Biography of Ira A. Hathaway
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hathaway, Ira A., was born in the town of Somerset, May 30, 1855, a son of William T. and Mary M. (Chase) Hathaway, and educated in the common schools of the vicinity. His father was a mason by trade, plying his vocation and finding work in the community in which he lived. Mr. Hathaway's grandfather, Jonathan Hathaway, was one of the early pioneers of Bristol county and was proprietor of the first express line between Bristol and Boston. When seventeen years of age Mr. Hathaway started out in life for himself and learned the carpenter's trade with Shaw & Wilber of Fall River, in whose employ he remained for ten years, after which he went into business for himself in the vicinity where he now resides, and many of the substantial dwellings in the vicinity were erected under his supervision. Mr. Hathaway's business location is such that in years past he has found it advantageous to carry other lines in connection with that of building and has a building devoted to carriage wood work and turning and boat building. His latest enterprise is that of undertaking and embalming, a building being devoted entirely to this business. His facilities in this line are unsurpassed and this department is increasing among a class who appreciate suitable and reverent attention in the sad duties of disposing of the dead. With all his diversified interests to attend to Mr. Hathaway has organized, instructs, and conducts Hathaway's Social Orchestra, a musical feature of the community. He is also a leader of music and has probably done more than any other agency towards keeping up an interest in the art than all others combined. He has been a member of the First Christian Church of Somerset since 1873, and is a member of Elysian Lodge, I. O. O. F. He has been twice married; his present wife was Mary E., daughter of William Sherman of Dighton, whom he married in December, 1897.

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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