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He is a Republican in politics. He is a man of
genial nature and agreeable personality, and as a
citizen is progressive and public-spirited.

Mr. McClintock married, February 20, 1885,
Miss Idell Miller, born in Prattsburg, Steuben
county. New York, daughter of Lee and Ellen
Marion (Winnie) Miller. The former was a ma-
chinist, and died in September, 1904, at Scranton,
whither he moved from Steuben county. New
York, where he was much esteemed. The fol-
lowing children were bcrn to Mr. and i\Irs. Mc-
Clintock: Lee E., Clarence E., Marion, Ruth,
Hazel, deceased ; and Ethel.

SAMSON BROTHERS. The members of
this well known firm are numbered among the
progressive business men of the city of Scran-
tan, and their well equipped establishment is lo-
cated at Nos. 627-29 Cedar avenue, where they
manufacture homemade sausage, hams, bacon and
lard of the highest quality and conduct an exten-
sive wholesale business, their products having
gained a high reputation under the seal of "Vic-
tor" brand. The interested principals are Ed-
ward L. and Joseph L. Samson, and their energy
and reliability have been the powers which have
so signally forwarded their industrial enterprise.
In their factory employment is given to a corps
of about ten men, and power is furnished by a
twelve-horse power engine. The Messrs. Sam-
son have had excellent training in the line of their
present vocation, having grown up in the busi-
ness, as their father, William Samson, is an ex-
tensive wholesale meat dealer in Wayne county,
this state. William Samson (father) was born
in Connecticut, from whence he came to Lake
Aeriel, Wayne co.unty, Pennsylvania, later re-
moved to Avoca, but subsequently returned to
Wayne county. He served in the Heavy Artill-
erv for one vear and eight months. He is a Re-

publican in politics. William and Ella (Bell)
Samson had twelve children, of whom eleven are-
living, while three are residents of Scranton, the
subjects of this sketch, and their brother Eugene
H., who is in their employ.

The Samson brothers are both natives of the
city of Scranton, Joseph L. having been born
February 9, 1875, and Edward L. November 18,.
1876. In their native place they secured their
educational training in the public schools, and
they accompanied their parents on their removal
to Wayne county, where Edward L. continued to-
reside until 1898, when he returned to the Lack-
awanna Valley, where for three years he was en-
gaged in the grocery business in Scranton. The
two brothers founded their present thriving en-
terprise in 1903. In politics they are supporters
of the Republican party, and in a fraternal way
Edward L. is identified with the Modern Wood-
men of America and the Knights of Malta.

In 1900 Edward L. Samson was united in mar-
riage to Miss Cora House. Joseph L. wedded
Miss Mary E. Keizer, in 1897, and they have one
child, Lourine.

THOMAS D. DAVIES, deceased, for more
than forty years actively identified with the in-
dustrial aff^airs of Scranton, was numbered among
the most forceful and useful of its citizens, his in-
terest extending to all that was of advantage to-
the conmiunity, not alone in material concerns,,
but education, religion, and well conceived works
of charity. A Welshman by birth, he was an ad-
mirable representative of the splendid race from
which he came, and it was his distinction to enjoy
wide recognition throughout the state and nation
for his active and intelligent labors in perpetuat-
ing in America knowledge of the rich Cambrian'
literature and music of the bardic days, reaching
back to an era when present-day English was not.

Mr. Davies was born April 15, 1835, in
Rhandirmwyn, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
He came to America in 1858, at the age of twen-
ty-three years, and located at once in Hyde Park,,
where he has since continually resided with the
exception of a brief period when he lived in the
North End, in that part known as the Notch. A
thoroughly equipped, practical miner, trained to
that degree of thoroughness and carefulness for
which Welsh miners have ever been distinguish-
ed, he commanded instant confidence, and was ad-
vancefl from position to position as opportunity
offered. For six years he had charge of the old
Luzerne slope at the Notch, in North Scranton,
operated by the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-
ern Coal Company. From this post he was trans-



f erred to Bellevue shaft, as foreman, and subse-
quently served in the same capacity at the Dodge
mine. During all these \ears the value and
safety of the properties entrusted to him were so
enhanced as to attract the particular attention of
his superiors, and in 1872 he was made assistant
toi General Manager Benjamin Hughes, in which
confidential and highly responsible position he
served with conspicuous ability and entire fidelity
until he was incapacitated through the effects of
the illness from which he soon died.

