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department from 1S51 until 1870. In 1855
he had the honor to represent his firm at the
Universal Exposition held at Paris, and ob-
tained the second prize, a silver medal, as a
colorist and designer, which medal is still in
his possession; on one side is a bust of Napo-
leon III, and on the other are the coats of arms
of all nations competing at the Exposition.
This firm of John Crossley & Son went into
the manufacturing of mosaic tapestry, in con-
nection with their other manufacturing, after
Mr. Schubert became their manager, as he
alone understood the manufacture of this par-



ticular branch. One of the directors of this
company, by name John Leach, gave in his
will a great collection of these mosaics (which
had been manufactured under the supervision
of Mr. Schubert) to the museum at Clare Hall
in Halifax, England, where they are still on
e.xhibition to the public.

Prior to 1870 the well-known carpet manu-
facturer, Michael Protzen & Son, of Berlin,
Prussia, had bought their printed yarns at J.
Crossley & Sons; but during that year, they
decided to print their own carpet yarns, and
secured the services of Mr. Schubert as their
superintendent and general manager. Conse-
queiitl)', he again removed to Berlin, and from
that time date the first printed yarns manu-
factured in Prussia. Mr. Schubert remained
with this mill three years, filling his term of
contract, and then proceeded to Kiddermins-
ter, Worcestershire, England, under a three-
years' contract with John Brinton & Co., as
superintendent, to establish a tapestry de-
partment. In 1876, when his. engagement
with the latter firm came to a close, he re-
ceived a proposal from the agent of A. T.
Stewart, of New York, to superintend their
carpet department at their mills in Glenham,
Dutchess Co., N. Y. He accepted the propo-
sition and conducted the department with
marked success until the year 1889, covering
a period of fifteen years, when he resigned.
In 1890 Mr. Schubert began on his own ac-
count to manufacture mosaic tapestry, mats,
labels and banners, and followed the business
for the three years, when owing to the de-
pressed financial state of the country he fore-
saw that he was not warranted in continuing,
and accordingly he closed his factory. In
politics he is an Independent.

In 1843 our subject was married to an old
schoolmate of his. Miss Wilhelmina Berner,
whose father was a soldier in the Prussian
army, and who was in the siege before Paris
in 1 8 14, also in Waterloo with Blucher in
1 81 5. They were wedded in Paris in the
Protestant Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. Schubert
have had ten children, three of whom died in
childhood, the remaining seven being as fol-
lows: (i) Charles Eugene, a merchant in
Manchester, England, married Emma Tank-
ard, and has one child — May. (2) Emil
Heliodore, who is a designer and lives at Mat-
teawan, married Mary Ann Bingley, daughter
of Richard Bingley, of Leeds, Yorkshire,
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Ethel. (3) Ernest Walter is in the hotel
business at Poughkeepsie. (41 William Albert
is with his brother in Poughkeepsie. (5) Kate
Louisa lives at home. (6) Louis Hector is a
clergyman of the Episcopal Church, University
Chapel. Chapel Hill. N. C. (7) Edith Jane
married Edward A. Underbill, of Glenham.
In their religious belief the family are Epis-
copalians.

In 1889, after Mr. Schubert resigned the
superintendency of the carpet mill of A. T.
Stewart & Co. , he felt a desire to visit the
scenes of his former activities in Europe. In
company with his daughter, Edith Jane (then
unmarried), he left New York July 4, 1889, on
one of the Cunard steamers, and arrived in
Liverpool after a voyage of nine days. They
immediately went from there to Manchester,
where they remained with his son for a fort-
night, from there visiting Leeds, Bradford,
Blackpool. Brixton and Matlock, the famous
watering place in Derbyshire; from Manchester
they went to London, and from London to
Calais, France, and thence toTourcoing, where
the}- remained a few days before going to Paris,
at which city they attended the World's Fair,
and then visited other points of interest in
France. After a sojourn of three months,
they returned by way of London and Liver-
pool, taking passage via the Cunard Line again
to New York. Although Mr. Schubert is in
his eightieth year, he is still hale and hearty,
possessing a clear mind and steady hand. His
favorite pastime is making designs for industrial
purposes, being solicited by carpet manufac-
turers in different parts of the country for his
handiwork. He is a man of unusual vigor for
his years.

