In 1862 he enlisted in Company H, I32d 
Pennsylvania \'olunteer Infantry, with which 
he served nine months, during which time 
he took part in the battles of Antietam, Fred- 
ericksburg and Chancellorsville, as well as 
other actions. Then he entered the 20th 
Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment as second 
lieutenant, and was detached as sergeant 
major of his regiment, serving as such about 
three months during an emergency. He then 
enlisted in Company D. 3d Heavy Artillery, 
to which he was attached two years. He 
served in the front at Fort Spring Hill, and 
subsequently at Dutch Gap Canal, but was 
in no heavy engagements. Then he was on 
detached service as paymaster's clerk. He 
was in marches through Maryland. West \'ir- 
ginia and Pennsylvania, and during the battle 
of Gettysburg his regiment was to the left, 
at Carlyle; General Smith commanded the 
division. 

In January. 1873. Mr. Harder married 
Clara A. Hamlin, and they have had three 
children: Charles M.; Guy W., who mar- 
ried Josephine Lowenberger; and Pearl, wife 
of Charles M. Evans, of Bloomsburg, Penn- 
svlvania. 

' Charles M. Harder was bom in November, 
1871, in Catawissa, where he was reared 
and acquired his early education, later at- 
tending the Peirce business college, in Phil- 
adelphia. For a time he was in his father's 
store, and then for two years he was deputy 
register and recorder in the courthouse at 
Bloomsburg. Returning to his father's store,, 
he was engaged there until he received his 
appointment as postmaster of Catawissa. Aug. 
21, 1913, since when he has devoted himself 
to the duties of the office. When only twenty- 
six years old he became a member of the 
local board of school directors, and he has 
also filled other borough offices, in all of which 
he has given excellent satisfaction to all 
concerned. 

]\rr. Harder married Sarah E. Fox, 
daughter of Dr. J. T. Fox, of Catawissa, 
and they have one child, Catherine Fox 
Harder. Mr. Harder is a member of the 
Reformed Church, and his wife belongs to 
the Methodist Epi.^^copal Church. 



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CLEWELL & CURRIX, leading drug- which he opened the creamery in Berwick 
gists of Berwick, conduct one of the old es- which he conducted for many years. He sold 
tablished stands in that borough, being the out to his son Ernest when ready to retire, 
successors of G. L. Reagan & Co. Except He married Lucinda Rhinard, daughter of 

for one brief interruption Mr. Clewell has Daniel Rhinard, both natives of Berwick, and 

been associated with the business since he the following children have been born to 

entered the Reagan store when fourteen years them: Ernest, Laurence I., Floy and Grace 

old, and the present partnership has existed (Mrs. X. W. Bloss). Mr. Clewell is a mem- 

since Aug. i, 1899. -"^^ that time Clewell & ber of Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. P., 

Currin, both young men barely of age, bought and of Washington Camp, No. 105, P. O. S. 

the store, and their career has been marked of A. Moral issues have always enlisted his 

by the steady advancement and business ex- sympathy and support. In politics he is a 

pansion of energetic, live merchants, typical Prohibitionist. He is a very active member 

spirits of the times. They have a wholesale of Bower Memorial United Evangelical 

and retail drug business, and conduct a Rex- Church, which he has served in all the church 

all store, of which there are five thousand offices and as superintendent of the Sunday 

in the United States. The Rexall Company school. 

manufactures rubber goods, stationery and Laurence I. Clewell was educated in the 

pharmaceutical preparations, the main factory lower and high schools of Berwick. When 

being at Boston, with branches in Chicago, he was fourteen years of age he entered the 

New Orleans, Augusta (Ga.), St. Louis employ of Dr. G. L. Reagan & Co., with 

(Mo.), San Francisco, London, England, whom he learned the drug business. With 

Besides carrying a complete line of general the exception of two years spent in South 

drugs and drug supplies, Clewell & Currin sell Bethlehem, Pa., in the drug store of George 

magazines and deal in stationery and similar W. Roland, he has been in the same store 

merchandise most successfully handled by ever since. Having passed the State board 

druggists in the smaller cities. Their goods examination, he is a registered pharmacist, 

are carefully selected, with a view of giving Politically he is a Democrat, but not an 

their patrons the advantage of choice from active party worker. Socially he belongs to 

an up-to-date stock, which includes all the Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F., and to 

articles in regular demand, of dependable Berwick Lodge, No. 1138, B. P. O. Elks. His 

quality, as well as the new offerings of the religious membership is with Christ Episcopal 

trade. Some personal account of the two Church, which he is serving as a vestryman, 

partners who have cooperated so successfully He married Ella A. Currin, born Nov. 17, 

in the building up of this business will be of 1880, daughter of Rev. G. W. and Minnie R. 

interest. (Willow) Currin, and they have two children : 

Laurence I. Clewell, born April 9, 1878, RolHn Earl, born April 6, 1899, and Marian 

in Berwick, is a son of I. B. Clewell, and Ruth, born Aug. 29, 1900. 

grandson of Henry Clewell. The grand- Percival C. Currin was born June 15, 

father was born in Evansville, Briarcreek 1876, in East Prospect, York Co., Pa., son 

township, Columbia Co!, Pa., and early in life of Rev. G. W. Currin, a minister of the United 

learned the tailor's trade, which he followed Evangelical Church. Rev. G. \W. Currin was 

for a number of years. Later he became a born in Cumberland county, Pa., May 15, 1845. 

farmer, following agricultural pursuits until When quite a young man he entered a Mary- 

his death. He had a family of thirteen chil- land regiment, and served two and a half 

dren. The parents are buried in Pine Grove years during the Civil war. After returning 

cemetery. Henry Clewell was a Democrat, from the army he located in Bellefonte, Cen- 

but never active in politics. At one time a ter Co., Pa., and then entered New Berlin 

zealous member of the Evangelical Church College, and started his preparation for the 

at Evansville, he subsequently joined the ministry. Upon graduating he entered the 

church at Berwick. service of the United Evangelical Church, and 

I. B. Clewell, the father of Laurence L spent forty-four years in his sacred calling. 

Clewell, was born in Evansville, in Briar- For many years he has been a resident of 

creek township, and received his early educa- Williamsport, Pa., and has served every 

tion there, later attending the schools of church of his denomination in that city. He 

Berwick. Being a man of progressive nature, was instrumental in the building of one church 

he entered the Pennsylvania State College and and three parsonages. His wife, Minnie R. 

took the dairy and butter making course, after (Willow), born July 14, 1843, died May 28. 



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1907. She is buried in Wildwood cemetery, 
Williamsport. The following children were 
born to this marriage : William C. ; Maude, 
Mrs. Harvey Rearick ; Percival C. ; Elsie, who 
married Prof. Arthur Gilmore, of Williarns- 
port ; and Ella A., twin of Elsie, who married 
Laurence I. Clewell. Rev. Mr. Currin has been 
a Prohibitionist since 1876. Socially he holds 
membership in the Knights of Pythias and 
the Odd Fellows. 

Percival C. Currin began his education in 
the schools of Williamsport. and also took a 
two years' course in the Bloomsburg State 
Normal School. During vacation times he 
prepared himself for his present business, 
working in drug stores at Williamsport. 
After leaving school he went to Bloomsburg 
and entered the drug store of J. H. Mercer, 
where he remained one and a half years and 
then returned to Williamsport. After two 
years in the store of E. A. Cornell he moved 
to Berwick, and with Mr. Clewell formed 
the present partnership. He was married to 
Grace Greenwood Evans, born Dec. 25. 1874, 
daughter of Francis and Jane (Lamon) 
Evans, and they have had one child, Jane 
Evans, born Aug. 18. 1908. Mr. Currin is 
a Democrat. Fraternally he is a member of 
Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M., Ber- 
wick; Bloomsburg Chapter, No. 218, R. A. 
M. ; Crusade Commandery. No. 12, K. T., 
Bloomsburg; and Berwick Lodge, No. 246. 
I. O. O. F. He is a director of the Berwick 
Building & Loan Association, and has been 
secretary of the Columbia Beneficial Asso- 
ciation since its organization. In religion he 
is a Presbyterian, belonging to the First 
Church. 

FRANKLIN A. WITMAN has been 
associated with several business enterprises 
during the thirty years and more of his resi- 
dence in Berwick. Born at Bloomsburg. 
Columbia countv, he received a common school 
education, and served a full apprenticeship 
in the pharmacy of the late Norman J. Hender- 
shott, whose elegant establishment in Blooms- 
burg was well known in its day. ^Moving to 
Berwick about 1882, he took a position in the 
accounting department of The Jackson «S: 
Woodin ^lanufacturing Company, in whose 
service he continued for fourteen years. Dur- 
ing this time he was also the local manager 
of the Western Union Telegraph Company. 
For a number of years he has been connected 
with the Berwick Store Company. Limited, and 
its successor, the Berwick Store Company, as 
treasurer and secretary. He also is associated 



with the Berwick Water Company in like 
capacity, and is a director of the Berwick 
National Bank. 

Mr. Witman married Annie Bowman Freas, 
daughter of Henry C. and Dorothy A. (Bow- 
man) Freas, of Berwick, Columbia county. 
Three children have been born to them, two 
of whom survive, viz. : Harold Ewing, a grad- 
uate of Williamsport Dickinson Seminary in 
1909, and of Wesleyan University, at Middle- 
town, Conn., class of 1913, and now a student 
in Drew Seminary, Madison. N. J. ; and Edwin 
Henry, a graduate of Berwick high school, 
class of 1912, and Williamsport Dickinson 
Seminary, class of 1913, now (1915) a sopho- 
more at Wesleyan University, Middletown, 
Connecticut. 

Mr. Witman is a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church ; is a Mason, belonging to 
Knapp Lodge. No. 462, F. and A. M.. of Ber- 
wick, and Caldwell Consistory, at Bloomsburg ; 
and also is a member of the Pennsylvania 
Society of New York. 

GEORGE MARSHALL HUGHES is a 
resident of Bloomsburg and one of the promi- 
nent citizens of that borough, where he is 
familiarly known as "Farmer" Hughes; he 
continues to carry on the homestead farm, 
which property is included within the town 
limits. Mr. Hughes was born at Bloomsburg 
Sept. 28. 1858. son of Douglass Hughes. 

The Hughes family was founded in this 
country by Isaiah and Henrietta (Tea) 
Hughes, great-grandparents of George M. 
Hughes, who came to the United States from 
County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1793. They 
lived in Douglassville, Berks Co., Pa., many 
years ago. coming thence to Columbia county, 
where they made their j>ermanent home and 
died. They were members of the Society 
of Friends. Their children were: Mar}' 
(Polly), who died unmarried; Ann (Nancy), 
who died unmarried ; Lydia, wife of Samuel 
Hartman ; and George. 

George Hughes, son of Isaiah, was born 
in Columbia county, Oct. 18, 1798, and died 
April 10. 1 88 1, at Catawissa, where he made 
his home. He was a wheelwright, and fol- 
lowed that trade and the foundry business as 
well as chairmaking. On Feb. i. 1823. he 
married Ann Harder, like himself a native 
of Columbia county, born March 31. 1803. 
daughter of Err and Sarah (Dunlap) Harder. 
She tlied Aug. 23. 187 1, and is interred with 
her husband in Catawissa in what is now 
known as the Friends' bur>'ing ground. Tliey 
were, however, members of the Methodist 



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Church. Eight children were born to this 
couple, as follows: Harriet, Nov. 8, 1823 
(died when four years bid) ; Douglass, Dec. 
27, 1825; Mayberry, July 21, 1828 (died un- 
married) ; j\Iarshall, March 28, 1830 (married 
Matilda Klutz, and died May 4, 1862) ; Ann 
Eliza, Feb. 29, 1832 (married Ransloe 
Boone) ; Alarks Biddle, July 19, 1834 (died 
unmarried Oct. 14, 1859) ; Sarah, March 23, 
1840 (married Dr. John Jacob Vastine, of 
Catawissa) ; Henriette, twin of Sarah (mar- 
ried Edward Smith). 

Douglass Hughes, father of George M., was 
born Dec. 27, 1825, at Catawissa, and there 
learned the trades of chairmaking and paint- 
ing with his father, with whom he remained, 
except for a year or two, until his removal to 
Bloomsburg in 1848. There he established 
himself in business, as a chairmaker and 
painter, on the southeast corner of Iron and 
Second streets, continuing thus for several 
years. In 1859 he bought a farm lying along 
the Susquehanna, one mile from Bloomsburg, 
wdiereon he made his home for twenty-three 
years. Returning to Bloomsburg in 1882, he 
bought a residence, and in 1884 purchased 
what was known as the Beidleman property, 
where he afterwards made his home until his 
death, Feb. 15, 1892. He is buried at Cata- 
wissa. On Sept. 27, 1849, Mr. Hughes mar- 
ried Matilda Baldy, who was born Aug. 16, 
1826, at Catawissa, daughter of Stephen and 
Sarah (Fornwald) Baldy, of Catawissa, and 
she survives him, continuing to make her home 
at Bloomsburg. She is a member of the 
Methodist Church, which Mr. Hughes also 
attended. They had a family of three chil- 
dren: Clara Augusta, born March 15, 1852, 
married Tohn Wagenseller, of Bloomsburg, 
Dec. 23, 1880, and died Dec. 27, 1891 ; Mary 
Rupert, born June 2, 1854, married Alfred 
T. Harman, of Catawissa, April 30, 1873, and 
died May 22, 1882; George Marshall was the 
only son. 

(George Marshall Hughes began his educa- 
tion in the public schools and later studied 
at the Bloomsburg State Normal School. He 
passed his early years on his father's farm 
near the town, and in the spring of 1882 took 
charge of that place, wdiich contains sixty- 
three acres of valuable land, under excellent 
cultivation. It is devoted to general farming, 
and Mr. Hughes is now giving all his atten- 
tion to its operation. Mr. Hughes took the 
contract to build the foundation for the monu- 
ment at Bloomsburg, and assisted in placing 
all the stones in that fine piece of work. 

Though not a politician in the sense of 



being an ofifice seeker Mr. Hughes has taken 
some part in borough affairs, and has served 
three years in the town council. In 1908 he 
was candidate for the office of associate judge 
of Columbia county, and though defeated by 
Judge Krickbaum received a very creditable 
vote, the successful candidate having a ma- 
jority of only thirty-one. He has the un- 
qualified respect of all wdio know him. He is 
a Republican in his political preferences. He 
belongs to Coral Grange, and is a member of 
the Methodist Church. 

On Jan. 27, 1881, Mr. Hughes was united 
in marriage with Rose Farns worth, of Rupert, 
Columbia county, who was born Aug. i, 1859, 
daughter of James T. and Hannah (Shell- 
hamer) Farnsworth, the former of whom died 
in May, 1912, aged eighty-one years, at his 
home in Rupert, where he had lived for fifty 
years. In the old days of activity on the 
Pennsylvania canal he, worked as a boat- 
builder at the Rupet dry dock, but was really 
a cabinetmaker by trade, and for many years 
was employed in the desk factory at Blooms- 
burg. He served as a Union soldier during 
the Civil war. A man of high character and 
keen sense of his responsibility as a citizen, 
he was always an influence for good in the 
community, and his death was regarded as a 
general loss. His wife died about five years 
ago, and Air. Farnsworth thereafter lived 
with his daughter Fannie and granddaughter 
Miriam Sullivan. Five children survived 
him: Rose. Mrs. Hughes; Armine, Mrs. 
Schultz, of Philadelphia; Cora, Mrs. Hilliard, 
of Watsontown; Clinton E., of Bloomsburg; 
and Miss Fannie, of Rupert. Mr. Farns- 
worth's funeral services were conducted by 
Rev. Mr. Wagner and the Rupert Brother- 
hood. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Hughes have been born 
the following children: Hannah F., born Jan. 
23, 1882, who died March 15, 1893; Tillie 
B., born Oct. 21, 1883; Mayberry, born Sept. 
14, 1885, now a resident of Washington, 
D. C: Fred D., born Feb. 22, 1891 ; and 
Florence W., born Oct. 28, 1893. The family 
home is on Normal Hill, Bloomsburg. 

FRANK R. CLARK, M. D., physician and 
surgeon, of Berwick, Columbia county, was 
born in Northampton county. Pa., Jan. 28, 
1865, son of Jonathan and Mary Ann (Fa- 
bian) Clark. 

Abraham Clark was a native of New Jer- 
sey, and became a national character, his name 
appearing as one of the signers of the Dec- 



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laration of Independence. His death oc- 
curred in his native State. One of his sons 
was Jeremiah Clark. 

Jeremiah Clark, son of Abraham Clark, was 
born in New Jersey, where he died. When 
a boy of sixteen years he fought in the Revo- 
lutionary war. In his family was a son 
Richard. 

Richard Clark, son of Jeremiah, was also 
a native of New Jersey, and there died. One 
of his sons was Jonathan Clark. 

Jonathan Clark, son of Richard Clark and 
father of Dr. Clark, was born in New Jer- 
sey, whence he came to what is now North- 
ampton county. Pa., locating at Uhlerstown, 
where he was employed by Peter Uhler for a 
number of years. Later he removed to Rie- 
gelsville, Pa., and he is now living at Easton, 
Pa., at the age of eighty-four years. He 
married a daughter of John Fabian, born in 
eastern Pennsylvania, who settled in North- 
ampton county, and there spent the greater 
portion of his life. Three children were born 
to Jonathan Clark and his wife: J. Wilson, 
who is a resident of Los Angeles, Cal. ; For- 
rest J., who is in the employ of the Pennsyl- 
vania Railroad Company, residing at Phila- 
delphia ; and Frank R. 

Frank R. Clark, son of Jonathan Clark, 
was educated in the schools of his native place 
and the academy at Riegelsville, following 
which he taught school in Bucks county, Pa., 
for two terms. Then he entered Hahnemann 
Medical College, of Philadelphia, in 1888, be- 
ing graduated therefrom in 1891. In the 
spring of that year he located at East Strouds- 
burg, Pa., but after three years came to Ber- 
wick, arriving here in the spring of 1894, and 
here he has since remained, being now one 
of the oldest practicing physicians of the 
place. 

On Oct. II, 1905, Dr. Clark was united 
in marriage with Martha Ann Focht, who was 
born at Pottsville, Pa., a daughter of James 
and Martha Ann (Evans) Focht, of Potts- 
ville. Dr. Clark is a member of the Methodist 
Church, and active in its work. Fraternally 
he belongs to Berwick Lodge, I. O. O. F., 
and the Knights of Malta. Both as a man 
and as a physician Dr. Clark stands very 
high in the public estimation, and enjoys a 
large and lucrative practice, his patronage ex- 
tending over a wide area. 

FRANK BOMBOY. proprietor of the 
leading meat and vegetable market in Blooms- 
burg, Pa., was born in that town on Jan. 15, 



1856, and is a son of Benjamin Bomboy, and 
a grandson of Henry Bomboy. 

Henry Bomboy was born in Berks county. 
Pa., came to Columbia county, and later kept 
the tollgate at Muncy, Lycoming Co., Pa. Re- 
turning to Columbia county, he made his home 
with his son Benjamin Bomboy until death 
claimed him. His remains were laid to rest 
in the cemetery of the old Reformed Lutheran 
Church at Bloomsburg, in the work of which 
religious body he had been very active, espe- 
cially in giving his services as a singer, as he 
possessed a voice noted for its strength and 
power. Although twice married, all his chil- 
dren were born of his first wife, they being: 
Nathan; Abraham; Reuben; Benjamin; 
Phoebe, who married Isaac Johnston; Han- 
nah, who married Robert Hagenbuch; Belle, 
who married Reese Fairman; and Polly, Mrs. 
Snyder. 

Henry Bomboy had a brother, Jacob Bom- 
boy, who lived at Espy, Colubmia Co., Penn- 
sylvania. 

Benjamin Bomboy, son of Henry Bomboy, 
was born in Hemlock township, ^larch 19, 
181 7, and was brought up in Columbia county. 
Early in life he learned the carpenter's trade, 
at which he worked for some years in Blooms- 
burg, and later went to fanning in Hemlock 
township, one mile north of Buckhorn. in 
1863 he bought the old Wagner farm of 113 
acres, on which he lived untilhis death, March 
19, 1884, at the age of sixty-seven years. 
His remains were buried in the Dutch Hill 
cemetery, Columbia county. 

Benjamin Bomboy married Sarah \\'agner, 
a daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Betz) 
Wagner, and she died in June. 1911, the 
mother of the following children: Amelia, 
who married Austin Corell ; Margaret, who 
married B. F. Foulk; Leonard R.. who is men- 
tioned at length belew; Phoebe, who mar- 
ried Norman Sheep, both now deceased : 
Hannah, who married Isaiah Hartman. a son 
of Lawrence Hartman, of Hemlock township ; 
Frank; and William G.. who married Elea- 
nora Foulk, and is deceased. Benjamin Bom- 
boy was very active in the Dutch Hill Re- 
formed Church, and was a member of the 
choir for many years as well as a Sunday 
school teacher, exerting a strong influence for 
good in his community and earning the con- 
fidence and esteem of all who ever came into 
contact with him. 

LE0N.\Rn R. BoMnov. one of the sons of 
Benjamin Bomboy, and a brother of Frank 
Bomlioy, was born in Hemlock townsliip, Co- 
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of his services he eiiHsted in Company A, who died when fourteen months old; and 
171st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as a Ruth, who died at the age of sixteen, 
drummer boy, for service during the Civil Mr. Bomboy purchased a home on West 
war, and was in the army eleven months, going Main street and has remodeled it into a hand- 
as a substitute for his father, Benjamin Bom- some establishment. He is a member of the 
boy. At present he is a carpenter and resides Lutheran Church, and has served on the offi- 
at Bloomsburg, belonging to the G. A. R. post cial board ; belongs to the Knights of the 
of that city. Mr. Bomboy married Jane P.etz, Golden Eagle, and in politics is a Democrat, 
a daughter of George and Hannah (Heil- An excellent business man, he has done a 
man) Betz, and they have the following chil- thriving business for years, being the oldest 
dren: Maggie, who married William marketman in the town, and his customers 
Weaver; and Nellie, who is married and re- recognize his honesty and fairness by giving 
sides at home. him their constant patronage. 

Isaac Wagner, the maternal grandfather of The Hartman family is one of old stand- 
Frank Bomboy, lived in Hemlock township, ing and highly respected in Berks county. 
Columbia Co., Pa., near Buckhorn, where he Members thereof settled in that county as 
died. His wife was Elizabeth Betz, and they early as 1727, locating north of Reading, 
had the following children : Isaac, Jr. ; Abra- Now, however, the Hartmans are scattered 
ham; David B. ; Sarah, who married Benja- throughout Schuylkill, Columbia, Lycoming 
min Bomboy ; Elizabeth, who married Jacob and other counties in that portion of I'enn- 
Latshaw ; ^Iargaret, who married Henry sylvania, as well as those lying in the middle 
Lowder; and Annie, who married John section of the State. 
Winner. John Hartman, the founder of the family 

Frank Bomboy, son of Benjamin Bomboy, in America, came here from the Rhine coun- 

grew up on the farm in Hemlock township, try, from Erbach, district of Odenwald, Ger- 

attending the local schools. After assisting many, which is a mountainous region, lo- 

his father for some years in the work of the cated between the Main and Necker rivers, 

farm, Mr. Bomboy engaged with the School about thirty miles from Frankfort-on-the- 

Furnishing Company of Bloomsburg, remain- Main. After arriving in this country he 

ing with this concern for thirteen years. In located in Exeter township, Berks county,. 

1897 Mr. Bomboy embarked in the meat busi- Pa., where he reared his family. A brother 

ness, buying his stand at the corner of Main of John Hartman, Jacob Hartman, also set- 

and Jefferson streets, and has developed a tied in Berks county, where he lived to be 

fine trade drawn from all over the town. In ninety years old. He was afflicted with blind- 

191 3 he erected on that corner the Bomboy ness from childhood. 

flats, a three-story building of tapestry brick John Hartman, a son of John Hartman, 

in modern design. The two upper floors con- was born in Berks county, Pa., and grew up 

tain four apartments, fitted for the use of that there. A patriot, he enlisted for service dur- 

number of families in the most up-to-date ing the American Revolution, becoming a 

style and conveniences. The lower floor is private in Col. Jacob Weaver's company, 5th 

used by Mr. Bomboy as a market and is the Battalion, this being the fourth company 

largest establishment of the kind in the town, raised from Alsace township, Berks county.. 

In 1914 he installed an ammonia refrigerat- Many years after his war experience had 

ing machine for the cooling of meats in his ended, in 1800, John Hartman came to what 

immense refrigerator, the first machine of is now Columbia county, settling two miles- 

the kind in the town. It is operated by elec- north of Buckhorn, where he took up land 

tricity. In the upbuilding of his trade Mr. and lived one year. Then he moved to an- 

Bomboy has been ably assisted by his son other farm a quarter of a mile away. He 

Paul, who has become familiar with the mar- continued to live in this district, and when 

ket business in all its branches. he died his remains were laid to rest in the 

On Dec. 18, 1879, Mr. Bomboy married old Lutheran cemetery at Bloomsburg. Of 
Clara E. Hartman, daughter of Amos B. industrious, thrifty habits, he worked hard 
Hartman, and they have had these children : and saved his money and became a man of 
Paul, who married Belle Dent and has one substance in his community. He and his wife- 
child, Franklin ; Geraldine, wife of Frank reared their children carefully, viz. : John, 
Rough, of Berwick, who has three children, George, Jacob, Adam, Charles, Joseph, Polly, 
Marion, Isabel and Robert Franklin; Percy, Catherine (who married John Billick), and'. 



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Susan, all of whom grew to maturity and 
reared families. 

George Hartman, a son of John Hartman, 
the founder of the family in Columbia 
county, was born in Berks county, and was 
eight years old when the family migration 
took place, so that he practically grew up in 
this locality. He always took a deep interest 
in its development and improvement. Reared 
on a farm, he spent his life in agricultural 
pursuits, becoming the owner of 250 acres of 
land in Hemlock township, which is now very 
valuable and owned by the Brobst family. 

George Hartman ended his useful life in 
Buckhorn, dying at the home of his son Amos 
D., and is buried at New Columbia. He 
reached the age of eighty-three years before 
death claimed him. Marrying Margaret E. 
Fox, of Hemlock township, he had the fol- 
lowing children : Charles, James, Washing- 
ton, John, Philip, Elisha, Louis, Samuel, Wil- 
liam, Amos D., Harris, Margaret E. (who 
married George Hartman), Catherine (who 
married George Steyer), and Phoebe E. (who 
married William Cox). 

Amos D. Hartman, son of George Hart- 
man, of Buckhorn, was born in Hemlock 
township, Columbia county, July 2, 1833, and 
after attending the local schools began learn- 
ing the blacksmith's trade, when sixteen years 
old. After completing his apprenticeship he 
followed this trade all of his life at Buck- 
horn. He married Mahala Girton, a native 
of Columbia county, and they had children as 
follows: Frederick B. ; Charles L. ; Clara 
E., wife of Frank Bomboy ; Flora, unmarried; 
Adelaide, wife of A. R. Henry (she has four 
children) ; John G., who married Susie 
George and has one son, Ira ; Martha, wife 
of William Reifendifer, has nine children; 
and Harriet E., who died young. 

Frederick B. Hartman, son of Amos D., 
was born Dec. 25, 1849, in Hemlock town- 
ship, Columbia Co., Pa., and attended the 
schools at Buckhorn and then the Blooms- 
burg State Normal School. He learned the 
trade of blacksmith, but afterwards became 
a school teacher, teaching for two years at 
Bloomsburg and six years at other _ places. 
In 1870 he was married to Clara Driesbach, 
and they had three children: Mrs. R. F. A'an- 
derslice, of Bloomsburg; Frank E. Hartiuan, 
for years a resident of the West; and Ralph 
C, married to Lilly Keller, and residing in 
Bloomsburg. 

After the death of his first wife Mr. Hart- 
man married Anna M. Sterner, of Blooms- 
burg, and they have had the following chil- 



dren : Mrs. Bland Stenile, of Scranton, Pa.; 
Harry L., married and living at Lopez, Pa. ; 
Stewart, a law student ; Harriet, a high school 
teacher; Stella, a bookkeeper; Helen, a stu- 
dent at the Bloomsburg State Normal School; 
and Clifton, a student in the Bloomsburg 
high school. 

Air. Hartman moved from Buckhorn to 
Rupert, and from there to Bloomsburg, where 
he served two years as deputy postmaster. 
He was also member of the town council for 
four successive years, and school director 
nine years; was secretary of the Columbia 
County Fair Association for five years, and 
traveling salesman for Jack Keller for seven 
years. He then went with Creasy & Wells, 
lumber dealers of Bloomsburg, as bookkeeper 
and traveling salesman, and is now in the 
twenty-third year of his association with this 
enterprising concern. 

Mr. Hartman is a member of Washington 
Lodge. No. 265, F. & A. M., and a thirty- 
second degree member of Caldwell Consist- 
ory. He is also a meml^er of the Royal 
Arcanum, the Protected Home Circle and 
Theta Castle, K. G. E. (charter member). 
For forty-four years he has been a member 
of the Methodist Church, member of its 
official board for forty-three years, choir 
leader for thirty-five years, and is now serving 
his twenty-seventh year as superintendent of 
the Sunday school of the Bloomsburg Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church. He is hale and 
hearty, and bids fair to live for a longer 
period than the allotted threescore and ten 
years. 

Charles L. Hartman, a son of Amos D. 
Hartman, was born in Hemlock township, 
Dec. 16. 1853. Like other normal, healthy 
farmer boys he attended the local school and 
worked at blacksmithing with his father until 
he was fifteen years old. At that time he 
embarked in farming, and in 1880 bought a 
property of one hundred acres near Buck- 
horn. 

Charles L. Hartman married Lucy A. 
Appelman, a daughter of Hiram and Mary 
Appclman. She died in October, 1913. 
Children as follows were born to this union : 
Nellie I., who died young; 'Mertha M., who 
married Webster \V right, of Bloomsburg:; 
Mary P., who married Edward Faust, of 
Bloomsburg ; Anna V"., who married Richard 
Fruit, a farmer of Hemlock township : Kimber 
A., a graduate of the Bloomsburg State Nor- 
mal School, class of 1911, now principal of the 
Jerseytown high school, who married Ella 
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school at Buckhorn, also a graduate of the 
class of 191 1 at the Bloomsburg State 
Normal. 

Mr. Hartman is one of the valued members 
of the Methodist Church, in which he has 
held office, and he is now superintendent 
of the Sunday school, a position he has held 
for many years. Politically he is a Demo- 
crat, and has been constable, tax collector, 
overseer of the poor and assessor, displaying 
in the discharge of his public duties the same 
careful attention to detail which has marked 
his career in every relation of life. 

Both the Hartman and Bomboy families 
have many excellent representatives, men 
and women who are fully sustaining the 
high reputation of the founders, and living 
up to the standards reared by those sturdy 
pioneers who lived and died as honorable, 
God-fearing people, to whom dishonesty was 
impossible, and loyalty to duty and country 
a matter of course. It is such people as these 
that make up the great backbone of the 
nation. 

HENRY F. TRAUGH, a prominent citi- 
zen of Berwick, of which city he was chief 
burgess from 1897 until 1899, has been active 
here for many years both in business and as a 
public official. He was born at Foundry- 
ville, Columbia Co., Pa., Oct. 6, 1866, and is 
a son of Henry Traugh and grandson of 
Henry Traugh. The ancestors of the Traugh 
family on both sides came from Rhenish 
Prussia, Germany, to the United States and 
settled near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Henry Traugh, the grandfather of Henry 
F. Traugh, born in 1768 in Berks county. Pa., 
came to Berwick and made a permanent set- 
tlement in 1786. The family endured great 
hardships, as at that time provisions had to 
be brought to what was the frontier from 
Reading and Easton, and as there were no 
means of public transportation, and a large 
part of the country w^as little but a wilder- 
ness, the difficulties were many. 

Mr. Traugh became a farmer in Columbia 
county, where he died December 10, 1834. 
He married Rachel Melick, who was born 
Oct. 10, 1789, and died Dec. 16, 1849. 

Henry Traugh, son of Henry and father 
of Henry F. Traugh, w^as born in Briarcreek 
township, near Foundry ville. Pa., Feb. 11, 
181 1, and died May 25, 1879. ^X trade he 
was a tanner. He was active in the Repub- 
lican party and was widely known. He mar- 
ried Rachel Adams, a daughter of Abram and 
Julian Adams, who was born Nov. 18, 1833, 



and died Aug. 11, 1906. They had six chil- 
dren: Hiram B., Henry F., George W., John 
A., Daniel A. (deceased) and Mary. The 
parents were members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, worthy people in every relation 
of life. 

Henry F. Traugh attended the Market 
street school. It was the custom of many 
boys of his age to secure work in the sum- 
mers in the wood car shop of the Jackson 
& Woodin Manufacturing Company, and in 
that way Henry F. Traugh profitably passed 
several vacations. William Stackhouse at 
that time was foreman. When sixteen years 
old he went into the machine shop of that 
department, where he continued until 1897, 
going then to the rolling mill, where on Sep- 
tember 1st of that year he was made time- 
keeper. In March, 1899, he was placed in 
full charge of what was known as the little 
office, in April, 1900, being advanced to the 
auditing department in the general office. The 
local auditor was J. F. Long. Mr. Traugh 
was still further advanced as to responsibility, 
on Jan. i, 1902, being transferred to the cash- 
ier's department. On March i, 191 1, he be- 
came paymaster, the office he still fills. 

One of the active Republicans of Columbia 
county, Air. Traugh exerts a large amount of 
influence and has served as borough auditor 
and as school director. As chief burgess of 
Berwick he administered the public affairs of 
the borough with honest efficiency and civic 
spirit. 

Mr. Traugh was united in marriage with 
Alinnie Mack, a daughter of Charles G. and 
Elizabeth (Scott) Mack, of Berwick, and 
they have two children : Fern Elizabeth, born 
Feb. 18, 1900; and Henry Mack, born May 
15, 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Traugh are members 
of Bower Memorial L'nited Evangelical 
Church, and he is one of the official board and 
assistant superintendent of the Sunday school. 
He belongs to the P. O. S. of A. and to the 
Odd Fellows at Berwick. 

DANIEL H. CRE\^ELING has been en- 
gaged in the raising of truck at Bloomsburg 
for the last twelve years, and for nine years 
before he entered the business on his own 
account was with J. L. Dillon in a responsible 
capacity, so that the successful system in 
operation in his establishment is the outgrowth 
of long and valuable experience. He does a 
large business, shipping quantities of green 
truck daily to Sunbury, Pottsville and Wilkes- 
Barre, and has sixteen and a half acres of 
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and cultivated according to the modern stand- 
ards. In 1914 he added two greenhouses for 
carnations. 

The Creveling family is one of old standing 
in Columbia county, the first settler of the 
name here being John Creveling, great-grand- 
father of Daniel H. Creveling. He was born 
in 1772 in New Jersey, and his wife Charity 
•was born in 1774. Coming to this region a 
young married couple, they took up land just 
■east of Bloomsburg, in what is now Scott 
township, and there remained to the close of 
their lives, Mr. Creveling dying in 1827, aged 
fifty-five years, his wife in 1858. at the age 
■of eighty-four. They are buried in the Crev- 
eling cemetery at Almedia. They were mem- 
bers of the Society of Friends, and highly 
respected throughout this section, where they 
were well known. The famous "Creveling 
grape" was propagated by Mrs. Creveling, the 
original vine running over a large pear tree 
near her home. Among the children of John 
and Charity Creveling were : Andrew ; Moore, 
who died at Espy. Pa.; Nelson, who died at 
Three Rivers, Mich.; and John, who died 
near Ashland, Ohio. 

Andrew Creveling, grandfather of Daniel 
H. Creveling, was born in Scott township, 
near Bloomsburg, Jan. 22, 1806. and was a 
farmer, inheriting the old homestead. He 
owned three farms in all. Upon retiring from 
active work he moved to Light Street, where 
he died Sept. i, 1886, and he is buried in the 
Creveling cemetery at Almedia, beside his first 
wife. She was Ann I. Henrie, daughter of 
Archibald and Sarah Henrie. and died in 1863. 
a member of the Episcopal Church, to which 
Mr. Creveling also belonged. She left a large 
family, of whom Sarah married Daniel Sny- 
der ; ]. Harvey lives in Scott township. Co- 
lumbia county; William P. is mentioned be- 
low; Delilah married Elisha Hagenbuch. of 
Centre township; Giarity married Edward 
Sharret ; Benson died in Scott township. The 
father's second marriage was to Mrs. Hikox. 
his third wife being Mrs. Harvey, his fourth 
Mrs.^ Fine. He was one of the active citizens 
■of his day, taking part in public aflFairs. serv- 
ing as captain and later as major in the State 
militia, and his enterprising and energetic dis- 
position, and intelligent aid in all things af- 
fecting the public welfare, brought him into 
high favor and wide repute in his locality. 

William P. Creveling was born in Scott 
township Nov. 29, 1838, was reared to farm 
life, and after his marriage engaged in farm- 
ing on his own account in his native township. 
In 1900 he removed to Bloomsburg. where he 



has since been living in retirement; he owns 
property there. His wife, Elizabeth, is a 
daughter of Hannah (Richard) Dietrich and 
granddaughter of Elias Dietrich. Children as 
follows were born to Mr. and Mrs. Creveling: 
Alvin died when twenty-seven years old ; Dan- 
iel H. is mentioned below; Edna married 
Samuel House, and lives at IMiddle Haddam, 
Conn. ; Archibald died when twenty-six years 
old; Frank is a farmer at Cascade, Mont.; 
Harriet is at home ; Ario has a sheep farm in 
Madison township, Columbia county; Bessie 
is teaching public school, and lives at home. 

Daniel H. Creveling was born Nov. 12, 
1865, in Scott township, Columbia county, and 
obtained all his early education in public school 
there, later having a term at the Bloomsburg 
State Normal School. Remaining with his 
father until sixteen years old, he spent the 
next four years with his uncle Harvey, and 
then took Up the trade of blacksmith, at which 
he worked for two years, seven months. He 
then entered the employ of J. L. Dillon and 
has since been engaged in truck raising. Dur- 
ing the nine years he was with Mr. Dillon he 
gained thorough familiarity with the florist 
and truck business, and was so trusted by 
Mr. Dillon that he acted as superintendent of 
his establishment until he went into business 
for himself in 1902. His trade has developed 
and expanded in a most encouraging degree, 
and he now has over twenty thousand feet 
of glass on his tract of sixteen and a half 
acres, all of which is utilized in the most ap- 
proved manner. He makes a specialty of let- 
tuce and all kinds of green truck, raised and 
handled according to up-to-date methods, and 
his shipments have increased yearly from the 
start, his patrons having found that he can be 
relied upon to give them the best products and 
service possible. Mr. Creveling erected the 
fine residence on his property in 1900, renting 
it out the first four years. He is an interested 
member of the Grange, and fraternally is con- 
nected with the P. O. S. of A. and the Masons 
(Washington Lodge, No. 265, F. & A. M.). 
He is a Lutheran in religion, and has served 
as elder of his church. Mr. Creveling votes 
independently. 

In 1891 Mr. Creveling was married to Ly- 
vera Holdren, daughter of George and Eliza- 
beth (Karchncr) Holdren. of Pine township. 
Columbia county. They have had two chil- 
dren : Eunice, born March 31, 18(13. who has 
been an invalid all her life; and Elizabeth, 
born Jan. 3. igi3. named after both her grand- 
mothers. Mr. and Mrs. Creveling have also 
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years ; she is now seventeen, and attending 
high school at Bloomsburg. 

FRANK R. KITCHEN, present burgess of 
Berwick and a justice of the peace, was born 
in that borough Nov. lo, 1857, a son of Oliver 
and Angeline (Johnson) Kitchen. 

The Kitchens are of English origin and the 
family belonged to the nobility in England. 
The coat of arms : Per chevron argent and 
sa., three water bougets, counterchanged. 
Crest : An arm in armor embowed, issuing 
from a cloud in the sinister, holding a sword 
])roper. William Kitchen, of Birmingham, 
became a Quaker, and renouncing his title 
came to America in the year 1682 on the ship 
"Welcome," with William Penn. He settled 
at Camden, N. ]., where his son John was 
born. The latter married Jeanie Cameron and 
moved to Philadelphia, where their son Enoch 
(below) was born. 

Enoch Kitchen, of the third generation in 
this country, worked as a tailor in Philadel- 
phia. He married Jerusha Moore. 

Amos Kitchen, son of Enoch, was born in 
Philadelphia, and in 1800 came to Danville, 
Pa., where he lived for many years, eventu- 
ally moving to Berwick, where he died. All 
his life he was engaged at tailoring. He mar- 
ried Margaret Campbell, a native of Somer- 
set, Pa., whose father, Alexander Campbell, 
was a Revolutionary soldier and also served 
in the war of 181 2, losing his life in the latter 
conflict. Alexander Campbell's sister Anne 
married an Allison, and their daughter Nancy 
was the mother of the late President William 
McKinley. Both Amos Kitchen and his wife 
died at Berwick. 

Oliver Kitchen, son of Amos, was born at 
Danville. Like his father he was a tailor, and 
carried on business as such at Berwick, where 
he died Feb. 9, 1900, while his widow, An- 
geline, survived until Jan. 4, 1906. They had 
two children, Frank R. and Jennie. Mrs. 
Angeline Kitchen was the second wife of 
Oliver Kitchen, who married first Mary Cu- 
neas, and by this union also had two children : 
Margaret, who is deceased ; and Annie, who 
is the widow of Louis Thornton, of Hunting- 
ton, West Mrginia. 

Frank R. Kitchen attended the public 
schools of Berwick, and then clerked for two 
years in a mercantile establishment at Espy. 
Later he learned to be a molder and worked 
as such for twelve years, in the employ of the 
American Car & Foundry Company. In 1892 
Mr. Kitchen was elected a justice of the peace, 
and has continued to hold that office, and he 



is also burgess of Berwick at present. Mr. 
Kitchen belongs to Washington Camp, No. 
105, P. O. S. of A., and is a past commander 
general of the order, and one of the highest 
officials in the United States. He also holds 
membershi]) in the Berwick lodge of Red Men. 
In politics he is a Republican. A man of af- 
fairs, he gives considerable attention to public 
events, and stands very high in the estima- 
tion of his fellow townsmen. 

JOSIAH H. GIGER, street commissioner 
of Bloomsburg, was born in Dutch \'alley, 
Montour township, Columbia Co., Pa., June 
10, 1854, son of John Giger and grandson of 
Daniel Giger. 

Daniel Giger was born in Reading, Pa., in 
1799, and was one of the early settlers of 
Columbia county. He bought a farm in what 
is now Montour township, and there died July 
31, 1871, aged seventy-two years. His wife, 
whose name was Catherine, was born in 1803, 
and died March 24, 1870, aged sixty-seven 
years, and both are buried in Montour town- 
ship. Their children were: John; Elias ; 
Henry ; Joseph, who is living in Centre town- 
ship ; William ; Daniel ; Mary, who married 
Lafayette Strausser; Elizabeth, widow of 
William Perry; Harriet; and Lavina. 

John Giger was born in Reading, Pa., in 
1823, and was brought by his parents to Co- 
lumbia county, where he engaged in farming 
when old enough, becoming the owner of the 
tract of eighty-one acres on which he died 
April 7, 1868, aged forty-five years, seven 
months, nineteen days. Like his parents he is 
buried in the Lazarus cemetery in Montour 
township. John Giger married Barbara Frey, 
and they had these children : Isaiah, living 
in the "Panhandle" of Texas ; Josiah H. ; An- 
geline, who died when twenty-one years old ; 
Maria, widow of E. W. Runyon, living in 
Bloomsburg ; and Elmira, who married \\' il- 
liam Huntington, and is living on the old 
homestead in ]\Iontour township. 

Josiah H. Giger attended the local schools, 
and was kept busy at home until he was 
twenty-two years old. He then began farm- 
ing for himself in Montour township, but in 
1882 came to Bloomsburg. where for twenty- 
three years and six months he was in the ice 
business. In 1905 he became street commis- 
sionet of Bloomsburg. and still holds that 
office. ha\ing been elected to same on the 
Democratic ticket. He has also served as a 
councilman, holding that office for five years. 
In 1910 he bought out the ice business owned 
by J. G. Quick and operated it for a year, 



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when he sold it to his son, William F. Giger, 
in order to devote all his attention to the du- 
ties of his office and his farm in Scott town- 
ship, which contains loo acres of land, with 
fourteen acres along the river. 

Mr. Giger married Mary E. Edgar, a daugh- 
ter of William Edgar, and they have four 
children: William Franklin, who married 
Bessie Boyer; Harry Elmer, who married 
Fannie Bert; Martha Elizabeth, who married 
Boyd Cadman, an automobile dealer, of 
Bloomsburg; and Laura Irene, who married 
I. L. John, an electrician, of New Castle, 
Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Giger belongs to the Presbyterian 
Church, and is as popular in that organization 
as he is everywhere in Columbia county where 
he is known. For years he has belonged to 
the local lodge of Elks, and he is treasurer of 
the Liberty Fire Company. 

JAMES N. MILLER, deceased, a former 
sheriff of Montour county, and for many 
years engaged in business as a general mer- 
chant at Washingtonville. was a native of 
Columbia county. Pa., born Sept. 6, 1824. 
He was one of the seven children of Philip 
Miller, a native of Pennsylvania of German 
descent, who resided many years in Colum- 
bia county. He married Frances Ready. 

James N. Miller learned the trade of 
tanner, which he followed for a number of 
years. He first married Susanna Rishel, and 
after her death was united in marriage with 
Isabella G. Hilkert. and spent one year on 
the farm of his father-in-law, Mr. Hilkert. 
Then he went to Montandon, Northumber- 
land Co., Pa., where he conducted a hotel for 
a short time, moving from there to Jersey- 
town, Columbia county, where he was also 
in the hotel business. A short time later he 
entered into a partnership with Albert Fun- 
ston, in the general mercantile business, con- 
tinuing in that line for a number of years. 
Dissolving the partnership, he returned to 
Washingtonville and resumed the general 
mercantile business there for a time. He 
also owned a farm of 125 acres, which he 
rented out. After a few years he sold his 
business and lived retired until 1876. in which 
year he was nominated and elected sheriff of 
Montour county, on the Democratic ticket. 
He entered upon the duties of the office Jan. 
I, 1877, moving to Danville, and at the "end 
of his term of three years moved back to 
Washingtonville, living there until 1882. 
That year he returned to Danville and opened 
a livery stable. His death occurred Jan. 21, 



1903, when he was aged seventy-eight years, 
four months, fifteen days. He'was a mem- 
ber of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Danville. 

By his first marriage, to Susanna Rishel, 
daughter of John Rishel, ]\Ir. ^liller had one 
child, John, now a farmer at Washington- 
ville, who married Fietta Wagner. Airs. 
Aliller died in 1852. On March 3, 1857, Mr. 
Aliller married (second) Isabella G. Hilkert, 
who was born Nov. 11, 1827, daughter of 
Samuel Hilkert and of German descent. She 
became the mother of one child, Susan 
Frances, wife of William Henry Andy, of 
Danville. Mrs. Isabella G. Miller passed away 
Dec. 22, 1^77, aged fifty years, one month, 
eleven days. 

WILLIAM HENRY ANDY, retired ser- 
geant of the United States signal corps, now 
living at Danville, Pa., was born Dec. 13, 
1852, at Frosty Valley, Montour Co., Pa., son 
of John and Eliza (Kesler) Andy. 

John Andy, the father, was born Nov. 16, 
1816, in what is now Montour county, 
Pa., and here followed agricultural pursuits 
throughout his life, dying March 9, 1909, at 
the age of nearly ninety-three years. He was 
a stanch Democrat in his political views, and 
a faithful member of the Lutheran Church. 
His wife, Eliza (Kesler), who died in 1897. 
aged seventy-nine years, was the daughter of 
John and Margaret Kesler, members of old 
pioneer Pennsylvania families. Four chil- 
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Andy: 
Catherine Lucinda, living on the old home- 
stead at \\'ashingtonville, Pa. ; Ellen and 
Franklin, who are both deceased; and Wil- 
liam Henry. 

William Henry Andy, son of John Andy, 
received his education in the district schools, 
attending the old Porter school in Derry 
township, and at Limestoneville, in Lime- 
stone township. His attendance covered sev- 
eral months during each winter, while his 
summers were devoted to assisting his father 
in the work of the farm. It was not the 
young man's intention, however, to devote his 
career to agricultural pursuits, and at the age 
of eighteen years he left the parental roof and 
came to Danville, where he took up the trade 
of plasterer. On Aug. 22, 1870, Mr. Andy 
entered upon his military career, enlisting at 
Toledo, Ohio, in the 15th Infantry. L^nited 
States regular army, and continued to serve 
for five years at Fort Garland. Colo., and 
Fort Union, New Mexico. He was promoted 
to sergeant. On receiving his honorable dis- 




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charge at the expiration of his term of service 
j\Ir. Andy returned to W'ashingtonville, Pa., 
and in the spring of 1876 was successful in 
securing a position as guard and drill in- 
structor at the Centennial Exposition held at 
Philadelphia. When that famous exposition 
closed he enlisted in the marine corps, which 
he joined at the Brooklyn navy yard, for four 
years' service, and was assigned to the United 
States cruiser "Trenton," on which he served 
three years at European seaports. Return- 
ing to the United States he completed the 
period of his enlistment in shore duty at the 
Brooklyn navy yard. At the expiration of 
this term he reenlisted at Fort Hamilton, New 
York harbor, for an additional five years, in 
the 5th Regiment, Heavy Artillery, being 
stationed at Governors Island, New York 
Harbor, and Fortress Monroe, Va. Having 
served out his term of enlistment in the 
heavy artillery, he again reenlisted, this time 
in the United States signal corps, for a term 
of five years, remaining in that service until 
he became eligible for retirement. Upon en- 
tering the signal service, wdiich formerly in- 
cluded among its duties the service now 
looked after by the weather bureau, he was 
assigned to St. Paul, Minn., and at the fol- 
lowing stations in succession : La Crosse, 
Wis. ; Marquette, ]\Iich. ; St. Vincent, Minn. ; 
Sante Fe, N. Mex. ; Fort Grant, Ariz. ; and 
Los Angeles, Cal., where he reenlisted. 
Thereafter he was assigned to the following 
stations in the order mentioned: Fort Riley, 
Kans. ; Fort Logan, Colo. ; Denver, Colo. ; 
Fort Yates, N. Dak., and at the outbreak of 
the Spanish American war he was sent to 
Tampa, Fla., and from there to the Philip- 
pine Islands, where he spent two years and 
three months. On his return to San Fran- 
cisco he was in the hospital, and w^as retired 
from the service with three-fourths pay. He 
had served in all twenty-eight years, an al- 
lowance of two years being made for double 
service. At that time Mr. Andy returned to 
Danville, and for several years devoted his 
activities to looking after the farm which he 
inherited from his father, but which he sub- 
sequently sold. He is now leading a retired 
life. 

On Dec. 13. 1902, Mr. Andy was married 
to Susan Frances ]\Iiller, a friend of former 
years, who was born Dec. 4, 1858, in [Mon- 
tour cpunty. Pa., daughter of lames N. and 
Isabella G. (Hilkert) Miller. Mr. and Mrs. 
Andy have had one child, Frances Isabella, 
born May 7, 1907. Their home is at No. 106 
East Market street. 



Mr. and Mrs. Andy are members of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, and she has been 
active in its work, being a member of the 
Home and Foreign Missionary Societies and 
a teacher in the Sunday school. A Republi- 
can in his political views, Mr. Andy has been 
zealous in his support of the policies and can- 
didates of his party, and is regarded as one 
of the wheelhorses of the organization in this 
section. He has been a good soldier and citi- 
zen, and richly merits the esteem in which he 
is held. 

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, contractor 
and paperhanger, and one of the leading citi- 
zens of West Berwick, was born Nov. 22, 
1868, at ^IcKees Half Falls, Snyder Co., Pa., 
son of Henry Newman, grandson of John 
Newman and great-grandson of Conrad New- 
man. 

Conrad Newman was born in Ireland and 
emigrated to the United States, settling in 
Snyder county, where he farmed and became 
the owner of a large tract of land. He had 
two children. He was a Democrat, and a 
member of the United Brethren Church. He 
and his wife are buried in the Grubbin ceme- 
tery, in Chapman township, Snyder Co., Penn- 
sylvania. 

John Newman, the grandfather of John 
Henry, was born in Snyder county. By trade 
he was a cooper, manufacturing barrels, tubs, 
etc., and followed this calling all his life. He 
married Christiana Shaffer, and they had the 
following children : Jonathan, deceased, who 
married Lucinda Conifer ; Thomas, who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Weiser; Henry; Elizabeth, de- 
ceased, who married John Schwartz ; Mary, 
deceased ; Harrison, who married Margaret 
Rine ; James, deceased ; and two that died in 
infancy. John Newman was a Democrat and 
a member of the United Brethren Church, in 
which both he and his wife were exceptionally 
active. They are buried in the Grubbin ceme- 
tery. 

Henry Newman, father of John Henry, was 
born Sept. 2, 1842, in Chapman township, 
Snyder Co., Pa., wdiere he was educated and 
where he learned the trade of shoemaker. For 
about thirty years he was a boatman on the 
Pennsylvania canal, and for three years was 
the owner of his own boat. He traveled the 
entire length of the canal, carrying coal prin- 
cipally. By his marriage to Julia Ann Reich- 
enbach, who was born April 28, 1849, daugh- 
ter of Jacob and Eliza (Longennecker) 
Reichenbach, farming people of Snyder coun- 
ty, he had the following children : Delia, the 



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widow of Frank Cochran ; Florence, the 
widow of George Atherton ; John Henry ; 
Thomas and EHzabeth, twins, the former mar- 
rying Hattie Benscotter and the latter Fred 
Krebs, Jr. ; Albert, who married Fannie 
Kershner; Laura, who married William 
Drake ; Charles ; Alargaret, who married 
Frank Leibf ried ; Cleveland, deceased ; 
George; and two deceased in infancy. Mr. 
Newman has been a resident of Berwick for 
about eleven years. He is a Democrat, and 
an active member of the United Evangelical 
Church of West Berwick. Fraternally he is 
a member of Bloomsburg Council, No. 536, 
Junior Order of United American Mechanics. 
]\Irs. Newman died July 24, 191 3, and is 
buried in River View cemetery, Northum- 
berland, Pennsylvania. 

John Henry Newman received his educa- 
tion in Snyder county. His first occupation 
was that of boatman on the Pennsylvania 
canal, which he continued for eleven years, 
becoming captain of a boat. He traveled be- 
tween Nanticoke, New York, Philadelphia and 
Baltimore. Leaving the canal he followed 
contract work, building railroads, reservoirs, 
etc. After following this business three years 
he went to Northumberland, Pa., and entered 
the puddle mill of the Van Alen rolling mills, 
where he remained for a time, and then again 
became an employee of the Canal Company, 
having charge of the canal from Berwick to 
Catawissa. He was so engaged for about five 
years, making his home at Lime Ridge during 
that time. He then entered the employ of 
the American Car and Foundry Company, in 
the paint shop, under Col. A. D. Seely, for a 
short time. His next employer was W. F. 
Rough, of Berwick, with whom he learned 
the house painting and paperhanging trade. 
Upon the retirement of Mr. Rough he suc- 
ceeded to the business, which he has developed 
greatly. 

Mr. Newman was married to Eva Savina 
Erlsten, born March 20, 1874, a daughter of 
John and Sarah (Kluck) Erlsten. Mr. and 
Mrs. Newman have one child, Anna May, 
born April t8, 1894. She is a graduate of the 
Berwick high school, class of 1913, and now 
an employee of the Bell Telephone Company 
at Berwick. Mr. Newman is a Democrat, and 
has taken a very active interest in the public 
schools of West Berwick. He has served as 
president, vice president and secretary of the 
school boartl, and while the new high school 
was being built was secretary, as such having 
charge of the work. It is to his efforts that 
it was carried on with such success to com- 



pletion. Formerly a member of the United 
Evangelical Church at Lime Ridge, where he 
held all the offices in the gift of that organiza- 
tion except class leader, Mr. Newman is now 
a member of the Bower Memorial United 
Evangelical Church, where he has taken a 
ver}^ active interest in the Sunday school. He 
is the teacher of the Young Men's Bible Class, 
consisting of more than fifty students ; he also 
taught the teacher's training class for two 
years. He is a member of Berwick Lodge, 
No. 246. I. O. O. F., and of Washington 
Camp No. 105, P. O. S. of A., of Berwick. 

John Erlsten, the father of Mrs. Newman, 
was born ^lay 3, 1812, in Northumberland 
county, and was a farmer of that section. He 
married Sarah Kluck. who was born Oct. 26, 
1833, daughter of John Kluck, a farmer near 
Mount Pleasant Mills, Snyder county, and 
widow of Aaron Snyder. They had one child, 
Mrs. Newman. Mr. Erlsten was a Democrat 
and a member of the Baptist Church. He died 
Oct. 30, 1886, and his wife passed away Oct. 
15. 1899. They are buried at Northumber- 
land, Pa. John Kluck was one of the pioneers 
of Snyder county, using ox-teams and other 
crude means in the operation of his farm. 
He had four children : Peter. Sarah, Amelia, 
and MatiUla. Politically he was a Democrat. 

GIOVANNI BUCCI (John Bush), re- 
tired contractor and for some years proprietor 
of Bush's Quality Shop, at Bloomsburg. was 
bom in the village of Capriati, Province of 
Salerno. Italy. Feb. 3. 1855. His father was 
an esquire of the village and held many offices 
of trust. 

Michaele Bucci, the father, married Matilda 
Feranta. also a native of the village, and their 
children were: (i) Giovanni. (2) Nicola 
Antonio married in Italy and had one son, 
Michaele Bucci, who came to America and 
has since been entirely lost to his family; by 
his second marriage Nicola Antonio had an- 
other son, Ernesto, who married a French- 
woman in Rhode Island. (3) Saverio niar- 
ried in Italy and had one daughter. Terasina. 
(4) Domenica married and has two daugh- 
ters. 

Giovanni P)Ucci came to America in 1874 
and took a position on the West Shore rail- 
road in the State of New York, remaining in 
the employ of that comjiany until 1883. In 
that year he and his brother. Nicola .\ntonio. 
took the contract for the construction of the 
Beech Creek railroad, running into Lock 
Haven. Pa., which fully occupied their time 
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On Dec. 23, 1883, Mr. Rucci married Maria 
Cesira Malfaiera, at Howard, Clinton Co., Pa., 
and in 1885 they moved to New York and 
entered into business. In 1887 they moved 
to Bloomsburg, Pa., where Mr. Bucci and his 
brothers, Nicola and Saverio, took the con- 
tract to build the Bloomsburg & Sullivan rail- 
road. After the completion of the railroad 
the family resided for a time in Jamison City, 
where they built and operated a restaurant, 
but foreseeing the fate of that village Mr. 
Bucci sold out and established himself in the 
confectionery and ice cream business in 
Bloomsburg, wdiich he has carried on with 
success ever since. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Bucci have been born the 
following children : Pietro Giuseppi, born at 
Beech Creek, Clinton Co., Pa., Sept. 26, 1884; 
Matilda, born at Beech Creek, Pa., July 13, 
1886; Artemisia Marguerite, born at Blooms- 
burg, Oct. 3, 1888; Matilda Josephine, born 
at Jamison City, Pa., Sept. 26, 1890; and 
Nazzareno Giovanni, born in Bloomsburg, 
March 17, 1892. Of this the first two are 
deceased. Artemisia and Matilda Josephine 
are graduates of the Bloomsburg State Nor- 
mal School and teachers in New Jersey, while 
the son, John (Giovanni), also a graduate 
of the commercial and teacher's departments 
of the Bloomsburg State Normal School, has 
charge of the store and conducts a successful 
photographic supply business. 

Mrs. Maria Cesira (Malfaiera) Bucci was 
born in the city of Fabriano, Province of 
Ancona, Italy. Her father, Nazzareno Mal- 
faiera. was a famous railroad engineer and 
tunnel builder, having driven some of the 
noted tunnels of the Italian state railways. 
His father was Gioacchino Malfaiera, of 
French descent, and his mother was Maria 
Santa, a native of the city of Fabriano. 

Mrs. Bucci's mother was Artemesia, daugh- 
ter of Lorenzo Bartocci and Francesca Tiz- 
zoni, of Fabriano. Mr. Bartocci was super- 
intendent of a large tannery in his native 
town for many years. His children were : 
(i) Marietta married Francesco Cristofanetti, 
a druggist in Rome, Italy, and has three chil- 
dren : Giovanni, a silversmith of marvelous 
ability in Portugal, who spent five years upon 
a single piece of work for the royal family ; 
Luigi, a prominent lawyer of Rome, a Cavalier 
and president of the Roman Assembly ; and 
Brunno, who is deceased. (2) Maria Santa 
is the wife of Guiseppi Cecchini, of Gubbia, 
Umbria province. (3) Santi is a wealthy 
tanner of Fabriano. (4) Romouldo is also a 



tanner in Fabriano. (5) Artemesia became 
the mother of Mrs. Bucci. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bucci, as well as all the mem- 
bers of their family, are devout members of 
St. Columba's Roman Catholic Church at 
Bloomsburg. The children are popular 
socially and give evidences of the careful home 
training they have received, while Mr. and 
Mrs. Bush are received in the best circles of 
the town. 

JULIUS C. KOONS, chief of the fire de- 
partment of West Berwick, Columbia county, 
was born at Mauch Chunk, Pa., Feb. 14, 1862, 
son of Samuel Koons and grandson of Isaac 
Koons. 

Isaac Koons was born in West Prussia, 
Germany, married Cecilia Kerstine, and both 
died in that country. He was a prosperous 
merchant. In religious faith he was a mem- 
ber of the German Reformed Church. 

vSamuel Koons, son of Isaac Koons, was 
born in West Prussia, Germany, July 13, 
1805, and died in May, 1873. He was edu- 
cated at Friedland, Germany, and in 1847 left 
his native land for the United States. Upon 
his arrival in the new country he located at 
East Mauch Chunk, Carbon Co., Pa., where 
he became a merchant and later an investor 
along numerous lines, developing into a very 
prosperous man. Wliile he was a Democrat 
he sought no offices. A member of the Ger- 
man Reformed Church, he gave that body his 
loyal support, and fraternally he was an Odd 
Fellow. Samuel Koons married Henrietta 
Douce, a daughter of G. and Anette Douce, 
of Berlin, Germany. Mrs. Koons died May 
29, 1 89 1, the mother of the following chil- 
dren: Julius C, mentioned below; Paul; 
Philip, who married Christina Apgar and 
(second) Florence Kimbell ; Hannah, who 
married Henry George; Rebecca, who mar- 
ried Alexander Donald; and Annette, Isaac 
and Joseph, all of whom died in childhood and 
are buried at Easton, Pa. Hannah is buried 
in the Lutheran cemetery at Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Samuel Koons is buried at Easton, Pa., while 
the mother is interred at Freeland, Luzerne 
Co., Pennsylvania. 

