John Henry Nichols-Carpenter/Stair Builder, San Jose, California

Having crossed the ocean when a mere boy,John Henry Nichols, a native of England, who first came to Massachusetts, later coming to San Jose, was one of California's early settlers and has been identified with Santa Clara County since the year of 1876, when he worked as a carpenter and stair builder. In 1880 he established a factory and shop and started to work for himself, and for many years was located at 68 Orchard Street.

He was born at Torrington, Devonshire, August 23, 1855. Mr. Nichols received his education in the
public schools of Clinton, Mass., whither he had come in his early youth. He first learned the carpenter trade in Massachusetts, where he worked for a while, then came on to San Jose in the year 1876, taking up the work of a stair builder and following that line up to the present time, having his factory and shop at 68 Orchard Street where he moved in1900. He uses the most-up-to- date and modern machinery, turning out the very best work that can be found. He gives good service and the very best quality and has been very successful.

Mr. Nichols marriage united him with Miss Annie M. Ford, who is a native of Illinois, having first seen the light of day in the city of Litchfield. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols became the parents of three children: James Frederick, Clinton Elwin, and Viola, who is now the wife of John Lester; they also have one grandchild, Veletta Nichols, the daughter of James F., who has bought additional joy to their home. Mr. Nichols is a great lover of his home but occasionally finds recreation in attending the Odd Fellows Lodge. Politically he votes the Republican ticket.

Transcribed by Linda Gretty, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1539