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ley, the accomplished daughter of John and Ann
Manley, of West Virginia. Their children are :
Jenevive A,, Bertha C, a graduate of Archbald
high school ; James A., and Jerome D. Gilmartin.

H. F. MARSHALL. It may safely be as-
serted that no resident of Lackawanna county
who is engaged in the coal industry fills his office
with more ability than does H. F. Marshall, of
Dimmore. He comes of English ancestry, his
grandfather, Henry Marshall, having been
brought to the L'nited States when an infant.

Edwin A. Marshall, son of Henry Marshall,
was born in New York state. He was a carpen-
ter by trade, and in early life moved to Pennsyl-
vania, where he was employed by the Delaware
& Hudson Company on the canal. In 1861, on
the outbreak of the Civil war, he enlisted in Com-
pany B, One Hundred and Forty-ninth Penn-
sylvania Reserves, and after three years' service
was honorably discharged. After this he was
employed until the close of the war by the United
States Construction Corps. He then returned
to his old place with the Delaware & Hudson
Company, where he remained until 1900, when
the canal was abandoned. He was popular as a
citizen, and was several times elected to the of-
fice of school director. He married Mary, a
native of White Mills, Wayne county, Pennsyl-
vania, and daughter of George and Nancy Arm-
strong, the former a native of Pennsylvania.
Their other children were: Milton, Libbey,
William, Lina. Harriet, Charles, deceased ; Anna,
deceased: and Zerbey, deceased. Mr. and Mrs.
Marshall had chilldren : Cornelia B., Josephine,
Charles, Alary, deceased ; and H. F., mentioned
hereafter. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall are now
(1906) living in Wayne county, Pennsylvania,
enjoying the fruits of well-spent lives.

H. F. Alarshall, son of Edwin A. and Mary
(Armstrong) Marshall, was born Alay 9, 1867,
in Hawlev, Wavne countv, Pennsylvania. He

was educated in his native town, and after leav-
ing the common schools turned his attention to
various pursuits until 1887, in which year he
entered the service of the Pennsylvania Coal
Company as weighmaster, an office which he
filled until 1891. He was then promoted
to the post of station agent at Dunmore,
where he remained until 1894. In that year
he was made breaker boss at No. 8 breaker,
where he remained one year. He was next
sent to the freight department in Scranton,
and after one year was promoted to the general
office of Dunmore. After remaining there as
clerk for two years, he was, in 1896, made su-
perintendent of breakers, an office which, he held
until the company abandoned it. After spend-
ing some time. in the office he was made superin-
tendent of No. I and Gipsy Grove collieries.
The latter shaft was sunk about 1870 and the
former some years later. The output of these
two shafts is twenty-three hundred tons daily.
There are under Mr. Marshall's control two
hundred and sixty men, and all property on the
surface is under his supervision. This respon-
sible position he fills to the entire satisfaction of
the company. Air. ^Marshall is a faithful citizen,
and for four years held the office of borough
auditor. He is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has attained
the rank of past grand, and he also belongs to
the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a
steadfast advocate of the principles of the Re-
publican party, and in matters of religion ad-
heres to the Presbyterian church, in which he
holds the office of elder. Mr. Marshall mar-
ried, February 23, 1893, Matilda, daughter of
James O. and Sarah J. Masters, of Dunmor'e, and
"their children are: James E., Cyrus M., and
Helen L.

TIMOTHY McGARRY. of Carbondale,
Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, is a citizen
whose integrity and uprightness cannot be gain-
said and whose loyalty to his adopted countrv is
beyond question. He is a native of county Ros-
common. Ireland, born June, 1841. a son of Pat-
rick and Mary (Kennedy) McGarry.

Patrick McGarry (father) was also a native
of Roscommon, Ireland, born March 20. 1816,
and his educational advantages were of the
most meager character. In early manhood he
emigrated to the L'nited States, accompanied by
his wife. Mary (Kennedy) AIcGarry. also a
native of Ireland, and after a voyage of three
weeks on a sailing vessel they arrived in New
York city, where he secured employment as



