Topic: Biography Genealogy

Biography of Emory William Brown

EMORY WILLIAM BROWN – On his paternal side descended from one of the first settlers of the town of Rowe, Massachusetts, and son of an honored citizen of Greenfield, who served through two enlistments in the Civil War, and with his wife was killed in a railroad accident, Emory William Brown has for the past forty-three years been connected with the Millers Falls Company, Millers Falls, Massachusetts. He acquired a complete knowledge of the milling department and now (1924) is the head of that department with a force of thirty-eight men at work under his supervision. He is a member of Bay State Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite Masonry. Noah Brown, paternal ancestor, was one of the first to record a settlement in the town of Rowe. He acquired title to one hundred and fifty acres of unbroken upland, which he cleared and cultivated. He evidently was a man of affairs, for he held numerous town offices. He married Judith Short. Joseph R. Brown, grandfather of Emory William Brown, was born in Rowe, June 7, 1788, and died in 1865, at the age of seventy-seven years. In his youth he was of an enterprising turn of mind, and bought of a dealer a stock of goods which he peddled from house to house. He afterward bought a farm and devoted...

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Biography of Charles Fairhurst

CHARLES FAIRHURST – One of the most promising of the younger men of the legal profession in Massachusetts is Charles Fairhurst, of Greenfield, junior partner of the law firm of Davenport & Fairhurst. Although a young man Mr. Fairhurst has presented cases before the Supreme Court of the State, before the District Court, and the Federal Court, and is associated with one of the ablest lawyers in Western Massachusetts. Thomas Fairhurst, father of Mr. Fairhurst, was born in Bolton, England, in 1861, and died in Somerville, Massachusetts, November 15, 1920. He received his schooling in his native town, and when he was twenty-one years of age came to Canada. Soon after his arrival in the New World he left Canada and came to the States, where he entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, which was at that time engaged in the construction of the road. Later he was identified with the Old Colony Road, and he ultimately went with the Boston & Maine Railroad, which connection he maintained to the time of his death, serving as chief clerk and accountant in the freight department, where he rendered faithful and efficient service. He was an exceptionally well read man and possessed a remarkable aptitude for mathematics. He made his home in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the eighties, and lived there to the time of his death. He...

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Biography of Harry G. West

HARRY G. WEST – With an ardent patriot of the American Revolution as his ancestor, who invested his all from the sale of his farm in wagons loaded with food to help feed General Washington’s army, Harry G. West, of Pittsfield, can point with pride to Abet West, whose name and fame are emblazoned high in the annals of the family, who have been residents of Pittsfield for one hundred and twenty-five years. Abel West was born in Vernon, Connecticut, in 1747. He had arrived at early manhood when the Revolutionary War broke out. As was his wont on the Sabbath, he was a member of the little congregation which had assembled for its weekly service, when into their midst rushed a courier with the stirring announcement that the enemy British were aboard their fleet off New London; they were preparing to land and attack the Colonials, and men and all available help were needed at once. The minister, fired with patriotic zeal, stayed the regular church service and urged all the men present to take up arms and make haste at once to help their compatriots in their efforts to stem the enemy flood come with the avowed purpose of sweeping away their liberties. Young Abel West was lame; he had only a single-barreled fowling piece for a weapon, but handicapped as he was physically and by poor...

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Biography of Alfred Joel Nims

ALFRED JOEL NIMS, D. D. S. The most active and useful membership in his community that Dr. Nims has held as a dental practitioner for the long period of forty-five years, has always justified the honors of the bestowal of place and preferment upon him by his fellow-townsmen at Turners Falls. His life has spoken in no uncertain terms through the practice of his profession, in which he has never failed as an exponent of the results of the most advanced thinking in dental science; while in his civic and social relationships Dr. Nims on a number of occasions has served his fellowtownsmen as an executive official and in a very distinguished way. Few men in this part of the State have been established longer in the profession of dentistry; few have a larger circle of clients and friends. He is a son of Ebenezer and Sarah G. (Brown) Nims. Ebenezer Nims was of French Huguenot descent, and the name was originally spelled De Nimae. He was a son of Joel Nims and grandson of Reuben, who was the son of John, Jr., son of John, who was the son of Godfrey, who emigrated from England at an early date, and is supposed to have settled at Deerfield, between 1665 and 1667. The family was very intimately associated with the Indian wars through the region of South Deerfield. Joel,...

