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Subject: [IDADA ] Bio: Timothy Regan
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 21:58:31 -0700

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Surname: Regan, Burke, Partridge, Edwards, Lauderdale, Callon, Eastman,

History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountains; James H. Hawley, editor; Illustrated;
Volume II; Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company; 1920; Pages 6-10
with PHOTO.


In the historic canvas painted by the hand of time the harsher lines of
the past are softened, the hardships and privations are in a degree blotted
out and events and incidents blend into a harmonious whole, creating the
annals of a community or the record af an individual. The historian writes
of the picturesque pioneer days, but one who has lived through the period
of early development and progress knows that back of the stedy advancement
resulting in successful accomplishment there were days of most earnest
and unremitting toil when the individual was denied the comforts and conveniences
of the older east and had to summon all his resolution and courage to meet
existing conditions. Through this period passed Timothy Regan, and starting
upon his career in the northwest empty handed, he through the inherent
force of his character, his indomitable energy, his unfaltering perseverance
and his keen sagacity reached a place among Boise's wealthiest, most prominent
and influential men. The story of what he accomplished should serve to
inspire and encourage others, showing what may be done through individual
effort. He reached an honored old age, passing away October 7, 1919

Timothy Regan was born near Rochester, New York, on the 14th of November,
1843, a son of Morgan and Mary (Burke) Regan, natives of Ireland, the former
having been born in Cork and the latter in Dublin. The two eldest of their
family of ten children, Helen and Mary, were born in Ireland prior to the
year 1831, when the parents emigrated with their little family to the United
States. The elder daughter, now Mrs. Helen Partidge, is still living at
the advanced age of ninety-two years and makes her home in Waukegan, Illinois.
Eight children were added to the family circle after the arrival in the
United States and three of these are still living, namely: Mr. Katharine
Edwards, of Seattle; Mathias J., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Nona
Lauderdale, of Tacoma, Washington. The parents lived for a time in Maine
but afterward removed to New York and thence to Chicago, from which point
they made their way to a farm in Wisconsin. There the father passed away
in 1878, while the mother survived until 1897. They were consistent members
of the Catholic church and people of the highest respectability.

Amid the environment of the Wisconsin farm Timothy Regan was reared, attending
the district schools, at which time the curriculum was most limited, and
spending the summer months in the work of the fields. He started out independently
when a youth of nineteen and, determining to try his fortune in the west,
he sailed from New York in 1864 with California as his destination. He
traveled by the Isthmus route, reaching Aspinwall, now Colon, whence he
crossed Panama by rail and thence proceeded by steamer to San Francisco.
He then went up the river by steamer to Sacramento, traveled by rail to
Folsom over the only railroad line in California and by stage proceeded
to Hangtown, now Placerville. From that point he walked to Virginia City,
Nevada, and on to Dun Glen, where he spent six weeks and then started with
a wagon train of ox teams, loaded with flour, fruit and salt, for the mines
of Owyhee county, Idaho. Mr. Regan walked all the way, accompanied by four
or five members of Price's army. Each night they had to stand guard owing
to possible attacks from the Piute or the Bannock Indians. On one occasion
they had to march all night in order to get away from the red men. On arriving
at Jordan Valley, Oregon, in early November of 1864, they felt that danger
was over and all of the party went to bed to enjoy a good night's rest.
Before morning dawned, however, the Indians had stolen their entire bunch
of cattle, which they never recovered.

