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tive country, where he applied himself to the
trade of a stonecutter, in which he attained a
high degree of proficiency. During most of the
time when he worked as a journe}-man he was
employed as foreman. In 1880 he emigrated
to the Lnited States and settled in Scranton,
where for some years he was foreman for S.
AA'illiams. During this period he was employed
in erecting some of the finest buildings in Scran-
ton, among them the municipal building. In
1896, after serving Air. A\'illiams for fourteen
years, Air. Lloyd went into business for himself
as a dealer in granite and marble. His success
has been marked and he is to-day at the head of
a flourishing business. He uses only the best
material and deals in the different varieties of
imported granite. Air. Lloyd married, January
27. 1877. Louise Fewster, a native of England,
and fourteen children have been born to them,
eight of whom are living : Walter, who married



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Carrie Brackenbush, of New York state, and has
one child ; Edith ; George, who married Edith
Koehler, and has two children ; Herbert G., Jr. ;
Richard ; Frederick ; Jennie ; Russell and Anna.
All the sons are master workmen, having- served
their time with their father, with whom George
and Herbert are now in business. In the sum-
mer of 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd visited Eng-
land and Wales, experiencing all the delight of
reunion with relatives and old friends and of
finding themselves once more amid the scenes
familiar to their childhood and youth.

DR. SAMUEL P. MENGEL, a physician
and surgeon of rare ability and skill, a resident
of Parsons, where he conducts a large and lu-
crative practice, is a native of Barnesville,
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, born June 18,
1870, son of Lewis and X'aleria (Perry) Men-
gel, and grandson of George and Lydia (Robin-
holt) Mengel, who died at the ages of eighty-
five and forty-five years, respectively. George
Mengel (grandfather) was born in the latter
part of the seventeenth century, and throughout
his active career followed agricultural pursuits.
Their children were : Joseph, a farmer, a resi-
dent of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania ; Charles, a
farmer, residing at same place ; George, a farm-
er, a resident of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania ;
Caroline, deceased ; and Lewis, father of Dr.
Mengel. Lewis and Valeria (Perry) Mengel
had children: Irwin, born 1865, a farmer, mar-
ried Mary Messersmith ; issue, four children.
Samuel P., born 1870, see forward. Harry,
born September, 1872, clerk in hardware store
at Mahoney City ; married Pauline Edwards ;
issue, two children. Lewis, born May, 1874,
trainmaster for Pennsylvania Railroad at Sham-
okin, Pennsylvania, which position he ha's held
four vears, and has been connected with the
company nineteen years ; he married Grace King,
issue, three children. Orabel, born 1883, a grad-
uate of Bloomsburg State Normal School, class
of igoi. Ella, born 1885, a graduate of same
school, class of 1903.

Dr. Samuel P. Mengel acquired his literary
education in the public schools, and the Key-
stone Normal School at Kutztown, which he at-
tended during 1886-87. The following five
vears he followed the vocation of teaching in the
schools of Ryan and Rush townships, and then
entered the University of Pennsylvania, at Phil-
adelphia, from which he graduated in 1894 with
the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The com-
monwealth of Pennsylvania passed a law pro-



viding for a State ]\Iedical Society Examining
Board, and at the first class examination Dr.
]\Iengel passed with the second highest average
in the class, 94 64-100, a fact proving conclu-
sively his thorough preparation and adaptabil-
ity for the work he had chosen as his vocation
in life. He then came to Wilkes-Barre and for
one year was a resident physician at the City Hos-
pital, and in July, 1895, he located at Parsons
when he built his present fine home and has
since practiced his profession in that borough,
the number of his patients increasing with each
succeeding year, until now ( 1905) his prac-
tice is second to none in the community.
Although his parents were members of the
Evangelical Church, Dr. ^Ieng;el became a
member of the Baptist Church, the tenets of
which denomination he firmly adheres to. He
is a Republican in politics. He is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; Free
and Accepted Masons, Ledge No. 442, Wilkes-
Barre ; Shekinah Chapter, No. 182, Royal Arch
Masons; Dieu Le Veut Commandery, No. 45,
Knights Templar ; and Irem Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine.

