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He engaged in the silver plating business
in Westminster, the first manufacturing
business undertaken in the town. He was
subsequently engaged in the carriage
business at Saxton's River, Vermont, and
thence removed to Keene, where he con-
tinued in the same business for some
time. He was employed as a travelling
salesman in handling machinery at the
time of his death. While not affiliated
with any church organization, Mr. Cook
was a Congregationalist in religious
faith ; in politics a Republican, and was
affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. He
married Mary Emerson, born July 16,
1829, in Royalston, Massachusetts,
daughter of Elias and Elizabeth (Davis)
Emerson. Children : Charles Theodore,
mentioned below ; Mary Ellen, born
March 8, 1855; a school teacher, unmar-
ried ; Gertrude Elizabeth, November 18,
1869, married Murray K. Keyes, of New
Rochelle, New York.

(VII) Charles Theodore Cook, only
son of Erastus Holton and Mary (Emer-
son) Cook, was born June 12, 1853, in
Keene, New Hampshire, and received his
education from the public schools of that
town and Westminster, Vermont. He
was fifteen years of age when he removed
with his parents to Keene, and graduated
from the high school of that city. For
two years he was employed there in
marble cutting, and removed to Fitch-
burg, Massachusetts, in 1873, continuing
there thirteen years in the same occu-
pation with the firm of Hartwell & Reed.
Ill health compelled him to abandon this
occupation, and for two years he was



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employed in the grocery business, after
which he went with the Fitchburg Hard-
ware Company, with whom he has re-
mained down to the present time. Mr.
Cook endeavors to keep abreast of the
times, and in political matters is now iden-
tified with the Republican party. For
forty years, since February 12, 1875, he
has affiliated with Mount Roulstone
Lodge, No. 98, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Fitchburg, and has filled
all the principal offices in that lodge, of
which he is a past grand. He married,
June 24, 1875, Ella Farmer, of Fitchburg,
daughter of Sherburne and Anna (Emer-
son) Farmer. Children: 1. Helen Eliza-
beth, born January 1, 1881 ; married Ches-
ter C. Lamb, and has children : Emerson
and Chester C. (2). 2. Nina Gertrude,
born November 15, 1883; married Harry
A. Whitcomb, and has a daughter, Dor-
thea. 3. Charles Emerson, born Septem-
ber 15, 1886, died 1887. 4. Carolyn Emer-
son, born September 15, 1889, died in 1910.
(VI) Mark Henry Cook, son of Au-
gustus and Polly (Parsons) Cook, was
born June 27, 1836, in Moriah, New York.
Early in life he removed to Brattleboro,
Vermont, where he was engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits. Upon the breaking out
of the Civil War, he offered his services
to his country, but he was of such a frail
build that he was rejected. He was a
good horseman, however, and on Septem-
ber 17, 1861, he enlisted from Brattle-
boro as a member of the famous First
Vermont Cavalry, which made such an
enviable record and achieved such fame
for efficiency and bravery that it was
equalled by but few other cavalry regi-
ments in the service. Mr. Cook saw ex-
tended service, participating in every
campaign and taking an active part in all
engagements in which his regiment par-
ticipated until March 1, 1864, during
which service he had displayed many
feats of daring and bravery. On that



