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History of the Industries of Norwich VT

Although the products of the industries in Norwich have not been of great magnitude they have been quite varied in character. Such information in regard to these callings as we have been able to obtain we will present to our readers, though not in strict chronological order. Among the earliest establishments coming under this head was a grist mill established as early as 1770, by Hatch and Babcock on Blood Brook, on or near the site of the grist mill now operated by J. E. Willard, a short distance up the stream from where it empties into the Connecticut River. As has been stated in a previous chapter, it was voted at a proprietors’ meeting held September 17, 1770, to give to Joseph Hatch and Oliver Babcock the “tenth river lot on condition they execute a deed * * * * for upholding a grist mill where said gristmill now stands.” Since the ownership by Hatch and Babcock this property has been in the possession among others of Aaron Storrs, who sold it in 1793 to Doctor Joseph Lewis; Horace Esterbrook, who sold it to J. J. Morse; the latter to G. W. Kibling; Kibling to Crandall and Burbank; they to Doctor Rand of Hartford, Vt., and from the latter’s estate, J. E. Willard, the present proprietor, bought it. During Mr. Kibling‘s ownership of the property he had a department for making doors, window sashes, etc., in addition to a grist mill. In 1766, Jacob Burton built a saw mill on the north bank of Blood Brook, a little further down the stream than Messenger and Hazen‘s late tannery...

Biographical Sketch of Gen. Carmi W. Babcock

Gen. Carmi W. Babcock, president of the first free state council of 1857-58, a leading citizen of Lawrence and a prominent contractor in the building of several noted structures of the state, was born in Franklin County, Vermont, April 21, 1830. In 1850, after teaching for a time, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he read law and was admitted to the bar. He arrived at Lawrence in September, 1854, and finding that everything was too unsettled to make the practice of the law reliable he engaged in the real estate business. In 1857 he established a bank, only to see it swept away by the panic of that year. He received his appointment as the first postmaster of Lawrence February 1, 1855, but was removed in 1857 to make way for a pro slavery man. He was also the second mayor of Lawrence; a member of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention of National Democracy, which assembled in June, 1855, and a member of the executive committee of the Free State convention held at Grasshopper Falls August 26, 1857. In 1869 he was appointed surveyor general of Kansas, holding the office for two terms, or until its discontinuance. He was one of the builders of the great bridge across the Kaw at Lawrence, completed in December, 1863, and, as a member of the firm of Bogert & Babcoek, completed the east wing of the state house. In November, 1871, he became one of the incorporators of the Kansas Magazine Company. His death occurred at St. Louis October 22,...

Biographical Sketch of Warren Bicknell

Bicknell, Warren; pres. Cleveland Construction Co.; born, Morrisville, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868; son of Charles T. and Susan Payne Bicknell, educated, public schools of Morrisville, N. Y., and Massillon, O.; graduated from Adelbert College in 1890; married, St. Paul, Minn., February, 1900; issue, Frances Louise born, November, 1900, Warren, Jr., born, 1902, and Elizabeth, – born, – February, 1904; business career, for a time studied law in. the office of Boynton, Hale & Herr; a year and half sec’y Cleveland Athletic Club; one year in the coal business in New Castle, Pa.; sold. interests there and became auditor of The Cincinnati and Miami Valley Traction Co., and gen. mgr. of the Dayton Traction Co.; the two companies consolidated and he became sec’y and auditor of the company known as The Southern Ohio Traction Co., located at Middletown, O.; after two years resigned to accept the position of gen. mgr. of The Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Traction Co., with headquarters in Chicago; resigned after two years, and came to Cleveland; pres. from 1903 to 1906, of The Lake Shore Electric R. R. Co.; resigned in 1906 to become pres. of The Cleveland Construction Co., one of the largest companies of its kind in the state engaged in building electric and steam railroads, erecting light and water plants and constructing telephone lines through various parts of the country; pres. Springfield & Xenia R. R. Co., Citizens Railway & Light Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, Havana Electric Railroad of Cuba; chairman of the board of directors of the Toledo Railroad & Light Co., and receiver of the Municipal Traction Co. of...

Biographical Sketch of Burt M. Gardner

Gardner, Burt M.; salesman; born, Cleveland, Jan. 16, 1867; son of George W. and Rosaline L. Oviatt Gardner; public school education; married, St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 12, 1895, Marian P. Hall; one son; 1892-1901, associate editor The Iron Trade Review, located at Chicago, Ill.; 1895-1898, sec’y The Western Foundrymens’ Ass’n; 1901-1906, iron and steel broker in Chicago, Ill.; 1909, sales agt. Ansonia Brass & Copper Co., New York; 1912, district sales agt. for Ohio for Worth Bros. Co., of Coatville, Pa.; and Michigan Copper & Brass Co. of Detroit, Mich.; pres. The Standard Iron & Steel Co.; treas. Ventwell Stove Front Co.; director American Portable Seating Co.; member Hermit and Athletic Clubs, Cleveland, and Fulton Club of New...

