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of the Woodbridge Manufacturing Company, which,
although young, promises well.

"Personally, I am located in Woodbridge, New Jersey,
about three miles from business. I have acted as Secre-


tary for our local club, the Woodbridge Athletic As-
sociation, for the past two years, and have helped train
the little ones in the First Presbyterian Sunday School,
having been Superintendent for the past three years."

Daniel B. Brinsmade, M.D.

564 West End Avenue, New York City.

DANIEL BRADLEY BRINSMADE was born Nov. 7th, 1873, at Wash-
ington, Conn. He is the son of Samuel Leavitt Brinsmade and
Frances Elizabeth Bradley, who were married Oct. 26th, 1872,
at Roxbury, Conn., and had one other child, a girl.

Samuel Leavitt Brinsmade (b. March 6th, 1848, at Washing-
ton, Conn. ; d. Jan. 2ist, 1895, a t Washington) was a merchant
of Washington and of New York City. His father, Thomas
Franklin Brinsmade, was also a merchant of those two places.
His mother was Elizabeth Leavitt, of Washington. The family
came to America from England about 1628, and settled at
Stratford, moving, in 1748, to Washington, then called Judea,
where Daniel Brinsmade, Yale 1745, was the first minister.
They include in their number many Yale graduates.

Frances Elizabeth (Bradley) Brinsmade (b. June 23d, 1850,
at Roxbury, Conn.) is the daughter of Eli Nichols Bradley,
a Roxbury farmer, and Elizabeth Rising, of Springfield, Mass.

Brinsmade prepared for College at Washington, Conn. He was
Second Tenor in the Freshman Glee Club and a member of
Phi Gamma Delta. The Senior Year Class Book speaks par-
ticularly of his prominence as an attendant at Poll's.

He was married June 3d, 1903, in Grace Church Chantry, New
York City, to Mrs. Grace (Downey) Clark, daughter of Robert
A. and Ellen Preston Downey, late of Oswego, N. Y., and has
one child, a daughter, Eleanor Preston Brinsmade (b. Aug.
5th, 1904, at New York City).

BRINSMADE "entered the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons of New York in the fall after graduation and in
1900 received the degree of M.D. Spent three months
as Assistant Physician of a Sanatorium, and in the fall
of 1900 went abroad, where six months were spent in
Italy and Egypt. Entered the Presbyterian Hospital as


Pathological Externe in June, 1901, and on January ist,
1902, started in business on West End Avenue, New

"In 1898 I paid a visit to Cuba and Mexico. In 1899
the holidays were spent in Italy and Southern France.

"Since 1902 I have taken only one trip away from
New York State, that being through the Great Lakes
and Northern Michigan. A few minor trips in New
York State and Connecticut make up the rest. I got
married in 1903, but the 'honeymoon' was spent within a
radius of one hundred miles of New York City. Of
course Bicentennial saw me in New Haven. Having
never missed a Class Dinner, and running in at the Yale
Club occasionally, gives me the opportunity of seeing
quite a number of '96 men.

"My amusements have been those that generally fall
to the New Yorker of moderate means, the theatre, etc.
Have done some automobiling, and am now enjoying my
second car. There is not much to say so far about my
professional record. Practice is growing slowly as I
'percolate more and more into the community.' Within
the past three years I have become a member of the New
York County Medical Society, the New York State Med-
ical Society, and the New York Academy of Medicine.
I am an associate editor of the Medical Review of Re-
views, and Physician to the O.P.D. of the Presbyterian

He adds, "If you happen to know of anything else
I 've done that does n't occur to me, put it down."

O excellent Brinsmade ! O mens conscia recti!

Jno. S. Brittain, Jr.

House and Special Road Salesman for the John S. Brittain Dry Goods Co.,

St. Joseph, Missouri.
Residence, Qth and Faraon Streets.

JOHN SHERRARD BRITTAIN, JR., was born Oct. 2ist, 1874, at St.
Joseph, Mo. He is the son of John Sherrard Brittain and


Susan Mary Turner, who were married Jan. 5th, 1865, at
Forest City, Mo., and had four other children, all girls.

