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tries, commerce and finance, which enter so large-
ly into the business life of the Lackawanna val-
ley, with its multifarious interests and their com-
plex relationship. In his pleadings he is clear
and convincing, placing his reliance upon reason
and logic, before oratorical effort, and, as a re-
sult in various instances, the adjudication of his
cases has been given permanent worth in the es-
tablishment of precedents. While having in his
care the interests of an extensive and important
clientele, including large industrial and financial
corporations, Mr. Watson has taken aii active
part in advancing various interests entering into
the commercial life of the community. He vvas
instrumental in organizing the Traders' Na-
tional Bank of Scranton, of which he was the
original vice-president, a position he has occu-
pied to the present time. He is also secretary
and treasurer of the Moosic Mountain Coal
Company ; treasurer of the !\Iount Jessup Coal
Company, Limited : was manager of the Florence
Coal Company : treasurer and one of the man-
agers of the Providence and Abington Turnpike
and Plankroad Company, and the Northern
Boulevard Company : treasurer and a director of
the Whitehall Land and Improvement Company,



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and the Lackawanna Land Company ; and a di-
rector of the Whitehall Water Company, the
Whitehall Portland Cement Company, the Dal-
ton and Allendale Railway Company, and the
Pennsylvania Casualty Company. He is a mem-
ber of the Scranton Board of Trade. He is a
member of the Second Presbyterian Church, the
Scranton and Country Clubs, is a Republican in
politics, and is aiifiliated with Warren Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, of ]\iontrose. Of
even disposition and exemplary habits, he has re-
tained his physical vigor in remarkable degree,
and is in the zenith of his mental powers. He
is widely known and universally esteemed for his
professional and business abilities, and his ex-
cellent personal characteristics.

Mr. Watson married, in Upper Lehigh, No-
vember 26, 1868, Miss Annie M. Kemmerer,
born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, a daughter
of Charles Kemmerer. Of this marriage were
born six children, of whom two are deceased.
Those living are : Walter L., was assistant su-
perintendent of the Mid-Valley Coal Company,
Wilberton, Pennsylvania. He is manager of the
Lackawanna Land Company and of the Clear
Springs Water Company. Albert L., a grad-
uate of Amherst College, class of 1900, is an at-
torney-at-law and member of the. firm of Watson,
Diehl & Kemmerer. Annie M., who was edu-
cated in New York City, and Candace A. The
family reside at No. 504 Monroe avenue, Scran-
ton.

HENRY BELIN, Jr., president of the E.
I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, of Penn-
sylvania, powder manufacturers, is the repre-
sentative of a family which has been connected
with the industry carried on by that great cor-
poration from its very founding, and is other-
wise known as a leading factor in finance and
industry in northeastern Pennsylvania.

His family is of French origin, and his great-
grandfather, John Belin, was a planter in the
island of San Domingo, West Indies. His son
Augustus was driven out bv the great uprising of
1 79 1, and came to the United States. He was
first engaged in business in Philadelphia, and
later removed to Wihnington, Delaware, where
he resided during the remainder of his life, be-
coming connected with the famous Du Pont
powder works. His wife was AUetta Hedrick,
a Philadelphia lady of German parentage, and
their children were Ann, Charles and Henry.
The father died in 1843, aged seventy-three
years.



Henry Belin, son of Augustus and Alletta.
(Hedrick) Belin, was born in Philadelphia, and
educated at the United States [Military Acad-
emy at West Point. He joined the corps of
topographical engineers, with which he was con-
nected until 1843, ^'id during this period sur-
veyed the Maine and Canadian boundary line,,
one of the notable undertakings of that day. On
leaving the army he became identified with the-
Du Pont powder works in Wilmington, Dela-
[ware, continuing until 1865, when he located
in St. Louis, where he was engaged in business
for ten years. He then returned to Wilmington,
where he resided until his death, in 1891. He-
married Isabella dAndelot, a daughter of Henry
d'Andelot, and their children were: Gratiot,
Louisa, Mary, Henry, Jr., and d'Andelot. The
mother died in 1863, aged fifty years.

