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by an accident in the mines, September 3, 1885.
His widow is still living and resides in Dun-

Peter F. Reilly, son of Thomas and Mary
(Moran) Reilly, was born October 3, 1865, in
Dunmore, where he had all the advantages of
an education in the common schools. His ex-
perience as a miner began in a breaker of the
Pennsylvania Coal Company, where he worked
for some time. He followed the various branches
of mining, rising step by step until he became
a coal operator, and is now a mine owner. He
is treasurer and general manager of the Dun-
more Coal Company, and one of the directors
of the Northern Anthracite Coal Company. He
is one of the most deservedly popular men in
the borough and has been chosen to fill various
offices of trust. He is now serving his second
term as tax collector. He is president of the Y.
M. T. L. and B. Society. He is secretary of
the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and affiliates
with the Improved Order of Red Men and the
Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Reilly married, in 1891, Bridget E.,
daughter of James and Bridget Quinn, and the
following children have been born to them : Ruth,
Mary, Florence, James, Thomas, Mabel, de-
ceased ; Peter, deceased ; Alice, deceased ; and
Eulalia. Like her husband, Mrs. Reilly is a na-
tive of Dunmore.

DAN. POWELL. There is perhaps no one
in Lackawanna county who in every respect pre-
sents a more perfect type of the good citizen
than does Dan. Powell, who for more than a
quarter of a century has been identified with the
best interests of Dunmore. By birth and an-
cestry Mr. Powell is a Welshman, as no one
who has ever had the pleasure of meeting him
could for a moment doubt, all his characteristics,
physical, mental and moral, being strongly ex-
pressive of his nationality.

John Powell was born in 18 13, in Caermar-
thenshire, Wales, and was by occupation a miner.
In 1863 he visited the United States, and in 1865
came again, this time with the intention of re-
maining. He found employment in the mines of

Lackawanna county and made his home at Dun-
more, and in 1867 was joined by his family. He-
participated actively in politics, at one time hold-
ing the office of street commissioner. His wife;
was Elizabeth Williams, also a native of Wales^
and they were the parents of eleven children,
of whom four sons and two daughters came to
this country : Reese, John, Anthony, Dan, men-
tioned at length hereinafter; INIaria, who became-
the wife of David E. Jones, and Eliza, who mar-
ried Richard Weber. Mrs. Powell, the estima-
ble mother of these children, died at Dunmore,
January 15, 1883, and the death of her husband
occurred at the same place in 1895. He was a
worthy and much respected citizen.

Dan. Powell, son of John and Elizabeth
(Williams) Powell, was born January 10, 1853,
in Blaina, Monmouthshire, South Wales, and re-
ceived his education in the common schools. At
the age of twelve years he was apprenticed to
the grocery business with William Michael, Gam
Fach, Nantyglo. In 1867 he accompanied his.
mother and his brothers and sisters mentioned
above to the LTnited States, landing in New York
on July 30. After his arrival in his new home-
he attended school for two years, making rapid
progress in his studies. At the end of that time
he was for a short period employed bv the Penn-
sylvania Coal Company, and then became a clerk
in the store of Bryden & Company, merchants,,
at Dunmore. In 1872 he accepted a similar po-
sition with Johnson, Baxter & Company, gen-
eral merchants of Dunmore. This firm subse-
quently changed to Baxter & Company, but Mr.
Powell still retained his position as clerk, and
at a later period, on the retirement of Mr. Bax-
ter, became a member of the firm, which was.
known ^henceforth as Allen & Powell. This
connection was continued for three years with
successful results, and in 1880 Mr. Powell pur-
chased the establishment of McMillen & Com-
pany, which he conducted for three years more,,
after which he became general manager for O.
S. Johnson, one of the most highly respected'
coal operators in the Lackawanna valley. This,
position Mr. Powell still retains, possessing the-
fullest confidence and esteem of his employer.
He is also manager of the Bernice Stove Com-
pany at Bernice, Sullivan county, P^ennsylvania.
He was formerly president of the Cambria Silk
Company of Dunmore, which he named in mem-
ory of his native land. Through the efforts of
Mr. Powell and E. D. Jenkins the mills gave
their first turn on St. David's Day, 1900. He
was one of the organizers and has ever since been



a director of the Fidelity Deposit and Discount
Bank of Dunmore.

