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08 Dec 2005
Charles Higgins, a veteran of the late Civil War, of which he served as a very young volunteer, is a representative businessmen of the town of Montezuma, Cayuga County, having worked his way up to an enviable position in the community, and acquired a competency through his own merits and by the exercise of energy, enterprise and perseverance. Mr. Higgins was born in the town of Savannah, Wayne County, New York, March 27,1848. His father, Thomas Higgins, was a worthy, hard working man. He died when quite young, leaving his wife, whose maiden name was Ellen O'Neil, with two little children - Charles; and a little sister named Nancy, who died at the age of nine years. Mrs. Ellen Higgins, who is yet alive, resides in Wayne County. 
The subject of this personal history began the battle of life at a tender age, hiring himself out on a farm when only ten years old, to Eugene Traver, to whom he worked for two years, receiving in compensation his board and clothing. He next entered the employment of Lewis D. Fenlon, a merchant of Montezuma, who dealt in general merchandise, receiving six dollars a month in the summer season, and in the winter working for his board and attending school. On December 21,1863 ,a beardless youth of fifteen summers, he enlisted in Company A, Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, under Captain J.W. Snyder, who was afterward for gallant conduct promoted to the rank of Colonel. Though young in years, Private Higgins was a brave and patriotic soldier, and was an active participant in many of the most hotly contested battles of the rebellion, being in the battle of Cold Harbor, and the one at Monocacy, where Colonel Seward was wounded, and afterwards at Cedar Creek, Winchester, South side of Weldon Railway, Petersburg, Hatch's Run, Sailor's Creek, and other important engagements, never fearing or faltering in his duty. On the 10th October 1865, Mr. Higgins received his honorable discharge, and returned to this county. While in service to his country he contracted a disease, granulation of the lids, for which he is still suffering. After returning from the scenes of the conflict, he resumed his studies in the village schools at Montezuma. On May 12,1866,he entered the employment of William Thorn, remaining with him until the 1st of May 1876,when,his eyes started troubling him, he went to Chicago for medical treatment. He remained in that city for two and one half years; then, returning to Montezuma, he established the Cooper Flag business in 1878,in which he has continued until the present day, meeting with unqualified success. Beginning on a small scale, he has from time to time enlarged his operations; and now in the busy season, which lasts about five months each year, he gives employment to many men, the number ranging from fifty to sixty five. He carries on an extensive business, aggregating ten thousand dollars, dealing with all the leading coopers of the United States, his embracing manufacture of barrels of all descriptions. Mr. Higgins great executive and financial ability, I investing his money judiciously; and in addition to his beautiful residence in the village he owns other real estate, and every year rents seven or eight thousand acres of marsh land, on which he cuts the flags used in his business. His character and capability eminently fit him for positions of trust and honor, and he has worthily filled many public offices. He has served as Deputy Sheriff of Cayuga County, six years, three under R.J. Myers and three under J. Ward Mead and at present time is Justice of The Peace, an office he has satisfactorily filled for six years. In politics he is identified with the Democratic Party and in religious matters is very liberal. He is a friend of education, laboring faithfully to advance its cause, and has served the last seven years as School Trustee. Mr. Higgins is prominent and active in social circles, belonging to Montezuma Lodge no. 176 A. F. & A.M., and is member of Cross Post, Grand Army of the Republic, no. 78, Seneca Falls and is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to Morris Chapter no. 56.

Appears on 1890 Veterans Census Schedule Montezuma, Cayuga County, New York .Refers to his service as noted in biography. Disability is noted as "Chronic inflammation of eyes" 

onsite link  #13 Higgins, Charles Union Artillery 
                9th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery


l          living in residence of Joshua Traver

Not found in 1880 N.Y. Census



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from The 1st Battalion, 57th Artillery C.A.C.

Captain Gilbert H. Higgins, 1st Battalion Adjutant, 57th Artillery. 

Gilbert Henry Higgins was born May 19, 1894 in Bayonne, New Jersey and died on April 5, 1973. Gilbert graduated from Columbia College, New York in the class of 1915. Before the War he worked for the New York City Department of Docks. Served with the 57th Artillery, C.A.C. in France as a 1st Lt. and on October 26, 1918 became the 1st Battalion Adjutant, 57th Artillery. He was discharged on January 29, 1919 at the rank of Captain.
After the war he was employed by the R. Hoe & Co. New York for over 40 years as a printing press salesman until he retired in 1960. During WWII Mr. Higgins participated with the US Army Ordnance Department educational purchase orders to industry for anticipated war production needs. In 1946 he was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism for rescuing a child from the frigid lake waters after he had fallen through the thin lake ice. He was a resident of New Jersey when he died. Mr. Higgins is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Boonton, New Jersey.

