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eight are living at the present time ( 1905). Elev-
en children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerbig,
six of whom are living, namely : Frances A., who
married Thomas Law, and has two sons living:
C. Herman ; Carl W., who assists with the
work in the store, and who was united in mar-
riage to Mary J. Holmes ; Theodore A., a car-
penter by trade ; Annie P. and Emma V. Gerbig.

C. HERMAN GERBIG, son of Adam V.
and Pauline H. Gerbig, was born in Archbald,
Pennsylvania, March 4, 1862. He was reared
and educated in his native town, and early in
life entered the employ of the D. & H. Com-
pany, his connection with the same continuing
over a period of nineteen years, during which
time he gave entire satisfaction to his employ-
ers. For nine years of that period he was as-
sistant to his father, and ten years was operator,
as successor to his father. In 1897 he dissolved
his connection with the above named company,
and in that year purchased property on the main
street in Archbald, where he has since devoted
his time and attention to horticultural pursuits.
He is the owner of a large establishment with
four thousand square feet under glass, and this
is devoted to carnations, cut flowers, potting
plants and vegetable plants. He conducts a
thriving business, which is constantly increasing
in volume and importance, and he is justly ac-
corded a place among the prominent business
men of the town.

March 30, 1890, Mr. Gerbig married Clara
M. Home, a lady of rare tact and brilliancy,
great mental attainment and beauty, both of face
and character. She was born March 29. 1869,
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Home, natives of Scotland, who emigrated to
America in 185 1. They settled in Maryland,
from whence thev moved to Schuylkill county,
Pennsylvania, and in 1884 they located perma-
nently in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he fol-
lowed his chosen vocation, that of engineer. Both
he and his wife died in Scranton. Their fam-
ily consisted of thirteen children, eight of whom
are living, namely : Jennette Esteruth, Joseph E.,
Mrs. Clara M. Gerbig, Robert, William, Eliza-
beth, ]\Irs. Sarah Bruns and Mrs. Ann Eggert.
Mr. and Airs. Gerbig are members of the Ger-
man Lutheran Evangelical Church, and stand
high in the estimation of their many friends. No
children have been born of their marriage.

CHARLES C. BATTENBERG, deceased,
late postmaster at Archbald, Pennsylvania, where
he performed the onerous duties pertaining there-
to in a highly creditable and efficient manner
from 1898 to his death, December 26, 1904, was
a native of Hasse-Cassel, Germany, the date of
his birth being September 26, 1 84 1.

He was reared and educated in Germany, and
at the age of sixteen years emigrated to the
United States, arriving in New York City No-
vember 5, 1857. He located in Dunmore, Lack-
awanna county, Pennsylvania, where he re-
mained for two years, and then removed to
Archbald, same state. He was employed by the
D. & H. Company up to 1861, in which year
his adopted country required the services of men
to defend her integrity. He voluntarily offered
his services, and his life, if need be, that the
L^nion might be preserved. He enlisted as a
private in Company H, Fifty-second Regiment,
A'olunteer Infantry, and in April, 1862, was pro-
moted to second duty sergeant for courage dis-
played in the face of the enemy and for orderly
■conduct in camp. This was before Yorktown,
Virginia. In January, 1864, he re-enlisted as a
veteran, and in March of the same year he was
commissioned second lieutenant : in the latter
part of 1864 he was commissioned first lieuten-
ant, and in January, 1865, was commissioned
captain and discharged as such the same year.
He was to the front during the severest fighting
of the four years' terrible struggle, and only re-
ceived a slight wound on the left arm by the ex-
plosion of a shell during the seven days battle
at White Oak Swamps.

On his return to civil life Captain Battenberg
paid a promised visit to his native land to see
his parents, Henry and Philipine Battenberg, re-
maining from April to September of i866. AMiile



in Germany he had an opportunity '*o witness,
as a spectator, battles fought between Prussia
and Austria. On his return to the L^nited States
he settled in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, and from
that time until 1880 was employed with Aliller
& Co., coffin-makers. The following two years
he worked for the Pierce Coal Company, and at
the expiration of this period of time accepted a
position as weighmaster for the D. & H. Com-
pany, at Archbald. He was the incumbent of
this office up to 1897, when he was promoted to
outside mine foreman, in which capacity he was
serving at the time of his death. This office vv'as
one of trust and responsibility, as everything that
went in or out of the mines passes through his
hands or over his signature. He had the over-
sight of all the coal that was mined and shipped.
The mine gives employment to over five hun-
dred men, one hundred and twenty of whom are
employed on the outside, and these were under
his immediate supervision and care. Notwith-
standing the manifold duties which rested upon
him, Air. Battenberg discharged them all with
promptness and accuracy, and the company re-
garded him as one of their most reliable men.
He was a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, and was representative of the
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for two years. He
is also a member of the Grand Army of the Re-
public. He believes in and supports the prin-
ciples of the Republican platform.

