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Location: Trumbull County OH

Migration of Families out of Norwich VT

At the first enumeration of the inhabitants of eastern Vermont, as made by the authority of New York in 1771, Norwich was found to be the most populous of all the towns of Windsor County, having forty families and 206 inhabitants. Windsor followed with 203, and Hartford was third with 190. The aggregate population of the county (ten towns reported) was then but 1,205, mostly confined to the first and second tiers of towns west of the Connecticut River. Twenty years later, in 1791, Hartland led all the towns of the county with 1,652 inhabitants, Woodstock and Windsor coming next with 1,605 and 1,542 respectively. Exceptional causes made the little town of Guilford (now numbering scarcely more than one thousand inhabitants), till after the year 1800, the most populous town in the state. In Norwich, the great falling off in the size of families in recent years is seen in the fact, that in the year 1800, the number of children of school age was 604, out of a total population of 1,486, while in 1880 with a nearly equal population (1,471) it was but 390. In the removal of large numbers of the native-born inhabitants by emigration, we must find the principal cause of the decline of our rural population. Preeminently is this true of Norwich. The outflow of people began very early and now for more than...

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Biography of James H. Wright

James H. Wright, one of the oldest grain buyers in the County, residing at Arthur, was born near the town of Poland, Trumbull (now Mahoning) County, Ohio, February 6,1827 ,and is a son of James and Mary (Kidd) Wright, who were born near Poland, Trumbull (now Mahoning) County, Ohio, of Scotch-Irish origin. Rev. James Wright (father) received his education for the Presbyterian ministry at the Canonsburg College, and spent most of his life in preaching the gospel, first at Poland, and later at Westfield, Pennsylvania. He died in 1843 at the age of fifty-nine years. His father was Alexander Wright, who was an early settler from the north of Ireland, to Washing-ton County. He married a Scotch girl by the name of Esther Silcox. Robert Kidd (grand-father) was also a native of Ireland, was an early settler in Trumbull County, Ohio, and in religious affairs he was known as a Seceder in that day, now known as a United Presbyterian. James H. Wright was reared in his native County, acid in Pennsylvania, receiving the advantages of an ordinary education. In 1857 he came west and located at Arcola, which at that time contained but three houses, and was for several years engaged in farming in that vicinity. In 1873 he commenced buying grain at Hindsboro, where he continued successfully in business until 1886, when he removed to Arthur, where...

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Biography of David C. Chase

David C. Chase, the secretary and treasurer of the great Payette Valley Mercantile Company, Limited, doing business in Payette, Idaho, is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in Johnsonville, Trumbull County, on the 26th of April 1853. He traces his descent from English ancestors who were early settlers of Connecticut, and participated in many of the leading events which go to make up the history of that state. His father, David Chase, was a New England farmer, and died when his son and namesake was only a small boy. The latter was educated in the public schools of Meadville, Pennsylvania, and began life as a newsboy, selling papers on the streets and afterward on the train. As the years passed and he became fitted for more responsible duties, he resolved to learn telegraphy. This he did, and was employed in the railroad service for twenty years, being with the Union Pacific Railroad from 1873 until 1891, one of its most competent, faithful and trusted employees. His industry and economy in that time had enabled him to save some capital, and in the latter year he became one of the organizers of the Payette Valley Mercantile Company, Limited. He was elected its secretary and treasurer, a position which he has since filled with great acceptability, for in no small degree the success of the house is attributable to...

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Biography of Isaac Shafer

ISAAC SHAFER. – The venerable pioneer and estimable citizen of whom we now have the privilege to speak, is eminently worthy of a place in this volume of chronicles of Union county, since he has always maintained a high sense of honor, displaying stanch qualities of worth and courage, and since he gave himself to assist in establishing firmer the government in the times of dark fratricidal strife, and since he has wrought with a strong hand and good wisdom in these regions for the opening of the country and the development of the same, being untarnished in reputation and upright and worthy in character. Mr. Shafer was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, December 4, 1836, being the son of John B. Shafer, the latter being born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The farm was the home of our subject, and he attended the county schools in his native place until he was twelve years of age, and then was taken by his father to Washington county, Wisconsin, the year being 1848. There the son finished his education in the public schools and remained a member of the parental household until he was twenty years of age. At that age he started in life for himself, going first to Janesville, Wisconsin, and taking up the stone mason’s trade, together with plastering. Two years were spent there and then he repaired to...