Julius C. Koons attended the common 
schools at Rockport, Carbon Co., Pa., and 
after finishing the courses therein clerked in 
his father's store, remaining with him for 
seven years. He then took a night course in 
mining engineering and for seventeen years 
followed that calling in his native county. 
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this period, he entered the employ of the 
American Car & Foundry Company as car 
builder in the steel car department, which 
position he still holds. He is now serving his 
fifth term as chief of the fire department of 
West Berwick, and has been assistant State 
fire marshal, district of West Berwick, for 
three years. Politically he is a Progressive 
Republican. In religious faith he is a Meth- 
odist, and has been steward of the West 
Berwick Methodist Church. Fraternally he 
belongs to Berwick Council, No. i8, Pro- 
tective Order of Beavers. 

On Feb. 12, 1892, Julius C. Koons married 
Belle Van Horn, who was born Sept. 5, 1869, 
daughter of Joseph Evans Van Horn, and 
they have the following children : Leland Van 
Horn, born March 10, 1893, is in the station- 
ery, confectionery, cigar and tobacco business 
in New York City ; Joseph Clyde, born Jan. 
6, 1896, died in childhood and is buried at 
Freeland, Pa. ; and Philip Clarke, who was 
born Nov. 4, 1904, died in childhood, and is 
buried in Pine Grove cemetery at Berwick. 

Mrs. Belle (Van Horn) Koons. wife of 
Julius C. Koons, was born in Lansford, Car- 
bon Co., Pa., Sept. 8, 1870, daughter of 
Joseph Evans and Mary (Canfield) A'an Horn. 
She received her educational training in the 
common and high schools of Mauch Chunk, 
Pa., and after graduating therefrom went to 
New York City, where she taught in a kinder- 
garten school with her sister, Mrs. Isaac Zane. 
Returning to Carbon county, she was mar- 
ried at Rockport, Pa., to Mr. Koons. Mrs. 
Koons is a Methodist and very prominent in 
church work. 

Isaac Van Horn, grandfather of Mrs. 
Koons, was born at what is now Berwick, 
Pa., and died at Lansford, Pa., in i860. 
He was educated at Berwick and worked with 
his father at farming. During the war of 
1812 he served as a soldier and was wounded 
on the battlefield. Isaac Van Horn married 
Elizabeth Dodson, a daughter of Obadiah and 
Elizabeth Dodson, and the children born to 
them were : Abram, who married Olive 
Oberdorf ; John, who married Mary St. Clair; 
Samuel ; Rachel, who married James Conner ; 
Thomas, who married Maria Lerch ; Hannah, 
who married Henry Ebert ; Merritt, who mar- 
ried Mary Bersch ; Nathan, who married 
Anna Grayson ; and Joseph Evans. Isaac Van 
Horn was a Methodist, and he espoused the 
doctrines of the newly formed Republican 
party prior to his death. 

Joseph Evans Van Horn, son of Isaac Van 
Horn, and father of Mrs. Koons, was born 



at Hemlock Creek, Luzerne Co., Pa., Nov. 16, 
1816, and was educated in the common schools 
of his native place. When fifteen years old 
he went to Kingston, Pa., where he completed 
his educational training in the night schools, 
meanwhile working for a carpenter during 
the daytime. When he had completed his 
apprenticeship at carpentry he began contract- 
ing, removing to Montrose, Susquehanna Co., 
Pa., where he remained until after his mar- 
riage. After the war he went to Lansford, 
Pa. In 1846 he enlisted for service during the 
war with Mexico, in which he was wounded, 
and subsequently resumed his contracting 
business. His experiences in 1846 did not 
deter him from enlisting in the 8ist Penn- 
sylvania \'olunteer Infantry for service dur- 
ing the Civil war, and he participated in the 
battles of Bull Run and Antietam, his horse 
being shot from under him at the latter en- 
gagement, where he was also injured. He 
was taken to the Buttonwood hospital at Phil- 
adelphia, where he was obliged to remain for 
three months, during which period his first 
enlistment expired and he reenlisted. At the 
close of the war he held the rank of captairi 
by brevet. 

In 1856 Mr. \'an Horn moved to Lansford, 
Pa., and thence in 1870 to Mauch Chunk, 
where he remained until 1882. From there 
he went to Rockfort, at which place he re- 
sided until 1892, that year moving to Free- 
land, where Mrs. Van Horn died ]May 30, 
1900. Mr. Van Horn died in Freeland. Jan. 
II, 1902. He continued contracting through- 
out his active years, retiring about ten years 
before his death, and operated principally in 
Luzerne and Carbon counties, his work being 
especially on coal breakers and wooden 
bridges. He had the contract for the switch- 
back at IVIauch Chunk, which was constructed 
under his supervision. The Republican party 
had in him an enthusiastic supporter. He was 
a valued comrade of the local post of the G. 
A. R., and enjoyed meeting there and at the 
encampments those with whom he was asso- 
ciated during the stirring days of the Civil 
war. The ]\Iethodist Church had in him a 
consistent member and an active worker as 
well, and he was in thorough sympathy with 
all of its good deeds. During his long and 
useful life" he had many experiences which 
broadened him and made it possible for him 
to take a progressive interest in civic and re- 
ligious matters. 

On July 14. 1842. Joseph Evans \'an Horn 
was married to Mary Leland Canfield. born 
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came the parents of the following children: ried Clint Beaver; Beulah married Charles 

Josephine Burgess married Samuel Simpson, Boyer; Norman married Nettie Reider; Ezra 

who is buried at Summit Hill, Pa. ; Sarah, who is unmarried ; Noah is mentioned below ; 

died young, is buried at Lansford; Jasper Jacob married Sarah Worst; Clinton mar- 

Stansberry married Maria Wood, who is ried Sarah Snyder and has two daughters, 

buried at Lansford; Mary Delphine, who mar- Bethia and Leah (he resides on a tract of 

ried Douglas Solomon, lives at Allentown, Pa. ; three acres and helps his brother Noah farm, 

Emily Roosevelt, who married William Dod- and he is a very industrious young man) ; 

son, lives at Aldine Park, N. J.; Gilbert died Charles married Tillie Gross, 

in childhood; Cornelia Adelaide (deceased) Noah Helwig received a public school edu- 

married Isaac Zane and is buried at Lansford ; cation and has always been a farmer. For 

Joseph Hewett, who married Jennie Mclntire, some time he was employed by John Waltz, 

is buried in what was Indian Territory; Alice of Catawissa township, but after two years 

married Alfred Tripp, who is buried at Mauch bought the seventy-two acres of excellent land 

Chunk, and (second) George W. Wilson; on which he now resides, and upon which he 

Belle is Mrs. Julius C. Koons. has made many desirable improvements. A 

man of enterprise, he has forged ahead and is 

NOAH HELWIG, farmer, of Catawissa recognized as one of the leading young farm- 
township, Columbia county, was born in Nu- ers of his locality. 

midia, same county, April 27, 1873, son of Noah Helwig married Dora Creasy, a 

John Helwig, and grandson of Elias Helwig. daughter of Nathan and Susan (Kreigbaum) 

Elias Helwig is remembered by some of Creasy, and they have had two children : A 
the older people as one of the schoolmasters son that died in infancy and Catherine Marie, 
of Roaring Creek valley and Numidia. In Mr. Helwig is a Democrat and has served on 
addition to teaching he farmed, and he lived the election board. He belongs to the Lu- 
to be eighty-three years old. His remains are theran Church and the Grange, and is active 
interred in the cemetery at Numidia. His in both, 
children were: Solomon, who died at Elys- 
burg, Pa.; Jacob; Susan, who married Jacob WILLIAM MENSCH, now of Blooms- 
Walter; Livy A., who married Solomon burg, formerly a farmer of Montour town- 
Strausser; Elizabeth, who married Adam ship, Columbia county, where for many years 
Bitner; and John. he served as justice of the peace, was born 

Jacob Helwig, son of Elias, married Sallie Jan. 6, 1865, in Catawissa, that county, son 

Schiddesder, of Elysburg, Pa., and for over of John S. Mensch. 

forty years has lived with his family at Rising The Mensch family is an old one in this 

City. Neb. He learned the trade of wdieel- county, Johannes Christian Mensch, great- 

wright with Strieker, of Catawissa, after great-grandfather of John S., having founded 

which he was in a partnership at Shamokin it here over a century ago. He was a native of 

for a few years, and then left for the West, Germany, born Jan. 31, 1745, and his wife, 

where he took up his present business, at Sabina, was born in that country Feb. 8, 

Rising City, Neb., as a w^holesale dealer in ma- 1753. They came to this countr}^ accompanied 

chinery, of which he has made a success. He by his brothers Adam (born June 2, 174 — ) 

has two daughters: Bessie, who married Ed- and Abraham (born Feb. 25, 1750), and for a 

ward Hamilton, of Omaha, Neb., and Belle, time lived in Berks county, Pa. Subsequently 

who is married to Roy Thomas, and resides they brought their family to Columbia county, 

at Rising City. settling in what is now Franklin township, 

John Helwig, son of Elias Helwig, was a where they had a tract of 400 acres. Here 

resident of the vicinity of Numidia, where he Johannes Christian Mensch lived and died, 

owned a farm and followed agricultural pur- "his death occurring Oct. 26, 1826, when he 

suits', also working at blacksmithing, until he was aged eighty-one years, eight months, 

moved to Catawissa to engage in railroading, twenty-six days ; he is buried at Catawissa. 

He was thus occupied for a quarter of a cen- His wife died June 10, 1829, aged seventy- 

tury. Still later he went to Gordon, after- six years, four months, two days. They had 

wards resided at Taylorsville, Schuylkill Co., the following children : Adam became a 

Pa., and for over a year has made his home farmer and miller of Roaringcreek township; 

with his son Noah in Catawissa township. Abraham, born Jan. 24, 1774, was a farmer 

John Helwig married Livey Zimmerman, and in what is now Montour county for a while, 

they had children as follows : Emma mar- afterwards moving to Buffalo valley. Union 



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county, where he owned about five hundred 
acres of land (his family still live in that 
section); John is mentioned below; Peter 
obtained part of his father's homestead in 
Columbia county, but later settled in Black 
Hole valley, in Lycoming county. Pa., where 
he followed farming until his death ; one 
daughter, Mrs. Keiser, was married in Berks 
county and died there; Mrs. Rodenberger also 
married in Berks county and died there. 

John Mensch, son of Johannes Christian, 
was born Nov. 5, 1789, in Berks county, and 
came to this section with his father. Inherit- 
ing part of the old homestead, he acquired 
the rest by purchase, and there passed his 
life. He was a prosperous farmer, and made 
many improvements on the place, including 
the erection of a fine large barn. He died in 
June, 1875, aged eighty-five years, six months, 
twenty-four days, and is buried at Catawissa. 
His wife, Catjierine Heimback, born Oct. 16, 
1796, died June 20, 1872, aged seventy-five 
years, eight months, four days. They had 
children : Sarah married Joseph Reitz and 
(second) Isaac Berger; Michael is mentioned 
below; Eliza married Charles Bitting; Jesse 
married Catherine Shultz ; Christian married 
Margaret Cromeley ; Maria married Washing- 
ton Parr ; William married Catherine Leiby ; 
Abby married LaFayette Reitz ; Catherine 
married John Sidler and (second) Jonathan 
Loarman. 

Michael Mensch, born April 11, 1816, on the 
old homestead in Franklin township, became 
the owner of part of that place and followed 
farming. Later he purchased a small tract 
in the same township, to which he removed, 
remaining on that property until his death, 
which occurred Dec. 15, 1884. He was active 
in the afifairs of the township, serving as school 
director and supervisor. His wife, Margaret 
(or Catherine) Shuman, daughter of John 
Shuman, was born May 9, 1816, and died Feb. 
26, 1902. They are buried in Catawissa cem- 
etery. They were the parents of five children : 
John S.; Thomas M., deceased; Catherine, 
Mrs. Owen; Clayton; and Matilda, Mrs. Wil- 
liam Benninger. 

John S. Mensch was reared upon the farm 
and attended public school in the locality. He 
remained at home until twenty-one years old, 
when he went west to Illinois, engaging in 
farming there. After a short stay he returned 
home and found employment driving a team in 
Bloomsburg for Boyd McKelvy. Then for 
two years he worked at home for his father, 
receiving fifty cents a day and his board, and 
at the end of this period began farming for 



George Zarr, his wife's uncle, at Catawissa, 
being located there for five years. The next 
twelve years he farmed for Samuel Kasten- 
bader, and about 1880 he bought the property 
in Montour township where he has since lived 
and worked. This was formerly the old Good 
homestead, and consists of 150 acres of good 
land lying along the Danville road about two 
and a half miles west of Bloomsburg. Mr. 
Mensch's buildings and equipments are up- 
to-date and in the best of condition, and he is 
engaged in general farming. He has not con- 
fined his activities to looking after his own 
interests, but has also helped to promote the 
public welfare in his vicinity. He has given 
his fellow citizens many years' service as 
school director and supervisor, still holding 
the latter office ; he was formerly foreman of 
the State road in this district. He is a life 
member of the Agricultural Society, which 
he ser^'ed one year as member of the executive 
committee and two years as president ; and he 
is a prominent member of the Patrons of Hus- 
bandr}% having been one of the charter mem- 
bers of Catawissa Grange, No. 22, for the 
good of which body he has labored faith- 
fully. Politically he is a Democrat, in relig- 
ious connection an Episcopalian, his wife also 
belonging to that church. 

On Dec. 27, 1859, Mr. Mensch married 
Matilda Zarr. who was born Jan. 13. 1840, 
daughter of Daniel and Flannah (Cleaver) 
Zarr, and they have had a family of thirteen 
children, namely: Flora, born Oct. 17, 1861, 
is at home; George, born Aug. 13, 1863. lives 
at Jersey Shore. Pa. ; \\'illiam. born Jan. 6, 
1865. resides at Bloomsburg; Clara, born Sept. 
20, 1866. married Winthrop Breyfogle ; Daniel 
Z.. born Aug. 19. 1818, is cashier of the Shick- 
shinny (Pa.) National Bank; John Harry, 
born July 8, 1870, conducts the hotel at 
Rupert, Columbia county ; Margaret, bom 
Feb. 17, 1872. married Clark Cleaver; Morris 
C. S., born Sept. 16. 1873, is now in Camden. 
N. J. ; Charles, born April 16. 1875. lives at 
Rupert and is in the employ of the Philadel- 
phia & Reading Company ; Adda, born Jan. 
K. 1877, married Emerson Fisher and lives at 
Wilkes-Barre. Pa.; Frank, born July 28. 1878, 
lives in Montour township; Guy. born Feb. 21, 
1882, and Mayberry Hughes, born March 2, 
1886. are at home. 

William Mensch began his education in the 
public schools of Catawissa. and later attended 
the State Normal School at Bloomsburg. He 
became familiar with the details of farm work 
on the home place, remaining with his father 
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count. Buying the old John G. Quick home- 
stead in Montour township, consisting of 145 
acres of valuable land, he lived there, en- 
gaged in general farming, until his removal 
to Bloomsburg in 1908. He has since been 
managing the farm in connection with his in- 
terests in that borough. Mr. Mensch is a 
thorough business man and possessed of more 
than the ordinary degree of intelligence and 
ability. When he was still a young man his 
fellow citizens of Montour township, in rec- 
ognition of his fitness, elected him justice of 
the peace and he held the office for eighteen 
years. For fifteen years he was assessor of 
his township and for three years road super- 
s-isor. In every position to which he has 
been chosen he has performed his duties sat- 
isfactorily, and his sense of responsibility 
was evident in every action he took. He is a 
Democrat in political association. Socially 
Mr. Mensch belongs to Catawissa Aerie, No. 
794, F. O. E. ; Bloomsburg Lodge, No. 436, 
B. P. O. Elks ; and Bloomsburg Grange, No. 
322, P. O. H. He is a member of the Epis- 
copal Church. 

On Nov. I, 1888, Mr. Mensch married Min- 
erva Elizabeth Quick, daughter of John G. 
and Sarah (Moyer) Quick, and they have 
three children : John Q., who is operating his 
father's farm, Howard B. and Hester C. 

Quick. The Quick family of Columbia 
county is of Scotch-Irish stock and has been 
planted in this country since Colonial days, 
the emigrant ancestor settling in New Jersey 
before the Revolution. His son, John Quick, 
was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, en- 
listing from New Jersey, and about the close 
of that struggle located in Rush township, 
Northumberland Co., Pa., where he passed 
the remainder of his life. He died in Feb- 
ruary, 1824, and his wife Nancy (Hunnill) 
died in 183 1, at the home of her son, John H. 
Quick, in Rupert. 

John H. Quick was born in 1789 in Warren 
county, N. J., and passed most of his early 
life in Rush township, Northumberland Co., 
Pa. He was a shoemaker by trade. Moving 
to Montour township, Columbia Co., Pa., in 
1831, he purchased a farm of 155 acres near 
Rupert, and there followed general farming 
the remainder of his life. He was one of the 
pioneers in that district, and he and his fam- 
ily had to face many of the privations of life 
in an unimproved region. His wife, Elizabeth 
(Moore), born in 1791, died in 1850. He died 
Jan. 29, 1852, aged sixty-two years, nine 
months, twelve days. They are buried in the 
Rosemont cemetery at Bloomsburg. The fol- 



lowing children were born to this couple: 
William Grier, mentioned below ; Rosetta, 
wife of Elias Dietrich; Mahala, wife of Lewis 
Barkley ; Charles, who died in Iowa ; John G., 
mentioned below; Sarah, who married Thomas 
J. Thornton; Hester, who married James Bar- 
ton ; Catherine, who died unmarried ; and 
Susan, who died young. 

William Guier Quick, son of John H. 
Quick, was born Sept. 4, 181 5, in Rush town- 
ship, Northumberland Co., Pa., and was six- 
teen years old when he came to Rupert with 
his parents. In his earlier years he carried 
on farming with his father, from whom he 
also learned the shoemaker's trade. Later he 
tended the locks at Rupert for sixteen years, 
meantime working also at his trade, and he 
was superintendent on the Pennsylvania canal 
for a period of twenty-four years, becoming 
very well known in that connection. He was 
one of the prominent citizens of Rupert and 
that vicinity in his day, serving one term as 
commissioner of Columbia county, to which 
office he was elected in 1868, and also acting 
as township school director. In political con- 
nection he was a Democrat. He was a Mason, 
belonging to Catawissa Lodge, No. 349, F. & 
A. M., and also held membership in the I. O. 
O. F. Mr. Quick died March 2, 1879, aged 
sixty-three years, five months, and over twenty 
days, and was buried in Rosemont cemetery. 
He married Sarah McBride, daughter of Wil- 
liam McBride, of Hemlock township, Colum- 
bia Co., Pa., and she survived him, passing 
away in December, 1887, aged seventy-three 
years, eleven months, nineteen days. They 
had the following children: William M., a res- 
ident of Bloomsburg, Columbia county, who 
is the father of the well known county pro- 
thonotary, Freeze Quick; Hugh D.. who is 
living at Rupert; James, a blacksmith, of Ru- 
pert; John B., living in Bloomsburg; and 
George M. 

John G. Quick, who was well known for 
many years as Squire Quick, was born Jan. 
19, 1824, in Rush township, Northumberland 
Co., Pa., son of John II. Quick. He was a 
young child when his father moved to the 
farm in Montour township, near Rupert, upon 
which he passed his life, and was reared to 
farming, in which he was interested through- 
out his active years. He was a most pro- 
gressive and enterprising man, ready to adopt 
and originate new methods for advancing the 
work w^hich he carried on, and he served many 
years as secretary of the Farmers' Produce 
Exchange at Bloomsburg. In time he bought 
the old homestead, where he continued to re- 



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side until his death, which occurred ]\Iay 3, 
1890. He took a leading part in local affairs, 
sendng twelve successive years as member 
of the township school board and secretary of 
that body, and for a period of twenty-five 
years he held the office of justice of the peace, 
in that "time trying over five hundred cases. 
He was a Democrat in his political views. 
Fraternally he was a Mason, belonging to 
Catawissa Lodge, No. 349. 

In 1853 Squire Quick married Sarah Moyer, 
daughter of John R. Aloyer, who was born 
in 1798 in Philadelphia, and married Minerva 
Barkley, daughter of Iddings Barkley. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Quick was born one child, Min- 
erv^a E., who is now the wife of William 
Mensch and owns the old Quick homestead 
near Rupert. Mrs. Quick died Nov. 15, 
1908. 

MARTIN H. SCHRAM, at present serv- 
ing as associate judge of Alontour county, is 
a resident of Danville and one of the well 
known business men of that place, where he 
has been located since Alay i, 1876. Mr. 
Schram was born Alay 28, 1858, in Hazleton, 
Luzerne Co., Pa., son of Henry and Christina 
(Ploch) Schram, farming people, originally 
of Germany, who settled at Hazleton in the 
early forties. Henry Schram, the grand- 
father, was born in Schwartzerden, Rhine 
Prussia, Germany, and his wife, Mary Eliza- 
beth Becker, was a native of the same place. 

Henry Schram was employed in a brickvard 
at Hazleton. In i860 the family came to Mon- 
tour county, settling in West Hemlock town- 
ship (at New Columbia), and a short time 
later removing to A'alley township, where Mr. 
Schram found work in the ore mines. Thence 
he removed to Cooper township, Montour 
county, and purchased a farm, in 1864, mak- 
ing his home there for over forty years. The 
remainder of his life was spent in :\Iahoning 
township, Montour county. He died March 
12, 191 1, surviving his wife, who passed away 
Feb. 27, 1910. They had children as follows : 
Martin H. ; Elizabeth, I\Irs. George Hampel, 
of Atlantic, Iowa ; Carolina, ]\Irs. Jacob Fish, 
ofDanville, Pa.; William, of Mahoning town- 
ship, Montour county, married to Savilla 
Cashner; and Frank, of Mahoning township, 
married to Alice Foust. ]\Irs. Schram's par- 
ents, Franz and Henrietta (Mohr) Ploch, were 
natives of Rhine Bavaria, the former born at 
.Stauf, the latter at Simbach. 

Martin H. Schram was a young child when 
the family came to Montour county, where he 
received his education in the public schools. 



He was raised on the farm, and later worked 
two years in the ore mines. On ]\Iay i, 1876, 
he became a resident of Danville, and began 
an apprenticeship to the trade of blacksmith 
with the firm of Keely & Trumbower. In 1882 
he engaged in business, selling tobacco and 
cigars, and he has not only succeeded in build- 
ing up a good trade in that line but has added 
to the scope of his original lines, in April, 
191 1, putting in a line of hardware and sport- 
ing goods which proved very profitable. He is 
widely known and popular among all his 
acquaintances, and he has been associated with 
the life of the borough in various connections. 
For a number of years, until 191 1, he was 
treasurer of the Danville school district, and 
in the latter year he was elected associate judge 
of Montour county, taking office Jan. i, 1912. 
to serve for six years. The honor was well 
deserved, and Mr. Schram's conscientious de- 
votion to his responsible duties has justified 
the confidence his fellow citizens showed in 
making him their choice. Fraternally he is a 
member of Danville Lodge, No. 224,' F. & A. 
M., of which he is a past master; Danville 
Chapter, No. 239, R. A. :M., of which he is 
past high priest ; Calvary Commandery. No. 
37, K. T., of which he is a past commander; 
Danville Lodge, No. 754, B. P. O. Elks ; and 
a charter member of the local council of the 
Junior Order of United American Mechanics. 
His religious connection is with the German 
Lutheran Church. 

^Ir. Schram was married March 22, 1882. 
to Elizabeth Schuster, of Danville, daughter 
of Jacob and Alargaret (Schroth) Schuster, 
the former of whom died July 2, 1881, the 
latter June 24, 19 10. Mr. Schuster was a 
manufacturer and wholesaler of soft drinks. 

WILLIA.M STIFNAGLE, a representa- 
tive citizen of Berwick, Pa., where he sened 
as assistant chief burgess and a member of 
the borough council for five years, was born 
in Columbia county. Pa.. May 4, 1840, a son 
of Philip and Alary E. (Shiller) Stifnagle. 

Philip Stifnagle was born in Bavaria. Ger- 
many, and by profession was a mineralogist. 
He served in the French army and was with 
Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. In 1834 
he came to America, and for a short time 
lived at Belvidere, N. J., going from there to 
Oxford Furnace for a limited period, and 
thence to the Lehigh valley and the Lehigh 
canal. Afterwards he worked at Tamaqua 
and also on what was then the Schuylkill 
(now the Reading) railroad. From there he 
went to what was then Denglertown, now Nu- 



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midia, I'a., and subsequently to Danville, and 
found work also in the eharcoal regions. When 
the Danville rolling mills were built he was 
employed therein, and his death occurred at 
Danville, Oct. -21, 1869. He was a member 
of the German Presbyterian Church. In Ger- 
many he married Mary E. Shiller, who was 
born at a place called Landau. Her parents 
died in Germany, and she and her three chil- 
dren came to America in 1837. She died at 
Danville, Pa., in 1880. There were seven 
children in the family: Barbara, the oldest, 
wife of Frank Stephens, now living at Scran- 
ton, Pa. ; Mary, Elizabeth, Eliza, Catherine 
and Charles, all of whom are now deceased ; 
and William. Charles married Mary Ann 
Lee, of Allentown. 

William Stifnagle obtained his education in 
the schools of Danville. When he became 
old enough he entered the rolling mills there 
and was so engaged when the Civil war broke 
out. He enlisted for service from Danville 
in Company H, 93d Veteran Pennsylvania 
Infantry, under his own name of William 
Stifnagle, but the name became changed in 
enrolling to William Stephens, and as such 
he went through the war. His first enlist- 
ment in October, 1861, was for three years, 
but he was honorably discharged Dec. 31, 
1863, as he was reenlisting Jan. i, 1864, and 
he was finally discharged at Washington, D. 
C, June 27, 1865. 

To name the battles in which Mr. Stifnagle 
took part is to recall very many of the most 
serious engagements of the whole war, and 
it is truly remarkable that he escaped with but 
one wound, which he received May 31, 1862, 
at the battle of Fair Oaks, on the left side 
of his face. He participated in the battle of 
Manassas, the siege of Yorktown, engage- 
ments at Chickahominy, the bottom bridge at 
Fair Oaks, the seven days before Richmond, 
Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Chantilly, Har- 
per's Ferry and Sandy Hook, when he was 
transferred to the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 
6th Corps, of the Army of the Potomac. Later 
he was transferred to the ist Brigade, 2d 
Division, 6th Corps, in 1864. After this first 
change he took part in the battles of Fred- 
ericksburg, went all through what w^as called 
Burnside's campaign, saw active service at 
Chancellorsville, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, 
Frenchtown, Mine Run, Williamsburg, Spott- 
sylvania. Cold Harbor, defense of Washing- 
ton, Fort Stevens, Bunker Hill, Winchester, 
Fishers' Hill, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run, 
Fort Fisher, Petersburg, Burksville and Ap- 
pomattox, going from there to Danville, Va., 

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and then on to Washington, where he was 
mustered out. He has been interested in 
Grand Army affairs ever since the organiza- 
tion was eft'ected and is a valued meml)er of 
Jackson Post, No. 159, G. A. R., at P.erwick, 
in which he holds office. Mr. Stifnagle has 
survived many of those who were his com- 
rades on the battlefield and can tell of many 
brave deeds done by some who in the paths 
of peace never made any pretense of unusual 
valor. There arc those also in the veteran 
gathering who can relate of occasions when 
Comrade "Stephens" led the comi)any when 
it faced almost certain destruction. It would 
seem as if there was no organization more 
entitled to public regard than that grand old 
body, the Grand Army of the Reiuiblic. 

On Nov. 3, 1872, William Stifnagle was 
married to Rebecca Fetterman, who was born 
at New Media, Pa., a daughter of Jonas and 
Mary (Barnager) Fetterman. The father 
was a farmer all his life in the vicinity of 
New Media. To Mr. and Mrs. Stifnagle' five 
children have been born : The first three, 
George A., John F. and one that passed away 
in infancy, are all deceased; W'illiam IL is 
foreman of the drafting department of the 
American Car and Foundry Company; Mary 
Elizabeth is the wife of Lloyd F. Suit, of 
Berwick, now residing at Hazleton, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

After the close of the war Mr. Stifnagle re- 
turned to Danville and resumed work in the 
rolling mills, remaining there until 1868, when 
he went to Northumberland, Pa., at which 
place he was similarly engaged. Afterwards 
he was at Reading, in 1870 returning to Dan- 
ville and on May 31, 1875, coming to Ber- 
wick. Here he entered the employ of the 
lackson Woodin Company, and continued 
with its successor after it had been absorbed 
by the American Car and Foundr}^ Companv. 
by which corporation he was employed until 
Dec. 24, 1912, when he retired from active 
work. He owns his substantial residence, 
wdiich he has occupied for twenty-two years. 
Mr. Stifnagle is a member of Montour Lodge, 
No. 109. I. O. O. F.. of Danville. Both he 
and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church, 
in which he is a deacon, and of which he has 
been treasurer for eighteen years. 

HARA'EY E. KNORR. of Centre township, 
Columbia county, was born there Feb. 23, 
1864. son of Henry Jackson Knorr. He is a 
descendant of Leonard Knorr, a German pio- 
neer, -vvho early assisted in the clearing and 
settlement of Columbia county. 



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Leonard Knorr came from Germany in the 
year 1782, locating in Centre township, where 
he cleared land and established his home, and 
his descendants still reside here. His son 
Henry was also a farmer, and continued on 
the home farm until his death. He married 
Margaret Dieterich, and they had a large fam- 
ily, of which Henry D., grandfather of Har- 
vey E., was one. John Knorr, a brother of 
Henry, also had a large family, one of his 
descendants being Mrs. Ann Hess, of Fish- 
ingcreek. 

Henry D. Knorr was a tanner by trade, and 
followed this occupation for a number of 
years, but in later life devoted himself ex- 
clusively to farming. He married Sarah 
Kelchner, and they had only one child, Henry 
Jackson. 

Henry Jackson Knorr was a farmer by oc- 
cupation. He married Rebecca Herring, and 
they had ten children : Margaret, who died in 
infancy, being killed in 1853 by a runaway 
horse; James M., a builder of Berwick, who 
married Elizabeth Hagenbuch and had one 
child, Frank, deceased ; John, a shoemaker, de- 
ceased, who married Alary Peeler and had 
four children ; Clara, living in Centre town- 
ship ; Samuel M., who married Gertrude Rit- 
tenhouse and has three children ; Harvey E. ; 
Emma, residing at W'ilkes-Barre, Pa. ; George, 
employed by the American Car and Foundry 
Company, at Berwick ; Henry T. ; and Eliza- 
beth, who married Joseph Sitler, of Centre 
township, and has two children living and 
one dead. 

Harvey E. Knorr obtained his education in 
the schools of Centre township, and worked 
on his father's farm until he was twenty years 
old. He then learned the trade of blacksmith 
with James Kelchner at Fowlerville. serving 
an apprenticeship of two years and one month. 
He then went to Holton, Jackson Co., Kans., 
where he followed the trade for nine months. 
Coming back East, he worked for James Wil- 
cox, of Wilkes-Earre, for nine months, and 
then engaged in business for himself, in the 
old shop where he served his apprenticeship, 
remaining there for three years and nine 
months. On April i, 1891, he moved to the 
farm he now occupies, in the fall of 1895 
buying the place. It is a tract of eighty- four 
acres, of which seventy-five are cleared, and 
he now devotes all his efforts to its cultiva- 
tion. 

Mr. Knorr married Elizabeth Burkct, 
daughter of Henry and Mary Ann (Hewitt) 
Burket, and they have had five children: 
Blanche Anna, born Oct. it, 1888; Herbert 



Burket, born March 2"], 1890, a teacher in the 
State of Indiana; Willa McXitt, born Nov. 
16, 1892, who died in infancy; Harry \'irgil, 
born Aug. 24, 1897 ; and Frank Crisman, born 
May 19, 1901. Mr. Knorr is a Democrat and 
has served for two years as a committeeman. 
For two years he was also a school director. 
He is a member of the Lutheran Church, under 
the General Synod, has been elder for four 
years, and is now president of the Bible class. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Burket) Knorr was born 
Feb. 18, 1863, in Nescopeck township, Luzerne 
county. She received her education in the 
schools of Roaringcreek township, Columbia 
county, and remained at home until her mar- 
riage. She is a member of the Lutheran 
Church, a teacher in the Sunday school, and 
is superintendent of the home department of 
the Sunday school. 

Anthony Burket, great-grandfather of Mrs. 
Knorr, was an old resident of Berks county. 
Pa., where he worked as forgeman. He was 
a Roman Catholic, and he and his wife are 
buried in Berks county. He married Hannah 
Reifsneider, and they had three children: 
Joseph; Sophia, wife of John Rohrbach ; and 
John. 

John Burket followed the occupation of his 
father, that of forgeman, part of the time in 
Berks county, and later in life at Nescopeck. 
For a time he was employed at Dales Forge. 
He married Elizabeth Delhower, and their 
children were : Joseph. Anthony, Catherine, 
Lydia (wife of William Reichert), Augustus, 
Samuel, W'illiam, Henry and Annie (wife of 
Aaron Coverly). ^Mr. Burket and his wife 
were members of the Roman Catholic Church. 
He and his wife and all but two of their chil- 
dren were drowned in the great flood of the 
Susquehanna river, Sept. 2, 1850. He was 
then fifty years of age, and his remains are 
supposed to lie on the banks of the river. His 
wife is buried in Mifflinville. and the rest of 
the family in the Shaffer churchyard, in Mif- 
flin township. 

Henry Burket, father of Mrs. Knorr, is a 
retired farmer of Centre township. He was 
born Sept. 26, 1832, at Dales Forge. Nesco- 
peck township, Luzerne county, and had lim- 
ited educational opportunities, being obliged 
to go to work at an early age. He farmed 
during the greater part of his life, until about 
twenty-one years ago, when he gave up active 
labor, and retired. In Nescopeck he married 
Mary Ann Hewitt, who was born in 1832 and 
died at the age of fifty-three years; she is 
buried in the Brick Church cemetery. She 
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(Mostellor) Hewitt. Mr. and Mrs. Burket 
had the following children : Catherine, born 
March i, 1855, died at the age of twenty-two; 
Elizabeth is Mrs. Knorr; Clara, born Sept. 9, 
1866, married Virgil Crisman, of Scranton; 
Anna, born Jnne 17, 1873, is at home; Alice 
died in infancy; Emily and Amelia, twins, 
died a week apart, when two years old. Mr. 
F>urket is a Democrat and a member of the 
Briarcreek Grange. He attended the Brick 
Church (Lutheran), and was a collector in 
that congregation for several years. 

JOHN B. DEWALD, postmaster and gen- 
eral merchant of White Hall, Montour county, 
was born Feb. 2, 1859, in Franklin township, 
Lycoming Co., Pa., son of Washington and 
Sarah (Ball) Dewald. 

Washington Dewald was a native of Penn- 
sylvania, where the family has been well 
known for many years, and during the greater 
part of his career followed farming and car- 
pentry in the vicinity of Moreland township, 
in Lycoming county. He died there Dec. 25, 
1888, at the age of sixty years, while his 
widow, also a native of Pennsylvania, still 
survives and makes her home in Anthony 
township. 

John B. Dewald, son of Washington De- 
wald, was engaged in farming up to the time 
of his marriage, after which he came to White 
Hall and opened a small store. His original 
capital was but sixteen dollars, but his earnest, 
persistent and well directed efforts have re- 
sulted in the building up of a business that 
attracts a lucrative and representative trade 
from all over the surrounding country. In 
addition to managing this prosperous enter- 
prise, Mr. Dewald is engaged in the huckster- 
ing business, carrying produce to market, and 
in this, as in his other ventures, he has been 
successful. He has the distinction of being 
one of the oldest postmasters in point of serv- 
ice in Montour county, having held his pres- 
ent position for more than thirty years. Such 
a service is in itself guaranty of a man's re- 
liability, and Mr. Dewald is thoroughly de- 
serving of the esteem and respect in which he 
is universally held. 

In 1882 Mr. Dewald was married to Dora 
Frances Holdren, who was born at White 
Hall, Pa., March 14, 1861, daughter of George 
and Jelana (Crawford) Holdren, farming 
people of Anthony township, and granddaugh- 
ter of Jacob and Phoebe (Troy) Crawford. 
Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Dewald, namely : Blanche married William 
Rishel, of Anthony township, and has five 



children : Charles C. married Harriet Hen- 
derson and has two children; Pearl is the wife 
of Lloyd Confer, of White Hall; John Paul 
is residing at home; George Washington is a 
student at the normal school ; his twin, Jelana, 
died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Dewald and 
their children are faithful members of the 
Methodist Church. 

JESSE B. MESSERSMITH, farmer of 
Montour county, belongs to an old family first 
represented in Liberty township by his grand- 
father, Jesse Messersmith. 

(According to the Pennsylvania Archives, 
5th Series, Vol. V, Johann Hendrick Messer- 
schmidt came over from Rotterdam on the 
ship "Johnson," of London, landing at Phila- 
delphia Sept. 19, 1732.) 

Jesse Messersmith was a native of Schuyl- 
kill county, Pa., son of Daniel Messersmith, 
who came from Germany when a boy and 
made his home in Schuylkill county. He was 
a lifelong farmer. His son Jesse was reared 
in Schuylkill county and came to what is now 
Montour county before his marriage, settling 
in Liberty township, where he farmed. Later 
he moved to Union county, this State, where 
he passed the remainder of his life. He died 
April 15, 1889, aged seventy-two years. Mr. 
Messersmith was a lifelong farmer. He mar- 
ried Carolina Boyer, daughter of Christopher 
Boyer, an old settler in Liberty township, and 
she died July 3, 191 1. Four children were 
born to this union, Benjamin being the eldest; 
only one other survives, Mrs. Ellen W. Weikel, 
of Milton, Pennsylvania. 

Benjamin Messersmith was born July 18, 
1853, in Union county, Pa., where he was 
brought up, and after his school days were 
over he worked with his parents until twenty- 
one years old. After his father's death he 
lived on the home farm in L^nion county for 
four years, after which he settled in Limestone 
township, Montour county, for four years. 
The next four years he tenanted Gideon 
Shoop's farm in Liberty township, which then 
became the poor farm, and he operated it four 
years longer. In 1907 he came to his present 
place, buying the old Omstead farm of ninety 
acres in Liberty township. He is successfully 
engaged in general farming and stock raising. 
Mr. Messersmith has always taken a public- 
spirited interest in public affairs, and he has 
served two terms as school director of Liberty 
township. Politically he is a Democrat. The 
jNIessersmiths formerly adhered to the faith 
of the Lutheran Church, but are now members 
of the Presbyterian Church at Mooresburg. 



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Mr. Messersmith was united in marriage 
to Margaret Ellen Chappell, who was born 
Dec. 26, 1850, in Union county, daughter of 
Stephen and Mary (Young) Chappell, resi- 
dents of Union county, the former a native of 
New York State; he was a cooper by trade 
and also followed farming ; he died at the age 
of sixty-seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Chappell 
had four children: Charles W. (of Jones- 
town, Columbia Co., Pa.), Jennie (wife of 
Oliver Dewire), James (of Lewisburg, Pa.) 
and jNIargaret Ellen (Mrs. Messersmith). 
Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Benjamin Messersmith, only three of whom 
survive : Stephen Luther, born June 28, 1875 ; 
Jesse B. ; and Jennie Alvesta, born July 11, 
"1883, married to David Paul, and living at 
New Columbia, Union Co., Pennsylvania. 

Jesse B. Messersmith was born Jan. 14, 
1877, in East Buffalo township, Union Co., 
Pa., and received an excellent common school 
education. After that he assisted with the 
farm work at home until his marriage, when 
he was twenty-five years old. Then he bought 
his present place of one hundred acres in Lib- 
erty township, engaging in general farming 
and stock raising. He is a young man of en- 
terprising and industrious disposition, and has 
earned the respect of his neighbors and 
friends. In political matters he is a Democrat. 
He was reared in the Presbyterian Church, 
and he attends the Mooresburg Presbyterian 
Church, of which he is a member and treas- 
urer. 

FREEMAN WILSON FREY, of Cata- 
wissa, Pa., was born in Bradford county, Pa., 
Dec. 22, 1861, son of David H. Frey and 
grandson of David Frey. The latter was one 
of the pioneer agriculturists of Bradford 
county, Pa., where he died. 

David H. Frey, son of David Frey, was 
born in Bradford county, Pa., where for many 
years he was employed as a trackman on the 
Pennsylvania & Reading railroad. He is now 
hving retired with his son, F. W. Frey, at 
Catawissa, Pa. David H. Frey married Mary 
Moyer, a native of Bradford county, and their 
children besides Freeman W. were : Edward, 
who lives at Lehighton, Pa. ; Anna V. ; Sarah 
B. ; Emma ; and Elizabeth. 

Freeman Wilson Frey received his educa- 
tional training in the common schools of Sul- 
livan county, Pa., and until he was seventeen 
years old worked at farming. He then learned 
telegraphy at Dushore, Pa., and in 1S80 was 
employed by the Pennsylvania & Reading 
Railway Company as an extra operator. After 



being thus engaged eighteen months he was 
stationed at Catawissa as operator. A year 
later he was promoted to the position of train 
dispatcher, and held it for ten years. From 
1887 to 1893 he was trainmaster, and was then 
made day yardmaster, which important posi- 
tion he filled until recently, being one of the 
most reliable men in the employ of the com- 
pany. 

Mr. Frey married Delia Barger, daughter of 
Gotlieb Barger, of Sullivan county, and she 
died in 1895, ^^"'^ mother of three children: 
Nettie G., unmarried, lives at home; Winnie 
A. married Charles S. Garly, Esq., of Elmira, 
N. Y. ; James R. is a graduate of the local 
high school. Politically Mr. Frey is a Repub- 
lican. He belongs to St. John's Lutheran 
Church of Catawissa, and is interested in its 
activities ; while engaged in railroad work he 
joined the Relief Association and the Penn- 
sylvania & Reading Veteran Association. 

LEWIS S. PHILLIPS, of Rohrsburg, Co- 
lumbia county, has been conducting a mill 
there for nine years. His experience in the 
business has extended practically throughout 
his life, as his father, the late Allen H. Phil- 
lips, was successfully engaged in the same line 
for many years. He is a great-grandson of 
Thomas Phillips, whose children were : Clo- 
ses, Aaron, Robert, David. Thomas, Rachel, 
Mercy and Elizabeth. Of these, Thomas Phil- 
lips, the grandfather of Lewis S. Phillips, mar- 
ried Sarah Phillips, and of the children born 
to their union eight lived to maturity : Joseph, 
Allen H., Andrew J., Harrison, Almira, Re- 
becca, Eliza and Jane. 

Allen H. Phillips was born Jan. 6, 1825. in 
Bucks county. Pa., and was fifteen years old 
when he went to learn milling with his uncle 
David, at Perryville, in Northampton county, 
Pa. He continued to follow the business from 
that time until his death, principally in Colum- 
bia and IMontour counties. At various times 
he did business at Eyers Grove, moving there 
the last time in 1883. He also carried on a 
farm in Aladison township, and he died in that 
township, at Jerseytown. He was a prosper- 
ous business man. and held a respected posi- 
tion among his neighbors. In politics he was 
a Republican. In 1845 Mr. Phillips married 
Sarah E. Eves, and she died leaving three 
children, Milton, Thomas and Charles, of 
whom Milton was the only survivor in 1886; 
he was then a teacher in Simpson College, at 
Indianola. Iowa. By his second wife, Mar- 
garet (Schuyler), Mr. Phillips had five chil- 
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physician at Booneville, Iowa ; Thomas Lloyd, 
who is now farming in Greenwood township ; 
Lewis S. ; Samuel B., formerly a telegraph 
operator at Danville, now in the service of 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at New- 
berry; and Ada M. After the mother of these 
children died Mr. PhilHps married Rebecca 
Welsh, daughter of Isaac Welsh, and they 
had one child, Isaac, who worked on his 
father's farm. His fourth marriage was to a 
Mrs. Runyan, daughter of Daniel Welliver, 
and she survives him. 

Lewis S. Phillips was born April i, i860, 
in Columbia county. He was given common 
school advantages and served his apprentice- 
ship to the milling business with his father, 
with whom he worked for sixteen years. He 
was with him at Eyers Grove for some time, 
and nine years ago he began business at his 
present location, where he has built up a 
profitable trade. He bears a reputation for 
honorable dealing and ability in the manage- 
ment of his affairs which places him among 
the reliable business men of his section and a 
worthy successor to his father, who was well 
and favorably known throughout this region. 

Mr. Phillips was married March 25, 1884, 
to Rosa Seward, only child of William Sew- 
ard, of Luzerne county ; Mr. Seward was a 
builder. The only child born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Phillips, Ada, married Gay Larish, of Fish- 
ingcreek, Columbia county, who died in 1913, 
leaving two sons : Norman, born Jan. 30, 
1909, and Joseph, born Jan. 28, 1910. 

Mr. Phillips attends the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church. In his political views he is a 
Republican, 

KARL P. REIFSNYDER, member of the 
firm of John Waters & Co., druggists, of Cata- 
wissa. Pa., was born in that borough Oct. 22, 
1883. His father, George W. Reifsnyder, was 
a prominent merchant of the town, and one of 
the best known and respected citizens of his 
day. 

Benjamin Sharpless, great-grandfather of 
Karl P. Reifsnyder on the maternal side, 
was one of the company of Friends 
who settled in Schuylkill county in the days 
of the colonization of Pennsylvania. At 
an early date he came to Catawissa and was 
one of the founders of the Quaker Church in 
this section, being also a partner in the estab- 
lishment of the paper mill, which he operated 
for a number of years. He died at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-four years. 

George Reifsnyder, grandfather of Karl 



P. Reifsnyder, was born in Montgomery 
county. Pa., in 1804, but remained there only 
a short period, moving to Perry county, and 
later to Columbia county, where he was en- 
gaged in mercantile pursuits for several years. 
He next moved to New Castle, Schuylkill Co., 
Pa., where he also carried on a mercantile busi- 
ness. He married Harriet Sharpless, and this 
union was blessed with twelve children, the 
five who reached maturity being: Mrs. Wil- 
liam Hartman, Mrs. E. S. Jackson (of Scran- 
ton, Pa.), George W., Mrs. Isaac Hartman 
(of Ontario, Canada) and Mrs. Charles Pear- 
son (of Berlin, Ontario). The father of these 
died in 1856. 

George W. Reifsnyder, father of Karl P., 
was born in Schuylkill county. Pa., March 24, 
1848, and came to Catawissa at the age of 
nine, obtaining his education in the common 
schools of that town. At one time he was pro- 
prietor of the "Susquehanna Hotel," entering 
the mercantile business in 1882. In 1862 he 
enlisted in the State militia, and in January, 
1864, in the 3d Pennsylvania Artillery, serving 
until 1865. For one year continuously he did 
picket duty, and the rest of the time served 
on detached duty ; he served two years in the' 
militia and regular service. He was the most 
noted pigeon shot in the county. In December, 
1870, he married Anna Kostenbauder, by 
whom he had five children, three of them 
reaching maturity: Samuel, Leonard and 
Karl P. The father's death occurred Jan. 30, 
1908, the mother's in 1906, and they are both 
interred in Greenwood cemetery, at Cata- 
wissa. He was a Lutheran in religious con- 
nection, a member of the Masonic fraternity 
and of the G. A. R. 

Karl P. Reifsnyder obtained his early edu- 
cation in the public schools of Catawissa, grad- 
uating from the high school and also entering 
an institution at Asbury Park, N. J. He then 
entered the Aledico-Chirurgical College, at 
Philadelphia, from which he was graduated 
in 1904. Returning to Catawissa in that year 
he entered the drug business, which he rs suc- 
cessfully conducting at the present time. 

Mr. Reifsnyder married Ella Robins, 
daughter of Dr. William B. Robins, of Cata- 
wissa. He is a member of Catawissa Lodge, 
No. 349, F. & A. M., of which he is past mas- 
ter; a member of Catawissa Chapter, Xo. 148; 
of the Council at Bloomsburg, and of Caldwell 
Consistory (thirty-second degree). He also 
belongs to Irem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., 
at Wilkes-Barre. He has been a director of 
the First National Bank of Catawissa since 
April, 1912. In politics he is a Republican. 



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MRS. SARAH ROWE, widow of John 
Rowe, of Danville, Montour Co., Pa., was 
born in Luzerne county. Pa., in 1864, a daugh- 
ter of John and Elizabeth (Santee) Bryfogle, 
farming people and old settlers of Luzerne 
county, Pennsylvania. 

John Rowe was born in Luzerne county. 
Pa., son of Samuel Rowe, also a native of 
Luzerne county. The Rowe family is an old 
one in this State. John Rowe followed farm- 
ing all his life on the old homestead, which has 
been in the Rowe family for a century. He 
died in 1906, aged fifty-five years. He and 
his wife were the parents of the following 
children : Edith, who married Howard Lutz, 
of Struthers, Ohio, and has two children ; Al- 
bert, who resided with his mother at Dan- 
ville; and Richard W. 

Richard W. Rowe was born in Luzerne 
county May i, 189 1, and after leaving school 
was employed as a coremaker by the Ameri- 
can Car & Foundry Company for four years. 
He then brought his widowed mother to Dan- 
ville from the homestead, and bought and con- 
ducted what is known as Wonderland, the first 
attraction of its kind at Danville. He has 
since moved to Nescopeck, Luzerne Co., Pa. 
The family were all reared in the faith of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church. 

CHARLES HENRY SMITH, a ^vell 
known business man of Berwick, conducting 
a plumbing, heating and tinning business in 
that borough and through the adjacent coun- 
try, was born at Milton, Pa., Jan. 6, 1882, son 
of George W. and Lydia (Wenrick) Smith. 

George W. Smith was born near Mordans- 
ville, Columbia Co., Pa., not far from Milton, 
and now resides at Milton, which has been his 
residence for about thirty years. He has been 
employed as a flagman on the Philadelphia & 
Reading road at Milton. He married Lydia 
Wenrick, and they had the following children : 
Kate; William, who married Mary Tilden; 
Ella, wife of George Weidenhammer ; Charles 
Henry ; Jacob, deceased, who was buried in 
the Milton cemetery ; Mary, wife of Henry 
Keiser; Frank, married to Gertrude Roat; 
Nina, wife of Homer Tobias ; and Daniel. 

Charles Henry Smith attended both com- 
mon and high school at Milton, after which 
he worked in the Godcharles nail factory in 
that city and afterwards in the Milton Manu- 
facturing Company's works, in the bolt and 
nut department, of which he was foreman 
when only fifteen years of age. In 1898 he 
came to Berwick and entered the nut and bolt 
threading department of the Jackson & 



Woodin Manufacturing Company, when 
James Hempstead was superintendent and 
John Heddings shop foreman. For six 
months Mr. Smith was night foreman there 
and then entered the machine shop of the 
American Car and Foundry Company, work- 
ing in the bolt department for five years. Fol- 
lowing this he was in the machine department 
of the steel plant, under Fred Stephenson and 
James Harry as superintendents, and was 
night foreman for eighteen months. In 1909 
he left the American Car and Foundry Com- 
pany and turned to his present line, in 1910 
embarking in business for himself ; he has 
prospered steadily. 

Mr. Smith was married June 25, 1903, to 
Lois Umstead, a daughter of Henry and Mar- 
tha (Gilger) Umstead, and they have three 
children: Ralph Leroy, born Sept. 28, 1904; 
Mildred Etta, born Dec. 29, 1905 ; and Jack 
Keith, born July 3, 1910. Air. Smith and his 
family belong to the Baptist Church. In poli- 
tics he votes according to his own judgment. 
He belongs to Berwick Lodge, No. 246, Odd 
Fellows. 

Henry L^mstead, father of Mrs. Smith, was 
born in April, 1854. at Washingtonville, Pa. 
Until 1890 he carried on a blacksmith busi- 
ness and then came to Berwick to work as a 
diemaker with the American Car and Foundry 
Company, under Joseph Hempstead, and still 
continues there. He had the following broth- 
ers and sisters: William, who married Emma 
Sitler ; John, who married Jane Fleckenger ; 
Oliver; and Etta (Mrs. Raver). Henry Um- 
stead married Martha Gilger, and they have 
two surviving children: Lizzie, born Nov. ii, 
1882, wife of Will Watts, has children, Lois, 
Clarence, Raymond and Beatrice Ruth ; Lois 
is the wife of Charles Henry Smith. Etta, 
deceased, born Aug. 11, 1893, married Ed. 
Hulsinger and left a son, William. 

Peter Gilger, the maternal grandfather of 
Mrs. Smith, was born on a farm in Montour 
county, near Danville. He married Elizabeth 
Hiner, daughter of Christopher and Jane 
Hiner, natives of Ireland, and they had six 
children: Hannah is the wife of Aaron K. 
Yoder ; Clara, deceased, who is buried in the 
Odd Fellows cemetery at Danville, was the 
wife of Mason Brown ; Martha married Henry 
Umstead ; Sally married David Kron : .Alice 
married Madison Krouse; William married 
Maggie Starks. The Umsteads belonged to 
the German Reformed Church. The father 
was a Democrat. 

Christopher Hiner. the great-grandfather 
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family came from Ireland and settled in Mon- 
tour county. He was a farmer there. His 
wife, Jane Gibson, was born near Washington- 
ville. Pa., and they had the following chil- 
dren: William; Elizabeth, wife of Peter Gil- 
ger ; John ; Aleck, who married Elizabeth 
Crawford; Rebecca, wife of Joshua Willet; 
James ; Isabella ; Daniel ; and David, who mar- 
ried May Wagner. 

DANIEL REEDY, a retired contractor and 
brickmason of Berwick, Pa., was born in Co- 
lumbia county, May 14, 1835, son of Peter 
and Leah (Clause) Reedy, both natives of 
Lehigh county. Pa., and of French-German 
descent. 

Peter Reedy, father of Peter, emigrated 
from France and settled in Lehigh county, 
where he resided for several years. He was 
an evangelist, and preached in different parts 
of the county. Later he came to Columbia 
county and bought a farm on the Montour 
line, where he spent the remainder of his 
hfe. 

Peter Reedy, father of Daniel, was a child 
when his parents moved to Columbia county. 
He learned the trade of carpenter and fol- 
lowed that occupation all of his life. He was 
hurt by a falling tree and died from his in- 
juries in 1842. His wife, Leah, was a daugh- 
ter of old settlers of Lehigh county. She died 
in September, 1893. Children as follows were 
born to this couple : Daniel, mentioned be- 
low ; Jeremiah, a retired miller, residing at 
Three Rivers, Mich ; Isaiah, who died on 
the old homestead ; Eliza, wife of Hiram Kit- 
chen, of Berwick, both deceased ; Peter, a vet- 
eran of the Civil war, now a retired black- 
smith of Berwick; Josiah, a veteran of the 
Civil war, deceased, and Mary, deceased. 
Peter Reedy and his wife were members of 
the Lutheran Church. 

Daniel Reedy was but seven years old when 
his father died, so he was bound out to work 
for his board and clothes until his thirteenth 
year. After that he received a wage of three 
dollars a month until his fifteenth year, when 
he was raised to eight dollars. All the school- 
ing he had was obtained at the little country 
schools, which he could attend only in the 
winter. For a time he drove a team, hauling 
iron ore to Danville, thus supporting his 
mother. In 1855 ^^ went to Berwick to learn 
the stonemason's trade, in 1870 entering into 
partnership with David Baucher, in the con- 
tracting business. In 1879 this partnership 
was dissolved and he continued for himself 
until .1908, when he retired. During his ex- 



perience as a contractor he built many of the 
finest buildings of Berwick, among them the 
Jackson block, the "Martin Hotel" and the 
"St. Charles Hotel," as well as all of the pub- 
lic schools, with but one exception. He erected 
many of the churches, including the Lutheran 
and the Methodist, and built part of the Amer- 
ican Car and Foundry Company's plant. 

Mr. Reedy married, Sept. 17, 1856, Martha 
J., daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Heav- 
ner, natives of Luzerne county, her father 
being one of the oldest boatmen on the Lehigh 
and Pennsylvania canals. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Reedy were born nine children, six of whom 
are living, viz. : Alice, widow of John D. 
Creasy, of Berwick; Lillie E., wife of S. A. 
Peck, residing in Northumberland county; 
John C, a brickmason, of Berwick ; Harry K., 
deceased, who was a printer by trade; Wil- 
liam J., a brickmason, of Berwick ; Sadie, liv- 
ing at home; Daniel, a clerk in the office of 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company ; Harry 
R. and Jeremiah are deceased. Mr. Reedy is 
a Methodist and fraternally a Mason and Odd 
Fellow. He was made a Mason in Sylvania 
Lodge, of Shickshinny, Luzerne Co., Pa., and 
later was a charter member of Knapp Lodge, 
No. 462, F. & A. M., of Berwick; joined 
Bloomsburg Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M. ; 
Mount Moriah Council, No. 10, R. & S. M. ; 
Crusade Commandery, No. 12, K. T. ; and 
Caldwell Consistory (thirty-second degree), 
A. A. S. R. (These last four bodies at 
Bloomsburg) ; and is a past grand of Berwick 
Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F. 

Mr. Reedy has served on the school board 
and the borough council of Berwick, has been 
assessor, treasurer and tax collector, and is 
a member of the Berwick Fair Association. 

JOHN W. E. SHEW, a papermaker and 
formerly a photographer, of Light Street, Co- 
lumbia county, was born in Baltimore county, 
Md., April i, 1874, son of James M. Shew, a 
prominent papermaker of Light Street, now 
deceased. ' 

Joseph Shew, his grandfather, was born in 
London, England, and came to America in 
pioneer times, locating in Baltimore county, 
Md. He was a farmer and surveyor, and 
served as an emergency man in the war of 
1812. He married Mary Shew, a native of 
Virginia, and they had four children : James 
M. ; Henry ; Jacob ; and Mary, wife of Charles 
Heiser. 

James M. Shew, father of John W. E., was 
born in Baltimore county, Sept. 9, 183 1, and\ 
at the age of seven began to serve an appren- 



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ticeship in the paper mills of his home town. 
He remained in the Hofifman Mills for forty- 
four years, during which time he was pro- 
moted frequently, until he became manager 
of the four mills owned by the company. Upon 
the death of the proprietor and the reorgan- 
ization of the plant he came to Scott township, 
Columbia Co., Pa., and purchased a half inter- 
est in the Trench Paper Mills in Fishmgcreek 
township. For a time he was connected with 
these mills as part proprietor, but was per- 
suaded to sell out his interest and return to 
the Baltimore Mills, which he managed for 
three and a half years, in 1892 returning to 
Bloomsburg to become sole owner of the paper 
mills of that town. He remained in Colum- 
bia county until his death, June 28, 1904, and 
was one of the prominent citizens of the com- 
munity. He received the nomination for as- 
sociate judge, but failed of election, although 
polling a large vote. He was a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, having taken all the 
degrees, and was a delegate to the Denver 
meeting in 1892. 

James M. Shew married, Feb. 6, 1852, Anna 
Mary, daughter of Lewis Fisher, of York 
county. Pa., and she died June 9, 1896, aged 
sixty years five months twenty-one days. They 
had eleven children: Sarah, who died at the 
age of seven; Margaret J., wife of Charles 
Yohey of Bloomsburg; George, who died in 
infancy; Lydia, wife of Robert J. Ruhl, of 
Bloomsburg ; Rebecca, wife of John B. Kidd, 
residing in York county ; Mary, wife of D. S. 
Richards ; Josephine, wife of G. B. Smith, liv- 
ing in Scott township; Irene, wife of W. M. 
Ent, a merchant of Light Street; Phoebe, wife 
of Mark Creasy, residing in Chestertown, Md. ; 
James U. M., now of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. ; and 
John W. E. By his second wife, Etta Lee 
(McDowell), Mr. Shew had no children. 

John W. E. Shew was educated in the 
Light Street public schools and soon after 
graduation took up the study of photography. 
He conducted an establishment at Bloomsburg, 
and later entered the paper mill of his father, 
where he is still working. He has a handsome 
home in Light Street and is devoted to the 
pleasant task of rearing his fariiily, also taking 
much interest in the public improvements of 
his home town. On May 24, 1899, he mar- 
ried Edith B., daughter of John B. and Anna 
(Robison) Ammerman, and they have two 
children, Beatrice and Anna Belle. Mr. Shew 
and family are members of the Methodist 
Church. 

John B. Ammerman, father of Mrs. Shew, 
was born March 21, 1834, and was a veteran 



of the Civil war. He enlisted Feb. 27, 1861, 
for one year, in Company I, 104th Regiment, 
Pennsylvania Volunteers, but was not dis- 
charged until Aug. 25, 1865, at Portsmouth, 
Va. In early life he was employed by the 
Pennsylvania Canal Company, and later 
located at Light Street, where he followed 
shoemaking. He died Oct. 26, 1907, and was 
buried at Light Street. On Feb. 19, 1861, he 
married Anna Robison, who is still living in 
Light Street, and they had seven children: 
Rosella, deceased, who was the wife of Henry 
Dietrich ; Ida, wife of Israel Peters ; Oscar B., 
of Bloomsburg; Alay A., wife of Wilham 
Deyer, of Milton, Pa.; William E., living in 
Illinois, who sensed two years in the Spanish- 
American war and saw service in the Philip- 
pines; Charles, of Milton, Pa., who served 
three years in the regular army, being in Cuba 
during the Spanish- American war; and Edith 
B., wife of John W. E. Shew. 

JOHN R. M. CURRY, of Danville, mem- 
ber of the firm of ]\Iiller & Curry, dealers in 
scrap iron, is one of a family whose inter- 
ests in the borough entitle them to be classed 
among its substantial citizens, whether in 
business or other lines. The Currys have 
been especially prominent in the iron manu- 
facturing industry, which has brought con- 
siderable wealth to the community and made 
possible much of the advancement evidenced 
in the condition of the borough and the pros- 
perity of its institutions. 

