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in 1873 he and his wife withdrew therefrom to
form, with others, the nucleus of the now pros-
perous and influential Second Church. Captain
Stillwell passed away February 17, 1905, univer-
sally loved and honored. Among the mourners
at his funeral were few who had known him in
the early days — in great number they had pre-
ceded him to the great beyond. But the entire
community was aware of his active and useful
life through all his years, of his beauty of per-
sonal character, and mourned his departure as
that of "mine own familiar friend in whom I
trusted." His heart was ever warm with human
sympathy for sorrow and distress, and his aid
was freely extended to all whose needs came to
his knowledge. He took a genuine pride in the
city with which he had been identified for so
many years, and among its many ardent and ac-
tive supporters he was ever accounted one of the
most useful and dependable. In all the relations
of life he shed lustre upon the name he bore —
that of a family which in all its generations held
steadfast to the principles of true manhood and
ideal citizenship.

COLONEL FREDERICK W. STILL-
WELL, of Scranton, who has made a most brill-
iant military record, and enjoys wide acquaint-
ance in the National Guard of Pennsylvania,
among whom he is regarded with peculiar admi-
ration for his fine soldierly ciualities and his
valuable services in the field, was born in Scran-
ton, June 14, 1865, a son of the late Captain Rich-
ard Stillwell, whose life record appears on a fore-
going page of this work.

Colonel Stillwell was educated in the ])ublic
schools of his native city, and at the age of six-
teen years entered the First National Bank in the
capacity of messenger. He acquitted himself
with marked fidelity, and in 1893 was advanced
to the position of receiving teller, and in which
he has continuously served to the present time.
It is, however, principally with his military record
that this narrative has to deal. In his case the
doctrine of heredity would seen to find an
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the male line, beginning with the immigrant pro-
genitor of the family m America, was a soldier
of approved courage and worth, and the greater
number of them performed deeds of genuine
valor. January 12, 1885, at the age of twenty
years, he enlisted as a private in Company A,
Thirteenth Regiment National Guard Pennsylva-
nia, was promoted to corporal, July 5, 1886, and
to sergeant, January 22, 1888. He was com-
missioned second lieutenant January 14, 1889,
and in July, 1892, Lieutenant Stillwell, with his
company, performed eighteen days duty at the
scene of the Homestead riots. He was promoted
to the captaincy of his company, January 22,
1894. He was again promoted, April 9, 1897, to
the rank of major, and in September of that year
performed duty as such for seventeen days in the
coal fields during the Lattimer riots. When the
Spanish-American war was precipitated by the
explosion of the battleship "Maine" in the har-
bor of Havana, six companies from Scranton (A,
B, C, D, F and H, of the Thirteenth Regiment)
volunteered in response to President McKinley"s
call for troops, and with them Major Stillwell.
The regiment, under command of Colonel H. A.
Courson, was mustered into the service of the
United States at Camp Hastings, near Harris-
burg, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1898, and was
transported to Camp Alger, Virginia, reaching
there May 19, and remaining until August 30,
1898. The regiment was then moved to Camp
Meade, at Middletown, Pennsylvania, where, on
October 21, Major Stillwell was promoted to the
rank of lieutenant-colonel. November 14, 1898,
the regiment removed to Camp McKenzie, at
Augusta, Georgia, there to make preparations
for a campaign in Cuba. The war, however,
came to an abrupt close, and Lieutenant Colonel
Stillwell was mustered out of the service of the
United States with his regiment March 11, 1899.
During its term of service the command suffered
severely from disease, losing by death nineteen
men, and twelve officers out of thirty-six were in
hospital at one time. Officers and men, whatever
their disappointment in not being participants in
the active operations in Cuba, had the proud sat-
isfaction that comes of doing all that a soldier may

obey the call of their country, and perform such

service as might be demanded of them. The
■ Thirteenth Regiment returned to its place in the
National Guard establishment, Lieutenant Colo-
nel Stillwell retaining his rank therein. In 1902,
during the coal strike, he served for forty clays
at Olyphant, taking the regiment to that point
and commanding it until the arrival of Colonel



