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of Llanartheney, in the county of Caermarthen
Caermarthentown, and had the advantage of an
excellent education. He was graduated from
Evans' College, where the father and three of
his brothers taught. He "was ap])renticed to the
carpenter and joiner trade, at which he worked
for some time, but later devoted more time and
attention to cabinetmaking, this being more to
his taste. He learned this latter business at
Swansea, and followed it for a number of years.
Some time after he had acquired a thorough
working knowledge of cabinetmaking he went
to London, England, and accei^ted a position
with the firm of Smith & Kelk, Pimlico. He was
considered a very fine and accurate workman,
and the first work on which he was engaged in
London was for seven weeks on the casket where-
in rested the remains of the Prince Consort. His
work was of such excellence that he was pro-
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he retained this until he left England. He emi-
grated to the United States in 1865, settling in
Scranton, Pennsylvania. Here he became ac-
quainted with Joseph A. Scranton, manager of
the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. This
gentleman had done much to make Scranton the
city of importance which it became. He was the
father of W. W. Scranton, the owner of the
water and gas works of the city, and it is in their
honor that the city received the name which it
bears. Air. Scranton was very conservative in
his ideas, and always held to the idea that ma-
chinery products could not compete with those
turned out by hand. He engaged the services of
Mr. Evans as cabinetmaker, and he worked for
him for five years as foreman, to their mutual
satisfaction. At this time Mr. Evans made a
decided change in his business plans. He became
the proprietor of what is now known as the Cen-
tral City Hotel. He moved to Hyde Park in
1868 and there built the French Roof Hotel, of
which he was the proprietor. Although he ac-
commodated as man\' as twenty-five guests at a
time, there never was the least irregularity in the
conduct of the hotel. This was due to his excel-
lent, systematic management, in which he was
ably assisted and seconded h\ his wife, and
which made all the household machinery run
smoothly. His hotel was always well-stocked
with the best the country and season afforded,
and his guests, well satisfied, invariably returned
to him when in that vicinity. He retired from
this business in January, 1904, feeling that it
was beyond his power to continue it without the
co-operation of his faithful wife, whose death
occurred in 1898. Mr. Evans married Elmira
Rounds, born near Uniondale, Pennsylvania,
January, 1832, and they had four children : Nel-
lie, married J. F. Dolan ; Arthur, Mary A., and
George. Of these Nellie is the only one now
living.

CHARLES F. DAKIN. Few men in Lack-
awanna county have had wider or more varied
experience in powder-making in all its branches
than Charles F. Dakin, of Peckville. Mr. Dakin
is a representative of a family of English origin
which is asserted on good authority to be of
noble extraction. The Lackawanna county
branch has long been resident in Pennsylvania.

Charles Dakin was born in 1788, in Phila-
delphia, and married Elizabeth Parent, also a na-
tive of that city. Their family consisted of the
following children : John, who was a veteran of
the Civil war ; Thomas, who was also a veteran
of that war, having held the rank of sergeant and



received a wound at the battle of the Welden
Railroad ; Samuel ; Peter, who died of disease in
the army during the Civil war ; Charles, men-
tioned at length hereafter ; and Matilda.

Charles Dakin, son of Charles and Elizabeth
(Parent) Dakin, was born in 1825, in Philadel-
phia, where he learned the trade of ropemaking,
which he followed for the greater part of his life.
A remarkable testimony to his ability and faith-
fulness is found in the fact that for fifteen years
he was employed by the same establishment. He
married Anna Richards, who was born in 1826,
in Philadelphia, and of their seven children three
arrived at maturity and two are now living :
Charles F., mentioned hereafter; and Elmer, who
was born in 1862, and since 1883 has been em-
ployed as assistant superintendent by the Dupont
Powder Company. He married Eliza McMains
and they have one son, Walter. Mr. and Mrs.
Dakin, the parents, are still living, happy in the
aiifection of their children and grandchildren and
the attachment of many friends.

