Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Club's historic membership roster, part V: members joining 1902-1912

Frederick Shurtleff Coolidge

This is the fifth post in a series on the historic membership roster of the Club. These posts may be updated as additional biographical information on the members is uncovered. Research by Martin C. Langeveld, incorporating research by Harold L. Hutchins for a paper given to the Club in 1993.

1902 (Note: No new members joined in 1901.)

Prof. T. Nelson Dale — 1846-1937; taught geology at Williams College from 1893 to 1902; prominent geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1880 to 1920; author of an autobiography he intended to be published posthumously, but the manuscript remained in a box that was not examined until 60 years later. The book was published in 2009 as The Outcomes of the Life of a Geologist (Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences).

Rev. Henry Calkins — pastor of Pilgrim Memorial Church

Judge Charles Lovejoy Hibbard — son of Charles E. Hibbard, who joined the Club in 1886; born in 1871 in Iowa City, Iowa; educated as a lawyer; served as associate justice and justice of Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield; married Alice Paddock in 1887. His son, Stephen B. Hibbard, was a founding partner of Pittsfield law firm Cain, Hibbard & Myers.


Clark Harold Foster — Treasurer of W.W. Tillotson Manufacturing Co., "makers of fine cassimeres" (medium lightweight woolens) from 1902 to 1906; born in Hokah, Minn.; educated in Chicago public schools; from Pittsfield, he moved to Troy, N. Y. to become president and general manager of Tolhurst Machine Works.

Dr. Frederick Shurtleff Coolidge — 1865-1915; born in Boston Dec. 1865; graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1887 and from Harvard Medical School in 1890; president of his Harvard Class and president of the Hasty Pudding Club; founded the orthopedic department of Rush Medical College in Chicago. For health reasons he moved to to Saranac Lake, N. Y. in 1902 and then to Pittsfield, where he lived until 1913 before moving to New York City for treatment. In Pittsfield he was a founder of the Anti-Tuberculosis Association and founded the orthopedic clinic at the House of Mercy. His widow, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, founded the South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield (as the Berkshire Music Festival), a progenitor of the Berkshire Symphonic Festival, which became the Tanglewood Music Festival. She also endowed the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress and commissioned such works as Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 5, Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 1, and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, as well as works by Poulenc, Ravel, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Webern and Bliss.

Rev. Addison Ballard — (1822-1914) Clergyman, educator, author. born in Farmington, Mass; graduated from Williams College in 1842; taught at Grand Rapids, Michigan and Hadley, Mass.; studied for the ministry; taught mathematics at Ohio University. On his 92nd birthday, October 18, 1914, he preached the Sunday morning sermon in the pulpit of First Church of Christ in Pittsfield. Died at the home of his son Harlan Hoge Ballard, who had joined the Club in 1886.


Samuel G. Colt — 1872-1955; graduated from Yale University in 1895; partner in the Richmond Iron Work; mechanical engineer with the Stanley Works; director of the Pittsfield Electric Company; founder of the Colt Insurance Agency.


Rev. Charles L. Leonard — pastor of the First Methodist Church


John Barker — lawyer and city clerk of Pittsfield; born in Pittsfield in 1878; graduated from Williams College in 1899; from Harvard Law School in 1902; served as Pittsfield city clerk from 1907 to 1910; city solicitor from 1917 to 1918; partnered in law with Milton B. Warner; Warner & Baker were counsel for Pittsfield Electric Co., Eaton, Crane & Pike, Berkshire County Savings Bank and Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Brace Whitman Paddock, M.D. — 1879-1935; graduated from Yale in 1900; graduated from Columbia Medical School; was on the staff of Roosevelt Hospital and Sloane Maternity Hospital; "an expert with the rifle and had a zest for big-game hunting in Alaska, Labrador and New Brunswick" (Columbia Alumni News, 1935).


Rev. Warren Seymour Archibald — Born in Boston in 1880; pastor of Pilgrim Memorial Church; graduate of Harvard Divinity School. After leaving Pittsfield, he served as minister of South Congregational Church in Hartford, Conn., from 1917 to 1954, one of the longest-serving ministers of that church; a chapel on the church's main floor is named after him.

Walter C. Kellogg — Ward 4 alderman in Pittsfield, lawyer

Rev. Payson E. Pierce — Pastor of South Congregational Church, Pittsfield; later pastor of First Congregational Church of Reading, Mass. (where he opened the church to "blazer-clad golfers and habited riders" for an 8:30 a.m Sunday service to accommodate "outings on Sundays" (The Rotarian, Nov. 1931)

William D. Wyman— First Vice-President and treasurer of Berkshire Life Insurance Company. In 1920, Wyman purchased from the Whittlesey family the house now known as the Thaddeus Clapp House; it was converted to apartments about 1930. Clapp was a member of the Club from 1870 until his death in 1890; the house was then purchased by Club member William Whittlesey in 1906, but he died later that year.


John Crawford Crosby — 1859-1943; born in Sheffield, Mass; graduated from Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. and Boston University School of Law; practiced law in Pittsfield beginning in 1892; member of the school committee 1884-1990; served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1886 to 1887 and the Massachusetts Senate 1888 to 1889; elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1891 to 1893; elected mayor of Pittsfield, serving from 1894 to 1895; city solicitor from 1896 to 1900; justice of the Superior Court from 1905 to 1913; justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1913 to 1937; died in Pittsfield.

Judge Edward T. Slocum — probate judge, son of Edward Tinker Slocum, who joined the Club in 1882.


Rev. S. S. Seward — Swedenborgian Lutheran minister, lived at 205 Wendell Ave.; retired from pastorates in Delaware, New York and Detroit.

Joseph F. Titus — Treasurer, Berkshire Life Insurance Company; joined the company in 1911.

Rev. William Merriam Crane — born in 1880, graduated from Harvard University in 1902, ordained in 1907; pastor of the Richmond Congregational Church; Ph.D. in Semitic languages. Built a summer place called "Morning Face," where the Club met in June, 1915 for a summer meeting.

Arthur W. Eaton [Joined about this time] — President and treasurer of Eaton, Crane and Pike paper converting company, Church Street, Pittsfield; previously worked at the Hurlbut Paper Co. in South Lee.

John E. Keeler — employed at Berkshire Woolen Company.

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