Joseph Toppan Donnell was born in Newburyport, Mass., in the year 1815, where, with his father, who carried
on the business of rope making, he learned the trade, and in the year 1843, together with his brother, George,
came to Bath and built the rope walk and carried on the business of rope making and the manufacture of all kinds
of cordage under the firm name of G. & J. T. Donnell. In 1880, owing to the decease of George, the name of
the firm was changed to J. T. Donnell, which continued until 1890, when the business was changed into a corporation
under the name of the Donnell Cordage Co. Mr. Donnell withdrew from any active participation in the business, although
he held the position of president of the new corporation. Mr. Donnell was, at different times, a member of both
branches of the City Government, but had no political ambitions. He was a very successful business man, though
conservative, and carried on for forty seven years one of the very few manufacturing establishments of Bath. He
died in July, 1893.
Charles R. Donnell, a son of J. T. Donnell, was born in Bath, in 1846; graduated from the high school
in 1863, and immediately went into the rope walk of G. & J. T. Donnell and learned the trade and business.
In 1880 he made one of the firm of J. T. Donnell & Co. In 1890 he was instrumental in forming the Donnell Cordage
Co., of which he was elected treasurer and general manager, which position he now holds, 1893. He married, in 1874,
Ella M. Mooers, and they have two children, a daughter, Florence K, and a son, Charles J.
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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