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John Carroll (1848-?)
Born in Ireland, successful produce and fruit business.
  • Added May, 2014.
  • History of Bay County, Michigan – Gansser, 1905.


    Proprietor of the largest wholesale produce and fruit establishment of Bay County, Michigan, is one of the most enterprising and successful business men of Bay City. He began life under adverse circumstances, and it was only after years of hard and consistent effort that he was enabled to take his place among the leaders in the business world of this locality. He was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1848, and is a son of Daniel and Catherine (Welsh) Carroll, both natives of Ireland. Our subject was two years old when his mother died and his father soon after emigrated to America, leaving him in Ireland with a younger sister, Margaret, who is now the wife of Patrick Cahill, of Orange County, New York.

    John Carroll was given only an ordinary education in Ireland. On September 14, 1865, he landed at New York, where he turned his hand to various occupations in an endeavor to earn an honest living. Removing to Orange County, New York, he worked on a farm, but not having a taste for that life he returned to New York City, where he was employed for a time as a laborer on a railroad. Later he did contract work and superintended the construction of some buildings. He was then called upon to assume management of the old Manhattan Hotel at No. 29 Centre Street, New York, while its owner was abroad, and this he did successfully for a period of nine months. He later made application for a position on the New York police force. Out of 45 who took the examination, he was one of the five that passed, but he decided to go West before he qualified. In 1869, he came to Bay City, Michigan, and opened a butcher shop. He had good backing but not caring to use another's money he closed that business, and engaged as manager in the same line at the same stand, continuing there about one year. He then engaged in draying for a few months, when he again started in the butcher business in association with D. F. Kenny, to whom he later sold out. Mr. Carroll then engaged in farming and buying cattle and slaughtering them for the market. After about five years he returned to Bay City and engaged with Hammond, Standish & Company, as manager of their fresh meat department. He remained three years and then again started in for himself. The firm of Logan & Carroll, produce merchants, was established in 1889 and continued for three years. After the dissolution of the partnership, the firm of Carroll, Hurley & Company came into existence and continued for one year, being succeeded by that of Carroll & Rose. Later, Mr. Carroll purchased his present building and has since continued alone. He was the first produce merchant in Bay City to handled oranges in car-load lots, and the first and the only one in the city to make a business of storing eggs. He is a wholesale dealer in produce, fruits, confectionery and the “Peerless” brand of Baltimore oysters. His store, located at No. 133 Third street, has ample storage facilities connected therewith. Mr. Carroll has been highly successful and has every reason for feeling proud of the rapid progress he has made. He erected for dwellings in South Bay City as a cost of from $1,200 to $2,500 each, and has a beautiful home on Lincoln street, which cost $4,000. He has served as highway commissioner of the village of Portsmouth, and as supervisor of Bay City two terms.

    In 1872, Mr. Carroll was united in marriage with Annie Joyce, a native of Ontario, Canada, and they had 16 children, 10 of whom are living, namely: Daniel, interested in the insurance business, who married Rosalie Foley; and Catherine, Maud, Michael, Jett, John, Jr., Rhea, Beatrice and Fidelis, who are at home. Religiously, the family are members of St. James' Catholic Church. When the church and the parochial school were erected, Mr. Carroll was placed on the building committees. Fraternally, he is a member of the Elks, Knights of Columbus; K. of M.; the C. M. B. A.; and an honorary member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

    Additional Notes:

      1894 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Carroll, John - age 47
      Annie, Wife - age 42
      Daniel, son - age 22
      Catherine, dau. - age 20
      Maud, dau. - age 18
      Madge, dau. - age 16
      Michel, son - age 14
      Jettie, dau. - age 12
      John, son - age 9
      Rhea, dau. - 7
      Beatrice, dau. - age 5
      Nora, dau. - age 3

      1898 - Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Date: Jan. 11, 1898.
      Groom: D. J. Carroll, b. 1873, son of John Carroll and Annie Joyce.
      Bride: Rosalie Foley, b. 1878, daughter of Jeramiah Foley and Rose Loughary.

      1900 - Census: Grand Traverse, Mich.
      Carroll, John - born in Ireland - inmate North Michigan Asylum

      1920 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Carroll, John - b. 1847, Ireland - widowed
      Catherine, daughter - b. 1876, Mich.
      Maud, daughter - b. 1877, Mich.
      Madge, daughter - b. 1879, Mich.
      Rhee, daughter - b. 1887, Mich.
      Beatrice, daughter - b. 1890, Mich.

      1930 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Carroll, John - b. 1847, Ireland - widowed.
      Margaret, daughter - b. 1880, Mich.

    Reference Notes & Pages

    Related Pages:
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    People Referenced
    Cahill, Patrick (bro-inlaw)
    Carroll, Beatrice (dau)
    Carroll, Catherine (dau)
    Carroll, Daniel (father)
    Carroll, Daniel J. (son)
    Carroll, Fidelis (son)
    Carroll, Jeff (son)
    Carroll, John Jr. (son)
    Carroll, John (subject)
    Carroll, Margaret (sis)
    Carroll, Maud (dau)
    Carroll, Madge (dau)
    Carroll, Michael (son)
    Carroll, Nora (dau)
    Carroll, Rhea (dau)
    Foley, Jeramiah
    Foley, Rosalie (dau-inlaw)
    Joyce, Annie (wife)
    Kenny, D.F.
    Loughray, Rose
    Welsh, Catherine (mother)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Bay County, MI
    Carroll, Hurrrley & Co.
    Carroll & Rose Co.
    County Kerry, Ire.
    Grand Tarverse, MI
    Hammond Standish & Co.
    Logan & Carroll Co.
    Ontario, Canada
    Orange Co., NY
    Portsmouth, MI
    Manhattan Hotel
    New York City, NY
    NY police force
    West Bay City, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.