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Georgetown, Conn., and in 1882 he became pastor
of the North Branford Congregational Church, with
which he is still connected.

In 1870 I\Ir. Countryman wedded Miss Marv I.
Pickett, a daughter of Judge Pickett, of New Ha-
ven. She died in 1877, and in 1880 he married
Miss Ella S. Butricks, a daughter of G. H. But-
ricks, deceased, formerly a druggist of New Haven.
He has- one child, Ella May, who was born Nov.
9, 1882, and has attended school in New Haven.
Although he is somewhat independent in his po-
litical views, Mr. Countryman usually supports the
Republican party. Fraternally he is a member of
the Grange (being at present chaplain of the State
Grange); the Sons of the .American Revolution;
Corinthian Lodge, No. 103, F. & A. ^L. of North-
ford : Pulaski Chapter. No. 26. R. A. M., of Fair
Haven; and Crawford Council, No. 19, R. & S.
M., also of Fair Haven. He is a director of the
Missionary Society of Connecticut. Broad in his
views and sympathies, a friend of the poor and op-
pressed, ever ready with- helpful counsel for the
perplexed or sorrowful, he has a wide field of labor,
and well does he discharge its arduous and sacred


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GEORGE A. LiASSETT is a prominent con-
tractor and builder of Hamden, of whose skill many
notable examples are to be seen in various parts of
the county. Thorousjhly reliable in all things, the
quality of his work is a convincing test of his own
personal worth. He was born in the town of Ham-
den Sept. 21, 1843, and there he. continued to re-
side until his marriage, when he removed to the
farm upon which he now hves. At the age of eight-
een he commenced working at the carpenter's trade,
but after following it for two vears he turned his
attention to the dairy business, which occupied his
time for the following ten yj?ars. Since then he has
engaged in contracting and building, and has erect-
ed some of the best houses in East Haven, Wood-
bridge, North Haven, Hamden and other surround-
ing towns. He also owns and operates a good
farm of fifty acres, and in all his undertakings he
has been quite successful.

On Oct. 12. 1865. Mr. .Bassett was united in
marriage with Miss Evelena M. Goodyear, a daugh-
ter of Leverett F. Goodyear, of New Haven, and
to them have been born three children. Louis L.,
a resident of Centerville, Hamden, Conn., who is
engaged in drilling and sinking artesian wells ; Dora
A., wife of W'. Johnson, of Xew Haven. Conn. ;
and Charles T-. who is engaged in contracting and
building with his father. The political support of
Mr. Bassett and also of his sons is always given the
men and measures of the Republican party, but he
has never sought nor desired official honors, pre-
ferring to devote his undivided attention to his
business interests. Fraternally he is a member of
Day Spring Lodge, No. 30, F. & A. M., of Ham-
den. He is a worthy representative of that class
of citizens who lead quiet, industrious, honest and
useful lives, and constitute the best portion of a

• HENRY HULL TODD is prominently identi-
fied with the business interestsi of New Haven,
Conn., as a manufacturer of custom-made corsets,
his business being located at Nos. 282 and 284 York
street, in this city, and is one of the largest and
most prosperous, in its line, in this locality.

The birth of Henry H. Todd occurred in Stam-
ford, Conn., Sept. 2, 1856, the family having been
a prominent one in Connecticut through several
generations. Rev. Ambrose S. Todd, the honored
grandfather of Henry H., was born in Cheshire,
Conn., and later in life became the rector of St.
John's Episcopal Church, in Stamford, Conn., where
for forty years he minis.tcred to a devoted congre-
gation, and was one of the best known clergymen
in Fairfield county.

Charles Jarvis Todd, the son of Rev. Ambrose,
and the father of Henry H. Todd, was born in
Stamford, Conn., in 1833. During tlie Civil war
he filled the position ot jiay-masttr in the Union
navy, and was ci:! with the vessel of which
the gallant William B. Gushing was the captain.

I After the close of the war ^Ir. Todil became con-
I nected with a wholesale tea and coft'ee establish-
i ment in Xew York, from 1884 to 1894, residing in
I X^ew Haven, Conn., although continuinsj his con-
nection with the same business in New York City.
I He married Emily M., the estimable and much be-
! loved daughter of William L. Holly, and she died in
1894. The three children born of this marriage
were: Henrv H., Robert W. and Clara ■NI. Mr.
Todd \\as identified with the Republican party, and
a leading and consistent member of the Episcopal

Henry FL Todd spent his boyhood days in Stam-
ford, and attended the public schools and also the
Episcopal school connected with St. John's Church
in that citv. He began his business career in con-
nection with the tea and cotTee business of a whole-
sale house, in this line, in New York City, con-
tinuing with the same firm for five years, after
which he returned to Stamford, and for one year
was connected with the National Bank, of that citv.
Mr. Todd also engaged in hotel keening, in Rock-
ford, 111., for a time, coming to X'ew Haven in
1884. For three years lie was connected with the
mechanical department of the N. Y., N. FL & H.
R. R., and then entered the emplov of the Win-
chester Repeating Arms Co., remaining here for
the following nine years. In 1896 !Mr. Todd em-
barked in his present enterprise, which is the man-
ufacturing of custom-made corsets, and into this
has put energy and business experience, with the
result that he has become a leader in this line.