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Biographical Sketch of George Dana Adams

Adams, George Dana; manufacturer; born, Warren, O., Feb. 17, 1863; son of George and Elizabeth Dana Adams; public school education; married, Cleveland, March 3, 1887; Grace Field; one daughter, Margaret Adams Schmidt, born, Jan. 19, 1891; entered business in 1879 with E. I. Baldwin & Co.; 1884, with Cobb) Andrews & Co.; 1886, Adams, Jewett & Co.; 1895, Cleveland-Akron Bag Co.; pres. and treas. Cleveland-Akron Bag Co., Buffalo Bag Co., Chicago-Detroit Bag Co., Manilla Trading & Supply Co., Wagner Mfg. Co.; director Cleveland National Bank; Tryian Lodge 3° Cleveland Chapter; Cleveland Council; Holyrood Commandery, K. T.; Lake Erie Consistory, S. R.; Al Koran Temple, N. M. S.; member Union, Country, and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of William Howard Brett

Brett, William Howard; librarian, Cleveland Public Library; born, Braceville, O., in 1846; son of Morgan Lewis and Jane Brokaw Brett; educated, public schools, Warren, O., studied Western Reserve College, Hudson, O., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; graduated from Hiram College, Hiram, O., degree A. M.; married, Cleveland, 1879, Alice L. Allen; issue, 6 children, 1 deceased; appointed to his present position in 1884; devoted to the cause of public libraries, and a student with a broad general knowledge; instrumental in forming the Ohio Library Ass’n, pres., 1895 and 1896; in 1897, pres. of the American Library Ass’n; chairman, in 1898, of the Trans-Mississippi Library Congress; since 1903, Dean of Western Reserve Library School, and originator of the Culminative Index; member Chamber of Commerce and the Rowfant...

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Biographical Sketch of Dudley Peter Allen

Allen, Dudley Peter; surgeon; born, Kinsman, O., Mar. 25, 1852; son of Dudley and Janette (Frame) Allen; A. B., Oberlin, 1875, A. M., 1883; M. D., Harvard, 1880; (LL. D., Oberlin, 1908); married, Elizabeth S. Severance of Cleveland, Aug. 4, 1892; prof. principles and practice of surgery from 1893; now ’emeritus prof. surgery, Western Reserve U.; trustee Oberlin Coll., 1898-; Mem. Am. Surg. Ass’n (pres. 1906-7); Ohio State Med. Soc. (ex-pres.),...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Clayton Forman

Forman, Jonathan Clayton; printer; born, Gorham county, New York, Sept. 11, 1830; son of Samuel W. Forman; educated in the public schools of Warren, O.; married, Cleveland, June, 1853, Miss Elizabeth Darroch; issue, two sons, both deceased; Mrs. Forman died in 1896; at the age of 13 years entered the employ of the Western Reserve Chronicle, as roller boy; apprenticed to Tait & Walling, publishers, of the Liberty Herald; after a year, the plant was destroyed by fire, and the company moved to Cleveland, consolidating The Herald with The True American; secured a position with Sanford & Hayward, the largest printers and bookbinders in the city; after four years apprenticeship, was made mngr. of the bookbinding dept.; admitted to the firm in 1867; and in 1876, business was purchased by Short & Forman; destroyed by fire in 1890, and the firm was then re-organized as the Forman-Bassett-Hatch Co., printers, binders and lithographers; has invented devices and machines used in printing; member Union and Tippecanoe...

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Biographical Sketch of Jacob Dolson Cox

Cox, Jacob Dolson; manufacturer; born, Warren, O., May 15, 1852; son of Jacob Dolson and Helen Finney Cox; educated, public schools; married, Cleveland, 1878, Ellen Atwood Prentiss; three children; when 17 years old began work in the iron business, worked 8 years, learning roll turning, puddling, heating, rolling and practical machinist work with The Cleveland Iron Co.; in 1876, started present business manufacturing twist drills and tools; director Cleveland Trust Co.; director Cleveland & Pittsburgh R. R. Co.; trustee Case School of Applied Science; pres. The Cleveland Twist Drill Co.; member American Society Mechanical Engineers; member Loyal Legion; Society Mayflower Descendants; member Yacht, Country and Mayfield Country Clubs. Recreations: Yachting, Golf and...

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Biographical Sketch of Sylvester T. Everett

Everett, Sylvester T.; financier; born, Liberty, O., Nov. 27, 1838; son of Henry and Sarah von Pheil Everett; early education in district schools and Cleveland public schools; married, first time, January, 1860, Miss Mary Everett of Philadelphia; issue, four children; second marriage, Oct. 22, 1879, Alice Louise Wade, issue, two sons and three daughters; one of the sons, Homer, deceased; business career, messenger boy, clerk, supt. Oil Company, in Pennsylvania, 1868; came back to Cleveland, in banking position, 1876; vice pres. and gen. mgr. Second National Bank; pres. until 1882; founded National Bank of Commerce; retired from banking business in 1900, to devote time to private interests; interested Cleveland Rolling Mill Co., Little Consolidated Street R. R. Co., and the Cleveland Railway Co.; promoted and built many street and electric railroads; director the Citizens Savings & Trust Co.; large mining interests in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan; prominent figure in Republican politics in the state and city; for fourteen years was city treasurer; owns several country homes. Recreations: Travel, Riding, Driving and Motoring in this country and...

