Biography of Thomas H. Jurden
Madison County, NY Biographies





Jurden, Thomas H., was born in the town of Verona, Oneida county, N. Y., December 25, 1843, a son of Thomas and Sarah A. (Jurden) Jurden. Until he was eighteen years old he assisted in the conduct of his father's farm, and his education was limited to the district schools. In 1861 he came to Verona Landing and took a position as clerk in the grocery store of E. C. Stark which he held three years. For one year following he filled a position as clerk in a hotel at Hudson City, N. J., and then returned to Verona Larding and the employ of Mr. Stark, with whom he soon formed a partnership under the firm name of E. C. Stark & Co., for the conduct of a general grocery business; they were also extensively interested in building and operating canal boats. In the spring of 1873 Mr. Stark withdrew and Mr. Jurden conducted the business alone until the spring of 1876. After a business trip of a few months' duration to the city of Buffalo, principally to close up his canal interests, he went into the Oneida banking house of E. C. Stark & Co. as teller, a position he held until the failure of the bank in July, 1891. For some months he remained with the assignee, whom he succeeded, and was later employed at the Central Bank. When the Farmers and Merchants' Bank was organized in June, 1892, Mr. Jurden took his present position as teller. He is well known to the entire business community, served six years as village trustee, on the Board of Education three years, and for twenty consecutive years as collector's clerk of the town of Verona. He married, December 25, 1872, Josephine L. Wettling, daughter of Martin Wettling of Verona. Three children have been born to them: Theodore H., Emily M. and Grace I.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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