a private in Company C. 52d Pa. \'. I., but was pn-
I moted to sergeant, and served bravely for thro
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
years. He married Josephine Fcnderson, who was
born in Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. William
Housel five children were born, only two of whom
are now living: Lorenzo W. and Robert C.
John I'endcrson, father of ^Ir.s. William Housel,
was in business near L!an,q;or, Maine, and his wife,
Lucy, was a school teacher. Later, about 1830, they
ninoved to Tioga county, X. Y., wh^re Mr. Fender-
~ n engaged in the lumber business, thence to Penn-
Hania. finallv returning to Tioga countv. New
The primary education of Lorenzo W. Housel
was obtained at home attending the common schools,
but as soon as ])repared he entered Owep'o Academy
and later Yale University, from which he was grad-
uated with degree of A. B. in 1897. The expenses
"t the course were paid with money earned by the
ambitious young fellow by working on the Journal
and Courier, and the New York napers. Later he
took a course at the Yale Law school, from which
he was graduated with degree of LL. B. in 1900.
.\fter being admitted to the Bar Air. Housel estab-
lished himself in offices at No. 318 Washington
building. New Haven, where he has since remained,
building up a fine practice, and proving himself an
excellent lawyer, clear and concise in argument,
and thoroughly accjuainted with every intricate de-
tail of his profession.
A Democrat in politics, Mr. Housel has always
taken a deep interest in the working of his party,
and in 1900 was chosen to represent it in the State
Legislature, receiving the largest vote of any mem-
ber of the House of 1901 â€” 11,481 â€” and a majority
I 990. His thorough understanding of matters
I'i moment being recognized, he was placed upon
important committees, and served on the committee
on Revision of Statutes, the House committee on
Constitutional Amendments, and the Special Joint
Committee on Constitutional Amendments. Pra-
te rnallv he is connected with the Hiram Lodge,
No. I,' A. F. & A. M., Pulaski Chapter, R. A.
AL, and the New Haven Grays, Conn. N. G., and is
one of the two county auditors of New Haven coun-
ty. Pleasing in manner, possessing many friends,
regarded as a very able attorney, the future before
Air. Housel is very promising, his past record but
faintly outlining what is to come to him socially,
l^rofessionally and politically.
HENRY B. SANDERSON was born in the
State of New York May 4, 1865, the youngest of
the eight surviving children of the twelve born to
George A. and Margaret (Brooksby) Sanderson,
who are mentioned elsewhere.
Our subject was educated in the common schools
and assisted on the homestead until he was eight-
een years of age, also learning the joiner's trade. At
the age mentioned he came to Waterbury, Conn.,
and clerked for his brother Charles B. in the meat
business until 1893, when he opened a meat market
of his own, beginning business in a small way,
in a basement on Vine street. lie successfullv con-
ducted that place a year and a half, and then opened
his splendidly equipped establishment on West Main
street, facing also on North Willow street. In
other words, his shop runs through the block, from
street to street. Besides a choice selection of meats
usually found in the best markets, Mr. Sanderson
carries canned goods and other delicacies, and
caters to a select class of patrons, such as bankers,
ministers, lawyers, etc.; he has indeed a market for
those who demand the best. Although Mr. Sander-
son started without a penny, and had many ob-
stacles to contend with, he has by his gentlemanly
demeanor and inflexible determination reached the
summit of success, and now has capital sufficient
to meet all contingencies.
On Sept. I, i8c)o, Mr. Sanderson married Miss
May M. Bailev, who was born in Brewsters. N. Y.,
daughter of Starr Bailev. a joiner bv trade. To
this marriage has been born one child, Brooksby
R.. but the ])arents were bereft of this beloved one
when he was but four years and four days old.
Mr. Sanderson is a Republican in his political
views, but not strongly partisan. Fraternallv he is
a member of the I. O. O. F.. of Waterlniry. the
New England Order of. Protection and the Mer-
chants' Association. He is highly esteemed social-
ly by hosts of friends.
GARDINER G. RIGGS is a man who has
largely made his own way in the world. Moved
by lofty ambitions he has worked hard, studied
deeply into the elements of the business he had
in hand, and has achieved a most commendable
success. He is one of the younger men of the
town, and what he has done may be taken as an
indication of a prosperous career opening before
Mr. Riggs was born in La Porte, Sullivan Co.,
Pa., Jan. 8, 1871, a son of Francis T. Alaltby, who
was a native of Bristol, Conn. When a voung
boy he was legally adopted, and assumed the name
"Riggs." Ephraim Maltby. the father of Francis
T., was a native of Bristol, a lifelong farmer, and
a descendant of an old and honored New England
family. Francis T. Maltby married Sarah" Lee,
who was born in Farmington, Conn., a daughter
of John Lee, of English extraction, and a repre-
sentative of one of the oldest families in Connecti-
cut. Shortly after their marriage Air. and Airs.
