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the above mentioned company in 1867, in the old
Bellevue colliery, where he remained until 1873,
when he was transferred to the Brisbin mines,
where he has since served as mine foreman. He
has charge of the work of five hundred opera-
tives, all of whom are subject to his orders and
who respect him for his manh' and humane char-
acter and his abiding interest in them, while they
realize that with him there is no subordinating of
his fidelitv to the great cor])oration in whose em-
ploy he has so long been retained. He began to
work in the mines when a mere boy. and his rise
to his present responsible position has been the
result of his zeal and fidelity and his marked
executive ability. He is an authority in all details
of the practical mining business, and this pres-



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tige comes through the strenuous training which
he has received as one of the world's grand army
of workers.

Mr. Zimmerman comes of stanch German an-
cestry and is a native son of the Keystone state^
having been born in Schuylkill county, Pennsyl-
vania, June lo, 1843, being a son of Henry and
Julie Zimmerman. He was reared to maturity
in his native county and there worked in the
mines from his boyhood up, as has been already
intimated. He was there residing at the time of
the outbreak of the war of the rebellion, and in
response to President Lincoln's call for volun-
teers he enlisted, in 1863, as a member of Com-
pany E, Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, which was assigned to the Army of the
South, and later transferred to the Army of the
James. His regiment was first attached to the
Tenth Army Corps, was later transferred to the
Eighteenth and was finally consolidated with the
Twenty-fourth Army Corps. He was with his
command during the great campaign of 1864, in-
cluding the siege and capture of Petersburg,
while previously he had taken part in the various
battles in which his regiment was involved. At
the battle of Hatcher's Run, March 31, 1865,
he received a severe wound, a rifle ball passing
entirely through his body. He continued in the
service until the close of the war, having received
his honorable discharge August 31, 1865, as cor-
poral of his company. He then returned to his
native state, where his career has ever since been
identified with the coal mining industry, as al-
ready stated, while he has been a resident of
Scranton since 1867. He is a member of Hyde
Park Lodge, No. 339, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons ; Lodge, No. 976, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows ; and is one of the honored com-
rades of Ezra Griffin Post, No. 139, Grand Army
of the Republic, being proud to take his stand
among the veterans of this noble organization,
whose ranks are rapidly being decimated by the
one invincible foe, death. In politics he has ever
accorded a stalwart support to the Republican
party, of whose principles he is an earnest advo-
cate. In August, 1867, Mr. Zimmerman was
united in marriage to Rachel Hughes, of Schuyl-
kill county, and of their eleven children only five
are living: Margaret A., Susan, Jessie, Inez and
Maud. Mrs. Zimmerman was summoned into
eternal rest in 1887, having been a faithful help-
meet and wife and a devoted mother. In 1889
Mr. Zimmerman married his present wife, whose
maiden name was Isabelle Stevenson, and they
have one son, David.



JAMES W. MUSKETT. No resident of
Scranton is better entitled to be called a useful
citizen than is James W. Muskett. Mr. Muskett
is a son of Henry JMuskett, who was born in Eng-
land and is a machinist by trade. In 1883 he emi-
grated to America, landing in jMontreal, Canada,
where he remained but a short time, and then
moved to Scranton. There he found employment
in the Scranton Steel Works. His wife was
Martha Heaton, also a native of England, and
their family consisted of the following children :
Agnes : James W., mentioned at length here-
after ; Elizabeth: Gertrude: and Thomas H. Air.
and Mrs. Muskett, the parents of these children,
are now residents of Scranton.

