“Boomer” – Entrepreneur – Businessman

Biography of E. E. “Doc” Tallman written by William Tallman Hagny in the 1970’s

updated by distant cousin Jon Tallman 2015.

E.E. as a young manErwin Edwin Tallman, prominent Guthrie businessman and pioneer was known to most people in Guthrie and Logan County, Oklahoma as “E.E., or Doc”.  He was born Oct. 5, 1863 in Davenport, Iowa, 6th child and 3rd son of Darius Benham Tallman and Emeline Smith both of Dutchess County, N.Y.  His father had 10 surviving children 2 by his 1st wife Louisa Jane Gray and 8 by Emeline.  On Nov. 12, 1881 Erwin married Carrie Mae Sweet born April 5, 1865 in Greenboro, Ind., daughter of Eli Macy Sweet of Indiana and Martha Susan Risk of Virginia.  They were the parents of three daughters Mattie Emeline, Alice Mae and Bessie Mattie.  Mrs. Tallman died May 31, 1937 and Mr. Tallman died Sept. 6, 1952.  Both are buried in Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie.

E.E., Mattie E. Carrie May, AliceMattie was born June 3, 1883 in Davenport, Iowa and died April 30, 1972 in Santa Monica, Cal.  Mattie married Ernest Ludwig Hagny in Guthrie July 11, 1906 at her parent’s home by the Rev. Harry Omar Scott and honeymooned in the northern states.  Ernest, known by many as “Jack”, was born June 1, 1878 in Keokuk, Iowa and died Sept. 23, 1954 in Downey, Cal. Both are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, CA.  They were the parents of William Tallman Hagny, born June 8, 1907 and Alice Harryette Hagny born May 3, 1919 in Guthrie.  They first lived in Oklahoma City. Ernest, a railroad man, consequently made several moves with his family until 1917 when they settled in Denver, Colorado.  They resided there until his retirement when they moved to Downey.

Alice Tallman was born March 12, 1885 in Davenport and died Mar. 26, 1965 in Guthrie, where she is buried with her parents and a sister in Summit View Cemetery.  She married John William Martin Dec. 12, 1912 in the First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. G. O. Nichols.  They left for a honeymoon in San Antonio, TX.  The marriage however, was short-lived and after the divorce she resumed her maiden name.  “Miss Alice,” as she was known to her many friends in Guthrie, remained with her parents and assisting them with the businesses eventually becoming a co-owner.

Bessie was born Nov. 5, 1888 in Bentonville, Ark. and died in Guthrie, May 20, 1890, she too is interred in Summit View.

Mattie and Alice were educated locally at Carleton Guthrie Schools and both were attending Christian Female College (now Columbia College) in Columbia, Missouri in the years 1903 and 04.

A “Boomer” organization began growing in the 1880’s started by William Couch and here, I’ll make the assumption that Erwin saw an opportunity for a new future in Oklahoma Territory.  E.E. having been born, raised and married in Iowa made a temporary move to Bentonville, AR where they spent the winter of “88”.  Then on April 22nd, 1889 Erwin made the “Run” with a team and buckboard.  It’s estimated that nearly 14,000 made the “Run” that day with only 1000 staking a claim.  Erwin staked his homestead northeast of Guthrie, near where Summit View Cemetery is now located.Homestead ranch 1891

Mr. Tallman started the first dairy farm in Logan County and delivered milk which sold for five cents per quart and fifteen cents per gallon.  After two years of operating the dairy, he moved his family to Guthrie to the southwest corner of Division Street and Noble Avenue, where he established the first large “wagon yard”, feed store and livery stable.  In 1910 the feed store and livery grew with the addition of a large brick and frame structure added and he started one of the first automobile agencies selling Reo and Oldsmobile.  “Miss Alice” held the two-fold distinction of bookkeeper and driving instructor for the new automobile owners.  In later years it was again updated for servicing all automobiles, adding a filling station, yellow taxi cab and Greyhound bus station that he operated with his daughter.  The Tallman’s also had the distinction of having the first telephone in Guthrie with the number 1. The building suffered serious fire damage in 1946 but, was saved.  Today the building is on the Cities Historical list and is occupied by the Stables Restaurant.

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In the year 1904, St. Louis held the “World’s Fair” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.  Erwin, Carrie, Mattie and Alice would take advantage by visiting the Expo and left Sep. 3, 1904 on the Santa Fe train.

