J. P. Brogan
J.P. Brogan was born in Cleveland in March, 1858, and attended the parochial schools until he was fifteen years of age. His father died when he was three years old and his mother about twelve years ago.
After leaving school Mr. Brogan entered the employ of C. Barry, grocer, on Pearl street, and continued with him nine years, by which time he had thoroughly mastered all the details of that intricate business. In 1883 he started in business for himself and by diligence and close application soon secured a very extensive trade, both marine and city. His establishment occupied three stories and a basement of the brick block Nos. 239 to 243 Pearl street, with a large warehouse at Nos. 153 and 155 Detroit street as supplementary, and does trade both wholesale and retail. Mr. Brogan's steam launch enables him to deliver groceries and vessel supplies of all kinds in his line with promptness, wherever the vessel may be lying. As an evidence of the prosperity which has come to him since he embarked in business in 1883 we may mention the fact that he possesses a large interest in the Pratt, Annie M. Ash and W. D. Becker, forming the Lake Erie Transportation Company; holds stock in the State National Bank, the Forest City Savings Bank, Detroit Street Savings and Loan Company, and is a large stock owner in the Union Dairy Company, which was recently organized for the purpose of making butter on an extensive scale, in Brooklyn, Ohio. Mr. Brogan is a man of quiet habits, courteous and obliging by nature, which no doubt accounts in a great measure for his success in life.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.