PROFESSOR NOAH P. GLIDDEN, deceased, formerly a resident of Oneida, and well known throughout a large part of the State of New York, was a son of Leonard Glidden, who was born near Augusta, Me., and was a farmer by occupation. Mr. Leonard Glidden was an industrious and worthy citizen, and died when forty-five years of age. He and his wife were the parents of eleven children, all now deceased, Noah P. being the fourth in order of age.
The subject of this brief biography was born on the farm in Maine, and during his youth remained there, working and attending school as he had opportunity. His inclination and tastes were not in the line of farming; and, having supplemented his common-school education by an academical course, he removed, when of age, to the State of New York, settling first at Hamilton. Being naturally inclined to music and having had the advantage of instruction from the celebrated Dr. Lowell Mason, of Massachusetts, he engaged in teaching music at Hamilton, and was much more than ordinarily successful in that profession, having both a natural and acquired ability of high order. It did not take long
for his fame to spread abroad; and he taught music in Syracuse, Utica, Albany, and in various other towns and cities of the State. When about twenty-four years of age, he married Margaret Manuel, a native of Wales, who still lives in Oneida. She belongs to a healthy and vigorous family, and one of considerable longevity, her father, David Manuel, having lived to be eighty-one years old,
and her mother, Margaret, to be sixty-seven. Mrs. Glidden has one sister, Ruth, now living with her in her pleasant home on Main Street.
Dr. 0. A. Glidden, only son of Professor and Mrs. Glidden, a prominent dental surgeon of Syracuse, N. Y., married Miss Mary E. Page, a native of Batavia, N.Y., and has four children, all of whom stand high in the art of music, both vocal and instrumental. They are: Ruth, now Mrs. M. R. Dunton, of Rutland, Vt., a well-known vocalist; Pauline, now Mrs. E. P. Chapman, Jr., of Oneida, one
of the best known and most skilful cornetists in this country, her music having been encored at a number of the prominent concert halls in New York City; Mabel, a violinist; and Margaret, a pianist--living at home with their parents. The other child of Professor and Mrs. Glidden, is a daughter, Emma, wife of William B. Sweet, a farmer of Elbridge, Onondaga County, N. Y., and mother of six children--Margaret, Cyrus, Florence, Walter (deceased), Shirley Paulina, and Ruth.
Noah P. Glidden was politically a Republican until about 1886, from which time he was an earnest Prohibitionist. Religiously, he was a Baptist. He died December 18, 1891. Few men under the same conditions and surrounded by the same circumstances attain to the high position held by the subject of this sketch at the time of his death. He readily adapted himself to the musical tastes and
desires of the people, but at the same time always insisted upon a higher standard, and constantly strove to educate them up to that standard. Believing in the importance of right methods and the formation of correct habits of study and practice, his influence among those with whom he came in contact was always for good. True music, according to his idea of that noble art, is in its highest form an expression of the emotional soul, and links the human with the divine in man. It must, according to his idea, when properly pursued exert an elevating and refining influence, and thus tend to develop a civilization not yet realized, in the course of time producing such an effect upon mankind, especially if pursued in connection with other arts, as poetry and painting and sculpture, that cruelty and all unkindness will be banished from the earth. It would be well for the world if it had more of such teachers as Professor Glidden.
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