watchman for a ship company. Later he located
at Morse Tannery in Fell township, Lackawanna
county, Pennsylvania, where they remained for
a period of forty years. For ten years he worked
as a coal breaker, and by hard labor and economy
accumulated sufficient money to purchase a farm
of three hundred acres of land located in Fell
township. At that time many Indians frequented
the neighborhood and Mr. McGarry associated
with them and was on such friendly terms with
them as to warrant the nickname of "Chief,"
which clung to him up to the time of his death.
He was a reliable, trustworthy man, commanded
the respect of his fellow citizens, and was the
incumbent of the offices of justice of the peace,
supervisor and school director. He was an active
and consistent member of the Roman Catholic
Church. Four children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. McGarry, namely : Michael, Timothy,
Mary, deceased, who was the wife of J. H. Bren-
nan, and Patrick, who is foreman for the D. & H.
Company. "Chief" McGarry died at his home
in Carbondale, in 1900, at the age of eighty-four
years, and his good and faithful wife passed
away during the same year, aged eighty-two
years. They were respected by all who knew
them, and their children have retained the same
standing in society, being worthy neighbors and
loyal citizens whose word is as good as their

Timothy McGarry, second son of Patrick
and Mary McGarry, was reared and educated in
Fell township, Lackawanna county. At the age
of fourteen years he entered the employ of the
Delaware and Hudson Company as stable boy,
and from that time to the present, a period of
forty-three years, has served the same company,
being promoted from stable boy to stable boss
with a salary commensurate with his position.
During that long period of time he has never
been absent from his post nor has he received a
reproof for neglect of duty. He is one of the
men on whom the company can thoroughly de-
pend, and whether the men are on strike or labor-
ing in the mines, Mr. McGarry is always at his
post and he has never been interfered with in
the discharge of his responsible duties. He
cheerfully performs all the obligations of a good
citizen, and takes an active interest in all matters
pertaining to the welfare of his community.
Since the organization of Father Matthew So-
ciety, of the Roman Catholic church, Mr. Mc-
Garry has been a member, and he is also a mem-
ber of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, No. 5.

In 1874 I\Ir. McGarry married Mary A. Mc-
Hale, born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1848,

daughter of James and Sarah McHale, who were
the parents of eight children, five of whom are
living at the present time, as follows : Jane,
Bridget, Anna, James, and Mary A., aforemen-
tioned as the wife of Timothy McGarry. The
McHale family are from county Mayo, Ireland,
and were among the pioneer settlers of Carbon-
dale. Seven children were the issue of the mar-
riage of Mr. and Mrs. McGarry, four of whom
are living, namely : Mary, born 1879 ; Joseph,
born 1881 ; Sarah, born 1884; and WiUiam, born
1885. The family are members of the Roman
Catholic Church.

JOHN LAVIN. Comparatively few men
have enjoyed the advantage of as thorough an
experience in the labors of their chosen calling
as has fallen to the lot of John Lavin, of Oly-
phant. To quote his own words, he has "done
everything that is done under ground." His
father, Thomas Lavin, was a native of Ireland,
who emigrated to the United States and made
his home in Pennsylvania. His wife was Ann
McHall, born in 1822, in Ireland, and they were
the parents of five children, four of whom are
living: Thomas, Michael, John, mentioned here-
after ; and Alice. Mr. Lavin, who is now de-
ceased, was an honest, upright and industrious
man. His widow is still living at the advanced
age of eighty-two.

John Lavin, son of Thomas and Ann (Mc-
Hall) Lavin, was born in 1859, in Throop, and
received his education in his native town, where
he has resided ever since. He entered the service
of the Delaware & Hudson Company as breaker-
boy, and rose step by step until he reached the
position of fire boss, which he held for eleven
years. This is one of the most important and
responsible offices connected with the mining of
coal, for on the fidelity of the fire boss hang the
lives of hundreds of men. In 1889, while serving
in this capacity, Mr. Lavin had a most perilous
and memorable experience. In company with
four other officials he was examining a mine
when there was an explosion of gas. He was
the only one of the party who escaped. In justice
to Mr. Lavin it should be stated that he was not
at that time fire boss of that particular mine. In
1896 Mr. Lavin became foreman, and in 1898
was placed in charge of Olyphant mine, belong-
ing to the Delaware & Hudson Company, in
whose service he has been for thirty-five years.
This mine is four hundred feet below the surface.
Mr. Lavin has under his control four hundred
men and boys, and fills his position to the entire
satisfaction i.if his employers, who place implicit



confidence in him. He is a good citizen, and has
served the borough of Throop as a member of
the school board. He belongs to the C. M. B. A.
Society, aiid is a member of the Roman Catholic

Air. Lavin marrietl, April 27, 1884, Sarah A.,
daughter of Patrick Alurphy, and they have chil-
dren : Anna A., a graduate of the East Strouds-
burg State Normal School, is now a successful
teacher ; Clara, a student at the Mansfield State
Normal School ; Alice, Thomas, and Hortense.
iMr. Lavin's residence, which was erected in

1899, adds much to the beauty of the borough.

