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ness. He is a Democrat, and has been an active
worker for his party. In 1890 he was elected as a
member of the common council of Erie, resigning dur-
ing the latter part of his term to run as Democratic
nominee for the select council, to which he was elected
in 1892. Mr. Quinn was married April 3, 1883, to
Sarah A., daughter of the late Patrick H. McMahon,
of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Quinn have four chil-
dren, Mary, Sarah, John, Margaret and, reside at the
corner of Fifth and French streets, and are members
of St. Patrick's Church. Mr. Quinn is a member of
the G. A. R. and the Union Veteran Legion.

C. M. Briggs, Erie, Pa., was born in Rome, N. Y.,
October 13, 1829. He is a son of Lyman and Arcenath
(Jefferson) Briggs, natives of Vermont, who located in
Erie county in 1844. C. M. Briggs was educated in
the schools of Rome, N. Y. He was for a number of
years a member of the Erie Ice Company, which in
the spring of 1893 was consolidated with the People's
Ice Company, and is now known as the L'nion Ice
Company, of which Mr. Briggs is a member. He was
married October 9, 1851, to Sarah, daughter of the late
Hiram Slocum. Mr. and Mrs. Briggs have four chil-
dren, Anna, Harriet A., William S. and Ida H., and
reside at 314 Sassafras street. Mr. Briggs is a mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity, a Knight Templar, and
a member of the A. O. LI. W. and the Knights of

Henry James Raymore, secretary and general
manager of the Shaw Piano Company, Erie, Pa., was
born August 30, 1857, at Worcester, Mass. He is a son
of the late James F. and Phoebe Anne (Williamson)
Raymore, the former a native of Massachusetts and of
English-Scotch extraction, the latter a native of Maine
and of English descent. The Williamsons were among
the early settlers of New England, and one of them
was one of the founders of the town of Lovell, Maine.
James F. Raymore was for many years associated with
the Torry Razor Company, of Worcestor, Mass. He
died in July, 1893, surviving his wife five years. Henry
J. Raymore completed his education with a course in
academics, at Stone's Preparatory College School, at
Montreal, Quebec, from which institution he was grad-
uated in 1872. He was then employed for four years
in the dry-goods establishment of A. A. Murphy, of
Montreal. In 1876 he was engaged with Horace Shel-
don, dry goods merchant, of Worcester, Mass., and the
following year entered theemploy of Lucius Marrifield,
a dealer in pianos and organs at the same place. After
five years of this latter service he went to New York
to learn piano manufacturing with the firm of Calen-


berg & Vaupel, West Thirty-sixth street, where he re-
mained for one year. He was then appointed general
manager for Peek & Son, manufacturers of the Opera
piano, New York. He was next engaged for a short
time at Cincinnati, with the firm of Smith & Nixon.
In August, 1889, he came to Erie, and was for some
months associated with the Colby Piano Company. On
March 28, 1890, he organized the Shaw Piano Com-
pany, with Hon. Matthew Griswold, president; James
H. Shaw, vice-president; Matthew Griswold, jr., treas-
urer; and Henry J. Raymore, secretary and general
manager. Nine months thereafter Mr. Shaw died and
Matthew Griswold, jr., succeeded to the vice-presi-
dency and Marvin E. Griswold to the treasurenship.
As general manager of the Shaw Company, Mr. Ray-
more has been conspicuously successful, having inau-
gurated many original methods of advertising, and
otherwise through his enterprise and energy placed
the concern among the leading manufacturing estab-
lishments of Erie. Mr. Raymore was married January
17, 1888, to Anna E., daughter of the late Samuel
Bond, of Richardson, Merriam &• Co., manufacturers
of wood-working machinery. Mr. and Mrs. Raymore
have one child, Henry Bond Raymore, reside at 361
West Tenth street, and are members of the First
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Raymore is actively iden-
tified with the work of the church generally, and par-
ticularly with its Christian Endeavor organization,
being one of the vice-presidents of the State organiza-
tion, and chairman of the local committee of '95, which,
largely through Mr. Raymore's personal efforts, se-
cured the State convention at Erie in that year. Mr.
Raymore is a member of the I. O. O. F., the Knights
of St. John and Malta, the Knights of Honor, and
Tyrian Lodge, No. 36'2, F. & A. M.