Charles F. Dakin, son of Charles and Anna
(Richards) Dakin, was born December 8, 1849,
in Philadelphia, and was educated in the common
schools of White Haven and Bear Creek, to
which places his parents successively removed.
As a youth he sought employment in various
directions, and at an early age entered the repair
shop of the Warrior Run Coal Company, where
he was for some time engaged in the repairing
of mine cars. After working for a time in
Wilkes-Barre he went to Fairview, where he op-
erated a sawmill. He then engaged in business
as a millwright in the employ of John Levan
who is well known as the builder of nearly all
the mills in the county. At the end of seven
years he went to Moosic, where he worked as a
millwright for the Moosic Powder Company, and
after two years entered the service of the Laflin
Powder Company. With this organization he
remained ten years, from 1872 to 1882, and in
the latter year was engaged by the Dupont Pow-
der Company to build their present mill. This
structure was begun inside of what are now the
city limits, but in consequence of opposition this
site was abandoned and the building was erected
where it now stands. It is situated on a branch
of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Rail-
road, at a place called Storr's Junction. The
mill is built on a tract of sixty-nine acres, and
on the ground are twelve commodious and com-
fortable dwellings, including the residence of the
superintendent. Mr. Dakin planned and super-
intended the erection of the mills, and after their
completion was appointed to the office of superin-



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tendent. Since that time he has been the active
and operative head of the estabhshnient, which
he has conducted with rare skill and judgment.
He has not been exempt from the perils incident
to his calling, but the excellent management of
the company nas rendered accidents in tneir mills
of comparative rare occurrence.

Mr. Dakin married, in 1870, Alice Farringer,
of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, and of the six cnil-
dren born to them tour are now living : Elmer,
who is an engineer in the service of tne powder
company; Jonn; Estella ; and Bertha.

RICHARD A. HOLLY. At No. 1617 Ca-
pouse avenue in that section of the city of bcran-
ton which is known as Green Ridge is located
the attractive residence of Mr. Holly, who may
well be termed one of the pioneers of this por-
tion of the city, since he here erected his hand-
some residence in 1873. at which time Green
Ridge was considered an isolated suburb, "out
in tne country," being sparsely settled and out-
side the corporate limits of the city. The district
is now considered one of the most attractive and
desirable residence sections of Scranton. Mr.
Holly is one of the well known and honored citi-
zens of this community, and is well entitled to
representation in this compilation.

Richard A. Holly was born in Middletown,
Orange county. New York, Alarch 4, 1841, being
a son of Daniel T. and Maria (Carpenter) Holly,
both of whom were born and reared in that same
county, of which the respective families , were
pioneers, while the lineage on the paternal side
IS traced to the patrician stock of the Old Domin-
ion state. The father of our subject devoted the
major portion of his life to agricultural pursuits,
having passed the closing years of his life upon
a farm in Benton township, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, whither he came from his native
county in the year 1857. He died in 1876, and
his devoted wife passed awav on the same farm
in 1882. They were persons of high mentality
and sterling traits of character, and were held
in respect and confidence by all with whom they
came in contact. Their religious faith was that
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in poli-
tics the father was a Republican. They became
the parents of seven children, namely : Charles
E., Richard A., Moses C. (deceased), Nathaniel
(deceased), Ira B., Samuel and Sarah E. Na-
thaniel sacrificed his life on the altar of his coun-
try, having been a member of the One Hundred
and Forty-second Pennsylvania Regiment of
Volunteers in the Civil war, and having lost his
life while assisting in the storming of a Confed-



erate stronghold in the battle of Spottsylvania
Court House, \irginia, in 1864. Richard A.
Holly, grandfather of Richard A. Holly, came
from Greenbrier, \'irginia, when a young man,
to Orange county, state of New York, and re-
sided there at the time of his death. The maiden
name of his wife was Courtright, and thev reared
a large family of children. Their descendants
may De found in divers sections of the Union,
useful and reputable citizens of their respective
commonwealths.

Richard A. Holly was reared to maturity in
his native county, in whose common schools he
secured a good practical education. In his youth
he learned the trade of brick mason, to which he
continued to devote his attention as a vocation
until 1897, when he turned his attention to con-
tract teaming, m which he is still engaged. He
has been a resident of Scranton since 1857, 'lav-
ing come to the Lackawanna Valley about the
same- time as did his parents.

