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 John Donahue Daly

John Donahue Daly

Canyon City, Grant County, Oregon, USA
Death 25 Jun 1935 (aged 68)
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Plot MHILL_SJ8_26_3
Memorial ID 59510214 · View Source
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1/29/2011 - The following info submitted by Judy Millsap, member 47247143:

From 'The Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties, Oregon, Page 659:

Harney County, Oregon - "JOHN D. DALY --- It is with pleasure that we are permitted to write concerning the talented and enterprising business man whose name appears above, since he is one of those men of honor and stability who form the real strength of any community, and since he is numbered as one of the leading business men of the county of Harney, and has here and elsewhere achieved a success which is very gratifying both in the results to him individually and in the general business world of eastern Oregon, where he has operated.

Mr. Daly was born in Canyon City, Oregon, on May 13, 1866, being the son of Eugene and Mary A. (Donohoe) Daly. His parents were natives of County Cork, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1862, locating in Boston, whence in 1863 they came via Panama to California, and in 1864 came on to Canyon City. His father died in 1881 and the mother died in 1897. Our subject grew up in Canyon City, gaining a good education from the schools there and at the age of sixteen years started on a course of teaching, wherein he made a commendable record. He gained sufficient money by this labor to pay his way at college, and he attended at Santa Clara, California. In the fall of 1890, he came to Drewsey and in partnership with Abner Robbins started a general merchandise establishment, which has since been one of the leading business houses of the county and is operated under the firm name of Daly & Robbins. They commenced with a small stock of goods, labored hard and have built up a fine trade, because of their wise methods and because of the manifestation of integrity and uprightness in all their ways. They have a large stock of all kinds of goods from dry goods, clothing, furnishings, boots and shoes, crockery, groceries, and feed to lumber, hardware, and machinery and implements. In addition to this fine business, Mr. Daly and his partner are among the leading financiers of the section, being largely interested in the First National Bank of Ontario, and the First National Bank at Burns, Oregon. Our subject is the president of both of these institutions and they are in a flourishing condition and well established. The firm also handles a sawmill, twenty-two miles north of Drewsey, and Mr. Daly has about one-half dozen ranches of value in various parts of the country, and he manages this large amount of business with marked wisdom and discretion, putting into the entire lines energy and vigor which are characteristics of his own personality.

Mr. Daly was married on May 5, 1894 to Daisy O., daughter of Joseph and Emeline (McAtee) Robertson, and three children have been born to them, as follows: Mary E., born June 18, 1895; Eunice M. born July 25, 1897; Abner R., born September 10, 1899. Mr. Robertson was a native of Scotland, came to Illinois, and thence in 1860 to Jackson county, Oregon, crossing the plains with ox teams. They were six months making the trip having to fight the Indians considerably. In 1863 he came to Grant county and to Harney in 1889. Mrs. Daly was born near Canyon City, Oregon, February 5, 1875.

Fraternally Mr. Daly is affiliated with the A.F & A.M,. Burns Lodge, No. 97, and the A.O.U.W., Drewsey Lodge, No. 119. He dwells in a fine modern residence of nine rooms, over which his estimable wife presides with a graciousness and dignity that are becoming."

John and Daisy were married in Harney County, Oregon, (Vol A, Pg 93) at the home of her Father, Joseph Robertson. They had three children as noted above in the biography. Their son, Abner, died in 1902 at age 3 and is buried in the Prairie City Cemetery (Grant County, Oregon) where John's parents are also buried.

From 1901 to 1903, there were various business trips to Boise, Idaho and Ontario, Oregon noted in the 'Personal Mention' column of the Boise newspaper Idaho Statesman.

Based on notations in the 'Personal Mention' column it looks like John moved his family (wife Daisy and two daughters) from the Drewsey area in Harney County, Oregon to Boise, Ada County, Idaho sometime between 1904 and 1905. Once in Boise, the Daly family was documented in the Idaho Statesman as returning to Boise from St. Louis having visited the World's Fair in 1904; traveling to Portland, Oregon for the Lewis & Clark Centenial Expo 1905; and to Los Angeles, CA in 1909. The family also was mentioned regularly in the Boise Society page attending functions, entertaining guests, etc. Even after marriage, the Daly daughters were apparently active in Boise society.

The newspaper is filled with land transactions involving John (both buying and selling), advertisements for the Idaho Trust & Savings Bank Ltd where John is listed as its Vice President, and as a charter member of the new Masonic Lodge in Boise, serving as its Treasurer. In the 1927 Boise City Directory, John is listed as the Vice President of the Pacific National Bank. He and his family were living at 1015 W. Hays in Boise, where John owned a home and his family lived for many years. In Idaho census records his occupation is shown as 'Real Estate and Banking'.

After John's Father-in-Law, John Robertson, died in 1904, his mother-in-law (Drucilla Emma McAtee Robertson) and Daisy's niece (Gussie Kingsbury) came to Boise (from Harney County, Oregon) and lived with the Daly's until Gussie married Christopher Thomas Coughlin in 1916 and Emma died in 1924.

John died in 1935 at age 69. According to cemetery records his grandson, Raymond Perry Archer, 1923-2000, is buried on the "kidney" of John's lot (Block SJ8, Lot 26, Space 3). Raymond Perry Archer (1923-2000) son of Eunice Daly Archer and Raymond P Archer.

The son of emigrants from Ireland, John D. Daly certainly achieved and lived the 'American Dream'.

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