L. A. W'atres. He was commissioned colonel;
August 25, 1904.

The foregoing presents an unusual record of
service, long and honorable, withcjut a tinge of
personal vainglory. Colonel Stillwell takes a
laudable pride in the splendid body of citizen sol-
diery with which he has been so long identified,
and it is the consensus of opinion of both officers
and men that its excellent condition and esprit de
corps is in very large degree due to his military
ability and the enthusiasm which he has awak-
ened. Within six months after he assumed com-
mand the regiment had attained such a degree of
efficiency that it passed from the ninth to the
third place among the regiments of the National
Guard of Pennsylvania, and it is confidently pre-
dicted of it that it will before long be awarded
the first place. It now stands first in point of
marksmanship, the last record (that of 1904)
being eighty-two and eighty-five one-hundredths.
as compared with that of the next highest re,gi-
ment of seventy-three and twenty-six one-hun-
dredths. Of Colonel Stillwell personally, it is.
to be said that throughout his career his various
promotions have been solely upon merit, and he
holds his subordinates to the same lofty standards,
which at the beginning he set up for himself, and
all appointments and promotions recommended
by him are based only upon demonstrated ability
and deservingness, his judgment uncolored bv
aught of a personal or political nature. With a
well selected corps of officers, commissioned and
non-commissioned, constituted through his un-
yielding adherence to these tenets, his ample
technical knowledge, and his strict disciplina-
rianism, the Thirteenth stands forth as a regi-
ment not to be surpassed in the National Guard
establishment of any state in the Union.

SARON B. STILLWELL, deceased, was
during a long and intensely active career one of
the most useful and honored citizens of Scranton.
For forty years he held the highly responsible
position of claim agent for the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna and Western Railroad Company. He was
frequently solicited to enter upon a public career,
but his devotion to his work with the railwav
company forbade his dividing his attention be-
tween private and public duties. To this rule
of his life he made but one exception, serving
long and efficiently as a member of the State
Fisheries Commission, of which body he was.
chairman at the time of his death.

Mr. Stillwell was born in Easton, Pennsyl-
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(Buckley) Stilhvell. He came of an excellent
ancestry, as outlined in a preceding narrative,
largely drawn from a valuable work prepared by
j\lr. Stillwell — "The Stilhvell Family in England
and America," a most interesting volume of two
hundred pages, dedicated to his grandson, Saron
B. ^^'arman. Christmas, 1899. jNIr. Stillwell was
reared in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where he
obtained a thorough practical education. There
he married Mrs. Catherine J. Edinger (nee
Tropp), a daughter of John and Julia E. Edinger.
Shortly after his marriage he removed to Scran-
ton and entered the employ of the Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and a few
years later was appointed claim agent of the
same, a position in which he acquitted himself
with masterly ability for a period of forty years,
and his service, acceptable and highly appreci-
ated, terminated only with his death. He was a
marked figure in the life of the community, and
left his impress upon all with whom he was in
any way associated. He accomplished much for
the adequate organization and efficiency of the
fire department. He was one of the prime mov-
ers in the organization of the Nay Aug Hose
Company, of which he was the first foreman ; and
his efficiency in its management and equipment
led to his appointment as the first chief of the
Scranton Fire Department. This place he
adorned for a period of fifteen years, and many
of its most useful features and its admirable
esprit de corps were due to his effort and his
strong personality. In 1893 he was appointed by
the governor to membership on the State Fisher-
ies Commission, and was its chairman during the
last six years of his life. To his duties with this
body he brought lofty conceptions of right, seek-
ing conservation of the interests entrusted to him,
not only upon economic grounds, but also upon
esthetic ideas based in his love of nature. He
was of broad, sturdy physique, and heart and
mind were in entire harmonv with his splendid
physical personality. To those on intimate terms
with him he was affectionately known as
"Sandy," the term implying no undignified famil-
iarity, but that brotherly companionship having
its foundation in lovable traits of character. To
do a favor to another was with him a principal
joy; to do right in all things was with him a re-
ligious principle ; and his broad humane sympathy
for the needy and unfortunate found expression
in countless benefactions, of which he took no
note save performance of the kindly deed and be-
stowal of the needed g-ratuitv. Eminentlv domes-



tic in his tastes, he found his principal happiness
in his home, and in contributing to the happiness
of those of his household. Death came to him
when he was in the fullness of his physical and
mental powers, and when it seemed as though
there were yet for him many more years of useful
and honored life. He had been slightly ill for
about six months, but nothing to create alarm.
A month prior to his death, he was apparently
all but entirely recovered, and went to Strouds-
burg to attend to legal business in his official
capacity. He suffered a relapse, and a month
later passed away, May 30, 1903. The sad event
came as a personal bereavement to the entire
community, and with particular weight upon the
older class of citizens, who had been his friends
and associates during a period which witnessed
the creation of the city in which they all took a
genuine pride.

