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ter by trade and built a great many breakers in
his time. He was later general superintendent
of the Delaware and Hudson collieries at Boston
Hill, Plymouth township, for several years, after
which he entered the planing mill business with
Harvev Brothers & Kern in Plymouth. He also
engaged in contracting for a number of years,
erecting a large number of buildings in Plym-
outh, standing well up in his line. He was a
Democrat in politics, a member of the Presby-
terian church, and a member of the A. F. and
A. yi. He married, March 23, 1845, Sophia
Creek, born January 20, 1820, in Phillipsburg,
Pennsylvania, a descendant of a German ances-
try, and their children were :• Seymour Butler,
torn March 29. 1846, died June 30, 1862. John
Sterling, bom March 28, 1848, died September
18, 1850. Hannah Gertrude, born February 11,
1852. married, November 20, 1872, Charles B.
Smith, of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, issue:
John Futhey, Charles Kern, Helen Gertrude, Per-
cifor Robert : they reside in West Pittston. James
Grear, born May 18, 1854, was drowned in Plym-
outh, May 28. 1863. aged nine years. Emily
May, born May 20. 1858, was educated in the
private and public schools of Plymouth and is
now the widow of John Shupp, whose name
heads this sketch. Hettie Sophia, born July i,
i860, married (first) William Field Bean, of
Williamsport, who died January, 1898; she mar-
ried (second), [March 23, 1904, Robert Morris
Spurge. John Kern, father of these children,
died October 30, 1885, aged sixty- four years and
was buried with Masonic honors in Forty Fort.
His wife, who was a member of the Presbyterian
church, a remarkably well preserved woman for
her age. beloved by all. died at the residence of
her daughter, Mrs. John Shupp, in Plymouth,
February 26, 1901, and was iDuried beside her
husband in Forty Fort.

John Shupp's death, which occurred April 5,



1904, was sad in the extreme, he being killed by
the running away of the horses of Fire Engine
Company, Xo. 2, who were on their way to a
fire. The rear wheels of the engine slid along
the street car tracks on East Market street and
the Public Square, the horses turning to South
i\Iain street, and when the wheels cleared the car
tracks, the engine nearly upset, bending an axle
and throwing the driver, Thomas Gafifney, Sr.,
to the ground. The three maddened horses, be-
ing without a driver, started toward South Main
street at a rapid rate of speed. The brakes were
applied, and the fireman on the engine ran ahead
and succeeded in getting hold of the lines, but did
not succeed in stopping the horses at this time.
Mr. Shupp with Adam Endler was running to
the scene of the fire on Public Square, and when
in front of the Bon Ton millinery store on South
Main street they saw the three horse team of
Steamer No. 2 approaching at a furious rate.
Mr. Endler and ^Ir. Shupp jumped toward the
team to stop them, and with one leap ]\Ir. Shupp
clasped the bridle of the nearest horse and the
next instant the animal had felled him to the
ground and the engine wheels, passed over his
neck and body, crushing his form into an un-
recognizable mass. Some of the bystanders car-
ried the body into Tuck's drug store on South
]\Iain street.' Several physicians were soon on
the spot, but before ten minutes had elapsed his
life ebbed away. Thus, in trying to prevent the
runaway horses from doing damage on the
crowded street, he died, a victim to his self-sac-
rificing effort. The runaway horses were stopped
by driver Michael Murray, of Chemical No. 10,
driving in front of them on South Main street.
Mr. Shupp was forty-seven years old at the
time of his death, just in the prime of life. His
remains were interred in the old Kern plot at
Fortv Fort, in which are also buried his maternal
grandparents, Daniel and Katurah (Pringle)
Gardner, who celebrated their golden wedding in
1880. . H. E. H.



FAIRCHILD FAINHLY. The family repre-
sented by Henry S. Fairchild, of Nanticoke.
Pennsylvania, is of English origin and was
planted in Connecticut during the colonial period.
Prior to the Revolutionary war, three brothers
immigrated to what was then the unexplored
west. One of these brothers, John Fairchild,
settled in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, and be-
came the founder of the branch of the family
hereinafter mentioned.

