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of the Republican party, and is a member of
the Baptist Church at Bangall.

JAMES R. BARLOW, one of the leading
citizens of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess

county, was born in that village, June 4,
1836, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Bar-
low, the former of whom was born near Burn-
ley, Lancashire, England, and for many years
followed the sea. In 1827 he came to Amer-
ica, and located in New York City, where, for
some time, he followed the trade of a dyer.
He married Miss Elizabeth Holt, of Rockland
county, N. Y. , a daughter of Thomas Holt, an
Englishman, who was one of the first to intro-
duce calico machine printing into this country.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. John
Barlow settled at Wappingers Falls, where
three children were born to them: Patience,
who died aged twelve years; James R., the sub-
ject of this sketch; and Sarah J., who married
George Stevenson, a merchant of Wappingers
Falls. About 1S54 John Barlow became in-
terested in the manufacture of combs, an in-
dustry he carried on until 1858, when he em-
barked in the bakery business, which he fol-
lowed during the succeeding ten years. He
then went into partnership with George Stev-
enson, in the hardware business, in which he
was engaged until his death in September.
1892. His wife passed away in Februar}-. 1885.
Mr. Barlow was a Republican in politics, and
both he and his wife were members of the
Episcopal Church.

James R. Barlow, our subject, spent his
boyhood days at Wappingers Falls, and in
1852. then a lad of si.xteen. was apprenticed
to learn calico engraving to calico printing, at
which he worked for nine years. In 1861 he
went to New York City, and engaged in the
commission business some eighteen months,
then proceeding to Chicago, was there em-
ployed as clerk in the Stock Y^ards for a short
time. His next occupation was that of fore-
man in a cracker factory at Sparta. Wis.
After a short tour through the Western States.
Mr. Barlow returned to Wappingers Falls,



where, on July 5, 1S64, he opened a grocery
store; which he carried on until 1S69, at that
time going into partnership with Mr. Sweet,
the firm becoming Sweet iS: Barlow. In 1880
Mr. Barlow went to Newburg, N. Y., and
started the Sweet, Orr & Co.'s overall factory,
of which he took charge until 1882, when he
returned to Wappingers Falls, and settled up
the business of his own firm, which was then
discontinued. In the year last mentioned he
became one of the partners in the Eagan over-
ail factory, remaining with the firm until 1884,
when he withdrew, and the following year he
sold goods for Sweet, Orr & Co., on the road.
In iSSghe became proprietor of the dry-goods
store which he is at present carrying on. He
is a good business man and commands a large
trade, his acquaintance throughout the sur-
rounding country being extensive, and his many
sterling qualities making him numerous warm

Mr. Barlow was married, in September,
1862, to Miss Mary A. Hayes, a native of
Wappingers Falls, and a daughter of John and
Elizabeth Hayes, who were of English de-
scent. Two children came to this union:
Fred, born in 1867, died in 1872; and May,
born in 1875. The wife and mother died De-
cember 29, 1886. Our subject cast his first
Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, in
i860, and he has ever since been a stanch
Republican. He served two terms as trustee
of \\'appingers Falls, and March 3, 1896, was
elected supervisor, an office not sought by
him, but for which he received a majority of
240 votes, the largest ever given a candidate
in that town, and which testifies to his popu-
larity with his fellow-citizens.

Mr. Barlow is a member of the Episcopal
Church, and is clerk of the vestry; for three
years he was secretary of the Cemetery Asso-
ciation. He belongs to the Masonic Order,
being a member of the Royal Arch at Pough-
keepsie. In all the relations of life he bears
the reputation of an honorable, upright man.
and is highly esteemed wherever known.

JACOB H. FEROE. The records of the
lives of our forefathers are of interest to
the modern citizen, not alone for their his-
toric value but also for the inspiration and e.\-
ample they afford; jet we need not look to
the past. Although surroundings may differ,
the essential conditions of human life are ever

the same, and a man can learn from the suc-
cess of those around him, if he will heed the
obvious lessons contained in iheir history.
Turn to the life record of Mr. Feroe, study
carefully the plans and methods he has fol-
lowed in bringing about his wonderful success
in business affairs. He is a man of keen per-
ception, of great sagacity and unbounded en-
terprises, who is now at the head of exten-
sive business interests at Tivoli.

