is a man who has, by his own untiring energy and industry, accumulated a competency, and commands the respect of all who honor a successful man. He was born in Duncannon (sic), County Tyrone, Ireland, June 6, 1843 and is a son of James and Catherine (Gough) Mulgrew. His father was a native of the same town and was born in 1806. He pursued the calling of a farmer on a rented farm, and also transacted an agent’s business for the queen’s warehouse, being a good business man, highly respected by all classes. In religion, he was a member of the Roman Catholic church. He died on Christmas day, 1870, and his wife (mother) is now living on the old homestead, in her seventy-fifth year.
James Mulgrew was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of his native town. He learned the carpenter’s trade, and in 1866 he came to America, putting his feet on American soil May 1st of that year, and shortly afterward located in Silver Creek, where he was employed on the construction train on the L. S. & M. S. R. R. He worked fifteen years on this train, being steadily promoted until in 1881, he was given full control. It is his pride that he never had a pair of trucks leave the track in the twenty-two years he spent on that train. While in Indiana in 1888, he resigned his position, and left the employ of the road December 10th of that year. Since then he has lived on his farm in Hanover, one mile from Silver Creek, where he has opened a rock quarry, and finds a quick and ready market for all the paving-stones and material maximizing which he can quarry. He also has [a] good-sized tract of land devoted to grape culture. In National elections he votes the Democrat ticket, but in local elections he is independent, voting always for the man he considers the best qualified for the office in question. Religiously he is a member of the Roman Catholic church. He has two brothers, Barney and John engaged in gold mining in Montana.
James Mulgrew was married, in 1866, to Margaret L. Mulgrew
, daughter of Peter Mulgrew of Duncannon (sic), Ireland, and they have three children, one son and two daughters, John F., Mary E., and Margaret S., all attending school at Silver Creek.
Edson, Obed. Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York. (John M. Gresham & Co.) July 1891. P. 216. Digital image, Google Books accessed 22 March 2017