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capable and perfectly trustworthy men, who
whatever may be the position they hold are felt
to be indispensable, is Gomer Games, of Scran-
ton. By birth and ancestry Mr. Games is a
Welshman. He is the son of David Games, who
was born in South Wales and came to the United
States in i860. His calling was that of a butcher
which, on settling in the coal regions of Penn-
sylvania, he abandoned for mining, becoming a
contract miner. He was a loyal citizen of his
adopted country. He was an active member of
the JNIiners' Union, of which for a number of
years he was president. His wife was Margaret
Morris, also a native of South Wales, and their

children were: David W., , who became

the wife of Banfield ; Gomer, mentioned

hereinafter ; and two others who are deceased.
The mother of the family died in 1863, some of
Iier children being little more than infants when
they sustained this great loss. The father sur-
vived his wife many years, passing to the spirit
world in 1886.

Gomer Games, son of David and Margaret
(Morris) Games, was born February 28, 1857, in
South Wales, and was but three years of age
Avhen brought by his parents to their new home.
At the age of ten 'he began to work for the Dela-
ware & Hudson Company as a breaker-boy. In
a short time he was promoted to the post of door-
tender in the mines, subsequently becoming a
driver. While holding this position he was trans-
ferred from the Leggett's Creek colliery to the
Van Storch collierv, where for two vears he was



emplo3'ed in the same capacity. He then worked
at the Cayuga colliery of the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna & Western Company, but soon returned to
the service of the Delaware & Hudson Company,
for whom he worked a few years, and was then
induced to enter the service of John Jermyn,
by whom he was employed as pumper. This
position he filled until 1881, and then went to
Priceburg with Mr. Jermyn, where he was en-
gaged until 1883 in running a slope engine. He
then for a short time operated a pump engine,
and in 1884 was appointed engineer at \^an
Storch colliery. The shaft is six hundred feet
deep and is the property of the Delaware & Hud-
son Company, who purchased it from the \'an
Storchs in 1858. In this position Mr. Games has
for many years served the company faithfully and
well, his value meeting with the high appreciation
which it deserves. He has prospered to such a
degree as to be the owner, not only of the house in
which he lives, but of an entire lot. He is a faith-
ful citizen, always acting with due regard to the
best interests of the community. He belongs to
the I. O. O. F., and the Brotherhood of Odd Fel-
lows. His political affiliations are with the Re-
publicans. He attends the Baptist church.

Mr. Games married, August 17, 188 1, Eliza-
beth M. Baker, of Cornwall, England, and their
children are : Hattie, deceased ; David W., born
February 22, 1885, an electrician ; and Irene, born
May, 1893.

JOEL BRENTON, who for fifty years has
been engaged in painting and decorating in Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania, was born in Cornwall, Eng-
land, December 4, 1829, whence he came to
America in 1848. Ater spending a short time at
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, he went to New
York City, where he learned the trade of paint-
ing and decorating, after which he went to Port
Jervis, New York, where he followed his chosen
vocation for a year. In 1854 he came to Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania, and as a painter and decora-
tor he has carried on business for fifty years, be-
ing one of the oldest artisans in this part of the
state still in active business. Mr. Brenton is a
Mason and became a charter member of VMey
Lodge, No. 499, Free and Accepted Masons.
He also belongs to Gahonta Lodge, No. 314, In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he
has passed all the chairs.

In February, 1853, Mr. Brenton married
Alice Stewart, of Sussex county, New Jersev,
born 1831, and they have six children; I. Frank,
born December 11, 1853, is chief accountant for
the Pennsylvania Central Brewing Company, at



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Scranton, Pennsylvania, married Laura Balliet ;
four children, Helen, Raymond, Alice, Walter.
2. Willis L. 3. Eva G., the wife of Archibald F.
Law, of Scranton, Pennsylvania ; two children,
Frank and Grace. 4. Carrie M., the wife of John
Flanagan, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania ; one
child, Edwin. 5. Ada L., who died at the age of
twenty years. 6. Amelia, who died in infancy.