In April 1906, Erwin with Jay E. Pickard purchased a lot at the corner of Division St. & Cleveland Ave. for real estate firm Milliken & Reynolds to build 100 room hotel and lease to hoteliers Van Dunn & Eaton.

Mr. Tallman held the distinction of serving for a half century as County-Weigher, a position to which he was regularly elected until his retirement.  He also served terms on the school board and city council and was active for many years in civic affairs.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Guthrie Lodge No. 35 AF & AM, Guthrie Country Club, the Oklahoma Consistory, and the 89ers Association.

Mrs. Carrie Mae Tallman came to Oklahoma a month after her husband; having lived in Bentonville for six months before the urge for adventure and the chance of making a business stake in the new territory took them to Guthrie. After moving to the southwest corner of Division St. and Noble Ave. from the dairy farm, Mrs. Tallman was active until a few weeks before her death.  She spent her time at the desk in the business which her husband owned and was well known throughout central Oklahoma.  By dint of hard work and sheer business enterprise she assisted in building up the transportation business that was synonymous with the Tallman name, and her personality lent an individual note to an occupation in which meeting of emergency was an everyday occurrence.  Mrs. Tallman was an early member of the Guthrie chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Presbyterian Church.  Her strong character that lent itself to business routine, had another side, although not openly displayed. She was a talented painter, her skillful handling of oils subjects were displayed in their home.

Today there exists several of “Doc” and Carrie’s descendants in California.Tallman Garage 2015-02 (c)

Adventurer – 49er – Justice of the Peace – Deputy Sheriff

George Washington Tallman the youngest child and son of Stephen and Mary (Tripp) Tallman was born 20 October 1814 in the Town of Washington, Dutchess County, New York. He migrated with his family to the Town of Mentz, Cayuga County, New York a youth of about 6 circa 1820. The family being farmers and like their cousins who’d migrated to Monroe County also grew the “Tallman Sweet” apple.

Little is known of him in his youth, but, most likely was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and spent much of his time helping on the farm. When news of the discovery of gold in January 1848 in California reached the outside world; a lot of eager men were overcome with the fever of striking it rich and George was one of them.

January of ‘49’ a group of adventurous men in Auburn, New York came together to form the “Cayuga Joint Stock Company”. If they came up with enough investors they would buy a vessel and sail around Cape Horn to San Francisco. They wanted only men of a good standing, and fair reputation who could contribute $500. By becoming a member they’d receive all the advantages derived from the venture. George became one of those investors and traveled to New York City with the group in February. The organization of the Company was completed in the dining room of the Western Hotel on Cortland Street just north of Battery Park. Member Samuel Barney, who had previous experience as a whaleman, was chosen as their Captain. Samuel recommended they purchase the bark “Belvidere”, a ship in the harbor of 396 tons built in Baltimore in 1815.

A Charter was then drawn up consisting of 24 Articles. The cargo they purchased consisted of mining tools, provisions for three years and a large amount of lumber supplies for building purposes. Company receipts showed the ship and supplies cost the company $14,716.71. Goods and merchandise purchased with the intent to sell $24,235. Drugs and medicine $500, a commission of $1,710.63 was paid, and that the amount received by members totaled $39,000. Captain Barney was exempt and in addition paid $500 for his services.

They set sail about 11 am on the 28th of February with 79 aboard, 12 men acting as crew, 4 women and 1 child. The women were the Captain’s wife and 3 of the other men’s wives and a daughter. A harbor pilot was brought on board who took them out to Sandy Hook where he departed. They would wait there until on March 2nd when favorable winds sent them off on their voyage to San Francisco.

George’s first letter to his brother Stephen Jr. dated 25 Feb ‘49’ was from the Western Hotel and said only that he had one note of $56.96 that was not due until he returned and that if something should happen to him that his interest in the “Stock Company” would be left to him.

His second and third letters of March 29 and 31st were both sent from the Cape Verde Islands. The ships letters had been taken a shore by fishermen and mailed. The letters were now addressed to “Brothers and Family”. They spoke of them crossing the Gulf Stream, the rough seas and one and all of sea-sickness for 5 or 6 days. That if they should write, to send his mail to San Francisco in care of the Cayuga Joint Stock Company.