He was one of the loyal and patriotic youths
who went forth in defense of the Union when its
integrity was jeopardized through armed rebel-
lion. In response to the first call for volunteers
he tendered his services, enlisting on the 27th
of April, 1861, as a private in Compain- D,
Eighteenth New York Volunteer Infantry, with
which he proceeded to the front, his regiment
being assigned to the Army of the Potomac and
having participated in many of the notable battles
of the great internecine conflict. Among the
principal engagements in which Mr. Holly thus
took part may be mentioned : First Bull Riin,
Gaines' Alill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fred-
ericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was pro-
moted first sergeant of his company for merito-
rious conduct on the ist of July, 1862, and as
such he received his honorable discharge on the
28th of May, 1863. He maintains a deep interest
in his old comrades and signifies the same b - his
membership in Ezra Grififin Post, No. 139, Grand
Army of the Republic, while in a fraternal way
he is also identified with Union Lodge, No. 291,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, having been
raised to the sublime degree of master mason in
1864. In politics he gives an unqualified support
to the Republican party. He is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

On December 2, 1863, Mr. Holly married
Estella Reaves, of Middletown, and her death
occurred May 30, 1867. She is survived by her
two children : Elizabeth, who is the wife of John
D. Matteson, of Scranton, and they have three
children. Holly, Estella and Guy. Fannie, the
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of Scranton, and they have two children, Hazel
and Florence. On March i6, 1870, Mr. Holly
consummated a second marriage, being then
united to Mary White, who was born and reared
in Luzerne county^ Pennsylvania, and they have
one son, Frederick L., who was graduated in the
Scranton Business College and who is now book-
keeper for the Pennsylvania Telephone Company
in Scranton ; he married Lucy Ludt, November
28, 1901.

^nCHAEL J. BOURKE, one of the leading
business men of Dunmore, was born March 17,
1847, in Killala, the oldest seaport town in county
Mayo, Ireland, and was the only child of Walter
j. and Catherine (Dimond) Bourke, both natives
of Ireland, who spent their lives and died in that
country.

Air. Bourke learned the tailor's trade, and in
1858 went to England, where for twenty years
he was engaged in business. In 1878 he emi-
grated to the United States, and July 16, of
that year arrived in Dunmore, where he has since
resided and prospered in his business. During
this time he has built three houses, two in the
third and one in the sixth ward. Both as a busi-
ness man and a citizen he is extremely popular,
his genial temper and courteous demeanor secur-
ing for him hosts of friends. He belongs to the
Order of Heptasophs, and is a member of the
Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Bourke married
in 1858 Winifred O'Donnell. a native of Ireland,
and the following children have been born to
them :

1. John F., deceased 1900, married Frankie
Coon, and they had children as follows : May.
married and has a daughter ; Winifred ; Walter,
deceased ; Lizzie, Ellen, Loretta, Hattie and
Fredericka.

2. Mary Ann, married Ralph Harwood, a
florist of Dunmore, of whom further mention is
made elsewhere in this work.

3. Kate, married John Lynch, a miner ; they
reside in Dunmore and have the following chil-
dren : Joseph, Walter, deceased ; Mary, Milton.

4. Hannah, married John Gearity ; he is a
miner ; they have the following children : Mary,
Euphrosyne, Winifred.

5. Michael, a tailor by occupation, married
Margaret O'Hara, and their children are :
Thomas, deceased ; Frank, Ray, Helen, Margaret
and May. They reside in Scranton.

6. Thomas, who died in childhood.

7. Thomas (2), a tailor by trade, of Car-
bondale, married Mame Leonard, and they have

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three children, namely : Leonard, Thomas and
John.

8. Winifred, deceased.

9. Catherine.

EVAN D. JONES. One of the oldest, active
engineers in the service of the Scranton Coal
Company is Evan D. Jones, of Scranton. His
father, Evan Jones, emigrated from England to
the United States in 1866. His wife was Mary
Protheroe. In his native country Mr. Jones was
a contractor, and for some time after coming to
the United States followed that occupation. Sub-
sequently he was in the service of the Scranton
Coal Company. He and his wife were the par-
ents of the following children : George, Alfred,
Edward, Evan D., mentioned at length hereafter;
and Edith. The mother of these children died in
England. The father of the family, who has at-
tained to the venerable age of ninety vears, is to-
day in the enjoyment of excellent health.

Evan D. Jones, son of Evan and Alary (Pro-
theroe) Jones, was born December 16, 1848, in
England, and was educated in his native country,
attending the common schools. He turned his
attention to locomotive engineering, which he
practiced until 187 1, when he emigrated to the
United States, arriving on April 14, of that year.
He went direct to Scranton, where he was en-
gaged as engineer by the Lackawanna Iron &
Coal Company. He remained in their service
until September 16, 1877, when he entered upon
the duties of his present position with the Scran-
ton Coal Company. In all the twenty-seven years
during which Mr. Jones has held this responsible
office he has never met with an accident. He is
highly appreciated by the company for his long
and faithful service. He is the owner of three
well built houses, which were erected under his
personal supervision, and in one of which he
makes his home. He belongs to the I. O. O.
F. He is a devoted member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, in which he serves on the
official board.

