Daniel Donahue, vineyardist, fruit-grower and farmer of Sacramento county, residing on Orangevale avenue and his ranch being located just west of the town of Orangevale, where he has a half interest in seven hundred and eighty-two acres of choice land, is a native son of California, having been born in Sacramento, June 22, 1860. His parents were Cornelius and marguerite (Calahoon) Donahue, natives of county Kerry, Ireland.

Cornelius Donahue, who died in Sacramento county in 1881, had a career which entitles him to special mention, especially as he was numbered among the pioneers of this part of the state. Of Irish birth and parentage, when a boy of thirteen he came with friends across the Atlantic to find a home in the new world. For several years he remained in New York city, then had an eventful experience in steamboating on the Mississippi during the palmy days of that industry, subsequently came, via the Horn, to California, and after a period of employment in Sacramento city, and a trial at gold mining in Nevada, at Virginia City, he located on a farm near Antelope, Sacramento county, where he spent the remainder of his life in successful general farming. His first wife, who died in 1864, was the mother of four children, John, of Sacramento county, and Daniel, being the survivors. His second wife, who lived until 1901, had one daughter, Catherine, who is the wife of Adolph Van Merien, in Sacramento county. The father had a varied but unusually prosperous career. Besides farming he had, while in Virginia City, Nevada, conducted a store under the firm name of Adams and Donahue, and he was also well known as a miner. A Democrat in politics, he served as a constable of Center township in Sacramento county.

Daniel Donahue has spent all his life in Sacramento county, having received his education in the Sylvan public school and in Howe's Business College of Sacramento. identified, from youth up, with the various departments of agriculture, he has of late years given some particular attention to fruit and grape culture.

September 22, 1883, Mr. Donahue married Miss Annie F. Leahy, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late James Leahy, of San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Donahue are the proud possessors of a family of nine children, whose names from oldest to youngest are Katie, Marguerite, Cornelius, May, Irene, John, Theresa, Annie and James.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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