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father conducted in a prosperous manner a gen-
eral merchandise business. He was a stanch sup-
porter of the Evangelical Church. His wife,
whose maiden name was Sarah Stout, was born
in 1846. and died June rg, 1892, aged forty-six
years. Their family consisted of twelve children,
four of whom are living at the present time,
namely : Wesley A., mentioned hereinafter, the
onlv one residing in the Lackawanna \'alley ;
Elsie H., Franklin T.,, and Lillie M. Fatzinger.

Wesley A. Fatzinger was reared in Lehighton,
attended the schools of that town and was gradu-
ated therefrom upon the completion of his studies.
He then served an apprenticeship at the trade of
painter, decorator and paper hanger at Mauch
Chunk, after which he moved from his home in
Lehighton to Freeland, Luzerne county, where
for seven vears he engaged in the clothing busi-
ness. In 1888 he took up his residence in Tay-
lor, purchased a lot upon which he erected a shop
of considerable dimensions and at once engaged
in the painting, decorating and paper hanging
business. His shop is well stocked with a large
assortment of the finest paper, paint and other
articles necessary to that trade, and by honorable
and straightforward transactions he has estab-
lished himself in the confidence of the best citi-



zens of the town, and his constantly increasing
patronage is taxing the capacity of his shop to its
utmost limit. He has a reputation for performing
nothing but first-class work, gives employment
to none but skilled artisans, and this in connec-
tion with the fact that he keeps advancing with
the needs and demands of the times is the reason
for the success he has attained in his career. He
is a member of Acacia Lodge, No. 579, Free and
Accepted Masons, and of the Protective Order
Sons of America. On May 28, 1890, Mr. Fatz-
inger was united in marriage to Miss Jennie M.
Cooper, who was born in Wayne county. New
York, February 25, 1868, daughter of Jabez G-
and Elmina (Warfield) Cooper, and the issue of
this union was three children : Uriah, born May
21, 1891 ; Myrtle, born April 8, 1895, and Ray-
mond, deceased. The family hold membership ia
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Taylor, in
which ^It. Fatzinger is a member of the official
board and secretary of the board of trustees. For
several years he acted as assistant superintendent
of the Sunday school, but finally resigned, pre-
ferring to teach a class to which he devotes con-
siderable time and attention.

Jabez G. Cooper, father of Mrs. Fatzinger
was born in New Jersey, in 1825, and was a car-
penter by occupation. The Cooper family dates
back to the arrival of the "Mayflower," four of
their ancestors having been immigrants on board
that historic vessel, namely : Captain John Hol-
land and his wife Elizabeth Tillay, daughter of
John and Elizabeth (Carver) Tillay, and Cap-
tain John Gorham and his wife Desire Holland.
Other ancestors of the family were Job Smith,
who founded Seneca Falls, New York, in 1787;
Jabez Gorham, who founded Watertown, New
York, and built the first bridge over the Seneca
river which bears his name to-day. Both these
men were active in the Revolutionary war. The
ancestors in the direct line were: Price Cooper,,
who made his home in the Wyoming Valley some
time previous to the Revolutionary war, was one
of the first settlers in the valley and also one of
the first physicians. Price Cooper, who was a
member of the Connecticut militia, served as a
mounted trooper in Captain Sampson's company
during the Revolutionary war and was wounded
at the battle of Monmouth. John Price Cooper,
who was a man of marked intelligence, and a
well-to-do agriculturist. Jabez G. Cooper, died
in 1884. His wife, Almina (Warfield) Cooper,
born in 1834, a descendant of a Connecticut fam-
ily, died in 1895.



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EBER BRANNING. Among those industri-
ous, law-abiding citizens who constitute so im-
portant a factor in the prosperity of every com-
munity and of which Luzerne county has its full
share must be numbered Eber Branning, of Dun-
more. Mr. Branning comes of German lineage.
His grandfather, Jacob Branning, was a native of
Orange county. New York. C. L. Branning,
son of Jacob Branning, was born in Wayne coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer and was also
engaged in the lumber business. He married
Laura Smith, also a native of Wayne county, and
their family consisted of nine children, eight of
whom grew to maturity and six of whom are
now living : Eber, subject ; Eleanor ; John,
deceased ; Henry, Mary, Huldah, George and
Cornelius. Mr. Branning, the father, spent the
last four years of his life in Dunmore, where he
died in 1895, at the home of his son, Eber, being
then seventy-seven years of age. The death of
his wife occurred in 1898, when she had reached
the age of seventy-nine.