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Biographical Sketch of William Downie

Downie, William; master painter; born, Cleveland, 1874; son of William and Margarite McLaughlan Downie; married, Warren, O.; 1896, Cora Evarts Green; issue, two sons; pres. Wm. Downie Co. and Downie Real Estate Co.; sec’y and treas. Whittle, Downie Sign Co., vice pres. Panama-Pacific Exposition Tour Co.; member Chamber of Commerce (member municipal committee), Clan Grant, Royal Arcanum (past regent), St. Andrew’s Society, Manufacturers’ and Dealers’ Ass’n, International Master Painters’ and Decorators Ass’n, Cleveland Athletic, Colonial, Cleveland Advertising, Rotary Clubs, Automobile Owners...

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Biographical Sketch of William George Dietz

Dietz, William George; investment banker; born, Warren, O., April 7, 1857; son of August A. and Katherine Baehr Dietz; educated public school and in the private school of Miss Sackett, in Warren; graduated Hiram College, 1881, Ph. B.; married, Solon, O., Nov. 18, 1885, Jessie B. Pettibone; one daughter, Marian; deputy auditor Trumbull County, 1867-1877; sec’y to Dr. B. A. Hinsdale, supt. of the Cleveland public Schools, from September, 1882, to February, 1886; was one of the first two teachers in the night schools of Cleveland; taught news boys; with Lamprecht Bros. & Co., bankers, 1886-1893; organized the firm of Dietz, Denison & Prior in January, 1893; retired from the firm in 1898; sec’y Guarantee Trust Co. in 1898-1900; in business in New York from 1900 to 1904; in business in Cleveland, as investment banker, from 1905 to date; pres. Eastern Heights Land Co., Elyria, O.; director The Musterole Co. and Cleveland Metal Craft Co.; member Investment Bankers Ass’n of America; trustee Hiram College since 1892; trustee Western Reserve Historical Society; member Chamber of Commerce, Union, Euclid and University...

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Biographical Sketch of Chalmer G. Geodes

Geodes, Chalmer G.; sheet metal contractor; born, Liberty, Trumbull County, O., Dec. 25, 1871; son of James and Minerva McGeehon Geddes; district school education, Troy, Geauga County, O.; married, Cleveland, March 8, 1899, Lilon A. Bliss; two daughters, Helen and Hazel; learned the machinist trade at the Warner & Swasey Co., and for seven years followed the sheet metal branch of the trade; in 1900, formed a partnership with C. R. Bliss, con-ducting a general hardware store at Burton, O.; in the fall of 1903, moved their business to Glenville, O., and engaged in the furnace and sheet metal business; in 1911, sold out the hardware business, and Mr. Bliss retired; Mr. Geddes is now running the sheet metal business, has also done some real estate business; built the first four-family apartment house in Glenville; on the official board of the Glenville Christian Church for ten years, and a trustee for five years; his mother died when he was 4 years old and he was raised on a farm in Geauga county and came to Cleveland when he was...

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Biographical Sketch of Francis J. Peck

Peck, Francis J.; engineer; born, West Farmington, O., Sept. 7, 1866; son of Dr. Allen Francis and Cordelia A. Fuller Peck; educated, public schools, Cleveland and Warren, O., Hudson Academy, Hudson, O., University of Michigan, Ph. C., B. S., E. M.; married, Elyria, O., Nov. 20, 1901, Caroline Margaret Cramer; one daughter, Helen Dorothy Peck; city chemist, Cleveland; chief engineer and mngr. Francis J. Peck & Co.; mining, chemical and mechanical engineers; director The Universal Community Mausoleum Co., and the Standard Reduction Co.; member American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The National Geographical Society; member Elks, B. P. O. E., No. 18, Commercial Travelers Ass’n, American Institute of Mining Engineers, Canadian Mining Institute, American Society for Testing Materials, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Club, Fraternity Alphi Chi Sigma; father with surgeon with Kit Carson all through the Civil War, with title of major...

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Biographical Sketch of John Corydon Hutchins

Hutchins, John Corydon; lawyer; born, Warren, O., May 8, 1840; son of John Hutchins; mother’s maiden name Andrews; educated, Warren public schools, Oberlin College and Albany Law School; married, Ravenna, O., Dec. 28, 1861, Jane M. Campbell; issue, five children, two daughters and three sons; 1st lieut. 2nd Ohio Cavalry in Civil War; came to Cleveland to live in 1868, and from that time on has lived an active professional business and official life; member of School Board, 1873; prosecuting attorney, 1871-1880; Judge of Police Court from 1883 to 1887; member of Public Library Board thirteen years, and pres. eight years; Common Pleas Judge, 1892 to 1895; Post Master from 1895 to 1899; first class member Military Order of Loyal Legion; at different times member of the Union and Euclid...

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