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excellent service as a trustee of Wyoming Sem-
inary, and as trustee and chairman of the finance
committee of the Albright Public Library. In
all these and other relations he tlisplayed the best
characteristics of the enterprising and public-
spirited citizen.

Mr. Dale's introduction to official life dates
from 1882, when he was elected prothonotary.
His conduct of that office was so exceptional that
three years later he was re-elected by a largely
increased plurality, and in 1888 he was elected
by a plurality of twelve hundred. His third term
of service expired in January, 1892, when he de-
clined a renomination. A Republican in politics,
he has long exerted a potent influence in the
councils of his party, serving for many years on
the county central committee and as secretary,
treasurer and chairman of that body. He was.
also long connected with the city committee. In
1904 he was nominated for congress, and, not-
withstanding his party was normally in the mi-
nority, he was elected by a decisive plurality. He-
brings to the duties of his high office the best
possible qualifications — business abilities of a
liigh order and a lofty conception of public ne-
nessities and official responsibilities. Personally
Mr. Dale is held in high regard for his excellent
traits of character as a citizen and neighbor, rec-
ognized as one who is ever ready to take what-
ever part is possible in the interests of the com-
munity. In religion he is a Methodist. From
1871 until 1895 he held membership in the Simp-
son ]\Iethodist Episcopal Church, in which he
was president of the board of trustees during
the greater part of the time, and superintendent
of the Sunday school for eleven years. He is
now identified with the Elm Park Church. In
1892 he was one of the lay delegates represent-
ing the Wyoming conference in the general con-
ference at Omaha.

At San Francisco, California, August 20,
1870, Mr. Dale married ?\lartha Grace Rounds,
and of this union were born three children : Ruth
E., Louisa F., wife of Robert E. Landon, a son-
of Rev. George Landon, ex-senator and distin-
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nia. Mr. Landon is a member of the firm of
Brooks & Landon, lumber merchants, and of the
firm of R. G. Landon & Company, wholesale
cigar dealers at Scranton. where he resides. Mr.
and Mrs. Landon are the parents of three chil-
dren, Grace, Ruth and DeWitt. Everett Thomas,
who is attending school.

Mrs. Thomas H. Dale is a member of the
Rounds family, descended from John Rounds,
of Swansea, ilassachusetts. It is a tradition that
the family sprang from a young man who es-
caped from the Swansea massacre of 1675 and
made his way to an island in a rowboat. John
Rounds died in Swansea, October 7, 1716. His
descendants spread into Rhode Island, Vermont,
New York and the west. Of his children George
Bertram Rounds (great-grandfather of Mrs.
Dale) was born December 22, 1741, at Rehoboth,
Massachusetts, and lived later at Scituate, Rhode
Island. He was ensign and lieutenant in the
"Scituate Hunters," a company of Rhode Island
troops in the Revolutionary war, and bore three
commissions from the governor. He removed
to Richfield, New York, where he died October
I, 1833, at which time it is said he had two hun-
dred and thirty-six descendants. He married
Alice Wilkinson, and of their children Alfred
(grandfather of Mrs. Dale) was born May 25,
1786, married Martha Lynde, and they had four
children — Alanson, Nelson, Alanson and Hen-
rietta. The second of the children. Nelson, was
born in Litchfield, New York, ]\Iay 4, 1807. He
was professor of languages at Cazenovia Sem-
inary, New York, and later principal of Beth-
any Seminary. He subsequently became a min-
ister of Oneida conference ( Alethodist Episco-
pal), in which he was presiding elder for eight
years. He was for four years editor of the
Northern Christian Advocate. He was president
of Willamette Cniversity, at Salem, Oregon,
and superintendent of schools in Washington
Territory. He received the degree of Doctor of
Divinity. He died January 6, 1874, at \\'ildwood,
Washington Territory, in the sixty-si.xth year of
his age. By his marriage with Mary Comfort,
March 28, 1835, he became the father of thir-
teen children, of whom the seventh was Mrs..
Thomas H. Dale.

F. LEE HOLLISTER. one of the leading
dentists of Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania, was born
August i6. 1846, in what is now Forest Lake
township, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania.
He is a son of Frederick P. and Alice B. (Young)
Hollister. and grandson of Cuza and Susan ( Rob-



inson) Hollister, both natives of Connecticut,
of Puritan stock, Cuza being of English descent
and Susan of Scotch descent. They were pio-
neers of Delaware county. New York, settling in
Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, in 1836,
where they both died, aged ninety-six years.

