Ilion Alumni Pharmacist

Harold Jarvis - IHS 1909

November 2020

By Aileen Carney Sweeney

Harold Jarvis - IHS 1909 Class President


Harold Jarvis Ilion 1909 Annual Yearbook


Harold Jarvis 1909 Ilion Class Portrait

Front Row, from the left - Elizabeth Dutcher (Sherwood), Arthur Roberts, Rachel Jenks, Wesley Ingersol, Mae Jarvis, Bernard Tracy, Laura Chandler (Mitchell), Elizabeth Mathews (Lenig)

Second Row - Ray Shaul, Lulu Barnes (Williams), Floy Brown (Woodward), Eva Hempstead (Seymour), Selena Haughton, Harold Jarvis - Class President, Jessie Pratt, DeWitt Brown, Blanche Burdick (Ray), Estella Hall (Austen), Benjamin Wheelock

Back Row - Blanche Ingalls, Fred King, Olive Williams (Billington), Earl Jones, Gertrude (Carney) Tracy, Leland Quinlavin, Ann Kelner (Sands), Raymond Allston, Grace Greenfield, Carl Byron


Harold Jarvis - IHS 1909 Alumnus - Pharmacist

Harold Jarvis was born on October 30, 1891 in Barre. Vt. He was the son of Alexander and Rachel Lee Jarvis. His siblings included brothers Charles IHS 1905, Leon IHS 1913, and sisters, Elizabeth (Bessie) (Jarvis) Cross IHS 1908 and Mae (Jarvis) Evans IHS 1909. The Jarvis family moved to Ilion about 1901 where father, Alexander Jarvis, began his business as an artistic granite and marble sculptor. Alexander Jarvis produced many of the finest monuments in Central New York cemeteries. The Soldiers' Monument, on Otsego Street in Ilion, stands as a testament to Alexander's skill and artistic taste. He designed and built the monument in 1906.

1906 Jarvis Rendering of Soldier Monument
Soldier Monument Rendition - Otsego Street, Ilion, NY
Designed and constructed, in 1906, by Ilion artist and monument business owner, Alexander Jarvis
Source - Remington Centennial Historical Souvenir Program 1916 - 1816

Harold Jarvis graduated, with his sister, Mae, from Ilion High School in 1909. He was the Class President. Right out of high school, he began teaching in District No. 7 in Schuyler. In September 1912, he left working in J. V. Down's pharmacy, in Ilion, and entered the Columbia College of Pharmacy in New York City. For two years, Harold had been with Charles B. Skinner & Co., pharmacists at Amsterdam. Pharmacist Bert H. Bentley purchased J. V. Downs, the well known pharmacy at the corner of Otsego and First street in 1913. He partnered with Harold Jarvis and conducted the new business under the firm name of Bentley & Jarvis. Harold Jarvis completed his education and graduated from Columbia College in May of 1914.

Harold Jarvis married Miss Bessie Burns, of Mohawk, in 1915. In November of 1917, they welcomed the birth of their son, Alexander Bruce Jarvis. Two years later, their daughter was born in Utica, on her father's birthday, October 30, 2019. On August 13, 1917, Harold bought a store, in the Mohawk, NY Weller block, from George Gallinger, a Herkimer pharmacist. A year or so later, Harold Jarvis purchased the Main Street location of the business from Martha and Charles Steele. Harold conducted his pharmacy in that location for 30 years and moved his family to Mohawk. Harold's son, Bruce Jarvis, would also one day become a pharmacist and take over his father's business in Mohawk, NY. Bruce Jarvis is the father of Challenger astronaut, Gregory Jarvis, for whom the Central Valley School District's middle school is named.


Harold Jarvis - Obituary

Harold L. Jarvis, age 55, of 13 W. Main St., local druggist for 30 years, died Apr. 17, 1946, at his home, following a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p. m. Sunday from the Graves Funeral Home with the Rev. Garrett Roorda officiating. Burial was in the Mohawk cemetery.