Mr. Stillwell left to survive him the woman
who was the bride of his youth, and their only
child, ]\Irs. A. B. Warman.

REV. A. S. CERRUTI. For many years
Italy has been sending her sons and daughters
to this country, which grants them many priv-
ileges denied them in their own sunny land.
]\Iany of the thousands who emigrate find their
way into the coal belt of Pennsylvania, where
they turn their attention to mining and other vo-
cations where skilled labor is not an essential
requisite. A large colony of these peope have
settled in and around Carbondale, where for
many years they have been deprived of that spir-
itual care and instruction which the mother
church bestowed on' them in their own country.
Occasionally a priest would visit them and in
a temporary Nyay look after their spiritual neces-
sities. During those visitations a committee was
formed to look forward to the erection of an edi-
fice in which to worship. Prior to 1900 an ex-
cavation was made for a foundation under the
direction of Reverend Father Dominick Landro,
then parish priest in Scranton, but nothing was
begun until the Rev. A. S. Cerruti was sent to
them in the year 1900. Since that time he has
erected a beautiful house of worship at a cost
of eight thousand dollars that now, with all
the furniture and many inside and outside im-
provements, can be estimated at twenty-five
thousand dollars. His parish extends over Car-
bondale, Forest City, Mayfield, Jermyn and
Edgerton. In this extensive parish there are
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hundred souls. This gives the reader some idea
of the responsibility which rests on Father Cer-
ruti.

Father Cerruti is a native of Campagna, It-
aly, born in the year 1853, this town being the
residence of the archbishop of that diocese. His
education was acquired in the common schools
and a seminary of prominence in his native
town. In 1875 he was ordained to the priest-
hood of the Roman Catholic Church. He spent
the first fifteen years of his pastorate in his own
country, during which time he served his church
and people most acceptably, and at the expira-
tion of this period of time emigrated to the
United States, landing in Philadelphia, where he
spent three years in mastering the English lan-
guage and preparing himself for a life of use-
fulness in his new home and country. His first
appointment was at Bangor, Pennsylvania, but
after a residence of one year there lie was sent
to Hammonton, New Jersey, where he remained
until 1900. when he came to Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, and after four months to Carbondale,
where he has endeared himself to his people and
built for them the beautiful church of Our Lady
of Mount Carmel. His work has required pa-
tience and persistence, and through the exercise
of these qualities he has attained commendable
success. As a preacher, his sermons show pains-
taking thought and his illustrations are always
to the point.

MICHAEL GOLDEN. Scranton has no
more enterprising citizen than Michael Golden.
Mr. Golden belongs to a family which has been
resident in Scranton more than forty years, and
is the bearer of a name which during all that
period has ever been regarded with respect.

Patrick Golden was born in Ireland, and in
1861 located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where
he built Golden's Hotel, which he conducted in
a creditable manner for eighteen years. He also
erected several other buildings in different parts
of the city. He was an active man both in busi-
ness and politics. For eight years he was a
member of the police force, was thrice elected
councilman and served two years as school con-
troller. He was a staunch supporter of the plat-
form and principles of the Democratic party. His
wife was Anna Lyons, and seven children were
born to them : Michael,, mentioned at length
hereinafter: John, Patrick, Mary, Thomas (de-
ceased), Annie and Martin. The death of Mr.
Golden, the father of the family, occurred Feb-
ruary 21, 1902. He is survived by his widow.



