Sunday, March 30, 2014

1877-1881 Autograph Album of Wilfred Maro Wharfield, while student at Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Massachusetts


1877-1881 autograph album that belonged to Wilfred Maro Wharfield of Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Many of the pages were signed by his classmates at Holyoke High School.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 4-3/4" and contains the sentiments of over 50 of Wilfred's relatives, friends and classmates, including two students from China who were at Holyoke, Massachusetts as part of the Chinese Educational Mission [see the pages they signed, farther below.]


From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Wilfred Maro Wharfield was born October 27, 1863 at Dalton, Massachusetts, the son of William Henry Wharfield and Persis (Jordan) Wharfield, who were born at Blandford, Massachusetts, and Cummington, Massachusetts respectively.  Persis died on October 30, 1867 at Dalton, Massachusetts.

On August 19, 1868 at Westfield, Massachusetts, William Henry Wharfield married Charlotte E. Dickinson, daughter of Samuel and Clarissa Dickinson.  Charlotte was born January 22, 1843 at Brecksville, Ohio.  William and Charlotte signed pages in Wilfred's album, William on Christmas Day in 1877 and Charlotte the day later.  They had presumably given the album to Wilfred as a Christmas present.



Wilfred's brothers also signed pages in his album.  Wesley Fayette Wharfield, who was born July 5, 1848, signed a page at Springfield, Massachusetts, on that Christmas day in 1877.


Williston Clifford Wharfield of Holyoke, Massachusetts, who was born December 21, 1853, signed a page on January 9, 1878.


Wilfred had an older sister, Emma Augusta Wharfield, born August 31, 1846, but she had died by the time he received the album.  Emma died about May 1868, less than a year after the death of the siblings' mother Persis.

There was also a half sister, Louisa Adelaide Wharfield, daughter of William Henry Wharfield and his second wife Charlotte E. (Dickinson) Wharfield, but she didn't sign a page in the album.

On November 14, 1888 at Holyoke, Massachusetts, Wilfred Maro Wharfield married Frances Isabella Tremere, daughter of William Thomas Tremere and Eleanor (Booth) Tremere.  Frances was born about 1859 at Kingston, Ontario.

After graduation, Wilfred apparently moved to Springfield, Massachusetts for work; his roommate there, Fred A. Clark, signed a page on May 19, 1882.


Wilfred worked first for the Powers Paper Company at Springfield, Massachusetts, then for the Morgan Envelope Company and eventually for the United States Envelope Company, at which he became Assistant Treasurer.  Wilfred and Frances had two children:
  1. Ernest Chester Wharfield, born November 24, 1889; graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1911; married Mava A. Dilcher of Allentown, Pennsylvania; practiced dentistry
  2. Ethel Kay Wharfield, born December 21, 1890; graduated from Wellesley College in 1915; married Charles W. Hutchinson, M.D.
Read more about the Wharfield family, back to Revolutionary War patriot Reuben Wharfield here, from the "Encyclopedia of Massachusetts - Biographical - Genealogical", Volume 10.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

As mentioned above, two of Wilfred's classmates at Holyoke High School were natives of China brought to the United States by the Chinese Educational  Mission, whose purpose was to educate promising Chinese students in mathematics and engineering.  They were Chow Wan Pang and Kwong Ping Kwang, both of whom returned to China after their U.S. education and worked in various fields.



Surnames in the album

?
Akers
Antz
Ayers
Bacon
Berry
Bond
Brooks
Brosnan
Chapman
Chow or Pang
Clark     [2]
Eliot
Farnum
Ford
Foss
Fuller
Gibbs
Graham
Haven
Hemingway
Hill
Horton
Houghton
Kwang or Kwong
Lewis
McGlinchey
Morrison
Munn
O'Brien
Pang or Chow
Pattee
Pierce
Prentice
Rood
Smith     [2]
Stebbins
Stedman
Still
Tibbetts
Tuttle
Wharfield     [5]
White     [2]
Whitney
Williston
Winters    [3]

