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Throop, where he was employed by the Price &
Pancoast Company as a teamster. He was next
promoted to the position of fireman, which he
held for some years. After serving for eight
years as fireman, and subsequently as the opera-
tor of a pump in the mines, he was given his
present position of engineer. In every place
which he was called upon to occupy he was
found able and trustworthy and the position
which he now holds is one of great responsibility.
Some years ago he built for himself a pleasant
and comfortable house, which he has since made
his home. He is a memberof the Sons of Amer-
ica. In politics he is a Republican. He and his
family are members of the Methodist Episcopal

Mr. Kramer married in 1875, Elizabeth,
daughter of George and Rachel Burleigh, of
South Canaan, and they are the parents of three
children : Julia A., Rachel D. and Katherine J.

LESTER HARRIS, a well known and
highly esteemed citizen of Dorranceton, was
born at Dallas, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania,
May 21, 1869, and traces his ancestry to Elijah
Harris, who removed from Orange county, New
York, about 1769, locating at Forty Fort, Penn-
sylvania, where he owned a vast tract of what
was then considered worthless land. He was a
native of Connecticut, one of the first pioneers in
the valley, and took an active part in the encoun-
ters with the Indians.

Charles Harris, son of Elijah Harris, was
born in Orange county, New York, 1768, and
was one year old when his father removed to
Luzerne county. He was a stonemason by occu-

pation, and also devoted considerable attentioix
to farming, carrying on his operations on Harris-
Hill, where about 1800 he purchased two hun-
dred acres of land in its natural state, seventy
acres of which he cleared during his lifetime. He
married Martha Pierce, a native of Kingston
township, and they reared a family of nine chil-
dren. Charles Harris died in 1864, aged ninety-
six }'ears.

Hiram Harris; son of Charles and Martha
(Pierce) Harris, was born September 8, 1S07,
reared and educated in Kingston township, on
Harris Hill. He always resided on the old,
homestead, which comprised one hundred and
twenty-five acres of fertile land, and he confined
his attention exclusively to farming. He was an
active and leading member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, in which body he held the
offices of trustee and class-leader. He was a
Republican in politics. In 1832 he married ]\Iary
Heft, daughter of Daniel and Lizzie Heft, and
three children were born to them, two of whom
were Elias and Lyman. In 1852 he married for
his second wife Mary Atherholt, daughter of
Christian and Kate Atherholt, issue, two chil-
dren : Lyman and Milton.

Lyman Harris, son of Hiram and Mary
(Heft) Harris, was born in Kingston township.
September 22, 1837. He was educated in Lu-
zerne county, and followed farming until Sep-
tember 9, 1862, when he enlisted in Company G,
One Hundred and Forty-third Pennsylvania
Volunteers, First Corps, Third Division, which
was under the command of Colonel Reynolds.
He was severely wounded and later taken a pris-
oner at the battle of the Wilderness, and subse-
quently his limb was amputated on the battle
field. After being kept a prisoner for about four
months he was paroled, and he remained at An-
napolis, Maryland, until January 24, 1865, when-
he received his discharge. For eight years fol-
lowing his return home he engaged in the har-
ness business at Dallas, and then removed to
Luzerne, where he conducted a general harness
store. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and
a member of the Grand Army of the Republic
and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He
married, July 4, 1868, Catherine Hoover, daugh-
ter of Jacob and Jane (De Long) Hoover, the
former a native of New Jersey, the latter of
Pennsylvania. Two children were born of this
tmion : Lester, mentioned hereinafter ; and

Lester Harris received a practical education
in the public schools of Wilkes-Barre, and this




enabled him to enter intelligently upon an active
business career. He first entered the employ of
Thomas Waddell & Co. as clerk and served four
years ; the following three and a half years he
was connected with S. H. Kress & Co. ; for a
similar period of time he was employed by A.
O. Lemeris & Co., shippers of grain, and from
then to the present time ( 1906) has been con-
nected with the firm of John B. Yeager & Co.,
shippers of grain. Mr. Harris is a man of intel-
ligence and thought, and enjoys the full confi-
dence of his fellow citizens.