Frederick P. Hollister, son of Cuza and Susan
(Robinson) Hollister, was born January 21,
1820, in Delaware county. New York, and en-
gaged in teaching, farming, tanning and later in
mercantile pursuits. He served one term as
sheriff of Susquehanna county, was a resident of
^lyersdale, Somerset coimty, Pennsylvania, and
died August 6, 1902. He married, September 30,
1844, Alice B. Young, daughter of George and
Mary (Bard) Young, of. Susquehanna county,
formerly of Connecticut. Four sons were born
of tliis union : F. Lee, mentioned hereinafter ;
Chester Wright, deceased, aged fourteen years ;
George Young, residing in Dubois, Pennsylvania ;
and William Starr, resides in Montgomery, Ala-
bama, president of Pine Plume Lumber Com-
pany.

F. Lee Hollister, eldest son of Frederick P.
and Alice (Young) Hollister, was reared in his
native county, and received his education in the
Montrose Academy and United School at Hamil-
ton, New York. In young manhood he assisted
his father in the management of the tannery and
store at Forest Lake, and in 1877 entered into
the study of dentistry at the Pennsylvania Col-
lege of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. He grad-
uated with the degree of D. D. S. in 1879, and
immediately engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession at Tunkhannock, remaining there a year
and a half. He then located at Towanda. where
he was engaged for five years. In 1886 he re-
moved to Wilkes-Barre, where he has achieved
the most gratifying success in his chosen pro-
fession. Politically Dr. Hollister is a sound Re-
publican. He is a member of the Susquehanna
District Dental Association and of the Pennsyl-
vania State Dental Society.

Dr. Hollister married, September 10, 1869,
Lillie Baker, born February 9, 1847, daughter of
Hon. Isaac P. and Anese (Handrick) Baker, of
Susquehanna county. Two children were born
to them : Lizzie, now Mrs. Harradon S. Smith,
see sketch elsewhere in this work, and Fred P.
Hollister.

ERNEST F^ERR LITTLE, of Wilkes-Barre,
a representative member of the Wyoming county
bar, born at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. July
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for manv years a prominent resident of Littleton,
now Sea View, Massachusetts. In the town of
Plymouth, in 1630, he was united in marriage to
Ann Warren, daughter of Richard Warren, a
Mayflower pilgrim, son of Christopher Warren,
son of William Warren, son of Christopher War-
ren, son of John Warren, son of John Warren,
son of William Warren, son of Sir Lawrence
Warren, son of John Warren, son of Sir Law-
rence Warren, son of Sir John Warren, son of
Sir Edward Warren, son of Sir Edward Warren,
son of John Warren, son of Sir John Warren,
son of William de Warren, son of Reginald de
Warren, son of William de Warren, son of Will-
iam de Warren, son of William de Warren, the
first Earl of Warren and Surrey ; and of Gunden,
■daughter of William, King of England, surnamed
the Conqueror. This William de Warren was
son of William de Warren, Earl of Warren in
Normandy.

Ephraim Little, son of Thomas and Ann
(Warren) Little, born 1650, married Mar}
Sturdevant. Their son, David Little, born 1681,
was a lawyer by profession. He married, De-
cember 2, 1703, Elizabeth Southwart, the great-
granddaughter of John and Priscilla (Mullins)
Alden. Their son, Ephraim Little, born 1707,
•died 1787. He graduated at Harvard College in
1728. and served as a minister of the gospel at
Colchester, Connecticut, fifty-five years. Their
son, Captain Ephraim Little, born 1746, married
Ann Wright Bulkley. Their son, George Little,
married Mary Esterbrook. Their son, Robert
Little, a lawyer by profession, married Harriet
Averv, 1844. Their son, William Ernest Little,
was born at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, June 13,
1846. He was educated in the public schools of
his native town, studied law with his father, Hon.
Robert A. Little, was admitted to the Wyoming
bar, April, 1866, and is now a member of the Lu-
zerne county bar. He married, December 29,
1869, Sallie Rease Kerr, born at Stroudsburg,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor
( Stroud) Kerr, the latter named having been a
daughter of John and Elizabeth (DuPui) Stroud,
and a granddaughter of Jacob Strovid, a colonel in
the Revolutionary war and the founder of
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Three children were
born to Mr. and Mrs. Little: Harriet R., wife of
Dr. F. Judson Bardwell, of Tunkhannock :
Eleanor J., a lawyer, practicing her profession at
Tunkhannock ; and Ernest Kerr Little.