Solomon Fairchild. son of the aforesaid John
Fairchild, remained with his father and became



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the owner of about three hundred acres of land
which subsequently became very vakiable, it be-
ing a portion of the Wyoming Valley Anthracite
coal field. A portion of said land was included
in the survey for the borough of Nanticoke, in-
corporated January 31, 1874, and is now (1906)
the western portion of said town. By will, this
land became the property of the three sons who
remained at home. His wife was Elizabeth Lut-
sey, and the following named children were born
to them : Margaret, Priscilla, Rosanna, Anna,
Elizabeth, Isabella, Mary, William, who emi-
graterl west to Indiana ; and John, Solomon and
Abraham, who are the three referred to above,
and mentioned at length hereinafter. Abraham
married Hannah Miller, now (1906) deceased,
and their children are : Lizzie, Anna, Mary, Car-
oline, Milton, Agness and Wesley, and Bennie,
deceased. Solomon married Sarah Robins, now
(1906) deceased, and their children are: Am-
brose, Frank, George, Lincoln, Lizzie, Lynda,
Minnie and Grace. About the year 1870 Abra-
ham and Solomon, last above mentioned, sold
their properties in and near Nanticoke to the Sus-
quehanna Coal Company, and moved their fam-
ilies, Abraham to near Montandon, F^ennsvl-
vania, and Solomon near Milton, Pennsylvania.
John Fairchild, older brother of Abraham and
Solomon, was born in 1814 in the old Fairchild
homestead, which is still ( 1906) doing service
as a farm residence. He was a farmer, owning
fifty acres of his father's estate, was a man of con-
siderable means and influence, and one of the
pillars of the Presbyterian Church of Nanticoke,
aiding very materially in building the church edi-
fice and maintaining the same thereafter, and an
ever faithful attendant when health permitted.
He married Martha Line, a daughter of Henry
Line, who also emigrated from Connecticut and
settled near the Fairchild property, and their
children are : Anna E., died 1883 ; Henrv S., Al-
fred, Martha L., and John M. John Fairchild
died 1879, and his widow died 1883.

John M. Fairchild at the death of his father
purchased from his brother and sister heirs the
largest portion of his father's farm, which had
been platted as town property, and after disposing
of same to individual lot purchasers, he bought a
farm two miles west of Berwick, Pennsylvania,
where he now (1906), in addition to farming con-
ducts a large dairy business. He married Clara
B. Wolfe, and their children are: William J.,
Wesley B., Minnie and Laura.

Martha L. Fairchild married Olaf F. Ferris,'
and their children are: Ada, John H., Martha,
and Olaf. After disposing of her interests in her



father's estate to her brother, John M., they pur-
chased a farm adjoining Berwick, Pennsylvania,
on the west, which has since become a part of the
town, and known as West Berwick. They are
living retired.

Alfred Fairchild married Euphemia Garringer
and their children are : Laura M., Irven D., Ger-
trude and Minnie. Previous to the death of his
father he purchased a farm near Three Rivers,
Michigan, on which he moved his family and fol-
lowed farming until his son was married, when
he retired and moved to Three Rivers.

Anna E. Fairchild married William Fairchild
(a descendant of a brother of the founder of the
family represented by this sketch). She died Jan-
uary 20, 1883, and Mr. Fairchild died February
I, 1903. Their children are: Washington Mon-
roe, deceased ; Anderson, deceased ; Harvey W.,
married Lucy Rhinard, and now a prosperous
farmer, adjoining West Berwick, Pennsylvania ;
and Edith L. and Edna L., living retired in their
mother's home at the corner of West Main and
Hanover streets, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. The
property of Anna E. Fairchild was successfully
managed by her husband during his lifetime, and
at his death divided equally between the living
children.

