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1855 and 1856, and in 1857 became engineer
on the same locomotive, continuing as such until
the spring of 1861, when he enlisted in Wilkes-
Barre in the Fifty-second Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania \^olunteers, as a musician, and was ordered
to Camp Curtin near Harrisburg, and in the fall
of 1861 went with his regiment to Washington
City. In the spring of 1862, his regiment was at-
tached to McClellan's Army of the Potomac, go-
ing to Fortress Monroe and Newport News, Vir-
ginia, and was with McClellan in the Peninsula
campaign, and present at the battles of Fair Oaks,,
White Oak Swamp, and Malvern Hill. When
by act of congress all regimental bands were dis-
charged, in August, 1862, our subject returned
to Wilkes-Barre, where he resumed his former oc-
cupation of engineer, and so served until January
I, 1865, when he was appointed outside super-
intendent for the same company, at this time
known as the Delaware and Hudson Coal Com-
pany, which position he continued to fill to the
entire satisfaction of the management for about
forty years, until 1904, since which time he has
lived retired in this, his native city.

He married, December 26, 1862, Mary Dowl-
ing, and the following children have been born :
I. Charles E., married Mary Jane Monday, re-
sides in Wilkes-Barre. 2. Dennis A. (see sketch
elsewhere in this work). 3. Dr. Thomas H., mar-
ried Ellen Sammon, of Reading, Pennsylvania,
where he resides. 4. Sarah, married John J.
Moore, of Plymouth, formerly treasurer of Lu-
zerne county. 5. Florence, resides at home.

Mr. Mackin is a member of Conyngham Post,.
Grand Army of the Republic, of Wilkes-Barre,,



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and is also a member of H0I3' Saviour's Church
(Roman Catholic) of Wilkes-Barre. The fam-
ily are also members of the same church.

NATHAN WESLEY j\L\RTZ is a descen-
dant in the sixth generation from Jacob Martz
( I ) who was born in Wertenburg, Germany, in
1700, and was the first of the name who came
to America, landing in 1735 and locating in Berks
county, Pennsylvania, where he remained all his
life. The name of his wife is not known. All
the family were Lutherans and devoted to the
church. They had three sons, Jacob, William and
John, of whom further.

n. John Martz, born 1740, resided on the
farm of his father for many years. He was a
farmer, was very successful, and gave liberally
to the Lutheran Church of which they were all
members. He married Elizabeth Horton, and
they had four sons: George Abram, who served
in congress ; John, Joseph and William.

HL William Martz, born 1775, was a suc-
cessful farmer, and moved to Briar Creek town-
ship, Columbia county, Pennsylvania, where he
became one of the representative men of that
place. He founded the village of Martzville and
here he gave the ground, made the brick, and as-
sisted in building the church. He married Han-
nah Bean, and they had Abram, of whom further
mention is made ; John, Henry, Daniel, and one
daughter, who married Levi Fester, of Center
township.

Abram Martz, grandfather of Nathan W.,
was born .\pril 7, 1800. He followed agriculture
in Briar Creek and also operated a lime-kiln. The
land on which the Lutheran church stands was
deeded by him to the society about the year 1870,
and his death occurred in September, 1885.
Abram Martz married Desire Hetler, who bore
him ten children, namely: I. Nathan, who be-
came a resident of Nebraska, married Hettie Mel-
ick, and had five children : Joshua, Charles,
Belle, Henrietta, Jennie and Luther. 2. John,
who resides in Berwick, Pennsylvania, married
Susan Miller, of Lime Ridge, Columbia county,
and has two sons : F. Warren and Calvin. 3.
Henry, a resident of Berwick, married Julia Rut-
ter, and has two children living : Ella and Atta.
4. Daniel W., mentioned later. 5. Samuel, resid-
ing in Briar Creek, married Belinda Remalv. of
Salem township, and has seven children : Hiram
G., John, Clarence, David, Elizabeth, Sarah and
Rosa. 6. Taylor, deceased, resided in Berwick,
married Mattie Station, of Alilton, Pennsylvania,
and had three children : William, Elizabeth and



Nellie. 7. Eliza, deceased, married (first) John
Kelchner, (second) Rev. E. A. Sherretts, of Cen-
ter township. She left two daughters, Alice and
Clara Kelchner, who were of her first union.
Other children of Abram and Desire (Hetler)
Martz were : Mary, George, and Lydia, all de-
ceased. Samuel and Henry Hartz served through
the Civil war.

