William Walker Scranton

William Walker Scranton

Birth
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Death 3 Dec 1916 (aged 72)
Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Scranton Mausoleum, Lot 105, Block 11, Grave #1
Memorial ID 117003907 · View Source
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William Walker Scranton attended Scranton High School and Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. He graduated from Yale in 1865.

Excerpts from Yale Obituaries 1915-20, page 309:

After graduation he returned to Scranton and entered the employ of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, of which his father was president. In 1867 he was made superintendent of a mill opened by the company at that time, four years later becoming assistant president. He went to Europe in 1874 to study the manufacture of Bessemer steel in England, France, and Germany. Upon his return to this country he was made general manager of the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company, and soon afterwards built the company's Bessemer steel works and steel rail mill. He founded the Scranton Steel Company and remained in active control of the company until 1891, when it was consolidated with the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company.

He then devoted his energies to the management of the Scranton Gas and Water Company. He was the director of a number of other enterprises. He was a member of the Fist Presbyterian Church of Scranton. He had been a generous supporter of Yale Alumni University Fund. He gave a large piece of property at St. Albans, VT to the University of Vermont.

On October 15, 1874, he was married in St. Albans, to Katherine Maria, daughter of Worthington Curtis Smith, and Katherine Walworth Smith.

OBITUARY from the Scranton Republican Dec 6, 1916

HUNDREDS PAY FINAL RESPECTS
Simple Services Over Body of W. W. Scranton Typical of
Deceased Citizen.

ALL WALKS OF LIFE MOURN
Officials, Leading Families and Toilers Represented Among Funeral Attendants.

W. W. Scranton, Scranton's greatest son and most revered man, whose death on Sunday caused sorrow In every household in the community, was laid at rest yesterday afternoon In the family chapel In Dunmore cemetery, where the body of his father, Joseph H. Scranton, one of the city's founders, reposes. Among the mourners of countrywide prominence who came here to pay their tribute to the memory of Mr. Scranton was Governor E. C. Smith, of
Vermont. Mrs. Smith accompanied the governor. They were close personal friends of Mr. Scranton.

Thousands of Scranton men and women, the rich and the poor, the young and the old, went to the Scranton mansion, on Ridge Row, yesterday to view the body as it lay in state in the south east room and to pay their final tribute to one of the greatest factors in the up-building of the city. Hundreds of employees of the Scranton Gas and Water company, of which he was head, marched to the home in the early afternoon to look for the last time on the face of the man who was more like a father than an employer to them. A big delegation of men of the Scranton Surface Protective association marched to the Scranton home to take their last farewell of their benefactor and to show by their presence their thanks to him for his recent aid in their fight for surface safety, his contribution of $10,000 and his moral support of the cause which they deemed even greater.

All City Represented. Men bent with years who had been associated with Mr. Scranton in his early days as a steel manufacturer, and who knew in him a man of strength and force of character and justice, wept silently as they bent over the casket that held the body of the man they respected more than any other man. Bankers, judges, lawyers, doctors, merchants, city and county officials sat with bowed men and women from humbler walks in life to whom Mr. Scranton was an even greater friend than he was to the rich and affluent. There were also at the services men and women of all the city's leading families that have lived here since the city was really founded by the Scrantons and who recognized in W. W. Scranton the great man of a great family.

The services were simple and without pomp, and in keeping with the great strength and lack of ostentation in the man's character. Rev. W. L. Sawtelle, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church, read the Episcopal service, a service of strength and beauty. The quartet of the First church sang, "My Jesus As Thou Wilt," and John Burnett of the quartet, sang "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go."

Throngs at Services. The services were in the great hall on the main floor of the home, and the several rooms on that floor were crowded with the men and women of the city. Other hundreds stood in the street in front of the mansion or in the grounds. Everywhere men talked in whispers of the loss the city has sustained in the death of its greatest son, and it seemed that everyone felt the less a personal one. The men who had known Mr. Scranton intimately felt the loss of a true friend, and the men who had known him only casually or even by sight felt that not only themselves out the entire community had lost a real friend, a benefactor and a man whose counsel of a public cause made that cause victorious.

The magnificence of the floral tributes and their number were tokens, too, of the love and esteem in which the city held the man. The great southeast room, where the body lay in a plain dark casket, was banked with beautiful flowers. the tributes - of employees, friends and corporations with which he had been associated.

The honorary Pallbearers were: Judge R. W. Archbald. Judge H. A. Knabb. H. W. Kingsbury, George B. Smith, J. Benjamin Dimmick and Grayson Merrill, of New York, one of Mr. Scranton's classmates at Yale. The active pallbearers, all old employees of the Scranton Gas and Water company, were: John Coslett, John Brown, John Mangany, Henry Webber, Herbert Warner and J. B. Cummings, of Olyphant With the exception of Mr. Warner, who drove Mr. Scranton's automobiles, all the active bearers are foremen of the company.

Mourners From Out of Town. Among the out of town mourners at the funeral services were: Governor and Mrs. E. C. Smith, of Vermont; Col. Walter Scranton and his daughter, of Vergennes. Vt.: Mrs. Levi I. Shoemaker. of Wilkes Barre (Colonel Scranton and Mrs. Shoemaker are brother and sister of Mr. Scranton); Mrs. Walter Smith, of St. Albans. Vt.; Miss Isabelle Chalfant, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. William Rogers, Mrs. William Scoville, Miss Cornelia Le Roy, H. W. Bahrenburg and J. H. Donnelly, of New York. Mr. Bahrenburg is president and Mr. Donnelly secretary and treasurer of the Mountain Ice Company, in which Mr. Scranton was a heavy stockholder. Those who sat in the room with the family during the services were: Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Piatt. Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Piatt, E. S. Doud, William H. Scranton, Mrs. Everett Warren, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Cowdrey, Mrs. E. N. Wlllard and Dr. J. M. Wainwrlght, Mayor E. B. Jermyn and the five city councllmen, D. J. Campbell, James A. Linen. Jr., R. J. Bauer, William Wirth and Thomas H. Saville, represented the city government at the services. Mrs. Jermyn accompanied the mayor.

Among the men who worked with Mr. Scranton in the olden days and who attended the services were: L. B. Storm, W. H. Williams and Samuel Seward. All the officers of the Scranton Surface Protective Association and many members of that body were in the line that marched to the Scranton home before the service. President John H. Durkan and Secretary William La Fontaine led the march. The members of the First church quartet, who sang at the services, were: Misses Dorothy Page and Mary L. Scheeder John Burnett and Jack Davis. The services at the cemetery were private and the Episcopal burial service was offered by Rev. Dr. Sawtelle. Funeral Director William C. Price was in charge of the funeral arrangements.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 117003907
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Walker Scranton (4 Apr 1844–3 Dec 1916), Find a Grave Memorial no. 117003907, citing Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by SueMac (contributor 47569786) .