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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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JOHN S. PAIGE, deceased, former manager of the factory stores of the firm of B. B. & R. Knight, a well-known figure in mercantile and manufacturing circles in the city of Providence for many years, was born in East Taunton, Mass., June 6, 1843, the son of John B. and Susannah (Cain) Paige. The Paige coat-of-arms is as follows:

Arms - Or a fesse dancettee between three martlets azure within a bordure engrailed or the last, charged with eight bezants.
Crest - A demi-griffin holding a ducal coronet.
John S. Paige's early education was fragmentary, but was supplied in later life by wide reading, close observation and study. At the age of eighteen years he went to Vermont, where he spent several years in various positions. In 1869 he came to Greene, R. I., and managed a store.  In 1871 he had charge of A. & W. Sprague's store at Quidneck, R. I.  In April, 1873, Mr. Paige came to Providence to become overseer of the factory stores of the firm of A. & W. Sprague.  In 1874, after the failure of this firm, he became connected with the B. B. & R. Knight Company, and in 1876 was manager and purchasing agent for the factory stores of this firm.  The entire management of these stores, finally twelve in number, the purchasing of all the merchandise and hiring of help were under the direction of Mr. Paige.  He was an able executive and organizer, and it was largely through his efforts that the stores were successfully developed.  He was highly respected in business and mercantile circles, not only for his ability but for the strict integrity and unswerving honesty which characterized all his transactions. Mr. Paige was a member of the Masonic order in early life.  He was a Republican in political affiliation, and a member of the Beneficent Congregational Church of Providence for many years, at one time a member of the standing committee.  He was a man of simple democratic tastes, essentially a home-lover.

Mr. Paige married (first) Hattie E. Richmond, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Richmond, of Middleboro, Mass., in 1866. She died in 1881.  In 1883 Mr. Paige married (second) in Portsmouth, R. I., Anna M. Burrington, of Providence, daughter of the late Henry Hudson and Eliza M. (Wadsworth) Burrington, of Providence, and a member of the old Portsmouth family of the name.  (See Burrington V).  Mrs. Paige survives her husband, and resides at No. 221 Hanover street, Providence.  John S. Paige died at his home in Providence, October 17, 1913, aged seventy years, four months, eleven days.

(The Burrington Line).

The Burrington family in America dates from the year 1671, when the name of William Burrington, the immigrant ancestor and progenitor, appears for the first time on the records of the town of Portsmouth, in the Rhode Island Colony.  It has been continuous in Rhode Island since that date, and though numerically small, it has played a prominent part in the life and affairs of the town of Portsmouth.  The line herein under consideration is that of the late Henry Hudson Burrington, of Providence, a member of the early Portsmouth family, and a prominent druggist in the middle of the past century.

(I)  William Burrington, immigrant ancestor and founder, was born in 1637. He settled in Portsmouth, R. I., where in 1671 he was admitted a freeman. On February 21, 1673, he bought of Henry Lake, of Dartmouth, two acres in Portsmouth, and on June 14, 1697, he bought of William Durfee and his wife, Ann, ten acres.  Little beyond these facts is known of his life.  It is evident, however, that he was a man of some position in the community, for his daughters married Brown, Lawton and Robinson families.  William Burrington married Jane ------ , who died in 1725. He died December 3, 1729, and his will, dated March 12, 1725, was proved December 8, following his death.

(II)  Roger Burrington, son of William and Jane Burrington, was born in Portsmouth, R. I.  In 1724 he became a freeman.  He married, April 29, 1714, Elizabeth Sheriff, who was born November 16, 1693, and died in 1759, daughter of John and Jane (Havens) Sheriff.  Roger Burrington died in 1764, and his will, dated September 23, 1759, was proved April 9, 1764.  He was a very large landowner, and a man of considerable wealth according to the standards of the day.  He was prominent in the community, although he remained outside public life.  The inventory of his estate was valued at £4,951, 6s 11d.