COLONEL JACOB F. GRAEBER, one of
the successful business men of Shickshinny, was
born in 1856, in Tuscarora township, Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania, the son of Hon, Conrad
and Catherine (Mouse) Graeber. His father,
Hon. Conrad Graeber, was an extensive coal
operator, a man prominently and actively inter-
ested in community affairs, and was twice elected
to a seat in the state legislature. He married
(first) Catherine Mouse, and (second) Sarah
Myers, of Pottsville, and was the father of the
following children : Jacob F., George C, cashier
of the Frst National Bank of Shamokin ;
Cnarles A., a merchant of Salt Lake City, Utah ;
Minnie (Mrs. P. Brew), of Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania ; and Frederick R., retired.

Jacob F. Graeber acquired his early educa-
tional training in the common schools of his na-
tive town, and subsequently attended St. Vin-
cent's College, at Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He de-
voted special attention to civil and mining en-
gineering, and after leaving the school room be-
came identified with the Locust Gap colliery, of
which he was appointed superintendent. Mr.
Graeber occupied this position for eight years
and during that time was the first to introduce
the product of that colliery to the Baltimore mar-
ket. He ne.xt turned his attention to mining en-
gineering, and engaged extensively in prospect-
ing for various minerals in Colorado, Arizona,
New Mexico, Washington State, California and
British Columbia. For five years he was occu-
pied in prospecting in Alaska, and reported on
several iron mines which are successful produc-
ers to-day. During these years of travel and ex-
ploring Colonel Graeber held the offices of pres-
ident and general manager of the Northumber-
land Dredging and Mining Company, president
of the Lasardargus Mining Company of Mexico
and manager of the Graves Kimball Coal Com-
pany. He is a man of large and varied expe-
rience, having crossed the continent eighteen
times, and was a passenger on the first res;ular
train to run from Omaha to California. Colonel
Graeber afterwards became a successful stock
speculator, and through his instrumentality



many of his friends have succeeded along that
line.

In 1904 Colonel Graeber purchased the estab-
lishment known as the "Union Hotel" in Shick-
shinny, Pennsylvania, then conducted by Charles
Simpson. The hotel had been unsuccessfully
carried on by various proprietors up to the time
of its purchase by Colonel Graeber, who recon-
structed and remodeled it from cellar to garret,
naming it the "Shickshinny Inn." The house ac-
commodates thirty guests, and is one of the best
equipped and most successful houses in that sec-
tion of the country. In connection with Shick-
shinny Inn there is a commodious stable which
accommodates si.xty horses and several auto-
mobiles.

Colonel Graeber was twice married. Of his
first marriage eight children were born, si.x of
whom are living, namely: Mary M., Charles R.,
who is in service of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company ; James B. D., a lieutenant on board the
battleship "Ohio," United States navy; George
G., Florence and Catherine. In 1904 Colonel
Graeber took for his second wife Mrs. Catherine
E. Creasey, (nee Haas) daughter of Conrad and
Elizabeth Haas. Mrs. Graeber is prominently
interested in the wholesale liquor and bottling
works which her former husband successfully
conducted for ten years in Shickshinny, and
which is now under the management of her
father, Conrad Haas.

JOHN A. HILDEBRANT. The Hilde-
brants came to America from Germany probably
more than a century and a half ago, and settled
in New lersey, whence some of their descendants
removed into the territory of Pennsylvania.
Giles Hildebrant, grandfather of John A. Hilde-
brant, served with the Americans in the Revolu-
tionary war and was killed at the battle and mas-
sacre of Wyoming in July, 1778. His son, Con-
rad Hildebrant, lived and died on the old home
farm in Hope. Warren county. New Jersey,
which appears to have been the ancient seat of
the family in this country. John T. Hildebrant
was a son of Conrad Hildebrant, who married
Mary Swazey, and had children, among them
being John A. Hildebrant. born in Hope, June
23, 1824. Mary Swazey's father was William
Swazey, who was a captain in the American ser-
vice during the second war with Great Britian.

John A. Hildebrant was brought up on his
father's farm in Hope, and was educated in the
common schools. When old enough to begin
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ing, after which he rented a farm, and in 1859
purchased a tract of land and became a proprie-
tor. This land, however, he sold in 1866, and
came from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, locating
in the old township of Dallas, in Luzerne county,
in the historic Wyoming Valley. His farm in
Dallas, which is still a part of his possessions, is
situated a little more than a mile from Dallas
borough, and is one of the best farms in either
that township or Luzerne county ; and whatever
it is has been the result of its owner's persevering
effort. Mr. Hildebrant has been successful in
his business endeavors, and has deserved all the
success which has rewarded his labors. In the
township he is a man of influence and is respected
by his fellowmen wherever his acquaintance ex-
tends. He is a Republican, and has served as
member of the school board, poormaster, auditor,
supervisor, and several times inspector on boards
of elections.

