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Rifles, and his first battle was on September
28, 1864, at Chapin's farm, Va. He was
mustered out of service at Richmond, Va. , at
the close of the war, and returned to Ghent,
N. Y. In the spring of 1867 he came to
Dutchess county, engaging in farming and
merchandising, and in 1871 he began to oper-
ate a gristmill and sawmill at Clinton Hollow,
in a buildmg w-hich has stood for one hundred
and fifty years. He is energetic and far-
sighted, and has won a fine standing in busi-
ness circles. He has been twice married, first,
on June 26, 1873, to Miss Jane M. Latten,
daughter of Adolphus D. Latten, of Clinton.

She died January 19, 1878, leaving one daugh-
ter. Bertha, and December 24, 1879, Mr. Gra-
ham married Miss Ella Smith, daughter of
Stephen H. Smith, of Clinton. Two children
were born to this union; Frank and Florence.
In politics Mr. Graham is a Republican,
and ne takes an active share in local affairs,
having been town clerk for five years in all,
and at present is holding the office of excise
commissioner of the town of Clinton. He is
a member of the G. A. R. , Armstrong Lodge
No. 104, at Rhinebeck, and of the F. & A. M.,
Warren Lodge No. 32, at Schultzville.

ARTHUR R. TIEL, M. D., a prominent
physician and surgeon, of Matteawan,

N. Y. , whose abilities have received recogni-
tion far beyond the limits of his own locality,
was born October 14, 1S54, in Ashland, Greene
county, where his family was located for some

His great-grandfather, Jacob Tiel, settled
in Rhinebeck with others from Holland. Later,
his grandfather, Henry Tiel, moved to Greene
county, and was there a resident for most of
his life. His son, J. W. Tiel, the father of
the subject of this sketch, was born in the
same county, in 1S25. and remained there till
of middle life, when he moved with his family
to Newark, N. J. After living there for some
time the family moved to Matteawan, where
they were impelled owing to the hatting in-
dustry, which was the trade of Mr. Tiel. A
little later Mr. Tiel went into the grocery busi-
ness in Newburgh, and at an early age, and for
some time, Arthur acted as bookkeeper for his
father. About this time he made up his mind
to study medicine, and began this study in the
office of Dr. William Jones, of Newburgh.
In 187S he was graduated from the Eclectic
Medical College, of the city of New York.
Since that date he has followed his profession
at Matteawan, and has built up a large and
lucrative practice. He located at first on
Main street, opposite the depot, and in 1885
he established his office in his newlj - built
residence, called " Beaconview, " situated on
Tioronda avenue, in full sight of North Beacon.

In 1880 Dr. Tiel was married to his first
wife. Miss Ella F. R. Brown, daughter of
William H. Brown, a respected citizen of
Matteawan. She lived her married life only
fourteen months, and in 1SS5 the Doctor mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth H. Badeau, daughter of



Joseph N. Badeau. They have two children:
Arthur David, born in 1887; and Helen Jose-
phine, born in 1895.

The Doctor and his wife are both greatly
interested in various movements, social, relig-
ious, educational and philanthropical, and have
ably assisted many a worthy enterprise. We
may note especially the Matteawan Public Li-
brary, of which the Doctor is treasurer and sec-
retary of the executive committee. They are
active members of the M. E. Church, and the
Doctor is recording steward, member of the
official board and president of the Epworth
League, while for eight years he was superin-
tendent of the Sunday-school. He has always
been a worker in the temperance cause, and
for some years has been a leader in the Prohibi-
tionparty in his locality, having beennominated
for every important office in his town and dis-
trict. Among his professional brethren he is
also held in high esteem, and he is at present
secretary of the Hudson River District Eclec-
tic Medical Society; in 1894 was treasurer of
the New York State Eclectic Medical Society,
and last year was its president. He was re-
cently elected by the State board of Regents as
a member of the medical examining board, of
which he is secretary.

CHARLES A. CARE, a well-known resi-
dent of Millerton, Dutchess county, was
born October 15, 1846, in Reffroy, France;
his family is one of the oldest in that part of
the country. Claude Care, his grandfather,
was a cooper by trade, and followed this occu-
pation successfully during his entire life,
accumulating a fair competence. He married
Marie Ann Boulard, and they had five chil-
dren: Marie, Jannette, Margarette, Marie Ann
and Laurent. He died in France in 1861,
and his wife in 1859.

