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citizen are highly appreciated by his neighbors,
who elected him for four years to the office of
supervisor. He is a member of the L O. O. F.
Politically he is a Republican, and his church
connections are with the Methodist Episcopal de-
nomination.

Mr. Swallow married in 1881, Mrs. Elizabeth
(Hopper) Deacon, and they have one son, Dan-
iel W., who is a student at State College, Centre
county, Pennsylvania. The Reverend Silas C.
Swallow, who was one of the presidential candi-
dates at the recent election, is cousin to Mr.
Swallow, being the son of his father's brother
George, mentioned above.

WILLIAM J. APPLEMAN. One of the
leading men of the borough of Throop is Wil-
liam J. Appleman. His father, Martin V. Ap-
pleman, was born in Belvidere, New Jersey, and
for nearly thirty years was connected with the
Carter axe works. He married Frances C,
daughter of James P. Whitley, who was born in
England, and in the early fifties emigrated to
the United States. He was a contract miner and
subsequently became a general contractor, and
was a thorough business man. His wife was
Sarah P. Easby, a native of Clark's Summit, and
a descendant of early settlers in the Lackawanna
\'alley, in every part of which the familv is rep-
resented by worthy and loyal citizens. Mr. and
Mrs. Whitley were the parents of the following
children : Frances C. mentioned above as the



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wife of Martin V. Applenian ; Alonzo, Angeline,
Harriet, and Augusta, deceased. Mr. and Mrs.
Appleman were the parents of one son, William
J., mentioned at length hereafter. They are still
living in the enjoyment of the fruits of well-
spent lives.

William J. Appleman, son of Martin V. and
Frances C. (Whitley) Appleman, was born No-
vember 14, 1865, in Providence, Lackawanna
county, Pennsylvania, and received his education
in the common schools of his native town. For
twenty-three years he has been connected in one
capacity or another with the Pancoast Coal Com-
pany and the Price Coal Company. In 1886 he
became paymaster for the former, and in Decem-
ber, I goo, when its interest was bought out by
the latter, retained his position. He has always
taken an active part in public affairs, and has
been honored by his fellow-citizens with various
marks of their appreciation. For six years he
has served in the council as president of that
body, and is now treasurer of the borough of
Thr'oop. From 1882 to 1900 he held the office
of notary public. In 1901 he was appointed
postmaster of Throop, and this office he still
retains. He is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Encampment and the
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Appleman married, in 1886, Kate,
daughter of John and Jemima Davis, and they
had one child, Kate D., who was born Decem-
ber 29, 1897. The death of Mrs. Appleman oc-
curred January 6, 1898.

WILLIAM J. BROAD, station agent for
the Delaware & Hudson Company, at Jessup,
Pennsylvania, is one of the unassuming yet cour-
ageous citizens of his borough. For sixteen
years Mr. Jriroad has seen the trains come and
go on the road, and he is the second permanent
agent to hold that office since the road was
opened. He is a native of Fairbury, Illinois, the
date of his birth being August 9, 1868. The
family are of English extraction, and settled in
New York state at an early date in the history of
the country.

Jesse Broad (grandfather) was a native of
Massachusetts. His wife, Anna (Canfield)
Broad, was a daughter of a Mr. Canfield, who
participated as a soldier in the Revolutionary
war and was present at the surrender of Gen-
eral Cornwallis. Jay D. Broad (father) and
Matilda (Barns) Broad (mother) are natives
of New York state. They were the parents of
two children, but William J. is the only sur-
vivor. Both Mr. and ]\lrs. Broad arc living at



the present time (1904), and for the past fifteen
years have been residents of the Lackawanna
valley.

William J. Broad was reared and educated
at Wells Bridge, New York. In 1887 he be-
came night operator for the Delaware & Hud-
son Company, and in 1888 was removed to
Peckville, where he has remained a faithful and
trusted employee ever since. Previous to 1899
it was no unusual thing for Mr. Broad to find
his station broken open on his return to his of-
fice in the morning. This was not only a source
of annoyance, but a loss as well, for whatever
change was left in the depot was stolen. After
his patience became exhausted, he placed a bur-
glar alarm in the office and connected it with
his house about a mile distant. This alarm
aroused him one night, and hastily repairing to
his office, accompanied by other mfen, caught
five burglars in the office. They surrounded the
depot and demanded a surrender, but instead
they received a volley from well loaded but poor-
ly aimed pistols. After a number of shots were
exchanged, three burglars were injured, Mr.
Broad bringing one down with his gun, but the
others escaped in the darkness. Mr. Broad shot
him in the right shoulder and made a dangerous
wound, but he recovered and served five years
for his unlawful act. This episode put a stop
to the burglaries in. the office of the Delaware
& Hudson Company. He is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Independ-
ent Order of Red Men, and chief of the Peck-
ville fire department since 1898, the duties of
which he performs in a manner both pleasing
and acceptable to all who have an interest in it.

