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Charles K., born December 30, 1892.

SAMUEL L. FEDDER, attorney-at-law,
whose residence is at Nanticoke, but whose law
office is in Wilkes-Barre, is one of the leading
and representative members of the Luzerne coun-
ty bar, to which he was admitttd in 1898, after
having passed a. creditable examination. He was
born at Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylva-
nia, May 31, 1871.

The paternal great-grandparents of Samuel
L. Fedder were Hiram and Hannah ( ?) Fedder,
natives of Germany, who left their native land
for a home in the new world in the year 1801.
Their family consisted of five children : Harry,
George, John, Mary, and David Fedder. The
paternal grandparents of "Samuel L. Fedder
were David and Mary (Lind) Fedder, the for-
mer named having been born in Germany in
1795, and the latter in Pennsylvania. David
Fedder accompanied his parents to this country,
they settling in Mifflin, Pennsylvania, where he
became a stone mason and blacksmith, which
occupations he followed throughout the active
years of his life. He enlisted in the Mexican
war, serving all through the campaign. David
Fedder was married three times. His first wife
bore him no children. His second wife, Mary
(Lind) Fedder, aforementioned, who died in
1848, bore him two children : Jacob and Lydia.
His third wife bore him four children — Abra-
ham A., Alonzo, Samuel, and Melissa — all of
whom are living at the present time (1905).
David Fedder died February 3. 1879.

The parents of Samuel L. Fedder are Jacob
and Mary (Hicks) Fedder, the former having
been born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania,
April I, 1840, and the latter, who was a daugh-
ter of George and Mary Elizabeth Hicks, and a
descendant of an old New England family wli(^se
ancestors came over in the famous and his-
toric "]\Iayflower," wrs born February 25, 1842.




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Their family consisted of three children : Frank
F., Samuel L., and Anna M. Jacob Fedder
(father) served two terms of enlistment in the
ai-my of the United States during the Civil war.
His first enlistment was in the emergency call
for a short term of service, he being then a mem-
ber of the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania \'olun-
teer Infantry, and his second term was from
August, 1863, to June, 1S65, he having been
a member of Company E. Second Pennsylvania
Heavy Artillery. He was a true and patriotic
soldier, and was honorably discharged.

Samuel L. Fedder was reared and educated
at Beach Haven, Salem township, attending the
common schools thereof. In 1881 his parents
moved to Nanticoke, where he completed his
common school education. He then entered
^^■yoming Seminary, from which he was gradu-
ated in 1890, subsecjuently becoming a student at
W}'oming Business College, from which he also
graduated. In 1891 he entered the employ of
the Central Railroad of New Jersey as operator,
later became clerk, and subsequently was pro-
moted to general agent, Nanticoke transfer office.
In 1894 he was transferred to the Wilkes-Barre
office as western clerk, and the following year
he was again promoted and transferred to the
general office in New York city. In 1896 he was
enrolled as a student in the University of Penn-
sylvania, but shortly afterward entered the office
of the Hon. James M. Fritz, of Wilkes-Barre, as
a law student, remaining two years, and was then
admitted to the Luzerne county bar. He is now
in the enjoyment of a wide and lucrative practice,
both civil and criminal, and his counsel is looked
upon as authority on all points of his profession.
In 1902 Mr. Fedder was joined in marriage to
Lucia Paulger, daughter of Thomas Paulger,
and S. B., now deceased, and Iris L., born May
22, 1905, were the issue of this union.

HALLEY AIOSS WENNER, M. D., a
practicing physician at West Nanticoke, was
born in Huntington township, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, December 24, 1865, eldest one of
three children : Richard Van Leon, born April
9, 1878, died April 10, 1895, being second, and
Karl j\lerz, born May 25, 1885, being third, born
to Levi and Rose (Moss) Wenner. Levi Wen-
ner was born in 1842, in Fishing Creek township,
Columbia county, Pennsylvania, a descendant of
a German ancestry ; he was a fanner. He died in
November, 1890. Rose (AIoss) Wenner was
born May 25, 1843, a native of Huntington town-



ship, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, a descend-
ant of a New England ancestry. She is living at
the present time (1905).

