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Meyerhoefer, who came to the United States in 1854
and located in Erie. The family consisted of five
children: Tobias, J. George (commercial agent for
the Texas Central and Southern Pacific R. R.'s, with
headquarters at Waco, Tex.), John (deceased), Mary
(deceased), Elizabeth and Caroline. Mr. Meyerhoefer
was educated in the public schools of Erie and the Erie
Academy; he also attended several private German



schools, and completed his education in Cook's Com-
mercial College, Erie. At the age of 15 years he be-
gan the study of telegraphy with the Erie and Pitts-
burg R. R. Company. He was then variously em-
ployed by the Philadelphia and Erieanie and
Pittsburg R. R. Companies, the Wesl.-rn I'liinii T. I. -
graph Company, and in filling other ]...-.iii. .n-,. I nun
1870 to 1872 he was train dispatcher for ili. M. L,.i]is
and San Francisco R. R. Company at lattl.- \\ aslnnn-
ton and Jefferson City, Mo., as train dispatchi-r. lie
was also train dispatcher of the St. Louis and South-
eastern, the New Orleans, Jackson and Great North-
ern. From 1872 to 1873 he was in the- i-mplov of thr
Missouri Pacilic R. K. (■..in|..iii\ . In ls;r, h.- .am.- t.i
Oil City, Pa., where h.- a., .-la.-.l a p.-iihin a^ li.i.,k-
keeper with the Stan. la r. I i nl 1 ..nipanN . w ith « h. an h.-



t.iok n-pni-ts an.l «as . In. I ..].. lal.a |.,r ih.- W .-M.an
Union Company at W h.-.him, W . \ a. In l-'^i; h.-
came to Erie and took ih.- la. - - r.|i.iii h.i 1!,. I 11. ■
Dispntrh. Mr. Meyrrh."-!. r . i.-a.-.M in ih. I.1..I,. la-.-
business in 18.'-rr, 1S7S, he was made
managing editor of the Disjuitch, which position he
held until April, 1882, when he accepted the managing
editorship of the Erie Evening Observer. In February,
1883, he became editor-in-chief of the Erie Herald,
which position he resigned on necemher 8, 1893.
Without exception his connectimi with journalism was
longer than that of any other iir\is|ia|i( r man now
living in Erie. On February 1.S, ISCil, In- was married
to Miss Sarah E. Rowe at Yorktown, N. V. They
have six children, three daughters and three sons, as
follows: Anna E., Minnie, Evelyn R., Nelson, jr.,
William Harrison and Thaddeus A. The second
daughter, Minnie, is an artist of bright promise. Mr.
Baldwin was one of the best trained journalists in the
profession. As a writer on tariff subjects he acquired
more than a local reputation, much of his work having
found a place in papers all over the country. A care-
ful and forcible writer and pleasant and genial in his
ways, Mr. Baldwin is, on the other hand, of a retiring
nature and modest to a fault. He was appointed
collector of the port of Erie by President Cleveland
and entered upon the discharge of the duties of that
office on December 8. 1893.

Frank Asbury Mizener, wholesale dealer in coal
and iron, Erie, Pa, was born in Miftfinburg, Union
county. Pa., May 27, 1845. He is a son of the late
Rev. David and Elizabeth (Zellers) Mizener, the for-
mer a native of New Jersey, the latter of Pennsylvania,
and both of German descent. Rev. David Mizener
was for more than forty years a member of the Erie
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
died in August, 1886, age 76 years, at the residence of his
son, the immediate subject of these memoirs. His widow
survives and resides in Bradford, Pa. Frank A. Mizener
received his initial schooling in the public schools of
his native town, attended next the Waterford Academy,
and completed his education in the Edinboro Normal
School. His first businessconnection was with Burtiss
Bros., oil producers of Titusville, Pa., with whom he
remained for two years, thence going to New York,
where he was engaged in the oil business until 1871.
In October of the latter year he located in Erie, where
he was engaged in the insurance business until 1876,
when he disposed of his insurance interests to Walter
Scott, and embarked in business as a wholesale dealer
in bituminous coal, doing a mining and shipping busi-
ness from mines located in Mercer and Butler coun-
ties, Pennsylvania, in which trade he has ever since
been and is still engaged. Mr. Mizener is a stalwart
Democrat and has long been active in his identifica-
tion with the interests of his party in Erie county.
During the first Congressional campaign of Hon.
W. L. Scott, in 1884. Mr, Mizener was chairman of the
Democratic city committee. In 1886 (Mr. Scott's second
Congressional campaign), Mr. Mizener was chairman



