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cial interests of Carbondale, Pennsylvania,
where he has resided during his entire life-time
with the exception of the first six months, was
born in Wayne county, Pennsylvania. March 28,
1846, a son of Alexander and Julia (Rehill) Mc-
Cabe, natives of Ireland, which country has given
to the world great and good men and women.
Whether we study her history or watch the ca-
reers of her sons at home or abroad, their hero-
ism, as shown under the "Iron Duke" at Water-
loo, their bravery, patriotism and devotion to our
own country, or their hardships and privations in
its early settlement, we must give her credit for
their manly character and devotion to the cause
.they espouse. Today America has no better citi-
zens, and none who have done more to defend



"'Old Glory" in time of danger or to maintain the
integrity of the Union than the sons of Ireland.

Alexander ]\IcCabe ( father) was born in
• county Cavan, Ireland, early in the vear 1800.
He was reared and educated in his native land,
and on attaining manhood married Julia Rehill,
also a native of Ireland, to whom three children
were born in their native country, namely : Pat-
rick, Hon. Charles A., now a resident of Wash-
ington state, and Mrs. Mary Clume, matron of
the Carbondale Alms House. In 1846 Mr. Mc-
Cabe, accompanied by his wife, Julia McCabe,
and their son, Patrick McCabe, emigrated to
America, reaching their adopted country on Jan-
uary 6, 1847. They located at No. 5, Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, and shortly afterward
Alexander McCabe found employment with the
Delaware and Hudson Company, in whose em-
ploy he remainetl up to his death, which occur-
red in 1866. He was an honest, upright man,
and possessed the happy faculty of making and
retaining a number of friends. The sons have
followed the counsel and example of their ven-
erable father, and are numbered among the ac-
tive and influential citizens of whatever com-
munity thev reside in.

john AlcCabe was reared in Carbondale,
whither his parents removed when he was six
months of age, and in the common schools of
that town received a practical education which
prepared him for a life of usefulness. When he
was old enough he entered the employ of the
Delaware and Hudson Company, where he re-
mained for twenty-eight consecutive years, and
was regarded as one of their most trustworthy
men. He subsequently assisted his mother in the
management of her store, which she established
in 1854. Mrs. McCabe was a most estimable
and remarkable woman, whom to know was to
admire, and during her residence in the Wyom-
ing Valley won an enviable reputation for her
sterling qualities and business methods. Her
death occurred in the year 1893, since which
time John McCabe, her son, has succeeded her
in business. The business was inaugurated on a
small scale, but it has now reached the magni-
tude of a large general store, its sales amounting
to twelve thousand dollars per year. Mr. Mc-
Cabe is thoroughly practical in his business meth-
ods, attends personally to the purchasing of
stock, and in the management of the business is
ably seconded by his daughters, who are com-
petent sales-ladies. While Mr. McCabe is a
Democrat in his j^olitical views, yet he is popidar
enougli with his Republican friends to defeat a
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lican ward. He served as a director of the poor
for five years, and for eighteen years he was a
member of the election board. He is a man well
qualified to fill any office in the city, but his
business is too extensive to allow him to enter
into the political arena.

Mr. McCabe was married twice. His first
wife, whose maiden name was Bridget I\Ic-
Dennott, whom he married August 21, 1872,
bore him nine children, as follows : Mrs. i\Iary
Cotter, Mrs. Mark Brennon, Margaret, Alexan-
der, a clerk in his father's store, and also delivers
the goods ; Charles, a railroad employee : Loretta ;
William, deceased : Julia, and Francis McCabe.
The mother of these children died January 13,
1894. For his second wife ]\Ir. McCabe married
Margaret Manly, the ceremony being performed
January 8, 1895, and to this marriage were born
three children : Florence, Lucy, and Ann Mc-
Cabe. The family are worthy members of the
Roman Catholic church, and command the re-
spect and confidence of their numerous friends.

ALEX SHLAXTA, postmaster of Mayfield,
Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, is widely and
favorably known in that locality, having resided
there since his emigration to this country from
his native land, Austria, in 1882. During this
period of twenty-two years he has witnessed its
gradual growth and development, and has him-
self contributed to its advancement.

