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was transferred to the 22d Conn. V. I. In order to
be accepted he had to make oath that he was eight-
een years of age, though in reality he was nearer
fifteen. Mr. Quigley was discharged July 13, 1863,
and at once returned to Ansonia, where he resumed
his apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade. When
he had finished his trade he went to Bristol, Conn.,
and established himself in a llack:;mithing business
which he carried on for alvut three \ears. At the
end of that time he sold out, and bought the Terrill

S: Wilcox business, at Ansonia, where be remained
two and a half years. About iS'Jxy he came to
Waterbury, and has been there ever since, for a time
having his shop on JetTerson street.

Mr. Quigley and ^lary E. A. McXeil were mar-
ried Sept.- 12, 1867. Mrs. Quigley is a daughter
of William ^IcXeil. and was born in \\'aterbury.
Conn. She is the mother of one child, Charles V.
J., who is now an eminent physician in Chicago, and
a lecturer on medical topics in a university in that
city. Mr. Quigley was a Democrat until 1884,
when he \'Oted the Republican ticket, and has since
cast his ballot for the men and measures of that
party. He is a member of Wadhams Post, G. A. R.,
and of the Amiy and Xavy Club. As commander
of Wadhams Post he has enjoyed an honor that
has so far fallen to no other man, that of re-election
to this position. He is also a member of Interna-
tional Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F., and is a charter
member of Lodge No. 265, B. P. O. E., and in
the I. O. F. he is past high chief ranger of the high
court of Connecticut, and a mem.ber of the high
standing committee; his wife is also a meml>er of
the high court. Mr. Quigley also belongs to the
Foresters of America and the New England Order
of Protection. He is in the Service Union, and
the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association, of New
Haven, the New England M. A. A. and the I. O.
H. He belongs to the Second Company, Gov-
ernor's Foot Guards, and also belongs to the vet-
erans' corps of the First Company of the Foot
Guards. In religious faith he is a Roman Catholic,
being a member of the Immaculate Conception
Parish, and has owned a pew there since the erec-
tion of the church building. Mr. Quigley has fre-
quently gone from \\'aterbury as a representative
to national conventions of the various orders with
which he is associated.

Mrs. Quigley is also prominent in social mat-
ters, and takes a prominent part in many good en-

ADRIAN F. WOLFF, whose name is well
known in Waterbury as that of a thoroughly hon-
orable and upright man, whose word needs no bond,
was born in France in 1853, son of Francis F.
Wolfi', who was born in that country in 1818, and
who died in Waterbury Feb. i, 1870. The an-
cestors of this family left Switzerland some two
hundred and seventy years ago, and settled in Lor-
raine, France. They were a sturdy and upright
race, and many of them were ironsmiths by occupa-
tion. The grandfather of Adrian F. had a factory
in which he made all kinds of edge tools and agri-
cultural implements. This rugged representative of
the familv was born in 1777, and died in France.
Adolph C. Wolff, a brother of Francis F- Wolff,
came to this country in 1851, and died recently in

Francis F. Wolff, the father of Adrian F.,
married Celestine Wolff, a cousin, and they reared

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a family of three cliildron; Luciaii F., \vIio is a
macl•iini^t in ihc employ of the Scoviil Alanufactur-
ing Co. ; Adrian F., whose name introduces this
article; and Alfred J., whose sketch appears else-
where. Mrs. Celestine Wolff died in Waterbury in

Adrian F. Wolff was reared in France until he
reached the age of twelve years, and received such
schooling as was afforded the children at that time.
The father came to this country in 1861, and was
engaged as a blacksmith in Bridgeport and Water-
bury, Conn. At the close of the war he sent for his
wife and children, and they arrived in 1865.
Young Adrian F. went to a private school in
Bridgeport for two months, and then attended
the public schools in Waterbury, where he com-
pleted his schooling. In 1871 he entered the
factory of the Scovill Manufacturing Co. as
an apprentice at the toolmaker"s trade, and he
has never changed his work. He is now fore-
man of the machine and tool department of that
extensive plant. As a capable and energetic work-
man, and as a public-spirited and progressive citi-
zen, he ranks deservedly among the respected resi-
dents of his adopted city.

Mr. Wolff and Miss Elizabeth Lavin were mar-
ried Jan. 13, 18S2. Mrs. Wolff was born in An-
sc-nia, this county, daughter of Terence Lavin, who
,was born in Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Wolff have
two children, Adrian L. and Victor A. Mt. Wolff'
is independent in politics, preferring to select the
best men at every election, and nol to be bound by
party ties. As a member of the Royal Arcanum
and the Woodmen of the World he has secured
financial protection for his family in case of his sud-
den death ; and as a member of the Catholic Church
he is loyal to the faith in which he was reared.

