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Ezra Dixon

Biography of Ezra Dixon

At the age of eighty years and after seventy-one years of incessant activity, Mr. Dixon is still effectively active in business as the head of a company founded by him more than forty years ago for the manufacture and distribution of one of his inventions. Though he has always given the major share of his time and attention to this business, he has never permitted it to absorb him to the exclusion of other interests and for many years he has taken a very active part in civic and fraternal affairs. Indeed, in every respect, he represents the highest type …

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Biography of Charles H. Keyes

Devoted to educational work since he completed his education, Mr. Keyes has held various important educational positions in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He has become known not only as a very able and successful teacher, but as an effective educational administrator, and during the twelve years, which he has served as head of the public school system of Barrington, he has gained for himself the respect and confidence of the community. Popular with his pupils and their parents and possessing the confidence of the entire teaching staff, his work represents a valuable contribution to the progress and …

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Biography of Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer

Executive head of many New England enterprises, Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer has been a distinguished figure in the industrial life of this section for well over a quarter of a century. He was born at Boston, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1874, a son of Rudolf Frederick and Katherine (Burkhardt) Haffenreffer, both natives of Germany. The father, whose death occurred in 1929, was a farmer on a large scale, and president of the Haffenreffer Brewing Company of Boston. Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer received his preliminary education at the Chauncey Hall School, in Massachusetts, and later entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, class of …

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Biography of Daniel W. Coggeshall

For the last decade, ever since his graduation from college, Mr. Coggeshall has been the local representative in his native city, Bristol, of one of the leading investment banking houses of Boston. In this capacity he has become favorably known in business and financial circles and today he is regarded as one of the representative and successful of the younger generation of Bristol’s business men. A veteran of the World War, he has since his return to civilian life, been prominently active in politics, and he has served several terms in the Rhode Island Senate of which he is still …

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Biography of Hugh J. Gourley

The entire business career of Hugh J. Gourley of Warren, Rhode Island, has been associated with the textile industry, and has been marked by steady advancement in that field. Hugh J. Gourley was born in County Armagh, Ireland, May 4, 1874, son of Isaac and Kathleen (Malloy) Gourley, both now deceased. The father, who was a farmer, was born in Scotland, and the mother in Ireland. The son grew up in this country and was educated in the public schools of Chicopee and Springfield, Massachusetts, and in the Springfield High School. For his industrial career, he prepared by a correspondence …

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Biography of Louis A. Beauregard

Louis A. Beauregard was born in Providence, Rhode Island, October 24, 1895, a son of Orvilla, a roofing contractor, and Cordelia (Des Lauriers) Beauregard, of Southbridge, Massachusetts. He was educated in Pawtucket and after completing his studies learned the electrical trade and followed that occupation until 1917, when he entered the military service of the United States for the duration of the World War. He was honorably mustered out in 1919 and between that time and 1922 worked at his trade, in the last-noted year becoming associated with Richard John Simmons in the garage and motor car repairing business as …

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Biography of Richard John Simmons

Practically trained as a machinist and with years of experience in one of the most reputable plants in New England, Richard John Simmons took up the automotive industry by representation of popular cars and trucks in Bristol and in a dozen years has erected an enterprise that is known throughout this section of Rhode Island for its fine work and service. Although devoted to his business and to the service of the automobile public, Mr. Simmons is an earnest citizen in his attitude toward all public affairs that are promulgated for the advancement of business interests or the happiness of …

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Biography of Alfred M. Merriman, M. D.

For more than three decades Dr. Alfred M. Merriman has been widely known and popular as a general physician and surgeon of Bristol, Rhode Island. Since 1927 he has been colonel of the Bristol Train Artillery. Alfred M. Merriman was born in Harpswell, Maine, May 1, 1868, son of Captain Walter Merriman, a native of that village, and his wife, Lavinia Merriman, now deceased, also a native of Harpswell. Dr. Merriman, a direct descendant of Joseph Curtis, of Harpswell, owns the old Curtis homestead in that town. The father of our subject was a member of the merchant marine until …

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Biography of Howard Russell Newman

A member of a family widely and favorably known in the business circles of Bristol, Mr. Newman himself has been for many years one of the leading business men of his native city. As a partner in the firm of Newman Brothers, he has taken a very active part in the management of this well-known and successful business establishment, founded by his grandfather in 1866, and ranking today as the oldest grocery and meat store in Bristol. He is also prominently active in fraternal and religious affairs, and is regarded as one of the substantial and representative citizens of Bristol. …

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Charles Bristed Rockwell

Biography of Charles Bristed Rockwell, Jr.

Vice-president of the Collins and Aikman Corporation, operators of the Cranston Worsted Mills at Bristol, Rhode Island, Charles Bristed Rockwell, Jr., has succeeded his father as an executive of one of Bristol’s most important industrial enterprises. He was born at Cranston, Rhode Island, on October 15, 1889, son of Charles B. and Martha Briggs (Skerry) Rockwell, and member of an old New England family, descended directly, in the tenth generation, from Deacon William Rockwell, one of the three original selectmen of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1630. Later, Deacon William Rockwell moved to Windsor, Connecticut, where a branch of the family was …

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