From the islands they would then catch the westerly trade winds heading toward South America and the “Horn”. On the 3rd of May they made the Falkland Islands and on June 1st ran into their first snowstorm. On June 23rd the Belvidere rounded the Horn and they began making 5 to 6 knots an hour. July 4th was spent in celebration by firing guns and pistols; they read the Declaration of Independence, flew the Stars and Stripes. Their evening dinner was made of all the ships luxuries that it could afford.

The next letter came from Port of Callao, Peru addressed the 29th of July. George now writes a lengthy letter of their crossing the Equator on April 9 and making good runs. The company is all of good health and his couldn’t be better. They went on shore about 10 o’clock in the morning and were able to find two Americans living there that spoke Spanish. After taking a short tour around town they decided to visit Old Callao. The old city had been destroyed by an earthquake eons before but many of the ruins were still there. They ended the day going to a cockfight in which he said there was much heavy gambling by the locals. They visited and toured the City of Lima, George described how the Catholic religion was the only one allowed in the country and none other tolerated under penalty of imprisonment. August 5th they loaded fresh water and provisions and headed out to sea on the 6th. The 29th they again crossed the Equator this time in the Pacific. He went on to say the only sad incident was the death of Walter W. Tuttle of Auburn who had been sick with diarrhea and inflammation of the bowels since leaving Callao. They sailed into San Francisco Bay, 12 October 1849 and set anchor at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and all was well.

There, they set up tents as living quarters and went to work seeking jobs to accumulate monies to head for mining camps. It was not long before things turned out not as supposed when they started the venture. By the time of the next annual meeting in the spring of 1850 it was decided to dissolve the Company. Everything was sold including the ship, two dividends were paid out the first of $208, the second of $70.92. Some of the men formed their own partnerships while others went their own way.

In his letter of October 14, he described the high wages paid to skilled laborers; there were probably 2000 men living in tents and seeing some of the gold brought back from the mines. Finally, that he was planning on heading to Stockton on the 18th to the mines.

There exists four other letters from California between November 1849 and August 1853 in which he talks of everything from doing well both financially and in health to being quite sick for lengthy periods. In one letter of note from Sacramento written Oct 30, 1850 he tells them Edgar Haight and John Havens are both here and well. By Jan 20, 1854 he has moved to the Alpha mining camp in Nevada County, east of Yuba City to try his luck there, John Havens has decided to join him there. It’s known that Edgar had returned to Buffalo, New York and continued his boat building business. Both Edgar and John are cousins of his from marriages. April of 1856, still mining in Camp Alpha with Havens they’re not having much luck; it’s been dry for a long period and no water for the sluices. He ends the letter with: Yours in Haste, G. W. Tallman give my respects to all of Bucksville. The next to last letter to Stephen Jr. from Sacramento was May 28 1857, is also short, stating all is well but, that he hadn’t heard from him since last November. It’s of note that it appears he may owe Stephen money and if it were not for bad luck he would send some.

There’s a gap now of 29 years between the existing letters. The last written to brother Stephen Jr. and probably his last to anyone was dated 12 December 1886 from Redwood City which states: he received Stephen’s letter of November 21; truly glad to hear from him but, sorry to hear of his poor health. As for himself he has but little to say other than his own health had been very good for a man of 71. As for business he’s been Justice of the Peace for the last two years and his term expires in January ‘87’. (Again not telling all) Financially I have nothing to brag of, I have made a lot of money but, I have made too many bad speculations. His brother Stephen Jr. died on 3 December 1887.

Apparently when George’s term as a Justice expired he was appointed a Deputy Jailer of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department. The following took place on Saturday 18 February 1888 at the Redwood City Jail


RESULTED FATALLY Death of the Redwood City Jailer Who Was Beaten by Tramps.

(Copyright 1888 by the California Associated Press)

Redwood City, February 24th. — “G. W. Tallman, the jailer who was so roughly handled by four tramps on Saturday evening last at the county jail, died in the Tremont House today. He had steadily failed since Monday, and the doctors gave up hope then. He was solicited to make an ante-mortem statement, but maintained that it was not necessary, as he would be able to testify, and was not going to die. He has relatives in Los Angeles. The funeral will take place on Sunday under the auspices of the Masons. A tramp was arrested at San Jose today on suspicion and brought here, but was not positively identified. Two of the four are in custody.” (Sacramento Daily Record Union, Saturday Morning, February 25, 1888.)




