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Lodge, Ancient Order of United Work-
men, and was master of this lodge. He
married Emelia Fosberg, born in Wes-
teras, the daughter of a sea captain who
was lost at sea, and Dr. Harstrom was
their only child. After coming to Amer-
ica the family were members of the Epis-
copal church.

Dr. Harstrom attended the public
schools of Sweden until he was about ten
years of age, and in this country attended
the Peekskill Military Academy and Ho-
bart College. He was graduated from the
latter institution in 1886 with the degree
of B. A., and in 1889 received his M. A.
degree from this same college. In 1899
Dr. Harstrom received the degree of
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Ph. D. from Yale University for post- politics he is a Republican, and has sev-



graduate work in Latin and Greek. The
same year the Harstrom School was
established in Norwalk ; prior to this time
Dr. Harstrom had conducted a private
day school in Norwalk.

The Harstrom School offers an excep-
tional opportunity to those whose college
preparations have been delayed, and
nearly a thousand boys have received
their training here. These boys are from
many of the leading families throughout
the country. Competent and experienced
men compose the faculty, men who are
specialists in their departments, and it is
a noteworthy fact that four of the six
instructors have been associated with the
school for seventeen or more years. Ex-
perience has shown the faculty of Dr.
Harstrom's school that Arithmetic and
English are the two studies which require
special attention and emphasis is laid on
these two courses of study. There are
two prizes offered annually, one for
scholarship and the other for general ex-
cellence, the former being awarded to the
boy having the highest scholarship stand-
ing, and the latter to the boy who has
made the best general impression as a
boy of sterling worth.

The school has received many tributes,
but one which conveys the real senti-
ment of the school was from one of the
prominent patrons, as follows :

You got my boy into Yale without a condition,
but the best thing you taught him was self-
reliance, and we shall never cease to be grateful.

The present school averages about
thirty pupils, and special attention is
given to individual instruction.

It would seem that the management of
the details connected with his school
would leave Dr. Harstrom no leisure for
outside interests, yet he is one of the most
public-spirited citizens of his city. In



eral times been honored with public office.
Under the old city charter he served as a
member of the Board of Estimate. In
1915, Dr. Harstrom was elected mayor of
Norwalk and served two years. During
his term of office he reconstructed the fi-
nancial system, putting it on such a basis
that every citizen could know where the
taxpayers' money went to. Many miles
of hard pavement were laid during Dr.
Harstrom's term of office. Credit is also
due to him for the introduction of voting
machines in Norwalk. During the World
War he was chairman of the local draft
board. He is a corporator of the Norwalk
Savings Bank and of the Fairfield County
Savings Bank.

Fraternally, Dr. Harstrom is a member
of many organizations : St. John's Lodge,
No. 6, Free and Accepted Masons, of
which he is senior warden ; Phi Beta
Kappa; and Theta Delta Chi. For five
consecutive years Dr. Harstrom was pres-
ident of the Grand Lodge of T. D. C, two
years longer than any other man ever
held the office. His clubs are the Nor-
walk Club ; Norwalk Country Club ;
Craftsmen's Club ; and Yale Club of New
York. Dr. Harstrom and his family are
members of Grace Episcopal Church, of
which he is senior warden. He has been
a delegate to many conventions, and ac-
tive in church work ; he is a member of
the American Philological Association.

There is perhaps no other man in Nor-
walk who has been in such demand for
public and after dinner speaking as Dr.
Harstrom. With an easy flow of beauti-
ful English, interspersed with shafts of
wit, sharp but never poisonous. Dr. Har-
strom is apropos always, a genial, whole-
souled man-loving personality.

Dr. Harstrom married Lee Selden Part-
ridge, daughter of Samuel Selden and
Frances Augusta (Bellamy) Partridge.



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Dr. and Mrs. Harstrom are the parents
of two children: i. Frances, who was
educated in Europe. 2. Carl Eric, who
graduated from Yale in 1915 with the de-
gree of Bachelor of Arts; he is now
engaged in the advertising business in
New York City, and resides in Norwalk;
he married Emily Ives, of Danbury, Con-
necticut.

(The Partridge Line).

