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the United States alone, sailing on September i, and obtained his first
position in a mill at Taftsville, Connecticut, as a mule spinner. There he
spent eight years, followed by two years at Berkeley, Rhode Island,
then in 1893 came to New Bedford where he worked as a mule spinner
until his election to the Legislature in 1914.

All his mature years, Mr. Halliwell has been active in labor unions
and has held many offices conferred by his fellows of the organizations.
He is a Republican in politics, and in 1905-06-07 represented his ward in
the New Bedford Common Council. In 1914 he was the candidate of
his party for representative from the Eight Bristol District, was elected
and reelected in 1915-16, and is now (1917) the nominee to the State
Senate. He has the united labor vote, and has made an excellent repre-
sentative. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
(Manchester Unity) ; the Ancient Order of United Workmen ; Century
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; and the Washington Club.

Mr. Halliwell married at Taftsville, Connecticut, January 28, 1890,
Ada Greenwood, born at Ashton-Under-Lyne, England. March 21, 1869,

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coming to the United States in 1885. She is a daughter of John and
Alice Brown Greenwood, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. HaUiwell are the
parents of four children : Thomas Ewart, born at Taftsville, November
19, 1890, a thermostat fixer by trade; Raymond, born at Berkeley. Rhode
Island, July i, 1892, now visitor for the New Bedford Poor Department,
married Margaret Nightingale, of New Bedford ; Alice, born in New
Bedford, April 27, 1S96, married Carroll A. Lindell, of Newport, Rhode
Island; Eric Gordon, born in New Bedford, October 15, 1901, a student
at the New Bedford Industrial School.


The fortunes of politics often lands a man in public office who
ordinarily would fail of an election, but rarely does fortuitous circum-
stance reelect and never is a third term the result of what we may term
luck. Thus we may safely conclude that as James F. Collins has been
returned by his constituents of Ward 2, year after year, and advanced
from councilman to alderman, his course in these bodies has been honor-
able, progressive, patriotic and just. The confidence reposed in him is
most gratifying to Alderman Collins and greatly encourages him in
following the line of duty as he sees it. He is a native son of Scotland,
but from the age of four years has been in the United States and since
the age of six has resided in New Bedford, thus practically knowing no
other home or country. He is a son of Michael and Mary Collins, the
father dying when his son James F. was an infant, his brave mother
later, in 1873, gathering her four sons and two daughters around her and
with them coming to the United States.

James Francis Collins was born in Milfort, Scotland, March 31,
1869, but for forty-two years has lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts,
where as craftsman and city official he has risen to an honorable position
in public esteem. With his widowed mother, three brothers and two
sisters, he came to Canton, Massachusetts, in 1873, locating in that part
of the town now Canton Junction, the family moving to New Bedford in
1875. James F. attended the Merrimac and Parker streets public
schools, leaving the latter when twelve years of age to take a boy's place
in the spinning room in the Wamsutta Mill. At the age of sixteen he
left the mills, a weaver, and began an apprenticeship at the trade of
plumber with Parker & Sherman, whose shop was on W'ater street,
corner of Union, his immediate superior being William Deacon, now
serving the city board of health as an inspector of plumbing, under
whose direction he learned his trade. After completing his apprentice-
ship he continued with the firm as a journeyman for fourteen years, then
until 191 5 was in the employ of George Hatch, Wood «& Brightman and
C. L. Dunham. In 1915, having accumulated a sufficient capital from his
savings, he formed a partnership with Charles Kennedy and founded the


plumbing business of Collins & Kennedy at No. 1707 Purchase street,
New Bedford, and is now firmly established in public favor and on the
high road to business success. From youth Mr. Collins has taken a
deep interest in the work of the labor organizations and in public affairs.
When the Journeymen Plumbers' Union, No. 53, was formed, he was
elected its first president, serving during the first six years of the Union's
existence as president and secretary, only retiring from office when he
became an employer and president of the Master Plumbers' Association.
In 191 1 he was elected a member of Common Council from Ward 2,
and was annually reelected for four terms, making five in all. In
December, 1916, he was elected Alderman from Ward 2, and reelected in
December, 1917, and is now serving his city in that capacity for a second
term. He was chairman of joint council committees, audit and street
lighting, and a member of joint committees, building code and city
property, during 1917. In his second term he is chairman of joint com-
mittee on street light and building code and a member of joint com-
mittee on finance. He has been a faithful legislator, always to be found
at his post of duty and keenly alive to the responsibilities of the offices
he fills. He is a member and a director of the Knights of Columbus,
and in political preference he is a Republican.

