Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
DROHAN, EDWARD - Springfield presents excellent opportunities for the prosecution of many lines of business, a fact that is appreciated by many. One of the prosperous business men of the city is Edward Drohan, born in Tazewell County, Ill., December 18, 1861, a son of Edward and Margaret (Quinlan) Drohan, natives of Ireland. The parents met and were married in the United States. About 1850 they came to Tazewell County, Ill., but after the death of his wife, in 1866, Edward Drohan, Sr. moved to Edina, Mo., and there his death occurred, in October, 1872. He was a farmer and railroad contractor, but had retired from active business at the time of his death. Although a strong Democrat, he never cared for office. He was a member of the Catholic Church, and brought up his seven children in that faith. All of them still survive, Edward Drohan of this biography being the sixth in order of birth.
Edward Drohan, Jr., attended school at Lilly Station, Tazewell County, Ill., but when only eighteen years old he began working for farmers, thus continuing until he was twenty-two. At that time he made a trip to Texas and on his return settled in Christian County. His energies found expression in several lines of endeavor at Taylorville, Decatur and other places in the vicinity, until 1908, when he came to Springfield, which has since been his place of residence. He there embarked in business and has met with marked success.
On October 31, 1887, Mr. Drohan was united in marriage, at Taylorville, Ill., with Catherine Perry, born in Illinois, daughter of Patrick Perry and wife, who are deceased. He was a Democrat and a Catholic. Mrs. Drohan was one of a family of three children born to her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Drohan have three children: Nellie A., Edward J. and Donald E., all at home. Mr. Drohan belongs to the Catholic Order of Foresters and the B. P. O. E. His religious connections are with St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Springfield. He is a genial, pleasant man, who makes friends wherever he goes, and is well like by them