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Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and accepted a position
in the freight office of the Delaware & Hudson
Company, where he remained for two years. In
August, 1862, when his country was in imminent
peril and seeming danger of a disruption, he vol-
untarilv offered his services to his country by en-
rolling as a member of Company K, One Hundred
and Thirty-second Regiment, Pennsylvania Vol-
unteer Infantry, and served as a private. His
command was a part of the Army of the Potomac.
He was actively engaged in the battles of South
j\Io.untain, Chancellorsville and Antietam. He
was sent to the hospital from the latter named
battlefield, having contracted a disease which in-
capacitated him for active service. He was hon-
orably discharged in May, 1863.

In 1866 he formed a co-partnership with Dr.
R. Ottman and R. I. Bartlett under the firm name
of Ottman, Bartlett & Yarrington, and for many
years thev were the successful proprietors of an
extensive dry goods store in Carbondale. Subse-
C[uently Mr. Yarrington purchased the interest of
his partners, and conducted the business alone up
to the year 1884. He was postmaster from 1890
to 1894. He is an active and prominent factor in
various organizations, namely : Carbondale
Lodge, No. 249, Free and Accepted ]\Iasons, of
which he was master during the years 1875-76;
Eureka H. R. A. Chapter, No. 179, of which he
was excellent high priest : Palestine Commandery,
No. 14, Knights Templar, of which he was emi-
nent commander; and adjutant five years and
commander one year of William H. Davis Post,
No. 187, Grand Army of the Republic. He is a
Reptiblican in his political views.

On January i, 1867, Mr. Yarrington was
married to Martha C. Decker, daughter of John
W. and Catherine Decker, of Port Jervis, New
York. Their children were : i. Walter D., born
February 21, 1868, died July 9, 1888; 2. W.
Franklin, born August 7, 1871, was united in
marriage to Lilly Alias, at Jersey City, New Jer-
sey, June 16, 1894; 3. Edgar D., born July 17,
1873 ; 4. Mary R., born August 10, 1876; 5. Wil-
liam L., Jr., born August 25. 1878, married Laura
Chilton, at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, June 12,
1901, and one child, Dorothy 'SI., was born to
them. October 3, 1902, died April 9, 1904; 6. K.
Isabelle, born August 23, 1880 ; 7. Sinclair Ker-
lin, born November 26, 1888. ]\Ir. Yarrington
and his family are members of the Presbyterian
Church of Carbondale, Pennsvlvania.



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G. J. LILLIBRIDGE, an honorable and
straightforward business man of Olyphant, Penn-
sylvania, whose integrity and high sense o.f honor
has never been questioned, is a descendant of an
old and honored Connecticut family, who trace
their origin to English ancestors, who located in
the New England states and were worthy repre-
sentatives of the first families of the country.

Levi Lillibridge, father of G. J. Lillibridge,
was born in the state of Connecticut, in 1803, was
reared and educated there, and in early manhood
(in the year 1834) settled in Dalesville, Pennsyl-
vania, where he successfully conducted a store
devoted to the sale of tinware and other Yankee
notions. He purchased a parcel of land in Blakely
township, containing forty-si.x acres, which is still
owned by his descendants. He was a man of con-
siderable influence in his day and neighborhood,
performed the duties of good citizenship in a
highly creditable manner, and as a mark of the
confidence reposed in him by his neighbors was
elected to the offices of assessor, tax collector, and
postmaster, being the incumbent of the latter
named office for a quarter of a century. He was
also the proprietor of a hotel called the "Eight
i\lile Tavern," located half way between Carbon-
dale and Scranton. In 1833 Levi Lillibridge
married Elmira Northrop, who was born in
Rhode Island, in 1808, and their children were :
G. J., mentioned hereinafter ; John N., mentioned
hereinafter ; Phoebe, wife of Dr. Van Cleft ; and
Mary, wife of S. P. Hull. Levi Lillibridge was a
Baptist in religion, serving in the capacity of dea-
con in the church of that denomination, and a
Republican in pohtics. He died June 6, 1869,
and his wife passed away May i, 1887, having
survived her husband almost eighteen years.

