John H. Jett emigrated with his brother G.W. Jett to Baker, Oregon in 1871. He worked in a placer mine on the Burnt River until 1882. Jett then opened a grocery store but sold out in 1886 when he founded the Baker City Marble Works. Jett several buildings in Baker City between 1901 and 1901 using the local volcanic tuff stone. Jett ran a grocery and feed store in conjunction with his marble works in this building.