Location: Hampden County MA

Biography of Arthur C. Wentworth

ARTHUR C. WENTWORTH, treasurer of the Springfield Cooperative Bank, was born in South Berwick, Maine, November 13, 1871. His father was Charles K. Wentworth and his mother Ellen M. (Plumer) Wentworth. His father was born on a farm at Berwick, Maine, in April, 1836, and followed farming for a number of years, afterwards living in South Berwick until his death in November, 1906. His mother was born in January, 1841, at South Berwick, Maine, and died in May, 1924. The Wentworth family derives its name from the lordship of Wentworth in the wapentake of Stafford, County of York, England, where lived Reginald de Winterwode at the time of the Conquest. Genealogists agree that the word is of Saxon origin, meaning white farm or court, taking its style from the soil composed of chalk or whitish clay. William Wentworth was baptized in the parish of Alford near the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, March 15, 1616, and is believed upon the evidence to be identical with Elder William Wentworth, the first of the Wentworths of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was from the same parish in England as the Rev. John Wheelwright, who came to this country in 1636. He was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637 on account of a sermon he preached in Boston, and settled with a company of followers at Piscataqua Falls, New Hampshire,...

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Biography of William Edward Cooney

WILLIAM EDWARD COONEY – Both the hotel and the general real estate interests of Northampton have benefited very materially during the past forty years through Mr. Cooney’s association with a development and management of both departments of activity, as his capable methods have been such as to bring substantial results to the community. In earlier years, an all-round printer of widely recognized ability, Mr. Cooney also observed and shared in the growth and advancement of this part of the State through the newspaper and publishing field, and his family have always been known for thorough workmanship in all their undertakings. His grandmother, Ellen (Hanley) Cooney, was the first of this branch to come to the United States; she died in Haydenville, Massachusetts, about 1880. Her husband, Michael Cooney, grandfather of William E. Cooney, lived and died in Ireland. His children were: Michael, of whom further; Elizabeth, who married Michael Keating; Katherine, who married Michael Hearn; Ellen, who married John Fogerty; Mary, who married a Dady; Johanna, who married a Davin. Michael Cooney, who was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, died in Haydenville, in the town of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, in 1885. He attended school in Ireland, and came to the United States when he was nineteen years of age, stopping first in Brooklyn, New York, and thence coming to Leeds, Massachusetts, where he was employed for awhile in the Musgrave...

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Biography of Patrick M. Moriarty, M.D.

PATRICK M. MORIARTY, M. D., previous to the World War, began the practice of medicine in Springfield, that has been continued with pronounced success in Chicopee, where his professional abilities and his proven skill have received recognition throughout an extensive district. Doubtless the most active years of Dr. Moriarty’s training were those spent with the United States Army Medical Corps in field and hospital service in France and Germany, where, with his professional comrades, he gave unceasing aid to his comrades in arms. A prominent and thoroughly equipped physician, he has the highest regard of his medical associates and the general public. Dr. Patrick M. Moriarty, a son of Maurice Moriarty, a funeral director, who died in 1900, and Mary (Griffin) Moriarty, was born March 17, 1891, in Bondsville, and he attended the Palmer public schools, and was graduated from the high school there in 1908. After a year in Williston Academy, he prepared for his profession in the Medical School of Georgetown University, where he was graduated in 1913, with his degree of Doctor of Medicine, and he then served as an interne at Hampden Hospital. Dr. Moriarty commenced his practice in general medicine in Springfield, where his headquarters were established from 1914 to 1917, and he then removed to Chicopee, where he has a large practice and is a member of the Mercy Hospital staff. Enlisting in...

