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(Carson) Allison, both natives of Pennsylvania, whose
parents were among the earliest settlers of the north-
western part of the State. William Allison, the grand-
father of James W., located at Lake Pleasant during
the latter part of the last century, taking up 600 acres
of land. The title to the farm owned and occupied
at present by J. W. Allison, was never vested in any
other name. James W. Allison attended the Water-
ford Academy, and completed his education at Michi-
gan University, Ann Arbor. He taught school for
several years, during which period he was principal of
the schools at Fairview and Wellsburg, and was also
superintendent of the Mill Creek schools. He also
taught for one winter in Erie. At this time he took
up the study of law, and was admitted to practice,
June 1, 1875. He continued in the practice until the
summer of 1881, when, on account of failing health,
he devoted his attention to farming. In the spring of

1894, he resumed the practice of law in Erie. He was
married October 15, 1874, to Adele, daughter of the
late Jacob Fritz, of Wattsburg, Erie county. Mr. and
Mrs. Allison have four children: Ruth, "Thomas C,
Robert C, and Gertrude. The family reside at Lake
Pleasant. Mr. and Mrs. Allison are members of the
Presbyterian Church.

Jacob Edward Swap, alderman, Erie, Pa., was
born August 12, 1846, at Coeyman's, Albany county,
N. Y. He is the son of the late William and Amanda
(Carle) Swap, natives of New York, and of German de-
scent. They came to Erie county in 1848, and the fol-
lowing year removed to Springboro, Crawford county.
Pa., where they continued to reside throughout their
lives, and where the elder Mr. Swap was engaged in
undertaking and cabinet making. Jacob E. Swap was
attending the public school of his native town, when
the war broke out, and, although but 15 years of age,
enlisted August 27, 1861, in Co. H, 83d P. V. I. He
re-enlisted in the field in 1863, and was mustered out
of service May 14, 1865. The Eighty-third was in the



Third brigade, First division, Fifth army corps, at-
tached throughout the war to the Army of the Poto-
mac, and is noted for having lost more men killed in
battle and from wounds than any other regiment in
the service. Private Swap was wounded at Spottsyl-
vania, May 8, 1864, in five places, and has not yet, and
never will, entirely recover from the effects of the
wounds that day received. An interesting incident in
his army experience, was that of being one of a party
of six men, or, more properly, of five men and a boy
(for Mr. Swap was but a boy), which on November 7,
1863, during the engagement at Rappahannock Sta-
tion, \'a., stormed a fortification guarded by a portion
ot Magruder's Irish brigade, captured twenty-five men,
and regained two pieces of artillery, the sight of
which, m the possession of the enemy, had prompted
the brave and successful attack, which was led by
Private Swap. Of the re-enlisted men of Co. H, but
five came out of the war alive, and but one of them
without wounds. After the war Mr. Swap found em-
ployment with the Erie and Pittsburg R. R., and sub-
sequently was appointed superintendent and road-
master of the Meadville and Linesville R. R. (now
operated by the P., S. & L. E.) In 1884 he returned
to the Erie and Pittsburg R. R., and served as passen-
ger conductor till 1887. He has resided in Erie most
of the time since 1867, and is now serving as alderman,
to which office he was elected on the Republican
ticket in February, 1894. He was married in March,
1868, to Angeline, daughter of the late George W.
Luther, an old resident of Erie county, and a descend-
ant of one of the earliest settlers of New England.
Three children, born of this marriage, are: Mrs. Grace
A., wife of George W. Donald, a printer of Erie;
William W., a marine engineer, but now in the em-
ploy of the Erie Electric Motor Company; and Charles
Swap. Jacob E. Swap is a member of Keystone
Lodge, No. 4.5.5, F. and A. AL; Temple Chapter, No.
215, R. A. M.; Mount Olivet Commandery, No. 30, K.
T.; charter member of Post 67, G. A. R.; charter mem-
ber, and for two terms colonel of the Union Veteran
Legion, No. 13, and charter member of A. O. U. W.
Lodge, No. 71, Sharpsville, Mercer county, Pa. The
family residence is at 210 Peach street.

