Biography of Patrick J. Milan
Erie County, OH Biographies





PATRICK J. MILAN. There are few citizens of Erie County more widely known over the country at large than Patrick J. Milan. While he is classed as a farmer and at that one of the largest and most successful in Oxford Township, his earlier experiences were all with railroad affairs, and in that profession he gained only less distinction than his noted brother, Capt. Thomas Milan, for twenty years motive power chief of the National Railways of Mexico and subsequently president of the Vera Cruz and Pacific Railway, a position he held for a long time. Many years ago he went into Texas during the early railroad period of that state and served as captain in the Texas State Militia, from whence he gets his title, was never married and now retired, resides in California.

This branch of the Milan family originated in Ireland, where Patrick J. Milan was born in County Galway, December 26, 1843. His parents were Thomas and Cecelia (Rowan) Milan, also natives of County Galway. Thomas Milan with his wife in 1848 emigrated to America, and in May, 1849, established his home in Sandusky, where he found employment with the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad Company, while he served in various capacities for thirty five years, and died at Sandusky, widely known and respected in 1897. Circumstances and conditions were such that when Thomas Milan and wife emigrated from Ireland they were obliged to leave their three children, among them Patrick J., then five years of age, in charge of his wife's sister, Miss Nora Rowan. In 1851 Miss Rowan brought thethree children to America, and they were reunited with their parents at Sandusky.

Patrick J. held positions of great responsibility with railway companies, as general manager of the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass Railway of Texas, general master mechanic of the Cotton Belt Route, master mechanic of the main shops of Central Railway of Georgia at Savannah, at that time the largest in the old South; left there to take charge of the Pan-American Railway as its general superintendent, the world's great scenic line, the objective being to connect the Americas, to make the New Yorker and Patagonian next door neighbors. From the latter position Mr. Milan resigned to live on and develop his Erie County farm.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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