Biography of John R. Kilborn
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





John R. Kilborn. - One of the representative citizens of Jefferson County is John R. Kilborn, who is president of the Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent and resident manager of the Booth Fisheries Company. He was born at Cape Vincent, Aug. 19, 1868, the son of Edward C. and Frances (Esselstoyne) Kilborn.

Edward C. Kilborn, deceased, was a Civil War veteran. He was born in Jefferson County and his wife was a native of Cape Vincent. He enlisted and served during the Civil war with a company of New York infantry, and died in 1873 from the effects of disease contracted during the Civil war. His wife died in 1880. Both are buried at Cape Vincent. They were members of the Methodist Church. Three sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kilborn: John R., the subject of this sketch; Clarence and Clinton W., twins, who live at Cape Vincent.

John R. Kilborn attended the public schools of Cape Vincent and also was a student at Ives Seminary. He began his business career with Parker Brothers, merchants, and later was associated in business with his father in law, Henry Peon, in the wholesale fish business. When the local fisheries were merged the new organization became known as the Lake Ontario Fish Company and Mr. Kilborn became secretary. Later, the business was reorganized as the A. Booth & Company, with Mr. Kilborn as manager, and subsequently, when it became known as the Booth Fisheries Company Mr. Kilborn was appointed resident manager at Cape Vincent. He was one of the organizers of the Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent and became its first vice president. Upon the death of C. C. Cook, Mr. Kilborn was elected president of the institution.

In 1889 Mr. Kilborn married Miss Nettie Peo, who is deceased. She was the daughter of Henry and Matilda Peo, natives of Cape Vincent, both now deceased. On Aug. 24, 1898, Mr. Kilborn was united in marriage with Miss Martha Wiggins, the daughter of Henry Wiggins, a native of Ireland. He is deceased and is buried at Point Peninsula, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Kilborn have a son, John Wiggins, who was graduated from Cape Vincent High School in 1926. He spent one year at Tarrytown Preparatory School, and in 1931 received the degree of Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University.

Mr. Kilborn is a Republican and has served as mayor of Cape Vincent. He held the office of supervisor of the town for 14 years and was chairman of the board during the years of 1923 and 1924. He has also been village trustee, and at the present time is president of the local board of education. He is a director of the Jefferson County Sanitarium, president of the Board of Trade, and belongs to the Cape Vincent Grange, Lincoln League of Watertown, and is affiliated with Cape Vincent Lodge F. & A. M. No. 293; Cape Vincent Chapter R. A. M. No. 96; Watertown Council R. & A. M. M. No. 34; Watertown Commandery K. T. No. 11; and Media Temple. He is also head of the board of trade of Cape Vincent.

Mr. Kilborn is the owner of a 260 acre stock farm known as the McKinley farm, located one half mile from Cape Vincent on the road leading to Tibbits Light House. He has a fine herd of Holstein cattle. The milk is delivered in the village of Cape Vincent. The dairy is known as Riverside Farm. He is a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Kilborn and his family are members of the Methodist Church, and he is Sunday School superintendent and trustee.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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