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M.E. in 1895, also student at Ursinus college and Ameri
can business college. He married in Macungie, Pa., June
16, 1898, Hattie D. Schmoyer, now deceased; remarried
Sept. 24, 1910, to Vida B. Wolcott, and he has one child,
Leah S., born in 1905. He taught public school for twelve
years, worked at bookkeeping for three years, and traveled
for Maynard, Merrill and company for one year. Mr.
Decker has been a member of the town council and school
director of Macungie Borough, member of the house of
representatives, being elected in the fall of 1906, re-elected
in 1908. He was also principal of schools of Macungie
and principal of schools of Coplay. He is a democrat in
politics, and a member of the Reformed church, also a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.




Merchant, Author and Farmer,

Was born Feb. 5, 1849, in Lowell, Mass. He was edu
cated in the public schools and at McCoy s commercial
college of Lowell, Mass.; and in 1890 he graduated from
Chautauqua literary and scientific circle. Since 1866 he
has been identified with the wholesale dry goods business
in Boston, Mass. ; is president of Fosdick department store
of Biddeford, Maine, and director of the Dorchester
trust company. He has been president of the Boston Bap
tist Bethel society and of the Boston Baptist South Sunday
school teachers association and is a member of the Boston
Baptist social union. He was a member of company C,
sixth Massachusetts national guard and has filled many
other positions of trust and honor. He has made a suc
cess of cranberry culture and is the author of Monographs
on Cranberry Culture for the state boards of agriculture
for the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is
also the author of the French Blood in America, second
edition, published by the Baker and Taylor company of
New York.


Physician and Surgeon of Des Maines, Iowa,
Was born Nov. 15, 1829, in Gorham, N.Y. In 1854 he
graduated from the Starling medical college; studied in
the medical department of Columbia university; and
graduated from the Simpson centenary college of law. He
attained success as a noted physician and surgeon of Iowa;
and for many years filled the chair of physiology and path
ology in the Keokuk medical school. In 1872 he was pres
ident of the Iowa state medical society; and was president
of the Des Moines school of technologv. In 1876 he was
a delegate to the international medical congress; served
two terms as mayor of North Des Moines; and has filled
numerous other positions of trust and honor; and resides
in Des Moines, Iowa.



Physician and Biologist,

Was born March 19, 1835, in Scotland. He was educated
in the university of Heidelberg; at Berlin, Bonn, and
Wurzburg; and in 1858 graduated from the university of
Prague as M.D. In 1859 he graduated from the univer
sity of Vienna; and in 1861 became a member of the Royal
college of physicians of London, England. In 1860-61
was resident physician of the German hospital of London.
In 1861-62 was medical attendant at Bermondsey dispen
sary and at the poor district; and in 1861-64 was pathol
ogist of St. Thomas hospital of London, England. In
1865-70 he practiced medicine in Madeira, Mentone and
Rome; and since 1872 has practiced his profession at
Hempstead, Texas. He has been extensively engaged in
original investigations in biology and philosophy, particu
larly in regard to the vital functions of an organization of
the living substance, protoplasm, and the biological ex
planation of philosophical problems. He is the author of
Refutation of Kantean Theory of Knowledge; and other
medical Monographs.


Physician, Surgeon, Scientist, Author,
Was born May 14, 1857, in Seymour, Conn. He was edu
cated in Cornell university; graduated in biological course
in the class of 1880; received the honorary decree of A.M.
from Centre college of Kentucky; and in 1882 graduated
with the degree of M.D. from the medical department of
Columbia university. Since 1882 he has been engaged in
the practice of medicine ; and is professor of surgery in the
New York postgraduate medical school and hospital sur
geon, and also visiting surgeon to the same institution. He
is a fellow of the New York academy of medicine and of
the American association of obstetricians and gynecolo
gists. He is the author of various books and Monographs
on surgical topics.



