Location: Berkshire County MA

Biography of Charles S. Ferry

CHARLES S. FERRY – The firm of Charles S. Ferry & Son, lumber dealers of Pittsfield, which has been conducting one of the largest concerns of its kind in Western Massachusetts, was established by the late Charles S. Ferry, in 1886. In the rapid growth of Pittsfield during the past years this firm played a most important part, because it supplied the lumber and the builders’ materials for much of the construction work that has been done in Pittsfield and the surrounding country. It is over three and a half decades since Charles S. Ferry took over the business from Wadhams Brothers, who had conducted it for a number of years, and established the firm of C. S. Ferry & Son. Charles S. Ferry was born in 1825, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and died at Salt Lake City, March 30, 1899. He was for over thirty years a lumber dealer and planing mill proprietor in Springfield, Massachusetts, and his business is today being successfully carried on by his sons, the firm consisting of C. K. Ferry, president, and F. G. Ferry, treasurer, the firm name, however, remaining unchanged. The yards are located on Center and Church streets, and cover in all about 85,000 square feet of ground and floor space, the plant consisting of the main storage shed and offices of the firm, and another large shed directly opposite, on...

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Biography of William Edward Staples

WILLIAM EDWARD STAPLES – The same energetic characteristics that were the means of conquering all hardships that apparently stood in the path of Mr. Staples’ career during the earlier part of his life have proven the dominant feature of his activities, and have accompanied him throughout an interesting course both of service and of leadership in the business and the political world. He is conceded to be one of the Western Massachusetts captains of industry and of civic advancement, who, beginning life with but few advantages of a material kind, overcame all difficulties by sheer hard work, pluck, and native resourcefulness, and achieved his present place of high esteem among his fellowmen. The community has been the gainer because of his enterprising relationships to the advancement of the business interests of Pittsfield. Not only has he frequently been accorded offices of trust in local business and politics, but in the State Legislature he continues to fulfill the highest anticipations of his many friends. He is a son of Chauncey Staples, who by occupation was a farmer, and of Bridget (Shannon) Staples. William Edwards Staples was born in Adams, March 31, 1866, and he attended the Richmond district schools until he was about eleven years of age when, as his father had died while he was a child, it became incumbent upon him to go to work in cotton mills...

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Biography of Thomas Patrick Hennelly

THOMAS PATRICK HENNELLY, advancing in the forefront with his profession in Western Massachusetts, specializing in its surgical department, and allying his methods with those of up-to-date discovery and incentive, is a surgeon and physician of widely recognized talents and ability. Established in his practice at Pittsfield for a period of sixteen years, the repute of his skill is not confined to this section, and among honors that have come to him are those of association with some of the foremost medical fraternities of State and Nation. Thomas Patrick Hennelly was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, March 18, 1882, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Creavin) Hennelly, and received his education at the schools of his native place and at Boston College. He afterwards matriculated at Tufts College, and graduated there with the class of 1904, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Arts. In preparation for his chosen vocation, he graduated at the Harvard University Medical School in the class of 1908, with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine. He then for some time enjoyed the advantages attaching to interne and house surgeon practice at both the Free Hospital For Women and the City Hospital in Boston, and meantime was appointed investigator for the Massachusetts State Board of Health. He began the practice of medicine in Pittsfield, in 1910, a practice that is for the larger part surgical. Since 1922 he...

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Biography of George Brown Waterman

GEORGE BROWN WATERMAN, postmaster of Williamstown, is a descendant of an old and prominent Massachusetts family, his paternal great-grandfather, John Waterman, who was born in Coventry, Rhode Island, May 18, 1755, came to Cheshire, Massachusetts, in the latter part of 1776 or 1777. During the first and second years of the Revolutionary War he was a sailor or privateersman annoying the commerce of Great Britain. After coming to Massachusetts he made his home for two years in the family of Captain Daniel Brown, remaining there in the absence of the captain while he was in command of his company at the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777. Mr. Waterman was enrolled as a minute man. In 1803 he moved to his farm adjoining the village of North Adams. During his youth he had received but a limited education, but he became one of the best informed men of his day, and was fortunate in numbering among his friends such men as Dr. William Towner, who practiced medicine in Cheshire before his removal to Williamstown, and Elder John Leland. Mr. Waterman served as a delegate from Adams to the State convention of 1820, for amending the constitution of Massachusetts, and previous to that time had been a member of the legislature. He was of a social disposition, and was kind to the poor and unfortunate. He moved to Williamstown in...

