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The enterprising and popular senior partner in the leading firm of Callan &, Dratz, dealers in clothing and gents' furnishing goods, Muskegon, Mich., has been a well-known resident of his present locality for the past quarter of a  century, and, a man of fine business attainments, has prosperously aided in the conduct of a trade which is now one of  the best in its line in the State, and, carrying a complete stock of goods, competes successfully with the houses of the  larger and older cities. Our  subject, born in County Cork, Ireland, May 12, 1845, was the son of Timothy and Jane  (Broadrick) Callan. The father was by occupation a farmer and patiently tilled the soil of the Old Country. Our subject,  trained to habits of industrious thrift, assisted his  father in the work of the farm and in his childhood attended the  common schools of his native land. At twelve years of age he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a tailor, and gave a  number of years to acquire the details of  the clothier's art. As he neared manhood Mr. Callan determined he would  follow the tide of emigration, and in common with the sons of his parents'  friends and neighbors seek his fortune in  America.  Before he had yet attained his majority our subject, in 1865, embarked for the United States and  having made  a safe voyage landed in New York City, in which metropolis he remained for about two montlis. Mr. Callan, who  decided to prospect for a time before locating permanently, next journeyed to Boston, Mass., and finding ready  employment in that city continued there two and a-half  years. At the expiration of this length of time our subject  traveled to the farther West and visited Chicago, Ill., and then went to Aurora, Ill., where  he spent the following four  months. He afterward made a trip to Milwaukee and finally, in the year 1868, came to Muskegon, where he engaged as a   cutter with William H. Herbst. After some time Mr. Callan entered into partnership with Mr. Herbst, the business being  conducted under the firm name of William Herbst & Co. This business arrangement profitably endured until 1877, when  the partnership was dissolved, our subject soon  afterward connecting himself with John A. Dratz, also a practical tailor  and fine cutter, whose work is well known for its style and finish. The firm of Callan & Dratz enjoys an extensive  custom and aside from a fine city trade has a large patronage from the surrounding country.  In 1877 were united in  marriage Timothy Callan and Miss Maggie Hall, a well-known young lady of Muskegon and a general favorite with a  large circle of young people.  The estimable wife of our subject is the daughter of John Hall, a highly respected citizen.  The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Callan at No. 44 Peck Street has been brightened by the birth of three merry and  intelligent children, two sons and a daughter: Charles, Frank and Emma. These young people will be given every  opportunity to worthily fit themselves to occupy with honor any position of trust to which they may be called in the  future.  Politically an Independent, Mr. Callan casts his vote for the best man, and without any aspirations for office  does his duty as a loyal citizen, ever ready to lend a helping hand in all matters of public welfare.


Portrait & Biographical Record of Musekgon & Ottawa Counties, Michigan

1893, Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company


Submitted by Doris Rake and Bill Moore


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