Mr. Harris married, September 23, 189 1, Es-
tella Mav Knarr, daughter of William and Mar-
garet (Diehl) Knarr, of Luzerne borough, whose
family consisted of four children, as follows :
Abraham, born Januarv 21, 1867, a mechanic at
Luzerne ; he married Susie McGuire, who bore
him one child, Maud, born January 15, 1902.
Estella May, born December 25, i86g, mentioned
above as the wife of Mr. Harris. Elizabeth, born
August 31, 1873, died December 17, 1891.
George, born September 24, 1877, married Edith
Alleger, who bore him two chilldren : Sterling,
born September 2, 1903, died ]\Iarch 4, 1904, and
Willard, born February 4, 1905. William Knarr,
father of these children, was born in Luzerne
county, was a farmer by occupation, and served
all through the Civil war in Company A, One
Hundred and Forty-third Regiment ; he was
taken prisoner and confined for twenty-two
months in Andersonville prison, during which
long period he suiTered all the tortures and cruel-
ties inflicted upon its inmates. The family of
Mr. and Mrs. Harris consisted of six children :
Percival Raymond, born July 23, 1892 ; Eliza-
beth, born May 15, 1894; Harold, born Septem-
ber 2, 1896, died Januarv 13, 1899; Russell, born
August 12, 1898, died January 31, 1899; How-
ard, born September 23, 1901 ; Carlos, born
April 3, 1904, died May 22, 1904.

RUFUS J. FOSTER, vice-president of the
International Textbook Company, and proprie-
tor of the International Correspondence Schools,
has been actively connected with that institution
from its founding, and to him is due a large
share of honor for its successful establishment.

^Ir. Foster was born in ]\[inersville, Schuyl-
kill county, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1856, a
son of Clement S. and Rebecca (McCamant)
Foster, and comes of colonial and Revolutionary
stock on both sides. He is a lineal descendant of
Reginald Foster, who emigrated from Kent,
England, and settled at Ipswich, j\Iassachusetts,

in 1638, and of Thomas and Daniel Foster, both
of whom fought as officers in the American army
during the Revolution, the former being one of
the Ipswich Minute Men at the Battle of Lex-
ington. On the maternal side, Mr. Foster is of
Scotch-Irish stock and a direct descendant of
Alexander McCamant, who came to this country
in 1725 and settled in Lancaster county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1730, and of his grandson, James
McCamant, who served as a captain in General
Wavne's division of the Pennsylvania line during-
the Revolution. His maternal grandfather. Dr.
John McCamant, was surgeon in charge of the
York hospital during the war of 1812. He also
served as a member of the Pennsylvania legisla-
ture and was one of the strongest supporters of
the original public school law of Pennsylvania.
He was the Democratic opponent of James Buch-
anan when the latter was the Whig candidate for
congress in the Lancaster- York district, but was
defeated by the narrow margin of twenty-seven

Rufus J. Foster was educated in the public
and private schools of Ashland, Pennsylvania,
and at the age of eighteen years was graduated
from the high school of that town. He entered
the engineering department of the Philadelphia
and Reading Coal and Iron Company in 1874,
and continued with that company until the fall
of 1887, when he resigned to associate him-
self with his cousin, Mr. Thomas J. Foster,,
in the publication of the Colliery Engineer, now
known as Mines and Minerals, which publica-
tion was moved to Scranton in 1888. Under
the direction of Mr. Foster, Mines and Min-
erals was developed into the most widely cir-
culated mining periodical in the world. In 1890,
in conjunction with Mr. Thomas J. Foster, he
assisted in the formation of the first department
of the International Correspondence Schools,
and has since been continuously connected with
the International Textbook Company, in which
he holds the position of vice-president, having
previously filled the position of president. Mr.
Foster has been an active member of the Scran-
ton Board of Trade for the past sixteen years. He
is a member of the American Institute of Mining
Engineers ; of the Engineers' Club of Scranton ;
of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia ; an as-
sociate member of the American Society of Me-
chanical Engineers ; and an honorary member of
the Mining Institute of Western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Foster is also a member of the various
branches of the JXIasonic fraternity, of the Scran-
ton Club, of the New England Society of North-