December 24, 1892, Mr. Broad was united
in marriage to May L. Taylor, who was born
in Peckville, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania,
in 1869, a daughter of the late Daniel P. and
Lydia Taylor. The union of Mr, and Airs.
Broad has been blessed with one child, Winfield
T., born in 1894.

Daniel P. Taylor, father of Mrs, Broad, was
born in Greenfield, Lackawanna county, Penn-
sylvania, April 13, 1829, a son of Stephen and
Phoebe (Gladden) Taylor, who were the par-
ents of four children, two of whom are living,
namely: Mrs. Oakly and Miss Lydia Taylor.
Daniel P. Taylor was reared on a farm up to his
sixteenth year. At the age of seventeen he en-
tered the employ of the Delaware & Hudson
Company as driver on No. 2 curve on the grav-
ity road. He was subsequently transferred to
the Blakely train, running between Archbald
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three years. He was «ext placed at the head
of No. I plane at Archbald : after three years
he was transferred to the carpenters' gang un-
der Mr. H. L. Corwin, and helped in the survey
between Archbald and Olyphant. He also
worked with the machinists' gang, putting in
the stationery engines. In 1859 '^^ '^^'^^ appointed
engineer at plane E, which was located at
Peckville, to which place he moved from Arch-
bald. In 1869, at his own request, he was trans-
ferred to the carpenters' gang, but on account
o. failing health was put in charge of Archbald
crossing in the year 1895. Mr. Taylor was a
member of Hiram Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons, for over forty years, and for thirty-
one years was a member of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows. In 1852 I\Ir. Taylor mar-
ried Miss Lydia Heirlihy, of Scott township,
Lackawanna county, and their children were :
Frank L., deceased ; William H., Ella E., Henry.
and Mary L., aforementioned as the wife of
William J. Broad. Mr. Taylor died in 1901, his
wife in 1903.

JOHN E. WILLIAMS has held the posi-
tion of outside foreman of one of the seven col-
lieries belonging to the Temple Iron Company
since 1899, for which office of trust and respon-
sibilitv he is eminently qualified both by expe-
rience and his expert workmanship. This col-
liery is situated in the borough of Blakely, but
is under the management of the Lackawanna
Coal Company. This shaft was sunk in 188 1,
is two hundred feet deep, and was in operation
in 1882. It gives employment to about seven
hundred hands, two hundred of whom are un-
der the supervision of Mr. Williams.

Thomas Williams, father of John E. Will-
iams, emigrated to this country from South
Wales in 1862. He was a blacksmith by trade,
which line of work he followed durijig his en-
tire active career, and by industry and thrift he
was enabled to provide a home for his family
wherein they enjoyed all the necessaries of life
and some of its comforts. His religious views
coincided with those of the Baptist Church, in
which he held membership, and his political al-
legiance was given to the Republican party. In
1864, two years subsequent to his arrival in the
L'nited States. Air. Williams sent for his wife —
Ann (Davis) Williams — and children, who were
anxioush^ awaiting the summons in their home
in South Wales. Thirteen children were born
to Mr. and Mrs. Williams, seven of whom at-
tained years of maturity and are now living :
Mrs. Elizabeth Reid, Mrs. Alarv Smith, Mrs.



Susanna Ely, Mrs. Elvira McLane, Mrs. Emma
Bowman, Thomas, a blacksmith by trade ; and
John E., mentioned hereafter.

