Location: Hampden County MA

Biography of Albert Henry Warren Stimson

ALBERT HENRY WARREN STIMSON – After a rich experience in the business world, Albert Henry Warren Stimson, of Northampton Massachusetts, since 1909 has followed farming and become not only one of the prosperous farmers of the vicinity but a man active in community affairs and highly regarded by all his fellow citizens. He is the descendant of a very old New England family, which traces back to early Colonial days. (I) The surname Stimson is in its origin identical with Stephenson, Stevenson and Stimpson, and in its various forms is common in England and Scotland and of very ancient usage. The first members of the family of whom there is record in America are James and Naomi Stimson who werd to be found in Reading, Massachusetts, in 1638. (II) Dr. James Stimson, son of James and Naomi Stimson, was a resident of Reading. He married, in 1661, Mary Liffingwell, and they were the parents of twelve children. James Stimson was a physician. (III) Dr. James Stimson, son of Dr. James and Mary (Liffingwell) Stimson, and like his father a physician,, was born in 1669. There is proof that he moved from Lynn, Massachusetts, to Tolland County, Connecticut, prior to 1716, and on June 21, 1720, he received a grant of county land from the General Assembly. He was the first resident physician of that vicinity. He married (first) Sarah...

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Biography of Charles P. La Riviere

CHARLES P. LA RIVIERE, city clerk of Chicopee since 1922, was born in St. Albans, Vermont, April 20, 1877, the son of Henry and Felanice (Perrins) La Riviere. His father was a machinist by trade, and was employed in the Overman Wheel Company in Chicopee and Chicopee Falls. The family moved to Chicopee when Charles P. was fourteen years old, and he was educated in the public schools of Chicopee, while he attended night school in Chicopee Falls after he had begun to work for himself. He was for three years in the draughting department of the Overman Wheel Company; then with Spaulding & Pepper, manufacturers of bicycle tires for a year and a half, and was one year and a half in the Chicopee Falls Machine Shop. He again returned to the draughting department of the Overman Wheel Company, and continued in that connection until the business was closed up, about a year and a half. His next employment was as draughtsman for the J. T. Stevens Arm and Tool Company. He also acted as accountant and did general office work. He is a trustee of the Chicopee Falls Savings Bank, and represents Ward No. 5 on the Chicopee School Board. After ten years with the Stevens Arms and Tool Company he became timekeeper for the Fisk Rubber Company, and continued for one and a half years. He...

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Biography of John E. Nilsson

JOHN E. NILSSON – An esteemed resident of Ludlow, Massachusetts, John E. Nilsson was born in Indian Orchard, in that State, November 15, 1884, the son of Jacob, a machinist, and Anna (Jenson) Nilsson. He attended the public schools and the High School of Springfield, and the Mechanical Arts High School of that city, and after his studies took a clerical position in the office of the Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company of Indian Orchard, where he remained for eight years. He then entered the Steven Duryea Plant in the production department. Here he remained till 1912, when he became associated with A. H. Bartlett, at No. 53 Smith Street, Ludlow, in the printing and wholesale stationery business, where he still remains. On the death of Mr. Bartlett, in October, 1920, the business was incorporated under the name of A. H. Bartlett Inc., and continued under this name until in December, 1924, it became the A. H. Bartlett Co., and as such continues. In addition to his other business interests, Mr. Nilsson is one of the trustees of the Ludlow Savings Bank, and Secretary of the Finance Committee of the town of Ludlow, which office he has held since 1922. Mr. Nilsson is a Mason, being a member of Bingham Lodge, of Ludlow; also Unity Royal Arch Chapter of Chicopee Falls; Springfield Council, Royal and Select Masters; Springfield Commandery, Knights...

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Biographical Sketch of Silvio Martinelli

SILVIO MARTINELLI – As a pleader before the courts at Springfield, Mr. Martinelli represents the highest interests of his profession, and in civic matters he has proven a capable and popular official. He is the son of Clayton Martinelli, a lumber dealer, who was born in Italy, and Rosa (Nicoli) Martenelli, a native of Italy. Silvio Martinelli was born August 3, 1883, in Italy, where he attended the high school, afterwards graduating at the American International College, with the class of 1907, and he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws at the Valparaiso, Indiana, Law School in the class of 1910. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1910, and to the Massachusetts bar in 1912, when he established his offices at Springfield. Active in the interests of the Republican party, Mr. Martinelli was a member of the city government from 1914 to 1916, and he served as police commissioner in 1919-21. He served as attorney for the Italian Consulate in Western Massachusetts for over twelve years, and was appointed public administrator in 1923 by Governor Co1. Mr. Martinelli’s fraternal affiliations are with Springfield Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and he is a member of the Hampden County Bar and the American Bar associations; the Oxford Country Club; Springfield Trapshooting Club, and the Italian Brotherly Union. Silvio Martinelli married, August 8, 1912, May T. Moriarty,...

