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for the Susquehanna Coal Company. There he
remained three years, after which he was made
manager of the company's supply store, where he
spent another three years, and in 188 1 became
assistant superintendent. This position he held
until 1886, when he established himself in the
real estate and insurance business in his present
office on Main street. In addition to buying and
selling real estate and managing estates, he is
agent for thirteen of the leading insurance com-
panies and for all steamship lines. He was one
of the organizers of the First National Bank of
Nanticoke, in which he is a stockholder, and also
holds the offices of vice-president and secretary
of the board of directors. For several years he
was one of the directors, and also manager, of
the Nanticoke Light Company. Some years ago
he was a member of the board of trade, and is
now secretary and treasurer of the Landlord's
Protective Association. He is a Republican in
politics, and for five years was a councilman and
also served as auditor. He is a member of Nan-
ticoke Lodge, No. 541, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons. He is a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church, in which for twenty \ears he has
been a trustee, and of which he is also treasurer.
He was unanimously chosen president of the Ep-



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worth League when that society was organized
in his church. J\lr. Brader married, April 15,
1 88 1, Stella, daughter of Thomas Lazerus, of
Buttonwood, Plymouth township, and three chil-
dren were born to them : Martha L. ; Clarence
A., deceased ; and Alfred E. These children were
earlv deprived of their mother's care, the death
of Mrs. Brader occurring October 16, 1891.

CHARLES C. BEERS. Among the repre-
sentative business men of the borough of Nanti-
coke may be mentioned the name of Charles C.
Beers, a" contractor and builder, whose birth oc-
curred in Owego, Tioga county. New York, July
8, 1868. He is a son of Charles and Ruth
(Decker) Beers, both of whom were born in
Tioga county, New York, the former, who. was a
farmer of that county, being now deceased, and
the latter living at the present time (1905). Their
family consisted of five children: Don, Frank,
Belief Lena, and Charles C, the latter named
being the only one that removed to Pennsylvania.
Charles Beers ( father) was a son of David and
(Richardson) Beers, who were the par-
ents of one other son, namely : Albert Beers.

In the common schools of his native town,
Owego, Charles C. Beers obtained an education
which qualified him for the activities of life. His
early years were spent on a farm where he culti-
vated traits and habits which have proved of
benefit to him throughout his active career. On
December i, 1888, he migrated to Nanticoke,
Pennsvlvania, where he learned his trade, that of
contractor and builder, and where he has re-
mained ever since, a loyal and worthy citizen. In
the spring of 1897, having thoroughly mastered
all the details of his trade, he engaged in busi-
ness on his own account, and his work extends in
and about Nanticoke, in which territory he has
erected over sixty houses. He takes the entire
construction of the building from beginning to
end, employing ten men of his own trade, in addi-
tion to masons and painters. In 1904 he built
fourteen houses and one church, which will stand
as monuments to his skill and ability along the
lines of his vocation for many years. He is a
consistent and active member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He is also a member of thci
Patriotic Order Sons of America, and the Fra-
ternal Order of Eagles.

In 1896 Mr. Beers was married to Miss Lelia
Burmaford, who was born in England, March 30,
1873, a daughter of William and Eliza (Copp)
Burmaford, who upon their emigration from
their native land, England, located in Wilkes-



Barre, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in min-
ing. Later he abandoned the mines and devoted
his attention to the boot and shoe business, be-
coming a prosperous merchant. Mr. Burmaford
is now deceased. Three children were born to
j\Ir. and Mrs. Beers : Claud, Russell and Charles.

OCTAVUS STANTON WILCOX, form-
erly senior member of the firm of Wilcox &
Walp, which was one of the leading enterprises
of the borough of Nanticoke, is a native of Jack-
son township, born March 30, 1864. The Wil-
coxes are an old family in the Wyoming Yalley,
and were survivors of the Wyoming massacre,
having been among the number who escaped
down the river and reached New Jersey in safety.

Charles M. Wilcox, father of Octavus S.
Wilcox, was born in Plains, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, 1836. During his young manhood
he was engaged in teaching school for a number
of vears, a vocation for which he was well cjuali-
fied. Later he was employed as docking boss
at the Avondale mine for several years, in which
capacity he gave the utmost satisfaction. He
was held in high esteem by his fellow citizens,
who elected him to the office of school director,
and he was also the incumbent of several minor
township offices. He was a consistent member
of the Baptist Church. Mr. Wilcox married
Esther Cease, who was born in Plymouth town-
ship, February 28, 1841, and six of their children
grew to maturity, namely : Calvin P., deceased ;
Beecher; Octavus S., mentioned hereinafter;
Homer C, deceased ; Cora L., and Gertrude E.,
the latter a teacher in the schools of West Nanti-
coke since 1895, and is now (1905) also engaged
in teaching music. Mr. Wilcox died January,
1901. He was survived by his wife, who at the
present time (1905) is residing at West Nan-
ticoke.