On June 27, 1897, Air. Todd wasi united in mar-
riage with ]\rrs. Jennie M. Reed, a daughter of
R. R. Walker, of Morenci, Mich. In his political
sympathv Air. Todd has been a life-long Reoub-
lican. Fraternally he is prominent in the O. U. .\.
M., Pioneer Council: Harmonv Lod^e, No. v I-
O. O. F. : Olive Branch, No.' 84, F. & A. 'M. :
Pulaski Chapter, No. 26. Royal Arch }^Iasons :
Crawford Council, X'o. 19, Royal Select Masters ;
X'ew Haven Commandery, Xo. 2, Knig-hts Templar ;
and Pyramid Temple, Nobles of the IVIystic Shrine,
of Bridgeport, being one of the best known men in
fraternal circles in this part of the State. For a
long period '\lr. Todd has been a member of Trinity
Episcopal Church.

ERWIX TURXBULL, for thirty years tl>e ef-
ficient foreman of the rim-fire department of the
Winchester Repeating Arms Co., was born in X'ew
Haven Dec. 18. 1858, a son of William C. Turn-
bull, who was born in Canada.

William C. Turnbull was bound ,out very early
in life to learn the carriage blacksmith, trade in

, Canada, and this was his occupation through life.

! He ran away from home and came to Boston, when
he was yet too young to retain much knowledge of
his father's family or of his ancestral history.
.■\fter several years spent in Boston he went to

] Newark, N. J., where he met and married Jane M.

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Beach, born in Haiiovci , X. J., in 1832, a daiigliter
of Stephen and Jemima yi. (Beach) Beach, who
were cousins, and both natives of Hanover, the
former Itorn in 1790. a son ot Peter Beach, and the
latter in 1802, a dan.q;hter of Xoah Beach. Peter
and Xoah Beach were sons of Stephen and strand-
sons of X'oah Beach. Stephen Beach, fatlier of
Mrs. Turnbull, was a mason, but his progenitors
were all farmers as far back as the annals of the
family run. After their marriaije Mr. and Mrs.
William C Turnbull came to New Haven, where
they lived until his death. Xov. 7. 1895, at the age
of seventy-five. His widow. is still living. Ten
children were born of their union : \\'illiam H..
Edwin (i), Emma L.. Edwin (2"), Erwin B., Anna
E.. George R.. Jennie H.. Tloronce E. and Ida
(who died as an infant). In politics Mr. Turnbull
was a Republican, and in religion a Congregation-

Erwin B. Turnbull was reared to manhood in
New Haven, where he attended the Webster School
until he was thirteen vears old. In 1872 he entered
the employ of the \Mnchester Repeating Arms Co.
and was assigned to the rim-fire priming depart-
ment, where his natural aptitude and reliable char-
acter soon pushed him to the front. For thirty
years he has been foreman of that department, and
is regarded as one of the ablest and most reliable
employes of the company.

On Oct. II. 1882. Mr. Turnbull was married to
Mary J. Miller, a resident of X'ew Haven, but a
native of Scotlantl, and a daughter of John Miller.
She died Dec. 24. i8qi.'the mother of one child.
Mary J., who died in infancv. Politically Mr. Turn-
bull is a Republican : and fraternallv he belongs
to Trumbull Lodge. Xo. 22. A. F. & A. M.. the
American Mechanics and the A. O. U. W. He is
also a member of Excelsior Lodge, Winchester
Order of Good Fellows.

MRS. JOSEPHINE C. :\HX is among the old
resklents of West Haven, where she resides in the
Domkee homestead, at X'o. 240 ^lain street. She
is of German- American descent, her father. Alartin
Domkee, having: been born in Prussia, Germanv,
and her mother, whose maiden name was Catherine
Bradley, in Middlebur\-. Xew Haven Co., Con-

Martin Domkee came to America when a boy,
and settled in West Haven, where he passed the
remainder of his life, dying in 1869. For many
years he worked as a stevedore, but in later life
was employed en his farm. His wife, a consistent
member of the Congregational Church, entered into
rest in April. 1864. '1 hey were the parents of
twelve children, seven of whom are yet living in
West Haven : Charlotte, wiio married James Pit-
kin ; Mary J.. Mrs. Sherlock H. Bishop: Maria,
Mrs. George \Mieeler; GnTgo R. : Josephine C,
our subject: Sarah H.. Mrs. Leonard Pardee: and
Anna, who married Albert Loomis.

