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1891 he settled in Ansonia. purchasing a trucking
business with a stable on ^^'ater street. Later he
bought his present stable. No. 26 \\'ater street, and
in 1897 he leased a stable at No. 267 Main street,
and later bought his extensive business, requiring
offices at both. He has a fine line of liverv teams,
fourteen horses being kept at the Water street
stable for that purpose, and there are usually twelve
boarders there. At the Main street stable he keeps
about forty-five horses for trucking, and in this line
he does the largest business in the city, being reg-
ularly employed by the principal firms, including
the S. O. & C. Co., the Union Fabric Co., the An-
sonia Lumber Co.. the Ansonia O. & C. Co., the
Ansonia Novelty Co., the A. B. C. Co., the Coe
Brass Co., and the Farrell Foundry Co. He also
runs a line of express and freight teams to the dif-
ferent depots, and has the contract for watering the
streets, for wnich he keeps two carts especially con-

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-■■ructcri. At one time lie was a member of the
Jloard of Trade, and as a business man he is hikl
in high esteem. In politics he is a Republican, and
he is identified with the A. O. U. W., the Eagle
Hose Ccmipany of Ansonia, and King Hiram
Lodge, No. 12. He attends Emmanuel Episcopal
Church, of which his wife is a member, and both
are interested in the work of the society.

In 1S90 Mr. Curtiss married ISIiss Alma M.
r.assett, daughter of William H. Bassett, a well
known agriculturist of Bethlehem, and they have
one son, James G. (3).

LOUIS A. MAXSFIELD. Since 1855 the
business of which Louis A. Mansfield is the capable
and efficient owner and manager, has been one of
the most prosperous among the business circles of
Xew Haven. The original firm name was Gower
& Mansfield, the owners being George D. Gower
and Austin Mansfield, later becoming Austin ^lans-
field & Son, and still later, Louis A. }ilansfield, all
these years representing a policy of strict honest}-
and unimpeachable integrity.

Louis A. Mansfield was born in Xew Haven,
March 11, 1863, a son of Austin and a grandson
of Jesse Merrick Mansfield. The latter was a
farmer in Hainden. Conn., where he married a
member of the Eaton family, and settled down on
a farm in that locality, where they reared three
children: Auftin ; Ellen, who married George D.
Gower, of X'ew Haven; and Susan, who, after the
death of her sister, married Mr. Gower.

Austin Mansfield was born in Hamden, Conn..
April 7, 1S33. grew up on the farm and attended
the district schools, in 1855 he removed to X'ew
Haven and started a lumber business, in association
with George D. Gower. which continued until 1885.
when Mr. Gower died and the business continued
imtil 1890, when Mr. Mansfield associated his son
Louis with him, and the firm style became Austin
Mansfield & Son. In 1899, I'pon the death of his
father, Louis Mansfield assumed sole charge under
the name of Louis A. Mansfield, dealer in lumber
and coal, located at Xo. 505 Grand avenue.

On May 12. 1858. Austin ^vlansfield was mar-
ried to Emily .A. Ford, who was born in Hamden,
Conn., a daughter of Merritt Ford, a farmer of
Hamden, and died Aug. 13, 1879. The only child
of this union was Louis A. Politically. Mr. Mans-
lield was a Democrat, and both he and wife were
consistent and devoted menibers of the Episcopal
Church. In 1885, ^Ir. Austin ^.lansfield married
Charlotte E. Judson, of Xew Haven, who survives

Louis A. Mansfield spent his earlv boyhood in
X'ew Haven, and had exceptional educational ad-
vantages, attending private schools, and later pass-
ing through the Hopkins' Grammar school. He
entered Yale College, and graduated with the class
■if 18S5, immediatilv becoming ass'irciaied wiili hi;
lather in business. Since taking charge. Mr. Mans-

ficltl has can ied nut the formei' pnlicy of the h' use,
and enjoys all of the old patronage and a constant-
ly increasing one.

