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AARON T. PARFREY. Among the many
citizens of the county who hold responsible posi-
tions in connection with the mining industry
none is better fitted, both by training and experi-
ence, for the office assigned to him than Aaron T.
Parfrey, of Throop. The paternal progenitors
of Mr. Parfrey were of English birth, while
through his mother he is the descendant of Welsh

Timothy Parfrey was born in England, and
in 1852 emigrated to the LInited States. He set-
tled in Minersville, Schuylkill county, Pennsyl-
vania, and as he was an experienced miner
found no difficulty in obtaining employment. He
moved after a time to Peoria, Illinois, where he
purchased a farm upon which was discovered a
coal mine. This he opened and operated for
about six years, and at the end of that time mi-
grated to California, where he spent four years.
2— 3i

He finally returned to Pennsylvania and settled
at Dunmore, where he built a house, being em-
ployed by G. L. Davis at Roaring Brook. He
next went to Oak Hill, near Moosic, where he
worked some time, and later moved to Green
Ridge, where he was boss of a mine. We next
find him in the service of Eisher & Leroy, at
Winton, where he made several openings for
them in the coal fields. He subsequently went to
Little Rock, Arkansas, where he purchased a
farm of one hundred and forty acres, the forty
being coal land, and this valuable property is still
in his possession. After his many wanderings
he returned once more to Pennsylvania and ac-
cepted a position as boss for Johnson, at Green
Ridge Slope, and some time after he opened a
tunnel for S. B. White. In 1888 he abandoned
mining altogether. His great experience made
his services very valuable, and he was one whose
heart was always in his work. He took delight
in prospecting for mineral. He is now on the
verge of eighty, having been born in 1825, and
is enjoying a well-earned rest. He married Mar-
garet Williams, a native of Wales, and their fam-
ily consisted of eight children, four of whom
are living: Mary A., who is the wife of William
Cole, of Dunmore ; Aaron T., mentioned at
length hereafter ; Alfred, who is a trainmaster ;
and JNIaggie Blanche, who is the wife of James
Brown, of r^loosic. Aaron T. Parfrey, son of
Timothy and Margaret (Williams) Parfrey, was
born August 31, 1856, at Minersville, Schuyl-
kill county, Pennsylvania, and educated at Peo-
ria, Illinois. He learned the trade of engineer in
all its branches, both stationary and locomative.
He began as a fireman, advancing step by step
as he gained in knowledge and experience. The
first place where he held the position of engineer
was at Winton, Lackawanna county, where he
remained until 1877. He then went to Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, where he operated a pair of up-
right engines for the Atlas Works, remaining
two years in this position. In 1885 he went to
Dunmore and entered the service of the Pancoast
Coal Company, and since that time has remained
with them with the exception of three years spent
in South Carolina as locomotive engineer on the
South Carolina Railway. That during this long
period he has held the position of chief engineer
is an all-convincing evidence of his ability and
faithfulness. Mr. Parfrey is one of those men
who thoroughly understand their business in all
its departments and enjoy the full confidence of
their employers, and he has in his possession
many testimonials of a most gratifying nature.
During his residence in Throop he has added to



the growth of the borough by the erection of
three houses, one of which he sold. His own
residence, which is one of the finest in Throop,
was built in 1889. Mr. Parfrey married m 1886,
Mary Ann Fallon, of Throop, and two children
have been born to them, Blanche and Alfred,
both of whom are deceased. In 1897 Mr. and
Mrs. Parfrey adopted an infant only six weeks
-old and named him Roy Parfrey.

MICHAEL D. MANLY is a respected and
worthy citizen of Dunmore, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, where he has resided since he was
eight years of age. He is one of the self-made
men of his day who met and overcame the ad-
verse circumstances of early life, and by his in-
•■dustry and integrity enjoys a position of trust
,and responsibility with the Union Cash Store in
the borough of Dunmore, with which corpora-
tion he has been connected for nine years. He
was born in 'Baltimore, Maryland, in 1858, a son
of John and Mary (Kelly) Manly, both natives
■of Ireland. They came to this country prior to
their marriage, locating in Baltimore, Maryland,
where they were married and resided for several
years, removing to Dunmore, Pennsylvania, in
1866. John Manly (father) was employed as
mine foreman by the Pennsylvania Coal Com-
pany. His death occurred in 187 1 ; he was sur-
vived by his wife, who is now (1904) residing in
Dunmore. They were the parents of nine chil-
dren, five sons and four daughters, all of whom
;are living.