Mr. Collins married Mary E. Flavin, of New York, daughter of
Maurice Flavin, a cooper by trade, who moved from New York to New
Bedford. Mr. and Mrs. Collins are the parents of two sons : Francis, a
graduate of New Bedford High School, now serving in the United States
Navy ; James, a student in grammar school.


From the time of his coming to the United States, a lad of eighteen
years. Mr. Uttley has energetically pursued different lines of activity,
but as purveyor to the public taste has won his greatest success "Velvet"
and "Banquet" ice cream being his well-known and popular brands. He
is a native son of Albion, but thoroughly American in his methods and
sympathies, not forgetting the land of his birth, however, in his love
and loyalty to the land of his adoption.

Arthur Uttley was born in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England,
June 5, 1876, and until ten years of age attended public school. He then
became a half day worker in a textile mill, the other half of the day being
spent in school, a practice allowed under the English law. At the age
of thirteen his school days and half days ended and he began clerking
in a grocery store, and at the age of fourteen he became a mill apprentice
to the business of corduroy manufacture, a line of cloth making and
manufacturing that he thoroughly mastered. He labored three years
as an apprentice, then for a year followed the business of corduroy
making, continuing until coming to the United States in 1894, aged


eighteen years. He located in New Bedford, entering the employ of a
leather merchant, with whom he remained two years before going to
Crompton, Rhode Island, where for six years he again engaged in his
trade of corduroy cloth manufacture. In 1902 he returned to New
Bedford, spending two years in the service of the Union Street Railway
Company, then embarking in the baking business.

With the baking, Mr. Uttley combined the manufacturing of ice
cream, but it was soon demonstrated to his satisfaction that the manage-
ment of both departments was too great an undertaking and he decided
to abandon the bakery and concentrate all his energy upon the manu-
facture and distribution of ice cream. The result has proved the wisdom
of his decision, and as the Velvet Ice Cream Company, located at No. 119
Smith street, he has built up a large and profitable business. He is an
energetic, public-spirited citizen, always ready to aid in any progressive
movement, a man respected by all who know him. During the coal
crisis of 1917-18, due to the great war, and when coal shortage was at
a most critical stage, Mr. Uttley succeeded in securing more than 1,000
tons of coal which he distributed where it would do the most good. He
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester
Unity, member of the Daughters of Rebekah, Sons of St. George,
Knights of Malta, Union Street Railway Relief Association, is a com-
municant of Grace Episcopal Church, and in politics is a Republican.

Mr. Uttley married, February 5, 1895, Victoria E. Rogers, of Arctic
Center, Rhode Island, daughter of Benjamin and Jane (Alvord) Rogers,
Mr. and Mrs. Uttley are the parents of two sons and two daughters :
Gladys, born November 23, 1S99; Harold, born April 18, 1901 ; Doris,
born July 23, 1904; Arthur (2), born October 9, 1916.


It was in 1888 that the Poisson Brothers, Gedeon, Joseph, Laurent
and Ludger, opened a small store in New Bedford, and from that small
start came the business of Poisson Brothers, No. 1056 Acushnet avenue,
and G. & L. Poisson, No. 912 South Water street. New Bedford, the last
named the largest dry goods and clothing store south of Union street.
The brothers operated as a partnership until 1903, then dissolved, Joseph
and Laurent Poisson going to the North End as Poisson Brothers,
Gedeon and Ludger to the South End where they had equipped a new
store which, under the firm name, G. & L. Poisson, they successfully
conducted as a partnership until 1914. In that year Ludger Poisson sold
his interest to his brother Gedeon, retired from business with a com-
petence, but did not live long to enjoy it, dying July 4, 1915. These
brothers were sons of Nere and Adelaide Poisson, their father a mer-
chant in Canada, Gedeon Poisson was the last of the four to come to
New Bedford, he having learned a trade and for several years had been


employed in Michigan and Minnesota. When offered a share in the new
store in New Bedford by his brothers he accepted, and in 1887 came to
New Bedford and the following year began his long and successful
career as a merchant.