Laurent Care, our subject's father, was
born May 19, 18 19, and came to America in
1854. He married Justine Monory, and they
had three children: Aderal, Charles A., and
Clarice, who married Charles Pierson. Laurent
Care was a sawyer by trade, but had been
employed in France as a common laborer, in
getting timber out and making charcoal, and
other work of similar kind, and possessing
good natural abilities and a laudable ambition,
he determined, if possible, to better his con-
dition. On coming to this country he located
in the town of Beckett, Berkshire Co., Mass.

His wife died August 28, 1862, and ten years
later he accompanied his son Charles to Mil-
lerton, where he died December 16, 1895.
He had been somewhat active in politics in
France, but while heartily in sympathy with
the progress of his adopted country, he took
no part in public life.

The subject of our sketch attended the
schools of his native land for a few years be-
fore coming to America, but his education was
mainly acquired in Berkshire county, Mass.,
at Beckett and Muddy Brook, near Stock-
bridge. He received a good academic educa-
tion, and has always been an intelligent reader,
especially fond of history. After leaving
school he assisted his father in the lumber
business, until his enlistment, August 28, 1864,
in Company G, Second Massachusetts Heavy
Artillery. He served until the close of the
war, being transferred, however, to Company
A, 17th Mass. V. I. Among the engagements
in which this gallant compatriot of La Fay-
ette took part were the battles of Wises
Forks, N. C., in March, 1865; Kingston and
Goldsboro. On his return home in July, 1865,
he engaged in the hotel business at Pittsfield,
Mass., for four years. In April, 1872, he
came to Millerton and opened a hotel in the
brick block, but after four years there he went
into the wood and coal business, which he car-
ried on for three years. He then became a
clerk in the " Amenia House," in Amenia, and
a year later established his present business,
in which he has been very successful. He
married Phcebe Ann Loring, daughter of
Chester O. Loring, a prominent citizen of
Sheffield, Mass., and has had seven children:
Charles A., Jr., deceased; Clarice; Florence;
Mamie; Eugene, deceased; Frankie, deceased;
and Fannie.

In public affairs Mr. Care has taken an
active and influential part, and has always
worked for the welfare of the community. He
was a Democrat until 1876, but since that
time has given his support to the Republican
party. He is now deputy sheriff under Jerry
S. Pierce, and has been constable for some
years; was elected collector for the town of
Northeast by the largest majority given any
candidate on the Republican ticket. He is a
member of Webatuck Lodge No. 480, F. &
A. M., of the Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 319,
and of the Grand Army of the Republic, in
which he now holds the rank of adjutant of
Henry Gedley Post No. 617.



prominent and representative citizen of
Ainenia. Dutchess county, was born in Wor-
cester county. Mass.. March 8, 1840. a son of
Charles H. and Lucinda (Mundell) Davis, who
are the parents of four children, of whom our
subject is the eldest. The others are: George
H., who died in 1863; Ginery T., of Auburn-
dale, Mass.; and Frank, who died in infancy.
The father, also a native of Worcester county,
Mass., was born in 18 10. and has there fol-
lowed farming most of his life. He is still
living, and enjoys the respect and esteem of
all who know him.

In the district schools of his native county
our subject acquired his elementary education,
and completed his literary course at the Barre
Academy, in Barre, Mass., after which he
taught school for several years in that State.
In the spring of 1864, he entered the East-
man Business College, at Poughkeepsie, N. Y.,
and on leaving that institution secured the po-
sition of bookkeeper in the City National
Bank of Poughkeepsie, where he remained for
eight years.

In 1872, Mr. Davis located in Amenia,
where he has since served as assistant cashier
and notary public in the First National Bank.
During President Cleveland's first administra-
tion, he was appointed national bank examiner
for a term of four years, and for many years
served as justice of the peace at Amenia, in
fact holding the office as long as he would ac-
cept of it. He is public-spirited and progress-
ive, faithfully discharging every duty of citi-
zenship, and has hosts of friends throughout
the county. Politically, he is a stanch Demo-
crat, and has been the nominee on his party's
ticket for county treasurer of Dutchess county.
Religiously, he holds membership with the Bap-
tist Church at Amenia.

