History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, 1887

Flanagan Family - PATRICK B. FLANAGAN Biography

Patrick B. Flanagan, superintendent of the Elk Tannery Company at Ralston, Pennsylvania, was born in Tioga county, New York, February 16, 1845, a son of John and Ellen (Barey) Flanagan, natives of County Clare, Ireland, where their marriage occurred. They reared a family of nine children, as follows : Patrick B., mentioned hereinafter; Mary, wife of Robert Graham, and they reside in Sullivan county, New York; Bridget, wife of Thomas Murrey, residents of Tioga county, New York ; Susan, wife of John Murphy, residents of Tioga county, New York ; Nellie, unmarried ; John, an orange grower in Florida; and three children now deceased. John Flanagan and his wife, upon their emigration to the United States, settled in Tioga county, New York, and there spent the remainder of their lives. He followed the occupation of vegetable gardening.

Patrick B. Flanagan was reared and educated in Tioga county, New York, attending the public schools thereof. After completing his studies, he learned the tannery business, working with the Howe & Lincoln Tannery Company, of Newark Valley, with whom he remained about nine years. He then came to Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, about 1871, and followed his trade at Proctorville, with the Thomas E. Proctor Company, remaining an employe there about eleven years. He then came to Ralston, Pennsylvania, and accepted a position as foreman of the tannery owned and operated by Mr. Proctor, but in 1893, when it became absorbed by the trusts, the name was changed to the Elk Tannery Company. Mr. Flanagan continued to serve in the capacity of foreman up to 1903, in which year he was appointed superintendent of the concern, his position at the present time (1905). He has mastered the business in all its details, and is recognized as an authority in that line of trade. Mr. Flanagan is a member of the Roman Catholic church at Ralston, and a Democrat in politics.

Mr. Flanagan was united in marriage to Catharine McNamee, who was born in Cascade township, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. Their children are: John, who is engaged in the business of railroading ; Mary, wife of Frank Burton ; and Ida, unmarried.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Lycoming County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1906.

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