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of 215 acres, and January 16, 1893, he resigned
his position with the railroad company to en-
gage in agriculture. He gives especial atten-
tion to horticulture, and has a fine orchard
upon the estate. As a careful yet progressive
manager he has been successful in his enter-
prise. In politics he is a Democrat, but he
has never done any political work, although
in local affairs, which do not involve any par-
tisan issues, he has at times been a prominent
helper. He and his wife are active members
of the Presbyterian Church, and he is also a
member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging
to Webatuck Lodge, of Millerton, in which he
has held all the offices, Poughkeepsie Chapter
No. 172, and Commandery No. 43.

ISAAC CORBIN. Among the pleasant rural
_ homes of the town of Pawling, Dutchess
county, is that of Mr. Corbin, a prosperous
agriculturist and one of the leading citizens of
the town. His present wife, whose maiden
name was Mary F. Allison, was born in Hast-
ings county, Canada, Aug. 29, i860, and re-
ceived her education in the common schools of
her native country. Their marriage took place
in 1883. By his first marriage, to Miss Jennie
Sherman, Mr. Corbin had three children: Al-
bert J., born November 6, 1872; Anna M.,
February 12, 1875; and Charles L., March
3, 1876; and there are six children of the sec-
ond union: William, born April 4, 1884; B.
Frank, September 11, 1885; I. Cecil, June
12, 18S7; Ethel B., May 11, 1889; D. Lewis,
April 21, 1 891; and Clement, April 27, 1896.
The Allison family has been identified with
Prince Edward county, Canada, from a very
early period. Mrs. Corbin's grandfather, John



Allison, was born in New Jersey and educated
there, and served in the British army in the
Revolutionary war. On his return home he
purchased land there and followed farming and
weaving throughout the remaining years of his
life. He married Miss Ann Sprague, and had
eight children, of whom Benjamin I., Mrs.
Corbin's father, was the first. Of the others,
Henry B. married Delanie Schamerhorn; Da-
vid wedded Jane Smith; Joseph — Catherine
Wood; Phoebe — Griffin Howell; Betsy — Myron
Wood; Catherine died in infancy; and Sophia
married Samuel Parks.

Benjamin I. Allison was born at the old
home in Canada in 1817, and after availing
himself of the educational privileges afforded
in the common schools of his native place, be-
came a farmer there. He was a great sports-
man, and was much interested in political
questions, espousing the liberal side, but he
never aspired to public office. He married
Miss Eliza H. Greeie\', daughter of Jonathan
and Harriet (Roblin) Greeley, the former of
whom was a well-known surveyor and farmer.
Twelve children were born of this union, all
of whom were educated in the schools of Hast-
ings county: (i) Absalom G. has been a train
dispatcher on the Grand Trunk railroad in
Canada for over thirty years. He married
Miss Nancy Simpkins, and has had five children :
Maude, who married Ned Dickson, and has
two daughters — Florence and Nettie; Florence,
who married Kep C. Lyons, and has one daugh-
ter — Grace; Arthur; Claude; and Emma.

(2) John S., a farmer in Pennsylvania, mar-
ried Miss Mary Wilson, and has had four chil-
dren: Benjamin, William, Fred and Maggie.

(3) Jonathan, a farmer in Canada, married
Miss Sarah Prentice, and has had five children:
May, Olive, Flossie, Pearl and Lena. (4)
Harriet married William Toppings, and has
had four children: James, Jonathan, Eva and
Laura. (5) William H. has been train dis-
patcher on the Credit Valley & Canadian Pa-
cific railroad for eighteen years. He married
Miss Georgiana Cole, and has one son, Cecil.
(6) Benjamin R., a speculator in Canada,
married Miss Kate Hazzel, and has one daugh-
ter, Gertrude. (7) Phcebe E. married James
Ferris, and has had three children: Allison,
Bessie and Greeley. (8) Sarah C. married
Charles Baker, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and
and has seven children: Dufferin, Horace,
Robert, Elma, Victoria, Ruth and Florence.
(9) Eva H. married John Noble, of St. Paul,

Minn., and has had five children: Frank. Clara,
Benjamin, Mabel and Marion. (10) Mary F.
is the wife of Isaac Corbin. (11) Martha N.
married Benjamin Frank Burr. (12) Joseph
C. died in infancy.

