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was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania.
He followeil agricultural pursuits, as had many
of the members of the previous generations of the
family, and in addition to this was a merchant,
proprietor and operator of a saw and grist mill
in Huntington, and the owner of over two hun-
dred acres of land in the same township. He
was a member of the German Reformed Church,
held all the offices in the same, and l(Xik an ac-
tive part in the work connected therewith. He
married Lavina Snyder Smethers, who was born
in Salem, Pennsylvania, a representative of one
of the oldest families in that town.. She bore
him the following children : George, Josiah,
Mary Ann, who became the wife of Robert Meix-
ell. thev reside h'airmount township: Amanda,
Jeremiah, mentioned below; and Reuben, who re-
sides at Ashley and is engaged as foreman of the
Ashley shops. Philip Hess, father of these child-
ren, attained the advanced age of almost eighty
years; his wife passed away at the age of sixty-
five years.

Jeremiah Hess, son of Philii) and Lavina
(Smethers) Hess, and father of L. I'loyd Hess,
was born at Salem township, Pennsylvania, De-



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ccmber 26, 1852. He was reared in Huntington
township, and during his active career was a
farmer and merchant, conducting both Hues suc-
cessfully up to the time of his decease at the
early age of thirty-five years. He took an active
part in political affairs, casting his vote with the
Democratic party, and was elected to all the
township offices. He was a member of the Or-
der of Odd Fellows. He was united in marriage
to Mary Hartman, who bore him two children :
L. Floyd, mentioned hereinafter ; and Jennie A.,
wife of Albert Good, a merchant, owner and
operator of three stores, who resides in Water-
town, Pennsylvania. Mary (Hartman) Hess
was born in Jackson township, Pennsylvania, and
was one of six children, all living, born to Nathan
and Luzetta (Trescott) Hartman, namely: Eliza-
beth, who became the wife of James White, of
Forty Fort ; Mary, widow of Jeremiah Hess, who
resides with her son, L. Floyd Hess ; Anna, who
became the wife of David Pifer, a resident of
Huntington township ; Adelbert. E., a resident of
Shickshinny ; William, a resident of Kingston,
and Matilda, widow of Edmund Kester. Nathan
Hartman. father of these children, was born in
L'nion township, a son of John Hartman, who
was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, fol-
lowed farming as an occupation, died at the age
of seventy-eight years. Nathan Hartman was
one of the first settlers in Huntington township,
where he followed farming all his life, and died
at the age of sevcntv-six years. His wife, whose
maiden name was Luzetta J. Trescott, and who
died at the age of seventy years, was a daughter
of Seth Trescott, who was one of the patentees
of the land and a representative of an old and
honored family. Seth Trescott followed farm-
ing all his life, and died at an advanced age.

L. Floyd Hess, only son of Jeremiah and
Mary (Hartman) Hess, remained on the farm
until he attained the age of twenty-one years, in
the meantime attending the public schools of the
neighborhood, Bloomsburg State Normal school,
from which he graduated, and Dickinson College,
graduating from the law department thereof in
1891. During four years of this period of time
he taught school. He then came to Wilkes-
Barre and opened an office for the practice of his
profession, which has continued since. He was
also admitted to practice in the superior and the
supreme courts of the state, and the supreme
court of New York state. His career as a law-
yer has been marked by sterling character, and a
comprehensive knowledge of the law. He was
the organizer and for some time secretary of the
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New Century Correspondence Schools, and is one
of the directors and treasurer of the National
Realty Company. Mr. Hess is a member of
the F. and A. ivl., No. 61, of Wilkes-Barre, the
I. O. O. F., Wyoming Lodge, No. 39, in which
he has passed through all tiie chairs up to vice
grand, a member of the Outalissi Encampment of
Odd Fellows, and a charter member of the Pa-
triotic Order Sons of America, of which he is
past grand and district president. He has also
taken an active interest in military afifairs, and is
sergeant of Company F, Ninth Regiment Na-
tional Guard, state of Pennsylvania. He is a
member of a number of college fraternities and
the Weorcan Club of Carlisle. He attends the
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hess married, July
16, 1904, Mabel Widner, who was born in Cham-
bersburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of William
Widner, a cigar manufacturer in Carlisle, Penn-
sylvania. Mrs. Hess is the eldest in a family of
three children, the other members being Rachael
and Russel. The latter is traveling with Iveene.

WILLIAM RITER KLINE, of Wilkes-
Barre, ex-chief of police of that city, now on the
police force of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company,
was born October 13, i860, in Shickshinny, Lu-
zerne county, Pennsylvania.

