Aug. 25, 1887 Wilkes-Barre Luzerne County Pennsylvania, USA
An Old Citizen's Death The Historical Record September 1886 - August 1887 F. C. Johnson, editor
Mr. Richard Anthony the pioneer iron fence builder of this district died Thursday August 25 (1887) aged 78 years. He was a native of Monmouthshire England, and came to this country some 25 years ago settling first in Scranton and subsequently in this city. He had been engaged all his life in iron working and his devices and improvements in the manufacture of iron rails have been specially valuable.
During his active career in this country he was a prolific patentee of railway chairs, fence posts, wheels, bedsteads, etc. One patent especially attracted attention for placing a steel cap on old iron rails, but unfortunately the Bessemer process came out soon after, reducing the cost of steel rails, and the patent was dropped.
He achieved a great success in iron fence building and his styles and methods of manufacture are now the standard of all fence makers. The Eagle Iron Works is the outcome of his planting and of which his son Edward is the active superintendent.
Genial in manner, charitable to a fault in disposition, he passed away amid the grief of his children and with the respect of a large circle of fellow citizens.
Mary, dy - buried in Wales Mary Elizabeth, 25 Jul 1849-18 Sep 1853) - buried in Wales
William 1844-1920 (moved to Buffalo, NY - buried in NY