John H. Graham
John H. Graham, of St. Joseph. For the past twenty years no name has been more prominently connected with the passenger pleasure resort service out of Chicago, and with the great fruit traffic from the Michigan shores, than that of the worthy president of the Graham & Morton Transportation Co. Their line of palatial steamers carry thousands of people daily during the summers between Chicago, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, and do an extensive freight business between the same points, and between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities.
Mr. Graham is a native of the State of Illinois, having been born in Boone county, December 10, 1849. His parents were John and Lucinda (Nichols) Graham, who are referred to in the sketch of Edmon A. Graham, elsewhere in this work. Our subject passed his early boyhood at Elkhart, Ind., and in 1864 came with his father to St. Joseph, and with him became engaged in the lumber business. Some years later young Graham, in connection with Mr. Andrew Crawford, formed a partnership at Benton Harbor in the hardwood lumber business, and operated a sawmill in connection with it. This firm carried on an extensive business in this line for several years. Early in the seventies Mr. Graham, in connection with J. Stanley Morton and others, engaged in the steamboat business, operating boats between Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Chicago, under the firm name of Graham, Morton & Co., which in 1880 or 1881, merged into a stock company, which was styled the Graham & Morton Transportation Co., and of which Mr. Graham became president, which position he has since uninterruptedly held.
The Graham & Morton Transportation Co., of which Mr. Graham has been so long officially connected, and to the growth of which he has given so many of the most active years of his life, and at times periods of great anxiety, represents the largest single business interest in the docks at Benton Harbor and Chicago, upwards of a half million dollars, and during the season gives employment to more than a hundred men.
Our subject is also identified with other business interests at Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, being the president of the Alden Canning Company, of the former city, and of the St. Joseph Hotel Company, which owns the beautiful and commodious hotel by that name, located on the beach at St. Joseph, and which beautiful structure was burned in the summer of 1898. He is also a director in the Union Banking Company of the latter city. Mr. Graham is strictly a self-made man, beginning early in life to do for himself, and through his own energy and efforts he has made for himself a position of standing in business circles, of which any man might be proud. In politics Mr. Graham is a Republican.
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