G. J. Lillibridge, eldest son of Levi and El-
mira Lillibridge, was born at Dalesville, Penn-
sylvania, February i, 1832. He was reared and
educated in his native county of Lackawanna,
and upon attaining the age when he was capable
of earning a livelihood for himself became inter-
ested with his brother John N. in farming and
contracting. Subsequently he turned his atten-
tion to stock dealing, purchasing stock from the
various states in the Union, then shipping to the
Lackawanna Valley, and disposing of it to the
mine owners and others at advantageous prices.
He resides on the original land which his father
purchased in 1834, and is the owner of two hun-
dred and seventy-five acres of unreclaimed land,
a large portion of which is underlaid with coal. ,
He adheres to the religious faith of his forefath-
ers, that of the Baptist church, and is a strong



advocate of the principles of Republicanism. His
wife is a member of the Presbyterian church.
June 10, 1890, Mr. Lillibridge was united in mar-
riage to Miss Sarah C. Dirshmier.

John N. Lillibridge, second son of Levi and
Elmira Lillibridge, was born at Dalesville, Penn-
sylvania, in 1838. As stated above he worked in
conjunction with his brother G. J., in farming
and contracting. John X. was given more to pol-
itics than his brother, and was the incumbent of
several important township offices, the duties of
which he performed in an efficient and careful
manner. He served three years during the war
of the rebellion as a member of Company C, One
Hundred and Forty-third Regiment Pennsyl-
vania Volunteer Cavalry. He was wounded at
the battle of Gettysburg, and at the time of his
honorable discharge from the services of the
LTnited States government was filling the rank
of corporal. He was a member of the Grand
Army of the Republic.

In 1870 John N. Lillibridge was united in
marriage to Miss Lucilla Finch, who bore him
seven children, three of whom are living, namely :
Alice, who is a graduate of the Women's Medical
College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and now
a practicing physician in the borough of Oly-
phant : Sarah, and Levi B. John N. Lillibridge
died in 1902.

GEORGE B. NEWTON, a retired contract-
or and builder, is a descendant of an old New
England family who settled in Dundaff, Sus-
quehanna county, Pennsylvania, in the early his-
tory of the Lackawanna valley. He was born
Felsruary 24, 1832, a son of Henry W. and
Phoebe Ann (Ailsbee) Newton, grandson of
Henry and Lucinda (O'Brien) Newton, who
were the parents of three sons — Henry W., Mat-
thew and Solomon — and great-grandson (on the
maternal side) of John O'Brien, who was born
on the voyage from Ireland to America. He be-
came a worthy patriot and served under General
Washington at Valley Forge ; was taken pris-
oner and carried into Canada by the British,
where he made his escape and returned and re-
joined the armv and served until the close of the
war. John O'Brien attained the extreme old
age of ninety-eight years, and was the father
of five children.

Henry W. Newton (father) was born in Dun-
daff, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, Octo-
ber 8, 1805. He was a shoemaker by trade, was
the owner of a farm of productive land, but did
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to his bench until he was disabled on account
of an accident, after which he kept the toll-gate
on the turn pike between Carbondale and other
points. He was a worthy and reliable citizen,
and as a mark of the esteem and confidence in
which he was held by his fellow-townsmen, was
elected to the office of constable, which he held
for a number of years. He removed to Blakely
township, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, in
the year 1828, and in this place his sons were
born, their names being as follows : Albert Sol-
omon, born i\larch 29, 1831, now employed as a
messenger in the Lackawanna county court
house ; George B., born February 24, 1832, men-
tioned hereinafter ; and Stephen Silsbee, born
May 4, 1837, now a commission merchant in
New York City. Henry W. Newton (father)
died in the spring of 1888, aged eighty-six years,
and his wife, whose maiden name was Phoebe
Ann Silsbee, died November 8, 1844.

George B. Newton was educated at the com-
mon schools of Blakely township, his birthplace.
He began his business career by following rail-
roading, in which line of work he was employed
for three years, and he then learned the trade of
carpenter, which occupation he pursued up to
the year of his retirement from active duties,
1892. He is a first-class mechanic, and many
of the houses in the beautiful borough of Blakely
are monuments of his skill and handiwork. He
built three houses on his own account, which he
still owns. With the exception of ten years spent
in Binghampton, New York, to which city he
moved in order to give his children better edu-
cational advantages. Mr. Newton has resided in
Blakely township and borough. He has had
conferred on him all the honors of the borough,
having been the incumbent of the office of coun-
cilman for six years, tax collector for four years,
and a member of the school board for thirteen
years, during which time he served in the ca-
pacity of president, secretary and treasurer of
the board. He is a worthy and active member
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with
which he has been identified since twenty-one
years of age, ten years of which time he served
as secretary, and he is also a member of the Im-
proved Order of Red ]Men.

