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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Earle Kilborn Bishop -- Sunday Obituary

Obituary of my grandfather. I don't like this obit because there is no mention of his first wife, Sarah TenEyck, mother to his three children. He and 2nd wife had no children. In addition, no mention of who his parents were. What I do like is the fact he and I were born in the same hospital.

"From the New Britain Herald, August 24, 1981

Prominent architect, dies

Earle Kilborn Bishop, 89, of 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, formerly of 62 Chatham Rd., Kensington, died Sunday at Plainville Convalescent Home.

Born in New Britain, he lived in New Haven until 1922. He then returned to New Britain, where he remained until 1949. He moved to Kensington that year, remaining there until three months ago.

Born in 1891, Mr. Bishop was the son of the late Everett R. Bishop, New Britain's second city clerk.

He attended Yale Art School, majoring in architecture, then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture in 1915.

Soon after graduation, Mr. Bishop became a member of the New Haven Grays. He served with the Second Connecticut U.S. Infantry on the Mexican Border in 1916.

He was also interested in music, serving as organist for the Sunday evening services at Yale University. He also became the organist at Pilgrim Church, New Haven, and was organist and choir director at South Congregational Church, New Britain.

He became a partner in the architectural firm of Perry and Bishop in New Britain in 1927. Mr. Bishop wrote New Britain's building code, which was adopted by the Common Council and published in 1926. He also served on the original zoning commission.

The firm of Perry and Bishop worked on several prominent homes and commercial buildings in New Britain, along with the University of Connecticut administration building, dining hall, dormitories, staff apartment building, and Storrs Congregational Church.

The firm's New Britain accomplishments include the Spanish War Memorial.

Mr. Bishop left Perry and Bishop in 1942. He joined Electric Bond and Share Co., New York City, where he remained until 1957, when he retired.

He was a member of several area civic groups.

Survivors include his wife, Edna (Smart) Bishop of New Britain; two daughters, Mrs. Jane Poole of Acton, Mass., and Mrs. Barbara Boley of Ely, Vt., a son, Dr. Robert Bishop of Dallas, Tex.; a step-son, George J. Simmone of New Britain; 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain, at the family's convenience. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Plainville. There are no calling hours."