Eber Branning, son of C. L. and Laura
(Smith) Branning, was born July 16, 1839, "^
Damascus township, Wayne county, Pennsylva-
nia, and obtained his education in the common
schools of his native place. In early life he en-
gaged in farming and also in the lumber business,
for some years running rafts on the Delaware
river. He then went to Salem, where he was en-
gaged for several summers in peeling bark, and
in 1873 removed to Dunmore, where he has since
remained. For some time he was in the service
of the Pennsylvania Coal Company, working on
the Gravity Railway. In 1886, after that road
was abandoned, he held the position of foreman
for three years, and was then placed in the paint
and repair shop. He is now in business for him-
self. He has contributed to the growth of Dun-
more by building two fine houses of considerable
dimensions. As a citizen he enjoys a well-de-
served popularity, and has served his borough as
judge of elections of the third ward six terms.
He has been for thirty-four years a member of
the I. O. O. F., in which organization he has held
all the prominent offices, in addition to serving
as treasurer and trustee. Several times he has
acted as representative to the grand lodge. For
sixteen years he has been a member of the
Knights of Pythias. He also belongs to the
Knights of Malta, in whose lodge he has sat for
seven years. Politically he is a Democrat and a
stanch upholder of the principles of the organiza-
tion. He is a member of the Methodist E])isco-
pal Church of Dunmore. Mr. Branning married



June 25, 1874, Emma Little, who v,as born iNlay
16, 1851, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, and of the
four children born to them three are now living :
Harry D., who was born July 12, 1876, and is a
patternmaker ; Bertha A., who was born Novem-
ber 9, 1S80: and Walter E., who was born Au-
gust 2^, 1889, and is a clerk in the service of the
Erie Coal Company.

JOHN CARNEY. No more enterprising
business man can be found throughout the length
and breadth of Lackawanna county than John
Carney, of Dunmore. Although of foreign birth
Mr. Carney has been for fifty-six years a resident
of this town, with which he is thoroughly and
completely identified.

Michael Carney was born in Ireland, in 1798,
and in 1848 emigrated to the United States. He
settled in Dunmore, where he was engaged about
the mines in various capacities. He married
Winifred Connell, also a native of Ireland, and
they were the parents of seven children, all of
whom grew to maturity and six of whom are now
living: John, mentioned at length hereinafter;
Owen, Mary, Julia, Nora, and Winifred. Mr.
Carney, the father, died in 1879. He was a man
of the most genial temperament, who made for
himself a host of friends. His widow is still liv-
ing at the advanced age of eighty-four.

John Carney, son of Michael and Winifred
(Connell) Carney, was born in 1843, "'' Ireland,
and at the age of five years was brought by his
parents to the United States. At an early age he
began to work for the Delaware, Lackawanna &
Western Company, and after a short time entered
the service of the Pennsylvania Coal Company.
His position was at first at the foot of No. 10
plane, at the head of which he was subsequently
placed. Several years after he was promoted to
the responsible position of engineer at No. 9
and No. 10 planes, and this he held for twenty-
two years. A. J. and M. J. Murray, George Jack-
son and Thomas Brown, coal operators, were
then in business in Dunmore, and in 1891 Mr.
Carney purchased the share of Mr. Jackson,
while in 1902 he and Mr. Brown bought the in-
terest of the Murrays. since which time the firm
has been Carney & Brown. Their colliery was
opened in 1885. The present depth of the shaft
is two hundred and eighty-five feet. It pierces
four veins of coal which average four and one-
half feet in thickness per vein. The firm employs
about two hundred hands, and the business in all
its dejiartments is in a very flourishing condition.
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his family are members of the Roman Catholic
Church. Air. Carney married in 1880 Mary Ca-
veney, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and they were the
parents of two children ; Alollie and Sallie. Mrs.
Carney died July 23, 1884, and in 1888 Mr. Car-
ney married Kate Fitzpatrick. By this marriage
Mr. Carney became the father of one daughter,
Helen. In 1887 h^ b^i'^^ the beautiful modern
house which has since been the family residence.

