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'\DWARD ENGLEHARDT. The subject



4 of this sketch was born in the city of
Poughkeepsie. Dutchess county, December 16,
1 86 1. He attended school for a time at Lex-
ington, Greene county, and at the Eastman
Night School, but his opportunities were lim-
ited, and most of his education was acquired by
private study. He has always been a constant
reader and is a well-informed young man.

Our subject's first employment was with
Alexander Ross at the age of thirteen years.
One daj' when coming through the railroad
yards he was run over and lost his right leg.
Upon his recovery he again worked for Mr.
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old. He then secured the position of flagman
on the Hudson River railroad, which he re-
tained for five months, and then went to work
at Poughkeepsie making boxes. He kept at
that for a year, and then learned the coopering
trade, working for Atto Faust, for whom he
worked as a journeymen until 1885. He next
went into the saloon business for a year, but
returned to his trade and was employed by
James Buckhurst until 1891, when he went to
Sing Sing as a keeper, being appointed to that
position by Governor Flower. He resigned
July 22, 1892, and came to Poughkeepsie and
again worked for Mr. Buckhurst. In the fall
of 1893 he was elected supervisor of the First
ward for two years. He was chairman of the
printer's committee, member of the committee
on coroners and accounts and on committee
on public institutions in the session of 1894.
He held other positions of trust and responsi-
bility. He was janitor of the board of sup-
plies for one session, and has filled the office of
county sealer for two successive terms. He
has taken an active part in politics, and is a
leader among the people of his v,'ard.

In March, 1880, Mr. Englehardt was mar-
ried to Miss Rosanna Kirby, of Poughkeepsie,
and the following children were born to them:
Carrie died at the age of three years; Lucy,
Elizabeth, George, Augusta, Gertrude, Ed-
mond. Our subject is a member of the Cath-
olic Benevolent Legion and, with his wife, is a
member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Christian Englehardt, father of our subject,
was born in Denmark in 18 14, and came to
America and engaged for a time in the
cooper business in New York City, then went
to Albany. He came to Poughkeepsie upward
of fifty years ago, and worked as journeyman
cooper for Sleight & Paulding, who started
their shop in 1847, and with whom he has
been ever since. He was married in Germany,
and the following children were born to them:
Charles, living in Elizabeth, N. J. ; Martha,
who became the wife of Mathew Benhordt, of
Poughkeepsie; Henry lives in Prattsville; Mary
married Jacob Benhordt; Christian resides in
Poughkeepsie; Elizabeth is the wife of Charles
Adams, of Poughkeepsie; Alma married John
Decker, and lives in Poughkeepsie; William,
who lives in Poughkeepsie; Abram; George, de-
ceased; and Edward. Christian Englehardt is
one of the oldest citizens of Poughkeepsie. He
is a Democrat, and a member of the German
Lutheran Church.



ACOB SCHRAUTH, a retired merchant of
Poughkeepsie and one of its most popular
German citizens, was born at Kreuznach,
in the Rhine Province, April 18, 1834, a son
of John and Margaret (Wcyell) Schrauth, the
former of whom was also born in Kreuznach,
the latter in Waluff on the Rhine, Prussia.

John Schrauth, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was a hotel-keeper at Kreuznach, of
which f)lace he was a native. He married,
and to the union was born a large family of
children. Their son, John, father of our sub-
ject, was also a hotel-keeper, and in connec-
tion with it followed the occupation of a farm-
er. In 1 8 16, for his second wife, he married,
Margaret Wcyell, and they became the parents
of eight children, as follows: Jacob, Laura,
Kate, Minnie, Julia, Louis, Eliza and Benia.
Of these, Louis is a resident of Boston, and
Eliza is the widow of Conrad Lcmbke, former-
ly a saloon-keeper in Highland. Our subject's
parents spent their entire lives in their native
land, where the father died in 1S75 and the
mother in 1885. They were members of the
Lutheran Church.