■eastern Pennsylvania, and of the Pennsylvania
Society Sons of the Revolution, in which he is a
■member of the committee on landmarks of the
Revolution, monuments and memorials.

In 1884 Mr. Foster married Jennie Bennett
Taylor, youngest daughter of the late Joseph F.
Taylor, of Minersville, Pennsylvania, one of the
■pioneer coal operators of the Schuylkill region,
■and of this marriage was born a son : Joseph
Taylor Foster, who is now (1905) a sophomore
in Yale University.

a practicing physician of Wilkes-Barre, was born
in Lehman Center, Luzerne county, Pennsylva-
nia, January 24, 1872. He is a descendant in
the fourth generation of John Whiteman, who
appears to have been the American ancestor of
the family, so far as present records indicate.

John Whiteman, afore-mentioned, of English
ancestry, was born August 18, 1772. He moved
from Reading, Pennsylvania, to Fishing Creek
"township, Northumberland county, where in
1803 he owned a farm, situated between Fishing
Creek and West Creek. In 1810 he moved to
Lehman, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in
farming. July 9, 1813, the family removed to
Luzerne county. He married Nancy Jackson,
who bore him the following children : Mary,
born December 27, 1795, died May 28, 1880.
She was the wife of Jonah Rogers, issue : Jack-
son, Stephen, John, Nancy, Catherine and Emily.
Daniel Jackson, mentioned hereinafter. Hannah,
torn November 8, 1799, died July 12, 1850. She
was the wife of David Wetherby. (See Wetlier-
l)y Family.) Jemimah, born February 21, 1803,
died i\Iay 28, 1880. She was the wife of Benja-
min Wolf, issue : Susan, who married Cyrus
Ide. Jane, born September 25, 1805, died June
26, 1873. She was the wife of Joseph Headen,
issue : Frances ; Nelson, who served in the Civil
^ar; Arthur, who also served in the Civil war;
and Adelaide. Harriet, born March 21, 1810,
died April 17, 1826. Elizabeth, born July 17,
1822, married Benjamin Ide, moved to Mis-
souri. John Whiteman, father of these children,
•died May 8, 1827.

Daniel Jackson Whiteman, only son of John
and 'Nancy (Jackson) Whiteman, was born in
Fishing Creek township, November 12, 1797,
died January 22, 1886. He was about sixteen
years old when his parents removed from Nor-
thumberland county to Luzerne county. He was
by trade a carpenter and joiner and a farmer by
■chief occupation. He received a good education

for those days, and was a man of sound judg-
ment. He belonged to the Order of Odd Fel-
lows. He married (first) Rebecca De Remer,
from Washington, New Jersey, born June 24,
1801, died May 8, 1827. He married (second)
March 24, 1836, Eleanor Cole De Remer, a
cousin of Rebecca De Remer, born August 25,
1 81 2, died June 8, 1885. Eleanor Cole De
Remer Whiteman was a daughter of Richard De
Reamer, who was born near Asbury, New Jer-
sey, February 23, 1786, and who served as cap-
tain in the American army during the war of
1812-15. His father was Abraham De Reamer,
of French birth and parentage, who came to this
country at an early day. Abraham De Reamer's
wife was Maria Vanderbeck, said to be a de-
scendant of Aneke Jans, for whom the claim is
made that he was once the owner of a consider-
able portion of the lower part of the city of New
York, including the property so manv years
owned by the wealthy corporation of Trinity
Church. Abraham De Reamer was a cabinet
maker and also built spinning wheels. His shop
near Asbury was destroyed by the enemy's sol-
diers during the Revolutionary war. Eleanor
Cole De Remer's maternal grandfather was Ben-
jamin Cole, owner of an early grist mill near
Newark, New Jersey. Richard De Reamer mar-
ried Anna Cole, about 1805, and their children
were : Elizabeth, born August 7, 1806 ; Mary,
born May 28, 1807: Peter, born October 27,
1808, died November i, 1808; Benjamin, born
January 7, 1810, died September 19, 1819; Elea-
nor Cole, afore-mentioned as the second wife of
Daniel Jackson Whiteman.

