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Susan Hebard, who still survives him, residing
at Sharon, Connecticut.



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Henry Rundall, Sr., was a faithful member
of the Presbyterian Church, and was the first
man in the town of Amenia to abolish the use
of liquor upon his farm. In early life he had
belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He was an active Democrat in politics previous
to 1857, but at that time became an earnest
supporter of the Republican party, as in ante-
bellum days he was very much opposed to
slavery.

The followin}; is a copy of the commissions
of the father as captain, major and colonel
in the New York State Militia:

The Ptoplc of the State of New York, To all to
whom these presents may come: Know ye, that pursuant
to the constitution anil laws of our said State, we have ap-
pointed and constituted and by these presents do appoint
and constitute Henry Rundall, captain in the Twenty-
ninth Kegiment of Infantry of our said State (with rank
from May Vi, 182t)), to hold said office in the manner
specified in and by our said constitution and laws.

In testimony whereof we have caused our seal
for military commissions to be hereunto affixed. Witness
De\Vitt Clinton, Ksquire, Governor of our said State,
general and commander-in-chief of all the militia and
admiral of the navy of the same, at our city of Albany,
the 22nd day of June, in the year of our Lord, one
thousand eight hundred and twenty-six.

DkWitt Ci.inton.
Passed the adjutant-general's office.

N. K. lilcCK, Adjutant-General.

The commission of major reads exactly
like that of captain, but dated July 30, 1827.
The commission of colonel of the Twenty-
ninth Regiment reads like the other two, dated
July 23, 1830, and signed by Enos T. Troop,
Esquire, Lteutenant-Governor of the State,
and by M. H. Webster, Adjutant-General.
These papers are still in the possession of
David Rundall, of Amenia.

D.AViD Rundall, whose name intro-
duces this review, was born on the old
homestead in the town of Amenia, Dutchess
county. August 2, 1829, and he also began his
education in the "Johnny Cake" school, but
the knowledge there acquired was supple-
mented by a course in the Amenia Seminary.
Until reaching his majority he remained upon
the home farm, and then for ten years oper-
ated land near the village of Amenia, after
which he engaged in farming for twenty-one
years on the road to W'assaic. Since 1888,
however, he has made his home in the village
of Amenia, and is now capably serving as town
clerk. He has also been collector for several
terms, aixl his duties are always discharged
with credit to himself, and with satisfaction to
all concerned. By his ballot he supports the
Republican party, and religiously himself and



family are connected with the Presbyterian
Church.

At Amenia, September 14, 1852, David
Rundall was married to Harriet P. Rey-
nolds, a daughter of Jonathan P. Rey-
nolds. She died February 5, 1863, leaving
one son, William P., who was born in De-
cember, 1862, and married Fanny McHugh,
by whom he has a daughter, Hattie; he is a
resident of the town of Amenia. On Feb-
ruary 10, 1864, at Mechanicsville, Saratoga
Co., N. Y. , David Rundall married Sarah
Catherine Barrett, daughter of Henry E. Bar-
rett. Harry Barrett Rundall, the only child
of the second union, was born November 24,
1864, and after finishing his education in the
Amenia Seminary, on March 17, 1 881, he en-
tered the First National Bank of Amenia as
bookkeeper, which position he has since filled to
the satisfaction of the bank officials. He is
at present serving as justice of the peace, and
socially is a member of Amenia Lodge No.
672, F. cS: A. M.

Henry Ri'nd.^ll, of this review, was born
July 6, 1 83 1 , on the farm where he still resides,
and like his brother was educated at the
"Johnny Cake ", school and the Amenia Sem-
inary. He has always engaged in the cultiva-
tion of the home farm, and since 1853 has also
dealt in milk. At Poughkeepsie, N. Y. , July
6, 1853, he married Lucinda A. Ransom, a na-
tive of Highland. Ulster Co.. N. Y.. and a de-
scendant of the Deyo family, early settlers of
that county. Seven children were born to
them, as follows: (i) Herbert R., pastor of
the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, N. J.,
first wedded Mary Herrick, of Saratoga coun-
ty, N. Y., by whom he had a daughter, Millie
R. . and after her death married Eli;;abeth En-
dicott; (2) Clarence A. married Julia Roberts,
by whom he has a son. Warring Deyo. and
they now live at Brewster, Putnam Co., N. Y. ;
(3) Arthur S. is with the Phcenix Insurance
Company, of Chicago, 111.; (4) P'rank D. , on
February 10, 1897, married Frances Thompson
Reed, daughter of Henry V. D. Reed, and
lives at Amenia Union, N. Y. ; (5) Bell H.,
born July 11. 1864. died February 24, 1876;
(6) Martin K. married Jennie Rutledge, and
has two children, Olin Rutledge and Henry
T. ; (/) Laura J. is the wife of J. Henry Hal-
stead, of Rye, Westchester Co., New York.