Mrs. Charles M. Wilcox is a daughter of
Jacob and Jane (Van Loon) Cease, and grand-
daughter of Henry and Polly (Sorber) Cease.
Henry Cease was a native of Germany, and after
his arrival in this country settled in Jackson town-
ship, Pennsylvania, where he became the owner
of a large tract of land ; he was one of the pioneer
settlers of that township. His wife was a native
of Sorbertown, Hemlock township, Pennsylvania,
and bore him a family of seventeen children,
among whom were the following : George, Jacob
Henry, Peter, Philip, Josiah, Benjamin, John,
Sarah, Susan. Christian, Priscilla Barbara and
Joseph. Jacob Cease (father) was born in Jack-
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operated a saw mill. He was one of the pioneers
of the \\'\-oming Valley, and became the owner of.
a farm consisting of two hundred acres near
Ceasetown. His wife, Jane (Van Loon) Cease,
a native of Plymouth, whose ancestors partici-
jjated in the \\')'oming massacre, bore him ten
children, seven of whom grew to maturity, name-
ly : Esther, Jamison, Henry, Fletcher, Raymond,
Amelia, deceased ; and xA.delia, deceased.

Octavus S. Wilcox, son of Charles j\L and
Esther (Cease) \\'ilcox, was reared in his native
township, educated in the common schools there-
of and at West Nanticoke, and learned his trade
of carpenter and builder in Plymouth. He has
follovv'ed that line of work for more than two de-
cades, and being a thoroughly expert workman,
and executing faithfully whatever is committed
to his care, has achieved a large degree of suc-
cess. In 1897 he entered into partnership with
Mr. Walp in the contracting and building busi-
ness, which connection continued up to Alay,
1S95, the firm being well known for the excel-
lence of its workmanship. Mr. Wilcox has since
continued the business in his own name, and his
work extends over a considerable portion of the
^^'yoming \'alley. but the principal part is in
Xanticoke and adjacent towns. Mr. Wilcox is a
member of the Patriotic Order Sons of America,
and the Carpenter's Union.

Mr. Wilcox married, May 21, 1891, Alamie
E. Young, daughter of James A. and Elizabeth
( Snyder) Young, the former named having been
born in Scotland, 1838, died February 16, 1903.
and the latter born in Pennsylvania, Mav 29,
1843, living at the present time (1905). Their
family consisted of five children: James M., \Yi\-
liam M., Charles F., Agnes A., and Mamie E.,
aforementioned as the wife of Mr. Wilcox. Mr.
Young came to this country at the age of six
years. He resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
up to his twelfth year, when he removed to Nan-
ticoke, same state. He became a farmer of con-
siderable importance, and also held several re-
sponsible offices, among them being that of jus-
tice of the peace for twelve years. Six children
were the issue of the marriage of Mr. and ]\Irs.
AVilcox : I. Calvin P., bom Julv 12, 1891, died
August 6, 1891. 2. Preston B., born October
23, 1893. 3. Charles AL, born April 15, 1895.
4. Hobart S.. born July 11, 1897. 5. Gertrude
L., born March 11, 1900, died May 10, 1905.
6. Millie H., born August 21, 1903.

OSCAR ELLSWORTH WALP, of Nanti-
coke. formerly a member of the firm of Wilcox
& \\'alp, contractors and builders, whose opera-



tions extended throughout a large section of Wy-
oming \ "alley. Oscar E. Walp was born in Sei-
bertsville, Luzerne county, Pennsvlvania, May
30, 1866.

Thomas Walp, father of Oscar E. Walp, was
a descendant of German ancestry. In earlv life
he learned the trade of blacksmitn, wliich he fol-
lowed throughout his active career and thereby
gained a comfortable livelihood. He married
Deliah Boon, a daughter of Daniel Boon, who
was a relative of Daniel Boon, of Kentucky, the
noted trapper and Indian fighter. Five children
were the issue of this marriage, namely : Dora,
Oscar E., Lizzie. Harry and John. Thomas Walp,
father of these children, died in 1876. His widow
became the wife of a Air. Santee, by whom slie
had one son, Frank Santee.