Henry Belin, Jr., was born September 2^,
1843, at West Point, New York, while the father
was there stationed. He prepared for college
at the Hopkins Grammar School, at New Haven,.
Connecticut, and then entered Yale College, from
which he was graduated with the class of 1863,'
at the age of twenty years. He at once became
identified with E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Com-
pany, powder manufacturers. After seven years,
residence in Wilmington, Delaware, he removed
to Scranton, where he has now resided for thirty-
five years. Shortly after his coming he identified
himself with the principal financial and indus-
trial enterprises of that day, and has continued
to afford his aid to the establishment of various
others in the intervening time. He is president
of E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, of
Pennsylvania, powder manufacturers ; vice-pres-
ident of the Third National Bank of Scranton, a
director in the Lackawanna Trust and Safe De-
posit Company, vice-president of the Cherry
River Boom and Lumber Company, president of
the Wyoming Shovel Works, vice-president of
the Scranton Lace Curtain Company, director
and treasurer of the Scranton Forging Company.
His humanitarian disposition is attested by his
continued labors in behalf of various praise-
worthy institutions, and his liberality in contrib-
uting to their support. He was a leading figure
in the movements which resulted in the estab-
lishment of the Pennsylvania Oral School, was
one of its founders, and from the first has been
a member of its board of trustees and its treas-
urer. His services to the Hahnemann Hospital
have also been of great value, and he has long
been a member of its advisory board. He is also
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lie Library, and a member of the Pennsylvania
State Library Commission. He is connected
with the Second Presbyterian Church, and is a
trustee of that body. For some years he was
actively identified with the National Guard of
Pennsylvania, having- served for two years in
the Thirteenth Regiment, and for one year as
aide-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier General
Sigfried. He is a member of the Scranton Club,
the Country Club and the Bicycle Club. His
personal characteristics are such as mark the
highest type of citizen. He is the embodiment
of inflexible principle and lofty integrity, and
his sympathy and charity are freely extended
upon every worthy call. He is of modest and
retiring disposition, and without ambition as re-
gards public preferment.

^Ir. Belin married JMiss Alargaret Lammot,
a daughter of Ferdinand Lammot, and to them
have been born nine children : Mary, Isabella,
died in infancy ; Alice ; Henry, died at the age
of five years ; Paul, Charles, Lammot, Margaretta
and d'Andelot.

J. ALBERT KADZ, who has borne a most
useful part in the communit)' among whom his
years have been spent, is an honored representa-
tive of families which have been identified with
the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania since
about the middle of the seventeenth century. The
\'on Katz (as the name was then spelled) family
was among the first settlers of Gennantown.
Both the Kadz and Dungan families were loyal
to the colonies during the dark and dreadful
period of the Revolutionary war, and played well
and ably their part in bringing about the freedom
and liberty which we enjoy today.

The paternal great-great-grandfather of J.
Albert Kadz spelled his name Von Katz, which
was changed in the course of events to the Angli-
sized way of the present day, Kadz. He was a
native of Germany and of noble birth. He started
the first paper-mill in Germantown, which is
stated on good authority as being the first mill
in the state of Pennsylvania. The maternal great-
grandfather of J. Albert Kadz was a Mr. Dun-
gan, a native of Ireland, and a converted Catho-
lic priest. The Dungans settled in Germantown,
Pennsylvania, previous to the Revolutionary war.
They first migrated to Scotland, and from thence
to .\merica, making Germantown their place of
destination.

The paternal grandfather of J. Albert Kadz
was \\'illiam Kadz, a native of Germantown. He



was a cooper by trade and also operated a stone
quarry. His wife was Miss Christine Bowman,
to whom were born three children : Silas, Mary
and Paul W. The latter is paying teller in the
Germantown National Bank. The maternal
grandfather of J. Albert Kadz was Benjamin
Dimgan, a native of Germantown, who was united
in marriage to Miss Sarah Minnick, a descendant
of a German ancestry.

Silas Kadz, father of J. Albert Kadz, was
born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1866 he
removed to Monroe county, same state, where he
followed his trade, that of millwright. He was
also a practical machinist, and these branches of
industry he followed during the greater part of
his life. He was a veteran of the Civil war, hav-
ing served as a member of Company H, One
Hundred and Seventy-sixth Regiment Pennsyl-
vania Volunteer Infantry ; he served as hospital
steward during the last year of the war, and was
honorably discharged from the service of the
United States government. His death occurred
in 1900. His widow is living at the present time
(1904). Their family consisted of twelve chil-
dren, five of whom are living, namely : Mrs.
Mary E. Miller, William, J. Albert, Mrs. Alice
Featherman, and Charles Kadz.

