AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 715
WALLACE SANFORD. In business, social
and political circles the name of Oscar Wallace Sanford, and that of his son,
Frederick G. Sanford, call forth the esteem and respect of the citizens of
Stafford, Tolland Co., Conn. The
former was born Oct. 20, 1827, in Fall River, Mass., a son of Isaac Lawton and
Elizabeth (Stephens) Sanford, the former of whom was born in 1806, in Rhode
Island, and died in Paris, Ky. In
1826 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Stephens.
In his youth he served an apprenticeship to the carding trade, in
Providence, R.I., and later worked in that city as a journeyman, working also in
his native city of Fall River.
1837 Mr. Sanford located in Stafford, Conn., that busy manufacturing center
attracting many skilled workmen, and for six years he continued to act as
superintendent of the Staffordville Woolen mills, going thence to Glastonbury,
Conn., where he spent two years in the same position with the Hale Woolen mills.
His next change was to Berlin, Conn., and there he purchased a water
privilege and erected an establishment of his own, which he successfully
conducted for three years, selling then and locating at Catskill, N.Y., where
for the two following years he was again employed as mill superintendent.
enterprise, however, was not sufficient to satisfy the energy and business
capacity of Mr. Sanford, and at the close of his two-years’ engagement, he
purchased a flour and grist mill in Erie, Pa., and was engaged in a very
prosperous business, when the outbreak of the Civil war so disarranged
commercial affairs and likewise offered other avenues, that Mr. Sanford closed
out his mill business and went South, locating in Paris, Ky., where he purchased
a plant and embarked in the manufacturing of Kentucky jeans, the business being
a successful one all through the war. There
he died, his wife dying in Cromwell, Conn. Their
children were: Oscar W., of this
sketch; Cornelius, a painter and
paper-hanger, by trade, who never married, and died in Monson, Mass.;
Orson, also a painter and paper-hanger, who died in Bridgeport, Conn.;
Augustine, who is a merchant tailor, residing in Housatonic, Mass.;
Isaac, by trade a blacksmith, who resides in San Francisco, Cal.,
although he has followed the sea for many years.
The second marriage of Mr. Sanford was to Eliza Winchell, of Rockville,
and she died in Paris, Ky. Three
children were born to this union.
W. Sanford received his education in the schools in his vicinity, and since 1837
has been a resident of Stafford. At
the age of fifteen years he entered the Staffordville Woolen mills under his
father, and remained employed there for five years.
When his father moved to Glastonbury, Conn., he accompanied him there and
also to Berlin, working in all of the mills in these places.
In 1857 he returned to Stafford, where he had learned his trade of
carpenter and joiner under Capt. Johnson, and for thirty years has followed the
same in that city, becoming not only one of the most capable and reliable of
mechanics, but also one of its most respected citizens.
Aug. 26, 1862, Mr. Sanford enlisted for service in the Civil war, in Co. D, 25th
C.V.I., and was elected to be 1st lieutenant before having seen any
service. Mr. Sanford participated in
the battles of Irish Bend, La., the siege of Port Hudson, and many other
engagements in which his regiment figured, and he was honorably discharged from
the service Aug. 26, 1863, having been much of the time with Gen. Banks.
first marriage of Mr. Sanford occurred Nov. 24, 1854, to Orpha Jane Johnson, who
was born May 20, 1834, a daughter of Cyril and Clarissa (McKinney) Johnson, of
Stafford, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere.
Mrs. Sanford died May 19, 1870, her children having been:
Idella, born April 14, 1857, who died March 27, 1864;
Frederick Goodwin; and William Oscar, born Sept. 17, 1864, who was
married June 26, 1889, to Miranda E. Pomeroy, of Stafford, a daughter of Henry
Root and Henrietta (Eddy) Pomeroy. They
had one son, Roy Junius, born May 10, 1890.
William O. Sanford early interested himself in the manufacturing business
and is at present the assistant superintendent of the Warren Woolen Company.
second marriage of Mr. Sanford took place Oct. 25, 1871, to Emily O. Burnham,
who was the daughter of Jason and Amanda (Ladd) Burnham, of East Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Sanford is a consistent member of the Congregational Church of
Stafford Springs, in which he had long been one of the liberal supporters.
his political views Mr. Sanford has been ever one of the most ardent and
enthusiastic Republicans, in his earlier years served as constable, and in 1899
was made a representative to the General Assembly and served on the committee on
the Sale of lands. Fraternally he is
a member of Ionic Lodge, No. 110, F. and A.M., of Stafford, in which for two
years he was master, and now is past master, and he was also a charter member of
Winter Post, No. 44, G.A.R., of Stafford, of which he served as commander, and
he also belongs to the Stafford Grange.
G. Sanford, a son of Oscar Wallace Sanford, was born April 19, 1863, in Stafford
Springs, and obtained his education in the common schools of the place, leaving
his books at the age of fifteen years to become a clerk in the Stafford National
Bank. Later he was promoted to the
position of bookkeeper and efficiently filled that responsible position until
1879, Mr. Sanford first entered the bank and remained with it until its failure
in 1887, and after that event was employed as assistant to the receiver of the
bank, and remained with him until the affairs of the institution were closed.
In 1888, when the present National Bank was organized, Mr. Sanford was
chosen teller, becoming assistant cashier Jan. 25, 1890, and April 7, 1894, was
made cashier, which position he has most efficiently held ever since.
known as a careful and conservative man in financial circles, the treasurership
of the Central Woolen Company was pressed upon Mr. Sanford in 1897 and for two
years he filled both positions, thus impairing his health to such a degree that
he resigned the treasurership of the Central Woolen Company and has since given
his full attention to the duties connected with the bank.
Sanford was married Nov. 19, 1890, to Laura A. Dudley, of Norwich, Conn., who
was a daughter of Edwin A. and Elizabeth (Howard) Dudley.
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