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Shortly afterward the brigade erected Fort Hell,
and on August 18, 19 and 21 fought the Weldon
Road battles, engaged in the Vaughn Road action
in November, and soon afterward the first battle
of Hatcher's Run was fought.

At the second battle of Hatcher's Run or
Gravely Run in February, 1865, the regiment had
a very hot fight in a dense woods, and owing to
the division on the left breaking it allowed the
One Hundred and Forty-third to be flanked.
Lieutenant DeLacy had charge as an officer of
about fifty men, and with these men deployed as a
skirmish line he covered the regiment as it fell
back. He held and checked the enemy's line of
battle for several hours, or until near night,
when he drew the line off, moved back and
joined the regiment, which was in line back at
the run, just about to stack arms. When Lieu-
tenant DeLacy marched his men in front of the
colors to break ranks, the report having prev-
iously gone through the regiment that he had
been killed. Colonel Dana was much excited, and
walking up to. him and putting his arms around
his neck embraced him like a child in the pres-
ence of the regiment. He slapped him on the
shoulder, saying at the same time : "My dear
boy, you are entitled to two stars ; they told me
vou were killed — shot from behind a tree — but
I said, 'DeLacy never took a tree, and I did not
believe it.' " Captain Gaylor, with other officers
came up at the same time and grasped his hands,
and Gavlor exclaimed : "Old bov, it made me



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feel bad when I hearil _\ou were killed," and then
added: "Old Gaylor got through one fight with-
out being hit, but we fight again to-morrow,
DeLacy," and a tear ran down his face. We did
fight again on the next day and Captain Gaylor
was killed : then the tears ran down my cheeks
for it was my time to sorrow for my dear friend
and comrade. The estimation in which Lieu-
tenant DeLacy was held by his old commander,
Colonel C. M. Conyngham, one of the most gal-
lant soldiers and distinguished officers of the
Army of the Potomac, is shown by the following
letter written by him to Harry S. Davis, when the
friends of the captain were thinking of running
him for mayor of the city of Scranton :

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.. Nov. 15, 1888.
Mr. Harry S. Davis :

Dear Sir : — Your favor of yesterday received.
If you want a full statement of Capt. DeLacy's
military records, and willl call on me at any time,
I will give you with great pleasure such data as
will be necessary for your purpose. For a short
record, I can only say that I look upon Capt.
DeLacy as one of the most gallant men that ever
wore a uniform, under any flag in the wide world.
His coolness in danger, his sound military judg-
ment, and especially his perception o.f the right
thing to do under the circumstances, always made
a wonderful impression upon me. Had circum-
stances been more favorable for bringing Capt.
DeLacy into public notice, I am satisfied that he
would have made a military record for himself,
second to no one's. Whether for military or civil
trust, I can most heartily endorse my friend, Cap-
tain DeLacv. Very trulv vours,

C. M. C'ONYNGHAM.

After the close of the war Captain DeLacy set-
tled in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and for a time
was employed at his trade, later being engaged for
several years in the leather business. In 1867
he was appointed deputy United States marshal
under General Thomas A. Rowley, and was re-
appointed by Marshal Murdock. In the fall of
1871 he was elected to the state legislature, and
re-elected the folfowing year and his popularity
was plainly evinced by the fact that he ran nine
hundred votes ahead of his ticket. In the fall of
1874 he was a candidate for state senator, but ow-
ing to a division in the party was defeated.
While in the assembly he secured the passage of
a bill establishing Lackawanna Hospital and was
also instrumental in forwarding other important
bills. He was appointed county auditor by the
county courts, and was also a candidate for the
office of prothonotary of Lackawanna county.



In 1877 he was appointed chief oi police by Hon.
Robert H. JMcKune, then mayor of the city of
Scranton, and to him is due the credit of organ-
izing the present force and adopting the uniform
system. During his term of office he did more
than any other incumbent to eliminate criminals
and subdue crime of all sorts. In 1885 he ten-
dered his resignation in order to accept the posi-
tion of assistant postmaster under Hon. D. W.
Connolly. He also served in the capacity of
alderman of the Seventh ward, having served
three terms, in 1892, 1897 and 1902. In various
campaigns he not only received the hearty sup-
port of his own party, but also received many
votes from the ranks of the Republicans.

