John Edward Parsons
John Edward Parsons was born on August 14, 1903, in Rye, New York, to Elsie Worthington Clews, age 27, and Herbert Parsons, age 33. He had a sister Elsie and two brothers Herbert and Mackevine. In Rye his family lived at their estate "Lounsberry" on the Boston Post Road.
John spent summers growing up at Stonover, MA. the family farm on Undermountain Road. Parsons received an undergraduate degree from Yale College in 1925 and a law degree from Yale School in 1928. He was clerk to Chief Justice William Howard Taft in 1928 and 1929.
John married Miss Fanny Haven Wickes on June 27, 1927 in Tuxedo Park, NY. They would have three children during their marriage. John was a member of the New York law firm, Winthrop, Stimson. Putnam and Roberts from 1930 to 1937. He then practiced independently.
John enlisted and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He served as a commander in the United States Navy. Stationed in Washington. D.C., he was assistant to the commander of the anti-submarine tracking unit.
As a result of his war work, he received an Order of the British Empire from King George VI, a commendation ribbon and a Navy Unit Citation from the United States.
John maintained a life-long interest in guns and fishing. He was the author of "The First Winchester" published in 1955 and of many articles principally on 19th century firearms. He often fished in Canada and published articles in the Atlantic Salmon Journal. He was a member of the New-York Historical Society and vice president of the organization from 1963 to 1973. He wrote frequent articles for the society's quarterly and also for the Montana Magazine of History. He was also a member of the Century Association.
John E. Parsons Jr., a member of the board of managers of the Lenox Library Association since 1927, died Tuesday July, 20 1976 at his home in Rye, N. Y. He was 73 years old.
David Dana, president of the board said today that Parsons was a very valuable member during his nearly 50 years of service. Although he had pursued his legal career and made his home in the New York City area, Parsons "always kept his interest in Lenox. Dana said. His grandfather. John E. Parsons. was a member of the library board from 1897 to 1915 and served as its president. His portrait hangs in the library building.
He was survived by his wife, Fanny Wickes Parsons of Lounsberry, the family's home in Rye, by a son, John E. Parsons, Rye, a daughter Fanny Culleton of Stockbridge and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Cemetery on the Hill.