JOHN J. GIBBONS. Among the independ-
ent coal operators of Lackawanna county none can
be found more energetic or more truly able than
John J. Gibbons, of Dunmore. Mr. Gibbons is
descended on both sides from Irish ancestors.
Edward Gibbons was born in Ireland, and was by
occupation a miner. In 1865 he emigrated to the
Lnited States and settled in Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, making his home at Avoca, where
as. the name suggests he would probably find
numbers of his countrymen. Here he worked as
a miner, and speedily became an influential and
popular man in the community, as is evident from
the fact that for twenty years he held the office of
school director. He is now engaged in the mine
owned by his son, John J. He married Sevina
O'Malley, and they are the parents of the fol-
lowing children : John J., mentioned at length
hereinafter; Edward, junior; Leo, who is super-
intendent of the mine owned by his brother, John
J. ; Ella ; Kate ; Bina, who is a teacher ; Agnes,
who is also engaged in teaching ; Jessie, who is a
milliner ; and Nettie, who is a bookkeeper and
stenographer.

John J. Gibbons, son of Edward and Sevina
(O'Malley) Gibbons, was born March 31, 1867,
in Avoca, Lancashire, England. He was brought
by his parents to this country, locating in Avoca,
where he attended the common schools, and at
the age of nine years began his career as a miner
bv entering the breaker. The following year he
was placed in the mines as doorkeeper, and next
became driver, then laborer and finally miner.
His first work was for the Avoca Coal Company,
after leaving whom he worked for the Lehigh
Valley Company and then for the Providence
Coal Company. He then entered the service of
the Nay Aug Coal Company, and finally obtained
the position of mine boss for the firm of Carney
& Brown. This responsible office he filled for
eighteen months with the utmost satisfaction to
all concerned. In 1900 he began operating his
own mine, and in January, 1901, sold his first
coal. His breaker was built and in operation the
same year ; he employs twenty hands and is con-



ducting a flourishing business. Mr. Gibbons
takes an active interest in public affairs, and his
townsmen repose implicit confidence in his ability
to serve them. During his residence in Avoca he
was chief burgess, held the office of chief of po-
lice, and for thee years served on the council. In
1895 h*^ moved to Dunmore, where his character
and abilities have won the sincere respect and
cordial liking of all with whom he has been
brought in contact.

TIMOTHY J. GILHOOL, a progressive,
young business man of Carbondale, Pennsyl-
vania, is a representative of that class of men
who, while others wait for a good opportunity
to present itself, seek and therefore make an
opening for themselves. He is also one of
those men who know not what defeat is, but
firmly believe in the doctrine that all things
are possible to the man who will. He was
born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, November
27, 1873, a son of Thomas, whose death oc-
curred in 1880, and Kate (Killeen) Gilhool,
who is living at the present time (1904), both
of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Gilhool (father) was a moulder by
trade, and was employed by the Van Bergen
Company. He was an honest, honorable man,
and was highly respected by all who knew
him. His family consisted of the following
named children: Thomas, Annie, Margaret,
Mary and Timothy J., (twins) and Catherine
Gilhool.

Timothy J. Gilhool was reared and edu-
cated in Carbondale, and while his educational
advantages were only those to be acquired in
the common schools, yet he made such excel-
lent use of his opportunities as to thoroughly
ciualify him for high offices of trust and re-
sponsibility. His first experience of business
life was gained in the employ of the Delaware
and Hudson Company, where he was em-
ployed as first office or telephone boy. In
order to obtain an increased salary he ac-
cepted a position in the mine, but preferring
railroading to that line of work, accepted a
position on the Delaware and Hudson Rail-
road. After a short space of time he was given
the position of conductor, in which capacitj'
he served for two years. He then served as
motorman on the Traction Road between Car-
bondale and Scranton, but resigned from this,
in 1896 on account of his strong adherence to
the Labor Union, of which he is a member.
In the same year he purchased a horse and



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wagon, and with ten dollars capital started
out in the fruit business. He achieved a large
degree of success in this enterprise, and every
year added to his stock in trade, and also to
his experience in business affairs, until now he
is the owner of a large general store and has
an extensive -and constantly increasing patron-
age. The prosperity which has attended his
efforts is but the natural and rightful reward
that should be the sequel of years of honest
and earnest toil. Mr. Gilhool is popular in
the social circles of Carbondale, and holds
membership in the following named orders
and societies: St. A. L. P. A. B., which has
a membership of four hundred members, and
of which he is president; I. C. B. U. (Branch),
of which he is president; Scranton District,
I. C. B. U., of which he is president ; K. of C. ;
and the Order of Heptasoph. He is major of
the First Regiment of Lancers, and a mem-
ber of Columbia Hose Company, No. 5, of
Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

A. W. BRUNDAGE, a well known and
much respected citizen of Peckville, Lacka-
wanna county, Pennsylvania, where he has
achieved a large degree of financial success in
business, his time being devoted to the man-
agement of a meat market, which he estab-
lished in 1872, and transactions in real estate,
is a native of the county in which he now re-
sides, having been born in Benton township, in
1847, ^ son of James and Phoebe (Farnham)
Brundage, and grandson of Parmenas and
Lillis (Brundage) Brundage.