Alaltby removed to Pennsylvania, where he en-
gaged in the newspaper and job-printing business.
A family of two children was born to them : Lewis
F., who learned the blacksmith trade, and becoming
an efficient workman, holds a foreman's position in
a shop in Waterliury ; and Gardiner G., whose
name appears at the opening of this article. The
mother died in Wallingford in 1875, and the father
now resides in the South.
Gardiner G. Riggs spent his boyhood days with
his adopted parents in North Haven, Conn., and
was reared on a farm. A good education in the
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
public schools was afforded him, and when he had
reached early manhood a place in the Winchester
Armory was given him. This position he held for
about a year, and then entered the employ of S. F.
Linsley, of Xew Haven, and under his instructions
learned the carpenter trade. This trade once mas-
tered, the young mechanic formed a copartnership
with J. E. Lane, and worked at the trade for a
time. In 1893 ^''â– - 1^'St?* went into his present
business, that of artificial stone making, Mr. Lane
being associated with him a year, but then retired,
and in 1894 Mr. Kiggs moved his business to W'a-
terbury. Since that time this city has been the lo-
cation of his extensive and growing business. He
lias a wide patronage, is building up a lasting trade,
and has from twenty to thirty men constantly en-
gaged in his various departments of labor. It is
a flattering success for so young a man. and, as
Mr. Riggs says, has been brought about by his
own efl'orts. At the age of thirteen he worked all
day and studied nights, and this habit he still main-
tains. He believes in doing his work scientifically,
and wants to keep in touch with the latest knowl-
edge on all mechanical subjects.
Mr. Riggs and Miss Julia Bannell were mar-
ried June 24, 1 89 1. She was born in Chicago, and
was a daughter of Samuel Bannell, a farmer of
Mountaitiville, X. Y., who is now engaged in the
brick business at Xorth Haven. Four children were
born to Mr. Riggs and his wife: Sterling, Bessie,
Mildred and Laura. Mr. Riggs is a Republican as
far as national and state politics are concerned,
but believes in a business administration of local
affairs. On the roll of membership of the I. O.
O. F. fraternity his name appears as that of a re-
liable and esteemed member. At the Episcopal
church he is also known as a conscientious attend-
ant. As a business man and a good citizen he has
made a record worthy of all commendation. He is
energetic and pushing, knows how to hustle for
business, and means to keep abreast of the day in
THOMAS DEXXIS WILLl.V.MS. the pro-
prietor of the Williams" Cafe, a popular resort in
Branford, was born here May 31. 1875. ^ son of
John and Ellen (Gallahue) Williams.
John Williams was a native of County Tipper-
ary, Ireland, a son of Edward and Margaret
(Casey) Williams, both born in County Tipper-
ary, Ireland. He emigrated to this country in
1867, locating the same year in Branford, where
he died May 5, 1883. He married Ellen Gallahue,
a daughter of Patrick and Mary (Kiely) Gallahue,
of County Limerick, Ireland. Thomas D. Will-
iams was reared in Branford, and had his educa-
tion in the excellent public schools of his native
I)lace. .â– \11 his ancestors were thorough Irish, and
lie inherits and exhibits many of the best character-
istics of his gifted and versatile race. In 1897
he embarked in business for himself, opening his
present cafe. This enterprise he has conducird
from the beginning, and displayed in its businc-s
management such admirable qualities that to-(la\
he has a host of friends in the community, who
are always ready and willing to bespeak trade and
buisiness for him.
On Xov. 23, 1896, }klr. Williams was married
to Miss Anna L. McKeon, daughter of Frank and
Mary (Reiley) McKeon, of liranford, and a young
lady of many charming characteristics. To this
union have come two children : John and Mary,
both bright and winsome little peo])le. Mr. Will-
iams belongs to the Catholic Church, and socially
10 the A. O. Fl. He was instrumental in the or-
ganization of the Catholic Club, and was elected
its first president in 1899. In politics he is a Deni >-
CHARLES 11. BROWX. M. D., belongs to
that youinger race of physicians whose scientific ac-
quirements are infused with a love of the great
profession and touched with a fire of devotion to
suffering humanity. Men like him are doing a
wonderful work in the redem])tion of the healing
art from the sway of commercialism, and in build-
ing it up for its own sake. Dr. Brown is one of the
musc popular and successful voting physicians in
his part of Xew Haven county, and he has a wide
patronage in Waterbury and through the adjoining
sections. Where his professional ability, which is >>i
the very highest grade, and his personal modest) .
which is as rare as it is commendable, have alike
won him a host of friend's.