Henry l^undall is one of the prominent and
active members of the Presbyterian Church of
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served as elder, and will continue to hold the
office through life. He is connected with the
Amenia Grange, in politics is an ardent Re-
publican, and has served as assessor of the
town of Amenia. In manner, the Rundall
brothers are quiet and unassuming, j'et their
sterling qualities command the respect and
confidence of all, and have secured for them
the high regard of a large circle of friends.
They are numbered among the valued citizens
of the community, who have been devoted to
the public welfare, and are assuredly worthy
of representation in a volume of this nature.



ILLIAM H. BARTLETT. one of the
JC'l^ prominent and leading business men of
Amenia, Dutchess county, traces his ancestral
line back to the Colonial epoch. His great-
grandfather, Daniel C. Bartlett, was born at
Redding, Conn., where his father, Rev.
Nathaniel Bartlett, a Congregational minister,
had located May 23, 1753. The latter was
called from this life January 10, iSio. On
the breaking out of the Revolutionary war,
one Sabbath day, he presented his sword,
which he had newl)' ground, to his son Daniel
with the instruction to go and defend his coun-
try. With Montgomery's forces he went to
Quebec, and was at the capture of Fort St.
John in November, 1775. He was also pres-
ent at the burning of Danbury, Conn., in
1777. Later in life he became a resident of
Dutchess county, N. Y. , in 1803 purchasing
the Joel Gillett farm in the town of Amenia,
on which his great-grandson, Sanford J. Bart-
lett, now resides. In his family were five
children: William, Collins, Mrs. John Barker,
Mrs. Thomas Paine and Mrs. William Paine.
William S. Bartlett, the father of our sub-
ject, was born upon the family homestead in
the town of Amenia, attended the district
schools during his boyhood and youth, and in
later life carried on agricultural pursuits in his
native township. His birth occurred January
23. 1809, and October 13, 1830, he was mar-
ried to Miss Jane Eliza Reynolds, daughter of
Jonathan P. Reynolds. They became the
parents of four children: Jonathan R., born
July 15, 1831, was married October 5, 1863,
to Hannah L. Grant, and died September 8,
1872; Adelaide Amelia, born January 10,
1836, died April 27, 1838; William Henry,
subject of this sketch, is the next in order of
birth; and Sanford Jarvis, Sr. , born December



29, 1842, was married March 12, 1873, to
Mary Lizzie Hill, of Bridport, Vt., and they
are now living on the home farm; they have
two sons: William Edgar, born February 14,
1873, and Sanford Jarvis, Jr., born August 4,
1876. Politically the father of this family,
William S. Bartlett, was a Whig in early life,
later uniting with the Republican party, and
at one time served as assessor in his township.
He was one of the leading members of the
Presbyterian Church at Amenia, in which he
served as deacon, and was a generous contrib-
utor toward the erection of the house of wor-
ship. A broad-minded man, he was liberal in
his religious views as well as in other things.
After a long and well-spent life he was called
to his final rest November 6, 1881. His wife,
who was born December 25, 18 12, died June
I, 1881.

In the town of Amenia our subject was
born, February 14, 1839, and acquired his
education in the Amenia Seminary. Later he
accepted a position in the store of William
Burrell, of Brooklyn, N. Y., where he re-
mained for two years, and was then engaged
in clerking in Amenia for a short time. While
thus calmly employed, the storm of war which
had been gathering for so many years over the
country broke out, and, bidding adieu to home
and its influences, Mr. Bartlett enlisted, in the
fall of 1862, in Company A, 150th N. Y. \. I.,
and from private was promoted from time to
time until he became adjutant. He partici-
pated in many important engagements, and at
Peach Tree Creek, in front of Atlanta, was
wounded. He now holds membership with
Hamilton Post, No 20, G. A. R , of Pough-
keepsie, New York.

When the war was over Mr. Bartlett re-
turned to Amenia and purchased the store in
which he had formerly clerked, conducting the
same until 1888, since which time he has en-
gaged in the manufacture of brick, under the
firm name of the Amenia Brick Company. In
the town -of Amenia, October 30, 1867, he
was united in marriage with Miss Lavina Cul-
ver, daughter of Backus Culver. Our subject
is devoted to all interests that are calculated
to advance thg welfare of his County, State
and Nation, and has done much for the up-
building of the community' where he has al-
ways made his home. With a strict regard
for business ethics, he has won the confidence
and esteem of all, and is to-day one of the
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two terms he served as supervisor of Amenia,
and was unanimously nominated by the Re-
publican party for sheriff. Being elected, he
took the office January i, 1892, and acceptably
served until January i, 1895. Socially, he is
connected with Amenia Lodge, F. & A. M.,
and is a charter member of the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks at Poughkeepsie,
New York.