July 3, 1856, ]\Ir. Newton was united in mar-
riage to Caroline Wilbur, daughter of Reuben
and Laura Wilbur, and four children were the
issue of this union, namely : George B., Jr., de-
ceased ; Stephen J., deceased ; Stanley W., a car-
penter by trade ; and Catherine, an experienced
and successful trained nurse, now residing in



New York. The family are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which body Air.
Newton holds the offices of trustee and steward.

THO:»IAS BROWN, who came to an un-
timely death in October, 1895, while yet in the
prime of life, being in the forty-si.xth year of his
age, bythe falling in of the roof of the mine
which he was operating in conjunction with other
parties, was a worthy representative of the class
of men of foreign birth, who upon their arrival
in this country become loyal and public-spirited
citizens, advancing to the best of their ability the
general welfare of the community in which they
reside. He was born in county Westmeath, Ire-
land, in 1850, the third in order of birth of the
children born to John and Jane (Burke) Brown.
His father still resides on the homestead farm
in county Westmeath, Ireland, and his mother
passed awa\- in the year 1895, a month after hear-
ing of her son's death.

Thomas Brown was reared on his father's
farm and educated in the national schools in Ire-
land. When about twent_\- }-ears of age he re-
moved to this country and settled in the state of
Connecticut, where he remained a few years,
then came to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he
secured employment with the Pennsylvania Coal
Company and became a practical miner. After
thoroughly mastering all the details of the busi-
ness, and feeling competent to establish business
on his own account, he formed a partnership with
A. J. and M. J. Murray and George Jackson and
they sunk a shaft. The work was slow, hard and
tedious, btit by all working together with a will
they eventually succeeded in reaching the Clark
drift and then built a small breaker. This an-
swered their purpose for some time, but as the
business increased they were obliged to build a
new one, which was completed in 1892, and is
still in successful operation. After her husband's
decease IVIrs. Brown took his interest in the mine,
and in 1902 John Carney and she bought out the
interest of Messrs. Murray and Jackson, the
business being now conducted under the firm
name of Carney & Brown. ]\Ir. Brown was one
of the original parties who succeeded in starting
the Dunmore Electric Light. Heat and Power
Company, of which Mr. Brown was a stockhoWer
and director. He was a firm adherent of the
principles of the Democratic party and in relig-
ious belief held membership with the Roman
Catholic church, giving his support to the church
of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. In 1892 Mr. Brown
spent four months in traveling through Ireland,.



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his ostensible object being to visit his father and
his old home.

January 25, 1881, in Dunmore, Lackawanna
county, Pennsylvania, Mr. Brown married Mar-
garet Curry, who was a native of Ulster county,
New York, one of the eight children born to
James and Catherine (Brennen) Curry. James
Curry located in Ulster county. New York,
upon his arrival from Ireland, and in 1871 re-
moved to Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and secured
work with the Pennsylvania Coal Company, con-
tinuing in their emplo3'ment until his death, in
1885. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Brown : John J., who graduated from Mount
St. Mary's, and from Villanova College in 1903,
and is now serving in the capacity of sales agent
for the firm of Carney & Brown ; Kate, Nellie
and Agnes. Mr. Brown built a comfortable
home on the corner of Harper and Ward streets,
where his widow and children still reside.



prise he has been verv successful, owing to the
long experienc which has givn him a complete
and thorough mastery of the business. Air.
Protheroe has been for the last sixteen years a
resident of Dunmore. He is a self-made man in
the best sense of the term. Notwithstanding the
fact that his educational opportunities were of
necessity limited, he has by close application sup-
plied the deficiencies of his early years. He has
been an unwearied student of books as well as of
men, and has acquired a large fund of general in-
formation. He belongs to the Knights of Pyth-
ias, and in politics affiliates with the Republi-
cans. He and his familv are members of the
Baptist church of Dunmore, in which he holds
the office of trustee. Mr. Protheroe married,
February 18, 1880, Esther Hughes, a native of
Wales, and si.x children have been born to them,
four of whom are living : Howard, Edna, Bea-
trice and Ruth.



THOMAS PROTHEROE. One of the in-
dependent coal operators of the Lackawanna Val-
ley is Thomas Protheroe, of Dunmore. Mr.
Protheroe is of Welsh birth and parentage, and
belongs to a nation distinguished in the history
of mining.

