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Lloyd C. Bentley letters, 1885-1896.
Bentley, Lloyd C., 1872-1961.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 260 (cont'd in MSA 261)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Personal Author : Bentley, Lloyd C., 1872-1961.
Title : Lloyd C. Bentley letters, 1885-1896.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft.
Summary :

The bulk of the collection consists of letters received by Lloyd during the years he was serving as a druggist, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Most of them come from his mother, Ellen, living in Morrisville, with an enclosed letter from his brother Homer. Ellen Bentley's letters comment on the weather, births, deaths, and marriages, local events such as fires and floods, the installation of electricity, of a town water system, and of the continued poor health of her husband, Edgar. At one point she comments on the fact that the doctor had made 121 visits between January and June. (In Edgar's obituary in the Morrisville News and Citizen his continued poor health since the Civil War was noted.) No reference was made in the letters of Edgar's profession, though it obviously involved some farming. The mother is constantly suggesting that Lloyd settle closer to home, that he ask for more money, that he is being taken advantage of. Lloyd finally leaves Hyannis in 1896.

Brother Homer's letters at first are almost exclusively devoted to his interest in horses and horse racing, but towards the end he buys a camera and that becomes his obsession, and in later life his profession. The rest of the letters are from People's Academy classmates in Morrisville, from a friend at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, from the druggist in Hyannis, and from Madge Paul, a young lady who signs off with increasing enthusiasm, but then disappears from the correspondence.

Biographical or historical data :

Lloyd Bentley (1872-1961), born in Hyde Park, Vermont, January 14, 1872, was the son of Edgar and Ellen (Leighton) Bentley. Edgar Bentley (1845-1905) served as a private in Company M, 1st Regiment of Vermont Cavalry, from 1863 until the end of the war, and was in many major campaigns. Lloyd C. Bentley worked as a pharmacist for most of his life, and his only sibling, Homer L. Bentley (1879-1963) was a photographer in Morrisville. Lloyd received his education in Morrisville schools, graduating from the People's Academy in the class of 1891. He learned the pharmacy profession in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and then worked in Morrisville, Vermont. He bought and ran for some years a drug store in Stowe, Vermont. He retired in 1945 and returned to Morrisville to live with his brother Homer. He married Fannie Osgood of Montpelier, who died in 1942.

Personal Subject : Bentley, Edgar A., 1845-1905.
Corporate Subject : People's Academy Morrisville, Vt.
Phillips Academy.
Subject Term : Mothers and sons.
Courtship Vermont.
Horse racing.
Photography Vermont Morristown.
Students Massachusetts Andover.
Students Vermont Morristown.
Electrification Vermont Morristown.
Water utilities Vermont Morristown.
Geographic Term : Morristown (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Hyannis (Mass.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Occupation : Pharmacists.
Added Author : Bentley, Ellen Leighton.
Bentley, Homer L., 1879-1963.
Paul, Madge.
Small, Fred M.
Terrill, M. Weld.
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