Levi Kester, manager of the Erie Transfer Com-
pany, Erie, Pa., was born in Hamburg, Erie county, N.
Y., December 1(5, 1829. He is a son of the late James
and Emily (Lang) Kester, both natives of New York
and of German descent. James Kester was a farmer
during the early years of his manhood, but subse-
quently removed to Buffalo, where he became actively
identified with the Old-line Whigs, by whom he was
recognized as the proper material for public trusts,
and his services were brought into requisition as dep-
uty sheriff, superintend, ut cf wcukhouse, and in other
official capacities. Lm i K< M, i i.rcived his educa-
tion in the public ,,| Ijh ( i>unty. New York.
His first employment was with til.- Ohio Stage Com-
pany, with whom he remained for nine years. He
then entered the service of the Cleveland, Erie and
Painesville R. R. as freight conductor, and afterward
was employed in both freighht and passenger service
on the New York Central R. R. In 1867 Mr. Kester
located in Erie, Pa., and became identified with the
Lake Shore R. R., remainnig in its employ until 1875,
when he established a livery business at Erie. In 1886
he purchased a controlling interest in the Erie Trans-
fer Company, and has since then been the president
and manager of that concern. He was married in
1854 to Elizabr ami business manager of the Buffalo
weekly Ar/m'ti r-/i ihiiii/, and during that period es-
tablishril t\M. special i-ditious of that paper, the one
for Kinlicst. r. New \drk, the other for Erie, Pa. The
latter enterprise proved so successful that Mr. Weiss
concluded to permanently locate and establish a
weekly newspaper of his own in Erie. On October 1,



1892, he issued the first number of The People, an
English people's party organ, which has actiuired a
good circulation and has a wide political influence.
Mr. Weiss became a citizen of the United States by
naturalization at Buffalo, X. Y., in 1887. In addition
to running the Erie Arhiitir-Zittiinij and Th. [',,
Mr. Weiss is correspondent of sexir.ii si.i lahst .md
labor newsiiapers. He was in foiiiKling
the first labor party organization in Enr, .md m that
connection has organized a dozen or more trades'
unions. He is commander of the Erie City Lodge,
No. 185, order of Maccabees, Master Workman of the
Lake Shore Assembly, 8773, Knights of Labor, and an
active member and official of numerous other societies.
He was married at Buffalo, N. Y., to Miss Bertha
Redler, a native of Tyrol. Mr. and Mrs. Weiss have
four children, Katharine, Esther, Hermann and Nettie,
and reside at 351 Short street.

John Carse, Erie, Pa., was born at ISelfast, Ire-
land, April 2, 1819. His parents were natives ..f X,,rtli
Ireland, and of Scotch descent. John iv, , i\, d Inu
little schooling, his services being rii|iii!.,| .it ,1 \, ly
early age in helping to till the soil of his falliir's lann
near Belfast, and before John had attained his ma-
jority the bulk of this work devolved upon him. The
elder Carse, within the next ten years added a second
large farm to his previous possessions, and this added
so materially to the duties imposed upon Ins s..n, Jnhn,
without giving promise of any considi' |iirson,il
benefit to him, that he Concluded to si 1 k lii^ li ii tnlll^^
in the New Wi.rKI. Aconlinirlv, m Isl'.i, lir < .iiiir tn
the United St.ii. -, 1m. .iiiii_: m Iih, .mm! ..imIm' \.t\
day of his I.mui.I . n^•.\.■^^,^,'U\ .1^ ,1 Ihim r nl
barley for the- 1, It, . Mil. d Kmu. II,' «,is ,i,^,,.jr,| ni
thishusiiirss [..r lu,. N,,ir-. ,111.1 ih.ii .iit. r.. 1 th.' ,-iii-
ploy ol th.' I, It,' (,.n. ( li.irl.. ,\l. K. ■,■.!, «li..s. st.-.iin-
boats, s.iiIiiil; ms-.,U .m.l l,..,ils h,. h,,,!, lut-.-of
at the En, d.irks f, .r many > . .os. II,- has ntired
from business, is unmarrietl, and resides at the Reed
House. He served the city for three years as a mem-
ber of the select council.

