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Location: Hyde Park Vermont

Biographical Sketch of John Stevens

John Stevens, from Newbury, N. H., immigrated to Hyde Park in 1827, and died in Johnson about 1858, aged seventy-five years. Mehitable, his wife, died in Johnson in 1878, aged ninety-five years. Horace, son of John, came to this town in 1857, where he still resides, as a carriage...

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Biographical Sketch of Nelson L. Lanphear

Nelson L. Lanphear, residing on road 36, is a son of Lyman Lanphear, one of the early settler of Hyde Park. He was born in that town August 23, 1822. In 1849, he purchased loo acres of wild land in this town upon which he erected a log house, and in 1850, he married Sarah M. Peake, daughter of Thomas Peake, one of the early settlers of the county, and together they began life in the woods of Wolcott, where they have reared a family of four children. Mr. Lanphear’s mother was a daughter of Seth Hubbell, the first pioneer of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Carlos S. Noyes

Carlos S. Noyes, son of Breed Noyes, was born in Hyde Park, February 28, 1816, and resided there until 1875, when he came to this town. From 1835 till 1840, he was a merchant in company with Lucius H. on the old farm. In 1840, he opened a store in Hyde Park village, and built the store now occupied by W. C. Maxfield. He continued this business until 1842. In 1843, he was elected constable, and held the office ten years. In 1842, he was appointed postmaster, which office he held until 1848 or ’49. In 1848-’49, he represented Hyde Park in the legislature, and again in 1861′-62. He was also town clerk several years, and was cashier of the Lamoille County Bank from 1855 until 1862. In 1865 or ’66, he was appointed one of the directors of that institution, and in 1877, was made its president, which position he still retains. From 1851 to 1853, he was clerk of Lamoille...

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History of Hyde Park, Lamoille County, Vermont

HYDE PARK, the shire town, and geographical as well as political center of the county, lies in lat. 44° 37′, and long. 4° 26′, bounded northeasterly by Eden, southeasterly by Wolcott, southwesterly by Morristown, and northwesterly by Johnson. It has an area of 23,040 acres, its boundary lines being each about six miles in length, thus forming a square, which is set diagonally, north and south. No changes have been made in the territorial limits of the town since its original survey. It was granted by the State, November 6, 1780, and chartered August 27, 1781, to Jedediah Hyde and sixty-four associates, as follows: “The Governor, Council and General Assembly of the Freemen of Vermont, to all people to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: “Know ye, that whereas Jedediah Hyde, Esq., and his associates, our worthy friends, have by petition, requested a grant of a tract of unappropriated lands within this State, of 6 miles square, in order for setting a new plantation, to be erected into a township. We have therefore thought fit, for the due encouragement of their’ laudable designs, and for other valuable considerations, us hereunto moving, and do by these presents in the name and by the authority of the Freemen of Vermont, give and grant the tract of land hereafter described, and bounded, unto the said Jedediah Hyde, and the several persons hereafter...

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Biography of Horace Waite

Waite, Horace, of Hyde Park, son of Smith H. and Lucinda (Goodenough) Waite, was born in Fairfield, May 16, 1826. His education was obtained in the common schools of Sheldon and at Bakersfield Academy. Left an orphan at the age of five he found a home with Asa Grant with whom he remained till he arrived at man’s estate and for whom he worked seven years after attaining his majority. In 1854 he invested his carefully saved earnings in the purchase of a large farm in Eden, where he resided until 1877 when he removed to Morrisville to secure better educational advantages for his family. He has continued to give much attention to his farm, making the dairy its principal feature. He was united in marriage, Feb. 16, 1853, to Lovisa J., daughter of Benjamin H. and Lydia (McAllister) Leach. Four children are the issue: Smith B., Abbie L. (deceased), Eva B. (Mrs. Solon Abbott of Biddeford, Me.), and Martin P. Mr. Waite has always been a member of the Republican party, has often been called to office and when the town of Eden adopted the town system of schools under the optional law, Mr. Waite was elected chairman of the board. In 1865 he was elected to represent Eden in the General Assembly and served on the grand list committee. He has also served as county commissioner and...