date he was selected as one of eight hun-
dred picked men from the Army of the
Potomac to participate in General Kil-
patrick's attempt to release the Union
prisoners at Richmond, Virginia. Mr.
Cook, with eleven others of his company,
were then taken prisoners, five of whom
were paroled six months later. Of the
six remaining, he was the only one who
survived the extreme hardships of the
Confederate prisons, in which he was
confined for over a year, having been a
prisoner during that time at Richmond,
Belle Isle, Andersonville, and Florence,
Georgia. On March 28, 1865, at the close
of the war, Mr. Cook was paroled and he
returned to his home in Brattleboro, his
health, which had never been of the most
robust, seriously affected, and which he
never fully regained during the remainder
of his life. After returning home from
the war and partially regaining his broken
health, Mr. Cook again took up agricul-
tural pursuits, continuing thus engaged
until about twenty years prior to his
death, when he removed to Fitchburg,
Massachusetts, where he continued to
make his home until his demise, which
occurred in that city, July 21, 1912, at the
age of seventy-six years. After removing
to Fitchburg he did not engage perma-
nently in any business. In political faith
Mr. Cook was a stalwart Republican, and
although never a candidate for office, he
was always greatly interested in public
affairs and was unusually well informed
on political issues of the day. On July 21,
1866, Mr. Cook married Emily Melissa
Thayer, who was born July 17, 1842, in
Williamsburg, Massachusetts, daughter
of Roland Sears and Almeda (Barber)
Thayer, and to this union were born two
children : Benjamin Albert, mentioned
below; and Ada Louise, born February
2, 1870, the wife of Frederick H. Colvin,
of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

(VII) Benjamin Albert Cook, only snn



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of Mark Henry and Emily Melissa
(Thayer) Cook, was born June 30, 1867.
in Guilford, Vermont. He received his
earl)- educational training in the schools
of his native town and in the high school
of Brattleboro, Vermont, graduating frrou
the latter in 1887. For a time he was
engaged in travelling through the South,
representing a Southern dealer in mill
supplies, with headquarters in New
Orleans. In 1892, Mr. Cook located in
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he en-
gaged in business on his own account, as
a dealer in hardware, paints and oils
Since 1896 he has made a specialty of wall
papers and interior decorations and has
one of the best equipped establishments
in this particular line in the State, enj >y
ing a growing and prosperous trade. Mr.
Cook takes an active and earnest interest
in the welfare and progress of his adopted
city, and has served as president of the
Merchants' Association and the Board of
Trade, and is also one of the trustees of
the Fitchburg Savings Bank. In public
matters he has also been prominent and
has been called to various offices of trust
and honor. In political belief he is a
staunch Republican, and has represented
Fitchburg in the State Legislature, serv-
ing in that body as a member of the com-
mittee on street railways. In 1913 he was
elected mayor of the city of Fitchburg, in
which capacity he has since continued
with ability and to the satisfaction of his
constituents. Socially, he is an active and
prominent member of various clubs and
fraternal organizations. He is a member
of Aurora Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons ; Thomas Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons ; and Jerusalem Commandery,
Knights Templar, of which he is a past
commander, all of Fitchburg. He is also
a member of Mt. Roulstone Lodge, No.
98, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
of Fitchburg, of which he is past grand ;



Fitchburg Lodge, No. 847, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks; and the
Fay Club, of Fitchburg, which is the lead-
ing social organization of that city.

On April 9, 1892, Mr. Cook was united
in marriage to Minnie Louise Prouty, of
Fitchburg, daughter of Herbert C. and
Mary (Phillips) Prouty, and to this union
has been born one son, Russell Phillips
Cook, born March 16, 1900, in Fitchburg.



WORTHY, Justin L.,

Substantial Buainesa Man.

The family of which Justin L. Worthy
was an honored representative is of
English origin, the pioneer ancestor of the
line herein treated having left his native
land for the New World during the period
of the Revolutionary War, residing in
this country for the remainder of his days,
his death occurring when his son, Orri-
mill, father of Justin L. Worthy, was
about four years of age.

Orrimill Worthy was born in Hillsdale,
Columbia county, New York, died in
West Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1S59.
His active years were devoted to the
running of a grist mill, in which he was
successful. During the progress of the
War of 1812 he was drafted into a com-
pany which marched to Boston by way of
Northampton and Springfield, and being
attracted by the fertility of the Connec-
ticut Valley, he shortly afterward re-
moved to West Springfield and there
passed the remainder of his days. He and
his wife, Hannah (Hackett) Worthy,
were active and consistent members of the
Methodist church.

