Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 130] a member of the enterprising grocery firm of Gunning & Connor of New Castle, was born in the above town July 8, 1862. He was a son of Christopher and Ann (Quinn) Connor, both natives of County Meath, Ireland.

Christopher Connor learned a branch of the iron-maker's trade, and was known as an iron shearer; he was thus engaged as an ironworker until 1886, and since that time has devoted himself to agricultural pursuits and teaming. He gathered about his fireside seven children, as follows: Mary, deceased, who married Francis McQuirk, and has two children—Christie and Marie; Bridget, who married Barney Rogan, and presented him with one child, Esther; Maggie; Anna; Christopher, Jr.; Michael; and James, our subject. The old gentleman, who is remarkably well-preserved for one of his age, takes a keen interest in local politics, and is an unflinching adherent of the Democratic party. The family are faithful communicants of the Catholic Church.

James Connor, the subject of this short personal history, secured a practical education in the public schools of New Castle and in the Parochial School of St. Mary's Church of the same place. When he was old enough to do for himself, he was placed in the nail mill, where he learned the nail maker's trade, and remained there eight years. In 1890, he engaged in the grocery business for two years, and then in 1892 returned to his old employment in the nail mill, where he labored steadily and industriously until 1896. In that year with James Gunning he opened up a grocery store, and their business has grown apace, so that now they are rushed to keep up with the demands on them. Strict integrity and honorable business dealings prevail with them, and their success in the present business is assured. They carry a well-selected and varied line of family groceries, and furnish their customers with the best and choicest that the market affords. Mr. Connor votes the Democratic ticket at elections, and may be found regularly at his party-caucuses.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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