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HON. P. F. CALPIN, senator for twentieth
district, comprising Lackawanna and Luzerne
counties, is one of the rising young men of his
native city, where he is honored and respected by
all who come in contact with him, whether in
business, political or social affairs. He is a son
of Patrick M. and Mary (Conway) Calpin, and
his birth occurred March 25, 1872.

Patrick M. Calpin (father) was born in Ire-
land, and like the majority of native-born sons
of that isle possessed the characteristics of in-
dustry and perseverance which were exemplified
fully in his career. About the year 1865 he emi-
grated to the United States, locating in Scranton,
Pennsylvania, and making his home in what is
now the sixth ward. He gained a comfortable
livelihood by following the occupation of mining.
He was a man of worth and stood high in the
community in which he resided for manv years,
this fact being evidenced by his election to the
office of assessor of the sixth ward in 1880. His
death occurred in October, i88i. His wife, Mary
(Conway) Calpin, also a native of Ireland, who
died in January, 1902, bore him nine children,
four of whom died in childhood, and the surviv-
ing members of the family are as follows : Mrs.
John Flynn, P. F., mentioned at length here-
after ; James A., Mrs. M. J. Noone, and Thomas.

The educational advantages enjoyed by P. F.
Calpin were gained by attendance at the public
schools and Woods' Business College in Scranton.
Like all young men reared in a mining town, he
was employed in various capacities about the
mines up to 1890. He then became apprenticed
to the carpenter trade, and after thoroughly mas-
tering all the details followed it for a number of
years, achieving large financial gain. In 1894 he
established a business for himself as contractor
and builder, and this line of work he has con-
ducted successfully up to the present time ( 1906).
In 1898 he was elected a member of the common
council of Scranton, and in 1900 and 1902 was
re-elected withotit opposition, serving in the
capacity of president of the same during the
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council and reputation for adherence to Demo-
cratic principles he was nominated for the senate
in 1900 to succeed the late Senator V'aughan, a
Republican, who was elected in 1894 by nearly
4,000 majority, and in 1898 by 3,400 majority,
and against these tremendous odds he entered the
fight, to overcome those large Republican majori-
ties, and when the votes were counted it was
found that he had defeated his Republican oppo-
nent by the enormous majority of 4,172. Of the
poll of 16,199 votes there were 8,511 in the Dem-
ocratic column and in the anti-machine column
7,688, a mighty tribute to his worth and popu-
larity. Not only had Mf. Calpin to contend
against a naturally large Republican senatorial
majority, but a decision by the Dauphin county
court adverse to the Democratic candidate for
congress in the Lackawanna district had intro-
duced further political complications threatening
Democratic success. At the session of 1903 he
was a member of the following committees : Cen-
tennial affairs, city passenger railways, congres-
sional apportionment, federal relations, finance,
judicial appointments, municipal affairs, public
grounds and buildings, public supply of light and
heat, and public roads and highways. He is a
member of the Order of Elks, the John Mitchell
Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Mr. Calpin married, January 22, 1902, Jennie
Clark, daughter of Miles and Mary Clark, of
Scranton, Pennsylvania, who had been residents
of the Lackawanna V^alley for more than a half
century. Air. Clark was a rail inspector of the
South Works. One of his sons, M. E. Clark, was
a member of the select council of Scranton from
1890 to 1896.

EDWARD I^ARKER PHILLIPS, for many
years a leading manufacturer and business man
in Wilkes-Barre, is a native Pennsylvania, born
in the city of Philadelphia, April 26, 1847. His
parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Phillips, who
were of English ancestrv. The fathtr was born
about 1818, and died in 1851 ; he was a manu-
facturer of leather goods (pocket books, etc.):
the mother outlived her husband about ten years,
dying in 186 1. Three of their children came to
maturity : George, who served in the army dur-
ing the Civil war ; Edward Parker, see forward ;
and Thomas, a resident of Wilkes-Barre.

Edward Parker Phillips, second of the chil-
dren above named, received an education in the
ordinary English branches in Philadelphia, and
when fourteen years old accepted a position with
a furniture firm in that city, where he gained a
practical knowledge of the various departments



of the business. He subsequently, in turn, took
employment with the Seaman & Yourgens furni-
ture house, where he learned striping and orna-
mentation, and with the Boggs furniture house,
where he learned furniture finishing. With this
ample preparation for his chosen calling, in 1867
he located in Wilkes-Barre, where he took charge
of the ornamental finishing in the furniture man-
ufactory of Kastenbach & Sittig. His relations
with this house were pleasantly maintained for
about a year, when (in 1868) he determined to
go into business on his own account, and he pur-
chased the Joseph Shermer chair factory, and
engaged in the manufacturing of all kinds of
wood seat chairs, rockers and settees. In the
course of two years his business had expanded
to such a degree as to require larger facilities,
and he removed his factory to Franklin street,
to the present site of his residence. In 1873 he
opened his retail store on South Main street,
where he has since carried on a business of large
proportions, not surpassed in e.xtent by any simi-
lar establishment in the entire valley. In connec-
tion therewith he conducts an extensive under-
taking business, and it is worthy of note that he
was the first in the city to practice the art of em-
balming. He is recognized as a man of excel-
lent business abilities, of the highest integrity,
and as an accomplished artisan.

