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that official, which position he still holds. Al-
though Mr. Sahm is a Democrat in his political
views, he has retained his position under all
administrations : he has been the incumbent of
the office for a longer period than any of his pre-
decessors, and is the oldest officer in the service
of the county, these facts attesting to his capa-
bility and efficiency.

Mr. Sahm married, September 17, 1872, Min-
nie S. Rothrock, a daughter of the late Joseph
Rothrock, for many years a resident of Ferman-
agh, Juniata county, Pennsylvania. The surviv-
ing members of Mr. Rothrock's family, in addi-
tion to Mrs. Sahm, are as follows : John, form-
erly in the City Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, now
practicing his profession of medicine in St. Paul,
Minnesota. Samuel, who is employed by an
electrical firm of Easton, Pennsylvania. Josie,
who became the wife of L. L. Seaver, of Gettys-
burg, an evangelist. Clara F. and Belle, who
reside at home. Mr. and Mrs. Sahm are the



parents of four children : Frank Basil Rothrock,
who was educated in the common and high
schools of Wilkes-Barre, and later stood an ex-
amination under the United States civil service
rules in Washington, D. C. He married, October
12, 1904, Margaret ^Marshall. Raymond Paul
Rothrock, Ruth Victoria Rothrock, and Minnie
Constance Rothrock Sahm, who reside at home.
The family hold membership in the Methodist
Episcopal church. H. E. H.

O'NEILL FAJ^IILY. The O'Neills were
driven from Tyrone by Cromwell's conquest,
1620, and found refuge in the mountain fast-
nesses of Wicklow and Connaught. The history
of the race or clan O'Neill is full of interest and
its descendants, like those of the other Irish fam-
ilies of ancient Ireland, are found everywhere
throughout the world, many of them occupying
posts of distinction under their several present
flags.

Philip O'Neill, of Kilpipe, county Wicklow,
Ireland, of the family known as the O'Neills of
the Waste, was a descendant of the O'Neills
of Tyrone, who were made to feel the efifects of
Cromwell's anger. This Philip married Honora
Llyng. Their son Daniel O'Neill emigrated
from Ireland in 1827 and came to America, and
was the immigrant ancestor of the branch of the
familv under consideration in these annals.

Daniel O'Neill was born in Aughrim, county
Wicklow, Ireland, Februar}- 2, 1801, and died in
Overton, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, Au-
gust 9, 1881. He married in Trenton, New Jer-
sey, May 28, 1833, Bridget Hopkins, born in
Ballymahan, county Longford, Ireland, daugh-
ter of Patrick Hopkins. During his active bus-
iness life in this country Daniel O'Neill was a
contractor on public works, notably the Tide-
water canal in Pennsylvania ; the Schuylkill Nav-
igation canal in Pennsylvania ; and the South
Amboy railroad in New Jersey., He settled in
Bradford county, Pennsylvania, in 1842, and his
home was in Overton until the time of his death.
Daniel O'Neill and wife Bridget Hopkins had ten
children, four of whom are now living: Daniel
Llyng, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania : William
P., of Denver, Colorado; James M., of Page,
Cass county. North Dakota : and Hugh, of Devil's
Lake, Minnesota.

Daniel Llyng O'Neill, eldest surviving- son of
Daniel O'Neill and his wife. Bridget Hopkins,
was born in Port Deposit, Maryland, December
ID, 1835. He was educated in public schools,
studied law in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with
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bar in Luzerne county, April 4, 1864. For forty
full years Mr. O'Neill has practiced law in the
courts of Pennsylvania, has argued hundreds of
cases before the trial and appellate courts, has
advocated the cause of clients before hundreds
of juries and counselled with thousands of clients
in the privacy of his office, and in all this long
period and in all his intercourse with a multitude
of clients it never has been said that he unworth-
ily represented a case in which he was retained.
Politically Mr. O'Neill is a Democrat ; in relig-
ious preference a Catholic. In 1866 he was
elected school director in Wilkes-Barre, and was
a member of the board twelve years. In 1869 he
was elected to the legislature, and served one
term in the lower house. In 1873 he was elected
member of the city council, and served two terms
in that body. For four years he was one of the
directors of the poor for the central poor dis-
trict of Luzerne county.

