FRANK LOVELL OAKES
FRANK L. OAKES was born in
Yarmouth, Maine, August 8, 1850, and died in Newton, Massachusetts,
January 31, 1912. He was the son of Benjamin Oakes, born September
8, 1819, died August 26, 1900, and Mary Lovell. His paternal
grandparents were Nathan Oakes, born 1786, died May 24, 1828, and
Jane Larrabee. His mother's parents were Samuel Lovell, born 1781,
died August 27, 1829, and Sarah Hobart. His father was a
The son began his seafaring career on a schooner
from Yarmouth to Portland, Maine, when a lad of fifteen years, and
had thirty-four years' experience at sea, twenty-seven of which he
was master of vessels. He commanded many famous clipper ships and
made voyages to all parts of the world, including the East Indies,
China and Japan. He had been a member of the State Pilot Commission
He was a member of the Boston Marine, Portland Marine
and Providence Marine Societies, Massachusetts Horticultural
Society, Casco Blue Lodge of Masons of Yarmouth, and Saint Alban's
Commandery, Knights Templar. In his political relations he was
al-wayB identified with the Democratic party, and his religious
affiliations were with the Unitarian Church.
He was married May
9, 1877, to Frances E., daughter of P. N. and C. S. Blanchard,
granddaughter of Sylvanus and Dorcas Blanchard. They had one child
who died in infancy.
Mr. Oakes was a sound adviser and efficient
director of business affairs. His wise council, discreet and tactful
action, sympathetic and helpful advice were of the greatest benefit
to the community in which he lived and the church of his allegiance.
In a social way his keen sense of humor, kindly interest and real
ability made him a valuable addition to the social organizations of
which he was a member and his home was freely opened to their
meetings. Physically strong and fond of outdoor life he greatly
enjoyed games of skill and was a keen competitor in all such sports
as he took up.
EUGENE WALTER ONG was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on
the 12th of August, 1877.
His father, Hon. Walter C. Ong, of
Cleveland, Ohio, was born November 24, 1848, and is one of the
leading members of the Ohio Bar, having commenced the practice of
law in Steubenville, Ohio, where he served two terms as Prosecuting
Attorney of Jefferson County, and then moved, in 1881, to Cleveland,
where he later became Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
is the grandson of Moses H. Ong (who was born December 15, 1810, and
died May 22, 1890) and Mary (Cain) Ong, and a descendant of Francis
Ong who arrived at Boston from England on February 5, 1631, in
company with Roger Williams. John Winthrop, the first Governor of
Massachusetts Bay Colony, in his "History of New England from 1630
to 1649," recorded the arrival at Boston of the progenitor of the
Ong family of America in the good ship Lyon which "set sail from
Bristol December 1. She had a very tempestuous passage, yet through
God's mercy all her people came safe." Francis Ong settled in
Watertown. Simon Ong, one of the sons of Francis Ong, signed the
petition in 1678 "of the Inhabitants of Cambridge Vil-lage to be
granted freedom from Cambridge" on account of excessive taxation.
The petition was granted and the new township was later called
Francis Ong belonged to the sect of Quakers, or more
properly Friends, and probably shared to some extent the annoyances
and persecution to which in that early time Quakers were subjected
by the authorities of the Massachusetts Colony. About 1680 Mr. Ong's
ancestors moved to Burlington County, New Jersey, which became a
strong Quaker settlement. Later, they moved to Pennsylvania, and
from there to Jefferson County, Ohio, which was also settled largely
by Quakers and was the birth-place of Mr. Ong's father.
mother was Anna Mansfield, the daughter of Samuel Mansfield and
Elizabeth (Pumphrey) Mansfield of Smithfield, Ohio. like his
paternal ancestors they were both descended from early English
Eugene W. Ong graduated from the University School of
Cleveland in 1896, from Yale College with the degree of A.B. in
1900, and from the Harvard Law School with the degree of LL.B. in
Mr. Ong's early tastes were for books, especially books on
history and politics, and for athletic sports such as boxing and
football. While attending the University School he played end on the
football team, and was also President of the school debating
society, of his class and of the school athletic association. At
Yale he continued his interest in debating, and became President of
the Yale Freshman Union, of the Sophomore Wigwam, Chairman of the
Executive Committee of the Yale Union, and a member of the Yale
intercollegiate debating team. In his Senior year he was a member of
the Committee which revised the Yale society system. While at Yale,
Mr. Ong spent his summer vacations doing newspaper work, having been
employed upon the editorial staff of the Cleveland Press.
estimating the relative strength of the influences which affected
his mind and character throughout the formative period of his life,
Mr. Ong gives first place to his home, exemplifying the truth that
the home is more powerful than anything else in shaping a life. He
states that his mother's influence on his intellectual and moral
life has been especially strong. Only less than the influence of
home has been, in order, the influence of schools, of early
companionships, of private study, and of contact with men in active
Immediately after his graduation from the law school, Mr.
Ong began his professional career by entering the law office of
Storey, Thorndike, Palmer and Thayer. This well-known law firm later
became the firm of Storey, Thorndike, Palmer and Dodge, of which Mr.
Ong is a member. Mr. Ong has specialized in corporation law, and is
Assistant General Counsel of the United Fruit Company and acts as
counsel for various other corporations. Mr. Ong is a director and
member of the Executive Committee of the United Fruit Company, the
Nipe Bay Company, and the Revere Sugar Refinery, Secretary and a
Director of the Tropical Radio Telegraph Company, Fruit Dispatch
Company, Abangarec Gold Fields of Costa Rica, Saetia Sugar Company,
M. D. Cressy Company, E. R. Grabow Company, and a Director of the
Northern Railway Company, Tela Railroad Company, Truxillo Railroad
Company, and various steamship companies.
Mr. Ong is a member of
the Tedesco County Club of Swampscott, of which he is Secretary and
a Director, Country Club of Brookline, Exchange Club, Algonquin
Club, Boston Athletic Association, Yale Club of Boston and the
Boston Chamber of Commerce, as well as of the City Mid-day,
Whitehall and Yale clubs of New York. He is also a member of the
Nisi Prius Club of Boston, of which he was recently President, the
Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
politics, Mr. Ong is a Republican. In religion, although a
Methodist, his liberal attitude is reflected by the fact that his
father is a Quaker, his mother a Methodist and his wife a
On the 21st day of October, 1903, Mr. Ong was
united in marriage to Miss Bessie W. Preston, daughter of Andrew W.
and Frances (Gutterson) Preston, and granddaughter, on the paternal
side of Benjamin and Sarah (Poland) Preston, and on the maternal
side of Joseph D. and Julia (Barry) Gutterson. Mrs. Ong's father is
the President of the United Fruit Company, and through him she is a
descendant of William Preston who came from England to Boston in
1679. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ong therefore come from early colonial
stock. Three children have been born of this marriage, Andrew
Walter, Dorothy Mansfield and Richard Preston Ong, of whom the last
two are living. Their winter home is in Longwood, Brookline, and
their summer home is at "Dorrich," Phillips Beach, Swampscott.
response to a request for suggestions as to principles, methods and
habits which contribute most to sound ideals in American life, and
help most to attain true success, Mr. Ong replied: "Honor, honesty,
energy, perseverance and fair dealing. What is worth doing at all is
worth doing well, and should be done better than you are expected to
do it. Don't try to get ahead by pulling any one else back. Make up
your mind as to what is the right thing to do, and then do
BAILY LITTLE PAGE was born in Jamaica Plain,
Massachusetts, March 3, 1850, and died there March 9, 1912, having
spent his life in his native town. He was the son of Joseph W. Page,
born in Goffstown, New Hampshire, March 23, 1811, died October 12,
1896, and Martha L. Fitch, born February 5, 1814, died October 20,
1900. His paternal grandparents were Joseph W. Page, born February
2, 1765, died January 20, 1845, and Jane Little, born January 23,
1772, died March 30, 1850. His mother's parents were Amos Fitch,
born 1780, died 1824, and Martha L. Starr, born January 20, 1787,
died May 30, 1817.
His father was a farmer and dealer in fruit, a
man much interested in the local affairs of West Roxbury in which he
held many positions of trust. The son received his education in the
schools of the community, and at the age of fifteen years entered
the employ of Cyrus White as clerk in his hardware store in Jamaica
Plain. After eighteen years' experience in the hardware line he went
into the real estate business in which he was very successful, and
at the time of his death owned and controlled a large amount of real
estate in Jamaica Plain, and vicinity.
