Friday, August 24, 2012

Coal Companies and Railroads

The photo above is the image of James Archbald the 5th. Please disregard the spot on his nose as a jokester filled in his nostril.

James Archbald was named after his father James Archbald the 4th and he and his father were known as the developers of the coal companies and railroads; the Delaware & Hudson and the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western.  According to the History of Scranton by Frederick Hitchcock the Archbald's ran these companies for over 70 years.

The James pictured above served in the Civil War in Company I, 132nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was a captain that fought at the Battle of South Mountain, and Antietam.  On January 25, 1865 he married Maria H. Albright and they had six children.  James Archbald died on October 4, 1910 in Venice Italy while on a 3 month vacation with his wife.

-More information about James Archbald can be found in the History of Scranton by Frederick Hitchcock starting on page 660.

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