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Biography of Rev. Charles Henry Jeannotte

REV. CHARLES HENRY JEANNOTTE – The devoted service of Rev. Father Charles Henry Jeannotte of North Adams, as pastor of Notre Dame of the Sacred Heart Church is a record of faithful endeavor, which has commanded the respect and admiration of the people of this community. In his tireless activities for the progress of his congregation, both in the spiritual and material welfare, Father Jeannotte has endeared himself to the people who belong to this parish and his contemporaries in local advance have acknowledged his sincerity and recognized his achievements. Father Jeannotte has been a member of the Roman Catholic clergy for many years, having served for upward of half a century the progress of the church. He is a son of Pascal and Rosalie (Chagnon) Jeannotte, his father was a farmer and a worthy citizen of the Province of Quebec, Canada. Charles Henry Jeannotte was born in Beloeil, Province of Quebec, November 12, 1854. His education was begun in the local parochial schools and he attended the Seminary de Monnoir, his ordination to the holy priesthood occurring, August 26, 1877. For about eight years following that date he served on the faculty of the above seminary, then was active in his holy offices in the church in Quebec for about two years. Coming to the States in 1887, Father Jeannotte was appointed to Holyoke as assistant curate of...

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Biography of Alfred Chester Dale

ALFRED CHESTER DALE – Having come from South Dakota to Massachusetts a little more than twenty-five years ago, when he was thirteen years of age, Alfred Chester Dale, of Pittsfield, is today secretary of the Dale Brothers’ Laundry, Inc., whose branch in that city is only one of five which the corporation operates in this State. The remarkable expansion of the Dale Brothers’ business covers a wide range of territory in two States and in four counties, not to mention the overlapping of much of the contiguous area. Mr. Dale was born in Wilmot, South Dakota, April 17, 1882, and removed to Springfield in 1897. In that city Mr. Dale’s father and his brother began to engage in the laundry business and it was but a comparatively short time until they had become favorably known and firmly established. Starting on an humble scale, they kept pace with the increase in business with more commodious and better quarters and improved machinery. Later they enlarged the field of their operations by establishing an additional laundry in Springfield. Soon they found that there was a demand for their class of work in other cities and towns, and opened a laundry in Ware, where they catered to the people of that industrial community and its vicinity in Hampshire County, their first laundry, in Springfield, being in Hampden County. With these three laundries in...

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Biography of Frank Austin Bond

FRANK AUSTIN BOND, a distinguished figure in commercial affairs in Western Massachusetts, who in his position as a widely known cotton broker, is in close touch at all times with relevant affairs, both in New England and in the South, and his expert attention to his work is a constructive influence of more than passing significance. Mr. Bond is an able and efficient executive and is a son of John A. and Anna Belle (Kimbell) Bond. His father, who died in 1922, was a prominent hotel proprietor of North Adams and was for many years a member of the city council and chairman of Berkshire County Commissioners. The mother is still living. Frank Austin Bond was born in North Adams, March 11, 1889, and following his early attendance at the public schools he graduated from Drury High School in the class of 1908. His classical course was covered at Cornell University, from which he graduated in the class of 1912, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Upon the completion of his studies, Mr. Bond identified himself with the cotton brokerage business and has continued since along this general line of activity. He now represents Anderson, Clayton & Company, of Houston, Texas, in New England, and this important affiliation places him among the leaders in his field in the East. Mr. Bond is a trustee of the Hoosac Savings...

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Biography of George A. Prediger

GEORGE A. PREDIGER, a distinguished figure in the profession of law in Berkshire County, who has, largely by his own endeavors, risen to high rank in his chosen field of activity, has been engaged in practice in Pittsfield for thirty-six years, devoting his attention to general lines. He is a son of Henry and Margaret (Meusel) Prediger, his father a prominent shoe merchant of Pittsfield and esteemed by his contemporaries in every line of business endeavor. George A. Prediger was born in Pittsfield, July 5, 1865. Receiving his early education in the local public schools, he was graduated from the Pittsfield High School in 1882. Then taking up the liberal arts course at Muhlenburg College at Allentown, Pennsylvania. he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1886 and that of Master of Arts in 1889. Meanwhile returning to his native city, in 1886, he entered the office of the late E. M. Wood in July of that year and read law under the preceptorship of this prominent jurist. Judge Wood had invited him to take this step before he entered college and under this able and distinguished lawyer Mr. Prediger gained inspiration for his future career. In 1887 he also took up further studies at the Boston University Law School, from which he was graduated. Mr. Prediger received his degree of Bachelor of Laws from Boston Law School...