ceased) was born July 19, 1 817, at Gonic,

a village near Rochester, N. H., and was of
French and English descent. His father, who
was a farmer, gave his son the best education
which the neighborhood afforded, but the j'oung
man developed an early desire for a wider field,
and when scarcely more than si.xteen years old
went to New York, which has been so aptly
termed the " City of Opportunity," and few
ever made better use of the city's opportunity.
Entering a jobbing house in boots and shoes,
utterly without e.xperience, he in a very few
years thoroughly mastered the business, out-
stripping many older employes. He went to
live in Brooklyn, and in 1838, when but twen-
ty-one, married Fanny Smith, later buying a
house and establishing his home in Clinton
avenue. In the meantime he started in the
boot-and-shoe business in Brooklyn for him-
self, as head of the firm of Whitehouse & Co.
His success was marked, and his advancement
rapid. Among other remunerative contracts
which he had during the ne.xt few years was one
on Randall's Island.

In 1863, having sold his Brooklyn business,
Mr. Whitehouse removed to Poughkeepsie and
built an immense shoe factory, which he con-
ducted with increasing success until his death,
often employing as high as five hundred opera-
tives. His close attention to business, indom-
itable energy, skill in adapting himself to the
needs of the times, prudence and upright char-
acter brought their logical rewards, and he
amassed a large fortune. Interests outside of
his business attracted his serious attention but
once. In 1S72 he consented to become a can-
didate for Congress on the Democratic ticket,
in the district comprising the counties of
Dutchess, Putnam and Columbia, a district
supposed to be hopelessly Republican. Into
this campaign Mr. Whitehouse brought the
same energy and sagacity which had marked
his business career, and though skilled and ex-
perienced politicians were pitted against him,
he was elected by nearly a thousand majority,
defeating John H. Ketcham. The campaign
was an exciting and memorable one, and is





Still spoken of as a remarkable instance of
what a trained business man may accomplish
in politics when so disposed. Two years later
he was re-elected, but declined a third nomina-
tion. His terms in Congress were marked by
hard and honest work, and were satisfactory
to his constituents.

On moving to Poughkeepsie Mr. White-
house bought a large estate on the edge of
town and established a country home, the
beautifying and enlarging of which became his
pride. This estate adjoined " Springside,"
the home of Matthew Vassar. In 1 868 ' 'Spring-
side " was annexed and incorporated with the
Whitehouse property. Mr. Whitehouse was a
stockholder in various financial institutions,
and the largest stockholder and managing
director of the Ninth National Bank, of New
York. During the Civil war he was loyal to
the Union and active !n promoting its cause,
and became a member of the Union League

Mr. Whitehouse may probably best be
described as a typical American in the best
sense of the term. No trait of his character
was more marked than his independence and
self-reliance. He made up his mind on a
given subject carefully, and from a thorough
understanding of all its details, and then acted
with the full courage of his convictions.
Loyalty to his friends was another of his
marked characteristics. He died at Pough-
keepsie August 24, 1S81 ; his wife passed away
January 13, 1893. Of their si.\ children, John
O., Spencer S., William, Fanny A., and
James H. are deceased, leaving Mary Jose-
phine, wife of Eugene N. Howell, as the
only surviving child. She, with her husband
and son, John Whitehouse Howell, reside dur-
ing the summer months at Poughkeepsie, on
the old Whitehouse estate.

rienced farmer and most genial and com-
panionable gentleman, has made his home on
his present fine farm in the town of Stanford,
Dutchess county, since 1869. He is a man of
great energy and perseverance, and has effected
many improvements on his place since taking
possession. He is recognized as a valued ad-
dition to the community, a man possessed of
excellent judgment, and giving his support
and encouragement to those enterprises calcu-
lated for the general welfare.

His grandfather, Samuel Wilbur, who was
a native of Milan town, Dutchess county, mar-
ried Elizabeth Hicks, by whom he had eight
children: George, Hiram, Ephraim, Benjamin
(father of our subject), Jeptha, Cynthia, Mary
and Phcebe, all now deceased save Hiram and
Phcebe. The family is of English origin, and
was founded in this country at an early day.
The grandfather of our subject spent most of
his life engaged in farming in Pine Plains, where
he was a well-known and highly-respected citi-
zen. His political support was given to the
Whig party.

