LOUIS JUNO

BIOGRAPHY

AS RECORDED IN:

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF 
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE  CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903     P.  891

LOUIS JUNO,  the well-known proprietor of “Highland Farm,” and one of the thrifty agriculturists of Tolland county, Conn., is a man who has come up the hard road of toil to a prominence and position which entitles him to the respect of the community.  Born of parents in limited circumstances he had few educational advantages, but early in life principles of honesty and integrity were taught him from which he has never departed.  These, aided by an unbounded energy, have enabled him to surmount every obstacle and reach a position of influence and substantial regard.

Mr. Juno was born in the Province of Quebec, Canada, near Lake Champlain, Jan. 8, 1846, a son of Stephen and Julia Juno.  He was one of a family of ten children, eight of whom were boys.  Five of this family survive and are thrifty citizens, four of whom live in Southbridge, Mass., where they are successful mechanics.  In 1863 the parents moved to Southbridge from Canada where the father had been a farmer, and there Louis Juno remained a short time, but later left home, having been from the age of twelve self-supporting.  Going to Springfield Mr. Juno obtained employment from  a Mr. King in driving a team, but remained with him but a short time.  He returned to Southbridge where an attack of typhoid fever incapacitated him for almost a year.  When sufficiently recovered to be able to resume work, Mr. Juno was employed by a Mr. Newton of Worcester, Mass., in getting out timber for ship building.  In this way Mr. Juno drifted to Connecticut as this business was carried on wherever good timber could be found.

While thus engaged Mr. Juno came to Rockville from Hebron in 1867, and engaged his services to Park Hammond, as a farm hand on the New England farm.  Later he entered the employ of the Carlisle Thread Co., and was engaged in spool making at Walker’s Reservoir.  At this time his pleasant personality and evident industry attracted the attention of Cyrus White, who engaged him as his coachman and as overseer of many of Mr. White’s interests, among which was the care of the Opera House which Mr. White owned.  In the fall of 1890, Mr. Juno was given charge of what was then known as the “Cyrus White Farm” and his pleasant connection with this exceptional man ended only with the death of Mr. White in 1891, after an association of twenty-three years.  In June 1891, Mr. Juno purchased “Highland Farm” and removed to it having for the previous fourteen years occupied an excellent house which he had built on High street.  This farm is very valuable and cost Mr. Juno a large sum, its location in the borough and immediately adjoining the built up portion of the city making it most desirable property.  After this purchase Mr. Juno laid out Reed street and sold off a number of building lots and his present plans include Hale street, Avenue A and Avenue B, while meantime Highland Farm is considered one of the choicest outlying homes around Rockville.

In Rockville, on Nov. 25, 1868, Mr. Juno was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Sullivan, a native of County Limerick, Ireland, born Sept. 28, 1848.  She came to the United States when she was ten years old, with her parents, Timothy and Mary Sullivan, who located at Portland, Conn., where the former was employed in the brownstone quarries and there the remainder of their lives was passed.  Mrs. Juno was employed in the silk mill in Rockville when a young lady and was thus engaged at the time of her marriage.  The family born to Louis Juno and wife was:  Edward, born Aug. 30, 1869, died July 27, 1871;  Mable F., born Jan. 17, 1877, now Mrs. James Breen, of Rockville;  Louis A., born in 1880, in the employ of the White Corbin Co. division of the U.S. Envelope Co., of Rockville, a graduate of the Rockville high school and later of Morse’s Business College of Hartford;  George A., born in 1882, drowned Feb. 1, 1903; and Gertrude B., born in 1884, a graduate of the high school, class of 1902, now teaching in Belknap.  The death of Mrs. Juno took place March 22, 1900, and she lies at rest in St. Bernard's’ cemetery at Rockville.

Louis Juno now conducts the Highland Farm dairy, in connection with his farming business, since 1894 he has been agent of the Osborne farming implements, and at one time was also engaged in the sale of fertilizers.

Since locating in Rockville, Mr. Juno has become a valued member of Court Snipsic, No. 32, of Foresters, and is also a member of the Vernon Grange and St. Bernard Temperance society.  In politics he has never taken any interest.  He has been anxious that his children should have every educational advantage possible and his care has been repaid by the most creditable family which has grown up around him.  Progressive in his methods Mr. Juno has watched with pleasure the growth of his city which he has materially assisted.  He is an example of temperance and industry and is considered one of the most desirable and esteemed of Rockville’s citizens.

Reproduced by:

Linda D. Pingel

 

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