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boro, Crawford County, and Moses Masiker and son, as
well as his own sons, Guinnip P. and Fred F., erected to
their memory a plain Quincy gray granite monument
brought from Massachusetts. It is known as the " Waid
Monument.'' On the west side of it are the names
of Mr. Waid's grandparents, and his father and mother,
all born in Connecticut ; on the south side is his
father's family record; on the north side his own fam-
ily record, and on the east side the following inscrip-
tion: ''In memory of my father, mother and kin-
dred, this monument is erected by F. C. Waid." The
height of the monument is nine feet, and it cost $400.
At the graves of Anna and Pember Waid, also that of
Mr. Waid's twin brother, Ira C. Waid had suitable
tombstones erected, and after his death his widow had
one placed at his grave, all of which are extant. E. L.
Waid's resting place is near these, and is marked by a
monument which was erected at a cost of $175.

Franklin P., twin brother of Francis C, died May 28,
1854, aged twenty-one years, one month and five days,
cut off in the very bloom of youth, torn from the com-
panionship of his brother who had accompanied him into
the world, and who Avas his every-day associate through
childhood, boyhood and youth. Before his death he re-


quested the following verse to be inscribed on his tomb-
stone, where it appears:

"Behold, young man, as you pass by,

As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so must you be;

So prepare for Death and follow me."

This tombstone cost only $25, but at that time it was
regarded as quite an expensive one, and, it may be safely
said, was one of the best (if not the best ) in the ceme-
tery. Many people thought it strange, and so expressed
themselves, that Ira C. Waid should erect so costly a tomb-
stone. They said among themselves: "No one in this
community has done the like." But the good people did
not consider that, whilst Mr. I. C. Waid was a very plain
man. as regarded his own person, not only in dress (as
disclosed in his portrait), but also in manner and mode
of doing business, for others and to the memory of oth-
ers he was gracious, not seeking to out-do his neighbor,
and never exceeding his means.

It was characteristic of Ira C. Waid to do well what-
ever he undertook, and to succeed remarkably well in
accomplishing his object. Yet he was no extremist, more
such a man as David speaks of, when he says: I have
not exercised mijself in maffets too high for me. He
always seemed to keep within his means, although they
were limited, like those of other farmers in his day; in-
deed F. C. Waid says "I do not remember of my father
ever becoming so encumbered in business affairs as not to
be able to control them.'' He was not a very vent-
uresome man. nor inclined to speculation, but possessed
more caution than most ordinary men in his business re-
lations. It is said, "The great secret of success in life
is for a man to be ready when his opportunity comes."
The cautious man may not accept when this opportunity


comes, and tlie veuturesome man may liave made his
choice too soon.

" While I may be wanting,'' says F. C. Waid, "in many
of the good qualities of my parents, it is a consolation
for me to know I am credited with inheriting this trait of
my father, who was a very industrious man. ' To cam a
dollar before I use it,' was his motto. Not only the farm
but the buildings speak of how well he did things in his
day. Not only this community, but the world at large
is the better for such men having lived in it, to set such
an example for us who wish to follow the good and right

"When I look at my father's past history," continues
Mr. Waid, "to seek some good quality or rule of action by
which I wish to be benefited, I can find it. I think of the
many long years my parents toiled and labored to make a
comfortable home for their family, and how well we en-
joyed the blessings of a Christian home. I repeat the
words of David — Blessed is tJie memory of fJie just. While
they have gone to their reward we are left to fill our mission
in life : and we gather much from the lives of the good who
have gone before us. My father treated his children all
alike, there was no partiality shown, he being most par-
ticular to do just as much for one child as for another. In-
deed I used to think he was too particular, but I don't now;
I think more of his memory because he did so. Equality
and justice were among the things he properly considered
and weighed well before acting. His children were not
only brought up in this way until they arrived at twenty-
one, but the same rule was observed to the close of his
life. His gifts to his children were alike or equal in
value every time."

Ira C. Waid was kind-hearted and generous, not only
among his kindred but every one, and especially the


poor. He i/idt luith pifij upon ihc poof Jcudcih itiifo Ihc
Lord, and tJiat icJticIt lie liaih given iv ill He pay him again
(Prov. xix: 17). He Avas kind to the poor in sickness
and in the darkest hours of life, and his willing heart and
hand have often helped to sin)ply their wants.