WALTER A. SHERMAN, one of the
prosperous and enterprising agricultur-
ists of the town of Amenia, Dutchess county,
was born on the old homestead at Amenia
Union, May 27, 1861, and can trace his ances-
try back to Henry Sherman, who died in Eng-
land in 15S9. Of his five children, Henry,
the eldest, removed from the count}' of Suf-
folk to Dedham, in the county of Essex, Eng-
land, where his death occurred in 1610. He
married Susan Hills, and of their twelve chil-
dren, Samuel, the second, was born in 1537,
and died at Dedham, in 161 5.

Hon. Philip Sherman, the youngest of the
seven children of Samuel, was born at Ded-
ham, February 5, 1610, and in 1634 he emi-



grated to Roxbury, Mass., being the founder
of the family in this country. With Roger
Williams and others, he helped to purchase
Rhode Island, March 24, 1638, and when the
government was established July i, 1639, Mr.
Coddington became governor, with Philip Sher-
man as secretary. His death occurred at
Portsmouth, R. I., in 1687. By his marriage
with Miss Sarah Odding, he had thirteen chil-
dren, John being the eighth in the order of
birth.

John Sherman was born at Portsmouth,
R. I., in 1644, and by occupation was a black-
smith and farmer, living on land inherited
from his father at South Dartmouth, Mass.,
where he died in 1734. He wedded Sarah
Spooner, and to them were born eight children.
Philip Sherman, the eldest, followed farming
upon the old homestead at Dartmouth, Mass.,
and there his death occurred in 1740. His
son, Jabez Sherman, born October 3, 1704,
at one time served as lieutenant in the
navy of Great Britain, but most of his life
was passed at South Dartmouth, where he
died in 1774. Of his eleven children. Benja-
min Sherman, the fifth, was born February 3,
1736, at Dartmouth, and during his boyhood
attended the common schools. He was the
first of the family to come to Dutchess county,
N. Y. , arriving at Pawling in 1764, where he
worked at the carpenter's trade, building the
Hicksite meeting house. He then returned to
Dartmouth, Mass., for his wife, who bore the
maiden name of Deborah Dilnoe, and he later
engaged in farming and wagon making at Pawl-
ing, where he died in 1805. In his family of
eleven children, Shadrach Sherman was the
seventh in order of birth. He was born at
Dover Plains, Dutchess county, in 1769, and
by occupation was a farmer and drover. He
became quite a prominent and influential man
of the county, serving as a member of the
General Assembly in 181 1. His death oc-
curred December 11, 1812. He married Dia-
dama Howland, and. they became the parents
of eight children: Amy. David, Howland, Al-
fred, Benjamin E., Richard H., Walter and
Shadrach.

Walter Sherman, the next to the youngest
in the above named family, was the grand-
father of our subject. He was born February
21, 1806, at Dover Plains, and there remained
until he was eighteen years of age, when he
removed to Amenia Union, where he carried
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gaged in farming and stock dealing. He was
very successful in his undertakings, becoming
quite well-to-do, and his property was all the
result of his own unaided efforts. He took an
active part in political affairs, in early life sup-
porting the Whig party, later becoming an
ardent Republican, and he served as a member
of the General Assembly in 1845 and 1847.
He departed this life March 11, 1880. At
Amenia, August 31, 1834, he married Miss
Cornelia Allerton, and to them three children
were born: Mary, who was born June 8, 1835,
and died December 29, 1868; David H., the
father of our subject; and Samuel \\'., born
September 20, 1844.

David H. Sherman was born on the old
homestead at Amenia Union, June 25, 1837,
began his education in the district schools of
the neighborhood, and completed his literary
training at the old Nine Partners Boarding
School, in the town of Washington, Dutchess
county. Subsequently he went to Newark, N.
Y. , where he engaged in clerking for a time,
and was there united in marriage with Miss
Cecelia Mayer, by whom he has five children:
Walter Alfred, whose name opens this sketch,
being the fourth in the order of birth. Re-
turning to Amenia, the father here engaged in
farming, but later removed to Jersey City, N.
J., in the interests of the Central Stock Yard
and Transit Co., of which he is treasurer and
general manager. Like his father, he also
supports the Republican party.

Walter A. Sherman spent his boyhood days
in Amenia Union, attending the schools of
Amenia, later supplementing the knowledge
there acquired by a course in a private school
in New York City. He has always been con-
nected with his father in business, and now
has charge of one of the finest farms in his sec-
tion of Dutchess county, located in the town
of Amenia. At South Amenia, he was married
September 27, 1882, to Miss Maria E. Cline,
daughter of Albert Cline, and five children
grace their union: Agnes C, Walter C, Helen
M., May N. and Howland N.

