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Edwin S. Jarrett – RPI Class of 1889

By Eric Stoever '04

Edwin Seton Jarrett '87 was born in Brooklyn New York on March 7, 1862, the fourth of five children born to James M. Jarrett and Sarah O. Heathers.  His had parents immigrated to America separately and married in New York on May 1, 1850, his father had been born in London, England, his mother was from Ireland.  Following their marriage James was employed by Wardell and Pease, a sauce and pickle manufacturer.  He was later employed in the manufacture of ink and finally as a chemist for a chocolatier.  As the Jarrett family grew James supported his family, living at 213 Columbia Street until tragedy struck.  In 1865, Edwin’s younger brother Harrold died, when he was only one year old.  On November 20, 1866, at the age of 41, James Jarrett died; Edwin was only 4 years old.  Just three years later, at the age of 15, Edwin’s older brother Arthur enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice.  While stationed on the school ship Saratoga moored in Havana Harbor, he found himself in the middle of a Yellow Fever outbreak which would claim the lives of every officer with the exception of two surgeons.  After leaving the navy, Arthur joined the army where he would serve for 38 years; initially a private; he eventually attained the rank of Major and served during the Spanish American War.  In his civilian life, aside from his medical practice, Arthur was a member of the Brooklyn Board of Education where his accomplishments were greatly respected.  Arthur preceded his brother in death in 1922.

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Junior Members Elect New Slate of Officers

Shortly before the recent holiday break, the Junior Membership of RSE elected new officers for most of the major and minor house positions.  As you likely know, not all offices are up for election at this time; so, some holdover positions are also included.

February in Pi Eta / RSE History

As we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of our organization this year, we are digging deep in our archives to uncover some of the best stories, memories, pictures, and milestones from RSE’s history.

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