The Poisson family was one of the oldest French families of the
Province of Quebec, Canada, Gedeon being a son of Nere Poisson, of
Gentilly, a wholesale grain and wood merchant. He married Adelaide
Jolibois and reared a large family, all of whom became men of business
standing in their native town and in New Bedford. Children : Hector,
died in Gentilly ; Joseph, a retired merchant of New Bedford, Massa-
chusetts ; Adolphe, succeeded his father in Gentilly ; Jean Baptiste,
owning a grain and lumber business at Gentilly ; Alphonsine, married
Joseph Bourgois, a general grain merchant of Ste. Angilo, Three Rivers,
Canada ; Gedeon, of further mention ; Ludger, a partner of G. & L.
Poisson until his death, July 4, 1915; Laurent, a real estate dealer in
property at New Bedford.

Gedeon Poisson was born in Gentilly, Province of Quebec, Canada,
November 20, 1857, and there was educated, learned the carpenter's
trade and resided until nineteen years of age. In 1876 he left the employ
of the architect, Gireau, with whom he had learned his trade, and came
to the United States, spending the first three years in Michigan, and the
following five years in Minneapolis, Miimesota. He first came to New
Bedford in 1887, began merchandising with his brothers in 1888, the
original location being at No. 909 South Water street. The capital
employed was not large, consisting of the money they had saved after
coming to the United States, each brother contributing a share. In
1903 they separated, Gedeon Poisson having designed and fitted up the
store in the North End to which Joseph and Laurent Poisson removed,
also the one at No. 912 South Water street, where he conducts his
present business. He with his brother Ludger, trading as G. & L.
Poisson, opened their new store, September 21, 1903, and there until the
retirement of the junior partner in 1914, they conducted a flourishing
business. Since becoming sole owner, Gedeon Poisson has continued
the business along the same general lines. He carries full lines of dry
goods, men's clothing and furnishings, women's clothing and small
wear ; his store running along modern department lines, and employing
about twenty-eight people. His trade is large, the South End finding
that the Poisson store serves them honorably and well. The owner is
a capable business man, upright and energetic, particularly careful of
the welfare of his employees. Courtesy and fair dealing are the store
mottoes, and his efforts to give the South End a modern store with good
service have been well appreciated. He is also interested in New Bed-
ford real estate. Mr. Poisson is a member of the Franco-American
Chamber of Commerce, the Franco-American Federation, the Francs
Tireurs, New Bedford Board of Trade, and St. Hyacinthe Roman


Catholic Church. He has traveled extensively in the United States and
Canada, his travels also including a European tour.

He married, in New Bedford, in 1905, Emma Antoinette Rousseau,
of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and they are the parents of a son, Hugo,
born in 1913.


Coming from a family of English millmen, Mr. Schofield not only
came honestly by his taste for the business he has been connected with
since boyhood, but with it he inherited a genius for the business. He
has passed through every grade of cotton mill position, from back boy
to agent, having, since 191 1, held the last named position with the Sharp
Manufacturing Company, of New Bedford. This corporation, with
$1,250,000 common and $1,200,000 preferred stock, employs sixteen hun-
dred hands in their two mills, operating 200,000 spindles and manu-
facturing fine combed yarns. The management of the business depart-
ment of such an enterprise demands a man of high business quality and
technical knowledge, as he must meet men of highest quality from other
managerial departments of his own company and men whose lives are
given solely to selling and buying from the outside world. He must
meet furthermore, on an equality, confer and decide wisely, keeping
ever in view the duty he owes to the stockholders and their representa-
tives, the board of directors to whom he is responsible. Mr. Schofield
meets these specifications in every particular and is rated one of the
strong men of the mill district. He is a son of Henry and Hannah
(Hilton) Schofield, the former an English mill worker and member
of the Established Church.

Robert Schofield was born in Royton, borough of Oldham
Lancashire, England, February 20, 1864. He secured his education in
the public and textile schools, his attendance at textile school being
in the evening classes, after he had become a mill worker, well ad-
vanced in practical cotton mill methods. He began in the mill as a
back boy and advanced through the various positions in the manu-
facturing departments until he reached the position of agent, first with
the Rotch Mill and since 191 1 with the Sharp Manufacturing Company
of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He came to Magog, Province of
Quebec, in 1889, remained there for three and one-half years, came to
the United States in 1893, and has since made New Bedford his home.
Mr. Schofield is a Republican in politics, member of the National Manu-
facturers Association of the United States, member of lodge, chapter,
council and commandery of the Masonic order, the Dartmouth Club,
and the Congregational church.

