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Watres spent some time abroad, receiving
tutorial instructions at various educational
centres. Returning home he entered Prince-
ton College, from which he was graduated in



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1901, at the age of twenty-two years. He
prepared for his chosen profession, that of the
law, in the University of Pennsylvania and
•Columbia (New York) University, having reg-
istered as an student at law with the firm of
\\'illard. Warren & Knapp. He had mean-
time received the great benefits of his father's
counsel and aid, and it is not improbable that
no young lawyer in the state ever came to the
bar with more ample preparation. He was
admitted to practice before the courts of Lack-
awanna county, and at once entered upon ac-
tive professional work. How well he ac-
quitted himself during the pitifully brief per-
iod allowed him, was eloquently affirmed by
his fellows of the Lackawanna Bar Associa-
tion, at their assembling to pay the last tribute
of respect and affection to his memory. Cer-
tain it is that talented body never before
■agreed in such lofty estimate of one so young.
Judge H. yi. Edwards, who presided, referred
to the clearness and lucidity of the briefs sub-
mitted by the young attorney, and said that
he seemed destined to become a very great
lawyer. Major Everitt Warren, with whom
the lamented deceased had been associated in
practice, said : "He truly performed in the
liighest degree his oath of office as a lawyer,
and he was in every relation of life a true
christian gentleman. He had a cast of mind
eminently practical but accurate, and, had he
lived, I am sure he would have taken high rank
in the legal fraternity of the commonwealth."
And the concensus of opinion of all was truth-
fully and forcefully epitomized in the reso-
lutions adopted by the Association :

"i\Ir. Watres, although young in years and
in the practice of the law, was well and sound-
ly versed in its' foundation principles : his
education was the result of hard and continu-
ous study in the best universities and law
schools ; he came to the bar thoroughly and
well prepared, so far as exceptional personal
qualification and a knowledge of the principles
of law could fit him, to take one of its highest
places. Even after he was admitted he re-
mained a diligent and devoted student of the
law, and gave promise of a noble, honorable
and successful career as a practictioner. His
well trained mind, upright character, imfail-
ing courtesy and devotion to his profession,
^•ll bespoke for him the eminent position which
lie might have commanded had his life been
spared. As his life was to us an inspiration,
■sc b.is sudden and untimely death, just at the



threshold of his life work, should be taken as
an admonition, and make us realize our high
duty and privileges in upholding the legal
principles to which his life was devoted."

Mr. Watres died on September 16, 1905,
in the twenty-sixth year of his age. The fun-
eral services were held in the family residence,
331 Ouincy avenue, Scranton, and were at-
tended by a large concourse, which included
some fifty members of the bar. The officiat-
ing clergyman was the Rev. Dr. James Mc-
Leod, pastor of the First Presbyterian church,
whose remarks were remarkable for their fer-
vor. Dwelling upon the words of the Saviour,
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall
see God," the deeply affected speaker said, "If
ever a lad had a pure heart, that lad was
Harold Watres, one of the truest and best
voung Christian men whom I have ever met."

To again quote from the touching tribute of
the dead man's school day friend. ( Mr. Mc-
Court) :

" His life is rounded with a sleep. He has
taken his wages and gone his way. He leaves
behind him no frailties for us to write in sand.
He leaves no enemies to forgive him injuries for
the good that was of him. And in the face of this
catastrophe which makes a ghastly jest of all
earthlyr standards for judging men and their
achievements, shall we be so material as to regret
that his hour came before he could strike his
blow or snatch his laurels? Had he not al-
ready done the greatest thing? Had he not
builded of himself a man ? Harold Watres
sleeps tonight upon his shield as surely^ as
any Grecian youth who marched from the
gates of Lacedaemon. There is nothing that
we can say that will deflect even slightly the
heavy^ blow from which his family will long
reel. They shall surely find their greatest
comfort in the calm assurance that

" 'Life is ever Lord of Death,
And love can never lose its own.'

"The rude hand of Time may seek, as it
will, to sprinkle dust and ashes upon his name,
but in the care of those who were his friends
and knew him best, the memory of Harold
Watres is secure, and I think we may safely
leave it so."