John Sherrard Brittain the elder (b. Nov. 30th, 1841, at
Belvidere, N. J.) has lived at Trenton, N. J., Philadelphia, Pa.,
Forest City, and St. Joseph. He is in the wholesale dry goods
trade. His parents were William Baker Brittain, a newspaper
editor, of Trenton, and Letitia Jones, of Philadelphia, whose
father, Samuel Jones, was expelled from a Quaker Church in
that City for bearing arms in the War of 1812. The family
came originally from England and Scotland. The date is un-
known, but it is certain that they were living in Trenton, N. J.,
some time prior to 1750.

Susan Mary (Turner) Brittain (b. Dec. I3th, 1846, at Miami,
Mo.) is the daughter of Samuel Johnson Turner (of Culpepper
Court House, Va., and of Weston, Mo.), and Mary Noel, of
Essex Co., Va. Mr. Turner was a pioneer trader, and was
connected at one time with The Nicaragua S. S. Co., of San

Brittain prepared for Yale at the Hill School. He received a
Second Dispute at the Junior Exhibition, a Second Colloquy
at Commencement, and was a member of the University Club
and of Psi. U.

He has not been married.

BRITTAIN went at first into his father's dry goods busi-
ness in St. Joseph, Missouri. Early in 1901 the condition
of his health necessitated a change of climate, so he left
St. Joseph and went to Dallas, Texas, where he became
Assistant to the General Agent (for Texas and Louisi-
ana) of the Chicago Great Western Railway. His health
improved in Dallas and in January, 1903, he returned to
St. Joseph "to re-enter the employ of the John S. Brittain
Dry Goods Company, Jobbers, and Importers of Dry
Goods, etc." He is a house and special road salesman.

'There have been no startling events in my career to
tell you of, or that would be of any interest," he wrote
this spring. "In the fall of 1903 I was badly mixed up
with a runaway horse, and although my head was consid-
erably cut up, and my nose 'busted' and turned across my
face, instead of up and down, a clever surgeon got in
some fine work with his needles and splints, and I came
out of it just as beautiful as ever."


* Rev. Wm. Hall Brokaw

Died July i3th, 1902, New York City.

WILLIAM HALL BROKAW was born Jan. i6th, 1874, in Newburgh,
N. Y. He was a son of William Bergen Brokaw and Mary
Alice Hall, who were married Jan. pth, 1872, at Jersey City
Heights, N. J., and had altogether seven children, four boys and
three girls, four of whom lived to maturity.

William Bergen Brokaw (b. March ist, 1846, at Bound
Brook, N. J.) served nearly four years in the War of the Re-
bellion, enlisting as a drummer and rising to the rank of Major
by brevet. He was severely wounded at Fort Harrison, Va.
His occupation since the war has been that of a manufacturer.
He has lived in New York City, in Newburgh, and in Yonkers.
He is the son of George V. L. and Sarah Brokaw; the former
a merchant of Saratoga Springs, N. Y., and the latter a resi-
dent of Bound Brook, N. J. The family came to America from
Holland and France about 1600, and settled at Staten Island.

Mary Alice (Hall) Brokaw (b. March 25th, 1851, at New
York City) is the daughter of Alonzo Burr Hall, a merchant,
and Anna VanTine Hall, both of New York City.

Brokaw prepared for Yale at Newburgh, N. Y., and in College
was identified with certain lines of Dwight Hall work. He
was a member of the Yale Union, and received a First Colloquy
at the Junior Exhibition and a Second Dispute at Commence-

He was married at Yonkers, N. Y., June I5th, 1899, to Miss
Annetta Kerr, daughter of George Kerr of Yonkers, N. Y.
She died suddenly Oct. 28th, 1900, at Yonkers, N. Y.

