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this Peter was of German ancestry, and himself
possibly of German birth, yet even this is not
definitely known. He had five sons, whose names
were Joseph, Samuel, David, Benjamin, Andrew
and Daniel Kunkel, and they in Peter's time were
a numerous family in Berks county, Pennsyl-
vania.

Daniel Kunkel, son of Peter, was a farmer in
Berks county, and he had a family of chihlren,
among whom were his sons, Benjami'.i, Jacob.
Daniel and John. This John was born in Berks
county, in 1821, and was a farmer there. His
wife was Mary Long, and they had childre-i, as
follows : Sarah, married Samuel Poli-h, of
Berks county; Jonas, married a Miss Trexler,
and settled in Schuylkill county, where he was a
farmer; \\'illiam. whose wife's r.a:ne Vi'as .Marv ;



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Amanda, who married, her husband's name being
unknown ; and John, Louis, Henry, Emma and
Daniel Kunkel.

Henry Kunkel, above noted, is Dr. Henry
Kunkel, of Kingston, who is known profession-
ally throughout the region about Kingston and
Wilkes-Barre, where the scene of his active life
is laid. He was educated in the public schools,
the State Normal school, and also at Lafayette
College, graduating in the class of "87. His med-
ical education was acquired chiefly in the College
of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Mary-
land, whence came his diploma, i88g, I\I. D. His
professional career was begun in Brooklvn, and
in the course of about six months he removed to
Kingston, where he now lives, enjoying an excel-
lent practice and the respect of the people of that
borough. He is a member of the Luzerne Coun-
ty, the Lehigh Valley, and the Pennsylvania State
]\Iedical societies, and of the American Medical
Association, and the American Academy of Med-
icine. Dr. Kunkel is a Republican, but not spe-
cially active in politics, and both he and his wife
are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Henry Kunkel married. December 29,
1898, Eleanor E. Dundor, daughter of Adam
Dundor, of Berks county, Pennsylvania. They
liave one child, Henry Kunkel, born May 20,
1903.

GRIER BERNARD SNYDER, a lawyer, of
AVilkes-Barre, was born in Shickshinny, Penn-
sylvania, September 3, 1871, son of Milton J. and
Sallie E. (Heller) Snyder. His grandfather's
family consisted of ten children, among whom
were the following : Milton, mentioned herein-
after. Bernice, deceased, was the wife of Frank
Griffith, resided in Philadelphia. Edith, who re-
sided in Philadelphia. Lla, married (second)
Harry Danth, resides in Philadelphia. Lillian,
married Lewis S. Baxter, issue : Rita and one
son, deceased. They reside in Philadelphia. How-
ard, married Ella Purcell, of \\'ilkes-Barre, issue :
Lee, Darrell and Rolland. They reside in Phila-
delphia. William, father of two children : \\'ar-
ren and Ray. Lida, widow of Grimm Tyreman,
of Town Hill, Pennsylvania, issue : Lee, Min-
nie, and one child, deceased. The family reside
in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Milton Snyder (father), was born in Shick-
shinny, Pennsylvania. After completing a com-
mon school education he served an apprenticeship
at the trade of sadler in his native town, and upon
the completion of the same went to Owego, Tioga
countv. New York, where he located and took



charge of the King Harness Manufacturing
Company at that point, remaining in charge until
November, 1903, the date of his death, he being
then fifty-one years of age. During the Civil
war he enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and
Fortv-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
and served throughout the entire period of the
conflict. Mr. Snyder was an Episcopalian in re-
ligion, a Democrat in politics, and a member of
the Ancient, Free and Accepted !\Iasons, of
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Snyder married Sallie E. Heller, born at
Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania, daughter of Absa-
lom and Katherine (Weiss) Heller, natives of
Wapwallopen. Three children were the issue of
this union: May E.. born 1869, died at the age
of fourteen years, and was buried at \\'apwallo-
pen, Pennsylvania. Grier Bernard, mentioned
hereinafter. Laura, born February 19, 1873,
married Scott E. Eenstermacher, of Wapwallo-
pen, issue : Le Roy S. and Lolita E. They reside
at Berwick, Pennsylvania. The mother of these
children died at her home in Shickshinny, Sep-
tember 5, 1879, and was buried at Wapwallopen.
Mr. Snyder was buried at Owego, New York.