of the county committee, and again in 1891, when the
Democrats elected E. C. Siegel, their first sheriff in
thirty-four years, Mr. Mizener led the campaign as
chairman of the county committee. He was elected
mayor by councils to fill the unexpired term of Hon.
Frank F. Adams, 1886-7. He is now (1896) a member
of the Erie board of fire commissioners. Mr. Mizener is a
valued and valuable citizen, imbued with that progres-
sive public spirit that is essential to the healthy growth
of a community. He has for years been a member of the
Erie Board of Trade, and was presiding officer of that
body in 1886. He was married October 25, 1865, to
Ellen R., daughter ofthelateDr. Tolefree, of Augusta,
Ga. Four children born of this marriage survive: Morti-
mer H., Mason P., Miss Nellie T. and Alice B. Mi-
zener. Mortimer H. Mizener is associated with his
father in business, married Pauline, daughter of P.
Druke, of Shakopee, Minn., and has one child, Frank
A. Mizener. Mason P. Mizener is in the superintend-
ent's office of the N. Y., C. & St. L. R. R. Mr. and
Mrs. Mizener reside at the southeast corner of Sixth
and .Sassafras streets, Erie, and are members of the
First Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Mi-
zener was one of the board of trustees for six years.
Mr. Mizener is a member of the Masonic fraternity
and of the B. P. O. E., and was for seven years a mem-
ber of the Board of Directors of the N. Y., C. & St. L.
railroad.

Richard T. Brown, one of Erie's enterprising
manufacturers and ex-president of the Select Council
of Erie, was born in Franklin township, this county,
October 8, 1859, and is a son of Thomas and Hannah
(Jordan) Brown, natives of Ireland. His parents came
to the United States in 1826 and located near Lock-
port, N. Y., where they remained about five years, and
then removed to Ravenna, Ohio. After a residence of
six years in Ohio they came to Franklin township,
where they purchased a tract of 166 acres of the Hol-
land Land Company. This was when the county was
new, and they were obliged to clear a spot upon which
to build a log house. Thus it will be seen that Mr.
Brown's parents were among the sturdy pioneers who
converted the unbroken wilderness into happy homes
and productive farms. The family consisted of eight
children: Edward, John, Michael, Catherine, William,
Hannah (deceased), Ann (deceased) and Richard T.
The family coming to Erie in 1866, Mr. Brown received
his education in the public schools of this city. At an
early age he entered the office of the Erie Uazette to
learn the printer's trade, which he followed about ten
years. He then learned the machinist's trade with the
Bay State Iron Works, where he remained four years.
In 1884 he, in partnership with C. F. and J. L. Hirt,
founded what is known as the Brown Folding Machine
Company, for the purpose of manufacturing the fold-
ing machine which had been invented and patented
by Mr. Brown. Four years later the Messrs. Hirt
sold their interest to Mr. Wellington Downing, who be-
camesole proprietor January 1, l894, Mr. Brown becom-
ing one of the proprietors of the Erie City Machinery
Company. This concern manufactures a new and im-
proved folding machine, also invented by Mr. Brown,
and the Erie mower. They also do a general jobbing
and machinery repairing business. The Erie mower
is a high grade, light-draft, changeable-speed ma-
chine, which is fast becoming a favorite with agricul-
turists. Mr. Brown was married September 12, 1880,





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to Miss Anna J., daughter of Robert and Ellen (Strain)
Johnson, residents of Westfield, N. Y., and natives of
Scotland. This happy union has been blessed with
two children, Lee Anna and Catherine Maude. Mr.
Brown is a fourteenth degree Mason, a member of the
Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the Royal Arcanum.
In national issues he is a Democrat, but in local and
municipal politics he throws aside party ties and is
governed only by what he thinks is for the best inter-
ests of the community. This fair and unbiased method
of treating public affairs has made him the choice of
the people for more offices than he has been able to
accept. He has, however, taken time frmii his active
business to serve his city two years as a iiuinhtr of
the common and six years as a niemlicr 111 ihi- Silcc t
Council and has faithfully tilled the iioslticni of presi-
dent of both of these bodies.

