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he was successful in making his escape, but his
absence was noted and bloodhounds were put
upon the scent, tracking him to a swamp three or
four miles from the prison. He was badly bitten
by the dogs, and was sent home to recover from
the wounds when prison fever developed. After
being paroled he went to the camp at Annapolis,
where he was honorably discharged June 30,

1865.

Colonel Ripple at once returned to his home.
He had gone to the front a boy and returned a
man, with experiences and views of life that
broadened his mind and made him a man with all
the qualities of endurance, self-reliance and de-
termination. Imbued with a desire for a better
education, he entered Eastman's Business Col-
lege, at Poughkeepsie, New York, and in 1869
he entered a firm of crockery dealers, with whom
he continued until 1873, when he withdrew from
that house to become the business associate of
William Connell in the organization of the firm
of William Co.nnell & Company, with whom he
has since been associated in coal operations. He
is also a director in the Scranton Axle Works and
the Tribune Publishing Company, and while
controlling important and successful business en-
terprises he has at the same time maintained an
active interest in public concerns that have had
direct bearing upon the development of the city
and state.

Some years after the war internal disturbances
led him into the National Guard of Pennsyl-
vania and he was elected captain of Company D
upon the organization of the Scranton City Guard
in 1877.. In 1878 he was chosen major of the
Thirteenth Regiment, was elected lieutenant-col-
onel in 1883 and colonel in 1888, while in 1893 he
was re-elected to the same position, serving until
1896, when Governor Hastings appointed him
commissarv general, with the rank of colonel.
He was appointed assistant adjutant-general on
the staff of Governor Stone and is serving at the
present time in a similar capacity on the staff of
Governor Pennypacker.

In pohtical circles in Scranton, Colonel Ripple
has been no less prominent, beinblic office as a public trust."
On Tuesday, May 14, 1889, he passed to his final
reward and now sleeps in Hollenback cemetery.
The following children were born to Daniel Dim-
mick ]\Iosier and Elizabeth Ann (Ward) Mosier:
Georgia Mosier, (daughter), born October 18,
1842, married October 31, i86'5, to Conrad Sax
Stark, son of John Daniel Stark and Ann (Sax)



Stark. John Daniel Stark was born April 26,
1797, and was a grandson of Aaron Stark, who
was slain in the battle of Wyoming. July 3, 1778.
John Daniel Stark, o,n February 22, 1828, was
married to Ann Sax, a daughter of Conrad Sax,
of Shades, Pennsylvania, located on the Easton
turnpike. Wilson, the ornithologist, who visited
him in 1805, describes him in his work as "a
mighty hunter, his home being full of the trophies
of the chase." Ann ( Sax) Stark was born Feb-
ruarv 15, 1803. She died November 25. 1855.

John Daniel Stark became a prominent citizen
of Pittston township. The last days of his life
were spent on his farm located upon the banks of
Spring Brook (years ago a noted trout stream)
where its waters join the Lackawanna. His Fife
was one of industry and usefulness. He died
June 21, 1862, and is buried in the Stark family
plot in Marcy cemetery, Luzerne county, near the
Brick Church which was erected in the year 1853.
Many soldiers of the Revolutionary and other
wars repose in Marcy cemetery. The first inter-
ments therein were made previous to 1790. The
death of Ebenezer Marcy is marked upon his
tombstone as having occurred Alarch 20. 1790,
at which early time there were more than one
hundred unmarked graves in this old burying
ground. Marcy township, Luzerne county, was
named after Ebenezer Marcy.

Conrad Sax Stark graduated at Union College,
New York, i860, and came to the bar well equip-
ped to practice the noble profession of the law.
He died at his home in West Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania, March 26, 1880, in the strength and vigor
of manhood, a prominent member of his profes-
sion. The memory of his legal attainments, in-
tegrity. Christian life and virtues will never be
forgotten. To take action upon his death a meet-
ing of the Luzerne bar was held, Hon. Charles
E. Rice, Luzerne's able jurist( now chief justice
of the superior court of Pennsylvania) presided,
and after paying an eloquent tribute to the mem-
ory o.f the deceased, concluded as follows :

"The activity of Mr. Stark's life was something
wonderful. Measured by the length of years, you say
that his life has been cut short in its prime, but meas-
ured by what he did, and by what he had grown to be.
his death cannot be said to have been premature. He
did the work which God gave him to do with his might,
and any prolongation of years after that is not living,
but a mere existence.