He was born October 15, 1S41, at Tivoli,
then known as Myersville. His father. John
K. Feroe, was born in the northern part of
Red Hook town, and is the son of Henry Fe-
roe, who was of French descent. John K.
Feroe was married to Miss Anna Coon, who
was born in Clearmont town, Columbia Co.,
N. Y. , in 1820. She is the daughter of Jacob
Coon, also a native of Columbia county, and
of Holland extraction. Upon their marriage
the couple located at Tivoli, where the father
has followed his trade of carpentering since
that time; they are faithful and devout mem-
bers of the Methodist Church. Four children
were born to them: Sarah, wife of David
Affleck, station agent at Tivoli; Jacob H.,
subject of this review; Frances, who married
Rensselaer Potts, a bookkeeper; and Libbie.
wife of James Greene, station agent at Sau-

Mr. Feroe, whose name introduces this
sketch, spent his boyhood days at Tivoli, at-
tending the district schools and also a private
school, but when only fifteen years of age he
began teaching near the village. He later
taught school for two' years and a half at
Unionville, in the town of Saugerties, Ulster
Co., N. Y., after which he clerked and kept
; books for Gilbert A. Melham for nearly a year
' and a half, and then conducted a school at
Nevis, Columbia county, for two years. For
the same length of time he had a select school
at Tivoli, and met with great success as a
teacher. For a time Mr. Feroe carried on
fruit farming, his principal product being straw-
berries, of which he raised as high as 500
bushels per season, at the same time teaching
at Tivoli. After having charge of a school at
Glasco, Ulster county, for four years and a half,
he taught the public school at Tivoli for five
years, during the last two years of which he
also engaged in the coal and lumber business
on the Tivoli dock, and has since carried on
the latter occupation. He has built up an ex-
tensive trade along that line, does a general



freighting^ business, conducts a grist and cider
mill, and has large real-estate interests, renting
about forty houses.

In September, 1871, Mr. Feroe was mar-
ried to Miss Evelin Cooper. Her father,
Ozias Cooper, was a native of Dutchess
county, a miller by occupation, and the uncle
of Charles Davis, of Saugerties, Ulster county.
A family of four children have been born to
our subject and his wife: Harry Cooper, who
married Harriet Laflin, and is now a book-
keeper for his father; Thomas J., also a book-
keeper for his father; Millie and Florence.

In manner Mr. Feroe is social and genial.
He is the center of a circle of friends, who
honor and esteem him for many manly virtues
and genuine worth. His prosperity cannot be
attributed to a combination of lucky circum-
stances, but has risen from energy, enterprise,
integrity and intellectual effort, well directed.
He is a worthy representative of that type of
American character, that progressive spirit,
which promotes public good in advancing in-
dividual prosperity.

CHARLES E. SMITH, a skillful black-
smith of Amenia, Dutchess county, was
born in that village, June 20, 1854, and comes
of a family that have long been residents of
the county. Stephen Smith, his grandfather,
was born in Pawling, and throughout most of
his life was engaged in blacksmithing at South
Dover. He married Hannah Skelton, by
whom he had the following children: William
and Edward (deceased; ; George \V. ; Sarah
(deceased); Emeline; Abbie J. (deceased);
Amanda; Asa; and Mary (deceased).

George \V. Smith, the father of our sub-
ject, was born in Dover, January 14, 1824,
and in the town of Dover he passed his boy-
hood and youth, acquiring his education in
the schools near his home. With his father
he learned the blacksmith's trade, and about
1847 came to Amenia, where he worked in the
shop of Clark Fish. Subsequently he began
business for himself down by the mill pond at
Amenia, later removing to a shop nearly op-
posite the B. H. Fry foundry, afterward con-
ducting business near the present residence of
Dr. Rockwell, and on leaving that location he
engaged in farming and blacksmithing at
Sharon, Conn. On his return to Amenia, he
opened the shop now carried on by our sub-
ject. He was initiated into the mysteries of

the Masonic Order in Montgomery Lodge
No. 14, F. & A. M., at Lyme Rock, Conn.,
and later became a charter member of Hamil-
ton Lodge No. 54, at Sharon, Conn. In re-
ligious belief he is a Methodist, and was serv-
ing as trustee of the Church at Amenia when
it was disbanded. He cast his first vote in
support of the Whig party, is now an earnest
Republican, and in 1893 was collector of taxes
in Amenia. He is an upright, honorable man,
devoted to the best interests of his native
county, and has a host of warm personal
friends throughout the community, where he
has so long made his home.