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Biography of Edward Kelly

EDWARD KELLY-Responsibility has been the portion of Edward Kelly throughout his entire active life, and for more than forty years he has borne a worthy and progressive part in business and civic affairs. He has done much to forward the progress of his native town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and in every branch of activity with which he is, or has been, connected he endorses all worthy effort and supports the general good. Mr. Kelly is a son of Michael and Julia (Dwyer) Kelly, his father a blacksmith and carriage manufacturer for many years, but later in life prominent as a real estate broker and operator. Edward Kelly was born in Great Barrington September 18, 1866. Receiving his early education in the elementary and grammar schools of his birthplace, be graduated from the Great Barrington High School in the class of 1883, and his first work was in the field of railroad and express activities. He was also engaged in the local telephone service and went forward along these allied lines until the close of the year 1902, soon thereafter becoming sewer commissioner and later assessor. With the opening of 1906 Mr. Kelly took up his duty as town clerk, to which he had been elected by his fellow townsmen, and from that time until the present (1924) his energies have been commanded by public service in one office...

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Biography of Charles Fuller Mosher

CHARLES FULLER MOSHER, a leading business executive and engineer of Western Massachusetts, who holds a responsible position with the Turners Falls Power and Electric Company, and is prominently identified with worthy lines of useful and progressive activity, is a man of high achievement, whose work is his principal interest and whose attitude toward life and its responsibilities is that of the serious but ever forward looking spirit. He is a son of William D. and Lillian A. (Fuller) Mosher, both parents residents of North Adams for many years. Charles Fuller Mosher was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, October 16, 1879. His education was begun in the public schools of North Adams, and pursuing courses of advanced study, he entered the electrical field. Gaining practical experience in the power plants of the Hoosac Valley and Berkshire Street railroad, he became identified with the Greenfield Electric Light and Power Company in 1906. He was placed in charge of the generating plants of this concern and was active thus for a period of eight years, and has since 1914 served the company in consultant and supervisory capacities, still being thus affiliated. Since 1912 Mr. Mosher has served as superintendent of stations in charge of operation, maintenance and new construction of generating and sub-stations for the Turners Falls Power and Electric Company. In addition to his other affiliations, he furnishes consultant and supervisory...

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Biography of Augustus Keefer Boom, M.D.

AUGUSTUS KEEFER BOOM, M. D., holding a noteworthy position in Western Massachusetts, has done much both along private lines of practice and in the public service and as a leading physician of Adams he is considered one of the foremost men in his profession in this section. Giving to the world his highest endeavors, his progress governed by lofty ideals, and his ever forward looking attitude, Dr. Boom has made his influence strongly felt in various lines of current endeavor, as well as in his professional work. He is a member of an old and honored family of America, originally from the Netherlands, Matthews and Johannes Boom having come to this country early in the eighteenth century. Dr. Boom is a great-grandson of Nicholas Boom, who was a member of Captain Nicholas Van Rensselaer’s company in the Revolutionary War. James Boom, the doctor’s father, was a prominent man of his day, and his mother, Lucy (Selby) Boom, was also a member of a prominent family. Augustus Keefer Boom was born in Albany, New York, May 13, 1866. Receiving his early education in the public schools of his birthplace, Dr. Boom later attended the medical department of Wooster University, Cleveland, Ohio, which was later absorbed by the Western Reserve University. His graduation from this institution occurred in 1888, and on November 9, 1888, he opened his office at Adams. From...

