Saturday, April 18, 2015

An Accidental Interview

William B. Ide [biography below] built a house owned by Mr. Burchard, the uncle of President Rutherford B. Hayes, in Vermont.  That fact was disclosed in "an accidental interview."


A biographical sketch of the life of William B. Ide (also online here):

William B. Ide worked at the carpenter and joiner's trade with his father a greater part of the time till of age.

"At an accidental interview with President Hayes' uncle Burchard of Fayetteville, Newfane [Vermont], in 1876, the old gentleman, who is quite deaf, inquired of the writer about 'one William B. Ide' said he knew him well some 50 years ago that he built the house in which he (Mr. B.) then lived: and he assured me that Mr. Ide was a good and thorough workman that although his house had stood the test of the Vermont climate...".

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