Henry S. Fairchild was born March 18, 1839,
at Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, where he has resided
his whole life. He received his education in the
common schools of his native township, Tewport.
He married Louisa Robins, daughter of John and
Sarah Carter Robins, January 22, 1863, and their
children are : Charles L., Fannie I. and Harry
C. He rented the Squire John Robins farm, and
moved on and began working same April i, 1865,
and continued farming same until April i, 1883.
At the death of his father he and his brother John
M. were appointed administrators, and they to-
gether settled the principal part of the estate.
After John M. moved out of Luzerne county, H.
S. has been the acting administrator. In settling
this estate he became the owner of the West Nan-
ticoke flour and feed mill property, which he op-
erated from 1883 to 1888. He was also inter-
ested in various enterprises. He was one of the
organizers of the First National Bank of Nanti-
coke, being a stockholder therein, and is now
(igo6) serving the same in the capacity of di-
lector. He also was one of the organizers of the
Nanticoke Light Company (the first electric light
company in the borough), and served as direc-
tor from the organization and was president of
the board at the time the Citizens' Electric Light,
Heat and Power Company bought the Nanticoke
Light Company. He is a stockholder in the Nan-



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ticokc Ice Company and is serving- the same as
director, treasurer and general manager. He
has served several terms as a member of the
borough council. In national and state politics
he is conceded to be a Republican, but in local
affairs he supports those in his judgment best
fitted for the office.

Charles L. Fairchild was born August 21,
1864, at Nanticoke, where he has thus far passed
his life. He was educated in the public schools
of his native borough, and also at Eastman's Na-
tional Business College, Poughkeepsie, New
York. When old enough he assisted his father
on the farm, afterward in the milling business,
acting as bookkeeper and salesman. He is now
(1906) engaged by the Nanticoke Ice Company
in the capacity of superintendent. He is a char-
ter member of the Nanticoke National Bank, and
since its organization has served as director and
secretary for the board of directors. He is now
serving the borough of Nanticoke in the capacity
of secretarv for the town council, which position
he has held for six years. He is a member of
Keystone Commandery, No. 23, A. and I. O.
Knights of ^lalta, and of Nanticoke Lodge. No.
541, Free and Accepted Masons. He married
Grace V. Thomas, June 2-j, 1888, and their child-
ren are: Vida I., Enola G., Lois AL, Marion C,
and Emma Louise.

Fannie I., sister of Charles L. and Harry C.
Fairchild, was born August 7, 1866, at Nanti-
coke. Her education was received in the bor-
oug-h schools and Nanticoke and the Blooms-
burg State Normal School. At an early age she
began the study of music, and has since the age
of eleven been very active in church, choir and
Sunday-school music. In 1887 she married Sam-
uel C. Beidleman, then a (saddler) harness-maker
in Nanticoke. He was later engaged by the Cen-
tral railroad of New Jersey at the Buttonwood
transfer office, and now ( 1906) is with the Amer-
ican Car and Foundry company, Berwick, Penn-
sylvania. Mrs. Beidleman has since their re-
moval to Berwick, (four years) been organist
for the First Presbyterian Church of Berwick, in
which is a very fine pipe organ.

Harry C. Fairchild, brother of Charles L. and
Fannie I. Beidleman, was born September 16,
1869, at Nanticoke. He received his education in
the public schools of Nanticoke, also at the Harry
Hillman Academy, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
He began his active career with the Central rail-
road of New Jersey at Nanticoke, later was with
same company at W'ilkes-Barre. and then accepted
a position under same management operating a
railroad at Shawnee, Oklahoma Territorv, re-



maining one year. He then accepted his present
position, that of freight agent for the Wyoming
and Lackawanna railroad company, familiarly
known as the Laurel line, at Wilkes-Barre. He
is a member of Nanticoke Lodge, No. 541, Free
and Accepted Alasons. In politics he is a Re-
publican, thus adhering to the traditions of the
family. He married, June 2, 1892, Laura Diet-
rich, born July 29, 1869, and they are the parents
of two children, Russel D. and Evelvn.

