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falo. This was in 1849. during the great epi-
demic of Asiatic cholera that swept over almost
the entire country. Buffalo was suffering from
this dread disease, and while on the canal Mr.
Howell was stricken with the scourge, and was
laid out on the bank to die, whence he was
taken to the hospital. Hundreds died of the
disease; but Mr. Howell, after a long illness,
finally recovered, and on gaining his strength
started for New York; he. however, engaged
again on the canal for a few months.

After some years he became interested in
horses, and was superintendent of the Samuel
Townsend stock farm in Niagara county, where
he continued for nine years. In 1871 he came
to Dutchess county, and for twenty years man-
aged the large stock farm of Edwin Thorne,
well known as Thorndale Stock Farm, located
near .Milibrook, Dutchess county. The horse
department here has from 100 to 150 horses
all the time. Since 1891 he has engaged in
the hotel business, first at Hopewell Junction,
and later in Arlington, at the edge of Pough-
keepsie. Mr. Howell married Miss Sophia
Barton, and they have become the parents of
fourteen children, eleven of whom are living.

Frank Howell came with his parents to
Dutchess county, where, surrounded by fast
horses, he developed a taste for handling and
breaking them, assisting his father in his work
until he gradually learned by actual practice
all the work of a practical trainer. He devel-
oped unusual skill in his undertaking, and Mr.
Thorne selected him as his trainer. Then,
assisted by his former employer, he started out
for himself, working his horses on the Pough-
keepsie track. Mr. Thorne at one time owned
the Poughkeepsie Driving Park, which Mr.
Howell superintended until it was sold, in
1888, to the present owner, Jacob Ruppert.
His training stables are finely equipped and
conveniently located near the tracks. Among
the horses he has driven or owned may be
mentioned: Kate C record 2:15!; Elber,
2:i5i; Mithra, 2:17; Prince, 2:2o|; Niel
Whitbeck, 2:2i|^; Carlton Chief, 2 -.211; Marks-
man Maid, 2:21 J; Kentucky Blanch, 2:26;
Edwin Thorne, 2:\(y\; Daisy Dale, 2:19^;
0.\ford Chief, 2:22|, and Miss Murray, 2:28.

On June 24, 1882, Mr. Howell was mar-
ried to Miss Julia Webb, daughter of Edward
and Lucy (Clarke) Webb, of English origin.
Mr. Webb was a skilled florist and landscape
gardener by occupation, and after selling out
his business in England, came to America with



his family in 1 86^ . ^ home in Dutchess

county, where he spent the remainder of his
life. He expired suddenly from heart disease,
December 5, 1892, but his wife still survives.
In their family of children were: Jonathan
Edward; Julia E. ; Marie C, and Louise A.
To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howell have been bom
the following children : Lucy Clarke; Julia
Webb; Nellie Viall and Louise Webb. Mr.
Howell is a very public-spirited man. and
takes an active interest in all movements for
the advancement of the community.



JOHN HA LPT, the proprietor of a well-
known bakery situated at the corner of

Church and Gate streets, Poughkeepsie, is
one of the thrifty German-born citizens of the
county. His present success is emphatically
due to hard work and economy, and reflects
great credit upon him.

Mr. Haupt was born August 24, 1845, at
Grcss-hen Zog, um Hessen, a son of Jacob
Haupt, also a nativeof Germany, born in 1801.
The father was the owner of a stone quarry,
and was engaged all his life in the business of
taking out rough building stone. He and his
wife, Magdalena fUhinkj, both died about the
year 1887. Of their ten children, nine grew
to adult age: Barbara (the eldesti; Mattice,
now living in Germany; Agnes, who lives in
New York City; Jacob, in Germany: Lizzie, in
East New York; Mary, in Germany; Sybilla, in
Brooklyn; Frank, whose whereabouts are not
known; and John, our subject.