Like the majority of young men who are
reared in a mining territory Michael D. Manly
tegan the labors of life at the coal breaker, and
was subsequently advanced to various positions
in and about the mines until 1884, when he took
up the mercantile business, which he has fol-
lowed up to the present time. Mr. Manly is
thoroughly devoted to his adopted city, taking a
great interest in all that pertains to its advance-
ment and prosperity, and has added to its adorn-
ment a beautiful home where he and his family
reside, esteemed and respected by their many
friends. In 1884 Mr. Manly was united in mar-
riage to Catharine Howard, of Dunmore, Penn-
sylvania, and they are the parents of four chil-
dren : John, Charles, Mary and P'rances Manly.

GEORGE TREGELLAS, chief engineer at
the Dupont Powder Mill, at Moosic, Pennsylva-
nia, in which capacity he has served since 1877,
is a man of courage, careful and methodical
habits, sobriety and business ability of a high
order, these characteristics being needful in the

discharge of the onerous duties of his position.
To all the various callings in life there is more
or less danger to life by accident, but to some
particular vocations there is greater risk than
others and among the latter class we might men-
tion that of powder making. He must necessa-
rily be always on the alert, never off his guard,
as other lives as well as property depend on his
faithfulness to duty.

George Tregellas was born in Cornwall, Eng-
land, April 27, 1846, a son of Henry and Nannie
(Rogers) Tregellas, whose family consisted of
six children, five of whom, three sons and two
daughters, are living at the present time ( 1904).
The death of Mrs. Tregellas occurred in 1856,
and subsequently Mr. Tregellas married again,
his second wife bearing him four children. His
demise occurred in 1900.

In 1853, when seven years of age, George
Tregellas accompanied his parents to this coun-
try, they first settling in Schuylkill county, at
Minersville, and later located in Norristown,
Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and young
George attended the public schools of both towns.
He began work at the breaker at the early age of
ten years, and the following year abandoned this
work to engage in the blacksmith shop with his
father, who had charge of the same for the Big
Mine Run colliery. With the exception of the
winter months when he attended the district
school, he remained at that employment until six-
teen years old. He then took charge of a black-
smith shop for the same company, remaining for
ten years. At this time his father engaged in
the mercantile business in Mount Carmel, Penn-
sylvania, and he abandoned his work at the
mines in order to assist him, but at the end of
one year engaged with the Delaware and Hud-
son Railroad Company, remaining with them
three years. In 1870 he came to Oak Hill and
at once secured employment with the Filer Coal
Company as engineer, and continued as such
until 1877, when he was appointed to his present
position, chief engineer at the Dupont Powder
Mill. He has under his supervision eleven en-
gines, which supply the mills with motive
power, and it is to his credit to say that no acci-
dent has occurred in or been traceable to his de-
partment. The same cannot be said of the other
departments, for in 1892 an e.xplosion occurred
in which nine men were killed, and another acci-
dent occurred in 1895 when the fatality was less.
Mr. Tregellas has always maintained an interest
in all matters calculated to promote the welfare
of the people of the borough of Moosic. where
he erected his home in 1872 and has since re-

his charge, "Robin" was helpless,
losing battle; he bristled, a very
5 fury.

atisfaction arose from the crowd as
plunged, scrambled up the bank,

its fellows. But "Robin" did not

ort bark of pain, struggled, yelped,
the slough, made a heroic effort to

id sank down, whining piteously.

ver knitted perfectly had broken
with victory right before him, was

r a moment as if turned to stone.

stress, he cast the now useless plaid

wn the steep slope.

too bad," said one judge to another.


rves the cup for his trainin' alone,

Aweel, it's a peetie."

log, and crying quite shamelessly,

and staggered with him to the side

it, holding "Robin's" head in his

ggie!" he wailed in despair and sor-
ee doggie — and we nearly had it,
noble dog; ye beat 'em a' — if we

quietly away from her party. Ma-
le came upon the miserable, weep-
ed dog. The lad looked up into the
that leaned above him.
nured, "leddy, ma doggie. It's his

voice with a strange, foreign accent.
.vfully sorry; we all are. He should
low much you wanted to win, and

in the mcht i hear her greetm to gae name, sne naies
the Spey because it drowned ma faither— an' she's gettin'
sick wi' the greetin', greetin'. I didna telt her I was try-
in' fer the Spey prize. I didna want her to be disap-
pointed. But I'd made so sure we'd get it, 'Robin' and me.
He kenned, oh, he kenned a' aboot it, ma dog, an' he
tried— he tried so harrd. He would ha' beaten them a'
if it hadna been for yon domned sheep, the limmer, the
wully, hateful limmer. He couldna bite, ye see; he has
nae teeth; he only gets his milk an' porritch. He cudna
bite the limmer, an' she broke his leeg. Oh, wae's me!"
He threw himself full length upon the stony sod, and lay

