JOHN DORNAN, of Wellsburg, manager of the Riverside Glass works, was born in county Down, Ireland, July 13, 1838. He is the son of William and Rose (Murray) Dornan, both natives of Ireland, where the father died June 16, 1846, at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving five children, four of whom are now living. The mother and her children came to America in 1852 and proceeded from New York to Boston, where they resided several years. SHe now resides at Kenton, Mass., at the age of seventy-five years. Mr. Dornan at the age of fifteen years obtained employment in a glass factory and with the exception of three years in a cotton factory at Kenton, has since been engaged in glass manufacture. He resided at Wheeling from 1865 to 1879, and then coming to Wellsburg superintended the erection of the Riverside factory, of which he has since acted as manager. At this institution natural gas was first used in the manufacture of fine table glass ware, and Mr. Dornan is therefore the pioneer in this notable utilization of the resources of nature. His executive talent and energy have been important factors in the success of the factory. He is active and public-spirited as a citizen, has served several terms on the city council, and is one of the trustees of the Brooke cemetery. Mr. Dornan was married July 8, 1860, to Susan, daughter of Dennis O'Hara, of county Down, Ireland, a lady with whom he was acquainted when both were school children in their native land. Both are members of the Catholic church. They have had fourteen children: Jennie, Katie, Maggie, Mamie (deceased), Anna, Lizzie, Irene, Willie (deceased), Ellen (deceased), Dernie, Blanche (deceased), Clara, Richard (deceased) and Carl.
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