Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
REDMOND, JAMES - The Irish are generally recognized as being among the brightest and most genial people in the world. Wherever an Irshman is found he is sure to have friends and to have attained some degree of success in whatever line he has followed. Some of the most highly-esteemed residents of Springfield are natives of Erin, and among them none occupies a better position in the confidence of the community than James Redmond, veteran of the Civil War, and a merchant. Mr. Redmond was born in Dublin, Ireland, March 1, 1835, a son of John and Martha (Munlo) Redmond, native or Ireland, where the father was a merchant, dealing extensively in dry goods.
On September 1, 1860, James Redmond came from England to New York City, after having been educated in that country, to which is parents moved. Arriving in this country, Mr. Redmond soon became imbued with the spirit of the times, and when his adopted land needed his services, he promptly enlisted, in 1861, in the Union army, serving three years and being honorably discharged. During his time of service he proved his bravery and learned to love the country he was risking his life to defend.
After his military service Mr. Redmond came to Springfield, where he embarked in a dry goods business, conducting it very successfully. From time to time he proved his confidence in the future of the city by investing in its real estate, until now he is a Republican, but has never come before the people for election to office.
February 13, 1865, Mr. Redmond was married in Springfield to Margaret Fitzgerald, and they have one son, Frank, born in Springfield in 1871. Mrs. Redmond's brother was a well known business man of Springfield. Although now somewhat advanced in years, Mr. Redmond is active and takes a lively interest in business. His recollections of early days, and of the stirring events of the war interesting and well worth inserting in this too brief biography, did space permit. Too many of the veterans of Springfield have already been called Higher, so added honors are shown the survivors by the grateful people who realize what this country owes the brave Boys in Blue.