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Portland) Maine. Through various maternal lines Mr. Skillings is descended from
many of the pioneers of New England.

LEONARD GROVER FAIRCHILD, Proprietor of The L. G. Fairchild Office
School, was born in Oceana county, Michigan, October, 1871, a son of Byron and Sarah
Elizabeth Faircliild. Tlie Fairchild family were among the early English pioneers
that settled in Connecticut and New York. In the counties of Fairfield, Connecticut,
and Westchester, New York, the descendants have been numerous and prominent in
public life, especially along educational lines.

Leonard G. Fairchild, in early life, had such education as the pioneer schools
afforded ; was glad to get hold of a stray magazine or newspaper months after its
publication. He worked on the farm in summer and in the logging camps in winter,
meanwhile studying for a teacher's certificate which he obtained at the age of eigh-
teen, and has been teaching ever since. To better prepare for the work he took
normal training in the Ferris Institute, of Big Rapids, later studying for entry in the
Michigan University, at Ann Arbor, where he planned to study law. Realizing the
great field opening for teachers of commercial branches he decided to specialize in
that work, coming to Worcester as an instructor in 1902. Mr. Fairchild has had a
wide and varied experience as a teacher in district schools, high schools, normal and
college work. For a number of years he was a member of the Board of Examiners
of Oceana county, and was one of the early promoters of the "Hesperia Movement,"
a unique educational enterprise that gained national renown. Since taking up his resi-


dence in Worcester, Mr. Fairchild lias given his entire thought to the training of
young people for business careers. His school is the outgrowth of his desire to see
them prepared to give their best in service and usefulness. While confining the work
to commercial branches, his school is peculiarly distinctive in its methods of training
and its graduates are eagerly sought for positions of trust and responsibility. Because
of the high grade of instruction his school is a favorite finishing course for college
students who desire a knowledge of practical affairs. Mr. Fairchild has recently
brought out Iiis own course of shorthand in chart form which has met with great

In 1904 he married Lillian M. Etue of this city, who has been his active helpmate
and assistant, she being a competent reporter and is now engaged as the chief clerk
of District Board for Division 2 Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the considera-
tion of exemption claims. She is active in church and benevolent work, a member
of Old South Church and the Worcester Woman's Club. They have no children.
Mr. Fairchild is a Republican, a member of Old South Church, having served as
president of the Men's Union, has been active in Young Men's Christian Association
educational work, a member of the Masonic Order, the Worcester Economic Club,
and secretary of the Worcester Kiwanis Club. He is a writer of business literature
and a forceful speaker on topics of the day.

ALBERT TAYLOR RHODES, Street commissioner, was born in Spencer, Massa-
chusetts, ]\lay 30, 1878, and he attended the public schools there until he was eleven
years old. He then came to this city with his family and entered the public schools,
taking a business course in the old English High School. His first work was in the
office of Buttrick & Pratt, civil engineers. After serving an apprenticeship in the
engineering business for a period of three years, he then entered the employ of O.
Willis Rugg, civil engineer. Afterward he had a year and a half of useful experience
in street paving, civil and construction engineering, in the partnership of John F.
Kelley & Company. At about this period he made all the preliminary surveys for a
large water power development on the Raquette river in New York State, under Mr.
A. C. Rice, one of the leading liydraulic and mechanical engineers of the United States.
He extended his knowledge of l)uilding and construction of various kinds in the em-
ploy of the Central Building Company for a year and a half. Then for a period of
five years he was superintendent of the George W. Carr Company, one of the largest
and oldest firms making a specialty of granolithic sidewalks, concrete buildings and
other kinds of cement work ; engineers and contractors ; asphalt floors, gravel roofing,
cement floors, reinforced concrete; grading and road building; concrete masonry.
His first connection with this company was in the charge of two sections of the East
Boston Grade Crossing Elimination and Sewer Construction.