Ernest Kerr Little pursued his studies in the
public and high schools of Tunkhannock, gradu-
ating from the latter institution June 6, 1894. He



studied law under the supervision of his father,
William E. Little, at Tunkhannock, and after
passing a successful competitive examination was
admitted to the Wyoming county bar, January
21, 1897, and to the Luzerne county bar, June 26,
1897. He established an office at No. 27 South
Franklin street, Wilkes-Barre, where he is now
practicing his profession. He is a member of the
First Presbyterian Church at Tunkhannock. His
political affiliations are with the Democratic party.
He is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Law and
Library Association, Westmoreland Club, Wyo-
ming Valley Encampment, No. 25, Lidependent
Order of Odd Fellows, and also Wyoming Lodge
No. 39, of the same order.

RICHARD SAWYER BRENTON, D. D. S.
of Pittston, Pennsylvania, whose professional
ability, popularity and personal characteristics
have won for him a high position in the profession
which he has chosen for his lifework, was born at
Pittston, Pennsylvania, November 10, 1878, a son
of William C. and Catherine (Sawyer) Brenton.

In 1894, after completing his preliminary
studies in the public schools of Pittston, he entered
Wyoming Seminary, and in 1897 became a stu-
dent at the University of Pennsylvania. The fol-
lowing year he enlisted as a private in a company
of Pennsylvania volunteers, for the Spanish-
American war, and later was promoted to the
rank of corporal. He served at Chickamauga,
Georgia, and at Camp Hastings, Lexington, Ken-
tucky, discharging his duties with credit and dis-
tinction. He was mustered out of the United
States service November 29, 1899. He immedi-
ately resumed his studies at the University of
Pennsylvania, from which institution he was
graduated in the class of 1902 with the degree of
Doctor of Dental Surgery. He located in Scran-
ton and has since been accorded a more exten-
sive practice than usually falls to the lot of young
dentists, and he has the promise of a flattering
future. He attends the Methodist Episcopal
Church, is a member of Valley Lodge, No. 499,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Pittston, and is a
staunch advocate of Republican principles.

EDWARD HENRY CHASE, of Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, a man of absolute integrity
and quick and unerring judgment, traces his an-
cestry to Aquila Chase, a native of Cornwall, Eng-
land, from whence in 1640 he migrated to Amer-
ica, and six years later settled in Newbury, Mass-
achusetts, on a grant of a four-acre house lot
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services as a mariner to tlie colony. At his death,
in 1670, he was survived by eleven children, and
their descendants now reside in the various states
of the L'nion. Edward H. Chase was born in
Haverhill, Essex county, Alassachusetts, Eebru-
arv 28, 1835, a son of Samuel Chase, a native of
Hampstead, New Hampshire, and grandson of
Benjamin Chase, a native of Xewbury, Mass-
achusetts, who served during the Revolutionary
war as a musician.

The educational advantages enjoyed by Ed-
ward H. Chase were obtained at Union College,
Schenectady, New York, from which institution
he was graduated in 1855. The following year
he was engaged as teacher in the Aurora Acad-
emy, now Wells College, at Aurora, New York.
He then removed to Pennsylvania, and desiring
to become a member of the legal profession ac-
cordingly entered the law office of Hon. Edmund
L. Dana, and January 4, 1859, was admitted to
practice in the courts of that state. He at once
entered upon practice and has since devoted his
time and attention to a general law business. He
is an able advocate, makes a close study of each
case on which he is retained as counsel, and there-
fore as a result of his preparation his arguments
are logical and convincing and win for him a large
■degree of success, both financial and otherwise.
In April, 1865, Mr. Chase was appointed postmas-
ter of Wilkes-Barre, but in July, 1866, was re-
moved from office by President Johnson. During
the years 1868-69-70 he served as clerk and attor-
ney for the borough of Wilkes-Barre, and also
served in a similar capacity for three more years,
1871-72-73, after the borough had become a city.
In October of the latter named year he was ap-
pointed United States collector of internal revenue
for the district embracing the counties of Brad-
ford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne,
Montour, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Sullivan,
Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. Mr. Chase
is a staunch advocate of the principles of Repub-
licanism, and since 1862 has been a member of the
Republican state or county committee. He is a
director of the Wilkes-Barre Citv Hospital and
\\'ilkes-Barre Academy, and for a number of
years was trustee of the First Presbyterian Church
of Wilkes-Barre.

Prior to the Civil war Mr. Chase was a mem-
ber of the Wyoming Light Dragoons, and April
18, 1861, when the country was in need of the
services of her sons, he left for the seat of war
with his company. Eour days later thev were
nrganized as Company E, Eighth Regiment,
-Pennsvlvania \'olunteers, were enrolled for three



months, and Mr. Chase was appointed to act as
clerk to the colonel. On June 19, 1861, Mr.
Chase and Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Bowman
were taken prisoners at Falling Waters, on the
Potomac river, were removed to Winchester, and
from thence to Richmond, remaining in the latter
city for two weeks. They were then taken to
Raleigh and Salisbury, North Carolina, and Mr.
Chase was finally surrendered without exchange
on May 22, 1862. Mr. Chase is regarded as one
of the representative citizens of the community,
and is prominent in professional, political and so-
cial circles.

