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married November 1, 1883, to Miss Laurie E., daugh-
ter of Gerrett G. Davison, of Blooming Valley, Pa.
Mrs. Dunmeyer died October 14, 1894. Mr. Dun-
meyer is a member of I. O. O. F. and Knights of
Pythias. The family are members of the Presby-
terian Church.

Jacob F. Katnerer, manufacturer, L'nion City,
Pa., was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, April 4,
1839, and is a son of John J. and Dorothy (Breakley)
Kamerer, natives of Germany. In 1847 the family
came to America and settled in McKean township,
Erie county. Pa., where Jacob received such
education as the public schools at that time afforded.
He followed farming until 1861, when the oil business
drew him to upper Canada, where he operated wells
until 1862, then he returned to the States, took up
arms in defense of his country, enlisting in Company



F, 169th Pennsylvania regiment. After the term of
his enlistment expired he returned and again specu-
lated in oil on Oil Creek, and in the spring of 1864
went to Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and was en-
gaged there until 1865 drilling test wells. In 1865 he
came to Union City and did contracting and building
until 1872, when he began the manufacturing of lum-
ber, shingles and broom-handles, which he is operat-
ing extensively. About twelve men are employed at
his factories. Mr. Kamerer has had a wide exper-
ience in business, and that he is a prompt, reliable,
energetic man is fully attested by the manner m
which his present enterprise is conducted. He has
been twice married; first to Eliza M. Johnson, August
4, 1864; she died in the spring of 1874, leaving two
children, Fred J., and Addie. Mr. Kamerer was
again married December 28, 1874, to Miss Marga-et
H. Mclntyre, and one son, Edward S. has been born of
this union. Fred J. and Edward S. are both engaged
largely with their father in manufacturing. Mr. Jacob
Kamerer is a member of the G. A. R., I. O. O. F.
and Encampment, and is a district deputy of the I. O.
O. F. this year. In politics he is a Democrat; has
been a member of the town council and school board
serving two terms in each; he was also burgess of
Union" City two terms, from 1885 until 1887. Mr.
Kamerer is a public spirited citizen and has done
much to promote the welfare of Union City.

Hatiiel Clark, manufacturer and merchant miller.
Union City, Pa., born in Penobscot countv, Maine,
August 24, 1824, is a son of John B. and Mary (Tnwlc)
Clark, natives of New Hampshire, 'llic family con-
sisted of seven boys and four girls, Hanirl Ikiiil; thr
third child. He was reared in Penobscot, and re-
ceived such education as was afforded in the country
schools at that time. When quite young he began life
for himself, working for a boat-oar manufacturer for
eleven years. Later he purchased a farm in Girard
township, Erie county. Pa., and followed farming until
1861, when he sold out to engage in manufacturing at
Pageville, continuing there until 1865, when he came
to Union City and established his present business,
which at first was on a small scale, but which, through
Mr. Clark's practical knowledge of everything apper-
taining to his business, together with his untiring en-
ergy and upright dealings with men, has established a
number of thriving industries in New York, Penn.syl-
vania, Ohio and Indiana. He owns and operates a
large flouring mill, a sawmill and a "D " shovel-handle
factory in Union City. He has been interested in
shovel-handle factories at Watts Flats, N. Y., and in
Pennsylvania at Mosiertown,Conneautville and Grand
Valley; in Ohio, at Sidney, Bradford, Versailles, Cold
Water, Botkins, New Bremen and Fort Recovery,
still having an interest in the last two. He is also in-
terested in a stave factory at Hagerman, Ohio. The
different works he is interested in employ about sixty
men. Mr. Clark is a self-made man, having had no
assistance to start life's battle but willing hands and a
courageous heart. He possesses a genjal and kindly
disposition, and is recognized as a substantial, upright,
industrious and worthy citizen. Mr. Clark was united
in marriage August 5, 18.52, to Miss Harriet R., daugh-
ter of Richard and Anna (Linnel) Partridge, of North
East, Pa. Four children were born of this union:
Edwin P., Virginia E. (now Mrs. Henry Neal), Sarah
May (who married Samuel Long, a minister of Pitts-

burg, Pa.), and Helen. Mrs. Clark died April 5, 1891.
She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, devoted
friend and a kind neighbor.

