in the vocations selected. The eldest, P. S., a mechanic, is at the head of the Pennsylvania Railroad shops, Cincinnati, Ohio; and the next eldest, J. C., is at the head of his own machine works, Columbus, Ohio. The youngest, Thomas J., travels for the largest coffee and spice mills in the West, and receives the highest standard compensation paid traveling men, or about four times the usual traveling man's salary.
JAMES W. left home when barely sixteen, and served a trade as mechanic till twenty-one years old, when he secured a traveling position with a mercantile firm in Indianapolis, Ind. After remaining with them five years, he went to New Orleans, La., took a traveling position again, and after four years' service on the road, was called in and given an interest in the business 1882. 1890 he organized the New Orleans Coffee Company, of which he is president, and 1895 was made vice-president of the Gramercy Sugar Refinery, a quarter of a million plant, and is today one of the safest and most successful business men in the Crescent City, having also large interests in cotton and sugar plantations. As before stated, he married, 1889, Mrs. Angie B. Green (a young widow with a nine-year-old daughter, Miss Bessie, an unusually bright child), daughter of the late Judge H. T. Green, of Leavenworth, Kas., who was a native Virginia, and married in Mercer Co., Ky., where he lived most of his life, and where his daughter Angie was born. James W. Hearn, besides spending nine years of his life on the road, has visited all the principal cities of this country and has been pretty well all over England, Ireland, Scotland, France, through Rhenish Germany, Switzerland, and Italy as far down as Milan and Venice. He is a member of the Sugar and Rice Exchange in New Orleans, a member of the leading social club of the city, the Boston Club, and a member of other business and social organizations.
J. W. HEARN & CO. now own sufficient coffee plantations in Brazil to run their immense establishment, which on going through reminded me much of a great wheat and flouring mill. The coffee is thoroughly cleaned, roasted, ground and canned, using the now famous brand "Morning Joy Coffee." At their sugar refinery they also put up in cans pure kettle molasses, and in bottles pure cane juice. All bear the stamp of "The New Orleans Coffee Company, Limited."
Mr. Hearn built a palatial home at 16 Audubon place, in the
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