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Biography of John Wilson

JOHN WILSON-The family of Wilson, of Greenfield, is of Scotch Origin, Robert Wilson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, having been the father of Mr. John Wilson, who is the founder and senior partner of the firm of John Wilson & Company, of Greenfield Robert Wilson was born in Glasgow in 1839, and died in New Cummock, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1870, in the part of the country that Robert Burns, at the early age of thirty-one years, made famous the world over. He was general manager of the Bank Colliery at New Cummock, was a hard worker and had to apply his managing skill under difficult circumstances, having a hard set of men to deal with. As a boy he grew up in the collieries, was first a foreman and later became general manager, and as such had the management of some five or six large mines. He took a deep interest in all things that would lead to the betterment of conditions for the miners, and was instrumental in furnishing entertainments for their benefit, possessing himself a fine tenor voice and being a musician of note. At these gatherings Burns’ poems were read to the men, and there were other kinds of entertainment for them. He took no interest in politics, and in religion was a member of the established church of Scotland. He was married to Mary Martin...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank N. Moore

FRANK N. MOORE-Long in positions of responsibility and trust in Ludlow, Massachusetts, Frank N. Moore was born in Ware, in that State, October 31, 1871, the son of Charles F., who was a farmer and carpenter, died in February, 1924, and Julia M. (Dunbar) Moore. Frank N. Moore received his education in the elementary and high schools of Ware, after which he took a course in Child’s Business College of Springfield. After leaving school he became a clerk in the post office at Ware for a year. He entered the employ of the Ludlow Manufacturing Associates as a clerk, and so well did he perform his duties that he was promoted from one position to another, becoming assistant paymaster and in charge of tenements, and supply clerk; in all, being with this company for twenty-five years. In January, 1918, Mr. Moore became treasurer of the Ludlow Savings Bank, which was incorporated in i and that position he still holds, he is also a member of the board of trustees of that institution. For twelve years he was a member of the school committee of Ludlow, for several of these years being its chairman. He is a member of Court No. 58, Foresters of America, has held all the offices and was financial secretary for many years; the Springfield Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, of which he has held...

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Biography of Carlton E. Nay

CARLTON E. NAY, treasurer, secretary and a director of the Monarch Accident Insurance Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, was born in Westford, Vermont, January 11, 1881. His father was Elisha A. Nay, a farmer; and his mother, Lucy (Maxfield) Nay. He attended the public and high schools of Milton, Vermont, and at an early age engaged in business with Swift & Company at Burlington as bookkeeper, where he continued for eight years. He followed this with a period in the mercantile business in Underhill, Vermont, where he was engaged for six years. Afterwards he came to Springfield in 1916, and was bookkeeper for the Nayasset Club for four years. He became bookkeeper for the Monarch Accident Insurance Company at No. 14 Maple Street, Springfield. He was advanced to assistant treasurer in 1923; and two years later, in the spring of 1925, he was made treasurer and secretary of the company, and he continues to discharge the duties of those posts. He was elected a director of the company soon after his last promotion. Mr. Nay is a member of McDonald Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, at Jericho, Vermont: of Burlington Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Burlington, and of the Faith Congregational Church, Springfield. Mr. Nay married, in Jericho, Vermont, Clara E. Brown; daughter of Burke G., and Elizabeth Flowers Brown. They are the parents of Russell B., born at Burlington, January...

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Biography of Orin J. Nevins

ORIN J. NEVINS-Of the old guard in the lumbering industry in the western part of the State, Mr. Nevins, who for some years has been retired from active participation in his former calling, was a promoter of the manufacture of that product at a time when many similar industries were helping to make history in their field. He witnessed the progress of lumber at its best, both at Holyoke and Turners Falls, and in the prime of his life he was associated with some of its outstanding successes, sharing, too, in the progress of invention that brought the processes to their present high standard. Veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War, he shared, then and later, in the practical advancement of every patriotic cause. A saying has been passed down in his family that since 1620 there has never been a criminal, a millionaire or a pauper in the family. He is the son of Dexter Nevins, a farmer and cattle dealer, of Maine, and of Cordelia Hillman, daughter of Uriah Hillman, a Martha’s Vineyard whaling captain. Orin J. Nevins, was born at Farmington, Maine, December 28, 1842, and received his education in the local district schools. He was employed on his father’s farm until the Civil War, when he entered the service of the United States Government. In 1871 he went to Holyoke, where he became...

