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mand of the company), and served through the
war. He was promoted to corporal, and proved
himself a brave and capable soldier, participating
in the various battles in which his regiment was
engaged, in the Army of the Potomac. He was
in the Grand Review at Washington. Returning
home, he resumed farming, at which he continued
until 1873, in which year he was made foreman
for Townsend Brothers, at East Haven, remaining
with them one year. Coming back to Guilford, he
bought a farm of sixty acres from Samuel D. Crit-
tenden, on which he made many improvements. He
was one of the pioneer peach and berry growers
in his town. Mr. Phelps was a general fanner
until iSSi. when he became connected with the
Phelps Publishing Co., of Springfield, Mass. By

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ilie purcha.-e of ihe Oranj:;e Judd Co.. of New York,
he became a stockholder, and these two companies
are now doing busine>s with a capital stock of $700.-
000, publishinjj the leading agricultural papers in
the country. In ihi~ work Mr. Phelps has been
very successful, during the twenty-one years he
has followed it, and during which time he has cov-
ered Xew England, Xew York and Long Island
m his canvass for subscriptions to the Xcn- Eng-
land Homestead, The Farm and Home and the'
American Agriculturist.

Mr. Phelps was married. [March 23. 1865, in
Clinton, to Ellen Griswold Wright, a daughter of
Capt. Jeremiah and Laura Ann CHurd) Wright.
Her father, who was a sea cantain, was a son of
William Wright, of Westbrook. To this union
have come four children: (i) Albert H.. born
Xov. 7, 1866, is engaged with his father in the
paper business, and has his home in Clinton. He
married Edith I. Griswold, of Killingworth, a
daughter of Washington E. Griswold, of Guilford,
and they had one child. Edith Griswold Phelps.
This wife died Dec. i, 1894, and Mr. Phelps mar-
. Tied Frances Burnham. (2) Oscar A., born Jan.
18, 1869, is a resident of Hartford, and is super-
intendent of the Waberton Chapel. He married
Edith C. Foster, a daughter of Ralph Foster, and
they have two children. Dorothy Foster and Alice
Buckland. (3) Emma L.. born Aug. 29, 1874,
married George Walters, of Guilford, Oct. 11, 1899,
and died Feb. i. 1901. She was a teacher in the
public schools before her marriage. (4) Mary E..
born April 14, 1878, is a graduate of the Guilford
high school and is living at home.

Mr. Phelps is a stanch Republican, and is active
in public life, served as burgess of the borough of
Guilford, and also as tax collector, and justice of
the peace. He strongly opposes any form of ma-
chine politics. He is well posted on the events of
the day, and is acquainted throughout the Eastern
States. He and his wife belong to the First Con-
gregational Church, and he belongs to Parmelee
Post, Xo. 2, G. A. R.. at Guilford; St. Albans
Lodge, Xo. 38, F. & A. M. ; and is a prominent
member of th<; Veteran Mason Association of Con-
necticut. He was raised to the third degree of
Masonry, X'ov.- 23, 1868, at Jeptha Lodge, X'o. 95,
Clinton, Conn., joining St. Albans Lodge by demit.
Mrs. Phelps and daughter are charming and cul-
tured ladies. Since 1889 the family have lived in
Guilford, where they occupy a pleasant and attrac-
tive home.

_ CAPT. JOHX B. ZIMMER, a retired sea cap-
tain and fanner in the town of Wallingford, was
born at Wallersangen, near Saaluis, in the Rhine
Province, Germany. April 25. 1843.

Jacob Zimmer, the father of Capt. John B., was
born in the same plac.-. and was a sail'r. rising to
the command of several important vessels on suc-
cessive voyages. He died in his native village, pass-

ing away in the cunimunion of the Catholic Church.
Alary Ann Rambot, his wife, was the of the
following children: John B., whose name appears
above; Jacob, who is a farmer, as well as a con-
tractor and builder; Xicholas, an engineer in the

■ Imperial service in Germany ; Anthone, a commis-
sion merchant in Chicago; John, deceased; Con-
stantine; William, a godson of Wilhelm IV, King
of Germany ; Frederick and Adolph, both deceased.