Robert Curry, great-grandfather of John 
R. M. Curry, was one of the earliest settlers 
of this part of Pennsylvania. He was born 
in the North of Ireland June 9, 1741, and 
educated in the schools of his native country, 
where his father was a well-to-do linen man- 
ufacturer. He came to America in 1772, 
settling on Mahoning creek, in what is now 
Valley township, INIontour Co.. Pa., and there 
followed farming. He was killed and scalped 
by the Indians June 9. 1780. He was a Pres- 
byterian in religious belief, served as trustee 
of the church, and was one of the first to 
give his money and influence toward the prop- 
agation of the gospel in these parts. He 
married Jane ]\Ic\\'^illiams in Belfast, Ire- 
land, and four children were born to them : 
James, who was born in Ireland, grew to 
manhood and settled in Ohio ; Robert, who 
settled on the north branch of the Susque- 
hanna river; William, who settled on the 
home place in Valley township. Montour Co.. 
Pa. (he married Jane Moore and they were 
the parents of Hon. James Curry, associate 





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judge of the county) ; and Jane, the first 
white child born between the north and west 
branches of the Susquehanna river, who mar- 
ried Robert AIcWilHams. The sons were 
well-to-do farmers, noted for their honesty 
and integrity. 

Robert Curry, son of Robert, was the 
grandfather of John R. M, Curry. Two of 
his daughters made their home in Danville; 
his son, Robert, lived in an adjoining county; 
his son Hugh in Michigan; and William in 
Kentucky. 

Thomas Cousart Curry, son of Robert 
Curry, and a grandson of Robert Curry, the 
pioneer, was born in May, 1830, on the old 
homestead of his parents in Northumberland 
county. Pa. They were farming people. 
Thomas C. Curry came to Danville in 1849. 
He was a machinist by trade, and he became 
engaged in that line of business as a member 
of the firm of Cruikshank, Moyer & Co., 
owners of the property and business of the 
Enterprise Foundry & Machine Shops, on 
Ferry street, Danville, which they conducted 
for many years. After selling his interest in 
this concern Mr. Curry lived retired the rest 
of his days, dying in September, 1910, at the 
age of eighty years. He gave strict attention 
to his business affairs, but took the interest 
of a public-spirited citizen in the general wel- 
fare, and served as school director and mem- 
ber of the council. He married Phoebe 
Ellen Musselman, who was born in 1833, and 
died in February, 1906, aged seventy-three 
years. Of the children born to them seven 
survive, namely : Mrs. Elizabeth C. Fisher 
Hugh C, of Riverside, Pa. ; Edwin Adam 
Thomas C, a machinist of Sunbury, Pa. 
William M., an attorney, of Scranton, Pa. 
John R. M. ; and Ralph. The late Daniel M. 
Curry, of Danville (next younger than Hugh 
C), a prominent iron manufacturer, was also 
one of the sons. 

John R. M. Curry was born Oct. 31, 1873, 
in Danville, where he obtained his education 
in the public schools. When a youth he be- 
gan clerking in a hardware store, and was 
so engaged for a period of fourteen years, 
after which he was associated with his 
brother Daniel in the iron business. In 1906, 
in company with Benjamin Miller, he formed 
the present firm of Miller & Curry, wdiich 
has since done an extensive business dealing 
in scrap iron. The most important propor- 
tion of their business is drawn from the 
numerous industries in and around Danville, 
which use large quantities of iron, but they 
also purchase from plants hundreds of miles 



away, and a large trade has been established. 
The yards in Danville are a block long and 
half a block deep. The members of the firm 
are men of excellent standing, and Mr. 
Curry especially has been prominent in local 
civil affairs, at present serving his second 
term as president of the borough council, to 
which office he was elected in 191 1, and re- 
elected in 1913. He was elected a member 
of the council in 1909. He has been promi- 
nent in the Republican party, and in 1912 was 
elected county chairman, by the direct vote; 
he was elected a member of the State com- 
mittee in 1913, and is still serving. Mr. 
Curry is well known in local fraternal 
organizations, being a thirty-second-degree 
Mason (and a Shriner) and a member of the 
B. P. O. Elks ; he also belongs to the United 
Commercial Travelers. He is a member of 
St. Paul's M. E. Church, and served a num- 
ber of years as a trustee of that organization. 
In Alay, 1909, Mr. Curry married ]\Iary A. 
Wetzel, of Danville, daughter of Edward S. 
and Elizabeth Wetzel. They have three chil- 
dren, Thomas Wetzel, Frances Isabelle and 
John, Jr. Mrs. Curry was formerly librarian 
at the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Dan- 
ville. Her father, Edward S. Wetzel, a con- 
tractor and also engaged in the plumbing and 
steam fitting business, erected many of the 
best buildings in Danville and this part of 
the State. He died in February, 1909, and is 
buried in Fairview cemetery. His widow is 
living in Philadelphia. 

HENRY T. KNORR, a promkient farmer 
of Briarcreek township, was born April 9, 
1876, in Mount Pleasant township, Columbia 
county, and is a son of Henry Jackson Knorr 
and a grandson of Henry D. Knorr. 

Leonard Knorr, the pioneer of this family, 
came from Germany in the year 1782 and 
located in Centre township, Columbia Co., Pa., 
where he cleared land and established the old 
homestead. 

Henry Knorr, son of Leonard, married 
Margaret Dietrich. He was also a farmer and 
prominent in the affairs of his native county. 
He was a member of the Reformed Church. 
His brother, John, also had a large family, 
one of his descendants being Mrs. Ann Hess, 
of Fishingcreek. 

Henry D. Knorr, grandfather of Henry T. 
Knorr, w^as a tanner by trade, but later in 
life devoted himself exclusively to farming. 
He married Sarah Kelchner, and they had 
seven children : Henry Jackson ; Samuel, de- 



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ceased ; Eli M. ; Francis, deceased ; Wesley, 
deceased : Mary, and Margaret. 

Henry Jackson Knorr died aged seventy- 
six years. He was a farmer by occupation. 
He married Rebecca Herring, and they had 
ten children : Margaret, who was killed in in- 
fancy, in 1853, by a runaway horse; James 
M., a builder of Berwick, who married Eliz- 
abeth Hagenbuch and had one child, Frank, 
deceased ; John, deceased, who married Mary 
Peeler and had four children (he was a shoe- 
maker) : Clara, living in Centre township ; 
Samuel 'M. : Harvey E., a farmer of Centre 
township, who married Elizabeth Burket, and 
has four children living, one deceased ; Emma, 
residing at Wilkes-Barre ; George, employed 
by the American Car and Foundry Company 
at Berwick, who married Maude Strowbridge 
and has two children ; Henry T. ; and Eliza- 
beth, wife of Joseph Sitler, a farmer of Centre 
township (they have two children living, one 
deceased). The parents are buried at the 
Brick Church in Briarcreek township. 

Henry T. Knorr began his education in a 
school in Briarcreek township, although he 
lived in Centre township, the school nearest 
to him being in the other township, just across 
the line. After a time a schoolhouse was 
built in Centre township, and in the new build- 
ing he received his last three years of in- 
struction, leaving at the age of twenty. From 
then until his twenty-third year he worked on 
his father's farm, afterwards going to Ber- 
wick, where he was employed in the works of 
the American Car and Foundr}' Company one 
year at miscellaneous labor, four years in the 
blacksmith department and four years at truck 
building. He then returned to Briarcreek 
township and bought a farm of ninety-three 
acres, which he now resides upon and culti- 
vates. Mr. Knorr is a Democrat and a mem- 
ber of the Borough Council, of the Jr. O. U. 
A. M.. and affihates with the Reformed 
Church : he has been treasurer of Zwingli Re- 
formed Sunday school and Church, Berwick, 
for three years. 

On Dec. 21, 1898, Mr. Knorr married Sarah 
Ellen, daughter of Lemuel and Alice (Kester) 
Harmon, of Salem township. Luzerne county, 
and children were bom to them as follows : 
Ruth, Nov. 23, 1899; Edna, April 27, 1905; 
Florence, Oct. 10, 1906; Floyd, Feb. 19, 1909 
(died July 10. 1911) ; and Freda. Dec. 12, 
1910. Mrs. Knorr was educated in the Briar- 
creek township schools and in the Kelchner 
school, located about half a mile from where 
she now resides, and resided with her parents 
until her marriage. While a member of the 



Reformed Church at Berwick she taught in 
the Sunday school and was a member of the 
Ladies' Aid Society. She and her husband 
are now members of St. Peter's Union Church 
in Briarcreek township. 

Mrs. Henry T. Knorr was born in Salem 
township, April 24, 1878, daughter of Lemuel 
Harmon, and a granddaughter of Henr\^ Har- 
mon, who was bom in 1817 and died Dec. 21, 
1893. The father of Henn,- Harmon was a 
pioneer settler of Luzerne county, having emi- 
grated from Germany to this State and built 
a home there. He is now laid at rest in the 
cemeter}^ at Beach Grove. 

Henry Harmon was educated in the com- 
mon schools of Salem township and in his 
early manhood bought a tract of 175 acres, 
of which only half an acre was cleared. He 
proceeded to build a home and clear one hun- 
dred acres, where he carried on general farm- 
ing and sheep raising. In the course of time 
he brought this farm into a high state of cul- 
tivation and erected comfortable and mod- 
ern buildings, the place at the time of his 
death being considered one of the finest in the 
State. He married Caroline Douglas Free- 
man, and they had children : George, de- 
ceased, married and resided in Luzerne 
county ; Elizabeth married Samuel Dodson. 
and lives in Luzerne county ; Chester A. mar- 
ried Catherine Hess, deceased, of Berwick; 
Lemuel is mentioned below ; Maggie married 
Benjamin Ridall and resides in Salem town- 
ship, Luzerne county ; Freeman married Til- 
lie Michael, of Berwick; Clara E. married 
Giarles Smith, of Beach Haven. During the 
latter part of his life Henry Harmon lived 
retired, while his son Freeman operated the 
farm. His wife died Dec. 8, 1910. aged about 
eighty-six, and she is buried with her hus- 
band in the Beach Grove cemeter\', near Beach 
Haven, Luzerne county. Mr. Harmon was a 
Democrat, and served as a member of the 
board of supervisors. He attended the Re- 
formed Church, in which he always took a 
warm interest, having been an elder and 
deacon for many years previous to his death. 
At his death his farm was sold. 

Lemuel Harmon was bom Aug. 15, 1856, 
educated in the public schools and the Walton 
school, near Walton's Hill, and worked for 
his father until his marriage, in 1877. to Alice 
Kester, who was bom Dec. 4. 1858. daughter 
of Joseph and Rebecca Kester. By this mar- 
riage he had five children : Sarah Ellen, wife 
of Henry T. Knorr; William Herbert, who 
married Emma Hill, of Berwick; Clara E., 
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the Harmon farm; Leonard Franklin and Ice- 
land Charles, twins, are living in Berwick. 
After his marriage Mr. Harmon was a 
tenant farmer until 1903, when he bought 
a farm of ninety acres near Beach Haven, 
which his son-in-law is now operating. 
Lemuel Harmon is living with his brother, 
Chester A., at Berwick. He has always taken 
an active interest in the welfare of his chosen 
home, is a Democrat, and has served as school 
director of Luzerne county. He is a member 
of Berwick Council, No. 690, Jr. O. U. A. M., 
and with his wnfe is a member of the Daugh- 
ters of Liberty, connected with that order. 
He is also a member of Susquehanna Com- 
mandery. No. 18, of the Knights of Malta. 
For many years he and his wife have been con- 
nected with the Zwingli Reformed Church, 
which he is now serving as elder and trustee 
and superintendent of the men's Bible class, 
which has fifty members. He was the first 
superintendent of the Sunday school con- 
nected with this church, and assisted in the 
organization of a number of other schools, 
one in Luzerne county. 

BRUCE M. WHITE, now proprietor of 
the Millville bus fine, was born May 16, 1882, 
in Buffalo township, Union Co., Pa., son of 
William Pierce White and grandson of Wil- 
liam White. 

William White, born in 1803 near Millville, 
Columbia county, was a farmer of Scott town- 
ship, that county, and was active until his 
death, in 1875. His children were: Abraham; 
Isaiah, who married Harriet Kirkendall, and 
lives at Light Street ; John, who married Tacy 
Vanderslice, and lives at Nescopeck; William 
Pierce; Samantha, who married Peter A. 
Evans, and lives at Bloomsburg; Margaret, 
wife of Allen VanLeer, both deceased ; and 
Loretta, who married Potter Howell, and lives 
at Light Street. Politically the father was a 
Democrat. In religious faith he was a Pres- 
byterian, and he and his wife are buried in 
the cemetery attached to the church of that 
faith at Light Street. 

William Pierce White, son of William 
White, was born in Orange township, Colum- 
bia Co., Pa., April 12, 1845, and was there 
reared, attending the schools of Orange town- 
ship, Light Street, Scott township and Orange- 
ville. After teaching school five years in Cen- 
tre and Scott townships he went to farming 
in Buffalo valley, in Union county, on a tract 
of forty-one acres, where he remained for 
eighteen years. Selling that farm he moved 
to Centre township, Columbia county, where 



he bought the tract of eighty-one acres known 
as the "Queen of Centre" farm, which he cul- 
tivated for four years, at the end of that time 
retiring and moving to Almedia, where he 
now resides. He turned over the manage- 
ment of the i^lace to his son Newton, who is 
still operating it. Mr. White married Re- 
becca Creveling, a daughter of Cyrus and 
Matilda (Evans) Creveling, and they had 
these children: Albert F., who married An- 
nie Smith, lives at Harrisburg; George C. mar- 
ried Elizabeth Hawley and lives in Nebraska ; 
Margaret died when seven years old. The 
mother died and was buried at Light Street. 
William P. White married for his second 
wife Catherine Reichendeifer, a daughter of 
Joel and Susan (Kline) Reichendeifer, and 
the children of this union were : Laura, who 
died when nearly three years old ; Bruce M. ; 
Jennie E., who married Harry Wertman, of 
Centre township; Newton O., who married 
Margaret Englehart; and John \\'., who is un- 
married. Politically Mr. White is a Dem- 
ocrat, and he has been school director, au- 
ditor, etc. The United Evangelical Church 
holds his membership. 

Bruce M. White, son of William Pierce 
White, was reared in Buffalo township, where 
he attended school. Until he attained his ma- 
jority he worked for his father, and then 
was engaged by the American Telegrai)h and 
Telephone Company as lineman, and did work 
in the States of Pennsylvania, New York, 
Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Vir- 
ginia. After thirteen months with this com- 
pany he came to Bloomsburg, where he en- 
gaged with the Columbia & Montour Electric 
Railway Company as conductor for one year. 
Mr. White then entered the employ of the 
American Car and Foundry Company at Ber- 
wick, as electrical repairman, being thus occu- 
pied for eighteen months, when he came to 
Berwick and was with the Berwick Electric 
Light Company for two years. He then 
bought out the company and conducted the 
business on his own accord for a period of 
two years. Selling out, he became the head 
of the automobile department of the Ber- 
wick Store Company, and was so engaged 
until he became owner of the Millville bus 
line, which he bought of J. \\'. Wright, of 
Bloomsburg, Oct. 5, 1914. He is now devot- 
ing his time to its operation. 

Bruce M. White married Lulu Dora Brobst, 
born June i, 1879, daughter of Clinton Bar- 
ton and Elizabeth (Shellhammer) Brobst, and 
they have one daughter, Elizabeth, who was 
born lune 28, 1910. Mrs. White was born 



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at Lime Ridge, Columbia Co., Pa., where she 
was educated. She belongs to the Patriotic 
Order of Americans at Berwick. Mr. White 
is independent in politics. He belongs to Espy 
Lodge, No. 68i, I. O. O. P., and the encamp- 
ment connected with that order. The Meth- 
odist Church holds his membership and re- 
ceives his support. 

REUBEN H. SITLER, a farmer of Briar- 
creek township, was born in Centre township, 
Columbia Co., Pa., May 31, 1833, son of Jacob 
and Mary (Hagenbuch) Sitler. 

Simon Sitler, the grandfather, was born in 
Lancaster county. Pa., and from there came 
to Columbia county and settled in Centre 
township. He married a Hill, and they are 
buried at Hidlay Church. 

Jacob Sitler, the father, was born in Centre 
township, Columbia county. Moving to Briar- 
creek township, he ran a hotel for a while, 
and then bought the property that Reuben 
now owns, following farming. He died there 
aged sixty-nine years. He married Mary 
Hagenbuch, who was also born in Centre 
township, a daughter of Simon Hagenbuch, 
and they had the following children : Reuben 
H. is mentioned below; Emanuel, of Light 
Street, Columbia county, married Maria Kis- 
ner, who is deceased; Savilla, married Adam 
Suit and both are deceased ; Senia, of Luzerne 
county, is the widow of Reuben Warner; 
Almira, married Enos Stout and both are de- 
ceased. Jacob Sitler and his wife are buried 
at the Brick Church in Briarcreek township. 

Reuben H. Sitler grew up on his father's 
farm and obtained his education in the dis- 
trict schools, but though his opportunities in- 
cluded attendance only for two month's each 
year, he became competent to teach, having 
been engaged at the Brick schoolhouse in 
Briarcreek township. Farming has engaged 
his attention all his life. He is a Democrat in 
his political views, has been quite prominent 
in local matters, and has frequently been 
selected by his fellow citizens to serve in pub- 
lic office. For eleven years he acted as over- 
seer of the poor; for nine years as auditor; 
for nine years also as supervisor, and for 
thirty-five years he has been roadmaster, still 
holding that office. 

Mr. Sitler was married (first) to Mary 
Wright, who died of consumption six years 
later, leaving three children: Alice married 
Levi Evans, who is with the American Car 
and Foundry Company at Berwick, and they 
have five children ; Ida C, who married Bor- 
ing Hartman, a rolling mill employee, died 



at Pittsburg, of consumption, leaving one 
child; Cyrus died in infancy. 

Mr. Sitler's second marriage, Alarch 9, 1865, 
was to Sarah Clewell, who was born Jan. 3, 
1843, a daughter of Jacob and Eliza (Brobst) 
Clewell, farming people near Catawissa, Pa., 
and ten children came to this union, namely : 
Emma married David Whitmire, a resident of 
North Berwick, who is with the American Car 
and Foundry Company, and has one son, Wil- 
liam; Charles died in infancy; Clara is the 
wife of Clem Fenstemacher, who is employed 
by the American Car and Foundn,' Company 
and lives in North Berwick, and they have 
four children, Nellie, Paul, Cora and Randall ; 
Worrell, who married Carrie IMitchell, died at 
the age of thirty-two years, and is survived 
by his wife and two children, Leanna and 
A\'orleth; Anna E. married Henry Nelk, a 
merchant of Hazleton, Pa., and they have had 
six children, Bessie, Harry, Esther, Minnie 
(deceased). Hazel and Robert; James S. died 
at the age of fifteen years; Ellen ]\Iay is the 
wife of Charles Bower who is with the Amer- 
ican Car and Foundry Company, and lives 
in North Berwick, and they have four chil- 
dren, Russell, Roland, Floyd and Paul; Bruce 
S., who is with the American Car and Foun- 
dry Company, living at North Berwick, Pa., 
married Ruth Bittenbender; David A. died at 
the age of thirteen years ; Bertha Florence is 
the wife of Warren Bower, a farmer of Briar- 
creek township, and they have had two chil- 
dren, George Reuben and Walter, the latter 
dying in 1913 at the age of four years. 

Mr. Sitler and his family belong to the 
Briar Creek Lutheran Church. 

R. ORVAL BOWER, a shoe merchant of 
Berwick, Columbia county, was born July 29, 
1876, son of Joseph H. and ]\Iary Katherine 
(Miller) Bower, and grandson of John Bower. 

John Bower was one of the pioneers of 
Columbia county, and died here. He was a 
farmer all his life. 

Joseph H. Bower was bom Dec. 25, 1848, 
in Columbia county, Pa., and like his father 
was a farmer from boyhood. He is now 
engaged in operating a valuable property in 
Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa. His wife 
was born Feb. 19, 1849, ^ daughter of Reuben 
Miller, one of the pioneers of Columbia 
county, who made his home at Foundryville, 
where he operated a gristmill and also a dis- 
tillery. He owned the farm now conducted 
by Joseph H. Bower. Mrs. Bower died Jan. 
15, 1908, the mother of five children: John 
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township, Luzerne county, married Emma 
Noble, of Wilkes-Barre ; R. Orval is men- 
tioned below ; Elizabeth Mae and Joseph Ray, 
twins, born June 22, 1883, are living with 
their father ; Clyde D., born Sept. 6, 1886, is 
also living at home. Joseph H. Bower has 
always been active in the public affairs of his 
township and has held the offices of school 
director and supervisor. 

R. Orval Bower was educated in the neigh- 
borhood schools of Luzerne county, and 
taught school himself for a time before enter- 
ing the employ of the Delaware, Lackawanna 
& Western Railroad Company. Still later he 
went with the American Car and Foundry 
Company, continuing in their offices for ten 
years. In 1910 Mr. Bower embarked in a 
shoe business at Berwick, which he has con- 
tinued with profit to himself and convenience 
to his customers. In connection with his shoe 
business Mr. Bower sells life insurance for 
the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany, of Hartford, Conn., having handled this 
insurance for the last eight years, principally 
in Columbia and Luzerne counties. He be- 
longs to the Methodist Church at Beach 
Haven, Luzerne county, and believes in re- 
ligious inffiiences. Fraternally he belongs to 
Susquehanna Commandery, No. 18, Knights 
of Malta, and to Salem Grange, No. 291. 

JOHN H. EISENHAUER, ticket agent for 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at Mif- 
flinville, Columbia county, and president of 
the school board of that town, was born 
in Schuylkill county, Pa., May 20, 1865, son of 
John and Rachel (Staufer) Eisenhauer. 

John Eisenhauer, great-grandfather of John 
H. Eisenhauer, was one of the pioneers of 
Berks county, Pennsylvania. 

John Eisenhauer, son of John Eisenhauer, 
above, and grandfather of John H. Eisen- 
hauer, was a farmer and prominent citizen of 
Berks county. 

John Eisenhauer, father of John H. Eisen- 
hauer, was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., and 
during his younger days was a lumberman 
and conducted a sawmill, making Ringtown 
(Pa.) his headquarters. His death occurred 
at that place in 1905. In addition to his other 
interests, he was engaged in farming and 
was a man of property. His wife, Rachel 
(Staufer), was also born in Schuylkill county, 
a daughter of Joseph Staufer, who was of 
German ancestry, and was a farmer of Schuyl- 
kill county, where he died. Mrs. Eisenhauer 
also passed away in that county, in 1907. 
She and her husband had the following chil- 



dren : John H. is mentioned below ; Louise, 
who is deceased, was the wife of Uriah Derr, 
of Schuylkill county; Nathan is a resident of 
Kingston, Pa. ; Jeft'erson is a resident of Ring- 
town, Pa., where he is conducting a meat busi- 
ness; Robert, who is a resident of Slating- 
ton. Pa., is sui)erintendent of the quarries at 
that point; Mary is the wife of George 
Brenich, of Girardville, Pa. ; Harry is a resi- 
dent of Shickskinny, Pennsylvania. 

John H. Eisenhauer was educated in the 
Ringtown schools, being graduated from the 
high school there. Following this he learned 
telegraphy at Ringtown, and was employed 
by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Com- 
pany for three years, when he transferred to 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and was 
placed at a small station in the mountains. 
Later he was given the station at Mainville, 
and then stationed at Catawissa, where he 
gave such good account of himself during the 
three years he was retained that he was ap- 
pointed to the important position of station 
agent and telegrapher at Mifflinville. The tel- 
egraph station was abolished in September, 
1909. Mr. Eisenhauer has been in the em- 
ploy of his present company for a period ex- 
tending over twenty-six years and is one of 
its most valued employees. 

In 1886 Mr. Eisenhauer was united in mar- 
riage with Harriet Longenberger, born in Co- 
lumbia county, Sept. 21, 1868, a daughter of 
Jacob and Catherine (Hinderleiter) Longen- 
berger. For some time prior to his death, in 
1908, Mr. Longenberger Hved retired from 
his former farming activities, passing away 
at the age of eighty years. His widow is mak- 
ing her home with one of her daughters. The 
Longenberger family is a prominent one in 
Columbia county. Mr. and Mrs. Eisenhauer 
have had three children: (i) Edward, now 
a merchant at Mifflinville, conducting a gen- 
eral store, was graduated in the class of 1909 
from the Bloomsburg State Normal School, 
and taught school for three years prior to go- 
ing into his present business, one term in the 
high school at Mifflinville and two in the 
high school at Benton. He is a member of 
Washington Lodge, No. 265, F. & A. M., of 
Bloomsburg, and of Caldwell Consistory 
(thirty-second degree), A. A. S. R., Blooms- 
burg. (2) Hester graduated from the 
Bloomsburg State Normal School in 1914 and 
is now teaching at Beach Haven. (3) Helen 
is attending high school at Mifflinville. The 
Eisenhauer family are consistent members of 
the Lutheran Church. 

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ber of the school board of Mifflinville, and has 
been reelected to that office, holding it con- 
tinuously since, now as president of the board. 
Fraternally he belongs to Catawissa Lodge, 
No. 349, F. & A. M., of which he is a past 
master; Catawissa Chapter, No. 178, R. A. 
M. ; Crusade Commandery, No. 12, K. T., of 
Bloomsburg, and Irem Temple, A. A. O. N. 
M. S., of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He also belongs 
to Washington Camp, No. 684, P. O. S. of 
A., of Mifflinville, and has held important 
offices in all these bodies. Mr. Eisenhauer has 
been further honored by his fellow citizens 
with election to the position of president of 
the Columbia County School Board Associa- 
tion. He was a member of the committee 
that secured the erection of the bridge across 
the river at Mifflinville. 

THOMAS RANK BUCK, who has been a 
resident of Berwick, Pa., since 1903, and is 
now numbered among the substantial citizens 
of that place, was born Feb. 25, 1870, at New 
Columbia, Lycoming Co., Pa., son of Rev. H. 
W. and Margaret (Lush) Buck. 

Rev. Thomas Buck, the paternal grand- 
father of Thomas R. Buck, was a minister of 
the Evangelical Church when that denomina- 
tion was first founded in the United States. 
He died when still in middle life, about the 
year 1841, at New Berlin, Pa., where he was 
buried. His children included: Rachel, who 
married Charles Free; Louise, who became 
the wife of George Rehling; George, who 
died young; Solomon; and Rev. H. W., Sr. 

Rev. H. W. Buck, Sr., father of Thomas 
Rank Buck, was born Feb. 28, 1842, at New 
Berlin, Union Co., Pa. He received a com- 
mon school training at New Berlin and York, 
Pa., to which point the family removed when 
he was a youth, and was essentially a self- 
made man, having secured his education and 
placed himself upon a firm footing through 
his own endeavors and sturdy industry. Dur- 
ing the daytime he attended school, and at 
noontime and night worked as a clerk in Leh- 
mayer's clothing house, at York, until he 
reached the age of twenty-one years. He then 
became a minister of the Evangelical denomi- 
nation, which later, through a division, be- 
came United Evangelical. He started his min- 
isterial career on the Cumberland Vallev cir- 
cuit, being gone from home for two months at 
a time, and in the years that followed preached 
on the Lycoming circuit, in Lycoming county ; 
at Hughesville, Lycoming county; New Co- 
lumbia, Lycoming county ; Evansville, Colum- 
bia county; Danville, Montour county; Glen 



Rock, York county; on Jersey Shore circuit, 
Lycoming county ; Berwick, Columbia county ; 
Espy, Columbia county. During his pastorate 
at Evansville in 1871 lie organized a congrega- 
tion at Berwick with seven members, in the 
old Odd Fellows hall. After serving his pas- 
torate at Espy he was made presiding elder 
of the Williamsport district, a capacity in 
which he served four years. He then went 
to the York district, where he held a like 
position for the same period of time. The 
Lewisburg district next had the benefit of his 
abilities as presiding elder for four years. 
For three years he was in charge at Mill- 
heim, and in 1902 returned to Berwick as reg- 
ular minister for three years, his services at 
that point covering three terms as pastor and 
four years as presiding elder. His next 
change was to New Freedom, York county, 
where he was pastor for four years. At the 
end of this time Rev. Mr. Buck retired from 
the ministr}% and is now living quietly after 
his many years of activity in his comfortable 
home at York. He was married to Margaret 
Lush, daughter of J^cob and Mfirgaret Lush, 
of Germany, who came to the L'nited States, 
the former dying in 1891 and the latter May 
21, 1901. The following children were born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Buck: Thomas Rank; Rev. 
H. W'., Jr., who is now preaching at York Zion 
United Evangelical Church ; and Laura, who 
married F. P. Geary, of Millheim. Rev. Mr. 
Buck is a stanch Prohibitionist in his political 
views. He is a member of Christ Church con- 
gregation, of the United Evangelical Associa- 
tion, at York. 

Jacob Lush, the maternal grandfather of 
Thomas R. Buck, was born in Germany, and 
upon coming to the United States from the 
Fatherland settled at Salladasburg. Lycoming 
Co., Pa., where he died in 1891. He and his 
wife had the following children besides Mar- 
garet, Mrs. Buck: Henry, who married Cora 
Courson ; Daniel ; Samuel, who married Eliza- 
beth Cupp ; David, who married Hannah 
Watts; Julia, who became the wife of Thomas 
Everett ; Rachel, who married Louis Recder ; 
Elizabeth, who became the wife of William 
Dunkleberger ; Sue. who married Charles 
Fisher; and Dolly, the wife of Charles 
Fincher. 

Thomas Rank Buck attended the Central 
Pennsylvania College, from which he was 
graduated in 1890 with the degree of B. E.. 
after a scientific course. In 189 1 he went to 
Williamsport. to become clerk in the whole- 
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in various parts of the country for that con- 
cern. In 1895, while in Sioux City, Iowa, he 
became connected with the American liiscuit 
Company, as travehng salesman, later held a 
like position on the road and in the retail de- 
partment for C. Driesbach's Sons, hardware 
dealers of Lewisburg, Pa., and then became an 
inspector in the repair shops of the Pennsyl- 
vania Railroad Com])any at Harrisburg, Pa. 
Mr. Buck came to IJerwick in February, 1903, 
when the steel plant of the American Car and 
Foundry Company was built, and entered the 
shops as inspector, steadily working his way 
up through the position of steel chaser, etc., 
to the charge of the preparation department, 
under John Heavener, superintendent, later 
under Mr. Rogers, J. R. Searles and Frank 
Faust, and then became assistant storekeeper 
under W. E. Lanniger, storekeeper. In the 
summer of 1906 Mr. Buck was made store- 
keeper, under Frank Faust, superintendent, 
and this position he has continued to hold to 
the present time. Mr. Buck has attained suc- 
cess because of individual merit and by mak- 
ing the most of his opportunities, rather than 
through favoring circumstances of any kind. 

On Oct. 21, 1903, Mr. Buck was married to 
Stella Zerby, daughter of David L. and Anna 
Margaret (Keen) Zerby. Mr. Buck is a Re- 
publican in politics, but has restricted his ac- 
tivities to only a good citizen's interest in pub- 
lic matters. He belongs to Bower Memorial 
Church, of the United Evangelical faith, in 
which he is a class leader, assistant teacher of 
the Men's Bible class, and member of the of- 
ficial board. His fraternal connections in- 
clude membership in Berwick Lodge, No. 246, 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (the sec- 
ond largest lodge in Pennsylvania), of which 
he is a past grand ; Berwick Encampment, No. 
131, of that order; Susquehanna Commandery, 
No. 18, Knights of Malta; and Berwick Coun- 
cil, No. 1761, Royal Arcanum. His acquaint- 
ance in Berwick is extensive and his friend- 
ships numerous. 

Adam Zerby, the paternal grandfather of 
Mrs. Buck, was a farmer of Penn's Creek, 
Center Co., Pa., where he owned about 100 
acres of fine land, and also owned and oper- 
ated a sawmill near his home. He married 
Catherine Suavely, and they became the par- 
ents of the following children: Henry; 
Aaron, who married Elizabeth Daup ; Julia, 
who married Daniel Geary; Sarah, who mar- 
ried Fred Jamison ; Reuben ; and David L. 

David L. Zerby, father of Mrs. Buck, was 
born Jan. 25, 185 1, at Penn's Creek, Center 
Co., Pa., and received his education in the 



public schools and at Spring Mills Academy in 
his native county. Early ado])ting the voca- 
tion of educator, he taught school for twenty- 
two terms, beginning at the age of sixteen 
years in the old-fashioned sul)scrii)tion schools. 
When he gave up the profession he worked 
for a time at the marble cutting trade, and 
then entered the employ of the Millheim Bank- 
ing Company, at Millheim, Pa., where he still 
holds a responsible position. On Nov. 5, 1875, 
Mr. Zerby married Anna Margaret Keen, of 
Germany, and they became the parents of one 
daughter, Stella, who is now Mrs. Buck. Mr. 
Zerby is a Democrat in politics, and is a well 
known man in his locality, having served 
twenty years in the capacity of justice of the 
peace. He is a faithful member of the United 
Evangelical Church, he and his wife attending 
at Millheim. 

Jacob Keen, the maternal grandfather of 
Mrs. Buck, was born in 181 5, and was en- 
gaged in cultivating a large property one mile 
west of Millheim, as a general farmer. When 
he retired from active life, about thirteen 
years prior to his death, he moved to his com- 
fortable home at Millheim, and there his last 
years were passed amid the surroundings that 
his long and useful life had made possible. 
He passed away in 1890, respected and es- 
teemed by all who knew him. Mr. Keen mar- 
ried Mary Deininger, who was born in 1823, 
and came from near Reading, Pa., and she 
died in 1899, at the age of seventy-six years. 
They were the parents of the following chil- 
dren : Sarah, who married Christopher Alex- 
ander; John, who married Harriet Breon ; 
Justine, who became the wife of Alfred 
Kreamer; Rev. Emmanuel, who married 
Emma Yoder; Anna Margaret, who became 
the wife of David L. Zerby; Frank, who mar- 
ried Belle Herman ; Warren, who married 
Susan Bauer; William, who married Sadie 
Stover; Rose, who married Rev. M. I. Jami- 
son ; Catherine, who married Prof. J. F. King; 
and Ada. Mr. Keen was a Democrat through- 
out his life, but not an active participant in his 
party's political struggles. He was known, 
however, as a good and public-spirited citizen, 
one ever ready to bear his full share of the 
responsibilities and duties of citizenship. For 
years he was a member of the United 
Evangelical Church, worshipping with the 
congregation of St. Luke's Church, at Mill- 
heim, of which his wife was also a member, 
and their children were reared in that faith. 
He was a member of the local Grange, and 
throughout his life was interested in agricul- 
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WILLIAM P. ZEHNER, who recently the rural route from that town when it was 

completed a term as sheriff of Columbia started, and was the rural mail carrier for 

county, has been a resident of Bloomsburg about six years. In 1903 Mr. Zehner sold his 

since he entered upon the duties of that office, general store and engaged in truck farming 

but he was previously located at Mainville at Mainville, which he continued until he re- 

and one of the most active citizens of that town moved to Bloomsburg after his election as 

and vicinity. He was born Dec. 20, 1870, at sheriff'. He had considerable previous experi- 

Mountain Grove, Luzerne Co., Pa., son of ence as a public official, having served three 

William J. Zehner, and is a grandson of Wil- years as auditor, six years as tax collector and 

Ham Zehner, the founder of the family in this three terms as member of the school board, 

section. of which body he was president and secretary; 

William Zehner was for a number of years it was during his connection with the school 

settled at Tamaqua, in Schuylkill county. Pa., board that the high school was established at 

where he owned property and was engaged in !\lainville. Mr. Zehner was the first health 

the milling business. He remained there until officer appointed in his district and filled the 

the great flood swept away most of his pos- office until he was elected sheriff', in 1909. 

sessions, and then moved to Mountain Grove, He gave highly satisfactory- service in this 

Luzerne county, near the line of Columbia responsible office, showing that the confidence 

county, passing the rest of his life there as a of his fellow citizens was not misplaced. As a 

farmer. His children were : David W., who peace officer during his tern\ Mr. Zehner met 

was killed on the homestead by a bull ; B. with great success, and held the respect and 

Frank, who lives in Luzerne county ; WilHam good will of the criminals who were under his 

J.; Amanda, deceased; and Libby, deceased. charge. On March 8, 191 1, while making an 

William J. Zehner, son of William, was arrest, he was shot and severely wounded, but 

born March 23, 1846, at Mountain Grove, Lu- succeeded in capturing his man. 

zerne county, and Hved there until April i, The uniform courtesy which Mr. Zehner 

1871, at which time he moved to Roaring- has shown to all with whom he has come in 

creek township, Columbia county, where he contact during his official and private life has 

has been engaged in farming since. He is a made for him a host of friends and gained for 

respected and well known resident of that him the lasting esteem of everyone. From 

section. A Democrat in political connection, early manhood a working member of the Dem- 

he has served as overseer of the poor in his dis- ocratic party in this section, he has acted as 

trict. In June, 1867, he married Christina committeeman, and was delegate to the State 

Gearhart, who was born April 3, 1847, in convention the last time Robert E. Pattison 

Roaringcreek township, on the farm where was nominated for governor. His active dis- 

they now live, daughter of Peter and Lydia position has also brought him into prominence 

(Miller) Gearhart. They have had a family in other associations. He was one of the or- 

of nine children: David F., who died when ganizers and first president of the Mainville 

nine years old; William P.; Annie, wife of Telephone Company, which has proved to be 

Frank Ohl; Ellen, who died young; Hannah, one of the most important and valuable public 

who married Elmer Tyson; Mary, who mar- service concerns in the county. Until his re- 

ried William Berninger ; Samuel R., who is moval to Bloomsburg he" was^ also one of the 

engaged in business at Bloomsburg as dealer most useful members of the German Reformed 

in agricultural implements; Cora, wife of Church at Mainville. serving four years as 

Adam Knorr; and Pierce M., who fives at deacon and three years as trustee, and he was 

^o"\^. equally interested in the welfare of the Sun- 

\Villiam P. Zehner received his literary edu- day school; he taught a class and served two 

cation at the pubHc schools, Bloomsburg State vears as superintendent, holding that office 

Normal School, and Palatinate College, at until he left Mainville. While' in Roaring- 

Myerstown, Pa. He then took a course at Pro- creek township also he took an active part in 

fessor Stoner's business college, at Reading, church and Sunday school work. 

Berks Co., Pa., after which he taught school Mr. Zehner was a charter member of Camp 

a short time m Roaringcreek township, during Xo. 484, P. O. S. of A., at Mainville. of which 

1890-9 1_. In 189 1 he became engaged in mer- he is a past president, and has worked faith- 

chandising at Mainville, doing a general busi- fully for its success ; he was formcrlv a mem- 

ness. By honorable dealing and accommodat- ber of Camp No. 205. which he joined Aug. 16. 

mg service he built up a large trade, and he also 1887. when only sixteen years old. He is 

acted as postmaster at Mainville, established associated with the Grange and takes an active 



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interest in its doings, and fraternally he is a 
high Mason, belonging to Catawissa Lodge, 
No. 349, F. & A. M.; Catawissa Chapter, R. 
A. M., of which he is a past high priest; and 
Caldwell Consistory (thirty-second degree), 
of Bloomsburg. 

On April 6, 1893, Mr. Zehner married Lil- 
lian Fox, who was born Feb. 3, 1874, in 
Catawissa township, Columbia Co., Pa., daugh- 
ter of Theodore and Amelia (Wesner) Fox, 
of Main township, Columbia county, and they 
have had four children : Helen, Grace, Nina 
and Emma, the last named dying when two 
years old. 

MILLER. The Miller family is an old 
and honored one in Foundryville, Columbia 
county, where its representatives have lived 
for many years. The first of the family of 
whom anything definite is known was a miller 
and distiller at Foundryville. 

Reuben Miller, son of the above, married 
Sarah Hill, daughter of Daniel and Catherine 
(Kisner) Hill, and they had the following 
children : Ash ; Charley ; John, who was a 
farmer of Salem township ; Celestine, de- 
ceased ; Kate, deceased ; Elizabeth, deceased ; 
Clara, wife of Clemuel Bower, of Foundry- 
ville; and Daniel H. Reuben Miller was also 
a miller and distiller at Foundryville. He and 
his wife are buried at Beach Haven, Luzerne 
county. In religion they inclined to the 
Methodist faith. 

Daniel H. Miller (deceased) was born 
Aug. 13, 1845, ^t or near Milton. Early de- 
veloping business ability of a high order, he 
became associated with many industrial enter- 
prises of Foundryville and was a prominent 
man, whose demise, on June 6, 1900, was a 
loss to the community as well as to his imme- 
diate family. Although not a member of any 
religious organization he attended service at 
the Methodist Church of Foundryville and 
was honored by its congregation, for he was 
earnest in his life and liberal in his contribu- 
tions. A Republican in politics, he lived up to 
his beliefs, and served conscientiously as a 
school director for several years. With the 
exception of a few years spent in work at the 
carpenter's trade Daniel H. Miller spent his 
life in promoting and conducting industrial 
enterprises and was associated with heavy dis- 
tilling and milling interests. His connection 
with a concern assured its ultimate success, 
for his fellow citizens knew and appreciated 
his uprightness and keen business sense and 
trusted in his judgment. 

Mr. Miller married Anna M. Moore of 

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Salem township, born Aug. 9, 1845, a daugh- 
ter of William and Martha (Evans) Moore, 
farming people of Luzerne county, Pa., and 
one of a family of seven children born to her 
parents. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Miller be- 
came the parents of children as follows : Kate 
M., born Sept. 5, 1863, married R. T. Freas 
and died Feb. 12, 1912, at the age of forty- 
eight years, leaving her husband and three 
children ; Emma S., born Aug. 16, 1865, mar- 
ried Reuben Canouse, and they live on a farm 
in Salem township with their four children; 
Reuben M., born Dec. 20, 1867, an employe of 
the American Car and Foundry Company of 
Berwick, married Verna Edwards and has one 
child; William M., born July 6, 1870, who 
lives at Berwick, is in the employ of the 
American Car and Foundry Company of that 
place; Grace D., born Sept. 20, 1873, residing 
at Scranton, is the wife of John Rabert, a 
builder, and has a daughter, Mary, born Feb. 
2, 1896; Harry D. is mentioned at length 
further on; Oliver Franklin, born June 6, 
1884, died Oct. 30, 1906, as the result of an 
accident. The mother of the above family 
survives and makes her home at North Ber- 
wick. She enjoys the respect and affection of 
a wide circle of acquaintances, while in her 
family she is the center of deep love. 

Harry D. Miller, son of Daniel H. Miller, 
was born in Foundryville, Pa., Oct. 20, 1877. 
Growing up at that place, he was educated in 
the excellent schools there, and then learned 
mechanical engineering. After his father's 
death, he conducted the gristmill which his 
father had owned and then entered into a 
partnership with his brother, William M., con- 
ducting the "Silver Brook Hotel" at Foundry- 
ville. Later he bought out his brother's inter- 
est and conducted the hotel alone until 19 14. 
His experience as a hotelkeeper covered a 
period of nine years. The house was patron- 
ized generously by the traveling public, and 
those who had once been his guests were glad 
to return, for they appreciated the quality of 
service and excellence of food. Mr. Miller is 
now engaged with the Berwick Water Com- 
pany as general repairman, doing carpenter- 
ing, pipe work, etc. 

On Nov. 6, 1907, Mr. Miller was united in 
marriage with Carrie Myers, born June 13, 
1886, a daughter of Christopher and Clara 
(Berger) Myers, her father a lumberman 
and farmer, who lived at Nanticoke. Mrs. 
Miller was one of a family of two sons and 
three daughters born to her parents. Mr. and 
Mrs. Miller have two daughters: Genevieve 



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who was born Nov. 27, 191 1, and Dorothy Co., Pa., son of Charles Henry and Hannah 

Margaret, born April 4, 1914. (Hess) Carrathers. 

Like his father Mr. Miller attends the Moses Carrathers, the great-grandfather of 
Methodist Church at Foundryville and sup- John Albert Carrathers, was a farmer of Ly- 
ports it liberally. He is a commissioner of coming county, having a property on Muncy 
Briarcreek township, and a substantial man in creek, near the headwaters, where he carried 
every respect. Socially he is a member of on farming and lumbering all of his life. He 
Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M., and of and his wife were buried at the stone school- 
Berwick Aerie, No. 1281, F. O. E., of Berwick, house at North Mountain. They were the 

parents of the following children: Thomas, 

JOSEPH COHEN, M. D., a physician and born Nov. 18, 1797; Jane, born March 14, 

suro-eon of Berwick, Columbia county, was 1800; John F., born June 18, 1802; Nancy, 

born at Bloomsburg, Pa., Nov. 14, 1884, son born Oct. 12, 1806; William, born Feb. 21, 

of Lewis and Flora (Alexander) Cohen. 1809; Mary D., born July 16, 181 1 ; and James 

Lewis Cohen was born at Nagle, Germany, Wilson, bom July 11, 1814. Moses Carrathers 
of German parents, and came to the United was a Democrat in politics, and his religious 
States when only sixteen years old. From faith was that of the Methodist Church. 
New York he removed to Pittston, Pa., went James \Mlson Carrathers, son of Moses 
back to New York, and was in that city when Carrathers, and grandfather of John Albert 
the Civil war broke out. He enlisted and Carrathers, was born in Lycoming county, 
served bravely with a New York regiment. Pa., July 11, 1814, and there obtained his edu- 
At the close of hostilities he returned to New cation in the public schools. He was reared to 
York City, but later had business connections the vocation of farming, and for many years 
at Bloomsburg, where he is now living retired, worked as a hand among the neighboring 
For some years he was engaged in the manu- agriculturists, also being the owner of a tract 
facture of cigars. His wife, a native of the of fifteen acres and working at lumbering and 
same place as her husband, died in February, shingle-making. He was buried at Buckhom 
1892. They had children as follows : Alex- and his wife at Lairdsville. They were active 
ander, who is deceased; Lena, who married members of the Methodist Church, and Mr. 
Lesser Alexander, of Bloomsburg; Esther; Carrathers was a Democrat. James W. Car- 
Eugene, who resides at Bloomsburg ; Joseph ; rathers married Mary F. Richart, a daughter 
Isadore, who is a resident of Detroit ; and two of John and Rachel Richart, and they became 
who died in infancy. the parents of children as follows : Sarah 

Joseph Cohen attended the Bloomsburg Jane, born Sept. 2, 1839, who married John 

public schools, and was graduated from the Foster, of Michigan ; Esther Ann. born Aug. 

high school in 1900 and the State Normal in 26, 1841, who married Augustus Moyer — both 

1902. He then took his medical course, at the deceased; William Joshua, born Feb. 10, 1844, 

University of Pennsylvania, being graduated who died while ser\'ing in the Union army 

therefrom in 1906. Entering the State Hos- during the Civil war; Charles Henr}' ; and 

pital at Scranton, Pa., he spent a year in ac- Albert Clinton, born May 15, 1848. 

quiring a very acceptable and valuable ex- Charles Henry Carrathers, son of James 

perience, and in 1907 came to Berwick, where Wilson Carrathers, and father of John Albert 

he has since been in general practice. He is a Carrathers. was born April 16, 1846. near 

member of the county and State medical so- Lairdsville, Lycoming Co., Pa., and received 

cieties. Fraternally he belongs to the Berwick his early education in the public schools at 

Lodge, B. P. O. Elks. Dr. Cohen is the phy- Unityville. He was nine years old when his 

sician for the American Car and Foundry father died, and following this he attended 

Company at this point. school at Derrs, in Jackson township. Colum- 

On Aug. 25, 191 1, Dr. Cohen was married bia county, for a time, working on the farms 

to E. Grace Vaughn, born at Honesdale, Pa., in that neighborhood until he became of age. 

a daughter of Albert Vaughn. Prior to her For about fourteen years he was also engaged 

marriage Mrs. Cohen was a trained nurse at in huckstering from Waller to Nanticoke and 

Berwick. Plymouth, and also had a general store at 

Hunlock Creek for six vears. but on account 

JOHN ALBERT CARRATHERS, who is of ill health went out of business and moved 
engaged in truck farming in Briarcreek town- to Berwick, Pa., where for three years he con- 
ship, Columbia Co., Pa., was born Aug. 27. ducted a confectionery store. He is now re- 
1882, at Polk Corners, near Waller, Columbia tired. He is a Democrat in politics, and has 



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served as overseer of the poor in Jackson for sixteen years was postmaster at Polk- 

township. His reli.e^ious connection is with the ville. He and his wife were members of the 

United EvangeHcal Church at Berwick, and United EvangcHcal Church, and were buried 

while a resident of Waller he acted as class in the Waller cemetery. Mr. Hess was first 

leader. His first wife, Sarah Jane (Sanders), married to Mary Roberts, and they became the 

is buried at Faus's Church, in Lycoming ])arents of these children: Thomas Y., who 

county. On March 2T, 1878, Mr. Carrathers married Araminta Alberson ; Edward, who 

was married (second) to Hannah Hess, who died at the age of twenty-one years; Josiah, 

was born at Polkville, Jackson township, who died young; Harriet, deceased, who was 

Columbia Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1848, daughter of the wife of I'aul Klinger, also deceased; and 

John P. and Susanna (Robbins) Hess, and Samuel Y., who married Malinda Cole. Mr. 

to this union were born the following children : Hess married for his second wife Ann (or 

Elmer G., who was killed on the D. L. & W. Susanna) Robbins, who was born March 25, 

railroad, at the age of fifteen years ; Catherine 1805, in Columbia county, Pa., daughter of 

A., who married A. B. Dodson, of Berwick; Jonathan and Tamar (Hagerman) Robbins, 

and lohn Albert. The mother of these chil- and to this vmion were born children as fol- 

dren received her education in the schools of lows: Elizabeth, the widow of M. M. G. 

Waller. She is a Sunday school teacher in Hess ; Hannah, who married Charles Henry 

the United Evangelical Church, and like her Carrathers ; and Jonathan and Mary, who 

husband is widely and favorably known in both died young. 

Berwick and the vicinity. John Albert Carrathers, son of Charles 

Paul Hess, the maternal great-grandfather Henry Carrathers, received his early educa- 
of John Albert Carrathers, came from North- tion in the public schools of Jackson township, 
ampton county, Pa., with his wife Hannah and later pursued his studies in Hemlock 
(Yorks), and purchased a tract of 450 acres township. His first employment was driving 
of timberland in Columbia county. He a team for C. S. Turner & Company, at 
cleared this property, sold ofif a number of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and subsequently he held 
tracts and became one of the leading men of a like position with Farr & Young, bakers and 
his community. He was greatly interested in confectioners. He then became a loom fixer 
both religion and education, and donated the in the silk mill of Goldsmith & Company, and 
ground for the building of the Union church, in 1901 came to Berwick and was employed in 
cemetery and schoolhouse. He and his wife the soft iron foundry of the American Car 
were members of the United Evangelical and Foundry Company for one year, as a fur- 
Church, and they were buried in the Waller nace helper in the rolling mills for three years, 
cemetery. Mr. Hess's political belief was that as a puddler for four years, and as a press 
of the Democratic party, and he was active in hand and crane runner for over two years, 
its ranks in Columbia county. He and his For nearly a year he was employed on con- 
wife were the parents of the following chil- crete work by Zimmerman & Kindig, and after 
dren: William, who married Ellen Robbins; leaving the employ of that concern was en- 
Benjamin, who married Eliza Richart; John gaged in farming on a tract of ten acres, 
P. ; Frederick, who married Susanna Whit- which he rented from Reuben Whitmire. He 
mire; Samuel Y., who married Louise Mos- is now farming the eighty-acre farm of Henry 
teller; Elizabeth, who married Jacob Keller; T. Edwards in Briarcreek township. Mr. 
Catherine, who married Samuel Priest and Carrathers is a Democrat in politics, but has 
(second) Joseph Yocum; Mary, who married not been particularly active. With his family 
William Roberts; and Sarah, who married he attends the Zwingli German Reformed 
Thomas Cole. Church at Berwick. 

John P. Hess, son of Paul Hess, and ma- Mr. Carrathers was united in marriage with 
ternal grandfather of John Albert Carrathers, Mary E. Lechleitner, who was born May 18, 
was born Oct. 7, 1807, in Columbia county, 1887, in Tumbling Run valley, Blythe town- 
Pa., and received his education in the public ship, Schuylkill Co.. Pa., daughter of John 
schools of Waller, Jackson township. He Henry and Alice (Miller) Lechleitner. Four 
early learned the trade of shoemaker, which children have been born to this union, namely : 
he followed at Polkville, and was the owner Hannah Alice, Jan. 29, 1906; Viola Lillian, 
of a farm of seventy-five acres, inherited from Feb. 26, 1908; William Henry, Jan. 13, 1909; 
his father. A Democrat in politics, he was and Delmar Lee, Sept. 2, 191 1. Mrs. Carra- 
active in township matters, serving as school thers was educated in the public schools of 
director, supervisor and in other offices, and Schuylkill county, which she attended until 



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attaining the age of twelve years, when she 
began making her own way in the world, 
working out in various farm homes in Schuyl 
kill and Columbia counties 
after coming to Berwick. 

John Henry Lechleitner is now a retired 
farmer and lives in West Berwick, Pa., where 
he owns property. He is a Democrat in his 
political views, and he and his wife are con- 
sistent members of the Zwingli German Re- 
formed Church of Berwick. Mr. Lechleitner 
married Alice Miller, and they have become 
the parents of the following children : Wil- 
liam, a resident of New York City, N. Y., 
married Hattie Herring; John is deceased; 
Anna became the wife of Charles Durham, of 
Sewickley, Allegheny Co., Pa. ; Emma mar- 
ried ]\Iurray Miller, of Berwick ; Lillian is 
the wife of Edward Gay, a resident of Phil- 
adelphia, Pa. ; Hazel became the wife of Frank 
Rudy, of Berwick; Mary E. is the wife 
of John A. Carrathers; Oliver M. married 
Addie Davis, and lives at Berwick ; Harry 
and Titus live with their parents at West Ber- 
wick. Both the Carrathers and Lechleitner 
families are widely known in Columbia 
county, and their members are filling honor- 
able positions in various fields of life's 
activities. 

Jonas Lechleitner, grandfather of Mrs. Car- 
rathers, lived in the West Penn valley, in 
Penn township, Schuylkill Co., Pa., where he 
followed farming, and he taught school in his 
own home during the winters before there 
were any public schools in that section. He 
and his wife, Anna Rebecca (Beahler), are 
buried in that township. He passed away at 
the age of forty-five years, she living to the 
age of eighty-two. They were members of the 
German Refomied Church. They had the fol- 
lowing children : John Henry ; Ambrose, who 
married Amanda Sessaman ; Jefferson, un- 
married ; Washington, unmarried ; Albert, 
who married Josephine Ringer; and Jonas, 
unmarried. 

Mrs. Alice (Miller) Lechleitner was a 
daughter of Abram Miller, a native of Mauch 
Chunk, Pa., and a miner by occupation. He 
was a fine musician, an accomplished violin 
player. He died and is buried at EHzabeth, N. 
J. By his first wife, Anna (Confer), Mr. 
Miller had the following children : Stephen 
married Matilda Shipton and made his home 
at Lansford, Pa. ; Ada, Mrs. Ramaley, lives in 
Mahoning Valley, Carbon Co., Pa. ; Alice is 
the wife of John H. Lechleitner; Maria, de- 
ceased, was the wife of John Herring. The 
mother of this family is buried at Mauch 



Chunk. The father married for his second 

wife Mrs. Emma Hoft', and they moved to 

Elizabeth, N. J. By this union he had four 

She was married children, James, Joseph, Harry and Bertram. 



THEODORE L. SMITH, a blacksmith of 
Bloomsburg, was bom in Northampton 
county. Pa., Nov. 27, 1859, son of William 
Smith. His grandfather Smith lived in New 
York State. 

William Smith went to Lehigh county. Pa., 
in young manhood, and being a gunsmith by 
trade found ready employment, following his 
calling all of his active life. He married Eliza- 
beth Wright, of Northampton county, where 
both died and are buried in the cenietery con- 
nected with Belfast Church in that county. 
Their children were : Amanda, who married 
Walter \'aux; Elizabeth, who married John 
Clifton; John, who is living in Lehigh count} ; 
Catherine, who married John Rader; Isaac, 
who is deceased ; Malinda, who married Wil- 
liam Fogle ; Rebecca, who married Owen 
Rader; William, deceased; Frank, who is liv- 
ing in Philadelphia ; Ellen, who married O. C. 
Heffner; Cecilia, who married Adam Walter; 
Thomas, who is living in Northampton 
county ; Theodore L. ; George, who is de- 
ceased ; and Irwin, who is living in Dayton, 
Ohio. 

Theodore L. Smith was sent to the local 
schools and was brought up in Northampton 
county, where he worked on a farm until he 
was seventeen years old. At that time he be- 
gan learning the trade of blacksmith in his 
naii\e county, and remained there until he at- 
tained his majority, at which time he went to 
Michigan and spent a year. Returning to 
Pennsylvania, he worked at his trade at Mertz- 
town, Berks Co., Pa., where he remained about 
six years. Mr. Smith then left for Scranton, 
Pa., but after eighteen months in that city, 
in March. 1887, came to Bloomsburg, to en- 
gage with M. C. Sloan & Bros. After si.x 
years in the employ of this firm he bought out 
his employers and has since conducted the 
business, moving to his present location in 

1902. He is now conveniently located on the 
Light Street road, off Main street, and carries 
on a general blacksmith and repairing bus- 
iness, having a large trade. 

In 18S7 Mr. Smith was married to Amanda 
Stout, a daughter of George Stout, of ALixa- 
tawny township, Berks Co.. Pa. She died in 

1903. in a hospital at Pottstown. Pa., and is 
buried in Rosemont cemetery, Bloomsburg. 
Three children were born of this marriage : 
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schools and the Bloomsburo^ State Normal, 
now teaching and living at home ; Cleo Wil- 
liam, who is assisting his father ; and Theo- 
dore Paul, who is attending school. Mr. 
Smith married (second) Mrs. Edith \\ (Ed- 
mond) Lewis, the widow of William Lewis, 
and by this miion there are two children, 
Elizabeth V. and Henry E. 

Mr. Smith is a Republican, has served as a 
member of the city council, and is now on the 
city board of health, being president of the 
board. He is one of the managers of Rose- 
mont cemetery, at Bloomsburg. Fraternally 
Mr. Smith belongs to the Odd Fellows and 
K. G. E. The Reformed Church holds his 
membership and he is serving as an elder. He 
is one of the reliable, hard-working, respected 
men of his community, one who has earned 
everything he has gained. 

ARCHER AVERILL (deceased), who 
was for years engaged in dealing in ice at Ber- 
wick, Columbia Co., was born Feb. 28, 1847, 
at Bloomfield, Md., and was a son of W^illiam 
and Mary (Holt) Averill. 

William Averill was born in Dauphin 
county. Pa., and moved to Bloomfield, Md., at 
an early date, there becoming one of the lead- 
ing cattle dealers of the State. In later years 
he moved to Lancaster county, Pa., and there 
spent the remainder of his life, meeting with 
an accidental death. Subsequently his widow 
came to Columbia county, where she made her 
home with her only son until her death, in 
1888. 

Archer Averill spent his boyhood days in 
Lancaster county, \yhere he secured a liberal 
education in the public schools. When a 
youth of seventeen years he enlisted, in Com- 
pany D, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, under Capt. Charles Crash and Col. 
Joseph Lester, for service during the Civil 
war. The regiment was sent to Baltimore, 
Md., July 24, 1864, and thence to Monocacy 
Junction, where on the 3d of September it 
joined the 8th Brigade. Mr. Averill was hon- 
orably discharged Nov. 4, 1864, at Harrisburg, 
Pa., and reenlisted, in Company G, 76th Penn- 
SAdvania Volunteer Infantry, securing his hon- 
orable discharge therefrom June 18, 1865. He 
took a lifelong interest in the work of the 
Grand Army of the Republic, and was a mem- 
ber of Capt. C. G. Jackson Post, No. 159, of 
Berwick, while his wife is still a member of 
Woman's Relief Corps, No. 136. At the close 
of the war Mr. Averill returned to Lancaster 
county, and resided there until September, 
1876, then coming to Berwick, where he be- 



came an employee of the Jackson Woodin 
Manufacturing Company. A short time 
thereafter he embarked in the ice business, 
soon enlarged his plant, cut ice on the river, 
built up a large trade, and continued to carry 
on this business until his retirement, several 
years before his death, when he turned the 
business over to his sons. He died Dec. 14, 
1910, when his city lost a good and public- 
spirited citizen. 

On May 25, 1872, Mr. Averill was married 
to Margaret Smith, a native of Jersey City, N. 
J., and daughter of James and Mary ( Garri- 
gan) Smith, natives of Ireland, the former 
born in County Mayo and the latter in County 
Cavan. When they came to the United States 
they settled at Jersey City, Mr. Smith being 
there engaged in railroad and canal work. 
After coming to Berwick, where he was en- 
gaged in work on the Pennsylvania canal, he 
made his home with his daughter until his 
death, in 1906, when he had attained the re- 
markable age of ninety-three years. Mrs. 
Smith died in 1876, in Lancaster county. 
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith : James J. and Edward P., both de- 
ceased ; and Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. z\verill 
had two children : Edward F., born Dec. 2, 
1874, and Archer B., born Dec. 26, 1875, who 
are conducting the ice business founded by 
their father. Edward F. married Ella Frantz, 
a native of Columbia county, and they have 
five children. Archer B. married Mary Half- 
penny, of Rohrsburg, Pa., and they have three 
children. 

Mrs. Averill is a consistent member of St. 
Mary's Catholic Church of Berwick. Mr. 
Averill was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. He was a Democrat, but ncAcr had 
political aspirations. 

MRS. LYDIA ALICE BREDBENXER, 
of Dorranceton, Luzerne Co., Pa., was born 
Jan. I, 1858, in Miftlin township, Columbia 
county, daughter of Abram and Elizabeth 
Pendred (Clark) Schweppenheiser. 

Philip Schweppenheiser, the great-grand- 
father of Mrs. Bredbenner, w^as born in Gen- 
singen. Germany, in 1754, and died in Amer- 
ica, whither he had emigrated in young man- 
hood. He married Sophronica Brunner, also 
of Gensingen, Germany, and they are buried 
in the Mifflin cemetery. They were the par- 
ents of the following children : Jacob, who 
married Rebecca Sutton ; Philip, who married 
Catherine Fenstermacher ; Elizabeth, who mar- 
ried John Aten; Mary, who died unmarried; 
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berger; and Susan, who married William 
Miller. All the children were buried in Mif- 
flin cemetery. Philip Schweppenheiser par- 
ticipated in several severe battles during the 
Revolutionary war. His political belief was 
that of the Democratic party, and throughout 
his life he was a consistent Lutheran. 