Samuel Selden Partridge, father of Lee
Selden (Partridge) Harstrom, was bom
at Brockport, New York, January 9, 1839,
and died at Phelps, New York, December
22, 1913. He was a graduate of the Col-
lege of the City of New York, in the class
of 1857, taking up the study of law. He
engaged in the practice of his profession
with his great-uncle. Judge Samuel Lee
Selden, in Rochester, New York, and
later was in Phelps, New York. In poli-
tics he was a Republican, and was several
times honored with public office. Mr.
Partridge was a soldier in the Civil War,
taking part in many battles, among them
that of Bull Run. He held the rank of
brevet major, and was a member of the
Thirteenth New York State Volunteers.
During one of the engagements Mr. Part-
ridge was wounded in the leg, which
caused him to drag one foot for many
years ; he was also confined in Libby
Prison for some time. A Freemason, Mr.
Partridge was master of his lodge ; he
was also an Odd Fellow, and commander
of the local Grand Army of the Republic
Post at Phelps.

Samuel S. Partridge was married, Oc-
tober 19, 1864, at Rochester, New York,
to Frances Augusta Bellamy, born at
Rochester, April 27, 1847, died at Phelps,
March 19, 1914, daughter of Thomas and
Maria Mahala (Bayley) Bellamy. Their
daughter, Lee Selden Partridge, born



February 15, 1870, married Dr. Har-
strom, as above noted.

Thomas Murdoch Partridge, father of
Samuel S. Partridge, was born at Nor-
wich, Vermont, May 25, 181 1, and died in
New York City, May 2, 1880. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Selden Jack, born on the
Island of St. Thomas, in 1814, and died
January 9, 1839, in Brockport, New York ;
she was a daughter of Morison and Ro-
zana (Selden) Jack, the former of Bal-
merino, Fifeshire, Scotland, and the lat-
ter of Lyme, Connecticut.

Elisha Partridge, father of Thomas
Murdoch Partridge, was born August 2,
1778, and died March 2, 1845, i" Norwich,
Vermont. He was a son of Elisha and
Margaret (Murdoch) Partridge, who were
married November 14, 1765. He died
April I, 1823, and his wife March 15, 1815.
Through the collateral lines the ancestry
of Mrs. Lee Selden (Partridge) Har-
strom traces to several of the early immi-
grants in New England, among them be-
ing Richard Ely and Thomas Selden.



HARRIS, Channing Page,

Enterprising Citizen.

The Harrises are among New Eng-
land's most distinguished families and
have furnished many excellent citizens to
Connecticut. It is rather difficult to
trace this family to a common ancestor,
as many distinct emigrations of persons
bearing the name took place at a very
early period in the history of New Eng-
land. Channing Page Harris, a leading
banker of Westport, Connecticut, is a
worthy scion of this family ; he was born
at Westport, November 25, 1873, son of
Charles and Chloe Esther (Goodsell)
Harris. His great-grandparents were
Stephen and Charity Harris, and they
were the parents of Sylvester Harris, who
married Mary Ann Johnson.



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Charles Harris, son of Sylvester and
Mary Ann (Johnson) Harris, was born in
Southbury, Connecticut, November 23,
1849. He grew to manhood in East Vil-
lage, Monroe, and went to school there.
He also attended Hinman's private
school. His first employment was in the
yarn mill at Newtown, and later he
clerked in various retail stores until he
came to Westport, when he was about
twenty years of age. There he entered
the employ of D. A. Salmon & Company,
dry-goods merchants. Soon after the
Civil War he went into business for him-
self in partnership with Dwight Fenton,
under the firm name of Fenton & Harris.
This arrangement lasted for about two
years, until the stringent times of 1873
forced them to discontinue business.
From that time until his appointment as
postmaster of Westport, in 1900, Mr.
Harris traveled on the road as a sales-
man. He held the office of postmaster
for sixteen years, resigning to go into
the retail shoe business. He started the
Westport Shoe Shop, and still retains a
financial interest in the business.

Mr. Harris is a Republican, and one of
the most public-spirited citizens of West-
port. He is a member of Temple Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, of which he
is past master, and a member of Aspetuck
Lodge, Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Harris married. May 6, 1871, Chloe
Esther Goodsell, daughter of John and
Betsey Ann (Taylor) Goodsell, born
March 11, 1846. John Goodsell was the
sixth John Goodsell in direct descent. He
was a son of John and Rachel (Meeker)
Goodsell, and a grandson of John Good-
sell, who was killed by the Hessians at
the burning of Fairfield, July 8, 1779. He
married, January 28, 1834, Betsey Ann
Taylor, daughter of Alfred and Chloe
(Gregory) Taylor, born December 9,
1812. Captain Alfred Taylor was born



November 24, 1791, son of Jonathan, Jr.,
and Nancy (Taylor) Taylor. He was se-
lectman in Westport in 1839 and 1849,
and first voted for James Monroe, in 1816,
and last for Grover Cleveland. His name
appears among the incorporators of West-
port, and he received his title of captain
from commanding a company of State
Militia for three years. For fifty-five
years he served as vestryman at Christ
Church. He married, April 23, 1812,
Chloe Gregory, bom February 3, 1796,
daughter of Moses and Polly (Fillow)
Gregory. Moses Gregory was born Feb-
ruary 22, 1771, and died May 5, 1881, son
of Stephen and Molly (Benedict) Greg-
ory. About 1795 he married Polly Fil-
low, born February 14, 1779, died June
14, 1859.

