Samuel Rideout

Civil War Veteran
General Photograph Collection, Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Samuel Eugene Rideout (1841-1928) was born in Landgrove, Vermont, to Timothy (1814-1889) and Diana Glazier Rideout (1811-1864). Samuel’s father was a part owner of a foundry in the area, and from a young age, Samuel helped his father there. Later, Samuel’s father sold his interests in the company, and went into the lumber trade.

During the Civil War, Samuel enlisted in the 14th Vermont Infantry, Company C and mustered into the army on October 21, 1862. This unit was mainly on picket (guard) duty for the early part of the war, but later attached to the Army of the Potomac. In 1863, The Army of the Potomac shadowed Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, as it marched into Maryland and eventually into Pennsylvania leading to the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, the 14th played a pivotal role at the Picket’s Charge, turning back the Confederates and leading to heavy losses. The 14th then followed Lee’s retreat after the battle, with no further action being fought. Samuel mustered out of service on July 30, 1863.

Samuel, and Mary moved to Hudson in 1879. He bought the house in 1901, and it was later occupied by his son, Eugene until 1961.
P.04.00.00612, William Moos photograph collection, Hudson Library & Historical Society.

After the war, Samuel married Sarah Baldwin (1843-1878) in 1866 Dorset, Vermont. Together they had three children: Adelaide Augusta (1867-1895), Bertha Mary (1872-1896), and Eugene Glasier (1869-1962). After Sarah passed away, Samuel and his children moved to Summit County, possibly Twinsburg, where he met Mary Lane (1844-1918). The

two were married in 1876, and the family moved to Hudson in 1879. Together they had two children: Henry (1884-1960) and Carroll (1881-1958). In 1901 the family settled at 55 Oviatt Street in Hudson, the home still stands today.

In Hudson, Samuel worked as a foreman at the Oviatt Manufacturing Company, a farmer, and later operated a feed and supplier, once occupying the old Pentagon building. Samuel regularly attended State and National encampments for Civil War veterans. One of the largest was the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg that met on July 1-4, 1913 with over 50,000 veterans (Union and Confederate) in attendance, including Samuel.

In his later years, Samuel moved to Charlestown, West Virginia, to be with his sons. He returned to Hudson shortly, after his health began to decline. Samuel then went to Ream Sanitarium in East Cleveland, before passing away in 1928.

Newspaper article in the Hudson Herald about Samuel traveling to Gettysburg for the 50th reunion in 1913. Hudson Herald, March 15, 1928, pg. 1
An interesting picture of Samuel Rideout in his Civil War uniform, posed in front of a French World War 1 era tank. Unknown date, or location. Possibly ca. 1920. P.04.00.01493, General Photograph Collection, Hudson Library & Historical Society.

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Rideout family Papers
Collected papers, artifacts, and photographs of the Rideout family of Hudson, Ohio.


Summit Memory: 55 Oviatt Street

The Grimm-Rideout House was built in 1879. Gustave Grimm (1850-1914), the first owner, founded G.H. Grimm Manufacturing Co., also known as the Champion Evaporator Works. Grimm’s company was the world’s leading producer of maple syrup equipment for 114 years. He also installed the first gasoline street light in Hudson at the corner of Aurora and East Main streets. Later owner Samuel Rideout (1841-1928), a Civil War veteran, was the first of several generations of his family to live here.

55 Oviatt Street Historic House Report

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