SOUTHWORTH, chairman of
the Board of Selectmen,
, was born in this town,
March 27, 1846
, son of Luther
Sarah A. (Richards) Southworth. His grandfather, Jedediah Southworth,
who was an early settler in
, married Sarah
and of that union eight children were born - Apollos, Luther, Albert, Marcus,
Sally, Lucy, Martha, and Mary.
Southworth, Gurdon Southworth's father, was born in
December 13, 1799
. In early manhood he was a manufacturer of cotton thread and twine, but his
later years were devoted to agricultural pursuits. He was widely and favorably
known as an upright, conscientious citizen, who fully merited the esteem in
which be was held. He lived to be ninety-two years old, dying in December, 1891.
His wife, Sarah who was born in
in 1810, became the mother of two children - Luther, born in December,
1843, who married Emma Ward, and is residing in
; and Gurdon, the subject of this sketch. The mother died in 1875.
Southworth acquired his education in the public schools of his native town.
When a young man he worked in the woolen factories, and also in boot and shoe
1873 he became associated with his brother in the manufacture of screws at
, in which business he was engaged for nearly ten years. In 1882 he, in company
with Charles M. Staples, bought a bakery in this town ; and, giving up
the screw manufacturing business, he continued in partnership with Mr. Staples
until the latter's death in 1889,
since which time he has, carried on the enterprise alone. He conducts' a very
profitable business, and two teams are kept busy supplying bread and pastry to
his numerous patrons in
November 7, 1868
, Mr. Southworth married Sarah B. Staples, who was born in
January 30, 1852
, daughter of Algernon and Docena (Harlow) Staples. Her mother
died in 1852 ; and her father, who is a shoemaker by trade, is now residing in
Chase's Mills, Me. Mr. and Mrs. Southworth have one son - Ernest B.,
born April 18, 1872, who is now assistant superintendent of the Stoughton Rubber
Company's works in this town.
politics Mr. Southworth is a Republican, and he is capably filling the
position of chairman of the Board of Selectmen. He is treasurer of Rising Star
Lodge, & A. M., Secretary of Mount Zion Royal Arch Chapter, a member of Bay
State Commandery, Knights Templar, of
, and a member of
of the Mystic Shrine in
. He is also a member of Lodge No.
72, 1.0.0.F., and an associate member of A. St. John Chambre Post, No.
Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of
leading citizens of
. (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pg. 496.
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