One child was the issue of the marriage of
Daniel Jackson and Rebecca (De Remer) White-
nian, namelv : J\Iilo, born October 7, 1826, mar-
ried Ann Samons, who bore him several children.
He moved out west. The following children
were born to Daniel Jackson and Eleanor Cole
(De Remer) Whiteman: i. Henry (Harry)
P., born in Lehman, September 30, 1831, died
March 7, 1883. He served through the Civil
war, was blacksmith of Company D, Eleventh
Pennsylvania Cavalry. He married Ada Brit-
tain, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, October 11,
1855, issue: William D., born May 12, i860:
EllDcrt Llewellvn, born February 12. 18(12, mar-
ried Lulu Crawford, April, 1886. He is a mem-
ber of the firm of Walter Hance &. Co., of
Wilkes-Barre. Elnora F., born June 7, 1871 ;
and Flora, born October 8, 1873. 2. Nancy,
born March 15, 1833, died .-Kugust 7, 1852. 3.
Richard Alonzo, born October 8, 1840, died No-



vember 5, 1897. He was a merchant at Lehman
Center, and was there postmaster from 1868 to
1899. He was the treasurer of Luzerne county
from Januar_v, 1885, to 1888. He belonged to
the orders of Odd Fellows, Masons and Knights
Templar. He married Sarah Hunter, of Dallas,
October 26, 1865, issue: Ella JNlay, born Octo-
ber 22i, 1866, and Georgia i\Iaud, born October
15, 1874. 4. Jemimah, born April 4, 1842, died
January 27, 1854. 5. Annis Brown, born Jan-
uary 15, 1844, married Samuel Roberts Ferrel, a
descendant of Jabez Roberts, one of the original
settlers of Wyoming Valley (one of the forty
Connecticut families). Issue: Lewis Dora, born
December i, 1863, married Eva Jackson, Octo-
ber 14, 1889, issue: Anna, born September 9,
1890; Fred, born May 31, 1892, deceased ; and
Henry, born October 31, 1902. Ida Irene, born
October 21, 1866, married William Herbert, Oc-
tober II, 1892, issue: Donald Guthrie Herbert,
born August 11, 1893. 6. Margaret Ann, born
March 28, 1847, married George J. Major, of
Lehman, issue : Eva Blanche, born October 2,
1869, died March 29, 1890; married Walter Ide,
pebruary, 1889, now deceased, issue : Floyd,
born March 28, 1890; Claribel, born January 11,
1872, married Bert Rice, 1890, issue: Alfred,
born September 22, 1890; George, born Julv 13.
1894; Ruth, born June 28, 1901 ; and John, born
April 5, 1903. Robert D., born October 29,
1872, married Sadie Johnson, issue : Cora, born
1897 ; Leslie, born 1900, deceased ; Russel, born
1898, deceased ; and Myrtle, born 1903. George,
born April 15, 1882, married Margaret Lamer-
aux, issue: Dorothy, born August 5, 1891, and
Nellie Grace, born October 22, 1880. 7. Stephen
Jackson, born March 8, 1849.