Parmenas Brundage (grandfather) pur-
chased one hundred acvres of land in Penn-
sylvania in 1822, and was one of the pioneer
blacksmiths of that state, coming thence from
Connecticut. He was an active and public-
spirited citizen, and enjoyed the full confidence
of his friends who were numerous. He mar-
ried his cousin Lillis Brundage, who bore him
.the following nanred children : James, Abner,
Dr. A. T., D. C, Dr. A. H., and a daughter
who died young.

James Brundage (father) was born at Eagle
Rock, New Jersey, in 1805. In 1822, at the age
of seventeen years, he came to Pennsylvania
with his father, and in due course of time in-
herited part of the latter's farm, to which he
made additions from time to time. He fol-
lowed farming as a means of livelihood, and in
the community in which he resided won the
respect of all by the courtesy and kindness he



displayed in his daily life. He was united in
marriage to Phoebe Farnham, who was born
in Connecticut, in 1809, and their children
were as follows : Rev. Israel, Presbyterian
clergyman, died in Chetopa, Kansas ; Julia, A.
F., J.' P., E. I., Mrs. L. M. Ensign, Stephen, a
veteran of the Civil war ; 'Sirs. Lucy C. Doyle ;
Jefifery A., a veteran of the Civil war ; A. W.,
mentioned at length hereinafter; Abel \\'., and
Mary J. Brundage.

A. W. Brundage was reared in his native
town and attended the common schools there-
of, and the knowledge thus obtained was sup-
plemented by attendance at the Keystone
Academy and at New Milford. After com-
pleting his education he did not lay by his
books, having been a student ever since not
only of books but of men and nature at large,.
that great book where men can come in close
touch with their Creator. The first few years
of his active career was spent in agricultural
pursuits, after which he taught school one
term in his native county, and then engaged
in the meat business with his brother A. F.,
who was a butcher. He remained with him
up to 1872, when he began business on his own
account, and as he deals in nothing but the
best stock which is neatly dressed and sold at
a fair profit, with the stilyards recording six-
teen ounces to the pound, he well deserves the
patronage accorded him. He has been a resi-
dent of the borough of Peckville since 1862,
and has contributed his share to the growth
and development of the same by buying and
improving property. He has built several
houses, some of which he now owns. He has
honorably distinguished the borough council
as a member of that body, and during that per-
iod of time looked carefully after the interests
of Blakely borough. Mr. Brundage and his-
family are members of the Presbyterian
Church, in which body he serves in the capac-
ity of elder, which office he has held since the
dedication of the new church in 1895. He is
one of the active members of that church,
whose daily life and influence keeps the fire
burning in the sanctuary. Politically he is a
staunch supporter of the Republican platform.
In 1877 Mr. Brundage was united in marriasje
to Miss Fannie Richards, daughter of J. P.
Richards, and a descendant of an English
ancestrv. Six children were born of this union,
four of whom are now living; namely; J. H.,.
who married Miss Ethel Shearer, in 1904;
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WILLL\M WILLIAMS is a representa-
tive of that class of enterprising, honest and
capable men, who though born poor succeed
in attaining a prominent place in either the
financial, commercial, manufacturing or indus-
trial circles of the world, and thereby accumu-
late a fortune which will enable them to spend
their declining years in ease and comfort.
Mr. Williams, who is now leading a retired life
in the city of Carbondale, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, is a native of Cornwall county,
England, born December 28, 1840. His pa-
ternal grandfather was William Williams, who
was the father of a family of four children,
as follows : Richard, Jane, Maria, and Wil-
liam. His parents were Richard and Ann
( Roberts) Williams, both natives of Cornwall,
England, where the former named followed
the occupation of farming, receiving as com-
pensation the small sum of nine shillings per
week. Their family consisted of four children,
three of whom are living, William Williams
being the only one resident in this country.

