Henry "Harry" Trippett was born in England in August 1867, the son of American parents Esther Elizabeth Habberton and Joseph Trippett, a railroad manager. He returned to America with his parents in 1873 and became a naturalized citizen in 1888. In 1887-1890 he worked as a Court Reporter in Montclair, New Jersey. He married Alice C. ____ in 1889, and they settled in Montclair, where they had at least four children: Josephine (1890), Wesley (1893), Dorothy (1896) and Emily (1903).
Trippett was an avid bicyclist and member of the local bicycling team called the Montclair Wheelmen, in which he served as an official at bicycle races in 1891. He was elected as the Town Clerk in Montclair, New Jersey when it was first incorporated in May 1894, and served until October 1944. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, serving as Treasurer ("Financier") of the fraternity.
Trippett was an eccentric character, who fasted for long periods of time in order to have dreams about what he thought were his two previous lives; he wrote a book about these revelations, entitled The Door Without a Knob. He believed in "second sight" and attributed this talent to enlargement of the pituitary gland. His surviving mineral specimen labels show that he was a meticulous collector with over 2,500 specimens in his collection.
ANON. (1891) Montclair's road races; Interesting cycling contests expected on the Valley Road to-morrow. New York Times, August 9.
ANON. (1913) Jersey Town Clerk says he was hanged. New York Times, March 21, p.22.
SHEPARD, E., and SHEPARD, R.F. (2003) Images of America; Montclair. Arcadia Publishing, Montclair, p. 82.
U.S. Federal Census, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
Orange, New Jersey Directories, 1887-1890.
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