John Larkin was a very enterprising young man. At the age of twelve, he obtained employment. After working for a variety of businesses, he was employed by his brother-in-law, Justus Weller, in his soap company. He learned everything that he possibly could about the soap industry while working for his brother in law. He even followed his brother in law to Chicago in 1870. Before long, John Larkin was a partner in Justus Weller's business. John Larkin's brother-in-law did him another favor. Justus Weller introduced John Larkin to his cousin, Frances Hubbard. John Larkin and Frances Hubbard were married in 1874 in Hudson, Illinois.
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