John E. Williams was born in South Wales
in 1854, and when ten years of age was brought
to this country by his mother to meet his fath-
er, who had established a home for them in the
borough of Blakely. He attended the public
school adjacent to his home and there by close
application to his studies acquired a practical
education. Like other boys who have been
brought up in sight of a breaker, he entered
it as the initiatory step in mining. Having de-
cided to follow in the footsteps of his father in
business life, he learned the trade of blacksmith,
at which he worked for several years, and then
added to it the machinist trade, which he fol-
lowed for seventeen years, and this practical
knowledge made his services indispensable to
the company. He has been actively identified
with the present company for twenty-two years
in the various capacities of blacksmith, ma-
chinist and foreman. With the exception of five
years spent in blacksmithing in the state of Ma-
ryland, his home has been in the Lackawanna
valley. He has served on the Blakely borough
school board for a period of six years with,
credit to himself and his fellow-citizens. Po-
litically he adheres to the principles of Repub-
licanism, and fraternally he affiliates with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

In 1877 Mr. Williams married Emma Thomas,
daughter of John and Margaret Thomas, also
natives of Wales, the former named having
been the first boss employed by the Elkhill
Coal and Iron Company in 1861. Eight chil-
dren were the issue of this marriage, three of
whom are living, as follows : Mrs. Margaret
Lewis, Mrs. Jennie Guard, and Thomas Will-
iams.

A. D. HAINES, store keeper for the Lack-
awanna Coal Company, whose breaker is situ-
ated at Blakely borough, and an active and pub-
lic-spirited citizen whose private and public life
has been marked by the display of those char-
acteristics which are so essential to good citi-
zenship, is a native son of the state in which he
now resides, having been born in Moscow,
Lackawanna county, in 1869, a son of John M.
and Susan J. (Dolph) Haines, the latter named
having been a daughter of Alfred Dolph, one
of the old settlers of the valley, whose history
will be found elsewhere in this work.

John M. Haines ( father) was born at
Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania, and in that vi-



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cinity was reared and obtained a good English
education. For several years he conducted an
extensive contracting business, during which
time he furnished the Delaware & Hudson Com-
pany with props for mining purposes. He was
a staunch adherent of the Republican party, and
a loyal and worthy citizen of this great nation.
During the troublesome times of the Civil war
he offered his services to the United States gov-
ernment and took an active part in that terrific
conflict. He was a member of Company B,
Eleventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, with which he served three years and
three months. For good behavior and merito-
rious conduct on the field of battle he was pro- ■
moted to the rank of sergeant, in which capacity
he was serving at the time of his honorable dis-
charge. He participated in many battles and
engagements, the principal ones having been :
Antietam, where he was severely wounded in
the left arm ; Cold Harbor, Gettysburg, and the
Wilderness. During his term of service he con-
tracted a disease which clung to him all his life,
and was finally the means of his death in the
year 1880. His wife, Susan J. (Dolph) Haines,
bore him two children: Mrs. Lizzie A. Barnett
and A. D. Haines.

A. D. Haines and his sister Lizzie A. were
sent to the Soldiers' Orphans' Home, where
they received an education and were discharged
therefrom when they reached their sixteenth
year, A. D. having been an inmate there for
seven years, dudring which time he availed him-
self of all the facilities of the institution, which
course qualified him for his present life of use-
fulness and activity. In 1885 he entered the
employ of the Lackawanna Coal Company,
spending the first three years in the breaker,
after which he was transferred to the company
store of general merchandise, where he re-
mained for seventeen years and fulfilled the du-
ties with entire satisfaction to the company, in
1901 he was placed in charge of all the mine
supplies, which is a most responsible position,
but Mr. Haines has proved himself fully com-
petent to cope with every emergency that arises.
He is a worthy member of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, Colfax Encampment of the
same order, the Knights of Pythias, and the
Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Re-
publican, elected burgess 1901 and served to
1904, and was auditor of Blakely borough three
years prior.

November 26, 1890, occurred the marriage
of A. D. Haines and Irene Jones, daughter of
Owen and Catherine Tones, of Wales. Mr.



Jones was a resident of Olyphant at his death.
Two children were the issue of this happv union :
Alfred, who died at two years of age ; and Jen-
nie, born in 1897.

JOHN K. BERKHEISER. Probably no
citizen of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, is more thor-
oughly identified with the mining interests of
the place than is John K. Berkheiser. His fath-
er, William J. Berkheiser, a native of Schuyl-
kill county, Pennsylvania, was engaged in
mining on a small scale. He married Mary
Klinger, born in the same county, and t«n chil-
dren were born to them, eight of whom grew
to maturity. Of the latter number six are now
'living : John K.„ mentioned at length herein-
after ; Kate, Maria, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Frank,
who is a resident of Plymouth.

