MICHAEL DORAN. Old Ireland, which has contributed so many able men toward the history of America,
was the home of the ancestors of this gentleman. His father, Edward Doran, emigrated from that country, and after a voyage of nearly two months settled in Canada with his wife and two children, this being in the year 1827. He bought a farm of two hundred acres, on which he lived until his death, in 1887, at the age of
eighty-eight years. His wife was Miss Anna Powers. She survived him two years, dying at the age of eighty-two years. There were nine children, six sons and three daughters, all living with the exception of two daughters--one buried in Canada, the other in Michigan.
Our subject was born in Upper Canada in the year 1830, and at the age of eighteen left his home and went to Boonville, Oneida County, N.Y., where he worked on the construction of the Black River Canal. He started out to make his own fortune with just six dollars in his pocket, having but a very limited education, but later secured one winter's hard study at State Bridge, Oneida County. At the age of twenty-one, in the year 1851, he began boating, very soon becoming boatswain and steersman. Within three years of that time he was put in charge of a boat on the Syracuse and Oswego line, which position he filled for five years. During these years he bought a lake boat, which he quickly sold at a great profit. He then had one built at Durhamville, and called it the "Major Goodsell." In the spring of 1863 he purchased the dry dock at Durhamville, in company with Frank Hosley; and, although it was but half finished, they paid therefor six thousand two hundred and fifty dollars. This firm continued in business for eleven years, when Mr. Doran bought out the interest of his partner, and entered into partnership with a Mr. Hollenbeck. Four years later Mr. Doran purchased his interest, and has since carried on business alone. He builds from four to six boats per year, nearly all being sold on contract before being built, and during the summer of 1893 employed a force of thirty-five men. The dry dock, under his efficient management, is one of the best on the canal.
Mr. Doran is one of the kind of men who are of use in a community; one who, with energy and enterprise, keeps money moving and business interests progressing. He has been the architect of his own fortune; and, though he has lost much by bad debts, owing to him by persons who have traded on his charity and benevolence, still his honesty and integrity are such, and his reputation as an experienced workman is so well known, that his name is good for any amount of credit.
Mr. Doran married Miss Margaret Dunn, of State Bridge, in the winter of 1863. She is the daughter of John Dunn, who came to America in 1844, and died at the home of our subject in 1883, at the age of eighty-four, leaving three sons and two daughters. Five children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Doran, of whom three are living. Edward M. is a graduate of Poughkeepsie Business College, and assists his father at the dry dock. He is married, and has one daughter. Mamie E. is a graduate of the Oswego Normal School and a fine musician and teacher. She is in her nineteenth year. William P., of Buffalo, N.Y., is employed as a collector for his father, and represents him in a grain commission house. He is twenty-two years old, and was educated at Georgetown College, District of Columbia. The family are exemplary Catholics, faithful in fulfilling their religious duties and charitable to the poor. In politics Mr. Doran is a Democrat.
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