Justin L. Worthy was born in Hills-
dale, New York, July 21, 1823. The pre-
liminary education obtained in the schools
of his native town was supplemented by
attendance at an academy in West Stock-
bridge, Massachusetts. At the early age



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of twelve years, the time when the ma-
jority of boys are busy with their books
and play, he began to earn a livelihood,
working in his father's grist mill. Later
he was bound out by his father to learn
the blacksmith's trade, but subsequently
bought his time from his father. He then
engaged in milling on his own account,
conducting operations in Great Barring-
ton, Egremont and Stockbridge, Massa-
chusetts ; removing to Yates county, New
York, in 1850, but returning to Massa-
chusetts the following year, when he
settled in Springfield and there purchased
the Ashley Mill, the name of which was
later changed to the Worthy Mill. He
made many improvements in this plant,
grinding not only corn but wheat and
other grains, and was the first man in the
section to import oatmeal from Canada.
The property gradually increased in value,
coming in 1885 under the management of
his son, Frank L. Worthy, and he turned
it into an ice plant, known as the Rama-
poque Ice Company, which is the largest
in the section. In 1872 the Worthy Paper
Company was established in Agawam,
Massachusetts, which used the same
water as the plants above, with a capital
stock of one hundred thousand dollars,
with Justin L. Worthy as president, and
in a short period of time this was one of
the leading industries of that place, giving
employment to many people. In the same
year Mr. Worthy erected, for the Spring-
field Printing Company, which occupied it
for sixteen years, a five-story brick block,
measuring fifty by one hundred and forty-
two feet, on the corner of Main and
Worthington streets, Springfield, and in
1889 this building was transformed into
the Glendower Hotel,which was destroyed
by fire in 1893. 1° tne following year work
was begun on a fine six-story fireproof
structure of buff brick, with terra cotta
trimmings, and this was partly occupied



by the City National Bank, the main body
of the building to be used as a hotel,
known as The Worthy, with cafe, offices,
and parlors, and later, under the direction
of Frank L. Worthy, an addition was
made to it and now it has over two hun-
dred and fifty chambers, steam, electricity,
gas, elevators, and floors of quartered oak.
It is one of the finest hotels in the State.
In 1913 the twenty-year lease of the bank
expired, and a part of the space they had
occupied was taken by stores. Justin
L. Worthy was always a staunch adher-
ent of the Republican party, believing the
principles advocated by it to be for the
best form of government, and in 1S60
was elected representative from West
Springfield, the duties of which office he
discharged in an efficient manner. Di
ing the existence of the Housatonic
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, Mr. Worthy was an active member.

Mr. Worthy married, August 26, 1858,
Mary Jane Spooner, a sister of Major
Spooner, of Springfield, and their family
consisted of two children : Cora, who be-
came the wife of George L. Wright, Jr.,
and resides in Shoreham, Long Island;
Frank L., of further mention.

Frank L. Worthy was born in West
Springfield, June 24, 1863. He has
always taken a very active part in the
affairs of both Springfield and West
Springfield. He has not only assumed the
great responsibilities of his father, since
the death of the latter, but he has added
many interests to these. He is the treas-
urer of the William Warren Thread
Works, treasurer of the Ramapoque Ice
Company, of the Hotel Worthy, Incor-
porated, and many other enterprises. He
is also much interested in real estate, be-
ing the largest tax payer in West Spring-
field. He is a Republican in politics, and
has always exercised a very potent in-
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leader in West Springfield. He is a
member of the Nyasset, New Colony,
Country, and other clubs. Air. Worthy
married Helen Morgan, daughter of
Elisha Morgan (whose sketch follows),
and they have one son : Morgan.

