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Academ\". After completing his studies he en-
gaged in mercantile business at Ludington-
ville in 1864, forming a partnership with
Joshua Griffith under the firm name of Denton
& Griffith. They continued some time, when
Mr. Denton sold his interest and bought a
feed mill at Ludingtonville, which he con-
ducted for three years. Disposing of this he
followed agricultural pursuits for two years in
Putnam county, N. Y., with his father-in-law,
James Robinson, but later went to Danbury
and was with H. A. Addis & Son for a year
and a half. He then purchased a store at
Perksvilie, Dutchess county, and after three
years rented another store where he spent
two years; but in 1887 he erected his present
convenient store building, where he has a trade
in general merchandise such as is enjoyed by
few country stores in southeastern Dutchess
county. As a business man he has been very
successful, and is one of the principal property'
holders in that section.

On August 3, 1 87 1, Mr. Denton was united
in marriage with Miss Albertine Robinson,
who was born September 2. 1853, the daugh-
ter of a prominent farmer of Putnam county.
They have had two children — Frederick S ,
born March 11, 1872; and Grace L. , born
December 27, 1882, both of whom are at

In politics, Mr. Denton is a Republican,
but he has not given much attention to party
work. He is public-spirited, however, thor-
oughly loyal to the best interests of his locality,
and he is a leading member of the Baptist
Church at Ludingtonville.

pARTIN LASHER, proprietor of a first-
i^X. class hotel pleasantly situated at Upper
Red Hook, Dutchess count}-, is a man of much
experience and a good knowledge of business,
and is conducting his present enterprise with
marked success, winning popularity as a host
who understands well how to cater to the
wants of the public.

Mr. Lasher was born in 1822, at Cler-
mont, Columbia Co., N. Y. , where the birth
of his father, Jonas Lasher, also occurred.
There the latter was educated and followed the
occupation of farming. He wedded Miss Bar-
bara Sagendorph, and to them were born nine

children: George, who married a Miss Bar-
ringer; Margaret, wife of Stephen Lasher;
Mary, wife of Peter Fraleigh; Henry, who
wedded Miss Proper; Helen, wife of Edward
Coon; Martin, of this sketch; Augustus; Cath-
erine, wife of John Morgan; and John.

In the common schools of Clermont, Mar-
tin Lasher acquired a practical education,
which would tit him for the responsible duties
of life, and began his business career as a
farmer, following that occupation until 1850,
when he opened a hotel at Red Hook, Dutch-
ess county, which he continued to carry on
until 1873. At that time he came to Upper
Red Hook, where he purchased the buildings
in which he now conducts a hotel with good
success. He is a good citizen, an obliging
landlord, and has the respect of all with whom
he comes in contact.

Mr. Lasher was united in marriage with
Miss Mar}' Proper, daughter of Jonas and
Eliza (Ten Broeck) Proper, and four children
bless their union: Fannie, Lida, Maggie and
Grace. Mrs. Lasher's parents were also natives
of Columbia county, where the father followed
farming. In their family were seven children,
namely: Leonard, who wedded a Miss Hoff-
man; Mary, honored wife of our subject;
Samuel, Edward, Philip and Walter, all of
whom died at an early age; and Sarah, who
became the wife of a Mr. Miller.

NSON A. PLASS, an enterprising and
successful business man of Red Hook,
Dutchess county, and the proprietor of a well-
known meat market there, was born in Cler-
mont, Columbia county, in 1850.

Philip H. Plass, his father, was born and
reared in the same locality, engaging in farm-
ing as he grew to manhood. Later he became
the captain of a barge on the Hudson river,
and followed boating for many years. He
married Miss Catherine Stall, a daughter of
William Stall, a prominent resident of Cler-
mont, and reared a family of five children:
William, Anson, Hermon, Mary E. and

Our subject received his early education in
the schools of his native place, and for a time
was a farmer, and then followed his father's
example and engaged in boating upon the
Hudson. At the age of twenty-six years he
learned the butcher's trade with Peter Rifen-
burgh, of Madalin, and started in business for



himself at Clermont, continuing successfullj' for
a number of years. Later he moved to Red
Hook, and established a first-class business
there, his ability and energy gaining for him
the esteem of all classes. In 1874 he was
united in marriage with Miss Hannah C. Rifen-
burgh, a well-known resident of Clermont.
Seven children were born of this union: Mary
E., Fannie, Maud, Ina, Wilbur, Homer, and

