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The New Year is here, Christmas and all of the festivities have been
packed carefully away until next December, so what a great time it is
to get back to genealogy! IAGenWeb has six wonderful orphan counties
(Cherokee, Greene, Guthrie, Lucas, Monroe and Warren) just waiting for
you to stop by, take a look around and then pick one to take home with you.
Our orphan counties are in need of someone who loves genealogy, enjoys
giving and likes sharing with others. If you adopt a county, you will
benefit other researchers, join a great team of volunteers, as well as
have an experience that's both fun and creative. To learn more about
becoming a county coordinator, please read the section in the Volunteer
Primer at http://iagenweb.org/state/primer.htm and then if you are still
interested in hosting an IAGenWeb county (Cherokee, Greene, Guthrie,
Lucas, Monroe or Warren counties) please email us for an application.
We'd love to welcome you into our family!
Conni Mac and Peggy
IAGenWeb Welcome Hostesses
A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
JAMES C. SULLIVAN. The limits assigned for this review of the life of an
active and eminent business man are wholly inadequate to give even a cursory
notice of the many brilliant accomplishments which have been his. It must
suffice to make allusion to those incidents of a long life and active and
diversified career which will afford the best clue to the character of
James C. Sullivan, who, from the time of his arrival at Creston in 1884, has
risen steadily in personal success and public esteem.
Mr. Sullivan was born at Portland, Maine, June 1, 1853, and is a son of
John and Ann (Welch) Sullivan. His father, who was born in Ireland,
immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen years and settled at Bangor,
Maine, where he developed into a contractor and builder and later did much
work in connection with railway construction. He was a Democrat in his
political views, although inclined to be independent, and both he and his
wife, who was also born in Ireland, and came to this country at the age of four
years were devout members of the Catholic Church. They were the parents
of five children, of whom only James C. survives.
James C. Sullivan attended public school in Maine and a college at
Rochester, New York, and as a youth learned the trade of practical granite
cutting, which he followed in New England, Canada, Virginia and South Carolina,
also cutting stone for several Government buildings in Washington, D. C., New
York City, and Saint Louis, Missouri. In 1884 he came to Creston, where he
embarked in the monument and marble business in a modest way, and when he
was ready to retire from this line of activity and turn the works over to
the management of his son it was one of the leading enterprises of its kind
in Iowa. In 1904 Mr. Sullivan organized and became the owner of the
electric light company, being mayor of the city at that time, but eventually sold
this business. Prior to this, in 1895, he had organized the Creston Mutual
Telephone Company, and in 1907 became the organizer of the Water Works
Company, and still is president of these two public utilities, which have done
so much for the progress and development of his adopted city. He also has
numerous other interests and is vice president of the Farmers & Merchants
Bank of Creston. Mr. Sullivan is a member of St. Malachi's Catholic
Church. A Republican in politics, he has always been active in civic affairs, and
served two terms as mayor of Creston. His life has been an active and
constructive one, and few men are held in greater respect as builders of their
In 1886 Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Kelly, who
was born at Rochester, New York, and to this union there were born two
children; John H., born in 1887, who attended the Creston High School and St.
Marys (Kansas) College, now the manager of the marble works, also a director
of the Water Works Company and the Creston Mutual Telephone Company. He is
married and has two daughters, Mary Agnes and Margaret. Mary married
Frank C. Smith, manager of the water works plant at Creston, and has two
children, Maurine and Frank C., Jr. After the death of his first wife Mr.
Sullivan married Margaret S. Duggan, who was born in Illinois, and came to
Creston when young. Her father, James D. Duggan, assisted in building the
Burlington Railway, of which he was roadmaster for several years. He was also
active and prominent in civic affairs up to the time of his death in 1878.
One of his sons, John D. Duggan, was superintendent of the Burlington Route
for many years, and another, William J., was a major in the Fifty-first
Iowa Infantry during the Spanish-American war, and served in the Philippines,
where he was wounded.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Project
Scott County, Iowa