John Protheroe was born in Wales and was
a miner by occupation. In 1861 he emigrated
to the United States, whither he was followed in
1865 by his wife and children. He settled at
Dickson City, where he engaged successfully in
contract mining. He married Ruth Davis, also
a native of Wales, and their children were:
Mary, Richard, Edwin, William, Thomas, men-
tioned at length hereinafter ; and James. Mr.
Protheroe, the father, died in 1884. He was an
honorable and upright man. His wife, a truly
■estimable woman, survived him many years, pass-
ing away in 1903.

Thomas Protheroe, son of John and Ruth
(Davis) Protheroe, was born August 10, i860,
in Wales, and when but five years of age was
brought by his mother to the L^nited States. At
an early a.ge he went to work for the Delaware
Lackawanna Coal Company, and remained with
them seventeen years in various capacities from
door-boy up, five years of this time working under
O. S. Johnson as mining engineer. For six years
he was employed as mine foreman by the Pennsyl-
vania Company, and was for two years super-
intendent for the Nay Aug Coal Company. For
the last six years he has operated on his own ac-
count a mine situated at Dunmore, and form-
ing ])art of the Nay Aug mines. In this enter-



HARRISON E. MAINES. of Peckville,
Pennsylvania, is one of the growing young busi-
ness men of his town where he has continuously
resided for the past twenty-one years. He is
one of the leading butchers of Peckv-ille, and by
his honorable and straightforward transactions
has built up an extensive and profitable business,
which he has conducted since June 18, 1888, a
period of sixteen years. He was born in Dun-
more, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1865, a son of
William and Jane (Shafer) Maines.

William Maines ( father) was born in Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1830. He
was a veteran in the war of the rebellion, and
fought manfully and courageously to maintain
the integrity of the Union his forefathers had
previously established. He served eighteen
months as a private in Company H, Seventy-first
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and
was then honorably discharged on account of dis-
ability. His wife Jane (Shafer) Maines bore
him two sons — Oscar S., deceased, who was en-
gaged in the butcher and livery business ; and
Harrison E., mentioned at length hereinafter.

Harrison E. Maines, was reared nartly in
Peckville and partly in Jermyn, where he quali-
fied himself for a life of usefulness. At an early
age he entered the employ of A. W. Brundage,
one of the oldest butchers in the town of Peck-
ville, and after thoroughly mastering all the de-
tails of the trade engaged in business on his own
account on the date above stated. His enterprise
has met with a degree of success that far ex-
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fore he has been enabled to purchase property
and to build his own home and shop. As a mark
of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow
townsmen, he has been /-.vice honored by election
to the office of assessor of the third ward of
Blakely borough. He is o, worthy member of
the Knights of Pythias, and serves in the capacity
of treasurer of the Wilson Fire Company, of
Blakely borough.

Air. Maines was united in marriage October
26, 1887, to Emily Carolth, born February 4,
1867, daughter, of Mrs. Mary Ann (Reed)
Carolth, of Cornwall, England. To this union
were born fo.ur children : William M., July 30,
1888; Katie, August 16, 1889; George, Decem-
ber 2, 1891 ; and Carl, October 29, 1893. Mr.
Maines and family attend the Baptist Church of
Peckville.

RICHARD J. REESE, burgess of Blakely
borough, who is filling the third year of his term
in that capacity, having been called to that office
by the voice of the majority of his fellow citizens,
is one of the most popular young men of his
town, and he has also been chosen to represent the
people in various other offices of trust and re-
sponsibility, namely : inspector of elections in
1891, councilman in 1893-1899, borough treas-
urer in 1900, and his administration of affairs in
these various capacities was marked with the ut-
most integrity and efficiency. He was born in
South Wales, in 1869, and ,was brought to this
country the same year by his parents, Isaac J.
and Margaret (Lewis) Reese.

Isaac J. and Margaret (Lewis) Reese were
also natives of South Wales. Isaac J. was well
versed in the manufacture of iron, and in order
to obtain a better livelihood from his trade he lo-
cated in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he re-
sided until he heard such glowing reports from
the coal country that he was impelled to take up
his residence in Scranton, same state, being ac-
companied by his wife and family. He continued
a resident of that city up to his death, which oc-
curred in 1 89 1. He was survived by his wife,
who passed away in April, 1903. Of their seven
children only three attained years of maturity,
two of whom are living at the present time
(1905) : David and Richard J. Reese.