In 1895 Dr. Mengel was married to Sarah
A. Slater, born February 8, 1870, daughter of
Alatthew and Philadelphia (Hampson) Slater,
and they have two children : Jessie M., born
June II, 1898; E. Faith, born May 3, 1901. Mrs.
Mengel is a member of the Episcopal Church.
Matthew Slater, her father, was born in 1840, and
died at his home in Cohoes, New York, 190 1 :
he was superintendent of one of the largest
Woolen mills in the United States. His wife,
born in 1841, bore him children: George, born
November, 1862, a musician at Cohoes, New
York; William, born September, 1868, a supe-r-
intendent, who succeeded his father ; Sarah A..
born February 8. 1870, wife of Dr. Mengel ;
Philadelphia, born February, 1872, wife of Jo-
seph Simcox, of Cohoes, New York ; Matthew,
born December, 1874, a musician of Bingham-
ton. New York; and Joseph, born .March, 1876,,
a resident of Cohoes, New York.

EDWARD W. THOi\L\S, of Nanticoke, a
general and experienced blacksmith, was born in
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, .April 17, 1861, a
son of Samuel R. Thomas, born in England in
1826, emigrated to this country in 1853, when
twenty-seven vears of age, settled in Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania, where he met, won and
married Miss Emma Stone, also a native of Eng-
land, in the year 1854. Shortly afterwrjrd they




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moved to Blocmsbiirg, same state, where he still
resides. Their children were six in number, four
of whom are living: Mary, an accomplished
and experienced teacher of twenty-five years'
practice : George, a contractor by occupation ;
Grace, wife of Charles L. Fairchild ; and Edward
W., mentioned hereinafter. In his younger days
Samuel R. Thomas was a first-class mechanic and
well versed in the working of copper as well as
iron. Mrs. Thomas passed away in 1900.

The common schools of his native town af-
forded Edward W. Thomas an excellent oppor-
tunitv for acquiring a practical education. He
early applied himself to his trade — that of black-
smith and horseshoer — with his father, who, as
aforementioned, was an experienced and expert
mechanic. In 1881 he located in Nanticoke,
where he has established himself in the confi-
dence of his fellow citizens, employs four men,
and bv reason of the superiority of his work-
manship has received a large and lucrative pat-
ronage. He has prospered exceedingly in his
business, and in addition to owning his own
shop in Nanticoke owns another shop and va-
cant lot in West Nanticoke, a double house and
half of another double house, one single house,
two lots in Nanticoke. besides his own palatial
residence. In addition to his business Mr.
Thomas is a stockholder in the Nanticoke Na-
tional Bank. The regard in which he is held
bv his townsmen is evidenced by the fact that
he was chosen a member of the council, serving
at the present time (1905). Mr. Thomas is a
member of Nanticoke Lodge. No. 541. Eree and
Accepted Masons ; the Eraternal Order of
Eagles ; Knights of Malta ; and the Heptasophs.

In July, 1881, jMr. Thomas was united in
marriage to ^lartha J. Walters, daughter of
Jesse and Kate Walters, and eight children were
born to them, namely : Emma. Percy, May. de-
ceased, and June (twins) ; Mary, deceased ;
Grace. Lawrence and Mildred.

OSWALD ROGERS, of Alden. is one of
the many men in Luzerne county who by hard
labor, honest endeavor and strict integrity, has
made for himself a competency which will serve
as a lasting monument to his memory. His ca-
reer has been creditable as well as remarkable,
and clearly demonstrates what can be accom-
plished by remaining true to the best that is
in us.

(Jswald Rogers was born in England, De-
cember 15, 1844. He is son of Edward and Sa-
rah (Turner) Rogers, the former named a na-

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tive of Wales and the latter of England. Ed-
ward Rogers (father) came to this country in
1841, returned to England the following year,
remaining there until 1852. when he again
crossed the Atlantic, his family joining him the
following year. For a number of years he
served in the capacity of mine foreman, and
later turned his attention to contracting for rock
and coal, both in England and this country, fol-
lowing this to a considerable extent. Twelve
children were the issue of this marriage, eight
of whom are living at the present time ( 1905) :
Robert, Oswald, of whom further mentioned ;
Ishmael. Israel, Jane, Mary, Emma, and Ade-
laide. Edward Rogers, father of these children,
died April 27, 1890; his wife passed awav in
1886.

