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Edward E. Chase, son of Zachariah J. and Harriet
(Moon) Chase, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on
June 8, 1862. He received his early education in the
public schools of the city, then completed his studies
at the high school. At fifteen years of age he started
life in the ice business, which he followed up to the time
he was fifty. He was in the employ of the Lynn Ice
Company for seven years, then on June i, 1886. he
became interested for himself in the firm of Z. J. Chase
& Sons, which was comprised of his father, himself and
his brothers.

In this capacity Mr. Chase became a well-known
figure in the business life of the city. On March 8,
1885, he became identified with the Lynn Fire Depart-
ment as a call man, and on March 12, 1899, was
appointed call captain. As time passed he became more
and more important in the department, filling the office
of lieutenant for a period of five years. Then, for per-
sonal reasons, Mr. Chase resigned from this office, once
more holding the less responsible position of call man.
Later on, the demands of other affairs releasing him, it
was with great satisfaction to his friends, and also to the
general public, that the news became known of his
appointment, on December 13, 1912, as chief of the fire
department of the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. He still
holds that position, administering the affairs under his
charge with the judgment and efficiency which have
marked every step in his public career.

Mr. Chase is now at work on a record which will be
of permanent value to the people of Lynn, not only as
a community, but as individuals, and that is a history
of the Volunteer and Paid Fire departments of the city
of Lynn. His long service in the department, familiariz-
ing him with the legends of the early days, and giving
him a clear insight into the life-story of the individuals
who make up this splendid force, has prepared him to
place this history before the public in its true relation
to the people, and with its full significance apparent.

Mr. Chase is a member of the International Associa-
tion of Fire Engineers. In public life, so far as political
affiliations are concerned, Mr. Chase is independent of
party obligations, and will give unreserved support to
no aggregation of public sentiment. He thinks for
himself, as his father did, in the days when to think for



himself required courage in any man. He is a member
of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs' Club.

In fraternal circles Mr. Chase is popular and widely
known. He is a member of the Free and .\ccepted
Masons; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, both
the lodge and the encampment: the Improved Order of
Red Men ; the Knights of Pythias, and the Rebekahs.
He attends the Maple Street Methodist Episcopal
Church, of Lynn.

On May 5, 1887, Mr. Chase married Myra P. Crowell,
born in Salem, Massachusetts, daughter of James P.
and Rosetta (Avery) Crowell. Mr. Crowell was a
tailor, and lived to the age of ninety-four. Mr. and
Mrs. Chase have had three children, but only one is
living. Alma, the wife of Harold E. Hunt, assistant
manager of J. B. Blood's Market, in Lynn, and they
have two children, Lendall and Calvert.



JOHN J. KENNEDY— In Salem, Massachusetts,
John J. Kennedy first saw the light, there was educated,
and there he is now well established in the insurance
business. He is a son of John Kennedy, who was an
employee of the United States Custom House at Salem
until his death in 1900. John Kennedy married Mar-
garet Howe, of Salem, who also passed away in 1909.

John J. Kennedy was born in Salem, Massachusetts,
October 26, 1892, and there was educated in St. Mary's
Parochial School. After completing his studies he
secured a position as salesman with the P. J. Kennedy
Company of Boston, Massachusetts, and for nine years
he remained with that company. He then resigned and
entered the life insurance business as agent for the
John Hancock Company. He remained with that com-
pany two years, then established a general insurance
office under his own name. He has been very success-
ful and has built up a strong and profitable agency.

During the World War, 1917-18, Mr. Kennedy enlisted
in the 12th Depot Brigade, stationed at Camp Devens,
but soon contracted a disability and was honorably dis-
charged. He is a member of the Salem Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks; the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, and the American
Legion. He is a member of the Church of the Immacu-
late Conception, and a man highly esteemed. Mr. Ken-
nedy represents in his agency these companies : Law
Union and Rock ; British-.\merican ; Virginia Fire and
Marine; Great Lakes Insurance Company; Massachu-
setts Bonding and Insurance Company; Ocean Accident
and Guarantee Corporation ; New Amsterdam ; Conti-
nental Casualty; and Union Central Life Insurance
Company.



CHESTER C. BURNHAM, long active in the busi-
ness and social life of Essex, Massachusetts, was born
there, March 15, 1861, and is a son of George Franks
and Martha M. (Stanwood) Burnham. His father, a
lifelong resident of Essex, was a shipbuilder in his
younger days, and later conducted a general store until
his death, November 20, 1893. His mother, who was
born in Ipswich, died January 10, 1915, at the age of
seventy-one years.

