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a polished orator, one of the best after-dinner
speakers of the time, and is frequently called upon
to respond to many toasts at social gatherings. He
always upholds the city in which he was born and
has always resided, and no one has done more to
promote its welfare than has Daniel L. Hart.
As Mr. Hart is still a young man, and has been
steadily climbing higher since his first appearance
before the public, we may undoubtedly expect
still greater things from him in the future than he
has given us in the past. On February 20, 1906,
he was elected city treasurer of the city of Wilkes-
Barre.

WILLIAM JESSE WILDE. Among the
well-known business and railroad men of Hazle-
ton, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, may be men-
tioned the name of William Jesse Wilde, who is
considered a valuable and public-spirited citizen
of that town.

William Jesse Wilde, son of Joseph and Eliza-
beth (Beck) Wilde, (See sketch of Beck and
Wilde families) was born at Cresona, Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania, December 24. 1847. The
first year of his life was passed in his native town,
and his parents then removed to Newcastle, in



the same county and resided there for nine years.
The family then removed to Broad Mountain,
Pennsylvania, where they remained for five years,
and then came to Hazleton. William Jesse re-
ceived his earliest education in the public schools
of Newcastle, and later attended those at Broad
Mountain. .\t this time he commenced to assist
his father by driving a team, hauling timber, etc.
At the age of eighteen years he entered the em-
ploy of A. Pardee & Company, of Hazleton, to
learn the trade of machinist. He served an ap-
prenticeship of three years with them, under the
tutelage of Air. David Clark, master mechanic,
and continued in their employ for six months
after the term of his apprenticeship had expired.
He then went to Chicago, obtaining a position
with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Rail-
road as machinist ; here he remained one }ear,
and then returned to Hazleton for about nine
service of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company,
working for them in Hazleton for about nine
months, and then going for them to Delano, Penn-
sylvania, where he remained for eight years.
During the last two years of this period he served
as foreman. He again returned to Hazleton and
obtained employment in the shops of that com-
pany, remaining there for one year. He then
went on the road for them as fireman, a position
he held creditably for two years. He was pro-
moted to the position of engineer on passenger
trains running on various divisions, and retained
that position until 1895, when he returned to
Hazleton and established himself in the coal and
ice business. In this he is engaged up to the
present time ( 1906 ) . He is a member of the
Presbyterian Church, as is also his wife. His
political affiliations are Republican, and he was a
member of the council in 1902-3. He has been
a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive En-
gineers for about four years, and of the Royal
Arcanum about twenty years.

He married Sabilla Tinney, daughter of
Henry and Katherine ( Charles ) Tinnay, of Co-
nyngham. Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, where
they are old residents. j\Ir. and Mrs. Tinney
had four children : Sabilla, married William Jesse
Wilde, whose name heads this sketch ; Martha,
deceased : Schultz, ileceased : Henry, married
Emma Johnson and resides in Hazleton. Mr.
and i\Irs. William Jesse Wilde have three chil-
dren : Claud L., foreman of the Lehigh \'alley
machine ships and round house : married Carrie
Kline and resides in Hazleton; M. Edith, married
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one daughter, Katherine ; Katherine E., book-
keeper for her father, resides at home with her
parents, and is a member of the Methodist
Church.

ZIBA GRUVER, born Wilkes-Barre, Pemi-
sylvania, December 31, 1823, son of Christian and
Susan (Pauff) Gruver, residents of Wilkes-Barre
for many years, was at the time of his death, No-
vember 18, 1904, one of the oldest residents of the
city of Wilkes-Barre, having resided there nearly
eighty-one years.

