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Nazareth parochial school and the Freeland Sem-
inary. When twelve years of age he began to
learn the trade of a lock filer, which he followed
until he was twenty years old, when he began
teaching school. For three terms he was a
teacher at Millgrove, for one term in Lower
Nazareth township, and in 1865 he accepted a
position as teacher in Nazareth Hall, wdiere he
remained for two years. He then entered the
store of William Beitel, at Nazareth, as a clerk,
and occupied that position until he was elected
Commissioners' Clerk of Northampton county
in 1868, being the first clerk chosen after, the po-
sition was made an elective office. He was re-
elected in 1871 and again in 1874, thus extending
his official life to the long period of nine years.
He was afterward chosen to settle up the affairs
of the Saucon Savings Bank at Hellertown,
which had failed.

Since 1879 Mr. Fehr has been a representa-
tive of the journalistic interests of the city of
Easton and of the county. On the first of July,
of that year, in conapany with J. P. Correll, they
became publishers of the Easton Weekly Argus,
and the Northampton Correspondent, a German
newspaper. In September, 1879, they began the
publication of a daily edition of the Argns. July
I, 1882, Mr. Correll withdrew from the firm, and
Mr. Fehr has since continued the publication of
lioth the daily and weekly editions of that paper.
In Alay, 1903, Mr. Fehr discontinued the publi-
cation of the Nortluunpton Correspondent, which
that year reached its one lumdred and second
year. It was notable as being the oldest weekly




newspaper in the state outside of Philadelphia,
having been founded by Christian J. Hutter, in

The Argus, under the sagacious management
of Mr. Fehr, who early developed journalistic
abilitv of a high order, is an advocate of Demo-
cratic principles, and wields a potent influence
throughout the Lehigh \'alley. It is at the same
time a splendid exponent of local interests, and
affords its support to every measure conducing
to the general progress and public improvement
along material, intellectual, social and moral lines,
reflecting in all these directions the high ideals
which its publisher has taken for his guidance and
inspiration. In a personal way he has actively
co-operated to the same ends, and has occupied
various important positions in which his services
have been of marked advantage to the community.
He has served as school director, as town clerk
and treasurer of Nazareth borough. He has also
taken an active part in promoting the industrial
development of the city and county, serving as
a director in the Nazareth Canning Company,
and in the Northampton County Building and
Loan Association, and as vice-president of the
Northampton County Agricultural Society. Fra-
ternallv, he is connected w'ith Dallas Lodge, No.
396, A. F. and A. i\I., and religiously with St.
John's Lutheran church, of Easton, in which he
is an elder.

Mr. Fehr was married, in March, 1866, to
Miss Christiana Louisa Seyfried, a daughter of
James and Anna Seyfried, of Bushkill township.
Of this union have been born three children —
Anna M., who is the wife of Fred J. Ackembach,
and they are the parents of three children, Harry
O., Louisa D., and Thomas ; Dagmar E., who is
the wife of J. Morris Kiefer ; and Carrie L., who
is the youngest of the family, and resides with
her parents.

pett & Wood Company, of Easton, was born in
Deckertown, New Jersey. January 17, 1845.
From the establishment of the family in America
by Timothy Wood in 1700 down to the present,
the representatives of the name have been active


in promoting the development and substantial
upbuilding of the various localities in which they
have lived, and have promoted Uie educational,
social and moral statuts of their respective

Timothy Wood came from Yorkshire, Eng-
land, to the new world, and joined his brother,
Jonas, then living at Huntington, Long Island.
In 1727 he was killed by the Indians, his body
being found pierced with seven poisoned arrows.
He left three sons, Timothy, Daniel and Andrew.
The first two removed to Orange county. New
York, in the spring of 1728, Timothy settling in
Goshen, while Daniel took up his abode near
Florida. The third son. Andrew, afterward re-
moved to New England.

