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Old Timers 1907

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)

RICHARD FENNESSY--chief driller for the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and Iron Company, with residence at Frackville was born in Cameron, Steuben county, N. Y., Sept. 18, 1862, a son of James and Catherine (Anglum) Fennessy, the former of whom was a native of County Cork, Ireland, and the latter of County Clare. James Fennessy immigrated to the United States in early manhood and was a resident of Philadelphia for seven years prior to his removal, about 1856, to Cameron, N.Y., where he entered the employ of the Erie Railroad, and where he met and married his life companion.

In 1887 he removed to Frackville, where he was employed as a watchman by the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company until his death, in 1904. He was the father of eleven children, ten of whom grew to maturity, viz: Mary, who became the wife of Thomas C. Kenney, of Scranton; Richard the subject of this sketch; Anna, wife of Lucian Geisenheimer, of Cuba, N.Y.; John, of Adrian, N.Y.; William, of Frackville; Nellie, wife of Dominick J. Lynch of Philadelphia; Rose, wife of Boyd Schaefer, of Bloomsburg; Margaret, wife of William Richards, Frackville; Thomas W., of Uniontown, and Catherine, deceased, who was the twin of John.

Richard F. Fennessy was reared in Cameron, N.Y., but in 1873, at the age of eleven years, went to Scranton, where he remained until 1878. He then went to Bradford, being employed in the oil fields of McKean county. In 1883 he removed to Tremont, where he entered the employ of the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company, having charge of all Reading Coal & Iron Company, as a driller. He remained in Tremont for four years and in 1887 removed to Frackville, where he has since maintained his residence and where he serves in the capacity of chief driller for the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company, having charge of all the drilling for that company.

Mr. Fennessy is prominently identified with the business interests of Frackville and is recognized as one of its leading influential citizens. He is a director of the First National bank and for ten years has been a director of the building and loan association. Politically he is an active worker in the ranks of the Democratic party, and has served on the board of health of his city for ten years. He and his family are members of the Roman Catholic church. In 1883 Mr. Fennessy married Emma Faust, a daughter of George and Sarah (Spatzer) Faust, of Upper Rauch Creek, Schuylkill county, and to them have been born eight children, as follows: Gertrude, Bertha, Richard, James, Laurence, Ida, Mary, and Anna.

[This article can be found in "1907 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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