Biography of John I. Booth
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Booth, John Isaac, was born in what is now Schuyler county, November 9, 1838, the son of John Isaac and Hannah (Thompson) Booth. The father was a farmer and school teacher, and our subject was brought up to farm work, while in the winter he attended the district school. Later on he attended the Burdett Academy. At the age of sixteen he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked about five years. About 1860 Mr. Booth came to Groton and found employment in the Separator works, where he remained five years, and then entered upon a more active career as one of the firm of Williams & Booth, general furniture dealers and undertakers. About 1868 Mr. Williams retired from the firm, and a year later Smith Booth became associated with the business, and so continued until 1880. For eight years thereafter J. I. Booth was sole proprietor, and in 1888 George Alvin Booth acquired an interest in the firm, and the present firm of J. I. Booth & Son was formed. Their factory and salesrooms on Main Street are well stocked and supplied with all the machinery and equipment necessary for the conduct of their extensive business, and it is almost needless to say that from the time of its original beginning, in 1866, the business has been 4bundantly successful, while its senior proprietor has ever been regarded as one of Groton's first business men. In 1860 Mr. Booth married Sarah M. Hard, of which union four children have been born Henrietta, wife of David L. Morey. of Bridgeport, Conn. ; George Alvin, in partnership with his father; Emmett Ray, vice president of the Owego Bridge Company; and Bertha Belle. wife of Guernsey B. Williams, who holds a resposible position in the large mercantile house of D. McCarthy & Co., of Syracuse.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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