Gilbert H. Higgins married Margaret Henderson on June 20, 1921 and had three sons, David IV, Gilbert Henry, Dudley and two daughters, Alma and Catherine. All three sons served in the Army like their father. On March 28, 1945 2nd Lt. Gilbert Henry Higgins, Jr. was killed in action while serving with the 80th Tank Bn, 8th Armored Division near Zweckel, Germany. Dudley Higgins was serving with the Army in the South Pacific during WWII. The oldest son, David Higgins IV graduated from USMA at West Point with the class of 1945. Captain David Higgins IV left active duty in 1956 and retired in 1984. This photo and information were provided by David Higgins IV, eldest son of Captain Gilbert H. Higgins.

(added 30 Jan 2008)

Social Security Death Index
Name: Gilbert Higgins
Born: 19 May 1894 Died: Apr 1973
Last Residence: 07005 Boonton, Morris, New Jersey,USA

U.S. World War II Draft Registration - 1942
Name: Gilbert Henry Higgins Birth Date: 19 May 1894
Residence: Morris, New Jersey Birth: Bayonne, New Jersey Race: White

1930; Census Place: Mountain Lakes, Morris, New Jersey; Roll: 1374; Page: 11A;
         Enumeration District: 54; Image: 468 (No Image Available)
Name                 Age
Gilbert H Higgins  35
Margaret Higgins  32
David Higgins        7
Gilbert Higgins      6
Dudley Higgins      5
Anna Higgins        1 6/12
Lucius C Higgins   70

                *1st initial indexed as an "S" instead of an "I"
Name                Age
Capt I C Higgins  59
Capt G H Higgins 25
Mary S Higgins    50
Iris D Higgins      21

        (entry begins at line 24)
L C Higgins         50
M D Higgins        45
Gilbert H Higgins 15
Iris D Higgins      12


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

J. W. P. MYERS Self M Male W 45 DC Real Estate Agent  DC DC
Anna C. MYERS Wife M Female W 40 MD Keeping House MD MD
George M. MYERS Son S Male W 14 DC At Sch. DC MD
Sallie M. MYERS Dau S Female W 5 DC At Home DC MD
Lucius C. HIGGINS SonL M Male W 21 DC Real Estate Agent DC DC
Susie W. HIGGINS Dau M Female W 20 DC DC MD

Source Information:
Census Place Georgetown, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia Family History Library Film 1254121
NA Film Number T9-0121  Page Number 11B



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Arthur J. Higgins 

Chairman of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee 

Arthur J. Higgins has been Chairman of the Bayer
HealthCare Executive Committee since July 1, 2004.

Arthur J. Higgins was born on March 6, 1956 in Airdrie, Scotland. He studied at Scotland's Strathclyde University from 1974 to 1978, where he gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in biochemistry.

Arthur J. Higgins started his career in 1978 in Britain with Bristol-Myers. He subsequently worked for Sandoz (1979 to 1984) and Fisons (1984 to 1987) before moving to Abbott Laboratories in the USA (1987 to 2001), where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the international and domestic divisions, including a two-year posting in Germany. He was appointed President of the Pharmaceutical Products Division in Chicago in 1998. In this position, he was in charge of Abbott�s pharmaceuticals business in the United States with responsibility for global pharmaceutical research and development.

In 2001, Arthur J. Higgins was appointed Chairman and CEO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey. In this function, he also served as Chairman of the Biotech Council of New Jersey and on the board of the USA's National Pharmaceutical Council.

Arthur J. Higgins is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) since January 2005. Since February 2005, he is a member of the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA).

Arthur J. Higgins is married and has three children

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James Higgins was born on May 14, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He obtained his AB degree from Harvard University, and his Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of California at Berkeley on June 5, 1957. He moved to the York, Pennsylvania area in August of 1957, and assumed the job as Assistant Editor of the "Gazette and Daily newspaper. In January 1968, James Higgins traveled to Cuba for the purpose of getting Fidel Castro's speeches edited and put into publication form. In 1970, Higgins moved to New York City, and was self-employed as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities. He later moved to the Boston, Massachusetts area where he was an independent writer and author. 