Daniel Llyng O'Neill married, Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, May 16, 1864, Annie McDonald,
daughter of Patrick McDonald, of Union town-
ship, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. Their chil-
dren are : Anna C, wife of James ^I. Boland, of
Wilkes-Barre, issue. May and Daniel L. William
A., attorney-at-law, Wilkes-Barre, is with his
father in business. Daniel L., Jr., principal East
End school, Wilkes-Barre, married Annie Mur-
phy, and they are the parents of six children :
John, Ellen, Edmund, Joseph, Daniel L., Anna.
John F., attorney-at-law, Wilkes-Barre, Penn-
sylvania, is with his father in business. ]\Iarie
Alberta, teacher, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Francis C, contractor, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsyl-
vania. Leon A., was a clerk Pennsylvania Rail-
road Company, now a salesman in Pittsburg,
Pennsvlvania.

H. E. H.

ARTHUR A. CASPER, a native of Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, was born May 17, 1884.
He acquired a practical education in the public
schools, being a member of the 1901 college pre-
paratory class of the high school. Later he took
up journalistic work on the Wilkes-Barre Times.
For a year he was employed on the reportorial
staff of the Wilkes-Barre Neivs and in 1904 ac-
cepted the assistant city editorship of the Wilkes-
Barre Times.

Charles Casper, grandfather of Arthur A.
Casper, was born in Czarnikow, Germany, 1832.
He was educated in the town of his birth, and in
1852, when twenty years of age, sought a new
home in the United States. He settled in New
York City, where by honest efforts and hard



labor he became a prosperous merchant, dealing
exclusively in furs. In 1874 he located in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and there engaged
in the wholesale dry goods and notion business.
His eldest son Max was admitted into partner-
ship in 1884, the business being then conducted
under the firm name of Charles Casper & Son.
He carried a large and fine assortment of goods,
commanded an extensive and profitable trade, and
continued in the business until his death occurred
in Wilkes-Barre, August 17, 1899. He was kind
and loving and gave considerable to charity. His
wife Rachel, whom he married February 17,
1856, was born in Crakaw, Austria, in 1835, and
died in Wilkes-Barre, December 21, 1895. To
their union were born the following children :
Max, December 22,, 1856: Edward, April 15,
1858, one of the proprietors of the Luzerne Skirt
Company of Wilkes-Barre ; George, October 9,
1859 ; Louis, February 21, 1861 ; and Sarah Jane,
June 15, 1865. Louis Casper was educated in the
schools of New York, and after his father's death
became associated with his brother Max in the
wholesale dry goods business. On June 21, 1905,
he was married to Frances Kathryn Lewith,
daughter of Louis Lewith, of Wilkes-Barre.
Sarah Jane Casper was married to Samuel J.
Salsburg, a successful merchant of Plymouth,
Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Salsburg are the
parents of the following children: Dora, Louis,
Eugene, Rachel, Harris, Charles, Mildred, Char-
lotte and Rosalind.

Max Casper, father of Arthur A. Casper, was
born at Lockport, New York, December 22,
1856. He attended the public schools of New
York City, and after obtaining an excellent pre-
liminary training started his business career. For
a time he was employed in his father's store and
later went to Pittsburg, where He engaged in the
retail dry goods business. After his parents lo-
cated in Wilkes-Barre, he moved to that city
and became associated with his father. From a
modest establishment on Northampton street he
succeeded in building the business up to a large
enterprise. For nine years the firm was located
at No. 44 South Pennsylvania avenue, and in
1898 they erected a handsome three-story brick
building, 42 by 120 in size, at No. 41 South
Pennsylvania avenue, at which place the firm is
now located. On February 2S, 1883, Max Cas-
per was married to Louise Price, daughter of
Aaron and Rachel Price, the former having been
a manufacturer in New York city. Four children
were the issue of this marriage : Arthur A., born
May 17, 1884, whose name appears at the head
of this sketch; Carolyn, born January i, 1886,.



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graduated with honors from the Malhnckrodt
convent, class of 1904; Rosalie, born August 28,
1893 ; and Victor, born November 26, 1898.

H. E. H.

MAJOR JOHN ALFRED OPP, a well
known lawyer, who has achieved a good standing
in his profession as the result of close applica-
tion and tireless energy in the cause of his clients,
is a native of Lycoming county, Pennsylvania,
having been born in the vicinity of JNIuncy, July
15, 1847, ^ son of Thomas Jefferson and Keziah
(Schuyler) Opp.