Mr. Phillips is prominent in various phases of
the community life, and has borne a large share
in the advancement of its higher interests. He is
a member of the First Baptist Church, and his
political affiliations are with the Republican
party. He has taken high rank in" the Masonic
fraternity, and is a member of the following
bodies of that order : Landmark Lodge, No. 442,
F. and A. M. ; Shekinah Chapter, No. 182:
R. A. M. ; Mount Horeb Council, R. and S. M. ;
he is also a member of Irem Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine ; Gar-
field Lodge, No. 74, Sons of St. George ; and
John Knox Commandery, Knights of Malta.

Mr. Phillips married, June 25, 1868, Miss
Emily J. Jacobs, born April 12, 1852, daughter of
John and Elizabeth Jane (Turner) Jacobs. The
father was born September 21, 1817, and the
mother was born August 18, 1821, in Cumber-
land Valley, and died September 15, 1858. They
were married Julv 24, 1838, and their children
were: Emerson Boyd, born 1845; J^lary, October
27, 1847: Charles, November 4, 1849; Emily J.,
before mentioned as the wife of Edward P. Phil-
lips : John Jacobs, born July 4, 1858.

To Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were born the fol-
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died 1871. Emily Elizabeth, married Dr. Walter
Davis, of Wilkes-Barre, three children : Emily
AL, Harriet A. and Francis K. Davis. Walter R.,
born August 30, 1874, graduate of Lafayette Col-
lege, 1898, was formerly a member of Company
A, Ninth Regiment, went into Spanish-American
war and served all through the war, and after
retiring was elected captain of Company A. He
married Mary Eitel. Harry. Carrie E., gradu-
ate of Wilson College at Chambersburg, 1902.
Alice B., graduate of Wellesley College, 1904
Ruby E., graduate of Wyoming Seminary, and
then spent one year in Drexel Art School, Phil-
adelphia.

HENRY J. SWARTZ. Throughout Lacka-
wanna county the name of Henry J. Swartz,
of Dunmore, is familiar as that of a lead-
ing business man and worthy citizen. Mr. Swartz
is descended from German ancestors, who were
among the early settlers of Pennsylvania. Baltzer
Swartz married a Miss Hofifman, a native of Hol-
land, and their children were : John, Baltzer,
Henry, Maggie, George, Lydia, and a daughter
who married a Mr. Frey.

Henry Swartz, son of Baltzer Swartz, was
born in 1806. He learned the trade of moulding,
which he followed very successfully, being a
thorough business man. He also owned and
managed a farm. He married Melissa, daughter
of Samuel and Susanna (Philips) Miller, whose
family consisted of six sons and six daughters.
Susanna Philips in her youth passed through a
very exciting experience ; at the time of the mas-
sacre in the Wyoming Valley she was one of a
party who escaped from the Indians, and by some
accident cut her finger, which in the precipitation
of the flight could not be dressed and during the
pursuit became very painful, causing great ap-
prehensions for the safety of her hand which,
however, proved groundless, as no serious results
followed. Mr. and Mrs. Swartz were the parents
of the following children : Leander, deceased :
]\Iary J., William P., Henry J., mentioned here-
after; Olive E., Harriet R., Helen ()., and James
W. Mrs. Swartz, the mother of these children,
died in 1882, at the age of seventy-nine, and her
husband passed away in 1896, having attained the
very advanced age of ninety years. Both were
sincerely loved and respected bv all who knew
them for their friendly dispositions and conscien-
tious, upright lives.