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Biography of Edward F. Groark

EDWARD F. GROARK-Insurance has for many years held the attention of Edward F. Groark, whose usefulness in this realm in Western Massachusetts is widely recognized. With interests centering in North Adams he covers a considerable territory in this immediate section and his work is contributing definitely to the progress of the community. Mr. Groark’s practical ability and progressive attitude are constructive influences in the local progress as well as in his own success. He is a son of Patrick and Margaret (Feign) Groark, esteemed citizens of New Haven, Connecticut. Edward F. Groark was born in New Haven, September 11, 1878. Receiving his early education in the local public schools he was graduated from the New Haven High School in the class of 1896. Upon the completion of his studies he secured a position in the accounting department of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad offices, in New Haven, and there gained valuable experience in the business affairs. He was still a young man when he entered the employ of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as their agent in New Haven, then later became assistant manager of their interest at Lowell, Massachusetts. From that point he was transferred to Burlington, Vermont, where he also served as assistant manager, until October of Ig22, when he was placed in charge of the North Adams agency in the capacity of manager....

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Biography of James Wilson

JAMES WILSON – Representing one of the extensive woolen manufactories in the United States is James Wilson, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. As president of this organization which today is doing business under the title of James & E. H. Wilson, Inc., he is handling large responsibilities. The location of this factory is on the Housatonic River below Pontoosuc Lake, and in the early settlement of the town this same site was occupied by an iron forge. In 1856 this property was purchased by the Taconic Manufacturing Company, who built a mill and began the manufacture of union cassimeres. This business continued until 1873, when operations suspended and the factory remained idle for a number of years or until 1880. At this time it was leased and operated by James Wilson, of Pittsfield, and Michael Glennon, of Dalton, who began the manufacture of union cassimeres, employing in their plant at that time about one hundred and twenty-five hands. Mr. Glennon later retired from the firm and his successor was Arthur Horton, who was admitted to the firm in 1886, the firm name then becoming Wilson & Horton. This partnership continued until 1900, when Mr. Wilson bought out the interest of Mr. Horton, and the firm continued its operations until 1917 under the title of James & E. H. Wilson. In this year Mr. Charles H. Wilson was admitted to partnership, and...

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Biography of Edward Heath Wilson

EDWARD HEATH WILSON, business man of exceptionally high qualities, passed out of this life November 23, 1923, thus breaking the partnership in the firm James & E. H. Wilson, Inc., which had existed since 1902. At the time of his death he was holding the office of vice-president, this position now having been taken over by his nephew, Charles H. Wilson, a biography of whom appears elsewhere. Mr. Wilson was born in Pittsfield, December 9, 1846, the son of Solomon and Mary Elizabeth (Dunham) Wilson. His father, Solomon Wilson, was superintendent of I- Pomeroys’ Sons Company, woolen manufacturers, also of Pittsfield. The education of Edward H. Wilson was obtained in the public and high schools of Pittsfield, in which city he grew to manhood. At the age of eighteen he entered upon his business career by becoming an employee of the Pittsfield Woolen Company, acting in the capacity of clerk and later becoming bookkeeper. This was the mill that in 1904 was purchased by the James & E. H. Wilson Company and which is now being operated as an auxiliary to their original mill at Taconia. Mr. Wilson remained with this firm for about five years, then opportunity of a better position presenting itself, he left Pittsfield and entered the employ of Walter Brown, wool commission merchant of New York City. This was about the year 1869 and from...

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Biography of Clifford Carroll Howes

CLIFFORD CARROLL HOWES – The Howes family of Massachusetts belong to the oldest families settled in New England, and. the last three generations as represented in some of its members are as follows: (I) Francis Edwin Howes, grandfather of Clifford Carroll Howes, died in North Adams, Massachusetts, at the age of ninety-three years. He was a carpenter by trade. He married Julia A. Church. The children of the marriage were: 1. Julia, who married Martin Holbrook. 2. May, who married Fred Knapp. 3. Edwin P., of whom further. 4. Amelia, who died at the age of eleven years. 5. Hattie, who died at the age of two years. 6. Horace Howes. (II) Edwin P. Howes, father of Clifford Carroll Howes, a native of Hancock, Massachusetts, where he was born October 12, 1850, died at Leyden, Massachusetts, in May, 1919. He was a farmer in early life, and went to Haydenville, Massachusetts, where for ten years he worked in a brass shop. He later lived in the town of Florida, Massachusetts, where he farmed. In 1894 he came to Leyden, Massachusetts, where he ran a general store up to the time of his death. He served on the Board of Assessors and Selectmen, but did not take a great interest in politics. In religion he was a member and attendant of the Methodist Church of which he was treasurer at...

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