James W. Muskett, son of Henry and Martha
(Heaton) Muskett, was born December 23, 1872,
in i\Ianchester, England, and was in his eleventh
year when the family sought a home across the
sea. He received his primary education in the
common schools of Scranton, and afterward took
a course in the Scranton International Corre-
spondence School, which included mechanical
drawing. At the age of eleven years he entered
the mines as door-tender, being perhaps the
youngest miner then in the anthracite belt. The
work, however, was uncongenial, and after the
lapse of one year he found employment in the
Steel mills on the south side, and during his term
of service there was engaged in operating the
generator which furnished the plant with elec-
tricit)-. Since 1900 he has been employed by the
James Simpson Silk Mill Company, of Scranton,
as machinist. Mr. Muskett is possessed of much
inventive genius, and on February 10, 1903, had
issued letters patent. No. 720,373, on an improve-
ment on the little giant ratchet wrench, which
simplifies and cheapens the original. On May
31. 1904, he had issued letters patent. No.
761.389, on a pipe wrench, which for simplicity
and durability excels anything cf its kind in the
market. He has now in process a barn windmill,
which promises to be in all respects a decided im-
provement on its predecessors. In 1899 ^^''•
Muskett built for himself a commodious and at-
tractive home, furnished with every improvement
and convenience. In the cellar are two ma-
chinists' lathes, a forge and a gasoline engine of
four liorse power. Here Mr. Muskett does all
his experimenting and brings to perfection his
different inventions. He is a member of the Na-
tional Association of Stationary Engineers. Mr.
Muskett married, August 25, 1897, Lizzie Schwin
of Scranton, and they have one son and three
daughters: Martha May, born May 11, 1898:



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Herbert W., born ]\iarch 25, 1900; Mildred E.,
born September 28, 1901 ; and Ada G., born May
4. 1903-

OWEN D. JOHN. No man was ever more
thoroughly identified with the best interests of
the community in which he lived than is Owen
D. John with all that makes for progress and
improvement in the city of Scranton. To say
that by birth and parentage Mr. John is a Welsh-
man is equivalent to saying that his nationality
, is one which has done and is still doing much to
shape the future and mould the destinies of the
ancient province of Penn.

Daniel John was born in Pembrokeshire,
Wales, and subsequently moved to Caermarthen-
shire. His life was spent in agricultural pursuits.
He married Frances Davis, also a native of Pem-
brokeshire, and they were the parents of ten chil-
dren, the youngest of whom was Owen D., men-
tioned at length hereafter. Mrs. John, the
mother of this large family, died at the compara-
tively early age of fifty-six. She was survived
many years by her husband, who at the time of
his aeath was eighty-six years of age.

Owen D. John, youngest child of Daniel and
Frances (Davis) John, was born September 6,
1834, near St. Clair, Caermarthenshire, Wales,
and at the age of thirteen went to work in the
mines of Glamorganshire. In 1856 he left Liver-
pool on the sailing-vessel "John Bright," and
afteFa pleasant voyage of thirty-five days landed
in New York. Thence he proceeded to St. Clair,
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where he
worked in the mines, but within a year was en-
gaged in mining coal on contract. He carried on
a jobbing business until October, 1859, when he
moved to Scranton, where he secured a position
in the Hampton mines. Since that tin">e he has
chiefly engaged in the production of coal, having
been employed twenty-four years by the Dela-
ware, Lackawanna & Western Company in Dia-
mond shaft. In 1884 he relinquishetl the labors
of mining, and has since then devoted himself
to a variety of interests. His fellow-citizens have
frequently called upon him to serve them in dif-
ferent capacities, and have always found their
confidence more than justified. In 1884 he was
appointed by the council of Hyde Park to collect
bounty ta.xes to the amount of several thousand
dollars, and in the fourth and fourteenth wards
this difficult task was successfully accomplished
in the years 1884, 1885 and 1887. Meanwhile
he was chosen assessor or collector of county
taxes, an office which he held until 1890. Mr.
Tohn has also served as a member of the common



council from the fourth ward, having held office
two years and a half. In 1890 he was appointed
census enumerator for a portion of the same
ward, and in 1894 received from this ward the
Republican nomination for alderman in opposi-
tion to the Democratic incumbent. He was
elected by a majority of two to one and took oath
in May of that year. His tenure of the office,
which has lasted till the present time, is a suffi-
cient testimony to the ability with which he has
discharged its duties. In his intervals of leisure
he has contributed aid in compiling city directo-
ries. Mr. John has been for many years promi-
nently identified with fraternal organizations. He
holds the rank of past grand in Silurian Lodge,
I. O. O. F., and in 1884 acted as delegate to the
Grand Lodge. In 1862 he was largely instru-
mental in organizing the American Ivorites. call-
ing the lodge No. i, but hearing of an older one
changed the designation to No. 2. In this lodge
he has been honored with every office of import-
ance. Mr. John married Mary A. Pembridge, a
native of Monmouthshire. Wales, who at the age
of eight years was brought to this country by her
parents, who settled near Scranton. Six children
were born to Mr. and Mrs. John : Daniel A., de-
ceased ; Sarah A., deceased ; Ellsworth E. ; Hor-
ace G. ; Alfred C. ; and Gertrude, who died in
1902. The two elder sons are machinists, and
Alfred C. holds a position on the Scranton
Tribune.

