Charles Clifford DORAN, a representative of the business interests of Henry, where he is conducting an undertaking establishment, was born upon his father's farm in La Prairie township, Marshall county, December 23, 1878. His father, Robert DORAN, now a retired farmer of Henry, was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and became a resident of Marshall county fifty-five years ago. He wedded Mary Amanda BAKER, a native of New York, and they have four living children and have lost two. Those who still survive are: Clarence, who is conducting a restaurant in Chillicothe, Illinois; Charles Clifford, of this review; and Clyde and Claude, who are operating the old home farm.
When the subject of this review was a young lad his parents removed to Kansas, establishing their home in Rice county, and there he acquired his early education in the public schools. Following the return of the family to Illinois in 1889 he continued his education in the district schools of La Prairie township and when not occupied with the duties of the schoolroom his time was largely given to work upon his father's farm. After attaining his majority his entire attention was concentrated upon agricultural interests and he lived on the old homestead until about two years ago, when, in 1904, he came to Henry and established the undertaking business which he has since conducted with good success. On the 10th of May, 1906, Mr. DORAN was married to Miss Catherine SCHMITZ, of Peru, Illinois, and in social circles in Henry they occupy an enviable position. Mr. DORAN has taken three degrees of Odd Fellowship and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party, keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day, yet never seeking or desiring public office, as he prefers to concentrate his energies upon his business interests.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.