The following morning Mr. Regan started to walk to Silver City. A soft
snow lay upon the ground, making progress difficult. At length he reached
Wagontown, which contained but one shack, the lone occupant of which was
a jack that had been left there because it could go no further through
the snow. Mr. Regan felt unable to travel a greater distance that day and
there camped for the night, going to bed without supper. At dawn the next
morning he set out for Booneville, where he arrived in the afternoon. In
speaking of this trip he said he always recalled the plaintive call of
distress of the jack as it echoed through the canyon when he proceeded
on his way. A two dollar and a half gold piece constituted his entire capital
when he reached Booneville, rendering immediate employment a necessity,
and he began chopping wood on War Eagle mountain, receiving six dollars
per day for his work, the wood being furnished to the Oro Fino mine. From
that period forward Mr. Regan was for many years actively connected with
the mining interests of the state. He accepted the work of timbering the
Oro Fino mine, and when that mine became insolvent in the fall of 1866,
its owners were indebted to Mr. Regan in the sum of nearly twenty-five
hundred dollars, no cent of which he ever collected. Civilization in the
northwest was somewhat chaotic in those days, as in the absence of courts
and lawyers men took affairs into their own hands and more than one fight
was staged in the mining districts. In one of these a cannon was used that
is now doing duty as a historical relic in Silver City, where it is known
as "Old Grover." Mr. Regan was employed for some time in the Poorman mine
and when it was closed down in fall of 1866 he joined with five others
in organizing a wood chopping outfit, being employed in that connection
during the succeeding winter. In the winter of 1868 he was in Salt Lake
City and with the discovery of the Ida Elmore mine at Silver City he resumed
his activities in the mining region. By the fall of that year, however,
he decided that he wished to engage in business on his own account and
entered into partnership with John Callon in hauling quartz and lumber
for the mines. They also operated a sawmill, whipsawing the lumber, which
sold for three hundred and seventy-five dollars per thousand, and the two
men could easily saw two hundred feet a day. Mr. Regan also engaged in
twaming, being thus employed until 1875, when he purchased a half interest
in the Idaho Hotel at Silver City, becoming a partner of Hosea Eastman,
whose interest in the business he bought in 1877, remaining as the popular
proprietor of that hotel until 1889. In the meantime events were shaping
themselves in connection with the mining developments of the northwest
that brought Mr. Regan again into active connection with mining interests.
In 1875 the failure of the Bank of California caused heavy losses to the
miners of Silver City and vicinity, and with the adjustment of the claims
of the creditors the Oro Fino finally came into possession of Mr. Regan.
Careful management and wise investment at length made him the owner of
the Ida Elmore, the Golden Chariot, the Minnesota, the South Chariot and
the Mahogany mines, which he afterward sold to a Philadelphia company,
and he also had a two-fifths interest in the Stoddard mine, which eventually
he sold to the Delamar company for eighty-seven thousand five hundred dollars.
He held valuable mining interests in Owyhee county, while his business
interests at Boise were extensive and important. He was the president of
the Boise Artesian Hot & Cold Water Company and the treasurer and general
manager of the Overland Company, Limited. He was likewise a large stockholder
in the Boise City National Bank and was one of the officers and stockholders
of the Weiser Land & Improvement Company. In all these connections he displayed
sound business judgment that made his cooperation of the utmost value in
the successful management of the corporations indicated.

In 1878 Mr. Regan was married to Miss Rose Blackinger, a native of Buffalo,
New York, who came with her parents by wagon across the plains in 1862,
living for a time in Oregon and then removing to Ruby City, Idaho, where
she formed the acquaintance of Mr. Regan, who sought her hand in marriage.
They became the parents of four children: Lily and Harold, deceased; William
V., a prominent business man of Boise; and Lieutenant John M. Regan, who
gave his life in the cause of world democracy in the recent great European
war and who is mmentioned at length elsewhere in this work. The Regan home,
a palatial residence built in colonial style, is one of the finest in Boise.
It is finished throughout in hardwood and is surrounded by a broad lawn
adorned with beautiful flowers and stately trees.

One of the local papers, writing of Mr. Regan, said:
"Timothy Regan is the ripe flower and fruitage of Idaho pioneer days. He
is one of the Argonauts who have blazed the trails and helped lay here
the foundations of an empire. Simple as a child in his tastes, easily approached,
bearing his honors and the prestige his well earned wealth give him, meekly,
a firm and unfailing friend, a generous but vigilant enemy, in charities
abundant, he passes down the golden slope towards the sunset, and when,
at last, he goes over the 'Great Divide,' he will leave behind the memory
of a life well and nobly lived and his name will be carved high on the
marble shaft of Idaho's heroic pioneers."

A little time after those words were written, on the 7th of October, 1919,
Timothy Regan passed away, having reached the age of seventy-five years,
his death undoubtedly being hastened through the deep grief which he felt
over the death of his son on one of the battlefields of Europe. When the
final summons came there were hundreds who paid tribute to his memory,
commenting on the integrity of his character, his high purposes, his generosity
and his loyalty to the ideals which he ever kept before him. Abraham Lincoln
said: "There is something better than making a living--making a life."
While Timothy Regan won wealth, it was only one aim of his career, for
he never forgot his obligations to his fellowmen, his country or his church.
He indeed "made a life" that should serve as a source of inspiration and
encouragement to all who knew him and an example for those who follow.

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