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Newell Avery Eddy (1856-1917)
Businessman - Lumber, mining, banking.

1906 History. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx, Sep. 2007.

A History of the Class of ‘79 Yale College, 1875-1905, by F.W. Williams (1906)

NEWELL AVERY EDDY
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Born in Bangor, Maine, May 20, 1856. Son of Jonathan and Caroline (Bailey) Eddy. His father, a lumber merchant of Maine, was descended from the Rev. William Eddy, a vicar of Cranbrook, County of Kent in England, whose son Samuel settled in Plymouth Colony in 1630. Newell’s great-grand-father, Colonel Jonathan Eddy of Eddington, Maine, served with distinction in the Revolutionary War. His mother’s family are also of Puritan New England stock that settled in Massachusetts.

He was trained at schools in Bangor, and spent three years before entering college at Phillips Academy, Andover. In college he was known as an athlete, played on the class baseball team, and belonged to the Canoe Club. One of the first of the class to marry, he spent the winter after graduation with his wife in Southern Florida, studying and making collections in ornithology and oology. Returning to Bangor in the spring of 1880, he remained engaged in business there until his removal in May, 1888, to Bay City, Michigan, where he is still living. He is a lumber merchant there of importance, not to say renown. In addition to this steady employment, he also occupies the responsible offices of President of the Smalley Motor Company, Director in the Bay Company Savings Bank, and in the Opera House Company, Secretary of the Eddy-Shaw Transit Company, and Secretary and General Manager of the Penobscot Mining Company, and of the Platt Mining Company. He had been for six years a member of the School Board of Bay City. He is, as you will notice is so frequently the case with men of importance in business, a Republican and a Presbyterian. During an active business career he had still continued his old affection for ornithology. Twenty years ago he spent two seasons in Dakota collecting birds’ eggs, and has for many years assisted in the publication of works on Michigan birds and given reports on the same subjects, as well as contributed frequently to ornithological journals.

He married, February 9, 1880, Marianna, daughter of Dr. Edward Mann Field of Bangor, a graduate of Bowdoin College. Their children are: Newell Avery, Jr., born in Bangor November 19, 1880; May Field, born in Bangor January 8, 1883; Laura Parker, born in Bay City April 4, 1884; Donald McRuer, born in Bay City April 10, 1890; Charles Fremont, 2nd, born in Bay City January 7, 1896; Sally McRuer, born in Bay City May 19, 1900. Newell Avery, Jr., who portrait appears here as a child at our triennial in 1882, was graduated from the Sheffield Scientific School with the class of 1904. He will be remembered as being present at our class reunion celebration in that summer. May Field Eddy married, June 14, 1905, Harry F. Chapin. She and here sister Laura are both graduates of Abbot Academy in Andover. Donald is preparing for Yale in the Bay City High School, and there is no reason to suppose that his brother Charles will not go the same good old way.

His residence is 615 Grant Place, Bay City, Michigan. He has a country house at Pointe aux Barques.

1907 Last of Passenger Pigions. - Added July, 2009.

The Passenger Pigeon, by W. B. Mershon – 1907

The Last of the Pigeons.
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In May, 1904, Hon. Chase S. Osborn wrote:

Mr. Newell A. Eddy of Bay City, Mich., under date of Aug. 7, 1905, wrote me as follows:

I find that I have but few notes regarding this species. On Sept. 13, 1880, I took a single bird near the city of Bangor, Maine. The sex was not determined. This was an unusual capture for the place and the time. A few years previous to that time, on a canoeing trip to the headwaters of the Penobscot River, I feel in with a small flock of a dozen or more in an old burnt-over swamp, but was unable to secure any of them.

I presume that you have an abundance of notes on the Passenger Pigeon in this sections of the country at the time it was so abundant here, as such information is readily obtainable from any of the old inhabitants of this locality. I had a very interesting interview the other day with Mr. C. E. Jennison of this city, who was one of our earliest settlers, and he game me a great deal of information about this bird in the earlier days of Bay City. He also stated, which was quite interesting, that six or seven years ago he saw a few birds at Thunder Bay Island, near Alpena. This appears to be his last record of this species.