Grier Bernard Snyder, only son of Milton J.
and Sallie E. (Heller) Snyder, spent his early
days in his native town and acquired his literary
education at the public schools and at Bloomsburg
Normal school, graduating from the latter insti-
tution in the class of 189 1. He then attended La-
fayette College, graduating therefrom with the
class of 1895, after which he entered Dickinson
Law School, from which he was graduated with
the class of 1897. He was admitted to the Lu-
zerne county bar November 27, 1897, and has
since been engaged in the active practice of his
profession in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In
national afJairs Mr. Snyder casts his vote for the
candidates of the Republican party, but in local
matters is ruled by choice and not by party
afiiliation. He attends the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Snvder is an earnect and public-spirited citi-
zen, and can always be depended upon to support
any worthy public enterprise.

CONRAD W. LOTZ. One of the self-made
men of Scranton is Conrad W. Lotz, a son of
Conrad Lotz. who for more than thirty years has
been employed as a blacksmith by the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western Coal Company. Conrad
and Marv Lotz are the parents of the following
children : Conrad W., mentioned hereinafter ;
Louise, Kate, George, Jacob, ]\Iamie, Annie,
Emma. Frank and Matilda.



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Conrad W. Lotz, son of Conrad and ^larv
Lotz, was born Alarch 21, 1873, in Scranton, at-
tended the public schools of his native citv, and
early in life worked on the coal breaker for the
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Coal Com-
pany, picking slate. He next took up the trade
of bookbinding with his uncle, Jacob Lotz, and
in 1893 went into business for himself in Scran-
ton, where he now has a flourishing establish-
ment. Air. Lotz is one of the owners of the Cor-
respondence Institute of America, in which he
holds the ofifice of treasurer. He is an active
mem^ber of the Welsh Baptist Church.

Mr. Lotz married, June 4, 1902, Emily L.
Evans, and two children have been born to them :
Conrad, died in infancy; and Conrad, junior,
born January 22, 1905. Mrs. Lotz is a daughter
of Joseph J. Evans, who for fifty years worked
in the mines and then opened a grocery store,
where he now carries on a large business. His
wife, Mary Evans, who like himself is of Welsh
extraction, bore him two daughters: Emily L.,
who became the wife of Conrad W. Lotz, as men-
tioned above, and Maria, who resides at home.
The death of Mrs. Evans occurred about ten
years ago. Mr. Evans is competent to give an
accurate and interesting history of the coal in-
dustry of the county.

WILLIAAI H. BERGE, M. D. The medical
profession of the county finds in Dr. William
H. Berge, of Avoca, a worthy representative.
Dr. Berge is the son of Frederick W. Berge, who
was born in Germany, in 1838, and in 1855 emi-
grated with his brother John to the United
States. Frederick W. Berge was a shoemaker,
and for a number of years labored successfullv
at his trade. He was one of those citizens of
foreign birth whose devotion to their adopted
country was sufficiently strong to lead them to
take up arms in defense of the government. In
1861 he enlisted in Company M, Fourth Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served faith-
fully under the command of General Seigel until
1865, when he was honorably discharged. On
his return to Scranton, which had hitherto been
his home, he became the popular and obliging
landlord of the Keiser Valley Hotel, which he
successfully conducted for a number of years.
The high esteem in which he is held as a citizen
is indicated by the number of oi^ces to which he
has been elected by his neighbors. For a num-
ber of years he was tax collector of his ward,
has served two terms as poor director, and is
now assessor of the same ward. In politics he



is a Democrat. Mr. Berge married Catherine
Langen, who was born in 1843, '^ Ireland, and
emigrated to this country in 1857. Mr. and Mrs.
Berge were the parents of the following chil-
dren : Frederick ; William H., mentioned at
length hereinafter ; John, Agnes, who is the wife
of Louis Andres ; Josephine ; and Anastasia.
Mrs. Berge, the exemplary mother of these chil-
dren, passed away in 1897, at the age of fifty-
four years.

William H. Berge, son of Frederick W. and
Catherine (Langen) Berge, was born September
20, 1868, in Scranton, where he was educated in
the common schools. He subsequently entered
the Baltimore College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, from which institution he received in
1893 the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He im-
mediately began practice at Avoca, where he has
since remained, the constantly widening circle of
his patronage including several of the adjacent
boroughs. Notwithstanding his devotion to his
profession Dr. Berge finds time for the duties of
citizenship, and, since 1902, has held the office of
coroner of Luzerne county. He served three
vears as chairman of the board of health, and
from 1899 to 1902 was chief burgess of Avoca.
He is a member of the Luzerne Aledical Society,
the State Medical Society and the American
Medical Association, He also belongs to the
Protective Order of Elks and Knights of Colum-
bus. Dr. Berge married in 1888, Anna E., who
was born at Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, and is
the daughter of Reuben and Alary Kirkhuff. res-
idents of Wyoming County. Dr. and Mrs. Berge
are the parents of four children : Flossy, Fran-
ces, Frederick and Helen.

