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the city, county and State Medical Societies (being
clerk of the County Society), and to the New Ha-
ven Grays, and also to the patriotic order of the
Sons of Veterans. He attends the Congregational

On Feb. 28. 1898, Dr. Moulton was married to
Fanchon Wilson, who was born in California, only
daughter of James Thomas and Mary Stewart
Smith. One son, James Seymour, born Feb. 7,
1899, in Zaruma, Ecuador, S. A., has brightened
their home.

town of North Haven has the distinction of having
within its borders some of the finest farms of New
Haven county, and among these the one which
bears the palm as a dairy farm is owned by D.
Walter Patten, and is located in the eastern part
of the town. This farm contains 225 acres, and has
been in the possession of the Patten family for
nearly forty years, being the original Pierrepont
farm upon which the late Hon. Edwards Pierre-
pont, ex-minister to England, was born. David
Patten, the grandfather of our subject, was born
in Salem, N'ew London county, Conn., where he
became a farmer and a dealer in lumber for ship-

Daniel A. Patten, son of David Patten, was also
bom in Salem, where he received a district-school
education. After teaching there a number of years,
in the meantime studying medicine, he went to New
York and was graduated from the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons. He first located for practice
in Park Row, in that city, and latei he removed
to Baltimore, Md., where he enjoyed a large and
lucrative practice for a number of years, when fail-
ing health caused him to abandon the profession.
He returned to his boyhood home, in Salem, wlierc
he remained until 1861, at that time cbming to
North Haven, desiring the health-giving life on a
farm. Dr. Patten then purchased the farm now
owned by his son, and continued to operate it un-
til 1885, when he disposed of it to his son. and,
retiring from active life, died in 1S87. Dr. Patten
was an ardent Republican, and served the town of
Salem in the Legislature, even representing that
town shortly after his removal to Nfrtli Ha'. en, in
a special session. During \'if'-j-~o-~'^ he represented

North Haven in the Legislature, although the office
was none of his seeking, his peculiar titness for the
office causing his fellow citizens almost to thrust
it upon him. He also served the town for several
years as first selectman, and for many years was
a member of the Society's connnittee of the North
Haven Congregational Church. His widow, Mary
Belcher Hvde. a native of Greenwich, Conn., is now
residing in North Haven. The children born to
this union were : Henry, a graduate of Yal-^ mar-
ried Rose M. Sloan, and resides' in Philadelphia,
where he is instructor in the Central Flign School ;
David Walter ; Lillian W. married George B. Todd,
and lives in North Haven; and Marion is teaching
in the public school in South Norwalk.

David Walter Patten was born Feb. 7, 1862,
in the house which he now occupies, and received
his primary education in the district schools. After
a two-years' course at Bacon Academy, in Col-
chester, he prepared at Joseph Giles' private school
for the scientific department of Yale L'niversity.
Previous to entering Yale Mr. Patten was for two
years assistant instructor of mathematics in the
famous "Collegiate and Commercial Institute," of
which the late \\'illiam H. Russell was president.
He was graduated from Yale Scientific School in
1887, and then returned to the farm which he had
purchased in 1885, rnd to which he has since added
by additional purchases and has made improvements
which have placed this farm in the front rank of
dairy fanns in the State. For thirty years the
Clover Dairy Farm has practically supplied the
most fastidious patrons of the New Haven market.
Mr. Patten. has introduced modern methods, ren-
dering his products the purest to be obtained any-
where, and the reputation of his produce has ex-
tended over a wide territory. He also has a peach
orchard of 1,500 trees.

On Oct. 16, 1889, Mr. Patten was married to
Erminie Ivison Emley, who was born in ^Moodus,
Middlesex county. Conn., a daughter of George L
Emley, superintendent of the New York Net and
Twine Company's mills of that place. Three chil-
dren have been born to this union, Edna L, Mable
S. and Martha Alberta. Air. Patten is a s1:anch Re-
publican, has been president of the North Haven
Republican Club for several years, and ably repre-
sented the town of North Haven in the General
Assemlily during 1898-9, serving as clerk of the
committee on Incorporations. In 1900 he was
elected first selectman and re-elected in 1901. In
1901 he was elected by the General Assembly as a
member of the State Board of Agriculture for New
Haven county. Mr. Patten is an educated, intelli-
gent farmer who understands and enjovs his agri-
cultural experiments, and by the exercise of energy
has been able to show the country what intelligent
farming can accomplish. Fraternally he is con-
nected with Corinthian Lodge, No. 36, A. F. &
A. M., of Xorthford, and is a charter member of
North Haven Grange, being one of its organizers.



