Addison Ware (1843)

”The Springfield Young Men’s institute was organized in October, 1843. The library numbered about 2,000 volumes. The officers for 1848 were John Mills, president; Ariel Parish, Erasmus D. Beach and Henry Morris, vice-presidents; Ephraim W. Bond, corresponding secretary; Samuel Bowles, recording secretary; John R. Hixon, treasurer; and the counselors were Lorenzo Norton, Elisha Gunn, Jr., Addison Ware, C. B. Bowers, William W. Billings, Allen Bangs, George B. Morris. This institute was one of the links in the evolutionary efforts that finally culminated in the formation of the city library, and seems to have absorbed the earlier literary societies of the town. It had a large membership, and had acquired an excellent local reputation, and received material support from prominent citizens. Its officers were prominent men, some of them of more than local reputation.”

Reference Data:

Springfrild Present and Prospective: The City of Homes, by Eugene Clarence Gardner, 1095, page 91

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