Bailey P. Nagle, secretary and treasurer of the
Pennsylvania Boiler Works, Erie, Pa„ was born in
Buffalo, N. Y., September 14, 1H68, and is a son of Mr.
T. M. Nagle, whose sketch appears in this work. He
received his education in the public schools of Erie,
Pa., and ( >m,-ilin. Xeb., and the Erie high school. He
was eni|il..\' cl in his father's business, and has held his
present iiosiimn ,^nuc the Pennsylvania Boiler Works
(of which his l.iUici -and he are almost sole owners) was
incorporated in 181)U. The plant is located on Twelfth
street, east of East avenue. The main building is
600 by 140 feet, besides the auxiliary buildings. The
foundry, built in 1892, is 260 by 70 feet. The capacity
of the works is enormous. i\Ir. Xagle was married
October 11, 1890, to Miss Lillian Mallery, of Erie.
They have two children, Lawrence and Douglas.
Mr. Nagle is not an active politician, but is in sym-
pathy with the principles of the Republican party.

Daniel McMahoti, attorney at law, Erie, Pa.,
was born at Jackson Station, Erie county, January 10,
1859, and is a son of Michael McMahon, who came to
America from Kilrush, Ireland, about 1851, landing in
Quebec, and locating in Erie about two years later.
The family consisted of six children: Bridget, John,
Daniel, Patrick, Catherine A. and Mary F. Daniel
attended the primary schools, and was a student at
the academy for a few months, up to the age of 12
years, when he engaged in the merchant marine
service, first as a boy on a sailing vessel, followed by
service on the Lfnited States revenue cutter " Commo-
dore Perry " three seasons, and then on the L^nited
States steamship " Michigan " two years, when he
again entered the merchant marine service. During
this time he had been a careful student, and having
qualified himself, passed a critical examination before
the United States examining board at Buffalo, and was
licensed as a pilot for the lakes, from Ogdensburg to
Duluth. In 1880 he was licensed as a second mate,
and was employed by the Goodrich lians|Mirt.iliiin
Company between Milwaukee and Gran. I Ihntu, anil
later became mate. In 1882 he was a]^" innil w. i-h-
master at the Anchor Line dock, Erie, i lie IhIIwh mt;
year he accepted a position as bookkeeper for John R.
Cooney, and served in that capacity until December
2, 1883, when he was appointed by Governor Pattison
as alderman of the Fourth ward, and unanimously
confirmed by a Republican Senate. At the next
election he was elected in a strongly Republican
ward, his plurality over his leading opponent, a veteran
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attorney with a war record, being 93. Of his admin-
istration as sole magistrate in the ward, it can be said
that so fair and impartial were his investigations and
decisions that not a jury trial was ever demanded. He
succeeded in settling many suits, effecting reconcilia-
tions and having prosecutions withdrawn, thereby
saving much litigation. During this time he was an
earnest student of the law, studying under the pre-
ceptorship of F. F. Marshall, Esq., and was admitted
to practice in 1896. In politics Mr. McMahon is a
Democrat, and served as secretary of the Democratic
city committee for six years. He was united in mar-
riage, May 6, 1890, to Miss Mary J., daughter of John
and Mari,'aret (Kirk) Leyer. Her father was a native
111 Cieiinany and her mother of Irish parentage. The
nnidu has been blessed with one child, Agnes. Mr.
and Mrs. McMahon are members of the Catholic
Church. He is an active member of the Catholic
Benevolent Society, and is a past chancellor of that
organization.