John Haupt came alone to America when a
boy of thirteen years. He made his home
with a sister in New York City for a short time
in 1857, while looking for employment, and as
he had alreadj' acquired a common-school edu-
cation, he devoted his thoughts from that time
to making his way in the business world, a
sufficiently difficult task as it proved. He has
always been engaged in the baker's trade, his
first work being with a baker in Williamsburg
at $3 per month, with whom he remained six
months, and from that time was employed by
various parties at increasing wages, working
one year at one place for $5 per month, and
si.x months at another for $7. He became
third helper in a large establishment at $3 per
week, and then going to New York secured a
place as second hand at $4 a week, remaining
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Feltz. gave him $9 a week, and after seven
months he entered the service of Mr. Kein-
hardt at the corner of iith avenue and 45th
street, for $12 a week. Here he injured his
eyes so that he gave up the position in four
months, and went to work in 9th avenue for
$9 a week. In December, 1865. he came to
Poughkeepsie as head baker for Mr. Bice, at
$12 a week and his board, and in July, 1866,
he began to work for P. S. Rowland as a cake
maker. With him he remained fourteen
months, and then returned to New York as
foreman for Mr. Doring at the corner of 3rd
avenue and 46th street, at $15 a week and
board; after three months, however, he went
back to Poughkeepsie and worked for Charles
Arras a little over a year. In 1869 he spent
five months in Hoboken. N. J., as foreman for
Mr. Weidner on First street, and then en-
gaged in business for himself in East New
York; but the venture proved unprofitable, and
after five months he returned to Poughkeepsie
and again worked for Charles Arras for six
j'ears. In August, 1876, he bought his present
establishment of George Mallmann, and has
successfully conducted same for over twenty
years, building up a large and profitable trade.
On June 9, 1867. Mr. Haupt was married
to Miss Barbara Bieber, daughter of John and
Mary Bieber, highly respected residents of
Poughkeepsie. Four children were born of
this union: John, born September 26, 1868.
is a clerk in his father's establishment; Rai-
mund, born January 25, 1 871, assists as a cake
baker; Alfred E., born December 2, 1872,
died at the age of sixteen; and George W.,
born July 26, 1S79. is in school. The family
attend the Lutheran Church, but Mrs. Haupt
is an Episcopalian. Mr. Haupt has won the
respect of the people wherever he is known,
and is prominent among the self-made men of
his locality. He has taken an active interest
in politics, voting the Republican ticket as a
rule, and in 1895 ^^'^s elected supervisor of the
Second ward. Sociallv, he is a member of
the I. O. O. F.



GEORGE H. BONTECOU. The first an-
cestor of the Bontecou family, of whom
we have a definite account, was William Is-
brand Bontekoe, who lived in the early part of
the seventeenth century. In 16 18 he was cap-
tain of the " Nouvelle Hoorn." a ship of 1,110
tons burden, and a crew of 206 men, which in



that year set sail for the East Indies. He
had touched at the uninhabited island of Mas-
caruque and at Madagascar, and was nearing
Batavia when a fire broke out in the vessel,
and while making efforts to extinguish it he
was deserted by sixty-six of his men, who es-
caped in a shallop and a small skiff. He was
unable to subdue the flames, and when they
reached the magazine the ship was thrown into
the air and totally destro\ed, but Bontekiie in
falling had the good fortune to grasp a spar,
which supported him until he was picked up by
the shallop. At another time, while in command
of a ship of thirty-two guns, Bontekiie took
part in the expedition in which Cornelius, with
eight vessels, ravaged the coast of China.

Bonteki.e wrote an account of his voyages,
and the incidents referred to have been util-
ized by Alexander Dumas in a story entitled
" Bontekr)e," the first in his volume — " Les
Drames de la Mer. " Unfortunately no known
record exists relating to this man's ancestors
or descendants, but his family was doubtless
of Dutch or Flemish origin, and it is probable
that one of his sons crossed the line and set-
tled in France, where we next hear of the
name in connection with the events attending
the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, October
18, 1685, by which Louis XI\' put an end to
the exercise of Protestant forms of worship in
France, and compelled all who would not
adopt the Catholic faith to leave his realm.
Among the refugees who lied to England at
this time were Pierre Bontecou and his wife,
Marguerite Collinot, and five children: Mar-
guerite, Peter, Sara, Daniel and Susanne. Ac-
cording to the ' ' .Archives Nationales, " at Paris,
they left the Isle of Re in 1684 for " La Caro-
line " [a general term used to designate the
continent of North America]. Their residence
had previously been in the city of La Rochelle,
a place of great commercial importance and a
stronghold of Protestantism. It is certain
that one of the children, Daniel, was born
there in 1681, and doubtless the others were
natives of that place. Pierre Bontecou and
his little family found refuge in England for a
few years, but in 1689 they came to America
and settled in New York City, where three
children were born, Marie and Rachel (twins),
July 21, 1690, and Timothy, June 17, 1693.