John Caflisch, retired. Union City, Pa., born at
Barr, Alsace, France, January, 28, 1828, is a son of
Christian and Saloma (Bartholme) Caflisch, the former
a native of Switzerland and the latter of Barr, France.
John, the elder in a family of two children, was reared
and educated in Alsace, and at an early age learned
the tanner's trade, working at it from the age of 14
until 26 in his native country. In 1854 he came to
America and settled in Chautauqua county. New York,
where he followed his trade for a couple of years,
when he purchased a farm which he tilled for seven
years. In 1864 he cSmeto Union City purchasing a
farm near town, occupying it until 1888, when, after a
visit to his native land, he returned and purchased his
present home in Union City, where he has lived in re-
tirement ever since. Mr. Caflisch was married in Barr,
Alsace, France, in 1850, to Miss Madeline, daughter of
Jacob and Madeline (Momell) Heywang, natives of
France. Eleven children have been born to this union;
Madeline, (now Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Union City),
John A., Saloma (now Mrs. Wallace Johnson, of
Mystic, Pa.), Williiam, (deceased,) Henry, Jacob,
Fred, Albert, Ernest, Edward, and Frank (deceased).
Jacob Caflisch, who has extensive lumber mills in this
and adjoining counties, was born November 13, 1861,
was reared and educated in Union City and township.
After his school days were over he was employed by
W. D. Brunstetter in a saw mill for a year, when he
bought a fourth interest in the business and in 1881,
]iur(haseil tnough to make a third, and in 1885 the re-
maining interests were bought up by the Caflisch
Brothers, who succeeded to the entire business, and
have successfullv conducted it since. Besides this
mill at Union City with a capacity of 2fJ,000 f eet per day,
they operate mills at Antes Fort, Lycoming county,
with an average run of 15,000 feet per day, besides tfie
manufacturing of staves, shingles, heading and cloth
board. They also operate a mill at Elgin, Erie county,
Pa., where the daily output at full time is probably
20.(M"I fei-t. I'licN fia\c recently constructed a general
Iil.ining null in ( imm rlion with' the saw mill at Union
Cit\-. iatoli CaliiMh was united in marriage November
6, 1884, to Miss Margaret, daughter of W. .B. Good-
rich, of Union township. They are rearing two chil-
dren, Willie and Clara Goodrich, nephew and neiceof
the deceased brother of Mrs. Caflisch. Albert Caflisch,
the junior inenibiTof this firm, was born November
14, IsCiL', ill I nioii I it\. Fa., was reared and educated
in Union township, and, after leaving school, was em-
ployed by Brunstetter & Co. for two years, when he
bought an interest in the business, which he has as-
sisted in conducting since. He was married March
17, 1885, to Miss Matilda, daughter of John C. and
Margaretta (Hassler) Maurer, residents of Union City.
Five children have been born to this union; Mar-
garet, Alfred, John, Gertrude and Gladys L. The
family are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Frederick Caflisch, manufacturer, is the seventh in
order of birth in this family, and was born December
25, 1860, was reared and educated in Union City and
township and at the College of Commerce in Phila-
delphia. After leaving school Mr. Caflisch engaged in
the lumber business extensively as a contractor and
dealer, which he has followed during the greater part



of his life. In 1893 he built his present establishment,
which consists of a handle and general wood-turning
factory. He married November 26, 1888, Miss Nettie
L., daughter of M. C. Coburn, of Hatch Hollow. This
union has been blessed with three children: Ma-
bel, Adelle (deceased), Clarence M. and Allie Bell.
In politics Mr. Caflisch is allied to no party, but votes
as his judgment dictates.

Jotias Humphrey, M. D. (deceased), was, during
his life, one of the leading and most successful physi-
cians in Erie county. He was born March 25, 1820, in
Vermont, where he was reared and educated. In 1842
he entered the Castleton Medical College, of Vermont,
and was graduated from that institution in 1844, when
he came to Crawford county, ' Pennsylvania, and
located in Centerville, where he practiced one year
and then removed to Union City, where he commanded
a large practice until his death, which occurred July
30, 1867. Dr. Humphrey, as a physician, stood at the
head of the profession; as a man he was courteous and
kind to all, and his death, in the prime of mature
manhood, was greatly lamented. He was a charter
member of the Erie County Medical Society, and
a member of the Masonic order. Dr. Humphrey was
married February 14, 1856, to Miss Jane A., daughter
of Herman Abbey, of Wayne township, Erie county.
To this union five children were born: Allie J., wife of
C. B. Greer, jeweler, Union City, Pa.; Mabel C, now
Mrs. W. P. Meehan; William J., Herman A. (de-
ceased) and Glennis. William J. was born in Union
City, December 31, 1860, was reared and educated in
the public schools of the city, and, in 1886, entered the
Buffalo Medical College, graduating from that institu-
tion in 1890. He then began the practice of his
chosen profession in Union City, where he succeeded
his brother, Glennis. William J. is a young man of
marked ability, and will doubtless win a worthy reputa-
tion in the profession, which his distinguished father
so much honored. Glennis, the younger son, was
educated in Union City, and took a three years' course
at the University of Pennsylvania, and afterwards
spent a year at hospital work. He is now located at
Hazleton, Pa.