Since casting his first vote, Mr. Sherman
has always taken an active interest in political
affairs, supporting the principles of the Repub-
lican party, and for two terms he has been
called upon to service as supervisor of his town-
ship. Socially, he is connected with Amenia
Lodge No. 672, F. cS: A. M. He is of a genial
disposition and affable manners, and is a keen
and sagacious business man.



CLINTON J. ROCKEFELLER. Among
the active farmers and stock dealers of
the town of Red Hook, Dutchess county, the
gentleman whose name stands at the begin-
ning of this sketch holds a prominent place.
His birthplace was in the town of German-
town, Columbia Co., N. Y., and the date
thereof October i, 1839. He is of Holland
lineage, and for many generations the family
have resided in Columbia county, where the
grandfather, Philip S. Rockefeller, was born,
and in that county the birth of the father,
Philip P. Rockefeller, occurred. In his native
county the latter grew to manhood and mar-
ried Catherine Elmondorf, who was born in
Albany county, N. Y. , and was a daughter of
Jacob Elmondorf, who was also of Holland
descent. Mr. Rockefeller took his bride to
his home in Columbia county, where they
reared their four children: Edmond, who
died at Rochester, N. Y. ; Harmond, who held
official positions under President Lincoln, and
is now a prominent resident of Texas; Clinton
J., of this review, and Anna, who is married
and makes her home in Columbia county. On
his farm there the father died about 1841, and
his wife survived him until 1874, when she,
too, was called to her final rest. He affiliated
with the Whig party.

The early days of our subject were spent
upon the home farm, which he assisted in op-
erating, and attended the district schools of
the neighborhood. He completed his educa-
tion, however, under the direction of General
De Peyster, and on laying aside his books
worked as a printer for two years in .-Mbany,
N. Y. Later he carried on a photograph gal-
lery in New York, but in 1861 he came to
the town of Red Hook, Dutchess county, and
located upon the farm where he has since re-
sided. Besides general farming he also turns
his attention to buying and selling live stock,
which he ships to New York City, and finds
this a profitable source of income. He also
ships fruit to European markets.

In 1 87 1 Mr. Rockefeller was married, the
lady of his choice being Catherine Dederick, of
Dutchess county, a daughter of John Dederick,
who is engaged in farming. To them were
born three children: Carrie; Romer, who is
married, and is engaged in agricultural pursuits
in Red Hook township, and one child that died
at the age of thirteen years.

Mr. Rockefeller is one of the leading and
influential Republicans of the town whose



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opinions are invariably held in respect, and in
1888 he was first elected supervisor of Red
Hook. With the exception of two years,
when he withdrew his name, he has since
filled that position with credit to himself and
to the satisfaction of his constituents. He is
a man of sound judgment, upright and honor-
able in all his dealings, and has the well wishes
of all.



'ALTER G. STORM, a farmer of the
£/|t town of East Fishkill, and one of the
representative citizens of Dutchess county,
comes from one of its oldest and most highly
respected families. He first opened his eyes
to the light in that town, April 8, 1854, and
there his grandfather, Garret Storm, was also
born, and upon a farm reared his family of six
children, namely: John P., the father of our
subject; Isaac, who was an agriculturalist of
East Fishkill town; Garret, a coal dealer of
Matteawan, Dutchess county; Eliza, who mar-
ried John S. Emans; Catherine, who married
Edmund Luyster, a farmer and cattle dealer
of East Fishkill town, who is now deceased;
and Charles T., who was a merchant of Pough-
keepsie. Throughout his life the grandfather
always followed the occupation of farming.

John P. Storm was born in East Fishkill
township, January i, 1826, there grew to man-
hood and married Miss Sarah R. Hasbrouck,
a native of the same place, and the daughter
of Francis Hasbrouck, who was a merchant of
East Fishkill. Upon their marriage they lo-
cated upon a farm in their native township,
where their two children were born — Walter
G., of this sketch; and Jennie E., now the
wife of Du Bois Bartow, a farmer of East Fish-
kill township. The father is still living, and is
engaged in the operation of his land. His po-
litical support is ever given the men and meas-
ures of the Democratic party.

On the home farm in the town of East
Fishkill, Mr. Storm, whose name introduces
this review, remained until he reached ma-
turity, and in 1887 he was married, the lady of
his choice being Miss Bessie C. Cooper, who
was born in Putnam county, N. Y., but was
reared at Matteawan, Dutchess county. Her
father, James Cooper, was a hatter by trade.
Two children grace their union — John C. and
W. Bartow.

