JOHN M. FAGAN, manager of the Empire Fire Clay company, was born in 1856 in Hancock county, W. Va. He is the son of Bernard and Jane Fagan, natives of Ireland, who came to America about 1854, and made their home in Hancock county, where the father found employment with the fire clay companies, and continued to be thus engaged until 1880, since when he has led a retired life. His wife died in 1884. Of the six children born to them three survive. James M. Fagan after receiving his education in the schools of Hancock county, was employed in the brick yards, and remained there in that occupation until about 1881, when he came to Ohio, and became engaged in the sewer pipe works at Empire, in which position his experience and good business qualifications made him invaluable. He is an enterprising and active young man, and energetic in all his undertakings. Socially he is highly esteemed. In 1884 Mr. Fagan was married to Phanie McNeal, of New Cumberland, W. Va., and they have three children: James, Charles and Jennie.
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