HENEGHAN, JAMES, who is successfully engaged in business in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., as proprietor and operator of the Brook Mills, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, March 12, 1865. He is a son of Patrick and Mary (Riley) Heneghan, natives also of County Mayo, his father coming to the United States in 1870 and locating first in New York. One year afterward he moved to Greene County, Ill., where he died in 1890. His widow is still living and resides with her son, James, in Jacksonville.
When he was a child, James Heneghan accompanied his parents to the United States, and after receiving his mental training in the district schools of Greene County, Ill., engaged for some time in office work. In 1881, he was employed by Henry C. Yaeger, a miller at Kane, Ill., with whom he remained for five years. After a year spent at Anna, Ill., in the same occupation, in 1887 he came to Jacksonville and for five years was employed with Scott & Chambers, at the "Old Morgan Mills". In April, 1892, Mr. Heneghan entered into partnership in the milling line with William Watson, under the firm name of Watson & Heneghan, who erected the Brook Mills, at the corner of South Main and Anna Streets, Jacksonville. The firm conducted a rapidly growing business in the manufacture of the best brands of flour. Mr. Watson died April 6, 1903, and Mr. Heneghan purchased the widow's interest in the concern and has since conducted it alone, with marked success. The "White Lily" is his leading and best known brand of flour. He also has a large trade in grain and feed. His business capacity is recognized by all who know him, and he enjoys the confidence and respect of all his patrons.
On April 28, 1897, Mr. Heneghan was joined in wedlock with Leah J. Schmalz, a daughter of F. F. Schmalz, a prominent grocer of Jacksonville. To their union have been born four children, namely: Mildred Mary, born February 20, 1898; George Phillip, born April 26, 1899; Frederick James, born October 23, 1901; and Walter Watson, born June 22, 1903.
In politics, Mr. Heneghan is an unswerving supporter of the Democratic party. Fraternally, he is identified with Lodge No. 912, M. W. A.; Jacksonville Council, No. 868, K. of C.; Jacksonville Council, No. 182, United Commercial Travelers; Lodge No. 237, B. P. O. E.; and Post "O" of the T. P. A.