JOHN MARVIN THRONE.
No young man in southern Oregon has shown more business ability than has John Marvin Throne, cashier of the Umpqua
Valley Bank of Roseburg. He was born in McElhattan, Pennsylvania, in 1883, a descendant of Holland ancestors, his
great grandfather having been the progenitor of the family in this country. His grandfather was a miller and his
father, James R. Throne, was a farmer of prominence. The mother of John Marvin Throne was Arabella Diesel, a daughter
of a minister of the Methodist denomination.
In the acquirement of an education John Marvin Throne attended the common schools of his native state and in early
life accepted a position with the well known glass manufacturing firm, the Macbeth Evans Company, with which concern
he remained for two years. At the termination of that time he removed to Oregon, his parents having removed to
this state in 1900, and settled near Roseburg. He secured a position as bookkeeper at the Douglas National Bank
and was soon afterward promoted to the position of assistant cashier. In 1908 he severed his connection with that
bank to become secretary and manager of the Douglas County Abstract Company and remained with this company until
1910, when he sold out his interest and became chief clerk of the Oregon Insurance Commission, an office created
that year. He was active in that connection but a short time, however, when he returned to Roseburg and organized
the Umpqua Valley Bank. In May, 1911, he was made cashier of that institution, and has since held that office to
the complete satisfaction of the many patrons and the other officers of the bank. He has concentrated all of his
energy and attention on his banking interests and under his guidance the bank has grown rapidly. A report of the
bank in November, 1920, showed a capital of fifty thousand dollars and a surplus of twenty five thousand. Its resources
are close to the million mark and its commercial deposits amount to more than six hundred thousand dollars, while
its savings deposits are more than two hundred thousand dollars. The success of that institution is largely due
to the business ability and energy of Mr. Throne and is a ten year record of which any young man might well be
proud, especially when run in competition with two well managed and reliable banks which had been doing business
for a number of years in Roseburg. Mr. Throne at one time seriously contemplated entering the legal profession
and went so far as to take a law course in the Willamette University at Salem.
In 1905 occurred the marriage of Mr. Throne and Miss Susan A. 011ivant, a daughter of William H. and Lucy O. Ollivant,
her family being well known throughout Douglas county. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Throne, Jack Frederick,
and he is a student in the Roseburg public schools.
Since age conferred upon Mr. Throne the right of franchise he has been a stanch supporter of the republican party,
in the interests of which he has always taken an active part, although he has never desired nor sought office as
a reward for party fealty. He is fraternally identified with the Elks, belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose and
likewise holds membership in the Woodmen of the World, in which order he has held all the chairs. As a prominent
member of the community and one greatly interested in the development and improvement of the general, welfare,
he is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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