a few months of his death. He held many important
offices, among them that of deputy to General Court
from 1641 to 1661, and he was the first treasurer of
New Haven Colony, serving until his death. He
was active in religious affairs, and served as deacon
of the First Church. Of his four children, all bom
and baptized in Bewdley, England, one died there
while young, but the other three accompanied the
parents to New England. They were as follows:
( 1 ) Jdlm, baptized July 25, 1630, died Jan. 19, 1636.
(2) Helena, baptized Dec. 23, 1632, married Oct. 29,
! 1650, Lieut. Col. John Talcott, of Hartford, Conn.,
j and died June 22, 1674. On Nov. 9, 1676. Lieut.
Col. Talcott married Mary Cook, daughter of Rev.
John Cook, of New Haven, and he died July 23.
1688. (3) Samuel, baptized June 7, 1635. died at
Fairfield, Conn., March 8, 1692. (4) Elizabeth, bap-
tized Sept. 16, 1638, married Sanniel Kitchell. of
Newark, N. J. (born in 1633, died April 20, 1690),
March 11. 1636-57.
Rev. Samuel Wakeman, son of John, tlie emi-
grant, was educated at Har\-ard College, which he
left in 1655. He settled at Fairfield, Conn., where
on Sept. 30, 1665, he was ordaiined, becoming the
second pastor in that town. His death occurred
there March 8, 1692. On Oct. 29, 1656, he mar-
ried Hannah Goodyear, daughter of Gov. Stephen
Goodyear, of New Haven. Their eight children
were: Samuel, born Oct. 12, 1657, died in 1691;
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
John, lx>rn in 1659, died Feb. 15, 1709; Ebenezer,
born in 1668, died in 1690; Joseph, born in 1670,
died Dec. 5, 1726; Jabez, born in 1678, died Oct. 8,
1704; Mary, who married ^Michael Ckigstone ; Ann,
who married Abraham Howell, a major of a regi-
ment in Suffolk county, L. I., in 1700; and Eliza-
beth, wife of Albert Denny. After the death of Rev.
Wakeman, his widow married Xathanicl Burr, and
she died in 1721.
Capt. John W'akeman, son of Rev. Samuel, born
in 1659. was a prominent man in the Colony of
Connecticut, and was appointed deputy to the Gen-
eral Court from Fairfield, serving twenty-three
sessions ā 1690- 1706. He was appointed commis-
sioner in 1695, 1696 and 1697, also justice of Fair-
field in 1698, and many times thereafter. In IMay,
1697, he was appointed lieutenant, and in May,
1704 and 1705, was apjxtinted captain. On April
24, 1687, he married Martha HulAcll. daugliter of
Richarci and Elizabeth Ilubbell. Martha Wakeman
died June 5, 1710, and her husband died Feb. 5,
1709, leaving an estate of i.ooo pounds. Their
children, all born in Fairfield, were: Helena, born
Aug. 24, 1689, died Feb. 12, 1710-11: Ann, born
March 24, 1692: Samuel, born Feb. 24. 1693, died
Oct. 19, 1771 ; Elizabeth, born June i, 1695. died in i
1737; Martha, born Sept. 24, 1700, married Israel
Chauncey, son of Rev. Charles Chauncey, Feb. 2,
1720-1 : Stephen, born Oct. 15. 1702, died in 1761-
2; and John, born Aug. 27, 1705, died in 1789-90.
Stephen Wakeman, son of Capt. John Wake- '
man, was married in Fairfield, Conn., April 28, 1727,
to Rebecca Morehouse, a daughter of Daniel More- I
house. She was l)aptized Feb. "24, 1712, and
died in 1762. Stephen Wakeman died in 1801.
Their children, all born in Fairfield, were:
Sarah, born March 15, 1728. died June 11. 1728;
David, baptized Jan. 11, 1730, died in 1813-14;
Daniel, born April 6, 1732: Eunice, born Jan. 31,
1-35, died Jan. 29, 1765, married Xathan Hill, July |
3. '735' the latter born Oct. 9, 1731, a son of John |
and Esther (Bradley) Hill; Squier, born June 29,
1738; Stephen, born Xov. 19, 1740, died May 7,
1744; James, born March 19. 1743, died about April
I7'Ā»8; Stephen (2), born Oct. 27,. 1745, died about
April. 1768: Sarah, born Jan. 26, 1748, died April
26. 1779. married, Nov. 11, 1772. John Alvord (he
was born July 11, 1750, and died July 3, 1845 ) I and
Noah, born Nov. 28, 1751, died Nov. 5, 1777.
