Biography of James L. Walsh
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JAMES LAWRENCE WALSH, a prominent steel worker and the owner of a valuable business block at the corner of West Grant and North Second street, Duquesne, is the son of Lawrence Walsh and wife, Margaret (O'Dea) Walsh, of county Gaiway, Ireland, where the subject was born in 1854. He attended the National School of Tullokyne, Ireland. After gaining his education he spent three years in his native land engaged in the grocery and liquor trade. In June, 1874, he came to America, landing at Boston harbor, and in that neighborhood worked on a farm for one year, and in the following August came to Port Perry, Pennsylvania. He followed labor with the Edgar Thomson Iron Works, then in course of construction. After working two years at this he with about twenty other workmen were laid off, and during the years of 1875 and 1877 Mr. Walsh traveled through the states of West Virginia and Ohio, working at odd occupations at numerous places. In March, 1877, he returned to the Carnegie Steel Company, where he was employed constantly in various capacities for twenty five years, with the single exception of a short time he was in Bellaire, Ohio. He is at this time what he has been for several years, a tried and trusty steel pourer or "ladle man," where only skilled men can fill the position.

Politically Mr. Walsh is. an independent voter. He with the family are members of Holy Name Catholic church, Father David Shannahan, pastor. He was married May 22, 1879, to Adelia Conley, of Brinton, Pennsylvania, daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Cosgrove) Conley. the ten children by this union were as follows: 1. Margaret, deceased. 2. Lawrence, born September 23, 1881, a graduate of the Pennsylvania State College and St. Vincent's College; he is a civil engineer and employed with the Devoe Company. 3. Mary, born September 30, 1883, attended the, public schools of Duquesne and Grove City College; she is now a teacher in the schools of Versailles township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. 4 Jane Bernadette, born October 23, 1885, deceased. 5. Margaret, born December 26, 1887, attended the public schools of Duquesne and graduated from the Duquesne high schools, and is now an instructor in the Duquesne public schools. 6. Lenora E., born April 11, 1890, died in infancy. 7. James, Jr., born. September 11, 1891, now attending St. Francis College at Loretto, Pennsylvania. 8. Walter Michael, born September 17, 1893, attending the same school as the last named. 9. Thomas Francis, born January 31, 1899, died in infancy. 10. Bertille Antony, born September 17, 1900.

Mr. Walsh's parents were blessed with the following six children: Mark, Margaret, Adelia, Jane, Hanorah and James Lawrence, the subject.

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