Walter W. Ware (1855 – )

“Walter W. Ware, one of the foremost agriculturists of Putney, is a man of great enterprise, good judgment and undoubted ability.  He was born in Townshend, Vermont, in 1855, a son of the late William W. Ware.  Joseph Ware, his paternal grandfather, a shoemaker by trade, was for many years a resident of Townshend, Vermont, where his death occurred at the venerable age eight-two years.  His wife died when about seventy-six years old.  They had the following named children: George, a business man in Boston; Bradley, a cattle dealer, resided in Townsend, Vermont; William M., the father of Walter M.; Tames; Charles, a grocer in Boston; Richard, a manufacturer; John, a farmer in Wardsboro, Vermont; Frank was engaged in searfaring pursuits; Eliza married Mr. Brown, of Watertown, Massachusetts; Laura married Walter Evans, of Watertown; Lucina married John Haley, of Boston; Elmira; and one who died in childhood.

William W. Ware, a native of Putney, died at his home, in Townshend, Vermont, at the age of seventy-three years.  He was a farmer, by occupation, and a citizen of prominence, serving ably and faithfully in the various town offices.  He married Clarissa Harris, a daughter of William Harris, a well-to-do farmer of Townshend, and into their household the following children were born, namely: Marcia married William Loomis, of Springfield, Massachusetts, by whom she has seven children, Clifford, Maud, Robert, Howard, Ethel, Edith and Carroll C.; Ellen L., who has been a teacher in the public schools of Springfield for quarter of a of a century; and Walter M.  The mother is still living, an active and plesant woman of seventy-four years.

Walter M. Ware was reared and educated in Townshend.  At the age of sixteen years he left school, and the following year began the began the battle of life for himself.  Embarking in business as a teamster, he was engaged in freighting between East Townshend and Battleboro for en years, keeping busily employed, and accumulating some money.  Coming to East Putney in 1883.  Mr. Ware managed the Aplin farm on shares for a few years, then invested his savings in land, buying the Lovell farm and adjacent property, his estate comprising six hundred or more acres, four farms, each with its own buildings and improvements, being consolidated into one.  He is one of the most extensive and progressive farmers of the county, making a specialty of stock-raising and dairying.  In 1901 he raised ninety-one acres of corn, and eighty acres of oats, the largest crop of either raised on any one farm in the state during that year.  He wintered on an average two hundred cows, sometimes the number being as high as two hundred and fifty; keeps twenty horses; and employs from ten to fifteen men.  He is one of the largest cattle dealers of this section, last year selling over thirteen hundred cows, besides which he fatted nearly one thousand dollars’ worth of calves, and realized fully as much on his hogs.  He is considered an authority on all branches of agriculture, and his well kept homestead, with its modern and valuable improvements, bears visible evidence of his thrift and good management.

Mr. Ware married, first, in 1876, Nellie Holbrook, of Townshend, Vermont.  She died in 1886.  Two children bless their union, namely Walter M., who died in infancy; and Alice, wife of Mr. Woodburn, who assists Mr. Ware in the management of the home farm.  Mr. Ware married, second, December 25, 1890, Frances Wilbur, of Westminster, Vermont.”

Source:  Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, Vol. 2, by Hon. Hiram Carlton, The Lewis Publishing Co., New York and Chicago, 1903, page 627.

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