Benjamin Wilbur, the father of our sub-
ject, was born in the town of Pine Plains Jan-
uary 17, 1815, and, after completing his edu-
cation in the common schools, taught there
for several years. On December 10, 1842, in
his native township, he was united in marriage
with Miss Antoinette Bentley, a daughter of
Hiram Bentley, of Pine Plains, and to them
were born four children: Frank Bentley, sub-
ject of this review; Emma V., who was born
January 9, 1846, and is now the wife of Charles
L. Carrol, of Pine Plains; Guliette, who was
born September 9, 1855, and died December
24, 1859, and Cora L. , who was born March
I, 1859, and died on the 28th of December
following. After his marriage the father lo-
cated upon a farm in Pine Plains town, where
he followed agricultural pursuits until his
death, which occurred July 23, 1893. He
took a leading part in the affairs of the town-
ship, served his fellow citizens in the offices of
assessor and commissioner, and was promi-
nently identified with all public interests. Po-
litically he was an ardent Republican in later
years, and previous to the organization of that
party supported the Whig candidates. He was
a faithful member of the Christian Church at
Pine Plains, in which, for many years, he
served as deacon. His loving wife died July
12, 1893, only a few days previous to his

Frank B. Wilbur remained at home until
his marriage, assisting his father in the opera-
tion of the farm during the summer months,
while in the winters, during his boyhood days,
he attended the district schools, where he ac-
quired a practical education, and was thus
fitted for the responsible duties of life. In the
town of Stanford, October 19, 1869, he mar-
ried Miss Mary B. Sackett, daughter of Phineas
K. Sackett, of that township, and they have
become the parents of three children, namely:



Nina B., who was born March 12, 1871, and
who was married June 20, 1S94, to Henry E.
Cornehus, of Stanford town (they have two
children: Elinor, born April 26, 1895, and
Mary, born December 29, 1896); Mae S. , born
October 9, 1873, and Effie G., born October
7, 1878. On July 17, 1895, Mr. Wilbur was
called upon to mourn the loss of his estimable
wife, who had ever been a faithful companion
and helpmeet to him.

Politically our subject is a stanch adherent
of the doctrines formulated by the Republican
party, finding in that organization what to him
seem the principles most calculated to perpet-
uate our form of popular government. He is
one of the prominent and representative men
of his township, looked up to and esteemed by
the entire community.

JOHN GOLLENBECK. Among the most
enterprising citizens of this country are
those who were born in Germany, and who
have brought to this fertile and productive
land the thrift and economy of the Old World.
Among these there is no figure that stands out
more prominently in the history of Dutchess
county than the gentleman whose name intro-
duces this sketch, and who is now a leading
farmer in the town of Unionvale.

His paternal grandfather, John Wiseman,
was born in Liebstadt, Prussia, and was a
farmer by occupation. He wedded Miss Maria
Linman, and to them were born si.\ children:
Stephen, Harry, John, Katie, Elizabeth and
Mary. Stephen Wiseman, the father of our
subject, was a native of the same place, was
there educated and learned the wagon-maker's
trade, at which he worked most of his life.
His employer left his business to him, provided
he would take his name, which was Gollen-
beck. This he assumed, and took control of
the property. He was united in marriage with
Miss Maria Scheroff, and they had four chil-
dren: John, William, Frank and Maria.

John Gollenbeck, our subject, was born in
Westphalia, Germany, in 1825, and in the
place of his nativity attended school. In the
old country he also learned the wagon-maker's
trade, at which he worked until crossing the
Atlantic to America in 1855. He at first lo-
cated in New York City, where he worked at
his trade for thirteen months, but at the end
of that time came to the town of Unionvale,
Dutchess county, and turned his attention to

farming. During the dark days of the Rebel-
lion, he resolved to aid his adopted country in
preserving the Union, and at Poughkeepsie en-
listed in Company A, 150th N. Y. V. I., with
which he faithfully served until hostilities had
ceased. He now holds membership with Ham-
lin Post, G. A. R.

Mr. Gollenbeck was married to Miss An-
toinette Austin, daughter of Irving Austin, a
laborer of Dutchess county, and they have two
children: Mattie and William. Mattie is the
wife of Obed Hewett, a butcher, carpenter
and farmer of Arthursburg, Dutchess county,
and they have si.x children: Robert, Ephraim,
Judson. Lehman, Mabel and Florence. Will-
iam was born, reared and educated in the town
of Unionvale, where he is now carrying on

J. Au.stin, the grandfather of Mrs. Gol-
lenbeck, was one of the Revolutionary heroes.
He was a native of Dutchess county, and a
farmer by occupation. By his marriage with
Miss Sallie A. Mclntyre he had five children :
Sallie, who married Joseph Bowman ; John,
who died when young; Irving, the father of
Mrs. Gollenbeck; Jane, who married Jacob
Rozell, and Mary, who became the wife of
Clark Duncan. Irving Austin was born in
Dutchess county in 1803, received a common-
school education, and during his youth learned
the shoemaker's trade, but the principal part
of his life was devoted to general farming.
He married Miss Ann Sweet, daughter of
Uriah Sweet, a collier, of Dutchess county,
and they became the parents of seven chil-
dren: Almira, who married George Van Cott;
Lavina, who married John Rosterhauft; Sarah
A., who married Romaine Stevens; Amelia;
George, who married Emily Dennis; Henry,
who married Hannah Cooper; and Antoinette,
the honored wife of our subject.