HENDRICK ELS WORTH PAINE. The
Paine family bears one of the oldest and most
honored names in the country, and has been
equally distinguished in the professional and mili-
tary life. It furnished one signer to the Declara-



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tion of Independence, Robert Treat Paine. The
Paines are first mentioned in Bloomfield's "His-
tory of Norfolk Count)', England," printed in
13 16. This shire was the earliest recorded seat
of the family, which traces its lineage to the an-
cient Britons, or Angles. The name has been
spelled variously : Pain, Payn, Paine and Payne.
Stephen Paine, the immigrant progenitor of the
family, settled in Hingham, Alassachusetts, in the
year 1635. His son, Stephen the second, re-
moved to a little village then called Indian Sea-
couck, and changed the name to Rehoboth. The
fourth Stephen removed to Pomfret, Connecticut.
He served in the old colonial wars, fought at the
battle of Louisburg, and was with Wolfe on the
Heights of Abraham. His son, Stephen the fifth,
removed to East Windsor, Connecticut, and was
residing there at the time of the Revolution.

The last Stephen served two enlistments dur-
ing the long continued struggle for American In-
dependence.

Eleazer Paine, son of the preceding, was born
in East Windsor, Connecticut. When but a lad
he enlisted as a drummer boy and drummed to
good purpose. He was present at the surrender
of Burgoyne at Saratoga. After the close of that
great struggle he manifested an interest in mili-
tary affairs, and was promoted from one position
to another, until he was finally commissioned col-
onel of the Nineteenth Connecticut Regiment, re-
ceiving his commission from the hand of Gover-
nor Jonathan Trumbull in the year 1803. Soon
after the close of the Revolution he married
Auriel Elsworth, daughter of Job Elsworth, of
East Windsor, Connecticut.

The Elsworth family held a conspicuous posi-
tion in the early history of Connecticut as well as
the nation, one reaching the honored position
of chief justice of the United States supreme
court, and another one, that of governor of Con-
necticut. Colonel Eleazer Paine early caught the
western spirit, which was caused by the proposed
admission of Ohio into the Union. In the year
1 80 1 he traveled on horseback from East Wind-
sor to the wilds of northern Ohio, and purchased
a large tract of land embracing about three thous-
and acres, located around the mouth of Grand
river. In 1803 ^^^ removed with his family to
this location, and founded what is now the city
of Painesville. He was a surveyor by profession,
and had high hopes of accomplishing a great
work in the new Western Reserve, but his ca-
reer was cut short, for he died in February,
1804, and was buried on the banks of Grand
river.



Colonel Hendrick Elsworth Paine, son of
Eleazer Paine, was born in East Windsor, Con-
necticut, and was brougnt with his father's familv
to Painesville, Ohio, in the year 1803. He was
the eldest of a family of four sons and one
daughter. He was but fourteen years old at the
time of the death of his father. He thus became
the head of the familv in assisting his mother in
rearing the younger members of the family. His
military instinct developed early, and he joined
the local military organizations and was promoted
from one position to another until he was commis-
sioned colonel of his regiment. At the time of
Hull's surrender at Detroit, (.'uring the war of
1812, his regiment was cr.lled cut and served for
a time at the front between .Sanr'usky and Detroit.
He built the first forge for the manufacture of
merchant bar iron that was erected in northern
Ohio and thus became the pioneer ironmaster in
a field that is now one of the greatest iron and
steel centres of the world. In 1809 he married
Harriet Phelps, a member of the old and distin-
guished Phelps family of Connecticut. Colonel
Paine lived to the ripe old age of ninety-three
and finally passed away at Monmouth, Warren
country, Illinois. He was the father of five chil-
dren, all growing to maturity:

1. Henry, to be referred to hereafter.

2. Elizabeth Elsworth Paine, married Ja-
mon Smith, and lived in Illinois.

3. General Eleazer A. Paine, who, like his
ancestors, was possessed of a military spirit, and
at the age of eighteen received an appointment as
cadet at West Point, where he graduated with
honors four years later. He served for a time at
the Academy after his graduation, as instructor
of cadets, and was then transferred to Florida
and other border stations. Becoming tired of
such service he resigned his commission and re-
turned to civil life, read law, and located at Mon-
mouth, Illinois, where he was living at time of the
breaking out of the war of the rebellion. When
the first shot was fired he went to Springfield,
tendered his services to Governor Richard Yates,
and was placed in charge of organizing the re-
cruits into companies and regiments and sending
them to the front. After eight regiments had
been forwarded, he then went out as colonel of
Ninth regiment, and was in constant service
from then until the end of the war. He was pro-
moted to brigadier-general, and commanded a di-
vision in the Army of the Cumberland.

