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Title Jones & LaBorde Boat Company
Catalog Number P1974.3.5
Accession number 2012.5
Object Name Negative, Nitrate
Description Original nitrate negative and new copy print of a unidentified sailboat built by Jones & LaBorde Co.,Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County.
Date c1905
People LaBorde, George E.
Jones, James H.
Subjects Sailboats
Boat & ship industry
Boat & ship companies
River Street
Lake Street
Railroad cars
Railroad rails
Railroad sidings
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad
Railroad ties
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection LaBorde
Catalog date 2011-11-02
Cataloged by Radig, Dan
Medium Film/Photographic Emulsion
Neg # 2509-F
Notes Photographic print of a unidentified sailboat built by Jones & LaBorde Co.,Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County. The boat is being moved from a wagon and onto a railroad car.

James H. Jones & George LaBorde were boat builders located at 1 Main St. in 1899, they moved into their new shop at 26 River 1903 and remained they until 1920. The address looks to have changed to 34 River St. in 1914. River St. was change to 34 Lake Dr. in 1916, but the same location. Mr. LaBorde quite the firm about 1912, to work on boats and iceboats by himself and eventually becoming the carpenter for the Athearn Hotel. Mr. Jones continued the company under the same name until 1920. George E. LaBorde new shop was located at the foot of Forest St. (Woodland Ave.) from 1912-1915.

James "Jimmie" Jones obituary has him born in Montreal, Canada, April 4, 1855, (all census records have in being born at Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, April 4, 1855, and moving to the city of Neenah with his parents and brother Arthur in 1855. Arthur was born in Canada. James married Edith LaGrange in Winnebago County, on December 20,1876.


J. H. Jones, better known as "Jimmie" Jones, veteran boat builder and yachtsman, passed away at the summer home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Steiner at Butte des Morts this morning.

Death followed a stroke of paralysis which he suffered a few days ago and brought to close a an unusually picturesque career. Interested in sailboats from his earliest years, Mr. Jones was considered a "permanent fixture" in yachting circles in the middle west.

No regatta was complete without his presence and he attended practically all of them. As late as August of this year he attended the Inland Lakes Yachting regatta held during the early part of that month.

Yachting was his hobby and caused him to forsake a successful flour mill enterprise in Neenah some years ago devote all his time to sailing.


He was born in Montreal, Canada, April 4, 1855, (*all census records have in being born at Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, April 4, 1855, and moved to the city of Neenah with his parents and brother Arthur in 1855. Arthur was born in Canada).

He engaged first in the flour business and later operated a mill of his own that prospered.

He had learned the boat business from his father, however, and every spare moment found him working on sailing crafts of various kinds. About thirty years ago he decide to enter the boat building business as a vocation, removing with his family to Oshkosh, where he started a boat building enterprise under the name of Jones & La Borde. The company confined its activity to the construction and development of high grade racing sloops and the products of the Oshkosh shop have since gone to many parts of the world. Sleek white-sailed skimmers were built for yachtsmen throughout the United States and some were sent to England and Africa. His joy of yachting was his life's pleasure and he was indefatigable in promoting and developing the sport.

Much of the popularity to which yachting grew on Lake Winnebago was due to his efforts. He was a familiar figure to every regatta, sailing boats of his own in the early days and later acting in an unofficial capacity at the events.

The only surviving relative is his daughter, Mrs. Steiner. Mrs. Jones passed away in January of this year. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence of the daughter at 63 Church street.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern obit 10-20-1928



George E. LaBorde, formerly a member of the well known firm of Jones & LaBorde, builders of some of the best racing yachts in the northwest, died suddenly shortly after 7 o'clock last evening from some heart affliction. Mr. LaBorde died in the lumber yards of the Athearn Hotel, near the tracks of the main line of the Soo railroad. With him at the time was his young son George Jr., and his grandson, Edgar Anger Jr.

According to the story of the boys, Mr. LaBorde had loaded a small automobile truck with lumber which he was to move when suddenly gave a cry of pain and fell over. The boys notified the Athearn hotel, Dr. A. G. Koehler was summoned and he pronounced the man dead. In the meantime the police department had been notified. The body was moved in the ambulance of Spikes & McDonald and taken to the undertaking rooms for prepreparation for burial.

Mr. LaBorde was fifty-eight years of Age. He was in fairly good health, although of late he had complained of what appeared to be stomach trouble. He was born in Delhi, Wis., near Omro, and removed to this city from Neenah, eighteen years ago. He came here to go into business with James H. Jones and Jones & LaBorde built several hundred boats of various kinds, including launches, racing yachts, and row boats. Some of the yachts became famous for speed and took many prizes in racing regattas of the Oshkosh Yacht club and the Inland Lake Yachting association.

The partnership dissolved about five years ago and for a time Mr. LaBorde had a shop of his own. Later he became house carpenter at the Athearn hotel and had been in that employment nearly four years. During that period he had built several racing boats, two of which were for Fred Athearn.

The deceased is survived by his Wife. Mrs, Marie LaBorde, two daughters and a son. The daughters are Mrs. Edgar Anger and Miss Leonore LaBorde. The son is George LaBorde Jr. He and his sister resided with their parents at 26 Grove street. There are also two brothers and a sister, Luke LaBorde and Dayton LaBorde both of Oshkosh, and Mrs. John Peterson of Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Anger have two children, Edgar Jr. and Carroll. The funeral arrangements are not yet completed.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern obit 5-14-1918
Orig/copy Copy