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Pythias, and the Iverites, a Welsh society.

In Augi:st. 1859, Mr. Reese married Sarah
Morgans, a native of Wales, and their thildren
are : Thomas W., Mary J., William, deceased ;
William (2) deceased; Morgan, deceased; John
•deceased ; Sarah, deceased ; Elizabeth, and Henry
In 1904 Mr. Reese and his wife enjoyed a trip of
two months' duration in their native country,
-during which time they renewed the old acquaint-
.ances and friendships of former years.

A. B. KLINE conducts a successful black-
smithing and carriage-making business at 527
Birch street, Scranton, where he has a well
equipped establishment, having succeeded the
late C. Peil. Mr. Kline is a general iron worker
and practical horse-shoer, and in his present
quarters has the best of facilities for all work
in his line, including the repairing of all kinds
of vehicles, and he gives employment to eight
skilled mechanics, so that the work turned out
is of the highest grade.

A. B. Kline was born in Schuylkill county,
Pennsylvania, 1872, a son of A. H. and Mary
(Bomboy) Kline, both of whom were likewise
born and reared in that cotmty. The father fol-
lowed the blacksmith trade in his native county
until 1879, when he removed to Columbia county,
this state. Of the six children in the family
A. B. is the eldest, and all the others remain
residents of Columbia county, their names being
as follows : Gertrude, IMabel, Pierce, Mazie, and

A. B. Kline was a lad of about seven years
at the time of his parents' removal from Schuyl-
kill to Columbia county, in the public schools of
which latter place he completed his educational
discipline, while he early began an apprenticeship
at the blacksmith's trade under the careful direc-
tion of his honored father, becoming in due time
a skilled artisan in all departments of his voca-
tion. He continued a resident of Columbia
county until 1897, when he came to Scranton,
where he has ever since maintained his home and
where he has achieved a worthy success in his
business operations. He has never been active
in political work, though ever mindful of the
duties of citizenship. Mr. Kline married Mary
C. Johnson, a daughter of Hurd Johnson.

LEWIS MORSE. The family of which
Lewis Morse, an honored and influential resident

of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a worthy represen-
tative, was founded in this country by two broth-
ers — Samuel and David — natives of England,
v.'ho settled in Massachusetts at an early date in
the nation's history. The next in line of descent
was Daniel, who had a son Anthony, who had a
son James, who in turn had a son Deacon James
Morse (grandfather), who was a resident of Mil-
ford, ]\Iassachusetts, was a farmer, held various
township offices, was a captain in the Revolu-
tionary war, and performed valuable service in
guarding the public stores. It was written of
him, that he was a man of more than ordinary in-
telligence, was gifted with a good command of
language, served as moderator of the town meet-
ings, was frequently delegated to counsellor to
churches, had charge of the drafting of soldiers,
and was a champion of freedom. He was small
of stature, but possessed of great energy, was
patriotic and aggressive, spiritual and devout,
and of sound faith. It was somewhat proverbial
in Medway that "if the little Morse was present
all would move again." He was united in mar-
riage to Hannah Daniel, who bore him seven

Deacon Henry Alorse (father), son of Dea-
con James and Hannah (Daniel) Morse, was
born April 25. 1766. at Milford, Massachusetts,
and was there reared and educated. Later he
removed to Paxton, Worcester county, where he
conducted agricultural pursuits and also success-
fully operated a mill. He held membership in the
Presbyterian Church, and at the time of his de-
cease was serving in the capacity of deacon. Mr.
Morse was married three times. His first wife,
Eleanor (Clark) Morse, bore him three children.
His second wife, Betsy (Taft) Morse, bore him
three children. His third wife, Esther (Whit-
ney) Morse, also bore him three children,
namely : Eunice, married Rev. John C. Smith, a
missionary to Ceylon, and in that country her
death occurred. Henry, married Lucinda Bar-
low, of Massachusetts, who bore him two chil-
dren : Eunice and Clarence. Henry Morse was
engaged in business in Boston, Massachusetts,
and his death occurred in that city. Lewis, men-
tioned hereafter. Hon. James K. Morse, a dis-
tinguished lawyer of Mississippi, who lacked but
three votes of being elected governor of that
state, was an uncle of Mr. Morse, and Mrs. Eliz-
abeth S. Higgins, a wealthy and celebrated phi-
lanthropist, late of Chicago, was an aunt of Mr.

