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ingford. (2) Rosana married George W. Wood-
house, a painter, of Wallingford. (3) Mary Ellen
(Nellie) is unmarried, and is living at home. She
is an artist of acknowledged ability, was a student
for five years at the Yale .A.rt School, and is now
teaching painting. (4) Mark Wallace is a die-
sinker with the Simpson, Hall & Miller Co., and
learned his trade under his father's instructions. He
married Elizabeth Valentine. (5) Arthur Edwin
is a diesinker, and is superintendent in the factorv
«if the Internaiiunal Silver Co., at ^Meridcn. Pie
married Miss Hattie Church, of Wallingford. (6)

Florence Elizabeth married Prof. Frame R. C.
Milcke, the noted violinist and instructor. Mrs.
Milcke is a vocalist of much ability, and a piano
teacher of reputation. She designed the beautiful
home which they occupy in Wallingford, and to
which they have given the name of '"Craig Nyth."
Mr. Hobson is a Mason, a member of Compass
Lodge, No. 9, F. & A. M. He was a member of
theT. O. O. F. In politics he is a Republican, but
largely reserves the right of independent action.
In religious connection he is a member of the Bap-
tist Church. He has led an industrious, useful life,
and has reared 'a family second to none in the com-
munity. For fifty-five years Mr. and Mrs. Hobson
have worked happily and harmoniously together ;
she is a lady of innate refinement.

W. BURR HALL, a well-known resident of
Wallingford, was born Dec. 16, 1845, "^ Hamden,
New Haven county, son of William Day Hall.

Mr. Hall is a descendant of John Hall, who
died in 1676, aged seventy-one years. He married
Jane Woolen, and they had children: John, Rich-
ard, Samuel, Sarah, Thomas, Jonathan and David.

(II) Samuel Hall, son of John, born May 21,
1646, died March 5, 1725. He married Hannah
\\'alker, and their children were: John, Hannah,
:?arah, Samuel, Theophilus and Elizabeth.

(HI) Samuel Hall (2), son of Samuel, born
Dec. 10, 1680, died June 13, 1770. He married
iiannah Hall, and their children were : Theoph-
ilus, Samuel, Hannah, Sarah, Alehitable and Es-

(IV) Samuel Hall (3), son of Samuel (2),
was born June 8, 1709, and died Dec. 24, 1771. He
married Sarah Hull, and their children were:
Samuel, Hezekiah, Louisa, Sarah, Esther, Love,
Elizabeth, Damaris.

(V) Samuel Hall (4), son of Samuel (3), was
born Feb. 28, 1750, and died Feb. 27, 1821. He
married Elizabeth Parsons, and their children
were : Samuel, Hezekiah, George, Marilla, Rich-
ard and Jared.

(\T) Jared Hall, son of Samuel (4), and the
grandfather of W. Burr, was born Aug. 24, 1792,
in Wallingford, and died there April 24, 1861. He
married Rebecca Hall, and by her had four chil-
dren : Caroline. William Day, Charles D. and
Lucy H. By his second wife, Emily Austin, he
had three children: Jane, Rebecca and Henry L.

(VII) William Day Hall, our subject's father,
was born Dec. 6, 1821, in Wallingford, and died
there March 21, 1889, having returned to his na-
tive place a short time previous. He married Miss
Harriet Perkins, who was born May 24,1821,
daughter of Amasa Perkins, of Wallingford. and
died March 4, 1SS7. William D. Hall was a man-
ufacturer of fertilizers, and a large dealer in hides
anfl tallow. When quite young he settled in Ham-
den. and fnr many years iie was located in Fair-
port and .Millenbeck, \'a., where he had a large





force of n:eii getting- out htinber. At Millenbeck
he was also postmaster, and the proprietor and
manager of a large general store. He owned 1,200
acres of land, and raised some very fine cattle. A
busy and hustling man, Mr. Hall pushed his en-
terprises to the utmost, and was widely known as
thoroughly honorable and reliable. Quiet and un-
assuming in maimer, he was never an aspirant for
f)olitical honors, though a stanch Republican in

