In Memory of Companion Horace Knight Ide

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United StatesThe Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is a fraternity formed in 1865 by Union Civil War veterans. Horace K. Ide was an original member and was active in this and other veterans organizations.  William A. Ide later wrote “His greatest happiness was meeting his old comrades of the Cavalry. He went to see them, they came to see him, and he attended the reunions. The feeling toward him from his comrades was more than admiration.”

Upon Horace’s death in 1897, the Order published a tribute to his memory that provides a good biographical sketch and a glimpse of the high regard they held for him.

The original version is worth viewing for its period typography.


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.


Letter from Florida, February 7, 1876

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Letters from Florida

Woodland, Fla., Feb. 7, 1876.

To the Editor of the Caledonian:

Dear Sir: — Last Thursday we made a trip to Georgetown, Fla., to see Hier’s groves. Palmer was down there digging sour orange stumps, and we decided to go down and stay over night with him, and just as we arrived at that conclusion, Calvin (a mulatto who works for Mr. Smith) came along with a team on his way to get the stumps that Palmer was digging. The distance was ten miles, and a chance to ride was not to be lost, so we packed up some blankets, a pail of grub, locked up the house and jumped on board. We went across the country for a mile, regardless of roads, and the struck the trail that led directly south to our destination, which place we reached about 5 o’clock, P.M. Just before arriving there we had to put our team into a run in order to pass a point on the road before the fire reached it. It was coming quite fast, being driven by a furious wind.

Mr. Hier had evidently been imbibing some of the fluid that invigorates and also intoxicates.


Letters from Florida Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Letters from Florida

Horace Ide began spending winters in Florida in 1871 or earlier for his health, although any Vermonter knows that you don’t need a reason to take a break from winter. Spending winter in Vermont in the 19th century must have been a test of will, with poorly insulated houses, unreliable heat sources and cold temperatures at the end of the little ice age. By 1872, he had purchased a farm near Jacksonville and started an orange grove. In 1876, he began writing letters to the St. Johnsbury Caledonian that they published for the interest of their readers, and possibly to increase their readers interest in purchasing Florida real estate.


Letter from Florida, January 1876

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Letters from Florida


To the Editor of the Caledonian:

One day last week Richardson and myself started off for a trip to Dunn’s Lake and some orange groves situated thereon. Teams are very scarce here and we used the means of locomotion furnished by nature. We first passed by Mr. Jarvis’s, whose homestead adjoins mine, and called in to see his place, and the “Floating Island.” He has quite a little grove stared, besides some peach trees; and quite a lot of grape vines. Immediately north of his house is Lake Bernard, a fine sheet of water two mile long and one half mile wide, surrounded by pine woods, that reach to the water’s edge.


Letter from Florida, January 24, 1876

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Letters from Florida

To the Editor of the Caledonian:

WOODLAND, FLA., Jan. 24, ‘76.

DEAR SIR: We arrived in Savannah, Sunday night, and left there Monday morning. What attracted our attention the most was the police of the city. They were all dressed in gray, and were all armed as either infantry or cavalry. I was told by a citizen that they had all been in the Confederate army.


From New York To Savannah, January 9, 1876

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Letters from Florida

A trip through the Old Dominion.

Savannah, Ga., Jan. 9, 1876.

To the Editor of the Caledonian:

Dear Sir: We left New York Wednesday, Jan. 5th. at 3 P.M., and arrived in Washington almost midnight. Next morning we looked about the City — first at the Agricultural Building, then the White House and Patent Office. In the afternoon we visited the Capital. We first went to the House, but found the public gallery full. A one-legged door-keeper finally let us into a private gallery, where we had a good view. The subject under consideration was a reconciliation resolution in (more…)