The most interesting information I have was obtained from Mr. Birney Jennison, his son, who advised me a few days ago while we where on our way to Point Lookout, Saginaw Bay, that about the 15th of July, this year, he saw a pair of these birds in a swale at Point Lookout while roaming through the woods. He and I visited the same locality about two weeks after that, but saw nothing of them. Of course there is some likelihood that the birds Mr. Jennison saw may have been the common Carolina doves. Mr. Birney Jennison also had a great deal of experience with this bird in his younger days about Bay City, and there would appear to be no question as to his ability to accurately indentify the bird.

  • Note: The author, W.B. Mershon was from Saginaw, MI.

    1917 Death. (Added Feb., 2009)

    The Auk, A Quarterly Jounal of Ornithology, Witmore Stone - 1917
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    NEWELL A. EDDY became an Associate Member of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1855, and retained his membership for a long series of years.

    He died at his home in Bay City, Michigan, on February 28, 1917.

    Mr. Eddy was born in Bangor, Maine, May 20, 1856, being the son of Jonathan and Caroline (Bailey) Eddy. His father was one of the leading lumber manufacturers of Maine, and was descended from the Rev. William Eddy, a vicar of Cranbrook County of Kent, England, whose son, Samuel settled in Plymouth Coloney in 1630. His great grandfather Col. Jonathan Eddy, served with distinction in the Revolutionary war.

    Mr. Eddy received his education in the public schools at Bangor, at Phillpe Academy, Andover, Mass., and at Yale College from which he graduated in the class of 1879. He was married in February, 1880, to Marianna, daughter of Dr. Edward M. Field, of Bangor, Me. His wife and six children survive him.

    Mr. Eddy was an authority on bird life in Michigan, and had in his possession what was said to be the largest collection of birds in the State, all of which he had collected and mounted himself, and he had assisted in the publication of works on Michigan birds.

    He was a member of the Bay City school board for six years and was an officer of various businesses and financial companies. -- H. M.

    Dec. 7, 1918: Bird Bath. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx, Jan. 2008.

    The Bay City Times Tribune - Saturday, December 7, 1918 (Page 5)

    Bird Lover Has Fitting Memorial
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    Mrs. N. A. Eddy Erects a
    Beautiful Fountain in
    Elm Lawn Cemetery
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    Probably no more fitting remembrance could have been devised than the beautiful and elaborate bird bath and drinking fountain recently placed in Elm Lawn cemetery by Mrs. N. A. Eddy as a memoriam to her husband who passed away several months ago. The memorial is particularly appropriate as Mr. Eddy during his entire life was a devoted lover of birds and did much toward obtaining legislation for the protection of Michigan’s feathered menagerie.

    The bird bath and fountain which is located in one of the central portions of the burying grounds is three and one-half feet high and about three feet across and is built of Vermont granite. Surrounding the fountain and carved in bas-relief are figures of a heron standing among rushes, two wild ducks and a dragon fly. On the edge of the bath are the figures of two robins carved to resemble birds quenching their thirst. All of the figures are remarkably close to nature. In the center of the bath a bubbling spring constantly furnishes fresh water. Owing to restrictions caused by war the work which was ordered several months ago was but recently installed.

    Additional Notes.

      1850 – Census: Bangor, Penobscot, Maine.
    • Eddy, Jonathan – b. 1810 Maine.
    • Caroline, wife – b. 1821 Maine. (nee Bailey)
    • Laura, daughter – b. 1840 Maine.
    • Sarah, daughter – b. 1842 Maine.
    • Caroline, daughter – b. 1844 Maine.
    • Frederick, son – b. 1846 Maine.
    • John F., son – b. 1848 Maine.

      1860 - Census: Bangor, Penobscot, Maine.