While a resident of Poughkeepsie, Mr.
Davis was united in marriage with Lucy E.
Harrington, who died in that city. Later, in
Worcester county, Mass., he wedded Miss
Minnie R. Harrington, and they have one son,
Robert S., born June 4, 1883.

history of the American branch of the
Norton family begins in the days of the Pilgrim
Fathers with the emigration of three brothers
of that name from the home of their ancestors,
near the border line between England and Scot-

land. They landed at Plymouth Rock, and
while one son went farther west to locate at
Whitehall, N. Y., two settled in Berkshire
county, Mass., where their descendants have
maintained a high reputation for ability and
pniblic spirit.

The subject of this sketch is descended
from this Berkshire-county line, and his great-
grandfather, Jonathan Norton, was among the
distinguished citizens^of that locality in his
day, owning between two and three thousand
acres of land, and holding various positions of
honor and usefulness. In 1790 he was com-
missioned captain in the State militia by John
Hancock, the immortal signer of the Declara-
tion of Independence, who was at that time
governor of Massachusetts. Jonathan Norton
was a Whig in politics, and, with the excep-
tion of one man who voted for George B. Mc-
Clellan, his posterity at all times have sup-
ported the Whig and Republican parties. He
married, and had three sons — Jonathan L.,
Roderick J. and Lyman — and two or three
daughters, all of whom married.

Roderick J. Norton, our subject's grand-
father, possessed great natural ability, and,
like his father, was a man of prominence. His
holdings in real estate were very extensive, and
he followed farming all his life. In local poli-
tics he was \evy active, holding at different
times all the offices in his town and several in
the county. He and the majority of his fam-
ily were leading members of the Congrega-
tional Church. His wife, Rhoda (Johnson),
was a member of an old Granville, Mass.,
family, daughter of Charles and granddaughter
of Timothy Johnson. They had seven chil-
dren, of whom the first, Roderick J., died in
childhood. Isaac was treasurer and clerk of
the town of Otis, Berkshire county, for fifty-
two years without being required to furnish a
bond, and his term of service only ended at
his death, when he was ninety-four years old.
Elam was at one time sheriff of the county,
and was trial justice for twenty-five years, and
justice of the peace for seventy years, being
elected at the age of twenty-one, and holding
the office until his death, which occurred when
he was ninety-one. Unlike the rest of the
family, he was an Episcopalian. Harriet mar-
ried Robert Hunter, of Berkshire county. Rod-
erick Hyde is mentioned more fully below.
Sedgwick died at twenty-one years of age.
George was a harness maker of the town of
Otis, Berkshire county, and lived to the age



of seventy-seven years. Roderick J. Norton
died in 1S48, and his wife in 1858.

Roderick Hyde Norton, our subject's fa-
ther, was born at the old home March 19,
1S09, and was intended for the ministry; but
on account of financial reverses his education
was interrupted, and at twenty-one he began
teaching, which occupation he followed suc-
cessfully some forty years. His first school
was at Claverack, Columbia Co., N. Y., where
he met and married his first wife, Harriet
Bierce, who was born in 180S in an old brick
house on the post road between Ghent and
Hudson. Her father, Bradford Bierce, was a
prominent resident of the town. After two
years in Claverack, Mr. Norton returned to
his native place, and for many years taught at
Otis, Mass., becoming known as one of the
ablest teachers of that region. For twenty-
five years he was chairman of the examining
committee, was a selectman of the town for
many years, and was a deacon in the Congre-
gational Church. The last ten years of his
life were spent at Egremont, Mass., in agricult-
ural pursuits. His first wife died August 17,
1 86 1, and he formed a second matrimonial
alliance with Miss Dora Van Buren fa second
cousin of President Van Buren), of Stockport,
Columbia Co., N. Y. She departed this life
in 18S2, and on October 12 of the following
year he breathed his last. There was no off-
spring by the last marriage, but his first wife
bore him four children, of whom three grew to
adult age. (i) Isaac F. was given good ad-
vantages in his youth, and became wealthy.
For some years he was a merchant at Egre-
mont, Mass., but later traveled as a salesman.
(2) Bradford B. followed mercantile pursuits
for some years at Blandford, Mass., and East
Winsted, Conn., afterward removing to Gold
Hill, Nev., where he acquired great wealth,
owning a large ranch and holding an interest
in many valuable properties. He was treas-
urer and secretary of eight different mining
companies. He possessed great influence in
political circles, and in 1880 was urged to ac-
cept the nomination for governor. Against
his own wish he undertook the campaign, and
was defeated by but a very small majority.
In the following -year his death occurred
through overwork.