On Sept. 10. 1874. Josephine C. Domkee was
united in marriage to Edward Mix, who died June
16, 1892, at the age of seventy-six years. He was
for many years a prosperous grocer of X'ew Haven,
but having, througii industry, good management
and integrit}-. accuinulated a competence, he retired
from active business and settled in West Haven,
where, in addition to his own residence, he erected
three houses on Martin street, which he owned
and rented up to the time of his death. He was
a man universally respected and beloved, and prom-
inent in town aft'airs. A man of sincere piety, for
many years he was an active member and a trustee
of the Methodist Episcopal Church of \\'est Haven,
whose house of worship he aiderl in building, and
toward its support contributed liberally, as well as
to all deserving charities. Mrs. Mix is a member of
the same church, earnest and devoted in promoting
its work : she is president of the Ladies Aid Society
connected therewith.

ALBERT F. SCHROEDER. superintendent of
the F. L. Gaylord Co.. of Ansonia. was born in
Germany June 22. 1857, a son of Bernhard Schroe-
der, who was also a native of Germany, where the
family has long been native to the soil.

Bernhard Schroeder was a shoemaker, and came
to America in 1868. He was quite successful in
his business dealings, and accumulated a verv fair
fortune. His death occurred in 1887 when he
had reached his fifty-eighth year. He was inter-
ested in local politics, and belonged to several Ger-
man orders. Marie Karnbach, his wife, was born
in Germany, and became the mother of seven chil-
dren, three of whom are living: Albert F. ; Louise.
who married Joseph Kramp, of X'ew Haven : Bern-
hard, who is living in Ansonia. The mother died
in Germany at the age of forty years. Both par-
ents were members of the Lutheran Church.

Albert F. Schroeder spent the first twelve years
of his lif.; ''n Germany, and then accompanied his
father to this country. In the schools of his native
communitv he had the beginnings of. a very fair ed-
ucation, which was increased by study and observa-
tion of life under the changed conditions of the
new world. When he was fourteen years of age
lie began learning the trade of molding, v.hich he
pursued rniil he became an expert workman in the
house where he is still employed. As a journ';vinan
molder he worked for houses in Brooklyn and in
New York, and then in Shelton for two years.
After this he came to Ansonia, to take a place as
a foreman in the present factorv, and for twenty-
seven years has been connected with this company.
Mr. Schroeder has charge of the entire output of
this establishment, which includes all varieties of
brass castings. He hires the men, buys stock, and
receives all the orders from the trade. In the foun-
dry department of the factorv are employed fifteen
men in the making of fine goods, silver plating and
filling a vast variety of orders from a custom trade

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been married three times. In 1880 he married Miss
Anna Ullrich, who was born in German)', a daugh-
ter of W'ilham and Caroline ( Mudler) Ullrich.
William Ullrich came to America and located in
Ansonia, where he died at the age of fifty-eight
years: his wife, also a native of Germany, was one
of four children, and is still living. In their family
were three children, Oswald, Anna (Airs. Schroe-
der) and Otto. Four children were born to Mr. and
"Mrs. Schroeder: William, Albert. Marie and Lou-
isa. Mrs. Anna Schroeder died in 1892 at the early
age of thirty-five years. She was a member of the
Congregational Church, and -is remembered as a
lady of more than the usual character and ability.
Miss Marie Schroeder i.s a fine nnt^ician, and dis-
plays wonderful talent in music ; her education is
largely in the cultivation of this precious endow-
ment. For his second wife Mr. Schroeder wedded
Miss Anna Lenhard, who was born in Germany.
a daughter of John Lenhard. a tailor who came to
Derby and followed his trade for manv years, later
moving to Brooklyn, where he died. Airs. Anna
(Lenhard J Schroeder died at the early age of
thirty-eight years. She was a faithful member of
the Episcopal Church. Aliss Anna Neumann be-
came Mr. Schroeder"s third wife.