Max Andrew Krug, dealer in boots and shoes,
Erie, Pa., was born in Erie, Pa., June 13, 1863. He is
a son of the late John G. and Mary Louisa (Ihlein)
Krug, natives of Baden, who came to this country in
1862, locating in New York, where Mr. Krug was en-
gaged in business until 1862, when he removed to
Erie. He died August 12, 1864; his wife survives, and
resides in Erie. Max A. Krug received his education
in the public schools of Erie, and then entered the
employ of J. A. Eichenlaub, dealer in boots and shoes,
with whom he remained until 188-5, when he estab-
lished himself in the same line at 922 State street.
Five years later he opened his present extensive es-
tablishment at 1004 State street. He was married
June 21, 1887, to Anna, daughter of George J. Beh-
ringer, a mechanic of Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Krug have
two children: Marcella and Clarence, reside at 336
East Eighth street, and are members of St. Mary's
Church. Mr. Krug is a member of the B. P. O. E.,
C. M. B. A., Maennerchor, East Erie Turnverein. He
is also a member of the Erie Catholic Casino, the
Sommerheim, and the Erie board of trade. He holds
several policies of insurance in old line companies,

and is a member of the Bay State Beneficial Associa-
tion. Mr. Krug has been engaged for the past five
years in buying, selling and improving real estate,
and has during that period erected several residences
and substantial business blocks.

Adeodatus Correggio Jackson, chemist, drug-
and news dealer, Erie, Pa., was born in Buffalo, N. Y.,
July 4, 1836. He is a son of the late James and Mary
Ann (Ball) Jackson, now living, aged 82, the former a
native of New Jersey, and of English descent; the lat-
ter a native of Erie county, and a daughter of Shelden
Ball, jeweler, one of the earliest settlers in Erie. Shel-
den Ball's ancestors were among the first settlers of
the Old Dominion. His father and George Washing-
ton's mother were first cousins. James Jackson was a
portrait painter of distinction, and, at one time num-
bered among his art treasures miniatures painted by
Murillo, Titian, Correggio and Reubens. The Reu-
bens miniature is now in the possession of his son,
A. C. Jackson. James Jackson established an academy
of fine arts at Baltimore, Md. He died from the re-
sult of an accident in 1846. A. C. Jackson was edu-
cated in Buffalo, N. Y., was variously employed in the
Middle States, studied pharmacy and received his
diploma in the State of New York. He came to Erie
in 1887, and was for several years engaged in com-
pounding and putting up a remedy of his own, known
as Neuralgialine. In 1891 he established himself in
the drug, news and stationery business at the corner
of Twelfth and State streets, Erie, Pa. He is unmar-
ried and resides with his mother, at 1211 State street.

FraBk E. Franz, furniture dealer, Erie, Pa., was
born at Lohram, Maine, Bavaria, May 8, 1840. He is
a son of the late Michael and Katrina (Brunn) Franz.
Michael Franz was a blacksmith and died in 1846.
His widow came to this country in 18-53 with her two
children, Barbara and Frank, locating in Erie, where
a daughter, Mrs. Katrina, wife of John Geist, a con-
tractor, already resided. Frank supplemented the
schooling he had already received in the Fatherland
by a brief term in the schools of Erie, and was, at the
age of 14, apprenticed to the trade of cabinet making
with the late William Riblet. After mastering his
trade he worked at it successively in Louisville, Chat-
tanooga and Indianapolis, returning, after three years,
to Erie, where for a time he worked for his brother-in-
law, Joseph Zefferer, a furniture manufacturer, with
whom, in 1863, he formed a partnership for the manu-
facture and sale of furniture, under the firm name of
Zefferer & Franz. Two years later this partnership
was dissolved by the withdrawal of Mr. Franz, who
then became associated with August Reinholz in the
same business, under the firm name of Franz & Rein-
holz. LTpon the dissolution of this firm Mr. Franz be-
came a partner with William Stark, in the firm of
Stark & Franz, furniture manufacturers and dealers.
Since Mr. Stark's retirement from the business, Janu-
ary 1, 1886, Mr. Franz has conducted it alone, his pres-
ent location being at 1122 State street. He was mar-
ried April 20, 1864, to Mary Ann, daughter of George
W. Kuhn, then a shoe merchant of Erie, now a farmer
of Harbor Creek township, Erie county. Mr. and
Mrs. Franz have five children, two sons, Charles and
August, engaged in business with their father, and
three daughters Anna, Amelia and Amanda. The