The excellences of the personal character of
]\Ir. Davies were signally exemplified in his con-
■duct in relation to the community. Candid, sin-
cere, and entirely devoid of self-assertion, he
had no disposition to be made conspicuous, much
less to thrust himself forward. At the same
time he had loftv ideas of the dignity and re-
sponsibilities which belong to true citizenship, and
took an active interest in all matters afifecting the
progress and welfare of the community. He was
particularly devoted to the cause of common
school education, and for some years rendered
efficient service as a member of the board of
school directors of the borough of Hyde Park,
and when that section was incorporated with
the city of Scranton he was continued as a mem-
Tjer of the city board of control. He also repre-
sented his ward in the select council for four
years. He was among the incorporators of the
West Side Bank, and was a member of its board
of directors from its organization until his death.
He was also from time to time called to various
positions of trust as administrator of estates, etc.
Careful in all concerns of life, his investments
were judiciously made, and he accumulated a
handsome estate, being a stockholder in several
manufacturing and financial institutions, and a
considerable real estate owner in Scranton and
elsewhere. He was a most exemplary Christian,
and for forty years was numbered among the
most consistent and useful members of the First
Welsh Baptist Church, in which he had filled
everv lay office, serving as trustee and deacon,
and as superintendent of both the home and mis-
sionarv Sunday schools. He was keenly alive to
the necessities of the afflicted, and was an efficient
aid to. the Lackawanna Hospital, which he served
for several years in the capacity of director. He
also liberally aided that institution out of his
means, and his benevolence extended to all worthy
causes and persons whose necessities came to his
attention. His charitableness led him to con-
nect himself with the leading fraternal societies,
and he was an orsranizinar member of Siberian

Lodge, I. O. O. F., of which he was the first
noble grand.

Thorough American as he was, in every
thought and action of life, he held a warm af-
fection for the land o.f his birth, and a peculiar
reverence for its literature, its music and its his-
torical traditions. He was a high authority upon
all these subjects throughout the United States,
and in the great meetings of the Welsh of Amer-
ica he was a conspicuous figure, and honored al-
most to the point of reverence. He was a grand
officer of the lodge of \\'elsh Ivorites, and as a
member of the board charged with the undertak-
ing, aided most efficiently in eft'ecting the union
of the various lodges of the order. He was also
president of the Eisteddfod committees of 1875,
1880 and 1885, and to him was due in largest de-
gree the great success which attended the great
meetings of those years.

For the last six years of his life Mr. Davies
had been a great sufferer from bronchial catarrh,
but his indomitable resolution would not permit
him to lay aside his duties and restrict himself to
his home until a fortnight before the end came,
on J\Iay 28, 1898. The sad announcement was
received with profound sorrow and regret by
the people among whom he had so long been a
familiar and honored figure. The place which
he held in the hearts of all found significant ex-
pression at the funeral, in the participation in the
services of so many as four of the most promi-
nent clergymen of the neighborhood — Rev. Hugh
Davies, of the Welsh C. JM. Church; Rev. Mr.
Harris, of Tavlor, Pennsylvania ; Rev. David
Jones, of the Tabernacle Church, and Rev. T. T.
Morris, of Bellevue C. M. Church. The tributes
to the worth of the lamented dead were eloquent
in their fervor and truthfullness. The life of
]\Ir. Davies had been one of remarkable activity,
usefulness and beauty. In all his eft'orts he had
held himself near to the hearts of his fellows,
particularly to those who were under his charge
as workmen, using his abilities and means as
though thev were committed to him for the ben-
efit of others. Amid all the activities and an-
noyances of life he kept his name unsullied, nor
was ever an act ascribed to him but was becoming
to the Christian gentleman. In his family circle
his presence was inefifably sweet.

"Years sat with decent grace upon his visage,

And well became his graying locks;

He bore the marks of manv years well spent,

Of %'irtuous truth well tried, and wise experience."

Mr. Davies was survived by his wife and
their three children. ^lary, Margaret, and T.
Ellsworth Davies.



