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graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine
in 1888. For two years following his graduation
he practiced medicine in Baltimore, Maryland,
and in 1890 located in Duryea, Pennsylvania,
where he has gained a reputation second to none,
and- he is now looked upon as one of the leading
physicians of the Wyoming V^alley. He keeps
in touch with the leading medical thought of the
day by membership in the Luzerne County Med-
ical Association. He was chosen to serve as
first chief burgess of the borough of Duryea, and
is now president of the school board, the cause
of education finding in him a stanch supporter.
He is a member and trustee of the Presbyterian
Church, of Nay Aug Lodge, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, of Avoca, and of the Knights of
Pythias, of Old Forge. He casts his vote with
the Republican party, the principles of which he
believes to be for the best interests of govern-
ment.

In 1891 Dr. Burlington married Rachel
Jones, daughter of John and Mary (Edwards)
Jones, of Old Forge, Pennsylvania. One child
was the issue of this union, Joseph Burlington,
born March 10, 1903.

HENRY LOUIS EDSALL. It is the busi-
ness men of a community who determine its
financial prosperity. If these are able, enterpris-
ing and of strict integrity, the welfare of all
classes, from a material standpoint of view, is
assured. All who know Henry Louis Edsall, of
Duryea, can testify that he belongs to this inval-
uable type of citizen. Air. Edsall is a son of
Lewis Edsall. who was born in Pennsvlvania,
where he followed the calling of a farmer. He
married Anna Best, a native of New York state,
and their family consisted of three children :
William, deceased ; Elizabeth, also deceased ; and
Henry L., mentioned at length hereinafter. The
death of Mrs. Edsall occurred in 1899, and Mr.
Edsall. who has relinquished his agricultural la-
bors, is now a resident of Duryea.

Henry Louis Edsall, son of Lewis and Anna
(Best) Edsall, was born in Cambria, Luzerne



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county, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1858, where
he received a common school education. He re-
mained at home until reaching his sixteenth year,
when he went to Moosic to accept a position as
clerk in a store. This position he retained until
he was twenty years old, and then engaged in the
grocery business on his own account. He car-
ried on a flourishing trade until 1885, when he
established his present business in Duryea. The
circle of his connections widened to such an ex-
tent that in February, 1894, he took as a partner
N. P. Clauson, and the business has since been
conducted under the firm name of Edsall & Clau-
son. Their success, which is substantial and un-
questionable, is based no less on fair and honora-
ble dealing than on commercial sagacity and
acuteness. He belongs to the Masonic Fraternity
of Pittston, is a member of Pittston Chapter, No.
242 ; Wyoming Commanderv, No. 57 ; and Irem
Temple, Wilkes-Barre. In his political views he
is a stanch Republican.

Mr. Edsall married, September 26, 1883,
Alice, daughter of Ebenezer and Martha (Shif-
fler) Foote, of Duryea. Mr. and Mrs. Edsall
are the parents of two children : IMuzette and
Rena C.

THOMAS P. JONES, of Nanticoke,'a con-
tractor and builder, who has engaged in active
business in that borough since 1886, a period of
nineteen years, is a native of South Wales, born
May I, 1853, ^ son of John and Anna Jones,
natives of South Wales, the former named hav-
ing died in that country, and the latter living at
the present time (1905) in Scranton, Pennsylva-
nia. Their family consisted of seven children,
four of whom — Grace, Ellen, Jane and Thomas
P. — came to this country, where they have be-
come useful and honored members of society,
true to the interests of their adopted land.

Thomas P. Jones was reared, educated and
learned his trade in his native land, and up to
the time of his emigration to this country was
a contractor, his operations being very exten-
sive. In 1886, accompanied by his wife and
children, he left his native land for a home in
the United States, locating in Nanticoke, Penn-
sylvania, where they have since resided and
where they are highly respected by their fellow-
citizens. During his residence in Nanticoke Mr.
Jones has erected some of the finest buildings
in the borough, which are noted for their archi-
tectural beauty, and which will stand as monu-
ments to" his skill and ability. He has also added
considerably to the beauty of the borough by
the numerous houses he has built and sold on



the installment plant to suit the convenience of
the poor but honest and industrious element. He
also owns the fine house in which he resides,
situated on Hanover street, which is also a speci-
men of his liandiwork. His work extends
throughout the Wyoming valley and adjacent
boroughs. Air. Jones differs somewhat from
contractors in general, as he takes contracts not
only for the woodwork, but for the complete
building. He employs a force of about twelve
men, all skilled mechanics, and the work is per-
formed under his own personal supervision. He
has a shop and mill, in which he carries a com-
plete line of builders' supplies, paints, hardware,
lumber, 9.nd the numerous other articles pertain-
ing to that trade. Mr. Jones was honored by his
fellow-citizens by election to the office of asses-
sor of the Eleventh ward, in which capacity he
rendered eflicient and creditable service. He is
a Republican in politics. He is a member of the
Improved Order of Red Men, and a member of
the Carpenters" Brotherhood.

