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and esteemed for his many sterling qualities.

law in the law office of Tristram Coffin, with
whom he remained two years, and then en-
tered the Albany Law School, graduating with
the class of '76. Returning to the old home-
stead, he has here been engaged in farming
ever since.

On January 14, 1885, Mr. \'ail was mar-
ried to Miss Gertrude B. Flagler, who was
born at Overlook in the town of Lagrange, a
daughter of Philip D. Flagler, a farmer. Mr.
and Mrs. Vail have two children: Elias C. and
Lavina C. In 1895 our subject purchased a
house on the corner of South Hamilton and
Barclay streets, Poughkeepsie, which is one of
the finest residences in Poughkeepsie. He is
a Republican, and one of the foremost citizens
of the place.

Elias D. Vail, the father of our subject,
was also born at Verbank, as was also Isaac,
the grandfather, and Elias, the great-grand-
father of our subject. Isaac, the grandfather,
was the father of thirteen children, of whom
Elias D. was the youngest. The latter grew
to manhood on the farm, and married Miss
Lavina Cornell, who was born in the town of
Beekman, a daughter of George Cornell, a
farmer. The Cornell family was also of Hol-
land stock. To Elias D. and his wife chil-
dren as follows were born: Willard C. ;
George E. and Edwin G. (twins), the former
of whom died at the age of sixteen years,
while the latter is a farmer on the old home-
stead. The mother died October 22, 1861;
the father lives on the old homestead; he is a
Republican in his political preferences.

WILLARD C. VAIL, of Poughkeepsie,
was born in Verbank, Dutchess coun-
ty. May 17, 1856, and is a descendant of Hol-
land ancestors. He spent his boyhood on the
old farm, and attended the district schools,
from which he went to the Oswego Institute,
and spent one year at the Poughkeepsie Mili-
tary Institute. Later he entered the hard-
ware store of X'alentine & Coleman, in Pough-
keepsie, holding the position of clerk and book-
keeper. Next he commenced the study of

the prominent business men of Poughkeep-
sie few names are better known than that
of the subject of this sketch, who, since 1874,
has successfully conducted a drug business
there. He is a native of Dutchess county,
born in the village of Beekman, October 20,
1853, and is a son of John Humphrey, whose
birth also occurred at that place, in 1818.
There the father engaged in farming until he
was called from this earth, when our subject
was only a few days old. At Stormville he
was united in marriage with Catherine E.
Storm, a daughter of Abram Storm, and to
them were born four children: Helen R. ;
Latitia C, deceased wife of William M. Ouin-
tard ; Abram and John V. The paternal grand-
father, who bore the name of Abram Hum-



phrey, also engaged in agricultural pursuits at

The boyhood days of our subject were
passed in Poughkeepsie, where he attended,
and completed his literary education in, the
Dutchess County Academy. He began his
business career as a partner in the drug store
of his brother, Abram S. Humphrey, who was
then conducting the drug business, and in 1882
purchased his brother's interest, since which
time he has been connected with the drug
trade in Poughkeepsie. His first place of
business was at No. 3S4 Main street, where he
remained two years, and then removed to No.
386, there carrying on operations for five
years. He then purchased his present store at
No. 388 Main street, where he carries a full
and complete line of drugs, patent medicines,
etc. As a business man he is enterprising, en-
ergetic, always abreast with the times, and
has been rewarded with a well-deserved success.

Mr. Humphrey was married at Poughkeep-
sie, October 3, 1877, to Miss Sarah Millard,
daughter of John P. Millard, and four children
grace their union: John Huson Millard, born
November 29, 187S; Abram Storm, born April
16, 1880; Ogden Hoffman, born July 16, 1883,
and Olive, born January 28, 1897. Mr. Hum-
phrey is a man of generous impulses, giving
liberally of his time and money to all worthy
causes, and in everything he does he tries to
make the world brighter and better. He holds
membership with the Second Reformed Church
of Poughkeepsie.

the young followers of .Esculapius who have
" won their way unaided and attained promi-
nence in their profession, is James Edgar Sad-
lier, of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess county. He
was born at Walden, Orange Co., N. Y.,
March 28, 1S65, of French ancestry.

James Sadlier, Jr., the father of our sub-
ject, was a native of France, the son of James
Sadlier, Sr. , also a native of France, who, at
the time of his son's birth, was visiting with
other members of his family in England.
When James Sadlier, Jr., was five years old,
his parents removed to the United States, and
located in New York. His education was re-
ceived at the public schools of that city, and
on leaving school he at once entered the busi-
ness world. He established himself in the to-
bacco business at the corner of Broadway and

Maiden Lane, where he remained until 1873.
In Orange county, N. Y., he was married to
Miss Ann Jeannette Woodruff, daughter of
Richard and Charlotte Woodruff, prominent
residents of that county. Si.x children were
the result of this union, three of whom died in
infancy; the others are: Charles Whittemore,
secretary and treasurer of the Walden Savings
Bank, and teller of the Walden National Bank;
James Edgar; and Augustus, who is at the old
home in Walden, N. Y. The father of this
family passed to his final rest January 4, 1876,
at the age of fifty-one years. He was a man
highly esteemed for his many sterling qualities,
and well liked by all who knew him for his
genial nature, a characteristic of the French

James Edgar Sadlier, the subject proper of
this review, received an unusually good educa-
tion, first attending the public schools of his
native town, later attending an academy at
Montgomery, Orange Co., N. Y. , and also one
at New Paltz, Ulster Co., N. Y. He decided
to enter the medical profession, and accord-
ingly went to Pine Bush, Orange county, and
began the study of medicine under the careful
tuition of his uncle. Dr. William H. Woodruff;
after studying with him for sometime our sub-
ject, in 1S84. was enrolled as a student in the
Medical Department of Union College at Al-
bany, N. Y. , completing his course in 1887.
His advantages had well disciplined his mind,
and his careful attention to detail had given
him a reputation before leaving the class room
that years of practice often fail to acquire.
On leaving school he was appointed on the
staff of the Albany City Hospital for the period
from October, 1887, to April i, 1889. After
his term at the hospital had expired he came
to Poughkeepsie, and began the regular prac-
tice of his profession. His untiring and un-
ceasing labor, coupled with his skill. Foon won
recognition, and he, by his own exertions, had,
in a short time, built up a large and lucrative
practice. In July, 1891, he was appointed
one of the attending physicians of Vassar
Brothers Hospital, which position he is still
holding. He is also physician for the pension
department of this district.

On June 18, 1891, Dr. Sadlier was united
in marriage with Miss Hattie C. Millspaugh,
daughter of Theron L. Millspaugh, of W'alden,
N. Y. No children have been born to them;
Socially the Doctor is a member of Armor
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and in the social



life of the city he and his charming wife are

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