Mr. Chase married, June 18, 1863, Elizabeth
Taylor, daughter of the late Hon. Edmund Tay-
lor, who was born in Allyngford, County of Here-
fordshire, England, was for many years a resi-
dent of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and served
as treasurer of Luzerne county, and associate
judge of the courts. Eour children, two sons and
two daughters, were the issue of this union.

DR. MERTON ELWOOD MARVIN, of
Luzerne, is a liberal descendant of Uriah Marvin,
who was one of three brothers who emigrated to
this country from Ireland prior to the revolution-
ary war, settling in the state of Connecticut. Sub-
sequently Uriah :\Iarvin removed to the Wyoming
Valley, Pennsylvania, and was there during, and
took part in, the miassacre : he also took a con-
spicuous part in the struggle between Great Brit-
ain and the Colonies. Two years after the Wyo-
ming massacre, while still a member of the army
of the United States, he died of smallpox. His
family consisted of two sons.

Zerah Marvin, son of Uriah Alarvin, was born
in Plymouth, April 11, 1775. Shortly after at-
taining his majority he removed from the Wyo-
ming V^alley, whither his parents moved to during
his childhood, to Union township and there pur-
chased two hundred acres of land, which he tilled
to some purpose. He held the first postoffice in
Union township, then called Union. He was a
man of deep piety, a practical philanthropist, a
preacher of righteousness in the Baptist Church,
and his heart and hand was ever read\ to help
those in distress. He married Rhoda Williams,
who bore him eight children, six of whom grew to
maturity. He died September 28, 1857, aged
eighty-two years, having survived his wife but a
few months, her death occurring March 11,

1857.

John ^larvin, son of Zerah and Rhoda (W ul-
iams) Marvin, was born in Union township, April
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homestead, and was exceedingly prosperous in all
his undertakings. He was a man of education
far in advance of his day and position, and was
appointed to fill several township offices. He mar-
ried Eliza Monroe, who was born in Huntington
township, July 28, 1813, and their family con-
sisted of nine children, seven of whom attained
years of maturity. He died March 4, 1859, and
his wife, December 27, 1841.

Alanson M. Marvin, son of John and Eliza
(Monroe) Marvin, was born in Union township,
December i, 1841. He was reared and educated
there, and his active business career has been con-
fined to agricultural pursuits. He was practical
and progressive in his methods, conducting his
operations on seventy-five acres of valuable and
fertile land. He held various township offices and
was faithful in the discharge of the duties con-
nected therewith. During the Civil war he enlisted
as a private in Company E, Two Hundred and
Third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantrv, in 1864,
and served until the close of hostilities, when he
received an honorable discharge. He married,
April 24, 1867, Sophia Santee, daughter of John
and Rebecca Santee, who was born in Cfnion
township, November 30, 1841, and five children
were born to. them.

Merton E. Marvin, son of Alanson M. and
Sophia (Santee) Marvin, was born in Muhlen-
burgh, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, August 21,
1872. He attended the public schools at Pleasant
Hill, Huntington, and Mills Academy, and in the
fall of 1893 entered Jefferson Medical College,
from which he was graduated May 15, 1896. He
served one year as resident physician of St.
Mary's Hospital, at Philadelphia, and in Novem-
ber, 1897, came to Luzerne gnd has since built up
an extensive and lucrative practice. His office is
located at No. 19 Main street. He keeps well in-
formed along the lines of his profession by mem-
bership in the Luzerne County Medical Society,
Pennsylvania State Medical Society, and the
American Medical Association. He is also a mem-
ber of the Order o.f Free and Accepted Masons,
Kingston, and the chapter, temple and shrine at
Wilkes-Barre. He atotends the Presbvterian
Church, and his political allegiance is given to the
Republican party.

THE KITTLE FAMILY, of Wyoming Val-
ley, in Pennsylvania, as well as others of that sur-
name in various parts of the country, are de-
scended from Amos Kittle, who was born some-
where in Rhode Island, January- 30, 1768, died
May 22, 1835 ; married Thankful Short, born



February 7, 1767, died October 10, 1849. From
Amos and Thankful the line of descent is easily
traced through each succeeding generation, but of
the family history earlier than the time of Amos
Kittle little is known. The Kittle ancestor, how-
ever, was unquestionably of English birth and
parentage, but neither record nor tradition furn-
ishes any account of his name, the date of his im-
migration, or his place of settlement, hence this
narrative must begin with Amos Kittle, of Rhode
Island, who married Thankful Short. Thev had
children: Ephraim R., Jeremiah, Bowen, Isaiah,
Polly (Mary), and Susan.

