Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - William B. Cabot, 91, Engineer, Explorer

This Sunday's obituary is for, William Brooks Cabot, who was my grandmother's uncle. The following was transcribed from a clipping in my grandmother's Holbrook Family genealogy binder. The obituary date is January 31, 1949.

Special to The New York Times
     BOSTON, Jan. 31--William Brooks Cabot, engineer and explorer, died today at the age of 91. As a young man he served as an assistant engineer during the expansion of the Union Pacific Railroad in Idaho and Montana.
     Born in Brattleboro, Vt., Mr. Cabot attended the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale and in 1881 was graduated from Renasselaer Polytechnic Institute.
     Mr. Cabot conducted explorations in Northern Labrador, where he lived with and studied the Nascapi Indians. Later he published a book on his explorations. In recent years he made a study of Indian place names in New England and collected material which will be published later.
     After returning from the West Mr. Cabot became a partner in the firm of Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins, civil engineers and contractors. He retired from business in 1908.
     He was a member of the Boone and Crockett Club and the Explorers Club of New York, the National Geographic Society and the Royal Geographic Society of London.
     Surviving are a son, Norman Cabot of Providence, R.I., and three daughters, Mrs. Anna L. Coolidge of Sandwich, N.H.; Mrs. Eleanor Lane and Mrs Mary C. Macy, both of New York.

© 2011, copyright William C. Haskell


  1. I googled William Cabot today to find our more about him and found this link. Why you might ask? I am reading a book which my great aunt wrote in 1950. She mentions your relative

  2. Thanks for the comment. What s the name of the book?