Lady Olive struggled for composure. She remembered
that song in the mists of the dawn, the sweet, boyish
treble that had stirred her:

Oh, the oak and the ash,
And the bonnie apple-tree,
They're all growin' green
In my ain countree.

She knew how the boy must have heard that song, over
and over — over and over. It had rung in his ears night
and day. She seemed to see an endless vista of those
patient hours of training— hours before work and hours
at the close of day. With that hope of one day ap-
peasing the longing, in his mother's heart, the boy had
labored and striven with his poor, worn-out, discarded
dog, and brought him by dint of love and labor to the
point — when in the face of victory the tragedy of defeat
had overtaken him.

"Listen, boy," she said at length, steadying her voice;
"don't despair. We'll see what we can do. I'll speak to
the factor. Come, we'll help 'Robin,' too. Carry him up.
I'll find a vet— we'll have his leg attended. Come, come,
laddie, cheer up."

THE boy raised his head and looked at her in wonder.
"Yer verra guid," he said. "D'ye mean it?"

She laughed and winked back her tears.

"Of course. Bring him up the hill; I'll meet you
there. I'm going on ahead."

She turned from him and hurried up the rocky path.
She could see the spokesman of the judges, who, mega-
phone in hand, was about to announce the award of the
day. Kenneth Kennedy, with his black "unbeaten Mc-
Roarie," was shouldering forward to the markee, arrogant-
ly elbowing the scowling shepherds aside. Lady Olive
was gasping and breathless as she reached the summit of
the rise.

"Yer ladyship is most generous, a
popular award," he added. In his <
full of admiration for the American la
local applause. "They'll be thinkin
wooman, yer leddyship." He took
and called for attention.

THE award of the day was made
dead silence. Every one's sympal
and his game "Methuselah" of a dog
"Noo, leddies and gentlemen, I ha
other prize," the spokesman roared
of fifty pounds offered fer aged dog
carden of Balnoch, and awarded to W
year-auld collie, 'Robin Gray.' "

The rock cradle of Kingussie still r
it echoed, for it rang to the very hea
Lady Olive blushed like a schoolgi
laughing happily.

"Fine, lassie, fine!" he called,
thought to do it. I'm ashamed I die
shows it needs a woman to do a mat
And it was like my little Yankee to —
'raise the ante' — fifty pounds for the
laughed. "The factor will be dowr
the rent the minute he hears."

"Oh, no, he won't," said Lady Gl(

"You don't know him as well as
Balnoch grinned. "If he was on tl
started for Burnside cottage already

"Oh, no," her ladyship repeated,
at her, puzzled. "Must I always dc
inquired. It was his turn to blush.

"If he goes near them I'll discharge

She nodded. For a moment she
the hills, absently, a strange, eager 1

"What are you thinking of?" he s;
of her abstraction.

"What is John O'Groat's like?" si

"Why," he answered, w'ondering,
tip of Scotland — the bleakest, barest
place in all the world."

She turned to him, her sweet mout'
sical smile.

"Isn't it funny," she answered ci

How the oak and the as
And the bonnie apple-ti

Grow so exceedingly gre«
In everybody's ain cou



sided. He is a charter member of Bennett
Lodge, No. 907, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, of Moosic ; he is also past noble grand, and
has been secretar_v of the lodge for a quarter of
a century. In politics he is a Republican. In
1869 ^^r- Tregellas was united in marriage to
Delilah M. Stearns, daughter of E. H. and Caro-
line (Sears) Stearns. Their children are: Jen-
nie (Mrs. Snyder), Etta C. (Mrs. Hines),
Blanch L. and Ethel C. Tregellas.

