Lee County Biography


Through his enterprise, industry and natural ability John M. Egan, Jr., has made rapid and steady advancement as a civil engineer and is today ranked among the most able representatives of his profession in Lee county. He was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, April 27, 1880, and is a son of John M. and Susanna (Gallagher) Egan, both of Irish ancestry. The father came to Lee county in 1854 in the interests of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, for whom he built the shops at Amboy. He has since become known as one of the greatest railroad builders in Illinois, thousands of miles of tracks having been laid under his supervision. He is president of the Metropolitan Street Railway of Kansas City, Missouri, and also one of the largest landowners in this section of Illinois, having developed his extensive holdings here into a model farm.

John M. Egan, Jr., acquired his primary education in the schools of St. Paul, Minnesota, and was graduated from high school in 1898. He immediately afterward entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and after his graduation engaged in railroad construction work in Georgia and Alabama for about eight years. At the end of that time he returned to Illinois and since 1907 has had offices in the First National Bank building in Amboy. He makes a specialty of drainage work and land reclamation and has already reclaimed about twenty thousand acres in this locality. He has assisted the engineer of the inlet swamp drainage district and has been chief engineer for several similar districts throughout the state, besides serving with credit and ability as city engineer of Dixon and Amboy. He is recognized as a young man of superior professional attainments and the work he has already accomplished reflects great credit upon his industry, capacity and ability.

In Marquette, Michigan, on the 11th of October, 1905, Mr. Egan married Mss Lottie Pendill, a daughter of Frank and Mary (Mitchell) Pendill. The former was for many years a well known druggist of Marquette and he died in that city in January, 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Egan have a daughter, M. Jane, who is five years of age.

Mr. Egan is a member of the Roman Catholic church and is connected fraternally with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of Dixon. He is independent in his political views and interested in public affairs, although not active as an office seeker. He is a young man of energy, resource and capacity and he will undoubtedly be carried forward into still more important professional relations.

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

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