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History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical

NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920

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GEORGE EDWARD TEEHAN, M. D.  --  Soon after receiving his degree authorizing him to practice medicine, Dr. Teehan returned to his native city - Providence - and there since 1908 he has practiced the healing art, with offices at No. 98 Broad street.  He is a son of Morris W. and Catherine (Dailey) Teehan, his father deceased.

George E. Teehan was born in Providence, R. I., July 17, 1879, and completed the full public school course, finishing with graduation, class of 1899. He then pursued a two years' course in chemistry at Leland Stanford University (California).  This brought him to the time when a decision was made in the matter of a profession, the practice of medicine being chosen as a life work.  He prepared at Yale Medical School, received his M. D. with the graduating class of 1907, then for a time was interne at Kings Park Hospital, New York City.  With this extended preparation Dr. Teehan returned to Providence in 1908, and began general practice. He is medical inspector for the public schools at Providence, and a member of the surgical staff of Rhode Island Hospital, these duties being in addition to the demands of his private practice.  He is a member of the American Medical Association and Rhode Island Medical Society, his clubs the Catholic, his political action strictly independent.  Dr. Teehan married, October 14, 1917, Vesta Tomlinson, of New Brunswick, Mass.

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HENRY DUKE GLENDINNING  --  In the younger circles of the legal profession of Providence, Henry Duke Glendinning holds a prominent place as an able lawyer, and has a personality of such force that he would make himself felt in whatever circumstances he might be placed.  Though he comes of a family of means he owes his success wholly to his own efforts, and may thus be considered justified in a certain pride in his achievements. He is not a native of the State, but a son by adoption, having been born in Troy, N. Y., the son of John Emmett and Sarah (Trimble) Glendinning.  His father was a large linen manufacturer of that city, and is now dead, but his mother is still living and makes her residence in Providence.

When a boy his family moved to Brooklyn, N. Y., where he began his education in the public schools, later going abroad and completing his studies in Scotland and Ireland.  He returned to the United States in 1896, making Providence his objective, and here he attended the Rhode Island Law School. After this he became a student in a law office where he mastered the practical details of the profession and completed his studies for admission to the bar.  This aim was accomplished in 1902 and since that time he has been steadily at work at this profession, building up an excellent practice. He is a member of the American Bar Association, of the Pen and Pencil Club, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is an ex-president of the Washington Park Yacht Club.  During the Spanish-American War he enlisted in Substitute Company A, Rhode Island Militia.  He has a brother, Thomas Trimble Glendinning, who is a member of Company E., Twenty-First Engineers, United States Expeditionary Force, now in France and another brother, William Bell Glendinning, M. D., who is practicing his profession in Cleveland, O., and a sister, Mrs. Walter T. Smith, who makes her home in Providence, R. I.

Mr. Glendinning married, Octover 3, 1903, Maud M. Blakeley, of Taunton, Mass.  Mrs. Glendinning's brother, Frank Blakeley, was the first sailor killed on the American side in the Spanish-American War.  Mr. and Mrs. Glendinning have one son, H. Ervin, born May 5, 1904, who is now attending the New York Military Academy.

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William OrrellWILLIAM ORRELL, president of the Orrell Mills, Incorporated, of Glendale, R. I., one of the most capable and successful citizens of this community, and a man of great public spirit and wide influence here, is a native of England, having been born November 14, 1848, at Richdale, Heywood, Lancashire, in that country.  He is a son of James and Mary Ann (Tetlow) Orrell, his father, a native of the same place, born in 1819, from which country he went to the United States about 1854 and located at Olneyville, where he was employed in the mill.  He also worked in the mills at Bridgeport and Putnam, Conn., at Bridgeton, Greenville, Belleville and Mohegan, R. I., and at Blackstone, Mass.  After spending various periods at these places, he returned from the last named to Rhode Island, making his home at Nasonville, where after a number of years he retired from active labor and where his death occurred in 1879.  His wife, who was born in England in 1817, survived him and lived with her son William until 1887, when she also died.  They are both buried in the cemetery at Pascoag. They were the parents of a number of children, several of whom died in infancy in England.  Those who reached adult age were as follows:  Elizabeth, who became the wife of James Clarkson, of Glendale; William, with whose career we are here especially concerned; Samuel, an overseer of weaving in his brother's mill at Glendale; and Lucy, who became the wife of Joseph Beaumont, of South Royalston, Mass.