Christian and Susan (Pauflf) Gruver were
among the first settlers in the valley, and were of
Revolutionary ancestry. They settled on the
heights where Christian operated a farm, and
their residence (an old log farmho.use) was situ-
ated at what is now the corner of Sherman and
East jNIarket streets, where Ziba Gruver was
born. Christian Gruver owned all the land above
Sherman street, most of which was under culti-
vation. They had seven children, namely : David,
resided in Wilkes-Barre ; St. John ; Ziba, of whom
later ; Ellen, married Jacob Lehr, and resided
in Wilkes-Barre ; Mary, married Washington
Oliver, resided in Wilkes-Barre ; Elizabeth, mar-
ried Wilson Webb, resided in Wilkes-Barre; and
George. Christian Gruver died about 1864, aged
sixty years ; Susan, his wife, died in 1886, aged
eighty-six years.

Ziba Gruver was educated in the public
schools and worked on the farm, continuing this
occupation until after the death of his parents,
when the land was divided into lots and sold, the
section formerly occupied by the farm now be-
ing built up with residences and stores. He later
engaged in the teaming business and also per-
formed considerable contract work for the Le-
high & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company. About
1899 he retired from active pursuits, and from
that time until his death enjoyed the fruits of
an active and well-spent life. He represented the
sixth ward in council for three successive terms
— nine years — under Charles H. Parrish, presi-
dent of councils, and prior to that time was a
member of the school board for fifteen succes-
sive years. He led an exemplary life, was highly
respected for his many noble characteristics, and
his death was lamented by all who knew him.

Ziba Gruver married in 1852, Eunice Blod-
gett, born April 30, 1834, daughter of Asahel
and Mary (Lazarus) Blodgett, whose ancestry
is also of Revolutionary stock, she being a de-
scendant of the Blodgett and Lazarus families.
Mary (Lazarus) Blodgett was a daughter of
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George Lazarus, who with his wife and family
resided in Buttonwood during the disturbances
with the Indians. Eunice (Blodgett) Gruver,
born in Buttonwood, was the eldest of twelve
children, ten of whom grew to maturity. Ziba and
Eunice ( Blodgett) Gruver had seven children,
three of whom are now living, namely : Elizabeth
E. (Mrs. A. M. Herring), resides in Wilkes-
Barre ; Harry B., foreman of the Hazard Wire
Rope Works, Wilkes-Barre ; and Martha, resides
at home.

Harry B. Gruver, fifth child and second son
of Ziba and Eunice (Blodgett) Gruver, was born
in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, February 22,
1861, and has lived there all his life. He was
educated in the public schools, and first began
work in the mines as a helper when sixteen years
of age, continuing as such until twenty years old
when he entered the Hazard rope works of
Wilkes-Barre, and after continuing in their em-
ploy for some time was made foreman, which
position he has held for several years. Shortly
after entering the Hazard works Mr. Gruver
married lona Weyhenmeyer, daughter of Jona-
than Weyhenmeyer, a sketch of whom appears
elsewhere in this work. Harry B. Gruver is a
member of the Royal Arcanum, a Democrat in
politics, and attends the Methodist Episcopal
church.

HARRY LOUIS HALTZEL, manager of
the Pittston branch of the Haltzel Furniture
Company, was born February 22, 1878, in New
York City, son of Harris and Edith Haltzel, also
of New York city, whose family consisted of six
children, as follows : Sarah, wife of Aaron Salt-
zer, of Chicago, Illinois. Jennie, wife of Louis
Stein, of New York city. David, a resident of
Chicago, Illinois. Leah, wife of Jacob Fidelbaum,
resides in New York city. Henry S., a resident
of Allentown, mentioned in another sketch. Harry
Louis, whose name heads this sketch.

