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in the employ of the Pennsylvania Company in that
capacity ever since, except one year, which he spent
in California for the benefit of his health. He took up
a farm m California, and was also engaged as loco-
motive engineer on the Central PacificR. R., for four
months during this time. His railroad experience has
been very free from accidents of any kind. Mr. Phil-
lips was married May 26, 1881, to Miss Anna Hamil-
ton, of Allegheny. She died July 20, 1884, leaving one
child, James Marshall. He was again married, in
1889, to Miss Cora B. Pyle, of Mahoningtown, Pa.,
where his family now reside. They have one child,
Anita Elizabeth. Mr. Phillips is a member of Erie
Lodge, No. 49, A. O. U. W., Amazon Lodge, No. 336,
Mahoningtown, Pa., and Friendship Lodge^ No. 329,
B. of L. E., Youngstown, Ohio.

Emery D. Scott, conductor on the P. & E. divis-
ion of the Pennsylvania R. R., Erie, Pa., was born in
Erie, August 19, 1854, and is a son of Ezra D. and
Mary (Hinton) Scott, the former a native of New
York, and of New England stock, and the latter of
Erie countv, and a descendant of one of the oldest
families in the State, who were early settlers in this
county. They reared a family of six children, viz.:
Emery D.; Jennie, married Joseph Mortz, of Corry, Pa.;
Mamie, married Nelson Caspeson; M.E., conductor on
the P. &. E.; Mrs. Wm. Hasbrook, Corry, Pa. Mr.
Emery D. Scott was reared in Union City, educated
in the public schools of that place and Edinboro Nor-
mal School. When a boy he engaged in clerking in
a dry goods store in Union City. He remained there
until he was 16 years old, when he entered the employ
of the W. N. Y. & P. R. R. Company, in the capacity
of brakeman. He worked there three years and en-
listed i^ the U. S. navy, on board the U, S, S. " Michi-



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gan," and shortly after was drafted to the U. S. S.
" Brooklyn," which was in port in Boston. This was
about the time of the perpetration of the \'irginia
atrocity by the Spaniards in Cuba, and the Brooklyn
was ordered to Key West and cruised around Cuba
until the difficulty was settled and returned to Pensa-
cola, Fla., where Mr. Scott was discharged. He then
went to Texas, and was yard master for the
St. L. & I. M. R. R. at Texarkana three years, when
he returned to Union City and entered the employ of
the P. & E. as brakenian. June 26, 1881, he was made
a conductor, in which capacity he has since served.
He was married September 17, 1880, to Miss Addie E.
Boyd, of Warren. They have four children, viz.: Mel-
vine C., born June 11, 1882; Emery B., born Septem-
ber 21, 1884; Robert E., born August 27, 1886, and
Effie May, born January 21, 1891. Mr. Scott is a mem-
ber of the O. R. C. and the P. V. R.

Heary Weber, locomotive engineer on the L. S.
& M. S. R. R., was born February 1, 1860, in Scott
county, Minnesota. He is a son of Nicholas and Eliza-
beth (Lachen) Weber, the former a native of Ger-
many and the latter of Prussia. They moved from
Minnesota to Erie in 1870. They were the parents of
eleven children, viz.: Henry, our subject; Thomas;
William, who was an engineer on the L. S. & M. S.
He died April 11, 1895, "aged 30 years; Lizzie (de-
ceased), Frank, Katie, Christopher, Ferdinand, Mary,
Edward and Lucy. Mr. Weber was educated in the
public schools of Erie, and when yet a boy returned to
Minnesota, where he remained about three years. He
then returned to Erie and entered the employ of the
Lake Shore R. R. Company at Erie as caller. In 1885
he went on the road as fireman, and in 1891 was pro-
moted to engineer. He is very popular and is con-
sidered a careful and competent railroad man. Mr.
Weber and his brother Frank have 500 acres of timber
in Oregon, which they bought in 1892. They also own
city property in Portland, Ore., and have been very
successful in their Western speculations. Frank lives
in Portland, where he moved ia 1890. Mr. Henry
Weber is a member of the B. of L. E. and politically
is a Democrat.