Lewis Morse, son of Deacon Henry and
Esther (Whitney) Morse, was born in Paxton,
Worcester county. Massachusetts, August 24,





1822. He removed from his native town to Bing-
hamton. New York, and during his younger days
was a miller, but later turned his attention to
lumbering. From Binghamton he removed 'to
Great Bend, Pennsylvania, where he resided until
1861, when he located in Scranton, Pennsylva-
nia. In 1864 he opened a bottling establishment
on a small scale, using a handcart in his delivery,
and conducted the same alone until 1879, a period
of fifteen years, during which time there was a
steady growth in the business, the reasons for
which were that he manufactured the best mate-
rial then on the market and that he dealt squarely
with all men, two vital points to be considered
by all business men. In the latter named year
his sons — Alfred M. and Eugene B. — took hold
of the business under the style of Lewis Morse's
Sons, and since then it has grown to extensive
dimensions and has prospered to an unusual de-
gree. In 1884 they erected their present build-
ing adjoining the site of the old one. They man-
ufacture exclusively soda water which is com-
pounded from the best materials. They employ a
force of seven men. have four teams constantly
on the road to deliver their numerous orders, and
as business men they enjoy the full confidence of
their patrons and fellow citizens at large. Mr.
Lewis Morse served in the capacity of council-
man of the fourth ward of Scranton one term,
discharging his duties in a highlv efficient and
capable manner.

In 1843 Mr. Morse married Eliza L. Parnell,
who was born in Milford, Massachusetts, Jan-
uar)- 24, 1822. On December 12, 1904, Mr. and
Mrs. Morse celebrated the sixty-first anniversary
of their wedding. This was an enjoyable occa-
sion and was participated in by a host of friends,
who tendered their well wishes to the happy,
aged couple. Mr. Mcrse is remarkably well pre-
served for a man of his years — eighty-two — and
equals in energy and vitality many men twenty
years his junior. He is still active and is con-
stantly engaged in the business established many
years ago, being about in all sorts and conditions
of weather. He is a man of robust constitution
and great strength, and an excellent representa-
tive of the sturdy type of that rugged race that
made the pioneers of our country famous, but a
race that is fast passing away. He is also a man
of strong character and personality, and ably
represents the best citizenship of the city of
Scranton. His mind is no less active than his
body, and with faculties unimpaired he keeps
thoroughly in touch with the swift march of the
great happenings of the times. His wife, still
at his side, bearing her three and four-score vears

that weigh scarce less lightly, has been indeed a
helpmeet throughout the sixty-two years of their
wedded life. Active in mind and remarkably
agile in body for her years, she enters into every-
thing pertaining to the life and happiness of her
husband, children and grandchildren, with the de-
votion, affection and grace that only one of her
beautiful and vigorous years is capable of enjoy-
ing. Their children are ;

Alfred M., born at Paxton, Massachusetts,
December 19, 1847. He was educated in the
public schools of Great Bend and Scranton,
Pennsylvania, and in a college preparatory school
at Great Bend. As a boy he was employed in
his father's mill at Binghamton, New York, and
Great Bend, Pennsylvania, and remained practi-
cally in the employ of his father until 1879,
when, in company with his brother, he succeeded
him in the bottling business. For a short period
of time he worked for the Lackawanna Iron &
Steel Company, and for a short time during the
period of the Civil war was employed on the
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad. He
was a member of the construction corps during
the Civil war, employed in the construction of
bridges and fortifications in the state of Tennes-
see. He has served as treasurer of manv organ-
izations, including the Franklin Fire Company
and the West Side Board of Trade. He was
form.erly in the famous and still popular band of
Scranton, and also served in the capacity of treas-
urer. He is a member of Lake Park Company,
which owns sixty-five acres at that lake, on which
are a grist mill, a beautiful grove and several
cottages. In February, 1872, Alfred M. Morse
married Sarah N. Carpenter, born June 15, 1849,
a daughter of Henry Carpenter, of Cohoes, New
York, three children : Arthur E., born June 4,
1875, a specialist in advertising, and a musician
of considerable abilitv, holding membership in
the famous band of Scranton. He married Rliss
Fellows, a daughter of ex-Mayor John H. Fel-
lows, Esq.; May E.. born February 24, 1879,
deceased; Henry, born December 18. 1883,

Henry D., born June 3, 1852, is a member of
the Scranton Carpet & Furniture Company. He
is a member of the Royal Arcanum. He mar-
ried in 1878, Cora M. Riker, of Scranton. three
children : Laura I., born February, 1880, de-
ceased : Edward D., Julv 27, 1882, and T. Smith,
July 23, 1886.