Captain DeLacy is a member of the Medal of
Honor Legion, of which he was appointed aide on
the staff in 1895, ^"d was a candidate for presi-
dent against General Howard, being defeated by
only four votes ; the Grand Army of the Republic,
which he joined in 1870, was commander of the
Colonel Monies Post for five terms, and quarter-
master for many years ; and of the Veteran Sol-
diers' Association of Scranton, of which he was
president for over twenty years. In 1892 he was
elected president of the First Corps Association,
Army of the Potomac: in 1893 was elected first
vice-president of the Society of the Army of the
Potomac, at Boston : and in 1897 was elected sen-
ior vice-commander of the Medal of Honor Le-
gion of the United States at the convention held in
Scranton. At the thirty-eighth annual reunion
of the One Hundred and Forty-third Pennsyl-
vania Regiment last year, he was elected presi-
dent of the association for the thirty-ninth time,
a record not equalled in all the history of Civil
war associations.

Captain DeLacy married, January 9, 1858,
Rebecca Elizabeth Wonders, born in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, April 11, 1840, daughter ci. Jere-
miah and Sarah A. Wonders, of Wyoming, form-
erly of Reading, Pennsylvania. Their children
were as follows: .Sarah Catharine, widow of M.
D. Roche, an attorney, and the mother of two
children ; she is post-state commander of the
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a
member of the National Council of Administra-
tion of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Re-
public, of which she is now state secretary. Mary
Elizabeth, who became the wife of James Hicks,
of New York. Anna C, who became the wife of
John Peel, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. William
P., a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania,
and now a practicing physician in Springfield, Il-
linois. Nellie, deceased. Julia, deceased. Su-
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GEORGE A. LONG. A potent factor in the
manufacturing interests of the county is the Long
Manufacturing Company, of Scranton. The two
brothers who have given their name to the firm
are the gr^at-^reat-granclsons on the paternal
side of the first presiding judge of Schuylkill
•county.

A. Z. Long was a native of Schuylkill county,
and came to the Lackawanna Valley prior to the
Civil war. He was a contractor and builder, but
subsequently became a pattern-maker for Dick-
son. He possessed mechanical genius to an un-
usual degree. He married Mary A. Grattan and
their family consisted o.f six children, five of
whom are living: Eugene F., mentioned at length
hereinafter ; Robert E. ; Carrie M. ; George A.,
mentioned at length hereinafter ; and Mary A.
The death of Mr. Long occurred in 1872. Mrs.
Long, who is a native of Albany, New York, is
still living.

Eugene F. Long, son of A. Z. and Mary A.
Long, was born in i860, in Scranton, and learned
the machinist's trade, at which he worked for
some years. He is now a member of the Long
Manufacturing Company, the other members
being his brother, George A. Long, and J. A.
Scranton. The company manufactures what is
known as the Long solderless mining lamp. This
lamp is the invention of Mr. Long and is secured
by letters patent. Mr. Long also secured by
patent in 1891 a contrivance for coupling cars,
which, though not yet in use, is superior to any-
thing now in the market. In 1892 Mr. Long in-
vented and patented a slate-picker, which is used
in many of the colleries of the anthracite valley.
The versatility of his genius is indicated by the
fact that in the intervals of relaxation from the
execution of his larger and more important con-
ceptions he has invented a revolving toy whistle
of unique but simple construction.

George A. Long, son of A. Z. and Mary A.
Long, was born in 1867, in Scranton, and al-
though he did not learn a trade was engaged in
various mechanical pursuits, possessing as he did
no small share of the mechanical genius of his
elder brother. He is now one of the most useful
and influential members of the Long Manufactur-
ing Company. The firm has a large and fully
equipped factory in Academy street, where it
carries on a flourishing business. Mr. Long is
active as a citizen, and is a recognized political
leader. For three years he filled most creditably
and acceptably the office of deputy county treas-
urer.



HON. ALFRED HAND, lawyer and jur-
ist, and through a long career actively identi-
fied with leading religious, educational, indus-
trial and financial affairs in Scranton and vi-
cinity, is a representative of one of the oldest
families on Long Island. His emigrant ances-
tor, John Hand, came from Stanstede, Eng-
land, to America, in 1644, and was the pro-
genitor of a long line of shipbuilders and men
engaged in the whaling trade, men whose
names are yet familiar throughout the length
of Long Island. John Hand was in 1648 one
of the company from Southampton, Long Isl-
and (where he was recorded on the whaling
list ) that founded the new settlement at East-
hampton. From him the line of Judge Hand
is traced through Stephen, died 1693 ; Stephen,
junior, born 1661, died 1740; John, born 1701,
died 1755; John, born 1754; John, born in
Athens, Greene county, New York, married
Mary Jones, March 6, 1778, and died May 30,
1809.