J. Albert Kadz was born in Stroudsburg,
Pennsylvania, July 7, 1867. He was reared in his
native town and enjoyyed the advantages of a
common school education. In 1877 he moved to
Scranton and applied himself to the carpenter
trade, which he mastered to perfection and which
he has successfully conducted up to the present
time. In 1902, seeing the advantage of broaden-
ing his sphere of work, he became a contractor
and has since gained considerable prominence.
At the present time ( 1904) he has in process of
construction six buildings, on which are em-
ployed twenty-five men. In 1903 he erected six-
teen dwelling houses in the city, and these facts
are ample evidences of the wisdom of his new
enterprise. His work takes him into the various
sections of the city, in all of which he is becoming
well known as a master mechanic. Mr. Kadz
is a member of the First Christian Science Church
of Scranton. upholds by his vote the principles of
the Republican party, and holds membership in
the Patriotic Order Sons of America.

In November, 1889, Mr. Kadz was imited in
marriage to Miss Nellie W. Williams, daughter
of Minor Williams, of Foster, Susquehanna
county, Pennsylvania. Their children are :
Bessie Irene, born 1894; Harold D., born 1897.



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OTTO D. MYERS. No better type of the
energetic business man and popular citizen can
be found than is presented by Otto D. Myers, of
Scranton. To say that Mr. Myers comes of Ger-
man ancestry is equivalent to saying that he rep-
resents an element which has been a forceful one
in the history of Pennsylvania almost since the
period of its inception as a colony.

George Myers (father), a native of Ger-
many, emigrated to the United States early in
the nineteenth century and settled in Philadelphia.
In the course of time he removed to what was
then Luzerne county and made his home in South
Abington township, where he purchased from the
government four hundred acres of land, and a
great part of this he cultivated with the help of
his sturdy sons. Their crops were plentiful and
commanded good prices in the markets of Car-
bondale, Honesdale and Wilkes-Barre, to which
places they travelled in wagons drawn bv oxen.
He married Susanna Bond, also a native of Ger-
many, and the following children were born to
them: i. Jacob, who married Mary Hutemaker
and had nine children. 2. Adam, who married
Harriet Garrison and became the father of three
children. 3. Elizabeth, who became the wife of
Green Griffin and had five children ; after the
death of her husband she married Z. Vosburg,
by whom she had four children. 4. Samuel, who
married Susan Ross and had three children. 5.
John, mentioned at length hereinafter. 6. Peter,
who died in infancy. On the death of Mr. Myers
his land was divided among his children, who
became good, useful and loyal citizens as their
descendants are at the present day.

John Myers, son of George and Susanna
(Bond) Myers, was born June 16, 1823, and be-
came the owner o.f one hundred acres of the orig-
inal tract of land purchased by his father. He
was a practical and successful farmer. He up-
held by his vote and influence the principles o'f
the Republican party, and was a member of the
Baptist Church. He married Judith M. Ross,
who was born January 23, 1826, and was the
sister of Susan Ross, mentioned above as the
wife of Samuel Myers. Mr. and Mrs. Myers
were the parents of the following children: i.
George W., born ]\Iarch 7, 1S47, a co.ntractor,
married Abi Slocum, and has two children. 2.
Orpha, born December 18, 1849, deceased. 3.
Susan A., born July 15, 185 1, is the wife of John
Kealor, and has one son John D. 4. Eugene A.,
born March 7, 1854, a farmer, married Clara
Fish, and has one child. 5. Otto D., mentioned



at length hereinafter. 6. Oscar J., born June 4,
1859, deceased. 7. Benjamin S., born April 12,
1861, married Mary Leonard and has two chil-
dren. 8. Leonard E., born February 3, 1863, de-
ceased. 9. Carrie B., born April 30, 1868, died at
two years of age. Mr. Myers, the father of the
family, died November 10, 1888, and his widow
passed away September 25, 1900. They were
respected and loved by all who knew them.

Otto D. Myers, fifth child of John and Judith
M. (Ross) Myers, was born March 20, 1856, and
received his education in his native township.
His early years were spent on his father's farm,
and he was subsequently employed bv the D. &
H. Company, in whose service he remained for
eighteen years as conductor between Wilkes-
Barre and Carbondale. In 1878 he received an
inujry to his leg by which he was for a time dis-
abled, but after recovering resumed his work
with the company. In 1893 he went to Califor-
nia, where he was employed for one year bv the
Southern Pacific Railroad. During this time
he met with another accident by which he lost
two fingers of his left hand. After his return to
the Lackawanna Valley he was engaged for five
years in the grocery business. Air. Myers has al-
ways taken an active part in public affairs, and is
a trusted and popular citizen. In 1889 he was
appointed to fill a vacancy as alderman of the
second ward, and in 1900 was elected to the same
office for five years. He is president of the Al-
dermen's Association and is a member of the
I. O. O. F., wearing a veteran jewel, a mark of
distinction conferred on every member who has
been for twenty-five consecutive years connected
with the lodge. He belongs to the Encampment
and is past grand patriarch. He is past councilor
of the Modern Woodmen of America, and a
charter member of the I. O. R. M.

