Biography of James J. Doyle
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

James J. Doyle has for over 40 years been identified with the business life of Ogdensburg, where he is well known as a painting and decorating contractor, his place of business being located at 355 Crescent Street. He was born in Ogdensburg, the son of James and Bridget (Nutterville) Doyle.

James Doyle, deceased, was a Civil War veteran. As a child he was brought to the United States and his family located in Ogdensburg. During the Civil War he enlisted and served as a musician. He was the founder of the Ogdensburg City Band and was well known as a composer of music. Mr. Doyle died in 1879 and his wife, born in Ontario, died in 1916. Both are buried in Ogdensburg. Mr. Doyle was a Democrat. To Mr. and Mrs. Doyle were born five children: 1. John M., who died in 1927. 2. W. J., contractor, lives at New Orleans, La. 3. James J., the subject of this sketch. 4. Mrs. Minnie McCarthy, lives at Ogdensburg. 5. Lucy Stevenson, who died in 1920.

James J. Doyle has always lived in Ogdensburg. He attended the St. Mary's Academy and at an early age became a painting contractor. He was located on State Street until 1923 at which time he removed to his present location. Mr. Doyle is not only well known as a painting and decorating contractor but also handles house furnishings and wall papers. Since 1917 he has also been a building contractor and owns a planing mill and lumber yard at 1235 Pickering Street, the latter being successfully managed by his son, Arthur J. Doyle.

On Nov. 28, 1901, Mr. Doyle was united in marriage with Miss Rose V. McNally, of Ogdensburg, the daughter of Arthur and Ann (Murphy) McNally, natives of Ireland. Both are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Doyle have been born six children: 1. James, born in 1904, died in 1924. 2. Arthur J., born in 1905, unmarried, lives at home. 3. John T., born in 1907, identified with the advertising department of the Ogdensburg "Advance." 4. Benton, born in 1908, associated with his father's business as bookkeeper. 5. Morris, born in 1911, died in 1929. 6. Francis, born in 1916, attended Ogdensburg Free Academy.

Mr. Doyle has always been a Democrat and has served as a member of the Board of Public Control. He is a member of the Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and B. P. O. Elks.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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