Biography of Michael J. Noonan
Erie County, NY Biographies


Noonan, Michael J., Buffalo, only son of William and Mary (McNamara) Noonan, was born in Ireland in November, 1847, and came with his parents to America in 1848. The family first settled in Vermont, but soon came to Buffalo, where the mother died in 1852. The father subsequently spent twenty-five years in India and died in Buffalo in 1895. He was a farmer, and reared one son and a daughter. Mr; Noonan attended public schools 3, 4 and 38 of Buffalo, living with his uncle. In June, 1871, he went to the oil regions of Pennsylvania and at Millerstown, Butler county, invested his savings and sunk a well, which proved a failure. This set him back seven years, during which time he became superintendent of field work fOr Tack Brothers of Philadelphia, then the largest oil producers in the country. In 1878, with a partner, he sunk a well on Kendall Creek. which proved a success, and other wells followed. They conducted an extensive business until 1896, when they sold out, having in the mean time been instrumental in developing Big Shanty, McKean county, and other oil territory. He returned to Buffalo in 1882, and during the years 1883 and 1884 conducted a grocery store. His wide experience in the oil business caused him to be appointed in 1889, under Civil Service rules, to the position of inspector of oils for the city of Buffalo, which he has since held. Mr. Noonan is a member of Branch No. 8, C. M. B. A. In 1881 he married Margaret Mahany of Buffalo, who died a year and a half later. In 1885 he married, second, Mary, daughter of Edward and Margaret Brady of Buffalo. They have a son and two daughters.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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