Negaunee Michigan

Source: Biographical Record By Biographical Publishing Company 1903

Transcribed by Debi Hanes

One of the leading business enterprises of Negaunee, Marquette County, Michigan, is the Negaunee Printing Company, the officers of which are prominent and leading citizens. Thomas J. Flynn is president, James A. Goodman is vice-president and secretary, and Fred Dougherty is treasurer and managing editor. This company publishes the Negaunee Iron Herald, an eight page quarto, issued weekly, the only journal in Negaunee. Its active and able management has resulted in a large paying subscription list and well patronized advertising columns. The paper was founded in 1873 by Clinton G. Griffey, is Republican in politics and has been an important factor in exploiting this section to outside investors.

The Negaunee Printing Company is composed of active, able and energetic men who are wide awake to the great possibilities of their locality and have the means and brains for exploiting the same to the world at large, thereby attracting more capital to the Upper Peninsula and hastening its proper development.

Thomas J. Flynn, president of the Negaunee Printing Company, is a conspicuous example of the self made man, a type quite frequently encountered in the Upper Peninsula. Thrown on his own resources at a tender age, he has risen from the humble position of “printer's devil”, step by step, to head of the establishment in which he learned his trade.

Mr. Flynn was born November 22, 1856 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his parents being J.P. and Isabella (Bullock) Flynn. A few years later the family removed to Ravenna, Ohio, where the home was soon broken up by the preliminary rumblings of the Civil War, the husband and father having sold out his tailoring business and joined a Home Guard. This organization had a hand in the pursuit and capture of Morgan, the raider, but never saw active service at the front. After the war J.P. Flynn came to the Upper Peninsula and for a time worked in Marquette at his trade as a tailor, later becoming associated with Carl Rohl in the tailoring business at Negaunee and subsequently having a shop of his own at Ishpeming. Death claimed both of Thomas J. Flynn's parents early in the “seventies”, there surviving Thomas J., the subject of this sketch; Isabella Roessler, now residing in Jefferson, Wisconsin; and Winnifred, who became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and is now an instructor in music at the academy of the order in Chillicothe, Missouri.

When Clinton G. Griffey brought his press and type from Ohio to Negaunee, Thomas J. Flynn, then a lad of about 16, helped to unpack and set up the material, and when the office of the Negaunee Iron Herald was opened he was formally installed as its first “devil”. His natural quickness and faithful performance of every duty won successive promotions and eventually made him foreman, a position he held at the time he bought a half interest in the office in 1885. With the admission of Mr. Goodman to the partnership in 1901, the firm became Griffey, Flynn & Goodman; and in the re-organization in 1903, which resulted in the formation of The Negaunee Printing Company, Mr. Flynn became president.

Mr. Flynn has ever taken an active interest in the affairs of the community and has held the offices of school inspector and city librarian, the latter for a long term of years. He also served many years in the volunteer fire department, was secretary of that organization for a long time and now holds a like office in the Upper Peninsula Firemen's Association. Mr. Flynn is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; helped organize the Michigan jurisdiction of the Catholic Order of Foresters and has been State secretary for several years; and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He was married on November 22, 1877 (his 21st birthday), to Katherine Dee, of Ishpeming, Michigan. They have one son, Gerald, now aged 10 years.

James A. Goodman, vice-president and secretary of The Negaunee Printing Company, was born in 1873, at Ayr, Scotland, and is a son of James and Mary A. (Mitchell) Goodman, both of whom were born in Devonshire, England. In 1873 the father came as a miner to Marquette County, where he died in 1897, aged 63 years. His family followed him to Michigan in 1879. He was a man of sterling traits of character, became prominent in local affairs and was made justice of the peace. In politics he supported the Republican Party. Originally an Episcopalian, he later became attached to the Methodist Church and was a good and worthy Christian. Fraternally he belonged to the Temple of Honor and A.O.F. Mrs. Goodman still survives, at the age of 63, a much esteemed resident of Negaunee. Of the seven children born to these parents, four survive: William H., a resident of Rockland, Michigan; Samuel, a resident of Negaunee, Michigan; Edwin J., of Princeton, Michigan; and James A., of this sketch.

Mr. Goodman was six years old when he came to the United States. He obtained his education in the public schools, leaving his books in boyhood in order to enter the mines as timekeeper. In 1889 he entered the printing office of the Negaunee Iron Herald in order to learn the business, and he has been identified with this journal and its interests ever since. On August 1, 1901, he purchased a third interest in the paper and is now the capable and energetic vice-president and secretary of The Negaunee Printing Company.

In 1900 Mr. Goodman was united in marriage with Emma Muck, who is a daughter of Charles and Louise Muck, and was born in Negaunee in 1877. They have one son, Clarence James. Both Mr. Goodman and wife are members of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Fraternally he is associated with the Royal Arcanum, the Sons of St. George and the Knights of the Maccabees, and he is also a member of the Negaunee Fire Department. In political faith he is a Republican and he has represented the First Ward of Negaunee in the Common Council.

Fred Dougherty, treasurer and managing editor of The Negaunee Printing Company and the Negaunee Iron Herald, was born in 1869, at Escanaba, Michigan, and is a son of James C. and Emily (Dunbar) Dougherty, the former of whom was born 62 years ago in the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the latter 61 years ago, in Ohio. They reside at Munising, Michigan, where James C. Dougherty is chief clerk in the Munising Railway Company's office, prior to locating there having been agent for the Chicago & North Western Railway at Negaunee for nearly 20 years. Politically he is a Republican. Fraternally he belongs to the order of United Workmen. Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty have but two children, - Fred, of this record, and Mary J., who is associated with the firm of Wilson Brothers, Chicago, Illinois.

The managing editor of the Negaunee Iron Herald and one of the city's progressive citizens, was educated first at Escanaba and then at Negaunee, according to family location. After finishing his school course, he went into the employ of the Daily Mining Journal, of Marquette, having control of the Negaunee department for several years and later the Ishpeming department, this connection lasting from 1886 to 1890. He then went to Milwaukee as a reporter on the Evening Wisconsin, where he remained for nearly 12 years, acting as telegraph editor for more than half of this period. In 1903 he returned to Negaunee as managing editor of the Negaunee Iron Herald, buying the interest of Clinton G. Griffey, who had founded the paper in 1873. Since that time he has given his undivided attention to this journal and has done much in extending its influence and adding to its financial success.

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