George Peck Ide
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

GEORGE PECK IDE—Among those who have contributed to the economic prosperity of the city of Troy, New York, by founding a business organization which has become one of the best known concerns of its kind in the country, is the late George P. Ide, founder of the enterprise known throughout the world as George P. Ide & Company, a collar manufacturing concern.

The Ide family, which has been prominent in the business, civic and social life of Troy, New York, for the past half-century, bears a name which appears upon the early New England records, variously spelled Hyde or Hide, lyde, Ide lyd, and Yde, and traces its descent from one Nicholas (i) Ide (or Hyde), who died in England early in the seventeenth century, leaving a son, Nicholas (2). The widow of Nicholas (i) Ide (or Hyde) married (second) Thomas Bliss, and it was with his mother's second husband and family that Nicholas (2) Ide, immigrant ancestor of the Ide family in this country, came to America in 1636.

(I) Nicholas (2) Ide, son of Nicholas (i) Ide, was born in England about 1624, and died at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, October 18, 1690. After living in several different localities with his step-father's family, he removed to Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in 1643. There he later became a freeman in 1648, and became the owner of considerable land. He took an active part in public affairs, serving as surveyor of the highways of Rehoboth, and in various other public offices, and he was also one of the committee appointed to settle the dispute with King Philip, the Indian chief. He and his wife, Martha, were the parents of ten children: Nathaniel; Mary, who married Samuel Fuller; John; Nicholas (3), of further mention; Martha, who married Samuel Walker; Elizabeth; Timothy; Dorothy; Patience, who married Samuel Carpenter; and Experience.

(II) Nicholas (3) Ide, fourth child of Nicholas (2) and Martha Ide, was born at Rehoboth, in November, 1654, and died June 5, 1723. He removed from Rehoboth to Attleboro, Massachusetts, which town he represented in the General Court of Massachusetts in 1713-14. He was also a warrior in King Philip's War, 1675-76, serving under Major Bradford. He married (first), December 22, 1677, at Rehoboth, Mary Ormsbee. She died September 9, 1690, and he married (second) Elizabeth Hewins. Children of the first marriage were: Nathaniel, Jacob, Martha, Patience, and John. Children of the second marriage: Benjamin, of further mention; Nicholas (4); and Nicholas (5).

(III) Benjamin Ide, son of Nicholas (3) and Elizabeth (Hewins) Ide, was born at Reboboth, Massachusetts, December 5, 1693, baptized March 24, 1700. He married Elizabeth Slack, November 29, 1716, at Attleboro, and they were the parents of children, among whom was Nicholas (6), of further mention.

(IV) Nicholas (6) Ide, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Slack) Ide, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, July 18, 1717. He married and became the father of children, among whom was Benjamin (2), of further mention.

(V) Benjamin (2) Ide, son of Nicholas (6) Ide, was born October 27, 1754, died April 13, 1857. He married and reared a family of children, among whom was Thomas, of further mention.

(VI) Thomas Ide, son of Benjamin (2) Ide, was born April 21, 1779, died November 19, 1857. He married and among his children was William, of further mention.

(VII) William Ide, son of Thomas Ide, was born July i, 1799, and died January 13, 1882. He was a farmer of the town of Corinth, Saratoga County, New York; justice of the peace and a man of influence in town affairs. He married (first) Mary Noyce; (second) Sally Carpenter; (third) Deborah Early. Children of first wife: William, Samuel and Lydia. Children of second wife: Daniel, John, Nathan, George P., of further mention; Almira, Gilbert Chauncy, and Reuben; no issue by third wife.

(VIII) George Peck Ide, son of William and Sally (Carpenter) Ide, was born at Corinth, Saratoga county. New York, February 28, 1836, died at Troy, New York, March 3, 1907. After receiving a practical education he engaged in agricultural pursuits on his father's farm. He remained a farmer until reaching legal age, when he quickly absorbed the details of collar manufacture, and in 1865, at the age of twenty-nine years, began business for himself with a partner, S. V. R. Ford. Samuel N. Ide was admitted in 1867, and in 1878 the original firm dissolved to be reorganized by George P. Ide, James N. Ide, F. B. Twining, and Charles E. Bruce, as George P. Ide, Bruce & Company, a firm which in 1884 became George P. Ide & Company, under which name it became known to a world-wide patronage. In 1920 the firm was incorporated under the same name.

For twenty-five years George P. Ide was president of the Manufacturers' Bank of Troy, was vice-president of the Security Trust Company, and director of the Security Safe Deposit Company of Troy, and of the Adirondack Trust Company of Saratoga, New York. He was president of the Troy Telephone & Telegraph Company, the American District Telegraph Company, and of the Magnetic Ore Separator Company. He was a director of the United Traction Company, Hudson River Telephone Company, Troy Gas Company, Troy and West Troy Bridge Company, was a trustee of Samaritan Hospital, and closely identified with Troy's progress in other lines. He was one of the founders of the Park Club, owned many trotting horses and was very fond of driving them. In politics he was a Republican, but never accepted an office.