He was a member of the
Central Club and Jamaica Club of Jamaica Plain, the Economic Club of
Boston, the Daniel Hersey Lodge of Odd Fellows, a trustee of the
Faulkner Hospital, and a director of the West Roxbury Cooperative
Bank. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him as a man of
strong integrity and business ability, and while not active
socially, was always generous toward those in need.
are influences named as having been very helpful to his success in
life; the home, the school, early companionship, private study and
contact with men in active life. He also highly appreciated his
parents' influence as an uplift in his intellectual life, and an
ennobling example morally and spiritually.
In his political life
he was always identified with the Republican party and in his
religious life he was affiliated with the Central Congregational
Church of Jamaica Plain.
As a form of exercise and relaxation
from the round of duty he enjoyed bowling and baseball. In the death
of Mr. Page the community lost one of its most useful and valuable
citizens. His long and honorable career has left the memory of
incorruptible integrity: a quiet dignified and courteous bearing to
all whom he met, he was a man upright and true. All who knew him
respected him and are grateful for such an example, and are glad to
cherish such a memory as he has bequeathed.
To whatever cause
needed his assistance, Mr. Page gave his intelligent and loyal
services. His aims were high and he reached them. For every one he
had a kind word.
Loyal to home, to town, to State, he lived a
grand and beautiful life and his name will be cherished always by
all who had the honor of his friendship.
His office was a meeting
place for friends, where many gathered to share his friendship and
to enjoy his dry wit and wisdom. Unique in thought and expression,
his office was sought by large numbers of people, who delighted to
share his spirit.
CHARLES DANA PALMER was born in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, November 25, 1845, and died at his home in Lowell,
Massachusetts, September 25, 1909. He was the son of George Wall
Palmer (1814-1881), and Ellen Hannah (Jackson) Palmer. His father,
the son of George Palmer (1781-1817), and Eliza Wall, was a member
of the firm of Jenks and Palmer, publishers of Boston. His maternal
grandparents were John Jackson (1776-1837), and Hannah Finney. His
grandfather, George Palmer, came from Kelso, Scotland, to
Philadelphia in 1800, and an earlier maternal ancestor, Edward
Jackson, came from London to Newton, Massachusetts, in 1641. One of
his distinguished ancestors was Colonel Aaron Davis of Roxbury who
died in 1777 and another was Lieut. Col. Ephraim Jackson who died in
that fateful winter at Valley Forge.
Mr. Palmer's career was that
of a cultivated, successful man of affairs, confirming the value of
character and education to a man of wide public and private
activities. At the age of ten he entered the Dwight School in
Boston, from which he passed to the Boston Latin School. Entering
Harvard College he graduated from that institution in 1868 with the
degree of A.B. and in 1870 received the degree of A.M.
college he entered the service of the Washington Mills Company, in
Lawrence, Massachusetts, for the purpose of becoming familiar with
the processes of manufacturing. In 1869 he was appointed by one of
the United States Commissioners to the Paris Exposition to the
service of collecting statistics relating to the wool industry in
He then made his residence in Lowell and became one of
the heads of the Woolen Manufacturing Company of North Chelmsford,
Massachusetts, in partnership with Thomas H. Cray of Walpole, and
John Pendergrast of Lawrence.
In 1888 Mr. Palmer was elected to
the Mayoralty of Lowell, and filled that office for three successive
years. The duties of the mayoralty were discharged by him with a
rare devotion to duty, promptness of action and a correctness of
judgment that gave him a high rank among men distinguished for
executive ability. From 1895 to the time of his death, he was a
member of the Massachusetts State Board of Conciliation and
Arbitration, having been appointed to that office by Governor
He was a member of various undergraduate clubs at
Harvard; a member of the American Unitarian Association, of the
Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars, of the National Trotting
Association, and of the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution.
Politically he belonged to the Republican party and took an active
part at all times in public affairs, political, social and
industrial. In his church affiliations he was a Unitarian.
20, 1880, he married in Lowell, Rowena, the daughter of Fisher Ames
Hildreth and Lauretta (Coburn) Hildreth; granddaughter of Dr. Israel
Hildreth and Dolly (Jones) Hildreth, and of Ephraim Coburn and
Hannah (Varnum) Coburn. This family of Hildreths were descendants
from Richard Hildreth who came from England to Cambridge previous to
1640. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Palmer: Elinor (Mrs.
Alexander B. Magruder); Jackson, an attorney in Lowell, and Dana who
is a Lieutenant in the United States Army, stationed at the U. S.
Aviation School, San Diego, California.
Massachusetts mourns the
loss of another of her old and respected citizens in the death of
Charles Dana Palmer. He exhibited that fine type of character which
embodies the old-fashioned virtues of New England; a true friend and
good neighbor, he being widely beloved and respected. His love for
animals was characteristic; of horses he was an excellent judge and
kept a number of them. His death was the occasion of many tributes
of praise, affection and respect from all who knew
FRANKLIN PERRIN was born in Boston, August 9,
1830, and died on February 23, 1914. He was the direct descendant of
John Perrin, who came from England on the ship Safety in 1635 and
settled in Braintree. On his mother's side he was descended from
Benjamin Child who came from England to Roxbury in 1630. His father,
Augustus Perrin, who died in 1844, at the age of sixty-seven, was a
merchant-importer and was distinguished for his integrity,
perseverance and generosity. His mother, whose name before her
marriage was Harriet Child (1793-1846), exercised a salutary
influence on the moral and spiritual character of her family, and
the testimony of neighbors agreed as to the regularity with which
she, accompanied by her six sons and one daughter, was seen every
Sunday wending her way to Doctor Putnam's church.
As a boy, and
throughout his life, Franklin Perrin was fond of reading biography
and history. He was an admirable French scholar; so correct was his
accent that he was frequently taken for a Frenchman. He attended the
Boston schools and was graduated from the High School in 1847. He
then became a clerk in the employ of Bates & Company, and Bates
and Thaxter and made voyages in their ships as supercargo. Later he
regretted not having taken the opportunity of going to college but
as he was the youngest son of the family he was led by his brothers'
example to enter on a business career.
Soon after attaining his
majority he became the Senior partner in the firm of Perrin and
Gilbert in the shipping trade to the East Indies. In the "Chart of
the Private Signals of the Merchants of Boston," published in 1854,
his flag appears, and he survived by more than ten years all the
other ship-owners represented in it.
Later he formed a
partnership with David C. Perrin in the weaving of palm-leaf with
cotton warp. His inventive faculty- was brought out by the
necessities of this business and he patented a loom for weaving
palm-leaf as well as several other minor contrivances which proved
useful. This business lasted until the im-portation of palm-leaf
from Cuba came to an end. He was Treasurer of the Cambridge Horse
Railway until it was absorbed by the West End Company and from 1889
to 1910 he was Manager of the Cambridge Safety Vaults.
retirement it was written of him: "Mr. Franklin Perrin of the
Cambridge Trust Company, after twenty-one years of service there and
many more elsewhere, in the interest of the public, lays off the
business harness and seeks a well-earned repose. The public in
general take but little note of the beginning, or the ending of a
man's business career, but it is profitable as an enduring example,
to have the places where men are brought into close contact with the
public, filled by those whose efficiency is supplemented by
courtesy, intelligence, and affability, added to these and above
these, the element of unblemished integrity should take precedence.
Mr. Perrin will leave in these essentials, a finer legacy than if he
had accumulated a vast fortune. The community will long remember him
and he will carry into his retirement the fine aroma of gracious
example in all those traits worthy of remembrance."
integrity and business ability were recognized by the city where he
lived so long. From 1880 until 1885 he was City Auditor of Cambridge
and for ten years was Treasurer of the Homes for Aged People and for
twenty years was Director of the same charity. He was also Trustee
and Auditor of the Cambridge Savings Bank for twenty-seven and
twenty-eight years respectively.
During the Civil War he served
in the Twelfth Regiment, unattached, under General Walcott In his
leisure time he compiled a Comprehensive Chart of the English
Sovereigns which proved useful in schools and elicited from Queen
Victoria a grateful acknowledgment He also wrote a number of stories
for the Youth's Companion and papers for the Cambridge Historical
Society, to which he belonged. He prepared a handbook of American
Trees and Shrubs. He was fond of horse-back riding, of sailing,
rowing and walking. In drawing his ability was exceptional.
was a life member of the American Unitarian Association and of the
Cambridge Unitarian Club. In politics he was an active and
consistent Republican. He was for years Deacon in the Unitarian
Church and took a leading part in all its activities, setting a
remarkable example of regularity, promptness and zeal. He was
greatly beloved because of his kindliness, generosity and
Shortly before his death, he felt compelled to
resign as Deacon and Treasurer of the church. At a regular meeting
of the Parish, President Charles W. Eliot prepared the following
"Voted that Mr. Perrin's resignation be accepted in
accordance with his wish.