Elisha Morgan, son of Elisha and Han-
nah (Ruggles) Morgan, was born in
Northfield, Massachusetts, September 7,
1833, and died in Springfield, Massachu-
setts, February 1, 1903. He received his
education in the schools of Springfield,
and became general ticket agent of the
Boston & Maine Railroad Company at
Springfield, and held the office until 1864,
when he resigned to establish the firm of
E. Morgan & Company, for the purpose
of manufacturing envelopes. The paper
and stationery world knows the gigantic
proportions attained by the business thus
begun. The other member of the firm was
Chester W. Chapin, at the time president
of the Boston & Albany Railroad, who re-
mained in the firm eight years. This firm
was the pioneer manufacturer of station-
ery put up in fancy boxes containing one
quire of note paper and accompanying
envelopes, the first known as papateries.
They were also the first to contract with
the United States government for the
manufacture of postal cards. The busi-
ness was incorporated as a joint stock
company in March, 1872, and Mr. Morgan
held the office of treasurer of the cor-
poration, and was the managing head of
the concern. Besides the extensive and in
many ways intricate business, Mr. Mor-
gan was a director in the Massasoit Paper
Company of Holyoke ; the Chester Paper
Company of Huntington; the Hartford
Manila Company, of East Hartford ; the
John Hancock National Bank, of Spring-
field, and the Springfield Printing & Bind-
ing Company. He was president of the
United Electric Light Company, and act-
ing president of the American Writing



Paper Company. He had large real estate
holdings in the vicinity of Dwight an.
Hillman streets, in Springfield, and
through his influence and liberality that
section of the city was greatly improved
and largely increased in value. He was
a member of the executive council of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts during
the administrations of Governors' Russell
and Wolcott, 1887-90, and Republican
elector from Massachusetts in the Elec-
toral College in 1889, voting with two
hundred and thirty-two other Republican
electors for Harrison and Morton, who
were elected President and Vice-Presi-
dent.

Mr. Morgan married, June 18, 1862,
Sara G., daughter of Sidney and Mary
(McKinney) Grant, of Manchester, Con-
necticut. Children: 1. Miles, born April
25, 1864, died in infancy. 2. Helen, who
married Frank L. Worthy (see Worthy
sketch). 3. Roger, born February 18,
1867. 4. Louise Chapin, born February
15, 1869, married Alfred Leeds. 5. Fanny,
born July 3, 1870, died in infancy. 6.
Rachel, born October 6, 1876, died in
infancy. 7. Daniel Harris, born January
14, 1879. 8. Stewart Chase, born August
30, 1880, died May 15, 1888.



LAMB, Chester Foster,

Representative Citizen.

This is among the earliest families of
the Massachusetts Bay Colony, having
been first implanted at Roxbury, and has
spread out over the State and adjoining
States until it occupies a desirable posi-
tion among the citizens of the nation. It
has been identified with every line of
worthy endeavor, and has participated in
the development of the social, moral and
material forces of the nation.

(I) Thomas Lamb, the ancestor of a
numerous and potent family, in early life



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was a merchant in London, England.
With his wife and two children he came
in the fleet with Governor Winthrop in
1630, and settled at Roxbury, Massachu-
setts, where he was made a freeman, May
18, 1631, and died March 28, 1646. Palmer
says: "He died April 3, 1645." His home-
stead was between the Roxbury church
(Apostle John Eliot) and Stony Brook.
He was one of the six individuals who
pledged themselves for the support of the
first free school in America, afterwards
Roxbury Latin School. His wife Eliza-
beth died in 1639, being buried at the
same time with her youngest child, No-
vember 28 of that year. He was one of
the original members of the church. Of
him Rev. John Eliot wrote in the church
record of Roxbury : "Thomas Lambe, he
came into this land in the yeare 1630, 1
brought his wife and two children,
Thomas and John ; Samuel his 3d son
was borne about the 8th month of the
same yeare, 1630, and baptized in the
church at Dorcester. Abel his 4th
son was borne about the 6th month 1633
in Rocksbury. Decline his first daugh-
ter was borne in the 2d month 1637.
Benjamin his 6th child was borne about
the 8th month 1639 of which child his
wife died and the child lived but few
hours. He afterward married Dorothy
Harbittle, a godly maide of our church.
Caleb his first borne by her and his
7th child was borne about the middle
of the second month 1641." Thomas
Lamb married Dorothy Harbittle, July
16, 1640. Their children were: Caleb,
born 1641 ; Joshua, 1642 ; Mary, 1644, and
Abiel, baptized August 2, 1646, "son of
Thomas Lambe, who was not long before
deceased, and left his children to the
Lord that He might be theire father."

