Biography of Henry O. Irish
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Henry Oscar Irish. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Orleans county, New York, March 21, 1819, and was the oldest son of Perry and Amanda Farwell Irish. At the age of fifteen he apprenticed himself to learn the painter's trade, serving three years at it. He then followed his trade in his native county till 1847, when he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked at his trade till 1852. April 17th of That year he left Chicago and started across the plains for California with ox teams, and they arrived in Placerville October 15th. He began mining at that place, which business he continued till September, 1856. He then came to Mendocino county and settled on the Mal Paso ranch, and there embarked in stock raising, which business he continued till 1866. He then moved to Anderson valley and there combined farming and stock raising, which business he still continues. June 14, 1849, he married Miss Frances, daughter of George and Catherine Mercer Martin, born in Genesee county, New York, November 9, 1830. Their children are: Eugene H., born June 16, 1856; Edwin A., born January 15, 1859; Helen F., born April 22, 1861; Carrie E., born November 15, 1863; Perry M., born November 14, 1865; Frank W., born February 8, 1868; Willie W., born May 16, 1871; John W., born March 5, 1873; Ida May, born September 14,1876.

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


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