On August 14, 1890, Mr. Mansfield was mar-
ried to Miss Mary F. Hurd, of Xew Havtn, a
daughter of Frances (Wheeler) Hurd, of South-
ford, Conn., a member of an old and honored fam-
ily of that locality. In politics. Mr. Mansfield is
in sympathy with the Democratic party, and is fra-
ternally connected with the D. K. E. College so-
ciety; the Graduate Club, and is a member of the
Chamber of Commerce, and the Builders' Ex-
change. Since 1892, he has been secretary of the
Lumber Dealers' Association of the State, in all
I lines being one of the most progressive among the
' younger business men of the city. His church
1 connection is with the Episcopal Church, where
j both he and wife are highly esteemed.

WILLIAM A. FABER, a progressive and en-
terprising citizen of Waterbury. who is successfully
engaged in dairy farming on Bucks Hill, was born
at that place April 27, 1858, son of George Faber,
one of the most highlv respected citizens of Bucks

Our subject attended the district schools near
his boyhood home, and also the \\'aterbury high
school. After his education was completed he
worked at general farming on his father's place
four years, and then learned the trade of a caster
with the Scovill Manufacturing Co., by whom he
was employed three years. He then bought a milk
route and engaged in the dairy business three years,
after which he sold out and worked for the Bene-
dict & Burnham Manufacturing Co., as caster, for
the same length of time. He next turned his at-
tention to farming, near his father's place on Bucks
Hill, where he purchased a tract of 105 acres, and
in connection with its operation he carries on his
father's farm of seventy-five acres. He keeps thir-
ty cows, and is one of the largest dairy and vege-
table farmers in the town of Waterbury. He is
very industrious, enterprising and energetic, and
! is meeting with well-deserved success in his labors.
I Mr. Faber married Aliss Harriet Scott, also'' a

i native of Waterbury, and a daughter of ^lerritt E.
Scott, and they have four children: Lucy, Sarah,
Mabel and George. Politicallv Mr. Faber is a sup-
porter of the Democratic party and its principles,
but has never been an office seeker. However, he
has served since 1880 as secretary, treasurer or
member of the committee of the Bucks Hill school
district. He is a prominent member of St. John's
Episcopal Church of Waterbury, in which he is
serving as vestryman, and is a trustee of the Bucks
Hill Union Chapel, and also Sunday-school super-
intendent. He is a charter member of Mad River
Grange, of which he has been master and member
of the executive committee, and ii now the trustee
of the Grange hall and propertv. He is quite pop-
ular with the members of that organization, and



takes a deep iiuertst in io aiVairs. lie is secretary
and sexton of the Rucks Hill Cenutery Association.
Wherever known Mr. Faber is held in high regard,
and his friends are many.

GEORCiE P,. MUXGER, a member of the fimi
of Munger .."t Son. and one of the leading business
men and prominent mamifacturers of Madison,
was born May 18, 1854. in East River, \e\v Haven
county, and is a desctndant of one of the oldest
itamilies of Xew England.

Nicholas Munger was the first of the name in
Guilford. Emigrating to "America with William
Chittenden, he left his home at the age of si.xteen
years. Locating in Guilford, he spent the re-
mainder of his life there, and died in 1668. He
was buried in Guilford. On June 2, 1639, he mar-
ried Sarah Halt, who, after his d'cath. married
Dinis Cramptcn. To her first marriage were born
two children. John and Samuel, of whom the last
named married Sarah Hand, and died March 5,

John Munger, son of Xicholas, was born in
Guilford April 26, 1640. and died there Nov. 3,
1732. On June 3, 1684, he married Mary Everts,
who was born May i, 1664. and died in June, 1734.
Their children were: (i) Mary, born June 16,
1685, died young; (2) John, born Aug. 19. 1687,
married Oct. 5. 1725, Deborah French; (3) Mary,
born Aug.- 19, 1689. married Joshua Leete. and died
March 18. 1722; (4) .-\bigail, born Feb. 26, 1691,
married Jonathan Dudley, and died Oct. 23. 1766;
(5) Ebenezer was born July 4. 1693; (6) Caleb
was born May 16, 16*95; '"I Jonathan, born April
14, 1697, married Sarah Graves; (8) Josiah. born
July 20, 169 — , married Elizabeth Hubbard, and
died Feb. 21, 1750; (9) Rachel was born in 1706.