Ephraim R. Kittle, the eldest son, was born in
Greenwich, Rhode Island, October 18, 1776, and
it is fair to assume that the earlier generations of
the family lived in that part of the colony and sub-
sequent state. At the age of seven years he was
sent to Norwich, Connecticut, to work and to at-
tend school, and remained there some years. When
nearly fifteen vears old he came to the Wyoming-
Valley and found work on a farm in Wilkes-
Barre township, helping to harvest a crop of hay;
which grew on land where his residence now
stands. In the year 1815 he married Abigail Y.
Fletcher, of Norwich, Connecticut, a descendant
of General Fletcher, by whom he had nine chil-
dren : Stephen Y., Amos, Sarah, Hiram, Henry,
Priscilla, Celia, William, and Lewis. In 1830 he
came to Wilkes-Barre, where he worked at his
trade (cooperin,g) and part time farming. In
183 1 he went to Lehman township and purchased
land, whereon he erected a log house, and this lo-
cality is now known as Lake Silkworth. Dur-
ing the winter of 1831-32 he attended school in
an old building called the "academy," which stood
on the public square. Subsequently he purchased
land in Ross township, Luzerne county, where he
resided until his death, which occurred in 1876.

Stephen Y. Kittle, boy and man, has known
Wilkes-Barre full three-quarters of a century, and
throughout all that long period he has been a
part of its life and history. In 1832 he con-
structed the patterns for the first steam engine
built in the Wyoming Valley. Richard S. Jones,
at that time apprenticed as tinsmith, made the
castings and put the parts of the engine together.
Mr. Kittle became a member of Lodge No. 61.
June 16, 1858, and was for several years a mem-
ber of the old Wilkes-l'arrc borough council. Of
the persons living in Wilkes-Barre at the time of
his settlement there in 1830 only five are there
now, and of the old business structures then
standing only five remain.

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A. Snell, daughter of John Snell and wife Cath-
erine Surre, and they had fifteen children: ]\Iary
E.. born November 29, 1839: Maria E.,born Feb-
ruary 15, 1841, wife of Francis Behee ; Sarah L.,
born Tiilv 25, 1842 : Jonathan S., born October 18,
1843; Emily H.. born July 13, 1845. became the
wife of John B. Withers ; they had one child, Ed-
gar B. Withers, who at his mother's death was
adopted by his paternal grandparents and took
the name of Kittle ; Ephraim H., born May 25,
1847, married Harriet E. Hoover; George I.,
born January 31, 1849: Ellen J., born January i,
1851, wife of B. Frank Bennett; AHce S., born
July 20, 1852; Julia R., born October 26, 1853;
John R., born January 20, 1855 ; Rose E., born
June 26, 1856: Sussn A., born April 26, 1858;
Stephen F., born March 3, 1861 : Clara D., born
November 15, 1862, married Charles W. Wein-
meyer, and at her death left two children. Ed-
gar B. Kittle, aforementioned as the adopted son
of his grandparents, Stephen Y. and Sophia A.
(Snell) Kittle, was educated in the Wilkes-Barre
public schools, and his present occupation is that
of mill manager and operator. He married Cora
E. Rozelle, daughter of George and Elizabeth
(Harlos) Rozelle, of Mt. Zion, Pennsylvania.
Their children are ; Marv E., Edgar S., and Alma
G. Kittle.

THOMAS WILBUR KYTE, who enjoys
the distinction of being the oldest merchant (in
point of service) in the town of West Pittston,
was born in Franklin township, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, February 7, 1849, a son of Halsey
De Witte and Hannah Stoddard (De Witte)
Kyte.

Halsey De Witte Kyte (father) was a son
of Thomas Kyte, whose family consisted of sev-
en children, all now deceased. Halsey De Witte
Kyte was born in Deckerton, Sussex county. New
Jersey, where he was reared, educated and later
gave his attention to agricultural pursuits. Sub-
sequently he migrated to Luzerne county, Penn-
sylvania, locating in Exeter township, from
whence he moved to Franklin township, where
he farmed for a number of years, and then took
up his residence in Pittston, where his death oc-
curred at the age of fifty-six years. Hannah
Stoddard (De Witte) Kyte was born in Deck-
erton. Sussex county, New Jersey, daughter of
Eli and Prudence (Stoddard) De Witte, who



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