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Levi Stuart, of Hartford, a sea captain ; she had
children : Sophia, who married Mr. Benton, a
publisher, and at one time a partner of the cele-
brated S. S. Prentiss, of Louisville, Kentucky ;
Mary Ann, who married Lewis Dunham, a law-
yer of western Pennsylvania ; and , who mar-
ried a Webster ; Roderick. 9. Alpheus, born
March 22, 1787.

The following extract from the pen of Al-
pheus Dimmick is a fine tribute to his father's
memory :

"My parents were Oliver Dimmick and Sarah
Gurley. The latter died in 1790, leaving me
about thee years old. The former died February
10. 1823, aged eighty-three. They were both re-
markable for their piety and habitual attention to
religion. My mother has left behind her, both in
manuscript and print, her religious experience,
penned by the Rev. Mr. Storrs from her own
mouth. My father was for many years deacon of
the church at North Mansfield, under the minis-
try of the Rev. Moses C. Welch, D. D. He was
uniform and strict in the performance of family
worship, and was much called on to visit the sick
and discharge the last pious duties to the dead.



Although strict in the discharge of moral and re-
ligious duties of a personal nature, he was never
censorious toward others. He never sought,
like many others, discussions and disputations
about the various creeds known about in his
day. All were welcome under his roof, and
were prevailed if ever they attempted to
weaken his faith in the system of religion by
him adopted in his youth. Although I continued
peacefully under his charge till twenty-one years
old, I have no recollection of ever hearing him
charged with the denial of justice to others, or a
neglect in any way of the strictest moral duties
to all. From such a character it might seem nat-
ural to some to expect great rigor and exactness,
not only in the moral conduct but in the religious
principles of his family, particularly his children.
This is true only in a limited sense. He never
inclined to the use of coercive means in the in-
stilling of religious principles. He took care that
his children should be taught the essential doc-
trines of Christianity as held in the church of
which he was a member, but avoided all means of
force or coercion in his endeavors to inculcate
them. His object was to enlighten the under-
standing and leave free the will to choose and
adopt for itself. He seemed fully conscious that
no human means, much less force, could change
the fountain spring of action."

Alpheus Dimmick (6), son of Oliver Dim-
mick, was born in Mansfield. He graduated from
Yale College in 1810, and in 1814 was licensed as
an attorney by the supreme court of the state
of New York. He at once entered upon the prac-
tice of law, and some time afterward removed to
Bloomingburg, New York, where he resided until
his death, Januarv 17, 1865. He was for a num-
ber of years a law judge of Sullivan county, in
that state, and represented the county in the legis-
lature. He married Maria Carr, of Frederick,
IMaryland, November 5, 1818. Their children
were: i. John C., born November i, 1819. 2.
Samuel E., December 24, 1822. 3. William B.,
1824, resides at Lackawaxen, Pike county, Penn-
sylvania. 4. George Dubois, a lawyer, died
young, at Portage City, Wisconsin, in 1861. 5.
Mary Ellen, married Dr. N. F. Marsh, who was
a surgeon in the regular army, and who died in
consequence of disease contracted during the
civil war ; they had one child, Lucretia, residing
at Honesdale, Pennsylvania. 6. Eliza C. 7.
A'irginia T.

Samuel Erskine Dimmick (7), second son of
.A.lpheus Dimmick, in 1844 entered the office of
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■dent at law, and was admitted to the bar of
Wavne county, May 6, 1846. He at one time en-
tered into partnership with his cousin, and this
association continued until the death of the latter
in 1 86 1. In addition to a large general practice
he was attorney for the Delaware and Hudson
Canal Company, the county commissioners, and
the Honesdale Bajtik. In 1856 he was nominated
by the Republicans of his district for congress,
his competitor being his cousin and law partner,
Hon. W. H. Dimmick. The district being Dem-
ocratic, the last named was elected. Mr. Samuel
E. Dimmick was a delegate to the Republican
national conventions of i860, 1864 and 1868. In
1872 he was elected a delegate to the constitu-
tional convention of Pennsylvania. Early in 1873
he received from Governor Hartranft the ap-
pointment of attorney-general of the common-
wealth, and died while in oiifice. The following
proclamation was issued by the governor on the
morning after Mr. Dimmick's death :
Executive Mansion,
Hareisburg, October, 12, 1875.
To the People of the Commonwealth of Penn-
sylvania :

It is with profound sorrow that I make official
announcement of the death of Samuel E. Dim-
mick, which took place in this city last evening.
The high tone of his public life, the talents and
the private virtues of this distinguished man, will
be his enduring memorial in the hearts of the
people of Pennsylvania. Out of respect to his
eminent services the several departments of gov-
ernment will be draped in mourning for the
period of thirty days, and closed on Friday, Oc-
tober 13, when his funeral will take place.

