A Reno Nevada business tycoon!

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

Today I am writing about one aspect of the live of John Michael McCormack, my great grand uncle. In his life, he did many things. He was said to have helped in some way the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge [1]. When he first got to Reno, he started a monument company. I have many ads for his monument company, but those are grist for another post. After that perhaps, he owned and operated a hotel that was across the street from the train depot in old Reno. Later in life, he also owned and operated an early gas station.

He was the fourth child of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack [2]. This would be the second and last time that John Michael McCormack would be listed with his family in a census.

1870 Census

1870 Census

But today, I would like to highlight his operation of a laundry company, the United States Laundry. Here is an ad for his company [3]. Pretty neat, huh?

An ad for a John Michael McCormack company.

An ad for a John Michael McCormack company.

Here is a written description about his company published in the Nevada State Journal, 23 Dec 1906 [4].

A business bio for a John Michael McCormack company, United States Laundry.

A business bio for a John Michael McCormack company, United States Laundry.

Ok, a monument company, a hotel, a gas station and a laundry company? Not too shabby, huh? As with several other businesses owned and operated by my relatives, I wish I could have some stationary from some of John Michael’s businesses. I think that would be so awesome!

Footnotes;

1. John Michael McCormack, A NARRATIVE HISTORY — THE McCORMACK & HEATON FAMILIES, (Lake Oswego, OR), 2006, p. 204,225-6.

2. 1870 United States Federal Census, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, Pg. 6, dwelling 43, family 45, Michael McCormack, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 8 Sep 2012, citing Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

3. “Hospitable Reno– It’s Hotels and Restaurants,” Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada), 23 Dec 1906, p. 15, col. 4.

4. “Hospitable Reno– It’s Hotels and Restaurants,” Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada), 23 Dec 1906, p. 21.

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