W. Burr Hall attended school in Xorth Haven,
and had one term at Claverack, X._ Y. At the age
of sixteen his school days came to an end and he
worked on his father's farm until he engaged, as
his father had done before him, in the hide, tallow
and fertilizer business, becoming well acquainted
with the people of his town and county. In 1885
he moved to W'allingford. Since April, 1888, his
time has largely been devoted to the public service.
He has beeen a member of the court of burgesses,
and first selectman, for six terms. For one year
he was town clerk. On Jan. 16, 1890.. he was ap-
pointed postmaster by PresidentHarrison. In 1870
Mr. Hall joined the Governor's Horse Guard, in
which he became senior second lieutenant March
14, 1879; senior first lieutenant on Aug. 30, 1880;
was elected captain Aug. 29, 1887 : and in Febru-
ary, i8c)0, he retired from the service, receiving an
honorable discharge. After retiring Mr. Hall was
unanimously elected by the members of the squad-
ron as major, and was appointed by the governor
as such, but, though fully appreciating the honor,
he declined. Mr. Hall is a member' of the National
Band at W'allingford. He has always been a pub-
lic-spirited man, with a host of friends, and when
he has been a candidate for office he not only re-
ceived the full party vote, but also the ballots of
many Democrats. A genial and kind-hearted gen-
tleman, he is very popular with all who know him.

Mr. Hall was married, Dec. 14, 1868, to Miss
Ella M. Skinner, daughter of Edwin H. Skinner,
of Middlefield, and they have had one child, Maude,
born Aug. 26, 1877', who is at home. Mr. Hall has
a summer cottage at Madison, Conn., where his
hospitality is well known and highly appreciated
by his many friends.

WILLIS MILLER COOK, assistant superin-
tendent and general foreman of the Mt. Carmel
Axle Works, Mt. Carmel Centre, was born in that
place, April 9, 1858, and is a worthy representa-
tive of one of the oldest and most honored families
of New England. Many of the name are still resi-
dents, of Litchfield county, Conn., includin'g ex-
Gov. Cook; of this State.

Sylvester Cook, grandfather of our subject.
was born in Harwinton. Litchfield county, July 16,
1802, and there spent his entire life, engaged in
agricultural pursuits. Pie died Aug. 12. 1845, hon-
ored and respected by all who knew him. In Har-
winton, he was married, April 6, 1832, to Aliss

Mercia Franc-is, who was born June 29, 1S07, and
died Dec. 21, 1886, being laid to rest by the side
of her husband in Harwinton cemetery. Both were
members of the Episcopal Church. Of their four
children, Henry_ Francis, father of our subject, was
the oldest ; ]\Iary Permelia, born Nov. 3, 1834, is
the wife of Daniel Fox, of Plainville, Conn. ; George
Allen, born Aug. 11, 1836, is a resident of Red-
lands, Cal. ; and Sarah Maria, born April 24, 1838.
is the widow of Albert Fox, of Plainville, Con-

Henry Francis Cook was born in Harwinton.
Feb. 10, 1833, was reared upon a farm, and edu-
cated in the district schools. While in his teens
he secured employment on the New York, New
Haven & Hartford railroad, and remained with that
corporation for several years. He came to Ham-
den in the employ of the same company, and later
held a position in the axle works at Mt. .Carmel.
He spent several years in Philadelphia, Penn., with
a similar company, and then returned to Mt. Car-
mel, where he passed the remainder of his life.
During the Civil war he was a member of Com-
pany I, 20th Conn. \'. I., and served his countrr
faithfully and well in her hour of peril. He wa.s
liberal in religious views, and politically, was a
stanch supporter of the Republican party, but
never a politician in the sense of office seeking. In
\ Hamden he married Miss Maria E. Miller, a na-
tive of Woodtiridge, Conn., a daughter of Chauncey
.\i. Miller, and a sister of Willis E. Miller, presi-
dent of the ^It. Carmel Axle Works. She was a
consistent Christian woman, was a devoted wife and
mother, and a sincere friend. She died at her home
i Nov. 20, 1872, in Hamden, and was buried in the
j Mt. Carmel cemetery. Mr. Cook died Feb. 2, 1895.
f Their children were Willis Miller, our subject;
Sereno T.. who is mentioned below ; and ]^lary.
wife of Willard ^Mathews, of Hamden.
j Willis ^I. Cook was educated in district and
; select schools of Hamden, and at a very early age
commenced v/ork in the axle shop with his uncle,
having for the past thirty-one years been a faith-
ful and trusted employe of the company. Through
, his own efforts he has risen to the position of fore-
man of the works, and has won for himself tlie
I confidence of the company, and the respect of those
under him. His practical knowledge of all the
' details of the business, as well as his acquaintance
; with men, renders him a most valuable employe, as
; is evidenced by his long continuance with the com-
pany. Formerly he was extensively engaged in
dairy farming, and he owns one of the finest home?
and farms in Mt. Carmel Centre. He also owns
I considerable real estate in that vicinity, including"
nearlv all of Mt. Carmel. on the summit of which
he has a pleasant cottage.