In 1875, prior to his emigration to the United
States, Mr. Jones married Eliza Lewis, daughter
of William and Maria Lewis. Eleven children
were the issue of this union, of whom nine are
living, namely : Anna N., graduate of Nanti-
coke high school, also a graduate of Blooms-
burg State Normal school, class of 1894 ; since
then she has engaged in teaching, in which line
of work she is most successful. John P., a car-
penter by trade. William L., a carpenter by
trade. Thomas P., Jr., a painter by trade. Jo-
seph, a carpenter by trade. Benjamin. David,
a tailor by trade. Maggie, a most accomplished
singer; although at the present time (1905) she
is only sixteen years of age her voice is well
developed, full of sweet, rich melody, the strains
of which is both pathetic and touching, and no
doubt there is a bright future in store for her.
Stanley. The family are attendants at the \\'elsh
Congregational Church, and in the social circles
of the borough they occupy a prominent place.

OLIN FRISBIE HARVEY, M. D., of
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was born Monday,
September 28, 1846, in the village of Kingston,
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, and is the only
child of Elisha B. Harvey and his first v.-ife,
Phebe Maria Frisbie. He is the great-great-
grandson of Benjamin Harvey, James Nisbitt,
Robert Jameson and Lieutenant Aaron Gaylord,
and the great-great-great-grandson of Capt. Rob-
ert Dixson.

He attended various private and public schools
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the age of fourteen ^■ears and nine months, he
accompanied his father to Camp Wayne, where
he remained until the Seventh Regiment was
ordered to Washington, D. C, when he pro-
ceeded there with it. He occupied quarters in
the regimental camp at Washington, then at
Tennallytown, and later at the outpost at Great
Falls. In the journal of his father, under date
of September 4, 1861, the following is recorded:
"Captains Jameson and Speece, my son Olin and
I stood on the hill watching the Confederates
shelling and cannonading our position. I told
Olin to go and stand behind a tree. He left us,
and later, when I looked for him, I found him
standing by a big tree on the side facing the
enemy and in no way frightened." Having for
three months experienced various phases of army
life, and seen a few of the actualities of war
(more of them, in fact, than thousands of "three
months men" in the volunteer service of the
L^nited States during the war of the Rebellion
witnessed), Olin F. Harvey left Camp Sharpe,
Tennallytown, September 24, 1861, with his
father's brot*"'''- and others for his home in
Wilkes-Ban v During the following winter and
spring he attended the school of A. J. Pringle
in Wilkes-Barre, and in August, 1862, became a
student at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. In
the succeeding winter he left the seminary and
began to study under the direction of his father,
and when the latter opened his school, in 1863,
bcame a pupil therein. He continued there un-
til early in 1865, when he entered the New Haven
(Connecticut) College of Business and Finance,
where for six months he pursued the regular
course of commercial studies. Returning to
Wilkes-Barre he became an assistant teacher in
his father's school, at the same time continuing
his classical and mathematical studies. He en-
tered Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania,
in September, 1867, as a freshman, and in June,
1 87 1, was graduated with the degree of Bach-
elor of Arts, and three years later the master's
degree was conferred upon him.