(III)  William (2) Burrington, son of Roger and Elizabeth (Sheriff) Burrington, was born in Portsmouth, R. I., December 18, 1731.  He resided there all his life, following agricultural pursuits.  He inherited from his father all the housing and lands which the latter owned in Portsmouth, and all his stock and household goods except that which was left to the widow. He was charged with the payment of the legacies.  William (2) Burrington married Sarah -------- .

(IV)  John Burrington, son of William (2) and Sarah Burrington, was born in Portsmouth, R. I., September 14, 1757, and resided there all his life, a propserous farmer and well-known citizen, and for many years an active and prominent member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  He was married, in Portsmouth, October 24, 1816, by Rev. John Lindsley, to Eliza P. Munro, John Burrington followed the sea for a short period in early life, and served in the War of 1812, and in 1813 and 1815 as captain of Portsmouth Infantry. Later in life he conducted a store in Portsmouth, and was postmaster in 1818.

(V)  Henry Hudson Burrington, son of John and Eliza P. (Munro) Burrington, was born in Portsmouth, R. I., July 20, 1817.  At an early age he removed to Providence, where he subsequently established a drug business.  Mr. Burrington was located on North Main street for thirty-five years, during which time he became one of the best known druggists in the city of Providence.  He held office as city councilman for one term, as alderman two terms, and served on the school committee about twenty years.

Mr. Burrington married Eliza Mott Wadsworth, daughter of the late Dr. John A. Wadsworth, of Providence, and Elizabeth (Mott) Wadsworth, of Portsmouth, R. I.  Mr. Burrington received his first training in the drug business under Dr. Wadsworth.  He later purchased the drug store of Dr. Wadsworth, who from that time until his death devoted his time solely to his large practice. Dr. Wadsworth was a talented physician and surgeon and a deep student of many branches of medical science.  He introduced many new methods which proved signally successful.  Mr. Burrington was for many years a member of Grace Church.  Mr. and Mrs. Burrington were the parents of two children:  1. Anna M., who became the wife of the late John S. Paige, mentioned above.  2. Bianca Burrington. Henry Hudson Burrington died at his home in Providence, R. I., October 19, 1884.

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Geo. M. BaileyGEORGE MINOT BAILEY, M. D.  --  It was in the year 1890 that Dr. Bailey, then a youth of eighteen, came to Providence, R. I., a locality from which his maternal ancestors, the Streeters, had taken their departure from New Hampshire two centuries before.  He is a son of George Minot (1) and Philinda (Streeter) Bailey, both the Baileys and Streeters early New England families, finally settling in New Hampshire.  George Minot (1) Bailey died at Lisbon, N. H., six weeks before the birth of his son and namesake, his widow yet surviving him (1918), and resides in Denver, Colo. George Minot (2) Bailey was born at Lisbon, N. H., June 26, 1872. The Streeters, the mother's family, had taken up a Government grant of land in that region, and being usually farmers much of this land remained in the family name.  A school near Lisbon was known as the Streeter school, and there the lad received his first instruction.  He completed the courses of that school, going thence to Dow Academy, a preparatory, but he was obliged to leave during his senior year.  He spent a short time at Dartmouth College, taking the classical course, then changed his plans, left college, came to Providence, R. I., and spent four years as a drug clerk, this being in accordance with the plan he had formed, to become a physician.  During those years he read medicine all the time he could spare, carefully watching his finances in order that the necessary funds might be forthcoming when needed. In 1894 he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Md., there pursued a four years' course, and in 1898 was graduated M. D.  During six months of this term he was interne in the City Hospital, Baltimore.  He began practice in Providence, R. I., July 1, 1898, and as general physician and surgeon has won high and honorable standing during the twenty years which have since intervened.  His practice is very large and is conducted from his office, No. 220 Howard building.  His success is a distinct personal triumph, as he completely exhausted his resources in accomplishing his professional education, and was almost penniless when beginning practice in Providence.  Without the advantages of wealth, position or influencc, he has won his way to high position in a profession not lacking in able men, and with that position has come the material reward which accompanies professional success.  A student always, Dr. Bailey uncovered in his life a ready taste for the intricacies of the law, and in the midst of the duties of a successful physician he has found time to comlete a full course of legal study at Lincoln-Jefferson University, and in 1910 was awarded the degree of L.L. B.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Medical Legal Society, and is a Republican in politics.