Jacob Schweppenheiser, son of Philip 
Schweppenheiser, and grandfather of Mrs. 
Bredbenner, was born in Mifflin township, 
Columbia Co., Pa., in 1790, and died in 1865, 
when nearly seventy-six years of age. He 
married Rebecca Sutton, who was bom in 
New Jersey, and died about the year 188 1. 
They became the parents of the following chil- 
dren : Sarah Ann married Peter Grover, and 
both are buried in Brown's cemetery, Mifflin ; 
Lydia married John Shreck, and both are 
buried in Mifflin cemetery ; Abram married 
Elizabeth Pendred Clark, and they are buried 
in Mifflin cemetery ; Isaac married Julia Poff, 
and they are buried in Mifflin cemetery : 
Frances and Jacob are also buried in Mifflin 
cemetery; Horace, who married Frances Sey- 
bert, died at Hazleton. Pa. Jacob Schweppen- 
heiser, the father of this family, was a Demo- 
crat, but never cared for public preferment 
and did not seek office. He was a German 
Lutheran in his religious faith, and adhered 
devotedly to his belief. Mr. Schweppenheiser 
was a very wealthy man, ha\ing through in- 
dustry, thrift and good management acquired 
large tracts of farm land and much that was 
in timber. The old homestead of logs, which 
he erected, was bought by Jeremiah Houck, 
who recently tore it down, sawed up the old 
logs, and with the boards erected a new house ; 
it is situated on the Mainville road, a few 
miles out from Mifflinville. 

Abram Schweppenheiser, son of Jacob 
Schweppenheiser, and father of Mrs. Lydia 
A. Bredbenner, was born Jan. 3. 1822, and 
died June 9, 1909, in Mifflin township, Colum- 
bia county. His wife. Elizabeth Pendred 
Clark, was born Feb. 21, 1827, and died Dec 
5, 1910, in the same place, and both are 
buried in Mifflin cemetery. They were the 
parents of the following children : The eld- 
est, which was stillborn, and Frances Rebecca, 
who died young, are buried in Mifflin ceme- 
tery ; Catherine Rachel is the widow of Saron 
Hendershott; Eldora Summers married Mil- 
ton Lehman ; Lydia Alice married A. A. Bred- 
benner ; Martha Elma married Jacob Knecht ; 
Miranda Elizabeth married Rush Winter- 
steen ; Wilmina Jane married Walter Moomey. 

Abram Schweppenheiser was a Democrat in 
politics, and at various times was honored 



with election to public positions, holding on 
different occasions the offices of supervisor, 
overseer of the poor and school director. 
During his younger days he taught both Ger- 
man and English. He took a keen and active 
interest in the welfare of his community and 
in his public services displayed conscientious 
devotion to duty. He was also faithful as a 
member and worker of the German Lutheran 
Church, and donated the greater part of the 
money and material for bulding the church of 
that faith at Mifflin. Although he did not see 
active service himself as a soldier, he sup- 
plied the money to provide substitutes for a 
number of his neighbors and was the leader in 
acts of charity for many soldiers' families, 
where the men were called to go to the front. 
During the draft he was in the government 
service, taking the drafted men to Troy, N. Y., 
where he turned them over to the authorities. 
He retained his faculties to the very close of 
his long and useful life, and died surrounded 
by his children and grandchildren, with a 
handsome estate accumulated by the exercise 
of industry and good management, and con- 
tent in the knowledge that his life had been 
helpful to others. 

Mrs. Lydia AHce (Schweppenheiser) Bred- 
benner. daughter of Abram Schweppenheiser, 
was born Jan. i, 1858, in Mifllin township. 
Columbia Co., Pa., and there has spent the 
greater part of her life, although for some 
time she has resided at Dorranceton, Pa., at 
No. 40 John street. At this time she is inter- 
ested in general farming at West Mifflin, 
Mifflin township. She is well and favorably 
known to the members .of the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church, and is a prominent working 
member of the Ladies' Aid Society, in which 
she has many friends. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Bredbenner were born the following children: 
Abram Frederick, born Sept. 29, 1874. mar- 
ried Leora Allen, and they have four chil- 
dren, Frederick (now thirteen years old), 
Mazetta Gertrude (eleven), Frieda Mignon- 
ette (eight) and Philip Clyde (five) ; \\'arren 
Lacy, born Nov. 18, 1876, died when eleven 
years old and was buried in the Mifflin ceme- 
tery; William Clark, born March 8. 1879, 
married Caroline Werkheiser, and their chil- 
dren are Melborn Ambrose (thirteen years 
old). Eleanor Erda (eleven), Nell .Mice 
(nine), Elizabeth Augusta (eight), William 
Clark (five). Lane Caroline and Martha Es- 
tclla ; Nell Alice, born Sept. 21. i88t, married 
Ottis G. Marstiller; Elizabeth Pendred, boni 
June 24, 1887, married Clyde Keller and has 
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EDWARD J. SPONENBERG is one of 
the best known and most respected citizens of 
Berwick, Pa., where in the position of pur- 
chasing agent for the Berwick Store Company 
he has every opportunity to meet the farmers 
of the county as well as the residents of the 
borough. He was born in Briarcreek town- 
ship, Columbia county, Dec. 2, 1871, and is 
descended from some of the first German set- 
tlers of the county. 

Daniel Sponenberg, his grandfather, was 
born in February, 1803, at Liverpool, Bucks 
Co., Pa., and had a common school education. 
He was one of the builders of the section of 
the Pennsylvania canal from Rupert to Ber- 
wick, in 1828, his business being contracting 
and bridge building. Later he retired to live 
on his farm. On Feb. 5, 1829, at Briarcreek, 
he married Hannah, daughter of John and 
Mary (Gulp) Shellhammer, and they had 
these children : James, who married Mary 
Jane Garney; Mary Jane, wife of Samuel 
Gensil; Alexander, who died young; Fannie 
M.; Legrand, who married Alice Fortner (he 
went to the Civil war as a cavalryman) : 
Abraham, w^io died young; Mahala, wife of 
Reuben Moyer; John Leonard; and Dorcas 
D., wife of Dr. David Krebb. Daniel Spon- 
enberg died March 3, 1856, and his wife 
Hannah died in 1889. 

John L. Sponenberg, the father of Edward 
J., was born March 28, 1846, in Briarcreek 
township, and attended the country schools 
while working on the home farm. For a time 
after his marriage he resided in Berwick, but 
later returned to Briarcreek. He was a Demo- 
crat and a member of the Methodist Church. 
He married Emma, daughter of Edward and 
Emma (Bomboy) Hartman, and they had 
children as follows : Edward ]., born Dec. 2, 
1871, and Margaret, born March 15, 1880. 

Edward J. Sponenberg was educated in the 
schools of Briarcreek township. Soon after 
his schooldays he entered the rolling mill of 
the American Car and Foundry Company, 
where he served for three years under Eli 
Sherwood. He then entered the employ of 
the Berwick Store Company, as purchasing 
agent, which position he now holds. He has 
a beautiful home in Berwick, which he built 
in 1907, and he is to be found in the forefront 
of all that makes for the welfare and progress 
of his adopted town. He is a member of the 
First Methodist Episcopal Church and is 
greatly interested in the work of that denom- 
ination. Strictly independent in politics, he 
is not swayed by party influences in his choice 
of candidates to support. 



In August, 1893, Mr. Sponenberg married 
Jennie Edora Mensinger, who was born 
March 21, 1872, in Berwick, daughter of Silas 
and Sarah (Warntz) Mensinger. Silas Men- 
singer was a cari)enter and followed that call- 
ing all his life. His children were as follows: 
John Franklin, All)ert Pierce, Ada Alice, 
Anna Belle, Jennie Edora and William Jacob. 
The parents were members of the Evangelical 
Church. Mr. Mensinger was a Democrat in 
politics. He died April 2, 1890, aged fifty-one 
years, and is buried at Shafi^er Church, in Lu- 
zerne county. His wife died aged sixty years, 
and is buried at Cabin Run, Columbia county. 

Mr. and Mrs. Sponenberg have two chil- 
dren: Ray Albert, born Oct. 12, 1902, and 
Aletha Fae, born Dec. 24, 1908. Mr. Sponen- 
berg is a member of Berwick Lodge No. 246, 
I. O. O. F., and Washington Camp No. 105, 
P. O. S. of A. Mrs. Sponenberg is a mem- 
ber of Queen Esther Temple, No. 4, L. G. E. 

GEORGE W. JOHNSON, who conducts a 
plumbing, heating and tinning business at 
West Berwick, was born at Beaver Valley, 
Columbia Co., Pa., July 21, 1874, son of 
Henry T. and Nancy Jennie (Deuel) John- 
son, and grandson of Samuel Johnson. 

Samuel Johnson came from Norristown, 
Montgomery Co., Pa., where he was married 
to Mary Storay, and was an early settler in 
this section of Pennsylvania, where he en- 
gaged in farming. His death at the age of 
eighty-two years occurred in Beaver Valley, 
Columbia county, and his wife lived to about 
the same age. They are buried in Mountain 
Grove cemetery. 

Henry T. Johnson, son of Samuel, was born 
Sept. 12, 1849, in Columbia county. In his 
earlier years he followed farming, but later 
gave the larger part of his attention to milling, 
conducting mills at Nanticoke, at Hunlock 
Creek and at Wilkes-Barre, the family living 
at these points in the meanwhile. He married 
Nancy Jennie Deuel, born Nov. 23, 1854, and 
they now live on La Salle street, Berwick. 
Mr. Johnson is now employed as a finisher in 
the passenger car department of the American 
Car and Foundry Company. Two brothers 
of Henry T. Johnson, Josiah W. and Aaron 
B., both now deceased, served as soldiers in 
the Civil war. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Johnson have 
been born children as follows: (i) George 
W. was born July 21, 1874. (2) Lucy A., 
born May 19, "1875, married Wilbur Culver, 
and they live at Broadway, Luzerne county. 
They have children, Arthur, Earl Eugene, 



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and Florence Irene. (3) Hannah C, bom 
Aug. 27, 1878, is with the National Biscuit 
Company in New York City. (4) Boyd R., 
born Ian. 28, 1881, is assisting his brother 
George in the plumbing business. (5) Samuel 
was born May 16, 1886. The parents are 
members of St. Paul's United Evangelical 
Church of West Berwick. 

Nancy Jennie Deuel, the mother, was born 
in what was at that time Union (now Hun- 
lock) township, Luzerne county, a daughter of 
George E. Deuel, who was born Nov. 4, 1814, 
and died in January, 1881, aged sixty-six 
years. He was a farmer for a number of 
years, but later became a coal digger, follow- 
ing that occupation almost to the time of his 
death. He married Teresa Harvey, who was 
born in November, 1816, and died aged 
seventy-three years. They had the following 
children: Lucy A., deceased, married Jacob 
Reese ; Jeremiah B. married Rose Cragle and 
lives at Nanticoke, Luzerne county ; Nancy 
Jennie is Mrs. Johnson. George Deuel was a 
Republican in politics, and a member of the 
Methodist Church, which he served as deacon. 
He and his wife are buried in the Case ceme- 
tery at Jackson, Luzerne county. 

Jeremiah Deuel, the grandfather of Mrs. 
Johnson, was a farmer, first in Union town- 
ship, Luzerne county, moving from there to 
Plymouth township, where he found employ- 
ment in the roundhouse of the Delaware, 
Lackawanna & Western railroad. He married 
a Douty and had the following children : 
Jonas, who married Emma Brace ; Albert ; 
John, who married Fannie Hunlock ; George ; 
Charlotte, Mrs. John Arnold ; and Lucy, Mrs. 
John Glass. Jeremiah Deuel was a Republi- 
can in politics. 

George W. Johnson obtained his education 
while the family home was at Nanticoke. For 
four years he was connected with the Retreat 
for the Insane near Nanticoke, and he is a 
graduate nurse. Previous to going to New 
York, where he attended a mechanical school 
and learned his present business, he was en- 
gaged for a time in a mercantile business at 
Middletown, N. Y., and while in New York 
he was in the employ of the Hudson River 
Telephone Company for one year. In 1905 
Mr. Johnson came to Berwick and for three 
years was in the employ of the American Car 
and Foundry Company at the end of that 
period embarking in business for himself in 
West Berwick ; he operates over a large ter- 
ritory. He resides with his parents, and with 
them belongs to St. Paul's United Evangelical 
Church. He is a member of Centennial 



Lodge No. 927, Independent Order. of Odd 
Fellows, at Wilkes-Barre. Politically he is in- 
dependent. 

JOSEPH H. CATTERALL, superintend- 
ent of the rolling mills of the American Car & 
Foundry Company's plant at Berwick, Pa., 
was born in Bolton, England, Oct. 6, 1861, and 
is a son of Ralph C. H., grandson of Joseph 
and great-grandson of Ralph Catterall. The 
family is of English ancestr}^ Ralph tatterall, 
the great-grandfather, was born in Wigan, 
England. He had six children, as follows : 
Thomas. Samuel, John, Ralph, James and 
Joseph. 

Joseph Catterall was born in Bolton. Eng- 
land, in 1799, and educated in the common 
schools of the town. He learned the trade of 
machinist, which he followed most of his life. 
In 181 5 he joined the British army and served 
for one year in the Home Guards, taking part 
in the battle of Waterloo. In 1871 he came 
to Fall River. Mass., where he worked at his 
trade until his death in 1874. By his wife 
Alice ( Norris) he had four children: Eliza, 
wife of Emmanuel Etchels ; Ralph Charles 
Henry; Louisa, who died young; and Alice, 
who married John Holt and George Frost. 

Rev. Ralph C. H. Catterall was born in Bol- 
ton, England. May 3, 1840, and obtained his 
education in the public schools of Bolton and 
Manchester, under Rev. John Martin, form- 
erly missionary to Sierra Leone. At the age 
of fourteen he was apprenticed to the carpen- 
ter's trade for seven years, but in a short time 
ran away and enlisted in the 6ist Rifles of the 
British army. His mother, however, obtained 
his discharge and he returned to his trade until 
the age of seventeen, when he began to preach 
the gospel, also studying medicine at the same 
time. After a year of these studies at Leeds 
he returned to his apprenticeship with John 
Raymond, of ^lanchester, and Dobson & Bar- 
low, of Bolton. 

Rev. Mr. Catterall was united in marriage 
with Caroline Reed, of Burslem. StaflFordshire. 
a place noted for its potteries. They had eight 
children, as follows: (i) Joseph^ Henry is 
mentioned below. (2) Ralph, born March 
29, 1866. in Bolton, England, was educated 
in the pul)lic schools and at r>uckncll 
University, from which he was graduated in 
1 891. He then attended Harvard University, 
and was honored by the University of Chicago, 
which gave him the degree of doctor of phil- 
osophy. He was an instructor in Chicago 
University until 1902. when he was appointed 
assistant professor of history at Cornell Uni- 



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versity. In 1905 he was made professor of 
modern European history at Cornell, which 
position he held at the time of his death, Aug. 
3, 1914. He was a member of the American 
Historical Association, American Antique 
Society, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Delta 
Gamma. On June 24, 1896, he was married 
to Helen Honor Tunnicliffe. (3) William, 
born April 10, 1868, at Bolton, lives at 
Lebanon, Pa., and is rolling mill superintend- 
ent for the American Iron & Steel Com- 
pany. He married Margaret Fortner, of Nes- 
copeck. (4) Albert, born Dec. 15, 1869, at 
Fall River, Mass., died there. (5) Alfred, 
born Nov. 19, 1873, at Mahanoy City, mar- 
ried Eva Fenstermacher and lives in Hawley, 
Pa. (6) George, born Nov. 3, 1875, at Leh- 
man Center, Luzerne county, married Sarah 
Blank and lives in Berwick. (7) James, born 
Nov. 3, 1877, at Lehman Center, died near 
Scranton, Feb. 20, 1887. (8) Charles, born 
June 6, 1880, at Berwick, Pa., died Nov. 26, 
1880. 

Rev. Mr. Catterall went to Liverpool in 
1862 and to Bolton in 1865, working at carpen- 
tering and preaching until 1869. He then 
sailed for America, the voyage lasting from 
Aug. 14th to Sept. 21 St. He located at Fall 
River, Mass., being first employed at carpenter 
work and then at patternmaking, and then re- 
mained at Fall River until June i, 1873, when 
he turned to preaching. He preached at Ma- 
hanoy City four years ; Lehman, near Har- 
vey's Lake, four years; Plymouth, one year; 
Berwick, from Feb. 28, 1880, to April i, 1884; 
Peckville, until Jan. 11, 1888; Port Allegany, 
from Jan. 8, 1889, to Sept. 5, 1891 ; Watson- 
town, until 1894; Wyoming, until Sept. 30, 
1899. He then went to Berwick to work for 
the American Car & Foundry Company, but 
sustained an injury to his hand and had to 
cease work. In April, 1905, he left Berwick 
to preach in the Presbyterian church at Haw- 
ley, where he supplied for a year, and then 
served for one year as pastor of the Baptist 
Church there. In 1910 he left for Berwick, 
where he afterwards lived retired, occasionally 
preaching on request. His death occurred 
Dec. 28, 1913, at Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Mr. Catterall was a Prohibitionist, but 
not active in the party, although in England 
he was prominent in politics and voted for 
Gladstone. He was a Baptist, and a member 
of Brevard Lodge, No. 113, F. & A. M., of 
Coca, Fla. His wife, Caroline Reed, born 
March 28, 1838. died Nov. 5, 1910. They are 
buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Berwick. 

Joseph H. Catterall moved to Berwick in 



1880 and went to work in the erecting shop of 
the Jackson & Woodin Company, later being 
employed as clerk in the rolling mills. In 1890 
he was promoted to the superintendency, and 
when in 1899 the plant was taken over by the 
American Car & Foundry Company, he re- 
tained the position which he still holds. Mr. 
Catterall married, Sept. 25, 1883, Jennie 
Frantz, daughter of Emanuel Frantz, a native 
of Wurtemberg, Germany, and they have had 
two children: Anna, born Aug. 5, 1884, and 
Joseph H., born Jan. 25, 1891. Mr. and Mrs. 
Catterall are both members of the Baptist 
Church of Berwick, and he is president of its 
board of trustees. He is connected with the 
Odd Fellows, the Knights of Malta and the 
Royal Arcanum. In his political views he is 
an adherent of the Republican party, and has 
been a member and chairman of the Repub- 
lican county committee. He has served his fel- 
low citizens as auditor and as president of the 
town council. He is a member of the board of 
directors of the Y. M. C. A., and has been 
president of the board of trustees of the Ber- 
wick Hospital, 1913-14. 

CHARLES R. REESE, assistant post- 
master at Berwick, Columbia Co., Pa., was 
born in that borough Feb. 14, 1881, son of 
Joseph G. and Mary Elizabeth (Dietterick) 
Reese, and grandson of James Reese. 

James Reese was born in Germany, and 
coming to the United States located at Pat- 
terson, now known as Mifilin, Pa., where he 
became a real estate dealer and hotel man. 

Joseph G. Reese was born at Mifflin, Pa., 
and learned the trade of carpenter. Coming 
to Berwick in 1879, he entered the employ of 
the Jackson & Woodin Company as a car 
builder, and then engaged with the American 
Car and Foundry Company as a rolling mill 
man. His wife was a daughter of John Diet- 
terick, born in Scotland, who upon coming to 
this country located at Thompson, Pa., \yhere 
he dealt in grain. Later he became sheriff of 
Juniata county, Pa., and still later was made 
a general car inspector for the Pennsylvania 
Railroad Company. Both Joseph G. Reese 
and his wife survive. They have had three 
children: Charles R. ; John P., who is de- 
ceased ; and Donald C, who is living at home. 

Charles R. Reese attended the Berwick 
schools and began his business career on June 
I, 1896, when he entered the Berwick post 
office as special delivery man. Later he 
started a private delivery of his own at Ber- 
wick, which he continued until July i, 1900. 
In that year he was made a clerk in the post 



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office, serving as such until Feb. 14, 1902, zerne county. This was the church he orig- 

when he was appointed assistant postmaster, inally joined, aUhough he later transferred to 

and has held that office ever since, being a the United Evangelical Church of Berwick, 

capable and efficient man. His wife died about 1895, aged fifty years. A 

On March 12, 1902, Mr. Reese was married Democrat, he served as a judge of election, 

to Bertha B. Linchbery, born in Walnut Val- Emanuel Garrison married Salinda Henry, 

ley, N. J., a daughter of Hiram C. and Mar- a daughter of Samuel H. and Margaret 

garet E. Linchbery, both of whom survive. (Rough) Henry, and they had the following 

They came to Berwick in 1902, in order that children : Samuel, who married Larilla Har- 

Mr. Linchbery might enter the employ of the mon, lives at Berwick; John married Cathe- 

American Car and Foundry Company. Mr. rine Miller, and both are deceased; Margaret 

and Mrs. Reese have one son, Ray C. They married Clement Harmon, of Berwick, now 

are members of the Presbyterian Church. also deceased ; Aaron is mentioned at length 

below ; Reuben, who married Annie Gensel, is 

AARON GARRISON, a farmer in Briar- overseer of the T. E. Hyde stock farm in 

creek township, Columbia county, was born in Cooper township, Montour county ; Mary 

Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa., Nov. 2, married Moses Rowland, of Moosic, Pennsyl- 

1868, son of Emanuel Garrison. vania. 

John Garrison, grandfather of Aaron Gar- Aaron Garrison grew up in his native town- 
rison, was a farmer of Luzerne county, Pa. ship, where he attended the district schools. 
He was a member of the United Evan- Remaining with his father until he attained 
gelical Church in Salem township, that his majority, Mr. Garrison became a core- 
county, and he and his wife were buried in maker and for the following twelve years was 
the graveyard connected with that church, in the employ of the Jackson & Woodin 
Their children were: Abner; John Wesley, Alanufacturing Company, now the American 
who married Larilla Harmon — both deceased ; Car and Foundry Company, of Berwick. 
Norman, who married Hannah B. Henry — Later he became assistant foreman in the 
both deceased; Burtus, who has been thrice frame shop, having charge of quite a number 
married and has lost all three wives, the first of men. Desiring a change, he began farm- 
dying some place in the West, the second, ing, and worked for himself and his father-in- 
who was a Miss Parks, dying in Pennsylvania, law, the latter being the owner of twenty-four 
as did the third, who was a Miss Dehaven ; acres of land near Berwick Heights in Briar- 
Jacob, who married Susan Ritter, and lives at creek township. Mr. Garrison was overseer 
Berwick; and Emanuel. In political faith for the farms owned by C. R. Woodin, and 
John Garrison was a Democrat. also attended to keeping the roads leading to 

Emanuel Garrison, son of John Garrison, them in good repair, occupying this respon- 
and father of Aaron Garrison, was born in sible position for several years, and the state 
Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa., where he of the properties showed the effect of his wise 
was educated. During his boyhood he assisted management. Since April i, 1914, he has been 
his father, and later served an apprenticeship operating his own farm. .\ Republican, Mr. 
to the carpenter's trade, although he became a Ciarrison is now serving as deputy constable of 
farmer, operating first in Salem township, Briarcreek township, and has also been a 
whence he came to Briarcreek township, Co- judge of election. He belongs to Washing- 
lumbia county. For four years he managed ton Camp No. 105, Berwick. P. O. S. of A. 
the 250-acre farm owned by Mordecai Jack- He is a member of the Methodist Church of 
son, this property all being under cultivation. Berwick, and for eight years held the office 
At the expiration of the four years Emanuel of superintendent of the Union Sunday 
Garrison moved to Centre township, same schools of North Berwick, being an en- 
county, where he operated 100 acres of land thusiastic Sunday school worker and largely 
for five years. During all of this time, while responsible for the interest shown in this 
attending to agricultural duties, he did con- branch of religious endeavor in his locality, 
siderable carpentering. With the close of the Aaron Garrison married Lydia Martz, who 
five-year period spent in Centre township he was born Sept. 16, 1867, a daughter of Isaac 
returned to Briarcreek township, and lived and Tenetta (Heavner) Martz, and they have 
retired with his daughter Mrs. Margaret Har- one child, Ezra, born Jan. 22, 1898, who lives 
mon, where he died in 1897. He and his wife with his parents at Berwick Heights, 
are buried in the graveyard surrounding lohn Martz, grandfather of Mrs. Garrison. 
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on his homestead in that locality after devot- 
ing his life to agricultural pursuits, in politics 
he was a Republican, but did not desire office. 
The Lutheran Church of Briar Creek held his 
membership, but he is buried at Martzville. 
The children of John Martz were : Lehman 
married Celesta Miller, and both are deceased; 
Mary married Daniel Hill, who is deceased; 
Rebecca married PI i ram R. Rower, of Ber- 
wick, Pa. ; Isaac is mentioned below. 

Isaac Martz, son of John Martz, and father 
of Mrs. Aaron Garrison, spent his entire life 
on the Martz homestead where his widow still 
resides, he having died in November, 1905, 
aged sixty-seven years. He was laid to rest in 
Pine Grove cemetery at Berwick. His educa- 
tional training was gained in Briarcreek town- 
ship, and he assisted his father until the lat- 
ter's death, when he inherited the property. 
There he carried on general farming, and be- 
came a man of prominence among his neigh- 
bors. Isaac Martz married Jenetta Heavner, 
a daughter of Frederick Heavner, and children 
as follows were born to this union : Martie 
married Samuel M. Pettey, of Martzville 
Road ; Lydia became Mrs. Garrison ; Frank 
married Eva Bower and lives at Foundryville, 
Pa. ; Aaron, who married Retta Shannon, lives 
at Berwick ; Mary is at home. Isaac Martz 
was a Republican in politics, and fraternally 
belonged to Washington Camp No. 105, P. O. 
S. of A., of Berwick. The Methodist Church 
held his membership. 

Mrs. Lydia (Martz) Garrison, daughter of 
Isaac Martz, and wife of Aaron Garrison, 
was bom in Briarcreek township Sept. 16, 
1867. Growing up in her native place, Mrs. 
Garrison attended the schools of the district, 
and remained at home until her marriage. 
This home was at Berwick Heights, where her 
father spent his life. Mrs. Garrison is a 
valued member of the Ladies' Aid Society of 
the Methodist Church of Berwick. For the 
last nine years she has taught a class of young 
girls in the Sunday school, for like her hus- 
band she believes in active work in that de- 
partment, where young minds may be taught 
lessons of right living and high thinking. 

ECK. Miss Anna Eliza Eck, a resident of 
Berwick, is a great-granddaughter of a na- 
tive of Germany, who emigrated thence to the 
United States in young manhood, and located 
in Pennsylvania. In his early years he learned 
the trade of plasterer, and this he followed in 
connection with farming throughout his life. 
At the time of his retirement from active pur- 
suits he moved to Briarcreek township, Co- 



lumbia Co., Pa., where he spent his declining 
years in a pioneer log home. He and his 
worthy wife were laid to rest in the cemetery 
at Briar Creek. They were the parents of 
these children : John, who located at Wil- 
liamsport. Pa. ; Samuel, who located at Cata- 
wissa; David, and Joseph. 

Joseph Eck, grandfather of Anna Eliza 
Eck, was born in eastern Pennsylvania, and 
secured his education in the schools of Briar- 
creek township. He worked on the farm as a 
youth, and when not so engaged followed the 
trade of plasterer, which he had learned from 
his father. He cleared a farm of 190 acres, 
on which he erected a log house and barn, and 
also assisted in laying the piers of the old lier- 
wick bridge, which stood until washed away 
in 1899. Joseph Eck married Mary Ritten- 
house, daughter of William and Ann (Rook) 
Rittenhouse, the latter of whom came from 
Germany and settled at Germantown, Pa. 
Mr. and Mrs. Eck became the parents of chil- 
dren as follows : Sarah Ann, deceased, mar- 
ried John Bondman, deceased, and lived in 
Michigan; William went to Michigan and at 
the age of sixty years was elected a member of 
the Michigan State Legislature, in which he 
served four years, and he died when eighty- 
six years old ; Susanna Nice died Sept. 2, 
1869, aged fifty-eight years, two months, 
seven days ; Jonathan W. married Sallie Ann 
Freas, of Briarcreek township, and both are 
deceased ; Phoebe married Nelson Creveling, 
and both died at Three Rivers, Mich.; Eliza 
passed away Jan. 25, 1894, aged seventy-eight 
years, five months, eighteen days ; Amelia 
married Archibald Henry, of Kansas; Reese 
Millard completes the family. The father of 
the foregoing children was a Republican in 
politics, and for some years served as over- 
seer of the poor. In his later years he built a 
stone house on his farm, in which his son, 
Reese Millard Eck, and his granddaughter, 
Anna Eliza Eck, were both born. His relig- 
ious tendencies made him a Quaker. He 
passed away July 20, 1855, at the age of sev- 
enty-seven years, while his wife died June 20, 
1859, aged seventy-eight years, and they were 
buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Berwick. 

A distinguished member of this family is 
found in the person of David Rittenhouse, the 
great American astronomer, who was a second 
cousin of Mary (Rittenhouse) Eck, the 
grandmother of Anna Eliza Eck. He was born 
near Philadelphia, Pa., April 8, 1732, and died 
April 26, 1796. He worked on his father's 
farm up to the age of nineteen years, when he 
became a clockmaker, and thus drifted into 



812 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

the making of mathematical instruments. It doctrines He and his first wife were buried 
is said th?t when he first looked through a at Berwick, and his second wife at Millville, 
telescope at the heavens he fainted. In 1770 Pennsylvania ^r ,, ^^ 

he completed, from an improved model de- Mahlon Hicks, the maternal grandfather of 
vised by himself, an orrery, a planetary ma- Anna Eliza Eck, came to this section of Penn- 
chine used to illustrate and explain the motions sylvania considerably more than a century 
of the heavenly bodies. He was elected a ago from Philadelphia, settling at Hicks 
member of the American Philosophical So- Ferry, Luzerne county, and subsequently go- 
cietv ill 1768 and in 1769 made an observation ing to Millers' Grove, Columbia county, where 
of the transit of Venus. He was treasurer of he cleared a farm. His wife Ann belonged 
the State of Pennsylvania from 1777 until to the old and honored Millard family, one of 
1780- was professor of astronomy in the Uni- the foremost of this locality. Their eldest 
versity of Pennsylvania from 1779 until 1782; son, Mahlon Hicks, born Feb. 14, 1818, lived 
director of the United States Mint at Phila- in Maryland, and died April 2, 1880: Mor- 
delphia from 1792 until 1795; was elected a decai is mentioned below; Nancy, born Xov. 
fellow of the Royal Society of London in 18, 1818, died Feb. 6, 1905: Sarah J., born 
1796; and was president of the American July 20, 1839, died April 5, 1897; Mrs. Re- 
Philosophical Society from 1790 until his becca Hicks lived at Williamsport, Pa. ; Anna 
death, in 1796. Eliza married Isaac L. Cryder, of Willow 

Reese Millard Eck, son of Joseph Eck, Grove, Pa., who died May 5, 1877, aged fifty- 
and father of Anna Eliza Eck, was born in one years nine days. 

Briarcreek township, Columbia Co., Pa., April Mordecai Hicks, the brother of Phoebe Eliz- 
21, 1822, and died in the stone house in that abeth Hicks, was born on the old Hicks home- 
township in which he had been born. May 28, stead May 19, 1827, and lived to be seventy- 
1881, aged fifty-nine years, one month, seven eight years six months twenty-five days old. 
days. He received his education in the schools He married Harriet M. Stall, who was born in 
of Briarcreek township, and w^orked on the 1828, daughter of Edwin and Susan Stall, and 
home farm for his father until the latter's died in 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks had the 
death, at which time he purchased the prop- following children : Two who died in child- 
erty from the other heirs, and continued to be hood; Samuel H.. treasurer of the Spring 
engaged in general farming until his death. Brook Water Company, at Wilkes-Barre. Pa. ; 
He met with unqualified success because of his Benjamin B., note teller of the First National 
industry, energy and good management, and Bank, Scranton. Pa. ; Mrs. S. W. Kelchner, 
won the respect and confidence of his fellow of Light Street; Mrs. B. H. Hicks; and Mrs. 
citizens by reason of his absolute integrity and q h. Kline, of Bloomsburg, Pa. The father 
probity. was a life-long Methodist, a class leader, an 

Mr. Eck was married to Phoebe Elizabeth earnest worker in the church, and a member 
Hicks, daughter of Mahlon and Ann (Mil- of the board of trustees for many years, up 
lard) Hicks, March 10, 1853, and by this to the time of his death, 
union there was one child, Anna Eliza, boni Anna Eliza Eck, daughter of Reese Millard 
Marcli 31, 1854, in Briarcreek township. Mrs. Eck, received her education in the old Berwick 
Eck died Nov. 30, 1855, aged twenty-four Academy, which she attended until her eight- 
years, two months, nineteen days. Mr. Eck eenth year, proving an apt and disceming 
was subsequently married (second) to Harriet scholar. After thedeath of her father she 
Wilson, daughter of Rev. Reuben and Sarah niade her home with her grandmother Eck, 
(Eves) Wilson, of Millville, Pa., and to this ^^t for many years has resided in Berwick, 
union there were born children as follows : ^yhere she is widely known and highly es- 
Mary Rittenhouse and Harriet W'ilson, both teemed. She has interested herself in char- 
school teachers of Pittsburg, Pa. ; and Sarah jtable and church work, and is a memlier of 
and Clara, who died in infancy. the Berwick Hospital Association. While she 

Mr. Eck's death was unexpected, as he had has leanings towards the Quaker Church, she 
been in apparently the best of health, having attends the First Methodist Church of P>er- 
been engaged in planting corn the day before wick, and is active in the movements of the 
he died. After his death the farm was sold. Ladies' Aid Society. During her long resi- 
He was a member of the Grange of Briar dence in the borough she has gained a wide 
Creek, was a Republican in politics, and in acquaintance and has numerous appreciative 
his religious belief had leanings to the Friends' friends. 



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ISAAC KLINE, a stonemason and cement 
contractor of Bloomsburg, and a veteran of 
the Civil war, was born in Mount Pleasant 
township, Columbia county, March 31, 1840, 
son of Harman Kline, a member of perhaps 
the largest family in Columbia county. The 
founder of the Kline family in America was 
a native of Germany and had a large family. 
Among his children were Abraham, Isaac and 
Harman Kline, all of whom settled in Amer- 
ica in Colonial times. 

Harman Kline, grandfather of Isaac and 
Abraham Kline, came to America with his 
wife and settled in Kingwood township, Hunt- 
erdon Co., N. J. In 1785 he moved to Colum- 
bia county. Pa., settling in what is now Mount 
Pleasant township, where he resided until his 
death. His children were Harman, John and 
Timothy. 

Harman Kline, father of Isaac and Abra- 
ham Kline, was born in Germany in 1778 
and came to America with his parents when 
but six months old. He was still a small 
child when the family moved to Mount Pleas- 
ant township. There he developed into a 
prosperous farmer, dying in 1851, his remains 
being laid at rest in the Vanderslice burying 
ground near Buckhorn. He was twice mar- 
ried and had twelve children by each wife. 
On Feb. 19, 1799, he married Susanna Gil- 
bert, who was born Oct. 9, 1779, and their 
children were: (i) Harman, born Feb. 13, 
1800, resided in Ohio at the time of his death. 
(2) Margaret was born June 26, 1801. (3) 
Jacob, born Sept. 10, 1802, died in New York 
State. (4) Elizabeth, born Aug. 8, 1805, 
married Harry Stittler. (5) Joseph, born 
Nov. 10, 1807, died in Missouri. (6) Susanna, 
born Oct. 2, 1809, married Godfrey Melick. 
(7) John, born Nov. 27, 181 1, died in Colum- 
bia county. (8) George, born Aug. 10, 1813, 
died in New York State. (9) Paul, born 
April 6, 1815, died in Columbia county. (10) 
Charity was born Feb. 21, 1817. (11) Mary 
Anne was born July 5, 1818. (12) Peggy 
married John Lake. Harman Kline was mar- 
ried the second time to Sarah Fox, who died 
in 1848, and their children were: Mahala, 
born March 15, 1828, married George Mor- 
dan ; Mary Jane was born Dec. 16, 1829; 
Youzele (Ursula), born Sept. 4, 1832, married 
Jonathan Artman ; Rebecca Ellen was born 
April II, 1838; Isaac was born March 31, 
1840; Abraham was born June 6, 1841 ; Isaiah 
was born Dec. 15, 1842; Sarah Elizabeth, 
born April 23, 1844, married Herman Fausey; 
James was born Nov. 29, 1846; three died in 
childhood. 



Isaac Kline was obliged^ to live among 
strangers after the death of his parents, which 
occurred when he was a small child. Until 
he was eighteen years of age he worked out 
and gained what little schooling he could. 
At the age of twenty-two he enlisted in Com- 
pany G, 178th Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, and after nine months of service dur- 
ing the first part of the Civil war received 
an honorable discharge and returned home. 
He worked at the stonemason and plastering 
trade for a number of years in Eyer's Grove, 
Millville and portions of Mount Pleasant 
township, hnally buying a farm in the latter 
section. In 1894 he left the farm and came 
to Bloomsburg, where he has since resided, 
engaged on concrete and stone work. 

On Aug. 13, 1863, Isaac Kline married 
Sarah Kitchen, daughter of Henry and Eliz- 
abeth (DeMott) Kitchen, and they have had 
the following children: Fannie J., wife of 
Henry Brunstettler, of Easton, Pa., has eleven 
children, Carola, Edith, Mary, Jesse, Emily. 
Walter, Florence, Annie, Homer, Winifred 
and Mildred ; Henry M., who farms the home- 
stead he purchased from his father, in Mount 
Pleasant township, married Jennie McMichael, 
daughter of John and Rebecca (Evans) Mc- 
Michael, and has seven children, Edna, Blake, 
Helen, Florence, Ruth, Esther and Zerbin ; 
Elizabeth resides at home. 

Isaac Kline is a member of I. P. Eves Post, 
No. 536, G. A. R., of Miilville; Oriental 
Lodge, No. 460, F. & A. M., and Caldwell 
Consistory, of Bloomsburg; and the \"eterans' 
Association. He and his family are Meth- 
odists. He is popular with the people of 
Bloomsburg, and notwithstanding his age is 
frequently engaged at his trade on buildings 
in that town. 

Abrah.\m Kline, brother of Isaac, was 
born June 6, 184 1, in Mount Pleasant town- 
ship, where he still resides. Like his brother 
Isaac he was obliged to work among strangers 
during most of his childhood. When the Civil 
war broke out he endeavored to enlist, but not 
until he reached his majority in 1862 was he 
able to gratify his patriotic inclinations, and 
he entered Company I, 178th Pennsylvania 
Volunteer, Infantry, serving for ten months. 
Returning home wnth an honorable discharge, 
he took up farming again, and did so well that 
in 1868 he bought the ninety-five acres of land 
in Orange township which he now owns. He 
developed it into one of the best farms in 
the county, but increasing infirmity has com- 
pelled him to relinquish his labors to the effi- 
cient hands of his son, Elmer Kline. 



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Abraham Kline married Fannie Stucky, of 
Luzerne county, Pa., and they had two chil- 
dren : E. W., a farmer of Orange township ; 
and Cora A., who died in childhood. His 
second marriage was to Rebecca A. Melick, 
daughter of Godfrey Melick, and their chil- 
dren were : Elmer, residing at home and un- 
married; P'annie, also residing at home and 
unmarried; Carrie and Bruce, who are de- 
ceased; and Susan, wife of A. C. Oblosser, 
of Orange township. Mr. Kline married for 
his third wife Rebecca K., widow of Ben- 
jamin Kinney, and daughter of Marshall G. 
Kinney and Hannah Yohe. By this marriage 
he has no children. 

The Kline family, whose members have 
intermarried with other prominent families, 
is one of the largest in the State, and in- 
cludes many of the substantial and well known 
citizens of Columbia county within its ranks. 
They are all responsible people, and in the 
main agriculturists, the greater number being 
located around Orangeville and Benton. Many 
of the younger members have settled in other 
States, where they have achieved success in 
various branches of agricultural and commer- 
cial pursuits. 

OLIVER S. McHENRY, station agent of 
the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg & Berwick 
Railroad Company at Berwick, Pa., was born 
Oct. 21, 1876, at Stillwater, in Fishingcreek 
township, Columbia county, son of Silas, 
grandson of Moses and great-grandson of 
Daniel McHenry. 

Daniel McHenry, the first progenitor of the 
family in America, was born in the North of 
Ireland, of Scotch-Irish parentage. Coming 
to America prior to the Revolution, he en- 
listed and fought valiantly for his adopted 
country. He married Mary Stevens, sister 
of that noted officer of the war of 1812, Col. 
William Stevens, who was later a famous 
horseman of Steuben county, N. Y. Daniel 
McHenry came to Columbia county soon after 
the end of the Revolution and settled where 
the village of Stillwater is now located, and 
there built a log house, the first erected north 
of Orangeville. Soon after his wife followed 
him to their new home, where their nearest 
neighbor was at Orangeville, six miles dis- 
tant, and their market for sale and purchase 
was at Northumberland, thirty-four miles 
away. Here they lived, labored, reared a 
family and died, leaving a rich heritage of 
honor and right living to their descendants. 
Their children were: Benjamin, a farmer and 
lumberman, who died on a raft on the Sus- 



quehanna ; Daniel, also a farmer and lumber- 
man, who died on the home estate; John, the 
first male child born in this section of the 
county ; Uriah, a shoemaker by trade ; Moses ; 
Elias, a colonel in the State militia; Mrs. Mar- 
tha Colley ; and Mrs. Susan Edgar. Daniel 
McHenry is buried at St. Gabriel's Church, in 
Sugarloaf township, and his wife in the Still- 
water cemetery. 

Moses McHenry, born on the old homestead 
in 1791, was a farmer and lumberman. He 
owned about three hundred acres of the fam- 
ily estate, to which he added two hundred 
acres by purchase. He rafted logs on the 
Susquehanna to tidewater and did a large 
business. He was a great hunter, and would 
frequently bring in over a hundred deer, which 
were carried to the Philadelphia markets. He 
was a strong Democrat, a member of the State 
militia, and one of the founders of the Chris- 
tian Church at Stillwater, where he was the 
first man baptized by immersion. He passed 
to his final rest in 1855. He married Mar- 
tha, daughter of James and Martha (Bu- 
chanan) Edgar, and they had children as fol- 
lows: Cynthia, who married Samuel Mc- 
Henry, of Benton township; Isabella, wife of 
Tunis Karns; Elias, a farmer and insurance 
agent : Mary, who married Samuel Appleman, 
of Stillwater; James, a merchant of Cambra, 
Luzerne county, who twice represented that 
county in the Legislature; John J., a merchant 
of Benton, Pa. ; Ellen, who married John 
Evans, of Madison, Lackawanna county; 
Daniel, a storekeeper and landowner of Still- 
water; Cyrus B., formerly associate judge of 
Columbia county ; Martha, who married 
Hiram McHenry, of Fishingcreek township; 
and Silas, mentioned below. 

Silas McHenry was educated in the sub- 
scription schools of the township, where he 
was born in 1833, and entered upon the work 
of farming at an early age on his father's 
farm, part of the old homestead. At the death 
of his father he inherited the tract of 160 
acres, paid off the other heirs, and carried on 
the cultivation of the soil there until his 
death, June 8. 1885. He married Elmira A. 
McHenry. daughter of J. Deemer and Rachel 
( Stokes) McHenry. and they had children as 
follows : Grace, wife of Franklin L. Klose, 
of Benton ; and Oliver S. Mr. McHenry was 
a Democrat and a member of the Christian 
Church, of which he was an elder and trus- 
tee at the time of his death. He is buried at 
Stillwater. Mrs. McHenr\', who was born in 
1846, is now living at Benton with her daugh- 
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Oliver S. McHenry obtained his schooling and Inez, born March 26, 191 3. Mr. Deit- 
in the common schools of Stillwater and rick is a Republican and a member of the 
worked on neighbors' farms during his early German Reformed Church. He also belongs 
youth, but he was ambitious, and as soon as to Theta Castle, No. 276, Knights of the 
the opportunity presented itself he took up tel- Golden Eagle, of Bloomsburg. 
egraphy, at the age of sixteen, being made William Deitrick, father of Elmer F., was 
station agent at Orangeville, where he was born in 1849 in Pottsville, Pa., his parents 
retained for a period of three years. He moving to Bloomsburg when he was a child, 
then returned to the farm, which he had in- Here he attended the common schools for a 
herited from his father, and carried on the limited period, then entering the employ of 
place for twelve years. He next worked for the Irondale Furnace Company, with which 
a time at Paper Mill, a station on the Sus- he remained until the plant closed down. He 
quehanna, Bloomsburg & Berwick road, until next went to the machine shop of G. M. and 
appointed station agent at Berwick, having J. K. Lockard, being employed in the frame 
held the position for the past seven years, department, continuing in that position when 
Mr. McHenry was formerly a councilman of the American Car and Foundry Company 
the borough, and is a Democrat in politics, absorbed the firm. When the latter plant 
He is a member of Berwick Camp, No. 162, closed down he was elected chief of police at 
Modern Woodmen of America, which he has Bloomsburg, and when the works opened up 
served as clerk for four years, and attends again he went back, and is still in the frame 
the German Reformed Church at Berwick. department. He married Elizabeth Hess, 
On Oct. 27, 1897, Mr. McHenry married daughter of Jeremiah Hess, and they have 
Mertie Herring, daughter of Alexander B. had the following children : George, who mar- 
and Levina (Neyhard) Herring, and they ried Katie Metz; Edmund, who married 
have been blessed with the following chil- Amelia Bodman; Elmer Franklin, mentioned 
dren: Silas Morton, born Dec. 7, 1899; Clin- above; Martha, deceased wife of Clarence 
ton, born Dec. 9, 1900; and Daniel, who died Piper, buried in Almedia cemetery; Rebecca; 
when three years old. Margaret; and Hattie. Mr. Deitrick is a Re- 
Alexander B. Herring, father of Mrs. Mc- publican, and socially a member of Council 
Henry, is burgess of Orangeville, one of the No. 146, Order of United American Me- 
oldest residents of the county, and prominent chanics. 

in the religious and social circles of the town. Theodore Mericle, father of Mrs. Deitrick, 

was born at Buckhorn, Pa., in 1864, and wa6 
ELMER FRANKLIN DEITRICK, fore- educated in the schools of his township. Com- 
man of the frame shop of the American Car ing to Bloomsburg, he engaged with Harman 
and Foundry Company, at Bloomsburg, was & Hassert in the construction of mine cars, 
born in that town Oct. 10, 1875, and attended going from that firm to the G. M. & J. K. 
the Third and Fifth street schools, graduat- Lockard Company. He is now engaged in 
ing from the high school. In 1892 he went contracting in Bloomsburg. In 1885 he mar- 
to work for the Bloomsburg School Furnish- ried Dora, daughter of Ebenezer and Susan 
ing Company, manufacturers of seats, desks, (Hartman) Case, and they became the par- 
blackboards, etc., and in 1894 he entered the ents of the following children: Albert, who 
machine shop of the G. M. & J. K. Lockard married Lucille Stranahan; Daniel, who 
Company, in the frame shop. In 1902 the married Sadie Hummell ; Mervdn ; Dale ; Stan- 
firm was taken over by the American Car and ley ; Ethel ; Robert ; Lois ; Susan, wife of E. 
Foundry Company, Mr. Deitrick retaining his F. Deitrick, born March 13, 1887; and Mabel, 
position. When the plant was shut down in Esther and Guy, all of whom died young and 
191 1 he went to the Magee carpet mill, where are buried at Almedia. Mr. Mericle is a 
he remained for a year, changing to the Mon- Democrat and a member of the German Re- 
roe Hall Furniture Company for a year. Upon formed Church. He also belongs to Theta 
the resumption of work at the car works in Castle, No. 276, Knights of the Golden Eagle, 
19 13 he was made foreman, under Superin- at Bloomsburg. 

tendent Johnson. Daniel Mericle, father of Theodore, had 

On June 25, 1908, Mr. Deitrick married two other sons, William, a farmer of Osage, 

Susan," daughter of Theodore and Dora Iowa; and Jesse, farming in Constantine, 

(Case) Mericle, of Bloomsburg, and they Michigan. 

have had children as follows : Theodore, born Ebenezer Case, grandfather of Mrs. Deit- 

July 9, 1909; Robert, born Sept. 10, 191 1; rick, resided at Lime Ridge and was employed 



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in a boatyard at Espy, on the Pennsylvania 
canal. He was a member of the Evangelical 
Church and of the Odd Fellows lodge at Espy. 
He married Susan Hartman, and their chil- 
dren were: Emma, wife of Martin Giger; 
Manny, who married Nora Lamp; Myra, wife 
of Samuel Lehman; Breece, who died young; 
and Dora, who married Theodore Mericle. 

WILLIAM E. ELMES, attorney at law, 
of Berwick, Columbia Co., Pa., was born in 
Berwick, Nov. 13, 1874, a son of William 
Elmes (born May 24, 1842 — died Nov. 7, 
1914) and Lucinda Vought Elmes (born Oct. 
31, 1846 — died Sept. 24, 1895). 

Thomas Elmes, the grandfather of William 
E. Elmes, was born at Walthamstow, County 
of Essex, near London, England, Jan. 7, 1819, 
and died Oct. 3, 1890; he came to New York 
City in 1840 and located at Montville, N. J., 
where, Feb. 13, 1841, he married Lydia Bar- 
more (born Oct. 4, 1823 — died Jan. 30, 1892), 
later removing to Danville, Montour Co., Pa. 
Afterwards he operated a stone quarry along 
Little Roaring creek. 

William Elmes was born at Montville, N. J., 
and early in life became self-supporting, be- 
ing employed in the rail mill at Danville and 
also in the quarries of his father. On Oct. 
21, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, 178th 
Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia ; was dis- 
charged July 27, 1863, ^^ the expiration of 
the period of his enlistment; reenlisted March 
17, 1864, in Company F, 2d Pennsylvania 
Regiment, Artillery, Pennsylvania \'eteran 
Volunteers, and was discharged with his bat- 
tery Jan. 29, 1866, at City Point, Va., having 
during his enlistments participated in many 
of the important battles of the Civil war. in- 
cluding those of Cold Harbor, the Wilder- 
ness campaign, and the siege of Petersburg 
(where, June 17, 1864, he was wounded, re- 
ceiving a gunshot wound in his left arm and 
losing a finger from his left hand). At the 
close of the war proper he continued in the 
service in connection with the Freedmen's Bu- 
reau. He arrived at his home near Danville, 
Feb. 6, 1866, and was married April 3, 1866, 
to Lucinda Vought (daughter of Isaac Vought 
April 12, 1796-March 12, 1 891) and Jane 
Schooley (July 25, 1807-1871). 

Nine children were born to the marriage 
of William Elmes and Lucinda Vought : ( i ) 
Jennie, wife of George W. Miller, was born 
Feb. 7, 1867, at Danville, Pa. (2) Emma, wife 
of Bruce Fowler, was born Oct. 18, 1868, at 
Danville. (3) Lucinda, wife of Chester 
Marr, was born Nov. 29, 1870. (4) Eliza- 



beth, wife of Ezra M. Smith, was born Nov. 
29, 1870. (5) Alice, born Sept. 12, 1872, 
died May 3, 1874. (6) William E., was born 
Nov. 13, 1874. (7) Thomas Walter, born 
Sept. 25, 1877, died Dec. 9, 1880. (8) Edith, 
wife of John S. Meredith, born March 11, 
1880, died April 19, 1905. (9) Josiah V., 
born April 20, 1884, died Oct. 4 (or 14), 
1885. _ 

During the year 1869 William Elmes re- 
moved from Danville to Berwick where he 
was employed by the Jackson & Woodin 
Manufacturing (I'ompany and later by the 
American Car & Foundry Company, untnl 
1903, when he retired, spending the remain- 
der of his days in Berwick. 

William E. Elmes attended the Berwick 
public schools, graduating in the class of 1893. 
For six years following his graduation he was 
employed during the summers in the Berwick 
rolling mill, and during the winters as a school 
teacher. After having taught six successive 
years, one in Franklin township ; one in Briar- 
creek township and four in the grammar 
grades of the Berwick public schools, he en- 
tered the law school connected with Dickin- 
son College, in Carlisle, Pa., in 1899, gradu- 
ating in the two years' course with the class 
of 1901 and in the three years' course in 
the class of 1902; was admitted to practice 
in the Cumberland county courts June 4, 1902 ; 
to the Supreme court of Pennsylvania June 4. 
1902, and to the bar of Columbia county Sept. 
I, 1902. He has since practiced his profes- 
sion in Berwick. 

On Oct. 22, 1903, Mr. Elmes married Lil- 
lian Corkins, daughter and only child of 
Frank Corkins (born June 15, 1839 — died 
Dec. 9, 1908) and Fannie Baucher Corkins 
(born Jan. 11. 1846 — died May 12, 19 10). 
The parents of Mrs. Elmes were married June 
15. 1872. Mrs. Corkins was the eldest daugh- 
ter of David Baucher (born July 2j, 1822 — 
died Jan. 30, 1899) and Rachel Seybert 
Baucher (born July 2, 1825 — died July 11, 
1900). 

David Baucher. the grandfather of Mrs. 
Elmes, was one of Berwick's leading citizens 
and contractors ; and served for many years 
as a member of council, as president of coun- 
cil, as chief burgess, as constable, and as mem- 
ber of the school board, and was also officially 
connected with the Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Berwick as president of the board 
of trustees. 

The grandmother of Mrs. Elmes was Rachel 
(Seybert) Baucher, daughter of Nicholas Sey- 
bert and granddaughter of Sebastian Sey- 




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817 



bert, a Revolutionary soldier. Mrs. Elmes 
belongs to the local chapter of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution and a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ber- 
wick. 

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. William E. 
Elmes has been blessed with one child, Frank 
Corkins Elmes, born Oct. i, 1906. who, at 
this writing, is a pupil in the third grade of the 
Berwick public schools. 

Professionally Mr. Elmes is a member of 
the Columbia County Bar; fraternally, he be- 
longs to Washington Camp, No. 105, P. O. S. 
of A. ; Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F. ; 
Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. and A. M. ; Cald- 
well Consistory, Scottish Rite, of Blooms- 
burg; Irem Temple, Mystic Shriners, of 
Wilkes-Barre. He is a past master of the 
local Masonic lodge and a past president of 
the P. O. S. of A. 

MRS. MARTHA ELMA (SCHWEP- 
PENHEISER) KNECHT, a resident of Ber- 
wick, Pa., who was born May 8, 1858, on a 
farm in Mifflin township, Columbia county, 
is a daughter of Abram and Elizabeth Pen- 
dred (Clark) Schweppenheiser. 

Philip Schweppenheiser, the great-grand- 
father of Mrs. Knecht, was born in Gensin- 
gen, Germany, in 1754, and came to the United 
States as a young man, participating in sev- 
eral battles of the Revolutionary war. In his 
latter years he located in Columbia county. 
Pa., and here passed away in the faith of 
the Lutheran Church. He married Safronica 
Brunner, of the same part of Germany, and 
both are buried in the Mifflin cemetery. Their 
children were as follows : Jacob, who married 
Rebecca Sutton ; Philip, who married Cath- 
erine Fenstermacher ; Elizabeth, who married 
John Aten ; Catherine, who married George 
Longenberger ; Susan, who married William 
Miller ; and Mary, who died unmarried. 

Jacob Schweppenheiser, son of Philip 
Schweppenheiser, and grandfather of Mrs. 
Knecht, was born in Mifflin township, Colum- 
bia Co., Pa., in 1790, and died in 1865. He 
married Rebecca Sutton, who was born in 
New Jersey, and died about 1881, and their 
children were as follows : Sarah Ann, who 
married Peter Grover; Lydia, who married 
John Shreck ; Abram ; Isaac, who married 
Julia Pofif ; Francis ; Jacob ; and Horace, who 
married Frances Seybert. Mr. and Mrs. 
Grover are buried in Brown's cemetery; Mr. 
and Mrs. Shreck, Abram and his wife, Eliz- 
abeth Schweppenheiser, Isaac and Mrs. Julia 
Schweppenheiser, and Francis and Jacob 

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Schweppenheiser, were laid to rest in the Mif- 
flin cemetery; Horace Schweppenheiser was 
interred in the cemetery at Hazleton, Pa. Mr. 
Schweppenheiser, the father of this family, 
was a Democrat in politics and a German 
Lutheran in his religious belief. He was a 
prominent citizen and very wealthy, owning 
over six hundred acres of land. He was the 
owner of his own sawmill, carried on general 
farming, and also did a general huckstering 
business, frequently driving three teams at 
once to Pottsville, Pa. A stanch friend of 
education, he built the first log schoolhouse 
in the township, in which his own and his 
neighbors' children were educated by Law- 
rence Waters, a schoolmaster from New Jer- 
sey. He also built the first private pay school- 
house in Mifflin township, and the first pub- 
lic school. 

Abram Schweppenheiser, son of Jacob 
Schweppenheiser, and father of Mrs. Knecht, 
was born Jan. 3, 1822, and died June 9, 1909, 
in Mifflin township, Columbia Co., Pa. His 
wife, Elizabeth Pendred Clark, was born Feb. 
21, 1827, and died Dec. 5, 19 10, and both were 
buried in the Mifflin cemetery. Their children 
were as follows : The eldest was stillborn ; 
Fannie Rebecca died in young womanhood ; 
Catherine Rachel married Saron Hendershott, 
who is deceased; Eldora Summers married 
Milton Lehman ; Lydia Alice married A. A. 
Bredbenner; Martha Elma married Jacob 
Knecht; Miranda Elizabeth married Rush 
Wintersteen ; Wilmina Jane married Walter 
Moomey. Mr. Schweppenheiser was a Dem- 
ocrat in politics, and was honored by his fel- 
low citizens with election to various offices, 
being overseer of the poor, school director and 
supervisor. He was a consistent and active 
German Lutheran, and donated the greater 
part of the money and material for the build- 
insf of the Lutheran Church at Mifflin. Dur- 
ing the Civil war he was a most ardent pa- 
triot. His acts of charity included the pro- 
viding of money to purchase substitutes for 
many of his neighbors and for the supporting 
of soldiers' families while the men were at the 

front. 

Martha Elma (Schweppenheiser) Knecht, 
daughter of Abram Schweppenheiser, received 
her education in the public schools, and at 
the age of eight years went to live as a com- 
panion with her grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca 
Schweppenheiser, with whom she resided until 
her marriage. May 8, 1875, to Jacob Knecht. 

Jacob Knecht was born at Mainville, Pa., 
Oct. 24, 1856, son of Abram and Sarah 
Knecht. He is an influential Democrat of his 



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community and a valued member of the Pa- children : Mary Catherine, wife of George 
triotic Order Sons of America, at Berwick; Oman; EmeHne, wife of Emanuel Gilbert; 
his wife is a member of the Patriotic Daugh- Francis ; Stewart, who married Elizabeth 
ters of America, an auxiliary of the P. O. Victor; Amos W. ; Justice D. ; Marion L., who 
S. of A., has been financial secretary of this married Maggie Abbott; and Alice, wife of 
organization for seven years, and is also a Lloyd Kelchner. 

member of the Ladies of the Golden Eagle. Amos W. Dreibelbis was educated in the 
She takes an active and helpful interest in public schools of the township and took up 
the work of the Bower Memorial Church, of the trade of bricklayer, which he followed for 
which she has been a member for thirty-two thirty years. He then began farming, com- 
years. mencing on a small scale, and now has a fine 

Mr. and Mrs. Knecht have had the follow- farm of io6 acres, which he is cultivating 
ing children : One son was stillborn Nov. 5, intensively. In 1880 he married Anna L. 
1876; Abram Clark, born Jan. i, 1878, died Ikeler, daughter of Eric and Caroline 
Jan. 7, 1878; Clarence Cleveland, bom Sept. (Grouse) Ikeler, and their children are : Mary 
10, 1884, died Oct. 27, 1885; Elizabeth Zora, A.; Caroline, wife of Clark B. Artman; Carl 
born May 4, 1881, is the widow of Simeon C, who was a student at the Bloomsburg 
Ryder, who met his death by drowning while State Norm.al School and Gettysburg College, 
on a fishing trip to Jonestown, and is buried taught school for five years, and is now attend- 
in Pine Grove cemetery, Berwick (the one ing Columbia University, New York City; 
daughter of this union, Martha Esther, was Elizabeth \'., a graduate of the Bloomsburg 
born Feb. 25, 1907) ; Margaret Ethel, born State Normal, class of 1907, now teaching 
Dec. 31, 1888, married George L. Kershner, in Centre township; Ida M., a graduate of 
and has one son, Luther, born Dec. 27, 191 1. the class of 1908, Bloomsburg State Normal, 

and now teaching in the Mount Pleasant high 

AMOS W. DREIBELBIS, a farmer and school; Arthur E. ; M. Esther; Ruth; and 
justice of the peace of Mount Pleasant town- Stewart. 

ship, Columbia Co., Pa., was born in that Mr. Dreibelbis is a Democrat, has sened 
township Oct. 18, 1852, son of Elias Dreib- as trustee of the school board, and is now 
elbis and grandson of Abraham Dreibelbis, entering his third term as justice of the peace, 
who was a native of Berks county. He belongs to the Methodist Church, was 

The early home of the Dreibelbis family formerly an Odd Fellow, and is a member 
was in Southeastern Switzerland, originally a of the Light Street Grange, 
part of the German empire. lohn Jacob Dreib- 
elbis, the founder of the American branch, ARIAS J. BERXINGER. undertaker and 
came from Hannesthal, Switzerland, Oct. 26, furniture dealer, of Mifillinville, Columbia Co., 
1732, landing at Philadelphia. In 1743 he Pa., was born Nov. 2"], 1839, son of Aaron 
went to Berks county and settled on a farm and Anna (Yost) Berninger, died aged sixty- 
near Fleetwood. He became a large land- one years. 

owner, in 1759 being the largest taxpayer in Aaron Berninger was born in Berks county, 
Richmond township. He married a daughter Pa., and came to Columbia county at an 
of George Merkel, and they had six children : early day. A millwright by trade, he followed 
Abraham, Martin, Jacob, Mary Elizabeth, that calling and continued to reside in Colum- 
Mary Magdalena and Philopena. bia county until his death, which took place 

Abraham Dreibelbis, grandfather of Amos at Catawissa when he was aged nearly seventy- 
W., came from Berks county to Columbia four years. During the latter part of his life 
county and located at Espy, where he mar- he worked as a carpenter and he was always 
ried and had the following family: Isaac, a busy, useful man. His wife was born in 
Jacob, David, Elias, Margaret and Catharine. Columbia county, her family having early set- 

Elias Dreibelbis was a carpenter by trade, tied here, and she died at the age of sixty- 
engaged on the construction of gristmills and one years. Mr. and Mrs. Berninger are buried 
in general contracting. In the latter part of at Mainville. 

his life he bought 150 acres of land in Mount Arias J. Berninger was educated in Colum- 
Pleasant township, upon which he settled and bia county and when sixteen vears old began 
farmed for the rest of his days. He died at learning cabinetmaking. his first emplovnient 
the age of eighty and was buried near the log being secured at Ashland. Pa. Later he 
church m Madison township. He married located at Mainville. Columbia countv. where 
Sarah Shoemaker, and they had the following he embarked in the furniture and undertaking 



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business with his father, thus continuing until 
1866. For the next four years he carried 
on business alone, and in 1870 came to Mif- 
flinville and erected his present building, which 
he has since occupied as a furniture and 
undertaking establishment. 