the many citizens of Lackawanna county who
are engaged in the mining industry not one fills
his position with greater capability or is more
faithful to the trusts and responsibilities devolv-
ing upon him than Joshua Palmer Hollister, of
Peckville. Mr. Hollister comes of honorable
lineage, and is a descendant of one of the oldest
American families. John Hollister, the first
known in America, was from Somerset county,
England ; he was Sir John Hollister, Lord of
Litchfield Manor, England. He sailed from
Bristol and settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts,
in May, 1643, ^"d was a representative in the
general court of Massachusetts. In November,
1664, he moved to Wethersfield, Connecticut, and
frequently represented that town in the general
court. There was a John Hollister in the time
of Henry VIII of England, a John Hollister,
Lord of Manor of Linchcomb in 1608, and a
Dennis Hollister, who was a member of Crom-
well's privy council after the Protectorate was
established. The name is derived from the two
words Holly and terre and means Holly land or
place of Holly trees. There is still a place in
England bearing the name of Hollister. The
HoUisters have a family history and there are
more than five thousand American descendants
of the first John Hollister, of America. They
have the coat of arms, also the family motto,
which is : "We have been, and bv the grace of
God we shall be."

Alpheus Hollister was a cabinetmaker and a
man of influence in the community. He was the
founder of Hollisterville, and it was in honor of
him that the place received its name. He mar-
ried Mary Palmer, and after her death took for
his second wife her sister, Mrs. Parmelia ( Pal-
mer) Page, a widow. On being left a widower
for the second time he married Sarah Jones, of
Lake Ariel, Wayne county, Pennsylvania. He
was the father of four children, three of whom
reached maturity, among them William, men-
tioned at length hereafter. Alpheus Hollister
was a true pioneer, a natural leader, and one of

the men born to make paths for others to walk in.

William Hollister, son of Alpheus Hollister,
was born in Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania^
and all his life followed the trade of a millwright.
He was prosperous in worldly matters, and was
a man of the strictest integrity of character, pos-
sessing the highest respect and most implicit con-
fidence of his neighbors. He married Nancy
Mitchell, a native of Lackawanna county, and
the following children were born to them : Ger-
trude, who became the wife of Arthur West ;
Joshua Palmer, mentioned at length hereafter ;
Delia ; and Earl E.

Joshua Palmer Hollister, son of William and
Nancy (Mitchell) Hollister, was born in 1857,
in Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, where he
obtained his education in the common schools.
Early in life he learned the carpenter's trade,
which he followed for a number of years. He
entered the service of the Delaware & Hudson
Company as head of the department of carpentry,
and after a time was appointed outside foreman
of Grassy Island colliery. This position involves
the oversight of two shafts of eight hundred and
three hundred and- fifty feet respectively, in addi-
tion to that of two shops fifteen hundred feet in
•length and one hundred and fifty feet in depth.
He has under his control no fewer than eight
hundred men. For this position Mr. Hollister
is peculiarly fitted, possessing as he does tact,
discretion and sound judgment. His strong
sense of justice and freedom from prejudice
cause him to consider with rigid impartiality the
interests of employers and employed, and to ad-
minister the trusts of his office with strict fidel-
ity to both. He has been in the service of the
company twenty-two years, and thus in addition
to his other qualifications possesses the inestima-
ble advantage of long experience. During the
whole period of his service there has never been
any other feeling toward him but that of entire
satisfaction either on the part of his superiors
or of those under his control. Mr. Hollister is
related to the late Dr. Horace Hollister, the
author of the History of Lackawanna County,
and a collector of Indian relics, and is also re-
lated to Colonel Watrous, of Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania. After his removal to Peckville Mr. Hol-
lister married Margaret Burrows, of Peckville,
Pennsylvania, and their children are: Jessie,
Lionel P., and Gerald W.

Among the large

number of those associated with the Scranton
Coal Company none is more respected both for
ability and worth of character than Eusrene Tay-



lor, of Peckville. He is the son of William Tay-
lor, who was born in Susquehanna county, Penn-
sylvania, and followed agricultural pursuits. He
married Mary E. Kelly. Mr. Taylor possessed
the sincere regard of all who knew him as a man
whose conduct was marked by strict adherence
to principle.

