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Religious, educational, philanthropic and social movements were active. The
Franklin Institute library and lectures, agricultural societies and fairs were
features in the early life of Syracuse, and the Onondaga Historical Associa-
tion and Pioneer Society were organized. The Hutchinsons and Ole Bull
gave serenades for Mr. Smith "under Bounibell's window" and favorite
forms of amusement were horseback parties and sleighrides.

When gold was discovered in California Mr. Smith and Mr. Washburn
fitted out and sent a "forty-niner" in quest of fortune. A never to be forgotten
event in the history of early Syracuse was the gunpowder explosion which
plunged the whole village into mourning and Mr. Smith, with the ready action
which always characterized him in an emergency, made a quick trip to Auburn
for doctors to aid in caring for its victims. He figured again in an event of
general interest when in the spring of 1846 he was one of the party that, by
invitation of Governor Seward, accompanied the chief executive to North Bend
and other points.

It was later in the same year, on the 23d of September, 1846, that Mr.
Smith and Miss Margaret Tredwell Redfield were united in marriage. In
1 85 1, purchasing a tract of land on the southeastern highlands of the city,
he built his residence, known as 755 Irving avenue, and occupied it from
1854 until his death. The tract was then farm land, enclosed with rail
fences, and the possessor must needs pay the early city taxes without city
privileges in case of fire, etc. The quiet of the country, the song of wood
birds and the glorious panorama of the hills and the valley and the lake of
Onondaga, unrolled, were ample compensation for the lack of city advan-

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tages. Liberal views and practical ideas marked the course followed in the
development which was undertaken in the improvement of this section of the

In September, 1865, the Genesee & Water Street Railroad Company was
organized, with a capital of sixty thousand dollars, by George F. Comstock,
W. H. H. Smith, C. T. Longstreet, O. T. Burt and James P. Haskins. The
road was built in 1866 and ultimately comprised the Fourth Ward Railroad
and the Chestnut Street (now Crouse avenue) branch, extending to the north
boundary line of the campus of Syracuse University.

Subscriptions were made to the University Avenue Methodist church,
which was built, conditioned by Mr. Remington, to be forever free sittings.
Mr. Smith entered with hearty interest into the work inaugurated by Bishop
Huntington — which was substantially aided by Judge Comstock — in building
the Hospital of the Good Shepherd and Grace church. He always mani-
fested a warm sympathy for the Onondaga County Orphan Asylum wards —
most substantially when the location in Syracuse was decided upon, by the
university powers, to be on these highlands, Mr. Smith making a donation of
twenty-one hundred dollars and Judge Comstock a donation of twenty thousand
dollars, which was paid in land. Thus the story is only in part told of the
development of one of the most beautiful parts of Syracuse.

A republican patriot, Mr. Smith stood with his party from 1861 until
1865, and ever afterward supported that ticket. He was interested in Amer-
ican history, in good literature and in various sources of amusement and
entertainment, including the theatre and whist. He greatly enjoyed, too, the
sport with the rod, and this and his love for nature led him often into the
wilderness. He seldom missed a year during half a century in which he
did not each spring visit the streams of northern New York and the famous
lake region. His was indeed a well rounded character and to him was allotted
a fullness of years that made his an honored old age. He passed away in
Syracuse, August 8, 1901, leaving a name deeply engraved on the roll of the
prominent citizens of Syracuse and the promoters of her development and
her greatness.


Cljarleg OTiUiam Parbeen

out the land as an educator, and as author and pub-
Hsher of books on education, has been since 1874
editor and publisher of The School Bulletin and New
York State Educational Journal at Syracuse. He
was born in Groton, Massachusetts, August 28, 1847,
the oldest child of William Thomas and Mary Ann
(Farnsworth) Bardeen. At an early age he moved
with his parents to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and
was educated at the Fitchburg high school and at the Orange County Gram-
mar School, Randolph, Vermont. While a boy of fourteen he enlisted as a
drummer, July 21, 1862, in the First Massachusetts Volunteers, and served
till the regiment was discharged, May 25, 1864, being present at the battles
of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spott-
sylvania. On his return he entered Lawrence Academy, Groton, of which
his mother was a graduate, and upon graduation in 1865 entered Yale, from
which he was graduated in 1869. He was one of the contributors to "My
Schools and Schoolmasters" series in The Educational Review, and a racy
account of his schooldays is given in the number for October, 1901 (xxii.