Harry L. Haltzel acquired a practical educa-
tion in the public and high schools of New York
city, completing his studies at the age of eigh-
teen, and in the meantime assisted his father in
the grocery business in the city of New York,
also serving in the capacity of bookkeeper for
him. He then went to Norfolk. Virginia, where
his brother Henry S. then resided, and entered
the furniture department of the department store
of H. Goodman, remaining three years, during
which period of time he was advanced from time
to time until he was given full charge of the de-
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Isaac Benesch & Sons, furniture dealers, at Bal-
timore, Maryland, as inside salesman, and re-
mained until January 7, 1901. He then removed
to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, accepting a posi-
tion with the same firm in their house in that
city as assistant manager, in which capacity he
served until August 4, 1904. He then entered
the employ of his brother, Henry S. Haltzel, a
furniture dealer at Pittston, Pennsylvania, as as-
sistant manager, Henry S. having purchased the
business of J. B. Kirby, of Pittston. Harry L.
Haltzel continued as assistant manager until Jan-
uary I, 1905, when the Haltzel Furniture Com-
pany was incorporated, and he accepted a similar
position with the new company, a branch store
being started in Allentown. On September 15,
1905, Harry L. Haltzel accepted the position of
manager of the Pittston store and has continued
as such up to date, Henry S. Haltzel serving as
manager of the Allentown store. Mr. Haltzel
is a director and treasurer of the Haltzel Furni-
ture Company, rendering therein efScient ser-
service. He is a Hebrew in religion, and a Re-
publican in politics. He holds membership in
the Knights of Pythias, of Berkley, Virginia,
and Anthracite Council, Royal Arcanum, of
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Haltzel married, August 22, 1899, Sarah
Goodman, born in Berkley, Virginia, daughter of
Jacob Goodman, and their children are as fol-
lows: May, born in Berkley, Virginia, June 27,
1900; Henry, born in Berkley, Virginia, June 27,
1902 ; Bernard, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsyl-
vania, September 10, 1903.

THOMAS MILNOR MORRIS. The Morris
family, representatives of which have been prom-
inently and actively identified with the military,
political, business and social affairs of the com-
munities in which they resided, and whose his-
tory is closely interwoven with that of the early
period of the colonies, a time when men founded
a nation in the face of difficulties and dangers
which would have deterred those of less heroic
mould, has for its earliest ancestor (of whom we
have any definite information) Anthony Morris,
who married Elizabeth Senior. The line of de-
scent from them is as follows :

Anthony Morris, son of Anthony and Eliza-
beth (Senior) Morris, was born August 2^, 1654,
and was the emigrant ancestor of the family. Sep-
tember 16, 1692, he was commissioned a justice
of the peace of the Philadelphia county courts,
later was justice of the court of common pleas,
quarter sessions and the peace and orphans' court



of the city and county of Philadelphia, and Au-
gust 10, 1694, was commissioned a justice of the
supreme court of Pennsylvania. April 20, 1695,
he was representative from Philadelphia county
in the Provincial council, and October 5, 1703,
was elected mayor of Philadelphia. He married
Mary Jones, a native of England. He died
September 23, 1721, and his wife died March 8,
1688.

Anthony ^lorris, son of Anthony and Mary
(Jones) Morris, was born March 15, 1681. He
was appointed alderman of the city of Philadel-
phia, October 2, 1733, and the same year was also
appointed associate justice of the Philadelphia
courts. October 3, 1738, he was elected mayor of
Philadelphia; November 13, 1738, was appointed
judge of orphans' court, and later represented
Philadelphia in the assembly of Pennsylvania.
His wife, Phoebe (Guest) Morris, born July 28,
1685, died March 18, 1768. He died September

23, 1763-

Anthony Morris, son of Anthony and Phoebe

(Guest) Morris, was born November 14, 1705.
He served as city assessor, 1753, and was one of
the signers of the non-importatio.n agreement,
November 7, 1765. He married Sarah Powell,
born April 29, 1713, died February 10, 1751. An-
thony Alorris died October 2, 1780.

Samuel Morris, son of Anthony and Sarah
(Powell) Morris, was. born April 24, 1734, died
July 7, 1812. He was one of the subscribers to
the non-importation resolutions, October 25. 1765,
the first "Pledge of Honor"' before the Declara-
tion of Independence. He joined the Philadel-
phia Troop of Light Horse as second lieutenant,
November 17, 1774, and was also captain of Phil-
adelphia City Troop. He was a member of the
committee of safety, June 30, 1775. His wife,
Rebecca (Wistar) Morris, born January 5, 1735-
36, died January 22, 1791.

