Biography of John O'Connor
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John O'Connor, who is profitably operating 240 acres of valuable land in Sheldon township as a general farmer, was born in this township in 1866, son of Owen and Winifred (Mulligan) O'Connor. His education was acquired in District School No. 63 and at Houston. Residing at home until the age of 19 years, he then began working out, and in 1887 became employed in construction work in Illinois on what is now the Great Western Railroad. In the fall of 1889 he was employed as bridge carpenter for the same road and continued at bridge work on the C. M. & St. P. R. R. until 1891, when he was transferred to the east end of the Great Northern road. In the following spring he entered the employ of the "Soo" line and remained with that road four months. He then returned to the farm in sections 14, 15 and 23 (with residence in the latter), Sheldon township, where he has since remained, having developed the property and made many improvements on it. He is conducting a successful business, raising both grain and stock, for which in these days he receives good prices. Independent in politics, he has taken an active part in local affairs, having served for a number of years as a member of the school board, also for a number of years as supervisor on the town board, and one year as assessor. He and his family are members of St. John's Catholic church of Caledonia. Mr. O'Connor was married Jan. 29, 1894, to Margaret Peyton, who was born in Alamakee county, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Margaret (McNulty) Peyton. He and his wife have six children, Sylvester John, William Owen, Mary Elizabeth, Mabel Theresa, and Grace Helen, all residing at home. Margaret, a twin sister of Mabel, died in infancy. Patrick Peyton, father of Mrs. O'Connor, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and came to this country when a small boy. He later settled in Iowa, afterwards coming to Winnebago Valley,.Houston county, where he followed farming, and died Oct. 4, 1893. His wife, Margaret McNulty, a native of County Sligo, Ireland, survived him little over two years, passing away Nov. 8, 1895. They were the parents of nine children, whom they carefully reared, the family being one highly respected in the community.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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