Dallas G. Smiley, merchant. Union City, Pa.,
born in Union township, April 19, 1846, is the third in
a family of seven children of Moses and Margaret
(Marshall) Smiley. James Smiley, grandfather of
Dallas, was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving under
General Harrison. He came to Union City and oper-
ated the first grist-mill in the town. Moses Smiley
was born in Meadville, Pa., and followed farming for
a number of years; he was also justice of the peace
for many terms; subsequently he removed to Union
City and spent his latter days. Dallas G. was reared
and educated in Union City, and after quitting school
clerked in a store for several years. In 1869 he en-
gaged in the mercantile business with G. W. Johnson
and J. V. A. Smiley, a brother. They did business
under the firm name of Johnson & Smiley Bros, for
five years, when the firm dissolved, and Smiley Bros,
have been engaged in conducting a general store
since. Mr. D. G. Smiley was elected to the office of
justice of the peace in 1889, on the Democratic ticket,
and was re-elected in 1893. During the year 1883 he
served as burgess of the city. He was united in mar-
riage in January, 1876, to Miss Ella J., daughter of J.

J. Zin, of Union City. This union has been blessed
with four children; Frank D., Clyde Z., Ward M. and
Robert Clifford.

William M. Toy, proprietor of meat market.
Union City, Pa., born January 1, 1867, in Union City, is
the eldest in a family of four children, one son and
four daughters, of Benjamin and Julia (Tourtellotte)
Toy, the former a native of Philadelphia and the lat-
ter of Union City. Benjamin Toy was reared and ed-
ucated in Philadelphia, and at an early age learned
the trade of butcher and has since followed it. In
1882 he came to Union City from Gilmore, Pa., and
bought out the establishment conducted fjy Wilkins &
Gale, one of the most important of the kind in Union
City. The market is central, and every facility is af-
forded for the prompt and systematic transaction of
business. Mr. Toy was educated in Gilmore, Mc-
Kean county. Pa., and since he was old enough, has
worked with his father in a market. He was united
in marriage April 16, 1892, to Miss Eva A., daughter
of John E. and Josephine White, natives of Massa-
chusetts. Mr. Toy is a member of the I. O. O. F. and
the Knights of Pythias. The family attend the Pres-
byterian Church.

Charles Jarecki, president and general manager
of the Jarecki Manufacturing Company, Erie, Pa., was
born in Posen, Germany, August 28, 1837, and is a son
of Charles W. Jarecki, who is mentioned elsewhere in
this work. He was educated in his native country,
and came to the United States in the fall of 1852. He
located in Erie, where he engaged to learn the machin-
ist trade with Vincent, Himrod & Co., with whom he
remained two years. He then entered the employ of
his brother, Henry, with whom he entered partnership
in 1862, under the firm name of Henry Jarecki & Co. In
1872 the Jarecki Manufacturing Company was incorpor-
ated, with Mr. Henry Jarecki president, and Mr. Charles
Jarecki secretary and treasurer. In 1879 the incorpora-
tion was dissolved and the company has since done
business under the limited laws of the State. The
officers of the new organization were Charles Jarecki,
president; Albert H. Jarecki, secretary, and Oscar H.,
treasurer. Mr. Fred C. Jarecki has since been made
assistant secretary. The officers of the company, to-
gether with Mr. Alexander Jarecki, who is superm-
tendent of the iron foundry department, constitute the
board of managers. Two-thirds of the stock of this
concren isowned by Messrs. Henry and Charles Jarecki,
while the remaining third is distributed among several
others. The portion of the plant which is located on East
Ninth street, and includes the general offices, occupies
over half a square, while the iron foundry department,
on West Twelfth street, covers three and three-fourths
acres. The buildings are all substantial stone, brick
and iron structures, and range from one to three stories
in height. The machinery with which the plant is
equipped throughout is of the very latest and most im-
proved, and would make in itself a wonderful display
of mechanical ingenuity. Many of these machines
have been invented by the Messrs. Jarecki, or by the
able mechanics who have charge of the various de-
partments. Branches have been established in all
principal oil towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Vir-
ginia and Indiana, for the sale of oil well supplies,
with headquarters for these branches at Pittsburg.
The products of the Jarecki Manufacturing Company