CHARLES HENWOOD, deceased, of
bcranton, a man of excellent traits of character,
enjoying the esteem of the entire community,
who was in large degree a contributor to the
material development of the city, and a strong
moral force in society, was born in Penzance,
Cornwall, England, Ai'ay 28, 1846. His parents
were Charles P. and Sarah (Hosking) Henwood,
natives respectively of Liskeard and Penzance.
The Henwood family was one of the oldest in
the English shire where was its home. The
father of Charles Henwood, Charles P., was em-
ployed in the governmental revenue service, sta-
tioned at various places in England and Scot-
land. He died in Wellington, Somersetshire.
The mother of Charles Henwood traced her an-
cestry to Thomas Harris and Amy Harvey,
whose descendants became interested in the Har-
ris-Hartley estate litigation, a cause celebre in
the chancery annals of Great Britain. She died
when her son Charles was about seven years
old, and also left a daughter Elizabeth, who, be-
came ]\Irs. Scott Hammett, of Wellington.

Charles Henwood accompanied his father to
the various places to which his official duties
called him, until he was approaching young
manhood, when the family home was established
in Wellington. He was educated in Ottery, St.
Mary, Devonshire, and in William Corner's acad-
emy. In 1861, when fifteen vears old, he was ap-
prenticed to a pharmacist, Thomas E. Hooker,
afterward widely known as a London electrician.
After a service continuing for five years, Mr.
Henwood went to Bath, where he secured an
excellent position ;as assistant phannacist. He
was well equipped for his profession, and a suc-
cessful career was before him. but his ambition
to enter upon a broader life led him to America,
and in the autumn of 1867, the year of his com-
ing of age, he located in Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, which was henceforth to be his home and
the scene of his busy efTort. For three years he
served as pharmacist for Matthews Brothers, and
January I, 1870, he purchased the store of Rich-
ard J. Matthews, on the corner of North Main
avenue and iMarket street. His business grew
to large proportions, and in 1877 he removed to
larger and more eligible quarters at 1909 North
Main avenue, where he remained during all the
years to the time of his death. Since 1886 he
had as partner a cousin, Sydney R. Henwood.
In his business Mr. Henwood was systematic
and accurate, possessed of a surpassing techni-
cal knowledge of pharmacy, and withal deeply

In an unobstrusive wav, he exerted a strong

influence in community afifairs, and was ranked
among the most progressive men of the city.
There was a definite method in all that he at-
tempted, whether as principal or aider. He was-
not to be drawn into visionary schemes, nor was.
his 'mind capable of conceiving such. His well
balanced mind accurately measured conditions
and necessities, and when he favored an enter-
prise it went without saying that it was prac-
ticable, honorable, and that it would materially
advantage the people at large. His attention was
principally directed to the establishment of such
works as would afford employment to wage
earners, and he aided usefully in interesting local
capitalists to lend their means to such. He was
a prime mover in the organization of the Scran-
ton Woodworking Company, of which he was
treasurer for several years prior to his death. In
all his business relations, whether personal or in
association with others, he was the soul of honor,
and his simple word was sufficient assurance that
whatever he favored was practicable and salu-
tary, and that whatever obligation he assumed
would be discharged to the uttermost. His coun-
sel was relied upon by all with whom he was at
any time or in any way associated, and there were
many who ascribed their successs in life to the-
advice which he gave them.

Mr. Henwood was of a deeply religious but
undemonstrative nature. He was an exemplary
member of the Penn Avenue Baptist Church, in
which he long served as deacon, and he afforded
most liberal support to its maintenance and to
that of its various benevolences. He was also-
greajtly interested in the North Main Baptist
Chruch, which he served in the capacity of trus-
tee, and much of its usefulness is ascribable to his
helping hand in affording it a firm establishment.
His benefactions were not circumscribed by his
church relations, but his warm sympathy for the
suffering and distressed called out his liberal aid.
Next to his religious obligations he esteemed
those which pertained to citizenship, and his po^
litical views were firmly entrenched in his con-
science. He supported the principles and poli-
cies of the Republican party with all the ardor
of his nature, rendered useful service as a mem-
ber of the central committee of his party, and in
other capacities, but with entire absence of self-
seeking, and aspired to no official position. He-
was a charter member of the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association, and furthered the purposes of
that beneficent organization with his influence
and means. He was an honored member of the
Board of Trade and the Druggists' Association.
In his personal qualities he was most lovable.





