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Fritz sketch) ; they reside in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. Edwin Stanton, born February
II, 1866, married Lidie Keith, of Gettysburg,
issue: Helen iNIarian, ^largerie Keith, John
]\Iilton, Ruth Elizabeth, ;\lary Ella, and Agnes
Burgovne. . They reside in Shickshinny, Penn-
sylvania. Alice Gertrude, born October 3. 1867,
;graduated as nurse from Bellevue Hospital, New
York city ; she resides with her brother. Dr.
Charles P. Stackhouse. Jennie May, born July
^i, 1869, a graduate of Cazenovia Seminary, New
York : she married the Rev. Daniel H. Piper, of
the Bloomsville ( New York) conference. They
reside in Bloomsville, New York. Their chil-
dren are : John Stackhouse, Lewis H., and Ed-
win Charles Piper. Charles Paxton, born April
19, 1871, mentioned hereinafter. Mary Martha,
born October 12, 1872, graduated from Wyo-
ming Seminary in music, contracted typhoid
fever and died October 18, 1895, aged twenty-
three years. Nancy Grace, born January 8, 1875,
died at the age of three years. Bertha Amanda,
iDorn February 5, 1878. died in infancy. John
M. Stackhouse, father of these children, died in
1883, of pneumonia, superinduced by exposure
"while inspecting a large tract of timber which he
desired to purchase, there being eighteen inches
■of snow on the ground, and after inspecting the
same he drove twelve miles, and the following
■day he was taken ill.

Mary Catherine (Lanning) Stackhouse, wife
of John ;\I. Stackhouse, was a daughter of Sam-
uel R. and Elizabeth (Winters) Lanning, and
granddaughter on the paternal side of Amos and
^lary (Lee) Lanning. She was one of eight
children, namelv : Marv Catherine.



became the wife of Joseph Roup, issue : Samuel,
deceased ; Harry, Theodore, Cora, Archibald,
Florence Ida, and Ezra. They reside in Dor-
ranceton, Pennsylvania. Anna Elmira, widow of
Barney Benscoter, and mother of the following
children : Amos, Emmet, ^larv, Elizabeth,
Amanda, Hoch, Hattie and Fred. Five other
children of this union are deceased. The family
reside in Berwick, Pennsylvania. Amos W.
married Mary Jane Hallock, issue : Ella, Sam-
uel, Webster, Harriet, Emma, and one son de-
ceased. They reside in Fairmount, Pennsylva-
nia. Amelia, married Cyrus Stackhouse, above
mentioned. Nathaniel, married Carrie Coughlin,
issue : Four children, John and three who died
in infancy. They reside in Shickshinny, Penn-
sylvania. ^^'illard, married Amanda Adams, is-
sue: Ruth, Elizabeth, David, Ernest and Ken-
ney. They reside in Reyburn, Pennsylvania.
Emma, married Burton Aliger, issue : Elsie,
Edith,. Myrtle and Jennie. They reside in Dor-
ranceton, Pennsylvania. Samuel R. and Eliza-
beth ( Winters) Lanning, parents of the above
named eight children, resided in Shickshinny
valley, removing thither from Trenton. New
Jersey.

Charles Paxton Stackhouse, third son of
John "M. and JNIary Catherine ( Lanning) Stack-
house, was born in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania,
April 19, 1871. He attended the public schools
of that town, and later pursued advanced studies
at Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie,
New York, from which he was graduated in 1893,
and Lehigh University. In 1895 he entered
the Medico-Chirurgical University, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, graduating therefrom in 1898. He
was resident physician in the Philadelphia Hos-
pital part of the year of 1898 and all of 1899,
and January i, 1900. located in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, where he has since practiced. He
is the consulting physician at Mercy Hospital,
and keeps well informed along the line of his
profession by membership in the American Med-
ical Association, Medical Society of the State of
Pennsylvania, Lehigh \'alley Aledical Associa-
tion and Luzerne County Medical Society. He
is an active and prominent member of Sylvanus
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Shickshinny,
of which he was master in 1900 : Shekinah Chap-
ter, Royal Arch Masons : Dieu Le \'ieut Com-
mandery. Knights Templar : Irem Temple, An-
cient Arabic Order Nobles of the ^lystic Shrine ;
Shickshinny Lodge. No. 180. Independent Order
of Odd Fellows ; Prince of Peace Commandery,
Knights of Malta ; and Wilkes-Barre Council,