Herman Ey, proprietor of the Lake City Machine
shops, Erie, Pa., was born in Halberstadt, Prussia,
June2, l!S.")U. He is a son of the late Edward and
Elizabeth (Schrader) Ey, natives .if Prussia. Edward
Ey was a mason by trade, and .In ,1 m th.- ..1,1 . ..nntry
in 1851; his widow married ('■cn^i- K... Ii, « im
tjuently came to the new u,.i-|,l t.. s, , k Ins l,.rlun,-.
finally locating in ReailiuL;, I'.i., \Ui, r, h. » ,is, in Is'Iii.
joined by his wife, Ins st,'|,-s, .n, I i.i nun I \ , .in.Miis
son, William. One\i-,ir kit. r ih.- I,iiiiil\ r. iii..\ ..I 1..
Erie. Herman Ey n-. . u ,■. I Ins ,',lii, ,iti..ii .in. I lrarn.,1

couiin- 1,1 til,' I ml, .1 M.ii, s li, xv..rked at his trade in
man\- ,.!' tli,' I.m.Iiiil; . iti.s ,.l ( ',,1-111, inv: Leipsic, Ber-
lin. 'PoLsdani, StLltiu, Ei-anklort-,.n-the-Rhine and
Erankfort-on-the-Main. In Erie he first worked for
the late firm of Barr, Johnson & Co., stove founders;
then for the Jarecki Manufacturing Company, and
next for the Bay State Iron Works. In 187(5 he en-
tered the employ of the Humboldt Iron Works, with
which concern he remained twelve years. He then
resumed service with the Jarecki Manufacturing Com-
pany as foreman of the machine department. In the
spring of 1892 he formed a partnership association
with B. T. Jones, under the firm name of Ey &: Jones,

proprietors of the Lake City Machine shops, at 1219
Peach street. The partnership was dissolved in July,
1895, by the withdrawal of Mr. Jones, Mr. Ey continu-
ing the business. Mr. Ey was married October 14,
1873, to Mary, daughter of the late Balthazer Herbst, a
native of Wurtemberg, for many years a resident and
tinsmith of Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Ey reside at 522 West
Third street. Mr. Ey is a member of the I. O. O. F.
and Harugari societies.

John Sutter, wreck master of the L. S. & M. S.
R. R., Erie, Pa., was born near -Strasburg, Alsace, Au-
gust 19, 1835. He is a son of the late John and Mary
Eva (Freauf) Sutter. His father was a native of Ba-
varia, went to Alsace when a boy, where he learned
carpentry, and met and married his wife, who was a
native of .Ms.icc Thev then returned to Leimersheim,, uh, 1-1- they cmtinurd to reside until 1853,
when tlii-\ r.iin, to the I'liiteil States, and located m
Erie, uli.-i. til.- ,-I,l(-r Sutter f,.ll,,ued the business of

u nil Ins l.ithi-r in this country until Septeiulic-r Ki, l,',
when he entered the employ of the Cleveland and Erie
(now L. S. & M. S. R. R.) as bridge builder. One year
later he was made road carpenter of the Buffalo and
Erie (now the L. S. & M. S. R. R.), in which capacity
In- reiiiuiie,! until the spring of 1862, when he re-
tnrni-,1 t,. the Cleveland and Erie R. R., and was
111, ilk- ( ,11- ins]iector. On the first call for volunteersat
tin lin-,ikni^ .mt of the war, he was enlisted for three
niontlis' s,-i \ 1. ,-. ,inil re-enlisted for three years, but
Inniisli, ,l .1 snl.stitnte. He occupied the position of
< .11 inspi-c with the Cleveland and Erie R. R., until
alter the consolidation of the several roads, which
formed the present L. S. & M. S. R. R. system. On
December 1, 1869, he was appointed to his present
position of wreck master and general ear ins]iector
and repairer for the L.ik,- SIlli,- i-,,.i.k Mr. Sutter
was a Republican up t.. ili, s. . ,.n.l . .iiii].,ii:jn of Gen-
eral Grant for the ]iri-si.l. n. \, sm, , u In, h ..mie he has
been active in his alli-t; i- 1., the Ik-mocratic party.
He represenli-.l th,- S,-i.ind ward in the common
council of Ern I..1 ii\. \. ,irs, for two years of which
period he was .h.ninian ,,l the police committee. He
was a member ol the select council for three years,
and during that time was chairman of the fire com-
mittee. He was president of the German Friendship
Benevolent Society for .seven years, and resigned only
to 111- r, , I1-, ti ,1 s,-M-i,d \i-.irs'to the same office, of
u III- Is th.- III. null. .-111. Mr. Sutter was one of
tin- I.. nil. I. IS ,111.1 M, .- |.i, s|,|,-nt of the Erie City Fund
.mil I'.nil.lnr.; .\ss,« i,i!i, 111. 1 he perils and hardships
ini'iil. Ill 1.1 Ills I..11L s, I \ I, ,- .IS wreck master have en-
taileil ii|.iin Inn I l.iit ..11, s. ri.ius accident, that of F'eb-
ruary 1, 1^>, ..t .\slii,iliiil.i, when a snow plow, which
he was ) imniiiL;. clliik-d wuh a train, which resulted
in his receiving injuries that nearly cost him his life
and crippled him to such an e.xtent that he was com-
pelled to walk on crutches for three years. He was
married Ma\ VI. ls.'>9, to Miss Marie Anna, daughter of
Bonap.iil, ,111. 1 M,iry Brandt, who settled in Erie from
Alsaii ,il...iit Is^.l'.t. Often children born to Mr. ami
Mrs. hnitii. s,-M 11 survive. They are: Mary .A.,
widow of the late Frank Mangold, of Erie; John G.,
recorder of interchange of the L. S. & M. S. and P. it
E. railroads; Anna, wife of J.C. Salsbury, of Erie; and