(3) George S. Norton, the youngest son,
was born at Otis, Mass., August 19, 1841, and
his educational advantages were confined to
three years and four months attendance at the

district schools; but he has so thoroughly in-
formed himself upon important topics of the day
that these limitations would not be suspected.
At the age of eleven he was put to work upon
the farm, and practically placed in charge, and
when he was fifteen he raised 500 bushels of
potatoes and 100 of corn. In the fall of 1859
he apprenticed himself to J. L. Fatro, of Win-
sted, Conn., for two years, at $50 for the
entire term, in order to learn the blacksmith's
trade. Before the expiration of his term in
had become proficient in the business, and he
April, 1 86 1, he opened a shop in Egremont,
Mass., where he spent one year. He then
went to CoUinsville, Conn., and worked for
Mr. Shook six months, forging plow standards,
afterward returning home for a year. On re-
suming his trade he went to Salisbury to work
for Mr. Pratt; but after four months, ill health
caused him to choose another occupation, and
he went "on the road" selling a "Life of
Lincoln. " Six months later he widened his
field of operations, selling jewelry, silverware
and cigars, in which he continued successfully
until 1875. During the previous year he had
bought the hotel at Pawling, known as "Trav-
elers' Home," which he had been carrying on
m connection with his other business, and on
leaving the road he gave his attention to its
management. For two years he conducted a
jewelry store also. In 1880 he engaged in the
business of shipping ice to New York City, and
after the sale of the hotel to Frank Lee, in
1 88 1, he carried on the retail ice business un-
til 1896, when he sold out and began contract-
ing to do various kinds of work, chiefly the
transplanting of trees. In this he is remarka-
bly successful, having moved shade trees which
were fifty feet high and fifteen iches in diameter.
On August 22, 1870, Mr. Norton was mar-
ried to Miss Siche Doughty, daughter of Peter
D. and Emma Doughty, prominent residents
of Beekman, and he has a pleasant home in
Pawling, his present residence, built in 1881,
being one of the finest in the village. Aside
from his business activities, in which his
success has won for him a high reputation for
good judgment, Mr. Norton is interested in all
movements of public importance, and was
among the leading promoters of the plans for
the incorporation of the village and the con-
struction of the water works. In politics he
is active and influential, giving his support to
the Republican party, and he has held all
offices except those of supervisor and deputy



sheriff, and for eleven years he has been justice
of the peace. Although often urged to become
a candidate for supervisor, he has declined.
For twenty-five years he has been chairman of
the town committee, and for three years chair-
man of the Assembly committee of the First
District, and for a quarter of a century he has
attended every Assembly convention but one,
and most of the county conventions. He has
been a member of the I. O. O. F. for twenty-
one years, and is now an active worker in
Lodge No. 1/3, Patterson. At one time he
held the office of noble grand, and he has
passed the chair fifteen times.

DW. WILBUR, one of the able and ener-
getic business men of Red Hook, Dutchess
county, who have made that charming village
a thriving commercial point, is descended from
one of the oldest families of Dutchess county.
His great-great-grandfather, Jeptha Wilbur,
was one of the earliest settlers of the Nine Part-
ners Patent in that county. He had a son Jep-
tha (2), who had a son Samuel, born in March,
1782, who married Elizabeth Hicks, whose
birth occurred in 178C. Samuel Wilbur died
at the age of forty-five, but his wife attained the
ripe old age of ninety-five. They reared a fam-
ily of five sons and three daughters, and three of
the number are still living. One of the sons,
Jeptha S. Wilbur, our subject's father, was born
in the town of Pine Plains, October 29, 1818.
He married Miss Mary J. Story, and made his
home in his native township, where D. W.
Wilbur was born January 18, 1857. The
schools of that locality furnished our subject
an opportunity for securing the rudiments of
knowledge, and he afterward took a course of
study in the De Garmo Institute, Rhinebeck.
On his return home he assisted in the develop-
ment and cultivation of the farm, until he
reached the age of twenty-five, when he removed
to Red Hook and entered into the coal and
lumber business with his father-in-law, H. H.
Conklin, under the firm name of H. H. Conk-
lin & Co., which was continued until the death
of the senior partner, August i, 1883. Since
that time Mr. Wilbur has conducted the busi-
ness as the sole owner. In addition to this, he
is also engaged in the coal trade in Poughkeep-
sie under the firm name of Wilbur Bros; is
president of the Kaal Rock Chair Co. , of Pough-
keepsie, and secretary and treasurer of the Red
Hook Telephone Company.