Receiving a practical education in the schools of
Essex, Mr. Burnham entered the employ of S. B. Fuller




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& Son. shoe manufacturers of Essex, remaining with
them for about three years. He then went to Lynn,
where he was employed in the factory of B. F. Spinney
& Son, remaining there for about one year. Thereafter
returning to Essex, he followed the shore for a short
time, then later became associated with his father in
the general store. This was the first store of its kind
in Essex, and since the death of the founder, his son
has carried on the business under his own name, with
gratifying success.

In fraternal circles Mr. Burnham has always been
prominent. He was one of the founders of Starr King
Lodge. Knights of Pythias, named after Thomas Starr
King, and organized May 13, 1890; also a member of
the uniformed rank, Knights of Pythias. He has long
been a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks in Essex, and was a founder of the Essex Post
of the American Legion. He is a member of the Uni-
versalist church of Essex.

Mr. Burnham married, in 1880, Laura M. Andrews,
of Essex, and they have two daughters: Neva C, and
Nettie H. Their two grandsons are Chester O. Riggs,
and Rav Burnham Butler.



ELIZABETH ANN LETHBRIDGE— In the dry

goods business in Manchester, Massachusetts, Elizabeth
Ann Lethbridge holds a position of prominence. She
was born in Catalina, Newfoundland, and is a daughter
of Ezekiel and Abigail (Pardy) Lethbridge, of that
place. Ezekiel Lethbridge was a native of Newfound-
land, and for the greater part of his life followed the
sea as captain of a sailing vessel. The mother was born
in Bonavista, Newfoundland.

Coming to Manchester, Massachusetts, when a young
girl. Miss Lethbridge gained her education in the public
and high schools of the town. When graduated from
high school she won the Appleton gold medal, awarded
by the town of Manchester for the best student of the
year 1901. Shortly after her graduation Miss Leth-
bridge entered the employ of George Foster Allen,
a leading dry goods merchant of Manchester at that
time, remaining there for eight years. When Mr. Allen
sold the business to Harry G. Nichols she remained
with the store, but about a year later resigned to accept
a responsible position in the dry goods business con-
ducted by Harry S. Tappan. Continuing there for one
year, she founded her present business on February 22,
1911. and is still going forward in her chosen field of
business endeavor. Her first location was on Union
street, where she remained for one year, but for the
past eleven years the store has been at the present loca-
tion on Beach street.

Miss Lethbridge is a member of the Women's Relief
Corps of Manchester, and of Pocahontas Lodge. She
is a member of the Red Cross, and during the World
War was very active as a teacher in Red Cross work.
She is a member of the Baptist church of Manchester.



a member of the Gloucester Post, Grand Army of the
Republic. Mr. Poole married Harriet B. Piggies, of
Gloucester, and she died in 1914; he died in igi/.

Alfred T. Poole was educated in the public schools,
and following in his father's line, learned the painter's
trade, which occupation he followed from 1884 until
1914; leaving Gloucester in 1889 for Boston, where he
remained until 1894, then removing to Hamilton, Mr.
Poole engaged in the painting business for himself,
discontinuing it in 1914 to become proprietor of a
variety store, which occupied his attention for a year.
The duties of chief of police demanded his entire atten-
tion and Mr. Poole gave up his other interests in order
that he might devote his energies to this office.

In 1900 Mr. Poole was elected constable, and each
succeeding year was reelected to this office. In 1907
and 1908 he was appointed chief of police and again in
1915, which office he now holds.

Mr. Poole married, in 1888, Minnie F. Duriss, of
Cambridge, and she died in 1910. Their children were:
Frank H. ; Thomas A.; Martha E. ; James E. ; William
F. ; Albert N., and Josephine G. James E. Poole, the
third son, enlisted at the age of nineteen years, in 1916,
in the United States army and served with the troops
in Mexico, a member of the loist Field Artillery, Bat-
tery D, as corporal. In 1917 he was again called for
duty from Salem and was commissioned sergeant. He
served for eighteen months overseas with the American
Expeditionary Forces. He was badly gassed while on
duty in France, and was discharged in April, 1920. The
family attend the Methodist Episcopal church of
Hamilton.