CHARLES S. BUCK, an energetic and capable
machinist of Ansonia, who is also engaged in the
manufacture of emery wheels, was born in New
York, ]March 25, 1854.

William J. P. Buck, his father, was bom in
Connecticut, and was early trained to the trade of
a blacksmith, to which hi« time was given, until
1869, when he came to Ansonia, and bought a va-
riety store. This enterprise he conducted for sev-
eral years and then retired from business, to make
his home with his son, Charles S. ^Ir. Buck was
• an honored veteran of the Civil war. and served in
both the 2d Heavy Artillery and the 19th Conn.
V. I., participating in m.any hard-fought battles,
hundreds of men being lost from his regimental and
company organizations ; he was a good soldier, and
made a fine record. He married Mary Collins, one
of the family of four children born to Henry and
Elizabeth (Cooper) Collins, the former of whom
studied medicine, and then became a clergyrrian,
preaching at many different points in New York,
where he died at the a'^c of seventy years. Will-
iam J. P. Buck, though at the advanced age of

scvcnt_\-:even, is still living (1901), and is eni'i\-iiig
the best of health. To Mr. and Mrs. William J.
P. Buck were born four children: William, who
is working in the foundry at Ansonia; Anson, who
is in Kansas ; Charles S. ; and George, who is in
Milford. The mother died at the age of si.xty-four
years. She and her husband belonged to the Meth-
odist Church, in which they were active workers.
Mr. Buck was a much respected member of the
Grand .\rmy of the Republic.

Charles S. Buck spent his earlier years under
.the parental roof, and secured his education in the
public schools and in Thomaston Academy. In
1869 he entered, a store at Ansonia. After spend-
ing some time in that position he took up factory
life, working in several shops. He was in the hat
factory at Bridgeport, and with the A. B. C. Co. at
Ansonia; and in 1873 became a roll grinder with
the Farrell Foundry, which position he holds to the
present time. Since he went into the trade- Mr. Buck
has performed about every part of its work with
credit to himself and satisfaction to his emplovers.
When he entered the roll room there were onlv
twelve men employed in it; now there are about
350. Of this number he i« the oldest, and is highly
esteemed as a workman throughout the city. Mr.
Buck makes the emery wheels which are used in
the roll department, and he began this line of work
in 1887. His wheels are especially adapted for
rolls made of chilled iron and steel, used in the
manufacture of paper and metal goods. Manv of
his emery wheels go to remote parts of the world,
even into Europe and Australia. These wheels are
being constantly improved, and Mr. Buck has a
reputation in this line that is world-wide.

In 1880 Mr. Buck was married to Margaret
Jackson, who was born in England, one of the
eleven children of John Jackson, a rollmaker and-
turner, who spent many years in Derby following
his trade, and in 1857 came to Ansonia, where he
died at the age of sixty-four. Mr. Buck belongs to
the I.' O. O. F., in which he has been an efficient
worker, and has held several official positions. He
is a member of the Golden Cross, and was a char-
ter member of the Sons of Veterans, of which order
he is chaplain. In his political relations he is a
Republican. He has dealt considerably in real es-
tate, and built the home in which he lives in 1S85.
He is junior warden in the Episcopal Church, which
position he has filled for eighteen years, and he
also served on the Building committee. He takes
much interest in the Sunday-school, and was acting
superintendent for two years. Mrs.' Buck is also
an active worker in all church and society affairs,
and is known as one of the most reliable and earnest
workers connected with that religious body.

PATRICK T. COOGAN, proprietor of a pros-
perous grocery store in Waterbury, is a native of Ire-
land, born July 16. 1847, in County Ki'.kennv..

Joseph Coogan, father of our subject, also a



i^ative of that county, was a fanner there, as was
his father before him. John Coogan, an uncle of
our subject, was a physician in Ireland. Joseph
Coogan married Catherine Clancy, of the same na-
tivity, and five children were born to them : Mar-
jjaret, Thomas, Patrick T., Annie and Joseph. Of
these, Margaret, deceased, was the wife of John
Brennan, who lives in Ireland : Thomas lives on the
homestead in Ireland ; Annie, deceased, was the wnfe
of John Lawlor, of Waterbury ; Joseph is a ma-
chinist in Philadelphia.