Henry J. Swartz, son of Henry and Alelissa
(Miller) Swartz, was born October 29, 1836, in
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and obtained his edu-
cation in the common schools of Green Ridge. In

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early youth he left home and spent nine years in
travelling, his wanderings extending over the
greater part of the world. Having become con-
versant with the manners and customs of foreign
climes, he returned with undiminished affection
to the land of his birth. His patriotism, when
subjected to the supreme test of the Civil war,
was not found wanting, and in 1863 he enlisted
in Company D, First Regiment, New Jersey Cav-
alry, and for his gallant conduct was promoted
to the rank of corporal. He was present at all
the battles in which his regiment took part, and
was honorably discharged at the close of the war.
On his return to civil life he built a sawmill at
Schultzville, which he operated for a short time,
and in 1867 moved to Pittston, Pennsylvania. In
1869 'i^ removed to Kansas, where he remained
until 1872, and in that year went to Buffalo,
where he was employed as collector. In 1875 ^^
returned to Lackawanna county and settled at
Scranton, where he had formerly worked at the
carpenter's trade. Until 1888 he was engaged in
manufacturing a stove polish, which he subse-
quently sold to Burr & Black. He then went into
business as a contractor, in which he was very
successful and in which he is still engaged. He
has superintended the erection of a number of
houses in Scranton and its vicinity, including
Dunmore, Green Ridge, Hyde Park and other
adjacent towns.

Mr. Swartz married in 1865, Louisa A.
(Simonds) Burdick, and the following children
have been born to them : Grace, Bertha iVL,
Samuel L., Jessie M., Edmund J., Taylor H.,
Louis K., deceased ; and Rexford K.

Mrs. Swartz is the granddaughter of Timothy
Simonds, a native of Connecticut and a farmer,
who was one of the first settlers in Susquehanna
county. He married Salome Toby, and of their
children those who reached maturity were:
Charles, Harriet, Louisa, Lorenzo D., mentioned
hereinafter; Lucy A., Christopher, Christina; the
total number, including those deceased, being
thirteen. Lorenzo D. Simonds, son of Timothy
and Salome (Toby) Simonds, married Clarissa,
daughter of Samuel and Betsey (Baker) Payne,
natives of Massachusetts, who were parents of
thirteen children, five of whom died in infancy.
The others were ; Louis, Samuel. Edmund, Eliz-
abeth, Clarissa, mentioned above as the wife of
Lorenzo D. Simonds ; Elvira, and Lucinda. Mr.
and iMrs. Simonds were the parents of a number
of children, of whom the following grew to ma-
turity : Louisa M., born October 23, 1840, in
Ararat, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, edu-
cated at the common schools of Carbondale, mar-



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ried Albion M. Burdick, who died January 26,
1863, of a disease contracted while serving in the
armv during the Civil war, and subsequently be-
came the wife of Henry J. Swartz, as mentioned
above; Mary E., Lizzie J., Clara J., Lorenzo,
Edmund J., Mrs. Hattie L. Knowlton, and Mrs.
Francis A. Hibbs, all of whom are deceased.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Swartz are:
I. Grace E., wife of William H. Brown, an elec-
trician in Atlanta, Georgia, where they reside.
Their children are : Wilfred L., Helen Louisa,
Bertha Mildred and Herbert Judson Brown. 2.
Bertha M., wife of H. B. Collins, who is con-
nected with the department of justice in Wash-
ington, D. C, in which city they reside. 3. Sam-
uel L., at home. 4. Jessie M., a stenographer at
Atlanta, Georgia. 5. Edmund J., married Win-
nie Swartz, and they were the parents of four
children, among whom were Alfred E., Rexford
C. and Caroline C. Swartz. 6. Taylor H., a
printer at Dunmore ; he married Jessie Wagner,
and they have one son, Kenneth Swartz. 7.
Louis K., deceased. 8. Rexford K., connected
with the International Text Book Company, of
Scranton, in Atlanta, Georgia.

HUGH H. HUGHES, a well known and
highly respected citizen of Luzerne, where he was
born January 27, 1854, is a son of Charles and
Esther (Pettebone) Hughes, and grandson on
the paternal side of James Hughes, and on the
maternal side of Joshua and Ellen (Swetland)
Pettebone.

Charles Hughes (father) was born in Lu-
■ zerne, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1821. He was
educated in the common schools, after which he
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits.
About 1885 he moved to Catawissa, Columbia
county, where he now resides. He married,
March I, 1849, Esther Pettebone, born February
24, 1827, daughter of Joshua and Ellen (Swet-
land) Pettebone and their children were as fol-
lows: George P., born January 6, 1850, a resi-
dent of Luzerne county ; Mary E., born April 10,
1852, a resident of Scranton; Hugh H., born
January 27, 1854, mentioned hereinafter; Gordon
S., born November 15, 1855, a resident of Lu-
zerne; Charles, born September 25, 1859, a resi-
dent of Luzerne ; Joshua, born August 8, 1857,
died May 24, 1859; and Isabel S., born Septem-
ber 15, 1866, wife of E. R. Pettebone. The mother
of these children died February 20, 1-874, and her
remains were interred at Forty Fort. January i,
1878, a resident of Larksville Corners ; Jennie
widow of Stephen Millich, and daughter of Dan-
iel Sutliff, and the issue of this marriage was the