GEORGE W. RYMPH. This gentleman
occupies no unimportant position among
the leading citizens of the town of Hyde Park,
Dutchess county. He is a native of Ulster
county, N. Y. , born in the town of Gardiner,
near Tuthill, July 19, 1839, and is a son of
James Rymph, whose birth occurred at the
old Rymph homestead on the Hyde Park road
in this county. The family name was origi-
nally spelled Rim, and the great-grandfather,
George Rymph, who was a native of Witten-
berg, Germany, came to this country with the



Cookinghams, who settled at Wurtemburg. He
arrived a few years prior to 1769, when the
house on the old homestead was built, and the
farm, consisting of 215 acres, was purchased
of Dr. John and Susanna Bard, the Doctor
being one of the Great Nine Partners. Mr.
Rymph, being a thrifty and enterprising man,
added to his land until at the time of his death
he had 600 acres, and was one of the prosper-
ous and prominent citizens of the locality. His
sons were George, Abram, Luke, James and
John, and, of his three daughters, one married
a Mr. Buckingham, of Catskill, N. Y., and
another married a Mr. Beeman. George mar-
ried and went west, but the other four sons
remained upon the old homestead in the town
of Hyde Park, where they were held in the
highest regard. Slavery was still tolerated at
that time in this section, and the family owned
a few slaves. With the e.xception of John
Rymph, the grandfather of our subject, the
other sons that remained on the homestead
did not marry. He wedded Wyenna Has-
brouck, who belonged to one of the old Hu-
guenot families of Ulster county, and to them
were born the following children: James; John;
William George; David; Edward L. ; Maria,
who became the wife of Abram S. DuBois;
Margaret, who married Benjamin L. Has-
brouck; Sarah, who wedded Jacob Chambers,
of Ithaca, Tompkins Co., N. Y., brother of
Dr. George Chambers, of Stone Ridge, Ulster
Co., N. Y. ; Rachel, who married John P.
Schryver, of Hyde Park; and Susan. All of
this family lived to quite advanced ages. In
early life their father was a captain and boat-
man on the Hudson river, but after his mar-
riage his time was devoted to agricultural pur-
suits upon the old homestead farm.

James Rymph, the father of our subject,
was joined in wedlock with Hannah Budd,
daughter of James Budd, of the town of Pleas-
ant Valley, Dutchess county, and the aunt of
Gov. James H. Budd, the only Democratic
governor elected in California; and the sister
of Joseph H. Budd, a justice of the supreme
court of that State. To this worthy couple
were born si.x children, three sons and three
daughters — Ellen, who died in infancy; George
W., of this review; Jane, who died unmarried;
John J., living in Clinton, Dutchess county;
Mary A., twin sister of John, who died un-
married; and Albert J., who is living in Har-
per, Harper Co., Kans. During the first two
or three years of his married life the father

lived in what is now Gardiner, and then pur-
chased a farm in the town of Clinton, Dutch-
ess county, where he spent his remaining
years. For that farm of 148 acres he went
$7,000 in debt, but so well did he succeed in
his business undertakings that at the time of
his death he had two other farms, was direc-
tor in the City National Bank, and one of the
original stockholders in both the Rhinebeck
Bank and the City National Bank of Pough-
keepsie, all of which property was the result of
his own untiring efforts and perseverance. He
was originally a Democrat in politics, but at
the time of the Civil war he joined the Repub-
lican party, and was ever afterward one of its
stalwart supporters. He was a well-read, in-
telligent man, a member in good standing of
the Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Plains, in
the work of which he took an active part, and
was a leading citizen of the community. His
earthly career was ended m 1884.

Mr. Rymph, whose, name introduces this
sketch, was educated in a private seminary and
the Dutchess County Academy (the latter of
which he attended a part of two years), and
is well informed on the current events of the
day. On leaving the school-room he returned
to his father's farm, where he remained until
1883, giving his attention to its management
and also to the one his father had given to
him. In the spring of 1884 he removed to
the latter place, on the Hyde Park road, then
comprising 165 acres, to which by purchase he
added fifty acres, making the original 215
acres which belonged to his great-grandfather,
George Rymph.

