JOHN D. IRWIN, a prominent and enterprising young business man of Steubenville, was born in that city, February 21, 1852. He is the son of William H. Irwin, and was born in the same house that was his father's birthplace. The father, now deceased, served in both the Mexican war and the war of the rebellion. The mother is still living, her home being in Steubenville. The home of John D. Irwin has been in Steubenville, thus far, all his life. As early as seven years of age he began to work in a cotton factory, and during the rest of his age he began to work at irregular intervals in an establishment of that kind, and attended school. At ten years of age he became employed in a coal mine, and he continued to be thus engaged for fifteen years. In 1879 he became a member of the police force, but two years later resigned the position and engaged in the grocery business, in which he has continued to the present time with gratifying success. He was married, November 25, 1873, to Mary E., daughter of Larence and Margaret McAuliffe, who were born and and married in Ireland. Mrs. Irwin, a native of that island, accompanied her parents to America, when a little child. Mr. and MRs. Irwin have had six children: Nellie, Sarah R., Lizzie S., Mary (deceased), John D. and Florence. Mr. Irwin is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and of the I. O. O. F. lodge and encampment, and the Patriarchs Militant. He has passed all the chairs in both the subordinate lodge and encampment. In politics he is a devoted member of the republican party. Mr. Irwin helped to organize the hook and ladder fire company known as the Hookaroos, and he was one of the charter members of the Odd Fellows' library. In both business and social circles his standing is of the best.
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