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Biography of Charles Frederick Minott

CHARLES FREDERICK MINOTT – The Minotts are an old Massachusetts family who, however unlike most of the original New England settlers, are of predominating Dutch and French origin. To mention only the immediate ancestry we know that the grandfather of Mr. C. F. Minott, of Greenfield, was of French origin, while the grandmother was of Dutch descent. Their children were: 1. Henry. 2. Aaron. 3. Charles. 4. William H. 5. Frank. The grandfather was engaged in the time-honored and old-fashioned trade of welldigging. William Horatio Minott, father of Charles F. Minott, was a native of Jamestown, New York, born in 1826, and died in Springfield in 1902. As a boy William H. Minott lived in a log cabin with a dirt floor and had to cut logs to bum in the fireplace. As a young man he came to Massachusetts and enlisted in the Civil War in Company F, Twenty-second Connecticut Regiment, for nine months’ service. He drove an eight-mule team, was injured and spent some time in the hospital. He married, in Connecticut, and for a time worked in the carpet mills in Thompsonville, Massachusetts. Later he located in Springfield and accepted work in the United States Armory, at the same time taking up house painting. He followed that trade up to the time of his death. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic....

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Biographical Sketch of Walter A. Swift

WALTER A. SWIFT – To interpret the law for his fellow-men, to help them out of their tangles, to offer constructive suggestions to them in initiating new enterprises, to do this well keeps a man busy and brings him rewards over and above material success. With a keen mind, ambitious, and having the opportunity to prepare himself well for such a career, Walter A. Swift chose the profession of law in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born in that town, August 16, 1897, the son of John A. and Margaret A. (Coyle) Swift. His father, born in Ireland, serves the city in the capacity of sergeant in the police department. His mother was born in Middlefield, Massachusetts. After learning eagerly all that he could in the excellent public schools of Springfield, Walter A. Swift graduated from the Central High School there in the class of 1916. He took his legal training at Georgetown University, securing his degree of Bachelor of the Law with the class of 1923. In 1924 he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. The same year he began practice in his own office at No. 31 Elm Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, and the following year moved to No. 289 Main Street, where he obtained larger quarters., and is building up an admirable clientele. Those whom he has served think highly of his ability and he is generally looked...

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Biography of James Hale Newton

When a man’s manifold activities in the field of banking, building, and general business win for him the title of “Grand Old Man,” his place as leader is firmly established. Thus was James Hale Newton regarded in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was of a long-established New England family, which originated in England. The pioneer ancestor was Richard Newton, who settled in Massachusetts in 1638, and afterward was admitted as freeman of the colony. For many years he lived in Sudbury, then settled in Marlborough, where with eight others he founded the township, and died’ there when nearly a hundred years old, August 24, 1701. By his wife, Anna (or Hannah) Newton, he was the father of nine children, among whom was Moses, born March 26, 1646, who became an active defender of Marlborough against the Indian attacks of King Philip’s War. He married (first), October 27, 1667, Joanna Larkin, by whom he had eleven children, including James Newton, born in Marlborough, January 15, 1683, who died in Southborough, November 29, 1762, having married, as his second wife, Rachel Greeley, who gave birth to Joseph Newton, July 15, 1728. Joseph Newton moved with his family to Hubbardstown, where he died, having married Experience Drury, of whom a son was born named Ebenezer Newton, in Southborough, December 8, 1770. He moved to Greenfield, where he was an honored and successful citizen, who...

