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river improvement and got a large appropriation.

In the Fall of 1885 he took up the subject of electricity for propelling machinery, and or-
ganized a company for that purpose ; was made first general manager, and in November, 1886,
was elected President of the company.

'n 1894 failing health caused him to relinquish this and all other business, since which
time till his death he resided in Auburn, N. Y.

He was married April 22d, 1874, to Miss Florence Guier Scott, of St. Louis, Mo.

Eliza May, born March 27th, 1875. St. Louis, Mo.

Geo. L., Jr., born May 23d, 1876, St. Louis, Mo. ; died July 10, 1877, St. Louis, Mo.

Guier Scott, born July 31st, 1891, New York City, N. Y.

The eldest child attended Miss C. Aiken's School at Stamford, Conn., where she grad-
uated in 1892, and is now assistant principal of the Bryn Mawr College Preparatory School of
the Misses Shipley in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Our classmate died November 7th, 1897, from nervous prostration.

The "Republican," an Auburn paper, speaks of him as follows :

" Mr. Wright was in many respects a remarkable man. He was a fine classical scholar,
and had few equals as a student of history and general literature. He was of bright, genial
disposition, of kindly nature, lenient in his judgment of his fellow-men, and never too wearied
or too engrossed in business to lend a helping hand when help was needed. As a husband and
father the sunny characteristics of his nature banished care and anxiety, and brought comfort,
contentment and peace to his household. He believed and trusted in God. Conscious of his
own demerits, he with confidence rested his interests in the present and the future in the
hands of infinite wisdom and love."


Linonia, "Sigma Eps," Delta Beta Chi, D. K. E. and Spade and Grave, Honorary Wolf's
Head 1892.







cf{pte — The star (*) prefixed to a. name indicates a deceased member


* Samuel Dyer Allen was born at Allentown, R. I., November 26th, 1843. He entered
with the Class of '66 and left during Sophomore year. Entered with the Class of '67 in
Sophomore year and left in June, 1866.

After leaving the Class he went to Burning Springs, W. Va., for his health, where he
was taken down with typhoid fever and died December 14th, 1866.

His was the fifth death during our College course.

colli;ge societies, honors, rank.
Linonia, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Spade and Grave.


William Turner Bacon, son of Leonard Holmes and Elizabeth (Turner) Bacon, and
grandson of Rev. William W. Turner (Yale College, 1819), was born in Hartford, Conn.,
August 27th, 1846, and was prepared for college at the Grammar School in that city. He en-
tered College with '67, and remained with that Class till the close of Sophomore year, and
joined '68 in May, 1866, graduating with that Class.

On his father's side he is descended from Michael Bacon, a brother of Lord Turner
Bacon, who came to Dedham. Mass.

On his mother's side he is descended from Capt. Nathaniel Turner, who came to
Plymouth with Governor Winthrop in 1630. He was a captain in the Pequot War in Con-
necticut in 1637, a magistrate in New Haven in 1639, Chief Military Officer of the Colony in
1640, and sailed for England in the ''Phantom Ship" in 1646.

After graduation he was a student of medicine in New York City, at the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, and at the University of the City of New York. He was for
twenty months on the house staff of the Charity Hospital, Blackwell's Island, and was sub-
sequently tutor in Physiology and Histology in the medical department of the University
of the City of New York, assistant surgeon in the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, attending
physician at the Bureau of Outdoor Relief, and assistant to Dr. Janeway in the pathological
rooms of Bellevue Hospital, New York City.

Since October, 1876. he has been practicing medicine in Hartford, making a specialty of
the eye and ear. His office is at 3 Pratt street. He is ophthalmic and aural surgeon to the
Hartford Hospital, and a member of the American Ophthalmological Society. The following


papers have been read before different medical societies and published in the "Transactions of
the Connecticut Medical Society": "Syphilitic Hypalitis," 1877; "Treatment of Phlyctenular
Ophthalmis by Stimulation," 1878; "A Case of Secondary Sarcoma "Causing Ocular Paraly-
sis and Loss of Sight," 1882 ; "Glioma of Retina," 1884 ; "Adenoid Vegetation," 1891 ;
"School Life in Relation to the Eyes," 1892. An article on "Color Blindness" was published in
the Report of the Connecticut Board of Health for 1879.

He was married in Hartford, June lOth, 1875, to Mary E. Coit, of that city.