Captain Zimmer had a good education in Ger-
many, and also worked out for himself a mastery
of matheiTiatics, so that when he went to sea with
his father, as he did at a very early age, he was
prepared to study the science of navigation with an
understanding mind. He remained with his father
until he reached the age of twenty years, and had
become second mate. During these years he had
learned the art of navigation in the Holland lan-
guage. Leaving his father, he secured a position
on the packet "Dunsburg," plying between Rotter-
dam and X'ew York, where he was rated as an able
seaman and second mate. For a year and a half he
, was first mate on board the American vessel

■ "Waverly." In 1870 he entered the United States
X'avy as quartermaster on the U. S. Frigate "Colo-

1 rado," under command of Admiral John Rodgers,
i with Capt. George H. Cooper as executive officer.
I He took part in the expedition to Corea, and was
also engaged in that which went to Japan. The
"Colorado," with other United States vessels, was
sent to Manila to obtain the freedom of certain
Americans who had been unjustly incarcerated by
the Spanish Government. Xeedless to say, their
.freedom was promptly conceded. After three years
in the United States service Quarter Master Zim-
mer was honorably discharged at Xew York, and
at once resumed his work in the mercantile marine.
He became sailing master of the three-master "A.
B. Perry." was also master of the . three-master
"X'inyard" two years and then mate on board the
"Ruby," under command of Capt. Rice, and re-
tained this position for five years, and he then com-
manded the "Ruby" for two voyages. Mr. Zim-
mer was captain on board the brig "Pearl" for two
years in foreign voyages, and was in command of
the brigantine "Constance" for a year and a half,
engaging in the West Indies trade. In 1889 he be-
came half owner of the "William Graham," and in
this venture he met with disaster. The vessel was
overtaken by a severe storm, and though Capt.
Zimmer saved the ship, he lost all he had. The
ship, itself, was so greatly damaged, that he gave
it up, more especially as the failure of the Baring
Brothers had so greatly crippled the mercantile
service. The command of the brig "Cuba" was
given him. and after some time the bark "Teils-
man." This last vessel was owned by W. P. Arm-
strong, of Xew Haven, and after fifteen months'
scr\-ice at sea with her, Capt. Zimmer gave up a
sailor's life, and settled down on shore. He had
been on sea thirty-nine years after attaining his

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iiiajority, and ^vas mate of seven vessels, and cap-
lain of eight. Owning a gootl farm in Walling-
fiird, he came to the town to make it his home.
I'his land came into his possession in 1S85, wlien
he bought it from Dr. Harrison. In 1894 he added
to his original purchase, and now has one of the
most attractive country homes in Wallingford. The
La[itain gives special attention to the manufacture
of cider. Captain Zimmer is of a genial disposi-
tion, and y friencllv spirit. I"or many years on the
ocean, he has visited nearly all the large seaport
towns and cities the world over, and possesses a
fund of valuable information. A well-read man,
and a thorough mathematician, he is a man of
marked individuality, and would attract attention
as a capable and efficient character anywhere.

Capt. Zimmer was married in 1877 to Miss
Catherine Donahough, in Brooklui. Mrs. Zim-
mer was a woman of cheerful disposition, and was
known as a good and faithful wife and mother.
She died June 7, 1S89, and was buried in the Cath-
olic Cemetery at Wallingford. To this union were
born three children : Mary, who resides in New
York. Elizabeth, at home: and John B.. also at
horiie. Capt. Zimmer was married to Miss Ellen
Connor in 1895. This lady was born in Kerry,
Ireland, and is a daughter of Patrick and Mary
(Cortney) Connor. Capt. Zimmer and all his fam-
ily are members of the Catholic church. In pol-
itics he is independent; whenever he comes to cast
his vote, he asks for the character and fitness of the
candidates for the positions to which they aspire.