Oswald Rogers, the second of the surviving
children of Edward and Sarah (Turner) Rogers,
resided in his native land, England, until nine
years of age, when he was brought to this coun-
try by his mother, his father having preceded
them, and they located at St. Clair, Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania. He entered the mines,
serving in various capacities from slate picker
to driver and engineer, thereby acquiring a thor-
ough knowledge of the mining industry in all
its details. In 1865 he came to Luzerne county
and was employed for one year in the Avondale
mines, then went to St. Clair, in 1866-67 ^^ 'vis-
ited England and later returned to St. Clair. In
1869 he removed to Luzerne county, locating at
Plymouth, but after a short residence there
moved to Scranton, where he resided for ten
years, during which time he served as station-
ary engineer for the Delaware and Hudson Coal
Company. In 1882 he removed to Newport
township, where he has since resided. Alore by
accident than otherwise, he engaged in the drug
business, purchasing a drug store from a
relative who failed in the business, with
the understanding that he (Mr. Rogers)
would take charge of the same for him.
This state of affairs did not turn out to the ad-
vantage of j\Ir. Rogers, who later employed oth-
er pharmacists, finally taking up the profession
himself, and he is now (1905) conducting an
extensive and lucrative business. With the cap-
ital accumulated from the proceeds of his labor
Mr. Rogers purchased ground in various places,
being the owner of nineteen lots in Newport
township, upon which he has erected five
houses ; also five lots in West Nanticoke. with
three houses on them ; and one lot in St. Clair.
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Station four years. He is a member of the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, of Pottsville,
and also of the Encampment of Providence. He
is an honored member of Nanticoke Lodge, No.
541, Free and Accepted Masons; Bloomsburg
Consistory, in which he has attained the thirty-
second degree ; Irem Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order of the Mystic Shrine, of Wilkes-Barre ;
Knights of Pythias, Sovereign Patriotic Knights ;
Improved Order of Red Men ; the Druids, and
Workingmen's Benevolent Association. He is
a Republican in politics.

Mrs. Mary Rogers died October 24, 1902.
She was formerly Mary Halsby, daughter of
Charles and Sarah Halsby, both of England.
To this union there wfere no children. Mrs.
Rogers had two children by a former marriage,
Ellis J., who married Efifie Haynes ; they have
one daughter, now sixteen years of age. Han-
nah E., who became the wife of Thomas James
Richards, who has served as clerk in the Alden
Company's store for twenty years. Mrs. Rich-
ards is a pharmacist and ably assists Mr. Rogers
in his business. They have one child, Isabella
Richards, now eleven years of age.

OLIVER S. KERSTETTER. One of the
successful men in Nanticoke is Oliver S. Ker-
stetter. His ancestors on both sides were of
German origin, and his grandfather, Michael
Kerstetter, was a well-to-do farmer of Snyder
county. Michael Kerstetter, son of Michael
Kerstetter, mentioned above, was born in
Snyder county, where he was a farmer of ex-
perience and ability, owning a farm of one hun-
dred and fifty acres of good land. He held sev-
eral township offices. He married Susan Minig.
a native of Schuylkill county, and a daughter
of Jacob Minig, a mechanic of some repute. Mr.
and Mrs. Kerstetter were the parents of eleven
children, eight of whom are living: Oliver S.,
mentioned at length hereafter ; Jane ; Emma, who
lives in Scranton ; Oscar, who is also a resident
of that city ; Sarah, Lucy, Edwin, and Cora.
Mr. Kerstetter died in 1902, and his widow is
still living on the homestead.

Oliver S. Kerstetter, son of Michael and
Susan (Minig) Kerstetter, was born October 8,
1858, in Snyder county, and received his educa-
tion in the common schools of his native town-
ship. With the exception of one year spent in
mercantile business he has devoted himself to
agricultural pursuits. In 1 89 1 he moved to
Nanticoke, where he has since made his home.
He is proprietor of the Wyoming Valley Can-



ning Company, an enterprise which he began on
a small scale in 1895., ^"d which has since grown
to large proportions. He tills one hundred acres
of land and raises annually about seventy-five
thousand cabbages, two thousand five hundred
bushels of onions, and tomatoes in correspond-
ing quantities. He also buys extensively of the
farmers. In 1904 he put up ten thousand cases
of tomatoes, peas, corn, beans, and other vege-
tables. His cannery is an extensive one, hav-
ing a one hundred horse power boiler, and giv-
ing employment to sixty hands. In 1905 Mr.
Kerstetter became identified with the Susque-
hanna Lumber Company of Nanticoke, and the
Glady Lumber Company of West Virginia. He
is a director of and treasurer in both corpora-
tions. He is a member of Nanticoke Lodge, No.
541, Free and Accepted ]\Iasons, and in politics
is an advocate of the principles held by the Dem-
ocratic party. He is a member of the Meth-
odist Church.

Mr. Kerstetter married, in 1885, Sarah Ar-
bogast, of Snyder county, and they have three
children : Susan J., Frank L. and Stella B.