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endearing himself to all who came within the
:sphere of his presence. Wise counsellor and
sympathizing friend as he was to all who claimed
his acquaintance, his deepest enjoyment was in
his family and home, where he was in the high-
est degree the devoted husband and loving pa-
rent, his life a perpetual benediction upon his wife
and children.

Mr. Henwood married, in Glenwood, Miss
Ada Hartley, who was born in Glenwood, Sus-
quehanna county, daughter of James Hartley,
and of Scotch-Irish descent. Five children were
born of this union — Elizabeth May, Frederick,
died at eight years of age ; Julia Alice ; Charles
Hartley, and Ethel, died at four years of age.
Death came to him suddenly, from heart failure,
February 27, 1902, in the fifty-sixth year of his
age. The sad event came to the community as a
great shock. On the evening before, Sunday,
he was in reasonably good health. He retired
as usual, and when he fell asleep his family no-
ticed nothing in his condition to occasion alarm.
On ]\Ionday morning, however, he was only semi-
conscious, and his family noticed that his breath-
ing was heavier than usual. Medical assistance
was at once summoned, but proved ineffectual,
and he passed painlessly away. The funeral ser-
vices at the familv residence on the Wednesday
following were attended by a large concourse of
deeply affected friends, and during their contin-
uance the business places about the public square
in Providence were closed out of respect for the
beloved dead. ' The services were conducted by
his pastor and closelv attached personal friends,
the Rev. R. F. Y. Pierce, and the esteem in which
the deceased was held by all classes was evi-
denced by the presence and assistance of the
Rev. George E. Guild, of the Providence Pres-
byterian Church ; the Rev. R. S. Jones, of the
^Velsh Congregational Church ; and the Rev. A.
H. Smith, of the North Main Avenue Baptist
Church. Interment was made in the Forest Hill
Cemetery. And so passed away one
"Whose noble spirit kept its youthful power

Nor weakness in his life its strength had marred ;
And serving God and man till his last hour.

Passed all victorious to Heaven's great reward."

men whose influence under all circumstances and
in all environments invariably makes for pro-
gress in the various departments of the life of the
community is J. Seymour Revnolds, of Scranton.
Mr. Reynolds is descended from New England
ancestors, who transmitted to him many of the

traits of character which have contributed to
make him what he is.

George Reynolds was born in 1786, in Rhode
Island, and in 1819 moved to Pennsylvania. He
settled near Crystal Lake, where he followed ag-
ricultural pursuits for the remainder of his life.
He was the owner of six hundred acres of land,
on which he built a saw-mill and engaged exten-
sively in the lumber business, using the timber
on his own land. He was twice married, his
first wife being Hannah Arnold, also a native
of Rhode Island, by whom he was the father of
the following children, all of whom are deceased :
Henry, Arnold, Amy, Ellen, Alercy, George^
mentioned at length hereinafter ; Samuel, Shef-
field, Hannah, Dorcas and Alice.

George Reynolds, son of George and Hannah
(Arnold) Reynolds, was born in 1817, in Rhode
Island, and was but two years old when taken by
his parents to Pennsylvania. Until 1842 he led
the life of a farmer, and in that year engaged in
mercantile business in Scranton, where for about
thirty years he was a successful dealer in pro-
visions and groceries. He married, February 19,
1845, Mary A., daughter of James H. and Eliza-
beth (Hanson) Phinney. Mr. Phinney came to
the Lackawanna valley in 1829, and was the pro.-
prietor of hotels in Wilkes-Barre, Providence
and Hyde Park, and he was also builder of the
first storehouse in Providence. During the war
of 1812 he served in the army with the rank of
first lieutenant. His family consisted of thirteen
children, only two of whom are now living: a
daughter who married Samuel Means, of Phila-
delphia, and Mary A., mentioned above as the
wife of George Reynolds. Mr. Phinney died at
the age of seventy-six. He was one of the in-
fluential and respected men of the valley. Mr.
and Mrs. Reynolds were the parents of the fal-
lowing children : J. Seymour, mentioned here-
after ; Geprge F., Ida E., who is deceased ; Clar-
ence E., E. Phinney, Anna A., John C, and
Blanche G. The three last named are deceased.
Failing health compelled Mr. Reynolds to retire
from business and he took up his abode in Scran-
ton, where he died in October, 1900. He was a
man oi strict integrity and was universally es-
teemed. Mrs. Reynolds, who was born in 1823,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania, is still living at the ad-
vanced age of eighty-one years, and is in the en-
joyment of vigorous health.