following children : Margaret, born October 24,
1878, a resident of Larkesville Corners ; Jennie,
born October 25, 1879, a resident of Kingston ;
Stephen, born August 29, 1881, a resident of Cat-
awissa ; Stanley, born November 4, 1885, a resi-
dent of Catawissa; Maybury, born May 30, 1884,
deceased; and Caroline, born June 25, 1887, a
resident of Catawissa.

Hugh H. Hughes attended the public schools
in the vicinity of his home, and worked on the
farm with his father until he attained his major-
itv. He then took up his residence in Catawissa,
Columbia county, and engaged in farming for six
years. The following five years he followed the
same occupation in Bloomsburg, after which he
came to Luzerne and worked in the mines of the
Vvaddell Coal Company for two years. He then
moved to Edwardsville and drove a team for
Isaac Rice & Son for two years, and in 1888 re-
turned to Luzerne and engaged in the livery and
general teaming business, which he still follows,
and in which he has met with good success.

Mr. Hughes married, November i, 1874,
Maria Scott, daughter of Henry and Margaret
(Davis) Scott, whose family consisted of the fol-
lowing children: Maria, born December 31,
1852; Andrew, born December 2, 1854, a resident
of Colorado; John, born March I, 1857, deceased ;
George, born December 9, 1859, deceased ; Wil-
liam, born May 17, 1861, a resident of Luzerne;
Annie, born January 26, 1863, a resident of
Larksville; Mary, born February 18, 1865, a resi-
dent of Plymouth township ; David, born Febru-
ary 7, 1867, died February 27, 1867; Rachel,
born March 16, 1868, resides at Royalville ;
James, born November 2, 1870, resides at Royal-
ville ; Walter, born December 10, 1872, resides at
Larksville ; and Robert, born December 7, 1874,
died May 27, 1876. Henry Scott, father of these
children, was born at Plymouth township, May 4,
1829, died April 7, 1895, buried at Forty Fort.
His wife, Margaret (Davis) Scott, was born
May 18, 1834, died November 27, 1884. Six
children were born to Mr. and Airs. Hughes :
Charles, March 9. 1876, married Jennie Hill,
daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Blackman) Hill,
and their children are : Audrey, Orrine, and
Gaylord C. Frank L., born April 23, 1878, mar-
ried Hortense Barnes, daughter of O. Barnes, of
Lovington ; two children were born to them :
Hazel, and Genevieve. Stella, born December 5,
1878, died August 15, 1879. Gaylord M., born
March 8, 1880" married Nettie Shiffer, daughter
of George and Martha Shiffer, and their children
are: Hugh, born December 29, 1889; Alice,
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II, 1905. Anna S., born July 4, 1881, died April
27, 1892. j\Iar_v P., born November 9, 1882, died
November 17, 1882.

MICHAEL C. HALLORAX. There is lit-
tle doubt that few of the men now engaged in
the production of coal have had longer or more
varied experience than has fallen to the lot of
Michael C. Halloran, of Avoca. Mr. Halloran
is the son of James Halloran, who was born in
Ireland, and emigrated to the United States
about 1852. He was a farmer by occupation, and
after coming here followed work about the mines
until his death.

Michael C. Halloran, son of James and ^lary
(Murray) Halloran, was born in 1847, in county
Clare, Ireland, and was five years old when his
parents moved to the Lackawanna \'alley. set-
tling in Scranton. It was in the schools of that
city that he obtained his education, after which
he began to work in the mines as a breaker-boy
for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Com-
pany. He served them twenty-seven years in
various capacities, from slate-boy to carpenter
boss. He then came to the position of outside-
foreman at the Langcliffe colliery, operated now
by the Delaware & Hudson Company, and has
held that constantly since. There are three tun-
nels, one slope and one shaft ; the latter was sunk
about 1874 and is one hundred and forty-seven
feet deep. The company employs about three
hundred and thirty men in the mines and one
hundred arid twenty outside. The latter are
under the charge of Mr. Halloran, who is thor-
oughly conversant with the management of men
as well as the production of coal, and is more-
over conscientiously considerate of the welfare of
the men and the interests of the company.

Mr. Halloran married, in 1868, Catherine
Sammon, and their children are : Patrick J., a
carpenter: Michael C, deceased: John T.. a
plumber : Charles J., an engineer : Mame, Ella,
Emma, a teacher : Frank, an engineer : Am-
brose, an engineer ; William, deceased ; and
Joseph, also deceased.