Jacob Schrauth lived in his native town
until twenty years of age, during which time
he learned the cooper's trade. In 1854 he
came to America, landing in New York City
where he remained three years, and there
learned the trade of a baker. In 1857 he
came to Poughkeepsie, and for six years was
employed as a baker by Robert High, the three
following years working for P. S. Rowlands-
In 1866 Mr. Schrauth went into business for
himself, renting a building at No. 153 Main
street. In the following two years he made
many improvements in the place and expanded
his business by the introduction of ice-cream,
confectionery, etc. , carrying on two stores
with all modern improvements, doing, in fact,
an extensive trade. On May i, 1897, his
sons Edward L. and William H. purchased
the business of their father, forming a co-part-
nership under the name of J. Schrauth's Sons.
Pieing brought up under their father's careful
training, they are well fitted to succeed him,
and a successful future is predicted for them,
especially if they follow in the footsteps of
their predecessor, who is known to be an en-
terprising, progressive man, keeping abreast
of the times,thoroughly understanding his busi-
ness, courteous and obliging, and not only se-
' curing the best class of customers, but know-
I ing how to retain them.



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In i860 Jacob Schraiith was married to
Miss Kate Schneider, who was born at Kaiser-
slautern, Bavaria, Germany, and seven chil-
dren have blessed this union: Charles, en-
gaged in the confectionery business at Union-
hill, N. v.; one who died in infancy; Minnie,
who married William H. Frank, a brewer at
Poughkeepsie; Edward L. , of the firm of J.
Schrauth's Sons; Kate, married to William
La Paugh, of the firm of La Paugh & Son, in
Poughkeepsie; William H., of the firm of J.
Schrauth's Sons, and Cora, at home. Charles
married Barbara Seifts, an orphan, and they
had three children — Charles, Katie and Louis;
Edward L. married Josephine C. Beigle,
daughter of the late Leonard Beigle; W'illiam
H. wedded Matilda Seeholtzer, daughter of
Berthold Seeholtzer, and they have one child
— Edna. Edward L. and William H. are
both members of Fallkill Lodge No. 297, I. O.
O. P., and the former is also identified with
the Phcenix Hose Co., Poughkeepsie.

Our subject and his amiable wife are con-
sistent members of the German Lutheran
Church, in the work of which they are always
ready to assist. In his political views he is a
Republican, and for two years was a member
of the board of water works of Poughkeepsie.
Like most Germans, he is a lover of music,
and for twelve years was president of the Ger-
man Singing Society. He is a member of
Adler Lodge No. 388, I. O. O. F.



DAVIU V. HAGGERTY, the leading florist
' of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county, was

born in that city August 3, 1867, and although
still a young man has shown more than average
business ability, which has enabled him to
push forward the enterprise begun by his
father to a wonderful degree of success.

The Haggerty family is of Irish descent.
The father of our subject, James Haggerty,
was born in Brooksborough, Ireland. His
father was a native of that place also, where
he carried on farming or gardening. He had
a family of si.\ children, as follows: James;
William, a farmer in Rhinebeck; Thomas, a
florist in New York City; Jennie and Sarah,
deceased; Mary, living in New York City.
The family came to the United States and set-
tled in Rhinebeck, where the father died.

James Haggerty had but meagre advan-
tages for an education in his native country,
but after coming to America he improved every



opportunity to store his mind with useful
knowledge. He was naturally gifted with a
fine intellect, and was a great reader of all
kinds of literature, but more especially of such
as bore upon the vocation he adopted, that of
a florist. During his life he kept well-posted
on all topics relating to this branch of garden-
ing, and was among the most progressive men
in his business.

Air. Haggerty's first employment was on
the Ellerslie farm, which is now owned by-
Governor Morton, where he worked for Mr.
James. He then went to Newburgh and was
in the emplo}' of Mr. Bridgman, who subse-
quently placed him in his large florist estab-
lishment in New York City. There he remained
until removing to Poughkeepsie and going
into business for himself. He first built a
small greenhouse just south of the old reser-
voir on South Clinton street, which was the
first of the kind in the city. From there he
moved to No. 181 Main street, where he built
a greenhouse and also carried on a seed store,
then bought the property at No. 381 on the
same street, and erected the large and commo-
dious building which he afterward occupied.
In 1867 he bought the T. H. Leggett property
of ten acres near Poughkeepsie, to which he
added from time to time until it comprised
thirty acres. On this he built an extensive
greenhouse covering two acres, the largest
probably in the county, and here carried on a
most flourishing business until his death, which
event took place December 17, 1881. He was
a man of great energy and unflagging industry.
He was successful in almost everything he at-
tempted, and accumulated a comfortable for-
tune. In his political views he was a Repub-
lican, but never took an active interest in public
affairs other than that which every good citizen
should. Both he and his wife belonged to the
Methodist Church, and were members of the
choir. He was for many years one of the most
prominent members of the New York Horti-
cultural Society, and served one term as its
president. In all the relations of life he was
generous, kind and helpful, and stood high both
among his associates in business and in social
circles. He was married to Miss Rebecca Vail
Hyde, daughter of Liberty Hyde, of Pleasant
Valley. Five children were born of this union;
William, deceased; John, David Vail, Susanna
and Margaret.