(II) Abiel Lamb, youngest child of
Thomas Lamb and his second wife, Doro-
thy (Harbittle) Lamb, was born in 1646,



in Roxbury, a few months after the de-
cease of his father, and resided there until
1694, when he removed to Framingham,
Massachusetts, residing on leased land
near Doeskin hill. He served as constable
of that town, was a selectman in 1701, and
died before 1710. He was a corporal in
Captain Henchman's company, in King
Philip's War, from November 2 to No-
vember 30, 1675, and a sergeant in Brave
Captain Johnson's company at the Swamp
Fight, December 19, 1675. In the distri-
bution of land to the surviving soldiers
or the heirs of deceased soldiers, in 1738,
a portion in the grant of Greenwich was
given Abiel Lamb, Jr., in the right of his
father, deceased. The baptismal name of
Abiel (1) Lamb's wife was Elizabeth, but
no record of his marriage is found. She
was admitted to the church in Roxbury,
December 3, 1676. Children, born in Rox-
bury and baptized there : Harbittle, Feb-
ruary 28, 1675 : Abiel, January 4, 1680,
resided in Oxford, Massachusetts ; Jona-
than, November 11, 1682, resided in Fram-
ingham and Spencer; Samuel, mentioned
below.

(III) Samuel Lamb, youngest child of
Abiel and Elizabeth Lamb, was baptized
April 2, 1685, and resided north of Lamb's
hill, in the west part of Framingham. He
married (first) in Marlboro, Massachu-
setts, February 17, 1708, Esther Joslin,
born May 20, 1683, daughter of Nathaniel
and Esther (Morse) Joslin, died in Fram-
ingham, March 23, 1729. Children: Mary,
born May 31, 1710, married Phineas
Mixer, of Southboro; Barzillai, mentioned
below; Samuel, March 10, 1722, married
Deborah Atwood, and died in Framing-
ham, March 25, 1793. By a second wife,
Mary, Samuel Lamb had a son Joshua,
born August 15, 1733.

(IV) Barzillai Lamb, eldest son of
Samuel and Esther (Joslin) Lamb, was
born September 12, 1712, in Framingham,






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and lived in that town until 1740, when
he removed to Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
He married, February 28, 1734, Sarah
Knowlton, a daughter of Daniel Knowl-
ton, of Hopkinton. His first two chil-
dren were born in Framingham, and the
others in Hopkinton, namely : John, born
September 23, 1734; Israel ; Samuel, April
5, 1741, settled in Phillipston ; Joshua, No-
vember 30, 1743; Joseph, September 10,
1747, lived in Templeton ; Isaac, Septem-
ber 12, 1749, died in Phillipston, 1829;
Barzillai, 1752, settled in Phillipston.

(V) Israel Lamb, second son of Bar-
zillai and Sarah (Knowlton) Lamb, was
born in 1737, in Framingham, and was a
soldier of the Revolution. He married
(first) in Templeton, October 31, 1765,
Lucy Wheeler, who was the mother of
all his children. She was probably the
daughter of John and Deborah (Darby)
Wheeler, born June 8, 1746, in Concord,
Massachusetts. He married (second) in
Templeton, September 10, 1787, Hannah
(Piper) Sawyer, of Gerry, widow of Ab-
ner Sawyer, of Phillipston, Massachus-
etts. He died March 24, 1826, in Temple-
ton, and his widow Hannah, born 1743-
44, died February 5, 1836, in that town.
Children: Jonas, born August 26, 1768;
Asahel, July 15, 1770; Isaac, baptized
June 28, 1772; Abel, May 8, 1774; Sally,
July 7, 1776; Levi, mentioned below;
Anna, November 27, 1782 ; Lucy, Novem-
ber 28, 1784; Deborah, April 3, 1787.

