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long, supporting the rafters, the former at the lower end
and the latter midway between ends, 7x9 inches; the
rafters, over 20 feet long, 4x5 inches; ridge pole 6x6
inches, each of these timbers being hewed with axe from
one oak log or pole for each timber. The men who pre-
pared those timbers and erected that building have re-
turned to dust, but their work may be expected to last for
centuries longer, as a memento of the way things were
done in the early days of our state. It ought to be men-
tioned, as a recommendation of Mr. Gillette to President
Roosevelt, that he is the father of ten children, nine still

Dwight Humphrey's lilliputian size was made the
more striking when he stood by the side of his tall wife.
They had no children. He was a great reader, kept
abreast with the times politically, was an ardent demo-
crat, taking The Weekly Times, which I often bor-
rowed of him, my father's paper being The Weekly
CouRANT, whose semi-monthly supplement was a great



boon to families, filled as it was with carefully selected
stoYies and much other good reading matter. Mr. Hum-
phrey also loaned me his Congressional Globe, very cap-
tivating to me, as it gave me my first intimate acquaint-
ance with the great men of that day, Webster, Clay,
Calhoun, Toombs, Stephens, Seward, Giddings, and so
on. I thought then, and have never changed my mind,
that Webster was the greatest man the country had pro-
duced. I remember how I had hoped he would be nomi-
nated for president in 1852, and how grieved we students
in Williston seminary were when, in the autumn of 1852,
we received news of his death, hastened, I doubt not,
because of his disappointment in not receiving that nomi-
nation. He would have had my first presidential vote
if he had been nominated; as it was, however, I did not
vote for General Scott, his competitor, being away from
home teaching school, and waited till 1856 to cast my
first presidential vote for John C. Fremont. Scott car-
ried but two or three states; but, apparently, his life was
not shortened by his defeat. Such a result evidently hur-
ried Horace Greeley into his grave. His defeat was fol-
lowed by his death after election, but before the meeting
of the presidential electors. His case was pitiable, in that
in his electioneering tour through the country his speeches
in the east were high tariff in character, and in the west
low tariff.

The Humphreys in Simsbury and Canton have never
been at all numerous; but the name has been exceptionally
honored. From 1776 to 18 18, when our state constitu-
tion was adopted, there were semi-annual sessions of the
legislature, in May and October, representatives being
elected to each separate session. From 1776 to 1806,
when Canton was set off from Simsbury, there were sixty-
two sessions, and in forty of them there was from Sims-
bury (mostly from the west part of it, subsequently set
off as Canton), at least one Humphrey, and sometimes


both representatives bore that name. From 1806 to 18 18
there were twenty-four sessions, In eleven of which there
was an Humphrey from Canton. Since 1818 there have
been seventy-eight sessions, In thirteen of which!, one"
sixth of the number, there has been an Humphrey from
Canton. This is a record of which those who bear that
name may well be proud. The three Humphreys in the
house since 18 18, whom I have not already mentioned,
were the late Alfred F. Humphrey ('76), his son, Fred-
erick G. ('01), and Henry ('05). George F., another
son of Alfred, was In the house from Bloomfield, in '97.
It should be incidentally stated that character has been
the test in selecting candidates for representatives in that
section of the state. I have never heard any scandal
connected with securing nominations or elections, in the
way of buying votes in Canton.

Alfred and Henry were brothers, their great-grand-
father, Colonel George Humphrey, born In 1756, died
1 8 13, was cousin of Deacon Theophllus Humphrey;
their grandfather was named George, born 1782, died
1836; and their father was named George, born 1804.
The first two named Georges were born In the Canton
part of Simsbury, the first named was In the War of the
Revolution; the last named George was born* in New
Hartford. The name George Humphrey was several
times represented In the legislature, from West Simsbury.
Alfred married Mrs. Lydia A. Mills, who had been pre-
viously married, she being the daughter of Dr. Chauncey
G. Griswold and Ruth Mills, sister of Ephraim and
Simeon Mills; and Henry married Calcle A. Mills, both
of whom are living, she being the daughter of Ellzur,
and granddaughter of Simeon. [Calcle died Apr. 19,
1908.] Alfred's widow, an octogenarian, is happily
spending the evening of her long and useful life In the
family of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
George W. Lamphier, Jr., residing In the only stone


dwelling-house in all that section, built by the late Volney
G. Barbour, of granite, blasted out of a near-by quarry
by his brother, Linus Barbour.

