Page 453-454, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


L. J. Egan, owner and proprietor of the Egan Tin Works, El Dorado, Kans., is a native of Minnesota. Mr. Egan was born in St. Paul, April 25, 1865, and is a son of Thomas and Josie (O'Neil) Egan. The mother was a native of Kentucky, and the father was reared in New York City, coming to this country from Ireland with his parents when a child. When a young man Thomas Egan left his New York home and went west as an employee of the Government, in the department of Indian affairs in connection with an Indian reservation in the Northwest Territory and he was located in the vicinity of St. Paul, which was at that time a mere trading post.

In 1871 the Egan family went to Iowa, locating at Emmettsburg, in the northwestern part of the State. They were early settlers in that section of Iowa and the father took up a homestead and spent the remainder of his life there. The mother preceded him in death by several years. L. J. Egan was about six years old when the family located in Iowa and he was reared to manhood and educated in the public schools of Iowa. When a young man he served an apprenticeship at the tinner's trade at Ruthven, Iowa, and worked at his trade in that town until 1898. He then came to El Dorado, Kans. and worked at his trade in the employ of C. L. Turner for eight years.

In 1906, he established his present business which he has conducted since that time, and he has occupied his present location, No. 120 West Central avenue, since 1907. By reliable workmanship and honorable methods, he has built up an extensive business which now gives employment to from four to six men.

Mr. Egan was married in 1896 to Miss Barbara Dreis, of Hospers, Iowa, and they have seven children, as follows: Bernice, Blaine, Pansey,


Joseph, William, Margaret and Con, all students in the El Dorado schools except Con, the baby. Mr. Egan is independent in politics and one of El Dorado's substantial and progressive business men.

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