Donohue pioneers crossed Great Plains in covered wagon to settle here


July 27, 2023

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The Patrick Francis Donohue Family, circa 1898, pictured at one of the Fourth of July celebrations at Tumalum Flat in the Tucannon District. Family patriarch Dewey Donohue is the babe in mother Jersey Virginia Ogden Donohue's arms, she to the right of Irish emigre Patrick F. Donohue. Front, from left: Dennis Monroe, Dewey Cummings, Carl "Joe" Ogden, Patrick E. Middle, from left: Patrick F., Jersey Virginia, Winnie and Frank "Mike" Nelson. Back row, from left: Katy, Nora D. and Lizzie. Two daughters perished on the pioneers' wagon trip across the United States.

DAYTON–Patrick Francis Donohue and his two brothers arrived in New York City from Ireland circa 1870-80 while in their late twenties or early thirties, with six cents between them. According to family lore, they divided the money, wished each other well and struck out to seek their fortunes.

One brother, name lost in the mists of time, reached Galveston, Tex., where he was killed by a tidal w...

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