Lee County Biography

Daniel Curran


Daniel Curran, senior member of the firm of Daniel Curran & Sons, mason contractors of Dixon, is one of the leading citizens of Irish birth residing in Lee County. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, March 29, 1839, and is a son of James and Bessie (Cady) Curran. His mother died in 1846, after which his father was again married, and in 1849 brought his family to the United States, crossing the Atlantic from Liverpool to New York City in the sailing vessel "Kingston," which dropped anchor in New York harbor after a voyage of five weeks and three days. They lived in New York City four years and then came at once to Illinois, where Mr. Curran and his wife are yet residing on a farm on the Rock River, near the city of Dixon, Although he is now more than eighty years of age, he retains much of the vigor which characterized him in earlier life, being still hale and hearty. Himself and wife are members of the Catholic Church.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who is so widely and favorably known throughout this community. From an early age he has made his own way in the world, and well deserves to be numbered among the self-made men of the county. In Dixon he learned his trade of a mason with the firm of Robinson & Means, and after his term of apprenticeship had expired, went to New York City, where he entered the employ of John Hankinson, with whom he worked for six years. His long continuance in the service of one man attests the quality of his excellent workmanship and his fidelity to the interests of him he served.

During his residence in the East, Mr. Curran led to the marriage alt Miss Catherine Donahue, who came to this country from her native land, Ireland, during her girlhood. She died at her home in Dixon, in 1872, leaving five children; James, who wedded Miss Mary Swain of California, and is now a brick maker and contractor of Bakersfield, Curran County, Cal.; Charles who wedded Alice McGraw and is associated in business with his father; William H., who is employed as yardman in the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Sumner, Cal., Thomas F., a member of the firm of Curran & Sons; and Anza B., wife of John McGraw, who is engaged in merchandising in Osong, Ill. Mr. Curran was again married in Dixon, his second union being with Miss Mary Lyons, a native of Vermont who came to this State during her childhood with her parents, Edward and Bridget (Hines) Lyons, both of whom are now deceased. They were natives of the Emerald Isle and crossed the Atlantic after their marriage. Some years they spent in the New England States and then came to Lee County, Ill., where they died, the father at the age of sixty-five years and the mother in her sixty-first year. They were members of the Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Curran have two children; Patrick G. and Daniel A., and have lost five. They are members of the Catholic Church and in political sentiment our subject is a Democrat. The firm of Curran & Sons, located at the corner of Ninth Street and Nachusa Avenue, have a liberal patronage, and rank among the leading contractors of Dixon. Daniel Curran has a high reputation as a skilled workman and has superintended many of the best buildings in the city, which now stand as monuments to his ability and enterprise. The faithfulness and with which he fulfills his part of the contract has won him the confidence of all, and the custom accorded him is well merited.

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