Ebenezer Munger married, in Guilford, Annie
Scranton, who was born Dec. 22, 1693, and died
April 20, 1725. On July 7, 1726, Mr. IMunger
married, for his second wife, Susanna Hubbard,
who married for her second husband Josiah Cramp-
ton, and died March 25, 1788. Ebenezer Munger
died June 29, 1729. His children were: (i)
Ebenezer, born Sept. 2, 1718, married Aim Lee,
who died June 20, 1793. (2) Caleb, born Sept. 24,
1722, married Sarah Stanard, and died Feb. 15,
1797- (3) Reuben and (4) Simeon, twins, were
born March 28, 1725; the latter died May 11. 1725.
Reuben married Elizabeth Dudley. (5) Simeon
(2) was born in April, 1727.

SimeonMunger lived in Bergen, X. Y.. where
he died March 16, 1815. On July 3, 1751, he mar-
ried Sarah Scranton, who was born Jan. 26. 1733,
and died Dec. 15, 1815. Their children were as
follows: ( I I SimcLin. born Dec. 7, 1752, died Oct.
18, 1833; he married Lois Lyon. (2) Josiah was
born Oct. \C>. 1754. {3) Mary, born Xov. 3, 1756,
married Ar.drmv f.. Stone, r.nd die'I in June. 1840.
(4) Willis, burn F.b. >>. 1701, luarrieci Esther
Hand, and died June 31, 1S15. (5) Mabel, born

Dec. 17, 1762, married Tinuthy Grc.vcs, and died
Xov. 19, 1837.

Josiah Munger was born Oct. if), 1754. in East
Guilford, and made his home in his native com-
munity, where he was engaged in farming. He
was a private in the Revolutionary war, and died
in August, 1838. His first wife was Anne Lee.
Hannah Coe, his second wife, died Jan. 14, 1837.
His children were; (i) George was born Feb.
17, 1781 : (2) Sarah, born Feb. 10, 1784. died Jan.
30, 1816; (3) .\nna, born March 4, 1792, married
Deacon Josiah I'rudden. and died in January, 1820;.
(4) Mabel, burn Sept. 21. 1802, luarried George
Cram; (5) Josiah, born Xov.- 3, 1804, married
Maria Fowler, and died Dec. 18, 1863.

George Munger, great-grandfather of George-
B., was an artist, and also taught school. He died
in Madison June 2, 1822. On Dec. 23, 1802. he
married Parnel Kelsey, who was born Jan. 21, 1781,
and died Oct. 25. i860. She married for her sec-
ond husband Minor Bradley. Mr. and Mrs. George
Munger were the parents of the following children :
( I ) George Xicholas, born Sept. 22,. 1S03. is men-
tioned below; (2) Clarissa, born May 20, 1S06, mar-
ried Rev. Milton Badger, and died Dec. 14, 1889;
(3) Caroline, born May 15, 1808. married Horace
\\'ashburn; (4) Amanda Ann, born Xov. 9, 1813,
married Samuel C, Chittenden; (5) Susan, born
March 22, 1821, died July 19, 1826.

