Biography of Michael O'Conner
Marin County, CA Biographies





Michael O'Conner. This gentleman, whose portrait will be found in these pages, is a native of county Limerick, Ireland, and was the youngest son of Michael and Kate Gleeson O'Conner, and was born December 9, 1827. He remained at his birth place till 1848, and was educated, in the meantime, in the common schools of the country, and was also apprenticed at the age of seventeen to the boot and shoemaker's trade, serving at it till he left Ireland. In April, 1848, he sailed for America, arriving at Quebec, Canada, but proceeded at once to Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, where he began work at his trade, and continued there till April, 1854, when he sailed from New York for California, via the Isthmus, going to Aspinwall on the steamer "George Law," and coming from Panama on the steamer "Golden Gate." He arrived in San Francisco, May 3, 1854, and soon after found work in a hotel, and remained in that city till August, 1857. He then went to Portland, Oregon, and opened the "What Cheer" House, which he conducted till 1866. He remained in Portland till 1868, when he returned to San Francisco and engaged in the liquor business, continuing in this business till April, 1873, when he came to San Rafael, and took charge of the "Mahon" House. In 1876, he leased the "Margin" Hotel, and after giving it a thorough overhauling, he changed its name to the "Central," by which name it is now known as one of the best caravansaries in Margin county. He was married to Miss Mary Phelan, November, 1853, born in New York in 1832, and died in Portland, Oregon, in 1861. Their only living child Mrs. Mary Crowley, was born February 2, 1857, and married T. J. Crowley, November 20, 1875.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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