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and contracted disease, which in a few years
caused the loss of sight. This affliction he heroic-
ally endured for more than thirty years. His
wife, Mary (Sanders) O'Brien, bore him a fam-
ily of ten children, four of whom are living,
namely : Thomas, Patrick, Michael and Luke.
Mr. O'Brien died November 2, 1903. His widow
resides in Avoca, Pennsylvania.

Thomas O'Brien resided in Port Griffith until
1868, when his parents removed to Avoca, where
he has since made his home. As he became a
wage earner when but eleven years of age his
education was limited, but as years passed on and
he aspired to fill higher positions of trust and
responsibility, he appreciated the need of an edu-
cation and took a "Complete Mining Course"
with the International Correspondence School of
Scranton, from which he received a diploma in
November, 1895. This action was very com-
mendable on his part, and if followed by more of
the youth of the nation would place in their
hands a better means of livelihood. In his posi-
tion as mine foreman of Heidelberg colliery, No.
2, he had entire control of all underground work,
employed about two hundred men, and the out-
put of coal was about four hundred tons per day.
He held this position two years, and for ten years
previous he served as foreman for McClure &
Company, at Old Forge. On August i, 1905,
Mr. O'Brien was appointed general inside fore-
man of Seneca colliery, Pittston, Pennsylvania,
which position he has held up to the present time.
He has charge of about four hundred men.
Politically Mr. O'Brien is a Democrat, but dis-
posed to be independent in his views. He is a
member of the Catholic Mutual Benevolent Asso-
ciation.

In June, 1883, Mr. O'Brien was united in
marriage to Sarah, daughter of Lawrence and
Mary (Kelly) Morahan, and six children have
been born to them, as follows : Joseph, Alice,
Agnes, Thomas, William and Gerald. The fam-
ily have established a pleasant home in- Avoca,
and have gained many friends in this locality.

JAMES PERRY. Few men are more gen-
erally or more justly esteemed in all the rela-
tions of life than James Perry, of Duryea. Mr.
Perry is a son of Charles Perry, who was born in
England, and in 1870 emigrated to the United
States, making his home in Duryea. His wife
was Caroline Shean, also a native of England,
and they were the parents of ten children : Anna,
deceased ; Charles ; John ; James, mentioned at
length hereafter ; Gilljert, deceased ; Albert : Wil-
liam ; Alice; Ida; and Jesse. Mrs. Perry, the



excellent mother of this numerous family, died
in 1864, and her husband, who was in all re-
spects a good man and a worthy citizen, passed
away in 1891. All of their children are now resi-
dents of Duryea and its vicinity.

James Perry, son of Charles and Catherine
(Shean) Perry, was born in 1865, in England,
and was but five years of age when brought by
his parents to their new home on this side of the
Atlantic. While still a lad he became a wage-
earner at the breaker, and has filled many of the
various positions in and about the mines. For
twenty-two years he has been employed at the
Halstead colliery of the Delaware, Lackawanna
& Western Coal Company, his present position
being that of pump runner. This long term of
service speaks volumes for Mr. Perry's faithful-
ness and ability and amply testifies to the confi-
dence reposed in him by his employers. Mr.
Perry is an active and earnest citizen, manifest-
ing in a practical manner his interest in the cause
of education by allowing himself to be made a
member of the school board, and is now serving
his second term as treasurer of that body. He
is a member of Bennett Lodge, No. 907, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, of Moosic ; Old
Forge Castle, Knights of the Golden Eagle ; and
Custer Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Lacka-
wanna. He has filled all the chairs in the last
named organization. In politics he is a steadfast
Republican.

Mr. Perr)- married, December 14, 1887, Mary,
daughter of Thomas and Jane A. Wood, resi-
dents of Duryea and natives of England. Four
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Perry :
Beatrice, who is now a teacher in the public
school ; Alice, who is deceased ; Ruth, who is
also deceased ; and Elizabeth.

JAMES H. BADMAN, one of the progres-
sive citizens of the borough of Nanticoke, is a
native of England, born in 1873, a son of Joseph
and Mary (Brown) Badman. natives of Eng-
land, from whence they emigrated to the United
States in 1882, settling at Nanticoke, Pennsylva-
nia. Joseph Badman (father) worked in the
mines for a short period of time, and then en-
gaged in farming. About the year 1887 '""^ leased
the farm on which his son James H. now resides,
successfully operated the same for seventeen
years, after which he retired from active business
and was succeeded by liis son. Joseph and Mary
(Brown) Badman were the parents of ten chil-
dren, six of whom are living at the present time
(1905) and reside at Nanticoke.