The family was founded in America by Jacob
Kline, who left his home in Germany and sought
a wide field in the new world, landing here in Oc-
tober, 1 741. A son. Daniel, was born in 1742
and served in the Revolutionary war. Daniel
Kline, son of Daniel Kline, was a soldier in the
War of 1812 and served under General Jackson.
He settled on Fishing creek, that vicinity being
then known as Kline's Row, and there reared a
family of children, among whom was John J.
Kline, grandfather of William R. Kline, who was
born July, 1804, and whose death occurred Feb-
ruary 25, 1847. He married, February 22, 1827,
Hannah Rhone, who was born September 20,
1806. Their children were as follows : White-
man F., born January 25, 1828, mentioned here-
inafter ; Samuel R., born March 23, 1829, died
January 7, 1883 ; Martha J., born August 20.
1830, deceased; Cordelia, born Alarch 22,, 1832;
Elizabeth, born June 16, 1835, died April 28.
1838; Louisa D., born October • 12, 1839, de-
ceased; Hannah C, born July 5, 1841, died Feb-
ruary, 1870; Lavina A., born September 13, 1844,
deceased ; Mathias Leeport, born October 28,
1846, killed at the battle of the Wilderness, ]\Iay
10, 1853. The family resides in Columbia
county, along Fishing creek.



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Whiteman F. Kline, father of William R.
Kline, was a native of Columbia county, Pennsyl-
vania, born January 25, 1828. After completing
a common school education he served an appren-
ticeship at the trade of saddler and shoemaker.
In addition to following these occupations he was
.also the proprietor of a general store at Beach
Haven. He was a loyal and public-spirited cit-
izen, and during the dark days of the Civil war
unlisted as a private and served faithfully
throughout the entire period of his enlistment ; he
was a member of Company B, One Hundred and
Ninety-ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volun-
teers. He was an active and consistent member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and an hon-
ored member of Sylvania Lodge of the Order of
Free and Accepted Masons, and Shickshinny
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He
was united in marriage to Elizabeth Crawford,
and two children were the issue of the union :
Lloyd C, born June 6, 1855, died September 3,
1898; married, March 6, 1877, to Agnes Allen,
who bore him two children : Ira M., who served
with the United States Volunteers in the Span-
ish-American war, and Edward, deceased. Will-
iam R., born October 13, i860, mentioned herein-
after. Mr. Kline, father of these children, died
July II, 1903: his wife passed away September
5, 1904.

William R. Kline attended the common
schools in the vicinity of his birthplace and there
obtained a practical education which prepared
him for the activities and duties of life. He
came to Wilkes-Barre, November 29, 1879. For
a period of almost seven years he was a member
of the police force of. the city of Wilkes-Barre,
being appointed patrolman, April, 1894; ser-
geant, September, 1894: and chief, April, 1899,
serving as such until July, 1901, and since then
he has been actively connected with the coal and
iron police force of the Lehigh Valley Coal Com-
pany, his duties being of a general nature, the
chief of which is to accompany the paymaster
when carrying funds. Mr. Kline has an en-
viable military record, being among the oldest
members of the National Guard of Pennsylvania,
having served si.xteen years in that organization.
The first three, years service was'in the Wyoming
Artillery, which at the expiration of that time
was disbanded. He then joined Company F,
Ninth Regiment, in which he served thirteen
years, eight of this time in the capacity of first
sergeant. He joined Wilkes-Barre Lodge,
Knights of Pythias, October 14, 1882, and was
elected captain in the uniform rank of this order



in 1901, which office he still holds (1905). He
joined the Modern Woodmen of America in
April, 190 1, and in this holds the office of chief
forester. He is also a member of the Interna-
tional Association of Chiefs of Police. As a
citizen he is active and alert in the performance
of duty and aids every worthy enterprise that is
calculated to advance the interests of the com-
munity. December 22, 1880, i\Ir. Kline was
married to Miss Hannah R. Merrill, daughter of
Jesse Merrill, of Columbia county, who was a
descendant of one of the oldest families in that
locality. Jesse Merrill was the father of eight
children, namely : Jesse, Thomas, deceased ;
Lewis, Charles, Hannah, James, deceased ; Jen-
nie, married Sterling R. Gruver, they reside in
Wilkes-Barre ; Mary, married William H. Hicks.
They reside in Bloomsburg. The following
named children were born to ]\Ir. aixl I\Irs.
Kline: Lilly R., May 23, 1882; Paul Oliver. Au-
gust 9, 1884, now serving in the United States
navy; Nellie, September 22, 1886; Jennie, Feb-
ruary 23, 1890; and Edith, February 13, 1894.