Thomas Jefferson Opp was born in Lycom-
ing county, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1818, son of
John and Mary (Feaster) Opp, the former
named^ having been born in Columbia county,
from whence he came with three brothers —
Jacob, Philip and Thomas — to Muncy, and was
one of the pioneer settlers of that section. Keziah
(Schuyler) Opp was born in Northumberland
county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Adam
Schuyler, of Paradise township, Northumber-
land county. Mrs. Opp was one of a large num-
ber of children, Mrs. Sarah Lavery, a resident of
Michigan, being the only one living at the pres-
ent time (1906). Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Opp,
who were members of the Baptist church, were
the parents of seven children, six of whom at-
tained maturity: Henry, a farmer at Muncy
Creek ; John Alfred, mentioned hereafter ;
Schuyler, who is engaged in the mercantile busi-
ness in Idaho; Mrs. Gertrude App ; Sally, wife
of Phineas Albeck, of Muncy Creek, a farmer ;
and William, who died in early life. The mother
of these children died at the age of seventy-five
years.

John Alfred Opp is indebted to the public
school system of Lycoming county for his early
educational privileges, and the knowledge thus
gained was supplemented by attendance at Dick-
inson Seminary, Williamsport, from which he
was graduated in 1870. The following year he
was engaged as teacher in the public schools of
Muncy Creek township, Lycoming county, and
in Plymouth, Luzerne county, and followed that
vocation for two vears. In the meantime he pur-
sued a course of study in law under the precep-
torship of E. H. Little, of Bloomsburs:, Penn-
sylvania, and was admitted to the bar of Colum-
bia county February i, 1873, and to the Luzerne
county bar February 2-1, 1873. He possesses the
attributes of industry and perseverance, and these
have been the means of bringing to him numer-
ous clients. Aside from his law practice 'Sir.
Opp was identified with various important en-



terprises, among them being the Plymouth Gas
Company and the Plymouth Water Company, in
each of which he served as a director for a num-
ber- of years, and he was instrumental in the or-
ganization of both. He has devoted much time
and attention to the cause of education, bringing
ideas and energies that have redounded greatly
to the benefit of the schools, and for twenty-five
years he was a member of the board of directors
of the public schools of the borough of Plymouth,
where he resides.

During the years in the history of the nation
when there was an urgent demand for every true-
hearted citizen to aid the government, Mr. Opp
offered his services and became a member of
Company D, Seventh Cavalry Regiment, Penn-
sylvania Volunteers, attached to the Army of the
Cumberland, January, 1864. His first engage-
ment was at Resaca, Georgia, then at Rome,
Georgia, and the various battles around .\tlanta,
Georgia, the chief of which was Noonday Creek
and Lovejoy Station. There were also a number
of skirmishes during a period of three months.
During 1865 he was with General James H. Wil-
son at Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Col-
umbus, Georgia ; and then went to ]\Iacon, Geor-
gia, where the regiment was encamped when the
war closed. The campaigns of this division were
among the most interesting of any of the Civil
war. From the time they left Eastport, Mis-
sissippi, until they reached Macon, Georgia, they
passed through a section of country remote from
any mail communications, and they were obliged
to subsist mainly upon what they could get from
the country through which they passed. In the
many engagements in which the regiment par-
ticipated Mr. Opp displayed courage and gal-
lantry, and was mustered out of service with his
regiment at Macon, Georgia, August 23, 1865,
at the close of the war. For several years he
held the position of judge advocate in the Na-
tional Guard of Pennsylvania, with the rank of
major. He is a member of Plymouth Lodge,
No. 332, Free and Accepted Masons, of which
he is past master. He is a member of Gaylord
Post, No. 109, Grand Army of the Republic, in
which he has heUl all the offices.

^Ir. Opp married, October 12, 1880, Helen
Wier, now deceased, daughter of the. late An-
drew Wier, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, and
for many years a resident of Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania. Three children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Opp: John Howard, a student in Lehigh
University, class of 1906: Elizabeth, a student at
Syracuse University, class of 1907: and
Helen, a student at Wvoming Seminary, class of





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11J05. Mr. Opp and his family hold membership
in the First Presbyterian church of Plymouth,
in which body he was a member of the board of
trustees for a number of vears.

H. E. H.

. ANDREW SHUPP, deceased, youngest
son and child of Philip and Susan (Krupp)
Shupp, and grandson of Colonel Philip Shupp,
who was noted for his bravery during the Rev-
olutionary war, was born on the old Shupp home-
stead in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, where the
Boston breaker is now located, July 2, 1831.

