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Elinor S., born July 8th, 1886, Brooklyn, N. Y.


Brothers. Delta Kappa and Delta Beta Chi.


*JosEPH H. Reid, son of William Reid, was bom at Romeo, Mich., December 21st, 1842.

He fitted for College (Yale) under N. W. Lawton, at Ann Arbor, Mich., and entered the
Class of '67 in the Fall of '63. He left the Class in April, 1864. and graduated with the Class
of 'dj at the University of Michigan.

After graduation he studied at the Union Theological Seminary, New York, for a year or
two, and was then settled at Manhattan, Kans. He remained there till 1872. He then re-
moved to Vassar, Mich., where he was settled over the Fourth Presbyterian Church there.

He died September nth, 1877.

He was a member of Brothers.


Robert Strador Shields, son of William Shields, was born at Washington, N.. J., Septem-
ber 29th, 1845.

He fitted for College (Yale) under J. N. Gregory at Allentown Academy, Penn., and
entered the Class of '67 in the Fall of '63. He left the Class in the second term of the Fresh- year. He has never been heard from.

He was a member of Brothers.


Charles Edward Smith, son of Cyrus B. Smith, was born at Brooklyn, N. Y., May 27th,

He fitted for College (Yale) under Professor J. C. Overheiser at Brooklyn, N. Y., and
entered the Class of '67 in the Summer of 'dj,. He left College the second term of the Fresh-
man year. He has never been heard from.

He was a member of Brothers.



Charles Clarke Spellman, son of Solomon Clarke and Martha Jane (West) Spellman,
was born at South Wilbraham, Mass., December 3rd, 1843.

He fitted for College (Yale) at Williston Seminary, Mass., under Josiah Clark, and en-
tered the Class of '67 in the Fall of '63. He left the Class at the end of the Sophomore year.

His father, Solomon Spellman, was not a College graduate. He was a merchant and trial
justice in Wilbraham, Hampden County, Mass. He was a prominent citizen of the town, and
held at different times nearly all the various town offices and represented his town in the Gen-
eral Court.

Since leaving the Class he has devoted himself to the practice of the law. He studied law
at the Cambridge Law School, and then settled at Springfield. Mass. Was elected a member
of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1887 and of the State Senate in 1888.

He was married to Jennie H. Flagg at Springfield, Mass., October 4th, 1871.



Charles Flagg, bom November 30th, 1873, Springfield, Mass.

Bessie, born October 6th. 1881. Springfield, Mass.

Charles Flagg prepared for College (Yale) at the Springfield High School, and entered
the Class of '96 in the Fall of '92, graduating with that Class. He studied law and was ad-
mitted to the Hampden County Bar.

He is now associated with his father in the practice of his profession, the firm being
Spellman & Spellman.


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



Franklin Monroe Sprague, son of Edward Lee and Sarah Charlotte (Sessions) Sprague,
was born at East Douglas, Mass., November ist, 1841.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Dr. James M. Whiton, at the Hopkins Grammar
School. New Haven. Conn., and entered the Class of '67 in the Summer of '63. He left the
Class at the end of the Junior year.

His ancestors were English both on the paternal and maternal side of the house. They
emigrated from England in the sixteenth century. His great-grandfather, on the paternal
side, gave the lot and erected the first school hoase in East Douglas. Mass. They were
Whigs to the marrow and served almost to a man in the Revolutionary War. His grand-
father's name was Federal Constitution Sprague. He lived and died in Thompson. Conn.
His mother was a daughter of Josiah Sessions, of Thompson. Conn. His father, her grand-
father, was one of the patriots that helped throw the tea overboard in Boston Harbor. One


of his ancestors, a prominent deacon in the Church, once shot a deer on Sunday to obtain
food for his family. For this he was arraigned before the Church, and it was sought to
excommunicate him. This was at a time in the history of the Colonies when people carried
their guns to meeting to guard against attacks from the Indians. In the midst of the meeting
he stood up, and looking the Minister steadily in the face said : "If you turn mc out of the
Church I will shoot you." This had its effect, for the people had immediate respect for this
Ecclesiastical Cannon !

On his mother's side of the house the "Sessions" were men of large frame and of tall
stature. His grandfather, on his mother's side, was six feet three. No wonder our class-
mate, who inherited his height, was passed gently over the heads of his fellows at Linonia
Hall in the Fall of '63.