April 2, 1867, Captain Battenberg was united
in marriage to Amelia C. Aliller, who was born
in Archbald, Pennsylvania, November 13, 1849,
daughter of August C. and Caroline Aliller, both
of whom were natives of Leipsic, Germany, emi-
grated to America in 1848, and settled in Arch-
bald. Air. Aliller was a cabinet-maker by trade.
Ten children were the issue of this union, seven
of whom are living at the present time (1904),
namely : August C, a graduate of the school of
the Lackawanna, and he is now a practicing at-
tornev-at-law in Scranton, having been admitted
to the bar in November, 1894 : Charles C, Jr.,
a carpenter for the Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western Railroad : Harry J., a casket manufac-
turer of Scranton ; Helen, assistant postmaster
at Archbald ; Caroline, wife of David- J. Jenkins ;
Ernest E., an employe of the Scranton Savings
Bank : Roy, who is pursuing his studies.

AUGUSTUS F. GEBHARDT. Industry,
perseverance, thrift and economy have been the
chief characteristics in the successful business
career of Augustus F. Gebhardt. a prominent res-



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ident of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, who is serving
in the capacit}- of superintendent of the Dupont
Powder Company.

As the name indicates, the Gebhardt family
originated in Germany. Frederick Gebhardt,
father of Augustus F. Gebhardt, was born in
Bavaria, and at the age of twenty-two emigrated
to the LTnited States. Prior to his coming he
learned the trade of cooper, and he followed this
line of work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ; New-
burg and Poughkeepsie, New York. While a
resident of Newburg he was united in marriage
to Catharine John, also a native of Bavaria, and
their family consisted of three children, namely :
George C, an employee of the Dupont Powder
Company ; Augustus F., mentioned at length
hereinafter, and Louisa M., who became the wife
of Charles F. Olcott. While residing in Pough-
keepsie, New York, Mr. Gebhardt took a trip
to his native country, where he died, and in 1872
his widow and her two sons — George C. and
Augustus F. — removed to Moosic, Pennsylva-
nia, in which town her daughter had taken up
her residence after marriage.

Augustus F. Gebhardt was born in Mil-
waukee, Wisconsin, February 25, 1855. When
he was two years of age his parents removed
to Newburg, New York, and from thence to
Poughkeepsie, same state, where for five years
he attended the common schools, thereby acquir-
ing a knowledge of the rudimentary branches of
education. In early life he served an apprentice-
ship at the trade of cooper with his father, and
when only fourteen years of age started out
to earn a livelihood for himself. After locating
in the town of Moosic, Pennsylvania, he secured
employment at his trade and in addition to this
he worked at house painting in that place and
Scranton. In 1872 he entered the emplov of the
Powder Company, with which enterprise he has
been actively connected for thirty-three years,
eight in Moosic and twenty-five in Jermyn. The
plant over which he is superintendent is located
at Jermyn, and is now controlled by the Dupont
Powder Company. It covers about forty acres
of ground, gives constant employment to about
thirty trusty workmen, and is thoroughlv
equipped with all the facilities for making" the
best blasting powder on the market. It is sit-
uated on the west side of tne Lackawanna river,
but is connected with the east side by a cable-
way by which their material is conveved from
the cars to. the mill. Their power is a fifty-horse
steam engine. The mill has been blown up at
six different times since its erection, with four



fatalities. Mr. Gebhard has been very fortunate-
in escaping unharmed, but several times his life-
has been in imminent peril. The officers of this
company are : Henry Belaud, president ; W. S.
Hutchings, general manager, and Augustus F.
Gebhardt, superintendent.