I wish in this connection to speak of this man Linus.
He was a well-known man in all that region, and univer-
sally respected. He never married, was (like his brother,
Jesse, of whom I have particularly spoken on page
31) a democrat, a great reader, an able debater, though
he had some impediment in his speech. Some sixty-
five years ago he proposed that shade trees should be
set out along the highway, north of the church at the
Center, and succeeded in enlisting others in the scheme,
which was carried out, and those trees today are a me-
mento of that good man's influence and work in a com-
mendable enterprise. For a time he carried on the only
grist mill at the Center, and, as a boy, I sometimes visited
him in connection with my father's patronage of the mill.
My father used to say that, of all men, a miller should
be an honest man, because there were in the business
opportunities to practice dishonesty. The compensation
for grinding grain was in the form of toll, a certain quan-
tity taken out of a bushel, prescribed by the law of the
state. Dishonesty, not often easily proved, could be prac-
ticed by mixing in grain of the same kind and of inferior
quality. Then, too, it might not be noticed by the patrons
of the mill, if the toll taken out was a little in excess of
what was legal. In the latter particular there was some-
times pleasantry indulged in at a miller's expense, namely,
that he had made a mistake, kept the grist and sent back
the toll. No suspicion of that sort ever attached to Linus,
for he was honesty personified. In the last years of his
life he resided in Ansonia, and died and was buried there,
in an unmarked grave. While I resided there, some
twenty years after his death, I witnessed the disinterring
of his remains, which his sisters, Mrs, Russell Bristol and
Mrs. Selden White, caused to be transferred to the Can-


ton Center burying-ground, where are burled many of
the family connections. It was not easy to make a mis-
take in the removal of those bones, for he was a very tall
man, and the undecayed auburn hair was a further proof
of identity. So tall was Linus that there was a saying
in reference to tall people, " As tall as Linus," and it
would have been equally appropriate, in speaking of up-
right men, to have said, " Honest as Linus." I was
informed that his death may have been hastened by an
operation to help his impediment of speech, performed
in New York.

Death of President Sears.
Since the first part of this article was written, includ-
ing the incidental reference to the Collins company, Presi-
dent Sears has died. While writing that part I had not
heard of his serious illness, and thought of him as likely
to live many years, and was even then thinking of him, as
I often had before, as an ideal man for governor of the
state, so graceful in bearing, so successful had he been
in governing a most important private corporation. As
what I thus wrote was the dictate of my sober judgment,
and no way sentimental, L hope it will not seem indeli-
cate to let it appear as thus written. And, in the same
unimpassioned manner, I wish to add that, in his death,
Canton has received a shock, and suffered a loss from
which it will not soon recover. Men die, corporations
live on, and I cannot doubt that the wise men at the head
of that company will be guided In the selection of a worthy
successor of the good man, whose death we all sincerely


S. B.
Hartford, Febniary 14, 1907.

[The position was well filled by the promotion of Mr.
Wm. Hill. Mr. Charles H. Smith is the very efficient
superintendent, and Mr. Frederick J. Hough, the assistant



In the foregoing newspaper sketch of the Humphrey families,
there is no mention made of a fourth son of Captain Loin Humph-
rey, of Canton, namely, Hosea Dayton Humphrey, who was
born in Canton, August 3, 1809, and who graduated from Am-
herst College. I must have heard in my boyhood of so prominent
a man as he was, but, if I did, I had forgotten it. This is per-
haps explained by the fact, that he left town for the west, about
the time of my birth. In that sketch I mentioned that Theophi-
lus Humphrey, the father of Capt. Loin (Loin married Rhoda,
daughter of Hosea Case), had eleven children. As a coincidence,
I now mention that Capt. Loin had eleven children, who were
Loin Harmon, Austin N., Eunice, Hosea E. (died at the age
of three years), Hosea Dayton, Warren C, R. Florinda, Sarah E.,
Susan M., an infant (died at birth), and Eliza L.

