John Flanagan is a native of Preble County, Ohio, where he was born August 10, 1853. His father, James Flanagan, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, about 1820, came to the United States in 1848 and settled in Grant County in 1865. He died in 1880, at his home northeast of Fairmount. John Flanagan was educated in the common schools of Preble County, Ohio, and in Grant County, attending a Normal School later, teaching in winter and farming in summer. April 1, 1879, he entered the mercantile business with E.N. Oakley, a partnership which continued for three years. In April, 1882, he joined the firm of Henley & Nixon, grain dealers, and took over a grain elevator at Summitville, operating this enterprise under the name of John Flanagan & Company, for one year. The same firm, Flanagan, Henley & Nixon, bought the stock of merchandise at Washington and Main streets and conducted this store from 1883 to 1888, when the firm name was changed to Flanagan & Henley, Mr. Nixon having retired. The two story brick building was bought in 1889, and the business has continued at this corner ever since. In 1893 Mr. Flanagan bought Dr. Henley's interest and he has since conducted the business as sole proprietor. In addition to his mercantile interests Mr. Flanagan owns considerable land. For six years he was President of the School Board. He was one of the organizers and for seven years President of the Fairmount State Bank; a director and Secretary of the Fairmount Mining Company, which put down several productive wells in the oil and gas districts of this section; President of the Commercial Club during the period of its greatest activity; President of the Fairmount Building & Loan Association for several years, and for many meetings of that organization he was an official of the Fairmount Fair Association. In politics Mr. Flanagan is a Republican, and while not a member of any church he has always contributed liberally of his means to the support of all. He was married to Miss Sarah E. Winslow, daughter of Levi and Emily (Henley) Winslow, on March 8, 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Flanagan have no children.  



The Making of a Township, Being an Account of the Early Settlement and Subsequent Development of Fairmont Township, Grant County, Indiana 1829-1917; Edgar Baldwin Printing Co., 1917