R RAYMOND RIKERT, the editor and
_ proprietor of the Rhinebeck Gazette, is
one of the youngest journalists in Dutchess
county, and at the same time is one of the
most prominent in all the Hudson River
Valley.

The Rikert family have long occupied an
honored place among the old families of New
York, the great-great-grandfather of the sub-
ject of this review being a patroon. George
I. Rikert, his son, was born in Clermont, Co-
lumbia county, and by occupation was a farm-
er, operating one farm for nearly half a cen-
tury. He married Margaret Snyder, and to
them were born five children: Robert, Reu-
ben, John, Mary (wife of Chancellor W'yllie),
and Eliza (wife of John Kilmer). Although
he enlisted in the war of 1S12, he never took
part in any important engagement.

John Rikert, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was born at Rhinebeck in iSii, and for
many years was an employe at the State dock.
In 1857 he began the butchering business in
the village of Rhinebeck, which he continued
to follow up to the time of his death in i860,
and was quite successful in that undertaking.
His political support was given to the Whig
party, and religiously he was a Lutheran. As
a companion and helpmeet on life's journey he
married Phebe Dedrick, daughter of Jacob
Dedrick, of Rhinebeck, who had come from
Claverack, N. Y. Five children blessed this
union, but Nelson died at the age of three
years; the others are, Wellington,- Franklin,
Calvin and Elmore. The mother is still
living.

Franklin Rikert acquired his education in
the Rhinebeck Academy, and at the Flat Rock
school, laying aside his te.xt books in 1859 to
enter upon the more active duties of life. He
served an apprenticeship as a butcher in Rhine-
beck, but on the outbreak of the Civil war he
laid aside personal plans and interests, and on
President Lincoln's second call for troops be-



came a member of the 128th N. Y. 'V'. I. He
was attached to the department of the Gulf,
was in the Red River campaign, and in 1864
returned north with Gen. Sheridan, being with
him in the Shenandoah Valley and at the bat-
tle of Winchester. At Cedar Creek he was
taken prisoner October 19, 1864, was incar-
cerated in Libby prison. Castle Thunder, and
at Salisbury, N. C., and the following spring
was paroled at Goldsboro, that State. At
Annapolis, Md., he was discharged in July,
1865, under general order No. "]', and re-
turned home with an honorable war record.

On October 19, 1869, Franklin Rikert was
joined in marriage with Miss Ellen Cramer,
daughter of John P. Cramer, and to them was
born a son, R. Raymond. On May 18, 1870,
he formed a partnership with J. H. Rikert in
the butchering business, which connection con-
tinued until August, 1883, when the latter
died. Through his own unaided efforts he has
achieved success in the business world, and is
oneof the most popular and highlyrespectedciti-
zens of Rhinebeck. He takes quite an active
interest in local political matters, voting the
straight Republican ticket, and has been a
member of the board of health for many years.
He holds membership with Armstrong Post
No. 104, G. A. R. ; also with the Masonic
fraternity; and is an honorary member of Re-
lief Hook & Ladder Co. In religious faith he
belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church.

R. Raymond Rikert, the subject proper
of this sketch, was born November 14. 1871,
in Rhinebeck village. He received his edu-
cation in the De Garmo Institute, and was
graduated from that institution in 1891, a
member of the first class to graduate from that
time-honored school after its removal to
Fishkill-on-Hudson. After completing his
education, and until January i, 1893, heacted
in the capacity of bookkeeper for his father at
Rhinebeck. On the above date, in connection
with William R. Tremper, he purchased the
Rhinebeck Neics of William N. Tyler, and at
the same time assumed the management of the
Gazette. On July i, 1894, the Gazette w^s,
purchased from the estate of Lewis H. Livings-
ton, and our subject bought out the interest
of his partner, and is now the sole owner of
the business, which is rapidly increasing. The
office employs about si.x men the year round,
and has a weekly circulation of 1000.

Although young in years, Mr. Rikert has
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from a financial and from a literary point of view,
and is regarded as one of the strong men of
Dutchess county. Politically the paper is in-
dependent, but the editor is a stanch Repub-
lican. He is secretary of the Rhinebeck Gas
Company; and socially is a member of the F.
& A. M., the S. of v., and of the Hook and
Ladder Fire Company.