eldest daughter, Anna, is the wife of Andrew Leib, an
Erie merchant. The family resides at 213 East Sev-
enteenth street, and are members of St. Mary's Church.

Bart F. Dlsbrow, of the drug firm of Disbrow &
Suerken, Erie, Pa., born in Lockport, N. Y., July 30,
1871, is a son of William Fairbanks Disbrow and Isa-
bella Cornelia (Grisenthwaite) Disbrow, natives of
New York, the former of Scotch-English and the lat-
ter of English descent. Mr. Disbrow, sr., was en-
gaged in the cooperage business at Lockport for a
number of years, and removed his family to Erie in
January, 1894 Burt F. Disbrow was educated in the
schools of Elgin and Corry, Pa., and then attended the
pharmaceutical department of the university at Buf-
falo, graduating therefrom in May, 1892. Immediately
thereafter he came to Erie and purchased a half inter-
est in William Diefenbach's drug store. Eleventh and
.State streets, under the firm name of Diefenbach &
Disbrow. In August, 1893, Mr. Diefenbach retired
from the firm, and Mr. Otto C. Suerken became a
member of the firm until July, 1895, since when it has
been conducted by Mr. B. F. Disbrow. Mr. Disbrow
married, June 12, 1893, Virginia, daughter of the late
Thomas McManus, an old resident and business
man of Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Disbrow reside at 264
East Eleventh street.

Edward Hoffman, jeweler, Erie, Pa., was born
October 27, 1844, in Loewenberg, Province of Silesia,
Prussia. His parents were natives of Prussia, as were
their ancestors as far back as the genealogy of the
family is traceable. Edward received such education
as was obtainable at the parochial schools of his native
town, and, at the age of 14, was apprenticed to the
watchmaking trade. After serving his apprenticeship
of five years, he went to Dresden, Saxony, where he
followed his business of watchmaking for one year,
when, owing to the breaking out of the Prussian-Aus-
trian war of 1866, and the affiliation of Saxony with
Austria, he returned to his own country. At the con-
clusion of the war he went again to Dresden, where
he resumed the watchmaking business at his former
location. In 1867 Mr. Hoffman came to the United
States to enter the employ (upon the recommendation
of his old employer in Loewenberg) of the then firm
of Jarecki Bros., jewelers, Erie, Pa., in whose service
he remained for five years. In 1872 he visited his old
home, and after a tour of some months of Continental
Europe returned to Erie, and in conjunction with Mr.
Herman T. Jarecki established on Peach .street a branch
establishment to the latter's State street store. This part-
nership was dissolved two years later, Mr. Hoffman pur-
chasing Mr. Jarecki's interest, since which time he has
conducted the business alone, and is now located at
1508 Peach street. Mr. Hoffman was married. May
20, 1875, to Olga, daughter of August Jarecki, of Erie.
Two children were born of this marriage: Arwin, who
died in 1889 at the age of 10, and Eulalia. The fam-
ily reside at Peach and Twentieth streets, and are
members of the German Lutheran Church. Mr.
Hoffman is a Republican, and has served one term as
a member of the Select Council. He is an active
member and baritone soloist of the Masnnerchor, and
a member of the order of Maccabees, Harugari,
Fraternal Mystic Circle, Liedertafel and Protected
Home Circle. Mr. Hoffman was one of the founders
of the Maennerchor, and was secretary of the building

committee which had charge of the erection of the
spacious Maennerchor hall at State and Sixteenth