I'l.iiiiincntly iilcntificd \vi;h nil of the leading; farni-
iiiy iiuerests ot the State, ho is connected with the
State Poniological Society, and is a Hfe member of
■ rlic Connecticut Dairymen's Association. Although
nccupied with both public affairs and private busi-
ness, Mr. Patten is a factor in the social life of the
coninuihity, and entertains hospitably in his hand-
-oine home. JJoth he and his wife are valued and
consistent members of the Congregational Church
of North Haven.

pastor of the Immanuers Evangelical Lutheran
Church, on Cook avenue and Hanover street, in
Meriden, was born in Hamein, Hanover. Germany,
IV-c. 13, 1866, a son of Charles Tappert, born at
F.iseiiach, Thueringen. Charles Tappert was an
architect and builder by occupation and a man of
education and influence. His death occurred while
still in the prime of life. His wife, Mrs. Alvina
( Hancke) Tappert, was a native of Luechow. Ger-
many, and after the death of her husband came to
.\merica with her family, and now resides in Xew'
York City. Of the ten children of the family
those who still survive are : Emma, a Lutheran
Deaconess; C. Reinhold; Mary; Franz; Gustave, a
clergyman of the Lutheran Church, in New York
City; Charles: Ernest August, a clergyman. of the
Lutheran Church, at Washington Heights, New
York City: and Alwine.

Rev. Mr. Tappert attended tlie schools in his
native land, and was seven years old when the fam-
ily removed to Muender, where the father enga.ged
in a manufacturing business and our subject had
the advantages of excellent educational training.
At the age of sixteen he graduated from the Latin
school. His inclination being in the direction of
the ministrv, he entered then the Kropp Theo-
logical Seminary, and remained four years, until
lie had finished his course in the spring of 1887.
When the call was' made by the Home Missions, of
the General Council for young men for mission
work anlong tlieir countrymen in America, Air.
Tappert responded, and that same vear came to this
country and took charge of St. Peter's Church at
Greenport, L. L. Although not yet of age, he con-
tinued to admiriister to this congregation for fifteen
months. On Dec- iS. 1887, he was ordained by the
president of the first district of the Evangelical Lu-
theran Ministerium of New York, and in t888 lie
was called by the president of the Synod to take
charge of a mission in New York City, and eagerly
entered upon his Christian labors. Having rented
an unoccupied store on Tenth avenue, at a cost of
^48 per month, he started into school teaching, and
had 140 pupils who contributed one dollar a niontli.
He continued faithfully to perfomi his duties as
missionary and teacher until his health completely
failed him. In 1889 he received a call to Meriden'
a> successor t.j Rev. E. ^\'itt!^^an, as pa'^tor of tiie
Ininianuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church and also

of the First F.vaiigclical Lutheran Church of Soutli-
ingiun. and fur the pa.-t twelve years has f;iithfully
attended to the spiritual needs of both congrega-
tions. Mr. Tappert has had nuich to encourage him.
During his pastorate the church and parsonage have
been built and his congregation numbers 500 mem-
bers. When he first came to Meriden ho was
obliged to hold his services in the hall of the Y.
M. C. A.

Rev. Mr. Tappert married Ma,gdLlena Drach, in
her home in Greenport, L. I., a daughter of Peter
Drach, a lady of high character, and one who is
well fitted to be a helpmate for her worthy husband.
The children of this, union number five: Johanna,
Ruth, Martha, Reinhold and Gustav.

has been successfully engaged in the practice of
dentistry in New Haven since 18S8, is a native of
that city, born July 14. 1863. The family h^ve re-
sided there for several generations; the Doctor's
.grandfather, Andrew L. Brown, was engaged in
business as a soap manufacturer in New Haven
with his brother Charles. Their factory was located
on L'nion street. He had three children : William
H., father of our subject; Robert A., wlio is sec-
retary and treasurer of the New Haven Savings
Bank, and alio president of the New Haven Mfg.
Co.; and Mary, who married Henry Holt, of
Springfield, Mass. Mrs. Brown was a member of
the First Baptist Church.

William H. Brown was born in New Haven and
there reared, receiving his education in the com-
mon schools and in the Lancasterian school. He
was engaged in business as a dealer in cigars and
spirits, carrying on same up to the time of his death,
which occurred in 1888. w'hen he was aged fiftv-
one. He married Cornelia Camp, and they had four
children : William H. ; Frederick Ward, whose
name opens these lines ; and Albert R. and Andrew
L., both of whom are dentists in New York City,
where Airs. Brown, the mother, also makes her
home. Mrs. Brown is a daughter of Horace Camp,
who died at the age of eightv-four, and his wife,
whose maiden name was White, and who lived to
the age of eighty-six.

