Biography of Thomas F. Milan
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Milan, Thomas F., was born in Nicholson, Pa., December 18, 1852. He is a son of Martin, a railroad man at Oxford, N. Y. Mr. Milan was educated at Nicholson and at the age of eleven was water boy on the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. When sixteen he was a fireman on a locomotive and when he attained his majority he took charge of a locomotive, having been a locomotive engineer on a passenger train siace 1883. He is a member of the city council from the Seventh ward. He has lived in Elmira since 1881 and was elected alderman in 1889. He is a Democrat in polities, a trustee of the Catholic Legion, and a member of the Catholic Church. He married, at Binghamton, January 18, 1876, Miss Rourke, daughter of John Rourke, of Binghamton, and sister of Rourke Brothers, wholesale druggists in Binghamton, N. Y. They have one child, a son, Martin, who is attending school. In 1885 Mr. Milan pulled the train that carried William H. Vanderbilt on his last trip west. On the same train were Cyrus W. Field, Sidney Dillon, Jay Gould, and others, and Mr. Milan was presented with a pass over the New York Central by Mr. Vanderbilt. In 1888 he pulled the train carrying D. B. Hill and others to the Buffalo Convention, where Mr. Hill was nominated for governor. There Mr. Milan had the handsomest train and engine, and was so complimented by Governor Hill and Governor Abbott, of New Jersey, as well as the leading papers of New York city.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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