Clark W. and Lester J. Zuck, of the Zuck
Hardware Company, Erie, Pa., are members of the
Zuck family, of Erie county, descendants of John
Zuck, one of the pioneer settlers who came from Bed-
ford county, Pennsylvania, and located in Mill Creek
township, Erie county, in the latter part of the last
century. He was of German descent, and intermar-
ried with the Ebersole family, early settlers of Bedford
county. John C. Zuck was the fifth child born of this
union, and was married, September 22, 1853, to Mar-
tha Frey, of this county. They had four children, of
whom three survive; Wayne E., married Morilla
Moscher, who died in 1883, leaving one child; Lee M.,
who died in February, 1894; Clark W. Zuck, the
second son of John C. and Martha (Frey) Zuck, was
born August 1, 18.57, in Mill Creek township, was mar-
ried, September 21, 1881, to Ocene, daughter of John
McKee; they have three children, Floyd, Bert and
Arthur; he is proprietor of a large garden and fruit
farm, four and one-half miles west of the city. Lester
J. Zuck, the third son of John C. Zuck, was born
September 1, 1869, in Mill Creek township, was mar-
ried to Mary, daughter of the late Frank Henry,
formerly of Harbor Creek township, at one time light-
house keeper, and latterly of the Erie Dispatch.
Wayne E. Zuck has charge of the home farm. Clark
W. and Lester J. Zuck are the proprietors of the Zuck
Hardware Company; the former resides in West Mill
Creek township, the latter at the corner of Sixteenth
and Peach streets.

John Henry Kalvelage, retired merchant and
manufacturer, Erie, Pa., was born in Oldenburg, No-
vember 4, 1822, came to the United States when a boy,
was engaged in business for a time in New York city,
where he married Josephine Felix, a native of Bavaria,
and located in Erie in 1860. Here he first obtained
employment at the docks, then in Kennedy's brick
kilns, on Twenty-sixth street, and then established a
grocery and restaurant cm East Eleventh street, at the
same time acting as salesman for an Erie oil cloth
firm. He was next in the employ of the Eagle Brew-
ery, in which he afterwards purchased an interest, and
later bought out his partner and ran the business alone
until 1884, when he sold out to Jackson Koehler, its
pre.sent proprietor. He then established a hardware
store at the southwest corner of Peach and Twenty-
fourth streets, where his sons and successors still carry
on business. Mr. Kalvelage was a most useful mem-
ber of the common council and school board of Erie
for nine years. He was one of the founders of the St.
Joseph's Society, and a member of the Saengerbund
and Maennerchor. His wife died February 19, 1895,
leaving seven children: Mary, wife of George Kern,
foreman of the Eagle Brewery; John M., whose biog-
raphy is contained in this volume; Catherme, wife of
Frank Oberkirch, former general agent for the Pan-
American Company, now general agent of the Cen-
tral Sewer Company, and a resident of Erie; Rose,
wife of Charles P. Denser, and Joseph, Frank and
Alois Kalvelage, the three sons and son-in-law being
the successors to the hardware business at Twenty-
fourth and Peach streets. Mr. Kalvelage resides on
Twenty-fifth street, and is a member of St. Joseph's



Church, of the board of trustees, of which he was a
member for many years, and treasurer of St. Joseph's
Society for twenty-five years. Mr. Kalvelage was for
a number of years a stockholder and a member of the
board of directors of the South Erie Iron Works, and
was one of the organizers and directors of the German
Fire Insurance Company of Erie.

Peter Wood, chief
bureau at Erie, Pa., born
county, Md., Octolx-r II
and Harriet E. (Morton
the former of;lish ,i!
Peter Wood, sr., was a |
the Charlotte Hall Milil,
was in the Unitrd ."^tati
accounts in the ci mil ill


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Peter Wood,

jr., was graduateil froiiitlif \\asliini;tun high school in
IST'J, spent the following three years in the National
College of Pharmacy in Washington, and was engaged
in the drug business in that city five years following
his graduation as a pharmacist. In July, 1880, he was
appointed to cadetship and ordered to a school at
Fort Meyer, Va., where he remained until December
of the same vear, when he was assigned to duty as
assistant watlvr ..)>s,.r\rr in Erie. I'a. After ti\-e