Mr. Gebhardt has always shown a decided
interest in modern improvements and the ad-
vancement of the age, and has furthered every
scheme that is honest and upright and that has
for its object the advancement of his town and
borough. He was one of the organizers, later
a director and subsequently superintendent of the
Jermyn Electric Light Company. He was pro-
moter and organizer and subsequently director
of the Jermyn Water Company, and he was an
active factor in the organization of the German
Cut Glass Company of Jermyn, which was es-
tablished in 1903, and of which he is now treas-
urer. He is a firm believer in the platform of
the Republican party, and to the best of his abil-
ity uses his influence in the carrying out of its
principles. The family are communicants of the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Jermyn, of which
Mr. Gebhardt was once a trustee.

In 1884 Mr. Gebhardt was married to Han-
nah C. Patten, of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, and
the following named children were the issue of
this marriage : Walter, deceased ; George A.,
Florence H., and Walter P. Gebhardt.

A. D. WILLIAMS, one of the enterprising
manufacturers of Scranton, whose industry is not
of great magnitude but of a useful and unique
character, is a man of marked skill and ability,
and throughout his business career his energetic
character and practical sagacitv has found am-
ple scope for exercise. He is a native of New-
ton township, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania,
born March 7, 1853.

His paternal grandfather was Abraham \\'\\\-
iams, a native of Newton, Sussex county. New
Jersey. He gained a lucrative livelihood by fol-
lowing the occupation of farming, conducting
his extensive operations in his native town and
also in Newton township, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania. Of his family of four children,
but one is living, Norman, a resident of Chin-
chilla. His maternal grandfather was George
Nafus, who at an early date located at Pitts-
ton, Pennsyvania, where he took up some val-
uable coal lands. He was a prominent resident
of that section of the state for many years, a
Methodist in religion and a Democrat in poli^
tics.



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John Williams, father of A. D. \\'illiams,
v.'as born in Newton township, Lackawanna
county, where he was reared and educated. Dur-
ing the early years of his life he was a mer-
chant, but subsequently became a farmer, and
his practical and progressive methods was the
means of his achieving a large degree of suc-
cess. By his marriage to Jane Nafus, who was
born in Pittston township, Pennsylvania, two
sons were born — George and A. D. Mr. Will-
iams died in early life.

A. D. \\'illiams was reared in his native town-
ship, and the common schools thereof afforded
him the means of obtaining a practical education.
In early life he served an apprenticeship at the
trade of carpenter, becoming an expert mechanic,
and this line of work he followed for ten years.
In 1890 he engaged in the business of manufac-
turing hames, making a specialty of mine hames,
and without doubt these are the best for the pur-
pose manufactured in the L^nited States. On ac-
count of the superiority of the goods, he com-
mands the highest market price, and his trade
extends to all mines in this country, Canada and
South Africa. Mr. \\'illiams is the sole propri-
etor of the plant, which occupies a space sixty
by eighty feet, and by giving his undivided at-
tention to the enterprise has achieved phenom-
enal success. He is one of the progressive men
of Scranton, living up to the belief that success
comes to the man who meets her more than half
way. He has been a resident of the Lackawanna
valley since 1870, and during this long period
has stood high in the community in which he
resided. Air. Williams was a member of Com-
panv A, Thirteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Na-
tional Guard, in which he served five years.

Mr. Williams married, in 1883, Miss \'illette
Webb, of Lanesboro, Susquehanna countv, Penn-
sylvania, and they are the parents of one son,
Leslie G., born April 6, 1890.

SAMUEL W. ARNOLD, one of the sub-
stantial and enterprising business men of Peck-
ville, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, has
been the incumbent of the office of justice of the
peace for the past quarter of a century, and by
reason of his thorough knowledge of law, his
good common sense and his keen and sound
judgment few decisions are returned. He wa^
born in L^niondale, Susquehanna countv, Penn-
sylvania, in 185 1, a descendant on the paternal
side of a long line of sturdy and honorable Irish
ancestors.

Reuben Arnold, grandfather of Samuel W.



Arnold, was the father of fourteen children, all
of whom were born in Rhode Island. Accom-
panied by his numerous children in the year 1824,
he removed from Rhode Island and settled in
Pennsylvania. He was an honest and honorable
man, performed all the duties of good citizen-
ship, and reared his family to become useful
members of society. Among these children was
a son, George W. Arnold, father of Samuel W.
Arnold, whose business career was devoted to
the manufacture of bedsteads and many other
useful household articles out of lumber. He was
a resident of Uniondale, Pennsylvania, and was
accorded a place among the successful business
men of that section of the state, but his business
career was short-lived, as his death occurred dur-
ing the early year of his manhood. His wife,
Alary S. (Peck) Arnold, daughter of Samuel
Peck, of Peckville, bore him three children, Sam-
uel W. being the only survivor.

