Friday, January 27, 2012

Daniel J Murphy: Liquor Dealer & Hibernian

You can see it in their eyes.  They come for a tour of St Pat's Cemetery looking for the grandiose monuments they saw in the Lowell Cemetery or even at Mt Auburn.  They seem disappointed.  Where are the works of art in stone?  St Pat's is very much a working man's cemetery.  The stones are more geared to being utilitarian rather than artistic.  There are a few gems though.  Daniel Murphy's monument is one of them. I remember standing by it with Catherine Goodwin.  The extreme of arches and cravings dazzled the eye.  Catherine explained that in this era if something was good, just add more of it.  And that's what they did.  But when you look again, you ask yourself who was this guy and how did he get to have one of the most visual stones in the entire cemetery.

This week's guest blogger is Karen Murphy Hickey.  You guessed it; this is her family's stone.  Karen shares with us a little of the life of another of Lowell's Irish immigrants.

Murphy Liquor Dealer, Dutton Street
   Daniel J Murphy was a well-known Irish businessman and one of the original organizers of Division One A.O.H. in Lowell in the late 1860’s.

   He was born in Anniscaul, Kerry, Ireland in 1842 and came to this country with his parents in 1847, settling in this city.  In the 1860s after working for various local men for a few years he went into business for himself with continued success
.   He was a beer agent and liquor dealer and owned and operated D. J. Murphy Saloon on Dutton St. in downtown Lowell circa 1870 to 1900.

   In fraternal as well as business circles, Mr. Murphy was a prominent figure, not only locally but throughout the country and state.   February 1867, with a few other men who had been born in Ireland and who had in their hearts the desire to further the Irish cause in this country, he founded Lowell’s Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians.

  According to a Lowell newspaper account of the 59th Anniversary of Division 1 A.O.H., “Daniel Murphy was the first delegate to the national convention held in New York City in 1875.  He was conspicuous at all national convention for 50 years and known in every state where conventions were held.”

Daniel J. Murphy was involved with A.O.H. up until his death in 1924. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm assuming the DJ Reardon name came from DJ Murphy. Such a shame they sold out.