The maternal greatgrandfather of Dr. Wen-
ner was Benjamin Moss, a native of Wyoming
Valley, who married a Miss Harvey, and they
reared a family of three sons. Richard Moss,
grandfather of Dr. Wenner, was born in Hun-
tington township, Pennsylvania, in i8ig. He
was a farmer of considerable means and ability,
and owned one hundred acres of good farming
land which was well tilled. He married Sarah
J. 'Bacon, and of their family of children Mrs.
Rose Wenner, mother of Dr. Wenner, is the only
survivor. Sarah J. (Bacon) Moss was a daugh-
ter of Septamius Bacon, who was born in Con-
necticut, of English parentage. He served in the
War of 1812, and also in the Mexican war. He
fought with Commodore Perry on Lake Erie,
and was present when James Berg was shot.
Mr. Bacon died April 12, 1861.

Dr. Wenner laid the foundation of his educa-
tion in the public schools of Huntington town-
ship, and this was supplemented by attendance
at New Columbus Academy and the State Nor-
mal school at Bloomsbnrg. For eight years fol-
lowing he taught school, five years in Plymouth
township and three years in Salem township. He
then entered the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons of Baltimore, graduating in 1892, and
then located in Nanticoke, practicing until 1898.
He then entered the medical department of
Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, Mary-
land, taking a post graduate course in pathology,
bacteriology and surgery, completing same in
1899. In 1888 Dr. Wenner was united in mar-
riage to Miss Theodosia Kittle.

PROFESSOR H. U. NYHART, superin-
tendent of Newport township schools, a resident
of Glenlyon, is one of the promising young edu-
cators in the Wyoming Valley from whom the
public expect great and lasting results. The office
of educator is a peculiar and responsible one.
While all teachers must have the proper qualifi-
cations to teach, yet each adopt their own method
in carrying out thei rinstructions, many times
meeting with objections and criticism.

The paternal grandparents of Professor Ny-
hart were John and Mary Nyhart, who reared a
familv of six children, as follows : Levi L., de-
ceased : John, deceased ; Isaiah, William, Ann,
and Sarah, deceased. John Nyhart (grand-
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Pennsylvania, served as captain of a company in
tlie state militia, and was a man of some promi-
nence and distinction.

The parents of Professor Nyhart were Levi
L. and Julia (Kramar) Nyhart, the former born
in Northampton county. Pennsylvania, June 20,
1825, and the latter in Germany, February 8,
1844, from whence she emigrated in early child-
hood. Levi L. accompanied his parents, John
and Mary Nyhart, to Luzerne county in 1840,
they making their home in Hanover township.
He was a shoemaker by trade, at which he
worked for a number of years, but subsequently
became the proprietor of a general store. He
was highly honored by his fellow citizens, who
retained him in the office of justice of the peace
for thirty-five years, a position he filled with
dignity and honor. Their family consisted of
three children: Mary (Mrs. Oscar Houck), who
resides on a farm near Nazareth, Pennsylvania ;
H. U., mentioned at length hereafter ; and Pro-
fessor F. W., a competent teacher of Hanover
township. The death of Levi L. Nyhart oc-
curred October 12, 1891 ; his widow passed away
September 20, 1894.

Professor H. U. Nyhart was bom in Han-
over township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania,
October 9, 1871. He gained a practical educa-
tion in the common schools of his native town-
ship, after which he taught school one year, and
then entered the State Normal school at Blooms-
burg, from which institution he was graduated
in the class of 1892. He then accepted a position
as teacher in the schools of Newport township,
and in 1902 was appointed to his present position,
superintendent, the duties of which he has per-
formed with entire satisfaction to all concerned,
directors, teachers, pupils, and also the parents
of the latter. He has method, system and gov-
ernment in his schools. He has under his super-
vision thirty-seven teachers and fourteen hun-
dred and sixty-seven pupils. He has five night
schools in session, with an enrollment of two
hundred and fifty pupils, the attendance varying
with the season. There is also a high school with
a three rears' course. In 1899 Professor Nyhart
was married to Miss Luella Romich, daughter of
Burton W. Romich, and they are the parents of
two children : Geraldine and Robert.

JOSEPH EVANS, a general merchant of
Wanamie, where he has resided since 1883, was
born in Monmouthshire, England. January 13,
1840, a son of George and Mary Evans, deceased,
of Devonshire, England, who were the parents



of ten children, and of this number five, Eliz-
abeth, Richard, William, George and Charlotte,
reside in their native country. They were visited
by their brother Joseph and wife in 1 89 1, and
again in 1903 by himself.

