Feb. 18, 1869 Beaumont Wyoming County Pennsylvania, USA
ARCHIE L. PARRISH — A member of one of the oldest families of the Wyoming Val- ley, Mr. Parrish was a native and life- long resident of that section of Pennsylvania. Throughout his active life, ever since hav- ing completed his education, he has been identified with that region's leading indus- try, the coal mining industry, and has been associated in responsible positions with the Kingston Coal Company. In that industry, he was widely known as a man of wide practical experience and as the inventor of several important devices used extensively by many of the most successful coal mines. For many years a resident of Kingston, he has been prominently active in that community's fraternal, civic and religious life and is considered one of its leading and substantial citizens.
Archie L. Parrish was born at Beaumont, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1869, a son of John F. and Almira "Alma" Elizabeth Frear Parrish. His father, who was a native of Evansfalls, Pennsylvania, and who died in 1904, was for many years successfully engaged in the lumber business, while his mother, who is still living, is a native of Beaumont, Wyoming County. Mr. Parrish is of very distinguished ancestry on both sides of his family. The Wyoming Monument, erected at Wilkes-Barre to commemorate the Battle of Wyoming, one of the important battles of the Revolutionary War, contains no less than three names of men who fought there to establish this Republic and of whom Mr. Parrish is a direct descendant; John Williams, Daniel Downing and Asa Stephens. Another active participant in the Revolu- tionary War, who is an ancestor in the direct line of Mr. Parrish, was Ebenezer Parrish. On his mother's side, too, he is descended from pioneer stock, the Frear family having been settled in this country for about three centuries.
Mr. Parrish received his education in the public schools of Le Grange, Pennsylvania. After leaving school he learned the construc- tion of coal breakers and ever since then it has been chiefly with the construction end of coal mining that he has been identified. In the beginning of his career he was a foreman for the Lehigh Valley Coal Com- pany for several years, after which he held similar positions with a number of other important coal mining companies. In 1908 he became connected with the Kingston Coal Company, a connection which has continued without interruption since then. For many years he was superintendent of construction for this company, but since 1927 he has been its outside superintendent. In these several positions of great responsibility he has al- ways shown notable ability and fidelity, gain- ing for himself alike the confidence of his employers and the liking of those who worked under his direction. At different times dur- ing his long connection with the coal min- ing industry he has designed and patented several devices for use in coal mining and preparation. The most notable of these, perhaps, is the Parrish Shaker, known throughout the industry as one of the most effective devices of its type and used exten- sively today by many of the largest coal mines in this and other countries. Mr. Par- rish has been very active for many years in Masonic affairs and he is a member of Lodge No. 474 at Ashley, Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons; Shekinah Chapter, Royal Arch Masons: and Dieu le Veut Com- mandery, No. 45, Knights Templar. In poli- tics he is a supporter of the Republican party, while his religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian Church of Kingston.
Arch L. Parrish married, in 1889, Margaret Gettinger, of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A daughter of William and Katherine Gettinger, Margaret was born in Jan 1871. She is the sister of William Gettinger.
Arch L. and Margaret Gettinger Parrish are the parents of eight children, 7 of whom survived:
IDA M. PARRISH Born Dec 1889 FLOYD G. PARRISH Born Aug 1891 CALVIN PARRISH Born July 1893 LOLA C. PARRISH Born Aug 1897 MARTHA E. PARRISH Born 1899-1901 ESTHER PARRISH Born 1903-1904 ARCHIE L. PARRISH, JR Born 1907-1908
They also have a grandson, Daniel Glass Parrish. The family home was located at No. 378 Chestnut Street, Kingston.
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