While a junior in college he served for a term as principal of the high
school at Meriden, Connecticut, and before graduation he became principal
of the academic department of the boarding school at Weston, Connecticut.
In 1870 he was vice principal of the Connecticut State Normal School, and in
1872 became superintendent of schools at Whitehall, New York. In 1874
he established The School Bulletin at Syracuse and has been ever since its
editor and publisher, making it one of the leading educational papers of the
country. This publication, together with his writings published elsewhere,
have brought him national reputation. In 1893 he was put in charge of the
department of educational publications of the International Congress, Chi-
cago, and in 1907 he wrote the chapter in Educational Journalism for the
Jubilee volume of the National Educational Association. From 1891 until
1895 he served as a director of the National Educational Association and
since 1900 has been president of the Educational Press Association of Amer-

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His book publications began with the reprint from The School Bulletin
of papers he had written on school law. and have grown till he is by far the
most extensive publisher in the world of books on teaching. His list has
numbered more than fifteen hundred titles, and his books are ordered from
every country. His publications have received awards at every interna-
tional exposition since that at Paris in 1878, including a gold medal at the
Paris exposition of 1889, two gold medals at the Paris exposition of 1900 and
medal and diploma at the Chicago exposition of 1893. He has recently become
also an extensive publisher of maps for schools, his Peerless series being exclu-
sively adopted for use in the rural schools of New York. He has his own
printing and binding establishment and gives employment to a large force of

Mr. Bardeen's success in business is due partly to his habit of retaining
employes who prove valuable. The foreman of his bindery has been with
him twenty-four years. The foreman of his printing office came to him
twenty-seven years ago, and though at the time of the printers' strike he felt
obliged to go out with the union after two years in other ofifices he withdrew
from the union in order to come back. This keeping men is due not only to
good wages and good treatment but also to the fact that when need arises
Mr. Bardeen is always ready to take a hand himself in any department of
the business. In the old Clinton street store he happened to come out of
the office just as a new errand boy was refusing to take a wheelbarrow of
paper around the corner to Garrett's. "I am a high school graduate," the
boy was saying, "and I didn't hire out to do menial work." "Quite right."
assented Mr. Bardeen cheerfully, "these distinctions should be preserved.
Always maintain your dignity, my boy. Now I am going by Garrett's, and
as the paper must be got there I will wheel it; you come along with me."
At this the boy offered and begged and almost cried to wheel it, but Mr.
Bardeen was already between the handles. He lifted them and wheeled the
barrow along, chatting pleasantly with the boy, but paying no heed to his
protestations. When they reached the store he said, "Now this paper must
be carried in; will you do it or shall I?" "O, you needn't rub it in, Mr.
Bardeen," the boy said, "I've learned my lesson." And thereafter he proved
efficient help.

Mr. Bardeen is himself the author of some of the most successful publi-
cations, including a Manual of School Law, 1875; Roderick Hume, 1875; The
Song Budget, 1878; Some Facts About our Public School System, 1878;
Educational Journalism, 1881; A System of Rhetoric, 1884; Verbal Pitfalls,
Outlines of Sentence Making, 1884; The Teacher's Commercial Value, 1885;
A Shorter Course in Rhetoric, 1885; Dime Question Book of Temperance,
Physiology, Bookkeeping, Letter Writing, 1884, 1888; Organization and Sys-
tem vs. Originality, 1890; Effect of the College Preparatory High School
upon Attendance and Scholarship in the Lower Grades, 1890; The Tax Payer

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and the Township System, 1891 ; The Teacher As He Should' Be, 1891 ; The
Song Century, 1888; The Song Patriot, 1892; The Little Old Man, or The
School for Illiberal Mothers, 1893; History of Educational Journalism in
New York, 1893; The Song Budget Series Combined, 1894; Geography of the
Empire State, 1895; Fitting Teachers to Places, 1897; Teaching as a Business,
1897; Author's Birthday Exercises, 1897-99; Some Problems of City School
Management, 1899; Educational Journalism, An Inventory, 1899; Continuous
Contracts for Teachers, 1900; Dictionary of Educational Biography, 1901 ;
A Manual of Civics, 1902; Fifty-five Years Old and Other Stories, 1904;
The Woman Trustee, 1905; The False Entry, 1906; The Cloak Room Thief,
1907; John Brody's Astral Body, 1908. In addition to all this Mr. Bardeen
has been a frequent contributor to magazines on education and literary sub-
jects. He has visited Europe eleven times and Africa three times and his
illustrated magazine articles may some time be gathered into book form.

