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John Driscoll
Birth: May 7, 1863
Cahersiveen
County Kerry, Ireland
Death: Jun. 9, 1918
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

"JOHN DRISCOLL -- As a businessman and politician, John Driscoll has for many years commanded the respect and appreciation of the residents of Portland [,Oregon], of which city he has been a resident since 1889. Born in Ireland May 7, 1863, he was but a year old when his father Timothy Driscoll, a cooper by trade, brought his family to America, settling in Norwich, Conn. From Norwich, a removal was afterward made to Providence, R.I., where the elder Driscoll is still working at his trade. The mother of John Driscoll, formerly a Miss Shea, is also still living and is the mother of eight children, seven of whom are living, two being residents of Oregon and both businessmen of Portland. The youth of Mr. Driscoll was characterized by a hard struggle for existence and an early familiarity with the struggle, and with the serious and responsible side of life. When arrived at the age of ten he was employed in the large cotton mills of Norwich, and gradually advanced to a comprehensive knowledge of the entire cotton industry. His initial steps were as a mule spinner in the mule room, from which his industry and aptitude gained him admittance to a more interesting and encouraging department. At the age of seventeen, he shifted his allegiances to the "Norwich Lock Co." and, at the expiration of four years, to the "Richmond Stone Co.," with which latter concern he remained for two years. Upon coming to Portland in 1889, Mr. Driscoll had comparatively little of worldly possessions, and he started to earn his living as a driver of a meat wagon. This proved comparatively remunerative, for when combined with frugal living and thrift, insured to the aspirant for success a fair competence. In June 1890, Mr. Driscoll started up a little meat business on his own responsibility, on the corner of 16th and Marshall St., under the name of "O'Donnell and Driscoll." The store was afterwards removed to the corner of Marshall and 14th St., where the proprietors catered to a constantly increasing trade and were obliged in 1897 to seek more commodious quarters at their present location Burnside and First St. The store is equipped with modern appliances, including electricity for lighting and motive power. Although a staunch Democrat from the beginning of his voting days, Mr. Driscoll entertains exceedingly liberal political tendencies, as evidenced by his nomination for the legislature on the Citizens ticket in 1900 and his subsequent service in the twenty-first Biennial Session. He was one of the most active supporters of Gen. Mitchell and was the first Democrat that cast a ballot for the distinguished westerner. During the legislature he served on the Committee of Commerce and introduced several important bills, among them one for the reduction of the number of county commissioners from three to two, and placing the salary at $3.00 per day. The friend of labor, Mr. Driscoll voted for all the bills introduced for the amelioration of the laboring classes, and during the session established a reputation for personal integrity and fearless espousal of all that he deems of benefit to the community at large. In 1902 he was again nominated on the Citizens ticket, this time for sheriff of Multnomah Co. [,Oregon], and was defeated by only 149 votes. Mr. Driscoll is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and is fraternally identified with the "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks," the "Catholic Order of Foresters," of whom he is chief ranger, and the "Woodmen of the North." He is identified with the "Young Men's Institute." In New London, Conn., Mr. Driscoll was united in marriage with Miss Mary T. Robinson, who was a native of that location."
("Portland, Oregon Record", published 1903)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Timothy Driscoll (1829 - 1902)
  Hanora Shea Driscoll (1830 - 1905)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Theresa Robinson Driscoll (1865 - 1955)
 
 Children:
  John Timothy Driscoll (1896 - 1928)*
  Marie Catherine Driscoll (1898 - 1989)*
  William Edmund Driscoll (1901 - 1976)*
 
 Siblings:
  Patrick Francis Driscoll (1857 - 1936)*
  John Driscoll (1863 - 1918)
  Michael J. Driscoll (1866 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
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Burial:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Linda C. Driscoll
Originally Created by: J McL
Record added: Sep 20, 2010
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John Driscoll
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John Driscoll
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John Driscoll
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