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Biography of Charles Henry Tower

Famous in the annals of American history is the long-established family of Charles Henry Tower, for its representatives helped establish and build up the New England colonies, were always ready to fight for freedom and justice, and participated in the early French, the Revolutionary, and the Civil Wars. Moreover, these men of fine old stock, sturdy and hardworking, were in the habit of using their hands in some trade or occupation of immediate benefit to the community. These traits came down from his forebears to Charles Henry Tower, who in his eighty-nine years and until retirement, was in some way connected with the tinning and plubing trade. The Tower family in America was established by John Tower, born in Hingham, England, in 1609, who came to this country in 1637, and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he died February 13, 1701-02, at the age of ninety-two years and nine months. He married Margaret Brook, February 13, 1638-39, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The great-grandfather of Charles Henry Tower, Cornelius Tower, was born February 5, 1701-02. He served in the old French war in the regiment of Colonel Thomas Clapp, and in Captain Josiah Thatcher’s company. In 1759 he was in Halifa1. Cornelius Tower married Hannah Higgins, publishing his intentions April 1, 1732. Their son, Isaac Tower, grandfather of the subject of this record, was born in Cohasset. Massachusetts, May 20, 1744,...

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Biography of John Edward Stewart

The business world of New England and the manufacturing stationers’ trade suffered an irretrievable loss in the passing of one of Springfield’s most substantial citizens, John Edward Stewart, president of the printing company which bears his name, a veteran officer of the Civil War, prominent Grand Army man and highly esteemed throughout the community for his personal worth and by his business connections for his high sense of honor and unimpeachable integrity. The city of his adoption and scene of his successful labors could ill afford to part with such a forceful character, loyal friend and kindly neighbor, who was in the best sense of the term a constructive element in the body politic. Mr. Stewart was blessed with an ancient and honorable ancestry, the surname Stewart being one of the oldest and most distinguished in Scottish and English history. Its members in all generations have been among the builders of the States where they have resided, contributing in valued measure to the economic, moral, social, and political foundations of England, Scotland and the United States, to which latter country pioneering representatives of the family came at a very early date. The Stewart line is traced to the time of Cromwell, to a branch of the family as ancient as the Clan Stewart of Scottish history. At the time of the Protectorate a branch of the family in the...

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Biographical Sketch of James Albion Perkins

Treasurer of the Perkins Appliance Company, Inc., of Springfield, Massachusetts, and one of Springfield’s representative business men, he is a brother of Julian L. Perkins. James Albion Perkins engaged in the lumbering business when his school days were over, and operated sawmills in Blanford, Williamsburg, and Goshen, Massachusetts. When he attained his majority, however, James Albion decided to make a change and went to Hartford, Connecticut, where for a time he was engaged in photo-engraving. He came to Springfield and entered the employ of the Springfield Photo-Engraving Company; but after a time he transferred his association to the Phelps Publishing Company. In the meantime his brother. Julian Lee Perkins, had organized the Perkins Manufacturing Company, Inc., which was engaged successfully in the production of gears. The concern had grown by 1911 and fully demonstrated its possibilities of future success and it was incorporated as the Perkins Appliance Company, Inc., manufacturers of special machinery and gears. Julian Lee Perkins is president and James Albion Perkins treasurer. The company in 1925 employed more than one hundred men and its gears and machinery are sent to all parts of the world, where they are used successfully. Mr. Perkins is a member of the Chamber of Commerce; of Esoteric Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of Morning Star Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of Springfield Lodge, No. 61, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and...

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Biography of George Edward Adams

GEORGE EDWARD ADAMS, president, treasurer, and general manager of the H. K Smith Company, of Springfield, engaged in selling the Ford automobiles and tractors and the Lincoln car, also a Ford product, is the head of one of the most successful concerns with regard to sales and equipment, for his offices, show rooms and service station are among the most completely equipped in Western Massachusetts. Mr. Adams was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, December 8, 1880. His father was Le Roy Franklin Adams, and his mother Ella (Crosby) Adams. The branch of the Adams family to which he belongs is one of the oldest in New England. (I) He traces his ancestry to Robert Adams, who was born in England in 1602, and died October 12, 1682, at the age of eighty years. He came to Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1635, accompanied by his wife, Eleanor (Wilmot) Adams, and their first two children. He was a tailor. The family settled in Salem, where he was a resident in 1638-39. He removed to Newbury in 1640 and became a prominent citizen and acquired a large farm and other property. His wife, Eleanor, died June 12, 1677, and he married, on February 6, 1678, Sarah (Glover) Short, widow of Henry Short. She died in Newbury, October 24, 1697. (II) Jacob Adams, son of Robert and Eleanor Adams, was born September 13,...