John K. Berkheiser, son of William J. and
Mary (Klinger) Berkheiser, was born June 7,
1849, '" Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, and
passed his boyhood in Weldon, near Pottstown.
It was in this place that he received his edu-
cation in the common schools. At a verv early
age he began to work in the mines, where one
of his first occupations was that of a fan-turner,
the fans of to-day being unknown. He was
next promoted to the position of mule-driver,
after which he became a full-fledged miner. The
first company for whom he worked was the
Philadelphia & Reading Iron & Coal Company,
bv whom he was, after filling more than one
responsible position, finally promoted to be fore-
man over a gang of miners. In 1888 he was
transferred to the Burnside colliery in Shamo-
kin, Pennsylvania, where he remained one year,
and in 1889 engaged with the Lehigh & Wilkes-
Barre Coal Company at Plymouth. While in the
service of this company he became foreman in
the Nottingham colliery, a position which he re-
tained for two years.

In 1891 he moved to Blakely, where he be-
came inside foreman for the Lackawanna Coal
Company, and in 1895, while retaining this of-
fice, accepted the same position with the John-
son Coal Company. When the New York, On-
tario & Western Companv bought out the Lack-
awanna and Johnson Companies, Mr. Berk-
heiser was retained in his old position, the work
and responsibility gradually increasing until he
became inside foreman for the Riverside, Ray-
mond, Ontario, Richmondale and Johnson mines.
The care and responsibility involved in the su-
perintendence of these mines may be estimated
when it is remembered that the number of men
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551



hundred and seventy-five. The simple fact that
Mr. Berkheiser fills this position with satisfac-
tion to his employers and credit to himself is
a sufficient testimony to his ability and integrity.
In an occupation necessarily involving so much
peril it is remarkable that the only accident
through which Mr. Berkheiser has passed dur-
ing a period of forty years was a gas explosion
which occurred while he was engaged at Plym-
outh. The pressure of business leaves him lit-
tle time for social enjoyments, and the only
fraternal organization to which he belongs is
the Masonic order. He is a member of Kings-
ley Lodge, No. 466, Free and Accepted Masons,
of which he has been master.

Mr. Berkheiser married in 1868, Rebecca A.
Spotts, and three children were born to them :
Charles ; William, who is foreman for the Tem-
ple Iron Company ; he married a Miss Richards ;
and Harvey. After the death of his wife Mr.
Berkheiser married in 1874 Margaret Patton,
and by this marriage became the father of the
following children : Catherine, who is the wife
of William W. Jones, editor and proprietor of
the Olyphant Gazette ; Alfred L., who is an en-
gineer; and Mary E., who is the wife of James
Webb. Mr. Berkheiser has five grandchildren.

FRED A. WRIGHT, the efficient and suc-
cessful business manager of the Olyphant branch
of the Peck Lumber Manufacturing Company,
whose main office is located in Scranton, Penn-
sylvania, enjoys a reputation for strict integ-
rity, correct business principles and fidelity to
all interests entrusted to him. He was born in
Afton, Chenango county, New York, October
I, 1874.

William A. Wright, father of Fred A.
Wright, is a native of Delaware county, New
York, where he was reared and educated. He
served an apprenticeship at the trade of sash,
blind and door manufacturing, and by persist-
ent and close application to all details became
an expert mechanic, thoroughly qualified to fill
any position along those lines. He changed his
place of residence to Scranton, Pennsylvania,
where he secured employment with the Peck
Lumber Manufacturing Company, performing
his duties with the utmost satisfaction. For a
number of years he conducted a sash and blind
factory at Afton, New York, in which town he
now ( 1904) resides. By his marriage to Sarah
A. Pierce, also a native of Delaware county.
New York, two children were born : Fred A.
and Hannah Wright.

The common schools of Afton, New York,



and the Afton Academy afforded Fred A..
Wright ample opportunity for accjuiring an ex-
cellent preliminary education, and after the re-
moval of his parents to Scranton, Pennsylvania,,
this was supplemented by attendance at the
Scranton Business College, from which he grad-
uated fully equipped for an active business ca-
reer. In iMay, 1894, he accepted a position in
the Peckville office of the Peck Lumber Manu-
facturing Company, where he remained until
1898, during which year the company opened
a branch office in Jermyn and placed Mr. Wright
there as manager. He performed the duties of
the office satisfactorily to all concerned, and in
February, 1904, was transferred to his present
office in' Olyphant; this branch of this extensive
business was established in 1902 with William
W. Peck as manager. The buildings and lum-
ber yard cover several acres of ground, and their
stock comprises all kinds of lumber used for
building purposes, both inside and out. Mr.
Wright is a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He is unmarried.

r

BRYCE R. BLAIR, who now occupies the
position of city engineer in Carbondale, Penn-
sylvania, comes from sturdy Scotch stock. Bryce
Blair, grandfather of Bryce R. Blair, was born
in Scotland, April 4, 1776. He was a weaver
by trade, and pursued that occupation all his
life in the city of his birth. He married Mar-
garet Glide, born in Edinburgh, December 18,
1778. Thev had seven children, as follows: Will-
iam S., Frank, Robert, James Bryce W., Anne
and ^larv.