    • Eddy, Jonathan – b. 1810 Maine.
    • Caroline, wife – b. 1821 Maine. (nee Bailey)
    • Laura, daughter – b. 1840 Maine.
    • Sarah, daughter – b. 1842 Maine.
    • Caroline, daughter – b. 1844 Maine.
    • Frederick, son – b. 1846 Maine.
    • John F., son – b. 1848 Maine.
    • Nwell A., son - b. 1856, Maine

      1870 – Census: Bangor, Penobscot, Maine.

    • Lombard, Charlotte – b. 1815 (maybe sister to Caroline Eddy)
    • Eddy, Caroline – b. 1819 (mother)
    • Eddy, Charles, son – b. 1851 Maine.
    • Eddy, Newell, son – b. 1855 Maine.
      Note – suspect Charles & Newell youngest sons of Jonathan & Caroline.
      Note – Found Frederick Eddy (b. 1846 Maine), lumber dealer at residence of Edward Parker, dealer.

      1900 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

    • Eddy, Newell A. - b. May 1856 Maine
    • Marianna T., wife - b. Dec 1859. Maine
    • Newell A., Jr., son - b. Nov 1880 Maine
    • Mary, dau. - b. Jan 1883 Maine
    • Sarah T., dau. - b. Apr 1884 Mich.
    • Donald M., son - b. Apr 1890 Mich.
    • Charles F., son - b. Jan 1896 Mich.
    • Sally M., dau.- b. May 1900 Mich.

  • Related Pages/Notes
    Newell Avery Eddy

    Newell Avery Eddy, Jr.
    (Click Images to enlarge.)

    Eddy Burial Site


    2008 Bird Bath

    Their burial site at Elm Lawn is east of the Chapel.

    Related Pages:
    Eddy, Edwin M. - nephew
    Eddy, Selwyn cousin
    Jennison, Charles E.
    People Referenced
    Bailey, Caroline (mother)
    Chapin, Harry F. (s-inlaw)
    Eddy, Caroline (sis)
    Eddy, Charles (bro)
    Eddy, Charles Fremont (son)
    Eddy, Donald M. (son)
    Eddy, Frederick (bro)
    Eddy, Jonathan (father)
    Eddy, John F. (bro)
    Eddy, Jonathan Col.(gg-f)
    Eddy, Laura (sis)
    Eddy, Laura Parker (dau.)
    Eddy, May F. (dau.)
    Eddy, Newell Avery, Jr.(son)
    Eddy, Sally M. (dau)
    Eddy, Sarah (sis)
    Eddy, Sarah T. (dau)
    Eddy, Samuel
    Eddy, William, Rev.(g-father)
    Field, Edward M. Dr.(f-inlaw)
    Field, Marianna (wife)
    Jennison, Birney
    Jennison, Charles E.
    Mershon, W.B.
    Osborn, Chase S.
    Parker, Edward
    Subjects Referenced
    Abbot Academy
    Amer. Ornithologists' Union
    Andover, MA
    Bangor, ME
    Bay City, MI
    Bay City High School
    Bay City School Bd.
    Bay Comp. Savings Bank.
    Cranbrook Co., Kent, Eng.
    Dakota
    Eddy-Shaw Transit Company
    Elm Lawn Cemetery
    Florida
    Massachusetts
    Opera House Company
    Penobscot Mining Company
    Penobscot River, ME
    Phillips Academy
    Platt Mining Company
    Plymouth Colony
    Pointe aux Barques, MI
    Point Lookout, MI
    Revolutionary War
    Saginaw Bay, MI
    Scheffield Scientific School
    Smalley Motor Co.
    Yale College
    Internet Resources
    Michigan Bird Life.
    Googlebooks - Book publish in 1912, citing Newell Eddy many times regarding his knowledge on various bird species found in Michigan. [View]
    The Passenger Pigeon.
    Googlebooks - Book, 1907, by W.B. Mershon, of Saginaw. References Newel Eddy, and several other citizens from Bay City and Saginaw. [View]
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