The local citizenry so liked San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy George Washington Tallman that they had a parade in 1888 after he became the first local lawman killed in the line of duty from injuries suffered during a jail break. This weekend, Tallman got another showy sendoff by a group of history buffs and law enforcement officers and Masons who gathered in Redwood City’s historic Union Cemetery to dedicate his new gravestone — a replacement for the original, which was stolen about two decades ago.


The new granite headstone was unveiled Saturday after a motorcycle procession from the nearby courthouse and a bagpipe-led police honor guard that carried the flags of the United States and California. “We wanted to try to do it right. Even though none of us knew him, he still was one of our own,” said San Mateo County Deputy Philip Moser, who was dressed as a cowboy with a six-shooter on his hip for the event.

Also in attendance was Sheriff Don Horsley, members of the history preservation group “E. Clampus Vitus”, many wearing 19th-century costumes, and numerous representatives of four local Masonic lodges bedecked in their order’s regalia.

Tallman was a dedicated Mason and is buried in the Mason’s plot of the Union Cemetery, a tree-shaded oasis next to now busy Woodside Road just west of El Camino Real. Long neglected, the cemetery has been much rehabilitated in recent years by volunteers.

“He lived a very active and exciting life,” said Roy Fronberg, a past master of Peninsula Masonic Lodge 168, who cited Masonic records showing that Tallman was buried with Masonic honors following a procession of horses and carriages carrying public officials and police.

Fronberg recounted how Tallman came to California, seeking his fortune first in the gold fields of Nevada County and later Virginia City, Nev., where he operated a toll road and pursued mining.

Returning to Nevada County, Tallman served as a justice of the peace before running through much of his earnings and heading for Redwood City, where he again became a deputy, Fronberg said.

To honor Tallman, Moser said he collected $2 from more than 400 of San Mateo County Sheriff’s employees to pay for the new granite gravestone.

“I couldn’t believe it had not been replaced,” said Mary Ganley, president of the local Deputy Sheriffs Association. Ganley, a scarf of stars and stripes around her neck, was one of several to draw parallels between Tallman’s slaying and the sacrifices of U.S. troops now fighting abroad in Iraq and elsewhere.

“Help us never forget, ever, the lives that have been given so that we may live free and in this country,” said the Rev. Dennis Tarr of San Carlos’ Trinity Presbyterian Church in a prayer.G W Tallman Funeral 1

The ceremony was closed by a trumpeter playing “Taps.” (San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2003.)

Tallman Apple

About the Tallman Apple

It’s been documented in several places about the Talman’s of Perinton, NY particularly Isaac’s son Darius as the family that propagated the “Tallman Sweet or Tolman Sweeting” in their orchards.

I’ve wondered about the “Sweet” because it isn’t really a sweet apple. It’s known as great steamed, its esteemed use in baking products, and making cider for its higher acidity. Isaac’s older brother Stephen who had a farm in Savannah over in Wayne County, NY also grew apples. One of his sons William was married to Amanda “Sweet”; could that possibly be a source of the nickname? Also, another of Stephen’s sons, George Washington Tallman wrote a letter from California in 1850 to his brother Stephen Jr. in Savannah in which he wrote “I would like toeat sum of your fine apples””. My GG-grandfather grew apples after moving to Chautauqua County, NY in 1848. It’s in the 1840’s and beyond that the variety became a money maker for the family shipping it via the Erie Canal and later railway to New York City for markets. Prices for it can be found in newspapers of the day throughout the east. It wasn’t long before the variety was grown in many states.

What drew even more interest to me was when I received a color illustration (Shown below) of the apple from our cousin Ann van Leeuwen a descendant of Byron Talman, a grandson of Isaac. Thanks & a “Tip O’ Hat to Ann.” It’s even mentioned in the 1844 will of my 3rd great-grandmother Ruth Tallman.  She wrote that Ursula Clapp who shared a room in their house that she “could have as much of the fruit as she may want for her own use.” Ursula came to live with John & Ruth for many years John left her monies in his 1830 will.  I believe Ursula was Ruth’s niece the daughter of Elias Clapp who lived next to John & Ruth, Elias had died prior to 1809.