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Junior Order of United American Mechanics.
Dr. Stackhouse married (first), April 1893,
Laura Woodworth, born August 30, 1873.
daughter of John D. and Susan Woodworth. of
Shiekshinny, died December 10, 1893. Dr. Stack-
house married (second), March 26, 1902, Mary
B. Sorber, daughter of George W. Sorber, of
Shiekshinny. She died June 22, 1904. The re-
mains of both wives are interred at Shiekshinny.

H. E. H.

FRED W. FRAXTZ. Andrew Franz (the
name is so spelled in the German) was born in
Bayern, Germany, August 15, 1832. He emi-
grated to America in 1854, and settled in Wilkes-
Barre. Pennsylvania, where his business life was
farming, contract well digging and stationary
engineering. During the war of 1861-65, he en-
listed and served as private in the One Hundred
and Forty-seventh Volunteer Infantry, until dis-
charged for disabilities. In 1903 Mr. Franz and
his wife, Wilhelmina ( Hochburg) Franz, re-
turned to German}- and have since lived in Wein-
ersburg. Their cliildren were : Helen, Andreas
and William, all of whom died young; Adam, of
the firm of Jones, Frantz & ^filler, and who met
accidental death by cyclone in 1890; George J.
and Fred W., both of whom now live in Kings-
ton, Pennsylvania, and are business associates.

Fred W. Frantz, youngest son and child of
Andrew and Wilhelmina (Hochburg) Franz,
was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, June
I, 1874, and was educated in the public schools
of that city. At the age of fifteen years he left
school and entered upon his business career with
his brother William in Kingston, Pennsylvania,
where he has since lived. Fred W. Frantz is a
Democrat, active in the councils of his- party in
Luzerne county, and in 1904 was a member of
the Kingston borough council. He is a member
of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and was in
service during the fan-ious "Homestead riots."

George J. Frantz, fifth son of Andrew and
Wilhelmina ( Hochburg) Franz, married Mary
Weise, daughter of Adam Weise, of Plymouth,
and they have three children : George A., Helen,
and Margaret Frantz.

FRANK STOOKS. For twenty years
Nanticoke has been familiar with the name of
Frank Stocks as that of an enterprising business
man. Air. Stocks is a son of John and Julia
Stocks, natives of Poland, who are the parents
of seven children, six of whom en-iigrated to the



United States. Five are in Pennsylvania, one-
in Minnesota, and one remains in the old home
across the sea. The parents came to this coun-
try in 1880 and make their home w-ith their son
Frank in Nanticoke.

Frank Stocks, son of John and Julia Stocks,
was born September 6, 1859, in Prussian Po-
land, and in 1876 came to the United States,,
settling first in Minnesota. After three years'
residence in that state he removed to Nanticoke,.
P'ennsylvania, where he has since made his home.
He was employed at the mines in various ca-
pacities until February, 1885, when he opened
a general store, which he has since conducted
with marked success. His store is situated in
West Main street, and is one of the most com-
plete of its kind to be found in the city. He
has been twice elected treasurer of the borough,
an office which he has filled to the perfect sat-
isfaction of his fellow-citizens. He is a mem-
ber of Nanticoke Lodge, Order of Heptasophs,
and of the Polish National Alliance. In poli-
tics he is a Democrat.

Mr. Stocks married, January 22, 1884, Jcsie,
daughter of Michael Gabrill, and the following
children have been born to them : Lillian, Marv,
deceased; Lottie, Leo, Henry, Frank, and Helen.