RICHARD S. WILLIAMS, a member of
the firm of Williams Bros., wholesale grocers, of
Wilkes-Barre, was born in Cardiganshire. Wales,
a son of John S. and Mary A. (Roberts) Will-
iams, also natives of Wales, whose family con-
sisted of eight children, namely: i. Marv, who be-
came the wife of John Evans. 2. John. 3. Richard
S., mentioned hereafter. 4. David S.. the other
member of the firm of Williams Bros., who came
to ihe United States in 186S and located in
Wilkes-Barre; he married, November, 1880,
Mary F. Lucas, daughter of John and Hannah
(Jones) Lucas, of Pottsville, and their children
are : Grace, John L., William G, Roger, How-
ard Voughn and Alyn. 5. William, a twin with
David S. 6. Jane, who became the wife of Will-
iam Thomas. 7. James. 8. Elizabeth A., who be-
came the wife of Rees R. Morgan. John S. Will-
iams, father of these children, came to Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, from W'ales, in 1870, en-
gaged for a period of time in the shoe business,
and resided there until his death.

Richard S. Williams w^as educated in the
schools of his native land, and during his early
years developed those habits of industry, per-
severance and prudence that laid the foundation
for his success in life. In 1868, attracted by the
possibilities afiforded to young men in the busi-
ness world of the United States, emigrated
thither, locating in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
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his brother, David S. Williams, in the wholesale
grocery business under the firm name of Will-
iams Bros., in which they have since success-
fully continued. He is a member of the Welsh
Presbyterian church, a Republican in politics,
aiding to the best of his ability by his vote in the
success of its interests.

]\Ir. Williams married in 1876, Mary Thomas,
daughter of the Rev. James Thomas, of Wilkes-
Barre, and their children are : James, John. Rich-
ard, Mary, Hattie, Robert, Henry and Walter.

STEPHEN HOWARD MILLER, who is
now leading a retired life at his home in Wilkes-
Barre, surrounded with peace and plenty, and
, realizing to the full that there is no reward so
satisfactory as the consciousness of a life well
spent, was born in Pittston township, Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania, ■ November 2, 1829.

Samuel Miller, grandfather of Stephen H.
Miller, was of Holland Dutch ancestry. In early
life he took up his residence in the state of Penn-
sylvania, settling above Pittston, where he resided
thereafter and died, his remains being interred
in Marcy cemetery. He followed various occu-
pations, among them being farmer, preacher,
physician, and undertaker. He was the father
of eight children : Stephen, Martin, Lewis,
Rufus, John Ruth, Amanda, and Azuba.

Rufus Miller, father of Stephen H. Miller,
was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, August 20,
1802. Throughout the active years of his career
he engaged in manufacturing stoves, plows, and
various other articles, having a small foundry, de-
riving therefrom a comfortable livelihood for his
family. On January 16, 1822, he married Eliza-
beth McKnight, in Providence, now a part of the
city of Scranton, and at her death, June 21, 1823,
she left an infant daughter, Susanna. Mr. Mil-
ler chose for his second wife, Cynthia Howard,
who was born May 26, 1806, in Columbus. Chen-
ango county, New York, a daughter of AVilliam
Howard, and their children were as follows :
Mallery, born March 17. 1827, died February 7,
1895 ; Stephen H., born Novemljer 2, 1829. men-
tioned hereinafter ; Eleanor, born January 30,
1831 ; Mary P., born August 28, 1832; Miranda,
torn November 20, 1833 • Moses and Aaron,
twins, who died in infancy ; Elizabeth, born Octo-
ber 21, 1835; Sarah Jane, born August 11, 1838;
Azubath A., born December 26, 1840: and George
W., born January 22, 1844.