Emma, Minnie, Frank and Katrina. The family re-
side at 1101 Parade street, and are members of St.
Mary's Church. Mr. Sutter is a member of the
A. O. U. W.

Heary B. Haverstick, insurance agent, Erie,
Pa., born in CarHsle, Pa., April 13, 1820, is a son of the
late John D. and Sarah (Bennett) Haverstick, natives
of Pennsylvania, the former of German, the latter of
English descent. They located in 1837 in Erie, where
the elder Mr. Haverstick was actively identified with
the Whig and Free Soil parties. He was for ten or
twelve years an alderman by gubernatorial appoint-
ment. He died July 4, 1853; his wife died December
29, 1863. Henry B. Haverstick completed his school-
ing at the academy, Carlisle, Pa., found employment
as a clerk in that town for several years, and in 1839
came to Erie and entered the employ or Messrs.
Fleming & Zimmerly. The following year (1840) he
obtained a positon with Messrs. Rufus S. and C. M.
Reed, with whom he remained until 1852. He then
established a general store in Erie, which he con-
ducted for the last six years. During the latter period
he became interested in the milling business, with
which he was identified until 1874. He then went to
Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained for two years in
the interests of the Life Association of America, at St.
Louis. He returned to Erie in 1876, and has since
been associated with the Mutual Benefit Life Insur-
ance Company of Newark, N. J., Pittsburg agency.
He was married June 18, 1844, to Elizabeth M.,
daughter of the late Dr. Henry Diffenbaugh, of New
York city. Three children born of this marriage sur-
vive: Belle, wife of Isaac R. McNary, chief en-
gmeer, U. S. navy, of New York; Minnie Mirinda,
wife of Frank J. F"rench, publisher, of New York, and
McCaulay Haverstick. The latter was born March 18,
1858, in Erie, was educated in the Erie Academy, and
at the age of 15 became a messenger in the employ of
the L. S. & M. S. R. R., with which company he has
ever since been connected, receiving promotion from
time to time until 1883, when he was appointed cash-
ier of the freight department in Erie, which position
he now holds. He is unmarried, a member of the
Masonic order, past master of Keystone Lodge No.
455, and resides with his parents at 125 East Sixth
street. Mr. Henry B. Haverstick is a staunch Repub-
lican and has served the city government for a num-
ber of years in both branches of council. He has been
a communicant of the Episcopal Church for sixty
years, and his family are members of St. Paul's of
which Mr. Haverstick was made charter vestryman
July 26, 1856, and continued a vestryman more than
twenty years; was also the church treasurer for a num-
ber of years.

