& CHARLES H. THRALL
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. 774
S. THRALL, one of the prominent retired citizens of Rockville, Tolland county,
comes from one of the oldest families in the State of Connecticut, and is in the
eighth generation from William Thrall, one of the first settlers of Windsor, and
a member of the party of Rev. John Wareham, who settled there in 1635. His
ancestry is given in the sketch of his brother, which immediately precedes.
Julius S. Thrall had reached an age mature enough to start school, he was placed
under the scholarly care of Dr. A.R. Goodrich, of what is now called Dobsonville,
but which then bore the name of Centerville, and later was given two terms in
the Vernon Center select school, this ending his educational advantages. At this
time he was a strong and hearty young man of seventeen, and he decided to learn
the trade of finisher, entering the New England mill for this purpose, and
later, when competent, went to Stafford Springs, there taking charge of the
finishing room in the mill, and still later went on to Coventry where his uncle
D.B. Bacon, had charge of the mill.
May 18, 1853, Mr. Thrall was married in West Stafford, Conn., to Miss Mary A.
Holmes, who was born there Jan. 2, 1832, a daughter of John and Sabrina (Case)
Holmes, the former of whom was a native of Stafford, a son of Deacon David
Holmes, who had come there from Ashford, Conn., the latter a daughter of Stephen
Case, of Tolland.
in the fifties Julius S. Thrall came to Rockville and for a short time was
overseer in the American mill, this being an unusual position for a boy of
twenty, but a short time subsequently he held a like position at Windsor, Conn.
In 1857 he entered in the shuttle business, getting out the square blocks of
timber; and while engaged in this industry, his right arm came in contact the
saw, inflicting an injury which sadly crippled him and which has been a handicap
to him ever since. After this accident in the spring of 1858, he went to his
father’s home in Vernon, and remained there until 1865, engaged in farming. At
this time he endeavored to obtain admission into the army, but was debarred by
his injured hand, and he then returned to his trade, working in Talcottville for
two years, thence coming to the Rock mill at Rockville, where for six years he
had charge of the finishing room.
On May 18, 1853, Mr. Thrall bought out
the livery business of Jeremiah Page, in the rear of the “Rockville House,”
selling this in October, 1892, but during the first four years in that line he
purchased the grounds on which the buildings stand, all of which he still owns,
and he also owns the building occupied by White’s warehouse. Since leaving the
livery business he had charge of the bill-posting line of the town, which was
previously conducted by his son Charles, but he later resigned this also to
other hands, and in the Spring of 1899 accepted the position of superintendent
of Grove Hill cemetery. Mr. Thrall
owns a fine farm in Vernon, upon which his son William resides. To Mr. and Mrs.
Thrall came children as follows: Ella Jane, born in 1854, died in 1857; Mary
Josephine, born in 1855, died in 1856; Carrie Louise, born Sept. 26, 1857,
married Arthur Kingsbury, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa; William B., born in
1859, now a farmer of Vernon, married Florence Preston, of Wapping, and has
three children, Robert, Wallace, and Frederick; Julius Dwight, born in 1864,
married Lizzie Layer, of New York city, and they have two children, May and
Chester; Wilbur F., born in 1866, died in 1867; Charles H., born in Aug., 1870,
in October, 1895, married Ida McPherson, of Rockville, and has one child,
Corinne; and Edna Mabel was born in 1874.
H. Thrall is located in Havana, Cuba, dealing in electrical supplies and also
engaged in a contracting business. He was a member of the Rockville High School
graduating class of 1889, and then entered Yale College, but failing eyesight in
the second year necessitated his giving up school and his physician recommended
a warmer climate. Going to Havana he entered in business there, and at the time
of the breaking out of the Spanish war he had a thrilling experience in his
attempt to reach the insurgents camp, a full account of which was printed in the
New York World of May 22, 1898. He was
confined in the Cabanas Fortress as a Spanish prisoner. Haydon Jones, a
newspaper correspondent, was captured with him, and they were exchanged for two
Spanish officers, and two servants, who had been captured on board the prize
steamer “Argonauta,” by the U.S. fleet. Edna Mabel Thrall, youngest in the
family of Julius S. Thrall, is a graduate of the Rockville High School, class of
1893. She then went to the Boston School of Oratory, and also attended Dr. S.S.
Curry’s School of Expressions. At present this young lady is primary teacher
in Rockville, having previously taught physical culture and elocution. In 1898
she had charge of the Elocution of the midland Chautauqua, at Des Moines, Iowa.
She has charge of the primary department of the Sunday school of the Union
Congregational Church, of which both she and her mother are devoted members.
first presidential vote cast by Julius S. Thrall was for John C. Fremont, in
1856, and since that time he has voted with the Republican party. He is a member
of the city council, and socially is connected with the Golden Cross Society.
Matthew Markert, grandson of Dorcas Smith and LeRoy T. Markert of
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