Frederick \\'. Brown attended the public schools
of New Haven during his boyhood. His early
studies in dentistry were pursued with Drs. Au5ten
B. Fuller, F'rank C. Swift and J. S. Cairoli, of
Bridgeport, and IT. J. Stevens, of New Haven. He
then took a course at the University of Pennsvl-
vania, from wdiich institution he was graduated in
1888, and he has since engaged in practice on his
own account. Dr. Brown commands a large pat-
ronage, wdiich keeps himself and his assistants con-
stantly busy. His offices, wdiich are finely fitted up
and completely equipped, are located at No. 112
Orange street. Dr. Brown has been quite active in
the social and fraternal life cf the citv, being a
member in good standing of Pyramid Lodge, A. O.



U. \\ . : Vale Loilgc, Ileiitasophs : and of i!:c Ma-
sonic fraternity, in wliich he has attained the thirty-
second decree, belcnsincr to Wooster Lodge, F. &
A. M. ; Franklin Chapter; New Haven Com-
mandery: Pyramid Temple, A. A. O. X. M. S.. and
the Scottish Rite Ma.-ons. The Doctor's great
uncle, Charles P>ro\vn, was the first master of
Wooster Ledge. Dr. Brown is also a member of the
Second Company, Governor's Foot Gnard. of which
he is commissary sergeant. Professionally he be-
longs to the Xew Haven Dental Chib. and the State
Dental S> ciety. His political allegiance is given to
the Republican partv.

In 1892. Dr. Brown married Miss Jennie A.
Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halsev C.
Thomas, of New Haven. Two children. Mildred
and Leonard, have blessed their home. The Doctor
and his wife arc singers of note, and they have
sung at different times in the principal churches
of Xew Haven.

H.\RRISOX B. TOLLES. "Man's sociality
of nature," says Carlyle. "evinces itself, in spite
of all that can be said, with abundance of evidence
by this one fact, if there were no other — the un-
speakable delight he takes in biography."' and in
the record of our successful business men and lead-
ers of thought there is much to interest and instruct
the reader. The subject of this sketch, a promi-
nent resident of Ansonia, is deserving of special
mention as a self-made man who has made the most
of his opportunities and acliievcd a substantial

Mr. Tolles was born April 28, 1S45. in Pine
Bridge, town of Seymour, this county, and belongs
to a well-known family of this section. Daniel
Tolles, his grandfather, followed farming in the
town of Bethany throughout a long life. Isaac
Tolles, our subject's father, was born and reared
in Bethany, and became a merchant in X'augatuck.
He continued business for forty-five years with
different partners, becoming regarded as one of the
substantial citizens of the town. He was an ardent
supporter of the anti-slavery cause, and later be-
came a stanch Republican, and for many years he
was active in municipal affairs, serving as ward
inspector and tax collector. His death occurred in
X'augatuck, when he was aged eighty-three years.
He married Maria W. Buckingham, a devout and
consistent member of the ^lethodist Episcopal
Church, who is still living at the age of seventy-
nine. She was born in Middlebury, one of the
eight children of Hezekiah Buckingham, now de-
ceased, who came from Ohio and made his per-
manent home upon a farm in Middlebury. His
wife, whose inaiden name was Matilda \\'ooster.
lived to the age of seventy-two. while her mother
lived to be ninety-nine. Our subject was the first
of a family of eight children, the others being:
Ulysses, deceased: Eliza, deccaseii : Fr^n- :;:. n<:iw
in Naugatuck; Ralph, a resident oi Plainiield, X'.

J.: Lulu, who married William \\'ard, of Sevniour;
Arthur, a resident of Xaugatuck ; and Eliza {2),
wife of Ira Bennett, of Vermont.