Charles Harris and his wife, Chloe Es-
ther Goodsell, were members of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Har-
ris was a trustee for many years. Their
only child was Channing Page Harris,
of further mention.

Channing Page Harris was educated
in the Westport public schools, and was
one of the pupils of the first class gradu-
ated from the Staples High School. Then
he took a course in Martin's Business
College at Bridgeport, and was in the
office of the Bryant Electric Company for
almost seven years. He then became
identified with the banking firm of Marsh,
Merwin & Lemmon of Bridgeport, where
he spent about the same number of years.
In May, 1904, he entered the employ of
the First National Bank of Westport.
His years of experience were of untold
value to him in this work, and in due
course of time he was promoted to the
office of cashier. In 1913, when the bank
was reorganized as the Westport Bank
and Trust Company, Mr. Harris became
secretary and treasurer, and also a di-
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business interests include a directorship
with the Colyars Shoe Stores, Inc., and a
similar office with the Toquet Carburetor
Company. He also is a trustee of the
Staples High School. In politics, Mr.
Harris is a Republican, and takes an ac-
tive interest in all public matters. He
has been a member of the Board of Fi-
nance since the latter was organized
about four years ago.

Mr. Harris married Esther Alsop,
daughter of Samuel Alsop, Jr., a resident
of near Philadelphia. His father, Samuel
Alsop, Sr., had a boarding school where
the Hotel Glenwood now stands at the
Delaware Water Gap. Mr. and Mrs.
Harris are the parents of three children :
Rachel Griscom, Esther Kite, and Mar-
garet Alsop. The family are members
of the Society of Friends in New York
City.



RADFORD, Stephen Lockwood,
Jndge of Probate.

To introduce Judge Radford to his fel-
low-citizens of Greenwich, or to the mem-
bers of the Fairfield county bar and
bench, would be an act of presumption
on the part of the biographer. Having
loyally made his native city the scene
of his professional career, Judge Radford
has identified himself quietly but influ-
entially with the chief interests of his
community.

The name of Radford seems to be of
ancient English origin, being found as
the designation of various villages and
hamlets in the counties of Nottingham,
Oxford and Warwick.

(I) Stephen L. , Radford, grandfather
/)i Stephen Lockwood Radford, was de-
scended from John Radford, of Portland,
Maine, the family having been long rep-
resented in the "beautiful town that is
seated by the sea." Stephen L. Radford



was a sea captain, and in common with
so many of his calling found an ocean
grave. Captain Radford married Har-
riet Lockwood, a member of an old Eng-
lish family, represented in this volume.
The following children were born to Cap-
tain and Mrs. Radford : Mary, Frances,
Clarissa, and Stephen L., of whom fur-
ther.

(II) Stephen L. (2) Radford, son of
Stephen L. (i) and Harriet (Lockwood)
Radford, was born November 17, 1828, in
Greenwich, Connecticut. He was reared
on a farm to which his parents moved
when he was but five years old, and to
the close of his life he remained upon the
homestead. His education was received
in local public schools. Mr. Radford
married Julia S. Ritch, daughter of Ralph
and Clemence (Mead) Ritch, and grand-
daughter of James Ritch and Matthew
Mead. Matthew Mead was a son of Cap-
tain Matthew Mead, a Revolutionary
officer, and a great-grandson of John
Mead, who came from England in 1642.
The Pitches and Meads were both old
families of Greenwich. Mr. and Mrs.
Radford were the parents of four chil-
dren, two of whom reached maturity:
Jesse F., now deceased ; and Stephen
Lockwood, of whom further. Mr. Rad-
ford was a member of Christ Episcopal
Church of Greenwich, while Mrs. Rad-
ford was a member of the Second Con-
gregational Church of that place ; the
former held the office of vestryman and
took an active part in church work. It
is worthy of note that both Mr. and Mrs.
Radford were the children of seafaring
men, Ralph Ritch, who was a native of
Greenwich, having "followed the water"
nearly all his life.

