Keen-eyed and alert at the age of 96, Dr. Eugene Bouton of 53 Warren Street, Bloomfield, was as happy as a college sophomore this morning. In this morning's mail was a letter from Yale University confirming the fact that Dr. Bouton is the school's oldest living alumnus.
Dr. Bouton recalled, sadly, however, memorable reunions spent with the late Brig. Gen. Charles McCormick Reeve, whom he has succeeded as senior alumnus. Gen. Reeve, class of 1870, died June 24, in Minneapolis.
Dr. Bouton was graduated with a B.A. degree in 1875. He was awarded an M.A. degree by Yale in 1881 and a Ph.D. by Syracuse University in 1882. The last reunion he attended at New Haven was in 1940. "Live right and do right," is Dr. Bouton's prescription for longevity. "Live each day without reckoning their total," he added, "and observe sane habits." He also inferred "be loyal to Yale."
Was Tax Board Clerk
A teacher and an author, Dr.Bouton also served from 1917 to 1941 as a clerk of the Essex County Board of Taxation. He was supervising principal of the Glen Ridge School from 1904 to 1910, when all classes were in one schoolhouse.
He was class poet of his Yale graduating Class. He is a member of the Yale Club of Montclair and attends all reunions there.
Dr. Bouton is absorbed in genealogical research and has valuable records not only of his family but also of friends.
He has published various papers on educational and other topics and has compiled an historical study of early inhabitants of his birthplace, Jefferson, in Schoharie County, N.Y., where he was born December 6, 1850.
Taught in Several States
Religion ranks paramount in his interests. Every Sunday Dr. Bouton attends Christ Episcopal Church of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge. His wife is the former Miss Elizabeth Rumrill Gladwin. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 29. They have a son, Gladwin Bouton of Tenafly, and three daughters, Mrs. Katharine Clay of Scotch Plains, Mrs. Victor Bleecker of the Bloomfield address and Mrs. William Bleecker of New York; 11 grandchildren and six great-grand-children. Dr. Bouton is proud of the fact that two of the grandsons are now Yale undergraduates. They are Irving Gladwin Bouton of Tenafly and Eugene Bouton Clay of Scotch Plains.
Dr. Eugene Bouton of 53 Warren Street was informed this week by the Montclair-Yale Club and by Yale University that he is the oldest living graduat of the University.
Dr. Bouton, who is 96 years young, is still very active. He goes "to town" most every day and continues to delve in his hobby of genealogical research. He was born December 6, 1850, in Jefferson, Schoharie County, N.Y. Dr. Bouton attended Cazenovia Seminary, N.Y., and was graduated from Yale University in the class of 1875. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1882.
Dr. Bouton was the first principal of New Paltz Normal School, New Paltz, N.Y. He was also superintendent of schools in Bridgeport, Conn., and in Pittsfield, Mass., before coming to Glen Ridge, as supervising principal of Glen Ridge Public Schools from 1904 until 1910. While in Glen Ridge he lived at 12 Winsor Place.
From 1910 until 1930 Mr. Bouton served with the Essex County Tax Board Newark in the Hall of Records. Dr. Bouton is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Sons of American Revolution, and the Montclair Yale Club.
Dr. Bouton is very interested in helping persons find missing ancestors in their genealogical lines.
He receives correspondence every day and from all over the country asking for help. He is a familiar figure in libraries in this area where he does much research work.
Dr. and Mrs. Bouton, the former Elizabeth Rumrill Gladwin, on June 29 this year celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have lived at 53 Warren Street for the past 36 years with their daughter, Mrs. Victor Bleecker.
There are two other daughters, Mrs. Katharine Clay of Scotch Plains, and Mrs. William Bleecker of New York City; a son Gladwin Bouton of Tenafly, 11 grandchildren and six great-grand-children. Two grandsons attend Yale at the present time. They are his namesake, Eugene Bouton Clay of Scotch Plains , and Irving Gladwin Bouton of Tenafly.
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