Daniel Wood, the lineal ancestor of James W.
Wood, purchased what is called the Wood farm,
for which he gave a dollar per acre. It came into
his possession in 1733, and remained the prop-
erty of his descendants for one hundred and
twelve years. By his first marriage he had two
sons and three daughters : John, Jonas, Mary,
Elizabeth, and Deborah. By his second mar-
riage he had two sons, Daniel and Andrew \\'ood.
Daniel Wood became a physician, and served as
a surgeon in the American army during the Rev-
olutionary war, making a splendid record because
of his untiring devotion to the needs of the sol-
diers. His son John founded the city of Quincy,
Illinois, and afterward became governor of that
state. Andrew Wood, son of Daniel Wood (i),
and brother of Daniel Wood (2), continued to
reside upon the old homestead farm. He married
his cousin, Elizabeth Wood, a daughter of John
Wood, of Longford, Ireland, and their children
were Jesse, Elizabeth Totten, Andrew, who be-
came a ^Methodist minister of Ohio ; and James.

James Wood, son of Andrew and Elizabeth
Wood, was born near Florida, New York, April
18, 1778, and was reared upon the old homestead,,
where he continued to reside for many years. In-
addition to farming he also followed cabinet-
making and carpentering. There is still in ex-
istence a high clock frame which was given by
him as a wedding gift to his wife, which is
now in possession of our subject, in Easton,



Penns\lvaiiia. He purchased the old famil\'
homestead, giving twenty-tive dollars per acre
for the propert}' for which his great-grandfather
had paid one dollar per acre. On the 9th of
March, 1799, he wedded Mary Armstrong, who
is descended successively from William Arm-
strong [2), William Armstrong (i), and Francis
Armstrong. The last named sailed from Ulster
county, Ireland, August 6, 1728, and landed in
New York on the loth of December of
that year. He was an unswerving follower
of the Presbyterian doctrine, and served as
trustee of his church. He became one of
the earliest members of the Presbyterian
church of Florida, and his character is in-
dicated from the followiiig item copied from the
original writing which was signed by Rev. J.
Elmer, pastor of the Presbyterian church, Sep-
tember II, 1758. It read. "Mr. Francis
Armstrong, elder of the Presbyterian con-
gregation in Florida, has in every article
fulfilled his obligation to me as a min-
ister on account of my support while I lived
in. the congregation, and nuich more than ever
for his proportion, for which I do forever acquit
him from all subscriptions made to me, and
heartily and earnestly recommend him as an ex-
ample for others if t^ey would follow a preached
gospel." Francis Armstrong was not only just
and prompt in meeting all money obligations, but
also dis|)layed many sterling traits of character
"which made him a man honored and respected by
those who knew him. To James and Mary
(Armstrong) Wood were born the following
named : Daniel T., Sarah, William, Julia, Jane,
Kcturah, James, Mary, Thomas, and Emily. Of
this family Daniel T. Wood was for about thirty
years pastor of the Presbyterian church in Mid-
dletown. New York. William was an elder in
the Presbyterian church at Galesburg, Illinois,
and lane was for many years engaged in mission-
ary and pastoral work as the assistant of the
Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, New York.
James Washington Wood, father of James
Whitfield Wood, was born near Florida, New
York, on Monday, October 15, 1813, and re-
rnained upon the home farm until nearly nineteen

years of age. At a revival service held in Florida
during the fall of 183 1 he became interested in
the doctrine there preached, and made a public
confession of his faith on the ist of January,

1832, by uniting with the Presbyterian church of
Florida, New York. His educational privileges
were somewhat limited, but he possessed a strong,
discriminating mind, and used his advantages
in the best possible way. Determining to devote
his life to the ministry, he began preparation in
the spring of 1832 by entering upon a course of
study under the direction of his brother. Rev.
Daniel T. Wood, of Middletown. The sudden
change from outdoor life, however, to the
sedentary habits of the student, brought on a
severe illness, and it was necessary to take him
back to his home in Florida, New York. But
he was destined for a life of great usefulness,
and recovering from his illness, he entered
Goshen Academy, then under the direction of
Mr. Starl, in the fall of 1832. In November,

1833, he went over the once famous Newburg
and Easton stage line to Easton, Pennsylvania,
and on the nth of December, 1833, was matri-
culated in Lafayette College. In that institution
he won high rank as a student, and while engaged
in the mastery of a course of study there he sup-
plied his temporary needs by working as a cabi-
net-maker and carpenter. He also engaged in
teaching to some extent, and was contributor to
various newspapers and magazines. His great
jiersistency of purpose, laudable ambition and
strong determination enabled him to carry on his
work until he was graduated on the 20th of Sep-
tember, 1837. In recognition of his high scholar-
ship he was awarded the Latin and English saluta-
tory address on commencement tlay. He next en-
tered the Union Theological Seminary in New
York city, and also accepted such work as would
bring him in the funds necessary for his support.
During one year he was for three months a teacher
of the classics in Middletown, and this effort in
behalf of higher education resulted in the estab-
lishment of the academy at that place.

