Hovey, Edwin L.
Age: 23, credited to Waterford, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/25/1839, Waterford, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
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Edwin L. Hovey was raised on his fathers farm in Waterford, receving his primary educational training in the district schools of the neighborhood. He fitted for college at St. Johnsbury Academy, and entered Dartmouth College, where he continued for two years, leaving to enter his country's service as a soldier. He enlisted in the summer of 1862, in a nine months' regiment, commanded by Colonel ( now Senator) Proctor. The regiment was full at the time of his enrollment, and he entered as a private, but was shortly promoted by Colonel Proctor to the rank of Sergeant Major, the highest non-commissioned position in the regiment.He was then a member of Company K., but was subsequently transferred to Company E., and held the rank of Second Lieutenant, serving his term of service as First Lieutenant in Company I. The early service of the regiment was in the defenses of Washington, but it joined the Army of the Potomac in its move on Gettysburg, immediately after which it was discharged, by reason of its discharge by reason of expiration of its term.
Returning to his home and the pursuits of peace, young Hovey prepared to complete his course at Dartmouth.While on his way to St.Johnsbury, enroute to the college, he received such a tempting offer of a farming interest that he unpacked his trunk and settled down to business in Waterford.This was the beginning of a busy and most successful career. Within a few months he bought a farm in Waterford, which was sold at a profit of five-hundred dollars in a few days.He then purchased another farm in the same town, which was sold in a short time for a handsome profit.Since that time he has been engaged in farming nearly all the time, but has bought and sold much land in the meantime. The last farm which he tilled in Waterford included eight-hundred acres, and after he sold this he held a two day auction and sold among other personal property, twenty-four Durham at an average of sixty-seven dollars each.He now tills about eighty acres, all within the limits of St. Johnsbury, and all under a high state of cultivation, and fitted by nature for building sites.It is likely to be soon needed for this purpose, as the city is bound to grow, being a natural center for a large tract of country and the seat of extensive and world famed manufactures. It is largely due yo the influence and efforts of Mr. Hovey that the suburb of Summerville was made a part of the city. He established the second newspaper in St. Johnsbury, now known as the "Republican", and the leading journal of the county at the present day. After publishing the paper for fifty-eight weeks, he sold it at a profit of five-thousand dollars, and soon after acquired a sawmill on the Moose River, in what is now Summervilele, which he operated successfully for a period of fourteen years.
He has built over seventy structures, stores and dwellings, all in Summerville, and has five times been proprietor of the general store in the same suburb. Three times he sold out his stock near the lower end of the street, and he built the store at the junction of Portland Street and Concord Avenue, of whose stock he was twice owner. For a period of one and one-half years he conducted a meat market in St. Johnsbury, and subsequently the market now operated in his store building in Summerville, which he sold out. One of his greatest gifts is to judge cattle on the hoof, and this led to great success in market business.All these ventures have been profitable and his frequent sales and purchases were made because of his advantageous offerings. Being shrewd and industrious business man, he is ever ready for a trade for a trade which promises a recompense for his time and capital.He is not afraid of work, and is often found at the present day engaged in building, painting, or real estate operations. In 1874, having become tired of removals of his household through sales of houses, he erected a permanent home on LaFayette street, which no tempting offers have induced him to part with. and here he plans to pass his remaining years.
A man of diversified talents, Mr. Hovey has been useful to his fellow citizens, as well as to himself and family in many ways. His tastes are literary, and he is the possessor of a fine library and gives much time to study. Active in promoting education, he is at present school director, and the neighborhood owes much to him for his labors and influence in securing the handsome, substantial modern schoolhouse which adorns Portland street. He has served many times as selectman and lister, and is at present moderator, grand juror, and justice of the peace.He made the occasional speech at a picnic in celebration for the Fourth of July in his native town, in 1860, in autumn of that year, he cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has since consistently supported the Republican party.
Mr. Hovey attends divine worship with his family at the Universalist Church at St. Johnsbury. He is a charter member of Green Mountain Grange No.1, organized at St. Johnsbury, July 4, 1871, and held the leading offices of the Grange; was elected secretary of the state Grange at its organization, July 4, 1872, and held this position for several years. At present he is a member of Pleasant Valley Grange of Waterford. He has been a member of Chamberlain Post No.1, G.A.R. for twenty-five years, and filled all the offices of the post. For the last fifteen years he has been chairman of its entertainment committe, and this organization never fails to provide instructive as well as entertaining diversions. Mr. Hovey is identified with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics of St. Johnsbury, of which he takes a contributive interest.
March 2, 1864, Mr. Hovey was married to Miss Ella F. Carr, a native of Waterford. Mrs. Hovey died December 23, 1871, at the age of twenty-three years, leaving three children, Edith L; Mable F., and Ella. Mr. Hovey married on September 4, 1873, Miss Sarah Hutchins of Morrisville. Four children were born to them, two surviving, Bertha and Grace.
Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, (The Lewis Publishing Co., New York, 1903), ii:178-180
Courtesy of Deanna French.