THOMAS H. JENKINS, one of the trust-
worthy and esteemed citizens of Taylor, who for
thirty-one and a half years served in the capacity
of fire boss in the Taylor mines, this office of
responsibility requiring men who are sober, cour-
ageous and faithful to the trust reposed in them,
for upon their faithfulness to duty depends the
lives of the miners, was born in Wales, January
19, 1837, ^ ^^^ of James and Rebecca (Davis)
Jenkins, natives of Wales, who were the parents
of three other children, namely : Priscilla, George
and William, Thomas H. being the only survivor
at the present time.

Thomas H. Jenkins was reared and educated
in his native country, and for fifteen years after
the completion of his studies filled the position of
stationary engineer. In 1863 he emigrated to the
United States, locating at Minersville, Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania, where for three years he
enga^ged in the production of coal. In 1869 he
removed to Taylor, erecting a residence for him-
self in 1882, and from June, 1869, to October,

1900, was employed in the Taylor mines by the
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company.
This mine has been the most gasious in the valley
and on that account demanded more careful atten-
tion from the fire boss, and during the thirty-one
years of Air. Jenkins' service as such he never
met with any accident attributable to his care-
lessness, being one of the few men whose record
is clear of reproach. The dangers to which
miners are exposed from the various causes,
whether fire, water or gas, require the closest
attention and the most careful security on the
part of the operators of mines, and the state law
is strict in the enforcement of certain rules being
carried out in the inspection of mines before the
men are allowed to enter. No man could have
been more faithful or given better satisfaction in
guarding against any possibility of danger than
did Thomas H. Jenkins, who, were it not for his
advanced age, would be in the same position to-

day. He was appointed a member of the council,
of the borough of Taylor, and this office he filled,
with credit to himself and profit to his fellow

In i860 Mr. Jenkins married Catherine-
Davis, a native of Wales, born in 1840, and died
in 1899. Their children were : Priscilla, born in
Wales, became the wife of William Hoskins, ancL
their children are : William, Lydia, Thomas, Ar-
thur, Roy and Olivette Hoskins. William G.,
born in Wales, deceased. Rebecca, who became
the wife of B. O. Jones, and one child was born
of this union, William Jones. Sarah J., who be-
came the wife of Joseph Francis, issue, ten chil-
dren : Maud, Martha, Rebecca, Margaret, Eva,
Catherine, Thomas and three deceased. Gwinnie,
who became the wife of William N. Williams,
issue, three children : Douglas, Verne and Wil-
liam Williams. George W., who married Linnie
Jenkins, and their family consisted of three chil-
dren : Fred, Catherine and Priscilla Jenkins-
Mary, who became the wife of Watkin D. Mor-
gan, and their children are : Daniel and Rhea
Morgan. Mattie, deceased. Richard, and art
unnamed infant. The surviving children of this,
family reside in Taylor.

EVAN C. DAVIES. A list of the experi-
enced miners of the Lackawanna Valley would
be incomplete without the name of Evan C.
Davies, of Taylor. The statement that Mr.
Davies comes of Welsh ancestry is equivalent to
the declaration that he has achieved success in
the coal fields of Pennsylvania.

Thomas C. Davies was born in Wales, and in.
1858 emigrated to the L^nited States. After liv-
ing for a time in Ohio and Indiana he came, in
1873, to Pennsylvania, and took up his abode
in Taylor. His wife was Elizabeth Rosser, also
a native of Wales, who came to this country in
1861. Five children were born to them, three
of whom are living : Nellie, another daughter
who is the wife of J. E. Watkins ; and Evan C,
mentioned hereinafter. The death of Mrs.
Davies occurred in 1887, in Colorado, whither
she had gone in quest of health.

