During the twenty years of his residence in New Hartford, John Merix Law, who is conducting a market in the
village, has been identified with the meat interests here. A native of Oneida county, Mr. Law was born in Vernon
on the 4th of January, 1858, and is a son of William and Mary (Coppins) Law, natives of England.
Reared in the town where he was born John Merix Law acquired his education in the public schools which he
continued to attend until he was seventeen years of age when he began his business career by accepting employment
in one of the mills in Jamesville. He withdrew from this occupation at the expiration of three years to go into
the meat business in Vernon Center, continuing to be identified with this occupation for thirteen years. Coming
to New Hartford in 1891 he took a position with Theodore Dixon with whom he remained for three years when he became
associated with B. Frank Lonsdale in the retail meat business. This connection continued until 1901 when Mr. Law
purchased his partner's interest and engaged in business for himself. Mr. Law is also interested in real estate
and building in New Hartford, his efforts in both directions meeting with good returns.
On the 4th of January, 1883, Mr. Law was united in marriage to Miss Alice M. Vann of Clinton, a daughter of Janies
and Emily (Toomer) Vann, natives of England. Three children, two sons and a daughter, have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Law: Gertrude G., who married William Service, of New Hartford; J. Fred; and Vann Ray.
The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church, and fraternally Mr. Law is affiliated with the Masonic order
and the Modern Woodmen of America, having filled all of the chairs in the latter organization. Independent in polities,
he gives his support to the man he feels is best adapted for the position, regardless of party affiliation. Mr.
Law is a progressive business man, and as such recognizes the need of keeping in touch with the other retail dealers
in the county and this he does through the medium of the Retail Butchers Association of Utica of which he is a
member. Thrift and energy have been the prominent characteristics of Mr. Law, who has made a success of his various
undertakings while a resident of New Hartford and has become recognized as one of the substantial business men
of the village.
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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