Mr. Hildebrant has been twice married, and
is a widower. His first wife was Mary Shannon,
daughter of David Shannon, a veteran of the war
of 1812-15. Five children were born of this
marriage : David, of Wyoming county, Pennsyl-
vania ; John B. of Dallas ; Mary Catherine, wife
of Clark Smith, of Walton, Warren county, New
Jersey ; James, of Lake township, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania ; and Angeline, widow of John
Gareham, of Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Hildebrant mar-
ried (second) Mary Decker, daughter of Rich-
ard Decker, of Warren county, New Jersey.
One child has been born of this marriage — Sher-
man W. Hildebrant, of Dallas township. ^lary
Decker Hildebrant died February 2, iS



CHARLES W. BOOTH. The aggressive
element in the coal industry of Lackawanna
county is well represented by Charles W. Booth,
of Dunmore. Mr. Booth belongs to one of the
old families of New York state, the members
of which have been known for their large landed
possessions and also for the many proofs of de-
voted patriotism given by them at crises in our
national history, when every citizen was called
upon to testifv to his loyalty.

Moses H. Ijooth was born in New York, where
he owns seven hundred acres of valuable land,
two hundred of which are under cultivation. He
is one of the most extensive agriculturists in his
part of the state. He is a public-spirited citizen
and exercises much influence in his township.
He married Henrietta, also a native of New
York state, daughter of J. L. Smith, an ex-
perienced engineer, who served on steamships
plying between the United States and European



ports, and subsequently on vessels navigating the
Hudson river. Mr. and Mrs. Booth have chil-
dren : John, James, William, Alfred, Charles
W., mentioned hereinafter, Sarah, Elizabeth,
Alary, and Annie.

Charles W. Booth, son of Aloses H. and Hen-
rietta (Smith) Booth, was born December ii>
1876, in Dutchess county, New York, where he
received his education in the common schools.
He learned the machinist's trade in Newburg,
New York, in 1898 moved to Scranton. and the
same year found employment with the Erie Com-
pany. The best possible tribute to his capability
and faithfulness is found in the fact that he re-
mained in the service of the company for six
years, and in 1904 was made foreman of the
round-house repair shop, a position for which
his thorough knowledge of his trade fits him in
a high degree.

Mr. Booth married in 1897, Selina, daughter
of Joseph S. and Ann (Collon) Edwards. Mrs.
Booth and her parents are natives of London,
England, where Mr. Edwards was a coal mer-
chant. He was a man of great intelligence and
some influence, and was strongly interested in
the labor question. His attitude in this con-
troversy was one cause of his emigration to the
United States, which took place in 1884. He
settled first in Northampton, Orange county.
New York, and subsequently moved to New-
burg, in the same county and state, where he en-
gaged in the manufacture of paper, having
formerly been employed as a machinist and also
as a mechanical draughtsman. Mr. Booth is a
man for whom further advancement in his line
of business is confidently predicted by all who
know him.

PROFESSOR MORGAN J. LLOYD, su-
pervising principal of the schools of the borough
of Taylor, which number eight, with a corps of
twentv-one teachers, which office he has held
since 1902, is in point of active and successful
labors one of the recognized educators in the
Lackawanna Valley. He was born in Wales in
1858, a .son of Frederick and Ann (Evans)
Lloyd, who emigrated to the United States, lo-
cating at Olyphant, Pennsylvania. Frederick
Lloyd was one of the pioneers of that town, and
was also one of its most worthy citizens. He
was closely identified with the Welsh Baptist
church of Olvphant, in which he served as dea-
con. His decease occurred in 1896. His widow
survives him, as do also his children, namely:
Morgan J., George, Edwin, Fred and William.