He was born Oct. 30, 1891 in Barre. Vt.. a son of Alexander and Rachel Lee Jarvis. He moved to Ilion with his parents about 46 years ago. A graduate of Ilion High School and Columbia School of Pharmacy. New York, he worked for several years as a pharmacist in Ilion prior to moving to Mohawk where he purchased the block from which he had conducted his pharmacy for the past 30 years.

He was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church, Mohawk Masonic Lodge, Alexander Hook and Ladder Co., Community Club, Mohawk Club and the Mohawk Fish & Game Club.

He leaves his wife, the former Miss Bessie Burns whom he married in Mohawk about 31 years ago; his mother, Mrs. Rachel Jarvis, Dade City. Fla.; a son, Bruce, Mohawk; two brothers, Leon M. and Charles D., both of Ilion; two sisters, Mrs. Robert P. Evans, Dade City and Mrs. Elizabeth Cross, Greenfield, Mass., and a grandson.


Ilion School Notes - Senior Class Officers October 8, 1908 - Illion NY Citizen 1906-1908 - 1378.pdf -
The Class of '09 June 24, 1909 - Illion NY Citizen 1909-1910 - 0604.pdf -
Ilion High 1909 Class Roster -
The Class of '09 June 24, 1909 - Illion NY Citizen 1909-1910 - 0604.pdf -
Teacher January 13, 19210 - Illion NY Citizen 1909-1910 - 0855.pdf -
Interesting Information About Our Neighbors - Harold Jarvis - Columbia Pharmacy School September 19, 1912 - llion NY Citizen 1911-1913 - 0717.pdf -
Harold Jarvis - Columbia Pharmacy School September 20, 1912 - Utica NY Daily Press 1912 - 3688.pdf -
New Drug Firm August 2, 1913 - Utica NY Herald Dispatch 1915 - 2463.pdf -
Personals - Harold Jarvis - Graduate of Columbia Pharmacy School May 14, 1914 - Illion NY Citizen 1913-1916 - 0473.pdf -
Notes - Harold Jarvis November 14, 1916 - Utica NY Daily Press 1916 - 0144.pdf -
Mohawk Notes - Son Bruce Born November 22, 1917 - Illion NY Citizen 1917-1919 - 0363.pdf -
News of the Week - Daughter Born November 1919 - Illion NY Citizen 1917-1919 - 0337.pdf -
Mohawk Notes – Bruce Jarvis October 31, 1926 - Utica NY Observer 1926 a - 6250.pdf -
SP0GEN BUYS GALLINGER DRUG STORE Februauy 3, 1965 - 1913 - Herkimer NY Evening Telegram 1965 00336.pdf -
Jarvis Building One of Mohawk's Oldest November 12, 1953- Illion NY Sentinel 1953 - 0698.pdf -
Jarvis Building One of Mohawk's Oldest - continued November 12, 1953- Illion NY Sentinel 1953 - 0698.pdf -
Harold Jarvis Druggist Dies April 18, 1947 - Herkimer NY Evening Telegram 1947 01579.pdf -
Death of Alexander Jarvis - April 6, 1920 - Herkimer NY Free Press 1810-1829 00286.pdf -
Alexander Bruce Jarvis Endured his Son's Death Aboard Challenger - January 8, 2003 - The Orlando Sentinel -

Ilion Service Honors Challenger astronauts - May 24, 2008 - The Herkimer Evening Telegram
Harold Lee Jarvis Page 8 - Senior Annual IHS 1909 - Ilion Yearbook Collection -
Alexander Jarvis father - 1920 Armory Hill Cemetery -
Rachael Lee Jarvis mother - 1950 Armory Hill Cemetery -
Harold L. Jarvis - 1947 Mohawk Cemetery -
Bessie E. Jarvis wife - Mohawk Cemetery -
Alexander Bruce Jarvis son - 2003 Mohawk Cemetery -
Gregory Bruce Jarvis grandson Astronaut on the Space Challenger - 1986 Mohawk Cemetery -
Charles D. Jarvis brother - 1958 Armory Hill Cemetery -
Leon McVaugh Jarvis brother - 1958 Litchfield Cemetery -

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