Biography of John C. Champion
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While business usually seems the main factor in a man's life, back of his activity in industrial, commercial or professional lines is the character of the individual and the motives that prompt his actions, and it is upon these that the judgment of every man concerning him is based. There was in John C. Champion a nobility of character and an honesty of purpose that commended him to the kind regard and friendship of all with whom he came in contact. He was born in New York city, January 6, 1835, and his death, which occurred October 29, 1899, was the occasion of deep regret to those who knew him. His youth was passed in Westerly, Rhode Island, and about 1870 he came to reside in Rome. Four years before he had entered the employ of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad and with them he continued until his demise, acting as lumber purchasing agent in his later years, a position for which his business ability and sound judgment thoroughly qualified him. The company which he represented found him at all times reliable in conducting the interests intrusted to his care.

In September, 1860, Mr. Champion was married to Mrs. Mary W. Dodge, who in a little over a year, in November, 1861, passed away, leaving one daughter, Mary W. In 1868 Mr. Champion was united in marriage to Miss liarriett B. Dodge and they became the parents of six children, of which three are living, namely William A., John C., Jr., and Anna C., who is married to Walter B. Johnson. Mr. Champion held membership in Zion Episcopal church, of which he served as a vestryman for a number of years. In the work of the church he was much interested and his cooperation was a feature in its growth and progress. He possessed that sunny disposition that endeared him to all who knew him and friendship with him was something real, largehearted and generous. Citizenship, too, was never to him an idle term but meant the indorsement and support of all projects and movements which he deemed of value to the community. His ideals and standards of life were high and in his life history was found much that is commendable and worthy of emulation.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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