]\Ir. Powell is a stanch Republican and though
far from being a politician, is an active worker
in the ranks of his chosen party. He served re-
peatedly as delegate to county conventions, and
in 1897 was signally honored by his fellow-citi-
zens in being chosen to fill the office of chief
burgess of Dunmore. His election, however, was
contested, and the opposite party held sway for
ten months, during which time there was a hot
litigation. On July 5, 1898, the case was de-
cided in favor of the Republican nominees and
Mr. Powell and his colleagues were sworn into
office. In the sphere of politics Mr. Powell gives
evidence that he is animated by the same strong
judg^nent and high principle which have
ever been the controlling forces in his career
as a business man. He is a charter member of
King Solomon Lodge, F. and A. M., and since
1874 has belonged to Dunmore Lodge, No. 816,
I. O. O. F. He has twice represented that or-
der in the grand lodge of Pennsylvania. At the
time the organization erected its new building
he was a member of the building committee, and
for many years has served as trustee. Since
1870 he has been a member of the Dunmore
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has
been a trustee for more than twenty years and
is now president of the board. For twenty years
he was superintendent of the Sunday school,
which during that time increased both in num-
bers and in spiritual strength.

Mr. Powell married, December 24, 1874, in
Newton, New Jersey, Sarah E., daughter of
Jackson Space, a wealthy farmer of that tov\'n
and a member of an old and highly respected
family. Mr. and Mrs. Powell are the parents
of the following children : Grace E., who is the
wife of Alexander R. MacKay ; Annie B., Elsie
C, Bessie M. and Helen L.

HENRY W. MACKENDER. A list of the
progressive business men of Lackawanna county
would be incomplete without the name of Henry
W. Mackender, of Old Forge. Mr. Mackender
is the son of Henry and Sarah (Wright) Mack-
ender, both natives of England. The former
was a farmer and a man of most estimable char-
acter. He and his wife were the parents of
thirteen children, of whom the following grew
to maturity : George, who emigrated to the
L^nited States ; Henry W., mentioned at length
hereinafter ; Smith, Francis, Mary, Keziah, Eliza
and Emma.

Henry W. Mackender, son of Henry and Sa-
rah (Wright) Mackender, was born February
4, 1858, in England, and was educated in his
native land. In 1885 he emigrated to the United
States and settled at Old Forge, where he en-
tered the service of the Jermyn Coal Company
as a miner. This was no new occupation for
him in view of the fact that he had been a miner
in his native country. He remained for nine
years in the service of the Jermyn Company, and
din-ing that time met with two accidents, both
of which were serious. On one occasion his leg
was injured by the falling of the roof ana an-
other time it was broken by the same means.
Resolving to be warned in time, he abandoned
mining in 1894 and engaged in the produce busi-
ness, to which he has since continuously devoted
himself. In 1891 he built his present commo-
dious and comfortable residence. He is a mem-
ber of the Knights of the Golden Eagle. Polit-
ically he is an Independent. He is a man of lib-
eral sentiments in matters of religion.

Mr. Mackender married, August 3, 1882,
Mary E. Garbutt, also a native of England, and
eleven children were born to them, eight of wh.jm
are living: Harry, born ^^lay 9, 1885; James,
born June 16, 1887; Eleanor, born July i,
1889; John W., born November 15, 1891 ;
Frederick, born February 9, 1894; Frank,
born March 2, 1896 : Hazel, born March 14,
1898 : Marvin, born January 22, 1900, and
Frank (2), born March 2, 1901. Mrs. j\Iack-
ender, the mother of these children, was born
October 6, 1864.

JOHN PRESSMANN. As a result of a prof-
itable and active life, John Pressman is now en-
joving the fruits of his labor in independence
and affluence in his peaceful and comfortable
home in Dickson City, Lackawanna county, Penn-
sylvania, where he spent many years in active
buisness pursuits. He was born near Zwei-
brucken, Germany, August 25, 1834.

His parents were John and Emmaline (Bin-
gard) Pressmann, natives of Bavaria, Germany,
the former named having been a prosperous lum-
ber dealer. Their family consisted of seven chil-
dren, six sons and one daughter. John was the
onlv one that emigrated to this country. His
sister Lizzie is the only one residing in their na-
tive land, which was visited by John Pressmann
in 1892.

