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John W. Norton letters, 1894-1900.
Norton, John W. 1839-1900.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSC 210:25-32  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Norton, John W. (John Wright), 1839-1900.
Title : John W. Norton letters, 1894-1900.
Physical Description : 8 folders.
Summary :

The collection consists of approximately 130 letters written by John W. Norton to his wife and children, and to one of his business partners, Thomas C. Pease, covering the years 1896 to 1899. The collection also includes a letter written to Norton by C. G. Pringle in 1894, encouraging him to come to Mexico, and a letter dated February 3, 1900, describing Norton's death.

The letters include information about management of the coffee plantation and about life in Mexico. They also reveal Norton's concern about his wife and children in Rutland, Vermont, and contain much advice about finances, his daughters' education and household management.

Biographical or historical data :

John W. Norton was born August 27, 1839 in Moretown, Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1861 and then took a post as principal of the Thetford Academy. While at the Academy, he enlisted in the 8th Vermont Volunteer Regiment and served from 1863 to 1865. From 1867 to 1871 he worked as a merchant in Plattsburgh, New York, and then worked as a clerk at a woolen mill in Winooski, Vermont. In 1882 he moved to Rutland, Vermont where he was the assistant treasurer at the Rutland Bank. He moved near Candelaria, Oaxaco Province, Mexico in 1896 where he established a coffee plantation called Monte Verde in partnership with his two brothers-in-law.

He married Mary Francis Pease on December 1, 1863 in Charlotte, Vermont. They had four daughters: Katherine P., Elizabeth M., and Ruth W. and Helen R. John W. Norton died in Mexico on January 21, 1900 of Bright's Disease.

Personal Subject : Norton, Mary P.
Norton, Katherine P.
Norton, Elizabeth M.
Norton, Ruth W.
Norton, Helen R.
Pease, Thomas C.
Subject Term : Coffee industry Mexico Oaxaco.
Geographic Term : Rutland (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Oaxaco (Mexico) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Added Author : Pringle, Cyrus G. (Cyrus Guernsey), 1838-1911.