Lee County Biography


Michael Maloney, County Treasurer of Lee County, and a member of the firm of Duffy & Maloney, also Vice-President of the Building & Loan Association of Dixon, has been one of the prominent men of this city for many years and is numbered among the early settlers of 1852. His birth occurred in Dunkirk, N. Y., in 1851, and he has therefore spent almost his entire life in Lee County. His parents, Patrick and Bridget (Mahan) Maloney, were both natives of the Emerald Isle and came of pure Irish ancestry. During childhood both had crossed the Atlantic to America and with their respective families located in Palmyra, N.Y., where they became acquainted and were married. After a few years they determined to try their fortune in the West and in 1852 located in Dixon, where the^y still reside. They and all of their children are members of the Catholic Church.

Under the parental roof, our subject was reared to manhood and received the educational advan­tages afforded by the city schools. After attain­ing to mature years, he married Miss Elizabeth Duffy, their union being celebrated in this city by the Rev. T. P. Hodnett. The lady was born in the Green Isle of Erin and with her parents, both of whom are now deceased, came to the United States. Her father and mother both died in mid­dle life and their remains were interred in Dixon Cemetery. They were members of the Catholic Church and had a family of seven children. Elizabeth Duffy spent the days of her maidenhood in her parents home and afterward gave her hand in marriage to Michael Maloney. Their union has been blessed with one child, a daugh­ter, Mary. They are both members of the Catho­lic Church.

Our subject has spent almost his entire life in Dixon and is widely and favorably known through­out the community. For twenty years of his business career he was connected with the Illinois Central Railroad Company as clerk and cashier in Dixon. He is now engaged in business as a member of the firm of Duffy & Malonej', dairy­men, and they have built up an excellent trade. He is also Vice-President of the Building Loan Association and is regarded as one of the repre­sentative citizens of the community. In politics, he is a supporter of Democratic principles, and in 1878 was elected Collector of Dixon. He is now serving as County Treasurer of Lee County, to which office he was chosen in 1890, and is prov­ing a capable and faithful official. Those who have known Mr. Maloney from his boyhood, and have been witnesses of the upright life which he has lived, are numbered among his warmest friends. His circle of acquaintances is quite extensive and he has the high regard of all with whom business or pleasure have brought him in contact.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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