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 Fred J Banta

Fred J Banta

Birth
Stockholm, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 1 Oct 1955 (aged 72)
USA
Burial Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Old Yard 1/2 adjoins Lot 8
Memorial ID 59237070 · View Source
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FRED J. BANTA — Born in the town of Stockholm, New Jersey, Fred J. Banta held various positions in that State until 1905, in which year he came to Luzerne County and learned the trade of moulder. After working in that line for several years, Mr. Banta became associated with Haddock Mining Company of Luzerne, with which concern he now fills the offices of shipping clerk and weighmaster. Mr. Banta is a prominent figure in his community, having served two terms as burgess.

Mr. Banta was born in Stockholm, August 24, 1883, the son of Joseph and Kathryn Banta, both natives of Newfoundland, Morris County, New Jersey, where the former was a blacksmith, employed with the Franklin Iron Company for sixteen years. He died on May 15, 1926, his wife, the mother of Fred J. Banta, having predeceased him on October 3, 1921. Mr. Banta obtained his early education in the public schools of Franklin, graduating from the high school there with the class of 1900. For about a year he was employed by the American Express Company at Weehawken, New Jersey, after which he worked in the paper mills at Hamburg, New Jersey, for three years. He was with the New Jersey Zinc Company, at Franklin for the next two years, at the end of which time he came to Wyoming and learned the moulder's trade. He was engaged in that line of work for seven years and in June, 1912, he became connected with the Haddock Mining Company, of Luzerne. He was first employed as a carpenter and later as an inspector of coal and in 1924 he took his present position in the offices of the corporation as shipping clerk and weighmaster.

For two years Mr. Banta was secretary of the borough council, and was later appointed to serve the unexpired term of Daniel Llewellyn as burgess. This was in March, 1922 and in 1926 he was elected burgess, to serve a term of four years. He was connected with the Luzerne Fire Department No. 1, and served as president for two years. He is an active member of Walnut Lodge, No. 953, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was Past Grand and Past Deputy grand of District No. 1 and was a member of Wyoming Valley Encampment No. 25. His religious affiliations are with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member of the official board for several years.

On August 20, 1910, Mr. Banta married Margaret Hewitt, of Luzerne, daughter of Newman and Louise Hewitt. Mr. and Mrs. Banta are the parents of one child, a girl, Kathryn, born November 1, 1915.

(from page 433 of A history of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: from its first beginnings to the present time, including chapters of newly-discovered early Wyoming Valley history, together with many biographical sketches and much genealogical material, volume 6)


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  • Created by: Louise B
  • Added: 26 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59237070
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fred J Banta (24 Aug 1883–1 Oct 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59237070, citing Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Louise B (contributor 47265299) .