4. Barton F. Paine, a farmer, who emigrated
and was living in Nebraska at the time of his
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5. Hendrick E. Paine, at the breaking out
of the war of the RebelUon, was residing near
Monmouth, IlUnois. He raised a company and
took it to the front, saw hard and constant ser-
vice to the end of the war, and was mustered out
of the service at the close of the war with the
rank of major. He then located in the city of
Umaha, was chief of police of that city for a
time, and then entered the police and detective
service of the Union Pacific Railroad, in which
service he remained to the time of his death.

Henrv, the eldest child of Colonel Hendrick
E. and Harriet (Phelps) Paine, was born in
Painesville, Ohio, February 4, 1810. He was ed-
ucated in the common schools and at Eagleville
Academy. He was a man possessed of the con-
fidence of the entire community in which he re-
sided. He held successively the offices of justice
of the peace, coroner and county commissioner,
being elected to the latter office three successive
terms, and was in office at the time of his death.
He succeeded his father in the management of
the iron business, and operated the works very
profitably. He was also engaged in the lumber-
ing business and in farming. Like all of his an-
cestors he took an interest in military matters,
and was advanced to the rank of major in the reg-
iment to which he belonged. In religion he was
a firm believer in the Protestant faith, inclining
rather to Methodist views, but at the time of his
death was not a member o,f any regular church.
In his twenty-fourth year he married Harriet N.
Tuttle, daughter of Ira and Charry (Mills) Tut-
tle, of Ashtabula county, Ohio. He formed the
acquaintance of this gifted woman while attend-
ing school at Eagleville Academy, near her fa-
ther's home. She was from old Connecticut fam-
ilies, both Tuttle and Mills. She was most gifted
by nature, gentle and effeminate in all her ways,
domestic and lovable by nature, religious in every
thought, and devoted all that she was to the
raising of a family of ten children, three sons
and seven daughters. She early turned their
voung minds into a religious channel. She
taught them the highest principles of personal,
moral honor. She lived her early life during the
days of American slavery, and early instilled into
the minds of her children an abhorrence of the
institution of slavery. She read the best litera-
ture, and encouraged her children to do the same.
She took a keen interest in politics and knew the
position of every public man of note on all the
questions before the people. She read the annual
messages of the presidents, and had a clear un-
derstanding of the matters treated in these docu-
ments. Major Henry Paine lost his life by an
accident at the age of fifty-eight years. His
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wife Harriet survived him eleven years, and both
are resting in the cemetery on the banks of
Grand River, at Painesville, Uhio.

Hendrick Elsworth, eldest son of Major
Henry and Harriet (Tuttle) Paine, was born on
March 12, 1845, at Paine's Hollow, near Paines-
ville, Ohio. He was one of a family of twelve
children. The two eldest died in infancy, the re-
maining ten grew to manhood and womanhood,
and were all living when the youngest one was
forty-eight years old. The names of this family
in order are as follows : Elizabeth E., Auriel,
Mary D., Charlotte I., Hendrick E., Ira T.,
Charry M., Harriet N., Stella A., and Henry. At
this writing nine of this family are living.

Hendrick E. was the seventh child and the
first son born to his parents. His early life ran
peaceful as the creek by which he sported. He
enjoved ample opportunity to enjoy those sports
so dear to the heart of the American boy — skat-
ing, swimming, coasting, hunting and fishing
were his for the asking. When five years old he
began attendance at the country district school,
and usually stood at the head of his class. When
ten years old he had ample opportunity to begin
a course of reading of substantial wo,rks. At this
time the state of Ohio provided a school library
for every school in the state. These works were
mostly history and biography by able writers.
For years the boy waded through thousands of
pages of these standard works, and early stored
his mind with some knowledge of the great world
that lav out beyond his own vision. At this
period of his life the one great question before the
American people was human slavery. His sur-
roundings were anti-slavery in the extreme, and
it is no wonder that he became a rank abolitionist.
When sixteen years old he entered Madison Sem-
inary, near his home, but after one term his edu-
cation was cut short by enlisting in the army and
marching away to the front in the defense of his
cQuntr}-.

