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Title: John L. Cavanaugh
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In the daily laborious struggle for an honorable competence and a solid career on the part of a business man there is little to attract the casual reader in search of a sensational chapter; but to a mind thoroughly awake to the reality and meaning of human existence there are noble and imperishable lessons in the career of an individual who, without other means than a clear head, strong arm and true heart, directed and controlled by correct principles and unerring judgment, conquers adversity and finally wins, not only pecuniary independence, but, what is far greater and higher, the deserved respect and confidence of those with whom his active years have been spent.

John L. Cavanaugh, a leading business man and enterprising citizen of State Line, Warren county, Indiana, was born on January 21, 1873, at State Line, and is the son of Patrick and Mary (Keegan) Cavanaugh and the grandson of Frank and Catherine (Payor) Cavanaugh. Patrick Cavanaugh is, as his name indicates, of Irish birth, his birth having occurred in the Emerald Isle on September 19, 1826. At the age of eighteen years he went to England and was employed as a farmer in Yorkshire for four years and also worked in Lancashire. Then turning his face to the setting sun and the land of opportunity, he reached New York city in January, 1849. He was there employed for a time at brick-making, but later moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where he remained for two years when, being attacked by the ague, or "Wabash shakes," he went south for his health. His death occurred on July 11, 1912, and that of his wife on March 28, 1879. They were married on July 10, 1855, and became the parents of nine children, namely: Charles, Mary, Thomas, Ellen, Julia, James, WIlliam, Harvey and Lewis.

The subject of this sketch received a good practical education in the common schools and upon attaining maturity he worked for his father, remaining with him for five years. He then engaged in the general merchandise business at State ine, in which he has remained to the present time, having of such goods as are required by the local trade and he commands his full share of the local trade. He is the owner of the building in which his store is located, it being a two-story brick block, besides which he owns and manages the only livery stable in the town. Mr. Cavanaugh is also the owner of thirty acres of land, about hald of which is under the plow, the remainder being in timber.

In May, 1906, Mr. Cavanaugh was united in marriage with Levina Sisk, a native of Warren county and the daughter of Jacob ad Ann (Clem) Sisk. To Mr. and Mrs. Cavanaugh have been born two children, Lloyd and Earl.

In religion Mr. Cavanaugh is a faithful member of the Catholic church, to which he gives liberally of his means. His political support is given to the Democratic party, and in 1908 he was elected trustee of Kent township, being the present incumbent of the office, the duties of which he is discharging in a manner satisfactory to his constituents. He is a man of excellent qualities, genial in manner, yet unassuming, and his friends are in number as his acquaintance.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001022
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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