"Voted that this meeting desires to put
on record its high appreciation of the faithful and willing service
which Mr. Franklin Perrin has for many years given the church as
Treasurer and as Deacon, and to express the hearty respect and
affection which all its members feel for him."
After his death,
Professor Francis G. Peabody wrote a brief notice of the loss which
the community had suffered, as follows:
achievement of public men should not altogether obscure the
influence of quiet unassuming lives on whose integrity and fidelity
each community depends. Franklin Perrin, who died on February 23, at
the age of eighty-three, was for a half century such an influence in
Cambridge. He served his city and his church with modest devotion
and incorruptible honor. He won the absolute confidence of his
business colleagues and the life-long affection of his many friends.
His daily life was consistent with his religious faith. He guarded
his business trusts as he served the Lord's table. The things which
were true, honest, just, pure and lovely, were his daily thought. He
was a cheerful, kindly Christian gentleman, living without reproach,
and dying without an enemy."
At the first communion of the church
after Mr. Perrin's death, the Minister, the Reverend Samuel M.
Crothers, thus expressed the feeling of the church :
service we come as a little group of friends, and we feel that what
binds us together is the sense of the family, the sense of sharing
the same meals and asking for the same food. I think each one of us
to-day feels the sanctifying presence of one, who for so many years
has been associated in this church with this communion
"Franklin Perrin we thought of as particularly our own;
as standing for those things which unite the generations. And we
think of that ideal that Paul gives us of the heart of love. It
seeketh not its own ; it is not puffed up ; it doth not behave
itself unseemly ; it suffereth long and is kind. Yet out of it come
overflowing trust in the Eternal goodness and continuous hope. Other
things do their work and pass away and are forgotten. This abides
"To many of us, this service became more sacred for
associating it with him and with his life. To-day, thinking of those
who are gone, we think also of one who has ministered here in this
service of communion, whose memory will remain always sacred,
connected with this church and this fellowship."
Mr. Perrin was
married in 1855 to Louisa, the daughter of the Rev. Nathaniel Gage
and Abby Richardson Gardner, a descendant of Thomas Gardner who came
to Brookline in the ship Safety, early in the seventeenth century.
They had one son, Arthur Perrin.
WILLIAM JOHN QUINN
January 18, 1909, William John Quinn of Roxbury died, the community
lost a loyal friend, a fond father, a devoted husband, a good
citizen, a generous helper to the needy, a staunch defender of the
rights of the toiler and an ardent sympathizer with every movement
making for the uplift of humanity. Though occupying a position more
or less retired, this man of sterling character by his energy, by
his qualities of heart and of mind, and by his broad helpfulness
influenced for good the large numbers of men and women who had been
brought into contact with him.
He was born in the city of
Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 8, 1835. His father was Patrick
Quinn, formerly of County Waterford, Ireland, and his mother, Julia
Cotter Quinn, daughter of Thomas Cotter of County Cork, Ireland.
Both parents were possessed of strong minds and of irreproachable
morals and they determined to give the boy a sound and practical
education. He was, accordingly, sent to the excellent school
attached to St. Mary's Cathedral, Halifax, where he displayed from
the start that unflagging earnestness and that generous disposition
which were to be marked traits in his after life.
years of age, his parents decided to start the lad on his career in
life and he was accordingly placed in the printing establishment of
the Halifax Morning Chronicle. A quiet, studious boy, intensely fond
of reading, William John Quinn found the art of printing so much to
his liking that he soon established a reputation for himself as a
skilled craftsman. Greatly desirous of improving himself, he read
and re-read the plays of Shakespeare and the works of Charles
Dickens and of Gerald Griffin.
Halifax proved too limited a field
for the energies of this active young man and so he turned to
Boston, where wider opportunities were afforded him, on the Post and
Herald. For over thirty years he was Superintendent of the composing
room of the Herald, enjoying the close friendship of the proprietors
and editors. He soon became a recognized leader in his trade, and
when it was thought wise for the printers to form a permanent
organization, William John Quinn naturally became one of the twelve
He was loyal to home and friends; a patriotic
citizen of high ideals and generous character, and a business man of
great ability, faithful to every trust.
JOSEPH EVERETT REYNOLDS
EVERETT REYNOLDS was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, February 23,
1854. His father was Eli Whitney Reynolds, a carpenter and builder,
who was born in 1825 and died in 1909. The elder Reynolds was fitted
for college but never entered. He, however, kept up his proficiency
in classic studies and was a fine Latin and Greek scholar. The
mother was Sophronia Adelaide Scott. On the paternal side Mr.
Reynolds is descended from James Reynolds of England, who settled in
North Kingston, Rhode Island, about 1634. On the maternal side he
has a Scotch ancestry, which came to Peterboro, New Hampshire.
Several of the later ancestors on the Scott side served in the
Mr. Reynolds lost his mother at the age of
nine years. From that time until the age of thirteen, he helped
about the affaire of the home and contributed to the family
expenses. Though fond of studies and of reading he encountered many
difficulties in acquiring a common school education, but he
supplemented it by reading books of history and other works of
practical value. He attended the Bryant and Stratton Commercial
College in Boston and then started in the active work of life.
1871 he entered a straw hat manufactory in Holliston, Massachusetts,
as a packing and shipping clerk. He subsequently, in a short time
became head of the department. He soon engaged in the manufacture of
straw hats, and for thirty years was prominent among the
manufacturers of these goods in New England. He was interested in
factories in Holliston in 1871-73 with the firm of D. C. Mowry and
Company, in Wrentham, from 1874 to 1876 with W. E. George and
Company, in Westboro, from 1877-85 with the firm of H. O. Bernard
and Company, in Stamford, Connecticut, from 1886 to 1892, with
Smart, Patterson and Rice, and in West Upton, Massachusetts, in
1898-99 with William Knowlton and Sons.
Mr. Reynolds retired in
1900 and has since resided at South Monson, Massachusetts, in the
old Reynolds' homestead, a handsome and spacious residence erected
by his grandfather, Joseph Langford Reynolds. There in this grand
old mansion, in the midst of the beautiful rural scenery of that
section of the country, he passes his days in the out-door life
about the home place with the diversions of reading, music and the
social pleasures of the New England home.
He is a director of the
Monson National Bank. He is a member of the Hockomocko Lodge of Odd
Fellows of Westboro, of which lodge he has been secretary, and of
the Siloam Lodge of Masons, of Westboro.
In politics he is a
Republican and has always stood by the principles of that party. He
attends the Congregational Church.
July 24, 1876, Mr. Reynolds
was married to Sarah Isadora Rixford, of Holliston, the daughter of
George L. and Elizabeth S. Rixford and a descendant of the Cook
family, also came from England.
Of two children, one is living,
Mrs. Vivian Seymour.
In all the functions of a citizen retired
from the activities of a useful business career, in an ancestral
home of special attractions, Mr. Reynolds maintains the best
traditions of New England country life.
CHARLES MAY ROBBINS
ROBBINS is an example of the self-made man who against adverse
circumstances in youth, by industry and native force and ability has
attained a good position in the world and independence in the
material resources of life.
He was born in East Harwich,
Massachusetts, May 1, 1856. He comes from the sturdy Cape Cod stock
through whose heritage so many men have reached eminence in the
various walks of life.
His father was Nathaniel Robbins, who was
born October 17, 1822, and died August 14, 1885. He was a dentist
and possessed considerable mechanical skill with strength of
character and intellect. The ancestors came from England and
Scotland, and were among the first settlers of Dorchester. Later
some of the ancestors served with distinction in the Revolutionary
War. His mother was Lydia D. Williams.
His youth was passed in
the hard and rather irksome service of the country boy of all work,
doing the chores for which he had no particular liking, though they
taught him the practical side of life.