J. Seymour Reynolds, son of George and
Mary A. (Phinney) Reynolds, was born October
10, 1846, on his father's farm in the Lackawanna



valley, and received his education at the Scran-
ton high school. After leaving school he was
employed for a time in perfomiing clerical work
for a general store, and subsequently became a
clerk in the store of the Lackawanna Coal Com-
pany, at Scranton, remaining for five years, and
was also superintendent of one of the stores. Later
he opened a store for himself at South Canaan,
which he conducted until 1887, in which year he
located at Laurel Springs, New Jersey, where he
orlganized two land companies, and where he
served as postmaster under President Harrison's
administration. He came to Scranton in 1894 and
took up his abode on Lincoln Heights.

It was chiefly owing to his efforts that a real
estate company was formed called the Keystone
Land Company. This company purchased eighty
acres of land upon which Lincoln Heights now
stands, and the first year sold lots the value of
which amounted to forty thousand dollars. On
this land three hundred houses — fine modern
structures — and two schoolhouses. have been
erected. In 1901 Mr. Reynolds added to Lin-
coln Heights what is known as Reynolds' addi-
tion in Taylor borough, which in 1905 was taken
into the city of Scranton as the twenty-second

Mr. Reynolds married in 1869 Margaret,
dauhgter of David Mason, and six children were
born to them. Of these, J. Seymour, Ida M.,
George M. and Helen are deceased. Two daugh-
ters are living: Maud F., who is the wife of Louis
Boynton, of New Jersey, and has two children,
Louise and Lucia, aged respectively five and six
years; and Edith M., who is superintendent of a
sanitarium in Louisiana. Mrs. Reynolds, the

mother of these children, died in i^

and in

1888 Mr. Reynolds married Mrs. Emma (Rog-
ers) Kirkbride, who was born November 9, 1859,
in Kirkwood, New Jersey, and was the mother of
one son, Edwin N. By his second marriage
Mr. Reynolds has become the father of a son, J.
Seymour, Jr., who was born in 1896.

prominent and energetic business men of Scran-
ton, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, may be
mentioned the name of Charles F. Greenburg,
proprietor of the Greenljurg Soap Company of
that city, one of the leading industries. He was
Ixirn in Paterson, New Jersey, 1853, a son of
Carl and Catharine E. (Schmidt) Greenburg,
both natives of Germany. The father died prior
to the birth of this son, and subsequently his
widow was united in marriage to John Schwenk,

in I'aterson, New Jersey. John 5 rhwenk emi-
grated to the United States in 105;:. learned the
trade of soap maker in Paterson, which line of
work he followed up to the time when old age
incapacitated him for active pursuits. He is liv-
ing at the present time (1904), aged seventy-six
years ; his wife, who was born in 1823, died in
1898. Their family consisted of three children:
Henry, deceased ; Augusta, deceased ; and J.
Fred, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in
this work.

When Charles F. Greenburg was nine years
of age, his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs.
John Schwenk, removed to Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, and in the schools of that 'city he was edu-
cated. For seven years he engaged in mining,
after which, in 1882, he purchased the soap fac-
tory established by his stepfather about the year
1861, and since then has operated the same very
successfully. His plant is located on Elm street,
covers an area of nine lots, and here he manu-
factures a first class grade of laundry and toilet
soap, also the famous brand, Self-W'asho soap,
the superior quality of his goods being sufficient
recommendation for their ready sale. As a citi-
zen Mr. Greenburg favors measures having for
their object the promotion of the welfare of the
people, and is always to be relied upon in mat-
ters affecting the public interests. He holds
membership in the Independent Order of Odd

On May 23, 1874, Mr. Greenburg married
Miss Elizabeth Weisin, born July i, 1855, daugh-
ter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Weisin, both na-
tives of Germany. The Weisins emigrated from
Germany at an early date in the history of the
Lackawanna \'alley. They located in the latter
place about 1839. ^Ir. Weisin was a miner by
occupation, but subsequently became a farmer.
He was -born in 18 14, and died in 1895, aged
eighty-one years and eight months : his widow is
living at the present time (1904), aged seventy-
seven years. Their family consisted of five chil-
dren : Caroline, Elizabeth, ]\Iarv, Christine and
Nicholas Weisin. Si.x children were the issue of

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