J. FREDERICK PAYXE, for a number of
years foreman in the shoe department in the factory
of the Goodyear India Rubber Shoe Co., at Xauga-
tuck, was a native of this county, born in Pros-
pect Nov. 9, 1858, and was of English descent. The
family to which he belonged was founded in this
country during Colonial days, and his grandfather,
Silas Payne, also a native of Prospect, was a sol-
dier in the Revolutionary war. He was a farmer
by occupation, and spent his entire life in his native
town. He married Lois Farrell, who was born in
the town of Wolcott, this county, and tiiey became-
the parents of four children : J. F., a wheelwright,
who lived in Prospect, and died in Waterbury,
Conn. ; Esther, widow of Alonzo Grannis, superin-
tendent of a rolling mill : Jane, who married Will-
iam Woods, a painter, both now deceased; and Ed-
ward, father of our subject.

Edward Payne was bom and reared on a farm
in Prospect. In early life he was a carriage-spring
maker, but later was a rubber worker in ' Nauga-
tuck, where he died Feb. 10, 1889. He was a
Democrat in politics. He married Mary Mahoney,
a native of New York, who survives him, re5i<ling
in Aetna street, in tlie borough of Naugatuck. She
i^ a daughter of Jere.miah and Johanna (Murphy")
^Fahoney, who were born in Ireland, and were
farming people.

Our subject, who was an only child, passed his
boyhood and youth in Naugatuck, and was in-
debted to its public schools for his educational
privileges. After leaving school he worked for
the Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Co. for six
years, and on Sept. 9. 1881, entered the. employ of
the Goodyear India Rubber Glove Co. He was
placed in charge of the boot room Aug. 4, 1882, and
on ^lay 4, 1883, was made foreman of the shoe de-
partment, which important position he held until his
death, on Dec. 31, 1899.

Mr. Payne was married, June 4, 1890, to Miss
Grace Langdon, who .was born in Canaan, Litch-
field Co., Conn., and he left one child. Hazel Gene-
vieve. The Democratic party found in our subject
a stanch supporter of its principles, and he was an
honored member of Shepherd Lodge, No. 78, F. &
A. ]\I. ; and Allerton Chapter No. 39, R. A. M. He
attended the Congregational Church and Sabb.ath-
school. .

MATTHIAS NEIDHARDT, general mechanic
of the M. I. F. Co., of Branford, is one of the lead-
ing German citizens of that, community. He was
born in Flieden, Hessen-Cassel, Germany, Jan. 24,
1842, son of Joseph and Katrina (Ruppel) Neid-
hardt. The father was a miller and farmer, own-
ing a gristmill and farm in Flieden, where he lived
and died. He was a son of Nicholas Neidhardt,
who was engaged in the same business. The ma-
ternal grandfather of Mr. Neidhardt was a farmer
and innkeeper in Flieden.

Matthias Neidhardt was reared and educated
in his native country, and at the age of fifteen was
apprenticed to the roofer's trade in Frankfurt, Ger-
many, where he served three years. He then be-
came a journeyman roofer, and followed that trade
until 1866, when he came to the United States, lo-
cating in Branford. In Branford, with, the ex-
ception of two years in which he worked on a farm,
he has been in the employ of the M. I. F. Co. up
to the present time.
1 In November, 1872. 'Sir. Neidhardt was married
I to Alargaret, daughter of Jeremiah and Joanna
I (Monaghan) Sullivan, of Branford, natives of Ire-
i land. To this union have been born six children,
I four of whom are now living: Anna K., Joseph,
I Julia and Frances. IMr. Neidhardt and his family
I are members of the Catholic Church, and he be-
i longs to the AYoodland Lodge, No. 39, K. P., and
I to the Harugari, Lodge No. 600. In politics he is
a Republican. He is a man of honor and reliabil-
I ity, much respected by all who know him'.