He acknowledges that he
had no love for manual labor but had a love for books which,
however, he could not adequately gratify in a school education. He
attended the common schools of his town until sixteen and then
followed the sea for two years. At the end of that service he went
to Attleboro and took a position in a jewelry factory as press
After serving five years as a bench hand and journeyman
jeweler, his ambition and foresight prompted him to start out in the
field as a traveling salesman, making trips into the far west and
finally taking charge of the New York office of one of the jewelry
manufacturers of Attleboro. After an experience of nine years in
this line of business he returned to Attleboro and entered into
business on his own account under the firm name of Mason &
Robbins. On the dissolution of this partnership in 1896 he started
business alone in the manufacture of silverware in Attleboro. He was
eminently successful in this business operation and built a large
and lucrative business. In 1900 his manufacturing enterprise was
incorporated as the Charles M. Robbins Company, of which he was
President and Treasurer. This business is still in operation, though
Mr. Robbins withdrew from it in 1910, and retired to private
In 1911 he organized the Attleboro Trust Co. with a capital
of $100,000 and is its president. He also organized the Attleboro
Civic League and was its president. For five years he was president
of the Park Commission of Attleboro. As a public spirited citizen he
has always been identified with public affairs in the way of
encouraging and supporting what was for the common welfare, but has
not aspired to or sought public office.
In politics he is a
Republican, but in the days of President Cleveland's first
nomination supported him for election, but soon after rejoined his
old political affiliations. In 1910 he was strongly urged to enter
the campaign for the nomination as Member of Congress from the 14th
District but he did not allow the use of his name.
He has been
active in Masonry belonging to nearly all the Masonic bodies
excepting those of the Scottish Bites.
He is a member of the
Ancient and Honorable Artillery and of the Sons of the American
Revolution; has been president of the Company ? Association; is a
member of the Boston City Club; Real Estate Exchange and many other
associations of social and business character.
He has taken an
interest in the study of Ancient Hindu Philosophy and the theories
In reading, of which Mr. Robbins is very fond, he
acknowledges the influence of the Bible and Shakespeare, those
resourceful wells of the best English and of masterful thought.
History and the poets are also favorite reading matter which has
been helpful to him, both for the profit of knowledge and the
pleasure of relaxation.
Mr. Bobbins is much interested in the
Atlantic Deeper Waterways work and in 1910 attended the convention
for the promotion of this great work at Providence as a
representative of Gov. Draper and of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. In the discussion he spoke forcibly for the utility
of this enterprise.
Since his retirement from active business
life, he has taken up his residence in his old town of West Harwick,
where he has a fine estate, "Robin's Nest," on Herring River and the
He is fond of hunting, fishing, boating and the
entertainment of his family and friends.
Mr. Robbing was married
in 1885 to Miss Lucie ?. Pratt. Two children were born to them -
Lawrence Brigham, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and Chester, who is attending Cornell University.
first wife dying in 1906, Mr. Bobbins married Miss Minnie A. Swint
of Winthrop, Massachusetts, in 1908. One child, Dorothy, born
December 3, 1910, has blessed this union.
Mr. Robbins is a man of
genial disposition and strong principles, independent in religion,
political and social life - a representative citizen in all ways.
His advice to young people is : "In religion, social, and political
life think for yourself and work out your own salvation."
Robbins regards the influence of private study and contact with men
in active life, very strong upon his own success. The life and work
of Mr. Robbins is an inspiration for the youth of to-day. Fortunate
is the city and state that can claim such a man as a
HENRY STURGIS RUSSELL was born at Savin Hill,
Massachusetts, June 21, 1838, and died at his home in Milton,
February 16, 1905. He was the son of George Robert Russell and Sarah
Parkman Shaw. His father, who was a merchant, was born in 1800 and
died in 1866. His grandfather was Jonathan Russell and his
grandmothers were Sylvia Amidon and Eliza Parkman. His father, who
was a successful business man, was noted for his great force of
character and wide humanity.
During Mr. Russell's childhood days
he was fond of life in the country and showed a love for horses
which amounted almost to a passion. He was not a child who preferred
to be by himself but loved companionship and had many friends. In
the training of his moral and spiritual life the influence of his
mother made itself strongly felt. He, equally with his father, had
no difficulties to overcome in the acquirement of an education, and
after receiving his preliminary education at Mr. Epes Dixwell's
school, he entered Harvard College from which institution he
He entered the employ of Mr. William Perkins when a
young man and remained there for four years. When the Civil War
broke out he enlisted as one of the first volunteers and served for
four years. For a time he was with the J. M. Forbes & Company
and later became a farmer and stock raiser. For six years he was a
selectman of Milton ; for two years a member of the Police
Commission of Boston from 1878 to 1879 and for ten years - 1895 to
1905 - was a fire commissioner for the city of Boston, serving in
that capacity until his death. He was President of the Homeopathic
Hospital, trustee of the Westford Insane Asylum and of the Perkins
Institute for the Blind and held similar offices in many other
institutions. He served in the Civil War from April, 1861, to
February, 1865, beginning as First Lieutenant in the Massachusetts
Second Infantry. He was made Captain a little later and then Colonel
of the Fifth Colored Cavalry. He was breveted as Brigadier-General
for distinguished conduct during- the Battle of Petersburg, in June,
He was a member of the Officers' Club, the Loyal Legion,
the Somerset Agricultural Club, the Winter's Night Club, Country
Club, Hoosic Whisek Club, Milton Club, and was President of the last
In politics Mr. Russell was a Republican. On
only one occasion did he vote for other than a Republican nominee.
That was in 1884 when he voted for Grover Cleveland.
was a member of the Unitarian Church.
The fondness for horses
which was developed in Mr. Russell during his childhood days never
flagged and riding and walking constituted his favorite forms of
On May 6, 1863, he married Mary Hathaway, daughter of
John Murray and Sarah (Swain) Forbes, granddaughter of Ralph Bennett
and Margaret (Perkins) Forbes and of Stephen and Lydia Hathaway. Six
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell, James Savage (in the
real estate business), Ellen Forbes, Mary Forbes, Howland Shaw, Anna
Russell, all of whom are married.
Mrs. Russell caused to be
erected at the junction of Canton Avenue and White Street, Milton, a
beautiful drinking fountain for man and beast, made of fine white
granite with troughs for horses and dogs, and it completes one of
the prettiest squares of the town and proves a blessing to all
passing that way. Mrs. Russell presented this fountain to the town
of Milton in memory of Colonel Russell and it was quietly
WILLIAM HENRY SAART is an example of the young
man, born in a foreign country, who comes to America with a
determination to carve out an honorable career in life, to take
advantage of opportunities and by energy, tact and good judgment to
succeed in what he undertakes.
He was born in Lindenthal,
Germany, September 12, 1866. His father was Frank A. Saart, a
jewelry worker and bookkeeper. He was born in 1838 and died in 1908.
His mother was Mary Hansen.
In 1881 after coming to America he
went into a jewelry establishment in Attleboro as an errand boy. He
had inherited an inclination for the business from the occupation of
his father and his own aptitude. Advancing in skill and proficiency
by industry and natural abilities he attained the position of
foreman in a manufactory and from 1894 to 1904 was employed in that
capacity for the James E. Blake Company and the Bristol
Manufacturing Company of Attleboro. He showed his inventive
faculties in getting out several design patents on silverware and
jewelry, and evinced a practical and progressive spirit and
knowledge in all the details of manufacture.
In 1904 he formed
the W. H. Saart Company for the manufacture of silver novelties. At
first he conducted the business alone, but successful operations and
increasing trade made it necessary to increase the capital of the
concern and to take in other partners for the enlargement of the
business, and for the sake of cooperation in the management of the
affairs of the company.
In 1911, it was found necessary to
enlarge the space and another factory was purchased. With new
facilities and the good name of the company the business is fast
developing into one of the leading factories in silver novelties.
The number of employees has grown into the hundreds and the weekly
pay roll is thousands of dollars. There is a fine organization among
the employers effected through the superintendent who is a brother
of Mr. Saart and himself an expert silversmith.
Mr. Saart has the
general management of the business and is the soul and inspiration
of the company. The business now extends over the country with
agencies in New York, the West, and on the Pacific Coast. In April,
1914, Mr. Saart purchased the interest of his partners and is now
the principal owner of the W. H. Saart Company.
Mr. Saart is fond of golf and rowing. He is a Republican in
politics. He belongs to the Masons, Elks and Knights of Pythias. He
is interested in music and has been President of the German Singing
Society in North Attleboro.
He believes in outdoor life as much
as possible and in the learning of some trade early in life. He also
believes that contact with men in active life has had a strong
influence upon his own success.