Teacher, Chemist, Author,

Was born July 22, 1869, in Galesburg, 111. ; son of Michael
and Cecelia (Johnson) Olsen; graduated from Knox col
lege, Galesburg, 111., A.B., 1890; A.M., 1893; university
work at Chicago uinversity, 1895-1896; Johns Hopkins
university, 1894 an ^ 1898-1900; fellow, 1899-1900;
Ph.D., 1900; married at Normal, 111., Aug. 31, 1898, Ella
Walker; children: Julian Walker, born 1900; Eugene
Updike, born 1902; Mary Elizabeth, born 1905. Teacher
of science, Jerseyville (111.) high school, 1890-91 ; princi
pal, schools at Ipava, 111., 1891-94; instructor in physics
and chemistry, Austin high school, Chicago, 111., 1895-98;
professor analytical chemistry, Polytechnic institute,
Brooklyn, N.Y., since 1900; lecturer on same, Brooklyn
institute of arts and sciences since 1900; instructor of same
Pratt institute, Brooklyn, 1900-06; food and drug inspec
tion chemist, United States department of agriculture
since 1907. Methodist. Member German chemical so
ciety, American chemical society, charter member and sec-
reary, 1908, American institute of chemical engineers; di
rector department of chemistry, Brooklyn institute of arts
and sciences ; member Phi Beta Kappa society. Author of
Quantitative Chemical Analysis;; Pure Foods, their
adulteration, nutritive value and cost, Ginn and company;
lecturer on same subject; editor Van Nostrand Chemical
Annual and Transactions American Institute of Chemical


President National Bank of Nogales, Arizona,
Was born July 21, 1870, in Medfield, Mass. He was edu
cated in the public schools of Medfield; and at the Allen
school of West Newton, Mass. He is a successful banker
and president of the First national bank of his city; and
prominently identified with the business and public af
fairs of Nogales, Ariz.



Physician, Sanitarian, Commissioner of Health for

State of New York Since 1905,

Was born Aug. 7, 1856, in Ghent, Columbia county,
N.Y. ; son of Curtis H. Porter, of old Dutch ancestry, con
nected with the Depeyster, Van Buren and Douw fam
ilies; educated at Cortland normal school, Claverack col
lege, Cornell university; New York medical college,
M.D., 1885, Rutgers college, A. M., 1889; married, 1889,
Alice A. Day, of Upper Lisle, N.Y. ; one son. Engaged in
practice in N.Y., 1885; editor, since 1892, North Ameri
can Journal of Homeletics. Was professor of physiologi
cal materia medica in New York homeopathic medical
college and hospital; was also professor of medicine,
chemistry and sanitary science for several pears; now con
sulting physician Laura Franklin free hospital for chil
dren, and the Hahnemann hospital; medical examiner,
Manhattan life insurance company and Penn Mutual life
insurance company; manager State insane hospital since
1897; university lecturer Cornell university, 1908-09;
president several business organizations; has large farm
ing, dairy and creamery interests; was one of advisory
committee on International health exposition held in New
York city, 1898. Member society medical jurisprudence;
National civic association; associate member G.A.R. ;
honorary member Society medicale homeopathique de
France, British homeopathic society; member American
institute homeopathy; general secretary 1894-1901, New
York state homeopathic medical society (ex-president),
New York county homeopathic medical society (served
as vice-president and chairman legislative commission) ;
member board of trustees Hudson-Fulton celebration
commission; member New York academy of sciences,
American academy of political and social science, Nation
al geographic society New York museum of Natural his
tory, American publi chealth association. Member New
York state press association, National editorial associa-


tion Columbia Lodge 98, F. and A.M.; president Colum
bia county association in City of New York; Hudson
Lodge, B.P.O.E. Clubs: Unanimous, Meissen, Com-
munipaw (all medical) ; republican (member board of
governors), Cornell university, Colonial, Twilight, City
culb (New York city) ; Fort Orange (Albany).


Captain United States Navy,

Was born July 26, 1856, in Crawford county, Pa. He en
tered the naval academy at Annapolis, Md., as a cadet
engineer, in September, 1875; was graduated in June,
1879; served in all grades of the engineer corps, and was
commissioned as chief engineer in the navy in February,
1898; and promoted to commander, July, 1906, and to
captain in July, 1910. He married, in October, 1898,
Blanche, daughter of the late Rear Admiral Joseph Lan-
nan, United States navy; he has had fifteen years and two
months service at sea, and this includes duty on every sta
tion except the South Atlantic. During the Spanish-
American war he had duty in connection with the fitting
out of auxiliary cruisers in New York, and as chief engi
neer of the ordnance supply vessel America. During the
Philippine campaign he served on the Monadnock, Ben-
nington, Solace, and at the naval station, Cavite, P. I. In
1885 he received the honorary degree of M.E. from the
Stevens institute of technology, to which place he was de
tailed for three years as professor of marine engineering.
Much of his shore duty has been as inspector of machin
ery, in which capacity he served in connection with the
building of the torpedo boats Bailey, Wilkes and Stewart;
the cruiser Marblehead, and the battleships Kentucky and
Nebraska. In September, 1904, he was made fleet engi
neer of the Atlantic coast squadron, and in June, 1906, en
gineer office of the Mane Island navy yard, California.
Since June, 1910, he has been naval inspector of machin
ery, New York city.