FRED W. STARK. There are and for the
last century have been representatives of the sur-
name Stark closely identified with the history of
Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. The surname
itself is English, and among the early settlers in
New England were Starks, some of whom won
fame on battle fields of the Revolution. (See
Stark Family.) Of the Stark family intended to
be treated iil this place, at least four generations
have lived in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, and
they are descended from the Vermont and New
Hampshire Starks, of whom mention is made
elsewhere.

Cornelius Stark, one of the best types of the
old New England Starks, was born in Luzerne
county (now Susquehanna), and his wife was
Lo'uisa Wagner. Sometime about 1840, perhaps
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set up a liverv business there, and in time became
the owner of a considerable part of the land
where now is West Pittston ; but then the lands
in that locality were valued chiefly from a farm-
er's standpoint, and when opportunity offered
Mr. Stark gladly exchanged them for a farm in
Susquehanna county, and removed there. He
eventually removed to Wilkes-Barre, and died in
that city in 1878. Cornelius and Louisa (Wag-
ner) Stark had nine children.

Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Franklin Stark,
son of Cornelius Stark, was born in Montrose,
Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, 1845, died in
\\'ilkes-Barre, 1893. He was lieutenant-colonel
of the Ninth Regiment, National Guard of Penn-
sylvania, prominent alike in business, military and
Masonic circles. Colonel Stark spent his young
life in Susquehanna county, and was educated
in the old Montrose Academy, and also in the
Lowell Business College, in Binghampton, New
York. His first practical knowledge of mercan-
tile business was acquired as clerk in a Montrose
store, and in 1871 he came down into the coal
fields of the Wyoming Valley and established a
"company store." In 1878 he started a cab and
transfer business in Wilkes-Barre, was its pio-
neer there, and upon his death it was sold to the
Posten Transfer Company, as since known. Mr.
Stark was made a member of Lodge No. 61, Free
and Accepted ^Masons, February 27, 1882, and al-
ways manifested a deep interest in the work and
welfare of the craft. In politics he was a Repub-
lican, and once was the candidate of his party in
Wilkes-Barre for the mayoralty. He was a mem-
ber of the Ninth Regiment. National Guard of
Pennsylvania, from its organization until just
after his return from service at Homestead,
Pennsylvania, during the serious labor riots there.
He then resigned his lieutenant-colonelcy on ac-
count of ill health. He was captain of Company
F si.x years, major of the regiment three weeks.
,nnd lieutenant-colonel seven years. Colonel Stark
married, October 10, 1868, .\Iary Frances War-
ner, born in Montrose, Pennsylvania, daughter of
General Dimmock D. Warner and his wife ^larv
A. Raynsford. The children of this marriage
were : Fred Wagner, Helen W., Jared W., M.
Louise and Harold R. Stark.

Fred Wagner Stark, son of Colonel Franklin
Stark, was born in Montrose, Pennsylvania, April
30, 1870, and educated at the Harry Hillman and
Wilkes-Barre Academies in Wilkes-Barre. From
1888 to 1893 he was associated in business with
his father, and afterward, until 1894, was em-
ploye:! by the Lehigh \'alley Coal Company. In



}\lay, 1895, he was agent in the anthracite coal
regions for the Forcite Powder Company, and
;\Iarch I, 1904, engaged in a similar capacity with
the Dnpont Powder Company. 'Mr. Stark mar-
ried, October 27, 1897, Claire Louise Walbrick,
of Jersey City, New Jersey, daughter of William
^^'albrick, now of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
'Sir. and Mrs. Stark have two children : Robert
Walbrick and Claire Elizabeth Stark.

CHARLES E. JONES. Success in life de-
pends not on chance or accident, but on a clear
understanding of business principles and a close
application of them to every-day life. Add to
this an honest, upright and con^cieiivicus treat-
ment of patrons, giving them the iiest goods they
can find in the market at the lowest possible
price, and success is sure to follov/ These prin-
ciples have been carried out and this fact clearly
demonstrated by Charles E. Jones, who is one of
the leading and foremost business i;;en of Nan-
ticoke.

Edward Jones, father of Ch'i'-lps E. Jones,
was a native of Nova Scotia. In i8';g, subse-
quent to his marriage to Annie M. Ross, who
was a native of Kent, England, he came to the
United States, locating in New York city. In
1875 he moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
resided there until 1883, then moved to Nanti-
coke, where he died :March 17, 1889: his wife
passed away May 3, 1886. Their famil}- con-
sisted of six children, among whom were : ;\Irs.
Annie E. Puckey, of Nanticoke ; Mrs. William
Ritter, died August 23, 1905 : Walter B. Jones, of
Larch, Texas; and Charles E. Jones, of Nanti-
coke, Pennsylvania, whose name heads this
sketch.

