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the State of New York. Louis was reared and educated
at his birthplace, and after leaving school worked in
a meat market for five years. In 1882 he came to
LTnion City and worked for the Philadelphia and
Erie R. R. Company, in the capacity of clerk and
baggageman, where he remained for twelve years. In
May, 1884, he bought a half interest in the L^nion City
meat market, where he and his jiartnrr have suc-
ceeded in building up a large trade. Tlir uicatcst
care is observed by this house in selertini; thru- meats,
and in their preparation and hnmllini,', .in.l il mjnys
an enviable repntation. Mr. Chuk \\,is uiiiiiil m
riage March 31, 1879, to Miss M.i\, ^1, Ill-Ill. r ,il \.w-
ton Heimbaugh, of Erie count) . Ii\( cliildini li,i\e
been born of this union, i\label, Lena, ILnuld, liessle
and Myrtle. Mr. Clark was president of the L'nion
City Hose Company in 1886, vice-president of the Pro-
tected Home Circle, and its secretary and treasurer in
1890-1. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and is identified with the Republican party.

Charles A. Law, merchant tailor. Union City, Pa.,
was born in Greenville, Pa., September 4, 1857, and is
the second of three children of James and Elizabeth
(Rice) Law, natives of Pennsylvania. James Law was
a carriage manufacturer, was born in 1824 and died
September 27, 1889. The three children of this fam-
ily were: Mary Teresa (now widow of H. B. Lay, late
of Greenville, Pa.), Charles A. and Alban H., of Cin-
cinnati, a traveling salesman for the International
Shirt and Collar Company, of Chicago. Charles A.
Law was educated in Greenville, Pa., and after his

school days went to Mercer, Pa., where he learned the
tailor's trade, working at it there about three years,
and then going to Meadville, where he was employed
as a clerk for six years. In 1880 he went to Chicago
and clerked for four years. He then returned to
Greenville, where he remained one year. In 1885 he
came to Union City and was employed by L. J. Treat
three years and by Carroll & Van Dusen about two
years. Mr. Law opened a tailoring establishment of
his own in 1891, and has since conducted it with
marked succss. The artistic taste and knowledge of
style best adapted to each subject, so necessary in
the successful tailor, are happily combined in Mr.
Law, whose long and varied experience has well qual-
ified him for his business. He was married April 16,
1888, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Avery,
of Waterford, Pa. Mr. Law" is a Republican, a mem-
ber of the Knights of Pythias, the Masonic order and
I. O. O. F.

William H. Thompson, freight agent for the
Philadelphia and Erie R. R. Company, Empire Line
and Adams Express, at L'nion City, Pa., was born in
Union City February 3, 1858, and is the second of
seven children of Charles C. and Amanda S. (Bur-
roughs) Thompson. The pioneer representative of
thisbranch of the family was Abel 'Thompson, who
came to Erie county in 1802, to what is now known as
Union City. It was at that time a dense forest. Caleb
Thompson, his son, and grandfather of William H.,
helped to clear the lands where the thriving town of
Union City now stands. Charles C. Thompson, the
next in order of descent, was born in L'nion City De-
cember 14, 1833, was educated in the common schools,
learned the carpenter's trade, and has followed con-
tracting and building for many years. Mr. W. H.
Thompson was reared and educated in L'nion City,
and after his leaving school clerked in a gro-
cery for four years. He then became deputy
postmaster under his father, during Grant's sec-
ond administration, discharging the duties of
his position faithfully for three years. In April,
1878, he accepted a position with the P. & E. division
of the Pennsylvania R. R. His indu.stry and ability
won him promotion, and now he occujiies the respon-
sible position of freight agent. Mr. Thompson has
also been interesti-cl, sinri- 1883, in the sale of coal,
building matciiiil, (n-c rl,i\- |iroducts, stoneware and
dairy salt. Hi^ In >i p.iriin r in the business was C. C.
Thomas, whii < .nitiiiih il with him and looked after the
office and its lmMne^^ until his death, in 1889. The
business was conducted under the firm name until
1893, when Richard Titus was taken in as a partner.
The business, an extensive one, is at present conduct-
ed under the firm name of Thompson & Titus, Mr.
Titus giving his entire time to it. Mr. Thompson was
married August 7, 1889, to Miss Alma T., daugther of
Thomas and Elizabeth (Lawrence) Watson, residents
of Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. A daughter
has blessed this union, Marie E. Mr. Thompson is
identified with the Republican party, and is at present
a member of the school board of L'nion City. He is
also a member of the Masonic order and the Knights
of Pythias. The family are members of the Methodist
Church. Charles Alanson Thompson, second son of
Charles C. and Amanda (Burroughs) "Thompson, was
born in Union City June 24, 1869, and was reared and
I educated for the most part by his uncle, William Put-