Frederick Hoffman, conductor on the E. & P.
division of the Pennsylvania R. R., was born in Erie,
Pa., February 12, 1857, and is a son of Philip and Marie
(Siener) Hoffman, the former a native of Germany, and
the latter of Canada and of French extraction. The
family settled in Erie in 1840. There were eight chil-
dren, viz.: George (deceased); Mary, Mrs. Charles A.
Spadican, Erie; Elizabeth, Mrs. John Rue, Denver,
Colo.; Kate, Mrs. Thomas Kene, Erie; John S., brake-
man, Erie; and Frederick, our subject. The father
was a building mover by occupation. He died, Janu-
ary 28, 1887, aged 73 years. The mother died, Octo-
ber 28, 1866. Frederick was reared and educated in
Erie, and when 10 years of age, went to Boone, la., and
worked in a restaurant about eight months. He then
traveled throughout the West, and worked in various
places, and finally returned to Erie and commenced
an apprenticeship at moulding, with the Jarecki Man-
ufacturing Company. After learning his trade he en-
tered the employ of the Griswold Manufacturing Com-
pany, where he remained a short time, and went on
the L. S. & M. S. as brakeman, one season. Then
went on the P. & E. as brakeman. He then took a



trip through the South and West for about a year,
when he returned to Erie and resumed his former oc-
cupation with the P. & E. After a short stay, went
west again. Upon his return he re-entered the employ
of the P. & E. as brakenian, and in 1882 went to work
in the same capacity on the E. & P., and was promoted
to conductor, March 17, 1889. He was married Sep-
tember 15, 1880, to Miss Louise, daughter of Henry
and Margaret (Cashiner) Hempe, of Newark, N. J.
The father is now dead and the mother resides in New
York. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman have four children, viz.:
Frederick Louis, born January 25, 1881, and died Au-
gust 26, 1886; Marie, born January 28, 1883; Bertha,
born October 22, 1887, and George Henry, born July
29, 1889. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the O. R. C,
the P. V. R., and politically is a Demecrat.

Louis E. Feister, conductor on the L. S. & M. S.
R. R., Erie, Pa., was born in Swanville, Erie county,

September 20, 1848. He is a son of Ernest and

(Gernflo) Feisler, both natives of Gcnii,iir, . 1 1:> luinr
was a farmer by occuiiaticin in this ii-. . ,:li

in Germany he served an a|i]irentic.sii.; 1 1 : : r s
trade. Our suhji-ct is the vminu't'st in ,1 ! v:,.'.\ •., live
children. H,- w.i-, r.Mrr.i'.nnl r.Iih .it-,! ,,, Fairview
township, anil wImmi \'.\ simix ,,1.1 h,' ucni \i> work on
the L. S. &- M. S. ,.s wat. 1 h,,v. l„ii, 1 «,,rked as a
section hand, and linally went on the road as brake-
man. After serving in that capacity for five years,
was promoted to conductor. He then retired from
railroading a short time, and in 1874 returned in the
capacity of brakeman again, and was promoted to his
present position in 1883. Mr. Feisler has been twice
married. First, November, 1871, to Miss Mary Bowers,
of Swanville. To them were born six children, viz.:
George E., Lewis L. (deceased), Charles A., Frank,
Dora (deceased), and L. E., jr. Mrs. Feisler died in
April, 1885. He was again married, October 20, 1890,
to Miss Ella Forbes, of Ashtabula, O. He is a mem-
ber of the K. O. T. M., and is an old-time Democrat.

James C. Beuson. conductor on the P. & E. R.