On March 12, 1884, Mr. Cook married Miss
Xelh'e Mnrey. a native of Hadley, ^lass., and a
daughter <if Charles H. Morey. Twins were born
of this union, but both died in infancy. Mr, Coolc



is a stanch siiiiportor nt tlio K' ; uMican party, hut
has never sDug'ht political preterment. thoujj^^h he
filled the office of justice of the peace eight years.
He and his wife are nienihers of Hamden Grange,
of which he is past master and overseer, and in
social circles they are quite prominent. He is a
man noted for his high moral character, and his
genial, pleasant manner makes for him many

Sereno Thomas Cook, the younger son of
. Henry F. Cook, and the well-known shipping clerk
and assistant foreman of the Mt. Carmel Axle
Works, was born in the town of Hamden, June 8,
i860, and was reared in Mt. Carmel Centre, where
he attended the district and select schools. He be-
gan his business career as. a clerk in a grocery store
in New Haven, where he was employed for a year
and a half, and then returned to Alt. Carmel Cen-
tre, where he was a clerk in a store and postoffice,
and also for the Adams E.xpress Company for three
years. At the end of that time he accepted the po-
sition of shipping clerk with the Mt. Carmel Axle
Manufacturing Co., under his uncle, and for the
past twenty-one years has filled that responsible
p)Osition with credit to himself and to the general
satisfaction of the company. He is also assistant
foreman of the works. In Alt. Carmel. Xov. 16,
1881, he married Miss Louise AI. Carroll, a native
of Cheshire, New Haven Co., and a daughter of
James Carroll, and to them has been born one
child, Jessie M. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cook hold
membership iii Hamden Grange. As a Republican.
he takes quite an active and prominent part in local
politics, and has been a member of the central com-
mittee for many years. He has been an efficient
member of the school board for the past five years
and in 1898 was elected selectman of the town of
Hamden; which office he filled in a most capable
and satisfactory .manner. Like his brother, he is
very popular both in business and social circles and
has hosts of friends throughout the community.

HIRAM JESSE PECK is a leading and influ-
ential citizen of Cheshire, where he owns and op-
erates a fine farm of seventy-five acres, under a
high state of cultivation and well improved with
good and substantial buildings. A native of that
town, he was born Nov. 5. 1859, and is a worthy
representative of one of the mosc prominent early
families of Cheshire. His grandfather Peck was
a shoemaker by trade. He married Patty Iver, and
to them were born four children: Hiram A., father
of Hiram J. ; Sarah, Mrs. Hall, who died in Water-
bury; Chauncey, who lived in Xew York, where his
death occurred ; and one that <lied at the age of
four years.

