Biography of Nelson L. Jarvis

NELSON L. JARVIS is known throughout the United States through his association with Jarvis & Jarvis, one of the leading concerns in the country in the field of rubber tired castors. Mr. Jarvis, who is senior partner in the firm, is known as one of the prominent men of Palmer. He is a trustee of the Palmer Savings Bank, and is active and well known in civic and fraternal circles.

Nelson L. Jarvis was born in Malone, New York, September 23, 1883, the son of Bernard Jarvis, a native of New York State, who was a carpenter, and Virginia (Boyea) Jarvis, both deceased. Mr. Jarvis obtained his education in the public and parochial schools of Connecticut and New Jersey State. At fourteen years he began to work in the cotton mills at fifty cents a day. He then went to work in a grocery store, after which he was offered a position as freight clerk, where he was employed four years. He was ambitious for advancement, and after prolonged study and concentration he procured a position as bookkeeper in a manufacturing concern, and feeling capable of greater responsibilities he formed a partnership with Frank J. Jarvis, under which they began the manufacture of rubber tired wheels and casters. In 1921 they added a line of service wagons for hotel, restaurant, hospital and household use, making them complete in addition to the former line, and these two lines they still continue. Through this added department the partners are now among the best known makers of that kind of product and have a large trade with hospitals and hotels. Jarvis & Jarvis, with headquarters in Palmer, have representatives in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

Nelson L. Jarvis is a member of the Palmer Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Arcanum of Palmer, the Palmer Rotary Club and the Palmer Business Men’s Club. He and his family attend the St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Palmer, where the family resides at No. 250 South Main Street.

He married Viola Ellen Dauplaise, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Handfield) Dauplaise, in South Manchester, Connecticut, November 3, 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis have one daughter, Constance Viola, born June 7, 1919, in Palmer.



Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

1 thought on “Biography of Nelson L. Jarvis”

  1. Claudia Bertrand

    Nelson L. Jarvis was my grandfather. I was so surprised to find this wonderful biography of him online. Thanks for having this on your website!!

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