Stephen H. Miller obtained a common school
education in Pittston township, now Old Forge,
the place having derived its name from an old



forge where iron was melted from the ore with
charcoal prior to the use of hard coal. He gained
his first practical experience forging iron for his
father, continuing the same until he attained the
age of twenty-one years, when he entered into
business relations with his brother, Mallery Mil-
ler, in the manufacturing of stoves, plows, etc., in
Pittston township, this connection continuing
until 1872 when his brother disposed of his inter-
est in the business, removed to W'ilkes-Barre and
engaged in business on his own account. Stephen
H. Miller continued the business alone up to
1889, when he retired from active pursuits, and
since then has made his home in Wilkes-Barre.
For many years he has been an active and con-
sistent member of the Episcopal Church, an ad-
herent of the principles of the Republican party,
and a member of Bennett Lodge, No. 907, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, at Pittston, in
which he has held membership for more than half
a century ; and of Glenwood Lodge, No. 349,
Knights of Pythias, in which he has held mem-
bership for thirty years. Mr. Miller was mar-
ried, April 26, 1855, to Mary A. Stark, daughter
of John and Cornelia (Wilcox) Stark, and had:
Jennie Cornelia, born January 16, 1856, became
the wife of Charles S. Crane, May 3, 1881, and
have one child, Joseph, whose education was ac-
quired in a college in New Jersey, and who is now
emploved as a civil engineer in the vicinity of Jer-
sey City, New Jersey. Charles S. Crane is cash-
ier of the First National Bank, at Pittston. Penn-
sylvania, in which he has served for thirty years.
Mabel, born January 13, 1858, became the wife of
Victor H. Young-, October, 10, 1878, and they are
the parents of one child : Chester Howard, a
machinist, employed by the Central Railroad of
New Jersey. Fremont Stark, born July 9, 1861,
a bookkeeper by occupation, married Edith A.
Clark, February 22, 1897, and their family con-
sists of four children: Dorothea. Clinton. Theo-
dore, and Jennie Cornelia. George Cassius, born
February 7, 1864, died in infancy. Martha, born
August 14, 1867, resides at home. Garrick Mal-
lery, born November 14, 1877, also resides at
home. H. E. H.

LYMAN FI. HOWE, the pioneer and most
extensive exhibitor of moving pictures in Amer-
ica, and the founder of the several companies
bearing his name, is a native of Wilkes-Barre,
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, son of Nathan G.
and Margaret (Robins) Howe.

Nathan G. Howe, the father, was born at
Boylston, Massachusetts, August 10, 1810. and



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was a direct descendant from those sturdy and
sterling pilgrim fathers that were the bone and
sinew of the early and crucial days of the repub-
lic. He emigrated to the Wyoming Valley in
1835 and, having settled at Kingston, soon iden-
tified himself as one of the most influential and
enterprising men of that period. His activities
and progressiveness were not only felt in the im-
mediate vicinity of Kingston, but extended
throughout the Wyoming Valley. In partnership
with a Mr. Houghton he established a comb fac-
tory, which they operated successfully for three
years. He then established a brick yard at North
Wilkes-Barre on what was then known as the Old
Plank Road, and another at South Wilkes-Barre,
where he manufactured the brick used in the con-
struction of almost all the principal buildings
constructed in Wilkes-Barre and vicinit)- at that
time. Still broadening his activities he became a
contractor of extensive public utilities, and in this
capacity reconstructed the abutments for the
Wilkes-Barre and Kingston Market street bridge,
v/hich was subsequently washed away by the
floods. He also constructed the Delaware &
Hudson Railroad from South Wilkes-Barre to
Plymouth, and various other railroads at N anti-
coke for the Susquehanna Coal Company. Lat-
terly he built at Laurel Run the first water works
and laid the first system of water pipes in the city
of Wilkes-Barre. ' Another of his achievements
was the transformation of the banks of the Sus-
quehanna river along South River street from
their chaotic state into what is to-day the city's
pride, the river common. He was actively iden-
tified with many other enterprises, public and
private. In all his varied enterprises he com-
manded uniformly the respect and esteem alike of
his associates and community at large. In
1840 he was married to Margaret Robins, who'
was born in Hanover township, August 30, 1814,
daughter of John and Mary (Garrison) Robins.
Their children were as follows: Abigail Mary,
born April 8, 1841 ; Harriet Elizabeth, born Feb-
ruary 25, 1843 '• Joh" Robins, born December 20,
1844; Caroline Helen, born October 8, 1846;
Horace Houghton, born October 20, 1848; Ellen
Dennison. bom February 15, 185 1 ; Emma Adclia,
born May 13, 1853; and Lyman Hakes, born
June 9, 1856.

