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Langan, John J.

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Langan, John J.
March 15, 2007 11:46AM
History of Kentucky, five volumes, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922, Vol. III,
p. 259. Estill Co.

JOHN J. LANGAN had a veteran's experience of a quarter of a century
with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as a locomotive engineer, and
on leaving the railroad came to Irvine and was personally responsible
for establishing the electric light plant in that city, one of the most
progressive developments in recent years.
Mr. Langan was born at Stamford, Connecticut, November 7, 1862, but
since early childhood has been a Kentuckian. His father, Owen W.
Langan, was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1842, grew up there an
Irish farmer and shortly after his marriage came to the United States in
1861. He soon demonstrated the quality of his Americanism by enlisting
in the Union army, and was in service the last two years of the war. He
then returned to Stamford, Connecticut, was a factory worker there until
1866, when he came to Louisville, and for the rest of his life was
identified with mercantile interests in that city. He died in 1914. He
was a democrat and a Catholic. His wife, Mary Tierney, was born in
County Cork in 1840, and died at Louisville, July 4, 1873. The first of
her three children is John J. Langan, the second, James, was a railroad
man and died at Louisville at the age of thirty-six. Nellie, the only
daughter, is the wife of John Van Meter, a clerk in the Louisville &
Nashville Railroad offices at Louisville.
John J. Langan acquired a public school education at Louisville
until the age of eighteen. Thereafter for thirty-five consecutive years
he was in the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company's service,
beginning as a fireman, in 1890 was promoted to locomotive engineer, and
during twenty-five years was known as one of the steadiest and most
reliable men piloting an engine on the system. His chief run was from
Corbin, Kentucky, to Norton, Virginia.
When he left railroading in 1915, Mr. Langan came to Irvine and
built the electric light plant with his own capital. In 1917 he sold a
half interest to Floyd Roger, and they now own and operate it jointly.
The electric light plant is at the corner of Grand Avenue and Railroad
Street and supplies current for lighting the towns of Irvine and Ravenna
and power for operating the waterworks of the two cities. The partners
own the office building on Broadway.
Mr. Langan during his residence in Corbin was honored with election
as the first mayor of that town, and for ten years was a member of the
city council. He is a democrat, a member of the Catholic Church and is
affiliated with Richmond Lodge No. 581 B.P.O.E. He proved himself a 100
per cent American during the World war by his financial and personal
exertions in behalf of various drives. Mr. Langan married at Jellico,
Tennessee, in 1890, Miss Minnie Heath, daughter of William Leroy and
Cynthiana (Brooks) Heath. Her mother lives at Louisville. Her father
was a merchant at Corbin, where he died. Mrs. Langan died in May, 1921,
leaving four children. Owen, the oldest, was a soldier, enlisting in
April, 1918, and was sergeant for the purchasing department of the
Quartermaster's Corps at Louisville until mustered out in December,
1918. He is now bookkeeper for the Irvine Electric Light Company.
Lucille is the wife of Hafford Hay, an attorney practicing at
Lexington. Raymond is clerk for the Irvine Electric Light Company. H.
Parker, the youngest, is also a clerk for the electric light company.

Brooks Hay Heath Langan Roger Tierney Van_Meter
Ireland CT Jefferson-KY TN

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