Mr. Myers married, March 20, 1879, Ida,
daughter of Celinda A. Vail. This union was
dissolved in 1886 by the death of ;\Irs. Myers,
and in 1889 Mr. Myers married Lelia L. Vail, a
sister o.f his first wife. There were no children
by either marriage.

CHARLES SUMNER ^^'OOLWORTH,
prominently identified with leading business in-
terests in the city of Scranton, and widely known
throughout the country for his connection with
the Woolworth Five- and Ten-Cent Stores, an
innovation with which he was connected from
the beginning, is descended from a notable an-
cestry dated back to the early colonial period of
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stanch and loyal patriots during the Revolution-
arv period, and in the Civil war furnished nu-
merous gallant soldiers, who proved worthy sons
of the sires who fought at Lexington and Bunker
Hill. Later generations have been conspicuous
for sterling worth and great ability in the estab-
lishment and conduct of large financial and other
extensive business interests.

(I) The progenitor of the family in America
was Richard VVoolworth, who settled at New-
bury, Massachusetts, in 1678, having taken the
oath of allegiance at Ipswich, being then thirty
years of age. On Christmas Eve following his
arrival he married Hannah Huggins, the record
of the marriage giving his name in the form of
\\'oolery, while other records of Newbury use
the present orthography, Woolworth. It is sup-
posed that this Richard Woolworth was a son of
that Richard Woolev. born in 1600, who was
among the eighty-four passengers of the ship
"Plain Joan," which landed in Mrginia JMay 15.
1635. Richard Woolworth, him of Newbury,
was one among a hundred persons who received
a land grant in Southold. Massachusetts (now
Suffield, Connecticut), his land adjoining a tract
set off to John Huggins, his brother-in-law. He
took up his residence thereon, and died there De-
cember 20, 1696, surviving his wife, who died
October 19, 1691. Of their children three daugh-
ters died in childhood, and a son and daughter
survived: the latter, Hannah, born in 1681, was
fifteen years old when her father died, and was
allowed to administer upon the estate. She mar-
ried John Gleason in 1704.

(II) Richard, only son of Richard and Han-
nah (Huggins) \\'oolworth, was born in Suf-
field, December 6, 1687. On September 15, 1714.
he married Elizabeth Hall, of Taunton, Massa-
chusetts, whose name is first on the records of
the Congregational Church of Suffield. which she
joined by letter June i. 1716. Eight children
were born to them.

(III) Timothy, third son and fifth child of
Richard (2) and Elizabeth (Hall) Woolworth,
was born May 17, 1722, in Suffield, where he
married, June 3, 1747, Mercy Olds, born April
30. 1724, baptized the year of her marriage. Ten
children were born to them, of whom three died
in infancy, the survivors all being sons.

(I\') Phineas, sixth son of Timothy (3)
and Mercy (Olds) Woolworth, was born in Suf-
field, October 31, 1754. He, with four brothers,
bore a part in the battles of Lexington and
Bunker Hill, and rendered other military service.
He was one of twenty-three men of the alarm



party under command of Capt. Nathaniel Hay-
den, and enlisted J\Iay 13 in the Tenth Company,
and was discharged December 17, 1775. In 1781
he married ^lercy, bom October 10, 1758, daugh-
ter of Capt. Simeon and Grace (Phelps) Shel-
don, of Suflield, who was admitted to the First
Baptist Church of Suffield on confession of
faith on the first Sabbath of September, 1802.
She was a granddaughter or Thomas and Mary
(Hinsdale) "Sheldon" Thomas being a son of
Isaac, the first Sheldon in New England. Fam-
ily tradition says Phineas and Mercy Woolworth
left Granville, Massachusetts, early in 1806, trav-
eling with oxen and sleds and leading a cow.
They settled in Denmark, New York, and later
removed to Pinckney, where the husband died in
1819. His wife died in Lisbon, New York, in
1 83 1, and her remains were brought to Pinck-
ney and interred beside those of her husband.
Tliey were the parents of six sons and three
daughters.

