Biography of Edward Haskell
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Haskell, Edward, was born at Still River, Mass., about 1828, a son of Deacon Calvin and Ann (Hersey) Haskell. He was obliged to leave school at an early age owing to the business reverses of his father, and he entered the employ of a Boston firm for whom he came to New Bedford to dispose of a stock of goods. He managed the venture successfully and his employers decided to keep him here in trade. In 1849 he began, in a small way. a dry goods business for himself, locatitig on the west side of Purchase street between William and Union streets. He was full of energy and a popular young man and soon gained a good trade. Later he moved across the street, the business meantime rapidly increasing under the impetus of the remarkable business ability which he developed, and the store being enlarged into several departments. In 1876 he organized the firm of Edward Haskell & Company and the four stores then operated were consolidated, forming a large department store, one of the first in New Bedford. Mr. Haskell continued in the business until his death in December, 1882. Although his early education had been limited, he developed a fine literary and artistic taste. He was an enthusiastic lover of flowers and all that was beantiful in art and nature. He was a devoted member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and received a silver medal at its exhibition in 1881 for his collection of "nymphaeas" Mr. Haskell wasastrong friend, a pleasant, courteous, hospitable and generous man. As a speaker he was remarkably fluent and effective. For many years he was a member and deacon of the North Congregational Church and served as superintendent of the Sunday school eleven years. He married first, Sarah Claflin of Pawtucket, R. I., and of their union one son was born, George Edward Haskell, who became a member of the Boston firm of Abram French & Company. For his second wife Mr. Haskell married Louisa B., only daughter of Alexander H. and Louisa (Crandall) Seabury of New Bedford, who survives him. Their children are Mary Crandall and Helen Parker.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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