On February 5, 1885, Mr. Saart
was married to Emma Dietz by whom he has one child, a daughter, Anna
M. On the death of this wife he married in 1888 Carrie L.
Schleroigt. They have no children.
In 1910 Mr. Saart purchased
forty acres of land on the shore of Lake Mirimichi, Foxboro,
Massachusetts, where he started to establish a poultry business,
breeding S. C. R. I. Reds and White Plymouth Rocks of the highest
quality. He entered the Show Room in 1912 and his birds have been
recognized as the finest in the country. He has been awarded many
prizes at the shows in Boston, Providence, New York, Brockton and
Attleboro, and has won a large majority of the blue ribbons, gold
specials and prize cups.
Mr. Saart has on his farm 2500 head of
poultry, old and young, with incubator capacity for hatching over
ten thousand eggs. Mr. Saart believes there are great possibilities
in Poultry raising on strictly business principles. Mr. Saart lives
at the Farm six months in the year, which gives him great
recreation. In addition to the poultry he has a large herd of
thoroughbred Holstein cattle.
Mr. Saart has taken high rank among
American manufacturers as a man of varied knowledge, large
experience and solid attainments. His personal and intimate
acquaintance with men of affairs is very extensive. He is one of the
valuable citizens of the Commonwealth.
was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, May 28, 1825. He was the
seventh in descent from Henry Sampson, one of the Pilgrims who came
in the Mayflower in 1620, who married Ann Plummer in 1636 and
settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Stephen Hopkins and Francis
Cooke, also of the Mayflower, were ancestors on the maternal side.
His father, Isaac Sampson, was a resident of Plymouth where he was a
thrifty merchant, respected for his integrity and exemplary life.
Isaac Sampson was the son of Benjamin and Priscilla (Churchill)
Sampson, was born in Plymouth in 1789, and married in 1822,
Elizabeth, daughter of William Sherman of that town. His children
were Elizabeth, born in 1824, who married John Kneeland, a native of
Plymouth, who was for many years one of the supervisors of public
schools in Boston; George, the subject of this sketch, and Isaac,
who was born in 1830. Mr. Isaac Sampson died at Plymouth, December
George Sampson spent his boyhood and youth in the old
historic town of his nativity where his education included several
years in the High School. As a boy he possessed fine tastes and good
habits. His modest demeanor, frank and earnest countenance,
betokened a lad who was consciously laying the foundation of a life
of unusual effort. While at school he never gave the teacher an
occasion to reprimand him for misconduct, for he was always obedient
to the requirements of the school, prompt in his lessons and
truthful in word. He employed time as a precious gift not to be
wasted in trivial matters, even very little in games. He was ever
kind to his mates and respectful to his elders. These traits of the
boy were doubtless due to inherent qualities of mind, reenforced by
the instruction of a pious and devoted mother.
Having stored his
mind with the rudiments of knowledge, he began active life as a
clerk in a Plymouth store, and a little later became a clerk in the
drygoods store of A. A. Andrews & Co., of Boston. In 1847 he
engaged service with George Adams, publisher of the Boston
Directory, which had been commenced during the previous year. The
first volumes of the venture contained 26,488 names, besides some
three hundred of colored people. Mr. Sampson began his service as a
canvasser for the Directory, but he displayed such faithfulness and
accuracy in the performance of the work assigned him, that he was
soon promoted to the position of arranging the material for the
press. This work demanded the uttermost care in every detail and Mr.
Sampson met every requirement. After ten years of studious devotion
in his position, Mr. Sampson's continuance in the business seemed so
necessary that he was admitted as a partner, with the firm name of
Adams, Sampson & Company.
Mr. Adams retired from business in
1865, leaving the Directory firmly established and having realized
large profits from the publication. In the following year, Mr.
Sampson allied himself with 0. H. Davenport and the firm became
Sampson, Davenport & Company, with Mr. Sampson as chief director
of the business. Mr. Davenport retired in 1882 and in 1885 William
E. Murdock and Charles De Witt Marcy became partners with Mr.
Sampson and the new firm was known as Sampson, Murdock &
Company, with Mr. Sampson still holding the position as chief
administrator of its affairs. Mr. Sampson proved equal to the
demands of Greater Boston and added improvements to the Directory as
needed in many ways, while Directories of many other cities were
started by the firm. At Mr. Sampson's death, in 1896, the business
had assumed great importance, while the Boston Directory contained
229,829 names with a Street Directory and other features of great
value, indispensable to all concerned.
The New England Business
Directory was commenced in 1856 by the firm with which Mr. Sampson
was connected, and is still continued with success. It is issued
biennially, requiring a great number of experienced persons to
gather the varied and necessary material needed for such a
The Directory business founded by Mr.
Adams and carried forward by Mr. Sampson will ever continue as a
grand reminder of their wise foresight and business
The location of the publishing office of the Boston
Directory began by Mr. Adams at 91 Washington Street, Boston, has
been changed time and again because of fires and other causes. It is
now located on Franklin Street, in a building erected by Sampson,
Davenport & Company in 1875.
Having accumulated a large
fortune, Mr. Sampson considered that he had well earned the
privilege of retiring in some degree at least, from the cares of his
large business affairs, and allow his associates to chiefly assume
the burdens in his stead. So during the last fifteen years of his
life, he largely devoted his time to the enjoyment of his cultured
tastes, and in the indulgence of the generous impulses of his
benevolent nature in doing good to others less fortunate than
He had long cherished a desire for foreign travel, and
now, having ample leisure, he devoted two years in gratifying the
wish and visited the most desirable portions of Europe including
Egypt and the Holy Land.
Returning home he devoted much of his
leisure in ministering to the needs of others; wherever he found
suffering or poverty.
Thus blessing and being blessed, his waning
years glided kindly down the western slope towards life 's sunset
till the night came and his gentle spirit passed on to its reward,
having lived to make the world better and many a soul happier. As a
further proof of the kindness of his heart, he devised in his will
that the sum of $5,000 should be divided among his former employees
according to the date of their service.
George Sampson was
married, June 19, 1855, to Rebecca Francis, daughter of Henry Abbott
and Rebecca (Francis) Hovey of Boston. Mrs. Sampson died May 24,
1915. "While he called Roxbury his home, he frequently spent his
winters in Boston, where he died January 30, 1896.
GEORGE PARMENTER SMITH
PARMENTER SMITH was born in Sunderland, Massachusetts, on November
25, 1858, and has always lived in that town. He is the son of Rufus
and Ophelia (Parmenter) Smith. His ancestry was of the sturdy
farming stock of New England, transmitting from generation to
generation the public spirit and sturdy religious feeling
characteristic of the early settlers of this part of the
Brought up to the usual hard work of the farmer's son,
Mr. Smith, rather than taking a distaste to the life, grew to love
it sufficiently well to study it along practical lines and entered
the Massachusetts Agricultural College from which he was graduated
in June, 1879. He considers the influence of home, of private study,
and of contact with men in active life as all being strong on his
own success in life.
He soon became known as a man possessing
more than the average knowledge of farming as a business and from
1897 to 1900 was a member of the State Board of Agriculture, giving
faithful and practical service. He also wrote for that Board in
1900, an essay on farm machinery which was printed in its annual
Naturally his farming aptitude brought him in connection
with the Grange and in this organization he served as Secretary,
Lecturer, and Overseer. He was also honored by his townsmen by being
chosen as Selectman of the town, and for twenty-five years saw
service as a Trustee of the Sunderland Public Library. He retired
from Board of Selectmen in March, 1914, and was chosen a member of
School Board for three years. He is a member of Congregational
Church and was chosen deacon for four years in December, 1913. In
politics Mr. Smith is a Republican. He is a Mason, a Knight Templar
and a member of the National Geographical Society.
Mr. Smith has
lived out the principles which he lays down for young men: "Self
reliance, straightforward methods, a sure purpose, learning to stand
on one's own feet, thus gaining the confidence of
HENRY ROGERS SMITH was born in Leominster,
Massachusetts, October 7, 1842, son of Isaac Smith, born July 10,
1811, died May 24, 1899, a shoe merchant, a man of integrity and
temperance, who married Mary Buss Hills, born August 27, 1814, and
died April 27, 1899. She was of the fifth generation from Joseph
Hills who came from England in 1638 and settled in Maiden,
Massachusetts. Ten years later he was elected to a seat in the
General Court and was chosen speaker of the House. He was well
learned in English law and was the first to codify the laws of
Massachusetts, and in reward for which service he was given 500
acres of land exempt from taxation during his life.
boyhood young Henry Rogers Smith was interested in the simple sports
of his time, and in amateur dramatics. For a continued task, he
learned the complete art of making shoes, and worked at the bench
mornings, nights and during his vacation.