Politically Mr. Schroeder is a Republican; so-
cially he is a member of the Fraternal Order of
Connecticut, and of the German order, "Harugari,"
where he has held all the offices in turn. He is
secretary and' treasurer of the German Ulk Club,
of which he was at one time president ; and he is a
director of the German Hall Company. In religious
connection he attends the Episcopal Church. His
comfortable home was erected by him some time

THEODORE J. \\'ARXER. a w.ll-known citi-
zen of Weft Haven, residing at Savin Rock, was
born Mav 14, 1862, in Hamden, this county, and
belongs to one of the pioneer families of that town.

Miner Warner, his grandfather, was a native
of Hamden, became a prominent aericulturist there,
and died aged seventy years. His first wife, our
subject's grandmother, died in early womanhood,
leaving seven children, of whom five are still liv-
ing: Charles, our subject's father: Robert, who
resides at Pond Hill, Wallingford ; Mariette. Mrs.
Stone, of Holyoke. Mass. : Hulda. wife of Belson
Munson, of Hamden : and Betsey, who married
Frederick Alix, of Hamden.

Charles Warner was born April 25. 1832, in
Hamden, where he was reared, receiving a common-
school education. He followed farming there for
a time, and later spent five years in farming at
Chicopee Fall?, Mass., and five years at Pelham,
Mass. On selling his property at the latter place,
in 1873, he located in the town of Orange, where
lie still resides. In 18114 i:e purchased one hundred
acres of the Clark farm, on Oyster river, for a

homestead. He married Aliss MnryA. Oviatt. a
native of W'atertown, and daughter of Joseph and
Charlotte (Johnson) Oviatt. Of their nine children
two are living, Theodore J. and Grace, the latter
residing at home. The mother died Jan. 21, 1890,
aged forty-eight. Mrf. Warner attended the Epis-
copal Church, and Mr. Warner attended the M. E.

Theodore J. Warner remained at home until he
reached the age of twenty-five, and while complet-
ing a district-school course learned lessons in busi-
ness management under his father's directions. At
the age of thirteen he began driving a milk wagon
in West Haven for his father, and he afterward en-
gaged in this business on his own account, having
purchased it Xov. 16, 1887. Fie carried it on until
Nov. I, 1899, when he sold the business. It was
the oldest milk business in that section, and during
the twenty-five years in which Air. Warner was con-
nected with it the trade increased constantly, about
600 quarts of milk being handled daily, all of which
was purchased, although he formerly kept a num-
ber of cows. Our subject buys and sells wood,
hay and stone, and owned a quarry from which
he sold stone to contractors. He also does a gen-
eral contracting business. The wood, in which he
deals extensively, is shipped on the railroad to dif-
ferent points.

On Jan. 20, 1886. Air. Warner married Aliss
Julia Wilkinson, daughter of Henry and Alary Ann
(Betts) Wilkinson, of Cobalt, Conn. They have
had two children : Arthur, who survives ; and
George Clayton, who died aged six months. Po-
litically Air. Warner is an independent, with Dem-
ocratic tendencies, and he does not aspire to official
honors, although his high standing as a man of
sound judgment would make him a popular candi-
date. He was one of the first members of the A.
O. U. W. in West Haven, and is still actively inter-
ested in the work of that organization.

paper box manufacturer in Wallingford, has
achieved a good name in his line, and from a very
modest beginning has built up a fine business, es-
pecially in the line of plain and fancy boxes and
cases. Air. Hodgetts cut his first boxes for local
patrons with a jackknife and a straight edge. To-
day his box factory, on Academy street, in the rear
of his very attractive residence, contains all the
modern steam-power machinery needed for the
economical and quick dispatch of his business, and
gives work to fifteen hands. Air. Hodgetts may
well congratulate himself upon this wonderful prog-

Air. Hodgetts was born June 17, 1846. in Bir-
mingham, England, where his father, John Hod-
getts, was also born and reared. John Hodgetts
became a silversmith, and in 1876, emigrating to
the United States, found work at his trade with
the Simpson, Hall & Aliller Co. Fie married Eliz-

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aheth Winspur, who wa; 'wn-.x in' Birmingham, and
they had five children: W'ilham J.; Joseph H.,
a sifversmith in Wallingford ; George, also a silver-
smith in Wallingford ; Samutl, a painter in New
York: and Alice, wife of Charles Chaucer, of Meri-
den, Connecticut.