'^UGENE FOX is numbered among the
prominent and progressive young men of
the town of Dover, Dutchess county. He
was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Benson,
who was born in 1S79, and belongs to a family
whose identification with the interests of Dutch-
ess county dates back several generations.
Her great-great-grandfather, Jacob Benson,
was born in Amenia, where he was reared and
educated, and as a life work followed farming.
He married Miss Lydia Thompson, and they
had six children: Benjamin, who for his sec-
ond wife, married Deborah Mackam; David,
the great-grandfather of Mrs. Fo.x; Jacob, who
married Martha Smith; Lydia, who married
Daniel Darling ; Susan, who married John
Benson ; and Hannah, who married Peter

David Benson, an agriculturist, was also
born at Amenia, and wedded Miss Susan
Sprague, of Vermont. To them were born
seven children; Jefferson; Joseph; Lansing.
who married Rachel Patchin ; William and
Jacob, who remained single; David, who mar-
ried Julia Cook; and Mary, who wedded Eg-
bert Watts. Jefferson, the oldest son, was
born, reared and educated in Amenia, Dutch-
ess county, and turned his attention to agri-
cultural pursuits. By his marriage with Miss
Fannie Glenn, he had five children: Jacob,
who married Ruth White; Manassa, who never
married; Eliza, who became the wife of Charles
Davis; Phcebe, who married Phil Watts; and
Sylvia, who remained single.

Joseph Benson, the second son, was the
grandfather of Mrs. Fox. He was also a na-
tive of Amenia, and after his common-school
education was completed followed the pursuit
to which he had been reared — that of farm-
ing. He married Miss Helen Gillet, daugh-
ter of Richard and Mercy Gillet, agricultur-
ists of the town of Dover. Five children
graced this union, (i) Silas and (2) Charles

never married. (3) Susan, who was born and
educated in Amenia, married Albert Watts, a
mason of Dover, and they have five children:
Frances, who married Frank Silver, and has
four children, Walter, Mary, Ethel and Mabel;
Ellen, who married Shed Bates, and has three
children, Carrie, Ellen and Wealthy; Carrie,
who married Piatt Reynolds and has two
children, Charles and Fred; Annie, who is
single; and Charles, who married Miss P'ord,
and has one child, Mary. (4) Eleanor, who
was also born and educated at Amenia, mar-
ried Edwin Nightingale, a stone cutter of Mas-
sachusetts, and they have three children: John,
who married Sadie Bates; Walter; and Helen.
(5) Edwin, the father of Mrs. Fox, completes
the family.

Edwin Benson was born in Amenia, in
1840, and obtained a common-school educa-
tion there. When a young man he entered
the employ of the Harlem railroad, with which
he has been connected the greater part of his
life. He is a prominent citizen, and has held a
number of minor offices. He was married to
Miss Adaline Powers, and the\' became the
parents of two children: David, who was born
in 1862, and married Henrietta Benson, by
whom he has one son, Herbert; and Ellen, the
wife of Eugene Fox.

John Powers, the grandfather of Mrs. Ed-
win Benson, and son of Joseph Powers, was a
farmer of the town of Amenia, Dutchess coun-
ty. By his marriage with Miss Clara Smith,
he had one son, Gaylord, who was born and
educated in the town of Amenia, where he also
followed farming throughout life. He married
Miss Abigail Watts, a daughter of David Watts,
also an agriculturist of Amenia tov.-n, and seven
children were born to them, (i) William, a
native of Amenia, learned the machinist's trade,
at which he worked for a number of years.
He married Miss Delia Gordon. (2) Charles,
a farmer, wedded Miss Mary Storms, and they
had six children — Gusta, who married Ben-
jamin Milton; Irving; Edwin; Flora; William
and Arthur. (3) George never married. (4)
John married Miss Josephine Vice, and to them
was born a daughter — Sylvia. (5) Emma
married Edwin Davis, a machinist of Pennsyl-
vania, and they had seven children — Edward;
Edna, who married Albert Norton, and has two
children, Mabel and Sarah; Ella; Carrie;
Frank; Lillie and Chester. (6) Mary wedded
James Wheeler, a farmer and carpenter, and to
them were born three children, who died when



young — C. Edwin, William and John. (7)
Adaline, the mother of Mrs. Fox, completes
the family.

JOHN MITCHELL, the well-known black-
smith and manufacturer of carriages and
wagons, at Fishkill village, Dutchess
county, is one of the most respected and in-
fluential residents of that place, his public
spirit and efficiency as a citizen being no less
marked than his ability in business. He was
born October 29, 1S21, in New York City,
where he received his education in the public
schools. In 1840 he came to Dutchess
county and learned the blacksmith's trade,
and later opened a shop at Fishkill which he
conducted for several years. In 1844 he mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth Webb, daughter of Henry
Webb, a prominent resident of Fishkill, and
established his home there. On the breaking
out of the "Gold Fever," in 1849, he went
to California to seek his fortune, and made a
large amount of money in a short time. At
first he worked at his trade for $12 per day,
but soon went into business for himself and
cleared on the average $50 daily for months.
Sickness compelled him to return home in
1 85 1, and he then purchased the property
which he has since occupied as a wagon and
blacksmith shop.