William Orrell passed the first seven years of his life in his native land, and then came to the United States with his mother and the remainder of the family to join his father who had settled in this country the year before. His educational advantages were decidedly meagre, as it was necessary for him to begin work as soon as he was old enough to secure employment. He was living with his parents at Bridgeton, R.I., about 1858, and it was there that he first began to work, having secured employment in the mill operated by Mr. Edward Marsh, on the site of the present mill of James O. Inman, where the Clear River Woolens are manufactured.  After a time at this mill, the lad was was employed in the Pook and Steere Mill at Greenville, to which place his parents moved in 1860.  It was five years later that Mr. Orrell first came to Glendale, where he was given the position as chore boy in the mill operated by Day and Chapin. He afterwards returned to Greenville, however, where for a time he was employed in the local mill until his removal to Belleville.  He was also employed in Mohegan and Blackstone, Mass.  At each of these places the youth continued to work in the mills, as did also his father, and gained a very complete knowledge of the woolen industry, having been employed in every department in the manufacture of these goods. He had become so expert that by the time the family moved to Masonville [sic], in 1879, he was in charge of weaving.  He held the same position later in mills at Mohegan and Hampden, Mass., and at the Wheelock Mill at Putnam, Conn., remaining at the latter place until he came to Glendale, in April, 1879, which has remained his home and the scene of his activities ever since. He was made boss weaver and designer in the woolen mill of Francis Carpenter, and was promoted to be superintendent of the mill in 1882.  Mr. Carpenter died in 1883, whereupon Mr. Orrell formed a co-partnership with Robert Kershaw and Joseph H. Carpenter, and leased the old Carpenter Mill. About two years later Mr. Kershaw died, and the firm which became known as Orrell & Carpenter continued the business successfully until 1889, when the association was discontinued.  In that year Mr. Orrell purchased the plant himself and at once began a series of enlargements and improvements in which the original mill was remodeled and equipped with all the most modern machinery for the manufacture of fancy cassimeres.

In May, 1907, the business was incorporated as the Orrell Mill, with Mr. Orrell as president, and Frederick W. Orrell as secretary and manager. The mill that was enlarged and is now operated by Mr. Orrell is one of the oldest, as well as one of the best, in Rhode Island.  It was more than a century and a quarter ago that a mill was first erected upon this site for the purpose of sawing into lumber of various kinds and sizes the timber of the surrounding woodland.  The property was situated in the township of Burrillville on the Branch River, and the tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad run by it.  It came into the hands of Anthony Steere, of Gloucester, who established the present mill here in 1841.  The old building was originally of wood, but upon its virtual destruction by fire, in 1850, Mr. Steere rebuilt it of stone. The new structure was completed in 1853, and it forms the nucleus of the present large plant which has been added to it at various different times. In 1854 Mr. Steere sold the property to Lyman Copeland, and four years later it was leased by him to Olney & Metcalf, a Providence firm. This concern was followed by Day & Chapin in 1863, and in 1868 it was leased to Francis Carpenter, who purchased it in 1873.  Ten years later, as has already been related, Mr. Orrell, in partnership with Joseph A. Carpenter and Robert Kershaw, gained control of the property, of which Mr. Orrell has been the active head ever since. When Mr. Orrell first became connected with this mill there were two buildings here in which were employed less than forty hands.  He now finds work for one hundred and seventy-five hands, of which thirty per cent are women, and the mill consists of ten large buildings.  Of these buildings some are two and some three stories in height, and in all have a floor space of above one hundred thousand square feet.  The plant covers sixty acres of land, and in addition thirty tenements are owned by the company, situated in Glendale Village. The mill was first operated entirely by water power, which was afforded by the first dam ever built across Branch River, and which was constructed as early as 1786, but it now also uses steam as a motive power.  At the present time the Orrell Mills are exceedingly busy making woolens for the United States government for use of its army in the field.

Mr. Orrell has always taken an active part in public affairs in this community, and is a staunch member of the Republican party, being closely identified with the local organization thereof.  He has served for a number of years as chairman of the Republican town committee, and held a number of offices of responsibility and trust.  In 1894 he represented Burrillville township in the State Senate, and he has also served several terms on the Town Council.  He is also associated with a number of important financial and industrial concerns here, in addition to his own large business, and is a member of the board of directors of the Producer's National Bank and the Producers' Trust Company of Woonsocket.  He is affiliated with Granite Lodge, No. 26, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Harrisville, and with the Wool Club of New York, an organization consisting of the operators of woolen mills throughout the country.