M. B. V. Gifford, born in Venango township,
Erie county. Pa., July 31, 1837, is a son of William S.
and Sidney (Allison) Gifford, the former a native of
Vermont, and a farmer by occupation; the latter of
Pennsylvania and of English descent. They were
the parents of nine children: John (deceased), Nancy
E. (deceased), William L. (deceased), Catherine A.
(deceased), Robert J., a farmer on the old homestead
in Venango township, Erie county; George W.
(deceased), M. V. B., Lucy J., widow of Dana Truck,
resides in Wayne township, Erie county, and James
E., who died from wounds received at the battle of

Malvern Hill. Captain Gifford attended the common
school and Waterford Academy, was reared on the
farm, in early life taught school, and was thus engaged
when hostilities were inaugurated between the loyal
North and rebellious South. He at once enlisted in
Co. K., 83d P. V. I., and was soon after appointed
orderly sergeant, from September 12, 1861, to October
1, 1862. He was then promoted to the position of
first lieutenant in Company A, and in 1864 was made
captain of the same company. He was in all the
engagements his regiment participated in, and was
several times wounded; on the first occasion at
Malvern Hill, where his brother James received his
death wound; again at Fredericksburg, and later at
North Anna. He was discharged October 1, 1864, and
returned to Erie county. In the summer of 1865 he
went to Crawford county and was engaged in mercan-
tile pursuits. In 1870 he went to Colorado, where he
was engaged for ten years in farming and stock-
raising. Returning to Erie in 1880, he was appointed
deputy prothonotary and served one year. He was
then made money tender clerk in the Erie postoffice,
serving as such for three years. In 1885 he was
elected sheriff of Erie county on the Republican
ticket, and served the full three-year term. Captain
Gifford was married in 1866 to Miss Mary Amelia,
daughter of William Allison, a leading farmer of Erie
county, and to the union have been born three
children: The first died unnamed in infancy; William
Pitt and Pearl Vincent, both attending the Leland
Stanford, jr., Univerbity of California. Mr. and Mrs.
Gifford are members of the Central Presbyterian
Church of Erie. He is a member of the G. A. R. and
in politics is a Republican.

Henry Kessler, grocer, 436 West Eighteenth
street, Erie, Pa., was born at Teschenmeschel, county
Rockenhausen, Rhine-Bavaria, Germany, August 12,
1856, son of Henry and Phillippina (Lanzer) Kessler.
Henry, sr., was born November 25, 1828, a stone-cutter
by trade, and father of six children: Henry, eldest;
John, born August 3, 1858, was educated in his native
country, where he learned stone-cutting. He came to
America in 1874, and was married March 28, 1883, to
Miss Minnie Garnow of North East township, and has
four children: Nettie M., Albert H., Julia G. (deceased),
and John E.; at present he is clerking for his brother,
Henry, in the grocery business; Phillippina (deceased),
Elizabeth (deceased), Karl (deceased), and Karolina
(deceased). All the family were born at Rhine-Ba-
varia, Qermany. Henry Kessler, sr., died January 26,
1878. His wife came to America, July 6, 1886, and has
made her home with her son, Henry, since. She was
born July 18, 1832. Henry Kessler, sr., was a son of
John H. and Elizabeth (Backfisch) Kessler, natives of
Germany. He was a farmer and owned and operated
a large stone quarry. He was father of six children:
Henry (deceased), Jacob, a carpenter in Erie; Eliza-
beth (deceased), John, a carpenter in Erie; Charles, a
wagon maker near Chicago; and Christian, a grocer
in Erie. John H. Kessler was a son of Christian Kess-
ler. Henry Kessler learned in his native country
stone-cutting, and at the age of 16 came to America
and arrived at Erie on September 6, 1872. He acquired
his education in his native land and attended the Erie
grammar schools one term. He then clerked for his
uncle in the grocery business until the spring of 1878,
when he, at the age of 21, entered into partnership

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with his employer, and remained in that position until
the fall of 1882. At that time he established himself
on West Eighteenth street, where he, in the year 1887,
built the block in which he still conducts his business.
He has been married twice, his first wife being Juditha
Riedinger. To this union were born two children,
Karoline P. and Klara B., both of whom died in in-
fancy. His wife was accidentally burned by gasoline
September 28, 1891, causing her death the same day.
Mr. Kessler, in trying to save her life, was so badly
burned that his life was despaired of for several months.
He was married the second time April 26, 1894, to Mrs.
Georgianna (Pembroke) Ross, widow of Charles D.
Ross. Mr. Kessler is one of eight that founded the
German Temple congregation in Erie, November 14,
1888, being appointed the elder for this local district
by the district board of America, which position he
still holds, conducting divine services every Sunday.

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