' H. E. H.

WILLIAM ALDEN FAIRCHILD. Solo-
mon Fairchild was born in Newport township,
July 28, 1804, and died there June 22, 1848. He
followed agricultural pursuits and was a very
successful farmer in Luzerne county. Pennsyl-
vania. He married Elizabeth Alden, born No-
vember 27, 1807, who was a descendant of one
of the earliest settlers of Wyoming valley. They
had the following children : Rachel, born De-
cember 16, 1828; John, August 20, 1830; Ro-
sannah, October 21, 1832; William Alden, Feb-
ruary 7, 1837, mentioned hereinafter ; and Mar-
garet, born January 19, 1843.

William Alden Fairchild, second son and
fourth child of Solomon and Elizabeth (Alden)
Fairchild, was born in Newport township, Penn-
sylvania, February 7, 1837. The first years of
his life were spent in the town of his birth, and
he attended the common school of the day until
the age of eleven years, when, upon the death of
his father, he went to live with Abraham Line, of
Newport, a boatman on the canal, for whom he
commenced working at the early age above men-
tioned. He continued with Mr, Line for a num-
ber of years on boats plying between Nanticoke
and Baltimore, Philadelphia. New York, and var-
ious points in the vicinit)- of Chesapeake Bay. In
i860 W'illiam A. Fairchild abandoned canal work,
having bought a farm at Dorrance, Pennsylvania,
which he cultivated for about four years, and on
which two of his children were born. At the end
of this time he again took up work on the canal.
In 1864 he commenced business for himself, and
having served such a thorough apprenticeship,
made a complete success of this undertaking. He
continued to conduct his business on the canal
until 1872, when he gave up this field of labor
permanently. He resided on a farm in Hanover
township until 1888, when he removed to Nanti-
coke. where he built a commodious dwelling, in
which he lived, retired from business, for four-
teen years prior to his death, February i. 1903.
His widow and several of his children are still oc-
cupants of this home. He was buried in Han-



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over Green cemetery, Hanover township, Penn-
sylvania.

Mr. Fairchild was one of the wealthiest, most
progressive, and highly respected citizens of Nan-
ticoke, and was always ready to give such as-
sistance as was in his power to forward any move-
ment which promised well for the public good.
During the last five years .of his life his summers
were spent with his family at Lilly Lake, in the
beautiful cottage which he had erected there. His
political support was always given to the Repub-
lican party. He was a strong supporter and
regular attendant of the Presbyterian church, to
which his children also belong. His widow is a
Methodist in religion. He was one of the or-
ganizers, a director and stockholder of the First
National Bank of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and
formerly a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows of Nanticoke.

Mr. Fairchild married (first), February 14,
186 1, Anna Elizabeth Fairchild, born September
12, 1837, in Newport township, daughter of John
and Martha (Line) Fairchild, of Newport town-
ship, and they had five children : \Vashington
Monroe, born in Dorrance, Pennsylvania, Jan-
uary 10, 1862, died January 4, 1887. Ander-
son Clarence, born in Dorrance, Pennsylvania,
October 22, 1863, died February 27, 1870. Har-
vey William, born at Nanticoke, August 16, 1866,
now residing in Berwick. Edith Lillian, born
September 17, 1870, at Nanticoke. Edna Letitia,
born at Nanticoke, November 10, 1874. Anna
Elizabeth (Fairchild) Fairchild died. January 20,
1883. Mr. Fairchild married (second) January
16, 1889, Susan (Arnold) Engler, of Dorrance,
daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Sliker) Ar-
nold, natives of Newport township. By this
marriage Mr. Fairchild had one child, Byron,
born in Nanticoke, October 15, 1889.

Abraham and Elizabeth (Sliker) Arnold, the
parents of the second Mrs. Fairchild, had seven
children : Catharine, Jacob, who resides in Iowa ;
Rebecca, married I. M. Jones, of Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania ; Lizzie ; \^'illiam, a resident of Slo-
cum, Pennsylvania ; Susan, widow of William
Alden Fairchild : Martha, married John Lutz, of
Plains, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. Abraham
Arnold died in Slocum about the year 1880, and
Elizabeth, his widow, died April 4, 1883, in Lee-
mine, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, at the ad-
vanced age of seventy-eight years.