\\'hen one and a half years of age Morgan



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J. Lloyd was brought to this country by his par-
ents, and his early Hfe was spent in Olyphant,
Pennsylvania. Like most boys reared in a min-
ing town he began work in the breaker and sub-
sequently in the mines, around the engines.
He was of a mechanical turn of mind and took
great interest in machinery. In the meantime
he was ambitious to obtain an education and
came under the influence of that master teacher,
Robert J. Leighton, under whom he studied
specially in the night school. By dint of close
study and the utilization of privileges within his
reach he prepared for the State Normal school
at Mansfield, where he was graduated in 1887,
and the following year was appointed assistant
in the public schools of Jermyn. Here he re-
mained for one year, but developed such quali-
fications for the position, that when Professor
Cummings was chosen as principal in Olyphant,
he was elected as his successor in Priceburg.
He entered upon his duties there with high ambi-
tions and aspirations. Throop was then a part
of Dickson City borough, which has three dis-
tinct public schools with three principals. He
was principal of Xo. I school. At that time
there was no centralization of the school idea,
but by 1892 he had so worked up the true
thought of concentrating the school work that
he was made the supervising principal of all the
schools, a position which he has filled ever since
with honor to himself and credit to all concerned.
Subsequently Throop became a separate bor-
ough, which took its school out from this super-
vision. Since then the improvement in the
school buildings is very marked. No. 3 is a new
building and an ornament to any community.
No. I is practically a new building, while No. 2
is so changed as to have kept with the pace. The
proportion of foreign born or foreign speaking
children in Nos. I and 2, is twenty per cent and
in No. 3 it is ninety-five per cent. Professor
Lloyd as a leader, director and organizer, has
proved himself equal to these conditions. He
has found this class of pupils sturdy by nature,
and capable of hard work and advancement. He
has kept stepping upwards himself and has kept
his schools on the upgrade, so that the gradu-
ates from the high school department are oc-
cupying today important positions in the busi-
ness and professional world. In 1902 he was
chosen for the office of superintendent of the
schools of the borough of Taylor, and his accept-
ance of the position was a public loss to Dickson
City borough.

The success which Professor Lloyd has at-
tained in his chosen vocation has been brought



about by his feeling a profound pride in his pro-
fession, by being a close and wide reader of
books, and a careful observer of those elements
which are so essential in an educator. He has
always had a remarkable inspiring and moulding
influence over his pupils, which has made him
of inestimable value to them, and a great host
who are out in the world today honor him for
what he has done for them. His name has been
prominently mentioned for county superinten-
dent, a position for which he is eminently well
fitted. Under the new law in the state he has
been twice appointed a member of the com-
mittee of three by the state department at Har-
risburg to examine parties applying for a certi-
ficate to teach. In his younger manhood Pro-
fessor Lloyd was for many years superintendent
of the Welsh Baptist Sunday-school in Olyphant,
and for a number of years was an esteemed mem-
ber of the Blakely Baptist Church. He is a
member of the Order of Heptasophs.

In December, 1893, Professor Lloyd married
Minnie Thomas, of Taylor, Pennsylvania, a lady
of fine culture and of a distinguished ancestry.
Her father was one of the great students in the
Lackawanna Valley ; her brother, Talley G.
Thomas, is an artist of note ; another brother,
William H. Thomas, is at the head of the music
department in the schools at Taylor, and her
kindred have been noted for their extended and
long line of Christian ministers in the family.
Both Professor and Mrs. Lloyd are deeply inter-
ested in music and he by study has made himself
a master of the German zither. They are both
members of the Calvary Baptist Church of Tay-
lor. Three children have been the issue of this
union: Mildred, Theodosia, and Carl B. Lloyd.

FRANK D. BRUNDAGE. Incumbent of
the responsible position of special agent of the
financial department of the National Express
Company in the city of Scranton, Lackawanna
county, Mr. Brundage is recognized as one of
the representative business men of the younger
generation in the "Electric City," while he is
held in high esteem in social circles as well as
those of business, and his official preferment in-
dicates the appreciative estimate placed upon his
services by the company in whose employ he has
been retained for nearly a decade and a half.