Lyman H. Howe, the youngest member of
this family and the subject of this sketch, at-
tended the public schools of his native city,
Wilkes-Barre, and the knowledge thus obtained
was supplemented by a two years course at the
Wyoming Seminary. He then entered into a



business partnership at Bowman's corner, on pub-
lic square, with J. J. McCormick, at present
( 1905) an attorney-at-law in Cleveland, Ohio, as
sign and general house painters under the firm
name of Howe and McCormick. In 18 — Mr.
Howe disposed of his interest in the business to
his partner and became a traveling salesman for
several prominent commercial houses. While thus
engaged, the disastrous panic that demoralized
business from one end of the country to the other
abruptly terminated his career and aspirations in
this direction and resulted in his entering the
employ of the Central Railroad of New Jersey as
brakeman. From this humble position he was
rapidly advanced to that of extra baggage mas-
ter. He served the company in various capacities
for a period of three years. Finding it too limited
and confining to a man of his active temperament,
and aspiring to a higher and more remunerative
vocation, he purchased a Minature Coal Breaker,
and by his native mechanical ability and origin-
ality remodeled and developed it into a very in-
teresting and faithful working model of a com-
plete coal mine and breaker in miniature. In
partnership with Robert M. Colburn, now (1905)
a practicing physician of Newark, New Jersey,
thev made a tour through the state of Pennsyl-
vania, giving a series of exhibitions. In spite of
all their determined efforts and fond hopes, fate
was unkind. The public withheld its patronage.
The tour ended in Baltimore, Maryland, and
financial failure. The enterprising partners
found themselves strangers in a strange city, un-
known, unsung but not quite unhonored, for
through courtesies rather than means they were
extended the use of a barn to store their cherished
model. But it is a far cry from Baltimore, Mary-
land, to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to those
whose resources are exhausted, so the partners
persuasively accepted the hospitality of freight
train conductors to Wilkes-Barre. The tide of
adversity had ebbed to the point that comes to all
sooner or later, and where the fittest show their
mettle and stamina and survive and swim where
others sink. If the use of this adversity was not
sweet, it at all events inspired renewed grit and
tenacity of purpose in Mr. Howe. Instead of
abandoning his hopes he purchased his partner's
interest, drew strength from former defeat, and
tempted fortune again single-handed. He suc-
ceeded in arranging with the officials of the Le-
high Valley Railroad Company for exhibiting the
Miniature Coal Breaker at Glen Onoko", the pop-
ular mountain resort for thousands of excursion-
ists, and continued its exhibitions there for nine



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years with that gratifying success that comes as
a grateful reward for difficulties surmounted.
This was the beginning of Mr. Howe's successful
career. He ultimately sold it to the Reading
Railway Company for the purpose of exhibiting
it at the World's Fair in Chicago. In the mean-
while Thomas A. Edison had perfected the Phon-
ograph, in which Mr. Howe promptly recognized
a more than worthy successor for exhibition pur-
poses to the Coal Breaker, as it possessed even
to a greater extent the charm of novelty, and in
the able hands of Mr. Howe the public at large
were afforded an entertainment that was at once
diverting and educational. He made of the
Phonograph the same careful study that he lat-
terly did of moving pictures, and which enabled
him to offer the public that distinctly superior en-
tertainment that has characterized all his efforts
as an exhibitor.

While visiting Chicago in 1893, Mr. Howe
was attracted by the Edison Kinetoscope, at that
time quite in its infancy, but to Mr. Howe's re-
ceptive faculties and initiative mind it disclosed
vistas of new possibilities and achievement, and
he quickly conceived the idea of projecting mov-
ing pictures on a screen. He forthwith com-
municated with Thomas A. Edison for the con-
struction of a machine and was advised that he
was working on the same ideas outlined by Mr.
Howe. Finally Mr. Edison completed the Vito-
scope and his New York representatives, Messrs.
Raff and Gammon, offered him the control of ex-
hibitions in the state of Pennsylvania for $5,000.
He declined the offer, and had a machine con-
structed with unsatisfactory results. Still un-
daunted, he set himself to the task of entirely re-
modeling this machine, and after practically re-
constructing it and embodying many new ideas,
he secured such admirable results as to make it
the most advanced mechanism of its kind at that
time.

In 1896 Mr. Howe organized his first company
and exhibited moving pictures in all the New
England and Middle Atlantic states, and by his
superior exhibitions readily established the high-
est reputation in this form of entertainment. This
he has maintained by regular semi-annual visits
that have made of his exhibitions an institution in
the world of amusements. So signal was the
success of this company, and in order to comply
with the ever-increasing demand for engagements
from other states, Mr. Howe organized another
companv in 1902 covering Maryland, Virginia
and the Middle Western states. This second
company duplicated tl:e success of its original,



and served to still further extend the reputation
of his exhibitions, and in 1904, in response to a
still increasing demand he organized a third com-
pany touring the far Western and North-western
.states. Since organizing these companies, he
found it imperative to make four trips to Europe



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