On November 25, 1850. in the town of
Dover, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Mary
Ann Van Tassell, daughter of John P. Van-
Tassell, and by their union were born eight
children: William H., who was born Novem-
ber 26, 1852, and is now a painter and decor-
ator of Torrington, Conn.; Charles E.. sub-
ject of this sketch; Hattie, wife of Walter S.
Harrison, of Patterson, N. Y. ; George W., a
painter and decorator, of Amenia; Myra E. ;
Frederick J., a tinsmith, of Brewster, N. Y. ;
Frank (deceased); and Helen A., wife of
Frederick Adams, of Torrington, Conn. The
wife and mother departed this life in Septem-
ber, 1890.

The boyhood days of Charles E. Smith
were passed in Amenia, N. Y., and Sharon,
Conn., and in the latter place he secured his
education. Learning the blacksmith trade
with his father, he has since followed that
business, having entire charge since May 24,
1886. He is now at the head of a large and
constantly increasing business, doing all kinds
of blacksmithing and wagon repairing. In
politics he is a straight Republican, and so-
cially, is connected with the Masonic Order,
being a member of Amenia Lodge No. 672,
F. & A. M. , and the Eastern Star at Sharon,

At Oxford, Conn., October 10, 1878, Mr.
Smith was married to Miss Rosella Russell,
daughter of Theodore D. Russell, and they
have two sons: Clarence Russell and Howard

ARTHUR S. PEACOCK is one of the
__ _ prominent citizens and enterprisingyoung
business men of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess
county, where he is successfully engaged in
the drug business. He is a native of New



York, born at Haverstraw, Rockland county,
March 24, i860, a son of William M. Peacock,
whose birth occurred in Birmingham, England.
His paternal grandfather, who also bore the
name of William, was a native of England,
where he was married, and reared a family of
four children, of whom the father of our sub-
ject was the eldest. The others are: Thomas,
a carpenter and millwright of F"ishkill Landing,
Dutchess county; George, a fish and oyster
dealer of New York City; and Elizabeth, wife
of Robert Wainright, of Philadelphia, Pennsyl-

When a young man William M. Peacock,
father of our subject, emigrated to America,
and at Bloomfield, N. J., learned the machine-
printing business. His marriage with Miss
Minerva Young was celebrated at Columbia-
ville, Columbia Co. , N. Y. ; she was born in
Columbia county, N. Y. , where her father was
engaged in agricultural pursuits. In their fam-
ily are two children, who grew to adult age,
namely: Elmira, wife of John L. Shrader, who
conducted the drug store in Wappingers Falls,
which our subject now owns; and Arthur S.
The father still works at his trade in Wap-
pingers Falls, where he was employed by the
Dutchess Company Print Works for nearly
half a century. In his political views he coin-
cides with the platforms formulated by the
Republican party, and religiously he and his
family are Episcopalians.

Our subject was only four years old when
brought by his parents to Wappingers Falls,
where he grew to manhood, receiving his early
education in the Hughsonville district school,
and later attended the public schools of Wap-
pingers Falls, where his literary education was
completed. For some time he was a clerk in
the law office of Mr. J. W. Bartram, and for
a year and a half was employed in the Dutch-
ess Company Print Works, after which he was
a clerk in his brother-in-law's drug store for
about three years. Going to New York City,
he held a similar position in the drug store of
\\'illiam Mettenheimer, at the corner of Forty-
fifth street and Si.xth avenue, being there em-
ployed during the day, until ten and eleven
o'clock at night, exxept on college nights,
when he would attend lectures, and after go-
ing to his room at night would study phar-
macy. He then attended the New York Col-
lege of Pharmacy, and during his vacations
clerked for F. C. Corner, of Poughkeepsie, N.
Y. Returning to New York City, he clerked

in a drug store while attending college during
the senior year, but at the end of three months
gave up his position in order to devote his en-
tire time to his studies, and graduated with
the class of 18S5. In January, 1885, previous
to his graduation, Mr. Peacock had purchased
his present drug business, and since leaving
college has built up an excellent trade, which
is certainly well deserved. His store is one of
the best of the kind in the county, carrying
only first-class goods, and he attends strictly
to the wants of his customers.

On October 14, 1886, Mr. Peacock mar-
ried Miss Eliza Clinton, of Catskill, N. Y., a
daughter of Joseph Clinton. Politically, he is
a Republican, a stanch adherent of the princi-
ples of the party, and for the last two years
has served as collector of the town of Wap-
pinger. He was also nominated as president
of the village in the spring of 1896, but with-
drew his name. He is very popular with his
fellow citizens, and always lends his support
to promote the best interests of the commu-
nity where he makes his home. Socially, he is
identified with the Masonic Order and the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows. He is also
an enthusiastic yachtsman, owning the yacht
" Orient," which is a very fast one, and, taking
part in almost all the regattas held in this
section, he spends the most of his time on the
water, as a benefit to his health, as well as a
means of pleasure.

a prominent young business man of Was-

saic, Dutchess county. Having a large amount
of industry, perseverance and energy, he has
made a noble record as a successful merchant,
and is one of the reliable citizens of the
county. His birth occurred at New Milford,
Conn., November 7, 1866.