David V. Haggerty obtained his education
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Washington, Conn. , where he studied the
florist's business. He left school in 1885 in
the last year of his course, and the following
year took charge of the property for his mother
until he became of age in 1889, when he and
his brother John bought the entire property
with the exception of his mother's interest, she
remaining a member of the firm, which is
known as R. \\ Haggerty & Sons. Our sub-
ject has taken the active management of the
business, which has steadily increased. He has
become one of the largest producers in the
county, and the greenhouses are the largest in
the State. He has inherited much of his fa-
ther's abilit}' and persistence, and is fully as
progressive and interested in his work. He
keeps abreast of the times in all discoveries
and experiments in his line, and by his fair
methods of dealing and courteous manners to
all has drawn about him a large number of
steady customers as well as many personal
friends. Like his father was, he is a Repub-
lican and a Methodist, and is prominent in both
these organizations. He is a member of the
order of St. John, and for eight or nine years
has been a member of the Davy Crockett Hook
and Ladder Company. In 1889, he was mar-
ried to Miss Isabella, daughter of Frank Rob-
son, and three children have been born to
them: Gladys, James Donald and John
Francis.



t BRAM V. V. HAIGHT. the able secre-
^ tary of the Poughkeepsie Transportation
Co. , and one of the leading citizens of the county
seat (Dutchess county), was born August 24,
1842, in the town of Fishkill, Dutchess county,
on an estate which had been in the possession
of his family for many years. His ancestors
came from Connecticut at an early period,
locating in the town of Fishkill, where his
grandfather, Joseph Haight, was a prominent
farmer. He married Hannah Dudley, a mem-
ber of an old and highly esteemed family of
that vicinity, and had four children: Eliza-
beth, who married Henry Van Voorhis; Min-
erva, who married Thomas Burrows; Corne-
lius J., our subject's father; and Hannah, the
wife of Peter Burchen, who was for some time
the principal of Dutchess County Academy.

Cornelius J. Haight was born June 22,
18 1 7, at the old homestead, five miles from
the village of Fishkill, and lived there until he
was thirty-three years old, when he went to



Buffalo and engaged in the commission busi-
ness on the dock, dealing in flour, grain and
other commodities, his firm being known as
Ward & Haight. In 1857 he returned to
Poughkeepsie and engaged in the wholesale
flour trade, continuing in same line for several
years. Later he took charge of the interests
of the Manhattan Iron Co., first in Pawling
and then at Sharon Station, in which latter
place he remained until his retirement from
active business in 18S3. Since that time he
has made his home in Poughkeepsie. He is a
well-read man, notwithstanding the cares and
distractions of his years of successful business
life. He is a leading member of the First Re-
formed Church, and is held in high regard
among all classes for his sterling character-
istics. Politically he is a Democrat, and his
active interest in party affairs has caused him
to be chosen to public office at different times.
He married Elizabeth Van Vorhis, a descend-
ant of a pioneer family of the town of Fish-
kill, and a daughter of Abram Van Vorhis, a
leading resident there. They had five sons:
Henry E., who resides at Sharon; Abram V.V.,
our subject; Joseph F., assistant cashier of the
Pawling Bank; Lewis, who died at the age of
two years; and Edward S., the assistant post-
master at Poughkeepsie, and who for two years
previous to receiving that appointment was
city treasurer.

Abram V. V. Haight received hisearly edu-
cation in the schools of his native district,
graduating in 1856 from school No. 10. When
he was examined for admission to the high
school, only twenty-seven out of a class of
fifty passed the examination. He possesses
fine natural abilities, and has kept well-in-
formed upon a wide range of subjects. His
first employment was with his father in Pough-
keepsie, but at the age of twenty he went to
New York City, where for over a year he was
clerk in a commission house. In 1863 he en-
listed in the U. S. Navy, and served "before
the mast " until the close of the war. Return-
ing to Poughkeepsie, he was employed as a
clerk for seven years by Carpenter & Bro.,
and for one year was clerk of the "Morgan
House." In'1871 he engaged in the freighting
business with Doughty, Cornell & Co., at the
Upper Dock, but on the consolidation of the
Upper and Main street docks in 1874, he
took the position of head bookkeeper for the
Poughkeepsie Transportation Co. In 1880 he
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he had become a shareholder, and has dis-
charged his duties with energy and judgment,
his success winning for him a high standing
among the business men of the city.