"He will be missed in the profession by the bar and
the court: he will be sadly missed in the town in which
he lived, and with whose varied interests he was so
fully identified ; he will be missed in this county by all
good men, and that home whicli has been so sadly be-
reaved, but notwithstanding all this, we cannot but with
pleasant emotion bear testimony to the character and



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life of a man, who with humility yet with self-reUance
and earnestness, did in liis lite time 'all that God gave
him to do."

Georgia (Mosier) Stark died in the state of
Florida, where she was temporarily residing, July
14, 1896. She was a sincere friend, and an af-
fectionate sister and mother, and was beloved by
all who knew her. Conrad Sax Stark and
Georgia (Mosier) Stark are buried in Hollenback
cemetery.

John B. Mosier (son) was born in Pittston
township, August 9, 1844, on his father's farm
which was cleared up in the year 1790 by David
Brown, (see Bigsby"s "History of Luzerne
County," p. 617), who located the cemetery ad-
joining the Mosier farm, of which mention is
hereafter made, shortly after the close of the
Revolutionary war. John B. Mosier never mar-
ried. He was successful in business, and accum-
ulated a large estate. At the time of his death,
September 27, 1889, he was a Mason of promi-
nence, and a member of St. John's Lodge, F. & A-
M., Pittston, Pennsylvania : Pittston Chapter, R.
A. M., and a Sir Knight of Wyoming Valley
Commandery, Knights Templar, PittstOiU, Penn-
sylvania. He is buried in Hollenback cemetery.

Frank C. Mosier was born October 8, 1846
(of whom further mention is hereafter made).

James H. Mosier (son) is a resident of West
Pittston, Pennsylvania. He was born September
10, 1848. On March 21, 1878, he married Fannie
Field. Helene F. Mosier, their daughter, grad-
uated at Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania, in
the class of 1902, and is one of the youngest mem-
bers of Dial Rock Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution, West Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania.

James H. Mosier is engaged in the real estate
and general insurance business. He is a director
in the Water Street Bridge Company, and a mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity, and belongs to
Wyoming Valley Lodge, F. and A. M., Pittston,
Peniisylvania : Pittston Chapter. R. A. M. ; Wyo-
ming Valley Commandery, K. T., Pittston, Penn-
slvvania (of which he is a past eminent com-
mander) : Lu Lu Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.
(Mystic Shrine), Philadelphia, Pennsvlvania ;
and Keystone Consistory, S. P. R. S., ^2d degree,
Scranton, Penns}-lvania. A. A. S. R. F.

Frank C. Mosier's birthplace was in Pittston
townshio, on his father's farm, one of the first
settled in that township. His boyhood days
passed the same as other bovs brought up on a
farm, working in the fields, fishing in the moun-
tain streams, hunting in the nearbv woods, and at-
tcndino- district school in the winter. After these



halcyon days came the Civil war, ciid the rolling
of drums, waving of flags, and marching of sol-
diers to the front, attracted the attention of the
boy who was a good rifle shot, and wanted to try
his skill on the rebels. In September, eighteen
hundred and sixty-two, Lee with a mighty host
came up along the Blue Ridge from the sacred
soil of \'irginia in solid columns of gray, with
bayonets flashing in the autumnal sun, the stars
and bars fl.ving, and with martial bands playing
"Maryland, my Maryland," he thundered at the
Southern gateway of Pennsylvania.

It was then he enlisted in Capt. Joseph Hile-
man's company. Nineteenth Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Volunteers, and went to the front, where,
with thousands of patriotic men under Alaj.-Gon.
John F. Reynolds stood ready to repel the rebel
invaders if the Army of the Potomac should meet
with defeat upon the soil of Maryland, where
was fought the battle of Antietam, one of the
most sanguinary in the history of the great Civil
war.

Returning home after the Antietam campaign,
he worked on the farm and again went to school,
and later on accepted a position with the Lack-
awanna Iron and Coal Company o.f Scranton,
Pennsylvania. Wliile in that city he was an active
member of the Scranton Lyceum, which he helped
to organize, and which was composed of such men
as Hon. Frederick W. Gunster (now deceased),
afterwards a member of the Pennsylvania house
of representatives, and additional law judge of
Lackawanna county. Col. John Anion Price ( now
deceased), a gallant solidier of the Civil War, and
an orator of great force and ability ; Edward B.
Sturges, who attained prominence in law, business
and municipal reform ; Hugh R. Crawford, a
veteran soldier, scholar and debater, and Atlantic
M. Renshaw, who subsequently was appointed the
first recorder of Lackawanna county, Pennsyl-
vania. After severing his business relations with
the great corporation he had faithfully served he
entered Michigan University. He numbers
among those of his classmates, Hon. George
Gartner, ex-judge of the circuit court of Wayne
county, Michigan, and Hon. Rufus Fleming, now
United States consul general at Edinburgh, Scot-
land. After completing his studies at Ann .Arbor
he went tn Detroit, Michigan, and became a
student in the law office of Hon. Fitz William
H. Chambers, a distinguished ex-member of the
Canadian parliament, and later on judge of^the
circuit court of Wayne county, Michigan. After
being admitted to the Detroit bar he returned
east and studied law with Conrad Sax Stark,
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ruary 26, 1874, and now resides at West Pittston,
I'ennsylvania, practicing his profession in the
common pleas, superior, supreme and United
States courts.