include all kinds of cast and malleable iron, gas, steam
and water fittings, brass and iron valves and cocks,
steam and hot air radiators, pipe and threading tools,
and oil, artesian and natural gas supplies. The brass
department is undoubtedly the largest brass works in
the world. As is detailed in another part of this work,
the Jarecki Manufacturing Company had its beginning
in the little brass shop of Mr. Henry Jarecki, and it
was he who for several years was chiefly responsible
for its life and growth, but when the condition of the
manufacturing interest of the world became such as
to require greater resources and capabilities in order
to compete successfully with other institutions of its
kind, it was Mr. Charles Jarecki who planned and ex-
ecuted the great movements which placed it in the
front rank of the industries of the country. In man-
agement and equipment the Jarecki Manufacturing
Company has few equals and certainly no superiors.
This is largely due to the fact that the gentleman who
is at its head is thoroughly acquainted with every de-
tail of the business, not only financially and commer-
cially, but mechanically. A very unique feature of
this great institution is the sympathy which the mana-
gers have always shown the laboring classes, which
the latter fully appreciates, so that when business is
slack on account of panics or other causes, and short
time and other concessions are required of the em-
ployes, they readily acquiesce, knowing that they are
being fairly dealt with and receiving all that is right
and just at the hands of their employers, in whom they
have come to have the most implicit confidence. In
1894 Messrs. Charles and Albert H. Jarecki displayed
their characteristic enterprise by purchasing and en-
larging and thoroughly remodeling and refitting the
Penn block, which now is a modern building in every
sense of the word, and has already demonstrated
that the undertaking will be a success. Mr. Charles
Jarecki was married in 1862 to Miss Louise, sister
of e.\-Mayor Philip A. Becker, of Erie. This happy
union has been blessed with three children : Alexander,
supermtendent of the iron foundry department and a
member of the board of managers of the company; Fred
C, assistant secretary, and Robert, of the Erie high
school. Mr. Jarecki is a Knight Templar Mason, a
member of the Liedertafel Society, and of the Erie
Club, and is a member of the board of managers of the
Hamot Hospital. In politics Mr. Jarecki is a Repub-
lican, but the multitudinous cares of his active business
life, together with a distaste for political notoriety,
have prevented him from seeking oraccejjting any of
the honors which his party would gladly confer upon
him. He always has the best interests of the commu-
nity at heart, and is ever ready to encourage and support
worthy enterprises of a public or a charitable nature.

Harrison C. Cheney, manufacturer, Union City,
Pa., is among the leading manufacturers of the Middle
States, and none are more widely or prominently known.
He was born October 4, 1840, at Chesterfield, Cheshire
county, N. H., and he is the second in a family of seven
children of Col. Clark and Adeline (Crosby) Cheney, na-
tives of New Hampshire. Colonel Cheney was a
farmer, and when Harrison C. was only a boy of 15 the
father died, leaving the family to be cared for by this
sturdy New England lad, who did not shrink from the
duties placed upon his youthful shoulders. He went
to Swanzy, N. H., where he found employment in one of
the numerous factories that go to make up the average