(III) Stephen Lockwood Radford, son
of Stephen L. (2) and Julia S. (Ritch)
Radford, was born May 16, 1877, in
Greenwich, Connecticut. He received



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his early education in public schools of
his native town, passing thence to the
Greenwich Academy. He was entered as
a law student in the office of the late
Michael Kenealy, of Stamford, and at-
tended lectures at the Law School of the
University of New York. In 1899 he was
admitted to the bar. After practising for
nearly a year in the office of Mr. Kenealy,
Mr. Radford (as he then was) opened an
office of his own in Greenwich. The most
conclusive evidence of his success in
achieving a deservedly high reputation
both for legal learning and skill in the
application of its principles is furnished
by the fact that on January i, 191 5, he
was elected judge of probate. His record
as a member of the judiciary has more
than justified the choice of those whose
votes placed him upon the bench. Po-
litically Judge Radford is a Republican,
and for eight years filled the office of
clerk of the Court of the Borough of
Greenwich, serving for three years as
assistant town clerk, and member of the
Republican town committee. He affili-
ates with Acacia Lodge, No. 85, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons, of Green-
wich ; Rittenhouse Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons, of Stamford ; and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, of Green-
wich. He and his wife are members of
the Congregational church.

Judge Radford married, June 11, 1892,
Bessie H. Russell, daughter of Charles
E. and Lillian (Green) Russell, of Green-
wich, and they are the parents of one son :
Jesse Russell, born October 24, 1903. The
Russells are an old English family, trac-
ing descent from Hugh de Rosel, who
came over with William the Conqueror
and was rewarded with possessions in
Dorsetshire. The escutcheon of the Rus-
sells is as follows :

Arms — Argent, a lion rampant gules, on a chief
sable three escallops of the first.
Crest — A demi-lion rampant gules.



The Green familiy is of Anglo-Saxon
origin, the name being derived from the
word "grene," a common prefix to local
surnames.

Judge Radford is now in the prime of
life and his record, both at the bar and on
the bench, indicates that, rich as the past
has been in results, the future in all prob-
ability holds for him greater honors and
more signal achievements.



CRANE, Albert,

Iia-nryer, Philanthropist.

There is no department of activity in
human life more worthy of record than
that which aids and assists those worthy
objects which tend to upbuild and develop
mankind. The life of the late Albert
Crane, A. B., LL. B., of Stamford, Con-
necticut, was marked by many splendid
qualities, but above all by his great gen-
erosity and broad charity. Many public
institutions and individuals have been the
recipients of his generosity. Each has
been enabled through this good man's
deeds to broaden the extent of its help-
fulness. The Stamford Hospital, the
Stamford Children's Home, the Stamford
Day Nursery, and the free library at
Quincy, Massachusetts, are a few of the
institutions which will long revere the
memory of Albert Crane.

The use of signs to designate the oc-
cupation or trade was of ancient origin.
Even today we often see a boot hanging
in front of a shoemaker's store. Inns es-
pecially made use of different species of
birds, fowls, and animals, on their signs,
thus giving the hostelry a name. After
the general adoption of surnames, many
of these were retained as a patronymic,
one of these being Crane, taken from the
sign-name of the bird. The first mention
of it is found in 1272, when it was writ-
ten de Crance.

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family herein recorded, was born about
1621 in England, and died March 21, 1709.
He was among the early Dorchester set-
tlers, where he bought a farm of one
hundred and twenty acres, and a house,
September i, 1654. He served as select-
man of the town of Milton, 1679-80-81 ;
was one of the first trustees. Henry
Crane became a large landowner and was
a man of considerable education. He
married (first) Tabitha Kinsley, daugh-
ter of Elder Stephen Kinsley, who died
in 1681.

(II) Ebenezer Crane, son of Henry and
Tabitha (Kinsley) Crane, was born in
England, August 6, 1665. He enlisted in
the company which went with Sir Wil-
liam Phipps' expedition to Quebec, in
August, 1690, under command of Colonel
John Withington. He was one of the
twenty-nine men to return out of seventy-
five sent. He married, November 13,
1689, Mary Tolman, born November 26,
1671, daughter of Thomas, Jr., and Eliza-
beth (Johnson) Tolman, granddaughter
of Thomas Tolman, Sr., who came from
England in 1635, a first settler of Dor-
chester.

(III) Thomas Crane, tenth child of
Ebenezer and Mary (Tolman) Crane, was
born May 12, 1710, in Braintree ; married,
January 13, 1732, Deborah Owen, daugh-
ter of Nathaniel and Deborah (Parmen-
ter) Owen. They were admitted to the
Braintree church in 1732.