In going west, Hosea Dayton is said to have ridden to Ohio
on horseback. He read law in the office of Henry Starr, of Cin-
cinnati, and then located for the practice of law in Crawfords-
ville, Ind., in 1832. Wabash College was established there in
1834, ^^^ he became a member of its faculty, being appointed
professor of mathematics, the duties of which appointment he
performed in connection with the practice of law, until the time
of his death, September 18, 1845. On September 23, 1835, at
Warren, Conn., he was married to Caroline Starr, daughter of
George Starr of Warren, Conn., a brother of Henry. She was
born July 8, 181 1. There were born to them six children, all
in Crawfordsville, Ind., namely, Henry, George Starr, Frank
Warren, Austin R., Flora, and Hosea Dayton, Jr., the last named
on January 18, 1846. Henr}' is living in Medford, Oregon
(served through the Civil War) ; George is a Iretired farmer,
living in Washington, Conn, (in the House in 1871); Frank
was in the war from Illinois, was under Gen. Grant in his cam-
paign on the Mississippi River, was mortally wounded, while
aboard gunboat Switzerland, in the siege of Vicksburg, and died
June 7, 1863; Austin served in the war, is a farmer, residing in
Warren, Conn, (in the House in 1876) ; Flora died in New


Orleans, La., in May, 1863. Upon the death of the father of
these children, his widow came to Warren, Conn., with the chil-
dren, to live with her father. She died in 1853,

H. Dayton Humphrey, Jr.

This gentleman is a man of affable manners, and genial dis-
position. He came to New Britain May 7, 1863, and has since
resided there, where he is one of the most prominent and most
highly respected inhabitants, and has had much to do in pro-
moting the growth and prosperity of the town. He was in the
dry goods business there for years, and for a few years past has
conducted a large real estate and insurance business, being the
leading man there in that business. He is a member of the society
committee of the South Congregational Church of New Britain ;
one of the trustees of " Erwin Home," an institution for old
ladies; chairman of the New Britain water board, a branch of
the city government, his position and duties corresponding to those
of the president of the board of water commissioners of Hartford;
and he holds other important offices, and would hold more if he
would consent to take them. He has had very much to do with
acquiring water rights and privileges; and the soundness of his
judgment in all business, church and social affairs has been demon-

On October 4, 187 1, Mr. Humphrey was married to Miss
Harriet Loomis, of New Britain. They have a delightful home,
his family consisting of his wife, an. unmarried son, Howard
Starr, who graduated from Yale College in 1897, and is now a
member of the Parker Shirt Company, of New Britain, and a
daughter. Miss Flora Loomis, who is a graduate of Wellesley

Mr. Humphrey has shown me a large, beautiful mahogany
sideboard, known to be at least 125 years old, and that belonged
to his grandmother Starr, who pointed out to him the apartment
in it, in which she told him the flip was kept, to be served to
ministers. It is a matter of authentic history, that in early days
clergymen openly partook of stimulating drinks the same as other
people, presumably, we may suppose, a pure article, and in mod-
eration. He also showed me a unique paper, of which the follow-
ing is a copy:

H. DAYTON HUMPHREY, New Britain, Conn.
His paternal ancestors were natives of Canton.



" Yourself and Familv are respectfully invited to attend the
Funeral of H O S E A D. HUMPHREYS at the resi-
dence of Ben T. Ristine, Esq., this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Sep-
tember 20, 1846."

(In former days the letter s was generally added to the name

At first blush, it seems queer to send cards of invitation to a
funeral ; but, really, why is it not as appropriate for one to select
one's guests when one buries a dead friend, as to select one's guests
for a reception in honor of a living friend ?

Mrs. Humphrey and her daughter are zealous members of
the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The latter's eligibility for membership is at least trebly fortified,
for three of her father's great grandfathers, Theophilus Humphrej'^,
Hosea Case, and Elisha Cornish, were in the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Humphrey is proud of the family name, and, as remarked
in the sketch to which this is a supplement, the great respecta-
bility of those who have borne the name, fully justifies such a

S. B.

[Hariford Times, April 30, 1Q07.]