During the meeting of the Presbytery of Hud-
son, at Amity, Orange county. New York, on the
nth of September, 1839, ]\Ir. Wood was ex-



amined and licensed by the Presbytery to enter
upon the holy office as a minister of the cluirch.
He had in the meantime formed the acquaintance
of Aliss Ehzabeth Caroline Able, and about tlie
same time he entered upon his ministerial work he
was married to this lady at Easton, Pennsylvania,
October 9, 1839, by the Rev. Daniel T. \^'ood,
of 2\Iiddleto\vn, New York, assisted by Rev. Dr..
Gray, of Easton. I\Irs. Wood was the daughter
of Jacob Able, and a granddaughter of Jacob
Able, Sr., who in his childhood days was brought
from Germany to America in 1750. Airs. \\"ood
was a lady of superior education and culture.
.She possessed a most retentive memory and a
mind of great compass. In early life she became
.a most earnest worker in the Sunday-school, and
was also a recognized leader in the Easton so-
ciety. At the age of eighteen years she
united with the Presbyterian church in Easton
under the pastorate of Dr. Gray, and through
her life as a minister's wife she manifested the
most thorough appreciation of the needs of the
chruch and the work which her husband was
doing, and ever gave to him her loyal sympathy
and support. She was greatly interested in char-
itable and benevolent work, and lost no opportun-
ity to befriend the poor and needy, or to extend
sympathy to the suffering. Yet she preferred the
duties of her home, including those of wife and
mother, to that of the presidency of the sewing
circle or other societies of the church. She was,
however, a most able assistant to her husband,
her own labors rounding out his efforts in behalf
of his denomination.

James Washington Wood was ordained and
installed as pastor of the Presbyterian church
at Deckertown, December 29, 1839, by the Pres-
bytery of Rockaway, New York, and there re-
mained until September, 1845, when he resigned
and began work for the American Board of
Christian Foreign Missions in New York. While
a representative of that society he preached for
the mission at Chester, New York, and unex-
pectedly received a call to become pastor there.
This invitation was accepted, and on the ist of
November, 1845, he began work in Chester,
"vvhere he remained for seventeen vears, during

which time the membership of the church was
nn.ire than doubled, reaching the number of four
hundred. It was also during this pastorate that
a large and beautiful house of worship was
erected at a cost of about ten thousand dollars,
and the church advanced equallv in spiritual
strength. A\'hen at length his labors there were
heavy upon him and he felt the need of relaxation,
he resigned the pastorate at Chester on the ist
of October, 1862, and removed to Easton. On
the iSth of the same month he sailed for Europe
and the Holy Land, visiting many points of
modern as well as historic interest in the old
world. In the fall of 1863 he returned to Amer-
ica, and on the 23d of April, 1865, he accepted
a call from the Presbyterian church in Allentown,
Pennsylvania, being installed as its pastor by the
Presbytery of Philadelphia on the 25th of Oc-
tober, 1865. He continued to reside in Allentown
until his death, which occurred there very sud-
denly on May 5, 1884. Both he and his wife were
laid to rest in the Able family plat in the beauti-
ful cemetery at Easton, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Mr. \^"ood was a man of attractive ap-
pearance, of medium size and dark hair, and a
man who was ever sympathetic and of broad
humanitarian principles. He was a man of
scholarly attainments, who throughout his entire
life continued his acquaintance with the classics
and with the German and French languages and
was able to write fluently in both as well an in
the English tongue. On the 2d of July, 1879,
his alma mater conferred upon him the degree
of Doctor of Divinity, and at the exercises held
at Lafayette College he responded in an oration
delivered in the Latin tongue. His writings upon
secular as well as religious subjects which ap-
peared in the newspapers and general publications
displayed great breadth of thought, cieep re-
search and unbiased judgment. He was fre-
quentlv called upon to deliver addresses on popu-
lar occasions, and he perhaps was never at his
best more than when in the company of the
young. He continued young at heart, and re-
joiced in their happiness and pleasures. He was
a brilliant conversationalist, and could adapt
himself to the various conditions of all around