He was the first president of the Syracuse Browning Club, and one of the
founders of the University Club, of the Players Club (afterward the Syracuse
Club, now merged in the Century Club), of the Syracuse Tennis Club, and of
the Onondaga Golf and Country Club. He is now president of the Syracuse
Yale Club, and of the Syracuse Typothetae. He is also a fellow of the
American Geographical Society and a member of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Social Science Associa-

In 1868 he married Ellen Palmer, daughter of Charles and Eliza Jane
Dickerman, of New Haven, Connecticut. The family home has been since 1879
at No. 1 109 East Genesee street. To Mr. and Mrs. Bardeen have been
born two sons and three daughters. The eldest, Charles Russell Bardeen,
was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 8, 1871. After graduation
from the Syracuse High School he spent a year at the Teischmann School at
Leipsic, Germany, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1893. In
college he was successively secretary, treasurer, and president of the Harvard
Athletic Association, and the chapter on The Jerry Rescue in Stray's History
of Syracuse was written by him as a regular theme in college. He was grad-
uated from the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1897 and became assist-
ant professor there. Since 1904 he has been in the University of Wisconsin,
where he is now dean of the medical school. He is also a member of many
scientific societies, and an authority upon anatomy in Europe as well as in
America. He is just publishing in connection with a professor in Giessen,
Germany, a work on embryology- that appears simultaneously in America and
in Germany, in both English and German. He is already recognized, like
his father, as one of the successful men of the country by the annual publica-
tion of his name in "Who's Who in America." The younger son, Norman,
is secretary of the Lee Paper Company, conducting an extensive business at
Vicksburg, Michigan. Of the daughters, Beatrice is the wife of Dr. David

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Hastings Atwater, of Rochester, New York, and Bertha and Ethel are at

It is unnecessary to add that Mr. Bardeen is a man of broad intellectual
and scholarly attainments, for these have been shadowed forth between the
lines of this review. He has stvidied closely the great sociological and
political problems, but his attention has been chiefly concentrated upon educa-
tional subjects. His presentation of ideas has been so forcible and enter-
taining that he has always commanded a wide audience, and he has left his
mark on the school system not only of the state but of the nation. He has
especially sought to introduce higher ideals for the teacher, and his books and
addresses on this topic are quoted wherever the subject is discussed.

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^eter €cfeel



ETER ECKEL, president of the Eckel-Nye Steel Com-
pany, manufacturers of low grade steel, was born in
Syracuse, February 2y, 1865. His parents, Jacob B.
and Barbara (Morningstar) Eckel, were both of Ger-
man birth. Coming to the United States, the father
settled in Syracuse at an early period in the growth
and development of the city and was one of the pio-
neer salt manufacturers here. He died in 1903 and is
still survived by his wife, who is living in Syracuse
at the advanced age of eighty-four years. In their family were nine children,
of whom six sons still survive.

Peter Eckel, as a pupil in the public schools, acquired the knowledge
that prepared him for life's practical and responsible duties. A review of
the business situation and possibilities in Syracuse and an understanding of
his own ability led him to enter the field of business in which he is still
engaged. He began the manufacture of low grade steel for mercantile pur-
poses, such as is used in folding beds, etc. From the beginning the enter-
prise has prospered and the development of the business has made it one of
the leading productive industries of the city. It has been incorporated under
the name of the Eckel-Nye Steel Company and one hundred and forty men
are employed in the extensive mill and plant at the corner of Chemung and
Emerson avenues. The plant is thoroughly equipped for the conduct of the
business, having the latest improved machinery required in this line and grad-
ually Mr. Eckel has worked his way upward until he now occupies a foremost
position in industrial circles. The officers of the company are: Peter Eckel,
president; Philip Eckel, vice president; and Francis H. Nye, secretary and

About thirty years ago Mr. Eckel was married to Miss Sarah Carlin of
Syracuse, and since the death of his wife seven years ago he makes his home
with his daughter in a beautiful residence which he erected for her at the cor-
ner of Merriman, Grace and Oswego streets. This daughter, Mabel, is now
the wife of Dr. Charles N. Bloom, a prominent physician of Syracuse, and
they have one child, Carlin Eckel Bloom.