William Orrell has been twiced married, his first wife having been Alice A. Bradley, a daughter of James and Ann Bradley, of Blackstone, Mass.  They became parents of the following children:  Gertrude, who married Harry E. Davis, manager of New England Coal Company of Woonsocket, to whom she has borne two children, William Orrell and Avery Billings;  Frederick W., secretary of the Orrell Mills, married Ida L. Chilson;  Mabel, became the wife of Sayles B. Steere, of Glocester, and they have four children: Dorothy, Phillps B., Gertrude A., and Anthony A..  The first Mrs. Orrell died in the year 1880, and in 1888 Mr. Orrell married (second) Mary E. Brewer, of Wilbraham, Mass.  The second Mrs. Orrell died January 10, 1905. Two children were born of this union, Edwin and Dorothy, both of whom died in early youth.

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HARRY SHERMAN FLYNN, M. D., a prominent member of the medical profession at Providence, R. I., with offices at No. 169 Smith street, is a member of one of the oldest Colonial families in New England, and his maternal line is not less ancient.  The Flynns settled at Roxbury, Mass., early in the Colonial period, and from there removed to Woodstock Conn., in the year 1686, and have made that place their home ever since.  The place was then known as New Roxbury, being named so by the colonists from the Massachusetts town, but afterwards called Woodstock after the coming of many outsiders.  The old Flynn homestead was built in 1778, and is not only standing but is occupied to-day by the mother and sister of Dr. Flynn.  Dr. Flynn's ancestors were conspicuous in the Revolution, and for many generations the members of the family have distinguished themselves. The maternal family of Sherman is a branch of the distinguished house of that name which has played so notable a part in the affairs of New England, and the Olney family, of which his maternal grandfather was a member, has also held a place of distinction in the region.  Dr. Flynn is a son of Francis W. and Louisa B. (Olney) Flynn, the former now deceased and the latter making her home at Woodstock. Francis W. Flynn was for many years a blacksmith at that place and was well-known and honored throughout the community.  He and his wife were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, those besides the Dr. Flynn of this sketch being Major William F. Flynn, United States Army, retired, and now acting as military instructor of Harvard University; Mary Louise, who resides with her mother in the old homestead at Woodstock; and Elizabeth, who became the wife of Rev. E. B. Bingham, late of Woodstock, Conn.

Born July 14, 1868, at Woodstock, Conn., Harry Sherman Flynn attended the public schools of that place for his elementary education, and later was sent to the Woodstock Academy.  Having determined upon a medical career, but lacking funds to meet the expenses of his education, he sought employment and for four years worked as a bookkeeper.  He entered the Medical School at Harvard University, in 1889 and, after the ususal course, graduated with the class of 1893, taking his medical degree.  The same year he began to practice at Providence, and from that time to the present has continued with a high degree of success and built up one of the largest practices in the neighborhood.  He is a physician of wide acomplishments and has earned a well-deserved reputation for knowledge and skill.  Besides his private practice, Dr. Flynn holds the responsible and difficult post of physician in charge of the Brown and Sharpe Dispensary of this city.  In politics he is an Independent, refusing to be governed by any partisan consideration in the casting of his ballot.  A conspicuous figure in the fraternal circles of the district, Dr. Flynn is affiliated with the local Masonic lodge; the Royal Arcanum and the Modern Woodmen of the World, and is medical examiner for the last two.  He is also a member of the Phoenix Club of Providence, the Providence Medical Society, the Rhode Island Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

On August 2, 1899, at Providence, R. I., Dr. Flynn was united in marriage with Jessie M. McDonald, of East River, Nova Scotia, a daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Meikle) McDonald.  Four children have been born to them, as follows:  Louise Catherine;  Bertha Elizabeth, deceased; Donald Sherman, and Harold W.

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CLARENCE B. SISSON  --  The Sisson family of Rhode Island springs from Richard Sisson, born in England in 1608, an inhabitant of Portsmouth and Dartmouth, and of record as having been made a freeman in 1653.