Susan (Arnold) Engler Fairchild married
(first) August 28, 1869, Lyman G. Engler, of
Dorrance, and had five children : Addie G. born
September 4. 1870, married Simon Stein, resides
at Dorrance, and is the mother of five children.



Bertha Elizabeth, born October 2-j. 1872, married
Charles Thomas, resides at Nanticoke, and has
four children. George W.. born February 21,
1875, married OHie Balliet, resides at Lake
Nuangola, and has two children. Eldridge E.,
born April 21, 1877, died March 25, 1894. is
buried at Stairville, Pennsylvania. Allie Viola,
born July 2, 1880, died August 2, 1881, and is
buried at Stairville, Pennsylvania. Mr. Engler
died August 4, 1881, the same week as his
daughter. H. E. H.

EDWARD H. COOLBAUGH, D. D. S.

The family of which Edward H. Coolbaugh, D.
D. S.. of Kingston, Pennsylvania, is a represen-
tative, is supposed to have been founded in this
country by W'illiam Coolbaugh (or Coolbrook),
whose vocation was that of sea captain, and who
with his wife, Sarah (Johnson) Coolbaugh (or
Coolbrook), settled in Hunterdon county. New
Jersey, from whence they removed to Monroe
county, Pennsylvania. They were the parents of
a number of children, a full account of whom
appears in the sketch of Johnson R. Coolbaugh
on another page of this work.

Peter Coolbaugh, great-grandfather of Dr.
Edward H. Coolbaugh, and a descendant of Will-
iam Coolbaugh (or Coolbrook), probably a son,
moved to ^^'ysox, thence to Luzerne coimty,
Pennsylvania, where his death occurred August
13, 1840, aged fifty-nine years and six months.
Bv his marriage to Eleanor Jacobs, who died
August 25, 1855, aged seventy-nine years and
five months, he had William, see forward : Ben-
jamin : Aaron; Eli; Susan, married Ephraim
King; Lcvina, married (first) a Mr. Moore, and
(second) a Mr. Barney; Sarah, married (first) a
Mr. Decker, and (second) a Mr. Green; ]\Iarv,
born jMarch, 1819, married John Marcy, of Old
Forge, Pennsylvania, and died 1887. Peter Cool-
baugh was a farmer by occupation, and a Demo-
crat in politics.

\Mlliam Coolbaugh, eldest son of Peter and
Eleanor (Jacobs) Coolbaugh, was born June 26,
1801, died Februarv 27, 1877. He married Anna
Diamond, who died October 2-, 1887, aged
eighty-eight years. Their children were : Ran-
som, born August 13. 1821, died February 21,
1904. married Betsy Wliitlock; Polly A., born
February 26, 1823. died February 8. 1887, mar-
ried Tared ]\Iarcv ; Benjamin, born July 19, 1825,
see forward; Eleanor, bom January 11. 1828,
died August 12, 1898, married George Nafeus ;
Nancy, born June i, 1830; John, born August 21,
1832, died December 30, 1S60; \\'illiam, born
December 9, 1834, married ]\Iary W'inters ; Caro-




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line, born August 20, 1837, died May 20, 1886,
married Aaron Ganerger ; Irwin, born September
16, 1839, died April 14, 1852 ; Eliza, born June 22,
1842, died January 8, 1898; Hannah, born Aug-
ust 8, 1844, died April 14, 1853.