Charles E. Jones was born in Halifax, Xova
Scotia, December 23, 1849. He accompanied his
parents upon their removal to the United States,
and his education was obtained in the schools of
New York city. In 1872 he came to Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, and there entered the em-
ploy of Wurzberger Brothers as manager of their
extensive establishment. This connection con-
tinued until 1876, when he engaged in business
on his own account in Wilkes-Barre, his store
being well stocked with a full line of dry goods,
notions, carpets, oil cloths, etc., and this he con-
ducted successfullv up to 1882, a period of six
years, when he moved to his present place of
business in Nanticoke, continuing his business on
a larger scale. During his residence in Nanti-
coke, Mr. Jones has served three years as bor-
ough auditor. He is a member of the IMasonic



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fraternity, being connected witli all the bodies,
including the Consistory ; also Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, Knights of Malta, Knights
of the Golden Eagle, and the Sons of St. George.
He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal
Church. Mr. Jones married, April ii, 1894,
Miss Lucy Webster, of Circleville, Ohio. No
■chidren have been born of this marriage.

THOMAS FRANCIS FITZSIMMONS.
No citizen of Avoca was better known and none
was held in higher esteem than Thomas Francis
Fitzsimmons, whose name is now one of those
which belong to the past. Mr. Fitzsimmons was
a son of Walter Fitzsimmons, a native of Ireland,
as was his wife, Mary Coleman. Their family
consisted of nine children, five of whom are now
living. The mother of these children died in
1886, and is still survived by her husband.

Thomas Francis Fitzsimmons, son of Walter
and Mary (Coleman) Fitzsimmons, was born
April, 4, 1863, near Smithville, Luzerne county,
and was educated in the schools of his birthplace.
The popularity as a citizen which Mr. Fitzsim-
mons enjoyed, remarkable as it was, was fully
merited. In 1888 he became a resident of Avoca,
and from that time until his death was elected to
the highest offices of the borough which the suf-
frages of his fellow-citizens could confer upon
him. He was chosen a member of the council,
•of which he was for three years president, and
after having been appointed to complete an unex-
pired term as chief burgess was elected to the
same office. August 19, 1893, he was appointed
postmaster, filling the office in a manner most
creditable to himself and satisfactory to the gov-
ernment until October, 1897. He was then
■elected justice of the peace, an office which he
filled with dignity and ability. What further
honors would have been conferred upon him,
had his life been prolonged, it is impossible to
say, for he was a man who commanded the re-
spect and confidence of all. He was president of
a labor union at the time of his death. He be-
longed to the Independent Order of Red Men,
of Avoca, and the C. M. B. A. Society. Mr.
Fitzsimmons married, January 2, 1888, Anna M..
daughter of John and Nora Barrv, all natives of
Luzerne county. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons are
the parents of the following children : Wal-
ter, born October 6, 1888; Noralie, born
January 29, 1890: Mary Grace, born August
I, 1891 ; Alice Frances, born February 4,
1894: Rose Thomas, born August 9, 1895:
and Helen Barry, born October 9, 1899. The



death of Mr. Fitzsimmons, which occurred De-
cember 29, 1 90 1, was sincerely lamented by
all who knew him as that of a good man and a
conscientious, public-spirited citizen, a man ad-
mirable alike in domestic and social relations and
in the broader field of communty affairs.

EDGAR R. CABLE. The Cable family,
worthily represented in the present generation by
Edgar R. Cable, a member of the firm of Bergin
& Company, millers, of Nanticoke, also actively
identified with other business enterprises, is of
Scotch origin, the pioneer ancestors having left
their native hills to make a home for themselves
in the new world, settling in Connecticut prior
to the Revolutionary war. Hannah Ball, great-
grandmother of Edgar R. Cable, was closely re-
lated to Ann Ball, the mother of George Wash-
ington. The members of the Cable family re-
siding in Owego, New York, at the present time
(1905) are quite prominent. Two of the uncles
of Edgar R. Cable are representatives of the peo-
ple in the legislature — Hon. F. O. and Hon. G.
W. Cable, of Owego — the latter named having
been a member of the Connecticut state legis-
lature.