He studied his Latin
lessons with his text book fastened on a form before him while
His mother was industrious, cheerful, patient and
self-sacrificing. She was fond of reading Adin Ballou's "Practical
Christian." Her moral and spiritual influence greatly appealed to
the heart of her son, and aided in shaping his course in life. He
overcame the difficulties in acquiring an education by in part
earning his way through school, and thus gained valuable experience
in self-reliance. He early formed a taste for reading the
biographies and speeches of prominent men and attending the lyceum
lectures of his day, which had much to do in molding his
After finishing his primary studies he became a student
in the Leominster High School from which he graduated. He became a
photographer with the Army of the Potomac in the fall of 1861 and
winter of 1862. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 36th
Regiment, M. Y. M., and was discharged for disability in March,
1863, and returned home. He later decided to enter the ministry and
to that end entered the Meadville, Pennsylvania, Theological School,
where he remained during the years of 1865-68. He then entered the
Boston School for the ministry from which he graduated in 1869. He
was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in June, 1869, and was at
once called to the pastorate of the Unitarian Church in Barre,
Massachusetts, where he remained until 1878 when he resigned his
position and spent the ensuing summer in travel through various
parts of Europe.
Returning to America he became a partner with
Joel Smith for the manufacture of combs in Leominster,
Massachusetts, with whom he remained from 1879 to 1887, and then
became bookkeeper for his father-in-law, Silas M. Wheelock, in the
woolen mill at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, from 1887 to 1889. He then
accepted the position of Treasurer of the Richardson Piano Case
Company, of Leominster and has retained that position to date
Mr. Smith was elected to a seat in the Massachusetts
Legislature to represent Leominster in 1896 and 1897. He was a
member of the School Committee of Leominster in 1880, holding the
position for eight consecutive years, being Chairman a part of the
time. He has been Chairman of the Committee having in charge the
town charity funds from 1905 to date. He has been annually elected
President of the Leominster Old Ladies' Home from 1900 to date. He
is also a trustee and auditor of the Savings Bank and a trustee of
the Hospital Association.
He is a member of the Wilder Lodge of
Masons, of the Leominster Club, of the Monoosnock County Club, and
of the Grand Army of the Republic. He cast his first presidential
vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has ever since been identified with
the Republican party. Mr. Smith says he learned to play golf at
sixty for health and at seventy played it for fun.
Mr. Smith was
married October 21, 1874, to Alice A., daughter of Silas M. and
Irene (Taft) Wheelock and a descendant from Eleazer Wheelock, D.D.,
the founder of Dartmouth College. Two children have been born to
them, Rolfe Wheelock Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth College, now in
business with his father, and Leon Hills Smith, a graduate from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now an architect in San
The relative strength of the influences
which have made Mr. Smith's life a great success is rated by him in
order as follows: -
That of an early ideal home, of contact with
worthy men in active life, of wisely directed private study, of the
varied schools, and of early companionship.
WILLIAM SIMEON SMITH
SIMEON SMITH, born September 30, 1837, at Suffield, Connecticut, was
the son of Henry and Lydia (Bronson) Smith, and grandson of Simeon
and Chloe Smith. Henry Smith, the father, was born in 1804 and died
1883. Lydia Bronson was the daughter of Sylvanus and Ester
The father was a quiet man, but very firm in
his opinions. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had read his
Bible through twenty-one times. By occupation he was a farmer. He
was a lineal descendant from the Rev. Henry Smith who immigrated
from England and settled at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1636. John
Cotton Smith who was in the ancestral line, served as one of the
last charter Governors of Connecticut.
William Simeon Smith was
educated at Williams College graduating with the class of 1860 and
soon found a position in Maysville, Kentucky, as Principal of the
High School. But it was in 1870 that he took up the work that in
after years made him famous. The Legislature of Kentucky had created
a State insurance department and Mr. Smith was chosen Deputy
Commissioner, serving in that capacity for six years. During that
period, by his accurate and painstaking work, he was brought into
prominence not only in Kentucky but in various other States of the
Union. From 1876 to 1877 he was assistant actuary of a St. Louis
Life Insurance Company. At the latter date Stephen H. Rhodes, then
Insurance Commissioner of Massachusetts, invited Mr. Smith to become
Deputy Commissioner. The invitation was accepted, and the position
held for seventeen years. Mr. Rhodes became President of the John
Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston, and, in 1894, Mr.
Smith accepted the important position as Actuary of that company. He
held that office at the time of his death, September 3, 1909. Mr.
Smith had written much on the subject of Life Insurance.
He was a
Fellow of the Actuarial Society of America ; Associate of the
International Congress of Actuaries, and a member of the Masonic
Fraternity. As an actuary, Mr. Smith probably had no peer in the
United States, and while associated with the Massachusetts Insurance
Department he so systematized the work that to-day this Commonwealth
possesses the most efficient State insurance supervising bureau of
any State in the country.
In politics Mr. Smith was Republican.
He never married. The passing of a man like Mr. Smith is a loss, for
such men are rare in any community. He became a leader by the
methods of a clean, upright, conscientious, business man, never
varying from the strict line of honesty but conducting all of his
affairs on the broad basis of truth and integrity. His life from
youth to its close was an example of good citizenship and will leave
its impress upon those who were connected with him in business or
A life faithful to duty crowned with
success is that of Francis Edgar Stanley, President of the Stanley
Automobile Company of Newton, Massachusetts.
He was born in
Kingfield, Maine, June 1, 1849, the son of Solomon Stanley (born in
1813 and died in 1889). His mother was Apphia French. His
grandfathers were Liberty Stanley, born in 1776, died in 1863, and
Isaac French, born in 1770, died in 1835.
His grandmothers were,
Mehitable Keezer and Hannah Fairbanks, a descendant of the Fairbanks
family of America. His ancestors were all stalwart, enterprising
workers of good New England stock. His father was a farmer and
teacher, an industrious man of honesty and independence of character
and high ideals; a self-made man of sturdy moral fiber.
Stanley as a student was fond of reading books dealing with the
vital problems of life and character. His special tastes were for
mathematics and mechanics.
His school education consisted of
instruction given in a country school, and in the Farmington (Maine)
Normal School where he was fitted to be a teacher in the public
schools of his native State. He taught school from 1870 to 1875.
Three things contributed largely to the healthy mind and vigorous
character which won for him success in life, viz. : - The home
influences which directed his moral and social development, the
companions who incited him to manly action, and the private study,
which increased his mental resources and ripened his
After five years of teaching Mr. Stanley turned his
attention to the labors of an artist and photographer, in which he
continued until 1888. He was engaged from 1883 to 1904 in the
manufacture of photographers' dry plates, a work in which many
failed but in which he won success.
Mr. Stanley was one of the
early inventors and manufacturers of automobiles. He began their
manufacture in 1897, and has continued it to the present time. His
machines have proved deservedly popular and are known through the
length and breadth of our country. For the automobile Mr. Stanley
has taken out over fifty patents.
Mr. Stanley is a member of the
Hunnewell Club of Newton, the Brae-Burn Club, and several automobile
and aeronautic clubs, He has never sought nor held public office
having been absorbed in private affairs and content in guiding them
to success. He is nominally a Republican in Politics, but an ardent
advocate of Free-trade ; believing that the abolition of all
restrictions upon international commerce would have a great
influence in promoting peace and friendship among nations.
religious life he and family are allied with the Unitarian Church.
He is strongly attached to his home life in which he finds his
greatest pleasure and relaxation from the absorbing care and
interest in a large and increasing business.
Mr. Stanley married
January 1, 1870, Augusta M., daughter of William and Mary Walker,
granddaughter of John and Martha (Jones) Walker, and of William and
Abigail (Woodman) Witham, descended from Edward Woodman, the
immigrant ancestor, who came from England to Newbury, Massachusetts,
in 1632. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley have three children: - Blanche M.,
Emily F., and Raymond W. Stanley.