The schools in the western section of Scran-
ton, Pennsylvania, afforded Richard J. Reese the
means of obtaining an education. In early life he
followed the practice of all boys who reside in a
mining country, and turned his attention to the
work of mining for a short period of time. His



next business venture was railroading, which he
shortly abandoned in order to learn the trade of
blacksmith, which he mastered when seventeen
years of age. He worked at his trade for nine-
consecutive years, and being an expert mechanic
achieved a large degree of success in this under-
taking. He then accepted a clerkship in the office-
of the Scranton Coal Company, where he re-
mained for five years, and in 1901 he received,
his present appointment of burgess. The mine
of which he is foreman employs about ten hun-
dred men, and being the outside foreman he has
charge of all that enters or comes out of the mine,^
namely : the coal that comes out and the supplies
that go in have all to pass through his hands or-
under his supervision. There are nearly three
hundred men immediately under his control,
which makes it a most responsible position, but_
every detail is looked after with the most scrupu-
lous exactness. Not only does he work faithfully
for the interest of the capitalist, who has money
invested in the mine, but also for the interest of
the men who are entrusted to his care. The mine
was opened and operations began in 1889. He is
a member of Oriental Star Lodge, No. 588, FreC'
and Accepted Masons ; the Knights of Pythias ;
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; and the-
Loyal Knights of America, in all of which bodies
he stands high in the esteem of his brethren. He
respects the Scriptures and as far as possible -
obeys the commands contained therein, and his
future career looks bright and promising.

Mr. Reese was united in marriage August 12,.
1903, to Martha B. Pickering, the accomplished,
daughter of Frank W. and Mary A. Pickering.

FREDERICK L. VAN SICKLE, M. D., the
leading physician of Olyphant, Lackawanna -
county, Pennsylvania, wdiere he has practiced
successfully since 1888, a period of sixteen years,
is a man of keen intelligence and possesses a
thorough knowledge of the human system and its.-
needs, also skillful in diagnosis, and it is only
such who can gain high rank in the profession
which he follows. On the paternal side he is
descended from a Holland Dutch ancestry,
worthy people, who have filled many of the fore-
most posts of responsibility in the country. On
the maternal side his ancestors were of Eng-
lish extraction, and cannot be discounted as loyal
citizens.

The first paternal ancestor of whom we have
any authentic information was Lewis Van Sickle
(great-grandfather), who married Clara Van-
Fleet. They were residents of Port Jervis, New



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York. James \'an Sickle (grandfather), son of
Lewis and Clara Van Sickle, married Mary
Friedenburg, and their famih' consisted of three
children — Lewis, So.lomon and Clara — all de-
ceased. James Van Sickle and his wife were res-
idents of Newton, New Jersey, and were prob-
ably natives of New York state.

Dr. Lewis Van Sickle (father), eldest son of
James and Mary Van Sickle, was born in New-
ton, Sussex county. New Jersey. He was worthy
of high commendation, being one of those men
wjio make circumstances yield to his talents. In
his younger days he turned his attention to, teach-
ing, but realizing the great need of conscientious
physicians turned his mind to the study of med-
icine. He matriculated at Ann Arbor Medical
College, from which institution he went to Phil-
adelphia, and subsequently was graduated from
Jefiferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He lo-
cated at Clark's Green, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, and afterward settled at Waverly,
same state, where he spent twenty-seven years of
active practice, and where he died in 1890. His
widow now resides at Olyphant, Pennsylvania.
Her maiden name was Dorcas A. Gardner,
daughter of William A. and Almira (Colvin)
Gardner, who were the parents of nine children,
six of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Van Sickle,
widow of Dr. Lewis Van Sickle, born in Glen-
burn, Lackawanna county ; Mrs. Rev. J. B. Sum-
ner, Mrs. Alfred Reed, Mrs. William A. Pierson,
Mrs. Frank Knauss, and Milton W. Gardner.

'Two children were born to Dr. Lewis and Dor-
cas A. (Gardner) Van Sickle, one of whom sur-
vives. Dr. Frederick L. Van Sickle. Solomon
Van Sickle, brother of Dr. Lewis Van Sickle,
was a veteran in the Civil war, in which struggle
he honorably distinguished himself by the dis-
play of courage and patriotism.

Dr. Frederick L. Van Sickle was born at
Clark's Green, Lackawanna county, Pennsyl-
vania, September 12, 1862. He was educated



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