Rev. Peter M. Cauley, pastor of St. Patrick's
pro-Cathedral parish, Erie, Pa., was born in Rochester,
N. Y., December 18, 1856, and is a son of Peter and
Catherine (McKensey) Cauley. His parents are na-
tives of Ireland, but came to this country before mar-
riage, which took place in Portage, N. Y.; they now
reside with Father Cauley. Mr. Cauley followed the
business of quarryman, but in 1858 he removed to
McKean county, Pennsylvania, and engaged in farm-
ing, where he remained until 1894, when he came to
Erie. The family consists of ten children: Terry
(foreman in the lumber woods for Col. Kane, of Mc-
Kean county, Pennsylvania); Rev. Peter M., Winne-
fred and Mary A. (twins), the former now Sister Ber-
nardetta, of St. Francis Asylum, Buffalo, N. Y., and
the latter the wife of Mr. Daniel Crowley, of Turtle
Point, Pa., and the mother of nine children; Rosa,
Sister Bernardine, also of St. Francis Asylum; John,
who is engaged in farming at Turtle Point; Rev.
Joseph M., who was educated at St. Bonaventure's
College, ordained December 26, 1893, and is now as-
sistant at St. Patrick's parish; Stephen, a student in
St. Bonaventure's College; Charles, a student in the
Erie Business University, and Cassie, a pupil in Villa
Marie. Father Cauley received his early education in
the public schools of McKean county, Pennsylvania,
and his philosophy and theology in St. Bonaventure's
College, where he matriculated in 1879, and from
which he was graduated in 1887. He was ordained in
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Erie, July 24, 1887. He was
then assistant at Titusville, Pa., and Warren, Pa., suc-
cessively, remaining in each place three months. He
was next located at Oil City, where he remained one
year. After a few weeks passed at Sartwell, Pa., he
was placed in charge of a mission at Conneautville,
Pa., where he remained four and one half years. He
then passed ten weeks at East Brady, Pa., after which
he came to Erie, in 1894. It is evident that Father
Cauley not only comes of a religious family, but his
work indicates that he has marvelous organizing talent
that finds scope in his latest field of labor.

Rev. William F. Dwyer, pastor of St. Andrew's
Church, Erie, Pa., was born in New London, Conn.,
and is the only surviving child of Michael and Mary
(Crosby) Dwyer. His parents are both natives of Ire-
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youth the family removed to New Haven, and it was
here that Father Dwyer received his early education.
He matriculated at St. Bonaventure's College, com-
pleting his philosophy in 1877, and his theology in
1880, and on the 4th of July of that year, he was or-
dained at St. Patrick's pro-Cathedral by Bishop Mul-
len. His first appointment was as assistant at the
Cathedral, where he remained nine and one-half years,
except about three months spent in mission work. In
1890 he was appointed to his present pastorate, suc-
ceeding the Rev. James McCabe, who is now pastor at
Warren, Pa. Father Dwyer's mother died July 3,
1894, and was buried from St. Paul's Cathedral, Pitts-
burg, on July 5. His father, who is over 80 years of
age, resides with him.

James F. Love, treasurer of Erie county, was born
in West Mill Creek township, Erie county, Penn.,
December 18, 1843, and is a son of Samuel and
Rebecca Jane (Reed) Love. His father, born in Cecil
county, Maryland, May 16, 1798, died December 22,
1880, and his mother, born in West Mill Creek, March
11, 1805, a daughter of George Reed, one of the sturdy
pioneers of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died Mav ]0,
1891. Mr. l,,.vr'svn.,t-L:r,n,.lfal]'MT,S,iniM,-l I,(.v,-,',-ni)-
gratedfn.ni l,ni,.l..ii.l.TiA , livLiii.l, iii I7:i|, ,,im1 i,H.,i,.|
in Cecil Lnui,u.M.ir\l.ii»l, uli. ,r h,. hmuhhI K,,^.,llil,l
Graham, and reared a large laiuily ul suub and
daughters. The youngest of these, James (Mr. Love's
grandfather), married Rachel Henderson, by whom
he had five children; Samuel, David and James, born
in Maryland; Mary Ann, born in McKean township,
and Robert, born in West Mill Creek, whither the
family removed in 1806, after living four years in Mc-
Kean township. Samuel Love, who was a very suc-
cessful farmer, and who also Inr scmi-.i1 \ cars ran a
sawmill in West Mill Creek, re.n.M ,i l.innrs (if twelve
children, ten of whom reached iu,iiiuit\ : lane, Mrs.
William Carpenter, West Mill Creek; .Mary .\nn, first
wife of Jackson McCreary; Martha, Mrs. Robert
Davison, East Mill Creek; Sophia, Mrs. John B.
Evans, West Mill Creek; Samuel T., deceased, a suc-
cessful farmer and gristmillpr, nf West Mill Creek;
R.Josephine, Mrs. Jackson Mn r. aiv, Erie; Rosanna,
Mrs. Wm. M. Brown, W. si MilK r., k; George Wash-
ington, deceased, fanner. \\ isl Mill Creek; James F.,
and C. Elizabeth, Mrs. Conrad B. Evans, East Mill
Creek. Mr. Love received his education in the public
schools of his native township, and in early manhood
engaged in farming, which he has since followed. He
now occupies the old homestead farm, and is a thor-
ough and practical agriculturist. He was married
August 22, 1867, to Miss Jeannette, daughter of
Robert G. and Rebeca (I^uniars) i)unn, natives
of Erie county, and of Irish ,iin(str\. This union
has been blessed with iIimmi , lnldrcn, nine of
whem are living Miss Icssk K, l,n\c, who was
graduated from the Edinboro State Normal School,
taught two years in the public schools of Tidi-
oute. Pa., and is now teaching in Warren, Pa.;
Mabel A., who married George Arthur Reed, !VL D.;
Brice Dunn, Samuel Robert, George \\'asliiiit,'l(ii],
Rosanna Graham, Emily Jeannette, CLiim and Mai v
Ann. Mr. Love and family worship at Die W, ■^ll|||n-
ister Presbyterian Church of West Mill Cn-ck, .if
which they are generous supporters. He is a member
of the A. O. U. W., and the National Union. In pol-
itics Mr. Love is a staunch Republican, and has ren-