Daniel W. Martz, father cf Nathan W. Martz,
was born in Briar Creek, December 18, 1832, and
his entire life has been spent in his native town-
ship. He was reared upon a farm, but early in
life turned his attention to mechanical pursuits,
for which he had a natural inclination, and at
intervals has followed the trades of bricklayer,
stonemason, plasterer, blacksmith and wheel-
wright, and at one time he carried on a ma-
chine shop and sawmill. Although now in his
seventy-third year he possesses the strength and
agility of a much younger man, and is still en-
gaged in active business pursuits. In local po-
litical affairs he takes a lively interest, especially
in matters relative to public education, and for a
number of years served upon the school board.
He is prominently identified with Berwick Lodge
of Odd Fellows, having occupied all of its im-
portant chairs. He was formerly a deacon and
a member of the board of trustees of the Martz-
ville Lutheran Church. In 1857 he married Mary
Stout, born in Salem, Luzerne county, Decem-
ber 18, 1834. Her father died when she was
young and her mother married for her second
husband John Miller, of this state, who died in
Briar Creek, 1887, aged about seventy-eight
years. His wife lived to be seventy-six years
old. The children of Daniel W. and Mary
(Stout) Martz are: i. Abram, resides in Ber-
wick, married Sarah Mover, of Briar Creek, and
has had three children : Maggie, died aged
twenty: Silas and Mary. 2. Nathan W., of
whom later. 3. Desire, married Ira Hampton,
of Nescopeck, and resides on Market street, Ber-
wick, Pennsylvania ; have four children : Delia,
Daniel, Grace and Margaret. 4. Delia, married
Willard Wright, a farmer in Briar Creek, and
has four children : Taylor, Reagan and Edward
(twins), and Frank. 5. Taylor, a well known
bricklayer residing in Evansville ; married Eliza-
beth Deets, of Avondale, and has two children :
Willard and Mary. 6. Edward, married Bertha
Evans, of Berwick, and resides in Briar Creek.
7. Lvdia, died young. 8. William, died young,
g. Ada, died young. A quarter of a century
ago the Martz family were noted for their me-
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bers being skillful at one trade or another, and
the farmers within a circuit of t\vent}-five miles
were accustomed to congregate at their shops
in Briar Creek for the purpose of trading and
the transaction of other business affairs. Daniel
W. Martz, who has long been recognized as one
■of the best all-round mechanics in this section,
has not only followed various trades with marked
abilit_v, but is an inventor as well, having pat-
ented the first wheel-rake ever brought into use.
A majority of the descendants of William Martz
continue to reside in the immediate vicinity of the
latter's old homestead, and numerous are the
graves of the present generation's ancestors in
the Martzville churchyard.

Nathan \\'esley Alartz was born in Berwick,
Pennsylvania, July 30, i860. Like his ancestors,
lie was reared to farm life and educated in the
public schools. At the age of fourteen years he
went to work in a car manufactory in Berwick,
where he remained for a number of years, during
which time he served in various capacities and
became a clerk in the company's store. Subse-
cjuently for a period of three years he assisted
his father in bricklaying and other work, and in
1885 entered the employ of J. R. Lee & Company,
general merchants in Avondale, as a teamster.
Two years later he resumed bricklaying, which
he followed in various places, including Hazel-
ton. Powder Hole and Wilkes-Barre, but he
eventually returned to his former position with
the Lees in Avondale, where he has ever since
resided. When George F. Lee succeeded to the
business ( 1890) Air. ]\Iartz accepted the posi-
tion of manager, and four years later he ac-
quired an interest in the business. In addition
to carrying on an extensive general mercantile
business, the firm of George F. Lee & Company
is now operating the Chauncy colliery. From
1891 to June, 1905, Mr. Martz served as assist-
ant postmaster of the Chauncy postoffice, and at
the latter date (June, 1905) he was appointed
pastmaster by President Roosevelt. He is a
member of Warrior Lodge, No. 876, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows, of Nanticoke, Penn-
sylvania, and has held all of its principal offices.
Politically he is a Republican, as is his father,
and in his religious belief also follows in the foot-
steps of his ancestors.

Mr. Martz married, November 29, 1883, Ida
Bower, born in Center township, January 13.
1865, daughter of John and Eliza (Johnson)
Bower, who are the parents of twelve children,
namely : Elizabeth, Joseph, Ellen, Frank of
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania ; Harriet, Annie,



Boyd, Donnelly, Ida, Lilly, Pleasy and another
son who died in infancy. The children of ]Mr.
and Mrs. Nathan ^^^ Martz are : Frank, born
Mav II, 1885: and Lucretia, born October 14,
1893.

\MLLIAM WALLACE ENGLE, deceased,
member of a highly respected family of Hazleton,
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, was born at Sei-
bertsville, in that county, 1846. He was the son
of William and Mary (Davis) Engle.