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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 John B. Cummings

JOHN B. CUMMINGS, of Pittsfield, in legal circles in Western Massachusetts, holds a prominent position and with wide experience in various affairs added to large natural ability, he has risen to noteworthy rank in his profession. Mr. Cummings’ public service has given his name more than passing significance to the city, county and State, and he is one of the outstanding men of the day in Pittsfield. He is a son of Peter and Julia (Reagan) Cummings, both now deceased, his father a blacksmith by occupation. John B. Cummings was bow in Pittsfield February 17, 1878. His education was begun in the local schools, and he later studied in the law office of Harrison H. Chaff, where he covered preparatory work in the classics and the law. He went to the Philippine Islands and entered the Insular Post Service, and served in that connection until he rose to the position of postmaster and later postal inspector, his stay in the islands covering a period of three and one-half years. Mr. Cummings then returned to Pittsfield and read law in the office of Crosby & Noxon. He was admitted to the bar in 1905, but continued in the same office as an associate with the old firm, also with its successors, Noxon & Eisner. In 1907 Mr. Cummings opened his own office and began an independent practice, but, in April...

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Biography of Joseph Rosenblum

JOSEPH ROSENBLUM is one of the most extensive onion operators in the United States, a man who has established the onion market, who has brought order to certain commercial conditions, and who has brought success not only to himself but to the scores of producers who are most vitally concerned. He is a power to be reckoned with in American commercial and financial circles, and has achieved this high position solely through his own ability, probity and perseverance. The State of Massachusetts, looking to her men of agricultural industries for the most favorable reports that she is accustomed to pass along to the countrys’ agricultural chiefs in the compilation of their statistics for the elucidation of the interested farming world in general, asks nothing better than to know of the individual effort and progress of such a specialist as Joseph Rosenblum, onion-raising, storing and shipping operator at South Deerfield. It is not an old story, that of Mr. Rosenblum’s successful oniongrowing venture in the Connecticut Valley, only a few years over a decade as to its duration, but it is a story of a forthright and practical business man who has made the most and the best of his careful investigations of a Massachusetts opportunity, and at a point where the culture of onions is most favored by natural advantages and circumstances. Starting out in the courage of his...

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Biography of Malcolm Crawford

MALCOLM CRAWFORD, well known in Hatfield, Massachusetts, as a farmer and skilled mechanic, comes of a family that has been in New England for many generations, its records tracing back to 1730, almost two hundred years ago. (I) James Crawford, immigrant ancestor of the family, came to America in 1730 from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1730, and settled in Newtown, Massachusetts. He later went to Union, Connecticut, where he bought land and was a large land owner. Although he came from Ireland, James Crawford was of Scotch extraction, and he married Elizabeth Campbell, also of Scotch origin. Their children, all born in America except the oldest, were: Margaret; Robert; James, of further mention; John; William, Hugh, and Jane. (II) James (2) Crawford, son of James and Elizabeth (Campbell) Crawford, was born in Union, Connecticut, in September, 5733. In 1769 he moved with his family to Westminster, Vermont, and in 1798 or 5799 to Putney, Vermont, where he died in 1807. He was a soldier in the American Revolution. He married, in 1755, Grace Carpenter, born in 1734, as Ashford, Connecticut, and they were the parents of Chester, Frances, Anne, Theophilus, of further mention; Sarah, Lydia, and Elizabeth. (III) Theophilus Crawford, son of James (2) and Grace (Carpenter) Crawford, was born April 25, 1764, died January so, 1856, in Putney, Vermont. He was an influential citizen of his community and served...

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Biography of Frank J. Conlin, D.D.S.

FRANK J. CONLIN, D. D. S. – A leading figure in the progress of dental science in Western Massachusetts is Frank J. Conlin, whose excellent preparation and practical experience have carried him to high rank in his chosen field of professional effort. Dr. Conlin gives constructive work to every phase of his advance, and his usefulness is well appraised in the fact of his success. He has done much to encourage dental hygiene among the people, and his present wide practice includes many of the foremost citizens of Pittsfield and vicinity. He is a son of Edward F. and Mary J. (Nicholson) Conlin, both living, and for many years residents of Pittsfield. Frank J. Conlin was born in Pittsfield, September 16, 1 5. His education was begun in the local public schools, and following two years in high school, he went to New York City, where he completed the high school course. Later attending New York Preparatory School, he also became a graduate of that institution, then took up his professional preparations at the Philadelphia Dental College, from which he was graduated in 1913, with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. In September of the same year Dr. Conlin began practice in Pittsfield, and he has risen to outstanding rank in the dental profession. During the World War, Dr. Conlin enlisted for service and was commissioned first lieutenant...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Hull Wright