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of Xanticoke, and by close application to his
studies acquired a thorough and practical edu-
cation. He served an apprenticeship at the trade
of carpenter, which line of work he followed for
a number of _vears, and at the same time assisted
his father with the labors of the farm, thereby
gaining a knowledge of all the details of agricul-
ture which has proved of use to him in his sub-
sequent career. In 1902, upon the retirement of
his father from the management of the farm, he
assumed entire control. The farm, which is the
property of the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-
ern Coal Company, consists of eight hundred and
sixty-two acres, and upon this he raises stock of
all kinds which commands a good price in the
nearby markets. In addition to this he contracts
for general. teaming, employing a number of men
and a half dozen teams, and this enterprise yields
him a goodly income. He has served as a mem-
ber of the borough council for one year, and is
now (1905) assistant chief of the fire depart-
ment. He is a Republican in politics. He is a
member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Nan-
ticoke ; Knights of Malta, Nanticoke ; and the
Carpenters' Local LTnion.

On July 20, 1892, Mr. Badman was united in
marriage to Miss Catherine Hitchings, daughter
of William and Elizabeth (Seige) Hitchings,
natives of Wales, who emigrated to this country
in 1885, settling at Nanticoke. The issue of this
marriage was six children : Mary Louise, Sarah,
Emily, Elizabeth, John, and James Badman.

WILLIA:\I henry morgan, of Nanti-
coke, who is serving in the capacity of outside
foreman of the Auchincloss colliery, Delaware.
Lackawanna and Western Company, with which
corporation he has been actively connected for
more than two decades, is well qualified both by
knowledge and experience for his present posi-
tion of ■ trust and responsibility, and he enjoys
the respect and confidence of the entire man-
agement.

His parents, William and 3.1artha (Williams)
Morgan, natives of Wales, had born to them two
sons — James, of Hyde Park, and William Henry,
whose name heads this sketch. When the latter
was eight months old his father died, and subse-
quently his mother became the wife of John Rey-
nolds. To this marriage three children were
born, one son and two daughters, all ol whom
reside in Green Ridge, Pennsylvania. The death
of John Reynolds occurred at his home in Hyde
Park in 1871. His widow, who died in August,
1905, resides with her son, William Henry Mor-
gan, in Nanticoke.



William Henry JMorgan was born in Wales,
September 11, 1855. When thirteen years of
age he emigrated to this country with his par-
ents. They settled in Tioga county, Pennsylva-
nia, and in 1870 removed to Dickson City, Lack-
awanna county, same state. Previous to emigra-
tion, William Henry attended the common
schools of his native town and worked in the
mines, continuing the same line of work after
locating in his new home. As years advanced
he realized the necessity of obtaining a more lib-
eral education in order to compete with men of
more advanced thought, and he determined to se-
cure the same. He therefore entered the Pough-
keepsie Business College, where he completed his
course in 1883. L'pon his return to Dickson City,
he secured employment with the Delaware, Lack-
awanna & Western Company, and subsequently
was appointed assistant outside foreman at
Storr's colliery, near Dickson City, where he re-
mained thirteen years, and from which he was
transferred to the Auchincloss colliery, at Nan-
ticoke. The output of this mine is from seven
to eight hundred tons per day, and it gives em-
ployment to five hundred men and boys, all of
whom are under the personal supervision of Mr.
Morgan. During his long residence in Dickson
City, he was elected to and filled all the various
offices of the borough, this fact attesting to his
popularity and qualifications. He adheres to the
doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and is a member of the church of that denomina-
tion in Nanticoke. He is a firm believer in the
principles of Republicanism, and has cast his vote
with that party since becoming a citizen. He is
a member of Celestial Lodge, No. 833, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows, of Providence, and
of the Order of Heptasophs, Providence Con-
clave.

In 1878 Mr. Morgan was married to Miss
Mary Rogers, daughter of the Rev. Gurdon B.
and Julia (Tucker) Rogers, of Brooklyn, Sus-
quehanna county, Pennsylvania. Their children
are : Jennie, wife of Edgar Hartshorn, of Dick-
son City : Charles C, of Dickson City ; George
A.. Harry R., Anna. Helen, Hazel, Maud, and
Willard Morgan.