Brothers in Unity, Delta Beta Chi and Delta Kappa Epsilon.


* Melzai: Franklin Bartlett, son of David Bartlett, was born at New Guilford, Conn.,
August 30th, 1847, and entered Yale with the Class of '67 in the Fall of '63. He prepared for
college in the Guilford Institute under Henry L. Barnum. He died at New Haven, Conn.,
of congestion of the brain, January 27th, 1864, while pursuing his studies with the Class.

His was the first death during our College course. While in College he was a member of
Brothers in Unity and "Sigma Eps."



Frederick Dudley Benedict, son of Isaac N. and Emily A. (Keeler) Benedict, was born
at Wilton, Conn., April 30, 1843.

He was prepared for College at Wilton Academy, under Edward Olmstead.

His father, grandfather and great grandfather on both sides of the house were tillers of
the soil.

He left the Class at the beginning of the Junior year. Since that time he has been en-
gaged in teaching and farming. He has filled quite a number of local offices in the town of
Wilton and is at present serving as a member of the State Legislature.

He was a member of Brothers.



Casper Shrom Bigler. son of Samuel Shrom and Sarah Findley (Laird) Bigler, was
born at Harrisburg, Pa., June 17th, 1844. He prepared for Yale at his home, under J. F.
Seller, and entered the Class of '67 in the Fall of '63. He left '67 at the end of the
Sophomore year.

He was engaged for a time in the lumber and saw-mill business. Afterwards studied law,
was admitted to the Bar. and is practicing his profession at his home in Harrisburg.

He answers the Secretary's circular in his own humorous way, as follows :

Samuel S. Bigler, my father, was not a college man. Occupation, lumber business and
owner of saw-mills.

My mother's name was Sarah Findley Laird. Her business was marrying my father.
Her success in this business has been regretted not only by her descendants, but also by people
who have known her descendants.


I am now tracing my ancestry back, and have every hope of being ehgible in a double
degree to the highest place in the new society lately started in New York called the "Order
of the Crown." One of my ancestors descended from an English king. The other from a
French king. If the "Order of the Crown" recognizes true merit and pure lineal descent, I
will be elected king, and this, too, at a less cost than a seat in the United States Senate could
be purchased for. ^'


Linonia, Delta Kappa and Delta Beta Chi.


John Francis Bishop, son of John Wallace Bishop, was born St New Haven, Conn.,
June loth, 1846. He prepared for College at the New Haven High School under Wm. Kinne
and entered the Class of '67 in July, 1863.

He left the Class at the end of the Freshman year. Was engaged for a time in the lumber
business and in various branches of the iron manufacture in his native city. He was a good
scholar while in the Class and was well liked, and gave promise of a bright future. Failing
health caused him to leave the Class. He died January 12th, 1883, at New Haven, Conn.

On September ist, 1869, he married Addie Thomas, of New Haven. She died December,
6th, 1877.


Rill, born May 29th, 1781, New Haven, Conn.


Brothers and "Sigma Eps."



William Gunton Budington, son of William Ives Budington (Yale, 1834) and Eliz-
abeth (Gunton) Budington, was born at Charlestown, Mass.. October 28th, 184=;.

He fitted for College under Dr. James M. Whiton at the Hopkins Grammar School, and en-
tered Yale in July, 1863. He left the Class June 27th, 1865.

Since leaving the Class he has traveled extensively in Europe and Australia. For sev-
eral years he taught school, after which he became a student in the College of Physicians and
Surgeons in New York City. He practiced in the Hospitals for some time and then received
the appointment of surgeon on the Pacific Mail Steamship "Alaska," running between San
Francisco, Japan and China. In 1881 he finished his last voyage, making the eighth.

Since this period he has traveled extensively, passing his Winters in the West Indies.
He spends a great deal of his time at Dansville, N. Y., and has apartments at the Chelsea, 222


West Twenty-third street. New York City. A few years ago he spent some time in Egypt, vis-
iting points of interest along the Nile River.


Brothers and Delta Kappa.



Nathan Allen Chapman, son of Deacon Allen A. and Elizabeth (Chase) Chapman, was
born at Baltimore, Md., July 14. 1846. He left the Class at the end of the Senior year.