David Wakeman. son of Stephen Wakeman,
was born in Fairfield, and until 1757-58, he re-
mained in his native town, and then removed to
Xcw Fairfield, and there settled on land inherited
from his father and grandfather. On ^lay 9, 1775,
he. enlisted in the Colonial army, in Capt. Beards-
ley's company, of Xew Fairfield, Conn., under Major
TafTord of the 5th regiment. He was discharged in
October, 1775. after a term of service chiefly along
the upper Hudson. When he and John Hendrick
returned from the war, they first stopped at the
home of the latter, but finding no one there, went
across lots to the Wakeman homestead. There
they found a pleasant party, Mrs. Hendrick helping
Mrs. Wakeman spin yarn, and the young people in
the field with Jeremiah Wakeman harvesting buck-
wheat. I'rior to enlisting in the spring, David had
prepared a number of his fieUls for corn, but Jere-
miah, knowing it would be impossible to cultivate
so much land in that cereal, placed part of it in buck-
wheat. Although David did not literally leave his
plow in the furrow to answer to the call of duty,
he left his fields unplanted and his farm neglected.
During the bitter struggle which followed, the two
families (W'akeman and Hendrick) helped each
other, the girls working in the fields as well as the
boys, while the men were away on the field of battle.
On Feb. 17, 1754, in Fairfield, David Wakeman
married Mary E. Jennings, a daughter of Jeremiah
and Elizabeth (Coley) Jennings, of Fairfield, Conn.
The children born of this union were : Twins born
in Fairfielfl in April, 1756, of whom Jeremiah died
in Xew Fairfield in the spring of 1801 ; Mary, bap-
tized Sept. 5, 1762, married David Gilbert, of Ridge-
field, Conn.; Sarah, born alx)ut 1774. in Xew Fair-
field, married in 1793, Thomas Ludington, of
Dutchess Co., N. Y. ; David ; Eunice, born about
1778, married John Treadwell, of Danbury, Conn.
David Wakeman. the father, died in 1813-14.
Jeremiah Wakeman, son of David Wakeman,
served in the Revolutionary war as a private in
Capt. Hickox's company, Third Regiment, Conn.
Light Horse, under ^lajor Starr, enlisting at Dan-
bury, Aug. 20, 1780, and was honorably discharged
Jan. I, 1781. His regiment was one of the four
organized in May, 1776, from the twenty-four
troops of Light Horse then in existence. When his
father, David Wakeman, returned from service, he
was too exhausted to assist in gathering the crops,
and at first was not willing that the young man
should enter the service, fearing the effect of the
hardships upon him. Still, when he realized the
need for good, brave men, he consented, and lived
to see Jeremiah become a gallant soldier, and give
longer service to his country than he himself had
been able to give. In 1781-83 Jeremiah married
Phtebe Hendrick, daughter of John Hendrick, of
Xew Fairfield, Conn., fomierly of Fairfield. Phcebe
was born Xov. 14, 1754, and died April 3. 1836, in
Ridgefield, Conn. After her hu.sband's death she
married, in 1820, Xehcmiah Keeler, of Ridgefield.
The children of Jeremiah \\'akeman were: Eunice
married Aaron FMatt, of Weston, Conn.. March 27,
1819; Martha, born in 1793, married in the fall of
181 1, Hezekiah Wellman, of X'ew p-airfield. Conn.,
and died Feb. 22, 1819 (he was born March 26,
1789, and died Sept. 15, 1865) ; Marv died June
Martha (Wakeman) Wellman had a daugh-
ter. I'lxebe, torn June 17. 1817. who marrie
March, 1834, in Xew Fairfield. Xapoleon Bonaparte
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
Turner, of Ridgebury and Danbury, Conn., and died
Feb. 20. 1843. Mr. Turner was born June i, 1816,
and died Sept. 26, 1832.
Phoebe ( Wellman ) Turner became the mother
of the foUowing^ children : Fannie Augusta, born
Aug. 16, 1836, died July, 1864, married Elbert C.
