Portrait and Biographical Record of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Portrait and Biographical Record of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...grandparents, James and Sarah (Clapp) Grifiin, were among the first settlers in Providence, near Scranton, but afterward they went to Vestchester County, N. Y., where they died in advanced years. Mrs. Wagner's maternal grandfather was William Clark, one of the early settlers of Clarks Green, the place being named in honor of himself and his brother Jeremiah. triotic citizens of our country have emi grated hither from foreign lands, and among them are many of the stalwart sons of Germany. Coming with little or no capital, some in youth and some in manhood, they have almost invariably, when honest and industrious, built up comfortable homes and gained a success that would have been impossible for them in the old country, W hen Mr. Finkler crossed the ocean he was a lad of ten years, but had already learned many lessons in the hard school of poverty. At only seven years he worked in a cotton mill in France, and the seven cents per day earned in this way was an important item in supporting the family. His mother, too, worked in the same place, receiving fourteen cents per day. From that condition of poverty he has, by self-exertion, raised himself to a position of influence among the truck farmers of Newton Township, where he owns three hundred acres of land. From Prussia Michael Finkler, our subject's father, came to America in 1837, arriving in New York after a voyage of seventy-two days, and from there going by wagon to Wilkesbarre. Six days were spent in this trip. the horse making but slow progress in pulling the wagon through heavy drifts and in the face of a blinding snow. After he had been two years in /Vilkesbarre, the PETER FINKLER. Many of the most pa father drove back to New York to meet his wife, son and two...show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973127
  • 9781236973122