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Biography of Harry Joshua Tait

President of Tait Brothers, ice cream manufacturers of Springfield, Massachusetts, was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts, August 27, 1867. His father was James and his mother Mary Laurentine (Decatur) Tait. Mr. Tait attended the schools of Chicopee and afterwards continued his studies at Westford Academy for a year. His school days over he engaged in farming for a time and also in market gardening; but did not find either to his liking. His father sold his milk business to another son, George C. Tait, and Harry Joshua Tait entered the employ of his brother, selling milk to private families. Many other lads have sold milk in the retail trade, but few have found in that occupation the open door to a great success and the building up of a large business concern, such as is operated by the Tait Brothers. As soon as Harry J. and James C. Tait became identified with the milk business established by their father they added several routes. The following year, in 1894, they opened a small plant on Greenwich Street, still continuing to retail milk. The business expanded, and in 1899, they purchased several other milk routes. The wholesaling of cream and milk was added to the retail line, and nine delivery wagons were needed to carry on the trade. In 1898 Tait Brothers began the manufacture of ice cream, and located on Dwight...

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Biography of John F. Malley

A well and widely known throughout Western Massachusetts as a lawyer of proved ability, and as an efficient Federal official, and while he no longer makes his home in that part of the State, being now a resident of Newton Center, his business and family connections have kept him still a part of his native Springfield. Mr. Malley was born in that city on January 29, 1878, a son of James and Mary A. (Connelly) Malley. He received his early education in the public schools there, and was graduated from the Springfield High School in June of 1896. After a few years of study and practical experience in the office of the late attorney Daniel E. Leary, Mr. Malley matriculated at the Yale Law School, which awarded him the degree of Bachelor of Laws. magna cum laude, in the year 1902. In the following fall he was admitted to the bar of the State of Massachusetts, at Springfield, and immediately began the practice of his chosen profession in his home city, where he successfully built up a large and important clientage. He also became deeply interested in politics, and thereafter, during his residence in Springfield, was closely allied with the activities of the Democratic party, local, State and National, serving for a time as chairman of the Democratic City Committee. At a special election in March, 1910, he was...

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Biography of Azel A. Packard

While it is unreservedly declared by his host of friends and acquaintances that Azel A. Packard’s life commanded a far-reaching business influence and respect because of the comprehensive knowledge that he possessed concerning the lines of practical enterprise that he had mapped out for successful procedure, he also won and maintained an even greater degree of public good-will and esteem and the friendship of more intimate circles due entirely to his benign and kindly personality. His whole-hearted and well-poised system permeated all his dealings, and progressively regulated and directed his plans and work. A leader in the mercantile activities of Springfield, Massachusetts, he had won his right to that position by proven ability to perform with completeness the duties of every position even from that of errand boy to the executive head of the firm of Meekins, Packard & Wheat. It was by means of the exemplification of such qualities as these that Mr. Packard attained honored place as one of the leading business men of New England, and made the firm -which he represented a peerless one in its field. He was a son of Bradley and Mary (Webster) Packard, his paternal ancestry being among the first-comers to New England. The Packard family in America dates from early Colonial times, tracing its descent from Samuel Packard, immigrant ancestor, who came to New England with his wife and one...

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Biography of Maurice Sinclair Sherman

In the present-day development of the publicational plans of the Springfield “Union,” one of the foremost of the long established newspapers of Massachusetts and of New England, Maurice Sinclair Sherman, editor-in-chief of that journal, himself a successor to many editors who had already borne a notable share in the history of publicity in the Bay State, is a thoroughgoing interpreter of the value of the news and of the newspaper of to-day. That the “Union” continues in its robust and progressive pace with the demands of these times, as it ever has in other eras of its career, is due in a large degree to Mr. Sherman’s leadership. Maurice Sinclair Sherman was born April 19, 1873, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a son of Frank Asbury and Lucy Rosette (Hurlbutt) Sherman; Frank Asbury Sherman, professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, until his retirement in 1913, served in the Civil War with the 1st Maine Volunteers, and received his honorable discharge from the United States Army, March 7, 1865. He was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg and lost an arm in the Battle of the Wilderness. Mr. Sherman attended the high school at Hanover, and was graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1894 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. He began his newspaper career in Springfield as a reporter on the “Union” in July, 1894, served the...

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