Biographical Sketch of Thomas M. Grogan

Contributed by Lisa Slaski

Source: Herkimer Democrat, Herkimer, NY, 29 Apr 1903:

Another Prominent Merchant

Thomas M. Grogan


This week we publish a portrait of one of Herkimer's enterprising clothiers, Thomas M. Grogan, who conducts a Gent's Furnishing establishment on North Main St. Mr. Grogan started out in life as many another young man has done, with only his brains and hands as capital. He was born in this village and has always lived here except for ten years from 1881 to 1891, when he was in Utica. When a youth he was employed at the paper mill of Churchill & Miller. He first started in business for himself at Utica and for two years was engaged in the manufacture of cigars. He gave this up and kept a tea store for five years, but tiring of this entered a clothing store, where he remained until returning to this village. In 1891 he accepted a position with the clothing house of Deimel & Schermer and remained with them until 1895, when he again launched out into business for himself. His store was then located where the confectionery store at the rear of the Nelson House now is. The business soon outgrew the quarters and in 1898 he removed to the store now occupied by D. Grant, but staid but a year when he moved to the present location. The business has been both prgressive and successful and the line of goods carried is complete in all departments. For many years Mr. Grogan was a band man, having played in nearly all of the early organizations. He was a charter member of the present Fort Dayton Band which was organized in 1894, and for a time the president of it. Mr. Grogan is a member of St. Francis De Sales Church and also of the following organizations: Royal Arcanum, Knights of Columbus, and the Business Mens Association.

1900 Federal Census, Herkimer, Herkimer, NY:
301 South Main street

Grogan, Thomas, head, Feb 1860, 40, m4, NY, Ire, Ire, Merch Clothier
   Mary, wife, Nov 1867, m4, 3/3, NY, Ire, Ire
   George, son, July 1896, 3, NY, NY, NY
   Frances, son, Oct 1897, 2, NY, NY, NY
   Robert, son, Jan 1899, 5/12, NY, NY, NY
   Kathleen, dau, Mar 1890, 10, NY, NY, NY, at school
Johnson, Enda, boarder, Nov 1892, 17, NY, NY, NY

From census records:

Martin and Catherine Grogan (both born about 1831 in Galway, Ireland) had the following children: Michael (b. abt 1856), Mary Ann (b. abt 1858), Thomas (b. abt 1860), Catherine (b. abt 1863) and John (b. abt 1867)

From online info on this site, WWI Civilian Draft Registration and the above info:

Thomas Grogan (1860-1900) married Mary Harris (1868-1926) and had the following children: George Thomas (b. 2 Jul 1896-1944), Francis John (b. 2 Oct 1897), Robert M. (4 Jan 1900-1962). It seems that Thomas or Mary must have been married once before. Those with death years are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, NY.

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