dered much valuable service to his party. He has
served Mill Creek township as tax collector and school
director three years each, and was mercantile appraiser
in 1883. He served the State of Pennsylvania as a
subordinate officer in the Senate, session of 1891, anil
in 1892 was elected to his present responsible office.
The faithfulness with which Mr. Love has performed
all the duties pertaining to these varions positions has
won for him universal public confidence and esteem.

Oscar J. Fairbai™, formerly one of the proprie-
tors of the Pennsylvania Brass Works, Erie, Pa., was
born in Erie, May 28, 1867, and is a son of John and
Elizabeth (Hubbard) Fairbairn, the former a native of
New Castle, England, and the latter of Connecticut. Mr.
Oscar I'airbairn was educated in Erie Academy. Imme-
diately after leaving school he went to Michigan and
entered the employ of the Mantel Furnace Company,
in Saint Ignace, Mich. He remained there three
years, after which he went to Dunkirk, N. Y., and en-
tered the employ of the Brooks Locomotive Company,
where he remained one year, when he returned to
Erie, and for three years was superintendent of the
Erie Whri-I Foundry. In 1893 he engaged in busi-
ness \\\\\\ Mr. J. G. C. Sewell, and did an extensive
hiisiniss uiidrr the partnership name of the Pennsyl-
\. 1111,1 Ki.iss Company. They employed thirty-five
skilled workmen in the manufacturing of various arti-
cles of brass, principally appertaining to steam
machinery, fixtures for engines, boilers, etc. Among
some of their specialties which are well krmwn in the
machine world are their chiiiim - ;, .n _ i,i_. ■>>, l.>,
steam cocks, lubricators, watii

etc. Mr. Fairbairn removed n ; . ; ' , , in
May, 1895, to take charge of nm ..| i In . 1. i-ui m. ni- ..I
the Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company's Type-
writer Works. He is a member of the First Presby-
terian Church and politically is a Republican.

Anthony Saltsman Piatiey, hardware merchant,
Erie, Pa., was born in Belle \'alley, Greene township,
Erie county, March •!?,, 1845, and is a son of Horace

L. and Sar.Tli iSaltsnian) Pinney. His father, who was
anatixi .if ( ',11111, rlieiit, settled in Greene township
about l.slo and iiiLsined in farming. Being an edu-
cated iii.in. Ill liMiiiil it convenient to teach school dur-
ing tin- « iiitii 111.. nilis, w liiili he did fur sixteen win-
ters; hr «a> alvi, a iiisli, r ,,f tlir laacr f.ir twentv-fi\-t'
years. II. ■.In. I l-.l.riiar\ L'O. I.STS, at tin- a..,'e of ,s;;
years. Mrs. I'lnmy, liiinn- her iiiarn.ige with Mr.
Pinney, was the widow of Samuel D. Siiannon, who
died in March, 1892, at the age of 80 years. The family
consisted of six children: Sarah Ellen, who died at the
age of 8 years; Elijah H. and Anthony S. (twins), the
former engaged in brokerage and real e.state business.
Case City, Mich.; Alexander, who is in the employ of
Anthony S.; Miss Rose Pinney, and Catherine, who
married W. K. Byson (deceased), of Erie. Mr. A. S.
Pinney received his early education in the schools
taught by his father, and later attended the Belle \'al-
lev seliool and the Erii- jjiiblic schools and Academy.



Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 120 of 192)