The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Forty Years of Business Life with Mariners
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Oswego Daily Times, 12 Sep 1921


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Forty Years of Business Life with Mariners
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John S. Parsons Has Been in The Ship Chandlery Business For That Length of Time - Seen Many Changes on Lakes
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Thursday of this week John S. Parsons of this city, executive auditor to Governor Miller, will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his throwing his hat into the ring of the business world and measured by the usual standards of success Mr. Parsons has been eminently successful.

When he left the old academy in West Third street, now known in the records of the Department of Education as school No. one, he was a stripling of a boy, who knew the name of every schooner and tug in the harbor and could tell the as far as he could see them in the lake by their rig and general appearance. It was natural therefore that he should give his attention to marine matters and he made his appearance as a clerk in the sip chandlery store of D. Lyons & Son then at the corner of West Cayuga and Water streets in the old Academy of Music building, long since razed to the ground.

When the death of Mr. Daniel Lyons and his son the business passed to Mr. Parsons who has conducted it most successfully for many years past. Besides looking after his business interests Mr. Parsons has served as U.S. revenue collector at this port, was county clerk for a term and is now executive auditor, spending most of his time in Albany.

Mr. Parsons has seen many changes on the lakes. When he began his career there was a fleet of sailing vessels all canal size, plying out of Oswego. They were owned by many individuals and business was thriving. Mr. Parsons has seen them gradually pass giving way to steam boas, until a canal schooner is almost a curiosity and the tonnage of the lakes is carried in steamers now mostly owned by corporations heavily capitalized.


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Date of Publication:
12 Sep 1921
Personal Name(s):
Parsons, John S. ; Lyons, Daniel
Collection:
Richard Palmer
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Forty Years of Business Life with Mariners