Life is but a fleeting show, and submit we must, with
becoming reverence, to the bereavements that teach us, as a
lesson, hoAV transitory we are, and how soon we must decay.
At the demise of that noble-hearted young man, Frank-
lin P. AVaid, a singular instance of the fulfillment, to the
hour and minute, of a presentiment or prevision occurred.
He was prostrated with typhoid fever which confined him
to the house and his bed seven weeks to a day, and the
day before he died he said, addressing the members of
the family, as they all stood near his bedside: "This is
the last day I will be with you;" and then, intimating that
they might not believe it, added: "It is so; I will die to-
morrow at noon." Next morning, early, he called liis
father to his bedside and said: "Father, this is the last
day I will be with you; I v;ill die at 12 o" clock to-day."
And this he repeated hour after hour till his spirit fled to
the "undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler
returns," precisely as the old family clock struck the hour
of twelve. The loss of his brother has been to Mr. Waid
one that no lapse of time can ever restore, and the mem-
ory of him, and the many happy days spent in each oth-
er's companionship, no prosperity, no adversity can ever

"In my youth," writes Mr. Waid, "at the age of
about sixteen, I beofan writino- down the little transactions
and common events of my life, together with such notable
things as claimed my attention in our community. At
the age of seventeen I was so interested in my undertak-
ing, and so undesirous to lose what I had written, that I


bought quite a large book, 8x10, containing about 400
pages. In this book, in the year 1851, I began writing,
keeping a kind of journal, personal and otherwise. I
tliought it a hard task at first, and it was only with re-
luctance that I could persuade myself to continue, but
I thought of the old saying, 'No real excellence without
labor.' I pursued it, and, instead of disliking, I loved it.
It proved a source of pleasiire to me then, and has been
a great satisfaction as well as profit ever since. On Satur-
day, April 22, 1854, the day before my marriage, I found
I had Avritten the book through, except the last page, and
had only perhaps improved the spare moments that would
have otherwise been lost. I want others to profit from a
wise improvement of their time. It is the little things
after all that make a useful life. I bought Noah Webster's
Unabridged Dictionary, March 30, 1852, and I find written,
in connection with my name, my motto of life as expressed
then and there. It is : ' Be industrious and active in


him who walkefh upvighily I will withhold no good fhing,
means or implies action, and that, too, in the right direc-
tion. How important it is for the young man setting out
in life to take the right path. Solomon says : In all ihjj
wajjs (lokiioivlcdge Him, and He sludl dived iluj pafJi.
David said: Commit ihy iratj ludo ihc Lord, and He irill
hviiuj it lo ])ciss. So there is something in holding com-
munion with the Lord. Some may wonder at so many
thoughts like these, but that which I love best I expect
to love longest, and I want others to seek the Truth
which will make us free and good. David's discrimina-
tion between the godly and the ungodly, so beautifully
and simply established in the first Psalm, has had much
to do with my choosing and keeping the way of the right-


Mr. Waid often meditates with sincere gratitude on
the blessings imparted to liim in his chiklhood by the ex-
ample and teachings of his Christian, God-fearing parents.
To them he feels indebted for the maxims inculcated oii
him, that in after life led him to seize the precious
moment when it was so ordained he should, to use his
own words, '"choose a way of his own." At the a^e of
seventeen Mr. Waid, ever bearing in mind the injunc-
tion of his parents to love and fear the Lord, came to
appreciate that the most important thing in life was not
only obedience to his father and mother, but also a recog-
nition of the Scriptural advice as given by St. Matthew:
But seek ye first tJte Ix-iuficlom of God and His righteous-
ness, and all these tilings sJtall be added unto you. Mr.
Waid sought this at the State Road Church on the even-
ing of the 10th of January, 1851, during a revival meet-
ing conducted by the Rev. S. K. Paden, and other minis-
ters. It was a notable time, long to be remembered in
this community, where many sought the Lord and found
peace and pardon: young and old here bowed before the
Lord, seeking salvation. It was here Pember Waid learned
the way of life, and continued therein faithfully serving
his Master until He bade him come up higher. This
meeting continued several weeks, and some to-day, who
end)raced it then, are teaching the Gospel; and Mr. Waid
desires to impress on every one, particularly the youth of
our land, that he finds this same seeking after righteous-
ness helps him wonderfully to solve the problem of life :
and he confidently affirms that he owes all his success to
a proper regard for the Apostle's injunction and his
parents' lessons in OBEDIENCE, INDUSTRY and

