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Philip F. Brakeley, son of Matthias Brakeley
and Huldah Howell, of TreDton, N. J., was born in
Greenwich (now Lopatcong) township, July 10, 1819.
His paternal ancestors came from Holland, and those
of his mother from England. As a lad he worked on
a farm and attended the public schools. He was edu-
cated at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., and received
the degree of A.M. from his Alma Mater, in 1865;
studied medicine at Easton with Dr. John P. B.
Sloan, and was graduated at the Medical Department
of the University of Pennsylvania in March, 1842.
Immediately after graduation he commenced the
practice of his profession at Waymart, Wayne Co.,
Pa., and pursued an active practice for three years.
In May, 1845, he removed to Belvidere, succeeding to
the practice of the late George Green, M.D., where
he continues to this time.

Dr. Brakeley has always taken an active interest in
the affairs of the County and State Medical Societies,
having been secretary of the former for thirty-five
consecutive years ; he has also frequently represented
these societies as a delegate in the American Medi-
cal Association. He was appointed examining sur-
geon for pensions in 1862, which office he now holds.
He has always taken an active interest in the affairs
of the town, having been a member of the Council
and treasurer. He was president of the Belvidere
and Delaware Water Gap Railroad when that road
was transferred to the Belvidere Delaware Railroad.
He is a warm friend to the cause of education, and
for several years has been chairman of the board of
trustees of the public schools. For the last twenty
years Dr. Brakeley has been the very efficient secre-
tary of the Warren County Bible Society, as well as
a member of the executive committee ; the society
at its semi-centennial anniversary, in 1876, by vote,
made him life director of the American Bible Society.
He married, May 10, 1847, Sarah D. Sherrerd, only
daughter of the late John M. Sherrerd, Esq. Two
children were born of this union, a son and a daughter,
the former dying in early infancy.

As a medical practitioner, Dr. Brakeley is an acute
observer, a patient student, and a conscientious, faith-
ful physician. He is a lover of natural history, par-
ticularly of entomology, and has given considerable
attention to the investigation of scientific subjects.

John Henry Griffith, son of James V. and
Sarah P. (Wooley) Griffith, of Monmouth Co., N. J.,
and of Welsh and English descent, was born at Wain's
Mills, in the county named, July 3, 1842. He attended
the common schools, the Hightstown Classical Insti-
tute, and Pennington Seminary; worked on a farm
until eighteen years of age, taught school some seven
years, and commenced the study of the science of
medicine with Dr. Charles Bartolette, of Milford,
N. J. After the death of the last-mentioned physi-
cian he continued his studies with Dr. George T.
Ribble. In the winters of 1866-67 and 1867-68 he at-
tended lectures at Bellevue Hospital Medical College,

New York. He was graduated March 12, 1870, at
Jefferson Medical College. His first and only loca-
tion has been Phillipsburg, from 1870 to the present
time. He is a member of the District Medical So-
ciety of Warren County, of which he is the reporter,
succeeding Dr. Johnson in that office ; has also been
a delegate to the State Medical Society. The doctor
is a popular practitioner and an indefatigable worker,
attending his large practice in the city wholly on foot.
He takes a lively interest in the science to which he
has devoted his life, and has devoted considerable
effort to rescuing from oblivion the memories of some
of the early and later physicians of his vicinage.

Milton N. Armstrong was born in Frelinghuysen
township, Warren Co., N. J., on Dec. 26, 1848. His
parents' names were David Hunt and Mary Ann
(Albertson) Armstrong. He pursued his academical
studies at Charlotteville, N. Y., and at Chester and
Schooley's Mountain, N. J. He began the study of
medicine in 1870, and chose Dr. John C. Johnson for
his preceptor. After studying at Albany and New
York he graduated from the Medical Department of
the University of the City of New York in February,
1875, and settled at Blairstown, N. J., July 15th of the
same year, where he still remains.

Joseph Hedges, a son of the late W. W. Hedges,
of Chester, Morris Co., settled at Hope about 1844.
He was popular and successful. After three or four
years he removed to Stanhope, and there practiced
for a long period, but subsequently removed to New-
ark, N. J., where he now resides. He is the origi-
nator of the " Hedges medicines" which have been
sold through the stores for some years past.

Dr. Perry was at Hope after Dr. Hedges. He
married a daughter of Edward H. Swayze, Esq., and
in a short time removed West. He was an eccentric
man, but gave good satisfaction to many patrons.