J. T. Hartranft.

The following is an extract from the Gov-
ernor's message of 1876, in which he testifies to
the worth of his late attorney-general :

"In October last the mortal remains of the
late Attorney-General Samuel E. Dimmick, were
reverently laid in the little cemetery at Honesdale.

"Three years ago the character, integrity and
recognized legal abilities of this lamented man
designated him for the important position he filled
with so much dignity and honor, and the full
measure of popularity he enjoyed at the time of
his death showed how satisfactorily he discharged
his responsible duties. Generous, manlv and up-
right in all the relations of life, and administering
his high office with a stern and uncompromising
fidelity to the interests of the State, the deceased
attorney-general tempered "his decisions with so
much benevolence and courtesy that it is difficult



to say whether as a man or official he was most
beloved. Of delicate health, and suffering from
the aifliction that resulted in his death, in re-
sponse to w'hat he believed a call of duty, Mr.
Dimmick died while in attendance upon the
Board of Pardons, where his mercifvd disposition
and mature and correct judgment were invaluable
helps in dispensing justice. With the public grief
that deplores his loss, I may be permitted to min-
gle my private sorrow, for while the State mourns
for a just and incorruptible officer, the adminis-
tration has been deprived of a careful and wise
counsellor, and the executive of a disinterested
and devoted friend."

]\Ir. Dimmick married Miss Lucretia M. Ben-
jamin, daughter of the late Joseph Benjamin,
Esq., of New York, January 28, 1855, and of this
marriage were born the following children: I.
\v alter Erskine, born July 4, 1856. 2. Joseph
Benjamin, born October 3, 1858. 3. George Du-
bois, born November 29, 1859. 4. Martha. 5.
]\Iaude. The mother died at Honesdale, Febru-
ary 14, 1880.

Benjamin J. Dimmick, second son of Samuel
Erskine and Lucretia M. (Benjamin) Dimmick,
was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, October 3,
1858. He prepared for college at Adams Acad-
emy, Quincy, ^lassachusetts, and at Phillips Exe-
ter Academy, and entered Yale College in the
class of 1 88 1, where he completed the academ-
ical course with the exception of the last term
of the senior year, when ill health necessitated
the discontinuance of his studies. He made an
extended tour of Europe, and subsequently re-
ceived from Yale College the degrees of Bach-
elor of Arts and Master of Arts. After return-
ing home he entered the law office of William H.
Dimmick, and was admitted to the bar of Wayne
county in 1882, In 1883 he located in Scranton
and entered into partnership with his cousin, Ed-
ward C. Dimmick, but shorth- afterward with-
drew therefrom, owing to continued ill health, and
again went abroad, passing most of his time in
Switzerland, until 1893, when he returned to
Scranton, and there became interested in affairs
rather than the practice of his profession. He is
president of the Lackawanna Trust and Safe De-
posit Company, and of the Scranton Lace Cur-
tain Company, and a director in the Third Na-
tional Bank and the South Side Bank, both of
Scranton. He is a firm friend of the Scranton
Public Library, and is a member of its board of
trustees. Of benevolent disposition, and having
a warm sympathy for the suffering and afflicted,
is interested in the Scranton Society for the Pre-



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vention and Cure of Consumption, and of the
Pennsylvania Oral School for the Deaf, in both
of which he is a trustee. He holds membership
with a number of the leading social and literary
organizations — the University Club, the Yale
Club, and the National Arts Club, all in New
York City ; and the Scranton Club and the Coun-
try Club, of Scranton.

Mr. Dimmick married, November 9, 1881,
Miss Louisa H. Hunt, daughter of Dr. E. K. and
Mary (Crosby) Hunt, of Hartford, Connecticut.
Of this union have been born : Jeanette Hunt,
July 28, 1883 ; Lucretia Benjamin, May 20, 1889 ;
died January 4, 1893 ; and Mary Crosby, Feb-
ruary 10, 1894.