After leaving the Class he was a student of law at York, Pa.. 1866-68. where he was
admitted to the Bar. His health failing, he engaged in the manufacture of brick at Hudson,
N. Y., with Robert Andrew, Esq., 1868-70. Two years later he practiced law at Worcester,
Mass., 1870-73. He was a student of Theology there, 1873-75. He was ordained in 1875, and
was pastor of the Congregational Church at Leon. Wis.. 1875-76 ; at Sparta, 1876-77 : at
Carlisle, ^lass., 1877-79; at Indian Orchard, Springfield, Mass., 1879-85. He is the author of
the following works: "Eulogy on the Rev. William Gaylord" (1883), "Socialism from Genesis
to Revelation," "The Laws of Social Evolution." published by Lee & Shepard, Boston, ^lass. ;
"An Introduction to 'Law, Labor and Liberty,' " published by Corning National Press, Ten-
nessee City, Tenn. ; "The City Problem in Our Country," published by M. D. Gushing,
Tampa. Fla. He is a contributor to "The Springfield Union," "The Congregationalist," and
other papers.

He was married to Abbie R. Fellows, at Hudson. N. Y., October 31st, 1866.


Charlotte C. bom December 4th, 1869, Hudson, N. Y.

Emma Merriam, born June 15th, 1872. Worcester, Mass.

Emma Merriam was married at Springfield, Mass., June 15th, 1896. to Rev. Geo. Morgan
Wood, President of Rollins College. Winter Park, Fla. His father is Dr. Sullivan Wood, of
Lowell, Mass.


Linonia, Delta Kappa and Psi Upsilon; 1st prize Declamation third term Sophomore, 3rd
prize Freshman Prize Debate.


Leonard Sterling, son of W. G. and Eliza C. (Quackenbos) Sterling, was born at
Brooklyn, N. Y., July 28th, 1845.


He fitted for College under Rev. Guy B. Day. Golden Hill Institute, and entered the
Class of '67, Sophomore year, studying only one year, and on account of ill-health withdrew at
the end of the year.

His father's name was W. G. Sterling, a lifelong merchant on Front street, New York.
His mother's name was Eliza C. Quackenbos, of a Dutch Knickerbocker family of the
same city. The name of George P. Quackenbos, author of the well-known French and
English Dictionary and of many educational works, is familiar to all. The survivor of the
Indian massacre at Haverhill, Mass., in early Colonial times, was his first ancestor In this
country. Since he left the Class he has for a short time been engaged in business In New
York City. He then removed to Bridgeport, Conn., and has been engaged in business there
ever since. His address is in care of John Drescoll, 671 Main street, Bridgeport, Conn.
On June 6, 1898, he writes to the Secretary as follows :

" The late President of the Historical Society has prepared us a "family tree' with many
notable names galore. On a little inconspicuous twig appears in small characters the name of
our mutual friend, Leonard Sterling.

" After my father's death I made the discovery that wealth hath wings larger than any
eagle's or condor's. One day, long ago, I remember Professor Gibbs .said with much de-
cision 'That is sufficient,' when I ventured to suggest that pecunia comes from pennae ; though
1 think I had some humorous idea in my mind at that time. I now sadly know ic is connected
with pennae. whatever Professor Gibbs and the dictionaries may say to the contrary. But
I shall not die under the yellow flag.

" I keep up the acquaintance of those dear old ancient ladies, the celebrated Nine, includ-
ing her whom Keats styles, "La belle dame sans merci.' I do not try the dyspeptic Greek, as
there is no 'Charon' to help me over the Styx. (Do you remember how Professor Packard
thought he had us all without redemption at last, and how 'Charon' came in at the final mo-
ment and saved the wreck?) I read the modern ones not for instruction, but very much as
Thoreau kept chickens, 'Not for their eggs, but for their song.'

" I may add that I am still crowned with the berries of the laurel : so my life's work is
still to begin, if what my benedict friends affirm be true.

" I sympathize with you in your labors, and trust you will be amply successful. The
words of the poet suggest themselves :

" 'And now, when long, long years have passed,
Some old fellow will be the last —
When he lies down, but not till then.
Our kind Class Angel will drop the pen.
That writes in the day-book kept above,
Our life-long record of faith and love ;
So here's a health, in homely rhyme.
To our oldest class-mate. Father Time ;
May our last survivor live to be
As bald and as wise and as tough as he ! '

"And now may I wish peace, hope, courage, faith and all the virtues and beatitudes to be
and abide now and forever with every brave and strenuous heart? Yours very truly,

'"Leonard SrEKLiNc."
He was a member of Brothers.


Henry Storer Sw.\n, son of Francis Keyes and Emily (Bradbury) Swan, was born at
Calais, Me.. December 8th, 1844.

He fitted for College (Yale) at Andover. ]Mass.. under Dr. S. H. Taylor, and entered
the Class of '67 in the Summer of '63. He left the Class in March. 1865, the second term of
Sophomore year.