Daniel L. Duncan, a native of Orange Co., N. Y.,
was a medical student of Dr. J. Linn Allen, then
practicing at Branchville, Sussex Co. Dr. Duncan
located at Hope in the autumn of 1849, and remained
three years ; moved successively to Delaware, to Jer-
sey City, then back to Hope ; was for a short period a
surgeon in the volunteer service during the late civil
war ; after the war located at Newton, soon after prac-
ticed in New York City, but is again practicing in

Henry Hulshizer, a member of the numerous
Hulshizer family of Greenwich, Warren Co., was a
student of P. F. Hulshizer, of Stewartsville ; was
graduated at Philadelphia Medical College in 1855 ;
was at Stanhope two years ; removed to Marksboro'
in 1858 ; came to Hope in 1861. He was there ten
years, until April, 1871. He is now located at Port
Oram, Morris Co. He is a good practitioner. He
married, in 1861, Adelaide Wildrick.

Robert M. Rea, son of the late Dr. William Rea,
of Hacketlstown, practiced for about a year at Hope.
He subsequently went to Georgia, then returned to

Lp^foz** J^ /Busfa/i

Edwin Hknry Bikher, M.D., was born at Kutztown,
Berks Co., Pa , on May 18, 1826. The family was one
of the old pioneer families of that county, and has been
represented there for several generations. His father
was Daniel and his mother Anna (Heist) Bieber. His
grandfather, John Bieber, was a farmer for many years
in Maxatawny township, Berks Co., and died there at
the ago of ninety-six, Daniel Bieber was a man of plain
habits, and a merchant at Kutztown for many years.
He was identified with the- Old-Line Whig party, and al-
though that party was largely in the minority, .Mr. Bie-
ber being ono of only sixteen Whigs residing at Kutz-
town, he was nevertheless chosen at different times chief
burgess of the town. He ran for the Assembly several
times and was defeated. He died in June, 1872, aged
seventy-six ; his wife died in 1830.

Dr. Bieber passed the early years of his life at home
attonding the Franklin Academy, under the tutorship
of Alexander Ramsey. At the ago of nineteen he was
graduated, aiel soon after commenced the stteU of med-
icine with Dr. William S. Bieber, of Kutztown. Sub-
sequently he attended two courses of lectures at the .Med-
ical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, in
Philadelphia, whence he was graduated with the degree
of Doctor of Medicine, April 8, 1848.

Tho doctor lir.-t located in tie- practice of his profes-
sion at Pennsburg, Montgomery Co., Pa., where he re-
mained about four years. He then removed to ( 'lover-
port, Ky., whero he practiced about a year and then re-
turned to Pennsburg. After several years he removed to

Fleetwood, Pa., where he remained till the breaking out
of the late Rebellion. Being then in active sympathy
with the Union cause, hi' entered the service as a surgeon

ami was assigned to hospital duty at Fortress Monroe.
He subsequently performed the same duties at White
Hall Hospital, Philadelphia, Port Royal Hospital, and at
Jacksonville, Fernandinn, and Charleston. At the close
of the war ho was detailed to bring North the suffering
occupants of Anderson villc prison. The war being over,
the doctor resumed practice at Pennsburg, where be re-
mained till June, I860. He then located at Phillipsburg,
X. .!., where he has since continued in active and suc-
cessful practice. Aside from his prominence as a phy-
sician, he has made himself justly popular in the com-
munity in which he dwells by his affable and genial
manners, and his integrity and uprightness as a citizen.
Although a Republican in politics, he has filled several
important offices in a locality in which De rati.- senti-
ment largely predominates. He has filled tbo office of
school commissioner of the Second Ward, and was elected
mayor of the city in May, 1ST!), and May, 1880, being
the incumbent of that office at the present writing.

In religious affairs, Dr. Bieber was formerly n member
of the Lutheran denomination, but since his settlement
in Phillipsburg he has been a member of the First Meth-
odist Episcopal Church of that place, lie ha- I n iden-
tified with several social organizations, and is a member
of Delaware Lodge, No. 52, A V and A. M., of Phillips-
burg, of Eagle Chapter, No. 80, R. A. M., of the same
I ii ace, and of Hugh de Payne's ( 'omnia ndery, No. l'.t, K .

T.,of Eoston, Pa., of which he is a Pa-t Most Eminent
( lommander.

Mr Bieber was married, July It'., Is'il), to Anireline

M vVaage, ol Penn burg P» Hi- daughter, Emma
I.., i- the wife of Charles B. Vough, of Phillipsburg,

N. J.



Hackettstown, and about ls7!iwvnt West, \Oiere he
is practicing.

William !•'.. M vttison - ■ - * 1 1 . • < I at Hope' . in i-i n _ tin
Service of Dr. Duncan, and remained two years.