Mr. Brundage is a native of the old Keystone
state, having been born in South Gibson, Sus-
quehanna county, Pennsylvania, 1871, and being
a son of Stephen S. and Alice (Gillett) Brun-
dage. both of whom were born and reared in
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prominently identified with agricultural pursuits
and other industrial enterprises for many years,
having been a man of influence and prominence
in his community and having commanded un-
qualified confidence and regard. He was twice
married, and of the first union were born two
sons, Monroe and Norman, and two sons were
born of the second union, Garfield and Frank
D. The honored father died at the age of seven-
ty-six years, and his widow still maintains her
home in Susquehanna county. The Brundage
family was founded in Susquehanna county in
the pioneer epoch of its history, and the name
has long stood for the highest type of citizen-
ship in that section of the commonwealth. Dr.
Edward Brundage, grandfather of Frank D.
Brundage, was a representative physician and
surgeon of that county, and his vocation was the
same as that of his father, who was an early
member of the medical profession in the county.

Frank D. Brundage, to whom this sketch is
dedicated, passed his boyhood days on the home
farm, and in the public schools of his native
countv secured his early educational training,
making good use of the advantages afforded him.
In 1890 he severed the home ties and set forth
to initiate his independent career as one of the
world's workers. Energy and determination
have ever been dominating attributes of the man,
and these proved the factors which have con-
served his success and advancement. He went
to the city of Wilkes-Barre, where he secured
a position as deliverer for the National Express
Company. This very subordinate position he
retained for two years, after which he was em-
ployed in the local office of the company for an
equal period, while he had in the meanwhile
so signally demonstrated his fidelity and ability
that he was in line for promotion. In 1894 his
company sent him to Scranton, where he became
paymaster, retaining this office until 1905, when
he was advanced to his present responsible of-
fice of special agent of the company's financial
department. Fraternally he is affiliated with the
Modern Woodmen of America and the Improved
Order of Heptasophs.

Mr. Brundage married, in November, 1894,
Elizabeth Hughes, born and reared in this state,
being a daughter of William and Jane Hughes.
The children of this union are Alice and Edna.
Mrs. Brundage is a distinctive favorite in
Scranton social circles, and has gained a high
reputation, of more than local order, as a musi-
cian of marked talent, especially as a vocalist.
She is known as one of the best sopranos of this
section of the state, and her interpretations have



gained the unqualified commendation of the best
musical critics. She is of Welsh lineage and thus
comes of a singing nation as well as a musical
family, her father having been well known as a
talented vocalist. Airs. Brundage has a voice
of excellent register and marked purity of
timbre,* well calculated for grand-opera or ora-
torio work, since the voice has been developed
through most effective cultivation and its charms
heightened through naturally sympathetic utili-
zation. She has appeared in numerous musical
contests and has never failed to win honors in
the connection, having taken a first prize at the
Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York,
and having also secured the highest honors and
award in the contest held in Scranton in 1901,
while she has competed in several other contests
in this and other states.

WILLIAM W. REESE. The life of the
miner is fraught with risk and is liable to acci-
dent when least expected. There is danger from
water, cave-ins, fire, gas and other sources of
which the experienced miner is conversant. To
guard against these accidents b\' which so many
miners lose their lives a man is selected from his
fellows with certain qualifications which fit him
in a peculiar manner for the responsibility re-
posed in him. His work is to visit the mines four
hours prior to the entrance of the miners and in-
spect every avenue, crevice and chamber to see
that there is no gas in the mines and that the
roof is secure. This man, in mining parlance, is
known as the fire boss. This responsible posi-
tion in the Pine colliery of the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna & Western Company is held by William
W. Reese, who has faithfully discharged the
duties for twenty-two years, during which long
period of time no loss of life has occurred at-
tributable to his neglect of duty. He has been
in the employ of the same company for thirty-five
years and enjoys the entire confidence of his
employers.

William W. Reese was born in Wales, in
1839. He engaged in the same line of work in
his native country, filling the same responsible
position. In 1862, attracted by the possibilities
offered to young men in the United States, he
emigrated thither and at once located in the city
of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he remained
seven years, then removed to Taylor, where he
has since resided. He is the only son and living
member of the family born to William and Mary
(Thomas) Reese, of Wales, where the latter
died. By industry and close application to busi-
ness he accumulated sufficient capital to pur-



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chase several lots in Taylor, on two of which he
erected houses, from which he now derives a
goodly income. He is a member of the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of



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