Mr. Eckel is a member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, an associa-
tion which indicates his interest in the business development of the city.
His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he holds mem-

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bership in the German Lutheran church. He is a very busy man and yet not
so burdened with the demands of his industrial interests as to refuse his
co-operation in measures for the pubHc good or to extend to friends the
courtesy of an interview. He is wholly worthy the respect which is everywhere
tendered him, for his name is synonymous with honorable dealing and with
all that is elevating and beneficial to the city and to the individual.

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I^illiam ^lon^o ^bel

ILLIAM ALONZO ABEL, son of Alonzo Abel and
Harriett N. Warner Abel, was born in Gibson, Sus-
quehanna county, Pennsylvania, February lo, 1846.
His paternal ancestor in this country is Robert Abell,
who came from the county of Kent, England, with
Winthrop in 1630. On Battle Abbey Roll are the
names of Abell and Abel. The name is also found in
Doomsday Book. Thomas Abel was chaplain to Henry
Vin. His defense of Queen Catherine entitled 'Tn-
victa Vertas" cost him his head. He was condemned for treason and executed
in 1540, a victim to his unsparing defense of his queen and friend. There were
members of the family in the Naragansett fight, also in the expedition of Sir
William Phipps against Quebec in 1690.

William Abel, son of Caleb, a Revolutionary soldier, came to what is
now Gibson, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, in 1810, when that county
was an unbroken wilderness, except of a small settlement at Great Bend
on the Susquehanna river. With six others he bought a large tract of land,
bringing their families into the wilderness in 181 1. His fourth son was
Alonzo, who married Harriett N. Warner, of Athens, Pennsylvania, in 1844.

Their first child was William Alonzo Abel. In 1854 Alonzo Abel, who
was a carpenter, contractor and farmer, moved his family to Harford, Penn-
sylvania, where William attended private schools until 1863, when he went
to Owego, New York, and entered the hardware store of Storrs & Chatfield,
while with this firm he attended school two years. In 1866 he left this firm
spending the fall and winter hunting and trapping in the Adirondacks. In
the spring of 1867 he came to Syracuse and entered the employ of Everson,
Frisselle & Company, hardware dealers, remaining with them until the spring
of 1871, when he went to Colorado, spending part of two years as a hunter,
bufifalo and antelope then being very plentiful. Returning to Syracuse he
re-entered the employ of Everson, Frisselle & Company, becoming a partner
in 1887, when the firm name was changed to Everson & Company. Retiring
fiom this firm in 1893, he formed a partnership with Major Theodore L. Poole,
his brother-in-law, opening a store in the Bastable block for the sale of
sportsmen's goods under the firm name of W. A. Abel & Company. On the
death of Hon. Theodore L. Poole in 1900, Charles E. Crouse bought Mr. Poole's
interest in the business and the place of business was changed to its present

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location at No. ii8 South Clinton street. In 1904, Frederick B. Henderson
bought Mr. Grouse's interest in the business, the firm name remaining

In 1877, Mr. Abel married Nettie S. Law, daughter of Charles Law, and
has two children living, A. Evelyn Abel, born in 1887, and Margerie L. Abel,
born in 1890. Mr. Law was a helper in the "Jerry Rescue" in 185 1.

Mr. Abel has the diary of his maternal great-grandfather, who was a
soldier in the Revolution. This contains his account of the taking of Mon-
treal, the battles of Trenton and Princeton, in all of which he took part. Mr.
Abel has a pistol used at Bunker Hill, also a powder horn with owner's name,
camp and date cut on it which was used in the same war. This was left him
bv will.