Dr. Bailey married, October 31, 1900, Louise Russell, of Saugerties, N. Y., and they are the parents of a daughter, Mildred Russell, born November 15, 1902.

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THE L. B. DARLING FERTILIZER COMPANY  -- This business was established in a small way at Mineral Springs, R. I., but that small plant was an abattoir in which every part of an animal was converted into a merchantable product. The founder, Lucius B. Darling, thoroughly understood his business, and as he prospered enlarged the plant.  As it grew a perfect system of operation grew apace, and waste was absolutely eliminated; methods fully tested and proven were introduced for handling the products of the plant, several of which were entirely new.  The marketable meat was sold to dealers, lard was rendered, tripe prepared, refuse converted in fertilizer and everything made to contribute its share to the gross income.  The manufacture of fertilizer proved more profitable than the other products, and after a few years that became the sole business.  In 1874 Lucius B. Darling admitted his brother, Lyman M. Darling, to a partnership, trading as L. B. Darling & Company.  In 1881 the two sons of the founder, Ira C. and Lucius B. (2) Darling, were admitted, and the same year a branch house was established in Chicago, Ill., under the firm name of the Ira C. Darling Company.  This branch was established for the various kinds of rendering, slaughter house and market refuse.  In 1891 Ira C. Darling died, and the business in Chicago was then incorporated as Darling & Company, and has since passed to other stockholders.  The Pawtucket business was incorporated in March, 1884, as the L. B. Darling Fertilizer Company, the plant now being very extensive. Later the company was absorved by the American Agricultural Chemical Company, that corporation in 1903 selling out to the consolidated Rendering Company, a Boston corporation which has operated the plant as a branch of their Boston business.  Tallow rendering in the varied branches, the manufacture of oils and the base of oleo, fertilizers, and poultry foods, now constitute the products, the company also being heavy buyers of hides, skins, wool and fur of small animals.  During the coal shortage, in the winter of 1917-18, the plant was allowed to operate without coal restrictions.

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FRANK R. AMES  --  During all the changes of the name and ownership through which the L. B. Darling Fertilizer Company has passed during the past thirty years, Frank R. Ames, the present manager, has been associated with the plant, although until 1900 his connection was as a salesman in Providence, and 'on the road'.  He is a son of Robert N. and Rosamond A. (Luther) Ames, his father a sea captain all his life, which terminated in a collision off Cape Cod, a blinding snowstorm preventing the colliding vessels from seeing or hearing each other.  The body of Captain Ames was recovered, and he was laid beside his wife in Warren, R. I.

Frank R. Ames was born in Warren, R. I., February 23, 1857, and there attended public schools until 1870, when he became clerk in the bookstore of the Tillinghast & Mason Company, in Providence.  He remained four years with that company, then until 1888 he was employed in a market in Providence, but had greatly added to his educational equipment during those years by study and reading.  His next position was with the L. B. Darling Fertilizer Company, as salesman, until the year 1900.  From that time until the death of L. M. Darling, in 1902, Mr. Ames was assistant in the management of the plant, and the same year was appointed manager, his present position.  He is a past master of Union Lodge, No. 10, Free and Accepted Masons, of Pawtucket, holding the office at the time the lodge celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary; is a member of Pawtucket Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Holy Sepulchre Commandery, Knights Templar.

Mr. Ames married, August 14, 1892, Annie J. Forsyth, born in Hartford, Conn., where her parents died when she was very young.  Mr. and Mrs. Ames are the parents of a son:  Frank R. (2) Ames, who served during the great World War as personal adjutant, stationed at Camp Merritt, Tenafly, N. J.; and of a daughter, Helaine Ames, residing with her parents.

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P. William GearyP. WILLIAM GEARY  --  In 1912, when Boston University Law School conferred upon him the degree of L.L. B., Mr. Geary experienced that satisfaction which comes with the attainment of a hope long anticipated, and an ambition realized.  Upon the conferring of that degree he returned to Providence, and in the city of his birth has since continuously and successfully  practiced his profession.  He is a son of John F. and Johanna (Hayes) Geary, both residents of Providence, his father now and for thirty-seven years connected with the city highway department.