Howes, of Brewster, X. Y. ; Mary Melvina, born
Sept. 13, 1839, died March 21, 1865, married on
Nov. 21, i860, Jesse Sands, of New York city, now
of Meriden, and they had two children, Clara
Louise, and Frank Elbert.
Frank Elbert Sands is one of the leading young
men of Meriden, and takes a deep and public-
spirited interest in all measures calculated to prove
of benefit to the community. Broad-minded, cul-
tured, thoroughly conversant with all the details
of his chosen calling, he exerts a substantial in-
fluence through the medium of his well conducted
and enterprising periodical.
REV. JOHN TYLER and MRS. ^L\RIETTE
R. PETTEE, who are now passing the evening of
life in Meriden, where they have long resided and
been prominent in the various activities of citizen-
ship, are among that city's refined and cultured peo-
ple, and have a host of warm friends and admirers.
They are descended from a sturdy New England
Born Sept. 5, 1822, in the town of Sharon, Nor-
folk Co., Mass., John Tyler Pettee is the son of Ty-
ler and Esther M. (Hewes) Pettee. the former a
son of Hezekiah and Chloe (Ware) Pettee, of Fo.\-
boro, Mass.. and the latter a daughter of John
Hewes, of Foxboro, and Esther Mann, of W'rent-
ham, Mass.; both belonged to families of intelli-
gence and worth in their respective communities.
John T. I'ettee attended the district school of the
locality of his earlv youth ; Rice's Academy, New-
ton ; and the Holliston and Lowell higli schools.
In the summer of 1839 he came to Meriden, Conn.,
and immediately entered the Wesleyan L^niversity,
at Middletown. where he was graduated in 1843,
later receiving therefrom the degree of A. M. He
entered the ministry of the Methodist Ej^iscopal
Church, and for a quarter of a century was in the
itinerancy of that denomination in the eastern part
of Massachusetts, preaching in the towns of Win-
chendon, Templeton, Millbury, Leicester, Walpole,
Fnamingbam. H(:)])kinton, Dorchester and Boston.
F'ollowing ibis, in 18^16, began another epoch in his
life. Settling in Meriden in that year, be was en-
gaged for the next seven years in teaching, serving
also as a "spare hand" in the ministry, and somt
years preaching as often as the regular pastors. In
1892 Mr. and Mrs. Pettee gave five thousand dollars
for a parsonage for the First Methodist Church of
Meriden, on condition that the debt of twenty thou-
sand dollars resting upon the church propertv be
cleared off. and this was accomplished.
During the last decade and a half Mr. Pettee
has given much of his time to scientific matters.
Since its organization, in 1880, he has been an active
memiber of the Meriden Scientific Association, the !
secretary of its astronomical section, its vice-presi-
dent, and for several years its president. Several
of his annual addresses have been published, and
met with great favor. He is also a member of the
American .\ssociation for the Advancement of Sci-
ence, and an associate member of the X'ictoria Insti-
tute, or Philosophical Society, of Great Britain. His
interest in astronomy has led him to making tele-
scopes, and the citizens of Meriden will not soon t
forget the ^-th of December, 1882, when two thou- -'
sand of them assembled on his lawn to witness the .ā
transit of \'enus. Mr. Pettee had mounted that t!
day seven reflecting telescopes, all of his own con- ā '
struction, each of which gave as good a view as was
obtained at any of the colleges, and gave the citizens ā¢
of Meriden such an opportunity to witness that r
great phenomenon as was enjoyed by no other city
in the country.
In his political views Mr. Pettee is a Democrat,
having left the Republican party in the Greeley cam-
paign of 1872. In 1876 he was elected judge of pro-
bate, and served one term. For twenty-five or more
years he was a member of the Meriden school board,
and for seven years was principal of the Corner,
Center and West district schools. For a decade and
more he was acting school visitor or superintendent.
He is an enthusiastic and earnest ( )dd Fellow and a
Free and Accepted Mason. When he vacated the
chair of Prelate in St. Elmo Commandery, which he
held for twenty-one years, the Sir Knights gathered
at his hearth and i)resented him with an elegant and
costly "jewel. " W hen the Cirand Commandery of
Connecticut celebrated its Centennial .Anniversary,
July 10, 1889, Mr. Pettee was honored with thi
office of "Centennial Poet." and his poem was pub-
lished in the history of that great anniversary. In
the last twenty-five years Mr. Pettee has appeared
in such occasional exercises perhaps oftener than
any man in the State.