With his bride, Mr. Storm migrated to
North Dakota, where for six years they resided



upon a farm; but in 1892 they returned east,
and have since been residents of East Fishkill
town. Their fine farm of lOO acres is highly
cultivated and improved, and to general farm-
ing Mr. Storm devotes his time and attention
exclusively. They are true Christians, mem-
bers of the Reformed Church, and in politics
he is an earnest supporter of the Democratic
party. An energetic and reliable citizen, he
has fully established himself in the confidence
and esteem of the people, and is ready to se-
spond to calls made upon him to promote the
interests of his town and county.



THOMAS J. CUNNINGHAM. But few
young men have as enviable a reputa-
tion for enterprise and business acumen as the
subject of this biography, a prosperous pro-
duce dealer at Matteawan, Dutchess county.
He was born October 9, 1866, at Peekskill,
Westchester county, N. Y., and is a descend-
ant of a Scotch family that located in West-
chester county at an early day.

His grandfather Cunningham was a farmer
there, and the late Edward H. Cunningham,
our subject's father, was born there and passed
his life in the same locality, engaged in the
business of stove molding. He was an expert
in his line, and for many years was superin-
tendent of the Peekskill Stove Company. In
later life he retired to a farm to end his days in
the peaceful occupation of agriculture, his
death occurring in 1886. His wife. Miss
Phcebe A. Sutton, a member of one of the old
pioneer families of Westchester county, died
in 1870. She was born in Peekskill, where her
father, a gas manufacturer, was a leading citi-
zen. Our subject was the youngest in a fam-
ily of nine children, the others being: Letitia,
deceased; John, a resident of Peekskill; Louisa,
Mrs. Charles H. Hall, of Croton Landing;
James, who resides in New York City; Ada,
lately deceased, was the wife of Frank Norton,
of Croton Landing: Dirlin, the sixth in order
of birth; George, a resident of Arkansas City,
Kans. ; and Fannie, deceased. Both parents
were devout and consistent members of the
M. E. Church, and were held in high esteem
among their associates.

The early life of our subject was spent in
his native town, his education being mainly
acquired in the local schools. In 1884 he
went to Matteawan and after a short course of
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at the corner of Fountain and Leonard streets
as a wholesale and retail dealer in flour, feed,
grain, baled hay, straw, and similar commod-
ities. Starting practicallj' without capital of
his own, he has made his wa\' to success, and is
recognized as one of the leading business men
of the town. His present extensive trade is
still on the increase, and he devotes his atten-
tion to it, paying but little heed to politics.
On June 3, 1896, he was married to Aliss Jen-
nie McCallin, an attractive young lady, the
daughter of F. McCallin, a well-known citizen
of Fishkill Landing.



WILLT.-\.M J. WOOD, a prominent mason
of Dover Plains, Dutchess county,

whose skillful work in his chosen calling has
given him more than a local reputation, is one
of the rising young business men of that place.

His family originated in Scotland, where
his grandfather, Thomas Wood, was born and
educated. He came to America in early man-
hood and settled in Dutchess county, and he
and his wife. Amy Elliot, reared a family of
three children: John, who married (first) Miss
Carlo, and (second) Miss I^ottie Thomas; Lettie,
who married Amos Jenkins; and William, our
subject's father, who was born in 1832, and
received a common-school education in the
town of Dover. He then learned the shoe-
maker's trade, which he followed for man}'
year. He was also interested in quarrying in
the same town, and as an energetic business
man took an influential part in local affairs.
His first wife was Miss Helen Birch, daughter
of Ethel and Gettie (Knickerbocker) Birch.
Of the two children of this marriage our sub-
ject was the younger. The elder, Lettie D.,
born in 1861, died at the age of twenty. Mrs.
Wood died in 1869, and our subject's father
formed a second matrimonial union, this time
with Mrs. Mary Allen, who died in 1890,
leaving no children.

William J. Wood was born in 1863, and
was educated in the public schools of his native
town of Dover. He learned the mason's
trade, and has now been successfully engaged
in it for seven years, his business extending to
all the neighboring towns. Politically he has
always favored the Republican party, but he
has not been an aspirant for public office. In
1883 he married Miss Emma Brown, and they
have had two children: Lettia A., born in
1888, and David B., born in 1891.