JOSEPH SMITH. One of the foreign-born
citizens who are truly useful and worthy mem-
bers of the community is Joseph Smith, of Nan-
ticoke. Mr. Smith was born in 1858 in Lipnc,.
Poland, and in 1879 emigrated to the United
States, settling in Nanticoke. Before leaving
his native land he had learned the butcher's
trade, which he intended to pursue in his adopted
country. On his arrival, however, he found that
an insurmountable obstacle to his doing so was
his ignorance of the English language. Con-
fronted with this difficulty, he adopted the best
course possible under the circumstances. He
entered the mines, and by coming in contact
with English-speaking people, as well as by at-
tending the night schools, he succeeded in nias-
tering the mysteries of a foreign tongue. After
several years spent in this way he took a posi-
tion as clerk in a meat store, where he remained
for three years. His purpose all this time was,
in the first place, to become thoroughly famil-
iar with the English language, and, in the sec-
ond place, to acquire an intimate knowledge of
the customers of his new home. This end he
accomplished, and in 1885 opened a meat market,
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has one of the largest markets in the borough
and keeps constantly on hand a supply of the
choicest meats. Mr. Smith is held in high
esteem by his fellow-citizens, and for three years
has been treasurer of the borough. He is a
member of Xanticoke Lodge, Order of Hept-
asophs, the Knights of Pythias, Polish National
Alliance, and the Order of Eagles. Politically
he is a Republican.

Mr. Smith married, June 5, 1889, Cecilia
Kitlowska, and they have five children : Sophia,
Clara, Edmund, Lucile and Jadwiga. The pa-
rents of 'Sir. Smith died years ago in their native
Poland, but one brother, Clement, lives in Chi-
cago, and three sisters reside in Nanticoke. Thus
it will be seen the family is well represented in the
United States.

JOHN BERTSCH PRICE, president of the
First National Bank of Hazleton, in which ca-
pacity he has served since Alarch, 1901, and also
the incumbent of various offices of trust and re-
sponsibility in a number of leading commercial
enterprises which promote the prosperity and
growth of that section of the state, is a worthy
representative of a family of German extraction.
He was born November 17. 1864, son of Judge
Samuel B. and Harriet (Bertsch) Price, and
grandson of Hiram Price, originally of Lam-
bertsville, New Jersey, and later of Danville,
Pennsylvania.

Judge Samuel B. Price (father), a native of
Hunterdon county. New Jersey, was chief clerk
for the Upper Lehigh Coal Company for several
years, resigning this position January 28, 1887,
held the office of treasurer of Carbon county, and
in 1889 was elected judge. He is a resident of
Alauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. He married Har-
riet Bertsch, a native of Manch Chunk, Pennsyl-
vania, and their children were : Harrie Bertsch,
born September 25, 1857, married, October 27,
1884, ^Margaret Smith, of • Cornwells, Bucks
county, Pennsylvania, and has children: Marion,
Harriet and H. Katherine. Samuel Barber died
March. 1904, buried at Hazleton : he married
Kate Clark, and had two children : Daniel
Bertsch and Samuel Clark : they reside in Hazle-
ton. John Bertsch, born November 17, 1864, of
whom later. Parker Price, half-brother of
Judge Samuel B. Price, resides in Pottsville, and
Dr. Price, residing near Pottsville, is also a con-
nection of the family.