^V) Jasper, fourth son of Phineas (4) and
Mercy (Sheldon) Woolworth, was born in Suf-
field, Connecticut, ]\Iarch 8, 1789. He was about
seventeen when his parents removed to north-
ern New York, and he aided in clearing up the
homestead farm. He farmed in Pinckney until
1836, when he removed to \\'atertown, where
he resided some years, finally purchasing a large
ifarni. March i, 1859, he removed to North
Adams. He died at Pierrepont Manor, New
York, October 8, 1873, well advanced in his
eightv-fifth year, having survived his wife, who
died there on January 6, 1871. in her seventy-
fifth year, and their remains rest together. She
was Elizabeth G. Buell, born in 1796, in Hebron,
Connecticut, a daughter of Aaron and Beulah
(Dorchester) Buell, and a granddaughter of
John Hubbell Buell. Her marriage took place
in 1816. Jasper and Elizabeth Woolworth were
the parents of seven children, of whom the third
daughter, Emily, died when a year old. Those
who came to maturity were: Horace, died in
Rodman, unmarried, aged thirty-six years : John
H.. to be further referred to hereinafter: Louisa,
who resides near Mannsville, New York, widow
of Edwin Andrews : Mary E. and George, twins,
and Adelia.

(Vl) John Hubbell, second child of Jasper
(5) and Elizabeth (Buell) Woolworth, was born
in Pinckney, New York, August 16, 1821. He
became a prosperous farmer near Great Bend,
Jefferson county. New York, where he now lives
retired, in his eighty-fifth year. He is a highly
respected citizen, taking an especial interest in



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educational affairs, and for man}- years rendered
efficient service as a school trustee. He is an
exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. In early life he was a Whig in politics.
He was an earnest anti-slavery man, and aided
in the organization of the Republican party in
1856, and has been one of its most faithful ad-
herents from that time. January 14, 185 1, he
married Fanny IMcBrier, born at Pillar Point,
Jefferson county. New York, April 15, 1829, died
February 15, 1878. To them were born two
sons, Frank W. and Charles Sumner Woolworth.
(VII) Charles Sumner, second son of John
Hubbell (6) and Fanny (McBrier) Woolworth,
was born in Rodman, Jefferson county, New
York, August i, 1856, and was reared upon the
parental farm at Great Bend, upon which he re-
mained until he was twenty-two years old, and
until he was nineteen attending the district
schools. With a splendidly developed physique
and a good practical education, he left home to
become a salesman in the dry goods store of
Moore & Smith, in Watertown. He displayed
a marked aptitude for mercantile pursuits, and
after a year became associated with his brother,
Frank W. Woolworth, who had just success-
fully inaugurated the five- and ten-cent business.
He opened a store at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
for his brother, removing it eight months later
to York, where he remained three months, these
removals being in accordance with the policy at
the time, which was based upon the conviction
that such a business could only be carried on in
an itinerant fashion. After a short sojourn in
Lancaster, Charles Sumner located in Scranton
to manage a store for his brother, and which
he conducted with such success as to fully dem-
onstrate its stability. After a few months he be-
came a partner in the enterprise, and a year later
entered upon the sole ownership. How well he
developed the business is evidenced by the fact
that at the outset his stock did not exceed six
hundred dollars in value, while he now occupies
one of the choicest and largest double stores in
the city, running through an entire city block,
and during this intervening time he has also es-
tablished nine other stores of the same character,
six in the state of New York and three in Maine.
His activities have also been extended to other
large commercial and financial concerns, among
them the United States Lumber Company, with
a capital of six million dollars, operating mills
in Pennsylvania and Mississippi, and in which
he is a director. He is loyally attached to' the
city of his residence, and renders efficient aid



in the promotion of its various interests, moral
and educational, as well as material. He is vice-
president of the Groat Knitting Company of
Scranton, and a director in the Traders' National
Bank and the People's Bank of the same place.
He attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
liberally contributes to its support and to all be-
nevolent causes which appeal to him. In politics
he is an earnest supporter of the principles and
policies of the Republican party. He holds mem-
bership in the Scranton Club, and the New Eng-
land Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. To
the decision of character which marks the thor-
oughly equipped man of large business affairs
he unites those traits of genial companionability
M'hich give him a congenial footing with men of



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