WILLIAM J. JAYNE, an insurance and
real estate agent at Nanticoke, is a worthy rep-
resentative of that class of men who, with lim-
ited' advantages both in education and finances,
have been able to adopt the ways, customs and
manners of a strange country and become loyal
citizens thereof. His parents were James and
Mary (Williams) Jayne, natives of England,
whose deaths occurred in 1869 ^''"^' 1867, re-
spectively, when William J. was a mere child,
thus throwing him upon the mercy of strangers
at a time when he needed most the care of par-
ents.

William J. Jaxiie was born in Cornwall,
England, October 18, 1862. He remained' in
his native land until 1883, in which year he
crossed the Atlantic Ocean, k)cating upon his
arrival in the United States in Iron Mountain,
Michigan, where he engaged in ore mining.
After a short period of time he removed to
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but shortly after-
ward returned to ]\Iichigan, where he resided
four years. He then took up his residence again
in the city of Wilkes-Barre, but later returned
to Michigan, remaining this time eight years.
In 1894 he finally settled in the borough of
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, where he has since re-
sided, and where in 1901 he built for himself
a most beautiful home on East Main street. For
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Metropolitan Insurance Company, and for three
years of that period has also conducted a prof-
itable real estate business. He is a prominent
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of
Xanticoke, serving as a member of its musical
committee. He is a member of the Nanticoke
fire department, in which he served as foreman
and assistant chief. He casts his vote with the
Prohibition party, the principles of which he
firmly advocates and adheres to.

In June, 1890, Mr, Jayne was married to
]\Irs. Mary Heller, who bore him three children :
William, Eleanor, and Roy, deceased. Mrs.
Jayne had a daughter by her former marriage,
Mary A. Heller, who adopted the name of Jayne
after the marriage of her mother to Mr. Jayne.

JEREMIAH ALGAR. A leader among the
florists of Lackawanna county is Jeremiah Algar,
of Avoca. Mr. Algar is one of the thirteen
children born to James and Susan (Blomfield)
Algar, both of whom were natives of England.
Of these, eleven grew to maturity and eight are
now living: Harriet, Delilah, James, Ann, Jere-
miah, mentioned at length hereinafter ; Eliza,
Alice, and William. Among those who are de-
ceased was Henry, who emigrated to the United
States. All the other members of the family,
with the exception of Jeremiah, remained in
their native land.

Jeremiah Algar, son of James and Susan
(Blomfield) Algar, was born April 28, 1851, in
Suffolk, England. ,He was educated in his na-
tive country, and at an early age displayed an
inclination for the occupation of a florist. He
soon became engaged in gardening and in the
raising of plants and flowers, being a close com-
petitor with some of the best and most noted
in the business and receiving many tokens of
appreciation of his ability. In 1881 he emi-
p^rated to the United States, and one year after
his arrival in this country settled at Avoca. He
immediatelv entered the mines, and is still en-
gaged in the coal industry despite his devotion to
his original and chosen calling. Six years
aeo he established himself as a florist, be-
ginning with only three hundred and fifty
square feet of glass, whereas, he now has
three thousand square feet of glass and
his business is still growing. He has no
specialty, but deals in cut flowers and potted
plants, also cultivating vegetables. His success
has been signal and undisputed. In 1888 he built
the comfortable and attractive dwelling which
has since been his home. He is a member of the
Sons of St. George and the Knights of Malta.



Mr. Algar married, in 1870, Maria Howard,
and they are the parents of the following chil-
dren : Caleb, who did not accompany the fam-
ily in their emigration and is now in England.
William, who married Annie Baker, and has
four children : Emmerson, Clyde, Jeremiah, de-
ceased ; and Annie. Mary A., who became the
wife of Thomas Miller, and is the mother of
twins : Howard and Thomas. Frederick. James.
Arthur, who married Maude Toaa, and has two
children : Arthur and Rosamond. Mrs. Algar
is the daughter of William and Ann (Bond)
Howard, natives of England, whose family con-
sisted of the following children : Sarah A., Mary
A., James, Maria, who was born in 1850, in
Suffolk, England, and became the wife of Jere-
miah Algar, as mentioned above ; Eliza, and
Epsibah. Sarah A. and Maria are the only mem-
bers of the family who emigrated to the United
States.

JACOB WILLIAM WEBSTER. One of
those men whose occupation was the choice of
natural inclination and aptitude is Jacob Wil-
liam Webster, of Avoca. Mr. Webster was born
in 1851, in Bristol, England, where he learned
the shoemaker's trade, at which he became ex-
tremely proficient.