Benjamin Coolbaugh, second son of \\'illiam
and Anna (Diamond) Coolbaugh, was born July
19, 1825, in Wyoming county, Pennsylvania. He
followed the quiet but useful calling of agricul-
ture, and his operations were conducted in his na-
tive county, where his entire life was passed. He
served as a justice of the peace twenty years, and
also school director for many years, and his in-
cumbency was noted for efficiency and trust-
worthiness. He married Jane Gay, born in
Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, 1832, who bore
him eight children, five of whom are living at
the present time (1905) : Dr. Edward H., men-
tioned hereafter ; Irwin, a resident of Forty Fort,
married Lizzie Pettibone ; George, a resident of
Jackson township, married Elizabeth Baker, of
Wyoming; Jennie, married William Johnson, of
Trucksville ; and Myrtle, a resident Oif Dallas,
married Marie Creasy. The mother of these chil-
dren died July 3, 1894.

Edward H. Coolbaugh, D. D. S., eldest son of
the surviving children of Benjamin and Jane
(Gay) Coolbaugh, was born in Exeter township,
Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, June 13, 1851.
He was educated in the W_\-oming county com-
mon schools, and in Wyoming Institute, from
which he was graduated with the class of 1873.
He then became a student in the Baltimore Col-
lege of Dentistry, graduating therefrom as Doc-
tor of Dental Surgery in 1877. He located
first for practice at Shickshinny, Pennsylvania,
where he lived nine years, and in 1886 removed
to Kingston, Pennsylvania, his present place of
residence and practice. His business life is de-
voted to his profession, and his home life to the
comfort of his family. He takes an active in-
terest in the welfare of the Methodist Episcopal
church, of which his family are members, and in
the advancement of the cause of temperance in
the community in which he resides. If he takes
part in politics it is as an advocate of the right
teachings of the Prohibition party. He is also a
stanch supporter of educational institutions, and
for nine years served in the capacity of school
director.

Dr. Coolbaugh married, C^ctober 2, 1877, Lillie
A. Kleintob, daughter of Nathan and Mary
(Swenk) Kleintob, of Fairmount township,
Pennsylvania. During the war of 1861-63 Na-
than Kleintob was musician to the Seventh Penn-
svlvania Reserves. Dr. and Mrs. Coolbaugh



have two children : Thomas S., born December
10, 1878, an employee of the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna & Western Railroad Company ; and Emily
J., born August 9, 1880, a school teacher.

H. E. H.

LAWALL FAMILY. Elmer Henry Lawall,
of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Treasurer of the
International Correspondence Schools of Scran-
ton, was born in Bethlehem, Northampton county,
Pennsylvania, December 7, 1861, son of Allen
Jacob and Maria (Toengeous) Lawall.

Allen Jacob Lawall was born near Easton, Le-
high county, Pennsylvania, July 23, 1841. He
acquired his early education in the Moravian
schools of that vicinity and at Bethlehem. He
then for some years pursued mechanical work,
and eventually entered into the service of the
Bethlehem Steel Company. Mr. Lawall is a man
of quiet habits, an excellent type of the Moravian
Church follower, temperate in all things, honor-
able in his dealings with men, and upright in his
dailv walk. He is a Mason and takes a deep and
commendable interest in the welfare of the craft.
His wife was Maria Toengeous, and of their
seven children, four are now living; Elmer
Henry, born December 7, 1861, of whom later.
Marie Antoinette, wife of C. J. Gapp, of Bethle-
hem, of the Bethlehem "Times." Helen Eliza-
beth, wife of Louis Bentley, of Bethlehem, me-
chanical engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad
Company. Madeline, a student at Wilson Col-
lege, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Elmer Henry Lawall, eldest child of Allen
Jacob and Maria (Toengeous) Lawall, acquired
his elementary education in the Moravian schools
in Bethlehem, and in 1882 graduated from. Lehigh
Universitv with degree of C. E. The following
year he w'as in the engineering department of the
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, in charge of
the company's mines at Hazleton, Pennsylvania,
and from that time to 1887, his service was re-
quired as chief engineer of the Beaver Brook,
Silver Brook, Black Ridge, the J. S. Wentz, the
Morea, and the New Boston Coal Companies, and
in addition to his general services with these com-
panies he was constantly engaged in engineering



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