His early days were spent upon the farm of
his father, in his native town, but upon the death
of the latter a guardian, Mr. Straw, was ap-
pointed, who sent young William to New Colum-
bus, where he was educated. At the age of
twenty-one years he obtained employment with
a I\Ir. ]Moore, in the dry goods business, in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He remained here
for a long time as clerk, gradually advancing, and
finally assuming entire charge of the business.
Later he removed to Hazleton, where he en-
tered into a business association with John Bond
in the retail boot and shoe trade at the corner
of Broad and Wyoming streets, and continued
this until the time of his death. In 1863 Mr.
Engle enlisted in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the
volunteer militia for a nine months' term of serv-
ice, and both he and his brother Stephen D. were
ordered to Gettysburg. They reached Chambers-
burg after the battle, and both contracted typhoid
fever. After the time of service had expired the
militia was disbanded, and he and his brother re-
turned to their homes. Mr. Engle affiliated with
the Republican party, and was a regular attend-
ant at the Presbyterian Church. He was pos-
sessed of excellent business qualities, and his
courteous demeanor and unvaried kindliness of
manner gained for him a host of friends in busi-
ness as well as private life. His death, which
occurred lune 21, 1878, was deeplv regretted
by all.

He married, October 14, 1873, Emma Jane
Clark, born March 11, 1855, daughter of David
and Catharine (Beck) Clark. (See Beck and
Wilde families). Mr. and Mrs. \Mlliam Wallace
Engle had children : Florence, born December 2,
1874, died '1877; Guv David, born November 4,
1876.

GEORGE W. ENGLE, a well known flour,
feed and grain merchant of Hazleton, is a grand-
son of William Engle and son of John Engle.
who began early in life to follow the occupation
of a farmer. At a later date he started a saw-



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mill, which he continued to operate as well as
superintend his farm all his life. He lived at
Seibertsville, and in 1848 married Rosilla Fritz,
daughter of Ezekiel Fritz, of Springville, Sus-
c^uehanna county, Pennsylvania. John Engle and
his wife had four children : George W., of whom
later ; Albert, married Martha Schreck, has three
children and resides in Buffalo; Clara, married
Josiah Schreck, has two children : John and
George ; Emma, married a Mr. Bean, resides in
Marysville, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and
has several children.

George W. Engle, son of John and Rosilla
(Fritz) Engle, was born in Seibertsville, Penn-
sylvania, June I, 1850. He was educated in the
common schools of Seibertsville and Bethlehem,
Tuscarora Academy, Juniata county. Blooms-
burg State Normal, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania,
and finished the course in science before he had
reached his twenty-first year. His first actual
work was that of surveying in Seibertsville, an
occupation which he followed for two years. For
three years he had charge of the work of the
Fred Beers Company, mapping and making sur-
veys for them, and then made surveys and ex-
aminations for the National Diagram Bureau of
New York over seventeen different ^tates and
the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada,
for more than two years. In 1877 he went into
the flour, feed and grain business for himself
in Hazleton, under his own name, and has con-
tinued the business since that time. Politically
Mr. Engle is an Independent. He is a member
of the Royal Arcanum of Hazleton. He and all
his family are Presbyterians.

Mr. Engle married, April, 1877, Caroline E.
Rhoads, of Harvey's Lake, daughter of James
and Caroline (Drumheller) Rhoads. Mrs. Engle
is one of ten children, among whom were : Frank,
Aaron, Eugene, William, James, Hiram, George,
Amy, Caroline. Mr. and Mrs. Engle have had
four children : Edna, Jessie, deceased, buried in
Vine Street cemetery, Hazleton ; George Stuart,
and James Rhoads.

CFIRISTIAN FREDERICK WETTERAU.
The ancestors of Christian Frederick Wetterau,
of Hazleton, were Huguenots, and his great-
grandfather, in conseciuence of religious persecu-
tion, left France and sought refuge near Cassel,
Germany, afterward venturing to go as far as
Richelsdorf, where he was overseer of a large
estate.

Conrad Wetterau, son of this exile ancestor,
was born at Richelsdorf, and succeeded his father



as overseer of the estate mentioned above. He-
afterward bought a large farm at Blankenbach,
which was the birthplace of his three children :
Johannes, mentioned hereafter ; Anna Martha,
and Dorothea. He himself died and was buried
at Blankenbach.