FRANK HULL WRIGHT – Active in the practice of law for the past two years and now already demonstrating great ability, Frank Hull Wright, of Great Barrington, stands among the thoroughly progressive and noteworthy men of his day and his future opens bright before him. In every phase of his work he gives to his clients the value of his tireless industry in study and research, as well as his natural ability and practical training. Mr. Wright is a son of Frank Hull and Frances (Siggins) Wright, his father one of the widely famed lawyers of Great Barrington over a period of many years, having been admitted to the bar about 1882, from which time until his death, in 1918, he was active in practice. The elder Mr. Wright was a man of great ability and distinguished presence, whose important activities reflected large credit upon the community as well as upon his own name. Frank Hull Wright was born in Great Barrington, February 7, 1898. Following his elementary study Mr. Wright covered the high school course in Great Barrington, then studied law under able preceptors from 1918 until 1922, when he was admitted to the bar of his native State. He has since gone forward along general lines of practice and in his ever-widening activities his success is definitely assured. Interested in all that makes for community or general...

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Biography of Robert W. Adam

ROBERT W. ADAM – No name in Western Massachusetts represents more faithful service to the people or more honorable activities in a position of large trust than does that of the late Robert W. Adam, of Pittsfield, who served as treasurer of the Berkshire County Savings Bank for a period of forty-six years. This man of brilliant mentality and devoted spirit was one of the most accessible men of his time, always meeting rich or poor alike with the cordiality of the true brother of mankind, while at the same time his courtly manner and distinguished presence marked him as a prince among men. Born in that rugged section of Connecticut, which might well be called the lower Berkshires and highly educated in the institutions of his native New England, Mr. Adam became a distinguished lawyer, then after some sixteen years of practice in that profession, entered the world of finance. Thus in two outstanding realms of vital importance to the world, he distinguished himself as a man of ability and strength and his name reflects honor upon the city of which he was so many years a resident. Robert W. Adam was born in North Canaan, Connecticut, September 28, 1825, and died at his home in Pittsfield, June 11, 1911. His elementary studies were covered in the local schools and he covered the liberal arts course at Williams...

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Biography of Frank Lyman Gold

FRANK LYMAN GOLD-A man of wide and varied activities, each of which he has carried on successfully after he had gained full knowledge of the field of business into which he was entering, the story of Frank Lyman Gold is full of interest. (I) He belongs to a notable old New England family, whose founder was Joseph Gold, born in London, England, who came to America when he was nineteen years old. According to family records, he served for seven years in the Revolutionary War, lived for a time in Northbury, Connecticut, and died in Roxbury, Vermont, in 1829. He married, in Northbury, Patience Goodenough, who died in 1826. One of his children, Joseph, is of further mention. (II) Joseph Gold, son of Joseph Gold, married, and his son, Miner, is of further mention. (III) Miner Gold, son of Joseph Gold, was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, in 1802, and died in Belchertown in May, 1882. He was a scholar, teacher, and good business man, and taught mathematics at Amherst College, besides writing an arithmetic text used in New England schools. Miner Gold married Olivia Conkey, who died in 1878, and among their children was a son, Theodore, of further mention. (IV) Theodore Gold, son of Miner and Olivia (Conkey) Gold, was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, in 1837, and died January 4, 1889. After his marriage he moved to Belchertown,...

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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 Homer Crane Bliss

The ancient prestige of the Bliss family is shared in full by Homer Crane Bliss, of Florence, Massachusetts, assistant treasurer of the Corticelli Silk Company. Mr. Bliss was born in Springport, Michigan, April 30, 1868. His father was George Porter Bliss and his mother Susan V. (Crane) Bliss. The first of the name of whom there is any trustworthy record was Thomas Bliss, of Belstone Parish, in the county of Devonshire, England. Thomas and George, his sons, and Thomas, a nephew, the eldest son of the first Thomas Bliss, and a son of Jonathan Bliss, came to America and are the progenitors of the Blisses of New England. The immigrant ancestors were men of education, refined manners, and were gentlemen. Their immediate descendants had none of the advantages of schools and society in England and were inferior in these respects. The name originally is supposed to have been Blois, the designation of a division of France, which gradually in America was modified to Bliss. Thomas Bliss, the first of whom there is a record, lived near Okehampton, in the village of Belstone, in Devonshire, England. He was a yeoman, a wealthy land owner and a Puritan. He suffered many persecutions on account of his religious faith. He was finally ruined in health and fortune by the hardships and indignities forced upon him by the intolerant church party in power....

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