Joseph Evans was reared, educated, and for
a number of years gave his attention to mining in
his native land, which he left in April, 1869, to^
seek a new home amid new surroundings in the
United States. He located in Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, where he continued mining, but after a
short residence in that city removed to Upper
Lehigh, from thence to Woodside, and later to
Lattimer, where he remained twelve years, and
where through his personal efforts and influence
a church was built, which is now the propertv of
the Methodist Episcopal Conference, and in a
flourishing condition. From Lattimer Mr.
Evans moved to Huntington Alills and purchased
a farm, upon which he remained but a short
period of time, finally locating in Wanamie, min-
ing until 1 89 1. He then built a store, stocked it
with a full line of high class goods, and from
then to the present time (1905) has been actively
engaged in mercantile pursuits. Mr. Evans is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in
which body he has been a local preacher for
forty-six years, a class leader, trustee, steward,
and a lay delegate to the annual conference. He
was largely instrumental in the erection of the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Wanamie. serv-
ing as chairman of the building committee.

In 1861, prior to his emigration to the United
States, Mr. Evans was united in marriage to-
Miss Sarah Morgan, who bore him fifteen chil-
dren, eight of whom are living and are distin-
guished by their usefulness and standing in soci-
ety. They are as follows : Professor George
Evans, a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and
Wesleyan University, now serving in the Kings-
ton High School. Dr. James Evans, of Los
Angeles, California, a graduate of the College-
of Physicians and Surgeons, of Philadelphia.
Professor Ebenezer Evans, of Wanamie High
School. Dr. John Evans, a dentist of Taylor,
Pennsylvania. Joseph, a mill agent. Sarah, a
graduate of Mansfield State Normal School, now
serving as a teacher. Mrs. Gwillym Davis, of
Dorranceton. ]\lrs. William Hay, of West
Pittston.

CHARLES W. PRICE, M. D. Among the
practicing physicians of Lackawanna county who
have made for themselves honorable positions in
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numbered Dr. Charles W. Price, of Avoca. He
is an American citizen of Irish and Enghsh
parentage.

John Price was born in Ireland, and in 1862
emigrated to the United States, being the only
one of his father's family who sought a home in
the new world. In 1864 he settled in the Wyo-
ming Valley., where he has since resided. He
was a miner by occupation, and was remarkably
successful in his chosen calling. In February,
1872, he married Sarah A., only daughter of
Jonathan and Elizabeth Osborn, both natives of
England. The former died in his native land,
after which his widow married John JMcDer-
mott, by whom she became the mother of five
children, three of whom are living: William,
Michael, and Mary. The family emigrated to
the United States in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Price
were married in Wilkes-Barre, and of the six
children born to them two are living: John Jo-
seph, born December 16, 1873, graduated from
Baltimore Medical College, and is now a prac-
ticing physician of Olyphant ; and Charles, W.,
mentioned at length hereafter. Mr. Price, the
father, retired in 1896 from active labor, and is
now enjo}-ing the fruits of an industrious and
useful life.

Charles W. Price, son of John and Sarah A.
(Osborn) Price, was born April 3, 1875, in Ed-
wardsville, Luzerne county, and received his pre-
paratory education in the public schools of his
native town. Subsequently he entered Wyoming
Seminary where he took a most thorough course,
and then matriculated in Pennsylvania JNIedical
College, from which institution he received in
190 1 the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He im-
mediately moved to Avoca, where he associated
himself with Dr. George B. Seaman, one of
the leading physicians of that town. In 1902 he
opened an office for himself in the same place,
and now enjoys a wide-spread and constantly in-
creasing practice.

JOHN JOSEPH MORAHAN. It is doubt-
ful if a traveler could find within the limits of
the county a more deservedly popular citizen
than John Joseph Morahan, of Avoca. He is a
son of Lawrence ]\Iorahan, who was born in
Ireland, and in 1865 emigrated to the United
States. After living for two years in Pittston
he moved in 1867 to Avoca, where he passed the
remainder of his life. He was a miner and was
employed by the Pennsylvania Coal Company.
His wife was Mary Kelly, also a native of Ire-
land, and they were the parents of the following



children : Sarah, who married Thomas O'Brien,
superintendent of Twin mines, Lehigh \"alley
Coal Company, resides in West Avoca. Bridget.
Alice T., now teacher in public schools. Agnes,
was a teacher for several years, then became the
wife of M. Fitzgibbons, resides in Scranton.
Thomas. Lawrence. John J., mentioned at
length hereafter. In 1890 the family sustained
the loss of the husband and father, his death
being the result of an accident which occurred
while he was working in shaft No. 13. He
was a good and worthy man, and is still survived
by his widow.