New England town, and for four years he worked
faithfully, sharing his meager earnings with the family
of younger children. In 1859 he went to Wisconsin,
where he was employed in a pail factory for about one
year, and then returned East and found employment
in a chair factory at Ashburnham, Mass., where he re-
mained until the beginning of the war. He had been
for some time a member of the Massachusetts militia,
and after the president's first call for volunteers he en-
listed as a private in July, 1861, in the 21st Reg., M. V.
I., and was mustered in for three years. The country's
peril aroused his most patriotic impulses, and he en-
listed, as thousands of young men did, reckoning not
the lost time and opportunities of civic life. Imme-
diately after the battle of Roanoke Island he was pro-
moted to a corporal, then sergeant, sergeant-major,
and finally lieutenant, which position he held until the
close of the war. After this battle the regiment was
sent to Camden, N. C, to destroy the locks and canals
near the Dismal Swamp, and at the battle of Camden,
April 19, 1862, he was severely wounded in the arm,
near the shoulder. He was placed in the Newbern
hospital, where he remained until his wounds were
sufficiently healed, when he went home on a furlough,
remaining until he was able to join his regiment in
Newport News, Va., where the corps were under march-
ing orders to join Pope in Virginia. They fell in with
that army at Culpepper, on a rapid march toward the
Potomac, to intercept Lee, who was making that an
objective point. After the memorable battle of Fred-
ericksburg, the corps was sent West and joined Burn-
side, to be distributed through the State of Kentucky
as a patrol to protect loyal citizens from the maraud-
ing guerrilla bands. They were soon sent to assist
Grant at Yicksburg, and after that siege were again
sent to Kentucky. The disastrous campaign there re-
sulted in a loss of nearly one-third of the corps. They
were next sent to Fort Nelson, near Lexington, to re-
cuperate and to be put into fighting condition. After
a short rest they were sent over the Cumberland
Mountains to East Tennessee to destroy detached por-
tions of the rebel army, and after a successful cam-
paign were marched back over the same route to Ken-
tucky. In 1864 the corps was transferred to the army
of the Potomac, and followed the fortunes and disasters
of that army until the close of thewar. Mr. Cheney par-
ticipated in the following battles: Roanoke Island, N.C.,
Newbern, N. C, February 1, 2 and 3, 1862; Camden,
N. C, second Bull Run, Va., August 30, 1862; Chan-
tilly, \'a., September 1, 1862; South Mountain, Md.,
September 14, 1862; Antietam, Md., September 15, 16
and 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862;
Blue Springs, Tenn., October 10, 1863; Cambell's Sta-
tion, Tenn., November 16, 1863; siege of Knoxville,
Tenn.; Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864; Spottsylvania,
Va., May 9, 1864; North Ann, Va., Cold Harbor, Va.,
June 3, 1864; Petersburg, Va., July, 1864, where Mr.
Cheney was wounded a second time in a mine explo-
sion. The record above needs no comment to those
versed in the history of the Rebellion. After his
arduous and patriotic service to his country he was
mustered out in the spring of 1865, and returned to
Ashburnham, Mass., where he was commissioned a ma-
jor of the State militia in Worcester county, which po-
sition he held until he left the State. After returning
from the war he again entered the chair factory in
Ashburnham, and held a responsible position until
1870, when he went to Jamestown, N. Y., and organ-



ized the Cane Seat Chair Company, and was retained
by the company in the capacity of an expert to instruct
men in the construction of such chairs. He was iden-
tified with this company for three years, and in the fall
of 1873 he, in company with Mr.- Whitney and other
parties, established what was known as the Jamestown
Wooden Seat Company, but after two years Mr. Cheney
sold out his interest and went to Canisteo, N. Y., where
he was employed as superintendent of the chair works
operated by Taylor Bros., remaining with them two
years. He then made an innovation in his old line of
business, and became proprietor of the Canisteo
House, which he successfully conducted for four years.
It was necessary to enlarge the house twice during his
stay. Socially the major is a genial companion, a
quality useful' in the conduct of a hotel. In the spring
of 1881 Mr. Cheney, in connection with a Mr. Hine-
man, bought out the Charles Wheeler Chair Works, of
Union City, which at that time was a small concern.
After taking possession they made needed improve-
ments, and were just getting into working condition
when the entire plant was burned to the ground. In
the following fall it was rebuilt by Messrs. Cheney,
Hineman & Lowry, who erected a much larger build-
ing than the former one, but this was reduced to ashes
in January, 1888, after being operated seven years. In
1888 the present plant was built by Mr. Cheney and
the late Mr. Marshall Moore. The factory is con-
veniently located near tin- P. \ 1". R. R. depot, and
has I'xct-lk-iit facilitirs. imi miK I'm- slii|iping out their

nianufacturt-il .i,''""ls. wlin li msi> of a full variety

of chairs iif the latest ]. alt. ins, Imt .ilso for bringing
in the raw material. These works employ about 100
hands, and are of great value to Union City, as the
amount of wages distributed facilitates trade and keeps
business thriving. It is creditable to this concern that
during all the recent hard times they have run full
time and have been constantly busy filling orders.
Mr. Cheney was married in February, 1862, to Miss
Ellen P., daughter of Ives Burgess, of Ashburnham,
Mass. Two children have been born to this union,
Harry C. and Louis I. In politics Mr. Cheney has al-
ways been a staunch Democrat. He is a member of
the G. A. R., 1. O. O. F., Knights of Pythias and En-
campment. The family attend the Episcopal Church.

Henry Fassler, jr., proprietor of meat market,
Union City, Pa., born March 1(>, ls:!."i, in Lycoming
county, Pennsylvania, is the sixth 111 the faniily of ten
children of Henry and Margaret (W C.iMa) Fassler,
natives of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. Mr.

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