The exact history of the apple is unknown other than it was probably first grown in either Rhode Island or Massachusetts. The earliest of any variety first appeared in Massachusetts orchards in 1625 on land farmed by William Blaxton. The first reference found of it is in Massachusetts Horticulture Society for 1837-8 by John Lewis Russell, published in 1839. Quote “White sweet is properly “Tolman Sweeting”, a fine yellow fruit, with a blush next the sun, encircled by two or three distinct black lines from summit to base, flesh breaking, relieved by a slight acid, valuable.”

U.P. Hedrick in his Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits 1922 states its development to 1822 which coincides with the time frame of Isaac’s son Darius and Isaac’s brother Stephen moving to Monroe and Wayne Counties respectively.

From a recently found article written on April 19, 1978 by then Perinton Town Historian Helen E. Butler who at the time owned the home built by Isaac’s son Darius.  “In Dutchess County the Tallman family had propagated the Tallman Sweet apples.  There were two kinds one yellow the other green with a streak.  Here they found land suitable for orchards and the hills on Whitney Road soon were covered in apple and peach orchards. Between the Tallman farms in 1855 they worked over 350 acres.  They shipped fruit to New York City as well as shipping dairy products.”

An alternative history in 1913 by Harriet M. Martin a Cornell Alumnus with the Station wrote the following; “An orchard standing near where the New York State Experimental Station is located in Ontario County, New York is said to have been set out by the Indians as early as 1817.  According to the foregoing authority, Ontario County has been the birth place of several varieties of apples. The Tolman originated on the farm of Mr. Thomas Tallman, near Geneva, one of the early settlers who planted seeds from an Indian orchard.”  She however didn’t document where the information came from.

It ripens late from October to December is of hardy and vigorous stock. Today the Tallman Sweet/Tolman Sweeting is considered an antique or heirloom apple. Old fashioned apples are making a comeback.

Now, how many other families can claim to have a fruit named after them….

Tallman Sweet photoTalman Sweet Apple - Dellon Marcus Dewey c1865

Photo above is referenced to adamapples.blogspot.com dedicated to those who love all apples.

The Two Clergymen

Our tree has had doctors; lawyers; rich men; poor men; beggar-men and well, hopefully no thieves.

Two men attached to two different branches should be recognized as important clergymen of their times. They are Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock, D.D. husband of Katherine Eliot Tallman from Darius Sr’s branch and Rev. Frank Flood German, D.D. from Rebecca’s branch.

Maltbie D BabcockFirst, let’s talk of Rev. Babcock who could be compared to the Billy Graham of his time. He was born 3 Aug 1858 in Syracuse, New York eldest son of Henry and Emily Maria (Maltbie) Babcock. His first American ancestor was James Babcock (1612–1679), a native of England, who emigrated in 1642, settling first at Portsmouth, Rhode Island and then in Westerly, where his descendants became prominent. Maltbie’s great-grandfather, Henry Davis, was second president of Hamilton College, and his grandfather, Rev. Ebenezer Davenport Maltbie, was also a Presbyterian minister of note.

As a young man, Babcock was described as “tall and broad-shouldered” a muscular swimmer and baseball player. He was educated in the public schools of Syracuse and graduated in 1879 from Syracuse University with highest honors. He was a classmate and chum of John Frank Tallman, both were members of the University baseball team and Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He studied theology at the Auburn Theological Seminary, receiving his degree in 1882. He was selected to give the 1895 Alumni Address at Syracuse University where he received his Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

He became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church the summer of 1882 in Lockport, NY. That fall he was married 4 Oct 1882 to Katherine Eliot Tallman of Poughkeepsie, NY youngest daughter of Judge John Peck Higgins Tallman. Katherine was three years younger than her brother John Francis who undoubtedly introduced them while at Syracuse University. He frequently took walks along the Niagara Escarpment to enjoy the overlook’s panoramic vista of upstate New York scenery and Lake Ontario, telling his wife he was “going out to see the Father’s world.” Love of sports and the ocean led them first to Duxbury, Mass for several years before buying land at Wiano on the south shore of Cape Cod and building a cottage there.

Then from 1887 till 1900 he served as pastor at the prestigious Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. During his tenure there he set up an office at Johns Hopkins University where he counseled students. During those years he also visited Princeton, Yale and Harvard several times to perform similar services. While in Baltimore he took to visiting Florida each year for Tarpon fishing. A spin off from the Brown Church was formed and built a new church the Park Presbyterian in 1892 which was renamed Babcock Memorial after his death.