In 1884 he emigrated to the United States
and took up his abode in Avoca, of which he
has since been a continuous resident. The year
of his arrival he established himself in business
as a florist, beginning with only fifteen square
feet of glass. At the present day he carries on
business in buildings erected by himself, has
over two thousand square feet of glass and con-
ducts a large and constantly increasing trade.
He makes a specialty of cut flowers, plants, dec-
orations and funeral designs. In addition to his
business as a florist Mr. Webster is still success-
fully engaged in the practice of the shoemaker's
trade. He is a good citizen and has been chosen
by his neighbors to fill the ofifice of school di-
rector. He is a member of the Sons of St.
George. Politically he is a staunch Republican.
In matters of religion he adheres to the Protest-
ant Eoiscopal Church. Mr. Webster married,
in 1868, Eliza Hawkins, also a native of Eng-
land, and of the four children born to them two
are living: Thomas, who is a grocer in Pitts-
ton, married Jennie Campbell, and has four chil-
dren ; and Ada, who is the wife of William Ben-
nett and the mother of two children.

WILLIAM H. XAYLOR. An^ong the act-
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be numbered William H. Naylor, who is a son
of Frederick and Sarah A. Kaylor. both natives
of Norfolk, England. They are the parents of
the following children: Jane, Frederick W.. Wil-
liam H., mentioned at length hereafter ; George
F., Charlotte A., Charles, deceased ; Walter J.,
Emma J., and one who died in infancy. Of this
number Frederick W., William H., George F.
and Walter J. emigrated.

William H. Naylor, son of Frederick and
Sarah A. Naylor, born 1858, in Elsing, Norfolk,
England, was educated in his native county,
where he grew to manhood. He commenced
work at the early age of seven years and six
months on a farm, and was employed there un-
til seventeen years old. He then started to work
in the mines as a driver boy, worked as a driver
for four years, and then was a driver boss for
seven years, making in all a service of eleven
years. In 1884 he emigrated to the United
States and immediately took up his abode in
Duryea, where he has since continuously resided.
For the first nine years he was a miner, but sub-
sequently turned his attention to general team-
ing and store contracting. In 1896 he engaged
in the meat business, both wholesale and retail.
He has built up a flourishing trade which ex-
tends through Luzerne and Lackawanna coun-
ties, and obliges him to keep two teams con-
stantly on the road. He is a member of the
Knights of Pythias, of Old Forge ; the Mystic
Chain, of Moosic ; and the Butchers' Lfnion. His
political affiliations are with the Republican
party.

Mr. Navlor married, November 30, 1878.
Martha Sanderson, and the following children
have been born to them : Sarah A., deceased ;
Charles F., married in August, 1903, Gertrude
Penhale ; Richard' H. ; George S. ; John ; James ;
William G., deceased ; Albert H., deceased ; Ar-
thur F., deceased ; Walter H. ; and Thomas W.,
deceased. In addition to their own family Mr.
and Mrs. Naylor have an adopted' daughter
named Jennie. Mrs. Naylor is a daughter of
Richard and Ann Sanderson, of Yorkshire,
England. Their family consisted of the follow-
ing children : Hannah ; Thomas F., deceased ; Jo-
seph, deceased; Ann; Martha, born i860, be-
came the wife of William H. Naylor. as men-
tioned above ; John ; Thomas ( second ) , deceased ;
James, deceased ; Richard ; and one who died in
infancy. Mrs. Naylor and her brother Jolin
were the only members of the family who emi-
grated. Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson, the worthy
parents, both died in their native land. In 1904



Mr. and Mrs. Naylor visited the parents of the
former in England, and spent four delightful
months in the society of relatives and old friends,
in noting the changes made by time in the places
familiar to them in childhood, and in recalling
events of the past. Mr. and Mrs. Naylor joined
the Primitive Methodist Church in 1884, and
when they came to the United States, in the same
year, sent their letter to the Methodist Episcopal
Church and have attended the same ever since.

DAVID WILLIAM THOMAS, of Nanti-
coke, is a son of David Thomas, a sea captain,

who visited all the principal ports of the world.
His wife was Sarah Morgan, and of their eight
children, four grew to maturity : Martha, Will-
iam, David W., mentioned at length hereinafter,
and John. In 1843 Captain Thomas was drowned
at sea. ' Martha Thomas died and was buried at
sea while on her way to this country, and her
brother John lost his life in the mines in Lands-
ford, Pennsylvania.

David W. Thomas, son of David and Sarah
(Morgan) Thomas, was born April 30, 1838,
in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, and when his
school days were over engaged in mining. In
1863 he emigrated to the United States and set-
tled in Ashland, Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania,
where he found empkjyment in the mines. In
1869 he moved to Landsford, where he remained



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