Dr. Brown was bom in Bnidgewater, X. Y., ( >i'".
26, 1866, son of William H. Brown, and a grand-
son of William L. Brown, both of whom were bom
in Otsego county, N. Y. William L. Brown mar-
ried a Miss Wood, a descendant of the MacFarlane
clan, and became the father of three children : Will-
iam H., Alonzo and Mary. .\s will be seen, the
Doctor is descended through his grandmother fru-.n
"the wild MacFarlanc's plaided clan," which occu-
pied the land forming the western shore of Lucli
Lomond from Tarbet upward. I'rom Loch Sloy
ihey took their battle cry, "Loch Sluia." Sir John
MacFarlane was knig'htcd by the King the night
before the battle of I'lodden, and was slain in that
battle. Walter MacFarlane, of that clan, was born
in 1734, and died in 1804. He was the author of
several historical works, and one of the most learned
antiquaries of the last century, and his portrait,
presented by his son Walter in 1794. hangs on the
wall of the Antifpiarian Society of .Scotland.
.Another of the clan. Major Gen.- ^lacFarlane. un-
der fire of the guns of H. M. Ships "Warrior" and
"Success," in 1809, led the British troops with dis-
tinguished bravery at the stonn and capture of the
Island of IsChia. in the Bay of Xaples, and after-
ward at the capture of Procida.
William FI. Brown, the father of the n
married Miss Hannah Pennv, and four children
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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
were born of this union : Dr. Qiarles H. ; Myron
}', and Mary, twins ; and Grace. William H.
Lirown is a Rqnvbiican. He has served as justice
of the ])eace in his own coniiniinity. l-"arniing has
been his life work. In reli,a;ion he has always been
as.sociated with the Conjj^re^ational Church. Mrs.
Hannah (Penny) lirown was born in ( )tsego coun-
ty, X. v., a daughter of Alva and Eliza Penny,
fanning people of that section. On her mother's
side she is an Allen, and related to Ethan Allen, the
hero of Ticonderoga. The Aliens have left many
names famous besides that of Ethan Allen, par-
ticuterly in literary and scientific fields. The
IVnnys are of English origin. Thomas Penny
came to America in 1633 with the .Massachusetts
colony, and settled at Xewbury Neck, Mass. His
wife's name was Judith. He was a direct descend-
ant of Thomas, of Woodstock, who was the young-
est son of Edward the HI. Richard, son of Ed-
ward I\', caused Thomas of Woodstock to be be-
headed, because he feared his intUience, he being
next heir to the throne. The descendants of Thomas
of Woodstock renounced their title and estates,
fearing the same fate. William Penn was a mem-
ber of the same family, the name being spelled in
several ways, Penn, Penne, Penny and Penney.
Dr. lirown ])assed his boyhood days in Bridge-
water, where he attended the local schools, and was
â€¢a i)upil in West Winfield .\cademy and the Caze-
novia Seminary, two in.stitutions of high grade, anil
of more than local reputation a generation ago.
His predilection for medical studies early mani-
fested itself, and after leaving the academy at Caze-
novia he passed three and a half years in a drug
store in Bridgewater. Then attending the College
of I'barmacy in Xew York, he graduated from that
celebrated school. The young student, ambitious of
learning, took a sunnner course in analytical chem-
istry in the same school, and pursuing his studies
farther became a student of the Medical Depart-
ment of the University the same year. The grad-
uating class of 1893 sent forth from that widely-
known school numbered Dr. Charles H. Brown
among its most conspicuous members. Dr. Brown
located at Waterbury. Conn., and began the practice
01 medicine in that city, where his success was im-
mediate and flattering in the highest degree. Dr.
Brown enjoys a very fine practice, and is counted
one of the most successful physicians in the city.