In October, 1871, he entered the L^niversitv
of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, as a student in
the medical school, and was graduated therefrom
■March 13, 1873, '^^''tl'i the degree of ]\I. D. Seven
days thereafter he was married at West Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania, by the Rev. F. B. Hodge,
rastor of the First Presbyterian Chur^i of
Wilkes-Barre. to Sophia J. (iDorn nt West Pitts-
ton, September 30, 18.18), fifth child and third
daughter of Amos York and Lucinda (Carpen-
ter) Smith. Within a few weeks after their mar-



riage Dr. and Mrs. Harvey went to housekeep-
ing in a dwelling (now No. 85) on North Frank-
lin street, below Union, and about the ist of
May following Dr. Harvey opened an office in
a one-story frame building which stood on the
site now occupied by the Harvey buildings, on
North Franklin street, above Market. From
that time until the present Dr. Harvey has con-
tinuously and successfully practiced medicine in
Wilkes-Barre. In October, 1872, the Wilkes-
Barre City Hospital was opened for the recep-
tion of patients, and during the first fifteen
months of its existence ninety-eight patients were
treated. In 1874 one hundred and three patient"
were admitted to the institution, and in 1879
there were admitted two hundred and seventeen
— being one obstetrical, one hundred and three
surgical and one hundred and thirteen medical
cases. In 1898 the number of patients admitted
was seven hundred and thirty-seven — comprising
fourteen obstetrical, one hundred and sixty-one
medical and five hundred and sixty-two surgical
cases. Dr. Harvey was appointed in 1874 one
of the attending physicians of the hospital, and
has been an active member of its stafT from that
time to the present. Since December, 1893, he
has been one of the six chief attending physi-
cians, and is now also obstetrician-in-chief. Dur-
ing the greater part of the cjuarter of a century
that he has been connected with this institution
he has served almost continuously on various
important committees, having to do with either
the planning and erection of new buildings for
the hospital, or the purchase of medical and
surgical supplies, etc. In 1889 a training school
for nurses was organized in connection with the
Wilkes-Barre City Hospital, the managers being
the medical stafif of the hospital. Dr. Harvey
was a member of the first conference committee,
and from the beginning has been on the stafT of
lecturers of the school. Ten classes, comprising
sixty trained women nurses, have been gradu-
ated' from the school. The Wilkes-Barre City
Hospital, including its adjunct, the training
school for nurses, is now one of the best known,
most valuable and useful public institutions in
rcrtheastern Pennsylvania. In 1898 r\Iercy Hos-
pital was established in Wilkes-Barre to be un-
der the care and direction of the Sisters of Mercy
connected with the St. Mary's Roman Catholic
Convent, Wilkes-Barre. Dr. Harvey was ap-
pointed February 28, 1898. a member of the
consulting staflf of this hospital, which position
he still holds, and upon the organization of the
general staff, March 4, 1898, he was elected



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vice-president and a member of the executive
committee of the staff.

In 1898, during the first two or three months
of the Spanish-American war, Due Harvey, by
appointment of the surgeon* general, LTnited
States Army, served as examining surgeon at
the recruiting stations in Wilkes-Barre and
Scranton, where he subjected to a physical ex-
amination nearly one thousand applicants for en-
listment in the regular and volunteer armies. Dr.
Harvey is a member of the Luzerne County Med-
ical Society, the Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania)
Medical Association (of which he has been vice-
president), the Medical Society of the State of
Pennsylvania, the American Medical Associa-
tion, and a Fellow of the American Academy of
Medicine. He has served as a delegate from the
county to the state society and from the latter
to the national association. March 15, 1898,
some thirty members of the Luzerne County
]\Iedical Society gave a dinner at the Westmore-
land Club, Wilkes-Barre, to Drs. Olin F. Harvev
and George W. Guthrie, in honor of their having
completed twenty-five years each in the practice
of medicine in Wilkes-Barre. The banquet-room
was decorated with plants and flowers, and the
table was arranged in the form of an H, about
which the diners were seated in the order of their
graduation from the medical colleges. Speeches
in response to toasts were made by Drs. Harvey
and Guthrie and by others present. Dr. H.
Hakes, who received his medical degree the same
year that Dr. Harvey was born, said : "Our
friends whom we honor tonight have had higher
ambitions. They did their duty like men, and
they have had their reward — a reward greater
than can be measured by dollars. To have such
a testimonial as this at the end of twenty-five
years is a grand distinction."

In 1890 Dr. Harvey was appointed by the
governor of Pennsylvania and confirmed by the
senate a member of the board of trustees of the
State Asylum for the Insane at Danville, and
by successive re-appointments has been contin-
ued in the office to the present time. He has
during this period taken a very active part in the
management of this large and important insti-
tution. In December, 1875, Dr. Harvey was ap-
pointed assistant surgeon of the "Old" Ninth
Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania. He
resigned his commission in October, 1876. Upon
the organization of the "New" Ninth Regiment
in the summer of 1879 he was appointed sur-
geon of the regiment, and was commissioned,
with the rank of major, August 30, 1879, was



re-appointed November 17, 1884, and July i,
1885, and five years later, at the expiration of
his last commission, he retired from the National
Guard. In March, 1891, in pursuance of a gen-
eral order, his name was placed on the "Roll of
Retired Officers" in accordance with section 56
of the act of assembly of April 13, 1887.