Edwin Hungerford, his grandfather, was a
native of Sherman, Conn., and there devoted
his entire life to agricultural pursuits. He
was an earnest Christian gentleman, and
served as deacon in the Congregational Church.
By his marriage with Susan Giddings he had
five children: George, of Sherman, Conn.;
Martin Luther, father of our subject; Phebe
(deceased); Annie; and Linus, of Mabbetts-
ville, Dutchess Co., N. Y. Martin Luther
Hungerford was born at Sherman, Conn.,
January 16, 1841, there spent his boyhood and
acquired his education in the district schools.



On starting out in life he began freighting
from South Dover, Dutchess county, and Pat-
terson, Putnam county, to New York City, in
which business he was engaged for five years.
He then turned his attention to the tobacco
trade, raising and selling at wholesale at Gay-
lordsville, in the town of New Milford, Litch-
field Co., Conn., but is now living retired,
looking after his real-estate interests. He is
an earnest member of the Congregational
Church, and a stalwart Republican in politics.
At Sharon, Conn., he was joined in wedlock
with Miss Julia, daughter of Edwin Jackson,
and to them were born four children: Robert
Jackson; John Edwin and Arthur, of New Mil-
ford, Conn., and Genevieve.

In the place of his nativity our subject was
reared, obtaining his education in the district
schools and in a select school at Cornwall
Plains, Conn. On laying aside his te.xt-books
he began the cigar business, buying and sell-
ing at retail, later selling cigars on the road
for two years, and for one year was on the
road selling fruits and vegetables. In March,
1 89 1, he began general merchandising at Was-
saic, which business he has since successfully
followed, and in the spring of 1894 he erected
his present store building. At Brooktield,
Conn., June 8, 1887, Mr. Hungerford was mar-
ried to Miss Jennie Simmons Peck, daughter
of Clark S. Peck, and they have three inter-
esting children: Martin Luther, Jessie Irene
and Robert Jerrold. Socially, Mr. Hunger-
ford is connected with Amenia Lodge No. 672,
F. & A. M. , and of the Royal Arcanum at Was-
saic; politically, he supports the men and
measures of the Republican party.

EBENEZER J. PRESTON, who is success-
I fully engaged in the tobacco business at

Amenia, Dutchess county, was born March 24,
1855, in the town of Dover, that county, where
his branch of the family was founded at a very
early day by Ebenezer Preston, who was
probably from Rhode Island, and came to the
county with his brother Martin. The ne.xt in
direct line also bore the name of Ebenezer,
and was born in the town of Dover. His son,
Abijah Preston, was the grandfather of our
subject. The latter took quite an active in-
terest in political affairs, served as captain of
the militia, and as a life work followed farm-
ing in the town of Dover. He married Eliza-
beth Ross, and to them were born four chil-

dren: John R. , who became a butcher of
New York City; Mary; Phcebe E. ; and Ebene-
zer A.

Ebenezer A. Preston was born in the town
of Dover, September 20, 1818, there acquired
his primary education in the district schools,
and later attended the Amenia Seminary.
When a young man he was for a time in the
cattle business with his brother in Texas, and
engaged in driving cattle from the West to
the East. Returning to Dutchess county, he
carried on the marble business at South Dover,
and also followed farming, being a large land
owner in this county. Socially, he was a mem-
ber of Dover Lodge, F. & A. M., while his
political support was ever given the Democ-
racy, and in 1848 he served as supervisor of
the town of Dover. He wedded Miss Marie
Elizabeth Jewett, daughter of John Jewett, a
prominent surveyor of the town of Dover, and
they became the parents of five children,
namely: Mary Ellen, wife of A. F. Bates, of
Ontario, Cal. ; Cornelia Alice, wife of George
B. Upham, an attorney-at-law, of Boston,
Mass. ; Ida, wife of E. L. Nichols, professor of
physics in Cornell University, of Ithaca, N.
Y. ; Ebenezer Jewett, of this sketch; and Au-
gusta, wife of Stephen C. Bedell, of New York
City. The mother departed this life May i,
1887, and the father's death occurred Decem-
ber 20, 1 89 1.