In 1862 Arias J. Berninger married Rebecca 
J. Shuman, who was born in Mainville, Oct. 
24, 1843, daughter of Rudolph and Susan 
(Seidel) Shuman, natives of Columbia county. 
Mr. Shuman was a very successful farmer 
and highly respected. He long made Mif- 
flinville his home, and during the latter part 
of his life he and his wife moved to Main- 
ville, where both died. Mr. and Mrs. Ber- 
ninger have had one son, Rudolph A., born 
Aug. 20, 1868, who married Stella Emerick, 
of Hazleton, Pa., and has six children : 
Esther, Sanford, Marjorie, Florence, How- 
ard and Dorothy. 

Arias J. Berninger is a Democrat. He 
served as constable and tax collector at Main- 
ville. He and his wife belong to the Lutheran 
Church of Mifflinville, and are interested in 
its good work. 

LEGRAND S. JACOBY, fire insurance 
and real estate agent, of Berwick, Pa., was 
born Sept. 5, 1864, in Briarcreek township, 
Columbia county, and is a son of John G. 
Jacoby. 

John G. Jacoby was born in Coopersburg, 
Pa., in 183 1, and educated in the village 
schools. In 1852 he came to Briarcreek, where 
he worked as a huckster and ran a mill and 
grocery store for four years. He then moved 
to Espy for a short time, returning to Briar- 
creek, where he was married Jan. 24, 1856, 
to Fannie, daughter of Daniel and Hannah 
(Shellhammer) Sponenberg, of Black Creek, 
Luzerne county. They had five children : 
Legrand S. ; and Laura Amanda, Albert 
Franklin, Isaiah and John Wesley, all of whom 
died young. Mr. Jacoby ran the first con- 
fectionery and bakery in Berwick. He was 
a Democrat, and served as constable and jus- 
tice of the peace. Fraternally he was a mem- 
ber of Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M. ; 
Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F. ; and 
Susquehanna Commandery, No. 18, Knights 
of Maha. Mr. Jacoby died Feb. 6, 1895, and 
is buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Berwick. 

Legrand S. Jacoby attended the old brick 
schoolhouse in Briarcreek township, and then 
in 1872 went to the public schools of Berwick. 
He graduated from the high school, entered 
the car shop of the Jackson & Woodin Com- 
pany, and was an axle turner when he left 



in 1893 and took up the real estate and fire 
insurance business. Since 1895 he has rep- 
resented Derr Brothers, of Wilkes-Barre. He 
married Anna B. Kling, daughter of Jacob and 
Sarah (Riegel) Kling, of Clinton county, and 
they have two children : Mary ]., born May 
24, 1896; and John K., bom Jan. 21, 1898. 

Mr. Jacoby is a Republican, a member of 
the Methodist Church, and socially belongs to 
Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M.; Berwick 
Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F. ; Berwick En- 
campment, No. 131, and Berwick Canton, No. 
2^ ; Washington Camp, No. 105, P. O. S. of 
A., and W. T. Sherman Commandery, No. 
23, P. O. S. of A.; and Berwick Council, 
No. 176, Royal Arcanum. He has been treas- 
urer of the Berwick Beneficial Association for 
eleven years, and is secretary of the Mer- 
chants' Protective Association and member of 
the board of directors of the Berwick Athletic 
Association. 

CHARLES GULP, one of the reliable and 
substantial citizens of Berwick, holding a re- 
sponsible position with the American Car and 
Foundry Company, was born Nov. 2, i860, on 
a farm near Almedia, Columbia Co., Pa., son 
of Reuben and Annie (Hagenbuch) Gulp. 

Reuben Gulp was born April 13, 1813, at 
Summerhill, Columbia county, and died in 
April, 1890, at the age of seventy-seven years. 
He was buried in the Light Street cemetery. 
Mr. Gulp was an energetic and enterprising 
farmer, and through industry and thrift 
acquired the ownership of a farm of 140 
acres in the vicinity of Light Street, also add- 
ing to his income by hauling ore for the firm 
of William Neal & Sons of Bloomsburg. As 
a citizen he performed every duty devolving 
upon him, and fairly earned, through hon- 
orable means, the respect and esteem in which 
he was held by those who had occasion to 
come into contact with him. A Republican in 
his political views, he was stanch in his sup- 
port of that party's principles and candidates, 
but wa's not a seeker after personal prefer- 
ment, and did not hold office. Throughout his 
life Mr. Gulp was a faithful member of the 
Evangelical Church, to which his wife also be- 
longed. Mr. Gulp bore the maiden name of 
Annie Hagenbuch, and was a daughter of 
Isaac Hagenbuch, of Summerhill, Pa., who 
was for some years a farmer of that vicinity 
and is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Culp be- 
came the parents of the following children: 
Alfred, who married Fidelia ]\Iosteller and 
(second) Orlevia M. Sponenberg; Samantha 
lane, who became the wife of P. M. Keller; 



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Hannah Margaret, who married Rev. W. M. positions, all of responsibility and trust. In 
Croman, of the Evangelical Church; and 191 1 he was in the passenger coach depart- 
Charles ' ment, from which he was transferred in June, 
Mrs Annie (Hagenbuch) Culp had the fol- 191 1, to the wood machine department, where 
lowing brothers and sisters : Rachel ; Sarah, he was foreman for two years. In April, 
who became the wife of Freas Fowler; Han- 1913. he was made general foreman of the 
nah who married Isaiah Bower; Caroline, wood machine department, a position which 
who married George Beam; William, who he still retains. Mr. Culp is thoroughly fa- 
married Mary Keller; and Samuel, who mar- miliar with every detail of the work of his 
tied a Miss Evans and (second) Sarah Knorr. section. He has won promotion through 
After completing the curriculum of the pub- earnest and honest effort, and strict fidelity 
lie schools of Light Street, Charles Culp be- to his company's interests. He can be relied 
came a student in Orangeville Academy, and upon to discharge faithfully and capably ever\' 
after o-raduating from that institution secured duty devolving upon him, and as a result is 
a license which permitted him to teach in the accounted one of the concern's most trusted 
public schools. One year as an educator sat- and valued employees. Politically he is like 
isfied him that he did not care for that call- his father, a Republican, and also like him 
ino-, and he accordingly sought other employ- has taken only a good citizen's interest in mat- 
ment, taking a position as car builder for G. ters of a public nature. He has allied him- 
M. and T- K. Lockard, whose plant was known self with movements which have promised 
as the Bloomsburg Car Works. On the sus- civic betterment, and has always been a friend 
pension of business by that firm Mr. Culp of progress in the fields of_ education, morality 
secured employment with Silas Young, who and good citizenship. His religious connec- 
was conducting a general merchandise and tion is with the Methodist Church, and his 
lumber business at Light Street, and continued fraternal affiliation with Van Camp Lodge, 
with that gentleman for seven years, gain- No. 140. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
ing in the meantime much valuable experience of Bloomsburg. 

in business matters. Upon his return to the Mr. Culp married Anna Pursel. daughter of 
Bloomsburg Car Works he again took up the Robert and Mary (Chamberlain) Pursel. of 
work of car builder, but after a short time Light Street, both of whom are now deceased 
his knowledge of mercantile affairs won him a and buried in Rosemont cemetery. Blooms- 
position as clerk in the company's store, and burg. Five children were born to this union, 
there he remained for four and a half years, as follows: Clifton Pursel, born April 29. 
Mr. Culp was then elected the second paid 1883 ; Charles Paul, born April 2. 1890, who 
policeman in Bloomsburg, under Wesley married Jennie Edwards and resides at Ber- 
Knorr, and held that position for about two wick; Robert Clayton, born .April 28. 1893; 
years, at the end of which time he resigned Monroe Henry, born Oct. 25, 1898; and Ruth 
and went back to the Bloomsburg Car Works, Anna, born Sept. 16, 1900. now attending the 
which then had been acquired by the Blooms- schools of Berwick. 

burg Car Manufacturing Company, and for John Pursel. the father of Robert Pursel. 
one year was foreman. When the plant was and grandfather of Mrs. Culp, came from the 
taken over by the American Car and Foundry State of New Jersey and located near Blooms- 
Company Mr. Culp was retained as foreman, burg. Pa. He was a blacksmith by trade, and 
and continued in that capacity until the plant followed that calling throughout his life at 
was closed down. On March 26, 1904. Mr. Bloomsburg, where he passed away at an ad- 
Culp and the manager, W. P. Meigs, were vanced age. 

transferred to the Berwick plant, where Mr. Robert Pursel, father of IMrs. Culp. was 
Culp was employed in looking after templates born in Hemlock township, Columbia Co.. Pa., 
and export shipments that had been trans- and as a young man learned the trade of 
fei-red from the Bloomsburg plant. This em- blacksmith under his father's tuition. He re- 
ployment continued for something short of sided in Hemlock township until the outbreak 
a year, and when the Bloomsburg plant was of the Civil war. when he enlisted in a regi- 
reopened. Jan. i, 1905, Mr. Culp was sent ment of Pennsylvania volunteers as bugler, 
back to that branch, remaining one year and and continued to serve during three years of 
six months. In the fall of 1907 he again came the war. On receiving his honorable discharge 
to Berwick, where he had charge of the wood he returned to his home and took up black- 
shop during nights from Nov. ist to January, smithing at Bloomsburg. but after a number 
1908, and since that time has held various of years spent at that calling rented a farm 



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at Light Street, and there passed the re- 
mainder of his Hfe in tilHng the soil. Mr. 
Pursel married Mary Chamberlain, and they 
became the parents of the following children : 
Ella, who married Alfred Freas; Isaiah, who 
married Martha Clayton and (second) Ella 
Everett; Mary, who married G. M. Hagen- 
buch; Anna, who became the first wife of Mr. 
Culp; Henry J., who married Amelia Kistler; 
and Emma J., who became the wife of Alfred 
Zeigler. 

Mr. Culp's second marriage was to Miss 
Norah Ploch, of Danville, Montour Co., Pa., 
daughter of Frederick and Priscilla Ploch, 
farming people, honored residents of Frosty 
Valley. There are no children by this union. 

Frederick Ploch, the father of Mrs. Culp, 
was born in Germany, and like many others 
of his countrymen who could see naught in 
the future for them in their native country 
save a life of hard work, with little chances 
of becoming independent, early decided to try 
his fortune in the land across the waters, and 
when still little more than a youth emigrated 
to America. In his native Fatherland he had 
learned the trade of wheelwright, and this 
vocation he pursued upon locating in the 
United States, and in addition thereto was a 
miner for some years. With German thrift 
and industry he accumulated some capital, 
which he invested in a farm, establishing a 
home in Frosty Valley, Montour county, 
where he subsequently became the owner of a 
handsome and valuable property of 150 acres. 
The remainder of his active career was passed 
in the cultivation of the soil, and both he and 
his wife died in the vicinity of Danville. 
Frederick Ploch married Priscilla Heist, 
who came from near Bloomsburg, and they 
became the parents of the following children : 
Charles, who married Ella Goettings ; Bruce, 
who married Sarah Wampole ; Lillian ; Ida, 
who married Charles Brobst ; Ada ; Rose ; and 
Norah, who became Mrs. Culp. 

HENRY J. EDWARDS, a farmer, was 
born in Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa., 
June I, 1839, a son of Edward and Martha T. 
(Holloway) Edwards. 

Edward Edwards is the first known an- 
cestor of this family. His son John was mar- 
ried to a Stall, in 1774, and settled in Sandar 
county, Va., near Fairfax. His sister, Mrs. 
Jesse Stall, persuaded him to move to New 
Jersey, where he raised his family, after 
which he moved to Pennsylvania, settling 
north of Berwick, in Columbia county. 

William Edwards, the grandfather of 



Henry J., came to Briarcreek township, Co- 
lumbia county, and bought a farm of 300 
acres at Summerhill, where he died in 1858. 
He married Margaret Shellhammer, and they 
had the following children: Nathan, John, 
Edward, William, Samuel, Betsy, Katie and 
Margaret. 

Edward Edwards, the father, was bom on 
his father's farm in Briarcreek township. For 
a number of years he was in the employ of the 
Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Comi)any. 
He married Martha T. Holloway, who died 
at the home of her son, Henry J. Edwards, 
where she had lived for ten years, when in 
her ninety-third year. Nine children were 
born to Edward and Martha T. Edwards, of 
whom Josiah died at Dewart, Pa., being ac- 
cidentally killed on the railroad (he first mar- 
ried a Creasy, and he left a widow and five 
children) ; Catherine, who married Augustus 
Pierce and (second) Soparus Smethers, is 
living retired at Berwick (she had two sons) ; 
Henry J. is mentioned below; Lucy Jane, who 
is the widow of William Lynn, of Briar Creek, 
had eight children ; Emily married Silas Lynn, 
an employee of the Jackson & Woodin Manu- 
facturing Company of Berwick; William 
lives in Maryland ; Nathan is deceased ; two 
died young. The father died June 15, 1889, 
aged seventy-six years ten months seven days, 
and both the parents are buried at Summer- 
hill. 

Henry J. Edwards obtained his education 
in the district schools, and from boyhood has 
been interested in agricultural pursuits. He has 
been an active and useful citizen and at times 
has served with efficiency in public office, for 
two years being overseer of the poor and for 
two years township supervisor. 

On Nov. 7, 1861, Mr. Edwards was mar- 
ried to Sarah Roup, a daughter of Jacob and 
Nancy (Unangst) Roup of Easton, Pa., and 
the following children were born to them : 
Margaret Ann married Ambrose Bower, of 
Centre township, and they have two children; 
Sabina E. married Harry Barnard, of Phil- 
adelphia, and they have five children : Minnie 
L. died at the age of four years ; Alverna M. 
married Reuben Miller, of Foundryville, and 
of their four children, one. Margaret B., sur- 
vives ; Sarah R. married William Harmon, of 
Berwick, and they have had two children, be- 
sides an adopted daughter, Viola Sorber; 
Mary Etta married Calvin Kelchner, a farmer 
in Briarcreek township, and they have had five 
children, one being deceased ; Frank Wester 
died at the age of eleven years ; Daniel W., 
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Ada Kocher, and three of their four children 
survive; Ralph Henry, a resident of Berwick, 
married Olive Harmon and two of their three 
children survive ; Bertha E. is the wife of Rob- 
ert Dietrich, an employee of the American 
Car and Foundry Company, and three of their 
four children are living; Harry Ambrose, 
who is a farmer in Centre township, married 
Grace Fairman, and has one child. Mr. Ed- 
wards and his family attend the Methodist 
Episcopal Church at Summerhill. He was 
chairman of the building committee when the 
new church was under construction, and has 
also been steward and trustee. He is a mem- 
ber of Washington Camp, No. 117, P. O. S. 
of A., at Fowlerville. 

DANIEL W. HOLLY, late of Berwick, 
was born in Clearfield county, Pa., Feb. 9, 
1836, son of Daniel W. and Sarah (Rogers) 
Holly. 

Silas Holly, his grandfather, was born in 
Connecticut, and after the end of his service 
as a soldier in the Revolutionary war emi- 
grated to Orange county, N. Y., where he 
followed farming until the end of his life. 
The name of his wife was Esther. 

Daniel W. Holly, son of Silas and Esther 
Holly, was born in Orange county, N. Y., 
Feb. 8, 1795, and grew to manhood there. He 
also saw military service, enlisting for the 
war of 1812 from New York. Later he moved 
to Clearfield county, Pa., where he followed 
the trade of tailor and remained until the 
close of his life, his death occurring June 10, 
1844. He married Sarah Rogers, who was 
born June 12, 1799, and died June 11, 1844. 
She was a daughter of Robert and Mary 
Rogers, early settlers in Luzerne county, her 
father a soldier in the war of the Revolution. 
Daniel W. and Sarah (Rogers) Holly had six 
children, five daughters and one son. The 
last survivor of the family, Mrs. Maria S. 
Ogden, was a resident of West Clearfield, Pa., 
and died Feb. i, 1914. 

Daniel W. Holly, son of Daniel W. Holly, 
came to Luzerne county, Pa., from Clearfield 
county, May 29, 1859, and worked on a farm 
for a short time. When the Civil war was 
precipitated he enlisted at Cambra, Luzerne 
county, Sept. 2, 1861, becoming a corporal of 
Company A, 52d Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, and served all through the war, having 
reenlisted in the field Jan. i, t864. He was 
under the command of Col. John C. Dodd, of 
Williamsport, later of Henry M. Hoyt of 
Wilkes-Barre, Col. John M. Cunningham, of 
Wilkes-Barre, and a part of the time was 



under the brave General Negley. He took 
part in many serious battles and was wounded 
at the battle of Fair Oaks. Prior to his hon- 
orable discharge, July 12, 1865, at Harrisburg, 
Pa., he was connected with that branch of 
the army commanded by General Sherman. 
He held the rank of sergeant in his company. 
In 1867 Mr. Holly came to Berwick and 
secured farm work in the neighborhood for 
a short time. Then he entered the employ of 
the Jackson Woodin Manufacturing Com- 
pany, with which concern he remained for 
sixteen years. After severing the above re- 
lation he followed the carpenter's trade until 
he retired from active life. He was a mem- 
ber of the Capt. C. G. Jackson Post, No. 159, 
G. A. R., at Berwick, from Jan. 16, 1880. 
In addition to Mr. Holly's service in the Civil 
war he was otherwise connected with military 
life, for five years serving as captain in the 
Jackson Guards, Company D. 17th Regiment, 
9th Division, Pennsylvania State Militia, of 
Berwick. 

On Nov. II, i860, Mr. Holly was married 
to Matilda Eveland, of Cambra, Pa., who was 
born July 11, 1839, a daughter of Daniel Eve- 
land, a farmer of Luzerne county. Mr. and 
Mrs. Holly had two children, the one survivor 
being George E. Holly, born March 8. 1866, 
now manager and secretary of the Weimer 
Chain Works at Lebanon, Lebanon Co., Pa. ; 
he married Cora Young, and they have had 
six children, five living and one deceased : 
Henry F., Pearl E., Mabel M., (jeorge E. and 
Dorothy surviving, the third bom, William 
W.. having passed away. 

Mr. Holly was a member of the Bower 
Memorial United Evangelical Church, to 
which his widow also belongs, and was a very 
active church worker, serving as assistant class 
leader and helping to organize the Sunday 
school. He was a great student of the New 
Testament, which he read through 145 times 
in nine years. His death occurred l5cc. it. 
19 13. He and his wife occupied her present 
home at Berwick for a quarter of a century. 

VERNER E. FRITZ, a merchant of 
Bloomsburg, senior member of the firm of 
Fritz & Fritz, was bom in Jackson township. 
Columbia county. July 6. 1878. son of Jasper 
N. Fritz and a grandson of Josiah Fritz. 

Josiah Fritz spent his life in Sugarloaf 
township, Columbia county, where he farmed 
until death claimed him. His children were : 
B. Frank. Josiah P.. Floyd. William. Jasper 
N.. Rosetta, Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine. 

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township, and operated the old homestead of 
his father for some years, but later went to 
Jackson township, where he became one of the 
substantial agriculturists of his locality. He is 
now residing near Waller. Jasper N. Fritz 
married Belle Girton, and they have had chil- 
dren : Verner E., Eugene, Rush M., Arthur, 
Maynard, Edwin, William, Anna and Emma. 

Verner E. Fritz was educated in the public 
schools of his native place and the Benton 
high school, and later attended a summer 
school held at Ganoga. Having thus prepared 
himself, he entered Susquehanna University. 
Finishing his course in that institution, he be- 
gan clerking for Low Brothers at Lime Ridge, 
Columbia county, remaining with this firm for 
six years. Mr. Fritz then engaged with the 
Bell Telephone Company at Bloomsburg, con- 
tinuing this association for two years, when in 
191 1 he bought the business owned by J. W. 
Crawford, a grocer and dry goods merchant 
on Main street, Bloomsburg, and with his 
brother formed the firm of Fritz & Fritz. They 
now have a large business, and both partners 
have won appreciation and favor by their com- 
prehensive grasp of details and their proved 
ability to serve their customers fairly and ex- 
peditiously. 

On Oct. 4, 1905, Mr. Fritz married Flor- 
ence Yorks, a daughter of C. E. Yorks, of 
Benton, Pa., and they have three children : 
Martha, Charles and Catherine. Socially Mr. 
Fritz is a member of Washington Lodge, No. 
265, F. & A. M., of Bloomsburg. A Meth- 
odist in religious faith, he takes an active 
part in the work of his church. 

Rush M. Fritz, junior member of the firm 
of Fritz & Fritz, was born in Jackson town- 
ship, Columbia county, and educated in the 
public schools of his native place. He re- 
mained at home until twenty years old, when 
he went to Staten Island, N. Y., to take charge 
of a large farm for E. T. Butler, remaming 
with him for seven years, when he came to 
Bloomsburg to go into business with his 
brother. 

Rush M. Fritz married Susie Tubbs, a 
daughter of J. C. Tubbs, of Elk Grove, Co- 
lumbia county, and they have one son, Jasper, 
and one daughter, Dorothy. 

CHARLES E. HULL, whose life as a 
private citizen and foreman of the lumber- 
yard of the American Car and Foundry Com- 
pany has been above reproach, is one of the 
substantial residents of Berwick, where he 
was born March 28, 1856, son of William C. 
and Mary E. (Bahl) Hull. 



William C. Hull was born at Berwick, Pa., 
in 1830, and died on Long Island, N. Y., in the 
McDougall hospital, in 1865. He was a son 
of Aaron Hull, a native of Easton, Pa., a mill- 
wright by trade, who located at Berwick and 
there served as toll collector at the Berwick 
bridge for a number of years. His death oc- 
curred in 1867, when he was sixty-nine years 
old. He was a consistent member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, 
Elizabeth McPherson, died in 1858, aged 
fifty-six years. Children as follows were born 
to them: Esther, who married Samuel E. 
Smith; William; Edward B., who married 
Mary Hutton; Mary E., who married Joseph 
D. Thompson; and Catherine, who married 
Jeremiah H. Mears. 

Growing up at Berwick, William C. Hull 
became a butcher and was carrying on a suc- 
cessful business when he felt the call of duty 
and enlisted for service as a member of the 
i6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, under Capt. 
Augustus Rush, during the Civil war. He 
acted as dispatch bearer, and died of a fever 
contracted while in the army. His wife was 
a daughter of Rev. Isaiah and Julia (Snyder) 
Bahl. Mr. and Mrs. Hull had the following 
children: Isaiah B. died young; Warren W. 
died young; Charles E. married Bertha Gear- 
hart; Frank, born in 1855, married Lydia 
Jones, and died in 1896, being buried in Pine 
Grove cemetery. William C. Hull was a Re- 
publican in political faith. His religious home 
was in St. John's Lutheran Church of Ber- 
wick. Fraternally he belonged to Berwick 
Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F. 

Charles Edmund Hull was educated in the 
old academy under Miss Deitterich and at the 
Soldiers' Orphans' Schools, first entering 
the one at Orangeville, whence he was trans- 
ferred to Hartford, Susquehanna Co., Pa. 
After leaving school he learned the car- 
penter's trade at Shenandoah, under Jeremiah 
Mears, following which he went to Duke 
Center, Pa., in 1877, and there worked at his 
trade for six months. During the succeeding 
eighteen months he traveled through Western 
States, working as a carpenter, and returning 
to Berwick was made foreman for the Jack- 
son & Woodin Company, later the American 
Car and Foundry Company, being engaged in 
the lumber yard. 

Mr. Hull married Bertha Gearhart, a 
daughter of George and Lola Gearhart, of 
Cambra, Pa., and they had a son, William G., 
born Feb. 22, 1890, now clerk at the lumber- 
yard of the American Car and Foundry Com- 
pany. After losing his first wife Mr. Hull 



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married Delia, daughter of Esau and Elizabeth 
(Whitenight) Shoemaker. One son, Glen- 
more C, was born of this marriage Dec. 4, 
1894. Mr. Hull is a Democrat, and very ac- 
tive in the deliberations and work of his party. 
Bower Memorial Church has in him an 
earnest and effective worker, and he enjoys his 
connection with that congregation. 

The history of the Shoemaker family is 
worthy of notice. The first of this family of 
whom there is definite mention was Abraham 
Shoemaker, who was born near Buckhorn, 
Pa., where he spent his Hfe. His children 
were as follows: Jane, who married Ben- 
jamin Shoemaker; Margaret, who married 
Thomas Jones; John; Martin; Sarah, who 
married Jacob Harris ; and Esau G. 

Esau G. Shoemaker was born at Buckhorn, 
Columbia Co., Pa., in 1828, and died in 
October, 1898. He was buried at Dutch Hill. 
A miner, he worked in the vicinity of both 
Bloomsburg and Buckhorn. By his first mar- 
riage, to a Miss Old, he had two children, 
namely : Clarence, who married Elizabeth 
Sardis. is buried at Dutch Hill ; William mar- 
ried Elizabeth Hillmer. After the death of 
his first wife Esau G. Shoemaker married 
Elizabeth Whitenight, and they had the fol- 
lowing family : Ida who died young, is buried 
in Vanderslice's cemetery at Buckhorn ; Sadie, 
born Jan. i, 1865, married William Pursel; 
Delia, bom Aug. 10, 1868, married Charles 
E. Hull; Harriet E., born March 27, 1872, 
married Miles Pursel ; George C. married 
Pearl Kitchen. In political sentiment he was 
a Democrat, but confined his activities to his 
private affairs. The Methodist Church had in 
him one of its most enthusiastic workers, and 
he carried into his everyday life the faith he 
professed, living up to it in a way worthy of 
emulation by those of the present generation. 

Elizabeth Whitenight, mother of Mrs. Hull, 
was a daughter of John Whitenight. She was 
born Oct. 31, 1838, in Madison township, Co- 
lumbia Co., Pa., and had the following 
brothers and sisters : George, who married 
Chrissie Foulk : Margaret, who married Peter 
Hayman ; Anna, who married Martin Kline ; 
Mary, who married Thomas Ohlman ; Eme- 
line, who married Clay Mills ; and Sarah, who 
died young. 

REV. FATHER EDWARD A. BUR- 
HARD, pastor of St. Columba's Catholic 
Church, at Bloomsburg. Columbia county, has 
been stationed in Pennsylvania ever since he 
took orders, and has had his present charge 
since May, 19 10. Its excellent condition is 



so much the result of his labors that though 
he has been pastor only a few years there are 
few details of the church life which do not 
show the effect of his wholesome and vigorous 
policy. 

Father Burhard was born ^larch 15, 1875, 
at Newton, N. J., son of Anthony and Anna 
(Monhahan) Burhard. His father, a native 
of Germany, was in business as a merchant 
at Newton. He received a thorough prepara- 
tory education at St. Charles College. Elli- 
cott City, ]\Id., and Seaton Hall, South Orange, 
N. J., where he was graduated in 1893, ^^^ 
had his theological training at ]\It. St. Mary's 
Seminary, Emmitsburg, Aid. He was or- 
dained June 19, 1898, and in March, 1906, 
took charge of the congregation at Bonneau- 
ville, Adams Co., Pa., where he erected a fine 
church, begun in 1907 and dedicated in June, 
1908. From Bonneauville in October, 1909, he 
was transferred to Middletown, Pa., where he 
remained but seven months, on May 29. 1910, 
taking up his duties at St. Columba's Church at 
Bloomsburg. The present fine church, erected 
entirely under his supervision, is a structure 
85 by 43 feet in dimensions, located at the 
corner of East Third and Iron streets. It 
was begun June 27, 191 1, and the outside. was 
finished in November of that year, the rest 
of the work going on with the same exjiedition. 
It is of Bloomsburg pressed brick, finished with 
Hummelstown brownstone, and the con- 
tractor's bid placed the cost at $19,000. but 
by personally exerting himself in the work of 
construction and purchase of materials Father 
Burhard succeeded in having it completed for 
$14,000. All the church property presents a 
fine appearance and shows systematic and in- 
telligent management. Father Burhard had 
the fine two and a half story dwelling moved 
from the site of the church to the west and 
uses it as a residence. He has in various other 
ways improved the holdings of St. Columba's 
very materially. 

Eighty families are included in the parish, 
about four hundred souls in all, and Father 
Burhard has taken advantage of every op- 
portunity to broaden its work. 

MERTON LEVI JARRARD, a member 
of the well known family of that name, was 
born in Berwick. Feb. 17. 1867, son of W"\\- 
liam P. Jarrard, whose history appears else- 
where in this work. Mr. Jarrard attended the 
public schools of the town until his fifteenth 
year, when he entered the cmjiloy of the Jack- 
son & Woodin Manufacturing Company, in 
the wood car department, where he remained 





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for two years. He then began his apprentice- Mr. Boudman was a Democrat and a member 

ship to the blacksmith's trade with his father, of the Lutheran Church. 

with whom he continued until the father's George W. Boudman was born June 13, 

death, after which he conducted the business 1857, in Unityville, and was educated in the' 

himself for a period of eighteen years, having common schools, working between times on 

his shop at Eighth and Pine streets, where he his father's farm. After his majority he 

gained a reputation for high class workman- moved to Columbia county, four miles from 

ship and honest dealing. For the last eight Millville, and bought a farm. About 1904 he 

years he has had charge of the plant of the came to I5erwick and went to work for the 

Abrams Shirt Manufacturing Company, at- American Car and Foundry Company. In 

tending to all the mechanical, electrical and 1880 he married Margaret, daughter of John 

engineering work there. _ and Martha (Fairman) Brunner, and they 

In 1895 Mr. Jarrard was married to had children as follows: J. Roland and 
Keturah M. Evans, who was born Feb. 25, Minnie Martha, the daughter the wife of Ed- 
1868, daughter of Jenkins Evans, a resident at ward Deitrick. Mr. Boudman is a Democrat 
that time of Berwick, but now living at Slat- and a member of the Lutheran Church, 
ington. Pa. One child was born to this mar- J. Roland Boudman was educated in the 
riage. Eclair, who resides at home. Mrs. Jar- common schools of Millville and at an early 
rard died Aug. 23, 1899, and was buried in age began to learn weaving. He is one of the 
Pine Grove cemetery. On April 26, 1905, Mr. most expert of the workmen in the Magee 
Jarrard was married to Mrs. Laura Bliven, a Carpet Mills, and is a favorite with his em- 
widow, daughter of Daniel Boice, of Blooms- ployers and his fellow workmen. He married 
burg. Mrs. Jarrard is president of the Or- Gertrude, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth 
phans' Home of the P. O. S. of A. at Mifflin- Brodt, and they have three children, Donald, 
ville, having served one term of two years and Earle and Edward. Politically Mr. Boudman 
now serving the second. She takes a deep is a Democrat, in religion a member of the 
interest in the welfare of the society and de- Lutheran Church. 

votes much time to its affairs. Mr. and Mrs. Margaret Brunner, mother of J. Roland 

Jarrard are members of the First Methodist Boudman, was born in Millville, on the farm 

Episcopal Church, and they are consistent and of her father, and attended the Center school 

active supporters of the work of the society, and the seminary at Millville. She taught 

Mr. Jarrard is a Republican in national school after graduation and then took up the 
poHtics,"but independent in local affairs. He occupation of seamstress until her marriage._ 
is a member and past president of Washing- John Brunner was born in Jordan township, 
ton Camp No. 105, P. O. S. of A., of Berwick, which is in Lycoming county, just over the 
and a member and past commander of W. T. line of Columbia county, and received a corn- 
Sherman Commandery, No. 23, of the P. O. mon school education. Until his retirement 
S. of A. He is also a past president of Camp he was most of his Hfe a farmer. He married 
No. 57, P. O. S. of A., and Mrs. Jarrard is Martha, daughter of Robert and Edith (Bat- 
serving as treasurer of that camp. ton) Fairman, of Greenwood township, and 

they had children as follows : Mary Isabelle, 

J. ROLAND BOUDMAN, an expert wife of John D. Gordon; Hannah Elizabeth, 

weaver in the Magee Carpet Mills, at Blooms- wife of Thomas Fortner; Anna Margaret, 

burg. Pa., was born Aug. 18, 1885, near Mill- wife of George W. Boudman; Henry Jackson 

ville, Columbia county, and is a son of George and William Parson, both deceased; Sarah 

W. and Margaret (Brunner) Boudman. Edith, deceased, wife of Charles Eckman; 

James Boudman, his grandfather, was born John Willett. who married Ella Eves; and 

near Unityville, Lycoming Co., Pa., his father, s^san Ella, wife of Benjamin Whitmover. 

Isaac Boudman, having settled in that county jyjj. Brunner was a Democrat and a member 

on coming from Germany, at an early date. ^^ ^j^^ Lutheran Church 

James Boudman owned a farm of about eighty p^^^^ Brunner, the father of John, married 
acres, upon which he lived and died. He mar- daughter of John and Catherine 
ried Sarah, daughter of John and Catherme ^^^^^^^^^ ^1 ^^.^^ ^ j^^^^, ,„j H,.ed in 
(Stackhouse) Gardner, and they had these i,'' , ,. 1 • /- 1 1 • ^ t-i • 
children: George W^, who married Margaret Franklin township Columbia county. Their 
Brunner; Henry, who married Nellie Warner; children were: Wilham, who married Re- 
Samuel; Thomas; Smith; Margaret. Mrs. becca Beckley; Margaret, wife of Peter Cross- 
MacGarner; and Sarah, wife of Glen Pursell. ley; Jackson, who married Harriet Swishler; 



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Samuel; John; and Lydia, wife of Amos 
Houk. 

Robert Fairman married Edith Batton, of 
Greenwood township, Columbia county, and 
their children were: Edith, wife of Abram 
Swisher; Reese, who married Sue Leed; 
Thomas; Sarah, wife of William Lotton; 
Henry, who married Mary Ann Warner; 
William; Martha, wife of John Brunner; 
Mary, wife of Clemuel Parker; and Hugh, 
who married Chrissie Oberson. 

GEORGE B. UNANGST, tax collector of 
Berwick, Columbia county, was born in Fish- 
ingcreek township, that county, Aug. 8, 1875, 
son of Edward and Mary (Stiles) Unangst. 

Philip Unangst came to Northampton 
county, Pa., from Germany at an early day, 
and became a heavy landowner. Selling his 
several farms there he settled in Columbia 
county. Pa., in Fishingcreek township, where 
he lived until his death. He had always been 
a farmer. He had ten children, only one of 
whom survives, Mealis, of Cold Water, Mich., 
who was a soldier during the Civil war, as 
were his brothers, Wayne, Emanuel and 
Abram. 

Edward Unangst was born on the present 
site of the City of Easton, Northampton Co., 
Pa., and died in October, 1886, his wife sur- 
viving him. They had six children : Philip, 
who resides at Berwick; Van Buren, who is 
deceased ; Edward, deceased ; George B. ; 
Rudolph, who resides at Berwick ; and Mar- 
garet, who married Joseph Brown, of Berwick. 

George B. Unangst attended the common 
schools of Fishingcreek township, and was 
brought up on the homestead. He spent four- 
teen years of his mature life engaged in farm- 
ing, and then moved to Berwick to take em- 
ployment with the Jackson & Woodin Manu- 
facturing Company. After several years with 
them he embarked in the grocery business, in 
1903, and conducted it for six years, when he 
sold and built the "Berwick Hotel." After 
operating this for two years he again became a 
grocer. In 1909 he was elected tax collector, 
and has held that office ever since. He is now 
the owner of the homestead farm in Fishing- 
creek township, where he was born. 

In May, 1904, Mr. Unangst was married to 
Eva F. Wright, born Feb. 14, 1876, in Ber- 
wick, a daughter of Daniel and Rosana 
(Harris) Wright, the former of whom is de- 
ceased; the latter survives and makes her 
home at Berwick. Mr. Unangst is a member 
of the Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. F., 
Washington Camp, No. 105, Patriotic Order 



Sons of America ; and Pewaukee Tribe, No. 
240, Improved Order of Red Men, having 
been one of the organizers of the Berwick 
Tribe and one of its first officials. 

CHARLES F. WALP, foreman of the die 
department of the steel car plant of the 
American Car and Foundry Company, at Ber- 
wick, Pa., was born April 15, 1885, at Mifflin- 
ville, in Mifflin township, Columbia county, 
son of George W. and Dora E. (Creasy) 
W'alp. 

Anthony Walp, the great-grandfather of 
Charles F. Walp, was bom July 19, 1800, in 
Northampton county. Pa., and as a young 
man settled on Knob Mountain, near Evans- 
ville, Briarcreek township, Columbia Co., Pa., 
on a tract of sixty-five acres. In addition to 
clearing nearly all of this property he fol- 
lowed various other pursuits, being known far 
and wide as a "jack-of-all-trades," at various 
times working as a cooper, cabinetmaker, car- 
penter and shoemaker. He married Lydia 
Hess, and they became the parents of the fol- 
lowing children : Hiram married Elizabeth 
Housmith, and both are deceased ; Aaron, de- 
ceased, married Catherine Shiner, of Hazle- 
ton ; Stephen is deceased ; William is men- 
tioned below ; Sarah Ann married Aaron 
Kelchner, and both are deceased ; Phoebe, 
deceased, married Samuel Kelchner; Rebecca 
married John Roup, of Light Street ; Wesley 
died young; Thomas married Delilah Boone, 
and both are deceased; Jeremiah, deceased, 
married Ann Sponsler. Mr. Walp was a 
Democrat in politics. He and his wife were 
consistent members of the German Lutheran 
Church, belonging at Briar Creek, and they 
were buried at the Brick Church in Briar- 
creek township. 

\^'illiam Walp, son of Anthony, was born 
Aug. 8, 183 1, in Briarcreek township. Colum- 
bia Co., Pa., was educated in the township 
schools, and worked for his father until reach- 
ing his twenty-first year. Following this he 
was an employee on wages with Andrew Frcas 
for four years. He was about twenty-five 
when his father died, and in that year he was 
married to Mary Ann Bower, who was born 
Feb. 4, 1830, in Forks township, Northamp- 
ton Co., Pa., daughter of Thomas Bower, 
whose wife was a Switzer. To this union 
there were born the following children : 
Lydia Catherine, born Jan. 16. 1856. married 
Charles Clewell, deceased, of Catawissa. Pa. , 
Nancy Jane, born Feb. i, 1858. married Frank 
Dietterick. of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. : one child 
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was born Aug. 9, i860; George Washington 
was born May 15, 1863; Mary Elizabeth (de- 
ceased), born May 6, 1865, married Levi 
Kocher; Samuel Andrew, born March 3, 1867, 
married a Miss Broadhead (deceased), and 
(second) a Miss Barnum, of Wilkes-Barre, 
Pa.; William Thomas, l)orn April 3, 1872, 
married Clara Knorr, of Maryland. After his 
marriage Mr. Walp rented his father's farm 
for one year and then went to Salem township, 
Luzerne Co., Pa., where he spent two years, at 
the end of that time returning to Briarcreek 
township, where he purchased his father's 
farm. Later he bought ten acres of land from 
his uncle Jonas Wright, and continued on his 
farm until 189 1. At that time he went to Ber- 
wick and entered the employ of the American 
Car and Foundry Company, subsequently was 
at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and then returned to 
Berwick and became a watchman for his 
former employers. On leaving their employ 
he purchased a property of two acres in Briar- 
creek township, near the borough line of 
West Berwick, from Charles H. Campbell, 
and has been living retired for the last eleven 
years. He is a Democrat in politics, and has 
served efficiently in the capacities of school 
director and auditor. His wife was buried at 
the Brick Church. 

George Washington Walp, son of William 
Walp, was born May 15, 1863, near Knob 
Mountain, in Briarcreek township, Columbia 
Co., Pa., and in that vicinity received a public 
school education. He was reared to agricul- 
tural pursuits and worked on the homestead 
farm until reaching the age of twenty-one 
years, when he entered the employ of the 
Jackson & Woodin Company, securing a posi- 
tion in the machine shop. Later he moved to 
Philadelphia, where he served his apprentice- 
ship to the tinsmith's trade, and then returned 
to Berwick and again became associated with 
the Jackson & Woodin Company, as tinsmith 
for many years. Eventually he embarked in 
business on his own acaount, opening a shop 
on the present site of the Raseley printing 
house, where he continued in business for five 
years. He then returned to the Jackson & 
Woodin Company for one year, after which 
he went out to California and for one year 
conducted a match manufacturing plant, be- 
ing well acquainted with matchmaking ma- 
chinery. Succeeding this he returned to Ber- 
wick and again went into business, and he has 
been located there ever since, now doing all 
the tinsmith work for the American Car and 
Foundry Company and other large concerns, 
in addition to having a prosperous trade 



among private families. He is independent in 
his political views, preferring to give his sup- 
port to the candidate he deems best fitted for 
office, irrespective of party ties. His fra- 
ternal connections include membership in Ber- 
wick Lodge of Odd Fellows, and Washington 
Camp No. 105, Patriotic Order Sons of Amer- 
ica. His home is in West Berwick. 

Mr. Walp was united in marriage with Dora 

E. Creasy, daughter of Charles and Rebecca 
(Pifer) Creasy, and three children have been 
born to this union: Jessie M., who married 
William Remley, of West Berwick; Dorothy, 
who makes her home with her parents; and 
Charles F. 

Charles F. Walp secured his education in 
the schools of Briarcreek township and Ber- 
wick, which he attended up to the age of six- 
teen years, at that time entering the machine 
shop of the American Car and Foundry Com- 
pany, at Berwick, where he served his appren- 
ticeship to the machinist's trade. With the 
exception of three years spent in the New 
York offices of the same company, as a drafts- 
man, he has continued to be employed with 
this great enterprise in Berwick, where his 
faithfulness to duty, enterprise, energy and 
progressive ideas have gained him constant 
promotion, until at present he is foreman of 
the die department in the steel car division. 
He is trusted by his employers and a general 
favorite with his men, who have learned to 
place the greatest confidence in his ability. 
Mr. Walp is a Republican, but has found no 
time to engage in the struggles of the political 
arena. He is interested in fraternal work to 
some extent, and has numerous friends among 
his fellow members in Knapp Lodge, No. 462, 

F. & A. M., of Berwick, and Berwick Tent, 
No. 282, Knights of the Maccabees. 

Mr. Walp married Blanche Bowser, daugh- 
ter of Hiram W. and Harriet (Suit) Bower, 
and to this union have come four children : 
Harriet E., born Feb. 16, 1905 ; Charles F., 
Jr., born Jan. 26, 1908; George B., born May 
27, 1910, now deceased; and Mary Frances, 
born Oct. 30, 19 13. 

Michael Bower, the great-great-grandfather 
of Mrs. Walp, was born in Saxony, Germany, 
and came to America at the age of sixteen 
years. After his marriage he located at Kutz- 
town, Berks Co., Pa., and the family has since 
been closely identified with the county's 
growth and development. It was in the latter 
end of the eighteenth century that Michael 
Bower came to Columbia county and pur- 
chased a small farm in Briarcreek township, 
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substantial agriculturists of the community. 
His work included the clearing of a tract of 
I20 acres of land now owned by John Tester. 
His wife's maiden name was Hill, and 
they reared the following children : Jacob, 
Michael, Solomon, Daniel, Philena, Catherine 
and Abraham. 

Abraham Bower, son of Michael Bower, 
was born at Kutztown, Pa., and was a yoimg 
man when he accompanied his father to Briar- 
creek township. He learned the trade of 
mason, and after his marriage bought a farm, 
which he conducted in connection with work- 
ing at his trade. He married Helen Remley, 
a daughter of Michael Remley, and they be- 
came the parents of the following children : 
Samuel, deceased ; Phebe, who married Daniel 
Miller, and (second) Abraham Culp ; Eliza- 
beth, who married Caleb Fowler ; William ; 
Abraham, who died young; Susanna, who 
died in infancy; Lavina. who married George 
Johnson : Catherine, the wife of Thomas 
Evans ; Ellen, deceased ; Rev. Aaron, who was 
a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church ; 
Hiram, who retired to Berwick; and Matilda, 
who became the second wife of George John- 
son. In political belief Abraham Bower was 
a stanch Democrat, and served his town as 
supervisor and school director. He was sev- 
enty-eight years old at the time of his death, 
while his wife survived him some time and 
died at the advanced age of eighty-four years. 

William Bower, son of Abraham Bower, 
was born in Centre township, Columbia 
county, April T.'j, 1818, and with his father 
learned the trade of mason and plasterer. He 
followed that occupation for almost forty 
years, the latter part of which period was 
spent in Berwick, where he erected a fine home 
on Fifth street. After a long and useful life 
he died April 27, 1897, in the faith of the 
United Evangelical Church. He was mar- 
ried to Sarah Stephens, and they became the 
parents of the following children : Delilah 
married Dr. M. E. Brown, of Seattle, Wash. ; 
John S., born March 16, 1844, died Feb. 16, 
1853 ; Lavina, bom April 19, 1846. became the 
wife of G. P. Stiner, of Orangeville. Pa. ; 
Emeline, born Feb. 5, 1848, now deceased, be- 
came the wife of George Herring, of Orange- 
ville; Catherine, the wife of W'illiam F. Kline, 
of Kansas, was born Dec. 30, 1849, ^"^ is de- 
ceased; Elizabeth, deceased, born March 9, 
1852, married Alfred Kisner; Hiram W. is 
mentioned below; Mary N., born March 3, 
1856, died Aug. 23, 1877; Elwood was born 
Dec. 26, 1858; Ida died in infancy; Isaac 
Scott, born Feb. 12, 1862, is a resident of 



Salina, Kans. ; Sarah M. was bom Aug. 3, 
1864; Eva May, born Aug. 5, 1867, married 
Wesley Cool, of Nanticoke, Pa. Mrs. Bower 
died March 18, 1888, aged sixty-seven years, 
one month, twenty-two days. 

Hiram W. Bower, son of William Bower, 
and father of Mrs. Walp, was born ]\Iarch 11, 
1854, in Centre township, Columbia Co., Pa., 
and there attended the public schools until he 
was nineteen years of age. At that time he 
learned the trade of mason and plasterer, and 
in 1878 moved to Ellsworth, Kans., where he 
spent one year. Returning to his home, he 
soon thereafter went to Nanticoke, where he 
clerked in the grocer}' store kept by George O. 
\\'elliver, but being fond of travel, and fa- 
vorably impressed with Kansas on his first trip 
there, he decided to return to that State. 
After clerking there for some time he received 
an appointment as detective on the L^nion 
Pacific railroad, and during his service in that 
capacity had several narrow escapes and thrill- 
ing experiences which were sufficient to test 
the bravery of any man. He performed his 
duties faithfully, and was rewarded by a posi- 
tion in the general offices at Wallace. Kans., 
where he learned telegraphy. Later he was 
advanced to the position of foreman of the 
mason construction and building department 
of two divisions, extending from Brookville 
to Denver, a distance of 439 miles. 

In 1882 Mr. Bower retumed to Berwick to 
l)e married and he has since made this borough 
his home. He has been engaged in masonry 
and plastering as a contractor, and his compre- 
hensive experience and competency have been 
the means of his receiving some of the largest 
local contracts let in the business. Among 
these may be mentioned the Opera House at 
Berwick ; the residence of C. R. \\'oodin, at 
Berwick Heights ; the wheel foundry of the 
Jackson & Woodin Company ; the residence of 
J. W. Evans, and numerous other fine struc- 
tures in the borough and vicinity. Mr. Bower 
has firmly established himself in the confi- 
dence and esteem of the people of his com- 
munity through the exercise of honesty, in- 
tegrity and honorable dealing, and merits the 
place he holds as a progressive, enterprising 
and public-spirited citizen. 

On Jan. 3, 1882. Mr. Bower Avas united in 
marriage with Hattie Suit, daughter of James 
Suit, of Berwick. Pa., and to this union there 
have been born the following children : Odell 
S.. born Sept. 3. 1883. now a resident of Salem 
township. Luzerne county ; Randall, bom in 
December. 1884 : Blanche, bom Oct. 24, 1886. 
now the wife of Charles F. Walp; Ralph bom 



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May 17, 1888; one child who died in infancy; 
Arthur, deceased, born Feb. 7, 1891 ; Martha, 
born June 24, 1892; and Lewis, born Nov. 18, 

1893. 

Mr. Bower is a Democrat in pohtical mat- 
ters, and in rehgious faith is a Methodist. He 
is widely knowai in fraternal circles, and his 
affiliations in this connection include member- 
ship in the Patriotic Order Sons of America ; 
the Knights of the Golden Eagle, of which he 
is a past chief ; the Knights of Malta, in which 
he is a past commander; and Bloomsburg 
Lodge, No. 436, Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks.' 

WILLIAM H. TREGO, late of Berwick, 
was born at Milton, Northumberland Co., Pa., 
July 5, 1 841, son of Eli and Maria Caroline 
(Kanuske) Trego. 

Eli Trego was born at Milton, in Northum- 
berland county, Pa. He was an early settler 
at Milton, that county, engaging in a manu- 
facturing business there. Later he established 
a foundry at Rolston, Pa., in association wdth 
his three brothers and they built a railroad 
with wooden rails that was operated near 
Williamsport. Still later he built another 
foundry at Milton and there manufactured all 
kinds of machinery, conducting that business 
for several years. Afterwards he moved to 
Reading, where both he and wife died. Eli 
Trego was a man of considerable consequence 
in Pennsylvania. At one time he was a mem- 
ber of the State militia, served on the staff of 
Governor Pollock, and was otherwise active in 
public afifairs. He w^as prominent also in the 
fraternal order of Odd Fellows. At Reading 
he was married to Alaria Caroline Kanuske, 
who was born in Germany and accompanied 
her parents to America. Her father, w^ho 
was a minister, settled at Reading, Pa., and 
died there. The family moved then to Mil- 
ton. There were eight children born to Eli 
Trego and his wife, namely: Celia is the wife 
of P. C. Nice, of Reading; William H. is men- 
tioned below; EH M. is a resident of Berwick; 
Charles is living in the Soldiers' Home at Dan- 
ville. 111. ; John is deceased ; Verdilla M. is the 
wife of F. H. Deener, of Elizabeth, N. J. ; 
Mary is deceased ; one died in infancy. 

William H. Trego obtained his education 
in the schools of Milton and attended high 
school for a time, afterwards working for 
his father in the molding department of his 
father's foundry, learning the trade. Later 
he entered the machine shop, where he worked 
for two years, and then went back into the 



molding department and worked until he com- 
pleted his trade and attained the skill neces- 
sary in this line. About this time the Civil 
war broke out and Mr. Trego was one of the 
patriotic young men to enlist early, serving 
through a first enlistment of eighteen months 
in Company E, 131st Pennsylvania \'olunteer 
Infantry, under Capt. I. B. Davis, of Milton. 
During this time he took part in the battles 
of Antietam, Fredericksburg and South 
Mountain. With his regiment he went then 
to Hampton Roads and on to Richmond, where 
the regiment was sent to relieve Washington 
city, and from there Mr. Trego went to Har- 
risburg, where he was honorably discharged. 
He then returned home to Milton, but entered 
on a second enlistment at Williamsport, be- 
coming a member of Company B, 7th Penn- 
sylvania Cavalry. He saw active service 
through Kentucky, Tennessee and other 
Southern States until the close of the war in 
1865, w^ien he was again honorably discharged, 
at Harrisburg. His regiments were connected 
with the Army of the Potomac and the Army 
of the Cumberland. He again returned to 
Milton and resumed work at his trade, which 
he continued for several years, after which 
he lived more or less retired on account of 
disability caused by exposure during his long 
service as a soldier. He received a pension of 
fifty dollars a month on this account. In 1903 
he moved to Berwick, where he resided with 
his brother, at No. 213 Jackson street, until 
his death. March 15. 1914. He had proi>erty 
interests at Milton, Pa., where he was buried. 

Mr. Trego was married in Northumberland 
county to Alice Riland, of that county, a 
daughter of Samuel Riland, who lived in the 
Limestone valley, in Northumberland county. 
Mrs. Trego died in 1901, leaving no children. 

Politically Mr. Trego was a Democrat, but 
never accepted any public office. He was a 
member of Henry Wilson Post, G. A. R., of 
]\Iilton. and like his father before him had 
taken much interest in the order of Odd Fel- 
lows, and held office in his lodge while living 
at Milton. He was a member of Berwick 
Lodge, No. 246, and Berwick Encampment, 
No. 48, as well as the Mary Frantz Rebekah 
Lodge, No. 37, I. O. O. F. He was reared in 
the Alethodist Episcopal Church, but held 
membership in the Reformed Church of Mil- 
ton, Pa., at the time of his death. 

HENDERSON FRANKLIN BELLES, 
who is engaged in farming in Briarcreek 
township, Columbia Co., Pa., was born May 
3, 187 1, in Fishingcreek township, same 



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county, son of Andrew Jackson and Mary 
(Zeluff) Belles. 

Adam Belles, the grandfather of Henderson 
F. Belles, was a native of Germany, born Sept. 
25, 1804. On coming to the United States he 
settled in Fishingcreek township, Columbia 
Co., Pa. He engaged in a variety of occupa- 
tions, following at different times school teach- 
ing during the winter months and farming in 
the summer, cabinetmaking and the manu- 
facture of chairs, grain cradles and spinning 
wheels. At the time of his death, June 28, 
1878, he owned a property of seventy-five 
acres and was carrying on general farming. 
He married Charlotte Yaple, born Sept. 23, 
1810, died June 8, 1870, and they had the fol- 
lowing children : Julianne Louise, born July 
7, 1833, is the widow of Henry Sitler and lives 
in Berwick ; George Washington, born July 
31, 1835, married Annie Yaple, and both are 
deceased; Savilla, born Jan. 24, 1839, married 
William Royer, of Plymouth, Pa. ; John, of 
Omaha, Nebr., born Sept. 7, 1841, married 
Mary Lockard, who is deceased : E)aniel, born 
April 22, 1844, married Rebecca Kline; An- 
drew J., born Sept. 3, 1846, married Mary 
Zeluff; Isaac, born Feb. 27, 1849, married 
Frances Santee, and resides at Berwick ; Mary 
Jeanette, born Feb. 12, 1851, died Dec. 27. 
1856; FrankHn, born May 18, 1854, married 
Rebecca Wylie and (second) Henrietta 
Crease, and is living in New Jersey. 

Mr. Belles, the father, was a Democrat in 
politics. He and his wife were consistent 
members of the United Evangelical Associa- 
tion, belonging to the church located between 
Bendertown and Columbus, in Fishingcreek 
township, and both were buried at the Belles 
graveyard in that township. 

Andrew J. Belles, son of Adam Belles, and 
father of Henderson F. Belles, was born Sept. 
3, 1846, in Fishingcreek township, Columbia 
Co., Pa., and received his education in the 
public schools. He worked with his father 
until he was thirty-one years of age, and in 
the meantime learned the carpenter's and 
stonemason's trades. For twenty years after 
his father's death he operated the old home- 
stead farm. Although advanced in years he 
is still active, and is following the trade of 
carpenter and doing a prosperous business. 
A Democrat, he has taken a hand in local 
political affairs, and has served his township 
as judge and inspector of elections. He and 
his wife attend the Methodist Church of Ber- 
wick, where they make their home. Mr. 
Belles married Miss Mary Zeluff, who was 
born in January, 1845, "ear Paxinos, North- 



umberland county, daughter of .William and 
Rebecca (Price) Zeluff, and to this union 
there have been born the following children: 
Jennie, who married John Sutton ; Olen and 
Otis, twins, the former of whom married Lily 
Eveland and lives at Berwick, while the latter 
died when five months old; Pearl, who mar- 
ried Walter Leteer, of Philadelphia ; Elmer, 
who lives at home ; and Henderson F. 

Henderson F. Belles, son of Andrew J. 
Belles, was educated in the schools of Benton 
township, which he attended until he reached 
the age of sixteen years. At that time he en- 
tered the employ of John Belles, for whom he 
worked eleven years. He then purchased a 
farm of thirty-eight acres, located in Benton 
township, but two years later disposed of this 
property and located in Berwick, where he 
became a car-builder for the American Car 
and Foundry Company. He invested his 
capital in a house and two building lots, which 
he subsequently sold at a good profit, and came 
to Briarcreek township, where he bought his 
present farm of 108 acres, which he has culti- 
vated to the present time with a full measure 
of success. In political matters he is a Demo- 
crat and socially belongs to the Protected 
Home Circle. A consistent member of the 
Methodist Church, he was formerly a Sunday 
school teacher and superintendent of the Sun- 
day school of the Presbyterian Church at 
Raven Creek, Benton township. 

Mr. Belles married Irene Shultz, who was 
born July 17, 1877, in Sugarloaf township, 
Columbia Co., Pa., daughter of Stratton and 
Catherine (Cole) Shultz, of that township. 
Mrs. Belles was educated in the public schools 
of her native township, and resided with her 
parents until the time of her marriage. Like 
her husband she is a member of the Protected 
1 tome Circle, and takes much interest in its 
work, as she does also in the movements and 
activities of the Methodist Church. Mr. and 
Mrs. Belles have had the following children: 
Stanley C, born March 29, 1897; Hazel F., 
born Sept. 21, 1899; Glen, born Aug. 21, 1901 ; 
Donovan, born Aug. 9. 1904 ; Mary Catherine, 
born June 8, 1906; Martha, born Sept. 4, 
1907; and Gertrude, born Sept. 14. 191 1. 

Philip Shultz. the great-grandfather of Mrs. 
Belles, came of German stock, and was born 
at Rohrsburg, Columbia Co., Pa. From that 
place he removed to Benton township, where 
he purchased a farm of fifty acres, and was 
engaged in agricultural pursuits during the re- 
mainder of his life. He was a Democrat in 
politics, and in religion a faithful member of 
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died when Mrs. Belles was an infant. They 
were the parents of children as follows : 
Elias, who was twice married; Daniel, de- 
ceased; Anna, deceased, who was the wife of 
Joseph Hess ; Russell, deceased, who mar- 
ried Catherine Beishline ; Henry, deceased, 
who married Amanda Lutz ; Jane, deceased, 
who married Rev. Dyer Moss; Hannah, who 
married James Kough (deceased) and (sec- 
ond) Alvin Carmen (deceased) ; Peter, who 
married Sabra Gearhart, deceased; and 
Wheeler. 

Wheeler Shultz, son of Philip Shultz, and 
grandfather of Mrs. Belles, was educated in 
the schools of Benton township. At the time 
of his marriage he rented a farm, on which 
he and his wife commenced housekeeping, 
and later he purchased a tract of fifty acres 
located in the midst of the woods, cleared and 
developed it. This became the Shultz home- 
stead place. He died in the faith of the 
Methodist Protestant Church, and was laid 
to rest in the cemetery at Cambra, in Pine 
Creek township. During the Civil war he en- 
listed in the Union army, and served valiantly 
during an enlistment of three years. In polit- 
ical opinion he was a Democrat, and for a long 
period he served his township as a school 
director. Wheeler Shultz married Harriet 
Carmen, who was born in 1826, in New York 
State, and died in January, 1902, and they 
became the parents of nine children, among 
whom were Stratton, the father of Mrs. 
Belles; Emily, who married the late Milton 
Eves, of Millville, Pa. ; Edith, who married 
Jasper Kitchen, of Savage Hill, Rohrsburg, 
Pa. ; Alice, who married George Wagner, of 
Orangeville, Pa. ; and Miles, who died at the 
age of nineteen years. 

Stratton Shultz, son of Wheeler Shultz. and 
father of Mrs. Belles, was born July 26, 1855, 
in Sugarloaf township, Columbia Co., Pa., 
was there educated in the public schools, and 
has been a farmer all his life. At the time of 
his father's death he inherited his present 
property, which he has brought to a high state 
of cultivation. He is a Democrat in politics, 
although not active therein. He has always 
been an active worker in church affairs, has 
held various ofificial positions in the congrega- 
tion of the Methodist Protestant denomina- 
tion, and at this time is class leader, and super- 
intendent of the Sunday school, which he re- 
organized after it had been so run down as to 
almost cease. Mr. Shultz married Catherine 
Cole, who was born July 2, 1855, daughter of 
Thomas and Sarah (Hess) Cole, and she died 
Nov. 28, 1 91 2, and was buried at Raven Creek, 



Benton township. They became the parents 
of five children, namely: Irene, who married 
Mr. Belles ; Eva, who married Milford Lau- 
bach, of Coles Creek ; Willis, who married 
Adeline Pless, of Summer Plill ; Thomas El- 
roy, who married Lula Baker, of Benton 
township; and Pearl, who resides with her 
parents. 

WILLIAM MILTON BREDBENNER, 
now living retired at Berwick, first came to 
that borough in 1854 and has resided there 
much of the time since. He is a native of 
Beaver Valley, Columbia county, born Oct. 30, 
1845, son of Levi Bredbenner. 

Levi Bredbenner, born in 1820, died in 
1892, was a native of Scotch Valley, Columbia 
county. He was engaged in boating, making 
trips from Pittston to Baltimore, and in his 
later years hauled produce from Berwick and 
the adjoining territory to Hazleton, Jeddo and 
other mining districts. He first came to Ber- 
wick about 1846. About 1839 he married 
Leah Sarley, of Bucks county, who was born 
in 1820, daughter of Henry and Sarah 
(Weiss) Sarley, and died in 1903 at Berwick. 
She is buried in Pine Grove cemetery. They 
were the parents of eight children: John mar- 
ried Mary Rough ; Emma married William 
Howie ; William Milton married Gorilla Ruth ; 
Sarah married Nathan Yohey; Rachel mar- 
ried Thomas Silver; Isaac, W'ilson and Ed- 
ward died young, and are buried in Pine 
Grove cemetery at Berwick. 

William Milton Bredbenner attended the 
old Market Street Academy at Berwick dur- 
ing his boyhood. Subsequently the family 
lived on a farm in Mount Pleasant township, 
Columbia county, for four years, and he 
helped at home with the agricultural work and 
assisted his father, who was then boating on 
the Pennsylvania canal, being thus engaged 
until 1864. That year he enlisted in Company 
B, 194th Regiment, Pennsylvania \^olunteers, 
serving under Capt. John A. Wenner, from 
Harrisburg. He was discharged in Harris- 
burg, 1864, in July, and returning home began 
to learn the shoemaker's trade at Nescopeck, 
Luzerne county. He continued to follow it 
until incapacitated by illness, and in 1896 en- 
tered the general grocery business at Berwick, 
building up a good trade in that line, in which 
he remained until his retirement, in 1905. He 
has been a prominent member of the Method- 
ist Church, serving on the official board, and 
belongs to C. G. Jackson Post, No. 159, G. 
A. R. Politically he is a Progressive. 