Oscar E. Walp was reared in his native town,
Seibertsville, Pennsylvania, and attended the
common schools of Catawissa, Columbia county,
where he obtained a good education. During the
first few >'ears of his active career he was em-
plo\-ed on a farm, and subsequently he served an
apprenticeship at the trade of builder and car-
penter. In 1885 he took up his residence in the
borough of Nanticoke, where he has since re-
sided. In 1897 he entered into partnership with
Mr. Wilcox, which connection continued until
May I, 1895, and since then Air. Walp has fol-
lowed the same business on his own account. As
a citizen he has always upheld such measures as
tend to promote the welfare of others, and he
contributes of his time and means to the progress
and development of the community. Air. Walp
is a member of the Patriotic Order Sons of
America, and the Carpenter's Union.

Alarch 20. 1888, Air. Walp was united in mar-
riage to Stella Gregory, daughter of Joseph and
Mary (Bloom) Gregory, of Aluhlenburg, Penn-
sylvania. Joseph Gregory was born Alay 9, 1818,
a son of Peter Gregory, who was among the pio-
neer settlers of the Wyoming Valley. The first
wife of Joseph Gregory was Rebecca Roberts.
By his marriage he became the father of six chil-
dren, as follows : Elisha, Erminda. Charles,
Russell, Estelle and Rosy. Three children were
born to Air. and Airs. Walp, namely, Roscoe E.,
Eva D., and Gertrude A. Walp.

WALTER HERAIAN DIPPE, cne of the
representative citizens and successful business
men of Nanticoke, is one of that class of men who
are adapted to and succeed in whatever line of
calling they may choose to enter, and whose ca-
reers are worthy of emulation by all young men
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world. He was born in Germany, December 15,
187 1, a son of Charles and Minnie (Tauerj
Dippe, both natives of Germany, who came tu
this country, accompanied by their children, in
1887. The names of their children are as fol-
lows : Agnes, Gustave, deceased ; Minnie, wife
of Richard Keil ; and Walter Herman Dippe.
Charles Dippe, (father) at the present time
(1905) is a resident of Greater New York, and
there owns and operates a truck farm.

Walter Herman Dippe was reared in his na-
tive country, attended the common schools adja-
cent to his home, and also spent one year in learn-
ing the trade of butcher. In 1887 he accompa-
nied his parents to the United States, they locat-
ing in New York, where they have resided ever
since. After working for several firms and a
number of individuals Walter H. Dippe migra-
ted to Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and there for a
short time was employed at his trade. In 1892
he engaged in business on his own account, and
during the intervening years his patronage has
steadily increased until now he is one of the lead-
ing butchers in the borough. During the beef
strike in 1904 he built a slaughter house for his
own convenience, and to this he has attached a
sausage factory where he utilizes all the meat.
He is a prominent member of the Concordia
Singing Society, being the possessor of a fine
tenor voice which is noted for richness and
clearness.

In 1897 Mr. Dippe was united in marriage to
Olga Yeackel, who was born in Germany, a
daughter of Charles and Dorothea Yeackel, of
Alden, who emigrated to the United States in
1881, when Mrs. Dippe was but two years of
age. Mr. and Mrs. Yeackel are the parents of
the following named children : Augusta, Lena,
John, Charles, Tillie, Albert, Olga, Simon, Edith,
Adelia, deceased ; and a child who died in infancy.
Two children were the issue of the marriage of
Mr. and Mrs. Dippe: Viola, deceased; and
Wilma Marion Dippe.

JACOB SCHAPPERT, a leading merchant
of Nanticoke, where for twenty-three years he
i.as conducted his business to the entire satisfac-
tion of his numerous patrons, was born in Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1858.

Joseph Schappert, father of Jacob Schappert,
was born in Germany, and like the majority of
the sons of the Fatherland was honest, industri-
ous and frugal. In 1855, deciding to test the
business opportunities of the new world, he emi-
grated thither and located in Wilkes-Barre,



Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade, that
of carpenter. In 1869, accompanied by his fam-
ily, ne removed to Nanticoke and for a period of
ten years was engaged with the Susquehanna
Coal Company. He tnen engaged in the grocery
business, trom which he derived a profitable in-
come. He was one of the worthy citizens of this
great commonwealth, and was eiected a member
of the borough council and of the school board.
By his marriage to Mary Smoulter, also a native
ot Germany, eight children were born, seven of
whom are living : Alargaret, Lizzie. Mary. Car-
rie, Emma, Rose, and Jacob. The family are
members of the German Roman Catholic Church.
i\lr. Schappert passed away at his home in Nanti-
coke, February 6, 1882. His widow is living at
the present time (1905).