Timothy Bontecou, our subject's great-
great-grandfather, no doubt spent his boyhood
in New York, but in early manhood went to
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remained, it is supposed, about twenty years.
\\'e have no history of him during this period;
but he was probably married in France, as his
wife, Mary, died in New Haven, Conn., No-
vember 5, 1735, at the age of thirty-three
years, according to the inscription on her mon-
ument in the old cemetery in that city. On
September 29, 1736, he married his second
wife, Mary Goodrich, daughter of David and
Prudence (Churchill) Goodrich, of Wethers-
field, Conn. His death occurred in New
Haven, February 14, 1784, at the age of
ninety. By his first marriage he had one son,
Timothy, born in 1723, probably in France.
There were five children by the second mar-
riage: Peter, who was born in New Haven,
1738; Daniel, born 1739, died 1778; David,
born 1742, died 1766; James, born 1743, died
1760; and a daughter. Mrs. Lathrop, of whom
all trace is lost.

Peter Bontecou, the great-grandfather of
our subject, was married November 14, 1762,
by Rev. Chauncey Whittlesey, to Susanna
Thomas, daughter of Jehiel and Mary Thomas,
of New Haven. Thej- had nine children, whose
names, with dates of birth and death, are here
given: Polly Augusta, August 13, 1763, died
March 28, 1849; James, August 6, 1766, died
July 12, 1806; David (i), August 23, 1767,
died in 1767; David (2), September 9, 1768,
died January 26, 1769; Susannah (i), 1769,
died in infancy; Susannah (2), 1770, died De-
cember 25, 1777; Peter, 1770, died June 12,
1794; Sarah, July 30, 1775, died January 9,
1861; and David (3), March 17, 1777, died
May 5, 1854.

David Bontecou, the grandfather of our
subject, was married October i, 1769, to Pol-
ly Claik, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Haw-
ley j Clark, and reared a family of eight chil-
dren, of whom the first four were born at the
old home of the family in New Haven, and the
remaining four in Coeymans, N. Y. Their
names with dates of birth are as follows:
Peter, January 26, 1797; Elizabeth, October
14, 1798; Susannah, July 25, 1801; James
Clark, July 11, 1803; Sarah, May 19, 1805;
David, October 25, 1807; Samuel Stover,
January 23, 1810, died July 11, 1812; and
George, our subject's father.

George Bontecou was born June 23, 1812.
He was married September 6, 1838, to Lydia
Ann Whipple, who was born May 28, 18 18,
the daughter of William and Hannah (Adams)
Whipple, of Troy, N. Y. She died in Troy,



February 20, 1S64, and July i, 1S69, Mr.
Bontecou married Margaret Dustin, daughter
of Ananis and Margaret (Hunter) Dustin, of
\\'aterford, Erie Co., Penn. The family
moved from Troy, N. Y. to Vineland, N. J.,
in 1866, and he died there August 7, 1893.
There were ten children b\' his first marriage,
their names with dates of birth being as fol-
lows: Mary Hannah, August 19, 1839; Will-
iam Whipple, August 17, 1841, died October
14, 1842; Susan, May 29, 1843; William
Wright Whipple, June 19, 1845; Elijah Whip-
ple, June 27, 1847; George Henry, May 17,
1849; Philip Dorlon, January 23, 1853; Abby
Whipple, April 12, 1856; and Reed and Fran-
cis (twins), December 26, 1858 (of whom the
latter died July 24, 1859). By the second
marriage there were two children: Lydia Ann,
born April 5, 1870; and John, born February
20, 1876, and died April 4, 1879.

As will be seen by the above record, George
Henry Bontecou, the subject proper of this
sketch, is of the sixth generation in direct de-
scent from the brave Huguenot pioneer, Pierre
Bontecou. A native of Troy, N. Y., he was
educated in the common schools there, and at
the age of thirteen entered the employ of the
New York Central & Hudson River railroad.
In 1867 he went to Minnesota as an employe
of the Southern Minnesota Railroad Co., and
remained until 1872, when he became station
agent at Dutchess Junction for the N. Y. C.
R. R. and the N. D. & C. R. R. This posi-
tion he has held ever since, his able manage-
ment giving entire satisfaction to the compa-
nies which he represents, and to the traveling
public. For the last five years he has also
been engaged in the manufacturing of common
building brick for .the New York market, his
yards being located at Dutchess Junction. His
excellent judgment in business affairs has made
him a valued worker in different enterprises,
among them the Matteawan Savings Bank, of
which he is a trustee. His counsel is sought
in political matters also, and he is secretary of
the Republican committee of the town of Fish-
kill, and was a delegate to the Republican
State Convention at Saratoga in 1895. He is
foreman of the Willar H. Mase Hook and
Ladder Co., of Matteawan, also a member of
the State Firemen's Association, and he is
also secretary of the Matteawan Club. In the
Masonic fraternity he is an active worker, be-
longing to Beacon Lodge No. 283, Highland
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K. T. of Newburg, and Mecca Temple of New
York City.