John Bertsch Price spent his early davs in
Cpper Lehigh and was educated in the public



schools of that place, Swarthmore Preparatory
College, and Lehigh University, graduating as
civil engineer in June, 1885. During vacations
he spent a large portion of his time in the mines,
and in 1886 went abroad. The following year
he became construction engineer for the Denver
& Rio Grande Railroad, locating at Denver, Colo-
rado, which position he filled for one year, when,
owing to trouble with his eyes, he had to retire
from active business. He then spent two months
on a cattle ranch, the following winter treated
his eyes, and in May, 1888, came to Hazleton,
Pennsylvania, as teller of the First National
Bank, of which his father was one of the origina-
tors. He remained as teller and assistant cashier
until the spring of 1896, then became cashier,
serving until JNIarch, 1901, when he was elected
president, which office he still holds, and he is
also director in the same institution. In addition
to these onerous and responsible duties he is
serving in the capacity of director and president
of the Price Taliferro Lumber Company, Cush-
man, \'irginia ; director and vice-president of the
Freeland Silk Mill Company, Freeland, Penn-
sylvania ; director and vice-president of the
Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Railroad Company
( parent company ) ; director and treasurer in the
Lanza Silk Company, Lansdale, Pennsylvania ;
director and treasurer of the Diamond Water
Company, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and secre-
tary and treasurer of the Hazleton Electric Light
& Power Company, Hazleton, Pennsylvania. In
politics he casts his vote for the candidates of
the Independent ticket. He holds membership
in the Sigma Phi Fraternity. Westmoreland
Club, Wilkes-Barre, and University Club, Phil-
adelphia.

John B. Price married, October i, 1891, Mary
Silliman, born January 21, 1868, daughter of
jMorgan and Martha (Levy) Silliman, of Potts-
ville, Pennsylvania, who were the parents of two
other daughters: Jennie S. (Mrs. Roberts) and
Bessie S. (I\Irs. Dr. Cole). Mr. and Mrs. Price
have three children : John B., Jr., born April 29,
1893 : James Silliman, born April 27, 1894 ; Rob-
ert Alorgan, born June 16, 1895. Air. Price and
his family attend St. Peter's Episcopal Church,
in which he serves as vestryman and treasurer.

ISAAC F. MEGARGEL, of the firm of Me-
gargel & Brooks, bankers at Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, is a charter member and director of the
United States Lumber Company ; president and
director of the Allegheny Lumber Company ; di-



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rector of the Clark & Snover Tobacco Com-
pany ; director of the Mississippi Central Rail-
road ; director of the Brook Creek Coal and
Lumber Company ; director in the Kanawha and
West Virginia Railroad ; director in the Con-
sumers Ice Company ; and director in the Peck-
ville National Bank.

Mr. Megargel was born in Sterling, Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, in August, 1841, the son
of Isaac and Calista Experience (Dayton) Me-
gargel, grandson (on the paternal side) of Allen
and Jane (Marple) Megargel, and (on the mater-
nal side) of Giles and Lucy (Mills) Dayton, and

great-grandson of and (Jones)

Megargel, who were married in Philadelphia,
marriage recorded in Church Book of England

(Society of Friends), and Giles and

Dayton.

Allen Megargel (grandfather) was born in
Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, son of Me-
gargel, who came from Scotland and was well
known among the pioneer Quakers of Philadel-
phia. Allen Megargel became the owner of a
farm in what is now a part of the city, but later
removed with his family to Pike county, where
he built the first mills in that locality and became
the owner of a large tract of land. He died there
at the age of sixty-eight, in 1821. His wife, Jane
(Marple) Megargel. died 1835-36.

Isaac Megargel (father) was born in Fox
Chase, Pennsylvania, 1797, died 1888, at the age
of ninety-one. When a voung man he went west
and traveled through Indiana and other states,
seeking a suitable location, but finding nothing
satisfactory he returned to Pennsylvania and set-
tled in Sterling, where he engaged in farming.
For about a quarter of a century he held the
office of justice of the peace, and his decisions
were so just that they were never reversed by the
higher courts. He married Calista Experience
Dayton, born June 21, 1802. died February,
1889, and their children are as follows : Giles
A., a retired business man of Peckville ; Justus
A., a veteran of the Civil war, a resident of Vine-
land, New Jersey ; Orlando, also a member of
the same regiment as his brother, and a resident
of the same city ; and Isaac F. Megargel.