JOHN W. BAYLEY. This well known and
highly respected citizen of Scranton, Lackawanna
county, has had a simple but somewhat unique
career since he initiated his independent efforts
as one of the world's workers. He has been a
resident of Scranton since 1867. is known as a
loyal and worthy citizen, and holds the position
of engineer in the employ of the Delaware &
Hudson Railroad Compan\-, in whose service he
has been retained for the long period of forty-
two years, within which it has been his good for-
tune to avoid all accidents save one which oc-
curred in September, 1872. while his labors have
been consecutive save for the period of his service
in the Civil war. The notable feature in his ca-
reer is that he has never received compensation
from any firm or individual .save the company by
whom he is now employed, while otherwise his
only renumeration was that received from the
federal government during his valiant service as
a soldier in the Union ranks. Both of these state-
ments are of significance as indicating the fidelity
and ability of the man.

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county, Pennsylvania, January 11, 1846, and is
a son of William and Eleanor (McMullen) Bay-
ley, the former of whom was born in Newbury-
port, Massachusetts, and the latter in Wayne
county, Pennsylvania. The father of John W.
Bayley was likewise a valiant soldier in the
Union ranks during the war of the Rebellion,
having served as lieutenant in the One Hundred
and Seventy-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, and having been incapacitated by a wound
in the hand, so that he received his honorable
discharge before the close of the war. He was a
musician of much talent, and for a number of
years devoted no little attention to the teaching
of both vocal and instrumental music, while he
was also a successful teacher in the common
schools. He removed to Elk Lake, Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, when a young man and was
there married. He removed from Elk Lake to
Waymart, Wayne coimty in 1850, where he was
principal of the academy for a period of thirty
years. During his residence there he was for
sorne time incumbent of the office of chief bur-
gess, and was also a member of the borough
council. In the early eighties he removed to
Scranton where he became principal of one of
the public schools, which position he held for
■fourteen years, making a total of forty-four years
as teacher. William Bayley died May 17, 1892;
Eleanor Bayley died April 30, 1902. William
and Eleanor Bayley became the parents of seven
children, four of whom are living, namely: John
VV., Anson W., Judson O., and Nellie, who is
the wife of Charles Shook.

The paternal grandparents of John W. Bayley
were Rev. John and Mary (Cleary) Bayley, both
of whom were born and reared in Xewburyport,
Massachusetts, while the former was an honored
member of the clergy of the Congregational
Church, to whose faith the greater number of his
descendants have adhered. The Bayley family
has been identified with American history from
the earliest colonial epoch, since the original an-
cestors came over in the historic "Mayflower,"
and were numbered among the founders of New-
buryport. Massachusetts. Representatives of
the name have had charge of the church music in
that town for more than a century. The father
of John W. Bayley was the only son of Rev. John
and Mary Bayley, and a brother of this revered
clergyman was a captain in the state militia of
Massachusetts. The first representative of the
Bayley family to leave the ancestral home in
Newburvport was Captain \\'illiam Bayley, who
removed to Elk Lake, in 1814, journeying three
hundred miles on foot. John ^^^ Bayley, great-



grandfather of John W. Bayley, was a sea cap-
tain, sailing out of Xewburyport, and had the
distinction of entertaining at his home General
Washington on the occasion of one of the latter's
visits to Newburyport. The bed in which Gen-
eral Washington slept is still owned by the Bay-
leys of Newburyport and is in a fine state of pres-
ervation. John W. Bayley, while on a visit to
the ancestral home, in 1904, had the privilege and
honor of sleeping in this historic bed.