A student of the newest ideas in medicine, he keeps
abreast of the times, and is often seen in the class-
rooms of the Xew York medical scnools. engaged in
special investigations. His library is filled with the
latest and most reliable ])ublications in the medical
world, and liis medical apparatus includes the most
modern appliances. The Doctor is a Republican
pohtically, and in religion he is associated with the
Dr. Brown and lunily .S. Rich, a native of
Mount \'ernon, X. 'S'., were married July 17, 1894.
I To this union have been born two children, Charles
! Alfred and Eleanor. Tha family residence on
Columbia Boulevard is one of the finest in the city.
HEXRY DOWNS SAWYER, a citizen of
Derbv, Xew Haven countv, was born there Mav 3,
Henry S. Sawyer, his grandfather, was born in
Wmdsor, and removed to Derby, where he en-
gaged in the milling business, carrying it on until
his death. He married a Miss Nooner, and they
had five children, of these the first-born, Warren
11., was the father of Henry D. Sawyer; Jennie
is the wife of Cyrus Wliitcomb, of Brooklyn, X.
Y., formerly a clergyman, but now engaged in
the practice of law; Helen (deceased) became the
wife of William Downs, of Boston, who is art
critic on the staff of one of the leading journals
of that city ; Charles S., the youngest ot the fam-
ily, resides in Brooklyn, New Vork.
Warren H. Sawyer was born in Hartford, and
was a shoe dealer there, but after the death of his
father he removed to Derby, where he carried on
the hitter's business. He married Jennie Bassett,
a daughter of Robert N. Bassett, and a grand-
daughter of David Bassett, and a member of one
of the influential families of New Haven county.
1 hree chiUlren were born to Mr. and Mrs. War-
ren H. Sawyer : Robert B., Helen E. and Henry
Downs. Robert B. is connected with the Robert
N. Bassett Co., of New York and Derby. Helen
E. is married to Frederick S. Martyn, of Brooklxn,
N. Y. The parents are both deceased.
Henry Downs Sawyer was educated in the
schools of Derby and at the Military Academy in
Sing Sing, N, Y. Leaving school at the age of
seventeen, he spent the years i8yo and 1891 as a
clerk with Howard & l'>arber, dry-goods merchants,
and in 1891 became bookkeeper for his grandfather,
the late Robert N. Bassett. Mr. Bassett was a
manufacturer of corset manufacturers' supplies,,
and was the first to cover wire with cloth for use
in garments of that description. He died in De-
cember, 1892, and the charge and management of
the business thereupon devolved upon ;\Ir. Sawyer.
The resiKjnsibility was a grave one for so young a
man, but he met it with the intelligence, energy
and fidelity to duty which have distinguished him
throughout life. In .May, 1895. it was decided that
the manufactory anil the disposition of its output
should be placed in the hands of a corporation, and
the Robert N. Bassett Co. was organized. Mr.
Sawyer was made secretary and treasurer, a dual
office, the arduous and responsible duties of which
he contimied to discharge until May, 1901, when
he severed his connection with the R. X. Bassett
Co. and bought out the Derby Trucking Co., of
Derbv, and the Harris Express, of Shelton.
-Mr. Sawyer was married Sept. 12. 1893, to
Miss (irace Carleton, a daughter of Edward H.
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
and Mary P. Carleton, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They
have had no children. Mr. Sawyer is a Republi-
can in politics, and in religious faith is a Congre-
gationalist. He is genial, whole-souled and hos-
pitable, and fond of the legitimate pleasures of life.
He loves driving, and owns some of the finest trot-
ting stock in Derby.
WALTER J. WARRICK, one of the intelligent
and progressive skilled workers of Waterbury, and
a man of fine character dnd honest spirit, was born
in Cayuga, Cayuga Co., N. Y., Sept. 5, 1862, son
of John Warrick, a native of New Jersey.
William Warrick, the father of John, was also
born in New Jersey, in 1794, and was a life long
farmer. His wife, the mother of John, was born in
New Jersey in 1802, and died in 1876. With his
family William Warrick moved into Cayuga coun-
ty, N. Y., secured a farm, and devoted himself to
its cultivation. He died at the age of Â«ighty-six.
All his life he had been a remarkably sound and
healthy man, and it is a family tradition that until
his last illness he never knew from his own experi-
ence the meaning of sickness. The father of Will-
iam Warrick was one of three brothers who left
England and settled in New Jersey.
John Warrick, the father of Walter J., was a
farmer during his active life except for about twelve
years, which he spent in Waterbury. He is now re-
tired, and living in Cayuga, N. Y. He married
Sarah E. Howell, who was born in Union Springs,
N. Y., in 1837, and died in 1883. Her father, Brit-
on Howell, was a carpenter, and died about i860;
his wife died in 1878. After their marriage John
Warrick and his wife settled in Cayuga county, N.