Mr. Bredbenner married Gorilla Ruth, of 



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Berwick, and they have had four children: 
Fannie married John Calvin Styles, and they 
have one child,' Ethel; George, who died 
young, is buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Ber- 
wick; Frank, deceased (he is buried in Pine 
Grove cemetery), married Rosie Walker and 
had one child, Lois; Miles S. is mentioned 
below. 

George Ruth, father of Mrs. William M. 
Bredbenner, was born in 1810, and died in 
1885. His wife, Sarah (Shellhammer), born 
in 1822, died in 1900. They are buried in 
Pine Grove cemetery. Their daughter, Go- 
rilla, married William Milton Bredbenner. 

Philip Shellhammer, father of Mrs. George 
Ruth, married Margaret Wolf about 1795, 
and they located in the Black Creek valley. 
They were farming people, a thrifty and pros- 
perous couple, and Mr. Shellhammer, in con- 
nection with John Barnes, was instrumental in 
the building of the First Methodist Church 
in the valley, providing a home for itinerant 
ministers. "Father" Barnes, as he was known, 
was the father of Rev. Samuel Barnes, a most 
influential minister and presiding elder in cen- 
tral Pennsylvania. Of the children born to 
Philip and Margaret (Wolf) Shellhammer. 
Abraham, the eldest son, enlisted for service 
in the Civil war and is supposed to have been 
killed in the battle of the Wilderness, as no 
trace of him was had afterwards. The rest 
of the family married and some located in the 
Western States, some in the valley where they 
were born. Mrs. Sarah Ruth came to Ber- 
wick, where she resided until her death in 
1900. One son married Eliza Barnes, sister 
of Rev. Samuel Barnes, and they lived in 
Black Creek and Conyngham, Pennsylvania. 

Miles Seward Bredbenner, teller of the 
First National Bank of Berwick, was born in 
Berwick April 20, 1881. He received his edu- 
cation in the public schools and at Wyoming 
vSeminary, Kingston, Pa., where he was grad- 
uated, taking the commercial course. On his 
return home he entered the employment of 
Sherman & Woodin in the malleable iron 
plant, and was made timekeeper and pay- 
master, remaining in the position for one and 
a half years. In the early part of 1904 he be- 
came a clerk in the First National Bank and 
has been gradually promoted to his present 
position. He is married to Ethel May 
Stookey, w^ho was born in Buffalo, N. Y., ]\Iay 
2Q, 1882, a daughter of Byron E. and Isabel 
(Keefer) Stookey. who were natives of 
Luzerne county. The father, who is now de- 
ceased, was a railroad engineer. Mrs. Stookcv 
is still living, at Kingston, Pa. The children 



of Mr. and Mrs. Bredbenner are : Jack H., 
born May 4, 1904. and Byron William, born 
May 13, 1906. 

Mr. Bredbenner is a Republican in political 
belief and is a member of the Methodist 
Church. He is a member of Knapp Lodge, 
No. 462, F. & A. M., of which he is a past 
master, and now serving as trustee ; is a mem- 
ber of the ^Masonic Club of Berwick; and of 
Susquehanna Commandery, No. 18, Knights 
of Alalta. Berwick, of which he is a past 
commander. 

PROF. LLOYD P. STERNER, of Blooms- 
burg, for many years super\'ising principal of 
the public schools of that borough, now dis- 
trict superintendent of Bloomsburg, has been 
in educational work all his active life and held 
his former position over twenty years. Born 
Nov. 3, 1858, near Orangeville, Columbia 
county, he belongs to a family of German 
origin whose earlier representatives in this 
country lived in Berks and Lehigh counties, 
Pa., Professor Sterner's grandfather being the 
first of the family to come to Columbia county. 

John Sterner, the grandfather, was born in 
Berks county, Pa., and was a young man when 
he came to Columbia county, settling near 
Orangeville, where he lived and died. By oc- 
cupation he was a farmer. His children were : 
Benjamin. William, Henry, John, Margaret, 
Catherine and Elizabeth. 

John Sterner, the Professor's father, ^yas 
born near Orangeville, and followed farming 
as his principal occupation. He was a shoe- 
maker, and worked at his trade for some time. 
He married Elizabeth John, daughter of 
George and Martha (Mears) John, and they 
are buried at Orangeville. They were the par- 
ents of children as follows: George. James, 
Wilbur, Lloyd P.. Alice, Caroline, Margaret, 
Esther and (Zatherine. 

Lloyd P. Sterner began his education in 
public schools and later attended Orangeville 
Academy. Then he taught public school in 
Columbia county for three terms before be- 
coming a student at Lafayette College, Easton. 
Pa., after which he was an instructor for two 
years in the academy at New Columbus, Lu- 
zerne county. His next position was in the 
Orangeville Academy, where he taught one 
year, in the fall of 1889 coming to Bloomsburg, 
where he has since been associated with public 
school work. He began as assistant principal, 
and two years later became supervising prin- 
cipal, which position he filled continuously un- 
til July 14, T914, when he was elected district 
superintendent for a term of four years. The 







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length of his service alone would indicate the 
high value placed upon his work by all con- 
cerned in its efficiency. In 1892 he graduated 
the first class from the Bloomsburg high school, 
consisting of eight girls. During his long 
connection with educational work in the 
borough he has seen many improvements in 
methods and ideas, and has brought about 
many of the important changes through his 
own efforts, for he has been heart and soul 
in his work, and has endeavored to maintain 
high standards. Personally, he has the un- 
qualified respect of his associates and his fel- 
low citizens in every walk of life. 

On July 6, 1898, Professor Sterner was 
married to Nora M. Finney, daughter of 
David and Margaret (Gearringer) Finney. 
The Finneys are an old Pennsylvania family 
of Scotch descent. Some of its members took 
an active part in the Revolutionary war, and 
Mrs. Sterner is a prominent member of Fort 
McClure Chapter, D. A. R. She is also con- 
nected with the old Fulton family, and in 
recognition of the relationship was a guest at 
the PIudson-Fulton celebration held in Sep- 
tember, 191 1, at New York City. Professor 
Sterner is a Mason, a past master of Washing- 
ton Lodge, No. 265, F. & A. M., of Blooms- 
burg. In politics he is independent. In reli- 
gion he is a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. To Professor and Mrs. Sterner have 
been born three children: Robert Fulton, 
Alice Parvin and James Hervey. 

Through his mother Professor Sterner is a 
member of the John family, a descendant of 
Isaac John, who was one of the pioneer settlers 
of Columbia county, having located in Main 
township in 1778. He purchased a large tract 
of land, which was covered by a dense forest, 
felled trees and built a log cabin. He cleared 
part of the farm and engaged in the cultivation 
of the soil the rest of his active days. He mar- 
ried Margaret Brong, and they reared the fol- 
lowing children : Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, 
David, George, and five daughters. 

Abraham John was reared on his father's 
farm in Main township and assisted his father 
in the labors about the old homestead. He was 
married to Mary Flick, who bore him a fam- 
ily of seven children, namely: Stacy, George, 
Hiram, Lovina, Angeline, Mary A. and 
Sarah J. 

George John, father of Mrs. John Sterner, 
married Martha Alears, and they were the 
parents of the following children : Jane mar- 
ried James Grimes ; Elizabeth married John 
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Sterner; Martha married Samuel White; Caro- 
line married John De Witt; Mary married 
Isaac McKamey. 

HERVEY EDMUND DIEFFENBACH, 
the largest dealer in natural ice in Blooms- 
burg, Pa., was born in that town Oct. 18, 1865, 
and is a son of Jacob Dieffenbach. The fam- 
ily is descended from Conrad Dieffenbach, one 
of the earliest of the sturdy Germans to settle 
in Columbia county. 

Leonhard Dieff'enbacher, a native of Eppin- 
gen. Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, was 
the ancestor of the family in Columljia 
county. He and his wife, Anna Martha, had 
several children, of whom Conrad was one. 
The name has been altered by his descendants 
in America, who have dropped the terminal 
"er." 

Conrad Dieffenbacher was born in Eppin- 
gen, March i, 1743, and after the completion 
of his education came to America on the ship 
"Richmond," landing at Philadelphia Oct. 20, 
1764. He settled in the Fulhomer Swamp, in 
Limerick township, in what is now Montgom- 
ery county, Pa., w^here he married Catherine 
Betz on Jan. 30, 1769, and their children 
were: Abraham, born Nov. 16, 1769; John, 
July 13, 1771 ; Frederick, May 4, 1773; Jacob, 
Nov. 19, 1775; Philip, Feb. 3, 1778; Henry, 
Jan. 31, 1780; Elizabeth, May 11, 1782; Con- 
rad, Feb. 15, 1785; Catherine, May 20, 1787; 
David, June 17, 1789; and Susannah, Aug. 31, 
1 79 1. He moved to Derry township, North- 
umberland county, in April, 1793, and there 
his wife Catherine died Jan. 3, 1809. Later he 
moved to Washingtonville, and there married 
Catherine Haas. He died Aug. 6, 1813. 

Henry Dieffenbach, born in Montgomery 
county Jan. 31, 1780, died June i, 1870. He 
was a farmer, and resided in W^ashington- 
ville, then in Northumberland county. He 
married Susannah, daughter of Jacob and 
Mary C. (Gortner) Hill, the former a soldier 
in the Revolution and later promoted to cap- 
tain. Mrs. Susannah Dieft'enbach died July 5, 
1848. Her children were: David, who 
married Elizabeth Truckenmiller ; Solomon ; 
Christina, wife of John Springer; Sarah, wife 
of Samuel Heater; Catherine, wife of Abra- 
ham Cooper: Hannah, wife of John Moyer; 
Elizabeth, wife of Christopher Raupp ; Jacob, 
who married Martha A. Funston; Leah, wife 
of John Sidler; Susannah, wife of Charles 
Truckenmiller ; Aaron, who married Jane 
Daw ; and Henry, who married Sarah E. 
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Jacob Diefifenbach, father of Hervey E., 
was born Aug. 2^, 1818, near Washington- 
ville, Northumberland county, and died in 
Bloomsburg Alay 4, 1898. He was a farmer 
and resided on the State road, between Jer- 
sey town and White Hall, and in 1854 moved 
to Bloomsburg and bought what is now the 
Dieffenbach Addition. He moved into the 
addition in i860. He married Martha A. 
Funston, who was born at Jerseytown, Jan. 
19, 1827, daughter of Thomas A. and Hannah 
(Schooley) Funston, and died in Bloomsburg 
Dec. 29, 1902. Their children were : Sarah 
Adeline, born Oct. 16, 1847, married Charles 
A. Knorr; Susan Blanche, born ]\Iay 3, 1850, 
died Sept. 21, 1852; Alvin Hill, born May 7, 
1853, died July 22, 1859; Emma Jane, born 
Jan. 13, 1856, died ^larch 2, 1856; Clara 
Adelia was born March 14, 1857; -Martha 
Elizabeth, born April 4, i860, died May 4, 
1896; Henry Funston, born Oct. 25, 1862, 
married Laura B. Dieterich ; Hervey Edmund 
is mentioned below ; Harriet Hannah, born 
Dec. 4, 1869, married O. T. Weidman. 

Hervey E. Dieffenbach attended the 'Tort 
Noble" school at Bloomsburg, then went to 
the old Academy, later to the Fifth street 
school, to the Normal school, and finally 
to the West Third street school. He then 
went to live on his father's farm and 
assisted him in the manufacture of brooms, 
his father being the. largest maker of 
brooms in the county. After this he was en- 
gaged in selling tea for about five years, when 
he sold the business. On July i, 1891. he 
married Jennie C. Rhoads, daughter of George 
W. and Alary Anna (Long) Rhoads, of Har- 
risburg, and they had these children : George 
Edmund, born Sept. 19, 1892 : Oliver Hill, 
Sept. 21, 1894; Mary Anna, May 29, 1895; 
Harriet Jennie, July 20, 1900; Clyde Alarcus, 
Dec. 22, 1902 ; Jacob Grier. July 28, 1905 ; 
Martha Claire, Feb. 4, 1908; and Frederick 
Carroll B., ]\Iay 26, 1910. 

In July, 1 89 1, Mr. Dieffenbach went to Sun- 
bury to work in the planing mill of \\Mtmer, 
Driesbach & Rhodes, and then changed to the 
Hern don Manufacturing Company's planing 
mill, at Herndon. In 1897 he returned to 
Bloomsburg and entered the ice business with 
his brother. Henry F., under the firm name of 
Dieffenbach Brothers. For six years they 
continued the partnership, and then Hervey 
E. assumed entire control. In 1897 they 
bought five acres of land between Eleventh 
and Fourteenth streets, which is flooded by 
means of springs, thus guaranteeing a con- 
stant supply of pure ice in the winter for 



packing in their storehouses. Generally the 
supply of natural ice is sufficient for their 
trade, but of late years it has been found nec- 
essary to import Mount Pocono natural ice 
to keep up with the rapidly growing patron- 
age. 

Mr. Dieffenbach is a Democrat in political 
affiliation, but has not sought or held office. 
He was reared under the discipline of the 
Reformed Church, but now attends the United 
Evangelical. He is a charter member of Theta 
Castle, No. 276, Knights of the Golden Eagle, 
of Bloomsburg. 

George Edmund Dieft'enbach, son of Her- 
vey E., graduated from the Bloomsburg high 
school and then took a thorough business 
course in Garner's business college, Harris- 
burg, Pa. Since graduation he has been em- 
ployed in the office of the superintendent of 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at Har- 
risburg. 

Mrs. Jennie C. (Rhoads) Dieft'enbach was 
born in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 19, 1869, and 
obtained her education at the Harris Park 
school. She remained at home until her mar- 



riage. 



Lewis Rhoads, grandfather of Mrs. Dieffen- 
bach, was born Feb. 19, 1820, in Newville, 
Cumberland Co., Pa. His father, Lewis 
Rhoads, was a native of Reading, Pa., and a 
well-to-do contractor, having built numerous 
houses in that city. His wife was an Ober- 
sheim. Lewis, Jr., received a common school 
education and learned the trade of carpen- 
ter. He also worked in sawmills. Moving 
to New Cumberland, Cumberland county, he 
engaged in contracting until his death, in De- 
cember. 1879. He married Catherine Dock, 
who died June i, 1888, and their children 
were : George Wilson, mentioned below ; Ed- 
ward Obersheim, who died young and is 
buried at Newville ; William D., living in 
Harrisburg; Charles B., residing in Sanford, 
Fla. ; Hannah May, living in Newmarket, 
York county; and Eva, living in Cumberland, 
Pa. Mrs. Rhoads was a daughter of Jacob 
Dock, of Philadelphia, and Eliza Bricker, of 
Newville. 

George Wilson Rhoads, father of Mrs. 
Dieffenbach. was born Aug. i. 1845. in New- 
ville, Cumberland county, and attended the 
public schools of that town. At the beginning 
of the Civil war he enlisted in Company I, 
28th Regiment, Pennsylvania \'olunteers. un- 
der General Geary, and at the end of his short 
term reenlisted, in the same company. Jan. 24, 
1864, serving until the close of the war. On 
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finally entering the planing mill of Pancake, 
Trullinger tS: Co., where he was made fore- 
man. He remained in Harrisburg from 1872 
to 1888, during that time serving on the board 
of school control, of which he was president 
in 1884. In 1888 he came to Bloomsburg and 
took the position of superintendent of desk 
work for the Bloomsburg School Furnishing 
Company. In 1891 he was made superintend- 
ent of the mill of Witmer, Driesbach & 
Rhoads, at Sunbury. He served in the State 
Legislature as representative from Northum- 
berland county for two terms, and is now in 
the office of the secretary of internal affairs, 
at Harrisburg. 

Mr. Rhoads married Mary Anna Long, 
who was born Sept. i, 1846, daughter of Her- 
man and Mary Anna (Parthermore) Long, of 
Middleton, Pa. They have had children as 
follows: Jennie C, born Feb. 19, 1869, wife 
of Hervey E. Dieffenbach ; and Edgar M., 
born June 5, 1871, who died March 12, 1872. 
Mr. Rhoads is a Republican and very active in 
the party. He is a member of the Evangelical 
Church, of which he is steward, and is con- 
nected with the Masonic lodge at Harrisburg ; 
he, has passed the thirty-second degree. 

Harriet Hannah Dieffenbach, sister of Her- 
vey E., was married Oct. i, 1890, to Oliver T. 
Weidman, and is now a resident of Alinne- 
apolis, Minn. Mr. Weidman is manager of 
the catalogue and advertising department of 
the Janney-Semple-Hill Company, hardware 
dealers, and of the Ideal Sales Company, both 
of Alinneapolis. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Weidman have 
four children : Martha Estelle, born Aug. 30, 
1891, and Margaret Elsie, born Nov. 2, 1893, 
both trained nurses ; Allen LeRoy, born June 
14, 1895, who is buried at Minneapolis ; and 
Ruth Funston, born Sept. 6, 1903, at home. 

ARTHUR W. SHARPLESS, proprietor 
of the Bloomsburg Heating Company, was 
born in Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., Pa., Sept. 
5, 1879, a son of Benjamin F. Sharpless and 
grandson of Joseph Sharpless. 

This family is of English descent. John 
Sharpless came from England to America 
about two months previous to the settlement 
of Pennsylvania by the Quakers, and estab- 
lished his home in what is now Chester, Dela- 
ware county. He was a member of the So- 
ciety of Friends, as was his wife. The next 
member of the family of whom there is record 
was Benjamin, a great-grandson of Joseph 
Sharpless, who was born in Chester county in 
1764 and died in 1857. \A'hen a young man 
he crossed the mountains and settled in Sun- 



bury, where he taught school and later bought 
and operated a gristmill. In 181 1 Benjamin 
Sharpless came to Catawissa, and in partner- 
ship with John Clark bought the old Shoe- 
maker gristmill. It seems that Benjamin had 
made a trip to Ohio to see his brother and 
found him amassing wealth in the manufac- 
ture of paper. This induced him to start a 
paper mill in Catawissa. With some remodel- 
ing the gristmill was adapted to the new pur- 
pose and a fine quality of handmade rag paper 
turned out. This mill was later supplanted 
by a modern wood pulp mill, built on the same 
site, but now dismantled. Benjamin Sharp- 
less married Hannah Bonsell, also a member 
of the Society of Friends, and their children 
were: Mary Ann, wife of Dr. Wadsworth, 
of Catawissa ; Eliza, who lived to a great age, 
unmarried; Edward, who married Betsey 
Roth and (second) Nancy Pancoast, of 
Alarion, Ohio; William, three times married, 
who resided in Catawissa ; Joseph, who mar- 
ried Mary E. Foster; John, married to Sally 
A. Harder; Harriet, wife of George Reif- 
snyder ; Sarah, wife of Louis Yetter ; Kersev, 
who married ]\Iary M. Harder; and two chil- 
dren who died in infancy. 

Joseph Sharpless, grandfather of Arthur 
W., was born Dec. 6, 1808, in Catawissa, and 
learned papermaking with his father. He re- 
mained in his father's mill until his twenty- 
sixth year, when he went into business on his 
own account at Bloomsburg. For thirty 
years he operated the Sharpless Foundry, 
finally selling to his son and retiring. He died 
March 12, 1900. He was a Republican, and 
served as a member of the council and school 
director. By his wife Mary E. (Foster), who 
was born July 18, 181 7, and died April 23, 
1901, he had nine children: Harriet R. was 
born Feb. 23. 1837; Lloyd T., born ^^larch 18, 
1839, married Hattie Wagenseller; Benjamin 
F. is mentioned below; Loretta A., born Jan. 
4, 1843, married Jefferson ^^anderslice, of 
Ford county, Kans. ; Clara, born Nov. 12, 
1844, died April 4, 1849; Elizabeth A., born 
Sept. 7, 1846, married Wesley Eyer, of 
Bloomsburg ; Araminta E., born Nov. 24, 
1848, married Jasper Wilson ; Mary Ellen, 
born Oct. 16, 1852, died Sept. 9, 1855 : and 
Harry F., born Oct. 4, 1863, lived in Ford 
county, Kansas. 

Benjamin F. Sharpless, father of Arthur 
W., was born May 22, 1841, in Locust town- 
ship. At the age of twenty-one he enlisted in 
Company A, 6th Regiment, Pennsylvania Re- 
serves, was sent to the front, and participated 
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Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fred- 
ericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe's Station, New 
Hope Church, and the battles of the Wilder- 
ness. He was mustered out on June 13, 1864, 
returned to Bloomsburg, and learned the trade 
of iron molder. In April, 1868, he formed the 
firm of Sharpless & Harman, and bought the 
old Joseph Sharpless foundry. Three years 
later the firm dissolved and Mr. Sharpless 
conducted the business alone under the name 
of the Eagle Iron Works. In 1866 he married 
Sophia, daughter of Charles Hartman, of 
Catawissa, and they had four children: 
Joseph L.. Charles H., Ray F. and Arthur W. 
Mr. Sharpless was a member of the Methodist 
Church and in politics a Republican. 

Arthur W. Sharpless was educated in the 
public schools of Bloomsburg, attended 
Chafifee's Phonographic Institute, Oswego, N. 
Y.. and took a course in bookkeeping in the 
Eastman Business College, at Poughkeepsie, 
N. Y. He held the position of stenographer 
with the B. F. Goodrich Company, Akron, 
Ohio, in 1900, and then returned to Blooms- 
burg to open a brokerage office. Later he be- 
came manager of the steam heating plant of 
the Bloomsburg Heating Company, and in 
1907 purchased the entire plant. Under his 
skillful management a large patronage has 
been acquired, and he has exerted himself to 
give thorough satisfaction to his customers, 
besides building up the plant mechanically. 

On July 10. 1905, Mr. Sharpless married 
Carrie R.^ daughter of Frederick and Jessie 
Smith, of Catawissa, and they have had two 
children : Helen Louise, who died young, 
and Phyllis Elenore, born Aug. 10, 1909. Mr. 
Sharpless is a RepubHcan, but has never held 
office. In religion he is a Methodist. 

WILLIAM J. HERTZ, photographer, of 
Berwick, Columbia county, was born at Beach 
Haven, Pa., a son of Jeremiah Franklin and 
Elizabeth Donnelly (Hart) Hertz. 

In the early part of the nineteenth century 
three Hertz brothers came from the Hartz 
mountains, in Germany, and settled in Dau- 
phin county, Pa., and there John Hertz, the 
grandfather of William J. Hertz, was born. 
As a young man he entered upon business life, 
but later he became a minister of the Evan- 
gelical Church, and moved to Snyder county, 
where he lived into old age. He had the fol- 
lowing children : Catherine ; Priscilla ; Jere- 
miah Franklin; Elijah, and Rev. John. He 
died at the age of eighty-five and his wife died 
at the age of seventy-six. They are buried at 
Richfield, Juniata county, Pennsylvania. 



Jeremiah Franklin Hertz, son of John, was 
born in Dauphin county, Pa., and died at Ber- 
wick, Columbia county, April 21, 1904, aged 
seventy-two years. He enlisted in the Union 
army as a member of Company C, i6th 
Regiment, Pennsylvania \'olunteers, which 
company was recruited at Alechanicsburg, 
Cumberland Co., Pa., by Capt. Jacob Dors- 
heimer, and was mustered in April 20, 1861, 
for three years, or the war. It was the first 
company in Pennsylvania that volunteered for 
the long term. After the war closed Mr. 
Hertz returned to this place, later moving to 
Beach Haven, and subsequently to Berwick, 
where for twenty-five years he engaged in 
business as a merchant tailor. He married 
Elizabeth Donnelly Hart, who died at Beach 
Haven, Pa., Aug. 29. 1877, aged thirty-one 
vears, the mother of four children : William 
J. ; Frank, who died in the Klondike gold 
"fields, having been one of the earliest pros- 
pectors on the Yukon river and president of a 
mining company (he was so favorably known 
in Masonic circles and elsewhere that noted 
men officiated as his pall bearers, one of these 
being the late Joaquin ^liller, the poet) ; 
Clara, who died at the age of fifteen years; 
and Charles, who died in the city of Wash- 
ington. D. C, when fifteen years old. 

Jacob Hart, the maternal great-grandfather 
of William J. Hertz, came from Lancaster 
county. Pa., was one of the early settlers of 
Wilkes-Barre, and was sheriff of Luzerne 
county. He was one of the first men to boat 
coal down the Susquehanna river. He and 
his wife are buried at Wilkes-Iiarre. 

William Montgomery Hart, son of Jacob, 
was born in Lancaster. Pa., Sept. 16, 1792. 
The family moved to Wilkes-Barre when he 
was a small boy, the home being at what is 
now the corner of Northampton and Wash- 
ington streets. He served in the war of 1812, 
and also in the Florida and Indian wars. He 
held several public offices in Luzerne county, 
was elected to the General Assembly, and fol- 
lowed politics the greater part of his life. He 
was engaged in the coal business at \\'ilkes- 
Barre and Pittston, and was the owner of 
the Hart farm near Wapwallopen, Luzerne 
county, but never operated it himself. He was 
a lover of fine trotting horses. Mr. Hart was 
a member of the Baltimore Company, operat- 
ing boats on the old Pennsylvania canal, and 
was one of the first in that business. On Jan. 
22. 1828. at Beach Grove, he was married to 
Eliza Parmilla Myers, who was born in Sun- 
bury. Pa., and they had the following chil- 
dren: Elizabeth Donnelly died Aug. 31. 1877; 



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Martha Grant died July i8, 1880; Agnes Ann The Waltons are of Scotch ancestry, and 

died July 27, 1896; Orlando Porter died Oct. Enoch Walton, grandfather of Harry E. 

24, 1892; Mrs. Frances E. Scott is now resid- Walton, was a native of Luzerne county, 

ing in Washington, D. C. Late in life Mr. Joseph Walton, the great-grandfather, died 

Hart moved to his farm near Wapwallopen, Aug. 3, 185 1, aged seventy-five years, eight 

where he died Sept. 6, 1849. He was buried months. He was a member of the Society of 

with military honors at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Friends. He entered and cleared the land on 

His wife is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, which his grandson. Rev. Morris Walton 

Berwick. In politics Mr. Hart was a Demo- died. 

crat. He was a member of the Masonic fra- Enoch Walton was born Nov. 29, 1805, i^ 

ternity, and both he and his wife were Salem township, Luzerne county, and lived 

members of the Presbyterian Church. and died there, owning and operating a farm 

William J. Hertz passed his childhood days of 120 acres at Beach Grove. He engaged in 
at Beach Haven and at Washington, D. C., general farming, and was very prosperous, 
attending school at Beach Haven, and later owning five hundred acres, all ia Luzerne 
became a student in the public schools at Ber- county. His death occurred Nov. 24, 1885, on 
wick. From boyhood he has been interested the farm on which he always lived. His first 
in photographic work, and as early as he could wife, Juliann (Lunger), died Jan. 29, 1834, 
make arrangements began training in this and his second marriage was to Rachel Gar- 
line, completing a course in the studio of Har- rison, born March 22, 181 1, who died Aug. 
vey & McKillip, of Bloomsburg, well known 17, 1887. Three children were born to the 
photographers. He also took a course in first union: Joseph, Feb. 14, 1830; Anna, 
photography under Reutelinger, of Paris. In Jan. 2, 1832; and Ellis, Sept. 15, 1833. By the 
1885 he embarked in business for himself at second marriage there were five: Morris, 
Berwick, and is now one of the oldest photog- born June 9, 1837; Almira, Aug. 17, 1841 ; 
raphers in the place. Moreover, he has de- Rosanna, Nov. i, 1843 (died Aug. 3, 1851); 
veloped artistic talent along other lines, and Mary Jane, July 6, 1847 (died July 21, 1850) ; 
is a decorator of some note. George E., May 9, 1854. Ellis and George 

Mr. Hertz married Mary Louisa Wilson, are the only survivors of the family, 

who was born at Berwick, Pa., a daughter of Morris Walton, born June 9, 1837, followed 

Dr. James and Elizabeth (Macartney) Wil- farming, living on his father's 120-acre tract 

son. above Beach Haven, all of which was cleared 

Dr. James Wilson, father of Mrs. Hertz, and under cultivation. He continued to en- 
located at Berwick in early manhood and en- gage in general agriculture until about twenty- 
tered into medical practice there, which he nine years old, when he became a minister of 
continued until his death, in 1865. He mar- the Evangelical Association, preaching on the 
ried Elizabeth Macartney, who was born in Columbia circuit. His wife, Rosanna Caroline 
Virginia, and died at Berwick, Pa., in 1897. (Kline), born Oct. 4, 1836, was a daughter of 
She was a daughter of Rev. Francis Macart- George and Sophia (Malthaner) Kline, both 
ney, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal of whom were natives of Germany. Three 
Church, at Baltimore, Md., and he was a children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Morris 
brother of Lord Macartney, whose home was Walton : Sarah Alice, born Dec. 3, i860, 
in London, England. Mrs. Hertz is one of Mrs. Riley L. Kline ; Charles N., born May 8, 
two children born to her parents. Her 1863, who lives in Monroe, N. Y. : and Harry 
younger sister, Gertrude, is the wife of Leroy E., born July 8, 1865. The father of this 
Wolf, a merchant in Luzerne, Luzerne county, family died Aug. 6, 1870. 
Pennsylvania. Harry E. Walton came with his mother to 

Mr. Hertz is a member of the State and Berwick at the age of seven years and there 
National Photographic Associations, and of obtained what learning he could in the 
the Brush and Lens Club of Boston, Mass. borough schools, attending up to the age of 
Mrs. Hertz is a member of the Presbyterian twelve. He then started to work for the Jack- 
Church at Berwick. son & Woodin Manufacturing Company, and 

after a few years started out as a journeyman 

HARRY E. WALTON, who conducts an carpenter, working at Nanticoke and Wilkes- 

embalming and undertaking establishment on Barre, Pa., and Newark, N. J. From 1891 to 

Second street, in Berwick, was born in Salem 1893 he was engaged in contracting in Ber- 

township, Luzerne Co., Pa., July 8, 1865, son wick. He then went to live at Newark, N. J., 

of the late Rev. Morris Walton. and while there attended the United States 



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College of Embalming, from which he grad- 
uated Dec. 12, 1892. Returning to Berwick he 
purchased the picture frame and molding busi- 
ness of W. W. Pursell, and in 1895 he bought 
out Klintob Brothers' undertaking establish- 
ment and has since been engaged in this busi- 
ness exclusively. 

On Sept. 6, 1888, Mr. Walton was married 
to Jennie Kingsbury, born Eeb. 24, 1868, 
daughter of Daniel H. and Esther (Chapin) 
Kingsbury; the former died July 4, 1908. 
Mrs. Kingsbury is now eighty-two years of 
age. Harry E. Walton and his wife have had 
children as follows: Fred M., born June 18. 
1889, now in the employ of the Alultiplex 
Manufacturing Company, of Berwick, mar- 
ried Alargaret Oliver, of Berwick; Eudora, 
born Aug. 24, 1891, is a public school teacher 
in Berwick; George W., born Oct. 9, 1892, is 
a student at Lafayette College; Daniel K., 
born Feb. 15, 1895, is a graduate of Feirce's 
Business College and now employed as book- 
keeper in Philadelphia; Lena E., born May 28, 
1897, and Caroline, born Sept. 28, 1899, are at 
home. 

Mr. Walton and his family are members of 
the United Evangelical Church, in which he 
has long been prominent, having served a 
number of years as trustee and several years 
as superintendent of the Sunday school; at 
present he is a class leader. Fraternally he is 
a member of Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. 
M., Berwick; Berwick Lodge, No. 246. I. O. 
O. F., and the encampment and canton of 
that order; Washington Camp, No. 105, P. 
O. S. of A., and W. T. Sherman Commanderv, 
No. 23, P. O. S. of A. He has served his 
fellow citizens nine years upon the school 
board, and as burgess for one term. He is 
decidedly independent in politics. 

OSCAR M. BOWER, farmer and fruit 
grower in Briarcreek township, not far from 
Berwick, was born June 29, 1861, in that 
township, son of George M. and Matilda 
(Mosteller) Bower. 

George M. Bower, the paternal grandfather 
of Oscar ^l. Bower, was born in Berks 
county, Pa., Oct. 24, 1781, and died Dec. 8, 
1862. Mary, his wife, was bom in 1782, and 
died May 25, 1857. He was a successful agri- 
culturist, and spent his last years in Briarcreek 
township, Columbia county, where he was the 
owner of a valuable tract of land. 

George M. Bower, son of George M. and 
father of Oscar M. Bower, was born on the 
homestead in Briarcreek township, and re- 
mained with his father until the latter's death, 



at which time he engaged in huckstering from 
Evansville to Hazleton. During the twenty- 
seven years that he carried on this business he 
continued to operate the home property, and 
there he is now living a quiet retired Hfe, hav- 
ing reached the remarkable age of ninety-one 
years (1913). Mr. Bower has been married 
twice, his first union being to Matilda Mos- 
teller, daughter of successful farming people 
of Berks county. Pa., who had three sons and 
three daughters. She died Sept. 2j, 1871, the 
mother of three sons and two daughters, 
namely : ^lary J., deceased, married Adam 
3klichael, a farmer of Briarcreek township, 
and had eight children ; Celestia E., born Feb. 
6, 1853, who died July 5, 1888, was the wife 
of James L. Stout, of Berwick, who was with 
Jackson & Woodin, car builders ; Pierce W. 
died July 13, 1882, aged twenty-seven years; 
Norman H., with the American Car & Foun- 
dry Company, at Berwick, married Deborah 
\\ enner, and had one son, Elvin, born in 1901 ; 
Oscar M. completes the family. By his sec- 
ond marriage, to Mary Ann Mosteller, Mr. 
Bower had three children ; Mattie married C. 
C. Whitmire, a farmer of Centre township; 
Warren, a farmer of Briarcreek township, 
married Bertha Sitler, and has had two chil- 
dren, one of whom died at the age of five 
years; Gertrude, living at Scranton, Pa., is 
the wife of Isaac Jones, a machinist, and has 
one child, Ruth. 

Oscar M. Bower, son of George M. Bower, 
received his education in the local schools, and 
worked on his father's farm until twenty-eight 
years of age, in the meantime marrying. He 
then moved to the farm which he now oc- 
cupies, and has continued to follow agricul- 
tural lines to the present time, although for 
fourteen years he worked for the .American 
Car and Foundry Company, as a side issue. 
He has developed his tract of sixty-four acres 
into one of the most valuable of its size in this 
locality, and the greater part of it is now de- 
voted to fruit and berries. ^Ir. Bower has 
been successful in his ventures because he has 
obeyed the laws of industry, perseverance and 
integrity in carrying on his operations, and 
because he has ever traveled along a well 
defined path. A man of energy and public 
spirit, he has cooperated with others in their 
eftorts to better the community, and person- 
ally he is popular with a wide circle of ac- 
quaintances. 

On Sept. 26. 1885, Mr. Bower was married 
to Mary J. Grasslcy, daughter of Oswald and 
Christiana (Nangle) Grassley ; her fatlier is 
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ship. Thirteen children were in the Grassley 
family: Mary J., Lavina E., Matilda, job, 
William, Lewis, Isaac, lunanuel, George, 
Flora and Laura, twins, Clarence and Elmer. 
The parents of ]\Irs. Bower both survive. 
Three daughters and two sons have been born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Bower, as follows : Cora, 
born June 7, 1887, was married June 29, 19 12, 
to Fred Saunders, of Berwick, employed by 
the American Car and Foundry Company as 
a machinist, and has one son ; Olin Erath, 
born Oct. 16, 1891, married Scott Dietrick, 
and has one child, Mary Ellen; Loan Elliott, 
born Sept. 28, 1893, died in infancy; Theresa, 
born March 16, 1896, married George Pifer; 
Jason M. was born March 6, 190 1. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bower attend the Evangeli- 
cal Church, of which he is a trustee, and they 
have reared their children in that faith. In 
political matters a Democrat, Mr. Bower has 
served as constable for nine years, and at the 
present time is an inspector on the election 
board. 

ORRIN VIRGIL HOUTZ, one of the 
managers of a department of the Berwick 
Store Company, w^as born in West Buffalo 
township, L^nion Co., Pa., April 16, 1868. He 
is a son of Jacob L. Houtz and grandson of 
John Houtz, who was of German ancestry. 
John Houtz was a resident of Adamsburg, 
Snyder Co., Pa., and was engaged in farming 
during his active life. He and his wife are 
buried at Adamsburg. 

Jacob L. Houtz was born July 4, 1833, in 
Adamsburg, Snyder county, and was a tanner 
all his active life. He was married to Lydia 
Ann Lohr, born Oct. 26, 1838, in Center 
county. Pa., a daughter of Jacob Lohr. She 
bore him the following children : Ida R., re- 
siding at Williamsport, is the widow of George 
Eastman; Alma M. is the wife of Arbor 
Katherman, of \\^illiamsport ; Byron L. mar- 
ried Lillian Harris, of Norfolk, Va. ; Orrin 
A', is next in the family ; Nellie is residing at 
Williamsport, Pa.; Harriet E. is the wife of 
Curtis Foster, of Norfolk, Virginia. 

Mr. Houtz was a Republican, and he and 
his wife were members of the Methodist 
Church. Mr. Houtz died in November, 1907, 
from injuries, at the hospital of Williamsport, 
and was buried at Mifflinburg. Mrs. Houtz 
died at Norfolk, Vr., April 19, 1910, and was 
buried by the side of her husband. 

Orrin V. Houtz attended the public schools 
of Mifflinburg, and while a young man en- 
tered the employ of Thomas Gutelius, of that 
place, and served an apprenticeship of .three 



years at the coach painting trade, also work- 
ing there as a journeyman for a year. Be- 
sides, he learned the trade of decorating and 
house painting with E. J. Gutelius, of the 
same town. After following his trade in vari- 
ous parts of this State he settled in Johnstown, 
two years before the flood of 1889. In 1891 
he began business for himself in Johnstown, 
contracting, painting, decorating, paper hang- 
ing and sign writing. Owing to failing health 
he gave up business and returned to Mifflin- 
burg, where he soon started in the same line, 
continuing it for five years. He then entered 
the store of W. H. Steadman, dealer in wall- 
paper, stationery, novelty goods, china and 
like articles. He remained there for two 
years, when, his health failing, he went to 
Somerset county, residing there till the spring 
of 1902. Regaining his health, he opened a 
store at Rockwood, Somerset county, similar 
to the store of W. H. Steadman. Here he 
remained until his removal in August, 1906, 
to Scranton, where he purchased a business in 
one of the suburbs. The coal strike compel- 
ling him to discontinue his store, he came to 
Berwick and entered the employ of the Ber- 
wick Store Company, and was made buyer 
and manager of the department handling wall- 
paper, pictures, picture framing, lace curtains 
and all draperies, which position he still holds. 
On Nov. 28, 1889, Mr. Houtz was married 
to Mary Frances Benford, daughter of John 
H. and Isabella Catherine (Garey) Benford, 
of Johnstown, Pa. They have one child, 
Harry Benford. born Jan. 8, 1896, who is a 
student at the Moody Bible Institute. Chicago, 
111., taking the evangelistic musical course. 

Mr. Houtz is independent in politics. He 
served in the official capacities of councilman 
and tax collector at New Centerville, Somer- 
set Co., Pa. He is a member of the Methodist 
Church of Berwick, is now serving as steward, 
and has ever taken an active interest in church 
affairs, wherever he has been. He is a mem- 
ber of Berwick Camp No. 11082, Modern 
Woodmen of America, and is a past officer of 
that body. 

lohn H. Benford, the father of Mrs. Houtz. 
Avas born July 8, 1832, and was one of the 
largest contractors of Johnstown, Pa. He 



married Isabelle Catherine Garey, born April 
26, 1839, and their family consisted of ten 
children, of whom seven survive. Mr. Ben- 
ford is one of the most prominent Masons of 
his section. He was made a Mason in 1 861 at 
Huntington, Pa., and in 1870 was made a life 
member of this lodge. He is a member of the 
Royal Arch Chapter at Johnstown; of the 



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Commandery, Knights Templar, of Johnstown 
(of which he is a Hfe member) ; and of 
Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine, Pittsburgh (a life member). Politi- 
cally he is an active Republican, and has served 
as councilman. 

SAMUEL NEYHARD, late of Blooms- 
burg, veteran surveyor of Columbia county, 
was born June 24, 1833, in Bloom (now Cen- 
tre) township, at Half Way House, on the 
main road between Berwick and Bloomsburg. 
He was a son of Solomon Neyhard and grand- 
son of John Christian Neyhard, and the fam- 
ily is of German extraction. 

From the Pennsylvania Archives, page 138, 
Vol. XVII, 2d Series, the following notes are 
taken : Among the passengers of the ship "St. 
Andrew's Galley," John Steadman, master, 
from Rotterdam, Sept. 24, 1737. we find the 
following: Michael Neihardt, George Fred- 
erick Neihardt, George Neihardt, whose 
names were subscribed to the oath of allegi- 
ance taken Sept. 24. 1737. 

A warrant for 200 acres in Whitehall town- 
ship, Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., Pa., 
was issued Feb. i. 1743, to George Frederick 
Neihardt, and patented to Andrew Deshler 
May 5, 1751. On Nov. 28, 1746, Neihardt 
sold the tract and purchased 250 acres from 
John Eastburn in \\niitehall township, ad- 
joining the land of William Allen, the found- 
er of Allentown, upon which is now located 
the old Neihardt mill (now Strauss mill), at 
Clapboardtown, just north of the present city 
limits of Allentown. Here George Frederick 
Neihardt lived and died, leaving nine children : 
Christian, Frederick, Lawrence, Daniel, Peter, 
Julianna. Sophia Margaret^ Elizabeth Barbara 
and Salome. 

Lawrence Neihardt was born in 1740 and 
died Aug. i, 181 7. His wife, Maria Magda- 
lena, born in 1746, died Nov. i, 1815. Their 
children were: Frederick, John Christian. 
Elizabeth, John Jacob, Anna 'Maria (married 
Peter B. Smith). John D'avid, Salome (mar- 
ried Daniel Little). 

John Christian Neyhard was born Oct. 5, 
1769, in Allentown, Whitehall township, Le- 
high Co., Pa. He was educated in the com- 
mon schools and served an apprenticeship 
to the miller's trade in the family mill at Clap- 
boardtown. After growing to manhood he 
bought a farm of 200 acres one mile north of 
Half Way House, now owned by C. M. 
Creveling. He was offered land at $2.50 an 
acre, but chose this site owing to the timber 
on it, which was so dense as to require the 



efforts of three generations to clear it away. 
For this land he paid $20 an acre, and he re- 
mained on this farm until his death, Jan. 18, 
1847. He married] Elizabeth Saeger, who 
was born Sept. 2, 1773, and they had these 
children : David, who married Sarah Sieg- 
fried ; Daniel, who married Mary Shellham- 
mer ; John, who married a Miss Evans and 
(second) Hester Fleckenstein ; Solomon, men- 
tioned below ; Hannah, wife of David Her- 
ring; Mary, wife of Samuel Dreschler ; and 
Susan. The mother died Aug. i, 1823, and 
is buried near the Briarcreek church. Mr. 
Neyhard's second wife was Elizabeth Kolb, 
and she is buried at Hidlay Church, in Centre 
township. John Christian retired some years 
before his death and lived on the old home- 
stead. He was a Democrat, but held no office, 
and was a member of the German Reformed 
Church. He is buried at the Briar Church 
in Briarcreek township. 

Solomon Neyhard, father of Samuel Ney- 
hard, was born May 8, 1799, in Allentown, 
Pa. He was reared on the farm and in youth 
went to a nearbv town to learn stocking 
weavmg. which he followed for ten years. 
During the intervals he was engaged in farm- 
ing, and once while plowing with three horses 
he was thrown down a bank and so injured 
as to necessitate his relinquishing the confin- 
ing work of weaving. He had very little edu- 
cation, but possessed a natural gift for musi- 
cal composition. He spent twenty-four years 
composing a book on music, which passed 
into the possession of his son, Samuel. He 
taught classes in music and instructed the 
choirs of the churches in Hidlay, Briarcreek 
and Mifflinville. After his injury, about 1846, 
he took up surveying, of which he made a 
success, was appointed a justice of the peace, 
and did conveyancing. Prior to taking up sur- 
veying he taught school. On Nov. 19, 1829, 
I\Ir. Neyhard married Sarah, daughter of 
Philip and Susannah (Hahn) Auchenbach. 
Mrs. Neyhard's mother died in February, 
1822, and from that time she was raised by 
John Conner, of Briarcreek township. Mr. 
and Mrs. Neyhard had children as follows: 
Esther, born Feb. 5, 1831, who died Jan. 2t^, 
1835; Samuel, born June 24, 1833; Henry, 
born April 4, 1837, who died June 24. 1837; 
and Daniel, born Dec. 19, 1843. ^^'ho died 
April 15, 1844. Mr. Neyhard was a Demo- 
crat, and religiously a member of the German 
Reformed Church at Hidlay. 

Samuel Neyhard spent his childhood in a 
little house fifty feet above the Pennsylvania 
canal, the construction of which had just be- 





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gun. While helping his father build a fence 
he was so seriously injured that for years he 
sutYered from the effects. The place on which 
they lived had been bought from Benjamin 
Boone in 1830. Samuel attended what was 
known as the Kieffer's Lane school, about two 
miles from his home, and helped his father in 
his surveying work by carrying the chain in 
1847, i" the following year carrying the com- 
pass. He was then but a little over fifteen 
years of age. During 1856-58 he worked for 
Joseph Swartz in Bloomsburg, and purchased 
his business, but in 1858 he took charge of the 
surveying business, which he continued to fol- 
low, associated with his father until the latter 
became blind. He enlarged his father's field 
of operations, fifteen miles north and south 
of the Susquehanna, to cover the counties of 
Union. Northumberland, Snyder, Montour, 
Schuylkill, Luzerne, Wyoming and Lacka- 
wanna, and extended his work into the States 
of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and 
Arkansas. Mr. Neyhard saw the Pennsylvania 
canal built, developed into one of the greatest 
highways of the East and finally lapsed into 
disuse and eliminated by the railroads. He 
saw the telegraph introduced and brought to 
its present tremendous importance, and he saw 
the engineers who were building the Lacka- 
wanna & Bloomsburg railroad in the fifties 
hooted at and abused by the people who 
thought the stagecoach good enough for them. 
Mr. Neyhard w^as connected with F. C. 
Eyer, a rodman, in running the lines of the 
Northern Branch railroad, and in 1872-73 he 
and D. J. Waller had charge of the corps 
making the preliminary survey for the rail- 
road between Catawissa and Wilkes-Barre — 
work he had never before done. This enter- 
prise was squelched in the panic of 1873. Mr. 
Neyhard was also a member of the pioneer 
corps which ran the trolley line from Dan- 
ville to Berwick. This work was fought by 
the people, but went through. His success was 
all the more commendable in view of his lim- 
ited educational opportunities. He went to 
school for two or three days a week during 
several winters, and had seven weeks of 
schooling in the old Arcade building, at 
Bloomsburg, in the winter of 1852. But he 
was always in demand by the neighbors to 
do odd jobs, so he had to carry on his studies 
in later life. For the last forty years Mr. Ney- 
hard was engaged in preparing abstracts of 
title, and he perfected a system and completed 
thousands of abstracts of unrecorded as well 
as recorded properties. He settled a number 
of estates. From 1871 to 1891 he was official 



city engineer, having- been retained without 
solicitation on his part all those twenty years. 
In 1870 he prepared the official map of 
Bloomsburg, at the instance of an act of the 
General Assembly — the first and only official 
map of this town. In 1883 the sanitary regu- 
lations of Bloomsburg were in deplorable con- 
dition, and Mr. Neyhard (who had settled 
there in 1882), taking charge of matters, had 
an ordinance passed and secured contribu- 
tions from the State Normal, the county and 
some private concerns, with which he engi- 
neered and worked out the sewerage system 
which is still in use. His influence for the 
betterment of the town was directed into va- 
rious other channels, with notable success. He 
served three terms as justice of the peace. 

In January, 1857, at Lime Ridge, Air. Ney- 
hard married Henrietta, daughter of Reuben 
and Margaret (Gross) Neuhard, who was 
born Oct. 9, 1836, and they had children as 
follows : ( I ) Solomon Dallas, born Dec. 30, 
1857, married Emma Cook, and lives in Wil- 
liamsport. (2) Reuben F., born March 13, 
1859, married Jennie Yohe, and lives in 
Shamokin. (3) Mary Margaret, born Feb. 
25, 1 86 1, married to B. I. Price, lives in Den- 
ver, Colo. (4) Sarah Ellen, born Feb. 21, 
1864, married to George S. Sterling, lives in 
Mifflinburg, Union Co., Pa. (5) Emma 
Amelia, born May 30, 1867, married F. M. 
Everett, and lives in Bloomsburg. (6) John 
Rutter, born Aug. 29, 1869, married Nettie 
Campbell, and lives in Bloomsburg. (7) 
Chritsian Frederick, born Aug. 30, 1872, mar- 
ried Minnie Rider, and lives in Milton. (8) 
Cora Rebecca, born Nov. 18, 1874, married 
to Burt R. Henrie, lives in Bloomsburg. (9) 
Benjamin David Waller, born Feb^ 26, 1881, 
now of Shamokin, married Carrie Scott. Mrs. 
Neyhard died Sept. 24, 19 12, and is buried in 
Rosemont cemetery, Bloomsburg, where Mr. 
Neyhard also rests. He passed away Oct. 27, 
1914, in his eighty-second year, dying of pneu- 
monia. All of his nine children were by his 
bedside during his illness and death. 

Mr. Neyhard was confirmed in the German 
Reformed Church, but later joined St. Mat- 
thew's Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. He 
ran a farm from 1862 to 1882, with hired 
help, but relinquished it. He served five terms 
as county surveyor, continuing at his profes- 
sion until shortly before his death. He was 
a Democrat, active in party affairs, and stood 
high in the esteem of the community in every 
respect, being welcomed wherever he w-ent. 
No one was more familiar with the history of 
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Early in the seventies Mr. Neyhard became 
allied with the Patrons of Husbandry, as a 
member, and was always active in its councils. 
Almost immediately after joining he com- 
menced to organize an insurance company to 
meet the needs of the farmers' communities, 
and through his efforts the Briar Creek Farm- 
ers' Mutual Insurance Company was formed. 
For sixteen years he served as its secretary, 
and built up a strong organization, which to- 
day represents one of the substantial insur- 
ance companies of the country. To Samuel 
Neyhard belongs the credit. 

WILLIAM M. LEMON, general con- 
tractor and builder of Bloomsburg, Pa., was 
born Feb. 7, 1854, in Fishingcreek township, 
Columbia county, and gained his education in 
the State Road schoolhouse. He worked On a 
farm until the age of seventeen, attending 
school between times. He took up the trade of 
carpenter, and came to Bloomsburg in 1881. 
For three years he worked on his father's farm 
and then returned to his trade, taking building 
contracts and doing a general carpentering 
business. By his marriage to Alice, daughter 
of Samuel and Sarah (Unangst) Shive. he 
has had the following children : Mary Ellen, 
wife of Anthony Menzebach, of Bloomsburg ; 
Bertha Edith, who died when six weeks old ; 
Warren A., married to Lulu Belong and resid- 
ing in Bloomsburg; Bessie Pearl, living at 
home; and Mabel L., who died at the age of 
six years. Mr. Lemon is a Democrat, but has 
held no offices. He is a member of Lavalette 
Commandery, A. I. O. K. M., and of Lodge 
No. 91, Knights of Malta, of which he is past 
commander. 

Michael Lemon, father of William M., was 
born and educated in Fishingcreek township, 
where he farmed and worked as a carpenter. 
He owned a tract of seventy-five acres, which 
he ran for three years, and then employed 
labor while he worked at carpentering. His 
first marriage was to a Miss McHenrv, who is 
buried in the graveyard of Stillwater Christian 
Church. By this union he had six children : 
Jane, wife of Peter Pealer; Elias, who died 
m the Civil war; Daniel, who died in the 
West; Mary, wife of William Andrews; 
Sarah, wife of Hiram Bittebender, residing 
in Michigan; and Elizabeth, wife of Martin 
Robbins, of Fishingcreek township. Mr. 
Lemon's second wife was Martha A., daugh- 
ter of Luther Trescott, and their children 
were:_ Elliott L., who married Mary Hess 
and lives in Fishingcreek township; Edward 
Bruce; William Mcldon ; Berenice Chrysilla, 



wife of Alfred Eveland, of Fishingcreek 
township; and one child that died in infancy. 
Mr. Lemon is buried near the Christian 
Church at Stillwater, and his wife lies in the 
Zion Reformed churchyard. 

Alice Shive (Mrs. William M. Lemon) was 
born m Bloomsburg Nov. 13, 1854, attended 
the Button wood (or Forks) school in Fish- 
ingcreek township, and resided at home until 
her marriage. She attends Zion Reformed 
Church. Her grandfather, who was a native 
of Philadelphia, had these children : Tobias, 
Simon, Samuel, David, and a daughter whose 
name is unknown. All of the sons were me- 
chanics. Simon was a cabinetmaker, and 
Samuel, Mrs. Lemon's father, followed the 
same occupation. He built a sawmill and 
added a gristmill to it later. He ran a turn- 
ing lathe and made posts, handles, etc., besides 
handling the grain for the entire neighborhood 
of Fishingcreek township, until illness com- 
pelled his relinquishment of the mill work. 
He married Sarah, daughter of Philip and 
Anna M. Unangst, and they had children as 
follows: Melinda, born April 8, 1850, died 
at the age of five; Mary Catherine, born Oct. 
3. 185 1, married H. M. Evans, of Berwick; 
Alice was born in 1854; Frank, born Oct. 3, 
1856, married IVIamie Burke, and lives in Ber- 
wick; Albert, born July 31. i860, mar- 
ried Eva Trump, and lives in Wilkes-Barre ; 
Charles H., born Aug. 9, 1862, married Stella 
Herring, and lives in Wilkes-Barre. Mr. 
Shive was a Democrat, and a member of 
Washington Lodge, No. 265, F. & A. M., and 
of the Odd Fellows. He attended the 
Reformed Church and was an active worker 
in same. He is buried in Zion churchyard, 
Fishingcreek township. 

Sarah Unangst, mother of Mrs. Lemon, 
was born March 29, 1827, and died Feb. 21, 
11)13. i'l Berwick. She is buried in Zion 
churchyard. Her father, Philip, was born 
Sept. 14, 1793, and died March 14, 1880, in 
Fishingcreek township, at the age of eighty- 
six. His wife, Anna M., was born Oct. '5, 
1797, and died Sept. 23. 1881. in Fishingcreek 
township. They are buried in Zion church- 
yard. 

Mrs. Martha A. (Trescott) Lemon, mother 
of William M. Lemon and daughter of Luther 
Trescott, was born Feb. 18, "1820. and died 
March 5. 1907. She was a member of the 
Asbury Methodist Church, and is buried in 
the Zion cemetery in Fishingcreek township. 

JOSHUA OPDYKE BOYLES. a 'well 
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Pa., where he has long held positions of im- Herring; Reuben; Henry, who married 

portance and responsibility with large in- Catherine Fowler; Marcus, who married 

dustrial enterprises, was born there March 7, Anna Roemick ; Maria, who married a Denni- 

1870, son of William Moore and Margaret son and (second) a Caldwell; Katie, who mar- 

(Ruch) Boyles. ried Isaac Hinckley ; and Fannie. By his third 

lames Boyles, the grandfather of Joshua wife Mr. Ruch had two children: Priscilla; 

Opdyke Boyles, was a local preacher and also and Margaret, who married Mr. Van Rouk. 

followed horse training, and for many years A fourth wife bore him one son, William, 

was a resident of F'oundryville, Columbia John Ruch, the maternal grandfather of 

county. His children were as follows : Nancy, Joshua Opdyke Boyles, was born at Berwick, 

who married Alonzo Suit ; May, who married Pa., where he conducted a saddlery establish- 

Charles Merkel; Dora, who married Michael ment for a great many years, and was also 

Boyle; Cordelia, who married John White; prominent in political and civic affairs, serving 

Lloyd, who married Delilah Bower; and W'il- in the capacity of postmaster under the admin- 

liam Moore. istration of l^resident Buchanan. He was a 

William Moore Boyles, father of Joshua lifelong and active Democrat and a consistent 
Opdyke Boyles, was born in 1845 ^t Foundry- member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Ruch 
ville, Columbia county, and was given a good married xA.nna Herring, and they became the 
education in the public schools, so that when parents of the following children : Margaret, 
he laid aside his studies he was qualified to who married William W. Boyles ; Sam, who 
teach, an occupation at which he was engaged married Louise Kurtz ; James, who served in 
for several vears. He also learned the trade Company E, i6th Regiment, Pa. Vol. Cav., 
of blacksmith at the Jackson & Woodin plant, during the Civil war, and married Elmira 
where he continued to work until about two Evans ; W' ill, who served in the 84th Regiment 
years prior to his death, in 1901, becoming during the Civil war, married D. Swank and 
foreman of the blacksmith department. He (second) Ola Andrews; Fannie, who mar- 
was also a member of the Berwick Band, ried A. H. Rush; Alice, who married Thomas 
Mr. Boyles married Margaret Ruch, a daugh- Welliver; Ella, who married Albert Waltman ; 
ter of John and Ann (Herring) Ruch, of Jane; Annie, who married Charles (jcorge; 
AUentown, Pa., and they became the parents and Laura, who married Oscar McBride. 
of the following children : Isadore, who mar- Joshua Opdyke Boyles received his educa- 
ried Wallace Stout and had two children, tion in the Market street school, Berwick, 
Mary and Mildred ; Beatrice, who married under Miss Amelia Armstrong, principal, and 
Charles Hammond, and had a child. Mar- during the summer months worked at the 
garet; Oscar, who married Edna Whorley; plant of Jackson & Woodin. He started to 
and Joshua Opdyke, who married Elizabeth work in the blacksmith shop of that company 
Faust. Mr. and Mrs. Boyles were devout under William M. Boyles, foreman, his father, 
members of the Methodist Church. In pol- and then went to the wheel foundry of the 
itics a Republican, he took an intense interest same company and installed machinery for 
in civic affairs, and for some time served new equipment. Subsequently he took charge 
efficiently as burgess of Berwick. His f ra- of the machinery for handling molten metal, 
ternal affiliation was with Berwick Lodge, No. cranes and rope dr>'ers, a position which he 
246. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and held for about one year, and then went to the 
Berwick Castle, 249, Knights of the Golden upper machine shop to install machines for 
Eagle. rope power transmission. Returning to the 

Lawrence Ruch, the maternal great-grand- blacksmith shop for about two years, he next 

father of Joshua Opdyke Boyles, was born in took charge of the bicycle business of the 

Germany and in young manhood emigrated to Berwick Store Company for a like period, 

the United States, settling at Black Creek, and then went back to the blacksmith shop 

Luzerne Co., Pa. Subsequently he moved to under James Hempstead, Frank Faust, super- 

the Nescopeck turnpike, between Berwick and intendent, and before long was given charge 

Hazleton, where he became a tollkeeper, and of dies and experimenting, under the same 

for a number of years was also a hotelkeeper superintendent. About the year 1907. Mr. 

at Berwick. Mr. Ruch was an immense man, Boyles went to the steel plant and entered the 

weighing four hundred pounds at the time of coach erecting department to take charge of 

his death. He was married four times, and building underframes. In 1913 he was made 

by his second wife, who was named Parish, assistant foreman of the department, and in 

had these children: John, who married Ann 1914 was made foreman of the passenger 



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coach construction and erection department, 
a position which he has since filled with signal 
ability. Mr. Boyles is known as a master 
workman, and who gives to his labor his most 
conscientious efforts. His promotion has been 
gained through individual merit and ability 
and not through favoring influences or circum- 
stances. Politically he is a Republican, his 
religious connection is with the Methodist 
Church, and fraternally he belongs to Berwick 
Lodge, No. 246, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, and the Rebekahs. He is a talented 
musician and is leader of the Berwick Band. 

Mr. Boyles married Elizabeth Faust in 
1905, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Keen) 
Faust. She is a member of Wilkes-Barre 
Chapter, No. 90, Order of the Eastern Star, 
and of the Daughters of Rebekah. 

William and Rebecca Faust were born in 
Locust Valley, Schuylkill Co., Pa., and had 
thirteen children as follows : John ; Henry ; 
Eli; George; Joseph, who married Rebecca 
Keen ; William, who married Mary Smith ; 
Eliza, who married Daniel Schipe ; Catherine, 
Mrs. Mellen; Rose; Rebecca' Mrs. Mauger; 
Ann, who married David Walburn; Amos; 
and Lucetta. Of these. Will and Joseph came 
to Berwick, the former in 1857 and the latter 
in 1859. Joseph was a carpenter and con- 
tractor, while Will engaged with the Jackson 
& Woodin Company, in the wood car shop, 
where he spent the greater part of his life. 
He married Mary Smith, and they became the 
parents of : Charles ; Frank, who married 
Prudence Mendenhall ; and Emma, who mar- 
ried W. S. Johnson. 

Joseph Faust was born May 15, 1835, and 
died Feb. 13, 1899. He married Rebecca 
Keen, who was born April 8, 1840, daughter 
of Peter and Hannah Keen, of Briggsville, 
Luzerne county, and they had the following 
children : Will and Atta, who are deceased 
and buried at Pine Grove, Berwick; A. H., 
who married Etta Snyder, and Eliabeth, who 
married Joshua O. Boyles. Mr. Faust was a 
prominent and influential Democrat, and 
served as burgess of Berwick and as tax col- 
lector and assessor. In his religious belief he 
was a Methodist. His fraternal connections 
were with the Masons; the Odd Fellows (of 
which he was a past grand) ; Susquehanna 
Commandery, No. 18, Knights of Malta : the 
Improved Order of Red Men, and the Junior 
Order United American Mechanics. 

The children of Peter and Hannah (Keen) 
Keen, the maternal grandparents of Mrs. 
Boyles, were as follows : Evan, who married 
Elizabeth Everard; Edward, who married 



Mary Sigmund; Alex, who married Matilda 
Bason; Rebecca, who married Joseph Faust; 
Martha, who married Aaron Harter; and 
Ellen, who married Ross Smith. 

ALEXANDER JAMESON LEARN, a 
retired merchant of Bloomsburg, Columbia 
Co., Pa., was born Dec. 11, 1855, in Hanover 
township, Luzerne county, near the city of 
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He is a son of the late 
George P. Learn, of Briarcreek township, 
Columbia county. 