On November i", 1881, our subject was
married to Miss Mary G. Conklin, a daughter of
Henry H. and Ann Eliza (Gif!ord)Conkrm. Her
birth occurred in Red Hook, April 7, 1S57, and
she received her elementary schooling there,
afterward supplementing it with a course in the
De Garmo Institute, Rhinebeck. from which she
was graduated in 1875. For several years
prior to her marriage Mrs. Wilbur was a teacher
in the public school of Red Hook, and was very
successful in her professional work. Mr. and
Mrs. Wilbur have no children. Their home is
pleasantly located on South Broadway, Red
Hook, where their many friends enjoy their

The Wilburs from the earliest in the line
down to the present time have been enter-
prising and industrious citizens, leaving a re-
cord of which the coming generation may justly
be proud.

ident of Eastman Business College, at
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess .county, and of the
New York Business College, New York City,
is one of the noted educators of the State, and
indeed, we may say of the country, the high
reputation of the institutions under his care
bringing students from all parts of the Union,
and also from foreign lands.

He is a native of X'irginia, and enjoyed the
best educational opportunities afforded by the
schools of that State. After graduating from
Hampden Sidney College, Virginia, he began
his professional career at eighteen years of age
as a teacher in the Fincastle (\'a.)High School,
and his time during the next seven years was
divided between teaching in Virginia and Ken-
tucky, studying in a law office, and at the Uni-
versity of \'irginia, with finally a business
course in Eastman Business College. At both
these institutions he was duly graduated, and
in 1883 he went to Chicago, was admitted to
the bar, and entered upon the practice of law.
In the following year a position upon the Fac-
ulty of Eastman Business College was offered
him, and as the profession of teaching had al-
ways seemed to him to be of the highest value
and importance, he accepted. Since his mar-
riage, in October, 1884, to the widow of H. G.
Eastman, he has been the head of the institu-
tion. Under his management the interests of
the college have been ably cared for, the stan-



dard of scholarship having been raised in all
departments, and the range of usefulness ex-
tended. In 1895 there were students enrolled
from thirty-eight States and Territories and
eleven foreign countries, making a favorable
comparison in point of wide-spread popularity
in its special lines with that enjoyed by the
most famous of institutions of the higher edu-
cation in the country. Such a marked degree
of success could not have been attained with-
out an adequate cause, and this is found in
the original and practical features of the East-
man system; faithful and well-directed work
in the class room; and the sincere and ener-
getic efforts made to secure desirable employ-
ment for every worthy pupil. In this feature
of his work the e.xcellent character of instruc-
tion offered is of great assistance, as business
men in search of competent assistants have
already proved beyond a doubt the worth of
the practical training given in this school.

In December, 1892, Mr. Gaines opened
the New York Business College, at No. 81
East 125th street, New York, N. Y. Less
than a dozen students were in attendance at
the start, but each succeeding year has more
than doubled the enrollment, and in October,
1895, there were so many applications that
more space and an enlarged corps of teachers
became necessary. Both day and night ses-
sions are held, and students of either sex may
enter at any time, selecting whatever branches
they may prefer, both in the strictly business
courses and in the line of general culture.

Mr. Gaines is a descendant of several of
the earliest Virginia families. One of his an-
cestors was one of the first governors of the
Colony ; two others were members of the House
of Burgesses in Colonial times, representing
Charlotte county, Virginia, who were among
the supporters of Patrick Henry in his heroic
efforts in the cause of independence. The
family still own extensive plantations, and are
prominent in their locality; but like the ma-
jority of the Southern people they suffered
financially from the Civil war.

Although Mr. Gaines belongs to several
clubs and organizations of a social and literary
nature, he finds but little time for society,
and his business cares have prevented him
likewise from entering the political arena. He
has, however, served as a member of the board
of education of Poughkeepsie, and has been a
member of the executive committee of the
Board of Trade of that city; while his hearty

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