George X'. Munger, grandfather of George B.,
was born in Madison, grew to manhood under the
parental roof, and spent the greater part of his life-
in X'ew Haven, where his old age was passed. For
a number of years he was engaged in making
mathematical instruments, principally for college
use. He died Aug. i, 1882, in East River, while
on a visit to that place. He was an old-time Whig,
and a man of force and character. His first wife-
was Amy Merwin,. whom he married June 2, 1825,
and his second wife was ]\[ary Merwin. His chil-
dren were: (i) Caroline Amanda, born April 5.
1826, married Alfred X'. Wilco.x ; (2) George, born
X'ov. 27, 1827, is mentioned below; (3) Susan A.,
born ^lay 15, 1829, died Aug. 6, 1854; (4) Emily,
born April 10, 1831, died Sept. 2, 1879; (5) Edwin
Miles, born March 5, 1833, died March 10, 1898;
(6) Elizabeth was born Oct. 8, 1836.

George Munger, father of George B., was born
in X'ew Haven, where he attended the public school
and also the select school kept bv John A. Lovell.
After reaching manhood he went to East River and
took up the sash and blind business, in partner-
ship with his uncle, Samuel C. Chittenden. In 1859
Mr. Munger removed to Xew Haven, where he w-as
engaged in the manufacture of slates, globes and
school apparatus. In 1866 he located in East River
and built a plant for the manufacture of school
apparatus, in which important industry his time has
since been fully occupied. He has his son George B.
as a partner, and they constitute the firm of Slun-
ger & Son. Politically Mr. Munger is a Repub-

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licnn. I'or }cars ho has hcL-n deeply interested in
the cause of education, and is a member of the
board of education. Fraternally he belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He attends
the Congregational Church. He is one of the best
known and most highly respected men of Madison.

On Xov. 28, 1850, Mr. Munger was married
to Cornelia Ives Jacobs, daughter of William
Jacobs, of Xorth Haven, and they have had two
children: Emma L., born April 5, 1852, married
William T. Foote, who is engaged in business with
his father; George Badger was born May 18, 1854.
Mrs. George Munger is a lady of refinement, and
has many warm friends.

George R. ]\Iunger was a student in the Madison
schools, in Lee's .\cademy and in a select school
in New Haven. Growing up in business with his
father, he has taken naturally to it, and is a sub-
stantial man in the school supply industry. A genial
manner and a winning way have made him many
friends, and contributed materially to his success.
Mr. Munger belongs to the Madison Lodge, F.
& A. M., of which he has been past master. In
politics he is a Republican. He has served on the
board of education, and represented the town of
Madison in the State Legislature in 1S89. where
he served on the committee on Constitutional

Mr. Munger married Anna Bushnell, who was
born in Madison, daughter of William C. and
Cynthia (Griswoldj Bushnell, both of whom were
natives of ^ladison. Mrs. Munger is a niece of the
well-known C. S. Bushnell, of "Monitor" fame.
Mr. and Mrs. Munger have had the following chil-
dren : George A. is deceased : Alice Cornelia grad-
uated from the high school of Aladison and is now
attending Anderson's Gynniasium and School of
Music, at Xew Haven ; Caroline Washburn is a
student in the local high school.

FREDERICK A. SMITH, the well-known and
popular superintendent of the Cnited States Re-
claiming Rubber plant at Xaugatuck, is. a native of
this county, born in Southlniry, April 21, 1863. a
son of James Smith, and a grandson of Horace W.

Horace W. Smith was a native of ^Middlebury,
Conn., and there engaged in farming. He was
twice married. His first wife, X'ancy Tyler, bore
him the following children : James, William L..
Monroe, Marcia and Xancy. After the death of
the mother of these children, Mr. Smith married
I'.mcline Thompson, and three children blessed this
union : Eli T., Thomas and Emeline Hall.

James Smith, father of our subject, was born
in Middlebury, grew to manhood in his native town,
and was educated at Yale. In early life he en-
gaged in merchandising in Middleburv. and later'
followed farming in Exeter. X. Y.. and also in Mid-
dlebury and Southhury. C"nn. He died in iS(i5.
His wife, who bore the maiden najne of Marv

C nrtis. was l»jrn in E.xeter, X. V., and was a
daughter of .Amos Curtis. By this union were
born nine children, namely : Floyd B., now a con-
tractor of Waterhury, Conn. ; ^iary E., Sarah D.
and Julia M., all unmarried: William H.. foreman
I with the Wales (joodyear Rubber Co. ; George,
who died at the age of one year ; Robert, who died
at the age of three years; Edward C, a contractor
and builder of Waterbury; and Frederick A., of
this review.