him, and also had tlie facuhy of placing his as-
sociates at once at ease. The poor, the needy
and the distressed looked to him for sympathy,
aid and encouragement, and were never disap-
pointed. He was a popular man not only because
of his strong mentality, but because of his deep
sincerity and abiding interest in his fellow men
and their welfare. To his ministerial work he
devoted his time with consecrated zeal, placing
the cause of the Master ever first in his life and
thoughts. While he denounced wrong in strong
terms, and never swerved from the path of what
he believed his Christian duty, he nevertheless,
had broad sympathy for the feelings of his fel-
low men, and extended to them every aid in his
power that he might assist them in overcoming
temptation and trials. He looked at life not from
the standpoint of a theologian, but as a Chris-
tian, and regarded religion as a preparation for
Hfe's daily duties. He believed that the teach-
ings of Christ instructed men how to work, and
how to play as well as how to pray. He thought
that one's religious faith should influence their
political support, their social relations and their
business careers, and he championed his views
with all the intensity of a strong nature, and with
all the honesty and persistency of one who holds
a steadfast purpose and lives up to it. No one
was ever in doubt as to his position upon any
question on which his opinion was stated, yet
his counsel and advice were always prompted by
affection and earnestness, and it was this wdiich
won for him the love of many people. He held
friendship inviolable and followed the wisdom
of the poet who pronounced the admonition :

"A friend thou hast, and his adoption tried.
Grapple liim to thy heart with hooks of steel."

The children of Rev. James Washington and
Elizabeth Caroline (Able) Wood were Jacob
Winslow Wood, of Allentown. Pennsylvania ;
James Whitfield, of Easton ; Mrs. Elizabeth .\ble
Harrison, of Minneapolis, iMinnesota: and Dan-
iel Burton Wood, of Spokane, r^lissouri.

James Whitfield Wood was educated in La-
fayette College, being a graduate of the class of

1866. He entered upon his business career in:
connection with the Tribniie, of Chicago, Illinois,,
and in 1869 he returned to Easton, where, in con-
nection with Henry L. Bunstein, now the pastor
of the Presbyterian church at JMilford, Delaware,
he purchased the Easton Free Press, which they
conducted until 187 1. In that year they dis-
posed of their paper and plant, and Mr. Wood
has since been identified with industrial and man-
ufacturing interests. He became connected with
the Delaware Rolling Mills at Phillipsburg, New
Jersey, and in 1873 formed a partnership with
Jacob Tippett under the firm name of Tippett &
Wood, establishing the boiler works at Easton.
This partnership was maintained until the death
of i\Ir. Tippett on the 26th of October, 1886,
when the business was incorporated under the
old firm name. Mr. Wood at that time became
president of the company, in which capacity he
served until 1903. The company takes contracts
for iron work, such as water towers, pig iron
furnaces, and cement plants, and the business
has become an important industrial concern of
Easton, the sales of the house having reached
a large annual figure.

Mr. Wood has also extended his operations
into other fitlds of labor, being a man of resource-
ful business ability. He has been the president
of the board of trade of Easton since its organi-
zation ; is the treasurer of the Stewart Silk Com-
pany of Easton ; the president of the Henderson
W^ater Company, of Henderson, North Carolina,
and also of the Henderson Light and Power
Company ; and is a director of the Easton Free
Press Publishing Company. He has contributed
to the development of his city along lines of ma-
terial improvement and moral progress, as well
as through private business interests. He was a
member of the city council at the time of the in-
stallation of the first brick paving and sewer con-
struction ill Easton. In politics he is a stanch ad-
vocate of Republican principles, and he is a trus-
tee of the Brainard Presbyterian church, and su-
perintendent of the Williamsport mission school.