Since February, 1913. Mr. Rhodes has been street commissioner of Worcester.
His previous training and experience had given him e.xceptional qualifications for
modern street building. He superintended the building of several miles of granolithic
walks and gutters at Leno.x when with the G. W. Carr Company. He prepared the
plans for Montvale. another residence park. He had charge of the plans of the Wor-
cester & Southbridge Street Railway, from Southbridge to the Worcester line. .\s
street commissioner he has been occupied in making the pavements of a permanent
character to withstand the wear of the automobiles and autotrucks. He introduced
modern methods of street cleaning, flushing the streets at night, instead of brushing
them. This was the first city in the country to use the improved type of flushing
apparatus with swinging arm ; it was adopted by the .American Car Sprinkling Com-
pany at the suggestion of Mr. Rhodes. The siding at the city stables on Salem street
was built at his suggestion to give storage room for granite blocks, sand, stone, brick,
cinders. The system of handling tar and oil used on the streets has been highly
developed. These materials can be heated by direct fire or by steam, and liquified,
drawn by gravity from cars to tanks, and from tanks to trucks, and the city has the
best municipal equipment in New England for handling these products.

The first grouted granite pavement in the country was laid in this city in 1896
and the first section of Hassam pavement was laid here. The inventor was formerly
a street commissioner. Visitors come from all parts of the country to inspect the
granite pavements of this city. Many miles have been repaved during Mr. Rhodes'
administration. Many imjirovements have been made here in laying the street pave-
ments. One is an improved method of grouting that covers the entire depth of the
stone. Improvements made by foremen have increased the capacity of machine grout-
ing one hundred and fifty per cent. The city purchased one of the first six imi)roveck paving stone in place of the four-
inch, improving the pavement very much in durability at practically no increased cost.
He has always contended that the best pavement was in the end the cheapest. It
took him three years to gain the consent of the City Council to his adoption of the
six-inch paving blocks. Superintendent Rhodes had two years of experience in the
Common Council, representing Ward fen in igii and 1912. Outside of his official
work he has been an investor and developer of real estate in various sections of the
city. In East Boston he had charge of the railroad grade crossing elimination.

He is a member of Montacute Lodge, Ancient Free and .Accepted Masons ; and
of Aletheia Grotto, serving on its degree team. He is also a member of Worcester
Grange. Patrons of Husbandry. He is a Congregationalist in religion ; a Republican
in politics.

Mr. Rhodes married. Jaiuiary 18. 1902. Edith M. Alexander, daughter of Francis
P. and Ella 1. (Holton) .Alexander. They have six children: Robert S. F.. Everett A.,
Philip H., Judson, Williur. and Ethel Elizabeth. His home is on Hadwen lane.

LORNE RANDOLPH FOWLER, Treasurer and manager of the Atherton-
Fowler Furniture Company, was l)orn in Fredericton. New Brunswick. .August 8,
1878. son of William Frederick and Emily (Estey) Fowler.

Lome R. Fowler attended the public schools in his native town, leaving the high
school at the age of fourteen to become a clerk in the Atherton Furniture Company's
store in Lewiston, Maine. In 1903, after eight years with this concern as clerk and
salesman, he became manager of the store of the company in Brockton, Massachusetts.
He had charge of the opening of this store and conducted it until he came to Wor-
cester in 1907 as treasurer and manager of the Atherton Furniture Company. The
Atherttm Furniture Company succeeded to the business of the Union Furniture Com-
pany, of which Edwin £. Dodge was the founder and manager. The present cor-
poration, the Atherton-l'owler Furniture Company, was formed in May, 1916, and
Mr. Fowler is a director, treasurer and manager. The company occupies the large
brick building at No. 133 l'>ont street, and has the largest facilities for business in
the city, occupying 40,000 feet of floor space. Mr. Fowler retains his financial in-
terests in the Brockton store, of which he was formerly manager. He is a director
of the Park Trust Company. He is a member of Quinsigamond Lodge. .Ancient Free
and .Accepted Masons: Eureka Chapter, Royal .Arch Masons; Hiram Council, Royal
and Select Masters: Worcester County, No. 5. Commandery, Knights Templar; Wor-
cester Lodge of Perfection; Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem; Lawrence Chap-
ter of Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory. He is also a member of the Cham-
ber of Commerce; Commonwealth Cluli; Worcester Automobile Club; Worcester
Country Club; the Kiwanis Club; and Rotary Club. In politics he is a Republican,
in religion an Episcopalian, a communicant of St. Luke's Church.

