Biography of Joseph M. Murphy
Lucas County, OH Biographies

It is a matter of deep interest in the study of biography to find that industry is the key which unlocks the portal of success. Many of the most prominent figures in the business world today are those whose start has been of most humble origin. Such is the record of Joe Murphy, who first earned his living by serving as water boy with a railroad gang. Today he is president of the Citizens Ice Company, which controls a business of very gratifying and substantial proportions. Joe was born in Toledo, July 14, 1867, and is a son of James and Bridget (McGrath) Murphy. His education was acquired in the Immaculate Conception parochial school and when quite young he started out to provide for his own support, securing a position as water boy with a railway section gang. He was ambitious and not afraid to work and step by step he advanced. His second position was that of messenger boy with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway and again his fidelity and diligence won him promotion, so that after a time he became bill clerk. His progress was continuous and for a few years he occupied clerical positions in the general offices of the Michigan Central Railroad, acting as bookkeeper for The Gendron Wheel Company for a number of years, then advertising manager for The Famous Clothing store and later went into business for himself in meats. Actuated by a most laudable ambition, he carefully saved his earnings until. he felt that the time was ripe for him to start out independently. His economy had enabled him to acquire considerable capital and he organized the Citizens Ice Company, of which he became the manager and secretary. From the beginning the enterprise prospered and after a time Mr. Murphy was chosen to the presidency and has since been the head directing official of the company, which today has an extensive trade, its business growing steadily

On the 4th of October, 1894, Mr. Murphy was married to Miss Lillie Bourdette of Toledo and their living children are: Claire Marie and Robert Arthur. Their religious faith is that of the Catholic church and Mr. Murphy is identified with the Knights of Columbus. He belongs to the Toledo Club, to the Rotary Club, to the Commerce Club and to the Toledo Yacht Club, the latter association indicating much concerning the nature of his recreation. In 1921 he organized a singing organization of twelve male voices called "The Ice House Quartet," whose pep has added zest to many a civic gathering. He discovered the song, "We're Strong for Toledo." He is interested in all those forces which have to do with civic righteousness and upbuilding and his cooperation and support can be counted upon to further all plans and measures for Toledo's improvement.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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