Signers in the album

?
  • Madge Myrtle
A
  • Nettie C. Akers of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on January or June 10, 1878
  • Tina Antz, signed at Stafford Springs, Connecticut, on August 19, 1879
  • Mrs. George A. Ayers of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on "2-10-78"
B
  • Josephine S. Bacon of Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Belle Berry, Class of 1881, Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 24, 1881
  • Grace A. Bond of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on March 2, 1881 at Holyoke High School
  • Linda R. Brooks, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1878; presumably the Linda R. Brooks who married James E. Ball at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on 4 October 1882.
  • Hannah L. Brosnan or Hannah S. Brosnan, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on June 2, 1881
C
  • Lottie A. Chapman of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 24, 1881; Class of 1881
  • Chow Wan Pang of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881. He was born about November 1864 at Baoshan, Jiangsu, came to the US with the Chinese Educational Mission, graduated from Holyoke High School in 1881; returned to China. His Holyoke host family: Berijah H. and Mary D. Kagwin.  http://www.cemconnections.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65 andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Educational_Mission
  • Alzora A. Clark of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on All Souls Day
  • Fred A. Clark of Springfield, Massachusetts; signed on May 19, 1882; Wilfred's roommate
E
  • George Eliot of Chicopee, Massachusetts, signed on February 2, 1877; S.C.I.
F
  • Ellie L. Farnum of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on June 23, 1881, Class of 1881 at Holyoke High School. She was Ellen L. Farnum, daughter of Hiram and Laura Farnum.
  • Minnie E. Ford of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed at Holyoke High School on March 2, 1881. Class of 1881
  • Edwin C. Foss of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on June 30, 1881
  • Nellie A. Fuller, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1878
G
  • Catie E. Gibbs, Class of 1881, Holyoke High School, signed on February 25, 1881; presumably the daughter of Charles Wesley Gibbs and Emeline (Brown) Gibbs.
  • Maria Graham, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1878
H
  • Clara D. Haven of Hartford, Connecticut, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on September 5, 1878
  • C. S. Hemingway, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on February 19, 1881; presumably Charles S. Hemingway, who married Alice Higginbottom on 4 October 1876
  • Ada L. Hill, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on June 30, 1881
  • Hattie L. Horton of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on January 12, 1878
  • Nellie M. Houghton of Collins Depot, Massachusetts, signed on December 26, 1877
K
  • Kwong Ping Kwang; presumably Kwong Pin Kong, born 1863, Xinning, Guangdong Province; Taishan County; and educated, among other places, at Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Massachusetts. His host families: Miss E. C. Williams and N. L. Dickerman. For more information on Kwong Pin Kong: http://www.cemconnections.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=89. For more information on the Chinese Educational Mission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Educational_Mission
L
  • Lilly Lewis of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on April 4, 1881
M
  • Mary McGlinchey of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on December 28, 1877
  • T. S. Morrison, or F. S. Morrison
  • William A. Munn of "City", presumably Holyoke, Massachusetts
O
  • T. D. O'Brien of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 21, 1881
P
  • Chow Wan Pang of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881. He was born about November 1864 at Baoshan, Jiangsu, came to the US with the Chinese Educational Mission, graduated from Holyoke High School in 1881; returned to China. His Holyoke host family: Berijah H. and Mary D. Kagwin.  http://www.cemconnections.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65 andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Educational_Mission
  • Kate M. Pattee of Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Edwin R. Pierce of Westminster, Vermont, signed on January 15, 1878
  • Eliza E. Prentice of Malone, New York, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 28, 1878
R
  • Addie M. Rood, signed on September 23, 1878. Addie was the daughter of Otis and Adelaide Rood; she would marry Walter S. Robinson on 4 January 1879
S
  • Lila Smith of Burke, New York, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on January 15, 1878
  • Ida Smith, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1877
  • Lizzie A. Stebbins, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts; "Nobody's Child"
  • Florence M. Stedman of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on march 2, 1881; Wilfred's classmate
  • E. A. Still, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on April 5, 1879; presumably Elisha Adelbert Still.  http://holyokemass.com/2010/05/12/elisha-adelbert-still/
T
  • Hattie C. Tibbetts of Burlington, Vermont, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on December 27, 1877
  • W. A. Tuttle of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 21, 1881; presumably Walter Augustus Tuttle.
W
  • Wilfred Maro Wharfield, signed on December 25, 1877; album owner who presumably received the album as a Christmas present.
  • W. H. Wharfield, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1877; Wilfred's father William Henry Wharfield
  • C. E. Wharfield, signed on December 26, 1877; Wilfred's stepmother Charlotte E. (Dickinson) Wharfield
  • W. C. Wharfield of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on January 9, 1878; Wilfred's brother Williston Clifford Wharfield
  • W. Fayette Wharfield, signed at Springfield, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1877; Wilfred's brother Wesley Fayette Wharfield.
  • W. E. White of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on April 18, 1881; his wife signed the right facing page. Possibly William E. White, born about August 1847 in New York; married Priscilla A. Johnson of Quebec about 1878. They lived at Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • Mrs. W. E. White of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on April 18, 1881; her husband signed the left facing page. Possibly Priscilla A. (Johnson) White, a Quebec native who married William E. White; they lived at Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • Fred S. Whitney of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on February 22, 1881
  • Jennie R. Williston of Holyoke, Massachusetts; Class of 1881
  • E. R. Winters of Plattsburgh, New York, on December 30, 1877
  • Lizzie Winters of Plattsburgh, New York
  • Lois S. Winters of Colchester, Vermont, signed at Holyoke, Massachusetts, on December 30, 1877
Holyoke, Massachusetts


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