(VI) Levi Lamb, fifth son of Israel and
Lucy (Wheeler) Lamb, was born in
Templeton, and baptized there September
27, 1778. He lived in Phillipston. Chil-
dren: Arad ; Dennis; Louise, married Ly-
man Thompson ; Elmira, married

Preston ; and Levi.

(VII) Levi (2) Lamb, son of Levi (1)
Lamb, was born in April, 1805, in Phillips-
ton, Massachusetts, and died in March,
1887, in Readsboro, Vermont. He settled



in Windham county when a young man,
and there spent the remainder of his life,
actively engaged in business up to the
time of his death. He was a carpenter by
trade, and owned and operated a saw mill,
dealing extensively in lumber. He was a
member of the State militia, an attendant
of the Baptist church, and in later life a
Republican in politics. He married Lucy
Fairbanks, born June 11, 1810, in Whit-
ingham, Vermont, died 1864, daughter of
Asa and Lucy (Saunders) Fairbanks, of
that town (see Fairbanks VI). Children:
Henry, now deceased ; Edwin Brown ;
Caroline, married Sewell K. Lovewell ;
Maria, married Amos Underwood, of
Rowe, Massachusetts ; Levi Lysander, a
soldier of the Civil War, now residing in
Chicago; Louis A.; Bertha E. ; Chester
Foster, and Leafy, died in infancy.

(VIII) Chester Foster Lamb, youngest
son of Levi (2) and Lucy (Fairbanks)
Lamb, was born November 30, 1844, in
Whitingham, Windham county, Vermont,
and was educated in the schools of that
town. While a young man, he went to
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to learn the
brass moulder's trade, and very shortly
thereafter entered the Union army. He
enlisted July 21, 1862, at Fitchburg, being
then in his eighteenth year, as a drummer
boy, and was attached to Company A,
Thirty-sixth Massachusetts Regiment,
with which he served three years, being
discharged in June, 1865. He was with
the Ninth Corps in the Army of the Po-
tomac under General Burnside, in 1862,
and participated in the battles of Antie-
tam, Fredericksburg, Jamestown, Ken-
tucky ; Vicksburg, Mississippi ; Jackson,
Mississippi ; siege of Petersburg; Weldon
Road, and in the pursuit and capture of
General Lee at Appomattox. On account
of an epidemic of smallpox he was out of
the service about a year, during which
time he was confined at the hospital at



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Indianapolis, Indiana. After the close of
the war he took a course at Eastman's
Business College, Poughkeepsie, New
York, after which he was employed as
salesman and bookkeeper in the stores of
Fitchburg until 1869. In the latter named
year, he went to Akron, Ohio, where he
was employed for a period of twenty-four
years as bookkeeper by Whitman &
Barnes, manufacturers of mowing and
reaping knives of that city. After one
year in California, he returned to Fitch-
burg, in 1893, and since that time has lived
in retirement. While in Akron he served
as a member of the school board of that
city. Politically he is a staunch Repub-
lican. He is a member of Akron Lodge,
No. 83, Free and Accepted Masons ; Wash-
ington Chapter, No. 25, Royal Arch Ma-
sons, and Akron Commandery, No. 25,
Knights Templar, all of Akron, Ohio. He
is also affiliated with the Knights of
Honor, and was for many years a mem-
ber of Buckley Post, No. 12, Grand Army
of the Republic, of Akron, and is now a
member of E. V. Sumner Post, No. 19, of
Fitchburg. He passed through all the
chairs of Buckley Post in Akron, and was



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