Biography of Michael Slack
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Slack, Michael, was born in County Sligo, Ireland, August 11, 1840, and came to America in 1850. He started out in life as a clerk in a grocery store. In August, 1862, he enlisted as a volunteer in the 17th N. Y. Independent Battery and served with the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war. Returning to civil life in 1865 he entered the employ of the Merchants' Union Express Company until he accepted the position of bookkeeper, in which occupation he continued until he started his prosperous grocery business in 1871. A few years later, taking his brother into partnership, they formed the grocery firm of M. & J. Slack, which business they still continue. In 1886 he engaged in the quarrying business at Holley, N. Y., under the firm name of Gorman & Slack, three years later purchasing the Gorman interest, which he still owns and conducts on an extensive scale. Mr. Slack has taken an active interest in the prosperity of Medina since he entered on his business career. He built the first store having full size plate glass windows in Medina. He served nine years as trustee of the village and fifteen years as a member of the Board of Education, is vice president of the Medina Savings and Loan Association, and a member of the Business Men's Association. He is a charter member of Branch 10, C. M. B. A., was its first financial officer and third president, and is still connected with the four latter bodies. In 1870 Mr. Slack married Kate Dolan and they have had six children, three Sons and three daughters. Mrs. Slack and one of the daughters are dead.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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