Frank C. Mosier, on March 4, 1891, was
united in marriage by the Rev. John LaBar to
Lydia Ellen Stark, daughter of John Michael
Stark and Sarah (Davidson) Stark, of Wyoming.

John Michael Stark was born in Plains town-
ship, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, February 23,
1819, and October 16, 1841, was married to Sarah
Davidson, a daughter of Morris Davidson and
Ann (Nun) Davidson, who came to Plains town-
ship from New Jersey. He came of two sturdy
races ; one from the green banks of the Shannon,
castellated with the ancient towers of the Mother
Country, the other from the vine-clad hills of the
Rhine, in the German Fatherland, who landed
upon the shores of the new world long before the
Revolutionary struggle, and became the pioneers
of civilization and builders of Commonwealths.
Gen. John Stark, a name famous in the annals of
the Revolution, who fought at Bunker Hill, under
Washington at Trenton and Princeton, and hero-
ically led the Green ^lountain boys at Bennington
and achieved a glorious victory for the American
cause, came of the same English line of ancestrv
as the Stark family of the Wyoming Valley.
(See Hawthorne's "United States," vol. 11, pp.
5 1 2- 1 7-22-3 1, etc. ; Bradsby's "History of Luzerne
County," p. 357).

John Michael Stark was a man of great firm-
ness, iron will, self-reliance and industry. He
was a superintendent on the North Branch of the
Pennsylvania Canal, and also a trusted employe of
the Pennsylvania Coal Companv for a number of
years. (For portrait of John Alichael Stark, see
Bradsby's "History of Luzerne Cunty," p. 335).
After his retirement from the employ of this
company he invested his money in broad acres un-
derlaid with coal in the Wyoming and Lack-
awanna Valleys, the rich anthracite mining indus-
trial center of Pennsylvania, and was the recip-
ient of a large income from royalties at the time
of his death. The names of the kindred of John
]\fichael Stark (Aaron Stark and Daniel Stark)
are inscribed on the Wyoming Battle Monument.
(See Bradsby's "History of Luzerne Countv," p.
121). If there had been a Wyoming drama
enacted in his day and generation he surely would
have maintained the courage and patriotism of his
Revolutionary ancestors, a race of men that will
be proudly remembered in history to the end of
Time.

During other wars of the Republic his family



have maintained a record for patriotism which is
here worthy of mention. In the conflict with
Mexico, which secured a lasting peace and the
acquisition of immense territory to the American
Union, his brother, George Hiram Stark, served
as a sergeant in I. S. K. Ogier's Company H,
Fourth Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers, and on
July 29, 1846. by order of Gen. Taylor, was hon-
orably discharged at Matamoras. On July 30,
1846, he reenlisted and became a non-commis-
sioned officer in Capt. A. G. Blanchard's
(Phoenix) Company, Regiment, Louis-
iana Volunteers, and by order of Maj.-Gen. Scott
was honorably discharged at New Orleans, May
15, 1845. On his soldier's discharge the follow-
ing is endorsed : "Said G. H. Stark participated
in the storming of Monterey, and also the bom-
bardment of Vera Cruz and acquitted himself
gallantly in both engagements."

In the war for the Union his son, George
Alichael Stark, served in Company M, Second
Heavy Artillery. One Hundred and Twelfth Reg-
iment, Pennsvlvania \'olunteers, which fought
under Grant, when, in carnage of blood and in
fire and flame, the Army of the Potomac was re-
lentlessly hurled against Lee until he was sur-
rounded, crushed and overwhelmed at Appomat-
tox. After a successful business career George
Michael Stark died July 27, 1895, on his farm at
Dallas, Pennsylvania, and now rests in the historic
Forty-Fort cemetery.