Ezra, son of John and Mary (Jones) Hand,
was born August 9, 1799, in Rensselaerville,
Albany county, New York. His life was prin-
cipally^ passed in Honesdale, Pennsylvania,
where he died in 1875. He married, June 2,
1829, Catharine Chapman, born at Durham,
Greene county. New York, February 11, 1808,
and who long survived her husband, living to
the age of ninety-one years. She was a lineal
descendant of that Robert Chapman who in
1635 emigrated from Hull, England, to Boston,
in the Massachusetts Bay colony. November
3 of the year of his arrival he was one of a com-
pany of twenty-one men sent out by Sir Rich-
ard Saltonstall to make settlements near the
mouth of the Connecticut river under the pat-
ent of Lords Say and Seal. It thus appears
that in both parental lines Judge Hand traces
his lineage to some of the earliest Xew England
families.

Alfred Hand, son of Ezra and Catherine
(Chapman) Hand, was born at Honesdale,
Pennsylvania, March 26, 1835. He was fav-
ored with excellent educational advantages.
He entered Yale College at the age of eighteen,
and graduated in 1857. He read law under the
office preceptorship of William and William
H. Jessup, at Montrose, Pennsylvania, and was
admitted to the bar of Susquehanna county in
November, 1859, and to that of Luzerne county
on May 8, i860. He was for a short time a
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i860 removed from Montrose to Scranton, and
six years later formed a partnership with a
former fellow student, Isaac J. Post, and this
association was continued until March, 1879,
when Governor Hoyt appointed Mr. Hand to
the position of judge of the eleventh judicial dis-
trict of Pennsylvania, comprising the counties
of Lackawanna and Luzerne. He took an ac-
tive part in the creation of the new county of
Lackawanna, and upon its organization was
appointed to the judgeship. In 1880 he was
elected to the same position for a full period
of ten years, but before its conclusion (July 31,
1888), was appointed by Governor F>eaver to
a seat upon the supreme bench of the state to
fill the unexpired term of Judge Trunkey, de-
ceased. He served with distinguished success
until the end of the term, January i, 1889, and
at once resumed the practice of his profession,
in which he has continued to the present time,
devoting his attention principally as counsel
for important corporations. In the field of his
profession he is recognized as the peer of any
with whom he has been at anj' time associated,
whether before the bar or on the bench.

Judge Hand has been closely identified with
many of the leading institutions entering into
the business life of Scranton and vicinity.
From 1872 until 1879 he was president of the
Third National Bank, and was instrumental in
the organization of the First National Bank.
He has been a director of the People's Street
Railway of Luzerne County, the Jefferson Rail-
road Company, the Dickson Alanufacturing
Company, the Lackawanna Valley Coal Com-
pany, the Oxford (New Jersey) Iron and Nail
Company, the Davis Oil Company of New
York, and is a member of the coal firm of Will-
iam Connell & Company. He is deeply in-
terested in educational and charitable institu-
tions ; has served as a trustee of Lafayette Col-
lege ; is president of the Pennsylvania Oral
School for Deaf Mutes, the first school of the
kind established in the state ; has been presi-
dent of the Scranton Free Library from its
foundation ; and for many years has rendered
efficient service as president of the Lacka-
wanna County Bible Society, a director of the
Lackawanna Hospital, and president and a
director of the Scranton Young Men's Chris-
tian Association. He is a Presbyterian in re-
ligion. Since 1866 he has been an elder in the
First Church of Scranton, and has represented
the presbytery of Lackawanna in six sessions
of the general assembly of the denomination,
serving on important committees of that body.



In politics he is a pronounced advocate of
Republican principles, but has never sought
official position, and the only public stations
he has occupied were *hose within the pale of
his profession.