BROKAW was graduated from the Union Theological
Seminary of New York in 1899, receiving a certificate of
graduation which would have entitled him to the degree
of Bachelor of Divinity upon the presentation of a thesis.
On July 1 3th, 1902, he died in New York City of con-
sumption. He was sadly wasted the last time any of us
saw him, in June, too ill even to read, but he had
made his sexennial letter, nevertheless, so complete,
that it is here republished in lieu of any other bio-
graphical account:

"My wedding day was June I5th, 1899. Immediately
thereafter my wife and I left for Brownsville, Texas,


which place we reached July ist. It is truly the jumping-
off place of these United States and one of the most
isolated towns in the country, being 160 miles from a
railroad ; and this distance must be traversed in a slow-
going stage which takes 36 hours to make the trip. I
assure you we were glad when this portion of our jour-
ney came to an end.

"Brownsville has a population of about 4,500, but
four-fifths are Spanish-speaking Mexicans. My work
lay among the American contingent, and a very interest-
ing work it was. The church of which I had charge
was the only one in town in which the services were
held in English, so my congregation was not limited to
members of the Episcopal Church but represented nearly
every denomination. I say it was a deeply interesting and
inspiring work, and I was happy in it and in my home
life, in spite of our isolation, but before the year was up
I was compelled to resign my charge and come North. I
had been in poor health during almost the whole of my
stay, and in the spring my condition became so precarious
that there was but one thing to do, and that was to seek a
different climate at once. We left there in May, 1900,
stopping in San Antonio for a week's rest. Here I was
ordained priest, having been ordained deacon the pre-
ceding January in Brownsville.

"Soon after reaching my home in Yonkers I con-
sulted my physician who advised me to go at once to the
Adirondack^, preferably to Dr. Trudeau's sanatorium at
Saranac Lake. Thither I went and remained until
April of the following year. It was during my stay here
that the great sorrow to which I have referred" (in an
unpublished portion of this letter) "came to me. My
wife had been with me during a portion of the summer,
but for three months past had been at her parents' home
in Yonkers and I had not been able to see her. The last
Sunday morning in October a telegram came to me
stating she was seriously ill and to come home at once.
She had died very suddenly that morning and I reached
her side twenty-four hours too late. Again I say I hope


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no classmate may have to suffer as I did; but I also say
the dear God knoweth best.

"I returned to Saranac and remained until spring;
then went out to Liberty, N. Y., where I spent the sum-
mer with my parents. In the fall of last year I left
Liberty for San Antonio, Texas, and there spent last
winter. My health had improved very little, but I man-
aged to do some work while in San Antonio, chiefly in
the form of occasional preaching. During April of
this year the weather grew very hot, so May first I came
North again. I expect to be in the country somewhere
with my parents this summer. . . .

"As to my present occupation it is doing nothing, ex-
cept trying to get back my health. Let those who are
able to work rejoice. 'Doing nothing' is the hardest
work I ever did."

Alexander Brown, Jr.

Torresdale, Pennsylvania.

ALEXANDER BROWN, JR., was born Sept. 25th, 1872, at Torresdale,
Pa. He is the son of Neilson Brown and Elizabeth Laurence
Carson, who were married Oct., 1868, at Torresdale, and had
one other child, a daughter.

Neilson Brown (b. July 3d, 1845, at Philadelphia, Pa.;
d. July 20th, 1905, at Atlantic City, N. J.), gentleman of leisure,
was the son of Alexander Brown, a banker of Philadelphia,
Pa., and Katherine Neilson.

Elizabeth Laurence (Carson) Brown (b. Feb. 5th, 1851, at
Philadelphia, Pa.) is the daughter of George C. Carson, a mer-
chant, and Rosalie Morgan, both of Philadelphia.

Brown prepared at St. Paul's, and spent parts of his youth in
Washington, D. C, and in Paris. He was a Class Wrestler, a
substitute on the Varsity Football Team, President of the St.
Paul's School Club, and a prize winner for several years on
the Track Team, including the Special Track Team that went
over to England to play Oxford in '94. His specialties were
the shot and the hammer. He rowed No. 2 on the Varsity
Crew in Senior year, and sang Second Bass in the Second Glee
Club. He Boule, D. K. E. and Bones.