He was born in Austria, April 7, 1866. He
received a practical education in the public
schools, and remained a resident of his native
land until he attained young manhood. In 1882
he emigrated to the United States, arriving here
on May 2, and he at once located in Mayfield,
Pennsylvania, where he operated a store on his
own account for four years with marked suc-
cess. In 1900, in company with several of his
countrymen, a company store was formed which
was known as the Russian Store Company. This
enterprise met with success from the beginning,
and at the present time (1905) thev are con-
ducting a business which amounts to four thous-
and dollars per month. In addition to his in-
terest in this company store, ^Ir. Shlanta con-
ducts a small store which is attached to his
own dwelling, this being the most imposing
structure in the neighborhood. He is agent for
many of the ocean steamship lines, and he also
conducts a large banking business.

Mr. Shlanta has served in the canacitv of
postmaster since 1897, and during this period
the duties of the office have been performed in a
highly creditable and efficient manner. He was



also a member of the council of ^layfieid borough
for six years, and a member of the school board
for a number of years. He is a strong adherent
of the Slavonian Organization. He is president
instrumental in the naturalization of over two
hundred foreigners. He is a member of the Rus-
sian Catholic church, of which he is a trustee ;
a member of St. John the Baptist Society ; a mem-
ber of the Russian Brotherhood ; and a member
of the Slavonian Organization. He is president
of the "Pravda," a Russian publishing company
that furnishes the Russians in the country with
their own literature.

In 1890 Mr. Shlanta married Martha Kaws-
man, of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, born in that
town in 1877. Their children are : Walter, born
1893; Myra, born 1899; Olga, born 190 1 ; and
Barbara, born 1903.

THOMAS J. ARNER. One of the salf-made
men of Lackawanna county is Thomas J. Arner,
of Scranton. The great-great-grandfather of Mr.
Arner emigrated from Holland more than a cen-
tury ago. The grandson of this ancestor was
David Arner, a carpenter. He was the father of
five children, among them, Harrison, mentioned
hereafter, David, and Kate A.

Harrison Arner, son of David Arner, was
born in Carbon county, Pennsylvania, and like
his father followed the carpenter's trade. He
married Brehita Schnell, also a native of Carbon
county, and of the children born to them the fol-
lowing are living : Thomas J., mentioned here-
after, anius, and Sarah. Mr. Arner, who was
a worthy man, died while his children were still
young, and his widow subsequentlv married
again. Of this marriage one son was born who
is still living.

Thomas J. Arner, son of Harrison and Brehita
(Schnell) Arner, vi^as born August 17, 1862, in
Lehighton, Carbon county, Pennsylvania. Ow'ing
to the death of his father his education was some-
what neglected, and in 1875 h^ left his native
county and went to Wilkes-Barre, where he en-
gaged in various pursuits. In 1889 he moved to
Scranton, where for a short time he worked for
the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Rail-
way Company. On leaving their service he es-
tablished himself in business as a green grocer
with a capital of forty-five cents. By adhering
strictly to the principles of honesty he met with
the success which his enterprising and cour-
ageous spirit merited, and built up a flourishing
business. For nine years he conducted his store,
prospering beyond his most sanguine expecta-
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to build the comfortable and attractive resi-
lience which he now occupies. Mr. Arner had
always been an ardent lover and close student of
nature, and had thus acquired an extensive and
thorough knowledge of botany. In 1888 he es-
tablished himself in business as a florist and land-
scape gardener, and is today in the enjoyment of
an extensive and constantly increasing patronage.
Not only is Mr. Arner a self-made man along
financial lines, but along educational lines also,
having studied to good purpose books as well
as men.

Mr. Arner married in 1887, Carrie, daughter
of Miles and Caroline Frey, and one child was
born to them, Ira E., who died in infancy. The
death of Mrs. Arner occurred January 2, 1891,
In 1892 Mr. Arner married Bertha, who was born
in 1 87 1, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, daugh-
ter of Henry and Catherine Warner, the former
a native of Germany, the latter of Ashley, Penn-
sylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Arner are without
children.

JOHN E. REGAN. Success is not a matter
of spontaneitv, but is methodical and consecutive,
representing the well deserved results of well di-
rected effort. He to whom this sketch is dedi-
cated has risen to success through his own labors
and energy, and in his career is represented the
marked transaction from a boy working in the
coal breakers of the mines of Lackawanna coun-
ty to the prestige implied in being one of the suc-
cessful and influential business men of the city
of Scranton, where he is engaged in the livery
and undertaking business, his finely equipped es-
tablishment being located at 434 Railroad avenue.