Judge Hand married, September 11, 1861,
Phebe A., daughter of the distinguished jurist,
Hon. William Jessup, of Montrose, Pennsyl-
vania. She died April 25, 1872, and Judge
Hand married Helen E., daughter of Frederick
Sanderson, of Beloit, Wisconsin, and a native
of Williamstown, Massachusetts. To Judge
Hand have been born eight children : Horace
E., a graduate of Yale, class of '84, a member
of the law firm of Jessup & Hand, Scranton ;
William J., a graduate of Yale, class of '87 ;
Alfred, a graduate of Yale, class of '88, and of
the medical department of the University of
Pennsylvania, class of '92, now practicing his
profession in Philadelphia ; Harriet J., Char-
lotte ; Miles T., a graduate of Williams College
and Cornell University; Helen S., and Ruth
B. Hand.

HON. HENRY M. EDWARDS, a distin-
guished member of the Pennsylvania bar, now
serving as president judge of Lackawanna
county, is of Welsh nativity, born in Monmouth-
shire, South Wales, Great Britain, February 12,
1844, a son of John and Margaret Edwards, na-
tives of South Wales.

His early education was obtained in the pub-
lic schools and at the Normal College, Swansea,
South Wales, and he received the degree of
Bachelor of Arts at London University. He was
twenty years of age when in 1864 he came to
America in company with his parents, the family
home being established in Hyde Park, now a
part of the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. His
superior educatioai qualified him for professional
work, and for a few years he directed his ener-
gies along literary and journalistic lines. He
was for a year (1865) on the editorial staff of
the New York Tribune, and for three years he
published in Scranton the Bauer America, a
\VeIsh newspaper, of which he was managing
editor. His writings were graceful and forceful,
and attracted favorable attention.

While thus engaged, he devoted much of his
leisure time to reading law, first merely be-
cause of a personal interest in the science, but
later resolved upon this profession as a life
work, and became a student in the office of the
late Hon. Fred W. Gunster, early in 1871. In
later years he was a colleague of Judge Gunster
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admitted to the bar of Luzerne county, Pennsyl-
vania, October 18, 1871, and entered upon prac-
tice, soon demonstrating his comprehensive
knowledge of the basic principles of the science
of law and his correct application thereof to the
points in litigation. In 1875 he formed a part-
nership with the late Judge G. W. Ward, which
continued for five years, after which he continued
alone in active practice. In 1885 he was elected
district attorney of Lackawanna county, re-
elected in 1888, at the close of his first term of
three years, and declined a third term in 1891.
In 1893 he was chosen by popular suffrage to the
office of additional law judge of Lackwanna
county for a term of ten years, in 1901 became
president judge of the court of common pleas of
Lackwanna county, and in 1903 was re-elected to
the same office for a term of ten years, without
opposition, receiving the unanimous nomination
from both political parties. In both capacities,
as lawyer and judge, he has brought to his duties
the best qualities of his profession and is held in
well deserved esteem by both bench and bar. In
politics he is a Republican, and is recognized as a
most earnest and capable exponent of the prin-
ciples and policies of his party.

Judge Edwards married, November 3, 1870,
Miss Jennie Richards, a native of Carbondale,
Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Thomas Rich-
ards, who, came from Wales to Carbondale,
Pennsylvania, in 1832, moving to Scranton in
1868. Their children are : John R., mentioned
hereafter: Margaret (Mrs. E. W. Thayer):
May, Anna, Henry M., Jr.

John R. Edwards, a member of the Lacka-
wanna county bar, is one of the coming young
men in the Republican party of Lackawanna
county. He was strongly urged for district at-
torney of Lackawanna county by an influential
element in the last county campaign, with good
prospects of nomination and election. He is well
schooled, bright, intelligent, but modest withal.
He is particularly qualified for success in poli-
tics by reason of his large acquaintance and his
fine tact in making and keeping friends. He is a
staunch, unwavering Republican and has all the
qualifications for advancement as a representa-
tive of the party.

FRED. J. BISHOP, M. D. Of the numerous
professions in which men may rise to eminence,
there is none known to the professional world
that claims a higher place in the esteem of all
than does the science of medicine. Dr. Bishop, a
young and progressive physician of Scranton,
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Pennsylvania, is well qualified by nature and edu-
cation for his profession, and his technical study
and successful practice entitles him to a positioa
second to none in the city of his adoption. Dr.
Bishop was born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, in.
1875, a son of Justus and Dora (Neimeyer) Bis-
hop, and grandson of William and Maria
(Brandt) Bishop. The Bishop family emigrated
to this country in 1850, settling in Archbald^
Pennsylvania, and the Neimeyer family emigrated
in 1866, settling in what is now known as Jessup..