nam. At an early age he became driver for the
American Express Company, and by perseverance
and business ability he rapidly made his way to the
front, and at the present time is chief clerk under his
brother, W. H. Thompson. Charles A. was united in
marriage October 12, 1892, to Miss Minnie A., daugh-
ter of P'rancis and Jemima (Buell) Millet, the former
born in Allen, Alleghany county, N. Y., and the latter
in Riceville, Crawford county, Pa., October 29, 1852.
One daughter has blessed this union, Helen Cardine,
born September 19, 1893. Mr. C. A. Thompson is an
ardent Republican and an enthusiastic worker in the
party ranks.

Williatn PMtHatn, ticket agent for the Philadel-
phia and Erie R. R., Union City, Pa., was born in
Bethel, \'t.. May 13, 1822, and is a son of William W.
Putnam, a native of Vermont, who was born August
6, 1796, and died in 1848, and Philana (Buck) Putnain,
a native of New Hampshire, born in 1799, and died in
1888. William Putnam is a direct descendant of John
Putnam, the original head of the family in this coun-
try. He was born in Buckingham, England, in 1582,
settled in Salem, Mass., in 1634, and died in Buck-
ingham, England, in 1662. William Putnam, jr., was
12 years of age when his father left \'ermont and set-
tled in Erie county, New York, where he resided for
five years, coming from there to Union township, Erie
county, Pa., in 1839. In 1844 he moved to the borough,
and his house is on the same spot that he built upon
in 1846. At an early age he learned the carpenter's
trade, and followed contracting and building until
1857. In 1859 he began work for the Philadelphia and
Erie R. R. Company in the capacity of freight, ex-
press and ticket agent, but at the present time has
relinquished all the duties but that of ticket agent.
He has dealt quite extensively in real estate. In 1855
he established and operated a coal office, opposite the
P. & E. depot, which he continued until 1888, when he
sold out to W. H. Thompson. In politics he was a
Whig until 1856, when he united with the Republicans,
and in 1857 was elected county commissioner. Mr.
Putnam was united in marriage in November, 1845, to
Miss Nancy C, daughter of Dr. Alanson Burrows, of
Union City. Dr. Burrows was born in Alstead, N. H.,
February 14, 1800, was reared and educated in his
native State, and October 20, 1843, moved to Erie
county and settled in Beaverdam, where he practiced
his profession until February 18, 1849, when he came
to Union City, where he was the leading physician at
that time in this part of the county. He was married
to Miss Nancy McCormick, a native of Windham,
Vt., who was born October 20, 1800. There were two
children born of this marriage. The Doctor died in
1856, his wife in 1853.

Richard R. Lewis, merchant tailor and clothier,
of the firm of Lewis & Carroll, was born in Dollgelley,
the county seat of Merionethshire, North Wales, April
13, 1846, and is a son of Robert and Ann (Jones)
Lewis, natives of Wales. He is the third in a family
of four children, was reared and educated in his birth-
place, and, at the early age of 11, began to serve an
apprentice.ship with his father, who had been a mer-
chant tailor throughout his business life. Richard
was compelled, as all apprentices are who learn trades
in England or Wales, to master it thoroughly before
being allowed to engage ip it as a journeyman. He

worked in different places in Wales as a journeyman
until 1868, when he came to America and located in
Utica, N. Y., where he worked a short time, and then
traveled westward to California, from thence to Mexico
and Central America, and returned by vessel to Utica,
where he worked as a tailor until September, 1873,
when he came to Union City, Pa., and was employed
by L. J. Treat until 1879. In that year he was engaged
by C. W. Dabney, for whom he worked ten years. In
1890 he became a partner in a merchant tailoring and
clothing establishment with O. W. Carroll. The busi-
ness has been successfully conducted by these gentle-
men since, and is one of the leading houses in Union
City. Mr. Lewis is a complete master of his trade, is
a first-class cutter. Personally he is a gentleman well
regarded in the community where he has resided. He
is a frequent contributor to The American Tailor, a
leading trade magazine published in New York city.
His contributions are usually on the art of cutting. In
1892 he secured letters patent from the United States,
Canada and Great Britain for an improved measuring
tailoring square, which is extensively used. Mr. Lewis
was united in marriage May 1, 1871, to Miss Narcissa,
daughter of P. W. Moody, of Union City. Seven
children have been born to this union: Robert,
Richard, Ellen, Ruth, Grace, Margaret and Russell.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the Masonic order, the
Knights of Honor, and the family are members of the
Presbyterian Church.