Clarence B. Sisson, now a retired business man, residing at No. 145 Arnold avenue, Edgewood, is a son of Cornelius Clarke Sisson, whose wife, Eva (Brown) Sisson, is a descendant of Chad Brown, of early Colonial fame, founder of the distinguished Brown family through whose public spirit Rhode Island has so greatly benefited.  Cornelius Clarke Sisson resided at Exeter, R. I., until about his eighteenth year, then moved to Westerly, R. I., there engaging in business as a merchant for several years, later locating in Providence, where he is yet a resident, in the employ of R. L. Rose & Company.  He married Eva Brown, of Central Falls, R. I., daughter of John S. Brown, of early Rhode Island ancestry.

Clarence B. Sisson was born at Central Falls, R. I., April 6, 1877, and educated in the public schools of both Providence and Westerly, R. I.  He began business life in his father's market at Westerly, and there continued in business until 1899.  In that year he located in Providence and established in the grocery business at No. 500 Cranston street, there building up a large and profitable business, which he conducted until 1901, when he retired.  Mr. Sisson married August 29, 1900, Ida M. Bemis, daughter of Charles A. and Emma L. (Peck) Bemis, of Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Sisson are the parents of a daughter, Dorothy B.  The family home is at No. 145 Arnold avenue, Providence, a property bought and improved by Mr. Sisson.

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CHARLES CADY REMINGTON  --  As practicing attorney and as police judge, Charles Cady Remington occupies a position of responsibility in the community, and that he has lived up to this is evidenced by the respect in which he is held by his fellow-citizens.  He is a native of Providence, born September 11, 1876, son of George H. and Caroline M. (Cady) Remington.  His father, who was a well-known expert on patents, died in 1915, but his mother is still living.

As a young boy he went through the public schools and taking also the full classical course at the high school was graduated in 1895. He then matriculated at Brown University and received in 1899 his baccalaureate degree in arts.  Having decided upon law as his profession, he now entered the Law School at Harvard University and attended this for two years.  In 1902 he was admitted to the bar of Rhode Island, and has since been identified with the city of Providence.  He has been the judge of the Providence Police Court since January, 1915.  He is interested in many projects for public betterment, and for five years he served as secretary of the State Harbor Improvement Commission.  He is also secretary of the University Club, of which he is a member.  He is a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Historical Society, The Players' Club, and the Pausacaco Lodge, a South country country club.  In his political views Mr. Remington is a Republican. He married, April 24, 1916, Florence M. Glover, of Providence.

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Walter C. GordonWALTER COLWELL GORDON, M. D.  --  A resident of Rhode Island since 1907, and an honored member of the medical profession, Dr. Gordon has proved by his work the valued service which has been rendered the State by her adopted sons.  Walter Colwell Gordon, son of Alexander Frazer and Sarah Jane (Colwell) Gordon, was born January 23, 1878.  His father, a farmer and stockriaser of Caledonia, N. Y., is now deceased, his mother, now a resident of Los Angeles, Cal.

Walter C. Gordon attended the public schools of Caledonia, and after exhausting their advantages he entered the Rochester (N. Y.) Business College, and finished his secular studies at New York State Normal School. He chose medicine as his profession, and after an experience in the business world to obtain funds for his professional education, he entered the medical department of the University of Maryland, receiving his degree of M. D. with the graduating class of 1907.  After graduation he came to Rhode Island, and until November of that year was connected with the medical staff of the State Sanitarium, at Wallum Lake.  He then located in Providence, where he has since practiced continuously, his offices, No. 610 Cranston street.  He is visiting surgeon to the out-patient department of St. Joseph's Hospital, and physician to the out-patient department of Rhode Island Hospital.  He is well-established in general practice, and is one of the well-known, highly regarded physicians and surgeons of the city.

Dr. Gordon is a member of the American Medical Association, Rhode Island Medical Society, Providence Medical Society, and holds the utmost respect of the brethren of the profession.  He holds all degrees of Masonry up to and including the thirty-second, belonging to Doric Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Providence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Providence Council, Royal and Select Masters; Providence Commandery, Knights Templar; Palestine Shrine, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Rhode Island Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.  He is also a member of Providence Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; is a Presbyterian in religious faith, and in politics a Republican.

Dr. Gordon married, June 10, 1910, Lucy Marsh, of Ithaca, N. Y., and they are the parents of two sons:  Walter Colwell (2) and Calvin Marsh Gordon.


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