Johannes Wetterau, son of Conrad Wetterau,.
was educated in the public schools and worked
on the farm. In 1809 he entered the German
army, serving until 1812, when he returned to
the farm and there passed the remainder of his.
life. His wife Dorothea was one of the three
children of Christian Frederick Hussbach, of
Unhausen, Hesse Cassel, the others being Fred-
erick and Eva Dorothea. Mrs. Hussbach, the
mother of these children, died about 1825, and
the father survived until 1840. Both are buried
in Unhausen. Mr. and Mrs. Wetterau had chil-
dren : Conrad, deceased ; Eva Dorothea, de-
ceased ; Frederick, died at Hazleton ; Anna Eliza-
beth, deceased ; John, deceased ; Dorothea Eliza-
beth, deceased ; Johann Christian, deceased ; and
Christian Frederick, mentioned hereafter. The
death of Mr. Wetterau occurred about 1853 on
the farm, and his widow expired there also a
few years later. Both are interred at Blanken-
bach.

Christian Frederick Wetterau, son of Jo-
hannes and Dorothea (Hussbach) Wetterau, was
born August 4, 1828, in Hesse Cassel, received
his education in the public schools, and until his
twentieth year worked on the farm. At the time
of the revolution in Germany he was among the
number who refused to enter the army. In April,
1848, he came to the United States and settled
in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where for seven years
he worked as a miner. For five years thereafter
he was employed as a driver by A. Pardee &
Company, after which he engaged for the same
length of time in the general teaming business.
Returning to the service of A. Pardee & Com-
pany, he held for twelve years the position of
outside foreman at Cranberry breakers and Ha-
zleton mines, then had charge for eight years of
the work of excavation, but having the misfor-
tune to break a leg was forced to retire. For
two years he was street commissioner. He was
a member for twenty years of the Uhlan Haru-
,gari. He and all his sons are steadfast Repub-
licans. He is a member of the German Reformed
Church of Hazleton, in which he has served for
a number of years as elder and trustee.

Mr. Wetterau married, October 18, 1848, at
Seibertsville, Luzerne county, Anna Margaret
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children were: I. Louisa Catharine, born De-
cember 4, 1849, married Charles Mans, of Hazle-
ton, and has five children : Anna Margaret,
Henrv, George, Louisa and Augusta. 2. Cath-
arine, born February 17, 1852, died January 17,
1857, and is buried in Vine Street cemetery. 3.
INIaria Elise, born June 20, 1854, married Henry
]\Ie\-er, of Akron, Ohio, and had nine children :
Louisa, Frederick, Augusta, Charles, William,
John, Caroline, George, and an infant son. Mrs.
Meyer died September 20, 1892. 4. George
William, born December 29, 1856, died Novem-
ber 15, 1882, and is buried in Vine Street cem-
etery. 5. Elizabeth, resides in Hazleton. 6.
Frederick Christian, born May 28, 1863, died
March 13, 1864. 7. Anna Margaret, resides in
Hazleton. 8. John Frederick Christian, born
October 19, 1869, married Catharine, daughter
of Charles Altmiller, of Hazleton, and has one
son, Paul Christian, born August 10, 1903.

HON. TH0:NL\S H. dale, numbered
among the most prominent men of large affairs,
who during a long and busy career contributed in
a large degree to the advancement of the indus-
trial and financial interests of the Wyoming val-
ley, and has occupied various important official
positions, is a native of Pennsylvania, descended
from an English family whose members were
early identified with the upbuilding of the com-
monwealth.

The founder of the Dale family in Pennsyl-
vania was his grandfather, David Dale, who
came from Yorkshire, England, about 1816, and
settled upon a farm in Covington township,
where he was a farmer and hotel keeper. He
became the owner of a large tract of land which
was originally known as the Drinker settlement,
but which was afterwards named Dalesville in
his honor. He was one of the most prominent
citizens, and was active in religious affairs, and
the largest contributor to the building of the
church, in which he was a trustee. He married
a JNIiss Tanfield, before coming to America, and
their children were : John, married Eleanor
Gates, and they lived in Springbrook township ;
David, married Sarah Fish; William, mentioned
hereinafter ; Elizabeth, married IMichael AIc-
Wade, and they lived in Covington township ;
James ; ]\Iark, married { first ) Louvenia Trible,
and (second) Mary A. Bennett. He resided in
Covington township. Frank, married Maria
Webster, and lived in Illinois ; Mary, married
Arthur Hodgson and lived in Covington town-
ship.