Dr. Edward Hitchcock, Professor of Physical

Culture at Amherst — Judge Barbour


To the Editor of the Times :

Accompanied by his picture, there appears in the last
Outlook a very interesting article on a widely known man,
Edward Hitchcock, M.D,, professor of physical culture
in Amherst college. In 1859 that college created a
department of physical education and hygiene, which was
an experiment in college training. Years afterward Presi-
dent Eliot of Harvard university said: " It is to Amherst
college that the colleges of the country are indebted for a
demonstration of the proper mode of organizing the de-
partment of physical culture." Dr. J. W. Hooker of
New Haven, a recent graduate of Yale college and Medi-
cal school, was the first incumbent of the chair, but, owing
to his failing health and death a few months later, Dr.
Hitchcock was called to the position, and has filled it ever
since, nearly one-half century. There are said to be more
than 4,000 men now living, who have received benefit from
his instruction. I imagine that not a few of your many
thousand readers are among that number, and that such
of them as are not readers of the Outlook will be interested
in seeing his likeness in your paper. The author of that
article, a former pupil of the doctor, says: " Every one
of them [his pupils] he has known by name; more than
that, he has known each man's chest expansion, and his
' pull-up,' and some forty other listed and intimate physical
details, and has rejoiced with him over every least show-


ing of gain." His pupils knew him as " Old Doc," and
loved him greatly, so familiar with them and so interested
in them was he.

The doctor's father was for years president of Amherst
college, and, by his book, entitled " Religion of Geology,"
issued more than a half century ago, did much to disprove
the common belief that the world was created in six
natural days. He showed that the earth's strata dem-
onstrated that the work of creation extended over many

It was my great privilege to intimately know Dr.
Hitchcock as an instructor in Williston seminary before he
became professor at Amherst college, and to have as class-
mates his brother, Charles, and Cyrus Northrop, now
president of the Minnesota university. I sat at the same
table with the latter in a boarding club, the late William
S. Goslee of Glastonbury being also a member of that
club. Forty years afterward, in 1891, I met the doctor
for the first time, and reminded him that I recited to him
in Williston seminary, as did a certain young lady, a
classmate, whom he afterward married, as T had heard,
and I inquired if she was still living. In his quick, quaint
way he replied: "She was when I left home this
morning." The article I refer to illustrates his comical
way of speaking. On a commencement day, when former
graduates were greeting the doctor, one of them said to
him: " Guess you don't remember me, ' Old Doc' I'm
Jones of 'sixty-blank; got a boy in college now." Quick
as a flash came the reply: " He's a good boy, Jones, a
good boy; better deportment than his father had, but I'm
glad to see ye."

Many an amusing story is told of the doctor's catch-
ing boys at their pranks. For instance, a Hartford
graduate, a lawyer, an ex-judge, who was a student at the
college, tells me of one occasion when some of the students
were out at night on " a lark," the attorney one of them I



will suppose; and the sentinel of the party called out:
" Boys, run ! Hitch is coming," The first time I ever
saw Dr. Lamson (afterward pastor of the Center church
in Hartford) was at the semi-centennial of Williston
seminary, he being the orator of the day. He told of a
scrape he was in at the seminary when a student there.
The boys were out at night, helping themselves to tempt-
ing fruit, and the sentinel of the occasion sounded the
alarm, that " Old Hitch " was coming. The orator
turned about to the doctor sitting on the stage, and, with
one of his happy smiles on his face, said: " That's a true
story, Doc," whereat the audience cheered loudly.

The doctor is almost 80 years old, still wiry and alert,
with snow-white hair, and a splendid example of what
physical culture can do for a person. He fitted for college
at the Amherst academy and Williston seminary, gradu-
ated at Amherst college and the Harvard Medical school,
having as a classmate in college Julius H. Seelye, after-
ward president of Amherst college, and a member of
congress one term, having the distinction of spending only
3 cents as a candidate, for a postage stamp, used, I
presume, in notifying the committee of his acceptance of
the nomination. S, B.

Hartford, April 29, 1907,

[The Doctor was born at Amherst, Mass., May 23,
1828, is still in the harness, and joyously celebrated his
eightieth birthday].


Born May .3, 1828 Born August .6, 1827.

Classmates, Williston Seminary, 1844.

Born Sept. 10, 1792. Died Dec. 26, 1864.

Uncle and Niecu.

Born May 14, 1840.

[ Hak'ikoku Times, Nov. 30, 1907.]


Sketch of Mrs. Ruth Williams, Who Observed
Her Birthday Today at Home of Nieces."