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Biography of Jonas T. Stevens

Stevens, Jonas T., of Hyde Park, son of Amasa and Martha (Smith) Stevens, was born in Eden, June 3, 1842. His father, Amasa, was a long-time resident of Eden, was prominently connected with public affairs, and for a considerable period was associate judge of the county court. Jonas T. Stevens obtained his education in the common school, and for a time gave his services to neighboring farmers, being also employed in mills in the vicinity of his birthplace. Acquiring a small but well-earned capital, he invested it in a saw mill, when his business plans were suddenly interrupted by the breaking out of the civil war. He was too good a patriot to remain behind, when so many of his countrymen were thronging to the field, and abandoning his mill he enlisted in Co. I, 1st Vt. Cavalry and participated in nearly seventy engagements, in which that gallant corps were engaged. He had three horses shot under him, but escaped unhurt and was only prevented by a four weeks’ sickness, when he was sent to the hospital, from being always present for duty. He recovered, however, in time to be present in the Winchester fight, where he had the satisfaction of seeing the rebel General Early sent “whirling down” the Shenandoah Valley, and April 1, 1863, he had the misfortune to be taken prisoner at the engagement at Broad...

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Biography of Edward Bertrand Sawyer

Edward Bertrand Sawyer of Hyde Park, son of Joshua and Mary (Keeler) Sawyer, was born in Hyde Park, April 16, 1828. His education was obtained in public and private schools, to some extent under the care of a tutor, and during one term at the People’s Academy. His father was his first instructor in the law, the study of which he commenced at eighteen years of age, reading also in the office of Hon. W. W. White, then of Johnson. Appreciating the defects of his early schooling, he adopted a system of self-education, taking Fowler’s “Self Education, Complete” for a guide and Benjamin Franklin for his model. Three years of his early life he spent with a brother who was engaged in trade in the Province of Quebec, and while with him he received a somewhat varied business training, but he had a fixed inclination to the practice of the law, and after the preparatory study above referred to, was admitted to the bar of Lamoille county, at the June term of 1849, and immediately commenced to practice with his father. The same year he was appointed clerk of the court, which office he held, with the exception of two years, until September, 1861, when he resigned to enlist for the war. He again held this appointment from 1868 to 1875, when he a second time resigned, and since...

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Biography of Carroll Smalley Page

Carroll Smalley Page of Hyde Park, son of Russell S. and Martha Malvina (Smalley) Page, was born in Westfield, Jan. 10, 1843. He was educated at the People’s Academy at Morrisville, the Lamoille county grammar school of Johnson, and the Lamoille Central Academy of Hyde Park. Governor Page is identified with many of the important business enterprises of his county and state, being president of the Lamoille County Savings Bank and Trust Co., of the Lamoille County National Bank, of the Hyde Park Hotel Co., and of the Fife Lumber Co. He is the treasurer of the Hyde Park Lumber Co., of the Morse Manufacturing Co., of the Buck Lumber Co., and a director of the St. J. & L. C. R. R. Although always a very busy man he has found time to give good service to his party and to his state. He represented Hyde Park in the House from 1869 to 1872, was senator from Lamoille county from 1874 to 1876, and was county treasurer and register of the probate court for the district of Lamoille for about ten years. In 1880 he was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Chicago, that nominated James A. Garfield for President. From 1872 to 1890 he was a member of the Republican state committee, serving from 1878 to 1884 as its secretary, and from 1884 to 1890...