Jacob and Andrew Earner, immigrants 
from Germany, settled at Tannersville, Mon- 
roe Co., Pa., and took up land. They were 
among the chief suft'erers in those early days 
from the depredations of the Indians, for in 
the history of Monroe county published in 
1845 there appears the story that on July 3, 
1 78 1, a band of savages attacked the cabin of 
the brothers, killed Andrew, and tortured the 
wife of Jacob by burning, her death resulting 
therefrom. Andrew's son, John, succeeded 
in killing one of the Indians by a ruse. This 
John Earner afterwards settled in Westmore- 
land county. One of his descendants. Frank 
H. Learn, is now a prosperous merchant of 
Indiana, Pa. Other descendants of the two 
brothers are still residing in the little town of 
Tannersville. 

After the death of his wife Jacob Earner 
removed to Northampton county. Pa., and 
engaged in farming until his death. The num- 
ber and names of his children are not ob- 
tainable, with the exception of George, grand- 
father of Alexander J. Learn. When the 
family name was changed to Learn is not 
known. 

George Learn was born in August, 1788. 
in Monroe county. Coming with his father 
to Northampton county, he lived there until 
he was twenty-six years of age, working on 
the home farm. He then went to Luzerne 
county, where he farmed until his death, at 
the age of sixty-two years. He married Mary 
Catherine Dreher, an aunt to Judge Dreher, 
of Monroe county, and they had these chil- 
dren : Mary Ann, wife of Evan Gress. of 
Edgerton, Wis. ; Sarah, wife of Charles 
Drake, of East Stroudsburg, Pa. ; Lavina, 
wife of Mr. Keller, of East Stroudsburg. Pa.; 
Catherine, who married a Mr. Xash ; Adam; 
Levi; Charles; Simon; Lee; Michael; Wil- 
liam ; Heller ; and George P. 

George P. Learn, father of Alexander J., 
was born in Hanover township. Luzerne 
county, Feb. 7. 18 19, and followed farming 
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COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 845 

seven years of age, in November, 1866, he shoes on a large scale all of his life, dying at 
moved to Briarcreek township, Columbia the age of lifty. He left a wife, Elizabeth 
county, and lived there until his death, Aug. (Waite) Dickson, and ten children: Arch- 
15, 1893, at the age of seventy-four years, ibald, James, Margaret, Robert, Janet, John, 
On March 21, 1850, he married Leonora Kel- Alexander, Jessie, William and Elspeth. 
ler, who died Dec. 24, 1906, at the age of James Dickson, father of Duval and grand- 
eighty-one. They had five children: Henry father of Clark L., was born in Kelso, Scot- 
Clinton, who was married to Rosa Laubach; land, Oct. 23, 1821, and received his early 
John M., married to Mary Jane Mowrer; education in the normal School at Glasgow. 
Alexander Jameson; Mary S., wife of Wil- In 1843 ^^^ went as a missionary to the West 
liam S. Ash, of Briarcreek township; and Indies, where he remained for ten years. 
Augustus Frederick, married to Lizzie Wert, At Brownsville the point of his mission in 
of Bloomsburg. Mr. Learn was an overseer the Island of Jamaica, w^as stationed Rev. 
of the poor and a school director of his town- Warren Carlisle, whose daughter, Mary, was 
ship, and he and his wife were members of a teacher in the mission school. In the course 
the Reformed Church. of their work the young missionary and the 

Alexander J. Learn attended the schools of girl teacher fell in love, and were married 
Briarcreek township and for many years fol- June 9, 1844. These children came to bless 
lowed the occupation of farming in Centre their home: Elizabeth Agnes was born June 
and Hemlock townships and the vicinity of 29, 1847; Mary Carlisle, born Feb. i, 1849, 
Bloomsburg, Columbia county. In 1907 he is now the widow of C. N. McFarren ; Agnes 
opened a store at Bloomsburg, at the corner D. was born July 8, 1850; Warrand C., born 
of Sixth and Iron streets, and in spite of Jan. 7, 1852, and James Irving, born Jan. i, 
active competition built up a fine trade through 1853, died young. In 1853 Mr. Dickson sailed 
his cheerfulness, courtesy and fair dealing, for America, and on the voyage the wife died 
In 1914 he sold out the business and retired, and was buried at sea, at the age of twenty- 
much to the regret of his many customers, six. The family being broken up, the father 
who were also his sincere friends. sent the children to Scotland, and they were 

In 1879 ^^^- Learn married Ida C. Hess, a educated in that country and in France. He 

daughter of Reuben and Lavina (Knorr) landed at Philadelphia after a long quarantine 

Hess, and they have had children as follows : owing to fever, and remained in that city for 

Lavina H., wife of Morris Hauck, living near some years, being first made associate pastor 

Dixon, 111. ; Leonora, a trained nurse, in the of the Fourth Presbyterian Church after his 

government service at Yuma, Ariz.; and ordination into the ministry, Sept. 13, 1854. 

Reuben H., who is attending school in Blooms- He then went to Harrisburg, Pa., and while 

burg. Mr. Learn is a member of the Patriotic there married Jeanetta Hoffman, daughter of 

Order Sons of America and of the Knights Michael Duval, a native of Normandv, France, 

and Ladies of Honor lodges at Bloomsburg, and Eleanor (Hatfield-Maize) Duval, a 

and he is an active member of the Methodist native-born American. By this union there 

Church. Politically he is a Democrat, and was seven children : Ellen Duval, born Nov. 

takes a keen interest in current events, but 27, 1856, is unmarried and residing in Ber- 

does not aspire to official honors of a public wick; William Sterling, born Aug. 18, 1858, 

character. residing in Berwick, president of the Berwick 

Savings and Trust Company, married Lillie 

CLARK LONG DICKSON, a rising young Baucher, and has two children, Conway and 

attorney of Berwick, was born in that town David; Alexander W^iilden. born Dec. 12. 

July 22, 1891, son of Duval Dickson, and 1859, a merchant of \\'illiamspo_rt, married 

grandson of Rev. James Dickson, a minister Sallie Freas, by whom he had six children, 

of the Presbyterian Church, who lived to the Edna J., James H., Freas, Pauline, Alexander 

advanced age of ninety-two years. W. and Dorothy (who died in infancy), and 

Archibald Dickson, the elder, was a native his second wife was Martha Helmrich ; Con- 

of Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, and was way Phelps Wing, born Dec. 20, 1862, a res- 

a shoemaker. He was the father of four ident of Scranton, and traveling auditor of 

children : Robert. lane. Elizabeth and Arch- the Connell Mine and Lumber Company, mar- 

ibald. He and his' wife died at the age of ried Sylvia Dieffenbach and has one chdd, 

seventy years. Eleanor; James, born Oct. 7, 1863, real estate 

Archibald Dickson, the younger, enlarged broker, residing in Milton, Pa., married Annie 

upon his father's trade and manufactured B. Low, and had one child, Myron L., who 



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died in December, iQii; Duval is mentioned 
below; Archibald, born March IQ, 1867, mem- 
ber of the Baldwin-Zeigler polar expedition of 
1904, is now located in Portland. Oregon, 
where he conducts a shorthand school, teach- 
ing a system invented by himself. 

Rev. James Dickson served as pastor in 
various charges from 1853 until 1890. From 
the last date till 1892 he did missionary work 
and then retired to live in Berwick, and at any 
time prior to his death, which occurred July 
16, 191 3, could be found at home in his study, 
deeply engrossed in Greek and Hebrew liter- 
ature and research. 

Duval Dickson, father of Clark L., was 
born in Northumberland, Pa., Jan. 22, 1865, 
coming to Berwick with his parents about 
eighteen months later. He beg-an the strug- 
gle of life at the early age of twelve years, ob- 
taining employment in the blacksmith shop of 
the Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Com- 
pany, and at the age of eighteen was removed 
to the lumberyard of the same company and 
made assistant foreman. In his spare time 
he studied telegraphy, and resigned his posi- 
tion to become operator at the Delaware, 
Lackawanna & Western depot at Berwick, and 
was shortly afterward promoted to be station 
agent. In 1898 he purchased the S. E. Smith 
farm and cultivated it until 1903, then cutting 
it up into town lots, of which over four hun- 
dred were sold. He was the pioneer in estab- 
lishing the thriving community of North Ber- 
wick, which now has a population of about 
two thousand. He is now living retired in 
Berwick and is a director of the Berwick 
Savings and Trust Company and a trustee of 
the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Ber- 
wick. On June 12, 18^0, Mr. Dickson mar- 
ried Emma Amelia Long, daughter of Charles 
C. Long, of Danville, Pa., and they are the 
parents of four children : Clark Long, born 
July 22, 1891 ; Frederick Duval, born March 

10, 1894, who died in infancy; Jeanetta Duval, 
born Aug. 12, 1903, and Duval, Ir., born Sept. 

11, 190,=;. 

Charles Clark Long was born on a farm 
near Buckhorn, in Columbia county, Pa., Aug. 
22, 1845, and in early youth attended Green- 
wood Academy, at Millville, Pa. ; he remained 
on the farm of his grandparents until he was 
about eighteen years of age, when he secured 
a position as school teacher and taught school 
several years. He then served as superintend- 
ent of the store conducted by the National 
Iron Company, in Danville, Pa., and upon 
the destruction by fire of this store was called 
to take up the managership of the Jackson & 



Woodin Store Company at Berwick. He held 
this position thirty years, when he resigned 
and removed to Danville again, where he still 
lives retired at the age of seventy. In 1866 
he married Elizabeth Werkheiser, daughter of 
Peter and Susan (Hess) W^erkheiser, for- 
merly of Northampton county, and four chil- 
dren came to this union : Emma Amelia, wife 
of Duval Dickson, born July 6, 1868; John 
Frank, born Sept. 14, 1870, local auditor of 
the American Car and Foundry Company, at 
Berwick; Linda, born Sept. 8, 1872, married 
to E. B. Kepner, a merchant at Oaklane, Pa. ; 
and Jane Gertrude, born Jan. 15, 1876, wife 
of Valentine Chester Trout, secretary and 
treasurer of the Knickerbocker Lime Com- 
pany of Philadelphia. 

Emma Amelia (Long) Dickson, mother of 
Clark L., was graduated from the public 
schools at Berwick, Pa., in 1886, and the fol- 
lowing year received her diploma as a grad- 
uate of the Bloomsburg Normal School. She 
taught school four years prior to her marriage, 
one year at Buckhorn and three years at Ber- 
wick. 

Clark Long Dickson was born in Berwick, 
Pa., July 22, 1891, and began his education in 
the Berwick public schools, graduating from 
the high school in 1909. In the fall of the 
same year he matriculated at Dickinson School 
of Law, located at Carlisle, Pa., of which 
Dr. A\'illiam Trickett, noted legal text-book 
writer and instructor, is the dean, graduat- 
ing from this institution in June. 1912. At 
the time of his admission to practice the press 
made the following comment : 

"Columbia county enjoys the signal distinc- 
tion of having within its boundaries the young- 
est licensed attorney in the commonwealth. 
Clark L. Dickson received official notification 
to-day that the result of his final examination 
before the State Board of Law Examiners for 
admission to the bar of the Supreme court of 
Pennsylvania was satisfactor}-. and he is fur- 
ther informed that additional credentials are 
in transit to him, recommending his admission 
before the local Common Pleas court. Mr. 
Dickson will in all probability be admitted at 
Bloomsburg this week. The young man. who 
is aged twenty-one years, is a son of Duval 
Dickson, of East Front street. He enters 
upon his career as a disciple of Blackstone 
with unusually fine prospects of success. Mr. 
Dickson was graduated in June of 19 12 and, 
owing to the fact that his extreme youth pre- ^M 
vented him from being eligible to take the ^ 
final law examination in July, he further pur- 
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of Attorney William E. Elmes and Justice 
of the Peace F. R. Kitchen, gaining thereby 
practical experience in his profession. While 
at Carlisle Mr. Dickson was prominently iden- 
tified in almost every spirit of school activ- 
ities. He was a member of the Carlisle Bach- 
elors' Club, the College Glee clubs, the Delta 
Chi Legal Fraternity, and president of his 
class during his junior year. Mr. Dickson has 
not announced his plans for the future, but if 
he concludes to practice in Berwick he is cer- 
tain in a short time to attract a large clientele, 
as he enjoys a wide acquaintance and is pecul- 
iarly fitted as a legal advocate. His many 
friends will join in extending their congratu- 
lations." 

Mr. Dickson is a member of Knapp Lodge, 
No. 462, F. and A. M., Berwick, and of 
Washington Camp, No. 105, P. O. S. of A. 

WESLEY BOWMAN FAIRCHILD, who 
is in the employ of the Berwick National Bank, 
was born in Briarcreek township, Columbia 
county. May 9, 1886, son of John M. Fair- 
child, grandson of John Fairchild, great- 
grandson of Solomon Fairchild, and great- 
great-grandson of John Fairchild. 

John Fairchild, the first ancestor in Amer- 
ica, emigrated from England, and settled in 
Connecticut. After the Wyoming massacre, 
in 1778, the family moved to Luzerne county, 
Pa. John Fairchild had five children : Abram, 
Peter, John, Solomon and Polly (or Mary). 

Solomon Fairchild, great-grandfather of 
Wesley Bowman Fairchild, was born Oct. 17, 
1788, and died Sept. 16, 1857. On Jan. 19, 
1806, he was married to Elizabeth Lutsey, who 
was born May 23, 1789, and died July 26, 
1871. They had thirteen children, as follows: 
Polly, Anna, Margaret, John, Rosana, Wil- 
liam, Elizabeth, Priscilla, Solomon, Isabella, 
Martha, Emily and Abram. 

John Fairchild, son of Solomon, was born 
Feb. 19, 1813, and died Sept. 17, 1879. On 
Feb. 7, 1836, he was married to Martha Line, 
who died Jan. 23, 1883, and they had six chil- 
dren : Anna E., bom Sept. 12, 1837, died in 
1883; she married William Fairchild, who is 
also deceased, and had five children, two of 
whom survive. Henry S., born March 18, 
1839, married Louisa Robbins. of Nanticoke, 
and had three children, two of whom are liv- 
ing. Alfred, born May 16, 1841, now a re- 
tired farmer, living at Three Rivers, Mich., 
married Euphemia Garringer, and they had 
six children, four of whom are living. Andrew, 
born in i8'45, died the following year. Mar- 
tha, born July 13, 1847, is the wife of Olaf 



Franklin Ferris, a retired farmer, of Briar- 
creek township, and they have four children. 
John M. is mentioned below. The farm on 
which John Fairchild first settled in Luzerne 
county, and which he owned, is now cut up 
into town lots, forming part of Nanticoke. 

John M. Fairchild, the father of Wesley 
Bowman Fairchild, was born and reared on 
this farm, and remained with his parents until 
they died, after which he became the owner 
of the homestead place, living there until his 
removal to Columbia county, in the spring of 
1886. Here he bought 148 acres in Briarcreek 
township, not far from Berwick, to the culti- 
vation of which he since devoted practically 
all his time. Having added to his holdings, 
he now owns 186 acres, and he has been one 
of the most successful farmers in his vicinity, 
where his energy and thrift have won him 
the high respect of all who know him. He 
has become thoroughly associated with the 
best interests of his adopted county, and has 
taken considerable part in the administration 
of the local government, having served four 
years as member of the West Berwick council. 

In 1878 Mr. Fairchild married Nettie Cur- 
tis, who died April 7, 1882, leaving no chil- 
dren. On Jan. 27, 1884, he married Clara B. 
Wolfe, and they have had four children : Wil- 
liam J., born Jan. 8, 1885, married Mary 
Croup, daughter of the late A. B. Croup (a 
farmer, who died in the spring of 1913). and 
has two children, John Allen and William 
Donald; Wesley B. was born May 9, 1886; 
Minnie M., March 20, 1890; and Laura C, 
Jan. 9, 1892, both the daughters at home. Mr. 
Fairchild and his wife attend the Presby- 
terian Church at Berwick. 

Wesley Bowman Fairchild had the educa- 
tional advantages of the public schools, and 
later entering the Wyoming College of Busi- 
ness was graduated in the commercial course. 
After his graduation he entered the employ 
of the Berwick National Bank, where he has 
received gradual promotion. On June 26, 
1913, he was married to Edith S. Cooke, who 
was born in Shamokin Sept. 4, 1885, a daugh- 
ter of Edwin Henry and Alice (Salter) Cooke. 
Mrs. Fairchild received her education at 
Shamokin and in Rush township, Northum- 
berland county, and is a graduate of the 
Bloomsburg State Normal School, class of 
1904. She taught school three years in Rush 
township, five years in West Berwick, Colum- 
bia county, and one year in Akron, Ohio. 

Edwin Henry Cooke. Mrs. Fairchild's 
father, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was 
a coal inspector and shipper at Shamokin, Pa. 



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He is now farming in Rush township, North- 
umberland county. He married AHce Salter, 
daughter of Michael Salter, who was born m 
New England, and Lucy (Gillinger) Salter, 
of Northumberland county. Michael Salter 
was a soldier in the Union army, and was 
wounded while in the service. _ 

Edwin Cooke, father of Edwm Henry 
Cooke, was born in Shropshire, England, and 
was a farmer. His wife was Cathenne Casey. 

Mr Fairchild is a Republican, and has been 
a member of the council of West Berwick, 
serving as president of that body for three 
years He served one term as Republican com- 
mitteeman of the Second ward of West Ber- 
wick Socially he is a Mason, a member of 
Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. and A. M., Ber- 
wick, and Caldwell Consistory, thirty-second 
degree, A. A. S. R., Bloomsburg, Pa. He is 
an active member of the First Presbyterian 
Church at Berwick, and takes an active part 
in promoting the best interests of West Ber- 
wick, where he resides. 



ISAAC S. KUHN (deceased) w^as for 
many years a prosperous business man of 
Bloomsburg, to which town he moved in 1855, 
passing the remainder of his life there. He 
was a native of Easton, Northampton Co., Pa., 
born in 1830, son of Andrew and Matilda 
(Brutsman) Kuhn, both parents descended 
from farming people of that county whose 
ancestors settled there at an early day, coming 
from Germany. 

Andrew Ku'hn brought his family to Blooms- 
burg in 1832, and bought a farm just back of 
w^hat is now the site of the Normal school, 
operating same for some years. Later he 
moved to Akron, Ind., where he and his wife 
died and are buried. They were members of 
the Lutheran Church. Children as follows 
were born to them: Isaac S., Catherine, Hen- 
rietta (married John Pursel), Alvaretta (mar- 
ried Samuel Wood) and James (living in 
David City, Nebraska). 

Isaac S. Kuhn passed most of his boyhood 
at Bloomsburg, but went to Easton to learn his 
trade, harnessmaking, which he followed for 
about ten years. He was then employed on the 
canal for some time, and returning to Blooms- 
burg in 1855 established a butcher business in 
partnership with Fred Dreyer, later becoming 
associated with Zeb Grass. After the latter's 
death he continued the business alone, being 
engaged therein for about thirty years in all, 
and his subsequent activities were in an allied 
line. About 1855 ^^ began dealing in cattle, 



shipping them in from Buffalo, and he ac- 
quired extensive interests in that business, 
which he carried on the rest of his active life. 
Shortlv after he started he was bringing from 
fifty to sixty carloads (averaging twenty to 
twenty-four head per car) of cattle to the local 
market every season, and his transactions in- 
creased steadily until he had built up a busi- 
ness of important proportions. He also ac- 
quired local property interests and did con- 
siderable toward the improvement of Center 
street, in Bloomsburg; he built many houses 
in the borough. Though he gave close atten- 
tion to his private affairs ^Ir. Kuhn was too 
good a man and citizen to neglect those which 
concerned the general welfare, and he was an 
efi:'ective member of the town council for some 
time He was also an earnest worker in the 
religious field, a member of the Lutheran 
Church and particularly devoted to the Sun- 
day school, which he served as superintendent 
for thirty-one years, in all of w^iich time he 
missed attendance only once or twice, and 
then on account of sickness. In pohtics he 
was a Democrat. Mr. Kuhn died in Novem- 
ber, 1892, and was buried in Rosemont ceme- 
tery at Bloomsburg. 

On March 15, 1856, Mr. Kuhn married Su- 
san Dengler, of Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill 
Co., Pa., who was born Jan. 29, 1838, and sur- 
vives him, continuing to reside at the home- 
stead, corner Fourth and Center streets, 
Bloomsburg, where she has lived for over 
fifty years. She, too, is a member of the 
Lutheran Church. Six children were born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn; Alvaretta \\, who mar- 
ried John Bittenbender; Ehza M., who died 
aged twenty-seven years; Emma D., who mar- 
ried Dr. Stewart Kirkby; May D.. who mar- 
ried Robert C. Butler; Lottie L., who married 
Joseph G. Wells; and Bessie R., who died 
when twenty-seven years old. 

Daniel Dengler, Mrs. Kuhn's grandfather, 
came from Holland, and settling in Schuylkill 
county. Pa., passed the remainder of his life 
there. His children were: Charles, Isaac, 
Frank, Eliza, George and Daniel. 

Daniel Dengler, son of Daniel, was born in 
Schuylkill county, Pa., and there engaged in 
the sawmill and powder business. He was 
accidentally killed at St. Clair, that county, by 
an explosion of powder, when thirty-four 
years old. He married Eliza Shappel, whose 
family was French, and four children were 
born to them: Sarah, who married Charles 
Bolick; Elizabeth, who married Elias Bartlett; 
Susan, widow of Isaac S. Kuhn ; and John K., 
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FRANK FAUS, who operates an auto-bus 
between the hotels and railroad depots in 
Bloomsburg, was born in Pine township, Co- 
lumbia county, Jan. i8, 1867, son of Thomas 
Fans, and grandson of Henry Fans. The 
family is of German stock. 

Henry Fans was born in Lehigh county, 
Pa., where he lived and died, having been a 
farmer all his life. He married Elizabeth 
Hepler, who after his death came with her 
children to Columbia county, and still later 
moved to Michigan, where she died. For her 
second husband she married a Mr. Krisher, 
and after his death she took as her third 
husband Joseph Snyder. Henry Fans and 
his wife had the following children: Thomas; 
Henry; Polly, who married Peter Whitney; 
and Eliza, who married Abraham Krauss. 
• Thomas Fans, son of Henry Faus, and 
father of Frank Faus, was born in Lehigh 
county. Pa., and coming to what is now Pine 
township, Columbia Co., Pa., bought a farm 
there. In time he cleared off this land and 
operated it until his death, which occurred 
on his property July 5, 1875, when he was 
seventy-one years, seven months, twenty-one 
days old ; he is buried at Faus Church, in 
Pine township. Mr. Faus gave the land on 
which the church was built, and did much to 
gather other contributions. He was a Meth- 
odist, and was glad to do all in his power 
to get a church of his denomination in the 
neighborhood, and after it was established 
continued to give liberally to it as long as he 
lived. 

Thomas Faus was married to Rachel Rob- 
bins, a daughter of Joseph Robbins, of Mill- 
ville, and she died July 28, 1863, aged fifty- 
five years, six months, twenty-eight days. 
Their children were : Elizabeth J., who mar- 
ried Lafayette Unger; Henry, who is living 
in Michigan ; Joshua, who is deceased ; John, 
deceased ; Josiah, deceased ; Mary, who mar- 
ried Michael Kessler; William P., who is liv- 
ing in Pine township ; Thomas, living in Texas ; 
Matilda, who died in childhood ; Theodore, a 
Methodist minister, in charge of the church at 
Millville, Pa. ; Martha, who married John San- 
ders ; Rachel, who married Rev. John Beish- 
line ; and Cyrus, who is deceased. For his 
second wife Thomas Faus married Susan 
Bacon, a daughter of Lyman Bacon, and by 
this union had children : Harriet, who mar- 
ried Lewis Kile ; Frank ; Rebecca, who mar- 
ried Howard Shultz ; and Charles W., who is 
living on the old homestead in Pine township. 

Frank Faus attended the schools of Pine 
township. As he lost his father in childhood, 
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he remained with his widowed mother, assist- 
ing her with the farm work and growing up to 
useful manhood. Until 1902 Mr. Faus con- 
tinued to farm, in that year going into the 
lumber regions in Sullivan county. Pa., where 
for three years he worked as a lumberman. 
At the expiration of that period he came to 
Bloomsburg and embarked in the livery busi- 
ness with Mr. Ammerman, under the firm 
name of Ammerman & Faus, the firm having 
stables conveniently located near the "Ex- 
change Hotel." They kept fifteen horses for 
hire, as well as a full equipment of carriages, 
wagons and other vehicles to meet the de- 
mands of the public, operating one of the 
largest establishments of its kind in the city, 
and the firm controlled a fine business. In 
191 3 Mr. Faus embarked in his present bus 
and moving business. 

Mr. Faus was married to Mary Kile, a 
daughter of Wesley Kile, and they have had 
the following children : Lucy, Hester, Clyde 
and Frank. Mr. Faus is a Republican in polit- 
ical faith, and the Methodist Church holds his 
membership. He is highly esteemed in busi- 
ness life, being a man of many excellent traits 
of character, and deserving what he has se- 
cured in the way of material prosperity. 

GEORGE S. MOOMEY, a substantial cit- 
izen of Berwick, Columbia Co., Pa., was born 
there April 7, 1867, son of Daniel Moomey. 
The latter was born in 1832, and died in the 
spring of 1903. A native of Beaver Valley, 
Columbia county, he farmed in that neighbor- 
hood until 1872, and then engaged with the 
Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company, 
in the car erecting shop. His son being in 
the same employ, Mr. Moomey taught him all 
he knows about this important branch of car 
building. Daniel Moomey married Amanda 
E. Schlaubach, who was born Aug. 12, 1839, 
daughter of Daniel and Maria Schlaubach, of 
Columbia county, the latter deceased Dec. 30, 
1855, aged thirty-nine years, nine months, 
four days. Mr. and Mrs. Moomey have the 
following children: Lizzie married Joseph 
Eckert; Mary married George Nichols; Wil- 
liam married Anna Sitler : Walter married 
Mattie M. Sutliff, who was born March 5, 
1870, and died Jan. 20, 1910; George S. is 
mentioned below ; Edith married John Shultz ; 
Emma married William Hixon ; Pursell died 
young, and is buried in Pine Grove cemetery, 
Berwick. Daniel Moomey was a strong advo- 
cate of prohibition, and gave the principles 
of his party efficient support. He was a 
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Church, and of the Berwick Beneficial Asso- 
ciation. 

George S. Moomey was educated in the 
Market street school at Berwick. In 1881 he 
began working in the car erecting shop of the 
Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company, 
of which William Faust was general fore- 
man. In May, 1900, he engaged with the 
same company in the steel coach department, 
under L. E. Hess, general superintendent of 
that department. 

Mr. Moomey was married to Blanche E. 
Sutliflf, daughter of Sterling D. and Mary A. 
(Killian) Sutlifif, the former of whom died 
Dec. 22, 1910, aged sixty-eight years, and is 
buried at Waterton, Luzerne Co., Pa. Mr. 
and Mrs. Moomey have had two children, the 
younger, Sterling J., born April 27, 1897, dy- 
ing in infancy ; he is buried in Pine Grove 
cemetery, Berwick. 

Daniel Ray Moomey, only surviving child 
of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Moomey, was 
bom Nov. 9, 1893, and received his educa- 
tion at Berwick, graduating from the high 
school in the class of 1912. Since July, 1912, 
he has been employed as a stenographer in 
the office of the mechanical inspector's de- 
partment of the American Car and Foundry 
Company, under W. E. Williams, mechanical 
engineer. He is a member of the First Meth- 
odist Church, and of Washington Camp, No. 
105, P. O. S., of Berwick. 

Socially George S. Moomey holds mem- 
bership in Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M., 
Berwick; Berwick Lodge, No. 246, I. O. O. 
F. ; Washington Camp No. 105, P. O. S. of 
A., of which he is a past master and is now 
treasurer ; and the Berwick Beneficial Associa- 
tion. 

Mrs. George S. Moomey finished her educa- 
tion in Huntington Mills Academy, under Pro- 
fessor Clark, passed the examination and re- 
ceived a teacher's certificate, and taught four 
terms of school in Huntington township, 
, Luzerne county. She is a member of the 
Ladies' Aid Society of the First Metohdist 
Church at Berwick. 

Mrs. Moomey belongs to an old New Eng- 
land family of English origin. Her great- 
grandparents. Miles and Phoebe (Culver) 
Sutliff, were natives of Connecticut. Their 
son Abel Sutliff was born in Pennsylvania, 
was a farmer by occupation, and died in 1867. 
His wife. Lydia (Brader). who was born in 
Pennsylvania of German extraction, died in 
1887. They had a family of fourteen chil- 
dren, eight still living, of whom Sterling D., 
the eighth in order of birth, was born Sept. 21, 



1842, in Huntington township, Luzerne Co., 
Pa. Reared on a farm, he obtained a common 
school education and from boyhood was 
familiar with agricultural work, which he has 
always followed. On Aug. 18, 1862, he joined 
Company F, 143d Pennsylvania \'olunteers, 
under Captain Tubbs, and served to the close 
of the war, taking part in the battles of Get- 
tysburg, Cold Harbor, Antietam, Chancellors- 
ville, Weldon Railroad, Spottsylvania, and a 
number of minor actions ; he was disabled at 
Fort Slocum. Mr. Sutliff received his dis- 
charge June 12, 1865, ^t Hart Island, N. Y., 
and returning to his native township purchased 
a tract of forty-seven acres one mile from 
Waterton postoffice, where he has carried on 
general farming ever since. On Dec. 25, 
1866, he married Mary A. Killian, who was 
born Jan. 13, 1849, the fourth in the family 
of fourteen children of John and Amy (\'an 
Horn) Killian. Children as follows were 
born to this marriage : Blanche E., born Nov. 
19, 1867, is the wife of George S. Moomey; 
Mattie M., born March 5, 1870, married Wal- 
ter Moomey and is deceased (she is buried in 
Pine Grove cemetery, Berwick) ; Annie A., 
born April 24, 1872, married Benjamin 
Winans ; Charles W., born Oct. 14, 1875 
(member of the I. O. O. F.), married Ida 
Winters and has four children, Gertrude, 
Bertha. Margaret and Daniel ; Cora A., born 
Oct. 31, 1878, is the wife of E. Bruce Hoyt 
and has had three children, Irma Ruth, living, 
and two deceased, who are buried at Water- 
ton; (Mr. Hovt is a member of Knai)p Lodge. 
No. 462, F. & A. M., lierwick ; the Odd Fel- 
lows, at Shickshinny, and the Jr. O. U. A. M. 
at Pond Hill, Luzerne county) ; Grace W, 
born Nov. 4, 188 1, is married to Charles 
Markle : Mason B., born Oct. 24. 1883, is 
married to Vergie Andreas, and their chil- 
dren are Roland and Donald. Mr. and Mrs. 
Sutliff. the parents, are members of the 
Zwingle Reformed Church, and he is serving 
as steward of that church. He is a Repub- 
lican in political sentiment. 

GEORGE WASHINGTON MYERLEY. 
late of Danville, was born June 5. 1836. at 
Mooresburg. in Liberty township. Montour 
county, son of Jacob and Mary (Herring) 
^klyerley. who were long residents of that 
section. 

Jacob ]\Iyerley, the father, was born near 
Reading, Berks Co.. Pa., and coming to 
Mooresburg remained the rest of his life, liv- 
ing near that town. By occupation be was a 
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ring were born the following children : Sam- 
uel, a carpenter, married Lydia ISright ; Re- 
becca married James Piatt, a tailor; George 
W. is mentioned below ; Lydia Ann married 
Daniel Marsh, of Milton, a saddler; Hen- 
rietta married John Hedding, a farmer of 
Northumberland county; Jeremiah, a shoe- 
maker, married Mercy Best, who lives at Wat- 
sontown and is the only one of all these now 
surviving. Politically Jacob Myerley was a 
Democrat. His wife was a Lutheran of the 
General Council branch, and active in church 
work. 

George Washington Myerley was educated 
at Mooresburg, attending school until nine 
years old. He then worked among farmers 
up to the age of seventeen years, when he 
came to Danville, in 1853, and learned his 
trade of carpenter with Robert McCoy. He 
followed it all his life, engaging in contract- 
ing and building at Danville, where he made 
his permanent home. For twenty-nine years 
he was employed as house carpenter for the 
Waterman & Beaver Rolling Mills Company. 
He was a skilled workman, thrifty and enter- 
prising, and had the respect and good will of 
all who came in contact with him. His death, 
which occurred Dec. 5, 1902, was caused by 
an attack of heart trouble brought on while 
he was attempting to shovel snow. Mr. Myer- 
ley was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery, 
having belonged to Myrtle Lodge, No. 858, 
at Danville, of which he was a past grand. 
He was also a member of the Washington 
Fire Company. Reared in the Baptist Church, 
he w^as active in its work, serving as trustee 
and singing in the choir. Politically he was a 
Democrat. 

On March 14, 1872, Mr. Myerley married 
Harriet Susan (Garrett), who was born at 
Danville Oct. 10. 1847, daughter of William 
Hoops and Margaret (Cornelison) Garrett, of 
Danville. Four children were born to Mr. and 
Airs. Myerley: Cora B., born Jan. 5, 1873, 
wife of George Haze Haley, of Waterville, 
Ohio, has four children, Herbert, Laura, 
Ernest and Lotta May ; Edwin Herbert, born 
Aug. 30, 1878, who is a carpenter by occu- 
pation, married Rosa Getz, and they have 
three sons, George, Carl and Luther; Bertha 
and Stella, twins, were born Aug. 2J, 1880, 
the latter dying Aug. 25, 1905; Bertha is the 
wife of Frank Yeager, who was born Nov. i, 
1 881, in Snydertown, Northumberland Co., 
Pa., son of Jacob and Sarah (Chamberlain) 
Yeager, farming people, of Riverside, Pa. 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yeager have one child, 
Sherman Foster, born Nov. 13, 1904. Air. 



and Mrs. Yeager are active members of the 
Baptist Church, and she is deeply interested 
in its work as a member of the Ladies' Aid 
Society and of the Willing Workers' Society. 
William Hoops Garrett, father of Mrs. 
Harriet S. Myerley, was born in Chester 
county. Pa., son of William Garrett, who lived 
in that county for some time, came thence 
to Danville, and eventually to Gearhart town- 
ship, Northumberland Co., Pa., where he 
bought a large farm and followed agricultural 
pursuits the rest of his life. He died there. 
He married a Garrett, and they were buried 
in the Presbyterian cemetery, now Memorial 
Park, Danville. 

William Hoops Garrett came to Montour 
county from Chester county when a young 
man, and finished his education in the Dan- 
ville Academy. He taught school for a num- 
ber of years in Danville and in the town- 
ships of the county. Later he became en- 
gaged in soap boiling and the manufacture 
of candles. During the Civil war he enlisted 
from Turbotville in Company D, 7th Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Cavalry, and served four 
years, proving a good soldier and particularly 
helpful in caring for the sick. He acted as 
nurse during the smallpox epidemic in Dan- 
ville. His death was caused by a stroke of 
paralysis at Haskins, Ohio, where he is buried. 
On Aug. 26, 1845, Mr. Garrett married 
Margaret Cornelison, who was born Alay 5, 
1822, and died Alarch 31, 1857. She is buried 
in the Old Grove cemetery, now Memorial 
Park, at Danville. Her parents, William and 
Susan Cornelison, w^ere born Feb. 10, 1792, 
and Sept. 12, 1794. respectively. The father 
was blind for thirty years before his death. 
To Air. and Airs. Garrett were born children 
as follows: Jacob H.. who was killed by the 
cars when a young man ; Lydia Jane, who died 
young ; William Albert, who died young ; Har- 
riet Susan, Airs. Alyerley ; and Edwin Foster, 
living in Waterville. Ohio. Air. Garrett was a 
Republican in politics. He belonged to the 
G. A. R., and was a member of the First 
Baptist Church of Danville. 

EAIERSON A. ADAAIS, practical painter 
and paper hanger, of Danville, Alontour Co., 
Pa., was born in that borough Jan. 12, 1855, 
son of John Adams. 

Thomas Adams, the first of this branch of 
the Adams family of which we have definite 
mention, was the grandfather of Emerson A. 
Adams. 

John Adams was born in Dark Hollow, 
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died April 19, 1892. He was married to 
Lucinda Vastine, who was born Nov. 15, 
1 818, a daughter of Thomas Vastine, and 
died Dec. 27, 1881. Six sons were born of 
this marriage, but only two survive: Benne- 
ville Krim, San Francisco, Cal. ; and Emer- 
son Ambrose. 

During all of his active life John Adams 
was a heater in the iron works at Danville 
and a farmer. He spent his declining years 
at Danville, where he died. He and his wife 
are buried, in the Rush Baptist Church cem- 
etery in Northumberland county, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Emerson Ambrose Adams w^as born and 
grew up at Danville. He was still a lad when 
he secured employment in the planing mill 
there, where he continued working for sev- 
eral years, until he went into the employ of 
the National Iron Company. There he re- 
mained three years, and then when eighteen 
years old commenced learning paper hanging 
and painting, in which line he found his life 
work. Eventually he became a contracting 
painter and paper hanger and is doing some 
of the best work in that line in this section. 

On Aug. 31, 1879, Mr. Adams married 
Mary Elizabeth Hartzell, who was born Sept. 
14, 1859, at Danville, Pa., a daughter of John 
B. Hartzell. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have had 
children as follows : Rella May, who was 
born July 22, 1883, married Howard C. Mac- 
Laine, of Milton, Pa. ; Hattie Lois married 
John C. Hoover, of Danville, who is a 
painter and a trained nurse ; Harry. Edward 
Wesley and William Emmons all died in in- 
fancy. 

Mrs. Adams has been a member of the 
Baptist Church of Danville since she was 
twenty-one years old, at which time she was 
married and united with the church. Mr. 
Adams also belongs to this religious organ- 
ization, having joined when he was twelve 
years old. Fraternally he belongs to the 
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Montour Castle, 
No. 186, of Danville, and was formerly finan- 
cial secretary of same ; he was a trustee of 
the Friendship Fire Company of Danville. 
Although a public-spirited man, Mr. Adams 
has not devoted either time or attention to 
politics. As a business man and expert in 
his line he stands high, and holds the con- 
fidence of all who know him. 

John B. Hartzell, now deceased, was a 
farmer of Northumberland county. Pa. He 
was born March 15, 1835, in Lower Augusta 
township, that county, son of Solomon Hart- 



zell. Conrad Hartzell, his grandfather, was 
born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. 

Solomon Hartzell, son of Conrad, was born 
in Bedford county. Pa., July 29, 1792. He 
married Anna Maria Baker, born in Lower 
Augusta township, Northumberland county, 
Pa., Sept. 17, 1796, daughter of George Wil- 
helm Baker, a native of Germany who came 
to the United States at an early day. Solomon 
Hartzell and his wife are buried in the Re- 
formed Church cemetery at Snydertown, 
Northumberland county. 

John B. Hartzell married ]\Iarella Elizabeth 
Shull on Dec. 23, 1858. She was born April 
27, 1834, in Shamokin township, Northumber- 
land county. Pa., daughter of Peter (Sr.) and 
Elizabeth (Krick) Shull, both natives of 
Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hartzell is buried in Fair- 
view cemetery, at Danville, having died Nov. 
2.%, 1904, while Mr. Hartzell passed away 
Jan. I, 1908. The children born to John B. 
Hartzell and wife were: Mrs. Adams Israel 
Wesley, who is employed in the Danville iron 
mills ; and John Addison, also in the Dan- 
ville iron mills. 

WILLIAM ILES, ex-chief of the Danville 
Fire Department, and an employee of the 
Reading Rolling Mills, was born Oct. i, 1874, 
at Danville, Pa., and is a son of George and 
Ellen (Hunt) lies. 

William and Rhoda lies, the grandparents 
of William lies, were natives of Wales. 
On emigrating to this country Mr. lies se- 
cured employment at the Danville ore mines, 
and there continued to work until his death. 

George lies, son of William lies, was also 
born in Wales, in February, 1853. and was 
still a lad when brought to this country by 
his parents. Following in his father's foot- 
steps, he became connected with the ore mines, 
later was boss roller at the Reading Iron 
Company's plant, and is now retired. He 
married Ellen Hunt, who was born in 1855, 
daughter of John and Sarah Hunt, and they 
had eleven children, of whom eight are liv- 
ing at this time: William; Sarah, who be- 
came the wife of Hurley Mover; Rhoda, who 
married Charles Shiffner; Edward, of Dan- 
ville; Nellie, the wife of John Bookmiller; 
Mary, at home; Alfred, and Keturah. 

William lies, son of George lies, was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Danville, and 
at the age of sixteen years entered the Read- 
ing Rolling Mills, where he has been employed 
to the present time — for the last two years in 
the steel mills. 

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member of the Good Will Fire Company, and 
in 1912 was elected chief of the Danville 
fire department, which comprises four com- 
panies, the Good Will, Continental, Friend- 
ship and Washington. He; served faithfully, 
possessing the courage, enthusiasm and exec- 
utive capacity necessary to the management of 
a band of fire fighters, and enjoyed the confi- 
dence of the public and the respect of his men. 
He is a member of Montour Castle, No. 186, 
Knights of the Golden Eagle, in which he has 
numerous friends ; his religious connection is 
with Christ Episcopal Church, which he is 
now serving as vestryman. In 1909 Mr. 
lies was elected on the Republican ticket to 
represent the Second ward in the borough 
council, and was re-elected in 1913 for four 
more years of service. 

In 1901 Mr. lies was married to Margaret 
Cook, who was born Feb. 12, 1876, at: Dan- 
ville, Pa., daughter of Benjamin and Ann 
(Phillips) Cook, the former a native of Dan- 
ville, the latter born in Wales. Three chil- 
dren have been born to this union : Ethel, 
born Aug. 3, 1902; William, born Nov. 22, 
1904; and Edwin, born Oct. 11, 1908. 

THOMAS JEFFERSON SWANK, super- 
visor of the State Hospital for the Insane, 
Danville, Pa., was born in Rush township, 
Northumberland Co., Pa., Aug. 2, 1850. He 
is the son of Samuel Swank and grandson of 
John Swank, both of whom were farmers. 

John Swank, the grandfather, was a 
farmer, and came from Bucks county, Pa., to 
Rush township at an early date. He was 
married twice, and by his first wife, Mary 
Preune, who died in 1823, had four children: 
William, Samuel, Benjamin and Sarah. By 
his second wife he had : David, John, Julianna, 
Mary Ann and Hannah. He was a Repub- 
lican, and a member of the Lutheran Church. 
He died in November, 1857, and is buried in 
the Creek churchyard, in Rush township. 

Samuel Swank, the father of Thomas Jef- 
ferson Swank, was born March 2, 1819, in 
Rush township, and worked at farming all of 
his life. After he grew to manhood he ac- 
quired a farm of forty acres, upon which he 
resided until his death. He was a Republican 
and a member of the First Baptist Church of 
Danville. He married Hannah Colkett, born 
Dec. 2, 1819, daughter of John and Elizabeth 
(Vastine) Colkett, and their children were: 
EHzabeth, born July 17, 1843, wife of Mel- 
anchthon Unger, of Union Corners, North- 
umberland county; Alary A^, born Feb. 12, 
1846, widow of Samuel ]\Iills, of Danville; 



Sarah and Martha, twins, born Sept. 22, 1848, 
the former of whom died in 1884, the latter 
in 1877; Thomas J.; Ira Foster, born Oct. 2, 
1854, who died in 1885, at the age of thirty 
years; and John, born Nov. 17, 1857, who 
died in 1864, at the age of seven. Mr. Swank 
died June 19, 1893, and his wife died Jan. 23, 
1900, at the age of eighty-one. Both are buried 
in the Rush township Baptist cemetery. 

Thomas J. Swank was educated in the 
schools of Rush township and worked on a 
farm until the age of twenty. He then began 
to learn the trade of bricklayer, and after 
the completion of his term worked as a jour- 
neyman for six years. He went to the West, 
working at his trade in Chicago and Council 
Bluffs, and also worked one year on the farm 
of Orlow Norton, in Ogle county. 111. Re- 
turning to Danville, he worked for a year for 
Grove Brothers in their blast furnaces, and 
then went to the eastern shore of Maryland 
and worked in the sawmill of Gruber & Klotz 
for nearly two years. In 1880 he was en- 
gaged as nurse attendant in the State Hos- 
pital for the Insane at Danville, and after a 
service of but nine months was made super- 
visor. He has held this position ever since. 

Mr. Swank is an adherent of the Repub- 
lican party and has served for one term as 
councilman from the Second ward. He is 
past noble grand of Myrtle Lodge, No. 858, 
I. O. O. F., and was treasurer for two years. 
He married Sophia Elizabeth Delanty, and 
they have had children as follows : Clyde Col- 
kett, born June ii, 1884, married Gertrude 
Flickinger, of Danville; Harry Delanty, born 
Jan. 18, 1886, lives in Johnson City, Tenn. ; 
Walter Shultz, born July 4, 1888, lives at 
home; Ira Foster, born Dec. 30, 1890, is at 
home; Edith May, born Jan. 21, 1894, died 
when five days old. 

Sophia Elizabeth Delanty was born in Dan- 
ville Jan. 23, 1856, and is a daughter of John 
Delanty and granddaughter of John Delanty. 
She was educated in the schools of Danville 
and worked as nurse and cook at the State 
Insane Hospital until her marriage. She is a 
member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dan- 
ville. 

John Delanty, Mrs. Swank's grandfather, 
was born in the northern part of Ireland, and 
lived and died there. After his death his 
widow came to America with the children and 
settled in Easton, Northampton Co., Pa. There 
she passed the rest of her life, and is buried 
in the Episcopal cemetery. Her children were : 
James ; John ; Isabelle, who married a Duffy ; 
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John Delanty, father of Mrs. Swank, was 
born and educated in the North of Ireland. 
He was a butcher by trade, but after he came 
to America worked in the rolling mills 
at Phoenixville, Danville and Alilton, Pa., and 
in the Milton Car Works. About ten years 
before his death he retired. He was an Epis- 
copalian, a member of Christ Church at Dan- 
ville. He died in 1893, at the age of seventy- 
nine, and his wife died at the age of fifty- 
seven. He is buried in the Episcopal cem- 
etery at Danville, while she lies in the Foil- 
man cemetery, in Limestone township, Mon- 
tour county. Mrs. Delanty was Elizabeth, 
daughter of Michael and Sophia (Smith) Fix, 
natives of Berks county. Mr. and Mrs. Del- 
anty were the parents of the following chil- 
dren : Isabella, born May i, 1850, died June 
I, 1851 ; Mary Jane, born Jan. 20, 1852, mar- 
ried John Springer; Anna Maria, born Nov. 
30, 1853, died Sept. 22, 1854; Sophia Eliz- 
abeth is mentioned above; John Henry, twin 
of Sophia Elizabeth, born Jan. 2^, 1856, mar- 
ried Ida Former ; Rebecca Ellen, born March 
5, 1858, died Feb. 14, i860; Wilham Thomas, 
born Sept. 20, i860, died Jan. 5, 1862; Michael 
Jeremiah, born Oct. 21, 1862, married Emma 
Tallerday ; George Washington, born Feb. 22, 
1866, married Laura Blanchard and lives in 
Spring Valley, N. Y. ; Sarah Minerva, born 
June 20, 1870, married Andrew Roat. 

DANIEL WEBSTER RANK, of Lime- 
stone township, Montour county, now living 
retired, was for many years a practicing law- 
yer and at one time district attorney, but even 
during his professional life he was interested 
in agriculture, residing on his farm for the 
sake of his health. Mr. Rank was born Feb. 
16, 1835, in Union county, Pa., and belongs 
to a family which has been settled in this 
country for nearly two centuries, his emigrant 
ancestors having come to these shores from 
Alsace in 1728. Their son Philip was a resi- 
dent in Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., 
early in the eighteenth century. 

Philip Adam Rank, son of Philip, was the 
next in the line of descent. His father sold 
him some land in the township mentioned in 
1770, as shown by an old writing now in the 
possession of Daniel W^ebster Rank. 

Adam Rank, son of Philip Adam, moved in 
1790 to a farm he bought, in what is now 
Union county, Pa., and there he died. 

Daniel Rank, son of Adam, was born in 
1789 in Union county, where he lived and 
died, his death occurring in 1854. By occu- 
pation he was a farmer and blacksmith. He 



was twice married, the first time to Catharine 
Heckel, who was the mother of all his chil- 
dren, namely : Joseph S. ; Daniel, who died 
in Union county. Pa. ; Andrew H., of Center- 
ville, Ind. ; Hiram, who died in infancy ; Lam- 
bert, who died at White Deer Mill. Union 
Co., Pa., in December, 1886; ]\Iary, who mar- 
ried William Chamberlain; and Catharine, 
who married Martin Mackey, both dying in 
Union county. 

Joseph S. Rank, eldest of the family of 
Daniel Rank, was born Dec. 20, 1807, and 
died in Limestone township Jan. 3, 1893. He 
was always a farmer, and in April, 1836, came 
to the property in Limestone township, now 
in Montour county, which was his home for 
over fifty years; it belonged to his wife. On 
Dec. 30, 1830, Mr. Rank married Catharine 
McGinness, of Union county, who died Dec. 
31, 1879, «^'^*i they were the parents of six 
children, namely : James C, a farmer, who 
settled in Fillmore county, Minn.; John M., 
who died in Central City, Colo. ; Daniel Web- 
ster; Hiram William, who died in infancy; 
Henry Clay, who died unmarried ; ajid Eliz- 
abeth Catharine, now living in Limestoneville. 

In the maternal line Daniel W. Rank is of 
ancient lineage. About 450 B. C. according 
to the chronology of the "Fair of Carmen," 
Milesius was a king in the northern part of 
Spain. In that year eight sons of ]\Iilesius, 
with a fleet of one hundred and sixty vessels, 
set out from what is now Corunna. on the 
north coast of Spain, and contjuered Ireland. 
Five of the sons were drowned in effecting 
a landing. Heber, Heremon and Amhugin sur- 
viving. Heber took Munster. Heremon had 
Leinster and Connaught, and to Eimh-Ir, son 
of the brother Ir, was assigned the part now 
known as Ulster, anciently known as Ultonia. 
It is from this grandson, Ir, the family tree 
is known to date. We are informed that the 
first Irish settlements in America were made 
in the Commonwealth period. At this period 
thousands of Irish, mostly from Ulster, left 
Ireland for the Continent. Many also emi- 
grated to America, and in the colony of Penn- 
sylvania one of the first Irish settlements was 
made, both father and mother being known 
as Huguenots. At the present time the family 
is represented by the Lord of Iveagh. 

Daniel Webster Rank worked at home on 
the farm until 1849. meantime acquiring a 
good foundation for his education in the local 
common and academical schools. Then he be- 
gan reading law at Muncy, Lycoming Co., 
Pa., in the oftice of Robert Hawley, was ad- 
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port, same county, and from there went to died July i8, 1881, the mother of two chil- 
Millersburg, Dauphin Co., Pa., where he was dren, both of whom died in infancy, 
also admitted. He began practicing there, Personally Mr. Rank has always been a 
continuing until Aug. 31, 1861, when he en- man of unassuming character, but his intellect 
listed in the Union army, becoming a private and the ability of which he has given evidence 
in Company D, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, in every work with which he has been con- 
Army of the Cumberland, and he remained in nected have gained his opinions respectful re- 
the service over three years. On Oct. 9, 1861, gard, and he has always exerted an influence 
he became sergeant of his company; on Nov. for the good of the community wherever his 
i8th. sergeant major of the regiment; and on lot has placed him. 
June II, 1864, by order of the Secretary of 

War, "was mustered back to July i, 1863, as ROBERT SWIFT PATTEN, M. D., a 
first lieutenant of Company M, same reg- physician and surgeon who has been in prac- 
iment." At the retreat from the battle of tice several years at Danville, was born there 
Chickamauga he had command of the rear Sept. 17, 1874, son of James Augustus and 
guard at Rossville Gap, and was the last offi- Laura (Razore) Patten, the former a mer- 
cer to turn his back to the enemy on the 22d chant of New York City, 
day of September, 1863. On Aug. 31, 1864, Dr. Patten attended public school in Blooms- 
he was made Acting Assistant AdjutantGen- burg, Pa., and the State normal school at that 
eral for the detachment of the ist Brigade, place, being graduated from the latter insti- 
2d Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumber- tution in 1895. For the following two years 
land, then at Columbia, Tenn., and later was he was in a drug store at Picture Rocks, 
appointed to the command of the detachment Lycoming Co., Pa., as assistant pharmacist, 
to guard Sherman's line of transportation, in 1897 entering Jefferson Medical College, 
As such he was engaged until Dec. 16, 1864, at Philadelphia, from which he was grad- 
when he was mustered out on account of ill uated in 1901. For the following four years 
health, declining the commission as captain he was in general practice at Washingtonville, 
which had been sent him. He has the distinc- Pa., in 1905 coming to Danville, where he 
tion of being the highest retired Civil war of- has since continued. Professionally he be- 
ficial in Montour county. longs to the Montour County Medical Society, 

On his retirement from the army Mr. Rank the Pennsylvania State Medical Society and 
came back to his old home in Montour county, the American Medical Association, and is an 
Avhere he remained for several years, recuper- ex-president of the first named organization, 
ating, being unfit for any sustained effort at Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows, 
business of any kind. Early in 1872 he went Knights of Pythias and Heptasophs. He and 
to Scranton, Pa., where he practiced his pro- his wife are members of Trinity Lutheran 
fession for ten years, during which time he Church. While living at Washingtonville he 
was commissioned (by Governor Hartranft) served as burgess for two years, 
district attorney of the mayor's court — the On June 11, 1902, Dr. Patten was married 
only commission issued by a governor which to Sarah L. Miller, of Limestoneville, Pa., 
had to be confirmed by the Senate. Return- born Aug. 26, 1873. daughter of Andrew and 
ing to his old home in Limestone township in Ellen (Andy) Miller, farming people. Dr. 
1882, he continued practice there very sue- and Mrs. Patten have had one child, Lucile 
cessfully, maintaining his office in Danville. Miller, born Nov. 8, 1903. 
In the fall of 1884 he was elected district at- 
torney of Montour county, for three years, BEVERLY W. MUSSELMAN, deceased, 
the duties of which office he filled during that several members of whose family still reside 
term with the highest efficiency, giving excel- in Danville, was years ago master mechanic 
lent satisfaction. He has also had agricultural at what is now the Reading Iron Company, 
interests. In 1898 he was elected a justice of He was a native of Northumberland county, 
the peace of Limestone township, Montour Pa., but spent practically all his life at Dan- 
Co.. Pa., and has been re-elected, filling that ville. 

office at the present date. In politics he is a Daniel Musselman, father of Beverly W. 

Republican. Musselman, was a native of Alsace Lorraine, 

On May 12, 1875, ^f^- Rank was married now part of Germany, and his wife's maiden 

to Mary Catharine McKune, who was born name was Elizabeth Ephlin. After Mr. ]\Ius- 

June II, 1846, daughter of Hon. Robert H. selman's death she married Thomas Clark. 

McKune, then mayor of Scranton. Pa. She Beverly W. Musselman was reared and edu- 



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cated at Danville, and was employed most of 
his life in the rolling mills there, and by 
faithful and satisfactory service attained the 
responsible position of foreman and master 
mechanic at the plant now known as the Read- 
ing Mills. His death occurred Feb. 21, 1875, 
when he was in his prime, but forty-two years 
of age, and his wife Anna (Clark) also died 
when nearly forty years old, in September, 
1873. She was a native of Danville, born in 
December, 1833, daughter of Thomas and 
Frances (Flanagan) Clark, and granddaugh- 
ter of "Billy" Clark, in his day well known 
as keeper of the tavern called "Jackson Inn," 
at Danville. He received a pension for his 
services in the Revolutionary war, in which 
he had fought under Washington. Thomas 
Clark, Mrs. Musselman's father, was employed 
at the rolling mills in Danville. Five of his 
sons formed a drum corps and served in 
the Mexican war. 

Mr. and Mrs. Musselman had a family of 
seven children: Thomas B., deceased; Bush- 
rod W., who is in Philadelphia; Frances F.. a 
teacher in the Col. W. Parker school in Chi- 
cago, 111. ; Anna C, wife of H. C. Hoover, a 
merchant of Shamokin, Pa.; Beverly W., of 
Danville, mentioned elsewhere in this work ; 
Elizabeth L., living at home in Danville ; and 
Sarah C, who began teaching school in Dan- 
ville when but seventeen years old, continuing 
her work until 1910, when she retired (she 
was a grammar school teacher in the First 
w^ard school, later principal of the Third ward 
school). 

Mr. Musselman never took an active part in 
politics, but he was a Union sympathizer dur- 
ing the Civil war and enlisted for service. 
He served as a regimental musician in the 
2ioth Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment, and 
the family still treasure his silver bugle. He 
was a charter member of Stoe's Silver Cor- 
net Band, and in fraternal connection was a 
Mason and a past master of his lodge. 

COL. ANDREW D. SEELY, of Berwick, 
Columbia Co., is undoubtedly the best known 
citizen of that town and section, where he has 
passed all his life with the exception of ab- 
sences necessitated by military service. His 
long and creditable connection with the State 
militia, the services he has rendered the com- 
munity in responsible public positions, and, 
above all, his high personal character, make 
him worthy of the high estimation and con- 
fidence of his fellow citizens, which he holds 
to an unusual degree. He has had charge of 
the painting department of the American Car 



& Foundry Company's plant at Berwick for 
forty-nine years. 

Colonel Seely was born at Berwick, ^lay 
5, 1842, son of Nathan and Catherine 
(Krischer) Seely, and grandson of Samuel 
and Margaret (Cortright) Seely. Samuel 
Seely resided at Stroudsburg, ^klonroe Co., 
Pa., nearly all his life, engaged in farming and 
teaming. \\'hile hauling a load of goods from 
Philadelphia to his home town he was killed 
in a runaway accident. He married Margaret 
Cortright, and they had five children, namely : 
John, Nathan, Hannah, Huldah and Andrew. 
Mrs. Seely later married Samuel Santee, and 
they were the parents of three children : Sam- 
uel, Isaac and Robert. 

Nathan Seely was born May 10, 1812, in 
New Hampshire, and came to Berwick in an 
early day, before the town was so called. 
There he served an apprenticeship to the trade 
of blacksmith in the shop of Thomas Cole, and 
later moved to Orangeville, Columbia Co., Pa., 
where he engaged in business on his own ac- 
count. Returning to Berwick, he followed 
his trade there for the rest of his active days. 
He assisted in the organization of the town 
and took considerable part in its public affairs ; 
held the office of constable; and was particu- 
larly interested in military matters. He was 
captain of the Light Horse Artillery, which he 
organized, inspector of the 2d Brigade of the 
State militia, and attained the rank of major 
in the militia. His death occurred Jan. 16, 1865, 
and he is buried in Beach Grove cemetery. At 
Berwick he married, on Feb. 22, 1838, Cather- 
ine Krischer, who was born in Columbia coun- 
ty, Aug. 15, 181 5, and she survived him, dying 
Feb. 22, 1881. The following children were 
born to ^Ir. and Mrs. Seely : Theodore W., 
born Sept. 28, 1839, who died Feb. 2, 1840; 
Frances Elmira, born Sept. 29, 1840; and An- 
drew Dingman, who is mentioned later. The 
daughter, Frances Elmira, attended private 
school at Mauch Chunk, and afterwards mar- 
ried George D. Jacoby, a resident of Berwick. 
]Mr. and 5lrs. Jacoby had the following chil- 
dren : Warren; Boyd; Kate, who is ^Irs. H. 
S. Williams ; ^lary, deceased ; Sally, Mrs. H. 
T. Sitlcr ; Annie, ^Irs. G. F. \'andoozer; and 
Henrietta, who married Robert E. P. Suit, and 
has two children, Robert E. P., Jr., and Ed- 
win B. Mrs. Frances Elmira Jacoby died 
Feb. 8, 1 90 1. Nathan Seely was a Democrat, 
and a member of the Lutheran Church. 

Andrew D. Seely had such advantages as 
the public schools of Berwick aff'orded. and 
later attended the select school in Blooms- 
burg which was taught by Joel E. Bradley. He 





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went to learn marble cutting with Capt. A. H. at the Susquehanna depot in 1874. He saw 

Rush, of Berwick, remaining with him until active service at Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, 

he sold out, about which time the Civil war at which place he was on Major General Os- 

broke out, and the young man went to the horn's staff. In 1877, on the reorganization 

support of the Union. On April 20, 1861, he of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, he 

enlisted, becoming a member of Company C, was made aide de camp of the 3d Brigade 

i6th Pennsylvania \'olunteer InfantryH-the under General Siegfried; he was also made 

first company in the State sworn in for three aide de camp on Governor Pattison's staff, 

years. It was assigned, however, to a three with the rank of lieutenant colonel, serving 

months" regiment, and having served that four years. Colonel Seely did eft'ective work 

length of time was permitted by the governor during the riots at Homestead, Pa. He has 

to return home. Three months later young assisted in quelling all the riots in the State in 

Seely reenlisted, this time joining Company his time, and has won the highest praise for 

H, of the 84th Regiment, which on account the good judgment he displayed. He holds a 

of the great loss of men was later merged commission on the retired list of the National 

into the 57th Regiment, 3d Corps, Army of Guard of Pennsylvania, and is entitled to be 

the Potomac, under Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, the guest of the governor of Pennsylvania 

After the battle of Gettysburg, the 3d Corps upon all State occasions. He has served as 

was consolidated into the 2d Corps, under marshal of the day at Berwick on Decoration 

Gen. Winfield S. Hancock. Under his second Day for the last thirty years, 

enlistment Colonel Seely served three years The Colonel was one of the first directors 

and four months, receiving his discharge June of the Berwick Water Company, and is now 

25, 1865, at Washington, D. C. At that time president of the Berwick Building & Loan 

he was sergeant of his company. He took Association, having held that office for a 

part in many battles, including Bull Run, number of years. 

Gettysburg, Chancellorsville (where his regi- The Colonel has numerous social connec- 

ment lost 265 men and eleven officers), the tions. He is a prominent member of Capt. 

Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Spottsylvania, C. G. Jackson Post, No. 159, G. A. R., at Ber- 

on through to the surrender of Lee. At Chan- wick, of which he has been quartermaster for 

cellorsville he was taken prisoner, but was twenty-five years ; an honorary member of 

recaptured by the ist Corps of the Army of Col. A. D. Seely Camp, No. 25, Sons of Vet- 

the Potomac. erans, which was named after him ; member of 

Returning to Berwick at the close of his the Union Veteran Legion (Camp No. 32, 
army service. Colonel Seely entered the em- Bloomsburg), made up of three years' men of 
ploy of the Jackson & Woodin Manufactur- the Civil war; of the Society of the Army of 
ing Company, and on April 5, 1866, became the Potomac; and was the first president of 
engaged in the painting department, of which the Columbia County Veterans' Association, 
he became foreman July 4th of that year, which is composed of Union soldiers of the 
He has continued to be head of this depart- county. He is a Knight of the Golden Eagle; 
ment ever since, the plant now belonging, how- a charter member of Susquehanna Command- 
ever, to the American Car & Foundry Com- ery, No. 18, of the Knights of Malta, and a 
pany. member of Berwick Lodge, No. 11 38, B. P. 

