Lee County Biography


Since 1901 George F. O'Malley has been an active representative of commercial interests in Dixon and is an enterprising business man who in the conduct of his interests, follows straightforward methods that bring legitimate success. He was born in Lee county, Illinois, in 1870, and is a son of Peter and Sebina (Healy) O'Malley, both of whom came to this county with their parents, the father arriving in 1852. He made farming his life work and for more than a half century was a resident of this county, his death here occurring August 4, 1913, when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-five years. For about four years he had survived his wife, who died in 1909.

George F. O'Malley, born upon a farm in this county, early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, but he did not care to engage in tilling the soil as a life work and pursued a course in the Dixon college in order to qualify for other pursuits. He was graduated from that institution in 1895 and afterward was employed in various men's furnishing goods stores until he joined Edward Vaile in the establishment of the present firm of Vaile & O'Malley. They began dealing in shoes, clothing and men's furnishing goods and the business has steadily grown along substantial lines until they now have an excellent store, carrying a large stock of goods for which they find a ready sale, owing to their enterprising methods, their judicious advertising and their progressiveness.

In 1901 Mr. O'Malley was married to Miss Mary Mclntyre of Dixon, and unto them have been born five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are yet living, namely: Peter M., Mary G., Frances S., George F., Jr., and Edward Albert. The parents hold membership in the Catholic church and Mr. O'Malley belongs to the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. When age conferred upon him the right of franchise he cast his ballot for the democratic party which be has since supported. He is a well known progressive young business man, and the establishment, of which he is one of the partners, ranks with the leading commercial enterprises of the city.

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

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