Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Members of the Club

South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club Members were:

Edward Jay Allen - Col. Allen was born in New York City in 1830. He later helped to organize the Pacific and Atlantic Telegraph Company.

De Witt Clinton Bidwell - Mr. Bidwell’s firm, D. W. C. Bidwell and Company represented DuPont and sold dynamite, explosives, and powder used for mining.

James W. Brown - James Brown in 1889 was the secretary and treasurer for Hussey, Howe and Company, Steel Words, Ltd. He later served in the House of Representatives from 1903-1905.

Hilary B. Brunot - Brunot was one of the many attorneys in Pittsburgh serving in 1889.

John Caldwell, Jr. - He was treasurer of the Philadelphia Company, a firm that involved it with natural gas. Along with James McGreggor and J. McM King, he served as a director of the Allegheny National Bank of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Carnegie - The rags-to-riches Scottish immigrant who by his policy of survival of the fittest fashioned what would become United States Steel and then abandoned Pittsburgh for a life of ease at his fantasy castle in verdant Scotland.

Casper Augustus Carpenter - A charter member of the Club; his lucrative position was freight agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Carpenter was one of the small committee of people who were entrusted with the duty of inspecting the dam in 1880 and who thereafter reported their findings to Benjamin Ruff.

John Weakley Chalfant - Also associated with Spang, Chalfant and Company, a firm, which became one of the largest producers of steel tubing in the United States; a poineer in the use of natural gas to power industry, Chalfant was a civc leader and the president of People's National Bank.

George Harvey Christy - Christy was an attorney from Pittsburgh specializing in patent law and a close associate of George Westinghouse. His daughter married J. H. Willock's nephew.

Thomas Clark - A charter member of the Club; possibly an attorney.

Charles John Clarke - A charter member of the Club, Clarke had already retired in 1874 from a transportation business called Clarke and Company. He kept himself busy by investing in real estate, railroads, and securities. He is the father of Louis Semple Clarke. The members of the Club met in his home to determine their "Silence is Golden" policy about the Flood.

Louis Semple Clarke - Charles Clarke’s son, Louis, is probably most famous for the spark plug he developed for use in gasoline engines. He also perfected the drive-shaft system for use in automobiles and was the first to design a useful oil circulation system. He was the founder of the Autocar company, later White Trucks. Thanks to the good graces of one of his family members, an outstanding collection of photographs taken by Mr. Clarke can now be viewed on line at: (Mr. Clarke is the dashing looking young man in the naval suit and moustache, you can see him driving one of his cars in the Miscellaneous section of photos).

A. C. Crawford - Due to lack of strong documentation the A. C. Crawford associated with this club is unknown. Most likely this Crawford was an attorney from Armstrong County.

William Thompson Dunn - A charter member of the Club; Dunn was a contrctor associated with the William T. Dunn and Company, which sold building supplies.

Cyrus Elder - The only member from Johnstown in 1889, and the only member to lose immediate family in the disaster. Elder was a poet and served as the attorney and chief counsel for the Cambria Iron Company. Much more on Cyrus, later...

Daniel R. Euwer - A charter member of the Club; associated with Euwer and Brothers, lumber dealers and a director of the Iron City National Bank of Pittsburgh.

John King Ewing - Ewing was involved with real estate in 1889 and associated with Ewing and Byers and a a director of the Anchor Savings Bank.

Aaron French - Along with Calvin Wells, French’s company, A. French Spring Company, produced the first steel springs for railroad cars. He quietly did philanthropic work until his death in 1902.

Henry Clay Frick - Founder and Charter Member of the Club, among the three most famous of the Club members, Mr. Frick was the grandson of the prosperous Overholt whiskey maker. “The King of Coke” and the creator of what is now the Frick Collection in New York, Henry Clay Frick was the sometime partner and sometime adversary of Andrew Carnegie and the lifelong friend of Andrew W. Mellon.

Walter Franklin Fundenburg - A charter member of the Club. Fundenburgh was a dentist.

A. G. Harmes - Associated with the Harmes Machinery Depot, Harmes was involved with the production of engine broilers and sawmill machinery.