FRENK SENCOSTROUSKI. Among the
foreign-born residents of Throop few are more
popular than Frenk Sencostrouski. He was born
in 1 87 1, in Poland, and is one of the two survi-
vors of the three children of John and Ella Sen-
costrouski.

Mr. Sencostrouski emigrated to the United
States in 1889, and settled in Shenandoah,



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Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where for seven
years he engaged in mining. In 1896 he moved
to Throop and in that place also found employ-
ment as a miner. In 1901 he purchased a hotel
in Throop, and for one year rented it to his
brother-in-law, Frank Korelsky. Mr. Sencos-
trouski then personally conducted the hotel for
two years, and the liberal patronage it received
testified to his executive ability and his agreeable
qualities as a host. In November, 1904, he sold
his hotel and purchased a residence in Throop,
where he now resides, and is employed as a
miner. He and his family are members of the
Roman Catholic Church. i\Ir. Sencostrouski
married in 1892 Mary Korelsky, and their chil-
dren are : Matthew, Joseph, Peter, John and
Frank. Mrs. Sencostrouski is the daughter of
Frank and Mary Korelsky, natives of Poland,
who emigrated to the United States and settled
in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. Their chil-
dren were: Frank, Michael, Mary, born in 1870,
in Poland, and became the wife of Frenk Sen-
costrouski, as mentioned above ; Josie, and Anna.

THOMAS PICKRELL. That spirit of en-
terprise which is so marked a characteristic of
nearly every citizen of Lackawanna county has
been strikingly exemplified in the career of
Thomas Pickrell, of Old Forge. Mr. Pickrell is
a representative of the Welsh element which en-
ters so largely and forcibl}- into the life of the
Keystone state.

Hopkin Pickrell was born in South Wales,
where he was trained to the calling of a miner.
In 1865 he emigrated to the United States, set-
tling first in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, and
then moving to Wilkes-Barre, where he made
his home for twelve years. Finally he took up
his abode in Old Forge. He was an experienced
miner and was employed by the Pennsylvania
Coal Company. His wife was Margaret Davis,
also a native of South Wales, and they were the
parents of the following children : Hannah ;
Heptsey ; Thomas, mentioned at length here-
after; Evan; David; Samuel; and Margaret.
David, the fifth child and third son of this family,
served during the Spanish-American war in
Company E, Twenty-eighth United States In-
fantry. He saw active service in the Philippines,
once receiving a wound. After serving two years
he was honorabl)- dischar,ged, but in 1901 died
from the elTects of exposure while in the service.
The same year Mr. Pickrell, the father of the
family, lost his life in a mine accident. He was a
worthy man and at the time of his death was
sixty-two years of age. His widow survives him.



and in the love of her children and grandchil-
dren is reaping the fruits of a well-spent life.

Thomas P'ickrell, son of Hopkin and Marga-
ret (Davis) Pickrell, was born May 11, 1871, in
Mahanoy City, Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania,
and received his education in the common schools
of Wilkes-Barre. In that city he learned the
barber's trade which he followed for fourteen
years, also working in the mines in various capac-
ities until 1 89 1. In 1889 he moved to Old Forge,
where he became a popular and trusted citizen,
his neighbors conferring upon him many honors
of a political nature. In 1897 he was made
treasurer of Old Forge borough, and in 1899 was
elected justice of the peace. After serving four
years in the latter ofifice he was obliged to re-
sign before the expiration of his term in conse-
quence of the strong pressure brought to bear
upon him in order to obtain his acceptance of the
office of postmaster. Since December 11, 1902,
he has filled this office creditably to himself and
satisfactorily to his fellow-citizens. He was at
one time councilman of Old Forge, and in that
position served the best interests of the borough.
He is a member of Acacia Lodge, No. 509, F.
and A. M., the I. O. O. F., the Patriotic Order
Sons of America., and the Knights of the Golden
Eagle. In politics he is a Republican. He is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of
Old Forge, holding a position on the official
board. Mr. Pickrell married, November 12,
1903, Mae, daughter of Andrew E. and Eliza
(Carpenter) Williams. The former was born in
Newton township, Lackawanna county, where he
passed the greater portion of his life. During the
Civil war he served in Company B. One Hundred
and Forty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volun-
teer Infantry, and at the end of two years and a
half was honorably discharged. Mrs.' Williams
is a member of an old Connecticut family, which
was planted in Mehoopany township, Wyoming
county. Pennsylvania, by Tillinghast Carpenter,
who settled there when only eighteen years of
age. He was the only one of the family to leave
his native state. Mr. Carpenter was a practical
farmer, owning one hundred acres of land. His
wife was Sarah Arnold, and they were the par-
ents of four sons and four daughters. One of
their sons, James S. Carpenter, was born in Me-
hoopany township, and married Elmira S. White.
Ten children were born to them, six of whom are
living. One of their daughters Eliza became the
wife of Andrew E. Williams, as mentioned above,
and they were the parents of two daughters:
Carrie, who married John C. Davis ; and Mae,
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graduate of Harford, and for some time pre-
vious to her marriage was engaged in teachmg.
She became the wife of Thomas Pickrell, as men-
tioned above. Mr. Wilhams is deceased, and
his widow, who is a native of Mehoopany town-
ship, is still living.