Henry W. Stark (brother, now deceased) en-
listed in the Nineteenth Pennsylvania Infantry.
William S. Stark ( brother) enlisted in the Fifty-
second Pennsylvania Infantry, and George Hiram
Stark, (]\Iexican war veteran, now deceased), en-
listed in the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh
Pennsylvania Infantry, and all served their coun-
try faithfully. Charles H. Flagg married his sis-
ter, Mary Jane Stark, and became captain of
Company K., One Hundrded and Forty-second
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, made up of
Pittston, Pennsylvania men, whom he led into ac-
tion at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, with
Meade's division, (Pennsylvania Reserves) in
which Sinclair's, Jackson's and Magilton's bri-
gades courageously, in a terrific storm of shot and
shell, charged the Confederate intrenchments on
the heights of Fredericksburg, defended by Gen.
A. P. Hill's division of Stonewall Jackson's
Corps.* During Hooker's campaign he was again

* Col. Cynis K. Campbell, fnow of Seattle, Wash-
ington ) served on the staff of Col. Magilton. and was
wounded in the bayonet charge of his regiment, the
142nd. Pennsylvania Vols., which was cut to pieces
at Fredericksburg.



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under fire at Chancellorsville, where the Army of
the Potomac met with disaster and defeat, after
which there followed in the rapid march of events
the invasion of Pennsylvania, one of the most
perilous epochs in our country's history. Captain
Flagg was a Pennsylvanian by adoption, and gal-
lantly served as an aide on the staff of Brig.-Gen.
Thomas A. Rowley, who commanded the 1st
Brigade, 3rd Division, First Army Corps, at
Gettysburg. The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteers
fought in Rowley's brigade, and bravelv helped to
drive the rebel invaders off the soil of Pennsyl-
vania. After the clash of steel and thunder of
battle was hushed, his body was found on the field
and brought home to his young and grief-stricken
wife, who caused to be erected in the Hollenback
cemetery to the memory of her soldier husband
an enduring monument of granite upon which is
inscribed :

"CAPT. CHAS. H. FLAGG"
"KILLED AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYS-
BURG"
"JULY 3, 1863— AGED 29 YEARS."

"Sleep, sleep, noble warrior, sleep,
The tomb is now thy bed.

Cold is it's bosom, thou dost rest,
In silence with the dead."

"We tell thy doom with many tears,
How rose thv morning sun,

How quickly, too, alas it set,
Warrior, thy march is done."

John Michael Stark died at his residence in
Wyoming, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1896. Sarah
(Davidson) Stark, his wife, died at her summer
home at Lake Carey, Pennsylvania, September 9,
1898, and both are buried in Hollenback ceme-
tery.

The home life of Frank C. ]\Iosier has ever
been one of simplicity, hospitality and true dor-
mestic happiness. He is a member of the Exeter
Country Club of West Pittston, Pennsylvania.

One child blessed the union of Frank C.
Mosier and Lydia Ellen (Stark) Mosier — Ruth,
born April 2, 1893, died December 16, 1901.
Within the gates of the Silent City of the Dead,
beautiful Hollenback cemetery, little Ruth sleeps
remembered and loved by all who knew her. On
her tombstone are carved the inspired words :
"Heavenly Bells are calling me now," which were
found after her death, among her child treasures,
written in her own hand.

The Christian religion is the world's most en-
dur'ing foundation. Upon -its eternal rock, is
builded Freemasonry, which from the days of
King Solomon first began its march over the



highway of centuries, and has kej)! step with civ-
ilization and progress to this distant day. The
teachings of this, the greatest fraternal organiza-
tion in existence, have been sacredly kept by
Washington the Founder, by McKinley the De-
fender, and by Roosevelt, the Protector of Amer-
ica's civil and religious liberty.

Frank C. Mosier is a Mason, and belongs to-
St. John's Lodge, F. & A. ]M., Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania ; Pittston Chapter, R. A. M. ; Wyoming
\'alley Commandery, K. T.. Pittston (of which
he is past eminent commander) ; Irem Temple, A.
A. O. N. M. S. (Mystic Shrine), Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania ; and Keystone Consistory, S. P. R.
S. 32d degree, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, North-
ern Masonic Jurisdiction, United States of Amer-
ica.

Frequently he is chosen to represent his
party in county, state and national conventions.
He has always been for sound money, a sound
protective tariff, sound statesmanship, and
sovmd Democracy, which he claims are the car-
dinal principles of free government as enunci-
ated by Thomas Jefferson, the greatest apostle of
the Democratic faith.

