Biography of Patrick Bolan
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





PATRICK BOLAN, produce dealer. Springfield; he was born near Ferbane, Kings County, Ireland, March 1, 1834; is a son of Michael and Bridget (Eagan) Bolan; he came to America with his father and five other children in the spring of 1851; the mother having died in Ireland in 1847, May 2. After stopping a short time in New York, they came on to Springfield, this county; the father is still living here, being now 83 years old, and enjoys very fair health. Patrick worked the remainder of that year at manual labor (after his arrival at Springfield), saving $5, and, in the spring of 1852, with the $5 he bought a small stock of goods and started through the country on foot, going from house to house, offering his goods for sale. During the summer of that year, he saved $120, and, during the winter of 1852, attended school; in the spring of 1853, purchased a horse and wagon, and a larger stock of merchandise, and continued retailing through the country, but, in 1854, abandoned the retail trade and confined his sales to wholesaling in the small towns throughout the surrounding counties; but, on account of the Know-Nothing movement, he being an Irishman and a member of the Catholic Church, was compelled to sell his team, give up his trade and start anew, as it seemed to be one of the rules of that institution not to patronize a Catholic. Hence he started again on foot, this time through Indiana; but, in 1855, the persecution of the Know-Nothings having died out, he again started with horse and wagon, and from that time on, fortune smiled upon him, and all his labor met with satisfactory results, and he now ranks among the wealthy men of Springfield. He continued traveling with the wagon until 1866, when he went to Wisconsin and engaged in farming, where he remained three years, when he returned to Springfield, and since then has been engaged in the produce trade, also handling scrap iron, etc. He was married, July 3, 1858, to Ellen Hackett, daughter of Edward and Catherine (Connor) Hackett, natives of Kings County, Ireland; Ellen was also born in that county in 1835; she came to America in 1852 with hex sister and two brothers, their parents having died some time previous. Of Patrick and Ellen's eleven children, there are ten living, viz., John C., Katie A., Michael P., Mary Ann, Edward S., Elizabeth L., James, Charles, William H. and Ellen. Mr. Bolan, politically, is independent; religiously, a member of the Catholic Church; and his success in life is a striking illustration of what determined industry can accomplish when coupled with rigid economical habits.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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