John Pressmann was left an orphan at the
age of nine vears. He acquired his education
in the schools of Germany, and in 1854, having



attained the age of twenty years, emigrated to
the United States and located in Dutchess county.
New York, making his home with the celebrated
Livingstone and De Puyster families for sev-
eral years. He followed various pursuits up to
1876, in which year he migrated to the Lack-
awanna valley, locating at Priceburg (Dickson
City). He spent four years in the employ of
William H. Richmond as gardener, and at the
expiration of this period of time purchased the
old Ely estate, consisting of the Boulevard Ho-
tel and other property, and began business on
his own account. This hotel became known as
the Overland Hotel under his proprietorship,
and for twenty-two years Mr. Pressmann was
the well known and popular proprietor, care-
fully catering to the wants and necessities of the
traveling public. He was the oldest established
man in that line of business between Carbondale
and Scranton. During these years he kept con-
stantly adding to his real estate, the value of
which was enhanced as the population increased,
and the proceeds from this added to the income
he derived from his hotel enabled him to ac-
cumulate a competence which he is now enjoy-
ing. His political affiliations are with the Re-
publican party, whose principles he admires and

Mr. Pressman was twice married. His first
wife, whose maiden name was Katie Burns,
daughter of Patrick Burns, Dutchess county.
New York, whom he married in 1864, bore him
five children, all of whom died in early child-
hood. Among these children was Clermont, who
died at the age of seven years. Her death oc-
curred February 11, 1874. In March, 1875, Mr.
Pressmann married Mrs. Margaret Fortune, of
West Chester, New York, and the issue of this
union was three sons : Clermont, a resident of
Priceburg, who was married in 1904 to Miss
Nan Fallen, of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, and they
are the parents of one child ; John, who resides
with his father and assists in the management
of his estate; Joseph, died 1878, aged sixteen

more lasting or permanent monument which
man can erect to the memory of his fellow-men
than the plain, simple and ungarnished truths
evolving from a life of simplicity and usefulness.
In recording the events in the life of Theodore
H. Weiland, who is serving in the capacity of
tax collector in the borough of Dickson Citv.

Pennsylvania, the purpose is to slicv,' to coming
generations what a man may accomplish even
while stemming the current of opposing circtmi-
stances. He is one of the self-made men of the
borough, and by his integrity and geniality has
ingratiated himself into the good will of its citi-
zens. He is a native of the borough in which he
resides, born June 28, 1869, a son of George and
Margaret Weiland, natives of Germany, who
emigrated to this country at an early day, locat-
ing in Hazleton, Pennsvlvania, where they re-
mained for several years, subsequently changing
their place of residence to Dickson City, same
state. Their family consisted of six children,
five of whom are living, all residents of Dick-
son City. The death of George Weiland oc-
curred in May, 1884 ; his wife died in February,

Theodore H. Weiland attended the public
schools of his native borough, but very early in
life he saw the necessity of becoming a bread-
winner and bearing his share of the home bur-
dens. Unlike many other boys of his native
town, he realized that if he would achieve suc-
cess in any calling or profession a liberal edu-
cation was requisite. He therefore applied him-
self to those studies which would best equip him
for general business, this knowledge having been
acquired at the night school after the labor and
toil of the day had ceased. His first experience
in an active career was as a breaker boy, and
subsequently he learned the trade of carpenter
and became a prominent contractor and builder.-
This business brought him in touch with real
estate men, and in conjunction with other par-
ties he formed a real estate company, their prop-
erty now comprising a large share of the most
desirable lots in the borough of Dickson City.
In politics Mr. Weiland upholds Republican
principles, but is liberal in his views, casting his
vote for the candidate best suited for office, ir-
respective of party affiliations. He has friends
in both great factions, as was demonstrated in

1897, when he was unanimousl}- elected to the
office of ta.x collector, being now the incumbent
for the third term.

On June 28, 1892, Mr. Weiland was united in
marriage to Jennie Llewellyn, of Scranton, Penn-
sylvania, who passed away in February, 1897.
One child was the issue of this union. Cordelia.
October 17, 1900, Mr. Weiland was married to
Miss Lillian R. Warner, only daughter of Will-
iam and Kate (Fox) Warner, of Scranton. Their
children are : Jessie and Lillian Thclma.



essential to the welfare of every community is
the farsighted, conscientious business man, ac-
curate in observation and strict in attention to
details. Such a man is Cyrus Oscar Sutton, of
Olyphant, who belongs to an old Pennsylvania
family. His grandfather, Silas Sutton, was a
native of that state. He was a farmer and re-
sided in Newton township. His wife was Har-
riet Gardner, and they were the parents of the
following children : Peter, mentioned at length
hereinafter ; Ira G., Anna G., Lydia and Eliza.
Mrs. Sutton, the mother of these children, lived
to the great age of ninety years.

