Location: Scranton Pennsylvania

Slave Narrative of Caroline Hammond

Interviewer: Rogers Person Interviewed: Caroline Hammond Location: Baltimore, Maryland Place of Birth: Anne Arundel County MD Date of Birth: 1844 Place of Residence: 4710 Road, Baltimore, MD Interview at her home, 4710 Falls Road, Baltimore, Md. “I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844. The daughter of a free man and a slave woman, who was owned by Thomas Davidson, a slave owner and farmer of Anne Arundel. He had a large farm and about 25 slaves on his farm all of whom lived in small huts with the exception of several of the household help who ate and slept in the manor house. My mother being one of the household slaves, enjoyed certain privileges that the farm slaves did not. She was the head cook of Mr. Davidson’s household. “Mr. Davidson and his family were considered people of high social standing in Annapolis and the people in the county. Mr. Davidson entertained on a large scale, especially many of the officers of the Naval Academy at Annapolis and his friends from Baltimore. Mrs. Davidson’s dishes were considered the finest, and to receive an invitation from the Davidsons meant that you would enjoy Maryland’s finest terrapin and chicken besides the best wine and champagne on the market. “All of the cooking was supervised by mother, and the table...

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Biography of T. J. Jones

On the roll of Idaho’s distinguished lawyers is the name of T. J. Jones, of Boise. Faithfulness to duty and strict adherence to a fixed purpose in life will do more to advance a man’s interests than wealth or adventitious circumstances. The successful men of the day arc they who have planned their own advancement and have accomplished it in spite of many obstacles and with a certainty that could have been attained only through their own efforts. This class of men has a worthy representative in T. J. Jones, who began life amid unfavoring circumstances in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. Born in Montour County, Pennsylvania, in 1857, he is of Welsh lineage. His father, David Jones, was born in a little County of Wales, whence he emigrated to America, locating in the Keystone state, where he married Miss Anna Naughton. He was a Baptist minister, and served as an officer in the war with Mexico. He died in 1861, from injuries received in said war, leaving a wife and five children. The subject of this review was only four years old at the time of his father’s death. He spent his childhood and youth in the state of his nativity, and when only eight years of age began earning his own livelihood by working in the coal mines. Thus he was employed for seven years, when he...

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Biography of William H. Redway

Business enterprise and success at Caldwell, Idaho, have an able representative in the subject of this sketch, William H. Redway, dealer in hardware and groceries. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1858, son of A. G. Redway, an honored pioneer of Idaho, whose history is referred to at length on another page of this work. William H. was very small at the time the family came west and settled on the Idaho frontier, and here he was reared, his education being received in St. Michael’s school at Boise and St. Mark’s school at Salt Lake City, both institutions under the supervision of the Episcopalian church. After completing his studies at Salt Lake City he returned to Boise and accepted the agency of the Utah, Idaho & Oregon stage line, which business occupied his time and attention for three years. During that period he was in what was known as the Wood river excitement, engaged in mercantile business for eight years. Selling out his business on Wood river, he moved to Salt Lake City, where he became bookkeeper for a large dry-goods house. In 1892 he came to Caldwell and bought out the mercantile firm of the M. B. Gwinn Mercantile Company, and has since been in business at this place, keeping a large and carefully selected stock of goods and controlling a large trade, his success being...

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Biography of Hon. George W. Gorton

The late Hon. George W. Gorton filled a place in the business and social circles of Soda Springs, and in fact of the entire state of Idaho, which will be vacant as long as his friends and admirers survive, for he was a man of marked individuality, a magnetic man who drew men to him and bound them with bonds of strongest friendship, and a helpful man who was always assisting others over rough places, and those who knew him believed that there was no man like him. Air. Gorton was born at Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 3, 1846, a son of Job P. and Deborah (Sweet) Gorton. His ancestors were English, and the progenitors of his families of Gorton and Sweet located early in Rhode Island, and some of their descendants participated in the Revolutionary struggle of the American colonies. His father and mother were born in Rhode Island and found a new home in Pennsylvania soon after their marriage. They had four children, and Mrs. Gorton died in giving birth to the subject of this sketch. George W. Gorton was educated in the public schools of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was only seventeen years old in 1863, when the fortunes of the Union cause, in the great struggle for northern and southern supremacy, were darker than at any other time during the war, but realizing how sorely our nation...

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Biographical Sketch of George A. Lorentz

Lorentz, George A.; plumber; born, Cassel, Germany, March 15, 1877; son of William and Marget Steiner Lorentz; educated at public, high and technical schools; married, Scranton, Pa., Nov. 1, 1898, Helen Schmidt; one son, George William, age 14 years; plumbing contractor since 1905; member Cleveland Master Plumbers Ass’n; 3rd degree Mason; member Germania. Favorite recreation:...