In 1900 he was finally lured away by the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, hired at a salary of $30,000. At the time the church was receiving the highest parishioner contributions of any Presbyterian church in the world. First formed in NYC in 1767 on Beekman Street before moving to Fifth Ave in 1858 and now today it’s located on Park Avenue.

February of 1901 he along with his wife and a group of mostly other clergymen went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  In the later part of the pilgrimage he contracted Mediterranean fever, he was then taken to the International hospital in Naples, Italy. In a state of delirium he committed suicide age 42 on May 18, 1901. At his funeral in New York City, the presiding clergyman eulogized him, “We do not need a candle to show a sunbeam…The work our brother has done — the life he lived speaks for him.” In Baltimore, a memorial service was held on June 2, 1901, where he was eulogized by various prominent educators and clergy, including Daniel C. Gilman, the first president of Johns Hopkins University, John F. Goucher, the founder of Goucher College, and Francis L. Patton, president of Princeton University. Babcock was praised as “always wise, patient, sympathetic and inspiring.” He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, New York his hometown next to his sons. After his death Katherine wrote a book “Thoughts for Every-Day Living” from his spoken and written words published in 1892 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. In it is a well-known hymn written by Maltbie while at Lockport “This Is My Father’s World”.

Katherine and Maltbie had two boys, both stillborn Edward Anderson Aug. 21, 1883 in Lockport and John Tallman Feb. 11, 1890 in Baltimore.

“This is my Father’s world.

Dreaming, I see His face.

I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise

Cry, “The Lord is in this place.””Maltbie D. Babcock


Now, the other is Frank Flood German oldest of two sons of Isaac Talman German and Lina Colgate Spence. He was born 24 Nov 1867 in Ovid, Seneca County, New York. Frank’s first American Ancestor was Peter Tallman a native of the Netherlands who immigrated into Rhode Island in 1648 from Barbados. His grandfather Stephen Tallman German was married to Sally Ann Southworth a descendant of the Mayflower.

Frank received his early education in Geneva Classical & Union School, he entered Hobart College in Geneva graduating Cum Laude, 3rd in his 1890 Class with his AB. He was Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity and went on to Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, both graduating and ordained in 1893. On the 19th of June 1914 at Hobart College, he was bestowed with the Honorary Doctorate of Theology Degree.

September 14, 1893 he married Eliza “Lizzie” Mayell Gibbs the daughter of H. A. & Julia Gibbs of Buffalo, NY. He became rector of the St. Thomas Episcopalian Church in Mamaroneck, NY after serving as an assistant. Frank served as rector of St. Thomas for nearly 20 years before being transferred to Middletown, Conn. In Middletown he served as rector of the Church of Holy Trinity until his retirement in 1937. They had one son Spence Mayell born 15 March 1901 in Mamaroneck. Eliza died early August 1928 and Frank passed 3 January 1942; both are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown along with their son, daughter-in-law and one grandson.

Frank should be known for the very interesting wedding ceremonies he performed and his humorous inclusion in a book about the life and art of Norman Rockwell.

“New York Herald” – Tuesday, Sep. 9, 1902” Pg. 5

“B.B. McGregor, Clasping Brides Hand, Dies; Last Act is to sign his Will, Just Drawn.” The son of Ambrose McGregor one of John D. Rockefellers partners who left him a millionaire. He married Clara Schlemmer the same day that he had surgery to remove a large kidney stone. B.B. died under the knife and left his bride everything; knowing the operation to be dangerous but left her the will. Rev. Frank F. German, rector of the Church of the St. Thomas, performed the ceremony and the funeral the next day.

“Geneva Daily Times” – Thursday, Sep. 25, 1902.” Pg. 1

“$50,000 IN PRESENTS” – Wedding at Which a Geneva Clergyman officiated the wedding of Miss Florence Lockwood Stokes and Frederick Ambrose Clark. The ceremony was performed at the Stokes Villa, Oriental Point, near Mamaroneck. She had a great horror of coaches and cabs, so all of the guests proceeded from the train to the villa in wagonettes or automobiles. The value of the silver and bric-a-brac alone which the bride received is said to be between $50,000 and $75,000. Because of the great value of the gifts, detectives from New York were on duty all night. Among the gifts was a necklace of pearls from the bridegroom’s mother, Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark. It was valued at $10,000 and worn by the bride during the ceremony.