George Peck Ide married (first), in 1863, Sarah R. Marshall, daughter of Alba Marshall, who died leaving an only son, Alba Marshall, of further mention. He married (second) Mary Ella Savage, and to this marriage the following children were born: Herbert Savage, of further mention; A. Harris; George P., Jr.; Caroline, married Albert E. Cluett, of Troy, New York; and Edith G., married Joseph O. Eaton, of Cleveland, Ohio.

(IX) Alba Marshall Ide, son of George P. and Sarah R. (Marshall) Ide, was born in Troy, New York, October 2, 1866. He received his early education in the public schools of Troy and then completed his preparations for an active career by taking courses in Troy Academy and in Mount Anthony Seminary, at Bennington, Vermont. When his academic training was completed, he at once became associated with the George P. Ide & Company manufacturing concern, and on December 1, 1889, when he was twenty-three years of age, he became a partner in that large and well-known enterprise. Since that date he has been continuously connected with this great Troy firm, and on February 1, 1920, when the business was incorporated, he was elected vice-president. He is known as a man of large business ability and in addition to his responsibilities in connection with the George P. Ide & Company concern, he is also vice-president and a member of the board of directors of the Manufacturers' National Bank, of Troy, a director of the Security Trust Company, a member of the board of trustees of the Troy Gas Company, a member of the board of directors of the Boston & Maine railroad, and he is also an active member of the official boards of several of the benevolent and educational institutions of the city of Troy. Politically Mr. Ide gives his support to the principles and the candidates of the Republican party, in the affairs of which he takes an active part. He is president of the Rensselaer County Republican Club, has been delegate or alternate to the last five national Republican conventions, and is one of the leaders of the party in his county. In 1909 he was elected presidential elector for the Twenty-second Congressional District, and served as secretary of the Electoral College. He is widely known and highly esteemed both as a business man of exceptional ability and as a publicspirited citizen, who is always ready to contribute generously of his time and means for the public good. He is a member of the Troy Club and of the Mount Anthony Country Club, and is an attendant of St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church.

Alba Marshall Ide married Gertrude Knight, on September 27, 1893, daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Van Hoovenberg) Knight, of Troy, and a granddaughter of Richard Knight, born in Renham, England, died in Troy, New York, son of William Knight, of England. He married Sarah Carman, born in London, England, daughter of Dr. Carman of that city. Joseph Knight was a publisher of Central Massachusetts. Alba M. and Gertrude (Knight) Ide are the parents of four children: Eleanor, educated in Emma Willard School, Troy, and Westover School for Girls, Middlebury, Connecticut; Sarah Marshall, educated in the same school as her sister, married L. Tyler Smyser, of Louisville, Kentucky, and has a daughter, Frances; Gertrude Knight, and Mary Ella, both educated in Emma Willard and Westover schools.

(IX) Herbert Savage Ide, son of George Peck and Mary Ella (Savage) Ide, was born in Troy, New York, January 14, 1870. After receiving his early education in the public schools of Troy he became a student in Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, from which he was graduated in 1892 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Immediately after his graduation he became associated with the well-known collar manufacturing concern established by his father, and throughout the period of his active career to the present time (1923) he has been devoting his time and energy to the advancement of the interests of that enterprise. His father had already not only established a most successful business concern but he had also founded the enterprise upon principles of integrity and honor and had made a reputation for efficiency and for superior quality of his product. The principles and ideals which from the beginning have been the "soul of business," have been carefully guarded by the younger members of the family as they have become associated with the business and Herbert Savage Ide is contributing his full share to maintaining the standards set by his father. He is now treasurer of the corporation and during the more than thirty years which have passed since he became identified with the firm, he has consistently stood for progress and for integrity of business methods. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as one of the owners as well as an official of the best-known collar manufacturing concern in the world, Mr. Ide is also officially connected with several financial institutions, including the Manufacturers' National Bank, of which he is a member of the board of directors; Troy Savings Bank, which he serves as a member of the board of trustees; and the Security Safe Deposit Company, of which he is a director. With all his many business activities Mr. Ide has found time for community and civic service. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Samaritan Hospital, and of the Marshall Infirmary, and he has also rendered public service as a member of the American District Telegraph Company. During the World War he was one of the most active in promoting the activities of the various "drives," taking an active part in the Liberty Loan, War Chest, and War Service campaigns, as well as contributing generously himself. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Delta Psi college fraternity, and he is also a member of the Troy Club, and of the Williams College Club of New York City. Mr. Ide is highly esteemed not only among those with whom he comes in contact in his various business activities, but as a public-spirited citizen and a man of sterling qualities of character as well. His religious affiliation is with St. John's Episcopal Church, of Troy, which he serves as a vestryman.

Herbert Savage Ide married Alice Sabine Clarke, at Syracuse, New York, June 8, 1899, daughter of John Seymour and Helen (Chittenden) Clarke, and they are the parents of four children: George P. (2), who is associated with the George P. Ide & Company concern; Herbert S., Jr., who is a student in Williams College, class of 1925; Harlow C, who is a student in Albany Academy; and Marian T., who is studying in the Emma Willard School.

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