John Joseph Morahan, son of Lawrence and
Mary (Kelly) Morahan, was born in 1863, in
England, and was about two years of age when
brought by his parents to the United States. He
obtained his rudimentary education in the com-
mon schools of Avoca, and at the early age of
seven years was introduced to the coal breaker,
where he worked until reaching his thirteenth
year. He then showed his sincere desire for a
more liberal education by beginning once more to
attend public schools of Avoca. At the age of
nineteen he entered Wyoming Commercial Col-
lege, from which institution he graduated in
1885. He then returned to the mines and en-
tered the service of the Hillside Coal Company,
with whom he remained until 1897. In that year
he was honored by his fellow citizens with an
election to the state legislature. As a member of
that body his career was marked by distinction
and modesty, and afforded the highest satisfac-
tion to his constituents. On his return from
Harrisburg he donned his miner's suit and again
entered the mines, working side by side with his
men. During his career as a miner he held for
three years (from 1891 to 1894) the position of
electrical foreman. In igoi he became foreman
for the Hillside Company, a position he held for
two years. Since 1899 he has filled the office of
justice of the peace.

Mr. Morahan married in 1886, Elizabeth
Grimes, and they were the parents of one daugh-
ter, Agnes, born in 1897. "'^'^'^ ^ student at
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The early death of
Mrs. Morahan, which occurred in 1888, was an
inexpressible loss to her husband and child, and
was deeply mourned by a large circle of -friends
to whom her estimable character and attractive
disposition had greatly endeared her.

WILLIAM H. WARREN, a prosperous
business man of Duryea, Pennsylvania, traces his
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men who founded a nation in the face of difficul-
ties and dangers which would have deterred
those of less heroic mould. To be thus able to
trace our descent to Puritan ancestors, as can
JMr. Warren, is something to be proud of.

Joseph Warren, grandfather of William H.
Warren, was born in Connecticut, in 1776, and
was united in marriage to Abigail Allen, a native
of Connecticut, who was closely related to Ethan
Allen, whose name is familiar in the history of
the United States. About the year 1816 they
moved to Benton township, and about 1826 set-
tled on the homestead in Greenfield township,
where they resided until their decease in 1856.
They were the parents of seven children, all of
whom were reared to lives of usefulness and
activity, their names being as follows : Harriet,
who became the wife of Truman Utley, of Ben-
ton township ; Joseph, Jabez, Ethan Allen, Amy,
Maria and Henry Warren.

Henry Warren, father of William H. War-
ren, was born in 1822, in Nicholson, now Ben-
ton township, Lackawanna county, Pennsvlva-
nia. He was a farmer by occupation, conduct-
ing his extensive and profitable operations in
Greenfield township. He was a public-spirited
and active citizen, and by his sterling worth and
integrity gained the confidence of all who came
in contact with him, either in business or social
life. He was united in marriage to Sarah Ann
Glaze, and two children were born to them :
William H., whose name heads this sketch, and
George, deceased, who had two children : Harry
and Margaret. Mr. Warren died in June, 1890.
His wife survived him, and at the present time
(1904) is eighty-one years of age, a bright and
vigorous woman for her years.

William H. Warren was born in Greenfield
township, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania,
August 13, 1849. His early life was passed at
his native place, where he obtained a common
school education. About the year 1885 he en-
gaged in business in Foster, Susquehanna coun-
ty, where he remained five years, and at the expi-
ration of this period of time established his pres-
ent business, general blacksmithing, in Duryea,
where his superior workmanship has built up
for him an extensive and lucrative trade. He is
a worthy citizen, in whom his townsmen have
implicit confidence, which fact was attested by
the acclamation of both political parties in elect-
ing him to his present office of chief burgess in
March, 1903. Mr. Warren was the organizer of
the State Association of Master Horseshoers,
which was incorporated in November, 1896, and



of which he was elected president, and re-elected
in Harrisburg, September, 1904. His' political
affiliations are with the Democratic party.

Mr. Warren married, in 1874, Xora Bell, of
Clifford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania,
whose death occurred Januarv 10, 1901. They
were the parents of one child. Belle. On Sep-
tember 27, 1904, Mr. Warren was married to
Mrs. Serepta (Sickler) Piatt, widow of Charles
H. Piatt.