At the old homestead in the town of Dover
our subject spent his early days, and was pre-
pared for college by private teachers. He
then entered Cornell University, taking a
scientific course, and was graduated in 1875.
He is a member of the Delta Upsilon fraterni-
ty. Returning to Dover, he remained with his
father until 1882, when he took a trip to
Europe, visiting many points of interest. Sub-
sequently, in connection with J. A. Thompson,
he represented P. L. Van Wagonen's interest
in the tobacco . business at Poughkeepsie.
Since that time he has engaged in the tobacco
trade at Amenia, buying from the farmers and
packing the leaf. He is one of the most wide-
awake and energetic business men of Dutchess
county, and his success was assured from the

At his present residence in Amenia, Sep-
tember 19, 18S5, Mr. Preston was married to
Miss Carrie A. Kirby, who died January 17,
1892, and to them were born three children:
Mary Reynolds; Elizabeth Jewett, and Eben-
ezer Kirby. Mrs. Preston also belonged to a



family that has been long identified with the
interests of Dutchess county. George Kirby,
her great-grandfather, was a native of Rhode
Island, but became an early settler of Pawling,
where he followed blacksmithing, and was a
large land owner in that section of the county.
His son, Uriah Kirby, was born in the town
of Pawling, and throughout most of his life
carried on agricultural pursuits in the western
part of the town of Amenia, where he died in
1855. at the age of si.\ty-one years. By his
marriage with Phebe Gerow, he had five chil-
dren: William, deceased; George, the father
of Mrs. Preston; Solomon; John; and Amelia,

George Kirby is also a native of the town
of Pawling, born in January, 1830, but was
reared in the town of Amenia. He wedded
Miss Mary E. Reynolds, who died October 15,
1874, and they became the parents of two
children: Carrie A., who was born July 31,
1857, and became the wife of our subject; and
Frank R., who was born November 9. 1858,
and died .\ugust 20, 1861. After his marriage,
Mr. Kirby purchased a farm at South Ameni ,
where he resided for about three years, and
then reinoved to the present residence of Mr.
Preston. B}' occupation he is a farmer, po-
litically is an ardent I-iepublican, and is one of
the prominent, representative citizens of the

In connection with his local business. Mr.
Preston has also traveled through the West,
selling tobacco to jobbers and wholesale deal-
ers. At Altoona, Penn. , he was again married.
Miss Minnie Helen McKean becoming his wife.
Both as a business man and true citizen he is
held in high esteem, and in 1885, on the Union
ticket, was elected supervisor of the town of
Dover. Socially, he is prominently identified
with Triune Lodge, F. & A. M., of Pough-
keepsie. He was elected first master of the
Pomona Grange of Dutchess county, organized
in March, 1897.

EDWARD S. HICKS, of Pleasant Valley,
Dutchess county, has accomplished satis-
factory work as a farmer, and acquired a com-
fortable competence so as to enable him to live
retired from acti\e business life, and he is now
making his home at the "Pleasant Valley
Hotel " in that village.

The Hicks family, of which our subject is
a member, was founded in Dutchess countv,

by Joseph Hicks, who was born on Long
Island, and after his marriage with Miss Fil-
kins became a resident of the town of Clinton,
Dutchess county. From there he and his wife
removed to Bloomingdale, Pleasant Valley
town, and located upon a farm in the eastern
part of the town, where his death occurred.
He obtained a grant of title from Queen Anne.
Twice married, he became the father of a large
family of children, among whom was Samuel
Hicks (the grandfather of our subject), who
was born in the town of Pleasant \'alley. He
was reared to agriculture, which was mainly
his life work; in early life he also followed
shoemaking to some extent. He wedded
Margaret Doty, a native of Dutchess county,
and they became the parents of three children:
Benjamin, who carried on farming in the town
of \\'ashington, Dutchess county, where his
death occurred; Mary, who became the wife
of Samuel Halstead, a farmer of Clinton town;
and Samuel S., the father of our subject. The
parents of both these died in Pleasant Valley
town, the father in 1845. the mother in 1827.
They were Hicksite Quakers.

Upon a farm in the town of Pleasant Val-
ley, Samuel S. Hicks was born and reared.
As he was a cripple and thereby unable to per-
form much labor on the farm, he was given
good educational privileges, and later became a
teacher in Pcughkeepsie Academy. On Sep-
tember 4, 18 16, he was united in marriage with
Mary Peters, a native of the town of Pleasant

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