In his seventeenth year, when his twin brother and he
chose the good way, their parents presented each of them


with a Bible. George N. Waid has Franklin's Bible, and
Francis C. still possesses his own, but has found it necessary,
after twenty-two years of wear and tear, to have it rel>ound,
and, of all books, he contends, that one is still his choice.
"The truth set forth there," says he, ''is grander than any
scene in nature. How I love to contemplate it. I have
had the pleasure of looking on the beautiful scenery of
the Hudson River, and several times in my life of survey-
ing the grandeur of Niagara Falls, with other scenes and
wonders in nature, and it was only when T viewed them
in the light of inspiration that I received the greatest
amount of pleasure. I would 'look through nature up to
nature's God.' "

The early days of Mr. Waid were spent in assisting
his father about the farm, and attending the common
schools. He and his twin brother went a little over a
mile and a half to school, which exercise Mr. Waid opines
had something to do with his being such an excellent
walker in after life; he is, to-day, still credited with be-
ing a good pedestrian, and recognized as one of note, often
preferring "footing it" to riding. (He has two school-
cards, one given to his twin brother, the other to himself.
l)oth bearing this date: ''June 18, 1838; Lucinda Glenn,
teacher." ) From this he went direct to Allegheny Col-
lege for two terms (the fall of 1851 and the spring of
1852). C. R. Slocum and he roomed at the house of Mr.
George Lord's father's cousin, who still lives on the State
Road town hill, at the watering-place, and, when they at-
tended the college in the fall of 1S51, they boarded them-
selves. The kindness shown to them there has never been
forgotten, neither has the chain of friendship, formed be-
tween these two old schoolmates in childhood, youth anil
manhood, ever been broken. C. R. Slocum now (1886 )
resides at Mosiertown, Crawford Couuty, Avitli his wife and


daughter, Maud; in company with Mr. and Mrs. A. Whip-
ple: they AQsited Mr. Waid and family August 21, 18^5.
In the spring of 1852 Mr. Waid boarded with his uncle.
Joseph Finney; ''one of the best uncles he ever had.''
(His wife was Mr. Waid's mother's youngest sister. )

Mr. Finney was a carpenter and joiner, one of Meadville"s
most expert workmen. He gave employment to several men.
and erected many buildings in his day, both in town and
country. In 1845 he built Ira C. Waid's house, where
F. C. Waid's son. Guinuip P.. now lives. When Francis
C. Waid and his twin brother. Franklin P., were boys.
Mr. Finney, while he was building the house spoken of.
made each of them a hand-sled of common ash flooring,
and one of these sleds remained in existence till worn out.
not very long ago, by Mr. Waid's youngest son, Fred F.
There were six children in Joseph Finney's family, only
one of whom is now living — Joseph E., a dentist in Pitts-
burgh, Penn. The eldest son, David Finney, who learned
his father's trade, built, in 1861, the house Francis C.
Waid now lives in; also, in 18(39, George N. Waid's house.

At that time (the fall of 1851 and spring of 1852 )
there was no academy at Meadville or Saegertown, but
being acquainted with S. S. Sears*, who graduated in 1852
from Allegrheny Colleofe, Mr. Waid was induced by him to
accompany him to Waterford, Erie County, where he (Mr.
Sears) had received an appointment as teacher; and so
Mr. Waid became one of his pupils during the fall term
of 1852, in company with C. E. Slocum and E. T.
Wheeler, boarding with Matthew Smith, a farmer. In
the fall of 1853 Mr. Waid attended, one term, the academy
at Meadville, taught by Samuel P. Bates and Thomas
Thickstun, C. E. Slocum and he boarding, during that
term, with Mr. Henderson. These four terms comprised

*Mr. Sears was tlie first Superintendent of Crawford County schools, and one of
the teachers Mr. Waid loved best.


liis entire education, outside of wliat he obtained in the
common schools.

Mr. Waid relates with characteristic pride how that
the first dollar he ever earned was got by picking straw-
berries along wdth his twin brother, and selling them at
5 cents per quart, with the proceeds of which they had the
privilege of buying their own clothes, and still had some
"spending money left.'' At the age of fifteen he made
his first trip from home, assisting Charles Hodge and
Bowers in driving cattle from Crawford County to Heard's
Corners, four miles from Goshen, Orange Co., N. Y., and
on his return he had his first ride on a railway train, from
Albany to Schenectady (sixteen miles). Mr. Waid has,
since then, ridden many thousands of miles, but no journey
has ever given him so much pleasure as that short trip on
the cars. He also sailed on the lake steamer "Bunker
Hill," from Buffalo to Erie (the lake was rough, but he
did not get seasick, though glad when they came into
port), footing it, thence, home, thinking as he plodded on
his way, he had seen part of the world in earnest.