Colonel Seely has long been associated with O. Elks. In religious connection he is a mem- 
the administration of borough affairs, and he ber of the Presbyterian Church. For many 
is still serving on the board of health, of which years he had charge of the Christmas enter- 
he has been a member for a number of years; tainments of the First Methodist Sunday 
he was a member and chief of the fire de- school. 

partment for several years, and has served On March 25, 1878, Colonel Seely married 

as burgess of the borough. On purely politi- Miranda C. Stackhouse, a native of Berwick, 

cal questions he is a stanch Democrat. born March 31, 1841, who died Nov. 28, 1899. 

Colonel Seely is one of the well known of- She was a member of the Woman's Relief 

ficers of the National Guard in Pennsylvania. Corps and an active worker in that organiza- 

On Aug. 27, 1870, he was made lieutenant tion. On Feb. 25, 1903, the Colonel married 

of the Jackson Guards, serving in the riots (second) Mrs. lona May (Arnold) Lynch, 

at Scranton, Pa., in 1871 ; was subsequently who was born June 9, 1865, in Wilkes-Barre, 

made captain and major; on Dec. 31, 1871, Pa., and first married Frank R. Lynch, of 

was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Wilkes-Barre, who died Jan. 29, 1891. Colo- 

T7th Regiment, and served during the riot nel and Mrs. Seely reside at No. 317 Front 



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street, in a substantial modern residence, one 
of the finest in the borough. As one of the 
oldest residents in the town, and who has 
been notably active and efficient in its up- 
building. Colonel Seely is one of its most 
honored citizens. 

MRS. MATILDA A. (WATERS) SHER- 
IFF, one of the oldest residents of Danville, 
was born in Northumberland, Northumber- 
land Co., Pa., April 14, 1829. daughter of 
Dennis Waters. 

Dennis Waters was born in Northumber- 
land county and died in 1878, aged seventy- 
six years. During all of his mature life he 
was a saddler at Northumberland, Pa. He 
married Matilda W^elker, who died in 1862, 
aged fifty-four years, the mother of six chil- 
dren, of whom Mrs. Sherifif is the only sur- 
vivor. One of her brothers, Gilbert, was killed 
at Shelbyville, Tenn., while in the Union serv- 
ice during the Civil war. 

John Welker, father of Mrs. ^Matilda 
(Welker) Waters, was a native of Germany, 
and located near Philadelphia prior to the 
Revolutionary w^ar. A merchant of some note, 
he had the misfortune to lose a large stock of 
goods during the hostilities, and moved his 
family to Northumberland county to avoid 
further trouble. There he and his wife died. 
Mr. Welker was a man of large means, and 
possessed many comforts and luxuries un- 
known to his neighbors, among them a piano, 
the first to be taken into Northumberland 
county. This he felt was a necessary article 
in his household, for he was a fine musician, 
well known in his section for his talent in 
that line. 

Mrs. Matilda A. (Waters) S^herifif grew up 
to useful womanhood, attending school and 
learning the duties pertaining to housekeeping 
and homemaking, remaining with her parents 
until her marriage, on Oct. 18, 1849, to John 
W. Sheriff. 

John W. Sheriff was born in Waterford, 
Erie Co., Pa., Sept. 12, 1822, and died March 
26, 1896, aged seventy-three years. When he 
was sixteen years old he came to Danville. 
Pa., to attend to the business affairs of his 
uncle. Major Colt, who was a merchant dur- 
ing the days when the canal was in active 
service. Later he established a stage and bus 
line, operating between Williamsport, Potts- 
ville, Wilkes-P.arre. NorthumlKrland and 
Blossburg until the building of the railroad. 
He also ran a packet boat on the canal. With 
the coming of the railroad, however, he estab- 
lished himself as a merchant at Lewistown, 



Miftlin Co., Pa., where he remained for thir- 
teen years, later moving to Danville, where he 
was head bookkeeper for Robert Wooley, 
wholesale and retail coal dealer, for twenty-one 
years, until his retirement. Fraternally he 
was an Odd Fellow, and in politics he was a 
Democrat. His parents were William and 
Margaret (Colt) Sheriff, natives of Montour 
county, Pa., and most excellent people. 

Mr. and Mrs. Sheriff had children as fol- 
lows : William Waters, born Aug. 11, 1852, 
died March 7, 1913, was a druggist of Wil- 
liamsport, Pa. ; he married Sarah Fender, and 
their son. John W., attended school in Ohio, 
graduating in 1914. Margaret W., born Nov. 
24, 1850, married Addison G. ^Nlarr. and is 
deceased ; they left two children : \\'illiam P., 
who is a manufacturer of Racine, Wis., mar- 
ried Helen Stocking, and has three children, 
Helen Winifred, Catherine and Jeanette 
Isabelle ; and Graham Marr, who is an arch- 
itect of London, England, is unmarried. Ma- 
tilda Jane, the third child of ]\Irs. Sheriff', 
born Nov. 23, 1858, married Harry Rupert, 
a clerk of Philadelphia, Pa., and has three 
children : Mary, who is a practicing physician 
of Philadelphia; Sarah, who married Edward 
Fisher and has two children ; and Lillian, who 
was married in ]\Iay, 1913. to Porter Benson 
and lives in Buffalo, N. Y. Anna Turner, 
born Nov. 23, 1861. is the widow of James K. 
Clemens, who died in March, 1910, and re- 
sides in Philadelphia. 

Mrs. Sheriff' belongs to the Mahoning Pres- 
byterian Church. She has been a resident of 
Danville since 1862, and has witnessed many 
changes in the borough since coming here. A 
lady of kindly sympathy and high character, 
she is held in the highest respect by all who 
have the honor of her acquaintance. 

ALFRED F. SEIDEL, late of Derry town- 
ship, Montour county, was a lifelong resident 
of that section, having been born in the town- 
ship March 2, 1844. ^^^is great-grandfather. 
John Seidel. was the founder of the old "Seidel 
Iim" at Washingtonville, the ownership of 
which was in the Seidel family contiiniously 
for one hundred years without change of 
license until Lucy C. Seidel, widow of .Mfred 
F. Seidel, persuaded her husband to close 
it some twenty years ago. In the day of the 
early settlers in this region the old fort used 
in time of Indian warfare stood on the Seidel 
homestead. 

William Seidel, son of John, and grand- 
father of Alfred F. Seidel, was one of the 
oldest residents of Montour countv. 



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859 



William Seidel, father of Alfred F. Seidel, 
was born in Derry township and passed all 
his life there. He inherited the farm and 
hotel from his father, conducting the hotel 
previous to 1870, and was one of the sub- 
stantial and respected citizens of this locality 
in his day. He married Catherine Saul, daugh- 
ter of Jacob Saul, and member of one of the 
oldest settled families of Strawberry Ridge. 

Alfred F. Seidel passed all his life in Derry 
township, and like his father and grandfather 
before him followed farming and hotelkeep- 
ing. On Feb. 10, 1870, he married Lucy C. 
Wagner, who was born Oct. 10. 1847, in Tur- 
but township, Northumberland county, and 
died Sept. 5, 1913. The following children 
were born to this union : Arren E., a farmer 
of Derry township, married Edna Martz, and 
they have five children, Allen, Naomi, Elmer, 
Rodman and Harold ; Clarence W. is unmar- 
ried and resides in his mother's home in Wash- 
ingtonville ; Claude A. was born Dec. 17, 1875 ; 
William D., born Aug. 9, 1885, unmarried, is 
engaged as a farmer, roofer and lime burner 
in Derry township ; Ada G., born April 9, 
1887, is the wife of Clay Martz, of Trenton, 
N. J. Mr. Seidel was a member of the Evan- 
gelical Lutheran Church of the General Synod 
at Washingtonville, to which his widow also 
belonged. In political sentiment he was a 
Democrat, and he was an acti\'e worker in the 
interest of his party. He farmed until his 
death, which occurred July 3, 1892, at the 
old homestead. He and his wife are buried 
in Washingtonville Lutheran cemetery. 

Mrs. Lucy C. Seidel made her home at 
Washingtonville at the time of ner death. Her 
grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth (Snyder) 
Wagner, came to Montour county in 1804 
from Berks county. Pa., making the journey 
by team. Michael Wagner, the father of Mrs. 
Seidel, was born in Berks county, and was 
a mere child when the family settled in Mon- 
tour county. He farmed on the old home 
place until his death, and was very prosperous, 
being the owner of five farms. He also built 
and operated a distillery near his place, which 
he subsequently sold to a man named George 
M. Oyster. He married Letitia Dieffenbacher, 
who came hither from Berks county with 
her parents, Philip and Rosannah (]\Iauser) 
Dieffenbacher. who settled in Limestone town- 
ship. Mrs. Wagner died in 1881, at the age 
of seventy-six years, Mr. W^agner in 1872, at 
the age of seventy-two years. They had a 
family of ten children, of whom the follow- 
ing survive : Levi, who is a farmer in Mis- 
souri ; George, living in McEwensville, North- 



umberland Co., Pa.; and Daniel, of Wash- 
ingtonville. Charles died May 22, 1913; Mrs. 
Lydia Gresh, of Washingtonville, died in Feb- 
ruary, 1914; Mrs. Lucy C. Seidel died in Sep- 
tember, 1913; Fayette, wife of J. Miller, died 
in Washingtonville in July, 19 13. 

Arren E. Si-:iDiiL, eldest son of Alfred F. 
Seidel, was born on the old Seidel homestead 
in Derry township Oct. 16, 1872. He received 
his early education at Strawberry Ridge, in 
that township, attending public school until 
he was fifteen years old, when he entered 
Greenwood Seminary, Millville, Columbia 
county, and took a two years' course. Follow- 
ing that he became a student at the Lycom- 
ing normal school, at Muncy, Lycoming 
Co., Pa., and qualified as a teacher. He also 
attended Potts Shorthand College, at Wil- 
liamsport, and took a fourteen months' course, 
graduating as a stenographer and typewriter. 
He followed that line of work in Williams- 
port for one and a half years, when he entered 
the United States railway postal service, and 
was assigned to the run between Elmira, N. 
Y., and Baltimore, Md., remaining in the serv- 
ice for fourteen months. At that time he mar- 
ried, May 18, 1902, Edna Martz, and they 
live on his farm of thirty-nine acres, located 
in Derry township, near Danville, all of which 
is cleared and under cultivation. Mr. Seidel has 
since made a specialty of the training of bird 
dogs, at present having dogs in training whose 
value amounts to six thousand dollars ; he 
has trained this kind of dogs for the leading 
sportsmen in the United States, Canada and 
]\Iexico. Since its organization he has been 
president of the Game and Fish Club of Mon- 
tour county, which has three hundred mem- 
bers, and its object is to protect and increase 
the game and fish of the country. The mem- 
bers have practically the same powers as game 
wardens. Mr. Seidel is a Democrat, and has 
served his township as tax collector and school 
director. He is a member of the Danville 
Aerie, No. 338, F. O. E., of the Modern Wood- 
men of America at Washingtonville, and a 
charter member of Danville Nest, No. 1240, 
Order of Owls. 

Mrs. Edna (Alartz) Seidel was born May 
27, 1882, daughter of Jacob and Clara (Sny- 
der) Martz. Mr. and ]\Irs. Seidel have had 
five children, born as follows : Allen, Aug. 19, 
1903; Naomi, Oct. 31, 1905; Elmer, Sept. 15, 
1907; Rodman, Nov. 20, 1910; Harold, April 
9, 1912. ]\Ir. Seidel and his family are mem- 
bers of the Evangelical Church at Washing- 
tonville. 

Clarence W. Seidel, second son of Alfred 



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F., now engaged as a contractor at Washing- 
tonville, Derry township, was born on the old 
Seidel homestead Jan. 27, 1874. He attended 
school at Strawberry Ridge until seventeen 
years old, and then entered the general store 
of Casper Howe, at Strawberry Ridge, as a 
clerk. His next position was at Danville, 
where he was bar clerk in the "Mansion 
House" for seven years. Returning to the 
old homestead, he had charge of the stone 
quarries and limekilns on the place for five 
years, and since that time has been engaged in 
contracting, painting, cement bridge and stone 
work. At the present time he holds the ap- 
pointment, from the county commissioner, of 
contractor in charge of all the bridges in the 
county of Montour. Politically he is a Demo- 
crat, and he was a delegate to the State Demo- 
cratic convention held at Harrisburg in 1902. 
He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church at Washingtonville. 

CHARLES MELLIN JOHNSTON, 
painter and archaeologist, of Danville, Pa., 
was born in McEwensville, Northumberland 
Co., Pa., May 17, 1850, and is a son of James 
Johnston, a native of Montour county. 

James Johnston, his grandfather, was of 
Scotch-Irish ancestry and resided all of his 
life in Anthony township, then a part of 
Northumberland county. He was a farmer, 
a Whig in politics, and a member of the Derry 
Presbyterian Church. He lived to a great age. 
He and his two wives are buried in the Derry 
cemetery. By his first marriage, to Sarah 
Hazlett, his children were: James; William, 
a justice of the peace of Danville ; and Mar- 
garet. The second wife was Sarah Clark, 
and her children were : Robert C, who mar- 
ried Rebecca Nesbit, of Chillisquaque ; Sarah 
Ann, wife of John Craig, of Sturgis, Ind. ; 
Charles, who was drowned at the age of 
eighteen; and John M. 

James Johnston, father of Charles M.. was 
born Sept. 28, 1808, in Anthony township. 
He learned the trade of tailor w-ith John 
Lundy, of Danville, in 1825, and then made a 
journeyman tour of the State, going as far as 
Canandajgua, N. Y. Returning he settled in 
Milton, Pa., and then went to McEwensville, 
where he remained until the spring of 1859. 
There he became prominent in politics, as a 
member of the Whig party, and was made tax 
collector and constable. He was an active 
member of the Methodist Church and enter- 
tained many of the traveling preachers who 
came to the town. He left McEwensville for 
Danville, where he went to work for Grove 



Brothers, as work at the trade of tailor had 
declined. He remained with Grove Brothers 
until 1870, when he received an injury which 
finally resulted in his death, ]\Iay 12, 1871. 
He and his wife are buried in the Lutheran 
cemetery at Danville. He was a member of 
the Republican party at the time of his death. 

James Johnston married Lydia Mellin, 
daughter of Isaac and Leah (John) Mellin. 
She was born in August, 1809. They had 
children as follows : Sallie Ann, born Dec. 
20, 1829, died June 8, 1832; Clarissa Jane, 
born ]\Iarch 24, 1832, died Feb. 14, 1900; 
Harriet, born July 3, 1835, married Joseph C. 
Oaks, and died" Aug. 22^, 1876; Margaret Viola, 
born May i, 1837, married WiUiam H. Hunt, 
and died July 2, 1882; David, born Feb. 18, 
1840, died May 2. 1840; a child born Dec. 25, 
1840, died at birth; William Hirst, born May 
20, 1842, died April 25, 1843 \ a child born 
June 6, 1844, died at birth ; IMary Ellen, born 
March 10, 1847, married Ilif H. Pershing, of 
Shamokin, Pa., and died Jan. 8, 1914; Charles 
Mellin is mentioned below. 

Charles M. Johnston came to Danville with 
his parents at the age of nine, and attended 
school in that town. In 1869 he completed 
the course in painting in the local shops, and 
since then he has followed this occupation con- 
tinuously, with the exception of a few years 
spent as overseer of laborers for the firm of 
Grove Brothers. In 1885 he went to Kansas to 
visit his father-in-law, expecting to make his 
home there, but he lost all of his money and 
returned in 1887. He married Emma A. Vas- 
tine, born Sept. 19, 1852, daughter of Benne- 
ville K. and Anna (Levers) \'astine, of 
Northampton county, and their children are: 
Benneville V., born Nov. i, 1884. living in 
Waterloo, Iowa ; and Alice Goldie, born Oct 
9, 1 88 1, who married Fred Lewis and has two 
children, Pearl Edith, born March 9. 1908, 
and Frederick, born Dec. 22, 1910. 

After his return from Kansas Mr. Johnston 
followed his trade for a time, but is now liv- 
ing practically retired. He is a Republican 
and has been a member of \\^ashington Fire 
Company, No. 2, of Danville, since 1867. 
In 1868 he was a member of the Danville Fire 
Zouaves, an organization that had many vet- 
erans of the Civil war in its memliership. He 
has been foreman, president, vice president, 
secretary and assistant secretary of the fire 
company, and is now a member of the relief 
committee. He is also a member of the State 
Firemen's Association. At present he is writ- 
ing a history of the Danville fire department 
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COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 861 

and Sunday school teacher of the First Bap- Pembrokeshire, South Wales, landing at 

tist Church of Danville, and has held all the Philadelphia Feb. ii, 1709. Settling in 

other offices, having served as clerk for fifteen Uwchlan township, Chester county, he became 

years. a prominent preacher. He was minister of 

In his spare moments IVIr. Johnston spends the church for over seventy years, dying May 

the time with his rare and complete collection 29, 1778, at the age of ninety-five. He mar- 

of Indian relics. He is something more than ried Ann Williams, daughter of Robert Wil- 

a mere collector, he is an archaeologist of Hams, called the "King of Goshen," and to this 

note, and has made the subject a profound marriage were born twelve children, of whom 

study. During his three years' residence in all but one reached maturity. All except Grif- 

the West he studied the Indians of the pres- fith, Jr., removed to other parts of the State, 

ent age at first hand, and this helped him in Griffith John, Jr., was born in Chester 

the classifying of his immense collection, county Aug. 26, 1729. He inherited his 

Most of the relics are of his own gathering, father's farm. During the Revolution he was 

and he is very expert in unearthing from the left unmolested, although both armies were 

debris of the streams the remains of the past frequently near his home. He married Sara, 

possessors of this continent. He has an old daughter of Humphrey Lloyd, and they had 

Bible, printed in London in 1669, which he the following children : Abiah, born in 1761, 

inherited through a line of ancestors from died in 1838, who married Martha John, his 

William Harvout, a son-in-law of Griffith first cousin, and emigrated to Elysburg, 

John, a famous Welshman of the county in Northumberland county, in 1795 ; Rachel, who 

the first days of settlement. He also has an married John Bernholtz and emigrated to 

extensive collection of almanacs, published Lycoming county ; Leah, wife of Isaac Mellin ; 

between 1777 and 1850, among them being Mary, wife of Nathaniel Bennett ; Grace, wife 

three copies of Benjamin Franklin's "Poor of William Davis; Hannah, wife of David 

Richard's Almanack." Phillips; and Rebecca, born in 1777, who mar- 

Lydia Mellin, mother of Charles Mellin ried William Harvout and (second) Thomas 

Johnston, was born in August, 1809, in the Davis. 

southeastern part of Pennsylvania. Her William Harvout settled upon a tract in 
father, Isaac Mellin, born in 1771, died in Cooper township, Montour county, now known 
Danville in 1833. He was a blacksmith, and as the Yorks homestead. At the time of the 
came to Valley township when his daughter Wyoming massacre he and his family buried 
Lydia was but nine years of age, later moving their valuables and fled to Chester county. 
to Danville and living near the foot of Pine There the husband died. Some ten years later 
street. He followed blacksmithing all of his Mrs. Harvout returned to Montour, where 
life. Mr. Mellin married Leah John, born she married Thomas Davis, and among her 
in 1772, daughter of Griffith and Sarah John, children was Squire David Davis, from whom 
and they had children as follows : John, born Charles M. Johnston inherited the old Bible 
in 1797, died in infancy; Johanna, born in and the almanacs mentioned above. 
1798, married William Van Horn, who died Thomas Vastine, grandfather of Mrs. 
April 7, 1855, she dying Oct. 26, 1864; Sarah, Charles M. Johnston, settled at Union Corners, 
born in 1800, died in 1857, married David Northumberland Co., Pa., where he owned a 
Davis, born in November, 1794, died Aug. farm. He was a contractor, doing bricklaying 
24, 1884, who left $400 to keep the Methodist and stonemason work, and made a special busi- 
cemetery where his wife and himself are ness of the construction of furnaces, having 
buried in order (it is known as the Hendrick- the reputation of being the best furnace 
son cemetery and is in Valley township) ; builder in his section of the county, where his 
Gideon, born in 1802, married Sarah Gaskins, work was in great demand. In politics he was 
died in 1848, and is buried in Grove cemetery ; a Democrat. He lived to be over eighty years 
Enoch, born in 1804, married Jane Quick, old, and he and his wife are buried in the 
died in 1849, and is buried in Grove cenietery; graveyard of the Rush Baptist Church in 
Lydia, born in 1809, married James Johnston. Northumberland county. Her maiden name 
Isaac Mellin and his wife are buried "in the old was Ellis, and they had a large family, viz. : 
Peterkin graveyard, adjoining the old Grove Benneville Keim was the father of Mrs. John- 
cemetery, now part of Memorial Park. ston ; Rufus married Mary Lambertson, and 

Griffith John, the grandfather of Mrs. Mel- they had children, Florence May (Mrs. John 

lin, was a member of the Society of Friends. Super), Ada (Mrs. Arthur Myerley), Jud- 

He was born about 1683, and came from son (who lives at Wilmerding, Pa.), Welling- 



862 COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES 

ton B. (who married Sarah Cook and lives at risburg Oct. 21, 1862, shortly after which he 
VVilmerding), and Benneville (unmarried) ; took sick. He died at Yorktown, Va., in Jan- 
Thomas Judson married Susan Fisher, and uary, 1863, and his body was brought home 
their children are Virgie, Dr. Harry (of Har- and buried in the Reformed cemetery at Dan- 
risburg), Dr. Herbert (of Reading, Pa.), and ville. A brave and faithful soldier, his 
Annie; John had one daughter, who married valiant services won him promotion to the 
Herbert Hobbs; Lucinda married John rank of corporal. He was a devout member 
Adams, and had children, Thomas, Alonzo, of the Mechanicsville ^lethodist Church. 
Benneville Keim, Clarion, Sylvester and ]\lrs. Rishel, born Jan. 20, 1816, died March 
Emerson Ambrose; Mary is unmarried; Ann, i, 1880, at the age of sixty-four years, the 
who was killed by lightning in 1852, was the mother of ten children: Fannie, who is now 
wife of George Pensyl and had two children, the w-ife of John D. Cook, of Renovo, Pa., 
Helen and Ellis; Jane married William Bird, has six children; James P. is mentioned below; 
and they had children, Rufus, Malissa (mar- John C. F., residing at Utica, N. Y., married 
ried Clarence Gearhart), Howard (of Harris- Mary Clara Kessler and they have five chil- 
burg) and Judson ; Matilda married a Van- dren ; Charlotte died young ; Elizabeth mar- 
sant and had one child, Anna (Mrs. James ried Alfred Roberts, and had two children; 
Campbell); Gasilla married Henry ]\Iartin Alice married John ^I. Sechler; Leander mar- 
aud had one child, Addison, who was married ried Jennie Curtis and has four children ; 
and had three children, Anna (Mrs. Francis Wood died in infancy, as did two other chil- 
Crowl), Dora, and Addison (married Sarah dren. 

Ryan) ; Samantha married William McLain James P. Rishel, son of John R. Rishel, 

and had two children, George Leslie and Flora completed his schooling when fifteen years 

May. old, at which age he secured employment with 

Benneville Keim Vastine became a contract- the National Iron Company of Danville, re- 
ing bricklayer, following that business all his maining with that concern two years. He then 
life, and like his father built a number of entered upon an apprenticeship at the Burgess 
furnaces. Going west to Kansas, he carried planing mill at Danville, where he served three 
on business there until his death, which oc- years, learning the trade of carpenter. Fol- 
curred June 28, 1887, when he was sixty-three lowing same until 1876, he secured employ- 
years of age. His wife, Anna (Levers), ment with the North Branch Steel Company 
daughter of William Levers, died in October, of Danville, and upon the request of the Wil- 
1886. Mr. and Airs. Keim are buried at liam Wharton Jr. Company, of New York, 
Augusta, Kans. They were the parents of for the services of an expert mechanic, was 
the following children : William Thomas, who transferred to that city, where he became 
married Alice Corman ; Emma A.. Mrs. superintendent of construction on the Third 
Charles M. Johnston ; Elizabeth, who died avenue street railway. Subsequently he filled 
when eleven years old ; Arthur T., a promi- a like position in the construction of an elec- 
nent mason of Deweyville, Texas, married to trie railway in Philadelphia. Since 1897 Mr. 
Mary E. Davis ; John, who married Sarah Rishel has been a foreman at the Structural 
Myerley; Joseph; and Archibald V., un- Tubing Works at Danville, Pa. A Republi- 
married. can in politics, he has served one term as 

representative of the Second ward in the city 

JAMES P. RISHEL, foreman at the Struc- council. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, 
tural Tubing Works, at Danville, Pa., was Montour Lodge No. 109. and the Elks. Dan- 
born at Mechanicsville. Pa., March 9, 1855, ville Lodge. No. 754. and has been a lifelong 
and is a son of John R. and Elizabeth Ann member of the ]^Iahoning Presbvterian 
(Richard) Rishel Church. 

John R. Rishel was born near Danville, Pa., On Dec. 27. 1887. Mr. Rishel was married 

and as a lad was engaged in common laboring to Annetta Alock. who was horn Sept. 14, 

until he learned the trade of carpenter, which T853. daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Mau- 

he followed at Mechanicsville. He became a gcr ) Mock, the latter a daughter of John 

contractor. In 1860 he opened a general and Susan (Yocum) Mauger. farming people 

store at that place, and at the same time oper- of Berks county. Pa. Mrs. Rishel's paternal 

ated teams to haul ore to the rolling mills, grandparents were John and Barbara (Fritz) 

At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted Mock, of Montgomery county. Pa. She has 

in Company F. 178th Pennsylvania Volun- one brother, Daris. who resides in Berks 

teer Infantry, and was mustered out at Har- countv. Mr. and Mrs. Rishel have two chil- 



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dren : James Normand, born Jan. 15, i8go, Charles R., master mechanic for the Westing- 

now an engineer at the State Hospital ; and house Electrical and Engineering Company, 

Annetta Viola, born April 12, 1892, a grad- at Brooklyn, N. Y., married Janet Graham, 

uate of the high school and the- Russell busi- and their children are Margaret Elizabeth and 

ness college. Miss Rishel is a member of the Charles Rush. 
Mahoning Presbyterian Church, where she is 

a teacher in the Sunday school, and belongs MONT DERR, master mechanic at the 

also to the Presbyterian Christian Endeavor State Hospital for the Insane at Danville, was 

Society and the Presbyterian Sunbeam Mis- born Aug. 4, 1874. in White Hall, Anthony 

sion. Mrs. Rishel is also a member of the township, Montour Co., Pa. He is a son of 

Mahoning Presbyterian Church. Thomas Derr and grandson of John Derr, 

the family being one of the oldest in Montour 

RUSH YERRICK, a retired citizen of county, Pennsylvania. 

Danville, Pa., was born there April 7, 1837, John Derr, the grandfather, was born 

son of John and Isabella (McFalls) Yerrick. May 10, 1807, and died Oct. 10, 1897. He 

John Yerrick, the father, was born in owned several farms in Anthony township, 

Baden, Germany, and was a lad of twelve aggregating four hundred acres, and was a 

years when he emigrated to America, locating successful tiller of the soil. He later entered 

first in Philadelphia, Pa. He was employed the hotel business at Washingtonville for a 

at painting, and being industrious and ambi- time, but sold out and returned to farming, fi- 

tious saved his earnings, which he brought nally removing to White Hall and retiring. He 

with him in a bag to Reading, Pa., when he married Elizabeth McKee, who was born Sept. 

was sixteen years of age. He married in 22, 1809, and had children: Thomas; James, 

Reading, and subsequently came to Danville, killed in a hunting accident at the age of 

w^hen still a young man, here engaging in vari- forty ; William, who married Margaret Hen- 

ous occupations. At one time he helped to dershott, and both are deceased; Alem, who 

build the old "Henry House," now the "Hed- married Sarah Dildine, of Bloomsburg, and 

dens House." His death occurred in Dan- John. Air. Derr was a Democrat and had held 

ville in 1865, when he was seventy-eight years all of the township offices, being at one time 

old. He married Isabella McFalls, a native treasurer of Montour county. He was an ac- 

of Muncy, Lycoming Co., Pa., and of Irish tive member of the Derry Presbyterian 

ancestry. They became the parents of eleven Church, his wife also being an attendant, 

children, of whom Rush is the only survivor. They are both buried in the Derry cemetery. 

Rush Yerrick. son of John Yerrick, attended Thomas Derr was born Nov. 22. 1836. in 

the Hartman school in Danville. At the age Washingtonville, Derry township, Montour 

of thirteen years he secured employment at county, and attended the schools of Hughes- 

the old Allen & Grove mills, where he contin- ville and White Hall. He learned the trade 

ued to be employed for forty-eight years. In of carpenter and became one of the best 

time he became boss roller, and as such con- mechanics in his district, and many specimens 

tinned in the rolling mills until 1898, when, of his thorough and careful workmanship are 

believing that he had earned a rest by his long still standing in the county. He married Isa- 

and persevering labor, he retired. He has bella Jane Deer, and they had one child, Wil- 

never been a politician, and prefers his home liam, born Oct. 8, 1861, who died Oct. 12, 

to any fraternal organization or club. His re- 1869, from the efifects of a kick of a horse, 

ligious connection is with Christ Episcopal Mrs. Derr is buried in Derry cemetery. Mr. 

CTiurch. His long and honorable career has Derr married (second) Sarah Samantha, 

been passed entirely in Danville, where he has daughter of Wesley and Margaret (Taylor) 

the full confidence and esteem of a wide circle Johnson, and by this marriage he had three 

of friends. children: Charles W., born Nov. 12, 1870, 

Mr. Yerrick was married to Sarah Jane married Mary Jane Beitler; Isabelle, born 
Smith, who was born on the same street in July 3. 1872, married William Gouger. ex- 
Danville as her husband, Feb. 15, 1841, and postmaster of Danville; Mont is mentioned 
to this union there have been born children as below. 

follows : Anna, deceased, married Joseph Air. Derr built a fine home in \Miite Hall 

Schwartz; Adella, deceased, who was the wife and planted an orchard beside it, but after the 

of Edward Polgrean, left one son. Rush H., death of his last wife he sold the property 

now of Los Angeles, Cal. ; Frank, who is un- and now has been retired about ten years, 

married, is a resident of Indianapolis, Ind. ; He has a good war record, having served in 



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the Civil war during the Peninsula campaign, 
and he did scout duty near Washington, but 
never participated in any engagements ; he was 
mustered out at Harrisburg. He is now liv- 
ing with his children. He has always been 
temperate in his habits, and his life has been 
prolonged beyond the allotted threescore and 
ten. His w'de, who died in December, 1913, 
is buried in the Derry cemetery. She was an 
active member of the Derry Presbyterian 
Church. Mr. Derr was formerly an Odd 
Fellow at Exchange, but has now withdrawn 
from membership. 

Mont Derr was educated in the schools of 
White Hall and then learned the carpenter's 
trade under the eiificient tutelage of his father. 
In addition to the common school course he 
took a preparatory course in Millville Acad- 
emy, and a three-year course in the Blooms- 
burg State normal school. From 1898 to 191 1 
he taught school in Anthony township, Mon- 
tour county, Madison township, Columbia 
county, and the high ' school in Turbotville, 
Northumberland county. He taught school 
in the winter and followed his trade in the 
summer, working with his father for twenty 
years. He has been master mechanic at the 
State Hospital for the past three years. 

Mr. Derr married Elizabeth, daughter of 
John W. and Harriet (McFall) McWilliams, 
and they have had these children : Eleanor, 
born Dec. 7, 1900; James McKee, born April 
12, 1902; Charles W., born Aug. 14, 1907; 
Carrie Isabelle, born Sept. 19, 1909; William 
David, born May 20, 191 1; and Robert 
Thomas, born June 5, 191 3. Mr. Derr is a 
Democrat, and served one term as auditor of 
Anthony township. He is a Presbyterian in 
religious leanings. 

Elizabeth McWilliams (Mrs. Derr) was 
born in Liberty township, Montour county, 
Jan. 9, 1879, and was educated in the schools 
of White Hall. She remained at home until 
her marriage. Her great-grandfather was 
John McWilliams, a settler in Northumberland 
county. His son, John Cruiser McWilliams. 
was the first of the family of whom definite 
record is to be had. 

John Cruiser McWilliams was born in 
Chillisquaque township, Northumberland 
county, carried on farming, and died there at 
the age of sixty-eight. He had the usual 
limited schooling afforded in that day and 
worked in his youth for a short time at car- 
pentering, but soon returned to the old home- 
stead, where he farmed until his death. He 
married Susan Jane, daughter of Jacob San- 
ders and Elizabeth (Diehl) Rishel, who was 



born in 1834 and died in August, 1913. By 
this union there were eight children : John 
W., mentioned below ; Elizabeth Amanda, de- 
ceased, wife of Jonathan Faust, of Liberty 
township ; Hannah L., widow of Fred Schell ; 
Michael, who married Elizabeth Bell and lives 
in Nebraska; Mary Alvaretta, wife of George 
B. Runyon, of Hughesville; William D.. who 
married Catherine Cramer, living in Milton; 
Alartha, deceased, wife of George Harenty, of 
Pottsgrove ; and Susan Jennie, wife of John 
Montgomery, of Pottsgrove. Mr. and Mrs. 
McWilliams were members of the Lutheran 
Church, under the General Synod. He was 
a Democrat. Both are buried in the town of 
Milton. 

John W. ^IcWilliams, father of Mrs. Derr, 
was born in Chillisquaque township, educated 
in the country school, and worked on the home 
farm until his twenty-fifth year. He then 
went out to work for a time until his marriage, 
after which he operated his wife's farm of 
fifty acres for fifteen years. He then sold 
out " and moved to White Hall, where he 
bought the old Carey farm of 127 acres, which 
he is still operating. He married Harriet, 
daughter of Daniel S. and Margaret (Ireland) 
IMcFall, and they had children as follows: 
Elizabeth, wife of Mont Derr; and Margaret, 
wife of Reeder Albeck. of Jerseytown. Mr. 
McWilliams is a Democrat, but has held no 
offices. He and his wife are active members 
of the Derry Presbv-terian Church, she being 
a teacher in the Sunday school. 

The Ireland family eame from Scotland and 
settled in the Sunbury neighborhood when 
that place was but a fort. Robert Ireland set- 
tled near Pleasant \'alley and took up about 
one thousand acres of land there. He built 
the first schoolhouse there and also the first 
Sunday school. It was agreed that each mem- 
ber of the Sunday school should pay one cent 
a year to Robert Ireland or his heirs for 
ninety-nine years, this to be the total payments 
made for the building and grounds. 

JOHN H. TAYLOR, who has been in the 
employ of the Berwick Store Company for 
nearly half a century, was born in Northum- 
berland, Pa., Jan. 11, 1845. His father, Wash- 
ington Taylor, was born in Columbia county, 
and was a classmate and personal friend of 
Bishop Bowman. His grandfather, George 
Taylor, was a miller by occupation, and a resi- 
dent of Briarcreek township, Columbia county. 
Records show that this is the branch of the 
Taylor family to which Gen. Zachary Taylor, 




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who became president of the United States, 
belonged. 

Washington Taylor received his early edu- 
cation in the public schools of Columbia county, 
where he learned the building trade, which he 
followed in various parts of Pennsylvania, 
erecting many well known buildings in the 
various cities. While a young man he was 
married to Margaret Renninger, whose family 
was one of the oldest in Northumberland 
county, numbering among its members many 
well known citizens. Mrs. Taylor's father 
was a soldier in the War of 1812. Politically 
Mr. Taylor supported the Whig party, and on 
the formation of the Republican party became 
one of its members. He and his family were 
members of the Methodist Church in Phila- 
delphia. Pie died in 1862, and was buried in 
Philadelphia. After his death Mrs. Taylor 
removed to Northumberland, where she died 
in 1864, and was buried in the family plot in 
that city. The following children were born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor: John H.; William 
and Emma, both of whom died while young; 
Frank, residing in Berwick; and Alice, who 
married Cornelius Best. 

John H. Taylor attended the public schools 
in Philadelphia, and while still a very young 
man entered business life. He worked for a 
time in Philadelphia, later in Northumberland, 
and in 1868 entered the employ of the Jackson 
& Woodin Company, as salesman, in their store 
at Berwick, which was situated near the pres- 
ent depot of the Lackawanna railroad. 

On June 16, 1875, Mr. Taylor was married 
to Bena Hoyt, daughter of J. H. Hoyt, who 
conducted a hotel on the site now occupied by 
the "St. Charles." One child, Garrick Mal- 
lery, was born to them June 6, 1891 ; he was 
graduated from Syracuse University in 1914. 

Mr. Taylor is one of the charter members of 
Knapp Lodge, No. 246, F. & A. M., and was 
its first master. He is a member of the Presby- 
terian Church at Berwick, and one of the old- 
est of that society. In politics Mr. Taylor is 
a member of the Republican party, whose 
principles he has always supported. 

Mr. Taylor has been in the employ of the 
Berwick Store Company and its predecessors 
consecutively for forty-seven years, beginning 
first as general salesman, and continuing in 
that capacity until the department store was 
started. He now has charge of the domestic 
department, and is well and favorably known 
to its many patrons. His faithful service, un- 
questioned integrity, and loyalty to his .em- 
ployers, through his long period of service, 

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have gained him the respect and confidence of 
the various managers to the present time. 

CHARLES G. CLOUD, chief clerk of the 
Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company, 
stationed at Danville, Pa., was born May 20, 
1870, in Milton, Northumberland Co., Pa., 
son of William Johnson Cloud. 

William Johnson Cloud was born in Bern- 
ville, Berks Co., Pa., and attended the schools 
of the town. His father was a boatman on 
the old Union canal and William followed the 
same occupation, having a boat of his own 
in the carrying trade between Bernville and 
Philadelphia. After a few years he entered 
the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading 
Railroad Company at Milton, Pa., as freight 
brakeman, working himself up to the posi- 
tion of conductor. He followed railroading 
for twenty-eight years, until he was caught 
between two cars and so badly hurt as to 
necessitate his retirement from the service. 
This injury later developed into hip disease, 
from the effect of which he afterward died. 
He tried to enter the grocery business, and 
carried it on for two years at Milton, but his 
disease caused him to give up the struggle, 
and on April 12, 1892, he died at the age of 
fifty-three. He was a Republican and a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran Church, under the Gen- 
eral Synod. He married Elizabeth E., daugh- 
ter of Jacob and Elizabeth Stutzman, and they 
had children as follows : Addison Marr, who 
died at the age of three years; William John- 
son, who died at the age of three; Homer F., 
who married Kitty M. DeGraff and lives in 
Hackettstown, N. J. ; Mamie E., widow of 
Sylvester J. Monroe, living in Philadelphia ; 
Charles G., mentioned below ; Carrie Eliza- 
beth, who married James T. Gaskin, of Balti- 
more, Md. ; Lewis Franklin, who died at the 
age of six ; Laura May, deceased, who mar- 
ried John B. Shafifer, of Sunbury, Pa. ; Kurt 
Ray, who married Mary McClintock, and 
lives at Jersey Shore, Pa. ; and Calvin 
Clemens, residing in xA.tlantic City, New Jer- 
sey. 

Charles G. Cloud was educated in the public 
schools and the high school of Milton, and 
when not quite fourteen years of age entered 
the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading 
Railroad Company to study telegraphy. He 
was operator at Milton until December, 1888, 
when he came to Danville, and acted as oper- 
ator until August, 1890. He was then made 
chief clerk, and has since continuously held 
that position. He married Elizabeth, daughter 
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have had children: Bertha, born April ii, 
1891, who is the wife of Prof. James A. Kase, 
of Bloomington, Ind., and has one child, :\Iiri- 
am Frances; and Sara, born June 29, 1893, 
who died at the age of four. Mr. Cloud is a 
Republican and has been borough auditor for 
nine years. He is a member of Christ Memo- 
rial Episcopal Church, and is connected with 
the veteran and the relief associations of the P. 
& R. Railroad Company. He is a member of 
Danville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M., of which 
he was worshipful master in 1912; of Danville 
Lodge, No. 754, B. P. O. E., having been ex- 
alted ruler in 1912-1913; and Lotus Conclave, 
No. 127, Improved Order of Heptasophs, of 
which he is a past archon, and is now serving 
as financier. 

PETER M. DIETRICH, who lives on what 
is now known as the old Dietrich homestead 
in Derry township, Montour county, was born 
at that place July 26, 1849, son of Gideon P. 
Dietrich. The family is of German origin, his 
great-grandfather, Jacob Dietrich, having 
come to this country from Germany and set- 
tled in Berks county. Pa., where he lived and 
died. 

John Jacob Dietrich, son of Jacob, was born 
in Greenwich township, Berks county, where 
he passed all of his long life, dying at the age 
of eighty-four years. He married Christina 
Peiffer, who survived him several years, and 
they had eleven children, eight sons and three 
daughters, of whom only one now survives: 
Samuel P. lived on his father's farm in Berks 
county ; Solomon was a miller, of Greenwich 
township, that county; Charles lives in Read- 
ing, Pa. ; Mary was the wife of Charles Green- 
wait, of Greenwich township ; Sarah was the 
wife of Peter Kline, of Reading; Caroline 
was the wife of Peter Krouse, of Greenwich 
township; the others were Gideon P.. Moses 
P., Henry, Jacob and Daniel. 

Gideon P. Dietrich was born April 22, 181 5, 
in Greenwich township, Berks Co.. Pa., and 
remained at home until twenty-three years 
old. He was reared to farming and also 
learned the trade of miller, which he followed 
for seventeen years — fourteen years after he 
came to what is now Montour county, set- 
tling at Strawberry Ridge, in Derry town- 
ship. In 1854 he gave up that calling, buying 
the farm of his father-in-law in Derry town- 
ship, where he afterward made his home until 
his death. He followed farming for a quar- 
ter of a century, retiring in 1879. and pros- 
pered to such an extent that he was able to 
buy two other farms, as well as residence 



property in Danville. He was a trusted citi- 
zen of his community for sixteen years, hold- 
ing the office of overseer of the poor, and 
for ten years that of school director. He 
was a prominent member of the Lutheran 
Church, serving seventeen years as deacon and 
five years as elder, resigning when old age 
made his duties too onerous. In political opin- 
ion he was a Democrat. In 1880 the W'ash- 
ingtonville and Northern Montour Agricul- 
tural Society began to hold its fairs on his 
old home place, and continued to do so for 
over twenty years. 

In 1848 Mr. Dietrich married Susanna 
Moser, who was born Oct. 6, 1819. and died 
Dec. II, 1898. He died Feb. 12, 1898. They 
had a family of four children: Peter M.; 
Mary Ann, born Jan. 25. 185 1, wife of George 
Miller, of Derry township (they settled on one 
of her father's farms) ; Sarah, born Aug. 18, 
1853, wife of Daniel Wagner (also settled 
on one of her father's farms in Derry town- 
ship) ; and Caroline, born Aug. 9, 1857, who 
died in April, 1864. 

Peter M. Dietrich was reared on the home 
farm and obtained his education in the local 
public schools. He afterward continued farm- 
ing for his parents until his marriage, in 1880, 
when he settled on the home property and 
worked on his own account. He is a typ- 
ical member of the Dietrich family, indus- 
trious, ambitious, and persevering in carry- 
ing out his undertakings, and he has earned 
a high reputation among his fellow citizens. 
He is business-like and trustworthy, and has 
held responsible public positions in the town- 
ship, having served twelve years as member 
of the school board and six years as overseer 
of the poor. Politically, like his father, he has 
been associated with the Democratic party, 
and he was reared in the faith of the Lutheran 
Church, he and his family belonging at Wash- 
ingtonville. 

On Dec. 30, 1880, Mr. Dietrich married 
Anna A. Yoder, who was born Dec. 31, i8Cx3, 
in Union county, Pa., daughter of Benneville 
Keim Yoder, and granddaughter of Samuel 
and Esther (Reppart) Yoder. all of Berks 
county, who later moved to Union county. 
B. Yoder was a native of Berks county, and 
died March 11. 1888, aged seventy-nine years. 
He was a millwright, and himself operated a 
sawmill. His wife, Margaret (Keefer), 
daughter of John and Margaret ( W'elker) 
Keefer. died in 1865, at the age of tliirty-five. 

Eight children have been born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Dietrich: Emma, born June 14, 1882. 
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Mills, near Hackettstowii, N. J.; Charles G., 
born Aug. 4, 1884, now manager of a stock 
farm at Allamuchy, N. J., was married in 
1910 to Anna Love, daughter of Ambrose and 
Rebecca (Hartman) Love, of Anthony town- 
ship, and has one child, Erma; Mabel, born 
Aug. 25, 1886, is a nurse in the Children's 
Seaside Home at Atlantic City, N. J. ; Elwood, 
born July 9, 1888, manager of a dairy farm 
at Dover, N. J., married Pearl Umstead; 
Clara, born June 29, 1891, a graduate of 
Strawberry Ridge high school, has taught for 
three terms in Montour county, two in West 
Hemlock township and one in Derry town- 
ship; Alice, born May 7, 1892, is the wife 
of Amos Leighow, of Point township, North- 
umberland Co., Pa.; Dorothy, born Aug. 28, 
1900, and Mildred, born Oct. 9, 1906, are at 
school. 

JOHN MOWRER lived retired at Dan- 
ville for a number of years before his death. 
His widow, Mrs. Annie S. Mowrer, daugh- 
ter of William and Margaret (Sechler) 
Kocher, was born July 10, 1841, in the house 
where she now lives, No. 623 East Market 
Street, Danville, Pa. She attended the First 
ward school and the high school of Danville 
and remained at home until her marriage, in 
1866, to John Mowrer. By this union she 
had one child, William Kocher Mowrer. Mrs. 
Mowrer is an attendant of the Mahoning Pres- 
byterian Church, a member of the Ladies' Aid 
Society, and teaches in the Sunday school. 

John Mowrer was born in Mahoning town- 
ship Feb. 24, 1837, attended the country 
schools, and worked for Ijis father on the 
home farm until he was of legal age. He then 
served an apprenticeship to the trade of plas- 
terer and mason, which he followed until his 
marriage in 1866. He then bought a farm 
of eighty-six acres in Gearhart township, 
Northumberland county, on which he lived 
and farmed for twenty-four years. He also 
bought a farm of eighty-three acres in the 
same township. In 1890 he moved to Dan- 
ville, rented his farms, and lived retired for 
twenty-two years, dying Nov. 6, 1912. He 
was a Democrat, and served for a time as 
school director in Mahoning township. He 
was a member of the Mahoning Presbyterian 
Church, and is buried in the Fairview cem- 
etery at Danville. 

William Kocher Mowrer was born July 
21, 1876. and was educated in the schools of 
Danville. After farming for a time on his 
father's place in Northumberland county he 
took charge of his mother's properties, in- 



herited from her husband, and which are be- 
ing operated by tenants. He is a Democrat, 
and a member of the Mahoning Presbyterian 
Church. Mr. Mowrer married Rosa Dodson, 
born Jan. 19, 1880. daughter of Charles and 
Palmetto (Smith) Dodson, and they have had 
these children : Anna Margaret, born Feb. 22, 
1901, and Mildred June, born Sept. 20, 1905. 
^Irs. Mowrer is a native of Jerseytown, Co- 
lumbia Co., Pennsylvania. 

John Kocher, grandfather of Mrs. Annie S. 
Mowrer, was a farmer from Northampton 
county, Pa., and settled on 100 acres of land 
in Mahoning township, on which he built a 
log house and barn and began his domestic 
life. His wife was Sophia, daughter of Chris- 
tian Mauser, and by this union he had six 
children : John, who died unmarried ; Jacob, 
who married Racie Heberding; George, who 
married Jane Aloore ; Catherine, wife of Eli 
Reed ; William, mentioned below ; and Jonas, 
who married Lydia Bennett. Some years be- 
fore his death Mr. Kocher retired and there- 
after lived with his son Jonas. He and his 
wife lived to advanced ages. He is buried in 
the Episcopal cemetery at Danville and she in 
the cemetery at Ridgeville. 

William Kocher, father of Mrs. Annie S. 
Mowrer, was born and educated in Mahoning 
township, working on his father's farm until 
he reached his majority. He served an ap- 
prenticeship with Charles S. Barnes, a car- 
penter, and followed that trade all his life, 
mostly in Danville. He was carpenter at the 
Danville Iron Works for thirteen years and 
assisted in the building of the mill. He 
finally retired, married, and built the house in 
Danville where his daughter now lives. His 
wife was Margaret, the daughter of George 
and Ann (Cox) Sechler, and they had but one 
child, Annie S. Mr. Kocher was a Democrat, 
and an attendant of the Mahoning Presbyte- 
rian Church. He is buried in the Episcopal 
cemetery at Danville. 

Margaret (Sechler ) Kocher, mother of Mrs. 
Annie S. Mowrer, with whom she resides, was 
born June 12, 1822, in Mahoning township. 
She is the daughter of George and grand- 
daughter of John Sechler, one of the oldest 
settlers in Danville. Her father died in 1837, 
at the age of fifty years, while the grandfather 
passed away Dec. 24, 183 1, at the age of 
ninety-two. 

John Sechler was born in 1739, came to Ma- 
honing township, cleared a large tract of land 
and built a substantial log house and barn on 
it. This land was held by the descendants for 
some years, and comprises most of the terri- 



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tory in the southwestern part of Danville, 
above Church street. While John was plow- 
ing one day the news of the Revolution was 
brought to him. He at once dropped the lines 
and going to the house told his wife, "Wash- 
ington has called for men, and I must go." 
During his service in the Continental army he 
suffered many hardships, and on his return 
told his family that he often awoke in the 
morning in camp and found his hair frozen 
to the ground. He became one of the promi- 
nent men of Danville, was a Democrat and ac- 
tive in party affairs, and he was one of the 
first to donate land to the town for use as sites 
for schools, churches, cemeteries and parks. 
He donated the ground for the present Memo- 
rial Park, where he and his wife are buried. 
Both of them were members of the Grove 
Presbyterian Church, the ground for which he 
had given. He died Dec. 24, 1 831, aged ninety- 
two years, nine months, one day. 

John Sechler was married to Christina 
Goodman, born Jan. 11, 1750, died Oct. 5, 
1825, and their children were : John, who died 
Jan. II, 1844, at the age of seventy-two years, 
two months, twelve days ; Jacob, who married 
Barbara Reese ; Rudolph, who was one of the 
first postmasters of Danville and a justice of 
the peace ; George, mentioned below ; Herman, 
who married Hannah \'anderbilt, and died 
Jan. 7, 1829, at the age of forty-three ; Sophia, 
Mrs. Peter Culp. who died June 5, 1845, at the 
age of seventy-four years, eleven months, 
twenty-two days. 

George Sechler was a farmer in Mahoning 
township, where he owned ten acres and leased 
a large tract. He cultivated these tracts until 
his death. Dec. 22, 1837. He and his wife are 
buried in Memorial Park, Danville. He was 
a Democrat and a member of the Reformed 
Church. His wife, Annie Cox, who died June 
29, 1857, at the age of seventy-four, was the 
daughter of John and Catherine (Buck) Cox. 
The children of George Sechler and wife were : 
Dorothy, wife of Michael Karschner; Chris- 
tina, wife of Henry Snyder; William, who 
married Mary Hoover; Levi, who disappeared 
in the West ; Margaret, Mrs. Kocher, men- 
tioned above; and John, who married Esther 
Haas. 

JOSEPH F. LECHNER has been engaged 
in the plumbing business at Danville for about 
twenty-five years, for some time in partnership 
with his brother, latterly on his own account. 
He is a native of Montour county, born Aug. 
17. i86r, in Frosty Valley, son of Francis and 
Mary (Miller) Lechner. The father, who was 



a hotel keeper in Danville, died at the age of 
sixty-six years, and the mother now makes 
her home at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. 

Joseph F. Lechner received a public school 
education. In his early life he went to Iowa, 
where he lived eleven years. Since 1890 he 
has been engaged in plumbing, he and his 
brother, George M. Lechner, doing business 
together for six years, after which he bought 
out the entire business, which he has been con- 
ducting in his own name for a number of 
years. His work is reliable and thoroughly 
up-to-date, and he commands a large patron- 
age. His establishment is at Nos. 12-14 Mill 
street, and is well equipped with modern stock 
and appliances. 

Mr. Lechner's first marriage was to Edith 
Evans, of Atlantic, Iowa, by whom he had 
two children : Alary, now the wife of George 
Neid, a stove molder of Danville; and Frank, 
who is engaged at plumbing in Richmond. \'a., 
married to Agnes Kmicinski. The mother 
died in 1887. I" 1896 Mr. Lechner married 
(second) Anna Gerstner. of Danville, daugh- 
ter of John F. and Mary Gerstner, the fonner 
of whom was a brewer. Three children have 
been born to this marriage, Edith. Anthony 
and Albert. The family home is at Xo. ^2^ 
Lower Mulberry street. Mr. Lechner is a 
member of St. Hubert's Catholic Church. He 
is a Democrat in politics, and in social con- 
nection belongs to the B. P. O. Elks. Lodge 
Xo. 754. of Danville. He is* highly respected 
in the borough for his substantial qualities and 
upright life, and is one of the straightforward 
business men of his community. 

CHARLES LEOXARD FOULK, assist- 
ant manager of the Danville Foundry and 
Machine Company, was born May 21, 1S70. 
at Buckhorn in Hemlock township, Columbia 
Co., Pa., son of Benjamin F. and Margaret 
( Bomboy) Foulk. the former of whom is a 
patternmaker with the same company that em- 
ploys his son. 

Charles Leonard Foulk received a fair edu- 
cational training in the public schools of Dan- 
ville. When he left school he entered the Ma- 
honing Rolling Mills, where he learned his 
trade of patternmaker. In 1893 ^^^- Eoulk 
became an employee of what is now known as 
the Danville Foundry and Machine Company, 
passing with this concern through its various 
changes, and those in authority have given 
signal appreciation of his sen-ices and faith- 
ful ability by promoting him to his present 
position. 

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at Danville, to Mary A. Miller, born March his life. His son David, father of George L., 
lO, 1869, a daughter of Jacob C. and Sarah was born in Wurtemberg, Nov. 27, 1808. He 
(Diehl) Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Foulk have had obtained a good education and was apprenticed 
five children: Helen Frances, born Nov. 2^, to the trade of his father, that of sawyer, 
1894, died Nov. 8, 1902; Margaret Elizabeth, which he followed until his emigration to 
born Oct. 17, 1895, graduated from the Dan- America in 1840. Landing at New York, he 
ville high school in the class of 1914; Marian, later came to Danville, where he followed the 
born March 22, 1898, died Sept. 22, i89<); occupation of teamster until he retired and 
Sarah, born Dec. 8, 1901, is attending the went to live with his son George L. Air. 
Fourth ward school; Paul was born May 18, Rowe was married in the Lutheran Church in 
1908. Wurtemberg to Christina Bott, who was born 
For some years Air. Foulk has taken an ac- May 18, 1818, and died in Danville, in the 
tive interest in educational matters as a school month of her birth, at the age of eighty-five. 
director, serving from the Fourth ward. He Her husband died April 12, 1889, and they 
is a member of Shiloh Reformed Church, are both buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery 
which he is serving as deacon and choir leader, at Danville. The children of this union were : 
Fraternally he belongs to Alontour Castle, No. John D. (deceased), born in 1840, died in 
186, Knights of the Golden Eagle, is a past 1913, married Elizabeth Baer; Gottlob mar- 
chief of his castle, and was district grand chief, ried Harriet Gearhart, and resides in White 
having charge of the castles -in Alontour Deer township. Union county; George L. is 
county ; he is also a member of Lotus Conclave, mentioned below. Air. Rowe was a Democrat 
No. 127, Improved Order of Heptasophs. and was a member of St. John's Lutheran 

Church at Danville, of which he was a deacon. 
WILLIAM HENRY ORTH, official chief George L. Rowe attended the schools of 
clerk at the Danville Hospital, was born at Danville until he was fourteen, and then en- 
Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 6. 1854, and there edu- tered the employ of Hancock & Foley, opera- 
cated in the public and high schools, of which tors of the Rough and Ready mill, where he 
he is a graduate. For the succeeding seven developed into an all-around rolling mill work- 
years he was a bookkeeper in the city of his man. After a service of eight years in this 
birth, and then came to Danville, in 1878, as mill he entered the Danville Structural Tub- 
clerk and bookkeeper for the Danville Hos- ing Works, serving the company so well that 
pital, rising from that to his present position, he was made general foreman of the rolling 
Mr. Orth has always been active in educa- mill. On May 11, 1880, he married Alvaretta 
tional matters, serving as a school director Snyder, who was born May 11, i860, daughter 
for many years. For fourteen years he has of Alvy and Agnes (Burke) Snyder. To this 
been secretary of the board, and he still has union there was born one child, Ralph. Airs, 
five years to serve as a director. For the last Rowe died March 14, 1905, and is buried in 
five years he has been a director of the First the Odd Fellows cemetery. Air. Rowe is a 
National Bank of Danville. Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church 
On March 18, 1880, Air. Orth was married and of Alahoning Lodge, No. 516, F. & A. M., 
to Lucy Stucker, of Harrisburg, Pa. He is of Danville. 

an elder in Shiloh Reformed Church, and very Ralph Rowe was born Jan. 27, 1884, and at- 

active in its church and Sunday school work, tended the public schools of Danville until he 

teaching a class in the latter organization and was nineteen. He then entered the rolling mill 

giving much time to its conduct. Fraternally and worked as heater in the brazing depart- 

he belongs to Danville Lodge, No. 224, F. & ment for four years. Having studied teleg- 

A. AL, and enjoys his association with that raphy, he left the mill and became an operator 

body. on the Reading road for eighteen months. He 

then returned to the mill as heater, but after 
GEORGE L. ROWE, general foreman of a time passed a civil service examination and 
the rolling mill department of the Danville was appointed the first parcel post carrier at 
Structural Tubing Works, was born in that Danville, a position he still holds. He married 
borough Sept. 11, 1855. He is the son of Alargaret May Davis, born Alay i, 1886. the 
David Rowe and grandson of Jacob Emanuel same pastor performing the service who mar- 
Rowe, all of German descent." ried his father and mother— Rev. M. L. Shin- 
Jacob Emanuel Rowe, grandfather of die. Air. Rowe is a Republican, a member of 
George L., was a native of Wurtemberg. Ger- the Lutheran Church, and of Myrtle Lodge, 
many, and followed the trade of sawyer all I. O. O. F., of Danville. 



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Alvaretta Snyder (Mrs. George L. Rowe) 
was educated in the public schools of Danville 
and remained at home until her marriage. She 
was a daughter of Alvy Snyder, a native of 
Northumberland county, who died at the age 
of sixty-tive. His children were: Joseph H., 
who married Flora Hughes, of Danville ; ■Mar- 
tha, wife of Digler Aloyer; Cordelia, widow of 
Lafayette Van Gilder; Alvaretta; and John 
F., who married Ada Hartman, of Riverside. 
Mr. Snyder was a miller by trade, a Republi- 
can, member of the Lutheran Church, and 
member of the Knights of Pythias. 

EMILE JOHN Le DUG, proprietor of ex- 
tensive greenhouses at Danville, Montour Co., 
Pa., was born in France, Dec. 23, 1874. son of 
Pierre L. and Theressa (Glodone) Le Due. 

The father brought his family to the United 
States in 1882, and in 1883 located at Dan- 
ville. Pa. He had two sons, Navier P. and 
Emile John Le Due. The former, the elder, 
worked in the iron mills for a few years, and 
then in 1889 established himself in the green- 
house business, building two houses 16 by 
52 feet. This original plant has been increased 
until now there are 12,000 square feet in the 
estate plant, and the same amount of glass- 
covered space in the individual plant owned 
by E. J. Le Due, the entire establishment being 
in the borough of Danville. In conjunction 
six acres are operated as a truck farm. 
Xavier P. Le Due conducted the greenhouses 
until his death, in 1894. 

Emile J. Le Due was educated in the Dan- 
ville public schools and grew up with his 
brother. In 191 1 he built his individual plant, 
adjoining the one of the estate. 

In June, 1899, Mr. Le Due was married to 
Anna Hayden, of Danville, a daughter of John 
and Margaret Hayden. Mr. Hayden was an 
ironworker. Mr. and Mrs. Le Due have three 
children. Alary P., Margaret M. and Josephine 
T. The family all belong to St. Joseph's Cath- 
olic Church, and Mr. Le Due holds member- 
ship in St. Joseph's Total Abstinence Society. 

JOHN F. HIXSON has been a lifelong 
resident of Danville, where he has been en- 
gaged in business as a tinner. Mr. Hixson 
was born at Danville. July 12, 1856, son of 
John and Rebecca (Hartzel) Hixson. His 
father was a shoemaker by occupation. 

Mr. Hixson was educated in the public 
schools at Danville, and during his early vears 
worked in the iron mills there. He then 
learned the trade of tinner and has ever since 
followed that business, for a short time in 



partnership with William C. Bowyer. In 
1893 he opened his own place of business, and 
by honorably executing all his contracts, and 
square dealing in every transaction, has built 
up a profitable patronage. He has a reputa- 
tion for integrity and high class work wher- 
ever known. jVIr. Hixson is a thirty-second 
degree Mason, a member of Mahoning Lodge. 
No. 516. F. & A. M., of Danville; Danville 
Chapter, No. 239, R. A. M. ; Calvary Com- 
mandery No. t;], K. T., of Danville ; and Cald- 
well Consistory (thirty-second degree), of 
Bloomsburg, Pa. He also belongs to Beaver 
Lodge. No. 132, Knights of Pythias, of which 
he is a past chancellor; to Lodge No. 754, B. 
P. O. Elks; and to Lotus Conclave, No. 127. 
Improved Order of Heptasophs. 

MRS. MARY (SECHLER) TRUM- 
BOW'ER. who is now living a quiet, retired 
life in her comfortable home at Danville. Pa., 
was born in her present home, Dec. 20, 1846, 
daughter of William and Mary Ann (Hoover) 
Sechler. 

Jacob Sechler. her paternal grandfather, 
was one of the early settlers of Danville, where 
he spent the last years of his life. 

William Sechler. son of Jacob Sechler. and 
father of Mrs. Trumbower, was born in 1814. 
at Danville, Pa., and became one of the earliest 
shoemakers of the borough, where he died at 
the age of forty-four years. He married 
Mary Ann H