His father, a merchant in Baltimore, was a lineal descendant of Robert Chapman, who
settled in Saybrook, Conn., in 1625. His great-grandfather, Lebbeus Chapman, was an Ensign
in the Army of the Revolution. His grandfather, a sea captain, died at Port au Prince. His
mother was Mary Elizabeth Chase, daughter of Daniel Chase, of the Chase family of Saco, Me.

Nathan, after he left the Class Senior year, entered the house of John Fox & Co., bankers
and merchants of London, England, in 1868, and became a partner in 1870 and head of the
firm in 1871, on the death of Mr. Fox. He continued in the firm till 1875. He then engaged
in business in South America and the West Indies until 1880. Then came to New York, and
has since been engaged in the banking and brokerage business with Bound & Co. and other


He married Mary P. Chapman, December 28th, 1876, at Englewood, N. J. She died
October 13th, 1889, at Rutherford, N. J.


Lebbeus, born October 6th, 1878, Englewood, N. J.

Allen A., born April 23d, 1880, Englewood, N. J.; died October 28th. 1891, Englewood,
N. J.

Edith Van Buren, born September loth, 1885, Englewood, N. J.


Linonia, "Sigma Eps," Delta Beta Chi, D. K. E. and Scroll and Key.


Elihu Leach Clark, son of Hon. Elihu Leach and Isabella T. (Beane) Clark, was born
in Adrian, Mich., April 25th, 1846.

He was prepared for college at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., was a member
of the Class of '67 till the end of the Junior year, and joined the Class of '68 at the beginning
of the Winter term of 1867, graduating with that Class.

For some years after graduation he was engaged in private banking with his father, at 42
Maume street, Adrian, where his real estate business was carried on.

For the last fifteen years his health has been poor, and during that period he has visited
Europe several times for rest and recuperation, traveling in Switzerland, Germany, Holland,
Belgium, France, England, Scotland and Italy.

He was married to Margaret M. Davidson, at New Rochelle, N. Y., October 13th, 1874.

Lucretia Davidson, born September 20th, 1875, Adrian, Mich.


Linonia and "Sigma Eps.'"



Henry Davis Cleveland, son of Henry and Charlotte A. (Dickson) Cleveland, was born
at Perry, N. Y., January gth, 1843.

He fitted for Yale at the Hopkins Grammar School under James M. Whiton and en-
tered '66 in the Summer of '62. He was with this Class till the end of the Freshman year.
He then left '66 and joined '67, and was with this Class till the second term Senior.

He went abroad in the Spring of '(jTj, residing in Germany for one year. In the Spring of
'68 he returned to St. Louis, where he engaged in business, first in an agricultural warehouse
in the manufacturing of plows. He was next employed in the wholesale liquor business
as bookkeeper. In the Fall of 1870-71 he sold out and made one or two other business ventures
without loss of consequence except his time. He was in the distillery business of J. H. Gam-
hart & Co. till 1873-74, when, in the Spring of the latter year he was employed in the St. Louis
Iron Mountain Railroad Company. Here he remained till 1881. In that year he was offered


the position of Superintendent and Manager of a Street Railroad in St. Louis by Thomas
Allen. He was connected with this road eight years, acting as Superintendent for three years
and a half. On the death of Thomas Allen, in 1884, he left the road, and on June 12, 1886,
he went into the United States Internal Revenue Office as Stamp Deputy.

In the latter part of 1894 he was appointed Chief Deputy. On the death of Judge Speck,
the Collector, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury as Acting Collector, which
position he held till the 15th of December. 1896, when the present incumbent, W. C. McCreery,
was appointed Collector, and he took the position as Chief Deputy Collector, which position he
now holds.


Linonia, Delta Kappa, Delta Beta Chi, D. K. E. and Spade and Grave.


*Theodore Cr.\ne, son of John Josiah Crane, was born in New York City, October 6th,
1846, and died December 14th, 1886.

He fitted for College under James M. McElligott, in New York City, and entered '67 in
the Summer of '63. He left the Class at the end of the first term Junior.

Till 1872 he was engaged in business in Westchester, N. Y. In 1872-73 he was with Wil-
liams & Guion's Steamship Line, residing part of the time in New York City and part of the
time in Savannah, Ga. In 1873, and for two years after, he was in the cotton business. He
formed a partnership with J. H. Williams under the firm name of Williams & Crane, their
headquarters being at Savannah, Ga., with branch offices in New York City. He was a mem-
ber of this firm till the Fall of 1882. His health, which was poor, began to fail him, and in
1879 he came North. In 1882 he formed a partiiership with Bucklin, Crane & Co., 45 South
street. New York City, and was a member of that firm at the time of his death.