On Oct. 26. 1843, Rev. Pettee was married to
Mariette Roxanna, daughter of Hon. Jonathan Y.
and Roxanna ( Yale) Clark, of Pittsfield. Mass.. and
to them was born a daughter, Emily Parker Pettee,
who is now deceased.
Mrs. Pettee was born Nov. 22, 1826, in Pitts-
field, Mass., and comes of a distinguished ancestry.
Her father was one of the leading men of Pittsfield
and one of the most active politicians in I'lerksliiro
county. He was a member of the Constitutional
Convention which revised the Constitution of Mas-
sachusetts in 1820, and his house was always the
headquarters of the leading members of bis party.
Mr. Clark's parents were Jaleel and Esther (Law)
Clark, the latter a lineal descendant of Jonathan
Law, who from 1742 to 1751 was governor of Con-
necticut. Jaleel Clark, of Laneslx)ro. and his eldest
.son participated in the battle of Bennington, and
Mrs. Clark was accustomed to tell, in after years,
with what emotion^ she heard the guns of that bat-
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
tie at Lanesboro. where, with her youn<;er sons, she
was ^fathering the wheat harvest, a ihity which de-
volved upon many a mother (liirinjj the Revolution.
On her mother's side Mrs. I'ettee is a descend-
ant in the eighth generation from Thomas Yale,
who came to New Haven in 1637 with his mother
and step-father, Tlieophilus Eaton, who soon be-
came governor of the Colony of Connecticut.
Thomas Yale was lx>rn in about 1616 in England or
Wales, son of David Yale and .\nn Morton, Uavid
descending from an ancient family of \\ ales. Da-
vid \'ale died in 1617, and in 1618 his widow mar-
ried Theophilus Eaton, an opulent merchant of Lon-
don, and with him and her children (by Mr. Yale)
and a com])any came to America in the ship "Hec-
tor," arriving at Boston in 1637, and at New Haven,
then Ouinnipiac, in 1638. Thomas Yale settled as
a merchant in New Haven. .\s early as 1660 he lo-
cated on lands he purchased in Xorth Haven. He
was one of the principal men in the Colony, was a
signer of the Plantation Covenant of Xew Haven,
and filled with honor many offices of public trust.
He married in 1645 Mary, daughter of Capt. Na-
thaniel Turner, of .\ew Haven, formerly of Lynn,
Mass. She died in 1704, and Mr. Yale in i()83.
From this Thomas Yale, the settler, Mrs. I'ettee's
line is through Thomas (2), Theophilus. Samuel,
Street. Samuel (2), and Roxanna Yale.
(U) Thomas Yale (2), son of Thomas the set-
tler, born about 1647 in New Haven, married (first)
in 1667 Rebecca, daughter of William Gibbards.
Mr. Yale removed in 1670 to W'allingford, as one
of the first planters of the town, and was one of the
most active and energetic men among them. He
was a justice of the peace, surveyor of land, captain
of trainband, etc., and assisted in the formation of
the church there. His death occurred in 1736. His
first wife, who was the mother of all his children,
was born in New Haven in 1650, and died in W^al-
( HI ) Theophilus Yale, son of Thomas (2), born
in i''i75, married Sarah, daughter of Rev. Samuel
and .Anna Street, of W'allingford. Mr. Yale served
as a magistrate from about 1724 to the time of his
death, in 1760. His widow died in 1785.
(lY) Samuel Yale, son of Theophilus, born in
171 1, married in 1736 Susannah Abernethy, of Wal-
linglord. Air. Yale was a fartner in what is now
Yalcsville. He died in 1754, leaving a large estate,
and his wife Susannah died May 30, 1770.
(\') Street Yale, son of Samuel, of whom little
is known, lived in Wallingford. The names of his
children, with dates of birth, etc., and that Mary,
his widow, died in Balston, N. Y., are all that the
( W ) Samuel Yale (2), son of Street, born Aug.
