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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Henry J. McLaughlin b Belfast 1884 emig Chicago
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:55:45 -0500

HENRY J. McLAUGHLIN, dealer in stationery, confectionery, etc., was
born in Belfast, Ireland, about the year 1844, and reared in
Liverpool, England. From his boyhood his experience has been a varied
and interesting one, for at the age of twelve he went to sea, sailing
to the East and West Indies, up the Mediterranean Sea and to various
ports in South America, following the sea until 1860, when he came to
Chicago. There he was employed in sailing on the lakes until the
spring of 1861, when he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving
one year; was on the United States sloop "Jamestown," also the flag
ship" Hartford," and was present at the capture of New Orleans. The
vessel he was on performed the dangerous feat of running the blockade
at Vicksburg, in all seven times. He was discharged at the end of his
term, but re-enlisted in the 1st United States Veteran Volunteer
Engineers October 20, 1864, and was discharged September 26, 1865, at
Nashville, Tenn. He then resumed sailing on the lakes until the fire
of 1871, when he changed his vocation and for ten years was employed
as a house painter. In 1875 he moved to the town of Lake, opening a
small confectionery and stationery store, which he has increased by
steady application to business. He erected his present store building
in March, 1881. [p.682]

History of Early Chicago
Albert H. Hager

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