Alfred C. Sherwood, M, D., who has been a prac-
ticing physician of L'nion City for twenty-one years,
and has come to be recognized as one of the best sur-
geons in Western Pennsylvania, is the eldest son of F.
W. M. and Evaline (Trow) Sherwood, his father being
a native of Erie county, Pennsylvania, and the mother
of Chautauqua county, New York. He received a com-
mon school education, and afterwards attended the
State Normal School at Edinboro. He read medicine
with Dr. H. R. Terry, then located in Union City, for
four years, after which he entered the University of
Pennsylvania medical department, from which insti-
tution he graduated with honors March 13, 1873. He
immediately entered upon the duties of his chosen
profession. On January 20, 1876, he was united in
marriage to Miss Emma V. Jackson, daughter of An-
drew Jackson, of Meadville. Seven children born to
this union were: Miss Daisy M., Andrew J., Belle E.,
Rose v., Frederick L., Beatrice M. and Alton C. Fred-
erick L. died at the age of 7 years and Alton C. at the
age of 3 months. Before he had graduated from the
L'niversity of Pennsylvania he was appointed physi-
cian for the county and has continuously held the po-
sition since. He was also appointed surgeon for the
Philadelphia and Erie R. R. about the same time and
still retains the place. He has been elected to the
school board several terms, and in this position gave
much time and attention to the building up of the city
schools. In 1891 he was elected elder in the Pres-
byterian Church of LTnion City, of which he and his
family were members. Politically he is a Republican.
He is an honored member of Eureka Lodge, F. & A.
M., of Union City; Temple Chapter, No. 215, of Erie;
Jerusalem Council, No. 33, Erie; Presque Isle Lod^e
of Perfection, A. A. S. R., Erie; Consistory, S. P. R. S.,
32d degree, Pittsburg; Zem Zem Temple, A. A. O. N.
M. S., Erie, Pa.; Clement Lodge, No. 220, I. O. O. F.;
Nineveh Encampment, I. O. O. F.; Israel Lodge,



Knights of Honor and the Royal Arcanum. He is a
ready public speaker, active in all public affairs, lib-
eral spirited and charitable in all his dealings.

Wilson Moore (deceased), of Waterford township,
was born February 22, 1852, in Waterford township,
and was a son of James and Elizabeth (Canning)
Moore, natives of County Derry, Ireland, who came to
America in 1818 with a family of nine children (three
more being born to them in America), and locating
near Pittsburg, where the family remained for about
two years, when they came to Waterford, where James
purchased a farm on what is known as the Waterford
and Union road. It was there that Wilson was reared,
his education being obtained in the public schools of
the township. After his school days were over he de-
voted his time to farming, lumbering and dealing in
stock, the last twenty-five years of his life being de-
voted almost exclusively to that of an extensive stock
business. Mr. Moore was a very popular Democrat,
and in 1873 was a candidate for sheriff, being beaten
by only three votes in a strongly Republican county.
He was one of the leading men of Erie county and did
much for the welfare and development of the western
part of the State. He was public-spirited, kind-hearted
and always willing to lend a helping hand to those who
were in need of a friend. He was united in marriage
December 18, 1861, to Miss Nancy, daughter of James
and Sarah (Lytle) Campbell, natives of Pennsylvania.
Five children were born of this union: Francis J.,
George S. (deceased), Marshall, Elizabeth (deceased)
and Harry L. Mr. Moore died April 29, 187(i, after a
painful and protracted illness. By his death Erie
county lost one of her most loyal sons and public-
spirited citizens. Francis J. Moore, the eldest son, was
born June 18, 1853, was reared in his birthplace and
educated in the public schools and the Waterford
Academy. He did business for his father until the
latter's death, continuing the lumber business until
1887, when he embarked in the hotel business, which
he has since followed, having been proprietor of the
Park Hotel, Waterfqrd, St. Charles, Union City, and is
now conducting the Eagle House at Waterford, Pa.
In 1882-5 he was a candidate for sheriff on the Demo-
cratic ticket, the first time being defeated by about
162 votes and the last time by 1^200. The county at
that time was about 3,000 Republican, and Mr. Moore's
close run speaks well for his popularity. Marshall
Moore (deceased), the next son in (inlcr nf birth, was
born August 26, 1857, was educated in the public
schools and reared on the old homestead settled by his
grandfather years before. After his school days were
passed he purchased a farm and for four years followed
farming. In 1881 he came to Union City and was
employed as a bookkeeper by the Union City Chair
Company, which position he filled until 1884, when he
purchased a half interest in the business, H. C. Che-
ney being the senior member of the firm. The pro-
duction of chairs at this factory is large, and their trade
extends over a wide section of country. They give
employment to about 100 men and have six salesmen
on the'road. Mr. Moore also made several trips dur-
ing the year, besides attending to the office business.
Mr. Moore was a man possessed of extensive business
abilities and was a gentleman prominently identified
with the substantial interests of the city. He was
united in marriage December 30, 1879, to Miss Ida B.,
daughter of George and Julia (Kinaman) Hippie, of