“New York Herald” – Thursday, Jun. 25, 1914” Pg. 9

Wedding of Miss Dorothy Violet Wilde daughter of Mrs. Siegel (Famous Siegel-Cooper Department Store’s) to Mr. Earl Joseph Moon of St. Louis and the Moon Automobile Company. The Matron of Honor was Countess Carlo Dentice de Frasso of Italy sister of the bride.

“Middletown Press” – “News, Notes and Social Events Sunday, Oct. 24, 1934.” Pg. 66

“Miss Janet Huntington Brewster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brewster of Mt. Vernon Street, was married to Mr. Edward R. Murrow, (Noted American Broadcast Journalist) son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Murrow of Beaver, Washington at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home of her parents. Rev. Dr. Frank F. German, rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, performed the ceremony…. Both the bride and groom were unattended….”

“Farrar, Straus and Giroux” – “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell”

The fall of 1906 Norman Rockwell’s family moved from New York City north across the Long Island Sound to Mamaroneck a quiet woodsy suburb in Westchester County.

“In October 1906 the family joined the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a handsome country church in Mamaroneck on a hill overlooking the sound. For the next year and a-half until his confirmation, Rockwell attended services every Sunday and once again sang in the choir. It was “less arduous” than the choir at his previous church, which was a relief. Yet he did not seem to care for the rector “Rev. Frank F. German”, and was bothered by his method of polishing the cross on the altar. “He’d spit on it and rub it with a soiled cloth,” Rockwell recalled and you suspect the gesture was less an affront to his spirituality than to his sense of cleanliness, which was already becoming obsessive.”

“Will” E. Dulmage

One of my favorites ‘Will’ was married to my 1st cousin twice removed Nina Bell Tallman.

William “Will” E. Dulmage 1883-1953

A Composer, Songwriter and Publisher of popular and semi-classical music. At 25 “Will” was a staff member of the Grinnell Bros., at 1515 Woodward Ave., Detroit ca. 1908. Possibly starting as a “song plugger” playing sheet music at the request of customers; by the 1920’s he was Manager (1) of their Band and Orchestral department. He remained with Grinnell for 22 (2) years before joining the Wurlitzer Company at 1509 Broadway Ave. He was hired as the executive, heading their sheet music department, his wife Nina worked in accounting for the company. Will remained at Wurlitzer for 12 years. In his early years he was also a member of Geo. & Wm. Finzel’s Band and Orchestra. He composed or collaborated on dozens (3) of songs; in 1927 he both wrote and composed “Dreaming the Hours Away” still played today and can be heard and seen on “YouTube.com”. In 1934 he composed “Tigers on Parade” dedicated to Mickey Cochrane and the Detroit Tigers; Cochrane was player manager from 1934 to 1938.  In 1993 Tigers long time ‘play-by-play’ announcer Ernie Harwell narrated a cassette of “Old Time Baseball Songs” included on it was “Tigers on Parade” published by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band of Ann Arbor.  “Composers Fred Lawton and Will Dulmage are dusting off a ditty they composed in 1934. Introduced by Harry McDonald, it’s called “Tigers on Parade.” The tune was composed AFTER the Tigers won the pennant that year. Now, of course, there are still a few games to be played before the pennant is in the satchel. For the words “Mickey’s aces have sure gone places” the authors substitute in the current version “Red Rolfe’s aces are going places” (6).”  It remained a popular baseball tune for a number of years, a copy of the sheet music can be found in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Will appears to have worked predominately with lyrist Richard W. Pascoe who wrote the words on many of those songs. Two of his most well-known were “When It’s Night Time in Nevada” with Hugh O’Reilly Clint and Pascoe. The other “Tenderly Think of Me” with Richard A. Whiting and lyrist Pascoe. Whiting had also worked at a publishing company in Detroit before moving to Hollywood in 1929. There he composed two well-known hits “Hooray for Hollywood” and “On the Good Ship Lollipop”. Will was admitted to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) in January 1947 (4). It appears that in the 1940’s Will was proprietor of a music store, Nina the treasurer and their son William the salesman. Seen in an ad in Presto-Times and another for Kimball Piano’s it may be assumed it was a partnership with Stanton Ferguson. The two had 14 and 20 years’ experience in the sheet music business on Woodward Avenue.

(1) Billboard magazine August 18, 1921 page 33.

(2) Obituary 13 February 1953 Detroit News.

(3) Reference OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Worldcat.