EDWARD L. FULLER, president of the
International Salt Company, occupies a front
rank among Scranton's most successful busi-
ness men. In railway circles, and in the con-
duct of the International Salt Company he is
widely and favorably known. He comes in
direct line from one of the "Mayflower" Pil-
grims of 1620 — Dr. Edward Fuller — who with
his wife and son Samuel disembarked from
that historical vessel at Plymouth. Edward
Fuller and his wife died shortly after their
arrival, but their son lived to marry and rear
a family. From this stock descended a long
line of descendants, each generation marking
the history of the country with illustrious
achievements in statescraft, in the professions,
in military life, in the marts of trade and the
hives of industry. In the second and third
generations the family is found in Connecti-
cut, and from there came to Montrose. Penn-
sylvania, when the country was a wilderness.
The great-great-grandfather of Edward L.
Fuller, Edward Fuller, married Hannah West,
whose remains rest in the cemetery in Scran-
ton. Their children were: Charles, Edward,
Henry, Isaac, George, Mary L., Elizabeth and
Deborah.

Charles Fuller, son of Edward and Hannah
(West) Fuller, born in New London, Connecti-
cut, November i, 1797, died November 29, 1881,
at the advanced age of eighty-four years. In
1806 the family removed to Pennsylvania, taking
up their abode in Bridgewater township, Luzerne
(now Susquehanna) county, where they became
inured to all the hardships and severe toil which
marked pioneer life in a sparsely settled region
in its primeval wildness. The son enjoyed little
in the way of educational advantages, schools be-
ing of short duration at irregular intervals. At



the early age of thirteen years he entered upon a.
life of self-support, taking employment in a
country store at Tunkhannock, and later was sim-
ilarly employed at Kingston. In 181 7, when,
wanting one year of attaining his majority, he
opened a drug store in Wilkes-Barre. The fol-
lowing vear, on January 8, he married Miss Marii
Scoville, of Exeter township, Luzerne county,
who was born in Connecticut in 1802. He sub-
sequently disposed of his business and engaged in,
farming, transporting his products over the Po-
cono by team to Easton, then the only market
for grain grown in the Wyoming Valley. In
1848 he located in Scranton and entered the em-
ploy of Scranton & Piatt, as bookkeeper, and later
served for several years in the same capacity for
the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company. Dur-
ing the later years of his life he was engaged in an
insurance business. He was a man of great no-
bility of character, distinguished for his integrity,,
kindness of heart, fidelity to every duty and prac-
tical philanthrophy. He was one of the original,
members of the Presbyterian Church of Scranton,
and took an active part in its organization, Octo-
ber 14, 1848, and was one of its most devoted
supporters until his death. The value of his work
and example in connection with this pioneer tem-
ple of worship, in which he faithfully served in
every official position, is witnessed today in what
has grown out of the efifort of himself and his
fellows — one of the largest and most influential
congregations of its denomination in all eastern
Pennsylvania. The children of Charles and
Maria (Scoville) Fuller were: James, Edward'
C, Layton, John, Mary, Catherine, Penelope,
Francis and Eudora.

Edward C. Fuller, second son of Charles and'
Maria (Scoville) Fuller, was at the time of his
death one of the veteran business men of the city
of Scranton, and was held in peculiar honor for-
his life of usefulness and unblemished upright-
ness. He was born in Wyoming, Luzerne
county, Pensylvania, June 8, 1826. He was fa-
vored beyond his sire in the way of education re-
ceiving academical instruction in Wyoming Sem-
inary. He learned rope making with his father,
and subsequently traveled for two years as sales-
man of the factory products. Somewhat later ho
engaged in the study of pharmacy under the late-
Dr. Throop, with whom he was afterward asso-
ciated in a drug business. This partnership was-
dissolved in 185 1, and Mr. Fuller opened a sim-
ilar establishment at Hawley, Pennsylvania, but
retired therefrom in the following year and lo-
cated in Scranton, where he resided thenceforth-
until his death. In the year of his coming he en-