The day Mr. Waid informed his parents that he was
about to get married, his mother said to him, "Well ! if
you do so, my son, you will have to work for a living.''
Shakespeare says there are "tongues in trees, books in
the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in every-
thing;'' and the following homily from the pen of Mr.
Waid himself, in reference to his love for labor, will tes-
tify that he fully endorses the aphorism " there is good in
everything." "If I have to say it for myself," says Mr.
Waid, "(and there is truth enough in it to bear me out),,
over thirty years of my life have been spent in the solu-
tion of that problem, and T am not yet tired, for — I
LOVE LABOR. I know it is a saying few utter, Init I
am one of those few, and to-day I thank my mother for


so much advice given in so few words. That knitting
represented in ]ier portrait means something. I am truly
ghul the days and years of my life have passed so joyously
on the farm. It is written in the good Book : The bless-
ing of ike Lord, it makelli rich, and He addeth no sorroin
with if. (Prov. x: 22.) How true it is !"

Mr. Waid was married on his twenty-first birth-
day, April 23, 1854, wdiich, falling on a Sanday, he
claims caused no interruption to daily labor. The part-
ner of his choice. Miss Eliza C. Masiker, is a dauo-hter
of Jacob and Clarissa (Wood) Masiker, early settlers of
Randol]5h Township, Crawford County, and who came
from Hinsdale, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y.

Jacob Masiker was born July 4, 1799; died January
30, 1860, and is interred in Blooming Valley Cemetery.
He was twice married: on first occasion, October 30, 1825,
to Hannah Loncor, and by her he had one son — Asa — ■
born February 8, 1824, died February 2, 1863, at
S])ring Creek, Warren Co., Penn., where he resided. Mr.
Masiker's second wife was Clarissa Wood, born Augfust
12, 1798, died April 24, 1865, in Cattaraugus County, N.
Y., the place of her nativity, and the children by this
union wei-e Willis, born November 17, 1827, now resid-
ing at Lansing, Iowa; Matilda J., born September 12,
1829; Eliza C, born April 13, 1832; Avery W., born
April 15, 1834; Moses, born April 18, 1836 (he was a
soldier in the Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, was in several battles, and was wounded in the
right elbow, whereby he has almost lost the use of that
arm ever since ; he owns sixty acres of the old homestead in
Randolph Township, Crawford County, and there resides) ;
James H., born June 23, 1838 (was a soldier in the Eigh-
ty-third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was fatally
wounded at the battle of Gnine's Mills June 27, 1862,


dying tlie following morning) ; and George K., born Feb-
ruary 7, 1841 (being in Iowa during the war of the Re-
bellion, he enlisted in a regiment there, and died in hos-
pital at Little Rock, Ark.).

Jacob Masiker had but two daughters, and Mr. Waid
says he has often thought, and has had time enough
since his marriage (now thirty-two years), to think
how fortunate he and Mr. Cutshall were in finding them
when they did. These words of Solomon proved liter-
ally true : Whoso findpih a wife fmdeih a good ihiiig, and
ohiaincili favor of fJic Lord. (Prov. xviii: 22.) They
had found '" o good fJtiiig,''' even if the girls failed some-
what in their expectations.

In Mr. Waid's youth, being so much in the company
of his twin brother, it became a common expression with
him to say "Frank and I,"* but it has almost become as
frequent for him to express himself thus: "George and
I," referring to George W. Cutshall, they having spent so
much of their time together in labor on each of their
farms and elsewhere, as well as in visiting at home.
They have traveled thousands of miles in each other's
company and, as Mr. Cutshall says, "have crossed many
a wooden bridge and some iron bridges, together, safely."
In the Bible it is written by the wisest man: Thine oini
friend and thij fafJie)-'s friend forsake not.

G. W. Cutshall was Mr. Waid's father's friend, and
he Avas also a true friend of Mr. Waid in their youth,
before either was married, and the relationship which
they have sustained toward each other since is one in
which true friendship has existed and is now fully realized
and appreciated by both ])arties.