John W. Bayley, to whom this sketch is dedi-
cated, was a child at the time of his parents" re-
moval to Waymart, Wavne county, Pennsylvania,
and in this town he secured his early education
and was reared to maturity, while he early iden-
tified himself with railroading interests, entering
the employ of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad
Company in 1862^ when sixteen vears of age,
while he has ever since continued in the service
of this corporation, as previously noted, and is
one of its trusted and veteran locomotive engi-
neers. On March 12, 1864, when but eighteen
years of age, Mr. Bayley tendered his aid in
defense of the Union, whose integrity was still in
jeopardy through the rebellion of the Confed-
eracy. He enlisted as a private in Companv A,
Third Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, with which
he was on active duty until tne close of the war,
having participated in many spirited battles and
skirmishes during 1864-63, including engage-
ments on the James and Chickahominv rivers,
including that of Bermuda Hundred and the
capture of Fort Fisher. At one time he was de-
tailed to duty on the United States gunboat
"Mosswood," which plied the James river as far
as Richmond, but save for this period he was
continuouslv with his command until the war
closed. He received his honorable discharge, July
II, 1865, at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. He sig-
nalizes his interest in his old comrades in arms
by retaining membership in Ezra S. Griffin Post,
No. 139, Grand Army of the Republic. Mr.
Bayley is affiliated with the Brotherhood of Lo-
comotive Engineers', and for a number of years
rendered most eflfective service as engineer in
the volunteer fire department of Scranton. In
politics he gives his allegiance to the Republican
party.

On June 25, 1874, ]\Ir. Bayley was united in
marriage to IVIiss Clara S. Robbins, who was
born and reared in Montrose, Susquehanna
county, Pennsylvania, and they have one child,
Mertice A.

JOSEPH HEIL. One of the most respected
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Heil. He is a son of Henry Heil, who was born
in Germany and about 1845 emigrated to the
United States. After spending two years in New
York he moved to the Lackawanna Valley, mak-
ing the journey from Honesdale to Slocum Hol-
low (S-cranton) on a canal boat. xA.t that time
the only street in Slocum Hollow was Petticoat
street. Mr. Heil had been a weaver in his own
country, but abandoned his trade on coming to
the United States. He settled with his family on
Shanty Hill, and found employment in the old
rolling mill on the south side. About 1854 he
moved to Petersburg, where he purchased ten
lots at twenty-five dollars per lot. He and his
wife were members of the German Roman Cath-
olic Church. His wife was Mary Kilbush, also a
native of Germany, and their children were :
Margaret, John, Joseph, mentioned hereafter ;
]\lary, Kate, Frank, and one who died in infancy.
Frank accidentally shot and killed himself near
Carterville, Illinois, in 1884, leaving a wife and
one son, Henry, now of Scranton. He is mar-
ried and has a daughter, Helena.

Joseph Heil, son of Henr\- and Alary (Kil-
bush) Heil, was born July 4, 1840, in Germany,
and was five years old when brought by his
parents to the United States. He received his
education in the schools of Scranton and vicinity,
and for many years was employed in the steel
mills on the south side. He purchased the old
homestead in Petersburg, but subsequently sold
it and in 1869 moved to his present place of
abode. He was at one time a member of Com-
pany A, Thirteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Na-
tional Guard. In politics he is an Independent.
Mr. Heil married Mary Dishler, a native of
Germany, and fourteen children were bom to
them, ten of whom are living: Elizabeth, mar-
ried William Hans, and is the mother of four
children. Joseph T., married Luzetta Arandt
and has four children : Charles, Lydia, Edwin
and Weynot. Frank, married Gerty Brown.
Mary, wife of Fred Butterman, and has four
children. Henry, married Margaret Kline and
has four children. Christina, wife of Benja-
min Loeh, and has one son. Peter, unmar-
ried. • John, unmarried. Louisa, unmarried.
Leo, unmarried. Eight of the number are
residents of Scranton. The house in which
Air. Heil resides was built under his per-
sonal supervision. He has relinquished active
labor and is living in retirement, reaping the
fruits of his industry and entering heartily into
the enjoyment of field sports and fishing, in
which he has been the winner of many trophies.



ALEXANDER G. BENNETT. Through-
out the length and breadth of Luzerne county no
more enterprising or efficient mining engineer
could be found than Alexander G. Bennett, of
Scranton. He comes of English stock. His an-
cestors emigrated to the American colonies before
the Revolutionary war, in which they partici-
pated, striking many a blow in the cause of in-
dependence.

Stewart Bennett was born in New Jersey,
but passed a great part of his life in Pennsyl-
vania, conducting for a number of years an ex-
tensive building business in Wilkes-Barre. As
a business man he had a high reputation both for
sagacity and rectitude, being notably just and
fair in all his dealings. Belonging as he did to
a class of men who, in whatever community they
may be found, constitute by reason of ability,
sound judgment and strict integrity of character
a peculiarly and essentiallv valuable body of citi-
zens, he was frequently urged to accept office,
but invariably declined. So unalterable was his
decision that when on one occasion his towns-
men, despite his opposition, elected him justice
of the peace he refused to qualify. He married
Mary A. Lyon, a native of New Jersey, and of
the seven children born to them only one re-
mains. Alexander G., mentioned hereafter. Mr.
and Mrs. Bennett have both passed away and
have left behind them the memory of sincere,
simple and virtuous lives.