Evan C. Davies, son of Thomas C. and Eliza-
beth (Rosser) Davies, was born in 1867, in
Meigs county, Ohio, and attended school in his
native state, as well as in Indiana and Pennsyl-
vania. At the age of nine years he was • em-
ployed in a coal breaker, and was subsequently
engaged in various pursuits in and about the
mines. It must not be supposed, however, that
because Mr. Davies began at so early an age to
work in the mines he neglected any opportunity



for mental improvement. He was ever a close
student of books and an attentive observer of
events as well as of the men who brought those
events to pass. He acquired an education which
fitted him to become, in 1885, a schoolmaster
in Taylor. He accompanied his invalid mother
to Colorado in 1886, and while in that state took
charge of a school. After the death of his mother
he returned to Taylor and for a short time edited
the Taylor Journal. In 1892 he was employed
ty the Connell Coal Company as chairman of
the mine engineering corps, and was soon ap-
pointed to the position of mining engineer for
the same company. After the Connell Coal Com-
pany sold their interest to the Lehigh Valley
Company, he remained with the latter organi-
zation until 1902. After the great strike of that
year he worked for the Stevens Coal Company
of West Pittston, from which place he was called
by the Connell Coal Company to fill the position
■of inside superintendent of National colliery.
This position Mr. Davies still retains, discharg-
ing the important and responsible duties devolv-
ing upon him in a manner highly creditable to
himself and satisfactory to his employers. He
has under his control about one hundred and
sixty men, and invariably awards an impartial
consideration to their interests as well as to those
of the company. As a citizen Mr. Davies is
active and public-spirited, and has held the office
of secretary of the school board.

PHILIP HEUSER. There are few men in
Lackawanna county whose e.xperiences in the
production of coal has been more thorough than
that of Philip Heuser, of Old Forge. He is of
German nationality, having been born in the
Fatherland, January 12, 1840.

In 1859 he emigrated to the United States,
settling first in Philadelphia, where he was en-
gaged in stage driving and also in the livery
business. In 1867 he moved to the Lackawanna
Valley and the following year took up his abode
in Old Forge borough, where he has since re-
sided continuously. For thirty years he was
successfully engaged in contract mining, and
during that period met with but one accident and
that not serious. For seventeen years he was
employed at the Sibley mines, and later he was in
the service of the Jermyn Company. In August,
1900, he abandoned mining after a career of
more than thirty years, during which time he
had reaped the success which was the just re-
ward of his industry, ability and trustworthiness.
Mr. Hetiser is an active and loyal citizen, who
, has at heart the best interests of the borough

where for so manj^ years he has made his home.
His sterling traits of character are fully appre-
ciated by his neighbors in response to whose
solicitation, enforced by their votes, he filled for
one term the office of assistant assessor. In poli-
tics Mr. Heuser affiliates with the Democratic
party. He is a member of the Lutheran church.
Mr. Heuser married, December 8, 1861, Cath-
erine Elrich, a native of Germany, and ten
children were born to them, six of whom are
now living : Henry ; Lizzie, wife of Henry C.
Courtwright ; William, Frederick, Ella and
Emma (twins). Ella is an accomplished teacher
in the Old Forge high school, and Emma married
in 1898, John Ayers, a ,book-keeper of Old
Forge. The death of Mrs. Heuser, the mother
of these children, occurred June 17, 1901. She
was an irreparable loss to her family and was
sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends.
Mr. Heuser is the owner of two fine houses,
in one of which he makes his home.

ANDREW J. WIDNER. Among those
who laid the foundations of the prosperity of
Lackawanna county must be numbered Andrew
J. Widner of Dunmore, one of the pioneers of
that borough. On the paternal side Mr. Widner
is of German parentage, and through his mother
comes of English stock.

Peter Widner was born in Germany, and was
by occupation a stone m^son. When a young
man he emigrated to the LTnited States and set-
tled in New Jersey, where, as he was an excel-
lent mechanic, he had no difficulty in securing
employment. He married in 1814, Jane B. Guy,
who was born in England, 1792, and came to this
coiuitry when but fourteen years of age. Their
children were: James W., born 1816: Eliza-
beth, born 1818; Margaret, born 1820; Jane B.,
born 1822: William, born 1824; Andrew J., men-
tioned hereafter ; and Peter, born 1828, was a
carpenter, and migrated to Dunmore with his
brother, Andrew J. Of the father and mother
of these children it can be truly said that they
were good parents, good neighbors and good

