John CORT, b. Lancashire, England 1836, died Worcester, MA 1903
I am not related - this is part of a transcription project.
from "Printers and Printing in Providence, 1762 - 1907"
prepared by a committee of Providence Typographical Union #33 as a souvenir of the 50th anniversary of its institution
printed in 1907
"JOHN CORT - Born March 9, 1836, at Littleboro, Lancashire, England. At an early age he entered the printing business, being apprenticed for seven years. He came to America in October, 1863, and after working in New York city for some time, eventually located in Providence. Here he worked on the Journal and joined Providence Typographical Union Oct. 14, 1864. In 1874 in company with Charles R. Stobbs, he purchased the Webster Times. The same year Mr. Stobbs withdrew, leaving Mr. Cort in possession. He published the paper up to his death, which occurred in Worcester March 4, 1903, aged 66 years, 11 months and 27 days. Sixyears previous to his death his nephew, Arthur H. Rossall (also a former member of Providence Union), was editor and manager of the Times. Mr. Cort always led an upright life and was generous to a fault, and his death was deeply regretted by the many tourists who passed through Webster in their wanderings, and the writer of this brief biography never new him to turn down a printer with a card - always giving them enough work to put them on their feet again, or a meal or railroad ticket. In closing, I think the following words, written by Albert Tyler, editor of the Oxford (Mass.) Mid-Weekly, and a lifelong friend, briefly characterize the deceased: 'He published a clean paper, which carried no immoral taint into the homes it visited.In all his work he exhibited tact and discretion ... Those who know me will not be surprised when I declare my conviction that so long and so useful a life will not lose the award of God's eternal favor.'"