WILLIAM H. CONKLTN, AI. D., whose rep-
' utation as a physician and surgeon of skill and ex-
perience is known far beyond the limits of An-
I'sonia, was born in Fairfield, Conn., a son of John
' Conklin, whose earlier years were spent in Ireland.
Dr. Conklin spent his early life in Fairticld.
I where his general literarv education was received



in the public schools. Pie was graduated from the
Medical Department of the University of New
York in 1S82, and spent the following year in study
in Dublin and London. In 1S83 he opened his office
for the practice of his profession in Ansonia, and
has remained here continuously since that date, so
that with one exception he has been longer in prac-
tice here than any other member of his calling.
His genial manners and courteous ways with his
thorough knowledge of medicine have won him
many friends, and he is regarded as one of the
most successful physicians in this part of the state.
In 1 888 Dr. Conklin was married to Alary A. J.
Walsh, a native of Ansonia, and a daughter of the
late ]Matthe\v Walsh, a business man of this city.
To this union were born seven children : Cor-
nelius, Judith, Henry, John, Paul, Mary, and
Genevieve. Dr. Conklin is a Democrat, and holds
to the gold-minority ideas of that party. Since
1889 he has been coroner's medical examiner for
the city. He is a member of the Library Board,
and a director of the Board of Trade. Dr. Conk-
lin -belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and is
Past President of the State Council, C. B. C. Pro-
fessionally he is a member of the ^Medical Asso-
ciation of New Haven County. The Doctor and
his family all belong to the Catholic Church.

farmer and popular citizen of Wolcott, was born
in that town Aug. 29. 1855, and is a representative
of one of its old and highly respected families.

Marvin Minor, his grandfather, a son of Jo-
seph and Elizabeth (Marvin) Minor, was born on
the old Minor homestead in Wolcott, in August,
1792, and throughout life engaged in farming in
that town, his death occurring there Nov. 7, 1864.
He was unwavering in his support of the Demo-
cratic party, and was a member of the State Legis-
lature several terms. He was an earnest member of
the Congregational Church. He married Amanda
Johnson, of Bristol, Conn., who died June 22, 1851,
and the remains of both are interred in Wolcott.
They had six children, as follows : Caroline, born
Aoril 2t), 1819; Augustus, March 11, 1821 ; James
W., Feb. II, 1828; Elvira, July 28, i83i;"Emo-
gene ; and Emerett.

Augustus Minor, father of our subject, received
a district-school education in Wolcott, and in early
life learned the carpenter's and joiner's trade,
which he followed for a number of years. As a
contractor he erected many residences and other
buildings in Wolcott but later in life he settled
down to farming on a tract of 150 acres, upon
which he built a fine house, barn and other out-
buildings. He also dealt in wood. He was a man
of temperate habits, domestic in his tastes, and was
highly respected by all who knew him. Politically
he was an ardent Democrat, and most efficiently
served his fellow citizens as a member of the State
Legislature, assessor and tax collector of his town,

and in other local offices. Pic married Eniogeiie
Prisbie, who was born Jan. 21, 1832, in Wolcott,.
on the Waterbury line, a daughter of Ira Frisble.
She died Oct. 7, 1892, an earnest and consistent
member of the Congregational Church, and a lov-
ing wife and mother. The father died Oct. 6,
1896, and both were laid to rest in Wolcott Center

Charles J. IMinor, the only child of this worthy
couple, was educated in the district schools of Wol-
cott. He began business life at an early age, de-
voting about twenty-five years to teaming, hauling
wood to Waterbury. He then took charge of the
home farm, to which he has since added eighty
acres, and now has a well-improved and highly
cultivated farm of 230 acres. He is principally
engaged in general farming and dairying and stock
raising, and m his labors is meeting with well-de-
served success.