P. William Geary was born in Providence, R. I., March 31, 1887.  After completing public grammar school courses, he attended La Salle Academy, until graduation in 1905, going thence to Boston University Law School, whence he was graduated L.L. B., class of 1912.  He was admitted to the Rhode Island bar in October, 1911, and has since devoted himself to the practice of law, being junior member of the firm, Murphy, Hagan & Geary, No. 917 Turk's Head building.  He is a member of the Legal Advisory Board, special attorney for soldiers and sailors, and representative of the Alien Property Commissioner for the Rhode Island district in the Government service.  He is secretary of the American Citizenship Campaign Committee. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, the Rhode Island State and Providence Law associations, Boston University Law School Alumni, La Salle Alumni, ex-chancellor of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Catholic Club, Columbus Club, the Masters' Club of Boston, Oakland Villa Association, Holy Name Society, and in politics is a Democrat.  His college fraternity is Phi Delta Phi.

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GEORGE R. SAUNDERS  --  Now living retired in the city of Providence, R. I., after twenty-eight years' continuous service with the Providence Line of steamboats, Mr. Saunders reviews a most interesting life history which began in the year 1845 at East Boston, Mass.  Not only is his personal history one of interest, but in its collateral and direct branches his family history touches many of the prominent happenings and families of New England early days, even to the Mayflower Pilgrims, John and Priscilla Alden.  He is a son of William Pratt Saunders, born in Boston, Mass., one of a family of sixteen sons and daughters.  Another ancestor was Thomas Worthley, born in Bedfordshire, England, in 1691, who landed in Salem, Mass., in 1705, and at an early age was married in Worcester, Mass.  He later moved to New Hampshire, and in 1751 became the third settler in the town of Weare, his farm which he wrested from the forest being in the neighborhood of the 'Cold Spring', between Weare and  Old Mill village.  There he passed the remainder of his wonderful life, which was extended beyond the century mark, one hundred and eight being the years of his life.

George R. Saunders was born in East Boston, Mass., October 28, 1845, and there was educated in the public schools. Although below legal age, he managed to enlist during the Civil War as a private of Company E, Sixtieth Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, and saw service in the West, guarding property at Indianapolis and elsewhere.  After the war he returned to East Boston and was variously engaged there until 1874, when he made Providence, R. I., his home, and there has ever since resided.  His first employment in Providence was with the Providence Tool Company, as inspector, his work the inspection of rifles, the company then being engaged on a large contract for the Turkish Government.  The next five years were spent in the service of the police department of the city as patrolman, that post being resigned to take a position with the Prudential Life Insurance Company.  He remained with the Prudential two years, then began his long connection with the Providence Line of steamboats, first as delivery clerk, later as outside agent, creating business for the line.  For twenty-eight years he continued in the service of the line, then retired, having been a factor in the wonderful development of that means of freight and passenger communication between Providence and New York City.  He has always taken a deep interest in the Grand Army of the Republic, and is now commander of George H. Brown Post.  He is a member of the Red Men, and of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge of that order, and now serving on the judiciary committee; is an Odd Fellow, and a Knight of Pythias, a prominent official of both lodges in early days. Through his early Colonial ancestry he is eligible to many societies, and both he and his wife are members of the Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. In political faith he is a Republican and in religious preference a Protestant.

George R. Saunders married Elsie Owens McKee, born in East Boston, Mass., daughter of William Owen McKee, of Boston, Mass.  He was born in St. John, the commercial metropolis of New Brunswick, Canada, but was a descendant of one of the oldest Dutch families of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley, New York State.  William O. McKee married Susanna Gates Ford, of Medford, Mass., who traced descent from John and Priscilla Alden of the 'Mayflower', and from the Copelands, Trowbridges and Warrens, famous Colonial and Revolutionary families.  From this ancestry Mrs. Saunders derives her membership in the Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders are the parents of a daughter, Maude R., wife of Charles B. Hastings, of Greene, R. I.


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