[Thence he went to Millstone, S ersetCo., N. J., and

later to tin' city oi' New r.ruii-wick. X. J., where be
is now practicing. He was graduated at tin- College
of Physicians in 1852; was born in 1822, in Steuben
Co., V Y.; he also practiced in Morris Co., N. J.,

and was an assistant aurg i in the volunteer army in


llion HOBNEB A I'.llnli II v, -on of Samuel and
Jane (Horner) Abernethy, was born LnTinicum town-
Hiip, Bucks Co., Pa., Sept. 12, 1808. The late Dr.
Samuel Abernethy, of Rahway, X. .7., was his onlj
brother, lie was early left an orphan -his mother
dying in the year 1811, his father in 1820 — to become '
the architect of his own fortune. After receiv-
ing his primary education he entered as a student
the office of Dr. Stewart Kennedy in 1827. In the
following year be attended lectures and became a
.-indent iii the office of Dr. Dewees, of Philadelphia.
He was graduated in 1830, and located temporarily at
Pittstown, Hunterdon Co., V J., taking charge of the
practice of l>r. 0. B. Ferguson. In 1882 he bought
the property of his preceptor, Dr. Kennedy, at the
''Straw'' Church (Greenwich), where he continued in
practice until the fall of 1835, when he entered into
partnership with l'r. George Green, of Belvidere;
ibis continued until 1888, from which time until dan.
1, 1841, Dr. II. II. Southard was his partner. In L841
be moved to Easton, Pa., and joined practice with Dr.
Stewart Kennedy, who was in failing health. In L853,
becoming disabled by cataract, be removed to his

in Greenwich township, but practiced until be

was absolutely blind. In 1859 his eyes were operated

upon, which partially restored his sight ; he -

again resumed practice, removing to Phillipsburg in
1867, where he continued about two years. The years
1869 i" 1875 be apenl in Jersey City, where his six
•Hi- were in business; L875 to 1-77 again in Phillips-
bur:.'; he then sought the friends of his early man-
hood in Easton, where he -till resides, beloved and
(espected. In 1 - ' 1 he married .Mary .lane Maxwell.
Daughter of John S. Maxwell, of Phillipsbui

died a few year- ago. To llieni were burn -i\ BOU8

and four daughters. In 1880 he was examined and
licensed bj the censors ol Warren County, of whose
District Medical Society he became a member so early
a- 1884. Hi- is a tall, spare man, with good conver-

-ii al powers and a retentive memory. Probablj

no physician in Warren County can count n

friends than Dr. Eugb H. Abernethy.

Joseph Flavel Sheppard, son of Jacob Sheppard
and Elizabeth Henderson, was l»>rn in Baritan town-
pip, Hunterdon Co., N. .1., March 80, 1819. When
ib.' doctor was about eighteen months old he n
an injury at the left hip-joint through the running
away of a horse, that produced morbus coxarius and

made him a confirmed cripple for life. But, notwith-
standing his serious physical disabilities, be attended
the i unon schools of bis neighborhood and a select

School in Flemington. N. .1. In tin- \ ear 1 -s IS he en-
tered his name a- a -tin l.-nt of medicine with the late

Dr. John F. Schenck, of Flemington. He t'»'k bis
in -i course of lectures at the University of the < Sty of

New York in the winter of 1851-52; a liili

during the winter of 1858-54; was graduated the
following .March from the above-named college, and
located immediately at HightstOwn, X. J. lie cam.

to Phillipsburg, Aug. 7. L854, where he has con-
tinued t . . the present time in a large and lucrative

practice, — a period of twenty-seven years, — filling
man] positions Of trust, and having always bad the

utmost confidence of his patrons and friends. He has
been compelled to walk upon crutches up to the pres-
ent hour. I )ne would suppose that he ought to be the
last man to study ami practice medicine, — especiall]

follow the hard and active life of a country physician.

But there is probably no more energetic, determined, or
persevering man in the medical profession in the whole
State of Xew Jersey. Hi- like- and di-likes are very
One would think by the peculiar tremor or
quiver of his chin that he was ofa nervous make-up;
be i- ju-t the reverse, — as firm as a rock and with an
indomitable will. He has long been an honorable
member of the District Medical Society for the county
of Warren, having filled the chair of president and
-rived as a delegate to the State Medical Society.