His father was a member of the Class of 1840 at Waterville College, but ill-health pre-
vented his completing his course and he became a banker and broker. His ancestors on both
sides of the house were New Englanders.

After leaving the Class he studied medicine at Portland. Me., and later at New York City
in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In April. 1871. he practiced as assistant on the
Resident Staff of Bellevue Hospital. New York. He was House Physician in charge of the
Second Medical Division, October ist, 1872. He graduated in medicine April, 1873. He
practiced in New York City until November, 1874, when he removed to Mamaroneck, N. Y.

In December, 1882, he moved to South Orange, N. J., where he stayed until the Summer
of 1883. While residing there his health was so poor that he did not practice his profession.
In August, 1883, he removed to Bristol, R. I., which was his home until December. 1892, when
he removed to Middleboro. Mass., which is his home at present and where he is practicing
his profession.

He was married to Annie C. C. Shaw, at Roxhury, Mass.. April 7, 1877. She died Oc-
tober nth, 1891.

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


*Henrv Stuart Swayne, son of Judge Noah Haines Swayne. LL.D. (Yale), of the
U. S. Supreme Court, and Sarah Ann (Wager) Swayne, was born at Columbus, Ohio, June
2nd, 1845. He died November 25th, 1893, at Bloomington, Ills.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Edwin C. Benson at Gambier, Ohio, and entered the
Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863. He left the Class in the second term of the Sophomore year,
and entered the Class of '68 in September, 1865, graduating with that Class.


After graduation he was engaged in business for one year. He was Assistant Civil En-
gineer of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba R. R. from 1869 till the Spring of 1872, when
he resigned and went abroad, returning the following Winter.

January ist, 1873. he entered into partnership with H. Osborn and H. J. Chase, of Toledo,
Ohio, under the firm name of Osborn, Chase & Swayne, for the purpose of manufacturing
mouldings. They were doing a fine business until October 2nd, 1873, when they were burned
out with heavy loss. They rebuilt and continued the business till January ist, 1885, when
Swayne withdrew in order to have time to attend to the care of property in which he had
become interested.

On the death of Vice-President Davis he was made executor of his estate.

In August, i8q3, he returned from Europe, where he had been traveling for several
months. Soon after his return serious pulmonary trouble developed, the result of a cold con-
tracied in Paris. He grew rapidly worse and died at his home in Bloomington, November
25th. 1893.

He was married at Bloomington, Ills.. December 22nd, 1875. to Sallie W. Davis, daughter
of Hon. David Davis, Vice-President of the United States. His widow resides at Bloom-
Uigton, Ills.


Linonia. Delta Kappa, Delta Beta Chi. D. K. E.


*Anson Phelps Tinker, youngest child of Deacon Reuben, and Almira (Wade) Tinker,
was born in Old Lyme. Conn., October 15th, 1844. Died November 24th, i88b.

When he was about seventeen years of age, he entered on a business life in New York City,
but soon after, forming the purpose of going to College, he left New York and resumed his
studies, which he pursued for a year in the High School in South Weymouth, Mass. He en-
tsred Yale with thi* Class of '67, but in the Spring of his Freshman year withdrew on account
of ill-health, and re-entered in the Fall with the Class of '68, graduating with that Class.

Dtiring the 3'ear follow mg graduation he studied in the Yale Divinity School, and after
that was for a year Tutor of Mathematics in Yale College. He then completed his theo-
logical studies at Andover, and, before his graduation there in 1872, had accepted a call to the
pastorate of the High Street Congregational Church, in Auburn, Me. On account of ill-
health he was unable to enter immediately on his work, and took a voyage to Europe, from
whence he returned in May. 1873. He was ordained at Auburn. Me., on October i6th of the
same year. He was dismissed from his charge in Auburn, December 20th. 1882, to accept
the pastorate of the Fort Street Presbyterian Church, Detroit, Mich., but nine months later he
was obliged, on account of pulmonary disease, to go to Colorado. Though partially restored


to health, he was unable to return to his parish, but in June, 1885, undertook the charge of the
Capitol Avenue Presbyterian Church in Denver.

He was married October 9th, 1873, to Miss Martha J. White, of South Weymouth. She
died January 20th, 1880.


Catherine Matson, born July 26th. 1874, Auburn, N. Y.

Chauncey Brewster, born October 22nd, 1876, Auburn, N. Y.

He was married July 20th. 1881, to Miss H. Maria Walker, of Newtonville, Mass. She
died May 12th, 1882, without issue.

