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The Founders of the DVOC

On February 3th 1890, seven young men met in the home of William F. Baily on Arch Street inb Philadelphia and formed the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.

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William Lloyd Baily

1862 - 1947

(28 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was an architectural draughtsman.

At the time of the first meeting was already a friend of Morris, Reed, Rhoads, and Trotter.

1889 he established a friendship with J. Harris Reed, a fellow draughtsman


George Spencer Morris

1862 - 1922

(28 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was an architectural draughtsman.

At the time of the first meeting was already a friend of Baily, Reed, Rhoads, and Trotter.

His mother was the sister of Samuel Nicholson Rhoad's step-mother.

 


J. Harris Reed

18xx - 1935

 

At the time of the first meeting he was an architectural draughtsman.

At the time of the first meeting was already a friend of Baily, Morris, Rhoads, and Trotter.

Student with Samuel Nicholson Rhoads at Westtown Boarding School

1889 he established a friendship centering on a mutual love of birds with William Lloyd Baily, a fellow draughtsman.

1889 he started to keep records of the birds of Tinicium

Had Charles Voelker mount several birds for him.


Samuel Nicholson Rhoads

1862 - 1952

(28 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was a farmer in New Jersey.

At the time of the first meeting was already a friend of Baily, Morris, Reed, and Trotter.

Student with J. Harris Reed at Westtown Boarding School.

George Spencer Morris was a nephew of Rhoads's step-mother

 


Witmer Stone

1866 - 1939

(24 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was a Jessup student at the Academy.

Invited by Spencer Trotter to initial meeting


Spencer Trotter

1860 - 1931

(30 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was a brand new M.D and just established as a Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College.

At the time of the first meeting was already a friend of Baily, Morris, Reed, and Rhoads.

Had been a Jessup student at the Academy in 1876

 


Charles Voelker

1857 - 1947

(33 years old)

At the time of the first meeting he was a master taxidermist in a local shop (Krieder's) frequented by birders.

Had mounted several birds for J. Harris Reed.

Invited by J. Harris Reed to initial meeting.

Note: From the "20th Anniversary of the DVOC" pamphlet - "Trotter, Rhoads and Morris owed much of their early enthusiam to another local bird student, Wm. L. Collins, who would certainly have joined in the organization of the D.V.O.C had not his untimely death cut off a promising career just before the club was started." (Death Certificate for a Wm. L. Collins who died in 1889 requested from Philadelphia City Archives on 3/18/12)