1 )i . Sheppard has been twice married,— first to M i -
Julia B. Cummins, of Belvidere, N. .1., Nov. 11. ls.'ii!,
ami by whom be bad one child, Julia C. His first

wife died ()ei. I. 1857. Oct. 26, 1871, the doctor was
again united in matrimony to -Mrs. Henrietta Stearns
widow of the late Eckley Steam-', who i- still living.
Abeam 0. Stiles, the son of Moses and
Stiles, was born dan. 31, 1802, near Morristown, Mor-
ris ' '"., N. J., at which place he attended school. His
academic studies over, In- entered the office of Dr.
John B. .bine-, of Morristown, and attended lectun -
at the University of the City of New York when the
late Dr. Valentine Mott was one of it- luminaries.

From that institution he was graduated in due time.

His examination for a State License (as required by
the law at that time) occurred at Morristown in the
summer of 1 s l'~, and Ids diploma bears the date of

r 22d of that year. He practiced one year at

bi- native place, and in 1828 located at Harmony,
Warren Co., N. J., » here be continued, with the ex-
ception of one year, until I860, when he retired to
private life. About 1840 he sold his practice at Har-
mony to Dr. G. ll. Oline and moved to Finesvilie,
where he labored professionally for about a year. So
Btrongly «;i- he urged by bis old friends to return to

his firmer practice that he wa- induced in is II to

pay his forfeit-money t" Dr. Oline and return to his

old field of labor. He did a great amount of riding,

Ij en horseback. He wa- prompt and atten-



tive, quick at diagnosis, careful in prescribing, and
emphatic in his "directions to both patient and nurse.
It is said he was very stern when his orders were dis-
obeyed. He was undoubtedly the Andrew Jackson
of the profession in Warren County. He still lives in
retirement in the village of Harmony. Almost an
octogenarian, and much crippled by disease, his mind
is yet clear ; he still enjoys a joke, and is as much alive
to the progress of the times as if in the midst of an
active practice.

Jacob T. Shaep was a native of Newton, Sussex
Co., born May 16, 1802 ; was graduated at Princeton ;
studied medicine with Dr. James, of Philadelphia,
and obtained his medical degree from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1825. Soon after he commenced
practice at Newton, but a year later removed to Wash-
ington, Warren Co., where he followed his profession
for three or four years.* He then removed to Phila-
delphia, three years later to Salem, N. J., and after
fifteen years' practice there removed to a farm in
Cumberland Co., N. J. His son, Edward S., is also
a physician, succeeding to his father's practice at

William H. Drake, eldest child of William H.
and Mary Drake, of Bethlehem, Hunterdon Co., was
born in that township Nov. 1, 1841 , and after receiv-
ing a liberal education read medicine with Dr. R. B.
Brown, then at Asbury. He attended lectures and
was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in
1863 ; soon after he settled at Finesville, this county.
In 1864 he married Miss Mary E., daughter of John
L. Riegel, Esq. A short time after he removed to
Musconetcong, where he continued in active practice
until January, 1871, when (on account of functional
disease of the heart) he disposed of his practice to
Dr. N. Case, who is yet practicing in the same field.
Soon after the death of his wife (which occurred in
1873) he went to Philadelphia, where he still cqntinues
engaged in the lumber business.





To write a full and complete history of the Belvidere
Apollo would not be an easy task had we the unbroken
files of the paper from its first issue before us, and
ample and accurate biographical sketches of its 'nu-
merous editors at our command. But its files are
broken and mutilated ; its editors are departed far
hence, many of them arc dead and some of them are
almost forgotten; its I i I'c was variable and often feeble
and nickering, and hence the task is more difficult.

* In 1830 ho w:ib eleck'il by the board of freeholder m physician of
ttte pour-housu establishment.

Tradition in regard to the life of a newspaper is gener-
ally vague, somewhat uncertain and unreliable, for the
reason that the inner and real character and the con-
trolling influences of the newspaper are often wrapped
in a veil which the public is not permitted to pene-

The Apollo is not only old and important, but its
character and history are made of matters interesting
and concerning all the people of our county from its
earliest history to the present time. Its columns are
largely filled from the business and the lives of the
people living in the county, and its history is there-
fore interesting even to those who have not usually
indorsed its policy and approved its sentiments.

The name of the paper, Belvidere Apollo, a name
so much wondered at, criticised, and so often mis T
spelled, was doubtless suggested by the beautiful name
of the town, which called to mind the famous statue
" Apollo Belvidere."

When the Apollo was established the country was
not divided into political parties, and peace and quiet
prevailed throughout its bounds. In 1825, Warren
County was but partly cleared of its original forests,
its population was sparse, probably not exceeding six-
teen thousand.