His high character and reputation for good
judgment have given him the confidence of his
fellow citizens to a gratifying degree. In poli-
tics he is a Democrat, and he has held several
township offices, including those of commis-
sioner, town clerk for eight years, collector
for two years, and member of the Board of
E.xcise for eighteen years. He has served on
the Board of Education for thirty years. In 1890
Mrs. Mitchell died of pneumonia, after nearly
half a century of wedded life. Of their seven
children, the first two, Emerett and Mary
Frances, are deceased. The survivors are
Frederick, Walter, Laura, Bertha and John,
Jr. The family has always been identified
with the Reformed Dutch Church of Fishkill,
and various members have taken active part
in helpful movements in the community.

The homestead of the Toffey family on
Quaker Hill, near the famous " Mizzentop
Hotel," is one of the beautiful country estates

for which Dutchess county is noted, being
situated in one of the most picturesque spots
in this favored locality. John Toffey, the
grandfather of our subject, Mrs. Craft, was
the first of the name to occupy the farm, his
last years being spent there in agricultural
pursuits. He was a native of Long Island
and received his education there, but in early
manhood settled in Putnam county, N. Y. ,
where he was engaged in the manufacture of
hats for many years. He was married there
to Miss Fowler, who died a few years later,
leaving no children. His second wife was
Miss Abigail Aiken, and to them five chil-
dren were born, of whom the youngest was
Daniel, Mrs. Craft's father. Of the others,
Hewlit married ffirst) Miss Howland, and (sec-
ond) Miss Scofield; Aiken married Ann Aiken;
John married Esther Aiken; and George mar-
ried Catherine Vandeburgh.

Hon. Daniel Toffey was born at the home-
stead and attended the common schools of the
town of Pawling during his boyhood. He began
farming at an early age, and later became a
speculator in cattle for the New York City
markets. In local politics his influence was
marked, first as a Whig and afterward as a
Republican, and he held numerous town offices,
and served one term in the State Legislature.
He married Miss Betsy Hollaway, daughter of
Joseph and Olive (Aiken) Hollaway, her father
being one of the prominent farmers of Hurd's
Corners, Dutchess county.

Mrs. Craft was the eldest of a family of six
children. Born in 18 10, she was reared at the
old home, enjoying the educational opportuni-
ties afforded by the neighboring schools. She
married James Craft, a prominent merchant of
Pawling, Dutchess county, and in their family
are three children: Mary, born in 1834, is at
home; Lydia, born in 1836, married Dr.
Charles Taylor; and Anna, born in 1839, is
the wife of Aiken Thomas.

Of the younger children of Daniel Toffey
(2), George, born in i8ii, became a well-
known farmer and speculator. He and his
wife, formerly Miss Mary Cook, reared a fam-
ily of five children, all of whom married, as
follows: Daniel — Miss Adaline Wilson; George
— Miss Bessie Rodger; John — Miss Elizabeth
Sip; William — Miss Emma Sip; and Mary —
William B. Wheeler. (3) Ransom, born in 18 — ,
and (4) Elizabeth, born in 18 — , both deceased,
were never married. (5) Olive, born in 1826,
at the old homestead, was educated in Pough-



keepsie. She married John L. Worden, then
a midshipman in the United States navy, who
rose by frequent promotions from that humble
position to the rant: of admiral, and distin-
guished himself during the Civil war by his
ability and courage. He was born in 1818, at
Sing Sing, and is now on the retired list with
full pay, but unfortunately, through old age
and over-anxiety, he has lost his mental bal-
ance. He is the only surviving admiral of all
the gallant group that served so nobly in the
Civil war. Two sons and two daughters were
born to him. The eldest, John LorimerWor-
den, Jr., was born in Washington, D. C, and
was educated at West Point, receiving a com-
mission as lieutenant, and was in command of
troops at Sackett's Harbor, where his death
occurred. He married Miss Annie Edison,
but left no children. Daniel T. Worden was
born and educated in New York City, and is
now engaged in business there as a broker.
He married Miss Emily Neilson, of Philadel-
phia, and has one daughter, Florence. Of
Admiral Worden 's daughters, Grace is at
home, and Olivia married Lieut. Theron Bus-
by, of the United States navy, a Southerner by
birth, and has four children: Daniel, Gaston,
Olive and Grace. (6) Daniel Toffey, Jr., Mrs.
Craft's youngest brother, was born on Quaker
Hill, in 1828, and after completing his studies
in the local schools engaged in mercantile
business in New York City. He married Miss
Annie Robinson, and has no children.