\\ illiam J. Hodgeits acquired ids education in
his native city, and early in life applied himself to
moldmaking. When he had mastered this trade
he turned to the making of Britannia ware, in
which work he was engaged until coming to this
country, in 1S66. He made his way directly to
\\'allingford, and was given employment in the fac-
tory of the Simpson. Hall & Miller Co., with whom
he remained twenty-tive years. He verv soon rose
to the position of inspector of goods. In 1878 he
began the making of boxes, which was at first
managed by his wife, but the business grew to such
an extent that in 1891 Mr. Hodgetts gave up his
position with the Simpson, Hall & Miller Co. and
has since given his entire attention to the box
factory. He is a man of genial disposition, and
has a host of friends who admire his manly char-
acter and exemplary business methods. Temperate
in his habits, and upright in his dealings with the
world, he is much respected in his communitv, and
is regarded as one of the most valued citizens of
the borough.

In 1867 ]Mr. Hodgetts married, at Xewark, ^^liss
Sarah Hobson, who was born in Birmingham, Eng-
land, a daughter of Edwin Hobson. one of the
prominent men of Wallingford. To this union have
come six children: Harold \\'illiam, a die sinker
and moldmaker ; Eva A., a forewoman in her fa-
ther's factory ; Eftie, a trained nurse : and Edwin,
Xellie and Bessie, who are in school. Mr, Hod-
getts is a Republican, and an active worker for the
party. He belongs to the Blue Lodge, Compass
■ Lodge, F. & A. ^I. He is a member of the Baptist

rising young manufacturers of IMeriden, was born
in the city of Spremberg, Germany, Xov. 15, 1859,
son of Gustav Schunack, a native of the same com-
munity, who was a manufacturer of woolen cloth.
In Spremberg Gustav Schunack married Louisa
Lange, by whom he had two children, Charles Emil
and Emmy. Gustav Schunack and his family left
the old countrv in 1873, and came to the L'nited
States., locating at Webster, Mass., where he spent
a year in the woolen trade. He then came to
r^Ieriden, where the remainder of his life was spent,
and he died in 18S9 and was buried in the West
cemetery, Meriden. In politics he was a Repub-
lican, and in religion liberal and broad-minded in
his views. His widow is still living, and is cared
for in the home of her son Charles E. She is a
devout Christirn woman, faithful and loving in her
duties as a Avife and,

Charles Emil Schunack attended the schools of

his native town. He was thirteen years old when
he left Spremberg with his parents to make his home
in America, and at Web.= ter, Mass., went into the
mills, so that he has had no schooling save that
of work and experience since his arrival in this
State. In 1874 he came to ]Meriden, and for some
five years worked in the bronze department of the
Meriden Malleable Iron Works. For the following
five vears he was connected with the bronze de-
partment of the factory of Hart, Bliven & ^lead,'
at Kensington, Conn., as a contractor. When this
period had expired he came back to Meriden, and
took a place with the Charles Parker Co., in the
lamp department of its extensive factories. For
nineteen years he has had charge of this depart-

Mr. Schunack began business for himself as a
box manufacturer in 1S91, locating on Randolph
avenue, and beginning in the most modest fashion.
He attended strictly to his trade, and it has steadily
increased, tlemanding eidarged facilities and im-
proved machinery, until he now has a plant that is
about as complete as anv to be found anywhere in
the State. Here he makes a vast variety of paper
boxes, as well as plush,. chamois and leather cases
for silverware, and employment is given to more
than seventy people, the products selling in remote
parts of the country, as well as at home. Our sub-
ject's only sister. Miss Emmy, has charge of this
branch of his business ; she is a lady of much busi-
ness ability, thoroughly understanding the work,
and very popular.. Mr. Schunack is a progressive
and enterprising citizen, wide-awake and vigorous,
energetic with his work, and anxious to give per-
fect satisfaction to every customer

Mr. Schunack belongs to the A. F. & A. M.,
being controlled in Meridian Lodge, X'o. J~ ; to Pil-
grim Harbor Council, Roval Arcanum : and to the
Invincibles of Meriden. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, and has served as a member of the citv council
in ^leriden for two years. He and his wife find
their religious home at the Congregational Church.
Mr. Schunack was married in Kensington, Hart-
ford Co., Conn., to Miss Rhoda Baldwin, a lady of
much refinement, and they have two children, ^lil-
dred and Elsie. Our subject and his wife are ex-
cellent people and command the respect and con-
fidence of the community to a very marked degree.

MICHAEL D. RUSSELL, comptroller of the
city of Waterbury, was born in County Tipperary,
Ireland, in 1865. and is a sen of John and Catherine
( Dwyer) Russell, the former of whom is an ex-
tensive farmer and both of whom still have their
home in County Tipperary. To their marriage were
born twelve children, nine of whom are still living,
viz. : William, a doctor of medicine : Helen, a
widow ; Thomas, farming the old homestead ;
]\Iichael D., the subject of this sketch : Katie, smgle:
John, a Catholic clergyman in England; Mary, a

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