William S. Blair, oldest son and child of
Bryce and Margaret (Glide) Blair, was born
May 24, 1804, in Redfordshire, Scotland. He
received a good edducation in the town of his
birth, and while still very young turned his at-
tention to business pursuits. He began as a
merchant and manufacturer, and being pos-
cessed of great executive ability and keen ob-
serving powers was very successful in his choice
of a life work. He married Margaret Stewart,
born May 24, 1803, in Scotland, daughter of
John and" Anne Stuart. Mrs. Blair was con-
sidered a very talented and clever woman. Will-
iam and Alargaret (Stewart) Blair were the par-
ents of three children : John. Margaret, and
Brvce R., of whom only the last named is living.

Brvce R. Blair, son and youngest child of
William and :Margaret (Stewart) Blair, was
born in Scotland, and received his education in
the common schools of the city of his birth. He
was ambitious and enterprising, and thought that



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a better fortune was awaiting him in the new
world than he could possibly acquire in the old,
so, at the early age of twenty years, he came to
the United States and settled in Tunkhannock,
Penns3'lvania. He remained there for some time
and then went to Kingston, Pennsylvania, and
surveyed the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg rail-
road, in 1854. This was the first railroad in this
section and the work was of the greatest im-
portance. He remained with this company until
1865, when he removed to Plymouth, Pennsyl-
vania, and accepted the position of superintend-
ent with the Nottingham Coal Company of that
place, and remained with them about four years.
In the fall of 1868 he came to Carbondale, Penn-
sylvania, and has since made that city his resi-
dence. He was the engineer in charge of the
building of the Susquehanna railroad to Susque-
hanna, and was !the chief engineer there for
about two years ; he then became their super-
vising engineer. He is now engineer of the city
of Carbondale, and is a man whose judgment
is considered of great weight. Mr. Blair is very
popular socially, and is a member of Mount
Horeb Chapter, No. 213, of Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania, being past high priest of this body ;
he is a member of Plymouth Lodge, No. 332,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania, is past master of this and is the only
surviving charter member ; and a member of
Crusade Commandery, No. 12, Bloomsburg,
Pennsylvania.

Mr. Blair married, January 17, 1858, in
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, Emma Tubbs, born
at Hazleton, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1833,
daughter of Williams A. Tubbs, born 1807. and
his wife, Elizabeth (Henritzie) Tubbs, born
1812, in Slatington, Pennsylvania. Mr. Tubbs
was a farmer and carpenter by occupation, and
was a captain in Company F, One Hundred and
Forty-third Regiment, Colonel E. Dana com-
manding. Bryce R. Blair and Emma (Tubbs)
Blair were the parents of eleven children: i.
William (twin), born in Kingston, Pennsylva-
nia, died in infancy; Maggie (twin), born in
Kingston, Pennsylvania, died in infancy ; Bryce,
born January 26, i860, at the age of twenty
went west and is now living in Colorado ; Rev.
Williams T. Clyde, born in Kingston, Pennsyl-
vania, October 30, 1862, died 1881 ; Robert S.,
born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1864, is a ma-
chinist in the city of Carbondale and lives at
home with his parents ; Frank, born April 13,
1865, in Kingston, Pennsylvania, married Mat-
tie Tallman, of that city, and is the father of
five children : George, Beatrice, Clvde, Bessie



and Bryce ; Frank Blair is the foreman of the
Long Island Railroad shops at Richmond Hill,
Long Island ; Stanley, born 1867, died in in-
fancy ; Josephine, born December 30, 1868, died
May, 1882; Charles, born August 15, 1871, ed-
ucated in the schools of that city and is now in
Olyphant, Pennsylvania ; he married Clara Yar-
rington, daughter of H. L. Yarrington ; Ralph
Wadhams, born January, 1873, in Carbondale,
Pennsvlvania, married Carrie Tallman, of
Thompson, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania ;
they have one child, Reginald ; Ralph Wadhams
Blair is a machinist and has his residence in



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