To Mr. and Mrs. Francis C. Waid have been born
three children, viz. : Franklin I. (])orn January 5, 1855,
married March 15, 1S77, to Maggie E. Moore, born May


14, 1859, and their children were as follows : Ida May,
born December 25. 1878. in Mead Township, Crawford
Co.. Penn., died October 13, 1881; Ina Bell, born Janu-
ary 28, 1882, in Woodcock Township, Crawford Co.,
Penn. ; Elma Irena, born June 1-1, 1881, also in "Wood-
cock Township) ; Guinnip P. (born September 22, 1850,
married March 31, 1883, to Anna M. Slocum, who was
born November 6, 1862, in Indiana County, Penn.);
and Fred F. (born March 6, 18(38). Boys seem to pre-
dominate in the Waid family, for the children of Ira C.
Waid and those of R. L. Waid were all boys, and Francis
C. has made no change to the seeming rule, but, as the
family record shows, George N. has outstripped liis par-
ents and both of his brothers in raising a family. Frank-
lin I., after marriage, lived with his father-in-law, having
charge of the farm, which he worked for about three
years; then in 1880-81 he worked on C. A. Buell's farm.
In 1882 he took charge of part of his father's farm. In
1883 he went to Knoxville, east Tennessee, where he found
a place as superintendent of Col. William H. Easiley's
farm of over l.OOO acres at Muddy Creek Station, Lou-
don County, on the east Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia
Railroad. Here he remained about one year. In October
of 1883 his parents visited him, and they then had the
happiness of seeing, as the Colonel remarked, "the sunny
South, even Knoxville, the garden of the world."

Mr. Waid supplies the following short and suggest-
ive account of something he saw on Col. Easiley's farm:
"One morning the Colonel called for me at the residence
of my son, Franklin, and took me a horseback ride over
his farm. After looking over a portion of his large farm
we came to his cornfield of 100 acres, and as we rode into
the corn, which was planted about four feet apart each
way, the height of the stalks and ears surprised me. I



I had seen corn in the West, but this was east Tennessee.
Though sitting on a large horse I had to reach up as far
as possible to touch the ears of corn, which beat anything
in this line I had ever seen. My son had cut one of the
tall stalks of corn and laid by to show us when we came
how tall corn grew in Tennessee. The stalk measured
sixteen feet four inches, and had two ears ; one ear I have
now, which I brought home. In company with George
N. Waid and G. W. Cutshall, I again went to east Ten-
nessee, December 14, 1883, with the intention of buying
a certain farm for my son, but did not purchase, not be-
ing suited. The farm was near Greeneville, Greene Co.,
east Tennessee, known as the College Farm, owned by Mr.
Williams. We visited, near Greeneville, the family burial
place of ex-President Andrew Johnson, seventeenth Pres-
ident of the United States. His three sons are interred

In 1884 Franklin I. was in the employment of
George Bush, of Warren County, Penn. After eight
years spent in farm life in different localities, including
one year on Col. Easiley's farm in Tennessee, he has set-
tled down to the life of an agriculturist on the farm his
father bought of A. S. Goodrich, in January, 1885, mov-
ing on it April 1, that year, and is now doing what his
father has long tried to bring about. The satisfaction of
the latter can be better imagined than described.

"Life is a battle." Then who would not rejoice with
Mr. and Mrs. W^aid, in their having their children situ-
ated in so good a county as Crawford, and so near the old
home? Guinnip P. is living on the old homestead, where
his paternal grandparents lived, and is doing what his
father was wont to do before him — working 100 acres of
the farm on shares. He began work on the farm im-
mediately after marriage.


Fred F. is a rising young man whose commendable
disposition endears him to all who know him, and, like his
father, loves his book, and does his part manfully on the
farm. During the summer of 1884 Fred wanted a little
piece of ground on which to plant potatoes and beans and
to till for himself, and his interest in the crops being
half, he said, as they were not very good, he would take
$5. His father paid the money and thought nothing
more of it. But in a few days Mr. Waid went to the
bank, and Mr. Dick, the banker, asked him if he had a
boy by the name of Fred. Mr. Waid said "Yes." "Well,"
returned Mr. Dick, "he has left $10 here and taken a
certificate." This was a surprise to Mr. Waid, and he
began to think his son had commenced younger than he
did himself in that line of business. The other $5 Fred
had earned little by little.

Fred F. attended school during the fall of 1885 in
Blooming Valley, and during the summer, besides help-
ing to do the farm work at home, he assisted his father
in putting in some crops on the Goodrich farm, of which

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