When Fort Sumter was fired upon, in the
spring of 1 861, and President Lincoln called for
volunteers, he tried to enlist, but the government
wanted men, and not stripling boys. So he waited
as best he could, and one year later was accepted
as a drummer boy in Company D, 105th Reg-
iment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted
July 31, 1862, for three years, but was discharged
for physical disability at Gallatin. Tennessee,
February 26, 1863. His service at the front was
a creditable one. Though only a drummer boy
he performed many of the duties of the soldier.
The regiment in which he served was hastily re-
cruited and rushed to the front without one days
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the duties of the soldier. Bragg, with his Can-
federate army was invading Kentucky, and
every available regiment was rushed to the front.
Then began the hard exacting duties of the soldier
— marches by day and by night ; scorching heat,
in rain and mud all day and all night and all day
again, until bodily strength was exhausted. This
campaign culminated in the pitched battle at
Perryville, Kentucky, between the forces of Gen-
eral Bragg, Confederate, and General Buell,
Union. In this engagement the drummer boy
acquitted himself with signal gallantry. During
a few moments of lull in the firing, he volun-
teered to go out between the lines and bring from
the field a wounded soldier. In this terrible bat-
tle the regiment sulifered a loss of one-half of
its number but the drummer boy escaped. From
this time on he was constantly at the front with
his regiment. In the winter of 1862 and 1863,
while the army was marching from Kentucky to
Tennessee, he was attacked with the measles. The
army was on the move, snow was on the ground,
and all the discomforts of army life had to be
endured by the lad, who was deathly sick during
the whole campaign. Human nature could not
stand it, and in order to save his life the govern-
ment gave him a discharge, and he returned to
his home, a mere skeleton of his former self. It
took a year for him to recover his usual health,
when he enlisted the second time, for one hun-
dred days, in Company E, 171st Regiment Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. He served his full term,
and when discharged went to the oil fields of
Pennsylvania. For the next eighteen years he
was actively engaged in drilling and operating oil
wells, and mastered the business in all its details.
He rose step by step until he became the man-
ager of companies amongst the largest in the oil
field. He also operated for himself. In 1882 he
sold his oil wells and retired from the business.

In the year 1883 he located in Scranton and
engaged in the fire insurance business, and is
yet giving this business his principal considera-
tion. In the year 1890 he admitted his only son
into the business, which is now conducted under
the firm name of H. E. Paine & Son. This firm
does a general agency business, and their field of
operations covers all northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Paine has interested himself in oth;r lines of
business, and is largely interested in several of
the best known corporations of Scranton. In
politics a Republican, he has always reserved the
right to oppose both men and measures that he
considered wrong. If his party nominates un-
worthy men for office he refuses to vote for them.
For a good many years he has represented his
ward in the city councils and has taken a great



interest in everything that pertains to the city's
welfare. He is a member of the Penn Avenue
Baptist Church and is one of its board of dea-
cons. He is a member of Griffin Post, Grand
Army of the Republic, the largest post of this
order in the state of Pennsylvania. He is also
a member of the Sons of the Revolution. He is a
charter member of the New England Society,
and has been one of its most active members.

He married, December 25, 1866, Jennie L.
Powers, daughter of Benjamin and Ann Powers,
of Perry, Ohio. To this union one child was
born. Ernest Ira Paine, November 12, 1867.

Ernest I. Paine is now the junior member of
the firm of H. E. Paine & Son. He is also inter-
ested in other business matters with his father.
He is a past master of Peter' Williamson Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Scranton. He
was married, October 14, 1891, to Nettie Moore,
daughter of John and Fannie Moore, of Scran-
ton, Pennsylvania. To this union has been born
two children : Harriet Eleanor Paine and Arthur
Ernest Paine.

Thus the family tree of Paines, planted by
Stephen Paine on the rugged coast of old New
England in the year 1635, has blossomed and
seeded and grown, until it covers a large portion
of our country from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
It is found in all the various walks of life, always
doing what it could for the uplifting of human-
ity everywhere, and the perpetuation of American
institutions. It has stood in the front rank of the
defenders of the Republic. It has never faltered
when called upon to unite with others in giving
to the people of this nation the best the world can
produce.