Michael Golden, son of Patri:!: and Anna
(Lyons) Golden, was born in 1879, in Scran-
ton, and now conducts the hotel founded by his
father. He is assisted in his duties by the oth-
er members of his family, but it is upon him, as
the eldest, that the burden of responsibilitv falls.
The plans for the management of the hotel which
were laid down and executed by the founder are
still followed by his successor, in whose skillful
hands the establishment has suffered no diminu-
tion of patronage. Mr. Golden bids fair to rival
his father's popularity as a citizen. In 1904
he was elected a member of the common council
of the Si.xth ward, an office which he fills with
entire satisfaction to those whose votes placed
him there and also to that of his fellow-citizens
of the opposite party.

CHARLES P. MATTHEWS, a leading man
of affairs in Scranton, prominently identified with
many of its most important commercial and finan-
cial interests, is a native of England, born in



Penzance, Cornwall, May 22, it

His paternal grandfather, Thomas Matthews,
was a native of the same place, where he passed
his entire life, following the occupation of a
farmer. His family comprised three children :
I. Robert, to be further mentioned. 2. Martin,
who remained in Cornwall. 3. A sister who
married a Mr. Stevens, of Cornwall, and came to
Wayne county, Pennsylvania ; they reared a large
family.

Robert Matthews, eldest son of Thomas Mat-
thews, was born in the western part of Cornwall,
England, where he married, and where his wife
died. He married (second) Anna Henwood, a
native of the same county, a daughter of William
henwood, and they emigrated to America with
his four children born of his first marriage, as
follows: I. Thomas, married Aliss Pasco, and
they resided in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. 2.
Robert, single, who died in Providence, Lacka-
wanna county. 3. Priscilla, married John .^tur-
gis, and lived in Providence. 4. Elizabeth, mar-
ried Edward Pierce, and resided in Scranton.
The children of Robert Matthews bv his second
wife were: i. William, who was four tmies
married. His first wife was Lottie Winton, of
Honesdale, who bore him one child, Charles W.,
of the firm of Matthews Brothers, druggists, of
Scranton. His second wife was Emma Birdsell,
whose only child was Louise. His third wife,
.Mice Bailey, had children, Robert and William,
His fourth and present wife was Mary Howell,
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llrothers. 2. Charles P., to be further men-
tioned. 3. Richard J., married Imogene Leach,
and they were the parents of six children ; Anna,
Flora, Mary, Helen, Alice married W. H. Storrs ;
Burton, and Imogene, died in infancy.

Robert Matthews was a farmer by occupation.
He was a man of most exemplary character, and
a devout churchman of the Episcopal faith. His
second wife, Anna Henwood, born October 29,
1809, died October 23, 1854, at Scranton. In her
later ^'ears she was an active member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.

Charles Pooley Matthews, second child of
Robert Matthews by his second marriage, whose
birth is above given, was five years old when his
parents came to Wayne county, Pennsylvania.
He received but a meagre education in the com-
mon schools, and when sixteen years of age be-
came a clerk in a store in Honesdale, Pennsyl-
vania. He subsequently served an apprenticeship
to a druggist, and in 1857, having just attained
his majority, came to Scranton to take charge
of a drug store. The following year he purchased
"the business, which he made a most successful
one. Later he associated with himself his broth-
ers, under the firm name of Matthews Brothers,
and which style has been maintained to the pres-
ent day, although Mr. Matthews retired from it
in 1880. In that year he established a wholesale
flour and grain business, later taking into part-
nership his two sons, under the corporate name of
C. P. Matthews & Sons. The foundation and
firm establishment of these enterprises did not
bound his activities, and he extended his opera-
tions into various fields in which he achieved a
high degree of success, not alone to the advance-
ment of his personal fortunes, but to the welfare
and development of the business of the city.
Blessed with a fine physique and indomitable en-
ergy, and with all the instincts and habits of the
man of large affairs, he has continued his active
emplo}-ment much beyond the age when many
retire from active pursuits. He is president of
the Clark & Snover Tobacco Company, manu-
facturers of chewing and smoking tobacco, the
establishment employing one hundred people and
transacting an extensive business ; president of
the Interstate Brick Company ; a director in the
'1 raders' National Bank and the Title Guaranty
Trust Company ; and holds valuable interests in
the Hoosic Mountain and Mount Jessup collieries,
the Austin Coal Company, the Scranton Splint
Coal Company ; and is also interested in various
other enterprises of a commercial and financial
'.character. He is a member of Grace Reformed



Church, and is affiliated with Peter Williamson
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.

