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WALLACE E. STODDARD – The internal and administrative work of a large business concern is a section of the organization of such paramount importance and so vital to the success of an enterprise that specially trained and very capable men find secure and remunerative posts as secretaries, cashiers, bookkeepers, in addition having the consciousness of contributing in their own effective and indispensable way to the well-being and prosperity of the business. A man whose services in an administrative capacity and as supervisor of labor and finances has always been much appreciated by the concerns with which he has been connected, and who now holds several positions of trust is Wallace E. Stoddard.
Wallace E. Stoddard is a native of Vernon, Vermont, where he was born on January 3, 1872, a son of Faith W. and Sarah Augusta (Allen) Stoddard. He received his first education in the public schools of his native town, in Brattleboro High School, Brattleboro, Vermont, and in Eastman’s Business College. After completing his education he started his business career with the Draper Corporation in Hopedale, Massachusetts, where he acted in the capacity of paymaster. His later positions were with the Williamstown Manufacturing Company, the North Pownal Vermont Manufacturing Company, in charge of their offices; as superintendent of the Greylock Mills; secretary to W. B. & C. T. Plunkett; purchasing agent of the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company; assistant treasurer of the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company, and treasurer of the Silver Creek Company, Belzoni, Mississippi. In all these positions Mr. Stoddard has given excellent proof of his superior capacity for administrative and painstaking, conscientious attention to detail and effective coordination of forces. Mr. Stoddard also holds the position of vice-president of the Williamstown Savings Bank.
In politics Mr. Stoddard is a Republican, and in religion a member and attendant of St John’s Protestant Episcopal Church, of Williamstown. His fraternal and other associations include membership in the Williams Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of , Williamstown, of which he is a Past Master; the Composite Chapter of North Adams, of which he is a Past High Priest; and the St. Paul Consistory, Knights Templar, of North Adams, of which he is a Past Commander; member of the Colonial Club, and the Forest Park Country Club, and National Association of Cotton Manufacturers. On account of his public sympathies and interest in all causes pertaining to the civic progress of the town in which he is located, Mr. Stoddard enjoys the universal esteem of his fellow citizens.
Wallace E. Stoddard married, September 22, 1896, at Williamstown, Laetitia L. Irwin, daughter of John and Mary Irwin. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace E. Stoddard are the parents of one daughter, Helen I. Stoddard, born November 3, 1903.
(The Allen Line).
(I) Edward Allen, pioneer ancestor of Sarah A. (Allen) Stoddard, was born in England about 1670, came to Nantucket in 1690, married Ann Coleman, daughter of Joseph and Ann Bunker Coleman in 1692. He had seven children, and was one of the prominent figures of the island. He died there in 1741.
(II) Nathaniel Allen, son of Edward and Ann (Coleman) Allen, was born February 24, 1700; married, May 2, 1732, Mercy Skiff, daughter of Nathan and Mercy Skiff, of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. The Skiffs were descendants of Governor Carver, the Chipmans, John Tilly and Joseph Howland, all of the “Mayflower.” He died in 1776.
(III) Joseph Allen, son of Nathaniel and Mercy (Skiff) Allen, was born April 1, 1737; married, December 4, 1753, Hephzihak Coffin, daughter of Robert and Susanna Coffin. He left the island and settled on the mainland, dying in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, in 1804.
(IV) Robert Allen, son of Joseph and Hephzihak (Coffin) Allen, born in Newport, Rhode Island, November 10, 1767; married Rhoda Cady in 1786. In 1806 he moved to Wallingford, Vermont. He was a prominent cattle buyer, and was known throughout Vermont, Massachusetts and New York He had eight children. He died in Wallingford, Vermont, in 1856.
(V) Robert Allen, son of Robert and Rhoda (Cady) Allen, born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, April 16, 1805; married, October 25, 1832, Eliza Paine Doolittle, daughter of Roswell and Clarissa (Burt) Doolittle. He was very prominent in church affairs throughout Southern Vermont He died in Vernon, Vermont, in 1889.
(VI) Sarah Augusta Allen, daughter of Robert and Eliza Paine (Doolittle) Allen, born in Jamaica, Vermont, October 30, 1846, married Fayette W. Stoddard, of Vernon, Vermont, January 18, 1869. She died in Vernon, Vermont, February 18, 1905.