Biography of P. J. Moran
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P. J. MORAN
Running along the side of the Wasatch Range, which guards the eastern side of the Salt Lake valley, and away above what is known as the bench, on the mountain side, is a conduit. One can walk through the conduit for a distance of eight miles. It carries a part of the water supply for Salt Lake City and is known as the Big Cottonwood Conduit. It is the greatest piece of work of its kind on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, and among the largest in the country. It will always stand as a monument to its builder, Patrick J. Moran.

Born in Yorkshire. England, January 23rd 1863, left fatherless at the age of seven years, engaged in active work at ten years of age, Patrick J. Moran has carved hips own way through the world and is in every sense of the word a self-made man. His parents settled in Yorkshire in 1853, his father being Laurence Moran of County Mayo. and his mother, Bridget Durkin, was from County Sligo, Ireland. His father died Ain 1870, and his mother died in 1902.

Mr. Moran's early life was spent in hard work, and he has been actively at work ever since he was ten years old. His education was acquired in the workshop and by hard study of later years.

When fourteen years old, Mr. Moran came to America, landing at Baltimore in April. After four months' residence in that city he went to Cincinnati, where he was apprenticed to a steam fitter, and in that city he learned this trade. After mastering his trade he went to Chicago, where he worked as journeyman fitter until 1887, when he removed to Omaha, remaining there and working at his trade until September, 1887 when he came to Salt Lake City, since which time he has made this city his home.

After two years in Salt Lake City, working at steam-fitting, he began business for himself as contractor in steam heating. and ventilating work. While in this business he put in most of the heating plants in the public school buildings of Salt Lake; also for the new State University in Salt Lake, the Agricultural College at Logan, most of the prominent business blocks and residences in Salt Lake City, and churches and schools throughout the State.

In 1900, when the first contract was let by the city for the installation of water works construction, Mr. Moran was awarded the contract. Three years later he entered the asphalt paving business. Almost all of the asphalt paving on Salt Lake streets has been put there by Mr. Moran, and of his work it can be said that it is of the best possible kind. Nothing was ever slighted, and he has earned the reputation of doing the best work of any contractor in any city in the country. He has a great fortune invested in hips plant. which includes everything modern for expedition and thorough work, and the employs an army of workmen.

In addition to the paving and the construction of the Big Cottonwood aqueduct. lie has other contract work in the way of constructing concrete masonry for the plant of the American Smelting and Refining Company at Garfield, Utah, the largest plant of its kind in the United States. He has also the contract to build the Weber Canyon wooden stave pipe power line, an immense piece of work for the -Utah Light and Railway Company.

Mr. Moran was elected in 1891 to the Territorial Council by the Liberal Party, and in February 1802, was elected on the same ticket as a member of the city council for a term of two years from the fourth precinct of Salt Lake City. These are the only political offices he has ever held. He is a member of the Alta and Commercial clubs, and also of the Elks.

Mr. Moran was married in 1891, to Miss Dollic Shoebridge, of Salt Lake. Six children were born them, four boys and two girls, all living with his family. Mr. Moan lives in a handsome home at 1106 East South Temple Street.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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