JOHN J. SPAULDING. a leading agricultur-
ist of the town of Pawling, Dutchess coun-
- ty, residing near Quaker Hill, is a man
whose quiet influence had always tended to
promote the progress of that locality. Born
in that town in 1837, and educated in the com-
mon schools there, he has chosen to make it
his permanent home, and has been engaged in
his present calling since early manhood. He
married Miss Phcebe J. Light, and has had
three children: Henry, born in 1881, and
Warren, born in 1889, are at home; and an
only daughter, Agnes, born in 1886, died at an
early age.

The Spaulding family has been identified
with Dutchess county for several generations.
Abram Spaulding, our subject's grandfather,
was born and reared in the town of Dover, and
later engaged in farming there. He and his
wife, Elizabeth, reared a family of five children:

Uriah, who never married; John, our subject's
father; Sallie, wife of Sanford Hoag; Lydia,
wife of Warren Kerry; and Ann, who remained

John Spaulding first saw the light at the
old homestead in the town of Dover, and after
enjoying the usual educational privileges of a
country boy, he made farming his occupation.
He married Miss Marilla Elsworth, daughter
of Piatt Elsworth, and had thirteen children:
George, who is not married ; Jane, wife of James
Evans; John ]. , oursubject; Frank, who married
Minerva Beers; Harrison, who married Lizzie
Donehew; Abram, who died in childhood; Will-
iam, who married Mary Miller; Nathaniel, who
married Helen Osborne; Uriah, unmarried;
Mary A., wife of Albert Redney; Sarah, deceas-
ed; Warren, who is single; and Myron, who
married Juliette Light.

Mrs. Spaulding's paternal grandfather, John
Light, was a native of Putnam county, N. Y. ,
and was educated there, following afterward
the business of farming. He married, and had
three children: Mosman; Henry, who married
Jane Ferris; and Jeremiah. Mosman Light,
Mrs. Spaulding's father, was born in the town
of Kent, Putnam county, and received his ed-
ucation in the common schools of the town.
He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He
married Miss Sallie Ferris, daughter of John
Ferris, a well-known farmer of Putnam county,
and his wife, Phcebe. Eight children were
born to this marriage: William, who married
Mary J. Russell; John, who married Emily
Smalley; Susan, wife of Enos Adams; Joseph,
who married Phcebe Lee; Lansing, unmarried;
Mrs. Phoebe Spaulding; George, deceased,
who never married; and Charles, who married
Laura Roscoe.

ILLIAM B. HUTTON, a well-known
U business man of Red Hook, Dutchess
county, is a native of that town, his ancestors
having been for many years engaged there in
mercantile pursuits.

The late Jacob R. Hutton, his grandfather,
was born there in 18 16, and early in life be-
came a merchant, dealing in general merchan-
dise, boots and shoes and similar commodities,
his store being located on East Market street.
He continued the business until 1876, when he
moved to Poughkeepsie and entered the employ
of Howes & Co., manufacturers of shoes. He
remained with them in a position of trust until



his death, in 1890, after an exemplarj- and re-
ligious life of seventy-eight years. He was
married at the age of eighteen to Miss Lydia
C. HoiTman. of Red Hook, and reared a fam-
ily of four children: William E. , our sub-
ject's father; Nicholas R., who was married in
1865, to Miss Mary Hobbs; Fannie E., who

married John , of Red Hook, in 1863;

and Elizabeth H., who married Campbell B.
Hicks in 1875.

William E. Hutton was born March 12,
1 84 1, and after graduating from the Upper I
Red Hook Academy he entered his father's
store as a clerk, and soon became a partner.
On the dissolution of the partnership, in 1876,
he established a general drug business at the
same location, and conducted it until 1892,
when he disposed of it to Claude E. Hicks,
who sold it to Walter Van Steenburgh, the
present proprietor. He married Miss Emeline
C. Dunham, of Catskill, X. Y.. in March, 1864,
and has had six children: \\illiam B., born
September 26, 1866; Grace M., September 27,
1869; Frank B., September 29, 1872; Emma,
October 4, 1874; Mary, in January, 1876; and
J. H., in January, 1876. The two younger
daughters, Emma and Mary, died in infancy.

