John W. Howarth, now deceased, was all his life a resident of Utica and for many years was closely connected
with the business interests of this city. He was born here September 2, 1850, and received his education in the
common schools and at Professor Williams' private school on Blandina street. At the age of thirteen years he secured
a position in the store of T. K. Butler on Genesee street, afterward known as Butler & Hamilton's Rock Bottom
Store. Subsequently he became connected with the drug business as an employe of J. A. Hall & Company and from
this place went to the store of Dr. Sawens & Company. In 1873 he formed a partnership with George S. Ballord
and they opened up a drug store in the Hackett Block, twelve years later buying out the Sawens store. Their establishment
became one of the principal places of the kind in the city. Mr. Howarth was, also secretary and treasurer of the
Utica Cabinet Company, whose plant was removed in 1899 from Utica to Knoxville. He also acted as one of the trustees
of the Vidvard estate.
In 1874 Mr. Howarth was married to Miss Jeannette E. Vidvard, a daughter of Peter and Catharine Vidvard. Five children
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Howarth: Edgar John, now of New York city; and Albert P., Jeannette E., Julia M. and
Robert B., all of Utica. Mrs. Howarth died April 21, 1894, and in 1897 Mr. Howarth was married to Miss Elizabeth
Louis, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Yaky) Louis, who was born in France, January 19, 1823, while the mother
was born August 12, 1833. He learned the locksmith's trade and came to America, locating at Utica in 1850, where
he engaged. in business under the title of J. Louis & Brother, locksmiths and tool makers. He was a man of
excellent character and was very highly respected by all who knew him. He died May 19, 1883, Mrs. Louis surviving
till February 17, 1907.
Mr. Howarth of this review was a man of fine appearance, engaging address and recognized ability, his judgment
often being sought by his friends and associates in important business matters. He was a member of the Chamber
of Commerce and an attendant of St. John's Catholic church. Politically he was an independent republican. Called
from a life of usefulness September 18, 1909, he left a record of straightforward dealings and kindly acts which
is more to be prized by his family than large earthly possessions gained through doubtful methods. Mrs. Howarth
is living at 126 1/2 Kemble Street and has an extensive circle of friends in Utica.
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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