'I'he common scnools of Wilkes-Barre and
Nanticoke afforded Jacob Schappert ample means
of acquiring a practical education, which is so
essential to success in whatever occupation a man
may engage. During his early years he gained
a thorough knowledge of the mercantile business,
becoming familiar with each and every detail, and
in 1882 entered into partnership with his father
in the establishment of a grocery store at Nanti-
coke, which he has conducted with marked suc-
cess up to the present time, his pleasing and ac-
commodating manners having won for him a
large and increasing patronage. He is a Demo-
crat in politics, and as such has held the office of
councilman of Nanticoke. He was also a member
of the school board, and president 1892 and
treasurer 1893. The following year he received
the nomination for the office of prothonotary of
Luzerne county, but was defeated by a small ma-
jority. In 1885 Mr. Schappert was united in
marriage to Emma Shong, of Wilkes-Barre, and.
four children have been born to them : Edward,
Joseph. Lillian and Bernard Schappert.

i\L J. DIXON. One of the rising attorneys
of the Luzerne county bar is M. J. Dixon, of
Avoca. Mr. Dixon is the son of William Dixon,
who was born in Ireland, and at some period dur-
ing the fifties emigrated to the United States. He
settled in the Wyoming Valley, where he has
since resided. In his calling, which was that of
a miner, he was more than ordinarily successful.
He married Maria Egan, also a native of Ire-
land, who came to this country about the same
time that her future husband left his native land.
They were married in the United States, and the
following children were born to them: Marv :
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Roman Catliolic Church at Overton, Bradford
county, Pennsylvania ; M. J., mentioned at length
hereinafter ; William F., a practicing physician of
Carbondale, Pennsylvania ; Letitia, married C. J.
Park, of Virginia ; they reside at Baltimore,
Maryland, where he is attending the College of
Physicians and Surgeons ; Helen, engaged in
teaching ; Margaret ; Thomas, attending Roches-
ter Seminary, preparing for priesthood ; James ;
Rose : Elizabeth , deceased ; she was the wife of
Hugh Jennings, the celebrated baseball player,
and an attorney-at-law in Baltimore, Maryland.
j\l. J. Dixon, son of William and Maria
(Egan) Dixon, was born October 17, 1872, in
Avoca, Luzerne county, and obtained his educa-
tion in the common schools of his native borough.
After engaging for a time in the production of
coal, an industry to which all lads in a mining
town are attracted, he entered St. Vincent's Col-
lege, from which institution he graduated June
21, 1S93. After a brief course at the Scranton
Branch of Carlisle Law School, he entered Dick-
inson Law School at Carlisle, from which he
graduated with high honors in 1896. In June of
that year he was admitted to the Luzerne county
bar and is now in the possession of an honorable
reputation and a lucrative practice. Not only is
JMr. Dixon a successful lawyer, but a prosperous
and enterprising journalist. He is editor and
proprietor of the Avoca Argus, a weekly paper
which was founded in 1902, and has a large local
circulation. As a citizen Mr. Dixon is active and
public-spirited and has received proofs of the
esteem in which he is held by his neighbors.
Since 1896 he has filled the office of borough
solicitor for Avoca, and for three years served on
the school board of that borough. He is a mem-
ber of the Heptasophs.

Mr. Dixon married, June 21, 1899, Margaret,
daughter of James and Margaret Butler, and
they are the parents of a son and a daughter,
James and Elizabeth.

ALVA A. HINES. In a list of the success-
ful and respected business men of the county the
name of Alva A. Hines, of Avoca, would stand
very high. Mr. Hines is the grandson of Henry
Hines, a native of Germany, who emigrated to
the ETnited States and settled in the Lackawanna
Valley at a time when Slocum Hollow was a
place in name only. He purchased a part of that
portion of the valley, but considering it a useless
piece of land disposed of it at a sacrifice. He
was a brickmaker by trade and made the first
bricks for Wilkes-Barre's first court house. Dur-



ing the Mexican war he served in the army and
was afterward enrolled on the pension list. His
wife was Electa Hollenback, a member of a fam-
ily of some prominence, owners of the property
upon which Greenwood now stands. Mr. and
Mrs. Hines were the parents of the following
children : Charles, Sylvester, William, George,
Lenford, Phoebe, and Caroline. Mr. Hines af-
forded a singularly striking example of longevity,
his death occurring when he had attained the
truly remarkable and venerable age of one hun-
dred and eight years and four months.