Waterford, Pa., both now living. Two children were
born to this union, Fred \V. and Julia Marie. Mr.
Moore was a staunch Democrat, a member of the
I. O. O. F. and the K. of P. The family are members
of the Episcopal Church. Harry L., the youngest of
this family, was born March 15, 1866, and was edu-
cated at the Waterford Academy and LaFayette Col-
lege, graduating in the class of '88. After leaving col-
lege he went to Erie and studied law with F. F. Mar-
shall, being admitted to the bar in December, 1891.
Upon admission ro the bar he became associated with
Hon. John C. Brady, a leading lawyer of Erie, and the
firm is one of the leading ones of that city. He is a
prominent Democrat and in the fall of 1894 was chair-
man of the Democratic city committee. He is a mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity and is a member of the
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Moore was united in mar-
riage May 16, 1888, to Miss Madaline, daughter of John
and Leah (Titus) Gleuber, of Easton, Pa.

John Mclatyre, senior member of the Union
City Steam Granite Company, was born in Clarence-
ville, Canada, June 6, 1856, and is a son of John and
Mary (Doman) Mclntyre, natives of Glasgow, Scot-
land, who came to America in 1853, and settled in
Canada. John, jr., is the youngest in a family of four
children, two boys and two girl's; was reared and edu-
cated in Canada, and followed farming and buying
hay for about fifteen years. He then came to Union
City, and by energy and industry established a marble
and granite business, which he conducted until 1894,
when he sold a half interest to Frank Woodcock.
The firm makes a specialty of fine cemetery work,
and has turned out some of the most beautiful and
artistic designs. They are large importers of Scotch
granite, and handle Italian and American marble,
having always on hand a large assortment. Mr. Mc-
lntyre was united in marriage December 28, 1887, to
Miss Dollie, daughter of Charles and Mary (Klem-
merer) Middleton, of Erie. They are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Mclntyre is a

Bewjamin F. Camp, merchant miller, of the Camp
Milling Coni]iany, Union City, Pa., was born in .South-
ington, Trumbull county, ( )., and is the sixth of a fam-
ily of nine children of Lambert and Sophia (Wana-
maker) Camp, natives of Lehigh county, Pennsyl-
vania. He was reared and educated in his birthplace,
learned the miller's trade, and worked at it in Ohio for
four years. In 1878 he came to LTnion City and estab-
lished the Camp Milling Company, which was oper-
ated for three years undijr the firm name of Camp,
Geiger & Beebe, and at the end of that period Mr.
Beebe retired from the firm, which was then run under
the firm name of Camp, Geiger & Co., until August,
1891, when Geiger's interest was purchased by Frank
Silliman. The company was incorporated in 1891,
and has been doing an extensive milling business.
Mr. Camp continued an active member of the com-
pany until 1895, when he sold out his interest. Daniel
W. Camp, a brother of Benjamin, who was largely in-
strumental in the organization of this company, and is
an expert miller, worked in the mill during its early
development. The plant furnishes work for about
fourteen men. Benjamin F. Camp was united in mar-
I riage February 28, 1872, to Miss Celestia, daughter of
I William Laird, a resident of Mercer county, Pennsyl-


vania. Three children have been born of this union:
Fred L., Charles R. (deceased) and Delia Irene. Mr.
Camp is identified with the Republican party, and is a
member of the Knights of Honor and Knights of

