Biographical Sketch of Tousaint Kidder
Kidder, Tousaint, Middlebury, was born in Canada on November 1, 1837. His parents were Francis and Angelique (Mahyer) Kidder. Tousaint was educated in the common schools at St. Charles, Canada, and received a fair education. At the age of fourteen years he was apprenticed out to learn the harness-making trade, which he served for three years, after which he worked as a journeyman in Canada until the spring of 1857, when he came to the United States and settled in Middlebury, Vt. He worked for N. Brasso for two years, and then for some years during the war he bought horses for the government. He commenced business for himself in 1867, and which he has conducted ever since. It consists of harness making and a carriage repository, selling the work of the Babcock Buggy Company at Watertown, N. Y., and is doing an extensive business. He married Helen Parrow, and they have had one son born to them — George T., born on April 6, 1865. Mr. Kidder is a self-made man, having no start whatever in life.