The Dayton family, of which Calista E.
(Dayton) Megargel. wife of Isaac Megargel,
was a member, was of Puritan origin. Milo
Dayton, great-grandfather of Isaac IMcgargel,
served in a Massachusetts regiment during the
Revolutionary war, carrying a rifle that weighed
forty pounds. His son, Giles Dayton, was born



in the Bay State, thence brought his family to
Wayne county, Pennsylvania, and built a saw
mill at Sterling and a woolen mill at Salem. He
subsequently returned to his native state, Mas-
sachusetts, where his death occurred between the
years 1855 and i860. He was the inventor of a
number of useful articles, and he also built the
first factory for the manufacture of carding rolls
for woolen mills. He was an earnest Christian
and a local minister in the Methodist Episcopal
Church. His wife was of Puritan stock and the
daughter of a soldier of the Revolution, who was
killed at Fort Griswold.

In 1858, when seventeen years of age, Isaac
F. Megargel engaged in the lumber business near
Elmhurst, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania,
was the proprietor of a store there and also a
mill for the manufacture of lumber. In 1862
he returned to Sterling, where he became inter-
ested in the mercantile business, but three years
later disposed of this and located in Scranton,
where he conducted a retail grocery business in
Lackawanna avenue, near Franklin, but in the
spring of 1868 removed to New York city,
where he was similarly engaged in Grand street
until the fall of 1869. On his return to Scran-
ton he opened a retail establishment on the cor-
ner of Washington and Lackawanna avenues, but
the following year engaged in the wholesale bus-
iness in Lackawanna above Franklin avenue, as
a member of the firm of A. G. Gilmore & Com-
pany, consisting of A. G. Gilmore, William Con-
nell and himself. In 1877 '^^''- Conneh and Mr.
Megargel disposed of their interest to Mr. Gil-
more, after which Mr. Megargel and James L.
Connell went to Des Moines, Iowa, where they
engaged in the wholesale grocery business. On
their return to Scranton in 1878 they purchased
the old business, and the firm of Megargel, Con-
nell & Company was established, consisting of
Mr. Megargel, James L. and Alexander Connell.
The death of the latter named, in 1882, caused
a change in the firm, which afterwards conducted
the business under the style of Megargel & Con-
nell, until the firm was dissolved. A Republi-
can in politics, Mr. Megargel is identified with
the Central Republican Club. He is a member
of the board of trade and actively interested in
financial matters in this city. In religious be-
lief he is connected with the Elm Park Metho-
dist Episcopal Church, and is one of the trustees
of the same.

In Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Megargel
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,«-..■ that city. Thev are the parents of three sons :
V^, ?ercv F.^ Roy C, mentioned hereinafter ; and
Ralph G.

Roy C. Megargel was born at Scranton,
Pennsylvania, March 14, 1877. He was edu-
-cated at Weslevan University, and graduated
from the L^niversity of Michigan Law School in
190 1. He was admitted to practice at the su-
preme court of JMichigan, and later at the su-
preme court of Texas, having located for a short
time at Dallas. For the past three years he has
been a member of the firm of Megargel & Brooks,
bankers, of which his father, Isaac F. Megargel,
and John H. Brooks are also members. This
firm has recently taken possession of their new
iDanking house in Spruce street, Scranton, Penn-
sylvania.

RICHARD J. HOLLAND, a successful and
-enterprising citizen of Glenlyon, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, traces his ancestrv back to Ire-
land.

John Holland, grandfather of Richard J.
Holland, was a native of Comer, county Kil-
kenny, Ireland, where his ancestors had lived
for many generations. Very little is known of
the early ancestry of this familv.

Richard Holland, son of John Holland, was
also a native of Comer, county Kilkenny, Ire-
land, and emigrated to America, settling in the
anthracite region of Pennsylvania. He at once
engaged in mining work and resided for a time
at Locustdale, Pennsylvania, and later at ]\Ia-
rion, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. He
was a member of the Roman Catholic Church,
;and politically held independent opinions. He
■married Margaret ]\Ionahan, and they were the
parents of nine children, of whom the following
six are living : Edward, a miner at Tremont,
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania ; Michael, a
miner at St. Clair, Pennsylvania ; Ann, married
Daniel Dougherty, of Frackville, Pennsylvania ;
Tiichard J., see forward ; James, manager of a
store at Enterprise, Pennsylvania ; Mary, mar-
ried Jerry Splan, of Shamokin.