The common schools of Plymouth township,
which he attended during the winter terms for
a number of years, afforded Andrew Shupp the
opportunity of obtaining a practical English ed-
ucation. At an early age he began earning his
own livelihood by working on the farm, and in
185 1 he entered the general store in Plymouth
conducted by his brother, Peter Shupp. ( a sketch
of whom appears also in this work) where he
continued for many vears, and was also in the
service of his nephew, Charles Shupp, son of
Peter Shupp, who later took charge of the store.
He was compelled to relinqviish his position on
account of failing health, but this did not im-
prove his physical condition, and he passed away
at his residence in Plymouth, July 2J , 1884, aged
fifty-three years. In his early life he became a
member of the Christian Church in Plymouth, the
doctrines of which he strictly adhered to and
faithfully followed in his daily walk and con-
versation. He was a stanch Republican, using
his influence in behalf of the interests of that
party. During the Civil war period he was a
member of the Home Guard of Pennsylvania,
and later was drafted and served for the entire
period of his enlistment, faithfully performing
the varied and arduous duties assigned to him.

Mr. Shupp married. May 18, 1852. Sarah
Gardner, who was born in Plymouth, F'ennsyl-
vania, daughter of Daniel and Katurah (Pringle)
Gardner, of Plymouth, who were active members
of the Methodist Episcopal church. Si.x children
were the issue of this union: i. Thomas, born
September 16, 1854, died October 28, 1856, aged
two years. 2. John C, born September ir, 18^6,
married Emily Kern, issue : one daughter, Emilv;
and died April 5, 1904. A sketch of John Shupp
appears elsewhere in this work. 3. George B.,
born August 5, 1858, died August 10, 1863, aged
five years, i.. Harry G., born August 31, i860,
married Lillie Sturdevant, daughter of Dr. S.
B. Sturdevant, of Wilkes-Barre, issue : Burton



and Kenneth. 5. Walter E., born March 26, 1863,
is unmarried, went to the west, locating first in
Wisconsin. Mary, born May 20, 1866. Mrs.
Shupp, widow of Andrew Shupp, was educated
in the common schools of Plymouth. She is a
member of the Christian church, and is actively
and prominently identified with the work con-
nected therewith, holding membership in the
Ladies" Missionary Society, Ladies' Aid Society
and the Christian Women's Board of Missions.
She is highly esteemed in the community in which
she resides, and enjoys the acquaintance of a
wide circle of friends. H. E. H.

\

JAMES COOL, the well-known real estate
dealer of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was bom
in Warren county. New Jersey, near Blairsville,
September n, 1861. He is a son of William
and Ann ( Skelton ) Cool.

Abraham Cool, granc^father of James Cool,
was born in Black Creek township, and for a
number of years wa^ employed in the machine
shop at Weatherly, Carbon county, Pennsyl-
vania. He was a man of upright character and
highly respected throughout the community in
which he resided. His wife, Sarah (Smith)
Cool, was born and reared near Black Creek,
Pennsylvania, and bore him seven children, one
of whom, James Cool, is living at the present
time ( 1905) in Easton, Pennsylvania. Abraham
Cool died at his home at Weatherly, aged sev-
enty-seven years, and his wife passed away at
the age of seventy-four years.

William Cool, father of lames Cool, was
born and reared in Black Creek township, Penn-
sylvania, where he received his education in the
district schools, and for a number of years after
attaining young manhood was a dealer in horses
in his native town. In addition to this, he con-
ducted a large lumber business in that vicinity.
In 1872 he came to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
and thereafter was engaged in trucking and gen-
eral carting. He was an industrious man, and
in the various lines of business to which he de-
voted his attention established an enviable repu-
tation for uprightness and honesty. He was
imited in marriage to Ann Skelton, who was born
in Carlisle, Cumberland county, England, daugh-
ter of Joseph Skelton, who was also of English
birth, but came to America and located in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he followed
his trade of shoe-making until his death at the
age of seventy-six. Joseph Skelton married Ann
Little, a native of England, who bore him six
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of whom are in this country, namely : Joseph,
John and EHzabeth, residents of Allentown, Penn-
.sylvania, and Ann, above named as the mother of
James Cool. The mother of these children died
at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. Eleven
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cool, of
whom six are still living, as follows : James,
.special subject of this sketch ; Elizabeth, wife of
Elmer Greenwald, of Wilkes-Barre ; Hettie, wife
•of William Ellsworth, of Wilkes-Barre ; George,
a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ; Walter,
a resident of Morristown, Pennsylvania; Milton,
a plumber by trade and a resident of Wilkes-
Barre. The mother of these children resides
with her son Milton in Wilkes-Barre. She is a
member of the Presbyterian church. William
Cool, the father of these children, died in Feb-
ruary, 1896, aged fifty-eight years.

