The name of Jonathan Sawyer Haselton is closely associated with the history of Rome, and although he is no longer
to be seen in his accustomed places, the results of his business genius and of his generosity and public spirit
continue to exert a beneficent influence. Absent in body, he is present in the lives and hearts of many who were
profoundly influenced by his inspiring example. He was for more than fifty years a resident of Rome and his death,
June 15, 1908, was regarded as one of the severest losses the city had for many years known. From a humble position
early in life he advanced through his own indomitable courage and perseverance until he became one of the wealthy
and honored men of the community.
Born at Lawrence, Massachusetts, December 5, 1847, Mr. Haselton was a son of Nathaniel and Myra (Sawyer) Haselton.
In his boyhood he removed with his parents to Rome where he attended the public schools. Later he became a newsboy
on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad and when the rail mifi of the Rome Iron Works was established,
in 1867, he became connected with that concern as office boy. He applied himself difigently and advanced through
the various positions of clerk, bookkeeper, secretary treasurer, and finally became president of the Rome Brass
and Copper Company which succeeded the Rome Iron Works. It was as the head of the Rome Brass and Copper Company
that Mr. Haselton had an opportunity to exercise his rare judgment and ability, and under his management the company
became one of the best known enterprises of the kind in the state of New York. He was also actively connected with
the Rome Manufacturing Company, the Rome Metal Company, the Rome Tube Company, the Rome Electrical Company, and
the Long Turney Manufacturing Company. His talents as a financier received recognition by his election as president
of the First National Bank of Rome. He was also president of the Rome Board of Trade and Employers' Association
from the time of its organization until his death and served for two terms with great acceptance to the people
and with marked benefit to the city as a member of the Rome Water and Sewerage Commission.
Mr. Haselton was twice married, his first wife being Amelia Barton. The maiden name of his second wife was Stella
Johnson, a daughter of Samuel Johnson, of Boonville. There are three children surviving: Barton, who is now serving
as secretary and treasurer of the Rome Brass and Copper Company; Stella M.; and Amelia. A man of noble and generous
traits, Mr. Haselton was a liberal contributor to worthy causes and never turned a deaf ear to a deserving applicant
for assistance. He presented the ten bell chime of the Rome Baptist church as a testimonial in memory of his mother,
a woman of rare qualities, from whom the son inherited many of his noblest characteristics. Although he possessed
limited advantages of education in his boyhood, he was of a studious and thoughtful disposition and through reading
and observation became a remarkably well informed man, notwithstanding the demands of his large business interests.
He was of a genial temperament and his kindly disposition endeared him to his employes and all with whom he had
business or social relations.
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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