Tripp, Melvin, p. o. Hamilton, was born on the border of Madison county and has been a life long resident thereof.
At the age of sixteen he began to learn the cabinet making trade and after completing his apprenticeship he came
to Hamilton and pursued a liberal course of studies in both the academy and university. Subsequently he embarked
in the grocery business and continued therein twenty five years in Hamilton. He was afterwards in the furniture
business for five years. Mr. Tripp has always taken a great interest in them welfare of Hamilton and has acted
a prominent part in both business and public affairs. He has been trustee of the village eight years, village treasurer
twenty years, town clerk two years, and supervisor of the town sixteen years. He is an ardent Republican and has
for many years sat in the councils of his party and been delegate to many county and congressional conventions.
He is one of the men who have been the builders of Hamilton, both before and after the disastrous fire in 1895.
He erected the first opera house here, known as Tripp's Hall, which went down in the aforementioned fire, and many
fine dwellings besides his brick block, burned down and rebuilt. He has been one of the commissioners on the water
and light plant since its organization and was treasurer of the board for many years. Mr. Tripp married Hattie
E. Holmes, a native of Hamilton, N. Y. His parents were Jonathan and Euphemia (Van Dyke) Tripp. His grandfather,
Israel Tripp, was a native of New England, of Scotch descent and his grandfather Van Dyke was of Holland extraction.
Mr. Tripp was one of the originators and promoters of Woodlawn cemetery, of which Hamilton is justly proud, for
few places of its size have such an attractive necropolis, and acting both as secretary and treasurer of the association
he has expended a great deal of time and work to the cemetery.
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890
Madison County, NY
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