William W. Price

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

William W. Price & Son are undertakers in Scranton. The senior member of the firm is truly a pioneer in his line in this country and is one of the old and respected residents of the city, dating his coming some thirty-two years ago. His paternal grandfather was Robert Cadwallader, of Merionethshire, Wales. His son, our subject's father, William by name, was a shoemaker by trade and was early claimed by death. According to the ancient Welsh custom William Price, of this article, took his mother's name of Price, she having been Miss Sarah Price before her marriage with Mr. Cadwallader. Her demise occurred in 1876.

William Price was born May 16, 1823, in Merionethshire, Wales, and was an only child. When he was about thirteen years of age he was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker of his home neighborhood for three and a half years, after which he went to Birmingham, England. He remained there until reaching his majority, becoming a very practical workman. The next few years he was employed as a journeyman in Manchester, Liverpool and Rocksdale. In 1848 he set sail for America in the good ship "Columbus," the voyage consuming thirty days. April 1st he landed in New York, and having no friends in this country he drifted to Philadelphia and then to Pottsville. As he was a good workman he had little difficulty in finding employment and about 1850 we find him trying his fortune in Pittston, which place he made his home until fifteen years had rolled over his head.

In the spring of 1865 Mr. Price came to Scranton, bought the property where he has since done business and embarked as an undertaker. While in Pittston he had mastered the details of this branch and for years it has been his ambition to keep the best establishment in the county. In this he has been successful and his patronage is from the very best families of the city. I addition to his large double office there are storerooms in the rear, fitted with all the appliances now used by his trade. His residence is at one side of the building and offices and all are heated by steam. The large barns, 50x100 feet, three stories high, afford ample accommodation for his splendid line of carriages and two fine hearses. Also, there are fifteen good horses, twelve of them being beautiful black animals. One of the organizers of the Lackawanna County Funeral Directors' Association, he was its president for years.

November 11, 1849, Mr. Price married Miss Jane Reese, in St. Clair, Schuylkill County. She was born in South Wales and was brought up in this state. By her marriage she became the mother of six children; Susie, Mrs. Green, of Syracuse; Anna, at home; Gomer, formerly in business with his father, but who died in August, 1888; Idris, whose death occurred when six years old; Alma, Mrs. D. W. Connolly; and William C.

William Cadwallader Price was born in Scranton in April, 1869, and grew to manhood on the west side. When his elder brother died he was taken into the firm, which then became William Price & Son. He married Rachel, daughter of Eleazer and Mary (Reese) Evans. The father was superintendent of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western mines; was at one time city treasurer and is now in the post office. The son of W. C. Price bears the old family name of William. The young man is a member of Hyde Park Lodge No. 339, F. & A. M.; the Loyal Knights of America, Patriotic Order Sons of America and the Knights of Malta. Like his father, he is marching under the banner of the Republican party.

Note: In 1880 the family of William Price was living on Maine(?) Street in Scranton's 5th ward, as follows:

William PRICE, Self, M, 57, WALES Undertaker
Jane PRICE, Wife, M, 48, WALES, Keeping House
Susan PRICE, Dau, S, 28, PA, School Teacher
Alma PRICE, Dau, S, 21, PA, Music/Teacher
William PRICE, Son, S, 10, PA, At School
Marry LEWIS, Other, S, 20, PA, Servant WAL WAL

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