Charles E. (Charles Elliott) Fitch.

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county, Michigan, has been given a
strong preference. His holding of land in
that county is large and includes the
homestead farm to which he was taken
when a boy of but five years.

He is a member of the Midday Club,
the Union League, Oak Park Club, all of
Chicago, and is past president of the last
named ; the Aldine Club and New York
Athletic Club, also Baltusral Golf Club
and Wykagyl Golf Club. He is a past
president of the Michigan Society of
Chicago, and is now president of the
Michigan Society of New York, and is a
member of both the Masonic and Knights
of Pythias orders. He is a Congregational-
ist in religious faith, and in politics an

Mr. Caldwell married, in 1886, Lucy
S. Patrick, of Ionia county, Michigan.
They have a daughter, Helen Marie Cald-


DURAND, John Ewing,

Lawyer, Active in Community Affairs.

Thoroughly conversant with the details
of his profession, energetic :n all his com-
mercial transactions, as well as honorable
and high minded in all the different
phases of life, John Ewing Durand
occupies an enviable position among his
fellow citizens, who willingly accord to
him a place in their front ranks, not alone
for his many professional and business
qualities, but for every trait that marks
the true Christian gentleman and man of

The Durands of Rochester descend
from Samuel Durand, an early Colonial
settler of New England, where the line
is traced for two and a half centuries.
The first of this branch to settle in
Rochester was Frederick L. Durand, a
lawyer, in 1845, coming from the State
of Connecticut. He practiced law at the
Monroe county bar from 1845 until his
death in 1903, leaving to his two sons,
John E. and Harrison C, an unsullied
name. He married Lydia W. Powers, a
native of Vermont, descended from one
of the oldest families of that State, and
a stepdaughter of Judge William Buell.
They were the parents of four children,
John E. Durand being the only surviving
member of the family.

John E. Durand was born in Rochester,
New York, February 3, 1856. son of that
distinguished lawyer and citizen, Fred-
erick L. Durand and his wife, Lydia W.
(Powers) Durand. Reared in the city of
his nativity, Mr. Durand was a student
in the Satterlee Collegiate Institute and
the Wilson Grammar School. Subse-
quently he attended Yale and was gradu-
ated on the completion of a successful
course, class of 1876. He was a member
of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (Yale). Tak-
ing up the study of law with his father

he entered upon active practice as his
father's partner, which connection con-
tinued until the death of Frederick L.
Durand in 1903, since which time he has
practiced alone, much of his time being
given, however, to the management of
large estates and other legal work of this
nature, as well as to the care of his per-
sonal holdings and investments.

Mr. Durand is a director in the Roches-
ter Trust & Safe Deposit Company, presi-
dent of Brick Church Institute, a charter
member of the Genesee Valley Club, of
Rochester, and belongs to Frank R. Law-
rence Lodge, No. 797, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, and Hamilton Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons. He is a member
of the Kent Club, composed of prominent
attorneys of Rochester, the Rochester
Historical Society and the University and
Country clubs of Rochester. His re-
ligious faith is indicated by his member-
ship in the Brick (Presbyterian) Church,
and his devotion to the public welfare is
manifested by his active cooperation in
many movements and measures for the
public good. For many years he served
as a member of the Board of Park Com-
missioners for Rochester, in which con-
nection he accomplished much in beauti-
fying and improving the city through its
great park system.

He has also been active and helpful in
the cause of education, serving as com-
missioner of schools for some years. He
is a trustee of the Industrial School, the
objects of which are to gather into the
school destitute children, and to take care
of young children through the day, while
their mothers are at work. In fact, no
good work done in the name of charity
or religion seeks his cooperation in vain,
and he brings to bear in his work of this
character the same discrimination and
thoroughness which are manifest in his
business life. He stands to-day as a type



of the American citizen whose interests
are broad and whose labors are a mani-
festation of a recognition of the respon-
sibilities of wealth.

In 1894 was celebrated the marriage of
Mr. Durand and Lillie C. McConnell,
daughter of Robert Y. McConnell, of
Rochester. They have one son, Samuel
Ewing, now at Yale. Mrs. Durand has
also taken a prominent place in the vari-
ous charitable and social activities of
Rochester, serving on many boards, and
giving of her time and means for the
improvement of conditions of the poor.
She occupies a leadership in social circles
for which her grace and accomplishments
eminently fit her. Their home is one of
the principal centers of refined and culti-
vated society in Rochester.

expert and as a business man and finan-
cier ranked very high. For many years
he was treasurer and general manager of
the Hollister Lumber Company of
Rochester, one of the largest and most
important lumber companies of New
York State. While highly regarded by his
business associates and by all with whom
he came in contact, Mr. Durand's warm
social nature drew to him a large circle
of true friends, attracted and held solely
by a most pleasing personality combined
with most manly qualities. He was a
charter member of the Genesee Valley
and the Rochester Country clubs, in both
very popular and active. He met all the
requirements of good citizenship and will
long be remembered as an honorable,
efficient business man, a true friend and
a most companionable gentleman.

DURAND, Harrison C,

linmber Expert, Financier.

For a quarter of a century Harrison C.
Durand was identified with the lumber
business in Rochester, the city of his
birth, although the last three years of his
life were largely spent in eliforts to regain
his health. He spent the winters of those
years under California and Florida skies,
hoping much from the balmy air and
healthful conditions of those States, but

MAHON, George S., Rev.

Clergyman, Friend of Education.

When appointed by the Rt. Rev. Bishop
John Grimes, September 11, 1913, pastor
of the Church of the Most Holy Rosary
at Syracuse, Father Mahon was a priest
without a parish. The boundaries of his
territory were drawn shortly after his
arrival, and on October 6 a site for a
church selected and the work of organiz-
the edict had gone forth and at the age of ing a parish commenced,
forty-eight years his earthly career closed. There was no hall or building within

Harrison C. Durand, second son of the confines of his parish in which he
Frederick L. and Lydia W. (Powers) could bring his parishoners together, but
Durand, was born in Rochester, August that fact did not deter him in the least.
4, i860, died in his native city, November Within eighteen working days a tempo-
I, 1908. He was educated and prepared rary frame church with a seating capacity
for college at Rochester Free Academy, of six hundred was erected, many people
entered the LTniversity of Rochester but cooperating to erect the building quickly,
before completing his course withdrew and the first mass celebrated, December
to enter business life. He chose the 8, 1913. The church was built before the
lumber industry as the line of activity congregation was organized. By the time
he would engage in. and for twenty-five two years had elapsed, an imposing brick
years followed closely the choice of his edifice stood adjoining the site of the orig-
younger years. He became a lumber inal frame structure. This new edifice, a




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