\\ ashington. Ten months
Erie at the request of citi-
•niain,.,l in charge of that

the, .(I,..' I>M .' ,., ■,: .
in'tlial poMllnl'l Ulllll .

ferred to the chief offic-
later he was re-assigne
zens, and has e\ir sine
ofifice. Since Mr. W,.,.
of weather ImiaMu nliMT\cr lln- ilulns ni the (illicc
have been im nas.-il mauilMhl. llr n^u fm uisln's
daily weather ni.i|is tn cightN-rnc iHislDlfKcs 111 Nnitli-
western Pennsylvania, Western New \'ork and North-
eastern Ohio; duplicates display of the cold wave sig-
nals at the headquarters of the fire department, dupli-
cates (lisjilavs nf tlie wind signals at the harbor en-
tranir Mill ( aincL;i'' dorks, .and furnishes all newspa-
pers oi iln Mi\ ami throughout Erie and adjoining
counties w iili (l.iiK ii|,oi'ts and forecasts. An inter-
t 111 Mr. Wood's e.\perience was the dis-
orniv oNdiing in the fall of 1885 of the
lion of ilir large propeller John S. Fay,
loi l,.,st, at the mercy of the winds
mil;: the lioa\ \ iior'wi-ster, and was being

xhoivv oi ilio |Minnsula. Mr. Wood,

1 towi r. noi.'.i that tin- vessel was not in
ml his opi' jc\ealed her helpless

with tugs to her res-

estin^; im mIoh
covers olio s
desp.Tato |,os
that, with rihh
and waves dii
driven onto th
from the sign.
safe bounds, :
condition. H

cue, thereby unquestionably saving her from destruc-
tion. Mr. Wood has occasionally, by request, lectured
upon meteorology and the workings of the weather
bureau. It was largely through his personal efforts
that Cherry street, between Sixth and Twelfth, was
paved with asphalt. He is a Royal Arch and Scot-
tish Rite Mason, is a member of the Royal Arcanum,
and was district deputy of that order for a number of
years. He is the commander of the American Legion
of Honor, and was its representative to the grand
council in Philadelphia in 1893. He was married
March 22, 1883, to Mary, daughter of Adam Hamber-
ger, a merchant of Erie. Mrs. Wood died, leaving one

son, John G., a student at the Jackson school, Wash-
ington, D. C. Mr. Wood is a member and trustee of
the Central Presbyterian Church.

Joseph Beyer, jeweler, Erie, Pa., was born March
18, 1856, in Hirschberg, Province of Sihsia, Tnissia,
and comes of a race of watchmakers. Ho was i du-
cated in the public schools in HirschlniL:, ami then
learned watchmaking in Loewenberg, Ins native
town. In 1875 he came to this country to enter the
employ of Herman T. Jarecki, in Erie, Pa. He worked
for Mr. Jarecki for three years, and was then given an
interest in and charge of a branch store established in
Bradford, Pa., where he remained for one year. Re-
turning to Erie he embarked in the jewelry and watch-
making business for himself at 1508 Peach street, con-
ducting business there until 1881, when he removed to
his present location. Sixteenth and Peach streets. He
was married ( )i;tol)er '_''_'. l^iT'.l, to Rosa, daughter of the
late Franz Siegel. an old merchant of Erie. Mr.
Beyer is an active member of the Erie Liedertafel
and Maennerchor.