Peter Sutton, son of Silas and Harriet (Gard-
ner) Sutton, was born in Luzerne county. Penn-
sylvania, and has led the happily uneventful life
of a prosperous farmer. He stands high in the
esteem of his neighbors, who have elected him
to various township offices, among them those
of school director and poor director. He mar-
ried Caroline, also a native of Luzerne county,
â– daughter of John and Catherine (Goodman)
Bumgardner, both natives of Bavaria. They em-
igrated to the L^nited States and settled in Penn-
sylvania, first making their home on German
Hill, but finally taking up their abode in the
Lackawanna valley. Mr. Bumgardner, who was
a stone mason and a master mechanic, assisted
in the construction of the old canal. He and his
wife were the parents of fourteen children, of
whom the following reached maturity : Michael,
a veteran of the Civil war; Amos, William F.,
David, Margaret, Caroline, mentioned above as
the wife of Peter Sutton ; Mary, Christine, Bar-
bara, Rose and Jennie. The family of Mr. and
Mrs. Sutton consists of three children : Harry
J., who is a paymaster in the arsenal at Phila-
delphia : Ida M. and Cyrus Oscar, mentioned at
length hereinafter.

Cyrus Oscar Sutton, son of Peter and Caro-
line (Bumgardner) Sutton, was born in 1858,
in Newton township, and educated in his na-
tive county, then Luzerne, now Lackawanna. He
fitted himself for teaching, and at the time of
his graduation was called to LTtica, New York,
where he taught two years. He next went to
Newark, New Jersey, where he taught three
years and then moved to Johnstown. Pennsylva-
nia. There he was engaged in teaching until the
great flood of 1889. The house in which Air.
Sutton then lived was one of those well-built
structures which were able to resist the force
of the current. Nevertheless, the water rose
Iwentv feet .above the first floor, driving the oc-

cupants to the highest story. They were obliged
to remain there twenty-four hours, but were
finall}- removed on a raft without loss of life.
The same year, two months after the flood, he
moved to Scranton. where he went into mercan-
tile business in partnership with A. M. Ather-
ton, of Providence. The firm conducted two
stores, one in Providence and the other in Oly-
phant. This partnership continued until 1903,
when it was dissolved by mutual consent. The
same year Mr. Sutton was offered and accepted
his present position of chief clerk and paymaster
for the Connell Anthracite Mining Company. He
is a member of the Order of Heptasophs.

Mr. Sutton married, in 1886, Ida May Hughes
and four children were born to them, all of whom
died in infancy. Mrs. Sutton is the daughter
of Thomas L. and Mary J. Hughes, natives of
Wales, who emigrated to the United States in
1839 and settled in Carbondale. Mr. Hughes
was an experienced miner and an extensive con-
tractor. He and his brother were contractors
in the construction of the road laid for the Le-
high A'alley Railroad, when that road was cut
through the mountains by the way of Mauch

man better known, more universally respected,
or who stands higher in the confidence of the
people of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, than Joseph
M. Alexander. He is a man of pleasing person-
ality, and possesses many sterling qualities,
among which are integrity of character, self-sac-
rifice and loyalty to country and principle, and
therefore it is with pleasure that we record some
of the events of his life.

Joseph M. Alexander was born in Scotland,
September 29, 1840, and he sailed to this coun-
try March 16, 1853, at the age of twelve years
and six months, arriving in New York City, May
17, after a stormy passage of sixty days. He
was a young emigrant, being entirely alone. He
located in Thompsonville. Connecticut, where
his uncle, Joseph Alexander, a merchant tailor,
resided, and having taken up the trade of tailor
prior to his emigration from Scotland, he was
able to assist his uncle in the management of
his business. In September, 1853, he moved to
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, in company with his
uncle, who established himself in business in
that town. In the summer of 1861 he paid a
visit to his native land to see his father, and' re-
turned in July, 1862, to enlist in defense of the
intesfritv of his adouted country, enrollinsf him-