JACOB H. WARG. No engineer in Lack-
awanna county enjoys a higher reputation for
efficiency and faithfulness than does Jacob H.
Warg. of Dunmore. He is a representative of
a familv of German origin, the members of which
liave always been useful and worthy citizens.
His grandfather, John Warg, was a native of
Upper Saucon township, Northampton county,
Pennsylvania.

Jacob ^^''a^g, son of John Warg, was born
in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. His trade was
that of a wheelwright, but he also engaged in
business as a carpenter. He married Louise
Hufford, also a native of Lehigh county, and
ten children were born to them, seven of whom
are now living: John H., Jacob H., mentioned
at length hereafter ; Thomas B., Franklin S.,
Robert Q. B., Isabella and Elizabeth. Two de-
ceased sons, Josiah and Prosper M., served three
years in the army during the Civil war ; they
were honorablv discharged, but their lives were
shortened by their military experience. Mr.
W^arg, the worthy father of the family, died in
1883, and his estimable wife passed away in
1898.

Jacob H. \\'arg, son of Jacob and Louise
(Hufford) Warg. was born in 1846, at Rockport,
Carbon county, Pennsylvania, and obtained his
education in the common schools of his native
town. At the age of seventeen he was employed
by the Lehigh Valley Railway Company. He
spent eighteen vears in the service of this com-
pany, for the first eighteen months as fireman and
subsequently an engineer. His run was between
Easton and Mauch Chunk. He afterward ran
a passenger train between Wilkes-Barre and
Mauch Chunk. For the last twenty years he has
filled the position of foreman of the round-house
for the Erie Company, at Dunmore, having for-
merly served under the Pennsylvania Company.
His office is to supply the locomotivve power for
that division, or, in other words, he is engine
dispatcher. Mr. Warg"s record is a very hon-
orable one, and during all his years of active
service on the road he never met with a mis-
hap. He assumed the duties of his present of-
fice December 17, 1885. and the following year
brought his familv to Dunmore. where he has
purchased a fine property, and enjoys the sat-



isfaction of living in his own house. He is a
member of the Knights of Malta and the Knights
of Honor. In politics he is a strong Republican.
Mr. Warg married in 1870, Mary A. Harleman,
of Weatherly, Pennsylvania, and they are the
parents of two sons : Thomas J., who is an op-
erator, and Charles A., who is a draughtsman
and pattern maker. Thomas J. married Anna
Bryden, and they have a son, Arthur A. Charles
A. married Lucy Decker.

JACOB M. BERRY. In all Lackawanna
county there is no better foreman or worthier
citizen than Jacob M. Berry, of Scranton. His
father, John J. Berry, was born in April, 1832,
in Jefferson, Pennsylvania, and is actively en-
gaged in the service of the Delaware and Hud-
son Company, for whom he has worked for a
number of years. To the experience of more
than three score and ten years he joins the vigor,
mental and physical, of a much younger man.
He married Catherine Coss, also a native of Jef-
ferson where she was born in August, 1835, and
the following children have been born to them :
Florence deceased; David Wilham ; Jacob M.,
mentioned at length hereafter; Frederick S.
and Frank, deceased. Mrs. Berry, the mother of
the familv, like her husband, sets the advances
of age at defiance, and is at the present time
(1905) in the enjovment of excellent health.