William Bishop (grandfather) was born in.
Germany, from whence he emigrated to this coun-
try in 1850, accompanied by his wife, Maria
(Brandt) Bishop, and two children — George,,
born in 1844, married Louise Neil, who bore him
five children, and died in 1898 — and Justus, born
in 1847, mentioned at length hereinafter. Mr.
Bishop located in Archbald, Pennsylvania, where
he was recognized as an active and useful citizen,
and where he resided up to the time of his death in.
the year 1865.

Justus Bishop (father) was born in Germany,,
in 1847, and when three years of age was brought
to this country by his parents. He attended the
common schools in the neighborhood of Arch-
bald, and later entered into partnership with his.
brother George in the tinware business. This,
proved a lucrative means of livelihood, and their
trade increased in proportion to the amount of
energv expended. After a short period of time
had elapsed they opened a branch store in Car-
bondale, which also prospered greatly from the '
beginning, both stores becoming in due course of
time established hardware centers. This co-
partnership was continued until 1884, in which
year it was dissolved by mutual consent, George
taking the store in Carbondale, and Justus the one
in Archbald. Justus Bishop was one of the in-
fluential citizens of Archbald, standing high in the-
estimation of all with whom he came in contact,
either in business or social circles. For a number
of years he held the office of borough treasurer,
his administration being noted for integrity and
efficiency. For eight years he served in the
capacitv of superintendent of the Archbald Water
Company. He is a member o.f the Order of Hep-
tasophs. In 1868 he married Dora Neimeyer, a
native of Germany, who bore him six children,
namely : William, Fred J., George, .\rthur,
Ruth, and Harry, deceased.

Dr. Bishop obtained his literary education in
the common schools of his native town, Archbald,
and the Mansfleld State Normal School, from
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after his graduation, he entered the Chirurgical
Medical Gollege, from which he was graduated in
1899, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
The same year he opened an office in Scranton,
where he has since put to a practical test the
theoretical knowledge gained during his collegiate
course. He has established an extensive prac-
tice, this being due to. his skill in diagnosing care-
fully and treating successfully the various cases
which have come before him. He keeps thor-
oughly in touch with medical thought and
progress by membership in the Scranton Clinical
and Pathological Society, the Lackawanna
County Medical Society, the State Medical So-
ciety, and the American Medical Association.
Socially he is affiliated with Peter Williamson
Lodge, No. 323, Free and' Accepted Masons, and
the Royal Arcanum.

Dr. Bishop was united in marriage September
II, 1901, to Estella Vista Hunter, and they are the
parents of one son, Bruce H. Bishop.

EMMETT HOUCK. Among the progres-
sive business men of the younger generation
whose enterprise contributes so largely to the
financial prosperity of Lackawanna county, Em-
m'ett Houck, of Scranton, holds a foremost place.
He is the grandson of George and Frances
('Kurtz) Houck, residents of Stroudsburg, Mon-
roe county, Pennsylvania.

' Andrew Houck, son of George and Frances
(Kurtz) Houck, was born in Monroe county, and
was a well-to-do farmer and a man of influence
in the township. He married Catherine, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Lucy (Kintz) Newhart. The
former was a prominent agriculturist of Monroe
county, who died at the age of eighty-two years
an the farm which had been his birthplace. Mr.
and Mrs. Houck were the parents of the follow-
ing children : Emmett, mentioned at length here-
inafter ; Martha, Nettie J., Joseph H.. Elmer, who
was a carpenter, met his death by falling from a
building, October 25, 1904; Irvin, John S., and
Samuel R., who is deceased.

Emmett Houck. son of Andrew and Catherine
fNewliart) Houck, was born June 29, 1865, near
Stroudsburg, Mo«roe county, where he was edu-
cated at the common schools. In early life he
began to learn the carpenter's trade, and after his
removal to Scranton, which took place March 3,
1887, completed his course of training. For
seven years he worked for Frank Mayer, and in
1894 went into, business for himself as a contractor
and builder. In this enterprise he was very suc-
cessful, owing in part to the thorough training
which he had received and in part to mechanical



genius and executive ability. Not only is he a
skilled mechanic, but also a master builder, who
works from draughts and is capable of making
those draughts himself. He has superintended
the erection of nearly all the houses in his neigh-
borhood, which is a new part of the city. In
politics he is an advocate and supporter of the
principles of the Republican party. He and his



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