self in Schooley"s Independent Battery. This
command was transferred to Company M, Sec-
ond Pennsylyania Regiment, Heavy Artillery.
Being himself a lover of liberty and possessing
the bravery and daring which all Scotchmen in-
herit from their mother country, he proved him-
self a true soldier and won distinction. During
the early period of his service his regiment gar-
risoned Fort Delaware, also Forts Lincoln and
Marcy in the defense of the national capitol. He
participated through the siege of Petersburg and
was before Richmond, where the hottest fight-
ing and the greatest bravery was exercised, and
he was also actively engaged in the battle of
Cold Harbor. During these various engage-
ments he had several narrow escapes. He was
honorably discharged from the service of the
United States government June 20, 1865. Mr.
Alexander has conducted a merchant tailoring
establishment in Carbondale from 1865 to the
present time (1905), a period of forty years.

Mr. Alexander has taken a conspicuous part
in municipal affairs. He was for twelve years
a member of the board of education, of which
body he was president and treasurer at certain
intervals, and during his term of office he ar-
ranged and participated with the aid of the Grand
Army Post and other societies in the various
patriotic exercises, never forgetting to unfurl and
fling to the breeze "Old Glory," for which he
suffered and fought, ever exhorting the people
to be loyal to their flag. His voice has been fre-
quently heard on the platform, and he delivered
the first memorial address in Carbondale in 1881,
which was listened to with great attention and
profit. He has been instrumental, more than
any other man, in the development of the enter-
prise which resulted in the laying out of Memo-
rial Park and in beautifying the grounds around
the monument, which was erected in memory of
the veterans. There is a beautiful and artistic
fountain in the park and two mounted guns which
were in active service during the Civil war. Five
thousand dollars was raised by contributions
through his personal efforts. He never grew
weary of solicitating for this work, and now the
park is a thing of beauty and a joy to the eye of
the beholder, and it will serve as a monument to
his memory long after he has departed this life.
He has been a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church since 1857. He has been a teacher
in the Sunday school since 1861, and he served
in the capacity of superintendent at three differ-
ent times. During his last term he raised in the
Sabbath school nearly sixteen hundred dollars

for the new church lately destroyed by fire. It
was he who first introduced the blackboard inta
this school, thus making a practical illustration
of the lesson. On September 29, 1895, the mem-
bers of the Sunday school presented him yvith
a gold watch as a token of esteem for efficient
services rendered. In 1904 his class of young-
men presented him with a beautiful gold-headed
ebony cane, which act expressed their apprecia-
tion of his labor of love for their good. He is
a charter member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, affiliating with W. H. Davies Post,
No. 187, of which he was made chaplain. He
was elected commander of said post a short time
subsequent, which office he held for four years,
and re-elected in 1904 and 1905. At the close
of his first term of office he was presented by
his comrades with a gold badge which cost
twenty-five dollars, as a token of their high es-
teem for his worth. He was twice commissioned
aid-de-camp on the department of staff, and sub-
secjuentlv was twice commissioned aide-de-camp
on the national staff, which office he held under
each incumbency. During his office of com-
mander he served as district inspector, and he
endeared himself to the widows and orphans of
the veterans by the many services voluntarily
rendered them in writing letters, making out pa-
pers and in giving counsel. He is a worthy
member of Carbondale Lodge, No. 249, Free
and Accepted Masons, of which he was master
in 1883. For twenty years he was a member of
the Columbia Fire Company.

February 22, 1867, Mr. Alexander married ,
Hattie A. Thompson, daughter of Alderman
Jesse G. Thompson, and the issue of this union
was four children : Mrs. H. B. Hiller, who was
born in 1869, and died in 1901 ; Josephine M.,
born in November, 1871, now the wife of Howard
P. Johns and resides at Forest City, Pennsyl-
vania ; Charles S., born in 1873, who married
Maude Taylor, and Morris H., who died in child-
hood. Mr. Alexander is the grandfather of
eight fine children. Mr. Alexander attended the
schools of Scotland about three years, and along
the line of education may be classed among the
self-made men, having acquired almost all his
knowledge by good companionship and reading,
and a self reliance which is the result of contend-
ing against the adverse circumstances of life.

no family in the Lackawanna valley is more wide-
ly known or more uniformly respected than that
of which the subject of this sketch is a repre-



sentative. The genealogy traces back to sturdy

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