18. 1763, in Wallingford, resided in .Meriden. He
married ( first I Eunice Paine, of the same town, and
(second) Mehitabel Rice, of Wallingford. Mr.
Yale is said to have been the first manufacturer in
the town of Meriden. In 1791 he commenced the
manufacture of cut nails, and in 1794 the manufac-
ture of [jewter buttons. He was successful, and ac-
cumulated a handsome estate. He died Sept. 18,
1810, and his wife Eunice Aug. 18, 1804. Mrs.
Mehitabel Yale died Sept. 17, 1808.
(VTI) Ro.xanna Yale, daughter of Samuel (2),
born to the first marriage, married Jonathan Y.
Clark, and removed to Pittsfield, Mass. Mrs. Clark
died Sept. 6, 1828, aged forty-one years.
Mrs. Mariette R. Pettee came to Meriden when
she was but fourteen years old, attended school at
Post's Academy, and Oct. 26, 1843, niarricd Rev.
John T. Pettee, w-ho had just graduated from the
Wesleyan University. With him she shared the ups
and downs of ministerial life till 1866, when, finding
the east winds of the Massachusetts coast too brac-
ing for her, Mr. Pettee brought her back to Meri-
den. Since her return to Meriden Mrs. Pettee has
been recognized as a woman of exceptional execu-
tive and constructive ability, and in consequence has
often been called upon to organize and preside. She
assisted in organizing the first Eastern Star Chap-
ter, and presided over it for three years. In 1873
she was appointed by Gov. Ingersoll to the State
Board of Charities, an ofiice which she held until
familv cares and failing health forced her to resign.
When L. C. Curtis founded the Curtis Home, at his
request she was appointed president of its first
Board of Managers ; she may also be said to have
organized the board, as Mr. Curtis took no step
without consulting her. She was also chosen first
president of the I'olitical Equality Club, though she
did not accept the ofiice. She does not expect so
much from female suffrage as many women, but
claims it as a right and exercises it when [wssible.
Mrs. Pettee is a prominent Methodist, exceed-
ingly liberal, and is one of the few survivors of the
first Methodist class formed in the "Old Bethel," in
this city. Although making no pretensions as a
speaker, Mrs. Pettee has within the past dozen
years spoken as often, and on occasions as import-
ant, as anv woman in Meriden : and on more than
one occasion has taken the place of professional
speakers who failed to keep their engagements with
H. W.ALES LINES, a leading business man of
Meriden, carries in his veins the blood of several
Revolutionary sires, and partakes of the sturdy
character which has made New England pre-emi-
nent in the business, the social and the political
world. He was born June 3, 1838, in Naugatuck,
Conn., a son of Henrv- Willys and Harriet (Bun-
nell) Lines. The fatlier was a son of Calvin and
Sallie (Booth) Lines. The descent is traced from
Elder Brewster, of the "Mayflower" Colony, and
Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of the Connecticut
Colony. Among other conspicuous forebears of Mr.
Lines may be mentioned: John Hopkins, of Hart-
ford ; Capt. Nathaniel White, one of the fins't settlers
of Middletown, Conn. ; John Coit, one of the first
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
settlers of New London, Conn. ; Hon. Benjamin
Fenn, of Milford, deputy governor of Connecticut;
Rev. Timothy Stevens, first Congregational minister
in Glastonbury, Conn. ; and Capt. Samuel Newton,
who conunanded a company in King Philip's war.
Walter Bootli, father of Mr. Lines' paternal
grandmother, was a soldier from Woodbridge,
Conn., in the Revolution, in the Fifth Battalion,
Wadsworth Brigade, Col. Douglass' Regiment,
Capt. Peck's Company. He was present at the bat-
tles of Long Island, White Plains and Kip's Bay.
Later he was in Col. Sanniel B. Webb's Regiment,
and participated in the battles of Rhode Island,
and Springfield, X. J. His two tenns of isiervice
covered a period of six years.
Another great-grandfather of Mr. Lines, an-
cestor of Harriet i3unnell, was Enos Bunnell, 9f
Cheshire, Conn., who enlisted in 1775 in the First
Regiment, Col. David Wooster, Ninth Company,
Capt. James .Arnold, and was pre-ent at the capture
of St. John's and the siege of Montreal. In 1776
he was in Capt. Stephen R. Bradley's Company. In
July, 1779, he responded to the alarm to assist in
driving the British from New Haven.