Eugene Taylor, son of William and Mary E.
(Kelly) Taylor, was born April 30, 185 1, in
Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, where he
obtained his education in the common schools.
During his boyhood and youth he was engaged
in farming, and in 1869 went to Kansas where
he worked with his brother, who was a carpen-
ter and from whom he learned the trade. At the
end of two years he moved to Minnesota, where
he worked for three months, and then went to
Dakota Territory, where he was engaged for
two years in bridge-building for the Northern
Pacihc Railroad Company, in 1872 he returned
to Pennsylvania, and for one year again became
a farmer. In 1874 he moved to Scranton where
he worked as a house carpenter until 1875, when
he became carpenter for the Eairlawn Coal
Company. In 1876 he moved to Winton and
there worked as a carpenter for the Pierce Coal
Company, and in 1883 he was made outside fore-
man, a position which he retained until 1898.
In 1900 he entered the service of Dr. J. N. Rice,
as outside foreman, who owned and operated the
Riverside colliery. In 1903 he was promoted
to superintendent of the colliery, inside and out,
and held that position until the year 1904. The
same year the Scranton Coal Company became
owner of the Riverside Colliery, and Mr. Taylor
remained as outside foreman. He is a member
of the I. O. O. F. Mr. Taylor married in 1873,
Ophelia Collum, and they are the parents of one
son; George F., who is now chief clerk for the
Hillside Coal & Iron Company at Pittston.

eral intelligence, high moral character and busi-
ness ability of Daniel J. Gilmartin, a resident of
Archbald, Pennsylvania, and weighmaster for
the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad,
are such as to entitle him to the respect of the
entire community and the deeper esteem of those
who are brought in contact with him, either in
business or social life. He was born in New
York city, in 1844, a son of Patrick and Ellen
(Cook) Gilmartin, the former named being one
of the pioneers of Archbald. Patrick Gilmartin
(father) was born in Ross, county Mayo, Ire-
land, in 1808. He emigrated to the United
States in 1830, locating in Maryland. After re-

maining seven years in the country he returned
to Ireland in order to marry the lady of his
choice, .Miss Ellen Cook, and in 1840 he and his
wife returned to this country. He resided at
various places up to the year 1845, at which time
he removed his family, which consisted of his
wife and three children, to Archbald, Pennsyl-
vania. He settled in what is now the third ward,
and built the first house in town. He also erected
three other houses in the town, one of which was
subsequently burned, but another was erected
in its place by his son, D. J. Gilmartin, and thus
he contributed to the growth and development
of that section. He was an extensive contractor
in the construction of various roads at that time,
and on his arrival in Archbald contracted for
the construction of the Gravity Railroad and
built the Plains No. i and No. 2. He was the
first weighmaster for the Delaware and Hudson
Company, entering their employ in 1846, and
was succeeded by James Hosie. For twelve
years he was engaged in the mercantile busi.-
ness, and was highly prosperous in his manage-
ment of a general store, this enterprise being in
addition to his other line of work. He was a
man of some local influence, as well as an active
business man. In 1859 he held the office of su-
pervisor of the township. In 1862 Mr. Gilmartin
met his death in a draft riot, in which he took
no part whatever. The soldiers, driven to des-
peration by the acts of violence on the part of the
mob, shot promiscuously, killing Patrick Gil-
martin and wounding six or seven others, includ-
ing his wife who was shot through the leg. Mr.
Gilmartin was peaceably attending to his work
when seven balls passed through his body. His
wife, Ellen (Cook) Gilmartin, died on Good
Friday of the year 1894. Their family consisted
of seven children, as follows : John, born in
New York city ; Daniel J., mentioned hereafter ;
Bridget, deceased, was born in Carbondale ;
Marv, deceased, was also born in Carbondale ;
William A., born in Archbald ; Thomas F., born
in .Archbald ; and Patrick C, also a native of
Archbald. All of the above named children
were reared in Archbald, are now following
various and honorable pursuits, and 'are worthy
citizens of our sommonwealth.

Daniel J. Gilmartin obtained a common school
education, and subsequently started out to earn
a livelihood for himself. Like his father, he
served in the capacity of weighmaster for the
Delaware and Hudson Company, an office he
held for several years and afterward served six
years as foreman for Jones, Simpson & Company
at .Archbald. and he is now filling the jiosition



of weighmaster for the New York, Ontario and
Western Company at Archbakl. The esteem
and confidence in which he is held by his fellow-
townsmen is evidenced by the fact that he held
the office of school director for nine years, and
borough councilman for seven years. He and his
family are members of the Roman Catholic
church, Mr. Gilmartin having been the secretary
of the building committee during the erection
of the edifice in the years 1873-74. Before a
house of worship was erected in the town, his
father's house was the second place in which the
members met for divine service. June 25, 1884,
Mr. Gilmartin was married to Catherine Man-

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