William Dale, third son of David Dale, was
born in Yorkshire, England, and was nine years
old when his parents brought him to the United
States. He was reared upon the paternal farm,
a portion of which he subsequently inherited. He
was primarily instrumental in the establishment
of a postoffice at Daleville, and he was the first
postmaster and served in that capacitv for sev-
eral years. He was a general merchant, and
was also engaged in the lumber and sawmill busi-
ness. He occupied nearly all the local offices,
serving with credit to himself and usefulness to
the community. He was an original Republican,
and voted for John C. Fremont, the first presi-
dential candidate of his party. His wife was
Susan Hodgson, born in London, England,
daughter of Matthew Hodgson, who came from
England about the same time as did David Dale,
and engaged in farming. The children of Will-
iam and Susan (Hodgson) Dale were: Matthew
H., who died from injuries received in a railroad
accident, and sketch of whom appears elsewhere ;
David M., who performed splendid soldierly
service during the Civil war in the Sixty-first
regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving for
four years and participating in forty-three bat-
tles ; Mary E., married Rev. Recce Hanks, D.
D., a Methodist clergyman, residing in Dale-
ville ; Eliza, unmarried ; Thomas H., mentioned
hereinafter ; Alice L., wife of JMuron Kasson,
who served as prothonotary of Lackawanna
county and alderman of the city of Scranton ;
Frank, a brick and tile mauufacturer at Des
Moines, Iowa : he married Anna Haven, and
their children are Bessie and Haven. Eleanor
E., married Rufus R. Hovvland, professor of
mathematics in Wyoming Seminary for fifteen
years ; they have a daughter, Susan, attending
Wellesley College. Everett E., a tile and brick
manufacturer at Des Moines, Iowa : he married
Elizabeth , no children.

Matthew Hodgson, maternal grandfather of
Thomas H. Dale, was father of the following,
children : Allen, married Harriet Rush and re-
sided in Covington township ; Thomas, married
a Philadelphia woman ; Arthur, married Mary
Dale, and lived in Covington : Henry, who never
married ; Richard, married Harriet Taylor and
lived in Covington ; Matthew, married Harriet
Kipp, of Covington township ; Susan, mother of
Thomas H. Dale ; Elizabeth, married Silas Hol-
gate and lived in Covington.

Thomas H. Dale, fifth child and third son
of William and Susan ( Hodgson ) Dale, was
born in Daleville, June 11, 1846. He began his



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education in the common schools. In 1863, at
the age of seventeen, he was pursuing a course
in Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie,
New York, and left that school to respond to
Governor Curtin's call for emergencv men to
repel the invading army of General Lee, and en-
listed in an independent company at Harrisburg,
in which he performed the full duty of a soldier
for a period of three months. He entered upon
his business career as clerk in a country store,
devoting his leisure hours to study. On attain-
ing his majority his father offered to establish
him in business, but, realizing the advantage of
a more complete education, he preferred to take
the proffered capital for the payment of his tui-
tion at Wyoming Seminary. His means were
soon exhausted, and he found it necessarv to
either seek employment or forfeit his education.
He decided to continue the latter, although it
involved considerable hardships and much self-
denial. He succeeded in obtaining a situation
as teacher in a country school, and was thus
enabled to complete his seminary course to grad-
uation. His persistence in this laudable effort
was warmly approved by his friends, who pre-
dicted for him a brilliant career. He left school
broken in finance and was not yet out of debt
when he was married, but he has often referred
to that event of his life as the most satisfac-
tory of all. In 1869 he engaged in the whole-
sale produce business with his brother, Matthew
H. Dale, under the firm name of Dale & Com-
pany. They opened a store on Franklin avenue,
and were among the first wholesale merchants
in the city. This association was maintained un-
til 1892, when Thomas H. Dale retired from the
firm. In 1886 he entered into partnership with
Reese G. Brooks in the organization of the Green-
wood Coal Company, and afterwards in the
Langcliffe Coal Company and the Laflin Coal
Company, all of which interests he sold in 1901
to the Hudson Coal Company, now the Delaware
and Hudson Coal Company. For fourteen years,
while under the control of Messrs. Brooks and
Dale, these gentlemen never had a single differ-
ence with their employees, numbering nearly
fifteen hundred. Mr. Dale's tact and fair deal-
ing kept him on constant good terms with his
little army of workers — a remarkable record
when considered in connection with the many
disturbances which marked the conduct of the
coal industry in the vicinity.

Mr. Dale's activities also extended into vari-
ous other fields wherein his efforts were highly
conducive to the industrial and financial interests



of the Wyoming \"alley. He was primarily in-
strumental in the organization of the board of
trade of Scranton, of which he was president for
several years, and in that position displayed a
highly commendable degree of public spirit and,
business sagacity, as was evidenced by the va-
rious manufacturing establishments which were
built up in Scranton and vicinity. He was equally
interested in educational affairs, and performed



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