Alexander G. Bennett, son of Stewart and
Mary A. (Lyon) Bennett, was born in 1867, in
AA'ilkes-Barre, and received his education in the
public schools of his native city. At an early
age he was appointed clerk in the Wilkes-Barre
postoffice, a position which he retained for two
years, discharging the duties which it involved
in a manner satisfactory alike to the community
and to the government. Feeling, however, that
the knowledge of some trade was necessary to
his financial advancement he applied himself to
the acquisition of those branches essential to
the calling of a machinist, and having thor-
oughly mastered the trade followed it assidu-
ously for several years. He then applied for and
obtained a position in the engineer corps, which
was at that time actively engaged in railroad
work. Shortly after he took as his assistant
Henrv Reese, of Wilkes-Barre. In 1889 he was
sent to Alabama to prospect for coal and iron
for the Fort Payne Iron & Coal Company, and
was given entire charge of the corps. After the
completion of this enterprise he took charge for
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where he prospected for coal and iron. Li 1893
he returned to his native city, worked as engineer
en the Wilkes-Barre & Easton Railroad, and was
subsequently employed by the Philadelphia,
Ilonesdale & Albany Railroad, finally going to
New York state on another survey. In 1896 he
became associated with Simpson & Watkins as
superintendent of the forty-first division of the
engineer corps, remaining with them for three
years. It was in this position that the ability of
which he had all along given ample evidence was
manifested in a peculiarly striking manner, and
in 1898 he was called by the Delaware & Hud-
son Company to fill his present position of min-
ing engineer of several of their large mines. It
is needless to say that this is an office of great
responsibility, requiring in its incumbent the pre-
cise qualifications of which Mr. Bennett has
proved himself possessed. Although taking no
active part in public affairs^inheriting in this
respect his father's predilection for retirement —
Mr. Bennett never forgets to be a good citizen.
He is a member of the Civil Engineers' Club of
Scranton.

'Sir. Bennett married in 1893, ^Margaret
Tritchler. of Lehigh, Pennsylvania, and they have
three children : Agnes, Jessie and Stewart.

THOMAS O'CONNOR. In all Lacka-
wanna county there is no more experienced
miner or worthy citizen than Thomas O'Con-
nor, of Scranton. His grandfather, James
O'Connor, was a native of Ireland, and in 1801
emigrated to the Lnited States. He was accom-
panied by two brothers, Thomas and John, both
of whom did valiant service in the War of 1812.
James O'Connor was a farmer and a worthy
citizen. He married Mary Reap, also a native
of Ireland, and their children were : Jane, John,
Thomas, James, mentioned hereafter ; ]\Iary,
Kate, and Bridget. Of this number James,
Bridget and Thomas are still living.

James O'Connor, son of James and Mary
(Reap) O'Connor, was born in 1830, in Carbon-
dale. For thirty years he was in the service of
the Delaware & Hudson Company. He married
Julia Nolan, also a native of Ireland, and their
children were : Thomas, mentioned hereafter ;
James, John, Stephen, deceased ; Mary, Annie,
Kate, Julia, jMargaret, and Bridget. jMrs. O'Con-
nor, the mother of these children, died in 1885,
deeply lamented b}- her family and friends. Mr.
O'Connor is still living, respected by all who
know him.

Thomas O'Connor, son of James and Julia
(Xolan) O'Connor, was born January 5, 1856,



in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. When he was
four years old his parents moved to Providence,
where he was educated in the common schools.
At an early age he began to work in the mines
as breaker-boy for the Delaware & Hudson Com-
pany, and after working in this capacity for four
years entered the service of the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western Company, with whom
he remained thirty-five years, twenty-five of
which he held the position of mine foreman, an
office which he now fills with the North-End
Coal Company, having two hundred and fifty
men under his control. He is perfect master of
all departments of the work and is most highly
esteemed by his employers. Mr. O'Connor is
active as a citizen, and has received from his



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