Mr. Jones married in 1865, Mary A. Jones,
and among the eight children born to them are
the following : Alfred, Archibald, George W.,
and Walter.

JACOB GROMLICH. No one abler or
more energetic in his chosen calling than Jacob
Gromlich, of Dunmore, can be found in all Lack-
awanna county. The family to which Mr. Grom-
lich belongs is of German origin, but has been
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John Gromlich was born in ' Bucks county,
Pennsylvania, and in early life was a boatman,
but subsequently engaged in the lumber business
which he followed for his remaining- years. He
was a member of the firm of Washburn, Norman
& Company, lumber manufacturers. He built the
first mill beyond Moscow, called Gromlich's and
Staples' mill, and owned about eleven hundred
.acres of timber land which he cleared of the lum-
ber with which it was covered. He enjoyed the
reputation of a thoroughgoing and upright busi-
ness man. He married Sarah Smith, also a na-
tive of Bucks county, and they were the parents
of twelve children, all of whom are living: John
and Jerry (twins) ; Jacob, mentioned at length
hereafter: Alice, Susie, Mary, Annie, Mahlon,
David, George, Gertie, and Sadie. Mrs. Grom-
lich, the mother of these children, died June 7,
1902, deeply lamented by her family and friends.
Mr. Gromlich, who has now retired from active
hfe, resides at Maplewood, Pennsylvania.

Jacob Gromlich, son of John and Sarah
(Smith) Gromlich, was born June 11, 1862, in
Hamburg, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and re-
ceived his education in the common schools of
Wayne county, whither his parents moved in
1866. In 1884 he entered the service of the Penn-
sj'lvania Coal Company, and worked on the old
Gravity railroad. At the end of a year he was
made track hand, and after working in that ca-
pacity for three years became a fireman on the
same road, which position he held for two years.
He was then engaged for four years in running
cars, and at the end of that time was given
charge of Gipsey Grove and No. i. colliery and
warehouses. These he superintended for six
years, and in 1900 was promoted to his present
position of outside foreman of No. 5 colliery, sit-
uated at Dunmore. This shaft was sunk in 1882,
and the breaker built in the following year. The
shaft is three hundred feet deep with four veins
of coal, and in this mine there are three hundred
men employed. In and around the breaker there
are eighty-six hands constantly at work, over
whom Mr. Gromlich exercises the most humane
control, with equal consideration for the rights
•of employers and employed. Previous to 1894
Mr. Gromlich lived on a farm which in that year
he sold, and then became a resident of Dunmore.
He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the Junior
Order of United American Mechanics.

Mr. Gromlich married. May 20, 1880, Carrie,
daughter of Henry Masters, and they are the
parents of the following children : William,
Sadie, who is the wife of Floyd Munson and has



one child, Raymond Munson ; Florence, Kenneth,
Mabel, Erma, Laura, and Carrie Gromlich.

NEWTON A. WALLACE. A worthy type
of the prosperous and popular dairy farmer of
Lackawanna county is presented in Newton A.
\\'anace, of Clark's Summit. Mr. Wallace comes
of old Pennsylvania stock, his ancestors on both
sides having been for a century residents of the
Keystone state. William Wallace was born Jan-
uary 3, 1794, in Dutchess county. New York. He
was a farmer and also followed the shoemaker's
trade. His wife was Miriam Ferris, and they
were the parents of the following children :
Mary E., John, George, Minerva, Irene, William
W., mentioned hereafter ; Elmira, Zipron F., and
Rebecca J.

William W. Wallace, son of William and
Miriam (Ferris) Wallace, was born in ClilYord,
Pennsylvania, and married Elizabeth Cobb, a na-
tive of the same place. Their children were :
Sarah A., Ida E., Newton A., mentioned here-
after ; and Wallen E.

Newton A. Wallace, son of William W. and
Elizabeth (Cobb) Wallace, was born in 1868, in
Greenfield township, where he received his edu-
cation. When his school days were over he
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, his
fitness for which was soon demonstrated by the
success which from the beginning of his career
has attended him. He is the owner of a fine
dairy farm where he conducts a flourishing busi-
ness. Mr. Wallace married in 1891, Clara
Knapp, and they have two children : Iva, born
in February, 1893; and Robert, born in July,
1896.