On December i, 1875, Mr. Haight married
Miss Ida T. Paulding, a daughter of William
Cooper, formerly a leading cooper of Pough-
keepsie. Three sons were born of this union:
Burton C. , who died at eighteen years of age;
Harry Lown, and Abraham Van Vorhis, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Haight attend the First Re-
formed Church, and contribute to the support
of various worthy movements in the commu-
nity. On State and National issues Mr.
Haight votes the Republican ticket, but in
local affairs he gives his influence and his bal-
lot to the best man. He served as police
commissioner under Mayor Rowley, and has
been urged to accept the nomination for mayor
on two different occasions. Socially, he be-
longs to the V'eteran Firemen's Association
and to the F. & A. M., Poughkeepsie Lodge
No. 266.



SELWYN A. RUSSELL. M. D. This
well-known and popular physician was
born in Jay, Essex Co., N. Y., February 12,
1851, and attended the district and private
schools of that town. In 1874 he went to
Albany and began the study of medicine,
graduating with the class of 1877.

After graduating Dr. Russell was ap-
pointed resident physician of the Albany Hos-
pital, and remained there until 1879, when he
accepted a position on the medical staff at the
State Hospital at Utica, holding that position
until 1883, at which time he resigned and
went to Europe for the purpose of completing
his medical education. He spent one winter
in London and one in Vienna, where he had
a great deal of practical e.xperience. He re-
mained in Vienna until the spring of 1S84, and
then returned to Albany and began the prac-
tice of medicine there in partnership with
Samuel B. Ward, a prominent physician, with
whom he practiced until 1888, when our sub-
ject, in connection with his medical work,
made a tour of the world, sailing from New
York in February, around Cape Horn, arriv-
ing at San Francisco in June. Thence he
went to China and Japan, returning to Albany
in 1889.

On April 25, 1889, Dr. Russell was united
in marriage with Miss Lucy H. Harris, a daugh-



ter of the Hon. Hamilton Harris, the promi-
nent politician and lawyer. After his marriage,
the Doctor continued his practice in Albany
until 1891, when he accepted a position in the
Hudson River State Hospital at Pough-
keepsie, where he remained until April, 1894,
at which time he resigned on account of ill
health, and has since been occupied with a
general practice. Previous to his trip around
the world Dr. Russell was the attending phy-
sician of St. Peter's Hospital, and an in-
structor in physical diagnosis in the Albany
Medical College. Dr. and Mrs. Russell have
two children, Selwyn, born in 1890, and
Hamilton H., born in 1893. Fraternally our
subject is a Mason.

G. B. Russell, father of our subject, was
born in Essex county, January 2, 1822, and
grew to manhood on the old home place.
He married Miss Charlotte Fisher, whose
birth took place in Beekmantown, Clinton Co.,
N. Y., October 11, 1821. .After their mar-
riage the couple settled on a farm in Essex
county, and the following children were born
to them: Marcus, who is a resident of Balti-
more and a manufacturer of iron ware; Selwyn,
our subject; Lottie became the wife of Frank
Bruce, of Jay, who was a painter, and she
died in 1880; John is a school teacher at Spar-
tanburg, S. C. In early life Mr. Russell was a
farmer and later became an iron maker at Jay.
He was a Republican and a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he took
an active part. He died in 1883. Mrs. Rus-
sell died in 1867.

Sidney Russell, the grandfather, was also
born in Essex county, where he grew up and
was married. They had a family of eight
children. He remained on his farm in Essex
county, where his death occurred. Dr. Rus-
sell's maternal grandfather was a farmer.
Both sides of the family were of English de-
scent.