Agur Cable, father of Edgar R. Cable, was
a native of Connecticut. He represented the
Erie Railroad and for a period of fifteen years
was in charge of their dining rooms at Owego
and Susquehanna. He was a hatter by trade,
which he followed during the early years of his
active career. In 1848 he took up his residence
in Owego, New York, and the following year
went to California where he spent one year in
successful prospecting, returning at the expira-
tion of this period of time to his home in Owego.
He married Sarah Kimbell, who was born in
Haverhill, Massachusetts, a daughter of Joseph
Kimbell, who was a hatter by trade. Mr. Kim-
bell was for a time a resident of Elizabethport,
New Jersey, where he owned considerable prop-
erty, which after his death was divided among
his heirs. From Elizabethport he moved to
Owego, New York, where his death occurred.
Four" children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cable,
as follows: Edwin, Mrs. J. M. SuftVins, Mrs.
Charles R. Dean, and Edgar R., mentioned at
length hereinafter. Agur Cable died at his home
in Owego, New York, 1866. He was survived
bv his wife, who passed away in 1878.

Edgar R. Cable was born in Owego, Tioga
countv" New York, in 1861. He attended the
common schools of the town, thereby acquiring
an excellent English education. He gained his



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first practical business experience with the Cham-
pion Wagon Company, of Owego, was one of
their most faithful and trusted employes, and
finally became their general agent. His territory
covered Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and part of
^laryland. He remained with this company up
to 1903, in which year he became a mtmber of
the Bergin Company, of Nanticoke, Pennsyl-
vania, which is one of the well known and pros-
perous enterprises of that borough. They deal
extensively in all kinds of grain, feed, hay, straw,
ilour (their buckwheat flour being in great de-
mand throughout the various western states),
and potatoes. Their mill, which is located on
Harvey's creek, is the only one in Plymouth
township, and is one of the old landmarks of that
vicinity. It was built about 1832, passed through
various hands, and in 1895 became the property
of Michael and James E. Bergin, the other mem-
bers of the company. Aside from this Mr. Cable
is interested in the manufacture and repairing of
all kinds of machinery, being in partnership with
E. S. Millard, of Kingston, Pennsylvania. Their
shop, which was established in 1895, is situated
at Nanticoke, gives employment to three men,
and is run by a six horse-power engine. Mr.
Cable is one of those industrious men who give
character to a community and promote the best
interests of the people. He is a member of
Awaga Lodge, No. 587. Eree and Accepted Ma-
sons. In 1887 Mr. Cable was united in marriage
to Isabella Bergin, daughter of Michael and
Catherine Bergin, who are mentioned at length
in the sketch of James E. Bergin, which appears
elsewhere in this work. They are the parents of
one daughter, Kathleen, born December 15, 1892.

JA:MES C. BRADER. in the foremost
ranks of the progressive men of Nanticoke stands
James C. Brader. The paternal progenitors of
Mr. Brader were for several generations resi-
dents of Pennsylvania, the family being origin-
ally of German stock. Through his mother he
is the descendant of Scottish ancestors.

Henry Brader. of Northampton county, Penn-
sylvania, was a carpenter and a farmer, and in
1834 moved to Salem township, Luzerne county.
His wife was Catherine Boram, also a native of
Northampton county, and their family consisted
of the following children: Simon, George, Dan-
iel, mentioned at length hereinafter ; Samuel, Jo-
seph, John. James and Catherine. Of this num-
ber all were workers in wood except George, who
was a bookkeeper.

Daniel Brader. son of Henrv and Catherine



(Boram) Brader, was a carpenter and boat-
builder. He was one of the representative men
of his town, and for some years served as justice
of the peace. He was a member and an officer
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married
Adeline Campbell, a native, like himself, of Beach
Haven, and daughter of James Campbell. ■Mr.
and Airs. Brader were the parents of the follow-
ing children : Ida G.. who is the wife of the Rev.
L. W. Karschner, of the Wyoming Conference ;
Harry E., of Wilkes-Barre ; George G., also of
Wilkes-Barre : and James C, mentioned at length
hereinafter. The death of Airs. Brader, the
mother of these children, occurred in 1858, and
her husband survived her many years, passing
away in 1882.

James C. Brader, son of Daniel and Adeline
(Campbell) Brader, was born February 12, 1856,
at Beach Haven, Luzerne county, and received
his primary education in the public schools of his
native town, later graduating from the Commer-
cial College of the Wyoming Seminary. After
leaving school he taught for one year at Button-
wood, and then entered the service of the Dela-
ware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Com-
pany, as telegraph operator at Berwick. He held
this position for one year, and then removed to-
Nanticoke to accept the position of shipping clerk



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