Y. They had a family of three children : Walter
J., our subject; Josephine, who died unmarried in
Cayuga, N. Y. ; and Grace N., who is unmarried,
and living at home with her father, who re-married
in 1884. John Warrick is a Democrat, and has held
various local offices in the years past. His religious
connection has been with the Methodist Church, and
he has been one of the earnest workers of that de-
Walter J. Warrick grew to manhood under the
fostering care of his parents, and attended school
at Cayuga, Seneca Falls and Auburn, X. Y. When
he was eighteen years of age his school days ended,
and he began his career in business by clerking in
a store at Cayuga, N. Y., where he worked three
years. In 1882 he came to Waterbury and clerked
in a grocery store for a few months, and then en-
tered the Waterbury watch factory for a few
months. Mr. Warrick began work for his present
employers, the Piatt Brothers Co., in 1882, as a
helper in the packing department. Here his ser-
vices have been so valuable, and his appreciation of
the work of the department so quick and ready, that
for several years he has had full charge of the
work, and is one of the most valued foreman of that
On Sept. I, 1885, Mr. Warrick married Minnie
J. Poulter, who was lx)rn in Waterbury, daughter
of Henry and Margaret Poulter, natives of Eng-
land. To this union. have been born five children:
Josie May, \V. Merwin, Gladys H., Ernest (who
died in infancy) and Marian R. These children
are a bright and entertaining set of young people.
-Mr. Warrick is a Republican, and takes an intelli-
gent interest in political affairs. He is a member
of the A. O. U. W., and with his tamily attends
the Second Congregational Church.
PATRICK J. COOGAN, who is engageif in
the drug business in Waterbury, is a native of
Pennsylvania, born March 23, 1868, in Upper Le-
high, Luzerne county.
Patrick T. Coogan, his father, was born in
County Kilkenny, Ireland, coming thence over
thirty years ago to the United States, and settling
in Pennsylvania, where he was employed as a coal
miner. In 1877 he came to Waterbury with his
family, and about the year 1886 established his
present grocery business on Washington street,
which he still conducts. While in Pennsylvania
he married Mary .A. Burns, who was born in Heck-
schcrville, Schuylkill Co., Pa., daughter of James
Burns, a native of Ireland. She died Jan. ii, i8y8,
at the age of forty-eight years. To this union were
born thirteen children, two of whom are deceased,
the names of tne others being: Catherine, Patrick
J., Bridget, Maggie, Annie, Mary E.. James,
Thomas, Joseph, Loretta and J'llizaheth. Catherine
married Michael Ryan, of Waterbur\-, who was
bom in Pennsylvania. Bridget is the wife of
George A. Gibson, of Waterbury, a sketch of
whom appears elsewhere. Maggie married Fran-
cis Grimes, of Waterbury. Annie married L.
OT-aughlin, a Philadelphia merchant.
Patrick J. Coogan, our subject, was about eight
years old when the family came to Waterbury, and
liere he received his education, at the age of twelve
years commencing to work in factories. In that
line he continued until he was twenty-one years
of age, when he engaged in the grocery and liquor
business on Washington street, whence, some three
or four years ago, he removed to his present loca-
tion. No. 839 Baldwin street. On July 5, 1901,
ne changed his line, engaging in the drug business.
He has been remarkably prosperous, and although
yet a young man has accunuilated considerable
property in Waterbury. In 1896 he erected his
store, in 1898 three tenement buildings, and in
1899 one, having altogether as many as seventeen
On f)ci. 23. 1893, Patrick J. Coogan married
Sarah Dunn, who was born in Ireland, a daughter
of Michael and Susan Dunn. She died in 1895,
leaving no children. On Sept. 23, 1896, Mr.
Coogan married Mrs. Mary Russell, daughter of
.\ntiiony White, and widow of Michael Russell,
and two children, James and Eileen, have been
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
born to this union. By her first husband Mrs.
Coogan had one son, Roy. Uur subject and his
wilu attend the services of Francis Xavier Catholic
Church, of Waterbiiry. He is a Democrat in pol-
itics, i)ut in local affairs always casts his ballot for
the best man regardless of party lines. Socially he
is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the
Foresters of America, and no one in Watcrbury
is more highly honored or respected.
.\LFRED F. HOWE is one of the most intel-
lectual and energetic young men of Derby, where