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:gaged in a drug business at No. 303 Lackawanna
.avenue, with a brother, under the firm name of L.
S. and E. C. Fuller, and conducted the same until
within four years of his death. A man of excel-
lent business qualifications, he rendered efficient
service to the community in various important
positions. In i860 he was elected school con-
troller, and was continued in the office for a num-
ber of years, being treasurer of the board during
a considerable part of his period of service. May
16, 1881, he was made postmaster of Scranton by
appointment of President Garfield, and was con-
:tinued in office during the administration of Presi-
dent Arthur, acquitting himself most admirably
in the discharge of his duties. In 1890 he was
elected city assessor and served for a term of
three years. He was warmly inclined to philan-
thropic and benevolent objects, and served as a
director and treasurer of the Lackawanna Hospi-
tal from the time of its organization until his
death. He was also president of the Dunmore
Cemetery Association from its organization to the
end of his life. He was one of the original mem-
bers of the First Presbyterian Church, becoming
connected with it in his young manhood. He
Ijore an unblemished Christian character, and his
genial personality endeared him to the entire com-
munity. Affable and companionable, he ever had
a kind wo.rd for all, and his sympathy for the dis-
tressed and afflicted found expression in deed as
well as in word. He took an active interest in
political afi^airs, and was an acknowledged local
leader in the Republican party, with which he
affiliated from the time it was organized with
Fremont as its first presidential candidate.

Mr. Fuller married ]\Iiss Helen Ruthven, who
died in October, 1892, having borne to her hus-
Tjand the following children: i. Charles R., who
married (first) Frances Penman, and (second)
Catharine Scranton, who bore him two children,
namely : James Scranton and Charles R., Jr.

2. Edward L., to be further mentioned hereafter.

3. James A., who married Eva Davis, and their
children are : Bertha and Selin. 4. Harry G.,
who married Ida Frink. and died in November,
1893, leaving one child. Harry.

Edward Eaton Fuller, second son of Edward
C. and Helen (Ruthven) Fuller, was born Octo-
Tjer 7 (or 10), 1851, at Hawley, Pennsylvania.
He came to be known as one of the most active
and useful men of large affairs in the entire val-
ley. He was at one time one of the largest individ-
ual coal operators in the anthracite region, hav-
ing formerly owned the Mt. Pleasant Colliery at
Scranton, the Seneca Coal Company's properties
and those of the Xewton Coal Mining Company,



the old Forge Coal Mining Company at Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania, and the Girard Coal Company
at Alt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. He is also largely
interested in railway affairs. He organized what
is known as the Fuller Syndicate, which secured
control of the Western Maryland Railroad and
the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Rail-
road, he being a director in both these companies.
He is also president of the Genesee & Wyoming ■
Railroad. He is president of the Empire Lime-
stone Company of Buffalo, the Retsof Mining
Company, and the Avery Rock Salt Mining Com-
pany. His principal interests are connected with
the salt industry, as represented by that mammoth
corporation, the International Salt Company, of
which he is president, and in the development of
whose business he has been a leading factor and
the dominating figure. To the direction of this
great business he adds a careful oversight of var-
ious other enterprises of moment, and is known
as one of the most industrious men in all this busy
region. His attention has been directed most
usefully to matters aside from his own immediate
interests, and he has worked innovations which
have been of general benefit. Among these was
accomplished largely through his effort, through
the New York state board of railroad commis-
sioners, the purchase by the Erie Railroad Com-
pany of the Pennsylvania Coal Company and the
Erie and Wyoming Valley Railroad, and obtain-
ing for the individual operators a contract for the
sale of their coal to the railroad companies on the
basis of sixty-five per cent, of the tide-water
price. This was one of the most momentous
events in the history of the anthracite coal busi-
ness in recent years, inasmuch as it guaranteed
cheapened transportation to tidewater, a great
boon to the coal industry.

Mr. Fuller has ever taken a deep interest in the
city of Scranton, and has contributed efficiently
to the advancement of those interests which make
for healthful social conditions. His lofty human-
itarianism is witnessed in the aid which he has
constantly extended to the State Hospital at
Scranton, formerly the Lackawanna Hospital, to
Vvhich he was a generous contributor before it be-
came a state institution ; he took a prominent part
in bringing it to its present status, and for some
time he has been president of its executive com-
mittee and treasurer of its board of trustees.
He is also deeply interested in the Young [Men's
Christian Association, to which he has ever been a
willing and liberal donor, and he renders to it his
personal service in the capacity of president of
its board of trustees. He also occupies the same
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which he is a member. His benevolences through
these and other bodies, as well as his many per-
sonal benefactions, are bestowed with unassuming
modesty. He is a highly regarded member of
numerous leading scientific, commercial and so-
cial bodies, among them the following : The So-
ciety of American Engineers, the Transportation
Club of New York, the Union League Club of
New York, the Lawyers" Club of New York, the
City Midday Club of New York, the Scranton
Club and the Country Club of Scranton. At his
home he is held in special admiration for his large
achievements and his excellent traits of personal
character. As has been well said of him : He
has not been spoiled by success ; he is today to his
friends as he was before the goddess Fortune
smiled upon him, and it is the wish of those who
know him best that his bright career mav con-
tinue with undiminished prosperity for many
years — a wish for whose consummation there ap-
pears to be ample assurance.