LEONARD I. TRIPP, an enterprising and
prosperous blacksmith of Clinton Hollow,

Dutchess county, was born in the town of
Rhinebeck, May 20, 185 1.

The family is of French descent, and our
subject's grandfather, Smiten Tripp, was one
of the early residents of Clinton. He married
a Miss Wicks, and had several children, among
whom was George C. Tripp, the father of our
subject. He grew to manhood in the town of
Clinton, and was married there to Mary A. P.
Haight, a native of the same locality, and a
lady of rare nobility of character. She was a
daughter of Isaac S. Haight, a Quaker, who
was born in Rhode Island, where his great-
grandfather had settled on coming from Eng-
land; but he spent the greater part of his life
farming in the town of Clinton. He married
Hannah Bedford, and had five children, as
follows: Hannah, Sarah, Susan, Leonard and
David; all are now deceased except Hannah.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. George
C. Tripp settled upon a farm in the town of
Hyde Park, and later moved to Rhinebeck.
They had nine children: Julia F. ; Helen Au-
gusta (deceased); James S., a contractor and
builder at Rochester, N. Y. ; Jacob W., aeon-
tractor and builder at Salt Lake; Martin F.,
who is in the same business in Cole county,
Mo.; Leonard I., our subject; Hiram M., a
contractor and builder at Bergen, N. Y. ; and
Elting B. , a policeman in New York City. To
Mrs. Tripp belongs the credit of bringing up
this family, and giving them those industrious
habits and sound principles which have marked
their successful careers. She was a faithful
member of the Christian Church for many
years previous to her death, which occurred
March 15, 1895, when she \vas aged seventy-
six years.

The subject of this sketch attended the
schools of Clinton Hollow in his early boy-
hood, and at the age of eleven he began work-
ing out on neighboring farms. At nineteen he
entered H. S. Van Dyne's blacksmith shop at

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Clinton Hollow, and served an apprenticeship
of three years, receiving $40 a year, with the
privilege of working twelve sunny days in har-
vest time. After learning his trade he worked
one year at Washington Hollow for Charles
McCorniick, also for three years at Millbrook
for Henry Shaw, and in March, 1877, he re-
turned to Clinton Hollow and bought the shop
where he had learned the business, and has
conducted it since with growing popularity and
success. On April 19, 1877, he married Al-
meda D. Briggs, a daughter of George C. and
Margaret Briggs, well-known residents of Clin-
ton Hollow. Mr. Tripp is a public-spirited
citizen, and takes an influential place in local
affairs. He is an active supporter of the Dem-
ocratic party, has been inspector of elections,
and has held the office of town clerk for two
terms.



JOSEPH KLINE, a well-known resident of
Pawling, Dutchess county, engaged in the
livery business, has also been for some time
in the employ of the United States Government
as mail clerk on the Harlem railroad. He
learned the carriage maker's trade in early life,
but did not follow it long as a business. He
and his wife, formerly Miss Carrie Mabie, have
three children: Anna A., Mary E. and Agnes
J., who are all at home.

Mrs. Kline was born and reared in the town
of Dover, Dutchess county, and is a descend-
ant of early settlers in Patterson, Putnam coun-
ty, where her grandfather, Samuel Mabie, first
saw the light. His education was acquired in
the common schools there, and he engaged in
farming in early manhood. He was united in
matrimony with Miss Polly Bolts, and had six
children, of whom Hiram, Mrs. Kline's father,
was the eldest. William married Laura Dyke-
man; Phcebe married Nathan Dykeman; Ruth
was the wife of James Dykeman; Adaline mar-
ried J. B. Swan; and Sarah died at an early age.

Hiram Mabie was born in 1823, inTowners,
Putnam county, and after obtaining a common-
school education there followed agricultural
pursuits. He married Miss Julia Pagsley,
daughter of Benjamin Pagsley, a leading butcher
of Patterson, and his wife, Polly Crosby. Mrs.
Kline was the fourth in a family of five children.
Of the others, ( i) Mary E. has never married.
{2) Washington was educated in the town of
Dover, Dutchess county, and is now engaged
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^nd had three children — Estelle, Gertrude and
Clarence. (3) Estelle was born and reared in
the town of Dover, and she is now the wife of
John Haynes, an agriculturist of the town of
Pawling. They have two children — Fred and
Ruth. (5) Florence, Mrs. Kline's youngest
sister, married John Merrick, a resident of
Towners, and has no children.