He has a pleasant home at Matteawan, and
he and his wife (formerly Miss Emma Masej
are leading members of the M. E. Church, in
which he holds the office of secretary of the
board of trustees. They have had four chil-
dren: George died at the age of fifteen;
Howell is a student in the Medical Department
of the University of Pennsylvania; Edna and
Pierre are at home. Mrs, Bontecou is a daugh-
ter of Sylvester H. and Almira (Cornwell)
Mase, and a descendant of a family which has
been distinguished in several generations for
patriotism, her great-grandfather, Peter Mase,
having been a soldier in the Revolutionary
war, while her grandfather, Peter Mase, served
in the war of 1812. Her father was second
lieutenant in the 128th N. Y. V. I. during the
Civil war. He was one of the most prominent
men of Matteawan, engaging in hat manufac-
turing, in the dry-goods business, also in the
wholesale and retail leather business, and he
held the office of sheriff of Dutchess county for
two terms.



CHARLES G. BAUMANN, a prominent sa-
loon keeper of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess
county, was born in that city November 23,
1863.

The home of his ancestors was in Waldurn
Baden, Germany, where his father, John Bau-
mann, was born March 16, 181 2. The latter
attended the school of his birthplace during
boyhood, and later learned the shoemaker's
trade, serving an apprenticeship of five years.
He afterward traveled through Switzerland as
a journeyman cobbler, and in 1853 came to
America, where he followed his trade in Cin-
cinnati, but shortly afterward returned to
Poughkeepsie and engaged in the manufacture
and sale of cigars in a wholesale way. He was
cautious and conservative, and made a success
of the enterprise, accumulating a fine property.
An independent voter, he thought more of se-
curing good men for office than of party ties,
and he never sought political preferment for
himself. He was a prominent member of the
Church of the Nativity (Roman Catholic), and
was a leader among the German-born popula-
tion. In 1842 he was married in Germany to
Eva Catharine Spieler, who died July 16, 1889.
In the following year he disposed of his busi-
ness, and on May I, 1 89 1, he, too, departed this



life. Of the nine children of this union five
lived to adult age and four are still living:
August; Josephine, the wife of Adam Messer-
schmidt, of New York; Mary Louisa, the widow
of Robert Farley; and Charles G., our subject.

Charles G. Baumann was educated in the
German Catholic school at St. Michael, and
attended the public schools for one year. He
became familiar with both English and Ger-
man, and has been quite a reader of current
literature. After leaving school he tended
bar for three years for Albert Von Der Linden,
on Market street, and then took a similar posi-
tion with Charles Matheis, at No. 116 Slain
street. On his employer's death si.\ years later,
Mr. Baumann continued the business for the
widow for one jear, and then on .May 1, 1885,
bought the business and the building. He has
been the agent for Jacob Ruppert's beer for
twelve years. As a business man he has been
remarkably successful, and he takes a promi-
nent part in various local movements, being a
member of the Germania Singing Society, the
Phtenix Hose Co., the Young American Hose
Co. No. 6, the Veteran Fire Association, the
Dutchess Social Club, and he is an honorary
member of the Knights of St. George, and a
charter member of the Elks. In religion he
follows the faith of his father, and adheres to
the Roman Catholic Church.

On October 8, 1889, Mr. Baumann married
Miss Anna M. Haidlauf, the only child of Dr.
John and Rosalie Marie Elizabeth Haidlauf,
the former of whom (now deceased) was one
of the leading German physicians of Pough-
keepsie. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bau-
mann two children have come: Rosa Helena
and Katie Josephine, the latter being now de-
ceased.



L



EWIS PINCKNEY, an industrious and
progressive agriculturist of the town of
Pawling, Dutchess county, was born January
I. 1851, in the town of Carmel, Putnam Co.,
N. Y., where his forefathers were among the
most prominent of the early settlers. His
grandfather. Gen. Stephen Pinckney, was a
native of that place, and passed his life there
in agricultural pursuits, to which, in later
years, he added mercantile business. He held
the rank of general in the militia of his day,
and was a leader in many important local
movements. His first wife. Miss Hill, died
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another matrimonial union, this time with
Miss Ann Hager. Eight children were born
to them: William; Ira, who never married;
Mrs. Arabella Pircle; Mrs. Nancy Smith; Perry;
Michael; Alva and Stephen. Most of the
members of this family settled near the old
home, and the others located at Norwalk, Con-
necticut.