WILLIAM M. STEVENSON, senior mem-
ber of the firm of Stevenson & Hallston, is a
man who by virtue of his integrity and straight-
forward life has hewed out for himself a large
place in the respect and esteem of the citizens of
the borough of Moosic, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, where he is serving in the ca-
pacity of postmaster, having been appointed to
that office in February, 1902. He was born in
Scotland, September 22, 1871, a son of .Andrew
and Alary (Martin) Stevenson, natives of Scot-
land, to whom were born four children, namely :
Andrew, David, William M., and John. An-
drew Stevenson (father) was engaged in the
mercantile business in Patna, Scotland, and in
1884, shortly after his death, his widow and sons
emigrated to the United States, locating at
IMoosic, Pennsylvania ; later Mrs. Stevenson be-
came the wife of F. B. Sharps, of Ransom town-
ship.




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William AI. Stevenson was thirteen years of
age when he accompanied his mother and broth-
^ers to this country, and the first six months he
was employed as breaker boy. The following
year, 1885, he entered the employ of AlcCrindle
& McMillan, general merchandise, continuing
with them up to the time they sold out to ]\Ic-
Crindle & Company, when his services were
transferred to the new firm. He remained with
this company until ]\Iarch, 1904, when he, in
partnership with j\Ir. Hallston, purchased the
stock and good will of the business, in which
he had served as a clerk faithfully and conscien-
tiously for nearly twenty years. This is a rec-
ord well worthy of emulation, for with no aid
•except a good name and spotless character, which
was bequeathed to him by his worthy parents,
he has by his diligence, industry and intelligent
management risen to the place he now occupies
as senior member of an extensive establishment,
"which is the best equipped and carries the largest
stock of anv in the borough. The stock con-
sists of the best products of factory and farm,
sold at the lowest margin possible, and these
facts account for the large and steadily increas-
ing patronage afforded them. Mr. Stevenson is
• a member of Acacia Lodge, No. 579, Free and
Accepted Masons, of which he is past master.
In 1894 Mr. Stevenson was united in marriage
to Mrs. Ella Wilz, nee Sutliffe.

WILLL\M H. RICHMOND. The family
•of which William H. Richmond, an influential
and honored resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania,
is a representative has long been identified with
the history of America, and successive generations
bv their progressive and practical methods, pa-
triotic spirit and unimpeachable integrity have
"made the name honored and respected.

The Richmond family had its origin in Brit-
tany, France. The genealogy dates back to the
year 1040, and the village of Ashton- Keynes,
Wiltshire, England, and vicinity belonged to, this
branch of the Richmond family. The Richmond
Manor House was owned and occupied by Olift'e
Richmond in the early part of the nineteenth cen-
tury. The manor comprised four hundred acres
of arable land, and the house, wdiich is still stand-
ing in a good state of preservation and was visited
by William H. Richmond and his family in 1900,
later passed into the possession of the Nichols
family, w^ho in 1856 disposed of it to the Duke of
Cleveland.

The family was founded in America bv John
Richmond, who in 1635 came on a trading expe-



dition to Saco, Maine, and there engaged in
trade. He was one of the purchasers of Taun-
ton, ^lassachusetts, in 1637, and tradition says
he later returned to England and engaged in the
civil wars of 1643-55 ^"d attained the rank of
colonel, by which cognomen he was familiarly
known in the community. He was a large land-
holder, attained great wealth, and was held in
high esteem as a reliable and upright man, whose
record was a credit to himself and an inspiration
to others. His two sons, John and Edward, be-
came large landholders, purchasing extensive
tracts from the Indians in Massachusetts and
Rhode Island. John was prominent in colonial
affairs, and Edward served in the capacity of
crown solicitor and attorney general.

John Richmond, son of the pioneer ancestor,
born 1627, married Abigail Rogers, born 1641,
daughter of John Rogers, of Duxbury, Massa-
chusetts, and granddaughter of Thomas Rogers,
who signed the "Mayflower" compact. Among
the children born of this marriage was a son



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