He married, April 30th, 1873, Margaret B. Wilmot, of Brooklyn, N. Y. She died May
7th, 1887.


Sarah H., born February 21st, 1875, Savannah, Ga.

Theodore, born July 2d, 1881, Morristown, N. J.

Both children reside with their uncles, Isaac B. and John A. Crane, at 35 West Forty-
seventh street. Their uncle's business is at 45 South street. The firm name is Bucklin & Crane.

college societies, honors, rank.
Linonia, Delta Kappa, Delta Beta Chi, D. K. E.



♦Clarence Darling, son of William Augustus Darling, was born in New York City
October 17th, 1846, and died July 12th, 1864. He fitted for Yale under Joseph D. Hull, at
Hartford, Conn., and entered '67 in the Summer of '63.

His was the second death the Class sustained during its College course.

He was a member of Linonia and "Sigma Eps."


John Kinne Hyde de Forest, son of Rev. William A. Hyde (Amherst College, 1829)
and Martha (Sackett) Hyde, was born June 20th, 1845, in Westbrook, Conn., and was pre-
pared for College at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. In 1862-63 he served in the army
with the Twenty-eighth Connecticut Volunteers in Florida. He was a member of the Class of
'67 about two months, and entered the Class of '68 in January, 1865, graduating with that

He graduated at the Yale Theological Seminary in 1871, and was ordained and installed
pastor of the Congregational Church at Mount Carmel, Conn., May 24th of the same year.

He was married in New Haven, June 5th, 1871, to Miss Sarah C. Conklin, who died, after
a painful illness, March 15th, 1872.

De Forest remained at Mt. Carmel for more than three years, and developed a first-class
working Church. In July, 1874, he resigned to enter the service of the American Board, much
to the regret of his people, by whom he was greatly beloved.

September 23d. 1874, he was again married to Sarah Elizabeth Starr, at Guilford, Conn.,
and sailed with his wife from San Francisco, to join the Japan mission, October 31st of the
same year, in company with Dr. A. H. Adams (Yale College, 1867) and Rev. Joseph Neesima,
native of Japan.

After learning the Japanese language, he engaged in evangelistic work in Osaka, and while
on duty there visited most of the large cities in central Japan, addressing large audiences in
the theatres (the only public halls). In 1882 his health failed and he came home for rest and
treatment, returning somewhat improved in 1884. In 1886 he removed to Sendi, to assist in
establishing a school with the plan of making it into a Christian college like the New England
colleges. This school was the first in the Empire to be established by prominent Japanese for
the express purpose of putting it under Christian influences. It had the support of many
wealthy and influential men, and was well patronized, but after an existence of five years it
was discontinued. De Forest remains at Sendi, engaged in mission work.


Brothers, Alpha Delta Phi, Spade and Grave. Oration.



JosiAH Newell Dunbar, son of Hiram Pond Dunbar, was born at Trenton, N. J., Octo-
ber 7th, 1845.

He fitted for College under Milton H. Northrop, at Syracuse, N. Y., and entered the
Class of '67 in the Fall of "63.

He left the Class in the first term of the Sophomore year, and graduated from Harvard
Divinity School in 1872. Assayer in Montana from 1865 to 1869. Principal of the Classical
School at Easton, Pa.. 1867-70. Student of Theology at Cambridge. Mass., 1870-72. Teacher
in and about Boston since 1872.

He has not been heard from since that time.


Brothers. "Sigma Eps," Phi Theta Psi.


* Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee was born at Fall River, Mass., June 15th, 1843.
and entered Yale College in the Fall of 1863.