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Biographical Sketch of James T. Brown

JAMES T. BROWN, manager of the Hotel Worthy, Springfield, Massachusetts, was born in Luzeme, New York, February 24, 1885. His father was William E. Brown, and his mother Jennie I. (Taylor) Brown. The father was engaged in the mill business at Norwich, and also conducted a tannery. The family removed from the New York village where the early years of Mr. Brown were passed, to Norwich, Connecticut, when he was twelve years old. There the boy attended the public schools. He completed his studies to become a hotel employe, and his chosen occupation he has followed steadily through life. After many successful ventures he became manager of the Hotel Worthy, Springfield, in 1922, and has continued in that capacity ever since. He is also manager and director of the Worthy Inn, at Manchester, Vermont, a place he has filled since 1919. In October, 1924, Mr. Brown became the lessee of the Hotel Draper, at Northampton, Massachusetts, adding that noted resort to his other properties. Mr. Brown is a member of the Oxford Country Club; and of the Masonic Club. His fraternal affiliations are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Masonic fraternity, in which he has received the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite. He is a member of Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and of Bela Grotto, Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Brown married, in...

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Biography of Charles S. Potter

CHARLES S. POTTER, treasurer and manager of the Hampden Lumber Company of Springfield, and prominent in the civic life of Springfield and vicinity, is a man who holds a high place in the regard of his fellow citizens. Influential in business and social spheres he has been called also to accept the responsibilities of public office, and as president of the City Council of Springfield won general recognition for his efficient and public-spirited administration. He can be counted upon to search out and consistently follow a businesslike, constructive policy in any matter of public welfare to which he gives his support. He is the son of Timothy D. and Laura (Morgan) Potter, the father a lumber merchant of high standing, with whom his son was long associated in business. The elder Mr. Potter was born at Wilbraham, Massachusetts, April 12, 1840, into an old and respected New England family. Up until his death in 1922, he was president of the Hampden Lumber Company and played an active and influential part in the life of Springfield, which will long be remembered by his many friends and acquaintances. Charles S. Potter was born at Palmer, March 24, 1872, and received his education in the public schools, Wilbraham Academy, and Springfield High School. After leaving school he found his first employment in the Home Agency Office of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance...

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Biographical Sketch of Harvey Stephenson

Frederick P. Stephenson, a well known resident of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, is descended from a family which for many generations has displayed courage and patriotism in defence of the rights and liberties of their country. Calvin Stephenson, a pioneer settler and a soldier of the revolution, had six sons who took part in the war of 1812: James was taken a prisoner and died near Montreal, Canada; William served gallantly throughout the war, then joined the regular army and lost his life on the western plains; Luther served in the contest at Raisin river and in the battle of Tippecanoe; Theodore, Calvin and Chester, the other three, were also actively engaged in various encounters during this famous struggle. (I) Harvey Stephenson, grandfather of Frederick P. Stephenson, came from Springfield, Massachusetts, and located in the town of Orleans, Ontario county, New York, about 1800, subsequently settling in Phelps, in the same...

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Biography of James Rathbone

JAMES RATHBONE, prominent citizen of Palmer, Massachusetts, is associated with his brothers in the enterprise known as A. B. & J. Rathbone, manufacturers of pinion rod and pinion wire. He was born in Warrington, England, August 24, 1887. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native town, and after leaving school he served an apprenticeship at a mechanical trade. He came to the United States in 1905 and located immediately at Palmer, and in association with his brother, Andrew B. Rathbone, he started manufacturing pinion wire and special cold-drawn shapes. This manufacture began in a barn in the rear of his residence, but the business grew amazingly, and the firm moved to the old broom factory on Park Street, near the Boston & Albany Railroad freight house. Later the expansion of patronage forced the firm to build, and they erected a concrete building about three hundred feet long by eighty wide for their purpose. As business increased, in 1918, Thomas P. Rathbone and Frank P. Rathbone were asked to join the firm in order to keep up with the demand for the product. All the brothers had passed through a mechanical training under their father, and all were born in England. Andrew B. was the originator of the small business of A. B. & J. Rathbone that has grown so notably. James Rathbone is a Mason,...