Stephen Jackson Whiteman, youngest son
and child of Daniel Jackson and Eleanor Cole
(De Remer) \\'hiteman, was born in Lehman,
Pennsylvania, Alarch 8, 1849. He was brought
up on a farm at Lehman, was a wheelwright at
Lehman for a few years, and moved to Wilkes-
Barre, in 1873, where he engaged in the retail
grocery business. In 1876 he entered into part-
nership with Ira M. Kirkendall and William
Penn Kirkendall and they conducted a retail gro-
cery business for a number of years under the
name of Kirkendall & Whiteman. Later it be-
came the firm of Whiteman & Patterson, and in
1888 they went into the wholesale grocerv busi-
ness. They built up a lucrative business, but in
1904 the partnership was dissolved. ^Ir. White-
man then went into business with his eldest son

in the wholesale stationery firm of H. A. White-
man & Co. He married, January 28, 1869, Lydia_
Ann Major, born May 21, 1848. George J. Ma-
jor, who married Margaret Ann Whiteman, and
Lydia Ann Major, above-mentioned, are de-
scendants of one of Lehman township's oldest,
and best known families, having lived in that lo-
cality for eighty years. The progenitors of this
family were from Yorkshire, England, and came
to America in 1821. They were Thomas Major
and his wife Mary Brinton. They first rented
a farm in Wyoming, but at the end of about a
)'ear purchased three hundred acres of land at
Lehman Center, and removed there with their-
family of seven sons and four daughters. The
sons were: Thomas, John, William, Robert,.
Frank, David and George. The daughters were :
Mary, Rebecca, Ellen and Elizabeth. These chil-
dren grew to maturity, married, and raised,
comparatively large families. The first and sec-
ond generations of the sons were farmers and
lumbermen ; the second, third and fourth gener-
ations have included farmers, mechanics, lum-
bermen, merchants and railroad men, but in all
generations the family has been noted for thrift
and industry, and several substantial fortunes,
are now possessed by its representatives.

The children of Stephen Jackson and Lydia
Ann (iMajor) Whiteman are as follows: i. Harry-
Austin, born July 31, 1870, at Lehman, married
October 25, 1900, Jane Lucas, of German-
town, Pennsylvania, issue : James Lucas, born
June 23, 1905. He was educated in the public
schools of Wilkes-Barre and the Harry Hillman
Academy. He is now engaged in the wholesale
stationery business with his father, a member of
the firm of H. A. Whiteman & Co. 2. Francis
Asbury, born January 24, 1872, at Lehman,
graduated from Wilkes-Barre public schools,
Wyoming Seminary and Hahnemann ]\Iedical
College of Philadelphia. He was resident phy-
sician one year in Hahnemann Hospital, Phila-
delphia, and one year as resident physician in
the National Homcepathic Hospital of Washing-
ton, D. C. He has been engaged in the general
practice of medicine in Wilkes-Barre since July, .

1902. 3. Edmund \'ictor. born March 4, 1878,
married Myra Gray, of Wilkes-Barre, June 10,

1903, issue : Ruth, born June 18, 1904. He en-
gaged in the business of H. A. Whiteman & Co.
He served in the Spanish-American war. Com-
pany D, Ninth Regiment. 4. Ruth, born Jan-
uary 4, 1890, a pupil in Wilkes-Barre Female-



time resident of Wilkes-Barre, recognized as a
most capable lawyer, and who has taken in pub-
lic affairs a degree of unselfish interest which at-
tests his true devotion to the duties of an ideal
citizenship, is of English descent and traces his
ancestry to Nichols.

Stephen Nichols (great-grandfather), a na-
■tive of England, settled in Connecticut. His son
John (grandfather) removed from that state in
1819, locating in Albany township, Bradford
county, Pennsylvania. He was a basket maker,
taking great pride in his work, his wares being
'the best that could be manufactured, and many
beautiful specimens of his handicraft remain as
evidences of his mechanical skill and artistic
taste. On one occasion he constructed a basket
having a capacity of one and a half bushels, and
the splints were so closely woven together that it
held water entirely without leakage. He married
Margaret Potter, who was also born in England,
and whose father, Robert Potter, was a soldier
in the Revolutionary war, and was with General
'Gates at the surrender of Burgoyne.

