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WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 696-97. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910


F. J. Hanlon, secretary and general manager of the Mason City & Clear Lake Railway Company, Mason City, Iowa, has as an officer been identified with this road from its inception in 1897. Mr. Hanlon is a native of Wells, Minnesota, where he was born in [August 12] 1876, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hanlon. The Hanlon family left Minnesota and came to Iowa in 1890, taking up their residence in Mason City, where they now reside. For many years Thomas Hanlon was an engineer on the C. M. & St. P. Railroad, but is now retired from active life. In Mason City, F. J. Hanlon completed his schooling, graduated here in 1892. He began life as an employe in the [transportation] department of the Mason City & Ft. Dodge Railroad, and was occupied in that capacity until 1894, when he accepted a position, at Marshalltown, as chief clerk in the superintendent's office, Iowa Central Railroad. There he remained until 1897, when he was made an officer of the Mason City & Clear Lake Railway Company. Mr. Hanlon's standing among the foremost business men of his town is evidenced by the fact that in February, 1910, he was elected president of the Mason City Commercial Club. Politically he is a Republican; fraternally, a B. P. O. E., a K. of C., and a M. W. A., all of Mason City. He and his parents are members of the Holy Family Catholic church

NOTE: Frank J. Hanlon died January 25, 1937. Frank's father, Thomas Hanlon, was born August 1, 1837, Buffalo NY, and died August 7, 1915, Mason City IA. Frank's mother, Catherine Hanlon, was born November 6, 1850, Albany NY,and died January 27, 1943, Mason City IA. Frank's sister, Margaret Hanlon, was born December 7, 1890, and died October 24, 1967. They were interred at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, IA.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2014



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