Elmore and Cynthia Ide Family Portrait

Elmore and Cynthia Ide family portrait
Elmore and Cynthia Ide family portrait

Elmore and Cynthia Ide’s family portrait circa 1895. From top left:

Henry Clay Ide II, 1869 – 1907. Henry was a physician who died young due to heart problems.

Fanny Knight Ide (Sprague), 1876-1942. Fanny was an artist and illustrator and married Oliver M. W. Sprague, a Harvard University professor of economics.

George Peabody Ide, 1867-1967. George was a very successful businessman, although he almost bankrupted his father in the process.

Katharine Darling Ide (Gray), 1863-1950. Katharine was a founder of Maple Grove Farms and married George M. Gray, who joined the business in 1888 and was instrumental in building it.

Mary Ellen Ide (Gates), 1871-1963. Mary Ellen was the second wife of Charles Winslow Gates, who was Governor of Vermont from 1915-1917.

William Adams Ide, 1881-1957. William Adams succeeded E. T. Ide in the presidency of E. T. & H. K. Ide.

Elmore Timothy Ide, 1839 – 1923.

Cynthia Lois Adams Ide, 1844-1916. Cynthia was the only child of William and Mary Felch Adams.

Biographical Sketch of E. T. Ide

The author of this biographical sketch of E. T. Ide, possibly a school project, is unknown but believed to be Katherine Ide Sprague. Katherine was the daughter of Fanny Knights and Oliver Mitchell Wentworth Sprague. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a girl.

Original typed manuscript: My Grandfather: A Biographical Sketch


My grandfather, Elmore T. Ide, was one of those sterling characters for which Hew England, and, in particular, Vermont, is noted. His life was not rich in incidents, nor did he ever do anything that will make his name go down in history, along with those of Washington and Emerson, but, in all the simple happenings of his ordinary, homely life, he was the embodiment of that best kind of American, of whom we think in connection with Abraham Lincoln.


E. T. Ide in Indiana

In 1865, E. T. Ide went west to Indiana to work as a millwright. This is related in Millers for Five Generations:

Under these conditions the mill could not he operated profitably. E. T. Ide decided he needed more knowledge of western methods and equipment. In 1865 he went “west” to Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he worked for several months as a miller and millwright. When he returned he was ready to go to work building a business in the hills of Vermont.


Millers for a Century

Timothy, Jacob and Elmore T. Ide, Three Generations, Have Conducted Milling Business For 100 Years.

Timothy Ide Purchased Small Mill at Passumpsic, Dec. 22, 1813. — Business Taken up by Son and Developed from Small Custom Mill to a Large Grinding and Distributing Industry — Three Mills Destroyed By Fire — Business Removed to St. Johnsbury where Large Tract of Land was Developed for Manufacturing and Building Purposes — After 53 Years Connection with the Business E. T. Ide Still Actively Connected with Conduct of the Business.

One hundred years ago next Monday Timothy Ide purchased the grist mill at Passumpsic, conducted the business until his death when it was purchased by his son, Jacob Ide, and later purchased by his son, Elmore T. Ide. who for 53 years has been the manager of the business. The close of a century’s ownership finds Elmore T. Ide 74 years old but still at his desk giving the business the benefit of his long and successful experience. The thoroughly modern mill of E. T. & H. K. Ide is a. creditable monument for a century’s effort but Mr. Ide has still wider success to his credit. He has built up a large coal business, has developed a tract of three acres of apparently worthless land into an important manufacturing and building center. He is also president of the Merchants National Bank, one of the village’s strong financial institutions  Not only can Mr. Ide look back upon the accomplishments of over half a century but he has associated with him a son and son-in-law which assures a much longer term of successful business in the name of the Ide family.