ALFRED T. POOLE, chief of police of Hamilton.
Massachusetts, was born in Gloucester, that State, June
10, 1866. Thomas S. Poole, his father, was also of
Gloucester, and was in the painting business there.
During the Civil War he served from his home town,
holding the rank of corporal at his discharge. He was



GEORGE H. GIBNEY— As one of the most public-
spirited citizens of Hamilton, Massachusetts, George H.
Gibney has often been called upon to hold positions of
trust and responsibility. He is among the leading busi-
ness men of that place, being engaged in the real estate
and insurance business for the past twenty-one years.
Mr. Gibney was born October 24, 1858, in Salem, Massa-
chusetts, son of John and Elizabeth A. (Brown) Gib-
ney. His father was engaged in the tanning business
until his death, which occurred in 1890. His mother
was a native of Rye, New Hampshire.

Mr. Gibney was educated in the public schools, and
after leaving school, worked in the leather business with
his father for five years. He then went to Hamilton,
where he followed farming for a short time, returning
again to Salem and to the leather business. After two
years Mr. Gibney again took up farming on the old
Gibney Farm, where he remained until 1890. Fronj
1890 to 1900 he was engaged in business as a teaming
contractor. Since 1900 he has been in the real estate
business as above mentioned.

Mr. Gibney has given much of his time to public
service ; he has never been too busy to heed its call.
In 1891 he was elected selectman and served for three
years ; in 1898 he was again elected to this office and
has held it since that time. In 1898 Mr. Gibney was
made town assessor, which office he still holds, and in
1902 he represented the interests of his party, as repre-
sentative to the General Court of Massachusetts. The
number of years Mr. Gibney has held office is suffi-
cient warrant of the esteem in which he is held, and



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he has also served as chairman of the Republican Com-
mittee for several years; overseer of the poor; member
of the Board of Heahh; and a member of the Cemetery
Committee.

Mr. Gibney married, in 1889, Annie L. Whipple, of
Hamilton, daughter of Alonzo and Abbie (Kenney)
Whipple, and they attend the Episcopal church of
Hamilton.



ARTHUR C. CUMINGS, prominent business man
of South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and holder of sev-
eral public offices, was born February 20, 1870, in Tops-
field, that State. His father, Alfred Cumings, died in
1903; he was a farmer during his active lifetime. The
mother of Mr. Cumings was a native of Maine, and
she died in 1894.

Mr. Cumings attended the public schools and after-
wards entered the employ of the Boston & Maine rail-
road as baggage master, remaining for six years. He
then engaged in business for himself, at first on a mod-
erate scale, which has grown steadily. Automobiles
and ta.xi service have replaced the livery of the early
days and the business is carried on under the firm name
of Arthur C. Cumings' Taxi Service.

Mr. Cumings has been active in public service, and
for twelve years served as selectman, and for a sim-
ilar period held the office of overseer of the poor and
member of the Board of Health. For two years he has
been a member of the board of assessors of South Ham-
ilton. He is a member of Liberty Lodge, Free and
Accepted Masons; Wenbam and Hamilton granges; and
is also a member of the Masonic Club, and the Benev-
olent and Protective Order of Elks of Beverly.

Mr. Cumings married, in 1890, Elizabeth B. Merrill,
of Wenham, Massachusetts, and their children are :
Arthur Merrill ; Florence A. ; Charles Francis. With
his family Mr. Cumings attends the Methodist church
of Hamilton.



EDWARD J. READY— There is perhaps no citizen
of Hamilton, Massachusetts, better known than Edward
J. Ready, the genial ticket agent of that place. Since
the time he completed his formal education, Mr. Ready
has been identified with the Boston & Maine Railroad
Company. He was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in
1879, the son of Edmund and Mary (Doyle) Ready.
His father was of Ipswich, where he was long engaged
as a landscape gardener; he died in 1912, and Mrs.
Ready died in 1910.

Mr. Ready is very active in the public life of Hamil-
ton and has several times been honored with positions
of trust and responsibility, sufficient warrant of the
esteem in which he is held by the townspeople. He is
a member of the Finance Board ; the Advisory Board,
and the Park Commission; secretary of the Public
Safety Committee of Hamilton ; and chairman of the
State Guard. He is a veteran of the Spanish War, and
was first sergeant of Company G, of the Massachusetts
State Guard.

Fraternally, Mr. Ready is a member of the Benev-
olent and Protective Order of Elks; the Men's Club of
Hamilton; and the Knights of Pythias. In connection
with his business interests he is also a member of the



\'eteran Telegraphers' Association, Order of Railroad
Telegraphers.