(4) Billboard magazine February 1, 1947 page 15.

(5) Photo’s are taken from 2 different undated photographs of the Finzel’s Band and Orchestra Detroit.

(6) The Detroit Free Press, Tuesday August 8, 1950, page 24 Update Added 29 March 2016.

Will Dulmage 01 Will Dulmage 02

Found… a new Cousin

I recently was able to locate a cousin I knew was out there but, has taken persistence and a little patience to track down.  Carol (Tallman) Bivens, her father was retired Naval Capt. Donald Rex Tallman a 1921 graduate of the Naval Academy.  Don was Captain of the “Flagship Teton” during the invasion of Okinawa.  Don’s father William Henry had served as Captain in the 2nd Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War.  Carol and her husband Pat live in northern California.

The Key to My Tree

There’s really many interesting Tallman’s in my tree; doctors, lawyers, rich and poor but, if I had to pull one from my hat I’d have to choose John P. H. Tallman. Much has been written on him in Dutchess County history, all readily available in books, libraries and the internet. Rather than rewriting them I’ll try to stay with what he meant to my research.

I was aware of him long ago having read a paper about him my father had received from our cousin Mary Bordwell. Mary was the daughter of his grand aunt Ruth (Tallman) Fenner. John P H was Secretary of Poughkeepsie Female Collegiate College and signed the Diploma of my great aunt Charlotte Tallman. Mary had the Diploma for many years but, in the early 1950’s sent to Vassar mistakenly thinking it became part of that college.

While doing research in Poughkeepsie still focused only on my branch I came across two wills, those on my fourth and fifth grandfather’s (John and Darius). It was then that I realized John P H became the key to the entire tree. It turns out he was the only one that definitively identified his parents, grandparents and his great grandfather Darius from Nantucket whose wife was Miss Southworth.

His childhood and early youth were spent on the family farm on Chestnut Ridge in the northwest corner of the Town of Dover. In 1835 at age 15 he left and entered the new Methodist Episcopalian “Amenia Seminary” which opened that year with a determination for an education and better life. John P. H. as he was commonly known went on to read law under James Hooker and Virgil D. Bonesteel, later he was appointed a court clerk under Hon. Robert Wilkenson. In 1843 at age 23 he was admitted to practice law in New York State Courts as well as the U.S. District and Circuit Courts. His political standing was Democrat and was elected to two terms as Dutchess Court Surrogate handling wills, estates and adoptions. This brings up a second family interaction, his/our cousin David Solomon Tallman. David was the son of Solomon Tallman and Jane Ann Newton, when Solomon died in 1834 it was his grandfather who became his ward. Then his grandfather died in 1843, in his will he left the farm and money for a proper education to David Solomon and placed him in the care of family attorney John P H.

Now what did the P H in his name stand for? As it turned out from two sources, a descendant of his oldest daughter Mary and research that lead me to Wesleyan University. In 1850 he received an honorary degree of Master of Arts with his whole name John Peck Higgins Tallman spelled out. The unanswered question remains of where “Peck” and “Higgins” came from. Typically names from the time were biblical, from a famous person or family member. Since they don’t exist in Tallman’s one would assume they came from his maternal side “Almira Benham”.

John P H had two younger brothers Edward White a physician and Darius Benham a lifelong farmer. John married twice had four children two daughters and two sons, one of which died a child. John was one of the founders of Rural Cemetery in Poughkeepsie and is buried there along with both his wives, two sons, his parents, his grandfather and a mother-in-law are also in his lot. A daughter and son-in-law are also in the cemetery along with his brother Edward.

May 2017 Update :

Dutchess Counties First Elected Surrogate

Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle Monday February 8, 1909

Mr. Tallman was elected in 1847, when he was but 26 years old.  He served two terms.  A portrait of him was excepted by the County Board of Supervisors and presented by his son John Frank Tallman.

The portrait represents Mr. Tallman at the age of 45.  It was painted by Richard Field Maynard of New York City who has a high reputation in artistic circles.  The portrait has been placed on the wall in the Surrogates Court.

The portrait as seen in 2016 stored in a closet, sadly deteriorated and in need of repair.


My name is Jon Tallman. I trace my roots to Peter Tallman/Talema (sp). This forum is for anyone interested in posting family stories, inquiries, family photos or sharing information that may be useful to anyone researching a family member that’s descended from either Peter or Douwe.