Was born in Philadelphia, Aug. 13, 1867, son of Louis
Frankel and Aurelia (Lobenburg) Frankel ; educated pub
lic schools, Rugby academy, university of Pennsylvania,
B.S., 1887, Ph.D., 1891 ; married, 1897, Alice Reizenstein.
Instructor in chemistry university of Pennsylvania, 1888-
93; consulting chemist, Philadelphia, 1893-99; chemist,
Retail grocers association, Philadelphia, 1896-99; presi
dent, 1898, chemistry section Franklin institute; congre
gation Rodeph Shalon, Philadelphia, 1894-99; managing
director Jewish chautauqua society, 1897-99; honorary
vice-president auxiliary branch united Hebrew charities
of Philadelphia; manager united Hebrew charities of
New York, 1899-1908; resigned May i, 1908, to take up
work with Russel Sage foundation; resigned Feb. i, 1909.
Manager industrial department and assistat secretary
Metropolitan life insurance company; vice-president,
1903, chairman committee on needy families, 1905, New
York state conference charities and correction; member
Ellis Island commission appointed by President Roose
velt, 1903. Editor Jewish Charity, 1905-07; associate edi
tor Charities and the Commons, 1905-09; chairman com
mittee on Standard of Living, New York state conference
of charities, 1907. President National conference of
Jewish charities, 1910-12. Has delivered many addresses
on charitable subjects. Author (chemistry) : The Oxi-
nides by the Electric Current; Electrolysis3A-g;iesl-r-vS
dation of Metallic Arsenides by the Electric Current;
Electrolysis of the Metallic Sulphocyanides; Food Adul
teration and the Pure Food Law; The Jew and the Bible
in Alchemy; also contributor of various articles on Jewish
Charity in Encyclopedia Americana and Jewish Encyclo-
pediaa, articles on Common Sense Charity; The Equip
ment of the Worker ; The Uses and LiLmitations of Mate
rial Relief; Unusual Forms of Relief; Tuberculosis as
Affecting Jewish Charities; Fifty Years in Jewish Char-


ity; Co-operation and Health Insurance; Workingmen s
Insurance in Europe (Frankel and Dawson), editorials
and articles in Jewish Charity. Member Judeans, Phari
sees clubs.



Was born in Philadelphia, April n, 18846; son of Will
iam Evans and Harriette (Ruggles) Rogers; educated in
Paris, France, December 1856, to October, 1858; univer
sity of Pennsylvania, 1861-63; United States Military
academy, West Point, N.Y., 1863-67; married, Feb. 13,
1868, Susan L. R. Fish; children: Julia Fish, married
Kenneth Frazier, Nov. 27, 1894, Harriete, Cornelia, Will
iam Beverley (married Grace Chapin, June i, 1908). En
listed in first troop Philadelphia cavalry, campaign of
1863; during the invasion of Pennsylvania was appointed
to West Point in August, 1863; graduated into United
States corps of engineers, June, 1867; stationed at West
Point as instructor to first class in artillery practice, then
ordered upon survey of lakes with headquarters at De
troit; resigned from army; admitted to bar; came to New
York city in 1872; for several years engaged in mercantile
and railway pursuits, particularly in survey and construc
tion of New York, Lackawanna and Western railway, in
February, 1883, appointed by Governor Cleveland, an
original member of the state board of railroad commis
sioners as "experienced in railroad business," under the re
quirements of the statute to that effect; served nine years;
five years as chairman, since February, 1893, practicing
law in New York city. Republican; Episcopalian; ves
tryman and treasurer of St. Phillips church in the high
lands. Member sons of the revolution, society Colonial
wars. Clubs: Metropolitan, Union League.



Clothing Manufacturer,

Was born March 18, 1858, in Schenectady, N.Y. ; son of
David and Leontine Marks, educated in the public school
35, New York city, and class of 77 college, city of New
York, entering senior year; married in New York city,
May 21, 1890, Esther Friedman; children: Bernice, born
1891; Alan, born 1895; Eric, born 1896; Warren, born
1899; Doris, born 1903. Started present firm, with father,
in 1877; incorporated, 1903, David Marks and Sons, of
which he is president. Member committee of one hundred
that nominated Seth Low and other Fusion candidates of
New York city; takes prominent part in movements for
city betterment and writer for magazines; public speaker
on labor questions and philanthropy. Accepted by Gov
ernor Hughes on commission of Immigration. Republi
can. Hebrew. Member numerous societies for study of po
litical economy and civics; member President Roosevelt
Noble prize committee of nine on industrial peace. Presi
dent National association of clothiers, member executive
committee of National civic federation; member chamber
of commerce, trustee Hosp. Saturday and Sunday asso
ciation. President Tuberculosis prevention for children.
Director Merchants association; member City club and
republican club.