Patrick T. Cooijan received his education in his
native land, and at an early age came to the United
States, first locating in Schuylkill county. Pa., where i
he followed mining about fifteen vears. At the end |
of that time he came to Waterbury, Conn., and for !
twelve years was employed in various departments j
of the brass works, then engaging in his present {
grocery and liquor business, at Xo. 34 Washington
street,, in which he has met with the most desirable
success. In the city he has put up quite a few build-
ings, which he rents.

On j\Iay 9, 1865, ^Ir. Coogan married Mary A.
Bums, who was of Pennsylvanian birth, and thirteen
children were born to them, of whom the following
are living: Catherine. Patrick, Bridget, Margaret.
Annie, Nellie, Elizabeth, James J.. Thomas, Joseph
and Loretta. Of this interesting family. Bridget is
highly accomplished in music, and is the leading or-
ganist in the church. The mother died Jan. 12,
1898. On Nov. 22, 1900, Mr. Coogan wedded
Mary Dahill, who was born in County Cork. Ire-
land, and they have one child, Cornelius. Our sub-
ject is affiliated with the Foresters 01 America; in
religious faith he is a member of St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Church.

ROGER COXXOR. manager of the Water-
bury Base Ball Club, and a successful player of na-
tional reputation, resides in \\'aterbury, and is a
native of that city, bom July i. 1857.

Mortimer Connor, father of our subject, was
born in County Kerry, Ireland, a son of Daniel
Connor, a native of the same county, and a weaver
by trade. He came to the United States, locating
first in Albany, X. Y., later in Waterbury, Conn.,
where he died. ?\Iortimer was a young man when
he came to Amtrica. settling in VVaterburv, where
he followed the trade of blacksmithing up to his
death, which occurred about twenty-five years ago.
In that city he married Catherine Sullivan, also a
native of Ireland, daughter of Dennis Sullivan, who
was a butcher, followed his trade in the old coun-
■ try, and died there. To Mortimer Connor and his
wife were born eleven children, as follows: Roger
is the subject of these lines : Daniel is in the liquor
business in Waterburv ; Dennis is a mechanic in
Waterburv: Mathew's' whereabouts are not known;
Mortimer' died in 189S; Joseph is a member of the
Bridgeport B. 1'.. C. : Ilnnnah married Robert Wil-
son' and they live in New York; Alary married

Jeremiah Slatterv, of Waterbury; Ellen is the wife
of Lawrence Rubanna, of Xew York ; Julia (i) and
Julia (2) both died young. The mother of these
is yet living.

Roger Connor attended the local schools of
\\'aterbury until he was seventeen years old, and
then commenced learning the trade of blacksmith
with his father, working on Dix Island, r^Iaine,
where the stone for the Xew York postofifice build-
ing was quarried. He was there some eighteen
months, and on his return home commenced "play-
ing ball" with the Monitor Base Ball Club, work-
ing in the factories in winter time. This was in
1875-76-77. In 1878 he went to Xew Bedford and
played with the club there ; was also with the Holy-
oke Xine, American Association, and was captain
of that team in 1879. In the following year he went
to Troy, N. Y., and played in the League three
seasons — 1880-81-82; then signed with the Xew
York Club, and remained with them until 1891.
In 1S92 he went to Philadelphia, and played with
the club there in 1893: returned to New York and
played with the club there, 1894; fall of that year
went with the St. Louis team, and played with them
three seasons, during the last year being their cap-
tain. In 1897 he went to Fall River, Mass., and
had charge of the team there that season, in the fol-
lowing year returning to Waterbury, where he has
since managed and played with the Waterbury Club.

On June 15, 1882, Mr. Connor married Angelina
Mayer, of Oneonta, X. Y., daughter of Jacob Mayer,
a native of Germany. Two children have been born
to this union, Cecelia and ]Marv ; the last named
died at the age of one year. As was his father be-
fore him, Mr. Connor is a Democrat.

HARRY I. CR.\MPTOX, the well-known and
efficient assistant superintendent of the Goodyear
Metallic Rubber Shoe Co., of Xaugatuck, was born
in Waterbury Feb. 12. i860, and belongs to an old
Connecticut family probably of English descent.
His grandfather, Jesse Crampton, was a native of
Madison, Xew Haven county, and was a tanner
and currier by trade. He filled the office of justice
of the peace and was quite a prominent man in his
community. He married Ruth Bradley, and con-
tinued to make his home in Madison. His children
were Jonathan, father of our subject; Samuel, who
is living retired in Aladison ; Henrietta, deceased
wife of Samuel Griswold, of Xew Haven; Will-
iam, a farmer and manufacturer of Madison, now
deceased ; and George, a carpenter of Madison.

