History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

located on the Hill. He held the cashiership until January, 1890, a period of quite forty years, when he was elected its president, his predecessor retiring after a service of twenty-five years. Mr. Chapin is also a director of the bank. It was at the suggestion of the late James W. Crooks, Esq., that the bank was named in honor of John Hancock, "Esquire" Crooks being a great admirer of that fearless patriot, and of his bold signature.

    MARTHA A. BLISS. — Married Frederick H. Harris, Springfield, Mass. She died Jan. 22, 1890, in the 65th year of her age. Mr. Harris entered the old Springfield Bank in 1839, as clerk, when located on State street. From 1848 to 1857 he was engaged in the lumber business, first with the late William Beebe, the firm being Beebe & Harris, then with Daniel Colton, under the firm of Harris & Colton. In 1858 he was appointed cashier of the Pynchon Bank (succeeding the late Henry Alexander, Jr.), where he remained until 1863. He was an alderman in the city councils in 1864, 1865, 1866, 1867. When the Third National Bank was organized in 1864, he was chosen cashier, holding the position until 1866, when, on the decease of Joseph C. Parsons, who was president of the bank, Mr. Harris was elected to fill the vacancy. He is also a director of the bank, and a director in the Fire and Marine Insurance Company.

    SOPHIA ORNE EDWARDS, now Mrs. James H. Johnson, Bath, N. H. — Hon. James H. Johnson was a senator in the New Hampshire Legislature in 1839, and state councilor in 1842-43. He was a representative in Congress from 1845 to 1847, serving on the committee on manufactures. He died at Bath, N. H., Sept. 12, 1887, aged 85 years.


    HENRIETTA JONES, Springfield, Mass., now Mrs. Lemuel Davis. — Her husband was for many years a prominent dry goods merchant in this city.

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