Mr. Fowler married in Lewiston. Maine. October 8. 1907" Ida Winslow Hanson,
who was born there, daughter of Clarence and Grace (Cook) Hanson. Her father is
living in Lewiston : was for forty years paymaster of the Lewiston Blcachery. now


retired. Mrs. Fowler is a meml)er of the NN'orcester Womaii'.s Club and ot the Wor-
cester Country Club. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler reside at No. 50 Beeching street. They
have two children; Dorothy Elizabeth, born April 23, 1909; Constance, born December
8. igi2.

William Frederick Fowler, father of Lome R. Fowler, was born January 4, 1831,
in Lincoln, New Brunswick, and died Januarj' i, 1917; a lumber contractor; lived at
Fredericton, New Brunswick: his wife, Emily (Estey) Fowler, was born in New
Brunswick, died in 1914, aged seventy years. They had six children: Albert, died in
infancy : Harry L.. of Charlotte. Texas, a druggist ; William B., farmer, of Monmouth,
Maine ; Thomas L., of Fredericton, an accountant ; Annie P., married Dr. E. V. Fisher,
of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Canada; and Lome R., mentioned above.

The Fowler family came from New England to Canada. The immigrant ancestor,
Philip Fowler, was born in Marlborough, England, came to IpswicH, Massachusetts,
in 1634, at the age of forty-four years.

ARTHUR CHARLES PERRY, One of the largest investors in real estate in the
city, was born on the old Perry homestead, in the dwelling at No. 8a Vernon street,
May 6, 1862. son of Nathan Fiske and Mary Jane (Tucker) Perry. (See Early Set-
tlers for his ancestry). His father was born in the old original Perry house, Vernon
street. His mother was born in North Brookfield. August 13, 1840.

Arthur C. Perry attended the Union Hill public schools, the Ledge Street School,
and graduated from the high school in the class of 1878. He then took a course in
the Bryant & Stratton Business College, Boston. He began his business career as
bookkeeper in the old Fox Mills. After a short time he became clerk in Hackett's
grocery, where he was employed three years ; from 1882 to 1887 he was in the employ
of the publishers of the Worcester Directory. Then for three years he assisted his
father on the farm. From 1890 to 1894 he was in the post-office. In 1894 he began to
read law in the office of Burton W. Potter, but he became interested at this time in
real estate. He gained experience in this line through the division of the homestead
and its sale for building lots. In 1897 he was for a time proprietor of the Hendrick
Cycle Company of this city. Since 1899 he has had offices in the Day Building. At
the present time he has more than a himdred tenements in this city and Boston, and
his time is occupied in the renting and maintenance of his real estate. In politics he
has always been a Republican. He is fond of the theatre and travel. He was one of
the Conrad party that went abroad in 1900 and visited most of the countries of
Europe and the Orient. In 1905 he made a trip in this country, visiting twenty-five
states and the exposition at Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Worcester
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and was a member of the old Hancock Club. Until
1890 he was a member of Union Congregational Church ; since that time he has been
a communicant of 0\(\ South Church.

Mr. Perry married, in Oakdale (West Boylston). March 6. 1888. Alice Almira
Goodale, who was born May 27. 1866, at Oakdale, a daughter of Francis Edward and
Mary Almira (Mason) Goodale. Her father was a farmer, born in \\'est Boylston,
May 7, 1830, died at Oakdale, September 28, 1882: her mother, now living with Mr.
and Mrs. Perry, was born at Oakdale, February 2i. 1830. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have
two sons: i. Dwight Lincoln, born here. February 11, 1889; graduate of the Classical
High School, 1907: of Dartmouth College (A. B. 1912), and Harvard Law School,
1915; employed by the Boston Elevated Railway Company in its legal department,
1915-17, now practicing on his own account in Boston. 2. Kenneth Randolph, born
here, February 10, 1898: graduate of the Classical High School. 1916. student at Wor-
cester Polytechnic Institute, class of 1920.