Mr. Regan is a native of England, where he
was born Alay 11, 1861, being the eldest of the
seven children of Edward and Catherine (Rog-
ers) Regan. The other children were all born
in what is now the sixth ward of the city of
Scranton, formerly the borough of Hyde Park.
Their names in order of birth are as follows :
Michael, Martin, Edward, Mary, Ella and Delia.
The parents were born and reared in county
Mayo, Ireland, whence they removed to Eng-
land, where their marriage was solemnized and
where they continued to reside until 1864, when
they came to America, arriving in November.
They forthwith came to Lackawanna county and
located in the borough of Hyde Park, or the pres-
ent sixth ward of Scranton, and the father sc
cured employment in connection with the great
coal mining industry, with which he continued
to be identified during the remainder of his active
career, his death occurring in 1892. He was hon-



est, upright and industrious, and his life was
raised to the full level of its opportunities so
that he commanded the respect of his fellowmen.
His wife still survives and makes her home in
Scranton. She is a devoted communicant of the
Catholic church, as was also her husband, and
the latter was a stanch Democrat in his political
proclivities.

John E. Regan secured his educational dis-
cipline principally in the stern school of adver-
sity, since the family history could well be sum-
med up in the words made memorable by the
martyred Lincoln : "The short and simple annals
of the poor."' He attended the parochial schools
of Hyde Park borough in an irregular way, and
for a time was a pupil in the public schools, but
he was called upon to face the practical duties
and responsibilities of life when a mere child,
since he became an employee about the coal
breakers when about seven years of age. Every
person reared in a mining town knows what
such an introduction implies, and the boyhood
days of Mr. Regan were given over to much
work and little play. He passed through the
various grades of promotion for which boys are
eligible in a coal mine, having been doortender,
driver, etc., and having finally risen to the posi-
tion of driver boss, while he continued to be in
active service in and about the mines for a per-
iod of nineteen years. It seems almost impos-
sible that under these conditions could have been
evolved that energy and ambition which led him
to seek a wider and more independent field of
action, but his success in his present line of en-
terprise best indicates the self-reliance and initia-
tive ability of the man. At the time of severing
his connection with the mining industry he was
about twenty-six years of age, and his frugality
and provident methods during his long years of
service had enabled him to save the sum of fifteen
hundred dollars, and this served as the nucleus
on which he has built up his present prosperous
and important livery and undertaking business.
He has large and well equipped stables, and the
livery department of his enterprises secures a
representative su]3port, while the undertaking
department is confined to the furnishing of
hearses and other concomitant equipments. He
has not abated his energy and determination, but
has made his success cunuilative in character, be-
ing at the present time the owner of three resi-
dence properties in Scranton, besides other realty
and valuable personal property, his valuation in
financial way being placed at twent> - five thous-
and dollars.

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zen, and in politics is a stalwart supporter of the
Democratic party. For ten years he has repre-
sented his ward in the city council, having been
four years in the common council and having
since been a member of the select council, of
which position he is incumbent at the time of
this writing (1905). He and his wife are com-
municants of the Catholic church, and fratern-
ally he is affiliated with the Improved Order of
Heptasophs, St. Peter's Society, the Ancient Or-
der of Hibernians, and the Catholic Benevolent
Association.

]Mr. Regan married, November 27, 1884,
Ellen IMoffitt, daughter of John and Catherine
JMoffitt, of Scranton, and of the eleven children
of this union we record that only three are liv-
ing — Agnes, born 1885; Frances, born 1900;
and Edward, born 1902.