Mr. ^latthews married, July 10, i860. Miss
Mary Jane Phinney, a daughter of Elisha and
Hannah (Hoilge) Phinney. ( See sketch of Elisha
Phinney, following.) Of this marriage were
born four children: I. William, died at the age
of two and a half years. 2. Walter, a member of
the firm of Matthews & Sons, and is actively con-
cerned in the conduct of the business. He is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and has at-
tained the Commandery degrees. He married
Miss Jessie Davis, a daughter of the late John
R. Davis, who was a prominent coal operator of
Scranton. Of this marriage were born five chil-
dren — Alarion, Evelyn, Ellenor, Hilda and Wal-
ter L. 3. Edward. 4. Willard, is also a mem-
ber of the firm of C. P. Matthews & Sons. He
married ^Sliss Cora, daughter of Reese G. Brooks,
a leading citizen of Scranton.

The ]\Iatthews family, father and sons, con-
tribute in large degree to the commercial and
financial importance of Scranton, through the
varied industries and other enterprises with
which thev are intimately connected. They are
at the same time effective factors in all relating
to the life of the community along all lines which
go to the making of a foremost city, and are held
in esteem for their usefulness and their excellence
of personal character.

GENERAL ELISHA PHINNEY, deceased,
through a long and active career known as one
of the most enterprising spirits and foremost
leaders in the development of the industrial and ,
commercial interests of the Wyoming \'alley, and
held in high honor for his nobility of personal
character, is descended from Irish ancestry.
Elisha Phinney, grandfather of General Phinney,
emigrated from Ireland in colonial days, and set-
tled in Connecticut, where he engaged in farm-
ing. He subsequently removed to New Jersey,
where he died. He was the founder of the Amer-
ican branch of the Phinney family, to whom he
transmitted the sterling traits of character pecu-
liar to the parent stock.

Gould Phinney, son of Elisha the immigrant,
was born in Simsbury, Connecticut, about 1790,
and became one of the most enterprising and use-
ful men of his day. He was a man of fine per-
sonal appearance and possessed excellent business
qualifications as well as culture and natural re-
finement. In early life he was a manufacturer in
Elizabeth, New Jersey. During the war embargo
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market of New York, and manufactured tinware
on an extensive scale. He had agents or peddlers
in Pennsylvania and X'irginia selling the product
of his factory, and built up a mammoth business
for that day. In the early '20's he opened a gen-
eral store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on the
east side of the public square, which was after-
ward called "the old steam mill property." In
1823 he established a store at a place which in his
honor was called Phinneytown, and not long
afterward he transferred his business to Dundaff,
where he conducted general merchandising, also
operating a glass factory and wagon making and
blacksmithing shops, thus being closely identified
with the commercial and industrial beginnings of
the town. He also conducted a hotel and oper-
ated a stage line, and through his various enter-
prises afforded employment to many people. In
1822 he purchased several farms near Dundaff, in
Susquehanna county, and established the North-
ern IBank there in 1825. He subsequently bought
a plantation near Fredericksburg, \'irginia, where
he passed his closing days. He died at the age
of fifty-five years, while on a visit to New York
city. He married Jane Price, a native of Eliza-
beth, New Jersey, who died in Dundaff, Penn-
sylvania, at the age of eighty-five years, having
long survived her husband. Her father, Thomas
Price, was also a native of New Jersey, and was
a farmer and fisherman. During the Revolution-
ary war he served in the patriot army, and was
captured by the British, who held him prisoner
on a prison ship in New York harbor. Gould
and Jane Phinney were the parents of five chil-
dren, all of whom are now deceased, Elisha, the
eldest, having survived all the others. Rachel
Badgely, the second child, was married about
i8j5 to John J. Phelps, and of their five children
one was William Walter Phelps, who became
L^nited States minister to Germany. Mary, the
third child, died unmarried, and there is no ac-
count of the fourth, a daughter. The youngest-
child was Thomas P., who married Elizabeth
Howell, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Elisha Phinney was born April 3, 1814. His



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