Lee County Biography


An enterprise like that of the Borden Condensed Milk Company must needs have as the heads of its several departments men of marked ability, of indefatigable enterprise and of sound judgment. Such a one is found in Frank J. Cahill, now office manager at Dixon for the corporation. He is a young man, ambitious, energetic and determined, and brings to the discharge of the important and onerous duties that devolve upon him keen insight and a ready appreciation of business situations and possibilities. He was born in Dixon, September 30, 1880, and is a son of Edward F. and Mary (Donelly) Cahill. The parents came to Lee county from Boston, Massachusetts, in 1874, and the father, who was a merchant tailor, made that business his life work, passing away in 1896. The mother still survives and yet makes her home in Dixon.

Frank J. Cahill, the sixth in order of birth in a family of thirteen children, pursued a public-school education, passing through the consecutive grades until graduated from the Dixon high school. He then joined his father and was connected with the tailoring business for a short time. He also spent a brief period in connection with the shoe trade but in 1898 entered the employ of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, with which he continued to the time that the business was sold to the Borden interests in 1902. Gradually he has worked his way upward in this connection, thoroughly mastering all of the duties that have devolved upon him until he is now office manager and is recognized as a most efficient, capable and trustworthy man for the position.

On the 19th of June, 1912, Mr. Cahill was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Clark, of Dixon. They are members of the Catholic church and he belongs also to the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In politics he takes an advanced stand in opposition to monopoly rule and to party management by machine bosses. He is allied with the progressive party and he is ever fearless in espousing his honest convictions. While a busy man he yet finds time for cooperation in plans and projects for the public good.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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