In December, 1883, was celebrated the
marriage of Mr. Rymph and Miss Estelle
Pearsall, of the town of Hyde Park, slaughter
of Samuel H. Pearsall, and they have two
sons and one daughter, — George H., James
G. B., and Marguerite E. Reared in the Re-
publican party, our subject has always adhered
to its principles, but at local elections usually
votes independent of party ties, supporting the
man whom he thinks best qualified to fill the
position. In 1875 he was elected assessor of
his town, and in the spring of 1894 was elected
justice of the peace for a period of four years.
Socially, he is connected with Poughkeepsie
Lodge No. 266, F. & A. M.; religiously, he is
identified with the Reformed Dutch Church,
which he attends. He is at present serving as
secretary and treasurer of the Farmers Town
Co-operative Insurance Company, of the town



of Hyde Park, and is one of the stockholders
of the Huguenot Bank of New Paltz, Ulster
Co., N. Y. He has aided in the advancement
of his town and county in many wajs, and is
uniformly the friend of progress and education.

FRANK HERRICK, an enterprising and
prosperous merchant of Rhinebeck, Dutch-
ess county, was born February 2, 1852, in the
town of Pine Plains, where his family has long
been prominent.

He is a great-grandson of Ephraim Herrick,
who had a son Ephraim Herrick (2), whose
son, John A. Herrick, our subject's father, was
born in 18 17, and became one of the leading
citizens of Pine Plains. He followed farming
during his active life, but is now passing his
declining years in retirement in the village of
Rhinebeck. His fine mental ability and high
character have made him deservedly popular
among a wide circle of acquaintances, and he
has often been called upon to fill positions of
trust, and was supervisor of the town of Pine
Plains for eight years, and for a long period
was assessor and commissioner of highwaj-s.
Politically he was a Democrat, and has given
much of his attention to the interests of his
party in his locality. He married Miss Mar-
garet Sherwood, daughter of Isaac Sherwood,
a well-known resident of Milan. Of their three
children, our subject is the second; the others
are: Louisa, the eldest, married John D.
Hedges, of Milan; and Minerva married Charles
Ferris, formerly of Milan, now of Rhinebeck.

Frank Herrick received a good English ed-
ucation in his youth, attending the district
schools near his home for some years, and
later the seminary at Amenia, and as he pos-
sesses an active mind, and is of an investigatinsr
turn, he has smce gamed much information by
reading and observation. On leaving school
he began to learn the practical details of mer-
cantile life in "Dibble's Store" at Pine Plains,
where he clerked for one year, then, in 1875,
went to Rhinebeck as a clerk for his uncles,
I. & P. Sherwood, leading grocers of that
town, and on the death of the senior partner,
in 1 88 1, he was taken into the firm, which
became Sherwood & Herrick. In 1892 Mr.
Sherwood retired and Mr. Herrick removed to
his present stand, and added coal and lumber
to his stock, an enterprise which has been jus-
tified by its success. He has one of the most
complete stores in the locality, it being ad-

mirably adapted in every way to the demands
of the business, wholesale and retail. His ex-
tensive trade is, perhaps, the largest in volume
of any store in the town, is evidence of the
confidence and esteem in which he is held
throughout the community.

He is public-spirited; in politics a Demo-
crat, and always ready to forward any meas-
ure for local improvement, but he has not been
active in political work, as his business inter-
ests demanded his exclusive attention. In
1884 he was married to Miss Sarah Reed, a
daughter of Thomas Reed, a leading citizen of
Rhinebeck; she was born Decembers, 1858,
in Saugerties, Ulster county, and educated in
the De Garmo Institute at Rhinebeck. [For
history of her ancestry see sketch of Thomas
Reed, elsewhere in this volume.] Mr. and
Mrs. Herrick are active members of the Bap-
tist Church, in which he is an official. He
belongs to the Relief Hook and Ladder Co.,
and served as foreman for several years.

ATHAN W. SMITH, residing upon a
valuable farm in the town of Amenia,
presents in his life a splendid example of hard
labor, close application to business, and perse-
verance. He commenced life at the foot of
the ladder, but by his own well-directed efforts
he is now able to take life easily and comfort-
ably, in the enjoyment of the fruits of his early

Mr. Smith was born on the old family
homestead at North Lyme, Conn., January
12, 1818, and is a son of Nathan and Nancy
(Waterman) Smith, in whose family were five
children, the others being: Sarah M., who

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