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From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <>
Subject: Bio with Mention of Wm O'Donnell Ireland>Chicago, IL>Clinton, IA
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 17:22:27 -0600

The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

WM. O'DONNELL, section boss on the C. & N. W. R. R. residence on Tenth
avenue, west of Third street; is a native of Ireland, and was bon in 1819;
he grew up to manhood there, and emigrated to America in 1849; he came to
Chicago and entered the employ of Col. Smith, on the Galena & Chicago Union
R. R., in 1851; he was section boss and had charge of the track at Cottage
Hill, Elgin, Belvidere, Cherry Valley; he came to Clinton in 1856, and is
the oldest employee on this division of the road; he is one of the early
settlers of Clinton, coming the next year after the town started. Mr.
O'Donnell has been a member of the City Council for twelve years, and is
also a member of the School Board. He married Winnifred Leahy, a native of
Ireland, in 1849; they have five children -- William H., David J., Mary,
Winnie, and Joseph H.; they attend the Catholic Church.

Cathy Joynt Labath
The Irish in Iowa

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