EDWARD DEMPSEY, proprietor of a stationery, candy and notion store at Mingo, O., is also extensively engaged in the real estate business and has been a resident of Mingo since March, 1887. He was born in AUgust, 1862, at Dublin, Ireland, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Leonard) Dempsey, both natives of Ireland. The father, who was a merchant and farmer, died in Ireland when our subject was quite young, and the mother died in June, 1909, at Mingo, Jefferson County, Ohio, aged seventy-seven years. George and Elizabeth Dempsey were the parents of the following children: Catherine, who is the wife of A. Pridgeon, and a resident of England; Mary, who married W. Richards, and is a resident of England; Sarah, Edward and George, who died in America; John who is a resident of Chicago, Ill., and Thomas.
Edward Dempsey was reared at Birkenhead and Ashton-Under-Lyne, England, his mother having moved to the latter place in 1873. WHen a boy he entered the cotton mills, then spent five years as warehouse man for WIlliam Tipping, and in 1887 accompanied the family to America and located at Mingo, Jefferson County, Ohio. Here he entered the mill operated by W. H. Bradley, later became clerk and then was placed in charge of the metal yard. He subsequently became manager of the entire metal department, contracting for the charging of the cupolas, and in 1900, after the adoption of the Carnegie system in the mills, which did away with his part of the work, he resigned his position, having been in the employ of the Laughlin & Junction Steel Company for fourteen years. Mr. Dempsey then opened his present stationery, candy and notion store, which is located on Commercial avenue, and with his son George, deals in real estate. The latter conducts also a job printing business. Mr. Dempsey sold the first forty lots for the Brook Improvement Company at Follansbee, West Va., and during the opening sale disposed of more land for that company than did all their other agents. Mr. Dempsey is a director of the Mingo Building and Loan Company. He is politically identified with the Democratic party, and was elected councilman on that ticket for three years.
In January, 1863, Mr. Dempsey was united in marriage with Martha Lord, who was born in England and died in 1906, at Mingo, Ohio. Seven children were born of their union: George; Elizabeth, who married Dennis Caniff; Agnes; Martha; Mary, and two who died in infancy. Mr. Dempsey is a member of the Catholic church.