Miner, Railroad President, Governor,
Was born Nov. 4, 1849, in Muscatine, Iowa. For many
years he was engaged as a contractor, building many rail
ways in Kansas and Colorado; and has also built large ir
rigation canals. For five years he was president of the
Pueblo street railway; and is identified with large mining
interests. In 1901-02 he was governor of the state of Col
orado. He is the president of the Bankers consolidated
mines of Ouray, Col.



General Agent Aetna Life Insurance Company, 1904-07,
Was born Dec. 13, 1863, in Hamilton, Ont. ; son of Henry
M. and Mary Ann (Cassidy) Echlin; educated at Albion
(Mich.) college, 1884-86; Northwestern university, B.Sc.,
1892; married, Feb. 7, 1901, at Chicago to Daisy Haines
Snell; one son, Henry Molyneux, born 1906; one daugh
ter, Margaret Snell Echlin, born 1908. Assistant secre
tary Chicago society for university extension, 1892-93 ; in
structor mathematics, Armour institute, Chicago, 1893-94;
organizer University extension centers for university of
Chicago, 1894-95; western representative Leach, Shewell
and Sanborn, publishers, 1895-97; manager Chicago office
Charles Scribner s Sons, 1897-98; western manager D.
Appleton and company, 1898-1900; agency director New
York life insurance company, 1900-04; general agent
Aetna life insurance company since 1904. Republican.
Methodist. President Michigan society of New York,
1907-08 ; trustee Beta Theta Pi Alumni club of New York,
1907-08. Recreation: Golf. Clubs: City, Saegkill, Golf.
Residence, New York city.


Geologist, Author,

Was born Sept. 6, 1869, in Elizabethtown, Ind. In 1891
he graduated with the degree of A.B. from the university
of Indiana; and in 1892 received the degree of A.M. from
Leland Stanford, Jr., university. In 1899-1901 he was
post-graduate student and teacher at the Leland Stan
ford, Jr., university. In 1891-93 he was assistant geologist
to the geological survey of Arkansas; and instructor in
geology in 1895-96; and assistant professor of geology in
1896-98, at the Indiana university. In 1898 he became
assistant professor, and since 1901 has been associate-pro
fessor of mining at the Stanford university of Califor
nia. He is the author of Syllabus of Lectures on Eco
nomic Geology.



Educator, Journalist, Mathematician,
Was born Jan. 5, 1851, in Alpha, Ind. He graduated from
De Pauw university of Greencastle, Ind., and has received
the degrees of A.B., A.M., D.D. and Ph.D. In 1875 he
was ordained to the Methodist Episcopal ministry. In
1880-85 he was professor of mathematics at the university
of Southern California, of which he was also vice-presi
dent. In 1887-93 he was presiding elder of the San Fran
cisco district. In 1889-1900 he was secretary of the move
ment for the exemption from taxation of churches in Cali
fornia. In 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912 he was delegate to
the general conference. Since 1900 he has been editor of
the California Christian Advocate; and is the author of
valuable contributions to current literature of the church.
Fraternal delegate, 1910, to the Methodist church of Can
ada and delegate to the Ecumenical conference at Toron
to, 1911.


Captain United States Army,

Was born Sept. 19, 1866, near Tipton, Mo. He was edu
cated at Clarksburg college ; and at the United States mili
tary academy of West Point, N.Y. In 1898 he was com
mander of the gatling guns at the battle and siege of San
tiago, Cuba; and in 1899-1901 was major in the thirty-
ninth infantry United States volunteers. In 1901 he was
assistant to the judge-advocate, division of the Philip
pines, in charge of military commissions. He is the in
ventor of combination machine gun and ammunition cart.
He is the author of Gatling Guns at Santiago; Tactical
Uses and Organization of Machine Guns in the Field;
The Oriental Problem of the United States ; and Brown of
the Steenth, a novel of the Philippines. Since 1901 he
has held the rank of captain in the twenty-eighth infantry
United States army.