To the Editor of The Times:

On November 30, 18 14, Ruth Case, now Mrs. Ruth
Williams, was born in Canton, the town of my own na-
tivity, and today she celebrated her 93d birthday. Provi-
dence having thus lengthened out her life, there come
to my mind the touching words of Daniel Webster, spoken
at Bunker Hill in an address to surviving soldiers of the
American Revolution, just fifty years after the battle
fought on that historic spot: "Venerable men! You
have come down to us from a former generation; heaven
has bounteously lengthened out your lives that you might
behold this joyous day!" Substituting "woman" for
" men " and " life " for "lives," the words may be used
fittingly on this interesting anniversary occasion as an
affectionate salutation to this venerable woman; and, con-
sidering the great contrast between the world as it was at
her birth and the world as she views it today, I might
appropriately add to that salutation these words, quoted
from that address: "Behold how altered! The same
heavens are indeed over your head(s) . . . but all
else how changed!" Wonderful, indeed, has been the
change and the advance in the world during the life of
this aged woman, and she realizes it all. Her mind Is
bright and her memory clear, and she retains the sprlght-
llness of the average woman of three-score-and-ten years.
It has been my privilege during the last few months to
spend an occasional hour with her, listening to her ani-


mated, crisp, instructive conversation about old-time mat-
ters. She now resides in Hartford, happily spending the
evening of her active life in the families of her affectionate
nieces, children of her brother Jared and his wife, Lydia
(Emmons), born June 28, 18 19, who were married No-
vember 29, 1848, namely, Mrs. Georgia A., wife of
Henry P. Smith, and Mrs. Edna L., wife of William R.
Reid, at No. 48 Oak street.

Mrs. Williams was one of the very numerous Cases in
Canton, and is the daughter of Robert Case (born June
17, 1779, died November 19, 1861), anci Clarissa Case
(born July 15, 1784, died October 31, 1827), who were
married March 28, 1804, their children being Robert
(born December 22, 1804, died March 18, 1852), Am-
brose (born June 11, 1806, died iVpril 26, 1883), Pluma
(born April 8, 1808, died February 6, 1886), Clarissa
(born January 5, 18 10, died February 13, 1877), Tem-
perance (born May 29, 18 12, died May i, 18 18), Ruth
(born November 30, 18 14), Jared (born July 9, 18 17,
died February 16, 1866), Walter (born December 3,
1 8 19 (time and place of death unknown), Louisa (born
April 2, 1882, died October 18, 1828), Savilla (born
December 12, 1824, died August 12, 1902). By the
father's second marriage there was a half-brother, Sidney
(born April 5, 1830, died August 19, 1902). Of the
eleven children Mrs. Williams alone survives, a circum-
stance sadly impressive to the sole survivor of a large
family, as I can testify from personal experience.

Mrs. Williams's father's father's name was Simeon,
her mother's father's name was Darius. Her mother was
a sister of Anson Case (born in 1791), long prominent
in Canton ; her father was a brother of the father of
Chester Case (who lately died at the age of 95) ; she is
therefore cousin of Chester, as she is of Chester's brother
Joseph, and is also cousin of the three brothers, Everett
Case (who lately died at the age of 94), the late Hon.


Norton Case (father of Dr. Erastus E. Case), and Orrin
Case, now living in Granby. Mrs. Williams's father was
a cousin of Ruggles Case, longtime and widely patronized
blacksmith in North Canton, and staunch democrat of
the old school. There are still living three children of
Ruggles Case's large family, namely, Edmund in Hart-
ford, Henry in California, and Sarah (my pupil), the
widow of Horace Vining, living in North Canton, in the
family of her daughter, wife of Henry Adams, the much-
respected grandson of General Ezra Adams, prominent in
that community a century ago. There are many very re-
spectable descendants of the general, among whom is his
grandson, George Jarvis Case, of Canton, well known to
all of your readers as having much to do with the weather,
not, however, in the business of regulating and forecasting
the weather, a work so damaging to the reputation of a
man for wisdom, but in recording and reporting it, as,
day by day, and night by night, it puts in its appearance.
One of the general's sons, Henry, became my greatly
esteemed uncle by his marriage to my father's sister. Mrs.
Williams's aunt Elizabeth married Reuben Russell, who
with his family and household effects moved to Ohio,
locating in that part of it called New Connecticut, making
the entire journey in his wagon, behind which he led his
cow. This occurred when Mrs. Williams was a small
child, and she vividly remembers witnessing the good-by

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