Above site
               Has links to copies of James Higgins' FBI file

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Monsignor George C Higgins
Added 25 February 2002

Monsignor George G. Higgins, scholar, activist and foremost "labor priest" of the Catholic church in the United States, was awarded this year's Laetare Medal at commencement.

Throughout his career, Higgins has been a forceful and occasionally controversial advocate of organized labor, often appearing on picket lines to rally and support striking workers. He was a participant and speaker
at the first congress of Solidarity in Poland.

Among his numerous awards from labor, academic and religious organizations is a 1979 honorary degree from Notre Dame, where a labor studies center was named in his honor in 1993.

The 85-year-old Chicago native was raised in a strong union family, the son of a postal clerk. His father was a voracious reader who took him to hear G. K. Chesterton give a lecture and to the 1932 Democratic National Convention to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt accept the nomination for president. Ordained a priest of the Chicago archdiocese in 1940, he was appointed to the staff of the social action department of the organization that would become the United States Catholic Conference. He became its director in 1954. 
[More on the Laetare Medal


Monsignor Higgins
also received the Medal of Freedom from  President Clinton in a White House ceremony. The President said that the honorees had "helped us secure the blessings of liberty by acts of bravery, conscience and creativity." 
[More on the Medal of Freedom Ceremony]

Added 30 April 2002

"Wednesday May 1, 2002 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Monsignor George G. Higgins, dubbed
``the labor movement's priest'' for his longtime commitment to
union causes, died Wednesday at 86.
...  Higgins' death, in his hometown of La Grange Park, Ill., was
announced by Catholic University of America, where he earned a
master's degree and a doctorate and where he had lectured...
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington,
praised Higgins' devotion to the labor movement. ``I am sure that
his voice will continue to echo for many, many years,''
McCarrick said. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at the Basilica of
the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in
Washington. A funeral will be next week in Chicago. "

Source: Guardian Newspapers Limited 2002 

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Added 11 April 2003

James C Higgins
Them and Us

Co-Author, Dies

James C. Higgins, poet, journalist, union organizer
and co-author of Them and Us, died here Feb. 16(2001).
He was 84.

Born in Milwaukee, Higgins was raised in Boston. He
graduated from Harvard University in 1938. He also
studied at the University of California at Berkeley,
where he received a Master�s degree. While at Harvard,
Higgins became interested in jazz and became a jazz
critic. He went to work for New Directions, a
publishing company, where he worked with the poet
William Carlos Williams and the novelist Henry Miller.
His own work was published in The Best Short Stories
of 1939.

In the 1940s, he was a shipyard worker, employed at
the Bath Iron Works in Maine, and joined the staff of
the CIO Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding
Workers. During those years he formed an enduring
friendship with James J. Matles, then UE director of

Higgins began a career in journalism in 1950 as a
reporter with The Gazette and Daily of York, Pa. He
swiftly became a city editor, an editorial writer and
editor. He served as the Gazette�s editor for 20


Returning to Massachusetts in the 1970s, Higgins
became a lecturer in the Kennedy School of
Government�s Institute of Politics at Harvard
University. He also taught newswriting and other
journalism classes at Boston University and Regis
College. His work as a writer and poet was published
in a variety of publications, from Harper�s Bazaar and
The Boston Globe to The Nation, The Village Voice and
Liberation News Service.

Following his retirement from The Gazette, he
collaborated with his old friend Matles, then UE
general secretary-treasurer, on an insider�s history
of the "struggles of a rank-and-file union." The
result was Them and Us, a unique and widely-hailed
account of UE and industrial unionism published in
1974 by Prentice-Hall. To mention just a few of the
numerous comments: Them and Us is "an explosive and
important book for anyone with an interest in American
labor," wrote Studs Terkel. Contains "Some of the most
dramatic � and controversial � episodes in the history
of the labor movement," proclaimed the Erie Times.
"This is a valuable book," said Business Week.

(UE published a reprint of Them and Us in 1995.)

The River Works of General Electric in Lynn receives
prominent mention in Them and Us, and so it was
fitting that IUE/CWA (originally UE) Local 201
expressed its appreciation for Higgins� work in the
pages of the Electrical Union News. "The death of
James Higgins
," the local union newsletter said,
"should remind us of our debt to generations gone by,
the value of studying our history, and of our
obligation to pass the lessons we�ve learned onto our
new brothers and sisters

UE News - 03/01 

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Higgins ready for Pikes Peak

Team Mitsubishi Motor Sport America driver David
is preparing for the world famous Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb.
Having won the opening three rounds of the SCCA
ProRally Championship in the USA, Team Mitsubishi
Motor Sport America driver David Higgins is preparing
for his toughest challenge yet when he makes his debut
on the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb on Saturday, June 28.