R., Erie, Pa. This gentleman is a Kentuckian by
birth and was born at Flat Rock December 11, 1862.
He is a son of Hamilton H. and Lydia B. (Doyle)
Benson, the former a native of Waterford, Pa., and
the latter of Amboy, III. The father was a civil
engineer by profession and followed that line of work
throughout the west and south and in the oil regions
of Pennsylvania. In 1868 he returned to his native
town (Waterford), where he now resides. The Benson
family are of Scotch-Irish descent. James C. Benson
is the eldest in a family of four children, viz.: James
C; Paul A., attorney, Erie, Pa.; Mabel, bookkeeper
for the Tribune Bicycle Company, Erie, and Joseph
v., fireman on the P. & E. R. R. James C. Benson
was reared at Waterford and was educated at the
Waterford Academy and Mt. L?nion College, Ohio.
He was united in marriage January 23, 1886, to Miss
Lena, daughter of Lafayette and Sarah (Benson)
Phelps. They have one child, Leah Mabel, born
September 1, 1888. Mr. Benson is a member of the
I. O. O. F. Encampment and the P. \. R., and
politically is a staunch Republican.

Ctias. E. Diefenbach, locomotive engineer on the
P. & E. R. R., Erie, Pa., is a nativeof Erie county, and
was born in Mill Creek township March 4, 1855. He



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is a son of Louis and Phoebe Diefenbach, both natives
of Germany. They emigrated to America in 1853,
settled in Erie county and followed farming. They
were the parents of four children, viz.: Henry,
locomotive engineer, was killed in a railroad accident
in the West August 6, 1886; John, carpenter, Erie;
Adam (see sketch in this volume) and Charles. The
father died February 22, 1886, aged 82 years, and the
mother now lives with Adam on the corner of Wayne
and Twenty-second streets, Erie. Charles was reared
on his father's farm and educated in the common
schools of Erie county. In 1878 he went on the P. S;
E. R. R. as fireman, and April 16, 1890, was made an
engineer. He was united m marriage September 10,
1878, to Miss Barbara, daughter of Benjamin and
Barbara (Byers) Warfel, of Lancaster, Pa., where the
mother now resides. The father died in 1886. Mr.
and Mrs. Diefenbach have had two children, viz.:
Martha, died in infancy, and Charles Edwin, born July
1, 1883. Mr. Diefenbach is a member of the P. V. R.
and politically is a staunch Democrat.

James Burke, locomotive engineer on the P. &
E. R. R., Erie, Pa. This well-known and thoroughly
experienced railrnail man was born in Ireland fifty-
three years ago. lie is a son of John and Alice
(Kelly) Burke. TIic family (.-migrated to America in
1854 and settled at Lorain, (). Here James received
a common school education and worked on a farm
until 1860, when he entered the employ of the L. S. &
M. S. R. R., Toledo division, taking care of engines.
About six months later he engaged as fireman on the
New York Central R. R., from Buffalo to Corning.
He remained there about eighteen months, when he
accepted a position on the Buffalo division of the L.
S. & M. S., as instructor of firemen in the use of coal
burners. He served in this capacity about one year.
He then went to the oil. regions of Pennsylvania,
where he remained nearly three years. Then he
entered the employ of the P. & E. R. R. Company as
fireman, and, in 1866, went on the E. & P. R. R. as
engineer, and two years later returned to the P. & E.
as engineer and has been in the employ of that com-
pany ever since. During all his railroad experience
he has never had a single accident that was in any way
attributable to him, although while a fireman he has
gone through some severe smashups. Mr. Burke has
been twice married. First, in 1864, to Miss Kate
Lynch, of Crawford county. They had two children,
Edward and William, both locomotive firemen. Mrs.
Burke departed this life July 3, 1871. He was again
married November 2, 1872, to Miss Eliza Hughes.
They have four children, viz.: Theresa, Emma,
James and John (deceased). Mr. Burke is a member
of the C. M. B. A. and P. R. D., and views politics
from a purely independent standpoint. The family
are members of the Catholic Church.