WARREN S. BELLOWS, Manufacturer of w-renches, manager and principal
owner of the Walden-Wurcester Incorporated, was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts,
April 13, 1868, son of Dexter Chapin and Sarah Jane (Lyman) Bellows. He is a
descendant of John Bellows, born in England, who came in the ship "Hopewell" in
April, 163s, at the age of twelve years ; settled in Concord ; removed to Marlborough
and died there January 10, 1682. In all other lines Mr. Bellows is descended from the
pioneers of New England.

Mr. Bellows received his education' principally in the public schools of Hart-
ford, Connecticut, whither Iiis parents inoved when he was quite young. He became
an accountant by profession and was employed by corporations in Boston and New
York until he came to this city in 1907, after purchasing the Walden Manufacturing
Company. The company pioneered an entirely new field in producing bent wire handle
ratchet and socket wrenches, catering first to the automobile trade and gradually
expanding to other mechanical lines. Mr. Bellows is a member of the Chamber of
Commerce and the Rotary Club. Automobile Club and Worcester Country Club. He

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is a communicant of Plyniuuth Congregational Churcli. In politics he is a progressive

Mr. Bellows married in Toledo. Ohio. June i8, 1895. Edith Hubbard, wlio was
born in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Franklin and Sarah Rachael (Lyman) Hubbard.
Her parents also were natives of Hampshire county. Massachusetts, and her ancestors
were among the first settlers of Springfield and other towns of the Connecticut Valley.
Mrs. Bellows is a member of the Woman's Club, the Memorial Charity Club, and
various other church and social organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Bellows reside at No.
12 Otsego road. They have two sons, both of whom are graduates of the Worcester
High School, and are now associated in business with their father; Lyman Hubbard,
born June 22. 1896, and Franklin Hubbard, born December 24, i8g8.

JAMES BARNARD BLAKE, Mayor. Superintendent of the Worcester (,as Light
Company, was born in Boston, June 19, 1827, and died in this city, December 18. 1870,
son of James and Mary (Clap) Blake.

James B. Blake was educated in the public schools of Boston, and at Cliauncey
Hall, a private school in Boston. At the age of eighteen he began to study engineering
in the offices of his uncle's firm, Blake & Darracott, of Boston, and was associated
with the firm for a period of six years. This firm of engineers had charge of the
construction of the first gas-works in Worcester, and in January, 1852, James B.
Blake was made agent of the Worcester Gas Light Company and its superintendent,
a position that he filled to the time of his death, which was the result of an ex-
plosion at the gas works, December 16, 1870. when he was inspecting some repair
work. A stop-cock connecting with one of the purifiers had been left open, and the
escaping gas, ignited by a lantern carried by a workman, exploded, wrecking the
building. Mr. Blake died two days later from injuries received.

He was mayor of the city at the time of his death and had just been re-elected
for a sixth term. In December, 1865. he defeated D. Waldo Lincoln, Democrat: in
1867, Isaac Davis, Democrat, and in 1869 and 1870, J. Henry Hill, Democrat. There
were only scattering votes against him in 1866 and 1868. He was an able and pro-
gressive mayor. The sewer system was begun and put into use during his administra-
tion; highways greatly improved: new school houses erected: a steamer added t^i
the fire department ; the police force increased : the railroad tracks ordered removed
from the Common; Nobility Hill, opposite the Common, removed, and Chatham street
graded. He was a trustee of the' Five Cents Savings Bank, and director of the City
National Bank. He was a prime mover in the building of the early street railways,
and was a pioneer in establishing a park containing wild animals to stimulate travel
on the street cars. This park was located at Webster Square. He was a man of
untiring industry and great executive ability. His death was regarded as a public
calamity, and it is certain that he holds a most conspicuous place among those who
have contributed most largely to the educational and material advancement of the city.
If he had a fault as a public officer, it was in l)eing ahead of the times, for time has
proved the wisdom of every measure that he advocated and every forward step that
he induced the mtmicipality to take.