Mr. Ready married, in 1910, Clarissa E. Chandler, of
Hamilton, and they are the parents of a daughter, Wil-
helmina C. Ready. With his family Mr. Ready attends
the Episcopal church of Hamilton and aids in the sup-
port of its good works.



FRANK H. STETSON— With a remarkable record
of service with one company, Frank H. Stetson now
holds a position commensurate with his wide exper-*
ience and years of faithful service, that of superintend-
ent of the U S Bobbin & Shuttle Company, of Law-
rence, Massachusetts.

Mr. Stetson was born at Norway, Maine, April 21,
1851, son of Edward Stetson, a carpenter of Kingston,
Maine, and Sarah B. Richards, of Goffstown, New
Hampshire. His education was obtained in the public
schools of Nashua, New Hampshire, and soon after
leaving school he started to learn the bobbin business
with the Josephus Baldwin Company, of Nashua, where
he remained for three years. At the end of this time he
served an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade, and
then entered the employ of the Eaton & Ayre Bobbin
Company, also of Nashua. After two years in the
employ of this firm and with further practical experi-
ence gained, Mr. Stetson removed to Lowell, Massa-
chusetts, and entered the employ of the Coburn Shuttle
Company, remaining there for twelve years. During
the last two years of this time he was foreman, and
following this position Mr. Stetson was employed for
two years by the J, S. Jaques & Sons Company, shuttle
manufacturers, of Lowell.

The firm that next employed him was the U S Bobbin
& Shuttle Company and to the present time he has been
identified with this company, progressing from time to
time through promotions, and in 1918 was appointed to
the position of superintendent.

Mr. Stetson brings to this office a thorough knowl-
edge of his work and ability, broadened by his many
years of service. He is held in high esteem among his
fellow-citizens and business contemporaries, and is well
known among the leading citizens of Lawrence.

Mr. Stetson is a member of the Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, in Lawrence; Monadnock Lodge
and Lawrence Encampment, of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows ; and in politics is an Independent.

Mr. Stetson married, in 1877, Alice A. Brownsett,
born at Stanstead, Canada, February 2, 1857. Mr.
Stetson is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and
from 1866 to 1868 served in the Nashua Light Guards.
He also served for seventeen years as a member of the
Volunteer Fire Department of Lawrence, from 1889 to
1906. Mr. and Mrs. Stetson are the parents of two
children: Frederick B., born July 4, 1878, died Janu-
ary 20, 1900; Clinton J., born December 17, 1879. The
family attend and aid in the support of the Universalist
church.



LEONARDO W. CARTER— The hardware busi-
ness in Manchester, Massachusetts, of which Leonardo
W. Carter is one of the active managers, is a prosperous
and growing interest. Mr. Carter was born at sea, ofT



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the Cape of Good Hope, in August, 1880, and it was
1881 before he arrived in Manchester. He is a son of
John W. and Carrie \V. (Haskell) Carter. Both Mr.
Carter's parents are old residents of Manchester, and
his father has been in the hardware business here for
the greater part of his life.

Receiving a thoroughly practical education in the
public schools of Manchester, Mr. Carter, as a young
man, went to work for the Boston & Maine railroad.
His first position was that of mail carrier, then he
served as baggage master, and later as station master.
His connection with the railroad continued for a period
of about nine years. Thereafter he filled a position as
chauffeur for about eight years.

His father passing away, Mr. Carter entered the
hardware business in Manchester, under the firm name
of the Carter Hardware Company. The partners of this
concern are John H. Carter, Mrs. Ralph Burnham, and
Leonardo \V. Carter, the latter being largely identified
in the management of the business, and it is becoming a
very prosperous interest.

In the public life of the town. Mr. Carter is taking
a prominent part. He has been tax assessor for the
past six years, and is secretary of the Horticultural
Society of Manchester. In the fraternal world he is
also well known, being a member of the Free and
Accepted Masons, and the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows.

Mr. Carter married, in 1904, Maude Clark, daughter
of Herbert W. and Marie (Lintner) Clark, of Man-
chester. Mr. Clark has long been prominent in the real
estate business in Beverly. Mr. and Mrs. Carter attend
the Congregational church of Manchester.