Henry J. Bennett, foreman of the Pennsylvania
R. R. (P. & E. division), round house, Erie, Pa., was
born in Ashford, Kent county, England, August 3,
1856. He is a son of George and Anne (Bailey) Ben-
nett, both natives of Lancashire, England. They
reared a family of five children, of whom Henry was
the youngest. The father was a machinist by trade,
and for several years was manager of the Southeastern
R. R. Works at Ashford. He died in 1892 at that
place, his wife having died ten years previously.



Henry J. was reared and educated in his native town,
and after graduating from the Ashford grammar school,
taught school one year, when he commenced an ap-
prenticeship in the Southeastern R. R. shops at Ash-
ford. After completing his trade he took charge of
the machinery of the Granville Hotel at Ramsgate,
England, for one year, when he went to Brighton and
entered the employ of the London, Brighton and South
Coast R. R. He remained in the employ of this com-
pany about three years, part of which time he was en-
gaged in the construction of ocean steamship machi-
nery. In 1882 he came to America and entered the
employ of the West Shore R. R. as round house fore-
man and dispatcher at Kingston, N. Y., and was in the
employ of this company in various capacities at Camos,
Frankford and Albany. In 1886 he entered the em-
ploy of the N. Y., L. E. & W. R. R. as foreman in
their shops at Susquehanna, Pa. After remaining
there about a year and a half he came to Erie and en-
tered the employ of the Pennsylvania R. R. Company
in his present capacity. Mr. Bennett has been twice
married, first to Miss Emma Andrews, of Ashford,
England, in 1880. To them were born two children,
Robert George Elsie and Olive Anne. Mrs. Bennett
departed this life May 29, 1891. Mr. Bennett was
united in marriage the second time April 17, 1895, to
Miss Addie May Graham, of Erie. Mr. Bennett is a
member of the Knights of Pythias, the Masonic order
and the Episcopal Church, of which he is secretary.

Joseph A. Cox, engineer on the P. & E. R. R.,

was born in Broadtop City, Huntington county. Pa.,
September 8, 1868, and is a son of John Thomas and
Harriet Cox, the former a native of Virginia and the
latter of Huntington county, Pennsylvania. In the
family were eight children: Louisa, Mrs. William
Warren, of Erie; Rosetta (deceased); Joseph A.; Mary
Emma (deceased); Harriet Margaret, Mrs. Charles
Emery, Erie; Virginia, Mrs. Tillman Ranch, Elmira,
N. Y.; Elizabeth L., and James. The family settled in
Erie July 2, 1874, where they have since resided.
Joseph was reared and educated in Erie, but after the
age of 11 he never had an opportunity to attend
school, for at that age he entered the employ of the P.
& E. R. R. Company as a water boy on the work in
grading for the present freight depot. His next occu-
pation was tallyman, and February 17, 1881, he en-
gaged as messenger boy in the yard master's office,
which position he held until May, 1886, when he
secured a position as fireman, and in March, 1892, was
promoted to the position of engineer, which post he
now holds with much credit to himself. Mr. Cox was
united in marriage May 24, 1894, to Miss Mary Hutch-
inson, of Petersburg, Pa. She is a daughter of William
and Isabel (Hillard) Hutchinson of that place. Mr.
Cox is a member of the B. of L. E., the P. O. S. of A.,
and the Pennsylvania Relief.

S. F. Lytle, conductor on the P. & E. R.R., Erie, Pa.,
was born in Wilmington, Lawrence county. Pa., Feb-
ruary 10, 1856, and is a son of Jonathan and Mary
(Brandon) Lytle, the former a native of Center county,
Pa., and the latter of Virginia. Jonathan Lytle was a
foundryman by occupation and was the first to con-
vert a charcoal furnace into a black coal furnace. He
came to Mercer county in 1857, where he followed his
occupation until 1871, when he was compelled to re-
tire on account of failing eyesight, caused by an acci-







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 140 of 192)