During his boyhood our subject attended the
common schools of Xaugatuck and the W'esleyan
Academy at Wilhraham, Mass., and when a young
man he engaged in butchering in Xaugatuck. After
five years he removed to Xew Haven, where he
continueil the business three years longer, in con-
nection with licensed groceries. He then spent a
year in Waterbury, in the bottling business, and a
year in Harrisbnrg, Pa., and in 1873 he returned to-
j Ansonia and opened a bottling establishment in
j company with S. W. Billam, under the firm name
I of Billam & Tolb_s. He conducted same until May,
1 1897. -■^t the time of selling out he was the second
oldest man in the business in the town, and for
: years he did the largest bottling business between
i Waterbury and Bridgeport, keeping a number of
men and teams, and sending goods to all the sur-
rounding towns and cities. In 1886 he built his
present beautiful residence at X'o. 19 William
street, being the fourth to build on the street, and
he is interested in the real-estate business to some

In 1868 Mr. Tolles married IMiss Alice Tuttle.
daughter of Zopher Tuttle. a wood and charcoal
dealer of Xaugatuck, who also conducted a watch
factory there for a time. He died aged seventy-
four years, and his wife, Xancy (Sherman), died
at the age of sixty-two. 3ilrs. Tolles was born
in Xaugatuck. and was one of a family of ten chil-
dren. Our subject has one son. Burton I., now
twenty years old, who graduated from the Ansonia
high school, pursued a course in the Applied
Sciences at Vale College, graduating in the class
I of 1901, and is now a student in Vale Medical
i School. The family is identified with the Epis-
copal Church, Mrs. Tolles being a member, and
! politically our subject affiliates with the Repub-
lican party. He belongs to the F. & A. AL, hold-
; ing membership in George \\'ashington Lodge ;
I Mt. Vernon Chapter. R. A. yi. : X'ew Haven Com-
mandery, at Xew Haven ; and Pvramid Temple,
Xobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Bridgeport. *" He
is also an active worker in the Ansonia Club, the
leading social club of the town.

MRS. EMMA J. POWE, a highly respected
resident of Ansonia. is prominent in the social life
of that locality, the influence of her active and cul-
tured mind and strong- womanly character being-
recognized in various lines of work. She is a mem-
ber of the Bartholomew family, which has been
well known in this section from an early date, and
two brothers and two sisters are represented else-

William Powe ("deceased), husband of our sub-
ject, was identified for many years with the manu-
facturing interests of the town, holding positions
of unusual respon-ihility and trust. His death oc-.




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ciirred in 181)5. when Ik- \\n< ' in;-ccl fortv-five. H''
was born Dec. 6. 1850, in Derby, this county, son
of Lewis Powe, and t^randson of Major Powe, an
EngHshman, who came to America as an expert
workman in the refining of copper, locating in Belle-
ville, X. J. Lewis Powe was trained to his father's
business in his youth, and after following it for a
time in I!elIeville,t(Kik a position in Derbv, later go-
ing to Ansonia, where he was employed for years
by the A. B. C. Co., as foreman. In 1854 he went to
South America, and on his return was for some time
employed as an expert refiner bv the Park Bros., of
Pittsburg, being manager and member of the firm,
and by the Duvall Co., of Brooklyn; his last work,
however, was done for the A. B. C. Co., of An-
sonia. About tlie time of his retirement he became
interested in orange culture in Florida, where he
died at the age of seventy-three. He was a man
of ability, and was much respected wherever he was
known. He married Harriet Blackman, a native of
Oxford, who died in 1854, aged thirty-six. They
had two children : Louise, professor of art in \\'ells
College : and William.

William Powe was reared in Ansonia, and com-
pleted his education in the School of Mines. Co-
lumbia University, New York. He started busi-
ness life as a- bookkeeper for the Brass & Copper
■ Co. Possessing rare discrimination, his services
came into demand as a general buver and utility
man with the Ansonia Brass & Copper Co., of An-
sonia, and after twenty-one years of responsible
work there he became connected with the Alumi-
num, Brass & Bronze Co.. of Bridgeport. Socially
he vi'as connected with Washington Lodge, F. &
A. M., at Ansonia.

On Sept. 17, 1873, Mr. Powe married Miss
Emma J. Bartholomew, and they had two children :
(i) Harriet married Dr. F". G. Baldwin, a dentist
in Ansonia and has had one child. Lewis Powe.
(2) Fannie Louise died in 1889, aged ten years and
eleven months. Mr. Powe was a genial, hospitable
gentleman, and made many friends, among all
classes. He was a Republican in political sentiment,
but not active in party aftairs. or for that matter in
public life of any sort, though he served twenty-one
years as foreman of the Hose Company. He sang
in the choir of the Congregational Church, but was
not united with any religious body.