Andrew J. Widner, son of Peter and Jane
B. (Guy) Widner, was born May 15, 1826, in
Belvidere, Warren county. New Jersey, and was
educated in his native town. He learned the
carpenters' trade in the most thorough manner,
and in 1847 went to Dunmore, where he entered
the service of the Scranton Iron & Coal Com-
pany. He remained with them until 1850, when
he secured employment with the Pennsylvania
Railroad Company, in whose service he remained



uninterruptedly for forty-five years. During
that time he filled his position, which was that of
foreman over a carpenter gang, in such a man-
ner as to serve the best interests of both the com-
pany and the men. In 1899 he was retired on a
pension of ten dollars per month in recognition
of nearly half a century of faithful service. Mr.
Widner's fidelity in his occupation has been
equalled bv his disinterested activity as a citizen.
He has contributed to the growth and develop-
ment of Dunmore by the erection of two beauti-
ful dwelling-houses, one of which was built in
1853, and which he has since made his home.
His townsmen testified to their appreciation of
his good qualities as a citizen by making him for
twelve years assessor of Dunmore. In politics
he is a Republican. He and his family are mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Widner married in 1854, Laura C. Dolph,
and their children were : Helen P., who became
the wife of Hugh Higgins ; Charles. George,
Kate E., and Mary J., all deceased. The Dolph
family is of French extraction and was founded
in this country in New England, whence a branch
was transplanted to Pennslyvania. Moses Dolph
married Annie McArthur, a native of Scotland,
and one of their sons was Alexander, a well-to-
do farmer of Blakely township. He owned
about two hundred acres of land and was a man
of influence in the community, holding several
township offices. He married Susan London,
and they had children : Eliza, Emeline, Moses,
Edward, Alfred, Warren, Laura C, who became
the wife of Andrew J. Widner, as mentioned
above ; and Mary.

an acknowledged fact that the farmers of Wyo-
ming county in all the elements which go to the
making of thorough agriculturists are excelled
by none throughout the length and breadth of the
Keystone state, and that to their industry, abil-
ity and enterprise the county is indebted for no
small share of its material prosperity. This im-
portant and influential class of the population
finds in William Henry Reynolds, of Factory-
ville, a worthy representative. The ancestors of
Mr. Reynolds On both sides were among the pio-
neers of Wyoming county.

Robert Reynolds, a native of Rhode Island,
was one of that band of patriots whose heroism
rendered possible the independence of the Amer-
ican colonies. He served with the rank of cap-
tain under the command of General Washington.
Solomon Reynolds, son of this ancestor of Revo-
lutionarv fame, was born in Rhode Island, but

in middle life migrated to Pennsylvania and built
the first house ever erected in Factoryville.

Crispin Reynolds, son of Solomon Reynolds,
was born in Rhode Island, April 30, 1794, died
March 17, 1855. In early life he became a resi-
dent of Pennsylvania, and had the happily
uneventful career of a prosperous farmer. Like
his grandfather, Captain Robert Reynolds, he
took up arms in the defense of his country, serv-
ing as a soldier during the war of 181 2. He
married Arba Celinda, a native of Pennsylvania,
daughter of John Seaman, who shared with Sol-
omon Reynolds the honor of being one of the
founders of Factoryville. Here he owned a large
farm which he cultivated successfully, at the
same time following the shoemaker's trade. Mr.
and Mrs. Reynolds were the parents of eight chil-
dren, two of whom are now living : William
Henry, mentioned at length hereafter ; and Cath-
erine, who became the wife of B. S. Gardner, and
now resides on the old homestead in Benton
township, Lackawanna county. Mr. Reynolds,
the father, died at the age of sixty-one. Both he
and his estimable wife left behind them the mem-
ory of good and useful lives.

William Henry Reynolds, son of Crispin and
Arba Celinda (Seaman) Reynolds, was born
April 26, 1838, in Benton township, Lackawanna
county, where he received his education. At the
age of fifteen he engaged in farming, which he
made his life-work, and in which he met with a
gratifying degree of success, reaping as the re-
ward of his labors an honorable reputation as
well as pecuniary profit. In the matter of mili-
tary service Mr. Reynolds has followed in the
footsteps of his ancestors. During the Civil war
he served nine months in the L^nion army, and
was present at the battle of Antietam, where he
received a wound, in consequence of which he
was in 1863 honorably discharged on account of
disability. Untiring as has been Mr. Reynolds'
application to the labors of his chosen calling, he
has never been unmindful of the obligations of
citizenship, having always been found in the
front rank of those public-spirited members of
the community who are at the same time pro-
gressive and conservative. - Every enterprise
which commends itself to his judgment as likely
to conduce to the welfare of his neighbors re-
ceives his ready support and advocacy, while at
the same time he guards with vigilant care those
methods and institutions which have stood the

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