JOSEPH MORGAN. Among engineers of
the verv first class Joseph ^Morgan, of Scranton,
easily takes his place. He is the son of Isaac
Alorgan, a native of Wales, who came to the
Cnited States in 1868, and settled in Pennsyl-
vania, where he made a home for his family,
who joined him in 1869. He was a master me-
chanic and had charge of all the inside machinery
of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Com-
pany. This machinery is for pumping purposes
and must be kept in perfect repair in order to
prevent the mines from being flooded. This
very responsible position was held by i\Ir. j\Ior-
gan for fifteen years. He was a member of the
Welsh Baptist Church and a staunch supporter
of its doctrines. His wife was Letitia Davis,
who was also born in Wales, and their children
were : Thomas, Joseph, mentioned hereinafter ;
Matilda, Moses, Jacob, who was killed in the
mines ; Sarah and Rachel. ]\Irs. jNIorgan, the ex-
cellent mother of these children, died in 1886,
and the father closed his well-spent life in 1899.
Joseph Morgan, son of Isaac and Letitia (Da-
vis) Morgan, was born in 1853, in Wales, where
he received his education. He was sixteen years
old when the family came to this country, and
the same year he went to work in the central
shaft of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Company. He began as fireman, and was sub-
sequently promoted to run small engines, until
he became capable of managing a double hoist-
ing engine. In his thirty-two years of engineer-
ing Mr. Alorgan never made a mistake in oper-
ating these engines. His present post of duty
is at the central shaft, where he began his ca-
reer. It would be difficult to exaggerate the
importance and responsibility of his office, in-



asmuch as on his steadiness and coolness hang
the lives of the men who are employed in the
shaft. Mr. Morgan has shown his thrift by be-
coming the owner of the comfortable and pleas-
ant house in which he makes his home. He i&
a worthy citizen and enjoys the full confidence
of his neighbors. He is a member of the For-
esters of x\merica.

Mr. Morgan married, January 13, 1876, Mary
Jones, also a native of Wales, and they are the
parents of one daughter : Sarah, who is the wife
of William A. Benor, of Scranton.

CLARENCE F. DRAKE, a promising
young business man wdio has established him-
self in the confidence of the people of Carbon-
dale, Pennsylvania, where he is actively en-
gaged in the dairy business, which to him is both
pleasurable and profitable, is a native of Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, born April 5, 1879, a son
of Peter A. and Amelia (Murphy) Drake.

Peter A. Drake (father) was also a native
of Wayne county, Pennsylvania. He is the own-
er of two hundred and twenty-five acres of choice
land situated at Waymart. is one of the most
practical and progressive farmers in his coimty,
and his land being well tilled and cultivated,
produces the best crops and yields a goodly re-
turn for his labors. By his marriage to Amelia
Murphy, whose father was the owner of four
hundred acres of good farming land in Hemlock
Hollow, Wayne county, Pennsylvania, and whose
brother, Dick Murphy, was sherifif of Wayne
county one term, and a man of considerable in-
fluence in his community, the following named
children were born : Clarence F., Herbert E.,
Raymond, Russell and Daisy G. Drake. The
members of the Drake and Murphy families have
ever been true, loyal and influential citizens of
whatever state they took up their residence in.

Clarence F. Drake attended the common
schools in his native town of Waymart, wherein
he received a liberal and practical education. His
early life was spent in agricultural pursuits and
lumbering, and this training thoroughly quah-
fiedhim for a useful and industrious life. In
1898 he established himself in his present busi-
ness at Carbondale, where he has purchased a
handsome and commodious home, and has all
the facilities for a first-class dairy. He handles
about two hundred and fifty quarts per day of
the purest milk and the richest cream, which
he disposes of to the residents of Carbondale.
His cows are of a fine breed, are well fed and
carefully attended to. The genuine interest that
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spirit tliat he manifests are among his noticeable
traits of character.

In 1900 Mr. Drake married Sadie Faatz, a
native of Wayne county, and a very estimable
lady, and to this union was born one daughter,
Thelma Drake, in 1902.

JASON J. MILLS is one of the representa-
tive young business men of the city of Scranton,
Lackawanna county, and is known as a skilled
mechanic. His independent business career in
his present connection dates back to the year
1902. when he established himself in a well
equipped machine shop at 823 North Wyoming
avenue, where he has the best of facilities for
repair work of all kinds, while he is rapidly build-
ing up a substantial enterprise, receiving a rep-
resentative support. He learned his trade in the
shops of the Eli E. Hendricks Company, of Car-
bondale, this state, remaining in the employ of
this concern for seven years.