Eugene B., born August 10, 1854. He was
educated in the public schools and at Gardner's
Business College of Scranton. Prior to his be-
coming- a member of the firm of Lewis Morse's


Sons he was employed by his father. For many
years he was a member of Bauers' Brass Band of
Scranton, of which he was one of the organizers.
He is a member of the Rolay Arcanum. He mar-
ried, October 14, 1879, Ella Christman, and their
children are : Lester D., born Jmie 7, 1881 ;
Cinderella, April 7, 1884; and Clinton, Septem-
ber 14, 1894.

FRANK COOPER. It is a melancholy but
too frequently attested fact that descendants of
a worthy lineage are sometimes false to the tra-
ditions of their ancestors. This, however, as all
who know him can abundantly testify, is not the
case with Frank Cooper, of Taylor.

Price Cooper made his home in the Wyoming
Valley some time previous to the Revolutionary
war. He was one of the first settlers in the val-
ley and also one of the first physicians. There,
on the confines of civilization, he practiced his
profession and reared his family, among whom
was a son, Price, mentioned hereafter. The spot
on the wilkes-Barre side of the river where Dr.
Price was buried is still pointed out and possesses
a peculiar interest as the grave of one of the pio-
peer physicians of the Wyoming Valley.

Price Cooper, son of Price Cooper, was born
in 1755, and was a member of the Connecticut
militia. During the Revolutionary waj he served
in a mounted troop. Captain Sampson's company,
from August, 1776, till November, 1780. He
was wounded at the battle of Monmouth. After
the close of the war he moved to Tempkins
county, New York, where he led the life of a
farmer. His wife, Esther Cooper, bore him chil-
dren : John Price, mentioned hereafter ; Henry,
Alanson, Alfred, Esther, Mary, Sybil, and
Sarah. Mr. Cooper died July 6. 1827, and was
buried on his own farm.

John Price Cooper, son of Price and Esther
Cooper, was born October 2, 1789, and was a
well-to-do farmer. He married, March 2-j, 1817,
Miriam G. Smith, of Waterloo, New York, and
their children were : Esther, Mary, Jane, John,
Price, and Jabez, mentioned hereafter. The death
of Mr. Cooper, who was a man of marked intelli-
gence, occurred Mav 15, 1830, at Danbv, New

Jabez Cooper, son of John Price and Miriam
(j. (Smith) Cooper, was born in New York state,
and was a carpenter by occupation. He was a
good workman and followed the trade all his life.
In 1869 he moved to Taylor, where he made his
home for the remainder of his days. He married
Elmina Warfield, also a native of New York
state; nine children, five of whom are living:

John W.,, Esther, Jennie, Frank, mentioned here-
after ; and Emma. Mr. Cooper died in 1884,
while still in the prime of life, and his widow
passed away December i, 1895.

Frank Cooper, son of Jabez and Elmina
(Warfield) Cooper, was born July 2, i860, in
Wayne county. New York, and was nine years
old when the family moved to Taylor. In the
common schools of that town he received his
education, and at an early age entered the mines,
beginning as a slate-picker and rising gradually
by force of ability and merit. For thirty-five
years he has been in the service of the Deleware,
Lackawanna .& Western Company and now holds
the position of engineer at the Taylor mines.
This ofifice he has filled with credit to himself
and satisfaction to his employers for twenty
years. He is a member of the Junior Order of
United American Mechanics and the Improved
Order of Red Men.

Mr. Cooper married, November 9, 1887, Jo"
hanna Clarey ; three children : Elmina, W'illard,
and Harry. In 1880 Mr. Cooper became by pur-
chase the possessor of property which is now
the comfortable and attractive family residence.
The parents of Mrs. Cooper, William and Jo-
hanna Clarey, both lived from early life in the
Lackawanna \'alley. Here they were married,
and of the children born to them two are now liv-
ing : Johanna, born i865, wife of Frank
Cooper, as mentioned above; and Mrs. Apger.

JOHN R. FRANCIS. Throughout the
county there can be found no more fathful and
efficient man connected with the production of
coal than John R. Francis, of Taylor, a son of
John Francis,, who was born in Wales, and in
1 86 1 emigrated to the United tSates. He in-
tended to remain and to send for his family, but
his wife so greatly dreaded a sea voyage that he
was compelled to return and pass the remainiler
of his life in his native land. His wife was Han-
nah Francis, and their children were : Annie,
Mary, Elizabeth, David, and John R., mentioned
hereafter, and the sole survivor of the family.