Mrs. Wallace is the great-granddatighter of
Zephaniah and Mary (Fellows) Knapp, natives
of England, who emigrated to the United States
and settled in New York state, where their son
William G was born. The latter, about 1800,
moved to Pennsylvania and made his home in
Abington township, where he purchased a large
farm. This he maintained in a high state of
cultivation, becoming one of the leading farmers
of the township. He married Sally Coolbaugh,
also a native of New York state, and their chil-
dren were : Ruia, Niles H., mentioned at length
hereafter ; and Margaret. Mr. Kjiapp was a use-
ful and influential citizen, possessing the fullest
confidence of his townsmen.

Niles H. Knapp, son of William G. and Sally
(Coolbaugh) Knapp. was born in 1838, in South
Abington township. He was a practical farmer
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duced the best crops. He married Anna AI.
Harrington, a descendant of Andrew Harring-
ton, who came from England prior to the Revo-
lutionary war, and settled in Connecticut. His
children were: Phineas, born in January, 1769;
Jesse, born in 1700; Kezia, born in 1772; Abel,
born in 1776; Sarah, born in 1782; Sina, born in
1784; and Kezia (second), born in 1794. Anna
M. (Harrington) Knapp died in June, 1901.

Abel Harrington, probably a brother of An-
drew Harrington, was twice married. His first
wife was Isabelle , and his second Cather-
ine . By his second marriage he was the

father of the following children : Phoebe, Lloyd,
James, Ezekiel, and Hezekiah. The last-named
was the first of the family to emigrate from Con-
necticut to Pennsylvania. He married Sarah
Burton and the following children were born to
them : Anna, who became the wife of Niles H.
Knapp, as mentioned above ; Nancy, Mary, Julia,
Harriet, George, and Henry. Air. and Mrs.
Knapp were the parents of one daughter, Clara,
born in 1868., in South Abington township, and
became the wife of Newton A. Wallace, as men-
tioned above. Mr. Knapp died March 5, 1904,
at the age of sixty-six. He was a man whose
sterling qualities commanded the respect of all.

WILLL\M H. SWALLOW. One of the
well-known farmers of South Abington township
is William H. Swallow, of Clark's Green. Mr.
Swallow belongs to a family of Huguenot origin
which was planted in England by ancestors who
were forced to flee from the religious persecution
to which they were subjected in their native
France. Subsequently the family migrated to
America.

Joseph Swallow was born in New Jersey,
whence, as a young man, he moved to Pennsyl-
vania and settled in what was then Luzerne
county, making his home at Inkerman, where he
purchased one hundred acres of land. This land
was afterward sold to the Pennsylvania Coal
Company. Mr. Swallow married Mary Cooper,
and they were the parents of the following chil-
dren : George, Benjamin, Daniel, mentioned at
length hereafter ; Miner, Elizabeth, Phoebe,
Mary Ann, and James. Of this number all are
now deceased with the exception of Elizabeth
and Mary Ann. Mr. Swallow, the father of the
family, died in i860 at an advanced age.

Daniel Swallow, son of Joseph and Mary
(Cooper) Swallow, was born July 13, 1813, in
Luzerne county, and in 1854 moved to South
Abington ' township, where he purchased one
hundred acres of land upon which he lived dur-



ing the remainder of his life. He was an ener-
getic and prosperous farmer. His wife was
Mary Knapp and the following children were
born to them: William H., mentioned at length
hereinafter; Minerva O., who became the wife of
Freeman Leach ; Welding M., who is now the
owner of the homestead ; Clarissa ; and Daniel
W. ; both of whom are deceased. The death of
Mr. Swallow, who was a man universallv re-
spected for his sterling worth of character, oc-
curred in 1877. His widow is still living.

William H. Swallow,, son of Daniel and Mary
(Knapp) Swallow, was born in 1842, in Pitts-
ton township, and was still a boy when his par-
ents moved to South Abington township, of
which he has since been a continuous resident.
All his life has been devoted to agricultural pur-
suits, and success has uniformly crowned his
labors. He has lived on his present farm for
the last fourteen years, the fine condition of the
estate testifying to the industrv and ability of the
owner. Mr. Swallow takes a lively interest in
all that concerns the well-being of the community
in which he resides, and his good qualities as a



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