Lee County Biography

Amboy Township

DENNIS B. DOYLE, a teacher in the grammar department of the Amboy schools, is a son of Bernard and Alice (Harvey) Doyle, natives of Ireland. The former was born in 1819, and the latter in 1829. Bernard Doyle was left an orphan when quite young and was reared by an uncle, Michael Doyle, a lawyer. In 1844 and at the age of twenty-five years, he left the Emerald Isle and sailed for America, landing in New York City, where he remained about ten years. While there he was married to Alice Harvey, January 25, 1854, and one year later they came to Amboy where the young husband worked on the farm of Gen. Wyman seven years. He then entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad in whose employ he is still working.

The mother of our subject was born in County Armagh, in the north of Ireland and came to the Lnited States with her sisters. She had one brother who came to this country previous to her coming who is now a resident of Lawrence, Minn. She has three sisters living: Ann, now Mrs. Burns of Amboy; Kate, Mrs. James McCoy of Marion; and Mary, Mrs. McCoy of St. Johns, New Brunswick. The parents of our subject had born to them nine children, six of whom are now living. Two died in infancy and Joseph P. died at the age of twenty-five years. He was a jeweler by trade and one of the best engravers in Illinois. He was born at Amboy, September 25, 1863, and died November 19, 1887. He learned his trade at Aurora, Ill., serving an apprenticeship for three years. While working at Chicago in 1886, he contracted a severe cold which resulted in his death. He was married to Miss Nellie McAndrew of Louisville, Ky., July 16, 1885, at St. Paul, Minn., and was the father of one son, Joseph. The living children of this family are: Katie A., a dressmaker at Amboy; James H., a merchant at this place; Dennis B., our subject; Edward M., a boiler-maker at Seattle, Wash.; John a workman in the machine shops of the Illinois Central Railroad, and Alice, who is at home. This family all had good educational advantages.

The subject of this sketch was born at Amboy, November 19, 1859. He graduated from the schools at Amboy, in 1877, and taught school two years in the country and then took a business course at the Northern Indiana Normal and Business Institute. He then learned the trade of a boiler-maker at Decatur, Ill., in the NoveIty Works and worked there about two years, then went to Rockford, and worked in McCarren Bros. Boiler Works. He kept books, made estimates and worked at his trade one year. In 1885 he began as a teacher in the schools at Amboy and for five years has had charge of the grammar department. He is a very thorough teacher, sagacious and persevering, and is well liked by all his pupils. The family to which our subject belongs are all members of the Roman Catholic Church, and in politics Mr. Doyle is a Democrat.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co

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