John R. Francis, son of John and Hannah
Francis, was born May 14, 1854, in Wales, and
received his education in his native country.
There also he worked i nthe mines, in the posi-
tion of fireman and engineer. In 1880 he emi-
grated to the United States, settling in Dilroy,
Ohio, where he remained two years, engaged in
the production of bituminous coal. In 1882 he
moved to Taylor, where he has since resided. He
worked as a miner until 1889, when he was ap-
pointed by the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-



ern Company to the very responsible position of
hre boss. For the last seven years his post of
duty has been at the Taylor mines. On the faith-
fulness of the fire boss depend the lives of the
miners. His duty is to descend into the mines
every morning at three o'clock, and to make a
thorough inspection of every chamber, avenue
and crevice in order to assure himself that no
lurking gas or fire-damp threatens the lives of
the workers. The length of time during which
Mr. Francis has held this office proves suffi-
cientlv his strict fidelity to duty. His financial
success is attested by the fact that he is the owner
of four dwelling-houses, in addition to a building
lot. The Improved Order of Red Men claims
him as a worthy member. He belongs to the
Welsh Baptist Church, of which he has been
chorister for a number of years, possessing as he
does a fine tenor voice, no unusual gift among his

Mr. Francis married, October 18, 1884, Ame-
lia Lewis. Of this marriage there is no issue.
Mrs. Francis is a daughter of David and Ann
Lewis, natives of Wales, who in 1869 emigrated
to the United States and settled in Taylor. Mr.
Lewis was by occupation a miner. He and his
wife had children : Gwinnie, Amelia, born Jan-
uary 30, 1858, and became the wife of John R.
Francis, as mentioned above ; and Jennie. Both
parents are deceased.

HARRY MORGANS. One of the enter-
prising and successful dairy farmers of the Lack-
awanna Valley is Harry Morgans, of Scranton.
Mr. Morgans is by birth and ancestry a Welsh-
man. His father, John D. Morgans, came to the
United States in 1868 and settled in Scranton,
making his home in what is now Eynon street.
Mr. Alorgans was an oil dealer, and gas at that
time being scarce and electricity still far in the
future, oil was much in demand and Mr. Mor-
gans found his business profitable. His wife was
Rachel jNIorgans, and they were the parents of
seven children, six of whom are living : Harry,
mentioned at length hereafter ; Mary A., John J.,
INIartha, Arthur, and George. The death of Mr.
Morgans occurred in 1886. He was an honest
and industrious man, highly respected by all who
knew him. His widow, who is also a native of
Wales, is still living.

Harry Morgans, son of John D. and Rachel
(Morgans) Morgans, was born January 4, 1868,
in Wales, and was but four months old when
brought by his parents to the United States. He
received his education in the common schools of
Scranton, and like all youths who are brought

up in a mining town he was made acquainted
with a breaker. This acquaintance lasted for
about two years, and he then entered the mines
as door-boy, serving in that capacity for an-
other two years. He ran the first electric motor
ever operated in the anthracite coal region. In
1885 he left the mines and learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed for about seven years.
In 1892 he turned his attention to agricultural
pursuits, but after a few years abandoned them in
order to return to his old occupation of mining.
Since 1900 he has been engaged in the dairy busi-
ness, in which he has succeeded beyond his most
sanguine expectations. In 1898 he built for him-
self a most attractive residence on Lincoln
Heights, thereby adding greatly to the beauty of
that part of the city. He and his wife attend the
Presbyterian Church, in the benevolent work of
which they are actively engaged.

Mr. Morgans married, June 16, 1897, Clara
Davis, and two children have been born to them :
Olwin and Rachel. Mrs. Morgans is a descend-
ant of Samuel Davis, who with his wife and five
children emigrated from Wales in 1831, and set-
tled in Pike township, Bradford county, Penn-
sylvania, where they prospered. One of their
children, John S. Davis, married Catherine
Evans, also a native of Wales, and their family
consisted of nine children, five of whom are liv-
ing : Samuel J. ; Kate, who is the wife of David
Jones ; Ann, who married William C. Jones ;
Jane, who. became the wife of Edgar Jones ; and
John J. Samuel J. Davis, mentioned above,
married ^lary J. Spofford, whose grandfather,
John Spofford, was a native of Massachusetts, a
member of a family which traces its origin from
the time of William the Conqueror, and was
transplanted from England to Massachusetts in
1638. Milton Spofford, son of John Spoflford,
married in 1837, Lucy Sheldon, of Friendsville,
Pennsylvania, and their children were : Milton,
born 1838; Abijah, born 1840: Lucy E., born
1842 ; Henry C, born 1844 ; Mary J., born June
27, 1847, ^nd mentioned above as the wife of
Samuel J. Davis ; and Samuel. Mr. and Mrs.
Davis were the parents of two daughters : Clara,
who was born August i, 1872, in Pike town-
ship, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, and be-
came the wife of Harry Morgans, as mentioned
above ; and Lucy Catherine, who married George
Ledyard, a farmer, resides in East Lenox, Penn-
sylvania, and they have one child, Mary Isabel

CHARLES H. SHIPPEY. One of the most
respected citizens of Scranton is Charles H.