Lenford Hines, son of Henry and Electa
(Hollenback) Hines, was born in Pennsylvania.
He was an experienced locomotive engineer, and
for a number of years was in the service of the
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company.
During the Civil war he served under General
Sherman and participated in the great march to
the sea. He married Sarah Eaines, a native of
Taylorville, Pennsylvania, and their family con-
sisted of four children : Louise, who was born
in 1857, and became'the wife of W. R. Bryant, of
Parsons ; Alva A., mentioned at length herein-
after ; Imogene and George, both of whom are
deceased. The mother of these children passed
awa\' in 1861. Mr. Hines sustained injuries in
a railroad wreck from the effects of which he
died in 1871.

Alva A. Hines, son of Lenford and Sarah
(Eames) Hines, was born in 1859, in Taylor-
ville, Pennsylvania, but was educated in Moosic,
where he remained until reaching his fourteenth
year, when he moved to Pittston. In 1879 he
went to Avoca and there learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed succ'essfullv. Eor
eighteen years he has been a contractor and
builder, and during that time has erected a num-
ber of fine residences in the Lackawanna Valley.
As a thorough master mechanic he enjoys the
highest reputation. He has built for himself a
commodious and beautiful home. He belongs to
the Order of United American Mechanics and
the Patriotic Order of Sons of America. He and
his family are members of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church. Mr. Hines married in 1881, Rose A.
Shales, and they are the parents of two children :
Mabel, born December ig, 1882, who is a teacher
of music, organist of the Sunday school several
years, and president of the Epworth League : and
Lenford, born in 1898. Mrs. Hines is a daughter
of Henry P. Shales, who was born in 1837, ™
Kingston township, Luzerne county. He lived
for a number of years in Plymouth, and in 1864
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builder, in connection with whicli he conducted
a himber yard. He was chief burgess of Avoca
borough in addition to holding other minor
offices. The Knights of Honor claimed him as a
worthy member. He married in Kingston town-
ship, Caroline Huff, whose family had moved
thither in 1848 from Wyoming county, which
was her native place. The family of Mr. and
Mrs. Shales consisted of eight children, all of
whom are living: Rose A., born in 1862, became
the wife of Alva A. Hines, as mentioned above ;
Myron E._, born in 1864; Minnie F., born in
1866; Frank E., born in 1870; Emma J., born in
1872; Edna, born in 1875; Etta, born in 1877;
and Roy, born in 1882. ]\Ir. Shales, the father,
died May 7, 1903. He was a prosperous, useful
and influential citizen. His widow is a resident
of Avoca.

CHARLES ELSWORTH MOORE, M. D.,
ranks high among the practicing physicians at
Alden, where for twenty-two years he has been
steadily growing in practice and gaining favor
with the residents of Newport township. There
is no branch of science demanding greater atten-
tion and none which receives more scholarly and
painstaking research and study than that of medi-
cine. Dr. Moore was born in Schuylkill county,
Pennsylvania, December i, 1861, a son of Wil-
liam H. and Mary (DeLap) Moore, natives of
England, who emigrated to the LTnited States in
1853, locating in Schuylkill county, Pennsylva-
nia, where their deaths occurred, respectively, in
1884 and 1886. William H. Moore was an ex-
perienced mine engineer, and for several years
served as foreman and superintendent, respec-
tively. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Moore, namely : Annie, married Christopher
Spoals, of Schuylkill' county, Pennsylvania ;
Thomas, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; Richard,
an engineer at Alden, Pennsylvania ; Charles
Elsworth ; Elizabeth, married George Best, re-
sides at Miner's Mills ; and Catherine, resides
with her sister.

Dr. Moore attended the common schools ad-
jacent to his home, and by making the best use of
his opportunities gained an excellent preparatory
education. He matriculated in the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Mary-
land, from which institution he was graduated
and endorsed by the University of Pennsylvania
in 1883. During that year he took up his resi-
dence in Alden, and by his ability and skill in
the diagnosis and treatment of diseases has es-
tablished a practice among the best people of the



community. In addition to his medical practice
he conducts a finely furnished and thoroughly
equipped drug store in Alden, and is the in-
cumbent of the office of postmaster of Alden
Station, to which he was appointed in April,
1897, served till 1901, then re-appointed to serve
till 1905. He is also deputy inspector of the board
of health for Newport township and a member of
the school board, in which capacity he has served
for eighteen years. He is an honored member
of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Dr. Moore
married, September 30, 1890, Carrie A'ander-
mark, and the issue of this union is one son,



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