James Porter



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Lorain Times Herald November 27, 1915


Death claimed a mariner, a landowner, a citizen and a lover of all human things Saturday afternoon at 4:30 when James Porter, who had been a resident of Lorain for 83 years passed away at his family residence, 324 W. 29th Street. He was sitting in his chair when he sustained a stroke of paralysis that ended his life.
Mr. Porter was born in Elyria in 1833 and when he was two weeks old, his parents moved to Lorain where he has since made his home. His family followed the water and when he was 16 years of age, he started sailing. For 40 years he followed the lakes and in that time rose from a sailor to owner to part owner of many vessels. Together with his two brothers, the famous "Three Brothers" which used to adorn the bank of the Black River for many years was built and operated. Later on he built a vessel, the Julia U. Porter, named after his wife.

After 40 years of this life, he retired from the lakes and purchased a hotel, which was known as the Porter Hotel, situated on the corner of 9th street and Broadway. He operated and owned this place for 10 years. During the time he operated the hotel, he took a great fancy to high bred horses and his stables contained many blooded animals, of which he was very proud. He retired from active life after ten years in the hotel, 18 years ago.

Mr. Porter was married to Julia Cornell in Lorain 56 years ago. Two years ago, after they had been married 54 years, the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Porter is 75 years of age.

Mr. Porter was a member of the Protected Home Circle and Old Friends Circle. He was a member of the Congregational Church. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. W. J. Cochran of Nevada Missouri, a granddaughter Mrs. M. Delameter, Nevada Mo.; a great grandchild J. Delameter of Nevada Mo., two grandsons, J. Cochran Joplin Mo, and Elsworth Porter, Lorain, three brothers, Capt. Julian Porter and Ellis (Edward?) Porter of Lorain, and Samuel Porter of Grand Rapids MI. A sister Juliette McConnell, Orange OH. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the family residence on 29th street at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Bennett will officiate. Interment will be made in the Cleveland Street cemetery, Amherst, OH."

donated and copyright 2002 Maureen Smith

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