Richard J. Holland, son of Richard and Mar-
•garet (Monahan) Holland, was born in Co-
nyngham township, Columbia countv. Pennsvl-
vania. April 11, 1865. His early years were
spent at Locustdale, Columbia county, Pennsyl-
vania, where he attended the public school.
At the early age of nine years he commenced the
serious work of life by picking slate at Potts
colliery, Locustdale. Pennsylvania, and he re-
;mained at this work for about five vears, when



he removed with his father to Marion, Northum-
berland county, Pennsylvania, and became a
helper in the mines. Later he worked in the
same capacity in the same mine for his father.
He continued at this work for three years and
then went to Donaldson, Schuylkill county,
where he was engaged in similar work for a
period of two years. He then entered the em-
ploy of the East Franklin colliery as a miner and
remained in their employ from 1883 until 1885,
when he accepted a position with the Enterprise
colliery at Shamokin, Pennsylvania, where he re-
mained from 1885 until 1888. He then returned
to Donaldson, where he worked as a miner in the
Good Spring colliery from 1888 until 1896, then
at the Enterprise collierv again for two years as
driver boss, and then entered the service of the
Cameron colliery, Shamokin, Pennsylvania, as
fire boss ; he held this position for three months
and was then advanced to that of assistant mine
foreman, which he held until March, 1903. On
3.1arch 19. 1903, he entered the service of the
Susquehanna Coal Company at Glenlyon, Penn-
sylvania, as general inside foreman, a position
which he has filled to the satisfaction of the com-
pany. Mr. Holland has charge of about six
hundred men and boys and two shafts, four hun-
dred and seven hundred and thirty-five feet deep,
respectively, the first being a two-cage way, and
the second being a four-cage way. Mr. Holland
is independent in his political opinions, and he
and his family are members of the Roman Cath-
olic Church at Glenlyon. He is a member of
Nanticoke Lodge, Knights of Columbus, joining
in 1903.

Mr. Holland married, September 30, 1886,
Mary E. Lawler, daughter of Patrick Lawler, of
Donaldson, Schuylkill count^•. Pennsylvania, and
they have one daughter, Mary, born July 5, 1889.

GEORGE KRAAIER. In a list of the en-
gineers of Luzerne county no name would stand
higher for ability and faithfulness than that of
George Kramer, of Throop. Mr. Kramer is of
German parentage, and it may be truly said that
there is in the Keystone state no larger or more
influential element than that which traces its ori-
gin from the Fatherland.

John Kramer was born in Germany, and
early in life emigrated to the U^nited States and
settled in Pennsylvania, where he followed agri-
cultural pursuits. He took an active interest in
township affairs, and held the offices of super-
visor, constable, and school director. He mar-
ried Julia A. Bickloft", also a native of Germanv,



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and they were the parents of the following chil-
dren : George, John, William, Eliza and Mar}',
living, and Louisa, deceased. The death of Mr.
Kramer occurred in 1884. He was a worthy
man, commanding the respect of all who knew
him. His widow died aged seventy-seven years
on the old homestead in Jefferson township,
April, 1905.

George Kramer, son of John and Julia A.
(BicklofT) Kramer, was born July 28, 1851, in
Scranton, Pennsylvania, and received his educa-
tion in the common schools of his native city.
While he was still a youth his parents moved to
Jefferson township, Lackawanna county, where
they purchased a farm of one hundred and six
acres. Mr. Kramer assisted his father in the
labors of this farm until 1878, and in that year
returned to Scranton, where he worked in a steel
mill for three years. In 1882 he removed to



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