In Memoriam, John A. Guion, M.D., 1894, Page 9
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present site of the passenger station of the Atlantic & North Carolina R.R.,
for the manufacture of woollen cloth. This, about 1855, was converted into a
cotton mill, and was afterwards transferred to East Front Street
to about where the Fertilizer Factory now stands. Here he remained
until 1859, when he was appointed Cashier of the Bank of Commerce, then just
established in New Bern, a position held by him during the existence of that
institution. In charge of the effects of the bank,--he went,in 1862, when
New Bern was occupied by the Federal forces, to Burlington. N.C., then
called Company’s Shops, where he lived during the continuance of the late
war. Returning to New Bern at the close of the war, he resumed the banking
business in partnership with the late Israel Disosway, in which he continued
until 1869, when he accepted an appointment as Cashier of the National Bank
of New Bern, a corporation to which his experience and able management
contributed greatly to rescue from financial embarrassments. As, cashier he
continued to serve until August l0th, 1886, when he was disabled by a
paralytic stroke, and shortly after resigned. In process of time Dr. Guion
recovered in great measure from this severe attack, but was never fully
restored to his accustomed robust health. Thereafter he lived a retired
life, confining himself for the most part to his home circle. In active
business he mingled but little, except so far as required by his duties as
Commissioner of the Sinking Fund of Craven County, and Trustee of the New
Bern Academy, which he continued to discharge up to the time of his death.
For many years he was a Vestryman of Christ Church, as his father and
grandfather had been before him, and in 1871 when the church building was
burned, he was active and efficient in aiding to procure means for its
rebuilding. He took great pleasure in gardening, in which he was an adept
and very successful. The writer of this remembers to have heard him say many
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