A number of benevolent acts have been re-
corded to his credit during his active life, and one
in particular is deserving of mention. Near the
Mosier homestead in Pittston township is an old
cemetery, in which repose many of the pioneers
of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys. The
Browns, Bennetts, Fells, Giddings, Millers,
Searles, Tompkinses and others are represented,
with many soldiers who served in the armies of
the L^nion during the Civil war, among them be-
ing an old comrade, Hon. David Snyder Koon, a
member of the Luzerne bar. ( See "Luzerne
Legal Register," vol. ix, page 88). During the
administration of President Polk he was post-
master at Providence, Pennsylvania. For two
terms he represented Luzerne county in the
Pennsylvania house of representatives, and dur-
ing Andrew Johnson's term as chief magistrate
he held the important office of deputy revenue-
assessor for the United States government. (See
"Families of the Wyoming A'alley," Kulp, vol. i,
p. 58, etc.). In politics he was a Democrat, and
held many positions of honor and trust, and now
rests in one of the oldest of Luzerne county's
burial places.

This graveyard became neglected, and the-
fence surrounding it destroyed. It was then that
the patriotism and liberality of the subject of this
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new fence around this enclosure of the dead, and
surrounded it with Rhode Island rhododendrons,
which will, even after this deed has been for-
gotten, bloom every springtime on the graves
of Pittston township's gallant soldier dead,
whose names are borne upon the rolls of many
of Pennsvlvania's fighting regiments, and who
bravely fought in the annies of the Republic with
comrades who fell at Fredericksburg', Gettys-
burg, and upon other bloody fields.

The great interest he has taken in those who
upheld the flag of a common country, and sus-
tained the government during the War of the
Rebellion, has attracted attention, and he has
often been called upon to address his old com-
rades. Some time ago a prominent member of
the bar wrote the following in a letter which was
submitted to us :

"I have just finished reading: your splendid ora-
tion delivered at the Grand Rennion of the 143d Penn-
sylvania Volunteers at Mill Hollow, and beg to con-
gratulate you upon the interesting manner in which
you have collated the mass of historic facts connected
with our great Civil war. I would suggest that this
address be preserved for future use. It deals so in-
timately with the lives and acts of the great Pennsyl-
vanians who helped to keep the Union safe, that it
should have a place in the history and annals of our
State. Why not hzv2 it embodied in the sketch of
your life about to be published?"

In response to the above suggestion we take
the liberty to quote from the Pittston Gazette, of
which the late Hon. Theodore Hart, of West
Pittston, Pennsylvania, was editor, the following:

"One of the features of the Grand Reunion held
on the old campgound of the 143rd Pennsylvania Vol-
unteers (Luzerne regiment) at Mill Hollow, was the
address of F. C. Mosier, Esq.. of Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania. The situation was inspiring. The scenery was
sufficient to arouse the most indifferent. The Wyom-
ing Monument. CampbelTs Ledge, the broad expanse
of the river, the brilliant sun — all these lent interest to
the occasion, and inspired the speaker to unusual flights
of oratory."

Mr. Mosier, upon being introduced by Hon. P.
DeLacy of Scranton, Pennsylvania, president of the
Regimental Association, spoke as follows:

"Once more you have met on the old campground
with your companions in arms, to renew the friend-
ship of other days, the memories of which are here
revived amid old familiar scenes, and in the presence
of a generation born to enjoy the benefits of the great
victory achieved by you and your brave comrades who
once trod this ground — many of whom were struck
down by your side upon the field of battle, and now
sleep beneath southern skies far away from home and
kindred. If your gallant legion of the dead could
attend this reunion we would behold the brave men who
fell at Gettysburg, the Wilderness. Spottsylvania,
North .\nn, Bethesda Church. Cold Harbor, Chicka-
hominy, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, and upon other



bloody fields — their number would add hundreds to^
this assemblage — but alas I they cannot come back to
us — for

"On fame's eternal camping ground

Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead."

"A number of years have passed away since j-ou/
pitched your tents within the shade of this mountain,
which overlooks the fair Wyoming Valley whose an-
nals are written in the blood of your ancestors, and
from whose lofty summit many of you can look down
upon the homes and hamlets you left more than a
quarter of a century ago, to respond to your country's
call to arms, which rang out all over this broad land
and re-echoed among the hills of old Luzerne, and
aroused her heroic sons, who here rallied around their '
country's flag, imbued with the patriotic sentiment —
'The union — the grand heritage of our fathers, — it must
and shall be preserved.' Your noble patriotism in the
darkest epoch of our country's history will never be.
forgotten, for the memory of your deed, is forever
preserved in the archives of our grand old common-
wealth, which has always been true to the Union.



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