Biography of Dennis Sullivan
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Dennis Sullivan, an active, enterprising business man, accomplishing what he undertakes by reason of well directed activity, thrift and determination, is now manager of the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Company, and is secretary and manager of the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company. He was born February to, 1866, in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, and is the oldest of a family of seven sons and four daughters, of whom one son and two daughters are yet residents of Ireland. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Daly) Sullivan. In his native land Dennis Sullivan remained to the age of nineteen years, after which he sailed for America, having determined to try his fortune in the new world. He landed at Boston, Massachusetts, on the t5th of June, 1885, but did not tarry on the eastern coast. Taking Horace Greeley's advice, he made his way direct to the middle west, reaching Marengo, Iowa, on the 19th of June. For eighteen months thereafter he was employed on the Rock Island Railroad and subsequently he worked as a farm hand for two years. He then went to a commercial college in Omaha for one winter and later made a short trip through the west as far as Ogden, Utah, but thinking no place like Marengo, he returned immediately and engaged in farming for seven years. He then entered the contracting business, hauling all the material for the county courthouse, and he also hauled brick and coal for the Brick & Tile Company.

On the 2d of May, 1893, Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage to Miss Mary Sullivan, who was born in County Cork, Ireland, the oldest daughter of John Sullivan, who now lives in Marengo, where he has been engaged in railroad work. Mrs. Mary Sullivan had three sisters and a brother, all of whom came to the United States and all are yet living, with the exception of a sister. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sullivan took up their abode upon the farm, which he continued to manage and operate for seven years. He has become an important factor in the business circles of town and county, being now manager for the Farmers Cooperative Creamery, which position he has occupied, with the exception of two years, since 1903, making the undertaking one of substantial success. He is also secretary and manager of the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company, filling that position since 1906 and giving to the patrons of the corporation excellent service. He is likewise a director in the Peoples Bank and he was the first to begin bottling milk in Marengo. He has erected and occupies the finest residence in Marengo and he is also the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and sixteen acres, thirteen of which lie within the city limits. He is also the third owner of a farm of three hundred and sixty acres at Iowa City, which yielded over twelve thousand bushels of corn in 1914, and he also owns two hundred and ten acres near Kostza, in Iowa county.

In his political views Mr. Sullivan has always been a republican and is now serving for the second term as a member of the city council of Marengo, having been first elected in 1911. He has done effective work for the welfare of the city along various lines and his cooperation is counted an element for success in the conduct of any public movement. His religious faith is that of the Catholic church, of which he has been trustee for several years. His life record is an indication of what may be accomplished by a poor Irish boy through sobriety, industry and determination. The talents with which nature endowed him he has used wisely and well and his carefully defined and promptly executed business plans have made the interests with which he is connected a source of general benefit to the community as well as of individual success.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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