Mr. Fuller married Miss Helen M. Silkman,
daughter of the late Daniel Silkman, of Scranton.
Of this marriage was born a son, Mortimer Bar-
tine, who is associated with his father in all his
various business enterprises. Mortimer Bartine
Fuller married Kathryn Steell, who bore him a
son, Edward Laton Fuller, second.

THOMAS H. WATTS. The Watts family,
of which the late Thomas H. Watts was a worthy
representative, is of Scotch-Irish origin. The
pioneer ancestor of this branch of the familv was
Henry Watts, father of Thomas H. Watts', who
in early manhood emigrated to the United States,
locating in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, about the
year 1848. He secured employment as coal sales
agent for the Delaware & Hudson Canal Com-
pany, retaining the same until the year of his
death, i888, he being then sixty-four years of
age. By his marriage to Isabella Miller, a resi-
dent of Carbondale, seven children were born, six
of whom are as follows : William J., Thomas H.,
Frank D., George A., Mary.wife of L. A. Roberts
of Carbondale ; and Margaret Watts.

Thomas H. Watts was born in Carbondale,
Pennsylvania, 1855, and there resided until 1872
when he came to Scranton as an employe in the
freight office of the Delaware & Hudson Canal
Company. Three years later he severed his con-
nection with this corporation and entered the em-
ploy of Forrester Brothers, wholesale flour deal-
ers, with whom he remained a number of years,
during which time he gained a thorough knowl-
edge of that line of business. In 1880 he estab-
lished a business on his own account at No. 22



Lackawanna avenue, Scnantpn, and five years-
later, on account of better railroad facilities, re-
moved to Nos. 723-725 West Lackawanna
avenue. In 1893 the business was incorporated,
under the firm name of the T. H. Watts Com-
pany, Limited, Mr. Watts serving in the capacity
of manager. They conducted a large wholesale
trade in flour and provisions, and were supplied
with the best products of the large flour mills
throughout the country, among them the Consoli-
dated Milling Company of Minneapolis, and the
R. D. Hubbard Milling v_.ompany of Mankato.
Minnesota. Later Mr. Waas became interested
in the Enderley Dairy Company, with which he
was connected at the time of his decease, and
shortly afterward his widow purchased the stock
of the company and has continued the business,
up to the present time (1905) under the same
name. Her herd consists of fifty-two cows, the
production of which she disposes of in the Scran-
ton market, keeping in constant use three wagons
for that purpose. Mr. Watts was a member of
the Scranton board of trade, and during his life-
time maintained an interest in all enterprises for
the benefit of the people. In 1886 he was elected
on the Republican ticket, a member of the common
council from the ninth ward and served for three
terms, during one of which he was president of
the council. Many improvements were affected
d.iring his connection with the same, amon^
them the introduction of electric lights, asphalt
paving and city sewerage.

Mr. Watts was united in marriage to Annie
Carling, daughter of John and Louise Carling,
natives of Scranton, and granddaughter of Peter
Carling, one of the pioneer settlers of the city of
Scranton, there being but a few houses in that
section when he located there. Mr. Watts died
January 15, 1903, and was survived by his widow
and two sons — Henry C, who is employed in the
First National Bank, and Howard. Since the
death of her husband Mrs. Watts has clearly
demonstrated that a woman can take a position
beside that of a man in all the lines of work,
whether professional, clerical, commercial, mer-
cantile or manufacturing.

DOLPH FAMILY. The original family
name was De Wolf. William De Wolf is men-
tioned as one of the followers of William the Con-
queror in 1066, and the name is found in English
history from that time down. The name has also
been prominent in German and French history
from very early times. The common ancestor of
the American De Wolfs (now Dolphs) was Bal-
thazar De Wolf. He seems to have been an Eng-



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