James Cool spent the early years of his life
at White Haven until ten years of age, or 1872,
when he accompanied his parents to Wilkes-
Barre, where he attended' school and completed
his education. He then began his business career
as a clerk in a store ni Weatherly, Carbon
county, Pennsylvania, where he remained two
years, and then filled a similar position in a store
in the town of Fairview, Luzerne county, where
he remained five years. Desiring to see more of
the world he took a position as traveling sales-
man, covering in the course of his travels four-
teen states, and remaining in this capacity for
ten years, acquiring an excellent business educa-
tion and practical experience which has been
valuable to him in his business. Upon his return
to Wilkes-Barre, in 1895, he opened a real estate
office, combining also the buying and selling of
bonds and mortgages, and during the intervening
years has built up an extensive business.

On July 13, 1887, Mr. Cool was united in
marriage to Miss Mary Voigt, who was born in
Wilkes-Barre, the daughter of Adolph and Ap-
polonia (Warner) Voigt. Mrs. Cool was one of
seven children, five of whom are living, as fol-
lows : Mary, wife of James Cool ; Kate, a school
teacher ; Helen, wife of Marcus Smith, Jr. ; and
William and Gertrude Voigt, all residing in
Wilkes-Barre. The father of these children died
December 26, 1886, aged forty-eight years. For
many years he was connected with the Wilkes-
Barre Deposit & Savings Bank, holding the re-
sponsible position of cashier. Mrs. Voigt is
still living at the present time (1905).

In politics Mr. Cool is an adherent of the prin-
ciples of the Democratic party. He was for a
time member of the select council of the city of
Wilkes-Barre. He holds membership in the



Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Press
Club, Westmoreland Club and Concordia Society.

H. E. H.'

JOHN SHUPP, deceased, for many years a
representative citizen of Wilkes-Barre, was a
lineal descendant of Colonel Philip Shupp, of
Revolutionary fame. The line of descent is
traced through Philip and Susan (Krupp) Shupp
to Andrew and Sarah (Gardner) Shupp, parents
of John Shupp, the former named being de-
ceased and the latter residing in Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania. Sketches of Philip and Andrew Shupp
apppear elsewhere in this work.

John Shupp was born in Plymouth township,
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, September 11,
1856. He was educated in the common schools
of Plymouth and Wyoming Seminary, Kingston,
and at an early age gained his first experience in
earning a livelihood by picking slate in the coal
breakers. Later on he became clerk for his
tmcle in his general store on Main street, Plym-
outh, where he remained several years. In 1 88 1
he entered into partnership with John Cooper, en-
gaging in the dry goods and grocery lines, under
the firm name of Shupp & Cooper, their store
being located on Main street, Plymouth. This
connection continued for about three years, and'
at the expiration of this period of time, in 1884,
he engaged with Ahlborn & Co., of Wilkes-Barre,
as traveling salesman, in which capacity he
served for about fifteen years. In 1899 he sev-
ered his connection with this firm and entered
the employ of Frishmuth Brothers & Co., of
Third street, Philadelphia, and traveled for them
until his death. He was a Republican in poli-
tics, casting his vote for the candidates of that
partv since attaining his majority. He served
as councilman in Plymouth for one year, dis-
charging the duties with credit to himself and
to the satisfaction of all concerned. He was a
member of the Presbyterian church, as are also
his widow and daughter. He was a member of
No. I Fire Comjjany of Plymouth, and served
as its treasurer for a number of years. He was
also a member of the Improved Order of Hep-
tasophs of Plymouth. Mr. Shupp married. May
25. 1880, Emily May Kern, daughter of John
and Sophia (Creek) Kern, of Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania, and one daughter was the issue, Emily
Gardner, born December 3, 1882.

John Kern, father of Mrs. Shupp. was bom
in Newton Centre, Pennsylvania, January 7,
182 1, the first son and child of George and Elsie
(Barnes) Kern, whose family consisted of sev-
eral children, among whom were the following:




WILLIAM FAIRCHILD




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John, George, Charles, Barnes, Katherine and
EHzabeth. George Kern, a farmer of Xewton
Centre, Pennsylvania, was born January 13,
i;97, died March 3, 1880, aged eighty-three
years. His wife Elsie (Barnes) Kern, was born
September 18, 1799. died November 11, 1880,
aged eighty-one years. John Kern, brother of
George Kern, just mentioned, contracted the gold
fever and started for California May 13, 1850,
landing there August 7. 1850, via Panama, the
trip costing him three hundred dollars. He con-
ducted a hotel in California for some time, but
this was finally destroyed by fire, causing him a
total loss of two thousand five hundred dollars.
John Kern, father of Mrs. Shupp, was a carpen-



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