Williani F. Blaachard, pension attorney, Union
City, Pa., was born in Erie county. New York, May 2,
1847, and is the second in a family of three children of
Francis Read and Sopronia (Brown) Blanchard, the
former a native of New Hampshire and the latter of
Connecticut. William F. was reared in Crawford
county, and when only sixteen years of age enlisted in
Company B, 111th P. \'. I., February 10, 1864, under
Capt. Wallace B. Warner. He was transported to
Bridgeport, Ala., and jomed the regiment there. He
participated in the following battles: Resaca, Ga.,
May 15, 1864, and Dallas, Ga., May 25, 1864, where he
received a gunshot wound in the foot and was taken
to the hospital at Nashville, Tenn., where he remained
until the latter part of December, when he was trans-
ferred to Company 1, 6th Reg., V. R. C, and was as-
signed to duty at Johnson's Island, O., where he was
mustered out of service August 5, 1865. Returning to
his home in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, he fol-
lowed the vocation of a carpenter and farmer until
September 10, 1889, when he came to Union City, and
has followed the profession of a pension attorney ever
since. He is very successful in securing pensions for
his clients, and is well versed in the law relating to
them. Mr. Blanchard was married September 26,
1878, to Miss Rosa A., daughter of Ezra and Maria
(Sturgis) Clark, natives of Crawford county, Pennsyl-
vania. Two children were born of this union. Dawn
Waive, born June 14, 1880 (deceased September 6, 1894),
and Rosa Feme, born July 12, 1885. Mrs. Rosa
Blanchard died February 20, 1887, and December 26,

1890, Mr. Blanchard was again married, and has one
son by this union, Clyde Humphrey, born October 5,

1891. Mr. Blanchard is a member of the G. A. R.,
and is identified with the Republican party.

Marshall W. Lyo¬Ђ, blacksmith. Union City, Pa.,
was born November 26, 1825, in A,shfiekl, Franklin
county, Mass. He is the oldest son in a family of
twelve children, of Marshall and Chloe (Sherman)
Lyon, natives of Massachusetts. Two brothers,
David, of Girard, and Josiah, of Butler, Pa., are vet-
erans of the late war. In the fall of 1836 the family
came to Erie county, Pennsylvania, and settled in
Girard, purchasing a farm, where Marshall worked
until he was 18 years old, when he engaged as black-
smith's apprentice to Jacob Van Loon, of Girard.
After completing his trade he went to Cleveland, O.,
with the intention of settling there and working at his
trade, but in December, 1846, he enlisted as a soldier
in Company G, Regular Infantry, to serve in the
Mexican war, under Captain W. Scott Ketcham. He
was sent from Cleveland to Cincinnati by stage,
thence down the Mississippi to New Orleans, where
they took a vessel for the seat of war. He was a
faithful soldier, served his country well, and saw all
the vicissitudes of army life, being in the principal
battles, and was with Scott when he marched his vic-
torious army into the City of Mexico. His regiment
was under the immediate command of Zachary Tay-
lor. He was mustered out in June, 1848. Fewer and

fewer become the Mexican war veterans, and soon
the last one will be mustered out, when

" Strange hands their knell will ring;

Forms unseen their dirge will sing."

After the war was over Mr. Lyon returned to
Girard, Pa., and worked at his trade in that place
until 1850, when he went to Spartansburg, Crawford
county. Pa., and conducted a shop for twenty-one
years. In 1872 he came to Union City and built a
shop, which he is now operating. He is a veteran
blacksmith as well as soldier, and is well and favor-
ably known throughout Erie and Crawford counties.
Mr. Lyon was married August 27, 1854, to Miss
Cynthia C, daughter of Oliver Allen. Four children
have been horn: Sophia E., now widow of Clarence
Daemer; Clarence A., electrician. New York city;
George (deceased); and Marshall A., painter, decora-
tor and paper hanger. Mr. Lyon is identified with
the Democratic party, and is a member of the
I. O. O. F.

William Duatneyer, proprietor of the Industrial
Iron Works, LInion City, Pa., was born in Phila-
delphia, Pa., October 30, 1840, the eldest, in the family
of six children, of Jacob and Catherine (Breyer) Dun-
meyer, natives of Baden, Germany, who came to
America in 1837, settling in the city of Philadelphia,
where Jacob, the father, worked in the Baldwin Loco-
motive Works, as a machinist, for four years, then
going to Virginia, where he lived for three years,
moving from there to Pittsburg, Pa., residing there
until his death, September, 1890. William received
his education in Pittsburg, and at an early age learned
the blacksmith's and machinist's trade which he
worked at in Pittsburg and Philadelphia until 1864,
when he enlisted in the United States navy and
served on the monitor "Sangamon " until the close of
the war. In 1865 Mr. Dunmeyer returned to Pitts-
burg and worked as a journeyman until 1872, when he
came to L'nion City and, in 1873, established the
Industrial Iron Works. Later he took Mr. Allen B.
Seymour, as a partner, into the concern. At these
works engines of a high grade are construcied. Mr.
Dunmeyer is a workman of superior abilities, and this
fact, taken in connection with the particularly advan-
tageous location of the plant in a center of manufac-
ture that creates a large local trade which the works
can readily supply, gives a volume of business requir-
ing almost constant running. Mr. Dunmeyer was

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