WILLIAM P. DAY — For many years one of the
well-known citizens of Beverly Farms. Massachusetts,
William P. Day was born in Gloucester, and died at the
former place January 6, ipog. His parents were Isaac
and Sarah Day, and his education was obtained in the
public schools of Beverly Farms and Gloucester. At an
early age he became an apprentice to the painter's
trade, which occupation he followed throughout his life-
time. For many years previous to his death, Mr. Day
was engaged in painting for different painting contrac-
tors, and was held in high esteem among his fellow-
citizens. He always took an active interest in all mat-
ters of a public nature, and after taking up his residence
in the community of Beverly Farms, was always to be
found a leader in matters pertaining to the general
welfare.

Mr. Day married Caroline C. Parsons, born at Glou-
cester, April 30, 1852, daughter of Winthrop and Lucy
(Parsons) Parsons, and she now survives her husband.
They were the parents of five children: i. William H.,
bom at Gloucester, January 2, 1881. now following his
father's occupation: he married Maude Blanchard, born
June 7, 1S81. at Salem, New Hampshire, and they are
the parents of two sons: George W.. born January 22,
1904 ; and Harold R., bom September 3, 1907. 2. (Irace
B., born .August 19, 1883. and is now the wife of
George S. Williams, and they reside at Beverly Farms.
3-4. Harn,' F., and Arthur M. (twins) ; the former
married Maude Gouleppe; the latter died at the age
of thirty-one years. 5. George A. R. Mr. and Mrs.



Day attended the Methodist church. Mrs. Day now
resides at No. 135 Hart street, Beverly Farms, Massa-
chusetts.

CHESTER H. KNOWLES. pharmacist and owner
of the C. H. Knowles Drug Company, was born July
7, 1S80, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Charles
W. and Jennie C. (Morrison) Knowles, both of Bev-
erly. Mr. Knowles was a salesman by occupation.

Chester H. Knowles was educated in the schools of
Beverly. The drug business interested him from a
youth and he entered the store of C. H. & J. Price, of
Salem, Massachusetts, to learn the business. After three
years he temporarily discontinued his studies to enlist
in the Hospital Corps of the United States army, and
served all through the Spanish-American War. He
was discharged February 14, 1899. and soon after this
time Mr. Knowles took up the thread of his studies
where he had left them. He entered the drug store of
William C. Gregory, remaining two years, and then was
with S. M. Moore of Danvers, Massachusetts, and sub-
sequently with the John H. Moore Company of Beverly.

Mr. Knowles was associated with the latter com-
pany until August, 1914. In the latter year he removed
to Hamilton and bought the drug business of the estate
of Horace E. .\ndrews, forming a partnership with
John H. Moore of Beverly, Massachusetts, under the
firm name of C. H. Knowles Company. This arrange-
ment continued until December I, 1919, when Mr.
Knowles purchased Mr. Moore's interest but continued
to use the same firm name.

Mr. Knowles is a member of the Masonic order; the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Hamilton
Grange; and the Spanish War Veterans of Beverly.

Mr. Knowles married, in 1906, Laura .\. Forness, of
Beverly, daughter of Francis and Isabella (Abbott)
Forness. Francis Forness was engaged in the shoe
industry, retiring in 191 1: his wife died in 1919. Mr.
and Mrs. Knowles attend the Congregational church of
Beverly.

DONALD MacKENZIE— A name long prominent
in the construction world of Beverly Farms. Massa-
chusetts, is that of Donald MacKenzie, who spent the
greater part of his active life in this community, and
was a carpenter by trade. A man of high personal
integrity, and of kindly spirit toward all, he will long
be remembered by all those who knew him.

Mr. MacKenzie was born in Scotland, and comes of
the good old clan of that name which has given the
world so many men who are fine and upright, as well
as great. Mr. MacKenzie came to this country as a
young man, and established himself in Beverly Farms as
a carpenter. Although, perhaps, he was not as widely
known as many of his name, he gave to the world the
same skill of hand and the same courage and faith that
bore him through all his perplexities and left his name
one to be remembered and cherished. He died Novem-
ber 17, 1915, at the age of eighty-six years, and at the
time of his death was totally blind, and had been for
many years.

Mr. MacKenzie married Mary J. MacBride, who was
born in County Down, Ireland, August 15, 1853. and
who still survives him. Mrs. MacKenzie has resided in
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which is now her home for twenty years. For some time
she has been the manager of a prosperous httle busi-
ness, in the form of a hand laundry, which handles
work for the most exclusive trade. Mr. and Mrs. Mac-
Kenzie's children are: i. Donald, Jr., who married
Maude Eddy: he is a well-known painter in Beverly. 2.
Mary Jane, the wife of Ernest Worthy lake; they have



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