Caspar Wistar Morris, son of Samuel and
Rebecca (Wistar) Morris, was born September
12, 1764, died February 27, 1828. His wife,
Elizabeth (Giles) Morris, born September 25,
1774, died April, 1832.

Caspar Wistar Morris, son of Caspar Wistar
and Elizabeth (Giles) Morris, born November
8, 1806, died November 16, 1877. Lydia Eliza
(McCollum) Morris, his wife, born July 3, 181 1,
died June 3, 1891.

Caspar Wistar Morris, son of Caspar Wis-
tar and Lydia Eliza (McCollum) Morris, was
born April i, 1832, at Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, in which city he resided for many years.
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at Pittsburg, in the fall of 1862, and went from
-there via Hagerstown, IMaryland, to Harper's
Ferry, where its first winter was passed, under
command of General Kelley, commanding the
Department of West Virginia. In the spring oi
1863 the regiment joined General Averill at Graf-
ton, West Virginia, and he participated, among
others, in the following actions : Beverly, West
Virginia, July 2, 1863 : Averill's Raid, August
25-30; White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, Octo-
ber 12-13; Hedgesville, \'irginia, October 15;
Averill's Raid in Southwest Mrginia, December
■8-21 ; Cave ]\Iountain, A'irginia, May 9-10, 1864,
where he was woundfed ; Salem, Virginia, June
21; Berryville Pike, August 10; Berryville, Sep-
tember 3-4 ; Winchester, September 19 ; Port Roy-
al, September 21 ; Luray, September 24; Weyer's
Cave, September 2^ , and Fisher's Hill, October 9,
1864. He was appointed first lieutenant, Novem-
ber 5, 1862 ; first lieutenant and adjutant, June 12,
1863, and honorably discharged for disability
from wounds October 11, 1864. He was a Quaker
in religion, a Republican in politics and a member
of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the
United States.

Caspar Wistar ]\Iorris married Anna Purves
Milnor, a daughter of Thomas ]\Iilnor, judge of
the associate court of Burlington, New Jersey,
"who was a son of William, son of John, son of
Joseph, son of Daniel, of Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, whose death occurred in 1685. William
Milnor, aforementioned, was a brother of James
Milnor, right worshipful grand master of the
Masonic fraternity of Pennsylvania, 1806 to 1813.
Thomas Milnor established the firm of Thomas
Milnor & Son, dealers in wood, lime and coal, at
Burlington, New Jersey, in 1823. He was ves-
tryman and senior warden of St. Mary's Parish,
Burlington, New Jersey, for fifty consecutive
years. Mr. and Mrs. Morris were the parents of
six children, namely : Thomas Milnor, born Jan-
uary 20, 1859, mentioned hereinafter. Caspar
Wistar, Jr., born Alarch 21, 1861. Maria Milnor,
born December 28, 1864, married, January 21,
1892, Richard Wistar Davids. Jacob Giles, born
August 29, 1867, married 1899, Bertha Hayden,
of Jeansville, Pennsylvania. Rebekah Davids, born
March 23, 1870, married, October 26, 1889,
Philip Fitzpatrick Heraty ; married (second),
September 21, 1904, John Edward Waaser. Jen-
nie Frances, born August 4, 1875, married, Oc-
tober 14, 1897, Norman Prentiss Sloane. Caspar
Wistar Morris, father of these children, died at
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1903.
He was a good man, a true friend, a brave sol-



dier, a devoted husband and loving father, and
his death was deeply regretted by a wide circle
of loyal friends.