FRANK SAVAGE. One of the best known
and most highly respected of the county's for-
eign-born citizens is Frank Savage, of Durvea.
Mr. Savage is a son of Joseph ancl Rosa Savage,
natives of Russ-Poland. Their family con:.isted
of five children: Simon, who emigrated in 1870
and is now a merchant in Xanti:oke, Pennsylva-
nia ; Frank, mentioned at length hereinafter ;
Sophia, who is now the wife of Wojcieck Bond-
zinski, of Nanticoke ; Mary, who is deceased ;
and John^ who is a physician, and resides on the
old .homestead in his native land. ]\Irs. Savage,
the mother of the family, died in 1866, and her
husband survived her many vears, his death oc-
curring in 1883.

Frank Savage, son of Joseph and Rosa .Sav-
age, was born November 2, 1864, in Russ-Po-
land, and in 1881 emigrated to the United States.
He went without delay to Nanticoke, where he
became a clerk for his brother Simon, who had
preceded him and was then engaged in the gro-
cery and provision business. Mr. Savage re-
mained as clerk in his brother's store six years,
and then opened a cigar and tobacco store on his
own account. This business he conducted suc-
cessfully for two years, when he disposed of it
in order to engage in the undertaking business
at Plymouth, Pennsylvania. In 1891 he moved
to Duryea, where he opened a store and for some
time dealt in general merchandise, also conduct-
ing a steamship agency and foreign exchange.
He subsequently retired from business in order
to become the proprietor of a hotel, which he is
now conducting in addition to other enterprises.
The worth of Mr. Savage as a citizen has been
abundantly recognized by the suffrages of his
neighbors, by whom he has been elected to the
following offices : In 1895, assessor of the bor-
ough, and in 1904 justice of the peace. He is a
member of John Burbage Castle, Knights of the
Golden Eagle, and of the Polish National Alli-
ance, Order 483. Of this order he has been sec-
retary and treasurer for three years. B\- request
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he became one of the organizers and a trustee of
the Polish Independent Catholic Church, of
Dur\ea.

Mr. Savage married, August 12, 1S88, in
New York city, Anna Mieszkovska, and six chil-
dren have been born to them: Mary, Leo J.,
Sophia, Jennie, Simon and Frank.

Ignatz Gonzaga and Catherine ^Mieszkovska,
natives of Russ-Poland, parents of Airs. Savage,
had following children : Victor, Ignatz, Charles,
Anna, Alphonso, JMaria, Josephine and Sophia.
Mrs. Savage belongs to a distinguished Polish
family, the name of which has been recorded in
the annals of the nation. For political reasons
the parents of i\Irs. Savage decided to emigrate,
and in 1891, the mother, three daughters and one
son came to the United States and joined the
daughter Anna, who had preceded them, and
was then the wife of Frank Savage, as mentioned
above. It was the intention of the father to fol-
low them, but his death in 1892 rendered this
impossible, and about the same time the son
who had accompanied the mother met his death
by accident in New York city. Another brother,
Victor, was a colonel in the Russian army, and
was killed at the battle of Plevna, while riding
with General Skobeloflf. Two brothers are now
in their native land : Ignatz, who for twenty-five
years has held the rank of major in the Russian
army ; and Charles, who is general manager of
a railroad running from St. Petersburg to
Moscow.

JOHN A. BURLINGTON, U. D. In order
to be successful in the medical profession a man
must possess, in addition to a good education, tact
and a training which comes through knowledge
of human nature. He diagnoses the true state of
afifairs, and his skill applies the proper remedies
to a successful issue. It is hardlv necessary to
say that this is applicable to Dr. Burlington, of
Duryea, whose name introduces this article.

Dr. Burlington was born in Owego, Tioga
county,'New York, March 4, 1855, a son of Joseph
and Mary (Adams) Burlington, natives of Bris-
tol, England. In November, 1850. they decided
to make for themselves a home in the new world
and accordingly emigrated, locating in Owego,
Tioga county. New York. Air. Burlington was
a machinist by trade, which line of work he suc-
_ cessfully followed up to a few years prior to his
death, when he retired to a farm. He was a loyal
and faithful citizen of his adopted country, and
by his integrity and trustworthiness v.-on and re-
tained the esteem of his neighbors and friends.



Their family consisted of six children, four of
whom are living at the present time (1905). Mr.
Burlington died 1903, at the advanced age of
ninety years ; he survived his wife several years,
her death having occurred in 1888.

Dr. Burlington received his early education
in his native town, and this was supplemented by
a course at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Penn-
sylvania. Later he matriculated at the Baltimore
Aledical College, from which institution he was



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