WINFIELD SCOTT BOXHAM, one of the
well known and highly respected citizens of Lu-
zerne, is a native thereof, born May 16, 1848,
son of Henderson and ]\Iartha S. (Raub) Bon-
ham, and grandson (on the paternal side) of
Solomon and Electa Bonham.' and (on the ma-
ternal side) of Andrew and Maria (Medler)
Raub. Solomon and Electa Bonham, whose re-
mains are interred at Forty Fort, were the par-
ents of ten children : Millburn. Ambrose, Jeriah.



Lambert, Huldah, Henderson, James and Barnes,
(twins) of Forty Fort; Andrew: and Fuller, of
Dorriston. Andrew and Maria (Medler) Raub
were the parents of ten children: Thomas.
Xancy, Surrender, Andrew, Fields, Samuel,
Lena Ann, Martha S., Mary, and Deborah, born
June 25, 1835. .

Henderson Bonham (father) was born at
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1819.
He received a common school education, after
which he learned the trade of miller and engaged
in the same until his retirement from active pur-
suits. He began his operations in Hancock,
from there moved to X^anticoke where he oper-
ated a mill, later located in Trucksville and there
operated a mill for a number of years, and subse-
quently came to Luzerne and milled for Samuel
Raub, his brother-in-law, about three years, and
for the same period of time milled for Mr. Ather-
holtz, since which time he has led a retired life,
surrounded with peace and plenty, and realizing
to the full that there is no reward so satisfactorv
as the consciousness of a life well spent. In
1841 he married Martha S. Raub, born Decem-
ber 25, 1827, daughter of Andrew and Maria
(iMedler) Raub, the former named having been
one of the earliest settlers of Luzerne, and an ac-
tive, business man of that place. Three children
were the issue of this union : Winfield Scott,
mentioned hereafter ; Charles, died in childhood :
and Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Hunlock, of
\^'yoming, and mother of two children : Fred,
and Fannie, wife of Benton Smith, of Wyom-
ing. Henderson Bonham ( father) has attained
( 1906) the advanced age of eighty-seven years,
but is still very active, and his wife was also
very active for her years up to the beginning
of 1905, when she fractured one of her limbs,
this causing her considerable pain and incon-
venience. They are without doubt the oldest
married couple in Luzerne borough, and their
home life has been such as to be well worthy of
emulation. They are Christians in the true sense
of the word, and they have e.xerted an influence
for good not only in their own family but
throughout the community. They are consistent
members of the Presbyterian church of Luzerne.

Winfield S. Bonham attended the public
schools in the vicinity of his home, therebv ob-
taining a practical education which prepared him
for an active and useful career. The first three
years of his business life were spent with his
father in the milling trade. He then turned his
attention to prospecting for coal, there being at
that time only two mines opened in the immed-
iate localitv of Luzerne- — Kinarston Xo. i. and



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the East Boston mine. After prospecting for a
short period of time with more or less success,
he accepted a position as brakeman antl fireman
on the Lackawanna & Bloomsburg- railroad, in
which capacity he served two years. In 1866 he
accepted a position as fireman with David
Morgan, the man that sunk the shaft, and in
1869 the business changed hands, Charles Hut-
chins taking the mines, and in 1872 William G.
Payne, the present operator, took charge. Mr.
Bonham has been employed in the plant over
thirty-nine years, was one of the very first if not
the first name on the pa^' rolls, and is the only
employe left that began with the industry. He
began work as fireman, and after two years ser-
vice was promoted to engineer, in which capacity
he has since served, seldom being a day ofif duty
during all that long period of time. He has
served his employers in a manner that has
brought great honor to him, and he has the dis-
tinction of being one of the oldest engineers in
the valley. His position is one of great respon-
sibility, as he has hundreds of lives in his keep-
ing daily, and during his long term of service he
has never had an accident of any consequence,
but has had some great experiences. The mine
has an output of five hundred cars of coal per
day, this being brought from a distance o^ from
five hundred to six hundred feet in depth. There
is no man in the community more highly es-
teemed among his fellow-men than Mr. Bonham.
He is a member of Kingston Lodge. No. 395,
Wilkes-Barre Chapter, No. 182, Wilkes-Barre
Commandery, No. 45, and Irem Temple, Free
and Accepted Masons, which organization he
joined in 1867. He is a Republican in politics.
Mr. Bonham is unmarried.

JOHN McCABE, actively and prominently
identified with the commercial, political and so-



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