He has not been married.


BROWN described himself on the class-blank this year as
a "Farmer," explaining, when interviewed, that it was
because he raised a good deal of hay to feed his ponies.
He is a member of the Bryn Mawr Polo Club; and of
the 542 men rated as active players by the National Polo
Association he is one of the first 54 (all of whom have a
handicap rating of four or over). He has made several
trips in the West and South- West, looking for likely

"The Blues and Reds had a lively polo match this
afternoon," said a recent despatch from Newport, R. L,
to a New York paper, "the former winning 13 to 8. The
game was devoid of interest except to the contestants
and a few of their friends. The teams were as fol-
lows: Blues: William A. Hazard, Alexander Brown,
Rudolph L. Agassiz, and R. C. Snowden. Reds : Regi-
nald C. Vanderbilt, W. H. T. Huhn, J. M. Waterbury,
and R. Livingston Beeckman."

"After I left Yale," wrote Brown at our Sexennial,
"you know we rowed at Henley. In the fall went into
Brown Brothers & Company, Bankers, for seventeen
months. April 4th, 1898, went into United States Navy.
Stayed until December 4th, 1898. Went to Europe.
Stayed until August, 1899. Ill most of the time. Next
spring went into United States Forestry, South Dakota,
brought home carload of horses. Broke and sold them.
Since then traveled in West and Europe."

His decennial postscript reads : "Nothing except
living in country and traveling some in Europe and the
Western States."

Brown's term of service in the Navy was spent as
Assistant Paymaster on Wainwright's ship, the
Gloucester the unprotected little converted yacht which
ran in at the very start of the great sea-fight off Santiago
and put the two Spanish torpedo-boat destroyers out of
action. The Sexennial Record (pp. 63-66) contained
some interesting reminiscences about "Skim" as a ship-
mate, contributed by one of his fellow-officers.


Herbert S. Brown

Consulting Electrical Engineer, 319 East 236. Street, New York City.

HERBERT STANLEY BROWN was born Nov. 26th, 1872, at Detroit,
Mich. He is a son of Charles Hall Brown and Georgiana
Newcomb, who were married Dec. 4th, 1867, at Detroit, Mich.,
and had two other sons.

Charles Hall Brown (b. July 5th, 1843, at Charlton, Sara-
toga Co., N. Y.) has lived at Charlton, at Detroit, and at Little
Falls, Minn., engaged as a wholesale seed salesman, wholesale
drug salesman, and now as a retail druggist. He is a son of
Nathan Hollister Brown, a farmer, carpenter, contractor, "and
luckless inventor," of Detroit, formerly of Charlton, N. Y., and
of Amanda Hall, of South East, Putnam Co., N. Y. The
family are said to have come from the north of Ireland, and
the direct ancestor, Thomas Brown, was one of the original
settlers of Freehold, N. J.

Georgiana (Newcomb) Brown (b. Jan. 3d, 1838, at Quincy,
Mass.; d. Dec. 24th, 1881, at Detroit) was the daughter of
George Newcomb (Amherst '32), a physician, and Lucy Ann
Packard, both of Quincy, Mass.

Brown entered our Class from Northwestern University in Sept.
'93. He took Two Year Honors in Political Science and Law,
and in Senior year received the Cobden Club Medal. A Dis-
sertation at the Junior Exhibition and an Oration at Com-

He has not been married.

BROWN'S pre-sexennial diary ran as follows : " 1896-97:
Instructor in Mathematics, Cheshire Academy, Cheshire,
Connecticut. 1897-98: Graduate student in Social
Science at Yale. 1898-1901 : Editor of the Charities
Review (New York City), succeeding Dr. F. H. Wines,
now Assistant Director of the United States Census
Bureau. 1901-02 : Secretary of a Committee of Twenty
(Herbert Parsons, Chairman) organized to protect the
state charitable institutions from political manipulation.
1902: Secretary of the New York State Charities Aid
Association, succeeding Mr. Homer Folks, now Com-
missioner of Public Charities of the City of New York.
1902: Returned to the electrical construction business


with which I have been connected or in close touch since
boyhood. Am editing a series of historical studies of
'American Philanthropy of the Nineteenth Century' for
the Macmillan Company. Have lived for several years
among the working people of New York City."

