NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Cornelius Callanan was born in county Tipperary, Ireland, 1820, died at Keesville, New York, 1868. He received his education in his native place. His father was a farmer and both he and his father owned land in Ireland. He came to Quebec, Canada, about 1849, and after a short time located at Keesville, in northern New York. He was a mason and contractor there, and also followed farming, continuing active in business to the time of the death. He was a faithful Catholic. In politics he was a Democrat and served the town as an overseer of the poor for a number of years. Have these webpages helped you?
He married, in Ireland, about 1847, Mary Quinn, born in Ireland, 1819, died 1902 at Keesville.
1. Joanna, born in Ireland; married George Lynch, of Plattsburgh, and had a daughter Mary.
2. Dennis, born at Keesville, now living in Plattsburgh, a contractor and builder; married Mattie White, and had a son Cornelius, who died in infancy.
3. William John, mentioned below.
4. Michael J., of Keesville; president of the Adirondack Hardware Company, of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; president of the Plattsburgh Lumber Company; director of the Keeseville Bank; owner of various mills in Essex and Clinton counties; director in various lumber companies in Canada; member of the firm of Callanan Brothers, of Keesville, contractors; his firm built part of the state capitol at Albany, the hospital at Plattsburgh; a pulp mill at Wells River and other large structures in northern New York; married Nellie Mackey; children: Francis, Cornelius, and Helen.
5. Katherine, died young.
6. Mary, lives in Keesville with her brother, Michael J.
7. Cornelius, deceased.
8. Agnes, married George Starks, of Saranac Lake, treasurer of the Adirondack Hardware Company.
(II) William John, son of Cornelius Callanan, was born in Keesville, Essex county, N.Y., April 7, 1854. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. At the age of fourteen he went to work for R. Prescott & Son, furniture manufactuers at Keesville, beginning with the modest wages of fifty cents a day. He remained with the concern in various capacities for a period of twenty-five years, becoming a director of the company and superintendent at a salary of $1,200 a year. He came to Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1892, and, in partnership with Augustine S. Branch, under the firm name of Branch & Callanan, established a business as contractors and builders. The firm made a specialty of taking contracts for complete buildings, including every kind of work requied in construction. A large mill was bult near the railroad station for the manufacture of lumber and builders' supplies. It was burned in 1902, but immediately rebuilt on the same location. This firm has built most of the residences and business buildings in Saranac Lake in recent years, including the Sanatorium, the Adirondack National Bank Building, the public school buildings, besides many others at more distant locations, on Long Island, Mount Kisco, Garden City, Yonkers, Briarcliff, Lake Placid, Upper Saranac Lake, St. Regis and elsewhere. The firm had a total business of $385,000 in the year 1909. Mr. Callanan is a director in the Plattsburgh Lumber Company and is president of the Building and Loan Association of Saranac Lake.
In politics he is a Democrat, and for two years was a trustee of the incorporated village of Saranac Lake.
He is a faithful Catholic and a liberal supporter of the church. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Men's Benevolent Association.
He married, Jan. 26, 1887, Margaret E., born in Clinton county, N.Y., daughter of John and Julia Tindale, of Clintonville, N.Y.
Children, born at Keesville:
1. Marie, 1888.
2. Andrew, June 8, 1890.
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