519. WILLIAM10 ALMY, JR. (William9, William F.8, William Silence7, Thomas6, Christopher5, Job4, William3, Christopher2, William1),b. Brookline, MA, 30 Nov 1900; d. Miami, FL, 7 Jan 1979.
He m.(1) EMILY STETSON, widow of Joseph Knowles; b. 2 Mar 1893; d. Jun 1933. He m.(2) SYLVIA GRINNELL. He m.(3) 17 Nov 1963, LETITIA PETWAY MAXSON, b. 1 Jun 1907.
Child of William and Emily:
|671||i||WILLIAM11, III, b. New Bedford, MA, 6 Nov 1928; m. New Bedford, 25 Sep 1934, MARGUERITE BURNS CLINE, b. Hamilton, Bermuda, 26 Mar 1931; dau of Guernsey and Marjorie (Burns) Cline.|
Children of William and Sylvia, b. New Bedford:
|ii||SYLVIA AUDREY, b 7 Jan 1935; m. WRIGHT.|
|iii||SUSAN GRINNELL, b. 28 Dec 1945; m. New Bedford, 16 Aug 1969, LAWRENCE M. YUCUBIAN. Children: 1. Job Almy Yucubian, b. Boston, MA, 18 Feb 1971. 2. Lawrence Grinnell Yucubian, b. Boston, 13 Jan 1974.|
William10 was known as "Bunny." At the time of his death he was steward at the Calder Race Track in Miami. His year-round home was Quansett Farm in South Westport, MA. Bunny was a rider of note in the early days of steeplechase and hunt clubs throughout the country. For more than 40 years, he bred, trained and owned thoroughbreds sired by champions like Man O' War at his Quansett Farm estate, which was in his family since 1742.
When horse racing with parimutuel betting came to New England, he was the first native of the area to turn to officiating, and he acquired a reputation for professionalism with management, riders, and horsemen. In the 1950s, the New England division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association honored him for his "exemplary character and distinction as a gentleman, sportsman, and racing official."
Bunny was presiding steward at the Suffolk Downs racetrack from its 1935 opening until 1974. He also served as steward at Lincoln Downs, Tropical Park, Randall Park, Pocono Downs, Thistledown, Green Mountain, Rockingham, Agawam Park, and Cranwood. He rode steeplechase horses at Aqueduct and Belmont, and in the 1920s arranged fox hunts at his farm for Boston society figures. Bunny was a past president of the Masters of Fox Hounds in America.
Bunny was a lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps of Canada in World War I.
Bunny's SS No. is 003-01-9928.
REFERENCES: FAMILY RECORDS