Hamlin Redfield For many years Horace Hamlin Redfield was engaged in
the hardware business in Smethport, and he had other business interests in this
community, as well as in nearby Eldred and Bradford. As time went on and his
activities extended in scope and over a broader geographical area, he acquired
holdings in the South and in the far-flung empire of the gas and oil industry
in America. His attainments brought him wide respect, admiration and confidence,
and his many friends were endeared to him by delightful qualities of personality
and his warm friendliness. Mr. Redfield was born January 10,1878, in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, son of Horace Victor Eugene and Jeanette (Hamlin) Redfield and a
descendant in the eight generation from William Redfin, as the name was originally
spelled, who was probably an early immigrant from England into Massachusetts,
and who died about May, 1662. William Redfin and his wife, Rebecca, had a son,
James Redfield, who was supposedly born in 1646 and was a tanner by trade at
Martha's Vineyard, New London and Saybrook, and who married (first) Elizabeth
How and (second) Deborah Sturgis. His son, Sergeant Theophilus Redfield, born
about 1682, died February 14, 1759, lived at Killingworth, Connecticut; he married,
in 1706, Priscilla Greenel, born in 1689, died in 1770. Their son, Richard Redfield,
born June 18, 1711, died February 2, 1771, was a sea captain, whose home was
at Killingworth; he married (second) ----- Wilcox. Their son, Reuben Redfield,
born January 8, 1766, at Killingworth, died January 8, 1835, at Eden, Erie County,
New York, lived at Highgate, Vermont, on the international boundary; he married,
at Castleton, that State, about 1788, Elizabeth Jocelyn, who died February 4,1829.
Their son, Horace Linzy Redfield, born December 23, 1809, at Eden, where he
was a physician; he married, April 28, 1838, Clarissa Jane Forbes. Their son,
Horace Victor Eugene Redfield, Horace Hamlin Redfield's father, was born December
23, 1845, at Eden, and died November 17, 1881, in Washington, District of Columbia.
That Horace Victor Eugene Redfield, a newspaper correspondent, was at one time
correspondent, was at one time correspondent in Washington for the Cincinnati
"Commercial." He lived for a time at Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was also
correspondent and an alderman. He was a Republican in politics, and both he
and his wife were Episcopalians. He married Jeannette Hamlin, daughter of Byron
D. and Harriet (Holmes) Hamlin and a descendant in the tenth generation from
James Hamlin. James Hamlin lived in London, England, in 1623, and later founded
his family in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and there became a freeman March 1,
1641, and died in 1690. By his first wife, Ann, he had several children, one
of whom, also named James Hamlin, was baptized at St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire,
England, April 10, 1636, and came to America in 1642 with his mother and sisters,
settling at West Barnstable, Massachusetts; he married Mary Dunham. Their son,
Deacon Ebenezer Hamlin, who succeeded to his grandfather's property and his
father's, later removed to Rochester, Massachusetts, where he was a deacon and
original member of the first church, but in 1742 removed to Sharon, Connecticut,
was a merchant, and kept a house of entertainment for travelers at Sharon Mountain;
he was a first lieutenant in the 3d Company of Sharon, and later was a private
in Colonial forces in the War of the American Revolution; he married (first)
Lucy Foster, and they had twelve children. The ninth of these, Asa Hamlin, born
March 30, 1780, in Sharon, Connecticut, died September 8, 1835, in Smethport,
Pennsylvania, received a sound education, studied medicine, and practiced his
profession at Sharon with considerable success until about 1814, when he removed
to Fairfield, New York, going in 1816 to Salem, Pennsylvania, and in 1833 to
he died September 8, 1835. This founder of the Hamlin line in Smethport, Dr.