Mrs, Powe was born in Ansonia, in the house
now occupied bv her brother Arthur. Her father,
the late J. H. Bartholomew, was a prominent citi-
zen' of Ansonia, and an account of his life appears
elsewhere. In 1833 he married Polly H. Root, who
was born in 181 1 m Plymouth, Conn., and died in
1881. She was the daughter of Truman Root, a suc-
cessful fanner whose last years were spent in An-
sonia. He married Lewina Hemingway, of Plym-
outh, Conn., v.ho lived to the age of eighty, and they
had thirteen chddren, two of whom are living. Mrs.
Powe is one of a family of .-^ix children, of whom
four survive, nameh': Mrs. P. T. Terry. Mrs.

T-'rances E. Bristol, Arthur and Mrs. Powe. Dana
died recently. All reside in Cliff street, Ansonia,
where the parents also resided, and Mrs. Powe's
home, at No. 134. is the center of a refined hos-
pitality. She is well read, especially in historical
lines, and extensive travel in the United States and
,:.broad has added to her store of information upon
general subjects. As recording secretary of the D.
A. R. she is influential in the local branch, and she
is also an active worker in the Congregational
Church, to which her parents belonged, and of
which her daughter and son-in-law are also mem-

WILLIAM C. KLEIXECKE is one of those
hustling and energetic characters who give Water-
bury quite a distinctive character among cities of
its class in Xew England. Push and determination
mark all his actions, and he is widely known as an
honorable and upright man.

Mr. Kleinecke was born in Hartford, Conn.,.
X'ov. 3, 1854, son of Henry Kleinecke, who was
born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1812, and died in
1865. He married Johanna Kutscher, who was-
born in 1820 and died in 1886. She was a native
of Prussia, where her father was a locksmith.
Henry Kleinecke was a soldier in his native land,
and served in the Ducal army. Having partici-
pated in the German Revolutionary movements in:
1848, he came to the United States the following
year, settling in Hartford, Conn., and learning the-
tailor trade. During the Civil war he made sol-
diers' overcoats, on a subcontract. He was the fa-
ther of five children : Hermine, Louise, Augusta,.
William C. and Albert H. Augusta is deceased,
Albert H. is an assistant superintendent at Lincoln
Park, Chicago, and an ex-alderman of that city.
Henry Kleinecke was a Democrat politically. He
and his family belonged to the Lutheran Church.

William C. Kleinecke spent the first eleven years
of his life in Hartford, where he received all his
schooling. For three years he worked on a farm
near Hartford, and then learned the trade of a
barber, which he followed until about three years
ago. Taking his fortunes into his own hands so
earlv in life, he had a rather limited education, and
as he grew older he felt a lack which lie partially
corrected bv attendance at night schools, and close

and systematic reading. On Aug. 10, li



Kleinecke came to ^\'aterbury, which has since
been his home. F"or the last three years he has
been connected with the Xew York Life Insurance
Co. His name is enrolled among the mcinbors of
the A. O. U. W., the Woodmen of the World and
the Foresters of America, and he is now holding the
position of Grand Secretary of the Grand Court of
Connecticut, Foresters of America, a salaried posi-
tion, his work covering the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Kleinecke and Miss Catherine F.. Burke
were married in Xiivember. 1878, and to this uni< n
have been born two children: August Edward,

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who is at home ; and \\'ilHani I'redcrick. deceafcd.
Airs. Kleinecke was born in W'aterbury, and is a
dang-htcr of John Burke, of Queens County, Ire-
land. .Mr. Kleinecke is a Democrat, and has taken
an active part in political afi'airs. At the present
time he is a member of the board of public safety.
With all his family he attends the Catholic Church.

HOWARD P. TRE.\T is one of the popular,
pliblic-spirited citizens of Orange, where he was
born Jan. 20, 1857. He is a descendant from the
first Colonial governor of Connecticut, and well
maintains the traditional reputation of the family
for courage, energy and probity. His grandfather
was named Isaac, and his father Isaac P. Some
uncertainty exists as to whether the town of Orange
or that of Alilford was the birthplace of his grand-
father, but, however that mav be, he is known to
have been an early resident of the last named town,
and to have been an extensive land owner both there
and in Derby, presenting three of his sons with a
farm, and setting the fourth up in business in New
York. He was a farmer, and a. man of prominence
and influence in the community, dying at the age
of sixty-six years and six montlis. His wife,
JMartha Piatt, of Milford, survived him, passing
away in her seventy-fourth year. They were earn-
est members of the Congregational Church and two
of their seven children are yet living.

Isaac P. Treat, the father of Howard P. Treat,
was born in Orange, and passed his youth after the
fashion of most farmers' sons of his day. He en-
joyed such educational advantages as were afforded
by the district schools of the time, and on reaching

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