Perry Pinckney, our subject's father, was a
carpenter by trade, but was also engaged at
times in farming. He was an energetic man,
successful in business, especially in early man-
hood; a member of the Baptist Church and a
leading supporter of the Democratic party.
A large portion of his life was passed near
Lake Mahopac and in his native town, but his
last years were passed in Luddingtonville,
where he died November 25, 1879. His wife,
Eleanor Lockwood, daughter of Daniel Lock-
wood, departed this life January i, 1868. Of
their seven children, si.x lived to maturity,
namely: Sarah, who married Robert Lee;
Lewis, our subject; Sophia, the wife of Walter
Tompkins; James S. , who resides west of
Pawling; Lorainy, who is not married; and
Carrie, the wife of John Pattison, of White
Plains, New York.

The subject of our sketch received his edu-
cation mainly in the district schools of the
town of East Fishkill, and after his mother's
death began working by the month for farmers
in the locality during the summer season and
attended school during the winter at Peekskill,
Pawling and other places, obtaining as good
schooling as the locality afforded notwithstand-
ing many discouragements. He was employed
at farm work until he was thirty-eight years
old, working at Hurd's Corners for many
years, with one winter in Scrub Oak Plains,
one year in East Fishkill, one year with Jere-
miah Mead, eight months with Albert Corbin,
eight with Arnold Brothers, below Pawling,
and then after a winter in Mr. Allen's school
in that village he worked for Allen Light for a
few months and for his father-in-law at Cold
Spring for two years, returning again to Mr.
Light's for a short time. His next employer
was Theodore Wheeler, of Dover, with whom
he stayed nine years and eight months, and he
then went West, spending some months in
Kansas and Iowa. On his return in the fol-
lowing spring he again engaged in farm work,
spending one year each with Mr. Ferguson,
J. B. Dutcher, John Arnold and John L.
Haynes. In 1890, after twenty-two years in all



at this work, he rented his present farm of
664 acres near Pawling from Hooker & Ham-
merlies. He has thirty-seven cows and is
largely interested in dairying.

His sterling qualities of character and the
indomitable perseverance that has enabled him
to make his way without the aid which helps
so many men to a prosperous career, have
won for Mr. Pinckney the respect of all who
know him. He has so far passed his life in
single blessedness. He is a member of the
Methodist Church in Pawling, and supports the
principles ot the Democratic party without
taking an active share, however, in political
work.



F,ETER MILLER. This gentleman worthi-
ly illustrates the commonly-accepted view

of the character of the enterprising German
citizen, who has made his own way in this
country, and is now at the head of a good re-
tail boot and shoe business. A native of
Westphalia, he was born September 28, 1848,
and is the son of John J. Miller, who was also
born in the same place, in 181 5, and by trade
was a shoemaker, which occupation was fol-
lowed by his father and grandfather.

In his native land John J. Miller was united
in marriage with Misc Anna C. Heller, also a
native of Westphalia, and to them were born
five children, namely: John, a shoemaker of
Germany; Peter, of this sketch: Regina, wife
of Mathew Zeigen, of Poughkeepsie; Cather-
ine, who died in infancy; and Carl, a shoe-
maker, of Germany. The father never left
the Fatherland, where he continued to follow
his trade until he was called from this earth in
1 86 1. His wife had passed away in 1850.
They were devout members of the German
Catholic Church.

Mr. Miller, of this sketch, was an enter-
prising, ambitious boy, and after working at
the shoemaker's trade in Germany until he had
reached his majority, he determined to seek his
fortune on this side of the Atlantic. Accord-
ingly he set sail in 1871, and has since been
one of the worthy citizens of Poughkeepsie,
where he was first employed at shoemaking,
and also as a clerk in the store of Frank Marks
for about a year and a half. After filling a
similar position with Michael Tiinmins fornine
years, he in 1883 started in the shoe business
on his own responsibility at No. 123 Main
street, where he carried on operations for five



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years, and then purchased his present store at
No. 131 on the same street.

In January, 1S76, Mr. .Miller led to the
marriage altar .Mrs. Mary C. Muckenhoupt, a
widow lady who had nine children by her first
union, and they became the parents of one
son — Charley T. Both our subject and his
wife are members of the Roman Catholic
Church, and in politics he gives his allegiance
to the Democratic party. He is a progressive,
wide-awake business man, enjoj'ing a liberal
patronage and is held in high esteem in both
business and social circles.



SIMON J. KELDER, one of the leading
young merchants of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.,



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