Hiram A. Peck was born in Cheshire. Sept. g.
1820, and was there reared and educated in much
the usual manner of farmer boys of his day. In
,1848 he was married to .Mi>s Mary Ann Peck, a
native of Cheshire, and a daughter of Capt. Will-

iam and Marianne (Atwater) Peck. ■ Pier father
was born in the same town, and made his home on
the farm now owned and occupied by our subject.
There his death occurred in April, 1884, at the age
of ninety-seven years, and his wife dietl in 1871,
aged seventy-nine years. In their family were
three children: Matilda, Mrs. Sanford, a resident
of Xew York: A\'illiam, who died in Cheshire in
Alay, 1899. at the age of eighty years : and Mary
Ann, mother of Hiram J. Peck. After his mar-
riage Air. Peck located on the Waterbury road, at
the corner of Peck lane, where he followed farm-
ing, and also worked in a button shop in Cheshire,
and subsequently in a pin shop at Waterbury. His
wife died, leaving one child, Hiram J. I-"or his
second wife he married Celia Roberts, who became
the mother of Clinton C, Clayton E. and Mary H.
He died in Cheshire, Aug. i, 1876. Mrs. Celia
(Roberts) Peck was a native of England, and a
daughter of Elijah and Sally Ann Roberts.

Hiram J. Peck received a practical education in
the public schools of his native town, and since
leaving the school room has devoted his energies
to agricultural pursuits. He is^a thrifty and pro-
gressive farmer, and is meeting with well-merited
success in life. In his political views he is an
ardent Republican. Air. Peck was married in
Aleriden, in 1893, to Aliss Alary Helena Brown,
who was born in Berlin, Hartford Co., Conn., a
daughter of Charles and Cornelia (Thrasher)
Brown. The father died in Aleriden in 1891, but
the mother is still living, and now makes her home
in Xew Haven. Air. and Airs. Hiram J. Peck have
an adopted son, bom Oct. i, 1892, who was named
Frank Amos.


HEXRY F. SAXFORD, for the past fifteen
years a faithful and competent employe of the
American Ring Co., Waterbury, is a native of that
city, born Dec. 16, 1843.

Ruel F. Sanford, his father, was born in the
town of Wolcott, Conn., and was a son of Truman
Sanford, who was also of Wolcott nativity, and
died in Waterbury, Xov. 26, 1856. Henry San-
ford, grandfather of Truman, was born in Boston,
Alass., a son of Thomas Sanford, who came from
England, and was the father of four sons : X'athan,
Archibald, Freeman and Henry. Of these, Xathan
settled in Plymouth, Archibald in Bethany, and
Freeman in Prospect, all in Connecticut, and they
were all farmers, Henry, Jr., married Rhoda Per-
kins, settled on a farm in AX'olcott, reared the fol-
lowing named children : Jared, Truman, Joseph,
Rhoda, Francis and Tryphena. and died Dec. 25,
1830, aged seventy-eight years.

Truman Sanford, grandfather of our subject.
was born in 1782, and died Xov. 26, 185''), aged
seventy-four. He married Anna Curtis, who was
born in 1780, and died Aug. 24, 18G2, aged eighty-
two. The fijllowing children were Iwrn to them:
Tryphena, Alaria Ann, Aliel Curtis. Rhoda, Alarilla,




Rurl I", and Rufus B. l!)i ilicso, Tryphcna married
Julius Cuci^inyhain, a fanner of Middlebury,
Conn. ; Maria Ann married David H. Buckingham,
a farmer of Miildlebury, Conn.; Abel Curtis mar-
ried Elizabeth H. Judd, and was a fanner in South-
ington. Conn. ; Rhoda married Lambert Russell,
and they settled on a farm in Darlington, Wis. ;
Marilia was the wife of Lyman Smith, a mechanic
of Waterbury ; Ruel F. was the father of our sub-
ject ; Rufus B., a brass caster in \\'atcrbury, mar-
ried (first) Elmira Russell, and (second) Ellen
Russell, who is yet living.