Mr. Schofield married in Royton, England, September 11, 1889,
Jane Knott, born there, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lord) Knott.
Mr. and Mrs. Schofield are the parents of four sons and a daughter:


Frank Lionel, born September 29, 1894, married Mildred Sherman, of
New Bedford; Florence Beatrice, January 22, 1896; Robert Milton,
January 24, 1901 ; William Hilton, October 12, 1902; George Louis,
November 18, 1906. The family home is at No. 189 Orchard street.


Noe Leopold Nadeau, a man of learning, skill and ability, a member
of the legal profession and a legislator, is a scion of an old French-
Canadian family, the earliest member of whom we have definite infor-
mation being Jean Baptiste Nadeau, grandfather of Noe L. Nadeau, who
was born in St. Hyacinthe, Province of Quebec, Canada, followed
agricultural pursuits throughout the active years of his life, and died
in Ste. Marie, Province of yuebec. His son, Damase Nadeau, father of
Noe L. Nadeau, was born in Ste. Marie, Province of Quebec, Canada, in
1817, and died in Concordia, Kansas, in 1895. He took an active part
in the Insurrection of 1837, on the side of the Patriots, and was in the
engagement with the Quebec Insurrectionists, although not then of
legal age. Two nephews of Noe L. Nadeau are now serving with the
Volunteer United States Troops, one as a lieutenant in the infantry, the
other in the aviation corps. Later Damase Nadeau became a resident
of Kansas, and there spent the remainder of his days. He married Marie
Louise Archanbeault, born in St. Cesaire, Province of Quebec, Canada,
in 1833, 3nd died in Concordia, Kansas, in 1894. They were the parents
of eight children: Leopoldine, born in 1855, died in 1894; Noemie, born
in 1857, now (.1917) residing in Los Angeles, California; Roseline, born
in 1859, now residing in Providence, Rhode Island; Noe Leopold, of
whom further; Honorine, born 1864; Joseph D., born in 1867, now
residing in Des Moines, Iowa ; Hubert G., born in 1869, now residing in
Houston, Texas ; Emma, born in 1872.

Noe Leopold Nadeau was born in St. Cesaire, Province of Quebec,
Canada, in 1862. He was educated in primary school and commercial
college of St. Cesaire, and made his classics in the College of Ste. Gen-
evieve, but before graduation the family came to the United States
and settled in Concordia, Kansas. He chose the profession of law as his
life work, completing his preparation at a law school in St. Louis, Mis-
souri, of which he was a student during the years 1S88-89. He returned
to the State of Kansas in 1892, was admitted to the bar of that State in
that year, and practiced in Concordia until 1895, when he went to Los
Angeles, California, on a visit, but remained to practice his profession.
The following year, 1896, occurred the great Cripple Creek gold rush,
although not the first in that region, Mr. Nadeau became one of the gold
seekers, his business, however, being that of mining broker. He visited
Montreal, Canada, in the interest of his mining property, and while there
the disastrous fire which swept that mountain settlement occurred. The


following jeai, 1897, Mr. Nadeau located in Pawtuckct, Khode Island,
was admitted to practice, won fame as a lawyer and legislator, and
until 1914 was one of the strong men of the Rhode Island bar. In that
year he took up his residence in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and since
that time, a period of three years, has established a lucrative law busi-
ness and has gained the respect and confidence of his fellow practitioners
His offices are in the Five Cents Savings Bank Building. During his
residence in Pawtucket, he became interested in politics, became prom-
inent in party councils, and was elected on the Democratic ticket to
serve in the Rhode Island Legislature during the years 1903-04. Mr.
Nadeau is a member of the local and county bar associations, the
Franco-.^merican Chamber of Commerce, the Francs Tireurs, the Franco-
American Federation, and the Church of Ste. Anne (Roman Catholic).
In politics he is a Democrat.