Rev. James Madison Bray, pastor of Simpson
M. E. Church, Erie, Pa., for the five years ending Sep-
tember, 1895, was born June 3, 1839. He is an adopted
son of Rev. James Madison and Eliza (Matthews)
Brav, natives of Hartford, Conn., and descendants of
e irl\- I- iiL;lish settlers of Boston, Mass. The father of
Ml. l.i,i\ was John Bray (deceased), a brother of the
Ke\. 1. M. Hray, sr. The former and his wife now re-
side 111 Jedilo, O., at the advanced age of 87, both hav-
ing been born on the same day, December 24, 1807.
Rev. James M. Bray, jr., prepared for college at Rich-
mond, O., entered' Franklin College, at Athens, O.,
will le he ti"ik the freshiiMn and sophomore years, and
I oiii|ili'ie(l the luiijor ami senior courses at the Alle-
L;hen\ ( I ill. L , . Mei.Uiile, Pa., from which institution
111- gr.ichiated in ISi;:!, and received the degree
A. M. in ISfiti. In 18(i3, prior to his graduation, he was
received on probation in the Pittsburg conference,
subsequently receiving elder's orders in that confer-
ence, and was transferred to the Erie conference and
stationed at Dunkirk, N. Y. His ministerial labors
have since been in the Erie conference. For eleven
years he served within a radius of ten miles, being sta-
tioned at Sheridan, Silver Creek and Fredonia. Fol-
lowing this he was at Tidioute, and next at Parker's
Landing. He was then for four years presiding elder
of Franklin district, including parts of Warren, Ve-
nango, Butler and Armstrong counties. After one
year at Warren, Pa., and two years at Lfnion City, in
1890 he assumed the pastorate of Simpson Church,
Erie, Pa. That congregation had a debt of §500 hang-
ing over it, and worshipped in an old frame structure
that was built in 1859. Rev. J. M. Bray first devoted
his energies toward the cancellation of the congrega-
tion's indebtedness, and then strenuously urged and
worked for the erection of a more commodious church
edifice. As a result of his endeavors, there now stands
upon the site of the original building, at the corner of
Twenty-first and Sassafras streets, a handsome and
commodious brick and stone structure, erected at a
cost of S25,000. The church has a membership of 300,
and an average Sunday-school attendance of 250.
Simpson Church's Epworth League is a large and suc-
cessful factor for good. Rev. Mr. Bray was married
March 12, 1865, to Minnie, daughter of the Rev. J. E.



Chapin (deceased), late of Westfield, N. Y. Two chil-
dren were born of this union: Frank C. Bray, born
May 7, 1867, and Mary E. Bray, born June 19, 1870.
Mrs. J. M. Bray died March 24, 1896. Frank C. Bray
is unmarried; was for a time managing editor of the
Erie Dispatch, and is now engaged in business in New
York city. Mary E. Bray was married April 23, 1891,
to Frank E. Wade, a professional musician and musical
editor, of Cleveland, O. One son born of this union is
Clarence E. Wade. Rev. J. M. Bray is a member of
the Masonic order and the Odd Fellows.

Rev. Mr. Bray, after five years service as pastor of
the Simpson Church, was in September, 189S, assigned
to Mayville, N. Y., by the Erie conference, against the
earnest protest of the Simpson Church congregation,
who dearly loved their pastor and used every effort to
retain him. Mr. Bray's work, while in charge of the
Simpson Church, has never been excelled in material
results (field considered) in this city. — [Ed.]

T. Howard MacQueary, pastor of the First Uni-
versalist Church, Erie, Pa., was born near Charlottes-
ville, Albemarle county, Va., May 27, 1861. He is a
son of the late T. Howard and Sarah J. (Garland)
MacQueary, both natives of Virginia, the former of
Scotch-Irish and the latter of English descent. T.
Howard MacQueary, sr., died in 1861; his wife survives
and resides in Erie with her son, Howard. He
received his early schooling in a parochial school near
Charlottesville, from which, however, he was removed
at the age of 13 on account of ill-health. For several
years he assisted in the work upon the farm and was
then, until his 20th year, engaged in mercantile pur-
suits in Washington, D. C. In' 1880 he entered Nor-
wood College, Nelson county, Virginia, and after a
three years' course in academics entered the Episco-
pal Theological Seminary, near Alexandria, Va. He
was graduated from that institution in June, 1885, was
ordained deacon by Rt. Rev. OKir^e \V. Peterkin, D.
D., Bishop of West Virginia, in July i>f the same year,
and took charge of the 1',|msi npal Cluirches at Fair-

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