Elisha Stevens, also a great-grandfather of Mr.
Linej, enlisted from Glastonbury, Conn., in Col.
Erastus Wolcott's Regiment, Capt. Jonathan Hale's
Company, serving during the siege of Boston, 1776;
the next year found him in a regiment of artificers
commanded by Col. Jeduthan Baldwin, Capt. Clark's
Company, and he subsequently wintered at Valley
Forge and participated in the battles of Brandy-
wine, Gcrmantown, Monmouth, Camden, siege of
Yorktov.n and surrender of Cornwallis, his service
covering a period of seven years. He was one of
seven brothers all of whom were in the military ser-
vice of their country.
Lieut. Samuel Xewton, of Woodbridge, Conn.,
a great-great-grandfadier of Mr. Lines, w^us a mem-
ber in 1776 of the Tenth Company, or train-band.
Second Regiment of Connecticut, and served at the
battle of Long Island ; the next year he was attached
to Capt. .Saanuel Camp's Company, Col. Noadiah
H. Walai' Lines was graduated from the Xauga-
tuck high school, after which he mastered the trade
of mason. He became a resident of Meriden in
1862, and has ever since been a factor in the mate-
rial and moral development of the town. On -May
23, 1864, he associated with himself Charles Perkins,
under the firm name of Perkins & Lines, to con-
tract for all kinds of building work, and to deal in
all kinds of building materials. This arranganent
continued harmoniously and successfully imtil 1878,
when Mr. Perkins withdrew from the firm, and was
succeeded by Henry E. Fairchild. I-'or ten years the
finn was known as H. W'ales Lines & Co., and in
1888 it was incorporated as The H. \\'ales Lines
Company, youiiiger men coming in who had grown
up with the business. The present officers are H.
Wales Lines, president and treasurer; Henry E.
Fairchild, vice-president ; Lewis A. Miller, secretary.
For years this has been one of the most favorably
known contracting and building establishments in
New England, widely known, and doing its most
extensive business, outside of its home city. From
the beginning it has dealt both wholesale and re-
tail, in building materials and isupplies, and is now
the largest in this line in the State. The home plant
is commodious and equipped with every facility for
convenience and the rapid dispatch of business.
Nine-tenths of the factories of ^leriden Have been
erected by this concern, including the extensive
plants of the Meriden Britannia Co., the Bradley
& Hubbard Manufacturing Co., and the Edward
-Miller Co. Its handiwork may also be found in
great profusion among the churches, schools, busi-
ness blocks and fine residences of the city. Some
of these are the residence of Hon. Charles' Parker,
First Congregational church, Meriden high school,
Y. M. C. A. building. State School for Boys, and
"\\'inthrop Hotel." Outside of Meriden some of
the more important structures erected by this com-
pany are: Wallingford ā factories of the H. L.
Judd Co. ; New Haven ā Snake & Book Society
building, Yale College; Branford ā St. Mary's
Roman Catholic church, and factory additions of the
Malleable Iron Fittings Co. ; Shelton ā Silk niilU
of A. & S. Blumenthal ; Willimantic ā .State Xoniial
School : Hartford ā Steadman block : Xew Britain ā
Russell &- Erwin Co. 's, factory additions; Torring-
ton ā library building. Excelsior Xeedle Co.'s fac-
tory and portion of the works of the Coe Brass
IManufacturing Co. ; Xaugatuck ā First Congrega-
tional church, Salem school, residence of J. H.
ber Co. ; Bridgeport ā factory additioni? of I'nion
Metallic Cartridge Co.: Stamford ā factory addi-
tions of the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.;
Middletown ā State Industrial School ; Xew Roch-
elle, N. Y. ā residence of C. Oliver Islin ; Princeton
University ā \\hig & Clio Halls ; Garwood, N. J. ā
factories of the .Aeolian Co.; Hackettstown, X. J. ā
Centenarv Collegiate Institute: Bedford, X. Y. ā
;\Iontefiore Home for Chronic Invalids: Mt. Her-
mon, Mass. ā Overton Hall, Moody's School.
Since 1891 Mr. Lines has been president of the
Xew England Brown Stone Co., and a director of
the C. F. Monroe Co. He is a director of the Meri-