From January, 1876, to January, 1880, Dr.
Harvey held by appointment the office of attend-
ing physician at the Luzerne County Prison. In
February, 1876, he was elected to represent the
Fourth ward of Wilkes-Barre in the board of
school directors of the old Third district of
Wilkes-Barre, and upon the organization of the
board some weeks later was elected treasurer.
At a meeting held June 27, 1876, he resigned the
treasurership and was elected president of the
board. By successive re-elections Dr. Harvey
continued a member of the board of directors
until August, 1882, when, having removed from
the Fourth to the Eighth wards of the city, he
was recpiired by law to relinquish his office. Dur-
ing the six years and more that he served as di-
rector he filled the office of president of the
board one year, and the office of secretary two
years. During the Pennsylvania gubernatorial
campaign in 1878 Dr. Harvey was president of
the Young Men's Republican Club of Wilkes-
Barre, and two years later he was the nominee
of the Republican party of Luzerne county for
the office of coroner. For the past ten years he
has been a companion (second class) of the Mil-
itary Order of the Loyal Legion. He is a mem-
ber of the flourishing Westmoreland Club of
Wilkes-Barre, of which he was one of the organ-
izers and incorporators in January, 18S9. He
was a member of its first board of governors,
serving until November, 1891, when he was
elected vice-president of the Club. This office
he held one year. Dr. Harvey was initiated a
member of Lodge No. 61, F. and A. M., Wilkes-
Barre, August 17, 1868, and was worshipful
master of the lodge in 1875. He was high priest
of Shekinah Chapter, No. 182, R. A. M., in 1880,
and in 1881 T. I. grand master of Mt. Horeb
Council, No. 34, R. S. E. and S. M. From April,
1878, to May, 1881, he was recorder of Dieu le
Veut Commandery, No. 45, Knights Templar.
He was one of the charter members of E. B.
Harvey Lodge, No. 839, I. O. O. F., and was
its noble grand for one term. Dr. Harvey and
his wife were originally members of the Memorial
PreibA'terian Church, organized and constituted
at Wilkes-Barre in February, 1874, and in June,
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of the deacons of the church. Airs. Sophia J.
(Smith) Harvey was one of the organizers in
1892 of the Home for Homeless Women, Wilkes-
Barre, which two years later was duly incorpo-
rated and is to-day a flourishing and useful in-
stitution. Mrs. Harvey has been a member of
its board of managers from the beginning. Dr.
Harvey owns a summer home on the western
shore of Harvey's Lake, which he and his fam-
ily occupy during several months each year.
Olin F. Harvey, Jr., the only living son of Dr.
Olin F. and Sophia J. (Smith) Harvey, is now
a junior (class of 1901) in Lafayette College.
He is a member of the Zeta Psi fraternit)', treas-
urer of his class and business manager of the
board of editors of The Melange, an illustrated
college annual published b)^ the juniors.

MATTES FAMILY. The writer of this
memoir is a son of the late Charles F. Mattes, of
Scranton. He claims little originality therein,
being deeply indebted, among others, to the rec-
ords kept by his maternal uncle, the late J. C.
Piatt, and to material supplied by his father's
younger brother, Henry L. Mattes, who with
his son, the Rev. John Casper Mattes, resides at
Trenton, Xew Jersey.

Understanding that the purpose toward
which this contribution has been invited, is
chiefly to record the beginnings and doings of the
men and women that have contributed by nota-
ble service to the advent and consolidation of
civilized life in the twin valleys of Wyoming and
Lackawanna, the writer conceives the central
figure of his family in this work to have been his
venerable grandfather, the late Philip H. Mattes,
of Easton, Pennsylvania. He took the initiative,
but he was grandly supported and followed b\-
the fifty-five years of unbroken and unflinching
service of his son, Charles Frederick Mattes.