On November 25th, 1884. he was married to Mrs. Kate (Elias) Longman, of Brooklyn,
N. Y., who survives him \vithout issue.

He was a member of Brothers, Gamma Nu. Psi Upsilon and Skull and Bones.


William Allen Underwood, son of Daniel Kingsley and ]\Iaria Agnes (Mitchell) Un-
derwood, was born at Adrian Mich., November 6th, 1846. He fitted for College at the High
School in Adrian and at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., and entered Yale '67 in
the Summer of '63. He left the Class the first term Sophomore.

His father's ancestors came to this country in 1636 and settled at Hingham, ^lass., near
Boston. His mother's grandfather was out for the Pretender in Scotland in 1745, and came to
this country immediately afterwards and settled at Schenectady. N. Y.

Since leaving the Class he has studied a great deal. In the Fall of '65 he entered the
Sophomore class of '68 in the University of Michigan, but left at the end of Junior year and
commenced studying law. Was graduated from, the Albany Law School in May, 1869, and
then came to his home, Adrian, Mich., where he practiced his profession till the Fall of '85.
Was appointed Register in Bankruptcy from 1874-76; Prosecuting Attorney from 1877 to
1881 ; was a delegate from his State to the Republican Convention in 1884 ; was a member on
resolutions in the Convention; in 1885 he moved to Detroit and continued to practice law till
1889, when he removed to New York City and took up the practice there. In 1894 the Uni-
versity of Michigan granted him the degree of A. B. — the sixth that was ever given to a non-
graduate in the life of the institution.

In November, 1897, he became a member of the firm of Underwood, Van Vorst, Rosen &
Hoyt. His specialty is corporation and financial law.

He married Virginia Garland Deas, August 17th, 1870, at Flint, Mich.


Elizabeth Garland, born January 22nd. 1872, Adrian, Mich.
Ethel Virginia, born November 22nd. 1873, Adrian, Mich.
He was a member of Linonia and "'Sigma Eps."



Edward Van Schoonhoven, son of James and Catherine (Lansing) Van Schoonhoven.
was born at Lansingburgh, N. Y., December nth, 1845.

He fitted for College (Yale) at General Russell's School in New Haven, Conn., and
entered the Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863. He left the Class in the second term of the
Sophomore year.

His father was not a College man. He was a merchant. On the paternal side he is
descended from Guert Van Schoonhoven (his great-great-grandfather), who was born
in 1718, in Halfmoon, Saratoga County. His grandfather emigrated from Holland previous
to 1675.

He was descended on the maternal side from Abraham Jacob Lansing (his great-great-
grandfather), who was born in Holland in 1719, and emigrated to America and settled at Fort


Orange, now Albany. He obtained a grant of land from the Dutch Company, and became
a patron of Lansingburgh, Schoghbrooke, Brunswick and Pittstown.

After leaving the Class he resided for a short time in New York City, after which he re-
turned to his home in Lansingburgh, where he has been in the banking business. He is
cashier of the People's Bank there.


Linonia and Delta Kappa.


Frederick Wesson, son of David and Alice Goddard (Howland) Wesson, was born in
Brooklyn, N. Y., August 27th, 1845.

He fitted for College with J. C. Overheiser, Brooklyn, and was a member of the Class of
"67 one term, and of the Class of '68 until the end of Sophomore year.

He studied law at the Columbia College Law School, was admitted to the Bar in 1870, and
practiced for about two years in New York City. After the death of his brother in 1873 he
withdrew from the law, and became in 1875 a member of the firm of Hoadley & Co., bankers
and commission merchants.

In January, 1893, he retired from the firm of Hoadley & Co., having previously purchased
for a company of which he is President a Government Railway in the Colony of Jamaica. This
railway he is extending so as to give the colony complete railway facilities. , Since 1890 he
has spent about six months of each year in Jamaica, and the remaining time in London and
France. He will probably reside at Kingston, Jamaica, for several years to come.

While engaged in business he has found time to acquire thorough knowledge of Spanish
and French, and a fair acquaintance with the literature of both languages. He has also writ-
ten for publication a few articles on free trade and on questions of political economy, and
several reviews of books upon these subjects. He received the degree of M. A. from Yale Col-
lege in 1888.

He was married at the Chapel Royal, Savoy, London, August 13th, 1878, to Mrs. Lillian
Jenny Mills, eldest daughter of Right Rev. Abraham N. Littlejohn, D.D., Bishop of Long


Alice Frederieka, born October i6th, 1887, Brooklyn, N. Y.


Brothers, "Sigma Eps," Phi Theta Psi and Psi Upsilon.