JOHN G. DOYLE, the junior member of
the well-known firni, Lewis & Doyle, of
W'assaic, was born at South Dover, L)utch-
ess county, September 27, 1863.

The boyhood and youth of Mr. Doyle were
passed uneventfully at Wassaic, where he at-
tended school, and at the age of fourteen
years he entered the store of M. K. Lewis, with
whom he has since remained. Until the 25th
of July, 1894, he served as clerk, but since
that time has been a partner, and the firm is
now enjoying a large and paying business.
He has always been a stanch Democrat, and
in 1893 ^V3S appointed postmaster of Wassaic,
by President Cleveland, which position he has
since capably filled to the satisfaction of all
concerned. He is a business man of more
than ordinary abilit)', and justly deserves the
success which has crowned his efforts. So-
cially, he is identified with Amenia Lodge No.
672, F. & A. M., and is a past regent of
Council No. 1291, Royal Arcanum, at Was-
saic.

At Pawling, N. Y., January 20, 1886, Mr.
Doj'le was united in marriage with Miss Mary
F. Barrett, of Charleston, S. C, daughter of
Pierce Barrett. They have had one son, Percy
Vincent, who died in infancy. The young
couple hold a high position in the social circles
of the community.



I E WITT C. HUSTED, the enterprising
proprietor of a combined bakery and con-
fectionery store and restaurant at Millerton,
Dutchess county, and one of the most success-
ful business men of that village, was born in
the town of Clinton, Dutchess county, Jan-
uary 2, i860. His ancestors were early set-
tlers in the town of Pleasant Valley, where his
grandfather, Nathaniel Husted, and his father,
Luther Husted, were born, the latter in the
year 1840.



The subject of our sketch was educated in
the district school at Clinton, which was ex-
cellent for that day, and being fond of reading
he has supplemented this course in later years
by keeping " well posted " on current events
and the advance of scientific thought. At
eighteen he left school and a-ssisted his father
for three years, when he started out in life for
himself, first as attendant for Dr. Knight at
Lakeville, Conn. Three years later he and
his brother, Elmer, took charge of his father's
store at Wassaic, the partnership continuing
two years. The next two years, Mr. Husted
conducted a store of his own, and then after one
year of retirement from business he came to
Millerton in the spring of 1892 and established
the bakery, confectionery and restaurant busi-
ness, which he has since conducted. This is
one of the finest stores of its kind in the town,
and enjoys an extensive patronage. A self-
made man, Mr. Husted has always displayed
the energy and good management which win
success, and every enterprise in which he has
engaged has prospered.

On January 25, 1888, he was married to
Miss Etta Jenks, of Lakeville, Conn. ; they
have one son, Harry, born April 13, 1890.
Mr. Husted is among the leaders in local affairs,
and has been at times active in politics, and,
not being bound slavishly by party ties, he has
always worked for the nomination and election
of siich men as he has considered best qualified
to carry out the will of the people.

Mrs. Husted is the only surviving daughter
of William and Caroline (Edwards) Jenks.
She was born at Hillsdale, N. Y., August 11,
1858, and in her girlhood accompanied her
parents to Orehill, Conn., where they made
their home some six years, thence moving to
Lakeville, Conn. Here she attended the pub-
lic school, later taking a one-3'ear's course at
New Preston, Conn. Then, for ten years,
and until her marriage, she lived at Norfolk,
Conn. Her father was born October 10, 1824,
in Nesv York. Her mother was a native of
Connecticut, born in New Milford, December
3, 1817. They were married October i, 1840,
and became the parents of five children, as
follows: Rachel and Mary Amanda (both de-
ceased); George, a resident of Torrington,
Conn.; Fred E., of New Haven; and Etta
(Mrs. Husted). Her maternal grandfather Ed-
wards was born September 12, 1784, and in
1803 married Sarah Bennett, who was born
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phia, Abel, Caroline, Sarah and Rachel. Of
these, the last two are yet living.

John Jenks, the paternal grandfather of
Mrs. Husted, was born April 9, 1782. Mary
(White), his wife, was born October 11, 1793.
They were married November 20, 1S13. The
former died September 3, 1833, the latter,
December 17, 1874. Their seven children
were: John Fredrick, born September 13,
1814; Mariette, born February i, 1816; Ann
Maria, born November 24, 1817; Harriet
Emily, born October 20, 18 19; Sarah Jane,
born June 3, 1821; Clarissa Amanda, born De-
cember 16, 1822; and William Hunt, born Oc-
tober 10, 1S24. Of these only John Fredrick
and Clarissa Amanda survive. The paternal
great-grandfather of Mrs. Husted was Thomas



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