His electrical construction business, which was car-
ried on under the name of "Herbert S. Brown, Trustee,"
was fully described in the Sexennial Record (pp 66-68).

" 'Brown, Trustee/ of 1902 notoriety," says his decen-
nial letter, "prospered beautifully for two years, em-
ployes getting 20% bonus on their wages and earning
it by their interest. Then came a cheerful row in the
New York building trades, and Mr. Trustee, unwilling to
take sides against his men, or enter into combinations
obviously in restraint of trade, bowed himself out. At
last reports he was squandering on the Lord knows what
impossible inventions 101% of his income from a modest
engineering practice, living the simple life, and vowing
that some day he would get into the 'Trustee* game
again. There is a private suspicion that Brown's un-
reasonably cozy fireplace (that's patented, too), and an
endless procession of queer-titled books that litter his
desk and shelves, have a formidable conspiracy of their
own in restraint of trade and fair ladies. But 'God,
you know, what can you do !' '

This alleged fireplace is in a small squat one-story
fortress, situated in the interior of an East-side New
York block, and surrounded by the rear walls and yards
of tenements. The Secretary has never been able to gain
admittance, owing to the absence (or the suspicions) of
the tenant, and to his cautious habit of locking all ac-
cessible windows. It looks rather interesting, from with-
out, though smelly.

Wm. F. Brown, M.D.

Lyon Mountain, New York.

WILLIAM FULLER BROWN was born Aug. 27th, 1873, at New York
City. He is the only child of John Fuller Brown and Carrie


Spicer, who were married Dec. 2d, 1871, at Cincinnati, O. An
uncle, E. W. Brown, was graduated in the Class of '65.

John Fuller Brown (b. Sept. I2th, 1848, at West Killingly,
Conn.) served as a private in Co. C, 3d N. H. Vol. Infantry in
the Civil War. He is now (Jan. '06) engaged as a bookkeeper
and salesman at Lyon Mountain, N. Y. He has lived at West
Killingly and New Haven, Conn., Cincinnati and Cleveland, O.,
and New York City. He is the son of William Brown, a
cotton mill overseer and merchant, and Elizabeth Fuller, both
of Killingly.

Carrie (Spicer) Brown (b. Nov. 22d, 1849, at Hamilton, O.)
is the daughter of George Spicer, a farmer, and Elizabeth
Schaffer, both of Germany. She spent her early life at
Hamilton and Cincinnati, O.

Brown prepared for College at the Plattsburg High School, at
which place and at Northampton, N. Y., his early life was spent.
He received an Oration at the Junior Exhibition and at Com-

He was married at Plattsburg, N. Y., Nov. 21 st, 1901, to Miss
Marie E. Williams, daughter of the Hon. Andrew Williams,
and has one child, a son, William Fuller Brown, Jr. (b. Oct.
2ist, 1905, at ~Lyon Mountain, N. Y.).

BROWN took his M.D. at McGill University, Montreal,
in 1899. He received a hospital appointment, spent one
year as Resident Physician and Surgeon at the Montreal
General Hospital, and was then appointed Physician and
Surgeon to the Chateaugay Ore & Iron Company, and
the Chateaugay Railroad Company, with residence at
Lyon Mountain, New York. At Sexennial he reported
that he was also serving as Health Officer for the Town
of Dannemora, New York, and as Medical Examiner for
the New York and Mutual Life Insurance Companies.

"Tending strictly to business," says his decennial let-
ter, "helping the undertaker out when his trade gets
dull, and by way of variety doing a little veterinary work
on the side.

"By the way," he adds thoughtfully, "the animals
always croak."


George S. Buck

Lawyer. 543 Ellicott Square, Buffalo, N. Y.
Residence, 60 Irving Place.