Cfjarles^ HisJtman



IHARLES LISTMAN, manager of the People's Ice
Company and also active in the public service in Syra-
cuse, his native city, was born June 19, 1850. His
father, Adam Listman, was a native of Germany and
came to Syracuse in 1840. The Listmans were famed
as wine growers near Gundersbloom and at that place
there is still a wine cellar in existence, marked 1475
and another 1776. Their wines are famed through-
out the empire. Adam Listman, following his emi-
gration to the new world, engaged in the salt business at Syracuse, also con-
ducted a grocery store and tavern during the early days. At one time he was
the host of the famous old Center House on Salina street and was a very promi-
nent and influential factor of the city. He served as collector before Syracuse
was incorporated. He was also one of the first aldermen of the city and
whether in office or out of it was a loyal advocate of interests that have proven
a valuable element in the material development and progress of Syracuse. A
veteran of the Civil war, he served as captain in the One Hundred and First
New York Volunteer Infantry and died from the effects of hardships in the
service in 1863. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Margaret S. Koochen,
was a native of Germany and in 1840 came to Syracuse, where she was mar-
ried. She survived her husband several years, passing away in 1871.

Charles Listman acquired his education in the public schools of Syra-
cuse, continuing his studies to the age of fourteen, when he entered business
life and has since been dependent entirely upon his own resources. The
success he has achieved and the straightforward methods he has followed com-
mand for him the admiration and trust of his fellowmen. During the period
of the Civil war he went with his father to the front, although but twelve
years of age, and remained with the army for three months. He was after-
ward employed at home in his father's store and tavern until the age of eight-
een years and he started upon an independent business career by taking
contracts for making excavations. Many large contracts were awarded him
and thus he obtained his start in life. He excavated the cellars of a number
of the substantial buildings now standing in Syracuse. Throughout his busi-
ness life he has made it his aim to do thoroughly whatever he has undertaken
and he long since demonstrated his trustworthiness as well as his enterprise.
It was about the time of his marriage in 1870 that Mr. Listman made

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his start in the ice business, becoming a member of the firm of Listman &
YaHng. They began operations on a small scale, ])utting up their own ice
and personally disposing of it to their customers. The partnership continued
until 1874, when Mr. Listman bought out Mr. Yaling's interest and conducted
the business alone until 1881, when he admitted his brother Phil to a partner-
ship under the firm style of C. & P. Listman. In 1885 Charles Listman again
became sole proprietor and so continued until 1899. In the meantime the
business increased with astonishing but gratifying rapidity and at that time
the company were utilizing twenty-five wagons in the delivery of ice and
employing one hundred and fifty men. Because of the extent and growth
of the business Mr. Listman, in 1899, organized the People's Ice Company,
of which he is president, and of which he owns three-fourths of the stock.
The original plants are still in operation. In the present capacity the com-
pany can put up eighty thousand tons of ice per year. Mr. Listman remained
as president until 1902, when he retired. He has conducted his business
along systematic lines and has always been able to supply the trade and never
once has failed to supply his customers, owing to his careful calculation.

In politics Mr. Listman is a pronounced republican, recognized as one
of the leaders of the party in central New York. He was a member of the
first board of fire commissioners, holding the office for five years, from 1879
until 1884. He was then elected alderman from the second ward and was
re-elected four times, continuing in that position from 1884 until 1888 inclu-
sive. In this capacity he exercised his official prerogatives in support of
many progressive measures and practical economy and reform in the man-
agement of municipal interests. On the 24th of March, 1891, he was appointed
police commissioner by Mayor Cowie and later served under Jacob Amos
for a period of five years or until 1896. He was appointed commissioner
of public safety, filling the office under Mayor Kline's administration from
the 1st of January, 1902, until the ist of January, 1904. His public serv-
ice has been characterized by unfaltering fidelity to duty and over his record
there falls no shadow of wrong.

On the 30th of January, 1870, Mr. Listman was married to Miss Kate
Warner, of Liverpool, and they have three daughters: Florence W., at
home; Jane M., the wife of John Bartels, of Rochester, president of the Mon-
roe Brewing Company, of which Mr. Listman is a stockholder; and Ethel
E., at home.

Mr. Listman is prominent in social and fraternal circles. He is a mem-
ber of the Harugari, the Century Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Turn
Verein, the Liederkranz, the Masonic Club, Syracuse Lodge, No. 31, B. P. O.

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