In 1877 Air. Minor was united in marriage with
Aliss Carrie Palmer, of Wolcott, by whom he had
one child, Ina Alay, who was born Alay 8, 1879,.
and is at home. On Oct. 2-. 1897, Mr. Minor mar-
ried Miss Elisa Alinerva Clark, who was born
June II, 1862, in Strongville, Ohio. Her parents,
Elias N. and Alinerva (Marks) Clark, were both
natives of Waterbury, (Zonn, the former a son of
Elias Clark.

Since attaining his majority Mr. Alinor has
affiliated with the Democratic party, and in 1897
he was elected first selectman, in which office he
is now serving his fourth term. He was steward
of Mad River Grange. Wherever known he is
held in high regard, and he has a large circle of
friends and acquaintances in the community where
he has always made his home.

GOODELL LINES. When, after years of
long and earnest labor in some honorable field of
business, a man is able to put aside all cares to
spend his remaining years in the enjoyment of the-
fruits of former toil, he has certainly a well-de-
served reward for his industry.

How blessed is he who crowns in 5.

shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease,

wrote the poet, and the world everywhere recog-
nizes the justice of a season of rest following an
active business life. Air. Lines is now living re-
tired at his pleasant home in Naugatuck, and his
history shows the accomplishment of well-directed

A native of this county, he was born in
Bethany- Aug. 21, 1827. His grandfather, Eber
Lines, was born probably in the same town, for
there he followed fanning during the greater part
of his life, and there he died in 1844. He married
Plannah French, and they had two children : Eber,
Jr., father of our subject; and Plannah. who mar-
ried a Air. Terrell, a masoti of Bethany, Con-

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Eber Lines Jr., \va;- born, reared ahj educated
in Bethany, where in later years he followed farm-
ing and the butcher business. He married Miss
Mary Farreil, a native of W'estville, New Haven
county, whose father was a merchant of that place
and a combmaker by trade; his death occurred in
Newtown, Conn. The father of our subject died
in Bethany Oct. 2. 1836, and the mother departed
this life May 2, 1886, aged eighty-nine years. Both
were members of the Episcopal Church, and he was
a Democrat in politics. In the family of this
worthy couple were ten children, namely: Calvin
died in infancy ; Minerva married Flenry Bassett,
of New Haven, and died in Minnesota May 30,
1901, aged eighty-four years; Rebecca married H.
S. Stevens, of Xaugatuck, now deceased, and she
died Dec. i, 1S74; Hannah married Edwin Scott,
of Xaugatuck, and died April 18, 1880; Eliza mar-
ried Samuel Smith, of South Britain, and, for her
second husband, Charles Beardsley, and now lives
in Roxbury, Conn.; Goodell is our subject; Cor-
delia became the wife of S. C. Shumway, of
Bridgeport, Conn. ; Calvin was formerly a mer-
chant of Bridgeport, and is now engaged in farm-
ing in Woodbury ; Eber is a rubber worker of
Middletown, Conn. ; Andrew is a resident of
Bridgeport, and is engaged in the livery busi-

The subject of this sketch was seven years old
■when he accompanied the family on their removal
from Bethany to Wpodbridge, and in the schools
of the latter place he acquired the greater part of
his education. He has since lived in various places.
In 1838 he spent a short time in Xaugatuck, but
did not locate here permanently until 1843. In
early life he learned the carpenter's trade, and for
many years was successfully engaged in contract-
ing and building, erecting more houses than any
other man in this locality, but he is now living
retired, enjoying a well-earned rest. At one time
he also dealt quite e.xtensively in real estate.

In 1855 Mr. Lines was united in marriage with
Miss Laura M. Whitney, a native of Washington,
Conn., and a flaughter of Marshall Whitney, who
was a hatter by trade. To this union were born
three children : Charles F., a carpenter, married
Alice B. Crick, and they have had three children.
May, Carl and Alice ; Carrie E. married James P.
Manaton. M. D., of Hoboken. X. J., and, for her
second husband, wedded Archibald Egan; Frank
Goodell died in infancy.