During his boyhood, after receiving a
common school education, he worked in his
native country for two pence per day, and sub-
sequently was employed in various capacities.
On November 30, 1861, he married Eliza Solo-
mon, daughter of William Solomon, for fifty
years a local preacher of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church. In 1871, leaving his wife and
daughter at home until such time as he could
procure a suitable home for them, he set sail
from England in the steamship "City of Brus-
sels." The voyage was a rough and danger-
ous one, but the steamer brought its load of
human freight safely to port, but shortly after-
ward sank to rise no more. Mr. Williams at
once located in Carbondale, Lackawanna
county, Pennsylvania, and he secured em-
ployment with the "D. & H." Company as fire-
man at No. 5 gravity road, which position he
retained for eight years. In 1872 his wife and
daughter joined him in his new home, and two
years later they opened the first store on Bel-
mont street, Carbondale, which was chiefly
managed by Mrs. \\'illiams. an intelligent and
active woman. They conducted this enter-
prise, which was devoted to the sale of a gen-
eral line of merchandise, up to 1890, and then
moved to the farm which Mr. Williams pur-
chased in Carbondale township, in 1880, con-
taining two hundred and twenty-five acres of
fertile land, which he still owns. In addition
to this he is the owner of nine houses in Car-



bondale, whither he removed in 1903, upon
(lis retirement from active pursuits.

Mr. \\'illiam is a Prohibitionist in politics,
upholding the principles of that party, and us-
ually voting that ticket. On April 13, 1887, he
was elected alderman of the fifth ward in Car-
bondale, and was elected to the office of jus-
tice of the peace of Carbondale township in
1891-96-and 1901, his term of office to expire
in 1906. He has been a life-long member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been
actively engaged in its growth and develop-
ment. He assisted in the organization of the
Sunday school in the Methodist Episcopal
chapel at No. 4, at which time he was elected
assistant superintendent, later became super-
intendent, subsequently served as secretary
and treasurer, and is now one of its trustees..
Mr. Williams is a natural poet, and the pro-
ductions of his fertile brain is eagerly sought,
by the local publishers, and on one occasion
the A'czv York Herald, copied one of his pub-
lications. In 1886 and 1897 Air. Williams paid
a visit to his native country, where ten years
of his life prior to his coming to the United
States were spent as a member of the police
force, and he expects to take another trip to
the scenes of his childhood before his death..
He possesses the happy faculty of retaining his
youthful spirits, even though he is advancing
in years, and this characteristic makes him
an agreeable and interesting companion. He
enjoys the full confidence of his fellow citi-
zens and the esteem of his many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams were the parents of
nine children, six of whom are deceased, and
the surviving members of the family are :
Louey Augusta Alberta, born in England,
1867, wife of William Cox, of Carbondale ;
Emily, Gertrude Louisa, wife of Eugene-
Schaffer, of Waymart, Pennsylvania; and.
William Walter \Vesley, who married Emma.
Wills, to whom was born one son, William H.
Williams.

P. H. MONGAN, a representative citizen
of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, is a native of Ire-
land, born 1841, son of Patrick and Mary
Mongan. His father was born in Ireland, and
in 1848 emigrated to the United States, set-
tling first at Equiniink, \\'ayne county, Penn-
sylvania. In 1852 he removed to Moscow,
Lackawanna county, and in 1857 migrated to
Wisconsin. His wife. Mary Mongan, also a
native of Ireland, bore him children : P. H.,



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mentioned hereafter; Catherine, Thomas, John,
Michael, deceased : Hugh, George, Bridget,
Mary, and two who died in infancy- Mr. and
]\Irs. Mongan, the worthy parents of these
-children, died in W'isconsin.

P. H. Mongan was seven years of age when
he was brought by his parents to this country.
He receiv-ed his education in the common
schools of EqTiimink and Moscow, Pennsyl-
vania, and was first employed by the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western Railway Company as
laborer, but his fitness for a higher position
could not long escape notice, and in 1863 he
was made foreman. In 1867 he entered the ser-
vice of J. R. Davis as outside foreman of the
Roaring Brook collierv. where he remained
until 1872, when he was given a position on
the inside which he held until 1900. In that
year he associated himself with M. J. and A. J.
Murry, forming a company known as the
Northern Anthracite Coal Company of which
he is now president. The mine is situated in
Sullivan county, Pennslvania, the coal land



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