Biography of James Kane
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JAMES KANE, of the blast furnace department of the Carnegie Steel Company at Duquesne, Pennsylvania, was born January 24, 1867, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, at a place called Inkerman, named after the battle of Inkerman. He is the son of Edward and Margaret (Dolan) Kane. The father, Edward Kane, was born in March, 1841, in county Armagh, Ireland. He is a miner by occupation, which work he still follows, although sixty six years of age. He married Margaret Dolan, daughtet of John and Mary Dolan, of county Mayo, Ireland, and to them were born thirteen children, as follows: 1. Ann. 2. Mary. 3. James. 4. John. 5. Patrick. 6 and 7. Died in their infancy. 8. Teresa. 9. Eddie. 10, 11 and 12. Died in their infancy. 13. Thomas. The family are all of the Roman Catholic faith. John Dolan, the father of Mrs. Kane, was a soldier in the Crimean war, where he was severely wounded, and died shortly after his return home.

James Kane, the subject of this. notice, attended the St. Margaret School in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and went to work in the mines before he reached his twelfth year, continuing at this kind of employment until 1893, when he came to America, first locating in Turtle Creek, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he secured employment with the New York and Cleveland Gas and Coal Company. During the great labor strike in 1894 he was engaged with the Edgar Thomson Steel Works, of the Carnegie system, as fireman of boilers at the blast furnaces, where he was engaged one year and the following three years worked as pipe fitter's helper, serving under John L. Lewis, who at that time was a master mechanic. James Kane came to Duquesne in 1898, and has since that date been employed at the blast furnace department of the Duquesne works of the Carnegie Steel Company.

Mr. Kane is a Republican in politics, and has served as school director of the Third ward of Duquesne borough, being elected in February, 1906. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and belongs to the Holy Name Catholic church of Duquesne, Rev. Father David Shannon, pastor.

He was united in marriage, December 31, 1888, to Miss Mary, daughter of John and Margaret (Tobin) Norton, of Broxborn, Scotland. Mrs. Kane was born in April, 1866. By this union were horn the following children: 1. Edward, born May 23, 1890, died August 13. 1890. 2. John. born February 17, 1892. 3. Margaret, born July 21, 1894. 4. Edward Patrick, born June 20, 1896. 5. Mary, born May 10, 1899. 6. Teresa, born August 11, 1901. 7. Ellen, born September 1, 1903. 8. James, Jr., born September 5, 1906.

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