|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1871|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1966|
From the Bennington Banner October 22, 1966
EDWARD G. PHILLIPS
NORTH BENNINGTON - Edward George Phillips, for more than 75 years a prominent member of the community, died last night at Putnam Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for about a week. He would have been 95 on Sunday.
Although he retired from active participation about 10 years ago "Ed" Phillips was a part of the business, civic and social life of North Bennington throughout most of his life. He was for many years a trustee of the village and was the first water commissioner here, serving in that post for 25 years from the time the water system was put into service in the early 1920s.
Born in East Arlington, he was the son of George and Susan (Webb) Phillips. He forsook formal education early when at the age of 14 he went to Cortland, N.Y. to work in a carriage factory.
He deserted carriage making for railroads and for many years was station agent for the Boston and Maine Railroad here at a time when the community was served by not one but two railroads.
During his years with the B and M he devised a system of auditing and handling local rail service so effective that it brought him to the attention of officials in the Boston office.
Time and again various vice presidents were dispatched here to persuade him to come to Boston to put his ideas to work in the home office. But a Vermonter by birth and devotion, he had no wish to leave his home and tired of all the attention he quit the railroad in 1914.
At that time he joined the Stark Paper Co. here as office manager and accountant and continued to oversee affairs in the company until he retired in 1956.
In the years since then he was busy in his home and garden but also kept a sharp eye on Wall Street and the stock market, and kept up to date on the political scene.
He was married to the former Sybilla Shakshober, who was North Bennington's first librarian and an effective influence on the cultural life of the community.
For more than 50 years he was a member of the Tucker Lodge F and AM.
He is survived by a son, Webb Phillips of Sedona, Arizona, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren, nieces and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at his home on Bank Street here Monday at 2 pm. Friends may call at his home after 7 pm today.
George Henry Phillips (1839 - 1908)
Susan M. Webb Phillips (1843 - 1922)
Sybilla Shakshober Phillips (1872 - 1947)
Edward George Phillips (1871 - 1966)
Reuben W. Phillips (1877 - 1961)*
Note: h/o Sybilla Shakeshober
Created by: Nancy D
Record added: Nov 30, 2006
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