From his experience and
observation, Mr. Stanley offers this counsel to young people,
"Practice temperance in all things; the strictest integrity in
business affairs, and cultivate a love for the work one is called to
perform." These sentences, he believes, embody the principles upon
which may be founded success, prosperity and a happy, useful
ISAAC WILSON STETSON, farmer, President of the
Heath Telephone Company, was born in Colerain, Massachusetts,
February 8, 1839. He was born and reared in very humble
circumstances and has known by practical experience the restraints
of limited means in a large family. His father was Thomas Stetson, a
stone mason by trade. His mother was Mary Duncan McClellan. A family
of nine children was to be provided for and the energies of all had
to be put to test at an early age. The father was seriously injured
some years before his death and was unable to work. He died when Mr.
Stetson was but sixteen years old.
From the age of thirteen to
seventeen Mr. Stetson worked on a farm for five dollars and a half a
month attending the district school in the winter months.
about the time of the death of the father he had an attack of
scarlet fever which left him in a very poor state of health. As his
widowed mother had two brothers in Wisconsin, one of whom was a
distinguished physician, she went with her son to that state and put
him under the medical care of his uncle. He not only regained his
health but had the advantage of attending school for three years in
the city of Kenosha. At the age of twenty, he returned with his
mother to Massachusetts and has since resided there.
youth he had a desire for a farm of his own, on which he could keep
horses and cattle. So when he was married, at the age of
twenty-four, he took the farm on which he has lived for half a
century, in North Heath, Franklin County, and commenced the active
career of a practical farmer with sturdy determination to
In 1895 he bought a co-operative creamery which had been
started and conducted with ill success, built it up anew and for
several years has carried on a successful business in butter making.
One of his sons is in the business with him under the name of I. W.
Stetson and Son, manufacturers of choice table butter of the Cold
Mr. Stetson has taken an active interest in
public matters affecting the interests of the town and has held many
town offices. Hardly a year in the last twenty-five years has passed
without his service to the town in some capacity.
In 1896 he was
instrumental in starting the Heath Telephone Company. It commenced
with thirteen telephones in operation, was incorporated in 1898 and
now covers an area of fifteen townships.
He is a member of the
Grange conducted in the interests of the agricultural
In politics Mr. Stetson is a Republican. In religion
he affiliates with the Congregationalists.
April 22, 1863, Mr.
Stetson married Miss Susan Melissa Worden, daughter of Rufus and
Susan Powers Worden.
Nine children were born of this union, four
of whom died in infancy. The five living are: Delia May, now Mrs.
Fred E. Gleason; Henry Edson Stetson, a farmer; J. Augustus Worden
Stetson; Effie Melissa, now Mrs. Arthur C. Baker; and Frank Edgar
Stetson in the butter making business with his father. Mrs. Stetson
died in January, 1904.
The life and work of Mr. Stetson is a
lesson and an example worthy to be followed by the youth of today.
He has climbed the ladder of success round by round and in his
ascent he never forgot his duty to his native town and state and to
his fellow men to whom he was always ready to lend a helping hand. A
kind neighbor, he is respected by all. His record is honorable and
he is a man whom any community would be proud to claim as its
GEORGE WENDELL TAPLEY was born at Lowell,
Massachusetts, September l, 1835 ; he died at his home in
Springfield, Massachusetts, December 21, 1912.
ancestor, John Tapley, was born in England in 1638. Sometime
previous to 1663 he came to Salem, where he was married to Elizabeth
Pride. Mr. Tapley's grandfather was Joseph Tapley, 1756-1820 and his
father was Jesse Tapley, who was born in 1788 and died at the
advanced age of eighty-nine in 1877. His mother was Eliza Wendell
Davis, and his grandmother, Mary Smith.
George Wendell Tapley was
the youngest of three sons. His father was a farmer, a man of
sterling Christian character, industrious and of a sympathetic
nature; a supporter of church. In the days when men of military age
were mustered for an annual drill he became a captain.
of George W. Tapley was a woman of great energy and strong religious
character. Thus in boyhood he had the best of home influence, plenty
of work, a good moral training and the discipline suited to
wholesome development. He attended the public schools until he was
about fifteen years of age and in vacations he had a little
experience in a store. This latter occupation gave him a bent for
his life work. He left school at fifteen and during the next three
years he was successively in the book store of Hopkins &
Bridgman at Northampton and a grocery store and market in Lowell. At
the age of eighteen he went to Springfield and began the trade of
book-binding with his brother. After learning his trade he went to
Salem to engage in the same business.
With two partners he
started a bindery in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1860 he came to
Springfield and became foreman in the bindery department of Samuel
Bowles & Co. In 1866 Mr. Tapley and Charles A. Brigham formed a
partnership for the manufacture of card board and linen finish
collar paper. In 1878 he bought the assets of the Milton-Bradley
Company and the business was continued under that corporate name. In
1882, V. M. Taylor bought out the interest of Mr. Brigham and became
a partner in the business which was carried on under the name of the
Taylor & Tapley Manufacturing Co. Three years later, in 1885,
two New York Companies were taken into the firm and the name was
changed to the United Manufacturing Co. Thus by additions and
expansion the small beginning of 1866 became in 1885 a large plant.
From the time the company was organized as a corporation, Mr. Tapley
was its President.
Having obtained prominence in business affairs
and an influential position as a man and a citizen, Mr. Tapley came
to be sought for several important offices. He became a Director in
the Springfield National Bank, Vice President of the Fiberloid Co.
of Indian Orchard, and President of the Baptist Mutual Relief
Association. He was elected a member of the Common Council in 1870
and of the Board of Aldermen in the years 1879-80 and 1884-6. He
became a Republican in early life and never saw reason to change. He
united with the Baptist Church when a young man in Galesburg,
Illinois. When he became settled in Springfield, he transferred his
connection as one of the first-charter members of the State Street
Baptist Church of this city. For recreation he was fond of a horse
and carriage and of the automobile.
Mr. Tapley was twice married,
first to Mary ?. Walls in 1861.
She was a daughter of Elisha and
Harriet Hopkins Walls, of Providence, Rhode Island ; the date of her
birth was 1828, of her death, 1869. His second marriage, 1872, was
to Hannah Sheffield, daughter of Francis and Betsy Noyes of
Mr. Tapley had but one child, a son by
his first wife ; William Walls Tapley, now President and Business
Manager of the company with which his father was long
Mr. Tapley was a manufacturer and as a business man
stood in the very first rank. He was uniformly successful, as able
in the latter years of his life as in the strength of middle age,
ranking with men of a succeeding generation as a keen, able,
practical manufacturer, conservative but always abreast of the
times. He was a credit to any community being known as a man of the
highest personal character and of unquestioned
EVERETT TORREY was born in the old town of
Scituate, in the part that is now known as Norwell, May 27, 1828,
and died in Scituate, October 1, 1911.
His father was David
Torrey, born February 20, 1787, died October 10, 1877. His mother
was Vesta Howard of Bridgewater, daughter of Caleb Howard, born
December 15, 1760, and his wife Silvia (Alger) Howard.
Torrey's father was George Torrey, born 1758, died July 13, 1813,
and his wife Thankful (Otis) Torrey. David Torrey was a thrifty,
industrious shipbuilder, in the days when ship building was an
important business on the coast of Massachusetts.
descended from James Torrey who came from England about 1640 and
settled in Scituate.
Everett Torrey was educated in the town
school in Scituate and in the Hanover Academy. After leaving the
Academy he served as an apprentice to the trade of bricklaying in
Boston, beginning his apprenticeship at the age of sixteen. In 1852
he established under the name of Torrey and Co., a wholesale marble
and granite business. He was also president of the McDonald Stone
Cutting Machine Co., and a trustee of the Warren Institution for
Savings, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
In 1861 and 1862 he
represented Wards 2 and 3 of the city of Charlestown in the
Massachusetts House of Representatives.
He was appointed by the
Governor as a member of the State Board of Health, Lunacy and
Charity, March 19, 1884, to fill the unexpired term of Thomas
Talbot. In June, 1884, he was appointed for the full term of five
years, but resigned August 16, 1886. He was a member of the Board of
Directors of Public Institutions of the city of Boston from 1880 to
May 1, 1884.
During the years 1867, 1868, and 1869, he was
inspector of the State Prison. He became one of the Trustees of the
Winchester Home for Aged Women in 1889 and held the office of first
Vice-president until his death. He was a life member of the
Massachusetts Horticultural Society and of the Massachusetts
Charitable Mechanic Association and was on the Board of Managers of
the latter for one year. He was Chairman of the Charlestown
Republican Committee for a number of years. He served on the Board
which represented Charlestown at the time of its annexation to
Boston. He was for a long time an active member of the Charlestown
Improvement Association. He was for many years an active member of
the Harvard Unitarian Church of Charlestown, and served on its
Official Board. And when the Church disbanded he was prominent in
closing up its local affairs. After the closing of the Unitarian
Church he attended the Universalist Church on Thompson Square,
Charlestown. He was a member of the Masonic Society, and a Knight
Templar. He was Treasurer of the Henry Price Lodge, Royal Arch
Chapter of the Signet and Cour de Lion Commandery.