Mr. Lines cast his first Presidential vote for
Zachary Taylor, and continued to support the \N'hig
party until its dissolution, since which time he has
been a stanch Republican. He and his family are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
■with the exception of Charles' family, who attend
the Episcopal Church. They are highly respected
and esteemed in the community where they make
their home.

Wallingford, Aug. 19, 1853, a son of Patrick
Roach, a native of Ireland, who died June 17, 1874.

Patrick Roach was born .March 17, 1827, in
the town of Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland. A
spoon maker by trade, he came to America in 1848,
and was employed by Hall, Elton & Co. the greater
part of his life. In 1861 he enlisted in Company
G, 15th Conn. V. I., and was discharged for disa-
bility at Philadelphia, where he had been long
treated in the hospital. From the effects of these
troubles he eventually came to his death. He was
a firm believer in the principles of the Democratic
party, but was never an officeseeker ; and he was
an honest and reliable, hard working business man.
In 185 1 ^Ir. Roach, married Miss Ellen Callahan,
who died May 10, 1887. They were the parents
of the following children: (i) X^ellie R., wife
of John Downs, of Waterbury ; (2) James C. ; (3)
John P., who is living in \Vallingford, where he
holds the position of foreman in the assembly de-
partment in the factory of the H. L. Judd Com-
pany ; (4) William F., an iron worker in the fac-
tor},- of the same company; (5) Edward M., in
business in Wallingford; (6) Timothy, in busi-
ness with his brother. Edward M. ; (7) David, who
is in the employ of the Simpson Xickle-Silver Co.,
of Wallingford; and (8) Katie V., at home.

James Roach, the father of Patrick Roach, was
born in Ireland, and when quite advanced in years,
came to Wallingford, to lead a retired life. By
occupation he was a farmer. He married Mar-
garet Callahan, and both died in Wallingford. Mrs.
Roach became an extensive property owner, and
long survived her husband, reachmg the age of
eighty years. Their children were: (i) John, a
farmer and merchant and quite prominent in local
matters, representing his town in the General As-
sembly of 1S65, or 1866, and was also constable,
grand juror, member of the school board, etc. He
died in 1898, and his widow, Julia (Milen) Roach,
is now living in Derby ; they were the parents of
twenty-one children. (2) James is now living in
Meriden ; for over thirty years he was connected
with the Lyon & Billard Lumber Co. (3) Ed-
ward died when a young man in Wallingford. (4)
}vlichael died in Wallingford. ( 5) Kate married
John Kinney, and died in Xew Haven when over
eighty years old. (6) ^lary married William
Quirk, and is now living in Meriden. ( 7) Patrick.

James C. Roach was born in Wallingford, and
received his education there in the public schools,
and private evening schools. At the age of eleven
years he entered the factory of Hall, Elton & Co.,
where he later took his father's place as a spoon
maker, and had charge of the annealing depart-
ment for twenty-seven years. Here he had a long
and honorable career, and it was terminated in
1893 bv his resignation to take a position at Dep-
uty State factory Inspector. On July 15, 1895,



his position in connection with the State govern-
ment havmg passed to the successor of Gov. Mor- ,
ris, he entered the postoffice under George T.
Jones, as assistant postmaster, and was continued '
under his successor, C. Storrs Hall. He is still
serving in the postoffice. Air. Roach is a Demo-
crat, and .represented his town in the General As- j
semL)ly of 1893. He was a member of the House 1
Conmiittce on labor, and of the New Haven County ;
Legislative Committee. Since 1804 he has been
justice of the peace and has served as grand juror.
For five years he was a member of the Democratic
town committee, serving as chairman, and was also
chairman of the Second Congressional Democratic '

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