Thomas Milnor Morris, son of Caspar Wis-
tar and Anne Purves (Milnor) Morris, was born
in Burlington, New Jersey. January 20, 1859. He
spent his early days in the town in which he was
born and in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania. In 1867 his parents moved to Cecil coun-
ty, Maryland, in the vicinity of Elkton, and his
education was acquired under a private teacher
at home, and at the Elkton Academy, which he
attended until 1874. On October 28th o.f that
year he came to Jeansville, Pennsylvania, and en-
tered the employ of J. C. Hayden & Co., at this
place, to learn the trade of machinist, completiiig
his apprenticeship in 1877. He then entered
their coal office as clerk, serving in that capacity
for eighteen months, after which he returned to
the machine shop and served as general clerk
and draughtsman. He served as assistant to the
superintendent until 1897, when the company was
incorporated, and Mr. Morris was elected to the
board of directors and made secretary to the
same. In 1895 he became general sales agent
for the company, which position he holds at the
present time (1905). Mr. Morris is a mechanical
engineer and has particularly devoted a great
deal of his time to mining and water works,
pumps, etc. He has established over one thous-
and pumping plants throughout the mining dis-
tricts of the LTnited States, and sold the first
compound and the first triple expansion pumps
ever placed in the anthracite coal mines. .

Mr. Morris is a Republican in politics. He is
a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, belonging to Hazel Lodge, No. 327, Hazle-
ton, and Hazleton Chapter, No. 277, Royal Arch
Masons. He also holds membership in the follow-
ing organizations : Colonial Society of Pennsyl-
vania ; Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolu-
tion : Military Order of Foreign Wars of the
United States, Pennsylvania Commandery ; the
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United
States, Pennsylvania Commandery ; Churich
Club of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania ; the
Pottsville Club of Pottsville ; the Country Club
of Scranton ; the Laurel Club of Uniontown ; the
Scranton Engineers' Club of Scranton ; the
Scranton Club of Scranton ; and the Wyoming
Historical and Geological Society of Wilkes-
Barre.

Mr. Morris married in 1886, Anna Mary
Waaser, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, born October
13, 1863, daughter of John and Anna Waaser, or-



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iginally from German}', the former named being
now deceased, and the latter residing at JNIauch
Chunk, Pennsylvania. 2^Ir. and Mrs. Morris are
members of St. Peter's (Episcopal) Parish
Church, of Hazleton, in which ]\Ir. Alorris is a
vestryman and Mrs. Morris an officer in the
Woman's Auxiliar}'. H. E. H.

CHARLES PAXTON STACKHOUSE, M.
D. The family of which Dr. Charles P. Stack-
house, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a repre-
sentative, was founded in this country by Thomas
Stackhouse, who came to Bucks county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1682, and represented that county in
the Colonial assembly, province of Pennsylvania,
in 1711-13-15. He married Grace Heaton, who
bore him several children. He died in Middle-
town, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, April 26,
1744. He was a nephew of Thomas Stackhouse,
who was a fellow passenger of William Penn, in
1682, on the ship "Welcome" from England to
Philadelphia.

Robert Stackhouse, son of Thomas and Grace
(Heaton) Stackhouse, was born in Bucks coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, in 1692. Prior to 1770 he re-
moved to Berwick, Pennsylvania, and was
among the first settlers of that section of the
state, residing there until his death, which oc-
curred in 1788, at the advanced age of ninet}'-
six years.

Benjamin Stackhouse, son of Robert Stack-
house, was a native of Bucks county, Pennsylva-
nia. He accompanied his father upon his re-
moval from Bucks county to Berwick, prior to
1770, with a colony of Friends, and his death
occurred there in the year 1776.

James Stackhouse, son of Benjamin Stack-
house, was a woodworker and engraver by oc-
cupation, and during the greater part of his life
resided in Berwick, Columbia county, where his
death occurred. He married Mary Bowman,
daughter of Christopher Bowman, both of Bucks
county, Pennsylvania, who bore him several chil-
dren.

