Biography of George W. Haight
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GEORGE WASHINGTON HAIGHT, a retired member of the New York City Fire Department, and a carpenter and cabinetmaker of no mean ability, was born on January 28, 1864, on Greenwich Avenue, Manhattan. This Mr. Haight is a son of Welcome Arnold and Eliza Maria (Tuttle) Haight, and a grandson of John Haight, who was among the original ninety men who stormed and took Fort Ticonderoga in the War of 1812. Earlier members of the family served with distinction during the Revolutionary War. Welcome Arnold Haight, the father, was born on March 2, 1832, in Dutchess County, New York, and he died during the year 1910. He was a carpenter and builder all of his life; a man beloved by those who knew him well and respected by all with whom he came in contact. Eliza Maria (Tuttle) Haight, the mother, was born in 1832 in old Greenwich Village, New York, and she died April 22, 1925. She was a daughter of John and Helen (Pultz) Tuttle, the Tuttles being among the older families in America.

Their son, George Washington Haight, first attended the old public school on Thirty seventh Street between Second and Third avenues, and he later attended the public school on Forty second Street, both in Manhattan. He was then but seven years old, about which time his parents removed to The Bronx, where the lad attended the old Morrisania Public School, under Principal John Moore. He later attended the public school at One Hundred and Forty sixth Street and College Avenue, under Principal Hyatt. Upon the completion of these courses of education, he at once branched out for himself, receiving his first real contact with the world of commerce as a delivery wagon driver, working thus for the butcher store owned and operated by one Marlin Nor; at One Hundred and Forty fourth Street and Third Avenue. After about four years at this type of work he returned to his father's carpentry and building business and under this competent preceptorship learned and mastered the joiner's and cabinetmaker's trade. He worked at this, in company with his father, up until the year 1910, at the time of his father's death. Sometime prior to this, however, in the year 1898, he had also joined the New York City Fire Department, and being physically endowed to meet the many hazards of this dangerous occupation, he decided to dose his father's business, in 1910, and remain in the department. Thus he served uninterruptedly from 1898 to 1918, rounding out a full twenty years in the service, after which he was retired upon a city pension. Since 1918, however, he has returned to his work as a cabinetmaker, and although he is doing this principally to occupy his time he has nevertheless turned out some of the most beautiful cabinet inlay work to be found in this country.

He still takes a keen interest in the general affairs of the Department, and he now holds active membership in the Twenty year Firemen's Association, and he is affiliated, fraternally, with the Harlem Lodge, No. 201, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

George Washington Haight married, September 25, 1888, at the Methodist Church on Jane Street, Manhattan, the Rev. Dr. Lowther officiating, Josephine C. Herger, who was born near One Hundred and Sixty sixth Street and Washington Avenue, in The Bronx, a daughter of William and Josephine (Bodmark) Herger, pioneer bakers in The Bronx. Mr. and Mrs. Haight have become the parents of four children: 1. Irene Amanda, who was born November 29, 1889, and who married Otto Serget. 2. Helen Louise, who was born February 28, 1891, and who married William Noll, and by him became the mother of Howard, who was born May 1, 1920. 3. Josephine Bell, who was born on November 10, 1894. 4. Ethel Georgina, born July 7, 1900; married Henry Bahle, and they have one child, Ethel Henrietta. Mr. and Mrs. Haight maintain their residence at No. 1114 Washington Avenue, The Bronx.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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