John A. Harper - Harper was assistant cashier and director and president of the Bank of Pittsburgh in 1889 and later became the president of Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

Howard Hartley - A charter member of the Club, associated with Hartley Brothers, manufacturers of leather belting and hose, rubber belts and machinery packing.

Henry Holdship - Holdship was associated with banking, mining, and oil throughout his career. A partner in the firm Holdship and Irwin with SFF&HC member Lewis Irwin, Holdship also helped found the Art Society of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

Americus Vespecius Holmes - A charter member of the Club, involved with real estate and vice-president of Dollar Savings Bank.

Durbin Horne - Durbin Horne was president of Joseph Horne and Company, a celebrated deparment store involved in retail sales.

George Franklin Huff - Huff was involved in banking, coke, coal, railroads, natural gas, and other utilities. He was elected to the House of Representatives, serving until 1910.

Christopher Curtis Hussey - A charter member of the Club, associated with Hussey, Howe and Company, steel manufacturers. Deceased by 1889.

Lewis Irwin - A partner in the oil firm Holdship & Irwin, Lewis Irwin was the brother-in-law and partner of Coub member Henry Holdship and brother-in-law of Dr. David N. Rankin.

Philander Chase Knox - An attorney in the firm Knox and Reed (now Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay) with a distinguished political career, he was Secretary of State from 1901 to 1921 and twice elected to the Senate. His nickname was "Sleepy Phil" because he sometimes drifted off during cabinet meetings...

Frank B. Laughlin - Laughlin was the secretary of the Solar Carbon and Manufacturing Company.

John Jacob Lawrence - Involved with paint and color manufacturing. Partner of Moses Suydam.

John George Alexander Leishman - A self-made steel broker who caught the eye of Carnegie and who was vice chairman of Carnegie Brothers at the time of the failed attempt on H C Frick’s life (Leishman saved Frick). John Leishman rose to become president of Carnegie Steel Company, and after 1897, serves as U. S. minister to Switzerland, Turkey, Italy and Germany. One of the most fascinating of the unsung members of the Club, his daughters made aristocratic European marriages that were much talked of.

Jesse H. Lippincott - Associated with the Banner Baking Powder firm, he also for a brief time held all of the patents for the phonograph.

Sylvester Stephen Marvin - Involved with crackers and pancake flour, he helped form the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). His portrait by William Merritt Chase hangs in the Orlando Museum of Art.

Frank T., Oliver, and Walter L. McClintock - Associated with O. McClintock and Company, a mercantile house who made their fortune selling uniforms to the Union Army. W L McClintock was a charter member of the Club.

James S. McCord - McCord owned the McCord and Company, wholesle hatters, “the oldest house west of the mountains in this line of business”.

James McGregor - This James McGregor was Major James McGregor, an attorney. He gave the press one of the more bizzare comments in reaction to the Flood.

William Ambrose McIntosh - McIntosh was president of the New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company.

H. Sellers McKee - McKee was first and foremost a glassmaker and also incidentally the president of the First National Bank of Birmingham.

Andrew Mellon- Mellon was the owner of T. Mellon and Sons, a banking firm jokingly called "The Cathedral of Earning". Banker, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector and Secretary of the Treasury from March 4, 1921 through February 12, 1932 and U. S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James (1932-1933).

Reuben Miller - Associated with Miller, Metcalf and Perkin, Crescent Steel Works.

Maxwell K. Moorhead - President of M K Moorhead and Company, Soho Iron Works, also iron ore mine owner. He was among those who developed the steel industry in Pittsburgh.

Daniel J. Morrell - Founder and general manager of the Cambria Iron and Steel Company in Johnstown (which employed Carnegie during his metioric rise in business). He is said to have bought his membership to keep a closer watch on the SFF&HC. Morrell had died by 1889 and Cyrus Elder bought his membership.

William Mullins - A civil engineer trained at Trinity College in his native Ireland, he helped design and build the Erie Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad, and was General Purchasing Agent for the PRR at the time of the Flood.

Edwin A. Myers - A charter member of the Club. Myers was a printer, pulisher and newspaper man, one of the partners who owned the Pittsburgh "Post". After the Flood he was associated with Myers, Shinkle and Company.