Joseph Stackhouse, son of James and Mary
(Bowman) Stackhouse, was a native of Colum-
bia countv, Pennsylvania, a farmer, lumberman
and foundryman, and the first of the name to
locate in Luzerne county, residing for a number
of years in Shickshinny valley, where his death
occurred. He married Nancy Lockard, of Sum-
merhill, Columbia county, Pennsylvania, and
their children were as follows: Mary, deceased,
who was the wife of the late Josiah Dodson, re-
sided at Pond Hill. Amanda, deceased, who was



the wife of John Chapin, issue: Irving, Firman,,
and two children who died in early life. Alex-
ander, who died in early life. Jesse, who en-
listed as a soldier in the Civil war and was killed
in battle. He married Margaret Hazlet, issue :
Amanda, deceased ; Nancy, Charles Fletcher, and
Joseph, deceased. Margaret (Hazlet) Stack-
house married for her second husband David
Bound ; they reside in Scranton, Pennsylvania..
Cyrus, who married Amelia Lanning, issue :
Wellington, Ida, deceased ; Emma, wife of Brit-
ton Chapin ; Joseph Mason, married Myrtle Kel-
ley ; Bertha, a graduate of the Bloomsburg Nor-
mal school. John M., deceased, mentioned here-
inafter. Nelson B., who married Priscilla
Franklin, issue: Frank, Ella, Bessie; they reside-
in Berwick, Pennsylvania. McDonald, who mar-
ried Cordelia Williamson, reside in Shickshinny
valley. Philip and Herman (twins), died at the
age of four years. All of the sons of the above
named family who attained manhood served in
the infantry in the Civil war, two enlisting in
New York regiments, and the others in Pennsyl-
vania regiments.

John M. Stackhouse, fourth son of Joseph
and Nancy (Lockard) Stackhouse, was born oa
the old homestead in Shickshinny valley, Penn-
sylvania, March 23, 1839. He spent his child-
hood and boyhood in that vicinity, in the mean-
time attending the public schools of Salem town-
ship. At an early age he worked on the farm
and at timbering, thus gaining great physical
strength and vigor. When eighteen years of age
he left home with twenty shillings and a double
bladed knife in his pocket, and began his active
career as a lumberman, in which occupation he
succeeded very well. At the discovery of coal
in the Wyoming Valley, thinking that it would
prove profitable to mine it at Shickshinny, John-
M. and his brother Cyrus opened up a drift and
started a breaker, having only one horse for
power, and for some time supplied the local mar-
ket. Shortly afterwards they organized the
Paddy Run Coal Company and obtained a long'
time lease for the ground. The members of the
company were John M. and Cyrus Stackhouse
and Charles R. Paxton. They acquired from
fourteen hundred to eighteen hundred acres of"
coal land, but feeling the need of more ca])ital,
they with Lloyd Paxton, of Rupert, Pennsylva-
nia, and Jerry Harmon, of Bloomsburg, Penn-
sylvania, formed the Salem Coal Company,
which continued to operate successfully for a
long period, in fact continuing business two
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which occurred in 1883. ^\'hen about thirty-five
.years of age John ]\1. Stackhouse branched out
into other Hnes, acquiring iron and copper prop-
•erties, and in the early days of the oil excitement,
in company with N. B. Perry, of Shickshinny,
■and his son, Charles P. Stackhouse, whose name
heads this sketch, went to Oil City, Bradford
county, Pennsylvania, and was interested there
for some time \vith moderate success. j\lr.
Stackhouse was a man of remarkable business
■sagacity and tact, upright and conscientious in
his transactions, and therefore won the commen-
dation of his employers and the public at large.

John M. Stackhouse married, at Berwick,
Pennsylvania, May 25, 1861, Mary Catherine
Lanning. Their children were as follows : ]\Ior-
rison, born February 16, 1862, died at the age of
seventeen months. Annie Eizabeth, born June
-20, 1863, became the wife of James Fritz (see



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