Biography of John H. Jones
Oneida County, NY Biographies





For more than thirty years John Henry Jones, who is familiarly known as "Jones of Utica," has been a factor in the business life of this city. Being endowed with a laudable ambition to gain an honorable position among his fellowmen, he has steadily advanced and by the application of sound judgment and untiring energy is now at the head of one of the most important storage and trucking concerns in central New York. He is of Welsh descent. His father crossed the ocean to the new world and settled in Oneida county, New York, in 1830. Here he spent the remainder of his life.

John Henry Jones was educated in the public schools and Whitestown Seminary and continued with his parents until after he reached his majority. In 1877 he came to Utica and entered the employ of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, with which he was identified for a number of years as one of the trusted employes. However, he was desirous of engaging in business on his own account and in 1897 he began trucking on a modest scale. Later Wilbur S. Clark was admitted as a partner. The business developed to a good paying basis and in 1905 a storage warehouse was added, which has proved one of the best investments the firm could have made. Mr. Jones is a man of unusual enterprise and perseverance deserving high credit for the many obstacles he has overcome and the regard he has gained by straightforward methods and the use of the best facilities known in the lines he so ably represents.

On the 18th of June, 1884, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Lina Morgan, a daughter of Hon. Sewell S. and Julia (Fairchild) Morgan, of West Winfield, Herkimer county, New York. One son has been born to this union, Sewell Morgan, who is now living in Utica. Being essentially a business man, Mr. Jones has never sought political honors nor emoluments. He is a generous contributor to worthy causes and as a citizen ably performs his part in the uphuilding of the community. He is genial in manner, accommodating in disposition and makes friends wherever he is known. Fraternally he is connected with Utica Lodge, No. 33, B. P. 0. E., the Royal Arcanum, and the Arcanum Club.S

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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