Pikes Peak is the second-oldest motorsport event in
the United States, secondly only to the Indy 500 race.
Aptly named the 'Race to the Clouds' the 12.4 mile
course snakes along a ribbon of gravel taking in 156
turns on its way to the summit of the pink granite
hill, 14,100 feet above sea level. 

Copyright � 2002-2003 Australian Rallysport News All
Rights Reserved

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Added August 2003

Online publication: Tvweek.com

Higgins to Cartoon Network
Animation, Children's Television Veteran to Oversee
Acquisition, Programming

By Louis Chunovic

Veteran animation and children's programming executive
Bob Higgins, who put Sherman, Peabody and the WayBack
Machine into live-action feature-film development, has
been named senior VP, programming and development, for
Cartoon Network's kids businesses.

He will relocate to Atlanta from New York, where he
most recently served as Classic Media's senior VP and
executive producer for all television, feature film
and direct-to-video product based on characters and
properties from Harvey Comics, Jay Ward Prods., United
Productions of America (the famed "limited animation"
pioneer better known as UPA) and Golden Books Family
Entertainment. Entertainment and media-investment firm
Classic Media holds rights to such characters as Mr.
Magoo, Little Lulu and Frosty the Snowman.

Mr. Higgins' mandate at Cartoon includes the
acquisition of both international and domestic
off-network kids programming, including anim� series
and theatrical feature films. Mr. Higgins also will be
responsible for managing Cartoon's development,
production and programming departments, which oversee
new original animated series, shorts, motion pictures
and specials created at the network's Burbank, Calif.,
studio and with various external production partners. 

Additionally, he will manage the on-air schedules for
both Cartoon Network and its sister service Boomerang,
which offers "classic" cartoon series, and he will
work with the company's marketing, ad sales and
licensing units. Mr. Higgins, whose oversight will not
extend to Cartoon's Adult Swim late-night franchise,
will report directly to Jim Samples, executive VP and
general manager, Cartoon Network. 

"We've dedicated a separate team to adults," Mr.
Samples told TelevisionWeek. "The role that Bob will
be taking has been vacant for several months."

"I've been looking for the perfect person to come in
who can bring together the programming departments and
the development departments, who can manage our own
development and has had good experience with other
studios ... who can help us to diversify and continue
to grow our investment in animation," Mr. Samples

Mike Lazzo, who previously served as Cartoon's senior
VP of programming, segued to head Adult Swim in
February when the franchise went to five nights a

At Classic, Mr. Higgins' most recent projects included
two live-action and CGI features based on classic
animated TV series cartoon canines: For Spyglass
Pictures, the "Underdog" feature, and for Sprocketdyne
Entertainment, the "Sherman and Peabody" feature.

"Underdog" is based on the cartoon series that aired
in the 1960s and 1970s and combined a "Superman"
parody with the quintessentially meek voice of Wally
Cox ("Mr. Peepers"). 
"Sherman and Peabody" is based on "Peabody's
Improbable History," a regular segment of the "Rocky
and His Friends" cartoon series that, in various
incarnations, aired from the late 1950s through the
early 1970s.

Proud of His Past

In the original Jay Ward segments, "Peabody" was a
talking dog who time-traveled via the Wayback Machine.
"Sherman" was his pet boy who was forever learning
improbable historical lessons, replete with groaning

"I'm really proud of the work I did with Classic Media
and look forward to continue working with them in my
new capacity at Cartoon Network," Mr. Higgins said. 

At Classic, Mr. Higgins was responsible for all
creative development, packaging, sales and original
production of product based on the company's
family-oriented properties, and for integrating the
properties' marketing and licensed merchandising

Before his tour at Classic, Mr. Higgins was senior VP
of creative affairs for Sony Pictures Family
Entertainment, where he oversaw development and
production of SPFE's slate of cel animation and CGI
television, Internet and family feature-film projects.
Properties he supervised at SPFE included "Jackie Chan
Adventures," "Men in Black: The Series" and "Dragon
Tales." Mr. Higgins also served as VP of creative
affairs at Columbia TriStar Television Children's
Programming, where he managed more than 350 half-hours
of syndicated and network animated and live-action
programming, and director of development at Nelvana
Communications, where he supervised the development
and sale of the company's various children's
television series. 

Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network is
available in 82.5 million U.S. homes and 145 countries
around the world. # 
Copyright 2003 by Crain Communications 

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