Biographical Sketch of Frank Higley

Higley, Frank; lawyer; born, near St. Paul, Minn., March 16, 1861; son of Aaron and Charlotte Finney Higley; educated, Cleveland Central High School, graduated, University of Michigan Law School, 1884; married, Cleveland, 1891, Carrie M. Maltby; issue, Raymond, Albert and Charles Higley; deputy clerk of Supreme Court of Ohio; practiced law in Cleveland since 1884; director The National Safe & Lock Co.; member Chamber of Commerce and Tippecanoe...

Biographical Sketch of George C. Simpson

Simpson, George C.; insurance; born, St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 5, 1874; son of William H. and Sarah M. Cheetham Simpson; educated in Milwaukee, Wis., public schools; married, Milwaukee, June 25, 1901, Blanche Rogers, June 25, 1901; issue; one son, George Rogers, born Nov. 29, 1906; first lieut. Light Battery A, W. V. Artillery, 1898; bank clerk, Milwaukee, 1891-1895; fire insurance since 1895; Northwestern Nat’l Ins. Co., 1895-1903, beginning with office work, then state agt. and mgr. in Cleveland, 1900-1903; local mgr. Royal Ins. Co., 1903-1911; sec’y the O. M. Stafford, Goss, Bedell Co. since 1911; Mason; member Mayfield Country Club and Military Order of Foreign...

Biographical Sketch of Andrew Barclay Meldrum

Meldrum, Andrew Barclay; Presbyterian minister; born, Scotland, Sept. 9, 1857; son of Capt. Robert and Agnes Ness (Grant) Meldrum; educated, professionally, at Knox College and University of Toronto, graduating in Theology at the Theological Seminary of San Francisco; (D. D. Hanover College); married, in 1885, to Laura R. Rison, of Oakland, Cal.; issue, two sons and two daughters; in 1907, married Ella Hoyt Herrick, of Cleveland; pastor in San Francisco, Cal., Evansville, Ind., St. Paul, Minn., and now Old Stone Church, Cleveland; Grand Chaplain, Masonic Grand Lodge of Ohio, 1913; member Robert Burns Society of Cleveland, and Rotary Club; Chaplain Cleveland...

Biography of L. W. Servey

The lumber industry of Washington County finds a prominent representative in L. W. Servey, who as President of the Ochelata Lumber Company is controlling a large and growing business, which he has developed through close application, capable management, energy and determination. He was born in Dempsey town, Venango County, Pennsylvania July 2, 1813, of the marriage of A. J. and Adeline (Weikal) Servey, both now deceased. The father, who was a building contractor, went to Kansas in 1868 and there took up a homestead, which he improved and developed. L. W. Servey completed a course in the high school at Iola, Kansas, after which he attended the normal school at Mankato, Minnesota, and a business college at St. Paul, that state. Following the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he became a member of the Fifteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Captain Spicer. After receiving his discharge Mr. Servey entered the employ of the Clark & Bates Lumber Company, first working in their plant at Gas City, Kansas. He was then sent by the firm to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, arriving there on the 1st of December, 1899, and eating his first meal at the National Hotel, which was the first good hostelry established in the town and was situated on the present site of the Model Clothing Store, being operated by Frank Overlees. The yards of the Clark & Bates Company were then located where the Union Bank now stands; Keeler’s store was at that time in the old town of Bartlesville; and on the present site of the courthouse there was an oil well. Mr. Servey also went to Collinsville...

Cornwell, Thora Jean – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Thora Jean Cornwell, 78, of Joseph, died at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise Sun Dec. 12. She was born in 1926 in St. Paul Minnesota to Oliver and Caroline Castle. Mrs. Cornwell has been married to Jack Cornwell for 41 years. During which time she worked in a school cafeteria, moving from Vancouver, Wash to Wallowa Lake. She enjoyed sewing and traveling with her husband. Mrs. Cornwell is survived by her husband Jack Cornwell of Wallowa Lake, son Ted Hisel of Vancouver, Wash, daughter Joyce Schultz of White salmon, and daughter Jody Ogden of Colton. Other survivors include seven grandchildren Sarah, Joel, Becky, Jeremon, Mario, Amanda and Nicole; one great-grandson Austin and one great-granddaughter Aimee. Services will be at the Bollman Funeral Home Friday at 11:00 a.m. Donations go to Wallowa Valley Care Center. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, December 16, 2004 ____________________________ Thora Cornwell Joseph 1926-2004 Thora Jean Cornwell, 78, of Joseph died Dec. 12 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 17 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. A private burial will be at Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph. Mrs. Cornwell was born Dec. 6, 1926, to Oliver and Caroline Reiten Castle in St. Paul, Minn. She married Jack Cornwell and they were married for 41 years ago. The couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., where she worked in a school cafeteria. They moved to Wallowa County about 20 years a go. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and traveling with her husband. Survivors include her husband of Wallowa Lake; children, Ted Hisel of Vancouver, Wash.,...
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