(IV) Joseph Crane, son of Thomas and
Deborah (Owen) Crane, was born Sep-
tember II, 1737, and died in 1810. He
was a cordwainer by trade, and lived at
Braintree. He served in the Revolution-
ary War, in Captain Silas Weld's com-
pany. Colonel William Heath's regiment.
He married, December 20, 1757, Mary
Savil, daughter of Benjamin and Mary
(Blanchard) Savil, born November 24,
1739, died August i, 1809.



(Vl Thomas (2) Crane, sixth son of Jo-
seph and Mary (Savil) Crane, was born in
May, 1770, in Braintree, and died Sep-
tember 25, 1818. He removed to George's
Island, Boston harbor, where he lived
until 1810. In the latter year he pur-
chased a house on Quincy Point, near
his boyhood home, and where there is a
stream which is still known as Crane's
Brook. He was a successful and well-
to-do man. He married, November 6,
1796, Sarah Baxter, daughter of Daniel
and Prudence (Spear) Baxter, born in
1771, at Braintree, died August 19, 1824.

(VI) Thomas (3) Crane, son of Thomas
(2) and Sarah (Baxter) Crane, was bom
on George's Island, October 18, 1803,
and died in New York City, April i,
1875. He grew to manhood in the clear,
invigorating air of his native home. He
was only fifteen years of age when his
father died, and he early went to work.
Desiring to be occupied out-of-doors, he
learned the trade of stonecutter, and in
1829 removed to New York City. There,
in association with others, he purchased
a stone yard. Mr. Crane furnished the
granite for the New York Customs
House ; St. John's freight depot ; and the
Forty-second street district reservoir.
He was a member of the Universalist
church, and when he was a young man in
Quincy, was accustomed to walk nine
miles to and from church. He was an in-
timate friend of Horace Greeley, and was
one of the founders of Tufts College at
Medford, Massachusetts, of which he was
a trustee. After his death his widow and
sons presented "The Crane Memorial
Hall," one of Richardson's fine designs,
to the town of Quincy, beloved by Mr.
Crane for his childhood associations there.

Mr. Crane married (second) in Boston,
November 23, 1836, Clarissa Lawrence
Starkey, born in Troy, New Hampshire,
March 3, 1813, a descendant of John



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Starkey, who was early in Boston. They
were the parents of four sons.

(VII) Albert Crane, third son of
Thomas (3) and Clarissa L. (Starkey)
Crane, was born December 30, 1842, in
New York City, and died at his beautiful
home in Stamford, Connecticut, Septem-
ber 21, 1918.

The early education of Mr. Crane was
obtained in the schools of his native city
and he prepared for entrance to Tufts
College, Medford, from which he was
graduated in the class of 1863. Mr.
Crane had previously decided to take up
the profession of law for his career and
with that aim in view entered Columbia
Law School, graduating three years later,
and was admitted to practice at the New
York bar the same year, 1866. The love
of fine arts and literature was inborn in
Mr. Crane, and in a few years the sordid-
ness of the city conceived in him a desire
to live in the atmosphere of country life.
Accordingly, he gave up his practice and
retired to the peacefulness of his country
home, "Rock Acre." He was fortunately
blessed in that he was able to gratify his
tastes and desires. He had traveled ex-
tensively, and at least two score times
Mr. Crane had voyaged across the At-
lantic ; his journeyings were over the en-
tire European continent, as well as into
other countries. Mr. Crane seemed to
have an especial fondness for England, as
one writer has said, "an ancestral inheri-
tance perhaps." He spent one entire
season in London, maintaining a home
there, and was presented at Court. While
there he also became a member of the
Thatched House Club, on St. James
street. Many of his English and Amer-
ican friends were entertained at his Eng-
lish home.

Mr. Crane's love of music was equally
as great as his love of travel and the arts.
He was a life member of the New York



Oratorio Society, and was a director of
the New York Symphony Society.
Among his warm, personal friends in the
world of music was Theodore Thomas.
In 1876, when the first performance of
Wagner's music-drama, "The Niebelun-
genlied," took place at Bayreuth, Mr.
Crane made a special trip there, and also,
in 1882, was at the first hearing of "Par-
sifal."

Many institutions were recipients of
Mr. Crane's benefactions. The Crane
Theological School of Tufts College was
endowed by him with a gift of one hun-
dred thousand dollars. This was to com-
memorate his father's adherence to the
Universalist faith. The Stamford Hospi-
tal stands on a site which was purchased
by a fund donated by Mr. Crane.

By virtue of his descent from Major
Simon Willard, of Concord, Massachu-
setts, and John Starkey, of Boston, Mr.
Crane was a life member of the Society
of Colonial Wars. As a great-grandson
of Sergeant Joseph Crane, he was a mem-
ber of the Sons of the American Revolu-
tion ; was a member of the New York



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