Asa Hamlin, practiced medicine under difficult conditions and found it difficult
to collect money owing him. His family received little at his death. He was
a Federalist in politics and a Presbyterian in religious faith. He married,
December 26, 1802, Asenath Delano, born April 6, 1780, in Sharon, Connecticut,
daughter of Stephen and Huldah (Doty) Delano. They had eight children. One of
these was Byron Delano Hamlin, born May 7, 1824, in Sheshequin, Pennsylvania,
removed to Smethport in 1833, was elected treasurer of McKean County in 1850
and State Senator in 1852 on the Democratic ticket, and served in 1854 as presiding
officer of the State Senate; he married, November 17, 1846, Harriet Holmes,
born in Chenango County, New York, January 1, 1826, daughter of John and Nancy
(Richmond) Holmes. Their children were: 1. Delano Richmond Hamlin, born August
10, 1847. 2. Jeannette Hamlin, born September 18, 1852. 3. Mary Holmes Hamlin,
born September 29, 1856. The second-named of these children, as indicated above,
became the wife of Horace Victor Eugene Redfield. Their son was Horace Hamlin
Redfield, who spent his childhood in Smethport and was graduated from high school
here. He later was a student at Hobart College, in Geneva, New York. In earlier
years he was for a time a student at St. John's Academy, in Manlius, New York.
He spent many of his summers in early life in Smethport, and his winters in
Augustus, Georgia. Later he chose Smethport as his permanent residence. He early
went into the hardware business in this city, so continuing for a number of
years. As time went on and his interests became more ramified, he was at one
time or another a leading figure in many businesses. He served as president
and a director of the Grange National Bank, in Smethport, and was founder and
president of the First National Bank of Eldred. In Bradford he was a director
of the First National Bank, and he was also a director of the Hamlin Bank &
Trust Company. Mr. Redfield became a member of the advisory board of the First
Mortgage Guarantee & Trust Company, of Philadelphia, and was a director
of the Great Southern Lumber Company, of Bogalusa, Louisiana; vice-president
and a director of the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad; president of the
McKean County Refining Company; and a director of the Smethport Water Company.
He later sold his holdings in the McKean County Refining Company, which had
headquarters at Farmers' Valley, Pennsylvania, to the Quaker State Oil Company.
Mr. Redfield was also a director of the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad.
One of the active oil producers in the Bradford field, Mr. Redfield was a director
of the Gaylord Container Corporation, and also served chairman of the board
of directors of the Jefferson County Gas Company, of Warren. He helped during
the World War period of 1917 and 1918 to promote many war time campaigns, notably
as chairman of the McKean County War Savings Stamp drives. He served one term
in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Many organizations found in Mr. Redfield
an enthusiastic worker, among these being the Smethport Country Club and the
Conopus Club. In the Free and Accepted Masons he was affiliated with McKean
Lodge, No. 388, and was a Past Master of that Lodge. He also had memberships
in Coudersport Consistory of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and was an
initiate in Zem Zem Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,
at Erie. He was a member of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church, where he
had served as vestryman, treasurer and junior warden. On October 10, 1900, Horace
Hamlin Redfield married Grace Emily McCoy, daughter of Frederick A. and Emily
Leona (Huenerfeld) McCoy. She was born April 1, 1878, at Ellicottville, New
York, and was graduated from Smethport High School in 1895, after which she
became active in Smethport affairs as a member of St. Luke's Church and Smethport
Chapter, No. 15, of the Order of Eastern Star. Her father, Frederick A. McCoy,
son of Stephen and Eliza McCoy, was long a druggist in Smethport. Her mother,
Emily L. (Huenerfeld) McCoy, was born February 3, 1855, at Ellicottville, daughter
of Peter Joseph and Emily (Riggs) Huenerfeld. Peter J. Huenerfeld was born September
18, 1818, at Cochem, Prussia, son of Paul and Mary (Gillis) Huenerfeld; and
Emily (Riggs) Huenerfeld was born March 26, 1827, at North Adams, Massachusetts,
daughter of John and Melenza (Litchfield) Riggs. Horace Hamlin and Grace Emily
(McCoy) Redfield became the parents of the following children: 1. Hamlin Delano
Redfield, born January 17, 1902, at Smethport. 2. Robert Horace Redfield, born
March 12, 1905, at Smethport. 3. Louise Redfield, now Mrs. John R. McAlpin,
born March 16, 1909, at Smethport. There are four grandchildren. The death of
Horace Hamlin Redfield removed from Smethport one of the community's leading
citizens, respected for his many-sided accomplishments and well beloved by a
host of friends. He will long be affectionately remembered in every quarter
in which he was known, and the fine influence of such a life must go on being
felt as a power for good through future years.
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H. H. Redfield Passes Away In Kane Hospital.
Prominent citizen died last saturday after long illness.
Horace Hamlin Redfield, 61, prominent
Smethport resident, and one of the nation's outstanding business men, died at
the Kane Community hospital last Saturday morning at 5:00 o'clock after a long
illness. Mr. Redfield had been in poor health for the past eight years.
