Biography of John L. & Louis F. Durussel
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





JOHN L. DURUSSEL and LOUIS FREDERICK DURUSSEL were from Switzerland, who came to the United States in May, 1850. In Switzerland, John was an officer of the law, while his son Louis, born in the Canton of Neufchatel, December 22, 1831, was a skilled. watchmaker in early life serving an apprenticeship at manufacturing Swiss watches in a large factory. In this country John L. Durussel was a farmer, living on his own farm, the so called Kenyon farm, in Newark Valley, and there he died, a highly respected cjtizen. In 1852, after a single year of life on the farm, Louis opened a watch repairing shop in Newark Valley. A year or two afterward he removed to Owego and entered the employ of Mr. Marguerand, who kept a jewelry store in the Ahwaga House block on Front street. Some time previous to 1860, Mr. Durussel commenced business on his own account in a corner of the postoffice, which then occupied the building in Lake street now owned by the Owego National bank. In October, 1862, he took his brother in law, R. A. Allen, into partnership. A few years afterward they enlarged their business and removed to the west side of the street. In August, 1867, the firm of Durussel & Allen was dissolved and Mr. Durussel continued the business alone until September, 1868, when he formed a new partnership with L. F. Rockwood and removed to the Wilson opera house block. This partnership, was not long afterward dissolved. In January, 1877, his son, George, became his business partner, and the firm of Durussel & Son continued until his death in 1888. Mr. Durussel was a prominent member of the M, E. society and active in all church affairs. He was one of Owego's most respected citizens, a man of sterling integrity, possessing many friends and no enemies. While living in Newark Valley LOuis was married with Polly M. Allen, and by her he had these children; Ella, who became the wife of D. M. Slater; George A., the jeweler of Owego, and Anna M., wife of C. J. Hancock. George A. Durussel learned the trade of watchmaking with his father and was a journeyman until 1877, when he became a partner of his father. He is now engaged in active business having succeeded to the business of Durussel & Son. in October, 1878, he was married with Rose A., daughter of E. F. Johnson, of Alegany county.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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