Jonathan R. Crampton was born in Madison in
1809, and in early life engaged in school teaching
in Xew York State and Ohio. Subsequently he
was employed as a bookkeeper in Xew York City,
and still later conducted a woolen mill in Water-
ville. Conn. He was also internal revenue collector
for some vears, and was an ardent Republican in
politics. Honored and rosiiected bv all who knew
, him, he passed away in Waterbury, in 1S7.V He

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nii^rried Susan Starkoy. a native of Essex, Conn..
and a daughter of Ricliard Starkey, who was a
ship carpenter by trade. She is still living and
now makes her home in Xew Haven.

Harry I. Crampton is isi.xth in the order of birth
in a family of seven children, the others being as
follows : William, deceased, was employed by the
Goodyear India Rubber Glove Co., of Xaugatuck ;
Ella died in infancy; Charles is station agent at
Branford, Conn.: Emma died in infancy; George
is a machinist and engraver for the Goodyear Me-
tallic Rubber Shoe Co., of Xaugatuck ; and How-
ard is employed in the office of a ribbon manufactory
of New York.

The education of Harry I. Crampton was ob-
tained in the public schools of Waterbury, where
he pursued his studies until thirteen years of age,
and then entered a real estate office in that place,
where he was employed for three years. He next
engaged in house and sign oainting until the fall
of 1880, when he came to Xaugatuck and entered
the office of the Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe
Co., with which he has since been connected with
the exception of two years from 1886 to 1888. He
has worked his way steadily upward from office boy
to his present responsible position, that of aisist-
ant superintendent.

Mr. Crampton was married, ]May 3, 1883, to
Miss Mary Schenck, of Waterbury, a daughter of
John Schenck, who came from X'ew Jersey and was
of Gennan extraction. They have one child,
Charles. Mr. Crampton was reared in the Congre-
gational Church, to which his ancestors all be-
longed. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias
and the Improved Order of Red Men at Xaugatuck.
and affiliates with the Republican party. For twen-
ty years he has been a resident of Xaugatuck, and
is not only highly esteemed by his fellow citizens,
but has the confidence and respect of the company
with %vhich he has lone been connected, as is at-
tested by his frequent promotions and \\k appoint-
ment to the important position which he is now so
creditably and satisfactorily filling.

FREDERICK M. STEVEXS has in his influ-
ential and useful career aided materiallv in making
the enviable reputation which Waterbury enjoys.
He has mastered his business, and knows all its
details, and those for whom he works have every
confidence in his honesty and ability. Important
responsibilities are placed upon liim, and never has
he failed to meet the expectations of ability and in-

Mr. Stevens was born in Danbury, Conn., son
of Charles T. Stevens, and passed his early days
in his native place, where he was a student in the
public school. The scene of his first labor when
he left school to care for himself was the Pacific
Iron Works, at Bridgeport, this State. To prepare
himself adequately for a successful career in the in-
dustrial world the voung man went to Cornell Uni-

versity, in the State of Xew York, where he studied
mechanical engineering for three years. In 1875
Mr. Stevens came to Waterbury, and in company
with .A.. S. Upson for a time manufactured sewing
machine needles. After this the Waterbury Xeedle
Co. was formed, and ■Mr. Stevens became secretary
of the concern. When this house passed out of
business he associated himself with W. G. Creamer
& Co., and was superintendent of their factory iii
Brooklyn. In the development and management
of several other enterprises Mr. Stevens was active-
ly interested until he came back to Waterbury, in
1890, in which year he was made sunerintendent of
the Mathews & \\'illard Manufacturing Co., and is-
still engaged in tliat capacity.

Mr. Stevens and ]Miss Cornelia ^I. Upson were
married June i, 1875. Mrs. Stevens was born in
Farmington, but has always lived in Waterbury.
Air. Stevens is a Republican in political opinion.
Fraternally he belongs to Commonwealth Lodge.
X'o. 409, F. & A. M., of Brooklyn, and to Townsend
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Waterbury. He attends the
Second Congregational Church, to which his family

inent real-estate and insurance man of Waterbury,.
and doing an extensive loan business as well, sus-
tains a fine reputation for probity and ability. Mr.
Williams was born in Litchfield, Conn., Aug. 8,.
1846, son of Robert Williams, who was born in
Watertown, Connecticut.