Mr. Mills was born in Hawley, Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, 1875, being a son of Will-
iam and Julia (Baker) Mills, both of whom were
born and bred in Carbondale, Lackawanna
county. William INIills was for twenty years
superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad
shops at Hawley, and was a master mechanic of
fine ability. In 1889 he returned to his native
city, Carbondale, where he remained in the em-
ploy of the Delaware and Hudson Company un-
til his death. His wife died in 1894. Of their
five children we record that Burtis W. is a rail-
road conductor ; Edgar E., Jason J. and George

W. are skilled machinists, and — is the

wife of C. A. Ford. The father was a member
of the Knights of Honor.

Jacob J. Mills secured his early education in
the public and select schools of his native town,
and he was fourteen years of age at the time of
his parents' removal to Carbondale, where he
continued to attend school for some time. Later
lie entered upon an apprenticeship in the shops
of the Eli E. Hendricks Company, well known
manufacturers of engines and other machinery,
and in due course of time, by making good use
of his opportunities, became a skilled artisan.
During the progress of the Spanish-American
war the company sent him to superintend the in-
stalling and o]3eration of an ice freezer on one
of the government steamships, and in this con-
nection he instructed the ship engineers in the
operating of the machines. He made the trip
to Cuba on this vessel and was absent for three
months. In 1897 Mr. Mills came to Scranton,



and here he secured employment in the Finch
shops, while a few months later he secured the
position of toolmaker, retaining this position
three years and up to the time of engaging in
business on his own responsibility, as noted
earlier in this sketch. On August 7, 1904, he ad-
mitted John O'Tool to partnership, and they
have since continued the enterprise under the
firm name of JNIills & O'Tool, both members be-
ing expert workmen and being young men of
energy and sterling character, so that their suc-
cess is certain to be cumulative in character.

COLONEL ROBERT BOLLING, the first
of the name in Virginia, was the son of John and
Mary Boiling, of All Hallows, Barkin parish.
Tower street, London. John was of the Boilings
of Boiling Hall, near IBradford, England, who
trace their descent from Robert Boiling, Esquire,
who in the reign of Edward I\ owned that beau-
tiful seat., and who, dying in 1485, was buried in
the family vault in Bradford Church. His coat-
of-arms is affixed on his tomb, and being the only
one in the church he was presumably the builder
or chief benefactor of it.

( I ) Col. Robert Boiling, born 1646, died
1709, came to Virginia in 1660, when not yet
fifteen years of age, seems to have early attained
to fortune and prominence, and at twenty-nine
married Jane Rolfe, died 1676, daughter of
Thomas and Jane (Poythress) Rolfe, and grand-
daughter of John Rolfe, first secretary and re-
corder general of Virginia, and a member of the
council, who married Pocahontas, the daughter
of the Indian chief Powhatan. Robert Boiling
lived and died at "Kippax," a fine seat on the
James river, below Petersburg, now in ruins. He
had one son

(II) Col. John Boiling, born 1676, died 1729,
married Mary Kennon, daughter of Dr. Kennon.
of Virginia. John Boiling was a member of the
\'irginia house of burgesses, 1710, 1718, 1723,
1726. His eldest son was

(III) Major John Boiling, born 1700, died
September 6, 1757, married, August i, 1728,
Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Archibald Blair,
founder of William and Mary College. Major
John Boiling inherited his father's love of pleas-
ure and his business qualifications, but without
his appetence for trade. His energy and sagac-
ity were displayed in long (and in those days per-
ilous) journeys through a wilderness country,
and the judicious choice of valuable unappropri-
ated lands, with which he afterwards richh- en-
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horses, honntls, lumting. fishing, fowhng, feast-
ing and dancing, yet doted on his wife and chil-
dren," was of an even temperance in all things,
as well as of an admirable vein of humor, public-
spirited, hospitable and popular. Major Boiling
was county lieutenant of Chesterfield county, and
as such commanded the militia. He was also
a justice of the peace, and for thirty years rep-
resented his county in the house of burgesses.

(IV) Archibald Boiling, born March 20,
1750, married (first) Sarah Cary, 1770; (sec-
ond), February, 1774, Jane Randolph; (third).
Widow Byrd, 1797; (fourth), Widow Clark,
1802. He had by his second wife

(V) Captain Blair Boiling, born 1792. He
was a captain in the state guard. He married
(first) ^I. A. Webster; (second), Penelope
Storrs, 1827. His son

(VI) John Boiling, married (first), October
1855, jMaria Page Armistead ; (second) Julia B.
Tinsley. ^

GOMER GAMES. One of those thoroughly



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