He was married
November 24, 1853, to Eliza D. Webb, daughter of Captain Seth Webb.
He was descended from Thomas Webb, who came from Boston to Scituate
about 1725. He married for his second wife, October 1, 1885, Mrs.
Julia (Stetson) Whitcher of Concord, New Hampshire, daughter of the
Rev. Caleb Stetson of Scituate, and Lexington, Massachusetts. Mrs.
Torrey died in 1915.
Many were the beautiful tributes to the
memory of Mr. Torrey.
The Resolutions passed by the Warren
Institution for Savings (Charlestown), read: - "That in the death of
Mr. Torrey, this Institution has lost a valuable member, one who
unless prevented by sickness always attended all meetings of the
Corporation, Trustees and Board of Investment. He was one whose
genial disposition made it a pleasure to serve with him and the
Trustees desire to place upon the records this testimony of their
appreciation of his service and friendship."
The Memorial put on
the Records of the Winchester Home for Aged Woman (Charlestown),
reads as follows:
"Mr. Torrey was long known as an honest, noble
citizen of old Charlestown. He lived among his neighbors and
business associates, shedding the light of his cheerful face and his
benign good will. None knew him but to love him. None sought his aid
in vain. His memory is precious. He won an honored name in
community. It remains. His duties were well done. His
character crowns his life."
FRANK EMMETT TUTTLE
TUTTLE was born at Chicopee, Massachusetts, November 16, 1845, and
spent his boyhood and business life in his native town. He came of a
sturdy English stock. William Tuttle (Tuttill or Tuthill), from whom
his branch of the family sprang, became a proprietor at New Haven
about 1687. The spot of land he cleared in the wilderness was, a
half a century later, selected as the site of Yale College. Roderick
Tuttle, the father of Frank Tuttle, was a farmer and dealer in
horses. He had a fine appreciation of the good points and character
of a horse, and the purchaser was rarely disappointed who took his
advice. He was known in all the country-side as an exceedingly good
natured and kindly man. His mother was a woman of remarkable
intelligence, at a time when the education of women was thought of
little consequence. Their boy seems to have inherited the best
characteristics of both parents, a cheerful good nature and a love
of books and reading. He early manifested a strong desire to enter
one of the learned professions but he was obliged to leave the
Chicopee High School, and devote himself to earning a living and
contributing to the support of his mother. At the age of seventeen
he began practical life as bookkeeper for E. R. Haskell & Sons,
who were engaged in the provision business at Springfield. Here the
energetic and enthusiastic boy proved his efficiency and soon was
wanted in a more responsible position. In 1861, he accepted a
position with the firm of Howard Bros., dealers in railroad
supplies. He was not long in mastering the details of the business
and soon became their confidential clerk. With this firm he remained
eleven years. But he was ambitious for independence, and a wise use
of his earnings enabled him in 1873 to form a partnership with John
0lmstead, an enterprising business man in Springfield, in handling
cotton waste. For a time their headquarters were in Springfield, but
in 1887 they moved to Chicopee, erected a new plant and greatly
enlarged their business. Mr. Tuttle's administrative abilities had
now an opportunity, and he installed many ingenious devices for
converting cotton waste into comforters, mattresses, carpet-linings,
floor mops and other things. The business grew to such proportions
that they were obliged to enlarge their plant. Mr. Tuttle acted not
only as president and treasurer of the concern but he looked after
the practical working of every department. There was nothing
manufactured by the concern that he could not make with his own
hands, nor was there a piece of machinery that he could not repair
if it was out of order. Such men are usually hard masters for they
know what a day's work is and it is difficult for them to understand
why other men cannot see and do things as quickly as they can. He
was, however, patient with learners and ever ready to give
instruction and encouragement. He was indulgent to the indisposed
and it was not uncommon for him to keep a sick man who had rendered
good service under pay for weeks and even months.
to his own business he took an active interest in the town and the
welfare of the people. In 1890 he entered into partnership with
James L. Humphry in the real estate business. They purchased a tract
of land, some thirty acres, on the road to Springfield, cut it up
into lots and built some houses. He had an idea that every man with
a family should own a house and made the terms of purchase easy. On
this lot of land which he called "Veranus" after a former owner, he
erected a fine casino, to encourage sympathy and sociability among
the people by affording an attractive place for gatherings of all
kinds and a meeting place for clubs and societies.
Mr. Tuttle may
rightly be called a student of politics. He knew what was going on
in the political world both at home and abroad. He was himself a
Republican but his personal friends were of diverse political
opinions and he was in constant social intercourse with prominent
politicians of both the great parties. He took little or no part in
political contests, had no taste for office and declined more than
once to be a candidate for Mayor of the city, but he always voted
and contributed to the expenses of tie various campaigns.
a fine taste in landscape gardening which led him to accept a
position as one of the commissioners of Fairview cemetery. Here his
taste in architecture, to which he had devoted some study, is finely
illustrated in the beautiful Spaulding Memorial Chapel which is his
own idea of what such a building should be.
Although a busy man
he took time for recreation and to him those of his choice were real
re-creations. He enjoyed a hard fought battle on the ball ground and
entered into the excitement with his whole soul. His love of music
led him to the opera. He was an inveterate theater-goer. Indeed he
went to everything except tragedy. Tragedy contributed nothing to
his enjoyment, and he held that it was no part of the recreations of
life. He had a profound respect for the actor's art, and it was
characteristic of him to be sorely vexed when the actor was
criticized by an immature and inexperienced pen. Between the acts he
would often go to the reporters and call their attention to parts
which were well presented. From the moment he began to be
self-supporting he did extra work and saved every penny to be able
to take his mother to hear the distinguished actors who came to
Mr. Tuttle possessed the power to throw aside all
thoughts of business the moment he crossed the threshold of his own
home. But here he lost no time, a newspaper or a book was in his
hand at once. He read the former with astonishing rapidity, except
perhaps an important editorial, a state paper or a speech on some
vital question. His memory was retentive and his conversation was
enlivened by apt quotations usually from the humorists. He was a
lover of good literature, and was both a reader and a student of
books. But he took little pleasure in reading a book that he did not
own. His tastes ran to biography, both political and literary, and
his shelves were crowded with the stories of American and English
statesmen and with lives of English and French men of letters. He
had the habit of marking the subject of the paragraph on the margin,
and in his copy of John Quincy Adams' Diary in twelve volumes, every
important date, caustic remark or statement of a great political
principle is noted in the margin, which shows how attentively he
read. His sense of humor let him deep into the old English novelists
and Artemus Ward was his great delight. He found something new every
time he opened "His Book." In early life he fell in love with
Charles Dickens and the love seemed to grow in ardor with advancing
years. When a mere boy he would copy page after page of Dickens from
borrowed books and having, the gift of mimicry in after years he
delighted to deliver in Dickens' own style the stories he read when
in this country. Of all the writers of fiction Dickens was foremost,
a veritable suggester of noble thoughts and generous sentiments
which brought in their train both rest and courage.
was one of the most companionable of men, and his hospitality was
graced by a charming welcome. He was a member of several of the
leading clubs in Springfield, but he very rarely attended any of
them. He was liberal and generous in all his feeling and ideas, and
was in sympathy with those who had heavy burdens to carry.
a lad in Springfield he became very much interested in the Second
Parish (Unitarian), and he never lost his interest, and in later
years returned to his old attachment. But the minister at the
Unitarian Church at Chicopee was for a long time the recipient at
Christmas of a handsome check. The last three or four years of his
life were clouded by the insidious attacks of a disease which at
last proved fatal on the 12th of July, 1913.
Mr. Tuttle married
on October 24, 1876, Miss Mary ?. Stearns, daughter of George M.
Stearns and Emily C. Goodnow. Of their two children only Miss Emily
Stearns Tuttle now survives. Mrs. Tuttle died February 18, 1884, and
Mr. Tuttle married, November 25, 1885, Miss Sarah F. Knapp, daughter
of George H. Knapp and Mary B. Cooley, who survives him.