He fitted for college under Professor Arthur M. Wheeler, of New Haven. Conn., and en-
tered the Class of '67 in the Summer of "63. Continued ill health obliged him to leave the
Class early in September, 1864. Since that period up to his death, which occurred very sud-
denly on September 14th, 1872. he had passed a great deal of his time in foreign travel. The
following notices of his early life and death are from the Fall River papers, and have been
very kindly furnished me by Edward Van Schoonhoven :

" It is with feelings of great sorrow that we are called upon to announce the sudden death
of one of our leading citizens, Bradford ^L C. Durfee. Esq.. who died last evening at his resi-
dence. North Main street, of passive congestion of the brain. Mr. Durfee had not been in his
usual health for about three months, but this sudden termination of his life oi usefulness on
earth was hardly expected by even his most intimate friends. He suffered a severe attack
early in the morning, but during the day was better, and hopes were entertained, as he rallied
from it. that he would fully recover; but with the evening came a second attack, and he passed
away a little before 8 o'clock

" Mr. Durfee was born in this city on the 15th of June, 1843, and was in the thirtieth year
of his age at the time of his decease. His honored father. Major Bradford Durfee, so well
and so widely known as one of the most enterprising of our business men of the past genera-
tion, died very suddenly in the Summer of that year, leaving his only son an infant a few weeks
old. The son was very carefully brought up by his most excellent mother, who watched over him


as only such a mother can ; and though he never possessed robust health, he entered Yale Col-
lege, where he has left a perpetual memorial of his attachment to that institution, and his love of
sound learning and thorough culture, in the beautiful Durfee Dormitory, which he gave to
Yale, and which is one of the finest buildings that any college in New England possesses. His
health not permitting the continuance of his studies at the College, he retired and went to
Europe for two years, where he traveled extensively, gathering rich stores of information,
and upon his return home he engaged in the duties of business, in which he took an active in-
terest and manifested talents of a superior order. He was President of the Durfee Mills and
Vice-President of the First National Bank. He was als-o a director in the Fall River Iron
Works Company, the American Print Works Company, the Slade Mills and Mechanics' Mills,
and Fall River Manufactory, and was recently appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury one
of the Commissioners to locate the Postoffice for our city. During one of his visits to
Europe he was appointed one of the Commissioners to represent our State at the great Expo-
sition in Paris, 1867. His love of art, in which he took great interest, led him to purchase at
that time the cartoon of the 'Era of the Reformation,' by Kulbach. He visited the West Indies
two or three years ago, in his own yacht, increasing his knowledge of the productions of other

" Mr. Durfee was of a most modest and retiring disposition. He shrank from public ob-
servation, and loved to do things quietly and in his own way. He was known fully only by those
who were intimately acquainted with him, and by them his qualities of mind and heart were
most highly appreciated. He saw through all the coverings of a question, and penetrated to its
core with a power of common sense which is hut very seldom met with. Large-minded and
generous, he was quietly maturing plans which would in their completion have given the
city one of its finest edifices, but in the midst of his career, as life was opening into broader
spheres of usefulness, he was suddenly removed to another world of life and duty, where all
that is best here shall ripen into finer fruitage there."

The following refers more particularly to the funeral exercises :

" The funeral of the late Mr. Bradford M. C. Durfee took place in this city Tuesday.
There was a brief and impressive service at his late residence. No. ^2 North Main street, at
half-past eleven o'clock A. M., at which the family, relatives and immediate friends were
present, conducted by Rev. J. L. Diman, of Providence, a former pastor of the First Con-
gregational Church, and an intimate friend of the deceased.

" After the conclusion of the services at the house, the casket containing the remains of
the deceased was tenderly borne to the First Congregational Church by his uncles, the Rev.
Dr. Roswell D. Hitchcock, of New York ; Wm. B. Brayton, David A. Brayton and John S.
Brayton, of Fall River; Israel P. Brayton, of Somer.set, and Hezekiah A. Brayton, of New
York, followed by the sorrowing family and relatives and friends in deepest sympathy. The
street was filled with a large concourse of people, who testified by their silent presence their
respect for the departed. The services at the Church commenced with a soft voluntary upon
the organ and the choir sang the beautiful hymn, 'Thy Will be Done.'

" The Rev. Mr. Adams, pastor of the Church, read the 90th Psalm and appropriate se-
lections from the Scriptures. The Rev. Mr. Diman delivered the address, in which he spoke
of the life and character of Mr. Durfee, with whom he had been acquainted from his boyhood.
He traced with careful analysis and great discrimination the influence of his home training
upon his life, and spoke of the simplicity, purity, and integrity of his character ; of his mental
traits, of which he said if his physical strength had been equal to his mental capacity he
would have been second to none of the leading men whose business energies have made Fall
River what it is. Mr. Diman also spoke of his benevolence, and of his unselfish desire to
help others ; his large plans for the future, and his respect for sacred things. The address was
a beautiful tribute of respect and esteem for his former pupil and friend. Mr. Adams then

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