Mrs. Wood's father, George H. Brown,
was born and reared in Dover Plains, and after-
ward became a prominent farmer of that vi-
cinity. In 1 86 1 he enlisted at Poughkeepsie
in the 150th N. Y. \'. I., and served through-
out the war, taking part in many important
battles and gaining a commission. He mar-
ried Rachel Ostrander, and had nine children:
Maggie, who married Egbert Morey, and has
one child — Mabel; (2) Williani, who married
Martha Vincent, and has two children — Allen
and Frank; (3) Emma, Mrs. Wood; (4) Lo-
theria, who married William Dennis, and has
three children — Hazel, Louis, and one whose
name is not given; (5) Elizabeth, who married
George Root, and has one child — Nellie. The
four remaining children, Charles, George, My-
ron and John, are not married. Rachel
Ostrander, Mrs. Wood's mother, was born and
educated in Amenia. Her father, Jacob Os-
trander, was a native of the town of Milan, and
received his education there, engaging after-
ward in agriculture. He married, and reared a
family of children, of whom Mrs. Wood's
mother was the youngest. The others are:
James; Mary, Mrs. Adam Waldron; Lottie,
.Mrs. Royal Halleck; Carrie, Mrs. George
Murph)-; Kittie, and Amy.



THOMAS G. ALDRIDGE, of the firm of
Aldridge & Covert, leading merchants at
Dutchess Junction, Dutchess county, is one of
the self-made business men, whose ability and
enterprise have done so much to build up the
trade of their respective communities.

His grandfather, Daniel Aldridge, a man
highly esteemed in his day, married Jane Ed-
wards, and had four children: (1) Thomas,
who married, and had eight children — Benja-
min, William H., Thomas, Jr., Aaron E. ,
Theresa J., Alfraetta, George I^. and Ger-
trude. (2) William, our subject's father. (3)
Edward. (4) Ella.

William Aldridge was a native of Orange
county; he married Jeannette Simpson, by
whom he had seven children: Edward L.
(deceased), Lemuel E., Ella A., Jennie (de-
ceased), Thomas G., Charles and William S.
During the Civil war Mr. Aldridge enlisted in
the United States service for three years. Be-
fore he left Albany on his way to the front his
wife died, leaving the little family bereft of the
care of both parents. \\. the expiration of his
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til the close of the war, when he returned
home and resumed his business of brick-mak-
ing, in which he was very successful, being a
thorough master of all branches of the trade.
He died in Kansas City, Mo., in 1878.

Thomas G. Aldridge was born December
12, 1853, at Dutchess Junction, N. Y. , and
has made his own way in life from the time of
his mother's death, when he was only twelve
years old. He secured employment upon a
schooner which was engaged in the brick car-
rying trade between Dutchess Junction and
New York City. After three years at this'
work he made a practical study of steam en-
gineering, and at eighteen was put in charge
of a brick plant at Dutchess Junction. He
held this position until 1892, when he formed
his present partnership and engaged in the gro-
cery and meat business, of which he has made
a success. On December 8, 1S80, he married
Miss Alida Covert, daughter of Nathaniel and
Catherine (Jones) Covert; their only child died
in infancy.

Mr. Aldridge is not a politician in the strict
sense of the word, but he takes a patriotic in-
terest in public affairs, and is an earnest sup-
porter of the principles of the Republican
party.



EVAN BRYANT, of Bryant Bros., proprie-
; tors of the "Standard House," Fishkill,

Dutchess county, is one of the most enterpris-
ing young business men of that vicinity. He
is of English descent, the old home of his
family being in Gloucestershire, England,
where his great-grandfather, Richard Bryant,
and his grandfather, Jonathan Bryant, were
born and spent their lives in the hatter's busi-
ness. His father, Samuel Bryant, was also
born in England, and previous to coming to
America in 1S55, learned the same trade. He
is now a resident of Matteavvan.

Evan Bryant was born in Brewster, Put-
nam county, July 14, 1863, and was but two
years old when his parents moved to Matte-
awan, where he grew to manhood, attending
the public schools. He also acquired a knowl-
edge of the hatter's trade, and for fourteen
years followed it there and in different places
in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Canada.
On November 13, 1S94, he established his
present hotel and saloon business at Fishkill,
in partnership with his brother Edward.
Neither is married. They take great interest



in public questions, and while they are stead-
fast supporters of the Republican party so far
as national issues are concerned, Mr. Bryant
is not bound by partisan ties in local affairs,
voting for men and measures which, in his
judgment, will advance the best interests of
the community.



EORGE S. AUCOCK is one of the repre-
iL^' sentative and prominent merchants of Red
Hook, Dutchess county, N. Y., where his



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