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Biography of Charles S. Browning

CHARLES S. BROWNING-A successful druggist of Ludlow for nearly a half century, Charles S. Browning is also treasurer of that town and one of its prominent citizens. He is a banker, and active in all important public affairs. Charles S. Browning was born in Chicopee, July 7, 1854 the son of John C. and Joanna (Peck) Browning, both natives of Colerain, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Charles S. Browning was educated in the public schools of Chicopee. When he was sixteen years old he entered the employ of his brothers, A. W. and L. C. Browning, druggists, at Windsor Locks, Hartford County, Connecticut, where he remained two years. For another two years he was employed as a druggist in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and in October, 1880, he purchased an interest of C. F. Grosvenor, forming a partnership, and they conducted a drug store in Ludlow. They operated this store together with success for about ten months and then Mr. Browning bought out his partner. He has since continued as proprietor and operator of the Browning drug store and is now accounted one of the successful pharmacists in Hampden County, having been in business forty-five years in all. Mr. Browning is a trustee in the Ludlow Savings Bank. He was town auditor for three years and in 1905 he was elected town treasurer of Ludlow and has held this position since, a period...

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Biography of John W. Simons

JOHN W. SIMONS, treasurer of the investment house of William C. Simons, Inc., of Springfield, Massachusetts, is well known in the business and social spheres of Springfield. He is the son of William C. and Mary E. (Gunn) Simons, the father the president and senior member of the afore-mentioned concern. (See Simons, William C. biography.) John W. Simons was born in Springfield, in June, 1886. His education was received in the public schools of Springfield, in Groton School, from which he graduated in 1905, and in Harvard University, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the class of 1909. Immediately after leaving college he entered the security department of Stone & Webster, in Boston, holding this position for about two years. He then became associated with his father as Springfield correspondent and representative of Lee, Higginson & Company, Bankers and Brokers, of Boston. Although maintaining connections with the Boston firm, the Springfield business has always been a private enterprise, owing its substantial growth and prosperity to the initiative and sound business judgment of its local officials, and in 1921 it was incorporated under the name of William C. Simons, Inc., the elder Mr. Simons becoming president and his son treasurer of the reorganized concern. During the World War Mr. Simons interrupted his business career to enlist in the Ordnance Department of the United States Army. He...

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Biographical Sketch of William C. Simons

WILLIAM C. SIMONS, pioneer investment broker of Springfield, Massachusetts, and for the past forty or fifty years intimately associated with the business life of the city, is well known in Springfield, where his reputation both as a man of business integrity and a public-spirited, progressive citizen is of the highest order. He is the son of Cicero Simons, of Springfield. William C. Simons was born at Springfield on September 5, 1849 He received his education in the public schools and Williston Academy, Easthampton. His first position was with the Dean Steam Pump Company, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, but after a few years spent in the employ of this concern, he launched out in business for himself as the first broker in Springfield. Since then he has had a long and honorable business career in this field, in which he is still engaged, the firm now being conducted under the name of William C. Simons, Inc., of which Mr. Simons is president, and his son, John W. Simons, treasurer. Mr. Simons served for a number of years as a member of the Springfield School Board, and has otherwise been active in local affairs. He is a member of the Nayasset Club, the Colony Club, and the Springfield Country Club. By religious conviction he is an Episcopalian, and serves as senior warden in the Springfield Episcopal Church. Mr. Simons married Mary E....

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Biographical Sketch of William P. Hayes

WILLIAM P. HAYES, practicing lawyer in Springfield, Massachusetts, was born in Springfield March 27, 1866, the son of John and Margaret A. (Hayes) Hayes. He was educated in Springfield, attending the primary, grammar and high schools. He was graduated from Boston University Law School in 1889 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, magna cum laude. In 1890 he engaged in the practice of law for himself, and never has had a partner in business in the thirty-five years which have followed, since he opened an office in Springfield in July of that year. His recognition was immediate, and success came at an early day. He was a member of the Springfield Common Council in 1893 and 1894; was mayor of Springfield in 1900 and 1901; was a State Senator in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1907; district delegate to the Democratic National Convention held at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904, and delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Convention held at Baltimore in 1912, representing the State-at-large, as one of its “Big Eight.” Mr. Hayes attends the Holy Family Church in Springfield, of the Roman Catholic faith. Mr. Hayes was married, in Springfield, June 5, 1894, to Mary L. Curtis, and they are the parents of the following children: Gertrude M., William D., Anna Margaret, Ruth E. and John C., all born in Springfield. Another daughter, Marie C. (Hayes) Sampson, died...

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