No country in the world has been more generous than Ireland in contributing ambitious and promising young men
to America. For a century or more the Emerald isle has been sending its sons to the new world and under the friendly
protection of the stars and stripes they have established homes, becoming identified with all lines of activity
and here enjoying independence and prosperity such as no other country on the globe could offer.
John Cox, of Utica, is one of the foreign born natives of this city, who early in life became a resident
of the United States. He was born February 9, 1857, and crossed the ocean with his parents, arriving in New York
city March 17, 1863. The family lived until 1865 in New York city and then moved to Herkimer county, New York,
where the father engaged in farming.
John Cox grew to manhood in Herkimer county and remained at home until 1882. He then came to Utica and secured
employment in the furniture store of C. Wise & Company which was located at the corner of State and Lafayette
streets. In 1887, after the death of Mr. Wise, Mr. Cox was made manager of the business for the estate. Four years
later he associated with J. H. Remmer and they took over the business, the title of the firm being Remmer &
Cox. After six years Mr. Remmer withdrew and John Collins was admitted as a member of the firm, the title being
changed to John Cox & Company, The business prospered greatly and in 1901 a modern four story building was
erected at the corner of Columbia and Cornelia streets on the site of the old oil cloth factory and here the business
has since been maintained. In 1906 Mr. Cox bought out the interest of his partner and has since been sole proprietor
of the concern. He opened a branch store in September, 1910, at No. 325 Bleecker street, and the venture has proved
On the 19th of September, 1884, Mr. Cox was married to Miss Margaret McEvoy, of Herkimer county, and of this union
eight children were born, four boys and four girls. Three of the sons, James, John and Robert, are associated with
their father in business. Mr. and Mrs. Cox occupy a beautiful home at No. 37 Downer avenue and no happier circle
is to be found in Utica than that which gathers at their fireside. Possessing a generous and kindly disposition,
Mr. Cox has made many friends who are attracted not only by his cordial manner but by a spirit of fairness and
rectitude that has been a prominent characteristic in his life. He has reared his sons to become useful, honorable
and patriotic citizens and he sees reason for naught but rejoicing in the fact that as a young man with all the
world and its possibilities before him he chose Utica as his home.
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
Oneida County, NY
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