Jacob M. Berry, son of John J. and Cath-
erine (Coss) Berry, was born March i, i»03,
in South Canaan, Wayne county, Pennsylvania,
and obtained his education in the schools of Peck-
viUe, Pennsylvania. At the age of ten years
he became breaker-boy to the Delaware and Hud-
son Company, but did not on that account neg-
lect his mental training. He filled all the in-
termediate positions from breaker-boy up to
foreman of the colliery. The office of outside
foreman he has held since 1898, serving the two
last years at Capouse colliery. This is one of the
manV mines belonging to the Scranton Coal
Company, the shaft of which was sunk m 1864-
The depth of the shaft is five hundred and hfty-
one feet below the surface, the area of mine
beincr fifty-one hundred by thirty-four hundred
feet 'in extent. In this mine are employed four
hundred and fifty miners and laborers. The one
hundred and fifty men and boys employed on
the outside are under the control and manage-
ment of Mr. Berry. The simple fact that he
has so long held this responsible position is con-
vincing testimony to the perfect confidence of
his employers in his ability and sound judg-
ment. I\Ir. Berry married, September 25, 1886,



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Emma J. Van Gorden, and they have three chil-
dren : Earl S., Florence P. and Cecil R.

WILLL-\AI B. STOXE. One of the worthy
citizens of Taylor is William B. Stone. He is
a son of James Stone, who was born in Eng-
land, and was a jeweler by trade. In 1852 he
emigrated to the United States, whither he was
followed a year later by his family. In 1853
he settled in Minersville, Schuylkill county,
where he obtained a position as mine foreman.
During the Civil war he served in the emergency
call, thus proving his devotion to his adopted
country. He was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. In 1846 he married Harriet
Bright, also a native of England, and ten children
were born to them, seven of whom grew to ma-
turity and five of whom are now living : William
B., mentioned at length hereafter; Isaac, John,
James and Joseph. Three of this number are
residents of Taylor. Mr. Stone, who proved
himself throughout his life a man of ability and
integrity, died in 1864. His excellent wife sur-
vived him but two years, passing away in 1866.

Willliam B. Stone, son of James and Harriet
(Bright) Stone, was born January 8, 1849, and
was four years old when brought by his parents
to the United States. He was educated in Schuyl-
kill county, and adopted mining as his life-work.
For forty years he has followed his chosen call-
ing \vith success. In 1868 he moved to Luzerne
county, and in 1869 to Taylor, where he has
since resided. He has built for himself a com-
fortable and commodious residence on Main
street, where he enjoys all the good things of
life in moderation. He belongs to the Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows, in which body he is
past grand: He is a Republican in politics, and
is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. Evans married, September 23,
1872, Mary B. Evans, whose parents were prom-
inent citizens of Taylor, and the following chil-
dren have been born to them : William J., Ar-
thur G, a traveling salesman ; Clarence D., and
one who' died in early infancy.

ALFRED HATTEN, a respected and
worthy citizen of Taylor, where he has spent
almost all of his uneventful but useful life, is
a descendant of a Welsh ancestry who settled
in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, at an
early date.

Robert Hatten, father of Alfred Hatten, was
born in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1805, his father
having been one of the useful and prominent cit-



izens of that city. About the year 1844 he re-
moved to Luzerne county and purchased a farm
of one hundred acres, which he partly cultivated
and improved, but being a man of generous and
kindly impulses he was imposed upon by his
neighbors, who asked him to endorse checks and
notes and then left him to meet the responsibil-
ity, thus causing him to lose the property which
he had bought with the earnings of years of hard
toil. Later he purchased another farm, but he
never fully recovered from his first embarrass-
ment. He was united in marriage to Rachel
Brown, who was born in Easton, Pennsylvania,
in 1808, and the following children were the is-
sue of this union : Theodore, Sarah Jane, de-
ceased, who married James Ross ; John, who died
in early life ; Lewis, Alfred, Morris, Mary, who
became the wife of John Bowman, and Jerome.
Theodore, Morris and Jerome were veterans of
the Civil war. Robert Hatten (father) died in
1872, survived bv his wife, who passed away
in 1884.

Alfred Hatten, son of Robert and Rachel
(Brown) Hatten, was born in Easton, Pennsyl-
vania, in 1839. When five years of age his part-
tents removed to Luzerne, now Lackawanna
county, and for a number of years thereafter
he assisted with the work on his father's farm.
Later he worked in the lumber woods for John
Gould, and in 1859 located in the borough of
Taylor, where he has since made his home. Since
then he has been employed in and about the
mines of the Delaware, Lackawanna and West-
ern Company in various capacities, and being
a trustworthy and reliable man, has enjoyed the
full confidence of his employers during almost
a half century of service. In 1876 he built for
himself a fine brick dwelling house, which is
comfortable, commodious and substantial, and
their home is noted for the utmost hospitality.
Mr. Hatten is a member of the Independent Or-



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