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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
HON. ASA PETTENGILL
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT
AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1019
HON. ASA PETTENGILL. Although Hon. Asa Pettengill is not one of the old residents of Rockville, Tolland county, he has made his presence felt since locating there in 1888, both in business and political circles. Mr. Pettengill was elected to the State Legislature from Vernon after a shorter residence than any other incumbent of the office and served his party with great credit, as he wielded greater power in the position than any other new man from his section in that honorable body.
Mr. Pettengill comes from old New England
stock and was born at Rindge, N.H., Sept. 2, 1835, a son of Asa and
Lavina (Sawtelle) Pettengill, the former of whom was born at Ware,
N.H., the latter being a daughter of
Mr. Pettengill was a carpenter by trade but worked at other kinds of business, his death occurring at the age of eight-six years. For two years he was a soldier in the war of 1812, being an orderly at Fort Independence, in Boston, and was also at Plattsburg, during that war. His death occurred in Keene, N.H., at the home of his son, Asa, with whom he had made his home for a couple of years, the mother having died at Rindge, N.H. Mr. Pettengill was a Jacksonian Democrat and a consistent member of the Free Will Baptist religious belief, two of his brothers, John and Dudley, being powerful Baptist ministers.
Asa Pettengill was but a boy when his parents removed from the old home and settled at Stanstead Plain, in Canada, just opposite Derby, N.H. In those days his father drove the stage between Montreal and Boston, when it required from twenty-six to thirty days to make the trip, six horses being needed, and Mr. Pettengill was well known all through that country. When he was eleven years old the family removed to Winchendon Springs Village, and there he completed his education, having attended school in all the places where the family had lived.
At the early age of sixteen Mr. Pettengill began to learn the carpenters trade under his father, with whom he worked until he was twenty-two, when he started out for himself, at the age of twenty-five beginning to learn the trade of machinist, for which he had natural adaptability, at Peterboro, N.H. In that town he was married in June, 1860, to Miss Hannah Heard, a native of Dublin, N.H., born June 16, 1833, a daughter of Henry and Belinda (Barden) Heard, the only child of this union being Walter Edwin, born May 30, 1862, at Dublin, N.H., who married Nellie Holt, of Peterboro, and has one child, Elva H. For some years Walter Edwin was in business with his father, but is now a master mechanic in the Rock mill, of Rockville.
Asa Pettengill followed his trade
at various places, being at one time the efficient superintendent
of the Norwich Woolen mill, at Norwich, Conn., at another time
was superintendent of the Niantic mills at Sandy Hook, Conn., and
was also superintendent of the Joseph Noons & Sons mill, at Peterboro, N.H. In 1886 he
went to Uxbridge, Mass., as master mechanic of the Capron Woolen
Companys mill, but two years later he came to Rockville as
master mechanic for the White Manufacturing Company, where he remained
until that company went out of business. Soon after this Mr. Pettengill
bought the property on Thompson street and there established his
machine shop and factory, before his purchase known as The Thompson & Holmes
Chuck Shop. When he started the business he associated his son with
him, but later the son made new connections and he is the sole proprietor.
The plant is fitted up with carpet cleaning works, and is properly
fitted for all kinds of mechanical and electrical work, and the product
has been marketed in many
Natural mechanical skill enables Mr. Pettengill to easily perform many branches of the work himself, in which he takes the greatest interest. Having inherited the robust constitution of his forefathers as well as their iron will, he bore with ill grace a severe sickness during the winter of 1899 and 1900, his determination alone bringing him back to health, as the physicians could do nothing for him, and several days were passed in a comatose condition.
Mr. Pettengill is a staunch Democrat,
a sound money one, and in 1892 he was elected, after a residence
of but four years, and in a Republican town, from Vernon to the State
Legislature, having the largest plurality of any candidate for the
office on any ticket up to that time, and served acceptably on the
committee on Cities and Boroughs. This committee had the charge of
Electric railroads, and Mr. Pettengill was one of the hardest workers
for the electric line into Rockville, being one of its most enthusiastic
advocates, in the face of influential opposition. For seven years
he served as assessor in Rockville and his unceasing labor resulted
in a most substantial increase of taxable property returned. It was
Mr. Pettengill who fought for higher valuation and the result was
a great victory. In political matters he is an enthusiastic worker.
Socially he is connected with the Odd Fellows at Peterboro, N.H.,
and Columbia Lodge, F.& A.M. at Brattleboro, Vt., and K. of P.
of Rockville; while both he and his wife are valued members of the
Methodist Church of Rockville. Except for the great land-slide for
the Republican party in 1894, he would have
Perhaps it is the activity of mind and the alert and intelligent grasp of events which has kept Mr. Pettengill so well preserved, physically as well as mentally, but his looks much belie his years. His name is well known throughout Tolland county, and universally respected.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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