New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - James H. Hornor

James H. Hornor of Matawan died on Tuesday of last week of consumption, aged 69 years. He had been sick about a year.

Mr. Hornor was a son of the late William S. Hornor and was born at Matawan. When James H. Hornor was a boy his father became associated with the firm of Fountain, Hornor & Co., and the son went to work as a clerk in the store. The names of Fountain and Hornor were familiar to everybody in the county at that time and the business conducted by them was the largest of any firm in Monmouth county in their day. They ran packet ships to New York and conducted a general store at Matawan. The firm was started 75 years ago by the late Asbury Fountain and the late Captain Garrett heirs. The firm underwent several changes. Finally James H. Hornor became a partner and the firm was known as Fountain, Hornor & Sons. It continued under this name until the firm's retirement from business about sixteen years ago. The firm had in the meantime started a steamboat line between Matawan and New York. The S. A. Brown was the first boat put on the route and this boat was succeeded a few years later by the S. S. Wyckoff, which is still running. After the dissolution of the firm Mr. Hornor became superintendent of the steamboat company and continued in this capacity until forced to retire on account of sickness. He was superintendent of the Keyport and Matawan gas company from its organization until last May. In politics he was a Democrat. He had been collector of Matawan township for 35 years. He resigned that office a short time ago.

Mr. Hornor married Charlotte B. Campbell, who survives him. He leaves a daughter and a son. They are Mrs. W. T. Eames of Sewaren and William S. Hornor of New York. He leaves also two brothers. They are Stockton Hornor of Matawan and William H. Hornor of Morganville.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 4, 1899