William B. Hutton, the subject proper of
this sketch, attended the Upper Red Hook
Academy for some time, and then entered St.
Stephen's College at Annandale, graduating
from the classical course in 1888. In 1890

he was graduated from the Medical

College at Albany, and soon afterentered his
father's drug store as prescription clerk, re-
maining until the disposal of the business, in
1892. Since that time he has been engaged
in the stationery and news business, with a
constantly growing trade. He was married
March 23, 1890, to Miss Ida Yager, of Sauger-
ties, their union being blessed with one child,
Anna C. Hutton. A quiet gentleman, of schol-
arly tastes, Mr. Hutlon holds the friendship of
an exclusive circle of intimates, and the esteem
of the entire community.

jOHN O. WIXOM, of the well-known firm
of W^ixom & Townsend, of Matteawan,
Dutchess county, is one of the substantial
young business men of that town. He is a de-
scendant of one of the old families of Putnam
county, N. Y. , and was born there in the town
of Kent, November 2, 1862. His great-grand-
father was Elijah Wixom, whose son Eli-

jah (2) married Hannah Robinson. Their
son, Ctiarles, our subject's father, was a farm-
er by occupation. He married Miriam Bar-
rett, a daughter of Knowlton and Fanetta
(Hazleton) Barrett, and had seven children,
two of whom died in infancy. The others are
Elijah K., Edwin C. , Russell B., John O. and
Cynthia F". The father is dead, but the moth-
er is still living.

John O. Wixom attended the public schools
near his home during his boyhood, and worked
in the meantime upon the farm. At the age
of sixteen he began his business career as a
clerk in R. R. Meade's general store at Pecks-
ville, Dutchess county, and after a year and a
half there he entered the employ of S. G. & J.
T. Smith, of Fishkill and Matteawan, and re-
mained with them for eleven years. January
I, 1890, he purchased the interest of P. D.
Holmes in the grocery firm of Holmes & Town-
send, forming the present partnership. They
carried a full line of groceries, and in the lat-
ter part of 1895 they added to this a well-
stocked meat market, their expanding trade
fully justifying them in the venture. The
business interests of Mr. Wixom have occu-
pied his attention too closely for him to take
an active part in public affairs, but he is thor-
oughly loyal to his town, and is an ardent sup-
porter of the principles of the Republican
party. He married Miss Jennie Haight, daugh-
ter of Theodorus Haight, a well-known farmer,
and his wife, Deborah Lockwood, and they
have one daughter, Ruth A. They are lead-
ing members of the M. E. "Church at Mattea-
wan, and take a generous interest in its work.
Mr. Wixom is also a member of Beacon Lodge
No. 283. F. & A. M.

OHN L. WHITE, the well-known florist
of Pawling, Dutchess count}', is one of the
most enterprising business men, and, be-
ginning his career as a general farmer, he has
developed a profitable and pleasing specialty.
He was born in 1834, in Glenham, Dutchess
county, and passed his youth there, his edu-
cation being acquired in the public schools.
He married Miss Lucy A. Turner, daughter
of Stephen Turner, a leading agriculturist
of the town of Pawling, and his wife, Sarah
Eastwood. Of the three children of this
union, the first two, Sarah and Ezra, de-
ceased, never married. George the onlj'
surviving son, is the proprietfcr of a printing



office at Pawling. He is a member of Patter-
son Lodge No. 173, I. O. O. F., and now holds
the office of secretary. His wife, formerly
Miss Alpha Mosier, is a daughter of Milton and
Mary (Brown) Mosier, well-known farmers of
the town of Pawling, and has one son, Clif-
ton J.

The great-grandfather of our subject, Jos-
eph White, was born and reared at Johnsville,
N. Y., and became a farmer by occupation.
He and his wife, Sarah, had several children,
among whom was a son, Philip, our subject's
grandfather, who was born in Dutchess coun-
ty, and passed his life here, engaging in the
business of clock making and in agriculture,
which he followed for many years. He was
a member of the Masonic fraternity. He mar-
ried, and reared a family of six children:
Amsey, who married Miss West; Joseph; John,
who married Polly Werden; Eli, our subject's
father; Warren, who married Polly Turner;
and Lucy A., deceased, who never married.

Eli White was a native of the town of
Pawling, and the schools of that locality af-
forded him his only educational advantages.
He became a painter by occupation. His wife
was Miss Elizabeth Canif Hagaman, daughter
of David Canif, and they had three children,
of whom our subject was the youngest. Emma
never married, and Cornelia married Kent
Henyon, and had five children — Leona, who
is now married; Coleman, who married Annie
Merritt; William, who married Hattie Loeucs;
Chester and Grace, unmarried.

Mrs. White is descended from a patriotic
family, her father having served in the war of
1812, and her grandfather, Stephen Turner,
in the Revolutionary war. The latter followed

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