GEORGE STURGES BUCK was born Feb. loth, 1875, in Chicago, 111.
He is a son of Roswell Riley Buck and Maria Catherine Barnes,
who were married Nov. 8th, 1866, at Buffalo, N. Y., and had
altogether three children, two boys and one girl, one of whom
died before maturity.

Roswell Riley Buck (b. Oct. 21 st, 1826, at Wethersfield,
Conn.; d. Sept. loth, 1904, at Buffalo, N. Y.), a grain merchant,
spent the greater part of his life at Buffalo and Chicago. He
was the son of Winthrop Buck, a farmer of Wethersfield, Conn.,
and of Eunice Moseley, of Glastonbury, Conn. His direct an-
cestors came from England in 1649, and settled at Wethers-
field, Conn.

Maria Catherine (Barnes) Buck (b. March 5th, 1836, at
Buffalo, N. Y.; d. May 5th, 1905, at Buffalo, N. Y.) was the
daughter of Josiah Barnes (Yale '26), a physician of Tolland,
Conn., and Delia Marsh, of Litchfield, Conn. Josiah Barnes
like his grandson, our classmate, was a Junior Exhibition man.

Buck spent his early life chiefly in Buffalo, and prepared at the
Buffalo High School. He was one of the speakers at the
Junior Exhibition, receiving a second Ten Eyck Prize. He
also took part in the DeForest Prize Speaking in Senior year,
taking a Townsend Premium. He was Class Orator and a
member of the Yale Union. A Dissertation at the Junior Ex-
hibition and an Oration at Commencement. Beta Theta Phi.

He was married Oct. 6th, 1903, at Buffalo, N. Y., to Miss Ellen
Louise Hussey, daughter of Dr. Elisha Pinkham Hussey of
Buffalo, and has two children, a son, Roswell Seymour Buck
(b. Aug. 22d, 1904, at Buffalo) and a daughter, Ruth Buck (b.
May 29th, 1906, at Buffalo).

IN 1898 Buck was graduated second in his class at the
Buffalo Law School, and began practice, for awhile as
a member of the firm of Buck & Cole. He "went abroad
in 1899 and stopped off for a few hours at the North
Cape. Otherwise did the usual things."

His decennial letter follows : "I have been for three
years a member of the Erie County Board of Super-
visors, a body which has charge of the County affairs.


I have tried to do something for better government, and
I believe I have been effective, for I have been called
everything from 'a damned fool/ and 'the supreme ob-
jector/ to 'the guardian angel of the County Treasury'."

One of his friends has supplemented this information
with the following letter : "George S. Buck is serv-
ing his second term in the Board of Supervisors of
Erie County, where he represents the twenty-first ward
of the City of Buffalo. During the year 1905 Mr. Buck
instituted and conducted an investigation into the affairs
of the office of the Superintendent of the Poor of Erie
County. The inquiry was conducted by him before a
committee of the Board of Supervisors, of which he is
a member, and this committee and its chairman were
extremely hostile toward him during its progress, evi-
dently desiring to shield the official whose acts were
under investigation. Nevertheless there was disclosed a
well-developed system of graft, consisting of exorbitant
and illegal fees, costly junkets, etc., which combined to
make the care of its poor highly expensive for the
County. As a direct result of the exposure the practice
of grafting received a decided check in that department,
and it is probable that the whole fee system will soon be

"The same year saw the beginning of another hot
fight in which George took a leading part. This was
brought on by an attempt on the part of the local trac-
tion company to obtain a valuable franchise in some of
the streets and parkways of the City of Buffalo for noth-
ing. The alderman and other city officials were falling
over each other in their eagerness to help a rich cor-
poration to a good thing at the expense of the taxpayers.
But unfortunately the law required public hearings, and
at these hearings strenuous objections were raised to
the measure being jammed through without providing
for any compensation to the city. Among the leaders
of the opposition were George Buck, Wm. Burnet
Wright Jr. '92, and Robert S. Binkert, Sheff '04, Secre-

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