ORATIO N. BAIN, the well-known and
popular hotel proprietor in Poughkeepsie,
Dutchess count}', was born in Chatham, Colum-
bia Co., N. Y., December 20, 1857, where he
lived until he was seven years old. He first
went to school at Palmyra, N. Y. , then at
Brewster, X. Y., later at Dover Plains, Dutch-
ess county, and for a time at the Connecticut
Literary Institute, Suffield, Conn., and then to
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Upon finishing his education Mr. Bain re-
mained at home until the death of his parents,
after which he continued his father's hotel
business until the lease expired of the " Pough-
keepsie Hotel." In 1884 he leased the "Nel-
son House," a fine, large, brick building, capa-
ble of accommodating about two hundred peo-
ple, and considered the best hotel in Pough-
keepsie. In connection with the "Nelson
House" Mr. Bain has a half-interest in the
" Palatine Hotel" at Newburg, N. Y., which
is considered the finest hotel on the Hudson,
and which will accommodate some two hun-
dred and twenty-five guests. His eldest
brother, Francis N. Bain, is connected with
him at the " Palatine" under the firm name of
H. N. Bain & Co. Besides his interest in the
two most popular hotels of the Hudson Valley,
Mr. Bain is largely engaged in farming and
stock raising, having two farms in the eastern
part of the county, where he is successfully
breeding high-class road and carriage horses,
having exhibited his young stock at the Na-
tional Horse Show at Madison Square Garden
for three years past with marked success.

Mr. Bain was united in marriage July 20,
1882, with Miss Carrie Belding, who is a na-
tive of Dover Plains, a daughter of David L.
Belding, a farmer and stock dealer, and for
several years president of the Dover Plains
Bank. Our subject is a Republican, and a
public-spirited man. He is a member of the
F. & A. M., and of the Amrita Club, of Pough-
keepsie.

Milton Bain (the father of our subject), who
was born in Columbia county, married Miss
Charlotte N. Nash, also a native of Columbia
county. After their marriage they located at
Chatham, where three children were born to
them: Francis N., now one of the proprietors
of the "Palatine Hotel," atNewburgh; Hora-
tio, our subject; and F. R., a real-estate dealer
in Poughkeepsie. Milton Bain was landlord
of the " Stanvvix Hall Hotel." at Chatham, for
twelve or fourteen years, and sold out to take
charge of a hotel in Palmyra, Wayne Co., N.
Y.. later going to Brewster, N. Y., where he
conducted the "Brewster House," and then to
Dover Plains, continuing in the same business,
at the " Dover Plains Hotel" for about twelve
years. In 1878 Mr. Bain came to Poughkeep-
sie and became proprietor of the " Poughkeep-
sie Hotel," which he carried on until his death,
in 18S0; his wife had passed away one year
previously. In politics Mr. Bain was a Repub-



lican, and at one time held the office of assessor
of the county, and of deputy sheriff. The
Bain family is of Scotch descent.

Alfred Nash, the maternal grandfather of
our subject, was a native of Columbia county,
where he practiced law. His father, Francis
Nash, was a farmer in Columbia county.



^11 ELSON DENTON. The branch of the
Denton family of which the subject of
this biography is a worthy representative, has
been prominent in the vicinity of W'haley
Pond, Dutchess county, for several genera-
tions. The first of the name to locate there
was his great-grandfather, Solomon Denton,
who came from Nova Scotia at a very early
period. The tract of 365 acres which he ac-
quired has never been alienated from the fam-
ily, and in its entirety is now in the possession
of George F. Denton, a brother of our sub-
ject. Solomon Denton's son, Solomon, and
grandson, Solomon B., our subject's father,
each in turn cultivated this estate, and were
among the leading farmers of the locality.
The members of this family have never taken
a very active part in public affairs, although
they have been interested in the questions of
their time and have been regular voters, being
Whigs in the early days and Republicans since
the war issues arose. In their business man-
agement they were all thrifty and successful,
and they have been active in religious work as
members of the Second Baptist Church of
Pawling.

Solomon the second, grandfather of our sub-
ject, and wife had six children, namely: Sam-
uel, Amos, Josiah, Pattie (Mrs. Wright), Abram
and Solomon B. Solomon B. Denton died
September 20, 1885, at the age of seventy-five
years, eight months and nine days. He was a
deacon in the Baptist Church for about forty
years, and no man in that vicinity was more
highly esteemed. His wife was Harriet Lud-
dington, a daughter of Frederick Luddington,
a leading citizen of Ludingtonville, Putnam
Co., N. Y. Six children were born to them,
of whom our subject is the eldest. The
others were: Augustus, now deceased; George,
a hatter at Danbury, Conn. ; Cecelia, who mar-
ried Theodore Purdy, a carpenter of the same
place; Emma, the wife of William F. Purdy,
an engineer of East Orange, N. J. ; and Carrie,

who died at the age of four years.
' Nelson Denton was born at the old home-



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stead near Whaley Pond, May 26, 1845, ^nd
was educated in the schools of district No. 9,
Pawling town, and in the old Poughkeepsie



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