Thomas Conlon, a leading representative of the insurance business and one of the early settlers of Amador County, who for more than forty-three years has been a reliable businessman of Jackson, was born in county Clare, Ireland, on the 12th of July, 1836, his parents being Daniel and Anna (Hayes) Conlon. They had two children, and the mother died in early life, after which the father was again married, his second marriage being blest with five children. He lived to a ripe old age and commanded the respect of all who knew him.
Mr. Conlon, of this review, obtained his early education on the Emerald Isle and in 1852 bade adieu to friends and home preparatory to seeking his fortune in the new world. On the 19th of May he boarded the sailing vessel William Tell, bound for the harbor of New York. The ship carried one hundred and forty-five passengers in addition to the crew and Mr. Conlon made some pleasant acquaintances on board. After forty-five days spent on the water they reached the American port and Mr. Conlon remained for some time in New Jersey and New York, where he followed farming and was also employed as a clerk in a dry-goods store in New York City. Subsequently he came by steamer to San Francisco and went direct to Mokelumne Hill, where he operated a placer mining claim. He was associated with three partners and they took out from seventy-five to one hundred dollars worth of gold per week. Later Mr. Conlon removed to Butte City, Amador County, and was also engaged in placer mining at Scottville, where he took out a gold nugget of a large size. On account of its size he valued it very highly, but it was stolen from him. He met with average success in his mining ventures and at length came to Jackson to fill the office of county clerk. He afterward served as the clerk of the district court and as deputy assessor for eight years, and for a similar period was a deputy sheriff. During his long public service he discharged his duty with marked ability and promptness, and over the record of his office life there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil. He is now serving as a notary public and is very extensively engaged in the insurance business, representing several good insurance companies, chief among which are the North British and London Assurance corporations.
In 1895 Mr. Conlon was united in marriage to Miss Ella Lanord, a native of Calaveras County and a daughter of John Lanord, a California pioneer. Their marriage has been blessed with two little daughters, one of whom is living and is named Anna C., in honor of Mr. Conlon’s mother. Our subject and his wife are members of the Catholic Church. He has kept well informed on the political issues of the day and since becoming an American citizen has exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Democratic Party and is a stalwart advocate of its principles. He is a charter member of the Jackson Lodge, No. 138, A. O. U. W., and enjoys the high regard of his brethren of the fraternity. In his business life he has met with creditable success and is regarded as a citizen of the highest worth.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.