H. P. Patton - Patton was associated with A. and D. H. Chambers, a window glass manufacturer.

Duncan Clinch Phillips - Phillips was associated with Phillips and Company, a window glass manufacturer. The Phillips Collection in Washington DC is among this family's benefactions.

Henry Phipps, Jr. - Phipps was the chairman of Carnegie Brothers and Company; a capable financier and served as Carnegie's business partner in the Carnegie Steel Company. Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh is among this family's benefactions.

Robert Pitcairn - like his boyhood friend Andrew Carnegie – was a Scottish immigrant who rose from messenger boy to a position of prestige and power. But their similarities end there. Pitcairn was superintendent of the Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. A pillar of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church (for a time choir director there) he organized the Pittsburgh public rally and first relief train in respose to the Flood.

David Nevin Rankin - Rankin was the physician of Western Penitentary as well as of the Pennsylvania Reform School. Related by marriage to Club members Henry Holdship and Lewis Irwin.

Samuel Rea - A banker and broker with Rea Brothers and Company. Later, he became president of the Pennsylvania Railroad upon the untimely death of impressionist artist Mary Cassatt's father.

James Hay Reed - A partner with Philander Knox in the law firm Knox and Reed. Appointed to the post of federal district court judge of western Pennsylvania by President Harrison. He advised that the Club members say nothing whatsoever about the Club or the Flood.

Benjamin F. Ruff - Railroad tunnel contractor, coke salesman, real estate broker, charter member and first president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. He was in charge of the engineering of the failed dam.

Marvin F. Scaife - Associated with W. B. Scaife and Sons, a producer of iron products.

James M. Schoonmaker - Associated with J. M. Schoonmaker Coke Company.

James Ernest Schwartz - Schwartz was president of Pennsylvania Lead Company. He also purchased the Mingo Furnace of Salt Lake City, Utah, and remained president of it as well, until this and the Pennsylvania Lead Company were consolidated into the American Smelting and Refining Co. in 1898.

Frank Semple - Clerk with the Pennsylvania Company and a partner in the private banking firm of Semple & Jones which Frank continued after his father’s death in 1873 (it was for a time thereafter called Semple & Thompson). At the time of the Johnstown Flood, Frank Semple’s principal client was William Thaw.

Christian Bernard Shea - Shea was a member of Joseph Horne and Company and the brother of Mrs. Joseph Horne.

Moses Bedell Suydam - Affiliated with M. B. Suydam and Company, lead and paint makers. The paint products of the M B Suydam company were used by many of the largest bridge building firms in Western Pennsylvania, including, Carnegie Steel and Jones and Laughlin Steel.

F. H. Sweet - A charter member of the Club; he was a prominent Williamsport PA buisessman.

Benjamin Thaw - Heir of transpsortatin and banking genius William Thaw, Benjamin Thaw was the founder of Heda Coke Company along with his brother; it merged with SFF&HC member Henry Clay Frick’s Frick Coke Company in 1905. The infamous Harry K. Thaw was his brother.

Colonel Elias J. Unger - Even though he was called "colonel", Unger does not have any military record. He did, however, manage hotels along the Pennsylvania Railroad and also employed as manager of the 7th Avenue Hotel in Pittsburgh. Unger was the 2nd and last president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.

Calvin Wells - Wells was president of Pittsburgh Forge and Iron Company, the Illinois Zinc Company, owner of the Philadelphia Press, and at at various times partner with C. G. Hussey and with Aaron French.

James B. White - A charter member of the Club, associated with James B. White and Company, manufacturer of manganese ore.

John F. Wilcox - John F. Wilcox, was a partner in the firm of Wilcox, Shenkle and Miller, founders, machinists, and makers of grist and sawmill machinery.

James Hays Willock - Cashier and President of the Second National Bank.

Joseph R. Woodwell - Associated with Joseph Woodwell and Complay, founded by his father. Brother of William K. Woodewll. An artist of some note, he served on the board of directors for Deposit Band of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Institute.

William K. Woodwell - Associated with Joseph Woodwell and Ccompany, founded by his father, dealers in hardware, a prominent and old established business. Brother of Joseph R. Woodwell.

Henry C. Yeager - A charter member of the Club, associated with C. Yeager and Company, dry goods and trimming wholesaler.

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