The first of this line recorded in the family
history was John Casper Mattes, born in Ger-
many, August, 1670, died September, 1740. He
was by trade a cooper. In 1690 he journeyed
on his "wanderschaft," carrying an ivory-headed
staff, afterward cut down to a cane. We know
nothing further of him than that he had a family,
and, presumably, being himself a younger son,
had the humor and family instinct to bequeath
his staff of many journeys to the youngest sons
of his generations successively. The head of the
cane is removable, and a hollow space under-
neath contains its history and injunction. The
heir /;; possession at this time is our venerable
and beloved uncle, Henry Louis JMattes, and



the heir apparent is his son, the Rev. John Cas-
per Mattes, of Trenton.

Next in line, and second bearer of the staff,
was John Ouirinus Mattes, born August 7, 1713,
died November 21, 1779, married 1739, to Anna
Sabina Ney. The youngest of their five chil-
dren, and third bearer of the staff was John Cas-
per Mattes, born May 21, 1754, at Waldlauber-
sheim. In August, 1772, he was conscripted into
the Austrian army. The hardships of the service
undermined his constitution and shortened his
life. After eight years of enforced service, by
paying the cost of equipment for two captured
and' foreign substitutes, he was honorably dis-
charged. He appears to have been furloughed
the greater part of his last two years, and im-
proved the opportunity in the study of music
with such success that, October j:3, 1782, he was
officially appointed schoolmaster and church or-
ganist in Bolanden. An explanatory word
should here be said concerning the duties and
equipment of the German "school-master" of
this period'. He was expected to be the general
instructor of his district. His line of teaching
included, in addition to the native German, one
or more foreign languages, somewhat of mathe-
matics, and, what most of our boys and girls
would describe as a "strenuous" course in music.
None but his fingers touched the keys of the
church organ upon sacred occasions ; no one but
the pastor came between him and the suffering
and dying. He was usually, in secular matters,
the legal authority. He was the "conveyancer."
He composed and wrote deeds, wills, contracts
and compromises ; surveyed and settled boun-
dary lines between properties ; was the writer
for those that could not write, and was the all-
round helper, counselor and peace-maker.

Our emigrant ancestor, the second John Cas-
per Mattes, brought to Pennsylvania and put
into active practice the best traditions in his
calling — a high personal skill in its performance,
"a gentle, patient disposition and with-all, a
sober and upright life. We congratulate the
congregation that will obtain him as an instruc-
tor." I quote from the Lutheran inspector's cer-
tificate dated Kircheim, 5 September, 1782. He
was married November 17, 1782, to Wilhelmina
Dorothea Eberle, who bore him two sons; the-
eldest, Frederick Christian, was born September
9, 1783, and the youngest, our ancestor and
fourth bearer of the staff, Philip Heinrich, Feb-
ruary 20, 1785.

The Eberle family, to which j\Irs. John C.
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generations had been well educated, and the men
skilled in the making of fine cutlery, surgical in-
struments and silversmithing. One of the broth-
ers, Charles Louis Eberle, was at this time em-
ployed at Paris, where he later had a lively ex-
perience of which he has left a brief record. He
relates : "During my stay with Mons. Mesnau,
the long dreaded revolution broke out, on the
14th of July, 1789. I myself got entangled in
that business, was taken out of my rented room
and forced to become a volunteer. We first
stormed the Hotel des Invalides, took arms and
ammunition from there, marched to the Bastile
and took it in about two hours, let all prisoners
out, hung up the commandant thereof, and then,
toward evening, the mob dispersed — a short,
dangerous and disagreeable work. I hate to
think of it. A few days after this the multitude
went to Versailles to bring the King to Paris ;
they were all armed with muskets, guns, axes,
hay-forks, even scythes straightened and put
upon poles, large knives, etc., etc., it looked
dreadful. * * =■' Now in September follow-
ing a government order was published that all
foreigners who intended to stay in France should
swear allegiance to the country or Cjuit it. I
chose the latter; took a passport and quitted
Paris about the middle of September, 1789. Sev-
eral other Germans did the same and' went with
me. After a march of ten days on foot we ar-
rived safely in Strasburg. Here I tarried about
four weeks ; worked with Mons. Weber and made
him several sets of obstetrical instruments, ac-
cording to Mons. Bandeloque, the great accou-
cheur of Paris. Toward the end of October I
left Strasburg, and in a few days arrived safely
at my parents' at Dalheim. During the winter
I applied for permission to settle in Kircheim-
Boland, the residence of the Prince of Nassau-
Weilburg. Having received permission, I re-
moved there early in the next spring, and i8th
May. 1790, was married to Miss Maria C.
Renter."

"We were established but a short time when



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