Belvidere then had but five buildings on the south
side of the Pequest, one little school-house in a re-
mote spot, no church, and a population numbering
about one hundred. Instead of gathering at religious
services on Sunday, many of the citizens strolled
along the Delaware with fishing-poles. Belvidere is
said to have been a comparatively rough and immoral
place in that day. There were about teu taverns for
every school-house and a dozen distilleries for every
church in the county. Ignorance was as dense as the
population was sparse. These were some of the ob-
stacles that lay across the path of the Apollo and pre-
vented its early success.

George G. Sickles, the pioneer of journalism in
Warren County, came to Belvidere and published the
first issue of the Apollo, Jan. 11, 1825, in the house
then standing upon the site now occupied by Acker-
man & Widenor's wheelwright-shop on Water Street.
The forthcoming paper had been heralded throughout
the county, and a multitude gathered in on publica-
tion day to see and learn what they could of the mar-
velous enterprise. What they thought of the rude
press, the clumsy black balls, the inky devil, and the
editor, from whose mind flowed the thought com-
mitted to the printed page, we cannot know.

We have been told by old men who were then
boys that the first issue was startling. It contained
among its other matter an exciting article about a
very poisonous worm which lived along small streams
and killed thousands of men who fell within its
reach. The ardent reader, who was not then used to
having his warm blood stirred and his youthful soul
harrowed up with thrilling tales, found at the end of
the story that this destructive monster was the worm

tiii; press of warren COUNTY.


ofthestill. Bul the interest then lay chiefly in the
printing of the paper and not in its contents.

Mr. Siekcls, we arc iiiluriiiod, had hecn a resident
bf New- Vuil; some time prior to his coming here, and
his manners and i « 1 * as were those of a city man. Bui
in coming to this rural and farming community he

felt that he should conform to llie rust - and live

much as his neighbors did, and they were farmers for
tin- most part. Mr, Sickles caught the spirit of the
place. One of his ventures was to buj sis or seven
pigs. Hi- did not pour their milk in a trough, bul
fed it to them with a spoon. They did not thrive on

spoon victuals, and died young. lie, like hi- w ■ 1 1 -

known son, Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, had a taste for

military operations, and while here was a - tessful

captain of a military company, The now fai -

Gen. Sickles, who was then about ten years old, is

well remembered bj soi f ' older cil izens.

In 1827, about two years after the Apollo was started,
there came to Belvidere from Philadelphia a rather
mil delicate but bright, genial, and gentle-
manly young man. aged twenty-three year-, who
made the acquaintance of Mr. Sickles, and in 1-^-7
bought the Apollo. That young man was Edmund
P Banks. Be had culture, and good ability as a
writer, lie made a fair paper, but did not
the financial aid necessarj to make il a success, and.
Consequently, Feb. 10, 1829, he decided to Buspend
publication, and accordingly published an editorial
farewell. Bul his friends persuaded him to continue
bhi publication, which he did until Sept. 7, L829,

when his health Tailed and he w. lit oul of the office,

and was ided by Sitgreaves .V Browne. During

.Mr. Banks' connection with the Apollo he married
Miss Sarah Browne, an estimable lady, a daughter
of William Browne, of Easton, a sister to James 1.
Browne, and icou in to Judge Samuel Sherrcrd, of
Belvidere. Mr. Banks died May 22, 1880, in the
twenty-fifth year of his age, of consumption, leaving
a widow ami one child, a daughter, who is now the
wifeof Joseph C.Kent, Esq., of Phillipsburg. 1 luring
Mr. Hank-' connection with the paper his mother-in-
law rendered pecuniar] assistance and had an interest

in the I'lliee.

.Tames I. Browne, then a young man twenty-om
year- old (afterwards clerk of the count] , assisted his

brother-in-lait i the office, when 1 ntered

into partnership with the late well-known C harles
Sitgreaves. The] continued this partnership and
were editors and proprietors of the paper until Jan.
8, I 882, when Mr. Browne himself assumed full con-
trol of the paper.

In 1829, Sitgreaves & Browne changed the name of
the papi i re Apollo and Warren Patriot, awl

in I B80 thej again changed il to the Belvidere Apollo
and New Jersey Weekly Advertiser. Their management
was able and energetic. During the Bomewhat ex-
citing campaign of 1828, when Andrew Jackson was
elected to the Presidency for the lirsi term, the paper

maintained its neutrality, though both the Jackson

and the Adams parties were jealous, at times feeling

thai i in paper leaned too much towards the otherside.

In L832, the Warren Journal having been started

.I ickson paper, the Apollo became Btrongly anti-

irles Sitgreaves, an aspiring Jackson

man, withdrew fro torial management, Jan. "3,

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