Frederick A. Smith was reared in Middlebury

until ten years of age, and then came to Xauga-

1 tuck, where he attended school. On the completion

I of his education he worked one year for the Good-

I year India Rubber Glove Co., and was then with

the Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Co. until 1895,

when he accepted the position of foreman with the

Cnited States Reclaiming Rubber Co., and has

since been promoted to superintendent of the plant.

He thoroughly understands the business in all its-

; details, and is therefore well qualified to fill that

' important position.

In 1892, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with
Airs. Sadie (Bristol) Phelps, a native of Xauga-
tuck and a daughter of B. H. Bristol, and to them'
has been born one child, Lucy. j\lr. and Mrs.
Smith are both active and prominent members of
the Congregational Church, where his father served
as deacon for many years. He is a stanch sup-
porter of the Republican party. A public-spirited
and enterprising citizen, he never withholds his sup-
port from any object which he believes calculated
to advance the moral or material welfare of his
town and county.

JOHX L. RICE, a representative agriculturist
of Beacon Falls, owns and operates a fine farm of
190 acres, pleasantlv located only a mile and ai
quarter from the village of Beacon Falls. He
makes a specialty of dairy and fruit farming, and
his well-directed labors have been crowned with

In the town where he still continues to reside
Mr. Rice was born Oct. 29. 1866. and comes of
good old Revolutionary stock, his great-great-
grandfather having served as a captain in the Con-
tinental army. His grandfather. Reuben Rice, was
a native of Barkhamsted. Litchfield Co.. Conn., and
after his marriage located on a farm in Colebrook,
same county. There his only child, .\n;on B. Rice,
father of our subject, was born and reared. By
occupation he was a farmer, and he also flealt in
wood and lumber. He was married in Colebrook
to }iliss Hamiah Dayton, also a native of Litchfield
county, and the tlaughter of a farmer. Both were
active and consistent members of the MethLidist
Episcopal Church, and in politics the father wa^ a
Republican. In their family were nine children,
namely: Emma, .\nson, Annie, 'Mary, Richard,
Albert, Harriet. Ida and John L.

During his boyhood and youth our subject at-

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tcndcil the [lublic schrols of pjcacon Falls, and when
his school (.lays were uvcr entered the employ of the
Home Woolen Co., at that place. After the failure
of the firm he remained with its successors in the
same Iniildintr for some time, and also worked in
the rubber shop at Xaugatuck at intervals for three 1
years. On Jan. i, 1S93, '^^ purchased his present '
farm, and has since devoted his energies to agri-
cultural pursuits, meeting with marked success in
the undertaking. He is extensively engaged in
g-eneral farming, dairying and fruit raising, and has 1
the finest herd of Jersey cattle in the town. 1

Mr. Rice was married Feb. 28, 1893, to ^^liss '
Hortense D. Bradlev, a native of Kentucky, and
a daughter of Saul C. Bradley, who was a member
of the Union army during the Civil war. To them
have been born two children, John W. and Ruth M.
In his political views Mr. Rice is an ardent Re-
publican, and he is now serving his third year as se-
lectman. He was once the candidate of his party j
lor representative to the State Legislature, and al- ;
though the town is strongly Democratic was de- i
feated by only five votes, a fact which plainly in- '
dicates his personal popularity. He is a promi-
nent member of the Patrons c>f Husbandry, and has
served as treasurer of the local organization.

