Biography of Harry Joseph Jeffway

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Few men engaged in the electrical construction and contracting business in this part of the State have been trained in so practical and, indeed, in so high grade a school of experience in electrical work as Harry Joseph Jeffway, who not only has an established repute for unrivalled excellence in his Easthampton business, but who throughout the World War was on duty at submarine bases of the greatest responsibility as an electrician, afterwards also continuing in related lines for the United States Government in the shipyards. Mr. Jeffway is an expert in all matters electrical; he has built up an extensive business in company with his brother, William Edward Jeffway, a sketch of whom precedes this, and his popularity combines with his professional ability to secure his success. His ancestors came from France to America during the Colonial era; and the family name is an irreproachable one in matters of good citizenship and industry.

Adolphus Jeffway, a sketch of whose life appears in the biography of William Edward Jeffway, was the father of Harry Joseph Jeffway, the subject of this review.

Harry Joseph Jeffway was born August 19, 1895, in Chateaugay, New York, where he attended the public schools, and he afterwards attended school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and at Easthampton. After a short season of employment in the mills at Easthampton, he began to engage in electrical work, and in the employ of others to 1917, at Hartford and Waterbury, Connecticut, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. At the close of the World War, Mr. Jeffway, upon his discharge from the service, remained in New York to March, 1920, where he was engaged in electrical lines in the work of dismantling boats in the shipyards. On March 26, 1920, in company with his brother, William Edward, he bought out an electrical business in Easthampton, and they have conducted a very successful enterprise in repair and general construction and electrical contracting, this firm doing the electrical work on the Easthampton High School.

Fraternally, Mr. Jeffway is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and of the American Legion, of whose local Post he is Second Vice-Commander.

Harry Joseph Jeffway married, August 31, 1921, Rena Moriarty, of Easthampton, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Griffin) Moriarty. Their children: Francis W., who died in infancy; Rosemary; Harry Joseph, Jr.

MLA Source Citation:

Holland, Josiah Gilbert. History of Western Massachusetts Springfield: S. Bowles and company, 1855. Web. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Jul 24th, 2011

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