During his boyhood and early youth Samuel
W. Arnold resided in his native town of Union-
dale, attending, in due course of time, Kingston
Academy and Wyoming Seminary, where he ac-
quired a thorough English education which qual-
ified him for a life of usefulness and activity. He
gained his first practical knowledge of business
life in the employ of the D. & H. Company,
serving them in various capacities for a period
of six consecutive years. He later spent one
year at Oil City, Pennsylvania, whence he re-
turned in 1874 to Peckville, where he has since
continued to reside, and in which borough he
owns and operates a hardware store, which he
has successfully conducted since 1894. He is
interested in all matters that conduce to the prog-
ress and welfare of his township, county and
state. He holds membership in the Improved
Order of Red Men.

In 1874 Mr. Arnold was united in marriage
to Miss Emma E. Arnold, daughter of Thomas
Arnold, and they are the parents of one daugh-
ter, Estelle, now the wife of Arthur W. Thomp-
son.

REESE HUGHES, one of the pioneers of the
Lackawanna Valley, is a man of wide and varied
experience, whose ability in his chosen occupation
is remarkable, and whose fund of knowledge on a
large number of subjects is inexhaustable. He is
a native of \\'ales, born May 9, 1827, and when
he attained the age of six years was brought to
this country by his parents, William and Sarah
(Jenkins) Hughes.

Edward Hughes (grandfather) was born in



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Wales in the year 1765. He entered the service
of the British navy as a common sailor before the
mast, and, as a reward for meritorious conduct,
good behaviour, superior intelligence and a close
application to the science of navigation, was ad-
vanced step by step to the dignified and respon-
sible position of admiral. His wife, Martha
(Bonner) Hughes, a native of Bristol, England,
bore him one son, William Hughes (father),
whose birth occurred in Bristol, England, in 1793.
The law of the English government forbade the
presence of children on board their men of war
vessels, and in consequence the child was given
in charge of Mr. Reese, a resident of Glanmor-
ganshire, a few miles from Swansea, to be edu-
cated and properly fitted for his future life. In
due course of time William, instead of turning his
attention to the sea and vessels of war, became an
agriculturist. He was united in marriage to
Sarah Jenkins, an estimable Welsh lady, who bore
him the following named children : Edward,
Joseph, Martha, William, Reese, and Mary Ann.
In 1833 this family emigrated to the United
States, arriving in New York on August 26, 1833,
and from there they came to Carbondale, Penn-
sylvania, by boat. Here William Hughes turned
his attention to mining, which occupation he fol-
lowed during his residence in that town. He then
located in Susquehanna, where he purchased a
farm which he cultivated for a number of years,
after which he purchased Slocum Hollow (now
Scranton) from Mr. Slocum. Subsequently he
became somewhat discouraged with his purchase,
sold it back to the Slocum family for fifteen hun-
dred dollars, and this was the one great mistake
that this good man made during his lifetime. His
death occurred in Carbondale. July 2, 1852, aged
fifty-nine years. He survived his wife several"
years, her death having occurred in Pittston,
Pennsylvania, August 8, 1847, in the fifty-seventh
year of her age. The sole survivors of the family
of William and Sarah Hughes at the present time
( 1904) are : Reese Hughes and Mrs. Mary A.
Johns.

The educational advantages afforded by the
old-fashioned subscription schools was the only
means of gaining knowledge that Reese Hughes
had during his boyhood. At the early age of nine
years he began driving a mule at the mines, and
he followed various kinds of work in connection
with mining up to the vear 1854. His knowledge
of mining became so extensive that his services
were sought after by other companies besides
the D. & H. company. He was employed bv
the Lehigh Company to develop a zinc mine, and