JAMES A. McENERXEY. Few young men
in this section have displayed the enterprise and
"business acumen which have marked the career of
the subject of this sketch, a leading druggist of An-
sonia, and the story of his life will furnish a useful ^
object lesson to an ambitious youth. _ ^:

Mr. ]McEnerney was born Nov. 27, 1868, in
Derby, this county, and like many of our success- i
ful citizens, has Irish blood in his veins. His '
father, Patrick r^IcEnerney, was born in Ireland and
came to America in early manhood, locating in
Derbv, where he established a prccery in 1850. He
continued this business successfuUv until his death
in 18S2, and although only forty-five years of age,
he U'as then one of the oldest merchants in the
Jocalitv. As an intelligent and public-spirited citi-
zen he took an active part in local affairs, serving .
for a number of years as selectman and for a time
■as first selectman. He married Ellen Maguire, a
native of Xew York, who is still living. They had
•eight children, of whom seven survive: John is
commissioner of the poor in Derby, where he and
liis brother. Edward, now conduct their father's
business; Edward was the next in order of birth:
James A., is the subject proper of this sketch : Will-
iam is connected with the General Electric -Co., of
Schenectadv : and Anna, Mary and Frank all re-
side in Derby.

As a boy James A. McEnerney attended the
public schools of Derby, and on leaving the high
school he took a course in the Yale Business Col-
lege. In 1805 i^c engaged in the drug business in
Derby, but during t!;:- follov.'ing year lie sold out
and established another store on Main Street,

where he remained two )ears. He then lo-
cated at Xo. 45 Bridge street, where he has a store
40 feet deep by 25 feet in width, and carries a full
line of drugs and chemicals, patent medicines, toilet
articles and perfumery.

In 1896 Mr. McEnerney married ]Miss Ella
Stuart, who was born in Ansonia, one of the five
children of James Stuart, a well known clock
maker of that place, and they have two children,
Edward and Stuart. Both ^,Ir. McEnerney and
his wife are leading members of the Catholic
■Church in Ansonia, and are popular in social life.
Fraternally he is connected with the Kinghts of St.
Patrick of Xew Haven; the Catholic Benevolent
Legion ; the American Order of Foresters and the
Independent Order of Foresters, of which he is
treasurer; the Welcome Wheel Club, of Ansonia;
the Derby Driving Club, of which he was treasurer
at one time ; and the Derby Lodge, B. P. O. E. He
is an active member of Webster Hose Co., of. An-
sonia, and was formerly a member of the Board
of Trade. He has also taken a prominent part in
local politics, being an ardent Democrat as. was his
father. For two years he served as tax collector in
Derby under appointment from Mayor Sullivan,
and in 1897 he was elected councilman from his
ward to serve until 1899.

DAVID H. BEATTIE, one of the prominent
residents of Leete Island, X'ew Haven county, was
born Aug. 11, 1865, in Xewport. R. I., a son of John
and Mary (Harrington) Beattie. His father, who
for years was one of the best-known business men
in this section, is mentioned fully elserwhere in this

Our subject received his education in the public
schools, and at the age of sixteen he commenced
to learn the quarry business in his father's quarries,
where for the past fourteen years he has been fore-
man stone cutter and foreman quarryman, noted
for his industry and good management.

In .1884, at St. Mary's Church, Xew Haven,
David H. Beattie was married to Miss Julia De-
lany, wdio was born at Kilkenny, Ireland, a daugh-
ter- of Dr. Barry Delany, and niece of the late
Bishop Delany, of Cork, Ireland. To this union
have been born ten children, named as follows :
Helen Regina, John Bagwell, Margaret Mary,
David (deceased in infancy), Irene Elizabeth, Jo-
sephine. Katharine L'rsula (deceased in infancy),
David Bagwell, Edwin Ignatius (deceased in in-
fancy) and George Dewey. Mr. and Mrs. Beattie
and family are all members of the Catholic Church.
Politically he is liberal in Iiis views ; socially he is
affiliated with the K. of C. of Branford.

EMERY L. TERRELL, a well-known mer-
' chant of Beacon Falls, where he is also postmaster,
is a man whose sound common sense and vigorous,
able management of his affairs have been import-
ant factors in his success, and, with his undoubted



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