He was able to attend to his many interests until about three months ago, when
his condition became serious. He was taken to the hospital in July.
Mr. Redfield was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., January 10,
1878, the son of the late Horace Victor and Jenette Hamlin Redfield. He
came to Smethport during his childhood and spent his early life in Smethport
and Augusta, Georgia. He attended Smethport High School, St John's academy,
Manlius, N.Y., and Hobart college, Geneva, N.Y. Mr. Redfield was united in marriage
to miss Grace emily McCoy, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McCoy of Smethport
on October 18, 1900.
Manifold business Enterprises
Mr. Redfield's first business experience was gained as a clerk and delivery
boy in John C. Hamlin's hardware store here. He worked there about two
years. It is amazing to scan the huge list of successful enterprises with which
Mr. Redfield became identified fied in progressive fashion. He was formerly
director and president of the Grange National Bank here, a founder of the First
National Bank of Eldred, a director of the Hamlin bank and Trust Company of
Smethport, and a director of the old First National Bank of Bradford.
He was a member of the advisory board of the First Mortgage
Guarantee and Trust company, Philadelphia. a director of the great Southern
Lumber company, Bogalusa, La., he was vice president and director of the New
Orleans and Great Northern Railroad. He was a director of the Smethport
Water company and was president of the McKean County Refining company at Farmers
Valley in 1929 and 1930 selling out his interests to the Quaker State Oil Refining
Corporation later. He was a director of the Coudersport and Port allegany
railroad and was a founder of the Smethport country club.
An active oil producer in the Bradford field since 1919.
Mr. Redfield also served as a Republican representative in the state legislature
for one term prior to the World War. During the World war he was McKean
county chairman of war savings stamp sales.
Mr. Redfield, at the time of his death, was director and
chairman of the board of the Jefferson County Gas company, Warren; director
and president of the First National Bank of Eldred, and Director of the Gaylord
Container corporation, St. Louis, Mo. He was a member
of the McKean lodge No. 388, Free and accepted Masons, of which he was past
master; Coudersport consistory, in which he held the 32nd degree; Zem Zem temple
of the shrine, Erie; and the Temple and Conopus clubs, Smethport. He was
a vestrymen and junior warden of st. Luke's Episcopal church.
Mr. Redfield is survived by his wife; two sons, Hamlin
and Robert Redfield; one daughter, Mrs. J. V. McAlpin, Jr.; one sister, Mrs.
Harriet Gillett; an aunt, Mrs. Mary Forrest, and four grandchildren, J.V. McAlpin,
III, Robert r. McAlpin, Helen Redfield and Jenette Redfield, all of Smethport.
Funeral Held Monday
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4:00
o'clock at St. Lukes Episcopal church with the rector, Very Rev. W. E. VanDyke,
brother-in-law of the deceased, officiating. Pallbearers were: P. J.
Megivern, Jr.. Attorney Robert B. Apple, Robert Digel and R. Kessler, III, of
Smethport; Burrell Sprague and Russell Johnson of Davis; Attorney Gauin McCoy
of Port Allegany and George Segling of Eldred. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Among those from out-of-town in attendance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs.
A. W. Mitchell and John Mitchell, Erie, Pa.; Mrs. Bradford Jones
and william Redfield, Syracuse, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Washburn,
Albert O'Neill, Hon. R.W. Hilton, P.J. Denman, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Phillips,
Mrs. D.H. Phillips, Mrs. A. J. Bond, Ralph Scott and Attorney F.D. Gallup, all
of Bradford; Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Barry, Derrick city; Capt. J. V. McAlpin,
Sr., U. S. N., Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Andrews, Olean; Dr. and
Mrs. C. J. Frantz, James Frantz and Miss Leonore Carlson, Warren, Pa.; Clarence
von Tacky, Titusville, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill Kane, Kane; Mrs.
Lowell Oakes, Mt. Jewett; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steiner, W. H. Carey, Mr. and
Mrs. F. D. Frost, Frederick Loop, Mrs. Mathilda Peters, Grant Holmes, George
Atwell and Miss Rose Loftus, Gifford; Mrs. Gordon Studholme, Port Allegany;
Rodney Shives, Emporium.
Photo Credit: David Keppel 2001
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