Ruel F. Sanford married Xancy H. Neal, who
was born in Southington, Conn., a daughter of
Timothy Xeal, a fanner in Cheshire, Conn., and
■who served in the war of 1812. The Neals were
an old settled family in this country. Timothy Xeal
had three children : Xancy H., Lucinda and Den-
nis, and of these, Xancy H. was the mother of our
subject; and Lucinda married Thomas ^L Payne,
a carpenter of Waterbury ; but of Dennis there is
rothing now known. To Ruel F. Sanford and his
Avife were born five children: Henry F., William
M., Ella A., Emma J., and Caroline A. Of these,
Henry F. is our subject: William ^L is a brass
caster in Meriden, Conn.: Ella A. died at the age
•of twenty-two years; Emma J. is the wife of John
Jopson, of Meriden, Conn. ; Caroline A. is the wife
of Merle C. Coles, of Bridgeport. Conn. The
father of this family came to Waterbury when a
boy, and followed the trade of brass caster. In
politics he was a W hig, latef a Republican, and in
religious faith he and his wife were Baptists. He
<iied June 3, 1878, at the age of tifty-eight, his wife
on April 3, 1897, when she was aged seventy-seven

Henry F, Sanford, the subject proper of this
memoir, attended tlrfe schools of his native city,
Waterbury, until he was sixteen years of age, at
which time he commenced to learn the brass caster's
trade with his father. In .-August, 1862,- he enlisted
in Company A, 23d Conn. \'. I. ; served in the
Banks expedition ; was taken prisoner at Bayou
Boeuf, La. After being mustered out, Aug. 31,
1863, he returned to Waterbury, and learned the
machinist's trade and worked in various manufac-
tories, including that of the American Ring Co.,
where he has been employed for the past fifteen

On Dec. 22,, 1868, Mr. Sanford married Agnes
L. Griffing-Speirs, a native 01 Scotland, and daugh-
ter of Robert and .\gncs .Speirs, also of the same
nativity, and five children were born to them : May
i.. Bertha A., Elsie M., Henry F., Jr., and Grace
E. The mother died Sept. 2. 1899. She was a
Baptist in religious faith, m.ember of the First
Church, as is also her husband, and he has been
connected with the same over thirty }ears, and- been
clerk for the past sixteen years. In politics he is
an acti\-e Rt-pulilican, has 'jocn C(.iunciIniaH of th-j
First ward two \cars. also alderman three vears,

and served on the board of health two years. .So-
cially he is a member of the 1. O. O. F., Pacific
Lodge, of Meriden, Conn. ; of the K. of P., Speed-
' well Lodge, Waterbury ; and of the G. A. R., Wad-

■ hams Post, No. 49, Waterbury.

■ SAMUEL HALPER, deceased. The story of
I this gentleman's life is a record of early struggles
t and hard work, crowned with the ultimate success
j which is the fitting reward of patient industry,

1 earnest purpose and unwavering integrity. He was

of the Jewish race, a people which has given to

1 the world more than its full quota of merchant

1 princes, financiers, statesmen and eminent men of

i science and letters, and which, without a distinctive

\ country of its own, has preserved through centuries

its homogeneous national character and religious


Mr. Plalper was born in Roumania March 25,
\ 1841. His school days ended when he was twelve
years old, and at that early age he went into the
' world to struggle alone against the vicissitudes and
: temptations of life. For six years he worked at
the jewelry business, and at the age of eighteen
engaged in the sale of linen on his own account.
j After a year so spent he was made overseer of the
! construction of some macadamized roads, a position
which he filled for a considerable time, with credit
to himself and satisfaction to his employers. When
! this employment came to an end he again embarked
i in mercantile business. In 1867 he resolved to emi-
' grate to the L^nited States. On reaching this coun-
try he invested his slender capital in a stock of small
wares, and for a few months carried a peddler's
pack upon his back, through Connecticut. Weary-
ing of this life, he went to Xew York City, where
he opened a small store in Spring street, for the
sale of millinery and fancy goods. This venture did
not prove financially as successful as he had hoped,
and in 1872 he removed to Seymour, New Haven
Co., Conn., where with a cash capital of but seventy
i dollars,- he embarked in similar business. He re-
mained in Seymour five years, and in March, 1877,
' transferred his stock to Derby. His first store in
that city was in Main street, nearly opposite the
present location of the business, at No. 223, in that
thoroughfare. He moved into the latter premises
' about 1880, and in 1891 purchased the property.
j which he thoroughly remodeled and greatly im-
proved, putting in handsome fixtures, and fitting the
store up with such artistic taste and lavish ex-
penditure that it is to-day the handsomest and best
appointed of its class in the city of Derby. To an
extensive line of millinery he added cloaks, and
in both these specialties built up a large and re-
munerative trade. Besides attending to his mer-
cantile interests, Mr. Halper dealt quite extensively
in real estate, investing considerable capital in build-
ing and improving-. At the time of his death he
w :i^ a nieniljcr of the Derby Board of Trade, of
which he was one of the organizers. Upright, en-