after completing this work he went to California
and other states prospecting and developing min-
erals. During the Civil war or just prior to it he
opened an extensive mine in North Carolina, but
the war interfered with its operation in such a
manner that the owners received no financial ben-
efit from it. He first made his home in the city of
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, in 1849, but during
his tour of mineral prospecting he was absent
from the city for a period of twenty-two years.
On his return to Carbondale he resumed mining
as before, and was actively employed up to 1899,
in which year he retired from a business career.
He was well informed in mining matters, partic-
ularly as to prospecting and determining, from in-
dications, the presence of minerals, and in the
course of his work he was thrown in company
with the best scientific men of the day, to whom
his services were very valuable, as is shown by
the following fact: In 1861, the first year of the
Civil war, Mr. Hughes determined to enlist his
services in behalf of his adopted country, but sev-
eral men who wished him to continue work for
them prevailed upon him to remain at home and
they paid nine hundred dollars for a substitute.
For twelve years he served in the capacity of
superintendent in the Passaic Company. In 1872
he purchased a farm of over two hundred acres
for which he paid ten thousand dollars, but on
account of his son's disinclination to turn his at-
tention to agricultural pursuits he disposed of it
in 1888. In 1862 he was appointed captain of
Saucon Valley Militia in Lehigh county, and later
he was actively identified with the Pennsylvania
Reserves, in which he held the commission of first
lieutenant. He was the incumbent of the offices
of assessor and school director, and his adminis-
tration was marked by the utmost integrity and
efficiency. He is a firm ally of the Republican
party, and was formerlv an active member of the
Masonic and Odd Fellow orders.

In 1851 Mr. Hughes married Margaret Wil-
liams, a native of Wales, who died December 8,
1901. Their children are: Thomas R., who
married Mary Yensen, and they are the parents
of one son, Roy Hughes. William R., who mar-
ried Martha Davis, and their family consists of
two children, Ethel and Annie Hughes. Sarah
Ann, wife of James Bell, and mother of two chil-
dren, Mary and Ruth Bell. George W., married
Man- A. Jones, and their children are as follows :
Raymond, Mary, Margaret, and George Hughes.
Mattie H., widow of Harry Brown, no issue. Mr.
Hughes and his family are attendants of the Bap-
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WILLIAM L. YARRINGTON. librarian in
the public library in Carbondale, Lackawanna
county, Pennsylvania, which office he has ef-
ficiently filled since i8g6, is a descendant of a
highly respectable family of that name, early resi-
dents of the state of Connecticut. The first au-
thentic account we have is that Abel Yarrington,
residing in Connecticut, migrated to the Wyoming
Valley in 1772, locating where Kingston now
stands. Of his characteristics we know noth-
ing.

Peter Yarrington (grandfather), son of Abel
Yarrington, was born in Conecticut, in 1772, was
a blacksmith by trade, and died November 26,
1826, aged fifty-six years. On October i, 1802,
at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he married Naomi
Flynt, who was born in 1778, and died August
13, 1826, aged forty-eight years. To this union
were born the following named children, all of
whom are deceased but the youngest child : Dil-
ton, Alanson, Sinton, Lucinda, Ann E., and ]\Iar-
tha Yarrington.

Dilton Yarrington ( father) was born October
8, 1803. He was a blacksmith bv trade, and by
industry and perseverance he provided a comfort-
able home for his family. He located in Carbon-
dale in the year 1847. He was a member and in
his latter years an elder of the Presbyterian
Church, a Whig in politics, and a strong advocate
of temperance, \Vhich meant much opposition to
the customs o.f his day and age. He was strong
in his convictions and fearless in his denuncia-
tions, and therefore made a most capable justice
of the peace, which office he filled at DundafT,
Susquehanna county, for several years. On De-
■ cember 23, 1827, Mr. Yarrington married Rebecca
Lambert, born in Minisink township. Orange
county. New York, January 20, 1804, daughter of
William and Julia Lambert, and their children
were: Abel, who died in infancy: Peter A., born
October i. 1830, became a skillful mechanic, died
1856 ; ^^'illiam L., born April 27, 1833, mentioned
hereinafter: Julia, born in 1836. died 1840: ;\Iary,
born in 1840, died 1843 '• Sarah, born in 1842, died
1847: and John T., born in 1847, d'^cl in 1873,
aged twenty-six vears. Dilton Yarrington
(father) died in 1890. having attained the ad-
vanced age of eighty-seven years.

^^'illiam L. Yarrington was born April 27,
1833. His early education was obtained in the
schools of Carbondale. whither his parents re-
moved in 1847, and he completed his studies in
Professor Stoddard's Academv at Bethany,
Wayne county, Pennsylvania. He attempted to
learn the trade of machinist in the Delaware &
Hudson Company shops, but physical disabilities



interfered with his cherished hopes. He then
accepted a clerkship with the Delaware, Lack-
awanna & Western Companv, with whom he re-
mained for three years. In 1859 he moved to



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