George W. Nichols (father), son of John and
Margaret (Potter) Nichols, was born in Albany
township, and passed his life in New Albany. He
was a carpenter and millwright by occupation,
and served as justice of the peace for about a
score of years. He was a man of excellent char-
acter and of genial disposition. His wife was
Elizabeth B. Hemingway, who was born in Rome,
Pennsylvania, and who died May 3, 1872.

Francis Marion Nichols, son of George W.
and Elizabeth B. (Hemingway) Nichols, was
born in Smithfield, Bradford county, Pennsyl-
vania, May 23, 1851. He remained at home until
he was sixteen years of age, when he entered upon
a career of his own. He had acquired an ex-
cellent, practical education, of which he made
ample use. Before he was of age he taught school
in the townships of Athens and Ulster, in Kis na-
tive county. He then went to Kansas, where he
completed his education, entering the State Uni-
versity at Lawrence in the sophomore year, and
pursuing a three year course, at intervals serving
as an instructor in mathematics in the Macauly
Business College at Lawrence. In the same city
he began his legal studies, having as preceptors
Barker & Summerfield. He completed his read-
ing under W. A. and B. M. Peck, of Towanda,
Pennsylvania, and early in 1873 was admitted to
practice in the courts of Bradford county, Penn-
sylvania, and to the Luzerne county bar on Oc-
tober 28 of the same year. He at once entered

upon jjractice. and drew to himself a clientele
which has constantly increased in extent and im-
portance. His professional ability has found
numerous acknowledgments of much signifi-
cance. In 1879 he received a high compliment in
appointment by the court to the position of dis-
trict attorney of his county to fill the vacancy
occasioned by the elevation of its incinnbent, Hon.
Charles E. Rice, to the bench. In the same year
he received the Republican nomination for the
same position for the full term, but was defeated
and by only a few votes. In 1880 Attorney Gen-
eral Palmer appointed him a special assistant
attorney for Luzerne county. In 1882 he was
again the Republican candidate for the district
attorneyship, and was defeated by a plurality of
less than one thousand. From 1891 to 1892 he
served as stamp deputy in the revenue service for
the United States, but resigned on account of his
election in February of the latter named year to
the office of mayor, which he held until 1902, a
period of ten years. In 1902 he was appointed
judge of the orphan's court by the go.vernor of
the state, but declined because he was at that time
a candidate for re-election for the office of mayor,
having been nominated in the convention of the
Republican party, and therefore could not at-
tend to the duties of judge and also to his can-
vass. In the eIectio.n the Republicans were di-
vided into two separate and distinct parties, and
on this account Rlr. Nichols together with the
other Republican candidates were defeated. Since
his retirement from the office of mayor Mr. Nich-
ols has been actively engaged in the practice of

In politics Mr. Nichols has been a Republican
from his youth, but his sense of propriety and
right has at various times led him to withhold
his support from candidates named by ring domi-
nation, and even to antagonize them openly. He
was prime leader in his county in the revolt
against the Cameron domination, acted as chair-
man of the independent organization in Luzerne
county, and in that capacity exerted himself with
great industry and rare ability, maintaining a
voluminous correspondence, giving much time to
the work of organization, and performing bril-
liant service on the stump. After the emergency
had passed he resumed his place in the Republi-
can ranks (which, as a matter of fact, he had
never deserted), and has since given efficient sup-
port to its principles, policies and candidates. Dur-
ing the momentous campaign of 1884 he pre-
pared a masterly exposition of the tariff, treat-
ing the subject upon its merits per se, as dis-



tinguislied from the doctrine of incidental pro-
tection. Tliis he deHvered before a large audi-
ence in the court house in Wilkes-Barre, and its
res gestae fomied the gist of many less formal
addresses delivered by him during the campaign
which ensued. He possesses excellent oratorical

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