He was married, SeiJtember 18, 1872, to Miss
Emily Drake, a daughter of John Drake, of
Easton, and to this marriage have been born three



•children ; Margaret, who died at the age of five
years; Raymond, and Emily, who died at the
age of seven years. The son pursued his early
education in Easton, was graduated in Lafayette
College with the class of 1901, and afterward
spent two years in Berlin, Germany, and Paris,
France, studying music and also the German
language. He is a thoroughly educated musi-
•cian, and a violinist of high standing in the pro-
fession. He is now connected with business in-
terests as secretary of the Tippett & Wood Com-

CHESTER SNYDER, whose energy and
■enterprise have been felt as a promoting power
in a number of the leading enterprises of Easton,
is a descendant of a prominent German family,
the ancestry being traced back to Henry Snyder,
who came to America at an earlv epoch in the
seventeenth century. He settled in Easton to-
gether with a large number of representatives of
the German Reformed denomination. Soon after-
ward he began learning the saddler's trade, and
later he entered upon an independent business
career, establishing his shop on the site where the
old Lafayette College was started on Canal street,
in South Easton. The building which he occu-
pied is still standing, and is used for hotel pur-
poses. Tiring of this occupation, however, he
purchased a farm of one hundred and fifty acres
in the immediate neighborhood of his home, and
engaged in the production of vegetables and in
dairy farming, selling his products on the local
markets. He was married in early manhood, and
tecame the father of three sons and four daugh-
ters. He and all of his family were members of
the Old Reformed church, and his political sup-
port was given to the Democracy.

Charles Kayle Snyder, the grandfather of
Chester Snyder, was born in Easton, Pennsylva-
nia, December 26, 1799, and died August 23,
1836. He was educated in the public schools,
and entered upon his business career in con-
nection with the grocery trade, which he followed
imtil his death, becoming proprietor of a large
wholesale and retail establishment in Easton.
He, too, was a Democrat in political faith and his

religious connection was with the Reformed
church. He was married October 8, 1824, to
Sophia Shick, who was of Scotch descent, her
parents settling in the vicinity of the Blue Moun-
tains on coming from Scotland to the new world.
Her father there carried on shoemaking. Mrs.
Snyder passed away September 6, 1847. She
had become the mother of six children: John
Henry, bom August 17, 1825; Jane, born June
10, 1827; Rachel, born January 17, 1829; Sarah,
born January i, 1831 ; Mary, born February 14,
183s ; and Daniel, father of Chester Snyder. All
married in early life, and three are now deceased.
Of this family John Henry is still actively en-
gaged in business, following his trade of carpen-
tering and cabinet-making. He acquired his
early education in the public schools, and then
learned the pursuit which he has made his life
work. He has been married twice and is the fa-
ther of a large family.

Daniel W. Snyder was a pupil in the public
schools in his early boyhood days, and after put-
ting aside his text books entered upon an ap-
prenticeship in order to learn the confectioner's
business. He was for many years considered the
leading confectioner of his part of the state. He
established an enterprise of his own, and con-
ducted it with constantly growing success until
about 1897, when he retired from business life.
Prior to his removal to Easton he had been located
in Shousburg, and there continued until 1856,
when he took up his abode in Easton. In manner
he is quiet and unassuming, preferring the pleas-
ures of home life and the association of his family
to political preferment or prominence in connec-
tion with public affairs. He feels, however, that
public-spirited interest which every true Ameri-
can citizen should have in the welfare of the
country. His support is given to the Republican
party, and he is a member of the Lutheran church.
In 1858 he married Mary C. Kryder, a daughter
of Waaron Kryder, of Easton, who was a prom-
inent contractor and mason. Mrs. Snyder was
a member of a family of seven children, and her
mother died in 1878, while her father passed
awav in 1889. Lnto Daniel W. Snyder and his
wife have been born two children, the daughter



being Jennie, who was bom February i, 1862,
and, is now the wife of Edward Hart Chidsey,
who is now hving retired in Easton. They have
four children : John Russell, Edward Hart, Henry
R. and Joseph, all of whom are attending school.

Chester Snyder was born in Easton in Janu-
ary, i860, and attended private and public schools
in his boyhood days, after which he was em-
ployed as a bookkeeper and in other important
clerical positions. January 28, 1895, he secured
a position in the First National Bank of Easton
and iMay 15, 1900, was elected cashier of that
institution, which position he now holds. He is
also treasurer, of the Northampton Traction Com-
pany, and president of the Electric Light and Gas
Company. He is also a member of the Building
and Loan Association and thus his business ac-
tivity is connected with many interests of the
community and has proven a stiniulus to the com-
mercial and industrial development of this part
of the state. Mr. Snyder is a member of the Ma-
sonic fraternity. He exercises his right of
franchise in support of the Republican party.

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