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Biography of Henry Moses McFarland

McFarland, Henry Moses, of Hyde Park, son of Moses and Livonia (Leach) McFarland, was born in Waterville, August 5, 1852. Mr. McFarland’s great-grandfather served in the war of the Revolution, coming out of the service with the rank of major. His father also served his country in the civil war as captain of Co. A, 8th Regt. Vt. Vols., and was a brave and resolute officer, having at various times received honorable mention for meritorious conduct on the field of battle. He received his preliminary educational training in the schools of Waterville and the People’s Academy, working his way through the University of Vermont, where he graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1878. After his collegiate course he came to Hyde Park, for three years teaching in the academy, and at the same time reading law with Messrs. Brigham & Waterman. In 1881 he was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice, being elected three years afterward state’s attorney for Lamoille county. In connection with his law practice, he has built up an extensive insurance business, his agency being by far the largest in this section of the state. Mr. McFarland served his town for several years as superintendent of public schools. He was secretary of civil and military affairs under Governor Page in 1890. He was the first vice president of the Lamoille County Savings Bank...

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Biographical Sketch of Lewis S. Halsey

Lewis, L. Halsey, of Hyde Park, son of David and Julia (Smith) Lewis, was born in the town of Blooming Grove, N. Y., Dec. 2, 1853. He received his education in the schools of New York City and Michigan, and when his education was completed, learned the printer’s trade at Middletown, N. Y. August 18, 1878, he settled in Hyde Park and purchased the Lamoille News. Three years after he united that paper with the Vermont Citizen. Since that time he has conducted the combination of the two papers under the title of the “News and Citizen” with offices at Morrisville and Hyde Park. The News and Citizen is unswerving in its advocacy of Republican principles, and under Mr. Lewis’ management its influence is strongly felt throughout the state. Notwithstanding the active part he takes in politics, Mr. Lewis has never found time to hold political office, as his newspaper business monopolizes all his time and personal attention. Notwithstanding his devotion to journalism, he has however found time to devote to the two great secret societies of Odd Fellows and Free Masons. He is a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. & A. M., Tucker Chapter R. A. M., Burlington Council, and Burlington Commandery. He also belongs to Sterling Lodge, No. 34, I. O. O. F. Mr. Lewis was married, Nov. 4, 1880, to Alice D., daughter of Russel...

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Biographical Sketch of Francis Smalley

Francis Smalley, from Norwich Vt., made the first settlement on the farm now owned by Ira Cobleigh, on road 21 in Hyde Park. He married Martha P., daughter of Capt. Hyde, the union being blessed with six children, three of whom now reside at Hyde Park village, Abel P., Diadama, widow of L. H. Noyes, and Martha M., wife of Hon. R. S. Page. Mrs. Smalley died in 185z, and Francis died June 8, 1857. Abel P., was born on the old homestead, in 1819. He married Fannie Hodgkins, of Westfield, Vt., by whom he reared a family of six children-four sons and two daughters. Mrs. Smalley died in 1854, and Abel was again married to Mary A. Kay, of Troy, Vt., the result of the union being one daughter. Mr. Smalley has been engaged in mercantile and lumbering pursuits, and has been a justice of the peace since...

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Biographical Sketch of Erastus Fitch

Erastus Fitch, son of Darius, was born at Hyde Park in 1811, on the old Fitch farm, now owned by his son, Vernon D. Erastus married Sarah Brigham, of Morristown, reared a family of three children, and died in 1845. His wife survived him ten years, dying in 1855. Vernon D. was born on the old farm in 1840, and married Elizabeth Sumner, of Troy, Vt. The Fitch family is one of the oldest in the town, Jabez Fitch having made the first settlement on the old Fitch homestead, The house now standing thereon, built by Darius, was raised the day after the battle of Plattsburgh, in...

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Biographical Sketch of Oliver Noyes

Oliver Noyes made the first settlement on the farm now owned by his grandson, Edgar Noyes, on road 47. Oliver’s son. Breed, kept the first store in Hyde Park, in the old house yet standing on the farm. Breed died December 28, 5834. Edgar was born on the homestead in 1818, married Jane Cook, and has three...

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