Mr. Nadeau married, in Providence, Rhode Island, June 7. 1906,
Lila Tetreault, born in St. Cesaire, Province of Quebec, Canada, March
5, 1877, daughter of Meril Tetreault, of St. Cesaire, Canada, a farmer, and
his wife, Josephine (Parens) Tetreault, of Cawensville, Province of
Quebec, Canada.


A New Bedford boy, educated in the city schools, Mr. Murphy has
spent his years, forty-four, in his native city, beginning his business
life as errand boy, and has since been a merchant, an apprentice journey-
man plumber, and since 1912 a contracting plumber, operating under his
own name. He early displayed the commercial instinct, and as a boy
made and sold lemonade, hunted dandelions and sold them himself,
and was a newsboy, there being few chances that a boy has for making
money that he did not pursue. But his greatest desire was to learn
the plumber's trade, and when the opportunity came, although he was
then nearly twenty years of age and earning a man's wages, he accepted
the small pay accorded an apprentice and served his full term of three
years. The years have brought him expert knowledge of plumbing as
a trade, and as a science or profession, its sanitary features being as
well understood as its mechanical. He is highly rated in his business,
and is the chosen instructor of the class in plumbing at the New Bed-
ford Industrial School, a branch of the public school system. He is a
son of Timothy Joseph and Catherine M. Murphy, his father, now de-
ceased, having been one of the employees of the Mt. Washington Glass
Company. Timothy J. and Catherine M. Murphy were the parents of
fourteen children, five deceased, eight sons and one daughter living.

James Francis Murphy was born in New Bedford, August 8, 1873,
and was educated in Fifth Street Grammar School, attending this until
fourteen years of age. His first employment was as errand boy with
J. G. Childs & Son, fish dealers, he remaining with that firm three years.


He was but seventeen, when, profiting by his experience with Childs
& Son, he opened a fish stand at South Water street, near Cannon, an
enterprise he conducted under his own name for eighteen months. Then
came his opportunity to learn the plumber's trade with George E. Hatch,
of New Bedford, and three years were thus spent as an apprentice at the
Hatch concern, corner of Purchase and William streets. Soon after he
had completed his term of apprenticeship and arrived at the dignity of
a journeyman, he entered the employ of S. C. Love, located at No. 87
Union street, and for seventeen years was in his employ, two years as
a journeyman plumber and fifteen years as foreman. In this capacity
he was connected with the plumbing of many mills and large residences
in New Bedford and far around vicinity, becoming a well known expert
in his line. In 1912, having accumulated sufficient capital, he decided
to turn his skill and knowledge toward developing a business of his
own. and located at Nos. 436-38 Pleasant street. New Bedford. He
specializes in mill work, gas water heaters and repair work of all kinds,
and has built up a good business among those who understand and ap-
preciate. When employed by others, Mr. Murphy became a member of
the Journeyman Plumbers Union, serving as its president for thirteen
years, and since has become a member of the Master Plumbers Associa-
tion, serving on its executive committee. For the past five years he has
been an instructor in plumbing at the New Bedford Industrial School.
He is a member of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce, and when
a clerk was connected with the Provision Clerks Mutual Benefit Associa-
tion. In politics he is an Independent, and in religious faith a Roman
Catholic, belonging to St. James Parish.

Mr. Murphy married in New Bedford, August 29, 1900, Frances
Anna Blecha, daughter of Joseph Blecha, a mill worker, Mr. and Mrs.
Murphy are the parents of two sons and two daughters : Francis, born
in 1904; Catherine, in 1906; James F., in 1910; Mary Frances, in 1914;
a fifth child, a daughter, is deceased.


When a boy of tender years, Hugh Linn Donaghy lost both his
parents, and it was through the kindly aid of a society of the Pres-
byterian church, whose special duty was the care of orphans, that he
was enabled to obtain an education and learn a trade. He was one of
a family of eight thus bereft and one of these was to have the privilege
which fell to the boy, Hugh L. The trade was learned, and in this
country Mr. Donaghy has built up a business and a reputation as a
smith which has brought him large returns. To the Presbyterian
church of New Bedford he is a strong pillar of support, and in serving
that church as trustee and active member he feels that he is only in a
measure repaying the debt of gratitude he owes to the church in rescuing
him when orphaned and giving him the opportunity which he has so


well improved. To craftsman and churchman must be added valuable
service as a citizen, for his life in New Bedford also included civic

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