Chief, Examinations Division, New York State

Education Department,

Was born May 4, 1878, at Moravia, Iowa; son of Eugene
Brandon and Susan Cordelia (Sears) Horner; graduate
of university of Illinois, A.B., 1901 ; married at Cerro
Gordo, 111., Sept. 15, 1904, Gioga Dagmar Gaston. In
structor in rhetoric university of Illinois, 1901-02; secre
tary to president university of Illinois, 1903-04; secretary
to New York state education department Oct. i, 1907 to
Oct. i, 1910; chief examinations division in same depart
ment since Oct. i, 1910. Republican; Presbyterian. Mem
ber Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa
rociety. Masters lodge, No. 5, A.F. and A.M. National
education association ; New York state historical associa
tion, Hudson river schoolmasters , University and Aura-
nia clubs.


United States Congressman at Large from Wyoming,
Was born Nov. 5, 1860, in St. Louis, Mo. He is a success
ful discoverer, developer, and manager of extensive coal
interests at Newcastle, Wyo. He engaged in mercantile
pursuits and in railway construction in various western
states and territories. He was mayor of Newcastle in
1888-95. He was a member of the first state senate in
1890; and served as president of that body at the session
of 1892. He was a delegate to the republican national
convention at Minneapolis in 1892. In 1897 he was ap
pointed assistant commissioner of the general land office.
He was a member of the fifty-fourth, fifty-sixth, fifty-
seventh, fifty-eighth, fifty-ninth, sixtieth and sixty-first
congresses as a republican. He was re-elected to the sixty-
second congress from the district of Wyoming for the term
of 1911-13 and resides in Newcastle, Wyo.



Was born in 1887. He received the degree of B.S. from
Columbia university, 1909, M.A. in 1910, and Bachelor
of Music in 1911. Studied orchestration and composition
under Cornelius Rubner, professor of music, Columbia
university, and Max Spicker, theorist and composer, New
York city. Assistant organist, Holy Trinity church, New
York city, 1902-04, special student in music, Columbia
university, 1904-05, assistant organist, St. Paul s chapel,
Columbia university, 1905-10, assistant organist, St. Bar
tholomew s church, New York city, under Mr. Richard
Henry Warren, 1904-05; also organist of the chapel and
music director of the parish house, directing choirs in
German, Chinese and Armenian departments, as well as
English choirs. Organist and choirmaster, St. Mary s
P.E. church, Brooklyn, 1906; director of St. Mary s
choral society, 1907-08; instructor in music in the high
school of commerce, New York city, 1909 ; also director of
the orchestra of fifty pieces of the high school. At pres
ent director of St. Mary s choir of forty voices. Com
poser of "Four Hymns" (published by Pond and com
pany, N.Y.), "Ave Verum," a capella (Luckhar and Bel-
der, N.Y.), "God That Madest," "Shepherd of Tender
Youth," "There s a Home for Little Children," "Hail
Thou Once Despised Jesus," other numerous hymns and
chants, "Thanatopsis" (a meditation of death) for so
prano, tenor and bass solo, chorus and full orchestra (ac
cepted for the degree of M.A. in Columbia university, in
partial fulfillment), "Te Deum," "Benedictus" and
"Jubilate," for soprano solo, chorus, and full orchestra
(accepted for part of the requirement for the degree of
Mus. Bac.), several kindergarten songs and marches,
"Lord, Thou Art God," for soprano solo, chorus and or
gan (published, Boston Music company), etc. Student
of choral singing and boy choir efficiency. Gave combined
services and recitals, with St. Ann s choir assisting, 1908-


10, in St. Mary s church, numerous choir recitals and pre
sentations of religious works.



Was born in Olean, N.Y., July 25, 1857; son of Nathan
Pendleton Wilcox and Celestine (Birge) Wilcox; and is
a descendant in the ninth generation from Edward Wil
cox, of Rhode Island, 1638; also from Governors Haynes
and Wyllis, of Connecticut, and Dudley of Massachusetts;
from Mabel Harlakenden, from Richard Warren and
John Alden. He married, April 22, 1885, Katherine Jen
kins, of Wyoming, Pa., and they have three children:
William J., Emily and Helen. He was admitted to the
bar in January, 1880, and has been in practice at Scran-
eon since that date. He served in the national guard of
Pennsylvania, 1880-89. Mr. Wilsox was formerly title
officer of the Title Guaranty and Surety company of
Scranton and is no wtrust ocer of the Scranton Trust com
pany; is a director of the Lackawanna law and library as
sociation; charter member of the Pennsylvania bar asso
ciation; member of the American bar association. He is
vice-president of the Wyoming commemorative associa
tion and the New England society of Northeastern Penn
sylvania, corresponding member of Wyoming historical
and geological society; past master of Nicholson lodge
and past high priest of Factoryville chapter of masons. He
edited a volume of Pennsylvania law reports and a Wil-
cox-Brown-Medbery genealogy. Mr. Wilcox is a Pres

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