Samuel Williams, his great-grandfather, was-
born in Berlin, Conn., and engaged in farming in
that locality, becoming an extensive land owner.
He was a representative of a family that had mi-
grated to Connecticut from Roxbury, Mass., many
members of whom have held high place and proven
themselves men of more than ordinary ability and

William Russell Williams, the grandfather of
Samuel P., was born in Berlin, Conn., and there
grew to manhood. He served as a private in the
war of 181 2. By his marriage with Rebecca
Castle he had a family of eight children, as follows :
( I ) Adeska, who married Allan Castle, a farmer
in Watertown; (2) Robert, the father of Samuel
P- '• (3) William, a farmer in the town of Litch-
field, Conn., where he died ; ( 4 ) Betsey, who mar-
ried Sheldon Morris, of Bridgeport; (5) Amelia,
who married Bennett Perry, an employe of the
Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Co., at Bridge-
port; (6) Samuel, a merchant at Cincinnati, Ohio,
where he died; (7) Mary, who married James
Canfield, a wholesale grocer; and (8) Abbie, who
married Henry Xeal, a mechanic of Litchfield. Mr.
Williams was a farmer and cattle dealer.

Robert Williams, the father of Samuel P., was
horn in 1810, and dierl in Litchfield. Conn., at the
age of eighty-one. He was a tailor for sixty years
in the latter place. At the time the "Astor Hcflise'

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wa.s lu-iiig huilt in Xew York City, and its pro-
prietor, Joliii Jacob Astor, was incurring consider-
able ridicule for building so far out of town, Mr.
Williams was in that city learning his trade. He
niarried Helen E. Trowbridge, who was born in
Litchfield, daughter of James Trowbridge. She
died in \\'aterbury. The Trowbridge family is of
English origin, and fcr many years has been lo-
cated in this State. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Will-
iams were the parents of four children : Helen,
who died at the early age of twenty-one ; William i
R., connected with the Waterbury Brass Co. ; i
Charles P., who died in 1873, an employe of the
Miller & Peck Dry Goods Co. for many years ;
and Samuel P,

Sanuiel P. Williams spent the first nineteen
vears of his life in Litchtielil, and on leaving his
home secured a position with Cowles & Leete,
wholesale druggists at Xew Haven. For two years
he was with that firm, gaining a good knowledge
of the drug business, and then went back to Litch-
field to hold the chief clerkship in the postoffice
there. In 1868 Mr. William* came to Waterbury
and entered the employ of the Apothecaries Hall
Co., where he was engaged until 1870. That year.
in company w-ith William C. Hillard, he engaged
in the drug business under the firm name of Hillard
& William?. The new firm did a good business,
and in 1875 Mr. Williams bought out his partner,
becoming sole proprietor of the establishment. For
some twelve years he continued in the business,
and in 1887 sold out his store, engaging in the
real-estate, loan and' insurance business, which he
has followed to the present time. Air. Williams is
a very extensive money loaner, and has probably
handled more money in this way than some of the
local banks, who are his customers. He made one
loan of $300,000. and another of $125,000. He is
president of the Tennessee River Navigation Co.,
doing business on the Tennessee river from Kings-
ton, Tenn., to Decatur, Ala., about four hundred
miles, with headquarters at Chattanooga.

In 1873 Air. Williams niarried Ella S. Rice,
daughter of A. F. Rice, whose sketch appears else-
where. Three children were born to this union :
Helen T., Samuel P., Jr., and Dorothy E. Mr.
Williams is a Republican, and has been elected treas-
urer of the town. In local politics he has taken an
active part, and for many years has been a member
of the town committee, serving as its chairman for
about eight vears. For nearly thirty-five years he
has attended the services of St. John's Church, and
has filled the position of vestryman in that body.
Mr. Williams has always identified himself with
all kinds of open-air athletics, and with William B.
Merriman has held the State championship in lawn
tennis. Socially he belongs to the Waterbury Club.


.gressive and enterprising hiis! m;in of Ansonia.
was born Aug. jfj, 1857, in Bridgeport, Conn., son


'if X'altnn Wirtcmburg, and grandson of Bartholo-
mew Wirtemburg. He is of German and English
extraction, and has held an honorable place for many
years. In the early history of South Germany that
countrv was ruled bv a number of large land own-
ers, who often took their names from their prop-
ertv or from some achievement in their family his-
tory. The former was the case with the Wirtem-
burg family, who ruled over a large tract of moun-
tainous countrv bordering on the Black Forest. The
name was originally Writt-um-berg, meaning
"lord of mountain," which afterward became a por-
tion of what is now South Germany, the state of

Bartholomew Wirtemburg was an officer in that
part of the German army that saw service under

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