Biography of John D. Daly

It is with pleasure that we are permitted to write concerning the talented and enterprising business man whose name appears above, since he is one of those men of honor and stability who form the real strength of any community, and since he is numbered as one of the leading business men of the county of Harney, and has here and elsewhere achieved a success which is very gratifying both in the results to him individually and in the general business world of eastern Oregon, where he has operated.

Mr. Daly was born in Canyon City, Oregon, on May 13, 1866, being the son of Eugene and Mary A. (Donohoe) Daly. His parents were natives of County Cork, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1862, locating in Boston, whence in 1863 they came via Panama, to California, and in 1864 came on to Canyon City. His father died in 1881 and the mother died in 1897. Our subject grew up in Canyon City, gaining a good education from the schools there and at the age of sixteen years started on a course of teaching, wherein he made a commendable record. He gained sufficient money by this labor to pay his way at college, and he attended at Santa Clara, California. In the fall of 1890, he came to Drewsey and in partnership with Abner Robbins started a general merchandise establishment, which has since been one of the leading business houses of the county and is operated under the firm name of Daly & Robbins. They commenced with a small stock of goods, labored hard and have built up a fine trade, because of their wise methods and because of the manifestation of integrity and uprightness in all their ways. They have a large stock of all kinds of goods from dry goods, clothing, furnishings, boots and shoes, crockery, groceries, and feed to lumber, hardware, and machinery and implements. In addition to this fine business, Mr. Daly and his partner are among the leading financiers of the section, being largely interested in the First National Bank of Ontario, and the First National Bank at Burns, Oregon. Our subject is the president of both of these institutions and they are in a flourishing condition and well established. The firm also handles a sawmill, twenty-two miles north from Drewsey, and Mr. Daly has about one-half dozen ranches of value in various parts of the country, and he manages this large amount of business with marked wisdom and discretion, putting into the entire lines energy and vigor which are characteristic of his own personality.

Mr. Daly was married on May 5, 1894, to Daisy O., daughter of Joseph and Emeline (McAtee) Robertson, and three children have been born to them, as follows: Mary E., born June 18, 1895; Eunice M., born July 25, 1897; Abner R., born September 10, 1899. Mr. Robertson was a native of Scotland, came to Illinois, and thence in 1860 to Jackson county, Oregon, crossing the plains with ox teams. They were six months making the trip having to fight the Indians considerably. In 1863 he came to Grant county and to Harney in 1889. Mrs. Daly was born near Canyon City, Oregon, on February 5, 1875.

Fraternally Mr. Daly is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., Burns Lodge, No. 97, and the A. O. U. W., Drewsey Lodge, No. 119. He dwells in a fine modern residence of nine rooms, over which his estimable wife presides with a graciousness and dignity that are becoming.



Whitman, Marcus. An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Chicago: Western Historical Publishing Co., 1902, 871 pgs.

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