John D. O'Hara
The young men of Denison find a worthy representative in John D. O'Hara, who is now serving as clerk in the postoffice of this city. Active, ambitious and enterprising, he has made a start which gives bright promise for a life of usefulness and honor.
He comes of Irish ancestry and is a native of Peru, Indiana, born May 23, 1888, and a son of Michael and Nora (Kelley) O'Hara. The father was born in Ireland and the mother in Indiana. Michael O'Hara came to America with his parents in his boyhood. He was reared in this country and is still living in Indiana. His wife departed this life in 1890. There were seven children in their family, five of whom survive.
At two years of age, having lost his mother, John D. O'Hara became a member of the family of his uncle, Patrick Burke, of Denison, Iowa, with whom he still makes his home. He was given every desirable advantage of education in school and college and applied himself to his studies with most excellent results. Two years ago he was appointed a clerk in the postoffice by Mr. Myers, in which position he has since continued. Politically he gives his support to the democratic party and fraternally is a valued member of the Improved Order of Redmen, in which he is serving as sachem.
By his geniality, gentlemanly address and other sterling qualities Mr. O'Hara has made a host of friends and well wishers who are unanimously of the opinion that he is one of the most promising young men of the city. His life has been entirely upright and honorable, and in business he has acquitted himself in such a way as to meet the approval of patrons of the postoffice and of all with whom he has come into contact.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.