Shippey. On the paternal side ^Ir. Shippey is a
representative of one of the old families of the
Lackawanna Valley, while through his mother he
belongs to a well-known family of Xew York
state. His ancestors on both sides rendered dis-
tinguished service in the struggle for inde-

Charles Shippey, son of Joseph Shippey, a
soldier in the patriot army of the Revolution,
was born in Greene county, New York, and was
a farmer in comfortable circumstances. In 1827
he moved to Pennsylvania and settled in Blakely
township, where he purchased one hundred and
thirty acres of land. He took a contract for
the building of a portion of the D. & H. track
between Carbondale and Honesdale, and also
took a contract to furnish timber build-
ing a saw-mill for the purpose. He had
learned and thoroughtly understood the trade
of a millwright. As a citizen he was much
respected and was elected to several township
offices. He served in the War of 1812 with the
rank of first lieutenant. He married Hannah,
born in 1798, daughter of Amos Allen, who was
a soldier in the Continental army, and was killed
while facing the enemy's gims at the battle of
Fort Ticonderoga. He was a kinsman of Ethan
Allen, the valiant leader of the enterprise which
resulted in the capture of the fort. Mr. and Mrs.
fihippey were the parents of twelve children,
eleven of whom grew to maturity, among whom
were : Polly, who became the wife of J. Hall ;
Sarah, who died in December, 1904; she was the
wife of Thomas Mattocks; James A., who died
in September, 1905 ; Charles H., mentioned at
length hereinafter ; and John T., who was killed
in July, 1905. Mrs. Shippey, the mother of this
large family, died in 1861 at the age of sixty-
three years. Her death took place in Wyoming
county, as did that of her husband, who expired
in 1879 at the advanced age of eighty-eight. He
left an honored name.

Charles H. Shippey, son of Charles and Han-
nah (Allen) Shippey, was born in 1833, in
Blakely township, Lackawanna county, Pennsyl-
vania, arid in 1842 was taken by his parents to
Wyoming county. He learned the carpenter's
trade, but had not practiced it long when the out-
break of the Civil war aroused within him the
fighting blood of his ancestors. In 1862 he en-
listed as a private in Company A, Sixtet-nth Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Cavalry. He participated in
the battles of Mine Run, Gettysburg, the Wilder-
ness, Spottsylvania, Richmond, Cold Harbor, and
Trevilian Station. At the last named place he
was wounded and taken prisoner, and after re-

maining six months in captivity succeeded, in
company with a comrade, in escaping to the
Union lines. In August, 1864, 'i*^ was honorably
discharged. On returning to civil life he took up
agricultural pursuits in conjunction with his
trade, and in 1869 entered the service of the Le-
high \'alley Company as a carpenter. He re-
mained with the company twentv years, and from
1889 to 1901 was employed by the firm of West-
cott & Kingsley, breaker builders. July 7, 1903,
he entered the service of the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna & Western Company as boss carpenter,
which position he still holds. He is a loyal mem-
ber of the G. A. R. ]\Ir. Shippey married, in
1868, Augusta Oister, and six children were
born to them, namely : Helen Amelia, wife of
Edward Beals, a broker ; they reside in New
York city. Samuel J. Josephine, wife of E. R.
Lacy ; they reside in Scranton. Frederick F., who
married Minnie Jones, issue, one son, Frederick.
Lulu M., died 1889 at the age of seventeen years.
Katie, died 1893, aged twenty-one years, si.x
months and seventeen days.

FRANK ZIMMERMAN. Among the many
men identified with the great anthracite coal in-
dustry in Lackawanna county there is none who
is more highly respected or better known in and
around the city of Scranton than jNIr. Zimmer-
man, who is the oldest mine foreman in active
service now in the employ of the Delaware, Lack-
awanna & \\'estern Company. He has held this
responsible office for the long term of thirty-two
consecutive years, and his record is one notable
for faithfulness and ability in the discharge of
duty, while to him is accorded the confidence and
respect of all with whom he has come in contact
during these long years of active identification
with one of the leading industrial enterprises of
the old Keystone state. He began to work for

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