James Thorne Van Wyck, son of Rynier Suydam and Elizabeth (Boorum) Van Wyck,
was born at Fishkill Plains, March i6th, 1843.

He was prepared for Yale at Andover, Mass., under Dr. S. H. Taylor, and entered the
Class of '67 in the Summer of '63. He left the Class in the Sophomore year on account of
poor health.

His ancestors were Hollanders, and came to this country among the first settlers of what
was once New Amsterdam, now New York.

Three brothers came over together, one settling on Long Island, from whom che present
Mayor of New York derives his ancestry; one settled in Dutchess County, N. Y., from whom
our classmate is descended, and one settled in Columbia County, N. Y. One of his great-
grandmothers was French, named Duryee, and another was English, but most of the blood in
his veins is good old Holland Dutch.


After severing his connection with the Class, he resided successively at Fishkill Plains,
Wappinger's Falls, and Poughkeepsie, engaged in the garden and fruit business. The panic
of 1873 left him in such financial distress that he left his farm and hired twenty acres near
Poughkeepsie in 1874, where he remained four years, engaged in the vegetable business. In
1877 he removed to Fishkill Plains and taught the Public School there for three years. In
1880 he removed to Cold Spring, and taught school there two years ; then engaged in garden-
ing for seven years. During this time he passed the State examination entitling him to teach
in any public school in the State for life. In the Winter of 1884 he had some trouble with the
trustees and was discharged, but sued for his salary and recovered every cent. He then
leased five acres of land and went into the vegetable business. In 1889 he removed to Los
Angeles, where he taught school for two years and canvassed for a paper. He writes that he
is now engaged in the chicken business, has built himself a cottage and is comfortably situated.

He was married on January loth, 1871, to Henrietta W. Wright, at Wappinger's Falls,
N. Y.


Anna S., born December 5th, 1871, Wappinger's Falls, N. Y.
Elizabeth B., born February 15th, 1873, Wappinger's Falls, N. Y.
Abraham J., born May 26th, 1874, Wappinger's F.ills, N. Y.
Anna S. is at the Oswego Normal School preparing for a kindergarten teacher.
Elizabeth B. was married April ist, 1894. to Ashley S.- Dorr, of Los Angeles. He is en-
gaged in the wood, coal and grain business.


Ruth Elizabeth, born Jan. 5th, 1895.

Ashley Van Wyck, born October 27th, 1896.

Henry Coker, born November 5th, 1897.

Abraham J. is at present working on a ranch near Ontario, Cal.

He was a member of Brothers.






James Cornelius Wilson, son of Ellwood Wilson (Jefferson Medical Coll., Philadelphia,
1845) and Hannah Jane (Shallcross) Wilson, was born at Philadelphia, Pa., March 25, 1847.

He fitted for College (Yale) under Private Tutor Reginald Y. Chase, and entered the
Class of '67 in the Fall of 1863. He left the Class at the end of the first term of the Freshman
year, and entered Princeton College, where he was graduated in the Class of '67. Upon
leaving College he immediately entered upon the study of Medicine at the Jefferson Medical
College in Philadelphia, where he was graduated in 1869.

Since then he has been practicing his profession at Philadelphia. He holds several hos-
pital appointments and the Professorship of the Practice of Medicine and Clinics in the
Jefferson Medical College.

His father was a physician during his lifetime, and received the degree of M. A. from
Princeton College.


He was married at Philadelphia April 13th, 1882, to Adele B. Grosholy.


Beatrice Adele, born April 26th, 1883. Philadelphia, Pa.
Helen Natalie, born February 26th. 1887. Philadelphia. Pa.
He was a member of Brothers.






B. Smith,
A. Warren,
H. Weston,

W. B. Davenport,

E. F. Stoddard,

C. L. Allen,
W. H. Ingham,

J. F. Merriam,
J. H. Chapman,
H. B. Beard,

A. S. Clark,
J. J. Brooks,
M. D. Mann,

F. L. Skeels,

G. P. Wetmore,

F. H. Wilson,
H T. Eddy,
I. S. Dodd,

B. Allen,
W. Bruce,

L. T. Brown,
Geo. H. Perkins,
E. W. Clarke,

E. F. Beecher,

J. W. Hartshorn,
A. E. Dunning,
S. Comstock,
J. W. Partridge,
H. G. Landis,
W. H. Goodyear,

D. J. Burrell,

R. E. De Forest,

G. A. Adee,

C. B. Jennings,
G. P. Sheldon,
W. B. Harding,
Wm. Thomsen,
C. T. Collins,
T. Hedge, Jr.,
Moses Strong,

C. H. Goodman,
T. L. Day,
J. G. Flanders,

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