Carleton Waite Brush

Carleton Waite Brush was born May 1, 1900 in Rome. He graduated from Rome Free Academy.

Emilie W. Hayes

Emilie West Hayes was born in Utica in 1919.  Some of her fondest childhood memories include writing and performing plays with her two sisters inspired by the characters in “Little Women”.

Canan Jackson

Canan Jackson was born in Ankara, Turkey where she began her dance training at age three.  At age seven, she was selected first among hundreds auditioning for the prestigious Ankara National Conservatory for the Performing Arts.  She graduated from the conservatory with honors and obtained teaching certification.


Stephen J. Jackson

Stephen J. Jackson was born in Rome and began his dance and theater training with John Hayes O’Neill.  His first appearance on stage was at age three. His performances have included hundreds of ballet productions, musicals, revues, operas and operettas.

John Bloomfield Jervis

John Bloomfield Jervis was born on December 14, 1795, Huntington, Long Island, New York. In 1798, he moved to Rome with his parents, Timothy and Phoebe Jervis.


      He received his education as an engineer while apprenticing under Benjamin Wright, “the father of civil engineering.” Under Wright, he progressed from axeman and rodman on the survey for the Erie Canal to being in charge of 17 miles of canal by 1819. He went on to become superintendent in charge of the flow of traffic over a 50-mile span of the completed canal in 1823, and was eventually made chief engineer of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad, the Saratoga and Schenectady Railroad, the Chenango Canal, the Eastern Half of the Erie Canal, and the Croton Aqueduct, the first reliable water supply to New York City, among others. He was also an inventor, and the author of several engineering books.
      Throughout his life, he received many honors. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hamilton College in 1878, and many objects were his namesake, including the town of Port Jervis, and the Delaware and Hudson Canal and Railway company’s finest locomotive.
      He married twice, first to Cynthia Brayton and then to Eliza Ruthven Coates.  Having no surviving children or direct living heirs, upon his death in 1885 at 89, he bequeathed his home, personal library and letters, and his many engineering drawings to the city of Rome for the establishment of Rome’s Jervis Library.  The papers left by Jervis number in the thousands and include original manuscripts of books he authored.