At the time of his death a Worcester newspaper commented as follows : "He
had a pleasant word ready for the poor laborer, as well as the rich merchant; and
the ill-dressed soldier's widow visiting his office to talk, may be of some little
grievance, was treated with as much courtesy and consideration as if she were the
proudest lady in the land." .'\t the public funeral in Mechanics Hall, Rev. Dr. Edward
Everett Hale officiated, and he said of Mr. Blake : "It was a life consecrated from
the very beginning; not in any ecclesiastical or priestly way. but in simple determina-
tion that he would do the present duty, whetlier it was great or small, because (iod
appointed it. with the help of God. It was that consecration that has made liim what
he was, and has given him the place he holds in your hearts to-day." .-Mexander H.
Bullock, governor, who delivered the eulogy, said: "What other person could easily
he found who would be present at every meeting of the City Government, the School
Board, the numerous other boards and committees without a break in five years? It
was this which marked him as an uncommon sort of public man. . . . This became a
part of his ideal of duty in every sphere, at the City Hall, at the gas works, at the
church, at his own house, to which during five engrossing years he consecrated his
working and sleeping hours and at last sacrificed his life." Mayor Blake was a mem-
ber of the old Worcester Fire Society. (See p. 50. Reminiscences, etc. \\'orcester
Fire Society, Seventh Series).

Mr. Blake married, in the Church of the Unitv, in this citv, October 11, 18.S5.
Louisa Southgate Bowen, Rev. Edw^ard Everett Hale oflficiatiiig. She was born
October 11, 1834, daughter of George and Harriet Narcissa (Southgate) Bowen. Her
father was a native of Vermont, and was a wholesale dealer in leather in this city.


Her mother was born in Leicester, and died in this city. Mrs. Blake resides at Xo.
W \\'est street. Mr. and Mrs. Blake had five children : i. Mabel, who married Charles
Seabury Hale. 2. Lowell Everett, graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
a mechanical engineer, died in Jaltipan, Mexico, April 12. 1894, when a young rnan,
unmarried. 3. Louisa, resides with her mother ; unmarried. 4. Agnes, died in child-
hood. 5. Ellen, married Charles Sprague ; resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, and
has three children : Ellen, Louisa and Charles, Jr. Mrs. and Miss Blake are members
of tlie First Unitarian Church.

GEORGE HENRY CLEMENCE, .\rchitect, was born in this city, January 13,
1865, son of Richard Henry and Eva L. (Osgood) Clemence. He attended the public
schools here until 1882, when he entered tlie ofifice of Stephen C. Earle, architect, of
Worcester. Wliile in this office he prepared under private tutors for entrance to the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He became a student there in 1886, taking
the special course in architecture in the class of 1891. Upon the completion of his
course there, he returned to the oftice of Mr. Earle as head draughtsman in charge.
In i8gu he took a position with Darling Brothers, general building contractors of this
city, and remained with that firm for two years. In 1892 he began to practice his pro-
fession, taking offices in the \\'alker building, in Worcester, and continuing to the
present time. His practice has steadily increased and he has taken rank among the
foremost of his profession in this city. A large number of residences, public buildings
and business premises that he has designed attest his capacity and industry in his

He is a member of .^thelstan Lodge, .Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ; and_
Eureka Chapter. Royal .Arch Masons. He is a Fellow of the .American Institute of
Architects, and president of the Worcester Chapter of that organization. In politics
he is a Republican.

Mr. Clemence married, in Worcester. October 9, 1889, Anna Eliza McDonald,
born in this city. November 27, 1865, daughter of Alexander and Jennie E. (Oakley)
McDonald. Her father was born in Bridgewater. Massachusetts. January 11, 1835,

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