Biography of John B. Delavan
Broome County, NY Biographies





JOHN BURTON DELAVAN - After twelve years of successful experience in the drug business, John Burton Delavan engaged in the retail dry goods business in Binghamton, and for the past ten years he has been successfully following that line of activity. He is now (1923) manager and owner of the concern known as the Mrs. Pease Store, on State street.

Born in Willet, New York, September 27, 1875, Mr. Delavan is a son of William J., who has throughout his active career been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and of Adeline (Crittenden) Delavan. He received his early education in the public schools of his native district and after graduation from the high school in Marathon, New York, completed his preparation for an active career by taking a course in the Riley Business College, in Binghamton, New York. When his commercial training was completed, he entered the employ of the Lewis K. Liggett Company, pharmacists, in Buffalo, New York, and after maintaining that connection for several years, he enlarged his experience by associating himself with the T. Metcalf Company, of Boston. Later he removed to Binghamton, New York, and entered the employ of the Barkman Drug Company, of that city. In 1913 he became interested in the dry goods business, in which line he has continued to the present time (1923). He purchased the establishment known as the Mrs. Pease Store, on State street, in Binghamton, and there he is conducting an increasingly successful enterprise. After the entrance of the United States into the World War, Mr. Delavan served as captain of the Third Ward Liberty Loan "drive" team and was also active in Red Cross work, but later he volunteered for secretarial service with the Young Men's Christian Association and for one year rendered efficient service as Young Men's Christian Association secretary with the 78th Division. He was in active service during the St. Mihiel and MeuseArgonne offensive, and was honorably discharged from service in June, 1919. Mr. Delavan has a host of friends in Binghamton. Fraternally he is a member of Otseningo Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of Malta Commandery, Knights Templar; of Otseningo Consistory, in which he holds the thirty second degree; and of Kalurah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of the Rotary Club, which he serves as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Finance Committee; member of the Boy's Work Committee; member of the board of directors of the Young Men's Christian Association, which he also serves as chairman, and member of the Boy's Work Committee; and president of the War Workers' Club. His religious affiliation is with the West Presbyterian Church, of Binghamton, of which he is a member of the board of trustees.

Mr. Delavan married Anna Taft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Taft, of Binghamton, and they are the Darents of one son, Max.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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