ti.Ti)risin£:^ and public-spirited, he was one of Derby's
most highly esteemed citizens. He took a deep
ii'.terest in educational matters, as well as in the
advancement of every enterprise looking- to the pub-
lic ^oo<l, and shortly before his death subscribed
Sroo toward the founding of a general hospital at
Derby, his name heading the list. Had he lived,
he would have doubtless brought the undertaking
to a successful completion, for he was as zealous and
careful in the prosecution of any work into which
.lie entered as he was in business matters. Political-
ly Mr. Halper was a Republican, but never sought
public office, though at his death he was a member
of the board of appwrtionment and taxation. Fra-
ternally he was an Odd P^ellow, having become
connected with that order in Seymour, and he was
-also a member of a nuitual benefit society in New
York. He passed away May 22, 1900.

Mr. Halper was twice married, first to Miss
Matilda Greenfield, a native of Germany, who died
in 1878, leaving one son, Charles J: On March
17, 1879, our subject was united in marriage with
Miss Jennie Gottlieb, of Xew York, and two cliil-
•dren were born to this union, Frances and Joseph
•W., the former of whom is a graduate of Derb\
liigh school. The beautiful home occupied by the
family, on the corner of Anson and Fifth streets,
is one of the finest in Derby.

Charles J. Halper. after finishing the course in
the public schools of Derby, entered Yale Business
College, from which he was graduated in 1888.
Later he took up the study of medicine, intending
to adopt the profession, but he abandoned same on
his father's death, since which tmie he has assisted
Tiis mother in the management of their extensive
interests. During the Spanish-.\nierican war he
served as a menil>er of the Hospital Corps of the
3d Division. 4th Army Corps.

known, prosperous and progressive citizen of the
town of Madison, is a native of the same, born
;May 13, 1852. He- is a member of one of the old-
est families of X'ew Haven county, a sketch of
which, from the pioneer John dowu to our sub-
ject's great-grandfather Theophilus, will be found
in the sketch of Ichabod Lee Scranton elsewhere.

Hubbard Scranton. grandfather of Sylvanus A.,
was born ^lay 4. 1788, in the town of Madison, a
son of Theophilus and Abigail (Lee) Scranton.
He was a lifelong farmer of Madison, and during
the war of the Rebellion furnished vegetables for
the War Department, and ran a coasting line from
Madison to Georgetown. D. C. He died in 1876.
and was interred in Madison cemetery. On April
25, 1810, he married Elizabeth H. Auger, born Jan.
10, 1792, a daughter of Philemon Auger, of Xew
Haven. Their children : ( i ) Philemon .Vuger, born
Sept. 30, 1812. was a merchant at .-Vugusta. Ga. ;
he married Elizabeth Lee Starks. a native of Lyme,
Conn., £ind died June 5, .1S78. {2) Abigail, born

i-\"l). 2, 181 5, married Austin Dowd, and died in
February, 1873. (3) Parmelia, born July 2, 1819,
married Richard E. Rice and died in Alarch, 1893.
(4) Daniel Hubbard, a sketch of whom follows.
The mother of these was called from earth in De-
cember, 1 87 1.

Daniel Hubbard Scranton, father of Syhanus
A., was born April 26., 1826, and received his edu-
cation at the schools of Guilford. All his life he
followed farming in the town of IVladison, where
he was a land owner; he died there Feb. 28, 1897,
and was buried in ]\Iadison cemetery. In matters

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