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Biography of Rolla Edwin Long

Rolla Edwin Long, superintendent of the city schools of Galena, is an educator of wide and diversified experience in the schools of this state, and has spent altogether upwards of twenty years in a profession which is one of the most important to the welfare of mankind. In 1916 he entered upon his fourth consecutive year as superintendent of the schools of Galena. The people of that city take special pride in their schools, and Mr. Long has done much to raise the local school standards and improve the different departments of instruction. Under his supervision are six schools, a staff of thirty-seven teachers, and about seventeen hundred scholars enrolled. The first school he taught was in 1888. It was a country district seven miles southeast of Osage Mission in Neosho County. After the year spent there, he has consecutively taught for two years in the country at Blancheville in Marshall County; two years as principal of the high school at Oswego; three years as principal of the city schools of Irving; two years superintendent of schools at Waterville; six years superintendent of schools at Axtel; six years superintendent at Lincoln; and from Lincoln he came to Galena. Mr. Long represents a pioneer family both in Indiana and Kansas. His paternal ancestors came from England to Massachusetts in colonial times, and subsequently members of the family went south into...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur Baldwin Williams, Jr.

Williams, Arthur Baldwin, Jr.; real estate and law; born, Glen Ridge, N. Y., April 11, 1874; son of Arthur B. and Ida L. Harrison Williams; educated, Yale University, A. B., 1898; Cleveland Law School, LL. B., 1912; married, Scranton, Pa., June 5, 1901, Emma M. Hanley; admitted to Ohio bar, June, 1912; sec’y College Dept., International Committee of Y. M. C. A., 1901-1904; sec’y Central Dept., Cleveland Y. M. C. A., 1904-1907; general agt. The Cleveland Humane Society, 1908-1913; special lecturer in sociology, Western Reserve University, 1912-1913; Green, Cadwallader, Long Co., real estate, 1913; member Ohio State Bar Ass’n; life member Cleveland Associated Charities; sec’y Western Reserve Child Welfare Council; sec’y Ohio Federation of Humane Societies; member Yale Alumni Ass’n of Cleveland; Chamber of Commerce, Council of Sociology; fraternities, Beta Epsilon, Alpha Chapter, Delta Phi Delta, Alpha Chapter, Psi Upsilon Beta Chapter. Recreations: Hunting and Fishing, Camping, bird study and general outdoor...

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Eva Adeline Todd Burgess of Pendleton OR

BURGESS, Eva Adeline Todd9, (Erastus W.8, Erastus7, Aden6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 3, 1862, in Meriden, Conn., married Aug. 30, 1884, William Curtiss, son of Daniel and Ann (London) Dickens, of Ariel, Wayne County, Penn., an adopted son of Luther and Jennie (Ford) Burgess, of Scranton, Penn., and grandson of a nephew of Charles Dickens. He removed from Scranton, Penn., to Meriden, Conn., in 1888, and to Pendleton, Ore., in 1890; he was born Jan. 19, 1862. Children: I. William Erastus, b. June 3, 1885, d. June 23, 1885. II. Ethel Lillian, b. July 14, 1886, d. July 16, 1887. III. Hazel Winona, b. Jan. 17, 1888. IV. Eva Estelle, b. Dec. 16, 1892, d. Feb. 20,...

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Biography of Isaac Mills

ISAAC MILLS – Descended from a sterling New England ancestry, Isaac Mills was born in Southwick, Massachusetts, January 29, 1826, the son of John Mills; who was a notable figure in that region and the State, and served as United States District Attorney and State Senator. Isaac Mills attended the private schools of Mr. Lawton and Mr. Lombard, where many leading citizens received their early training. For a time he also attended Monson Academy, but was not graduated from that institution. He entered business life as a railroad clerk in the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad office at Bridgeport, Connecticut. From that position he went to Scranton, Pennsylvania, remaining for a time, and later returned to Springfield, to which his father had removed when Isaac was but ten years old. In Springfield he became a junior partner in the firm of Deane, Packard & Mills, car builders. About that time Mr. Mills married Ann L. Palmer, the oldest daughter of Edward Palmer, a prominent man of his day. Mr. Palmer was the manager of transportation from Springfield to Hartford, and captain of the steamboat “John Cooley.” in 1831. In 1846 he sold out his steamboat interest to the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, and bought an interest in the coal business with Mr. Ashley. Mr. Mills entered the employ of his father-in-law, and thus became...

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